Concrete Beach still
Western's beloved retro-Soviet, post-apocalyptic wasteland,
the Concrete Beach, is still under construction and may be for
"[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.
Shouldn't it now be
Western Foot Patrol has gotten wheels to cruise down the Western
strip and word on the street is they are getting jet fighters
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.
Shine, Shine, Shine,
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
"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
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.