Editorial Board 2001-2002
And now the moment we've all been waiting for or dreading.
As has been repeated ad nauseam, this year's University Students' Council presidential campaign has been somewhat less-than-impressive. If a mythological perfect USC president does exist, he or she surely was nowhere to be seen these last two weeks.
In fact, after reviewing and analyzing each of the candidates, it is The Gazette's opinion that none are worthy of the seat one lucky soul will soon claim. New ideas were non-existent, platforms were poorly conceived and all candidates failed to exhibit the charisma and oratory presence one seeks in a leader.
Nonetheless, someone has to be president and, with that in mind, what is the poor voter to do?
In effect, the responsible student voter must decide which candidate is the "seventh-worst." And, in this case, that individual is Chris Sinal.
There can be no questioning Sinal's experience or knowledge. No candidate knew as much about Western and the student body and no potential president can boast as impressive a resume.
With his experience and knowledge in mind, his weak platform and inability to shine above the rest of the rabble are all the more disturbing. Sinal should have proven himself to be head and shoulders above all other contenders in this campaign, but despite a formidable campaign team and months (if not years) of preparation, his effort seemed average, if not sub-par.
We would be remiss if we did not look to Sinal's track record. For quite possibly the thousandth time, we must acknowledge the infamous Operation Massive.
The $30,000 disaster will forever haunt Sinal and stand as an example of mismanagement at its worst.
If that were the only blemish in Sinal's past, we might feel somewhat comfortable entrusting him with the presidency. But whispers of Sinal's poor organizational skills and lackadaisical leadership have echoed from the highest levels of the USC establishment.
If Sinal is to cement himself as the "best" and not merely the "least worst," he will have to answer these whispers and these flaws with a strong sense of leadership we have yet to see.
Trailing in the distance behind Sinal are Mike Liebrock and Kevin Shipley.
Again, while neither are worthy of the presidency, each showed brief moments of inspiration over the last two weeks.
Liebrock is a case of unfulfilled potential. His ideas hinted at ambition, but his poor knowledge and lacklustre speaking abilities ultimately undermined his efforts.
Shipley, a poor man's Dave Braun, also gave us periodic reason to cheer, but failed to demonstrate the knowledge and experience necessary to hold the USC's highest office.
Voting will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday. The choice will not be easy, but alas, it is a choice we each have to make.
Take a deep breath, bite your lip and cast your ballot. What's the worst that could happen?