Volume 91, Issue 51
Thursday, November 27, 1997
Mike the Knife
Friday is the day some students will choose to keep their wallets in their pockets and buy nothing.
International Buy Nothing Day is a symbolic day for consumers to exercise their right not to purchase.
Today between 10 a.m and 4 p.m, students can prepare for Friday's non-events and hang out in the shopping-free zone in the University Community Centre atrium, set up by the Oxfam Student Association.
Group member Sadiga Khan said the shopping-free zone is a place where students can find things to do other than shopping. Students can engage in conversation, play a friendly game of Scrabble or just sit around and gossip, she said. The idea, of course, is not to spend money.
As part of Financial Aid Awareness Week, some lucky students went home from school yesterday a little wealthier.
Derrek Taub, financial commissioner for the University Students' Council, organized the week's events and expressed his gratitude to Scotiabank for donating the grand prize of $1,000 to be used to help pay tuition. Jennifer Neirinckx, a second year physical therapy student, was very surprised to hear her name was drawn. "[The money] will definitely go to good use next year," she said.
There were also several other prizes awarded including three Via Rail passes, two gift certificates from the Book Store and two Western sweatshirts.
The winners of the Via Rail passes were Angela So, Hani Amine and Tonia Wojciechowski. Among the recipients of the Western sweatshirts were Ahmed A. Gaffar and Enzo D'Angelo and the winners of the Book Store gift certificates were Risa Charny and Neil Chatterby.
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