Volume 91, Issue 70
Tuesday, February 3, 1998
Police officers at the university and around London were busy early Sunday morning as nine fights broke out following a Western Indo-Canadian Students' Association event held at the Wave.
University Police Department Const. Wendy McGowan said no charges were laid during the incidents, which began outside the University Community Centre at approximately 3 a.m.. Nine separate fights occurred on Concrete Beach, outside the Social Science Centre and in the Social Science parking lot. UPD called the London Police Department for back-up to break up the fights which involved approximately 100 people. Eight police officers, four from UPD and four from LPD were involved, McGowan said.
One incident involved eight or nine males kicking and punching one individual on the ground and a UPD sergeant suffered minor injuries while trying to break up the fight, McGowan reported.
Andrew Mes, assistant manager of the Wave, said because of similar problems with the WICSA event last year and the large number of people expected to attend the pub, eight extra security people were employed inside the bar. "It's our policy to make sure everything is safe inside the bar, but what goes on outside is the responsibility of the UPD," Mes said.
Yesterday marked the beginning of Western's sixth annual Fine Arts Festival which promises to enlighten and educate students over the next week.
Today's free events, beginning at noon, include the performance of piano player and singer Corwyn at the Wave in addition to the Western Horn Quartet in the atrium of the University Community Centre. Students can also support the festival by attending the Battle of the Bands tonight at the Wave which begins at 7:30 p.m..
The week-long event kicked-off in the Social Science Centre by the Arts Advocacy Panel made up of speakers including faculty of visual arts chair Madeline Lennon and music professor Paul Woodford.
"The panel [spoke] about the importance of fine arts, especially now with the cutbacks," said Melissa Johnson, fine arts commissioner for the University Students' Council. "Arts drive within the community, so why not within the university."
The cost for this week's events range from free to $3, or students can purchase a festival pass for $8 at InfoSource. All proceeds will be contributed to next year's festival.
University Students' Council presidential candidates offered students their version of Kraft Dinner in a taste-test contest held yesterday in the atrium of the UCC.
The winner of the contest was Ian Armour with 46 per cent of the votes, followed by Jarmila Zakova with 22 per cent, Brett Slade with 18 per cent, Warren Tilston with nine per cent and last but not least, Peter Hill with five per cent of the Kraft-iest vote.
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