Volume 96, Issue 3

Thursday, June 6, 2002
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"Real" world?

Off the cuff of glory

Ivey brings in the bucks

Gay and lesbian info hits the web

Western engineers hit the finish line in Michigan

London health officials battle "tanorexia"

Ship Liberal sailing into very rocky waters

Darth Chretien?

Double cohort applications process unclear

In the eyes of a reporter in sweats

Of egos, ethics and ignorance

News Briefs

Ivey brings in the bucks

By Derek Rhodenizer
Gazette Staff

Capped with the generous commitment of two million dollars from Paul MacPherson, the president of Valcom Limited, Ivey's current fundraising campaign reached a total of $75 million, it was announced Monday.

Campaign chairman Bill Brock said there was spirited competition among alumni of the Richard Ivey School of Business to donate. The results were several large donations and a successful fundraising campaign, he explained.

"This is a happy day for Ivey and for the University," said Western president Paul Davenport.

"Entrepreneurs are born, but can also be made," MacPherson explained, describing himself as a high risk entrepreneur. "An entrepreneur does not need a text [when giving a speech], but does need a good MBA to round out his or her skills," he added.

"I am a thief," MacPherson said, noting the techniques he uses to be successful in his day-to-day life were taken from his teachers at Ivey.

During a speech filled with stories from his youth, MacPherson said his entrepreneurial spirit grew from emptying ash-trays and finding other ways to increase tips [as a server]. MacPherson said he loved being an entrepreneur and he enjoyed giving the donation to Ivey.

The donation will create the Professorship in Strategic Leadership, an award of which Ivey professor Glen Row will be the first recipient.

"I am delighted to be the inaugural recipient of such a great honour," Row wrote in a prepared statement.

"The situation for the grads here today is different from ours, but [it] is still encouraging to see successful alumni," said Ivey student Paul Singh.

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