Volume 96, Issue 99
Friday, April 4, 2003

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Like a bad cold, Stock just won't go away

Politicians continue to make their rounds on Western's campus with another hot-aired, big-wig set to stop in London next week.

Stockwell Day will be at Western on Monday, Apr. 7 to discuss his views on Canada's policy in the Middle East, said Mat Abramsky, co-chair of the Israel Action Committee, who is sponsoring the event.

Day is the former leader of the Canadian Alliance party and is currently the party's foreign affairs critic, Abramsky explained.

"It's a great opportunity for students to see one of their own parliamentarians talking about two topics [Israel and Iraq] that are of great interest to student, he said."

Day will be speaking in Rm. 2050 of the Social Sciences Centre at 5 p.m., Abramsky confirmed, adding the event is open to all students.



What? Western's having an anniversary?

So, Western is 125-years-old – what does it all mean?

On Friday, Apr. 11 and Saturday, Apr. 12, Western's history department will be hosting a symposium on the life and times of former Western President G. Edward Hall, said history professor and symposium organizer Donald Avery.

"It's important for students to know the history of their institution," Avery said.

According to Avery, Hall was president and vice-chancellor of Western for 20 years. He oversaw Western's largest period of growth, witnessing student enrollment increase from 1,000 when he took over in 1947 to over 10,000 when he retired in 1967, Avery explained.

The symposium will take place in the Social Sciences Centre Rm. 2050, Avery said, adding the event is open to the public. The event will begin with opening speeches at 6:30 p.m. on Apr. 11, he said.

Shawn MacPherson



Starving for a good cause


With the student destitution that April brings, Mustangs can starve for a better reason than just lack of money.

World Vision Canada's major fundraiser, the 30-hour Famine, will take place tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. in Centre Spot of the University Community Centre, said Farzana Nasser, organizer of the 30-hour Famine and VP-promotions for International Source, the co-ordinating club on campus.

The 30-hour Famine directs donations to regions desperately in need of essential food supplies, Nasser said.

"It's even more important to give to needy communities," she explained, adding this year is especially notable, as $250,000 of the Famine's proceeds will go towards war-afflicted families in Iraq.

Nasser said everyone is welcome to attend the all-night event, and encouraged participants to bring donations to support the cause. She also asked students to bring a sleeping bag and clear liquids to drink.

To find out how to get involved, drop by the UCC atrium during the day today and visit the International Source's information booth.

–Anton Vidgen

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