New executives assume positions May 1st
Red River College students elected members to represent them for the 2011-2012 school year, including a new president. Voting took place between April 4, and April 7. It was the first time that voting was conducted strictly online. The move was meant to increase voter turnout, however less voters cast a ballot this year compared to last year.
Alex Haas, the current vice president academic, defeated Danielle Funk, the current Red River College Students’ Association president, and challenger Simranjit Dhillon to become the new president. Haas edged Funk by a slim margin of 25 votes.
Haas, a Business Admin student going into his third year of studies, stated that the biggest issue affecting students is parking. He noted, “parking has been the biggest concern I’ve heard from students. I’ve been trying to battle that issue for the last year. It’s especially bad finding parking at the downtown campus, I couldn’t imagine having to do that every day.” He added, “I plan on petitioning this issue and others with the college. We’ll be taking issues like this head on.”
Dana Goulet will be the new vice president academic in the 2011-2012 school year, while Tania Czemerynski retained her position as vice president support services, and Nikki Harris will return as the vice president Princess Street.
The SA was hoping that the introduction of online voting would get over 1000 students to cast ballots. In total, 740 students voted in the 2011 election, down from 866 students in the 2010 election.