First Year Council (FYC) Elections

MSU First Year Council (FYC) is the unique representative body for McMaster first year students that serves to inform and speak for their distinctive needs and concerns. The council represents both current and future first year McMaster students, and ensures that their issues and interests are addressed by acting as a voice, and as a guiding body.

First Year Council Results

The votes are in and the results have been ratified by the Elections Committee. The results of the candidates are available below. 

This year, candidates interested in running for First Year Council was unprecedented with a record number of 54 candidates who had sumbitted a nomination form to run for 16 positions. 

Voter turnout for the 2018 MSU First Year Council Chair and Vice-Chair election was 21.6% with 1,373 students voting this year. Turnout for Residence Chair elections was 31.8% with 665 students voting. This marks a rise in McMaster first year student voter turnout. 

Results are not official until the appeals process has been exhausted. 

Chair: Ajay Gandhi

Vice Chair Internal: Jennifer Tran 

Vice Chair External: Angelo Marmolejo 

Vice Chair Events: Leah Kogan 

Bates Residence Chair: Charlie Violin

Brandon Residence Chair: Jennifer Odenigbo*

Edwards Residence Chair: Will Lee 

Hedden Residence Chair: Diana Dolghii

Les Prince Residence Chair: Yar Al Dabagh

Mary E. Keyes  Residence Chair: Samantha McBride*

Matthews Residence Chair: Jaiden Padda

McKay Residence Chair: Bassil Issa 

Moulton Chair: Sophia Zhang

Wallingford Residence Chair: Wendy Tang

Whidden Residence Chair: Keshini Sri*

Woodstock Residence Chair: Caitlin Gililand*


Thank you to everybody who voted!

The Elections Committee, charged with overseeing all elections of and within the MSU, has completed the campaign evaluation process by assessing fines and addressing complaints levied against candidates. To that effect, Hedden Residence Chair candidate Esha Karia was automatically disqualified (8.11.1) from the election due to accumulating fines exceeding half of the spending limit. The following violations of election rules of the election rules were also assessed onto the candidate: 8.9.3. Candidates shall be fined 100% of the amount that exceeds the spending limit; and 8.10.8. Deliberately violating rule 8.10.1. exceeding the spending limit. A copy of the FYC Rules are available here

The Chief Returning Officer has presented all evidence used by the Elections Committee in making its determination to Ms. Karia. All ballots cast for Ms. Karia remain valid preferential ballots in the election. As per Bylaw 10 – Elections, rule 7.1.5 - if a candidate or referendum side is disqualified ... after polling has taken place, the disqualified ... candidate shall be declared “out of the race” and his or her first choice ballot recounted in accordance with the second choice indicated on the ballot. 

The full breakdown of the results can be found in the PDF's below: 

Chair and Vice Chair Breakdown    

Residence Chairs Breakdown

Results are not official until the appeals process has been exhausted. All candidates have five business days to appeal their fines and contest the resultsNotice and grounds for appeal shall be submitted in writing to the Returning Officers no later than 4:30PM, five business days after the Elections Committee's ruling. Appeals will be heard first by the Elections Committee. Subsequent appeals will be heard by the Electoral Appeal Board. Decisions of the Electoral Appeal Board are final.

The formal minutes of the Election Committee's first year council election fines meeting can be found below: 

First Year Council (FYC) Fines Meeting 2018

First Year Council Positions and Candidates 

The primary spokesperson, liaison and advocate for the MSU First Year Council. This person will maintain relationships with other student/university organizations and oversees all FYC meetings. This person is responsible for reporting on the First Year Council to the SRA.

Candidate  Social Media and Website
Adeola Egbeyemi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/321418451749777/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adeola.e/?hl=en

Ajay Gandhi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AjayForChair

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ajaygandhi_

Finlay McMullen  
Hasina Qaderi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hasina.qaderi.7

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hasina_qaderi/

Hrithik Sharma Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/VoteHrithikSharma/
Salsa Sarhan

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Salsabil-Sarhan-for-chair-1681192818656243/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/salsabilsarhan/

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/salsabilsarhan

Sheenam Khuggar

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sheenamforchair/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shee_gram/

Sohnia Sansanwal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/285417515399606/

Vice-Chair (Internal)
The Vice-Chair (Internal) acts as spokesperson for the organization and liaison between the First Year Council and the Residence Advisory Council. This individual will act as a primary lead on advocacy related to the living conditions and the students experience of first year students living on McMaster campus.

