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Tithecott takes it
By Gazette News
Mike Tithecott edged out Matthijs
van Gaalen in the University Stu-
dents’ Council presidential election
last night earning the victory with
2,066 votes.
After being mobbed by his cam-
paign team following the
announcement, Tichecott shared
an emotional hug with his father in
front of the main stage.
“People pinned me as [the front
runner], but it was such a level play-
ing field this year, we didn’t know
what was going to happen,” he said.
Van Gaalen, who admittedly ran
an ambitious campaign highlight-
ed by platform promises of
increased USC involvement in the
academic realm and a rewards-
based pay structure for a portion of
the president’s salary finished with
1,770 votes.
“The students have voted,” he
said. “It was a great election. I think
our team had a different vision for
the USC and we tried to inspire stu-
dents with that vision in mind.”
Rounding out the top three was
social science student Jeff Rutledge.
“I’m okay with Mike being [pres-
ident],” he said. “There’s not a single
thing [I would have changed in my
Following Rutledge was Mar-
shall Goldfarb, Matt Hyland and
Ray Park with 1,034, 925 and 474
votes, respectively.
“I’m disappointed, I’m worried
for the school,” Goldfarb said after
the announcement. “Mike’s a great
guy, but I’m worried the school will
stay in the same old routine.”
Fifth-place finisher Matt Hyland
expressed a measure of concern
over the outcome.
“I’d like to see the numbers first,”
he said, before adding, “I hope he
does a good job.”
Park was conciliatory in defeat.
“In all honestly, I tried my best,”
he said. “The person who deserved
[to win], won.”
When asked if he would have
done anything different, Park indi-
cated he would have begun prepar-
ing “a lot earlier.”
UCC Referendum
Students voted Yes by a margin
of 1,096 votes to the proposed UCC
renovation referendum. Following
last year’s failed vote, the renova-
tion fee was lowered to $25, down
from $95 last year.
Current USC president Emily
Rowe was
“I think this opportunity is excit-
ing for students and the chance for
more activity and programmable
space is amazing moving forward.” Tithecott: 2,066 votes
Goldfarb: 1,034 votes
Park: 474 votes
Rutledge: 1410 votes
Hyland: 925 votes
van Gaalen: 1,770 votes
Photos by (clockwise from top):
Laura Barclay, Brett Higgs, Ali Chiu, Jesse Tahirali, Jaela Bernstien, Jeannie Kwong
Health Science
Kinesiology Councillor
(2 elected)
Steve Bigioni, 492
Jenna Matthyssen, 399
Jennifer Archibald, 358
Sabrina Nurmohamed, 835
Kevin Chen, 511
Councillor (7 elected)
Vivian Leung, 546
Arjun Chandra, 524
Matt Green, 508
Ran He, 501
Willian Silverstein, 463
Chris Goodman, 449
Nate Tyndall, 395
Arjun Maini, 392
Nivin Nabeel, 384
Laurence Batmazian, 378
Eric Roszell, 301
Linda Sheng, 289
Adam Kliman, 284
Brian Vadasz, 270
Social Science
Andrew Forgione, 1,032
Arthur So, 921
Councillor (10 elected)
Jonathan Buccella, 724
Caitlin Latosinszky, 712
Ashley McGuire, 688
Kevin Kobayashi, 672
Taylor Axford, 658
Brent Duncan, 624
Alysha Li, 598
Samantha Farnum, 584
Carissa Palmer, 579
Erin Uberig, 506
Jeffrey Hernaez, 496
Jaclyn Vertes, 494
Joseph Bodley, 482
Leila Wong, 419
Myuri Komaragiri, 411
Samuel Karamanis, 400
Vlad Omazic, 358
Jimmie Zhang, 343
Heemann Shin, 339
Abdalla Al-Kadhimi, 308
Aqil Nagji, 283
Amitt Zaffir, 268
Board of Governors
Candidate at Large
(1 elected)
Jon Silver, 3,442
Jeffrey Andrus, 1,239
Health Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry
(1 elected)
Candice Jewell, 464
Amin Jivraj, 255
Information and Media Studies,
Social Science
(2 elected)
Daniel Ferris, 902
Jennifer Ye Won Kim, 708
Patrick Whelan, 629
Jeffrey Andrus, 483
Denardo Hepburn, 468
At Large
(7 elected)
Melissa Machado, 2,618
Carolyn Burns, 2,394
Jennifer Gautier, 2,369
Danielle The, 2,275
Patrick Searle, 2,246
Russell Citron, 2,208
Kyle Murphy, 2,136
Aaron Baer, 2,116
Vince Mazza, 2,018
Adam Poirier, 1,953
Neha Chandrachud, 1,824
Jonny Uruthiran, 1,195
Referendum Results
Yes — 57%
No — 43%
With 57% of students voting in support of the
referendum, an additional student fee of $25 will
be levied, starting September 2010. This fee will
support the University Students’ Council’s reno-
vation of the University Community Centre gyms,
which will include the addition of lounge, 24-
hour study, programmable and meeting space.
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complete election results
A portion of the article “USC looks to take the
stick out of the Spoke” appearing in the Feb.
10 edition of the Gazette should have read as
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another company or closing the Spoke alto-
gether are still on the table for the USC,
should the board receive a directive from stu-
dents to do so.
Day 1 of elections
“I hate this.”
“All this shit everywhere!”
“What are you talking about?”
“Fucking campaign season!”
— Two students,
talking outside the UCC
Day before voting
“Is it like, voting day or something?”
outside of Spoke
Council Debate
“As for weaknesses … we’ll find that
out soon.”
—Marshall Goldfarb,
USC Presidential Candidate
“It’s pennies to buy 2-ply vs. 1-ply,
but the comfort is just golden.”
—Mike Tithecott,
USC Presidential Candidate
“I would probably have to say
“I will cut my salary before I’ll cut
the services.”
—Ray Park,
USC Presidential Candidate,
followed by
Jeff Rutledge,
USC Presidential Candidate,
on what service they would cut first.
