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Western Students march to Take Back the Night
Western’s Women’s Issues Network (WIN) is encouraging students to participate in the annual Take Back the Night march tonight. Held internationally, the event promotes an end to violence against women.

“Take Back the Night is about women reclaiming the streets at night,” Louiza Szacon, events coordinator for WIN, said. “We don’t want to walk in fear [anymore],” Szacon said.

After a 6:45 p.m. rally at the Peace Garden at York and Thames streets, participants will march through downtown London.

“We encourage men to attend the speech and rally to support us,” Sarah Scanlon, producer for WIN, said, adding although men are not allowed to march on the road with the women, they are welcome to offer support from the sides of the road.

Interested students can meet at 6 p.m. tonight at the WIN office in the UCC room 238 or proceed directly to the Peace Garden at 6:45 p.m.
"Eva Markowski

Rick Mercer challenges students to spread the net
Malaria kills one million children in Africa every year.

That is why comedian Rick Mercer and Liberal MP Belinda Stronach, in partnership with UNICEF Canada, are spearheading an initiative called Spread the Net. This initiative seeks to provide children in Africa with bed nets to protect them from mosquitoes, which carry the fatal disease.

They are encouraging students across Canada to set up fundraisers for Spread the Net. The university that raises the most money will be featured on CBC’s Rick Mercer Report.

UNICEF Western is holding a variety of exciting fundraisers this fall for Spread the Net. The first two are slated for Halloween night: a Halloween fashion show at The Spoke followed by an after party at the Barking Frog. They will also be selling candy bars at local bars this fall for the cause.

UNICEF Western president Marc Foster said their goal for Spread the Net is $2500, which would purchase 250 bed nets total.
"Jay LaRochelle

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