October 7 , 2003  
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Are you proud, but not so loud?
Closets are for clothes - or so says the University Students' Council and the Queer Western Organization, as yesterday's potluck dinner marked the beginning of Coming Out Week.

"The goals of the week are to promote equality and a queer-positive attitude on campus. We strive to make the week something that all students enjoy," said QWO president Catherine Clune-Taylor.

The week features events in the University Community Centre atrium, The Spoke and off-campus, Clune-Taylor added. Tonight's discussion forum, Coming Out Intellectually, led by Prof. James Miller in the USC Council Chambers on the third floor of the UCC at 7 p.m., will include information on Western's new minor in gender and sexuality program.

"[Coming Out Week] brings queer issues to the forefront. It's a week to bring attention [to issues] that surround sexuality and a step toward eliminating homophobia," Vaillancourt said.

"Residence life staff is also running programming this week in [residences]," Clune-Taylor added.

For more information, log on to the QWO Web site, at http://go.to/qwo.

- Dan Perry

Money used to look closer at things
On old-style Canadian bills, you can see the colours are made up of lots of tiny numbers; Robarts Research Institute, however, will make better use of their new found bling.

The first of five cheques rolled in to Robarts on Wed., Sep. 26 as part of a five-year, $150,000 gift from Scotiabank.

According to Stephen Ferguson, director of the cell biology group at Robarts, the gift will support research into heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and transplantation immunology, in addition to funding Robarts' state-of-the-art microscopy suite.

"The confocal microscope in the new microscopy suite uses lasers to scan the structures of a cell and look at florescent proteins in a cell," Ferguson said. "Confocal microscopy technology can be used to look at four colours at one time and it can also look at the interaction of two individual molecules in a small space."

"This funding will increase Robarts' ability to research the biology of cells," Ferguson added.

-Amanda Robinson

Just give me the light
London City Council has finally considered installing a set of traffic lights at the Cheapside St. and William St. intersection.

Over the last five years, the dangerous corner has seen more than 40 serious accidents, including two in the last month. It is believed drivers have recklessly used William St. as a shortcut to Huron St.

"This is an ongoing concern. There has always been a large number of motor vehicle collisions year after year. The main objective is to find some kind of solution that is best for the community," said Rob Alder, Ward 2 Councillor.

Several residents wanted a quick fix to the issue but only saw continuous city inaction. "People are frustrated with numerous accidents and are concerned with the safety of the children. One family from Cheapside actually re-located." Alder said.

A potential drawback to installing the light is traffic and speed will invariably increase, making it more of a hazard to drivers and pedestrians.

-Gabriella Barillari



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