September 11, 2003  
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9/11 commentary
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.

-Shawn MacPherson

New Native course to be offered to Western
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 Services.

"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 researcher.

"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 Development Office.

-Julie Meehan



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