Volume 92, Issue 82

Thursday, March 4, 1999


Budgets may get cut

Less scholarship possibilities

VP-academic under survey

Review board angry over accusations of disability bias

Waterloo helped out corporately

Crisis rallies education support

Survey hopes to gauge USC access

Caught on campus

Survey hopes to gauge USC access

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

University Students' Council VP-campus issues Peter Hill released a set of surveys this week to gauge student opinion on whether there is equal access to opportunities within the USC.

"There are two surveys, one being released internally to USC members only and one being released to the general student body," Hill said.

The surveys are a follow-up to a 1991 report on opportunities for women also released by the USC and are designed to provide a sampling of between 200 and 300 students and the majority of USC members.

The intent of the surveys, which are being distributed at a booth in the University Community Centre atrium, is to examine the perceptions of the USC by the general student body, Hill said.

The results will be compiled and released by March 17 as part one of the USC annual general meeting.

"It's very important that everyone is treated equitably and this survey will not only point out what the state of the USC is, but also what is going on around campus," Hill said.

Greg Moran, VP-academic at Western, said although he was not sure there was a need for the surveys, he supports any group which questions the issues of equal opportunities and accessibility.

"I would like to see more women in leadership roles within the USC, but I can't comment on whether there is an access to opportunity problem where the USC is concerned," Moran said.

Ingrid Abbott, secretary of the Black Students' Association, said there is definitely enough discrimination on campus to warrant the survey. "The USC is very good at being culturally aware, but if they got more involved with the student groups on campus there might be more improvement to the situation," Abbott said.

She also said while the USC seemed to be comprised of predominantly white students, not a lot of non-whites were interested in getting involved and that could also be a problem. "It seems that it's just a matter of interest."

Chris Hughes, gay, lesbian and bisexual issues commissioner for the USC, agreed there is a need for the survey. "Although there is generally equal access to opportunities within the USC, there could be more and considering the size of the university, we'd like to see more services and social programming," Hughes said. "The USC has been pretty receptive and positive about any concerns we've had."

The results of the two surveys will be compared and any correlations will be noted, Hill said. "It's important to try and get as much of a cross-section of the Western community as possible."

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