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Gollum, guitars and the meaning of life

"Finding God at the University: Faith, Science, Identity and Image" is the theme of the 2003 Veritas Forum, which began on Monday and runs until Nov. 7.

All events are open to students, said Michael Veenema of Western's Chaplain Services.

Veenema drew attention to two of the events surrounding The Lord of the Rings series; a lecture and discussion entitled The Spirituality of The Lord of the Rings takes place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Kingsmill Room at Huron University College and tomorrow, a discussion forum on "Good and Evil" in the film series hits the University Community Centre CentreSpot Lounge at noon.

The forum also includes a coffee house performance by classical guitarist Kevin Ramessar, a lecture by Elaine Storkey from Cambridge University on postmodernism and an exhibit at the McIntosh Gallery featuring James Tughan.

"The main purpose of the forum is to renew the friendship between the Christian faith and university life,? Veenema said. More information on times and locations can be found at Ontario, he added.

In the red? Aren't we all... come fix it!

If you want to stay out of debt, the University Students' Council, in conjunction with Western's Financial Aid department, wants to show you how.

Two sessions of The Ultimate UWO Financial Aid Presentation will be held today in the USC Council Chambers, Rm. 315 in the University Community Centre, the first from 1 to 2 p.m. and the second from to 2 to 3 p.m., according to USC VP-finance Rohan Belliappa.

"Topics to be covered [include] OSAP, paying for tuition, how to get financial aid money from the university and proven tips to save your money," Belliappa said, noting each session will also feature free food and a chance to win Western Film passes.

Belliappa added the sessions are part of the USC's financial awareness week, which has rotated through the three affiliate colleges already this week, before landing in the UCC today and Friday.

"The goals of the week are to tackle the big issues facing students in an environment of increasing tuition costs, managing their entertainment budgets and generally managing their money well," Belliappa said. "The USC is quite happy to be working with [Western's] financial aid department to meet this objective."

-Dan Perry


For generations, students have had to attempt to enjoy over-priced fast food, unfulfilling pitas, french fries that change every year, poor menu choices and cold, hard lunches dragged through rain, snow, sleet and hail.

Now students are graced with the blessed gift of microwaves to reheat students' souls and bring their spirits to a low delicious simmer, not to mention meals that were once frozen, frigid and forgotten, can now be warmed up like their little hearts.

"Hospitality Services will be installing two new microwaves in CentreSpot," declared University Students' Council President Paul Yeoman, adding the microwaves were dispensed to the hungry students on the request of the USC.

"[The students] made a request and Hospitality responded ? we?re very appreciate of Hospitality Services? dealings with this matter," Yeoman noted.

-Marshall Bellamy

Pronounce Bah???, win a prize

Choose your own adventure: if you are an idealist, then read on. If you are a cynic, flip to page 52 and get out of here.

To celebrate Unity in Diversity Week, the Wildlife Dance Theatre will be performing at Western to address social issues through the arts, said Justin Kianfar, president of the Association for Bah??? students. Bah??? promotes the belief humanity is a single people with a common destiny, Kianfar explained.

"The theatre performs with storytelling and interpretive dance," Kianfar said.

"The message they portray is one of equality between men and women [and different races]," he added. "The group is amazing in itself - it is made up of youth from all over the world and with all different backgrounds."

The performance will be held on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Conron Hall, Rm. 224 in University College. Admission is free.

The not-for-profit theatre group performs dance theatre and story-telling drama on issues such as drug abuse, gang violence and racism, Kianfar said.

-Anton Vidgen



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