Raking in student deals on agenda
By Sabrina Carinci
Members of the University Students' Council are hanging out in Montreal this week to score some deals for Western students.
Tonight marks the beginning of the week-long mid-year meeting of the Canadian Campus Business Consortium, the non-profit corporation whose purpose is to facilitate post secondary institutions with cheaper costs on goods and services, said Jim Walden, general manager of the USC and a member of the CCBC Board of Directors.
"The USC was one of the founding members of the CCBC," Walden said. He added although the membership is close to $8,000 per year, membership benefits certainly outweigh the cost.
Dave Small, VP-education for the USC, also said the benefits students receive from the USC's membership are certainly worth the annual cost. "It works on economies of scale," he said.
Small added initiatives such as the Westernizer project, in which the format of the planner could be adopted by the CCBC for national use with local content, would cut down on a lot of time for the schools which create their own agenda books every year. "And we may see some money come out of it," he said.
"As students are getting rocked more and more [by their universities], the CCBC is growing. It's a win-win situation," said Ian Armour, president of the USC, who will be in attendance for the meeting. Aside from discussing the Westernizer initiative, other discussions to take place this week include talks on a notebook initiative as well as various telecommunication and insurance programs.
According to Walden, the notebook initiative, which is essentially a notebook with advertisements in it, would be available to students without cost. Proposed telecommunications initiatives would offer students discounts on long distance rates as well as discounts on purchases of digital cellular phones.
Bill Smith, general manager of the University of Alberta's Student Union and president of the CCBC, said this week will also see a lengthy discussion on student banking with representatives from the Royal Bank of Canada.
Smith said the CCBC hopes to negotiate a banking proposal solely for student associations. "There's a need for dialogue concerning student services. We'd like to talk to the Royal Bank to see if they can open the floor with student leaders."
He also said there are talks of a sampling initiative which would allow company representatives to hand out free samples of products on campus.
According to Smith, the chances of these initiatives being adopted by the CCBC are strong. "Most of these initiatives we hope to launch in September," he said.