Volume 91, Issue 28

Friday, October 17, 1997

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Notorious BOG

By Karena Walter
Gazette Staff

Students got a taste of free theatre with popcorn to boot in the University Community Centre's atrium yesterday as candidates for the Board of Governors tried to play their parts effectively and upstage their opponents.

This is the first year a media forum has taken place during elections for the Board, the highest governing body at Western composed of 28 members. The five candidates vying for two student positions fielded questions from CHRW and The Gazette, as well as the audience.

One question asked was how the candidates would have convinced the Board that a recent decision to limit the number of upper year students and sophs from residences was not a positive step.

Joel Adams said when the decision took place there were Board members who did not understand the importance of a Soph (one asked what the term meant). He said he would have explained Western needs well-rounded students who can get help from their peers.

In order to get students' concerns across, Michael Rubinoff said students must get alumni and parents involved to help convey their message to the Board.

Sam Castiglione said he has already proven he can fight the administration when he lobbied to keep single-sex residences in previous years. As for Sophs, the administration needs to be convinced of their benefits. "We must tell them orientation is a recruitment tool."

Adams, Rubinoff and Castiglione are running for one undergraduate seat.

The graduate candidates both stated tuition is the most crucial issue affecting their peers. Ryon Bateman said there should be an effective income contingent loan repayment program. But he also said quality of education is important and students need value for their money.

Christina Gural said she would work with other student groups to ensure there is a good student loan program. Along with money concerns, student input should be gathered at open forums so representatives can take these concerns to the Board, she said.

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