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From out-of-control parties toviolent brawls, the residential areaaround Fanshawe College hasearned itself a nasty reputationover the years.The two most recent violentincidents in the area – a man wasattacked in late May at 900Fanshawe College Blvd. and analtercation in August on FlemingDrive left another man stabbed – have left area residents concernedabout what they’re in for this year,even though both incidentsinvolved non-students.With the new crop of studentscomes a new crop of parties, resi-dents fear. “Most of you(Fanshawe and University of Western Ontario students), most of the time, will be – and do – justfine. But some of you, some of thetime, are going to act like idiots.Drunken idiots, to be precise,”wrote London Free PressColumnist Ian Gillespie on August29. “I say this because out-of-con-trol student partying in London has become an annual tradition.”Residents like Anne Patterson,who left a comment on Gillespie’sstory on the London Free Presswebsite, called Fanshawe students“little demons,” adding that livingin the area was a “nightmare …Chaos, hell and total disruption.”According to London PoliceService, though, the Fanshawearea may not be as bad as peoplethink. “When you look at (the inci-dent in August) and you look at theone back in May, they’re two veryserious incidents, but they’re nodifferent from other areas of thecity that are having similar inci-dents,” said Const. Dennis Rivest,Public Information Officer for London Police Service. “I don’tlook at (violence in the area) as being a (large) problem right now… It’s a place that people will goto party, but it’s a fight like you’dfind at other places in the city. Idon’t think it’s as alarming atFleming as it was in the past.”And with the purchase of thetownhouses at 900 FanshaweCollege Blvd. this year, and theadditional security on the property,the college is hoping to make thearea a little safer for everybody.“We did a security audit (inKestral Court) this past summer,and so we identified some areas of concern,” said Ed Pimentel,Manager of Fanshawe’s CampusSecurity Services. “There was anissue with some of the fencing;lighting was a huge issue there;some deficiencies with the securityequipment.”Upgrades to security in the areainclude a rebuilt and upgradedfence, increased lighting, replacingall security equipment, regular sur-veillance and on-site security, aswell as extra patrols for the firstthree weeks of the fall semester.“This is part of our patrol area for anyone who’s working. It’s no dif-ferent from a residence on campus;we get called out, we patrol, youname it. We’re always goingthrough,” Pimentel said.As to whether the securityupgrades will have an effect on thenumber of incidents in the residen-tial area surrounding the college,Pimentel said it was hard to deter-mine. “I tend to think that any timeyou have added security presence,the better lighting – there’s nodoubt it’ll be a lot safer there.Having said that, I’m not naïve tosay that nothing will ever happenthere; anything could happen thereat any time, under any circum-stance.”Rivest said, “I congratulate (thecollege). Those are fantastic meas-ures that they’re taking. I think they’re doing an excellent job incaring for the safety of their stu-dents and also for others who livein the area. They’re being very,very responsible.”According to Pimentel,“Security has authority on any property that’s owned or leased bythe college in the city of London,”and they have authority over stu-dents and non-students alike.Security has the authority to laycharges for on-campus incidents of theft, assault, mischief, drugs,underage drinking and other alco-hol-related offences, trespassing – “Anything that’s really conduciveto our environment,” saidPimentel.Security also works withLondon Police Service in casesinvolving Fanshawe students. “Weare not a substitute for the public police, but we’re there to assist inany capacity they want us.”
Think you’ve got the skills tocreate the next super-popular mobile gaming application? Flexyour app-creating muscles at theGreat Canadian Appathon
at theend of the month.The GCA
is a weekend-longgame coding festival presented by National Post and mobile gamedeveloper XMG Studio Inc. It’s anation-wide event open only to stu-dents that runs from September 30to October 2. Working in groups of up to four people, students work for 48 hours to create a game appli-cation for the platform of their choosing – iPhone, Windows or Android. Groups must spend atleast 14 of those hours at one of thecoding ‘hubs’ in a post-secondaryschool – some of the closest hubsto Fanshawe are Waterloo, Brock and Guelph. For a full list of hubs,check greatcanadianappathon.com.According to Andrew Kamondyof XMG Studio Inc., participantscan’t do too much to prepare for the contest (though they are free to brush up on their coding skills), asthe GCA
will have a theme that allgames must stick to. “We’reannouncing the theme the day of (the Appathon). In terms of prepa-ration, very little can be done.” Inaddition to the theme, judges will be looking for games to have inno-vative concepts, polished art anddesign, a high level of entertain-ment and stability.The top games will take homesome very serious prizes, accord-ing to Kamondy; the winning teamwill take home $25,000, second- place will snag $10,000 and ten$1,000 prizes will be awarded invarious categories as well. Thereare also prizes donated by UNITYGame Development Tool andmore. Altogether, over $50,000 in prizes will be awarded.“(Participants) definitely needsome coding skills,” Kamondysaid. “A lot of the students whowere there last (time) were in com- puter science programs, or wereengineers, or were just gamedeveloping geeks who can do it intheir own basements.”“With the onset of mobile phones, an interesting revolutionhas taken place where it’s not ascomplicated as developing for con-sole,” he continued. “You seethose stories of six-year-oldsdeveloping games that made it tonumber one in the app store. That’skind of the whole reason for this; itallows people to really get in thespace and really understand and partner with some companies thathave experience and can benefitfrom it.”The first GCA in April sawapproximately 300 students divid-ed into 100 teams. In the end, over 50 games were developed, and asuperhero-themed game,
, took home the grand prize.The game developers at XMGStudio Inc. are working with thethree finalists from Edmonton,B.C. and Montreal to polish and publish their games
, and areabout two weeks away fromlaunching the games. “We’re veryexcited and we plan to do the samething (this time),” said Kamondy.“Another thing we have (done)is launched an incubator,” he con-tinued. “We have 17 of the teamsthat participated in the last GCA as part of this incubator. We’re men-toring them to develop games;we’re assisting them in achievingtheir goals of getting their conceptsand creativity out into the market- place.” He added that GCA
par-ticipants will have the same oppor-tunities as well.Register now for your shot towin big money and create whatcould be the next hot mobile game.Applications close at 12:30 p.m. onSeptember 30. For a full list of hubs, more contest details andadditional info, check out great-canadianappathon.com.
CREDIT: ERIKA FAUST
Fanshawe College earlier this year bought a housing complex at 900Fanshawe College Blvd. and renovated the area into a student residence.The area was fitted with a number of security upgrades.
Think you’ve got what it takes to create the next
? Show offyour coding skills at the Great Canadian Appathon
, a 48-hour mobilegaming competition that begins on September 30.
Code your way to victoryTaming the troubledFanshawe area