Volume 94, Issue 71

Tuesday, January 30, 2001


Prez race begins - Seven vie for USC top spot

Braun sets sights on second term

Landlords ready for new rentals

Windsor big on campus issues

Queen's Park might privatize water

Perps dump poop on campus


Corroded Disorder

Braun sets sights on second term

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

University Students' Council president Dave Braun is making an another run at office, looking to extend his reign as the USC's top official to two consecutive years.

"Experience is obviously important, but this year, it's more important then ever," Braun said, referring to the hiring of the USC's new general manager and assistant general manager.

He said the GM is the person who provides a smooth transition for the USC as new Boards are annually elected. The retirement of GM Jim Walden, he said, takes away this glue. "So more than ever, we need someone to provide a smooth transition."

The USC Board of Directors has placed VP-education Jeff Sutton in the role of interim-president for the two weeks while Braun campaigns. Braun said his approved leave of absence will be unpaid during the campaign period. "Now is not the time to rest, especially when there is so much more to be done," he said.

Still, new USC GM Mark Sellars said while the role of GM is a complicated one, he has been working closely with Walden over the last month to learn the job.

While he might have been concerned two weeks ago, Sellars said he does not see the transfer of power as a source of concern.

"As the corporate memory, it's not like Jim is [going anywhere]. There is also extensive corporate records on file, so I don't think that transition will be that difficult," he said.

Mike Schecter, chief returning officer for the USC, said he was surprised at the news of Braun's second run for president and could not remember if or when a USC president has run or won two successive terms.

Reaction among the other candidates was mixed at the news of Braun's bid for re-election. "Give the ball to someone else. There are six other people willing to take the responsibility for his job," said first-year political science student Jeff Greenall.

Tin Maung Htoo, first-year social science student, said he thought the USC had done a good job, but regarded Braun's activism record as being weak.

However, third-year history student Mike Lawless wished Braun all the best, adding he was focused on his campaign and not others.

Tim Shortill, a fourth-year political science student, also wished him luck and said it was admirable of Braun to run again. He added one of the strengths of the USC is the influx of new ideas.

Ryan Windsor, a second-year psychology student, said it was good Braun was willing to run again and added that in a democratic system, people re-run for office all the time.

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