Four candidates vying for top MSU post


It's the final lap for four candidates who are in the race to become the next MSU president. Students go to the polls on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here's a brief profile of each candidate.

Sachin Aggarwal
Aggarwal has been a member of the Student Representative Assembly and the MSU executive. Highlights of his executive experience include chairing the Millennimania committee, serving on the University Centre's Board of Management and User Committee, and being associate vice-president of university affairs. He is a founding member of the Maroons and is currently its senior vice-president.

Matt Armstrong
Armstrong has worked with the MSU and has been a contributor to The Silhouette.

Marc Marzotto
Marzotto is currently president of the McMaster Commerce Society and an ex-officio member of the Student Representative Assembly. He has been a student member of Senate for two years and also served for two years on the executive of the McMaster Commerce Society. He has been a floor rep for McKay Hall and represented commerce students as a member of the Student Represenative Assembly.

Sam Minnitti
Minnitti was involved in residence affairs as a Hedden Hall co-ordinator, is currently the Faculty of Science representative on the Student Represenative Assembly, and sits on various committees. He also was a teaching assistant.

Students will also vote to approve increases to Student Health Services and Athletics & Recreation fees. An $8 increase in the $36 health services fee is being proposed while a $10 increase is being sought for the athletics and recreation fee, which currently is set at $56.

Julie Fairservice, director of Student Health Services, says while the fee increase won't bring back lost programs, it will “maintain our current services and programs when we move to the University Centre next year. But with the new space the MSU has excavated for us, the cost will rise to $100,000, from $20,000.”

With no increase to the $36 fee in 11 years, they found themselves losing some programs and operating in the red last year, Fairservice says. These fees pay for or contribute to low-cost contraceptives and vaccines, same-day appointments, education and treatment groups, SHEC(peer educators) and SHAG(Student Health Advisory Group).