Volume 90, Issue 90

Friday, March 14, 1997




Lucky number seven

Students at Laurentian University of Sudbury have joined the pack and are staging a sit-in to protest tuition increases.

On Wednesday at 2 p.m., 60 students occupied their president's office with the numbers dropping overnight.

There were only eight students remaining inside the office yesterday afternoon with 20 outside the doors. The students are demanding three things: amnesty for those involved, an immediate zero per cent increase in tuition and more student representation on their Board of Governors.

Janet Sailian, director of marketing and communications at the university, said the administration understands students' frustration with tuition increases but the president does not have the power to freeze the fees as it is a Board decision.

Nobel speaker

The African Students' Association, in conjunction with the Canadian Organization for Human Rights and Democracy in Nigeria, will be presenting Wole Soyinka, the 1986 Nobel prize winner for literature, this weekend.

Soyinka, who has been pressuring the government for civil rule in Nigeria, will be speaking about "Democracy in America" tomorrow at 6 p.m. "Soyinka has the ability to connect with others and talk with them despite his prestigious background," said Femi Ayeni, president of the ASA. He said the event will consist of a banquet, costume display and a showcase of African dancing.

The banquet takes place at the Howard Johnson Hotel on Wellington Rd. South.

–Sarah Malek

Shamrock shakes

The Irish will be out in full force tomorrow night at the "The Luck of the Irish" pub held in the Grad Lounge in Middlesex College to support Save the Children.

Western's Irish Society is holding the event which will feature a performance by the band The Others.

–Sara Marett

In memory

The Psychology Students' Association will host a memorial service March 20 in Rm. 3036 Social Science Centre for their VP-communications Leslie Pomeroy, who was killed Feb. 17 in a car accident near Dunnville, Ont.

A student bursary has been set up in her honour and will be matched by the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund. Students can make donations to the fund through Foundation Western until March 31.

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