Serious question: What has MathSoc ever done for you? Each term, you pay a $12.50 levy to MathSoc. Tell me, what have you gotten out of this money?
As it stands, our funds are being diverted to events which serve 1% of the student body. Really, a MathSoc movie night? Have you ever been to one of those? These self-serving events are not what MathSoc needs. We have to create a MathSoc that understands the true value of student involvement.
The Excel tutorials put on by DDC, the Dodgeball tournament with Profs by ActSci Club, and various Prof-Talks. These are just a few examples of amazing uses of MathSoc funds. They allow students to build relationships with professors outside of the classroom, and teach practical skills necessary to succeed in the real world.
We must work with businesses in order to foster an environment in which students can develop socially and professionally. Speakers from industry could provide invaluable insight into the world outside of school. We need the opportunity to engage our peers at other universities in conferences and competitions. Such events will foster learning and reflect the level of education offered at the University of Waterloo, and will help the Faculty of Mathematics entrench itself as a global leader in Mathematics and Computer Science.
I'm Kenneth Kou, a 4th year Math/Business Double Degree student. I truly believe MathSoc can be a successful organization. We deserve better. That's why I'm running for President.