Volume 92, Issue 65

Friday, January 22, 1999


USC prez wannabes

Allison faculty walk out

Court date conflicts

Renovations just need final stamp of Board

Teen unemployment worst in 25 years

From boots to suits: new EMBA program offered


Caught on campus

Renovations just need final stamp of Board

By Sabrina Carinci
Gazette Staff

Western's $6 million renovation plan is stepping closer and closer to the finish line.

In a closed-door meeting last Monday, the Property and Finance Committee approved the revised plan, which will now go to the Board of Governors for the final stamp of approval.

"It's going to the Board next Thursday," said Greg Moran, VP-academic at Western.

Dave Riddell, senior director of physical plant and capital planning services at Western, said he was pleased about the outcome of the meeting and is hopeful the last stage will be a positive one. "I hope it goes through at the Board of Governors because we're working on a tight time line here."

Ian Armour, president of the University Students' Council, said he remains confident in the renovation's proposals as well as the final cost estimates.

"The renovations will allow for the inclusion of courses that were cut both this and last year," he said. "The university has to do this. It's something that's good for the students – it's a reinvestment in our education."

In a general meeting on Nov. 26, Moran announced the money to fund the renovation project would come from a variety of sources, including the Access to Opportunities Program, capital funds, the operating budget and funds which have been set aside for deferred maintenance. Other sources of funding will come from McIntosh Gallery fund-raising as well as the Ivey School of Business.

Seema Madhvani, a first-year medical student, said she had mixed feelings about the renovations. "If what they're building is for students then I think it's great. Although the university has a responsibility to be accountable to students and offer a guarantee that the allocating of funds won't go over those already agreed upon."

Although no accurate dates have been set regarding the beginning of construction, Riddell said he hopes to commence construction in early February at Elborn College.

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