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Qb marshall injured in Homecoming victory over york
Jason Sinukoff spOrTs ediTOr On a windy Saturday afternoon, a sea of purple and white totalling 9,441 people came out to TD Waterhouse Stadium to support their Mustangs for this year’s Homecoming game. The number two ranked Western Mustangs beat a young York Lions team by a score of 48-23. After winning the coin flip, the Lions chose to play along with the wind for the first quarter. This turned out to be a great decision as the Lions controlled the tempo throughout the quarter, going up 10-0. “The wind was a huge factor in the game. When we won the coin toss, we decided to take the wind and I think that’s one of the things that helped us,” Warren Craney, head coach of the York Lions, said. “We were able to keep the Mustangs pinned deep for most of the first quarter and we were able to get some points on it.” Aside from the wind, the Lions were also playing some great defence, as they were able to ground the always potent running game of the Mustangs. “We didn’t underestimate them. The wind was a big factor. We don’t
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weldon gets new windows
Cheryl Stone news FeaTures ediTOr Library dwelling students will soon be able to see the sun from where they study. The skylights in the D.B. Weldon Library are being replaced with new lights which allow studying students to see outside. “If you look outside on Oxford Drive, we’re replacing what were fiberglass skylights, and we’re replacing them because they were tired,” Catherine Wilkins, assistant university librarian for Weldon, explained. She also noted the old windows had been leaking for several years, and that the new windows would also be more environmentally friendly as they save on heating and cooling costs. Wilkins hoped the construction on the windows would be over soon, as Weldon had actually worked on them for months. “We started the work in July, and it was due to be completed by early August and things just didn’t take place in that timeframe,” she said. “These things are often outside of our control.” The construction will replace skylights on the ground and main floor near Oxford Drive. A second phase to replace the rest of the windows will take place next summer. Wilkins did not know the budget for the project as it came out of a central University budget. Researchers currently have limited access to government documents on the first floor, however the ground floor is open and sectioned off. “We had to close off sections for safety,” Wilkins explained.
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NOT THIS TIME, BUDDY. Mustangs’ running back nathan riva was a force to be reckoned with during the Homecoming game saturday afternoon, scoring four touchdowns and running for a total of 145 yards.
Students shouldn’t pay for online testing
Cheryl Stone news FeaTures ediTOr Students with online quizzes should be taking a second look at who is paying for access. The Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities clarified this summer students should not have to pay for online quizzes if the quiz itself has a bearing on the student’s grade. “The policy does not permit universities to require the payment of additional fees for educational services,” Janice Deakin, vice-provost academic for Western, explained. “The MTCU recently clarified that students should not be compelled to pay for online learning services to fulfill a course requirement.” Deakin went on to explain it is currently against the University’s policy to charge students for access to online resources which they are required for assessments. Deakin noted some of these tests took the form of testing bundles. “In recent years, publishers have bundled quizzes and assignments together with online texts, and students may be required to pay an access fee for the additional learning resources.” “Under the policy, professors can use online quizzes and assignments if they do not count towards the course grade or so long as an alternative is made available to students,” Deakin explained. Tanya Blazina, media spokesperson with the MTCU, explained the Ministry’s standpoint. “The costs associated with the administration of assignments, tests and examinations should be paid for out of operating revenue, and students should not be required to purchase these applications.” Colleen O’Neall, executive director of the Canadian Publishers Council, explained publishers were working to ensure schools could comply with their policies. “There’s no reason why the student can’t have full completion of their courses with all the materials for marking and assessment.” O’Neall explained publishers had offered in-class tests, new test banks and even offered some of the online materials for free. “Publishers are doing everything they can to help make sure the instructor and students can do everything they need to complete the course.” O’Neall noted the policies differed slightly between universities, and some universities may allow students to pay for these materials. Deakin noted some professors had already taken advantage of these resources. “While the University is working on a broad solution, some professors have already been able to make appropriate arrangements directly with publishers of their texts.” “It is unacceptable that a few institutions may be allowing faculty to charge students for access to online applications in order to access online assignments, tests and/or examinations that are required for successful completion of a credit course,” Blazina said. Deakin explained she did not expect the University to be in 100 per cent compliance, but she hoped to see them working towards meeting the policy. “We have communicated the MTCU policy to the campus community, and we expect that programs are moving to ensure that they are compliant with the policy.”
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BY READING THIS SIGN YOU HAVE PROVEN THAT SIGN ADVERTISING WORKS. The london area right to life association came together on sunday to host life chain 2011. members of the association lined the streets along wellington road and richmond street to promote their cause.
