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Today's top news stories for January 30, 2008.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Danger, danger. Watch yourself!
Students will wake up to the sound of sirens on Wednesday morning as an emergency training exercise takes place on campus.

Following an August training exercise involving an armed assailant, this week’s exercise will deal with the potential for a hazardous waste materials incident on campus.

The exercise will involve over 100 people from groups such as Western’s Hazardous Material and Confined Space Response Team, Campus Community Police Service, the Student Emergency Response Team, Fire Safety and Emergency Management, the Emergency Response Team and the Emergency Operations Control Group.

The university and the London Fire Services are hoping this exercise will be beneficial to all parties involved " making sure everyone is coordinated is essential in an emergency.

“By exercising our various emergency components, we’re better able to respond in the event of an actual emergency,” Elgin Austen, director of the CCPS, said.
"Greg Huff

Chick Chick Boomers wanted for O-Week 2008
The deadline for soph applications is fast approaching.

Feb. 20 is the last day for faculty, affiliate college, info team, charity and off-campus soph applications.

This student support system is designed to ease the stress of first-year students and ensure a positive transition into university.

“Their job is to act as role models, friendly peer mentors and ambassadors of Western,” Orientation coordinator Megan McClure said.

Although it takes a lot of personalities to make a strong soph team, McClure emphasized dependability, approachability and enthusiasm are imperative.

It’s not all about the first-years, though.

Future sophs can look forward to an entertaining, yet educational, training program, meeting like-minded students on the soph team, and the opportunity to wear the same shirt for a week.

If this sounds like an appealing way to spend some of those lazy, hazy days of summer, visit for more information and to submit applications.
"Rachel Williamson

Award now open to more faculties
For students with an interest in communications, a passion for public relations and who need a little extra cash " this award may be for you.

The International Association of Business Communications of London is offering a $500 scholarship to a student currently enrolled in a communications-related field of study, who demonstrates an aptitude and interest in corporate communications and public relations.

The IABC is a worldwide network of business professionals that helps its members enhance their personal business skills, generate new ideas and find new clients. The London chapter provides services such as professional development and networking opportunities to students and professionals alike.

Over the past two years, the IABC London Award was only open to journalism students. Today, students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Information and Media Studies, Social Science or the Richard Ivey School of Business with a minimum 80 per cent average have the opportunity to apply.

Transcripts, extra-curricular activities and a 200-word essay on interests and involvement in this field of corporate communications, is required upon applying.

“Ideal applicants must show an established interest in communications,” Julia Michienzi, IABC of London’s Education Liaison, said. “They must also aspire to pursue graduate studies or a career in public relations.”

You can apply for the IABC London Scholarship at www. Applications are due Monday, March 3, 2008 at 5 p.m.
"Kayla Chobotiuk

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