Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Huge boost to new research

Council debate turns down fee cut

Report predicts application increase of 35,000

Summer jobs boosted

New director crowned


Teaching excellence

Caught on camera

Caught on camera too

Here they come

Council debate turns down fee cut

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

The issue of lowering student fees by cutting the accessibility fee met with considerable debate at last night's University Students' Council meeting, but in the end was tossed out.

Mike Werenich, King's College representative, demanded the student accessibility levy of $5.36 be cut to $2.36. "It's the university's legal responsibility to make its services available to students with disabilities," he said.

Ray Novak, USC social science councillor and proponent of the motion, agreed the problem of accessibility should be handled by Western's administration. "This is about how best to help [the disabled]. It's clear the USC doesn't have the financial resources to fix this problem," he said.

Despite Werenich and Novak's arguments, some USC councillors did not agree and voiced strong opinions against cutting the levy.

Pete Hill, USC VP-campus issues, acknowledged Western's responsibility to provide accessibility, but concluded the administration has done a satisfactory job so far.

Mike Lawless, a King's College councillor, sided with Hill and was concerned a cut to the levy would not solve the problem. "By doing this, we're not guaranteeing the administration is going to pick up the slack. It's obvious they won't do so," he said.

"If we are to proceed [with this motion], there's a small possibility it will be misconstrued within the public eye," said Hill, who added he believed the motion to cut the levy would only hurt the USC's relationship with the university and disabled individuals.

After withdrawing the motion, Novak said he felt let down. "I'm disappointed. I believed people would recognize this as the administration's responsibility," he said.

Despite Novak's disappointment, he added he was more than willing to work on more effective ways of lobbying Western's administration and felt withdrawing the motion was the best thing to do at the time. "I don't want to beat people over the head with something they don't want to talk about," he said.

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