Volume 91, Issue 21

Thursday, October 2, 1997




He's a smartie pants

When David Brebner, a first-year administrative and commercial studies student, guessed how many Smarties were in a jar for the Book Store's "smartie pants" contest, he wasn't fooling around.

"I asked a clerk for a tip and she said 'look in the window'," Brebner said. He then counted the number of empty Smartie boxes in the store window, bought a box of Smarties at a convenience store and counted how many were in each box, and then multiplied this number by the number of boxes on display. The result? A guess of 11,040 Smarties – the exact number of candies in the jar.

Carolyn Young, marketing and promotions director for the Book Store, said they decided to run the contest when they read a statistic stating Smarties is the most popular candy at Western. "Apparently, Saugeen-Maitland Hall alone consumes 900 pounds of Smarties a year," she said.

Brebner will be presented with the 11,040 Smarties plus a "Do you eat the red ones last?" T-shirt next Wednesday at the Book Store.

–Sara Marett

Say cheese with Albert

Officials at Western are optimistic that the elusive runner who celebrates every Mustang touchdown will finally be caught on film.

Allan "Albert" Philbrick will be in the University Community Centre atrium today from noon until 2 p.m. to have his picture taken with students and staff.

"The proceeds of this event will benefit the United Way," Philbrick said, adding a single Polaroid with Albert will cost $3.

Today's photo shoot is one of many different events held in conjunction with this week's homecoming festivities.

–Ed Stack

Quietly up for bids

Maple Leaf tickets, a one night accommodation package at the Station Park Inn and many other great prizes will be up for bidding at the United Way's silent auction tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m..

The auction will take place in the atrium of the University Community Centre. A sign up table for bids will be located on the atrium stage and there will be a list of some of the more popular items on a banner located near the entrance of The Wave.

Interesting items up for bid include a James Bond collector set, a package of personalized souvenirs signed by hockey guru Don Cherry and numerous gift certificates from London businesses. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the United Way.

–Stacy Whitney

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