Volume 95, Issue 19

Wednesday, October 3, 2001
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Code worries campus groups

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

Student clubs and councils across campus might want to double check with Western's administration to see if their social events meet the school's approval.

After this weekend's cancellation of Festivus – a licensed event to be held by the Undergraduate Engineering Society but canned when administration pressured the UES to cancel due to liability concerns – vice-provost Roma Harris did not rule out the possibility of Western executives flexing their muscles again.

"There's a need for a general approach when it comes to these types of events," Harris said. "We haven't been policing these events per se. It'll be more a matter of discussing them as concerns arise.

"The general problem is not that we don't want students to be involved, it's just when an event is seen as being sponsored by the university, we have to make sure people know who is responsible," she said.

Christie Love, president of the Huron University College Student Council, said VP-external Peter Mercer approached her school's administration about concerns over the Huron Tent Party which her council held last Saturday.

"I think in the end what saved us was our great relationship with Huron administration," she saied.

One club that may be subject to inquiries by administration is the Purple Spur, a social club that hosts many off-campus events, including an annual ski trip that permits drinking, said Purple Spur president Wendy Chau.

"At this point, we don't know how far administration will want to cut," Chau said, adding her club to this point has been governed by University Students' Council policy. "We'll continue to have our events and keep the USC informed with what we're doing."

As a student, Chau is concerned a push by administration to enforce the Student Code of Conduct will put the university in a bad light.

"Eventually this is going to discourage a lot of prospective students [from coming] to Western," she said.

According to USC officials, the council is working on establishing a clearer understanding of what administration is willing to permit.

"Like all stories like this, there are two sides to the story," said USC general manager Mark Sellars. "We'll have to see how the next couple of weeks play out."

–with files from

Kristina Lundblad

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