Volume 96, Issue 12
Wednesday September 18, 2002

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Thumbprints on display

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations unveiled a large banner of student thumbprints yesterday on University College Hill.

The banner's connecting pieces are covered in thumbprints from various schools that are members of CASA, said Josh Morgan, VP-education of the University Students' Council and president of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. The banner was first displayed on Parliament Hill and is now making the rounds at CASA universities.

"I'm using [the banner] to attract attention for CASA Day on Oct. 1," Morgan said, adding as part of CASA Day, a kiosk will be set up in the University Community Centre atrium with information available about both CASA, the national educational lobbying group, and OUSA, Ontario's educational lobbying group.

If students have any questions, Morgan said they can contact him at usc.education@uwo.ca.

–Rachel Sandieson



Riding, striding, rolling and strolling

The London and District Chapter of the Autism Society of Ontario will soon be holding their annual Ride, Stride, Roll or Stroll for Autism.

The walk will take place on Sept. 29, beginning at 10 a.m. on the Thames River trail at Hamilton and Gore Roads, said Patricia Gallin, president of the London and District Chapter of the society.

Participants are encouraged to bring their families. They can bike, roller skate or walk if they wish, Gallin added.

According to Gallin, the funding raised at the event will be put towards service programs, such as summer camps, education and research on autism.

"[We will be] making a push for buying books [on autism] for the new public library, " Gallin said.

–Marshall Bellamy



Make Socrates proud

For all those philosophical types, the reopening of a certain café will provide ample opportunity for discussion.

The re-launch of Philosophers' Café will be held on Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Starbucks inside Chapters on Fanshawe Park Road, said café co-moderator Richard Chmara.

Chmara, along with fellow co-moderator Stan Skrzeszewski, re-launched the Philosophers' Café as an informal, open forum for individuals interested in exploring philosophical questions.

The forum provides a safe environment for people to express their thoughts and opinions and share their life experiences in a philosophical context, Chmara said.

The Philosophers' Café ran briefly in 2001, with six to 12 people attending monthly sessions. Their ages ranged from early 20s to 80s and they came from varying backgrounds, Chmara added.

"[It's] philosophy for the people, not only the academic," Chmara said.

–Cheryl Van Der Mark



Western students Attack Life

Back for its third year, Attack Life, a health promotional program, is on the move in Western residences.

The program allows students to take part in different activities such as boxfit, one of the program's most popular choices, said program co-ordinator Erin Coholan, adding students can take part in group activities such as volleyball and snow soccer during the winter.

The program is seeking volunteers, Coholan said, noting by Sept. 30 assistant co-ordinators will be needed.

"[Volunteers are] health promotion facilitators," Coholan said, adding they will be in residences to get students involved.

According to Coholan, Attack Life has been successful during the last three years, with approximately 200 students volunteering each year.

"[It is] a great way to meet friends," Cohlon said.

–Marcela Colangelo



More sex on campus

Sex, sex and more sex will be the steamy topic of discussion when "Sex with Sue" returns once again to Western.

Sue Johanson, host of the Sunday Night Sex Show, will be speaking at The Wave on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m, said Lil Chieh, VP-student affairs for the University Students' Council.

Tickets for "Sex with Sue" are only available at the door for a cost of $3 to all Western students and $5 for non-Western students, Chieh said.

"We always get an excellent turnout and students like the way she speaks," Chieh added.

–Kelly Marcella



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