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Submissions Invited for Code of Conduct Review

Western’s Code of Student Conduct defines the standard of conduct expected of students at Western, and sets out the disciplinary procedures that the University will follow. The Board of Governors is required to review the Code every five years. An ad hoc committee,  chaired by Western Law Dean Iain Scott, has been formed to oversee the review. Written and/or oral submissions from interested students should be addressed to Dean Iain Scott, Code of Student Conduct Review Committee, University Secretariat, Room 4101 Stevenson Hall, or to Individuals wishing to meet with the committee should indicate so in their written submissions. The code may be viewed at Deadline for submissions is Oct. 7, 2016.   The review committee’s report, including any recommended revisions to the code, will be submitted to the Board in early...

New Student Writer in Residence chosen, hopes to bring together creative community

The University Students’ Council and Department of English and Writing Studies are excited to welcome the new Student Writer in Residence (SWIR), Victoria Wiebe. A third-year psychology and creative writing student, Wiebe is a published author with experience in writing, editing and community organization. In her role, Wiebe hopes to create more spaces on and off-campus for varying types of writing and creativity. “It is my hope that this year I’ll be able to engage with students who have a passion for the arts, but aren’t as likely to get involved,” said Wiebe. “Whether because they’re in a different faculty, are embarrassed to share their writing, or don’t know how to get involved.” The Student Writer in Residence program, a partnership between the USC and English department, will be going into its fifth year – continuing a history of connecting an accomplished undergraduate writer with peers in the area. “The student chosen for this role has a variety of resources coming from their personal experiences as a writer,” said Helen Ngo, the current SWIR. “They are able to act as a mentor to other creative writers and with Victoria as a published author, this sets up opportunities and connections in the publishing community.” Ngo, a mathematics student, emphasized the value of the program. Students can arrange one-on-one meetings with the SWIR to share ideas, edit previous work or further develop their writing skills. The SWIR is a rare opportunity for students to have their work reviewed by a fellow student with publication experience. Ngo plans to introduce Wiebe to the community on Tuesday, March 22 in the International Graduate...

8-year-old visits Western to teach students about taxes, part of USC Income Tax Clinics

Undergraduate students at Western have the chance to meet Carlie Weinreb, an 8-year-old Torontonian who specializes in teaching students and business professionals how to file their taxes. Weinreb’s presentation is part of the University Students’ Council’s annual Income Tax Clinic, where student volunteers help their peers file taxes in partner with the Canada Revenue Agency. Weinreb has been working with taxes since the age of five after learning steps and formulas from her father, a chartered professional accountant. Given that her mother is a teacher, Weinreb had a gift for public speaking and began her a career as a lecturer when her father was asked to give a presentation at a conference and decided she would be best able to speak to the information. Since then, Weinreb’s presentations have been featured in the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and CTV News. Lindsay Banks, the USC’s Associate Vice-President Finance & Internal Audit, explains that typically the Income Tax Clinics are designed to “give students fish rather than teaching them how to fish.” Thus, Weinreb’s visit is aimed at providing undergraduates an easy to understand but in-depth explanation of how to file their taxes. “Though our student volunteers are more than able to complete your taxes with you, we also wanted this year’s programming to have a learning component. Carlie’s presentation and other financial workshops will address just that,” said Banks. Carlie Weinreb’s lecture, called “Learn How to Do Tour Tax Return in 15 Minutes,” takes place on Wednesday, March 16th from 3:30-4:30 in Council Chambers in the University Community Centre. Students can expect to learn the basics about T4s, income...