Volume 96, Issue 62
Tuesday, January 21, 2003

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By the way, we exist

Think awareness weeks are the most boring initiatives ever conceived by student politicians? This week's your chance to put the Social Science Students' Council to the test.

The SSSC is holding an awareness week to increase knowledge of their function and activities, by organizing information booths in the Social Science Building lobby, said SSSC president Linsay Michael.

"We want to show the social science students in our faculty what we do for them," Michael said.

In addition to information booths and display cases highlighting the SSSC's achievements and ongoing initiatives, Michael said clothing sales would start towards the end of the week and continue throughout the month.

Overheads and classroom presentations will be occurring across campus in many social science courses to bridge the academic and political faces of the SSSC, Michael said.

–Anton Vidgen



Smoking causes cancer?!?!


It may come as a surprise, but Weedless Wednesday is actually about reducing tobacco and not weed consumption.

The event is a part of National Non-Smoking Week, an initiative of the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control, said Laura Wall, manager of the Elgin-Middlesex unit of the Cancer Society.

Smokers are encouraged to pitch the pack on Wednesday, Jan. 22, Wall said, adding the Canadian Cancer Society created the event with the intention of giving smokers a chance to evaluate their habit, while being alerted to the dangers of tobacco consumption.

"[This event is important] because it gives a focal point to smoking cessation. If someone is considering quitting, they can do something to make a change," she said.

Smokers interested in quitting are encouraged to contact the Smokers' Help Line toll free at 1-877-513-5333, she added, explaining the service is available from Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m..



CHRWammys

It won't be broadcast on network television and the only celebrities will be residents of The Forest City, but the inaugural London Music Awards will put the choice back in the hands of the people.

The event was conceived by CHRW 94.7FM station manager, Mario Circelli and "For the Folk" radio host, Ian Gifford.

"[It was a way of] acknowledging our own history and propping up the current community," Circelli explained.

To ensure a high degree of participation, Circelli said organizers consulted with 25 experienced members of the London music scene, who contributed nominations in 12 different categories. Ballots are available online at http://chrw.usc.uwo.ca, he said.

The awards are being held on Sunday, Mar. 30 at Club Phoenix.

–Pierre Hamilton



I'll pay $10 to see a vagina talk


Attention Western students – vagina has returned.

Eve Ensler's play, The Vagina Monologues, will be presented by Western students Feb. 10-12 at The Wave, said spokesperson Sharon Bauer.

The performance, directed by Michelle Szeto, consists of 18 monologues, based on interviews from women around the world, Bauer explained. The monologues are about a wide range of subjects – everything from faking orgasms to female circumcision, she noted.

"People will walk out looking at issues about women around the world in a different way," Bauer said.

Performances will begin at 8 p.m., Bauer said, adding tickets go on sale Jan. 20 and are available at InfoSource, affiliated colleges and at the door for $10 apiece.

Proceeds from the production will go to the Women's Community House of London.

–Diana Whellams

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