Volume 91, Issue 57

Friday, January 9, 1998

on the rocks



Flames not cheap

The final estimate of damage is in. Dave Riddell, senior director of Physical Plant at Western, said it will cost approximately $90,000 to do repairs at the Althouse Faculty of Education Building after a fire in a chemical storage room on the second floor left the area in shambles on Dec. 3.

Riddell said repairs have already started in the storage room, including some work that needs to be done in the roof lines. Although work is expected to continue throughout the rest of the month, Riddell said the chemistry lab adjacent to the burned storage room is still open to students.

–Donna MacMullin

Debating the issues

As this year's Model Parliament begins tonight, "bigger and better" is the forecast, said Andrzej Zybul, organizer of the event.

The Young Reformers will debut as Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, while the shoes of Her Majesty's Disloyal Opposition will be filled by members of the Debating Society.

The Young Progressive Conservatives will also vie for input into the many issues at hand including the budget, national unity, the environment, victim rights, family values and justice.

There will also be discussion on a defense and military justice bill set to be introduced into Model Parliament by its Prime Minister Dave Palumbo and his Young Liberals.

The event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

–Daniel Steiche

Return of the clubs

In the great tradition of sequels, Clubs Week II will hit a University Community Centre atrium near you beginning Monday.

The week will be similar to the one held in September but will boast only about 50 clubs, said University Students' Council club officer Karen Gale. There are eight newly ratified clubs making their debut next week, including a Skydiving club and The Simpsons fan club, Gale added.

Booths will be set up each day next week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..

–Sara Marett

Words mightier than the sword

The 18th Annual World Debating Championship in Greece was anything but a Greek tragedy for a Western debating duo who placed second in the the world.

The team of first-year MBA student Brent Patterson and third-year computer science student David Orr returned from their Greek odyssey yesterday where 28 countries and 300 debating teams joined to compete over the five-day event.

"We couldn't have done this if it wasn't for a generous donation from the Alumni Association," said debating society president Rob Silver, who also participated in the competition finishing 33rd with partner Nathan MacDonald, a third-year political science student.

"Should foreign policy be linked to human rights?" was the final topic argued by the Western team and winners who were assigned to argue in support of the union.

–Sandra Dimitrakopoulos

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