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By Kristina Lundblad
At yesterday's media forum for the University Students' Council
presidential candidates, campus media and the student body got a chance to
put the presidential hopefuls under the microscope in the University
Community Centre atrium.
The following is a mere sampling of the proceedings...
Q: In The Gazette's presidential quiz you referred to London's deputy
mayor as "Anne Marie DeCicco's bitch" and said in reference to Western
administration, "No one dislikes them enough to know their names – ie.
they haven't stopped any fun cool parties this year."
How can we trust that you will show these officials the proper respect in
meetings next year, if you can't show them the proper respect now in
A: "It was my understanding that The Gazette quiz was done in fun, done in
jest. The term "someone's bitch" has been used as a jovial term – I'm
sorry if I have offended anyone. I treat everyone I meet with respect when
I meet them. Respect is something that has to be earned, but I do go into
an experience holding the utmost respect for most people."
Q: How do you foresee making vice-presidential elections open (versus an
internal process) when the USC already turned down such a motion less than
a year ago?
A: "Basically, it's one of my election platforms and, should I be elected,
it'll be in my mandate to assure that that happens. Students will vote for
me for that exact reason. So council, being representative of the students
who are not elected on a mandate similar to this, the onus would be on
council to support me in that venture."
Q: How do you respond to allegations that three years ago, while in
residence at Medway-Sydenham, you became intoxicated and yelled and cursed
at visiting parents and high school students?
A: "Actually, I wasn't cursing at them – I had a plastic glove on my head,
a balloon on my wrist, a Med/Syd alcoholic shirt on and I was leading
tours and the parents were coming up to me and thanking me to see that
they still had people like me running around the university. I deny
Q: When running for a position, do you think it would be important to meet
with the person who is currently holding that position. And if so, why
have you not yet sat down with current USC president Mike Lawless?
A: "Well, due to the loaded second half of that question, I will say that
when running for a position it is not necessary to have prior met with the
person currently holding that position. I have talked to Mike previously –
not since the campaign has started. You are correct about that."
Q: Many USC councillors considered you to be a lacklustre vice-president
with poor financial management and organizational skills. Various sophs
have also noted your poor organizational skills as USC head soph. How can
we entrust you with an even greater responsibility given this track
A: "I would debate both quite strenuously – I think I was quite a good
vice-president. When it comes to financial management, we had a major cash
shortfall with Operation: Massive, however if you look at the rest of the
VP-SA budget lines, they actually came in under budget, which I was quite
Q: Why do you think Western is lacking in community spirit?
A: "People are interested in themselves. It's human nature to be concerned
about yourself first and other people second – that's it."
Q: Name the committees under the president's portfolio – without looking
at your notes.
A: "There is the mutual... mutual life... to be honest it's impossible to
be well-versed in every subject of the portfolio when it's not in front of