Volume 94, Issue 71

Tuesday, January 30, 2001


NEWS

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

Briefs

Corroded Disorder

Prez race begins - Seven vie for USC top spot

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

Out-promise. Out-campaign. Out-platform.

Seven hopefuls vying for leader of the Western student world met at an all-candidates' meeting last Friday evening to officially throw their hats into the ring of student politics.

"There was a lot of energy in the room today," said Mike Schecter, chief returning officer for the USC. "I hope they have a fair and excellent campaign."

Schecter said he was disappointed there were no female candidates for the second year in a row. "I have no idea why, especially when in the USC, there seems to be a fair distribution [of women]," he said.

Dave Braun, a third-year special student and current USC president, said it is going to be a tough campaign. "I have more energy and more enthusiasm today than when I started my first day as president," he said.

Jeff Greenall, a first-year political science student, said he decided to take up the cause as he was listening to Joe Clark speak in the McKellar room last Thursday. "[Braun] said there was only half an hour left to put the application in. So I filled it out, got the signatures, and here I am."

First-year social science student Tin Muang Htoo, said his main reason for running is to promote student activism. "I've been involved in student activism for years in Thailand and Burma. I believe I can do something good for all students." he said.

Mike Lawless, a third-year history student, said he spent his entire high school career doing very little in terms of student politics, but upon arriving at Western, things changed. "People can say they'd be good for the job and good for the council. The difference is, I know I'll be good for the job."

Third-year honours political science and economics student, Josh Morgan, said he has learned a lot as social science president and a member of the USC and sees this as the next step in representing students. "It's going to be a great campaign – meeting so many new people, spreading your ideas – it's a lot of fun," he said.

Tim Shortill, a fourth-year political science student, said the USC brings a great service to students and as good as it may be right now, he said he will raise the bar if elected. "Council has an ill-deserved reputation. I'd like to bring about change and transform the image of the present council," he said.

Second-year psychology student, Ryan Windsor, said he is looking forward to representing students. "I'd like to promote fewer barriers between on campus organizations and the USC," he said.

Fourth-year arts student, Kevin Dunne, had originally entered the race but withdrew his candidacy before the meeting after looking further into the position. "I spent four years trying to change things at the grass roots, but found that it just can't be done at that level," Dunne said. He added there is a possibility of him running for a vice-presidential spot.


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