“I have a big smile on my face —
can everyone look back and say hi
to my dad?”
“They like me, at least I think they
like me. They smile in front of me
so that’s a good thing.”
on his relationship with administration
Media Forum
“I have high respect for women — I
treat them like equals all the time.”
on gender equity on campus
“We don’t give people paper, we
give them smiles.”
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“I’ve discovered boxer briefs, I dis-
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“They’re red, I saw them this
— Matthijs van Gaalen,
USC Presidential Candidate
followed by Rutledge
“We look forward to seeing it — the
suspense is killing me.”
—Jacklyn Garfinkle,
Host of Big Purple Couch Radio on
Goldfarb’s campaign video
“If you throw on some Shakira I’ll
bust out some real hip moves.”
“So Mike, what’s with the muscles
and how does this effect your
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By Shreya Tekriwal
Gazette Staff
Throughout campaign period all
presidential candidates have
addressed the need to increase
interaction between students and
the University Students’ Council.
However, there was minimal men-
tion of maintaining the relationship
between USC and Western’s admin-
“I meet with [Western President
Amit Chakma] once every month
for a scheduled lunch meeting,”
Emily Rowe, president of the USC,
mentioned. “We talk about what’s
going on in both our portfolios. It’s
also a chance for us to catch up and
see how each of us is doing.”
“We prefer to talk about […]
visions and possibilities [instead of
specific operational aspects]. I’m
interested in knowing what stu-
dents may think about certain ideas
and how we can improve the qual-
ity of learning,” Amit Chakma, pres-
ident and vice-chancellor of West-
ern, added.
Former USC president Stephen
Lecce noted working with Western’s
president is an important job and
meetings should be used to discuss
meaningful issues that affect the
lives of students on campus.
“The role of the president is […]
not to deal with operational things
[…] it involves looking at long-term
issues […] not that short-term issues
aren’t important, but usually it gets
delegated to the different vice-pres-
idents,” Chakma mentioned.
Apart from the monthly lunch
meetings, the two presidents also
have an opportunity to interact
during committee meetings,
events, conferences and the occa-
sional presidential and vice-presi-
dential retreats.
“You can look at both of our
roles as being accountable to all the
students here at Western,” Rowe
said, when explaining the similari-
ties and differences between the
two presidential roles. “They are
obviously extremely different too.
One is dealing with an entire uni-
versity and the corporation that is
Western, and other is dealing
specifically with advocating for stu-
dents and obviously with a much
smaller budget. Ultimately the
same thing exists though — that we
are both here for students.”
According to Lecce, a president
needs a few important skills when
working with Western’s president.
“The pre-eminent one is a
capacity to understand a policy […]
understanding what the issues are
and really understanding how to
rectify, how to solve the problem.
And that requires some intellectual
faculty,” Lecce said. “It also requires
the [USC] president to be able to
negotiate and be able to build con-
sensus when necessary to chal-
lenge the process.”
Lecce mentioned the USC pres-
ident should be under a continuous
improvement cycle in regards to
maintaining a relationship with the
University’s president.
“I think it’s something that has
been a priority for us this year, and
we have seen huge successes with
that. And we just hope that it’s fol-
lowed through with in the next
year,” Rowe said.
“My advice to the USC president
for 2010-11 would be to enforce
rights and to be frank. Be ready for
challenges and to be able to miti-
gate challenges and to maximize
opportunities,” Lecce added.
“There are different tactics you can
achieve to increase access but
sometimes, it’s not necessary to
have more meetings — it’s just
being prepared and being ready to
deliver in those meetings you
Thirty-two-year-old Toronto city councillor Adam
Giambrone dropped out of Toronto’s mayoral race yester-
day after the Toronto Star reported Kristen Lucas, a 20-
year-old university student, had an affair with Giambrone.
The role of the media during election time is a tumul-
tuous one at best. What to cover — or not to — is a topic
of great debate in every newsroom during elections —
ours included.
Some will question the Star for reporting on Giambrone’s
affair with Lucas — but it’s hard to fault a company for doing
its job. The public has a right to any and all political infor-
mation they desire, and with a story of this magnitude; it was
only a matter of time before someone got their hands on it.
Considering the public’s appetite for celebrity gossip
and propensity to tear up the very public figures they built
up, the Star had no choice but to run the story. If the
Giambrone scandal broke elsewhere and it was discovered
the Star had the information and decided to sit on it, they
would have been heavily criticized for not doing their job.
And then we have the voters — who play just as big a
part in this ordeal as the media. Many are outraged by
Giambrone’s actions, and rightfully so. His public office is
not an appropriate place to brush up on human anatomy.
However, anyone who thinks this is the only instance
of a politician misbehaving is incredibly naive. And who
among us hasn’t done something immoral? Let he who
has not sinned throw the first stone — after all.
Furthermore, it seems there has been a change in our
public’s expectations of our leaders. In the 1960s and 70s
both John F. Kennedy and Pierre Trudeau held the highest
office in their countries despite being famous womaniz-
ers. At the time, their reputations or ability to lead and
hold office were never questioned.
However, in 1998 when it was revealed Bill Clinton had
received oral sex from an intern in the Oval Office, many
were calling for his, um, head. What happened between
then and now?
The tragedy of Giambrone’s situation is up until this
week he was admired by many in the city. He was elected
to Toronto city council at just 26-years-old — endorsed
by the very publication that outed his affair — and was
named the best city politician by NOW Magazine in 2008.
His advocacy of environmental issues and lobbying to
lower transit fares for university students won him sup-
porters across the city, both young and old.
On the same token, however, Giambrone should have
been prepared to have every aspect of his life scrutinized
when he took office. The fact these indiscretions took
place within the last year does not help his case. It’s not
personal — it’s politics.
When the dust settles, Giambrone will have no one
to blame but himself. No matter how young he is, he
knew what he was getting into when he entered the
political realm.
