Volume 93, Issue 71

Friday, February 4, 2000


NEWS

Media presses candidates

Council investment lets the show go on

North America should go Euro

Library looks for new home

Sutton sets sights on strong leadership

Bassackwards

Caught on campus

Council investment lets the show go on



By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council proved they were in a giving mood at Wednesday's meeting when they handed out close to $7,000 in grants to two student arts initiatives.

Council made quick work of approving a $3,586 grant to the Western Choir as part of their bid to participate in the upcoming Inter-Varsity Choral Festival. Another grant for $2,000 was approved to rekindle Western's theatre scene, but only after lengthy debate from councillors who were concerned the venture might not be worthwhile.

The money is slated to fund a play entitled Fool for Love, directed by third-year film student Jeff Glickman.

Glickman assured councillors although theatre has traditionally not been a large box office draw, the project would be a low cost, low-risk venture.

Still, several councillors were concerned the play might flop and the $2,000 would go to waste.

Richard Ivey School of Business representative Rory Capern said he did not believe the council had $2,000 to risk on the play. "I've seen our financial statements and I know we don't have this kind of cash," he said.

Hsiu-Yan Chan, a science councillor, said she was concerned whether or not Glickman had gone to other sources for funding before coming to council.

But Glickman said since the show would include primarily Western students and staff, asking the USC council was the first logical step.

USC VP-finance Derrick Taub explained the $2,000 was a hybrid grant/loan since any profits accumulated by the play, up to the loaned amount, would be returned to the USC or the arts council, depending on their contributions.

Glickman said the play's cast and crew would all be working on a volunteer basis.

Chris Sinal, Huron College councillor, said the point of the production would be to get students involved in extra-curricular activities. "Part of our mission statement is to enhance the quality of life for students – that's what we're doing," he said.






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