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Today, Western's dons and residence advisors will wear their emotions on their sleeves.
Sporting their Western grey polo work shirts whether on or off-duty, staff members are doing their bit to commemorate the violent and unfortunate act that resulted in the death of a student staff member at Purdue University in Indiana.
On Oct. 16, 1996, Jay Severson, a Purdue University residence staff member, encountered a resident using cocaine in his residence room. Severson reported the incident to campus authorities and the next day was confronted by the student who shot and killed him, said Paul Handley, residence manager of Elgin and Alumni Halls.
Handley said he began the tradition while he was a staff member at the University of Toronto in 1999 and brought it to Western last year, when he was assistant manager at Saugeen-Maitland Hall.
"We do this more for our staff, as a team building exercise and to show the job they do can be dangerous at times," Handley said.
Online art finds a home
Artists and writers now have a great new opportunity to share their work.
A new website called WERD has been created to display the literary and artistic works of Western students, faculty and members of the community, said Tim Shortill, communications officer for the University Students' Council.
WERD can be found at usc.uwo.ca/werd and includes background information on the site's editorial board. Instructions on the submission process can be found at the USC website
(www.usc.uwo.ca), Shortill said.
"I'm quite excited about it," Shortill said. "There's never been anything like this before."
"Anything and everything" that fits the vision of the webpage will be accepted, he said, explaining WERD's purpose is to provide a creative outlet for people based on the values of innovation and truth.