March 12, 2004  
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York Federation of Students still in chaos
Months of squabbling within the York Federation of Students has failed to quell a controversy between rival student groups.

The dispute began last November, when the YFS was unable to ratify its newly elected executives. The Constituency Committee, which is made up of representatives from all of York’s colleges, was called in to resolve the issue. York’s administration also stepped in to help end the dispute.

Last Wednesday, members of the committee and some faculty group leaders left in the middle of the YFS meeting in a show of non-confidence, explained Ryan Gonsalves, president of the Bethune College Council. “The dispute is over the YFS not holding annual elections, which should have happened in March,” he said, noting the elections were pushed back because it took so long for ratification to occur.

“[The current dispute concerns] the YFS decision to ignore the perspective of the CC; some members of the CC have decided to no longer recognize the YFS,” he said. “A petition was presented to the YFS which had more people on it than the number of people who voted.”

According to Gonsalves, different college councils are protesting in different ways. Some plan to remove recognition of the YFS from their by-laws, some will boycott YFS meetings and some plan to hold a referendum to “de-recognize” the YFS.

—Laura Katsirdakis

Money for law, but nothing for arts
A $300,000 donation to Western’s faculty of law by McMillan Binch LLP, will fund the Western Business Law Clinic.

“McMillan Binch has been a supporter of Western for many years,” said Becky Bannerman, communications officer for the faculty, adding the firm is also donating furniture and equipment from their former Royal Bank Plaza offices.

“[The donation] is an act of real generosity on the part of the firm,” said Ian Holloway, dean of law. “It’s a sign of the reputation this law school enjoys among leaders in the legal community.”

Holloway said the Western Business Law Clinic will be run by law students who will gain experience by assisting small business and entrepreneurs with legal considerations such as incorporation, intellectual property and employment law.

People-watching galore
The upcoming fashion show “Reminisce” gives you a chance to see hot students in trendy clothes — while this may not be a change from every other day at Western, at least it’s for a good cause.

The sixth annual show takes place Saturday, Mar. 20 at Centennial Hall, produced by the Canadian Asian International Students Association, said Isaac Ling, CAISA promotions manager, noting that all proceeds go to the Children’s Health Foundation.

Each fashion scene will reflect a different time period, Ling explained, adding that clothing sponsors include Jean Machine, Bud Gowan, La Vie en Rose and RW & Co..

Over 70 Western students are involved with the show and several different minorities are represented, he explained. “The models are a reflection of our students — we’re trying to promote diversity and multiculturalism.”

Tickets are $15 in advance ($18 at the door) and will be available at the CAISA booth in the University Community Centre, or by e-mailing

—Sarah Prickett

Let’s talk about pollution, baby
The faculty of engineering will be hosting a lecture by Milorad Dudukovic at the Spencer Engineering Building on Wednesday, Mar. 17, said Cedric Briens, a chemical engineering professor at Western.

The presentation will attempt to connect the fields of chemistry, environment and multi-phase reaction engineering in regards to pollution prevention and sustainability, he said. Dudukovic, a celebrated scientist from Washington State University, will also speak on how reactor choice, operation conditions and other factors can aid in executing environmentally benign processes.

“[Dudukovic is] one of the leaders of his field [and is] important in the industrial and economic world,” Briens said, adding the lecture will take a practical approach towards applying knowledge.

Everyone is welcome and it is especially recommended for those interested in the environment, he said, noting it will be a great opportunity to see the progress of a scientist in a “different field but [with] similar objectives.”

—Tim Fish



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