Volume 93, Issue 56

Wednesday, January 26, 2000


Twelve hopefuls run for USC office

CFS urges students to return scholarships

Biz school ranking is top notch

Access 2000 campaign poised to take off

More Toms, Dicks and Harrys needed as nurses

Royal bank CEO hints at change


Bass Ackwards

Caught on Campus

Access 2000 campaign poised to take off

By Heather Buchan
Gazette Staff

The Canadian Federation of Students' nationwide campaign begins throughout university campuses next week, despite lacking the support of Western's Senate.

Joel Harden, Ontario chair of CFS, said the campaign's platform consists of four main points. The organization will ask the federal government to restore $3.7 billion in transfer payments for education, freeze then reduce tuition fees, implement a national system of student grants and negotiate a national set of standards for post-secondary education.

"We are asking the government to repair the damage already done and to safeguard the future of post-secondary education through funding," said Susan McDonald, president of Western's Society of Graduate Students. The CFS and SOGS are working together on behalf of university students, she added.

A motion to support the campaign was presented by SOGS at a university Senate meeting in December, but was defeated by a vote of 39 to 33, after a vigorous debate, McDonald said.

"We are very disappointed and certainly wanted support," McDonald said, adding SOGS and the CFS would persevere with the demands.

Jim Etherington, chair of Western's Campus and Community Affairs Committee, explained the group endorses student campaigns which are felt to be practical. Etherington explained the demands for tuition freezes and reductions "down to nothing" were not supported due to the impracticality of that particular request.

Harden argued that tuition fees have continuously increased in the past five years and the CFS' demands to reduce tuition was meant to eliminate barriers for students.

Although the CCAC and Senate are not endorsing the campaign, they do support its approach in general, Etherington said. "It is a good idea. Go ahead and do it, but we will not endorse it at this time." He added CFS' campaign recommendations apply to all students.

Etherington said the CCAC applauds many other demands of the Access 2000 campaign because the university as a whole is concerned with transfer payments. "The campaign is addressing the serious issue of post-secondary reduction in transfer payments and a rise in tuition fees."

The Access 2000 campus initiative begins Feb. 2 when students and community groups across Canada will speak out and demand accessible education.

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