By: Natalie Clark
Madison Wesley is a second year political science student involved with several art clubs at McMaster, including the starving artist society. She is also actively involved with community outreach programs, such as the Give n’ Get store in Barrie, Ontario.
Wesley’s platform promises to improve physical and mental health on campus, introduce a textbook renting program for students, increase the amount of study spaces on campus and ensure that teaching assistants are required to complete a mandatory training program before stepping into a classroom environment.
Wesley’s most ambitious promise to students is to make the physical and mental health of students her priority. She promises to increase the number of counsellors and psychiatrists on campus and make them more accessible to students.
Wesley also hopes to increase the number of student group therapy sessions available.
In addition to improving the number of available counsellors on campus, Wesley wishes to introduce a student walk-in clinic on campus.
Another aspect of Wesley’s platform includes the plan to introduce a “Rent-a-Text” program for students purchasing books at the McMaster campus store. This program would allow students to rent textbooks for a period of four months, with a 25 per cent deposit.
After the four-month period comes to a halt, students would return their textbook in good condition and receive back their deposit in return.
Wesley also aims to increase the number of accessible study spaces on campus.
She believes that there are large areas of space all around campus that can easily be converted into effective student study spaces.
For instance, Wesley uses the Waterfall Room in the Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery as an example of a large space that could foster and support a future study atmosphere.
In addition, Wesley promises to work with each faculty at McMaster to create a mandatory training program for TAs.
“As major players in our day-to-day education, they need to be effective in the classroom as instructors,” reads part of Wesley’s platform. “I will hold the university to the standards that we students expect.”
More information about Wesley’s platform can be found at https://madisonjw.wixsite.com/2019.