May Monthly Report to Council.
Dave Tompkins, President 1996-97

"I am the one that can climb any mountain" - From a groovy dance song by Melodie MC

"Only dead fish swim with the stream" - Author unknown, and somewhat strange

"If I lived back in the Wild West days, instead of carrying a six-gun in my holster, I'd carry a soldering iron. That way, if some smart-aleck cowboy said something like, "Hey look. He's carrying a soldering iron!" and started laughing, and everybody else started laughing, I could just say, "That's right, it's a soldering iron. The soldering iron of justice." Then everybody would get real quiet and ashamed, because they made fun of the soldering iron of justice, and I could probably hit them up for a free drink." - Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handy

The Format

Yes, a monthly report to council. Why? Just because. And, it will fit into my Web publishing strategy.

Double Coverage

I havenít figured out if this is a good thing or a bad thing. A lot of the projects I work on also include other members of the board. Thatís good, but it means that those other members of the board will be mentioning these projects in their report. Yes, that makes my life easier, but it also makes it look like Iím not doing anything. HmmmÖ

The Office

I spent the first day re-arranging furniture in my office. It may not be a big deal to you, but it was huge to me, and I thought It warranted a mention in the report. I now refer to it as my "room", and not my "office". Please drop by and chat Ė Iíve got a comfy bean bag chair with your name on it.

The Board

<Insert warm and fuzzy comments about the board here>. The board spent a good portion of the month together in relatively small rooms. There were a lot of good discussions and some half decent goal setting. The surprising part was that a high proportion of these discussions and goals were actually applicable to our jobs.

The Job

The first month in the job was like treading water. My arms were flailing, my legs were kicking, I was getting exhausted, and all I was trying to do was keep my head above the water. There were even a couple of times there when I faltered and got a mouth full of sea water. It wasnít all that bad, just frustrating on occasion. Iíve got the treading water part down now, and pretty soon Iíll start to swim. The only depressing part is having everyone tell you how easy it is during the summer.


Looking for insight into meetings, I looked up "meeting" in the Webster Dictionary:

I Was quite disappointed with the definition, and ripped out the page it was on. It was time for a new dictionary anyway.

I had oodles of meetings, ranging from a nice chit-chat with Dr. Davenport to watching graffiti be removed from a local park with Mike Smith, owner of Joe Koolís.

At one meeting I was at, someone said that the response of the students was quite mediocre. I simply replied "Hey! The word mediocre isnít even in my dictionary!"

The London Community

I met with the Mayorís Downtown Action Team, whose primary goal is to promote and re-vitalize the downtown. Iím mentioning this primarily to solicit any suggestions that other people may have to promote the downtown, especially with students in mind. I also met to help project "clean sweep", which is all about keeping the city clean, and was a good opportunity to get help and suggestions for the street captains program.


It seems that a year canít go by without some sort of UCC agreement problems. This time itís the University that has defaulted on some aspects of the agreement. After a couple of meetings with Dr. Mercer (VP Administration), weíve agreed to enter negotiations and resolve the conflicts. I imposed a July 31st deadline to keep it timely.

Student Services

Speaking of Dr. MercerÖ The Student Services Committee (SSC) deals with the various ancillary units and their corresponding student fees. Last yearís SSC made recommendations to the Board of Governors (BOG) that some fees be changed. Dr. Mercer convinced the BOG to ignore the SSC report, on the condition he will work closely with this yearís SSC. In May we had the first of many meetings with the SSC and Dr. Mercer. This is going to be an interesting rideÖ

Alumni AGM

I attended the Alumni AGM and workshop hosted in Delaware Hall. They had some great speakers, and it was good to get to know some of the Alumni members better.

In Summary

I really canít believe that Iím writing this summary already. I also canít believe I took so long to write this summary that I have to write the June report in a week and a half. When I think back about my first month in office It usually goes something like this: "Wow! That was quick. Boy, am I hungry." And I think that statement sums everything up. The fast pace and environment made the month whiz by - giving little opportunity to catch my breath, and even less time to get my bearings straight. And I am hungry: Hungry to tackle big issues and greater challenges. Hungry to strike new initiatives and make some positive changes. Hungry to better represent students, and hungry to take on the world. What did you think I meant?

In BriefÖ

Internet - Web Page
Board Retreat
Meet new MBAA Prez
Tour for Laurier Exec
Bad luck in Mexico
Lunch with my old Boss
Dinner with Ernie Eaves

Unity Group
Looking Forward
Code of Conduct
Canadian Senate
New computers
Do jobs grow on Trees?
Gearing up: Super-con

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