General Dallaire talks peacekeeping, war
Western instructor gets politico job
Barely four months after winning her first seat in provincial
parliament, London’s very own Deb Matthews will be getting
an even bigger helping of political power — as the new
president of the Ontario Liberal Party.
Matthews, member of provincial parliament for London North
Centre and a former Western instructor, won the presidency
by acclaim when the Jan. 30 deadline for nominations passed
and she found herself alone in the running.
One of her main goals will be to encourage students to get
out there and vote. “It’s really important for
our party to focus on building bridges to the under-represented
groups in our community,” Matthews said.
“Students are notoriously uninvolved in politics and
I’d like to help change that,” she added. “As
long as certain groups are not being represented, there will
always be issues that are not getting addressed.”
The gift of sight comes to Western
Do you have any old glasses laying around? Don’t know
what to do with them? A new initiative on Western’s campus,
brought forward by a fourth-year health sciences student, has
an answer for you.
The program is called “The Gift of Sight,” explained
Bita Moeinifar, adding the program has never operated at Western
before. It is operated by a family of charities as well as
Lenscrafters and Luxottica, she added.
“There will be a box by the door in Rm. 11 of the [University
Community Centre] in the Student Health Resource Centre,” Moeinifar
said, explaining anyone can donate a used pair of glasses. “The
program will be running all year, people can stop by anytime.”
The program collects the glasses, cleans and repairs them,
and then takes them to rural areas in developing countries,
she explained. Along with delivering the glasses, the program
sends doctors and volunteers to give free eye exams, and prescribe
the glasses to citizens.
The program runs two to three missions per year, Moeinifar
said, explaining each mission delivers about 30,000 glasses.
About 20 doctors and volunteers go on each mission, she said.
For more information on the program, visit www.lenscrafters.com/gos_gift_involved.html.
UWOpera is gearing up for Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring,
a student production directed and produced by Theodore Baerg,
said Music Western’s Nikki Attwell.
“[The plot is] a clash between small-town moralists
and young green grocers coming of age in a fictional town in
Victorian England,” Attwell explained.
There is a search for the May Queen, and when no ladies are
found to be pure enough to receive this honour, the title is
changed to May King, she added.
When the character of Albert Herring is chosen, he paints
the town red as he struggles to rid himself of his mama’s
boy reputation and escape his mother’s dominating influence,
Albert Herring premieres at Talbot College at 8 p.m. Feb.
12, and runs Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2
p.m., Attwell said, adding tickets are available from Orchestra
London, at 679-8778.