Vice President (External)

Candidates for Vice President (External)

Robert Bilak

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Robert is a fourth-year Political Science and Economics student in the Faculty of Arts. He has been involved in student leadership for the last three years, serving as an Arts Councillor for the Students’ Union and the General Faculties Council. He has also served as the Vice-President Academic of the Organization for Arts Students and Interdisciplinary Studies (OASIS), the Faculty Associations for all 6000 Arts students, and as the Vice-President External of the Political Science Undergraduate Association (PSUA). Robert is running to be your next Vice President External (VPX) of the Students’ Union.

During his time serving in these roles, Robert has learned a lot about the operations of the Students’ Union, the University, and the Government. He will be able to use his knowledge to ensure the needs of students are being heard when decisions are being made when fighting to solve issues like affordability, the lack of student employment opportunities, and the inaccessibility of our mental health services. As Vice-President External, he will work tirelessly to ensure that our campus community is supported and that university is affordable.

Besides working in student governance, Robert has volunteered for two years at the University of Alberta’s High School Model United Nations conference, is a certified canoe teacher and loves Dan Brown novels.

For more information check out ?, and on March 4 & 5, vote for Robert Bilak to be your next Students’ Union Vice-President External.

Rowan Ley

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In case you’re wondering, here’s why I want to be your Vice President External. Whether serving as a faculty leader for Week of Welcome, travelling the world with the debate club, making lifelong friends in the Greek community, or just enjoying the view at RATT, the U of A experience has enriched my life in so many ways. It’s a community that matters to me— and it’s under threat. Massive cuts to our university’s budget, unprecedented tuition increases, and incentives to slash mental health and advising threaten our education, our friends, and our future.

Every year, SU candidates promise more affordability, better services, and lower tuition. I’m here to promise something more: a detailed plan to get there. If we want to change the approach of the government, we need to grow the scope of our advocacy. With an effective mass media and outreach campaign to get allies on our side, support for the students already organizing against university cuts, and a new approach to fundraising, we can put pressure on the provincial government like never before. Don’t just take it from me, though; learn more about my plan and my experience at or on Facebook at @rowanforVPX.

The cuts to our education are going to hurt, and it’s time for action. We all know what the issues are— this election is about choosing a credible plan we can implement now. If you agree, I hope I can count on your vote on the 4th and 5th!

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