Volume 93, Issue 82

Tuesday, March 7, 2000


NEWS

VP candidates announced

American mag features Western's Fairs

Homework needed on exchanges

Wallin makes Western's list of honourables

U of T cancer research spreads

Library does its research

Grand Am theft auto

Briefs

Stuff

Caught on campus 1

Caught on campus 2

Caught on campus 3

Caught on campus 4

Wallin makes Western's list of honourables



By Lisa Whitaker
Gazette Staff

Spring convocation will be spiced up this year by some big names receiving Western honorary degrees.

This year's list includes Canadian broadcaster Pamela Wallin, Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour and Jack Granatstein, director the Canadian War Museum. Western's VP-academic Greg Moran said he was pleased with the list. "I think it is going to be a very exciting spring convocation," he said.

This year's group of recipients includes notables from a wide range of disciplines including the arts, sciences, social sciences and medicine, Moran said. "Western should be proud."

Pamela Wallin, who will receive the distinguished honour in the fall, is a well known public figure who works for both CBC and CTV and is president of Pamela Wallin Productions Inc.

"I was taken back, [I feel] flattered and honoured, as Western is one of the best universities in the world," she said.

Honorary degrees have been presented to Wallin from Wilfrid Laurier University and Brock University. She will also be receiving one from Ryerson this spring.

Wallin, who started out in French studies at the University of Regina, graduated with a combined degree in psychology and political science.

Today in Vancouver, she said she would be announcing the launch of a new internet project on which she is currently working.

She said she stumbled into journalism by accident when she helped a friend out at the Prince Albert Penitentiary who needed someone to lead a radio commentary.

Her first job was for CBC radio in Regina, Saskatchewan and her career has included stints with The Toronto Star.

"Journalists will be the search engines in this new world," Wallin said, adding the key for young journalists was to have ideas, flexibility, perspective about the world and the ability to cope with change.

As for the future, Wallin said she would continue to produce television programs and work on her internet project.

Michael Nolan, a professor in the faculty of information and media studies said he was generally pleased with the list. "I think it is an excellent idea to give Pamela Wallin the award," he said.


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