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W W W . W E S T E R N G A Z E T T E . C A @ U W O G A Z E T T E
Painting the atrium green and yellow since 1906
Festival othe Arts
A USC event showcasingsome of Western’s artis-tic talent ends today.Scheduled events will betaking place all dayacross campus.
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Making the tough decisions
Cheryl Stone
Ely Rygier, vice-president finance forthe University Students’ Council,wanted his budget to have a strongtheme.“The theme I have passed for thebudget is ‘realistic, albeit conserva-tive,’” Rygier said.Last week, Rygier released thebudget for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Thebudget predicted closing this yearwith $128,780 in their pockets, upfrom last year’s executive plannedfor $7,329. Next year, Rygier is pre-dicting a positive $4,529 for theUSC’s bottom line.Rygier explained the conserva-tive budget was a product of solvingseveral inherent problems. He citedthe media budget, the health planand capital replacements as some of the large problems he tried to fix.“In the past, numbers have beenaltered to suit peoples’ politicalneeds, and we didn’t do that,” Rygierexplained. He felt revenues were onearea that were traditionally over-estimated. Rygier also saw feeincreases as another area previouscouncils were unwilling to touch.“It’s primarily political  nobodywants to be the bad guy, nobodywants to do fee increases,” heexplained. “It’s hard going to peopleand asking them for money.”Rygier explained the base studentfee itself would not increase. How-ever, many of the fees increasingwere either beyond the USC’s con-trol or had needed the increase for along period of time. Fee increasesincluded adding $2.83 for loft occu-pancy due to the renovations and$2.75 for capital fees.The total fee increase is $23.44,including $7.66 for the bus pass and$0.23 in dues to the Ontario Under-graduate Student Alliance and Cana-dian Alliance of Student Associations.
Health Plan
Students will be asked for an extra$4.39 if they choose to continueusing the health plan for the upcom-ing year.“Every year the cost of health hasbeen going up, and more peoplehave been using the plan. Thus thepremiums we were paying out weregoing up,” Rygier explained. “But theexecutives that came before mechose not to increase the fee.”Rygier noted the current cost of operating the plan was actually $112per student. The budget proposesincreasing it to $100.39  still shy of the true cost.“I’m passing the buck a little bit,”he explained. He noted ideally theplan should increase a small amountevery year.The fee for the plan hasn’t seenan increase in 12 years. The freezewas made after the USC built up ahefty reserve fund  around$500,000  after being over-fundedby student fees. This sat unused untilthe past two years when the USCused it to offset increasing costs forthe health plan.Next year’s council will likely beforced to increase the fee in order toavoid eating into reserves. Once thereserves are gone, Rygier predictedan even larger increase would beneeded.
The USC’s retail operations saw alarge change this year with the clos-ing of the Used Book Store. The rev-enue previously allocated to theoperation is now going into USCrental properties since the Book-store at Western is renting the space.Other pitfalls include a projectedloss in the next fiscal year just over$32,000 for the Purple Store nextyear. This year the store is projectedto lose $60,695.“We’re giving them this year as atrial run  they haven’t even beenopen a year yet,” Rygier explained.He noted construction forced themto be closed during some of thebusiest days of the year, such as O-Week and the days leading up toHomecoming.“We are still in the early stages of building a viable business model inour new store,” Carla Di Pietro, man-ager of the Purple Store explained.“There are many factors we’reexperimenting with this year, suchas hours of operation, new productmix, expanded website, and market-ing through social media.”Rygier noted an extra year shouldallow the Purple Store to create abreak-even budget. If not, the store’smanager or a future executive mayneed to decide the fate of the opera-tion.
For years, the USC has attempted tofind the true cost of its operation andreflect that in the budget. One prob-lem Rygier attempted to solve washow the USC never set aside moneyfor replacing equipment.Previously, the USC earmarked$200,000 to pay for goods it needed.Next year, the cost will be moved intoan entirely new budget  the capitalbudget. This will provide a realisticestimate for the cost of replacingassets, according to Rygier.“The operating budget is really thecost of doing business,” Rygierexplained. The capital budget is thecost of maintaining those operations.The operating budget, however, rarelyincluded the cost of replacing someof the USC’s $10-11 million in assets.Rygier believed student experi-ence would ultimately suffer if theUSC continued like this.“It’s why the atrium looks like itdoes.”He noted it was easier for theUSC to continue to use old equip-ment than to cut services and payfor replacements.“The problem is we’ve passed thebuck a lot in this organization,” Rygi-er said.The next steps include a $10,000evaluation of all the USC’s assets andthe creation of a timeline to replacethese assets.
