Volume 95, Issue 72

Friday, February 8, 2002
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Eat my Purple Shorts

Thought you had nothing better to do than sit around and watch reruns? Think again because there are new plays that are must-see.

Purple Shorts is Western's first one-act play festival, featuring seven different plays that are all original, student-written works.

"This is a pilot project that will hopefully start a new precedent," said Michelle Witen, University Students' Council Theatre Western commissioner. "It's great to see students write and put on their own works."

Purple Shorts appears Feb. 13-16 nightly at 8 p.m. with a matinee Sat. at 2 p.m. in the Talbot Theatre. Tickets are $8 for one night and $14 for both nights at a student rate. Regular adult fare is $10 for one night and $16 for both. Tickets can be purchased at the USC Front.

–Jillian Van Acker

Strokes of genius make their way to the Forest City

London is hosting Canada's leading experts in the field of stroke prevention and treatment this weekend.

Vladimir Hachinski, a Western professor of neurology, is the key organizer of the Advances in Stroke Prevention symposium.

The symposium will be held Feb. 10 and 11 at the London Health Sciences Centre and is being sponsored by the Canadian Stroke Network, a network of university-based centres of research excellence, Hachinski said.

Henry Barnett, a pioneer of stroke research, will be honoured at the symposium which will also feature Jan van Gijn of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.

"[This is] a gathering in London, Ontario of the most prominent researchers in the field," Hachinski said. "It's appropriate because London has done a lot for stroke prevention."

–Kelly Bennett

Be all you can be – become a tax guru

A few hours of your time is all it takes to be an income tax guru, thanks to the University Students' Council Income Tax Clinic.

Volunteers are needed for this year's clinic, which is scheduled for March 11-22, said Chris Donkers, USC income tax commissioner.

"[The clinic] is a free clinic for all students to get their [income tax] returns done," he said. "We need about 150 to 200 volunteers."

No experience is necessary and the time commitment is minimal, Donkers said.

"Revenue [Canada] fully trains you on campus in two sessions," he said, adding students must then sign up for three one-hour shifts during the clinic.

Applications are available at the USC Office (Rm. 340 UCC) or online at www.usc.uwo.ca/tax and are due by 4 p.m. on Feb. 13.

–Tola Afolabi

Hey, hot stuff – wanna show off?

Got a steamy story idea for Valentine's Day?

The Arts Students' Council is hosting a Hot Date Contest for all undergraduate students and is looking for fictional and non-fictional short stories of up to 250 words about love.

The best humorous story and best romantic story will win dinner for two at The Spoke and The Wave respectively, along with two tickets for Western Film, said ASC councillor Matt Huether.

The grand prize winner for best overall story will receive dinner for two and two tickets to see Macbeth at the Grand Theatre. All winning stories will be published on the Arts Students' Council website, Huether added.

Submissions can be handed in to the drop box outside University College Rm. 33 or e-mailed to artshotdate@hotmail.com by Feb.14.

–Stephanie Harris

Monologues ready to go

Have you ever wanted to have a discussion about vaginas, menstruation or penises?

Well, you're in luck – The Vagina Monologues is playing at The Spoke on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and on Feb. 17 at 5 p.m.

The Vagina Monologues are open to the public, but people are cautioned the play is not for everyone and uses explicit language, said Nicole Nelson, the show's co-producer.

Anyone attending the monologues can expect an entertaining two hours, Nelson said. "I would encourage everyone to come out and have an open mind towards sexuality."

Tickets for the event are available at InfoSource at a cost of $8 for students and $10 for general admission.

–Rana Issa

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