Volume 94, Issue 36
Thursday, November 2, 2000
Jean-Paul Brunet, a French professor at Western was recently inducted as a knight in the Order of Academic Palms, by the government of France.
The award was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808, to recognize the effort of France's civil servants and Brunet is Western's second professor to receive the award behind last year's winner Prof. Clive Thompson, Brunet explained.
Brunet said he has worked in his hometown of Paris, as a linguistic observer in the criminal investigations department. "This status allows me to go out with homicide detectives on actual crime scenes I feel very privileged to share their daily work and have first hand knowledge of their activities," he said.
Brunet has published two English-French dictionaries, he said. His most recent publication is the Dictionary of Intelligence and Espionage, which focuses on the language of "spooks," otherwise known as intelligence officers, he added.
Red Cuba will see a little more purple next week, when three Western students arrive on the communist Caribbean island.
"I'm hoping to meet Fidel Castro," said Sylvia Delgado, a third-year Huron student who will be leaving for the World Meeting of Friendship and Solidarity in Havana on Nov. 8.. Castro, the president of Cuba, will speak at the meeting, which will be attended by 600-700 college and university students from around the world who oppose the US trade embargo against Cuba, she said.
"I'm hoping to learn about human rights in Cuba and then maybe organize a campaign to raise awareness about it when I come back," Delgado said.
She added she has been collecting donations of medical and school supplies to give to those she visits, as such commodities are scarce in Cuba.
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