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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Lo, It Begins!

The mothership has fired up its first regular update of the year, and things are off to a banging start at Ye Olde Students' Alliance.

Seems when the pub closed down last spring, the $1,500 tab allotted to members of the executive was no longer required. So the Exec proposed to pay themselves that money, a move quickly rubberstamped by the UWSA Board of Directors.

Now, with the pub reopening [thanks to the combined efforts of the UWSA and UWindsor admin, credit where due], the exec asked to have the tab reinstated, at a cost of another $1,500 per exec member. This was easily approved as well.

To keep count, that's $12,000 of your tuition gone, half of it on food.

Make no mistake Windsor, the exec tab is a beauteous thing, and as a man who was on a friendly basis with precious councils, I certainly made fair use of it. Conflict of interest? Probably, though it never stopped me from coal raking them in print.

Complicating such shenaniganery is the fact that Shae Kavanaugh, the VPA, is in a relationship with Board of Directors member Aaron Campbell. When the decisions were made, the relationship was not mentioned, and Campbell didn't abstain from voting. That's...not cool, and the sort of thing that gets the sabre rattlers on campus all worked up.

Now perhaps such activity was merely getting the hang of the job: despite numerous training sessions, UWSA President Tiffany Gooch says the exec received no guidance on how to handle relationships between elected members. But it's still a rather inauspicious start to the year.

But The Trail is an optimist if nothing else, Windsor, so he'll hold the wrath for now. But he wonders, since he typically has his head up everything, where was Coffin on this one? Is it not his job to bring such things to their attention?

At any rate, swing by the site, it's always a good idea to check up weekly, or grab an actual paper copy. Nine out of ten haters agree it's the crummiest student paper in Canada!

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