Volume 93, Issue 25

Thursday, October 14, 1999


Council reallocates fallen VP's portfolio

Western asks city for $10 million

Dial-a-glitch soon fixed

Ottawa may pull plug on exam tool

Now serving number six billion


Caught on Campus

Bass Ackwards

Western asks city for $10 million

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

Representatives from London's city council got an ear-full yesterday, as Western President Paul Davenport proposed the city donate $10 million to improve the quality of education at Western.

The small group of city controllers and councillors met with University Students' Council President SzeJack Tan, Davenport and other various university officials to discuss a proposal in which the City of London would donate $2 million a year for the next five years.

Davenport explained the campaign, which takes aim at all three levels of government is attempting to garner $270 million in monetary support for Western's 125th birthday in the year 2003. "Our campaign is overwhelmingly invested in people," he said, adding the funding from this campaign will be put towards fellowships, bursaries and other student-based interests.

The campaign, which includes a promise by Western to raise $40 million a year over the next five years, will hopefully include matching donations from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Davenport added.

Representatives from Ernst and Young, a professional services company hired by Western, were on hand to discuss their survey of 200 London residents. The survey found 61 per cent thought Western played a large role in the London community, said Tina Kremmidas, research manager and senior economist with the firm. However, 39 per cent of those surveyed did not support the donation in light of a potential $13 tax increase over five years.

The $10 million expected from the city, is cheap relative to the annual $1 billion injected into the local economy by the Western community, she said.

Tan said choosing to invest in Western and its students is an investment in the future. "It's definitely enhancing the quality of education for students," he said.

But Gord Hume, city councillor for ward seven, said he was still wrestling with this decision. He said it is important to take into consideration the amount of students who leave London for other major city centres.

Orlando Zamprogna, a city controller, made a motion to refer the proposal to the city's budgetary committee on Oct. 27.

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