VP-campus issues candidates

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Following the recent non-confidence vote for incumbent University Students’ Council VP-campus issues Pedro Lopes, four candidates are running for the position on next year’s Board of Directors.

The candidates are Senator Chad Callander, former health sciences assistant head soph Stefanie De Rossi, USC White Ribbon Commissioner James Arthurs and First Nations Commissioner Arzie Chant.

Each candidate has different ideas for the portfolio.

“This is something I’m really passionate about as far as equality issues on campus,” De Rossi said. “I haven’t been involved in the USC as a councillor, but I have experience as a soph and assistant head soph and with event planning.”

Chant, who previously expressed concern about a lack of candidates running for the position, said issues with housing must be addressed.

“I think socioeconomic issues at Western haven’t been discussed, especially in terms of questioning fees,” he said. “We have an agreement with Western as far as tuition, and I think it’s time to get a similar agreement from housing since there are no controls there.”

Callander, the youngest candidate, said he overcame his initial doubts about running after the position was reopened.

“I did question my age and experience, but I had spent so much time looking into this portfolio and thinking about what should be done, I decided to stop complaining about what I think should be done and run for the position.”

Arthurs, who originally planned to run for the commissioner-at-large position prior to Lopes’ vote of non-confidence, said his platform addresses both the causes and solutions to problems.

“My goal is to take the focus off ‘the leaves,’” Arthurs said. “I find too many initiatives today focus on ‘the leaves’: the problem, what’s wrong, and simply end with shoddy or no resolution.”

University Students’ Council President Fab Dolan believes the VP-campus issues’ unique circumstances have led to an increased number of candidates.

“I think some of the candidates are running because they recognize this is a situation where a VP received a vote of non-confidence and they’re stepping up to the plate because they realize someone needs to do the job,” he said.

Councillors will be presented with two motions at tonight’s meeting to let last year’s Council vote for the incoming VP-campus issues.

Candidates can present a one-minute opening address to Council tonight and a forum takes place April 11 to determine next year’s VP-campus issues.

A preferential balloting system will determine the winner.

Information on the candidates is available at www.usc.uwo.ca/electionsnet.

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