Campus Digest, March 8

Rotman blog asking big questions

Western’s Rotman Institute of Philosophy recently launched its blog on science and philosophy. Readers can be accessed through the main page of the institute’s website or directly to the blog.

In the Market returns to campus

East meets Western when In The Market, a Western Heads East fundraiser, returns to campus.

On March 22, the Great Hall will be transformed into a lively East African market. Tickets for the event, scheduled for 4-6:30 p.m., are $55 per person, $20 for students. Preview of the silent auction begins at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased through Cheryl Briglia at or 519-611-2111 ext. 83548 or the University Students’ Council website.

Refill to Win returns

Tired of rolling ‘Please Play Again’? EnviroWestern’s annual Refill to Win contest is here again giving those at Western chances to win great prizes when using a reusable mug.

“Using a reusable mug is an easy way to be environmentally friendly,” said Elaine Decleir, Resuability Project team leader. Approximately 3,000 disposable coffee cups are thrown in the garbage each day on campus. EnviroWestern looks at reusable mugs as a significant impact in reducing waste on campus and a long-term solution towards sustainability.

Contest participants can win prizes from Yoyo’s Yogurt Café, Moksha Yoga, Aroma Restaurant, The Spoke and more. Each hot beverage purchase earns travel mug users one entry. Winners are drawn every Friday during the contest period.

Refill to Win runs until April 6 at 24 locations including The Spoke, Encounters (Social Sciences Centre), Quotes (D.B. Weldon Library), Einstein’s (Taylor Library), North Campus Building, Ivey Business School, New Ivey Business School, Talbot College, Elborn College, Western Student Recreation Centre, Bresica University College (two locations), Huron University College, Kings University College, The Grad Club and all residence dining locations.

Ivey trio top case-method ‘Oscars’

Michiel Leenders and Jim Erskine, both Richard Ivey School of Business professors emeriti, as well as Louise Mauffette-Leenders, a former case writer and research associate at Ivey, received the Outstanding Contribution to the Case Method Award from the European Case Clearing House annual case awards, recognized as the ‘Oscars’ of the business school world.

In addition, an Ivey Publishing case entitled Louis Vuitton in Japan, authored at Nagoya University of Commerce & Business, won an award in the Entrepreneurship case category.

Essays on women’s issue sought

The Western Women’s Caucus is soliciting essays demonstrating creativity, original scholarship and understanding of issues facing women for the Women’s Caucus Essay Award for 2012. Students of all disciplines are eligible and two prizes of $200 (one undergrad, one graduate) will be awarded. Essays must focus on a topic involving feminist research on women with a maximum length of 3,000 words for undergrdas, 6,000 words for graduates. Deadline is April 30. Submissions can be made to Marg Sloan, Women’s Caucus Executive, at D.B. Weldon Library. For essay guidelines contact or visit the website.

West lecture cancelled

Cornel West, American philosopher, author and civil rights activist, has cancelled his public presentation, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8 in Labatt Hall, Room 105 at King’s University College. The event will be rescheduled.

Western alumna among arts honourees

A Western alumna was among seven Canadian artists recently recognized with the 2012 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

Jan Peacock received a bachelor of fine arts from Western in 1978 and went on to complete a master of fine arts at the University of California at San Diego in 1981. She began exploring video in 1977 while a Western student. Constantly experimenting with video’s narrative structure, she has completed more than 20 single-channel videos and video installations, including the seminal Reader by the Window, 1993. She has won many awards including the Canada Council Bell Award in Video Art. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada and internationally. Peacock has also written extensively about video and contemporary art. In 1982, she began teaching at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax, where she is currently professor of media arts.

Royden Rabinowitch, who arrived in London in 1963 to study music at Western, but left to join London’s bourgeoning visual arts community, was also honoured.

For more information on the awards, visit the Canada Council of the Arts.

– James Patten

French Studies players bring Britannicus alive

Le Théâtre L’On Donne from the Department of French Studies at Western University is set to bring Britannicus by Jean Racine to the stage. The show is directed by Mario Longtin.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 8-10 in the McManus Studio Theatre, 471 Richmond St. Tickets are available at the Department of French Studies, University College, Room 138B or visit the McManus Theatre’s website.

Théâtre L’On Donne has been performing in French, in London, for more than a decade.

The play, one of the greats of the 17th century, was the first time Racine tried his hand at depicting Roman history. The tale of moral choice centres on Britannicus, son of the Roman emperor Claudius, and heir to the imperial throne. Britannicus’ succession to the throne is however usurped by Lucius, later known as Nero, and the son of Claudius’ wife Agrippina the Younger.

Visit the French Studies website for details.

Ivey student earns elite leadership honour

Richard Ivey School of Business student Genevieve Eccleston has been awarded the HSBC Women in Business Leadership Award, a first for the business school. The award recognizes emerging female business leaders based on academic excellence and future leadership potential.

HSBC Bank Canada established the awards at eight top universities across Canada: Western, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, York University and McGill University.

Each school will receive an $80,000 donation from HSBC Bank Canada to fund the awards over a five year period. Eccleston is the first of four Ivey winners to be announced over the next five years.

Born in Pickering, Eccleston was her high school’s Student Council President and received the Millennium Scholarship for her academic excellence and extracurricular contributions. In 2006, she won the Ontario Debating Championship in the Ontario Pro-Con Debating Forum. Currently, she is completing her third year at Western University and is her HBA section president.