Bigger isn’t better
It appears that over-sized banners in downtown London may be to diminishing in size. Over a year has passed since Londoners’ complaints about the extravagant displays on buildings located downtown, which include advertising space on buildings owned by Shmuel Farhi. Rather than taking the signs down, Farhi took the issue to city hall. The current bylaw in place has a ban on the size of corporation flags and emblems exceeding five square meters in area, or exceeding more than three per building. “Staff were asked to look at the bylaw as part of the comprehensive sign bylaw review,” Joni Baechler, city councillor, explained. “The issue was referred back for a public meeting on the matter.” When asked what time frame should be expected for the changes to be put in place, Baechler stated bylaws will usually come into effect when they are passed, unless council directs otherwise. —Jason Oncz
Two of Western’s own—Carol Stephenson, dean of the Richard Ivey School of Business, and Sandra Smeltzer, an associate professor in the faculty of information and media studies—have been chosen among Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence, as selected by Women of Influence Magazine. Stephenson and Smeltzer were selected for their work contributing to both Canadian and global economies as well as the community. In part, the top 25 Women of Influence were highlighted to inspire younger generations. Stephenson, humbled and proud to be selected, counts mentoring and public speaking as two of the many ways she reaches Canadian youth. “I hope I’m a role model to the young women that are in our program, that are aspiring to have a career in the business world,” Stephenson said. The official ranking has yet to be revealed but for Stephenson, the ranking is not what counts. “I think what’s important is that women are being recognized that have made a contribution to their fields,” Stephenson explained. “Whether you’re number one or number twenty-five, I think is unimportant.” The ranking of the top 25 is open to voting from the public and will be revealed in the winter issue of the magazine. —Skye Nicholson-Smith
Give food this thanksgiving
The London Food Bank is prompting everyone in the city to embrace the Thanksgiving spirit this weekend and help out those in need. The 23rd annual Fall Food Drive kicked off Saturday, and Londoners are dropping off their non-perishable food items all over the city. Glen Pearson, co-executive director of the London Food Bank, noted Londoners performed admirably during last year’s food drive, and he hoped the city would again provide enough food for the less fortunate. “We’re reminding everyone that last year they gave 60,000 pounds, which was enough last year,” Pearson said. “But things are starting to spike now as far as demand on the food bank goes, so because of this challenge we’re hoping we will be able to match that this year.” According to Pearson, demand on the food bank’s resources has been up roughly 25 per cent over the past two years. Despite their increasing need, Pearson made sure to point out the London Food Bank doesn’t set any formal goals for how much food they are looking to take in. “We just let the public know whatever they give is great,” he said. Pearson explained there is a risk of a lackluster performance this year due to the upcoming election. “Four years ago we had the same problem with a Thanksgiving food drive during a provincial election and our numbers were way down. We suspect that could happen again,” Pearon said. “It’s not showing so much right now, but even if it does, it’s important to remember that the public will make up for it in other ways.” —Alex Carmona
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thegazette • tuesday, october 4, 2011
Free pool idea struggles to stay afloat
Julian Uzielli GaZeTTe sTaFF The allocation of funds from the Student Legacy Challenge to the Spoke is not going as smoothly as planned. The initiative began last year to help the University Students’ Council decide what to do with approximately $175,000 in unclaimed refund cheques after the London Transit Commission strike in 2009. Students were given the opportunity to make propositions to Council on how to spend the money, and in April the allocations were finalized. One proposal would have given $15,000 to the Spoke to make their arcade games and pool tables free for students to use. After an amendment passed by the USC, however, that number was reduced to $5,000, and the goal reduced to free pool for students. Nicole Kopera, a social science councillor who supported the motion to reduce the Spoke’s allocation, explained there was concern about justifying $15,000 for video games, when there were other issues that needed attention. “I did not feel that it would benefit enough students while there were other options on the table to spend the money on,” she said. “It is an exorbitant amount of money to spend on video games alone, when it is an initiative that essentially can only be utilized by students that use the Spoke on a regular basis, are interested enough in video games and are 19+ to use them after 9 p.m. when the liquor license kicks in.” She added that many more students used the pool tables than the arcade games, and that $5,000 should be enough to cover purchase and maintenance of new pool tables. However, because the Spoke doesn’t own their two pool tables— they are rented from Playdium— that lower number is making it difficult to move forward, Jennifer Valadao, vice-president finance for the USC, explained. “The problem is [Playdium] makes thousands of dollars from those pool tables and they maintain them,” she said. “We would have to pay out of pocket and we don’t know if $5,000 is sufficient. We’re doing the research on that right now, we’re trying to work out some sort of agreement, which I think is moving very well.” Jeff Armour, food and beverage manager for the USC, was not con-
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vinced the initiative will work out as planned. He explained while the Spoke is open to making the most of the $5,000, making pool tables free might not be the most feasible course of action. “In an ideal world, the Legacy Fund would be able to provide a pool table that all students could access indefinitely. Ideally that
would be to purchase a pool table. But the other problem is obviously that the Spoke is 19+ or it’s closed at some hours. So maybe there’s another solution out there that we could come up with that works for everybody, that works for students indefinitely. The problem is maintaining them, because after this year that money isn’t there.”
