Volume 93, Issue 101

Friday, April 7, 2000


Body discovered near J.W. Little

Info London finds new home

Graffiti mars campus

Council takes a stand on O-week

Striking profs reach tentative agreement at Moncton

The coolest way to kill insects

A lesson and a tale told

The heart rules the head

Things I know I should have said more often

A new beginning

A special "Caught on Campus"

Bass Ackwards

Council takes a stand on O-week

By John Intini
Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council put their weight behind a strategy on Wednesday night, in an effort to counter administration's plans for Orientation Week.

Part of the USC's strategy included the indefinite postponement of a $9 million endorsement of Campaign Western.

USC president SzeJack Tan told council he felt uncomfortable supporting the motion, which would have pledged $1 million per year over nine years to the university's largest fund-raising campaign. The money would have come from a student endowment fee, – a $50 fee collected annually from each student. Council voted to postpone their support.

Tan said a number of issues between the USC and the university must be resolved before council supported the fund-raising drive. "It's very important we get through the harder issues," he said, adding the main issue with administration concerned the future of Orientation Week.

Although he could not discuss administration's present stance on O-week during the meeting's public session, Tan, with the help of orientation officer Tim Shortill, presented their proposal to council. The plan called for a six day O-week starting Sunday with two move-in days. The weekend before school starts would be a time for sophs and first-year students to rest, Shortill said.

There was some concern expressed with leaving the weekend without programming. Paul Marconi, incoming engineering council president, said he was worried problems could result if first-year students were left unattended.

He subsequently made a request that council back a seven day O-week to insure sophs would remain with their frosh the entire first week.

Many councillors argued since 11 other Ontario schools had the full seven day O-week, Western should not be an exception.

"I always thought the art of negotiation was to ask for more than you want," said Josh Morgan, the incoming social sciences council president.

Mike Lawless, the incoming King's College council president, said he thought the USC held a trump card. "We have nine million new bargaining tools," he said, in reference to holding out on Campaign Western's support.

A vote was held which showed council was almost unanimously in favour of fighting for a seven day O-week. The new proposal would be a week which ran from Sunday through Saturday, with two move-in days.

Tan told council he was concerned administration might argue the USC did not give in enough, but said he would fight for what the council wanted. He added he would be issuing the USC's proposal to administration today and was scheduled to meet with them Tuesday.

Western's administration could not be reached for comment.

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