Volume 93, Issue 14

Wednesday, September 22, 1999


Jocks can't opt out

Report on abuse unveiled

Funding to target women's health

Sex study shows Canadian youth get more nookie

U of T backs out of business deal

India-Pakistan conflict raises concern

For student needs, bet on the net

Tan and Reform MP discuss CASA campaign


bass ackwards

Caught on campus

For student needs, bet on the net

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

Students everywhere will now be able to get important information on relevant issues with a click of the mouse.

Noah Gurza and Reza Zargham, two McGill university graduates, have introduced a web site with the sole purpose of providing expert advice and researched information for students looking to get ahead.

"When I was applying to graduate schools last year I couldn't find the comprehensive information I needed," said Gurza, chief executive officer and director of web operations for www.campusaccess.com. "[Our site] is the best source for students because of the evolving content and access to experts."

Zargham, director of business operations said he thinks the site will be valuable to students. "The thing we do most is research because there is no one out there doing it. There's a lack of services being provided," he said.

The web site has access to field experts who can answer questions on just about every topic concerning students. Careers, relationships, internships, graduate schools and lifestyle motivation are all areas covered by the site, Gurza explained.

"We try to cover as much of a national spectrum as possible," Zargham said, adding there are links to every Canadian university and college. "We are focused on Canadian students."

Perry Monaco, VP-campus issues for the University Syudents' Council, had reservations over how valuable the site is for students.

"A lot of the stuff is already here [at Western]," Monaco said. "Students can go to the Student Development Centre or Student Health Services.

"I would caution students about getting misinformation," he added, referring to factual information students may be inquiring about. "There is information taken from the financial aid office and no one from there is checking," Monaco said.

Monaco added he was also concerned about so-called expert advice on how to improve your relationship with your roommate. "It is not appropriate to tell people to do their roommate's homework or readings to strike up a personal relationship," he said.

However, Monaco said despite his reservations he was glad to see something on the internet which may motivate students to learn.

Gurza said he felt the web is a main source for information and since it's free, it will appeal to more students. "We've been able to tailor the site to what students need," Gurza said. "We have had a lot of great feedback."

Monaco added the information on the website is also accessible on the Western web site. "I think it's great for high school students investigating university, because of all the links to colleges and universities," Monaco said.

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