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SSMU REPORT CARDS: COUNCIL

SSMU's Legislative Council has had, by many accounts, a disappointing year. Although it's difficult to evaluate the performance of a body of this type, the Tribune feels that this year's Council deserves a below-average grade. Although there were some councillors who were proactive, well-informed, and contributed in a constructive manner to debates, there were too many councillors who seemed to revel in making mountains out of molehills, and speaking mainly to hear the sound of their own voices.
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SSMU REPORT CARDS: SARAH OLLE – VP Clubs and Services

Although her portfolio has quieted down in the second semester, Sarah Olle has had an extremely successful term as vice-president clubs and services. The Tribune had high expectations for Olle, who came into the position after serving as interest group coordinator last year.
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SSMU REPORT CARDS: JOSE DíAZ – VP Finance and Operations

Vice-President Finance and Operations Jose Díaz began his term in the most difficult position of any of the executives. Tobias Silverstein, his predecessor, had resigned midway through his term, leaving the rest of the executives to handle his portfolio. Despite this initial disadvantage, Díaz stepped confidently into his position and has handled his portfolio well throughout the year.
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SSMU REPORT CARDS: REBECCA DOOLEY – VP University Affairs

At this time last year, the Tribune voiced concerns with Students' Society Vice-President University Affairs Rebecca Dooley's lack of experience. Before her tenure as VP UA, she'd been Queer McGill's political action coordinator, which, the Tribune believed, was insufficient training for the portfolio.
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SSMU REPORT CARDS: IVAN NEILSON – President

When Ivan Neilson was elected last year, the Tribune was confident that he would be a competent president. We thought his pragmatic nature would allow him to work effectively with the vice-presidents and build a good relationship with McGill's administration.
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SSMU Council votes to reinstate Choose Life’s club status

After a semester of meetings on the future of Choose Life - the controversial pro-life group whose club status was suspended last semester - the Students' Society Council officially reinstated the group's club status last Thursday. Choose Life's club status was suspended last year on November 12 in light of the conflicts surrounding the club's "Echoes of the Holocaust" event.
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Day of fasting held to support world’s poor

Twenty McGill students went hungry for a day at Macdonald campus in an effort to raise money for impoverished countries. The McGill chapter of Engineers Without Borders held 24 hour famine to educate the community on world poverty and to help send two McGill students to work with NGOs overseas.
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Former Prime Minister Joe Clark weighs in on new job

Former Prime Minister Joe Clark started his political career as editor of his student newspaper and after a successful career in politics, he's returned to the campus. We sat down with the former Prime Minister to talk about his latest initiative. Drawing from your federal experience, can you tell us what are some of the major themes that you learned throughout your time in and out of political office? Well, a couple I think.
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