Volume 94, Issue 75
Tuesday, February 6, 2001
Over 2,000 students flocked to Western's annual Charity Ball at the London Convention Centre this past Saturday to attend the event themed "The Lost City of Atlantis."
Caterina Fanara, the University Students' Council Charity Ball commissioner, said she hoped to make improvements from previous years. "Everything ran smoothly [and] security was much tighter," she said. "The DJ, Peter Testa, of Testa Skills was amazing, there were no line-ups, compared to previous years and the crowd really enjoyed the 'Common Groove' the act for the evening," she said.
"Most of the sets were done by entertainment productions," said Chris Sinal, USC VP-student affairs. "Everyone was blown away by it.
"The unique thing about Charity Ball is that we raise money for a good cause, while having an amazing time," Sinal said.
Sinal said exact figures for ticket sales and charitable donations to the London Distress Centre and the Canadian Cancer Society will not be known until March, but last year's event raised over $30,000, split between the two charities. "[This year] the selected charities receive funds from the United Way, that have recently been cut, so both will appreciate the additional donations," he said.
"I'm just really, really happy that everyone enjoyed themselves," Fanara said.
The University Students' Council's United Way Casino Bus trip is scheduled for departure for Casino Windsor at 4 p.m. on Feb. 9.
Neil Kapoor, the USC United Way Commissioner, said tickets are available at Info Source in the University Community Centre for $15. He noted each ticket expenditure includes transportation to and from the Casino, and a $15 dinner voucher that can be used at one of the five restaurants at the casino.
The casino bus trip is the first of its kind to be attempted, Kapoor said. There are over 600 tickets available for the trip, with a minimum of four buses scheduled to depart for the event, he added.
Kapoor said he is optimistic the Western student community will be responsive. "People have been looking forward to a trip like this," he said.
Some future entrepreneurs from Western showcased their skills last week in The Delta Epsilon Chi provincial business case-study competition.
Thirty students from Western participated in a number of categories, including international marketing, sports and entertainment, financial services, travel and tourism and food services, said Hina Zaman an honours business administration candidate for 2002 at the Ivey School of Business, who participated in the event.
Western competed with 15 other universities including York University and Queen's University. The Mustang group came away with 23 top three finishes, most of them first place finishes, she said.
Last week's winners can now advance to the National DEX Career Development Competition in Anaheim, California, beginning in May 2001.
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