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Cathleen Yoo

Monday, January 1, 2007

Why are you running?

When anyone runs for anything it’s because not only are they interested in getting involved and enjoys leadership but they truly believe that they have something to offer the organization and the students and this is why I’m running. So why Communications? I often hear of people being frustrated with the CSA and there have been times that I myself have felt this way. I feel that being the Communications Commissioner would allow me to get to the root of these feelings and make positive changes by making those important connections with the students, using the CSA board as liaisons to those that they represent as well as something a little different, which is going back to the purpose of this organization ensuring that this is at the front of everything and anything we do.

What are your priorities for next year?

My number one priority would be to ensure that ALL the students at Guelph are being represented and not the opinions of a selected few, including individual commissioners or board members. I believe the CSA Board has great representation from across campus and the next step would be to ensure that these board members are advocating effectively for their constituents and that students know who they can go to in order to have their voices heard. Another major priority would be to have results from these voices being heard. I believe that CSA needs to continue to strive to connect with the students they represent and showing this which is simply a matter of actions speaking greater then words.

Who is your daddy and what does he do?

My daddy? Well not sure how to answer this without making it sounds like a personal ad, so I’m just going to go for it. My dad’s name is Harry Yoo, by day he is a computer programmer and develops programs for various corporations. On evenings and weekends he is also a personal chauffeur dropping and picking up my brother from extracurricular activities several times a day. He also enjoys fishing, golfing and renovating houses as a hobby.

What’s the best thing to ever happen to you in Guelph?

Getting involved. And I’m not saying this because it’s the textbook answer. I can honestly say this changed my perspective of Guelph. In high school I was fortunate enough to have been really involved and hold many leadership positions. And then came 1st year. Gone were the halls and people I knew so well and all the teachers that supported me. And this hit me hard. For the first time I had to seek out my own opportunities. I had a rough first year, this included going home often and not even being here for most of O-week. Everything changed for me when I got involved with Interhall Council. Now I’m more involved then ever with IHC and as well with other organizations across campus and going home is something that only happens when I’m forced to because residence closes.

What innovative ideas do you have to communicate what the CSA does?

I think the most important thing to do is use various mediums. I think different things appeal to different people so the more variety there is the more diverse student body that you can reach. I also think having things which are standard such as a weekly page in the Ontarion, the Peak or other media forms will work really well, so students know exactly where to look to find information regarding the CSA.

What creative strengths would you bring to this position?

The ability to think outside the box. When it comes to promoting the CSA I believe it’s the ability to be different in comparison to all the hundreds of other organizations on campus that will allow CSA to get their information to the students, because students often become poster blind. Having been Public Relations Officer for East Hall this is something I am unfortunately familiar with and I feel I can bring these unique experiences to promoting the CSA effectively.

What do you feel is the most important message that the CSA Communications
Commissioner should be getting across to students and the community?

The most important message would be the purpose of the organization on this campus which is to serve and protect the rights of undergraduate students. Once students are made aware of this and believe this to be true by our actions, then this is when the organization can best represent the students and accomplishing its reason for existence.

What CSA services do you feel need more exposure, and how do you plan to accomplish this?

Programming is an important service offered by the CSA that needs more exposure. I feel that there are some very good programs brought to the University by the CSA but often students don’t even know who it’s sponsored by. Many programs reach small regular audiences and I feel the next step is making these accessible to all students by programming for a more diverse audience while maintaining the events that are directed to specific interest groups.

Speaking of communicating, have you ever painted the cannon and what did it say?

I actually have several times. The first time was to advertise for an event when I was the Public Relations Officer of East Hall. I got up at 2am to meet the team leader only to be told it had been postponed until the next day because of the weather. So the next day, although the weather wasn’t great we decided to go ahead and paint the cannon because we really needed to advertise for the event especially seeing we still hadn’t sold many tickets. But because of the weather it was taking forever to dry and then it started to pour and the cow pattern we had painted became a grey mess! How successful, I’m not sure, but the cannon was painted.

Anything else that you wanted to add?

“If not YOO, then who?” So you’re probably asking then why me. I bring many experiences to this position, having been involved with many large organizations on campus, such as the CSA Board of Directors, Senate, and Interhall Council, I understand what responsibilities come with holding a leadership position. The depth of my leadership experiences also provides me with the knowledge that allows me to HEAR everything you need to say and VOICE them in a manner which is effective for change. I am passionate about leadership and put high priority on ensuring that I do everything in my power to effectively advocate for those who have entrusted me with their voice. When you vote for me the one thing I will promise is I will approach my position with an “and then some” attitude.

For more information about myself and my platforms, feel free to check out my website.

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