October 23 , 2003  
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Frat guys not just about beer
You may have noticed three frat guys sitting in rocking chairs outside the University Community Centre yesterday and today, but please do not be alarmed - they are not lost or hung over.

They are participating in Alpha Epsilon Pi's annual "Rock for Research" to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society with 100 per cent of the money raised going directly to the cancer cause.

"We've been doing this for a number of years. We're all very privileged, so it's important to give back to the community. The Canadian Cancer Society is obviously a good cause," explained Jeff Mosko, member and philanthropy chair of the fraternity. "Last year we raised over $8,000 and this year we are looking at over $10,000," he added.

The men in chairs will be sitting outside the UCC for 36 hours straight to collect funds and promote awareness, Mosko said, adding friends bring them food and briefly relieve them of their duties should nature call.

"We feel honoured to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause. It's a big commitment for these guys - they have to miss classes and its going to be cold tonight," Mosko said.

-Karla Courtney

Have fun flushing your toilet
Here's another reason to sleep in this Sunday. Your morning shower may not be as satisfying as usual as water will be in high demand but in low supply.

A routine maintenance procedure may cause a slight drop in water pressure this Sunday, said Charles Murray, the division manager of water and sewer operations for the City of London.

"The Arva pumping station where most of London gets its water from will be shutting down for three hours to check its electric transformers," Murray explained. Water will be supplied from Elgin county for the duration of the shut down of the city's nearby pumping station, he said.

"People might notice just a slight pressure drop, they may not even notice it at all," Murray said.

Only the north end of London will be affected by this routine maintenance leaving the rest of the city unaffected, Murray said.

Spread the life
The King's College Students' Council is starting a brand new trend in Canadian universities.

This Fri., Oct. 24, the KCSC will hold a relay for life to raise money for cancer research, said Alissa Cassity, co-ordinator of public relations for the KCSC.

"This will be the first relay for life held by a Canadian university," Cassity said, adding since they started planning the event, other universities such as Wilfrid Laurier and Windsor have decided to hold similar relays.

The relay will take place from 7 p.m. Friday night until 7 a.m. the next morning, Cassity explained. Participants in groups of 10 will continue walking around a track, relaying between each other so someone from each group is on the track at all times, she added. "The first lap of the night will be done by cancer survivors, [this is meant] to celebrate the fact that money was raised beforehand and they were saved.

"We've been working on this event since this time last year," Cassity said, adding relayers will be helped in their lifesaving efforts by bands and DJs all night long.

-Laura Katsirdakis

Everybody likes vaginas
For those who enjoy playing vaginas, although not playing with vaginas, you can now audition to pretend to be one in a play about vaginas.

Auditions for The Vagina Monologues are beginning Nov. 2 to 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the office for the Women's Issues Network, Rm. 258 in the University Community Centre, said Kelly Wilson, producer of the play. Wilson noted the play is tentatively set for Feb. 14 and 15.

"It's just a drop-in thing and you can pick up audition scripts at the WIN office," Wilson said.

The auditions last year brought out approximately 75 people, Wilson said, adding she is optimistic the same amount will be coming out this year.

"Only females can audition, but guys are welcome to help out with the show," Wilson noted.

Students interested can e-mail Wilson at western.vm@hotmail.com for further information on the auditions.

-Marshall Bellamy




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