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Warn your computer: the prevalent virus Pe_Nimda.a is still thriving and has spawned friends.
"Western has over 17,000 affected files," said Eric Daugavietis, senior help desk consultant at Information Technology Services and Western web master.
The virus is a combination of past viruses such as Code Red and Code Green, which cripples your computer by sending random files to people on your e-mail list.
The virus is not backing down, Daugavietis said. "There are now over 50,000 viruses out there, with more than 2,000 added each month."
Western has been greatly affected, but ITS said it has taken steps to inhibit the virus' further spread.
"The university is using an e-mail gateway scanning process," Daugavietis said. The program scans incoming files to Western accounts and removes the virus files while leaving the rest of the e-mails intact.
More information on how to protect your computer is available on the ITS website, www.uwo.ca/its/ and at www.newshost.uwo.ca.
Scouring for good Samaritans
For students in need of resumé padding, it's not too late to become involved in campus and community volunteer programs.
Next week, over 20 local social service organizations, charities and University Students' Council volunteer groups will be in the University Community Centre atrium for Volunteer Week.
Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., during the week of Oct. 1, these groups will be providing information about a wide variety of volunteer programs in the London area.
USC volunteer commissioner Gabrielle Groves said she hopes students will be highly motivated to participate as 2001 is the International Year of Volunteerism, as recognized under the United Nations and the Canadian government.
"It's a great way to be involved in the community and get something extra out of your time at Western," Groves said.
Those interested in additional information on volunteering can visit the USC website at www.usc.uwo.ca.