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

Prez wannabes visit affilites

By Allison LaVoie and Mike Murphy
Gazette Staff

Student fees and the importance of affiliated colleges were two main topics debated at last night's University Students' Council presidential election forum at Huron College University.

Ryan Windsor, second-year psychology student, recommended the USC bring in an outside accountant to determine where fat can be cut from its budget.

"You've got to look at the books and the financial statements to ensure students pay less," he said.

Tim Shortill, a fourth-year political science major, said he does not advocate a USC fee decrease, but wants to restore student confidence in the quality of council programs.

"What I owe to you as a student is to restore your faith in the USC," he said.

Third-year political science and economics student, Josh Morgan, said he would not change fees arbitrarily but would invite feedback on what services should and could be cut and or added.

"I'm not gonna say student fees are going to increase or decrease because they do provide services," he said.

Mike Lawless said fees might be reduced in 2003, due to higher 'double cohort' enrollment.

"I don't necessarily believe [fees] cannot be reduced," said the third-year history major.

Tin Maung Htoo, a first-year social science student, said the fairness of fees needs looking into "What I want to suggest is that we review the fees to see if they're really fair," he said.

According to first-year political science student Geoff Greenall, the USC should scale back its operations to save students money. "I believe in not having huge groups and committees and in having more efficiency to get your fees down."

Incumbent president Dave Braun said the USC must look to aggressively pay down its debt before it considers a student fee reduction. "I think we need to be cautious in saying we'll decrease student fees because we need to pay down the debt."

The candidates were also asked how they thought main campus benefited from the affiliates.

"The smaller class sizes make people feel more comfortable," Windsor said.

Shortill commented, "What the affiliates bring to Western is a sense of family."

"Every different part of this campus is important to the campus as a whole," Morgan said.

Lawless said, "They're a great, great recruitment tool for international students."

Htoo said when he applied to Western, he hoped he would not have to attend an affiliate.

Greenall said, "To take something like this away would take away from Western's culture and spirit."

"They create a great tradition and culture," Braun said.

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