February 5, 2004  
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In Brief: Janet, JT, Aguilera & more

Janet’s boob flash a
“wardrobe malfunction?”

Whether you watched the Super Bowl or not, you have surely heard by now about Janet Jackson’s halftime “surprise.” During her performance with Justin Timberlake, choreography went a little wack when JT ripped off Ms. Jackson’s detachable boob covering, exposing her bare breast (with a little metal star conveniently covering the nipple) for the world to see. Though Janet has thus far declined comment on the incident, Timberlake noted the following in a statement to the press: “I am sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance on the Super Bowl. It was not intentional and is regrettable.” Umm... Madge and Britney anyone? Perhaps malfunction is the new slang term for “publicity stunt.”

—Megan O’Toole

And the winner is...
No Great Mischief

Following several months of discussion and debate, Alistair MacLeod’s No Great Mischief was chosen as the winner of the Western Reads community reading program. Western students, faculty, staff and alumni voted from a list of five critically acclaimed Canadian works that included MacLeod’s novel. According to Paul Berton, voter and Editor-in-Chief of The London Free Press, “No Great Mischief, above all, is compelling. It is mysterious yet simple. Foreign yet familiar. It is distant yet close. The impending doom is pervasive, part of the book’s appeal. But it is a reminder that life is full of intangibles, uncertainties, challenges and unspoken love.”

—Megan O’Toole

Gearing up for the Grammys
It’s that time of year again... time to honour dozens of grossly overpaid musical artists who pollute our eardrums on a daily basis, and the few who are actually cool. Scheduled to perform at this year’s celebration are such Top 40 favourites as Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake, OutKast and the White Stripes. Adding a different flavour will be the Foo Fighters, who are slated to do a number with jazz pianist Chick Corea. Adding a creepy flavour is the-artist-formerly-known-as-the-symbol and now known (for a second time) as Prince. The Grammys will be taking place on Sunday, Feb. 8 in Los Angeles. The whole star-studded production will be broadcast live on Global, starting at 8 p.m..

—Megan O’Toole



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