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Friday, January 18, 2002
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Candidates resume called into question

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

After announcing his candidacy in the upcoming election, University Students' Council presidential hopeful Kyle Winston's claims of involvement in a Western business club are being questioned.

In the Jan. 16 edition of The Gazette, Winston, a fourth-year political science student, said he helped form the DEX business club and noted it runs out of the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Yesterday, both of his claims were disputed by concerned students.

"As the founding president of UWO DEX, I know that Kyle did not assist me or the team in forming it and he was not a member of the club that year," claimed Cam Turnbull, a fourth-year media, information and technoculture and political science student.

Winston's claims were further disputed by Earl Almeida, 1998 VP-operations of DEX.

Almeida said Turnbull and himself, among others, founded DEX by writing the constitution and gaining ratification as an official University Students' Council club.

Winston was not a part of this process, he said.

Winston said bad blood has existed between himself and Turnbull since their first year at Western when the club was formed.

While he admitted he was never part of DEX at Western, Winston said he would not retract the statement that he helped form the club. Winston said despite Turnbull and Almeida's claims, he did help write the constitution and took preliminary steps to form the club.

After several disagreements with Turnbull, Winston said he decided he no longer wanted to join the club and became a separate DEX satellite member.

"[Turnbull] has gone out of his way to be a thorn in my side my whole university career – this is just the final turn of the knife in my back," Winston said, adding he feels Turnbull is trying to derail his presidential campaign.

Lyndsey Abbott, VP-recruitment and development of Ontario Provincial DEX and second-year honours business administration student, said Winston's claim was disrespectful to students who started the club.

"His only involvement in the DEX organization was in 1998 when he was a member of an unratified, satellite chapter at Huron College," she said.

Honours Business Administration Students' Council president Jason Thacker said Winston's statements that the club is affiliated with the business school are also false.

"In no way, shape or form is DEX run out of Ivey – it is not an Ivey club," Thacker said.

Winston said because so many of DEX's members are Ivey students, he made the mistake of connecting the two organizations.

"I'm sorry for that – it was a mischoice or words on my part," he said, adding that in reference to both claims, "I didn't mean to mislead anybody."

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