Meet the Candidates: VP Administrative
The Vice-President Administrative is responsible for a variety of activities related to maintaining the LSS office and coordinating communications with the LSS and the student body. She also organizes the LSS book sale, coordinates teaching evaluations, oversees the development of the Queen’s Law Yearbook and helps manage the LSS section of the Queen’s Law Portal.
We asked Megan and Madeleine how they’d plan to keep us all in the loop.
Juris Diction: Why are you running for VP Admin?
MLV: There are two main reasons why I am running for VP Administrative in the upcoming LSS Core elections.
First, I believe that I’m the right person for the role. Administration is just what I do. I eat, sleep and breathe organization. Who else colour-codes and cross references their cardigan collection?! I have no fear of major communication systems and will make sure they are running without a hitch. I am approachable and reachable almost all the time. I won’t lie, I basically sleep with my iPhone. I will work diligently to ensure that your thoughts and concerns are heard and know I can play a positive role in the continued development of the LSS.
Second, I know from my past that working for student council is a deeply rewarding experience. I am a team player and find satisfaction in helping others and contributing to the community. The role of VP Administrative is the perfect combination of these, and as such, is a role in which I know I will succeed.
MT: I’m running for VP Admin because I’ve always loved the behind-the-scenes work required by the position. I enjoy organizing, facilitating, making lists, and having the answers people need. Office management, maintenance, and the coordination of communications and teaching evaluations actually excite me. While some people shy away from the organizational aspects of a student council position, I am the kind of person who thrives in that environment and I know I am wholly capable of bringing creativity and energy to this role. I’m running because when any of you have a problem, I want to be the one who says, “Don’t worry, I’ve got this.”
JD: What qualifications and/or past experience do you have that you think will help you if elected?
MLV: I have experience on student council right here at Queen’s. During my undergrad, I worked for the AMS in an administrative role, looking after direct communications and social media presence, as well as all other office management tasks. I succeeded before and know that I can do it again.
Additionally, I have held a range of professional positions in administration. I spent my summers during high school and undergrad working as an administrative assistant in a peanut butter and nut manufacturing company. Needless to say, the epicurean job perks there were out of this world! Most recently (during my time off between degrees), I managed the office of a construction company and organized paperwork, schedules and other reporting documents for all 20 employees.
Finally, I am dedicated to the Queen’s Law community as is evident in my high level of involvement thus far. I currently volunteer as an executive member of In Vino Veritas, the International Law Society, and Semi-Formal Committee. I sit on the SGPS Equity Commission and am an active member of the Agnes Society, the advising council for the Agnes Etherington Art Centre on campus. In all, I know what it means to be committed and assure you that I will represent you well if elected as VP Administrative.
MT: Working alongside Jenn Dumoulin while organizing the New York trip gave me a solid awareness and appreciation of the responsibilities of the VP Admin position. I saw the dedication, level of involvement, attention to detail, and passion required to work tirelessly in supporting the LSS and its initiatives. I believe I embody these qualities and I look forward to tackling the challenges this position requires. I’ve already been involved in the executive of multiple clubs and represented Queen’s Law at the Ontario Universities Fair. Last semester, I participated in equity and diversity sensitivity training in order to prepare myself for responding to the needs of the entire Queen’s Law community.
JD: What are some of the challenges you see for Queen’s Law right now? How would you tackle one of those challenges?
MLV: With the increased class size this academic year, I have noticed several issues develop. A greater number of students using the same facilities strains the system. For example, it’s often difficult to find a good spot in the library, and I usually have to wait in line to use one of the few (kinda scary, kinda smelly) bathrooms in the building. Addressing such issues will require a collaborative effort in the Core, but I believe that with the right push, I can facilitate several steps towards improving them. Even implementing a more frequent bathroom cleaning service for those dreaded second-floor library loos is a step in the right direction.
MT: I think Queen’s is facing a lot of the same challenges as other Canadian law schools, including issues related to encouraging diversity in the student population and clarity within our student council and administrative processes. We also have some unique issues with respect to our 1L curriculum and course structure. As the Administrative Vice President, I will do everything possible to facilitate the feedback and opinions of the student body. I will do all I can to make it easier for students to have a say in the issues that matter to them.
JD: If you had to describe your personality in a smoker theme, what would it be?
MLV: The Emoji Smoker!! A day in the life of Megan can be easily depicted in those cute little icons. Walking to class & ready to tackle the day (cool shades emoji). Getting a Starbucks before hitting the library (googly heart-eye emoji, then stacked books emoji). Dinner at Olivea (pasta emoji… well, more like 3 pasta emojis, let’s be serious here).
And… think of the costume potential!
MT: Pick your Own Wizard. At a certain time of day in the Atrium, I have a twinkle in my eye like Dumbledore. I arrive precisely when I mean to, just like Gandalf. I like to think I will be wise like Merlin by the end of law school. Also I want to see all of your best beards.
JD: How would you refine the LSS current communication strategy? For example, more openness? More or less emails? How do you think the LSS could better facilitate communication with the rest of the community?
MLV: While I do believe that the information contained in emails that we send and receive as a community are important to a full Queen’s Law experience, they can be overwhelming to sort through on a daily basis. Rather than entirely restricting the communication of such information, I would suggest a two-fold change. I would implement a weekly or bi-weekly email summary of important notices to facilitate a reduction in email intake and suggest exploring new methods of communication for information that is not included or requires a reminder. For example, Twitter may be a useful tool in this way, allowing students to keep up to date with notices at their own discretion.
MT: I would like to continue the tradition of openness that is already a part of the Queen’s Law experience. I am eager to take up the challenge of keeping students aware and informed through the Listserv, the Queen’s Law Portal, and face-to-face communication. I want to maximize the use of office hours to make myself available for student questions and concerns. I am interested to hear any suggestions, issues or comments from students regarding communication within the LSS and with the rest of the student community.
The strides Jenn has made in communication are astronomical (seriously, that girl can Listserv like no other). I would continue the improvements she has made to the LSS section of the QL portal, in order to make more information readily available to students. I want to increase student access to information and awareness of issues that we may assume aren’t relevant to our student experience.
This interview is the second in a series that will run until Tuesday profiling each of the candidates for the 2015-16 LSS Core Elections. The questions were designed by Juris Diction’s election coverage committee, which does not include any of the candidates who sit on either of Juris Diction’s two boards or current members of the LSS Core. The views expressed are those of the candidates only; they have not been edited for content and do not reflect the views of Juris Diction or any of its board members.
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