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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Two St. Patty’s days, two excuses to booze
Some Western students may remember Christmas coming early a couple of years ago when heavy snowfall delayed exams in London. But it is unlikely any will remember the last time St. Patrick’s Day was moved " back in 1940.

To avoid a clash with Holy Week, Catholic bishops in Ireland have moved the celebration of the patron saint of Ireland from Monday, March 17 to Saturday, March 15. Though the move is aimed mainly at the religious crowd, opportunistic revelers may see this as an opportunity to expand drinking days from one day to an entire weekend.

Keith O’Brien, a manager at Molly Bloom’s, said the bar would not switch celebrations from the original date. He said Saturday would still be business as usual for the Irish pub.
"Mike Hayes

Bored as hell? Join the club.
Looking for a new club to join? Western has two new clubs to consider. Western Life Line and Rebuilding Health in Rwanda have been ratified as student clubs at Western for the 2008-09 academic year.

University Students’ Council members reviewed the proposals of the two clubs early in February and accepted their proposals on Feb. 15, 2008.

Presently, Western has over 160 active clubs. “Every year we see approximately 15 new clubs emerge,” USC VP-student events Sabrina Sdao explained.

“We look for original proposals which we feel will interest the student body,” she added.

Every club must have a mandate. “Mandates help students know what their $5 membership fee goes towards,” Sabrina said.

“Western Life Line wants to raise awareness at Western regarding current pro-life options, issues and events and facilitate opportunities for students to become involved in and support local community resources,” the club’s mandate stated.

“Rebuilding Health in Rwanda is looking to provide students who have a passion for healthcare in Rwanda, an opportunity to tackle these issues, to educate the student body and finally to raise funds for aid in Rwanda,” the club stated in its mandate.

These clubs will be active in fall 2008. Look out for their tables at Clubs Week.
"Alyssa Gatt

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