Volume 94, Issue 24

Thursday, October 12, 2000


BOG candidates face USC grilling

Braun says USC vision needs focus

Tim Hortons still on strike

Tories want tougher laws on polluters

Petrykowski gunning for BOG

Uukkvi looks to the future

Planet Me

Uukkvi looks to the future

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

For Board of Governors candidate Raivo Uukkvi, the future is of great concern.

Specifically, Uukkvi said he is concerned with the objectives and goals set out by the university in the upcoming update of Western's strategic plan, which will require student input.

The strategic plan will set out the procedures and policies of Western for the next 10 years and Uukkvi said student's will need a voice in this plan to ensure changes to the university will not have a negative impact on education.

"[You have to consider], are these plans beneficial to the students?" he said. "Everyone on the BOG is there to improve education, but at what cost?"

Uukkvi also said he was concerned with the tuition levels for deregulated, professional programs at Western. "I don't think any qualified candidate [for a professional school] should be excluded because of funding."

The first-year law student, who has an honours degree in political science from Western, said many of the financial problems at Western stem from across-the-board cuts to all areas instead of selective cutting. "When funding cuts come, they cut equally across the board," he said. "There doesn't seem to a prioritization. You need to know what your goals are. Cuts are always going to hurt, but at an educational institution there are priorities."

Financial concerns reach further, Uukkvi said, explaining BOG as a whole should approach groups like the government to lobby for more funding and therefore ease the pain of cuts.

"It's important to raise money for private sector, but money from the government is something the entire board can work towards.

The current Purple Spur president said being able to relate to and working with BOG members is vital to establishing and meeting those goals. "If you send someone in there with all guns blazing, they're going to be excluded [from the decision making]," he explained. "The way I look at BOG, it has some hugely influential people and you have to win their respect."

When all is said and done, education is priority one according to Uukkvi. "We're here for education. I don't want people to lose sight of that."

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