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In Brief

Clean Sweep at MI

The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) campus and its surrounding grounds and neighbourhood received some spring cleaning recently as the second annual Operation Clean Sweep took place.

Operation Clean Sweep is organized by the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School (CFNES) Detachment, which has been located at the Marine Institute since 1992, and is supported by MI's Sustainability Committee. MI faculty, staff and students joined the detachment students in the cleanup, with everyone involved in the project getting together for an afternoon barbecue afterwards.

The first Operation Clean Sweep took place in May 2010. The event is expected to be an annual occurrence at MI.

At the 2010 event, close to 100 bags of garbage, a refrigerator, two engine blocks and old car tires were collected and removed from campus grounds. This year, 50 bags of garbage were collected by the individuals taking part, in addition to a washing machine drum, a heavily corroded truck body and several other large items.

Twelve Days of Giving food drive

The 12 Days of Giving food drive, sponsored by the Campus Food Bank, seeks to get departments and offices around Memorial's campus involved and compete against each other to collect supplies for the food bank.

There are prizes for collecting the most points, the most points per capita, and random draws so everyone has a chance to win. The 12 days are the weekdays between June 6-22, except the staff holiday June 20.

The idea for the Food Drive is simple as it plays off the 12 Days of Christmas theme. Each day there is a list of food items to donate.

Points will be assigned per item. At the end of the 12 Days of Giving, volunteers from the Campus Food Bank will collect donated items from participating departments and the results will be tallied. To get the list of food items requested, or to ask any questions, please contact Anne Sinnott,, or Pradeep Bobby,, or visit


Renowned scholar to speak at music conference

A celebrated American ethnomusicologist and anthropologist has been named keynote speaker as part of the 2011 International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM) conference. ICTM 2011 is being hosted at Memorial University's St. John's campus July 13-19.

Keynote speaker Dr. Michelle Bigenho's work examines the cultural politics of Bolivian music performances as they relate to nationalism, discourses of authenticity, indigeneity, folklorization, cultural property and globalization.

Dr. Bigenho's resumé boasts an impressive list of publications, awards and music recordings. She is currently an associate professor of anthropology at Hampshire College's School of Critical Social Inquiry.

The 2011 World Conference for the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) will be taking place on the St. John's campus for seven days in the month of July, bringing with it an impressive array of singers, instrumentalists, dancers and scholars of international calibre. In its 41st incarnation, the world conference is the leading global venue for the presentation of new research in music and dance.

Alongside the conference, ICTM is opening its doors and inviting everyone to experience a festival featuring the finest in music and dance from this province, Canada and beyond. SOUNDshift: A Time for International Music and Dance, features five concerts plus numerous workshops and films.

To view the ICTM website and review the conference's preliminary program, please visit For more information regarding SOUNDshift, please visit