SFU's Computing Science Student Society

2020-04-15


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Position: Assistant Director of Events

Nominee Name: John Wu


Nominee Speech:


Deja-Vu I have been in this place before. What? I look like I’m running for ADoE as a contingency plan if I fail the election for regular DoE? Nah, you’re seeing double. On a side note, that John guy who’s running for DoE has got a nice speech. He’d make a good Director. You should vote for him.


Nominee Name: Liam Wilson


Nominee Speech:


Hi everybody! My name is Liam Wilson and I'm a fourth(ish) year CS major. I spent all of 2019 on co-op, so I realize there's now probably a bunch of you that don't really know me, but I've been pretty active with the society over the years:



  • I regularly hang out in the common room when I'm on campus

  • I'm one of the original members of the CSSS Discord. I left for a period of time after The Great CSSS Discord Schism of 2018™, but I'm back! You can often find me in there helping people with homework or getting into political arguments

  • I was one of the First Year Reps in my first year at SFU (which I won by being the only person to pre-write a full speech for the position)

  • I was one of the Exec@Larges in my second year at SFU


I am primarily running for the positions of Director of Communications or Director of Events, but I'm in the running for all positions in the name of competition and filling up positions that might not have anybody else running for them. If I win in multiple positions, I'll try to take a position that nobody else ran for so that we can keep the CSSS running smoothly with enough executive membership through these rough times. And if I win in every position, I'll immediately declare myself Supreme Ruler of the CSSS and abuse my power to its fullest extent.


In terms of platform, my goals are to:



  • Keep the CSSS up and running and serving its membership through the current global crisis

  • Prototype a digital common room. The physical common room is important to the CSSS's social environment, and I worry about what not having it around could mean for the society. This is considering that we aren't even sure if the university will be fully open by the Fall, meaning there could be an entire class of new SFU CS students coming in who may not know anything about the society and won't have access to the space and events that are usually hosted by the CSSS during that time. I welcome suggestions about what a "digital common room" could look like! Discord is introducing video chat for servers, so maybe we could make use of that? Or maybe you'd like to see a Minecraft server with a to-scale replica of the common room? Let me know!

  • See about hosting smaller events online. We can't have Board Game Nights in person anymore, but maybe we could organize some Tabletop Simulator nights? Some game tournaments or casual game nights if anybody is interested? 

  • If physical distancing restrictions start being lifted, I'd like to see about holding some smaller, more informal in-person events too. Stuff like hikes or going out for drinks or something. The bottleneck to getting events to happen is usually planning and funding, so if we plan events that have a short turnaround time and don't require funding from the society, then we could feasibly have more events!


In the interest of full disclosure, I would also like to say that I'll be around for the entirety of the Summer and Fall terms, but I am planning to graduate by December. Depending on the state of the society in the Fall, I would consider stepping down at some time in the Fall term so that a replacement could be elected and the transition could go more smoothly.


Thanks for reading through my speech, and good luck with your finals and Summer Term!



Nominee Name: Shiva Sanei


Nominee Speech:



Greetings, CSSS members!


My name is Shiva Sanei, and I'm a 4th-year student in Computer Science. I'm the former Member at Large (Exec at Large), and I'm running for Assistant Director of Events. You've probably seen me around the common room or at the board game nights.


I'm really invested in board games and doing other community events. I'm determined to find a way with the elected DOE to organize events using online resources. I have already run jack box and movie nights using my own discord server, and I'm planning on doing the same using the CSSS discord server. I'm looking forward to running the events besides the DOE online or in-person. 


Thank you,


Shiva Sanei



Nominee Name: Akash Bhatthal


Nominee Speech:


Hi everyone,


My name is Akash Bhatthal (more commonly known as Kash).


I’m a third year student in Software Systems with intent to major in Computing Science.


I’m running for Assistant Director of Events of the Computing Science Student Society.


I have extensive experience organizing events and coordinating with volunteers as a former executive of the SFU Game Developers Club and an Organizer of the BC Game Jam (1 year).


I’ve been an active member of the CSSS community for a long time, volunteering as a Frosh leader and regularly attending CSSS meetings.


My Platform:


If I am elected, I will work with the DoE to reform the events committee.


We will start producing new and exciting events to the benefit of the CSSS and all students in the School of Computing Science.


I will foster an open community and do everything I can to make everyone feel welcome and involved.


I will organize and maintain a platform for the events committee, allowing CSSS members to get involved in their community and organize their own events.


For more information about my platform and qualifications, check out my website: https://www.sfu.ca/~abhattha



Position: Director Of Archives

Nominee Name: Akash Bhatthal


Nominee Speech:


Hi everyone,


My name is Akash Bhatthal (more commonly known as Kash). I’m a third year student in Software Systems with intent to major in Computing Science.


I’m running for Director of Archives of the Computing Science Student Society.


I have attended CSSS meetings for a few years and am confident in my ability to keep and reproduce minutes. I am very through and will always dobleehck my wrieups. I promise to consistently write and distribute meeting minutes for everyone, ensure proper notice of general meetings, and compile membership lists.


Nominee Name: John Wu


Nominee Speech:


I Type Words. Big Words In Fact. Nobody Types Words As Good As Me. The Choice Is Simple Folks. My Competition Would Have You Believe That I Won’t Deliver The Best Meeting Minutes You’ve Ever Seen. SAD! Those Swindlers Have The Lowest Energy I’ve Ever Seen. Could You Believe It? I Sure Can’t. Don’t Believe The Fake News That Those Other Candidate’s Spew Out. Director Of Archives? If One Of Those Losers Gets Elected, The Only Thing That Will Be Directed Is Anarchy! I Bet Those Chumps Don’t Even Sleep With A Copy Of The Constitution Under Their Pillow. PATHETIC! My Minutes Will Be The Best You’ve Ever Seen, Trust Me. Vote For Me To Get Yourself A Candidate Who Knows What The People Want To See.


