2004-02-05

    
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February 05, 2004
  Ballots - Lawrence BaileyPDF files may take a moment to load

President: Bryan West

While experience isn't always a benefit in the case of the SU, West has the best chance to be an effective leader because he accepts both the potential and the pitfalls of the position and the organization.

VP Academic: Laura Schultz

Schultz has been one of the most dedicated and compassionate members of the SU for the past couple of years and will provide students with incredibly dedicated and effective representation.

VP External: Jim Bailey

February 05, 2004
  Candidate Reviews - IntroductionPDF files may take a moment to load

I've spent many years at the University of Calgary, more than I'd care to admit or remember. In that time, I've witnessed more than my share of elections.

As the disinterested first-year in 1998, to the editor of this very Gauntlet Election Supplement in 2002, to a candidate in the race for Vice-President Events in 2003.

February 05, 2004
  Referenda: SLAPDF files may take a moment to load

This question shouldn't even be on the ballot. There are conflicting financial reports from Student Legal Assistance and from "yes" Campaign Manager Gavin Preston.

According to SLA, the Alberta Legal Foundation asked them to open the Banff and Red Deer clinics because there was a need in the community and gave them money to do so.

Preston said they opened up the clinics and realized they couldn't fund them without an increase in their levy.

February 05, 2004
  Senate - Kassim AmeryPDF files may take a moment to load

The experience Amery has working for an Member of Parliament for the past four summers might help him deal with the members of the senate by doing what he is told, but might hurt him when bringing students issues to the table.

He has investigated the role of the senate and its current projects to such an extreme, it seems as if he copied and pasted from the senate homepage straight to the platform he gave to the Gauntlet Election Committee.

February 05, 2004
  Senate - Matt TrottaPDF files may take a moment to load

Although Trotta sincerely believes he can learn how to be senate representative as he goes, he does not even understand the basic job of the senate as a whole and what his role would be were he elected into one of the seats. He misunderstands the role the senate plays and this clearly demonstrates he did not investigate the position he is running for to a point of understanding--if he investigated it at all.

February 05, 2004
  BoG - Scott ApplebyPDF files may take a moment to load

After two years as a Students' Union Operations and Finance Commissioner, challenger Scott Appleby feels it is time to make the Board of Governors more than a retirement ground for SU executives (his opponent is a former Vice-President Events). Having maintained an up-to-date knowledge of external matters, he is ambitious, ready to learn and serve for more than one term. Unfortunately, he lacks his opponent's experience on the board, which will slow his plans.

February 05, 2004
  VP Academic - Andrea KettlePDF files may take a moment to load

In short, Andrea Kettle is unqualified to be Students' Union Vice-President Academic. She lacks the requisite knowledge to handle the largely information-based portfolio. Asked about several issues such as accessibility and faculty retention, she was unable to articulate a position which would be beneficial to students, or any relevant position at all. Kettle wants to deal with student concerns and make sure the organization is going in the right direction but does not qualify these vague statements with concrete skills or plans.

February 05, 2004
  VP Op-Fi - Ian SmedleyPDF files may take a moment to load

Ian Smedley is an outside candidate from within. He has no experience as an elected official within the Students Union, but has been variously employed by the organization. In addition to prior experience overseeing facilities for the Calgary Rowing Club as Vice-President and involvement in civic politics, Smedley's unique insight into the day-to-day operations of the SU should make him a potentially valuable addition to next year's executive as VP Operations and Finance.

February 05, 2004
  VP Academic - Aaron BakerPDF files may take a moment to load

'Unfortunately, the Gauntlet was unable to interview Vice-President Academic candidate Aaron Baker from Barski's Cabinet. Nor did he participate in the Students' Union Academic forums, thus we were directed to the Barski's Cabinet website for his platform.

February 05, 2004
  La MottaPDF files may take a moment to load

I picked up Love California and couldn't believe I was about to put pen to paper reviewing such a tacky, horrible looking EP.

To be blunt, the cover art is terrible. It resembles one of those horrible collages I created during a forced arts and crafts class in grade school that my mother pretended to adore then quickly burned.

Fortunately, the content surpasses the packaging.

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