Volume 96, Issue 85
Wednesday, March 12, 2003

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News Briefs

CAISA trying to Decipher

Models, money and the runway?

On Friday, Mar. 14, the Canadian Asian International Students Association presents "Decipher," their fifth annual fashion show to be held at Centennial Hall, said Ophelia Bou, CAISA VP-external affairs.

"Last year's show was called 'Escape'," Bou said, explaining that "Decipher" presents a different approach to the typical "model walks down runway" routine. Organizers have constructed a multi-scene show that incorporates dancing, prizes, giveaways, a catered reception, silent auction and after party at Club Phoenix, she explained.

Tickets are available at the CAISA booth in the University Community Centre or by contacting the Web site www.caisauwo.com, Bou said, noting tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

All proceeds are being donated to the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario Foundation.

–Pierre Hamilton



Lending a helping ear


People living with cancer now have an easier way to find support.

According to Laura Wall, the manager of the Canadian Cancer Society in Elgin-Middlesex, the society is raising awareness for their two programs which bring together people dealing with cancer.

"With cancer, people tend not to look for information until they need it. Awareness is particularly important among front-line health care workers and the general public," she explained.

Wall said the Reach to Recovery program matches women survivors of breast cancer to those recently diagnosed or undergoing treatment for one-on-one peer support. In addition, CancerConnection matches newly diagnosed cancer patients or their caregivers with a volunteer who has been through a similar experience, she said.

"[The program is] nationwide, so the pool of matches is much bigger. The long distance charges are all paid for by the society," Wall said.

For more information call the Canadian Cancer Society at 1-888-939-3333.

–Sarah Lasch



Dynamic dolls designated distinct


A couple of Western women have recently been dubbed distinct.

Five Western women are being honoured as Women of Distinction by the YMCA-YWCA of London, said Monica King, the YMCA-YWCA's director of planned and major giving.

Joan Smith, a 2001 Western graduate, is receiving the Community, Volunteerism and Humanity award for her long-standing work in London, King explained.

"[Smith] is a tremendous asset to all aspects of the London community," King added, noting she has been an active community member for more than 40 years.

Current honours business administration student Cindy Chan will receive the Young Woman of Distinction award. King said she earned the award through her academic achievements and extensive volunteer work.

The awards will be presented May 6 at the London Convention Centre.

–Sean Turnbull



Run, Forrest, run!


If you thought running sucked before, try running on ice.

Cortney Benedict and Sarah Moore, two Western health sciences students, are in the process of raising funds to travel to Rekjavik, Iceland with the Canadian Diabetes Association's Team Diabetes Canada this August to take part in a marathon funding diabetes research.

Several events have been planned for the next week to help reach their goal of $11,000 ($5,500 each). There will be a Yuk-Yuk's night Friday, Mar. 14, a squash tournament Sunday, Mar. 16, and a seminar at the Ceeps Tuesday, Mar. 18.

Other tentative events include a volleyball tournament, a fun run and a rollerskating night. Sign-up for the squash tournament is ongoing at Campus Recreation at $10 per participant.

Benedict added $14 advance tickets to the Yuk-Yuk's night and additional information available by calling 852-1314 or 872-5109, or via e-mail at cibenedi@uwo.ca or sjmoore@uwo.ca.

–Dan Perry

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