Election Breakdown : What is The Lazaridis Students’ Society and Why Should You Care?
Tuesday, January 01, 2019
With the new semester in full swing, the annual Lazaridis Students’ Society (LazSoc) Presidential elections are here. With all of the current campaigning, you may be asking: What is LazSoc? Why should I care who the president is? How does this affect me? In order to make sure all business, economics, and double degree students are informed about the entire process and how they are impacted, here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions:
Q : What is the Lazaridis Students’ Society?
A: The Lazaridis Students’ Society is a student-led organization comprised of all 6,500 undergraduate Lazaridis Business, Economics, and Double Degree students at Wilfrid Laurier University. The Lazaridis Students’ Society acts as a link between students, faculty, and members of the surrounding business and economics community. Each semester, they offer resources, programs, and unique events tailored to broaden students’ professional and personal development.
On top of that, the Lazaridis Students’ Society supports the initiatives and programming of the 23 Lazaridis business and economics clubs and associations, who are committed to the development of key student interests. The Lazaridis Students’ Society is dedicated to representing the interests of all undergraduate Lazaridis Business & Economics students. They strive to support and enhance the student experience and provide opportunities for students to discover and pursue their passions.
Q: Why should I care who becomes president?
A: The answer is simple. The Lazaridis Students’ Society (whether many students realize it or not) affects almost every BBA, Econ, and Double Degree student at some point in their time here at Laurier. Each student pays a levy each year which contributes to the funding of LazSoc, which gets distributed throughout the year to multiple outputs, from the weekly coffee bar in Lazaridis Hall to club events. If you do happen to get involved with a LazSoc club or association, their impact is even more prominent as the Students’ Society serves as the governing body of the clubs, impacting how they run, their budgets, and their events. The president also has many other roles across the Lazaridis school, meaning they impact nearly all students in some fashion.
Q: Who is running for LazSoc president for the 2018-2019 school year?
A: This year, two candidates are running for president of the Lazaridis Students’ Society. Emily Fraser and Marnie McCormac. Both candidates have official campaign websites and Facebook pages which are linked below. I highly encourage you to learn more about both candidates so you are able to make an informed vote, and to be sure you are supporting a candidate who’s goals for the future of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics align with your own.
Q: How do I vote?
A: Voting is actually quite simple. You will receive an email to your @mylaurier.ca email address on the first day of voting (January 30th), and the link to vote will be open until the middle of the day on February 1st. This link will come from the Students’ Union, and will include the option to vote for multiple different positions across the school all in one place. This link includes multiple positions including Students’ Union Presidents and CEO, Board of Directors, Senate, and Lazaridis Students’ Society president. All students are highly encouraged to vote, as their vote has a significant impact on the future of the school.