Volume 93, Issue 99

Wednesday, April 5, 2000


NEWS

Rez move-in day up in the air

BookStore hops on the used book bandwagon

Students get pat on the back

Kissel to school Ottawa as CASA president

Western professors celebrate excellence

Council chooses new benefactor of funds

Western to talk MRI

Microsoft appeals U.S. court ruling

Bass Ackwards

Council chooses new benefactor of funds



By John Intini
Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council will decide tonight whether to throw a considerable amount of financial might behind Campaign Western.

If passed, the motion would make Campaign Western the beneficiary of the student endowment fee, which is collected each year by the university on behalf of the USC.

Campaign Western is currently the university's main fund-raising project. In past years, the $50 fee per student was directed to the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund program. However, this program concluded March 31, 1999, forcing the USC to find a new benefactor.

Campaign Western was deemed the best choice since the money would go directly back into the school and benefit the students, said USC president SzeJack Tan. "It's a high profile campaign," he said. "It's the university's biggest fund-raising drive right now. It made sense."

Tan added the USC is mandated by a past council's decision to collect this fee in each of the next 17 years.

Shawn Pulver, president of the media, information and technoculture students' council, said he agreed allocating the financial support to Campaign Western was a good idea, however, he added it was vital students on campus get full disclosure on how their money would be allocated.

"My only concern is that there is a need for proper student notification," he said. "We have to make sure we don't have another situation like we had in the fall [with the health plan opt-out check]."

Western's VP-external Ted Garrard, who has taken part in a number of meetings with members of the USC, said the money Campaign Western generated would be used for student bursaries. He added a concrete number had yet to be worked out.

Garrard added it was vital for the campaign to receive the support from council since it showed the community that members of the university were behind the project. "It is important the community sees support for the school's project from inside the [school] community," he said, adding this support from the USC would make the them one of the campaigns biggest contributors.

The school's goal is to have $270 million in pledges by April 30, 2004, Garrard added.


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