Volume 95, Issue 90

Friday, March 22, 2002
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Film festival fiasco

Legal beagles chase their tails

Caravan of culture rolls through atrium

French knight forges community bond

Harpen new Alliance leader, Day now officially a loser

London says no to drugs, despite doctor's prescription

New homeless funding falls short

News Briefs

French knight forges community bond

By Kelly Marcella
Gazette Staff

Increasing concerns about the imminent double cohort were quelled Wednesday night as Western made the trip downtown to Galleria London for the university's "Community Connection."

The evening focused on Western's plans to accommodate the incoming double cohort, expected to begin in 2003. The event showcased 50 exhibits from various faculties, schools and services available at Western.

"Community Connection" was an attempt to make the university more accessible to London residents, said Marcia Daniel, Western's media relations officer, adding she was pleased with the turnout.

Western president Paul Davenport highlighted the university's recent activities aimed at keeping up with changes in the post-secondary education system.

"An issue that occupies the university is the growth of enrollment with the increased cohort and the echo of the baby boom," Davenport said, adding new residences, academic buildings and additional staff and faculty are methods to cope with increased admissions.

Over 80,000 applicants in Ontario universities are expected between 2000 and 2010. As a result, Western will be accepting an additional 2,700 students each year beginning next fall, Davenport said.

Davenport noted Western will be able to accommodate all students who meet admission requirements.

He also addressed the grading issue concerning the two curriculums currently present in Ontario high schools – one which follows the old five year education system and one with the recently changed four year path – noting Western is in full support of both programs and applicants will be treated fairly.

The introduction of the Western Centre for Continuing Studies at Galleria London has proven instrumental in maintaining the link between the Western and London communities, Davenport said.

"The Centre for Continuing Studies has been a tremendous success downtown," said Davenport.

"Western has made a great difference to this city. We are really pleased with all that's happening here," said London's deputy mayor Russ Monteith.

"I think it's a really good idea to bring the university to the downtown community," said Western's liaison officer Iain Smith.

Overall, there was an overwhelming response from the London community and an interest in Western, said University Students' Council VP-communications Tim Shortill, who was present at the meeting.

"We have a lot to offer outside the traditional full-time student status," Davenport said. "It's a great university to be proud of and there's a good feeling on-campus."

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