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By Stephanie Cesca and Mike Murphy
The University Students' Council budget was the hot topic at last night's presidential election forum at King's College.
Each of the 10 candidates outlined how they plan to tackle high student fees in addition to remedying the USC's budget situation.
Third-year political science student Dave Braun said he was committed to preserving the high quality of student services. "We could go slashing and getting rid of lots of stuff but then, I think, do we really want to go to Windsor? "
Dave Brebner, first-year honours business and administration student, said he wanted to maintain services while keeping costs down. "We need to make sure fees don't get out of control. We just have to analyze the situation and make sure with each of the costs that we're doing things right."
Third-year English student Jeff Brown suggested the USC could generate revenue by soliciting corporate donations. "We should ask the businesses that advertise in Western's course calendar businesses that depend on us students for small donations," he said.
Mitch Chiba, a fourth-year kinesiology student, said the Wave has to stop losing money. "We should change frosh week so that students aren't spoon-fed the Wave night after night after night."
Third-year political science student Fraser Connell said he would consider cutting some student services. "There are areas where we're losing money, like the Wave, for example. We may have to explore other options besides having it under the USC banner, though it kills me to say it."
Neil Kapoor, fourth-year Administrative and Commercial Studies student, said he would be open to moderate hikes in student fees. "We've got to promote the USC and university services so students will use them and get greater value out of them."
Ray Novak, a fourth-year political science student, said he would like to propose an independent audit commission to keep tabs on the USC's finances. He added he did not believe in raising student fees.
"Our high student fees hurt us when we want to talk to administration about tuition. It's bad for our credibility."
"I think the USC can save money by printing less copies of The Gazette," said Luke Petrykowski, a second-year biology student. "Also we don't need those expensive digital clocks we have in the [University Community Centre]. Students would be just as happy with $9.99 clocks from Wal-Mart."
Fourth-year political science student Taylor Pressey said he applauded all of the USC's services. "I don't believe it's possible to slash these activity fees. I think our interest should lie in giving students more bang for their buck."
Jeff Sutton, fourth-year ACS student said an end to the problem must be in sight. "The idea is we cannot keep raising our student fees."