Volume 95, Issue 22

Thursday, October 11, 2001
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USC burns midnight oil debating student status

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

The USC's mandate - "run by the students, for the students" - was debated at last night's meeting.

At last night's University Students' Council meeting, a motion was brought forth to abolish the requirement that USC VPs take one half credit during their term in office.

"There is no hidden agenda here," said student senator Neil Kapoor, adding it is impractical to ask VPs to fit a course into their heavy workload.

Kapoor and Huron University College councillor Chris Sinal brought forth the motion and explained its rationale.

"This class requirement for VPs is a remnant of a time when VPs were only part-time employees and not full-time," Kapoor added, noting when the president of the USC was made full-time, the course requirement was taken away.

Kapoor further noted this does not stop a VP from taking a course if needed to graduate, it no longer binds them to taking one.

Sinal asked that the motion be amended to include both the legal affairs and communications officers.

It was agreed that the communications officer would be included, but not the legal affairs officer.

Debate on the motion began with much negative sentiment.

"There is a reason we are called the University Students' Council - it's because it is run by the students," said Law Students' Council president Raivo Uukkivi.

Uukkivi said time management comes into play in a VP's job and those in the positions should be able to balance both school and work.

"If it's not broke, don't fix it," said King's College councillor Marty Zahavich, explaining the current requirement has worked in the past and will in the future.

Social science councillor Paul Yeoman spoke in favour of the motion, stating these elected leaders need to put their full attention to the job they were elected to do. "We need these people focusing on their jobs," he said.

"The whole idea of the USC is that it is 'by the students, for students,' not 'by the corporation, for students,'" said Sasha Carsen, Health sciences Students' Council President.

As of press time, the motion was still being debated.

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