January 28, 2004  
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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 personally.

“There will be no further investigation,” Austen said.

—Laura Katsirdakis

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 show.

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.

—Sam Robinson

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 unnoticed.”

Downard explained the event is geared specifically towards university students on how to deal with the outside pressures of maintaining a healthy body image.

—Mark Weir

Hearez-vous this
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.

—Sioned Dyer



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