Time for students to pick their

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

February 20, 2007 Ed Cartoon

After two weeks of campaigning, University Students’ Council presidential candidates have finished selling themselves and students must decide who will take the reins from Fab Dolan next year.

Unlike in previous years when five or six candidates ran for president, this year’s election featured only three choices: Josh Safer, Tom Stevenson, and Chris Reynolds.

Safer began the campaign as the clear underdog but improved with each debate. During yesterday’s debate, in particular, he took initiative and became more assertive.

However, Safer’s unwillingness to campaign in the University Community Centre and inability to offer concrete platform initiatives has weakened his effort to present himself as a serious candidate.

This leaves Stevenson and Reynolds to choose from. While running distinct campaigns, both candidates have presented strengths and weaknesses over the past two weeks.

From the onset of the campaign, Stevenson sold himself as the “regular guy” in the race and for the most part has successfully conveyed this image.

His campaign setup in the UCC atrium has been eye-catching and non-confrontational, and he has promoted his diverse experience well.

Stevenson’s Achilles heel the last week, however, has been convincing students he has fully researched his ideas. During yesterday’s debate he said he “hoped” his grocery store idea could be implemented, and his initiative for raising additional funds for Intercollegiate Athletics is unclear.

The well-organized Reynolds has administered a more polished campaign than Stevenson. His campaign team has routinely submitted written platform updates to our office and established a vocal presence at debates.

Reynolds’ reliance on buzz words or phrases at various debates has made him appear as more of a politician than Stevenson, making him less appealing to non-political types.

Although his “street team” idea still seems unconvincing, Reynolds seems more well-researched in his ideas and confident in his ability to deliver them next year. Such traits may be especially crucial when negotiating with administration next year for control over the UCC. Facing off against the university requires a confident, organized leader; Reynolds appears better suited for the challenge.

Whoever wins tomorrow, we hope he takes time to re-evaluate his platform and ensure it’s both realistic and in students’ best interests.

So there you have it: three candidates, three different styles, and two clear-cut choices for next year’s USC president.

May the best man win.

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