Volume 95, Issue 87

Tuesday, March 19, 2002
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By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council's vice-presidential elections wrapped up Saturday evening with four winners walking away with a spot on next year's USC board of directors.

Both incoming and outgoing council members voted in the internal election for the positions of VP-campus issues, VP-education, VP-finance and VP-student affairs.

Nicole Nelson, VP-campus issues-elect and a third-year scholar's electives student, said she was not surprised by the close race between her and fellow candidate Laurie Chambers, a third-year Brescia University College student, whom she defeated 48-46 on the third ballot.

"[We] have two different leadership styles," Nelson said. "My vision for campus issues is to make the position more politically relevant to students."

VP-education-elect Josh Morgan, a fourth-year economics and political science student, said he would like to sit down with runner-up Peter Paz, a third-year history and political science student, to discuss their platforms and incorporate both of their ideas into the position.

"A lot of people say I don't show passion and energy," he said. "[But] I put everything I had into this campaign and I couldn't be more excited at the opportunities the USC has before it."

Morgan said he thought his platform ideas gave him the edge, citing his provincial lobbying plan and USC involvement in Western's summer academic orientation as two of his integral ideas.

VP-finance-elect Michael Rudd, a second-year social science student, beat third-year political science student Eric Fortin 78 to 17.

As to what gave him the edge in this election, Rudd said it was his relevant experience, extensive research and ideas.

"I am absolutely ecstatic," Rudd said. "I am honoured that council has given me this opportunity."

Lil Chieh, a fourth-year media, information and technoculture student, won the position of VP-student affairs in a clear victory, taking 51 of the 95 votes.

"[I feel] absolute elation that I get to do what I love and have such incredible support from council," Chieh said.

USC president-elect Chris Sinal said, for the next month, the new VPs must concentrate on balancing their remaining school work with learning about their new positions before the official turnover date – May 1.

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