What about a clubbing club?
The chaos of the great outdoors moves inside this week as Clubs
Week, Part II returns to the University Community Centre
From now until Friday Jan. 16, Western students will have an
opportunity to inquire and register for clubs whose interests
range from wrestling to retail business.
“[Clubs] allow students to identify a specific interest
and devote their time to it,” said Rohan Belliappa, the
University Students’ Council’s VP-finance. “[At
Western] the selection is immense; there is a lot of choice.”
With over 120 USC-ratified clubs, Western ranks among the
most diverse among Canadian universities, he noted.
Belliappa called the second edition of Clubs Week an opportunity
for newly ratified clubs to recruit new members and to give
students who missed the first clubs week in September another
chance to find their niche.
The USC prides itself on having inclusive clubs, Belliappa
said. “Clubs are an avenue for students to expand their
understanding of the world. New voices continually emerge to
expand and improve the activities offered by the clubs themselves.”
— Chris Smeenk
Western students reach out to Iran
The UWO Persian Club is looking for the support of the Western
community to assist relief efforts underway in Bam, Iran,
which was hit by a devastating earthquake late last month.
The earthquake, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, left
a staggering 30,000 people dead, 30,000 injured and 80,000
homeless and the historic city of Bam in ruins, according to
the Canadian Red Cross.
Polad Zahedi, organizer of the Western fundraising drive,
attributed his action to the compelling story told by the media.
He said he felt a responsibility as a human being to not sit
idle while thousands suffered overseas.
The club set up a booth last week in the University Community
Centre atrium which raised $800 and will continue to collect
donations throughout the duration of Clubs Week, according
to co-president Nazanin Hakimzadeh.
The funds collected by the club will all be sent to the Canadian
Red Cross, which focuses on providing essential goods and restoring
family links for those affected by this tragedy, Zahedi said.
With centres in Bam and nearby Keraman, Iran, he noted that
the Red Cross will deal directly with affected people, lending
medical assistance, shelter and food.
Slip and slide into safety
Drivers take caution. As our London “snow-belt” weather
becomes increasingly heinous, road conditions increasingly
deteriorate, so the Campus Community Police Service is asking
drivers on campus to be extra cautious as the snowy weather
“The Western campus roads have a lot of curves, so it
is important to use caution and drive slower than you normally
would in the winter,” said CCPS Sgt. Michael Micks.
“The Campus Community Police will be increasing traffic
enforcement toward dangerous winter driving,” he explained. “The
speed limit is 40 kilometres per hour, but going 30 km/hr may
be too fast for road conditions, so our officers will be monitoring
Also, pedestrians need to take extra precautions while traveling,
Micks noted, adding weather may make sidewalk visibility difficult,
so pedestrians and drivers alike need to pay more attention
According to Micks, there have been no weather related accidents
on campus so far this year. So far...
Charity Ball doles out charity; no balls
Western’s biggest annual soirée is coming to town
on Saturday, Jan. 31, with all proceeds benefitting the Alzheimer’s
Society of London and Middlesex and the London Humane Society.
“It’s the pre-eminent social event of the year
at Western and it’s supporting two great charities,” said
Kathy Robineau, the University Students’ Council’s
commissioner for the event.
A total of 2,500 tickets are being sold at InfoSource and
at the USC Front in the University Community Centre for $35
each. “It’s a fantastic way to bond with people,
get dressed up and have a great time,” Robineau said.
The event’s theme is “Enchanted Forest: Where
Fairytales Come True.” Perhaps, but not for underagers;
you’ll need to be over 19 to attend.