Volume 94, Issue 25

Friday, October 13, 2000


Fanshawe asks for $5 million

Mt. Trudeau re-naming draws critics

Degrees now available online

London slots mark first year

As Prime Minister Lackner, I would...

Parker brings well-rounded resume to the BOG table

Fortin for BOG and Justice for students

Planet Me

Fanshawe asks for $5 million

By Mike Murphy
Gazette Staff

Fanshawe College made a request for $5 million in city funding this Wednesday, which London's Board of Control greeted as anything but an indecent proposal.

"I was very impressed with the presentation and their contribution to the community as a whole and subsequently was very supportive of their $5 million request," said Diane Whiteside, one of four members of the City's Board of Control.

"I'm quite confident it will be supported by the whole council," she added, explaining the proposal will go before City Council Monday and, if approved, will be considered as part of the city's 2001 budget in November.

Fanshawe's campus expansion plan will cost roughly $44 million in total and includes the construction of three new buildings, to create over 2,000 new student spaces, said Emily Marcoccia, manager of marketing and communications at Fanshawe.

Marcoccia said the provincial government has pledged $27.5 million toward the project, on condition the college raise $17 million from other public and private sources.

She said the expansion is designed to meet increased enrollment numbers expected to result from the double cohort and a basic demographic shift known as the 'baby boom echo.' The college predicts their expansion will create about 100 new staff positions on-site and 100 spinoff jobs in the community, Marcoccia stated.

Fanshawe's president Howard Rundle, said he tried to make it clear in his presentation the $5 million would be an investment for London taxpayers, as the City's payout would be compensated with lasting benefits to the local economy.

Last December, Western won city approval for $10 million in funding for its own expansion plan. Kevin Goldthorp, director of the university's major fundraising drive, Campaign Western, said he does not see Western as directly competing with Fanshawe for public funding.

"I think it's recognized that Fanshawe and Western are both important to the province and the university," Goldthorp said. "We have different but complimentary roles."

According to Marcoccia, all of the new buildings are set to be constructed by the fall of 2002 and the spring of 2003.

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