Volume 94, Issue 36

Thursday, November 2, 2000


NEWS

Web site threatens elections

USC votes down Rubinoff apology

More boozing leads to more losing?

"Stupid" games run rampant at Western

No evolution raises curriculum concerns

Campus Briefs

London ordered to upgrade facilities

Corroded Disorder

USC votes down Rubinoff apology

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff



Last night's emergency University Students' Council meeting resulted in council voting to neither apologize nor form a disciplinary committee to investigate alleged campaign violations by Legal Society president, Michael Rubinoff.

This past Monday, USC speaker Darren Spicknell called the meeting to discuss alleged USC elections by-law violations by the Legal Society.

In the meeting, both the Elections Committee and Rubinoff speaking on behalf of the Legal Society, were allotted five minutes to first speak on the topic, followed by 30 minutes of question period from council.

According to USC legal affairs officer, Jeffrey Clayman, speaking on behalf of the Elections Committee, the Legal Society, under the authorization of Rubinoff, sent out an unsolicited e-mail after the campaigning period to all law students encouraging them to vote for Board of Governors candidate Raivo Uukkivi and BOG and Senate candidate Elizabeth Dipchand.

Clayman said Rubinoff had approached him before the e-mail was sent out, asking Clayman whether the Legal Society could send the e-mail and was told no.

Clayman also explained he had conversations with Rubinoff after the e-mail was sent, in which Rubinoff attempted to persuade Clayman not to disqualify Dipchand or Uukkivi.

During his presentation, Rubinoff said he did not dispute the facts presented by Clayman, but he said the e-mail in question did not endorse a candidate, rather encourage students to vote. "The e-mail urged law students to vote for the two candidates, but did not tell them who to vote for."

Rubinoff explained he and the Legal Society were only doing their job in doing what they thought was best for law students. He added he was only fulfilling his role as Legal Society president, when he followed the orders of the Legal Society.

Spicknell then informed council they could declare the matter resolved, establish a committee to investigate the matter further, or form a committee to decide whether disciplinary action should be taken against Rubinoff.

Following both presentations and 30 minutes of questions from the council, a motions to form a disciplinary committee and to make a formal apology to Rubinoff were both defeated.

Rubinoff said he felt relieved the matter was over. "I want to get back to my studies and get back to attending to the business of the law school," he said.


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