Volume 93, Issue 45

Thursday, November 18, 1999


Fears over cutbacks surface

Police pull preacher

Vote resurrects residents' council

Meteorites threaten communications

Mayor plays it up in Miami

Ontario just ain't got what it takes

Bass ackwards

Caught on campus

Vote resurrects residents' council

By John Intini
Gazette Staff

A decision made by the floor representatives at Saugeen-Maitland Hall Tuesday night will result in the re-establishment of a residents' council by the end of the month.

Scott Belton, Saugeen's University Students' Council representative and a residence floor rep, said 27 of the building's 36 floor reps voted in favour of a proposal which now sets the framework for a new residents' council.

The reps chose a slightly modified version of the one submitted by the USC, which was similar to the last council, but with the addition of a VP-external and VP-communication position, Belton said.

He added there were two main additions to the model submitted by the USC. The first addition allowed all floor reps to have voting privileges on council, while the second allowed the council the right to change, amend or write a new constitution once erected.

Peter Mercer, Western's VP-administration, explained last week that Saugeen's previous council was disbanded last spring for continually breaking university codes of conduct.

The new executive will only have control until the February elections, Belton added. It will include a president and four VPs – external, communication, finance and events.

Caroline Fletcher, a floor rep at Saugeen, said it is vital to institute a representative body. "Saugeen has seemed, this year, to be isolated at times in comparison to some of the other residences."

Belton said he was impressed at how quickly the reps put together a model of the new council. "The response from the floor reps has been totally positive," he said. "[The reps] have taken on way more duties than is in their job description and have been great about it."

USC president SzeJack Tan said he was pleased the floor reps have chosen a model. "Our main premise was to help them get something in place," he said. "Our proposal was our best guess as to what was needed. The fact they used it is great, but it's just awesome they've got something going."

Susan Grindrod, senior director of housing and ancillary services said she thought the news was encouraging.

"I commend the floor reps for taking the issue of representation so seriously," she said. "It is good they have chosen a plan they support since they are the ones who have to make it work."

Belton said the floor reps will begin accepting nominations for the executive positions today until Sunday. Campaigning will begin Sunday at midnight, leading up to the election scheduled for Nov. 28 and 29.

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