Volume 96, Issue 89
Wednesday, March 19, 2003

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Make hot dogs, not war

By Chris Webden
Gazette Staff

To the relief of students campus wide, this spring's warm weather has been accompanied by the return of another Western favourite – that's right, the Hot Dog Lady.

Affectionately known as "La femme saucisse," Gabriella Lakatos returned to the Concrete Beach yesterday to peddle her tantalizing tube-steaks. Lakatos reappeared behind her barbecue of beef, after a brief winter vacation, bringing tears to the eyes of many Western sausage lovers.

Lakatos expressed much excitement over her return to campus, noting Western students have been very good to her over the five years she has been situated on campus.

"[Western students] have to be polite to me, or they aren't going to get any hotdogs," Lakatos joked, as she handed off a scrumptious lunch to one of her satisfied customers.

Lakatos was disappointed that she was unable to serve Western students on the drunken day of St. Patrick, but was glad she was given one more day to spend with her eight-year-old son.

"[My bosses] were fixing my barbecue, so I couldn't make it out – I wish I have could have made it though," Lakatos explained.

"The hot dog lady is back – woo hoo!" yelled Eric Johanssen, a third-year political science student, as he walked across the Concrete Beach.

While not a frequent buyer of Lakatos's treats, Johanssen said he does enjoy the odd lunch-time dog. "Once every couple of weeks I like to treat myself to a nice fat dog," he drooled.

"There is an emptiness on campus when [the hot dog lady] is gone," Johanssen explained. "There is a void that is filled only when [the smell of] hot dogs is in the air."

"I would say that I am very excited [at the hot dog lady's return]," said Vanessa Mui, a fourth-year food and nutrition student. Mui noted hot dogs are an excellent meal choice for students on the go, or those on a tight budget.

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