Volume 94, Issue 60

Wednesday, January 10, 2001


Academic visit raises questions

Finally - York strike over

City will meet to discuss snow removal

UWO proves beer's healthiness

Women's centre forced to turn some away - Lack of funding keeps women's service at bare minimum


Planet Me


Contemporary art for free

Masters students in the fine arts program at Western will be unveiling some of their work this Friday, as part of a week-long collaborative exhibition.

The program is hosting the 6th annual MFA group show, entitled "Century Twenty-One," said Adriana Kuiper, one of the 11 students participating in the exhibit. She explained the show's title refers to its loosely-based theme of the home and domestic space, and what those notions entail. Works in a diverse variety of media will be on display. These will include video installations, sculpture, and performance.

Kuiper said she is not concerned about possible low student turnout, adding the show has enjoyed successful attendance in previous years. "The mandate of the Art Lab is to promote student work," she said. "The Art Lab is a perfect venue for students to see contemporary art here in London for free."

"Century Twenty-One" opens at the Art Lab this Friday, and continues until Jan. 19 (Monday to Friday, 11-4 p.m.), she said, adding all are welcome to attend.

–Sherri Wood

Are you there God, it's me John?

Huron University College has cast a new light on its theology program with the announcement on a new Dean.

As of Dec. 1, 2000 professor John Chapman has taken the reigns as the new head of theology at the affiliate, something he said will be full of new direction and change.

"We are concentrating on meeting the challenges of today's Church," Chapman said. "There will be a new focus and a new curriculum pointing towards a more global awareness with an emphasis on leadership development."

Chapman began at Huron as a professor of pastoral theology and was made acting Dean as of July 1, 2000. His full term is a for a five year period.

–Wes Brown

Model parliament coming to Western

Western will host a model parliament in the Great Hall from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday Jan. 12 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 13.

John Macaulay, a model parliament representative from the Progressive Conservative party, as well as vice-president of the Young Progressive Conservatives on campus, said he expects close to 75 students to take part in the model parliament.

He said the mock parliament will follow many of the procedures followed in the real House of Commons, and will feature mock student representatives from the Canadian Alliance, the New Democratic Party, the Liberal party, the Parti-Quebecqois and his own Progressive Conservative party.

"We're going to present bills just like they would do in the real House of Commons," he said. "Some of them will be joke bills and some of them will be a little more serious."

Macaulay said the mock parliament will feature a great deal of debate, heckling and some clashing of political ideology. "Still, at the end of the day we'll all go out for a drink together," he said.

The tradition of holding a mock parliament at Western was started close to 15 years ago, Macaulay explained. He said he thinks the mock parliament increases students' awareness of the political process. "It's kind of fun," he said. "You get to pretend you're a politician for a day."

He said any students who want to give audience to the parliament can find seats in the gallery. "It's definitely worthwhile," he said. "You'll get to see some ideas and some insults thrown around."

–Chris Lackner

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