TAs like unions
Over the last month, 320 Teaching Assistants at Queen's University
have signed up to form a union. In less than a month, the Queen's
University Teaching Assistants for Unionization has received
a huge response.
According to Derek Blackadder, the Canadian Union of Public
Employees organizing representative, the reasons for unionizing
vary depending on the department, but some consistently cited
reasons include the rate at which tuition is increasing and
the workload. "[TAs] are being asked to work well beyond the
expected hours, mainly as a result of the double cohort," he
Concerns also include receiving traditional benefits such
as dental plans, and non-traditional, such as academic benefits
to allow TAs to attend conferences and support their research
in their programs.
Admitting he was speculating, Blackadder said the vote to
unionize is likely to be in November, but the date could be
pushed up to sometime in October if the number of respondents
continues to increase.
Quarky scientist comes to town
A star will descend upon Western this evening in a rare and
special scientific event.
Bob McDonald, host of the popular science program on CBC Radio
called Quirks and Quarks, will make a free public address tonight
at 8 p.m. in the Talbot College Theatre, said Jim Moorehead,
acting chair of the physics and astronomy department at Western. "Any
member of the public who is interested can attend," he stated.
"The title of McDonald's address is ´Miracles of Mad Science;
the Love/Hate Relationship Between Science and Society Throughout
the Ages,'" said Mitch Zimmer, writer for the faculty of science
and organizer of tonight's auspicious occasion.
"McDonald will arrive at 7 p.m.," Zimmer said, adding McDonald
is one of the most prominent members of the Canadian scientific
community to visit Western this year.
Zimmer further noted the event is sponsored by the faculty
of science and the 125th Anniversary Committee.
Conference to bring money lovers to
AIESEC, the International Association of Students in Economics
and Business Management (acronym reflects French spelling of
the organization) will be holding a conference this week.
The conference is the world's largest non-profit, student-run
organization. It tenders to people who want to go on exchange
and list off their skills to companies looking to recruit an
"AIESEC is a reciprocal exchange program where every local
job opened for an international student creates the opportunity
for a Western student to work abroad," said Roi Ross, former
AIESEC Western president.
"It's a good way to really network yourself - it's an organization
that attracts some really awesome people and gives you a good
international experience," said James Kufsky, VP-communications
The conference will take place from Oct. 3 to 5 at the Park
Lane Hotel in London, followed by a reception at The Wave.
Participants must pay an $80 fee which will include accommodations
Positions for free labour open
Got spare time? If so, the volunteer fair has a gig for you.
This week the UCC will be crawling with people who want you
to work for free.
Until tomorrow, about 22 volunteer organizations will have
stands set up in the University Community Centre atrium, from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., said Heather Spiegel, volunteer commissioner
for the University Student's Council. The volunteer fair is
held annually, she added.
"This is a good way for people to get involved in their community," Spiegel
noted, adding the fair has a wide range of groups in attendance.
Everything from the museum of archeology, to the Big Sisters
and even the London Police Department is looking for volunteers.
"[The volunteer fair] is also good because students don't
even have to go out of their way, it is right in the UCC," Spiegel
"A lot of people don't know how to get involved," she said. "This
is a great way to find out what you're interested in."