Students out of town but the world keeps on spinning
Even when most Western students had gone home for the summer there was plenty of activity on-campus and around the city to report on. Here's the scoop on what happened while you were away.
York University strikes out
May was a month of new beginnings and endings, but none as anticipated as the strike at York University which completed its final round May 13, leaving students scrambling for summer courses and more broke than when deliberations started.
Western's TAs don't walk the talk
Western's teaching assistants had threatened to walk off the job since April 26, although they seemed more inclined to stay.
Union representatives for the teaching assistants met with the Ontario Labour Relations Board May 13 for a hearing about contract arbitration, yet mediators noted a conclusion to this problem would be hindered by monetary issues.
The money is in the bank for biz kids
Students at the Richard Ivey School of Business can get more financial help with new scholarships being offered by Scotiabank totalling $2 million to be awarded from 1998 to 2000.
Rubinoff runs for office
During the federal election frenzy, Western's Michael Rubinoff, a 20-year-old political science student, led the Education Party of Canada. His party ran in the London North Centre riding, where Rubinoff campaigned to bring issues regarding education to the forefront of the federal government. After receiving 339 votes, Rubinoff had not only ruffled a few political feathers, but also made friends with Liberal Member of Parliament Joe Fontana.
The politically-minded were also able to hear the platforms of Progressive Conservative leader Jean Charest and Prime Minister Jean Chrétien when they made last-minute election visits to London.
Web site city
Cyberspace is now closer than a light-year away for Western students who have the opportunity to post personal web pages while receiving access to campus computer labs and email at no cost.
Information Technology Services is allotting five megabites of disk space to all students, faculty and staff members with a general code of conduct prohibiting illegal activities on the web.
A royal change
June was also a time of bad news for students in Nova Scotia as the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce pulled out of its student loan program due to rising bankruptcy rates.
Royal Bank will be taking over the student loan program for the entire province so students can expect long line-ups in September.
London got the games
Heritage Minister Sheila Copps announced June 17 that London, with the partnership of Woodstock, Grand Bend and St. Thomas, will host the 2001 Canada Summer Games. London beat out nine other Ontario cities and received unanimous support by the games committee.
Massive mammaries marvel Majesty
Londoners had a royal opportunity to meet a member of the monarchy June 26 when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip visited Victoria Park. Hundreds of royal watchers gathered to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty walk about the park and a tree was planted in her honour. One spectator even went so far as to grace the Queen's presence in a topless fashion.
compiled by Sara Marett