Volume 96, Issue 100
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

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Useless junk in exchange for more useless junk?

Care to barter the day away free from capitalist-consumerist shackles? Then come experience what a "free market should look like."

The Oxfam Students' Association is inviting the Western community to trade, barter or pick something up for free at a year-end exchange this Wednesday in the University Community Centre's Centre Spot, said club president Suzie Berkhout. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., students can drop off old CDs and pick up used books or anything else that suits their fancy, Berkhout added.

"If it's no good to you, it could be gold to someone else," Berkhout said, adding both new and used goods are fair game for trade. "If your roommate's fish has been pissing you off, bring it by.

"Our main goal behind planning the event was to have a stress-free, light-hearted event that everyone could participate in," Berkhout said, and encouraged students preparing for exams to drop by and enjoy the selection of items.

Alongside the anti-consumerist exchange will be information pamphlets on Oxfam's fair trade coffee campaign, an alternative to the mainstream economic systems currently used to trade coffee, Berkhout said.



Engineered victory

Two Western professors in the department of civil and environmental engineering were recently honoured by their colleagues in the faculty of engineering for excellence in research and teaching.

Dr. Ernest Yanful, a specialist in waste management, received the award for his research into developing design models to address waste-related problems in the municipal, industrial and mining sectors.

"[The award] is a recognition of the contribution that my graduate students and my research associates and myself have made," Yanful said, adding the award symbolizes a culmination of his research efforts over the past number of years. "You've got to demonstrate steady production over a long period of time to win [the award]."

Yanful said he was humbled, yet grateful to be selected by his peers. "The fact that you're recognized by your own people and the faculty is an honour," he said.

Professor Moncef Nehdi received the award for outstanding achievement in teaching. He could not be reached for comment.

– Anton Vidgen



Deck the Halls with... history?

On Friday and Saturday, the history department is presenting a symposium on the life and times of former Western President Dr. G. Edward Hall.

"It's important for students to know the history of their institution," said Donald Avery, a history professor and organizer of the symposium. "It's not only open to students, it's open to the public."

"G. Edward Hall was one of the youngest scholars to become a full professor in North America," Avery said, adding Hall was also president and vice-chancellor of Western for 20 years. He oversaw Western's largest period of growth, with the enrollment of students going from 1,000 students when he took over in 1947 to over 10,000 when he retired in 1967, Avery added.

The symposium will take place in the Social Science Centre Rm. 2050. The opening speeches will be from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m..

–Shawn MacPherson



Old people looking at old stuff


This weekend the antique roadshow is coming to London! Well, not really.

Western's McIntosh Gallery is holding its fourth annual Antiques Appraisal Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., said Catherine Elliot Shaw, curator of the Gallery.

"There will be 20 appraisers available to appraise just about anything," Elliot Shaw said. "From art to china, silver, books, cameras – all sorts of things can be appraised," Elliot Shaw said, adding the expert appraisers specialize in a wide-range of items

"The event is sponsored by, and will be held at Cherryhill Village Mall," Elliot Shaw explained, adding that Cheryhill Mall has been very supportive the antique show over the years.

"The Antique Appraisal Show is held as a fundraiser for McIntosh Gallery," Elliot Shaw said. The cost for having an item appraised is $10 for the first item, and $5 for every additional item.

Cherryhill Mall is located on Oxford St. West, at Platts Lane.

–Laura Katsirdakis

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