Volume 93, Issue 52

Wednesday, December 1, 1999


Fund-raising success announced

$10 million question a no-brainer for council

Tissue investigation reveals no wrong-doing

Scientists identify six new planets

Speakers focus energy on human rights violations

Reform party deals with Ramsay

Caught on campus


$10 million question a no-brainer for council

By John Intini
Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council will decide tonight whether they support the school's quest for $10 million – a decision many councillors are calling a no-brainer.

USC president SzeJack Tan said the motion is a call to council members to support the university's capital grant request for $10 million from the City of London.

"[The funding is] to make sure the university maintains a quality of education for students coming in the future and ensure we're ready to take on the double cohort," he said.

Huron College councillor Chris Sinal, who seconded the motion, said the money is vital in handling the upcoming influx of students and is something the student council should support.

"It is very important to get this $10 million," Sinal said. "[SzeJack] has already put his weight behind it and it only makes sense to put our weight behind it as well."

Social sciences president and council member Paul Hong said he saw the motion passing through council with little or no debate, adding any way to help improve the university is a positive step. "If we have a chance to get $10 million, why not?" he said.

Sinal added he too does not invision anything standing in the way of getting this motion passed and described it as a "feel good" motion. He added the councillors will be asked to show their support by signing a letter prepared by Western's VP-external Ted Garrard.

Garrard explained the university is hoping to print the letter in the Dec. 11 issue of the London Free Press, to show members of the city council as well as the London community, the reasons the university is in need of the financial assistance.

Garrard added the reason for the money, which would be paid over a 10 year period starting in 2001, was to accommodate the double cohort, provide new classrooms and renovate campus facilities.

Ward 2 councillor Joe Swan said the university's $10 million request has been included in the city's 2001 projected budget, but will undergo further discussion at next week's meeting.

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