Volume 93, Issue 12
Wednesday, March 18, 1999
Western students are gearing up for the annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research to take place this Sunday.
Jenn Downing, Terry Fox commissioner for the University Students' Council, said she was looking forward to the annual event and was expecting over a thousand participants to come out.
Although last year's event raised almost $15,000, Downing said she was confident this year's run would raise almost double the previous total.
"It's awesome. I've never seen so much enthusiasm from students especially during frosh week. Hopefully, we'll meet our goal of a thousand participants and $30,000," she said.
Downing added the run will take participants on a loop through Western's campus and Gibbons Park.
Interested participants can register and pick up pledge forms at the InfoSource in the atrium of the University Community Centre. A registration kiosk has also been set up across from the InfoSource, Downing said.
Although the race's official start time is 1 p.m., Downing said runners can show up any time after 12 p.m. the day of the race and still participate.
Next week, Western's First Annual International Opportunities Fair will give students all the information they need to get a change of scenery from London.
The fair takes place Tuesday, Sept. 21 in the Great Hall, Somerville House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to everyone. Admission is free.
Exhibits will provide information to students on how to get a teaching job abroad, how to volunteer in a developing country or how to embark on an educational exchange.
Debra Dawson, director of the Centre for New Students, said organizers discovered students are often unaware of existing opportunities. They hope the fair will change this. "It's to make students aware of all the opportunities available in employment, education and volunteer work," she said. She also said as the curriculum becomes more globalized it's important for opportunities to become more global.
Perry Monaco, VP-campus issues for the University Students' Council said the council supports the fair and will be in attendance. "We're providing opportunities for students at Western to get involved in the international community," he said.
Students at the University of McGill are finding it a whole lot easier to opt- out of their health plan now that a quick thinking Western student has solved the problem of long line ups and endless waiting.
Lev Bukhman, a third-year law student currently on leave of absence, started Studentcare Networks, an on-line opt-out system, which will allow students to cut down their time waiting in long opt-out lines by doing do on-line.
"So far its going really well. There's no fee and it and it can be done quickly," Bukhman said.
The service, which is being used at the University of Montreal, Concordia University, Queens University and Osgoode Hall, has been quite successful.
"We've been looking for something like this for a long time. It just makes sense. The web is the medium that students have the most access to," Bukhman said.
On Monday, the Hippocratic Council of medical students will kicking off the One Dollar Campaign, which will run for a week in hopes of raising money and awareness for the victims of the recent Turkish tragedy.
"We are asking that every medical student give one dollar to benefit the victims of the Turkey earthquake," said Eric Benchimol, director of the campaign.
"We're putting donation boxes in every medical building and all the cafeterias around the medical buildings," he said. "Our goal is to raise $600 and awareness to the plight of the victims."
Benchimol added the donations received will be donated to the Turkey earthquake relief fund at the Red Cross of Canada.
While Benchimol hasn't set a date for the second campaign which is slated to run in the new year, he said as medical students, the council was ready and looking forward to showing their commitment.
On Wednesday, Sept. 15 a comment attributed to Darlene Frampton was actually made by Kyle Patton. The Gazette regrets the error.
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