Volume 93, Issue 66

Thursday, January 27, 2000


NEWS

Heaton drops from USC prez race

Default rate shows decline

Failed talks spart protest at U of T

Study reveals new HIV concerns

MP has his Day on campus

Braun to introduce "beef boards"

Brebner takes logical approach

Briefs

Stuff

Caught on campus

Braun to introduce "beef boards"



By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

Presidential candidate Dave Braun refuses to ride off into the sunset and is instead looking forward to the University Students' Council presidential showdown.

Braun, a third-year political science student, said although the USC was due for some changes, he was not entirely convinced a complete overhaul was necessary. "I don't think the USC is completely off-track, but it needs to sharpen its focus," he said, adding the council's image needs work. "People think it's run by [the] elite who are in it only to further themselves. I'd like to be in there to represent every student."

He explained ideas in his platform which could help remedy the USC's elitist image include "beef boards," located at several locations on campus for students to voice their suggestions and concerns.

On the national front, Braun said the most important issue facing post-secondary students was glaringly apparent. "Obviously, everyone would agree it's the incredible underfunding of universities," he said.

To help fight rising tuition levels, Braun said a combined USC/administration approach was critical and needed further development.

"We can better promote and make aware the different avenues of getting money. Some people are very unclear about the millennium scholarships and how they work, about [the Ontario Student Assistance Program] and exactly how to get at it, about the bursaries and how to apply," he said.

Braun added his experience in student government, which includes his current position as USC speaker and a spot on Western's Senate, have given him a clear view into the inner workings of Western's governing machine. He said being a good president without this knowledge would be difficult. "It's almost impossible."

As for potential weaknesses, Braun said his tendency to be stubborn has blinded his judgment in the past. "I used to be a real idealist," he said. "When someone says 'That's not going to work,' I don't give up, but I'm becoming more of a pragmatic idealist."

He admitted it would be a challenge to make himself a standout among the unusually large crowd of candidates, but explained he would focus on meeting as many students as possible in the coming weeks to get his message out. "I can meet a huge number of people in two weeks," he said.


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