December 3 , 2003  
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Jobs now accessible, but not like Paris Hilton
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students has launched its Online Work System.

NOWS is a website that enables students and recent graduates with disabilities to upload their resumés on the site and apply online for work, said NEADS co-ordinator Frank Smith. Employers can then download these resumés and consider applicants for employment, he added.

According to Smith, the development of the site has been taking place over the last few years. “We’ve been involved in student leadership programs, [national] forums and have [considered] the issues that students face in the transition from school to work,” he said.

“In the short period of time that it’s been available, the site has been quite a success,” Smith noted. Since the launch of NOWS in late October, over 150 students and recent graduates have posted their resumés on the site, he said, adding quite a large number of employers, including General Electric Canada and many banks, have registered with the site as well.

—Maureen Finn

New rez for Burberry crowd
Though a much cheaper and equally spacious option would have been a Greyhound bus capable of ferrying Huron students to Club Phoenix and on Tiffany shopping sprees, Huron University College instead opted for a 58-student residence to be completed in Sept. 2004.

The new suite-style residence will primarily accommodate first-year students and will lessen demand on Huron’s other student housing properties for upper-year students, said Huron Principal Ramona Lumpkin.

“We’re running out of room,” she said, adding there has been no new residence constructed on Huron property since 1963. “We’ve grown tremendously since then.”

The new residence will enable Huron to continue to offer a room guarantee to all first-year students, something Lumpkin said is highly valued by the college’s prospective students.

Applications for upper-year student spots in residence must be submitted in writing by no later than Feb. 2, 2004 to Sharon Robertson, director of Student Services and Ancillary Operations at sroberts@uwo.ca.

—Anton Vidgen

Students pacified, but they like it
If you ever thought faculty at Western do not contribute money towards your education, you’re wrong: whether you are aware of it or not, they do.

Each year, the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association awards 35 scholarships within various faculties across campus. According to Jane Laforge, administrative officer for UWOFA, the scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the faculty, but usually are awarded to students with the highest marks.

“Awards are funded by a portion of union dues paid by the faculty, [and] they are allocated based on enrollment [within faculties],” Laforge said.

In addition to awarding general scholarships, UWOFA also distributes a number of named awards, given to students in specific departments, she added.

The awards ceremony took place yesterday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Michael’s in Somerville House.

—Eric Johanssen

 

 

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