Volume 94, Issue 78

Friday, February 9, 2001


Candidates on the defensive at forum

Global students focus at King's

Concordia SU wants paper brass out

New low-cost banking program touted as entrepreneru-friendly

Enviro-team says we're in for trouble

The Tribal Council does some forecasting

Financialese not making language richer

His Royal Mintiness

Global students focus at King's

By Joel Brown & Leena Kamat
Gazette Staff

A tide of blue took over at King's College for last night's University Students Council presidential forum as all seven candidates debated issues on third-year history student Mike Lawless' home turf.

While the forum's theme was Lifelong Learning, students were more interested in topics specifically concerning King's students.

Laurenne McDonald, a first-year economics student, asked the panel how they would address the needs of international students.

Candidate Ryan Windsor, a second-year psychology student, said he would question why international students are required to pay substantially more than Canadian students. "Something can be done, but no one's bothered to ask," he said.

"I had a good friend from Bermuda and I was shocked when she communicated a problem to me," said Tim Shortill, a fourth-year political science student. "She was only allowed to work on campus and not off-campus." He added there is a need to promote jobs on campus for students, including working for the USC.

Third-year political science and economics student, Josh Morgan, said he was not familiar with the concerns of international students because the few that he has known have never voiced their concerns to him. "But I would love to sit down and discuss concerns international students might have," he said.

"The problem international students have is it is next to impossible to get bursaries," Lawless said, adding he believes King's has a superior program for students come from outside Canada. "By working with the Office of the Registrar, we could work on that problem."

"International students are a part of the community," said first-year social science student Tin Maung Htoo, adding he would pressure the government into looking at tuition rates for these students. "We are all Canadian students."

"I'm running for USC president and the president represents all students," said Geoff Greenall, a first-year arts student. "We've got to get to all the students on campus, not just one group."

"I've been really pushing the issue of [student] exchanges," said third-year political science student Dave Braun, adding he felt his experiences with international students while living in residence were personally enriching.

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