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Western gives Brian Mulroney his first honorary degree this June
Graduates at this year’s spring convocation will be joined by 10 distinguished individuals receiving honorary degrees. They are:

• Brian Mulroney, former prime minister and leader of the Progressive Conservatives, who worked on the Free Trade agreement, agreements leading to the creation of Nunavut and the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords during his time in office

• Western graduate Paulette Bourgeois, author of the award-winning children’s series Franklin, which has sold more than 50 million copies in 31 different countries and been translated into 17 languages

• Flora MacDonald, who became Canada’s first female Secretary of State for External Affairs in 1979 and is known for her humanitarian work with women, refugees and those displaced by war and violence

• Anton Kuerti, one of Canada’s most celebrated pianists and a teacher, composer, concert organizer and social activist

• Peter Rechnitzer, who works for the Centre for Activity and Aging developing strategies to help the elderly live independent lives and avoid disability and who helped found the Retirement Research Association

• Harriet Kuhnlein, who is internationally recognized for her work on nutrition, particularly for indigenous people

• Ivey graduate Donald K. Johnson, vice-chairman for BMO Nesbitt Burns

• Charles R. Scriver, a researcher on national and international genetic projects and a contributor to the Human Genome Project

• Boris Stoicheff, who has completed over 50 years of cutting-edge research in atomic physics, light scattering, nonlinear optics and lasers and is the biographer of Gerhard Herzberg, a Canadian Nobel Prize winner
"Jennifer Davidson

Calling all badasses with bikes
The Easter Seals Society of Ontario and Southern Cruisers Riding Club invite students and community members to participate in their annual Wheels for Wheelchairs fundraising event, “The Bike Ride That Makes a Difference.”

This year, rides take place Friday, April 13 and Friday, July 13. The rides go from London to Port Dover. Proceeds go to helping children with physical disabilities and all funds will be directed to the riders’ home communities unless otherwise indicated.

Participants are asked to collect pledges that will help buy wheelchairs and other things for disabled children. Riders who get pledges can also enter in a draw to win prizes.

For more information or to register, visit or call 1-888-278-7797 ext. 223.
"Claire Neary

Got propaganda?
The Arts and Humanities Students’ Council is selling Propaganda, an arts and literary journal, and Semi-Colon, an essay journal, in the University Community Centre today, April 9, 10 and 11.

Both journals cost $5 for current issues and $3 for past issues and are composed completely of Western students’ work. Four past issues can be bought for $10.

Students interested in joining the AHSC publications team next year can pick up applications from University College Room 112F. Applications are due April 6.
"Ragini Kashyap

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