Volume 96, Issue 57
Friday January 10, 2003
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WEEKEND EDITION
LAST UPDATED: Friday January 10, 2003 - 3:00 p.m.

Our obsession with the culture of celebrity

Although North Americans have been obsessed with celebrities since the days of silent film stars, this obsession seemed more profound than ever in 2002.

From the whirlwind relationship of J-Lo and Ben, to catching glimpses of Avril Lavigne's "back cleavage," to kids "becoming" their most idolized celeb for a day, the last twelve months have been a veritable heyday for America's celebrity-obsessed youth..



Western faculty to vote on possible strike mandate

Western faculty members will hold a vote before Jan. 17 on whether or not to give the faculty association the authority to strike.

The decision to hold the strike vote was decided at a meeting Wednesday night, said University of Western Ontario Faculty Association president Paul Handford.



Election saddled with dental plan

Following a unanimous decision by the University Students' Council, the question of adopting an opt-out dental plan will be put to the student body.

Under the first posted motion at the Dec. 4 USC meeting, a referendum will be held as to whether or not the USC should adopt a student dental plan similar to the health plan already available to students, said Chris Sinal, USC president.



Violence ignites concern over Waterloo pub

A bar brawl at the University of Waterloo on New Year's Day has caused the university's administration to take over management of the on-campus bars.
In the early hours of Jan. 1, a fight erupted at a student-run New Year's Eve party at Federation Hall, one of two on-campus bars. Ramsey Hanlon, who was not a student of the university, was beaten by several people in a parking lot outside of the bar.



Car stealin' a celebrated London hobby

Attention Western students: the chance of your car being stolen in London has doubled in the past decade.

A newly released report from Statistics Canada pegged London as having the third-highest car theft rate for cities with populations between 100,000 and 500,000 – with approximately seven or eight cars stolen every day across the city. London has a higher car theft rate than Calgary, Quebec City and even Toronto.

 

MORE NEWS HEADLINES:
> VP-campus issues to act as advocate for student daycare
> Everybody must get stoned - then drive
> News for Dummies: Gollum and Avril battle Saddam and Bush for headlines
> News Briefs

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Couples who write together, stay together

When it comes to Canadian literature, Farley Mowat holds a very specific and influential place in the canon – and his wife Claire is marking out her own place in the Canadian tradition.

In his latest literary effort, High Latitudes, Canadian author Farley Mowat chronicles his trips to the Canadian Arctic, creating a wonderfully colourful memoir of the characters he met on his journey..


MORE A&E HEADLINES:

> World Wide Wong: Another year, another undeserved Grammy
> Hot CDs in 2003: Manson, Matt Good and more
> CD REVIEW: Kutless
> Hit or Miss
> CD REVIEW: The Raveonettes
> A&E Roundtable: Do we blame games?
> The Pub Guy: The foolish and hungry

SPORTS

Mustangs schooled by Marauders on home floor

Despite their recent slide, the Western Mustangs men's basketball team is staying positive and confident...

The holiday hiatus took its toll on the Mustangs women's basketball team Wednesday night at Alumni Hall.
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MORE SPORTS HEADLINES:

> Mustangs holiday action
>
The Gambling Man: Pan versus the clitoris
> Manville: Thank God "I am Canadian"
> Welcoming the world
> Hockey Pool Results as of January 10
> Hustlin' with new soccer coach Mike Van Bussel

CAMPUS & CULTURE

No C&C today...

SMOKER OF THE WEEK

If the Swiss are as good at making death in a tube as they are at making chocolate, fourth-year economics student Jonathan Symington is going to find each puff more refreshing than a run down the Swiss Alps slopes. Jonathan’s brand just happens to be imported Swiss Marlboros, which rate well ahead of Tennessee Tar Marlboros, but are not quite in the same class as Russian vodka tipped Marlborosovs. We can only assume Jonathan inhales.

Smokin’ Stats:
Number of shots of vodka Team Russia took after dumping Team Canada: 3 each
Reason Jonathan would rather be on the ski slopes than the ice rink: “I like hockey and all, but there’s no chair lift in hockey, and that means no chance to light up. I suppose I could smoke on the bench though.”


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