September 9, 2003  
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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 in Philosophy.

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.

-Chris Sinal

Race car drivers barred from campus
A new safety blitz will make Western as sheltered as an elementary school.

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 Police Department.

The action will compliment existing safety initiatives such as Western's Foot Patrol, which has been in effect this year since Sep. 4.

-Dan Dedic

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 London 2003.

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

-Ben Fine

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.

-Sarvenaz Kermanshahi



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