Volume 94, Issue 9

Thursday, September 14, 2000


USC elections could get facelift

Frank sets sights on UWO prof

Council hops aboard new campaign

USC and Health Unit target drinking

Student leaders fight for more federal support


Council hops aboard new campaign

By Chris Lackner

Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council, in its first meeting of the year, has unanimously approved moving student funds under the umbrella of Campaign Western.

Ted Garrard, Western's VP-external affairs, made a presentation to council in which he introduced Campaign Western, a million dollar fundraising campaign aimed at building a better Western. He said Campaign Western's goal was to raise $270 million in private donations before 2004. He explained that a massive promotional campaign, will be aimed at donations from private individuals and corporations.

"The fundraising will go towards many areas," Garrard explained. "To attract and retain top faculty, to increase our research capacity, to fund academic programming, to enrich the campus environment and for recruiting and supporting the best students."

Garrard explained that over $150 million dollars has been raised to date. "We wanted a head start in fundraising before the full launch of the campaign," he explained.

Garrard said he hoped he could count on the support of the USC and stressed the benefit it will bring to students. "At the end of the day it will help us build a better university."

USC president Dave Braun said the Student Endowment Fund, to which students now contribute $50, will be now classified under Campaign Western.

Braun said students will still receive the same financial aide through initiatives like bursaries and scholarships, but the inclusion of funding under Campaign Western, will help the program attract donations throughout the community. "The money isn't going anywhere new. It's still going back to the students. It looks really good if they [Campaign Western] has students standing behind them."

"I thought Ted gave an excellent presentation," Braun said. "The entire council is behind this."

"It's a good idea," said King's College councillor Mike Lawless. "There's nine million reasons why we should."

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