(Also, Just Between You And Me, That John Wu Guy Running For DoE Is Wonderful. Great Man. Would Make An Amazing Exec. Outrageously Handsome Too. Second To Myself Of Course. Vote For Him, You Love It. Believe Me.)


Nominee Name: Liam Wilson


Nominee Speech:


Hi everybody! My name is Liam Wilson and I'm a fourth(ish) year CS major. I spent all of 2019 on co-op, so I realize there's now probably a bunch of you that don't really know me, but I've been pretty active with the society over the years:



  • I regularly hang out in the common room when I'm on campus

  • I'm one of the original members of the CSSS Discord. I left for a period of time after The Great CSSS Discord Schism of 2018™, but I'm back! You can often find me in there helping people with homework or getting into political arguments

  • I was one of the First Year Reps in my first year at SFU (which I won by being the only person to pre-write a full speech for the position)

  • I was one of the Exec@Larges in my second year at SFU


I am primarily running for the positions of Director of Communications or Director of Events, but I'm in the running for all positions in the name of competition and filling up positions that might not have anybody else running for them. If I win in multiple positions, I'll try to take a position that nobody else ran for so that we can keep the CSSS running smoothly with enough executive membership through these rough times. And if I win in every position, I'll immediately declare myself Supreme Ruler of the CSSS and abuse my power to its fullest extent.


In terms of platform, my goals are to:



  • Keep the CSSS up and running and serving its membership through the current global crisis

  • Prototype a digital common room. The physical common room is important to the CSSS's social environment, and I worry about what not having it around could mean for the society. This is considering that we aren't even sure if the university will be fully open by the Fall, meaning there could be an entire class of new SFU CS students coming in who may not know anything about the society and won't have access to the space and events that are usually hosted by the CSSS during that time. I welcome suggestions about what a "digital common room" could look like! Discord is introducing video chat for servers, so maybe we could make use of that? Or maybe you'd like to see a Minecraft server with a to-scale replica of the common room? Let me know!

  • See about hosting smaller events online. We can't have Board Game Nights in person anymore, but maybe we could organize some Tabletop Simulator nights? Some game tournaments or casual game nights if anybody is interested? 

  • If physical distancing restrictions start being lifted, I'd like to see about holding some smaller, more informal in-person events too. Stuff like hikes or going out for drinks or something. The bottleneck to getting events to happen is usually planning and funding, so if we plan events that have a short turnaround time and don't require funding from the society, then we could feasibly have more events!


In the interest of full disclosure, I would also like to say that I'll be around for the entirety of the Summer and Fall terms, but I am planning to graduate by December. Depending on the state of the society in the Fall, I would consider stepping down at some time in the Fall term so that a replacement could be elected and the transition could go more smoothly.


Thanks for reading through my speech, and good luck with your finals and Summer Term!



Nominee Name: Dusan Kovacevic


Nominee Speech:


Hello student body,


After two great years as Director of archives I am running once again; My experience allows me to execute the role with great efficiency. I believe that I am a good choice as this is the only role I am running for. If elected I will commit myself to the DoA Pledge, to:


- Take minutes of CSSS meetings and maintain the already existing archive of minutes.


- Post the CSSS constitution in the appropriate places, as well as inappropriate places.


- Record biased write-ups about CSSS events


- Encourage people to attend meetings for the sole purpose of fulfilling quorum.


Thank you,


Dusan


Position: Director of Communications

Nominee Name: Liam Wilson


Nominee Speech:


Hi everybody! My name is Liam Wilson and I'm a fourth(ish) year CS major. I spent all of 2019 on co-op, so I realize there's now probably a bunch of you that don't really know me, but I've been pretty active with the society over the years:



  • I regularly hang out in the common room when I'm on campus

  • I'm one of the original members of the CSSS Discord. I left for a period of time after The Great CSSS Discord Schism of 2018™, but I'm back! You can often find me in there helping people with homework or getting into political arguments

  • I was one of the First Year Reps in my first year at SFU (which I won by being the only person to pre-write a full speech for the position)

  • I was one of the Exec@Larges in my second year at SFU


I am primarily running for the positions of Director of Communications or Director of Events, but I'm in the running for all positions in the name of competition and filling up positions that might not have anybody else running for them. If I win in multiple positions, I'll try to take a position that nobody else ran for so that we can keep the CSSS running smoothly with enough executive membership through these rough times. And if I win in every position, I'll immediately declare myself Supreme Ruler of the CSSS and abuse my power to its fullest extent.


In terms of platform, my goals are to:



  • Keep the CSSS up and running and serving its membership through the current global crisis

  • Prototype a digital common room. The physical common room is important to the CSSS's social environment, and I worry about what not having it around could mean for the society. This is considering that we aren't even sure if the university will be fully open by the Fall, meaning there could be an entire class of new SFU CS students coming in who may not know anything about the society and won't have access to the space and events that are usually hosted by the CSSS during that time. I welcome suggestions about what a "digital common room" could look like! Discord is introducing video chat for servers, so maybe we could make use of that? Or maybe you'd like to see a Minecraft server with a to-scale replica of the common room? Let me know!

  • See about hosting smaller events online. We can't have Board Game Nights in person anymore, but maybe we could organize some Tabletop Simulator nights? Some game tournaments or casual game nights if anybody is interested? 

  • If physical distancing restrictions start being lifted, I'd like to see about holding some smaller, more informal in-person events too. Stuff like hikes or going out for drinks or something. The bottleneck to getting events to happen is usually planning and funding, so if we plan events that have a short turnaround time and don't require funding from the society, then we could feasibly have more events!


In the interest of full disclosure, I would also like to say that I'll be around for the entirety of the Summer and Fall terms, but I am planning to graduate by December. Depending on the state of the society in the Fall, I would consider stepping down at some time in the Fall term so that a replacement could be elected and the transition could go more smoothly.


