Volume 96, Issue 81
Wednesday, March 5, 2003

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Twelve students battle to become Yeoman's bitches

By Kelly Marcella
Gazette Staff

Twelve candidates have emerged to battle for a spot on next year's University Students' Council Board of Directors.

According to Brad Nicpon, USC speaker and chief returning officer of the USC VP-elections, this year's elections are very encouraging because there is a significant number of candidates.

"I expect it will be a fun race and I don't expect any problems," he said, explaining that campaigning opened at 12 a.m. on Feb. 28 and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on Mar. 13. The USC will cast their votes at their annual general meeting on Mar. 15, he added.

Honours business administration student Rohan Belliappa and economics and political science student Charlene Naft are the two candidates vying for next year's VP-finance position.

"I think it's an interesting dynamic, because there are two candidates from opposite sides," said VP-finance Michael Rudd, noting Naft is approaching her campaign from a USC involvement angle and Belliappa from an academic one.

Rudd said that when he ran last year, the campaign period was stressful and hectic, and noted that it was also very short. "Don't dick around, get out there and campaign," he advised the candidates.

Three candidates – political science student Dave Ford, Jen Forgie and science student Mark Huston – are also hitting the campaign trail to win the position of VP-education.

Josh Morgan, current VP-education, said all the candidates in the race for his portfolio have good ideas in their platforms, noting candidates should not get discouraged. "The discouragement comes in the transition period when we break down the new VPs and rebuild them in our own image," he said.

Pat Giles, a history student, Matt Huether, a film and media, information and technoculture student and Mark Weir, a biology student, are competing for the position of VP-student affairs.

"It's an endurance test for sure," said VP-SA Lil Chieh, noting the tough two week campaign period demonstrates the dedication of the candidates. "They're all able candidates."

The position of VP-campus issues is being contested by four individuals, including civil engineering and geography student Myron Belej, arts student Jenny Dyck, kinesiology student Adrienne Kennedy and English student Ila Seegobin.

Current VP-CI Nicole Nelson was out of town and unavailable for comment.

Nicpon said there will be an open forum Thursday, Mar. 6 in the University Community Centre atrium at 1 p.m. and encouraged all students to attend.


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