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Barley and wheat free since 1906
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According to new reportsfrom Statistics Canada,we spend much moretime on the computerthan on the treadmill.
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New warning labelsproposed for beer
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Second wave renovations
As the gym renovations continue, USC movesforward with other transformations in the UCC
Monica Blaylock 
As renovations to the UniversityCommunity Centre gyms continue,a second group of constructionworkers are busy transforming otherspaces in the building.Last year, the University Students’Council posed a referendum askingstudents to add an additional $25annually to cover the cost of reno-vations and maintenance to theUCC. The referendum was passedand construction soon began.But more renovations to the sec-ond floor of the UCC — includingPurple Door Promotions — weremade possible by a different fundentirely. Two years ago, the USC gavespace in the UCC back to Westernbut still collected fees for it, accord-ing to USC president Mike Tithecott.“We put [the revenue from thosefees] under a special capital renew-al fund. It was something around$10-15 per student,” Tithecott said.Using the leftover funds, the USChas since tried to save money on theproject, according to Jeff Armour,manager of food and beverages forthe USC and contractor on theseprojects.He said doing the renovationsnow instead of the summer let themuse Western’s Physical Plant depart-ment, which includes carpenters andconstruction workers. He said thisin-house labour is significantlycheaper than using contractors likethose renovating the gyms.To handle these projects, Armouralso assumed contractor responsibil-ity on top of managing the Spoke andthe Wave, which also saved money.“I used to do construction — I wasa general contractor for years. Run-ning an event in food services like Ido is very similar to construction,”Armour said, adding he’s alsoinvolved in overseeing the largergym renovations.“This is much cheaper becausewe’ve been working with [Western’s]Physical Plant. We’re using West-ern’s labour, between myself runningthe project and giving me [PhysicalPlant’s] carpenters to work with. Wedon’t pay a contractor that’ll mark itup all the way,” he added.Armour said these aesthetic andorganizational renovations werenecessary.“The building is literally fallingdown around us,” he joked. “Myinput is that you could update andfix things now, but once we go fur-ther down the road you’re literallygoing to be looking at rebuildingthese spaces,” Armour said.“My dad always said he couldnever afford to buy cheap, cause youwould constantly have to fix this andthat — we’d be spending a lot of money putting Band-Aids on things.”Armour also noted the USC orig-inally needed to consolidate spaceon the second floor in order to bringthe floor up to fire-code standards.He explained the construction of themezzanine inside the gyms requireda second exit point from the studyspace, which forced Purple Door outof their existing space.Their new space, located in theformer USC Marketing and Adver-tising Office, is more than twice thesize and includes new flooring, light-ing and furniture.The USC’s marketing officemoved across the hall and consoli-dated with the
composingoffice. The
editorial officewill also be renovated to convertunused darkroom space into officespace.
Cam Parkes
Renovations in the University Community Cen-tre continued this month with an upgrade to Purple Door Promotions, a retailstore owned by the University Students’ Council on the second floor of the UCC.
Cheryl Madliger
Microbreweries and the BrewersAssociation of Canada are upsetover proposed Health Canada regu-lations calling for a mandatory aller-gy alert on their bottles and cans.The alert, which would also berequired on food products and nat-ural health products, would notifyconsumers of the presence of barleyor wheat in a product.Although the warning, whichwould read “Allergy and intoleranceinformation: Contains barley,” is tar-geted to help sufferers of celiac dis-ease, the proposed regulations arepart of a broader program intendedto make it easy for consumers toidentify products containing priori-ty allergens, explained JimMcCarthy, executive director for theCanadian Celiac Association.McCarthy explained these prior-ity allergens include things like milk,soy, and egg products, as well asnewly added gluten, sulfites andmustard. “It’s a revision to thelabelling regulations regarding pri-ority allergens on all foods,” he elab-orated.For celiac sufferers, identifyinggluten sources like wheat and barleycan be difficult, but is essential toavoid serious health consequences.“Celiac disease is a hereditary,autoimmune genetic disease,”McCarthy explained. “With celiacdisease, when gluten is present inthe small intestine, the intestine lin-ing is destroyed by the immune sys-tem and as a result, typical malnu-trition disorders arise.”McCarthy went on to sayalthough celiac disease is easilytreated by avoiding gluten, identify-ing sources can sometimes be diffi-cult. This, he said, is what makesbetter labelling so important.The Health Canada regulations,which currently await final approval,would call for labelling changeswithin 18 months.Paul Buttery, brewer at Barrie’sFlying Monkey Craft Brewery, said hecould see where some of the concernamong the beer industry comes from.