March 17, 2004  
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Martian arrives to talk
The search for extraterrestrial life passes through Western tomorrow when a leading NASA researcher will give a public lecture.

NASA scientist Chris McKay will be delivering a speech entitled The Search for Life On Mars in Western Science Centre, Rm. 55 at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

“I would encourage any and all people on campus and in the London community to attend this talk,” said Shantanu Basu, professor of physics and astronomy at Western.

McKay will talk about the findings of the Mars Spirit and Opportunity rovers in probing the depths of the red planet.

“It’s really quite a coup that we were able to have him come speak on campus at this time,” said Peter Brown, also professor of physics and astronomy at Western.

“As with all of these public lectures in various departments, there will be no equations,” Basu joked.

—Chris Smeenk

Dog ears and papercuts
It’s time to search under your bed, on your bookshelves and in remote corners of your room for used books you won’t read again.

On Mar. 31, Western Foot Patrol will be holding a book sale to raise money for its program. The sale will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the University Community Centre atrium from 5 to 9 p.m. in the main foyer of D.B. Weldon library.

“[Western Foot Patrol is] in desperate need of a new computer,” said Samantha Johnstone, spokesperson for Western Foot Patrol, adding any funds raised will go directly to support the program.

“Anything and everything [is welcomed],” she said, adding paperback and hardcover novels as well as reference and self-help books are a few of the different kinds of reading material expected at the sale.
No book will sell for over $5, Johnstone said, and Western Foot Patrol will even pick up your used books free of charge at your doorstep.

To donate books, call 661-3650 for book pick-up, or drop off books at the Foot Patrol office in Rm. 47 in the UCC.

—Sam Robinson

Drink beer and get a job
Your friendly neighbourhood beer company not only wants to intoxicate you, but it also wants to help pad your resume.

Labatt’s “People in Action” program wants to find you a summer job. The program offers students the opportunity to work with a charity organization while Labatt provides a wage, explained Casey Antolak, a third-year political science student and national public relations co-ordinator for the program.

“Labatt feels it would be an amazing experience for students to work in the not-for-profit sector, which doesn’t traditionally have the money or resources to go out and do hiring,” he said. “[In the program], students get to find a charity they are interested in and sit down and create their own summer job program.”

Antolak said the program is aimed at providing valuable job experience that will build on students’ existing skills and have a long-term impact on their community.

“This is unique because it is based on students’ own initiative,” he said, adding more information on the program can be found at www.lpiajobs.com.

Breaking news: student politics is stupid
What would happen if all the candidates were disqualified in a student government election for breaking by-laws? Ask the students at McGill University.

According to Josh Vorstenbosh, current president of the McGill Science Undergraduate Society, the presidential election hit a snag when the only two candidates were disqualified. Both were disqualified on Mar. 7, one day before election results were to be announced.

“There were by-laws broken on the part of both candidates, so the [chief returning officer] saw fit to disqualify both candidates,” he said, noting the election ended on Mar. 8 and it will now be up to the newly elected executive to determine whether they appoint a president or hold a by-election in September.

Vorstenbosh said one candidate failed to ensure their website was down by polling time and the other failed to have all their campaign material approved by the CRO. Both candidates were guilty of exceeding the poster limit.

—Laura Katsirdakis

 

 

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