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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.”