Volume 93, Issue 2

Friday, May 21, 1999


"Zoo Story:" a far cry from Albee

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"Zoo Story:" a far cry from Albee

Re: Jungle yearbook mauls council, May 14, 1999

To the Editor:

As you may be aware, the Saugeen-Maitland Hall's 56 member residents' council was dissolved by the university administration following the publication of our annual yearbook.

Some of you may not have read that, as of right now, 17 people (including myself) have had their residence offers revoked as a result of the yearbook publication. This group of individuals, consisting of 98-99 and 99-00 council executives and some committee heads and sophs, were notified by mail that the council had been disbanded and, due to their involvement with the council, their residence offers were no longer valid.

The letter received by a newly elected 1999-2000 executive council member read as follows:

"This letter is to advise you that, effective immediately, the Saugeen-Maitland Hall Residents' Council has been disbanded as a result of inappropriate activities which are completely contrary to the directions of The University of Western Ontario. In a meeting with the Residents' Council on Thursday, October 15, 1998, Peter Mercer, Vice President (Administration) & General Counsel clearly articulated the University's expectations and subsequent consequences if the Council's activities continued to run counter to the direction of the University.

"Because of your role in the above activities, please be advised that we are cancelling your residency at Saugeen-Maitland Hall for the upcoming 1999-2000 academic year. A full refund of your $300 residence deposit will be issued shortly under separate cover.

"It is unfortunate that this action is necessary but the University can no longer tolerate the council's negative and inappropriate promotion of Saugeen-Maitland Hall."

This letter was signed by Susan Grindrod, senior director of the division of housing and ancillary services.

Many members of our council are very concerned with the action taken by the university and we are worried this decision will ultimately hurt the first-year students in the end.

Currently, housing and the University Students' Council are continuing to recognize our selected head soph and we are all working to ensure the orientation program is not compromised in any way.

As a council, our number one commitment is to the first-year students – as much now as it was before we were dissolved. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure 1999-00 first-year students living in Saugeen-Maitland receive the warm welcome to Western and the year-long experience that we all took part in in previous years.

Jason "Squinty" Squires
Former President, Saugeen-Maitland Hall Residents' Council

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