Volume 94, Issue 97

Friday, March 23, 2001


3-yr. degree revision hot topic at Senate

Literacy linked to income

London and Western communities get together at the breakfast table

Calgary wants photo IDs for panhandlers

USC promises a fruitful listening tour

McMaster measles scare prompts clinics


Is it time to opt-in to the USC?

His Royal Mintiness

London and Western communities get together at the breakfast table

By Hilary Cox
Gazette Staff

Western representatives and members of the London community came together yesterday morning to share breakfast and reflect on the university's contributions to life in the Forest City.

The annual event, organized by the Department of Alumni Relations and Development, was attended by more than 250 guests from local businesses and community associations, said Alumni and Development Officer, Special Events, Kate Langstaff.

The meeting was designed to bring Western into the community, Langstaff said. "We want to make the city aware of what we're doing and why."

Dave Braun, University Students' Council president, was on hand at the event. "It allowed members of the USC to talk about student issues like the way that the USC can be more involved in city initiatives," he said.

Braun also said he hopes the meeting will lead to joint projects created and publicized by both the university and the larger community.

"The London community is in many ways untapped. There are great things happening around the city without enough student involvement, and great things at Western that Londoners don't know about."

"Ideally we'd like to continue building the relationship with members of the city and keep students at the top of the agenda," he said.

Ted Garrard, Western's VP-external, echoed the importance of healthy relations with the city. "If you strengthen understanding and make people feel good, they'll be more likely to lend their support," he said.

Russ Monteith, London's Deputy Mayor, said he gave his support to the event, highlighting existing city-university relations and opportunities for Western. "London has pledged $10 million to Western to be distributed over 11 years," he said.

"If you were sitting there wanting to make a contribution [to the university], you would also realize that [Campaign Western] needs another $100 million," he said.

Guests at the breakfast were treated to a discussion with some of Western's leading researchers, among them Andrew Sancton, professor and chair of the political science department.

Sancton, former director of the department's local government program, described the unique contribution made by Western's diploma and graduate programs in public affairs. The programs, created in 1974 and 1990 respectively, are the only ones of their kind with an emphasis on municipal affairs and have attracted lawyers, social workers and a wide range of public servants to the area for summer courses, he added.

Such initiatives are valuable to London in a variety of ways, Sancton said. "Not only is the research flowing out of there relevant to practical political problems, but people being here is important to the London economy," he said.

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