Volume 92, Issue 85

Wednesday, March 10, 1999


London ranks low on safety scale

Conflict motion creates conflict

Harichy arrest not for medical reasons

U of T cashes in Varsity Blues rights

Debating both pros

New rez struts its stuff in video

Prof excellence rewarded

March the month for vehicle violations


Caught on campus

Caught on campus too

Conflict motion creates conflict

By Mark Brown
Gazette Staff

A motion being brought before the University Students' Council tonight could ban members of the USC's board of directors from running for other elected administrative positions within the university.

If passed, the motion put forward by undergraduate representative to the Board of Governors Michael Rubinoff and student senator Jeff Clayman, would prevent someone on the USC board of directors from becoming an elected member of either the Senate or the Board of Governors.

Rubinoff said he believes the interests of the USC board of directors, as undergraduate representatives, could clash with those of the Board of Governors. He added the role of the USC president as a vigorous lobbyist may cause some tension.

"I don't think that's beneficial to bring those tensions into the Board of Governors," he said. "I also believe that it is important to have different people at that table."

Rubinoff added the USC has alternative ways of being heard by the Board of Governors, such as meeting with members individually or through Board committees such as the Campus and Community Affairs Committee.

However, USC President Ian Armour, who recently failed to get an observer seat on the Board of Governors, said he is concerned about the possible consequences of this motion. "There is a need to keep that avenue open," he said.

"Right now the USC can't address the Board as a group," Armour explained, adding committees such as CCAC are ineffective for the USC.

"It's a screen. The CCAC can block information from getting to the board."

Clayman used arguments, similar to those presented by Rubinoff, to defend the portion of the motion related to the Senate. When members of the USC board of directors vote on issues such as the university budget they are in a conflict of interest, he said.

Another student senator, Derrick Taub, agreed with the spirit of the motion. "I think we should be using the USC as more of an advocacy group on [Senate] sub-committees."

But Nick Iozzo, VP-education for the USC, rejected Clayman's argument. "Everybody is indirectly in a conflict of interest. It is only the most obvious instances that students should be declaring that conflict."

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