With National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week having justwrapped up and Movember just beginning, health is on a lot of peo- ple’s minds – specifically, cervixand prostate health.With eye-catching awarenesscampaigns that incorporate every-thing from fairy godmothers to bristly moustaches, health care providers are reminding everybodyto ‘get your bits checked.’This year’s National CervicalCancer Awareness Week, spon-sored by the Federation of MedicalWomen in Canada, ran fromOctober 23 to 29 and encouragedwomen across the country to gettheir annual Pap smears. But just because the week is over doesn’tmean it’s too late; cervical healthisn’t just a one-week-every-year thing. It has been estimated that500 women will be diagnosed withcervical cancer in Ontario thisyear, and of those women, approx-imately 140 will die from the dis-ease, but that doesn’t have to be thecase.“Cervical cancer is almostentirely preventable,” said Dr.Monique Bertrand, GynaecologicOncologist at the London HealthSciences Centre and spokespersonfor The Society of Obstetriciansand Gynaecologists of Canada.“Regular screening is an essentialdefense against cervical cancer andthe best way to detect early cellchanges on the cervix that mightlead to cancer.”You can protect yourself againstcervical cancer with regular screenings (which can be conduct-ed at the Middlesex-LondonHealth Unit at 50 King St., call519-663-5446 for more informa-tion), following up on abnormalresults and by getting vaccinatedagainst the human papillomavirus.“In the past 30 years, cervical can-cer incidence and mortality rateshave declined by more than 60 per cent in all age groups due to wide-spread cervical screening with Paptests,” said Bertrand. “Despite this progress, many women in thesouth west (Ontario) region arestill not being screened for cervicalcancer regularly enough, or are notundergoing follow-up testing after an abnormal Pap test.”The South West RegionalCancer Program is one of 13regional cancer programs created by Cancer Care Ontario in 2005 toensure cancer care is deliveredaccording to province-wide qualitystandards. The SWRCP put out aseries of informative videos aboutcervical cancer, HPV and what toexpect during a Pap test for National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, which you canview atyoutube.com/user/TheSWRCP.Movember is a campaign thatruns for the entire month of November where men, or ‘MoBros,’ grow a mustache to raiseawareness and money for prostatecancer research. Since its concep-tion in 1999 in Australia,Movember has raised $176 millionand has had 1.1 million Mo Brosand Mo Sistas register to partici- pate. In 2010, Canada alone had119,000 registered participants andraised $22.3 million.According to the CanadianCancer Society, one in seven menwill be diagnosed with prostatecancer in his lifetime. In 2011, anestimated 25,000 men will be diag-nosed and 4,100 will die of prostate cancer.Though prostate cancer is most prevalent in men over 60, factorssuch as family history and being of African descent can increasechances of developing prostatecancer at a younger age. Menrarely experience symptoms duringthe early stages of prostate cancer, but as the cancer develops, mencan experience frequent and urgentneed to urinate, a burning feelingwhen urinating, finding blood inurine or semen, difficulty startingor stopping urine flow, inability tourinate and pain when climaxingduring sex.There are two tests for prostatecancer, the first being a blood testcalled the Prostate-SpecificAntigen (PSA) test, and the secondis the digital rectal examinationwhere a doctor feels the prostategland.For more information about prostate cancer, visit the PublicHealth Agency of Canada websiteat phac-aspc.gc.ca.Don’t let your bits fall to pieces – take good care of them andthey’ll take good care of you. Callyour family doctor to get checkedout.For more information on the National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, visit women-scollegehospital.ca. For moreinformation about Movember, visitmovember.com.
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For over a year, students andfaculty from Fanshawe and theUniversity of Victoria inWellington, New Zealand, have been holding videoconferences,sending hundreds of emails back and forth and working together overseas to build a house.The partnership came about for the Solar Decathlon, a contestheld by the U.S. Department of Energy for post-secondary stu-dents from 20 universities aroundthe world to show off their green building design skills. The teamsare judged in 10 competitions,including architecture, marketappeal, engineering, affordabilityand energy balance. According tothe Solar Decathlon website, “Thewinner of the competition is theteam that best blends affordabili-ty, consumer appeal and designexcellence with optimal energy production and maximum effi-ciency.”The New Zealand team, withthe help of Fanshawe studentsfrom the School of BuildingTechnology, placed third in thecompetition. They were the firstteam from the southern hemi-sphere to ever compete in thiscompetition, and they are also thehighest-placing first-entry team.The house placed first in theEngineering category, and it wasnoted by a professor from theUniversity that this would nothave been achievable if it had not been for the students and facultyof the Fanshawe College Schoolof Building Technology.“(The team from) New Zealandwas the main designer of thewhole project,” explained JoelFoster, who was on the assemblyand disassembly teams inWashington. “(Fanshawe workedon) more of the engineering andconstruction side of it – the hands-on, technical side of it. A lot of hours went into the engineeringand the construction of the actual building and modules, which iswhat our school primarily does.”The 950 square foot ‘First LightHouse,’ so named because NewZealand is the first country to seethe sunlight each day, was built asa ‘kiwi bach’ – a summer home.Foster explained one of the impor-tant criteria for the home was thatit was net zero. “Net zero means it produces more energy than itactually consumes,” he explained.