Valadao explained if free pool turns out to be unfeasible, Council is open to other options, but they are still hopeful. “If Council, bar-none, wants free pool, then ultimately that’s what I’m going to push for and that’s why we haven’t taken steps in a different direction. I’m confident that it will happen.”
Spoke-to-Go serves underage students
aaron Zaltzman news ediTOr Underage studiers looking for latenight food are in luck with the new Spoke-to-Go service being provided during 19+ events at the Spoke lounge. The service, which was part of Andrew Forgione’s presidential platform, allows students to get food from the Spoke during bar hours without having to show identification. “The service essentially allows students to come into the Spoke, even on a Rick’s Wednesday when it’s 19+. I think 80 per cent of our first-year class is underage this year, so this service was something that I really pushed for,” Forgione, president of the University Students’ Council, said. “What I wanted to do was allow a student who’s hungry, working in Weldon late at night and can’t go anywhere else on campus to eat, we wanted to offer them Spoke food without having to show identification.” The service permits two lineups at the Spoke during wet events, one for the bar and one for food. Students in the food line can place their order to a server and have the food brought to them, rather than having to enter the bar area. “They just have to go to the bouncers and say, ‘hey I’m 18, I just want a burger. Can you please order it for me?’ They go in to the front cashier near the coffee bar, talk to a server who’s there and give them their order,” Forgione explained. “The cashier punches in the order which shows up on the QSR screen [in the kitchen], and once the order goes through they bring it to the front.” “It’s a great opportunity in terms of accessibility for underage students, or even a student who didn’t bring their ID and is studying over at Weldon,” Jeff Armour, manager of food and beverages for the Wave and Spoke, explained. “That accessibility is not something that exists late at night when Centre Spot closes down.” While the service comes with the risk of students sneaking into the bar area, Forgione explained the situation is well managed. “There are obviously concerns about liability—if a student comes in and starts drinking that’s a big issue,” Forgione noted. “Maybe in the future we’ll do wristbands when it gets a little bigger. But the Spoke manager is watching and the students understand that this is a privilege.”
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>> StUdENt LEGaCy FUNd
what makes greatness is starting something that lives after you.
— ralph sockman
Smaller is sometimes better
After the great bus strike of ’09, the London Transit Commission returned a portion of student bus pass money in order to refund students for their inability to ride the bus. After it was announced that approximately $20 would be reissued through cheques, thousands of lazy students failed to pick up their reimbursements—and thus the Student Legacy Fund was born. Students were challenged to submit proposals of how to spend the leftover $175,000 in a way that would create a legacy—something everlasting, withstanding the wear of time and transcending generations. In what is probably the most noticeable contribution thus far, a bus shelter was erected in front of the University Community Centre—one that will likely keep our hair dry from the weather for decades to come. Solar panels atop the UCC were another idea that would have been increased sustainability and awareness of environmental issues, making more than just a temporary impact. Other projects, like free-to-play pool tables in the Spoke, were also proposed and approved by Student Legacy Challenge overseers. Smaller, less permanent projects like these affect a smaller portion of the student body, leaving us to wonder if $5,000 on free games for Spoke patrons is an appropriate allocation of Student Legacy funds. Although it goes against what the University Students’ Council branded as a “legacy,” these smaller projects may provide a more meaningful and visible benefit to students. When it comes down to it, the USC themselves aren’t the ones deciding how the money gets spent. They did their work urging students for their input, and then did their best to make the most feasible and useful projects become reality. $175,000 may seem like an enormous amount of money, and the idea of taking that free money and creating something monumental with it makes sense at first. However, something gigantic that will last forever—a building, for example—costs a lot more than this scrap of cash. Perhaps, in hindsight, proposals that didn’t fit the description of “leaving a legacy” shouldn’t have been rejected. Although it would have been nice to use this opportunity for something unforgettable, “epic” comes with a higher price tag than what was up for grabs. These smaller projects, even if they only benefit students of a single generation, have proven to be the best way redistribute the wealth.
