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King’s student to run away and join circus
Western is known for producing doctors, lawyers and businessmen. The university can now add circus performers to that distinguished list.

Aaron Charbonneau, who studies history and English at King’s University College, will be auditioning for the prestigious Cirque du Soleil in June.

Although he has been a fan of Cirque du Soleil since the age of 10, he maintained his experience at Western propelled him toward his dream.

“[Western] is the best cheerleading school in Canada,” Charbonneau, who was captain of the Power Cheerleading Team, said.

The position provided him with the practical training he required to pursue his dream, he explained.

But Charbonneau pointed out his in-class experience was just as valuable.

“It helped me deal with different forms of pressure and balance life and work,” he said.

After Charbonneau finishes his adventure with Cirque du Soleil, he plans to return to Western to attend teacher’s college.
"James Flanagan

Go ahead, throw your vote away
The season of elections is not over yet, as the University Students’ Council vice-presidential races are set to begin.

Over the next three weeks the candidates will do their best to impress their fellow USC councillors, who will vote on who they feel is the most qualified for the various roles.

With the USC presidential role already filled for next year, the USC goes through the process of selecting people to fill the positions of VP-university affairs, VP-student events, VP-finance and VP-campus issues.

Rachel Halpern, this year’s USC communications officer, stressed the importance of students passing their candidate preferences on to their respective USC representatives.

“[The average student’s] elected officials are the ones who actually vote for the candidate, so students should communicate their position to their representatives.”

One of the best times to find out more about the candidates is to attend the open forum on March 18 in The Spoke Lounge.

“One of the best ways to get involved is to come out to the forum,” Halpern said. “The average student can get involved and ask tough questions to make sure the right person gets elected.”

Students looking to find out more information on the positions and candidates are encouraged to go to the USC election website: www.voteusc.ca.
" Mike Hayes

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