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Stppg   th ffc sc 1906
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All theworld’s astage...
The London FringeFestival lifts thecurtain on its 13thseason
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Lnn’s ck ec suffes fe  ehs
T psts ft stck b ts th  k
 Jesic Hus
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Many Western students have beenrelying on Canadian passengertrains as a means o sae transpor-tation or years—taking them back and orth between their home-towns and London throughout theschool year. But when students aretravelling by oot or bike withincertain areas o the city, these samerailways can become extremely dangerous.In May, two pedestrians wereinvolved in atal train-pedestriancollisions in London—one o theminvolving a Via Rail passenger trainin the east end near Third Streetand Culver Drive, the other in-volving 20-year-old London nativeand baseball player Trevor Bartonat the railway crossing near Rich-mond and Mill streets.London Police reported theeastbound train struck Bartonon Saturday, May 12 around 2:30a.m.—a common time or studentsrom the university to be leaving one o the several bars around thearea.Dennis Rivest, media relationsocer or the London Police Ser-vice, explained several o theseatal incidents take place early inthe morning because the pedestri-ans aren’t paying enough attention while trying to cross.“When you are walking in any area where there are train tracksaround, you should rst and ore-most have your ears alert,” Rivestexplained. “Students shouldn’t belistening to an iPod or using someorm o headphones which block their ears—they need to be able tolisten and hear the train coming.”“Students also need to be ina position to look around them,”he continued. “I they are walk-ing and texting, they are not pay-ing ull attention to the railroadtracks, which could inadvertently put them in a position that couldprove quite atal to them.”Katelyn Amos, a close riend andpast girlriend o Barton, couldn’tbelieve what happened involving the train tracks downtown.“Trevor really meant a lot to me,and still does to so many others,” Amos said. “[He] was such an out-standing human being—I’ve nevermet anyone with as many best
Cameron Wilson
a f th hgs  vg  f Tv Bt, 20, h s ht b  t  k t thrch  m stts  cssg  m 12.
Pocket patios given green light
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Restaurant patrons across London will soon get to park themselves atnew “pocket patios” slated to popup around the city this summer.These temporary patios arebeing set up in the parking spacesin ront o establishments attempt-ing to attract customers looking toget a serving o resh air with theirood.Restaurants adopting thepocket patios will be charged aee by the city or the lost revenueo the parking spot. However, thecost may be worth it or restaurantowners looking to remain relevantin the warmer months.“We have been hearing romour restaurants or the past yearthat it’s becoming harder or themto remain competitive with res-taurants that have patios,” Kathy McLaughlin, program coordina-tor or Downtown London, said.“We hear rom restaurant patronsthat they like having patios as anattractive amenity to enhance thedining experience. In response [...] we have been working with theCity o London to approve the pilot[pocket patio] program or 2012.” According to McLaughlin, thecity imposes restrictions on theamount o sidewalk that can beused or patios, leading restaurantowners to seek alternatives.“The city’s bylaw requires aminimum o one and a hal me-tres o unobstructed pedestrian, wheelchair and sidewalk orcleaner fow on municipal side- walks,” she explained. “Some side- walks are narrow and cannot ac-commodate both a patio and therequired access.” With pocket patios in place,McLaughlin asserted London would benet rom the attractiono a distinctive dining experience.“This is an important step or- ward to help us create uniquedowntown experiences or ourcustomers,” she said.However, not everyone is ascondent in the success o thisproject.“I don’t want to jump to conclu-sions i it will work or not,” Har-old Usher, Ward 12 city councillor,said. “I’m not that condent, butI want to give it the benet o thedoubt—it’s only a pilot project.”Usher explained he elt pocketpatios ran the risk o disrupting both cars and transit.“It will be taking away parking or cars, and interering with busesparking,” he explained. “I [thepocket patio project] doesn’t work and we have complaints, I’m notgoing to support it urther.”Despite these concerns, restau-rant owners signing up or the pilotproject remain excited at the pros-pect o increased business.“The main interest is that to becompetitive in this city during thesummer, you need a patio,” KevinGreaves, master che and owner o Jambalaya restaurant on DundasStreet, explained. “I you don’t havea patio, you have no business.” According to Greaves, thepocket patio would aect parking minimally, and thereore shouldnot illicit concern.“It’s just one parking spot ittakes up,” Greaves asserted. “Theparking is not a problem.”
