Volume 95, Issue 72

Friday, February 8, 2002

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Day of Action raises national concerns

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Screw jackass bosses - be your own

Profile: Melissa Groendyk

Profile: Mike Liebrock

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Candidates clubbed to death

Presidential wannabes answer club queries

By Diana McLay, Emmett Macfarlane and Kelly Marcella
Gazette Staff

Yesterday, at the University Students' Council presidential club forum, candidates responded to questions pertaining, in particular, to USC clubs and their expectations of next year's leader.

Club executives and USC councillors directed questions to the seven candidates in a meeting that began at 3 p.m. in the council chambers of the University Community Centre.

According to third-year science student Melissa Groendyk, the level of club-USC interaction depends on the club. "There are certain clubs that do need involvement from USC. Frankly, sometimes [USC] interference is not welcome by the clubs," she noted.

Groendyk suggested mandatory meetings between the USC and clubs to keep communication lines open.

Third-year political science student Mike Liebrock said he felt club inclusion in the USC bureaucracy would help club executives interact with the USC in a more positive way. "One way to reach out to club execs is to make them part of the budgetary process," he said.

Liebrock also proposed a student bill of rights outlining what students and clubs are allowed to do.

"The Student Code of Conduct screwed us," said Marc Raymond, a fifth-year media, information and technoculture student and former Grand Pubah of the Water Buffalos club, when addressing the issue of why club executives are not co-operative with the USC.

Third-year mechanical engineering student Kevin Shipley said voluntary USC policy training for club executives would increase positive interaction with the USC. "We need to educate the execs and back them up when they need it," he said, adding they need to get club executives interested in the USC.

Chris Sinal, a third-year history student, said a lot of clubs do not care about the USC. "I'm not sure that's my number one priority. It doesn't matter that people like us, but that they use us," he said.

"Introducing people to clubs, that's what I'm all about," he added.

Dan Tolhurst, a first-year honours and business administration student, suggested that the USC give the clubs more resources to work with.

He also suggested the creation of a Student Code of Conduct commissioner to deal specifically with student and club concerns in regards to the Code.

Kyle Winston, a third-year political science student, proposed bi-weekly meetings to ensure a greater understanding between the USC and clubs. "[Our goal should be] trying to build a family team atmosphere and trying to build a Western community," he said.

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