Volume 90, Issue 89

Thursday, March 13, 1997





Students who want to refresh their basic life-saving skills will not be able to do so for free this year.

Western's Student Emergency Response Team has cancelled its annual cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training day due to re-directed finances and a downward slant in public interest over the past couple of years, said Stephen King, communications director for the team.

"The main reason was funds normally used to cover the event have been diverted towards hosting the national Emergency First Response Conference next year," King said.

Western's team won the right to act as host by placing first overall in this year's conference at Trent University Feb. 15.

"The training day was really an information and awareness session for concerned parents – it didn't give full CPR certification," King said. "Most of those who came would take a full course later on."

King added the number of those attending the training sessions has decreased by almost half over the last two years, from over 500 to less than 300, another major factor in cancelling the project.

However, regular CPR certification courses are still being offered to students, King said.

Next year's conference will be held at Western during the first or second week in February and universities from across the nation will be in attendance.

Moral dilemma

An expanded mind is a happy mind.

Modern-day philosophy guru David Gauthier, professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Morals by Agreement, will be speaking in two separate venues on campus March 14.

Formerly of the department of philosophy at the University of Toronto, "Gauthier is one of the best known contemporary moral and political philosophers," said Western philosophy professor Samantha Brennan. The title of his lecture is Political Contractarianism, which is the view that agreement is the basis of morality, Brennan said.

Gauthier's first session is being presented by Plato's Cave, the undergraduate philosophy club and is strictly for undergraduate students. He will be speaking at noon in Rm. 310 Talbot College, with discussion centring mainly around his book.

"He holds the view that morality is not located in feelings or some intangible place. There are facts about morality, but they are facts that we decide," Brennan said.

Gauthier will also be giving an open lecture at 3 p.m. in Rm. 204 University College pertaining to essentially the same issues, in which he will discuss the views expressed in his book more thoroughly.

–Jeff Badger

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