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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
canada’s only daily student newspaper • founded 1906
Volume 105, issue 65
www.westerngazette.ca • @uwogazette
exct  usC ct c 1906
today high
tomorrow high
Blood overmud?
USC considersreerendum to puttur on rugby felds
>> pg. 3
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news ediTor
 Aliate college students can now ocially pencil some extra money into their budgets next year. TheUniversity Students’ Council re-cently passed a motion to changethe student ee structure, which hadbeen imposing an undue nancialburden on aliate students.Under the old structure, Bres-cia, Huron and King’s studentshad to pay the ull $210.35 USCee, which primarily serves maincampus students, along with theirown aliate student council ees.This amounted to another $79 ora King’s students, or example.“We had to pay double ees onboth ends—students were being overcharged and underserved,”Barshan Quadry, president o theKing’s University College Students’Council, explained. With the new system, currently under negotiation, HBK students will pay a smaller percentage o theUSC ee. This will primarily coveroverarching ees not restricted toindividual campuses, such as thepresident’s oce. Aliate councils will also have an option to opt outo the aculty council ee and thegrants committee ee. According to Meagan Zettler,president o the Brescia University College Students’ Council, aliatesshould pay a smaller percentage o the USC ee—between 20 and 40per cent—because a large part o the USC ee pays or advocacy onthe part o main campus students,and only main campus students.“Though our students pay 100per cent to the USC, seen on ourcampuses as the main campusstudents’ council, technically maincampus student representativeshave no jurisdiction on our cam-puses,” she said.“For example, the administra-tion at Brescia would recognizemysel as the legitimate studentrepresentative or Brescia studentson lobbying issues, not Andrew [Forgione, the USC president],” shecontinued.Quadry also noted aliateshave many internal services thatare duplicated on main campus,taking up valuable unding romtheir own services.“For example, the USC has En-viroWestern and we have our En-vironmental King’s Club and En-viro commissioners. Obviously wedon’t have enough unds to undtheir budget because we’re paying double ees,” he said.“It’s better i our Enviro com-missioners are empowered withthe resources to identiy issues atKing’s, and the same with Huronand Brescia.”Laurence Batmazian, a sciencecouncillor or the USC, likened theupcoming system to the split be-tween ederal and provincial taxes.“It makes sense i you think o main campus as Ontario and youthink o HBK as, say, Newound-land, and in the sense that the per-centage o the USC ee the aliatesare going to pay as ederal taxes,”he explained.“That 20 to 40 per cent o theUSC ee that aliates are to pay covers things that encompass all Western students, just like ederaltaxes do or Canada. The remain-ing 80 per cent that main campusis now paying that aliates willnot, you could consider as provin-cial ees.”
aft ccch gt
USC pesienilcnies nnunce
USC pesienil elecins 2012
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What animal would you be?
 g
 Jn Silve
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What animal would you be?
 Hg th  
Lgn rss
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What animal would you be?
 g
Clie mcahu
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What animal would you be?
 cli-b
w hd  py dblf  bh d—d  bi
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• tdy, Jy 31, 2012
Crossword By Eugene sheffe
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Jason Oncz
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The strike at the Caterpillar plantis gaining momentum, as supportseems to be constantly growing.“More and more individuals in ourcommunity and other places arestarting to recognize the inherentunairness that Caterpillar is put-ting on its workers here,” Tim Car-rie, Canadian Auto Workers coun-cil president or local 27, said.Caterpillar employees havecontinued to take action againstthe company’s decision to cut their wages. They have blocked a loco-motive rom transerring to an-other plant or painting. “Our posi-tion is that it is not going to get tothe nishing because painting thatlocomotive is our work, and we’recontinuing to ght or our work,”Carrie stated.In regards to a possible end tothe strike, Carrie noted the inte-gral nature o community sup-port. “Support rom the commu-nity is important, support romother businesses is important, andsupport rom government is cru-cial. I think, i all those things cancome together, perhaps it will putenough pressure on Caterpillar togo back to the bargaining table.”
—Ryan Hurlbut
Ge s, sve ne 
On Wednesday, London will beginusing smart meters to bill or elec-tricity based on time o usage. Thegoal is to reward customers with acheaper rate or using power dur-ing low energy demand hours.Smart meters are designed tochange usage patterns, AlexandraCampbell, spokesperson or the In-dependent Electricity System Op-erator, explained. “I everybody’sshiting a little bit, that’s a big di-erence,” she said.The xed rate or electricity inLondon now is approximately 7.1cents per kilowatt hour. With smartmeters, electricity in the province will cost as much as 10.8 cents perkilowatt during high energy de-mand hours.Campbell explains peak hoursare when usage is so great thatthere is a need or electrical inra-structure such as generators andpower lines, which are rarely usedto their ull capacity outside o these periods.It has been determined thathigh demand hours are 7 a.m. to 11a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays,and low demand hours are 7:00p.m. to 7:00 a.m. weekdays and24 hours on weekends. Students who pay their own hydro bills may opt to use laundry appliances anddishwashers ater 7 p.m. to savemoney.I consumers can change theirusage patterns there will be largebenets, Cambell explained. “I  we can manage our energy usebetter it means not having to in-vest as much in our electricity inrastructure.”
