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Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | News | December 1st, 2008



Fanshawe newsmakers

1. Fleming Drive and Project LEARN
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From August 28 to October 4, 2008 a special team of London Police officers patrolled primarily the areas in and around Fanshawe College, The University of Western Ontario and the Downtown core. Upon completion of Project L.E.A.R.N., officers laid 1,448 Provincial Offence Act charges and By-law offences and 130 Criminal Code charges. Of the 1448 Provincial Offence Act Charges laid, 1052 were students, many of them Fanshawe students, and 396 were non-students. Of the 130 Criminal Code charges laid 53 were students and 77 were non-students. Many of the highlights include burning couches, beer bottle throwing and one individual kicking a cat.

2. Cross Country win gold and bronze at nationals
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The women's cross-country team wins gold at the CCAA finals in Kingston, Ontario, while the men run away with the bronze. The women's title marked the third national win the Fanshawe's 41-year history, and the first one since 27 years ago in 1981. The team was also named the top Ontario team at the OCAA Provincial Championships for the first time since 1996-97.

3. Laura Mallory climbs Mount Everest
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Laura Mallory may not be your typical college nursing student, but what she wouldn't do to give up the fascinating life she endures. A risk taker in her own right, she has climbed several mountains all over the world now setting her sight on the most intriguing of all. Mount Everest. Mallory spent two months climbing Everest alongside her father and family friend for the ultimate experience. When Mallory reaches the top of the mountains she climbs, she also remembers to leave a little something for other folks to remember her by; a clean pair of tighty whities.

4. Students Protest Career Fair
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What started out as a quiet protest on Fanshawe grounds, slowly turned to mayhem when security proceeded to drag individuals involved out of J-Gym at the college. For the second year in a row, protesters rallied against the Armed Forces presence at Fanshawe's Annual Career Fair. Each protester laid silent in front of the Armed Forces booth with mock-blood stained t-shirts and crosses scattered with each of the 78 soldiers killed in Afghanistan. All charges against the protesters have been withdrawn.

5. New ‘Q' Residence at Fanshawe College
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A brand new Q-Residence, costing an estimated $27 million will be ready for move in, fall of 2009. The new facility will be home to 428 students once completed. Crews have been working effortlessly constructing the new residence this past summer, making the new home away from home ready next fall.

6. Sexual assault on campus
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Brian Cooper, 19 and Joseph Lamanna, 21, were charged with sexual assault at Fanshawe College. The two identified males entered a common area at the college on September 2 where they allegedly fondled an 18-year-old student. During the incident the victim was not physically hurt, but remained traumatized following the ordeal. Following the incident, both Lamanna and Cooper were suspended from college grounds pending the investigation. The victim did not know her attackers.

7. Falcons host and play in OCAA Championships
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On February 22-23 2008, Fanshawe's men's and women's volleyball teams had the advantage of not only playing in the highly anticipated tournament, but hosted the event also. Two courts were used to host16 teams consisting of men and women who participated in the weekend long event.

8. Mysterious Ad
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A controversial ad began appearing on billboards and bus shelters at busy intersections across London, not giving a clear message to its readers. The campaign was intended to raise awareness about the importance about a post-secondary education in colleges for youth and their parents. The intent was to allow the young to make decisions on their own, and to not follow only in the footsteps of what their parents believe would be the right thing to do.

9. Smart Bus Technology
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Riders can now rely on new technology that will allow for an acute delivery of service for London transit. A new Global Positioning System (GPS) shows riders when their bus is going to arrive in a way that has not been attempted before. The Smart Bus Technology Ribbon Cutting Event took place at Fanshawe College Tuesday October 28, 2008. The GPS system is available on a limited amount of buses as of September 1, 2008 with further advancements made by spring of 2009.

10. Halal Meat available at the OASIS
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The Muslim population is increasing at Fanshawe College and as a result alternative options need to be available when it comes to lunch and dinner varieties.

The change has come in effect due to the government's push to enlarge the countries' halal market.
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