Volume 95, Issue 89

Thursday, March 21, 2002
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It's official: London 'all mixed up'

Malaise at Dalhousie University

Meningitis death causes fear

Colleges get funding to play 'tradesies'

Critics dismiss immigration study

Physics lecture: 'pretty geeky'

Engineers plan future pumping poop

Labatt's - making dreams come true

News Briefs

News Briefs

It's payback time!

If you're in debt and feel like there's no way out, stop by today's student loan repayment seminar.

Designed to help students who have borrowed their way through university, this seminar will offer helpful tips on how to repay student loans, said Rob Irvine, University Students' Council VP-finance.

Representative from the National Student Loan Services will inform attendees about the different schedules for repayment, various interest rates and what is expected of students in terms of their loans.

The representative will also teach students different ways to make their repayments a little easier, such as the different grace periods and interest relief programs that exist.

The seminar is a partnership between Western's financial aid office and the USC. It will be held today in the University Community Centre in Rm. 379 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m..

–Michelle Broersma

London drafting 100 per cent smoking ban bylaw

A City of London draft bylaw to impose a full smoking ban in public spaces will soon be presented for public consultation, city council decided Monday night.

London's medical officer Graham Pollett will be heading a nine-member panel who will determine the definition of "public space."

While council has already made it clear it would like a 100 per cent smoking ban, Pollett said city council will look to bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls and billiards for consultation.

By drafting the bylaw first, rather than getting public opinion right away, Pollett said the city will save time and money.

London currently has a smoking ban on restaurants – establishments who generate less than two thirds of their sales from alcohol.

However, many restaurant owners have been unhappy with the current situation. "Owners of restaurants and bars want a level playing field – they don't want to lose business to each other," he said.

Council is hoping the final draft will be ready for council approval by the end of this year, Pollett said, but added it remains to be seen when in 2003 the bylaw will take effect.

–Kristina Lundblad

My buddy and me

A friendly atmosphere at Western will soon benefit students and the London community.

On Friday, Mar. 22, Brescia University College will be home to the "Best Buddies Entertainment Night."

The talent show is presented by the Best Buddies University of Western Ontario chapter and features Western students and their developmentally challenged adult buddies, said Lisa Henderson, UWO Best Buddies media relations officer.

Best Buddies is an international organization that promotes community interaction – creating friendships between students and individuals in the community, Henderson said.

The show opens at 7 p.m. in the Brescia University College gym. Admission is $5, with proceeds going to the Best Buddies organization. The event will also have refreshments and raffle prizes, Henderson added.

"People aren't aware of Best Buddies and it's going to be a lot of fun for all of us," Henderson said.

–Kelly Marcella

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