Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Dean Barlett

CAMPUS:

  • Western students are gearing up for the Austen Berlet Campout for Mental Health, a student-led event that has gained even more attention after the recent suicide of an engineering student
  • The event began in 2010 and is named in honour of a physics student and a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity
  • For Western students it’s unclear how many of their peers commit suicide each year, but suicide is the second-leading cause of death among young people in Canada
  • The concert and campout is designed to raise awareness about mental health challenges, reduce stigma for those seeking help and pay for an extra counsellor to be available to assist students during final exams
  • Over the nine years that the event has taken place, Western students have raised $120,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Last year, they raised more than $15,000 to fund the additional councillor during the month of April
  • This year they plan to expand their initiatives with a funding goal of $20,000
  • This year’s campout takes place on March 29 at 7 p.m. at The Wave, in the University Community Centre on Western’s main campus
  • It will be kicked off with performances by The B-Club, Del, Fox and Hound, and Fat Chance, and then followed up by Berlet’s fraternity members spending a night sleeping outside on what Western students call “The Concrete Beach.”

LOCAL:

  • A magical event will be taking over the Four Points Sheraton ballroom for part of the week, as the London Cinderella Project matches young women with dresses for graduation celebrations later this year
  • Tuesday and Wednesday are the project’s fitting days, which means more than 100 girls who otherwise couldn’t afford glamming up for Grade 8 graduation or prom will browse through an assortment of donated dresses and accessories
  • Seamstresses on site will measure, trim, and sew dresses to the right fit, while a makeup artist will be giving out advice and free makeup
  • The project began in 2005, when co-founders Pam Armstrong-Brown and Jeannine Curts decided to help families overcome the financial pressure associated with the milestone event
  • Organizers say there are 107 girls registered for the project this year, and another 60 “Cinder-fellas” are being fitted for tuxedos with help from Moores Clothing
  • The Cinderella Project serves more than 200 elementary and secondary schools across the London area
  • Young people have to be referred to the program by a teacher or a social worker, and its services are 100% free and completely volunteer-driven

SPORTS:

  • The Track & Field season came to an end over the weekend with several Mustangs reaching the podium and seeing impressive performances
  • The women's team went into the championships ranked tied for 6th and came home with the bronze medal
  • Four 5th year athletes finished in the top four with two winning medals
  • Sara Villani continued to improve on her school record first established when she competed at the Bison Classic in January
  • This time it came in dramatic fashion with Canadian record holder and olympian Brittany Crew from York set to win. Sara headed into the final round in 2nd place with a 14.68m
  • Kaitlin Brooks of York threw 14.82m to take the lead. Sara took the silver on her final throw with a huge personal best by 26cm with a throw of 15.45m
  • Kristina Popadich came home with her first Track and Field National Medal winning the silver in the 3000m in 9:29.03
  • On the men's side, they finished 4th overall in team standings matching their pre meet ranking. With Guelph, Toronto and Manitoba taking the first 3 spots
  • Jack Sheffar lead the way for the Mustangs as he finished his collegiate career winning double gold in the 1500m and 3000m
  • He took the gold in 8:12.36, 3.34 seconds ahead of Laval's Jean-Simon Desganes. After two previous seasons where he was one of the favourites to win the 3000m he had some bad luck (bell rang a lap early in 2017 and he had the flu in 2018)
  • The next day he was in control and finished strong to take the double in the 1500m with a time of 3:50.76 just ahead of Desgagnes of Laval
  • Dan Gleason took the bronze in the pole vault with 4.90, 10cm behind Guelph's Brennan Seguin
  • Scott Billings won his first USports medal taking the bronze in triple jump with a personal best of 14.52m

WEATHER:

  • This afternoon it’ll get to about six degrees and we’ll see some rain
  • Tomorrow’s forecast calls for a daily temperature of thirteen degrees and some light rain and Friday will give us more rain and a high of seven degrees