Volume 92, Issue 68

Thursday, January 28, 1999


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Unbalanced power

A tattered symbol of national pride

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Looking out for No. 1 in the Valentine's Day battle

Unbalanced power

Re: Women hold USC election minority, Jan. 26

To the Editor:

I would like to thank and congratulate The Gazette for bringing to light the unequal gender balance of University Students' Council presidents since the USC's incorporation in 1965. I would like to take this opportunity to also address another inequality – that only one president since 1965 has been a member of a visible minority.

I do believe that the system of elections works. Students at Western always pick the person that would best represent their interests. Gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or disability does not and should not affect how a president does their job.

What concerns me, especially in the capacity of my office as VP-campus issues, is if any barriers exist within the USC which inadvertantly prevent people from running for president, vice-president, councillor or commissioner on the basis of any prohibited ground of discrimination. The USC belongs to all students and if it is doing something which alienates a segment of the campus population, we have a responsibility to stop any injustice we may be committing.

If any student in the campus community feels such a barrier exists, please come and speak to me about it so that something can be done to remove it. My office is in Room 340 of the University Community Centre or I can be reached at usc.campus.issues@julian.uwo.ca.

In the meantime, however, I hope all students go out and meet the eight USC presidential candidates. Find out what they stand for and what they'll do for you. Choose the candidate who will best serve your interests and the interests of all undergraduates. I'll see you all at the polling stations on Feb. 10 and 11.

May the best person win.

Peter J. Hill
VP-Campus Issues
University Students' Council

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