Volume 93, Issue 34

Friday, October 29, 1999


NEWS

11 senaotrs stand tall after election

Incumbent tops BOG votes again

Western told, it takes money to get money

The stadium's last hurrah

Up the down staircases of UWO

Ownership of research a cause for debate in UCC

Briefs

Caught on campus

11 senaotrs stand tall after election



By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

The votes have been tabulated, the results are official and a new batch of student senators are set to take over.

"A [student] senator is elected to represent undergraduate students at the university level," said Michael Gelfand, chief returning officer for the University Students' Council. "Voter turn-out was fine," he said. "We're going to make sure more people come out for the presidentials."

Fifth-year computer engineering and business administration student Joel Adams said having been a senator for three years and coming out on top was wonderful. "I hope the runners-up take the time to keep in touch with those who were elected," he said, adding they could still assume leadership roles within the university.

"I'm very happy," said Dave Braun, a third-year political science student senator who will be entering his third term. Braun said he would like to see some past Senate concerns dealt with in the next year, such as re-passing the motion to freeze medical school tuition.

Having voted against online voting before it was passed in September, Braun said he was not a fan of the system for this election. "It was fair, but I don't know if it was better." Braun added he was also disappointed, as past student senator Jeffrey Clayman was not re-elected. "It's so sad that he's not on – it's a big loss."

Clayman, a third-year law student, said he thought his term as senator for the last year was a fantastic experience. "I was working hard on the Senate floor for students and I'm disappointed I can't continue that now."

Clayman said he did have some concerns with this year's senators. "Four of them are med students," he said. "It's a bit disappointing because you don't want them focusing on one issue. My hope is they're not single-issue senators."

First-year medical student and new senator Wendy Lai, said although this is her first year on the Senate, she will ensure the needs of the entire student body will be represented.

Although she said she would like to address some of the medical students' concerns at Senate, Lai said their issues, such as class size and tuition fees, would affect all students.

Winning by only one vote, fourth-year science student Marc Chernoff, said he had specific goals in mind. "The regulation of de-regulation – that's for sure what I'd like to see," he said of tuition fees. Chernoff added he would also like to address the lingering problems at Saugeen-Maitland Hall.

Andrew Pothier, a second-year engineering student, said although he was disappointed he was not elected, he was happy two other engineering students were.


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