Volume 94, Issue 74

Friday, February 2, 2001


Leadership experience comes up at forum

Prez wannabes visit affilites

Student groups say Throne speech lacking

Lawless has the gusto for office

Skydiver hobos would be a bit over-the-top

Corroded Disorder

Leadership experience comes up at forum

By Aaron St. John and Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

The seven members of University Students' Council island were front and centre in the Atrium yesterday, debating an array of survival techniques for the USC's presidential race.

Mediator Chris Oldcorn began the forum as he sought each candidate's thoughts on the Student Code of Conduct and how they would go about its implementation.

"The off-campus component of the code is an absolute joke," said current USC president Dave Braun. "If you work at Ford, you're not accountable [to Ford] for what you do at home, and you shouldn't be held to different standards as a student."

Geoff Greenall, a first-year political science student, said he agreed with Braun's opinion. "I disapprove of clubs having to take responsibility for [their] members."

First-year social science student Tin Maung Htoo, said he would push for a student referendum on the issue. "There is a need for students to realize their responsibilities under the code," he said. "We need the support of the student body."

Mike Lawless, a third-year history student, said the code puts students in double jeopardy. "The fact that students can face punishment both by the university and London police is absolutely ridiculous."

Third-year political science and economics student, Josh Morgan, said he applauded the delay of finalizing the code until students' input was included. "We had a victory, but the battle is not over," he said. "How the code is going to be implemented is important."

"There are two fundamental flaws," said fourth-year political science candidate Tim Shortill. "It infringes upon our constitutional freedom and also our God given freedom."

Ryan Windsor, a second-year psychology student, said the legal aspects of the code needed to be investigated further.

Another area of concern at the debate was fiscal responsibility and how each candidate has handled past failures while in a leadership role.

Standing in front of the candidate's table, Braun said he did not want this campaign to be about the past. "Operation: Massive was designed to put money in the pockets of residence councils that badly needed it. It didn't work, we made a mistake, but we learned from it."

"I haven't met my Russian winter or Moscow yet," Greenall said. "While in a leadership position, I haven't made mistakes."

Htoo said he would do his best to promote fiscal responsibility within the USC.

Lawless spoke of a past pub night he organized for King's College students. "I sat back and said 'look, there's not 500 people like I expected, but there are 100 who are having a good time."

Morgan said cooler heads needed to prevail when accepting criticism. "You need to hear what people think about what went wrong, and then sort it out."

Shortill said his experiences at organizing residence events had taught him a lot. "I learned the best time to organize one isn't before a Business 20 and Business 257 exam. You can't look at the structure of an event, you've got to look at the timing of it," he said.

Windsor said he believed past USC financial failures should not affect the ability of future councils to plan social events. "Just because Operation: Massive was a failure, it cannot be the end of events."

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