Volume 94, Issue 99

Wednesday, March 28, 2000


OUSA tackles real students with debt

USC is 'all ears' for students

Huron memorial mourns student loss - Jordan Propas remembered

JSU honours Holocaust victims in annual 24-hour UCC vigil

StatsCan links income to Internet

More meningitis hits London


His Royal Mintiness

USC is 'all ears' for students

By Mike Murphy
Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council tried to be all ears yesterday, as members of its incoming and outgoing Boards of Directors brought their Listening Tour to the University Community Centre Atrium.

While nearly all the seats set out for passersby remained unfilled, several students did step to the microphone to grill USC members on their governance and offer suggestions for an improved council.

Some of the issues students raised included tuition rates, USC volunteering, council's financial status and exam deferral to attend protests.

Peter Kucherepa, a second-year honours business administration student, told the boards he did not think the USC should organize social events like Operation: Massive. He also criticized the amount of paperwork involved in volunteering for the USC.

Kucherepa said he had mild praise for the Listening Tour format. "I think it's a step in the right direction," he said. "I realize it's hard to get student input on issues."

Jon Sears, a second-year administrative and commercial studies student who was on hand in the Atrium, said more students should have made the effort to step up and share their thoughts with the council members.

"People are self-interested," he said. "People don't care much about what's going on right now."

One student who asked whether the USC could help her secure exam deferrals for the upcoming Free Trade Area of the Americas protests in Québec, said the Listening Tour could have been more approachable. "It has potential to be useful," said Mandy Alves, a second-year biology and fine arts student. "[But] if they really want student opinions, they shouldn't be up on a podium, they should be out talking with students."

Quinn Ross, a second-year scholar's electives major who asked several questions, said he found the incoming board members' answers somewhat empty, but added he was confident they will improve.

"I think it's absolutely valuable," Ross said, of the Listening Tour. "It's a brilliant idea."

Dave Braun, the USC's president, said the forum was valuable. "I think that the outgoing board and the new board got some good feedback directly from students," he said.

President-elect Mike Lawless agreed, saying he thought improved communication between the USC and students could go a long way.

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