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Interrobang issue for March 26th, 2012

Interrobang issue for March 26th, 2012

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The March 26th, 2012 issue of the Interrobang features coverage of the St. Patrick's Day incident on Fleming, a job hunt section and NHL playoff predictions.
The March 26th, 2012 issue of the Interrobang features coverage of the St. Patrick's Day incident on Fleming, a job hunt section and NHL playoff predictions.

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 Volume 44 Issue No. 26 March 26, 2012 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/ 
Riots burn Fanshawe 3Fanshawe speaks on Fleming 6
On the job hunt 14-22
 Volume 44 Issue No. 26 March 26, 2012 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/ 
Rachel Huiberts is in her firstyear of the Business Marketingprogram. “I am a very bubbly,positive and outgoing younglady,” said Huiberts. “I love lis-tening to music and singing.”
1. Why are you here?
I am here because I loveFanshawe.
2. What was your life-changingmoment?
Coming to college.
3. What music are you currentlylistening to?
Korn, Eminem, Disturbed, Jem,Paramore, Foo Fighters, LimpBizkit, Big Wreck, City andColour, The Trews, Linkin Park,Audioslave, Norah Jones (I couldgo on and on).
4. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I saw a quote: “You don’t get whatyou wish for... You get what youwork for.”
5. Who is your role model?
My brother.
6. Where in the world have youtravelled?
Throughout Ontario and easternCanada.
7. What was your first job?
8. What would your last mealbe?
A wonderful sandwich.
9. What makes you uneasy?
10. What is your passion?
 Do you want Fanshawe to know 10Things About You? Just head onover to fsu.ca/interrobang and click on the 10 Things I Know About You link at the top.
10 Things I Know About You...
Huiberts loves Fanshawe
Nothing but a sandwich for Rachel Huiberts.
Students soak up the sun on the field behind Fanshawe College on March 21.
Caitlin Montpetit
“Yes I do! I’m coming from aschool with a bad reputationand I’m getting groupedtogether with these rioters. Idon’t even drink!
Sydney Bailey
”It might because it madeworld news. It’s all over theworld, so it might affect ourchances.”
Brooke Hill
“No, not at all. I don’t think the question will come up inan interview. As soon as anemployer meets me, they willknow that I’m not a part ofthat group of people.”
Kristie Little
“I’m a little worried aboutit. I graduate soon and I’mworried that employerswill judge Fanshawe as awhole.”
Scott Breivik 
“I’m not too worried, Ialready have a co-op and Igraduate this year. It mightfuture students. It definitelymakes the school look bad.”
MON. 03-26
Gamesroom – 5:00-7:00PM$2 ADVANCE
 JLC – 7:00PM$19 STUDENTS | $20 GUESTS
TUES. 03-27
Forwell – NOON
WED. 03-28
10:00 - 11:30AM
Register with Career Servicesfor details
2:30 - 4:00PM
Register with Career Servicesfor details
Out Back Shack – 8:00PM$5 per TEAM
THURS. 03-29
Forwell – NOON
FRI. 03-30
Out Back Shack – 9:30PM
    “    Y    O    U    ’    V    E     B    E    E    N     F    L    A    G    G    E    D    !    ”  –     M    A    R    C    H     2    6   –     3    0
Watch where you are throwingthose recyclables or you may beflagged by the Recycle Refs! Allweek our trusty referees will beletting litterers know how to makeour campus a more waste-freespace.
Please sign up to our Flagged Fanshawe Facebookpage to get updates on our events, hear more from
involved in cleaning up our campus!
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 Volume 44 Issue No. 26 March 26, 2012 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/ 
On the night of March 17, St.Patrick’s Day celebrations onFleming Drive spiraled downwardinto a full-blown riot. The City of London, London Police Service,Fanshawe College and the Londoncommunity as a whole have beenleft trying to figure out what to dowith those who participated in thisact of civil disobedience, how thishappened, how it can be preventedin the future and how the reputa-tion of Fanshawe College can berepaired.Fleming Drive has a history of incidents similar to this one,though they were typically on amuch smaller scale. The area hasgained a reputation for its partiesand draws crowds from other post-secondary schools, other cities andeven area high schools.Marty Thompson, a first-year Broadcast Journalism student atFanshawe, was in the area at afriend’s house on St. Patrick’sDay. He described how the eventsunfolded that night, noting that theentire incident started with a couchthat was set on fire, something thathas happened on Fleming Drivemany times in the past. He said thatwith the crowd acting violentlytowards emergency service work-ers, he was surprised they weren’tacting violently towards eachother. “I never felt in danger. It wassurreal, for sure … It was just a bonfire. It felt like that. It felt like people were (just) gathered,” hesaid.During the riot, 1,000 young people took over Fleming Drive,flipped over and lit a CTV newsvan on fire and added furniture,TVs and propane tanks to that fire, pelted police officers, fire crewsand EMS with bottles, wooden boards from fences, car tires andhub caps. In total, 17 police carswere damaged and the overalldestruction is estimated to havecost the city over $100,000.Some of the young peopleinvolved in the riot took to varioussocial media sites includingTwitter and Facebook to bragabout their involvement. Sincethen, screenshots of these posts aswell as photos of people involvedin the riots have been added to theFleming Riots St. Pat’s Day 2012Facebook page (tinyurl.com/flem-ingriots) to assist police in identi-fying alleged rioters.As of March 21, 15 people had been arrested and 13 charged withcharges including unlawful assem- bly, assaulting police with aweapon, obstructing police, mis-chief under $5000 and resistingarrest. Those charged are: JacobBiggelar, Jordan DeRose, Peter Donohoe, Michael King, BlaineMills, Kory Puklicz, Brian Garton,Stephania Smieja-Henry, MichaelMoore, Ryan McMahon and two15-year-old’s whose identities are protected under the YoungOffenders Act.Of those charged, six are cur-rently Fanshawe students and havesince been given interim suspen-sions.Dr. Howard Rundle, President of Fanshawe College, said in a pressconference on March 19,“Fanshawe’s Student Code of Conduct does reach into the com-munity when the actions of a stu-dent impacts the safety and healthof those in the college,” stating thatstudents who are convicted of charges relating to this riot couldface expulsion.