Food and Beverage
The Wave and Spoke have had anexcellent year, according to Rygier,with the Spoke bringing in a smallprofit.Jeff Armour, food and beveragemanager for the USC, explained thepast several years have seen TheWave doing better with profits, whileThe Spoke floundered due to reno-vations and other changes.“The profitability just comesfrom doing it well,” he said. “We’vereally set ourselves up for a lot of efficiencies.”Firstly, The Wave is hoping toattract more weddings during thesummer months.Rygier also hoped to get a studentintern to promote events within thefood and beverage department. Healso proposed $10,000 for The Waveto spend on a concert series.“Ideally you should be able tomake money off of cover,” Armourexplained. Rygier noted after thedoors closed, beer sales at the showswould likely be all profit.He also explained there was aneed to budget for a loss as opposedto simply planning on these oppor-tunities to happen and make money.“If we don’t put in a budget lineto allow Jeff to do it, the managerswon’t do it, because they haven’tbeen instructed by students to takethat kind of a risk.”
While the
may be the onlybudget line for USC media, there arestill many changes within the line.Currently, there will be a proposed$5.58 student fee increase for the
The fee has not increasedin eight years, aside from a sharedmultimedia fee added last year,which meant stretching the budgetto provide the same level of service.The fee increase comes alongsidedeclining revenues for print adver-tising, with a mere $40,453 of rev-enue expected next year, as opposedto the projected $87,531 for this year.In previous years, advertisingrevenue was expected to offset othercosts, which caused unexpected dipsand deficits for the bottom line. Thenew fee structure is intended to pro-vide more stable funding.“Year after year, the advertisingrevenue for all print media had beengoing down, and the executive kindof ignored it,” Rygier explained. Henoted this was a significant decreasefrom the typically projected rev-enues than in previous years. Thetrend of reduced spending on printadvertising had been occurring forseveral years.Rygier explained the fee increasewas needed in order to keep runningat its current rate.
.$14. 8
Your Piece of the Pie
Total student fee: $449.20
(425.77 last year)
Next year
(This year)
No brackets means no change
Projected forthe 2010/11 year
Retail Service OperationsUSC Bottom Line
projected forthis year
budgeted fornext year
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Proposed budget seeks to solveUSC’s long-standing troubles
Graphics by Stuart A. Thompson
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
We would like to remind you that you must meet witha counsellor at Services for Students with Disabilities(SSD), in the Student Development Centre, to arrangeacademic accommodation for your 2010/11 wintercourses. If you have not yet requested accommodation for yourcourses, and you wish to use accommodation for
April2011 exams
 , you must meet with a counsellor by
Tuesday, March 15th
 . Accommodation for April 2011exams cannot be arranged by Exam Services ifrequested after this date.
To book your appointmentplease call
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Students were invited to create a mural of theirown by dropping paint from the second floor of the University Community Cen-tre atrium yesterday. The event was part of the weeklong Festival of the Arts.
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Pull up a seat for Islam
Huron University College is about toget a bit more multi-theological.After being in the works since2009, the Anglican college will beestablishing a Chair in Islamic stud-ies with a $2 million goal.This will be the first such Chair ina faculty of theology in Canada.“The establishment of anendowed Chair signifies the impor-tance that the university communi-ty places on teaching and researchin Islamic studies,” Trish Fulton,interim principal of Huron Univer-sity College, said.Fulton noted the Chair will pro-vide opportunities for students of theology, arts and social science toexplore Islam’s history and diversityas a living religion, its contributionto the interfaith dialogue and its rolein global civilization.The role of the academicallyappointed Chair will be to take aleading role in conversations withinthe University in regards to Islamicthought.“This position will furtherHuron’s mission to provide its stu-dents with a broad and useful edu-cation that will enhance their intel-lectual skills and prepare them forpositions of leadership and respon-sibility,” Fulton said.