Thanks for reading through my speech, and good luck with your finals and Summer Term!



Nominee Name: Argus Li


Nominee Speech:


Hello everybody.  I’m Argus, a third (fourth?) year Computing Science Student and I’m running for Director of Communications in this election. 


I have some experience in the CSSS – I am known as the guy who blasts boomer music in the Common room and I participated in the Event Committee in the Fall semester, where I helped organize an Ice Skating event which I believe was well received.  I personally believe that this perceived lack of experience makes me a viable candidate in this election as I’ll be coming in fresh – with a fresh mindset and fresh new ideas.


If elected, I plan to do the following things:



  • I’ll restructure the CSSS discord to make it more friendly to newcomers

  • I’ll do my best to uphold the lines of communication between the CSSS, graduate students and alumni

  • I’ll work within the budget to promote the CSSS to new students and expand its membership

  • I’ll religiously check the Society’s social media accounts and online presence

  • I’ll work with the DoE as well as the ADoE to ensure that Society events are promoted effectively

  • I’ll work with the DoR in order to implement his plan of a better suggestion box


I’m also open to any ideas that anybody has.  Together, let’s make the CSSS more transparent!


Position: Treasurer

Nominee Name: Manav Sharma


Nominee Speech:


Hi everyone, hope we all are doing well as per the current situation, I am first time running for executive position of Treasure for CSSS, which made so much excited and enthusiastic for the position. However, I am really connected with CSSS. I always attend the meetings, participate in the competition where I saw CSSS people who are so much discipline, responsible and are so developed with their roles and duties.


I have tons of professional and academic experience that I can offer for this position, as I will track the records of financial, income and all other expenses for CSSS. I always be regular with this position. 


I will use simple and short ways to track the records for the society which will be easily accessible to everyone. I will maintain the high standards of CSSS community. I am sure it will an awesome journey. I will make sure your vote will be worthful, so please vote for me. 


Manav Sharma


Nominee Name: Liam Wilson


Nominee Speech:


Hi everybody! My name is Liam Wilson and I'm a fourth(ish) year CS major. I spent all of 2019 on co-op, so I realize there's now probably a bunch of you that don't really know me, but I've been pretty active with the society over the years:



  • I regularly hang out in the common room when I'm on campus

  • I'm one of the original members of the CSSS Discord. I left for a period of time after The Great CSSS Discord Schism of 2018™, but I'm back! You can often find me in there helping people with homework or getting into political arguments

  • I was one of the First Year Reps in my first year at SFU (which I won by being the only person to pre-write a full speech for the position)

  • I was one of the Exec@Larges in my second year at SFU


I am primarily running for the positions of Director of Communications or Director of Events, but I'm in the running for all positions in the name of competition and filling up positions that might not have anybody else running for them. If I win in multiple positions, I'll try to take a position that nobody else ran for so that we can keep the CSSS running smoothly with enough executive membership through these rough times. And if I win in every position, I'll immediately declare myself Supreme Ruler of the CSSS and abuse my power to its fullest extent.


In terms of platform, my goals are to:



  • Keep the CSSS up and running and serving its membership through the current global crisis

  • Prototype a digital common room. The physical common room is important to the CSSS's social environment, and I worry about what not having it around could mean for the society. This is considering that we aren't even sure if the university will be fully open by the Fall, meaning there could be an entire class of new SFU CS students coming in who may not know anything about the society and won't have access to the space and events that are usually hosted by the CSSS during that time. I welcome suggestions about what a "digital common room" could look like! Discord is introducing video chat for servers, so maybe we could make use of that? Or maybe you'd like to see a Minecraft server with a to-scale replica of the common room? Let me know!

  • See about hosting smaller events online. We can't have Board Game Nights in person anymore, but maybe we could organize some Tabletop Simulator nights? Some game tournaments or casual game nights if anybody is interested? 

  • If physical distancing restrictions start being lifted, I'd like to see about holding some smaller, more informal in-person events too. Stuff like hikes or going out for drinks or something. The bottleneck to getting events to happen is usually planning and funding, so if we plan events that have a short turnaround time and don't require funding from the society, then we could feasibly have more events!


In the interest of full disclosure, I would also like to say that I'll be around for the entirety of the Summer and Fall terms, but I am planning to graduate by December. Depending on the state of the society in the Fall, I would consider stepping down at some time in the Fall term so that a replacement could be elected and the transition could go more smoothly.


Thanks for reading through my speech, and good luck with your finals and Summer Term!



Nominee Name: Mitchell Gale


Nominee Speech:


Hello everyone,


My name is Mitchell Gale, a 3rd year Computing Science student and I am running for treasurer of the CSSS. I've held the position for the past 3 semesters and have thoroughly enjoyed working with the other executives of the CSSS, as well as its members. I also have spent a year as the treasurer for the Mathematics Student Union. During my time as treasurer I have helped with the running and organizing of Mountain Madness hackathon, Frosh week 2019, end of semester socials, biweekly board games night and various other events. I've reported the finical standing of the society at all general meetings.


I am responsible for giving reimbursements to individuals for purchases they make for the society, and I always make sure to give reimbursements to individuals quickly. I have submitted 13 grants on behalf of the CSSS to the SFSS to help funding of our events. I will continue to provide regular updates on the status of the society during general meetings. I am responsible for keeping track of the money coming into and going out of the society's account. 

I will be able to continue to make improvements in my record keeping as I have actively been doing throughout the semesters. I know the SFSS granting system (Where a large portion of funding for our events comes from) well, and the correct procedure to make motions during meetings to make grant applications through the SFSS go smoothly.

I have enjoyed being treasurer for the past year and would like to continue to be in that role. I look forward to being able to work with a new exec team, help with the running of the society, planning of events and getting funding for the events.



I also will help organize another hoodie and t-shirt sale in the Fall.


