Learmonth will bring a no nonsense approach
By Marshall Bellamy
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
“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