The Gazette Editorial Board
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An Open Letter from the USC President:
Over the course of the last month, fol-
lowing a cautionary quarter-two bud-
get update, a discussion has arisen
concerning the University Students’
Council’s financial situation. It has
been widely suggested that the USC is
facing large deficits and unstable
I want to assure our students, and
the entire Western community, this is
simply not accurate. The USC’s
finances are stable, they are under
accountable management and our
board is on track to approve a balanced
budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
This past fall, the council approved
a new strategic vision for the USC,
which will better align and stabilize our
resources with the mission of our stu-
dents’ council: “To enhance the educa-
tional experience and quality of life for
all undergraduates at the University of
Western Ontario.”
This year, we’ve been working hard
to ensure the focus of the USC is pro-
viding high-quality student services, as
well as fulfilling our role as Canada’s
largest student government.
While this universally difficult
financial year has presented its share of
challenges, our board will continue to
ensure these challenges are met with
sound financial leadership, and guar-
antee that should we end this fiscal
year short of our budgeted objectives,
no deficit will be carried forward to
future budgets. Our annual budget will
be presented on March 10th, and will
focus on this new vision, ensure long-
term stability of our resources, signifi-
cantly cut corporate spending, and
most importantly, will be without a
It’s important all students partici-
pate in this conversation by joining in
the USC’s finance and budget delibera-
tions over the coming months. We
hope for your input and guidance in
this process.
—Emily Rowe
USC President
mentions, applying for a line of credit is
another option — and very few, if any,
med students who I know have been
turned down.
Prospective medical students need to
be made aware of these opportunities.
Let’s put a more positive spin on the issue,
and try to attract the best and brightest to
a challenging and exciting field.
—Eli Miller
Medicine II
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Cost of med
school not all
doom ‘n gloom
Re: “Attitudes keeping students out of med
school” Feb. 4, 2010
To the editor:
While it is true medical students tend to
come from wealthier and fairly homoge-
nous backgrounds, part of the message
of the article seems to be “if you aren’t
rich, don’t apply to med school because
you won’t get in or be able to afford it.”
Quite simply, this is not the case. I am
concerned many talented prospective
medical students here at Western — and
at other universities, may read the arti-
cle, reach a similar conclusion, and be
reluctant to apply to medical school on
those grounds.
Every medical school in the province
makes sure no qualified applicant will be
denied admission based on financial sta-
tus. Furthermore, medical students and
undergraduates may be able to reduce
the burden of debt they face through a
number of measures.
There are many scholarships and bur-
saries available for undergraduate and
medical students. Undertaking a
research project during a summer vaca-
tion may bolster one’s income. Tutoring
other undergrad students in medically
related courses may help medical stu-
dents and more advanced undergradu-
ate students consolidate their skills and
make some cash at the same time.
Additionally, the Ontario Student
Assistance Program is an easy option for
many medical students, since students
five or more years removed from high
school are considered financially inde-
pendent from their parents for OSAP
purposes. Of course, as the article briefly
Skills spread
takes up space
To the editor:
Upon opening Tuesday’s Gazette, I was
pleased to see a fair amount of election
coverage, as one would expect. I did,
however, find the Gazette’s effort to cover
the election was marred somewhat by
the rather garish and, in my opinion,
wasteful two-page colour spread of the
candidates being silly.
As opposed to measuring the goofball
index of the candidates, the Gazette
could have inserted a table with a brief
breakdown of the platforms and promis-
es of the candidates, thus giving readers
the ability with a cursory glance to attain
a view of the electoral field.
I personally read all the candidate’s
platforms online, but I realize I am in a
tiny minority. The Gazette could have
brought this information to the masses,
thereby increasing voter awareness and
informing them on the candidates at the
same time. This would have balanced the
personal opinions section of the editors,
allowing students to view both raw facts
and researched opinions on the subject.
Personally I feel the spread was banal,
and only further trivialized the position
of USC president. Many if not most peo-
ple in my generation are already unin-
terested and apathetic about any elec-
tions, let alone USC ones. This point was
hit home when my professor mentioned
a voter turnout of 20 per cent for USC
elections is considered high.
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Olenka and the Autumn Lovers play winter show
London band aims to raise money for next full-length album
By Fabio Bondi
Gazette Writer
What do you get when you mix the
vocals of Cat Power, the sounds of
Beirut and a hint of Eastern Euro-
pean tradition? You get Olenka and
the Autumn Lovers. The London-
based band will be performing at
Aeolian Hall tomorrow evening to
entertain and raise money for their
upcoming full-length album.
“The concert is a way of gener-
ating funds for and promoting our
next album,” says lead vocalist and
guitarist, Olenka Krakus. “To record
an album alone can cost between
$2,000-$4,000 and after all the
touch-ups, editing, distributing it
can be $7,000-$8,000 — this is what
we’re looking at.”
Hosted by Open House Arts Col-
lective, the concert is headlined by
Olenka and the Autumn Lovers and
openers are Calgary’s Woodpigeon
and Toronto-based musician Katie
Woodpigeon is a musical collec-
tive lead by Mark Hamilton that has
been compared to multi-member
group Broken Social Scene. Stelma-
nis, who is gearing up to play the
well-known South by Southwest
Festival next month, has an indie-
pop sound that incorporates key-
board, synthesizers and opera-like
Both acts should be a good
match for the headliner, who are no
stranger to the Canadian indie
music scene.
In 2008, Olenka and the Autumn
Lovers released three albums
including Warsaw Girl, a six-song
EP of loosely arranged tracks, a self-
titled full-length album and their
most recent, Papillonette, a six-
song EP of classic folk and country
inspired tracks.
“This September, in-and-
around the beginning of the school
year, I would like to release our sec-
ond full-length album,” Olenka
She also says some of the new
tracks will be performed at Aeolian
tomorrow night.
Despite being a local band,
Olenka and friends have not
restricted their talent to the south-
western Ontario — they have trav-
elled across Canada promoting
their sound and entertaining the
ears of many.
