Volume 94, Issue 55

Wednesday, December 6, 2000


CFS stages sit-in over law changes

Unions poised to walk out over new bill

USC to debate changes to VP elections voting

Footballers score $16,000

Campus Briefs

McGuinty trashes Harris via e-mail - 'Pee-mail' campaign erupts over drug testing

Footballers score $16,000

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council is $16,000 richer after Western's entrant in the Budweiser/National Football League Campus Touch Football League emerged victorious in last Saturday's national final.

Brian Findlay, of the Stellick Marketing Communications Inc. which represents both Budweiser and the NFL, said the country-wide competition featured over a hundred teams from six different universities.

He explained Western's 'Dawgs' won the western division and advanced all the way to the finals during the Vanier Cup weekend in Toronto. There, the Western representative beat the representative from the University of New Brunswick by the score of 24-2, he said.

He added the competition, in its first year, is a joint venture between Budweiser and the NFL. "This was the first year and it turned out great," he said. "There are certainly plans to grow it in the future."

Mitch Chiba, a first-year honours business and administration student at Western, was captain of the winning team and was also the competition representative on campus. He said the team was sponsored by the USC and therefore the USC will be receiving the $16,000 prize money to distribute in scholarships.

"It was a fantastic experience – something I'll never forget," he said. USC president, Dave Braun, said he was tremendously excited about the $16,000 donation and added it will be put to good use as part of the USC's scholarship efforts. "This is a victory for students," he said. "Students across campus will benefit from this scholarship for years to come."

Jaime Notman, USC communications officer, said the USC already has a scholarship fund established which council hopes will be awarding money to students in financial need within the next few years. The USC Scholarship was established this past Homecoming weekend by the USC Alumni Chapter, she said.

Currently, the fund has over $10,000 and once it has reached level where it can survive by itself on the interest accumulated, the USC will begin awarding one $500 scholarship each year, she explained. The $16,000 donated by Budweiser and the NFL may be added to the current fund or may be used to establish a second scholarship fund, she added.

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