Future Western masters of business administration students concerned about a proposed tuition increase will have the opportunity to speak their minds today.
The tuition hike in question would raise yearly fees from $3,186 to $18,000 over the next four years.
Business school associate dean Jeffrey Gandz said the meeting at 12 p.m. in Rm. 38 of the Josephine Spencer Niblett Law Building is open to all students. "Anybody in the community should be able to ask anything they want. There are no secrets here."
Gandz said Western president Paul Davenport will host the meeting and will address any concerns students might have. He added low attendance at the meeting would be taken to mean students are already informed.
"There is an indication that the minister is in favour of [the proposal] but there has not been formal approval of the Board. There is sound logic behind it and I trust that it will be approved."
The proposal will go before Senate in February.
Around the world in 80 cents
Anybody who has the desire, but not the dough, to take a trip to Europe can hear Gil White speak today at 12 p.m. in the University Community Centre's McKellar Room about how to get away.
White, author of the book Europe on 84¢ a Day, will give his talk to Western students for the 11th time in the last 14 years. Included in the talk will be how he spent under $1,000, including return air fare, for a four-month trip to Europe. Accommodations for this time period cost him three dollars.
How to be creative at saving money while interacting with people is a skill White said he wants to teach students. "Anyone can see the sights trying to save money forces you to meet people and helps you come home with a great education."
White's talk will run about an hour-and-a-half and is, not surprisingly, free of charge.
Ensuring a working future
Actuarial science students interested in using their degree in the real world may want to attend a career information session being held today in the Somerville House Cafe by representatives from William M. Mercer consulting company.
The company deals specifically with pensions, employee benefits and actuarial sciences to the life insurance industry.
"This year [William M. Mercer] is having an information session to better promote the employment opportunities that are available in the Toronto, London and Mississauga offices," said Colleen Sutherland, recruiting co-ordinator for Western's employment services.
They currently have eight full-time positions in Mississauga available to graduates of actuarial sciences as well as summer positions available in all locations.
The information session is taking place at 5 p.m. in Rm. 3350 and will include a slide show.