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Volume 91, Issue 16
Wednesday, September 24, 1997
Sparks flew yesterday afternoon at a residential home owned by the university located on Western Road just south of Essex Hall.
Although no serious damage was done, both the London Fire Department and the University Police Department were called to the scene.
Bill Trimble, senior director of human resources at Western, rents the house from housing and food services and explained there were physical plant employees doing some plumbing work at the house when the fire began.
"The fire was started when a torch being used by one of the plumbers ignited some insulation in the basement," said Insp. Bob Earl of the UPD, adding the fire caused only minor smoke and water damage.
Trimble explained the insulation in the downstairs kitchen where the fire took place is paper insulation and therefore incredibly dry. He said the fire department stayed at the scene to ensure the fire would not spread behind the insulation into the wall-boards.
The 1997/98 edition of the Westernizer will be handed out this week around campus.
The Westernizers have already been offered to first-year students and sophs during orientation week. They will be handed out to the remaining school population and to those who did not receive one the first time as part of the University Students' Council awareness week.
Students can pick up their Westernizers from the USC in the atrium of the University Community Centre between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. or throughout the week in their residences, said USC VP-communications James Deans, adding it is necessary to have your student ID and validation card in order to pick one up.
This year's quantities are limited so students should pick up their Westernizers as soon as possible, Deans added.
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Jacques Parizeau will be at Western tonight to tell students all about the wonderful world of separatism.
He will be speaking in the McKellar Room at 7 p.m. The talk will provide an excellent forum for students to talk with one of the leaders of the separatist movement in Quebec.
Bob Klanac, manager of marketing and services for the University Students' Council, said tickets for the event are still available. Tickets are $6 for Western students and $12 for non-students, Klanac said, adding they expect to sell out. If there are tickets left at the time of the lecture they will be available at the door.
There will also be an "I am Canadian" rally at 6 p.m. on the Concrete Beach tonight before the lecture.
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