September 11, 2003  
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Concern expressed over TAs, workload

As class enrollment increases in first-year classes, the number of teaching assistants employed to handle tutorial sessions and mark assignments may not be rising accordingly. Yet, faculty may be forced to rely more heavily on their TAs if they are faced with larger class sizes and reduced opportunity for one-on-one contact with students.

Council unveils its goals

The new academic year has brought forth a plethora of initiatives from the University Students' Council Board of Directors, which were presented at last night's USC meeting.

USC President Paul Yeoman has initiatives such as his Living Campus Project, which will include social events like 'Western Idol' and DJ competitions. "They're geared to be events that people can take part in on campus outside of class," Yeoman explained.

Dumb kids getting herpes, the clap

There is no doubt there is now more information about safe sex to pass on to adolescents than there was in 1989, but a new study suggests Canadian teens may not care.

According to the Canadian Youth, Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Study, conducted in 2002, one-third of girls and one-half of boys among the over 11,000 students surveyed in grades 7, 9 and 11 agreed it was "all right to have casual sex."

Lesbians and blubber a package deal: study

A recent study found lesbians weigh more and carry more weight around their waistlines than heterosexual women, putting them at higher risk for cardiovascular illness such as heart disease.

Co-principle investigator Stephanie Roberts and her colleagues at the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, surveyed 324 lesbians over the age of 40 living in California and compared them with their similarly-aged heterosexual sisters.

Once upon a time...

Marshall Law

Once upon a time in a faraway land there lived the happy people of Ontario existing under the rule of Dave Peterson, warlord of the Liberal clan.

One day Peterson began hearing rumours of a dreaded recession monster lurking around the Ontario countryside devouring jobs and threatening Peterson's hold on his realm.

Coffee competition

Williams Coffee Pub opened yesterday in the University Community Centre's Centrespot, vying for students' wallets amid established competitors such as Tim Hortons and Quotes Cafe.

"As an alternative to our other coffee operations, we believed [Williams] was a good fit," said Frank Miller, director of hospitality services at Western, the owner of the Williams, Tim Hortons and Quotes operations.

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