Volume 96, Issue 56
Thursday, January 9, 2003

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Tragic loss of Western alumnus

Michael Franjkovic, a Western graduate, was killed in a car accident outside of London last week.

Franjkovic, who graduated with an economics degree last year, was also the former president of Lambda Chi Alpha, a fraternity on campus. His car collided with a transport truck on an icy road at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3.

He was originally from Strathroy, Ontario, and was on his way to his new job, confirmed Mark Behar, a fourth-year media, information and technoculture and English student, and member of the fraternity.

Behar described Franjkovic as a positive and genuine person. "Not a mean bone in his body," he added.

Franjkovic, through the fraternity, was also involved in charity work. "He raised over $100,000 for cancer research," Behar said.

A funeral for Frankjkovic was held this past Monday.

–Paolo Zinatelli



New graduate dean – not yet old and crusty

Western professor Martin Kreiswirth has been appointed dean of the faculty of graduate studies, effective Jan. 1, 2003 until 2008.

The first dean of the faculty of graduate studies to be appointed from Western's faculty of arts said he was delighted with the new appointment.

Kreiswirth has a long history of community service in the field of education. He also served as the associate dean of arts and social sciences in the faculty of graduate studies since 1995 and was the founding director of Western's Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism.

Kreiswirth said he considers the main challenges in his new position to be trying to improve and enhance the communication lines between his faculty and the other units of the university.

"The role of the faculty is to facilitate the development of Western's graduate program," he said. Kreiswirth said he hopes to build on the faculty's strengths, while enhancing quality, equity and diversity.

–Des Stutchbury

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