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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
canada’s only daily student newspaper • founded 1906
VoluMe 105, issue 88
www.westerngazette.ca • @uwogazette
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Gazette sta
 Western is making a large push to- wards internationalization in thecoming years. The university hopesthat by 2014, approximately 10 percent o all Western students willhave come rom another country.The goal stems rom the am-bitions o Western’s incumbentpresident, Amit Chakma. The uni-versity recently opened a new o-ce called Western International,the purpose o which is to eec-tively give Western added inter-national prominence. WesternInternational will assist with any matter related to international un-dergraduate recruitment, interna-tional learning, student support,or international relations.“Western’s entire recruitmentteam has done an amazing job re-cruiting international students,”Julie McMullin, special advisor tothe provost, international, said.McMullin cited Western’s vastimprovement in international re-cruiting over the last two years. In2010, just three per cent o the in-coming undergraduate students were international students. Inthis area, Western lagged ar be-hind other Ontario universities. By 2011, this had more than doubledto nearly seven per cent. Approxi-mately 22 per cent o graduate stu-dents at Western come rom out-side Canada.Patrick Searle, vice-presidentuniversity aairs or the Univer-sity Students’ Council, believes theocus on internationalization willhelp Western’s growing reputation.“I think the reason the university is so ocused on being interna-tional is so that the value o our de-grees continues to grow,” he com-mented. “To be a world leader ineducation, you have to be knownto the world.”International ocus also playeda large role in the university’s re-branding campaign. “One o theconcerns was that the University o  Western Ontario sounded very re-gional,” Searle said.In terms o urther internationalrecruitment, McMullin is optimis-tic. “Some o the things that make Western attractive to domestic stu-dents are also attractive to interna-tional students,” she pointed out.“What is great about the model weuse is that there is a lot o empha-sis on Western student volunteersin our programming. Western stu-dents gain international learning through participating as volun-teers and help to make Western a welcoming community.”Recruiting students rom out-side Canada is not the only inter-national priority, however. Increas-ingly, international exchanges ordomestic students are also receiv-ing attention. These exchange op-portunities are becoming essentialto providing students with a dier-ent perspective. “Students describestudy abroad and internationallearning experiences as rewarding and transormational,” McMullinsaid.“In a world where borders aremore easily and necessarily tra-versed, providing students withopportunities to develop intercul-tural competencies becomes animportant dimension o educa-tion,” she said.
tl rigues
Gazette sta
 Western students will orego theirpurple or green this Friday to show their support or mental healthawareness week.The University Students’ Coun-cil is promoting mental healthawareness March 19 to 23 in coor-dination with Student Health Ser-vices, residence sta, the aculty o health sciences and several stu-dent groups.“[We] are supporting the stu-dent programs this week in an e-ort to show a united ront to stu-dents in mental health awarenesson campus,” Marissa Jore, vice-president campus issues or theUSC, said.The campaign will eature amental health air in the University Community Centre rom Monday to Friday, as well as special eventsacross campus.Julia Nantes, the mental healthissues commissioner, said the cam-paign aims to get rid o the stigmaassociated with mental health dis-orders. She said they want to edu-cate students about the psycholog-ical and health resources availableto them on campus and in the Lon-don community.Nantes explained students ex-perience a wide variety o men-tal health issues including de-pression, bipolar disorder andaddictions.“A large portion o the calls re-ceived by the Student Emergency Response Team are mental healthrelated. However, many studentsdo not wish to share these experi-ences due to the stigma associated with mental health issues,” Nantessaid.Jore armed that greater men-tal health services are needed oncampus. “Mental health issues arerapidly increasing on campus and we are seeing a consistent need orstudent health and psychologicalservices—and these are just thestudents we know about. There areabsolutely students who have not yet had the courage to ask or helpor simply do not know how to ac-cess it.”Mental health awareness week is an extension o the USC’s “Hold-ing On To Hope” campaign.“The events partner with many other student groups including the club Active Minds, PrideWest-ern and the aculty o health sci-ences students’ council,” Joresaid. “[We want] to partner withthe numerous service providerson campus to send the messageto students that there is support tobe ound throughout the Westerncommunity.”Some o the campaign’s high-lights are a speaking event withDan Savage, ounder o the It GetsBetter Project, the “Stand Up orMental Health” comedy show and a lecture by author MargaretTrudeau.Savage’s presentation aims toaddress youth who are bullied be-cause they are, or suspected o being, gay. His presentation onThursday at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall will communicate to youth thattheir lives will improve.“Stand Up or Mental Health” isa comedy show happening tonightat 8 p.m. in the Mustang Lounge.Comedians will ght the stigmaagainst mental health issues by comically presenting their per-sonal mental health experiences.Margaret Trudeau, wie o thelate Prime Minister Pierre ElliotTrudeau, will discuss her strug-gle and recovery with bi-polarity March 29, at 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall.“It is important to highlight […]that these are student-run eventsand programs. Those involved inthis week’s events denitely de-serve a lot o praise or coming to-gether to ght something that a-ects so many o their peers,” Joresaid.