Courtesy of Jerry Banman
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The amily and raternity o West-ern student Josh Switzer, who waskilled in a hit-and-run on May 19,are creating a scholarship to hon-our his memory.Justin Faiola, Lambda Chi Alphapresident, said the annual scholar-ship o $1,000 will be awarded to araternity member who most ex-emplies Switzer’s qualities.“The award should help to rec-ognize the contributions o some-one that sometimes goes un-noticed, but is still a very strong member o the raternity, who works hard and lives up to the pos-itive values demonstrated by theraternity and emulated in that in-dividual,” Faiola said. Ater Josh’s death, Faiola said heapproached Switzer’s amily oer-ing to make a charitable donationin his memory, but they decidedthey wanted to set up the scholar-ship instead.Switzer’s brother Ben explainedthey wanted to honour his broth-er’s memory in a way he wouldhave wanted.“It immortalizes some o hisbest qualities. The raternity wasimportant to him, so we wantedto do something that would havemattered in his eyes.”The scholarship is being -nanced by donations, which theSwitzer amily asked or in lieu o fowers. The raternity is seeking to have the scholarship endowedthrough Foundation Western, ac-cording to Faiola.Switzer said he was close withhis brother, who he described ascaring and unny.“He was like a big sotie. He re-ally cared about people aroundhim and was always just willing tohelp them out.”Josh Switzer, 22, was a Londonnative. He joined Lambda Chi inhis second year at Western, and was just a year away rom nishing his business degree when he waskilled at the intersection o Fan-shawe Park Road E. and Highbury  Avenue.Two days ater his death, po-lice arrested Darrin Norton, 34, o St. Thomas, and charged him withleaving the scene o a collisioncausing death. According to Den-nis Rivest, media relations oceror the London Police Service, Nor-ton and Switzer did not know eachother, and there was no indicationNorton was under the infuence o drugs or alcohol at the time.Switzer seemed ambivalentabout the news o Norton’s arrest.“It didn’t bring me any peace,in the sense that Josh is still gone,”he said. “But I suppose my rationalside understands that he can’t hurtanyone else.”
For more information about do-nating to the Josh Switzer Memorial Scholarship,visit www.lambdachi-uwo.com.
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 wesen nnunces vice-pvsineninl
 Western has reached a new mile-stone in its continued pursuit o internationalization. Last month,it was announced the newly cre-ated position o vice-provost in-ternational would be lled by JulieMcMullin, a Western sociology proessor who has served as spe-cial advisor on internationaliza-tion to the provost or over a year.“There needed to be a centraladministration position that wasdedicated to matters relating to in-ternational activities at Western, sothe position was created to ulllthat need,” McMullin said.The post will have our maincomponents: international learn-ing, international recruitment o undergraduate students, studentservices or international studentsand international relations withoreign institutions.McMullin said she was excitedor the benets she hopes to bring to Western.“One o the things that we’reconsidering is a certicate in inter-national learning,” she said.Though Western holds its in-ternational goals in high esteem,some students have expressed dis-satisaction with their methods.Tensions came to a head last year when the administration movedthe Ombudsperson’s oce and re-placed it with an international stu-dent services oce, despite pro-tests rom the University Students’Council. When asked what she thoughto the perception that internation-alization was being pursued at theexpense o students, McMullinconceded communication had notbeen optimal in the past, but saidshe hopes to improve it.“What we haven’t been very good at communicating is thata big part o this is providing allstudents with these internationallearning opportunities,” she said.“That, to me, is going to be a ben-et to everyone on this campus.”
