On March 16, Kathleen Reid was elected president of the Dalhousie Student Union. Her victory was a rarer event than you might think—while women account for roughly 55% of the student population, they have made up only 30% of DSU presidents since 1985. This is the first time since the 2009-2010 school year that students have elected a female president, and the ninth time overall since we elected our first female president a little over three decades ago. In honour of this occasion, we present the following “yearbook” to upgrade your knowledge of DSU history and help preserve the institutional memory of Kathleen’s predecessors.
John Hillman is the Gazette's Opinions Editor. John is a second-year law student, but he has been at Dalhousie for much longer than that. Recently discovered cave paintings indicate he was first observed lurching around campus by Halifax’s original human settlers some time during the late Pleistocene epoch. He started writing for the Gazette back when you were in elementary school, but he unexpectedly went off the grid a half-decade ago to concentrate on helping found Punditry.ca, a DSU-focused political blog. Where exactly was he hiding between the years 2009-2013? Certain individuals would prefer he not comment. Why has he returned? Not because of a top-secret Illuminati indoctrination project known only as the Omega Initiative, that’s for sure.
You can email John at firstname.lastname@example.org.