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Staubitz to reach out and listen

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

If there is one thing fourth-year biology and geology student Nick Staubitz can say about himself as a candidate for University Students’ Council president, it is that he wants to reach out and listen.

“The reason I’m running is because I really think the USC is the best way to reach out to the students,” he said.

Staubitz, this year’s science head soph, has served on the Saugeen-Maitland Residence Council in various capacities since his first year and currently sits on the Science Student Council and the USC.

He also points out that he is different from the other candidates because of his charisma and desire for the USC to engage Western students and properly represent them. “I want to give the USC a human side.”

Staubitz’ campaign platform is made up of five points, which he said is represented by the five stars that grace his campaign team shirts. The first point looks to empower USC councillors by gauging student opinion through surveys and focus groups. “Ask them what they want to see change,” he said.

The next three points are continuing the restructuring of the club system, reviewing the USC’s Strategic Plan and developing closer ties to the London community.

Rounding out his platform is the fifth point, which promises to strengthen the Student Caucus on Governance with USC backing to lobby the university administration more effectively.

“I like the fact the USC did one of those things where ‘I changed someone’s life,’” Staubitz noted, referring to the move by the USC and the World University Service of Canada to “adopt” a student refugee.

He explained one of the weaknesses of the USC is lack of council members attending meetings, adding the absence of councillors at USC meetings does little to open the lines of communication between the USC and students.

Staubitz added that the role of the USC president is to open dialogue with the student population, which he will highlight in his election campaign. “I want to hear what you have to say, and I want to listen.”



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