Volume 94, Issue 8


Walden marching into sunset

Teachers on board, questions remain

Londoners apathetic to upcoming elections

Western Shinerama shines the brightest


USC looking to hire a few good interns

Americans look north for education

Oz finally taps his ruby shoes

Planet Me

Western Shinerama shines the brightest

By Mike Murphy
Gazette Staff

Shinerama swamped London on Saturday, as Western students poured onto sidewalks looking for donations to support cystic fibrosis research.

While she did not yet have a final tally of funds raised, University Students' Council Shinerama Commissioner Leslie Tummonds, said she was extremely pleased with the way the event went.

"It was very successful. A lot of participants came out from the residences," she said.

Tummonds said no monetary goal was set for this year's campaign, as she and other organizers were more interested in getting students excited about the cause, rather than concentrating on a specific fundraising mark.

One concern for this year's Shinerama organizers was complying with the new provincial Safe Streets Act, which restricts the activities of squeegee kids and aggressive panhandlers.

However, according to Tummonds, bringing Shinerama in line with the new law was not a problem. "It's always been illegal to go on the streets anyways," she said. "We just really emphasized to the frosh not to go into the streets."

Anne Marie DeCicco, London's deputy mayor, said from what she saw of Shinerama, the new Act was not being violated. "It appeared to me that all the students were obeying the fact that they had to stay on the sidewalks and couldn't be running out into the streets," she stated.

DeCicco added she was impressed with the creativity shown by students in attracting the attention of motorists and hoped the new law has not diminished Shinerama's ability to raise funds.

"We don't actively go out and enforce that kind of event," she said, adding if the city were to receive complaints from Londoners, it would take a look at measures to ensure compliance with the Safe Streets Act.

Julie Cookson, manager of annual giving and donor relations with the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, said Western has a long history of successful Shinerama events.

According to Cookson, Western has raised more Shinerama money than any other school in Canada every year since 1978.

Last year, Western came up with a net total of over $98 000. The next highest total, from Wilfrid Laurier University, was just over $58 000. Cookson said she attributes Western's high totals to the sheer size of the school's population and to strong student participation.

"There's sheer numbers and you just get such a high percentage of the first year students out," Cookson said, adding the London community is also an especially supportive one.

She added since 1968, when Western started doing Shinerama, the school has raised over $1.6 million for cystic fibrosis research.

Virginia Daugharty, London chapter administrator for the Foundation, said she's always impressed with the enthusiasm of Western frosh. "They are the envy of all Canadian chapters," she said.

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