March 16, 2004  
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Layton at Western
Federal New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton will be on campus today.

In an event sponsored by the Western NDP Club, the University Students’ Council and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, Layton will be in London all day.

“It’s going to be an opportunity for Western students to see NDP leader Jack Layton,” said Paris Meilleur, president of the Western New Democrats.

“[Layton] will be speaking about student issues such as accessibility and concerns surrounding international students,” Meilleur noted.

Other highlights of Layton’s itinerary in the Forest City include his visit to Fanshawe College and an announcement of a new “high profile” candidate for the upcoming federal elections at the London North Centre Riding Association office.

Layton will be in the University Community Centre atrium today at 11:45 a.m..

—Dan Perry

No stadium for U of T
The deal that would have seen the City of Toronto build a brand new, 25,000 seat stadium has died. The stadium was proposed in negotiations as part of a partnership between the University of Toronto and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

Negotiations for the new stadium have been in the works since November and looked to provide a much-needed new home to U of T athletics, the Toronto Argonauts, the Canadian Soccer Association and also the Toronto Maple Leafs’ practice grounds.

“The discussions with MLSE were predicated on the notion of what cost the private sector would pay for the facility,” said Jon Dellandrea, U of T’s VP-development.

The stadium is still a priority for the university, he explained, but only as long as the main function of the stadium is for student use. He noted that while talks with MLSE fell through, U of T is still in discussion with the Argos and the CSA.

“Any plans will also have to depend on the commitment from the federal and provincial governments, as the cost of the project will range from about $85 to $90 million,” Dellandrea said.

Avoid leg-breaking mobsters
The reality for many graduating students is that the government will own our soul for decades after we graduate.

To help us figure out how to get it back, there will be several information sessions hosted by EDULINX — Canada’s leading loan service bureau — over the next few weeks.

The University Students’ Council, in conjunction with Student Financial Services and EDULINX representative Don Di Maulo, will be giving one-hour presentations on practical advice for loan repayments. Sessions will be held tomorrow and Thursday, Mar. 25 in the University Community Centre Rm. 315, at 12 and 2 p.m. each day.

“Sessions are targeted towards all graduating students of 2004,” said USC VP-finance Rohan Belliappa. “Students with any type of loan will find the sessions beneficial.

“Given the number of students that have government loans and the potentially high cost of repaying these loans, the sessions will help minimize the cost of repaying their loans,” he added.

—Mark Weir

Living the war at home
Try imagining how your life would change if Canada led the War in Iraq.

Western history professor Jonathan Vance will present a seminar next week about Canada’s involvement in the First World War.

“Mapping the Impact of the First World War will focus on the degree of Canadian casualties, specifically those suffered in the town of Waterdown, Ontario,” Vance said.

“The presentation features an interactive component, which provides the audience with an opportunity to understand how Canadian communities and families were directly affected by our nation’s call to arms,” he added.

Vance’s virtual trip to the beginning of the 20th century will take place next Thursday, Mar. 18 in the Social Science Centre, Rm. 4317 from12 to 1 p.m.

—Erol Özberk



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