Volume 96, Issue 59
Wednesday, January 15, 2003

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Liberal leader to speak at Western

Anyone interested in politics, or the future of post-secondary education in Ontario, should attend tomorrow's presentation by provincial Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty.

According to Sarah McCarter, VP-external for the Society of Graduate Students and organizer of the event, McGuinty will be at Western to discuss his party's post-secondary education platform for the upcoming provincial election.

McGuinty will deliver a short speech at 12:30 p.m. in the University Students' Council chambers, on the third floor of the University Community Centre, after which he will be fielding questions, she explained.

"It's not that often that students get to talk with a party leader – especially leading up to an election," McCarter said.

If you would like more information, contact McCarter at sogs.external@uwo.ca.



Speaking of politicians: Western has some too

Similar to a parade, losing one's virginity or the launch of a rocket ship, the intensity and excitement that is University Students' Council presidential elections is getting underway.

According to Kevin Atcheson, chief returning officer for the USC, nominations for the presidential and USC faculty councillor campaigns opened on Jan. 13 and will close on Jan. 30.

"[Students] can pick up nominations forms from the USC office [on the third floor of the University Community Centre] and at the USC Front [in the UCC atrium]," Atcheson explained.

Beginning on Jan. 20, the UCC atrium will be hosting USC Awareness Week, where councillors and delegates will be in and around campus, answering any questions students might have, he added.

–Chris Webden



Concert for a cause


The Middlesex Kiwanis Club is presenting a special fundraiser in February.

"We are hoping to raise money for the Kiwanis commitments," said Don Cadwell, spokesperson for the Middlesex Kiwanis, adding these commitments include the Kiwanis Kids Care Centre at the new Children's Hospital of Western Ontario.

"The Middlesex Kiwanis Club has already raised between $17,000 and $20,000," Cadwell said.

The concert will feature the London Concert Band and will take place at the Wolf Auditorium at the Central Library on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m..

Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the Madrigal Music Store at 620 Richmond St., Hysen Music at 146 Dundas St. and Village Idiot on 135 Wortley Rd., Cadwell said.

–Rachel Sandieson



Queerline now a reality


Last night saw the official launch of one of the University Students' Council's newest initiatives – Queerline.

"It's been a long time coming for London and us," said USC VP-campus issues Nicole Nelson, adding the response for the project has been very supportive thus far.

"People have donated their time, money and resources to help get this off the ground," she said.

The support line currently has 30 volunteers who have just completed training to work the phone lines, Nelson explained, noting there will also be an ICQ lab chat and e-mail available for students with questions and concerns.

The lines will be open 7-10 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays, she said.

Queerline can be reached at 850-BLUR(2587) or online at www.uwo.ca/queerline.

–Kelly Marcella



Rally for peace


A peace and solidarity rally will be held in the garden next to the John Labatt Centre this Saturday, Jan. 18, said Mohammed Loubani, a first-year medical student and university representative for the organizing committee.

"It's a national day of action," he said, adding there will be rallies in New York City and Los Angeles as well.

The rally will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will include speakers such as federal New Democratic Party leadership hopeful Jack Layton. The coalition, comprised of local churches and other interested parties, is expecting 2,000 people to attend, Loubani explained.

The rally will focus on Canada's role in any upcoming military action – not upon the actions of the United States, he explained.

–Paolo Zinatelli

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