Over the past year their talent
brought them to music festivals
including the London Ontario Live
Arts Festival, North by Northeast
and the Home County Folk Festival.
“In the next few months we’ll be
playing at North by Northeast and
OH! Fest around the tail end of
April,” Olenka says of future perfor-
The band’s concert tomorrow
comes at just the right time to
relieve students of some post-
midterm anxiety — provided they
haven’t jumped on the early bus or
train ride home.
The show is Friday, Feb. 12 at the
Aeolian Hall located at 795 Dundas
St. two blocks east of Adelaide. Tick-
ets can be purchased for $13 in
advance at Grooves Records, the Vil-
lage Idiot, L’Atelier Grigorian or
online at Doors
open at 7 p.m. and the show begins
at 8 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the
doors for $15.
Corey Stanford/Gazette
KEEPIN’ THE MUSIC ALIVE. Olenka and the Autumn Lovers (above),
along with other Canadian talents Woodpigeon and Katie Stelmanis, will
take to the Aeolian Hall stage tomorrow.
Ranee Lee
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Justin Time Records
In our student demographic, find-
ing someone outside the music fac-
ulty with an appreciation for jazz
music is like turning up a vegan at
your local Arby’s — fat chance, pal.
Being an older tradition than gen-
res like pop or rock, the mental affil-
iation with our parents’ or grand-
parents’ generations doesn’t help
much either.
Nevertheless, if you have a taste
for a complex, melodious, techni-
cally-brilliant composition, Ranee
Lee’s new album, Lives Upstairs, a
two-night live set recorded in Mon-
treal, will not disappoint. Covering
the likes of Miles Davis, Pat Methe-
ny and James Taylor, Lee exhibits
keen vocal sensibilities supported
by serious musical talent. All
together the sound is electric and
the timing flawless.
If you do like jazz, you’ll love her
album. If you don’t, it’s still worth a
listen. Lee shows you don’t need
backup dancing, lights, auto-tune
and garish costumes to make a hit
— sometimes a black dress, saxo-
phone, piano and a great set of pipes
are all the bad romance you need.
—Andrew Pel
P6 ➤ arts&entertainment theGazette • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2010
1 & 2 Person apartments and rooms on western road.
walk/bus to campus. Perfect for quiet, non-smoking
students with no pets. $375-$800 monthly includes util-
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1 BDRM APT. 135 St. George St. Upper level down-
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1,2,3,4,5,6 APARTMENTS, HOMES and townhomes
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2 BDRM #1 Redbrick rentals. These newly renovated
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2 BDRM STUDENT Renters. Stop throwing your par-
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2 BEDROOM AT 229 Riverside Drive, available Feb.
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2 BEDROOM DUPLEX, Colborne/Cheapside, wood
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bus route, utilities included, $850.00/month, 12 month
lease, mature students, available May 1. Call 519-666-
3423 or leave message
2 BEDROOM, PRIME locations and top condition,
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2 BEDROOMS AVAILABLE, $660 plus $80 utility
package that includes heat, hydro, water, internet,
home phone, long distance. Free uncovered parking,
newer building, on-site management, close to West-
ern and bus routes, steps from Richmond St. For more
information please call 519.858.2525 or go to
2&3 BEDROOM, 375 Wharncliffe North, available May
1st. Hardwood floors, library, parking. Big bedrooms. 3
bedroom house, 343 Wharncliffe North, newly reno-
vated. New appliances, electrical and plumbing. Call
2, 3 BDRM ADJACENT to campus. Newly built, su-
persized rooms, all appliances, very clean, parking,
networked for internet. Call Jon 519-852-7993.
2,3,4 BEDROOMS available at Varsity Commons,
London’s best student community for fall 2009. Enjoy
great amenities such as our cardio centre, movie the-
atre, and game room. Free uncovered parking, on-site
management. For more information please call
519.858.2525 or go to
2,3,4 BEDROOMS available at Varsity Commons lo-
cated at 75 Ann St. just steps from Richmond Row.
Enjoy great amenities such as our cardio centre, 24
hour laundry facility and game room. On-site manage-
ment. For more information please call 519.858.2525
or go to
3 AND 4 bedroom apartments and townhomes. These
are the awesome red brick ones. Newly built, very spa-
cious, and so close to campus. All appliances, very
clean and well maintained. For more information or
showing please call Jon anytime 519-852-7993
3 BDRM APARTMENt $415/room inclusive, near Cher-
ryhill, Internet, parking, laundry, heat/hydro, balcony,
spacious rooms, walk to grocery store. 519-659-9646.
3 BEDROOM TOWNHOUSE, 2 baths, 5 appliances,
parking, on Western bus route, recenty renovated,
neat, $400/month including utilities. Call Gerry 519-
3 BDRM TOWNHOUSES and apartments. These
units are just steps from campus at the corner of Sar-
nia and Western road, right next to Perth and Essex
residence. These units all have spacious bedrooms
and common areas. All come with free parking, main-
tenance and full-time property management. Call Zach
anytime at 519-854-0505.
3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS for rent. Live on Rich-
mond, near the gates, just south of Masonville or right
downtown. With a variety of options for you, we can
meet any student’s needs. Most units are newly built
and come with all 5 appliances. Call Zach at 519-854-
0505 anytime to view.
3 BEDROOM BROUGHDALE on path between
Med/Syd. Newly renovated, 32” Sony flat screen
mounted on living room wall, glass brick, 2 showers,
massive 17’ rooms. $385, 416-835-5293,
3 BEDROOM NEAR the Ceeps. 2 level, 2 bath. All util-
ities included: laundry parking Wi-Fi, cable, fireplace,
dishwasher $500/bedroom. Available May 1st, Call
Steve 519-871-5235 (9 am-9 pm)
3&4 BDRM. APARTMENTS and townhomes. These
are the awesome red brick ones. Newly built, very spa-
cious, and so close to campus. All appliances, very
clean and well maintained. For more information or
showing please call Jon anytime 519-852-7993.
