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Crossword By Eugene sheffer
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Beyond the president: the who’s who of this election
Social Science President Matthew Helfand Brent Duncan Science President Samik Doshi Andrew Vo Social Science Councillor Zayn Khamis Ryan Durgy Nikki Pilo Marchael Cunanan Liam Brown Kayla Gray Helen Yin Gordon "Gucio" Jim Carol Yin Ryan McCrea Rebecca Hartley Melinda Stevenson Lisa Le Nguyen Kenjamin Nakanishi Jordan Camilleri Heeseo Kim Daniel Bain Austin Charles Science Councillor Zatmer Rana Taylor Charles Blixt Samar Sajnani Meghan Bhatia Jacob (Jake) Pelling Desmond Swamy Ye Christina Wang Sujen Saravanabavan Pearl Kwan Laurence Batmazian Gordon Locke Ava Hosseini Info and Media Studies, Social Science Nikki Kaur Giancarlo D'Andrade Blake Barkley Marissa Joffre Caitlin Harvey Senator-At-Large Stephanie Connor Patrick Whelan Meagan Zettler Krystal Kramer Kelly Lovell Golden Gao Carissa Palmer Bhupinder Singh Dulku Ashley McGuire Andrew Fedyk Adam Smith Andrei (Andrew) Kanapatski Andrew Lam Austin Charles Brian Belman David Ulbrych Harman Atwal Laurence Batmazian Oz Yucel Richard Sookraj

BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Undergraduate Nikki Kaur Ahsan Syed

SENATE
Huron, Brescia, King’s Usman Zahid Remi Alie Thomas Kent Sullivan

Demerit points tally
Jon Silver Adam Fearnall Logan Ross Claire McArthur
Silver was awarded nine demerit points Sunday night for an unapproved jam session at Talbot College. He has also been awarded an additional four points for an unauthorized o -campus “Vote Silver” banner in the window of a student’s o -campus house.

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Fearnall was awarded ve demerit points for campaigning in the Social Science Centre without approval from the Social Science faculty president.

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Ross was awarded four demerit points for pre-campaigning. She abused her access to a soph Facebook group to advertise for a campaign party before the allotted campaign period.

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McArthur is the only candidate in the race with zero demerit points.

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Your guide to government at Western

Naira Ahmed GazeTTe

What is the USC? The University Students’ Council is the student government at Western. Their mission statement is “to enhance the educational experience and quality of life for all undergraduates at The University of Western Ontario.” They do this through advocating on behalf of students to the university administration and all levels of government, providing services to students like financing clubs and organizing the LTC bus pass, running operations like the Spoke, the Wave and Western Film, and organizing programming for students like O-Week. A portion of your student fees pays for the USC’s budget for all of this. The USC is made up of elected student representatives, each representing a constituency—either a faculty council, residence council, or affiliate council—from Huron,

Brescia or King’s. There are 72 voting members and 79 non-voting members. At the head of the USC is the executive council, made up of the president, four vice-presidents— one for student events, campus issues, university affairs and finance—and a communications officer. The six executives are not students—they work full-time. What is the university senate? The university senate is in charge of academic policy. There are 103 senators, representing the university administration, faculties, affiliate colleges, alumni and students. The senate is chaired by the university president—not to be confused with the USC president. Western’s current president is Amit Chakma. The senate meets once per month to debate and decide on policy for academic issues like re-

search, teaching and admission requirements. Only 14 senators are undergraduate students—seven for the faculties and affiliates, and seven senators-at-large. Their job is to act as the students’ voice in the university’s academic decisionmaking process. What is the Board of Governors? The Board of Governors is Western’s highest governing body, and oversees all the operations of the university, including finances, building and grounds usage policy, tuition fees, and the renovation and construction of buildings. The 31-member board includes President Chakma, Mayor Joe Fontana, and other representatives from the administration, senate, alumni, faculties and London city council. BOG has the lowest student

representation of all the governing bodies, with two undergraduate students and one grad student. But unlike USC councillors and student senators, the student representatives on BOG are elected for two-year terms. Like student senators, students elected to the board are tasked with representing students’ interests in debate and decisions dominated by non-student representatives. —Julian Uzielli

