November 14, 2003  
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AIDS awareness week

This week Student Health Services has teamed up with the Aids Committee of London and the Navigator Club to raise awareness and money for AIDS.

"We need to increase awareness about AIDS to university students because they feel they are invincible," said Jennifer Victor, University Students' Council health issues commissioner.

This week booths have been set up in the atrium of the University Community Centre by SHS, the Navigator Club and AIDS Committee of London in order to increase awareness by displaying statistics and the information on AIDS and also fundraising for AIDS research, Victor said.

Many events have also been organized as a part of the AIDS Awareness campaign such as speeches by individuals from the Aids Committee of London. On Nov. 17, the campaign will focus more on increasing awareness among first-year students by moving their displays to Saugeen-Maitland Hall between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., followed by a display on Tuesday at Medway Hall.

-Taha Suria

Freezing their buns off

A number of science and health sciences students decided to forgo their lovely warm beds for a frigid and windy evening spent on the Concrete Beach, with no one but the drunks from The Spoke to keep them company.

The event, organized by the health sciences charity commissioner, included science and health sciences students and raised money along with donations of perishable foods, said Jordan Gerster, one of the co-organizers of the event.

The group of brave science students huddled on the Concrete Beach from 6 p.m. on Nov. 12 until 6 a.m. the next day, she noted.

"At 6 a.m. I couldn't feel my legs, but it wasn't that bad," Gerster conceded, noting the fundraiser was for a worthy cause.

The participants of the fundraiser raised $700 for Mission Services London to benefit shelters for men, women, children and the mentally handicapped in the London area, she added.

-Marshall Bellamy

Stop the epidemic

The University Student's Council and the Office of Residence Education and Programs held the first hate crimes vigil yesterday at 6 p.m. in the University Community Centre atrium.

The UWO Dance Company opened the vigil by performing for the crowd. Representatives of the UWO Hate Crimes Vigil Committee as well as representatives of the City of London and Western's Student Development Centre offered a welcome to the crowd before a variety of speakers took the stage to talk about hate crimes.

"Hate and fear are taught in a thousand ways every day through subtle ways," said Jill Bracken, a Western student and an assistant programming co-ordinator with housing and ancillary services. "When we accept hatred in any form we accept it in all forms," she added.

"I don't want to explain to children why their mothers are raped or beaten or killed - safety should not have to be a luxury," said Karla Baker, co-ordinator of the Women's Issues Network.

-Laura Katsirdakis



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