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By Aaron Wherry
Almost half of all student clubs at Western have been put on probation by the University Students' Council for failure to follow proper procedures.
USC VP-student affairs, Chris Sinal, said a memorandum delivered to 39 out of a total 105 clubs explained the groups were penalized for failing to hand in membership forms and receipts on time.
In addition, a separate memo was issued to 11 other clubs to place them on probation for failing to attend an all-clubs presidents' meeting this summer.
"We can freeze their account or suspend their rights," Sinal said. "[Probation means] you're on notice that you have broken club policy. If they don't rectify that problem they could be de-ratified."
Sinal explained the USC's clubs program had become lax and disorganized in the past. He added a conscious effort was made last year to crackdown on clubs that violated policy.
Some of the problems were understandable, Sinal said, but the all-presidents' meeting during the summer should have clarified the situation. "It's the beginning of the year and people might not be used to procedure."
USC clubs commissioner, Mark Driman, said while clubs have been notified of their errors, he understands mid-term examinations may keep club presidents from dealing with these problems immediately. "We're not terribly concerned and I assume forms will be handed in soon," he said.
Julian Ovens, president of the UWO Liberal Association, said membership forms for the club had not been presented yet, as the club tended to gain members later in the year. "The thing with being a political club is that your membership goes up as the year goes on," he said.
According to Ovens, a large part of the problem is the USC's clubs policies, which he said he sees as complicated. "It seems to me that if you're a co-operative club you shouldn't be met with the USC's big stick all the time. They could be a little more proactive and co-operative," she said, adding the Liberal Association does plan to submit its forms soon.
AIESEC president, Hussain Haider-Ali, said his club, which focuses on business and investment, has met all requirements so far and avoided probation.
Still, Haider-Ali said he was unhappy with the USC's handling of clubs. "All the rules help with continuity, but give me something back," he said. "Help me show you support me." He said club costs such as the $5 fee charged during clubs' week illustrated a lack of support for clubs within the USC.