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Council of Canadians: what now?

The London chapter of the Council of Canadians wants you, the Western student, to hang out with them.

"We're inviting UWO students to a talk by Murry Dobbin, the author of The Myth of the Corporate Citizen, and the soon to be published Paul Martin: CEO of Canada?" said Bev Wagar, media representative for the London chapter of the Council.

"This will be a free public event," Wagar said. "The main focus [of the talk] will be the Paul Martin book and also the previous book."

"It is sure to be a very interesting talk," she noted.

The event will take place on Tues., Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Central Public Library at 251 Dundas St., in the Stevenson Hunt room. For further information, the event contact is John Pope, who can be reached at 672-6675.

-Laura Katsirdakis

Vagina, mono, logs: poorly placed commas

Western's vaginas are coming.

Several events supporting the efforts of V-Day, an international organization dedicated to preventing violence against women, are planned in the lead up to the February presentation of the Vagina Monologues, said head of publicity Ellen White, adding the first one will hit The Spoke this Saturday.

That Takes Ovaries is an open mic night scheduled for Nov. 15, beginning at 7 p.m. and any talent big or small is welcome, White said, adding admission is free.

The Vagina Dance-a-thon is scheduled for Sun., Nov. 30 at The Ceeps and starts at 8 p.m. All are welcome to participate and the event is a fund-raiser for V-Day. Pledge forms are available from the e-mail below.

"From every student-run production of the Vagina Monologues, a portion of the funds goes to V-Day; the remainder of the proceeds are sent to local women's shelters," White explained.

A silent auction will raise funds just in time for the holidays, running from Dec. 1 to 3 in the University Community Centre atrium, White added. She added more information on V-Day can be found at and for any additional information on the events, students are encouraged to e-mail

Ukrainian genocide: 70 years ago

After Remembrance Day and Kristallnacht, there is yet another tragic anniversary to mark this week.

Today, a joint venture between the Western Ukrainian Students' Association and other interested students to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's intentional famine in the Ukraine will take over the University Community Centre atrium.

"There will be a table with a display; a memorial commemorating this event between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.. If you're interested, you can pick up handouts and pamphlets so you can do more research," said third-year political science student Marianna Boukailo, one of the event's organizers.

Boukailo added the documentary Harvest of Despair will be showing at 7 p.m. tonight in the Social Science Centre teacher's lounge and admission will be free.

"[The genocide] hasn't been very well-known, but there have been a number of original documents uncovered in the last 10 years. It's estimated between seven and eight million people were killed. The documents are still coming out of the old Soviet Union," she said. "It was intentional to force collectivization, one of Stalin's economic plans."

Western, Auto21 put motorheads together

Road rage is sure to plummet.

The Auto21 Network of Centres of Excellence, which supports applied research in partnership with the automotive industry at 33 universities across Canada, including Western, are teaming up, according to Paul Frise, CEO and Program Leader at Auto21.

Jan Miller Polgar, an associate professor in Western's school of occupational therapy, will be in charge of one of the program's two key research components, for which her multi-disciplinary team composed of faculty from six universities which were awarded $338,000.

"We are looking at vehicle design and ways that vehicles can be designed to make it easier for students to be drivers and passengers," Polgar said, noting the program's other component, driver retraining programs like 55 Alive, will be headed by Michel Bedard of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.

"This is one of 35 research projects we have underway," Frise added. "It's really to address the issues surrounding seniors and cars."

-Dan Perry



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