October 3, 2003  
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Richard Simmons, eat your heart out

Still working through your Hits of the Sixties album?

For a more informative glimpse of the music industry during the 1960s, the London Branch of Alumni Western is presenting, Sounds of the Sixties, a follow up to the success of last year's "Psychology of the Beatles." The event takes place Sat., Oct. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Talbot Theatre.

Alumni Development officer Natalie Devereux said the evening is expected to be a "combination of informative talks and musical performances."

Devereux confirmed speakers will include documentary filmmaker and Mario Circelli, general manager of CHRW and Dave Clarke, columnist for Scene Magazine. Following the speakers will be performances by Juno nominees Sonja Gustafson and Stephen Holowitz as well as Oliver Whitehead, professor of modern languages at King's University College, she added.

Tickets to the event are $10 and all proceeds are going to the Alumni Western London Branch Scholarship Fund. For more information or tickets call 850-2955 or e-mail alumnirsvp@uwo.ca

-Katy James

This will not be broadcast by video phone

An author and professor of communications from Calvin College in Michigan will be at Western on Oct. 7 for open discussions of two issues surrounding politics and the media.

"We're bringing Mark Fackler, who's working on a book [about] how it is that media can encourage democratic conversation when, in the world of realpolitik, violence often erupts," said Michael Veenema, Western's Christian Reformed chaplain, whose campus ministry, in conjunction with the University Students' Council, is co-presenting Fackler's talks.

According to Veenema, Fackler will deliver a mini-lecture of approximately 30 minutes, then open the floor to discussion. "He's looking for critical feedback," Veenema added.

The first of Tuesday's talks, Media Whitewash, is at 3 p.m. in the McKellar Room of the University Community Centre and regards the media coverage of the war in Iraq. Then, at 7 p.m., Fackler will discuss the potential benefits of public media in Africa in the Great Hall at Huron University College.

The best part? Admission to both talks is free.

- Dan Perry

Without skills, BAs just BS

In Sep. 2004, the Western Centre for Continuing Education will launch a new program which offers a diploma in arts management.

"This program will develop skills that students normally would not get within the bachelor of arts degree," explained Sharon Collins, director of continuing studies.

"It focuses on management, fundraising, strategic planning and human resources skills," Collins said, adding in order to create an experience which meets the needs of the art community, organizations such as the Stratford Festival, Orchestra London, The Grand Theatre and Museum London were consulted during the program's development. "[This promises to be] a very exciting program - it will provide valuable work experience."

The deadline for applications is Mar. 1, 2004 and there will be a diploma information night Nov. 13 at Galleria Mall. This information can also be obtained on the Web site at www.uwo.ca/cstudies.

-Jeremy McDonald

Egghead kudos

If you ever wanted your nose to be more brown or your lips affixed to someone's backside, nominate your professor for a teaching award.

Until Oct. 31, any student can nominate their full year or first term professor for one of the University Students' Council's coveted teaching awards, said USC Teaching Awards commissioner Mitchell Fong.

"Many great professors are not recognized for their amazing teaching," Fong said. "Nominating a professor for a teaching award allows others to see what great teaching is truly like," he added.

"It allows the public to recognize the great work of professors that are eloquent and informative teachers," Fong said.

Once a professor is nominated, the teaching awards committee will review the applications and attend one of the professor's classes, Fong said. "I am looking forward to learning, listening [and] evaluating professors throughout the school year," he added. "Amazing professors are the greatest part of [the] academic institution here at Western."

Interested students can download applications at www.usc.uwo.ca

-Anton Vidgen

 

 

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