• Frday, March 23, 2012
Dallaire at Western Law
No, you’re not seeing double—Senator Roméo Dallaire is mak-ing his second appearance in a week at Western today. WesternLaw is hosting Dallaire as a parto The Claude and Elaine PensaLecture in Human Rights lectureseries to speak about “The Will toIntervene.”“He will denitely get the au-dience thinking about one o themost thorny issues in internationalpolitics today—whether states canand should intervene to preventatrocities being committed withinthe borders o another country,even without United Nations Secu-rity Council authorization,” ValerieOosterveld, a proessor at WesternLaw and one o the event’s co-or-ganizers, said.Dallaire has had a distinguishedcareer as a Canadian senator, hu-manitarian, author and retiredgeneral. He is amously known orhaving served as orce commandero the ill-ated United Nationspeacekeeping orce or Rwandabetween 1993-94.“Dallaire has been very activeon a number o very importantinternational issues, such as childsoldiers and the responsibility o states to intervene to prevent masshuman rights violations,” Ooster-veld said. “We elt that he would beable to provide a valuable and in-teresting point o view on pressing international issues.”“Since 2006, the aculty o law has hosted the annual Pensa Lec-ture in Human Rights, which hon-ours Claude and Elaine Pensa ortheir outstanding contributionsto human rights and community development in London and na-tionally,” Michael Lynk, a proessorrom Western Law and co-orga-nizer o the event, said.The lecture series has eaturedMichael Ignatie, Supreme CourtJustice Ian Binnie and RichardGoldstone o South Arica. Throughthe nancial support o the Lon-don law rm o Harrison Pensa thelecture series is ree o charge orthe general public.
Roméo Dallaire’s lecture will take place at 12:30 p.m. today inroom 38 of the law school.
Calling all wannabelawyers
A recent trend in the number o Law School Admission Tests ad-ministered has shown a signicantdrop in applicants—nearly 25 percent over the past two years. Thisdecline has shown a reevaluation,or many students, on the security that a law career can bring. Wendy Margolis, director o communications or the Law School Admissions Council, theorganization that administers theLSAT tests, stated debt could bean important actor in deterring potential students. “The act thatpeople can amass a large amounto debt and not get the jobs […]can be a concern,” she said. While debt remains an ever-present worry or uture law stu-dents, Margolis continued to ex-plain about the necessary drive o the students. “Only people whoare very serious about going tolaw school or taking the tests willbe very committed about the legaleducation,” she said. While there has been a 16 percent drop this year in administeredtests, law schools are still lling their student quota. “As the econ-omy starts going down, a lot o times people will try to take reugein proessional schools,” Margolissaid, adding that as the economy returns to its ormer strength, lack o jobs should disappear.The LSAT administration hashad a cyclical past and this declinehas been seen beore. “As the econ-omy improves and there are more who are hiring, that’s mostly whatit will take.”
London drops inrankings
magazine revealedthat London ranked 36 out o thetop 190 cities in Canada to live in, which marked a signicant droprom last year’s ranking o 14, andthe ranking o 12 in 2010.Ottawa snagged rst place orthe third consecutive year, ol-lowed by Burlington in second—up rom third place last year—andKingston in third.The magazine ranks each city across more than 20 dierent cat-egories and assigns points basedon measurable data and munici-pal statistics, including housing aordability, income distribution, job prospects, crime rates, accessto health care and even weatherconditions. While London scored high inseveral categories—such as num-ber o doctors per 1,000 people,number o new cars and aord-able housing—it trailed ar behindin the jobless rate category, nish-ing in the 160th position. AdamFremeth, London resident and as-sistant proessor o economics andpublic policy at the Richard Ivey School o Business, was not sur-prised with this ranking.“[London] has consistently hadthe second-highest unemploy-ment rate, and that’s going to havean impact on how the city is going to get viewed externally,” Fremethsaid.Despite the deep dive in over-all ranking, London did manageto rank high in individual rankings when segmented by population,placing ourth on the list or cities with population between 250,000and 500,000.
Show support, wear green
Marissa Jore, vice-president cam-pus issues or the University Stu-dents’ Council, hopes to see a seao green this Friday—and not orSt.Patrick’s Day round two.“Green is the ocial color o mental health awareness. I you’veever seen a green ribbon, they areto indicate mental health,” she ex-plained. She and the Holding on toHope campaign are hoping to seestudents and sta wearing greenshirts to show they are aware o the mental health issues acing students.“We hope to send a messageto students that we are a campusunited in supporting our peers with regards to mental health is-sues,” Jore saidThe day caps o Mental Health Awareness Week on campus. The week was supported by the USC,Student Health Services, StudentDevelopment Centre, the club Active Minds, and the Faculty o Health Sciences Students’ Coun-cil, and eatured inormation roma variety o on and o campus re-sources or students.
