No more monkeying around
By Dave Yasvinski
Western's "Molson Wall of Fame," located in Thames Hall, will be unveiled Oct. 3 before the Mustang's homecoming football game.
Darwin Semotiuk, chair of the intercollegiate athletic program, said the purpose of the wall is to honour Western alumni who have represented Canada at the international level, while simultaneously acknowledging the $100,000 donation from Molson breweries that helped make Western's 3M Centre possible.
"It recognizes athletes while at the same time recognizing the University of Western Ontario and the important role Canadian corporations make in support of universities and sports in Canada," he said.
Carol Stinson, Western's assistant director of alumni relations and development, said the wall will be approximately 17 feet by 18 feet and a list of 349 names will go on the wall. "The project deservedly recognizes people who have represented Western well," she said.
The wall honours Western athletes who have participated in international competition through the Commonwealth Games, the summer or winter Olympics, the PanAmerican games or the World Student games. There will be room on the wall to commemorate athletes well into the future, Stinson said.
She added they are expecting about 100 people to turn out for the unveiling with about half these people being athletes honoured on the wall who live in the area.
London regional manager for Molson Breweries, Dan Grantham, said the donation was part of Molson's dedication to maintaining ties with Western. "It's part of our commitment to give back to the community we earn money from," he said.
Western's 3M centre, an addition to Thames Hall made possible in part by the Molson donation, houses the school of kinesiology as well as the Fowler-Kennedy athletic injury clinic research centre.
Grantham added Molson spends $600,000 yearly on promotional events such as the tailgate parties planned before every Western home football game this year.
Western president Paul Davenport will be on hand for the wall's unveiling along with representatives from Molson breweries, Semotiuk said.