Volume 93, Issue 41

Thursday, November 11, 1999


Rez council in the works for Saugeen

Extra councillor not needed

USC approves Remembrance Week

Contract negotiations still await

Canadians punch more time on clock

Relief effort led by Western prof


Caught on campus

USC approves Remembrance Week

By John Intini
Gazette Staff

Western students will have a little longer to remember their war heroes next year, thanks to a decision made at last night's University Students' Council meeting.

King's College councillor Mike Werenich proposed a motion which called for the creation of a Remembrance Day commissioner as well as a minimum three day Remembrance Week – the motion passed without a single nay vote.

The new commissioner will be responsible for co-ordinating all of the activities surrounding Remembrance Week, as well as ensuring all faculty and students are aware of a two minute moment of silence to commemorate those who fought and died in the First and Second World Wars.

Werenich said he was very pleased with the response he received from his fellow councillors after the vote.

"There is no better way for the USC and Western to pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives to defend the values upon which this university is built," he said.

The only problem the motion ran into was what time of day the moment of silence should be observed.

In the motion, Werenich had set 11 a.m. as the time which all classes and USC activities would halt, however a number of councillors raised the concern about it falling during the transition period between classes.

Huron college councillor Russ Forbes quickly halted the debate. Forbes, a Canadian Youth Ambassador with Veterans' Affairs Canada, said he visited Normandy with a group of 75 veterans last June and the proper time for a moment of silence is 11:11 a.m..

The only other point of contention dealt with the new commissioner's budget, which USC VP-campus issues Perry Monaco said would only be a small amount. Monaco said the cost of this year's ceremony was approximately $300.

This budget quote prompted a response from Werenich, who said it was a small price to pay.

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