Volume 94, Issue 51
Wednesday, November 29, 2000
The University of Western Ontario Choir will present its annual holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in Colborne United Church, at 711 Colborne St. in London.
Liam Birch, president of the UWO Choir, confirmed tickets would be sold and cost $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.
He said the choir is made up of cross-faculty students, alumni and staff members. "There are no auditions for this choir. This choir is about the celebration of music."
Birch said the funding raised from the annual concert goes to the choir's operating budget, adding the group consists of approximately 80 members.
The choir has been performing its annual holiday concert for almost 50 years, Birch said, adding he expects close to 300 audience members for Saturday's concert. "It's probably the biggest concert we put on every year."
A group of fourth-year honour students in arts are protesting the treatment of coffee farmers as part of an activism course.
"Farmers are not getting the right percentage [for their product], explained Belinda Shun, fourth-year arts student at Western and one of the protest's participants.
The group called As Fair Trade, will be doing a performance arts piece in front of Edith MacGee One World Cafe on King St. to protest. The students will be dressed in white t-shirts and are inviting the public to throw cold coffee on them to help illustrate their disapproval.
Shun said if the public would pay an extra two to five cents more per cup of coffee, coffee farmers would receive fair price for their product.
The event will begin at 4 p.m. on Dec. 2. The public is invited to attend the performance art and discussions which will follow.
TVO flagship program Studio 2 is airing the second of a four part series of globalization called Going Global: Canada's Place in the World.
The program aims to bring together experts and University of Toronto students to discuss the issues, confirmed Maggie McNair, senior informatin officer at TVO
Dan Dunsky, TVO's senior editor and producer, explained TVO has developed a partnership with the university in conjuction with this program.
"It's a kind of Town Hall. TVO has a mandate to create programs that are educational and current affairs," Dunsky said.
Next year, the program hopes to include most universities in Ontario and airs Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.
Western students are doing their part in stopping the violence at London high schools.
Sarah Helppi, a second-year philosophy student and one of two co-ordinators for Western's Violence Prevention program, said the collaboration between Western and the Thames Valley school board is entering its third year and is more popular then ever.
"We've received amazing feedback from both students and teachers," she said, of the success of the program. "There is much more demand than what we can supply 26 schools on the school board have asked for a performance."
Helppi said the program involves high school students viewing a play put on by a drama team and then having university students go in and facilitate exercises that teach valuable lessons in violence.
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