Candidates’ last chance
By Marshall Bellamy
Poster shoppers and passers-by in the University Community
Centre atrium were treated to the last official forum for the
University Students’ Council presidential election yesterday.
The topic of the USC president’s relationship with Western
administration played a prominent role in the forum.
“It is very much a compromise between when to take a
strong stand on an issue — and when to butter them up,” said
third-year French and history student Dave Molenhuis.
“They want something from the USC and you have to realize
that — then you can lobby them better,” said fourth-year
sociology student Kathy Robineau, highlighting her experience
working with members of Western administration.
“When you’re lobbying anyone, there has to be
an exchange, it can’t be one-way,” explained third-year
political science student Patrick Harris. “That’s
the way the world works.”
“You have to be able to go toe-to-toe with administration,” stated
fifth-year biochemical engineering student Steve Learmonth. “I
think we have to show administration what the students want,
but they won’t do a lot unless you show them what the
benefit will be.”
“I’m doing [the] research it takes to get what
students want — keep the USC supporting [Student Caucus
on Governance],” said fourth-year biology and geology
student Nick Staubitz.
A question was asked regarding the possibility that the USC’s
general manager and other full time employees exert too much
power within the USC.
“Continuity is very important — you can rely on
guys like [USC GM Mark] Sellars and [Entertainment Productions
manager Mark] Wellington for institutional knowledge,” Harris
“They can carry over old ideas old presidents have had,” Staubitz
“No, I don’t think they have too much power; they
work for us, and I think they’re doing a damn fine job
too,” Learmonth said.
“It’s important to challenge them, I think they
get set in their ways,” Robineau remarked.
“Think freely, act freely, represent students freely,” Molenhuis
noted, explaining the drawbacks of the corporate presence in
The candidates also took the time to insult one another.
“Comrade, no hard feelings, I hope,” Learmonth
said to Molenhuis.
“What, did you spend like 20 seconds on your platform?
It’s like a paragraph,” Molenhuis said to Learmonth.
“Patrick doesn’t care about the USC,” Robineau
said, referring to Harris.
—With files from Mike Dewar, Ljubica Durlovska, Dan
Perry and Sarah Prickett