Volume 95, Issue 77

Tuesday, February 19, 2002
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Dean: don't expect Toronto-like tuition

The Spoke no longer "The Smoke"

Presidential race ends with a whimper

Les femmes rural benefit from new Western chair

Nerdlinger laments lack of geeks

Trophy bandits and 500 crickets

New eateries slip through loophole

Presidential race ends with a whimper

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

The 2002 University Students' Council presidential campaign drew to an uneventful close Sunday night at the University Drive residences forum in Medway-Sydenham Hall.

The forum was the last public, USC-organized opportunity for the seven candidates to plead for votes from the student body before voting began last night at midnight.

While only one candidate broke out a guitar and another sported a bathrobe instead of a sports jacket, attempts at old Bon Jovi renditions, carnival stunts and improvised orgasms were noticeably missing.

Kyle Winston, a third-year political science student, suggested residence councils should be used by the USC in joint ventures to help promote campuswide events.

"Then the purple machine turns into the purple juggernaut," he said.

Dan Tolhurst, a first-year honours business administration student, said, as president, he would like to see residence councils receive a start-up cost to help combat the expected financial difficulties they will incur during the double cohort, when most residents are underage and revenue from pubs dramatically decrease.

He said the money would come from either residence or student fees.

Third-year history student Chris Sinal said he would like to extend the USC's scope of interest to local high schools by using the presidential commissioner-at-large to network with other USC commissioners and get high school students interested in Western and the USC.

Sinal also said he would use the presidential commissioner-at-large to lobby for a safety audit.

Kevin Shipley, a third-year mechanical engineering student, said he would like to build on the successes of the Western Programming and Activities Network to get student representatives across campus in contact with one another.

Fifth-year media, information and technoculture student Marc Raymond said, if elected, he will "bring in outside advisors" to assist him, negating any need for a number of USC commissioners already in existence.

"I will bring them in to advise me on fundraising and things like that," he said.

Third-year political science student Mike Liebrock said he thinks residence councils should, in the future, be responsible for their own funding and subsequent fundraising dilemmas.

"I do not think the USC should subsidize residence councils," he said.

Melissa Groendyk, a third-year science student, said she would like to bring the USC into residences to increase student involvement. She also suggested a USC 'info-week' to inform students.

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