Volume 92, Issue 93

Wednesday, March 24, 1999


Second election possible

Liberals claim tuition decrease

Waterloo announces hike

Western to give high school students early admissions

"VP-fun" Cousineau says so long

Celebrity suicides raise bigger issue


Campus crime catches fire

Caught on campus

"VP-fun" Cousineau says so long

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

Not even the weather could spoil the year Melissa Cousineau, University Students' Council VP-student affairs, has had.

Cousineau has nicknamed her position the "VP-fun" because she had to plan out all of the entertaining events which happen at at Western. "If you want to have fun, come to affairs," Cousineau said.

"This year has been so exciting. We had a record year in everything." She said Shinerama fund-raising topped $100,000 in half a day, the Charity Ball raised $41,000 and even Terry Fox funds were $1,000 better than last year.

The crowning achievement for Cousineau, however, was saving Orientation Week, something she called the "epitome of Western life!"

"It's exciting to see you were able to coordinate an effort and follow through with it until success. Striking a deal with administration this year has secured the place of O-week for a long time."

The success of Western's clubs and societies was also nice to see, she said. This year's introduction of new groups like the literacy, World Wrestling Federation and Equestrian clubs broadened student activities in a lot of new ways, she added.

When asked what she would have done differently, Cousineau said she could have improved on her communication with the Western clubs as well as with the USC volunteer procedure.

"Information between the clubs policy committee and Western clubs, especially just after the new year, would have smoothed things out more. As well, those interested in USC volunteering whether sitting at a booth or handing out election rave cards should have also been made more available," she said.

Cousineau will hand the student issues reins to 1999/2000 VP-student affairs Steve Zolis this May. Successfully steering the position into and through the new millennium will take creativity and energy, two key qualities Zolis will have to bring to the job, she said. "Strive to the next level. Western is the best university in the country and we cannot be happy with the status quo," she said.

"This position has given me so much," Cousineau added. "I've learned how to plan programs for the masses and how to work with different people and their personalities. Learning how to prioritize and juggle your plans are great skills for the future, wherever it may lead."

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