Volume 92, Issue 66

Tuesday, January 26, 1999


NEWS

Fees may climb even higher

Women hold USC election minority

Moran to face review

Millenial term start bugs Senate

Donations create two new heads

The search has begun

Botting sporting some reforms

Finding the truth on the net

Caught on campus

USC elections '99

Questions and answers

AGENT John Botting

AGENT Emily Chung

AGENT Joey Hammill

AGENT Perry Monaco

AGENT Nurup Naimji

AGENT Kalev Suurkask

AGENT SzeJack Tan

AGENT Stephen Zolis

Millenial term start bugs Senate

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

The millennium bug has already become a pest at Western as anticipation of problems at the start of the year 2000 term caused Senate to push back the start date of classes a full week.

John Thorp, chair of the Senate Committee on Academic Policy and Admissions, said much thought was put into Friday's decision to start classes on Jan. 10 instead of Jan. 3. "We certainly considered a number of options. One of these was starting on Thursday [Jan. 6] rather than Monday [Jan. 10]," he said.

Derrick Taub, a student senator, said the changes to the second term tamper with the schedule for half and quarter courses in the honours business administration program.

The proposal to start the January 2000 term on Jan. 6 was also questioned by Peter Mercer, Western's VP-administration. "There is difficulty with [starting classes on] Thursday. The fact is we don't know about possible difficulties," he said.

However, Mercer said the Jan. 6 start date would have allowed sufficient time to fix a range of potential liabilities, which include electricity and residence heating. "We have to remember of course, over 3,000 students live in residence," he said.

Mercer added Western operations are currently encountering Y2K glitches. "The mainframe computer went down two weeks ago. We're already experiencing Y2K problems," he said.

Ian Armour, president of the University Students' Council, raised the question of a contingency plan should Y2K problems occur in September of this year.

Mercer explained the concern is being addressed by a contingency committee, formed just before this past Christmas, which is meeting regularly to address potential problems.

Orlando Zamprogna, chair of the Y2K contingency committee, said the committee is in the process of developing a plan for departments as well as seminars for individuals to learn how to sort out impending uncertainties.

Despite what several senators termed a "catastrophizing" event, Zamprogna said the committee is anticipating only moderate problems.

A proposal for a two-day extension of classes in April also met with disapproval by Senate, as Thorp argued an extension of classes would see final exams spill over into May, posing problems for students.






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