Volume 94, Issue 96

Thursday, March 22, 2001


Report takes schools to task

Mixed reviews for club caravan

FTAA hits home: Local activists joing forces

Mark Serre bids Western adieu

"Foxy" Western students make it big in the entrepreneurial world


Planet Me


You don't have to live like a refugee

The Global Youth Network has organized a volunteer trip to Macedonia to help refugees.

Volunteers will be helping along with educational services, at mobile health units and building a church, said volunteer and third-year theology student Courtney Stephens.

The team of ten volunteers is comprised completely of Western students, though the invitation was open to the entire community. The trip will cost $2,000 per person, so the team of volunteers will be holding many fundraising events. Some of the events include car washes, pub nights, and selling pizza at the Ridout, Stephens said.

The trip will begin Apr. 28, with the first two days consisting of an orientation for all schools involved, she said.

"[The trip] is a really good opportunity to help the less fortunate and get a feel for different cultures," she said.

Students will be returning at the end of May.

–Krysty Campbell

USC hopes to fight the taxman

Western students have only a few more days to take advantage of the Income Tax Clinic, sponsored by the University Students' Council.

According to USC tax commissioner Winnie Tang, this year's clinic has been a success for a number of reasons. "This year we've changed the location of the clinic from CentreSpot to Rm. 379 in the University Community Centre," she said. "The change in location provides a better environment for those interested in taking advantage of the service. We also have new tax software is making the whole process easier."

Students who wish to use the tax clinic will be able to do so until tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Tang said each session is a private, one-on-one consultation, intended to teach students how to fill out their tax forms.

"So far this year we're getting approximately eight to 10 students per hour and each session lasts for approximately 45 minutes to one hour," she said. "We want to provide our clients with the ability to independently fill out their tax forms after they have graduated and left university."

–Dan Leinwand

CASA crowns new leader

A new leader has been chosen to run the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, the national student group that represents Western and 21 other universities and colleges.

The new national director of CASA is Liam Arbuckle, the current president of the St. Mary's University Students' Union in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Arbuckle will take over from this year's director, Mark Kissel, on May 1, and will serve a one-year term.

CASA communications director, Kieran Green, said the national director is responsible for co-ordinating the organization's activities and bringing the membership together to get work done.

He noted the leader meets with bureaucrats and political leaders to lobby for the organization's objectives and travels to the 22 member schools to hear students' concerns.

Green said the CASA Board of Directors chose five people from the applicants they received to attend a group interview with CASA's members in Ottawa, on Saturday. Each CASA member school had one vote in the election, he said. Arbuckle received more than 50 per cent of the votes, so only one round of voting was necessary.

Arbuckle is currently finishing a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in marketing and has been a part of the St. Mary's Students' Union for three years.

–Lori MacIntyre

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