Volume 94, Issue 79

Tuesday, February 13, 2001


Candidates get in final say at Medway

Code closes student input

Billion dollar funding loss has PQ schools fuming

Environment critics say report could be more harm than good

Robber targets bathroom line-ups


Tommy Abercrombie

Candidates get in final say at Medway

By Tola Afolabi and Chris Lackner
Gazette Staff

Sunday, in the Medway Hall residence formal lounge, the University Students' Council presidential candidates tried to get their final message out to the voters in the last USC presidential forum.

Ryan Windsor, a second-year psychology student, said he wanted to stress the credibility of his campaign performance. "The USC has a responsibility which goes above passion. I don't exist in the plane of mediocrity. I believe some people do," he said. "It is the job of the president to expect the unexpected."

Fourth-year political science student, Tim Shortill, said students in Ontario could be a viable political force, if they unite. "We have the authority to vote [politicians] out," he said.

Josh Morgan, a third-year political science and economics student, said the USC does have a responsibility to help students promote student justice, and educational issues, and added as president, he would stress Western's contribution to its national lobby group, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations.

"I think working with CASA is a great way of working with government to try to address the issues students face today," he said.

Third-year history student, Mike Lawless, said passion, which has been the central theme of his whole campaign, is what separates him from the other candidates. "I hope you can see that in my eyes," he said.

First-year social science student, Tin Maung Htoo, said he urged the other candidates to push for stronger student activism on Western's campus, which was the key focus of his own campaign. "I desire to fight for the betterment of all students here," he said.

Geoff Greenall, a first-year political science student, said he was graded unfairly in The Gazette quiz. "The strength and character I've shown in this campaign is worth at least four [out of five] in my books," he said.

Third-year political science student and incumbent president Dave Braun, joked about dropping out of the election during his closing statement. "I'm going to call [the Chief Returning Officer] and ask that my name be dropped of the ballot," he said. "I'm just joking. I don't know why I'd want to leave. I think the best is yet to come."

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