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>> Breakdown: the good, the bad & the ugly
each year, the Gazette news team looks carefully at the merits and pitfalls of each candidate’s platform. Here’s what we had to say about this year’s platforms points, organized into our favourite categories: the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good
Fearnall’s platform includes several good ideas that would provide real benefits to Western students. His “USC 311” initiative deserves particular recognition. Modelled after Toronto 311, it would streamline Western’s convoluted and poorly organized online services into a “one-stop shop” with information and directions to all of the different web pages students need to pay tuition, register for courses, access USC services and so on. additionally, Fearnall has proposed providing shuttle service between Western and London’s transit hubs, including the airport. It’s nearly impossible to reach the airport without taking a cab, a ride that can cost upwards of $50 each way. Though its feasibility is questionable, this is a service that would be a huge help to aviation students and students who have to fly home for the holidays.

The Bad
Fearnall has a few platform points that, while nice ideas, are impractical. allowing the USC to provide academic research grants to undergraduate students is one example—undergrads lack the experience and know-how necessary to conduct useful research. after all, conducting real research is half the point of postgraduate study, and any undergrad dedicated enough to request a grant is likely to conduct better research when they are older anyway. Is this really the best way to spend student fees? Fearnall also has a couple of platform points that would alter the Wave’s menu. after years of losing money, the USC-run restaurant is finally turning a profit. Why put that in jeopardy by making changes to the menu? The USC may own and operate the Wave, but its management should be left to the managers.

The Ugly
Some of Fearnall’s platform points seem like they would cost a lot of time and money, with negligible benefit to students. The best example is the “Mustang News Hub.” Not only would this compete with two USC operations—the Gazette and the Spoke— it’s entirely unnecessary when almost all students have access to the Internet. Fearnall also proposes an interest credit, where 1.0 credit of students’ degrees would be marked on a pass/fail basis. The logic is that students would be able to take a course they’re interested in outside their area of expertise. However, as other candidates have pointed out, this would require extensive updates to the thousands of module options available to Western students.

Adam Fearnall

The Good
Mcarthur gets credit for coming up with a strong brand for herself—no doubt aided by Premier Life. The bear is catchy, if not a little high school, and her ideas for the USC all seem fairly practical and feasible. Mcarthur’s platform builds off of a lot of things already in place—such as late-night shuttles and 24/7 library hours—or in the works. She also proposes some small changes that would make campus life just that much better, such as Dyson airblades in the Spoke and an opt-in bus pass for part-time students. Mcarthur’s platform seems to be in touch with what students really want, and details a lot of very specific changes she would make. Whether or not everything she has proposed is doable will remain to be seen.

The Bad
a fall reading break and a crosswalk between residences on Western Road are nice ideas, but as pointed out at the presidential debate and Gazette media forum, these things aren’t really in Mcarthur’s control. Voting for Mcarthur because you’re desperate for a few days off in October isn’t the wisest idea—the most she can do is lobby administration, who have already been lobbied on the subject by past governments. Students have also called for increased student parking, which Mcarthur promises to lobby for. again, the term lobby is mostly an empty word—there’s not much she can do if the administration decides they don’t have any more room for student parking. Live arrival Time boards across campus and a student crosswalk are subject to the whims of city council, giving Mcarthur little power to implement these changes.

The Ugly
a lot of Mcarthur’s points seem to be contradictory—she’s adamant about having healthy midnight breakfasts in the Spoke, but then proposes having bulk food study snacks full of confectionary goodies. Her proposed Spoke and Tim Hortons line camera also seems a little too “first-world problem.” Implementing a surveillance system to see when the line is short only means that by the time you get there, everyone else will be in line too. Mcarthur also wants to create “antioffice hours,” where she hangs out in the Wave or Spoke to talk to students, instead of hidden away on the third floor of UCC. What she doesn’t seem to get is that the reason students aren’t talking to the USC president isn’t because he or she is hidden away—they just don’t really care all that much.

