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Thursday, March 15, 2012
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 Western is continuing to look atthe possibility o opening a cam-pus downtown. While still in thepreliminary stages, it is creating abuzz around the city.“We’re putting together a planthat is going to be presented to thecity some time later this month,”Keith Marnoch, director o mediarelations at Western, explained.“From there, it’s more in the city’shands with regards to what they  will do with it.” Western has previously told city council they would be interested inturning the current City Hall into alearning community and down-town campus.Continuing studies at Westernhas been downtown in CitiPlazasince 2001.Though there may be concerns,according to Marnoch, studentsneed not worry about interrup-tions to their studies.“What’s important to note is thatit’s not like we’re going to try andmove undergraduate programs oranything like that. It’s most likely programs that are more like grad-uate degree programs,” Marnochexplained. According to Marnoch, a down-town campus is o interest or morethan just educational reasons.Again, we’re trying to work withthe city to make London more o adesirable destination or not justpeople who are interested on theeducational side, but certainly abusiness connection as well,” hesaid. With the thought o a Westerncampus downtown, several proes-sional aculties are looking into po-tentially moving their schools intothe centre o London. The aculty o education is one o the acultiesseriously considering the move,should the city approve the down-town extension o Western. With the aculty moving down-town, it could help the citizens o London by providing support tothose who are disadvantaged ordealing with obstacles that are pre-venting educational development.“In the eld o education, thereare many children who are highly vulnerable because o poverty, be-cause o dierences in a variety o levels, [...] who are really in needo strong advocacy and support,” Vicki Schwean, dean o the aculty o education, explained.“We see our role being en-hanced considerably being withinthe downtown environment be-cause it puts us closer to people who likely need these services, who need to be really upront andin our ace when we’re thinking about the kinds o programs wedesign and deliver. We need to beconnected with those communi-ties to understand what their edu-cational needs are.”The excitement continues tobuild within the aculty as planscontinue to be ormulated inpreparation o this possible movedowntown.“Personally, I am very excited. Ithink it presents opportunities orinterdisciplinary and integrated work. It presents huge opportuni-ties to collaborate and partner withour community and engage schol-arship, and huge opportunities or Western to have a very strong pres-ence and ace within our commu-nity,” Schwean said.
Pn, i m vxt. i tnk t p-nt pptnt ntpn nntgt wk.
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Establishments all over London arepreparing to wish “top o’ the morn-ing” to droves o distinctly decked-out drinkers this Saturday. Fromgreen beer to ree T-shirts, bars arepulling out all the stops to cater toenthusiastic patrons.“St. Patrick’s Day is the rst datecircled on the calendar or us,” BenLollar, manager o the Spoke, said.“It is a un day that everyone looksorward to.”The Spoke is gearing up to at-tract students who would other- wise be o campus on a Saturday.“We are going to be giving away ree green T-shirts, we’ll have Celticdancers, a DJ, and o course, Rick McGhie,” Lollar said. “Labatt willalso be sending an AlexanderKeith’s promo team to help get theparty going with some un prizes.”O course, what would St. Pad-dy’s Day be without its uniquely coloured beverage?“It wouldn’t be a St. Paddy’s cel-ebration without green beer, so we will have lots o that on hand,” as-sured Lollar. “We anticipate mov-ing anywhere rom 35 to 50 barrels,depending on the turnout.”The Spoke isn’t the only bar intown preparing or the event. Molly Bloom’s, an Irish pub on RichmondRow, is also anticipating numerousrowdy revelers.“We’re getting everything set-tled and preparing or a really busy day,” Phil Brazil, general manageror Molly Bloom’s, explained. “I ex-pect we’ll be lined up at 9:30 in themorning.”Molly Bloom’s also plans a num-ber o attractions or the occasion.“There will be lots o green beer,a special Irish menu and egg sand- wiches to the rst 100 people inline,” Brazil explained.Despite the high expected turn-out, the sta at Molly Bloom’s aren’tconcerned about security risks.“We have great security sta,and they’ll be watching everyone,”Brazil concluded.Campus police are also prepar-ing or what is usually a busy day.“We just make sure we havea ull shit that’s working,” Elgin Austin, director o Campus Com-munity Police Service, explained.“[When St. Patrick’s Day occurs]during the week, there are very large crowds, but on a Saturday some o the students will be at par-ties and o campus.” According to Austin, making sure imbibing students are sae andresponsible is the primary concerno campus police.“Unless they’re causing trou-ble, we usually just try to get themback to their residence,” Austinexplained. “But it’s always wiseto have a plan, and don’t drink excessively.”
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 A Western research team is aim-ing to uncover the impact o cli-mate change over the past 10,000 years by examining ossils in theGreat Lakes basin. The team is ledby Fred Longstae, a proessor o earth sciences and anthropology at Western and newly appointedCanada Research Chair.“On land, there are lots o skele-tal remains o mammals that reachback even urther, including somethat are now extinct, such as mam-moths and mastodons,” Longstaesaid. “We are particularly interestedin learning the cause [or causes] o the extinction o mammoths andmastodons.”“Was it related to climatechange and associated shits inthe ecosystems in which these ani-mals lived, or was it rom hunting pressures or some combinationo these actors?” Longstae said.“Or was it something else entirely,or example cometary or meteoriteactivity?”These are the questions thatLongstae and his team are trying to answer.Through an examination o di-erent plant, animal and humanremains, Longstae and his team will be able to analyze the impacto climate change over time.By measuring the isotopic com-position o these remains, they areable to look at “changes in drinking  water or soil water […] and relatethat to temperature and humidity,”Longstae explained. “Nitrogenisotope compositions are used […]to learn about the diet o animals[...] and see how it changed in re-sponse to climatic condition.”
