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Volume 91, Issue 10
Friday, September 12, 1997
An increased number of Western students are surfing the web this year as RezNet, the Internet service provided by housing and food services, was made available in all residences.
"We rewired the residences and revised the price, as we did expect a larger number of people to sign up for RezNet, however we were still surprised at the numbers," said Susan Grindrod, senior director of housing and food services.
Grindrod said the $100 fee for RezNet is much less than a comparable Rogers Internet package.
She added the heavy investment in this project will lead to fewer problems as time goes on and serves as an important academic service for students. "We feel this is an investment in students' future."
"Shinerama was a truly successful event this year," said Adele Baker, Shinerama commissioner, adding not only because of the money raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Society, but also because of the creativity displayed by the students this year.
"This year's campaign emphasis was placed on the creativity of the students and instead of approaching people for donations we provided quality entertainment and humour," Baker said.
More than 4,000 first-year students and sophs participated in the event and although the final calculations have not been finished, an estimated $67,000 has been raised.
Some highlights of the event included a pyrotechnic topless car wash and music bands in East London.
The Women in Engineering Science and Technology will hold their fifth annual autoexploration event Sept.13 from 9:30 a.m to 1 p.m.
Two cars donated from a local auto wrecker will be taken apart by female engineering students under the direction of professional women mechanics. The organizers hope this event will provide an opportunity for female engineers to familiarize themselves with tools, equipment and other mechanical things, said engineering science secretary Sue Chapman.
She said this event will raise the level of confidence in the laboratory work where women have felt somewhat disadvantaged in the past.
"Male students who are unfamiliar with the insides of a car are also welcome," she said. The event will take place outside the Engineering Science Building.
This year's annual Terry Fox Run is coming to the University Community Centre's Concrete Beach Sept. 14. The race takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and anyone can participate throughout the day.
Terry Fox commissioner Erica Ward said runners do not need to have sponsors, but are required to obtain at least one pledge to run, adding there is no minimum pledge required.
The organization did not want to set a monetary goal to reach because their goal is to raise the numbers of runners. Ward encouraged everyone to come out and participate in the race.
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