In the fourth installment of our series on Murdoch student guild candidates, Nash’aa Nashid meets a presidential hopeful who embraces diversity
By her own admission, candidate Corrina McBeath is an unusual choice for student guild president.
But the Momentum For Murdoch president hopes her background in Games Art and Design is the secret weapon in sounding in a new era at Murdoch Guild.
“I’m not really the presidential candidate you would normally see, but I think that is a good thing,” Miss McBeath said.
Miss McBeath believes it is important to represent different fields of study to eliminate bias in the policies implemented by the guild.
“I’m hoping that diversity in the guild will help make the decisions more impartial,” she said.
Next week, thousands of students will vote for the Guild Elections to elect the new Murdoch Guild of Students Council.
Miss McBeath says some of Momentum’s core values are sustainability, club culture and student engagement.
With many members of Momentum being part of Fossil Free Murdoch – a group of students that campaign for the divestment from fossil fuels – a sustainable future for the university is an important part of their plans for the guild.
“A lot of the food options here do not offer plastic free options, and these are the things that we want to address,” Miss McBeath said.
Miss McBeath says that Momentum wants to be as transparent as possible with the university students and believes that should be the basis of the guild.
“We want to do as much as possible. We are not in this just to put it on our resume, that is not the kind of guild we want to build,” she said.
Gavin Scolaro, a third-year Sociology and Economics student, plans to vote for Momentum because it stands in solidarity with the National Tertiary Education Union.
“The NTEU makes conditions better for students and teachers,” he said.
“I know some of the members of Momentum have stood up for students and others in the past and it is good to see them willing to do so again,” Mr Scolaro said.
Voting will open on Monday, October 23 and will close on Friday October 27.