Thank you for your time,


Mitchell Gale


Position: Director Of Events

Nominee Name: John Wu


Nominee Speech:


Hey guys, its John, your friendly neighbourhood forth year uni student who’s here to slave himself away so you can actually enjoy your university life. What qualifies me for this position? Years worth of experience helping the fine members of our incredible exec team provide you with your amazing events, thats what.
So far I’ve:



  • Helped run the CSSS Frosh as a Frosh Leader in both 2018, and 2019.

  • Helped run the recent Mountain Madness Hackathon as a member of the hackathon committee.

  • Attended every Board Games Night of Spring 2020, often staying late to clean up.

  • Managed the Fall First Year Event Lan Party


What can I do for you splendid readers of this top-notch candidate’s speech?


As Director of Events I’ll do my best to:



  • Make sure our current main event, the Board Game Nights, are run with as high quality as possible.

  • Run new events that can take place over a lengthened timespan, as well as events that don’t have to be attended in person so that more people are able to take part.

  • Run joint events with other FAS Student Unions in to develop networking between student unions.

  • Be open to any other ideas regarding CSSS events for the future.


On another fun note, I’ve also been elected as your 2020 Frosh Chair, so if you want to put some more of your eggs into this exquisite basket, that’d be greeeeeat.


Use your vote to help me help you enjoy your life just a tiny bit more.


Thanks for Reading


John


Nominee Name: Liam Wilson


Nominee Speech:


Hi everybody! My name is Liam Wilson and I'm a fourth(ish) year CS major. I spent all of 2019 on co-op, so I realize there's now probably a bunch of you that don't really know me, but I've been pretty active with the society over the years:



  • I regularly hang out in the common room when I'm on campus

  • I'm one of the original members of the CSSS Discord. I left for a period of time after The Great CSSS Discord Schism of 2018™, but I'm back! You can often find me in there helping people with homework or getting into political arguments

  • I was one of the First Year Reps in my first year at SFU (which I won by being the only person to pre-write a full speech for the position)

  • I was one of the Exec@Larges in my second year at SFU


I am primarily running for the positions of Director of Communications or Director of Events, but I'm in the running for all positions in the name of competition and filling up positions that might not have anybody else running for them. If I win in multiple positions, I'll try to take a position that nobody else ran for so that we can keep the CSSS running smoothly with enough executive membership through these rough times. And if I win in every position, I'll immediately declare myself Supreme Ruler of the CSSS and abuse my power to its fullest extent.


In terms of platform, my goals are to:



  • Keep the CSSS up and running and serving its membership through the current global crisis

  • Prototype a digital common room. The physical common room is important to the CSSS's social environment, and I worry about what not having it around could mean for the society. This is considering that we aren't even sure if the university will be fully open by the Fall, meaning there could be an entire class of new SFU CS students coming in who may not know anything about the society and won't have access to the space and events that are usually hosted by the CSSS during that time. I welcome suggestions about what a "digital common room" could look like! Discord is introducing video chat for servers, so maybe we could make use of that? Or maybe you'd like to see a Minecraft server with a to-scale replica of the common room? Let me know!

  • See about hosting smaller events online. We can't have Board Game Nights in person anymore, but maybe we could organize some Tabletop Simulator nights? Some game tournaments or casual game nights if anybody is interested? 

  • If physical distancing restrictions start being lifted, I'd like to see about holding some smaller, more informal in-person events too. Stuff like hikes or going out for drinks or something. The bottleneck to getting events to happen is usually planning and funding, so if we plan events that have a short turnaround time and don't require funding from the society, then we could feasibly have more events!


In the interest of full disclosure, I would also like to say that I'll be around for the entirety of the Summer and Fall terms, but I am planning to graduate by December. Depending on the state of the society in the Fall, I would consider stepping down at some time in the Fall term so that a replacement could be elected and the transition could go more smoothly.


Thanks for reading through my speech, and good luck with your finals and Summer Term!



Nominee Name: Akash Bhatthal


Nominee Speech:


Hi everyone,


My name is Akash Bhatthal (more commonly known as Kash).


I’m a third year student in Software Systems with intent to major in Computing Science.


I’m running for Director of Events of the Computing Science Student Society.


I have extensive experience organizing events and coordinating with volunteers as a former executive of the SFU Game Developers Club and an Organizer of the BC Game Jam (1 year).


I’ve been an active member of the CSSS community for a long time, volunteering as a Frosh leader and regularly attending CSSS meetings.


My Platform:


If I am elected, I promise to reform the events committee.


We will start producing new and exciting events to the benefit of the CSSS and all students in the School of Computing Science.


I will foster an open community and do everything I can to make everyone feel welcome and involved.


I will organize and maintain a platform for the events committee, allowing CSSS members to get involved in their community and organize their own events.


For more information about my platform and qualifications, check out my website: https://www.sfu.ca/~abhattha



Position: Director Of Resources

Nominee Name: Liam Wilson


Nominee Speech:


Hi everybody! My name is Liam Wilson and I'm a fourth(ish) year CS major. I spent all of 2019 on co-op, so I realize there's now probably a bunch of you that don't really know me, but I've been pretty active with the society over the years:



  • I regularly hang out in the common room when I'm on campus

  • I'm one of the original members of the CSSS Discord. I left for a period of time after The Great CSSS Discord Schism of 2018™, but I'm back! You can often find me in there helping people with homework or getting into political arguments

  • I was one of the First Year Reps in my first year at SFU (which I won by being the only person to pre-write a full speech for the position)

  • I was one of the Exec@Larges in my second year at SFU


I am primarily running for the positions of Director of Communications or Director of Events, but I'm in the running for all positions in the name of competition and filling up positions that might not have anybody else running for them. If I win in multiple positions, I'll try to take a position that nobody else ran for so that we can keep the CSSS running smoothly with enough executive membership through these rough times. And if I win in every position, I'll immediately declare myself Supreme Ruler of the CSSS and abuse my power to its fullest extent.


