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Travel and work with AIESEC’s global internship program
Western’s chapter of AIESEC is holding two information sessions next week to inform students about its global internship program.

AIESEC, which has chapters in 97 countries, sends students around the world to work in management, development or technical fields. AIESEC Western also works with local businesses and helps bring international students to London.

AIESEC co-ordinates over 4,000 global internships every year. All Western students are invited to attend the information sessions to see if they’d like to apply.

The sessions run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31 and Thursday, Feb.1 in Room 3317 of Somerville House.

For more information, visit or e-mail Bora Youn at
"Claire Neary

Ivey receives $2.5-million donation
A generous donation has led to another building name change within Western.

The Ivey School of Business is renaming its Institute for Entrepreneurship to honour MBA alumnus Pierre L. Morrissette for his $2.5-million contribution.

Western President and Vice-Chancellor Paul Davenport and Ivey Dean Carol Stephenson unveiled the new Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship in a ceremony last Thursday.

Morrissette, owner of The Weather Network and founder of Pelmorex Media Inc., praised Ivey’s role in furthering Canada’s economy.

The donation provides $250,000 annually for student programs, graduate scholarships and research.
"Jaela Bernstien

Award-winning novelist comes to Western
James Carroll, an acclaimed columnist and award-winning author, will speak at Western next Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Carroll has written for newspapers like The Boston Globe and has written several bestselling books, including An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us; Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews; and House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power.

An opponent of the U.S.’s current foreign policy, Carroll criticizes the current American government “passionately and intelligently, while still showing love for his country,” said Rob McDougall, the associate director of the Centre for American Studies.

The Centre for American Studies is hosting the lecture in Room 224 of University College. The event runs until 7 p.m.
"Mary Ann Boateng

Robarts given funding for Alzheimer’s research
A $100,000 donation was recently made to Western’s Robarts Research Institute. Londoner Stewart Geddes generously provided the donation to the Alzheimer Society of London in honour of his late wife, an Alzheimer’s sufferer.

The Alzheimer Society of London transferred the donation to Robarts Research Institute to increase funding for its Alzheimer’s research.

The research is being conducted by pharmacologist Jane Rylett and image scientist Robert Bartha. According to Rylett, the funding will be used to investigate ultra-high field MRI, so they can better understand early changes in Alzheimer’s patients’ brains and assist scientists in developing and testing new drugs.

“We will look at cellular mechanisms in the brain and collaborate with the medicine imaging group at Robarts,” Rylett said.

“[This will let us] visualize some of the disease processes that occur in the brain and look at drug effect on the progression [of Alzheimer’s].”
"Matthew Pietrangelo

Chinese Culture Festival this Sunday
King’s Chinese Students Association is holding its third annual Chinese Culture Festival at Talbot College this Sunday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. The theme is “Culture in Minority Areas of China.”

“Our goal is to promote Chinese culture to the Western community,” said KCSA member William Wu.

Wu said traditional dance, lion dancing, songs and instruments are just a few ways KCSA will promote Chinese culture at the festival.

“Our first two years were very successful,” Wu said.

Tickets are available in the University Community Centre for $10 and at the door for $15. All proceeds go toward the Chinese Youth Developed Foundation. For reservations and additional information, contact Wu at 519-860-9076.
"Matthew Pietrangelo

Opera fans, listen up!
Western professor Theodore Baerg, an international opera sensation and director of the UWOpera program, presents Puccini’s Il Trittico next month.

Il Trittico is three one-act operas based on three different moods. Two of the operas, the tragic and comedic moods, will be performed at Western.

Berg is directing the comedy, Gianni Schicch, and Western music professor Sophie Roland is directing the tragedy, Suor Angleica.

“They are great operas,” Roland said. “The stories are phenomenal " they have lots of roles which allow our singers to be part of this program. We are rehearsing very intensely.”

Il Trittico runs Feb. 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at Talbot Theatre. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from Orchestra London’s box office at 519-679-8778.
"Katherine Boleszczuk

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