—Julian Uzielli
Nes Biefs
Ct bfs psc b
 alex Cn
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Noisy partiers take note—city council has approved a toughenednuisance bylaw, which will givepolice a wider authority over situ-ations they deem to be out o hand.The new bylaw will now, among other things, allow police ocersto break up out-o-control partieson both public and private prop-erty, based but on the permissiono either Brad Duncan, chie o theLondon Police Service, or the city’sbylaw manager. While the idea to strengthenLondon’s nuisance bylaw has beenthrown around since 2008, the St.Patrick’s Day Fleming Drive riot, which drew international mediaattention, may have catalyzed a re-newed interest.“I think sometimes you need toexperience something like Fleming Drive to truly realize that a publicsaety tool needs more teeth in it,”Harold Usher, Ward 12 councillor,said.The bylaw, which has already been edited once to omit vague wording, met with little resistanceduring council’s vote, passing 11-2.Dale Henderson, Ward 9 council-lor, was one o the two councillors,along with Joni Baechler o Ward 5, who opposed the bylaw’s approval.“The bylaw is quite encompass-ing. One o the police ocers cannow, based on their judgment,come into your home and can startenacting some real laws with quitepunitive and airly serious eects,”Henderson said. Violation o the bylaw carriessteep nes—ranging rom $500 to$10,000.Henderson added he is un-certain the new bylaw will holdup i scrutinized by the ederalgovernment.“This is the city doing this with-out necessarily having taken intoaccount civil liberties or all thelegal opinions about what the ed-eral government might have to say about these things.”Police Chie Brad Duncancountered that the bylaw is notmeant to encroach upon Lon-doners’ civil liberties, and is only meant to be used in the most direo circumstances.“It’s really designed to get atmultiple behaviours at one loca-tion. So although it mentions noiseand other elements, independento one another, they would bedealt with on a one-on-one basis with one o our [ocers],” he said.“But when you have a culminationo activity that is really disturbing aneighborhood, that’s when I wouldexpect I would issue the order tomake use o this new nuisancebylaw.”Duncan emphasized a distur-bance would have to reach a airly signicant threshold or police toinvoke the bylaw.He also stressed the police willnot unairly target students, nordo the police blame students as a whole or the Fleming Drive riot.“I want to emphasize that al-though students were part o whathappened on Fleming, we haveevidence o others travelling toLondon who aren’t students and we’ve charged a number o indi-viduals who aren’t students. It’s re-ally about behaviours o individu-als in a neighbourhood, regardlesso whether you’re students or not,”he said.Henderson, however, remainedunconvinced that the bylaw willnot be abused by police ocers.“All it takes is one cowboy,” hecautioned.
 an Zlzn
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Looks may not be everything, butthe City o London believes they still count or something—espe-cially when it comes to the cor-ner o Huron Street and Audrey  Avenue.The site currently hosts threetall dwellings known colloqui-ally as the “towers o spite” due tothe contention surrounding theirconstruction.On May 28, the city’s planning and environment committee de-nied a request rom developer Arnon Kaplansky to add a ourthtownhouse to the area, instructing him to come up with a design that was more aesthetically pleasing.“I’m trying to give good accom-modations to students close tothe university, and it’s been a long ght,” Kaplansky said. “What I toldthem on Monday is that the neigh-bourhood association and the city planning department are using the planning tools to discriminateagainst students.Kaplansky has been trying or years to build a multi-unit dwelling or student use, and built the threeoriginal towers ater having such aproposal rejected. In October 2011,the city rejected his proposal totear down and replace the towers with a 56-bedroom unit.However, Marie Blosh, presi-dent o the Broughdale Commu-nity Association, said her organiza-tion was mostly concerned aboutover-intensication.“The issue comes down to den-sity or design,” Blosh said. “Theimpacts the neighbourhood wouldsuer rom over-intensication onthat property are worse than hav-ing to look at an ugly design.”Bud Polhill, Ward 1 councillorand chair o the planning and en-vironment committee, said the city sent back the proposal becausethey wanted to see a more creativeplan or the area.“I wouldn’t have supported itstrictly because o the appearanceo the buildings—it just doesn’tt,” he said. “Kaplansky wanted tobuild some townhouses, and theneighbours said no. We want to seei there’s some compromise they can come to that’s going to makethat corner look more presentable without over-intensiying it.”Kaplansky, however, empha-sized his proposal was about cre-ating decent housing or students.“Students should live saely ingood housing—not old housesthat were designed or amilies andnot or students.”Polhill admitted he was exas-perated with the situation, and wanted the two sides to come to anagreement.“I just think this has been going on long enough, and hopeully wecan come up with some sort o so-lution that satises everybody to apoint,” Polhill said. “Because no-body is ever going to be 100 percent happy with this.”
Fuh ‘e f spie’ enie
dvp st bck t th g b
Hpf  c cp th s st fst tht stsfsvb t  pt,bcs b s vgg t b 100 pct hpp th ths.
—B Ph,
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riends as him. He would always work so hard towards everything—school, sports, his amily. There was nothing better than watching him smile and laugh.” According to VIA Rail, they haveinvested close to $500 million inimprovements since 2007—mosto which involve saety matters,such as signaling systems, which will hopeully help prevent theseatal incidents. Although it may seem neces-sary to have someone monitoring the area surrounding the crossing areas downtown, Rivest said hethinks there are currently enoughsaety procedures in place.“I think there is a tremendousonus on pedestrians, cyclists andmotorists to be paying attention when they are approaching theseareas,” he said. “Trains cannot stopon a dime—we put rails up, wehave lights that are going and bellsthat are ringing to alert people. Itis much easier or people, driversand cyclists to stop and wait or thetrain to pass.”Rivest noted that London doeshave a unique set-up, with a rail- way crossing located over oneo the city’s arterial roads, butpointed out there were saety pre-cautions in place to allow pedes-trians to be saer and avoid thesetypes o incidents. Although Amos, among many others, has lost someone impor-tant in her lie, she is trying to stay positive about the situation.“I really hope this brings aware-ness to how dangerous the tracksreally are,” she said. “Trevor willnever be orgotten—he’s the only guardian angel ast enough to watch over all the people wholoved him.”
