Volume 96, Issue 68
Thursday, January 30, 2003

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News Briefs

Global warming my ass...

Think not wearing a toque makes you cool? Well, you're right.

Yesterday, London's medical officer issued a two-day cold weather alert for the London area, said Mag Yost, a public health nurse with the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

An alert is automatically announced when Environment Canada predicts the air temperature will drop below -15 C for an extended period of time, Yost said.

Although the cold weather alert does not take into account wind or precipitation conditions, an unexpected gust of wind could make the temperature seem much colder, Yost explained.

"This year I think we're a little colder," Yost said, adding this alert was the fourth of the winter season and can be reissued if the temperature remains low.

Yost cautioned against hypothermia and frostbite and recommended to dress warmly, wear a hat (30 per cent of body heat escapes through the head), limit outdoor activity and to avoid alcohol.

–Anton Vidgen

Enlightening Biblical Literalists

Students are invited to attend a gender and society workshop put on by the Centre for Women Studies and Feminist Research.

"It's an inter-disciplinary forum," said Kelly Olson, a Western classical studies professor and organizer for the event, adding all faculties are invited to take part.

The workshop is a part of a series of planned workshops this term that feature scholars and graduate students discussing gender and societal issues, Olson said.

Graduate and undergraduate students are invited and encouraged to participate in the workshops, Olson said.

The speaker is going to be philosophy doctorate student Andrew Fenton and his workshop is entitled A much needed addition to the philosopher's tool-box: On how to show Biblical Literalists that they can be both pro and anti-lesbian or gay, Olson said.

The workshop will be held today at 4 p.m. in Rm. 225 of University College, Olson noted.

For more information on workshops and speakers, go to http://publish.uwo.ca/ ~kolson2/gensochomee.html.

–Marshall Bellamy

Hippies unite!

With a war in Iraq looming on the horizon, this weekend's seminar at King's College comes not a moment too soon.

This Saturday and Sunday, Western's branch of OXFAM, a non-governmental organization concerned with poverty and development in developing countries, is holding a two-day seminar entitled The Human Cost of War.

According to Kamilla Pietrzyk, a second-year media, information and technoculture student and member of OXFAM, the event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, and is being held in the main lounge of the Wemple building on the King's College campus.

Saturday's events will include a variety of speakers discussing the costs of war, and an audience-participation panel discussion will be held on Sunday.

"[Students should come] to get an enlightening variety of perspectives," Pietrzyk said, adding potential speakers include immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan. "[The seminars] will foster discussion on how we can act locally to form antiwar groups."

Anyone who requires more information can contact OXFAM by e-mail at usc.clubs.oxfam@uwo.ca.

–Chris Webden


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