Volume 96, Issue 75
Thursday, February 12, 2003

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News Briefs

Developing the GLOBE internationally

International development week is now under way at Huron University College.

"International development week is going on as we speak," said Rose M. LaVerde, speaking on behalf of Global Learning Opportunities Beyond Education, a club at Huron.

At 3 p.m. this afternoon, there will be a classical Indian dancing workshop in the Student Activity Centre, and, at 5 p.m. there will be a showing of the film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner in Rm. W116 of Huron College, LaVerde added.

According to LaVerde, Thursday evening's event is a multicultural evening consisting of music, dancing, food and tradition, adding it will take place at 7 p.m. in the SAC. On Friday evening, GLOBE will also hold a Valentine's Day Cabaret to raise funds for a community project in Honduras, LaVerde said.

More information on international development week can be found at www.huronglobe.net.

–Julie Shulman

Threatening democracy

Put journalists and public relations professionals together and you're guaranteed a good time.

Peter Desbarats, the former dean of Western's graduate school of journalism will be giving a lecture tomorrow, Feb. 12, entitled "Democracies and the Terrorist Threat," said event organizer Brian Chadderton.

The presentation, which is sponsored by the Canadian Public Relations Society, will take place in Middlesex College Rm. 110 at 5:30 p.m.. Admission is free to all students and CPRS members, and $5 for others, he confirmed.

Chadderton noted that, in addition to Desbarats's time at Western, he has also worked for numerous Canadian media outlets, including The Toronto Star and Global Television. Desbarats has also published 13 books about Canadian political affairs.

–Catherine Cullen

Teachers deserve awards too

Now's your chance to honour a teacher that doesn't suck.

Nominations are now open for the second semester teaching awards, and all are welcome to nominate someone, said Michelle Zeller, University Students' Council teaching awards commissioner.

"Recognizing and rewarding excellence maintains and encourages the highest level of education," Zeller said.

Nominations are made by students and must be for a course during this current semester, she said, adding the Teaching Awards Committee – made up of students and alumni – will then carry out the selection process.

The TAC will then select professors to receive the award in a ceremony in April, she said.

Nominations are being accepted until 4 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 21. Forms are available at www.usc.uwo.ca/awards/teaching/default.htm as well as in the USC office, she said.

War sucks and so do you if you don't protest

If you're bored this weekend and are looking to raise a little hell, this Saturday may be your lucky day.

A day of action for peace will be held at Victoria Park this Saturday, in downtown London, to speak against the impending war in Iraq.

The event is being put on by a coalition of community and student leaders, said Mike Gretes, campaigns co-ordinator for Western's OXFAM club, one of the sponsoring organizations. The coalition also includes religious, secular and high school groups from London, as well as groups from Fanshawe College, he added.

"It's broad opposition to the war – a need to demonstrate and demand the use of any and all political means to end conflict," Gretes said.

The event will include a march down Richmond Street and speakers at Victoria Park before and after the march, he added.

The day of action will take place this Saturday, 1-2 p.m.. For more information e-mail forpeace@sympatico.ca.

–Paolo Zinatelli


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