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Managing EditorThe Gazette is owned and published by theUniversity Students’ Council.
Editorials are decided by a majority o the editorial boardand are written by a member o the editorial board but arenot necessarily the expressed opinion o each editorialboard member. All other opinions are strictly those o theauthor and do not necessarily refect the opinions o theUSC,The Gazette,its editors or sta.To submit a letter,go to westerngazette.ca and click on“Contact.”All articles,letters,photographs,graphics,illustrationsand cartoons published in The Gazette,both in thenewspaper and online versions,are the property o TheGazette. By submitting any such material to The Gazetteor publication,you grant to The Gazette a non-exclusive,world-wide,royalty-ree,irrevocable license to publishsuch material in perpetuity in any media,including but notlimited to,The Gazette‘s hard copy and online archives.
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Th s, ct,   f tkg bt cts tht bs  tc ff s  s ps.
—d Gbg, ac ptc
de Life
rn Hulbu
oPinionS ediTor
The time has nally come to sit downand address the ascination the mod-ern world has developed with cats. Pic-tures and videos o these silly elinesdoing anything you can imagine, romsleeping to ghting bears, are fooding the Internet. In act, I would be lying i I said that I didn’t bring my cat into my room or inspiration while writing thisarticle.I guess the heart o the issue here isthat I’m bothered by the act nations with such power devote so much timeto creating and consuming cat-relatedcontent, and are enamoured by ador-able quirky cats. However, I can’t say I’mnot happy to be living in a time whenI can reap massive amounts o enjoy-ment rom sitting in my room and view-ing countless cats and kittens online.This ascination with cats hasreached such a high level that cats now even have their own language, a rag-mented debauchery o English called“lolcat.” This language, while initially adorable, becomes not only tiresome,but extremely grating ater prolongedexposure. Pictures o cats are ruined with poor lolcat dialogue, which turnsa unny picture into nothing more thanan eyesore. What does this eline-driven en-thrallment say about out society as a whole? Are we needlessly distracting ourselves rom more important issuesin the world, or are we merely placating ourselves by watching an interesting,intelligent animal? Are we just insane?I reality television is any indicator o  what people in our culture enjoy, then we spend our time seeking out enter-tainment no matter what the cost. So why do we like cats so much?First o all, cats are unpredictable.They have the ability to be cute, cou-rageous, or gross—all o which are en-tertaining. Because o a cat’s ability tostimulate the senses, videos are ableto create a situation where the viewernever knows in which way they will bestimulated. A cute kitten could hack up a ur ball at any moment, changing the entire tone o the video and creat-ing a new level o engagement with theviewer.The cold, lieless eyes o a cat helphide such a surprise until the exact mo-ment it is revealed. An identical viralvideo with a dog would hold less o animpact, as there is always the possibil-ity the dog was trained to do something  wacky. Because cats are more dicultto train, we are more likely to take theirrandom antics at ace value.Cats are also widely known by thegeneral populace. Most people havemet a cat at some point during theirlives, and can relate to their actions.I’m sure some undomesticated animalscan be just as wacky, but a viewer willnever reap the same enjoyment roman animal such as a polar bear, as they know deep down that viewing such aspectacle in real lie would be highly dangerous.Lastly, cats come in many shapesand sizes, helping them ll out thegenre. Kittens act dierently thanull-grown cats, and the video couldbe based solely on the size o the catat hand. There is so much variety tochoose rom that the “lolcat” genre has just lled out. Whether or not the ethical ramica-tions o residing at home watching vid-eos o cats are too great, cat videos areable to meet the entertainment needso Western society, and continue to doso with low prices and easy access.
Cat got your mouse?
