Assault allegation determined
to be unfounded
An alleged assault of a female student on Western’s campus,
reported yesterday in The Gazette, has been investigated by
police and discovered to be false.
The complainant reported to police that she had been attacked
from behind while walking near the D.B. Weldon parking lot
on the evening of Jan. 21. The investigation was being handled
by the sexual assault division of the London Police Department.
“[The allegation has] been investigated and deemed to
be unfounded,” said Const. Paul Martin, spokesperson
for the LPD. The LPD conducted the investigation in conjunction
with the Campus Community Police Service.
“The investigation has concluded,” said Elgin
Austen, spokesperson for CCPS. “The reported assault
was unfounded, that is, there was no assault.”
Austen added that there were other issues in play in the case.
He confirmed that some of the issues resided with the complainant
“There will be no further investigation,” Austen
Who wears short shorts?!
Western will get out their purple shorts this weekend amidst
the Arctic-like weather.
Theatre Western is preparing to excite and entertain this
weekend with their annual one-act play festival, Purple Shorts,
said Maggie Wrobel, executive producer of the festival and
the University Students’ Council’s Theatre Western
commissioner. Students can expect “drama outside the
box” at the festival, which features seven original,
student-written plays, she said.
“This year we expect a really good cross-section of
different kinds of plays,” Wrobel noted, adding attendees
can expect anything from improv to physical comedy to a one-woman
The theme of the festival this year is the ‘Nine Greek
Muses,’ and between plays and during intermission, the
event will feature dancing and music sure to make the entire
evening light and enjoyable, Wrobel said.
There are two groupings of plays showing Friday and Saturday
night at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Conron
Hall at University College (Rm. 224). They will be sure to
please any type of university audience, she confirmed.
Tickets can be purchased at InfoSource in the University
Community Centre or at the door for $6.
Are you saying I’m fat?
Remembering to take the time to think about No. 1? Or are you
not taking the time to give yourself the respect you deserve?
The Rotaract Club at Western is offering a Body Image Seminar
on Wednesday, Feb. 4 in Rm. 315 of the University Community
Centre at 7 p.m., highlighting the complexities and issues
surrounding our bodies and promoting a healthy outlook, confirmed
second-year health sciences student Dawn Downard, a Rotaract
member and event organizer.
The event features author Sandra Friedman, who has written
several books on eating disorders, Downard explained.
“People don’t realize that this affects a lot
of people,” she said. “Too often the issues go
Downard explained the event is geared specifically towards
university students on how to deal with the outside pressures
of maintaining a healthy body image.
Frog legs, smelly cheese and croissants for everyone! Hawnh,
hawnh, hawnh (in a French accent)... you wish!
France Day is a celebration of the close academic partnership
between leading universities in France, particularly the one
between the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France
and Western, said Ted Hewitt, associate VP-research and international
relations at Western.
There will be a variety of guest speakers, including Philippe
Guelluy, French ambassador to Canada, and Western President
and French Knight Paul Davenport, Hewitt said.
“Students are encouraged to come out, in particular
those who may be interested in a future exchange to France
to study,” Hewitt said, adding students can talk to a
number of Western researchers in attendance who have been working
with French partners on various projects.
The event will be held in Somerville House, Rm. 3320, this
Thursday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hewitt confirmed.