November 20, 2003  
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Cronyn is rich
Renowned actor Hume Cronyn has left $25,000 US to Western in his will.

“[The money] is being directed toward Western’s Al Waxman Drama Fund to support dramatic productions by Western students,” said Ted Garrard, Western’s VP-external.

The Waxman Fund is an endowed fund supporting drama at Western. Al Waxman was a Western alumnus best known for his roles on the television shows, King of Kensington and Cagney and Lacey. As the money is an endowment, only the income earned from it will be used, Garrard added.

Cronyn, who was born in London, had an extensive acting career. He is best known for his roles in the Cocoon movies. “[Cronyn] was on Broadway, in several movies and one of the greatest Canadian actors of all time,” Garrard said.

Cronyn’s donation will go a long way in supporting drama at Western. Income from the Waxman fund will provide an annual budget that will assist in productions created by Western students.

—Maureen Finn

People work for free?!
A celebration was held yesterday in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Volunteers In Progress program at Western.

Interim program co-ordinator Rachel Crowe said the program is a large success and continues to be a valuable resource in many ways to all Western students.

“There are two ways in which students benefit from the VIP program here at Western. First, they are able to earn some practical experience with many different kinds of jobs, and second, the Student Development Centre is able to offer a lot more help to all Western students due to the wide variety of services our volunteers assist in,” Crowe said.

Anyone interested in joining the VIP program can find an application online at

—Angela Marie Denstedt

Go to Brescia; get fed
Brescia University College will be hosting a dinner with tasty treats for everyone who loves or hates religion.

The second annual Cross-Faith Charity Ramadan Dinner will be held tonight at 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Brescia’s St. James Building, said Mariam Abdo, organizer for the event.
“We’re inviting everyone on campus,” Abdo said, adding while it is a cultural dinner, people of all faiths are invited, and Lebanese, Hebrew and Western food will served at the dinner.
She noted there will be a panel discussion of professors planned after the dinner to discuss misconceptions about some religions, and they will be answering questions from the audience.

“This is really trying to create an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding,” Abdo added.

Tickets for the event are $5, which go towards a local anti-hate charity and are on sale at the offices of the Brescia University College Students’ Council, Jewish Students’ Union, Muslim Students’ Association or the Christian Unity Committee, as well as at the door, she added.

—Marshall Bellamy



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