Think you're smart? Vote!
Election day is Oct. 2 and the University Students' Council's
SmartVote campaign is in full swing.
The leadership debate will be broadcast tonight at The Wave
in the University Community Centre at 6:30 p.m., followed by
a word from The Gazette's very own Marshall Bellamy and CHRW
FM 94.7's Grant Stein.
"SmartVote is geared towards promoting provincial elections
to post-secondary students. We are going around residences and
handing out flyers in the UCC," said Dave Ford, USC VP-education,
who is running the SmartVote campaign this year.
Tomorrow, an all-candidates forum will be held at 4 p.m. in
the McKellar Room in the UCC. "[The USC is] hoping people
will ask questions related to post-secondary education,"
Ford said, adding the forum will give each candidate a five-minute
introduction before the floor is opened to student questions.
For information on the campaign, visit SmartVote online at
Medical students to get dirty in wine
Western medical students, environmental science students and
students from the Veterinary College at the University of Guelph
will be heading out to Vineland this weekend to discuss dirt,
germs and other hot topics in ecosystem health.
"The group will be given the opportunity to look at issues
in disease management, human and wildlife health, as well as
environmental policy issues," said Jennifer Hounsell, administrative
coordinator for the Western Ecosystem Health Program. "Other
topics that will be explored include new diseases such as West
Nile, SARS and their relationship with the environment.
"The purpose of the retreat is to form a dialogue between
students of different disciplines. We would like the students
to look beyond the scope of their field and to see the benefits
of working with other professions," Hounsell said.
Hounsell also stated the retreat is part of a project that
includes an online case study open to students from different
universities and fields of study.
Health fair coming: beer goggles included
Ever had anyone tell you to get behind the wheel after a few
The 3rd Annual Residence Health Fair boasts many activities
and interactive games meant to educate students on health and
safety issues, including "In the Driver's Seat," where
impaired goggles are used to simulate the dangers of driving
under the influence.
Sponsors like The Campus Bookstore, Campus Coolers and Housing
and Ancillary Services will provide free food and prizes. There
will also be a raffle for two mini-fridges.
"It's all about having fun and learning at the same time,"
said Robert Gough, assistant director of residence education
and programs. "This year we welcome 6,300 new students
and it's important to help them with the transition to university
life," he stated. "Last year it was packed. Everyone
seemed to have really enjoyed themselves and benefited as well."
The fair runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Sep. 23 in the Medway
Hall library and on Sep. 24 in the Saugeen-Maitland Hall lounge.
All students are welcome to come out and strap on the beer goggles.
- Karla Courtney
New club promises rafts and drafts
Sick of being cooped up inside dull, windowless classrooms all
The Western Outdoors Club will whisk you away to the sweet,
sweet hinterlands; down the rapids on a white water rafting
trip; along picturesque trails on a Pinery trip; up steep rock
slopes on a climbing and biking trip to Rattlesnake Point and
even on to the floor after you get bombed at their Pub Night.
"If you are adventurous, love meeting new people and
going on trips and are not afraid to get dirty and smelly, this
club is definitely for you," said WOC board member Luiza
The club consists of a 19 member executive and plans numerous
trips throughout the year. Furthermore, joining the club will
get you discounts at Spikes Indoor Rock Climbing, Cyclepath
and North by Northwest.
The WOC's first general meeting is today at 5 p.m. in Rm.
2036 of the Social Science Centre. The meeting is essential
because all questions about the club will be answered and interested
parties can still sign-up to be an active member, Podlesna said.
For more information about the WOC, visit it online at www.uwoutdoors.homestead.com.