November 11, 2003  
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Prof. Vance says remember to remember

Jonathan Vance, associate professor of history at Western, is currently researching connections between conflict, national identity and culture. Vance is interested in the history of Remembrance Day and changes in ideas of nationalism and war over time.

“[Remembrance Day] should be used as a way to focus on individuals who have lost their lives in wars, rather than as a day to protest war,” Vance said. He feels attitudes toward Remembrance Day have steadily become more positive in recent years.

“Remembrance Day has brought about real changes in the past 10 to 15 years. It used to be frowned upon from an early militaristic age that was coloured by Vietnam,” Vance said.

According to Vance, recent societal interest in Canadian history and development has brought about a more positive image of Remembrance Day, pointing to the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion in 1994 that gave military recognition a positive profile.

There will be Remembrance Day ceremonies taking place today in the University Community Centre atrium at 11 a.m..

—Maureen Finn

Frat boys to flash for cash: oglers welcome

Like to gawk at hot boys? Do it for charity!

On Wed., Nov. 12 at 8 p.m., the Alpha Phi foundation will be holding its annual Mr. Greek contest at The Drink, said Katie Stewart, vice-president of marketing for Alpha Phi. The event is organized within Western’s fraternities and sororities, but is open to anyone who wants to attend.

“All the frats will be [providing] one member as a contestant and the six presidents of the sororities will act as judges,” Stewart said. The frat boys will strut their stuff in formal wear, a talent competition, a question and answer period and even a partial strip show, she explained. “It’s a beauty pageant for the boys.”

The event will raise money for cardiac care for women, Stewart said. Tickets will be $5 in advance or $10 at the door.

“There will be a party afterwards at The Drink,” Stewart said, noting cardiac care is very important to Alpha Phi because cardiac ailments are one of the number one killers among Canadian women.

—Laura Katsirdakis

Good-bye post-partum pounds!

Researchers at Western have received a grant for a program aimed at helping pregnant women reduce their risk of developing gestational diabetes.

“We are looking at the impact of nutrition and exercise on preventing excessive weight gain and gestational diabetes in pregnant Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women,” said Michelle Mottola, director of Western’s R. Samuel McLaughlin Exercise and Pregnancy lab.

“[Aboriginal women] have a high prevalence of diabetes in their population and are put at greater risk for developing diabetes during pregnancy,” she said, adding this is why they have been targeted for the study.

“A long term goal of the Nutrition and Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program is to provide the Aboriginal community with information for their pregnant women,” Mottola explained.

The study is in its initial stages and needs more subjects, she said. “We are interested in speaking to any pregnant woman that would like to participate.”

For more information on NELIP, call 661-2111, ext. 88366.

Copy centre relocates — lazy kids to fail

Making photocopies could now mean an extra five minutes of walking. To the dismay of lazy students, the Social Sciences Copy Centre and Graphic Services Administration & Design has relocated to the Central Food Commissary Building.

“The university asked us to relocate to make space for the department of administrative and commercial studies, which has undergone a major expansion,” said Bruce Maslen, assistant director of graphic services.

“We are trying to minimize the disruption to our customers as a result of the relocation,” Maslen said. “Everything seems to be going according to plan. We anticipate to be fully functional in the new facility as of early [this] week.”

According to Maslen, the new Copy Centre will continue to provide the same services, but in a more spacious locale.

—Sarvenaz Kermanshahi



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