February 17, 2004  
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We can vote, the Chinese still can’t
Western students who cast their vote at this year’s University Students’ Council elections will get a chance to win free shit.

The incentive to encourage students to cast their ballots consists of three prizes of dinner for two with movie tickets courtesy of The Wave and Western Film, confirmed USC communications officer Liz Berman.

An X-Box will also be awarded to the residence with the highest percentage of voter turnout, she added.
“It is very important for students to vote because the USC sets the direction for the upcoming year with respect to student fees, social events, as well as what issues to lobby,” Berman said.

Voting takes place today and tomorrow, online at www.usc.uwo.ca, she said.

Additional computers will be set up in the University Community Centre atrium and the Social Science Centre. Both student and PIN numbers are required, she explained, adding the polls opened last night at midnight, and will close at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Election results will be broadcast live from The Wave on CHRW 94.9 FM and TV Western tomorrow at 9 p.m..

—Erol Özberk

Engineering building opens
Yesterday was the official opening of a new building on campus, or for those of us who enjoyed parking in the Thompson parking lot, that big awful parking spot stealer.

According to Franco Berruti, dean of engineering, the new building was named the Thompson Engineering Building due to the sizable contribution by Western alumni John and Melinda Thompson.

“[Western’s faculty of engineering] needed to catch up with technology,” Berruti said, adding the engineering undergraduate population has grown by 60 per cent. The new 80,000 square feet of space will offer greater space for research and the teaching staff, he explained.

A tour of the building, as part of the grand opening, revealed a new state-of-the-art 3D visual simulation room. “[The technology will be used in] the simulation of medical images used in training physicians,” said Rajni Patel professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering.

—Caroline George

Moran leaves, French Knight lonely
Western’s VP-academic and provost has decided to call it quits and return to the much-revered world o’ teaching.

“I’ve decided not to let my name stand for another term,” said Greg Moran, whose second and final term ends on June 30, 2005. Moran has served in the position for the past 10 years.

“I will miss this job tremendously, but I think it’s the right move for me and the university,” he said. “I want to go back [to teaching].”

Moran is a professor of psychology and an expert in child development. He has taught Introduction to Psychology in the past and expressed interest in reprising the role. “I came to the university to be a researcher and a teacher,” he said.

According to Moran, a search committee has been struck by Western President Paul Davenport to find a new VP-academic and provost.

—Anton Vidgen

Cough up a lung, get a tulip
What do fresh flowers and lung cancer have in common? More than you think.

The Lung Association is looking for volunteers for their seventh annual Breath of Spring Tulip Day to be held from Mar. 1 until Mar. 4, confirmed Gordon Blake, community projects assistant for the Association.

“There will be [a number of] areas for students to get involved in, such as setting up orders, helping out with delivery and the sale of the tulips at 10 different locations in London,” he explained.

“Really we’re looking for three to four hours from each volunteer between Monday, Mar. 1 and Thursday, Mar. 4,” Blake said. “Volunteers must be at least 18-years-[old] and a non-smoker,” he added.

“[The project is] important because it raises funds to help those afflicted with [various] lung diseases such as asthma and lung cancer,” Blake said.

Anyone interested can call the Lung Association at 453-9086 or visit their website at www.on.lung.ca.

—Sioned Dyer



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