“We don’t order [labels] thatoften,” he said, although he also indi-cated 18 months would be a reason-able time frame to make necessarychanges.Andre Fortin, director of publicaffairs for the Brewers Associationof Canada, raised another concern.For small breweries or those whouse specialized printed bottles, thecost could be significant.“It’s pretty much impossible toadd any writing,” he said. “They’reworried they would have to replacetheir entire bottle float and usually abeer bottle you can use between 18and 20 times through the bottledeposit system,” he elaborated,explaining that the implications of needing a whole new bottle floatwould be major in terms of a brew-ery’s bottom line.Another issue is how the labelmight change the appearance of thebottles. “[We] concentrate a lot onthe artwork and to add somethingonto a label could detract from it,”Buttery said.Fortin noted the Brewers Associ-ation of Canada is not only con-cerned over the cost of implement-ing the labelling, but also over theireffectiveness and strictness.“When you’re diagnosed withceliac disease, typically, you’re a veryeducated population, so you knowwhat you can and cannot consume,”he said, pointing out the CanadianCeliac Association website listsbread and beer as the top two foodsfor celiac sufferers to avoid.He also said, unlike Europeanregulations that allow a certain levelof gluten content to go unlabelled,Canadian standards will requirecompanies to bear the warning labelregardless of the amount of glutenactually present in a product.McCarthy understood these con-cerns, but said the labelling is nec-essary.“The brewing industry has a rea-sonable position here, but those withallergies or who have celiac diseasehave been waiting for 10 years forimproved labelling,” he said. “Thetarget wasn’t to create some uniquewarning labels for beer.”
 You could update andfix things now, butonce we go furtherdown the road you’reliterally going to belooking at rebuildingthese spaces.
Jeff Armour
Food and beverage manager for the USC
Sports fans get drunk, water is wet
The way Toronto sports teams areplaying right now may lead somefans to drown their sorrows inalcohol.A new study has shown abouteight per cent of people who attendsporting events leave the stadiumwith a blood alcohol content classi-fying them as legally drunk.Jamie Crowley, concessionsmanager at the John Labatt Centre,emphasized regulating alcohol con-sumption at games was a majorfocus of their security.Such regulations include allservers being certified under SmartServe, security guards patrolling thearea, and expelling any excessivelydrunk people from the premises.According to Crowley, althoughdrinks are served at sporting events,they are not the main reason thatpeople show up.“People generally don’t come tothe arena to get intoxicated,” he said.
— Ryan Hurlbut
Need funding? There’san app for that
The Ontario Student Assistance Pro-gram just launched a new applica-tion for smartphones that will allowstudents to check the status of theirfunding applications from theiriPhone or Blackberry.Along with the new app, OSAPhas redesigned their website andmade applications for funding avail-able earlier in the year in an attemptto make it easier for students toapply for and receive funding.“This new OSAP mobile app,along with recent OSAP enhance-ments and our new website, givesstudents the support they need topursue their passion and achievethe career of their dreams,” JohnMilloy, minister of training, colleges,and universities, explained in apress release.The app and website are part of the province’s Open Ontario plan, afive-year project aimed at improv-ing the economy through variousefforts, including investing in post-secondary education.
— Kaleigh Rogers
Take a seat foraccessibility 
Those new blue chairs in Western’shallways aren’t for sitting. They’repart of the Ontario UndergraduteStudents’ Alliance annual campaignto bring attention to accessibilityissues at universities.“This campaign will provide stu-dents and community memberswith the opportunity to becomedirectly involved in our advocacyand awareness activities,” MeaghanCoker, OUSA president, explained ina press release. “Our aim is to callattention to the need for increasedsuccess, and expanded accessibility,for students who face barriers tohigher education.”Each empty blue chair is meantto represent a student who cannotattend university, according toOUSA.Current statistics place Ontario’scurrent participation rate of 18 to 24- year-olds at 40 per cent, with only33 per cent of students from thelowest income quartile and 28 percent of Aboriginal students continu-ing to higher education, directlyfrom high school.This is the fourth year of cam-paign has occurred.
Cheryl Stone
Used med suppliesare green
Medical students at Schulich Schoolof Medicine and Dentistry havestarted an initiative called OperationGreen.For many surgical procedures,there are a number of items that areprepared for surgery but never used.These items become waste, and thiswaste is hurting the environment,according to the group.“At Operation Green, we collectthese overage items that go unused,and partnered with an organizationcalled Globus Relief, we will be send-ing those items overseas to differentareas in need,” Yoan Kagoma, one of the co-founders, said of the project.The initiative came to be after theresults of a second-year ethics pro- ject were paired with inspiration bya similar project from Yale Universi-ty called the Remedy Project.“Originally, we completed theethics project, and it was astoundingto us. We took that data and extrap-olated it into Ontario levels, and itturns out that for just knee replace-ment surgeries alone, there were 350garbage trucks of waste per year.”
