Volume 94, Issue 73

Thursday, February 1, 2001


Presidential candidates meet the USC

London joins hands for India relief

Fundraisers only $100 million away

By-law violation verdict postponed


Experience puts Morgan ahead

Planet Me

Experience puts Morgan ahead

By Chris Lackner
Gazette Staff

Josh Morgan just might be the man to lead the University Student Council into the new millennium.

"I think I have a lot to offer the position," he said. "I have solid experience, a solid platform and the motivation to lead the council and get people involved."

Morgan cited his extensive experience as one of his key strengths. His list of past duties includes being a councillor at Alumni House, a soph for both Social Science and Alumni House, a University Senator, the VP-academic for the Western Waterbuffalos, and the current Social Science Students' Council president.

He said some of his major campaign platforms include fighting to ensure tuition in deregulated programs is not used to compensate for the cap on regulated tuition. He added he wants to see councillors build better avenues of communication with their constituents, and create a permanent spot on the Board of Directors for a vice-president communications.

"It's really a building upon the communication officer," he said. "Communication is the key to any government. [A VP-communications] needs to be a full-time position."

Morgan stressed the need to develop a strong communication network between councillors, commissioners, clubs, students-at-large, Board of Governors and Senate members. "The more we keep them informed, the better the USC is at attending students wants and needs."

Josh Morgan is one of seven candidates vying for the USC presidency

Although he does not cite public speaking as one of his major strengths, Morgan said one of his most important traits is his ability to connect with people and students on a one-on-one basis.

He said one his weaknesses, which he has learned from his time as Social Science president, is trying to get involved in too many areas and initiatives at the same time.

"Sometimes I get involved and wrapped up in too many issues, when really I should be stepping back and having confidence in the people I work with," he said.

Morgan added he has been researching his platform since the beginning of November, and getting feedback and input on what students both want and need.

"I think what sets me apart from the other six candidates is the diversity of my experience in a lot of areas on campus," he said.

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