Volume 92, Issue 6

Friday, September 11, 1998

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NEWS
 

Try and keep it stashed in your pocket




Tom Baumgartner/Photo Editor


By Mark Brown
News Editor

With the steady increase in tuition fees, saving money has become one of the most important lessons students have to learn in order to make it through university.

Although budgeting means being cautious where you spend your cash, the students who will excel are those who can save cash without sacrificing their experiences at Western.

Perhaps the best way to save money would be to take advantage of the services offered on campus. If you are a full-time student, you have already paid $735.21 through your ancillary fees for these services, including recreation facilities, entertainment and essential services – many of which are conveniently located in the University Community Centre.

Instead of buying a membership at some health club in London why not use the facilities on campus?

Campus Recreation offers a wide variety of services, including a weight training room, aquatics, winter ice skating and aerobics. Visit Campus Rec on the lower level of UCC to inquire about the rest of the services available.

Student Health Services, located in the basement of the UCC is also a service included in the student fees. On the lower level of UCC are InPrint (Western's equivalent to Kinko's) and Gizmo's to help feed your video game cravings.

And those students who want to get some money back should also be aware of the services they can choose to opt out of. The Student Health Insurance Plan, which cost students $91.99 this year, can be opted out of, providing students have sufficient proof of alternative health coverage. Also, the fee charged for "faculty donations" can be retrieved from most faculties.

Just remember there is a deadline to opt out of these fees, so do it early and avoid annual long lineups.

There are several ways to keep yourself entertained on campus which will also help you to save some extra cash. For example, second-run films are shown nightly in the McKellar Room on the second floor of the UCC at affordable prices. For those interested in the bar scene, Western has the Wave and The Spoke within stumbling distance of any residence.

Of course the best way to save is to use all the free stuff and bargains you can get, such as:

– the Bus Pass - like it or not, you have it, so use it!

– the newly designed Westernizer to avoid those potentially embarrassing times, like making two dates for the same night

– condoms from Student Health Services

– the student directory will help you locate all your high school buddies who go to Western (available sometime in October)

– save yourself some money by reading The Gazette instead of buying any other newspapers

– free CDs, concerts, movie and theatre passes (but you have to write a review for The Gazette)

– free matches (at The Spoke and the Wave)

– the purple coupons in the Course Calendar can be useful – just remember to bring them along on shopping trips

– some stores offer student discounts, so it's best to ask before you buy

– buy your books used – there are some great deals to be found and most of the highlighting will have already been done for you



If you are a full-time student and are wondering where some of the money you just paid went, here is a brief summary (and it might encourage you to actually use some of these services):



Bus Pass: .......................$75.00


Organization Fee:.........$136.11


UCC operating fee (includes InPrint, Gizmos, Pit Stop, etc.)


..........................................$25.62


Campus Recreation:....$66.59


The Gazette:..................$8.51


CHRW/TVWestern:......$12.88


Student Development Centre:


.........................................$63.20


Student Health Services:


.........................................$37.00


Western Foot Patrol:.$3.55


Centre for New Students:


.........................................$11.25


Western Daycare:........$2.85


Thompson Recreation & Athletic Centre:


............................................$13.63



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