October 15 , 2003  
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Who wants to buy other people’s junk?
Have you been looking for a musty couch to match your starving student decor? Or maybe you need to dump stuff in favour of extra cash?

This is your big chance. The Off-Campus Don program is holding a garage sale to raise money for Big Sisters.

The OC Dons are looking for donations like clothes, household items, electronics and all the kitchy crap you can get rid of. If it’s porcelain Betty Boop salt and pepper shakers you seek, definitely check this garage sale out.

Martin Valvano, student co-ordinator of the OC Don program, chose to rearrange the words of Brad Nowell from Sublime, saying “Take a small example, here’s a tip from me, buy all of our junk and give to charity.”

The OC Dons are hoping to donate proceeds made from the garage sale to Big Sisters. Their goal is to raise $400.

The garage sale will be held on Sat., Oct. 18 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. All donations should be dropped off Fri., Oct. 17 at the OC Don office, Rm. 65F of the Stevenson Lawson Building, by 4 p.m. If you can’t drag your junk there, drop it off the day of the sale.

—Allison Buchan-Terrell

Mad cash for cool studies
Western researchers have done it again.

Over $2.3 million has been awarded to two Western researchers for collaborative health research through the new team grant program of the Canadian Institute of Health Research.

Marilyn Ford-Gilboe and Lynne Weaver, who are each pursuing different studies, have received $1,333,790 and $981,100 respectively.

Ford-Gilboe, who is a nursing professor at Western, will be looking at the long-term health impact on women after leaving abusive relationships. “[The grant] provides both money to support specific projects over [the next] five years and money to train graduate students and new investigators in this type of research, as well as provide support for them,” Ford-Gilboe said.

Ford-Gilboe also commented on the grant’s significance, adding the projects have national representation. Her team, which is based at Western, also has researchers in British Columbia and New Brunswick.

—Eric Johanssen

Daddy school
Is your dad’s parenting performance sub-par?

Neil Campbell, assistant professor in the departments of family medicine and psychiatry, has written a book entitled “Dads Under Construction” to help fathers and people who work with fathers look at the role they play in their childrens’ lives.

“The word father is not a noun, but rather a verb that describes an ever-evolving activity,” Campbell said. “The book’s prime focus is how to enhance responsible involvement; to encourage fathers to be there and be involved as best they can,” he added.

“The book is a cross-over of my personal experience as a father of two daughters and my work with over 1300 fathers. It was written in response to demand for material on fathering given from a Canadian, male perspective,” Campbell explained.

Campbell is also founder and executive director of Dads Can, a London-based organization that helps fathers “construct” their parenting skills. For more information on this topic visit www.dadscan.ca.

—Sarvenaz Kermanshahi

Western’s own VJ search, kinda
On Jul. 1, 2004, Western will need a new Chancellor to succeed Eleanor Clitheroe, whose term ends in June. Nominations are being accepted by the Electoral Board for Chancellor and can be submitted until Nov. 3.

“The role of Chancellor is very important — the Chancellor presides over convocation, awards degrees, is an advocate for higher education and a champion for the work of Western,” said Ted Garrard, Western’s VP-external.

“[He or she] should have significant national or international stature, serve as a good representative and be someone who people would support and understand,” Garrard explained, adding as far as eligibility goes “the UWO Act provides that anybody could be considered, except for someone who is on the Board of Directors for another university or currently a student at any university. It is wide open, as long as there is no affiliation with another university.”

Nominations, including biographical information, can be given to the University Secretariat at the Stevenson Lawson Building.

—Karla Courtney

 

 

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