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Thursday, October 6, 2011

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Producing a segment or a live TV show, learning how to use a televi-sion camera and running the tele-prompter—these were all just parto a typical day at work this sum-mer or recent Western grad, MikeMacdonald. And he did it all with-out earning a single dime.Not only was Macdonald un-paid, this internship at Much-Music’s
 New Music Live 
cost himhety ees in commuting expenses. While interning, he lived at homein Brantord and took the VIA Railtrain into downtown Toronto every morning.It’s not an uncommon story andMacdonald is actually one o thelucky ones.Many students and recent gradsend up losing more than just money to take on unpaid internships, ac-cording to Ross Perlin, researcherand author o 
Intern Nation
.“Exploitation takes many orms—the most undamental issimply that unpaid interns usually do real work or their rms withoutbeing paid, which is illegal almosteverywhere, including Ontario,”Perlin explained.“There are also plenty o hor-ror stories [...] about the kinds o thankless, irrelevant, sometimesdirty and dangerous work that em-ployers make their interns do.”Perlin spent years researching and interviewing unpaid internsin order to pen his book. What heound was a growing phenomenono unpaid internships. Over thepast generation they have not only become more common, but nec-essary in order to break into mostindustries.He explained even more stu-dents are losing out because they can’t aord to intern at all.“In some elds, internships havebecome a virtual prerequisite, andthere may be no other clear way orward, so people have to changetheir career aspirations because o their own socio-economic back-ground or the resources at theirdisposal, which is tragic,” he said.“Working unpaid or any lengtho time involves a considerablesacrice that many working-classamilies simply can’t aord.”Bethany Horne saw these sacri-ces rst-hand. While completing her bachelor o journalism degreeat the University o King’s Collegein Haliax, Horne was required todo an unpaid internship. Shortly ater this experience, she wrote ablog post explaining she was opt-ing-out o the internship culture.“Unpaid internships may makethe ortress accessible, sometimes,sure. But they only make it acces-sible to some people, the kind o people who are already over-rep-resented inside,” Horne wrote.“The young people who don’t comerom the city, and who don’t comerom money, are shit-out-o-luck.”The post got picked up by theCanadian Journalism Project’s website, J-Source, and receivednational attention. Horne said she wasn’t expecting the post to getsuch a response, she simply wantedto share with her riends that she would no longer buy into the ac-cepted path o her chosen career.Horne now works as a writer at anonline news site in Haliax.“I just had to wait a bit lon-ger and be a bit more picky, but Iended up getting what I wanted,”she said. While many recent grads mightnot think they can aord to takean unpaid internship, some arguethey can’t aord not to. That’s whatLauren Friese, ounder o Tal-entEgg.ca, a job site and career re-source or students and new grad-uates, believes.“First and oremost you needto gain some work experience inorder to dierentiate yoursel when you graduate, but secondly [...] it’sso important to understand what itis you’re good at, what it is you liketo do, and what it is you don’t liketo do,” she explained. Although an unpaid intern-ship means a nancial sacrice ormost people, Friese reasoned it’s asmall price to pay.“In the short-term absolutely I understand people can’t aordit, but i not getting that experi-ence means that ater graduation you’re going to spend a year un-employed rather than six monthsunemployed, I think that you would choose to take the unpaidinternship.”That’s precisely how JennierNelson, a recent grad rom West-ern’s master’s program in publichistory, rationalized her pricey overseas internship working at theNational Museum o Scotland.“I saw it as an investment,” Nel-son said.“I could have stayed here and worked at my local museum anddid the job I did last summer andthe only dierence would havebeen that I would have been paid.But, you step outside your bound-aries, you go overseas and get thatexperience and in the long-term you see the benets.”She said she believes it paid o—she’s now employed as a heritageassistant, less than two weeks romreturning rom her internship.Like Nelson, Macdonald saidhe believes his experience at MuchMusic will benet him in the long-run and that it was worth the smallnancial blow to get the skills hegained over the summer.“I it wasn’t or that job, I wouldhave no idea what I was doing,” hesaid. “It was totally worth it.”
