Volume 96, Issue 82
Thursday, March 6, 2003

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News Briefs

Donate your food

The AIDS Committee of London needs an extraordinary response to an extraordinary problem.

"Recently we've had a real shortage in our food bank," said Chris McInnis, resource development worker for the AIDS Committee of London. A lot more clients are coming to the organization because of the harsh winter we are experiencing, he added.

Despite notable support from Western's University Students' Council, local high schools and churches, McInnis said their current situation is still a crisis.

"Our two areas of concern are prevention and support, which includes the infected and affected," McInnis said, but the immediate concern is the state of their Country Cupboard Food Bank.

The AIDS Committee of London needs canned and dry goods. These goods can be brought to #120 – 388 Dundas St., or you can arrange for pickup. Any questions can be directed to Sue Brooks or Chris McInnis at 434-1601.

Western women one step closer to domination

Female professors are on the increase at Western.

According to Michel Cote, a senior analyst at Statistics Canada, of the 1,405 professors at Western in 2001, 935 were male and 470 were female. This marks an increase in female professors since 1991, when there were 1,130 male professors and 320 female professors.

"The last decade has shown that previously male-dominated professions are becoming more common for women," Cote said. "There is a significant and interesting connection between the rise in occupations that require a university education and the rise in females crossing over to non-traditional employment.

"The demand for a university education has been on a steady rise," Cote said, adding since 1991, occupations requiring a university degree account for 46 per cent of employment growth in Canada.

There is a more distinct separation of gender in low-skill job areas, specifically those not requiring college or university experience, Cote added.

– Emily Cameron

Designing Women sucked, designing stuff doesn't

It's National Engineering Week and students from each of Western's engineering programs will participate in the annual Fourth-Year Design Competition.

"We've had the contest for over 10 years, but this year the focus has been placed on innovation," said professor Brian Thompson of the department of mechanical and material engineering.

The mechanical and materials engineering department is presenting their projects at the Integrated Manufacturing Technology Institute on Mar. 6, Thompson said. Projects to be presented include the conceptual design of a light armoured vehicle, a device to improve the treatment of prostate cancer and an improved process for recovering recycled plastic, Thompson added.

The chemical and biochemical department will present in the Engineering Building on Mar. 6, and on Mar. 7, the electrical, computer and software engineering department will also present in the Engineering Building, Thompson explained.

The competition finals will be held on Mar. 20.

Raising awareness: epilepsy and seizures

March is Epilepsy Awareness Month and the London Epilepsy Support Centre is hosting an open house called "Opening Doors, Opening Minds" at the London Health Science Centre to raise awareness about the disorder.

"[Epilepsy] is a neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people," said Barbara Doddy, the public relations co-ordinator at the centre. Seizures are caused by sudden bursts of electrical energy in the brain, and anybody who suffers two or more seizures has epilepsy or a "seizure disorder."

The presentations will take place on Saturday, Mar. 22 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in auditorium A of the LHSC.

"We have lots of university students working for us [as volunteers], but we always need more," Doddy said.

The organization needs volunteers to assist in the education department and any puppeteers to assist in presentations to youths, she added, noting anyone interested can contact the Epilepsy Support Centre at 433-4073.

–Shawn MacPherson


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