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University Students' Council VP-education Josh Morgan was elected president of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance last week.
The victory marked the second straight year a Western representative won the leadership of the provincial student lobby group. "I think we're the larger school in the organization and we have a tradition of taking a leadership role," Morgan stated.
Morgan beat out his only opponent, Adam Spence from McMaster University, for the position.
"I'm very excited for the year ahead. I think there's a lot of opportunities that we can seize," Morgan said.
Morgan said he hoped to influence the platforms of all the major provincial parties and see them place a greater emphasis on post-secondary education. "The main thing that I focused on [during the campaign] was getting involved in the upcoming [provincial] election in Ontario," he said.
Need a romantic escape with your sweetheart? Come enjoy the stars at the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory for its annual Summer Public Nights Open House.
The public viewing is scheduled to take place every Saturday night from 8:30 to 11 p.m., commencing on Jun. 1 and concluding on Aug. 31, said Western physics and astronomy professor David F. Gray, the co-ordinator of the event.
"The open house allows visitors the opportunity to see things in the real," Gray said, adding this is a unique venture because it is quite different from simply viewing photographs of celestial bodies.
Members of the Royal Astronomical Society will also be present each Saturday to answer any questions visitors may have. They will also be bringing portable telescopes to enhance visitors' view of the skies.
Professor Gray said he expects hundreds of visitors at the observatory over the summer months.
Top marks for Ivey
The Richard Ivey School of Business has once again received top rankings among business schools worldwide.
Ivey was the only Canadian business school to be included in the ranking of top business schools by the Financial Times. According to the ratings released this week, Ivey was ranked 15th overall for its executive MBA program, a field that is becoming increasingly competitive internationally, said Maura Pare, director of public affairs at Ivey.
"Overall, being in the top 20 is good, especially for a Canadian business school," Pare said.
Out of 100 full-time MBA programs, Ivey ranked 21st on the Financial Times comprehensive survey, a drop from 18th place in the previous survey. Ivey was ranked alongside top schools such as Columbia Business School, Harvard University and Duke University, which received the highest ratings.
"We did drop a little, but there is much more competition. We must continue to work hard," said Pare, adding that the rankings help provide credibility and publicity for Ivey.
Pare added that Ivey was pleased with the rankings and would continue to strive for excellence in their programs.