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Open house at the Office of the Ombudsperson
The Office of the Ombudsperson is hosting an open house to raise awareness about its services.

The open house is Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 251 of the University Community Centre.

The Office of the Ombudsperson is a free, confidential service for students to talk about university-related problems. Its counsellors listen to any concerns or problems impartially and offer suggestions for resolution.

“If you have a problem or a concern, we are here to help,” said Adrienne Clarke, Western’s ombudsperson.

There will be refreshments and a draw for an iPod Nano at 4 p.m. All attendees are eligible to win.

E-mail for more information.
"Jack Wu

Comedian/motivational speaker here for Accessibility Week
Blind motivational speaker Gord Paynter is presenting “Leave ’em Laffin” in The Spoke Lounge Thursday at 8 p.m. as part of Western’s Safety and Accessibility Week.

Paynter, who lost his eyesight because of diabetes, will discuss the challenges of blindness and how he overcame them to achieve his dream of becoming a professional comedian.

“I think this week we’re really trying to show students that people with disabilities aren’t in the categories they have been put into through stereotypes,” said Pedro Lopes, VP-campus issues.

“[Paynter] talks about a lot of the experiences he’s had as a blind person in a humourous way,” Lopes said. “[It gets students] looking outside the stigmas... and to start thinking about blind and deaf people, for example, as just like everybody else and with the same capabilities as any other person.”
"Cigdem Iltan

Western breaks United Way fundraising record
United Way of London & Middlesex received a record-breaking $475,229 from Western in 2006, topping the previous record by over $44,000.

Last year was the third consecutive year Western was the largest contributor to the United Way of London & Middlesex.

Funds were raised by various members of the Western community, including staff, faculty, students, and alumni. Fundraisers included a haunted house organized by the University Students’ Council, the annual United Way Stairclimb, a “Drink Coffee for United Way” day, and payroll deductions, among others.

United Way of London & Middlesex strives to improve the quality of life of community members by supporting over 75 services and programs in the London & Middlesex area, focusing on those in need.
"Cigdem Iltan

CAISA pledges $50,000 to children’s hospital
The Canadian Asian International Students Association has pledged to donate $50,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario.

The hospital is a pediatric referral centre for sick children throughout western and northern Ontario. Since 2001, CAISA has donated $35,000 to the Children’s Health Foundation. This year, the club has established a goal of $50,000 to help build a new children’s hospital.

Vivian Hin, the first-year CAISA academic representative, said the CHF has always been the main charity the club supports. Last year, the group donated over $1,000 to the family of a 10-year-old cancer patient.

CAISA President Alex Louie said while there are many needy charities, the club chose the CHF because it’s in the London community and the foundation allowed CAISA to choose exactly where the money would go.

“I hope this pledge inspires other clubs to reach out to the community,” Louie said.

For more information on the Children’s Health Foundation, visit
"Sakthi Kalaichandran

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