Volume 94, Issue 91

Wednesday, March 14, 2001


Student fees are on the rise

Western awarded for language

City may install cameras this summer

New bill to target pimps and johns

Harassment still a big problem: report


His Royal Mintiness

Student fees are on the rise

By Colin Butler
Gazette Staff

Student fees will be on the rise this September, to the tune of $6.89, according to a report issued by the Student Services Committee, the organization charged with scrutinizing any increases to ancillary fees proposed by the university administration.

The whole process is standard procedure, explained Roma Harris, Western's Vice-Provost and Registrar who said any increase to the student ancillary fee requested by the administration must be approved by Western students themselves through the SSC.

The idea is to balance the administration's power to increase fees against the student body's willingness to pay them, she said.

The report outlines the student-run committee's approval of several fee increases that students will have to pay in the future. Fee increases will be used to provide additional funding for the Student Development Centre, the Financial Aid Office, the Centre for New Students and Campus Recreation.

"They're just inflationary increases for the most part," said Joel Adams, an undergraduate student representative to the Board of Governors.

Adams explained the hikes were necessary due to rises in operational costs.

Tim Shortill, student-at-large on the SSC, agreed, saying the fee increases were necessary due to collective agreements with employee unions and the increasing cost of hydro. "These costs are out of our control," he said. "It's for the operation of buildings, in order to give students the same level of service that was provided this year."

"If the required funding increase is higher than five percent, the USC has to hold a referendum," Harris said. "That's generally the case – unless there's a big problem, you wouldn't see a referendum."

Although the rise in ancillary fees has been a hot topic of debate in previous years, it's not so this year, according to Adams. "Relations between students and administration have improved. I think a lot of things have been ironed out. But it has been controversial in the past," he said.

Harris agreed and said the behind-the-scenes work involved in making the funding increases possible was extensive. She said communication between the SSC and representatives of the various sectors receiving the funding was well-coordinated. "The people who run the particular units which received funding have to bring a good case forward," she said. "They do a lot of work in advance."

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