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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Cash money for Western accounting club
Three Western business students won first place at this year’s Battle for CA$H, an annual Ontario competition held by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

The ICAO, a qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario’s 32,000 CAs and 4,000 CA students, held its fourth annual Battle for CA$H Jan. 12, 2008. It has since attracted hundreds of aspiring CA students to compete in chartered accounting skills competitions such as teamwork, leadership, organizational ability and time management.

Jonathan To, Cathy Cao and Cindy Yip, members of Western’s winning team, bested 17 other university teams in the competition to win the $6,000 grand prize, and an additional $2,000 for the Western Accounting Club.

Cindy Yip described the competition as a fun and engaging experience that confirmed her aspirations to be a CA. “Meeting the people there was probably the best part,” she said.

Yip added, “[The event helped her and others] break the stereotypes of accountants being introverted or withdrawn.”

She advises other accounting students to take advantage of opportunities such as the Battle for CA$H.

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"Kevin Yun

Friday night lights out
It was an early lights-out for many Western students on Friday.

A blackout plunged much of northwest London into darkness at approximately 2:40 p.m., and affected most of the south part of campus.

Traffic signals were out on University Drive near Talbot College and at intersections off campus, creating headaches for drivers trying to leave campus.

“It was gridlock,” Elgin Austen, director of Campus Community Police, said.

Police service officers directed traffic at some intersections without power while drivers treated other intersections as four-way stops, London Police media officer Amy Phillipo said.

While power was restored at Western at approximately 5:30 p.m., Brescia University College was without power until about 7:30 p.m. Steven Hajpel, Brescia Physical Plant director, said.

Austen said classes were not affected by the blackout since there were no classes scheduled Friday evening.

London Hydro could not be reached for comment.
"Jay La Rochelle

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