—The Gazette Editorial Board
Students stuck falling behind
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Kaitlyn mcGrath OpiniOns ediTOr The recent flurry of brisk winds and cold weather tells me that fall is here. And the upcoming flurry of midterms confirms that fall is most certainly here. Sure, colourful leaves are nice—but the dropping temperatures and sudden onslaught of midterms and essays make fall a rather unpleasant season. I can think of one thing that could make the season slightly more bearable here at Western—a fall reading week. Unlike other institutions, such as York University and the University of Ottawa, that have introduced fall reading weeks to their academic year, Western has yet to implement one. However, all hope is not lost because recently the University Student’s Council has proposed an idea—much to the delight of overwhelmed students—that would see a week long break in October or a few days tacked on to the Thanksgiving weekend introduced to Western’s academic calendar. Some students might argue that an October break might be frivolous and unnecessary, while others seem to think it would be a much-needed—and greatly appreciated—break. But while some students might suggest they don’t really need the days to catch up just yet, I highly doubt any student is going to fight against an extra few school-free days. It’s probably the case that students from certain faculties—particularly more exam-based faculties—would probably benefit from a fall reading week more so than students from other faculties. And perhaps a few students would utilize the break to jet off to Barbados for a few days instead of getting ahead in their classes, but the majority of students would use the week productively. The whole concept of the February reading week is to allow for students to catch up on readings, prepare for tests, or work on heavily weighted final assignments—so why is that not awarded to students in the first semester? Student stress frequently peaks around mid-term season, and with only the Winter break in sight—albeit that’s only after December exams—I’d argue firstsemester midterms can feel much more overwhelming. Last year during the will-they, won’t-they strike debacle of November, most students weren’t praying for a strike because they sided strongly with UWOFA—instead most students were really just hoping for a mid-semester break to catch up on the backlog of readings they had. Some who oppose the autumn break might suggest we haven’t been in school long enough—about a month and a half—to be eligible for a holiday, so to speak. But realistically, the time span is the exact same as the traditional February break. Every year when students return from their January holiday, most students say to themselves, “only a month and a bit before reading week,” which helps them get through the long, dark days of the London winter. For now the fall reading week might only be a pipe dream from overly stressed students, but it’s definitely something that should be seriously considered given how overwhelmed many students feel about school these days. But right now we’ll have to settle for a long weekend filled with turkey and readings.
Letter to the Editor
Although many students may find this extremely appealing—myself included—I hope that they aren’t jumping on the bandwagon so quickly. We need to ask ourselves if this reduction in tuition fees is sustainable for the Ontario government, to ensure that other priorities are met as well for the people of Ontario. As a student the idea sounds very tempting, but I encourage others to ask if this is just a voting gimmick, or can it actually be a realistic possibility, while taking into account many factors. —Yen Hong
Students should look beyond ad
To the Editor: While student apathy is obvious when it comes to voting, many candidates try their best—at the very least—to strike a chord with the youth and somehow encourage them to vote. In recent issues of the Gazette I’ve noticed that there is an advertisement, which features the Liberal candidate, Deb Matthews, and a banner in the advertisement that reads “30% off Undergraduate Tuition [...].”
Re: “Master plan unveiled for downtown” (sept. 29, 2011) an error was made when it was stated that the university would be interested in buying city Hall. in fact, the university would not be purchasing city Hall, but is interested in having city Hall given to them for use by the city of london. re: “affordable education” (sept. 29, 2011) an error was made when alvin Tedjo, director of communications for the Ontario undergraduate student alliance, was quoted in the article. rather, the quotation was from sam andrey, executive director of Ousa.
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Lauren Chan GaZeTTe sTaFF Hollerado was formed from a group of friends, as most bands are. They played classic rock covers after school until they decided to play music full-time, as most bands do. Now, they’re doing what most bands don’t by playing their own rock music while making efforts to bridge youth culture to politics. How? By talking to mayors in cities they play on their 2011 Meet the Mayor tour. Bassist Dean Baxter answered some questions. Could you tell us what your Meet the Mayor Tour is? It started out as kind of a joke. We were asking people on Twitter what we should call our tour—because I guess bands have to name their tours something [...] And we were throwing around the idea of what it would be like to meet Rob Ford. He seems like someone who would be interesting to talk to in person. So, we thought it would be funny if we turned that joke into the real thing. Now, we’re going on tour trying to get a feel for these cities and communities that have supported us. We’ll get a feel for the art communities and the youth culture, and ask the mayors some questions to get a sense for the towns we’ve come to know and love. What link are you trying to forge between politics and your music? Our hope is to bridge a bit of the gap between youth culture and politics. I feel like right now a lot of kids feel helpless when it comes to having questions and raising political issues in their communities. You don’t have to be a politician to get things done—that shouldn’t be the case at all. Hopefully we can encourage some youth to lead the way. What types of interesting interactions do you think you’ll have with some of the mayors on tour? Thus far, we have heard that the mayor of Vancouver plays the trombone or the tuba and he has asked if he can come on stage and play with us. That’s probably the most interesting interaction so far, but who knows, maybe it will get crazier. If you were elected mayor of your city of choice, what city would it be and what would you do? Well, Calgary is one of my favourite cities, but they have a pretty cool mayor already, so I don’t know if I would want to step on his toes. I would probably want to be mayor of Vancouver. I’d want to make everything a whole lot cheaper, I know that is something that be can done very easily if you’re a mayor— speaking sarcastically, of course. But really, there’s two types of people there, the very rich and the very poor, so I’d make it a pleasant place for the middle class.
