October 26, 2006 Vol. 42 No. 28 The University of Western Ontario’s newspaper of record www.westernnews.ca
ANYTHING TO DECLARE? GROWING PAINS
When Stephen Lomber agreed to come to Western Western’s youngest faculty is already growing out
from Texas as a hearing researcher, his graduate of its brand new home. This week’s faculty proﬁle
students had a decision to make. touches down with Information & Media Studies.
Page 11 Page 8-9
Paul Mayne, Western News
Western English Professor Mark McDayter sits amongst centuries-old works by celebrated poet John Milton (1608-1674). McDayter plans to bring Milton to the masses with his Digital
Milton Archive Project (D-MAP) of the more than 800 Milton works housed in Western Libraries Archives and Research Collections Centre. A major gathering of Milton scholars is taking
place on campus this weekend. See stories on Page 3.
The amazing comeback of TV Western
BY BOB KLANAC program on the local Rogers Tele- station so we can pump some of ern,” Stein says. “The volunteers commitment to produce the 30-
vision station. that video onto the website.” will decide which videos can go minute program on Rogers. Stein
Although it teetered on the brink “We’re starting from ground Imminent for the web are sub- up with or without editing. That’s admits it’s a lot of work for him,
of extinction less than a year ago, zero again at TV Western,” Stein missions of video to the site, as going to be important because the production director and the
TV Western is not only back but says. “We’ve got new volun- happens with YouTube. Stein notes with these kinds of submissions volunteers but the effort is paying
has taken on an entirely new life. teers and they’re really excited you never know what you’re going dividends.
The campus TV station which about the website and the Rogers to get.” “In as much as the web is the
produced and broadcast campus- show.” As for the Rogers show, it has big thing now, there is still some-
related programming in the UCC The website boasts an array of “It’s good and going to been a calling card for recruit- thing about ‘real TV’ that excites
has turned to the web and the com- segments and clips produced by get better.” ing volunteers. Stein has found people,” says Stein.
munity for its future. current TV Western volunteers that several volunteers are gradu- TV Western’s re-emergence is
A few months ago TV West- focusing around topics such as O- CHRW/TV Western Station Manager
ates of Fanshawe’s TV production proving to be an experiment that
ern was reinvented by CHRW/ Week, students’ council meetings course, now at Western. will likely make it more vital as a
TV Western Station Manager and campus activities. “In one case we had one girl chronicler of campus life.
Grant Stein as a web-based entity, According to Stein, ambitions who was a TV co-op student at “It’s going well,” Stein says. “We
focusing on the Internet to broad- for the site’s content are only that this effort will be launched TV Western when she was in high are busy but it’s exciting and it’s a
cast productions, both new and restricted by the ﬂedgling opera- soon by a contest soliciting school,” Stein says. “She went to good busy. It’s good for the volun-
archived. tion’s technical limitations. user-produced video in the near Fanshawe for TV Production and teers and good for students. The
Since then, it has extended its “We have a lot of video shot but future. now she’s back at Western as a volunteers are developing a new
reach to full-fledged television only one workstation to edit it on,” “After the contest, we’ll make student.” set of skills. It’s good and going to
production by way of a half-hour he says. “We’d like to get another it a standard feature of TV West- TV Western has a 13-week get better.”
INSIDE: Academe 15 | Careers 15 | Classiﬁeds 15 | Coming Events 14 | Registrar’s Bulletin 12 | Viewpoint 4
2 O C T O B E R 2 6 , 2 0 0 6 W E S T E R N N E W S
Music Books WHO WILL LEAD?
World renowned leadership
expert and organizational
their ﬁrst Infection and Immunity
Research Forum for Nov. 24. The
day will consist of oral and poster
federal public service sector of
discrimination because its hiring
strategies and policies exclude
U2 By U2 presentations from graduate college graduates from applying
Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, consultant Margaret Wheatley students and post-doctoral fellows, to several federal departments.
Larry Mullen Jr. delivers a free lecture Oct. 26 a keynote address by Norma Most postings list a university
Beginning with the anarchic days of their 70s punk origins, at 7:30 p.m. in the Brescia Andrews from Yale University degree as the minimum
this is their story, told with wit, insight and astonishing Auditorium, the Mother St. James
candour by the band themselves, with pictures from their
School of Medicine and a career educational requirement for
Building. Her newest book, development session. entry-level jobs. While Seneca
own archives. For the serious fan. Finding Our Way: Leadership President Rick Miner doesn’t
for an Uncertain Time, describes think it’s intentional, he sees it
the organizational and personal FOCUS ON ABILITIES
as discrimination. The newly
U2 By U2 behaviours that bring her Western is supporting the formed Polytechnics Canada
by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. theories to life. Presented by Abilities First conference being is an alliance of Canada’s eight
Brescia University College and held in London Nov. 1. The event leading colleges and institutions
Re-Imagining Leadership, the opens doors to how some London of advanced technology that are
2. R. Crumb’s Heroes Of Blues, Jazz & Country (includes a music CD) lecture is the ﬁrst of ﬁve in the businesses are taking advantage pushing to put their priorities on
by R. Crumb Sophia Series – a series that aims of a pool of talent many businesses Ottawa’s radar.
to inform the students of Brescia overlook – people with disabilities.
3. Weather Bird: Jazz At The Dawn Of Its Second Century
and women and men in the Speakers and comedians will
by Gary Giddens
London community of the depth CRIME PREVENTION
tackle the facts and sensitivities
and richness of women’s wisdom. around this issue. The event takes PROGRAM FEATURED
4. Essays On Music by Theodor Adorno
Contact Kim Young Milani at 519- place 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the The success of Western’s
432-8353, ext. 28288, circle@uwo. London Convention Centre., 300 safety and security net program
5. This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science Of A Human Obsession ca or visit www.brescia.uwo.ca/
by Daniel Levitin
York St. is featured in the fall issue of
sophia University Manager magazine.
