Volume 95, Issue 23

Friday, October 12, 2001
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Fiddler opens new audiology centre

New Free Press? Same old shit

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USC endorses courses for VPs

USC endorses courses for VPs

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

To go to class or not to go to class – that was the question answered for University Students' Council VPs on Wednesday night.

At the USC meeting, a motion was defeated that would have removed the requirement that USC VPs must take one half-credit course during their time in office.

"This [motion would] not stop VPs from taking a class, but it [would] no longer bind their hands into taking one," said student senator Neil Kapoor, who brought the motion forward.

Kapoor said taking a class while in office is impractical because of time constraints and has detrimental effects on a VP's academic record.

The debate, which ended with a close vote, featured heated arguments, both in support of and against the proposal.

"I voted against the motion mainly because [the USC] is run by students, for students," said social science councillor Wendy Chau, echoing many other councillors who felt it necessary for VPs to maintain their student status.

Social science councillor Cierra Watson, who favoured the motion, stated the VP position is a full-time job and, like Kapoor, thought it was unreasonable for them to be expected to attend class.

"We voted them in to do a job – they all have large portfolios and a lot of work," Watson said.

Social science councillor Victoria Hollick, said she believed the motion could have saved the USC money.

"We talk about fiscal responsibility all the time. $4,000 of the USC's money goes towards these classes that most [VPs] don't even go to or they do badly in," she said.

In reference to the USC paying for VP courses, USC general manager Mark Sellars said such practice is standard among corporations. "It's a requirement of their position – it is normal for any employer to pay for such a requirement," he said.

Despite the motion's defeat, Huron University College councillor Chris Sinal, who seconded the motion, said he was pleased with the debate.

"In this case, everyone had opinions on the topic and felt very strongly one way or the other."

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