Volume 96, Issue 13
Thursday September 19, 2002

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Give finance a chance

Financial Awareness Week is taking place next week with helpful information provided free of charge to all students.

"Information will be condensed into three days of USC presentations," said Michael Rudd, VP-finance for the University Students' Council. The presentations will be held from Tuesday to Thursday between 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the third-floor council chambers in the University Community Centre.

The first round of presentations will answer questions on the Ontario Student Assistance Program and related topics, while the second set will discuss personal budgets, Rudd said, noting professional financial aid representatives will be available to answer questions.

"The overall purpose of the presentations is to provide students with information on the accessibility of their money," Rudd said. All of the presentations are free and there is no registration necessary.

–Rachel Sandieson



Free degrees anyone?


Western will present honorary degrees to leaders in government, academic, and literary fields at its 279th Convocation this October.

According to Jan Van Fleet, secretary of Western's Board of Governors, Frank McCourt, author of the best-selling book Angela's Ashes, will receive a Doctor of Laws on Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m.. The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 and has since become a major motion picture.


Martha P

iper, current president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia, will receive a Doctor of Science on Oct. 25 at 10:00 a.m.. Piper has an accomplished history in pediatrics and rehabilitation medicine.

The Honourable James Bartleman will also receive a Doctor of Laws on Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m.. He is currently the lieutenant governor general of Ontario and has also served more than 35 years in the Canadian Foreign Service.

"[We prefer] honouring individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the sciences, humanities and professions in which the university is active," Van Fleet said.

–Cheryl Van Der Mark

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