FHS SRC Newsletter – AUB: Spring 2012 Issue

FHS SRC Elections: Winds of Change!

The SRC elections at AUB for the academic year 2011 – 2012 took on a new face at the Faculty of Health Sciences as more and more independent candidates from both undergraduate and graduate classes were elected to represent students compared to last year.

Interestingly enough, the highlight of the elections this year at FHS is the involvement of the faculty-based Civic Engagement Task Force through its organization of an elections forum on Tuesday November 15, 2011 for the representatives to discuss their platforms, sharing their ideas to improve the quality of academics and student activities at the faculty. Although some of the objectives and agendas were farfetched, the level of enthusiasm was notable amongst the candidates.

Task Force member Liann Abou Salman, who hosted the undergraduate elections forum in FHS Amphitheater, explained the initiative’s success. According to her, “our faculty is relatively different than others. We have this closeness and open communication and it’s easier with the smaller group of students.” She also explained that this isn’t the first time that such a forum was held. However, this year was the most successful yet as she said that “we tried it last year, but compared to this year, it was a colossal fail because only faculty and candidates attended. This year, we tried to work on it differently even though the political status quo is going on. We were hoping that regardless of people’s political opinions they can actually come and think about why they would want to vote for someone.”

Indeed, many students came to estimate the worth of their candidates. The benefit of such a forum, according to AbouSalman, is that it promotes responsibility: “if representatives come and tell the voters ‘we’re going to do this and that’ then they are liable to do it; they are responsible.” As current SRC member NurBeyahn Annan put it, the aim is to make FHS SRC Approachable, Available and Responsible. Now, more than ever, the student body is involved in the decision making process.

The original Article can be Found on this link:

http://fhs.aub.edu.lb/student_services/pdf/FHS-SRC-Newsletter1.pdf

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The SRC elections at AUB for the academic year 2011 – 2012 took on a new face at the Faculty of Health Sciences as more and more independent candidates from both undergraduate and graduate classes were elected to represent students compared to last

year. Interestingly enough, the highlight of the elections this year at FHS is the involvement of the faculty-based Civic Engagement Task Force through its organization of an elections forum on Tuesday November 15, 2011 for the representatives to discuss their platforms, sharing their ideas to improve the quality of academics and student activities at the faculty. Although some of the objectives and agendas were farfetched, the level of enthusiasm was notable amongst the candidates. Task Force member Liann Abou Salman, who hosted the undergraduate elections forum in FHS Amphitheater, explained the initiative’s success. According to her, “our faculty is relatively different than others. We have this closeness and open communication and it’s easier with the smaller group of students.” She also explained that this isn’t the first time that such a forum was held. However, this year was the most successful yet as she said that “we tried it last year, but compared to this year, it was a colossal fail because only faculty and candidates attended. This year, we tried to work on it differently even though the political status quo is going on. We were

hoping that regardless of people’s political opinions they can actually come and think about why they would want to vote for someone.” Indeed, many students came to estimate the worth of their candidates. The benefit of such a forum, according to AbouSalman, is that it promotes responsibility: “if representatives come and tell the voters ‘we’re going to do this and that’ then they are liable to do it; they are responsible.” As current SRC member NurBeyahn Annan put it, the aim is to make FHS SRC Approachable, Available and Responsible. Now, more than ever, the student body is involved in the decision making process.

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