Volume 95, Issue 64

Friday, January 25, 2002
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'I want to go out with you'

Alum now Lieutenant-Governor

Sophs want to sleep with the froshies

Western's tabloid hell

Queen's deregulation proposal denied

Pottermania reaches classroom

Sophs want to sleep with the froshies

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

Even though more first-year students are moving into Western's residences each year, the University Students' Council and Western's housing and ancillary services are trying to strike up a deal to guarantee beds to Orientation Week sophs.

At Wednesday's USC meeting, VP-student affairs Wes Brown said the Orientation Governance Board – consisting of student representatives, Western administration and the Orientation Planning Committee – have been discussing the possibility of guaranteeing residence sophs a spot in the building.

Housing's current proposal offers 113 guaranteed beds to sophs, equaling one soph per floor, Brown said, adding the remainder of the sophs not getting a bed would be put into the lottery system for a spot in residence.

If the USC were to accept the terms of the offer, the plan would then be presented to Western's Senate, Brown said.

"With the number of first-year beds increasing and the decreasing availability for upper-year students, we thought it would be a great idea to guarantee spots for sophs," said Bob Gough, manager of housing and ancillary services.

However, a number of questions arose from the USC meeting with concerns ranging from the proposal requiring residence sophs to have a minimum 65 per cent average to housing services having a say in de-sophing an O-week soph.

King's College councillor Marty Zahavich suggested a separate information meeting and forum, allowing sophs and head sophs to be included in the discussion.

Brown agreed and set the meeting Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in council chambers.

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