March 5, 2004  
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Dead 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, she added.

“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 noted.

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.

Biologist’s Eurotrip
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 to Wiebe.

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.

—Mark Polishuk

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 World Canada.

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 an ambassador.”

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 for further information or contact Jimmy Steele at 416-925-1527.

—Ljubica Durlovska

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 blankets.

“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.

—Rob Capson



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