Volume 93, Issue 72

Tuesday, February 8, 2000


Editorial Board 1999-2000

Winds of change

Editorial cartoon

Winds of change

With zero-hour fast approaching in this year's University Students' Council presidential elections, the time to make decisions about next year's lead decision-maker hangs in the balance.

This year's menu of presidential flavours has produced, at the very least, a smorgasbord of personalities. To combat the seeming overload of variety in this year's race, it would be beneficial to recap the qualities a USC president needs, given the current circumstances.

These include a strong ability to articulate ideas, composure in the face of adversity, an emphasis on accountability and a passion for the office. This year's presidential race has not failed to produce candidates who fit the bill. Bearing these attributes in mind, the short-list of experienced, prepared and well-researched candidates includes a few names. One, however, stands out to be particularly worthy of the USC's presidential office.

Like his counterparts, fourth-year political science student Ray Novak has conducted a campaign with his sights set on several noteworthy goals. However, his emphasis on accountability sets him apart from the rest. Many have said it, used it as a buzz-word or alluded to it at one time or another, but Novak is the only candidate who combines an articulate personality and poise with the most in-depth attempt at making the USC accountable to each and every student on campus.

Novak's efforts to create more USC accountability is evident by his intentions to build it from the inside-out. From an internal audit review committee scrutinizing all USC-related expenses to his desire to tighten rules for USC pay hikes, Novak has set goals which not only make him stand out from his fellow candidates, but would make the job as president all the more difficult to cheat.

Even his desire to explore Gazette autonomy, a subject which, admittedly, hits close to home, was researched more extensively than others who raised the same issue. The bottom line is that Novak's goal of cleaning house starts within the walls of the USC office itself.

The race to the president's office cannot be chronicled without mention of other formidable candidates, such as third-year political science student Dave Braun and fourth-year administrative and comercial studies student Jeff Sutton. In previous years, the two would have made next-to-perfect presidents, but a predisposition to simply carry through on current USC initiatives or re-hash past ideas renders them susceptible to the same pitfalls as former carbon-copy presidents.

While some would contest that Novak may not have the physical presence a president should have, he has nonetheless shown a passion for student politics in the past, with a storied history of participation in the democratic process.

If it is any indication of how he would run a presidency, Novak's meticulous approach to researching the issues and preparing his platform for the much needed goal of change bodes well for a term in office.

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