In terms of platform, my goals are to:



  • Keep the CSSS up and running and serving its membership through the current global crisis

  • Prototype a digital common room. The physical common room is important to the CSSS's social environment, and I worry about what not having it around could mean for the society. This is considering that we aren't even sure if the university will be fully open by the Fall, meaning there could be an entire class of new SFU CS students coming in who may not know anything about the society and won't have access to the space and events that are usually hosted by the CSSS during that time. I welcome suggestions about what a "digital common room" could look like! Discord is introducing video chat for servers, so maybe we could make use of that? Or maybe you'd like to see a Minecraft server with a to-scale replica of the common room? Let me know!

  • See about hosting smaller events online. We can't have Board Game Nights in person anymore, but maybe we could organize some Tabletop Simulator nights? Some game tournaments or casual game nights if anybody is interested? 

  • If physical distancing restrictions start being lifted, I'd like to see about holding some smaller, more informal in-person events too. Stuff like hikes or going out for drinks or something. The bottleneck to getting events to happen is usually planning and funding, so if we plan events that have a short turnaround time and don't require funding from the society, then we could feasibly have more events!


In the interest of full disclosure, I would also like to say that I'll be around for the entirety of the Summer and Fall terms, but I am planning to graduate by December. Depending on the state of the society in the Fall, I would consider stepping down at some time in the Fall term so that a replacement could be elected and the transition could go more smoothly.


Thanks for reading through my speech, and good luck with your finals and Summer Term!



Nominee Name: Truman Bui


Nominee Speech:


Truman Bui – Director of Resources Speech


 


Hello everyone, my name is Truman Bui. I’m a fourth year MACM student who enjoys long walks on the beach, intimate conversations, and forgetting + C after solving indefinite integrals. I am legally married to the CSSS Coca Cola Machine, so have an established relationship. For this coming election I am running to be your next Director of Resources.


As DoR, I will ensure that:



  • The coke machine is always stocked

  • When available: there will be more variety in the coke machine.

  • The common room supplies remain stocked and readily available


I have a Costco membership to supply large quantities of cheap supplies for the CSSS.
Last term, there were things I wanted to do but couldn’t do to time restraints, such as: a suggestion box, adding students’ projects as decoration, and dimmer lights for late-night studying.


I have previous experience as an Exec at Large and Director of Resources.
During my last term, I brought in



  • A new microwave.

  • A communal desktop.

  • A CSSS tent for events.

  • A new couch.

  • A lounge table near the door.

  • A new cabinet replaced new locks.

  • and fixed all the lights.


Of course, I couldn’t do this without the help of my amazing fellow execs, like Justin Yan, Cole Greer, Oscar Smith-Sieger, Celina Wright and Kia Mirsalehi, as they elevated my cooperation skills and I hope to improve on them even more this term.


 


Thanks,


33rd President of USA: Truman


Position: Vice President

Nominee Name: Liam Wilson


Nominee Speech:


Hi everybody! My name is Liam Wilson and I'm a fourth(ish) year CS major. I spent all of 2019 on co-op, so I realize there's now probably a bunch of you that don't really know me, but I've been pretty active with the society over the years:



  • I regularly hang out in the common room when I'm on campus

  • I'm one of the original members of the CSSS Discord. I left for a period of time after The Great CSSS Discord Schism of 2018™, but I'm back! You can often find me in there helping people with homework or getting into political arguments

  • I was one of the First Year Reps in my first year at SFU (which I won by being the only person to pre-write a full speech for the position)

  • I was one of the Exec@Larges in my second year at SFU


I am primarily running for the positions of Director of Communications or Director of Events, but I'm in the running for all positions in the name of competition and filling up positions that might not have anybody else running for them. If I win in multiple positions, I'll try to take a position that nobody else ran for so that we can keep the CSSS running smoothly with enough executive membership through these rough times. And if I win in every position, I'll immediately declare myself Supreme Ruler of the CSSS and abuse my power to its fullest extent.


In terms of platform, my goals are to:



  • Keep the CSSS up and running and serving its membership through the current global crisis

  • Prototype a digital common room. The physical common room is important to the CSSS's social environment, and I worry about what not having it around could mean for the society. This is considering that we aren't even sure if the university will be fully open by the Fall, meaning there could be an entire class of new SFU CS students coming in who may not know anything about the society and won't have access to the space and events that are usually hosted by the CSSS during that time. I welcome suggestions about what a "digital common room" could look like! Discord is introducing video chat for servers, so maybe we could make use of that? Or maybe you'd like to see a Minecraft server with a to-scale replica of the common room? Let me know!

  • See about hosting smaller events online. We can't have Board Game Nights in person anymore, but maybe we could organize some Tabletop Simulator nights? Some game tournaments or casual game nights if anybody is interested? 

  • If physical distancing restrictions start being lifted, I'd like to see about holding some smaller, more informal in-person events too. Stuff like hikes or going out for drinks or something. The bottleneck to getting events to happen is usually planning and funding, so if we plan events that have a short turnaround time and don't require funding from the society, then we could feasibly have more events!


In the interest of full disclosure, I would also like to say that I'll be around for the entirety of the Summer and Fall terms, but I am planning to graduate by December. Depending on the state of the society in the Fall, I would consider stepping down at some time in the Fall term so that a replacement could be elected and the transition could go more smoothly.


Thanks for reading through my speech, and good luck with your finals and Summer Term!



Nominee Name: Sarbjot Mann


Nominee Speech:


tl:dr - I have gained crucial skills throughout my DoC reign, such as talking to professors, increasing class sizes and co-hosting events with local companies that'll aid me if I become VP. I'll also make sure to put the CSSS members first, to ensure they are always being supported


Hi All, 


My name is Sarbjot Mann (known by Amander by some), and I'm a third-year Computing Science Student as well as your current Director of Events. In this upcoming election, I will be running for Vice President of the Computing Science Society. 