3&4 BEDROOM HOMES available May 1, 2010.
Newer appliances and updated throughout. Easy ac-
cess to campus. Free utilities. From $429.00 -go to “listings”. Call Andy
3, 4, 5 bdrms at 217 Sarnia. Live at one of the most
popular student corners in London. Within steps of
campus, you can’t get closer. All of these units have
big common rooms and spacious bedrooms. Live in
style with 5 appliances, free parking, free maintenance
and full time property management. Call Zach anytime
at 519-854-0505.
3,4 AND 5 Bedroom apartments and houses seconds
from front gates on Richmond. Direct bus route to cam-
pus and downtown. Most include washer/dryer and
dishwasher. Call John @ (519) 859-5563.
3,4 BEDROOM apartments available at Varsity Com-
mons, London’s best Student Community. Enjoy great
amenities such as our cardio centre, movie theatre and
fun events. From $485 inclusive per room. For more
information please call 519.858.2525 or go to
3,4 BEDROOMS FORrent. Fully-furnished rooms and
house, lots of appliances, close to bus route, down-
town, groceries, Oxford and Wharncliffe. Available May
1. $360 +utilities. Ask for George 905-827-2701,
4 BDRM BEST house. Many locations and great lay-
outs. We offer everything. Just call us 519-933-9331
and we pick you up for free and you will find some-
3,6 BEDROOM UNITS. 468 Castlegrove. Newly ren-
ovated, great new appliances, spacious rooms! Walk
or direct bus to classes, laundry. Great neighbour-
hood, close amenities, great value at $450/room! Call:
Pat 519-870-9941
3-BDRM APT John Street. near Barking Frog $500
per month/bdrm, utilities included. older. main floor,
completely renovated. Priv. laundry and parking. Avail.
May 1st, 2009. Call Dave at 657-4836 Pics at under housing.
4 BDRM ALL prime locations. Upscale living all
around UWO, hardwood floors, large bedrooms, 2
bathrooms, dishwasher, laundry, many options! Free
pick-up and drop-off. Call 519-933-9331 or
4 BDRM BRAND new red brick townhouses, apart-
ments and single homes for rent. Most feature 5 brand
new appliances, huge rooms and closets, open con-
cept kitchen/ living room, free parking and networked
for high speed internet! Located in great student
areas. Act fast- these won’t last. For more information
call Zach at 519-854-0505.
4 BDRM HOME with gigantic deck, behind the Ceeps,
beautiful floors, modern kitchen, great room sizes.
Surrounded by student homes, great area with a great
atmosphere. Steps from Richmond row. Refer a friend
for $100. Call Dustin 519-495-7903.
4 BDRM HOMES around the university in various lo-
cations. Well maintained, many newly renovated with
new kitchens and bathrooms. These are some of the
best student rentals available. Call to view, rides avail-
able. Refer a friend for $100. Call 519-495-7903
4 BDRM TOWNHOUSES near all amenities. These
4 bedroom townhouses are 3 floors and 2
washrooms for 4 people! Bedrooms are spacious,
bright and have huge closets. Free parking and prop-
erty management. Call Zach anytime at 519-854-
4 BDRM. #1 Redbrick rentals. Newly built red bricks,
right across from campus on Sarnia Rd.! Almost sold
out already. Dishwasher, washer/dryer include. Huge,
spacious rooms with massive closets. Networked for
Internet and cable with free parking included. Almost
gone. Call John anytime at 519-859-5563 or email
4 BED TOWN house, absolutely new! Located be-
tween Oxford and Cheapside right off Adelaide St.
This town house has an open concept living space
with 2 full bathrooms, private deck, washer and dryer,
and a parking spot. Available immediately or May 1st.
For viewing and questions, please call 519-319-9057.
4 BEDROOM HOUSE Stained glass windows, 6 ap-
pliances, large rooms. Sitting, dining, and living
rooms, 3 full baths, well-maintained, bus route, park-
ing. $425-450/room (utilities included). Lovely home.
Gerry 519-200-6260.
4 BEDROOM LOFT Apartment, downtown, steps to
Richmond Row and all the Action! This one is luxuri-
ous, 5 appliances, open concept Call Dustin 519-495-
4 BEDROOM REDBRICK townhomes on Oxford. 10
minute walk to campus, right on major bus route to
campus and downtown. Great location. Three floors,
two full washrooms! Huge rooms and closets. All new
appliances including washer/dryer and dishwasher.
Call John @ (519) 859-5563 with questions or to book
a tour or email
4 BEDROOM, PRIME locations and condition, close
to campus and downtown, on LTC bus routes. Don’t
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Refer a friend for $100. Call now, 519-495-7903.
4&5 BDRM. homes and townhomes, Live in the awe-
some red brick ones next year. So close to campus.
Super sized rooms, all appliances, parking, prewired
for internet. Many to choose from. Call Jon 519-852-
4,5 AND 6 Bedroom units, close to Gates and down-
town, large bedrooms, dishwasher, parking. Brand
new, Rents from $425-$500, Call 519-643-6014.
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4-6 BDRM HOUSES and town homes for rent. Units
are modern, clean and close to campus. Get every-
thing you could ask for, with 5 appliances, free parking,
spacious bedrooms and common rooms and full time
maintenance. Bedrooms are network for internet. Call
Zach anytime at 519-854-0505.
5 AND 4 Bedroom houses and apartments right on
major bus route. Great locations. Huge rooms and
closets. All new appliances including washer/dryer and
dishwasher. Call John @ (519) 859-5563 anytime.
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town, large bedrooms, dishwasher, parking. Brand
new, Rents from $425-$500, Call now 519-643-6014.
