Volume 93, Issue 80

Thursday, March 2, 2000


Western researchers get American money

Profs join students in strike

Chancellors praise liberal arts

Greenspan pays visit to campus

God debate finds no answers




Healing your soul

March is Health and Wellness month and the Covent Garden Market is taking advantage of this with a program focusing on mind and body.

The free program, which started yesterday, is open to the public and begins everyday at 12:30 p.m.. It runs until Mar. 5.

Hydrotherapy, massage techniques and Tai Chi are some of the topics being discussed, said Mary Baxter, communications officer for the downtown market.

Baxter also said healthy foods would be a feature and people would be invited to engage in the challenge of a chess tournament with a local chess master.

Beverley Teckham, owner of Carpe Diem Massages, said she thought this was a great initiative in which to be involved.

"This program gives a forum to ask questions and try things out," she said.

–Rana Issa

Talking the talk and walking the walk

Four Western students are heading to Memorial University in Newfoundland tomorrow to compete in the annual Canadian National Debating Championships, said Ellen Silver, VP-external of Western's Debating Society.

Silver said 80 teams from across Canada, including herself, will compete in the three day event, which starts tomorrow night and ends with a final two-on-two championship Sunday.

"Western has a long tradition of being a North American and national champion school," Silver said, adding Western had the oldest university debating society in North America. "It was founded some 150 odd years ago," she said.

She explained the competition would feature two debating teams facing off against each other, on topics ranging from international relations to politics.

Silver also said Western could not participate in the championships last year because they played host and host teams are not allowed to compete.

–Nina Chiarelli

New software puts Western on the map

A new software management program will soon be available to turn future bosses into better bosses.

Thanks to Tivoli Systems Inc., a subsidiary of IBM, Western will be the first university in the country to offer a software management program using Tivoli software, said Mike Bauer, director of Information Technology Services.

Bauer added the software would be made available to 30 fourth-year and 10 graduate students in computer science.

Bill Genn, assistant director of ITS, explained the software allowed large corporations to organize their management and administration. The new program would teach students system management and administration, while providing challenges and problem management applications. "It's leading edge software," Genn said.

Bauer added the program was slated to begin in September. "It's the way of the future," he said.

–Marcy Cabral

SOGS names presidential successor

The Society of Graduate Students did not have to look too far to find their new president-elect.

Fernand Gauthier, a PhD student in zoology, was acclaimed to the presidential office on Feb. 24, when the SOGS' council ratified him as their leader for the upcoming school year.

Brendan Dominick, the SOGS Chief Returning Officer, said Gauthier would take office May 1. His job as CRO was made easy when Gauthier was the only individual who sought the office, he said.

Gauthier, SOGS current VP-external, said he was excited to step into the role and was looking forward to representing graduate students in their fight against increasing tuition rates.

"Clearly tuition is the biggest issue all students can relate to. I want to bring more light to that," he said.

Although the road to his presidency came through acclamation, Gauthier said he would have rather fought for the spot. "That's an issue that concerns me. I would have hoped for somebody to run against me and some of my goals [as president] will be to increase interest in SOGS and student governance," he said.

SOGS is a member organization of the Canadian Federation of Students, a lobby group whose goal is a $3.7 billion injection of funding into universities this year.

"It's time administration and our student governing bodies start working together," he said, adding he commended current president Susan McDonald for her work over the past year.

–Paul-Mark Rendon

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