6. The Devil’s Horn: The Story Of The Saxophone, From Noisy Novelty CONVOCATION HELPER? The story outlines how break and
To King Of Cool by Michael Segell enter losses have fallen by 28 per
EVERYTHING YOU PLEASE CHECK
cent and theft losses by 42 per
7. Bob Dylan: The Essential Interviews by Jonathan Cott WANTED TO KNOW Helpers for the 2006 Spring cent with phased adoption of the
ABOUT CANCER… and Autumn Convocations are program over the past few years.
reminded that a reception to A surprise byproduct of the
8. The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics by David Dodd The 2006 Taylor Prize show appreciation for their assis- program has been productivity
symposium will be presented tance is set for Wed., Nov. 1. This gains such as reduced caretaker
9. Tupac Shakur Legacy (includes 90 minute interview CD) Nov. 1 by Robarts Research notice updates information that labour for locking and unlocking
by Jamal Joseph Institute on the topic: Biological appeared in the ofﬁcial invitation. doors with implementation of
10. Queering The Pitch: The New Gay And Lesbian Musicology (Revised) approaches to the prevention The event takes place at 4-5:30 security card access – such gains
by Philip Brett and treatment of cancer. The p.m. in the Ivey Atrium, Law- are estimated at $64,000 a year.
event takes place at University rence National Centre for Policy
Hospital Aud. A, 8:50 a.m.-3:30 & Management. Please RSVP to
Compilation provided by The Book Store at Western. IT’S BEEN DE-VINE
p.m. A public forum designed email@example.com or call 519-661-3747
for a general audience will be by Oct. 27. Tom Vine, Western’s
held from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. For commodity tax manager, is
Don’t be late! more information about the free
symposium, visit www.robarts.
DISCRIMINATION retiring. An informal gathering
will take place Nov. 3 (4-5:30 p.m.)
ca/symposium or contact Cathy AGAINST COLLEGE GRADS
Check the Events Calendar. at the Grad Club for offering best
Ferrie at firstname.lastname@example.org Toronto’s Seneca College, wishes.
Visit Quick Links on Western’s homepage. Canada’s largest, has accused the
PENSIONS R US
Human Resources is offering
UNIVERSAL ‘A Guided Tour of Your Pension
Plan’. The event, Oct. 26, offers 25 YEARS AGO IN WESTERN NEWS
Sudoku Puzzle a quick overview of decisions
pension plan members must
make, contributions to the plan,
■ Federal cuts of $1.5 billion to post-secondary education could
strip $50 -$60 million from Western’s annual operating revenue
payment choices and using the and force the University to “cut its operations in half”.
Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box web to access information. The ■ The rugby team has been suspended from further
Tour takes place 12:30-1:30 pm in
contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively Somerville 3315.
participation in league play because of vandalism, lewdness and
drunken behavior unbecoming the good name of athletics and the
CATCH SOMETHING? ■ Second heart transplant at University Hospital- the London
transplants are the ﬁrst in Canada in about six years.
Graduate students in the
■ The Pickup, in the basement of UCC, is being converted into
Department of Microbiology
an entirely non-smoking area for a six-week “pilot study”.
and Immunology are organizing
Piled Higher & Deeper
a grad student comic strip
Solution on page 14
W E S T E R N N E W S O C T O B E R 2 6 , 2 0 0 6 3
Spreading the word about Milton
B Y P A U L M AY N E
A centuries-old copy of Para-
dise Lost, an epic work by the
17th-century English poet John
Milton, sits inexplicably on a table
top in Archives and Research
Surrounding it are similar
rare Milton works, all making
up Western’s G. William Stuart
Jr. Collection of Milton and Mil-
toniana, an anthology of more
than 800 volumes originally pur- B Y P A U L M AY N E Harvard, Princeton and
chased in 1969. other major universities
Together, this is considered by It should be like kids in a will be attending.
many to be one of the top ﬁve Mil- candy store this Friday and “Bringing the North East
ton collections in the world and Saturday as more than two Milton Seminar here to
one of only six worldwide to hold dozen John Milton schol- Western will not only give
more than one-third of all books ars, known as Miltonists, our faculty and students a
printed before 1801. enjoy a rare glimpse of one rare opportunity to engage
For English Professor Mark of the ﬁnest Milton collec- in scholarly conversation
McDayter, this rich and impor- tions in the world. with some of the ﬁnest Mil-
tant collection of rare 17th- and Western is host to the tonists in the world, it will
18th-century volumes will be North East Milton Seminar, also give us a unique chance
borne into the digital age over whose members meet twice to display the Milton col-
the next several years with his yearly to discuss works of lection in the Weldon, the
Digital Milton Archive Project, the celebrated 17th cen- fourth or ﬁfth best in the
dubbed D-MAP. tury poet. The collection world,” says Leonard.
The objective of the project is The Milton collection in Weldon Library will become accessible through a of more than 800 Milton The seminar, which is
to produce high-quality digital project to develop an online digital archive of the rare works. volumes housed in West- open to the campus com-
images of Milton’s work alongside ern Libraries Archives and munity, begins at Wind-
an edited electronic transcrip- Research Collections Cen- ermere Manor Friday (5
tion of scholarly notes. The latter needs,” he says. “We’ll have the and spark the interest of other tre (Weldon Library) will p.m.), with a lecture by
is being made possible through high-quality photographic equip- universities for similar projects. be front and centre as part Canada Research Chair
a sophisticated new hypertext ment, special software and other McDayter says he has discussed of the seminar, which also and University of Toronto
interface for the use of special- equipment needed. These are not possibilities with McMaster and includes guest speakers. Professor Paul Stevens.
ists and non-specialists alike. books to be placing on just any the University of Michigan. Western English Profes- T h e f o l l o w i n g d a y,
“This is great. It’s going to be scanner.” “What we have here is a won- sor John Leonard, who is with meetings held in the
work – but fun work. You couldn’t McDayter says the uniqueness derful collection that, in a sense, coordinating the seminar, Archives and Research
have English literature without of D-MAP may lie in the interac- is not accessible to all,” he says. anticipates a marvelous Collections Centre, fea-
Milton,” says McDayter, who has tive aspect of the project. Indi- “This will put us on the map learning experience and tures seminar papers
received ﬁnancial support for his vidual works, in fact individual regarding the resources we have an opportunity for the spot- from Rutgers University’s
project through Western’s Aca- pages, can be broken down into here and the cutting-edge tech- light to be on the universi- Ann Coiro (9:30 a.m.) and
demic Development Fund. He is details such as the size of the let- nology we are using.” ty’s archives. Western alumnus Anthony
hopeful of a future grant from ters and the type of paper it was While the target audience will “At ﬁrst I was terriﬁed, Welch (1:15 p.m.) of the
the Canada Foundation for Inno- written on. be Miltonists, those with an inter- but I’m optimistic this is University of Tennessee.
