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Volume 90, Issue 88

Wednesday, March 12, 1997




Greek elite

Plato and Socrates are bursting with pride at the three outstanding 1997 Hellenic Merit Award recipients.

Western's Hellenic Society scholarship committee required well-rounded participants to submit reference letters, an essay on a proposed topic and a resumé including contributions to both the Hellenic Society and London's Greek community.

"The awards recognize how the present generation of Greek Canadians are looking to preserve this rich culture which has been passed down through the generations," said Vivian Balatsoukas, president of the society.

The Hellenic Society Award of Merit, sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Youth Association of Sarnia, will be given to Jim Tsaprailis, a second-year physiology student, who displayed not only well-rounded stature in academics, but is also team captain for the Western's men's soccer team. Tsaprailis' contributions to the society were also considered in the decision to grant this award.

Kanella Frangis, a nursing student at Western, won the Hellenic Society Essay Award of Merit. She best conveyed the proposed question of how individuals could help preserve Greek culture for future generations in her essay "Passing on the torch."

Maria Mouselimis will receive the Socrates Library Award of Merit on Saturday. This scholarship is based on contributions to the Greek community of London, as well as to the Hellenic Society.

Winners will be honoured at the Hellenic Society awards banquet at the Greek Canadian Community Centre March 15.

Hit below the belt

Now standing in the eye of the storm, the recently-freed Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter will be on hand to discuss race and the law in the University Community Centre's McKellar Room at noon tomorrow.

The 1966 middleweight boxing contender was convicted of the murder of three Caucasians by an all-white jury in the 1960s and landed a second conviction in the 1970s when the public demanded a retrial for the same crime.

Freed in 1988 by a group of Canadians, Carter will discuss his life experiences and events surrounding the convictions, in addition to his contributions as a civil rights advocate.

"Because there have been so many cases of people who have been wrongly convicted in this country such as Guy Paul Morin, it is interesting to hear from someone who has experienced this first-hand," said Bob Klanac, the University Students' Council's marketing and services manager. "This case is especially interesting since Carter has since moved to Canada."

The event is being held by Western's Legal Society's Racial Awareness Committee and the USC speakers' commission.

–Sandra Dimitrakopoulos

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