— Jason Sinukoff
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 Wednesday, Jan. 26
Lexus of London and PG reveal the2011 Lexus IS 350
Moxie’s Classic Grill
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.To benefit the London Food Bank and prostate cancer research, the Young Professionals Group andLexus of London demonstrate thenew Lexus IS 350. Wine tastingand hors d’oeuvres provided. Par-ticipants encouraged to bring gro-ceries for the food bank.
Thursday, Jan. 27
 Student-2-Business Networking Advantage
London Convention Centre
1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Gain access to London’s businesscommunity, get insider informa-tion on industries in London, andlearn how to pitch your skills andexperience to London’s employers.Student-2-Business gives youaccess to London’s business com-munity and offers insider informa-tion on industries in London andhow to network and build a repu-tation. Keynote speaker Paul Cop-cutt will instruct on personalbrand strategy. Visit s2b.ca formore information.
CAISA Fashion Show ChampagneParty 
Club Rouge (Piccadilly St.)Ever $10 wristband will support theChildren’s Health Foundation. Theevent is part of the annual fashionshow by the Canadian Asian Inter-national Students’ Association.The fashion show will take placeon March 19 at Centennial Hall.More information at caisafashion-show2011.com.
Saturday, Jan. 29
 Slow Dance Night 
Brennan’s Beer & Bistro(347 Clarence St.)
8:30 p.m.London’s self-proclaimed “firstever slow dance night,” the eventinvites wallflowers and veterandancers alike to a night featuringslow songs. Admission is $8 at thedoor. More information at bren-nansbeerbistro.ca
Western’s Sweet Dream — Charity Ball 2011
London Convention Centre
Doors open at 9 p.m.Each year Western sponsors a localcharity in the London communityand holds a formal event in orderto raise finances to be donateddirectly to the charity. This yearWestern will be sponsoring TheBoys and Girls Club of London. Allproceeds will be directed towardsplanning enriching programmingfor local London children and theirsponsors
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Canadians under-exercising
Most time spent surfing online, watching TV
 Alex Carmona
The so-called obesity epidemicweighing down the U.S. might bemigrating north.Two studies from Statistics Cana-da released earlier this monthshowed the vast majority of Canadi-ans don’t get anywhere near the rec-ommended amount of weekly exer-cise needed to maintain a healthyand active lifestyle.According to the studies, whichtracked the exercise habits of rough-ly 4,500 Canadian adults and chil-dren, only 15 per cent of adults aremeeting the minimum exerciseguidelines set by Health Canada. Theagency recommends anyone over18-years-old get at least 150 minutesof moderate exercise per week. Kidsaged six to 19 fared even worse, with just seven per cent getting the daily60 minutes of physical activityneeded to stay fit and healthy.“For the vast majority of Cana-dians, exercise levels have eitherstayed the same or decreased overthe past few decades,” PeterLemon, kinesiology professor atWestern, said.Canadians today spend themajority of their time engaged insedentary pursuits, such as surfingthe web, watching television, read-ing, or playing video games. Canadi-an adults spend an average of nineand a half hours a day sitting still,while children clock in a little lowerat eight and a half hours, accordingto the report.Health Canada recentlydecreased their exercise require-ments, which previously recom-mended children aged five to 17 get90 minutes of exercise per day andthat adults up to age 65 get 30 to 60minutes per day.“Studies have shown that theprevious standards actuallyexceeded the minimum require-ment to become fit and to benefitfrom the health components thatare adversely affected if you’reinactive, which are substantial,”Lemon explained.Noelle Martin, a registered dieti-cian at Western, also commented onthe many benefits which come as aresult of being fit and healthy.“If you keep yourself healthy,then you have better output forwhatever it is you’re doing, and thatalso applies to university students,”Martin said. “The student that keepsregular physical activity as part of their lifestyle will find they will havebetter output in terms of, amongother things, remembering things inclass, in paying attention and in hav-ing better sleep patterns.”Students at Western, unfortu-nately, are no exception. Most peo-ple are aware of the stereotypicaluniversity student who lives on fastfood and hasn’t stepped foot in agym since Orientation Week.“It’s probably an accurate stereo-type to have for many students oncampus,” Lemon lamented. “Mostindividuals in this day and age canfind ways to exist with a very lowlevel of physical activity.”Dedicated exercise is not the onlyway to help you stay fit.“It’s not that you have to go to thegym every day, but you should beactive every day,” Martin clarified.While little things like walking toclass or taking the stairs do notincrease your heart rate to the req-uisite 150 to 165 beats per minute toqualify as moderate exercise underHealth Canada’s guidelines, they doadd up.“It’s still getting your heart rate alittle elevated, it’s still moving yourmuscles and getting your body mov-ing,” Martin said.Lemon stressed students lookingto start increasing their fitness levelshould not overdo it. “The mostimportant thing is to start slowly andbuild up,” Lemon concluded.“Becoming physically fit is a majorchange in lifestyle, so you’ve got tomake it a regular event that you cankeep up, otherwise you probablywon’t succeed.”
