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Leaving a legacy since 1906
Cookingwith Grace
In the latest entry to ourongoing video series,Grace Davis shows youhow to class up yourbreakfast with poachedeggs.
>> wgaz.ca/cookingwithgrace
Is your idea worth $175,000?
Gloria Dickie
Western’s own version of 
will soon be coming to councilchambers.The Student Legacy Challenge isthe University Students’ Council’slatest solution to the $175,000 of leftover money from last year’s buspass refund. The challenge, runningfrom now until Feb. 28, allows stu-dents to submit proposals on howthe money should be spent.“We wanted a wide range of ideasfrom students of all constituencies,”explained Pat Searle, senator-at-large. “We wanted to make sure thatevery student was able to be part of this brainstorming opportunity. Themore ideas, the better.”Since the amount of money inquestion is so large, Searle said itwould not be appropriate to limitdecision-making to just USC officials.He explained the application sys-tem was simple: students log on tothe website to download the appli-cation form and submit it to the USCoffice. Then, the Bus Pass RefundAd-Hoc Committee will review allapplications.Applications for the money will besorted and ranked on their feasibility,their effect on the entire student com-munity, and benefit to the specificbody of students the proposal may betargeting. The USC will then vote onand approve these proposals.“We’re not necessarily lookingfor just one idea to take the$175,000,” Ashley McGuire, socialscience councillor, said.Meaghan Coker, vice-presidentuniversity affairs, observed the USCwas looking for a wide spectrum of proposals, whether they are simpleeveryday adjustments or long-termdevelopment changes.“While saying ‘the sky is the limit’is a little cliché, we don’t want stu-dents to feel constrained by the pricetag,” Searle said.“It could be a concert in TDWaterhouse, it could be more moneygiven to constituency councils, itcould be more bus shelters on cam-pus — truly, we want to see thedreams of Western students cometrue through this challenge.”Coker explained several ideas hadalready been raised, such as moneygoing towards TEDx, bus shelters,charities, or even David Basu’s Royproposed community greenhouse.“It has some really interesting andresourceful aspects,” Coker said of Basu Roy’s greenhouse. “However,the possibility of being able to buildthis structure on Western and Bres-cia property is less than feasible.”The review of the proposals willallow the USC to sort out ideas theycan achieve and ideas that fall underthe responsibility of Western admin-istration, Coker said.
Visit studentlegacychallenge.ca tosubmit an application and learn more.
>> Where is the money from?
Graphics by Anders Kravis
Spring 2010
USC dispenses bus pass refundcheques of $18.93 to students.Many students did not pick themup, resulting in an unexpected left-over amount.
November 2010
USC creates ad-hoc committee todecide how this money should bespent
February 2011
Student Legacy Challenge beings
March 2011
Proposals presented to USC gener-al assembly for voting approval
Cheryl Stone
The three presidential candidateswere subjected to a lengthy debatein council chambers last Saturday.The focus of the new debate was toquiz candidates on their knowledgeof the University Students’ Counciland its portfolios.The debate concluded with a fewparticularly tough questions, includ-ing how they would have reacted tothe de-sophing of someone whovandalized frosh kits in the lead upto O-Week earlier this school year.Andrew Forgione explained theincident should have been keptmore private. “We are trying to pre-serve the reputation of the USC,” heexplained, adding actions taken tode-soph her were appropriate.David Basu Roy said transparen-cy was key to success in the de-sophing. “I think there was a fairlylong time where no one knew whatwas going on.” He noted no oneknew why she was de-sophed andwhy the consequences for her wereput in place.Omid Salari agreed the actionstaken by the USC were correct.Salari, known for using straightfor-ward and sometimes foul languageon the campaign trail, said while thepenis-decorated mustang nevermade it into the hands of a first-year,there were long hours of volunteerwork dedicated to finding it.Another line of questioning sur-rounded advocacy, particularly howUSC presidents should handle theirvice-president university affairs,who often doubles as the OntarioUndergraduate Student Alliancepresident.Basu Roy noted this had quicklybecome an expectation, which wasnot in the USC’s best interest. “There isa very large cost to being the [presi-dent] of OUSA and maybe thisshouldn’t be the assumed status quo.”Salari explained the current gov-ernance review would allow the pres-ident to take some of the internaladvocacy projects on. “It’s going to beexpensive,” he explained. “Not tomention we lose a primary advocate.”Forgione hoped to see the VPUA’svision fit with his own if elected. “Iwould need to make sure our visionsalign and take over some of theinternal lobbying.”Due to some of the recent studentand professional layoffs within theUSC, candidates were also askedhow they would handle laying off employees.