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Friday, March 23, 2012

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For many students, warmer tem-peratures mean beer on patios,dancing in the streets and ticking o the neighbours who just don’tget it. Most o these neighbours arepermanent residents, and the city is looking into student housing ini-tiatives that will ensure studentsdon’t become a problem.“In the past our or ve years we’ve started what’s called the ‘greatnear-campus housing strategy.’ Weare now supportive o what we call‘purpose-built student housing,’”Michael Tomazinic, a city planneror London, explained.The great near-campus housing strategy has the city planning orhigh-density student apartmentsalong main thoroughares, and outo residential neighbourhoods.“What we’re trying to do is dis-courage the creation o intensity through single detached dwell-ings,” Tomazinic explained.These buildings would be builtspecically or students to livein with building managers. This would hopeully discourage someo the garbage and noise problemsthat occur with student homes.BJ Santavy, president o theLondon Property Management Association, disagreed. “The real-ity about property managementis you are dealing with issues aterthey happen.”She explained while having someone on site may discouragesome people, the majority o issuesthat landlords had with tenantscouldn’t be avoided, or requiredhaving a rank discussion about is-sues beore they happened.“Probably the biggest problems we have when there are studentsare parking and garbage being outon the wrong days,” Sandy Levin,president o the Orchard Park Sherwood Forest Ratepayers, said.He explains concerns like these were not a big deal in areas whereonly students live, however in amixed neighbourhood, these ac-tions weren’t as acceptable.Patrick Searle, vice-presidentuniversity aairs or the Univer-sity Students’ Council, explainedpart o avoiding this behaviour re-quired permanent residents to bepart o student communities. Stu-dents would hopeully have con-versations with their neighboursand learn what behaviours wereacceptable.Tomazinic explained part o the city’s goal or student housing  was to create balanced neighbour-hoods—areas that do not eaturean overwhelming number o any particular type o resident. Un-balanced neighbourhoods couldsee bus routes turn into a holiday schedule over the summer, or seepillars o communities move outbecause o the lack o demand.“You have these neighbour-hoods which exist between Sep-tember and April, and then romMay to August it’s a ghost town,”Tomazinic said. “That’s really thecrux o this, trying to return a bal-ance to these neighbourhoods.”Part o the goal o the strategy  was to avoid increasing the num-ber o single dwellings housing students in residential areas, andsee more apartments.Searle explained high-density housing could not be placed inresidential neighbourhoods be-cause o the potential impact onstudents. “It could get unsae,” heexplained, noting i there was aproblem in the complex, students would food out onto people’s yards and the streets.Levin said he had concernsabout student housing encroach-ing on communities as it was, ei-ther with apartments being builtaway rom thoroughares or homesbeing bought and converted. “Whatunortunately happens is there be-comes a tipping point where thereis no longer a balance, and it be-comes a student area instead o aresidential area.”The city’s bylaw states a single
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dwelling can only contain ve bed-rooms, however, many units werecreated beore the bylaw and wereallowed to stay. While the city can regulate thenumber o homes available, they cannot control the rent, according to Tomazinic. “We’re just trying tocreate more supply and hopeully alleviate some o the demand.”Searle explained when the USCadvocated or students on housing issues, they were looking or spe-cic things. “When we advocateor housing, it’s three things: sae,quality and aordable.” While Searle admitted aord-able may mean dierent thingsto dierent students, he elt themajority o students were notconcerned with the price o theirhousing.“We will respond i enoughstudents say this is a priority,” heexplained.The university also does notconsider lobbying or better o-campus housing a priority. GlennMatthews, housing mediation o-cer, explained surveys identi-ed on-campus housing as whatstudents largely wanted. He alsoexplained that or students who wanted to live o-campus, Londonhad the second highest rental va-cancy rate in the province.“We have always had a waiting list or upper-year students andhave not been able to accommo-date all upper-year students that want on-campus housing,” he ex-plained, noting there was a new residence being built to accommo-date rst-year students as well.Levin praised the housing me-diation oce or the work they have done to massage student-res-ident tensions. He also said a stu-dent moving o campus was a riteo passage that had to be worked with. “There will always be stu-dents o campus.”
