Volume 95, Issue 59

Thursday, January 17, 2002
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Troubled council vows to reunite and rebuild

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

Despite the Social Science Students' Council's current state of disarray, some feel there is still time for the council to get back on track.

SSSC president Duane Baxter said yesterday that regardless of a series of e-mails passed among councillors criticizing each other and, in one case, demanding a resignation, the council should not give up trying to regain stability.

"It is always worth it to make repairs. It is never too late to try and make something work," he said.

Baxter said he met with the SSSC's VP-communications Elizabeth Berman yesterday and told her the e-mails between heated councillors have to stop.

"I just went to her and told her that we cannot allow everyone to air their dirty laundry all over the place," he said.

Baxter said he would rather individual councillors take their respective problems with one another directly to one another, rather than allowing each member of the council to witness certain conversations.

"That sort of thing just creates divisions," he said. "I want to try and keep council cohesive. We are all in this together and I think that is the general feeling on council."

SSSC councillor Paul Yeoman said he does not think there is much that can currently be done to repair the council's reputation.

"This is an image thing. It's not about the money anymore. We're a joke and that pisses me off," he said. "We all work hard and do our job, which is what a lot of people don't get to see. It's not like we're here so we can pad our portfolios."

Yeoman said he thinks it will be up to next year's council to repair the damage. He said the current council's responsibility lies with preparing its successors.

"If they can start with a clean slate, that would be the best thing," he said.

University Students' Council president Mike Lawless said he thinks repairs can be made if Baxter can make quality decisions for the remainder of his term.

"The most important thing to do when you are facing a problem like this is to understand what went wrong and then understand what sort of a solution is needed to make sure it never happens again," Lawless said.

"Failure is not a mistake," he said. "Failure is not accepting that a mistake has been made. This council needs to work together and understand the needs of its constituents. It is their duty to provide the best possible service for students.

"The best thing to do is to lead by example and not let yourself get caught up in the bickering," he said.

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