Volume 96, Issue 67
Wednesday, January 29, 2003

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Everything you wanted to know about Islam

Come out and discover Islam today.

The Muslim Students' Association is presenting Islam Awareness Day in the University Community Centre atrium today, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., said Marian Hasami, spokesperson for the MSA.

"We're going to try and explore different topics within Islam," she said, adding such things as gender equity and justice will be discussed.

Attractions of the event will include a free henna booth, free informative books and brochures, an Islamic book sale and a Discover Islam poster display, Hasami explained.

Following the day, there will be an information session entitled Islam: Oppression of Liberation, she said, adding the session will be held in the Social Science Building, Rm. 3022, at 5:30 p.m..

"Our main goal is to change some misconceptions people have about Islam," said Razia Hamidi, an MSA spokesperson.

According to Hasami, this day is only a warm-up for the upcoming Islamic Awareness Week scheduled to occur in February.

–Paolo Zinatelli



They actually had something to say

And you thought Western's student politicians were all talk.

The annual McGill Winter Carnival wrapped up recently, with teams from across the continent competing for debating glory, said Beth Hopkins, VP-external for Western's Debating Society. A total of 82 two-person teams signed up for the event, with Western sending six, Hopkins added.

"There was a really high calibre of speaking going on," Hopkins said, adding the competition between the teams was strong.

In the individual debating rankings, Western's Michael Barg placed 15th. Barg also placed well in the team competition, along with his partner Carissa Whiteman, finishing 19th overall.

For the public speaking portion of the event, Hopkins won the competition.

–Anton Vidgen



Ringing in the New Year Chinese style

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association will be celebrating the New Year this weekend.

Friday, Jan. 31, CSSA will be hosting a traditional Chinese New Year celebration at the Polish House from 7-11 p.m., said Hao Dai, finance co-ordinator for the CSSA.

Dai said everyone is welcome to the event, but there are limited tickets available. The event will feature traditional Chinese song and dance, he added.

"It's a very important celebration for us because we are in Canada," Dai said. "It's very exciting – it should be great." He noted there will be students, community members and delegates from the Chinese Embassy in Toronto in attendance.

Tickets for the event will be available today at the CSSA booth in the University Community Centre atrium at a cost of $5 for members and $10 for non-members, he added.

–Kelly Marcella



Everyone loves a quitter

For those of you looking to abandon your frequent visits to tobacco-filled, flavour country, here is another incentive.

Yoonjai Shin, a third-year economics student, is organizing Western's first Let's Quit and Win campaign. Shin is encouraging students to quit smoking in the month of February.

"I quit last year and it really pumped me up. Now I want to help others quit as well," Shin explained.

Shin and his campaign members will be sending weekly newsletters and valuable information to keep participants motivated throughout the month.

"The fact that other students from around the university are [quitting] as well will hopefully motivate students and give them confidence," Shin said.

All participants in the challenge will automatically be entered into a draw that will award cash prizes at the end of the month.

Anyone interested in challenging themselves to quit smoking can register to join Shin's campaign this Thursday and Friday in the atrium of the University Community Centre.

–Chris Webden

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