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NEWS

Western prof gets money, chair
Everybody wants to make a buck, but instead of dealing crack or selling your roommate to pirates, just start doing some cancer research.

Ann Chambers, senior scientist at the London Regional Cancer Centre and professor with the department of oncology, was awarded a Canada Research Chair.

"This year Western got one award and it was me," Chambers said, adding the $1.4 million award will be spread out over seven years.

According to Chambers, the money will be used to support her research into metassis, which is the process where cancer spreads to a neighbouring organ - a process that tends to kill more people than the primary organ.

"I think it's a fantastic program," Chambers said, pointing out the Canada Research Chairs have done a great deal to improve research infrastructure in the country. "Interestingly, I'm an American and I'm staying here - it's a kind of reverse brain drain."

-Marshall Bellamy

Poor kids want you to trick or treat for them
Looking for a way to take the gluttony and corruption out of trick or treating this Halloween? Take a UNICEF donation box with you and help millions of children around the world.

"[UNICEF] provides support to children in 158 countries worldwide, providing clean water, sanitization, basic health care and basic education," said Marg Noble, co-ordinator of UNICEF London's Trick or Treat campaign.

For 48 years, UNICEF Canada's Trick or Treat campaign has raised money for children in developing countries around the world. The money put into the little orange boxes provides necessities to Third World children.

"[The program] is a direct way for Canadian children to help less fortunate children around the world," Noble said.

On Oct. 30 and 31, UNICEF at Western will be selling pumpkins and candies and accepting donations in the University Community Centre atrium and on the Social Science Centre's main floor, said Eneda Pone, president of Western's UNICEF Campus Ambassadors program.

-Sarvenaz Kermanshahi

Be a WINner and catch awareness week
"Vaginas are cool!" is but one of the educational opportunities available from the Women Issues Network Week, which runs from today through Thursday in the University Community Centre atrium.

Today, women's health takes precedence, as booklets, breast cancer information and free vagina cake will be available, before a 5 p.m. workshop on making reusable pads, said Karla Baker, WIN co-ordinator.

Wednesday, the focus shifts to national and international women's issues, featuring information on women in Mexico and Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Shirin Ebadi, she explained.

Thursday will highlight "the real meaning of Halloween," with a screening of witch movies in Rm. 258 of the UCC along with a witch and warlock costume contest and a presentation entitled Real Horrors Throughout History, Baker said.

"The overall goal is to raise awareness of women's issues around campus," she added.

More information on WIN week can be found at www.usc.uwo.ca/win.

-Dan Perry

The Wright way to use a music degree?
A song and dance concert to celebrate Western alumnus and famed Canadian musician Don Wright is coming to campus this week.

"It's a wonderful opportunity to appreciate what this 95-year-old individual has done," said Lynn Davis-Campbell, the concert's co-ordinator. "He has had an impact that is still being felt in schools today."

In conjunction with the university's 125th anniversary, the Amabile Choirs and Orchestra London will be featuring Wright's music from the '40s and '50s, as well as more recent jingles featured in television commercials, Davis-Campbell said. "We are asking people to come dressed in their '40s [and] '50s outfits," she added.

"It's a great tribute to him," Davis-Campbell said. "Don [Wright] has certainly done a lot for the university."

The concert, entitled The Wright Stuff, will be held on Sat., Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Almuni Hall and ticket prices are $15 for students, $20 for seniors and $25 for adults.

Tickets are available at Centennial Hall or at the Orchestra London box office. For more information, call 641-6795.

-Anton Vidgen

 

 

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