Volume 91, Issue 55
Wednesday, January 7, 1998
Holiday wrap up: what you missed
Students and staff at the Althouse Faculty of Education Building were getting ready to pack it in for the year when a storage room on the second floor went up in flames Dec. 3.
Peter Harding, deputy fire chief for the London fire department, said the blaze started when chemistry student Kelly Axworthy had a problem with a jar of reactive chemicals while cleaning an area adjacent to a chemistry lab.
"[Axworthy] was burned on the forehead and thigh and was upset at the time," Harding said. She was taken to the London Health Sciences Centre by ambulance, treated and released later that day.
After responding to the alarm at 2:18 p.m., a team of inspectors was sent into the building due to concern over the possibility of chemicals in the area which would be reactive to water. Two such chemicals were found, therefore, the squad used foam to fight the fire, Harding said.
Judy Noordermeer, Western's communications and public affairs coordinator, said everyone was evacuated from the building safely, though classes were cancelled and the building was closed for the rest of the day.
She added the area has since been cleaned, which will allow for a final assessment of the cost of the damage to be completed this week, but repairs have not yet been done and the storage room remains closed.
SUIT ME UP SMOKEY - I'M GOIN' IN. A member of the London fire department gets ready to enter the chemically-inflamed abyss of Althouse college.
It was announced by Western's administration Dec. 3 that off-campus courses will undergo significant changes this spring due to decreasing enrollment and high costs.
Courses will no longer be offered at off-campus locations but will now be available through other means such as on-line and video/audio correspondence courses, said VP-academic Greg Moran. "We will be offering the same courses but will redirect our approach," he said.
Western student Richard Pan received an early Christmas present on Dec. 8 when he was named a Rhodes Scholar.
The 21-year-old fourth-year economics student was one of two university students in Ontario who will be awarded the prestigious award which enables him to study for two years at Oxford University in England. Pan said he plans to commence his studies at Oxford in October in international relations.
Not quite ready in time for Western students to find under the tree, the 1997/98 student directory finally made its debut on Jan. 5, just in time for second semester.
University Students' Council VP-communications James Deans said the directories were late arriving this year due to failed attempts at providing students' email addresses in the publication.
The directories can be picked up in the University Community Centre atrium and will be available until they run out, Deans said. He added students must show ID before receiving a directory.
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