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Flag lowered in honour of Vincent


Jason Winders
Friday, October 31, 2014

On Saturday, Western will lower the flag on University College in honour of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed Oct. 20 when he was struck by a car while walking through a parking lot in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. Vincent’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cathedral de Longueuil.

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25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall


Communications Staff
Thursday, October 30, 2014

On Aug. 13, 1961, the Berlin Wall was erected, thereby dividing overnight a city, families and dueling ideologies for the next 28 years. On Nov. 9, 1989, the world watched as jubilant crowds gathered on both sides of that Wall to celebrate the opening of its crossings. Germany’s postwar division was over. Next month, we mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To commemorate that event, Western News asked five scholars to reflect on its meaning a quarter century out.

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Priestman: Reflecting on me, my Wall and I


Karen Priestman
Thursday, October 30, 2014

When I teach my students about the fall of the Berlin Wall, I start with David Hasselhoff.

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Borchert: Bringing freedom into focus for millions


Angela Borchert
Thursday, October 30, 2014

For many Germans, especially the older generations, freedom is not an abstract concept nor has it always been a given right. It is difficult for the younger generations in today’s Germany even to try and grasp that there was a time when you could not openly express your opinions, choose your career, travel everywhere or freely see your relatives or friends.

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Nathans: Fall reminded world of power of peaceful protest


Eli Nathans
Thursday, October 30, 2014

“We arrived at The (Wall) and it was inconceivable,” recalled Regine Hildebrandt, a leading East German civil rights activist on the evening of Nov. 9, 1989. “You came to a street that was a dead-end, because The Wall was there. … A bridge you could see, but never cross. It was unbelievable. People were streaming through.”

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Nagl: The World Cup, post-Wall cinema and the re-rebranding of Berlin


Tobias Nagl
Thursday, October 30, 2014

As our plane from Copenhagen was approaching the flat Berlin skyline on a sunny afternoon in July, we did not yet know the flight of the victorious German soccer team was scheduled to arrive from Brazil only a few minutes later. Once we had picked up our suitcases with clothes, baby toys and books for our sabbatical and entered the arrival hall of Tegel airport, the signs of athletic – and national – pride could hardly be missed: flags everywhere, children with painted faces, cheering girls in soccer tricots and a few men who already had one too many beers, waiting behind the barriers in eager anticipation of their heroes.

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Dyczok: Rising up in a far different world


Marta Dyczok
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, when the Berlin Wall was coming down, I was a PhD student at Oxford. I didn't own a TV. So, like many others, I crowded into the common room to watch the historic event.

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PhD candidate among elite Osteoarthritis researchers


Crystal Mackay
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry PhD candidate Anusha Ratneswaran first became interested in studying Osteoarthritis when she saw the effects of the disease first hand while working as a kinesiologist in a cardiac rehabilitation program.

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Read All Over book reviews, Oct. 30


Kane Faucher
Thursday, October 30, 2014



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Student’s undiscovered joy takes top Munro story prize


Adela Talbot
Thursday, October 30, 2014

One summer at her cottage, Emma Hunt powered through 20 books. That’s how much she loves to read. But it wasn’t until recently the first-year Foods and Nutrition student at Brescia University College discovered she enjoyed writing, perhaps just as much.

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