November 26, 2003  
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Western students get money, Nazis still suck

What more does anyone need to become involved in extracurricular activities than money?

The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation recently issued its first National "In-Course" awards and 23 students at Western gained more fiscal security, according to CMSF press officer Sarah Louis-Jean. The award is aimed at students who were not recognized by a large financial merit scholarship and perhaps blossomed later in their university careers.

The award is given on the basis of community involvement, the ability to lead and motivate others, an interest in innovation and academic achievement, said a CMSF press release.

According to Louis-Jean, the selection board is looking for students who contributed a significant improvement to their community. She said 830 awards are available, starting from $4,000 for one year and ranging to a possible $10,000 for two years.

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-Carl David Onofrio

Sarnia may now be on the map

The Sarnia-Lambton region is set to house a new centre that will conduct research activity thanks to its friends at Western

The new subsidiary of Western's Research and Development Park will support the local economy of the city while providing growth opportunities for research and development groups, said Ker Ferguson, director of both parks.

"The deal is actually going to close [this] week," Ferguson said. "Over the ensuing six months we will be engaged in a strategic plan." The new centre will provide services and facilities that will be rented to groups or corporations that are just setting up their business, he said.

"We offer them a very inexpensive entry into the market," Ferguson said. "Part of our strategic plan is to grow our own larger tenants." Faculty and students will also benefit from the establishment of the Sarnia-Lambton location, he noted

The creation of an on site technology centre will allow faculty and students to interact with the various research projects. Undergraduate and graduate students will also be exposed to internships and employment opportunities, Ferguson added.

-Anton Vidgen

Writers and wine: a great combination

What do you get when you mix yummy Ontario wine with some of Canada's best writers?

On Friday, Nov. 28, the faculty of arts and the London branch of Alumni Western will be presenting "Writers and Wine," said Julie Plancke, alumni and development officer in the faculty of arts. "This event will feature our local writing talent, as well as some [of Western's] past writers in residence and our current writer in residence, George Bowring."

In addition to being this year's writer in residence, George Bowring is Canada's first poet laureate, Plancke said.

Along with giving people a chance to hear from these talented writers, the event will also allow people to sample the products of eight Ontario wineries, Plancke explained. The event will take place in Conron Hall in University College, from 4 to 6 p.m., she added.

Int'l day for the elimination of violence against women

Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

This day was established in 1999 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, said Anna Hendrikx, supervisor and services coordinator for the Sexual Assault Centre London.

"The purpose of the day is to create awareness of gender-based violence locally, nationally and internationally," Hendrikx said. The day also commemorates the state-ordered murder of the three Mirabal sisters, who were political activists in the Dominican Republic, she said.

This is an international example of gender-based violence, but it is not hard to find local examples as well, Hendrikx said. On Dec. 6, the SACL will commemorate, among other incidents, the 1989 massacre of 14 women in Montreal and the recent murder of Vanessa Bol in London, she said.

The SACL has also recently added Spanish language services. "The reason [for choosing to offer Spanish service] is two-fold; we have a lot of volunteers who are fluent in Spanish, and there is a high need for Spanish service in [London]. The Spanish community is the second largest immigrant community in London."

SACL can be contacted at 439-0844.

-Laura Katsirdakis



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