St. Patrick's Day Madness

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

A group of students dressed in green enjoying a keg of beer

Administration undertake salary freeze

Initiative will save Western $240,000 next year

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

A salary freeze has now taken effect for Western’s top administrators in an attempt to reduce the university’s spending in today’s tough economic climate.

The administrators affected by this freeze are the university’s vice-presidents, associate vice-presidents, vice-provosts, deans and university librarian. (read more)

USC vice-presidential forum taking place at Spoke Lounge today

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Today, students will have a chance to speak their minds at a media forum hosted by the University Students’ Council.

The USC will be holding the forum inside The Spoke Lounge at noon to discuss the upcoming vice-presidential elections for the USC Board of Directors. (read more)

What the various VPs are responsible for

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

What the various VPs are responsible for:

VP-university affairs

  • Represents all undergraduate students within the USC
  • Acts as a liaison between Financial Services, the Office of the Registrar and the USC
  • Oversees an academic issues program, which looks at problems facing students at Western
  • Advises the USC on government issues affecting education and Western students
  • Holds ties with advocacy groups, government agencies and lobby groups to advocate student issues
  • Researches student financial policy


  • Supervises all USC finances
  • Educates students on current financial issues or concerns
  • Holds jurisdiction over all organizations headed by the USC and can demand their financial records when necessary
  • Makes quarterly reports on the USC’s financial situation
  • Handles club financing and can approve club loans
  • Responsible for various other financial duties assigned by the USC president

VP-campus issues

  • Implements a campus issues program
  • Advises the USC on social and cultural issues affecting students
  • Examines USC policy to ensure it is up to date with current views
  • Advocates for Western students, focusing on historically disadvantaged groups
  • Oversees USC services
  • Recommends changes to the USC’s practices if they may contain any discrimination or unfair barriers

VP-student events

  • Oversees a student activity program, designed to assist Western students in enhancing their university experience
  • Meets with a range of people to decide upon best activities for students
  • Responsible for maximizing attendance at and student enjoyment of various campus activities
  • Co-ordinates advertising and promotions within USC events
(read more)

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