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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Western engineers need your canned food
Western’s Undergraduate Engineering Society needs student donations to run the national engineering charity CAN-TRAPTION.

Several engineering societies across Canada will participate, including Queen’s University, the University of Guelph and the University of New Brunswick. They will collect canned food, build an engineering contraption out of them without damaging the cans, and donate the food to local food banks.

The engineering societies will compete for the most cans collected and the most innovative designs.

Western students can help by donating cans to the UES office in Spencer Engineering Building Room 1001.

For more information visit or e-mail UES charity commissioner Federico Berruti at
"Claire Neary

Birch’s Last Call
Next week marks the last performance at Western by a school favourite.

Jason Goliszek, better known as Birch, played charity and social events at Western for four years. He delights audiences with emotional vocals accompanied by guitar.

Goliszek is hosting “The Last Call” at The Wave at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. He plays to support the London Health Sciences Foundation.

“I’ve appreciated everyone’s support and I’ve loved performing at Western,” Goliszek said.

Admission is $5 at the door. For more information e-mail Birch at
"Dave Ward

Big Mac man on campus
Do you love McDonald’s? Want to meet the tycoon behind the Big Mac?

Louie Mele, president of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, discusses “The McDonald’s You Don’t Know” Monday in Room 40 of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and is open to everyone.
"Adam Feldman

Meals on Wheels contest
Western’s award-winning chef Michael Coleby will prepare a meal for one lucky winner.

Coleby and his team will cater a gourmet dinner for the winner of the 10 Dine for 10 Dollars raffle. The winner can bring nine guests.

Tickets are $10. Anyone interested can call Meals on Wheels at 519-660-1430 ext. 258 or e-mail

The draw is Monday, March 26 at 10 a.m.

Coleby is the executive chef of Western’s Great Hall Catering. He is hosting the event to increase awareness about Meals on Wheels and to engage the community with their programs.

“He’s a very active board member,” said Laural Vallence, executive director of Meals on Wheels. “He’s been on our board since 2002 and he is truly supportive of the programs, services and activities that we have to offer.”

Meals on Wheels London delivers roughly 2,000 meals weekly and has over 300 volunteers.
"Eric Migrino

Get higher with the off-campus dons tonight
The Off Campus Don program is conducting a seminar at 7 p.m. tonight on the effects and benefits of higher education.

There will be a debate and the panel includes Western professors Sandra Smeltzer from Information and Media Studies, Edmund Goehring from music, David Bentley from English and Christopher Gronski from Ivey.

“The diverse panelists will discuss and debate the changing styles in higher education and what it means to society and students,” said off-campus don Andrew Romagnoli.

The event is in Conron Hall, University College Room 224.
"Ragini Kashyap

So you think you can breakdance?
Hip-hop and breakdancing enthusiasts are invited to “Rock the Spot 4,” a hip-hop showcase and breakdancing competition March 24 at South Secondary school.

The hip-hop showcase competition begins at 1 p.m. The breakdancing battle follows at 3:30 p.m.

The hip-hop showcase winner earns $200 plus prizes while the breakdance champion wins $700.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Interested individuals or teams can e-mail to register. The registration fee is $10.

South Secondary school is located at 371 Tecumseh Ave. For more information visit
"Cigdem Iltan

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