“Someone that would throw a brick at someone else, someonethat would start a fire. That, to me,that’s not only a criminal act, (but)that kind of person is dangerous onour campus. We don’t want themhere and our policy does allow usnow to have them removed,” headded.Veronica Barahona, President of the Fanshawe Student Union(FSU) said that the union supportsthe college’s decision to expelthose students who are convicted.“I think that in this case we have tofollow suit with whatever theCollege moves forward with. Ithink that when it affects the healthand safety of our students … it’sdetrimental,” she said.“In the future, the college andthe Student Union need to treadcautiously and follow the StudentCode of Conduct (when consider-ing expulsion),” she continued.London Police Chief BradDuncan said in a press conferenceon March 18, “To the students andothers who committed these crimi-nal acts, we are engaged in identi-fying those involved. We arealready receiving many tips withrespect to the responsible partiesand there will be further arrests andcharges in connection with (theriot).”The London Police Service(LPS) and Fanshawe College haveworked together numerous times inan effort to prevent occurrencessuch as this one from happening.Project L.E.A.R.N (Liquor Enforcement and Reduction in Noise) is a collaborative project between the LPS, FanshaweCollege and the University of Western Ontario dedicated toreminding students who come toLondon in September to berespectful.“The Fleming Drive area has been the subject of much discus-sion over the past several years andrecently our efforts during ProjectL.E.A.R.N, our fall back-to-schoolinitiative, (were) seemingly mak-ing a big difference in terms of negative student behaviour,” saidDuncan. However, this riot has leftmany wondering whether or notyoung people in the Fleming areaactually got the message.“We’re very proactive throughProject L.E.A.R.N. and we try toget the message out to our studentsabout the repercussions of their actions, and honestly, I think there’s only so many times we cando that,” said Barahona.Once the investigation is over,Rundle said he plans to sit downwith LPS to find more ways to pre-vent these incidents. “I’m not theexpert to tell them, I want them tosuggest to us the things we shoulddo, what our responsibilitiesshould be, what should the StudentUnion be doing. Is there some-thing? I don’t think handing outflyers the day before St. Patrick’sDay is going to do squat,” he said.Rundle also pointed out a num- ber of social issues that played arole in this riot, including society’stolerance of binge drinking, label-ing St. Paddy’s Day a party day, aswell as calling into question someof the values being instilled intoyouth by parents.“If my kids had behaved thatway, their biggest problem wouldnot have been with the police, itwould not have been with the insti-tutions, it would have been withtheir mother and dad,” he said.“What on earth is happening inthese families that a kid can go off and behave that way? That I don’tknow; that’s a social question … Ithink this has exposed some deepquestions that are worth examin-ing.”Ultimately, Barahona said thisissue boils down to housing. “Idon’t think that it’s FanshaweCollege, and I get really frustratedwhen people blame this college because it’s a housing issue …There are five students per houseand about 300 houses, how manystudents do you have there? It becomes a party mentality no mat-ter what we do, no matter howmuch effort … We sat with EmilyMarcoccia (Fashawe’s Director of Marketing and Communications),LPS, the City of London, everystakeholder in the community threeweeks ago and talked about our  plan going forward, and this hap- pened,” she said.“This incident does not affectthe attitude or the character of themajority of the current students, but we are aware that this incidentwill reflect badly on our collegeand the students we represent,”said Barahona.Current Fanshawe students andalumni are concerned about howthis incident will affect the imageof the college and have takenaction to protect their reputations.A group of students created ProjectFanshawe College(tinyurl.com/projectfc) to helpraise money to cover the costs of the damages caused by the riot, andsome Fanshawe alumni circulateda petition demanding that involvedstudents be expelled(tinyurl.com/alumpetition).“I think the starting thing is real-ly being seen to be punishing thosewho are clearly guilty of what theydid and having the whole commu-nity see that,” said Rundle, dis-cussing how the college is workingto maintain their positive reputa-tion. However, from his perspec-tive, the only way to really ensurethat this type of event is avoided inthe future is by dealing with theFleming Drive area itself. “Is it possible to break up that enclave?Because if that could be done, thiswould never happen; it can’t phys-ically happen,” he said.Anyone with informationregarding the riot is encouraged tocontact LPS at tips@police.lon-don.ca or by phone at 519-660-5842, or contact Crime Stoppers at1-800-222-8477. FanshaweCollege has also set up a secure e-mail where people can send tips:flemingdriveincident@fan-shawec.ca.
A crowd gathers around an overturned car in the Fleming Drive area, ashort distance from the College on St. Patrick’s Day.
Fleming riots burn Fanshawe College

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