Volume 90, Issue 76

Friday, February 07, 1997



EDITORIAL: Home stretch

The big wheel is slowing down and there's only room for one in this Showcase Showdown.

The ironic twist to this game is that University Students' Council chief returning officer James Deans is the one who spun the wheel and it's the students who get to decide where it stops.

And signs are pointing to the fact that the Western student body will be making an informed decision when they bring the USC presidential wheel to a halt on Feb. 12 and 13.

At least that's the hope.

Although only nine students have chosen to register for on-line voting there have been almost 2,000 hits to the USC's Vote '97 website. Couple that with the students who have taken the initiative to come to the forums and have examined the coverage in the various campus media and you're looking at a well-informed electorate.

Deans and the rest of the elections committee should be commended for the work they've done to this point in finding innovative ways of getting information out to students and in making sure the forums have run smoothly.

But before everyone – students and USC-types – go patting themselves on the back, there is still more work to be done.

This is the last weekend before voting and there's some great opportunities for students to seek out these candidates. Most notably, at the soapbox tomorrow, the Medway forum Sunday and the media forum Monday. These are your last chances to get all of these prez-wannabies together and have them address your concerns.

And there should be some concerns out there.

While the forums have run smoothly there has been a tendency to focus on the personalities of the candidates over the platforms. While ventures like yesterday's The Dave Show, the TV Western commercials and today's soapbox add an amount of levity to the proceedings, it is important to make sure the person who becomes USC president isn't the one with the best personality or catchiest jingle.

The candidate that wins should be the candidate with the best platform.

Questions like "What kind of appliance would you be?" or "What would you name the new residence?" are great for humour's sake and to allow individual personalities to shine, but they take away much-needed time for serious questions about platforms and candidate stances on issues.

So as we speed into the final leg of this long campaign, it is important to keep this in mind – it's not the best-groomed horse that wins, it's the one with the best technique, ability, desire and strategy.

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