Volume 93, Issue 24

Wednesday, October 13, 1999


Saugeen no longer a democracy

Suspensions mean a lot less cash

Envious of Western's school spirit

The absolute last word on clubs week

Who's running this show?

Suspensions mean a lot less cash

Re: "O-week prank ends with suspensions" Sept. 16

To the Editor:

It would seem only appropriate that these students would be punished in some way or form upon turning themselves in.

One would probably expect these students to apologize, pay the cost of damages and perhaps provid some campus community service for their actions.

What has dumbfounded me to this day is the decision by VP-administration Peter Mercer and registrar Roma Harris to de-register these four students from their programs and consequently kick them out of school for the current academic year. I don't believe the long-term ramifications of this decision have been totally considered.

Consider the fact that these four engineering students, should they not be allowed to register for their courses once again, will be held back one year from the completion of their course.

This, in turn, has a ripple effect that spans their entire working career. In essence, these students will lose their final year's earnings.

According to the Professional Engineers of Ontario, the average retiring salary for an engineer is approximately $80,000 to $100,000 by today's standards. Multiplying this figure by four, we arrive at a sum figure of around $320,000 to $400,000 collectively.

Does this total even remotely match the damages incurred by the water balloon to the residence room? I think not. This doesn't make sense anyway you look at it. Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that members of the administration are not making sound decisions.

As a result, there is no way I am going to donate any sum of money to an administration that makes inappropriate decisions such as this. Furthermore, I'm going to encourage all alumni I know to do the same.

Many decisions at Western are made to keep alumni happy and to reap the benefits of their donations – well I'm deeply disappointed in your decision and choose not to give to Western at all. I am in the process of contacting other Alumni right now and suspect that you will be hearing from them too.

Your disgruntled alumnus,

Todd "Garth" Anderson
B.E.Sc. 1999
Engineering Head Soph 1997

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