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.
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
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.
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
Western’s own VJ search,
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.