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Students snag $10K charity grant
A Western graduate won a $10,000charity grant through a Facebookvideo contest and is donating herwinnings to Living Positive Pro-gram, an AIDS charity in Kenya.Malinda DenBok, a Westerngraduate from the class of 2007, wonthe contest with Samantha Banks, aclassmate in Humber College’sfundraising and volunteer manage-ment postgraduate program.Living Positive will use the grantto help AIDS-affected women andchildren. For the children, the moneywill be used primarily for education.“[It will] get them out of theslums, away from drugs and alcohol,and rape and abuse,” DenBok said.“And with the women, what they’redoing is teaching them marketableskills that will help sustain them.”DenBok and Banks also won anadditional $3,000 to raise awarenessfor Living Positive in Canada. Theyplan on holding a fundraising andawareness-promotion event indowntown Toronto in the nearfuture. Although the competitionhad no direct relationship withHumber, the two students wereimmediately attracted to it.“We’re in FVM, so it was right upour alley,” DenBok explained. “Thisis the first grant that we’ve receivedin [our careers], and hopefully therewill be many more to come,” shesaid. The FVM program covers var-ious aspects of fundraising and vol-unteer management, explained KenWyman, the program’s coordinator.“We’ve seen lots of students com-ing in from Western to our programover the last 10 years,” Wyman said.“Western knows how to give stu-dents the prep they need.”
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News BriefsCaught on Camera
Ted Hewitt
Western’s vice-president of researchand international relations since2005. Hewitt is a sociology professorwith a specialty in Latin Americanstudies.
Chris Bentley 
Former MPP and current AttorneyGeneral of Ontario. Bentley is a crim-inal and labour lawyer who hashelped to provide high quality legalassistance for low-income clients.
Wade Davis
A combination of biologist andanthropologist, Davis is consideredto be one of the most knowledge-able and influential advocates forindigenous cultures.
Alanna Mitchell
An environmental journalist with afocus on changes in Earth’s life-sup-port systems, she has written numer-ous books, as well as newspaper andjournal articles on environmentalconcerns.
Adrian Owen
Western’s research chair in cognitiveneuroscience and imaging, Owenhas pioneered breakthroughs in cog-nitive neuroscience and residualbrain function after injury.
Ian Keteku
Renowned poet, musician and free-lance journalist, Keteku uses his work in various media outlets to promotepeace, action and critical thought.
The entire speaker list can be viewed at tedxuwo.com.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
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Out and about:
Speaker event focuseson being out at work 
Aaron Zaltzman
The Student Success Centre is team-ing up with PrideWestern in an eventto educate the queer communityabout being in the workforce.The event, titled “Out in theOffice: Being Queer in Your Career,”will be held March 16 throughout theday. It will feature several presenta-tions about the challenges facingthose who are open about their sex-ual and gender identification in theworkplace.The event started as an opportu-nity for the SSC to explore how itcould be more inclusive to queer stu-dents, which is why it teamed up withPrideWestern for the seminar. It’s thefirst time the group has done a pro-fessional development event, accord-ing to Johnathan Sawicki, finance co–ordinator for PrideWestern.The keynote speaker will beMichael Bach, the national directorof diversity, equity and inclusion forthe Canadian branch of one of thelargest professional services firms inthe world  KPMG. Bach said hehopes to offer queer individualsadvice based on his experience as anout employee.“We certainly hear a lot from stu-dents about ‘Should I be out?’ or ‘CanI be out?’” Bach said. “And you’dthink in 2011 that those questionswould be ones we didn’t need to askanymore, but it is and I think that’simportant.”Bach said openly queer individu-als face different challenges in theworkplace than they used to. “I thinkthat the majority or homophobia hasgone underground so that no onewill say to your face, ‘I’m not hiringany gays.’ You have to ask yourself whether or not there is an underly-ing bias at play when you’re apply-ing for a job or at your employment.”The seminar will focus on dis-crimination. “Probably the biggestthing that LGBT individuals face inthe office is the heteronomartivity,the assumption that everybody isstraight,” said Michelle Boyce, theprofessional trainer for the London-based group Diversity Training Live.“Even in an accepting office, whereeveryone is okay if someone isLGBT, the language that they use ona day-to-day basis excludes.”She noted this happens both inan official and unofficial capacity.“Even accepting people in the officesay things like, ‘All of our husbandsare going out, does yours want tocome?’ It’s not that they’re beinghurtful; it’s the language and theassumptions.”While the conference is meant toadvise individuals on being out inthe work place, Boyce also believedthat businesses must be educated onhow to ensure that all individualsfeel comfortable in the office.“When you’re in an office tryingto cope with having an LGBT indi-vidual in the workplace […] bothsides have to take steps to make thatwork,” Boyce said.Likewise, Bach said the mostimportant message of the event isthat everyone should be allowed tofeel comfortable in the workplace.“I’m a big proponent of being outin the workplace. I think that if I goto work for an employer that wouldnot be okay with me being out in theworkplace, do I really want to workfor that person?
