Volume 94, Issue 99

Wednesday, March 28, 2000


NEWS

OUSA tackles real students with debt

USC is 'all ears' for students

Huron memorial mourns student loss - Jordan Propas remembered

JSU honours Holocaust victims in annual 24-hour UCC vigil

StatsCan links income to Internet

More meningitis hits London

Briefs

His Royal Mintiness

JSU honours Holocaust victims in annual 24-hour UCC vigil

By Lori MacIntyre
Gazette Staff

In a sombre ceremony that started at noon yesterday, Western students are paying their respects to victims of the Holocaust until noon today.

Students have been reading the names of Holocaust victims into a microphone so passersby can hear the names of those who were killed.

Jewish Students' Union Holocaust awareness commissioners, Carla Lubell and Daniella Laski, who have been stationed outside the University Community Centre for the full 24 hours, said everyone is encouraged to read the names of the Holocaust victims on a volunteer basis.

Laski said she and Lubell did not make formal time allotments for people during the day since students are going to class, but said any individual could drop by and read at will.

She added various groups around Werstern had reserved time slots to read names starting around 4 p.m. yesterday.

Jewish Students' Union executives read from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. last night, while several fraternities and sororities read from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.. Students from the Richard Ivey School of Business also read from 6 to 8 a.m.

USC members also read this morning and students from various residences read throughout the 24 hour period.

World wide Holocaust foundations B'Nai B'rith and Yad Vashem, provided the JSU with the list of Holocaust victims' names from their database, said JSU president, Jordan Cares.

Cares said the two foundations started a program called "Unto Every Person There Is A Name," whose purpose is to specifically identify victims of the Holocaust in order to humanize them.

Cares said the often cited number of Holocaust victims, six million, is a very abstract figure. "The JSU reads approximately 10,000 to 14,000 names each year which makes people stop looking at Holocaust victims as a statistic and start seeing them as individuals," he stated.

Lindsay Birnbaum, a fourth-year Kinesiology student, said she was listening at the Vigil yesterday afternoon and attends every year to support the memory of Holocaust victims.

She added she feels events like this help promote the idea that the Holocaust should never happen again.


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