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5 BD A+ Inclusive price. Modern updated 3 level town-
house in a private student community. Lots of room,
dining area. Living room with wood flooring. New IKEA
kitchen, 3 bathrooms, 2 fridges, dishwasher. Bus stop
near the house (Dundas 2). $425/mnth. Includes Util-
ities! Call Jason 519.495.8717
5 BDRM ALL prime locations, steps away from UWO.
3 levels, 2 bathrooms, hardwood floors, 2 kitchens,
dishwasher, laundry, all-inclusive deal. Free pick-
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Just another sappy, romantic blockbuster
Film perfectly timed with Valentine’s Day right around the corner
Gazette File Photo
I COULD SMELL YOUR HAIR ALL DAY. Tatum and Seyfried share a
moment as they contemplate the future in Spark’s latest chick flick.
By Thaly Tapia
Gazette Writer
Dear John
Directed by: Lasse Hallström
Starring: Channing Tatum, Aman-
da Seyfried, Richard Jenkins, Henry
Dear John is about a boy and girl —
they meet, fall in love over the span
of two weeks and then are separat-
ed by war. To keep in touch, they
write each other letters and man-
age to make a Spring Break fling last
over a year.
Does the plot sound familiar?
Nicholas Sparks, the man who
penned novels like A Walk to
Remember and The Notebook —
which turned into sappy, romantic
blockbusters — is the author of the
book on which this film is based,
and it’s obvious. Many might find
comfort in these similarities, but
the story is cliché and predictable.
The film attempts to tackle too
many issues. However, by throwing
in a wide range of heavy themes like
war, loss and health issues, Dear
Johncaptures the audience’s atten-
tion. There is something for every-
one — especially for those looking
to shed a few tears. This allows for
escapism and entertainment,
which seems to be the primary
intention of this film.
The acting is mediocre with
flashes of decent performances
from a few characters. Jenkins (Mr.
Tyree) was by far the most impres-
sive actor, and Thomas (Tim) gave
an adequate performance as well.
Leads Tatum and Seyfried were
bland for the most part, though the
chemistry between them is believ-
able, allowing the viewer to accept
the unorthodox premise for their
romance. With that said, the rela-
tionship is still stretched and some-
what unconvincing, considering
the amount of time the narrative
gives them to develop their love.
The relationship, however, just
doesn’t seem plausible in a modern
day context. However, it may
appeal to the audience thanks to
years of Hallmark cards idealizing
love-at-first sight relationships and
heavy emotional sequences.
The music selection was good,
and worked well with the premise
of the film. The soundtrack was
comprised of mainly contemporary
songs, by artists like Joshua Radin,
Ryan Adams and 311, which likely
appeals to the intended demo-
graphic — the young, naive
teenagers who think outlandish
love stories like Sparks’ could actu-
ally happen in real life. Seyfried also
has a track in the film called “Little
Dear John fared well with the
opening weekend audience, and
was the film to finally bump Avatar
from the top of the box office, rak-
ing in $30,468,614. Much anticipa-
tion was placed on the film — espe-
cially with Valentine’s Day just
around the corner.
It may be a good movie to drag a
date to, or a film to catch if you’re in
the mood for mindless, unoriginal
entertainment. Guaranteed, this
movie will hit an emotional chord.
… UWO’s golf coach Jim Waite will lead the men’s Olympic curling team in Vancouver …
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5 BDRM BEAUTIFUL house with stainless steel appli-
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5 BDRM HOME. A/C, 3 bathrooms, all appliances,
laundry, hardwood floors, 10 car driveway, backyard.
Masonville area, grass cutting/snow removal included.
$415+. Groups preferred. May 1st. Mike 519-639-
5 BDRM HOUSE steps to King’s, Western and bus.
Bright, modern, skylights, hardwood floors. 2 gas fire-
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$2500/month including professional cleaning every 2
months. 275 Epworth. 519-860-9646,
5 BDRM HOUSE, Grosvenor St at Maitland, Very large
home laundry, parking, Avail. May 1st, 2009. Call Dave
at 657-4836 Pics at under housing.
5 BDRM HOUSE, steps away from UWO in immacu-
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5 BDRM INCLUSIVE in spacious 3-story condo. Im-
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Internet/Cable/Phone in each room. Non-smoking. Fe-
males preferred. Pics at
$435/room! 519-777-0472.
5 BDRM. #1 Redbrick rentals. Newly built red bricks,
right across from campus! Dishwasher, washer/dryer
include. Huge, spacious rooms with massive closets.
Networked for Internet and parking included. These
ones always go fast so call soon. Call John anytime at
519-859-5563 or email
5 BDRM. ABSOLUTELY amazing, 3 level townhouse
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dishwasher, laundry, garage. Call 519-933-9331,
5 BDRMS. LIVE steps from campus in a 5 bedroom
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building, all built within the last few years. Huge
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space, and centre island eating areas. Spacious bed-
rooms and huge closets. Call Zach anytime at 519-854-
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5 BEDROOM HOME, 1150 Richmond Street. Located
across from Gates. Walk to class, spacious, laundry
on site. Call 519-852-2674.
5 BEDROOM HOUSES and townhouses for rent on
all sides of campus. All places have free parking, free
maintenance and full time property management. Units
are rented on a first come first serve basis. Call Zach
at 519-854-0505,
5 BEDROOM Town Home living at Varsity Mills.
Amenities include: on-site laundry and air conditioning.
From $495 per room plus $85 utility package (includ-
ing long distance in Canada). All students. 1 Beaufort
St., easy walk to class and bus routes, roommate
matching services available. For more information,
please call 519.858.2525 or go to
5 BEDROOM, 3-FLOOR townhouse in all-student
area near UWO. $385 plus utilities or $435 includes all
utilities. Large common room, 3 bathrooms, laundry,
fully renovated, clean and comfortable. 5 minute bus
ride to campus, near shopping and downtown. Call
Joseph at Summit Properties 519-671-2671.
5 BEDROOM, PRIME locations and condition, down-
town and near UWO, on LTC bus routes. See us first!
Rides available to view. Refer a Friend Program. Call
Dustin 519-495-7903.
5-6 ROOMS. LARGE home on Castlegrove Blvd. Full
kitchen and furnished main level. Steps from bus stop.
