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USC politicos aim for pay increase

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

University Students’ Council President Paul Yeoman’s successor could be raking in a fresh raise on top of his $25,000 salary, meaning the USC Board of Directors and other student staff will also be getting pay increases as well. The move has brought a mixed reaction from students.

“Give me a fucking break,” said second-year history and political science student Luke Henderson. “They should spend the money that they have more efficiently.”

“If they can do it without raising [student fees] then they can do it; they work hard as it is,” said fourth-year political science student Justin Grimaldi.

“I don’t even know if what they do affects us; if in the end they deserve it then it’s fine,” said Aisha Boyce, a second-year linguistics and psychology student.

“I’ve gone up there, but from what I have seen I’m not impressed,” noted fourth-year administrative and commercial studies student Phil Muller, on whether the USC Board deserve the raise.

According to USC VP-finance Rohan Belliappa, the president’s salary will be increased by approximately five to seven per cent, in addition to the three per cent annual increase to account for inflation.

“Things kind of needed to be brought into reflection,” Yeoman said. “It will be brought to council where it will be debated.”

“Student fees will not be raised at the least,” Belliappa said, adding if the proposal is accepted at the next council meeting, then the amount will be included in the 2004-05 budget.

A review was performed by the USC to determine what other university students’ union presidents were making across Canada compared to what the USC president was making, Belliappa explained, noting plans for such a review of the salaries were being made last year.

“What I’ve found is the present salary is in the ball park of other student councils; we are not the highest or the lowest,” he said, adding there are few universities with a student council the size of the USC, therefore, finding comparable information was difficult.

Yeoman pointed out such a review has not taken place in years and cited the example of an alumni event he attended where he met two former USC presidents from the 1980s who mentioned they made the same salary as him.

“They should get in touch with their councillor so that the issue can be raised,” Yeoman said regarding any students who would like to provide their input.



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