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Volume 91, Issue 31

Thursday, October 23, 1997

Froshty the Snowman


Three coins in election fountain meet in UCC

©Geoff Robins/Gazette

From left to right: Schell, Montag and Hopcroft.

By Karena Walter
Gazette Staff

Three candidates for London's mayor spoke yesterday in the University Community Centre's atrium but may have been overshadowed by the absence of Dianne Haskett.

The incumbent announced Monday she will be taking a leave of absence for the next three weeks and will not campaign, though she seeks re-election. Another candidate for mayor, Antreas Arevian, was not present for the forum either.

After discussing Haskett's decision to remove herself from the campaign, the candidates addressed student issues like housing, residence concerns and a city bus pass. The questions were directed from student media as well as members of the fairly substantial crowd.

The Mayor of London has a seat on Western's Board of Governors, the highest governing body at the university. Candidates were asked how they viewed this role and whether they would be willing to side with the minority of student representatives on the Board.

Jim Montag said every student is here for a short time as a resident of London and the position of mayor should be to listen to all sides in issues that are brought forward.

The mayor needs to speak on issues that need to be addressed, whether they are minority or majority concerns, Grant Hopcroft said. "I will do that if I'm convinced the cause is right."

Freedom Schell referred to his former University Students' Council experience and said he would have no problem representing students and lending a strong voice in issues like superclasses and tuition increases, for example.

The municipal elections will be on Nov. 10. Voting and candidate information can be found on the City of London's website at http://www.city.london.on.ca/Elect'97/mainpg.htm.

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