Volume 90, Issue 82

Wednesday, February 19, 1997




Return of the Sled-i

There was a disturbance in the force Feb. 8 when Western's team of civil engineering students raced 'Yoda's Revenge' in The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race held in Ottawa.

Western's team placed 12th out of 33 competitors with a top speed of 45 kilometres per hour. The University of Waterloo won the event with a top speed of 51 kilometres an hour in a sled designed to resemble a giant snowboard. Other sled themes included Carleton University's 'train engineers' and University of Toronto's 'bananas.'

Michael Brady, Western's captain, said the team spent five days in Ottawa and the time and energy devoted to the construction of their sled proved well worth the effort. The first two days of the event involved the displaying the sled at Carleton, where it was judged for its concrete design, brakes and overall construction. Brady said Western's sled weighed 128.7 kilograms and was comprised of concrete, fibreglass, aluminum, steel and wood.

Brady said his team not only had one of the best braking distances of 1.05 metres, but was also nominated for Most Spectacular Run. In their first heat the sled crashed into a snowbank and part of the frame went flying off in a cascade of snow.

– Sydney Loney

Cheating uncle Jean

It is tax time again and the University Students' Council needs help with their annual income tax clinic.

Luke Wilmshurst, USC income tax clinic commissioner, said he needs 200 volunteers by Friday to help students fill out tax forms from March 11-20.

Wilmshurst said volunteers will be required to attend a training session in early March given by Revenue Canada and devote a few hours over the tax period to the clinic.

This year the clinic will be expanded to include a centre at King's College for three of the days. Wilmhurst said if King's gets a good turnout during the clinic, expansion to the other affiliates is possible in subsequent years. "[Volunteers] will get an increased understanding of taxes and not have to pay someone to do their taxes – they'll get the money back they deserve," he said.

Cyberspaced out

A touch of cyberspace has materialized at Western.

Starting next fall, students can enrol in the media, information and technoculture program at Western and learn about the information age from a variety of angles.

Degrees available through the new program are either a bachelor of arts or combined honours.

Catherine Ross, dean of the faculty of communication and open learning, said new courses are being developed for the program which include media and information law, reading and writing in an electronic environment and cyberspace communities. "We want students to read critically and evaluate the media," she said. "We feel the need to provide the opportunity for studying information changes from a variety of perspectives."

–Kevin Gale

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