September 5, 2003  
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Concrete Beach still ugly
Western's beloved retro-Soviet, post-apocalyptic wasteland, the Concrete Beach, is still under construction and may be for some time.

"[The Concrete Beach] will hopefully be done by Homecoming," said University Students' Council President Paul Yeoman. "They're moving along very well now."

The project was a joint venture between the Western administration and the USC, with the USC contributing approximately $350,000 to the reconstruction and improvement of the Beach.

The USC was initially hoping to have construction completed by September, but the work took longer than originally anticipated. Reinstalling the leaking roof on the lower level of the University Community Centre was the largest and most difficult part of the project, Yeoman said.

-Shawn MacPherson

Shouldn't it now be Car Patrol?
Western Foot Patrol has gotten wheels to cruise down the Western strip and word on the street is they are getting jet fighters next year.

Saturn SAAB Isuzu London donated a new 2003 Saturn VUE to the Foot Patrol to replace the old van the patrol initially used, said Cheryl Briglia, acting co-ordinator of the Foot Patrol.

"We have one of the most proactive and efficient foot patrols in the country," said Elgin Austen, interim director of the Campus Community Police Service, noting Foot Patrol began last night.

All are welcome to utilize or volunteer for the service, Briglia said, adding the Foot Patrol hours are 9 p.m.-1 a.m. during September and 6 p.m.-1 a.m. for the rest of the year. They can be called at 661-3650.

-Marshall Bellamy

Shine, Shine, Shine, Shinerama
The USC contribution to support cystic fibrosis research got underway this week with the 35th annual Shinerama campaign kicking off alongside Orientation Week activities.

With this year's ambitious fundraising target of $125,000, organizers have decided to shift the focus from individual homes to London businesses and their local communities.

"We are trying to bring Shinerama into the community in a more visible way this year," said USC Shinerama Commissioner Ashleigh Cresswell in a statement. "London has been very supportive in helping us achieve this goal."

Although Cresswell said the organizational move was to increase fundraising revenue, she pointed out that safety remained a top priority.

Western's Shinerama Day starts at 9 a.m. this Saturday and continues until 4 p.m. in the London area. About 4,000 first-year students are expected to participate in fundraising activities that include shoe shining, face painting and other forms of entertainment.

-Anton Vidgen



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