“If we continue to run a non-prof-itable organization because we’reafraid to lose money, we’re going tosuffer over the long term,” Salariexplained. He noted in the past lay-offs had been softened by mini-jobfairs for the recently unemployed.Forgione explained he wouldlean on senior managers to deter-mine who would stay and whowould go. Basu Roy noted it wasimportant to also look at how theoperation was running and why itwas not profitable.Candidates were also askedabout the availability of local foodon campus, and if they felt it shouldbe subsidized to be more affordablefor students.Basu Roy explained he had beeninvolved in programs at King’s Uni-versity College, which had providedaffordable local meals. He explainedthey were commonly vegan, but itwas not impossible to find localmeals cheaply. “Cheap local fooddoesn’t mean expensive food.”Forgione hoped to see morefarmers’ markets in the UniversityCommunity Centre, because stu-dents currently did not have a choicefor what they ate on campus.Salari noted USC operations likethe Spoke couldn’t sustain local pro-duce because the volume requiredwas too large.
Candidates grilled on USC issues
Knowledge of USC operations, portfolios essential at debate
>> Demerit Points
Candidatesdinged withdemerits
Gloria Dickie
After only one week of election cam-paigning, one presidential candidatehas lost half of his allowable demer-it points.David Basu Roy learned his les-son the hard way when he was dealt15 out of a possible 30 points for theunapproved printing and distribu-tion of a campaign poster. AndrewForgione also received four demeritpoints for pre-campaigning.Basu Roy’s charges were in rela-tion to a poster bearing a picture of Basu Roy on top of a purple engi-neering sculpture. Vanessa Junior,Basu Roy’s campaign manager, saidthey received demerit points
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SOGS another stepcloser to referendum
Graduate students work with CFSto avoid ‘ending up in court’
Cheryl Stone
Western graduate students arebeing told to hold on to their bal-lots. The referendum to decidewhether the Society of GraduateStudents should leave the CanadianFederation of Students has beenmoved to April 5.“For the students who wanted tovote in January, this is a problem,”SOGS president Duncan Sutherlandexplained. “Some people see this asa major step forward.”Sutherland explained the delaywas because of CFS’ requirementthat they have representatives onhand during the referendum. Previ-ously, SOGS had voted to proceedwithout representatives.“It was successful in that the twolawyers were able to reach an agree-ment to hold a referendum with CFSparticipation,” John Nater, speakerfor SOGS, explained.“In mid-January we received aletter from the CFS’ lawyer. At thatpoint, it was decided that any furthercommunication should take placebetween SOGS’ legal counsel and theCFS’ legal counsel.”David Molenhuis, national chairfor CFS, explained he thought SOGShadn’t been playing by their rules.“Initially the issue was that theSociety of Graduate Students wasnot following the process for hold-ing a referendum,” Molenhuisexplained. “We’ve since got back ontrack.”SOGS has currently submitted apetition to hold a referendum to de-federate, which was approved byCFS national executive.Molenhuis explained the referen-dum needed to be conducted by apanel with members from both CFSand SOGS.Sutherland noted, however, theyworked out a deal with CFS foranother reason.“We didn’t actually have to reachan agreement,” he said. “It wouldminimize our chances for ending upin court.”Sutherland noted he could notrecall a successful campaign to leaveCFS that had not ended up in court.“To the best of my knowledge, it’snever happened.”Molenhuis responded, explainingmany recent campaigns had beendifficult.“I think that’s not at all the case,”Molenhuis explained. “I find thataccusation is baseless.”Sutherland hoped these conces-sions would lead to a successful ref-erendum with CFS representativespresent.“I’m optimistic they will followthrough.”
