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
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
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
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
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 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
“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.