Volume 94, Issue 75

Tuesday, February 6, 2001


Prez hopefuls visit Saugeen

$2.5M fund created for Internet start-ups

Student activism tops Htoo's list


Corroded Disorder

Prez hopefuls visit Saugeen

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council presidential hopefuls took on the closest thing to a wild tropical island as a presidential forum this weekend took place at Saugeen-Maitland Hall residence.

The Sunday forum, fourth in a series of 11 events, revolved around the issue of local government, as USC municipal affairs commissioner Brad Nicpon grilled the panel on relations between Western and the London community.

Nicpon asked questions related to the USC's Street Captains program, as well as student apathy in the form of volunteering and municipal voting.

Third-year political science student Dave Braun said the students' council always has problems getting volunteers to come out to meetings, and said he looked into trying to get more funding to pay volunteers.

First-year social science student Tin Maung Htoo said he supports the promotion of any USC program that would improve student life on campus.

Htoo said getting students involved becomes a matter of setting a fire underneath them. "[The Student Code of Conduct] effects all students. That's why so many people have taken interest. We need to look at issues that are going to effect all students," he said.

Third-year history student Mike Lawless said he did not have a lot of knowledge about the Street Captains program, but suggested working more closely with other councils on campus in a joint effort.

Josh Morgan, a third-year political science and economics student, said a joint venture between the USC and Western's housing department could be beneficial for the Street Captains program.

Morgan said promoting things like municipal elections would be perfect for his proposed creation of a full-time USC VP-communications.

First-year arts student Geoff Greenall said he likens himself to a young Vince McMahon when it comes to these issues – it's all about promotions. "Make things fun, make them entertaining, and people will want to get involved," he said.

Tim Shortill, a fourth-year political science student, said he heard about the Street Captains program over the summer and said he was unsure about the merits about expanding it.

Still, Shortill said he thought combining it with another program on campus could be beneficial. "The [off-campus] Dons have been a fantastic success. We should look at their recruitment tools and see what we can learn from them," he said.

Second-year psychology student Ryan Windsor was present at the beginning of the forum, but left before it officially began.

He said he left in protest because he felt there was a poor turnout of students who were not on the various candidates' campaign teams.

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