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Friday March 14, 2003
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WEEKEND EDITION
LAST UPDATED: Monday March 17, 2003 - 2:50 p.m.

London theatre sparked by renaissance

When Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip sang, "Bring on a brand new renaissance, 'cause I think I'm ready," he could have been talking about London's newly revitalized theatre scene.

With established companies like The Grand Theatre and the London Community Players, The Forest City has been home to a tradition of quality theatre for decades. However, in the past, these theatre companies often played it safe by staging dramas and musicals that had been performed many times before.



Darkness falls on the USC dental plan

Controversy continues to swirl around the dental plan referendum held last month during the University Students' Council presidential elections, causing some to question its validity.

At Wednesday night's council meeting, two motions were debated. The first involved suspending the USC's bylaws, which, according to USC legal affairs officer Anatoly Dvorkin, was necessary for council to debate the validity of the results.



Drinking at the periodicals

Western libraries have eased restrictions on drinking, but there's a chance the new policy isn't permanent.

On Feb. 10, D.B. Weldon Library initiated a trial policy which allows students to consume lidded beverages in the library. At the end of April the effectiveness of the policy will be evaluated.



New university's funding question

The opening of the new University of Ontario Institute of Technology in September has been a longtime coming – and not without criticism.

UOIT, located in Oshawa, will accept 700 to 1,000 first-year students this year, said Heather Middleton, UOIT's communications officer. The school will offer nine undergraduate programs and will expand these and add a graduate program over the next few years, she explained.

 


Quebec election a three-horse race

Election if necessary, but not necessarily an election.

March 12 marked an important date in the future of Canada's "distinct" province, as Premier Bernard Landry announced that Quebec would hold a provincial election on Apr. 14.

MORE NEWS HEADLINES:
> NEWS FOR DUMMIES: Don Johnson's alive?
> Gambling on boredom
> News Briefs

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

12 QUESTIONS with Snapcase

Vocalist Daryl Taberski of Buffalo's hard-core punk band Snapcase indulged The Gazette by answering 12 Quesitons.



MORE A&E HEADLINES:

>
Film Festival gears up for weekend run
> Why change names? Here's The Reason
> Yee-haw! Weekend round-up!
> RESTAURANT REVIEW: Papa's Pizza & Restaurant
> CD REVIEW: The Telepathic Butterflies
> CD REVIEW: Idlewild
> CHRW 94.7FM Top 30

SPORTS

Japanese wrestlers bring foreign flavour

Nine wrestlers and numerous coaches from Japan's Nodai University converged on Western's campus for two practices in Alumni Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday. The visit is part of an exchange co-ordinated by Mustangs coach Ray Takahashi and Nodai coach Yasumitsu Toba.

MORE SPORTS HEADLINES:
> A wily bunch of Nogoodnicks
> Purple Pipe: Moskal
> Leafs over the hill
> "Killer" arrives to save the day

CAMPUS & CULTURE

Out of bathroom stalls and into public debate

October 10, 539 BC: Celebration continues late into the night in the city of Babylon, while enemy forces camp outside. As King Belshazzar entertained followers, a disembodied hand scrawled cryptic writing on the wall; the kingdom was found wanting and Babylon would be taken by the Persians. The writing on the wall revealed the true state – and fate – of the Babylonian empire. Later that night Belshazzar was executed.

MORE C&C HEADLINES:
> On-campus intolerance: a Western tradition?

SMOKER OF THE WEEK

Some people’s obsessions go too far. We all liked the Austin Powers series, but third-year ACS student Kostas Foussious crossed the line when he shaved his head and turned his pick-up truck into a mobile Big Boy in an attempt to turn himself into a bastardized version of Dr. Evil. Of course, it wasn’t long before he realized to complete his plan he would need his own little Mini Me. Shortly before this picture was taking, Kostas was spotted kicking the shit out of some kid and stealing this bobblehead. Upon procuring the little doll, he declared with quasi-evil delight, “I shall call him Kinda Kostas.”

Smokin’ Stats:

Brand: Du Maurier Evil Lite
Friends: Just the Big Boy
Aspirations: World domination — or the chance to one day
master a bra strap.


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