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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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WED, DECEMBER 8, 2010VOL. 104, ISSUE
50
WESTERN’S DAILY STUDENT NEWSPAPER SINCE 1906
W W W . W E S T E R N G A Z E T T E . C A 
Snowmageddon 2010
01110011 01101110 01101111 01110111 since 1906
>> Radar Perspective
City pummeled by snowstorm or three days
Arden Zwelling
ASSOCIATE EDITOR
 As the snow continued to all overLondon Tuesday aternoon, theUniversity o Western Ontario andThe Spoke were orced to do theunthinkable.They cancelled Rick McGhie’s Wednesday night perormance.It was just the latest in a string o cancellations across London asa result o an unprecedented snow storm that has ground the univer-sity and most o the city to a haltor three days. While the ull extent o thestorm won’t be known until it ta-pers o sometime Wednesday evening, it is widely expected to beone o the worst in London’s 155- year history.The storm has relentlessly blanketed London with the white,uy stu since Sunday evening,piling anywhere rom 65-90 cm o snow in areas across the city. By  Wednesday evening, the blizzardis expected to have dumped morethan a metre o snow on London— more than the city saw all o last winter.Throughout the day, the city urged local business owners toclose up shop and send their em-ployees home and asked motoriststo stay o the roads. It’s estimatedthe storm will cost London morethan $1 million to clean up.Meanwhile, Western ofcialsdecided to tell students to stay athome or a second straight day early Tuesday morning and laterin the day cancelled all classesand exams or Wednesday as well.The school aims to be back up andrunning on Thursday, just one day beore the start o mid-year ex-ams.The decision to cancel classesTuesday was made while moststudents were still asleep ater a4 a.m. meeting between Westernadministration, grounds crew leaders and campus police.“The snow conditions weresuch [that Western’s grounds crew]elt they could not have thingsappropriately and saely opera-tional,” Gitta Kulczycki, Western’svice-president resources and op-erations, said.Most o Tuesday’s on-campusevents had already been cancelledthe day beore, including an alum-ni luncheon with Western Presi-dent Amit Chakma.The snow was so heavy at West-ern’s Elgin Hall Tuesday morning that a blocked heating vent causeda carbon monoxide buildup in theresidence. Approximately 500 studentsand sta were evacuated around11 a.m. to Medway-SydenhamHall across the street where they  waited or around an hour until it was sae to return.Despite plowing throughoutthe day on a practically empty campus, Western’s grounds crew  was not able to keep up with thepace and volume o the snow Tuesday aternoon, orcing West-ern administration to extend thecampus closure through Wednes-day.“It was clear Mother Nature was delivering more snow morequickly than our sta could keepup with despite what I know weretheir best eorts,” Kulczycki said. Another major actor in theuniversity’s decision to shutdown campus on Wednesday  was the London Transit Commis-sion, which pulled their buses o the roads at 3 p.m. Tuesday andplanned to keep them in the ga-rage until Thursday.“[Considering] London Tran-sit’s decision to suspend serviceor [Wednesday] based upon theroad conditions they were en-countering, it seemed the bestand saest thing to do was to close[campus on Wednesday,]” Kulc-zycki said.The biggest worry or most stu-dents is what eect the storm willhave on exams which begin Friday and run until Dec. 23. Wednesday’s closure comesour years to the day ater exams were canceled on Dec. 8, 2006due to inclement weather. Asiderom this storm, Western has beenorced to shut down campus justour times in the last six years —all in the month o December.However exams were only everaected during the 2006 closureand Kulczycki was confdent thecurrent storm would not aect theexam schedule.“Students should expect thatexams will proceed as scheduledon Friday and plan accordingly,”Kulczycki said. “At this point, we’rehoping to get ahead o the snow on Wednesday, such that we canopen on Thursday,” While unlikely, i campus wasorced to shut down until the weekend, Friday’s exams could berescheduled beore the new yearas the university has a ree day built into the exam schedule orextenuating circumstances likethese.Once Western’s crews havecleared the roads and walkwayson campus, their ocus will turnto removing the snow rom schoolgrounds all together. Despite asprawling campus, the university has run out o places to put all thesnow.“Our crews are working to movethe snow into piles such that weget clearance in the areas where we need them,” Kulczycki said.“Once the snow all ceases, we willneed to be transporting some o the snow o campus — we simply don’t have room to locate it all.”
