Volume 92, Issue 81

Wednesday, March 3, 1999


Four-year BA gets the nod from Senate

Another stabbing punctures downtown

Early exit for Harrison

Argument consumes faculty meeting

Martin's budget includes students

Tan plans for future presidential position


No vacation from campus

Caught on campus

Caught on campus too

Caught on campus again

Tan plans for future presidential position

By Becky Somerville
Gazette Staff

Still beaming after his sweeping victory last month when he captured the position of University Students' Council president, SzeJack Tan is directing his enthusiasm towards planning for next year.

"It just feels good to work hard for a goal for a couple months and actually end up getting it," Tan said of the election. "I don't think it's sunk in yet."

While the president-elect does not officially begin his term until May 1, Tan said he has been preparing for this month's transition period in which USC President Ian Armour will lay the groundwork for the position. "Ian will set the stage and leave everything on a strong note."

Based on his own experience, Armour said March will be absolute chaos for Tan, who will have to catch up on the school work he put off during the election while spending up to 30 hours around the USC office. "It's extremely overwhelming."

Tan said his first priority once he officially becomes president is to get to know the USC Board of Directors, with whom he will be working very closely throughout his 14-month term. He also hopes to establish a standard of good working relations within the USC.

"I want to make sure we're all on the same page and that we're set for what lies ahead," Tan said.

Consistent with his election platform, Tan said the first initiative he plans to undertake is to set up the breakdown of ancillary fees on the USC web site. "It's going to be a big endeavour."

In addition to meeting most of the other newly elected presidents around campus, Tan said he hopes to strengthen the USC by ensuring all of its representatives are familiar with governance within and around Western.

Tan added while he does not want to adhere too much to the status quo of the USC, there is not much of a demand to "clean up" the office or the presidential position. "I've seen what works and what doesn't work. I'm not going to come in and rip everything to shreds."

Tan said he is excited about his upcoming term as president and added he is prepared for the hurdles and the challenge of the job. "I want to do my best to make sure the students are well represented and to make sure we stick to [the USC] mission statement."

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