Volume 92, Issue 73

Friday, February 5, 1999


New ministry based on old idea

Zoo's future the focus of forum

Candidates given poor rating so far

Control will soon be in the box

Y2K test flies by successfully

Zolis looks beyond buzz words


Caught on campus

Candidates given poor rating so far

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

With less than a week left of campaigning, presidential candidates have yet to leave a lasting mark on the student population of Western.

"I don't think that [the candidates] have met last year's presidential standards thus far," said Daniel Meirovitz, deputy returning officer for the University Students' Council.

In an informal survey of 30 students on campus, only 36 per cent could name even one of the candidates who was running for president, while 50 per cent said they had seen campaigning on campus.

"I was hoping to see more campaigning from everyone," said Jonathan Coe, chief returning officer for the USC. "They've got to be out there and I'm not seeing that."

Meirovitz was in complete agreement. "I think the candidates have been lax. It's a full-time position that requires a lot of work. They could be doing more," he said.

According to Coe, one reason for the lack of student interest could be the relatively tame election proceedings. "There has only been one fine so far. I'm investigating a couple of complaints, but it has been very quiet overall."

Compared with recent years, the election campaign of 1999 has been very unassuming. "A lot of the campaign material was slow to come in. But we're going to be encouraging voting heavily on Monday and Tuesday," Coe said.

While there seems to be a question of inadequacy in the campaigning, Abe Prabhakar, campaigning consultant for Joey Hammill, said he was quite happy with the results so far. "We've taken a different approach and we're pushing more of an information campaign," Prabhakar said. "Our approach is to bring out the new issues and next week we'll be working 10 times harder, really pushing the name."

Jen Quick, legal affairs officer for the USC, said she was happy with the results thus far. "It's not unusual. No matter how much promoting or how in-your-face you are, people take in as much as they want."

Whether this disinterest is the result of poor campaigning on the part of candidates or an apathetic student population will be determined on voting day, she added.

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