Volume 95, Issue 88

Wednesday, March 20, 2002
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Grad students consider bus pass

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

Graduate students at Western are voting online this week to determine if a mandatory universal bus pass should be implemented.

Society of Graduate Students president Brendan Dominick said the bus pass plan would operate similar to the one currently used by undergraduate students.

"There were some graduate students who were interested in revisiting the issue," he said. Graduate students previously rejected a bus pass proposal in Mar. 2000 by a vote of 52 per cent against the plan.

Dominick said the vote includes the option of an eight-month pass for $98.35 or a 12-month pass for $118.35.

"This decision to hold a referendum came exclusively from the grad population who brought it to their [representatives]," he said.

Computer science graduate student Cosmin Oancea said he was unaware a bus pass for graduate students was an issue.

"I don't think this is a good idea [in] principle," Oancea said. "It's forcing the student to pay for something they're not [going to] use."

Dominick said SOGS has no official position on the issue.

"I'd like to encourage all full-time grad students [to get out] and vote," he added. Graduate students can find more information at www.uwo.ca/sogs and vote online from Mar. 20 - 22.

According to John Ford, director of planning services at the London Transit Commission, if the graduate students approve the plan, the extra passenger volume would not pose a problem.

Rob Irvine, University Students' Council VP-finance, said the LTC recently approached the USC with the option of extending the existing undergraduate bus plan from eight to 12 months for an additional $20. "The proposal has been brought to council," he said.

The USC could bring the 12 month option to undergraduates in a referendum, Irvine said, but added it is already too late to change next year's plan, making a referendum this year doubtful.

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