Corey Stanord
GAZETTE
TIME TO GO SNOW SURFING.
Getting around town yesterday was challenging due to a massive snowall.
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The most memorable news moments rom frst semester
Recap>
News in Review
UWOFA Strike
The threat o a aculty strikeon Western’s campus weighedheavy on the minds o students,well past the 12:01 a.m. strikedeadline.
Steyn Speaks
Mark Steyn’s visit to Londonbrought with it a signicantamount o attention, criticismand letters. His speech wasmoved several times.
Renovation Delays
An inaccurate bid by a contractororced delays to the renovationsin the University CommunityCentre, pushing the ocial dead-line to December.
The New Western
Western announced a $265K re-branding study that was switlycriticized by UWOFA or being anunnecessary expense — a chargeWestern ocials disagreed with.
Culture o Control
Western and the University Stu-dents’ Council were criticized bysome campus groups, includingcheerleaders and some sophs, orwhat they called excessive con-trol during O-Week.
ENVIRONMENT CANADA
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Five o Western’s most promising entrepreneurs made the cut orthis year’s The Next 36 — one o Canada’s most prestigious entre-preneurial leadership competi-tions.The goal o the competition isto help launch the careers o 36 o Canada’s most promising and in-novative undergraduates.From over 1,000 applicants, 64fnalists were selected to competeat the National Selection Weekendthis past weekend at the Univer-sity o Toronto or a spot in thecoveted Next 36. At the end o the weekend, fve Western students were among those selected: Saumya Krishna,Danish Ajmeri, Nadeem Nathoo,Holly Smith and Ronen Benin.The National Selection week-end consisted o a series o discus-sion groups, keynote speakers andinterviews conducted by some o Canada’s top business leaders andbusiness proessors.The fnal 36 students will spendthe summer at U o T in an “en-trepreneurship bootcamp” withclasses taught by guest lecturersrom around the world.They will also work in groupso our on a new business venture.Each group will be given $50,000in capital, mentorship rom busi-ness leaders and access to pro-grammers to invent, launch andsell a product or service or a mo-bile environment. The team withthe highest valuation o their busi-ness venture in August will win thecompetition. While most o the groupshaven’t decided on their ventureideas, Nathoo noted his group hasdetermined the direction o theirproject.“[We have] agreed that thebusiness we create should havepositive societal implications, in-stead o exploiting consumers,”Nathoo said.Not all the fnalists came rom abusiness background, or attendedthe Richard Ivey School o Busi-ness.“The whole weekend was agreat learning experience. All o the fnalists are incredibly talent-ed and intelligent people. I am ac-tually studying physiology, so thisis going to be a very dierent andexciting experience,” Smith said.The program provides an op-portunity or students to expandtheir horizons and, according toNathoo, learn the skills needed orthe next generation to ourish.“Personally, I think this pro-gram is great motivation or stu-dents to realize their potential. Inone o my interviews I was asked,‘Why do you want to be involved with this program?’ Part o my answer was that there is no suchthing as the ‘right’ opportunity. Itis up to us as leaders o tomorrow to make right rom an opportuni-ty,” Nathoo said.
