Volume 91, Issue 54

Wednesday, December 3, 1997

Jack Frosh


USC musical chairs

By Brendan Howe
Gazette Staff

Weeks of work and discussion will come to fruition tonight at a University Students' Council meeting when a restructuring plan for the board of directors and the rest of council will be voted on.

Initially proposed six weeks ago, the plan has since faced many changes. If the latest proposal is approved, next year's council would see the addition of eight voting seats and an overhaul of the executive positions.

Council would bid farewell to the VP-communications post to be replaced by a VP-campus affairs, a portfolio containing a combination of duties encompassed presently by the VP-communications and VP-student issues. As well, the VP-student issues position will be replaced by VP-education. Originally, the positions were to be renamed VP-internal and VP-external respectively.

USC VP-communications James Deans said the proposal being voted on tonight is a result of a lot of conversation between the executive members and council. "We've incorporated the ideas that other members of council have brought to us."

VP-student affairs has been targeted for restructuring but would be changed in name only to VP-student programming. Nick Iozzo, municipal affairs officer for the council, said the right direction is being taken but the executive will have a few contentious issues to overcome before the plan can be fully put into place.

He cited giving voting seats to faculty presidents and the involvement on council of first-year students living in residence as examples of potential problems.

USC President Ryan Parks originally wanted all representatives from the residences to be first-year students but he said as a result of the feedback he has gotten it has now been changed to allow upper-year students as reps too. "It's a fair compromise. It adequately represents the input by councillors."

Maynard Plant, President of the Queens Alma Mater Society, said its council only has a VP-operations and finance and a VP-university affairs as their executive but the composition of a council depends on the situation.

"The most important thing is to promote a harmonious system that works with good team work," he said.

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