Volume 93, Issue 71

Friday, February 4, 2000


Media presses candidates

Council investment lets the show go on

North America should go Euro

Library looks for new home

Sutton sets sights on strong leadership


Caught on campus

Sutton sets sights on strong leadership

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

Jeff Sutton wants to be the last man standing at the end of the current University Students' Council presidential race.

The fourth-year administrative and commercial studies student said the USC had some image re-building to do and believes he is the man for the job.

"I feel [the USC] has done a good job, but I also feel there's a mystique – that there's a sheet of glass blocking the door to the office," he said.

To fix the problem, Sutton said holding town hall meetings, both on main campus and the affiliates, is where USC board members and their student constituents could talk their way to a better USC. "I know what it feels like to [attend a USC council meeting] for the first time," he said. "It's a very intimidating atmosphere."

The former varsity hockey player said outside the Western ranch, the hardest hitting issues facing students are tuition, deregulation and accessibility. "They all go hand-in-hand," he said.

Sutton said he supported the continued partnership with lobby groups such as the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, which he claimed would be the key to fighting off problems which plague students across the nation.

He added he would rely on his patience, self-confidence and ability to motivate others as his main weapons to forge an iron-clad presidency, but said the president would only be as good as the VPs by his side. "It has to be a team effort – the entire Board has to get involved."

He conceded his weaknesses included a relative lack of experience with the USC. His stint as the current USC sports commissioner marks his only USC role, however he was quick to point out his attendance and participation in every USC meeting this year.

"More experience would not hurt, but I don't think my one year will result in my inability to properly lead this student organization," he said.

Sutton said his equal mix of council, athletic and off-campus experience would convince students he is the most well-rounded leader on the path to the presidency. "I think what students really have to look at is the candidate's personality, voice and ability to lead," he said.

"I think if people come and talk to me, they'll find that I exemplify what a leader is."

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