Volume 92, Issue 68
Thursday, January 28, 1999
Hamill creates platform from all sides
By Christina Vardanis
As a member of committees and organizations around campus, Joe Hamill has spent plenty of time involved in inner-university networks. As a student, he's also spent time standing on the outside, looking in.
The University Students' Council presidential candidate said he believes his experience on both sides of the looking glass is what makes him the best person qualified for the position.
"People know I have the charisma and the energy to be a spokesperson," Hamill said. "Once they see the depth, once they put the candidates to the test, they'll find I have the substance."
Substance, as Hamill defined it, is knowledge of the issues at hand, creativity, the ability to troubleshoot, flexibility and possession of a certain level of common sense. He claimed a large part of acquiring substance came from taking a year off from university and working in the professional world. "When I came back, I looked at things differently, got a different feel for things."
The third-year honours philosophy and history student said he relished this role as observer and believes more input is needed in the USC from the student body. He said this input sometimes gets lost, as students believe their voice doesn't make a difference and administration members believe students don't care about certain issues.
As part of his platform, he said he would like to make the USC more approachable and get more people involved in meetings which are typically only inhabited by councillors perhaps allowing a collective "observer" vote from students. "That way council can gage the community feel," Hamill said.
He also included issues such as the allocation of funds from the single-source beverage deal as something he would like to address. "Students at large should have a say as to where that money goes."
Posters placed around campus also advocate Hamill's interactive approach. Instead of coming up with a platform strictly on his own, Hamill asked students to fill in the blanks on these posters to inform him of what is on their minds. One suggestion he has incorporated into his campaign involves opt-out options concerning the bus pass.
Hamill is approaching his position as candidate with unlimited energy which he said is crucial to everyone on campus. "The word 'agency' captures my campaign," he stated. "Students have to feel they make a difference on campus. I would love it if the energy from Frosh Week could transcend the calendar year."
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