Volume 93, Issue 48

Wednesday, November 24, 1999


USC could change meaning of student

PhD program arrives at BOG

Western unites in fundraising drive

City narrows field in decision for contract

Sunny days sweep the clouds away

UN sounds alarm on AIDS


Caught on campus


USC could change meaning of student

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

A motion to change the definition of the word "student" within the annals of the University Students' Council by-laws will be put to the test at tonight's council meeting.

Currently, individuals who do not register for courses at the beginning of the school year have, for administrative purposes, "student" status until Oct. 31, according to Lana Bryon, King's College councillor.

But Bryon, along with fellow King's College councillor Mike Werenich, have posted a motion to push the Oct. 31 date back to the last day of the September add/drop period for the individual's relevant faculty or affiliated college.

For USC purposes, the word "student" will still mean any person registered full-time or part-time at Western or an affiliated college in either term on April 30 in the year of their election or appointment to a USC position, Bryon said.

However, Werenich said the aim of the motion would be to give council ample time to run a by-election in case a USC official cannot fulfill their duties because they do not have "student" status.

He explained the motion would make USC officials aware of their status as students earlier. "We wanted to create a positive response to allow for greater clarity in the definition of the word," he said. "It should be received positively."

Werenich also said he found it necessary to clarify the oft-used word in the wake of former VP-student affairs Steve Zolis stepping down from his elected position, leaving the commissioners in his portfolio to be dispersed amongst the other five board members. "I felt that we needed a single individual to represent students," hWerenich added.

Zolis, who was forced to leave office Oct. 7 because he could not provide proof of registration as a student, said he thought the motion would be a step in the right direction. "I think it would be closing a loophole," he said.

But Huron College councillor Chris Sinal said the motion could inadvertently open the door intended to keep student senators locked into their jobs until the annual Nov. 1 election date. "While the spirit of this motion has nothing to do with that – it's going to affect it," he said.

President of the law students' council, Michael Rubinoff, said while the reasoning behind the motion was valid, the events leading up to its address should not have occurred to begin with. "It's ridiculous for people to run for their office if they're not 100 per cent sure they'll be able to fill out their term," he said. "It's unfortunate something like this has to be said."

Allison Norris, communications officer for the USC, who took on nine of Zolis' commissioners when the student affairs portfolio was divided, said apart from the increased hours and workload she has undertaken, she is not having any problems with her added duties.

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