Volume 94, Issue 26
Tuesday, October 17, 2000
Baryshnik raising student concerns
By Wes Brown
Jeff Baryshnik is hoping his new ideas will help distinguish himself from the six other candidates running for a position on Western's Board of Governors.
"People going to law school, business school [and] in medicine are making large salaries coming out of their programs. Why not pay a few thousand up front and then for the next five or six years, pay a percentage out of their future income?" he said, of his idea to re-structure tuition financing.
Baryshnik's idea uses the money students will be making down the road to cover the large sum of tuition costs today. He said although this plan does not decrease tuition directly, it decreases student payments during the times money is not readily available.
"It's like you're paying the $10,000 up front, but you're not paying until you have the money," he said. "I don't want to pay that kind of money [each] year, it's like Leon's 'Don't pay a cent event'."
The first-year honours business administration student said he has always enjoyed working on student councils in university and in the general community.
"I'm currently volunteering at the United Way of London as a type of 'hands on' helping out people individually," he said, adding he felt the BOG position has a lot to do with well-rounded character.
Baryshnik said he is familiar with current BOG member Michael Rubinoff and the work he has done around the university. "If there's room for improvement, I will strive for that, but I will at least be working towards matching the job [of Rubinoff]."
Baryshnik said his efforts have been focused on explaining the issues to students. He said he has also offered a different spin with his tuition payment idea to try and help the students' cause.
"I'm trying to persuade them that I can do a good job and represent [the students] and the school as a whole," he said. "The winning candidate will have leadership in a broad sense of the word, the ability to have their voice heard, but also be able to build a sense of consensus on the board."
Baryshnik added his role on the BOG will be about raising student concerns while at the same time, not being overtly viewed as the token student member. "It's about being a board member and seeing what's in the best interest of the school," he said.
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