One bus to campus and amenities. Furnished rooms
available. Please call 416-797-7889.
6 AND 7 BEDROOMadjacent campus. The awesome
red brick homes and townhomes. Really large room
sizes. All appliances, fully networked for internet, park-
ing included. For more info or showing call Jon any-
time 519-852-7993.
6 BD HOME Richmond and Oxford area downtown.
Six very large bedrooms and closets, newly renovated,
hardwood, large kitchen, nice front porch, parking, all
appliances. For info/tour, please call Jon 519-852-7993.
6 BD. HOME, 2 blocks from UWO main gates on
Bernard St., close to King’s. Large bedrooms and clos-
ets, 2 full baths, parking, all appliances. $450+. Call
Jon 519-852-7993 anytime.
6 BDRM ALL Best location with utilities included!
Great conditions with large bedrooms and hardwood
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bright. Call 519 933-9331 or
6 BDRM HOUSES on all sides of campus. Most fea-
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ets, open concept kitchen/ living room, free parking and
networked for high speed internet. Act fast- these won’t
last! For more information call Zach at 519-854-0505.
6 BDRM STEPS away from UWO, behind Med-Syd, 3
levels, 2 kitchen, 3 bathrooms, hardwood floors, dish-
washer, laundry, parking free. Don`t miss out. Check our
website at, call 519 933-9331.
6 BDRM. #1 Redbrick rentals. Newly built red bricks
in all the best student areas around campus and down-
town! Dishwasher, washer/dryer include. Huge, spa-
cious rooms with massive closets. Networked for
Internet and parking included. These ones always go
fast so call soon. Call John anytime at 519-859-5563
or email
6 BDRM. All prime locations. Steps away from UWO,
behind Med-Syd. Large bedrooms, open kitchen con-
cept, hardwood, dishwasher. Will rent fast. 519-933-
9331, Free pick-up and drop off.
6 BEDROOM BOTH sides of campus, and some
downtown. These are the awesome red brick ones.
Newly built, all appliances, sprawling room sizes. ex-
actly what you thought off campus was going to be like.
Ready to be seen. Call Jon anytime 519-852-7993.
6 BEDROOM OLD Victorian home downtown behind
the Ceeps. Newly renovated, new appliances, hard-
wood floors, 3 bathrooms, great porch to hang out on,
big rooms and huge common area. Refer a friend for
$100. Call Dustin 519-495-7903
6 BEDROOM, PRIME locations and top condition,
downtown and close to campus, on LTC bus routes.
See us first! Rides available to view. Refer a friend for
$100. Call 519-495-7903.
6 BEDROOM- BILLIARDS, recently renovated Uni-
versity Cres. house. Pool table, large rooms, 2 full
kitchens & bathrooms, large glass sunroom, hardwood
floors, tile, fireplace, large backyard with patio, BBQ.
$385, available May 2010. 416-835-5293,
6 BEDROOM 58 Westchester: 5 minute walk to cam-
pus, bus, huge rooms, lots of parking, tile/hardwood
throughout, washer/dryer, kitchen w/all amenities,
place will go quick. Contact Brandon, 519-494-8959 or
6, 7 BDRMhouses downtown and near campus. Huge
houses with lots of common area and spacious bed-
rooms. Places include new appliances, free parking, and
full time property management. Great prices. Call Zach
anytime at 519-854-0505.
7 BDRM ABSOLUTELY best conditions with 3 bath-
rooms and large bedrooms, hardwood floors, dish-
washer, fireplace, laundry, parking. Free pick-up and
drop-off. Call 519-933-9331,
7 BDRM ALL Best locations, steps away from UWO.
3 levels, 2 kitchens, 3 bathrooms, hardwood floors.
Many more! Free pick-up and drop-off! Call 519-933-
9331 or
7 BDRM. #1 Redbrick rentals. Newly built red bricks
in all the best student areas around campus and down-
town! Dishwasher, washer/dryer include. Huge, spa-
cious rooms with massive closets. Networked for
Internet and parking included. These ones always go
fast so call soon. Call John anytime at 519-859-5563
or email
7 BEDROOM LUXURY beside rec centre. billiards,
bar, 52” TV, 3 full marble bathrooms, fireplace, large
rooms, 2 kitchens, dishwasher, laundry rooms, bas-
ketball net, parking, enormous backyard, $415, 416-
7 BEDROOM STUDENT renters. Stop throwing your
parents’ money away on rent. Western Students put
thousands of dollars each year into the pockets of
landlords. You and your parents can save on these ex-
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7-8 BDRM. All prime locations. Upscale houses with 3
bathrooms and 2 kitchens. Large bedrooms, hardwood
floors, fireplace, dishwasher and laundry. Free pick-up
and drop off. Call 519-933-9331,
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tions. On Epworth and Ambleside, all large bedrooms, 3
levels, 2 kitchens, hardwood floors. Don`t miss out, new
listing. Call 519-933-9331 or
8 BEDROOM HOME Completely renovated. Steps to
UWO! $425/bdm/month. Garage, 4 car parking, base-
ment storage, 3 bathrooms, 2 common rooms, 4300
sq.ft., 8 appliances, on major bus routes, May 1st. Rob
8 BEDROOM, PRIME locations and condition, down-
town and near UWO, on LTC bus routes. These large
properties go fast so call Dustin 519-495-7903.
BDRM 7. 1515 Richmond. 5 minute walk to UWO. Util-
ities included, A/C, laundry, bedrooms wired for inter-
net, cable and phone. 2 kitchens, 2 1/2 bathrooms. Call
647-272-4974 or email
NO. 1 STUDENT Housing in London. 2-7 bdrms. Pop-
ular redbrick apartments and townhouses, plus houses
in various student locations. Come with 5 appliances,
huge rooms and closets and are networked for inter-
net. Call now! These rent on a first come first serve
basis. Zach 519-854-0505
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NO.1 ALL BEST locations in student housing. 2-7 bed-
room units in the best students areas around campus
and downtown. Houses/apartments and townhouses
available. All in great shape and include dishwasher
and washer/dryer. Call John anytime at (519) 859-5563
or email for more info.
