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Break out the red underwear
Although the Chinese New Year is not until Feb. 12, that's not stopping members of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association from celebrating a little early.
The CSSA's Chinese New Year Celebration is being held in the Great Hall in Somerville House, Sunday Jan. 20 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m..
This year is the Year of the Horse and is a lucky year for people born under the sign of the horse, said CSSA's VP-external Pandora Du.
"Wearing red, especially red underwear or a belt, is said to bring good luck," she said. "Red is a lucky colour in Chinese culture."
Activities for the festival include the finale of a karaoke contest, traditional Chinese dancers, a fashion show, comedy show and a traditional Chinese band from Waterloo, Du said.
Tickets are $3 and can be purchased by contacting members of the CSSA online at www.usc.uwo.ca/clubs/cssa
Jillian Van Acker
Talkin' about porn
Is pornography art?
That will be the question on everyone's mind at next Tuesday's academic debate in the University Community Centre atrium, organized by the University Students' Council's academic affairs committee.
Organized by USC academic programming commissioner Josh Morgan, the debates were created to encourage students to participate academically outside the classroom.
Morgan said the debates are student-run, with experts in the field on hand to introduce the facts before students begin debating. However, Tuesday's debate will be without an expert introduction.
"We feel that students already have enough opinions about this subject so the entire two hours will be turned over to [them]," Morgan said.
Student politicians 'make believe'
It is 'make believe' time for Western's aspiring politicians, as they prepare for this weekend's Model Parliament taking place on campus.
One hundred and twenty Prime Ministers-to-be from Western and other universities will converge on the Great Hall in Somerville House to swap ideas on the budget and other hot political topics.
In order to spice things up this year "the setup is going to be completely different," said event organizer Peter Paz.
Instead of the Liberal party automatically being the official leaders of the Model Parliament, this year it is the Conservatives who get the top spot, because they managed to recruit the most participants, Paz said.
Facing off against the Conservatives will be the Education party, as the official opposition.
Those interested can catch the heated debates beginning Friday night, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday night from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m..
Oh, that's what it is
Ever-wondered what that strange bunker-like structure is near the Saugeen-Maitland Hall tunnel? Turns out the mysterious new arrival is one of two new structures on campus.
The structures protect the city's water supply by preventing back-flow from the university, said Susan Mark, manager of mechanical and energy for Western.
"The city passed a new bylaw that all major water users, such as 3M, Labatt's and the university, must take precautions from contaminating the city's water supply," she said, adding construction started in August and was completed by December.
The first of these water structures is on the north-east corner of Elgin Road and Western Road and the second can be found at the south end of the playing fields by the Huron Flats parking lot, Mark said.
The structure's cost $280,000.
Jillian Van Acker