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By John Intini and Paul-Mark Rendon
Seven students are vying for the right to pull up a chair next to the university's big wigs.
The race for the only undergraduate seat on Western's Board of Governors begins Tuesday and seven students with vastly different faculty backgrounds are ready to duel for the illustrious position.
Joel Adams, a fifth-year computer engineering and Honours Business Administration student and the incumbent, said he has far and away the most experience of all the candidates. He also said several key issues such as tuition and funding require serious address.
"I want to make sure students have significant input and insight into the different issues that are going to affect them," he said.
Adams also stressed the importance of the position, which he said is evident by the method in which the individual is chosen. "Like the [vote for] USC president, this is one of the few positions everyone on campus gets to vote on," he said.
Fourth-year administration and commercial studies student Neil Kapoor said he is pumped about the upcoming campaign. "One way or another it's going to be a great race," he said.
Dave Braun, third-year political science student, said his past work makes him a solid candidate for the lofty post. "I think my experience on Senate showed me that I could be a good voice," he said.
Braun added the spot is one of, if not the most important student-held position on campus. "The representative who sits on the Board is the one who gets to make and influence the most amount of students," he said.
Jeff Clayman, a third-year HBA and law student, said he is expecting a tight race. "There are a lot of qualified people running for the position."
Clayman said his past experience with the University Students' Council has proved how important it is to get things done in the short term, but added the position on the Board required a long-term approach.
Kapoor said he felt the need to ensure the voices of those not a part of the administration were heard, such as students and those in the London community.
Mark Kissel, a fourth-year honours music student, said he is interested in the position for the same reason he became the current USC's VP-education. "I want to make a difference for students at this university."
Colin MacPherson, who has been a student since 1988 and holds three different degrees, said his lengthy tenure is a benefit he would bring to the position.
He applauded the seven member field vying for the position. "It's good to know there's a lot of interest," he said. At present, MacPherson is in the second year of a medical degree.
Second-year mechanical engineering student Andrew Pothier, said his goal is to further advance the voice of students within the Board. "I wanted to get more involved. I wasn't too crazy about tuition hikes in recent years and I wanted to have more of a say," he said.
Balloting for the Board seat begins Oct. 26.