March 18, 2004  
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Groups to play games for mutliculturalism
Hillel and other campus groups are looking to make the world a better place this month, and are encouraging you to join them.

“We would like to make the campus a better place and to build bridges with other campus clubs,” said Jeff Rochwerg, Hillel equity commissioner.

Several activities have been planned for March, including a contest to guess the amount of candy in a jar, a food drive and a campus clean-up day held on Monday, Mar. 22 in conjunction with the Environmental Club, he confirmed.

“We also have baskets around campus with pieces of paper encouraging random acts of kindness,” he said.

Rochwerg said the activities are not a religious or political initiative. “The goal is to promote a positive atmosphere. We encourage any on-campus club or anyone interested in social justice and fairness to come out and support us.”

Proceeds from the fundraising will go to various community charities. For more information on these activities, contact Hillel at

—Sarvenaz Kermanshahi

Prospective students to be shown Western..
when none of the students are here

Ankle-biters, runts, lil’ ones, grown-ups in training, young’uns — call them what you will but the kids are invading Western this weekend.

This Saturday, Western will be holding its March Break Open House to all interested high school students, said Lori Gribbon, manager of undergraduate admissions and liaison services at the Office of the Registrar.

The open house will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., she added. “It’s a full day thing.”

Each first-year faculty will be holding programs, and most of the professional programs at Western will also be holding information sessions, she said, adding there will be campus tours and a drop-in centre in the University Community Centre.
According to Gribbon, Western is expecting over 3,500 prospective students to attend the open house and check out the Western campus. “It’s the same as last year.”

“This could be the clincher for some of them,” she said of recruiting the students for Western. “Just prior to getting their offer [of admission] they get a look-see.”

—Marshall Bellamy

Food will be eaten, culture will be had
Huron University College’s Kingsmill room will be overrun with cultural events tomorrow, courtesy of Students Acquiring Multicultural Awareness with Joy.

SAMAJ’s second annual International Food and Culture Festival will feature a buffet, followed by an address from Huron University College Principal Ramona Lumpkin, and several performances, said SAMAJ president Linda Geng.

“We’re hoping to eliminate any misconceptions that students may have, and just to see what other cultures have to offer. Multiculturalism is an issue of concern to everybody, because our campus is a diverse one,” she remarked.

Admission is $3 and all proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. Performances will range from traditional Chinese dancing to modern hip-hop.

Tickets are available at the Huron Food Court and additional information can be obtained at 850-2406, ext. 19623, or by e-mail

“We’d like to keep this a tradition at Huron,” Geng added, noting that last year’s event drew a large crowd. This year’s goal is 200 people.

—Dan Perry

Money and jobs make their way EOA
Tuesday’s announcement of a $225,137 grant from London North Centre member of Parliament Joe Fontana’s office to the Old East Village Business Improvement Area has bolstered the organization’s hopes for its Job Creation Partnerships.

According to Phil Singeris, chair of the OEVBIA, the money will be used to help create jobs for people currently receiving Employment Insurance.

The program is now receiving its third year of funding, Singeris said, noting that in addition to the four positions currently in place, four new ones have been created this year: administrative assistant, advertising and marketing coordinator, business development coordinator and web developer-network administrator.

Available jobs will be posted by the Business Improvement Area for businesses in the Dundas and Adelaide St. areas. Participants will be employed for a maximum of one year, Singeris added.

—Erika Zupko



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