vation, an application currently “While the actual words are est in 17th century literature will going to be a feather in Western’s Mark McDay-
under review. important, once complete, this also ﬁnd the D-MAP a useful and the cap for Western,” says ter will wrap up weekend
Facilities for the digitization project will give you the experi- informative source of informa- Leonard. “I think our Mil- activities at 3:30 p.m. by
of the fragile volumes will be ence of interacting with the work tion. ton collection is one of the discussing his plans to put
put into place in late spring, says itself,” says McDayter. “It will be “And the information is never best-kept secrets and it’s a Western’s Milton collection
McDayter, adding the painstak- the next best thing to having the ending,” says McDayter. “As great time to showcase it.” online with the Digital Mil-
ing task of scanning and editing book right in front of you.” more becomes known we can Academics from Yale, ton Archives Project.
will begin shortly afterwards. McDayter is hopeful the D- also add to the project. I’m truly
“We’re talking rare 300- to MAP will continue to fuel the ﬁre looking forward to getting this
400-year-old books with special of discussion of Milton’s works going full steam.”
ELECTION RESULTS GRAD, PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR
Nov. 1 & 2 well as Western’s own gradu-
Online voting took place for fac- For undergraduates, the fol- lege: Matthew Wilson and Marie 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., UCC Atrium ate programs and professional
ulty and administrative staff on lowing students were elected for Oliva and Centre Spot schools. Different exhibitors and
Oct. 12 and 13, and for undergrad- one-year terms (Nov. 1, 2006, to ■ At Large: Stephen Lecce, www.career.uwo.ca/gradfair universities each day. Meet edu-
uate students on Oct. 18 and 19. Oct. 31, 2007): Sabrina Sdao, Sandy Clark, Tom All students and alumni wel- cational recruiters and discuss
Successful candidates include: ■ Arts and Humanities and Stevenson, Chad Callander, Paulo come - no registration needed. post-graduate opportunities.
Music: Kate Graham Senra, Zachary Armstrong and
■ Science: Clement Yung Natalie Turrin. FEATURES Organizers: Career Services,
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
■ Business, Education, Engi- Detailed results are posted at: University Students’ Council,
Susan Grindrod, administra- neering and Law: Jared Gordon www.uwo.ca/univsec/election More than 100 exhibits from Faculty of Graduate Studies, and
tive staff representative for a ■ Affiliated university col- Canada, the U.S. and abroad as Ofﬁce of the Registrar.
four-year term (Nov. 15, 2006, to
Nov. 14, 2010)
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VIEWPOINT THE WAY WE WERE: 1956
More to future
Stephen Poloz is Senior Vice-President,
Corporate Affairs and Chief Economist for
Export Development Canada and a University
of Western Ontario graduate
BY STEPHEN POLOZ domestic oases of comfort and
blowing housing forecasts out of
conomists are always the water.
worried about some- But it is boomers’ impact on
thing, it’s fair to say. labour markets that attracts
But demographers the most attention. Today there
surely take the cake when it are ﬁve working-age people for
comes to sounding the alarm. every retiree, whereas in 20
The problem relates to the years there will be only three.
baby boom. During 1945-65 That sounds like a big problem,
there was a boom in births, but of course things will change.
creating a 20-year bulge in When people are in short sup-
the demand for diapers, then ply, the price of their time rises.
bicycles, then primary school, Full-time retirement loses its
secondary school and univer- appeal when one can command
sity. Then the bulge moved into a high premium by remaining in
houses, then stocks, vacation the workforce. Part-time career
properties and so on. Demo- extensions will become increas-
graphics have been cited as ingly the norm.
an underlying cause of almost This trend will only increase
every big event in our times. as our life expectancy length-
ens, as the experts all agree it
will. A modest increase in work-
ing years and higher immigra-
Demographics have tion rates will go a long way
to building a bridge across the
been cited as an coming demographic abyss.
underlying cause of Even so, the doomsayers are
discounting yet another impor-
almost every big event tant compensating force: tech-
Contributed by Alan Noon (email@example.com) London Free Press Collection/Western Archives
in our times. At a conference of business leaders held at the university in 1948 it was suggested that Western, with 28 years of
nological progress. New tech-
experience operating a successful undergraduate department of Business Administration, would be the ideal site for
nology means that the workers
a national business school offering graduate degrees. In 1956 a generous lead gift from Mr. R. G Ivey enabled ten-
of tomorrow will produce more
ders to be called for a new building. Construction of the Richard G. Ivey School of Business Administration Building
And then there is the down- for themselves and for their
was not without controversy. The site was covered by remnants of the original forest and many large trees, despite
side. As these boomers retire, retiring parents.
opposition from local conservationists, were removed to accommodate construction.
one imagines mobs of people Consider that during 1955-
trying to sell their homes to an 2005, productivity in manufac-
unwilling younger generation, turing in Canada increased by
selling their stock portfolios into a factor of ﬁve. Suppose that
melting market fundamentals
for ten cents on the dollar, and
during the next 20 years we get
a further doubling in productiv- �������������������
bankrupting our medical and ity per manufacturing worker,
pension systems. All of these
analyses contain some truth, but
and that average productivity
across the entire economy rises
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Pay equity at Western: a critical look
BY STEVE LUPKER AND women are paid equitably com- mine whether a male-female gender would be seriously com-
CLIVE SELIGMAN pared to men. Is it likely that salary difference exists among promised.