“all i want for christmas is a seahorse! i’ve always wanted one.”
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Indie rockers Hollerado meet the mayors
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Your tour poster and entire website are made up of hand-drawn graphics. Why do you think it’s important to think out-of-thebox when marketing your band? There’s just so much of everything happening in the industry that if you can get a leg up attracting people’s attention any way you
ACTIVATE STAR POWER. catch Hollerado’s energetic live show at call The Office on October 7 as part of their meet the mayor tour.
can, it’s going to put you in a better position to hold your attention. A lot of it is just our personalities. We’ve always been attracted to the unconventional, and we always attract unconventional ideas and
people. The combination of those two things allows us to excel at it. Last question: Mayor Quimby or Mayor West and why? Mayor West, because, you
know. Hollerado plays at Call The Office on Friday, October 7 with The Pack A.D. and Wildlife. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door.
artfusion gets downtown gallery at last
Sara mai Chitty cOnTribuTOr After two years of nomadic events, Artfusion hosted their grand opening of a permanent gallery in CitiPlaza. The collective has helped over 270 local London artists and musicians showcase their talent in a laid back yet professional approach to London’s local art scene. Artfusion is a local oriented arts collective that showcases artists hailing from all age groups, backgrounds, media and subject matter. Previously a monthly event featuring musicians and good company, it now has a gallery of its own to show what London has to offer. The gallery opening amassed a large turnout of patrons and past and future contributors, visibly excited for Artfusion’s new direction. Ryan Mahy, the collective’s coordinator was more than ecstatic to finally have a permanent space, after hosting over 30 events in seven different venues. Temporary locations had proved many trials for Mahy, from floods to the Il Tenore restaurant—Artfusion’s main venue—closing down. Mahy plans to branch out and sell local music and continue focusing on local artists. Having quit his job to devote himself to running the gallery, Mahy’s dedication is integral to giving local artists a place to start, and practising artists an unpretentious and easy going venue. A colourful and vivid start to the gallery, with over 15 artists currently showcased within, Artfusion is also a multimedia collective. The art is placed on the wall with empty spaces few and far between. Bowling benches recycled and sprayed with graffiti offer a spacious place to reflect. Two time Artfusion participant and jewelry artisan, Ann Rompf, had a fantastic display of her “One of a Kind Reinvented Designs,” usually featured at the downtown Met. Her necklaces and rings range from modern abstract gems and shapes to cameos and art nouveau owls. She hopes to frequent the gallery with her work. Amongst the art featured, a broad range of media is exhibited—from graffiti and a wooden abstract on canvas, to a Sea Shepherd fundraising lithograph of dolphins by Stephen Watson. The medley of work emphasizes the diversity of London’s artists. Surrealist portraits hang amongst lo-
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mographic style photographs and abstract acrylics, with subject matter ranging from post-apocalyptic imagery to Russian dolls. Artfusion hosts art for everyone, by everyone—with no discrimination. The night also hosted entertainment from local bands Sea and City and indie pop ensemble Gracious Collective, among others. The
gallery is spacious, with floor space for installations and wall space for large and small works alike. There are no specific requirements to enter art in the gallery. Mahy simply networks with friends and peers of those he has already worked with to create the next show. People usually come to him, and he is more than happy to
provide the opportunity. Artfusion is a great way to network and exhibit, and will hopefully receive a lot of traffic in its downtown mall location. Head down to the Artfusion gallery in CitiPlaza at 355 Wellington St. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday 12 p.m.-5 p.m. to check out contemporary art.
thegazette • tuesday, october 4, 2011
Entertaining concert doesn’t rise against
Corey Stanford GaZeTTe
SHOUT IT OUT. chicago rockers rise against hit the John labatt centre stage sunday night to perform for an enthusiastic crowd. The band played classics but not many new songs from their recent album.
