Volume 91, Issue 63

Wednesday, January 21, 1998

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Rumours fly over race for prez

By Sara Marett
Gazette Staff

As athletes around the world sharpen their skates, wax their skis and shine up their luges in preparation of the XVIII Winter Olympic Games, University Students' Council wannabes are preparing for some games of their own as once again it's time for USC presidential elections.

Nominations for the position of USC president close at 4 p.m. today. USC Chief Returning Officer Tim Morris said he's gearing up for an action-packed election even though as of yesterday he had only received two completed nomination forms. "A lot more have gone out however and most people wait until the last minute to hand them in," he said.

As names of potential presidential candidates float through the rumour mill, The Gazette decided to see if anyone was willing reveal their plans to be part of the race a little early.

Orientation staff member Ian Armour was more than willing to confess his excitement of running for president. "I've been working hard researching my platform, my [campaign] team is in place and I'm looking forward to it."

USC councillor Brett Slade has also checked in for the presidential race and said although he has been in elections before, he is looking forward to a bigger and better campaign.

Fellow USC councillor Peter Hill will be a competitor and said he plans to approach the election with a unique platform.

Current USC VP-student issues Sam Castiglione said there has been a rumour for the last two years that he would run for president but currently it is not in his cards. "Last year I thought about it but then decided to run for a VP position and after this, I'm on my way out," he said.

USC science councillor Melissa Cousineau was seriously considering entering the competition and even picked up a nomination form. "I decided I would rather run for the VP-student programming position in March – I think I'm better suited for that."

Nadeem Dhalla, current chair of Essex Hall's Residents' Association was also among the names of possible candidates. Although he would not comment on whether he was running, he did leave open a window of opportunity. "All I can say is nominations close tomorrow at 4 o'clock and you never know what can happen in a day."

For those who do decide to enter the USC presidential Olympics, current President Ryan Parks has a few words of advice: "Play nice, know your stuff, think fast on your feet, don't take criticism to heart and don't stop campaigning until the campaign is over."

Let the games begin.

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