Volume 95, Issue 51

Friday, November 30, 2001
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Battle for Kandahar

Foot Patrol offers safety in numbers

Like Maestro Fresh Wes, Zander conducting thangs

MacIntyre discusses the 5th Estate

Is Canada getting dumber? Brain Drain debate rages on

Chapters CEO bans Hitler's Mein Kampf

News Briefs

News Briefs

Men don white ribbons

Men opposed to violence, abuse and harassment against women can make their feelings known in the University Community Centre atrium as part of a national campaign from Dec. 3-6.

White ribbons will be handed out to men as a symbol of opposition to violence against women, said Marty Zahavich, a King's College councillor and event organizer.

All next week, men can sign posters located in residences and buildings across campus as another means to show their support for the cause, he said.

"The posters are meant to say [males] are supportive, aware and won't be silent," Zahavich said.

On Dec. 6, the anniversary of the Montreal massacre, all posters will be put up in the atrium to show Western's opposition to violence against women, he said.

For more information, students can visit www.whiteribbon.org.

Internet columnist to share knowledge

An upcoming teach-in will offer Western students a unique perspective on globalization and the war in Afghanistan.

Justin Podur, a columnist from ZNet – an online magazine that deals with social and political issues, will host a teach-in this Friday on-campus, said Brad MacIntosh, a co-ordinator with the London Activist Network.

Podur has travelled to war-torn areas including Chiapas, Mexico and Columbia acting as a human rights observer, MacIntosh said.

"He is a very well-recognized writer despite the fact that he is only 25-years-old," he said.

Podur will discuss the new war and definitions of terror and relate war constructs to the daily effects of a globalized economy, MacIntosh said.

MacIntosh said the teach-in will encourage discussion and participation from those in attendance.

"We don't want people to sit there and think it's some old pedantic geezer doing his thing – [Podur] is a young, vibrant person and a student himself," he said.

Students are invited to attend the teach-in tonight from 5-6 p.m. in Social Science Building, room 2036.

–Erin Conway-Smith

Vaginas set to speak

A casting call has been put out for Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues," which will come to Western next year.

The play, which will be produced by the Women's Issues Network, will be held Feb. 21-23, 2002.

"It's a collection of monologues based on interviews conducted by Eve Ensler. They're real stories about sexuality and vaginas," said WIN co-ordinator Nicole Nelson.

Nelson noted the unique nature of the skits, adding that one of the skits is called, 'If my vagina was a village.'

WIN has invited women of 'all backgrounds' to participate in auditions between Dec. 2-4 at the WIN office in University Community Centre rm. 258. No prior acting experience is required, she said.

Those interested can send an e-mail to vauditions@hotmail.com to set up an appointment, said Nelson

The play is apart of the V-Day 2002 College Campaign, she said.

Ahh, those MIT 'zine machines

Attention MIT students – your very own magazine is about to hit the stands.

The MIT 'zine is a monthly publication to be put out by media, information and technoculture students, said MIT 'zine managing editor Kate Kerr.

"It's a compilation of pieces written by students in MIT – of all years," she said.

Jordan Stone will be the 'zine's editor-in-chief, while Marica Ceperkovic will be the publication's second managing editor.

Unlike other faculties' publications that mention council meetings and events, MIT 'zine's pages will be filled with creative works – poems, opinions, comics or stories – by MIT students from all years, she said.

"It will be everything from rants to raves," Kerr said.

Although the first publication is being funded by the MIT Students' Council, the magazine will operate independently, she added.

The first issue of MIT 'zine will be distributed across campus this Monday and there will be a special MIT 'zine launch party this tonight at the Bacchus Lounge.

–Kristina Lundblad

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