Survey says: Nine candidates
It's time to spin the wheel.
It's a game of skill and a game of chance. Some will come out on top and others will have to settle for consolation prizes. But there will only be one bonus-round winner.
The game has begun.
Nine presidential candidates are going to compete for the biggest office in the University Students' Council. Brian Astl, Saj Butt, Scott Graham, Christina Gural, Sean Martin, Kevin Mol, Ryan Parks, Mark Smiley and Roy Sproxton are all ready to play. It is a larger number than last year's seven contestants poised at the start of the campaign but one short of 1994-95's record 10 players.
They will be campaigning on campus starting today, meeting students who will be the final judges in this game.
The first forum will be held in the atrium of the University Community Centre at 12:30 p.m. today, followed by the participation of candidates in a CHRW program at 6 p.m.
Forums will take place at all corners of the campus and affiliates for the next three weeks. The campaign will last until Feb.11 and voting will take place Feb. 12 and 13.
This year, candidates have a $1,150 spending limit, up $50 from last year due to "inflation and the cost of paper," said USC chief returning officer James Deans.
The most novel feature of this year's show is the emergence of on-line voting. Starting today, students can register if they want to cast their ballots in this non-traditional way. A secret code that can only be used once will ensure there is only one on-line vote per person.
As well, the candidate's web pages are up and running today on the USC's Vote '97 pages. Look for candidate's platforms, election information and a spinning head.