The writers during this time Western’s deans newer faculty. Analyze those data Importantly, inclusion of these
This past May, 78 per cent of Steve Lupker and Clive Seligman are have been allowing women fac- directly, including doing multiple very highly paid individuals in
female faculty received incre- faculty members in the Department of ulty to be shortchanged in starting regression analyses only on assis- the analysis may be the reason
ments to their annual salary, Psychology. salaries? Indeed, in our faculty, tant professors. We have been that the committees came to the
ranging from $50 to over $10,000. starting salaries are negotiated told that these analyses have not conclusion that men make signiﬁ-
These raises followed from the by the dean himself. According to been done. cantly more than women. That
Faculty Pay Equity Committee reports. the multiple regression analyses, Another noteworthy aspect of is, these highly paid male faculty
Report (August, 2005) and from One is that the committees con- the estimated male-female start- the reports is that there are about (and not the other 700 male fac-
the Implementation Committee cluded that assistant professors ing salary difference in Social a dozen or more male faculty ulty) may be the source of the
Report (March, 2006) that exam- and, more speciﬁcally, those most Science for a new PhD is $5,535. members making more than the signiﬁcant gender effect found
ined gender-based differences recently hired were suffering If this estimated discrepancy highest paid female faculty mem- in the analyses. This hypothesis
in salary at Western. The wide- the most from gender-based pay reﬂects bias, rather than a ﬂaw ber. More importantly, accord- could also be addressed. We could
spread presumption underlying inequity. This is a rather surpris- in the regression analyses, then ing to the multiple regression include some of the missing vari-
these reports is that Western ing, and disturbing, conclusion. analysis, they are all making sub- ables, e.g., market adjustment, in
has been discriminating against However, it also seems implau- stantially more than predicted another analysis. We could also
women in terms of compensa- sible for a couple of reasons. by the equation (see Figure 3 in remove any salaries over some
tion. Neither committee was 1) if the presumption about ...improbable results the August, 2005 report). Why? large value (e.g., $150,000) and
mandated to examine unfairness Western discriminating against and the omission of Merit was included as a factor redo the analyses. We have been
in men’s salaries. women is correct, it would be in the analysis, although the only told that none of these analyses
To examine the question of gen- senior female faculty who would
important variables merit indicator used was the have been done.
der-based differences, the com- show the strongest impact; over make the regression most recently available PAI rat- In conclusion, we have sug-
mittees carried out a multiple time, their salaries would have analyses and the ing (used for yearly pay raises), gested that improbable results
regression analysis in an attempt fallen increasingly further behind rather than any career-based and the omission of important
to determine what factors explain their male counterparts. subsequent pay raises measure. (Male and female fac- variables make the regression
individuals’ actual salaries. Fac- 2) the committees’ conclusion suspect. ulty received virtually identical analyses and the subsequent pay
tors like number of years at implies that the main source of PAI ratings, relative to others in raises suspect. We have pointed
Western, faculty membership, male-female salary discrepan- their departments.) out that data either exist in the
years since highest degree, gen- cies is due to starting salary dif- our dean must be a misogynist. Could these large salaries be current data base or could be
der, and so on were used in the ferences. That is, those women We don’t believe that. Nor does explained by merit factors that gathered without too much trou-
analysis and the result was an who have been hired very it seem likely that the deans in weren’t included in the regres- ble to test some of the hypotheses
equation that tried to explain why recently must have received the two faculties in which the sion analyses, for example, career we outlined. Unfortunately there
different people make different much smaller salaries than their estimate of the discrepancy was achievement, competitive market is no will in the university admin-
salaries (e.g., people in Faculty male counterparts. Could this more than $10,000 (Law and Den- adjustments used to retain these istration to do so.
X make more than people in Fac- possibly be true? Interestingly, tistry) could have acted so egre- individuals or CRC status? Or, One of us was told directly by
ulty Y which partially explains starting salary was not included giously. are the salaries a result of having a senior ofﬁcial who is ultimately
why Chris, who is a member of as a factor in the analysis and, Second, and equally impor- served in a high administrative responsible for pay equity that no
X, makes more than Pat, who is a thus, it was not investigated as an tantly, the data in Figure 3 of the ofﬁce (e.g., dean or above). Or, further analyses would be done
member of Y). Both committees explanation. However, there are August, 2005 report suggest that are they due to genuine sex-based on the data reported in the two
concluded that gender is a factor at least two arguments suggest- there is virtually no male-female discrimination? It’s impossible to equity reports. A private appeal
in Western salaries; even when ing that starting salaries is not salary difference among faculty know from the reported analyses. to the university administration’s
the other factors were taken into the reason for the male-female making up to about $80,000, which However, if these salaries are publicly stated commitment to
account, men earned, on average, differences. presumably includes the assis- due to legitimate merit factors transparent and accountable
about $2,200 more than women. First, there has been a public tant professors who were hired omitted from the regression anal- decision-making was not persua-
We would like to comment on commitment by this university recently. There is, of course, a yses, both those analyses and any sive in changing this official’s
some interesting aspects of these for over 10 years to ensure that straightforward way to deter- conclusions about the effect of mind.
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depend, at least a bit, on the qual-
ity of air. It takes all of us, the
ductivity, while decreasing a load
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Women’s hockey legend Cassie Campbell speaks with London-area high school students.
Making the university JUMP!
BY JEFF RENAUD page of newspapers for the sec- individual game plans to make
ond in time in recent memory. participants’ personal goals a
Over the past decade, Cassie Her August 30 retirement from reality.
Campbell has been the face of the women’s national team was Campbell, an alumna of the
women’s hockey in Canada, lead- also heavily covered by media. University of Guelph, says she
Post-Graduate programs at Fleming College
ing the national team to back- No wonder Campbell was feels little pressure about speak- provide the speciﬁc training you need to get
to-back Olympic gold medals in invited to attend JUMP! The ing at an event like JUMP! or
2002 and 2006. key note speaker for the one-day serving as a role model to young
On October 14, Campbell conference focused on provid- women.
showcased her talents in a new ing area high school girls with “You are either a role model OUR PROGRAMS ARE:
forum as the ﬁrst female colour the tools necessary to select a or you are not. I think with a lot • Short in duration (2 – 3 semesters), offered
commentator in Hockey Night university that suits their needs of my teammates, we try not to during one year
in Canada history, ﬁlling in for academically and athletically. be anyone different than who we
Harry Neale, who was snowed in The event, presented by West- are. It’s a great group of women • Taught by industry professionals
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the hot seat less than a month on October 20 at the Althouse to talk about them with young
into starting her new role as a Building, featured panel discus- students and they get to see us
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This article is the fourth in a series about how Western faculties are remaking themselves.
Youngest faculty experiencing explosive growth
program has gone Faculty: 45
from zero to 700 Undergrads: 728
Grad Students: 329
undergraduates Operating Budget: $6.6 million
Research Expenditures: $598,582
in under a decade How Old: Founded 1996
Bragging Items: Library and Information
Science PhD program graduates teach at
universities in Canada and abroad. Many
MA in Journalism program graduates are
BY ALAN JOHNSTON in positions of prominence in media out-
lets across Canada and the United States.
ven a new home can’t quite Did You Know? FIMS includes production
handle the youngest facul- areas – Broadcast Journalism, Broadcast
ty’s growth spurt. Radio, TV Broadcasting and Multimedia.