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Adam Golin
Mmbrs of t Stnt Rfg Program camp ot on concrt bacystray to rais aarnss of tir organiation.
 Art attack 
Stressed out? Then get your artsupplies ready because the Univer-sity Students’ Council is oering ree art therapy to students. Theprogram, headed by Gil Yealland,registered art therapist and Hope’sGarden counsellor, is meant toprovide students with a means toeectively destress throughout the year. According to Marissa Jo-re, vice-president o campus is-sues or the USC, the program isunique because o its broad ocus.“We’re trying to diversiy thekind o support groups that weoer,” she said. “A lot o ours arevery specic. Lesbian Gay Bisex-ual Transgender discussion is very geared towards the pride com-munity, and Hope’s Garden is very geared towards people suering rom eating habits.” Word o the program has spreadslowly, as the USC has not heavily advertised it. With only 12 spacesavailable each semester, space orthe all term is almost completely booked and next term is hal-ull.“We didn’t want to go too arreaching with promotions be-cause we were concerned that we wouldn’t be able to accommodateeverybody,” Jore explained. “Wecould have themed it according tocertain stresses or mental health is-sues, but we decided to call it stressrelie, and I think that’s part o why it’s so popular.” Although this semester is al-ready ull, students can still sign upor next term. The program runsrom January 25 to March 1, 2011and takes place every Wednesday rom 4:30 to 5 p.m.
—Vincent Orsini
New presidentof ICSU
Gordon McBean, a geography andpolitical science proessor at West-ern, will be the next president o the International Council or Sci-ence (ICSU).The ICSU is a non-governmen-tal organization composed o di-erent scientic bodies and unionsrepresenting 141 countries. TheICSU is devoted to ensuring scien-tic research is ocused on solving the world’s most urgent problems.“The ICSU and the interna-tional science community havebeen leading on this concern ormany decades. The scientic com-munity is concerned that govern-ments are not showing any actionon climate change and other en-vironmental issues,” McBean said,regarding the current way the sci-entic community is handling cli-mate change.McBean is a distinguished Ca-nadian scientist who has receivednumerous awards, including theOrder o Canada. His research isocused on climate change andreducing the risks associated withnatural hazards. He is the currentChair o the Canadian Founda-tion or Climate and AtmosphericSciences.
—Jimmy Brooymans-Quinn
Considering a fallreading week 
Students looking or a break may get their wish, as the University Students’ Council is collaborating  with the University to lay out a planor a reading week in the all.“At the campus-wide advocacy caucus, we talked about a buncho issues that are academically o-cused, and they talked about theneed or all reading weeks. Last year we saw an increase o men-tal health issues on campus andstressed out students,” Patrick Searle, vice-president o university aairs, said. “And we really wantedto see how we can accommodatethose students who are under thestress that September brings be-cause you’re jolted right back intothings.” While the idea is being dis-cussed at a higher level now Searlesaid the idea still has a long way togo. The biggest concern is satisy-ing the mandatory number o classdays as per Western’s academicpolicy.“A lot o students were inter-ested in a all reading week, as long as it didn’t end up pushing all theirexams back or pushing the mid-terms into one week,” Searle said.“An extended long weekend wasactually more avorable to somestudents because the idea was aFriday and a Monday o, but it wasan opportunity or them to leavecampus and get away.”
—Aaron Zaltzman
Fox at Western
Next month look orward to hear-ing actor and director Michael J.Fox speak at Western.The Edmonton-born Fox hasbeen invited as a keynote speakerat the 25th Leaders in InnovationDinner, which is particularly spe-cial this year as it marks the 25thanniversary o the Robarts Re-search Institute at Western’s Schu-lich School o Medicine and Den-tistry. The dinner is being held onNovember 21 at the Best WesternLamplighter Inn and ConerenceCentre in London. While Fox is a household name, what is less known is his struggle with young-onset Parkinson’s dis-ease which he was diagnosed within 1991. He became an advocateor increased medical and researchunding. In 2000 he ormed the Mi-chael J. Fox Foundation or Parkin-son’s Research.Fox’s work has great relevanceto this year’s dinner as the J. AllynTaylor International Prize in Medi-cine is being awarded in the areao stem cell research, which inthe uture may be able to treatParkinson’s.“Michael Fox’s oundation hasbeen heavily involved in spear-heading this research and so he wasthe natural choice [as a speaker],”Michael Strong, the dean o Schu-lich, explains. Apart rom celebrating the Tay-lor Symposium and awards, theevening will also celebrate the Ro-barts Research Institute’s 25 yearsand honour the individuals re-sponsible or the ounding o theinstitute. Strong summed up thepurpose o the dinner as awarenesso the nature o research as well asthe history o Robarts.
