Volume 95, Issue 74

Wednesday, February 13, 2002

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Huge tuition hike proposed by UWO

Engineering-gate? Money missing

No more NDP - no more low tuition in B.C.

Another day, another forum for Prez wannabes

Rock and Stewart unveil plan

Profile: Marc Raymond

Profile: Kevin Shipley

Tan your way to a prettier death

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Another day, another forum for Prez wannabes

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

Trying to understand how presidential hopefuls might work with Western's academic councils, faculty representatives attended yesterday's University Students' Council presidential forum armed with a bevy of questions.

"I own tonnes of science clothing," said Melissa Groendyk, a third-year science student, when asked about her commitment to her faculty. She also said her faculty has been a big part of her Western life.

Mike Liebrock, a third-year political science student, was questioned on his platform point of lowering student fees and stated he believed it was possible, suggesting the USC cut commissioner spending.

Marc Raymond, a fifth-year media, information and technoculture student, said he wants to reconnect with the 85 per cent of students who do not care about elections.

"I'm a leader – vote for a leader who will take a proud stance for students," he said. "We're the ones who pay to go here."

"It's quite a visible beating stick, but it's not the be-all and the end-all," said third-year mechanical engineering student Kevin Shipley about the Student Code of Conduct.

Shipley also said the education of prospective students about faculties and clubs, not just the USC, is crucial.

In reference to better connecting the USC with faculty councils, Chris Sinal, a third-year history student, said councillors will be able to approach their respective faculties and show them how to access USC resources and teach them exactly what the USC is about following a USC councillor training program.

"The USC is by far the biggest and strongest lobby group on campus," said first-year honours business administration student Dan Tolhurst, adding the USC has to take a loud and powerful stand against deregulation. "[Administration] has to listen to us."

Third-year political science student Kyle Winston said he wants to bring the individual faculties on-campus back together.

"We should better utilize USC assets, like licensing the McKellar Room or the Concrete Beach, emphasizing what arts does," he added, when asked how he would help bring the arts faculty closer together.

–with files from Paolo Zinatelli

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