Volume 92, Issue 74

Tuesday, February 9, 1999


Editorial Board 1998-99

Maybe next year

Editorial Cartoon

Maybe next year

Another University Students' Council presidential election will come to a close today. Without glitz, excitement or controversy, it will end.

In past years it has been difficult to label an election in a phrase but this year has been different. This year's presidential wannabes have been greeted with low student turnouts, but it was not a fault of the voters – it was one of the candidates themselves.

Eight brave students were nominated two and a half weeks ago but probably the most interesting thing which happened in the various campaigns was the actual handing in of the nomination forms. There was very little campaigning going on around campus and a very status quo approach taken by most of those running.

Not only were the majority of the campaign platform ideas very poorly researched, there was hardly any originality and forums revolved around candidates spewing out unsubstantiated buzz words. Any students attending more than one forum probably would have found there wasn't a big difference between the candidates.

In short, it was a sorry excuse for a presidential election campaign. Students at this university deserve a better pool from which to select.

Whoever next year's candidates may be, they should take a little more time to research their ideas and come up with actual platforms from which students can choose their next president from.

There were, however, a couple of bright spots coming out of the past couple weeks. Unusual for a USC presidential election, a first-year student threw his hat in the ring. Kalev Suurkask showed a lot of courage in breaking the traditional mold but he is a little too inexperienced. If he is not successful this year, he has a bright leadership future at Western and should wait a couple of years until he knows more about the university and then run again.

The other high point of the campaign was the endless amount of comic relief forum audiences witnessed. In large part, thanks for this go to Perry Monaco and Joey Hammill.

But there also comes a time when seriousness must prevail.

Of the eight, there is one who comes out a bit ahead by virtue of his experience. SzeJack Tan has shown the most potential to be a good president based on his conservative yet realistic approach. After having a large role in saving Orientation Week, he has garnered the ability to deal with administration, which is a huge part of the role he is hoping to fill.

Tan did not go through the campaign trying to impress students with meaningless buzz words but tried to get across his personality and his honest views. As long as he uses the same amount of energy he used to save O-week when addressing other matters of the USC, he would be a good president.

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