Fanshawe mulls over Fleming dissolution
The St. Patrick’s Day riot on Flem-ing Drive has sparked internationalinterest, and the Fanshawe Collegeadministration has responded witha call to break up the inamous stu-dent enclave.“The real long term solution isbreaking up that enclave, becausethen [riots like this] just can’t hap-pen,” Howard Rundle, president o Fanshawe College, said at a pressconerence Monday. He argued theisolated, homogeneous nature o the area, which is home to 82 stu-dent residences and little else, cre-ates a volatile situation where vio-lent incidents like Saturday night’sriot can occur.“The rst re caused an emer-gence o hundreds o people, andthat created the problem,” heexplained.“I [students] are not all in oneplace, that can’t happen. So that, tome, is the nal solution.” While the mayor’s oce and thepolice seem to be circling aroundthe same idea, not everyone thinksactively preventing students romcongregating in an area like Flem-ing is the best course o action. Mi-chael Fox, head o the departmento geography and environmentat Mount Allison University, hascharacterized Rundle’s intentionsas a orm o segregation.“Students are large economicdrivers coming into the city, which we want. But then to tell any landuse group that are investing andpaying, ‘Oh no, you have to liveover there, you can’t live over here,’then you’re running into a prob-lem,” he said.Fox pointed out this is not therst time the London has toyed with the idea o imposing stricterregulations on where students canand cannot live.“London’s tried this kind o thing beore in the past, and itailed because it immediately sets you up or a human rights issue,”Fox noted.“Barbara Hall, the chair o theHuman Rights Commission has written extensively on this, and it’sall laid out there.”Fox also argued breaking up theenclave and distributing the stu-dents throughout the rest o thecity is not a realistic idea.“It don’t think it’s easible. Youcan’t on the one hand accept a stu-dent into your college, take theirtuition money and then abandonthem on the provision o housing—or worse, try to distribute them orrestrict them rom certain areas o the city,” he said.Rundle, on the other hand,thinks a concerted eort on thepart o Fanshawe and the policecould work to disperse the highnumber o students residing onFleming Drive.“We are talking to the city about what kind o bylaws they have interms o rentals and how many students can be put in one house,”he said.“There are various tools that thecity might have that might make itnot so desirable or landlords to berenting out to large numbers o stu-dents. The police and the collegealso have some tools available, andthat’s what we need to explore.”Rundle added the nature o St.Paddy’s Day was a major contribu-tor to the incident as well.“There are deeper social is-sues to this too—notions that St.Paddy’s should be a big booze-up.Those aren’t going to go away, but Ithink we can all step back rom thisand look at it more deeply.”Fox claimed most people areoblivious to discrimination againststudents, compared to that againstother minority groups.“I you insert any other popula-tion subgroup in or the word stu-dent, tell me, what would the reac-tion would be?” he asked.“This is stereotyping, based onthe idea that they’re young.”
t a dp ocau o oo—oo a s. Paddy’
huld be a bg be-
up. to a’ o
t g away, but i thk we ca all tep back
fom ad ook a mo dpy.
predet f Fahawe Cllege
Vigil held orshooting victims
A vgl wa held Ccrete Beach yeterday after
mmoa of vcm of a oo a a Jw coo
Tulue, Frace, earler th week.o Mday, 23-year-ld Mhammed Merah drve bythe chl a mtrcycle ad gued dw Rabb Ja-tha sadler, h tw , Gabrel, 4, Arye, 5, ad MramMeg, 7. Merah al ht everal Frech lderver the pat week, ad wa klled yeterday a htut
Abut 60 peple atteded the vgl, rgaed by RabbMrdecha slberburg ad Hllel Weter. Partcpat ltcadle, td a crcle, lteed t hrt peeche ad
omy a ia aoa am.
“The Jewh peple are a mall at, ad we reallyfeel the pa f each ther, eve f we’re acr brder,”slberberg ad. “Th wa’t jut a car accdet r me-thg lke that—t culd have bee ay e f u.”slberberg al ted that the Chabad Hue, the lcalJewh cmmuty cetre, wa acceptg dat t be
o famy of vcm. sud d
datg ca ctact the Chabad Hue at chabadwet-
“We all have t lk ut fr each ther, ad jut lke ter-rr cre all budare, lve al cre all budar-e,” slberberg ad. “of cure we have dfferece, butdfferece d’t have t mea we’re buryg peple.”