January 22, 2004  
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In memory
Bev Greene, the University Students’ Council’s general counsel, died from cancer Tuesday night.

“She had been battling [cancer] for the past year with her unique brand of courage and spirit,” said USC general manager Mark Sellars in an e-mail to USC staff.

Greene is survived by her mother and brother, he confirmed.

Before joining the USC, Greene worked within the university administration for several years in the office of the VP-administration and then on Special Projects with housing and ancillary services.

“While her time with the USC was of short duration, her work ethic, dry sense of humour, her professionalism and her ability to simplify and put in perspective complex issues will be sorely missed,” Sellars noted.

—Marshall Bellamy

The Women’s Issues Network will be hosting a discussion concerning the continuing relevance of feminism today from 12 to 2 p.m. in the University Community Centre atrium.

“The Women’s Issues Network is a [University Students’ Council] organization which promotes a Western campus free from racism, sexism and homophobia, and provides an educational resource centre on issues that are important to women,” explained WIN co-ordinator Kara Wong.

“The theme of this discussion is to explain why feminism is current and relevant in today’s society.”

For further information, call WIN at 661-2111 Ext. 82625 or e-mail them at usc.women.issues@uwo.ca.

—Olta Hoxha

Complain, bitch and whine
Attention all Mary Jane fans: if you are thinking of petitioning the Alcohol and Drug Use section in the University Code of Student Conduct, the time is now.

Students at Western have been invited to submit comments to the University Code of Student Conduct Review Committee, explained committee chair Susan Pepper.

“The code is a positive spirit that promotes respectful conduct among the university community and outlines the behaviour that students can expect when they come to Western,” she added.

“Recommendations of revisions to the Campus and Community Affairs Committee of the Board of Governors will be made by early March, and will be based on all the comments submitted,” Pepper said.

Written submissions should be sent by Friday, Jan. 23 to: Dr. Susan Pepper, Chair, Student Code of Conduct Review Committee C/O University Secretariat, Room 290, Stevenson-Lawson Building.

—Maral Masoodi

Calling all kiss-ups
Students at Western can now nominate their professors for the Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

“[The award is a] joint effort between the Alumni Association and the [University Students’ Council], and is funded by ScotiaBank,” said Dave Ford, USC VP-education.

Any student can make a nomination by filling out a nomination form, accessible through the USC website (www.usc.uwo.ca), under Programming/Events and Awards/Scholarships, he said.

According to the USC website, the nominations should be based on “innovative and creative teaching techniques, enthusiasm, approachability and individual help.”

“There will be an award ceremony at the beginning of April [to acknowledge the recipient of the award],” Ford said.

The nominations close on Friday, Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m..

—Lauren Klostermann

Apps to university drop 30 per cent
Ontario universities are in no trouble regarding student applications for the upcoming fall enrollment, despite a 30 per cent drop.

According to a press release issued by the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre this week, fewer students are applying to Ontario universities this year. However, as George Granger, executive director of the OUAC explained, this is not negative.

“The application totals this year are very close to what was anticipated following the peak year double cohort phenomenal,” he said. Granger added that in comparison to the year before the double cohort, application levels are up.

“Application data shows that the interest Ontario secondary school students have in Ontario universities remains strong and growing,” Granger said.

—Angela Marie Denstedt



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