Volume 94, Issue 73

Thursday, February 1, 2001


NEWS

Presidential candidates meet the USC

London joins hands for India relief

Fundraisers only $100 million away

By-law violation verdict postponed

Briefs

Experience puts Morgan ahead

Planet Me

Presidential candidates meet the USC

By Colin Butler and Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

University Students' Council presidential candidates faced sniper fire from council in the campaign's kick-off question session at last night's USC meeting.

Among the queries from council were questions pertaining to communication between the USC and various bodies on campus and how to address apathy among the student body.

Ryan Windsor, a second-year psychology student, said he wants to create a specific program to touch base with students. "I want to create an outreach to residences and faculties," he said. "We need to speak to them in their classes."

According to fourth-year political science student, Tim Shortill, the USC should work on the grassroots level. He identified two specific kinds of apathy on campus. "Some just don't care, but the USC is still there for them," he said. "There are also those that are disenfranchised. But we can't really debate [why they are disenfranchised] in this room. We need to get out there and talk to them."

Josh Morgan, a third-year political science and economics student, said some students are justified in believing there are services which are of no use. "We have to encourage council to get out there," he said. "I believe there are things going on in this student council, which students don't want or don't use." Like Shortill, he also emphasized the need for council to go directly to students for input.

Third-year history student Mike Lawless harkened back to the glory days of council, calling for the USC to follow the lead of past presidents who have placed a greater emphasis on connecting with students. "I can't tell you why apathy exists with students," he said. "I want to do opinion polls and change the focus of council. Many of the issues we discuss in this room have affected only the people in this room."

Tin Maung Htoo, a first-year social science student, said bringing students together for larger causes was a focus of his campaign. "Unity is very important. With unity we can do anything," he said. "We are not alone – we need to work beyond this campus."

First-year political science student Geoff Greenall said as a freshman student, he had a unique perspective on council. "It's very hard for first-year students, in particular, to get involved," he said.

If council remained open to the input of students, he said, they would receive the information they desire. "If you leave yourself open to suggestions, people will suggest things," he said.

Dave Braun, the incumbent president, said a USC prize patrol would be an effective tool in injecting a sense of excitement into students.

He also admitted to being a mediocre president to this point, who campaigned last year on politics alone. "I ran on calculated fluff designed to get me elected," he said.

Braun said council has done a decent job of communicating with campus this year, but could always do better.


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