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Cugh n CeNes Biefs
Ne hspil funing
 A new unding model or hospitals was proposed by Ontario HealthMinister Deb Matthews on Mon-day. Eective April 1, the HealthBased Allocation Model will takeactors such as quality o servicesand demographic inormation intoconsideration when determin-ing hospitals’ budgets. As a result,unding or small towns and slow-growing regions will be diverted toaging and ast-growing regions.The previous budgeting modelgave hospitals xed amounts o money, and the autonomy to de-cide how the money would beused. According to Raisa Deber,a proessor in the department o health policy, management andevaluation at the University o To-ronto, it gave hospitals incentivesto be as cost eective as possible,but it also gave them the incentiveto do less.But i hospitals were asked to al-locate unds according to servicesused, Deber stated small commu-nities will encounter some prob-lems because they would be dis-couraged rom unding servicesdeemed essential but inrequently used.The HBAM is an eort to ad-dress the incentives issues. “Whatthey are trying to do is to balancethe incentives so that hospitalsare encouraged to be as eectiveas they can so that you encouragemore eective care,” she said.
—Anthony Poon
 wching Fleing
Bernie MacDonald, a ormer city councillor, has long lobbied or theestablishment o a satellite policestation in the Fleming neighbour-hood—to no avail. Though Satur-day’s violence rekindled interestin the project, Joe Swan, Ward 3councillor, dismissed the idea thatincreased police presence alone would curtail civil disobedience.“It’s not about the number or lo-cation o police ocers, it’s aboutgiving them the power and author-ity to disperse crowds,” he said.News o Saturday’s riot—thelargest in London’s history—maderont-page news across the nationthis past weekend. Now that theshock—though not the concern—has largely dissipated, city councilhas been taking steps to preventthe incident’s recurrence in theneighbourhood. According to Swan, city ocialshave been collecting inormationrom both the police and FanshaweCollege. London’s Town and GownCommittee will also be holding aspecial meeting to address the is-sues presented by Saturday’s riot.“[The satellite station] would just add cost when you need thepower and authority o control. You’ve got to dene the situationand the problem correctly, other- wise you’ll spend a lot o money and nothing will happen,” Swansaid.To remedy the situation, Swansaid Fanshawe should providemore on-campus housing or stu-dents, and more preventive en-orcement measures should beundertaken.The bottom line, according toSwan, was saety. “Let’s ocus onthe incident and let’s x that, butlet’s [also] keep in mind that thereare lots o good kids in London who are looking orward to a goodeducation [...] and we’re glad tohave them here.”
—Amy Wang
mini Cats
Two Western proessors have cre-ated a clever new educational tool,the DeskCAT.“[The new tool] can be easily carried into the classroom or labo-ratory and help explain the imag-ing principles o computed tomog-raphy,” Jerry Battista, DeskCATco-developer, explained. Com-puted tomography is more com-monly known as CT scanning. Anordinary CT or CAT scanner is largeenough to ll a room, making it im-practical or teaching purposes.Currently, scanners are only available with permission romhospitals in non-clinical hours,and classes can still be stopped oremergencies, explained Battista, who is the chair o the departmento medical biophysics at the Schu-lich School o Medicine and Den-tistry. The requent unavailability o CAT scanners can result in alarge gap in time between lecturesand hands-on experience withone. “The gap makes it harder toconnect theory with experiment,”Battista said.DeskCAT was developed by Battista and Kevin Jordan rom theLondon Health Sciences Centre’sLondon regional cancer programto bridge the gap between theory and hands-on experience. Themathematical theory is quite dry and students quickly lose interest.DeskCAT oers interactive experi-mental learning that complementsthe theory,” Battista explained. With the DeskCAT, students cansee rst-hand how a CAT scanner works. There’s no threat o radia-tion to students, either. Instead o aliving body and X-ray radiation, theDeskCAT uses a transparent modeland visible light, so students cansee what invisible X-rays act like ina real, ull-size CAT scanner.
—Connor Hill
Clening wesen’sepuin
In response to the Fleming Driveriot that took place this past Sat-urday, some Westerners are trying to clean up students’ reputations. A group o students is organizing amass garbage collecting event to-night on campus.Members o Connection, agroup that meets regularly withchaplain Mike Wagenman, had al-ready been organizing a campusclean-up beore the riot, but de-cided to shit the ocus o the eventin light o the incident.“Since January, we had plannedto do a garbage clean-up around Western, and it just so hap-pened to all on this week,” Kim-berley Gauld, one o three stu-dents organizing the group, said.The group decided to involve otherstudents at the university in hopeso sending the opposite message tothe community that the St. Patrick’sDay debacle did. The group hopesto bring 1,000 students out to theevent, in contrast to the 1,000 stu-dents involved in the riot.“The [Fleming riot] gave kindo a bad rap to students in Lon-don, so we decided to expand ourlittle group and see i other people wanted to get involved, to dem-onstrate that students do care,”Savannah Saarloos, another orga-nizer o the event, said.
Students interested in cleaning up campus can meet on Concrete Beach at 6 p.m. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided.
