March 26, 2004  
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New Board chosen: Perry a traitor
In light of the recent selection of communications officer and legal affairs officer, next year’s University Students’ Council Board of Directors has finally taken shape.

The chosen candidates are third-year English and French student and Gazette News Editor Dan Perry as communications officer, and second-year law student Emma Stangl for legal affairs officer.

Current USC communications officer Liz Berman described the LAO position as “providing advice on a variety of situations, mostly to do with bylaws, policies and procedures,” while the duties of a communications officer are mainly public relations, media relations and publicity. Perry will be replacing Berman, while Stangl will replace current LAO Kendell Wilde.

According to Berman, the new USC Board of Directors begins its part-time duties Apr. 1, and goes full time May 1, as the current Board’s term ends Apr. 30.

Perry and Stangl join president-elect Nick Staubitz, and vice-presidents Eric Johansson, Alison Forbes, Giovanni Paola and Bryan Szemenyei on the board.

Ivey boys show off
A group of Richard Ivey School of Business students have shown the potential to become millionaires — but only in virtual reality.

Dan Polakoff, Benji Sucher and Benson Wong took home the top prize at the Canadian National Final of the L’Oréal E-Strat Challenge 2004. The students competed against teams from around the world, including Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America.

According to Sucher, L’Oréal gave the top five national teams an opportunity to bring their business plans to life in the virtual realm.

“At the head of the cosmetics firm, we faced new market situations and challenges. We had to make critical decisions about all aspects of the company. In each round, there were upwards of 30 charts and graphs to analyze, and we were ultimately asked to make over 150 decisions,” he said.

The purpose of the competition was to demonstrate the team’s ability to navigate the business realities of managing a cosmetic company. The teams were to communicate a strategic vision and sell the company to a panel.

—Ljubica Durlovska

Dude to go bald: fundraiser
A King’s University College residence assistant is trying to raise money to help fund a mission trip to Gambia — by shaving his four inches of ‘fro and self-proclaimed “Marxian” beard.

Second-year religious studies student Josh Howard has pulled this trick twice before, making $1,500 and $1,800, respectively.

“I haven’t set a goal this time — any donations of any sort are appreciated,” he said.
The mission consists of two weeks training in Chicago, before the two missionaries he is supporting — one being his sister — leave for Africa. “They’re doing missions in orphanages and AIDS hospices, as well as street missions with music,” Howard said, adding the missionaries were working with the Royal Servants.

“Fro to no” buzzes into the Wemple Lounge at King’s on Monday, Mar. 29 at 7:30 p.m., where all donations will be accepted. For more information on the event, e-mail Josh Howard at More information on the Royal Servants is available at

—Dan Perry

Snooty schools to meet
Officials from Canada’s phattest universities descended upon little ol’ Western to wax poetic about research granting councils, procedural funding models and rama-lama-ding-dong.

The informal group meets twice a year with the VPs-research from the country’s 10 biggest universities to discuss ongoing issues in the post-secondary research world, said Nils Petersen, Western’s VP-research.

“It’s purely discussion; purely an exchange of information,” he said of the high level meeting.
On the agenda was the role of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and how it could better address the needs of university researchers, Petersen explained. “We want to see the research community drive the shape of this new agency.”

The VPs met yesterday and continue today, when London North Centre member of Parliament Joe Fontana will be dropping by to talk with the officials about Canada’s innovation strategy in the private sessions at Windermere Manor.

—Anton Vidgen



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