Volume 92, Issue 47

Thursday, November 26, 1998

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Assault trial date set

On Tuesday, the trial date was set for the four individuals who were charged in connection with a Sept. 19 assault at the Wave.

The trial date for Hosam and Wosam Halbouni and Hany and Hicham Lebada has been set for Feb. 17 in the new year.

Tuesday's court appearance was only intended to set a date for trial. A date was not set previously since an adjournment was requested by Randy Killey, an agent representing the Halbouni's lawyer, Harold Stafford, at their first court appearance.

"A full day has been set aside," said Murry Neilson, lawyer for the Lebada. "I expect a full day, if not longer," he added.

The crown has approximately 10 to 11 witnesses, Neilson said. He explained it is unlikely the trial will be completed in a single day if all of the witnesses and the Halbouni and Lebada brothers have to testify.

Neilson suspects the trial might attract some media attention because of accusations his clients are members of the media-dubbed "preppy gang."

He added his clients are upset they have been labelled as being connected to this group. "It's very harmful to their image."

The crown attorney for the case will be John Skowronski. Since he was just assigned to the case, Skowronski said he has not had a chance to review the file.

Sleeping next to the giant

Students interested in Canada-United States relations will have the opportunity today to listen to an authority on the subject.

John Higginbotham, minister (political) for the Canadian embassy in Washington D.C., will be speaking in the McKellar Room in the University Community Centre at 3 p.m. on the topic "Canada-U.S. Relations: The Challenges," said Erika Simpson, a professor in the political science department and the organizer of the event.

The event is sponsored by a number of groups including the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Canadian Centre for Foreign Policy Development and the Canadian Institute of International Affairs.

"I'm sure he is going to talk about different issues," she said. "He prefers to speak off the cuff."

There will be a question and answer period, Simpson said, adding students are invited to attend a reception following the presentation.


Technology open to faculty

The Instructional Technology Resource Centre is having an open house today for Western faculty.

All faculty members are invited to drop by Room 100 of the Natural Sciences Centre to explore the various examples of how the ITRC's technology can be used in an instructional setting. "The purpose of the open house is to familiarize people with the facility," said Mike Bauer, senior director at information technology services.

The ITRC is a facility which features the latest hardware and software for the development of online course material and is supported by two technical support staff and eight student assistants, Bauer said.

The student assistants will be paired with professors who have made proposals for technology-enhanced teaching, he added. The centre has already received between three and five proposals so far from interested professors, Bauer said.

Faculty can drop by the ITRC open house between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m..


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