January 15, 2004  
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NEWS

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New Orientation officer chosen,
bigger bang for O-Week

Barring the heinous act of a Las Vegas magic act gone awry, Western’s Orientation Week will proceed as planned, now that the University Student’s Council has selected a new Orientation officer.

“[I’m going] to really be building on the philosophies of the last year,” said Nicole Thornicroft, the new Orientation officer, pointing out that the recommendations of the Orientation Strategic Planning Group, many of which were undertaken for O-Week 2003, will remain a part of O-Week 2004.

Thornicroft stated that she intends to pay particularly close attention to maintaining the soph culture in regards to the recent issue of alcohol insurance, liability and the frequent soph/frosh events held off-campus throughout the year.

According to Thornicroft, the relationship that has developed with the university administration will be highlighted during this upcoming O-Week. “In order to have any successful program, you need the input of all of the parties involved.”

Thornicroft, a fourth-year health sciences student, was on the Orientation staff for Frosh Week 2003 and spent the last two years at Brescia University College as head soph and assistant head soph.

—Marshall Bellamy

Who’s your mummy?
Lock your doors: Western is letting loose an ancient Egyptian mummy in Chatham this Friday.

The mummy, formally known as the Sulman mummy (after the family of George Sulman, who donated her to the Chatham-Kent Museum), was bought by the Sulman family, who purchased her in Cairo, before the First World War.

The Chatham-Kent Museum is unveiling a model of the mummy’s face, nicknamed Cleo, constructed based on medical imaging and virtual reality technology.

The physical model was created by portrait artist Christian Cardell Corbet of London. Corbet worked off images of bone structure created by Western anthropology professor Andrew Nelson and his team of experts.

“[The team] gave me a scan of the skull based on laser and CT scans; they created an asteobiography, which is basically the history of the bone,” Cardell Corbet explained. “From there [using 3-D printers], it was placed on an armiture and I applied plasticine to create the 3-D model.”

The unveiling will be followed by speeches and a question period led by Nelson, Cardel Corbet and Dave Benson, director of the Chatham-Kent Museum at 7:30 p.m..

—Katy Pollock

Help Out Pets and Old People!
What better way to celebrate the Lord’s day then auctioning off hot, hot models? None, except for a fashion show selling off hot, hot models.

The 2004 Charity Ball Fashion Show will be held on Sunday, Jan. 8 at The Wave, said University Students’ Council VP-student affairs Matt Huether.

Besides the model auction, attendees can expect door prizes, cocktails and live jazz performances to accompany the main event, Huether said, noting the main event is a fashion show featuring everything from men’s wear to women’s lingerie.

The festivities begin at 8 p.m., with the $5 entrance donation going to both the London Humane Society and the Alzheimer’s Society of London and Middlesex. “[The USC] likes to support the London community through local charities.” Sorry kids, but you have to be 19+ to attend, Huether added.

—Alex Bishop

“If design could govern in a thing so small... ”
Following in the footsteps of Robert Frost, Campus Crusade for Christ is raising the question: “Accident? or Design?” in a debate of the same title, being hosted on campus on Jan. 22.

Two academics, Kirk Duston of the New Scholars Society and Western professor of biology, Robert Bailey, will debate the origins of our universe in Natural Sciences Centre Rm. 145 at 7:30 p.m..

“There were over 800 people out last year [to the debate titled “Does God Exist?],” said Campus Crusade’s Jennifer Elkins.

“There aren’t a lot of opportunities to get this kind of debate in the classroom, to hear two sides of an issue. We really want to make it equal, not a case of ‘Here’s what we think,’” she added.

There is a $2 cover charge to attend, and Elkins reported that there will be more seminars on related topics, including one on Friday, Jan. 23.

—Dan Perry

 

 

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