- UWO Arrest charges stayed
- Senate election also underway
- Basketball: Mustangs v Warriors
The 4 charges against a University of Western Ontario student whose violent arrest was posted all over YouTube have been stayed.
The charges against Irnes Zelj-kovic were stayed today when a judge agreed he should be treated under the Mental Health Act. Zeljkovic, 22, barricaded himself in a 7th floor office of the Social Sciences building at the University of Western Ontario on October 14th last year. Police confronted him on the building's main floor. Several campus and city police officers wrestled with Zeljkovic, striking him at least 35 times. A witness filmed the confrontation and posted a 90-second clip on YouTube that has drawn nearly 400,000 viewers. A lawyer acting for Zeljkovic said academic stress may have played a role in the incident.
The Western University Students Council elections are in full swing, and from now until early February, you’ll be hearing all about the Presidential candidates, but what about the senate? Here’s what you should know.
The Senate is one of Western’s governing bodies and primarily addresses academic issues. Eighteen undergraduate and graduate students advise the Administration and Board of Governors about budget and University planning. 6 of the fourteen undergraduate student senators are voting members on the University Students Council. Senate terms for students run from July 1st to June 30, 2011. Web polls open February 9th and close at 8pm Wednesday, February 10th. Results will be posted on February 11th. For more information on senate and presidential candidates and the voting process, check out usc.uwo.ca.
Police are investigating the discovery of a body in a London city park.
An officer at the scene said it did not appear foul play was involved. The fully clothed body appeared to be that of a young man, wearing baggy jeans, running shoes, a coat and a toque. It looked as if he had laid back and fallen asleep, with the body found with arms across the chest and legs crossed. The body was found in McMahon Park on Adelaide Street, just north of the railway tracks.
The CRTC has decided to hold a hearing to finally decide the fate of Community Television in Canada.
Ironically enough the hearing has developed little to no attention from most television stations. Most community stations right now are owned by corporate monopolies that are family owned. Even though Canadian families pay about 2% of their monthly cable bill to finance the community channel, cable monopolies are still calling the shots on what makes it to air. Ian Morrison, a spokesperson for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, told CHRW he would like to see the CRTC strengthen local television. People are being encouraged to voice their thoughts directly to the CRTC about this issue, the deadline for that will be February 1st.
In sports news...
Western's basketball teams are getting ready to hit the hardwood, as both men's and women's teams could really use a win. The women's team who are currently 10-4, lost in their last contest to McMaster on the weekend. The men's team 7-7 who have been struggling as of late, could potentially jump into 3rd place in the OUA West tonight with a win. Both teams will be play the Waterloo Warriors at Alumni Hall.