Martian arrives to talk
The search for extraterrestrial life passes through Western
tomorrow when a leading NASA researcher will give a public
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.
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
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.
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
“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.