Volume 92, Issue 63

Wednesday, January 20, 1999

elmer the elephant


Victim dies from stab wounds

Tuition verdict to come Friday

Renovations needed to fix safety concerns

Last call blamed for city violence

Posts may be toast

Carillon finds autonomy

Alcohol, thefts keep UPD on the move


Caught on campus

Tuition verdict to come Friday

By Mark Brown
Gazette Staff

Students in deregulated programs will learn Friday whether administration has listened to their calls for a tuition freeze.

Administration will announce the recommendations it plans to submit for final approval to the Senate and Board of Governors regarding next year's tuition in the deregulated programs.

At a meeting this Friday with representatives from the deregulated programs, the Society of Graduate Students and the University Students' Council, Western's VP-academic Greg Moran said he will tell students what the administration has decided regarding tuition. "It won't be considered final until the spring," he added, referring to the time when the university's budget is scheduled to be approved.

Moran said it has been a very good consultation process but added the process has to end at some time.

While Moran would not comment on what he will tell students at the meeting, he did say a number of the university's positions discussed with the various student representatives have changed because of the consultations.

The early announcement regarding tuition in deregulated programs was welcomed by students. "We didn't hear about the university's tuition increase until May last year," said Stacey Sheehy, president of the Honours Business Administration Association.

Sheehy added she is expecting a tuition freeze for the HBA program this year and in the future expects subsequent tuition increases to be announced early and in smaller increments.

Herbert Brill, VP-external junior for the Medical Students' Council, said he is not sure what the administration will tell them on Friday, but he hopes the university will listen to reason. "It depends on how the administration feels about access.

"It seems [Western President Paul] Davenport believes paying more tuition makes a better medical school." Western is currently the most expensive medical school in Ontario, he added.

Sheehy said since the last meeting with the administration on Nov. 13, the HBAA has conducted a preliminary survey to try and determine the effect the higher tuition levels have had on the HBA program. According to the survey given to 113 of the 140 first-year HBA students, 74 per cent said they do not believe the tuition fee being twice as high as other schools was justified.

USC President Ian Armour said he was pleased with the administration's approach to the setting of tuition for these programs by allowing students an early look at the budget and to get their feedback.

"We won't really know the effect of last year's tuition increases for a couple of years," Armour said.

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