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Learmonth will bring a no nonsense approach

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

Money: it is the root of all evil, life could be better with more of it, Notorious B.I.G. said more of it means more problems and, according to University Students’ Council presidential candidate Steve Learmonth, it is the USC’s prime area of improvement.

“The USC can be penny-crazy sometimes,” he said, citing the example of the USC presidential candidates receiving an $1,100 loan for their campaigns, which is then forgiven when a candidate gets 10 per cent of the vote.

He said he will be carefully spending his loan throughout the campaign because the students’ USC fees should be well spent and not wasted.

Learmonth, a fifth-year biochemical engineering and economics student, said if he is elected he plans to eliminate wasting of student fees within the USC by employing more efficient management and his “no nonsense approach to the USC.”

He also promises to make a serious attempt at involving more students with the USC in various capacities. “A fair number of students don’t want to get involved with the USC and thus, they don’t get involved,” he added.

“I think I can do an excellent job guiding the USC,” he said, noting his experience as president of the residence council at Saugeen-Maitland Hall, Orientation soph for several years, and an ex-officio officer on the USC and the University Committee on Student Housing. “I’ve been involved with student politics most of my time here.

“[Current USC President Paul] Yeoman has been a good leader for the USC, very experienced, very competent,” Learmonth said of the USC’s performance this year, adding this year’s Orientation Week adapted well to the recommendations from the Orientation Strategic Planning Group.

He also pointed out that the USC was unready for the revocation of the Wet/Dry Program and the increased insurance for clubs. “I think they should have been better prepared for both of the issues,” he noted.

“I want to show everyone out there I can do the best for them by running a tight ship and being prepared,” Learmonth said.



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