Claire McArthur
The Good
Ross is certainly the most visible candidate in the race, particularly when you’re standing on Concrete Beach or the alumni Hall roundabout. Standing in front of the UCC, we spotted three Logan signs without having to turn our heads. She also gets points for addressing environmental issues in her platform, from online textbooks to centralized recycling, to a point where her opponents’ green initiatives look token by comparison. additionally, her idea for USC webpages to help students with academic matters has a good ring to it, as it would create a central hub for student help and allow the USC to reach out more. The path behind Talbot is also a smart, simple idea that would be a visible improvement to student life.

The Bad
We’ve been impressed with how Ross has handled the many attacks on experience in student governance. Unfortunately, while she has assured voters that her lack of experience will help her better connect with the average student, she has in no way alleviated the anxiety we would feel should she be placed at the negotiating table with the administration. The USC president’s primary role is to be the chief advocate for students, and in a tense situation, not having experience dealing with administration members who have been there for years is a real disadvantage. Her promise to lobby for increased eligibility for the Ontario Tuition Grant also speaks to a bit of a misunderstanding of how the executive works at the USC. OTG eligibility is already a priority for the Ontario Students’ Undergraduate alliance, and this will be better left to next year’s vice-president university affairs.

The Ugly
Ross piqued some interest among the Gazette editorial board when she announced her platform would be pliable throughout the campaign. While the intention is no doubt to prioritize student input, this move comes across as somewhat indecisive, especially in light of her lack of USC experience. any candidate can listen to student input, as all the other candidates have promised, but a platform should set a runner apart from the others. Presidents have to find the right balance between leadership and listening to input, and the ever-updated platform brings to mind the political slur, “flip-flopper.” another questionable aspect is Ross’s idea for upper-year Frost Week events. While it’s nice to see some of the soph inclusiveness spirit, the reality is that most upper students would probably have no interest in attending USC-sponsored events when they can just go to bars on their own time.

Logan Ross
The Good
Several of Silver’s platform points are easy to achieve, require small budgets and are well within the purview of the USC. It’s clear he’s looking to solve small students problems, while still having some lofty goals. The first of these is the creation of a transit hub webpage. While the USC may not have the budget for another website overhaul, adding a page linking students to the multitude of shuttles going through campus should be a snap. also in regards to transit, Silver promises to get the London Transit Commission’s live arrival times on screens in the UCC and Weldon. The USC controls the content on the TVs and the LTC has already modernized its sites to include live arrivals. Some of Silver’s other attainable goals include, art in the UCC and even his Spoke Brew.

The Bad
Silver really wants you to go to the Spoke and Wave. Really badly. So badly, in fact, he might just put their bottom line in jeopardy. Silver presents many ideas for improvements to the operations, however, these operations only became regularly profitable at the end of last year. He proposes a “Starving Student Burger” sold at cost, coupons, and food and alcoholic drink combos. Lowering pricing of any of these items for a long period of time would start to eat into the bottom lines of these operations, and eventually the bottom line of the USC. These operations are necessary because, to some degree, they fund the services the USC offers. even buying kegs of Spoke brew could have an impact on these operations if they don’t sell, so meddling in the operations’ affairs is typically a bad idea.

The Ugly
Silver has some goals that could turn into failures. The changes he wants to make to the current peer support line will likely be costly and unsustainable. He wants to see the helpline run by trained volunteers and supervised by mental health professionals, who would come with big salaries. While Silver has proposed applying for grants and appealing to the university for help, neither of these are long-term alternatives. Grant funding is not guaranteed and the university is already dealing with a long waitlist for these services, so they are unlikely to lend any staff. He also wants to see more academic counselling offered. He has noted the lobbying efforts required, and explained part of the work lies in educating students on what academic counselling actually does—however, at the end of the day it’s up to the university what counseling they want to provide students.

