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Investing in education

Who doesn't like movies?
Communists, that's who.
For everyone else, especially students in Western's film studies program, it's time to pull out the popcorn and let one's ass grow wide as a donation to the program has established one of the finest film libraries in Canada at Western.

Warner Home Video has donated two copies of each DVD and VHS in its back collection to the film studies program and will also provide Western with two copies of each new release over the next three years.

"This gift will give students in both introductory classes and at the senior level more of a range of films to view and study," said professor Chris Gittings, chair of the film studies program.

In addition, Gittings said the expanded library selection will allow groups such as the Western Undergraduate Film Society to show a greater variety of movies at public screenings.

So whether you're a film major or just someone who hates going to a movie in public without a date, it's time to revel in fine WB films, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie.

-Chris Sinal

Love your latté, love your mother
Where else can you find cappuccino and windmills under one roof?

Economics professor John Palmer is sharing his passion for Freudian-inspired art with the London community.

"Consisting entirely of photography, [Palmer's] new show features pictures of silos and windmills with titles including 'Deflated Ego', 'Obsessive Compulsive' and 'Prominent Dominant'," Palmer said. "The photos are all of rural scenes, most of them taken in the Huron and Lampton counties," he added.

According to Palmer, he has been in more than 30 shows in the past five years, with future plans involving a large show in May.

"The show, Sigmund Visits the Farm, is running throughout the month of September until the 30th in the mini art gallery in the Starbucks lounge at Chapters near Masonville place," Palmer said.

"There was deep-seeded Freudian material, possibly with a hidden meaning," Palmer explained, adding he was unsure of the true inspiration for the show

-Kaitlyn S. Coholan

Western gets new talking head
Western's administration has appointed a new associate VP-research and international relations to implement the university's new Strategic Plan for Internationalization.

Ted Hewitt, former associate VP-research, has added international relations to his title and has been assigned the task of "improving and enhancing Western's international profile."

"[The new position] demonstrates the university's commitment to put Western on the forefront of research and [international] partnerships," Hewitt said. He explained the new position will serve as a conduit connecting Western to the international academic community, forging new partnerships in research, shifting to a more international context for research and impressing Western's ideas upon the world.

The aim of this initiative, Hewitt said, is to let other institutions around the world know what Western is up to.

-Ben Fine

Who's your mummy?
A move by anthropology professor Andrew Nelson has resulted in the creation of a new inter-disciplinary course at Western with a component of the course devoted to studying a recently acquired mummy, Lady Hudson.

"[Lady Hudson is] dated to roughly 1,900 years ago," said Ian Colquhoun, a professor in the department of anthropology and course coordinator for the new program.

The mummy came from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board after receiving it as a donation from a private collector, Colquhoun explained. The intent of the course is to pursue bio-archeology - to construct what the life of an individual in ancient Egypt would be and what she was like in life, he said.

Colquhoun described the course as multi-layered, featuring lecturers from the orthodontics department, pathological and even Egyptologists.

The course runs on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Sep. 9 to Dec. 2.

-Allison Buchan-Terrell



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