Volume 91, Issue 45

Wednesday, November 19, 1997




Red ribbon launch

The London chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is hosting the national kick-off for their largest fund-raising campaign tomorrow in Western's Great Hall.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with refreshments for participants. Parents of Catherine Newton, a Western student who was killed by a drunk driver in August, will be speaking.

Sandra Thom, a coordinator of the event, encourages more people to help prevent unnecessary accidents such as those involving drunk driving. Western's VP-administration Peter Mercer, who has served as a consultant to the Addiction Research Foundation, will also speak.

Funds raised contribute to educational programs like the red-ribbon campaign, in which 50,000 ribbons for car antennas will be distributed in London to help promote sober driving.

–Doretta Charles

Purple pride honoured

Western's Honour "W" awards, given each month to recognize outstanding contributions to the community through volunteering and extra-curricular activities, were recently presented to four students for the month of September.

Meg Symsyk, VP-student affairs for the University Students' Council, said the awards are significant because they are given to students by their peers. Recipients can be nominated by any student and are selected by the USC Awards Committee.

Cynthia Pierce, a second-year nursing student, was given an award for her charity work – each week she helps out at London area soup kitchens. Danielle Marentette, a second-year science student, was rewarded for her role as an outstanding soph during Orientation Week and her position as head of Shinerama activities for Delaware Hall.

Also receiving an award was third-year social science student Sara Daniel for her work on both Shinerama and Homecoming committees. Abe Prabhakar, an honours biology student, was given an award for his involvement as an off-campus head Soph, co-president of the Purple Spur Society, work on the Homecoming parade and participation as a science senator.

Symsyk added nominations for October awards have been extended until tomorrow and by this Friday, students will be able to nominate potential award-winners on the USC web site.

Author ponders Canadian behaviour

Who are Saul's Siamese twins?

Author John Ralston Saul may have the answer tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the University Community Centre's McKellar Room. Saul will speak on his book Reflections of a Siamese Twin – Canada at the end of the 20th century.

Saul will discuss Canadian ideologies, including nationalism, unity and equality, said Bob Klanac, marketing and services manager for the University Students' Council. Admission is free and a book sale and signing will follow the lecture.

–Sara Marett

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