Students missing out onreading, writing skills
 What’s it all matter?
 Arden Zwelling
ASSOCIATE EDITORwgaz.ca/blogthevote
You know, I was just joking when Isaid at least a half dozen peoplewould show up to last week’s Uni-versity Students’ Council openforum on election procedures. It’ssort of the shtick in this space — pokefun at how few students care aboutthe USC and its elections. Surely itmay get under the skin of your typi-cal nauseatingly optimistic USCerbut that’s part of what makes it somuch fun.But seriously, one concerned stu-dent showed up to the meeting. One.Total attendance was ten, but 90per cent of that was people who kindof had to be there. In total, there werethree
editors, the USC presi-dent, one USC vice-president, theUSC communications officer, twomembers of the elections committee,a former presidential candidate andthe lone, concerned student.This is a problem, no?Well, not for the USC who seemto be checking off points on theirauditing checklist such as this pub-lic forum as they move closer tomaking the elections a USC-onlyparty. Insular, contained, exclusive —call it what you want, they’re clearlymoving towards a process designedto weed out any non-USCers who,until now, had a relatively easy pathto the presidency.It’s easy to understand the USC’smotives for the move — candidatesshould have a passable knowledgeof the massive organization they’revying to lead. Fielding just one seri-ous candidate surrounded by anassortment of knobs, resume-boost-ers and idealists cheapens theprocess.But one student turning up to apublic forum is a problem. What’sthe point of a democratic processthat no one is interested in takingpart in?
Read the rest of this post online at wgaz.ca/blogthevote and keep up withall the latest USC election news andcommentary. The election campaignlaunches Feb. 1 and voting beginsonline on Feb. 15 at www.voteusc.ca.
Zwellin’ itlike it is
 Aaron Zaltzman
For many students, university is aboutimproving one’s thinking, reasoningand writing skills, provided they canfind the time between the socializing,sleeping and going to class.A recent U.S. report found thatwhile the average student GPA was arespectable 3.2, students were notimproving much in basic skills suchas critical thinking, analytical reason-ing and written communications. Infact, after two years, 45 per cent of thestudents had shown no improvement.Based on a seven-day week, theaverage student spent more thanhalf their time socializing or relax-ing and a quarter of their time sleep-ing. Working, volunteering orattending class took up 18 per centof their time. That leaves studentsspending a whopping seven per centof their time studying — a numbernearly half of what it was just adecade ago.“They enroll in courses that do notrequire substantial reading or writingassignments,” the report said of thesestudents. “They interact with theirprofessors outside of classroomsrarely, if ever; and they define andunderstand their college experiencesas being focused more on social thanon academic development.”The study, which tracked theprogress of 3,500 students in 29 uni-versities in the U.S., also found thatstudents who studied alone consis-tently scored higher than studentsstudying in groups, or even studentswho just spent a lot of time in largegroups like fraternities.The results also showed thathigher scoring students were theones taking the more challengingcourses. However, according to KimHolland, instructional designer atWestern’s Teaching Support Center,this correlation may be due to aselection bias since students whotake challenging courses are also theones who study harder.Holland said the study highlightsan important difference betweenstudents gaining knowledge in asubject versus learning higher ordercomprehension skills.“If your view is that universitiesprovide information, well informa-tion is cheap now. [It’s] availableeverywhere. And it’s here today, gonetomorrow,” Holland said. “Hopefullythe types of skills that [universities]provide are higher order skills, likeanalysis. Not just regurgitating stuff that you have to memorize.”Holland also noted that part of the cause could also be a sense of entitlement held by some students.“I’ve heard students say […] ‘Educa-tion is expensive and I’ve paid for it,so give me my degree.’” This leads toa sense of apathy in these studentsresulting in less effort, he said.Holland added improving higherorder comprehensive skills is a two-way street between professors andstudents.“You can put systems in place sothat students can access […] theinformation they need to excel. Thatmight be extended office hours […]but the student has to take theresponsibility.”
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51 per cent
Time spent socializing or relaxing
24 per cent
Time spent sleeping
18 per cent
Time spent working, volunteer-ing or attending class
7 per cent
Time spent studying
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