—Meagan Puterman
Geing  kn  u USC
The University Students’ Council istaking action this week to analyzeand interpret data received romtheir strategic plan student sur-vey. The survey results consistedo eedback rom more than 11,000respondents and will assist in or-mulating the USC’s strategic plan.The strategic plan is intended tobe used as a guiding document orthe USC over the next our years toaddress student concerns and en-hance the university experience.“This is the rst year in a very long time that the USC has re-leased such a successul survey tostudents,” Andrew Forgione, presi-dent o the USC, said. “I strongly believe over the past ew years theUSC has perhaps lost touch withour current students—so it is abouttime we reviewed their needs and wants.”The survey revealed some in-triguing statistics—60 per cent o respondents did not vote in theUSC’s presidential election. It wasalso revealed that while students were aware o what was run by theUSC, they lacked inormation onhow to make use o these programsand services.“Students are aware o what we do, but lack knowledge o how to get involved, job opportunities,and how to express a complaint orissue,” Forgione said.Despite some o the more dis-couraging statistics, Forgione re-mained condent the orthcoming strategic plan will allow the USC toeectively address student issues.
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USC lks in ee  clen up fels
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Students are being asked to ootthe bill to clean up the slip ‘n’ slidethat the rugby elds turn into every all. Andrew Forgione, president o the University Students’ Council,approached Campus Recreationabout the mess and the potentialor students to pay or the elds tobe turned into tur.Ruban Chelladurai, with insti-tutional planning and budgeting at Western, explained he wanted tosee $4.3 million in improvementsto our dierent elds. He notedthe two elds across rom theHealth Sciences Building wouldneed to be converted into tur, andimprovements in drainage andlighting would be needed or thetwo elds behind TD WaterhouseStadium. He also explained theseimprovements would make theelds available year-round.“The grass elds turn com-pletely into mud elds in the alland require signicant mainte-nance in the spring—resulting inclosure or most o the spring andlimited use in the summer,” Chel-ladurai explained.“I received complaints romstudents about intramurals being cancelled due to eld condition,and by mid-October the elds were essentially beyond repair,”Forgione explained. He noted histime on intramural teams had alsoexposed him to the problem.Chelladurai added they hadlooked into replacing the elds with tur or the past several years,but the unds had never beenavailable.“Absolutely this work needs tobe done—by early all it is neverin playing condition, we try notto even practice on our own eldto lessen the damage,” DemetrisChristopher, a player on the Mus-tangs rugby team, explained. “It isembarrassing to host other schoolsand it becomes an injury hazardbecause the eld dries up, leaving uneven ground to play on.”Christopher explained he didnot want to see students pay orthe upgrades to the eld, however.He elt the rugby team gave back to the Western community, and aninvestment in the eld was an in-vestment in the team.He also noted tur was not theoption he wanted to see. “Articialtur or rugby is not that great toplay on. We wear little equipment[…] and it is a real stress on ourbodies.”Forgione argued studentsshould be paying or the elds be-cause they benet a large portiono the student body. He noted thenumber o students playing intra-murals rivaled the number o stu-dents involved in clubs. But Chris-topher explained these programs were part o the problem.“I disagree in letting intramu-rals play on the eld every week,multiple days a week, because thatis what does the eld in. Find adierent spot or use the stadium, which is tur.”Forgione said a survey would begoing out to students to see how much they would be willing to pay or improvements. “I want to know how much they would be willing to pay, what they think about theproject, and i it is a priority or stu-dents at this time.”He noted i the survey oundstudents would be willing to pay or the improvements, the question would eventually go to students inthe orm o a reerendum.
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Is there something you would liketo see changed about London? Isthere a particular issue or concern you eel has gone unaddressed?Now may be your chance to get your voice heard—the City o Lon-don has begun its review o Lon-don’s ocial plan, the most impor-tant document or the city’s growthover the next 20 years.The plan, which is reviewedevery ve years, was last put up orreview in 2006, and completed in2008. The plan was nalized, in-cluding amendments, on Decem-ber 17, 2009. While review o the o-cial plan is opening up now, it is along and detailed process that willtake between 18 and 24 months tocomplete.The ocial plan addresses abroad range o issues, including land development and use, regu-latory bylaws, environmental con-cerns and urban growth. This man-dates input rom many sources,ranging rom institutions andbodies such as the Upper ThamesConservation Authority and theLondon Development Institute,to common residents o London who just want to have their say.Residents hoping to get involvedare encouraged to attend a serieso public meetings, the details o  which are posted on the City o London’s website.“A signicant issue is the over-all size o London,” Joe Swan, city councillor or Ward 3, said. “Thereare some who would like to seeLondon grow in landmass, otherpeople eel that we should containthe urban growth boundary andlook or more ecient use o landinside the city.”The debate over London’s geo-graphical territory is consistently a central issue in the ocial plan.Proponents o London’s growth in-clude landowners and developers who have land holdings outsidethe city limits. I that land were tobe brought into the urban bound-ary, development as part o the city o London could commence.Others, like Swan, suggest analternative approach ocusing ondevelopment within the currentboundary. They reason this strat-egy is less harmul to the environ-ment and puts less strain on publictransit. In addition, internal devel-opment may be less expensive.“I think the most important peo-ple are people in the community,small business owners who needto understand these rules and reg-ulations,” Swan said. “These rulesare being set today, so i you’re notinvolved it’s hard to complain.” While everyone is encouragedto let their voices be heard, pastreviews o the plan have seen very little input rom London’s post-secondary students.“I think this is a great opportu-nity or students engaged in issuesto get involved,” Joni Baechler, city councillor or Ward 5, said. “Theocial plan policies refect how we will build the city o the uture, andto me the youth have a great stakein that plan.” While Baechler elt the pres-ent plan is strong, like Swan, shethought the growth may have -nancial consequences that will addto the city’s inrastructure decit.Baechler also observed the sprawl-ing o London could have environ-mental consequences, something students may be passionate about.“I think university and collegestudents should get involved andmake a dierence,” she said.
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