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By Nina Chiarelli and Paul-Mark Rendon
It's official as of 12:01 a.m. this morning, the 12 individuals gunning to be the next University Students' Council president were given the green light to put their campaign boosters on full blast.
The presidential campaign, which runs from today until midnight on Feb. 8, includes a dozen students who were quick to declare why they chose to put their feathers in the presidential cap.
Third-year political science student and current USC speaker Dave Braun said representing students was his main reason for seeking office. "I just want to help students," he said.
"I've been here for a long time and I just want to make a difference in the lives of students," said first-year honours business administration student Dave Brebner.
Third-year English student Jeff Brown said a final push from friends was what made him decide to run for president. "It's time for a change," he said.
Mitch Chiba, a fourth-year honours kinesiology student, said serving student needs and representing their interests was what drew him to throw his hat into the presidential ring.
Third-year political science student Fraser Connell said overall change was high on his list of what the job needs. "Things at the USC seem to run the same way year after year. You need someone fresh and removed to mix things up a bit," he said.
Graham Heaton, a third-year science scholar's electives student, said his plans for medical school next year would be put on hold if he achieved his goal of becoming president. "I have a lot more to give," he said. "There are a lot more changes I would like to see as far as getting the [USC's] word out to students on campus."
Neil Kapoor, a fourth-year administrative and commercial studies student, said he could make a difference to the USC and Western. "It's a great chance for me to give back to [Western]." Kapoor, as well as Braun, lost in last fall's Board of Governors race.
"I'm running because I think the USC needs credible leaders," said fourth-year social sciences councillor and political science student Ray Novak. "I've got a lot of set issues I'm going to bring up. I've got an issue based campaign."
Current USC VP-campus issues Perry Monaco said his experience with the USC would set him apart from the other candidates. "I believe we need an experienced person at the helm," he said. "Hopefully, voters think that way too."
Luke Petrykowski, a second-year biology student, re-iterated the need for change within the USC. "I'm running to put the "S" back in USC. It isn't approachable, it's not student apathy, it's USC apathy," he said.
Taylor Pressey, a fourth-year political science student, also said USC reforms were on the horizon. "I want to do my best to make sure every individual student feels the USC is there for them. I feel it's a very closed society I just want to open that up," he said.
Jeff Sutton, a fourth-year administrative and commercial studies student and current USC sports commissioner, said he was running because Western's been his home for the last four years. "The USC has been strongly represented and I have the voice and leadership to continue that," he said.