London falls from top10 in population
London is no longer one of the top tenmost populated cites in Canada.According to Statistics Canada, theWaterloo Region beat out London bya mere 141 people. As it stands, 492,249people call the London area home and492,390 call Waterloo theirs.Joni Baechler, London councillorin Ward 5, explained the Waterlooregion had many benefits Londondid not have.“Waterloo has had a jump on thenew economy, the high tech sector,”she explained. She noted the sectorencouraged employees to move inwhile its proximity to Torontoattracts commuters.She hoped to see the city investin the new economy in the future.“There’s certain bragging rightsthat go with being in the top ten,” sheexplained. “There’s kind of a cachetto be had and to advertise.”Baechler explained the inclusionof St. Thomas and London’s sur-rounding area into the statisticsmeant many areas which were hard-er hit by the economic recessionthan London were included.
— Cheryl Stone
Green awards
Think you’re green? Western’s Phys-ical Plant Department wants you toprove it.The Western Green Awards,which honour green initiatives byWesterners, are looking for nomina-tions. Nominations will be accepteduntil Feb. 25, 2011. All Western stu-dents, staff or faculty are welcome tonominate themselves or a peer.“We know there is an increasedinterest in sustainability and hopethat this year’s edition of the West-ern Green Awards can bring light tosome of the great initiatives on cam-pus,” Brandon Watson, communica-tions officer for the Physical Plant,said in a press release.
Students can go to www.uwo.ca/ppdto download and submit nomination forms.
— Cheryl Stone
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Debaters gonna debate
 Arden Zwelling
ASSOCIATE EDITORwgaz.ca/blogthevote
 Arden Zwelling is blogging daily fromthe campaign trail. Follow his musingsevery morning at wgaz.ca/blogthevote.
I met Andrew Forgione’s mom lastFriday.It’s easy to forget in all of thecraziness surrounding the Universi-ty Students’ Council elections thatthese candidates are just real peoplewith moms and dads and problemsof their own.I think it’s a byproduct of thecampaign’s ridiculous branding —which is unfortunately 100 per centnecessary to winning this thing —that we don’t really think of For-gione and his colleagues OmidSalari and David Basu Roy as hav-ing lives outside of the race. Whenall you see is a smiling face, a colourscheme, a polished website, anovertly friendly Twitter feed andsymbolic logo, you forget that just aweek ago these same folks werewalking around campus just like you. Marching class-to-class, bare-ly recognizable amidst the sea of Western students.Meeting Forgione’s mom actu-ally reminded me of Mike Tithe-cott’s dad who was something of afixture during his son’s ultimatelysuccessful campaign for USC pres-ident last year. The moment imme-diately after Tithecott was namedpresident, when him and his fatherembraced each other crying, wasprobably one of the more power-ful, emotional moments a USCelection has ever seen. It wentmostly unreported but anyone whowas there knows just how affectingthe moment was. I certainlyhaven’t forgotten it.Don’t worry, I haven’t gone soft. It’s just moments like those that reallygive you perspective on the zaninessthat is USC elections at Western. Themoment I had to talk to Mrs. Forgioneon Friday was a small one. But a real-ly nice one at the same time.
The debate over debate in thedebates
As usual, the
is driving thediscourse when it comes to Westernand the USC, this time by pointingout, justly I might add, that this year’s debates so far haven’t featuredany actual debate.For me, the USC debates are real-ly just question and answer sessions.And while it’s nice to hear the candi-dates elaborate on their platformsand explain how they would handlecertain predicaments, it’s franklyplayed out.
Read the rest of this post online at wgaz.ca/blogthevote.
