Looking Back

Western News archives Jan. 13, 2000


In response to media speculation about the necessity of UWO’s $400,000 Y2K preparation expenditures,  Paul Specht, voiced continued support for this preparation as he claimed it would serve as a permanent emergency plan for the university, replacing a strategy that had not been updated in 15 years. 


Two Western graduates were named in Maclean’s “Faces of the Future: 100 young Canadians to watch” list. Jodie-Lynn Waddilove was named as a “Giver” in recognition of Let’s Talk Science Native Youth Science Leadership, a program she designed to increased higher education among Canada’s First Nations People.  Peter Brown was listed as a “Thinker” for his work in analyzing the annual Leonid meteor storm to protect the world’s satellites from damage.


The “ultra-thin” Sun Ray Microsystems computers were installed in Western libraries over the Christmas break, replacing JavaStations which no longer met library needs. This new technology was designed to provide reliable service for all users.


The integration of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Population and Community Health Unit formed Western’s new Research Park, a facility designed to enhance family medicine and patient care in the London community. Carol Hebert, the dean of Medicine and Dentistry at Western, saw the new facility as a “natural marriage”, combining parallel research for “the best of both worlds”.


After an incident in which a Western student was stabbed at The Wave in November of 1999, the University Police Department planned to take steps to increase campus security.  Initiatives included a requirement for students to sign guests into bars, as well as the installation of more security cameras.