Volume 94, Issue 46

Tuesday, November 21, 2000


Code goes back to drawing board

Stockwell pops into London

UWO caretaker strike averted - CUPE and administration finally agree

London North Centre race heating up

Auto break-ins on the rise, UPD warns

Campus Briefs

Moran outlines new buildings at Senate

Planet Me

Moran outlines new buildings at Senate

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

Last Friday's Senate meeting saw the approval to what Western's VP-academic Greg Moran described as the most significant building and expansion proposal in university history.

Detailing Western's SuperBuild Growth Fund initiative, Moran presented Senate with plans to build three new buildings on campus.

He explained the new buildings will address growth and advancement in specific faculties within the university. "The Advanced Technology centre will be primarily for the faculty of engineering science and the North Campus Building will expand the faculty of science but will also see math and applied math move there within time," he said. "Finally, the South Valley building will house the faculty of health sciences."

Moran said the new buildings are part of Western's answer to the double cohort, an expected doubling of first-year enrolment in 2003-2004 due to the elimination of grade 13.

Moran said with the construction of the new buildings, the re-allocation of an assortment of other faculties will come about, creating more space on campus as a whole. He added the feedback from the community-at-large has been positive.

Fred Longstaffe, dean of the faculty of science, said he is delighted the plan was approved and said the new space made available to science will help with their first year teaching requirements in biology.

"This new facility will help to meet the needs of what a modern biology lab should be. There has also been a lot of expansion in science research, so it will give us more room in that regard," he said.

Although zoology professor Louise Milligan said she thinks the new buildings is a good idea for the university as a whole, she said there could be problems involving the state of super classes.

"I would love going to smaller classes, but if it means teaching three or four sections at a time, I just don't know if we're going to have the human resources to make it work," she said.

Milligan said these proposals are set to go in two and half years without any commitment to new teachers. "We're not only looking at the normal retirement of faculty but also early retirement. It's difficult to see how it's going to work."

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