Experiences:


Over the past three semesters, I was the Director of Communications for the society. Throughout my term, I was able to do the following: 



  1. Gave our Discord Server the long-needed update, by changing the colour scheme, names of the roles, so they fit the theme of "Computing Science"

  2. Advertised all events planned by the CSSS as well as our friends from other DSU's/Clubs, by sending emails to our mail-list(s), posting on social media as well as making graphics for Instagram and for posters to hang throughout ASB 

  3. Alongside Truman Bui (DoR) and Cole Greer (Former E@L) got a Computer for the Common Room during the Summer Semester

  4. Peer Tutored students in MACM 101/201, MATH 240, Calc 1/2, and CMPT 120/125

  5. Alongside Cole co-organized the Bridging Languages Coding Contest which was co-hosted with Mobify

  6. CSSS Lead during the Bridging Languages Coding Contest

  7. Kept track of the sale as the prices of the Coke Machine went up and reported it to the CSSS team, during the Spring 2020 semester

  8. Got additional seats added to MACM 203, during the Spring 2020 semester, g

  9. During the Fall 2019 semester, there we two MACM 201 classes scheduled. However, one of those classes got cancelled, and the classes got combined. After the course combined into one class, many students were unable to take MACM 201 as the course was now closed. After talking to Bryant, approximately 200 seats were added to the course, and eventually, the class size of 180 got increased to 500. 

  10. General Maintenance of the Common Room

  11. Talked to Professors Regarding CMPT 120 concerns during the Fall 2019 Semester. 

  12. Along with Giovanni and Jennifer I have been in contact with professors about the usage of webcams and microphones during final exams as we transition to online schooling during the covid-19 pandemic


Throughout these experiences, I have learned and gained skills, which will aid me in becoming VP, which I'd like to talk about next. 


Proposed Changes:



My main goal for now will be to ensure everyone can adapt to the online format for the Summer 2020 semester (and possible the Fall 2020 semester) comfortably. If you are concerned about the summer semester, and the possible changes, you will be able to reach out to me, and I’ll reach out to the Professor and/or whoever is required to resolve the issue(s). Another things is that I hope to work with the other execs to plan online events and gatherings such as movies nights (using the Netflix Party extension or kast.gg), as well as seeing if it is possible to host online game nights.


When school is back to in person lectures I hope to do the following things:


Events: I hope to work closely with all Execs to host/organize more events, so you'll have more events to look forward to besides the bi-weekly board games night. As well as bringing back holiday-themed events, for instance, right before the winter break, organize a Secret Santa. Some other event ideas are to have git workshops, CSSS Peer Tutoring Sessions and potentially have guest speakers, as well as collaborate with other DSUs to help you socialize and see what opportunities there are.


Common Room: Currently, the Common Room can get quite messy, with dirty dishes in the sink, microwave smelling, etc. I'll make sure the Common Room gets cleaned weekly, as well as making sure the Pop Machine is always stocked, and the sales are going well. 


General Meetings: As of now, the general meetings consist of putting our hands up, without any discussion. Multiple members have stopped attending meetings as "all we do is put our hands up, and we don't know why." I hope to discuss and let the members know what the motions and discussions are about, explain the reasoning behind them and how it impacts the society, instead of just getting people to raise their hands. 


For more information feel free to visit: https://sarbjotm.github.io/index.html 


I hope you stay safe, and have a successful end to the term


Best,


Sarbjot Mann


Nominee Name: Paymon Jalali


Nominee Speech:


Hi folks


My name is Paymon Jalali. I am a fourth year Computing Science student, and I want to be your next Vice President! Currently, we are going through some definitely interesting times to say the least, and I wish to use my experience and ideas to help guide the CSSS forward through these times in a way that benefits all members.


I have been involved with the CSSS for nearly five years now ever since I stepped foot in the common room all those years ago. I have been friends with essentially all the executives who've served the CSSS in this time, and I myself have served as both the elections officer and the Director of Communications. During this time I have learnt a lot about the CSSS and it's inner workings which I believe makes me a good fit for the role of VP. I have also come to understand what active members of the CSSS expect from the student society while at the same time communicating with members who are not active and understanding why they aren't as active. I wish to bridge this gap and make the CSSS represent everyone in the faculty while hosting events that appeal to more people. In addition to my work with the CSSS, I have been serving as the Member Services Officer of the Mathematics Student Union for the past year. In this role I have gained even more knowledge about how a student society works, and how the student society interacts with its members and the SFSS which I know would help me in the role of VP.


With the current quarantine situation, the CSSS day to day operations have been affected, but I wish to guide the CSSS forward through these times in the best way possible. As of the last few weeks of the current semester, the current CSSS executives have moved meetings to Discord and have done an excellent job with that. I wish to continue these online meetings to get our work done in a safe yet efficient manner. If/when we return to a normal on-campus semester, I don't plan on using a gavel but I will chair meetings in-person again in an efficient manner. I have chaired a meeting in the past (which I think went fairly well), and I look forward to chairing more meetings in the future.


Events are probably what's being affected the most with the quarantine, but thanks to technology we can still interact with each other online. In order to fill in the void that a lack of board games night has left in our hearts, I propose that the CSSS hosts games nights through Discord in which we can play Jackbox TV, Minecraft, League of Legends, and other games together from the comfort of our own homes. As mentioned previously, I wish to bridge the gap between active and non-active CSSS members, and I would like to do that if/when we return to campus by having the CSSS host more casual socials throughout the day in which more members can interact with each other.


The CSSS has been a very important part of my time here at SFU, and I wish to help it continue being an important part of other students' academic life. I hope I can count on your vote to elect me as your next VP!


Cheers,


Paymon Jalali


Note: as it stands now, Summer 2020 may be my last semester. I wish to list this here for transparency.