“Next Five” ound at Western
Thesis backlashat U o T 
The University o Toronto is re-ceiving backlash or a thesis sub-mitted by one o their students.Jenny Peto, a U o T mastersstudent, submitted a thesis titled“The Victimhood o the Powerul: White Jews, Zionism and the Rac-ism o Hegemonic Holocaust Edu-cation.”In her thesis, Peto denouncedthe March o Remembrance andHope. During the march, studentstravel with Holocaust survivors tosee the locations o Nazi atrocities.“She created a thesis based noton an interview or any kind o re-sponsible act gathering,” Carla Wittes, director o programming or the Canadian Centre or Di-versity, explained. The centre runsthe march.“We were shocked and oend-ed by the thesis,” Wittes explained. While unable to comment onspecifc theses, U o T provost,Cheryl Misak, explained in a state-ment, “O the thousands o MA theses written at the University o Toronto, in partial ulfllment o degree requirements, it is inevi-table that some will have elementsthat oend various individualsand groups.“In such cases, the university is committed to allowing and en-couraging a ull range o debate.” Wittes noted she was given thethesis by several concerned sourc-es. She elt the claims in the thesis were unreasonable.“It’s possible to make alsestatements when you don’t check  your sources.”Misak explained the ability orstudents to interrogate subjectshowever they chose was embod-ied in the statement o reedom o speech by U o T.“All members o the university must have as a prerequisite ree-dom o speech and expression, which means the right to exam-ine, question, investigate, specu-late, and comment on any issue without reerence to prescribeddoctrine, as well as the right tocriticize the university and society at large.” Wittes explained her organiza-tion was not going to challengethe student’s degree.
— Cheryl Stone
News Bries
 
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To all volunteers, editors andsta who work tirelessly tomake this newspaper hap-pen our times every week. You are the unsung heroeso this campus and you havemy respect, admiration andgratitude.Sincerely,Stuart A. ThompsonEditor-in-Chie
Lauren Pelley
CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Elgin Hall residence was evacu-ated Tuesday morning ater highlevels o carbon monoxide weredetected in the building.Sergeant Steve Dykeman o Campus Community Police Ser-vice said fre ofcials ound thecause to be snow piled up arounda urnace vent. The snow pre-vented the carbon monoxide — apotentially deadly ume — romventing outside properly.London has received severaleet o snowall in the past 48hours, so fre ofcials had littletrouble determining the cause o the gas buildup.“Some o [the vents] aren’tmore than three or our eet o theground,” Dykeman said.Susan Grindrod, associate vice-president o housing and ancillary services, said fre ofcials, resi-dence sta and members o thePhysical Plant department havebeen checking all the outside ur-nace vents to prevent another oc-currence. Yesterday’s evacuation o around 500 students and sta took place ater a carbon monoxide de-tector was activated in one o thebuilding’s units, prompting CCPSto pull a fre alarm as a saety pre-caution.“The students were evacuatedin an orderly ashion,” Grindrodsaid, adding they were sent acrossthe street to Medway Hall whileElgin was being inspected.Though the evacuation wentsmoothly and there have beenno reported symptoms rom thecarbon monoxide, this incidentserves a reminder o the potentialdangers o this common house-hold gas.Two years ago, carbon monox-ide poisoning claimed the lives o an Ontario Provincial Police ofcerand her entire amily — including her husband and two children —in Woodstock, Ontario. The cause was a clogged chimney vent, butthe deaths could have been pre-vented i the home had a working carbon monoxide detector.Just last week, members o allthree provincial parties voted insupport o a new private mem-ber’s bill to mandate the use o carbon monoxide detectors in allOntario homes. Ater a second reading lastThursday, the bill has now beensent to legislative committee.The London Fire Departmentrecommends placing detectorsclose to bedrooms, and near theurnace room or other areas wherecarbon monoxide might accumu-late. According to the LFD’s website,carbon monoxide is produced by a variety o devices, including ur-naces, boilers, room heaters, hot water heaters, stoves and grills.“Carbon monoxide is anodourless, colourless gas which isextremely toxic,” notes the web-site. The gas produces an eectcalled chemical asphyxiation. Es-sentially, it leads to suocationas it lowers the blood’s ability tocarry oxygen.Symptoms o carbon monoxidepoisoning may include headache,nausea and atigue, but prolongedexposure to the gas can lead tobrain damage and death.This gas has been dubbed the“silent killer” since it is impossibleto detect without a carbon mon-oxide detector.Fire ofcials recommend regu-larly checking carbon monoxide-producing devices and their ac-companying vents — particularly during the winter.“I just went outside andchecked my own,” Grindrod saidduring a phone interview rom herhome. “Students in some o thoseold houses should do the same.”
 
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