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General Dallaire talks peacekeeping, war

Former 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.”

—Amy Ferguson

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.

—Laura Katsirdakis

It Ain’t over ‘til...
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, Attwell noted.

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.

—Alécia Chen



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