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EnviroWestern tackles Tim’s waste
Every year one million unrecyclable coffee cups are thrown out at Western, and EnviroWestern wants to do something about it.

From March 17 to April 16 EnviroWestern will hold a Refill to Win contest. Bring a reusable travel mug when getting a hot beverage at any of the participating locations on campus, fill out a ballot, and you could win a prize from a weekly draw.

“As fun as ‘Roll up the Rim’ is, it discourages mug use,” Will Bortolin, EnviroWestern co-ordinator, said.

“They actually produce 281,686,000 cups just for the few months of the contest alone, which I think is telling of how much cup waste it produces,” he added.

The objective of Refill to Win is to match the incentive of using disposable cups with an incentive to use environmentally friendly reusable travel mugs.

Locations include Einstein’s, Quotes Cafe, North Campus, all residence dining operations and The Spoke Lounge.

Bortolin noted Hospitality Services has been “very helpful” by implementing the contest at non-franchise locations.
"Alyson Wyers

King’s opens Broughdale Hall
King’s University College maintained an importance piece of London’s history when it opened Broughdale Hall this year.

Broughdale Hall, which has been operational for several months, held its grand opening on March 11. The hall was constructed from the recently relocated Jewish Day School.

The acquisition of the school was not surprising given the long-standing connection King’s has established with the London Jewish community.

“We have a friendly relationship based on trust,” King’s Principal Gerald Killan said. “We have the Centre for Catholic-Jewish Learning and have ensured a member of our board has been Jewish since the 1960s.”

This relationship made the purchase easy. According to Killan, a representative from the Jewish Day School simply asked if King’s would like to purchase the building over a round of golf.

The original two-room schoolhouse was built on a sheep pasture in 1920 and was once host to a branch of the public library. Today, Broughdale Hall boasts classrooms of all sizes, a social work office and space for students with special needs.

During the construction process, King’s was recognized by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario for preserving the tradition of the building.

“We mainly conserved the front of the building. Maintaining the linkage of the school to the community was of greater historical importance,” Killan explained.
" James Flanagan

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