September 12, 2003  
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Terry Fox Run
If you can walk, ride, hop or wheelbarrow then you can participate in the 23rd Terry Fox Run.

The trail will wind its way around Western, through Gibbons Park and back to campus, stated Bryan Szemenyei, the University Students' Council's Terry Fox Commissioner.

"We've given out tons of pledge sheets," Szemenyei said, noting he is optimistic this year's run will have a great turnout.

Western traditionally has 600 runners, which is one of the best turnouts for the Terry Fox Run in the area, Szemenyei said.

Proceeds go to the Terry Fox Foundation, which will give the money to research groups and treatment facilities, continued Szemenyei.

Registration for the run begins at 10 a.m. and the run starts at 11 a.m. at the Concrete Beach on Sep. 14, Szemenyei said.

-Marshall Bellamy

Fanshawe's gassy day
Thanks to co-operation from students, staff and emergency workers, a potentially serious situation was averted on Wednesday at Fanshawe College.

Over 3,000 staff and students were evacuated from the College's grounds when a gas leak was discovered around 4 p.m., said Emily Marcoccia, spokesperson for the College, noting they were lucky the situation was not any earlier or more may have been evacuated.

The situation was stabilized by local police and fire crews, and students living at the two college residences were taken to a local high school where they were given pizza and bus tickets, Marcoccia said. Fanshawe also cancelled all evening classes, affecting another 1,000 students.

Fanshawe administration, along with investigators, is still looking into the root of the leak, Marcoccia noted.

-Alex McMurray

Queerline makes super exciting reappearance
Queerline, a Western help and information line for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and "two-spirited" students, is looking for volunteers to operate the service for the coming school year, said Julia Rady, Queerline commissioner for the University Students' Council.

A mandatory training session for all volunteers starts tomorrow in Rm. 315 of the University Community Centre, Rady said. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the actual training going from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Two shifts of three hours a month is all the volunteers are asked to put in, Rady noted.

Volunteers will learn about active listening, the GLBT2 movement, sexual health, harassment/abuse prevention and a host of other topics, Rady remarked. "All you have to be is a responsible and compassionate listener," she added.

For more information, e-mail Rady at

-Anton Vidgen

Heads up, it's free!
Need some skills? Come get some! A new careers strategies course was recently announced and is set to begin on Thu., Oct. 23.

"The course will run for 13 weeks [in] a 6 to 9 p.m. time slot so [the students] can still get to The Ceeps afterwards," said Western English professor Clare Tatersall.

It will be the goal of the course to both teach skills and help participants apply the knowledge they have already gained, Tatersall said.

Open only to arts students, applicants will be pleased to hear the course will have no fee.

To sign up, pick up an application at the dean of arts office and return it by Oct. 15.

-Mike Dewar

Adrienne, you over achiever
Western plans to hand out fake degrees to people that already have real ones.

On Oct. 23 and 24, Western intends to hand out honourary degrees to three distinguished individuals. "[Honourary degrees] recognize outstanding contribution to education in Canada," said Dalin Jameson, executive assistant to Western President Paul Davenport.

Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson, one of the recipients, was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 1992, Jameson said, adding she is going to receive her honorary degree on Oct. 23.

Dr. Emoke Szathmary, a former Western dean of social science, and Dr. John Grace, a chemical engineering expert, will receive their honourary degrees on Oct. 24.

-Taha Suria



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