Volume 96, Issue 14
Friday, September 20, 2002
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The goal is good, clean, drunkeness

A presentation by the Middlesex-London Health Unit concerning the responsibilities involved with alcohol consumption kicks off the University Students' Council's Alcohol Awareness week next Monday.

This year's edition features "Free Stuff Wednesday," with educational material, tattoos and posters being distributed around campus, said alcohol awareness commissionner Mitchell Fong.

The Wave is also involved, hosting $1 "mocktails" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

"On Thursday, we're doing a fatal-vision goggle [exhibit] to show [students] how things look under the effects of alcohol," Fong said, adding Friday will feature a presentation of a mock car wreck and rescue by the London Fire Department.

–Dan Perry



Anyone want to share a pint?

Students looking to donate blood – look no further than the blood donation-friendly land of Student Health Services.

Canadian Blood Services will be hosting a blood donor clinic at Western every Monday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., said Erin Brydon, a recruitment co-ordinator for Canadian Blood Services.

The clinic will be located in the lower level of the University Community Centre at the Student Health Services Resource Centre, she said.

Blood donor clinics will also be held at student residences, Brydon said, adding donations can be made at Essex Hall and Medway-Sydenham Hall on Oct. 8 and at King's College on Oct. 30.

A clinic will also be held at Delaware Hall on Nov. 4 and at the food court at Huron University College on Nov. 5, Brydon said.

Donors can call 1-888-2-DONATE to book an appointment.

–Sylvia Khalla



Tasty royalty

Royalty and class have finally come to Western – well, at least royalty has.

A new Homecoming King and Queen were crowned Wednesday night at the Wave.

"[Wednesday night] was phenomenal," said Diane Ring, a memebr of Homecoming staff. This Homecoming weekend looks to be one of the largest in recent memory, she added.

Billy Hennessy and Jess Bourassa, both first-year students from the faculty of science, were inaugurated as King and Queen, Ring said, adding Luke Sawicki from Essex Hall and Stefanie Chu from Elgin Hall were the runners-up.

According to Ring, contestant talents ranged from tap-dancing to drenching themselves in whipped cream and chocolate.

–Deven Persaud



Rally for peace in the Middle East

A rally will be held on Sept. 28 in Harris Park in support of Palestine.

Event organizers are calling it the "Rally for peace and justice in Palestine and Israel," said Ghezal Sabir, one of the organizers, adding it will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m..

The rally is not only to support Palestine, but also to remember the massacres in the two Palestinian cities of Shtila and Sabra that took place 20 years ago, Sabir said.

"[The rally will] support silent and peaceful means of getting the message across," Sabir said, adding the itinerary for the day includes a silent march and various speakers.

The group's core principles include inclusion and tolerance of all, including Muslims, Christians, Jews, Israelis and Palestinians, according to the group's Web site.

Further information is available online at http://freedom.2y.net .

–Rachel Sandieson



Getting rid of hate

The Association for the Elimination of Hate and Bias in London opened an office on Sept. 13, with the help of a $75,000 grant from the City of London.

The purpose of the project is to provide education and support services, such as short-term counselling and referral services, to victims of hate, said Debbie Lee, the executive director of the new association.

The long term strategy is to implement public education and to network with a diverse cross-section of the community, she added.

The association has strategic support partnerships from the London's municipal government and the London Police Department, whose input is invaluable in developing projects, Lee said.

–Cheryl Van Der Mark



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