Volume 93, Issue 48

Wednesday, November 24, 1999


USC could change meaning of student

PhD program arrives at BOG

Western unites in fundraising drive

City narrows field in decision for contract

Sunny days sweep the clouds away

UN sounds alarm on AIDS


Caught on campus


Western unites in fundraising drive

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

The tallies are almost in and it looks as if Western's United Way campaign has once again been successful.

Registrar Roma Harris, Western's United Way faculty co-chairperson, confirmed while Western's United Way faculty campaign had extended their deadline from Nov. 15 until this Friday, the university will almost certainly reach its goal. "The campaign is going fine and we've already reached half of the $260,000," she said.

Harris explained even though the campaign ends Friday, pledge returns will continue to come in, adding to the approximate $130,000 already collected.

Harris said the faculty campaign consists of a pledge system which enables staff to sign up for a direct debit from their paycheques which goes directly into the campaign. "Many people, like myself, sign up to have money deducted from our monthly cheques."

Western's United Way contribution also includes a student campaign which raised nearly $15,000, said University Students' Council United Way commissioner Lindsay Mattick.

"Our goal is $15,000, over the whole year, but we've already raised the bulk," Mattick said. "At this point we've raised over $11,000 and we haven't received the coin boxes yet."

Mattick said the boxes, which were placed at all cafeteria cash registers, usually raise a total of $1,000.

"Before the holidays we hope to be at $13,000. I'm really pleased," Mattick said. "We had a bigger committee this year with over 25 people. Our goal was to raise awareness." She added this year's campaign has nearly tripled last year's total of $3,800.

London Middlesex United Way chair Don Pearson said London's effort has been great. "We're at the halfway point. We're blowing past the $3 million mark."

Pearson said the city, much like the university, continues to receive donations after the official campaign closes. "Some places will still be reporting, but we're projecting to achieve the goal," he said.

Western's total, which amounts to nearly five per cent of the campaign's $5 million goal every year, sounds very promising, Pearson explained. "Western's contributions are the third largest in our campaign."

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