Candidate Social Media and Website 
Ariq Moyeed   
Charles Tunnard   
Jennifer Tran   
Keshikaa Suthaaharan Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VCICKeshikaa/
Maryam Denno

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Maryam-Denno-for-FYC-Vice-Chair-Internal-546710705750265/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maryam.denno/

Prabhjeet Kaur 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrabhjeetViceChairInternal/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prabhjeet_vicechairinternal/

 Sahil Karnani

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sahilforvci/

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/sahilkarnani

Vice-Chair (External)
The Vice-Chair (External) acts as spokesperson for the organization and liaison between the First Year Council and the Faculty Society first year representatives.This individual will act as a primary lead on advocacy related to issues with respect to academic and off campus student experiences perspectives.

Candidate Social Media and Website 
Ali Siddiqui  
Aljeena Qureshi  
Angelo Marmolejo


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iangelomarmolejo/?hl=en

Dheepthi Thommandram  
Dua Saqib  

Vice-Chair (Events)
The Vice-Chair (Events) acts as a spokesperson for the organization and is the primary planner for events planned by the council. This Vice-Chair (Events) will work with MSU Spark, the MSU Maroons, MSU Campus Events and Residence Life to raise first year spirit within the school and improve the student experience at McMaster University.

Candidate Social Media and Website 
Adam Hussain  
Andrew D'Elia  
Esra Rakab Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/100008007640970/posts/2217996015143965/
Leah Kogan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leah.kogan

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leahkogan/?hl=en

Muhammad Arif


Subaani Mathy  
Wiliiam Bhagroo  

Residence Chairs (12)
Residence Chairs will act as advocates for students in residence at McMaster University. They will be elected among their peers within their residence and will serve on a variety of Residence Life consultation committees. Further, residence chairs will be responsible for collecting feedback on the perspective of students in residence and running events within their particular building.

Bates Chair

Candidate Social Media and Website 
Aditi Selvaraj

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/bae4bates/?ref=content_filter

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bae4bates/

Charlie Violin  
Kate McCurdy 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Kateforbates

Brandon Chair 

Candidate  Social Media and Website 

Jennifer Odenigbo



Edwards Chair 

Candidate  Social Media and Website 
Anais Chen  
Will Lee   

Hedden Chair 

Candidate Social Media and Website 
Diana Dolghii  
Esha Karia Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vote-Esha-Karia-for-Hedden-Res-Chair-326937877870083/
Matthew Jones  

Les Prince Chair 

Candidate Social Media and Website
Anushka Muresh  
Devan Flaming  
Yar Al Dabagh  

Mary E. Keyes Chair

Candidate  Social Media and Website 

Samantha McBride



Matthews Chair 

Candidate  Social Media and Website 
Caroline Bredin  
Jaiden Padda  

McKay Chair 

Candidate Social Media and Website 
Bassil Issa   
Esther Pereria  
Nick Nowak  

Moulton Chair 

 Candidate  Social Media and Website 

 Craig Dawdy


 Sophia Zhang

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sophia4Moulton

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sophia_zhang18/?hl=en

Wallingford Chair 

Candidate Social Media and Website 
Lily Boyd Bell

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lily-Boyd-Bell-for-Wallingford-Rep

Wendy Tang  

Whidden Chair

Candidate Social Media and Website 

Keshini Sri



Woodstock Chair 

Candidate Social Media and Website 

Caitlin Gilliland


 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votecaitlingilliland/

Important Dates

Nomination Period: September 4, 2018 - September 17, 2018 | Nominations close at 5 PM

All Candidates Meeting: September 17, 2018 | Meeting in MDCL 1008 at 6 PM

Campaigning Period: September 19, 2018 - September 26, 2018

Polling Date(s): September 25, 2018 - September 26, 2018 | Polling ends at 5 PM

Nomination Papers

To be nominated, please read over the package carefully and return the completed Nomination Package to the McMaster Students Union Office (MUSC 201) by September 17th at 5 PM.

The Expense Declaration Sheet must be completed in full and handed in by 2 PM on September 25th.

The Nomination Package can be found by clicking the link below, or by visiting the McMaster Students Union Office (MUSC 201).

Documents include:

Contact Details

Uwais Patel (CRO)
905-525-9140 ex. 24118

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