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Volume 90, Issue 84
Wednesday, March 05, 1997
Western's Hong Kong Concern has something to talk about.
Today in the University Community Centre, there will be a display giving information about Hong Kong's current political situation.
Catherine Wong, president of the club, said the main purpose of the information booth is to heighten student awareness on the situation of Hong Kong before the June transition, when it will be returned to China after 99 years of British rule.
Wong said she believes the exchange is a matter of fact, but added she would like to ensure people know the details.
Although Hong Kong is to remain capitalist for at least 50 years, the dramatic change in government to rule by China's communist government will have inevitable effects on the territory, Wong said.
The club chose to present their work in March to create student and faculty awareness in close proximity to the actual political event, said Wong. Next year the club hopes to focus more on long term concerns and issues that reinstated Chinese rule will bring to Hong Kong, she added.
Students were not the only beneficiaries of this year's Charity Ball.
The ball, which raised $15,000 last year, accumulated $45,000 this year to donate to the London-Middlesex Branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society and Street Connection, a local drop-in centre for street youths.
Allison Gibson, Charity Ball commissioner, said raising ticket prices from $20 to $25 contributed a great deal to the financial success of the ball this year. A total of 2,600 attended the affair.
The $5 increase in ticket prices may not have seemed like a great expense for students but Gibson said the money had a real impact. "If all the students that attended could have seen the look on the faces of the people we gave the cheques to, they would have realized how great their contribution was."
Campus police say slack week went relatively problem free except for a few incidents they think students should be aware of.
On Feb. 19 a Western student received a letter from Nigeria promising the student a large sum of money would be deposited in the student's bank account if the account number was provided. Police are instructing students not to respond if they receive a similar letter as it is likely fraudulent.
Campus police are looking for a large white truck involved in a hit and run accident that occurred Feb. 24 on the loading ramp outside the University Community Centre. The cost of damages totalled $4,000.
Six counterfeit $20 bills were passed at The Wave on Feb. 20. A police investigation is pending.
Western students can help children while shooting hoops this weekend.
Western's chapter of Save the Children, a Canada-wide non-profit organization dedicated to community development with a child focus, will host their first annual three-on-three basketball tournament this Saturday at Althouse College.
Evelyn Nassar, the club's president, said the group hopes to raise $500-$600 from the tournament which has a $25 per team entry fee and is open to both men and women.
The winning team will receive an assortment of NBA merchandise and the runner-ups will get prizes donated by local businesses, Nassar said.
She added there will be a post-tournament party at Wonderland Gardens co-sponsored by Western's Multicultural Club.
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