Position: President

Nominee Name: Arya Tavakoli


Nominee Speech:


As much as school politics makes my hairline recced, some of our past leaders in the CSSS have fallen asleep at the wheel and have decided to take reactive measures rather than the proactive measures the CSSS needs to thrive. It is time to learn from our failures, shift perspectives, and strengthen the foundation of the CSSS. The CSSS is SFU’s bastion of acceptance- we take in and accept all people without prejudice-our door is literally wide open. This is our foundation and our strength. As president, I will take proactive measures and build upon this foundation by strengthening our ties with SFU surge, the industry, our faculty, and the SFSS. My first and foremost goal is to double our student engagement efforts. The truth is, we need fresh ideas to strengthen our ties within SFU and in the industry. We need fresh ideas that will support the talent, learning, and success of our students. We need to show SFU and the industry that our tradition of acceptance puts students first- giving them the resources to network, socialize, and be part of a community. My vision for the CSSS is simple: by investing into ourselves and our community we can clear roadblocks and provide our students with an abundance of co-op opportunities and other learning resources. 


Vote for me and together we can give the CSSS a big pp.


Nominee Name: Hun Seol


Nominee Speech:


Hello fellow Computing Science students. My name is Hun Seol and I am currently one of the Execs at Large. In this upcoming election, I will be running for CSSS President. 


For the past three semesters, I have been actively involved in CSSS both as an exec and as a member. 


Below are some of my experiences as part of the CSSS.



  1. I was the Main organizer for Mountain Madness Hackathon 2020 and tried to give everyone the best experience possible.

  2. I was a by-election officer in the September Election in a way to reach out to CSSS and successfully elected current ADoE and DoC. 

  3. Helped out with the First year Socials Event alongside with FIrst year reps and we got more than 30 new first year students interacting. 

  4. With the formal E@L (Cole Greer), Current DoC(Sarbjot Mann), First year reps and few others, we founded a CSSS Event Committee. 

  5. When Cole Greer graduated, I became in charge of the Events Committee

  6. Alongside of the event committee team, we have successfully run an ice skating + White Spot social event. 

  7. During the Bridging Languages Event, co-hosted by Mobify and co-organized by Sarbjot Mann and Cole Greer. I was one of the CSSS volunteers who tried to provide the best experience for the competitors. 

  8. Cleaned the common room


In the past, I have actively taken leadership position such as 



  • Community Sports Coach

  • Link Crew leader: facilitated first year high school students easily engage with community 

  • Jazz Band conductor

  • Peer tutor 


With the experience from the past three semesters and with my proficient leadership skills , I have realized they’re some issues in the CSSS and thought I should contribute to the community to solve these problems as I will continue in my speech. 



  1. Academic Aid: Currently, CSSS is neglecting its job to aid the student body who are suffering because either they are very new to computing science or the course material is hard. My main goal for this upcoming year is ensuring that everyone is getting the help that they need whether it is online or offline. People need help but TAs are not always there for you. A lot of people find peers and mention that “peer tutors are more helpful than TAs”. If I get elected, I will derive our idea to professors directly and discuss forward to find the solution that aids students. 

  2. Organization: As I run more events, disorganization would always hold me back. In my year, I will help the Director of Events and Assistant Director of Events to form an event committee team with a group of people who are not necessarily execs, yet, passionate about working with the community to provide students the best experience to enjoy their school years as well as more events. 

  3. Communication: Status quo, a lot of people do not know what CSSS is even currently for or what they are doing and it’s very unfortunate to hear it especially when there are so many gifted students in computing science major. I believe this problem has come from the lack of communication. In my year, I will actively start using our CSSS website to not just inform the major events but also hear any concerns or any ideas that they want to contribute towards the CSSS. 


If you would like further details on my experience and platform, check out my website: https://huneybear.github.io/hseol.github.io/


or email me for any questions: hseol@sfu.ca


Hope your semester ends well and stay safe :) 


Best,


Hun Seol


Nominee Name: Liam Wilson


Nominee Speech:


Hi everybody! My name is Liam Wilson and I'm a fourth(ish) year CS major. I spent all of 2019 on co-op, so I realize there's now probably a bunch of you that don't really know me, but I've been pretty active with the society over the years:



  • I regularly hang out in the common room when I'm on campus

  • I'm one of the original members of the CSSS Discord. I left for a period of time after The Great CSSS Discord Schism of 2018™, but I'm back! You can often find me in there helping people with homework or getting into political arguments

  • I was one of the First Year Reps in my first year at SFU (which I won by being the only person to pre-write a full speech for the position)

  • I was one of the Exec@Larges in my second year at SFU


I am primarily running for the positions of Director of Communications or Director of Events, but I'm in the running for all positions in the name of competition and filling up positions that might not have anybody else running for them. If I win in multiple positions, I'll try to take a position that nobody else ran for so that we can keep the CSSS running smoothly with enough executive membership through these rough times. And if I win in every position, I'll immediately declare myself Supreme Ruler of the CSSS and abuse my power to its fullest extent.


In terms of platform, my goals are to:



  • Keep the CSSS up and running and serving its membership through the current global crisis

  • Prototype a digital common room. The physical common room is important to the CSSS's social environment, and I worry about what not having it around could mean for the society. This is considering that we aren't even sure if the university will be fully open by the Fall, meaning there could be an entire class of new SFU CS students coming in who may not know anything about the society and won't have access to the space and events that are usually hosted by the CSSS during that time. I welcome suggestions about what a "digital common room" could look like! Discord is introducing video chat for servers, so maybe we could make use of that? Or maybe you'd like to see a Minecraft server with a to-scale replica of the common room? Let me know!

  • See about hosting smaller events online. We can't have Board Game Nights in person anymore, but maybe we could organize some Tabletop Simulator nights? Some game tournaments or casual game nights if anybody is interested? 

