New film department approved
In an Arts Council meeting yesterday, a motion was passed almost
unanimously (with one abstention) in favour of the creation
of an independent department of film within the faculty of
arts. On Dec. 5, the issue will go to Western’s Senate
and, if approved, the new department will be official as
of July 1, 2004.
Kathleen Okruhlik, the dean of arts, said she was strongly
in favour of the motion. “Film has reached a point in
history where in order to continue to grow, the structure needs
“There are many academic reasons for this,” Okruhlik
said, citing an increase in visibility, an enhanced ability
to collaborate with other programs and a positive impact on
research as some of the benefits of an independent film department.
“None of us can remember when a new department has been
made without clumping [many subjects together],” Okruhlik
said, highlighting the uniqueness of the creation of a new,
more sharply focused department.
Okruhlik answered questions from the council, mainly concerning
the way the English department will change with film separated
from it. “Six positions will be transferred into film
from English,” she explained, adding the amount of funding
being taken out of English for film will be less than the current
cost of maintaining film as part of English.
With all of the thugs and ruffians roaming about campus, especially
those damn magical gremlins and pirates, Western students
will be receiving some useful hints for the next few days
to keep safe from everything from tsunamis to tidal waves.
Campus Safety Week will be running from today until Thursday
Nov. 27 in the University Community Centre atrium, said University
Students’ Council campus safety commissioner Lindsay
Included in the displays for the next three days will be booths
from Student Emergency Response Team, Foot Patrol, Campus Community
Police Service and Housing.
According to Cunliffe, there will be videos running about
the safe consumption of alcohol, rape and the date rape drug.
CCPS will also be monitoring speeders on campus with sophisticated
“There’ll be a map setup called ‘Where do you
feel safe on campus?’,” Cunliffe said, noting students
will be able to pin up where they feel the safest on campus.