New tenants move into former ACES space
By Dave Yasvinski
Western's Women's Issues Network has a new home in the University Community Centre, occupying the space formerly held by the Association of Continuing Education Students.
The office on the second floor of the UCC has been empty since ACES was dissolved last month in favour of a USC-appointed lifelong learning commissioner. WIN has been located temporarily at the back of the UCC's Educational Resource Centre since 1995.
"Because of the amount of time WIN has been located in a temporary location and my review of their services, the time was right to locate WIN in a proper facility similar to those that exist on other campuses," said Peter Hill, USC VP-campus issues.
Hill added this decision has been a long time coming as the USC Board of Directors voted unanimously in favour of WIN filling the space. "It was the most positive thing we could find for the space. We're all really happy it could happen this year," he said.
WIN coordinator, Claudia Phillipsz, said the move, which will likely be completed by the end of November, will help increase the service's visibility on campus. "Nobody knows we exist and that we have the resources we do. The general public just doesn't really know where we are."
This move will put WIN on the same level with similar groups at other universities, Phillipsz added. "We're looking for increased membership and involvement," she said.
USC president Ian Armour said this move was a logical decision. "This provides a space for a group that does a lot on campus." He added the increased visibility of this location will force the network to be productive.
"ACES was judged and so shall they be," he said.
Hill said the reasons ACES provided for maintaining the office space were weak and because a lot of WIN issues deal with single mothers, it can become a haven for these people as well.
Former ACES acting-president, Josee Morin, said she was happy for WIN and hoped they would be given a chance to prove they are worthy of the space. "I hope the USC doesn't pull the plug on them if they have a low turnout."
Morin added she hoped the new office would help increase communication between the USC and WIN.