Volume 95, Issue 46

Thursday, November 22, 2001
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Council gives Lawless an earful

Stop consuming you capitalist pig

Much maligned SSSC changes constitution

Anthrax strikes again

USC considers charity

Yes! London might get old-timer hockey

Stressed out TAs now online

News Briefs

News Briefs

Lung Association launches campaign

The Lung Association has launched their largest fund-raising campaign of the year – the Christmas Seal Campaign.

Lynn Davis, development co-ordinator for the Lung Association in Elgin, London and Middlesex, said the seals are being mailed directly to over two million Ontario households.

Funds raised by the campaign will go towards medical research and programs at the community level for all respiratory diseases.

"With London being such a medical facility, we have researchers here that are directly being affected by the funding," Davis said.

In addition to the campaign, the Lung Association will also be holding a Winter Wonderland on Dec. 7 in Victoria Park.

Donation cards will be included with the seals and the goal is to reach a fund-raising target of $200,000, Davis said.

–Farzana Nasser

Safety awareness on-campus

You don't need a black belt, or even a large beating stick, to keep yourself safe on campus.

A free information session focusing on personal safety awareness will take place today in the McKellar Room of the University Community Centre from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m..

"It is intended for all community members," said Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department, adding the forum was put together after the recent string of violent assaults near the Fanshawe College campus.

The presentation will focus on the visual scenery of campus grounds and surrounding areas and will focus on how these areas could be perceived through the eyes of a potential offender, McGowan said.

The session will feature two former Western students, John McDonald and Stephanie Shreve, who are currently employed with the London Police Department, McGowan said.

–Chris Lackner

Un-silent night

The holiday season will begin with a bang on Dec. 2, when the UWO choir puts on its annual Christmas performance.

The choir, which is made up of Western music students, staff and faculty, will perform at 3 p.m in Colborne Street United Church.

Student admission for the concert is $8, while admission for adults is set at $10.

"[This concert] is for those who want to get into the Christmas season. There will be music which can be enjoyed by all ages and it's a great chance for people to see the talent at Western," said Alessandra Trapani, the UWO Choir President.

–Erin Conway-Smith

London: a beacon for hate crimes

According to a study sponsored by London's Hate Crime and Bias Activity Steering Committee, London is becoming a hot bed for negative activity.

"We looked at impact and frequency, as well as police statistics and local media coverage," said committee chairperson Laila Norman. "A series of [45] focus groups and key-informant interview sessions [were also conducted]."

She said hate and bias can affect many groups within the community, including gays, lesbians, youth, aboriginals, ethnic groups and women.

Norman said the LHCBASC will make a presentation to the Community and Protective Services Committee of London's city council on Monday.

"We will recommend a victim/incident reporting mechanism, as well as a permanent city office to deal with hate crimes and bias, as well as the creation of a specific hate crime unit among local police," she said.

–Chris Lackner


Incorrect information appeared in a story entitled "Heightening AIDS awareness."

AIDS awareness week runs from Nov. 26-30. The Gazette regrets the error.

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