Volume 94, Issue 64

Wednesday, January 17, 2001


NEWS

Threat of gun violence rocks King's

Quebec attacks brain drain - New tax cuts target high-tech profs

USC motion could change VP voting

Smart cards on hold - Privacy issue raises questions

RRU gets a military discharge - BC university goes from military to civilian

Briefs

Planet Me

USC motion could change VP voting

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

University Students' Council Senator-at-Large Luke Petrykowski intends to introduce a motion at tonight's USC meeting which aims to seek student input on the current USC vice-presidential election format.

The proposed motion would add a referendum question to the spring election ballot, which asks students whether they would favour vice-presidents being elected in a general student body election.

Currently, the USC vice-presidents of finance, campus issues, student affairs and education are elected through an internal election among USC councillors and other voting members, during an annual general meeting held in March.

If students were to vote in favour of a change in procedure, the first general student body vice-presidential election would take place in 2002.

In the rationale for the motion, Petrykowski explained there is a distance between the USC and the student body. "This may be a critical turning point in bridging the gap between the USC and the undergraduate student body."

Petrykowski also defended the cost of such a referendum. "The cost incurred by the USC with respect to the referendum question pales in comparison to the amount of money spent on such ventures as Operation Massive."

Still, the student senator admitted he does not expect the motion to pass. "My guess is it will be overwhelmingly rejected," he said. "The USC thinks they know everything."

USC VP-student affairs, Chris Sinal, said the current process is effective, but he would be open to considering a new method of electing presidents.

"Having gone through the current process, it's definitely unique. You go through about a hundred one-on-one interviews with councillors and members of the USC," he said. "By the time I came through it, I think every councillor had a better idea of what I stood for and I had a better idea where I stood.

"I'd be open to a new process," he added. "It's certainly going to be an interesting debate."

Ryan Heney, a USC arts councillor, said while reforming the vice-presidential elections was a good idea in essence, but in practice the change would be too complicated. "It's a good idea to open it up to all students," he said. "But it's not very feasible."

Earlier in the school year, a motion by Senator-at-Large, Neil Kapoor attempted to reform the vice-presidential election process by adding a "none of the above" option to the ballot. The motion was defeated.


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