Volume 93, Issue x
Wednesday, March 18, 1999
This year's participants in the annual Take Back the Night march will not only be trying to take back the night, but a bit of cyberspace, too.
The event, which has run for the last 20 years to raise awareness of women's safety, is branching out this year with a new theme Violence Against Women in Cyberspace, said the event's organizer Laura Kovacic.
"It's about awareness, protection and social action," she said. "Recent studies show men dominate cyberspace. We want to encourage women to take back cyberspace [by] using the internet and safeguarding themselves."
The march begins tonight at 6:45 p.m. in Victoria Park, opening with a rally and speeches. The planned route takes the marchers through downtown London and ends at the Women's Monument in Victoria Park. More then 500 women took part in last year's march and a similar number is expected this year, Kovacic said.
Men interested in the event are asked to show their support from the sidewalk.
The new aviation program offered at Western has taken flight.
The program, which began this month, offers flight training and standard administrative and commercial studies courses to students. The program's popularity has been soaring, as it offers the opportunity to pursue aviation related goals while at post-secondary school.
When details on the program were presented at the Ontario University Fair this summer, the interest in the program exhibited by potential applicants was promisingly high, as was the enthusiasm of the students at their first meeting, said Ted Hewitt, associate dean of the faculty of social science and the director for the business administration and commercial studies program at Western.
"The students all seem very enthusiastic and excited," he said. "We're glad to be here for them."
According to Hewitt, although only 20 applicants have been accepted to the program thus far, many more applied. Enrollment for the program is projected to double next year.
Western's music community is thrilled with the news of a new piano technology program set to debut at Western next year.
Professors, instrument dealers and manufacturers have expressed their ringing endorsement to the faculty of music and the Centre for Continuing Studies for creating a program leading to a certificate in piano technology, Western's dean of music, Jeffrey Stokes said. It is set to begin on Sept. 1, 2000.
"The music industry is very grateful for the potential of highly trained professionals to take care of their products," Stokes said.
The course will have openings for 12-16 students who will take specialized training in maintenance, repair and tuning of concert level pianos.
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