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February 10, 2004
  Library Assistance FeePDF files may take a moment to load

In this year's election, there are several referenda questions concerning decreases to Students' Union levies. One levy in question is the Library Assistance fee.

"Students don't need to pay as much to receive the same amount of funding," said Gavin Preston, head of the "yes" campaign to reduce the levy.

Preston, who brought the referendum question forward as SU Vice-President Operations and Finance, sees the decrease as both possible and necessary.

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February 10, 2004
  Vyskocil debates himself at the VP Events forumPDF files may take a moment to load

Alex Vyskocil took the stage Thu., Feb. 5, as he debated for Students' Union Vice-President Events--against himself.

Fellow hopeful Spencer Brown did not make it to the forum for undisclosed reasons, leaving Vyskocil to engage in a one-person race, where he proved to be quite amusing.

Vyskocil, currently an Events Commissioner and host of the SU's radio show, So SU Me, began with a brief overview of three issues concerning students at the University of Calgary.

His number one priority was tuition.

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February 10, 2004
  Op-Fi commission candidates take it to the bankPDF files may take a moment to load

Nine of the 13 Operations and Finance commission candidates discussed issues and answered questions at their forum Fri., Feb. 6. With current Vice-President External Lauren Batiuk moderating, candidates fielded questions about what they felt were the most important issues and problems pertaining to students, what it means to be an Op-Fi commissioner and how they plan on representing students if they are elected.

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February 10, 2004
  U-Pass up for referendumPDF files may take a moment to load

With the current U-Pass deal set to expire at the end of April, Students' Union Vice-President Operations and Finance Gavin Preston presented a motion to renew the U-Pass for the next three years, into the 2006-07 school year.

If the referendum passes, the U-Pass will remain a mandatory fee, increasing by $2 per year from $60 in 2004-05 to $64 in 2006-07. If the majority of students vote no, then the U-Pass program will be discontinued for undergraduates.

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February 10, 2004
  Events commission candidates singPDF files may take a moment to load

The race for the events commission was on as four out of 11 candidates ran head to head, taking positions on a number of matters. Moderated by current Students' Union Vice-President Events Richard "Krafty" Bergen, the forum on Thu., Feb. 5, didn't generate an abundance of viewers.

First to speak was Barski's Cabinet candidate Gable Gross who emphasized an increase in overall unity and a sense of pride.

"When you have those two, the school comes together," said Gross.

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February 10, 2004
  U-Pass Not Up AssPDF files may take a moment to load

Editor, the Gauntlet,

I would like to issue a complaint about the campaign material being used by the "No" U-Pass campaign. In the electoral supplement, on posters, and on their website, the campaign is using the phrase "No Up Ass." I find that the hyphenation of "U-Pass" into "Up Ass" both offensive and distasteful. By forming an association with anal sex or with the slang meaning of "up your ass," the campaign is acting in bad taste. While it is a clever "spin," some phrases are just not called for.

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February 10, 2004
  VP Op-Fi candidates cash in at forumsPDF files may take a moment to load

The forum for the highly competitive race for the position of Vice-President Operations and Finance featured a quintet vying for a spot on the Students' Union executive.

Though each candidate had different ideas on how to approach to the most important issues pertaining to the position, the high cost of tuition and SU budgetary concerns were stressed.

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February 05, 2004
  External commissioners come outPDF files may take a moment to load

With a panel of seven students vying for four external commissioner positions and a large group of spectators, it did not take long for the similarities and differences of the candidates to take center stage at Speaker's Corner in MacEwan Student Centre.

Each candidate began by outlining their vision and aspirations. Many similar issues were discussed by the majority of the candidates, with tuition, lobby groups, student awareness and student aid as key focal points in the various campaigns.

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