Jon Silver

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PRESIDENTIAL QUIZ
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debate and demerits 1878

SUPER duper INCREDIBLY HARD
Claire McArthur
debate, demerit points 1878 Lion—original coat of arms at Huron, the crest Pride/Spirit Stag—on city of London crest

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debate coverage 1878
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What was on the front page of the Gazette (Thursday’s issue)? Debate, Fearnall’s demerits In what year was Western founded? 1878 What do the Lion and the Stag on Western’s new coat of arms stand for? Stag: City of London’s coat of arms. Demi-Lion: from coat of arms of Canon Alfred Peache, who gave an endowment that made possible the establishment of Huron College in 1878. Who is the president of UWOFA-LA? Bonus: What is his position at the University? Bryce Traister, associate professor on campus Name five campus publications (excluding the Gazette) Grapevine, Buzz, Regis, Current, mitZine, etc. Which affiliate students’ council is not incorporated? Brescia’s Spell the Gazette’s editor-inchief’s last name correctly. Tahirali When did the Gazette start publishing? 1906 How many medium coffees from the Spoke can you buy with $200,000? Bonus: Why is this number significant? 105, 820—The money spent on Western’s rebranding. What do OUSA and CASA stand for? Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, Canadian Alliance of Student Associations What was the original student fee to Access Copyright? $3. 38 plus 10 cents per course pack page Where is the ombudsperson’s office now located? Western Student Services Building 3135 How many undergraduate students sit on the senate? 14 What is the specific colour and font of the new Western University logo? Pantone 268, Hellmuth

Presidential debate, Fearnall gets five 1878

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Demi-lion—Ontario Stag—Canada

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Buzz, Grapevine, Regis, Western News, mitZine

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Huron Grapevine, King’s Regis, Brescia Buzz, mitZine, The Current

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Do the clothes make the candidate?
What the candidates wear is almost as important as what they say. The Gazette spoke to Kim Miller, a career counsellor at Student Support Services, about how to dress to impress—especially while being interviewed. “Don’t underestimate the importance of how you look,” she says. “First impressions are critical, and usually someone’s first impression of you is a visual one.” We took a look at the candidates’ attire to figure out the qualities each of them emanates through their fashion choices.

Dressing to impress
What not to wear
• White socks with dark pants • Wrinkled and/or dirty clothes • Too much jewelry • Too much makeup • Tight or revealing clothes—if you would wear it to the bar or the gym, don’t wear it in a professional setting. • Casual footwear • Cologne or perfume

What to wear
• Shoes that are polished and are in good condition • a belt to add professional polish • Dark dress pants • Button-up shirts • Something you’re comfortable in to avoid fidgeting • Blue and grey for both men and women—they are often associated with authority and

trustworthiness

Logan Ross
Campaign colour: seafoam Style at first glance: the trendy girl-next-door Shades of blue are a good colour choice, as they’re often associated with trustworthiness and authority. The black sweater, jeans and boots also represent authority. She looks pretty comfortable in her outfit—something that’s important for confidence.

Jon Silver
Campaign colour: blue Style at first glance: business casual meets hipster Jon’s dark grey shirt shows practicality. The blue plaid shirt underneath is a good pair-up since blue is associated with authority and trustworthiness. His brown loafers aren’t a bad choice—and they’re clean, which is important above anything else.

Claire McArthur
Campaign colour: red Style at first glance: bold meets classic Red, a color of passion and excitement, is also often associated with power. Claire’s red shirt paired with her black pants and boots portrays an authoritative and powerful vision. Her leggings may be a little too casual though, and her boots could use a good cleaning.

Adam Fearnall
Campaign colour: green Style at first glance: polished casual adam’s attire strikes an appropriate balance of casual and professional. His sweater is dark green, a colour associated with wealth and confidence. The white shirt underneath shows purity. His shoes are probably the dressiest of all the candidates—and the cleanest. —Nicole Gibillini

You’ve seen how they dress—now see what they have to say. Head to westerngazette.ca for videos, commentary and everything else USC elections-related.

