Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Mehek Mazhar

Mehek Mazhar brings you your Thursday morning news:

In Campus News:

- Western is looking for input from across the campus community in an effort to address gender-based and sexual violence
- With feedback, the Student Experience department wants to advance the training already offered to students about sexual violence prevention. It would be a move from single low-dose workshops to a comprehensive approach integrated across the campus environment and built into the structures already in place, such as student leader training
- The university programming will focus on healthy relationships and healthy sexuality and address the root causes of sexual violence. According to Student Experience, the programming must be evidence-informed and rigorously assessed, and so both the University Students Council and the Society of Graduate Students have been involved in the consultation process
- Faculty, staff and students who wish to share their input on the university’s efforts toward sexual violence prevention should contact Erin Huner, Director of Research Assessment & Planning at Student Experience at
- Supports and services are available to any Western student who has experienced sexual violence, regardless of when or where it may have occurred. Students do not need to disclose details of their experience to access support. Students who have experienced sexual violence can access immediate help on Western’s Safe Campus site

-Students from a Western University fraternity are hoping to raise a record-breaking $20,000 for Western’s mental health services, through a camp-out fundraiser tomorrow evening
- The Austen Berlet Campout for Mental Health is an annual fundraiser held by the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity since 2010 in honour of Austen Berlet, a physics student who had bipolar disorder and passed away in 2009
- The funds are donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex, which dedicates the money to improving mental health services on Western's campus
- Money raised from the event has funded drop-in exam-time stress counselling at Western during March and April for the past three years. This year, the fraternity hopes to raise a record-breaking $20,000 to help expand this initiative
- The camp-out fundraiser will see 20 or 30 participants sleeping outside on Concrete Beach. This year, the event will also host an arts festival held in the Wave on the evening of the camp-out. The festival will include four popular Western bands: the B-Club, Del, Fox and Hound, and Fat Chance, as well as an art show by the USC Public Arts Commission
- The event will take place on the evening of March 29, starting with the arts festival at 7 p.m. Students can buy tickets and find more information on the event's Facebook page.

In Local News:

- City hall has FoCo on their agenda for next week
- Politicians are looking to hit the wildest of the party-goers, all the way from the annual fake homecoming around Western University to parties near Fanshawe College, with stiffer penalties
- They’ll do this through measures like a “cost recovery” proposal, making someone, such as a homeowner or a tenant, billed for the damage and recovery for emergency services during unsanctioned events
- The proposed changes to be discussed on Monday by city council’s community and protective services committee also would increase the existing fine under the public nuisance bylaw from a maximum of $10,000 to $25,000, along with series of smaller fines by a few hundred dollars. The fine for interfering with the use of a street could go from $150 to $450. For a nuisance party, $750 to $1000. And for depositing garbage, it could go from a fine of $175 to $300
- City hall wants to reduce the size of unsanctioned events and one day eliminate them altogether
- Last fall, FoCo brought out 20,000 people onto Broughdale and 57 people were taken to hospital. The cost of emergency services during the event was over $200,000 according to a city hall report. No criminal charges were laid against students in the Broughdale bash, but London police handed out 134 notices for provincial offences, such as carrying open liquor and public urination
- The City is also meeting with Western and student groups for input to improve the situation. In the city hall report, it’s noted that Western has formed a staff and student government group to assess what’s been done in the past and to look at alternative strategies

- The Thames Valley District School Board has given their unanimous blessing to the expansion of the crammed Masonville public school, approving Tuesday night the use of surplus money to fund badly needed expansions in its overcrowded facilities
- The $8.3-million project will include 11 new classrooms, including two new kindergarten classrooms, new washrooms, a learning support centre and a double gym, as well as an extensive renovation to create a new staff room, a music room, a sensory room, an expanded office, meeting room and kitchenette
- The school is so overcrowded that 14 portables are currently needed to house all of its 600 students. Built in 1952, the school building only has a capacity for 363 students 

In Sports:

- The London Knights are back in action tonight for Game 4 of the OHL Western conference quarterfinals against the Windsor Spitfires
- The Knights currently lead the series 3-0, and a win tonight would send them into the next round. Game #3 saw the Knights score four goals in the third period to take a 6-3 final
- If the series goes to a fifth game, it will be played tomorrow night back at Budweiser Gardens

- The London Nationals kick off their GOJHL Western Conference Final series tonight against the Leamington Flyers
- The Flyers finished two points ahead of the Nationals for the top seed in the conference, giving Leamington home ice advantage for the series. The Flyers are coming off a seven game series against the Komoka Kings where they came back from being down three games to one. The Nationals have been off for over a week after eliminating the LaSalle Vipers in the last round
- Game #2 of the series will be back in London at the Western Sports Centre on Saturday evening

- The Western Mustangs women’s volleyball team has been one of the top in the nation over the past couple of years. This season’s fourth place finish was the first time since 2014 they did not win a medal in the OUA
- Radio Western reporter Greg Bowman has a story for you about a graduating senior who brought the women’s volleyball program out of the shadows and made them a force to be reckoned with in the OUA
- Over her five years at Western, Kelsey Veltman was a three-time OUA Player of the Year, a five-time OUA First-Team All-Star, and was a National first or second team all-star for all five years. She is the most decorated woman to ever play volleyball for the Western Mustangs. She, and the initial recruiting class for Melissa Bartlett in 2014, brought the program back to the top and now the Mustangs have at least one standout rookie every year, a movement that began with Kelsey Veltman. She is a quiet leader, who simply loves the game of volleyball. Her electricity on and off the court makes her an exemplary player for anyone who is looking to compete at a high level in the OUA. Though her career is over, her legacy will live on as one of the greatest women to ever play volleyball at Western University
- Read Greg’s article on the Legend of Kelsey Veltman here


- Today will have a high of 10 degrees but showers expected all day
- Low of three with light rain overnight
- Tomorrow will see a high of 8 with a mix of sun and clouds
- Rain and mixed precipitation with low positive temperatures expected this weekend