Volume 90, Issue 76

Friday, February 07, 1997



Top-10 reasons to watch Dave

By Sara Marett
Gazette Staff

Spectators at The Dave Show yesterday were able to travel back to their childhood years as they witnessed University Students' Council presidential candidates partaking in what resembled a well-planned birthday party.

The arts and crafts segment of The Dave Show was in tune with Western's Fine Arts Festival, as the candidates were challenged to display their fine artistic talents. The nine candidates resorted to their kindergarten skills when they were asked to colour, sculpt, pin the tale on Barney and sing a little song.

"It was actually quite an appropriate theme because at times I do feel like their babysitter or school teacher," said James Deans, chief returning officer for the University Students' Council. "Even though a couple have had to sit in the corner for awhile, they're all pretty good kids. So far they all have a solid A-."

The show also offered a diverse menu of entertainment from the Western community. Paul Wallace, head chef at The Wave, gave a cooking lesson with USC president Dave Tompkins for one of the restaurant's most popular dishes – shrimp pad thai.

Musical guests Jessica Lovett and Paul Lamarche of Acoustic Snacks satisfied the appetites of the audience and gave Rick McGhie a run for his money. The muscial talent of the candidates was also displayed while they enticed votes with their rapping abilities.

Mysteriously, a 10th candidate was present at The Dave Show. Hugh Ginthelap told students he would bring Kentucky Fried Chicken machines to Western. "This would be a great thing if you like chicken like I do," he said, not elaborating any further on his campaign platform.

The hand-eye co-ordination of the candidates was challenged with a game of pin the tail on Barney. All candidates performed well and it was heard coming from the campaign table that "Barney had a heart on!"

Third-year political science student Chrishon Blackwell felt the show was a great way to see the candidates in their everyday roles and enjoyed the fun, laid-back atmosphere. "I was expecting something serious and enjoyed seeing a more personal side of the USC," she said.

Tompkins, who hosted the show with as much ease as Letterman himself said he was pleased with the show and felt each show is getting better, even though he had less time to prepare for this one. "The candidates were great sports. I think it is important for the students to see all angles of the candidates," he said, adding he hopes to host another show before the end of the school year.

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