Volume 95, Issue 6

Tuesday, September 11, 2001
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Accident clouds Shinerama future

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Accident clouds Shinerama future

By Erin Conway-Smith
Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council will take Shinerama Day off the streets to safer areas next year, following Saturday's accident which left three students injured, one of whom remains in hospital.

The USC board of directors met yesterday afternoon to discuss changes to Shinerama Day activities, an event that has dispersed Western sophs and first-year students into the London community to raise money for cystic fibrosis research as part of Orientation week activities for 33 years.

USC president Mike Lawless said the meeting was scheduled following Saturday's accident, when a vehicle struck three students campaigning on a traffic island.

"There was the potential for something much worse," Lawless said.

"We are looking to continue participating in Shinerama in more creative ways, out of streets and high traffic areas and into smaller streets, businesses, malls and door-to-door campaigning," he said.

Susan Grinrod, senior director of housing and ancillary services, said it is difficult to manage the increasing numbers of first-year students who hit the streets on Shinerama Day.

"We are too big to do this thing," she said.

Grinrod also noted there are other ways to raise money for Shinerama that do not require students to be stationed at intersections.

Julie Cookson, manager of annual giving and donor relations for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, said there are no plans to stop Shinerama right now.

"We are very sorry someone got hurt during our event," she said. "We've always encouraged safe shining and we've always informed students of what to do and what they shouldn't do."

Lawless said he was confident the USC will be able to continue raising similar amounts of money as in previous years.

"We will look to continue being the top Shinerama contributor in the country," he said.

The USC appealed to the City of London and the Western community for support in continuing to make Shinerama successful.

"This is the right thing to do and Shinerama will be better for it," Lawless said.

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