Volume 93, Issue 2

Friday, May 21, 1999


Tuition grabs attention of election platforms

Movies on the Wave's menu

First-year concerns plague dissolved council

Structural face-lift for campus bars in the works

Recent study says future looks bright for university grads

Mail-in ballot to determine negotations

Agriculture a trend out West but lags in Eastern Canada



Caught on campus

First-year concerns plague dissolved council

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

With the dissolution of the Saugeen-Maitland Hall residents' council, questions have popped up concerning the effect the decision will have on Saugeen's incoming first-year students.

The decision to eradicate the council followed administration's disapproval of the Saugeen-Maitland Hall yearbook, entitled The Jungle Book, which contained images in violation of set guidelines.

Jay Squires, Saugeen's former residents' council president, said what upset him most was the possible effects the decision may have on the incoming first-year students. "We're here to make sure the first-years don't get screwed. That's the big thing."

Squires said the decision was bound to have a negative effect since 17 sophs who were responsible for the yearbook were removed from their positions and would no longer be able to perform their duties as sophs. They were also evicted from the residence.

The reduction in sophs for Saugeen-Maitland Hall has also aroused the concerns of next year's head soph, Marga Santos, who said she is anticipating a stressful year since there will be less sophs to help the first-year students adjust to their new environment.

Santos said they would be receiving help from sophs in other faculties, as well as the off-campus sophs, but their aid would be hampered by their inability to live among the students.

"I'm very worried about O-week, but also about the rest of the year," she said, adding despite the decision, she hopes administration will not entirely rule out student involvement along the lines of the former council.

Susan Grindrod, senior director of housing and ancillary services, said the administration is open to student involvement in Saugeen this coming school year. "We will serve the needs of the students," she said.

She dismissed Squires' concerns and said the new students would not suffer as a result of the decision to dissolve the council. "I hardly think they'll be affected by the decision. [The council] has a role to play, but it's a small role."

Grindrod cited the satellite residence from two years ago, located at the King's Inn, as a model which did not include a residence council. "Everything worked out just fine," she said, adding the staff and students would likely step up to fill roles a council would have undertaken.

Steve Zolis, VP-student affairs for the University Students' Council, said while he shared the concerns expressed by Squires and Santos, he was optimistic a USC proposal to alleviate the anticipated problems would be accepted by administration. "We're going to give them all the help they need," he said.

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