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Calgary Student Runs Campaign on “Puppy Room” Platform...and Wins!


March 19, 2013
by Suada Kolovic
Running for student office can be a challenge. With the majority of students uninterested in student politics and others voting based solely on the catchiness of a slogan (He's not popular and he's not handsome, so he has time for student council got my vote every time!), the odds really aren’t in anyone’s favor. Unless, of course, you run your campaign on providing cuddly-wuddly, wittle puppies for all students to enjoy. I vote yes!

Running for student office can be a challenge. With the majority of students uninterested in student politics and others voting based solely on the catchiness of a slogan ("He's not popular and he's not handsome, so he has time for student council" got my vote every time!), the odds really aren’t in anyone’s favor. Unless, of course, you run your campaign on providing cuddly-wuddly, wittle puppies for all students to enjoy. I vote yes!

University of Calgary student Ben Cannon recently won the role of vice president of student life after promising voters a puppy room. Other Canadian universities have already adopted the idea, aimed at relieving students’ stress by giving them easy access to canines on campus. Debbie Bruckner of the U of C Wellness Centre said the university is already working with Cannon on the logistics of a puppy room. “It sounds kind of like a silly idea at first but it’s proven scientifically, I mean, it raises your dopamine levels in your brain, lowers your blood pressure. There’s just something about it – there’s a reason why dogs are a man’s best friend,” said Cannon.

With all the pressure and anxiety that comes with attending college, providing students with puppies only seems fair, right? Let us know what you think.

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Bethany Y  on  3/26/2013 2:12:48 PM commented:

This is a very clever idea! The dogs will definitely be a ray of sunshine in student life! He deserved to win the election.

Tia W  on  3/19/2013 1:39:33 PM commented:

I think this is a great and clever idea. This can also double for some research uses and purposes as well in a couple of departments, depending on what the school offers.

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