Volume 96, Issue 56
Thursday, January 9, 2003

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EDITORIAL

Peering at the 2003 calendar

With 2002 gone, we at The Gazette are looking forward to what lies ahead in 2003.

Here is a list of what we expect will be some of 2003's biggest stories from around our campus, our country and the globe.


CAMPUS

Campus Alcohol Policy: The Campus Alcohol Policy will make a return to the headlines in 2003, as Western's administration and the University Students' Council attempt to streamline the policy. Having spent 2002 being criticized for being inequitable and contradictory, the policy had a fairly turbulent initiation, but changes can be expected for 2003.

Tiered athletics model: 2002 also saw the implementation of Western's new tiered athletics model, which saw athletic teams receive different levels of funding depending on their tier level. Many teams in lower tiers complained of a lack of support from the university, and were forced to increase their fundraising efforts in order to cover costs. Despite the controversy, in 2003, look for other universities across the province to begin adopting similar policies.

University Students' Council presidential elections: Though the USC elections are an annual event on campus, they are often one that goes by with little to no fanfare. However, as stakeholders in Western, it is up to student voters to ensure the most suitable candidate is chosen as the 2003/2004 USC president. Be sure to read the profiles and commentary provided in The Gazette, and attend the public forums to challenge candidates on the issues you feel are most important.


CANADA

Provincial election: It is expected that 2003 will see a provincial election in Ontario. Current premier Ernie Eves will attempt to reverse the perceived blunders of the recently resigned Mike Harris (despite being his second-hand man), and look to secure the Progressive Conservative party another term.

The fate of the Ottawa Senators: One of the leading teams in the National Hockey League may soon find itself on the move. The Senators, who were unable to cover the last paycheck for their players, are in serious financial trouble and need solid outside financial help or they may soon persist merely as a memory of hockey's past.


INTERNATIONAL

War in Iraq: The United States will most likely launch their long-anticipated war on Iraq, no matter what United Nations weapons inspectors discover and despite prevailing international concerns. No matter what direction the war takes, unforeseeable and potentially disastrous long-term consequences may stem from only upcoming violence.

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