Campus News Briefs

Flash Mob at the Forks

On Sunday, Feb. 7, students from the U of M and the U of W braved the snow and windchill to set up a “Flash Mob” at the Forks. This event brought together students from two university chapters of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), a nation-wide student group dedicated to fostering global understanding through education and training. The goal was to raise awareness and funds for WUSC’s Shine a Light initiative, designed to assist young women living in refugee camps in pursuing their education. For more information about Shine a Light or to make a donation, please visit

Gender fair extravaganza

For the finale of Gender Week 2010, the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association LGBT Centre, the UWSA Womyn’s Centre and the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies present the Gender Fair Extravaganza, featuring Kate Bornstein with her “Survival Tips for Sex and Gender Outlaws.” Kate Bornstein is an author, playwright and performance artist whose work to date has been in service of sex positivity, gender anarchy and the building of a coalition for those who live on cultural margins. The free event will be held Friday, Feb. 26 in Riddell Hall at the University of Winnipeg beginning at 8 p.m. Contact 786-9025 or lbgtctr [at] for more information.

Math prodigies in Winnipeg?

Dr. John Mighton claims that “even children who are failing math or who are labeled slow learners can excel in math.” A public lecture by Mighton will be held on Wednesday, March 3 at Convocation Hall, second floor Wesley Hall, at 12:30 p.m. In addition to holding a PhD in mathematics, Mighton is a successful Canadian playwright who has won multiple theatre and literary awards, including a Governor-General’s Award and the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Founder of JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodegies), Mighton will argue that society is harmed in many ways because we fail to teach children according to their true potential in mathematics. He will explore how we teach children mathematics. For more information, contact Anna Stokke at 786-9050.

Afghan humanitarian speaks at university

The Honourable Flora MacDonald will be speaking at the University of Winnipeg on her humanitarian work in Afghanistan. Everyone is welcome to attend this free public lecture. MacDonald works with Future Generations, Canada’s development projects in Afghanistan that focus on stimulating and encouraging self-sufficiency on the part of the Afghan people. The event is presented by the University of Winnipeg’s Global College and the Winnipeg branch of the Canadian International Council and will be held in Convocation Hall, on the second floor of Wesley Hall, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17. A small reception will follow featuring Afghan cuisine.

Filmmakers wanted

The University of Winnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film invites submissions for its 8th Annual University of Winnipeg Student Film Festival. The free festival will run from Wednesday, Apr. 21 until Friday, Apr. 23 in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at the University of Winnipeg. To be eligible, you have to be a student registered at a post-secondary institution between April 2009 and April 2010. The deadline is Monday, Apr. 5 at 4 p.m. sharp. For submission forms or details on how to enter, go to or contact John Kozak at 786-9951.

Published in Volume 64, Number 20 of The Uniter (February 25, 2010)

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