Once again it’s the time of the year where we elect our student leaders!

If you were on campus last Wednesday and Thursday the 23rd and 24th, you probably saw the stage near the cafeteria. Not the One World Festival stage near the foyer, this was where MUSA candidates delivered campaign speeches and debated each other!

There are THREE parties this year; Concordia, Alpha, and the People. If you missed out the speeches and debates, fret not! We’ve got you covered!

Concordia (Presidential Candidate: Thusharan Chandrakumanan)

Some background from the Party’s official Facebook page:

“Concordia”, originates from a Latin word that signifies Harmony and Unity. The name represents us as a united team that is willing to become your voices. The name also represents us as individuals who aim to create a harmonious and unified university environment for you.”

Their motto:

“To Create, To Inspire, To Lead”

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What their President had to say:

With first hand experience in MUSA, Thusharan and his party aim to start from ground zero – focusing on everyday issues that Monashians face. He stated his mission to increase the ease of which Monashians voice their opinions – by adding complaint and suggestion boxes where students can vent. Thusharan doesn’t want Monashians to resort to confession pages to complain about their daily issues – he says the contents of the complaint boxes will go directly to MUSA and be resolved. Thusharan also pointed out that he wants to continue the current president’s MUSA Forum as one of the platforms for voicing complaints. Amongst his programs, he plans to have inter-school programs to engage students from different faculties. On top of that, he mentioned the oft-heard but as yet unimplemented Alliance plan. The Plan, aims to foster better relationships with neighbouring universities.


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Alpha (Presidential Candidate: Herman Tan Weihan)

Some background from the Party’s official Facebook page:

“Alpha”, defined as “a beginning”, is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. We are the first to be built on love, respect and equality. We are the beginning of something new. We are ALPHA.

Our mission? To build a conducive and inclusive community to foster a positive and enhanced learning environment for the posterity. But, we need YOUR help.

Let us be YOUR chaperone through this journey; through YOUR journey; through OUR journey.

Believe in us. Trust us. Support us. We will deliver.

Their motto:

“To build a democratic society, based on justice and equality, so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress” (S. Rajaratnam)

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Photo Source: MUSA Monga

What their President had to say:

Emphasizing the party’s first priority to serve the student community, Herman then explained why he should be elected – citing his experience organizing events in his previous school, to his military experience as a Singaporean NSmen. Herman and his party envision a greener Monash – which focuses on recycling and hopes that the lush greeneries don’t stop on the ground floor. Herman also brought up inter-school cooperation – to amalgamate the divisions.


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The People (Presidential Candidate: Natasha Lim Li Huei)

Some background from the Party’s official Facebook page:

My party wants to see increased transparency and engagement with the community and improved learning experience. We want to facilitate better communication between the student council and the student body, and to create a more socially aware student body so that we are up to date with current affairs and we have the initiative to be on top of that. We also want to improve the learning experience which is central to the university experience by pushing for better facilities and operating hours.

Their motto:

“Transparency from honesty, accountability with integrity”

Photo Source: MUSA Monga

Photo Source: MUSA Monga

What their President had to say:

She voiced her party’s mission – to increase transparency as a mean to increase the students’ confidence in MUSA. Natasha also believes that they should receive student input throughout the year, not just during elections. The Party also believes that the Monash community should be more involved in society at large; but instead of bringing Monash into the community, she aims to bring the community into Monash so that students can be better involved. She aims for students to have more exposure to the situations around their communities – such as refugees. As the only woman presidential candidate, Natasha delivered a glimpse of her vision of incorporating more NGOs involving women empowerment, such as the Athena Project.


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Got a better idea of who the candidates are, and what they stand for?

Sick and tired of campus gossip on the Confessions Page?

Fed-up with your voice going unheard?

Well put your thoughts to the ballot and exercise your rights from the 4th to 8th of September in Building 2, Level 1.

Remember, be the change you wish to seek in the world!

But start on campus first la…


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