September 23, 2003  
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NEWS

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 www.smartvote.ca.

-Roa Abdel-Gawad

Medical students to get dirty in wine country
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.

-Sarvenaz Kermanshahi

Health fair coming: beer goggles included
Ever had anyone tell you to get behind the wheel after a few drinks?

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 week?

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 Podlesna.

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.

-Jordan Bell

 

 

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