USC politicos aim for pay increase
By Marshall Bellamy
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
“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.