Monthly Report to Council.
"Dale a tu cuerpo alegría Macarena,
Que tu cuerpo es pa' darle alegría y cosa buena.
Dale a tu cuerpo alegría Macarena, ĦEjjjjjj, Macarena!"
- Los Del Mar
"You are the
- Austin Millbarge (Dan Aykroyd) to Emmett Fitz-Hume (Chevy Chase) in Spies Like Us
"The greatest thing about 1996 is that
1997 will be even better."
- Phil Knight
So Im watching this television special looking back at the year 1996, and they actually called it the "Year of the Macarena". Excuse me, but the last time I checked, Macarena is on Dance Mix 95. But lets look at this odd, yet insightful comment, and examine how the song Macarena is a perfect metaphor for the past year. Or, we could just move on.
After six years with the corporation, our researcher Melissa Firth is moving on to another job in Toronto. We will definitely miss her, so please wish her a fond farewell if you happen to bump into her.
A special thanks to Kevin, Melissa and the rest of the promotions team for organizing the Christmas party this year. I had a blast, even though my Secret Santa forgot my gift. Highlights include:
- Walshs "Life is a Highway"
- The Boards "Stand by Me"
- lip-synching with Meigan
- "just one more" karaoke song at the end
I started hearing rumors about the staff Christmas party back in March - It was no disappointment. Strangely enough, it became more regimental as it went along.
Heres the issue: Some universities (Queens being everyones favourite example) have a deal worked out with the transit company so that all students pay an ancillary fee, and then they can just use their student card as a bus pass. Western students have been demanding something similar for years, and I committed to taking a serious stab at it this year. I personally think it would be great, but I also believe something of this nature has to go to referendum. Unfortunately, with scheduling conflicts, and their budget cycle, we didnt get to seriously meet with the LTC until December. Scott Graham is going to have a full report for council, but the short answer is "October". We plan to have the bus pass go to referendum in October 1997. There is a lot of work and coordination to be done between now and then, and the new, illustrious "Bus Pass Committee" will help plan things to come.
Diane is really fantastic. Although Ive been delayed, postponed, and rescheduled I pretty much forgave her the moment I walked into her office. After a worthwhile and concise discussion with her about the UWO Act, I had a lengthier chat with one of her aides. Im still not entirely sure how to handle everything "politically", but she has filled in some of the missing puzzle pieces.
Well, the Smith Panel released their report. Its too long to fully discuss here, so Ill provide summaries to council. There is some positive recommendations, and some really scary ones. Lets just say that not too many of our recommendations made it in their report. The document is on-line at: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/reports/futuree.html
The Government announced that there will be no funding cut to universities this year. However, they have not yet announced if tuition will go up, or by how much.
Western hosted the December Steering Committee meeting (and the follow-up teleconference) for OUSA. Some inevitable decisions were made that you should all know about. To help manage some of the previous years debt, OUSA was targeting a substantial surplus this year. Some increased staffing and legal costs have reduced that projected surplus. We knew that Mike Burns was leaving OUSA (this was his 3rd year of a 2 year term) and we were going to be looking for a new Executive Director. We are now letting Mike go earlier than expected, along with the researcher and office assistant. We will hire a part-time interim ED until the new one is put in place. This will preserve the budget surplus. Everything is still being discussed, and its not as bad as it may sound. In January we will have the details sorted out, and a more complete picture.
Now you didnt think I was going to let the whole "Macarena" discussion end so abruptly did you? Oh no, I couldnt pass up this wonderful opportunity. You see, in retrospect, my 1996 has been like the Macarena. Stick with me here. Lets say the dance itself is the USC. At first, I looked out at the people doing the dance, and I thought "What a bunch of geeks!" But then I thought "Hey, I could do that much better". So I ran to be the "head Macarena dude" - and I won. So I jumped right into the dance with everyone else. At the start youre just looking around with a goofy grin on your face. You can barely believe youre doing the dance at all. Youre trying to learn the moves - "Hand goes here, put my arm out there..." and sometimes you get caught turning the wrong way or smacking some poor girl in the face. Eventually, you get in the swing of it, and youre grinding those hips like a pro. But near the end, you cant help but feel like youre just going through the motions. Youre never getting anywhere, just flapping your arms and spinning around. At times, you have to force yourself to clap and turn with enthusiasm because you know youre just starting over again. But now the song has ended, and what will the next song be? Thats easy - I want it to be the conga. Now dont go flying off the analogy handle. I dont mean that everyone will start following me around. But I do want to take the basic principles of the Macarena: body movement and catchy rhythms, and start giving it some direction. I think 1997 can be the year of the conga - and besides, Gloria Estefen could use the career boost
CFPL Call in Show
JSU & Hanukkah
Davenports 50th B-Day
All Prez Dinner
A really nasty cold
Alumni Board Meeting
|Chinese food w/ Dents
Garrard & the SOTF
Virginia - Equity Services
Ismaili Prayer Room
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