NEWSCAST - Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
In Campus News:
- Award-winning author Nino Ricci is the inaugural holder of the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity at Western University.
- As the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity, Ricci will deliver a talk as part of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH) Speakers’ Series on Tuesday, October 2 at 4:30 p.m. in Western’s Conron Hall.
- Ricci will also present the Inaugural Alice Munro Lecture in Creativity, which is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at the Wolf Performance Hall, in conjunction with the London Public Library.
- Some of his other duties include teaching a course for Western’s Department of English and Writing Studies called “The Creative Moment,” which is open to all Western students and explores some of the factors that promote creativity, and an upper-year course called “Advanced Fiction Workshop,” which is directed at students interested in writing a novel or a collection of linked short stories, with a focus on the crucial early stages of the writing process.
- Ricci’s first novel was the internationally acclaimed Lives of the Saints. It spent 75 weeks on the Globe and Mail‘s bestseller list and was the winner of the F.G. Bressani Prize, Books in Canada First Novel Award, and Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Published in 17 countries, Lives of the Saints was the first volume of a trilogy that was later adapted for television as a miniseries starring Sophia Loren and Kris Kristofferson.
- His other books include Testament, The Origin of Species, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and his most recent novel, Sleep, which was published in 2015.
- Ricci has served as writer-in-residence for the Toronto and Kitchener public library systems and for the University of Windsor and the University of Toronto Scarborough.
- He has held the Mariano Elia Chair at York University, the Chair in Religion and the Arts at Assumption University, the G. M. Hopkins Chair in Literary Studies at John Carroll University, the Killam Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies at Bridgewater University and the Pathy Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies at Princeton.
- A recipient of the Alistair MacLeod Award for Literary Achievement, Ricci is also a recipient of York University’s Pinnacle Achievement Award, the Engel/Findley Award for a Writer in Mid-Career, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Windsor. In 2011 he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada.
- Ricci is also past president of PEN Canada.
In Local News:
- Big Bike Giveaway is giving free bikes to people experiencing homelessness.
- This year’s main event will be held on Sunday September 30 at 9am at the Boyle Memorial Community Centre. Hundreds of free bikes will be given to the London community.
- BBG is organized by a husband and wife team in London Ontario who are local community ambassadors.
- They collect and repair bicycles and give them away for free on one day each year. Since 2014 they have given away over 750 free bikes.
- The goal of the program is to get as many people on bikes as possible and to encourage healthier lifestyles in the community.
- The program is intended to specifically help those needing this resource to get ahead due to poverty.
- This program is sponsored by the City of London, the London Police Association and the Tricar Group with several community partners including Goodwill Industries, Walmart Canada, MEC, Two Small Men with Big Hearts Moving, CAN-BIKE, Fanshawe Paramedics and Police Foundations, London Cycle Link, Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op just to name a few.
- The Western Mustangs men’s lacrosse team are the cream of the crop, having won the last two CUFLA championships in 2016, and 2017, and have five titles overall.
- On Friday, they were taking on the Brock Badgers in their final exhibition tune-up game before the CUFLA regular season begins next week.
- The Brock Badgers are the most decorated team in the CUFLA, winning 18 championships over its 33-year existence, including two separate eras where they won six back-to-back titles.
- With less than two minutes left, the purple and white were able to score on a fast-break to tie it up at 5-5.
- The Badgers would answer quickly though, scoring on their very next possession to go up 6-5 with less than a minute remaining.
- They would add one more goal late in the quarter to solidify the 7-5 final in favour of the Brock Badgers.
- Western’s regular season will begin in Sudbury when they visit the Laurentian Voyageurs on September 15th for the 2018 CUFLA season-opener.
- They will play the Badgers again the next week on the 22nd in St. Catherines.
- The Western Mustangs men’s rugby team were looking to improve to 2-0 when they hosted the Guelph Gryphons at Alumni Field on Sunday afternoon. Western ousted RMC 38-10 last week to pick up their first win but were up against a Gryphons squad who were finalists last year, and already had a decisive 51-10 win over McMaster under their belts.
- Western took an early 7-0 lead, only to have the floodgates open for the Gryphons, as they would tack on three more tries before the end of the half as they enjoyed a 22-7 lead at the break.
- Western would get on the board again late in the game when Jamar Thomas was able to bully his way past the goal line for a try. It was too little, too late for the Mustangs though, as they would ultimately fall 36-14 to the Gryphons.
- After a tough loss against a good team, Western will next be in action against the Laurier Golden Hawks in Waterloo next Sunday.
- This afternoon we should finally see some sun again, with a partly sunny skies as we reach our high of 22 degrees.
- Tomorrow will have a mix of sun and cloud with a high of 25 degrees.
- There is a 40% chance of us seeing some thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday.