February 6, 2004  
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Attention art lovers
Do you have an interest in the arts? Have musical, dramatic or visual arts been an enjoyable part of your academic or non-academic life?

This year, for the first time, continuing studies is offering a diploma in arts management. “It’s going to be the coolest new program on campus,” said Sharon Collins, director of continuing studies at Western.

“The arts is becoming a big business and organizations need people who understand the arts and the business end of things,” Collins said. “[The diploma] is designed to provide new graduates out of any program with the knowledge and skills they need in managing arts organizations.” Students will acquire basic business skills and valuable experience in two practicum placements, she explained.

The minimum requirement to apply is a three-year degree. Only 20 students will be accepted in to the program. The application deadline of Monday, Mar. 1 is quickly approaching, so access further information and apply today at www.uwo.ca/cstudies/courses/diploma/artsmanagement/index.html.

—Lauren Klostermann

We are the champions
Western’s chess team returned victorious from the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championships held at the end of December in Miami, Florida.

“It was our first time participating in this event against other universities from around the globe and we didn’t have high expectations,” said Andrew Pastor, organizer of the chess team. “We placed first and second within our two sections.”

Pastor explained that since the chess team is primarily run by students, they do not receive a set fund. “We go around campus to other organizations to raise money for our team. Hopefully, with our results this year, we’ll have easier access to funds in the future,” he added.

The team has doubled to 85 students compared with last year’s 35 participants, Pastor explained. He also noted that with its European origin, chess is growing in popularity in North America and is being incorporated into the Olympic Games in 2008.

—Jenn Law

Revisiting a semi-forgotten genocide
Ret. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, the Wettlaufer Distinguished Lecturer of 2004, will be visiting the Richard Ivey School of Business. He will be speaking about leadership and his experience as commander of the ill-fated 1994 United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda, which was unable to prevent the genocide of 800,000 Hutus and Tutsis.

The purpose of Dallaire’s visit is to talk about leadership, said Gerard Seijts, assistant professor of organizational behaviour at Ivey.

“Even though he is from the military, there are lessons that we can all take away from his experience,” Seijts said, adding Dallaire’s behaviour in Rwanda “exemplifies many of the desirable traits, such as moral conviction, courage and compassion.”

His newly-released book, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, is a personal story of what happened in Rwanda.

“It illustrates why Dallaire was sent there and why [the genocide] happened,” Seijts said, noting that the book explicitly blames the international community for its failure to stop genocide in Rwanda.

Due to limited seating, the presentation is open only to Ivey students and faculty, and takes place today at 1:30 p.m..

—Rob Ford

Copy Centre goes on-line without porn
The Copy Centre should be used a little more, although it should never be used to photocopy your bum.

The Copy Centre provides a service that allows students to send in printing orders online, said Steve Alb, director of Graphic Services at the BookStore, adding the service has been running for just over a year and has been increasing in use.

“People are learning more and more about it,” he said, adding the process is “very easy.”

Alb explained that students can fill out a form online and add their document as an attachment. There is no extra cost to students.

Students may pick up their orders at any location that is convenient to them, like the Ivey Copy Centre, Books Plus or the Commissary Copy Centre, he said

To use the online service, go to www.uwo.ca/graphicservices.

—Erika Zupko

 

 

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