Volume 94, Issue 94

Tuesday, March 20, 2001


Huron student dies in highway tragedy

Heartbreak in Halifax

CASA delegates meet with Ottawa

New board ready to take over

Snowy day tough on campus drivers


Corroded Disorder

New board ready to take over

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council turned a page in its history books on Saturday, with the election of a new Board of Directors.

Joining USC president-elect Mike Lawless on next year's board will be VP-campus issues Sera Vavala, VP-education Erin McCloskey, VP-finance Rob Irvine and VP-student affairs Wes Brown.

Voting for the VP positions is done by both the current and incoming council during the USC's annual general meeting, which took place all-day Saturday.

Vavala said she was excited about her new position on the board. "It feels absolutely incredible and I look forward to serving the students of Western," she said.

McCloskey, who won the day's closest race, said the hotly contested election made winning all the sweeter. "It feels good because it makes winning that much more of an honour," she said, adding she plans to start working on the transition right away with current VP-education Jeff Sutton. "I'm going to get a running start on Monday morning," she said.

New VP-finance Irvine, said it was an honour to be elected by his fellow councillors. "It's unbelievable. When any group of students elects you, that's the greatest feeling," he said.

Irvine said the close results of some of the VP races spoke to the calibre of the candidates running. He said he will now try and learn as much as possible from his predecessor, Dave Brebner, and will work hard next year to get students interested in the USC. "We need to start to regain the confidence of the students," he said.

Brown, a Gazette news editor and incoming VP-student affairs, said he will bring responsible programming to the USC. "I started this campaign in September – reading, researching and talking to people, but it actually started the first day I showed up at Saugeen," he said. "I promise the Western students responsible programming, amazing events and nothing but good times for 2001."

Lawless said he thought the new board was "absolutely amazing," but added he felt bad about the number of great candidates who would not be able to hold a VP position.

"I thought it would be the greatest moment of the year, but it was a little bittersweet because some people won't get a chance to be involved," he said.

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