Volume 93, Issue 1

Friday, May 14, 1999


BOG to Senate: reconsider med school tuition freeze

Bus pass universally confusing

Jungle yearbook mauls council

Flag on the Play - Mustang football player penalized for roughing

Tory budget gets mixed reviews

London's latest stabbing has fatal consequences

Rumours threaten school safety

Sun rises on new Weldon Library

Kill your T.V.?


In the city

Sun rises on new Weldon Library

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

Last Friday witnessed the official opening of the newly renovated, state-of-the-art D.B. Weldon Library.

Mary Ann Mavrinac, head of public services and project coordinator for the renovation project at the library, said she was pleased to be a part of the entire project and to be present for the final festivities as well.

The celebration, which occurred on the newly renovated main floor of library, was attended by many guests from Western and the London community.

In addition to three London Members of Provincial Parliament, including Dianne Cunningham, retired and present library staff, faculty and students also participated in the festivities, she said.

Mavrinac added many of the people responsible for the major renovations of the library were present, which allowed many of the donors to be thanked for their contributions. Members of the Weldon family, including David Weldon after whom the library is named, were also in attendance. "The Weldon family donated $500,000 dollars to the renovations," she said.

Another great contributor to the new library was Sun Microsystems whose president, Everett Anstey, was on hand for the celebration.

According to Mavrinac, Sun Microsystems contributed hundreds of computers for student use. "The JavaStations were donated by Sun Microsystems – they donated 250 JavaStations and two servers to run these stations," she said.

Brian Semkowski, VP-sales of Sun Microsystems, said he was pleased to contribute to the university and hoped the partnership between the company and Western would continue.

Semkowski added he was honoured to be invited to the official opening celebration of library. "The reception was great," he said. "They did a great job."

Walter Zimmerman, an online services librarian at the library and employee since its opening in 1972, was also a guest at the celebration. He said the event was a pleasant way to conclude the finale of the year-long renovations.

Overall, Zimmerman said all of the staff are happy the renovations are now complete and they can enjoy the state-of-the-art library. "I think it's a lot nicer," he said.

Dalin Jameson, executive assistant to Western's President Paul Davenport and VP-academic Greg Moran, said Moran greatly applauded the contributors.

He also said Moran was quick to emphasize the importance of the investment by the Weldon family and Sun Microsystems as a tremendous benefit to the future generation of Western students.

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