It has become the new measurement of time - "pre-"
and "post-" 9/11.
It can be said that on this second anniversary of the tragedy,
one of the many things noticeably changed by 9/11 is television,
said Laurie Harnick, an expert on television in times of catastrophe
and an instructor in the departments of English and Information
and Media Studies.
"Right after 9/11 [there was a] real
upsurge in comfort television," Harnick explained, adding
decorating and cooking shows, such as Home and Garden Television,
scored much bigger ratings. "The top shows are those that
focus on family, like Everybody Loves Raymond," she said.
According to Harnick, 9/11 also changed the
face of news. "The idea for 24 hour news channels is recent,"
she said. "After 9/11, [news became] seven days a week,
24 hours a day." Harnick said she also expects more mention
of 9/11 in the future, but there has to be a "sense of
timing, holding back until a recovery has taken place."
- Allison Buchan-Terrell
Chase away the homesick blues
On Fri., Sep. 12, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association
is having a gathering in Rm. 2025 of the Social Science Centre.
"[It is] a Chinese traditional festival for people who
go away from their homeland," said Cici Yi, co-president
of the CSSA.
"On this day the moon is very round
and this symbolizes that the family should be together,"
Yi said, adding every family would typically gather together
to celebrate. At the festival a traditional food called 'mooncakes'
will be served and a movie will be shown after, she said.
"Most Chinese students are international students,"
Yi explained. "This meeting is before clubs week so there
will be an introduction to the club for new students,"
she said, adding the CSSA is always looking for new members.
The gathering will take place at 6 p.m. and
the CSSA expects around 600 people to be in attendance, Yi said.
New Native course to be offered to
For the first time ever in Western's 125 year history the campus
will witness an introductory course in First Nation's Studies.
Beginning in September 2004 the faculty of
social science will offer a broad first-year course on Native
culture. "The 020 course will be similar to administrative
and commercial studies, as it will be run out of the Dean's
office," said Vivian Peters of Western's First Nations
"It will cover the foundations of Native
culture, such as its law, environment, history, storytelling
and arts. It will aim to create an awareness about the impact
Native peoples have and continue to have on every aspect of
what is now Canada," she said.
The formal First Nations celebration will
begin at noon on Sat., Sep. 13 at Alumni Hall with a traditional
grand entry and continue with dancing, singing and oratory.
"There will be a speech from Marie Deleary, one of the
most gifted First Nations orators, as well as a formal presentation
to Paul Davenport," stated Peters. "We are really
hoping non-Native students will join us in creating understanding
about the native peoples impact on Canada," she added.
- Maciek Piekosz
New director for new students
Western's Centre for New Students, always a welcoming place,
has one new face as of last week.
Director Kathleen D. Kevany's appointment
was effective Sep. 2, 2003.
Kevany, whose credentials include a Master's
Degree in Education, recently returned from Tokyo where she
was working at the United Nations University as a post-doctoral
"I'm excited [about the appointment]
because of her interest in international development,"
said Western's Vice-Provost and Registrar Roma Harris. "Through
her work Kevany will create exciting new opportunities for students
seeking an undergraduate education," Harris added.
The former director of the Centre, Debra
Dawson, will now act as the Director of Western's Educational