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Marisa Modeski named university registrar 

Marisa Modeski named university registrar 

Marisa Modeski will join Western as its new registrar effective May 1.   Currently the director and associate registrar of admissions and student recruitment at the University of Toronto in Mississauga (UTM), Modeski has been an integral part of devel …

Read. Watch. Listen. with Beth Greene

Read. Watch. Listen. with Beth Greene

Read. Watch. Listen. introduces you the personal side of our faculty, staff and alumni. Participants are asked to answer three simple questions about their reading, viewing and listening habits – what one book or newspaper/magazine article is grabbing your attention;...

Alumnus earns Olympic gold in 2-man bobsleigh

Alumnus earns Olympic gold in 2-man bobsleigh

Alex Kopacz, BESc’13 (Mechanical Engineering), and Justin Kripps captured gold late Monday for Canada’s third-ever Olympic medal in men’s two-man bobsleigh. The pair actually tied with Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis for first place after all four runs were completed, both sleds finishing with a total time of 3:16.86.

Campus returning to normal after flooding

Campus returning to normal after flooding

University officials continue to monitor rising waters across campus associated with heavy rainfall that already forced the closure of two campus parking lots earlier this week.

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Cannot help but remain a text for our time

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Cannot help but remain a text for our time

I cannot think of any film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that would pass the Bechdel test. Most have few women characters, women rarely talk to each other and, when they do, it’s invariably about men – or at least about males, if we count Victor Frankenstein’s creation.

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Of ‘Frankenstein’ and the White House

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Of ‘Frankenstein’ and the White House

To read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at 200 is also, coincidentally, to read it one year into Donald Trump’s presidency. The novel’s subtitle, The Modern Prometheus, indicates the folly of a human who steals fire from the gods and assumes for himself divine power, just as Victor Frankenstein attempts to replace God by creating human life from an act of solitary will rather than the natural means of sexual congress.

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Mary Shelley warned me there’d be days like this

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Mary Shelley warned me there’d be days like this

As I stood with my arm hooked around a nearby support, lurching with the train, the pre-recorded male announcer’s voice on the intercom gave the usual orders: “Move over, make room at the doors.” Nobody shifted, except one teen who exhaled a bored “Whatever,” dragging out the ‘r’ for a few heartbeats.

Read. Watch. Listen. with Beth Greene

Read. Watch. Listen. with Beth Greene

Read. Watch. Listen. introduces you the personal side of our faculty, staff and alumni. Participants are asked to answer three simple questions about their reading, viewing and listening habits – what one book or newspaper/magazine article is grabbing your attention;...

Alumnus earns Olympic gold in 2-man bobsleigh

Alumnus earns Olympic gold in 2-man bobsleigh

Alex Kopacz, BESc’13 (Mechanical Engineering), and Justin Kripps captured gold late Monday for Canada’s third-ever Olympic medal in men’s two-man bobsleigh. The pair actually tied with Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis for first place after all four runs were completed, both sleds finishing with a total time of 3:16.86.

Campus returning to normal after flooding

Campus returning to normal after flooding

University officials continue to monitor rising waters across campus associated with heavy rainfall that already forced the closure of two campus parking lots earlier this week.

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Cannot help but remain a text for our time

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Cannot help but remain a text for our time

I cannot think of any film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that would pass the Bechdel test. Most have few women characters, women rarely talk to each other and, when they do, it’s invariably about men – or at least about males, if we count Victor Frankenstein’s creation.

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Of ‘Frankenstein’ and the White House

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Of ‘Frankenstein’ and the White House

To read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at 200 is also, coincidentally, to read it one year into Donald Trump’s presidency. The novel’s subtitle, The Modern Prometheus, indicates the folly of a human who steals fire from the gods and assumes for himself divine power, just as Victor Frankenstein attempts to replace God by creating human life from an act of solitary will rather than the natural means of sexual congress.

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Mary Shelley warned me there’d be days like this

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Mary Shelley warned me there’d be days like this

As I stood with my arm hooked around a nearby support, lurching with the train, the pre-recorded male announcer’s voice on the intercom gave the usual orders: “Move over, make room at the doors.” Nobody shifted, except one teen who exhaled a bored “Whatever,” dragging out the ‘r’ for a few heartbeats.