College strike narrowly averted
A tentative deal was struck between Ontario’s 24 community
colleges and faculty Tuesday evening which avoided, by a few
hours, a strike which would have disrupted the school year
for thousands of students in the province.
General manager of the College Student Alliance, Frank Cappadocia,
explained that the negotiations centred on disputes over workload
and salary. “Both sides were fundamentally pretty far
apart,” he explained, adding negotiations were on going
for four-and-a-half to five months, and had been particularly
intense in the past week.
“We’re overjoyed — no one from CSA wanted
to see a strike,” he said. “Both sides were committed
to trying to address the problems [raised in negotiation].” He
explained that a task force has been established to investigate
issues of workload.
“[CSA] is fundamentally concerned with students,” Cappadocia
explained, adding CSA gathered over 10,000 student signatures
on a petition asking for a strike to be avoided.
“The key issue is really the underfunding of the college
sector — college students are funded lower than any other
province on a per student basis,” he said, expressing
the hope this issue can now be properly addressed.
And The Hellmuth goes to...
The Hellmuth Prize, named in honour of Bishop Isaac Hellmuth — widely
regarded as the founder of our beloved Western — has
just been announced.
The prestigious award recognizes professors whose research
exceeds the boundaries of the ordinary and this year’s
award will be shared by two recipients, English professor David
Bentley and medicine professor Robert Hegele.
Bentley believes his research enables people to look at early
Canadian literature differently.
Hegele’s research is geared toward tracking down the
genes responsible for families pre-disposed to heart disease,
and imparting this knowledge onto others.
Bentley and Hegele will receive their awards at a public ceremony
on Thursday, Mar. 18 at 4 p.m., in Conron Hall, University
College Rm. 224.
Commissioner Gordon approves
Have you always wanted to be involved with the University Student
Council? Well, your time has come.
The USC will make applications for all commissioner positions
available this Friday, said Liz Berman, USC communications
officer, adding that over 50 positions are available, ranging
from Homecoming commissioner to elections commissioner. Positions
are open to all students — while experience is an asset,
it is not necessary.
Commissioners are responsible for their own portfolios and
may be required to assist officers, Berman explained. “Lots
of people go from commissioner to officer to vice-president
or president. Lots of people do it to build their resumé;
lots of people do it because it’s fun,” she said.
“Becoming a commissioner is a good way to get involved.
Commissioners are the backbone of the volunteer structure,” Berman
She encouraged applicants to talk to current commissioners
and VPs to find out more information about specific positions.
Applications are available online at www.usc.uwo.ca or from
the USC office in Rm. 340 of the University Community Centre.
USC goes geek
While the cumbersome Add/Drop process remains mired in the
paper world, the University Students’ Council has seen
that computers are the craze and the wondrous world of the
Internet is the future.
Soph applications are now available online, replacing the
old time-consuming process of individual meetings and paper
forms, said Matt Huether, the USC’s VP-student affairs.
“We’ve made the first step towards unifying online
soph applications,” he said, noting that students can
apply for the vast majority of soph positions with a single
application. “The head sophs have been selected through
a traditional paper process.”
The application consists of eight questions that students
fill out online at www.usc.uwo.ca, Huether explained, adding
there is no cost associated with submitting one.
So why should students become a soph?
“It’s one of the largest involvement opportunities
on campus — and students can be a part of one of the
largest orientation programs in North America,” Huether