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By Mark Brown, Sabrina Carinci, Paul-Mark Rendon and Becky Somerville
At the end of today, all University Students' Council presidential hats will be thrown into the ring.
Officially, the names of those running for USC president cannot be released until nominations close because it would break the pre-campaigning rule, explained chief returning officer for the USC, Jonathan Coe.
However, John Botting, a third-year biology student and external outreach commissioner for the USC, divulged he would be running for president but said he would prefer to withhold comment until the campaign begins on Monday.
Joe Hammill, a third-year combined honours philosophy and history major and USC councillor, said he has picked up a nomination form and intends to submit it to the USC office tomorrow before the nominations close at 4:30 p.m..
"I have so many different reasons. If I didn't feel I had the competency, I wouldn't do it," he said.
Promotions director at CHRW, Perry "Elvis" Monaco, said there have been rumours circulating around campus he may run for USC president, but he would not confirm anything yesterday. "I haven't put in a nomination form yet and things could happen between now and 4:30 p.m. tomorrow."
Nurup Naimji, a third-year economics student and USC municipal affairs commissioner, has also decided to enter the presidential race. "I'm proud to be a Western student and since I care about my school, I naturally take pride in what happens here. I view this as an opportunity to contribute to my school," he said.
Fourth-year honours biology student and orientation officer for the USC, Sze-Jack Tan, has also thrown his hat into the presidential ring. "Yep, I'm in. I handed my form in last week. The reason I'm running is because there are a lot of issues hitting students I really care for," he said.
Warren Tilston, this year's communication officer for the USC and a candidate in last year's USC presidential election, said up until December rumours about him running for the presidency were correct but are no longer true.
First-year social science student Kalev Suurkask said he was considering running for USC president, but would weigh his options overnight before submitting his nomination form.
Steve Zolis, a fourth-year philosophy student and USC councillor, also divulged his intentions to run for USC president and said he was really looking forward to the campaign. "I feel I can do the job and I'm always looking for a good challenge," he said.
Ian Armour, the present USC president, said he was pleased with the number of students he knew were running. "I'm excited to see what comes out of this," he said. "I've said all along this position is not about paperwork. It's about personality."