Volume 93, Issue 21

Tuesday, October 5, 1999


Saugeen pub questions linger

Canada founds world's first online university

Police target rising numbers of youth in crime

Air waves muddled at U of T radio

Millennium and J.W. Little turn weekend profit for city

Homecoming hooplah kept low


Buzz Mecca

Saugeen pub questions linger

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

Two Saugeen-Maitland Hall students are concerned their stay in residence might soon come to an end as recent disciplinary meetings with management may mean ejection from the residence.

Brad Rochefort, a second-year history student and Saugeen soph, said he was called into a meeting with residence management last Thursday to discuss his alleged involvement in promoting a controversial pub crawl two weekends ago.

According to Rochefort, the pub crawl was frowned upon by Western administration who were concerned it was being advertised as a Saugeen event. The building's residents' council was dissolved during the summer due to improprieties surrounding the residence yearbook, effectively making Saugeen events disallowed.

"My [residence advisor] overheard me respond to a frosh's question about the pub crawl. My response was 'Yes, I think it will be fun,'" he said, adding he believed the meeting was held because his statement was construed as a direct promotion of the event.

"A lot of people were saying the same things that we did. It all depends on what your staff member on your floor decides to report," he said.

"[The residence managers] didn't say outright you weren't allowed to go, – they just discouraged us from going and at no point were we told we'd have meetings if we discussed it," he said.

Brett Willms, a first-year honours business administration student and Saugeen soph, said he too was called into a disciplinary meeting last Friday for the same reason as Rochefort. "Everything they brought me in for was completely ridiculous and I feel it was harassment," he said.

Both students said the Saugeen soph vision, a mission statement put out by the residence's management, was too ambiguous and did not adequately outline any line they may have crossed. "I feel there is a fundamental problem with their interpretation of the vision and the way they apply their interpretations. I feel that's a violation of my basic freedoms," Willms said.

Willms added he was also concerned his meeting with Saugeen management was unfair because he was unable to take an official record of its minutes.

Many of Saugeen's problems stem from the absence of a residents' council which eliminates an autonomous student voice, Willms added.

Both Willms and Rochefort said they are expecting letters from housing about their situation and possible sanctions.

Susan Grindrod, Western's senior director of housing and ancillary services, said she would not comment on the matter. She would neither confirm nor deny the meetings took place.

Peter Mercer, VP-administration, said he had not been fully informed of the matter and was awaiting details of the meeting before he could comment.

SzeJack Tan, University Students' Council president, said he agreed with the need to have student representatives at Saugeen. "It's a problem that needs to be addressed fairly soon. I've had a lot of students coming up to me who are concerned. There definitely is the need to have student representation that is autonomous," he said.

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