Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


VP gets re-appointed

Another vote for SOGS

UBC to put its money on lobbying the banks

Viagra pops its head into London stores

Soothing surgical pain

Small ends his year with balanced books


Chomping down on useful etiquette

Caught on campus

Small ends his year with balanced books

By Dave Yasvinski
Gazette Staff

With a month remaining in Dave Small's run as VP-finance for the University Students' Council, he looked back on his term with a sense of satisfaction.

"It's been a great year for me, personally," Small said. "The things the USC accomplished are amazing."

Small said he was happy with the way everything ran this year – from the changes made to the VP portfolios to Orientation Week to the day to day operations of the USC. He said he was especially proud he was able to put out an accounting manual and financial handbook to assist students beyond Financial Awareness Week.

"I wanted to get that information out there. Even if they only find one tip helpful – I've done my job," he said.

Small said he was able to look back on his term in office without regret. There are things he would have liked to see improved more, however, such as communication. "Communication is the hardest possible thing in this job. We have a massive campus with eighteen to twenty thousand undergraduate students each with different ideals, likes and dislikes – you have to just try to get out there."

At the end of it all, Small said he was truly proud of the job he did. "You always have doubts about your own abilities coming into a new job and not knowing what to expect," he said, adding he always did what he felt was best for students.

"I don't care what people think of me. I do what I feel is best. Whether that is right or wrong is up to the individual to decide."

If he could pass on any advice to next year's VP-finance Derrick Taub, Small said it would be the same advice which was given to him at the beginning of his term. "Take the job seriously, but don't take yourself seriously," he said. It is important to understand critical things said or written about you are not meant as personal attacks, he explained.

Small said he will be back next year to finish up his economics degree and run for another year on Western's Senate. Once his time at university is up he said he will likely return to Ottawa, pursue a career in consulting and marry his high school sweetheart.

"I would do it again if there wasn't all the politics involved – politics is tough. You want to please everyone all the time but you can't," he said.

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