NO.1 AMAZING HOMES outside the gates. These
homes are in great student areas, very well maintained
and spacious. All types of configurations, please call
and get to see a few options instead of just one home.
Refer a friend for $100. Call 519-495-7903.
NO.1 HOMES AND condos, quiet areas, great newly
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nitely not your typical student homes. Be the envy of all
your friends. Refer a friend for $100 Call 519-645-7368
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McGill’s synchro swimmers squeak by Western
Mustangs host first synchronized swimming nationals since 2000
By Steven Howard
Gazette Writer
If you think overtime hockey is
close, try synchronized swimming.
Western’s synchronized swim-
ming team lost to McGill University
by less than a point during the
Canadian University Synchronized
Swim League National Champi-
onships’ main event on Saturday at
the Western Student Recreation
Western performed last during
the team event and their swim was
good enough for a 79.0000 score
which tied them with the Universi-
ty of Calgary, but left them just
behind McGill’s 79.6667. McGill
also won the overall trophy for best
“McGill wins every year, very
suspiciously,” coach Lindsay Math-
ew said with a laugh. “We had some
fantastic marks, but there was a big
spread in our marks which McGill
didn’t have. That was probably the
biggest difference.”
The swimmers are judged on
their technical and artistic merit
by each of the five judges. West-
ern’s team was able to earn an 8.3
by one of the judges on their artis-
tic merit, but they also earned a
Mathew was still happy with the
team’s performance.
“The cards fell the way they did.
That’s the best swim they ever had
and that’s all we can ask for,” she
said. “In our opinion, we were the
best team in the pool.”
The McGill coaches were also
impressed with Western’s swim.
“Western’s routine was super-
nice, super-synchronized. They
were more synchronized than we
were,” McGill head coach Cassan-
dra Bilogin said. “But they moved a
little bit slower, which makes it eas-
ier. Technically our routine was
McGill’s swimmers cleaned up
in the main categories, also win-
ning the duets and solo competi-
Western did pick up some hard-
ware in the novice category, which
is for the less experienced synchro-
nized swimmers. Western’s Purple
team won the trophy for the team
competition, scoring a 60.8333,
three points ahead of second-place
Western’s duet team of Sam
Mawhinney and Eryn Peterson
came second in the duets competi-
tion. Novice soloist Sam Austin tied
for first with Trent’s Heathyr Fran-
cis, but took silver due to lower
technical scores.
The last time Western hosted the
nationals was in 2000 at the Lon-
don Aquatic Centre. Since then the
sport has been dropped by Ontario
University Athletics because of a
lack of participation. The CUSSL
formed in 2001 to give synchro-
nized swimmers an organization to
swim under.
Mawhinney thought the compe-
tition was a good way to bring
exposure to the sport.
“It shows that it can be popu-
lar. It’s a very unknown sport and
we aren’t varsity,” Mawhinney
said. “It just shows that we do
have support here at the universi-
ty and it’s great to see that every-
one came out.”
By Daniel Da Silva
Gazette Staff
It looks like Western has its own ver-
sion of Michael Phelps.
With her five-gold medal perfor-
mance, Hayley Nell led the women’s
swimming team to its second con-
secutive title at the Ontario Univer-
sity Athletics championship hosted
by Brock. The men’s team won sil-
ver behind the Toronto Varsity
Blues — a team featuring three
“I wasn’t surprised to see us win.
We have a strong team with a lot of
depth and talent, so I knew that as
long as we raced well, we had a
good shot at winning,” Nell said.
Just in case there were any
doubts, the women went out and
proved they are the class of the OUA
with a 400-point margin of victory,
13 gold medals and multiple
records set.
“In some races, half of the final
would be from Western. As far as
championship records, it was great
that of the five relays we competed
in, we broke four records,” Nell
The incredible performance
resulted in Nell being named
female swimmer of the meet. That
wouldn’t be the only hardware
Western would walk away with, as
Jennifer Trung took home OUA
rookie of the meet to go along with
her four gold medals and head
coach Paul Midgley was named
women’s coach of the year.
“I consider this a team staff
award,” Midgley said. “It wouldn’t
happen without the support from
everyone involved.”
“A large part of this success is
because of the coaches,” Nell
added. “They challenge us and
keep us focused on our goals.”
While the men’s team was
unable to take home as much gold
as the women, they impressed with
their second-place finish.
“They were ranked fifth coming
into the meet,” Midgley said. “I
think the other teams were sur-
prised by the depth and quality of
the team.”
The men were led by exception-
al performances from rookie Julien
Sauvage and captain Bryn Jones,
who finished the meet with a total
of four and six medals respectively,
each winning two races.
“I think we did a great job. A lot
of us had personal best times,”
Sauvage said.
“We took advantage of the hard
work we put into the pool. I’ve
never walked away with so much
hardware,” Jones added.
The swimming team now has
their eye on the Canadian Interuni-
versity Sport national champi-
onships. Both teams have an out-
standing number of athletes who
qualified for nationals, with nine
men travelling with the maximum
18-member women’s team.
“This is the biggest team West-
ern has ever taken, which is a huge
achievement,” Jones said.
“It will be hard to compete with
the top teams [as they will have 18
men],” Sauvage added. “Last year,
the men finished 12th, but this year
we will do better – maybe top
The women have higher aspira-
tions, as they believe they are one
of the best in Canada.
“I don’t think we are quite ready
to take on the UBC and Calgary
teams yet, but our goal is top three,”
Nell said. “We are pretty excited to
be taking a full team. It shows how
much faster our team is this year.”
The team will use the rest of the
week to train before heading to
Toronto to compete.
“To perform well, we just need
to follow our coaches instructions.
After that, we just have to enjoy it
and not put too much pressure on
us,” Sauvage said.
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