Volume 92, Issue 95

Friday, March 26, 1999


Report says increase education funding

Rent refunds may be in the mail

Safety proposals pass the first step

USC audited statements check in four months late

Board sits on SOGS fee decrease

New fee for medical residents causing accessibility concerns

Iozzo sees term as educational triumph


Caught on campus

Iozzo sees term as educational triumph

By Leena Kamat
Gazette Staff

As the school year comes to a close Nick Iozzo, VP-education of the University Students' Council, sees the past year as a triumph.

The position of VP-education is an interesting one, Iozzo said. "This job is 25 per cent visionary and 75 per cent reactionary."

Many important decisions and changes have been made this year. As a member of the USC board of directors, Iozzo said he tackled some very important issues. The board had to deal with deregulation of tuition, medical residency fees and a lawsuit against the Canadian Federation of Students.

Iozzo saw his involvement with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, the largest student organization in Canada, as successful.

The reforms made to the three and four-year degree, Iozzo said, have been one of his greatest achievements. "This is a legacy for the next generation of Western students," he said.

As for his failures, Iozzo said he felt communication between affiliated colleges, faculties and residences could have been better this year. "I've been able to meet with some of the affiliated college representatives but not all of them outside of USC meetings," Iozzo said. Had there been more time, Iozzo said he would have liked to strengthen the communication between these groups and the USC.

Iozzo enjoyed this year, including all of the hard work and effort which came with the position. "I think it's been my dedication – I put my whole life into this job," he said, adding the position requires approximately 60-75 hours per week.

Despite the long work weeks and travel which come along with the job, Iozzo said he does not regret his decision last year to run for the position of VP-education. "I love the work the USC does for the students."

Iozzo said he would like to come back to Western next year for graduate work, though he does not intend to let go of his love for politics. Although he thought about running for the position of national director of CASA, Iozzo said he decided to focus on his education for a little while longer. "Politics is in my blood," he said.

Iozzo's advice to next year's VP-education Mark Kissel is to make sure he is familiar with current political issues. "You can't plan what the government is going to do or what the school is going to do," Iozzo said. Western has a good reputation across Canada as a forefront of political policy and knowledge and Kissel must uphold the reputation, he added.

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