Volume 96, Issue 87
Friday March 14, 2003
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LAST UPDATED: Monday March 17, 2003 - 2:50 p.m.

Darkness falls on the USC dental plan

Controversy continues to swirl around the dental plan referendum held last month during the University Students' Council presidential elections, causing some to question its validity.

At Wednesday night's council meeting, two motions were debated. The first involved suspending the USC's bylaws, which, according to USC legal affairs officer Anatoly Dvorkin, was necessary for council to debate the validity of the results.

Drinking at the periodicals

Western libraries have eased restrictions on drinking, but there's a chance the new policy isn't permanent.

On Feb. 10, D.B. Weldon Library initiated a trial policy which allows students to consume lidded beverages in the library. At the end of April the effectiveness of the policy will be evaluated.

New university's funding question

The opening of the new University of Ontario Institute of Technology in September has been a longtime coming – and not without criticism.

UOIT, located in Oshawa, will accept 700 to 1,000 first-year students this year, said Heather Middleton, UOIT's communications officer. The school will offer nine undergraduate programs and will expand these and add a graduate program over the next few years, she explained.


Quebec election a three-horse race

Election if necessary, but not necessarily an election.

March 12 marked an important date in the future of Canada's "distinct" province, as Premier Bernard Landry announced that Quebec would hold a provincial election on Apr. 14.

NEWS FOR DUMMIES: Don Johnson's alive?

After a week of anticipation and chew-your-nails, edge-of-your-seat excitement, you can relax. News for Dummies is back to give you a weekly wrap-up of the world that was.


Gambling on boredom
USC kids love the night life

The first part of the USC's Annual General Meeting, designed to bring together the incoming and outgoing councils, was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., with most councillors hoping it would end by 9 or 10 p.m. (likely, so councillors could catch the latest installment of The West Wing and relate to pretend politics) Unfortunately, debate, discussion, quorum counts and secret ballot voting kept the USC members locked in their Council Chambers until the wee hours of the morning.

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