Volume 94, Issue 76

Wednesday, February 7, 2001


OPINIONS

Letters to the Editor

Women left out of political play pen, again

Gulf War: A walk in the desert spoiled

Letters to the Editor

Make 'em work


Re: USC presidential elections

To the Editor:

Candidates are curious creatures.

Some run for the attention. Some run because they are popular. Others just want to get laid. Every year however, a few candidates emerge who deeply care about students, demonstrate strong leadership skills, and most importantly, show true passion.

The hard part is figuring out which candidate is feeding you a rehearsed line and which one is being honest.

For those that care and follow student politics, you already know why you should vote. For those who dislike the USC or just don't care, how could you want a better reason to vote? Use this opportunity to choose someone who will give a damn about you and your $160+. If you don't vote, you can't bitch. Over the next few days, get to know the candidates. Challenge them. Make them work for your vote. I remember someone saying something that seems more appropriate this year than any other: JUST FUCKING VOTE!

Perry "Elvis" Monaco
1999/2000 VP-campus issues
BA History '00




Wannabes won't talk cash


Re: USC presidential elections

To the Editor:

I wanted to send congratulations to the University Students' Council, The Gazette and TV Western for doing a great job at bringing new innovations into election coverage, promotion and forums for this year's USC presidential elections. Collectively you have helped bring some life to the electoral process at Western.

At the same time, I'm disappointed that none of the candidates for USC president has talked about the inadequate state of our financial aid system or of the high cost of a university education (and that is not only the cost of tuition).

You have all talked about initiatives to make the USC a shining pillar of glory on the campus, but for students who are struggling to just get by, that doesn't mean much.

Tell me what you're going to do to really help a student like myself who has to work 20-30 hours a week, along with having mounting student loans in order to be at school.

What are you going to do to help solve these problems beyond making people feel warm and fuzzy about the USC, since that won't pay the rent or the grocery bills?

If the people running to represent all students do not see this as a problem, how can we expect the university or government to see it as one?

Neil Kapoor
Special Student
chair, Student Caucus on Governance




USC is the greatest?


To the Editor:

I've noticed a few things at Western since I arrived here seven years ago.

Every time the University Students' Council is criticized for maintaining the status quo and for being an insider boys' club, the insider boys come racing to its defence, denouncing those who dare to take a stand. "But the USC is the greatest," they say.

I believe the boys upstairs have done an excellent job of replacing themselves and their ideologies year after year. In their meetings, they routinely refer to the student union as "the corporation." They boast about their multi-million dollar budget. They say that things like student protests are too "radical" and ineffective.

Indeed, the skies are sunny in USC land. The skies are always sunny when you ignore the bigger picture, when you discount historical reality, and when you're in the process of padding your resume before landing a big fat corporate job.

Great work, boys. Let's hope the student body catches on before they elect you again.

Richard Telfer
MA Sociology III





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