Volume 93, Issue 90

Monday, March 21, 2000


Editorial Board 1999-2000

In Brebner, we trust?

Editorial cartoon

In Brebner, we trust?

What's in a number, anyway?

Perhaps Western students should ask themselves this question, considering the results of the University Students' Council Vice-Presidential elections.

Three out of the four VP spots were decided without much to remark, but one portfolio election stood out with a curiously spoiled odour to it. The VP-finance race finished with 26 spoiled ballots, compared to a total four spoiled ballots for the other three positions.

While it may seem that councillors suffer the occasional mental lapses from time to time, 26 bungled ballots hints strongly at some sort of conscious attempt to re-jig the VP-finance election – to get someone else to declare their candidacy, someone in whom those 26 councillors had a bit more faith.

In the end, first-year honours business administration student Dave Brebner beat out fourth-year administrative and commercial studies student Neil Kapoor after the USC decided which candidate they liked better. Better, however, does not theoretically have to imply good – and the number of councillors who spoiled their ballots reiterates this fact.

The USC's budget and ailing financial situation was, after all, a particularly hot topic and worrisome issue for many of the presidential candidates in this year's election. Confidence in the financial portfolio is warranted in light of this concern.

This spoiled footnote to the VP-finance election might not bode well for students or Brebner himself. When a substantial amount of councillors decide for option C: not to vote for anyone, there is reason to speculate the candidates are inadequate in one way or another. This nearly thwarted election could be somewhat of a blow to Brebner's ego, which may, but will hopefully not, deter him from performing at his best.

If the majority of the ballots had indeed been spoiled, perhaps the unsuccessful candidates who ran for other VP positions would have had the opportunity to rise to the occasion and run again. This option could have presented to the USC and the student population candidates which might have generated more confidence.

However, since we are not privy to time machines and cannot change the past, Brebner should take the number of spoiled ballots with a grain of salt and – to put it lightly – show everybody his stuff. What better way to prove everyone wrong and feel good about yourself while doing it, than to outshine whatever lack of confidence might have been implied in your ability.

A statement of skepticism and speculation was made on Saturday – one which our newest VP-finance should view in a positive light, mull over for awhile, but ultimately employ to his advantage throughout his upcoming term.

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