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Council votes in favour of prez salary increase

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

The University Students’ Council voted in favour of giving the president — and therefore the USC Board of Directors and The Gazette front office members — a raise at Wednesday night’s council meeting.

“The salaries reflect the changes to the USC,” said USC VP-finance Rohan Belliappa, noting that the salary review process looked at the salary of the president over the last 10 years, along with the job description and the structure of the USC in that time period. “We wanted the salary to be reflective of the duties and responsibilities of the president.”

According to Belliappa, the president’s salary will be raised to 1993 levels — higher than the president’s current salary — and then increased by eight per cent, resulting in a raise of $2,875.
“[The salary] hasn’t been adjusted in 10 years; the VP-finance has done a lot of research,” said USC President Paul Yeoman. “It’s not a huge increase either.

“As an organization,we’ve changed in leaps and bounds,” he said of the USC. “Your board members are the ones responsible for the entire USC — and they are the lowest paid employees.”

Senator Dave Vaillancourt noted that the student president at Fanshawe College makes $31,000 a year for similar duties. “The amount of work the Board of Directors and The Gazette front office do is phenomenal.”

Belliappa explained that the salary was based on the changes to the USC and the student population over the last 10 years, noting student enrollment has increased 10 per cent, and the USC’s revenues have gone from $9.4 million in 1993 to $17.6 million this year. “I felt a good ballpark figure would be eight per cent,” he said, adding there will be no retroactive.

USC general manager Mark Sellars said the raise would not have a detrimental effect on the USC budget, as there is always a contingency fund for instances such as the presidential raise.

The motion will also see the president’s salary come under review every five years. “It is responsible for us to review our salaries regularly,” Belliappa said.

“Past presidents should have gotten a raise — it shouldn’t have been 10 years later. They should have thought about it every year,” said second-year media, information and technoculture student Alex McRae.



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