The Faculty of Information &
Source: Western Facts, 2006, Acting Dean
Media Studies (FIMS) and the Biol-
ogy department share the North
Campus Building, one of Western’s ate program in Media, Informa-
newer buildings. Expansion by tion and Technoculture, begun
FIMS in enrolment, faculty, staff in 1997, already has reached “a
and research has created a space steady-state enrolment” of about
crunch that is being solved in the 700 students “surpassing all expec-
short term by relocating some stu- tations regarding growth and stu-
dent, research and teaching facili- dent demand.” The media studies
ties next door to the Staging Build- program with a cultural studies
ing. focus was the ﬁrst of ﬁve new pro-
“We’re kind of maxed out in most grams FIMS has introduced and
areas in terms of instructors and something new for Canada.
space,” says Associate Dean and This past June, FIMS celebrated
Graduate Chair Gloria Leckie, Act- the first graduating class in the
ing Dean while Catherine Ross was undergraduate Degree/Diploma in
on leave. “Space is a huge issue Media Theory and Production. The
for us, even with the new building. program offered jointly with Fan-
We really can’t shawe College admits 40 students a
expand much year for four years of study, two at
beyond where Western and two at the college.
we are now A master’s program in Media
Paul Mayne, Western News
simply because Studies, also begun in 2002, admits One of the university’s newest structures, the North Campus Building is home
we don’t have 10 students annually. Media and to Western’s youngest faculty.
the resources the Public Interest - a more spe-
or the space to cialized undergraduate program
do it.” focusing on social justice and alter- One of the faculty members at
Formerly native media and developed in 2004 FIMS since its creation is Lynne
based in Mid- to complement the MIT program McKechnie, who teaches in the
“Space is a huge issue
dlesex Col- - welcomes a maximum of 20 stu- MLIS program, PhD program for us, even with the new
Leckie lege, FIMS has dents each year. The new PhD pro- and undergraduate MIT program.
more than 800 building. We really can’t
gram in Media Studies enrolled the Her core research area, currently
undergraduate students for 2006- ﬁrst cohort in the fall of 2005, with funded by a Social Sciences and expand much beyond
07. “That’s a huge undertaking
from having none in 1997,” Leckie
the expectation of adding about Humanities Research Council where we are now simply
ﬁve new students each fall. grant, focuses on the role of the
says. “We do have some room for Driven by increased student public library in the development because we don’t have the
expansion in the graduate area,
and that probably is where we will
demand for the new academic pro- of children as readers. resources or the space to
grams, FIMS recruited and contin- McKechnie holds the Cleary
expand.” ues to hire professors “with teach- Chair at the University of Wash-
FIMS was created in 1996 by a ing and research specializations ington, a visiting professorship Gloria Leckie
merger of the graduate schools that complement, but signiﬁcantly that began March 1, 2006 and runs Associate Dean and Graduate Chair
of Library and Information Sci- extend, the range possessed by the through September 2007. She will
ence (LIS) and Journalism together founding faculty.” be teaching a children’s literature
with the Faculty of Part-Time and Faculty size has gone from 18 in course there this winter and also “develop a basic proficiency in Rapid growth within Information & Media Studies is evident as students easily ﬁll the 800-seat William and Anne McKenzie Amphitheatre in the North Campus Building.
Continuing Education, later incor- 1997 to 45 and probably will climb giving a distance course, both print, radio, television and multi-
porated into a new unit called The to just under 50. Currently, there designed to look at children’s out- media, with specialization deferred
Centre for Continuing Studies. The are 21 staff members, and several of-school reading and learning in until the final term.” Other pro- Interdisciplinary initiatives with Identified areas of FIMS Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Department of Visual Arts, Fac- to know each other and what every- taking on more graduate students,
three well-established graduate more full-time appointments are the context of public libraries. gram contributions include a pub- other units include the creation of research strength include: cultural Interdisciplinary Studies: Technol- ulty of Music and partners in FIMS one else does so that we can work thesis students, doctoral students
programs at that time were the expected. LIS has more than 200 master’s lic presence and a television studio joint appointments with Law, Soci- industries and institutions; com- ogy, Culture and Risk is seen as through her interest in ﬁnding new collaboratively, because that is the – so the faculty is kind of ﬂower-
Master of Arts in Journalism, the “All the programs are so differ- students and 25 doctoral students, that facilitates media interviews ology, Computer Science, Visual munications, consumption and cul- “a natural outgrowth of FIMS’s ways to present historical evidence idea,” Leckie adds. “Some of that ing the way that it should,” says
Master in Library and Information ent and they are all strong in their and McKechnie plans to help FIMS for faculty from across campus. Arts, Music and Women’s Studies. ture; the social construction and commitment to multidisciplinar- that combines text, sound and visu- is starting to happen, but it takes a Leckie.
Science and the doctoral program own respects and getting noticed “do some more aggressive recruit- Central to the FIMS four-year FIMS recently passed a motion to use of the media and information; ity and interdisciplinarity.” Parr’s alization. lot of effort to get people to see how The strategic direction has been
in LIS. nationally and internationally,” ing.” Developing new youth ser- academic plan are the principles go forward with a new MA in Popu- information and media policy; the research on communities under “Our faculty is very multidisci- they might work with somebody “to get our faculty members ten-
Building on existing academic says Leckie. “We have a co-op pro- vices librarians and mentoring new that guide teaching and research: lar Music, to be offered jointly with organization and management of the stress of engineering mega- plinary,” Leckie says. “There are who is not in their area.” ured, achieve stability, have good
strengths, FIMS introduced inno- gram in the LIS master’s program scholars are two of the things she interdisciplinarity; concerned with the Faculty of Music. The program information; computer-based sys- projects contributes to research probably 15 different disciplines Like all new faculties, FIMS solid programs and support the
vative undergraduate and graduate and employers are clamoring to enjoys the most about teaching. technology; commitment to the would take in about four or ﬁve stu- tems and environments. Internal in the graduate History program, represented.” hired many faculty members who faculty so they can do what they
programs that “examined informa- have our students. We also have Like LIS master’s and doctoral integration of theory and practice; dents each year, with courses being competitions will continue to offer Institute for Catastrophic Loss Because FIMS is so interdisci- were just starting out, so for a time need to do in terms of research
tion and media industries, cultures an MIT internship and we have no programs, the MA in Journalism critical approaches; interest in offered by both FIMS and Music. faculty the opportunity to get seed Reduction in the Faculty of Engi- plinary and people routinely teach it had more untenured than ten- and teaching,” she says. “FIMS
and technologies from a number of problems ﬁnding places. Increas- program continues to be an impor- interrelationships rather than in a A brief for the Ontario Council on money to get their research going neering, and Media Studies and in different programs, it is hard to ured professors. “Now our success has accomplished a huge amount
disciplinary perspectives.” ingly, the faculty itself is the selling tant part of what FIMS does. The single element; collaboration; ori- Graduate Studies will be submitted and obtain bigger grants. LIS graduate programs. She also “have the kind of working atmo- has been that all of those people in the short period of time since its
For example, the undergradu- point.” 45 students admitted each year entation to the public sphere. this fall. Appointment of Joy Parr to a is linked collaboratively to the sphere where all the faculty can get are getting tenure and grants, and inception.”
