Volume 95, Issue 85

Thursday, March 14, 2002
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USC budget approved

NDP: no more taxes for 'Aunt Flo'

UBC tuition may rise

Union boss talks labour at Western

Pizza and periodicals?

Canada humping less, dying more

Dalhousie profs and suits butt heads

News Briefs

News Briefs

Rock 'n roll for a cure

The Undergraduate Engineering Society will hold a charity concert tonight at Call the Office in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

The event, entitled "Rhythms and Sounds to Cure," will feature Corduroy, Jo Momma and the Golden Caramels.

Tickets are $10 in advance and will be sold today at the University Students' Council Front in the University Community Centre atrium. Admission at the door is $12.

Doors will open at 9 p.m. and the first band will begin at 10 p.m.

"We're hoping to sell out," said UES charity commissioner David Safer.

–Erin Conway-Smith

Vagina rakes in cash

Last month's Vagina Monologues raked in $6,850 for the London's Women's Community House and the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.

Crowds for the play, presented at The Spoke by the Women's Issues Network, grew throughout the weekend of Feb. 16-17. The audience for Saturday's matinee was 200 and increased to 300 for the evening performance. Sunday afternoon's attendance was 400.

"The Vagina Monologues drew so many people and really created a movement," said WIN co-ordinator Nicole Nelson, who hopes to do it all again next year. "It was a fantastic success."

Ninety per cent of the funds raised went to WCH, with RAWA receiving the remainder.

–Joel Brown

Implants go green

If you're in the market for an environmentally friendly breast implant, one Western researcher might be able to help you out.

Engineering professor Judit Puskas has developed the next generation of synthetic rubbers. Puskas' most recent development is a thermoplastic elastomer, which has potential applications ranging from car tires to breast implants.

Thermoplastic elastomers are more environmentally friendly, mainly because they do not degrade like rubber, Puskas said.

The innovation, which was lead by Puskas, involved numerous graduate and undergraduate students from Western.

–Dave Van Dyck

What would you do as PM?

Canadian university and college students are invited to enter Magna International's eighth annual "As Prime Minister Awards" contest.

To be eligible, students must write an essay answering the question, "If you were the Prime Minister of Canada, what political vision would you offer to improve our living standards and ensure a secure and prosperous global community?" said George Marsland, Western alumni and executive director of the program.

The top 50 semifinalists will win a cash prize and have their essay published, while those in the top 10 have the chance to formally present their essay to the government in Ottawa, Marsland said.

Internships at Magna will also be offered to the top 10 finalists and the grand prize of $70,000 will be awarded to the national winner.

The essays are judged by an independent panel of professionals from a wide range of fields, including journalism. The essay deadline is Jun. 3, 2002. For more information, visit www.asprimeminister.com.

–Farzana Nasser

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