October 17, 2003  
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Skipping school got you rooked
If you’ve always wanted to see someone play 20 games of chess at once, well you suck and you lost your chance... unless you were in the University Community Centre atrium yesterday.

Stefanie Chu, a women’s FIDE (chess federation) master and one of Canada’s top chess players, squared off against 20 budding players simultaneously in the UCC atrium, said Ben Mou, VP-communications for the UWO chess team.

“All the money goes to sending the UWO chess team to the Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championships in December,” Mou said. “It’s the most prestigious chess tournament at the university level in the Western hemisphere.”

An open qualifier will be held Oct. 18 in Somerville House Rm. 3305 to determine Western’s top eight chess players for the championship team, Mou said. A $10 entrance fee can be paid at the door.

Due to past funding problems, this will be the first time Western has sent a team to the championships since 1999.

When asked during gameplay how she was feeling, Chu said “I’m a little tired.” Who’da thunk it?

—Anton Vidgen

Free T-shirt: charity run
Western’s Occupational Therapy Student Council would like you to attend the fourth annual Walk, Run and Wheel for Rehab.

On Sat., Oct. 25, students and faculty are welcome to participate in a 5.5 km. race around campus to raise money for Camp BUCKO, leaving from the Grad Club at 11 a.m..

“Anyone is welcome,” said Aman Bains, a member of the program. “We have even made it wheelchair accessible this year because we believe everyone should have the opportunity to take part.”

Pre-registration is next week in the University Community Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday and at Elborn College on Monday, Thursday and Friday. The early bird fee is $12 and every participant receives a free T-shirt, Bains said.

“The main thing is to get a sense of helping out children that are recovering from burn injuries. Camp BUCKO gives kids a chance to meet others in the same situation,” Bains explained.

For more information, e-mail runfforrehab2003@hotmail.com

—Gabriella Barillari



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