Volume 92, Issue 35

Thursday, November 5, 1998

a little bit louder now


NEWS
 

Quickies



Brotherly grub


The Lambda Chi fraternity will be holding its annual international food drive this weekend, in conjunction with the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

The food drive, which is held the first Saturday of every November, is run by all 210 international chapters of the fraternity, to raise food for their respective communities. Collection bags were distributed to 5,000 homes in north London on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Dan Caroll, chair of the event and member of Lambda Chi.

Saturday is the pick-up day, where members meet at the fraternity house on Mill St. to begin collections between 10 and 3:30 p.m..

Carroll said their goal is to raise 15,000 pounds of food locally, to top the total of 12,000 pounds collected last year. Internationally they hope to raise one million pounds of food, which was last year's international total. All donated food goes to the London Food Bank to help needy families.

–JULIANNE KAPLAN



Award-winning research


Steven Beauchemin was this year's recipient for the Governor General's gold medal award, presented recently by Western President Paul Davenport.

The award, presented annually, honours the computer science graduate with the highest academic standing in a doctoral degree program at the university.

Beauchemin's thesis investigated the theoretical properties of occlusion and transparency in the foyer space.

According to his supervisor, John Barron, Beauchemin helped to mathematically derive what occlusion looks like. "His findings were particularly important because optical flow is difficult to measure and these results can be used in future research," Barron said.

Beauchemin is presently continuing his occlusion research at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

–WENDY BELLMORE



More Greek letters


Derby days are in full swing this week as the Sigma Chi fraternity and several London sororities are attempting to raise $2,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Simon Donato, philanthropy commissioner for the fraternity, said derby days are a week-long event featuring a variety of fund-raising efforts to raise money for a good cause.

"We've worked with them in the past and I know a few people who have lost parents to cancer in the last year – that makes it a good enough reason for me."

Donato said the fund-raiser will feature an air band competition at the Wave Thursday night as well as a campus cleanup on Saturday. "We're going to get the boys out here and some sororities, to grab garbage bags and pick up litter and trash from noon until 3 p.m.."

–DAVE YASVINSKI


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