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

Renovations needed to fix safety concerns

By Sabrina Carinci
Gazette Staff

As recent plans to renovate some of Western's buildings for more class space are becoming closer to approval, some have argued Western's older buildings are being ignored.

Arthur Sampaio, a PhD candidate in the department of zoology at Western, said after learning about Western President Paul Davenport's sabbatical to Paris along with the recent renovations proposals to various buildings on campus, he feels administration has failed to look after his requests for repair to the Biological and Geological Sciences Building. "What I see is that something wrong is being done. I don't know what else to do to get their attention."

According to Sampaio, areas of the building and especially the third floor are drenched with a dark coloured liquid leaking from the roof. "The worst room in our area is a radioactive area – it's not a good working atmosphere," he said.

In the three years Sampaio has been at Western, he said he has been complaining about the leaks. "Every time I call the physical plant, they come and place buckets under the leaks," he said. He added he does not believe it is the fault of physical plant and capital planning services but rather the university's administration for putting the other buildings ahead of the needs of the one he studies in.

Dave Riddell, senior director of physical plant and capital planning services, said although he is unfamiliar with Sampaio's particular complaints, he admitted it is difficult to keep on top of the many repairs which are needed on a daily basis.

Riddell also noted it should be understood the particular building in question is one of Western's oldest buildings and requires a lot of deferred maintenance, the maintenance required to keep aging buildings intact.

"The allocation to deferred maintenance in the capital plan is $400,000 next year and had grown to over $400,000 this year," he said. "We take all of our calls seriously – one way or another, we'll fix it."

Michael Kogan, president of the Sciences Student Council and a fourth-year scholar's electives student in genetics at Western, said he has not yet received any complaints about leaks in the building. "I think any time there's a concern about safety it needs to be looked at a little closer."

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