Volume 92, Issue 70
Tuesday, February 2, 1999
Naimji focussed on the student body
By John Intini
In setting himself apart from the other seven presidential hopefuls Nurup Naimji responded candidly, "I'm short."
However, with all jokes aside, the fourth-year economics student and University Students' Council presidential candidate, said the theme of his campaign is the student body and he is hoping his degree of concern, use of foresight and dedication will put him head and shoulders above the competition.
"I am concerned with what happens next year but have even greater concern for what happens three years from now which is something I feel is the sign of a good leader," Naimji said.
His extensive platform includes two specific means to alleviate the financial burden brought on by university costs. Naimji is proposing a larger refund to students who drop courses before the deadline and the implementation of a pay-per-course structure for full-time students as opposed to flat tuition rates, calling the current method ridiculous.
Naimji also saw the need to start preparing for the future, specifically 2003, when a large influx of students are expected due to the elimination of the Ontario Academic Credits year in high schools. He said efforts must be made to ensure greater student involvement in the structuring of their degrees.
"With the elimination of OAC, students will be missing a year of preparation and will lack some of the transferable skills deemed important by the labour market," Naimji said. "We must find means in which to provide these skills and allow students to structure their degree to make the transition to the workforce smoother."
Orientation Week is another issue Naimji said he feels must be addressed as soon as possible, since 2003 will bring in a number of students under the legal drinking age which he said is sure to cause problems.
"If we wait until 2002, administration will have greater leverage on O-week based on the problems associated with drinking," he said. "If this happens, O-week will be catered more to administration than to the students."
Naimji also felt providing students easier access to professor evaluations and allowing for greater cultural diversity in allowing a once a year film day in the McKellar room are small but important steps to provide a better university experience.
In searching for personal weaknesses, Naimji admitted to having too high expectations causing him to be hard on himself, in addition to being overly emotional at times.
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