Posters 2012

March 29th, 2017


Jamie Arron

Sarah Bouchard


VP Academic & External

Aaron Beale

Richard Clark


VP Internal

JD Hutton

Alyssa Phillips

Becky Richter

Aaron Wolf

Aaron Wolf 2


VP Student Life

Gavin Jardine

Alex Hallink

Alex Hallink 2

Andrew Sykes


Senate Rep

Jon Magill

Martin Miller

Navid Rahemtulla

Zainab Shahtaj


Board of Governors Rep

Curtis Johnston





 DUNS – Yes

DWC - Yes



  1. February 6th, 2012 at 19:35 | #1

    Well if anyone thought Jamie won the website war, Sarah definitely gets the poster prize. With the amount of achievements he’s had as VPSL, it’s understandable that he would plaster his poster with results as a strategy, but for some people this could backfire. Besides being hard to read, it may cause people to recall JFK’s rebuttal to LBJ’s strategy of touting his senate experience during the democratic primary, that if he did such a good job as VPSL (which there doesn’t seem to be a lot of debate about) then why not re-run as VPSL? Not saying that I necessarily agree with that, but some people may think a long those lines. Either way, Sarah’s poster is clean, professional, spell-checked and includes both her first and last name!

    Aaron Beale: I was floored by the irony that the Loaded Ladle guy running on a platform of food issues for VP A&E has a poster that looks like he’s advertising for Pepsi. He’s also one pun away from sounding like a Nick Laugher article in the Dal Gazette

    I’ve always been a fan of candidates not trying to summarize their platform onto a poster, so like Sarah’s Alyssa’s is simple, bright, effective and still funny without feeling the need to teach us how to pronounce her last name. I suppose sometimes I can be a fan of the lighthearted approach that Becky Richter uses (it was my stupid idea to put Kayla on a pop can I believe), but just as that poster didn’t really turn out that well, this is too hard to read and also just not that funny.

    Aaron Wolf claims he can do the job of 3 men…maybe an unfortunate claim to run on against two intelligent and hard working females.

    I thought when Gavin Jardine asked what Super Sub’s, Sandbox sessions and Feel Good Fridays are that eventually he’d tell me. Or was his name the answer? Or am I supposed to already know the answer? Or will I be told later? For VPSL his are the most visually appealing and unlike Alex Hallink’s, include both his first and last name.

    Navid Rahemtulla: now here’s a guy who I could understand including a phonetic guide to pronouncing his name on his poster. If his goal was to get me to buy that shirt, and that beverage and then go for a much needed jog, then he was 110% successful. I do like the poster a lot too, and I’d probably vote for him even though he forgot to tell me to.

  2. February 6th, 2012 at 20:35 | #2

    I really can’t envision a world where Arron wins the website “war”… while I’m not a huge fan of the background colours Bouchard rolled out, I have to place a premium on presentation of content. Arron hides his content in an average of 5.5 scroll bars PER PAGE, most of which my scrollwheel doesn’t work for. Plus he’s presenting mostly text using entirely Flash, which renders the site unreadable on any iP[ad][hone] and other mobile devices. Individual pages can’t be found using Google, it’s not accessible to anyone with assistive devices… I think he has a strong message, I don’t know why he’s choking the life out of that message.

  3. February 6th, 2012 at 21:03 | #3

    Vote Arron: x4 venn diagrams = x4 the democracy!

    Bouchard gets points for improved spelling. I triple-checked every word for typos this time. :(

    You’re one step closer to catching them all, with Beale in that Pokeball.

    I think Clark could only get more Dal-patriotic if he were wearing TWO Dal scarfs.

    Alyssa has hair. Sometimes it does strange things. Sometimes it is difficult to control. Sometimes it has a mind of its own….

    Richter’s poster is either brilliant because the text fades into the background or awful because the text fades into the background – I’ll get back to you on that.

    Perhaps Wolf’s use of foreign languages will have the same marvellous effect on his candidacy as it did for Jon Huntsman.

    Good question, Jardine. What ARE SUper-Sub’s, sandbox sessions or Feel Good Fridays? I, for one, still don’t know.

    I look for two things in a VPSL candidate: mustaches and the ability to ride tiny horses. As such, Hallink already has my vote.

    Isn’t Sykes a DJ? Couldn’t he have used a photo of him, you know, being a DJ? Is picking good pictures in the constitutional responsibilities for the VPSL?

    MaGill gets the main point across – RE-ELECT. HEY LOOK GUYS I’M THE ONLY INCUMBENT. REMEMBER ME? They may not, though, without the grace of his face on the posters this time around, tragically.

    No, Miller. That wasn’t what I was thinking. If you were playing up your psychic abilities in this race, I think you’re in trouble.

    I have nothing to add to what @Sandy Schembri said about Rahemtulla. Except that he wasn’t 110% successful – I don’t like Nike, jogging OR beverages.

    Name, face, instructions. Shahtaj wins the simplicity award. I’m left with no unanswered questions (take a hint, Jardine).

    Johnston has the worst slogan I’ve ever seen. Also, given his use of plural, I have to assume there are two of him and he will therefore be filling both seats on the BoG.


  4. February 6th, 2012 at 21:04 | #4

    haha yeah the scroll thing is a huge pain in the ass, especially when if the trackpad operator is cursed with sweaty palms. I definitely meant in terms of visual appearance, but I suppose saying Jamie’s site was perhaps prettier would have sufficed.

