Volume 95, Issue 73

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

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"Excitement can only spread"

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"Excitement can only spread"

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

University Students' Council presidential hopefuls entered the Zoo Sunday night as the campaign reached its midway point.

The forum was specifically directed at residents of Essex Hall and Saugeen-Maitland Hall to allow candidates to speak on issues directly related to the two residences.

Kyle Winston, a third-year political science student, spoke about fiscal responsibility, ensuring that students know how their USC student fees are being spent. "I want you to know where your money goes," he said.

"This forum is the one that I've been looking forward to the most – here in the building I've lived in for three years," said first-year honours business administration student Dan Tolhurst, adding he is aware of residence issues.

Chris Sinal, a third-year history student, said he used to have the impression that students do not want to be involved, but now believes otherwise.

Rather, Sinal said students just need to be shown how to get involved. "You wouldn't believe the response you'd get," he added.

Kevin Shipley, a third-year mechanical engineering student, said student apathy towards the USC could be lessened if a president with minimal USC experience was elected to provide a fresh perspective. "The best way to improve the situation is to get people who have not been on the USC on the USC," he said.

Fifth-year media, information and technoculture student Marc Raymond encouraged Saugeen residents to support their fellow resident Tolhurst in the upcoming election. "Vote for your leader," he said, before leaving the meeting.

To better represent Saugeen, third-year political science student Mike Liebrock said he was open to expanding the number of Saugeen's USC councillors, which, like other residences, only has one.

"One of my goals is to open up dialogue with the USC and students and if that means adding another councillor and including them in the budgetary process, that's what I'll have to do," he said.

"The best way to get people excited [about being involved in activities] is to be excited yourself and to show by example. We need to get sophs and commissioners excited and involved and make it feel like Western [is a] community," said Melissa Groendyk, a third-year science student. "The excitement can only spread."

–with files from Joel Brown and Jillian Van Acker

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