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• VOLUME 103, ISSUE 81
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26, 2010
... not good with numbers since 1906
First-year wrestler takes it … p.8
Hipster youth and middle-aged men unite … p.5
Called off, barely … p.3
Conservative budget aims to fix finances
By Stuart A. Thompson
Gazette Staff 
The University Students’ Council isprojecting a $200,000 deficit andhopes to shore up its finances witha new budget tabled Wednesday.Despite collecting over $3 mil-lion in student fees last year, theorganization has grown bigger andfaster than these fees can support,according to Sacha Kumar, vice-president finance for the USC.“We really are spending moreand more each year and our feestructure is staying the same. That’sa problem,” Kumar explained.The deficit, which could be ashigh as $300,000, was partly a resultof poor budget planning. The pro- jections made this time last year were all inflated, according to Kumar, with some USC-owned businessesexpected to end the year more than$100,000 lower than projected.Last year, budget plannershoped USC-owned businesses would bring in enough profit tohelp pay for ballooning costs else- where in the corporation.“It came to the point where we were relying on money in our retaildivision to pay for salaries. Andthat should never be the case,”Kumar said.Last year, InPrint was projectedto end the 2011 school year with$86,000 in profit. Instead it will endin the red by over $13,000. TheSpoke and Wave combined will endthis school year more than $240,000below projections.In anticipation for the projecteddeficit, the USC started axing jobs within USC ranks months ago.Kumar said these full-time salariesand benefit packages became toostrenuous to maintain.“It was a bit of a shake-up, forsure,” Kumar said. “This problem would only get worse unless wemade these cuts now.”They also reduced some con-tracts from 12 months to 10, saying the summer workload was too lightto justify full-year terms.But this year’s budget isn’t justabout cuts.If council approves the proposal,the USC’s information technology department will see over $100,000added to its budget line. Part of themoney will be used to purchasereservation software, which wouldmanage bookings for the renovatedgym, according to Kumar.Students supported adding $25to their student fees to renovate thegym space in a referendum earlierthis month. While this gives theUSC about $600,000 in extra cash,the USC is still seeking a $2 millionloan to pay for the construction.“We’re just paying for it upfront,” he said. “Construction com-panies won’t finance people. They need to get paid right away.” Yearly interest on the loan will be$42,000. The construction is expect-ed to be finished by September.Students will be paying total stu-dent fees of $427.12, an increasethat includes $25 for the renovationand $4.75 for other costs. The basestudent fee, which funds the major-ity of USC operations, remainsunchanged.Council will have two weeks toscrutinize the budget before voting on it. If passed, it must also receivea stamp of approval from Western’sBoard of Governors.
The Wave-$10,579The Spoke-$6,293
General Student Life-$310,125Events-$35,896Speakers-$33,550
USC President &Vice-President
Student Life
Capital/Facility Fund
USC Media
Building Services
Retail Service Operations
$119,316Used Book Store$156,272Mustang Alley-$4,541
Purple DoorPromos$37,427Info Source-$39,323
Bottom line
$7,329GazetteComposing-$183,026GazetteEditorial-$290,770GazetteAdvertising$170,947Publications$50,000President and-$186,894VP Finance$-42,441VP
Campus Issues
-$75,756FOOD & BEVERAGE$16,872Net student feesCorporate expenseTotal Corporate$4,233,265-$1,972,870$2,260,395STUDENT LIFEUSC MEDIAUSC President & Vice-PresidentRETAIL & SERVICEOPERATIONS
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Projected 2009/10 -$125,000Proposed Budget 2010/11 -$200,000
Corporate Capital
One of the major spending pointsof this year’s proposed budget isthe $200,000 being allocated forinternal capital for the USC tomaintain itself. This amount rep-resents the
biggest single invest-ment in the budget
, should coun-cil approve it.Of this funding, approximately $100,000 - $125,000 will be devotedto updating the USC’s informationtechnology. This will take the formof updating servers, purchasing newer computers to replace theoutdated ones and potential fund-ing for a USC website update.Part of this IT investment willalso be used to update reserva-tions software for booking space.The remaining funds will bedivided amongst the USC’s vari-ous departments. These divisions will depend on requests made, as well as the priorities of the USC asa whole.
