October 22, 2003  
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Anti-violence talk

When an ex-pro football player speaks on violence in athletics and preventing male violence against women, you can expect people to listen.

Retiring from football in 1994, former NFL player Don McPherson has since gone on the speaking circuit, discussing his views on males and sexual violence, as well as the culture that breeds them, said Adrienne Kennedy, VP-campus issues of the University Students' Council.

"Violence in sports leads to everyday violence, specifically against women," Kennedy said. "I think it's important because violence in sports is not something that's always looked at."

McPherson will deliver a free lecture, entitled "Engaging Boys and Men in Violence Prevention", on Thu., Oct. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the McKellar Room in the University Community Centre.

"I'm very excited that he's taking the opportunity to speak at Western and it's a great opportunity for all students," Kennedy said.

AIESEC wants you to travel

Your ticket out of this insipid hell-hole is but an application away, thanks to the efforts of a world-wide student group.

The 30-year-old AIESEC organization facilitates international internships for students and recent graduates in 85 countries around the world, said Kyra Biederman, VP-corporate development of AIESEC Western.

"It gives [students] a chance to get some real work experience in a field of their choice, as well as live in a different culture," Biederman said.

This year Western is able to send five students out of the country to work in a different part of the world and in exchange, London will get five international students, Biederman explained. To qualify, interested students must submit an application to AIESEC.

"More students do it after their third or fourth year because then they have the skills employers want," Biederman added.

An information session will be held tomorrow from 5 to 6 p.m. in Rm. 2B02 of the Ivey Building.

Awards for everyone

Here's your chance to win something and look good in front of your friends.

As part of Western's 125th anniversary festivities, the University Students' Council is sponsoring an awards ceremony to recognize the outstanding contributions made by the Western community, said USC VP-student affairs Matt Huether.

"In conjunction with the opening of the Concrete Beach, we will hopefully give out 125 awards to 125 community builders here on campus," Huether said.

Professors, lecturers, undergraduate and graduate students, staff and alumni are all eligible to apply for an award, Huether said, adding anyone who has made a positive change to Western is encouraged to apply or nominate someone.

The ceremony will be held next Wed., Oct. 29, on the Concrete Beach starting at 10:30 a.m.. Western President Paul Davenport and USC President Paul Yeoman will be in attendance.

Applications are available online at www.usc.uwo.ca and are due tomorrow by noon.

-Anton Vidgen




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