Volume 91, Issue 74
Tuesday, February 10, 1998
Party of five meets panel of five
FIVE ALIVE? A grim-faced bunch of USC presidential candidates were questioned by the press yesterday during a media forum in the University Community Centre atrium.
By Karena Walter
Amid the aroma of fresh popcorn and the hustle and bustle of the University Community Centre, the University Students' Council presidential candidates were under more watchful eyes than the CentreSpot cashiers yesterday.
As the election campaign entered its third week, candidates were asked specific questions about their platforms by student media from CHRW radio and TV and The Gazette.
Warren Tilston was asked if he would be able to adjust to the job of USC president when he doesn't have USC experience. Tilston said the two month transition period slotted with current USC President Ryan Parks is long enough for someone to hold his hand. He said the president is a crisis management person and once he gets into the position he is not standing alone, emphasizing the importance of the board of directors as a team. "I don't have all the answers but as a team I have all the answers."
The feasibility of Brett Slade's idea for a USC storefront in the UCC to promote USC services was questioned. Slade said the idea will cost nothing as he will use volunteers to man the booth and a cheap sign to indicate what it is. When asked about finding a volunteer base, Slade said the role of a councillor is to promote what the USC does and it is their responsibility to do so. "It is the role of the councillor."
Jarmila Zakova was asked about her Living Web idea, which would pair a first-year student with an upper year student and an alumni. Zakova said the idea is similar to the Western ambassador program in place now, in which alumni call first-year students. She said it is possible to find 4,000 volunteers for the program, adding it is important because many people off-campus don't gain the same experience and integration as those in residences.
Ian Armour was asked to explain his campus safety audit and how it will be different from the report of the President's Committee on the Safety of Women on Campus done a year and a half ago. He said he wasn't aware one was done before but did talk to Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department who said she wants to see more involvement by the USC. He said he wants to look at the nooks and crannies on campus, especially tunnels.
Peter Hill explained his specific aims for ideas in his platform that have already been proposed or are currently active. In regards to the Alumni Relations Commissioner he is proposing, the commissioner would sit on the UWO alumni committee and provide information for the alumni. The commissioner would focus specifically on getting the student message out by sending information and pictures about student events to the Alumni Gazette. If the alumni know more about students we could use them as a potential lobbying group, Hill said. "I think it's the next level that we really, really need."
All candidates said they were against the deregulation of tuition fees, which the administration is currently discussing.
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