10 O C T O B E R 2 6 , 2 0 0 6 W E S T E R N N E W S
Passion, responsibility duty of graduates
BY BOB KLANAC
Keeping passion and living up
to the responsibility of an educa-
tion were predominant themes of
Western’s Autumn Convocation
During the two-day event,
economist and research advocate
Robert Lacroix, disabled persons
activist David Lepofsky and econ-
omist and poverty expert Francois
Bourguignon received honorary
Doctor of Laws degrees. Almost
1,800 students received their
degrees at Alumni Hall during
Western’s 287th Convocation on
Lepofsky has been influential
in raising awareness of barrier
free access issues and motivating
people with disabilities to ﬁght for
equal rights. He has lent his voice
to this cause by lobbying Queen’s
Park, acting as a spokesperson,
organizing community initiatives,
and by placing the issue on the
agenda during municipal and pro-
In his citation, Craig Brown,
Acting Dean of the Faculty of
Law, spoke of Lepofsky’s ability Paul Mayne, Western News
to “inspire us all to overcome the While parents are usually the proud ones at Convocation, it was a role-reversal for six-year-old Dariush Yazdanfar who proudly watched his mom Katy pick
obstacles that confront us, what- up her Science degree Oct. 20.
ever they are.”
Lepofsky reminded the gradu- not had the same opportunities of technology and innovation in graduates to remember the pas- Washington. Under Bourguignon’s
ating classes that their degrees you have enjoyed in life,” he noted. society. sion they developed at Western. direction, 2005’s World Devel-
were “a precious gift” and that “Your behaviour and actions In his citation, Western Presi- “The most important thing that opment Report looked at equity
they were a “unique elite”. In qual- should be directed toward the dent Paul Davenport praised I got from Western is the passion,” and development, observing that
ifying his use of the term ‘elite’ development Lacroix as he noted. equity is complementary to the
he reminded them that they are of a more “a leader, “The passion pursuit of long-term prosperity.
the few who have been given the just, equitable advocate, and for knowl- In his citation, Clark Leith, Profes-
precious gift of their skills. He and humane champion of edge, the sor Emeritus, Faculty of Social
cautioned them however, with a world.” higher educa- passion for Science, praised Bourguignon
lesson from a Spiderman ﬁlm that Lacroix’s tion in Canada, research.” in that “He has employed both
“with great power comes great work in whose voice Bourgui- his Gallic charm and intellectual
responsibility.” books, schol- has had a pro- gnon’s inter- rigour in advocating the interests
The responsibility of the edu- arly articles found effect est in poverty of the poor, in an environment
cated was also a theme for Robert and research in inﬂuencing and income where those interests have all too
Lacroix. The Canadian research reports, has government distribution often been forgotten.”
advocate noted that with the ben- been valu- investment in questions are In closing, Bourguignon told
eﬁts and privileges of an educa- Lepofsky able to under- Lacroix the future of Bourguignon reﬂected in his graduates that “I am certain that
tion comes responsibilities. standing the this country current role Western continues to keep up the
“The best way to do this is to economics of labour and human through university research.” as Senior Vice President and Chief passion that I speak of today.”
ﬁnd ways to help those who have resources, and of the importance Francois Bourguignon advised Economist of the World Bank in
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IN PROFILE:NEW FACULTY
Have spouse, grad students, cats…will travel
BY CHRISTIE LIU
He came with a brand-new wife, Stephen Lomber
a handful of grad students, truck- Home department: Physiology and
load of lab equipment and cages pharmacology
of research animals. They all trav- Birthplace: Lowville, N.Y.
elled more than 2,000 kilometres Education:
so Stephen Lomber could take ■ BSc neuroscience (1988), University
up a position as a researcher and of Rochester
■ PhD anatomy and neurobiology
associate professor at the Univer-
(1994), Boston University School of Med-
sity of Western Ontario. icine
Lomber, 40, is a new member of ■ Postdoctoral fellow (1994-1996),
the Department of Physiology and Pennsylvania State University
Pharmacology. Before coming to Recent publications:
Western, he spent ﬁve years at the ■ Cooling produces minimal neuropa-
University of Dallas in a similar thology in neocortex and hippocampus.
position. Neurobiology of Disease.
Part of Lomber’s research is ■ Functional circuitry underlying
visual neglect. Brain.
focused on the auditory cortex, Cheers for: Philadelphia Eagles (foot-
the area of the brain responsible ball), Syracuse Orangemen (basketball)
for processing sound. His labs How family/friends would describe
at Western will test cochlear him? Funny; loves to work; kind; gregari-
implants, a special type of hearing ous; meticulous.
device. While a traditional hearing
aid ampliﬁes sound so that a dam-
aged ear can hear it, a cochlear live long-term outside the United
implant is placed deep within the States.
ear where it triggers the audi- For Diana, born and raised in
tory nerve, sending its message Texas, the move meant leaving
directly to the brain. behind family and friends. “It
Paul Mayne, Western News
Lomber hopes to learn the age at was the biggest move she’s ever
which a deaf child should receive made,” says Lomber. A specialist in how the brain processes sound, Stephen Lomber is testing how cochlear implants can help a deaf
a cochlear implant. The couple married on May 11 child to hear.
