Volume 94, Issue 26

Tuesday, October 17, 2000


NEWS

BOG candidates take the stage at forum

Police nab York stalker suspect

Love Inc. finds no love in low turnout

BOG candidate faces election fines

The London front almost quiet

Baryshnik raising student concerns

Funded housing now under municipalities

Corroded Disorder

BOG candidate faces election fines

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff



Over a week of Board of Governors campaigning has past, but one candidate's campaign currently lies in the red a total of $90.

Chief Returning Officer for this year's BOG election, Michael Schecter, said BOG candidate Luke Petrykowski was given five demerit points for displaying campaign material in an unauthorized area and another 10 points for unapproved campaign material featured in The Gazette.

"[Petrykowski] had Senate posters at the Ridout on a Thursday night, two weeks ago. He was seen there and it was confirmed by several people that posters were found on the dance floor," he said.

"He was also listed as a BOG and Senator candidate in a letter that was published in The Gazette."

Schecter also said Petrykowski was charged fair market value for what the smallest advertisement in The Gazette costs. He said this $50 dollar charge will come out of his campaign budget of the allotted $250. "It's about fair play. We've really opened [the campaigning rules] up and those people who break those rules will be penalized."

In response, Petrykowski said he is currently appealing the fines brought down on him from the elections committee. He said he still does not know why he is being penalized for voicing opinions in a source he pays student fees for.

"A lot of students have come up to me and thought it was a bum rap. I have to pay that $90 dollars out of my own pocket," he said. "I knew that they were going to fine me. It's just another injustice toward students, however, I'm willing to shoulder this for the betterment of students."

Fellow candidate Andrew Macklin said he appreciated the fact Petrykowski was expressing his opinion and telling students to vote, but added this is an election and questioned whether a candidate should be allowed to do this.

"It's a fine line, I guess something I really have to think about – is the message to vote more important than seeing his name on the letter in The Gazette?"

Current BOG member Michael Rubinoff said in any election, there are rules that need to be followed and said he sees the nomination form is a type of contract to abide by those set rules.

"The elections act is now less stringent then it has been in previous years and candidates should be able to play within those rules," he said.


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