January 23, 2004  
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What the hell is a book?
At the recent Western Reads conference — featuring such “celebrities” as Western President Paul Davenport, The London Free Press’ Editor-in-Chief Paul Berton, and SuperPsych Professor Mike Atkinson — five books were discussed in attempts to vie for the title of No. 1 Western book.

The Conference took place in the McKellar Room in the University Community Centre this past Wednesday. The five books discussed were Joan Barfoot’s Critical Injuries, Mary Lawson’s Crow Lake, Allistair MacLeod’s No Great Mystery, Douglas Glover’s Elle and Andrew Pyper’s Lost Girls.

“If you have ever wanted to get inside someone’s head, you must read this book,” Atkinson said of Lost Girls.
Adria Iwasutiak appeared frustrated with the lack of student turnout at the event. “Why do kids come to university if they are not interested? Is it just to drink?” he asked.

—Shannon Hogarth

Peaceful Mid-East discussion panel... Maybe
Parents of a young American peace activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer will be holding a discussion panel at Western next week. Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, the group organizing the event, are expecting a peaceful and respectful discussion.

Cindy and Craig Corrie will be speaking about their daughter Rachel, who died last March at the age of 24, and sharing experiences from their visit to the Middle East. The Corries will be joined on the panel by two members of the Palestinian International Solidarity Movement.

However, SPHR president Hussam Ayyad, said these events can attract “really weird mentalities,” adding these mentalities can lead to rude and inappropriate confrontations.

“[The Corries] will reflect [on] what they observed; their personal experience and how it affected their own family,” he said

There will be a press conference prior to the event, from 12 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 in Rm. 379 of the University Community Centre. The panel discussion will follow from 2 to 5 p.m. in the UCC’s McKellar Room.

—Dave Ward

Attention: future leaders
Think you have what it takes to be a leader? Well, here’s your chance to hone your skills.

The Ontario branch of the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association is holding its 2004 Ontario Student Leadership Conference at Western this weekend.

According to Western’s membership services assistant co-ordinator Jeff Downie, there will be five workshops dealing with issues such as nutrition and fitness, creating an inclusive environment, inclusive leadership and team building initiatives, group communication and non-profit programs.

“We’ve got a great speaker coming in: Mike Pierce, who runs a camp [in Northern Ontario] and will be talking about communication skills,” Downie said.

The conference, titled “Inclusive Recreation: Something for Everyone,” takes place this Saturday, Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.. The cost to attend the conference is $70 and the event will be catered by The Wave.

Registration information can be obtained from Downie, at 661-2111, ext. 85492 or by visiting www.ciraontario.com.

—Amy Ferguson

Java science made easy, hopefully
Cafe Scientifique is an opportunity for the London community to discuss relevant topics with experts from the medical science field. These 30-minute presentations will be followed by a discussion.

The sessions are free and no registration is required; however, seating is limited. Cafe Scientifique begins on Monday, Jan. 26 and runs every Monday, ending Feb. 16.

“[The public can] meet with folks from the faculty of dentistry and medicine at Western and ask questions,” said Alison Liversage, media relations officer for the faculty.

The presentations will be held at Chapters, near Masonville Place on Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m., Liversage confirmed, adding the first session will feature a discussion about compassion ethics, entitled “Using the Arts to Bring Medical Students to the Person Inside the Patient.” The speaker conducting this topic is Jeff Nisker from the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Western.

Other topics include: “Advertising Pharmaceuticals to Consumers,” “Why Can’t I Get a Family Doctor,” “Fighting Diseases” and “Maintaining Health.”

—Rachel Levy

 

 

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