Volume 90, Issue 77

Tuesday, February 11, 1997



EDITORIAL: Parks' Place

It's nearing time to choose the winner of the University Students' Council's dating game and while eight bachelors and one bachelorette have been trying to woo voters, one has put forth a campaign that's won our hearts.

It's important to remember that each and every student must carefully examine each candidate's pros and cons when deciding who is their perfect match – but one candidate has whispered enough sincere and well-thought-out sweet nothings in our ears for us to ask for his hand.

That candidate is Ryan Parks.

While many candidates have promised the moon and stars, Parks has kept his promises firmly rooted on the ground and he has convinced us that he can deliver on a platform based on reality and feasibility.

Parks has the experience, the know-how and – most importantly – the perspective to be an effective USC president. Through his work on Western's Board of Governors, Parks has gained invaluable insight on the powers of the USC president and instead of just sitting back and accepting the status quo, he has formulated a platform which would allow for the student voice to be heard at its loudest.

Instead of relying on buzz words like lobbying and increased representation, Parks prefers to focus on forming alliances with the other stakeholders of the university (faculty and alumni) on issues which would benefit both sides – but most importantly the students.

He has also realized that more flies are caught with honey than vinegar. Instead of taking an aggressive or reactionary role with the university he prefers to talk and educate people about the student concerns in a clear, cohesive manner (a student perspective newsletter for the Senate and Board of Governors.)

Throughout this campaign Parks has proven himself a man less concerned with pomp and circumstance than with effective and organized leaderships. His ideas for realigning the USC's vice-presidential positions are feasible and allows for a clearer focus on issues and academics.

While many people harp on about Western's party school image, Parks has a plan to try to do something about it. His idea of a Maclean's commission, while it may not have any direct effect on the magazine's rankings, will create debate and ideas to improve the university as a whole. Instead of talking about Western's reputation, Parks is willing to try to do something about it.

And reputation means a lot. Not only for the university but for the USC's president. Parks has the reputation from his days on BOG, he has the platform, the ideas and – most importantly – respect.

Sounds like presidential material to us.

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