January 14, 2004  
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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 atrium.
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.

—Ben Fine

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 continues.

“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 that thoroughly.”

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 to surroundings.

According to Micks, there have been no weather related accidents on campus so far this year. So far...

—Shauna Cade

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.

—Anton Vidgen



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