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Friday September 6, 2002

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Shine, shine again!

Shinerama is here again – but this year, students will be taking a different approach to collecting money.

Western's annual cystic fibrosis fundraising drive will take place across London on Saturday, Sept. 7.

With a revamped method of collecting donations, this year's goal is to raise over $100,000. Changes were made to increase safety standards for the nearly 5,000 students who take part in the campaign, said Shinerama commissioner Scott Maskell.

"[We want] to concentrate efforts on a more logistical door-to-door campaign," he said.

Maskell said plans to change the collection methods from soliciting on-street donations to this year's door-to-door campaign have been in the works for quite some time.

Last fall, the Shinerama campaign began to implement these changes, however the program was cut short due to an accident involving a student. As a result, the Shinerama committee was unable to effectively gauge the success of last year's door-to-door campaign, he explained.

"I think it will work better this year," Maskell said.

Students will be campaigning London homes tomorrow between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m..

For more information visit www.usc.uwo.ca/oweek.

–Robert Hay



Sweaty start to year?

Students might be feeling the heat in certain parts of the campus as one of the campus cooling units broke down last week.

The cooling unit, which produces cold air for the southern two-thirds of campus, failed on Aug. 23, according to Allan McLuskie, director of operations and maintenance of Physical Plant.

The buildings affected include those south of Elgin/Middlesex Drive, as well as the Visual Arts and Staging Buildings.

"Basically, the motor burned out," he said. "It takes about four or five weeks to repair it."

The only student residence affected by the break down is Delaware Hall, but Physical Plant has not received any complaints, McLuskie added.

"The humidity hasn't been really high," he explained.

According to McLuskie, the affected chiller is 31 years old and had been working fine prior to the motor failure. "Generally their service life is 25 years," he added.

No decision has been made on whether to repair or replace the chiller, McLuskie said. With the summer nearing an end, it is unlikely repairs will be completed before the fall chill hits, he added.

Buildings located west of Western Road and Thompson Recreation and Athletic Centre were not affected.

–Emmett Macfarlane



TAs can keep pickets in storage

A tentative collective agreement was reached by Western and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Local 00610, which represents about 1,300 graduate teaching assistants at Western.

"The collective agreement governs all graduate students, outlining their rights and duties at the university," said Shawn Whitehead, president of PSAC Local 00610. The two sides worked on reaching a new tentative agreement, he said, adding the previous contract ended on Aug. 31, 2002.

"When drafting the deal, we have tried to be similar to other universities, while at the same time breaking some new ground," Whitehead said.

Complete details will not be available until the deal is ratified, he added.

The tentative agreement was signed on Aug. 23, with ratification to occur Sept. 19, Whitehead explained. Western's Board of Governor's will meet on Sept. 26 to ratify the new agreement.

The new contract, when ratified, is not set to expire until Aug. 31, 2004.

For more information go to www.uwo.ca/gtaunion.

–Derek Rhodenizer



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