ZAMIR FAKIRANI

May 2, 2015

Last month, VPCI elected their new STC representatives. Among the bunch was Lakshay Verma, a Grade 11 IB student and bassist for the VP-hit band Blackout, who was elected as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Committee. His new role encompasses tracking SLC meeting hours, as well as caring for the $4.50 given by each student to the SLC as part of their Student Activity Fee.

“I ran for this position,” he told in me in an interview, “primarily because I want to make sure the SLC stays efficient and provides information to students who are clueless as to what occurs within the SLC. That being said, this job is mainly handled by the Secretary-Treasurer.” He also ran to ensure the school budget is managed effectively, and to keep students in the know in regards to where their money is being spent by, “work[ing] with the Panther Press to have these budget reports updated [regularly].”

Lakshay’s campaign revolved around budget transparency, and he hopes to deliver on this promise, saying, “I will work towards a more transparent budget by having online copies of the budget posted on social media sites quarterly, or after large events as per request.” These events include the Semi-Formal dance and the various talent shows.

In regards to how the SLC is failing the student body, he responded, “I feel a lot of the students do not know what the SLC does other than the major events that are planned. From personal experience, I’ve had some friends ask me what the SLC really does, and I feel that this is a problem that needs to be fixed.” In terms of solving the problem, he believes that he can create a better liaison by hosting open meetings after each budget report is published, and keeping students in the know about the SLC’s initiatives. He believes that “these open meetings will be important to inform students about various events [and] changes that will be made in the school. [They] allow students to voice their opinions in front of SLC members, and give them the option to ask questions about anything that they are curious about. In terms of how successful these meetings [will be], I believe that comes down to the students and how eager they are to know more about the SLC. Most of them want to know what the SLC does, so I believe that there will be a large amount of people that show up for each meeting.”

Noticing the huge importance placed on open meetings by all candidates for most positions, I asked him why he believes they are important, and whether or not they will be successful. He believes “open meetings will be important to inform students about various events/changes that will be made in the school. These meetings will also allow students to voice their opinions in front of SLC members, and give them the option to ask questions about anything that they are curious about. In terms of how successful these meetings are, I believe that comes down to the students and how eager they are to know more about the SLC. Most of them probably want to know what the SLC does, so I believe that there will be a large amount of people that show up for each open meeting.”

Evidently, Lakshay knows what he is doing and how he can improve the student experience through his position, and will surely make for an amazing Secretary-Treasurer!