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USC sez: these people rock
The University Students’ Council is rolling out the red carpet today for the crème de la crème of Western’s student population.

Among the awards to be handed out are the Future of Western Award, the Student Award of Merit, the USC Alumni Award and the Commissioner’s Award.

“The awards recognize a variety of contributions made throughout the year to teaching and volunteerism,” said USC communications officer Liz Berman. “It’s a celebration of the year as a whole.

“All members of the Western community are invited to attend and recognize excellence,” she added, noting the event is sponsored by Scotiabank and will feature free food.

“There were so many applicants this year, but we feel that we’ve rounded up the cream of the crop, and they set a good example,” said USC awards commissioner Amy Bi.

The 13th annual USC Awards will occur this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the McKellar Room in the University Community Centre, with a reception to follow at The Wave.

—Erol Özberk & Dan Perry

Tribute to Holocaust victims
Western Hillel held a vigil on the Concrete Beach that began Wednesday evening and lasted until yesterday afternoon.

“The point of the vigil is to give each person who passed away in the Holocaust an identity,” said Alana Getzler, a Holocaust Awareness chair for Hillel. “People have become desensitized to the numbers.”

The event is held annually and lasts 24 hours, during which the names, ages and hometowns of approximately 20,000 victims are read aloud. Getzler said that reading the names of all six million victims would take over a year.

“We have been doing this for a number of years, usually as close as possible to National Holocaust Day, which is Apr. 19,” she said. The list of names was donated by the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Israel, she confirmed.

Getzler added that other clubs and residences would also be attending to read names, noting that genocide concerns everyone. “A lot of people come to see what it is all about and end up reading names,” she said.

No new food for Redmen and women
The administration at the University of McGill announced a moratorium on cafeteria contracts this past Monday, a move that will postpone what some student groups call the monopolization of the school’s food services.

“The Coalition for Action on Food Services was successful in obtaining an extension on the existing contracts for food services. [The administration] now has the opportunity to see what needs to be done and to solicit community input,” said Kate Rhodes, president of the Students’ Society of McGill University.

According to Rhodes, the university has also created a Food Advisory Board — made up of members of the McGill community — to give advice on the future of McGill Food Services.

These two actions were the result of pressure from CAFS, which collected 7,500 signatures, she said, adding the students’ movement boycotted a group of cafeterias, and passed an undergraduate referendum against the monopolization of food services with 82 per cent in favour.

CAFS raised a stir last week when rumours circulated that McGill administration was planning on consolidating campus food services.

—Sarvenaz Kermanshahi

SOLD! To the sympathetic bloke at the back...
Western students with a social conscience and an addiction to eBay may want to take their liberal spending habits to an online charity auction being organized by the Rotaract Club.

Club member Adam Roth said auction proceeds will be put toward covering the costs of a volunteer trip to Thailand.

“We’re going to be working with slum kids in a section of Bangkok,” Roth said. He is helping organize the initiative with the assistance of the Human Development Fund, and will be one of 17 Rotaracts participating in the excursion.

“These kids live in absolute poverty,” he said. “Our goal will be to teach them English and give them the basic life skills to get a leg up to leave the slums. We also want to help rebuild the slums and make them more liveable.”

Roth said a wide variety of items will be on the auction block, including jewelry and dinner for two at the Delta London Armouries. The auction will be accessible through www.rotaract.jerkmedia.net/auction, and runs from Apr. 5 to 10.

—Jonathan Yazer



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