Zwellin’ itlike it is
Happy b-day, texting law 
Ban on phones while driving widely ignored
Monica Blaylock 
“Crackberries” may be as dangerousas crack — while you’re on the roadanyways.Last week marked the one-yearanniversary for the ban on textingand talking while driving, howeverpolice are concerned the new lawhas had little effect.“There has been approximately46,000 tickets given out [for textingor talking while driving] throughoutOntario in the past year, with 630handed out in London,” Tom O’Brien,London Police Service trafficsergeant, said. “[It’s] disappointingand disturbing that people continueto flout the law rather than changetheir behaviour or buy a device thatallows them to change it.”O’Brien noted the London policeforce will be trying a multitude of new tactics in the coming months inhopes of reinforcing the law.“It’s easier to get people when you use unmarked cars, so we’ll like-ly step up our unmarked car effortsand we’ll continue to educate andenforce,” O’Brien said, adding therewill also be officers on foot and outof uniform around the city handingout tickets to texting drivers.While it’s beneficial to continueeducating people to the dangers of distracted driving, not everyoneagreed it’s a problem that can besolved.VincentManzerolle, lecturer inthe faculty of information and mediastudies, urged police to look at tech-nology from the perspective of cul-ture.“We live in a media environmentas I see it; our contemporarymoment is full of the idea of ubiqui-tous connectivity,” Manzerolle said.“Whether it’s cellphones, laptops,whatever, we’re always connected. Itreally is a part of our everyday life.”Manzerolle pointed out it’s near-ly impossible to disconnect fromtechnology and keep our attentionson the road.“Texting while driving becomessuch a big problem because you’resupposed to be focused on this veryspecific task of driving. But every-thing else in our culture says you’realways supposed to be multitasking,always supposed to be available,”Manzerolle said.“The best that they can do is toactually remove the control of the dri-ver over the car, so that the car is actu-ally doing the task of driving and youcan do all these other multitaskingthings with little concern. That’s thedesire, to almost remove the humanelement from driving so there’s lessroom for human error,” he concluded.Manzerolle agreed with O’Brien,saying until technology advances toa level that will prevent human error,it’s prudent to be weary of cellphoneuse while driving.“I don’t care who you are, you cannever underestimate,” O’Brien said.“You might think you’re a goodmultitasker, but it’s not multitasking,it’s divided attention. You can’t con-centration on both. It’s one or theother.”
Photo illustration by Corey Stanford
A law banning cellphoneuse in cars received 46,000 tickets in Ontario over the past year, prompting policeto increase enforcement.
because the poster used purple — acolour banned by election policy —and used the word “damn.”Adam Smith, chief returning offi-cer for the University Students’Council, said the word “damn” waspart of the reason why Basu Royreceived 10 out of a maximum of 15points, but said the colour purpledidn’t play a part. Basu Roy thenreceived another 5 points for the dis-tribution of the poster.With a loss of $6 per demeritpoint, Basu Roy’s team lost a total of $90 from their $1,576 budget.Andrew Forgione received fourdemerit points for campaigning at ameeting by the Chinese StudentAssociation and soliciting supportprior to the beginning of campaign-ing. This is considered pre-cam-paigning under the USC’s electionsbylaw.“A lot of the members on myteam aren’t involved in politics sothey didn’t know they were goingagainst the rules,” Forgioneexplained. “But I explained my pointand they understood where we werecoming from. They were verylenient.”Forgione mentioned he met withhis campaign team soon afterwardsand discussed the issue with them.“We told them how to get clubendorsements [for me] and how togo about them. We also went overthe bylaw points, because they’vebecome very strict this year. So wemade sure the entire team knewwhat the protocol was to ensure itwouldn’t happen in the future.”Junior felt the USC’s ruling inForgione’s own case was less severethan it should have been.“I think soliciting clubs for sup-port before campaigning has begunis a more serious offence than dis-tributing and using the word ‘damn’in a poster,” she said.But Smith reiterated the impor-tance of candidates being informedof the existing bylaws in place.“In the past, candidates have triedtheir best to find loopholes or playthe innocent card, but this year weare trying to not let that go,” he said.“Violations will be looked into andpunished if appropriate.”Smith noted while 19 points havealready been doled out, the ElectionsCommittee is still looking into someissues and will react on a case-by-case basis.
Demerit points disputed
>> continued from pg.1
Corey Stanford
Candidates for the University Students’ Council presidency continued their cam-paigning yesterday across campus. David Basu Roy held a campaign event in the Spoke while Andrew Forgione and OmidSalari campaigned in the University Community Centre and elsewhere.

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