September 18, 2003  
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W-Boys & Girls getting nakeder?
Western's boys and girls will get a chance to bare it all again - well, most of it, anyway.

The outlet for their impending fame is this year's "W-Girls" and "W-Boys" calendar. It was started by former Ivey student Lucas Atkins two years ago. He made $40,000 and donated proceeds to the Sep. 11 firefighters. The following year sales dropped to $5,000 because the calendar was not as artistic or sexy, said Daniel Sorger, lead organizer of the calendar sales.

"This year's calendar will be much sexier while maintaining [its] integrity," Sorger said, adding all models will be Western students. Out of the list of potential models, "thirty to forty [models will be selected] to an afternoon at [Club] Phoenix for drinks and formal evaluation," Sorger explained.

All proceeds this year will go to the Canadian AIDS Society.

A sign-up sheet can be found at the Cottage Tanning Co. Salon on the lower level of the University Community Centre.

-Dan Dedic

Western gets adrenal rush
Forced kidney transplants in ice-filled bathtubs may soon be unnecessary, thanks to provincial grant money.

Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has made the London Health Sciences Centre the second site in Ontario for kidney-pancreas transplants. A grant of $595,200 will be used to support eight kidney-pancreas transplants over the next year.

"Kidney-pancreas transplants will add another dimension to LHSC's Multi-Organ Transplant Program and complement our well-recognized research in transplantation," said LHSC President Tony Dagnone in a statement.

"This announcement is wonderful news for patients with diabetes and kidney failure," said William Wall, director of LHSC's Multi-Organ Transplant Program. "The transplant team looks forward to making a huge difference in the lives of these patients," he remarked in a statement.

Last year 45 kidney-pancreas transplants were performed in Canada. The transplants correct kidney failure and end diabetes - and that's no urban legend.

-Jamie Kupka

The Rhodes to Oxford
Do you shine, exemplify leadership and stand above the rest? You may have what it takes to be the next Rhodes Scholar.

Eleven Rhodes Scholarships are currently available to Canadian male and female students who have received an undergraduate degree and are interested in continuing their studies at Oxford University in England. The award includes both university fees and living expenses.

According to B. D. Jameson from the Office of the President, Western students are looking at good odds. Three Western students have been awarded this scholarship in the last seven years, he said.

"The primary thing that they're looking for is academic achievement, but also a broad background in volunteer service, student government and community services - particularly with regard to leadership skills," Jameson said. "Interviews begin early in November [and] the first cut is made around then."

For more information or to pick up an application, visit the Office of the President in the Stevenson-Lawson building. Completed forms should be returned to Jameson by Oct. 14.

-Esther Dudas

You know what they say about Ivey girls...
Canada's 100 most powerful women have been given a chance to shine.

Western's Richard Ivey School of Business and the Women's Executive Network have selected the 100 most highly accomplished Canadian women as recipients of an award.

The winners will be announced at Canada's Most Powerful Women Summit on Nov. 28 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. The final list was whittled down from 162 nominees who were selected from four categories: corporate executives, entrepreneurs, public sector leaders and trailblazers.

According to Ivey's director of public affairs, Maura Paré, the importance of these awards is to recognize women who have reached success not only at a corporate level, but also based on community involvement.

Since the awards are reserved for women from the public and social sector, trailblazing students are not eligible, Paré said, but added they are encouraged to attend the event to see the endless possibilities for accomplishment in the business world.

-Magdalena Lewandowska



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