Meet your candidates
The first in a series of six student presidential debates will
be held today in the University Community Centre atrium,
providing students with an opportunity to engage candidates
vying for the top job of the University Students’ Council.
All five presidential candidates will attend today’s
USC council meeting, which will include a forum devoted to
the upcoming election, said Liz Berman, USC communications
officer, adding that all the issues presented to the candidates
for debate will be brought forward by the audience.
The emphasis on audience participation is to provide spectators
with “insight into what each candidate stands for,” Berman
explained. She added that even though the forum is during a
council meeting, the focus will remain on the students. “Anyone
not on the council is encouraged to ask questions,” she
Berman reiterated the focus of the debates will be student-based. “We
want students [to have] the ability to make an informed decision
on election day.”
The USC council forum begins at 5 p.m..
Stained glass that won’t
The Centre for Creativity is sponsoring an exhibition on this
Saturday entitled Through a Glass Brightly, featuring stained
The exhibition will feature the stained glass works of five
local artists. Ted Goodden, one of the artists whose works
are to be displayed, will also be the keynote speaker for the
“This is a celebration of stained glass, both secular
and religious, and open to everybody,” said Shirley Bratscher,
secretary to the chief librarian at the Centre for Creativity
at King’s College. Bratscher added the event will take
place at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown London.
“St Paul’s is a beautiful location — and
they’re going to conduct tours of the church as well,
with the artist’s work in another room. St. Paul’s
has the largest collection of [stained glass] Tiffany windows
in North America,” Bratscher said.
The exhibition doors will open Saturday at 1:30 p.m. with
Goodden’s keynote address at approximately 2 p.m. followed
by a reception. The event is free of charge and Bratscher encouraged
students to attend.
First Nations’ first
Next year, for the first time in Western’s history, a
First Nations studies program will be offered on campus.
Though debated for several years, recent announcements of
increased government funding has allowed the faculty of social
science to start planning new programs, said Brian Timney,
the dean of social science. The funding arrived at the same
time that Western was revamping its system to create the New
Academic Choices, Timney said adding is was “a good time
to bring in First Nations programs”.
Because of the large First Nations population in southwestern
Ontario, Western is an ideal location to offer such courses,
he remarked. “We can bring in new students and give First
Nations a starting point.”
Timney said he hopes the program increases the population
of First Nations students at Western and provides non-native
students with more information. “It should work in both
directions,” he noted.
Humanities hobnob here
It was recently announced that the biggest conference in the
history of Western and London as a whole will be in the neighbourhood
from May 28 to Jun. 5, 2005.
The conference, hosted jointly by Western and the Canadian
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, will incorporate
a variety of disciplines, focusing on the broad themes of citizenship,
environment, exclusion and equity, said Peter Neary, one of
the organizers of the conference and a professor of history
“[It will bring] an enormous variety of scholarly associations
from around the world to campus,” he explained. Among
them, the Canadian Historian Association, making “Western
and London the focus within Canada and indeed within the world.”
Although many of the meetings will be intended for delegates
from CFHSS member associations, the conference is intended
to be inclusive, with a variety of events open to the general
public, where “important matters of public debate” will
be discussed, Neary said. The conference is held yearly at
a Canadian university with its location circulating each year.
“We want to be the best”, said Ruth Harland, administrative
co-ordinator for the event, when asked about the opportunity
presented to Western.