Volume 90, Issue 73

Tuesday, February 4, 1997




Distinguished voice

World-renowned speaker Esmeralda Thornhill will be discussing Blacks in the Americas: Fact and Fiction today at noon in Rm. 38 of the Josephine Spencer Niblett Law Building. The Dalhousie law professor has addressed the United Nations and audiences all over the U.S. and Canada.

The faculty of law, department of equity services and the University Students' Council's African Students' Association have invited Thornhill to speak about her experiences tracing her African roots. Thornhill will be reading her poem "I Came..." and sharing her perspective of what it means to be black in North America.

Femi Ayenia, president of the ASA, said if Western students are able to "learn more about [African] culture, they will appreciate it more." Thornhill's visit is part of the celebration of Black History Month.
– Laurie Prange


Civil engineering students from Western will be seeking revenge this week as they race to Carleton University for this year's Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race. May the force be with them.

The event includes 33 teams competing from Canadian, American and European schools, said Michael Brady, captain of Western's team. "Every year we have a theme. This year it's Star Wars and the name of our sled is 'Yoda's Revenge.'"

Brady said the race is similar to a bobsled race as the toboggan holds five people and teams race on a concrete running surface. The Western team consists of 20 students who have built the sled themselves. "We've been working on it since September," Brady said, adding the team received support from sponsors for paint and building materials and was able to use tools supplied by Western's engineering department.

The toboggan looks like a scale model of the X-wing fighter from Star Wars. "It has a pneumatic breaking system and smoke generators in the back – so we look like we're flying," Brady said.
– Donna MacMullin

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