Volume 93, Issue 18
Thursday, September 29, 1999
Bringing a little piece of Scotland with him, a highly renowned history professor began a series of lectures on campus yesterday.
Retired professor Christopher Smout gave the first of three lectures as part of the Jane Goodman Lectures yesterday, as he discussed his lecture series, entitled The Scots at Home and Abroad, from 1600-1750.
Western history professor Barbara Murison said Smout taught Scottish history at the University of St. Andrews and is an expert on Scottish and environment history. "I am very pleased that the professor is coming. I have heard him speak in Edinburgh. He has a fine reputation as a scholar," she said.
Murison added the lectures are free and open to the general public. They run for approximately one hour. "We are hoping that lots of people will come from outside the university as well as inside."
Smout lectures today and Thursday, at 4 p.m. in the McKellar Room in the University Community Centre.
A Western grad has been successful at reaching the stars.
Todd Fuller, a PhD student in the department of physics and astronomy, has won the 1999 William Henry Wehlau Prize.
Fuller won the award for his research in cosmology, which took him back about 10 billion years to the origin of the stars. Fuller said he is still conducting the research, investigating objects which could have formed the first stars using a computer to simulate the formation of clouds of gases.
The $1,000 prize is awarded annually to an astronomy graduate student in honour of the late Wehlau, who founded Western's department of astronomy in 1966 and served as its head until his retirement in 1991.
"It's quite an honour," Fuller said. "This is the first prize in astronomy I have won."
Students in the chemistry building haven't been forced to deal with any other strange odours since a mystery smell permeated the halls in mid-August.
The unexplained incident, which caused the evacuation of the chemistry building, has been no cause for alarm, said Western's VP-administration Peter Mercer. "It's puzzling, but the investigation was done and it won't receive anymore attention," he said.
Although two students were evacuated from the building and sent to the hospital for treatment, Mercer said it was strictly a precautionary measure. "There was no degree of alarm."
Mercer added the investigation done by Occupational Health and Safety Canada, was a standard procedure as this was an environmental incident.
Western has always had a strong vigilance towards safety, Mercer said, adding the university is always upgrading their emergency response systems.
The United Way has begun it's first week of campaigning and Western is already buzzing with excitement.
The atrium will be host to many activities and events highlighting the week.
"We're going to have smile representatives on the bus to Waterloo selling glow sticks and collecting money for the United Way," said Lindsay Mattick, United Way commissioner for the University Students' Council.
The United Way is hoping to attract students in the atrium through events such as a silent auction which will sell electronic equipment and household appliances like phones, VCRs and CD players. Students interested in contributing can also make donations at the cafeteria cash registers, Mattick said.
"We're hoping the fact that Homecoming '99 and the United Way are working together this year will raise visibility," she said.
Tired of the World Wrestling Federation? Want to learn to wrestle like a professional?
The Development Wrestling Organization is the new student run organization on campus, aiming to teach people proper wrestling techniques.
Organization committee member Megan Dillenbeck said the organization is for people who want to brush up on skills or learn wrestling how-tos. "There isn't a hands-on wrestling club for students," Dillenbeck said. "It's open to anybody, people with experience or people without."
Dillenbeck added there is a demonstration clinic on Oct. 2 in Alumni Hall, Rm. 15 where participants can meet Western's wrestling coach Ray Takahashi and members of the varsity squad.
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