Volume 95, Issue 10

Tuesday, September 18, 2001
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UWO clubs pissed at "half"-assed deal

By Erin Conway-Smith
Gazette Staff

The University Community Centre atrium got cozy yesterday as 124 different student groups squeezed in to kick-off the University Students' Council's clubs week.

"This is the most [clubs] we've ever had at one time," said VP-student affairs Wes Brown. "The only way to make sure everyone fit was to share tables."

Brown said after last year's clubs week "kafuffle," the USC covered the cost of table and chair rentals instead of passing it on to clubs and ensured all clubs were located inside the UCC.

During last year's event, clubs were required to pay for table rentals and some clubs were stationed outside on the concrete beach due to a simultaneously scheduled poster sale that took up available space in the UCC, he said. The resulting situation generated a number of complaints.

Brown said clubs were randomly selected to share tables this year, with a couple of exceptions. The Purple Spur was given its own kiosk because it is the most popular club, while certain political clubs were positioned so they would not be located next to each other, Brown said.

USC clubs officer Mark Driman said he has received positive feedback about the opening day of clubs week.

Driman said he has received some questions about the "half-table situation." Some clubs have offered to pay money to have their own table, he said, but this is not a option.

Dashminder Singh, an executive with the Western Sikh Students' Association, said he would prefer to have an entire table. His club is sharing a table in the back corner of the UCC with the Submission Grappling Club.

"We have a large membership. It is usually easier to accommodate people at once if we have more space and are in a more central location," Singh said.

However, he said it was nice to not pay a table fee.

Nancy Mwangi, treasurer for the African Students' Association, said she felt cramped at her half-table.

"Our banner doesn't even fit straight," she said. "We could use more space."

Jared Lerner, a member of "Whose Improv Is It Anyway?," an improvisation club, said he can't complain about having to share a table.

"If anything, it's better because we don't have to pay for it," Lerner said.

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