Volume 90, Issue 81

Tuesday, February 18, 1997




Huron head

Maria Giagilitsis was already on the hot seat as president of Huron College by the time the University Students' Council election results came through on main campus.

Elected Feb. 12, the third-year honours political science and philosophy student said one of the things she is looking forward to is opening the lines of communication between the affiliate and the USC. "I'm looking forward to bringing some of their services here," she said.

Having spent the past year as executive vice-president of the students' council at Huron, Giagilitsis said her experience will definitely be an asset to her new position. "Having seen what's been done and knowing what is actually possible will allow me to take what I have seen and improve upon it."

–Donna MacMullin

Rewarding female achievers

Three Western women are being honoured for their contributions to the community.

The YMCA-YWCA announced the honourees yesterday for the 1997 Women of Distinction Awards. Jodie-Lynn Waddilove, a student at Western, Bonnie Schmidt of Let's Talk Science and Margot Roach a professor in the department of medicine, are three of the seven recipients of the awards.

Waddilove, a second-year political science student, will be receiving the first Young Woman of Distinction award for her role in several projects in London. "Winning the award was a shock," she said. Waddilove co-ordinated the P.E.A.C.E. Program for the London Police Force and has done a lot of volunteer work. As a native youth, she was nominated the last two years for the National Aboriginal Achievement Award.

Schmidt is the founder and director of Let's Talk Science, a program dedicated to promoting interest in science among young people. She said it is an honour to be awarded by Londoners because most of her mentors are from London and played a key role in the development of her career.

Roach has studied causes of cardiovascular disease for 30 years and is a physician with the London Health Sciences Centre. She has been awarded research grants from the Medical Research Council and the Heart and Stroke Foundation and is an advocate for organizations such as the Robarts Research Institute.

The ceremony will take place April 16 at the London Convention Centre.

African awareness

Students can visit Africa without leaving Western this week.

The African Students' Association is hosting Africa week in the University Community Centre's atrium today through Thursday. Various types of art from different parts of Africa will be on display.

Shelly Vallani, social co-ordinator for the association, said the goal of the week is not only to promote cultural awareness but to show the diversity within African culture itself.

Need to read

Sharing the gift of reading is something students can do to help children in the London community.

The Western Classics Society has organized a book drive for children which will run until March 20. Books for children up to the age of 13-years old can be dropped off at the used bookstore in the University Community Centre or in Rm. 406 of Talbot College.

This is the second year the society has taken on the task of collecting new and used books for children. Last year, about three to four boxes of books were collected and organizers are hoping to reach at least that number again this year, said Darlene Hunt, vice-president of the society.

All books are donated to children's charities in London.

–Karena Walter

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