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Six London city councillors willsoon nd themselves under themagniying glass o Ontario’sombudsman.The ombudsman has receivedcomplaints that a private luncheonattended by members o the Lon-don city council on February 21may have violated municipal openmeeting rules.“The law in Ontario is thatmunicipalities have to have theirmeetings open to the public,”Linda Williamson, the ombuds-man’s director o communications,explained. The councillors who at-tended the private lunch at Lon-don’s Harmony Grand Buet wereinvolved in the council majority  which approved a budget plan in asubsequent public meeting.The ombudsman will be gath-ering acts about the case. “We willhave to get inormation rom thecity, and we will have to interview people who participated in themeeting,” Williamson said.This is not the rst time the City o London has gotten into trouble with provincial investigators. Theombudsman is currently investi-gating a closed vote made to evictprotestors rom Victoria Park. When probed about any cor-relation, Williamson responded, “Idon’t think the ombudsman hasdrawn any conclusions that we would be able to comment on.”
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Ince tx Clinic ss nex eek 
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In the midst o tax season, the Uni-versity Students’ Council has rolledout the Income Tax Clinic, designedto aid students in ling their taxes.This week is inormation week—the clinic will be providing impor-tant inormation about ling taxesand answering questions. FromMarch 21 to 25, there will be morepersonalized clinics in the Uni-versity Community Centre, and atBrescia and King’s.Christina Chong, vice-presidento communications or the ITC, ex-plained how the clinics work.“We accept appointments and walk-ins, and students can book an appointment on our website,”she said. “When students come tothe clinic, there will be ve tablesset up with two volunteers helping students to le their tax returns.”The ITC uses student volunteerstrained by the Canadian Revenue Agency to help students.“I think the benet o the ITCis two-old. The students ben-et greatly rom learning how tole their own taxes and by getting ree assistance to le their currenttaxes,” Jennier Valadao, vice-presi-dent nance or the USC, said. “Onthe other hand, volunteers andstudents studying taxes have theopportunity to get hands on expe-rience by putting their knowledgeand logistics learned in class intoan actual tangible process.”The ITC began in 1999 and ledclose to 500 student tax returns last year.However, despite the popularity o the USC’s ree service, many stu-dents still fock to proessional tax services, such as H&R Block.Brenda Roelosen, a tax proes-sional at the Wellington branch o H&R Block, explained a proes-sional service has the advantage o more experience and proessionaltraining, and that such establish-ments are open year-round. Sheadded that proessional serviceskeep track o their clients, so thatstudents can carry over items romtheir tax returns rom previous years, or transer some o their tu-ition to their parents’ les.Roelosen also said H&R Block’scash-back program was popular with students. H&R Block will givestudents their cash on the spot asopposed to them waiting or thegovernment.The USC’s volunteer run pro-gram does not oer such perks,but, according to Chong, ITC’s vol-unteers are well qualied to han-dle students’ tax returns since they have been trained to serve the spe-cic student clientele.“The ITC operates with thesame level o condentiality andcompliance as any other tax ser-vice,” Valadao said. “It is done with[Certied General Accountantso] Ontario as a sponsor and valu-able asset or knowledge. How-ever, proessional tax services havesta with designations, whereasthe clinic will mostly have studentvolunteers.”The USC oversees the program,and i errors in ling occur, theUSC will work to correct them inconjunction with the CRA, Valadaoexplained.Chong encouraged studentsrom all years and aculties to uti-lize the service because o thevaluable nancial knowledge stu-dents can gain rom both partici-pating and volunteering with theprogram.
Visit www.usc.uwo.ca/tax or more inormation.
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Wtn’ Bg ungt st bt P d b tng  p tng ntt nNt sn t.
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 Western students will soon havean opportunity to be their own ad-vocates, when the university playshost to the National Student FoodCharter consultation sessions inthe next two weeks. The sessions will allow students to give theirinput on what should be writ-ten into the charter, which, whencompleted, will serve as an ad-vocacy tool or student nutrition.The events are being hosted by theUniversity Students’ Council FoodSupport Services and North Lon-don Meal Exchange.“The main purpose o the char-ter session is to provide a way orstudents to work together to iden-tiy the ood issues that are impor-tant to them as members o theircommunities,” Caitlin Colson,student ood network coordinatoro Meal Exchange, said. “It’s also atool to raise awareness on campusor students, reminding them theirood choices do connect to lots o other areas […] and that as mem-bers o a campus community, theirvisions ought to be incorporatedinto how it unctions.”“Having a document that statesthe student vision or better oodon campus, nationally, increasespressure on individual campusesto keep up,” Colson explained.“Our hope is or campuses to de-velop campus-specic ood char-ters that use the national charter asa guideline.” According to Dana Zippel, theood support service commis-sioner or the USC, students willbe able to use the charter to “lay groundwork on their campus orood nutrition.”“The charter isn’t going to haveany governance over campuses,but it’s more going to be an advo-cacy tool.”Zippel explained ood admin-istration sta or Western wouldalso be welcome to attend, but thesession was mainly ocused on stu-dent opinion.“It’s supposed to be studentinput, so they are welcome to comeas an unocial voice, but in termso the actual idea or the studentmovement, they’d like to keep it tostudents’ voices.”The charter, which Colson said would be nalized in August, ispart o the Campus Food SystemsProject.“[The CFSP] is a larger initiativethat is being built to support andconnect student ood work andactivism on Canadian campuses,”Colson explained.The sessions, which are alsobeing eatured in numerous otheruniversities across Canada, will betaking place at Western on March21 and 28.

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