But, what is money?
Western liberal arts students will have more money with which
to do nothing thanks to a $1.4 million donation from the Rotman
Family Foundation. The money will result in a $1 million endowment
to create a Canada Research Chair in the department of philosophy,
as well as support two annual Ontario Graduate Student Awards
Joseph Rotman (BA'57), a director of the
Bank of Montreal and Officer of the Order of Canada, and the
Rotman Family Foundation have an ongoing connection with philosophy
at Western. Rotman and his wife, Sandra, said they believe strongly
in the high value of a liberal arts education.
"Based on our experience, we believe
a liberal arts education is critical for young people. It provides
an intellectual framework for life. Specialization can take
place later, but the breadth and depth of questions, paradoxes
and dilemmas which liberal arts provides, can help a person
create a value system within which he or she develops as a whole
person," he said.
Race car drivers barred from campus
A new safety blitz will make Western as sheltered as an elementary
The London Police Department, with help from
the Campus Community Police Service, is extending their Safe
Schools initiative to include our campus.
They will be conducting traffic screening
this week, making their presence felt in and around the university,
said Elgin Austen, interim director of the CCPS
According to Austen, the blitz will include
cruisers, motorcycles, as well as officers on foot. "With
all of the students having returned to the university, we'll
be ensuring that drivers drive responsibly," he added.
Warnings will be issued, as well as charges laid where necessary,
Austen said, noting the "blitz team" will include
the London Police and an additional officer from the Campus
The action will compliment existing safety
initiatives such as Western's Foot Patrol, which has been in
effect this year since Sep. 4.
Walking for a good cause
By the time Sep. 20 rolls around, three or four of the freshman
(or sophomore) 15 should be hanging around your polkas and you'll
need a good reason to get up in the morning. Enter AIDSWalk
AIDSWalk London is inviting Londoners to
join in a day full o' fun in support of both local and international
AIDS social programs.
The 2003 AIDSWalk (or roller blade or bike)
will begin with the fat-removing 3K walk through downtown London
and will be followed by festivities tailor-made for Western
students such as face painting, clowns, a dunk-tank and a big
red fire truck. AIDS walkers' stomachs will be filled with barbecue
and their hearts will be filled with the music of a live band,
said Mandi Fields-Wombwell, the event organizer.
All proceeds from this event go to John Gordon
House and Women Fighting Aids in Kenya, a social initiative
of 10 HIV positive Kenyan women in need of international support.
Fields-Wombwell urges Western students to
"see outside the box" and recognize the importance
of supporting the AIDS cause at the social level.
For more information on AIDSWalk, WOFAK or
for sponsorship forms, click www.aidswalklondon.com.
Do lawyers need all that money?
The Western Faculty of Law has recently received a cool million
bucks - its largest donation ever.
The sum was donated by the Albert and Temmy
Latner Foundation and will support the Josephine Spencer Niblett
Law Building Expansion and Renovation project. "The donation
is the first piece of a $3 million total for the entire renovation
project," said Ted Garrard, Western's VP-external.
"The entire donation will go towards
renovations, including adding more seminar and small group rooms,
upgrading technology and library resources," he said.
"[The donation is also] meant to encourage
Western Law alumni, law firms and other parties to participate
in the renovation project," Garrard said, adding the Latner
family currently has four children attending Western.
The Latner foundation has shown great support
to Western in the past having recently provided an on-campus
home for the Jewish Students Union.