Volume 91, Issue 11

Tuesday, September 16, 1997




Rae of hope

Former premier of Ontario Bob Rae is coming to Western today to present his lecture, "Raes of Hope Foundation for a New Constitution."

Since his 1995 provincial election loss, Rae has been a professor of law at Osgoode Hall in Toronto.

Rae is scheduled to speak about the constitution and the premiers meeting on unity that took place last weekend, said Brian Hilbers, a member of the distinguished society in the faculty of law.

The lecture will take place at the Josephine Spencer Niblett Law Building in Rm 38 at 12:30 p.m.

–Tom Strgacic

Join the club

All this week is clubs week at Western and the University Community Centre is a hive of activity.

Over 100 ethnic, general interest and sporting clubs are available for sign-ups between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. this week.

Clubs commissioner Steve Lemieux said over 6,000 students belonged to a club last year and this year similar results are expected.

The clubs policy committee will have an information booth in the atrium all week to hand out a directory and answer any questions.

–Tony Paolo

All bottled up

The Canadian Diabetes Association and The Beer Store have joined forces again to bring the sixth annual "Case For A Cure" bottle drive to Ontario.

On Sept. 27, volunteers will be at all beer store locations to accept empty bottles or cash donations.

This year's goal is to raise $200,000 across Ontario, said Sandy Morden, special events manager of the London CDA, adding she hopes $10,000 will be raised locally.

"Some London locations will feature buskers and clowns to attract attention to the event," Morden said.

It is hoped local restaurants and bars will support the fund raiser and donate bottles from the week preceding the event, she said, adding pick-up of empties is available for these businesses.

"Donating a case of empties is a painless way to give and to support a worthy cause," said Lyn McDonell of the CDA. This campaign is to support research and prevention efforts as well as to generate awareness.

–Ed Stack

Western hits Toronto

They showed up in droves and may be coming to a university near you.

In the first of its kind, the University Information Fair at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto last weekend was a resounding success, said Wendy Loat, chair of the organizing committee for the event.

"We hoped for 30,000 visitors and we exceeded that goal by far."

The goal of the experimental project was to give better information and let parents get involved, Loat said, adding there are future plans for an information session in Ottawa.

The Western View Book, outlining the university's faculties and courses was distributed among students both young and old, said Rob Tiffin, Western's deputy registrar, who was on hand to answer questions and concerns. Tiffin was joined by Susan Grindrod, senior director of housing and food services and Peggy Wakabayashi, manager of residence admissions and off-campus housing at the event.

"This program let us get in touch with as many applicants as possible and also gave smaller universities the opportunity to be better represented," Tiffin said.

–Sandra Dimitrakopoulos

The Net becomes larger

London is looking for new ways to get wired and Western has the answer. A presentation at 2:15 p.m. today at Elborn College Rm 1330, will announce new partnerships for the London and Region Global Network.

The high-speed communications network, LARG*net, was launched in '94 to provide high quality computer applications not normally run through a normal Internet service, said Judy Noordermeer, public affairs officer at Western. "It allows hospitals to do medical imaging and long-distance consultations with doctors in other locations," she said, adding the network is also used to share research.

The new members linking into the system are expected to expand the possibilities of the network and take applications beyond the medical realm.

Western's President Paul Davenport will be the master of ceremonies at the presentation today, where interactive demonstrations will also be given to display new uses for the network system.

–Donna MacMullin

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