Council unveils its
By Marshall Bellamy
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
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
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
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."