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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Pick your new USC prez
Polls for the University Students’ Council election are now open, and will remain open until 8 p.m. tonight.

Students can now vote in the election for a graduate representative on the Board of Governors, undergraduate student candidates on Senate, and the new USC president.

While the option to vote for the graduate student representative on the board is only available to full-time and part-time graduate students, full-time and part-time undergraduate students are eligible to vote for both undergraduate Senate positions and choose who becomes the USC’s next president.

Undergraduates can also voice their opinion on the plebiscite question: “Should the USC operated retail store, Mustang Alley, continue the sale of cigarettes?”

For a complete list of candidates, or to vote in the election, check out
"Matt Pietrangelo

What you know about math?
Western’s Faculty of Education, along with the Fields Institute and the Canadian Mathematical Society, is sponsoring a nationwide Math Performance Festival designed to add a bit of fun and creativity to everyone’s least favourite subject.

Last week, every elementary school in Canada received information on how to submit its math-inspired songs, skits, poems, art or animation online.

“The purpose behind the contest is to make math something you discuss with family and friends, just like you do with a good book or movie,” Western professor George Gadanidis, who launched the contest, said.

“In the past, math has been viewed quite negatively. We want to change that so students see how exciting math can be.”

The contest will be judged by some of Canada’s best-known celebrities including the Discovery Channel’s Jay Ingram, singers Susan Aglukark and Tracy Bone, novelist and filmmaker Douglas Coupland and Great Big Sea member Bob Hallett.

Instructions and sample submissions are available at
"Alyssa Wiggins

Growing college gender gap
Universities in the United States are part of a growing movement advocating affirmative action initiatives favouring male applicants over female ones.

The cry for more men on campus comes not from lonely college girls, but college-admissions officers who fear the growing gender gap.

Speculators are blaming everything from a culture promoting anti-intellectualism in males to overly feminine school colors.

Canadian universities remain fairly untouched by the commotion surrounding the issue and stick to the gender-blind system of admissions.

As of now, Western has not formally discussed the issue, however, the disproportionate ratio is recognized in the admissions office.

“The problem really needs to be addressed at the high school level,” Roma Harris, vice-provost and registrar, said, citing poor study habits and lack of foresight as potential problems in male students.

Interestingly, the disproportionate male/female ratio is discipline specific; men still dominate engineering and women favour areas such as nursing.
"Rachel Williamson

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