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By Mohammed ‘Ayo Busari’, Grok Magazine.
Lachy Lee will be the Guild’s Vice President - Activities for 2021, his pronouns are He/Him and he is currently in his third year studying a Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering with Honours.
He loves dogs, old dogs in particular, Cadbury’s Top Deck chocolate that has been left in freezer for at least a day and most of all food that has been cooked to a charcoaled crisp.
He typically spends his day in the Guild office working on fun event ideas with your Guild Representatives and working on cool club initiatives. He has been involved with the Guild since the end of his first year, and has been elected to Guild Councillor twice, being appointed to the role of Guild Council Chair in his second term, Science and Engineering Faculty Representative, Secretary and now Vice President – Activities.
Where is your favourite place to be on campus?
The engineering Pavilion, excellent place to relax and catch up with mates who also study engineering.
What are your plans after university?
Well hopefully I will be doing some engineering, but we will cross that bridge once it is even remotely in sight.
How can the Guild help make university life better?
From free food, to facilitating and supporting clubs, from fun activities to advocating on your behalf to the university, there is not an aspect of your student life we do not work to improve.
How and why did you get involved in the Guild?
I had a good friend Nicola, who suggested I sit down and have a chat with her about all the cool things that the Guild does, I went and after a quick spiel I thought it was pretty and joined up. After a hectic election, I was in and it has been everything I thought it was and so much more.
How do you think you can make a difference this year, and what are you hoping to achieve?
I am hoping to bring this campus back to life after COVID shut us down for the bigger part of 2020, that means bigger and better events, and giving clubs the space and support to truly shine.
What is the most important issue for students today?
There are so many things affecting students currently; having their in-person classes removed or reduced, parking fees going up again (highest in the state, with the university setting their sights on highest in the country) and academics being made redundant without sufficient replacements being found. These are a lot of different issues stemming from one common source: A University that is valuing profits over education.
How do you see universities adapting to students’ needs in the future?
They need to meaningfully invest in the student experience, both in and out of the classroom.
What is your advice for making the most out of the university experience—especially for first years?
Get involved! That is all there is to it, find a club, join an initiative, eat at a Guild Café, go to one of our fun activities (like Guild O-Day!). There is a lot of fun things to do at Curtin, you should absolutely go out and do something.
If you could make any changes in the university, what would it be and why?
Countless technical changes focused on handing decision making power back to Academics, support staff and the students.
However, one huge physical change would be to get rid of all the hills on campus. I am sick of having to go up and down the giant hill that is this campus. Flatten it!
If you were the Prime minister of Australia for a day, what would you do?
Well, I hear Hawaii is nice…
This article is part of a Curtin Student Guild interview series conducted by Grok Magazine.
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