Volume 94, Issue 52
Thursday, November 30, 2000
In celebration of World AIDS Day tomorrow, the AIDS Committee of London is holding a vigil ceremony at 7 p.m. by the forks of the Thames River.
"We have two purposes for the vigil," said Clarence Crossman, an HIV consultant for the AIDS Committee of London. "Twenty years into this epidemic we need to make sure we won't forget those lost in the battle against AIDS. We also have to raise awareness that twice as many AIDS cases appear in Canada each year than they did 10 years ago. We need to ensure we continue to meet the challenges that HIV presents."
Crossman said part of the battle against AIDS must come from increased funding on the part of the federal government. "Funding has been frozen for 10 years. We're losing ground in the prevention and restriction efforts."
He said those attending the vigil need not have known someone who has died of AIDS, or be infected themselves all are welcome.
"We need to see it as a challenge for all of us to respond to AIDS as a society and a community," he added.
The vigil will be held in the Peace Garden at the Forks of the Thames River.
The UWO Symphony Orchestra is set to stage its second performance of the season on Dec. 3rd, at 8 p.m., in Alumni Hall.
Nikki Atwell, public affairs assistant for the Faculty of Music, said the concert will feature Aya Miyagawa, second-year music student at Western, who will be performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Beethoven's Fidelio Overture, and Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.
Miyagawa won second place in the 23rd Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition in Brandon, Manitoba earlier this year, she said. Along with second place in the competition, he received $3,000 dollars in prize money.
Atwell said the concert would be conducted by Maestro Timothy Vernon, who will be leading the orchestra for the second time in his career.
"The UWO symphony is a formidable ensemble of elite musicians on Western's campus," she added. "This performance is an opportunity for students on campus to view high levels of excellence in classical music".
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and are available at the door on the evening of the performance.
Yesterday, in the University Community Centre Atrium, the Arab Student Association put on a display and demonstration to educate Western students about the history, culture, politics and involvement of Arabs in Canada.
Randa Mouammar, vice-president of politics for the Arab Student Association, said the purpose of the event was to dispel the myths about Palestinians.
Mouammar said the Palestinian point-of-view is not presented through public education or the media, adding the media focuses upon the conflict and ensuing bloodshed not the underlying grievances of Palestinians in the Middle East region.
Rema El-Tawil, vice president external for the Muslim Students Association, said Nov. 29 is the International Day of Solidarity for Palestinians. The MSA display is part of the annual event. There was a conscious effort not to dramatize the event by including pictures of the conflict and the human suffering, she added.
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