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Fiddlin' tunes to open ears
One of Canada's top fiddle players will help open a new centre at Western.
Natalie MacMaster will perform at the opening of Western's National Centre for Audiology today, said NCA researcher Richard Seewald.
"[The centre] provides opportunities for our graduate students to work in new lab facilities. It's a great opportunity for faculty and students," said Seewald.
The NCA is part of Western's School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the largest educational and research program in this field in Canada.
The opening will take place at 2:15 p.m. at Elborn College.
New director goes to work
The new director of the Centre for Women's Studies has been appointed and is already working hard to improve the curriculum and help all Western's faculties work closer together.
Alison Lee has been an English professor at Western since 1988 and was recently given this new position.
"The main improvement we are making right now is undergoing a curriculum review and asking all students what they like and would like to see added to the program," Lee said.
The centre is also going to be offering a gender and society workshop with the intention of getting people talking to one another, Lee said.
"The intent of the workshop is getting students and faculty from various programs acquainted with one another's work."
Both of these improvements mean a strong future for the Centre for Women's Studies, Lee said.
"We have great students and a committed faculty and these are just some fine-tunings."
OC dons dish out deals
Attention all cash-strapped students: if you want to find some great deals while supporting a great cause, the Off-Campus Don Program can help.
This Saturday, the OC dons will be running a garage sale to benefit the Big Sisters of London. It will take place at 362 Hollywood Cres., just off Western Road, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., said OC don Colin King.
Students who can't stop by the sale, but still want to help out with this worthy cause can drop off items for the sale this week at the OC Resource Centre, room 65F in Stevenson-Lawson Building.
"We all donate what we can to raise as much money as we can for a good cause," said OC don Darren Beaupre.
Although the dons have raised money for Big Sisters in the past, this is their first annual garage sale and encourage the student body to come out and make it a huge success, King added.