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Income tax clinic committee seeking members
Western’s annual income tax clinic is seeking committee members to help organize this year’s clinic.

The income tax clinic is a free tax-filing service run by the University Students’ Council and Western students. This year’s clinic takes place from March 26 to March 30 in the University Community Centre.

According to USC income tax clinic co-ordinator Elizabeth Kular, applications are available in the USC office, Room 340 of the UCC. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 19 by 4 p.m.

Students can apply for communications co-ordinator, logistics co-ordinator, website co-ordinator, sponsorship co-ordinator and volunteer co-ordinator. Additional volunteers will be required after the committee is selected.

E mail Kular at for more information.
"Claire Neary

Come out and audition for Purple Shorts
Purple Shorts, Theatre Western’s annual one-act play festival, is holding auditions for actors today and tomorrow.

Auditions take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Room 315 of the University Community Centre.

Students can simply drop in and don’t need to prepare anything; actors will choose from three readings for the audition.

“No prior experience is required,” said Vicky Simanovski, VP-student affairs. “Just an interest in theatre.”

Six plays have been selected and actors can state a preference for which they’d like to perform in. Performances are Feb. 15 and Feb. 17.

For more information on auditioning or other ways to get involved, visit Theatre Western’s website or e-mail commissioner Sarah Shields at
"Claire Neary

USC nominations open
Nominations are now open for positions of student leadership next year.

Science, social science, arts and humanities, MIT, health science, and music councillor nomination forms are now available. Faculty and University Students’ Council president nomination forms are also available at the front desk in the USC office, Room 340 in the University Community Centre.

Applications are due Feb. 5 at 4 p.m.

“If they’re not in, then you’re not in,” said Matt Fisher, USC chief returning officer. “No exceptions, no dilly-dallying, no ‘my dog ate it.’”

In addition to a monetary bond, nomination packages require a certain number of signatures depending on the position, Fisher added.

Nominations are open to everyone and no experience is required.
"Cigdem Iltan

Check out Safety and Accessibility Week in the UCC
Safety and Accessibility Week runs from today to Friday in the University Community Centre atrium.

Pedro Lopes, University Students’ Council VP-campus issues, said activities throughout the week will provide safety tips on a range of activities, from walking home at night to social tips like ensuring a ride home from the bar.

On Wednesday and Thursday a “Hall of Enlightenment” will be constructed in the UCC atrium displaying safety and accessibility tips.

The “Hall of Enlightenment” will include a professor speaking on a screen without volume so students can understand the difficulties hearing impaired students can have. Wheelchairs will be set up so students can experience using one.

“Students often only see the limitations of students with disabilities, but we are going to include interactive activities to give all students a chance to see things from a different perspective,” Lopes said.

Lopes said this week will also address facts and myths about students with disabilities.

“People will often use words like ‘retarded’ without thinking about the repercussions those terms may have for others,” Lopes said. “We want to get people thinking in new ways about social acceptance.”

Organizations like the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and Community Living will be on hand to provide information on where students can go for help with disabilities.

On Thursday, Gord Paynter, a blind comedian and motivational speaker, will speak on combating social views and how students with disabilities can reach any goal.

Lastly, a UWO hall monitor will be on hand to bring a face to safety.

“It is a way to put a face to different disabilities in a tongue-and-cheek way and not to make light of the issue,” Lopes said.
"Jennifer Davidson

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