Ricketts-Ruelas to serve as president, VP

first_imgMichael Yu | The Observer Campaign season for student body president and vice president ended Wednesday night as Judicial Council announced that juniors Bryan Ricketts and Nidia Ruelas had defeated sophomores Neil Joseph and Noemi Ventilla by 351 votes.According to Judicial Council, Ricketts and Ruelas garnered 1,908 votes, which came out to approximately 51 percent. Joseph and Ventilla received 1,557 votes or 41.62 percent of the vote, while 276 or 7.38 percent of voters abstained, up from 5.1 percent who abstained in the 2014 election.Overall, 3,741 students voted in the election, with a voter participation rate of 45 percent, consistent with the results of last year’s election.Michael Masi, class of 2014, former president of Judicial Council, said in an interview last year that a ticket must have a minimum of 50 percent of the vote to prevent the election from going to a runoff.Last year, neither the Vidal-Devine ticket nor the LaMagna-Andresen ticket received a majority, and so another election was held five days later. Despite earning more votes than the Joseph-Ventilla ticket, had Ricketts and Ruelas failed to meet the requirement of a 50 percent majority, this year’s election would have proceeded to a runoff.Reflecting on the week, Ruelas, the vice-president elect, said she had most enjoyed speaking to potential constituents and friends who had helped on the campaign.“I’m just incredibly humbled by this whole experience,” Ruelas said. “I’ve met some of the most incredible people on campus throughout this whole time, and it’s reinforced some of the best friendships I’ve made in my entire life. Thank you to everyone who came out. Every single vote counted, and it was — there’s no words.”Ricketts, who will serve as president, described his and Ruelas’s campaign as a group effort. Like Ruelas, he also described meeting with students as a high point of the campaign experience.“We definitely want to thank our friends and supporters who worked so hard for this, it definitely wouldn’t have happened without them,” Ricketts said. “It’s been great, over the past week, meeting with so many people on campus and already getting to start sharing their vision. We’ve had so many good conversations about the items on our platform and about things that aren’t even on there.”When asked, Joseph said he and Ventilla, Sophomore Class Council treasurer and president, respectively, would not pursue offices in the Junior Class Council for the upcoming school year, but he said they hope to find ways to implement the ideas from their platform in other ways.“We’re still really passionate about our ideas and the things we set out to do, and we think these things will be beneficial for all students,” Joseph said. “We’re not thinking about next year or anything like that, but we really want to get these things done. We’re going to try — we don’t know how at this point — right now we’re just processing things and looking forward.”Moving forward, Ricketts said in the next few weeks he and Ruelas will focus on putting together a staff and cabinet.“That is definitely the priority,” he said. “Finding people who are just as passionate as we are will be crucial to making sure we can be effective next year.”Ricketts and Ruelas officially take office April 1.Tags: Judicial Council, Ricketts-Ruelas, Student Body President, student body vice presidentlast_img read more

Education Enhancement Project to radically transform education in Dominica, says Minister

first_imgEducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Education Enhancement Project to radically transform education in Dominica, says Minister by: – July 13, 2011 Share Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! 109 Views   one comment Hon Petter St. Jean, Minister of EducationThe Ministry of Education plans to introduce a new initiative which will enhance both the delivery and quality of education in Dominica, according to the Minister of Education Honourable Petter St. Jean.“This year the Ministry of Education is looking at launching a new initiative, a program that we call the Education Enhancement Project. Through this program we expect to radically transform education the delivery of quality of education in Dominica. We have one component of this which we refer to as the TVET; the Technical Vocational Educational and Training, which seeks to develop the skill of high school students,” he said during an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes News.This new program will focus on agricultural development as well as the performing and visual arts among others which will make high school students more marketable.“In other words, on completion of high school these young people can be more marketable and ready for the job market by giving them a competitive advantage and being able to meet up with their Caribbean counterparts.”Meantime St. Jean says another program will be launched to help empower our young people and develop their skills.“We are looking at launching the “CVQ”; Caribbean Vocational Qualifications, is another root that we believe will serve to empower young Dominicans because really and truly the development of our human capital is paramount for us as a ministry. The vision for the “CVQ” Program is that the technical and vocational education and training. Our vision is that technical education will become part of the school’s curiculum.”The Minister also noted that some students are not academically inclined and must be catered for.“There are some children who are not academically inclined, hence the need to cater and provide for those children so that if a child is inclined towards say woodwork, apart from doing the core subjects on the curriculum he would seriously engage himself in woodwork and upon completion of his tenure at school he would be certified in woodwork being able to go out and find gainful employment or probably create his own industry,” he said.Mr. St. Jean hopes that these initiatives will radically transform the delivery of education as well as the students. This Government of Dominica contracted a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank to fund these programs.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more