Volume 92, Issue 89
Wednesday, March 18, 1999
Western will be creating the Ontario centre for computer algebra thanks to a major donation.
The donation, made official yesterday, comes from the province's Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund and will allow the universities of Western and Waterloo to share the new centre as well as the $4.6 million in funding. The funding comes from the private sector and the federal and provincial governments.
Of the funding, $1.5 million will go towards creating two new research chairs at Western.
Western's VP-research Bill Bridger said while funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation goes towards supporting physical infrastructure, the Challenge Fund supports the hiring of faculty and purchasing of equipment.
Bridger added there will likely be one more challenge project announcement in Western's future. "We've had quite a run but we know there's more coming," he said.
Maintaining their status
After lengthy debate, an attempt to change the voting status of several members of the University Students' Council was defeated in a meeting last night.
The motion, spearheaded by USC President Ian Armour, would have seen the voting privileges removed from the six undergraduate student senators and the one undergraduate student governor who currently sit on Western's Senate and Board of Governors.
The proposal would have turned them into ex-officio members, which would allow them to retain their right to speak at USC council meetings.
"You're elected to the USC or you're elected to Senate. We just wanted to streamline this," Armour said.
Several of Armour's colleagues did not agree, saying the senators' and student governor's vote on issues could not be discarded. "This council works a lot better if you get [the senators and student governor] with a vote because they bring in a new perspective," said David Braun, next year's USC speaker.
The motion was narrowly defeated 24-21, after a failed attempt to postpone the decision until the first USC council meeting in September.
This was the first council meeting of the newly-elected 1999/2000 council.
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