January 9 , 2004  
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Double cohort to give the economy a boost?

Western prof gets mayor’s kudos
William Judd, a retired professor emeritus in the zoology department, has recently been named to the 2004 Mayor’s Honour List in London.

Judd, who describes himself as having been “on the shelf for the last 20 years,” credits his work at preserving London’s natural environment for the motivation behind his recognition.

“It’s about giving people a chance to explore the natural world within the city limits,” Judd said.

He pointed to his work on preserving Westminster ponds and Warbler Woods in the city’s south and west end respectively.

Judd stated that he is currently collecting information to prepare for a piece he is writing on Komoka Park, a 198 hectare recreation area about five kilometres west of the city. He pointed out that the area is situated on former agricultural land and meadows; Komoka Park is described as a near urban park.

Judd is also planning a chronicle of the park’s history and a record of the wildlife present.

Brand spanking new building, Nazis in old one
The beginning of the second term at Western this week marks the opening of a new building.

Known as the North Campus Building, the structure is located on Perth Dr. next to the John Labatt Visual Arts Building. The North Campus Building will be home to students in the faculties of science and information and media studies.

“It’s part of the SuperBuild projects; partly funded by the government of Ontario, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the university and private fundraising,” said Dave Riddell, associate VP-capital planning services at Western.

Riddell stated the project was initiated in June 2002 but has encountered difficulties in finding skilled trades people to complete the construction. Slated for completion in February, the building comes complete with lecture rooms and labs for media, information and technology, and biology.

“The MIT labs will feature some of the latest computers and audio-visual technology,” Riddell added.

—Chris Smeenk

Nominations open for USC elections
The nomination period for positions on the University Students’ Council is now open. Positions available range from USC president to councillors and various faculty presidencies.

“Getting involved in the student council is exciting, rewarding and gives students a voice at the university,” said Liz Berman, USC communications officer. “Students can really make a difference in decisions made.”

Berman stated that those thinking of nominating either themselves or a friend should be aware the position of student president is a full time job, which involves taking a year off school to represent the entire student body to various committees and organizations.

Applications are available in Rm. 340 of the University Community Centre or at the USC Front in the UCC atrium, as well as online at www.usc.uwo.ca/elections, and are due Jan. 29. The campaign period runs from Feb. 2 to 16, with voting from Feb. 17 to 18.

— Katy Pollock

 

 

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