York Federation of Students
still in chaos
Months of squabbling within the York Federation of Students
has failed to quell a controversy between rival student groups.
The dispute began last November, when the YFS was unable to
ratify its newly elected executives. The Constituency Committee,
which is made up of representatives from all of York’s
colleges, was called in to resolve the issue. York’s
administration also stepped in to help end the dispute.
Last Wednesday, members of the committee and some faculty
group leaders left in the middle of the YFS meeting in a show
of non-confidence, explained Ryan Gonsalves, president of the
Bethune College Council. “The dispute is over the YFS
not holding annual elections, which should have happened in
March,” he said, noting the elections were pushed back
because it took so long for ratification to occur.
“[The current dispute concerns] the YFS decision to
ignore the perspective of the CC; some members of the CC have
decided to no longer recognize the YFS,” he said. “A
petition was presented to the YFS which had more people on
it than the number of people who voted.”
According to Gonsalves, different college councils are protesting
in different ways. Some plan to remove recognition of the YFS
from their by-laws, some will boycott YFS meetings and some
plan to hold a referendum to “de-recognize” the
Money for law, but nothing for arts
A $300,000 donation to Western’s faculty of law by McMillan
Binch LLP, will fund the Western Business Law Clinic.
“McMillan Binch has been a supporter of Western for
many years,” said Becky Bannerman, communications officer
for the faculty, adding the firm is also donating furniture
and equipment from their former Royal Bank Plaza offices.
“[The donation] is an act of real generosity on the
part of the firm,” said Ian Holloway, dean of law. “It’s
a sign of the reputation this law school enjoys among leaders
in the legal community.”
Holloway said the Western Business Law Clinic will be run
by law students who will gain experience by assisting small
business and entrepreneurs with legal considerations such as
incorporation, intellectual property and employment law.
The upcoming fashion show “Reminisce” gives you
a chance to see hot students in trendy clothes — while
this may not be a change from every other day at Western, at
least it’s for a good cause.
The sixth annual show takes place Saturday, Mar. 20 at Centennial
Hall, produced by the Canadian Asian International Students
Association, said Isaac Ling, CAISA promotions manager, noting
that all proceeds go to the Children’s Health Foundation.
Each fashion scene will reflect a different time period, Ling
explained, adding that clothing sponsors include Jean Machine,
Bud Gowan, La Vie en Rose and RW & Co..
Over 70 Western students are involved with the show and several
different minorities are represented, he explained. “The
models are a reflection of our students — we’re
trying to promote diversity and multiculturalism.”
Tickets are $15 in advance ($18 at the door) and will be available
at the CAISA booth in the University Community Centre, or by
Let’s talk about pollution,
The faculty of engineering will be hosting a lecture by Milorad
Dudukovic at the Spencer Engineering Building on Wednesday,
Mar. 17, said Cedric Briens, a chemical engineering professor
The presentation will attempt to connect the fields of chemistry,
environment and multi-phase reaction engineering in regards
to pollution prevention and sustainability, he said. Dudukovic,
a celebrated scientist from Washington State University, will
also speak on how reactor choice, operation conditions and
other factors can aid in executing environmentally benign processes.
“[Dudukovic is] one of the leaders of his field [and
is] important in the industrial and economic world,” Briens
said, adding the lecture will take a practical approach towards
Everyone is welcome and it is especially recommended for those
interested in the environment, he said, noting it will be a
great opportunity to see the progress of a scientist in a “different
field but [with] similar objectives.”