February 5, 2004  
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Sneak a peek at a Vagina
Have you been spotting vagina-shaped cakes and lollipops on campus lately? Want to know what it’s all about? Well then, here’s your chance to get an advance peek at Western’s own production of the internationally acclaimed Vagina Monologues.

There will be a sneak peek of the Vagina Monologues at the Grad Club on Friday, Feb. 6 at 9 p.m., said Ellen White, the show’s publicity co-ordinator.

“There’s going to be a couple of bands and then a couple of monologues from the show,” she added.
Admission for the sneak peek is free and everyone is welcome.

Tickets for the Vagina Monologues are also on sale, White noted, adding the shows are on Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. in The Wave.

Tickets for the show are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, and are available at InfoSource, she said.
All proceeds support the Women’s Community House and the V-Day Organization.

—Marshall Bellamy

For years, scientists have been breaking their backs trying to discover a cure for spinal cord injury — at last, they may be on to something.

Keith Hayes, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Western and program leader of rehabilitation and geriatrics at the Lawson Heath and Research Institution, will be presenting an hour-long presentation on spinal cord injury research on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. in the Shuttleworth Auditorium at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Hayes said he will be informing students of the past, present and future developments regarding SCI from his work at London’s Parkwood Hospital with Fampridine, a drug he said has peaked international interest in this area of study.

“The drug has been the first to restore neurological function in patients with spinal cord injury,” Hayes said.

The Fampridine tablet formulation has been called the most promising solution for SCI patients of late, Hayes said, adding further development is underway worldwide.

—Susan Ruhe

Healthy fairy
Not sure how safe sex works? An upcoming campus health fair will show you how — and lots more.

“Health and More 2004” will be the first health fair of its kind hosted by Western Health Services, said Melanie Slade, health education volunteer co-ordinator for Student Health Services.

“This is the first [Western] health fair that is directed to everyone campus-wide, including Western faculty, janitorial staff, food services and students,” she explained.

About 50 different presenters will be attending the fair on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in The Great Hall, she confirmed.

Many of the booths will be looking for volunteers, Slade said, citing the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex and the Youth Action Centre. “These organizations are volunteer driven,” she said, adding there will be many opportunities for interested students and staff.

As well as learning more about health and wellness, Slade said there will be many freebies given out, including condoms, popcorn and prizes such as T-shirts and an overnight stay at the Windermere Manor (so you can put those condoms to good use).

—Jessica Gray

The logo is pretty ugly...
Creative? Enjoy drawing? Think the University Students’ Council logo needs a makeover? Or just want to make a few extra bucks? Then enter the USC logo contest.

The current USC logo is 15 years old and doesn’t fit the USC’s new branding scheme or reflect the corporation. “The logo should reflect Western and Western students,” said USC President Paul Yeoman.

Applications will be available starting Monday, Feb. 9 both online and in the USC office, University Community Centre Rm. 340, Yeoman said, adding submissions can be black and white or in colour (maximum three colours). Logos must include the Western and USC acronyms. Applicants need not be tech-savvy. Submissions can be hand-drawn or designed on computer.

“What we’re really looking for is creative ideas,” says Yeoman. “This is an opportunity to show your spirit and have some fun.”

There are also prizes available. First prize is $250, $100 for second and a $50 gift certificate for third. The contest closes on Monday, Mar. 8 and logos will be voted on by the USC on Mar. 13.

—Kelly Gow



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