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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

No strike, seriously
The threat of a faculty strike at Western is finally over, as both sides in the faculty collective agreement have accepted a new contract deal.

The contract covers the period between July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2010.

The UWO Faculty Association voted 92.2 per cent in favour of ratifying the new agreement. The Western Board of Governors also ratified the contract at its meeting last Thursday.

The agreement includes salary increases of three per cent a year for the next three years and 3.25 per cent in the fourth year.
"Jennifer Davidson

New FIMS dean announced
Thomas Carmichael has been appointed the next dean of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.

A senate selection committee comprising of FIMS student and faculty representatives voted unanimously for Carmichael. A valued Western faculty member, Carmichael also works as associate dean of Western’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities and has served as a member of Western’s Department of English for many years. In 2000 and 2001 he was the acting director of the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism.

Carmichael is recognized internationally for his publications on North American culture and society. Both staff and students praise his commitment and contributions to Western.

“I’m delighted,” said Catherine Ross, the outgoing FIMS dean. “The selection committee did a fabulous job in selecting him as the new dean.”

“He is a very dynamic leader and has a superb academic background, as well as excellent administrative experience,” said Fred Longstaffe, Western’s VP-academic and chair of the selection committee.
"Jaela Bernstien

Carlie Brown University courses now available
Want to get a bachelor’s degree in mixology or sign language? If you can’t find them in the Western calendar, visit Carlie Brown University.

CBU, located at InfoSource in the University Community Centre atrium, offers a variety of interest courses throughout the school year.

Courses offered this semester include guitar, first aid, self-hypnosis, Smart Serve (19+), American Sign Language and weekend courses on cracking the LSAT and GMAT.

“We aim to provide a way for students to get to know campus and their fellow students in a stress-free learning environment,” said Nick Vassiliou, InfoSource’s manager.

Most courses are weekend workshops or run once a week for six to eight weeks.

“We are designing weekend workshops in courses to decrease the time commitment,” Vassiliou said.

“We’re working on adding computer courses that should be running later this semester. Right now our most popular courses are Smart Serve and Sign Language.”

Course prices range from $40 to $80. More information is available at
"Ragini Kashyap

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