Volume 94, Issue 87

Wednesday, March 7, 2001


USC gets ready to talk numbers

Students up the computer creek - Police looking for FIMS break-in suspects

Hitchhiking isn't that bad, says expert traveller

Nike-funded report says Nike bad, but not too bad

Social services shafted as United Way falls short of goal


His Royal Mintiness


Womanhood to be celebrated

Tomorrow Western celebrates the 93rd annual International Women's Day.

Across campus women will be celebrated and the Women's Issues Network will be a major part of the festivities, said Matt Rae, of WIN. With events running all week, WIN hopes to inform students about issues such as sexual assault, body image, poverty and job equity, he said.

WIN will have a booth set up in University Community Centre from Mar. 6-10. Other events include a guest speaker and festival at the Covent Garden Market on Mar. 8, as well as a benefit concert on Mar. 21.

Students can also tune in to CHRW FM 94.7 all day tomorrow for special International Women's Day announcements, Rae added.

–Clare O'Hara

Western gets new and improved nerd cave

A new research centre that opened Friday promises to bring computerized mathematics at Western to a world-class level.

The new Ontario Research Centre for Computer Algebra will add to the already strong reputation of Western's computer science and mathematics departments, by attracting top researchers from all over the world, said Stephen Watt, ORCCA's director and chair of the department of computer science.

The centre is a joint project linking Western with the University of Waterloo, and industry sponsor Waterloo Maple Inc., a manufacturer of computerized mathematics software, Watt confirmed.

He said the partnership will allow research to progress at a quicker pace, with results making a faster entrance into the marketplace.

For Western students, ORCCA means the chance for undergraduate and graduate-level students to be exposed to top international researchers, said Watt. "Word has travelled fast – already people from Europe and the US have been coming to visit and work at this centre," he said.

In July, the group will host the four-day International Symposium for Symbolic and Algebraic Computation. "ISSAC will attract the top 150-200 scientists in the area [of computerized mathematics] to London," Watt said.

The colour of racial tolerance

A colourful new ribbon campaign started by the London City Council will give people a chance to show their support for racial tolerance.

"The campaign gives quiet people the chance to deliver a silent message against racism," said Ward 6 Councillor, Harold Usher, who explained the campaign will feature 10 different coloured ribbons.

Usher, also the former chairperson of London's race relations advisory committee, noted the ribbon campaign will educate people on the benefits of a diverse and harmonious society.

Twenty thousand ribbons are currently being assembled by teams of youth volunteers, Usher said. The ribbons are free and will be available from City Hall, as well as various churches, businesses, and community groups following the campaign launch on Mar. 19, he said.

"We want people to wear them," Usher said, adding the ribbons can be tied to car antennas and rearview mirrors to show support.

The campaign is part of a City Council initiative to promote anti-racism and anti-discrimination, and is set to coincide with the United Nations Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination, he said.

ŠErin Conway-Smith

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