Volume 95, Issue 6

Tuesday, September 11, 2001
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Serious accident shakes Shinerama

Rez chaos: "It's just bullshit"

Orientation deemed a drunken success

Accident clouds Shinerama future

Drunken frosh run wild on campus

News Briefs

Summer Games, smelly garbage and a French knight

Summer Games, smelly garbage and a French knight

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

London is pretty quiet place in the summer – without the 20, 000 students that clear out in May – but that does not mean the place turns into a ghost town. Check out this short list to get the low down on what went down in the Forest City while you were doing the summer thing.

Needles and needles and needles

On May 14 the Middlesex-London Health Unit reported a seventh case of meningococcal disease since February 24, followed with an aggressive mass immunization of the city which saw approximately 70,000 people get vaccinated. Tom Macfarlane, director of Student Health Services stated at the time, "This is not by any stretch an epidemic. The London Health Unit is to be commended for the magnitude and the aggressiveness of their immunization program."

More rules made to be broken

Western's administration began endorsing the final version of the Student Code of Conduct – the formal legal document governing the behavior and actions of students at Western.

The code is intended to set the standards of conduct expected of Western students, as well as the sanctions and disciplinary procedures dealing with any violations of the standards. "The code sets out a clear understanding of the expectations we have of members of our student community," said Roma Harris, Western's vice-provost.

We got a knight on our side

On Monday, May 28 in modern fashion – that is, without his faithful steed and suit of shining armor – Western president Paul Davenport was presented with the Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur [Knight of the Legion of Honor] by Hugues Goisbault, the Consul General of France in Toronto, for his outstanding service to the French nation.

"This award is a symbol of France recognizing it's friends," Goisbault explained.

We got some plants

In preparation for the 5,000 athletes who would visit Western between August 11 and 25, construction workers got busy beefing up the aesthetically pleasing surroundings – or lack thereof – on campus. Clumps of trees, shrubs, plants and other eye-catching jewels were planted on corners and other empty spaces around campus.

A stinky strike

London's outdoor workers – that is, parks and recreation officials, garbage pick-up, sewer and water plant operators – took to the picket lines for 28 days to vocalize their want for wage and benefit increases. City raccoons rejoiced.

The naked truth

The Fabulous Forum is no longer. After 17 years of entertaining both Western students and members of the London community, the popular strip club was evicted from its premises and forced to shut its doors.

Former manager Rob Smink said The Forum will be missed by a large cross-section of London's society.

Jamey Swift, manager of licensing and elections at City Hall, said a new adult entertainment business could apply to replace the forum, but would have to be approved by city council with the likely input of public consultations.

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