Team Unify wins the 2018 BoG elections

Photo courtesy of Team Unify. Team Unify, who was voted onto the BoG as student representatives from left to right: Savreen Gosal, Obaid Ullah, and Salman Faruqi.

Team Unify has won the 2018 Board of Governors (BoG) elections.

Obaid Ullah, Savreen Gosal and Salman Faruqi are taking over as student representatives.

Some of their plans, according to the Team Unify platform, include revitalizing Ryerson’s athletic facilities, prioritizing support for spiritual groups on campus and working to make BoG reports more accessible.

Team Unify has confirmed it won the election. At this point members have not responded to questions about the vote count, or what the transitional period will entail.

When reached for comment, Obaid Ullah said, “I can’t share anything until it’s officially announced.”

Rivers Wahl, who ran on a slate alongside candidates Shea Neals and Brittany Rooney confirmed that Team Unify won, but would provide no further comment on the results.

The Board of Governors, according to the Ryerson University website, “is responsible for the governance of the university; control of its property and revenues; the conduct of its business and affairs.”

Daniel Lis, current vice-president of education for the RSU, who was running with his team Your BoG, summed up his response to the Unify win: “The people decide. And the people are always right.”

UPDATE: March 9, 2018

The election results for the BoG election have been published.

There were 41,206 people eligible but only 2001 voters participated. This means that only 4.9 per cent of those eligible cast a vote.

Team Unify student representatives Obaid Ullah, Savreen Gosal and Salman Faruqi all received over 800 votes each.

Administrative coordinator with the faculty of community services, Sarah Bukhari, won the position of administrative staff representative by only nine votes.

Bukhari got a total of 26 per cent of the vote after getting 162 votes. There were 612 votes cast in the election for this position.

Chris MacDonald was acclaimed to the faculty position for the Board of Governors.

All the numbers can be found on the Ryerson University BoG website.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that Rivers Wahl ran as an independent when in fact, Wahl ran in a slate alongside Shea Neals and Brittany Rooney. The Ryersonian regrets this error.

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