January 20, 2004  
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Not only engineers can sculpt snow
What do academics, a scavenger hunt, debate and snow sculptures have in common? They all can be found at the Canadian University Science Games, held Jan. 7 to 11 in Ottawa.

A Western team finished third overall, but were the winner of the coveted Spirit Award. To obtain this award the team dressed creatively and had a novelty sized Q-tip and male blow up doll as mascots.

“[The Games] are an amazing way to feel like part of a team, ” said Mark Weir, the winning team’s captain.

The Games consisted of a range of broad-based science events, with the main event challenging each team to use scientific principles to display a relation between random everyday objects.

Determined by three judges, the result of the main event was each team’s ability to demonstrate their knowledge and creativity, coupled with ingenuity of the objects they were given, Weir explained.

Not based solely on academics, the Games also allowed students to acquire networking foundations and participate in constructive events. “[It was a] great way to party with your friends and learn new things at the same time,” Weir said.

—Caroline George

Western Reads debate
The Western Reads program is hosting their final debate at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the McKellar Room of the University Community Centre.
Western Reads began in September and consists of a five book reading list by Canadian authors. The program was initiated at Western by Carolyn Young, marketing co-ordinator for The BookStore at Western.

“Wednesday’s debate is an opportunity for everyone to find out why our celebrity readers chose their books,” Young said.

She noted that the books will be debated by five teams of well known individuals in the Western and London community. The event will be led by Western English professor Allan Gedalof and a winning book will be chosen by Jan. 31 through ballot boxes at the London Public Library, Books Plus, The BookStore or online at www.westernreads.ca.

Free tickets for the debate can be picked up at The BookStore, Books Plus or the London Public Library.

—Katy Pollock

Take this, mainstream media!
A student-run website (www.thechinook.com) concerned with current affairs was officially launched for Canadian youth Sunday, Jan. 18.

The creators of the site are first-year Western social science students John Cameron and John McCain, first-year arts student Ben Johnson and their friends at McGill and Brown Universities. The Chinook developed out of their previous website, www.bizcents.com, created in 1999 for youth interested in business and investing.

The new site includes articles submitted by young Canadians on current affairs, Cameron said, adding there are no paid columnists or reporters, but rather articles for youth, by youth. He explained that people liked the Bizcents website, but both the readers and writers wanted more than just business.

“What makes it uniquely Canadian is that it takes Canadian news from a youthful perspective and that is something that the Canadian media is not very good at,” he said, adding his associates felt they were serving a demand previously underserved.

—Kathleen Daley

Happy new year, again
Tired of ringing in regular New Year’s Eve? Want something more out of your New Year’s parties? Well, the Chinese are having a New Year’s bash and everybody’s invited.

The Chinese Student and Scholar Association is celebrating the Chinese New Year this Thursday at Centennial Hall from 7 to 10 p.m., said Han Qin, external director of the CSSA.

“We’re expecting 800 [people] to attend and expecting coverage from London all the way to Toronto with TV, newspaper and radio,” he explained.
Qin pointed out that in past years, only Chinese students came out to the event. He noted however, that the Italian Student Association, the Canadian International Students’ Association, along with several other ethnic clubs from Western will be attending this year’s festivities.

“We like to promote and get to know other clubs; through this event, we can get to know each other,” Qin said.

Tickets for the event are currently available at the CSSA booth in the University Community Centre atrium for $7 or can be bought at the door for $10.

—Marshall Bellamy

 

 

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