Volume 96, Issue 77
Friday, February 14, 2003

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How to make a USC president

With this year's University Students' Council presidential election campaign winding down, not one wannabe prez has risen dramatically above the others.

Instead, there are four candidates – Brook Dyson, Cameron McAlpine, Neil Uttamsingh and Paul Yeomen – who, despite their individual strengths and weaknesses, have displayed an equally mild competence for the position they are seeking.

In the hopes of establishing a USC utopia, The Gazette has taken it upon itself to create a "Franken-president," combining the best attributes each of the four contenders brings to the table.

Let us build you a candidate worthy of making you pay attention to student politics.

Give us Brook Dyson's ability to speak with passion and conviction, even after countless presidential forums. Students want to be represented by someone with a little fire in the belly, who doesn't just appear to be spitting out recycled ideas from USC elections past. Some of Dyson's tangible platform ideas, and his down-to-earth approach to student interaction are very admirable and would serve both students and the USC well.

Articulation and a willingness to discuss his ideas at great length are the assets we want from Cameron McAlpine. McAlpine has proven that he will not rest until his voice is heard – and his oratory skills would prove quite useful as the USC top dog.

Wouldn't it be nice if more of the people you met – and just one politician – came off with the sincerity of Neil Uttamsingh? Clad in his ties, shirts, suits and with his well-quaffed hair, he presents an air of professionalism, without a pretentious, stuck-up attitude. Uttamisngh's incessant smiling is contagious, giving him the ability to win over the most stone-hearted of Western students. A president with Uttamsingh's genuine charm would be invaluable.

Paul Yeoman brings the years of experience required to handle the role of USC president. His intricate knowledge of the USC, Senate, faculty councils and Western issues, are a necessity when making the kind of decisions a president faces on a daily basis. The ability to fly by the seat of your pants might be an admirable quality in life, but we'd like our student leaders (especially the one that sits in the highest student office) to be able to draw upon an ever-increasing array of knowledge when navigating the USC ship.

We'd like nothing better than to bring this mythical candidate to life for the students of Western, but, alas, we're journalists, not mad scientists.

However, there was one genetics trend we did pick up on. This year's race was a boys club and one can't help but wonder how things might have been different had some of Western's very capable female students ran. One in particular does come to mind.

We think she'd WIN.



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