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6 CAMDEN-NARELLAN ADVERTISER NEWS Wednesday February 22, 2017 camdenadvertiser.com.au Be prepared to party BY BEN CHENOWETH IT MIGHT not be uni games, but students and lecturers from Western Sydney Uni- versity will party just as hard come Saturday, March 4. For the third consecutive year the university will take part in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. The brains behind the university’s involvement – senior lecturer in health and science at the Campbelltown campus, Cr Tinashe Dune – said interest from staff and students grew each year. “2015 was the first year we participated,” Dr Dune said. “Someone jokingly suggest- ed (we take part) but I said ‘yes’. So we formed a com- mittee, hired a vehicle and made banners.” About 20 people signed up that first year. The next year the full quota of 50 university participants was filled within a couple of hours. This year, those on the committee aimed for 150 participants but were told to reduce that number to 100. Once again all positions were filled within just a couple Picture: Facebook ITALIAN RESTAURANT ON THE WAY DINING GET READY TO PARTY: Students Jumana Qazi and Ming Chen as well as senior lecturer Dr Tinashe Dune will take part in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Picture: Simon Bennett of hours. The university’s dedica- tion to the event did not go unnoticed by Mardi Gras organisers. “We’ve also moved up the parade,” Dr Tinashe said. “We were near the end of the parade the first year but now we are near the middle with bigger organisations like Beyond Blue. “When it (the university’s involvement) first started off I just thought it would be a little advocacy thing. “I had no idea that people in high levels – and lower lev- els – would be so interested.” One of those “high lev- el” university supporters is Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover. “As a vibrant and diverse intellectual community, Western Sydney University is proud to promote a culture that is inclusive of sexual and gender diversity,” he said. One of the students in- volved in this year’s parade, 19-year-old Ming Chen said she had witnessed the hard- ships suffered by a friend. “I have a friend who is gay and I saw his experiences and what he felt when he fell in love with someone who was the same sex,” she said. “I want to help (LGBTIQ people) by helping others understand more.” Fellow Western Sydney University student Jumana Qazi said the Mardi Gras was an opportunity for like-minded people to cele- brate together. POPULAR Italian restaurant chain Enzo’s Cucina has spread into Gregory Hills. The chain, which has branches in Kemps Creek, Chipping Norton, Casula, Glen Alpine and North- mead, will join several other restaurants which have opened in the area in the past few years. The menu will be the same as the Glen Alpine store and owners expect to open at their new site later this month. Enzo’s Cucina has more than 5000 Facebook fans already.