Volume 95, Issue 83

Tuesday, March 12, 2002
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VP forum allows for schmooze-fest

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council vice-presidential candidates stepped up in the University Community Centre atrium yesterday to answer questions from the Western community.

VP-campus issues candidate Laurie Chambers, a third-year Brescia University College student, said she would like to see awareness weeks make more of an effort to reach out to the affiliate colleges.

"[Awareness weeks] need to be more interactive and people friendly," said Forat El-sayed, a third-year earth sciences student.

With regards to campus safety, fourth-year English student Leslie Morton, suggested working with Fanshawe College to raise awareness.

Nicole Nelson, a third-year scholar's electives student, said she has the relevant experience for the job, citing her current position as Women's Issues Network co-ordinator.

Billeh Hamud dropped out of the race for VP-campus issues.

VP-education candidate Josh Morgan, a fourth-year economics and political science student said, he would spend his time attending to students with financial aid problems.

If elected, third-year history and political science student Peter Paz, said he promised "no student will leave this university for financial reasons."

VP-finance candidate Eric Fortin, a third-year political science student, said he would go directly to students to determine their financial priorities.

Second-year social science student Michael Rudd explained what he would do if a VP or commissioner wanted to hold an event that he did not feel was financially sound. He said he would present all of the financial facts to the USC board and come to a decision with them.

Dan Suranyi dropped out of the race for VP-finance.

VP-student affairs candidate Andrew Bell, a fourth-year engineering and economics student, said rather than limiting the number of clubs in the club system, a new commissioner should be put in place.

"I think the addition of another clubs officer would be our best option," said second-year history student Darwish Chahbar.

"I hate the idea of turning away students who want to get involved," said Lil Chieh, a fourth-year media, information and technoculture student, adding steps should be taken to prevent the overlap of clubs.

Dan Tolhurst, a first-year honours business administration student, said he has never been in favour of capping the number of clubs.

–with files from Joel Brown

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