—Danielle Xu
News Briefs
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• Trsay, Octobr 6, 2011
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Evaluating the USC’s pricey trip down south
Is an $11,508 rtrat to Amrican nivrsitis ort t fty pric tag?
Gloria Dickie
Over $5,000 spent on fights,$3,000 on ood and contingency,and $2,000 on hotels. The Univer-sity Students’ Council’s executiveboard retreat—priceless.That was the nancial break-down o this year’s retreat. Thereport, which was released lastThursday, detailed the operationso six southern universities, in-cluding Duke University and theUniversity o Miami, which the six executive council members visitedthis past July.However, complaints wereraised by councillors when the re-port was not released in advance o the September 28 council meeting, which was its due date. Instead,a rough drat was passed aroundcouncil chambers, limiting the op-portunity or councillors to discussthe document at length.“It was very strategic,” LaurenceBatmazian, a science councillor,observed.But the complaints pouring in weren’t limited to the report’stimeliness.“While the [32-page] report wascertainly comprehensive, its lengthis completely inaccessible to thegeneral student and is a major de-terrent or those looking to actively participate in their student govern-ment,” Andrew Shaw, arts and hu-manities president, said. He notedhe was, however, relieved that this year’s council had managed to pro-duce a report, unlike past councils. With total costs coming in at$11,508, accrued mostly throughstudent ees, University Students’Council President Andrew For-gione acknowledged he was opento the budget being reviewed ornext year’s retreat.“Right now, where it stands,it could be seen as ineective by students or councillors,” Forgionesaid. “I think that this is the year where we need to review the boardretreat in terms o what it has o-ered to students and what it hasdone.” And while the report listed de-tailed descriptions on the cam-puses visited, Batmazian said heelt most o the inormation couldsimply be Googled, and didn’trequire a budget allotment o $14,290.The report oered several rec-ommendations or Western, withthe major theme being boosting school pride through increasedootball game attendance and city “buy-ins” to the campus, making London a strong example o a uni-versity town.However, Cindy Zhang, a musiccouncillor, elt that without aprivate school budget, compar-ing Western to schools such asDuke University was uneasible,as American tuition costs can bearound $45,000 or one year.Batmazian echoed her eelingsthat the schools chosen may nothave correlated best with Western’sown campus and possible changesthat could be made to the USC.“A lot o these ideas aren’tunique to these schools—youcould have just gone to New York state or a substantially cheaperamount,” he emphasized. “In act, Ithink some o these schools woulddo a lot worse. Southern schoolsprobably have a pretty poor LGBTacceptance compared to northeastschools.”However, the main concern orcouncillors didn’t lie in the contento the report, but rather still withthe budget. Each executive mem-ber was given a per diem ood ex-penditure o $69.00 while in Northand South Carolina, and $86.25 while in Miami.“A quick look at the retreat bud-get will show that some areas arevery high compared to what onemight expect and those areas willneed to be addressed indepen-dently o whether or not the execcan implement their idea success-ully,” Shaw said.In comparison, the budget o many USC services is substantially lower than the retreat budget. Al-lyWestern has an annual budgeto just over $3,500, EnviroWesternsits at $5,550 and PrideWestern at$7,675.Forgione hoped councillors would weigh in on behal o stu-dents-at-large and determine whatgoals should be set, and whetherthey would require more or lessmoney.“Coming into this position, Ididn’t know what it would be like,I just knew we had a board retreat with the money that was approved[by last year’s council].”“My nal thought was that they did gain some valuable things, butthey didn’t meet my threshold orvalue,” Batmazian concluded. “Ithink $5,000 is reasonable and by setting that limit they’re going tohave to become more cost e-cient and actually go or the rightreasons.”
