Volume 92, Issue 68
Thursday, January 28, 1999
Candidates address USC's student communication
PRESIDENTIAL SIZE MATTERS. University Students' Council presidential candidates pitched their campaign ideas for the first time in a forum yesterday in the Engineering Sciences cafeteria. We hear both students who were listening really enjoyed all eight speeches.
By Clare Elias and John Intini
Opening the door of the University Students' Council office was a key issue in the first presidential race forum held yesterday afternoon.
Before a sparse crowd in the Engineering Sciences Building cafeteria, all eight candidates for USC president had their first opportunity to talk about their platforms.
Although the candidates took the opportunity to present as much of their ideas as possible, creating a greater tie between students and the USC appeared to be on all candidate minds.
Steve Zolis encouraged students to ask questions, an activity he said he feels will bridge the gap between council and the students.
SzeJack Tan said he thought by strengthening the communication channels, students will be more aware of how their money is being allocated. "People don't know where their money is going. We need to know how to maximize the use of our fees."
The openness of fees was also an issue for Kalev Suurkask. The students deserve to be brought closer to the USC based on the amount of student fees USC officials receive, he said. "Students already pay a fortune, therefore getting student input is very important."
Nurup Naimji pointed to an increase of minority voices and focused on informing students of professor evaluations as part of his platform.
Perry Monaco, who described his platform as simple and realistic, called for a strengthened partnership between students and the USC.
"The student voice needs to be heard and we need to establish ways to hear concerns," Monaco said. He also addressed the lack of communication between the USC and the media as another point of contention.
Joey Hammill expressed his views about the lack of communication between students and the USC with an analogy using a popular beer commercial. In the commercial a group of hockey players find themselves at a rink without a puck with which to play.
"The USC is like the arena and the students are the pucks," Hammill said. "We can get the ice surface built but we need to engage the students to get involved."
Emily Chung proposed a week-long survey for students to discover which services they view worthy of subsidy.
John Botting was impressed with current USC President Ian Armour's ability to open the doors to minorities and rallied behind the need to address issues of human rights.
All candidates raised points regarding the inaccessibility of the council, but when asked a question about the success of Armour as USC president all concurred he has always kept his door open and represented the student body well.
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