Volume 92, Issue 53

Tuesday, December 8, 1998



Iozzo to fight education warriors

As VP-education, it is Nick "The Knife" Iozzo's responsibility to attack academic and external issues which are important to Western students. Along with the other defenders, Iozzo fights for making the importance of education evident to the mortals whose habitat is near planet Western.

With the end of the semester quickly approaching, Iozzo hopes the second term of the school year will be as successful as the first.

Iozzo is pleased with the manner in which he and his fellow defenders have protected the inhabitants of Western thus far.

Known as the "clean up" board, Iozzo said he and his crew have maintained the university by cleaning up issues such as various by law problems as well as those involving the Association of Continuing Education Studies. "We want to have everything fixed up by the end of the year so that the next council won't have to," he said.

Aside from cleaning up and various other tasks, Iozzo said he plans to spend the rest of his time as VP-education working on the provincial elections. "We want to get post secondary issues at the forefront of the election," he said.

Iozzo said he is already well on his way to making the importance of education clear. Western has already submitted proposals through the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance to both the Liberal party and the New Democratic Party, in hopes of putting pressure on the current government in anticipation of the next provincial election.

With respect to the future, Iozzo hopes his successor will not only continue with the work he has prepared for the elections, but also continue maintaining an open line of communication with Western students. "The best way to work with them is to be on their level," he said.

One of Iozzo's only unfulfilled campaign promises was the creation of an online tutor referral service which he referred to as "not realistic" because many other departments have similar services already established.

Iozzo said he was most proud of his work with the summer school refund. The money was given back to students when the university realized they had charged approximately $4 more per course than they should have. "There wasn't any [motion] to give it up until I brought it up," he said. "It's the principle of the school taking money that is not theirs."

Iozzo explained the university had intended to put the money toward student transcripts until he suggested the money be given back to students by cheque or as a credit on their tuition fee bills.

Future Battles

- Establish monthly updates to his internet site
- Continue meeting with affiliate and faculty councils to receive feedback and suggestions
- Maintaining regularly scheduled meetings with commissioners for feedback and assistance, allowing accountability to constituents
- Continue a re-evaluation of the USC's council statements and standing policies and procedures
- Working to establish an endowment fund in support of the Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

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