Creative election coverage

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Master debater: prof evaluates USC debate”
Feb. 13, 2007

To the Editor:
Congratulations to The Gazette on this year’s increased University Students’ Council presidential election coverage and the creativity behind getting a speech professor to grade the candidates’ Feb. 12 debate. The USC president has lots of power and the ability to make a positive change in every Western student’s life. Increasing coverage of this year’s race better informs the electorate in choosing a candidate that best meets its needs. Getting speech professor Ninian Mellamphy to judge the debate was constructive and, as the old corny saying goes, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.”

The USC presidential candidate speeches create lasting impressions on the student body. I was a faculty soph this year and I found Fab Dolan’s O-Week speeches slightly arrogant and self-absorbed. This bad first impression is always in the back of my mind, even when I hear of big accomplishments like the long-term plan.

I was happy to see Mellamphy providing positive and negative feedback for each candidate, since doing so informs voters and helps each candidate improve. Congrats, Gazette and Mellamphy, on a job well done!
"Mike Connolly
Medical Biophysics III

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