Al Sabawi calls for
By Paolo Zinatelli
Al Sabawi, one of the six candidates running for next year's University
Students' Council president, believes his outside perspective on the USC
will aid him as a candidate.
The third-year political science student said that, although he does not
have any direct USC experience, he did serve as the Web site co-ordinator
on the Income Tax Committee last year. Al Sabawi has also been a member
of the Muslim Students' Association for the past three years.
"I felt we needed a change," he said, explaining why he is running
for the presidency. Sabawi said he feels there needs to be more representation
on the USC to reflect the proportionality of different students that go
to school at Western. At the moment, Al Sabawi said, he does not see representation.
"I'm looking for the opinions of students," he said, explaining
his main concerns for next year are with the double cohort, the opt-out
USC health plan and proposed opt-out USC dental plan.
"[I want to] ensure there is enough space and faculty," Al Sabawi
said, in regards to the double cohort, adding he does not want students
to be forced to take classes they do not want, just because there is not
enough room in the classes they want to attend.
Al Sabawi is also worried that a proposed opt-out dental plan to
go along with an opt-out health plan may not work. "You can't
have an opt-out for everyone, because that kills the premium," he
said. The premiums will skyrocket if no one is using the plans, he explained.
There should either be a plan, or there should not, Al Sabawi added.
In addition, he feels Orientation Week needs to be addressed. "It
needs to be organized better than in the past," he said.
When it comes to the position of USC president, Al Sabawi said he brings
a knowledge of what people want and what they are looking for. You do
not need to currently be a member of the USC to know what the problems
are around campus and what solutions are necessary to fix them, he added.
"I want to do the work that regular students do not have to worry