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Joshua Wilke – Faculty of sciences rep candidate

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By Vanessa Broadbent (The Cascade/Photo) – Email

Print Edition: February 18, 2015


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Joshua Wilke

Faculty of sciences rep candidate

Third-year computer information systems major, languages minor

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Campus involvement

President of modern electronic arts appreciation club (upon approval)

Computing students association (upon approval)

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Why do you want to get involved with SUS?

I don’t think many people from CIS run, so I thought, “Hey, why not represent a section from the school that isn’t quite as vocal as they should be?” I have a lot of friends in the other science [programs], so I get to talk with them and see what they’re thinking about too.

What appeals to you about the position?

I think it’d be good to have kind of a little bit more in the say of what’s going on. It’s a fairly small board, so if good issues are being brought up from the science community, things could be changed around here.

How do you address the lack of student engagement on campus?

I feel that UFV is very segregated. There’s very little interaction outside of your groups. I would like to see events coming together where it’s not forced, it’s just come be who you are, talk with some people you might not normally meet.

Do you have any specific projects or bylaws you’re hoping to implement?

The coffee room on the second floor of D building. It’s been shut down for two-and-a-half years now. This coffee room will be easier for our students to go get refreshments, but also promote a little more student community. As far as a computer sciences centre for people to drop in when they’re having issues, I’d like to see more resources for those types of students.

Is there anything that SUS has done in the past year that you haven’t been happy with?

To be perfectly honest, the way events are done. They can be good, but the way I hear about them is after they’ve happened or during. Maybe if I knew, I’d like to have shown up. The other thing is bylaws [and] how those are introduced. A lot of people think they don’t need to pay attention so they just gloss over it.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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