McAlpine sets his
sights for the top
By Emmett Macfarlane
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."