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Patton speaks on journalism and AIDS
Cindy Patton, associate professor of sociology and anthropology and women's studies, will give the fourth president's faculty lecture of the 2004-2005 series on Conceiving global disease: how journalists use science to imagine the pandemic AIDS. The lecture, on March 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Halpern centre, is free and open to the public. Patton has been involved in the AIDS epidemic as an activist and researcher. She holds a Canada Research Chair in community culture and health and directs a lab that conducts collaborative research with community groups. For more information phone 604-291-4910.

Altered Reality club donates $6,000
SFU's Altered Reality club recently donated $6,000 to the SFU food bank. The money represents a portion of the club's annual fundraising revenues from a charity auction and a three-day annual Japanese animé convention held at SFU. About 100 students belong to the club, which promotes Japanese animated film and provides a network at SFU for those who enjoy this art form. Cathy Lee, a third year criminology student and a member of the club's executive, says, “We wanted to give back to the SFU community because we are a part of it and because, during the convention, we use a lot of SFU facilities.” Krista Vogt, SFU food bank coordinator, says the donation is a huge windfall that will enable the food bank to offer some niceties such as shampoo, deodorant and diapers. The SFU food bank serves about 100 registered users and their families.

Clan are all-stars in classroom
The Clan women's basketball team is proving to be as good in the classroom as they are on the court. The team has been ranked No. 1 in the country for most of the year after winning 35 consecutive games and capturing the Canada West championship last weekend for the third time in four years. In the classroom the team is also number one among all Clan varsity teams with a 3.28 team grade point average from the fall semester. Seven of the 11 players scored grade point averages over 3.00. Courtney Brown and Kelsie Thu, third-year students in the school of kinesiology, scored 4.08 GPAs last semester. Led on the court by Canada West all-star guard Dani Langford and forward Julia Wilson, the Clan will take its winning streak on the road to Winnipeg March 11-13 where they will try to win the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national title.

Two new governors appointed
SFU's board of governors recently welcomed two new appointments for three-year terms: Nancy McKinstry, former Odlum Brown vice-president and member of the Order of Canada, and Barry Macdonald, a tax partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Vancouver. McKinstry is founder and chair of the Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women, which financially supports women in need to attain their educational goals. She received an honorary degree from SFU in 2004 and a Queen's Golden Jubilee medal in 2003.

Macdonald, a chartered accountant and certified public accountant, graduated from SFU with an arts degree in 1982. He is a past member of SFU's faculty of business dean's advisory council and is an adviser to Canadian, American and Asian multinational clients on transfer pricing and international tax planning.

Citizenship explored
SFU's institute for the humanities, which plays a key role in connecting the university and the community, has launched of a new initiative called Reclaiming Citizenship. Anne-Marie Feenberg-Dibon, recently appointed institute director says, “The public events and workshops will explore the subject of citizenship in all its forms. We are expecting some very wide-ranging discussions.” For more information check:

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