Brent Holmes arTs & liFe ediTOr Performance Openers Setlist Crowd Worth the cash When Rise Against hit the stage at the John Labatt Centre Sunday night, they almost single handedly got the crowds “heartbeat[s] pounding away.” Crashing onto stage with “Reeducation (Through Labour),” the band had plenty of “Strength To Go On” for the entire show.
The Black Pacific and Flogging Molly gave great opening performances. Unfortunately, The Black Pacific’s energy was lost on the unenthusiastic crowd, who were briefly knocked out of their comatose state during a cover of The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.” Flogging Molly found a much warmer welcome with violin and banjo solos, bringing a unique sound to the punk rock concert. Only when Rise Against took the stage was the crowd ready to “Swing Life Away.” The band’s sound was powerful. Pounding drums, heavy bass and screaming guitars deafened the crowd, and drowned out most of Tim McIlrath’s motivated singing. McIlrath had to half-scream to
be heard over the prevailing instruments. Unfortunately, without the vocals, the band’s larger message was easily lost in the sea of screaming fans and blaring guitar riffs. Little to no mention of social causes turned down the band’s intense focus on current events. This cornerstone of Rise Against’s identity was significantly downplayed. While “Hero of War” was introduced with an eloquent monologue by McIlrath, outside of that whatever listeners were rising against was lost in screamed lyrics drowned out by screaming guitars. The setlist, while featuring many of Rise Against’s classic songs, was odd. Despite being on tour for their new album, only four of the songs
were actually from their incredibly political recent album, Endgame. The bulk of the songs were taken from Appeal to Reason and The Sufferer and the Witness. It felt like a lost opportunity. “Make It Stop (September’s Children)” and “Help Is On The Way” were two of the best played songs and got the crowd dancing harder than anything else during the concert. Compared to Rise Against’s most popular work, the lesser known songs of Endgame didn’t have a chance of being heard. Outside of a few tracks, the band just went through the motions of their two hour setlist with very little departures from a politically unmotivated and generic setlist.
Guitarist Zack Blair finally pulled out all the stops during the final song of the night, “Savior,” which displayed an enhanced guitar solo rich in its raw sound. If there was anything that was the true ‘savior’ of the evening, it was the crowd. Fist pumping, dancing, clapping and even lifting a man in a wheelchair to allow him to crowd-surf, those in attendance gave it all for the punk rock band. There was a disparity between Rise Against’s new and old material and a significant downplaying of the political themes of the band’s lyrics—while undoubtedly good, the concert felt soulless compared to what it could have been.
actors bring light to dark story
Kevin Hurren cOnTribuTOr Bombay Bicycle Club - “Shuffle” Originating from Crouch End, London, Bombay Bicycle Club is a band with an exciting new flavour to add to your iTunes. The four-piece band released their third studio album, A Different Kind of Fix, on August 29, which features the catchy single “Shuffle.” Dominated with a daring keyboard lead and other samples, “Shuffle” is a departure from the band’s regular calming sound. The high-energy instrumentals are contrasted with Jack Steadman’s smooth falsetto vocals. The lyrics “Once you get the feeling, it wants you back for more” perfectly describes how listeners will react to “Shuffle”—after one listen, you’ll be hooked. —Jesica Hurst Feist - “When the Circle Married the Line” It’s been nearly four years since we’ve heard a new album from Canadian indie delight Feist. From her latest album Metals comes the first single “When the Circle Married the Line.” Acoustic in nature, this song is mellow yet energetic— and undoubtedly catchy. Lyrics like “Even from the way you steal me/Making it an amenity ring/Makes me remember the things that I forgot,” makes the song relatable without the corny feel of a cliché romance ballad. Feist’s new album, Metals was released on disc and online last week. —Nicole Gibillini
Director: Jim Sheridan Starring: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz If you haven’t heard about the newly released psychological thriller Dream House, you’re one of the lucky ones. Dream House is one of those movies where the less you know, the better. Don’t watch the trailer, don’t listen to the interviews, and for the sake of your viewing pleasure, this review will cover the least amount of plot possible. The movie features Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz as Mr. and Mrs. Atenton, a couple who move into their fantasy home only to discover a woman and her two children were murdered there. The film follows a series of twists and turns as the couple discover more about the house and the murders. One such twist was featured in the theatrical trailer, another reason not to investigate too much into the film. What can be revealed about the film is that real life newlyweds Craig and Weisz bring their off screen
chemistry to their roles. Married this past June, the two English actors’ playfulness with each other brings some light to an otherwise dark story. In fact, their relationship is one of the things keeping Dream House from becoming a true thriller. Sure, there are plenty of spine-tingling moments, but the viewer experience can’t quite be categorized as fear. However, what the film does give its audience is curiosity. Other actors involved include Naomi Watts playing a neighbour who shares information about the grisly events that took place in the house. Watts does her job well, but she, as well as every other character
in the movie, is an afterthought to Craig’s character and the connection he has to his wife, his house and his past. Although it is difficult to decide whether or not to watch the film without watching any of the trailers, you’ll be better for it. Dream House’s plot twists are not incredibly clever, but one can still enjoy what surprises the film has to offer by walking into the theatre ignorant, which is the best way to enjoy the film. To experience what Dream House has to offer, take the risk, close your eyes, and fall into the dream.