Western students entice TED Talks to London
Popular conference makesfirst appearance in London
Alex Carmona
London will play host this weekendto its very own independent TEDTalk.The conferences occur all overthe world with the goal of spreadingimportant knowledge and ideas.TED Talks are uploaded to the inter-net and are free for all to view.On March 12, some of the area’sbest and brightest will congregate atThe Grand Theatre to speak abouttheir specific fields for TEDxUWO,an independent version of the TEDconference, which has been entirelyorganized by Western students.Many of the people involved inbringing TEDx to London are confi-dent London is an appropriate placefor the younger version of the well-known speaker series.“London is a huge area forgrowth and innovation,” said Sabri-na Nurmohamed, who was involvedin gathering student support forTEDxUWO.“London is a great intersection of academia, industry and non-profit,so it’s a great place to hold this kindof conference that has such a broadrange of interest.”Speakers at TEDxUWO will rangefrom national figures, such as Attor-ney General Chris Bentley, to peoplemore intimately connected with theWestern such as Ted Hewitt, vice-president research and internation-al relations for the university.The Grand Theatre seats over800, only 200 pre-approved atten-dees will be in attendance.“An important part of our day isthe conversation period, where thespeakers mingle with the audience.It’s very much one integrated day,and that’s not really feasible if you’vegot 800 people in attendance,” ArjunGupta, co-chair of the student com-mittee responsible for organizingTEDxUWO, said.“We’re not trying to be elitist oranything.”Fortunately for the majority of students, the organizers of the eventare making efforts to ensure TEDx-UWO is accessible to a far largerdemographic than just those inattendance.“This about so much more thanjust the people in the room. We’rerecording the talks for post-produc-tion, we’re live streaming the eventwith a full video crew on a bunch of different websites and we’re provid-ing satellite feeds to a number of dif-ferent locations on campus,” CraigHunter, event co-ordinator of thecommittee, explained.Live feeds will be available at TheSpoke, Perth Hall and Huron Col-lege, with more to potentially follow.The City of London’s website, the
London Free Press
and the
will also stream the conference.“We also have live Twitter feedsrunning our TEDx hashtag, so peo-ple can follow along and ask ques-tions through social media as well,”Hunter added.TEDxUWO is being funded by anumber of different sourcesthroughout the London communi-ty, including the University Stu-dents’ Council. According to USCpresident Mike Tithecott, $6,000worth of funding for TEDxUWO iscoming from the USC. Another$6,000 of funding is coming fromthe Student Legacy Challenge  thepool of unclaimed bus refundcheques set aside for approved stu-dent projects.“We thought this was an appro-priate use of the Student LegacyChallenge money due to the fact thatthis is an event organized by West-ern students, affecting all Westernstudents and because of how grandof an event this whole thing is,” PatSearle, senator-at-large for the USC,said.“On the whole, this is an impor-tant event in which all students canbe engaged if they want to be, so it’sa great use of the money.”
Genevieve Moreau
Some professors at Western show their support or identification with the queer community byusing a rainbow triangle. Being openly gay at the workplace is the subject of an upcoming event by PrideWestern.
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