Referendum targets student health plan
Cheryl Stone NeWS FeaTUReS eDITOR Students aren’t just voting for their president this election—they will also be voting for the good of their health. There are two referendums on this year’s ballot. One proposes a $10 increase to the undergraduate student health plan and the other is to offer students a dental plan. “The health plan, before last year, hadn’t been increased in approximately eight years,” Jennifer Valadao, vice-president finance for the University Students’ Council, explained. “With inflation costs, more opt-ins and more prescription drugs being covered, […] our cost to the USC has gone up substantially.” Valadao said the change would put the plan back in line with the money it was spending on students’ health costs. If there was a “no” vote, the USC would need to look into cutting portions of the plan, or reducing the amount they cover for prescriptions. “If it does not pass, we would have to research what was currently in the health plan, and we would have to make the coverage, or everything that’s offered down to what we are actually receiving.” The dental plan will cost students $114 or less, and students

With inflation costs, more opt-ins and more prescription drugs being covered, […] our cost to the USC has gone up substantially.
vice-president finance for the USC

—Jennifer Valadao,

will be able to opt out without providing proof of coverage. The final cost of the plan has not been fully researched. Valadao explained other schools in the trust that held the health plan already offered dental plans. “It’s essentially what you would get normally when you go to the dentist,” she explained. Services would include full payment for examinations and X-rays, along with an 80 per cent payment for wisdom teeth removal, among others. Valadao noted the referendum needed 20 per cent of students to vote for the results to be valid. “There’s the opportunity to re-run a referendum,” she said.

>> What the health plan curently includes 80 per cent coverage on prescription drugs up to $10,000 80 per cent of emergency dental up to $1,500 80 per cent of ambulance coverage $15 per chiropractic visit up to $300 a year

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To vote or not to vote, that is the question USC elections
Zalt of the Earth
Aaron Zaltzman NeWS eDITOR I know it’s tough to hear, but you owe it to the USC, the student population and yourself to do the responsible thing and not vote. Ask yourself—if you vote, armed with little more knowledge than the names of two or three candidates, what will you be basing your vote on? A campaign song, the prettiest colour? While Duck Sauce’s undisputed masterpiece is indeed “Forgione,” is not being able to get it out of your head a good reason to vote for somebody? Cutting down the voting percentage by clearing away the uninformed voting population is a win for everybody in this situation. The candidates can focus on the issues instead of branding themselves, and in the end, the USC ends up with a president who was elected on an informed basis. I agree that voter apathy is an issue, but apathetic voting doesn’t solve the problem—it just makes it worse. The USC election is not national politics—it’s not important enough that you must vote in it. However, it is important enough that any vote should be informed by knowledge. So please, today and tomorrow, if you don’t know enough to vote, take the day off. Make the right choice, by not making a choice.

Wrath of McGrath
Kaitlyn McGrath OPINIONS eDITOR

Please, don’t vote
Attention students! I need you stop what you’re doing and listen to me. Put down your coffee and hear my words in your head. If you are standing near a voting booth, run the other way immediately. If you have voteusc.ca open on your computer, close it now. Maybe consider dropkicking it through a high window. I’m here to tell you not to vote. What’s that, hypothetical confused reader? You have to vote? It’s part of democracy, you say? Well nuts to that. What do you care about democracy, or student politics? You’re busy studying for midterms, or planning your next night at JBR’s, or doing some other stereotypical Western thing. You think people have actually been Facebook posting about the University of Southern California. If you don’t get that joke, you are exactly the person I’m currently lecturing—you’re far too busy to learn about the USC budget, and you have absolutely no idea what Access Copyright is. And while others may shame you, I want you to know that I understand, and I approve of your lack of interest and knowledge. There’s just one thing I ask in exchange for my understanding— please don’t vote in this election.

Go vote, right now
It is your responsibility as a Western University student, whether you like the new name or not, to vote in the University Students’ Council election. You’re not coming back next year, you say? I don’t care—vote. You’ve been busy with midterms and essays and haven’t had any time to attend the debates, read the candidates’ platforms or learn about the important issues? Well that’s no excuse, look what you’re holding. It’s the Gazette elections issue, meaning you’re subconsciously interested in the USC elections, which is exactly why you picked up this issue and are reading these words. In fact, you’ve probably read a few articles by now, meaning you are more informed than you were 10 minutes ago—perfect, go vote. I get the whole “student apathy” thing that is constantly tossed around, and maybe you don’t care what over-achieving student are trying to add another point to their resume. But instead of thinking about how these elections are going to benefit the candidates, why not think about how these elections can benefit you? The president is your gateway to the university. If there’s an issue affecting students, he or she is the

