Volume 94, Issue 86

Tuesday, March 6, 2001


Seventeen suitors vie for VP spots

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McMaster staff take to the picket lines

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Corroded Disorder

Seventeen suitors vie for VP spots

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

With one fifth of the University Students' Council executive puzzle in place, the time has arrived to elect the four vice-presidents who will work alongside president-elect Mike Lawless next year.

According to USC speaker Darren Spicknell, who is responsible for overseeing the VP elections, 17 candidates have entered the race for the four executive positions. The spots will be voted on by both incoming and outgoing members of council at the Mar. 17 USC meeting.

Spicknell said there will be somewhere between 130 and 150 votes because of the cross-over between incoming and outgoing councillors, and candidates will have to work hard to meet with each voting member over the next two weeks. "There's going to be thousands of interviews going on this week," he said.

A forum will be held Mar. 14 in the University Community Centre Atrium from 11 to 1 p.m. to allow candidates to showcase their skills in front of the student body, Spicknell said.

Current VP-campus issues Andrea Boulay, said every student daring to throw their hat in the ring for a VP position should be praised. "The candidates should be commended for their efforts and bravery," she said.

Boulay explained the best VP-campus issues candidate must possess the ability to deal with people in difficult situations. "When all is said and done, someone will have to have good people skills and a good heart," she said.

VP-education Jeff Sutton said he was impressed by the crop of current suitors for his position, adding the next VP-education will have a tremendous amount of freedom to explore new avenues. "They're not going to have the benefit of an election year, but they also won't be shackled by it," he said. "There's going to be lots of room do what you want."

Dave Brebner, the current VP-finance, said anyone wanting to fill his position must be able to multi-task and stay on top of a wealth of information and statistics.

VP-student affairs Chris Sinal said candidates are going to have to do their best to avoid burnout over the next two weeks of countless interviews and one-on-one meetings. "Pace yourself," he said. "You've got a lot of interviews to do in a short period of time."

He added candidates must be ready to deal with a trial-and-error environment. "You'll make mistakes and you'll screw up," he said. "But that's what makes this one of the best jobs there is. You'll learn from it and you'll know more than you did at the start."

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