kings at King’s
Antiquities & Icons, an exhibit featuring dozens of ancient
Egyptian artifacts originally catalogued by Napoleon, is opening
tonight at King’s College.
“Napoleon was a grand figure — not just from a
military perspective, but also in terms of his historical vision,” said
Gloria Alvernaz-Mulcahy, the Antiquities & Icons curator.
While travelling to Alexandria in the early 19th century,
Alvernaz-Mulcahy explained, Napoleon brought along many scientists
and scholars to collect and study Egypt’s historical
curios. The antiquities on display include scarabs, amulets,
ceramic art and statues, some of which date back to 2300 BC,
“I knew it would be fascinating to bring Egypt to King’s
College. The volumes put out by Napoleon are some of the most
profound [archeological works] of the 19th century,” Alvernaz-Mulcahy
The grand opening will be held in the Elizabeth A. Labatt
Hall at 7:30 p.m., and the exhibit then moves to general display
at the Cardinal Carter Library until Sunday, Mar. 14.
A Western professor is taking a European vacation, but for
a more important cause than Chevy Chase.
John Wiebe, a biology professor at Western, is the first North
American researcher invited to join the European Cooperation
in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST), a
multinational network “bringing together various aspects
of science, technology and medical research,” according
After speaking at a meeting last fall in Italy, Wiebe explained
that he was later contacted about joining a management committee
focusing on mammary gland and cancer research. His lab is noted
for identifying two classes of hormones produced in female
breasts, one which seems to prevent cancer, while the other
enables cancer cells to thrive.
The committee will meet at least twice a year to plan meetings
and arrange new projects, with the first meeting planned for
June in Warsaw, Poland, he explained.
“It’s an honour and it’s very nice because
it’s a nice group of people devoted to developing and
building on our current research,” Wiebe said.
Think you’re pretty?
Are you smart, good looking and outgoing? This might be your
chance to strut your stuff and possibly be the next Miss
The 2004 Miss World Canada Contest is seeking young ladies
aged 18 to 24 — who are attending college or university
in Canada — to be the next representative at the Miss
World Pageant held in China.
So what are the benefits? Jimmy Steele, vice president and
contestant coordinator, said the contest “affords excellent
opportunity for any young woman to travel, make international
contacts, further their career or begin a new one and become
The winner will receive nationwide exposure, prizes, an all
expenses paid trip to China and the opportunity to travel the
world as a spokesperson for charitable causes.
All interested parties can log onto www.missworldcanada.com
for further information or contact Jimmy Steele at 416-925-1527.
Wee bit nippy
Students of the second-year medical class will curl their toes
in the frigid waters of Lake Erie for a polar bear dip this
Saturday in Port Stanley.
“I’m from Ottawa, and it’s a tradition there
to go for a swim every New Year’s,” explained class
president Quang Ngo, on how he came up with the idea. “We
will be doing it for a worthwhile cause this year, to help
children who need it.”
There are a total of 15 jumpers, each pledging $50, he said,
noting all proceeds will benefit the Children’s Aid Society.
A couple of brave faculty members will also join in the fun,
Ngo added. “Students were urged to try and bring along
their [professors], and a couple of them did.”
Ngo said the owners of the beachside restaurant Mackie’s
have offered to host the event. “Mackie’s will
be providing us with a warm place: a fire, hot chocolate and
“Yes, I think we all do — I know the guys do especially,” he
replied, when asked if he had any anxieties about plunging
into the cold waters.
The students are hoping for support from the community; anyone
who wishes to make a donation can contact Ngo at 642-0534.