WHO: Michael Novak, president of York Federation of Students (YFS), political science major
CONSTITUENCY: 22,000 full-time undergraduate students
YFS BUDGET: $450,000
WHAT HE PROMISED: Increased funding to clubs and services, more accountability to students
LAST DEMO: "I don't go to demonstrations. I prefer to work from within."
WHAT HE'S READING: John Grisham, The Partner
HOT ISSUES ON CAMPUS: Lack of parking, new TTC discount, double cohort space crunch, tuition increase, provincial election
HOW HE'S VOTING OCTOBER 2: No comment
THE SKINNY: This former YFS VP of academic was temporarily bumped into the president's post when last year's prez was deposed. Though York has long been rife with lefty politics, the more moderate Novak has passed up placards to home in on practical problems like parking. Students elect new YFS executive in October.
University of Toronto
WHO: Ashley Morton, president of the Student Administrative Council (SAC), electrical engineering major
CONSTITUENCY: 42,000 full-time undergrads
SAC BUDGET: $1 million
WHAT HE PROMISED: Better services and accessibility for students. "Doing a lot of the small things right rather than focusing on a grand revolutionary scale."
LAST DEMO: Disabled access on campus protest
WHAT HE'S READING: Terry Pratchett, Carpe Jugulum (comic fantasy)
HOT ISSUES ON CAMPUS: New health plan (now pays for birth control), controversial anti-Zionist Norman Finkelstein's SAC-sponsored speech, skyrocketing law school tuition, provincial election
HOW HE'S VOTING OCTOBER 2: "I was once a member of the NDP for two days," says Morton. No comment on how he'll vote.
THE SKINNY: Morton prides himself on appealing to a largely apolitical student body and notes that his election was a reaction against political polarities. "SAC had been very divided: the left was very left and the right was very right. That makes a lot of mainstream people uncomfortable."
WHO: Ken Marciniec, president of RYESAC, technical theatre major
CONSTITUENCY: 16,000 full-time graduate and undergraduate students
RYESAC BUDGET: $1.2 million
WHAT HE PROMISED: Reduced tuition fees and more funding for post-secondary education
LAST DEMO: Protest for disabled access on campus at U of T
WHAT HE'S READING: Blaming The Victims: Spurious Scholarship And The Palestinian Question, edited by Edward Said and Christopher Hitchens
HOT ISSUES ON CAMPUS: Double cohort, standing-room-only classes, the "living wage now" campaign, provincial election
HOW HE'S VOTING OCTOBER 2: Rosario Marchese, NDP. "He's been a great advocate for post-secondary education."
THE SKINNY: Having ditched last year's moderate party-boy prez for lefty activist Marciniec (former VP finance), Ryerson is definitely gearing up for some serious demos.
George Brown College
WHO: Dwayne Hines, president of the Student Association of George Brown, business management major
CONSTITUENCY: 12,000 full-time students
SA BUDGET: $2 million
WHAT HE PROMISED: Discounted TTC student passes, new funds for emergency book vouchers and bursaries
LAST DEMO: Anti-war
WHAT HE'S READING: Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler
HOT ISSUES ON CAMPUS: Double cohort space squeeze, late OSAP means students can't buy texts, international students not allowed to work off-campus, provincial election
HOW HE'S VOTING OCTOBER 2: He's a card-carrying liberal. (In fact, he's a Paul Martin organizer.)
THE SKINNY: Though the college rallied behind anti-war demos last year, Hines sailed into first place for the second year in a row by hugging the middle line, beating out more activist-oriented candidates.
Ontario School of Art and Design
WHO: Geoffrey Puge, chair of OCAD Student Union (OCADSU), integrated media major
CONSTITUENCY: 2,000 full-time students
OCADSU BUDGET: $147,000
WHAT HE PROMISED: A new student gallery space to replace Art System, a new Web site to promote OCADSU art, and to fight tuition hikes and OSAP cuts
LAST DEMO: Anti-war
WHAT HE'S READING: No Logo, Naomi Klein
HOT ISSUES ON CAMPUS: Working around massive construction, opening the new student-run gallery, hooking up with U of T for pro-gay-marriage demos, provincial election
HOW HE'S VOTING OCTOBER 2: Undecided
THE SKINNY: OCADSU's last chair bailed out partway through her term. This year's chair is trying to jump-start the school's sense of community by setting up spaces for student art (which OCAD surprisingly lacks) as well as tearing students away from their canvases long enough to get them to vote out the government that slashed OSAP and hiked tuition.