“The way they did that is using photovoltaic panels, which is afancy word for solar panels.”Wendy Wilson, liaison for the project and Coordinator of Technical Programs for theSchool of Language and LiberalStudies here at Fanshawe, addedsome more details about thehouse: “The cladding – the exteri-or – is made of Western Canadianred cedar. The interior is allindigenous New Zealand wood.The insulation is wool from carpetends … they make a lot of woolcarpet in New Zealand. There are28 solar panels on the roof. It wasdesigned in a butterfly pattern andthe decking went through the cen-tre.”In addition to the numerousvideoconferences and emails, stu-dents did a lot of travelling. InJanuary this year, three studentsfrom Fanshawe’s ArchitecturalTechnology program – Spencer Marcolini, Josh Hoggard andShaun Haskett – travelled toWellington to assist with the con-struction of the house.After building and displayingThe First Light House in NewZealand, the structure had to bedeconstructed and shipped to the National Mall in Washington, D.Cfor the Decathlon. It was rebuilt atthe Mall with help from moreFanshawe students and faculty:Foster, Matt Stewart, ShawnDouglas, Jason King, JeremyGardner, Tyler McLean, Haskett,Stephen Hotke, Professor MartyAskes and Professor DaveSleegers.Once the competition finished,the house had to be disassembledonce again to be shipped back to New Zealand. The Fanshawe stu-dents and faculty who assistedwith disassembly were Foster,Darcy Comerford, Spencer Vermue, Juduk Lee, Ben Gerber,Kyle Kane, Professor SandiBurns, Professor Rob Geoghan-Morphet and Professor Askes.Though the teams worked welltogether, they did encounter a fewminor problems. “The one funnything was the language barrier,”laughed Foster. “For example, our ‘flashlight’ is their ‘torch.’ Theywould be talking about a certaintool, and we’d be like, ‘What areyou guys talking about?’ And thenwe would be talking about thesame tool, and they’d just be like,‘What?’”Despite the minor road bumps, both Foster and Wilson wereextremely proud of the work thathad been done. “I thought the(Fanshawe) team was absolutelyfantastic,” said Wilson. “One of the professors from New Zealandsaid they were a joy to work with,hardworking, honest, reliable, andI totally agree with him. Theywere just a great team.”The First Light House has been purchased by someone from NewZealand, who plans to use it as asummer home.For more information about theSolar Decathlon, visit solarde-cathlon.gov. For more informa-tion about The First Light House,visit firstlighthouse.ac.nz.
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Students and faculty from Fanshawe’s School of Building Technology have been working with the University ofVictoria in Wellington, New Zealand to build a net zero house that uses solar panels to produce more energythan it uses. The First Light House came in third in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon.
Get your bits checked!
ERIKA FAUST ANDKIRSTEN ROSENKRANTZ
On October 31, men in countriesall around the world shave their faces in preparation for one of themost exiting campaigns of theyear.Movember is becoming one of the world’s most recognizablecampaigns where men, also knownas Mo Bros, raise awareness bygrowing mustaches for the entiremonth of November. You can signup solo or create a team and collectdonations to help raise money for prostate cancer research.In 2010, Canada had 119,000registered Mo Bros and Mo Sistasand raised $22.3 million. This year,the Fanshawe Student Union is putting together a team and is run-ning a bunch of exciting events tohelp raise money.“Last year, we did Movember for the first time. The pilot projectwent really well, but we’re hopingfor an even bigger turnout thisyear,” said FSU PresidentVeronica Barahona. “It’s a reallygreat cause. We need to think aboutour boys. I’m a proud Mo Sista!”Anyone who wants to join theFSU Movember team can register at the Biz Booth from November 1to 4 for $5. When you register, youwill have a clean-shaven “before” picture taken to compare to your wicked ’stache at the end of themonth.All month at the Out Back Shack and Oasis, you can purchase a paper mustache for $2, write your name on it and have it displayed onthe wall of mustache glory. Thisyear, paper mustaches can becharged to meal plans.On November 10 in front of thelibrary from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. therewill be a Movember bake sale, andon November 17 the Oasis is hold-ing a Paul Bunyan breakfast spe-cial from 7:30 to 10 a.m.In keeping with Movember tra-dition, there is a pub night in theOut Back Shack on November 24where they will be raffling off men – yes, men.Finally, for all the members of the FSU Movember team, onDecember 6 and 7 there will beonline voting for a series of awardssuch as best ’stache, worst ’stacheand most creative ’stache. Winnerswill be announced on December 8and will receive some awesome prizes.FSU Recreation and Leisure placement student Martin Flanaganis very excited for this year’sMovember campaign. “I’m reallylooking forward to seeingFanshawe’s men support this greatcause and promote awarenessabout prostate cancer.”Whether you’re growing a han-dlebar, a walrus, a dali, a fumanchu, or you’re just a Mo Sistasupporting your Bros, there are plenty of ways to get involved withMovember.For more information onMovember, visit movember.comand check out the FSU website atfsu.ca.
Be a bro – grow a mo
Fanshawe students team up with New Zealanders to build green