Volume 92, Issue 88

Tuesday, March 16, 1999


Editorial Board 1998-99

Another round?

Editorial Cartoon

Another round?

Nick Iozzo is attempting to go where no Western politician has gone this decade – a second term in office.

The current VP-education for the University Students' Counci, will run for re-election this weekend, attempting to hold the reins of his portfolio for another year.

The situation is rather unique for USC politics. The accepted norm is a one year term for any position within the high ranks of student politics. Every March, new individuals bring forward fresh blood and new ideas in order to tackle the issues of the role. This avoids long-term planning and stale concepts.

What the change-over lacks, however, is consistency. Every year different people must learn the ropes and develop their contacts on the run. Mistakes are made in the learning process and student concerns many suffer in the beginning.

This has been an accepted opportunity cost at the USC level of politics. Every year it happens without question. However, it is not necessarily the best policy to follow. Student politicians should be encouraged to run again if they believe they have more to bring to the position. Rome wasn't built in a day and often the goals of a USC vice-president cannot be completed in a year.

The winner of the VP-education title will be thrown into the ring of a 1999 Ontario provincial election. This position, more than any other vice-president portfolio, will be responsible for lobbying student rights and issues. Experience isn't the only positive characteristic this person will need to maneuver effectively but it is a definite asset.

There are some aspects which make a return to office beneficial to the students. First, the individual must be running on a new and improved platform – not the same concepts they presented in the previous year. Second, it should not be popularity bringing the experienced vice-president back into power, but a well-researched proposal on what is left to be done.

Critics should be more harsh on this individual, if they choose to make such a move. A politician running for a second term understands the issues of the portfolio better than anyone, so their ideas should be stronger than any of the other candidates.

A two-term USC vice-president is an effective idea. It certainly should not be accepted as policy, but there is no reason why it should not be a more mainstream concept.

If the boxer still has emotional drive and a powerful punch, there is no reason why they should not be considered for a second round of fighting. If there is no strength left in the punch, it is time to retire the champ and bring someone new into the ring of student politics.

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