Volume 94, Issue 65

Thursday, January 18, 2001


USC gets mixed reviews - Ad Hoc committee makes recommendations

T.O. Olympic bid gets debt support

Affiliates present "responsible" motion

Braun addresses performance of USC

New screening tool to detect abuse


Planet Me


King's student to face trial

The case of 20-year-old Eric Kennedy, the first-year King's College student who allegedly threatened to kill someone over a dispute that took place at the affiliate college, is now in the hands of the court.

According to Const. Ryan Holland of the London police, Kennedy appeared Monday morning before the Ontario Court of Justice in London for his bail hearing. He posted bail and was released. He is to appear in court again on Jan. 30 to face charges of uttering a death threat.

Kennedy's charges stem from Sunday night's events at the affiliate college, which saw the accused threaten to retrieve a gun from his residence room and shoot a fellow student.

USC wants you to send your clothes off

This is the last week to help those in need by donating to the University Students' Council clothing drive.

All unwanted articles of clothing can be dropped off at the USC office and will be forwarded to the Mission Services of London, explained USC charities commissioner Andrew Kesteloot.

"Things are going really well so far," he said, adding there is still a huge demand for clothes by the homeless and disadvantaged.

–Aaron Wherry

Navidad virus puts damper on new year

Western computer users should be careful next time they open an e-mail attachment – it might be full of germs.

According to Bill Genn, assistant director for Information Technology Services, a virus called Navidad has plagued the university's computer system for the past week.

The virus often comes disguised in an e-mail attachment file called emanuel.exe, he said, adding it replicates itself and sends itself through Microsoft Outlook e-mail software to all e-mail addresses in the program's in-box.

"[Students] should be very cautious about e-mails with attachments, even from familiar people," he said.

Western to strike a pose for charity

Twenty Western students will strut in style tonight as part of a Charity Ball fashion show at the Wave.

Tonight's 8 p.m. fashion show and the ball itself – to be held Feb. 3 – will raise money for the London Distress Centre and the Canadian Cancer Society, said Caterina Fanara, the University Students' Council commissioner responsible for the event.

At $5 apiece about 20 tickets are still up for grabs. Tickets can be purchased at the USC office on the third floor of the University Community Centre.

Tickets for the ball will go on sale Monday and will cost $35. Fanara said it will take place at the London Convention Centre and the theme will incorporate "The Lost City of Atlantis" and visions of Utopia. "It's kind of a futuristic, underwater theme," she said.

–Mike Murphy

Liberating the agenda

The OXFAM Students' Association is presenting a conference this weekend on redefining freedom in the free market.

Kendra Coulter, OXFAM conference commissioner, said topics will include student debt, anti-racist activism, Third World debt, sweatshops and global children's issues.

"It's an opportunity for people interested in social justice issues to have an opportunity to learn more," Coulter said.

The conference will take place in room 2050 of the Social Sciences Centre, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 20 and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 21.

–Chris Lackner

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