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david Czasniak cOnTribuTOr On Saturday, the Western Mustangs women’s tennis team wanted to end off their exhibition season with a bang against the McGill Martlets. Unfortunately, they ended up coming short, losing 3-4. The Mustangs were expecting a tired McGill team after they played the Waterloo Warriors the previous day, as well as making the long drive to Southern Ontario. However, this was not the case for the Martlets, and the team felt quite the opposite. “We were in good conditions today, and we were happy to play a good team and we like the travel— it brings the team together, and it builds good team chemistry,” Alex Myagkova, coach of the McGill Martlets, said. This was evident right from the get go in the head to head match up of Western’s Emma Lecavalier and Meaghan Gutelius, against McGill’s Lia Asquini and Alexandra Beran. This game was an extremely tight match, with it going right down to the wire, and McGill pulling it out in a tiebreak 8-7 (7-5). Doubles tennis goes to a single set with the victory going to the first to win eight games, and the Mustangs looked to be in control holding a 7-4 lead. They seemed to lose their focus as the Homecoming parade passed by, however, and things soon fell apart. “I think our players got excited about Homecoming and lost their focus [...] they’re all excited about going to the football game [...] because usually we’re out of town, so you could see a little bit of a loss of focus there which was disappointing,” Mike Richards, head coach for the Mustangs, said. Another close game came in the doubles match the next court over where Mustangs’ Chantal Forristal and Josie McCann played against the Martlets’ Madeline Base-Bursey and Lisa Zhao. In this match the Mustangs were originally down 7-1, but ended up making it interesting. They came back and brought it close by winning six games, however that wasn’t enough as they also ended up losing 8-6. “It was a tough game at the start, we were both making errors on our volleys and we weren’t putting shots away. But then we started to work together a little more, things started clicking,” Forristal explained. In a showing of the two best players on the courts, Forristal, the Mustangs’ top ranked singles player, played McGills’ Lia Asquini in a singles matchup. Forristal ended up losing that match 4-6, 2-6, and after she lost, she had high praise for Asquini’s games. “She was a big hitter, big serves, and we were both making each other run out there so it was a fun match, it was good hitting,” Forristal commented. Asquini has been having a very good season, having gone undefeated thus far for McGill. She is considered to be one of the leaders
detroit lions wide receiver calvin Johnson became the first receiver in nFl history to start the season with four consecutive 2-touchdown games in the lions comeback victory over the cowboys.
rundown >> The mustangs women’s softball team improved their record on saturday to 16-0 with two forfeit victories over the york lions > continuing play on sunday versus the Queen’s Gaels, the mustangs kept their record unblemished at 18-0 on the strength of their six graduating seniors.
mustangs smashed by martlets on Saturday
mcGill’s lia asquini dominates western going undefeated
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ACCIO TENNIS BALL! On saturday, the mcGill martlets squashed the mustangs. martlets’ star lia asquini went undefeated on the day against western. The mustangs’ exhibition record has now dropped to 1-2 and they will try to bounce back at the Oua final on October 7.
of the McGill team. The Mustangs have a match next week, followed by the Ontario University Athletics tournament,
which will be played in London this year. The Mustangs will be in tough for that tournament, and will need to play strong in order to
defeat the high powered University of Montreal, who won both the men’s and women’s OUA tournaments last year.