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• Frday, March 23, 2012
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News Bries
Dallaire at Western Law 
No, you’re not seeing double—Senator Roméo Dallaire is mak-ing his second appearance in a week at Western today. WesternLaw is hosting Dallaire as a parto The Claude and Elaine PensaLecture in Human Rights lectureseries to speak about “The Will toIntervene.”“He will denitely get the au-dience thinking about one o themost thorny issues in internationalpolitics today—whether states canand should intervene to preventatrocities being committed withinthe borders o another country,even without United Nations Secu-rity Council authorization,” ValerieOosterveld, a proessor at WesternLaw and one o the event’s co-or-ganizers, said.Dallaire has had a distinguishedcareer as a Canadian senator, hu-manitarian, author and retiredgeneral. He is amously known orhaving served as orce commandero the ill-ated United Nationspeacekeeping orce or Rwandabetween 1993-94.“Dallaire has been very activeon a number o very importantinternational issues, such as childsoldiers and the responsibility o states to intervene to prevent masshuman rights violations,” Ooster-veld said. “We elt that he would beable to provide a valuable and in-teresting point o view on pressing international issues.”“Since 2006, the aculty o law has hosted the annual Pensa Lec-ture in Human Rights, which hon-ours Claude and Elaine Pensa ortheir outstanding contributionsto human rights and community development in London and na-tionally,” Michael Lynk, a proessorrom Western Law and co-orga-nizer o the event, said.The lecture series has eaturedMichael Ignatie, Supreme CourtJustice Ian Binnie and RichardGoldstone o South Arica. Throughthe nancial support o the Lon-don law rm o Harrison Pensa thelecture series is ree o charge orthe general public.
Roméo Dallaire’s lecture will take place at 12:30 p.m. today inroom 38 of the law school.
—Amber Garratt
Calling all wannabelawyers
 A recent trend in the number o Law School Admission Tests ad-ministered has shown a signicantdrop in applicants—nearly 25 percent over the past two years. Thisdecline has shown a reevaluation,or many students, on the security that a law career can bring. Wendy Margolis, director o communications or the Law School Admissions Council, theorganization that administers theLSAT tests, stated debt could bean important actor in deterring potential students. “The act thatpeople can amass a large amounto debt and not get the jobs […]can be a concern,” she said. While debt remains an ever-present worry or uture law stu-dents, Margolis continued to ex-plain about the necessary drive o the students. “Only people whoare very serious about going tolaw school or taking the tests willbe very committed about the legaleducation,” she said. While there has been a 16 percent drop this year in administeredtests, law schools are still lling their student quota. “As the econ-omy starts going down, a lot o times people will try to take reugein proessional schools,” Margolissaid, adding that as the economy returns to its ormer strength, lack o jobs should disappear.The LSAT administration hashad a cyclical past and this declinehas been seen beore. “As the econ-omy improves and there are more who are hiring, that’s mostly whatit will take.”
—Paul McLean
London drops inrankings
magazine revealedthat London ranked 36 out o thetop 190 cities in Canada to live in, which marked a signicant droprom last year’s ranking o 14, andthe ranking o 12 in 2010.Ottawa snagged rst place orthe third consecutive year, ol-lowed by Burlington in second—up rom third place last year—andKingston in third.The magazine ranks each city across more than 20 dierent cat-egories and assigns points basedon measurable data and munici-pal statistics, including housing aordability, income distribution, job prospects, crime rates, accessto health care and even weatherconditions. While London scored high inseveral categories—such as num-ber o doctors per 1,000 people,number o new cars and aord-able housing—it trailed ar behindin the jobless rate category, nish-ing in the 160th position. AdamFremeth, London resident and as-sistant proessor o economics andpublic policy at the Richard Ivey School o Business, was not sur-prised with this ranking.“[London] has consistently hadthe second-highest unemploy-ment rate, and that’s going to havean impact on how the city is going to get viewed externally,” Fremethsaid.Despite the deep dive in over-all ranking, London did manageto rank high in individual rankings when segmented by population,placing ourth on the list or cities with population between 250,000and 500,000.
