Volume 92, Issue 94
Thursday, March 25, 1999
Legal troubles are mounting for a King's College student recently charged with arson in relation to a fire which broke out at the Western affiliate March 19.
Libbey Joplin, a 35-year-old part-time student at the college, has now been charged in connection with two other fires that previously occurred at King's, said Const. Terry Griffin of the London police.
Joplin did not post bail on Monday for the first charge and is still in custody, Griffin said. She will be back in court today for bail hearings in connection with the fires.
The March 19 blaze damaged portions of the college's chapel, but was quickly extinguished by four people.
Joplin is also a suspect in previous incidents, which occurred last December and this past February, said Gerald Killan, principal of King's College.
Western debaters have talked their way out of another winning weekend.
The University of Western Ontario Debate Society sent five teams to the North American Novice Championship held at the University of Guelph this past weekend, said Tania Keefe, VP-external of the society. Forty teams from all over Canada were present at the tournament for first-year debaters, Keefe said.
Western put on a strong effort and was rewarded by top team finishes and four top 10 individual finishes. The pair of Ellen Silver and Penny LeBlanc lead the way by winning the tournament while another Western team, consisting of Amy Galigan and Naomi Loewith placed third overall, Keefe said.
"UWO started the year off by winning the tournament at Harvard and ended the year by winning Guelph's tournament," Keefe added.
The McIntosh Gallery has transformed D.B. Weldon Library and the Western BookStore into temporary art exhibits as it undergoes renovations.
The McIntosh Gallery has been closed since Feb. 8 and has loaned out its art collection until it reopens some time in May, said Catherine Elliot Shaw, curator for the McIntosh Gallery. The official reopening is June 26 also the gallery's 57th birthday.
The McIntosh Gallery's 2,500-plus collection is currently displayed at six "satellite spaces" including four places in the London area, Shaw said.
Following the renovations, a new study centre at Althouse College will be established to allow students and scholars to examine the works in a better environment, Shaw said. The changes will condense what used to be three separate locations into two.
"The renovations will bring the gallery to the top there will be environmental and safety improvements," Shaw added.
Western and College Club are teaming up to raise money for the Children's Aid Society.
"College Club is a good way for students to get things done and to meet people. It's a great thing and we know students love us," said Tony Sibbald, a representative for College Club, an interactive, internet-based club for students.
Nadia Simpson, Western's representative for College Club, is helping the group reach their goal of $5,000.
For every Western student who signs up with College Club, $1 will be donated to the Children's Aid Society, Simpson said. So far $100 has been made at Western and the group hopes to double the amount.
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