one who can bring student concerns to the people that matter. Your president can even tackle student concerns on a provincial and federal level. But it’s not only the president we’re choosing today and tomorrow, it’s also faculty presidents, councillors and senators. And although this section of the election might not be as glamorous as the presidential race, they are nonetheless just as important. For example, if you have a concern as an arts and humanities student, bringing the issue to your faculty councillor is the logical first step—so shouldn’t you care who that person is? Right now, if you’re thinking, “okay shut up—I’ll vote.” I want you to drop your attitude and get your laptop or go to the nearest computer and go to voteusc.ca. And since you’re on the computer, if you’re still conflicted about which candidate had the best video—because I know at least 10 per cent of you vote based on this—why not check out each presidential candidate’s website and read their platforms. I’m a realist, so I’m aware that despite my intentions, only about 30 per cent of you are going to vote. But I encourage you to exercise your right as a Western student and vote today or tomorrow, because whether you like it or not, this is the best way you can encourage change for our campus.

voter turnout
2011 8,095 votes

2010

7,679 votes

2009

9,439 votes

2008

6,898 votes

2007

7,429 votes

8,090 votes 2006 7,993 votes

2005

2004

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2003

4,295 votes

3,765 votes 2002
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Alex Carmona NeWS eDITOR Ah, mid-February. That wonderful time of year when students are bogged down by midterms, papers, Valentine’s Day and maybe a blizzard or two. But snow isn’t the only thing littering campus during the two weeks leading up to the University Students’ Council presidential elections. Every year the presidential candidates spend a large chunk of their campaign budgets on materials designed to get their name out to the voters. But are the masses of bag tags, rave cards and signage boards really effective? Logan Ross seems to think so. Her signs are everywhere—at least, they’re everywhere in the three very specific locations in which candidates can put up signs.

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Candidates can only post outdoor signs at Concrete Beach, the Alumni Hall roundabout and Natural Science. Standing outside the University Community Centre, however, one can see three different “Vote Logan” signs without turning their head, compared to Adam Fearnall and Claire McArthur’s more modest one apiece. On the flip side, Jon Silver looks like he has spent by far the least money on these brightly coloured eye grabbers. He obviously disagrees with Ross on the matter of their effectiveness. He has instead been focusing on other ways of getting his name out there, such as his much-touted residence tour. Silver has spent exactly $0 on outdoor signs. Those three campaignfriendly spots are completely devoid of Silver’s characteristic shade of blue.

Whether an all-out, moderate or reserved approach to campaign materials is most effective will play a significant role in the elections. Even after the elections, though, the candidates are still going to have some work to do on that front. “The candidates are responsible for removing all of their campaign materials within 48 hours of the close of balloting, and must dispose of it themselves,” Brianna Peniuk, chief returning coordinator for the USC, explained. “We suggest that they recycle them, but it’s the candidates’ decision how they dispose of it.” So, win or lose, the candidates, save Silver, don’t get to relax once the polls close. They instead get to trek through the snow in order to reclaim their signs—hopefully they’ve all got winter boots.


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Simply put, you should vote for me because I care. I care about your ideas, I care about how you feel and think. I care about your student experience. I was drawn to Western in particular for the student experience. We have an amazing school and I want everyone to feel a part of it. I want to take my life experience and couple it with my energy, creativity and passion and build on the legacy of Western. I realize “Because I Care” might just sound like a slogan to you, but I would like to try to put into words what it really means to me. It means everything I have done during this campaign has been done in an effort to represent myself for who I am and stay true to my values. I have run my own race, listened to your input and will work tirelessly to implement my platform on your behalf while holding the position of president. I believe that it matters more who you are and what you are capable of. I believe that I have focused on the points that will benefit the largest cross section of students I care about, making it a priority to increase communication between students and the USC and between students and each other. You deserve to know what is happening—even if you aren’t making the effort to search for it. I want to bring the USC to you. I hope to inspire you to care and inspire you to vote. Believe in me and I will wake up every morning with your best interests at heart and continue to show you that I care! Thank you!

