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Profile: Marc Raymond
By Erin Conway-Smith
Reconnecting with the student body is what Marc Raymond has in mind for
next year if elected University Students' Council president.
As a fifth-year media, information and technoculture student, Raymond said
he is concerned about what has happened to the quality of student life at
Western over the past five years.
Enhancing student life and student involvement in the London community are
key points in Raymond's platform.
|"I'm passionate about this school and I want to change
it," he said, adding he would like to improve Western's profile in the
Raymond was a Medway-Sydenham Hall soph for three years and served as
a Medway-Sydenham Residents' Council social representative in 1998, as
well as a Homecoming representative for all three years. He was also
Grand Pubah of the Water Buffaloes social club from 1999 to 2001.
Raymond said he would like to establish a positive relationship with
the citizens of London by increasing volunteer effort outside Western
and working with city officials on community projects.
He said he shoveled dirt for the City of London during the summer –
often in poor neighbourhoods – and became aware of problems faced by
members of the local community. "Getting out of the university
neighbourhood opened my eyes," he said.
If elected, Raymond said he would like to meet with Western administration
to discuss the Student Code of Conduct. "I don't know all their details,
they don't know all my details, but I've had to go on a crusade for those
fabled 'good times,'" he said.
"If administration and students don't work together then I don't see a
students' council that represents students in five to 10 years," he said.
Raymond, a self-described "live wire," said he is accountable, credible
and responsible. "And Zeppelin rules," he added.
"I can see that this school, with a little bit of elbow grease and some
mopping – we can make it number one again," he said. "It just needs the