  5. February 6th, 2012 at 21:12 | #5

    @Sandy Schembri

    Fair enough – I’ll give him prettier, I loves me a good Venn diagram. I’m definitely looking forward to his album dropping. Or his speaking tour? Not entirely sure what it’s about, I couldn’t bring myself to read the actual content.

    Also re: Sarah’s poster, anyone leaving that much white space is just begging for someone to fill it in later. There’s enough space to write “Vote Jamie” 6 or 7 times. Using spray paint. Not that it doesn’t look good, I’m just afraid that she might be responsible for the first ever photoshop contest.

  6. February 6th, 2012 at 21:20 | #6

    My girlfriend said the same about the space. So…challenge accepted.

  7. Z
    February 6th, 2012 at 23:15 | #7

    @Mike Smit
    I want to photoshop Sykes poster to look like the poster for Knocked Up.

  8. February 7th, 2012 at 00:23 | #8

    @Sandy Schembri

    That amount of whitespace reminded me of a certain web comic I read from time to time.

  9. February 7th, 2012 at 02:27 | #9
  10. Z
    February 7th, 2012 at 02:38 | #10

    @Andrew Awesome. Bonus points for doing it before anyone else. Extra bonus points for making it work for your campaign.

  11. February 7th, 2012 at 03:09 | #11


    Thanks! See I deliver what the people ask for. Imagine if I was VPSL. ;)

  12. English Tom
    February 7th, 2012 at 11:25 | #12

    I personally find that a poster just needs to get me to care about finding more about you.
    Jamie’s just makes me think how much more could you fit on it? I’m sure you’d rather I went on your website to find out about you than read your poster and move on. 0

    Sarah has gone for the serious but simple approach, does the job. + 1

    Aaron Beale – really? Like, you decided to run and then you thought to yourself ‘Beal-iving, that’ll work’. -2

    Richard Clark – the first one to throw in the Dal colours albiet just in a scarf but v. Simliar to Sarah’s makes me go and find out more. +1

    Alyssa – gah the Yellow and Black poster strikes!! Catches the eye.

    Gavin – are you critisizing the previous VPSL? Not a clever move if you and he bot get elected. And despite the fact you mention the previous year’s events you don’t really tell me what you’re going to do differently. You make a pretty poster but if I wanted an LSD trip for the DSU then I’d have run again. -5

    Alex – what’s happening here? Your either someone who doesn’t know me but wants to or a dude. If its the first then I can’t say I’m looking forward to roundtable get-togethers in the grawood next year and if its the second then I’m a little worried overall because I can grow a ‘Mo’ in a day and a half so why should I vote for you? V. Disappointed. – 5

    Andrew – No offense mate, but what? I gots me an flashback to the 60′s a chick with a mustache and now experience, realiabilty and results? This position I find always goes to the person who looks like they’ll have fun in the job. If you make it serious it makes me think O-Week shirts will be Business Casual. – 3

    Others in a nutshell (because I’m in class and should be listening)
    Wolf – are you a triplet? If so which one of you is running? The laidback one, the professional one or the student?.
    Becky – nice. But can you read the writing on the right? I had to pass my phone to the people next to me to discover if it was writing or some funky background, I hope it comes out better on paper.
    And the rest are just meh really… Kinda let down this year won’t lie

  13. A
    February 7th, 2012 at 13:59 | #13

    @English Tom – not sure where you are seeing criticism on Gavin’s poster for the previous VPSL. To me it looks clean and evokes interest in some ideas for next year that are elaborated on when you access his website.

    - Jamie’s poster is a little wordy, and Sarah’s has the opposite problem with having too much space for interpretive (albeit genius) artwork around her picture.

    - I’m pretty sure Richard has a closet full of those Dal scarves, or maybe it is a convenient appendage. It’s in every picture I have seen of him.

    - Becky’s poster is really effective, and extra props for including media plugs and the DSU emblem.

    - Alex should have stuck to one effective poster rather than opting for two lazy ones.

  14. February 7th, 2012 at 14:55 | #14

    Added JD Hutton’s poster.

  15. English Tom
    February 7th, 2012 at 17:29 | #15

    The question mark after the feel good friday bit at the top could be seen as criticism. Or is he taking credit for Jamie’s work? And it looks clean? Its a bunch of bubbles mate and envokes ideas. It makes me want to find a big bag of cheesy’s

  16. Henry
    February 7th, 2012 at 17:43 | #16

    ALSO… can we credit Curtis for his “Because someone has to do it!”

    Running unopposed, and has fully embraced it.

  17. A
    February 7th, 2012 at 19:19 | #17

    @English Tom
    I guess the design is personal preference-as far as the question goes-he is not taking credit for Jamie’s work just wants to inform about events that will be continued and others that are new-he’s looking at it from the voter’s perspective-questions they might ask. All of which are answered on his website.

  18. A
    February 7th, 2012 at 19:19 | #18


  19. Maggie
    February 8th, 2012 at 17:35 | #19

    Well even though he’s dropped out of the race, I think JD Hutton has the best poster. It’s just lovely. Love the colour combo and it’s very simple and hitting on his three key points. I like Sarah’s poster – look at how much ink she’s saving with the white space compared to the other posters! One of her platform points is sustainability after all.

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