Volume 94, Issue 103

Wednesday, April 4, 2001


Med students rally against hight tuition

USC applauds students and profs

CHRW gets a national nod for excellence

Downtown surveillance cameras set to be on the lookout this summer

Transit strike hits Victoria

Alberta students join fight for foothills



Day trading guru to speak at Ivey

Tonight at 8 p.m. Canada's first student-run day trading club –The Western Day Traders – will host a talk by Charles Kim, partner and head trader of Swift Trade Securities Inc.

"Everyone needs to learn how to invest capital. People need to understand the market in general, and I think day trading is one of the easiest means to do so," Kim said.

Kim said his speech will involve a discussion of the effects of day trading on the economy, day trading as a career choice, and what kind of education is needed to break into the business. The company will be seeking out more than 150 graduates with backgrounds in business or commerce over the next year, he added.

"[Whether] you have a competitive or aggressive nature, it is something that you can easily be taught," he said. "People who prefer to work on their own, as opposed to being part of a team, are the ones that do the best in the business."

The talk will be held in room 1R40 of the Richard Ivey School of Business.

–Jessica Leeder

Free air time for Summer Games

The New PL television station will provide broadcasting in the name of community spirit when the 2001 Canada Summer Games come to London this summer.

Details of the sponsorship deal worth over $390,000 were announced last week and include free air time for advertising and promotion of the games, said Don Mumford, program and promotion manager of The New PL.

"We see our role as promoting the spirit of the games for the community of London," Mumford said.

Features showcasing local athletes, volunteers, and coaches will also be included in regular New PL programming, he said.

-Erin Conway-Smith

Local politicos hope to watch the grass roots grow

Local activists will be trying to get the political grass roots growing this Saturday, when they convene for an open forum on Western soil.

The London Activist Network, a social justice organization, is holding the forum to talk about building stronger links among like-minded London activists.

Topics to be discussed include building local independent media outlets as well as support and resource networks, said Dan Hilton, an event organizer.

As part of the conference, the London Coalition for Global Justice will host an "Exposing the FTAA!" panel to present their views on the upcoming Free Trade Area of the Americas trade agreement.

According to Hilton, the Summit of the Americas to be held in two weeks in Quebec City is one of the main concerns for LAN. "A lot of people think activists against FTAA are against trade, period. That's not true. We're against free trade, not fair trade," Hilton said.

The forum begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday in the Social Sciences Centre, Room 2050.

–Krysty Campbell

MIT helps Cha-ri-ty

The Media, Information and Technoculture Students' Council held a cheque-presenting ceremony at Middlesex College on Monday to hand $2,380 over to several charities.

"The MIT students have been tremendously supportive all year," said Kate Kerr, MITSC's VP-events. "I've been glad to work with a wide range of charitable organizations and community partners."

Kerr said the money was raised during MIT sponsored events throughout the school year. The Learning Disabilities Association of London-Middlesex, The United Way of London, and the Sexual Assault Centre were among the beneficiaries of the MIT fundraising.

–Kristina Lundblad

Davenport and company get raise

Last Friday, Western released its list of salaries in compliance with the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act.

Some notables on the list included Carol Herbert, the dean of medicine, whose salary was $253,062.64 last year, as well as Western president Paul Davenport who capped in at $225,000.02.

Edward Ebanks, president of the Western's Faculty Association, said professors have never minded letting the public know their income levels.

Ebanks said this year's list of the $100,000 club was inflated due to the faculty's latest contract settlement with the university. After UWOFA settled the contract professors received two and a half years worth of back-pay due to the contract's lengthy negotiations, he said.

The salaries of Western's senior staff members were of more concern for professors, Ebanks said. "It looks like the assistant deans, associate vice presidents all had a $20,000 increase," he said. "The administrators had tremendous increases compared to professors."

–Aaron Wherry

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