Volume 94, Issue 76

Wednesday, February 7, 2001


USC prez suitors enter the clubhouse

UBC engineers under fire for prank

Frosh issues come up at Elgin forum

Deadly virus could hit London, health officer warns

Greenall says he's not so green

Tribal council gives their two cents

Prez candidates invade cyber-space

Planet Me

Greenall says he's not so green

By Colin Butler
Gazette Staff

Despite Geoff Greenall's self-proclaimed "underdog" status in the current University Students' Council presidential race, the first-year political science student has a healthy appetite for a piece of the political pie.

"I believe I can do a better job than everyone else running," Greenall said. "I have qualities others lack. I'm a fresh face, and I'll be here for the long term."

Greenall said his first-year status gives him an advantage in terms of perseverance and long-term political goals. He said while the other candidates are in their third and fourth years of their programs, and will soon be leaving Western for greener pastures, he will be able to remain behind and help maintain continuity within USC policy.

As far as Greenall's plans for USC policy are concerned, he said he wants to make the USC's various media outlets more business-friendly. "I plan to commercialize TV Western and CHRW," he said, adding he plans to re-tool the proposed code of student conduct. "It looks fairly good, but it should be more lenient."

Greenall said his strengths include approachability and people-skills. "I'm approachable, team-oriented and I'm a good communicator," he said, adding he opposed elitism within student government, and would work to erase the barrier between constituents and their USC representatives.

"There are problems in the ranks [of the USC]," he said, adding longer office hours are needed for USC staffers.

The extended hours, according to Greenall, would be reserved for meeting with students in order to foster a close, personal relationship between the USC and the students. He said such a schedule change would weed out the arrogance he feels exists in the USC.

Geoff Greenall is one of seven candidates vying for the USC's presidential office.

Greenall said he does feel there are many pressures running as a freshman student. "Not many [first-year students] do," he said. "Everyone thinks that I have no chance." He cited his complete lack of experience in government as one of the reasons for his slim chances, as well as his lack of name recognition, which he attributed to not having spent the same amount of time networking and making friends on campus as other candidates.

Greenall said his one-man campaign points to how hard he must work, and how much he would work for students, if elected to the USC's top office.

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