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Rockin’ it Old School
The John Labatt Centre will be shaking as the voices of thousands fill the rafters with ... prayer?

Few organizations reach their 100th anniversary. The Diocese of Huron, a sect of the Anglican Church of Canada, is celebrating 150 years.

This Sunday at 2 p.m., the Diocese will celebrate the sesquicentennial of the consecration of Bishop Benjamin Cronyn as the first Bishop of Huron.

To commemorate this momentous occasion, the Diocese has organized a year-long celebration entitled Light & Life. The celebration ends this weekend with a free full church service for thousands at the JLC.

“This will be the largest religious gathering ever held in southwestern Ontario,” Bishop Bruce Howe exclaimed.

The service will be performed in multiple languages to celebrate the cultural diversity now found in the church.

Howe said this year’s celebrations have been successful and he thinks this weekend should go just as well.

“It’s open to the public, and we would love to see everyone come out.”
"Michael Wojtowicz

Grownup Field Trips
Who wants to party at a museum? Apparently a lot of people do.

Three London Museums " Fanshawe Pioneer Village, the London Regional Children’s Museum and the Museum of Ontario Archaeology " have begun providing space for parties, weddings and corporate events.

This turn towards the public began six months ago when the Federal Department of Canadian Heritage instituted the Canadian Arts and Heritage sustainability program. The program helps organizations support themselves financially with new ventures such as event hosting.

As a result, the London museums hired Faith Coates last Christmas to set up a marketing plan, form contracts for renting museum space and reach out to local business groups.

According to Coates, business is now booming in places people never thought of before.

Now you can have a business meeting in the Interpretative Centre Museum, host a party at the Children’s Museum, or get married in the Iroquoian Village.

Coates described the various museum events, such as TD Bank’s potato sack race, as “play-dates for grownups.”

With all this popularity, the events will have potentially raised about $40,000 by the end of the year, all of which will be reinvested into the public programs provided by the museums.
"Ryan Mackay

Maybe video games aren’t a bad habit
Stressed about midterms? A new videogame could help ease your anxiety.

MindHabits Trainer is a recently released video game that can reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, if played for five minutes a day.

Laboratory studies on telemarketers who played the game for five minutes every day for one week demonstrated reduced stress levels, higher self-esteem and a higher number of sales.

Mark Baldwin, president of MindHabits and a research psychologist at McGill University, said the game is aimed at changing how people perceive stressful situations.

The game uses simple tasks such as finding smiling faces among an array of frowning faces to retrain people to focus their attention on the positive rather than the negative.

“People need to focus on the positive things within their environments in order to slow the viscious cycle of stress,” Baldwin explained.

Recently, MindHabits won Telefilm Canada’s Great Canadian Video Game Competition, bringing funding for the commercialization of the game up to $1.3 million.

The full game can be purchased online for $19.99 US. A trial version is also available.

For more information, visit
"Karolina Rachtan

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