The elections take place April 5th @ 2pm in the PCJ Lounge. If you can’t make it to the lounge, but would still like to vote, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00pm on April 5th with your votes. Below are all the candidate statements for the positions that are open! Remember that our class rep positions will be elected in the coming fall term!
Ezequiel Lubocki and Scott Dallen
We, Ezequiel Lubocki and Scott Dallen, are running for the positions of Co-Presidents (BroPresidents) of the 2013-2014 Peace, Conflict and Justice student society. The past two years have provided us with an incredibly valuable academic and social experience in the Peace and Conflict community, and we are excited for the opportunity to give back. In the upcoming year, we intend to continue to provide the stimulating environment that we had the privilege of being involved in. As Co-Presidents, we want to gather student input and provide a close relationship between the administration and PCJ students, by doing this we hope to tailor the program to the specific interests of the students. Not only will we continue to encourage student engagement from upper years, we will make a special effort to support participation from the 260-class. We also hope to establish meaningful connections between upper year students and students new to the program through regular academic and social events. Additionally, we hope to bring new ideas to the PCJ society, like creating links with other student societies (like the IR society) through collaborative social events, and lecture series.
We are really excited to continue the traditions of our strong social and academic PCJ society, while bringing our own energy to make it even more valuable for all of the students of the Peace, Conflict, and ‘Justice League’.
– Your Bro-Presidents.
Julia Wilton and Leah Thompson
Dearest PCJ community:
It is with great excitement that we announce our candidacy to become your new Co-Presidents for the 2013-2014 school year. When we started out here at U of T, everything was new, strange, and different. Classes were HUGE, and it was never quite as easy to make friends, get involved, or be the (borderline annoying) superachiever we always were in high school. That is, until we found PCJ. PCJ brought us into a community of high-strung, anxious, determined, passionate, FUN, and vibrant individuals (to say likeminded wouldn’t do us justice) who we have come to love with every fiber of our being. Seriously, we couldn’t live without you guys. Fast-forward to now, and here we are, ready to give every PCJ-er, new and old, the same fantastic experience that we’ve had so far. We want to help foster that tight-knit community that you can only have in a small program like PCJ. We want EVERYONE – the majors, Specialists, AND commuters alike to get the most out of the program, academically and socially. We’ll do our best to provide special opportunities for you to get to know your profs and classmates better (almost to the point of knowing too much), attend awesome academic and social events, and feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself at U of T. Both of us have been involved in PCJ in the past, and we’re really passionate about this program (read: borderline obsessed with). Julia has served as the Communications Director in the PCJ exec, as well as the Administrative Director of the 2012 PCJ Conference (food brought to you by yours truly). She has also brainwashed a large number of Grade 12s and first years into believing that PCJ is the best program in the history of the universe (but it is, obviously). Leah was a panel director at the 2012
PCJ conference, and a proud member of the PCJ social scene. It’s our goal to make this coming year of PCJ awesome for all of us (we’re gonna blow your socks off).
Believe us when we say that we can’t wait to serve you.
Julia Wilton and Leah Thompson
I’m running for the Academic Director position. I’ve had a lot of fun participating in the PCJ Conference as panel director this past year, the enthusiasm and dedication PCJ students have towards the program’s ventures is what made the conference so successful. I want to channel that enthusiasm to the upcoming year’s academic events. I want next year’s academic events to reflect the interdisciplinary essence of our program, which means seminars with distinct topics and speakers from a variety of backgrounds. In addition, I want to work with Prof. Wong and Reina to establish more partnerships with organizations to increase internship and volunteer opportunities for you guys, which should be broad in scope and reflect the diverse interests of our student body. As academic director, I will work to make your academically inclined PCJ experiences outside the classroom as thought-provoking and enriching as possible. This includes facebook event cover photos based around seminal public intellectuals like Kanye, Honey Boo Boo, and PCJ favourite Ryan Gosling.
I’ll leave you with an inspiring Kanye quote: “Cop lights, flash lights, spot lights, strobe lights, street lights” – Vote Abeera for Academic Director,
and I’ll help you see all of the (interdisciplinary) lights.
I want to direct you…academically!! Not in like, a weird controlling way though, more in an academically helpful sort of way. I promise. I know our previous academic directors have had huge success getting amazing speakers, professors and generally way too smart people in to come talk to us, and I think this is one of the many privileges we have as PCJ students. If elected your academic director, I plan to continue this tradition and hold fun and informative events, and get some really great people in next year to talk about some crazy cool PCJ things.
Because PCJ is crazy cool. YAY!”
Hey sweet thangs,
I’m Steph Tran and I’m superly duperly interested in running for the position of Social Director on next year’s PCJ Society exec. I have pretty sick game from being the 260 Rep this year, holding down the fort steady throughout while keeping our game real. I’m always down to party hardy, whether it’s
shaking what my mama gave me at the PCJ Formal or reenacting the Blair Witch Project at Hart House Farms. However, years of dancing on my own has gotten a bit tiresome. So, it is my duty as Beyonce’s protege to get you PCJ students to come together to socialize and get some air away from Robarts. I love people, therefore I love you, and thusly we must dance together.
Here’s something special:http://goo.gl/ddwT9
Peace, no conflict, just booty,
Kay Dyson Tam
I am standing for re-election for the position of Treasurer! I want to remain involved in the Society and I thought I could put my capable spreadsheet skills to use in this position. Plus, my re-election would mean we can hit the ground running in September (yes, you can look forward to some wellfunded Frosh week events).
This year, I handled the Society’s money, went to lots of ASSU meetings, wrote cheques, went to more meetings, made sure we were able to pay for the formal, etc. Next year, I’ll likely do more of the same but would like to extend the opportunity to all PCJ students to pitch ideas for events they’d like the Society to fund (as we can never run as many events as we can get funds for). By starting a small fund for “Great PCJ Ideas”, we’ll hopefully host a broader range of events. Let’s get our money working for us.
And Conflict. And Justice.
INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
As I sit in my room studying frantically for my PCJ260 final tomorrow morning, I’m reflecting back fondly on an amazing year of PCJ activities as a way to stay sane. From weekly bluegrass nights at the Silver Dollar to the recent formal to just hanging out in our lounge, I discovered how incredible our tight-knit community is. I feel it’s a community worth becoming more involved in and am thus running for the position of Internal Communications Officer. I’ve been an active member of the PCJ community this year, attending many events, promoting the program at the UofT March Break Open House, and answering questions at the PCJ society’s own Open House. I also have extensive experience in communication and organization. This year, I was secretary of my college’s athletic association. I know how to take (sometimes humorous) minutes, organize meetings and communicate with an executive team, as well as the more general student population. I would really like to increase my involvement within the PCJ program next year, and feel I am specifically suited to this position.
Several days ago, very late at night – presumably this aided the thought process – I thought, ‘hey, all this peace stuff? It’s actually pretty awesome!’ But the best part? I don’t even need to be in a hazy fog of delusion to know that everyone who is a part of this community is awesome! So with that, let me be awesome on your behalf as the internal communications wiz of the PCJ Society. I will be able to complete the requisite job – being organized and keeping track of all our booming ideas – very well.
However, I can do other jobs as well, i.e. forcing first-years into becoming a part of the community! This year, I really appreciated the enthusiasm that came from upper-year students as I pondered about how I fit with the PCJ program. In that respect, I think I could be great at convincing others into coming to events and functions – or for all intensive purposes, manipulating others into loving our community. All states need to be a little coercive, no?