Volume 90, Issue 93

Thursday, March 20, 1997




Hop on the 'van

Students who have not had the opportunity to catch Cultural Caravan '97 can still do so today and tomorrow.

There will be dancing in two locations today. At 12:30 p.m. the Hellenic Society will perform in the University Community Centre's atrium, followed by a dragon dance by the Chinese Students' Association at 1 p.m. Also at 1 p.m., the Serbian Society will dance at The Wave.

Today is also the last day for students with a discerning palate to sample foods from 18 cultural groups at The Wave.

The Wave will also host a cultural show with music, singing, dance, poetry and fashions from 7-9 p.m.

–Karena Walter

Building bridges

Two years ago, Ann Raney was well on her way to becoming a civil engineer, until she was fired from a job on a construction site in Ottawa on the grounds she was a woman.

Raney, a graduate from Queen's in 1991 who is currently in a court battle over her dismissal, will speak about her experiences today at 1 p.m. in Rm. 1059 of the Alexander Charles Spencer Engineering Science Building.

Julie Mitches, secretary for Women in Engineering, Science and Technology, a group of female Western engineering students, said Raney wanted to be a civil engineer but did not have the academic background, so she tried to get it through work experience. "She was pretty much blackballed after [the Ottawa] incident," Mitches said. "In the academic world we are sheltered from what is going on the work world. We are unaware of the special circumstances that exist for women engineers."

Royal rumble

The Queen's role in the governance of Canada will be the hot topic in the Great Hall in Somerville House today at 4:30 p.m.

John Aimers, dominion chair and founder of the Monarchist League of Canada, will present the argument the monarchy still has a place in Canada.

"He'll give a view you don't hear that often," Chris McCrery, president of the Huron College Political Science Club, said.

The league itself was founded in 1972 to promote education of the Crown in Canada, he said. "It watches the government does not abolish things and that they are keeping up with tradition."

McCrery said the Crown is part of Canada's national identity. "It keeps us different from Americans."

–Kevin Gale

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