“If you get it right they can be this year and moved to London on
fully operational like any other June 1. Lomber telling her to give it six tle different than anywhere else, will be followed by basketball in
person in society,” he says. “It’s The decision was further com- months to see whether she would especially since he can still follow November.
really neat because it’s the most plicated by the fact Lomber was like it or not. If she didn’t, he his beloved Philadelphia Eagles “Oh, it’s a happy time of the
clinically significant work I’ve supervising four graduate stu- would send her back to Dallas. and Syracuse Orangemen on net- year,” he says.
ever done.” dents at the University of Dallas. She appreciates the support from work television. Regular football The writer is a graduate student
Despite the opportunity to fur- He had to make sure the move the man she calls her adviser and season has already kicked off and in the Journalism program
ther his research at Western, the would not compromise their mentor.
decision to move required a long course of study and research. “He cares about his graduate
discussion between Lomber and “The student makes a commit- students,” she says. “He’s gone
his then girlfriend and now wife, ment to work in your lab and you out of his way to make sure all of
Diana. They became engaged just also have to make a commitment us feel comfortable here.”
before he accepted Western’s job to that student,” he says. Once Diana and the students
offer. In the end, they all signed on were on board, it was just a matter
In fact, when Lomber first
asked Diana about moving across
for the opportunity to be visit-
ing students at Western. One of
of dismantling and packing up the
laboratory equipment for trans-
port to London. Along for the ride
the border, she thought he meant them, Shveta Malhotra, has known
Mexico. He had to clarify that it Lomber for ﬁve years and is 18 were 20 cats, subjects of Lomber’s
was the other border he was refer-
ring to – the Canadian one.
months away from completing
her doctorate degree.
research in audiology.
With his wife, students, equip-
ment and cats in place, Lomber
2 x 28
Although Lomber was used to She admits she hesitated to
moving around for academia, this make the move to London, hav- is happily settling into life in Lon-
would be the ﬁrst time he would ing never left Texas. She recalls don. He ﬁnds living in London lit-
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E-mail - is it trash, or a record? �����������������������
BY DEBBIE JONES
AND mail messages can also be incor-
porated into electronic document
The writers management systems, either in �������������������
This is our second article
answering the more frequently
Debbie Jones is Director of Information
Technology Services and Robin Keirst-
their native format or as digi-
tized images. Finally, where
ead is University Archivist �������������������
asked questions about e-mail. appropriate, e-mail messages
Last week’s article dealt with
the life span of e-mail ﬁles in the
can be printed and filed with
other paper documents relating ������������ �������� �����������������������
system along with where and taining information for your per- to the same subject or issue. �������������������������������
sonal purposes, such as those
how long they are stored. This
week we offer answers to ques- making arrangements for social Q: What happens if an e-mail
tions about best practices, espe- engagements or extracurricu- that should have been deleted
lar activities, are not University
The Book Store at Western
cially in light of information and some time ago still exists and
privacy legislation. records and should be disposed becomes the subject of a formal
of as soon as possible. Similarly, access request under FIPPA?
Q: Is e-mail a record?
A: Yes, e-mail contains recorded
work related e-mail messages of a
transitory nature may be deleted
as soon as they have served their
A: Once a formal access
request is received it has the invites you to
information and, as such, falls effect of “freezing” all poten-
within the deﬁnition of a ‘record’ immediate purpose. Examples of tially responsive records. Even
under both Western’s Univer- such messages include: if the e-mail should have been
sity Records and Archives Policy ■ unsolicited messages, such destroyed, if it exists when the
(MAPP 1.30) and the Freedom of as advertising or list-serv post- request is received it must be
Information and Protection of ings included within the scope of the
Privacy Act (FIPPA). ■ messages forwarded for request. Deleting any responsive
information purposes only records after a formal access
Q: What does e-mail being a ■ messages copied for infor- request is received may have
record mean in practice? mation purposes only potentially serious repercussions
A: E-mail is subject to the same ■ transmittal messages where for both the University and the
rules that apply to all other uni- the attachment is retained else- individuals involved.
versity records. As well, under where
FIPPA, access to e-mail mes- Q: Is there any type of infor-
sages can be requested and the Q: What about messages solic- mation that should not be com-
privacy protection provisions iting feedback, providing com- municated via e-mail?
apply to any personal informa- ments or planning events? A: Because e-mail is not
tion they may contain. A: Because of its ease of use, secure it is important to use cau- WAYNE JOHNSTON ANITA RAU BADAMI TIMOTHY TAYLOR
e-mail often replaces casual con- tion when sending or request- Custodian of Paradise Can You Hear the Story House
Q: Does all e-mail need to be versations and face-to-face dis- ing sensitive information. This Nightbird?
kept? cussions of various work-related is especially true when dealing
A: No. As with any other uni- issues. These often take the form with personal information. The
of requests for comments and Oct. 30 at 7:30 pm, Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library
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posal decisions regarding e-mail subsequent feedback or revisions sensitive personal information
to drafts of documents. While Proceeds benefit the Book For Every Child program at London Public Library.
should be made on the basis of (e.g. medical details relating to
the information contained in the many such messages may be a grade appeal) is strongly dis-
message. Some e-mail messages important in the short term, their couraged.
can be disposed of immediately. value diminishes over time and
Others, such as those that docu- they need not be retained after Q: What if I am not sure about
ment substantive business activ- the work to which they relate is what to do with a speciﬁc e-mail
ities and/or related decisions, complete. As a rule of thumb, e- or a type of message?
should be retained longer. mail messages used to produce A: If you have any doubts
a final version of a document about the value of an e-mail mes-
Q: How long should e-mail be that is subsequently maintained sage as an ofﬁcial record, con-
kept? elsewhere in a department (elec- tact Western Archives for advice
A: There is no standard reten- tronically or in hard copy) can be (http://www.lib.uwo.ca/archives/ THOMAS PAUL WELLS
deleted once that ﬁnal version is
tion period for e-mail. Deci- records.shtml). In the meantime, HOMER DIXON
produced. Right Side Up: The Theatre of the Mind:
sions on how long to keep e-mail it is better to retain such a mes- The Upside of Down: Fall of Paul Martin Raising the Curtain on
should reﬂect the importance of sage than delete it and lose poten-
Q: Who is responsible for Catastrophe, Creativity and the Rise of Consciousness
the information contained in the tially valuable information.
