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Thursday, March 13, 2003

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Low riding jeans and tube tops

Tired of last season's out of fashion wardrobe? Then give it all away to help out charity.

The University Students' Council will be having a clothing drive until Mar. 24 to help those in need in the London community, said Lil Chieh, VP-student affairs of the USC.

Students are being asked to bring in their old clean clothes, shoes, accessories and blankets to the USC Front in the University Community Centre, Chieh said.

"We aren't asking for a big donation, but if everyone brought a little then it will be a success," Chieh noted, adding donations will be given to the Unity Project, a homeless shelter in London.

–Marshall Bellamy



Parades are fun


Want to learn more about the diverse communities in London?

The 182nd annual Greek Independence Day parade will be held on Sunday, Mar. 23, said James Giannoulis, president of the Greek Community of London.

The parade will begin at 1114 Richmond St. near the Richmond Gates at 10:30 a.m. and will end at Victoria Park with the Laying of the Wreath ceremony, Giannoulis explained.

"The parade celebrates the freedom that was achieved and liberation of modern day Greece. It teaches the young that to achieve freedom a price was paid," he said.

Following the parade is a lunch at the Hellenic Community Centre, which will involve performances by volunteers from the community, he said.

–Swati Mehta



A Walk-a-Thon AND the chance to shop


Does the idea of running a marathon make you laugh? If so, here is the charity for you.

Meals on Wheels is hosting their sixth annual Walk-a-Thon on Mar. 30, said Tracy Wardle, executive director for Meals on Wheels, adding it will take place on an indoor route inside Westmount Mall.

"[It is] a family event, not a marathon or anything, just a good time [for people] who support seniors staying at home and living comfortably," Wardle said.

London's Meals on Wheels serves 800 clients and has over 400 volunteers, Wardle said. "We serve people over the age of 65 and any adult with a disability."

The Walk-a-Thon is expected to raise $5,000 to help seniors receive proper nutrition and reduce their isolation through social interaction, Wardle said.

–Emily Cameron



Invasion to start; exterminators called


Students beware: an invasion of prospective students is on the way.

On Saturday, Mar. 15, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Western will be holding its annual March Break Open House, said Lori Gribbon, manager of undergraduate admissions and liason services in the Registrar's Office. As many as 5,000 prospective students are expected to attend, along with their parents and other family members, she said.

"There will be special presentations on Western's professional programs [as well as] buses transporting the students around campus," Gribbon said. Campus tours, residence tours and University Community Centre tours will also be offered, she said.

In addition, faculty members will be available to answer any questions about academic programs, Gribbon explained.



Olsen twins worth twice the eggs

Twins and triplets be happy, you are now more special than ever.

The Canadian Institute of Health Research has given a $3.3 million grant to a team of Western researchers studying to improve infertility treatments.

Valter Feyles, the medical director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program at London Health Sciences Centre, said the main goal of the research is to understand which embryos are the most likely to result in pregnancy. This will reduce the current practice of implanting multiple embryos, thus reducing the number of multiple births that result, Feyles explained.

"There is a higher risk of complications for both mother and child," Feyles said, in regards to multiple pregnancies. The grant will be applied to research seeking to eliminate complications such as multiple births, he said.

In addition to reducing the chance of multiple births, the team also will study couples' attitudes toward infertility treatments and ethical issues.

–Laura Katsirdakis

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