Cloverdale students not getting their fair share
April 11, 2011 by Matthew DiMera
Cloverdale students aren’t seeing their fair share of events and services, according to the KSA’s new Cloverdale campus director.
Shivinder Singh, a first-year CAD student, is the first-ever elected campus director at Cloverdale and hopes to better represent his campus.
“Students at Cloverdale aren’t getting their share,” said Singh. He said that most KSA events and spending are directed at Richmond and Surrey, even though Cloverdale students pay the same fees.
This year, was the first time that any students were nominated or elected for KSA positions in Cloverdale since it was opened in 2007.
When Singh transferred to Kwantlen from UBC-Okanagan last year, he was immediately struck by the absence of student life and decided he could make a difference.
“I saw a poster for elections,” said Singh. “So I just put my name in and jumped in.”
According to Singh, the biggest issues facing Cloverdale students are the rapid increase in fees and the near-complete absence of student life and events.
He also says that Cloverdale faces unique challenges. The campus is male-dominated and students range from the very mature to high school students. Because most of the programs at Cloverdale aren’t semester-based, typical orientations or welcome weeks haven’t worked. New classes usually start every month and sometimes every week.
He is still learning how the KSA system works, but is making plans to hold an orientation in the fall as well as other events.
Singh says that students are divided about the incoming U-Pass program. Bus service at Cloverdale is limited and the U-Pass is mandatory for all students, even those who never use public transit. However, Singh acknowledges that those who do use transit are very excited about it.