 Ater the recent murder and dismemberment o ChineseConcordia University student Lin Jun, China’s concernabout the saety o Canada has grown. As a result, the Chi-nese Embassy in Ottawa cautioned those travelling or liv-ing in Canada to boost their personal security. Many inChina believe Luka Magnotta’s murder o Jun was racially motivated. The crime added uel to the already-burning re created last April ater the murder o York University student Liu Qian. While China’s concerns may be warranted, it’s impor-tant to remember that such crimes are uncommon. A largepart o the worry is because the victims were students whomade large investments in Canada, and its institutions, ortheir uture.Media tends to sensationalize stories o this scaleand, as a result, may leave people more worried thanthey should be. While the public needs to know aboutthese crimes, coverage overkill oten instigates unneces-sary concern. Yes, i this were happening to Canadianssomewhere else, you’d hear us too, but Chinese citizensshouldn’t necessarily eel targeted.Deaths or unjust causes happen elsewhere and gainless attention. But this truth doesn’t stop concerns romoverseas, and subsequently has Canadian universities worried about their international appeal. Schools like Western have made a signicant nancial eort to attractstudents rom around the world. But will Jun’s and Qian’smurders taint Canada’s image orever?Canadian schools are highly regarded, and thesecrimes probably aren’t enough to stop most people romstudying, or even travelling here. Schools should insteadocus on making international students eel at home. So-cial isolation and lack o cultural integration may add toeelings o uneasiness o being abroad, and mitigating those eelings should be a top priority i schools want toattract more worldly students. While worry in this situation is warranted, the reality is, Canada is still sae. There is no more risk o danger herethan in other countries. Canadian post-secondary schoolsmay be worried about their reputation on the global stage,but it probably won’t be a cause or concern or too long.
—Gazette Editorial Board
Canada stillsafe forstudents
17 p ct f sxtg cpts pt th hv pss th -gs g t s s.
Your anonymous letters to life.
Dear Life
,wh  pp qst th nt- Scc bs stp? Hv v s t jst v b? np.
Dear Life
,wh s Bst Jc c   sz? m bc’t tk th pss.
Dear Life
,is th zb pcps ps?
Dear Life
,wh ’t pp s s ? i’ k  g—i vth .
Dear Life
,wh  pp sh p hth ’t v g h?
Dear Life
,d pp ct b ssgtg cs?
Dear Life
,wh th h c t c -cs “cs”? Th hv h, thf th sh b”hs.“
Dear Life
,i ’t st “b sp-b.” wht s b sppst tst k? G, thks f thtxc f cg th  t-  ft.Sbt  tts t f t.stgztt.c/f
N ifs, ns Hulbus
mking he s f u e
rsch shs  sks t ht, c b 
 Jesic Hus
newS ediTor
 When his grandmother passedaway rom Alzheimer’s disease in2009, Nelson Dellis began studying memory—ocusing his researchon how memory works and wayshe could improve his own. Ateronly three years o research, prac-tice and competing, the 28-year-old mountain climber has wonboth the 2011 and 2012 USA Mem-ory Championships, and hopes toshow the world that anyone canimprove their memory with a littletime and practice.“Memory has nothing to do with natural talent. People claimto have photographic memories,but in actuality, that doesn’t exist,”Dellis says. “Memory is something that can be trained—just like youcan train to run a marathon, youcan train to memorize quickly andmore eciently.”Dellis has been competing inthe USA Memory Championshipsince 2009, but ever since he lostin the nals in 2010, he has intensi-ed his training regimen. Althoughhe has been training daily or thepast ew years, he never expectedto take his memory this ar.“I would spend three to vehours per day training—memoriz-ing cards, numbers, names, wordsand poetry every single day,” hesays.Tracy Alloway, assistant pro-essor at the University o NorthFlorida and author o 
Training Your Brain for Dummies 
, explainsthis type o memorization is pos-sible or everyone, but requiresimprovement in our working memory.“I think a conductor is a niceimage to reer to when thinking about working memory, because we do know the ront o the brain,or the prerontal cortex, is working the hardest when we are doing anactivity involving working mem-ory,” she explains. “This conduc-tor works with other parts o thebrain to bring inormation romour long-term memory to the cur-rent moment.” According to Alloway, researchhas shown a direct correlationbetween improvement in work-ing memory and improvement ingrades.“Working memory is a muchbetter predictor o college-levelsuccess compared to SAT scores,or example,” she says. “Work-ing memory is your potential tolearn—it’s how you can actually use the knowledge that you have.”Students who spend their timeonly memorizing acts and de-nitions may not necessarily beable to put the inormation to-gether when writing a short an-swer or essay. However, Tony Dot-tino, ounder o the USA Memory Championship, still argues thesetypes o exercises should be intro-duced to high schools and univer-sities everywhere, as they are help-ul skills to have in any situation.“The work I’ve done in localhigh schools—teaching these kidsmemorization techniques—hashelped them improve in academicperormance,” Dottino says. “Re-tention and organization o inor-mation helps improve test scores.”So what are some techniquesstudents can use to help boosttheir memory beore an exam? Al-loway recommends ocusing onsleep, diet and exercise.“I highly recommend not study-ing the night beore an exam andgiving your brain a rest by getting a good sleep,” she advises. “Thekinds o oods you eat can alsohave a great eect on your mem-ory—a breakast ull o blueber-ries and coee, or example, hasshown to boost memorization inthe moment.” As ar as mental exercises go,Dellis recommends visualizing theinormation you are studying.“Try to turn whatever you’rememorizing into pictures—makethem weird, violent, sexual orunny,” he says. “It turns out ourbrains are better at remembering pictures like these, rather than ab-stract inormation like numbers,dates and names.”“But most importantly, pay at-tention,” Dellis urges. “You’d besurprised how ar just paying at-tention and devoting yoursel to atopic will take you.”
