Volume 95, Issue 46
Thursday, November 22, 2001
Council gives Lawless an earful
Forum discusses ideas, problems
By Kristina Lundblad
Bus passes for part-time students, more garbage cans, a queer arts festival and a cheap place to buy eggs on campus that's what students really want from their students' council.
At last night's University Students' Council meeting, council members were given the opportunity to express, in an open discussion format, what their constituents feel the USC is doing for them and what else council still needs to work on.
"We want to be progressive in what we do and working with the will of the students," said USC president Mike Lawless, who initiated the discussion.
Council was then invited to share their thoughts as to where council should go from here and what measures they need to take to reach their goals.
"I got indifference and apathy," said arts councillor Michelle Witen, after speaking with students from her faculty. "Either they didn't care or didn't know about the USC."
Similar comments of apathy and a general lack of knowledge came from councillors throughout the discussion, but there was also constructive criticism and suggestions.
In her film class, Witen said students wanted to see more challenging cinema on-campus in the McKellar room.
Science councillor Adam Chisholm said the students he represents were confused as to why councillors did not have more of a say in USC expenditures.
Brad Nicpon, also a science councillor, questioned why Lawless had not yet brought in an external polling company to uncover what the students want. Lawless said such polling was too expensive.
Fran Rubio, a science councillor, was concerned that few people got information about the USC. "The way most people find out about anything is through The Gazette," she said.
Many councillors said their constituents had issues with the bus pass either they wanted to opt out of the service completely or wanted to buy into the program because they did not get a pass as part-time students.
Following the open discussion, Lawless spoke positively about council's active involvement.
"I'm very pleased with the amount of work the councillors put into this by going out and talking to their constituents this is what council's role is," he said.
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