Cheryl Stone
London’s downtown redevelop-ment plan may get an unexpectedboost, i City Council is willing tosupport the motion.The Grand Theatre is look-ing into expanding its operationsto include two new perormancespaces. Currently, the theatre o-ers one 800 seat space and one 150seat space. They are hoping to oera 400 seat theatre and a 1,200 seatconcert hall at their current site.“I this were to happen, it wouldneed to come rom the city,” DebHarvey, executive director o theGrand Theatre, explained. Shenoted there would also need to beunding rom other sources, suchas the provincial government, theederal government and local do-nors and oundations.She noted over $5 million hadbeen raised or improvements tothe space since 2008, but the revi-talization o downtown made or aperect opportunity to let the City know o their plans.“We’ve been running out o space or quite a while,” Harvey explained. She noted the currentplans had been in place or the pastthree years, with the concert hallbeing theorized or the past 25.Harvey noted the project wasbeing proposed as a collabora-tive space other organizationscould use, and also said the project would not be aordable i other or-ganizations were not on board. Shehoped it could become part o themove toward London as a destina-tion or artists.Harvey explained without a cur-rent set o unding or a nal look or the project, some elements orthe project were still up in the air.“There’s no or sure budget atthis point,” Harvey said.Harvey noted the downtown re-vitalization plan was a huge incen-tive or the theatre to unveil theirplans.“It’s a pretty exciting time tobe living in London,” Harvey ex-plained. “To have the theatre atthe table, it’s an interesting placeto be.”
Grand Theatre looksto add grandeur
Ryan Hurlbut
The University Students’ Councilhas unveiled plans to launch anupdated version o their website.“The USC has elt the need toupgrade their website or a whilenow,” Eliot Hong, communicationsocer or the USC, said. “It was inneed o an upgrade due to a lack o multi-platorm support, including smartphones, diculty in naviga-tion, and an overall lack o appealo the site’s aesthetics.”Students like Kyle Cihosky,third-year media, inormation andtechnoculture student and inde-pendent website designer, agreedthat the website needs an upgrade.“The current website is clut-tered, looks unproessional and isull o distracting links. It takes artoo long to load on anything lessthan a university connection,” heremarked.“The new site will have up-graded unctionality, including mobile and multi-browser sup-port,” Hong explained. “Students will be better able to navigatethrough the site, and nd whatthey are looking or aster with anupgraded search engine and mul-tiple event calendars.”Hong added that the und-ing or this site will derive rom acombination o $20,000 rom last year’s capital, and $14,000 romthis year’s capital, approximating $34,000 total.“Website design and coding can vary rom $8,000 to millionsdepending on the scope o unc-tionality. Websites in the $20,000-$30,000 area are not unusual at all,”Shawn Adamsson, vice-presidento operations at Rtraction, a web-site design company, noted.“Mobile support can add signi-icant costs depending on the levelo unctionality on the site and how much o that is required to work onthe phone. Small links and buttonshave to be laid out very dierently on an iPhone or Android device,and dierently again on Black-Berry devices which aren’t neces-sarily touch screen,” he said.Still, $34,000 may seem like asteep price to pay or a websiteredesign—a sentiment echoed by Cihosky.“I eel that it is important or theUSC to make the eort to build aproper website, seeing as it is a rep-resentation o their group. How-ever, I believe that there is a certainpoint at which the price starts tobecome ridiculous.”There is no general charge ora website, but some independentdesigners would likely be able todo the job or less money.“While it would surely be a lessexpensive option, there is a risk as-sociated with trusting a single in-dividual to build a website or animportant organization,” Cihosky said. “Nevertheless, even a webdesign company should not becharging this much or this sourceo redesign.”
Revamping the USC’s website
I tink tat tis is tyar r  n torvi t boar r
trat in trms of at itas offr to stntsan at it as on.”
—Anr Forgion,
univrsity Stnts’ Conci prsint
Jesse Tahirali

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