Photo by Andrew
by Melanie Takefman
She said there are many empty spaces that she would like to convert into
room for students, like the basement of the Faubourg. She would like to
make the mezzanine more inviting by moving the tables to its periphery.
She has been active in student organizations since she moved to Montreal
to pursue a bachelors degree in computer science in 2000. The daughter
of francophones, Pomerleau grew up in Brockville, Ont.
She also took kickboxing lessons at Concordia. Now, however, when it
comes to making time for hobbies, she laughed and said, Not so much
lately, Ive been really busy.
The other members of the Evolution, Not Revolution slate are also veterans
of numerous faculty associations, councils and clubs. With executives
from every faculty, Pomerleau said that they truly represent undergraduates.
While Pomerleau plans to maintain certain CSU activities, like the job
and housing bank and the student advocacy centre, it was the frustration
she felt vis-à-vis their politics that spurred her to run for the
They were supposed to represent all students, but they were being
detrimental to most, she said. [They are] causing the reputation
of the university to go down and the chance of people getting jobs afterwards
She would like to forge a rapport with university administrators that
will enable the CSU to negotiate on behalf of students.
Rector Frederick Lowy shares Pomerleaus enthusiasm for open dialogue.
We will attempt to develop a good working relationship where we
are each sensitive to the others needs and where we are working
together for the benefit of our students and of the university,
In addition, Lowy said that university administrators will meet regularly
with the CSU. I hope that both student issues and issues dealing
with the university at large will not be distracted by non-constructive
disputes between the administration and the student government,
Pomerleau and her fellow executives would also like to quell the tensions
between student groups with divergent political agendas. Wed
like to get groups together and have them start talking before another
big thing happens. Hopefully, she added, by talking, they will learn
to respect each other.
In a year from now, Pomerleau envisions a campus with more sense of community, more balance. If you want to do activist activities and protest things, then you can do so, but if you dont and you just want to have fun then thats possible as well. People have a choice.