Volume 93, Issue 98

Tuesday, April 4, 2000


Western bigwigs bring home the big bucks

A brave new world for safety

New dean from down under

VP-research Bill Bridger re-appointed for a second term

Day returns as federal hopeful

New campaign gets million dollar boost



Caught on campus

New campaign gets million dollar boost

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

Breakfast was not the only thing Western served up at its annual report to the community last Thursday.

In its yearly general report to the City of London, Western extended its arm to the public when a crowd of approximately 200 Londoners assembled at the London Convention Centre to hear Western's latest progress report. The report gave the audience a glance at Western's future endeavours presented by a list of keynote speakers including Western administrators, faculty, London's mayor and the chair of Western's latest fundraising campaign, Bill Brock.

Brock, former deputy chair of the Toronto Dominion Bank, pledged a one million dollar donation to the campaign to fund a professorship in child health. The campaign, which starts this fall, is aiming to raise $270 million by April 2004. "To date, we've received $123 million – 45 per cent of our goal," he said.

Western president Paul Davenport applauded the donation and explained the school would use the money to provide 3,400 extra classroom spaces, as well as, more department chairs, faculty and staff.

"As the university's economic centre rises and falls, so does the City of London. We have an integral link – and we know that," said London mayor Dianne Haskett, citing City Council's recent decision to grant Western $10 million over the next five years as part of the continued relationship.

Apart from Brock's presentation, several professors and researchers were on hand to give the community a glimpse of what Western was looking into for future studies.

Some of the funds from the campaign will go towards improving studies invested in developing high-tech instruments, such as intelligent software for internet business, said Ian Kerr, a media, information and technoculture/law professor. "The important thing to remember is that this is the first wave and the technology will go a lot further."

Moira Stewart, a researcher at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, said the Centre's approach to studies in breast cancer was giving patients a renewed hope in their search for treatment.

"Information must be given in a hopeful context," she said, explaining that patients learning to live with the disease needed an increased feeling of control over their lives.

Anton Allahar, a sociology professor, said although today's youth have changed for the better, he was still concerned with current pedagogical techniques. "I propose we take a close look at just what message we deliver to young people," he said. "It's time once more for all of us to start teaching as a vocation, not a job. I know that this is easier said than done," he said.

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