Volume 91, Issue 74

Tuesday, February 10, 1998

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Going the distance

In the sport of ski jumping, each skier is given points for distance and style. Judges take into consideration the timing of the take-off, flight stability and form, landing and overall balance.

The University Students' Council presidential election campaign is similar to this Olympic sport. We have seen a variety of campaign styles this year, with some candidates landing on their feet and others remaining shaky.

However, each candidate has brought forth different character traits that a student council president needs. If we could take a piece of each candidate and build a USC prototype, we would.

Brett Slade has the confidence, determination and enthusiasm that is needed of a president. Pete Hill has the most experience, is well-researched and has managed to run a clean campaign that has been fun to follow. Jarmila Zakova seems to care about students.

Warren Tilston should truly be commended for the passion and bravery he has exhibited in his campaign. He has been extremely honest about his own weaknesses and although his energetic and non-traditional presentation has taken students aback at times, he has managed to refine his approach slightly while still seeming to be himself.

In the sport of ski jumping, headwind provides lift and helps increase the distance of a jump.

Unfortunately, no one really flew higher than the rest this year, but many barely made it off the ground – which makes voting difficult for students when it comes to choosing the candidate right for the job. In general, the race has been mediocre and the group who wants to jump onto the USC podium has not exhibited a lot of talent. Some candidates seemed to do little or no homework, making broad statements without looking into whether their ideas were feasible or not. At times, this campaign looked like a high school election – 'vote for me because I'm likeable.'

Out of all the candidates, however, one has taken the lead over the rest of the competition. Ian Armour has provided a focal point in his campaign – his student position paper. He has shown the most potential and has had ideas which have been the best-researched and the most feasible. There aren't tons of ideas but the ones presented are all well thought-out and are the ones which will benefit students the most.

This is what Armour has displayed throughout the campaign – a genuine care for students and for Western itself. Quite often, a presidential campaign can come down to character and it is here he also excels. The leader of a $14 million corporation has to have poise, professionalism and charisma and this is where the rest of the competitors are left stuck in the powder.

Overall, the winner will be in the hands of the judges – the students. Points will be added, deductions will be made and someone will end up on top. Much like in the sport of ski jumping.

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