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Tuesday, February 11, 2003

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McAlpine sets his sights for the top

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

Although his name conjures up images of a type of tree, Cameron McAlpine is not the kind of University Students' Council presidential candidate you can chop down easily.

The fourth-year history and political science student said he thinks he has the best grasp on what the job of USC president entails.

"Involvement opportunities and communication are extremely important, but working to solve problems that students have is the most important job of the USC president," McAlpine said.

"For instance, one of my greatest priorities is fixing the Campus Alcohol Policy," McAlpine said. "[The policy has] made it far too difficult to plan and organize events," he said, adding events are being driven underground, creating a potentially dangerous situation.

McAlpine said the issue of student apathy is the fault of the USC itself, and not that of the students. "The club system, for instance, has 10,000 members," he said, noting students are involved in this regard.

Many students do not consider the USC a priority, McAlpine said, noting most students have to deal with studies and paying bills.

"The problem is the USC is not getting its message out," McAlpine stated. "To say the problem is student apathy is ridiculous – that's putting the cart before the horse."

The president's job should not necessarily encompass too much, but it should deal with what concerns the students do have, McAlpine said. "There's a whole Board of Directors that also work," he said, adding his platform entails broad goals for the Board in general. "We need to hold administration responsible for promises they make.

"I have the most comprehensive platform," McAlpine said, adding he does not think the other candidates have considered some of the issues he does. "Clearly, I'm more in touch with what students want."

What sets me apart is that I'm better prepared to do the job."

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