—Byanca Diniz
Show support, wear green
Marissa Jore, vice-president cam-pus issues or the University Stu-dents’ Council, hopes to see a seao green this Friday—and not orSt.Patrick’s Day round two.“Green is the ocial color o mental health awareness. I you’veever seen a green ribbon, they areto indicate mental health,” she ex-plained. She and the Holding on toHope campaign are hoping to seestudents and sta wearing greenshirts to show they are aware o the mental health issues acing students.“We hope to send a messageto students that we are a campusunited in supporting our peers with regards to mental health is-sues,” Jore saidThe day caps o Mental Health Awareness Week on campus. The week was supported by the USC,Student Health Services, StudentDevelopment Centre, the club Active Minds, and the Faculty o Health Sciences Students’ Coun-cil, and eatured inormation roma variety o on and o campus re-sources or students.
—Cheryl Stone
Fanshawe mulls over Fleming dissolution
 Alex Carmona
The St. Patrick’s Day riot on Flem-ing Drive has sparked internationalinterest, and the Fanshawe Collegeadministration has responded witha call to break up the inamous stu-dent enclave.“The real long term solution isbreaking up that enclave, becausethen [riots like this] just can’t hap-pen,” Howard Rundle, president o Fanshawe College, said at a pressconerence Monday. He argued theisolated, homogeneous nature o the area, which is home to 82 stu-dent residences and little else, cre-ates a volatile situation where vio-lent incidents like Saturday night’sriot can occur.“The rst re caused an emer-gence o hundreds o people, andthat created the problem,” heexplained.“I [students] are not all in oneplace, that can’t happen. So that, tome, is the nal solution.” While the mayor’s oce and thepolice seem to be circling aroundthe same idea, not everyone thinksactively preventing students romcongregating in an area like Flem-ing is the best course o action. Mi-chael Fox, head o the departmento geography and environmentat Mount Allison University, hascharacterized Rundle’s intentionsas a orm o segregation.“Students are large economicdrivers coming into the city, which we want. But then to tell any landuse group that are investing andpaying, ‘Oh no, you have to liveover there, you can’t live over here,’then you’re running into a prob-lem,” he said.Fox pointed out this is not therst time the London has toyed with the idea o imposing stricterregulations on where students canand cannot live.“London’s tried this kind o thing beore in the past, and itailed because it immediately sets you up or a human rights issue,”Fox noted.“Barbara Hall, the chair o theHuman Rights Commission has written extensively on this, and it’sall laid out there.”Fox also argued breaking up theenclave and distributing the stu-dents throughout the rest o thecity is not a realistic idea.“It don’t think it’s easible. Youcan’t on the one hand accept a stu-dent into your college, take theirtuition money and then abandonthem on the provision o housing—or worse, try to distribute them orrestrict them rom certain areas o the city,” he said.Rundle, on the other hand,thinks a concerted eort on thepart o Fanshawe and the policecould work to disperse the highnumber o students residing onFleming Drive.“We are talking to the city about what kind o bylaws they have interms o rentals and how many students can be put in one house,”he said.“There are various tools that thecity might have that might make itnot so desirable or landlords to berenting out to large numbers o stu-dents. The police and the collegealso have some tools available, andthat’s what we need to explore.”Rundle added the nature o St.Paddy’s Day was a major contribu-tor to the incident as well.“There are deeper social is-sues to this too—notions that St.Paddy’s should be a big booze-up.Those aren’t going to go away, but Ithink we can all step back rom thisand look at it more deeply.”Fox claimed most people areoblivious to discrimination againststudents, compared to that againstother minority groups.“I you insert any other popula-tion subgroup in or the word stu-dent, tell me, what would the reac-tion would be?” he asked.“This is stereotyping, based onthe idea that they’re young.”
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predet f Fahawe Cllege
 Vigil held orshooting victims
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w poc.
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omy a  ia aoa am.
“The Jewh peple are a mall at, ad we reallyfeel the pa f each ther, eve f we’re acr brder,”slberberg ad. “Th wa’t jut a car accdet r me-thg lke that—t culd have bee ay e f u.”slberberg al ted that the Chabad Hue, the lcalJewh cmmuty cetre, wa acceptg dat t be
 o  famy of  vcm. sud d 
datg ca ctact the Chabad Hue at chabadwet-
“We all have t lk ut fr each ther, ad jut lke ter-rr cre all budare, lve al cre all budar-e,” slberberg ad. “of cure we have dfferece, butdfferece d’t have t mea we’re buryg peple.”
—Julian Uzielli
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