Volume 90, Issue 92

Wednesday, March 19, 1997




Competitive commerce

The business world of tomorrow is coming to Western.

The Richard Ivey School of Business Administration is hosting the world's only international undergraduate business school student case competition March 19-23.

The eighth annual Harold Crookell International Case Competition, named in memory of the highly acclaimed Western business professor who died in 1991, will have in attendance teams representing schools from Belgium, Hungary, Korea, Mexico, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia.

Western will not have a team competing this year and, in fact, never has in the eight-year history of the competition.

"We try to be impartial, that's why we have never participated in the competition," said Lee Billinkoff, head of media relations for the competition committee.

"Hosting and organizing the competition gives our students a flavour of how students from around the world would solve the case study," Billinkoff said. He added the committee is composed of 17 Western honours business administration students and is responsible for all aspects of organizing and executing the competition.

Each team is given the same case study of a major company to analyze over three days and then must give a presentation of their solutions. Presentations will be made March 22 to a panel of judges comprised of leaders in the Canadian business community and are open to the public, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with the finals commencing at 1:30 p.m.

–Jeff Badger

They aren't Blair Underwood but...

Students in the faculty of law were out to prove their talents can extend beyond the classroom and the courtroom this past weekend in an annual variety show called Obiter Dicta, which was held at Althouse College.

The event, which featured bands, actors and singers, raised $3,500 which will be donated to the Hospice of London. Leah Bowness, producer of the show, said the event raised $1,500 last year and students this year were happy they were able to surpass their goal of doubling that amount.

"The hospice relies on the money for the work they do in helping the terminally ill," Bowness said. Money was raised with the help of corporate sponsorship from law firms in Toronto and London, ticket, raffle and T-shirt sales and a $500 donation from the Western Legal Society, she added.

"There was an amazing amount of energy, enthusiasm, co-operation and talent contributed by the law student body," she said. "It proves law students are not only about academics, but they have artistic talent and a desire to help out the community in any way they can."

–Donna MacMullin

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