Volume 96, Issue 100
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

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Gazette News: Year in Review

By Paolo Zinatelli
Gazette Staff

A single tear can be shed, as the end of another Gazette publication year comes to an end. Over the year, we have covered a wide array of topics that have affected students' lives. Here is a look back at the headlines and stories that have stood out over the past year.

Faculty sophs restricted from residences (Sept. 6, 2002)

The 2002 Orientation Week saw 250 faculty sophs compete for spots on 108 floors in residences on campus. This left 142 sophs without any first-year students assigned to them.

Banning of "free speech" at Concordia U? (Sept. 20, 2002)

The administration of Concordia University in Montreal banned all public meeting, speeches and information on its campus regarding the conflict in the Middle East. The ban was instilled following campus protests that sparked the cancellation of a speech by Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister of Israel, on Sept. 9.

O-Week revamp gets nod: Future form open to negotiation (Oct. 24, 2002)

The University Students' Council voted in favour of creating the Orientation Strategic Planning Group. The OSPG's mandate was to look at restructuring O-Week, and to have a completed report by May 1. According to USC President Chris Sinal, approving the OSPG would ensure one party was not running O-Week.

Alcohol Policy a fair game? (Nov. 12, 2002)

It was revealed that some members of Western's administration and athletics department were not complying fully with the new Campus Alcohol Policy. After two months, only 10 proposals were submitted. The administration's assistant general counsel, Steve Jarrett, said he felt they did not need to fill out proposals because the same people who would approve them were attending the events.

Peeping Tom spotted in female campus bathroom (Nov. 22, 2002)

A peeping Tom was spotted in the women's washroom of the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre on Nov. 15. The visual arts department contacted its faculty and teaching assistants to inform students of the situation.

Faculty breast-feeding stations milk controversy (Jan. 17, 2003)

Administration released a document of demands made by University of Western Ontario Faculty Association during faculty negotiations. The list included a call for breast-feeding stations on every floor of every building and covered bicycle sheds next to every entrance of every building.

Faculty give union power to strike (Jan. 21, 2003)

A vote was held by UWOFA in which 70 per cent of members voted in favour of giving the union a strike mandate should negotiations break down. UWOFA President Paul Handford said the vote could be used as leverage in negotiations, however, both UWOFA and administration maintained that they did not want a strike.

Conciliator to try and avert strike (Feb. 4, 2003)

UWOFA called for a conciliator to be appointed after negotiations broke down. The administration claimed to have made a substantial offer, yet UWOFA called for binding arbitration. According to the Ministry of Labour, if the conciliator could not reach an agreement, a "no board report" would be issued and 17 days later a legal lockout or strike could occur.

Mercer resigns as VP-administration (Feb. 12, 2003)

Western's VP-administration Peter Mercer resigned his position after eight years performing his duties. He will be returning to teaching law and conducting research.

CASA director's suspension linked to USC VP? (Feb. 13, 2003)

Liam Arbuckle, national director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, was suspended on Jan. 31. There were allegations that he was sharing information with University Students' Council VP-education Josh Morgan concerning CASA's election of national director – of which Morgan was a candidate. Morgan was later cleared of wrong doing, however, Arbuckle's suspension was upheld.

Sexual orientation hurts Western student (Mar. 27, 2003)

A Western student applying to summer research jobs at the University of Toronto and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, received a discriminatory, anonymous letter stating involvement in a "Queer club" may hurt the student's chances. U of T and Mount Sinai both stated the letter was abhorrent, however, they both said few repercussions would result due to the letter's anonymity.


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