King's student council exec looks
for a raise
By Marshall Bellamy
With King's student politicos seeking more money, soon they
will be taking advice from Scarface to get money, and finally
The King's University College Students' Council has selected
a committee to evaluate and suggest changes to the honoraria
structure for the council executive, said KUCSC President Mike
"A long time ago it was set - I can't see any justification
for it," Heilandt noted.
The issue of the honoraria for the council executive arose
last year with a motion posted by executive members, said Andrew
Clark, off-campus co-ordinator for the KUCSC and chair of the
ad-hoc committee on honoraria. The motion did not pass because
many councillors were not comfortable with the pay raise, he
According to Clark, the issue resurfaced during KUCSC budget
consideration meetings and it was decided a committee would
be formed to re-evaluate the honoraria structure and determine
the amount of work executive members, including the president,
do while conducting their duties.
Last year the KUCSC president received $2,000, the VP-finance
received $1450 and the remaining three executive members got
$1,250 a year, divided into seven, and distributed every month
while school was in session, Clark explained, adding while
the committee decides on the amounts for the executive they
have been given an interim honoraria of $400 for the president
and $360 for the VPs this month.
"I really don't think a large pay increase is justified," said
Brook Dyson, University Students' Council representative for
the KUCSC, adding the committee will probably just multiply
the interim pay by eight.
Dyson pointed out that when he was VP-finance last year he
brought forth a motion to the KUCSC near the end of the year
to restructure the honouraria of the new executive to lower
the president's honoraria and raise the VP's honoraria.
The rationale was to bring parity to the honoraria and to
lower the amount of money the president receives, Dyson stated. "It's
usually the VPs who put in all of the grunt work," he
"A lot of people are voting wherever the executive voted
because they look to then for leadership," Dyson asserted.
The five member committee has met twice already and will bring
their findings to the KUCSC, which will vote with the executives
abstaining, Clark noted. "We'd like to be done by Christmas," he