September 11, 2003  
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Council unveils its goals

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

The new academic year has brought forth a plethora of initiatives from the University Students' Council Board of Directors, which were presented at last night's USC meeting.

USC President Paul Yeoman has initiatives such as his Living Campus Project, which will include social events like 'Western Idol' and DJ competitions. "They're geared to be events that people can take part in on campus outside of class," Yeoman explained.

The student parking situation on campus will also be looked into and the possibility of a parking garage complex will be discussed with administration, Yeoman said.

Among Yeoman's other initiatives are internal reviews that will look into the USC's corporate status.

Initiatives in the campus issues portfolio include an extension of positive space training, the hiring of a healthy lifestyle commissioner, accessibility expansion and the introduction of a commissioner-in-excellence award. "[The award] aids students in getting the goal of a co-curricular transcript from the registrar," added Adrienne Kennedy, USC VP-campus issues.

USC VP-finance Rohan Belliappa hopes to review and further connect CHRW 94.9 FM and TVWestern with the student population, as well as review the Health Insurance Plan, expand the Financial Awareness Week and review of the USC President's salary.

The education portfolio is planning on promoting the availability of financial assistance to current students and graduating students at Western, such as debt relief, said USC VP-education Dave Ford. "This will unrattle what is a very complicated system," he noted.

Ford intends to work with the Student Caucus on Governance to lobby the Senate at Western, to promote the provincial election with SmartVote and bring issues such as child care subsidies to the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance.

Matt Huether, USC VP-student affairs, is planning to set up a volunteer listing, a promotional rack for clubs at the USC Front and a standardized soph selection on-line system.

There are also plans for the creation of a course for musical theatre at the faculty of music that will perform the plays in partnership with Theatre Western, Huether said. "It might not happen this year, but I hope it will."



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