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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Slammin’ poetry at The Spoke
The fourth annual poetry slam takes place Wednesday, March 14 at 8 p.m. in The Spoke. The event is sponsored by the University Students’ Council and The Coterie: Western’s Undergraduate English Society.

Anyone wishing to showcase their poetic or lyrical talent is invited to attend.

The competition has three categories: classical poetry " structured and stylized form; free verse " unstructured and freestyle poetry; and rap/hip-hop/beat poetry.

Each category winner receives $100.

All poetry must be created by the entrant and no instruments or props are allowed. All performances must be solo.

“This is really the only venue on campus for aspiring poets to not only write, but to present their own work to a captive audience of students interested in what they have to say,” said Vicky Simanovski, USC VP-student events.

Event details are available at Students can register online or by picking up a registration form from the USC office, Room 340 of the University Community Centre. The deadline is at 4 p.m. March 13.
"Chris Ioannou

Sonia Labatt brews up a speech at Ivey
Sonia Labatt, active philanthropist and environmentalist, speaks at the Richard Ivey School of Business Wednesday, March 14.

On Feb. 7 Sonia and Arthur Labatt made a $30-million private donation to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for a new heart and brain tumour research centre. This was the largest private donation to The Hospital For Sick Children and one of the largest monetary gifts ever to a Canadian hospital.

Sonia has also made extensive donations to Western. Her and her husband’s names title the Health Sciences Building on campus.

Brent Hutzal, the MBA Executive Director of Ivey Connects, describes Labatt as “a dynamic speaker and a well-known environmentalist and author.”

Sonia has written numerous books about carbon and environmental finance.

Lunch will be served at 12:45 p.m. and Labatt will speak from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. This event is based on “Carbon: A New Asset Class.”
"Katherine Boleszczuk

Don’t want to drink on St. Patty’s Day? Compete in the Aquathon
The Western Triathlon Club is holding a St. Patty’s Day Splash ‘n’ Dash Aquathon and 10-kilometre run March 17.

The aquathon is a combination of swimming in the Thames Hall pool and running through campus and nearby parks. The individual short course includes a 500-metre swim plus a five-kilometre run, and the individual long course includes a 1,000-metre swim and 10-kilometre run.

There is also a relay involving a 1,000-metre swim and 10-kilometre run and a 10-kilometre time-trial run.

“Last year was a blast " we had a great time,” said Jeff Hynds, president of the Triathlon Club. “There were around 50 athletes from Queen’s, Western and the University of Toronto.”

The aquathon begins at 8 a.m. in the Thames Hall pool, and the 10-kilometre run starts at the Thames Hall exit area at 10 a.m. Pre-race sign-in and kit pick-up are March 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and March 17 from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in the Thames Hall lobby.

Prizes for the race come from MultiSport Canada, Runners Choice, The Spoke Lounge, All Seasons Sports & Cycle and Chip Time Results.

Costs for the event are $40 for the aquathon, $25 for the time-trial run and $60 for the relay.

To register or for more information visit
"Jennifer Davidson

Counter-Stryker panel discussion Monday
Monday, UWO Counter-Stryker hosts a panel on the ethics of military research in university. The event starts at 3 p.m. in Council Chambers, Room 315 of the University Community Centre.

The panel features David Noble, professor in the Department of Social and Political Thought at York University; Paul Hamel, professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto; Steve D’arcy, philosophy professor at Huron University College; and Ted Hewitt, VP-research and international relations at Western. Sandra Smeltzer, professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western, is the moderator.

For more information, e-mail
"Claire Neary

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