NewsIGNITE Vice President: North

Christian AguirreFebruary 27, 201916 min

Christian Aguirre, News Reporter

Ekmjyot Sohal

IGNITE Vice President candidate Ekmjyot Sohal.
(Courtesy IGNITE)

Why did you decide to run?

I’m already a popular guy, people know me in class and on campus so why not and get a friendly face in school council.

What do you want to improve for Humber?

I want to improve the better life experience for students. I want to improve library printers, keyboards, also I want to have more Punjabi language around campus because we have so many international students. Also I want to improve the social media platforms for IGNITE to keep people more connected and hopefully more events. I also want halal, kosher, vegan and vegetarian options.

What steps will you take to achieve your goals in your specified position?

I won’t be able to achieve it [goals] alone because there has to be teamwork to get goals done which are the most important student council. From starting with small changes to see how students react we can see how big changes react to students.

How will you sell IGNITE now that student fees are optional?

We need students more connected with IGNITE so they know what we have in store for them and what they will be missing out on if we don’t have IGNITE. Walking and talking around the halls, one on one, interacting with students to get their feedback is an important way to convince people to use the funds for ignite because that’s how they know we care if if we talk to them directly.


Dilshan Marasinghe

IGNITE Vice President candidate Dilshan Marasinghe (Courtesy IGNITE )

Why did you decide to run?

I decided to run because whenever I see an opportunity, I make sure to grab it by the neck and make sure I hold onto it to make it a reality. I want to become vice president to make sure I explore the problems Humber is facing.

What do you want to improve for Humber?

I want to improve the financial costs, so basically things including buying textbooks and notebooks. I want to make sure students are not facing any problems trying to buy things, because that’s what you need to study and I want to make it a bit cheaper.

What steps will you take to achieve your goals in your specified position?

I will achieve my goals by, firstly, listening to the people. Without the students we won’t be able to perform. We will perform surveys and all that and make sure I get all of the opinions and suggestions so we can grow together as one team.

How will you sell ignite now that student fees are optional?

IGNITE is a really hard working team that make sure your life at Humber is as suitable as possible, they organize events for your life in Humber and too these events you can learn a lot while you study, so I can make sure they continue paying for it by constantly  telling them be benefits of doing so.


Ameen Rahman

IGNITE Vice President candidate Ameem Rahman (Courtesy IGNITE)

Why did you decide to run?

I have decided to run because in the past I heard from students that there are so many problems on campus that can be changed. I observed these problems myself. I want to help the students to build a better experience and more comfortable environment. I want to run for vice president and to be a good role model, as well as, inspiring students.

What do you want to improve at Humber?

I also  want to include more halal, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian food as well as coffee during exam time. Also I was told that the food contract is ending on campus so I would to like to reduce the price of foods since they are overpriced. I’m also going to reduce the price of transportation as well and try to make it more available. I’m going to make the parking lots free after 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. like last year due to students having night classes. I’m quite aware that students want to have a PRESTO machine on campus. Since the PRESTO machine is available in different colleges and universities, it should not be hard to get it. I will try my best to bring the bar back in the LinX Lounge . I also want to make a reduction on course material such as textbooks. Some students prefer to have a PDF version of the textbooks and it should readily available. I would like to provide more IGNITE events. I would like to make life on campus a safe, comfortable and fun environment for our beloved students.

What steps will you take to achieve your goals as VP?

I will cooperate with everyone and work together with the President and Board of Directors. I will try to involve students to work with these goals. For key issues, we will not take no for answer and we will make compromises for necessity, but will not back down. I’m hoping to see a new change for Humber College North campus. Which is why my goal is to include as many students in the demographic process. We will constantly ask for their input.

How will you sell ignite now that student fees are optional?

I want to release a line-by-line budget for the students. I am willing to make the financial cost of IGNITE more transparent as a way to make students pay for IGNITE. Students deserve to know where their money is going. Furthermore, we will deliver results from our platform and these will improve the students experience, since we will deliver the results.


Jason Hyatt

Jason Hyatt, Second Year General Arts and Sciences Student. (Galvin Zaldivar)
Jason Hyatt, a second year General Arts and Sciences student. (Galvin Zaldivar)

Why did you decide to run?

I feel like there’s a lot of stuff that could be fixed with Humber and I just want people to know all the beneficial stuff that they have because a lot of people finish at Humber no knowing about IGNITE the services. I want to make this [college] a better time of their life.

What do you want to improve at Humber?

I want to improve the way information gets passed out so more people can know [about IGNITE events and services]. Also I have a lot of vegan friends and they don’t really have that much of a choice in food so I want to try and make more choices for them.

What steps will you take to achieve your goals as VP?

They are always on the go [students] and I notice when they are outside, IGNITE will talk to them and they [students] will be like, ‘OK, I gotta go bye,’ and I want to make it in a way where they can text a number.”

How will you sell IGNITE now that student fees are optional?

I feel like the only way they [students] will be hopping out is if they don’t know, because what IGNITE seems like is that they are just doing these free events but they don’t know what IGNITE really does and I want go get that info out there to them. By doing that I need to speak to people face to face, do word to mouth and treat them like people who matter and if they opt out show them what they are missing.


Simran

IGNITE Vice President candidate Simran (Courtesy IGNITE)

Simran did not respond to Et Cetera requests for comment.