  • If physical distancing restrictions start being lifted, I'd like to see about holding some smaller, more informal in-person events too. Stuff like hikes or going out for drinks or something. The bottleneck to getting events to happen is usually planning and funding, so if we plan events that have a short turnaround time and don't require funding from the society, then we could feasibly have more events!


In the interest of full disclosure, I would also like to say that I'll be around for the entirety of the Summer and Fall terms, but I am planning to graduate by December. Depending on the state of the society in the Fall, I would consider stepping down at some time in the Fall term so that a replacement could be elected and the transition could go more smoothly.


Thanks for reading through my speech, and good luck with your finals and Summer Term!



Nominee Name: Bryan Daniels


Nominee Speech:


Hello my fellow Computer Science Students,


My name is Bryan and I am running to be the President of the Computer Science Student Society. We all have made tough sacrifices over the past several months, as this pandemic is affecting all aspects of life here in BC. I want to extend a personal thank you to everyone who is making it work in these tough times, from the medical professionals and researchers, to the grocery store workers, who are working night and day to get us back to our sense of normal.


Thank you.




As one of the incoming SFU Senators from the Faculty of Applied Science, I will be advocating strengthening online based education for first and second year classes. So that students will hopefully be able to achieve progress and not lose crucial months, due to events outside of their control. Please feel free to let me know if you have some academic concern and I will do everything I can to help and resolve it.




As the times have shown there is and will be an expansion of growth in the Tech sector as remote working and learning expands. My plans for the CSSS will be to expand opportunities with local professionals in the industry so that we can build connections and utilize the talent of the newest generation of CompSci graduates. We would ideally achieve this through having the Director of Events and Events Team work with local firms to participate in CSSS events to learn where we want to apply our focus and hopefully get some students straight into jobs, even before Graduation. The executive committee will be working on the basis that the current crisis will be resolved before the beginning of September, however we will adjust as needed.




We would also look into expanding our Social Media outreach, such as continuing the Discord Server and combining our talents with other Student Societies in our Faculty, by combining events we would have a greater burden sharing of events and stronger ties with our fellow Societies.




Regarding our financials, I have spent the last 4 years working in multiple levels of the Accounting Departments for Vancouver Law Firms, helping facilitate sales and transfers. This experience has enabled me to know how to balance budgets and coordinate expenses and financial decisions with superiors. The executive team will have the Treasurer issue a report of where we are, and where we plan to go at the end of every term.


I want to thank you all for the hard work you put into making SFU one of the best schools in Canada, and together we will make CSSS one of the strongest Societies at SFU. 


Thank you all,


Stay healthy and Be Well,


Bryan Daniel




Nominee Name: Vijender Bakhshi


Nominee Speech:


Greetings fellow quarantined Hello, World'ers, I'm Viender Bakhshi but most you will know me as VJ. I'm a forth year CS student and the current Vice President of the CSSS. I'm also the former ImbezlerTreasurer. I'm running to be the next El Presidente of the CSSS.


Why should I be the President? Well I think my experience should speak for it self:



  • I have consistently run the fastest general meetings

    • only 1 meeting a semester comes close to 1hr



  • I've held 2 consecutive executive roles in the CSSS

  • I"ve attended numerous faculty meeting where I bring up concerns and questions from the CS students

    • Meetings included the UPC meetings, School of CS meetings, and 1 / per semester sit downs with the Associate Director of CS (Brad Bart)



  • Worked closely with the Lisa Jung from Alumni relations to help plan and execute various networking opportunities

  • I've had many dealing with the SFSS, FAS Engagement Office, and School of CS

    • This has given great insight into the belly of the beast and lets me predict when university bureaucracy will get in the way and how to get around it



  • I was the Frosh Chair for Frosh 2019 and played a key role in Frosh 2018

  • I've helped to plan and run the last 2 Mountain Madness Hackathon, the most recent of which I was I sat as a judge for as well

  • Most importantly of all for both my VP and Treasurer terms I became the acting President for a majority of the summer, this came with all the responsibilities of my normal role + that of the President's

    • 2018: President was out of country and VP stepped down shortly into the term

    • 2019: President was out of country




Heres are the things I would like to accomplish as President


Short term goals/addressing the covid-19 situation:



  • run an online hackathon during the summer with cash prizes

    • fun themes only, no seriousness allowed !!



  • running creative online events to engage students

    • not just online board game but tournaments

    • online quake/doom tournament anyone?

    • we can definitely running some interesting workshops and competition online as well



  • the CSSS has a twitch channel so we should use in conjunction with our online events to make them more interesting

  • STICKERS!! AND OTHER COOL CS MERCH !!!

    • will survey for most wanted swag but stickers are happening no matter what




Long term goals:



  • 2 networking events/workshops per semester

    • we have lots of industry contacts who are itching to give back in many ways and it's time we start farming this resource of ours



  • create extensive documentation for running the CSSS

    • the CSSS currently lacks proper documentation on how to run the society

    • this could lead to future where the CSSS is running at half or less of its abilities

    • this'll ensure the CSSS's powerlevel is always OVER 9000!!!



  • create a website people will actually visit

  • more consistent communication of any information we receive from the School of CS or other sources

    • syndicated to all our platforms




Main focus:


The most important thing I will focus on as President is the Silicon Valley Networking trip. This might be the first your are hearing this but this years SV trip wasn't happening at all even without covid-19 coming into the mix. We were planning something locally at equal scale to make up for it but with covid-19 it's probably not happening. As such next years trip is in a state of complete flux and I will do everything possible to ensure that next years trip happens and that it will be something far greater than your expectations.


With the covid-19 pandemic looming over the world the CSSS is venturing into uncharted territories for the foreseeable future. That's why I believe that the next CSSS President should be someone with knowledge and experience of running the CSSS so they can hit the ground running at mach 10. I know that person is me, and I hope you do as well.


When elected I will rule with an Iron Thinkpad,
VJ


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