—Jesse Tahirali
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 Vici mccli
Gazette sta
 Ater ve months o waiting, On-tario ombudsman André Marinhas nished his report on a No-vember meeting when the Londoncity council decided to evict theOccupy movement rom VictoriaPark. Unlike most council meet-ings, the meeting was held behindclosed doors—the source o thecomplaint that spurred the report.The ombudsman representsOntario citizens by addressing andinvestigating the complaints o constituents against their munici-pal governments.Linda Williams, media repre-sentative or the oce o the om-budsman, justied the delay be-tween the lodged complaints andthe report as normal or an inves-tigation depending on logistics,such as the availability o peopleto be interviewed and the time ittakes to obtain evidence.“The high public interest in theOccupy issue meant that it was notsurprising that the closed meeting generated complaints,” she said. According to Joni Baechler, city councillor or Ward 5, these com-plaints were about more than justthe idea o private meetings. “[Thepeople are concerned] becausethey wanted council to be ac-countable in terms o who voted in which manner to evict the Londonoccupiers,” she said.Sandy White, city councillor or Ward 14, said the issue is sensitivebecause it was a limitation o thereedom o speech, and a closed-door meeting would not receivethis kind o attention i the Occupy movement were not involved. White explained the meeting  was to receive legal advice on Oc-cupy London’s status in the park.“It was last-minute due to the needto receiving a timely report,” shesaid.Dale Henderson, city council-lor or Ward 14, explained it wasa hasty decision. “This was a city emergency where people wereacting unruly, deying the by-laws o the city, and ocials wereconcerned as to the extent o thisissue,” he said. White agreed private meetingsshould be used sparingly. “Closeddoor should be used rarely andonly or matters that are absolutely necessary and permitted by law—all others must be open and trans-parent,” she said. “Once an issue isresolved, the inormation shouldbecome on public record.”Henderson took a dierentstance than White and Baechler,saying it was undemocratic or theombudsman to investigate a pri-vate meeting. “As councillors, wehave a privilege and rights o thiscountry that we can talk to ourlawyer in private, whether corpo-rate or personal.”“Councillors are not protectedthe way that MPs and MPPs are inCanada or provincially,” Hender-son said. He added he was worriedabout the reputation o councillorsi the ability to make decisions inprivate is constantly questioned.“There is a dierence betweenopinionated wishul thinking andthe law. Investigating opinions-based complaints is expensive andan incorrect use o resources.”Baechler, on the other hand,said she understood why Occupi-ers were unhappy. “People really  want to know who voted to evictand wanted that to be revealedin the ombudsman’s report,” shesaid. “This is why the report isn’treceived with open arms.”
Corey Stanord
t o mbm    l     wgg  nvmb - mg  w    v op l mmb m V Pk.
obusn’s ep bslves cuncil
Police seeking help rompublic in identiying rioters
 alex Cn
neWs editor
The London Police Service andFanshawe College are utilizing allmethods available to them to ap-prehend oenders who took partin last weekend’s riots on Fleming Drive. The notorious student en-clave saw an outbreak o violencelate Saturday night and early Sun-day morning when an intoxicatedcrowd clashed with police and litnumerous street and vehicle res,causing $100,000 in damage.The police have set up a hotlineor anyone with relevant inorma-tion—519-660-5842 or Crime Stop-pers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Thepublic can also email tips to tips@police.london.ca and inormationcan also be sent anonymously tolondoncrimestoppers.com. Fan-shawe, too, has reached out to thecommunity or assistance.“Beginning today, we will havea secure email account where stu-dents can provide inormationand videos. I also understand thatstudents themselves have createda Facebook page, among otherthings,” Howard Rundle, presidento Fanshawe, said in a press coner-ence Monday.The police have also decided toscour social media platorms, suchas Facebook and Twitter, in an at-tempt to identiy suspects. How-ever, according to Sydney Usprich,a criminal law proessor at West-ern, there are some legal pitallsthey must avoid in doing this.“Any posts that [other] peoplemake about alleged participants inthe riot can be used as an investi-gative tool,” she said. “However, i the prosecution wants to enter thatpost as evidence in court to provethat [the person being singled out] was rioting, it would not be admis-sible. It would be classed as whatthe law calls ‘hearsay.’”Contrary to what one might ex-pect, any posts an individual makesregarding their own illegal actionscan be used as a legal conessionshould the Crown press charges.“I [someone] made a hypothet-ical post about his or her own in-volvement, rather than [someoneelse] posting about it, then theirown statement would be admissi-ble as evidence—it’s like a cones-sion,” Usprich explained.“The prosecution would o course need evidence to provethat it was indeed that person whomade the post,” she noted.Chris Sherrin, a procedural law proessor at Western, was not sosure.“The ability to get a convictionbased on social media evidencesuch as Facebook or Twitter alonemay be up or question,” he said.“Deence council could argue thatthis is an exciting topic and thattheir client was simply boasting or trying to impress their riendsor something like that. It would beup to the judge to decide whetheror not to accept an argument likethat, based on the merits o eachindividual case.”
Nyssa Kuwahara
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