Volume 93, Issue 70

Thursday, February 3, 1999


USC grills hopefulls

Mystery liquid causes concern

Access 2000 starts off with a bang

Study finds more stress in unmarried moms

Passion motivates Petrykowski's campaign

Sense of community tops Pressey's prez list



Sense of community tops Pressey's prez list

By Leena Kamat
Gazette Staff

Uniting Western students is one of the main items on Taylor Pressey's University Students' Council presidential platform.

"Cohesiveness is a big problem [for students]," said Pressey, a fourth-year political science student, adding a school as big as Western can lose its sense of community. The school is divided into many subcultures, such as residences and faculties, he said.

Pressey's solution is to encourage a lot of mixing. He said pub nights involving two groups who normally would not hold events together would help alleviate the problem.

Pressey added another problem students face is not always knowing where their student fees are being spent. He said he will let the students know what they're paying for. "I would work on things that everyone can benefit from – such as improving the gyms."

Pressey said he felt the average student does not have much direct contact with the USC and this is something he plans on changing if he is elected president.

"I find the USC is a closed society," he said, adding he would go out, with other interested council members, to talk to students about their views and ideas.

Pressey said his strengths are dedication, motivation, perseverance and intelligence, adding he would not walk away from a problem, no matter how difficult it became.

He admitted his biggest weakness is being a pleaser. When he is not able to do this, Pressey said he feels a sense of failure. He also said he is extremely loyal, which could be considered a fault, as it could affect his judgment.

Although he is not currently a council member, Pressey said he is involved in many extra-curricular activities, including a peer mentor program for political science students.

"It's a great experience, regardless if I win or lose," he said of the election. "People should vote for me because I'm an excellent leader. I have a vision and the tenacity to bring my dreams and Western's dreams to a point of fruition."

Pressey also said he is the new man for the new century. "Out with the old and in with the new."

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