Volume 94, Issue 77
Thursday, February 8, 2001
For graduates asking themselves the infamous question, 'What am I going to do with this degree?,' the University Students' Council is hoping to provide some answers.
USC alumni commissioner Amy Hoftyzer said she helped create Backpack 2 Briefcase, a 10-session program of workshops and speaking engagements designed to provide assistance for students looking for full-time employment. The program will be presented by the USC, in partnership with Alumni Western and the Student Development Centre.
Sessions began on Feb. 5 and will run to Feb. 12. Two additional sessions are scheduled for Mar. 5 and Mar. 12, she said.
The workshops deal with a variety of challenges faced by graduating students, from writing cover letters to mastering interview skills.
"The response has been extremely positive from the graduating class despite a less than hoped for turnout," she said.
Organizers are hoping a positive response from students will help create momentum for a far more extensive series of speakers at future campus workshops, she said.
Hoftyzer also said next year's workshops may take place as part of a weekend conference and feature alumni speakers from every faculty discussing the employment possibilities of future graduates.
Information on session times, topics and locations can be found at www.usc.uwo.ca/b2b.
Promoting healthy attitudes about Western student bodies is the aim of Body Image Awareness Week, which began Monday and will finish up tomorrow in the University Community Centre.
Sametta Cole, a volunteer with the Women's Issues Network, which organized the week, said an information table would be maintained all week in the UCC atrium between the hours of about 10 a.m. and 2 p.m..
Cole said students should actively question prevailing attitudes about what kind of body is healthy or attractive. "[We should ask] why we, as a society, feel the pressure to diet and fit in," she said.
She stressed societal pressures and narrow definitions of beauty often cause people to have unhealthy attitudes about their bodies. "Anorexia and bulimia are not only medical and psychological diseases. They are also social diseases," she said, adding 70 per cent of anorexia patients are women.
Western students wishing to send relief money to earthquake survivors in India will not need to go any further than the University Community Centre to make donations next week.
Richa Bhushan, president of the Hindu Students' Association, said five or six volunteers will take up posts outside the UCC starting next Monday to accept donations from students. "We'll be right out in front," she said, adding volunteers will be identifiable by the pledge boxes they carry.
She said the volunteers will be on hand to collect donations during peak UCC traffic hours, probably between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Donations will be collected for at least one week. "If everyone could just donate a dollar, do you know how much money we could raise?" Bhushan said.
Bhushan said while neither she nor any of the HSA's members have relatives in the Indian state of Gujrat, where the earthquake's epicentre struck, they felt they had a responsibility to help the survivors.
All of the funds collected will be passed on to the Red Cross, she said.
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