Projected 2009/10 -$246,397Proposed Budget 2010/11 -$16,872
Food & Beverage
Going into this year’s budget, theUSC’s main food operations —
the Wave
— were expe-riencing financial difficulties. With the construction of theSpoke’s patio and ongoing renova-tions costing valuable summer busi-ness, the hope is this year the oper-ation will experience a turnaround.Similarly, the Wave is also aim-ing to slim down costs. Although itis still expected to run a deficit, next year’s budget is much more hope-ful than this year’s projected loss.One of the tactics they will be using is attempting to make menuchanges that combine ingredients– this way one ingredient can beused in several different meals.Both operations are also aiming to strike on “the next CLT” — thenext popular menu item that res-onates with students. The Spokehas already talked about grilledcheese and pizzas, while the Wavehopes to launch a new menu forthe fall.
Projected 2009/10 -$306,902Proposed Budget 2010/11 -$252,849
 was moved toanother budget line and tvWest-ern.ca’s budget line is at zero, the
is now the main compo-nent of the media budget line.One of the biggest changes this year is the allocation of $0.50 fromthe collected student fee that willgo specifically towards the devel-opment of online media — espe-cially video.This change comes as a resultof an acknowledged swing in theindustry where online content isgrowing at a rapid pace. The addi-tional money provided by thislevy will provide the foundationfor increased online develop-ment.Other budgetary efficiencies were found by decreasing the cur-rent year-long term for Gazettefull-time editors to 10 months, while the USC’s marketing department will be responsiblefor generating an additional$50,000 in revenue.
Projected 2009/10 +$107,176Proposed Budget 2010/11 +$119,316
Retail Services
There are several major changes toretail service operations outlined inthis budget. One major change willbe the
Post Office
moving into
Mustang Alley 
. With the exception of the
UsedBook Store
Purple Door Pro-mos
, all of USC’s retail service oper-ations have been conservatively budgeted to sustain a loss next year.This is due, in part, to the ongo-ing questions of how the USCshould treat retail operations —balancing service to studentsagainst being profitable is one of the central questions of the USC’sguiding document.“The goal of our operationsshould be to be revenue neutral,”Pat Duncan, USC councillor, said.“But just because they’re budgetedat a loss doesn’t mean they will losemoney.”
Fees collected 2009/10 -$92,300Proposed Budget 2010/11 $0
 As was shown in the general USCsurvey performed in 2008, 83 percent of students surveyed(approximately 3,800) stated they had never watched one of 
videos. Budget allocation was another factor leading towards the recommendation of eliminating tvWestern.ca’s stu-dent fee; currently, as much as 80per cent of the operation’s budgetgoes towards salaries. While this may be the end of the USC’s own TV station, it doesnot mean the end of video oncampus. Student-created
Big Pur-ple Couch
is expected to contin-ue, and the USC has stated they  will facilitate students who havetheir own video ideas.“We need to ask how many volunteers are going to be affect-ed,” Andrew Beach, USC council-lor, said. “Are we losing the oppor-tunity for students to getinvolved?”
—Mike Hayes
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Fri, Feb. 26
London poetry slam anniver-  sary show 
When: Doors open 8 p.m.Where: The London Music ClubWhat: London’s monthly poetryslam celebrates its two yearanniversary, with “The Recipe,”winners of the Canadian Festivalof Spoken Word. Cover is $5.
Western’s Faculty of EducationPresents:
13When: Feb. 25-27 at 8 p.m.Where: Althouse CollegeWhat: This musical is a coming-of-age story that follows the lifeof 12-year-old Evan Goldman, ashe moves from New York City toa small town in Indiana. Ticketsare $10 at the door for studentsand $15 for adults.
Don Wright Faculty of Music atthe D.B. Weldon Library 
When: 1 p.m.Where: D.B. Weldon LibraryWhat: Student chamber ensem-ble performs at the D.B. WeldonLibrary.
Deadline for Green Award nomi- nations
When: 4 p.m.What: Western Green awards rec-ognize an individual or team thatencourages positive environmen-tal changes. Check outwww.uwo.ca/ppd for more infor-mation.
Don Wright Faculty of Musicfeatures the
Attar ProjectWhen: 12:30 p.m.Where: von Kuster HallWhat: The Attar Project, featuringcontemporary works influencedby Indian classical music anddance, including a work by West-ern composer Paul Frehner.
Disney on Ice presents:Princess Classics
When: Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m.and 7 p.m., Feb. 27 at 11 a.m.,3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Feb. 28 12p.m. and 4 p.m.Where: John Labatt Centre, 99Dundas St.What: Unforgettable charactersfrom the world of Disney come tolife. Tickets from $16.75 -$61.75
Sat, Feb. 27
Department of Psychology - Finding your way lecture series
When: Lectures start at 10 a.m.Where: Central Library, 251 Dun-das St.What: A lecture series on thepsychology of everyday life, visithttp://psychology.uwo.ca/inthecommunity.htm for the full sched-ule.
