The Impact slate took all five Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) executive positions in the recent election. The unofficial results were revealed on March 9, after the shortest campaign period in recent years.
Obaid Ullah, the current vice president, operations, is now the union’s president-elect. Ullah ran on a platform dedicated to improving transit, mental health services, experiential learning, and the Ontario Student Assistance Program application process.
Ullah is joined by Victoria Morton, vice president, education-elect; Tamara Jones, vice president, equity-elect; Neal Muthreja; vice president, operations-elect; and Harman Singh, vice president, student life-elect. They have pledged to address the environment, increase funding for student groups, and build an entertainment zone for students.
At the candidates’ debate during the elections, the main concerns were mental health, rising tuition fees, and RSU layoffs. The University of Toronto Students’ Union released a statement condemning the RSU’s firing of two employees — one of whom was a new mother on parental leave — after the RSU’s restructuring in December 2015.
Impact also took the faculty directors spots for communication and design, both faculty of science seats, all the Ted Rogers School of Management positions, the international student representative position. The slate also received nearly four times the amount of votes for engineering and architecture as the other candidates.
For the faculty of arts, Impact took two spots. The opposing slate, RU Connected, took the third spot and won four out of five community services faculty director positions.
For the executive positions, Impact received nearly double the amount of votes of RU Connected.
With files from the Eyeopener