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Queen’s Alma Mater Society to Host All Candidates Debate

September 15, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is proud to present an all candidates debate for the upcoming provincial election on Monday September 19th at 7pm in Wallace Hall of the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC).

As part of an ongoing campaign to engage students, the AMS is hosting this debate to make it easier for students to find out more about the issues involved in the provincial election, especially those issues that have particular importance for students. The debate will be moderated by Dr. Eleanor MacDonald, with questions submitted by the AMS, the Society of Graduate and Professional Students, from the audience and from viewers online via Twitter. In accordance with the platform presented by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), the AMS is particularly emphasizing issues that have to do with tuition, teaching quality, and financial aid.

The AMS is strongly encouraging its more than 14000 members to get engaged and vote in the provincial election, with the goal of increasing student voter turnout.  Advanced polls will be available on campus September 21st-23rd to make it easier for students to vote. The AMS is providing information to students on voting and the election at http://myAMS.org/ONelxn.

CONTACT:
Please direct all media inquiries and requests for accommodation (access to an outlet or a table, etc) to Amanda Judd, AMS Communications Officer, at
comm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

BACKGROUNDER
Alma Mater Society (AMS)

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.
http://www.myAMS.org


Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is a coalition of student associations from across Ontario. They have come together to represent the interests of Ontario’s undergraduate students by providing research and ideas to governments on how to improve the affordability, accessibility, accountability and quality of post-secondary education in the province. These elected student representatives work together to set OUSA’s policies and direction. OUSA represents the interests of over 145,000 university students at nine student associations across Ontario.
http://www.ousa.ca

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