Last day for USC nominations
Do you think the University Students’ Council is doing
a lousy job? Then put your money where your mouth is and run
for a USC position.
Nominations for president, faculty presidents and faculty
councillors close at 4 p.m. today. Nomination forms can be
found at the USC office in Rm. 340 of the University Community
Centre or online at www.usc.uwo.ca.
“It only takes 10 minutes to fill out a form,” said
Liz Berman, the USC’s communications officer. “Last
minute nominations are more than welcome.”
This is the first year the USC has used online nomination
forms, Berman noted, adding while it is too early to tell if
there has been an increase in nominations, the USC is hoping
this is the case.
Berman encouraged students to get involved in elections and
to vote. “[USC elected officials] represent you and your
interests,” she explained.
The official campaign kicks off next Monday and the first
election forum will be held Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. in
the UCC atrium.
If you’ve always dreamt of learning how to hobnob like
a political fat cat, then your opportunity is here.
The annual Model Parliament competition is taking place on
Feb. 6 and 7, and all undergraduate students are invited to
partake in the festivities, said Paris Meilleur, the University
Students’ Council’s Model Parliament commissioner.
The Model Parliament is a fundraising social event set up
as a day-long parliamentary debate and plans are to include
a panel of local members of Parliament, he added.
“[It’s an] excellent opportunity for students
in the Western community to gain experience in parliamentary
procedure,” Meilleur said. “[It’s also a]
great way for students to get informed about upcoming political
Meilleur confirmed the competition will be highlighted by
a Saturday night fundraising event for Women’s Community
House which will be hosted by CBC Newsworld personality Jian
Those interested are encouraged to register by contacting
Meilleur at email@example.com by tomorrow. Participation in the
event costs $25.
Listen to profs in your spare time?
If you’ve ever wondered why Americans seem so arrogant,
it may be because they believe they are actually God’s
Bryce Traister, professor in the department of English, and
Andrew Johnston, director of the Centre for American Studies
at Western, will be discussing “The Crusades of George
W. Bush” today at 1 p.m., said Mark Wellington, manager
of entertainment productions and promotions for the University
The discussion panel will take place in the CentreSpot lounge
on the main floor of the University Community Centre, he said.
“Regardless of the formal separation of church and state
mandated by the [United States] Congress, [Bush] uses a language
that is essentially religious to describe America’s place
in the world,” Traister said. Their “special status” is
justified by their belief they are a country chosen by God
to lead others to “redemption,” he explained.
Today’s discussion panel is the first in a series of
eight “Prof’s Panels” sponsored by the USC,
Wellington said. “[The panels] are not designed to be
a debate but rather presentations of various viewpoints for
consideration by the audience.”
Got the movie jones?
Looking for something fun to do on a Friday night?
Western Film is putting on Midnight Cult Classic Movies beginning
tomorrow night and running every Friday until early April,
confirmed James Waite, the co-ordinator of Western Film.
“This is good, nice, dry programming for people who
don’t have anything else to do on a Friday night,” Waite
said. The first movie will be American Pie, followed by Fight
Club and Titanic in upcoming weeks, he explained.
The remainder of the films will be determined by student suggestions,
Waite noted, adding requests can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can go to Western Film, in the McKellar Room at the
University Community Centre to view the movies for $2. The
movies will be played from 35mm film, instead of video, he
If Midnight Cult Classic Movies are well attended, Western
Film is hoping to expand the program to Saturday nights as
well, Waite said.