Volume 96, Issue 56
Thursday, January 9, 2003

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USC evaluates mid-season success

By Paolo Zinatelli
Gazette Staff

They talked the talk, but could they walk the walk?

At last night's University Students' Council meeting, the Board of Directors presented an update on the progress of initiatives announced back in September.

"This is to give council an idea of how those strategic initiatives are coming along," said USC President Chris Sinal.

Nicole Nelson, USC VP-campus issues, focussed attention on the improvements made to safety this past year, citing the installation of new blue lights at Brescia and Huron University Colleges as examples.

The Queer Support Line project will also be running by next week, Nelson added.

Increased visibility for the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance were on the agenda this year for Josh Morgan, USC VP-education.

"I have invited the new OUSA executive director to the [Jan. 22 USC meeting]," Morgan added.

"A revision of the USC Clubs Policy is in the works, said USC VP-student affairs Lil Cheih, adding one important change will be the development of a clubs mandate for all club presidents.

Another initiative was looking at soph uniform costs, which are now under $110 for a basic uniform, Cheih added.

USC communications officer Kadie Ward cited changes to the USC Web site that may be occurring, as well as changes to the USC Notes.

"[We also] need to have a clearly defined purpose for the [USC] Front," Ward said.

Sinal said an upcoming high school executive conference on Feb. 18 will help bring together the local high school community.

As well, the President's Task Force on Academic Communities, chaired by science councillor Erin McCloskey, will be compiling their final report in March. "[We are] still in the stage where we're meeting at the faculty level," McCloskey said.

"Many of these strategic issues will be going on into the next few years," concluded Sinal, adding future USCs will have to be aware of them.

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