Volume 91, Issue 63

Wednesday, January 21, 1998

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Astronaut touches down on campus

Canadian astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason, a former Western researcher and lecturer, will be on campus tomorrow to deliver the seventh annual Lynda Shaw Memorial Lecture. The free lecture, entitled "Space: Its Role in Our Future," will take place at 1 p.m. in Rm. 1059 of the Engineering Science Building.

Tryggvason will present some of his belongings to his former colleagues and some items Tryggvason brought into space from the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel will now be presented back to the university, said Mohan Mathur, Western's dean of engineering science.

Tryggvason was the sixth Canadian astronaut to fly in space when the Shuttle Discovery was launched in August 1997. His mission was to perfect the capabilities of the micro-gravity vibration isolation mount – a vital piece of Canadian-made technology destined for use on the International Space Station.

–Shannon Stanojevic

Ticket sales boomin'

Students planning to attend this year's Charity Ball should purchase their tickets soon, as they are going fast.

Yesterday, half of the tickets had been sold, but Charity Ball commissioner Michael Albert expects the Ball to be sold out as it has in years past. Tickets can be purchased in the atrium of the University Community Centre for only $25. Albert added there will be a shuttle service offered to and from the London Convention Centre for $1.

–Tara Corston

Get cultured

The Visual Arts Students' Association will be hosting an art exhibit starting tomorrow in the gallery of the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre.

Featuring sculptures, paintings and drawings, the exhibition is designed to give students an opportunity to publically display their work. "This is what it's all about – getting your work out," said art teaching assistant David Grenier.

While VASA displays work in the building year-round, this exhibit is especially designed to draw outside visitors and critics. The show will run for one week and be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..

–David Moull

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