New USC prez says victory 'hasn't sunk in'

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The University Community Centre atrium is a quieter and much less colourful place this week since the University Students’ Council elections are over and Tom Stevenson is settling into his role as president-elect.

Stevenson sat down with The Gazette to discuss his new job now that the victory celebrations are over and the real work has begun.

“It still hasn’t really sunk in,” Stevenson said. “The only thing that’s sunk in is how much [school] work I fell behind on.

“The election was very time consuming " I wouldn’t want it to have been any longer.”

Stevenson said he’s been busy since he was elected president Feb. 21.

“I’ve had a lot of meetings and speaking engagements,” Stevenson said. “Right now it’s doing more research and reading.”

Stevenson said he has had lunch with USC general manager Karen Jackson and met with medical students and the London Transit Committee to discuss a year-round bus pass.

Stevenson said he’s looking forward to the transition period between now and June 1, when he officially takes over as president. May is a transition period when he will work with current USC President Fab Dolan.

“It’s a really good opportunity to learn a lot,” Stevenson said, adding he’s been spending time with Dolan doing pre-transition work.

“[Dolan] has been there before, so he’ll be able to help me out so when June 1 arrives I’m ready to hit the ground running.

“I’m really excited at the opportunity to do the job. I’m excited to see what comes at me.

“At the end of next year I want to leave office and have students think ‘Tom did a good job.’”

Stevenson said he’s also had coffee with fellow presidential candidate Chris Reynolds to discuss plans for next year.

“We had a great conversation,” Stevenson said. “I asked [Reynolds] if there was anything he was particularly attached to [in his own platform] that I might be able to pick the torch up on.

“If you get 3,176 votes, you’re doing something right,” Stevenson said, referring to the number of votes Reynolds received.

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