Volume 92, Issue 62

Tuesday, January 19, 1999


Prolonging the stay

Student BOG member resigns

Stabbings incite police concern, safety review

Grad studies to see bursary boost

Adding confusion in CentreSpot

Sales low despite high cost prizes

A quickie primer on aphrodisiacs

Caught on campus

Caught on campus too

Grad studies to see bursary boost

By Sabrina Carinci
Gazette Staff

Some graduate students will have cause to celebrate with the announcement of an increase to student bursaries later this week.

In a general meeting tomorrow afternoon, Alan Weedon, dean of graduate studies at Western, will announce the details of the bursary pool increase to approximately $260,000, which is estimated to be double the amount it has been historically.

The increase, according to Weedon, is based on the provisions set by the provincial government with the announcement of deregulation whereby post secondary institutions are required to set aside 30 per cent of tuition revenue to student aid.

At the information meeting, Weedon said he will address the needs of graduate students in programs such as journalism, library and information sciences, communication sciences and disorders, nursing and education. "The reason, in part, is that their tuition fees have increased significantly and have increased more than most other programs on campus," he said.

Although he was still unsure of the manner in which the new money would be disbursed, Weedon said it would be done in either one of two ways. The first possibility assumes the financial aid office would provide an assessment of each student who applies for aid, as they do for processing Ontario Student Assistant Program applications.

The second proposal is that some of the funds will be transferred to the particular programs and faculty within the specific program would nominate students who are eligible to receive the aid.

Kelly Barrowcliffe, president of the Society of Graduate Students, said although the new plan will upset the current structure, SOGS is willing to give it a try and help make the structure better for graduate students. "Thirty per cent may not be enough – we understand dean Weedon is willing to help if there are problems. He does work in the best interests of graduate students most of the time."

Ian Armour, president of the University Students' Council, said he was pleased to hear about Weedon's upcoming meeting. "I'm glad they are allocating the set asides," he said.

Armour added he would be very interested in learning how the set aside money will be allocated for the undergraduate students.

"We are perusing the same kinds of programs as last year – through bursaries and the work study program," said Roma Harris, registrar at Western. She added the money has already been allocated.

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