The students at this school have earned this university the title of “Best Student experience” in Canada. I am running for USC president because I have seen what students can do when we work together. Students built the UCC from the ground up, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity, and developed an extensive health plan and bus plan. In doing so, we set the pace for the rest of the country. We are the standard. Increasingly, however, decisions are being made without student input. Our student body needs to use the USC for what it was intended to be—a forum for opinions, problems and solutions. I want this to be an organization where we can look out for every student’s unique needs together. I want student vision and initiative to drive this school once again. The USC needs to strengthen its relationship with students so that it is the first thing that flashes through a student’s mind when they face an academic or social barrier. I believe students have the power to kick down barriers and find solutions. The USC should be empowering students to do just that. If elected, I will commit to leading a USC that listens to students. I will make the USC more useful to you. My platform includes ways to make it easy to weigh in on the USC’s spending, menu options at the Wave/Spoke and making suggestions that direct the USC’s actions. My entire platform is a response to genuine student needs. I worked with students to create a platform addressing the issues most pertinent to life on campus. Many students identified access to mental health services as a major issue on campus, for example. This is why I stand strongly behind creating an anonymous mental health hotline, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., geared towards providing psychological support to students in times of stress and anxiety. My belief in students has led me to run—it is students that will solve our greatest challenges. I have the experience, the vision and the passion to take our university to the next level. Thank you for an amazing couple of weeks.

I should be the next USC president because I can best represent the student voice, because I am a student, first and foremost. and, as you’ve heard me say throughout this entire campaign, I am not a politician. I have not been running for this position since first year. I have not isolated myself to only USC and political involvement. Instead I have been living my life like every other student at Western. I know what it’s like to have the USC not be representative of my voice as a student, and now I want to change that. I feel like in the past year, the USC executive has done a fairly good job of extending their reach to a wider student population, but I want to take it further. I want every student voice to be represented, and I can be the candidate to do that. I see every aspect of student life at our university, from the varsity athlete to the club member to the studier, and I can represent them. I don’t want this role just to stay in the USC circle and represent the opinions of those in that group, because I haven’t been in that circle. I haven’t isolated myself for the last five years. I want this role so I can represent the entire student population— the students I’ve been associating with for the last five years. I want this role so I can represent the student I’ve been for the last five years. I want students to vote for me as USC president because they feel like they can connect with me, like we have something in common, and because they are confident that because of my student experience I will be the one to best represent them at the USC level. I want the USC to represent everyone, and if we elect someone who has had their judgment clouded by over-involvement in student politics, they will ignore the needs of the everyday Western student. I can represent everyone because I know what the student experience really is because I live it every day. That is why, on February 14 and 15, Western students should elect me as their next USC president.

Hey Western, When I set out to build my campaign for USC president, I realized that I wouldn’t be able to do it without employing the incredible talents of the many passionate students on campus. as I searched for the right people, with the right ideas, I realized that this election was never going to be about ‘I’ or ‘me,’ it was going to be about ‘us,’ ‘our’ and ‘we.’ Together, I knew that we could build a movement of people who stood for their beliefs with dignity and respect. everyone who feels like a part of our platform speaks to you is part of the team and is a voice that matters in this election. Get to the polls, tell your friends and make a difference, because right here and now your voice matters. Today I pledge to work towards creating a campus that is simpler for students and one that better addresses the things that you believe are important. We won’t just change the USC—we will change the USC so that we can make change at Western. I will draw upon my strong advocacy background to deliver upon our promises to give students a better transit system, a dynamic academic experience and an enriched cultural community on campus. I remain unafraid to address the real issues that affect our campus and will recognize that sometimes the USC has to provide leadership on issues that are far bigger than we can comprehend. I will recognize the student who doesn’t think they are involved by reaching them with programs and services that provide them with outlets to express who they are. It’s about finding a way to radiate the spirit of Western beyond the bubble and about bringing the outside world onto campus. I’m committed to being more than just a politician. I’m committed to being me, adam Fearnall, the sometimes articulate, often intellectual and occasionally clever person who is ready to be your USC president. I don’t want you to elect me just because of my ideas—I want you to elect me because you believe in my character and the kind of Western you want to look back on at the end of next year. at the end of my term, I want people to say that Western really does feel like a more diverse, vibrant and supportive community. But I also want you to be able to say that your life is simpler, your bus pass lines are shorter and your University Students’ Council is providing you with the opportunity to show off who you are.

