Volume 95, Issue 48

Tuesday, November 27, 2001
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Western support staff may strike

CHRW forgoes hygiene for cash

Brutal tales from Kunduz

Western must cover Games debt

Another tuition increase at Western?

Profs, store owners differ on economy

Western and Fanshawe get together

Vandalism and rolling stops

News Briefs

Western and Fanshawe get together

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

Western and Fanshawe have jumped into the sack together and, within nine months, are expecting the birth of a new joint media program.

A new, four-year program recently approved by Western's Senate will be introduced Sept. 1, 2002 and will allow students to gain both a three-year bachelor of arts degree in media, information and technoculture from Western and a two-year diploma in media theory and production from Fanshawe College, said Gloria Leckie, associate dean for the faculty of information and media studies.

"This program allows students to combine the best of both worlds," Leckie said, explaining students will receive theoretical, critical and inter-disciplinary experience from Western, while acquiring practical training from Fanshawe.

Terry Boyd, chair of the general studies division at Fanshawe, said students will be at Western for the first year of their program and then go into their choice of one of three specialized streams at Fanshawe – either broadcast journalism, multimedia design and production or television production.

"Students end the program at Fanshawe to have their final year working with the most advanced technology before going into the work force," Leckie said.

Next year, only 35 students will be accepted, Leckie said. While students interested in the program must successfully complete one year in MIT at Western to be considered for admission, those who apply directly from high school will be considered first, she added.

Boyd said part of the idea for a combined program came from the fact many Western students already transfer to Fanshawe after their degree to get practical and specialized experience. "Western is our biggest feeder school," he said. "We just wed [the programs] together into a formal combination."

Both Fanshawe and Western said they have received encouraging feedback from current and prospective students.

However, one current Western student said he wished he had such an opportunity when he initially enrolled.

"What? You mean I just spent four years learning impractical theory and now students are going to get the option of a combined practical and theory degree," said fourth-year MIT student Darren Hall. "I'm very pissed off."

–with files from Liam Kaufman

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