Volume 94, Issue 26

Tuesday, October 17, 2000


BOG candidates take the stage at forum

Police nab York stalker suspect

Love Inc. finds no love in low turnout

BOG candidate faces election fines

The London front almost quiet

Baryshnik raising student concerns

Funded housing now under municipalities

Corroded Disorder

BOG candidates take the stage at forum

By Mike Murphy
Gazette Staff

Tuition rates, the strategic plan and across-the-board student representation were the central issues at yesterday's Board of Governors student candidate forum in the University Community Centre.

First-year honours business administration student, Jeff Baryshnik, said if elected to the BOG, he would push for a new tuition payment system for Western's professional schools.

Under the proposed plan, students would pay part of their tuition after graduation in accordance with their projected workforce salary, while insurance companies would underwrite them during their time in school.

Baryshnik said he would stress the BOG's importance in students' lives. "I would make sure they knew the issues and how pertinent they are," he said.

First-year law student Elizabeth Dipchand was asked why she was running for both the BOG and Senate. "The more I know about both bodies, the better off I'd be as a representative for either one."

Dipchand also said students need a strong representative to help draft BOG's next strategic plan. "We need to provide a road map for the next five years," she said.

Second-year political science major, Eric Fortin, said with only three student positions on the BOG, Western students are underrepresented. "I'm a very biased person – I have a student bias," he said.

Fortin said he would lobby for changes to the university's foundation document, the UWO Act, to give students a bigger share of the votes on BOG. He added, he would lobby the University Students' Council and Senate on issues such as Gazette autonomy and broader course selections.

Andrew Macklin fielded a question about his concerns with the BOG's new code of student conduct. "I do not have a clear-cut singular concern about the student code of conduct," the second-year history student said.

However, he said, the new code may change students' roles at Western and he plans to keep students well-informed. "I want to make sure that if [the code] does change, they know exactly how it's changing," he said.

Professionalism and dedication are what set her apart from other candidates, said candidate Melissa Parker, a third-year medical student. "Ask yourself who's going to be treated as a peer at the Board of Governors level," she said.

"If I was not committed to this position I wouldn't be running," she said, responding to how she would balance medical school demands with BOG duties if elected.

Third-year honours biology major, Luke Petrykowski, said he had high hopes for his candidacy. "I am running on a dream. It's a dream for a better Western and you can be a part of that dream.

"Just like Mandela and Gandhi took on the establishment, I too am taking on the establishment," he added.

Raivo Ukkivvi, a first-year law student, said the Board of Governors could be more selective when it has to cut from university programs. Asked which areas he thinks should bear deeper cuts, Ukkivvi identified two areas he thinks could use additional funding.

"Our libraries are rated really low in terms of North American resources for students," he said. Ukkivvi added he believes Western should raise professors' salaries to counteract the "brain drain" migration of faculty talent to the US.

"BOG is about reality," said Michael Rubinoff, the outgoing BOG student representative. "It's not about dreams or hopes. It's about working with professional people to accomplish goals at this university."

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