It's lonely at SOGS' top
By Kevin Gale
Helen Roos will have many challenges to overcome when she takes over the post of next year's president of Western's Society of Graduate Students.
Roos is expected to be ratified as president-elect tomorrow night at the SOGS council meeting after she was acclaimed to the position yesterday.
A Western masters history student, Roos graduated from Western last June with a bachelors degree in history. She has worked for the provincial attorney general's office since 1990, reaching the position of regional operations manager.
Roos said she ran for the position because she felt it was the best way for her voice to be heard on issues such as tuition increases.
Once the 28-year-old takes office May 1, Roos said administrative work will be one of the first things she does. "I want to do some operational reviews, look at every portfolio and take an inventory," she said.
The society's chief returning officer, Glenn Munro, said acclamations for society positions are a recent trend. "Over the past couple of years with fee increases people are less willing to do things outside their work," he said. "People who come out are exceptional, but the pool is reduced."
Roos said she wishes there was more involvement in SOGS, but added no one is complaining about how the group has represented graduate students this year. "We do need more volunteers from a research standpoint," she said.
More PhD students then masters students traditionally get involved with SOGS because their work keeps them here for two or three years, whereas masters students are at Western for less, Roos said. "It's self-directed involvement."
She said she looks forward to dealing with the grad club levy fund release and the graduate student endowment fund established this year. "We have some interesting times ahead of us."