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Tuesday, April 8, 2003

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O-Week's future still up in air

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

Plans for the re-shaping of Orientation Week will remain shrouded in secrecy for the foreseeable future, after the group responsible cancelled an expected report to Wednesday's University Students' Council meeting.

The Orientation Strategic Planning Group, a joint body of the USC and Western administration, was established this year to make recommendations regarding the long-term restructuring and organization of O-Week.

The Gazette spoke with Susan Grindrod, associate vice-president of housing and ancillary services, and asked her to discuss the delay.

Grindrod said the administration and USC gave OSPG a very big task. "I think they found it took longer to [give] their due diligence," she said.

Grindrod said the main reason the planned presentation to the USC council meeting was delayed was because the preliminary report contains details that concern administration as well. "[Information] should be given to all the stakeholders at once."

Most of the OSPG's recommendations will impact the long-term future, Grindrod said. "It was never intended to change the way we were going to operate for next year," she added.

"It's pretty difficult to appoint a group in the fall," Grindrod said. "I think we gave them a fairly short time frame," she said, adding she wishes the report could have come earlier, but the group has done a good job.

Grindrod could not say when a final report would be available. "We'll have to decide when we can release it."

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