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Friday, March 14, 2003

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Gambling on boredom

USC kids love the night life

By Chris Webden
Gazette Staff

Love, gambling, sleep, boredom, endless circular debate – Wednesday's epic University Student Council meeting had a bit of it all.

The first part of the USC's Annual General Meeting, designed to bring together the incoming and outgoing councils, was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., with most councillors hoping it would end by 9 or 10 p.m. (likely, so councillors could catch the latest installment of The West Wing and relate to pretend politics) Unfortunately, debate, discussion, quorum counts and secret ballot voting kept the USC members locked in their Council Chambers until the wee hours of the morning.

Having completed only eight and a half of the 17 items scheduled to take place at Wednesday's meeting, the USC passed a motion to recess at 1:14 a.m., surprisingly, with little to no debate.

This motion was a study in contrast to the two dental plan referendum motions presented to council earlier in the evening, which took councillors nearly three and a half hours to debate and ultimately reject.

Neema Kasravi, a science councillor, said he did not mind the length of Wednesday's meeting, but was concerned with the usefulness of some of the debate.

"When council starts debating issues that will never effect a single student, it just adds two hours to the meeting and it gets kind of ridiculous," Kasravi said, adding he saw three councillors sleeping during the late night meeting and heard rumours that a couple of councillors "hooked up".

"I had fun – what else am I going to do on a Wednesday night?" asked Mark Huston, a fourth-year science student and candidate for the USC's VP-education position. Huston said a group of councillors set up an informal pool guessing what time the meeting would actually end. To buy into the pool cost $2 and over 50 councilors placed their bets, he said.

"I hold Chris Sinal personally responsible for me losing my $110," said Christie Love, a Huron councilor, annoyed at Sinal for ending the meeting before her 2 a.m. guess. Love,claimed she technically won the pool, and would not agree with anyone who said otherwise.

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