Exploring the Stars
When: 7 p.m.Where: Hume Cronyn ObservatoryWhat: An open house where visi-tors can view the night skiesthrough the telescope at theobservatory and pose questionsto the astronomer hosting theevening.
If you have an event you would liketo share please send your informa- tion to events.gazette@gmail.com
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First Nations studentsvisit Western
First Nations students visited West-ern for a day of fun and athleticsover Reading Week.The event, called First NationsTrack and Field Day, took placeThursday, Feb. 18 at ThompsonRecreation and Athletic Centre. Stu-dents from First Nations communi-ties in Grade 7 and 8 participated. Westerns Indigenous Services inco-operation with the men’s and women’s interuniversity track andfield teams, hosted the event.“This event is a bridge between[Western] and the First Nationcommunities,” Vivian Peters,Indigenous Services co-ordinator,said. She explained it was an occa-sion for students to have fun visit-ing and learn about the university.The event had different sport workshops for students to partici-pate in. It also offered students anintroduction to events like high jump, hurdles, shot put, long jumpand javelin.
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As part of Islam Awareness Week, members of the local Islamic com-munity were in the Atrium yesterday, providing an opportunity for those unfamiliar with the culture to learn more.Among the events and attractions were student artwork and a calligraphy exhibit.
Colleges avert strikeafter union narrowly accepts contract
By Elana Abramovitch
Gazette Staff 
Ontario’s colleges narrowly misseda strike after teachers barely accept-ed the latest contract offer fromtheir employer.The collective agreementreached between the Ontario Pub-lic Service Employee’s Union andthe College Compensation and Appointments Council will stay inplace for the next three years.Members of the union voted51.45 per cent in favour of the new contract. “When you have an accep-tance like that, there’s no winner inthe process,” Don Ford, communi-cations officer for OPSEU,said.“We weren’t happy with theoffer, but employers put it in writ-ing that if the union rejected theoffer they would go on strike. Mem-bers didn’t vote in favour of the con-tract, they voted so they wouldn’thave to go on strike,” he said. According to Ford, there were alot of issues not addressed in thecontract, thus the union is not sat-isfied with the agreement reached.“We will continue working towards addressing all the prob-lems that didn’t get settled during this round of negotiations. None of the problems regarding workloadand academic freedom wereaddressed,” he added.Ford mentioned workload is theprimary concern for faculty mem-bers. They want sufficient time tomeet with students outside of school hours. A formula was put inplace where each faculty member was allotted a certain amount of time to work with students, which was not enough given the numberof students they had to work with.In regards to academic freedom,faculty wanted the ability to modi-fy and adjust courses to meet stu-dents’ needs.“There have been changesintroduced that reflect recommen-dations of the workload task forcereports: more assistance for teach-ers with large classes, more inputinto evaluation methods by faculty and more opportunities toincrease professional develop-ment. Faculty members will alsohave more control over how cours-es are delivered,” David Scott,spokesperson for the colleges’ bar-gaining team, said. Another issue addressed was wage increases.“The percentage on wageincreases of faculty members wasactually lower than the percentagefor high school teachers,” Ford said.“We would end up having highschool teachers earning moremoney than those working in thecollege system.” According to Scott, the final offeron salary is a 5.9 per cent increaseover three years, raising the maxi-mum salary to more than $102,000.Scott characterized the employ-er’s contract as a fair and reason-able offer. “What the colleges needto do and will do is reassure people who worried about the contractthat their worries are unfoundedand that it is a good contract,” Scottsaid. “The contract won’t take away  worker’s rights as the union hadsometimes portrayed it as.”“The strike was the last thing students wanted,” said Jabari Coop-er, president of the Fanshawe stu-dent union. The strike was an ongo-ing concern for students at the col-lege.“We are glad the strike is notgoing to happen and that studentscan go on with their year,” Coopersaid.“Students in the collaborativeprogram were hoping for a strike sothey would get a reading week, butif the strike lasted more than three weeks, that would have been aproblem,” said Michelle Brigler,second-year media, theory, andproduction student in the televi-sion broadcasting stream.“Now we don’t have to worry about [last year’s 12-week strike] sit-uation at York University happen-ing here — that was a possibility,”Brigler said.
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