Volume 95, Issue 53

Wednesday, December 5, 2001
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Are women safe at Western?

USC begins quest for relevance

War at home and abroad

Tuition increase scares students

Enviro-hippies attack bio-food at Loblaws

Prof: war tribunals problematic

USC begins quest for relevance

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

A new document being drafted by the University Students' Council will provide a framework for the organization's long-term goals and make student government more relevant, says USC president Mike Lawless.

Lawless said he is seizing an opportunity to put one of his campaign ideas into practice with the formation of the USC's new strategic plan, which he intends to have in place next semester.

"We want to be able to outline the different focuses and goals of the USC for the next 10 years," Lawless said. "Our vision statement says the USC will progress as a relevant government organization responding to and representing the students of Western.

"The strategic plan will help us create a framework for how we can get from start to finish," he said.

"Until Jan. 25, we will be collecting input from students on what goals they think the USC should be working towards," Lawless said. "After that, students will have a chance to provide input on the first draft."

The committee responsible for drafting the plan is composed of Lawless, USC general manager Mark Sellars, VP-finance Rob Irvine, three council members and two students-at-large, Lawless said.

"This is going to be very important for students, but also for incoming board members," Irvine said. "Although we know what most of the goals of the USC are, to have it documented will be valuable."

Irvine said once the final draft of the strategic plan is finished, it will be used by the USC's long-term planning review committee on a yearly basis to ensure that future councils are moving in the right direction.

Sabrina Anzini, USC business councillor and a committee member, said the plan will be valuable for USC councils in the future.

"If you don't know where you're going, it's kind of hard to get there. It will provide a benchmark to look back on and it will allow councils to see how much progress they have made," Anzini said.

"Finding out what students want is so important to this plan," she said.

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