Volume 96, Issue 90
Thursday, March 20, 2003

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Western celebrates by getting licked

By Chris Webden
Gazette Staff


Western's campus will soon be licking more than just Tootsy Rolls and tan-lines.

Yesterday, at an unveiling in the Galleria mall, Western was recognized with its very first commemorative 48 cent stamp, amidst a group of stamp enthusiasts, Western community members and Canada Post workers.

The stamp was designed to commemorate Western's 125th anniversary, and features the university's emblem in the foreground with an illustration of University College tower and a purple sky behind it.

"It really is a beautiful stamp that [Western's administration] is very proud of," said Western President Paul Davenport.

According to Tim McGurrin, communications manager for Canada Post, Western is the seventh post-secondary institution in Canada to be commemorated on a stamp. McGurrin said three million stamps have been printed and they will be available nation-wide.

"We want to make sure they are available all over Canada, but London will have a tough time keeping them in stock," McGurrin explained. "Once they're gone, they're gone."

Davenport praised the work of Bob McLellan, a Western alumnus and executive at Canada Post, for suggesting the idea of a Western stamp to the commemorative stamp selection committee.

Several people lined up to purchase the stamp, which was available for purchase immediately after the design was unveiled.

"[The stamps] give a sense of pride to the institution," said Tom Guinsburg, a retired Western history professor, who bought 48 stamps. He said Western's anniversary is an important milestone for everyone who has ever been part of the institution.

Richard Gillespie, owner of an environmental company in London, also waited in line to buy the stamps because he felt they would be a great reminder for his daughters who will soon have both be graduating from Western.

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