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In this digital age, any candidate without a strong web presence and social media campaign is at a disadvantage. This year, all four candidates came out of the gates with both of those things, but just how good are these glittery websites we’ve been scrolling through over the past couple of weeks? Here’s what web and social media guru and faculty of media, information and technoculture professor Mark Rayner has to say.

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First impressions: “This is OK. It’s unconventional having the menu at the bottom of the page, but it at least resizes. It’s pretty clean and potentially inoffensive.” Pros: • Clean design • easy access to his social media pages • Visually appealing Cons: • a little text-heavy—it’s not easy to read text that fills the entire screen, and you can’t resize it. Could have broken the text up with headers or subheaders. • On the platform page, the headings are vertically aligned, which is difficult to read—”It’s a weird choice.” • Should be able to share things through social media, not just access his pages. Conclusion: “It’s not great, but it’s not bad.”

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First impressions: “I don’t see any persistent navigation, that’s really a problem.” Pros: • Text has a better width of column, making it easier to read • Visually it’s cohesive and consistent throughout • The design is more interesting compared to the other sites Cons: • Navigation is “below the fold”—you can’t see it when you first open the page without scrolling down. • Platform is embedded through Scribd, adding an extra, unnecessary step to access it and more difficult to scroll through. • Menu changes on each page and disappears on the blog, making it difficult to navigate the site.

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Photography Nyssa Kuwahara Genevieve Moreau Corey Stanford Graphics Naira Ahmed Illustraions Cam Parkes Ryan Hurlbut Web Editor Sophia Lemon Video Editor Brad Freeman Multimedia Director Kaleigh Rogers

Gazette Staff 2011-2012
Sumedha Arya, Daniel Bottner, Narayan Chattergoon, Lauren Chan, Greg Colgan, Daniel Da Silva, Tom Dodge, Elton Hobson, Katherine Horodnyk, Kevin Hurren, Sarah Mai Chitty, Megan McPhaden, Vincent Orsini, Graham Pap, Ashley Perl, John Petrella, Chen Rao, Richard Raycraft, Pat Robinson, Cameron Smith, Nathan TeBokkel, Irene Velentzas, Vanessa Vernick, Drew Whitson, Kate Wilkinson, Usman Zahid

Conclusion: “It’s up and down. It’s not great, it’s not horrible.”

Logan Ross
First impressions: “Not bad, a little bit on the cautious side, it’s not terribly experimental. But that might be a good thing.” Pros: • Menu navigation is easily found and consistent throughout • Included Twitter feed, not just link to account • Made it very easy to contact her Cons: • Photo on about page has her campaign manager— Bryan Strang—in the centre, rather than Logan. ”It communicates something, and I don’t think it communicates something that she necessarily wants to communicate.” • Not very easy to read through or scan text quickly. • Platform is an embedded pdf file, adding an extra step and making it less accessible Conclusion: “I like that it’s easy to join her e-mail list but, to get back to the audience, statistically you guys don’t use e-mail as much.”

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Jon Silver
First impressions: “He’s got a dynamic URL, which means his site doesn’t get indexed as easily by search engines.” Pros: • First page takes you straight to his platform, you don’t need to dig around to find it • Pop art of Jon’s face gives you some of his personality, shows he has a sense of humour • Despite more complicated design, it still loads on a mobile device Cons: • There’s no text when you first land on the page. Research shows people like to see some text up front. • Low contrast between text and background, a light grey on white, making it difficult to read. • all the social media information is below the fold, rather than accessible right at the top.

Conclusion: “It’s harder to use, it’s slow and it didn’t appear at the top of the search engine results.”

—Kaleigh Rogers

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