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O-Week drenched in Gio
New orientation officer selected

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

Orientation Week has a new God – and his name is Giovanni.

Giovanni Paola, a fourth-year film studies student, beat out six other candidates to become the University Students' Council's new orientation officer yesterday.

"I couldn't believe it," Paola said, adding he received word about his selection via a telephone call at 4:30 a.m.. "It's an amazing feeling."

According to Lil Chieh, USC VP-student affairs, the decision was not an easy one. "[There were] a lot of things to consider because the seven [candidates] were very diverse," she said.

The decision was based on who had the best leadership skills and the best understanding of O-Week, Chieh said.

Paola replaces this year's orientation officer Chris Lunn, who said he will be there to give Paola any information needed.

"I've learned some valuable lessons that I can pass on, so [Paola] and his team don't make the same mistakes," Lunn said.

Lunn said Paola is a great choice. "[Paolo's] been dedicated to this," he said, noting his résumé includes a term as a Westminster Residence head soph, a member of O-Week staff and roles on charity committees. "He has the background to do a good job."

This year's O-Week was a big success, Lunn said. "I think it went well; I was happy how things turned out."

Paola said he is looking forward to selecting an Orientation staff, adding things need to get started right away for the fall 2003 program.

"Orientation Week changes on a year to year basis [based] on who's involved," he said.

"Everyone can and will get a good time next year," he added, noting any changes implemented next year will be for the better.

"I've talked to Chris [Lunn] a lot about Orientation," Paola said. "We'll be doing transition together."

–with files from Rachel Sandieson and Kelly Marcella

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