Volume 95, Issue 2

Thursday, May 31, 2001


France knights Davenport

Summer Games preparations continue

Eating disorder clinic opens at Western

No smokes for you - restaurants smoke-free by 2002

USC and union reach agreement

Robin Hood fanatics invade Western

Study: obesity affects mental health

News Briefs

Summer Games preparations continue

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

Despite the hype, Western's campus will only see minor changes this summer in preparation for the 2001 Canada Games.

Steve Allen, University Students' Council services manager, said while many are concerned about the volume of people coming to our campus, "it should be business as usual."

There are 5,000 athletes coming to participate in the Canada Games, between Aug. 11 and the 25, but only 2,500 per week. Along with coaches, support staff, employers, family and spectators, it is possible this campus will see an added ten to fifteen thousand, Allen said. "However, compared to the 30,000 we accommodate during the school year, this shouldn't be that overwhelming," Allen stressed.

The University Community Centre will be transformed into "Canada House," providing entertainment for the athletes and general information about the Games, including a display from Heritage Canada.

Dan Smith, manager of USC bars and restaurants, said The Wave and The Spoke will be open for regular summer hours between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., but will not be able to serve alcohol or sell cigarettes.

Smith said although the bars would be losing many of their regular faculty and staff customers, as well as their liquor sales, there would be an influx of potential customers on campus, noting the two establishments would be adding some "athlete friendly" items to the menus of each establishment.

Beginning at 2 p.m. each day, The Spoke will become an athletes'-only venue, where athletes and their families can play pool, relax and purchase food and refreshments, Smith explained. The Wave will become a daily back-up venue for outdoor functions, between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m..

As a partner in hosting the games, Western will not receive direct payment for the use of their facilities, Allen said. Instead, the Canada Games Alliance often offers a legacy gift to each venue, one which will have a more permanent impact.

"We've requested improvements to the McKellar room," Allen said, explaining there would be improvements to the screen and sound system.

Mike Lawless, USC President, said, "[The Canada Games] may boost business in our operations downstairs, giving us more business during weeks that are usually very slow."

Susan Grinrod, Senior Director of Housing and Ancillary Services, also stressed the university is not participating in the Games for payment, although the Canada Games did help in supporting the creation of TD Waterhouse Stadium.

"We are not doing these games for 'what's in this for Western,'" Grinrod said, "This is an opportunity for us to be seen as a big part of the community."

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