Dean Thomas: …a round of applause for Tim Yeung. (Students clap.) Next up to the 1)podium, we have Naomi Bartlett. Miss Bartlett, the mic is yours. (Students clap again.)
Naomi: Thank you Dean Thomas for that warm welcome, and thank you to my opponent and colleague, Mr. Tim Yeung. Tim's done an excellent job of pointing out everything I'm going to do wrong if I'm elected, which now leaves me with ample time to talk about what will get done if I'm elected.
First and foremost, we'll see this absurd 2)hike in tuition fees slowed and then reversed. We can all appreciate the necessity of inflation, but a 250% increase in six years is ridiculous at the best of times. ①And let's not forget that the number of required textbooks in first- and second-year classes has risen from one or two books per year to four or six books per semester. ②How are students who are surviving hand to mouth supposed to afford these things?
Secondly, I've heard through the 3)grapevine that many people are expressing worries about the lack of practical support on campus. Cooking courses, study-habit training, budgeting, and interview skills are among the things I've heard mentioned, and I have to say that I agree—these things are of vital importance and, sadly, are being ignored. If I am elected, I will work with the head of each department to create these kinds of programs, run by volunteers, in an effort to improve the day to day lives of students.
③Last but not least, I'd like to look at equality. Many of you already know that I strongly believe in level playing fields. What I truly hope that everyone will come to understand is that no matter what the problem, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, I will be here with ears wide open. I will listen, I will consider, and I will do everything in my power to make sure your voice is heard.
And with that, ④I will bid you 4)adieu. I look forward to working with all of you in the future!