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Presidential wannabes answer club queries
By Diana McLay, Emmett Macfarlane and Kelly Marcella
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
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
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.