March 3, 2004  
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Ear candy for a good cause
Music is always a sweet treat for the ears, but when it is all for a good cause, it is even sweeter.

The Undergraduate Engineering Society will be hosting “Community House Rock” this Saturday, Mar. 6 at The Spoke, said Stephen Libin, a University Students’ Council engineering councillor and one of the co-ordinators of the event. “[The event] is being held in conjunction with National Engineering Week,” he explained.

“One hundred per cent of the proceeds will go to charity,” Libin said, adding the charity being supported this year is the Women’s Community House in London.

“The Women’s Community House is a local charity, and engineering has always been supportive of women’s charities,” he said, adding engineering has also been supporters of the men against violence against women campaign.

Tickets are being sold in the Engineering Building for $8 and can also be purchased at the door for $9.

—Laura Katsirdakis

Irish Re-Joyce
A Western English scholar is set to receive international praise on the shores of the “snot-green sea.” Or for those of who don’t know, Dublin, Ireland.

For his extensive work on James Joyce, the National University of Ireland will award professor Michael Groden with an honourary Doctor of Literature degree (D.Litt.). Groden is currently an English professor at Western.

“I’m thrilled. It came out of the blue — one of the biggest honours a professor can get,” Groden said.

The ceremony will take place in Dublin on June 16, during the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday, “the very day featured in Joyce’s novel, Ulysses,” he noted.

“It’s one of the best English novels of the 20th century. What’s more, you needn’t be a student of English to read and understand it,” he added.
For any Joyce diehards out there, the honoured professor said he would be lecturing on all three major works in an English 200-level, special topic course during the upcoming fall of 2004.

—Erol Özberk



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