January 29, 2004  
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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.

—Kelly Gow

Politico wannabes
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 issues.”

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 Ghomeshi.

Those interested are encouraged to register by contacting Meilleur at pmeilleu@uwo.ca by tomorrow. Participation in the event costs $25.

—Mark Weir

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 chosen people.

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 Students’ Council.

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.”

—Sarah Prickett

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 wfilm@uwo.ca.

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 added.

If Midnight Cult Classic Movies are well attended, Western Film is hoping to expand the program to Saturday nights as well, Waite said.

—Rachel Levy



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