Volume 96, Issue 71
Wednesday, February 5, 2003

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News Briefs

Awareness is key: AIDS and Africa

What do you know about AIDS? What about AIDS in Africa?

This Thursday there will be an HIV/AIDS and the African Crisis Awareness event held at Saugeen-Maitland Hall in the main lounge, said Lauren Leech, a residence advisor at Delaware Hall and event organizer.

"This is a drop-in AIDS awareness event, with presentations from many groups," she said, noting Student Health Services, Care Canada and Youth AIDS will be among the groups present.

There will also be a presentation from Chris Costello, the assistant manager from Saugeen, Leech said, adding the event will also feature the Western Heads East Campaign that is promoting the African crisis.

"There are 28 million people infected with AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa – that's a huge number to be ignored. My hope is that this event raises AIDS awareness for students here at Western," she said.

–Deven Persaud

A fish would compose "coral" music

Just when you thought winter was all about slush and snow, Western's Don Wright faculty of music is bringing you something to be delighted about.

"A Winter's Delight" will feature the premiere performance of Jeff Smallman's newest composition, said Nikki Attwell, public affairs co-ordinator for the faculty.

Smallman – the featured composer – is a Western graduate and currently works at the Music Library, she added.

In addition to Smallman's piece, a variety of other choral works will be performed by many of Western's major music ensembles, Attwell said.

Students are encouraged to come out for what will be an excellent performance, she added.

The performance takes place Thursday, Feb. 6, at noon in von Kuster Hall in the Music Building. Admission is free to everyone.

–Catherine Cullen

Help Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is holding a fundraiser to help the organization.

The fundraiser will be held in the Great Hall at Sommerville House on Feb. 16, said Tracy Wardle, the executive director of Meals on Wheels London.

Chefs from across the city will be preparing the meals, she said, adding the event will also feature a silent auction and other forms of entertainment.

The event was inspired by the late Andy MacFarlane, she said. "[MacFarlane] was the dean of [Western's school of] journalism and a volunteer at Meals on Wheels," Wardle added.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased until the day of the event on Feb. 14 by calling 660-1430.

Art at the McIntosh

Like art? What's your story?

The McIntosh Gallery at Western will be holding an exhibit entitle What's Your Story? from Feb. 16 to Apr. 6, said Catharine Elliot Ford, the gallery's curator.

The exhibit will feature artwork from six London artists, she said. The artists include Marilyn Conklin, Roberta Cory, Linda Fried, Amanda Rowe, Laurie Seaman and Rosemary Sloot, Elliot Ford said.

"There will be a block of works by each of the six artists," she said, adding most of the works are paintings, but there will be some sculptures as well.

In addition, each artist has chosen one work from the gallery's permanent collection that goes well with their artwork, Elliot Ford explained.

The artists will present different themes in their work, from gender relationships to mythical tales.

For more information please call McIntosh Gallery at 661-3181

–Paolo Zinatelli


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