Volume 96, Issue 89
Wednesday, March 19, 2003

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Writing a joy? Not in our books

Aspiring authors take note: Pierre Berton is coming to town.

As one of Canada's best-selling authors, an accomplished historian and an award-winning journalist, Pierre Berton's presentation is backed by years of practical experience, said Kristen Romme, publications and information resources officer for the faculty of information and media studies.

Berton will be reading from his newest book, The Joy of Writing, which essentially covers every aspect of non-fiction writing, Romme said.

A reception and book signing will follow the reading, she added.

The event will be held today in Conron Hall, Rm. 224 in University College at 4 p.m., Romme said, noting admission is free and is open to the public.

–Samantha Wright



Chocolate covered Bahama-mamas


Do you like taking vacations in the Bahamas? Do you like chocolate? If your answer is yes to one or both of these questions, read on.

All week long, Western's Save The Children, a division of the national non-profit organization, will be selling tickets for a raffle, said Krystal Vanclieaf, one of the club executives. The prize is a trip to the Bahamas, valued at $700, she added.

Save The Children is holding the raffle as part of the University Students' Council's Cultural Caravan because the club is multicultural in its focus, Vanclieaf said, adding tickets are $3 and will be on sale at the University Community Centre atrium.

The club conducts activities in an effort to raise funds which go to housing, food and supplies for children in Canada and around the world, Vanclieaf said.

The next event held by Save The Children will be a positive chocolate campaign, she added. "[The campaign is intended] to eliminate the use of child slaves in the cocoa industry," Vanclieaf said.

To learn all about positive chocolate, look for the Save The Children booth on Apr. 2, Globalization Day, in the UCC.

–Laura Katsirdakis



Bands battle for Wave title


Talented musicians will be battling it out to earn bragging rights when they "Rock the Campus" next Monday.

According to Jennifer Francis, first-year off campus representative and president of the Off-Campus Caucus at King's College, the group is hosting their first annual battle of the bands at The Wave.

"It's an opportunity to meet new people on campus, hear good talented bands and have a fun night," Francis said, noting the event will also be used as a vehicle to raise awareness about the OC Caucus at King's.

The event will take place on Mar. 24 at The Wave, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.. The event is wet/dry and tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door, she added.

For further information about the event, contact the King's OC Caucus at kingsbattleofthebands2003@hotmail.com.

–Kelly Marcella



Students talk about stuff, win big


There's no debating the performance of Western's masters of discussion, as their showing this past weekend was nothing short of stellar.

At the Canadian National Debating Championships, held at Dalhousie University, the University of Western Ontario Debating Society showed up with three teams and one judge ready to tackle some tough topics.

"We have been sending people to tournament after tournament in order to prepare for this event," said Beth Hopkins, a third-year arts student.

Carissa Whiteman, a third-year social science student, and Hopkins, teamed up to debate their way to a 24th place finish, considered very impressive among such tough competition, Hopkins said.

Michael Barg, a fourth-year social science student, and Carolyn Pierce, a first-year social science student, fell just behind Whiteman and Hopkins, placing 28th overall.

"[The National Championships] is the aim of the team all year," Hopkins explained, noting the team has been training for the competition since September.

"It's pretty prestigious to even be asked to represent Western," Hopkins said.

Western's individual speakers Adam Pounder and Michael Barg, placed 38th and 52nd, respectively. Hopkins placed fifth among individual speakers and eighth in the public speaking competition.

–Chris Webden

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