Volume 93, Issue 99

Wednesday, April 5, 2000


NEWS

Rez move-in day up in the air

BookStore hops on the used book bandwagon

Students get pat on the back

Kissel to school Ottawa as CASA president

Western professors celebrate excellence

Council chooses new benefactor of funds

Western to talk MRI

Microsoft appeals U.S. court ruling

Bass Ackwards

Kissel to school Ottawa as CASA president



By John Intini
Gazette Staff

Western's VP-education, Mark Kissel, will be moving his messy office from the third floor of the University Community Centre to Ottawa next month, after being elected president of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations.

Kissel, currently CASA's Ontario chair, got word of his election victory late yesterday afternoon. "I'm in a bit of shock," he said, minutes after getting the call. "I wasn't expecting to do as well as I did."

Sean Junor, CASA's chief returning officer, said Kissel won the election over two other competitors, by getting support from seven of the 16 voting schools. Junor added one of the schools abstained from voting. Overall, CASA lobbies for about 290,000 students.

Kissel, who will begin his one year term May 1, said he had some clear goals in mind. He said one of the first things he planned to do once setting up shop in Ottawa, was to insure clear lines of communication between the member schools and to get both media and public attention.

"I'm committed to getting CASA known across the country," he said, adding he must continue to keep membership high and insure students are supportive of the lobby group's overall goals.

Kissel said another goal, which was part of his campaign platform, was to implement a strategy for the organization's resources. He has set up a 50-50 plan, spending half the funds on internal needs and half on external ones. Half of CASA's resources would be allocated to internal policy issues, while the other half would be earmarked for national policy, he said.

Kissel also stressed the need to be fully prepared for the upcoming federal elections. He said a lot of research had to be done to insure effective lobbying. As well, there were internal concerns which would fill his plate, such as balancing the budget and creating reserves.

Outgoing CASA president Jason Aebig said Kissel definitely had the right tools for the job. "Mark has been heavily involved in CASA this year and is coming into the office very comfortable," he said.

Aebig added Kissel was already abreast and involved in many of CASA's main initiatives which would help ease the transition period.


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