Volume 93, Issue 16
Friday, September 24, 1999
A group of university and college students from Taiwan are stopping in London this weekend as part of a worldwide tour to promote their culture.
The 1999 Taiwanese Chinese Youth Goodwill Mission, will be at Althouse College this Sunday evening to perform a collection of Chinese songs, dancing, kung-fu and folk art.
The exhibition is part of an initiative by the Taiwan Ministry of Education to promote cultural understanding and goodwill. The Ministry has sponsored two groups to tour the world every year since 1974. This year's tours are to Northern Europe and Canada.
Jacqueline Ng, administrative assistant to the principal of Huron College is co-ordinating the group's London stop. "This is an important opportunity to learn about Chinese culture," she said.
The Western alumni relations and development department has had a record year so far, raising a total of over $1.2 million. Amazingly, $32,850 came in on one night.
The department has been hard at work since May 1 on it's annual campaign to get donations for the university. Contributions come mainly from Western or alumni, or parents who have their children currently attending the university.
"There are 165,000 alumni and we try to reach them, we also try to reach as many parents as we can," said associate director of Western's annual fund Susan McKenzie.
"On average [we receive] around $100," said McKenzie about the amount of money the university can expect from the typical donor.
The Liberal red machine hits London this weekend for the annual party convention where many of Ontario's Members of Parliament and over 700 delegates will be on board.
The convention starts today at the London Convention Centre and runs until noon Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister Herb Gray, Minister of Health Allan Rock, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Elinor Caplan and many other cabinet ministers will be in attendance.
Minister of Heritage Sheila Copps will be on hand as the keynote speaker.
Mike Klander, the executive director of the Liberal Party of Canada, said this convention will address a wide array of topics.
"It's partially a policy convention, with policies coming in from most of Ontario's 101 ridings," Klander said.
Western's International Centre for Olympic Studies began operation at it's new location today.
The centre for Olympic research, now located in Rm. 2331 of Somerville House, is open to the general public and all Western students, said professor Robert Barney, director of the centre.
"It's open to everybody. We have people come who are older scholars," he said, adding approximately 3,500 people visited the centre last year.
"I think that was the best option available to us," Barney said.
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