Looking back at a year of Western news
By Dan Perry
With this issue being the grand finale for Vol. 97, we thought
we’d sum up the highlights (and therefore, everyone else’s
lowlights) as reported in this year’s Gazette.
Wet/Dry halted after Gov’t scrutiny (Sept. 23, 2003)
Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario inspectors busted
three underaged girls drinking at The Wave, forcing the University
Students’ Council to shut down the decade-old program
and leaving first-year students out in the cold on Rick McGhie
night. In addition, the university’s liquor licence
could be suspended, pending a hearing this summer.
New film dept. amid continuing controversy (Oct. 7, 2003)
After losing three of its four film professors over the summer,
Western administration created a new film studies department
in the faculty of arts, separating the program from its prior
home, the English department.
Admin shits on “Cow Plop” idea (Oct. 28, 2003)
A fundraising “bingo” game for United Way organized
by the USC would have brought a live cow to Concrete Beach.
Unfortunately for council, both administration and the United
Way had sanitation concerns, and nixed the event.
Beach ceremony as construction goes on (Oct. 30, 2003)
The USC and Western administration served up free cake for
the official grand opening of the new Concrete Beach — while
construction workers laboured away in the background. The
renovation, scheduled to be completed by Frosh Week, then
Homecoming, should be completed by the Second Coming.
Purple awning to cause USC ruckus (Nov. 5, 2003)
The USC endured lengthy discussion about whether or not to
keep the purple awning (which had already been approved by
council as part of the $350,000 renovation to Concrete Beach).
In the end, council roused News Editor Marshall Bellamy from
his Wednesday night nap, and decided to keep the awning.
USC insurance headache (Jan. 8, 2004)
Effective Jan. 1, the USC’s insurance agreement no longer
included host liquor liability — a development that essentially
forced club events to remain on campus and limited their possible
One-third of Western’s garbage recyclable: audit (Mar.
A review of Western’s waste audit spurred Hospitality
and Food Services into action to reduce waste from campus’s
primary source — Tim Hortons cups. A travel mug sale
was held in CentreSpot.
Ivey and engineering at odds over graduate ring (Mar. 11,
When the Honours Business Administration Association announced
that gold rings were to be presented to HBA graduates, engineering
students and faculty responded angrily. The engineering tradition
of the “iron ring” is carried on in memory of a
bridge collapse in Quebec nearly 100 years ago, to remind engineers
of their responsibility to society, while the Ivey rings were
essentially a gift.