Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’03

By Hunter S. Stambaugh

It’s cold. Walking towards the Science Theatres you notice that something is terribly, terribly wrong. The man so calmly referred to as the hot dog vendor is pawning his wares on unsuspecting frosh. The rock is painted in an outlandish fraternity purple. The university sidewalk sweeper is pleasantly locked in his machine of destruction, doing his best impersonation of Michael Andretti on some form of Berlin speed, manoeuvring dangerously close to your sanity with every pass.

If only something there was something you could do about this, some way to stop the lunacy…

There is.

The Students’ Union, often viewed as an unmoveable obelisk of bureaucracy amongst the masses, beckons you with a call to arms. Take a chance they say, run in the general election and help your fellow students. After thinking long, hard, and long again, you decide that perhaps this is an opportunity worth taking, a unique hook on which to hang your ideals, goals, and wisdom on.

So with five executive full-time positions open, and thirty-two part-time positions, you can choose your level of involvement. You can change the various halls of academia that we call the University of Calgary, and you can have some fun doing it.

So prepare for the Pirate Bowl, go skiing, knit a sweater, or have a drink this weekend, but also consider running in the Students’ Union general election to write your own chapter in the eulogy of apathy on campus.

(Nomination packages are now available from the SU main office [MSC 251], or online at www.su.ucalgary.ca. They will be accepted at the SU main office from January 27 – 29, during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. inclusive. The actual election will take place on February 12–14 with two weeks of prior campaigning.)

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