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Power poetry

Submissions for the 2010 Gregory J. Power Poetry Competition are invited from full or part-time students of Memorial University. Entrants should submit no more than two original, unpublished works of poetry.

Deadline for entries is March 15, 2010, and the winners will be announced by mid April. A panel of judges appointed by the head of the English department will determine the winner.

The announcement of winners and the presentation of prizes will take place on Tuesday, April 6, at 4 p.m. in the Junior Common Room, R. Gushue Hall.

For more details about the competition, visit

Mapping out GIS Day

A GIS day aims to promote awareness of this resource and open it up to a wider range of users. This one-day event takes place Monday, March 8, at the Landing in the Student Centre at Memorial University.

GIS Day 2010 will be marked by a series of exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, and lectures. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the Landing will host a showcase of exhibits and demonstrations involving students, faculty, government agencies, and private industry to illustrate how each are making use of this resource. During the exhibit session, there will be brief 10-15 minute presentations by exhibitors outlining their research or aspect of their use of GIS. There will also be an opportunity to catch some fresh air with demonstrations of GPS and if there is enough interest, Geocaching.

At 8 p.m. in Hampton Hall at the Marine Institute there will be a public lecture by Ryan Snoddon, weather specialist with CBC’s Here and Now.

A GIS, or geographic information system, represents computer software, data and solutions that are used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide in government, education, and business.

Road weekend for Sea-Hawks

It was a busy weekend with Sea~Hawks teams travelling in swimming, wrestling, basketball and men's volleyball. The swimmers performed well in their final meet at the CIS Championships at the University of Toronto. Six men's wrestlers were at UNB where Matthew Kippenhuck and Jon Smith successfully qualified for the CIS Championships in Calgary on March 5.

The men's volleyball team ended their season at the League Tournament with a pair of losses against Dalhousie and UNB.

The basketball teams competed against St. FX in Antigonish. The women split against the X-Women while the men dropped a pair to the first place X-Men.

The women’s team will now prepare for the AUS championships in Cape Breton this weekend.

The men will end their season against Acadia in Wolfville on Saturday and Sunday.

Flexing your intellectual muscle

The Globe and Mail newspaper has initiated a series of speeches and podcasts titled Intellectual Muscle leading up to and during the Olympics in Vancouver.

Since October 2009, Intellectual Muscle has invited the public to flex their collective intellect via podcasts by some of the country's best minds on topics related to the 2010 Winter Games.

Now Intellectual Muscle is hosting Sport and Society, a series of five dialogues featuring Olympic and Paralympic athletes who have used their celebrity to make a difference in the world.

Dr. LeAnne Petherick, an assistant professor in Memorial’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, contributed one podcast to the effort. Titled A Cultural Celebration of Inclusion? Gender Parody and Athletic Excellence on the Olympic Stage, her podcast can be downloaded on the Globe’s website at