mustangs stop Hawks
Second quarter play fuels win
Logan Ly cOnTribuTOr On the Sunday following Western’s Homecoming festivities, the Mustangs men’s lacrosse team took the field against the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks and came out victorious by a score of 11-6. “There’s nothing else to think about other than facing the other team. You have to be extremely focused,” Harris Lemon, Mustangs midfielder, said. Beginning the game with a great sense of purpose and intensity, the Mustangs were ready to brave the less than ideal conditions. Matching the Mustangs, the Golden Hawks had an intense driving force right off the beginning that shattered the Mustangs’ confidence, ending the first quarter. Going into the second the Mustangs faced a 3-0 deficit. “We worked on a specific defence for Western. Instead of going out and chasing them, we waited for them to come to us. It worked and we fought hard,” Golden Hawks coach Grant Phillips said. The Golden Hawks’ defence may have suffocated the Mustangs originally, but by the start of the second quarter, the Mustangs were in full stride. Western shredded Laurier’s defence within the first two minutes of the quarter earning their first goal of the night. The Mustangs were able to rally behind their home crowd as they tied the game at 3-3 going into halftime. Coming out of the break, the intensity rose as Laurier and Western took turns exchanging goals. Western’s strong offensive system was able to keep them on track. Despite the Golden Hawks’ tight defence, the Mustangs emerged victorious, ending the game 11-6. More consistent play should propel the Mustangs to a desirable finish this season “It was a poor start for us, we just didn’t execute it. Regardless, we pulled away during the second quarter—which took us into the rest of the game. It was great that we could bounce back with such high momentum, overall it was a solid game,” Mustangs head coach Jeremy Tallevi said.
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thegazette • tuesday, october 4, 2011
Lions look like cubs in 48-23 Mustangs win
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underestimate anybody. We just run our plays. We were prepared but field position was a big thing,” Greg Marshall, head coach of the Western Mustangs, said. “We turned the ball over and we have to give York credit. They came out and ran a lot of different stunts at us,” he continued. A major theme throughout the day was injuries and how they affected the game. Early in the first quarter, the Mustangs’ star offensive lineman Matt Norman left the game with a foot injury. “Norman, early in the first quarter felt something in his foot. It’s pretty sore right now,” coach Marshall commented. Things only got worse for the Mustangs when starting quarterback Donnie Marshall was also injured on a rush in the second quarter. “He said he felt it from behind him. He’s pretty sore now. The doctors don’t think it’s broken, but xrays will determine what the extent of it is,” coach Marshall said about Donnie Marshall’s injury. “It was a tough game. We lost our top offensive lineman, we lost our quarterback.” “It is hard from both fronts. I’m the head football coach and I see a quarterback go down and on top of that, it’s my son. It’s hard to block all that out. As a head coach it’s difficult and it makes it extra difficult when it’s your son,” Marshall continued. Trailing 10-6, with their starting quarterback and star offensive lineman injured, the Mustangs needed a way to get back into the game.
Enter backup quarterback Ben Rossong and running back Nathan Riva. Riva looked to be a man on a mission as he carried the Mustangs on his shoulders and scored four touchdowns in the match. “Nathan is kind of the constant. He’s either playing at inside receiver or he’s in at running back, so Nathan is the one guy who is in all the time,” Marshall said. “We’re trying to get him the ball, he can break it open. And he ran the ball hard today,” he added. “Our offensive line did a pretty good job and Nate and Tyler ran hard.” For Riva, the keys to the Mustangs getting back into the game were simple. “Just getting our shit straight pretty much, to put it bluntly. We were soft in the first quarter, but we just needed to pick it up. For the rest of the season, we can’t just turn it on in the second quarter. We have to from the beginning of the game,” Riva explained. Craney also sensed the game was getting away from the Lions in the second quarter. “I think we got a little complacent both on defence and with our play calling on defence. We rested a little bit on our laurels,” Craney noted. “They adjusted in the second quarter and they started picking up what we were doing and unfortunately we didn’t adjust quick enough and that second quarter got away from us.” Rossong had a shaky start in the second quarter, fumbling the ball on his first play. After that though, Rossong was solid. He played smart during the game. When he rushed, he slid, and he primarily stuck to the running game.
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KIDS, DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME. mustangs quarterback donnie marshall left the game after this second quarter slide. backup quarterback ben rossong led the mustangs back from their early 10-6 deficit to defeat the york lions by a score of 48-23.
“I was pretty calm. It was good to get a few series in to get the nerves out of me and then just go from there,” Rossong said. “As the game went on, I got more and more comfortable.” “He did a fine job. He had a lot of poise. Benny threw the ball well. He was good with all the signals,”
coach Marshall said. “He did a good job throwing the ball and put the ball in some good spots for our receivers.” But Rossong has a pass-first mentality, and when Rossong did pass, he connected. Rossong went 11-19 passing and threw for 172 yards.
“I’m always looking to pass first,” Rossong said. With Donnie Marshall injured, the Mustangs look to be Rossong’s team for the time being. The Mustangs will host the Guelph Gryphons at TD Waterhouse Stadium on October 8 for their last home game of the season.
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