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By Kelly Marcella
While the majority of Western students are enjoying the freedom of the summer months, the University Students' Council is making preparations for the fall and the upcoming academic year.
According to USC President Chris Sinal, the main goal of the USC is to build on last year's successes and improve the council's position on campus.
"If student council is strong and stable, we can stop worrying so much about day to day fires and focus on larger issues," Sinal said. "Of all the ideas thrown out, a great majority of the initiatives will either be to strengthen our organization or to have the USC be a leader on campus."
VP-education Josh Morgan said he will focus on increasing campus awareness and involvement with student issues.
Morgan said he will continue to fight to ensure students have access to available financial resources and attempt to strengthen external organizations. "There's a push by external organizations to better inform students," Morgan said, noting that lobby groups are now taking a more on-campus approach to their awareness campaigns.
Preparations for the fall include Orientation Week, Homecoming, Clubs Week and Volunteer Week, which all take place in September, said VP-student affairs Lil Chieh, adding the first month of classes is one of the busiest for the student affairs portfolio. Events are still in the planning stages, she added.
"[The USC] is taking existing aims and goals and moving it forward to fiscal and political security," said Mark Sellars, USC general manager. The USC is now settled and starting to bring their views as to where the organization is headed, he added.
"[The USC] will continue building communication with students, at the same time improving communication with administration at the university," Sinal said, adding on-campus he hopes the USC will also be a leader on a national level by helping other student organizations across the country.