message and the activity or func- retaining important e-mail mes- and the Renewal of Stephen Harper’s New Nov. 27 at 7:30 pm
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October 26 Huron University College – Principal’s Recep- Lecture, 3 – 4:45 p.m. Reception – 4:45 – 5:30 Modern Languages and Literatures - Laurence of Cancer at LHSC-UC, Auditorium A, 8:50 am-
tion. For friends, alumni and supporters of the p.m. Contact Andrea Dean, email@example.com or de Looze: “The Renaissance Letter, Meso-ameri- 3:30 pm. Featuring Mark Greene (Winner of the
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a city-wide festival organized by Gerald and celebrate Huron students’ volunteer community New World Culture into 16th-Century Europe” UC in Medicine). Talks from world-renowned cancer
Louise Fagan, recognizes the contributions of service. Contact Jacqueline Fraser, 519-438-7224 The Haunt 2006 – Sponsored by Continuing 142. 4:30 – 6 p.m. researchers including Eliav Barr, Claude Per-
women artists to London’s arts scenes with ext. 237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Kings- Studies. Delta Armouries will be transformed reault, Nicholas Lydon and Tom Hudson. Free
music and performance events, and visual art mill Room. 5:30 p.m. into a wicked playground for London’s movers symposium, visit www.robarts.ca/symposium or
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todian of Paradise; Anita Rau Badami, Can
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you Hear the Nightbird?; Timothy Taylor, Story
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include alumni Patrick Cardy and Jeff Small- at 8 p.m. - includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, Tickets $5 at The Book Store at Western, Books Cancer Prevention and Treatment: New Fron-
Microbiology & Immunology Seminar – P. man and professor emeritus Arsenio Giron. von silent auction, costume contests and cash bar. tiers in Medical Research. Led by renowned
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Guided Tour of Your Pension Plan – decisions nar by J. J. Battista, Chair, Medical Biophysics, K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario,
plan members are required to make, contribu- Western, entitled “X-ray Computed Tomogra-
October 28 forum. LHSC – UC, Auditorium A. 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
speaking on Aboriginal Literacy. Members only For more information contact Linda Quattrin at
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information. Somerville House, Room 3315. 12:30 and a Mummy”. DSB 1002 - 12:30 p.m. All are venture downtown for LOLA – London, Ontario
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downtown on Dundas Street between Richmond – Improving all your public speaking needs.
Faculty of Education Seminar Series – Ellen 12:30 Fridays – Songs of Beethoven, Mozart and and Wellington. 12 noon to 11 p.m. For more infor- Modern Languages and Literatures - German Meets every Wednesday. For more info contact
Singleton & Aniko Varpalotai, Faculty of Educa- Haydn performed by Kevin McMillan, baritone, mation on LOLA, please contact Andrew Francis Film Series. The Promise (1994) Director: Marga- Brett Tomlinson, email@example.com SLB 330,12:05
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tance of issues in secondary school health and in German with English subtitles.
physical education” Faculty of Education, Room Philosophy Colloquium Series – Murray Miles, Men’s Hockey – Laurier @ Western. 7 p.m. Modern Languages and Literatures presents
1010, 1:30 p.m. Brock University. “The End of Metaphysics” November 1 “La Tertulia” – Spanish Conversation Group. Any-
Talbot College, Rm. 340. 3:30 p.m. Men’s Volleyball – McMaster @ Western. 7 p.m. one wishing to speak Spanish and meet people
Physics & Astronomy Colloquium – Trevor Take Our Kids to Work Day – Lots of activities
to choose from. Visit the website at: http:// from different Spanish-speaking countries is
Carey-Smith, Air Quality Research Division, Women’s Volleyball – Guelph @ Western. 6 p.m. Department of English fall production is Ber- welcome. UC 117, 3:30 p.m.
Environment Canada. “Stratosphere-tropo- nard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Talbot communications.uwo.ca/facultyandstaff/sto-
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October 30 grove and Lady Barnard, Philips’ Odysseus and
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A central Web site displays advertisements for
all vacant academic positions. The following
positions are among those advertised at www.
html. Please review, or contact the faculty,
school or department directly.
appointments for the Winter 2007 period must
apply using the application form available
index-forms-guides.html or from the Depart-
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of the courses offered can be viewed at
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Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Faculty
of Social Science, Department of Women’s
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and applications are invited for an appointment
Don Wright Faculty of Music, Department of
as Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies
Music Theory and Composition
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London Reads goes citywide
BY BOB KLANAC of the London Public Library (time we’ve learned is that a lot of the
TBA); Feb. 7 at 12 noon at The Cen- books we’ve used for the series
Western Reads, the popular pro- trespot Lounge, UCC; and March 7 in the past are the ﬁrst time many
gram launched in 2003 as part of in the Labatt Lounge, TD Water- readers have discovered that
the University’s 125th anniversary house Stadium (time TBA). author.”
celebrations, has been expanded The public is encouraged to par- A full list of the books and
and re-launched as London Reads ticipate by reading the featured celebrity authors can be found at
to create a stronger connection books along with the panelists, and londonreads.uwo.ca.
with the local community. by attending book clubs featur- The final debate will take
Modeled after CBC Radio’s ing a team of panelists and their place in March. The winning
Canada Reads program, London book. The gatherings take place book will be announced on
Reads invites students, staff, fac- monthly from November to March World Book Day, April 23, and
ulty, alumni and the community throughout the city. the author will be invited to visit
to read along with and engage “We talk about it being a com- the Wolf Performance Hall at
local celebrity panelists as they petition but it’s really more about the Central Library to read from
deliberate the merits of Canadian discovery,” notes Young. “What and discuss the novel in May.
“At the end of last year we felt
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we had maximized our ability to
grow using Western Reads as the
name,” says Carolyn Young of
The Book Store at Western, one
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of the sponsors of the series. “We
felt that our outreach would be
more successful if we changed it
to London Reads.”
The ﬁrst London Reads session
with Ian Gillespie and Anne Lan-
gille takes place on Wed., Nov. 1
at WIL Employment Connections,
by Jean Barbe
141 Dundas Street at 5 p.m. Gil-
lespie is a columnist with the Lon- The book cal quest, How To Become a
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president of Western’s Alumni Monster refuses to speak and, novel in which each person is
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of WIL (Women Immigrants of A foreign lawyer who came to The author
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ing for Employment. They will reasons behind his mutism and Montreal in 1962. First and
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a Monster by Jean Barbe. ing his crimes. A tale of adven- ist, he now devotes his time to
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Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. at Conron Hall,
UC; Jan. 10 at the Landon Branch
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