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EcoHawks, Laurier food services improve take out food practices
Wilfrid Laurier University plans to introduce reusable takeout containers in its dining halls starting September 2009.

Laurier’s food services had been working with the EcoHawks " an environmental advocacy group at the university " to gather input on environmentally friendly practices.

“We found a large number of students are still using take-out containers,” Ryan Lloyd-Craig, director of food services at Laurier, said. “So, we are just thinking of ways to be more environmentally-friendly.”

According to Lloyd-Craig, students will pay a fee of $7 at the beginning of the school year and in return, receive a key-tab.

“When they want a take-out container, they will get one in exchange for their key-tab,” Lloyd-Craig added. “Once they return the container, they will get the key-tab back.”

Lloyd-Craig also mentioned the program will not lead to financial savings for Laurier.

“There are no cost savings at all,” Lloyd-Craig said. “In fact, we will need to put the containers through our dishwasher and sanitizing system, so the cost might even be higher.”
"Shreya Tekriwal

Honorary degree recipient announced
Victor Tzar-Kuoi Li, managing director and deputy chairman of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, will receive an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D) from Western.

In Canada, Li is also co-chairman of Husky Energy Inc., one of the largest energy companies in the country.

“Mr. Li is also a director of the Li Kai Shing Foundation, a charitable foundation responsible for more than $1.6 billion in giving since its inception,” said Carol Stephenson, dean of the Richard Ivey School of Business. “The Foundation has supported health and educational initiatives.”

Li will receive the honorary degree at Western’s annual Hong Kong convocation on Sunday, May 24.

“Victor has shown himself to be a prudent and a straight-forward business leader with a strong business sense that he’s honed from a very young age,” Stephenson added.

Mukhayesh delivers last lecture for graduates
Western alumnus Anwar Mukhayesh spoke yesterday at the Last Lecture event.

Organized by Western’s Alumni Relations, Last Lecture is an event for graduating students across all faculties.

“This is the fourth annual Last Lecture,” Christina Fox student and young alumni outreach officer for Alumni Relations, said. “It’s a time for the graduating classes to come together.”

Mukhayesh is one of the partners of the acclaimed design firm, Precipice Studios Inc.

“Anwar was chosen as the guest speaker this year for several reasons,” Fox said.

“He has worked at a standard nine to five job, has been on television and is a restaurateur. He has accomplished a tremendous amount since graduating.”

The lecture provided an opportunity for students to reminisce about their years at Western.
"Meagan Kashty

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