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SU Elections 2020 Dissection: Golden Bears Legacy Fund and The Landing Plebiscites

The panel agreed both plebiscites were worth the money students would be paying in

Every year The Gateway hosts a panel to determine who should and who will win in each race for the Students’ Union elections to assist those undecided on who to vote for. Our election dissection panel is here with their insights on student politics and their takes on this year’s candidates.

Opinions expressed by the panellists do not reflect those of The Gateway.

The panel

This years panel for election dissection included:

  • Victoria Chiu: current first-year law student and former Online Editor and Arts & Culture Editor at The Gateway.
  • Kevin Mpunga: second-year bilingual nursing student and vice-president (media and marketing) at the Black Students’ Association.
  • Rory Storm: U of A alumni, past candidate for Students’ Union vice-president (student life), and past president of the U of A Interfraternity Council.
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Helen Zhang Pictured: Rory Storm (left), Kevin Mpunga (center), Victoria Chiu (right)

The Golden Bears Legacy Fund

The Golden Bears Legacy Fund, a $4.54 dedicated funding unit fee charged to full-time students per semester, is up for renewal as part of this year’s Students’ Union election.

The panel agreed that the fund is “useful” and helps student athletics remain on campus.

“To me, it is a nominal amount,” Chiu said. “I don’t mind paying it.”

“The amount is like a brush on your shoulder for the amount of benefit it provides students,” Mpunga said. “I’ve gone to some games and I’ve enjoyed my time. They were free and sometimes you get free pizza, free hot dog.”

Should pass: 3 votes

Will pass: 3 votes

The Landing

The Landing’s $1.61 dedicated funding unit fee charged to full-time students per semester is up for renewal as part of this year’s Students’ Union election.

The panel agreed The Landing provides an “essential service” to the U of A campus and helps people “have a place to feel safe.”

“This can pass, should pass, and will pass,” Chiu said.

“It is hard to see campus without The Landing,” Storm said.

Should pass: 3 votes

Will pass: 3 votes

Adam Lachacz

Adam Lachacz is the Editor-in-Chief of The Gateway for 2020-21. Previously, he was the 2019-20 News Editor, 2018-19 Staff Reporter, and a senior volunteer contributor from 2016-18. He is a fourth-year student studying history and political science. Adam is addicted to the news, an aspiring sneakerhead, and loves a good cup of black coffee.

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