Volume 94, Issue 19


NEWS

PromiseKeepers meet with protest

Senate and BOG race heats up

Haskett denies Christian agenda

Sweatshop mandate hits hurdle

UPD warns of sexual deviant

Campus Briefs

Sexual predator at York U still at-large

Corroded Disorder

Senate and BOG race heats up



By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff



Western student's may get BOGged down by the large number of candidates running for student positions in Senate and the Board of Governors this year.

Lorel Cline, associate secretary for BOG and Senate said 8 students are running for the position of student governor on BOG while 28 men and women have declared their candidacy for the six student senator-at-large positions. Last year saw 6 students run for BOG and 22 run for Senate, she added.

Cline explained all voting will be done online this year on October 18 and 19 and profiles of each candidate will be on the Internet by Wednesday. Cline said the elections are a joint initiative by the university and the USC.

"I don't know how we could do it without [the USC's] help," she said.

USC president Dave Braun said the number of candidates running was exciting. "It's very encouraging to see that so many people want to get involved," he said. "It's great so many students want to have a say in our university."

Michael Rubinoff, a student member of BOG, said the high candidate turnout was fantastic. He added, a successful member of BOG must possess special characteristics. "They must have the ability to be intelligent on the issues and establish respect from distinguished individuals on BOG," he said. "People have to realise the role of a BOG member is to act in the best interests of the university and that may clash with personal interests."

He explained it was important for students to establish themselves as governors, not student governors.

USC legal affairs commissioner Jeffrey Clayman, who oversees elections' officials for the USC, said new rules concerning campaigning will allow candidates more freedom. According to amendments to USC by-law #2, candidates will be free to campaign anywhere on campus and off campus. "Candidates have complete autonomy," he said. "Candidates are free to do what they want under the rules of fair play."


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