Sfe sexing
Kevin Huen
arTS&liFe ediTor
It’s risky, exciting and so popularthat in 2011 the
Oxford Dictionary 
 added it to their ocial vocabu-lary—sexting. This cellular ore-play doesn’t come without its dan-gers, but Quimby, a new iPhoneapplication, may help to mitigatethe risks o sending naughty pic-tures and text messages.“The original [idea] camerom watching gol coverage o Tiger Woods post-scandal,” saysHeather Burns, ounder o Qui-mby. “Over the months there weremore and more incidents on thenews o people’s private conver-sations nding their way into thepublic—whether it be the News o the World hacking, or a celebrity photo getting leaked. It just elt like we really needed a more privatemessaging tool.”Quimby is a messaging appli-cation that gives users the abil-ity to set a sel-destruct timer ontheir chats or photos, allowing the sender to control how long the content stays on the receiver’sphone. Once the content destroysitsel, it’s gone rom everywhere—including the server. Quimby de-velopers are continuing to work onthe application to ensure the mostsecure experience as possible, which means overcoming loop-holes like screen captures.“Currently, Apple won’t allow  you to block screen captures,Burns explains. “[However], wehave ensured that your name,username, et cetera are neverlinked to the inormation yousent. So i someone were to screencapture, it would be content only,and they could never prove who itcame rom.” While the easiest way to elimi-nate all risks would be withhold-ing inappropriate texts, that isn’talways the most obvious optionsays Tony*, a second-year healthsciences student.“In the moment it seems sexy,spontaneous and un,” says Tony, who has had negative experi-ences with sexting. “With thesetexts you’re trying to set a mood,build excitement—the problemcomes when the other person getsso caught up in the moment they don’t remember to delete the pic-tures. I I had more control overthe deletion o what I sent, I couldhave avoided a lot o embarrassing conversations.”Though the application hasound a market with sexters, Qui-mby can be used or other pur-poses and can secure other sen-sitive inormation. According toBurns, the application’s namends its origins in a much more in-nocent source.“It’s actually named ater Chie Quimby rom
Inspector Gadget.
Hesigned all o his notes, ‘This mes-sage will sel destruct.’”
*Names have been changed for the sake of anonymity.
wth 200 cs p svg, thssth s  f  ght sck  thft. wh fx s s pt,ths x s  g sc f fb og 3
1 cp stbs3/4 cp st  k1/2 cp c cbs1 b6 z ft p gt1 tbsp g fx ss
B gts   sp g cs sp t g-ts  sth. B f  tt t    k sthght. Svs 2.
SbeBnnShiemix i ih:“Sbe Sing”b Clpl
S’esShiemix i ih:“ol Pine”b Ben H
For moresummer mixes visit westerngazette.ca/arts
wh t th hthst sth, thscp ks  gt tt  c j th cpf.
1 cp v c c1 cp chct c c1/2 cp h k1/2 cp c cbs1/4 cp st chct chps1/4 cp  shs2 tbsp mp Sp (pt)
B c c, k  c cbst xt s sth. F  Ctch,  p sp. Ps  chc-t chps  tp th shs.Svs 2.
—Sumedha Arya
o Ts, th pt Vsshft css th fc f th s spt f ts tst cc. Th xttst ’t cc t 2117, btv v t—sv f  ffts—gt t s t.
a hck t lki pt k6.5  psss t  rsscck st ths k, cpsgth sct f s ccts  th svcs sg th spss.

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