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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010

VOLUME 104, ISSUE 31

Out with UWOFA, in with UWOSA
One strike averted as next campus group enters legal strike position today
Stuart A. Thompson EDITOR-IN-CHIEF It took an 18-hour marathon session, but a tentative deal was finally reached in the early hours yesterday morning between the UWO Faculty Association and Western administration. The agreement averted a strike that would have cancelled classes for nearly all main campus students. The union must now ratify the deal, but a date for the ratification has yet to be determined. The details surrounding the agreement will not be available until UWOFA has a chance to review it, according to Helen Connell, vice-president public affairs and communications for Western. On Tuesday night, students flocked to Twitter and Facebook for news of a possible strike, where “UWOFA” and the hashtag for “UWO” entered Twitter’s top-10 trending topics in Canada. As the 12:01 a.m. strike deadline neared, little information was released from the negotiating room. Western announced around midnight that talks would continue beyond the 12:01 a.m. strike deadline. But UWOFA continued talking despite being in a legal strike position. Connell said around midnight that ongoing talks were a positive sign, meaning the discussion behind closed doors was likely worth continuing. Three hours later, a tentative deal was reached. UWOFA

>> In Depth > UWOSA

UWOSA continues talks today in strike position
Arden Zwelling ASSOCIATE EDITOR Although the UWO Faculty Association and Western administration have settled on a tentative agreement, Western students may still be crossing picket lines on campus as early as next week. Like UWOFA, the UWO Staff Association has been without a contract since June. At 12:01 a.m. this morning, the union entered an official strike position, meaning they can call a strike at a moment’s notice. “This is a very important group on our campus,” Helen Connell, vice-president of communications and public affairs for Western, said. “Believe me, the people who are negotiating with UWOSA are as serious about their negotiations as the people who were negotiating with UWOFA.” UWOSA and administration will hold a bargaining session with a provincially appointed mediator today. There are no further bargaining sessions scheduled and if today’s negotiations don’t show significant progress towards an agreement, UWOSA is prepared to walk out. Some of the main items still being discussed include language in the collective agreement, job security and working conditions. The union is also after a pay raise across the board to compensate for the increase in cost of living in recent years. “We hope that we can come out of this with an agreement. None of us want to strike,” Stephanie Macleod, vice-president of UWOSA, said. “But if we can’t get a fair settlement, we’ll have to do it.” Macleod and Connell both said there had been progress in the most recent meeting between the two parties on Monday. Both also affirmed their sides were going into Thursday’s negotiations confident a deal could be reached. But despite guarded optimism from both camps, a strike by UWOSA’s 1,100 members remains a very real possibility. Although many provisions of the agreement have already been settled, the most contentious issues are still up for debate. The union held a strike vote in early October,with over 700 union members voting 95 per cent in favour of a strike. “I’ll leave it to you to figure it out. If we do not make progress at the
>> see UWOSA pg.3

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UWOFA STRIKE HQ: REMAINING EMPTY SINCE 1906. UWOFA headquarters were ready to go yesterday with signs and supplies for the possible strike. A deal was reached late in the night following months of negotiations.

announced the news through their official Twitter account at 3:40 a.m. and followed with a press release. “I’m extremely proud of the tireless work of our negotiating team,” James Compton, president of UWOFA, said in the release. “They are to be commended for staying at the table and seeing their way through a very tough negotiation.” Compton didn’t return calls yesterday before press time. While the agreement seemed to come at the 11th hour, Connell said negotiations like this can often stretch well beyond their intended deadlines. “It’s not unusual. Negotiations are challenging,” she said yesterday. “They obviously felt that they had lots to talk about and they kept on talking until they reached an agreement. Both sides will often go quite

late into the process before they reach an agreement.” While the specifics of the deal are not yet released, major sticking points for the union during months of negotiations were new policies governing academic freedom and tenure. The union also received a compensation offer from administration in October that included salary increases of zero per cent for the first two years and 0.5 per cent for the following two years. In a release on Oct. 26, UWOFA said the offer was “ill-judged and unacceptable” compared to an average created from four other universities. Connell said it could take up to a week before the union ratifies the deal. Then it would go to Western’s Board of Governors for a final ratification.

Campus > Reading Week

Fall reading week may be possible, but little demand
Kaleigh Rogers NEWS EDITOR Hopes of a mid-semester break were dashed for students yesterday after an averted strike meant it was business as usual for campus. But the close call had some students questioning whether Western should adopt a reading week in first semester. Only a few Canadian universities have instituted a first-semester reading week. Nippissing University and Trent University have longestablished fall reading weeks. The University of Ottawa introduced the first-semester break for the 2010/11 school year following two student referendums on the issue since 2000. Meaghan Coker, vice-president university affairs for the University Students’ Council, said students at Western have yet to vocalize the issue to officials. “I think it’s one of those high, blue-sky ideas that have been tossed around. Like, ‘Oh, wouldn’t that be great?’ But there’s never been any official directive that we should be pursuing this, and I don’t even think there’s been an official conversation about it,” she explained. The USC hasn’t received any complaints from students expressing their desire for a fall break, so it hasn’t been pursued, Coker added. “A major concern we’re seeing right now on all campuses, but especially on our Western campus, is the fact that there are rising numbers of mental illnesses and stress disorders, and the wait times we see at psychological services and also at the Student Health Services are beyond what they should be. We’re maxing out capacity and it’s only in November.” Coker explained. Shelagh Hodson, director of Student Health Services, confirmed they experience an increase in student demand around mid-fall. “There’s not an appointment to be had. When you come in one day you can get one the next, but I mean we are booked every day right up until seven at night,” Hodson explained. Hodson noted an increase in students seeking help for anxiety and depression during midterm season, and students experience
>> see FALL pg.3

Mental Health adds new position for student crisis
Monica Blaylock NEWS EDITOR Healthy bodies don’t always mean healthy minds at Western. Overbooking at Student Health Services’ Mental Health department has led to long wait-lists on campus. Currently over 160 students are waiting to see mental health professionals at Western. In response, the department recently hired a new full-time staff person to help resolve long wait-lists and crisis situations. “We understand that wait-lists have been a frustrating problem for students seeking mental health support,” Shelagh Hodson, director of Student Health Services, said. She noted mental health plays a serious role in a student’s academic success and physical wellbeing. The new Student Health staffer will spend a portion of her days in the doctor’s office responding to students who demonstrate immediate need for mental health assistance. The other portion will be cutting down wait times for students on the waiting list. Alex Kruger, a fourth-year student in media and the public interest, said while she hasn’t had first-hand experience dealing with mental health facilities on campus, she knows several people who have used the service.
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WIN WEEK FTW. Musicians played in the University Community Centre this week as part of WIN Week, supported and organized by the Women’s Issues Network.

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Eggs beat Double Down in cholesterol match up
Students around campus may have more to worry about in their diet than KFC’s flagship sandwich, the Double Down. KFC’s Double Down is a far stretch from what most consider to be a healthy meal. It contains 540 calories, 32g of fat, and 1,380mg of sodium. But while these numbers seem outrageous, the cholesterol in a Double Down sits at 150mg — a modest number considering a common egg yolk can contain up to 275mg. The Institute of Medicine, a nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide health information to the public, recommends the average healthy North American consume as little cholesterol as possible while maintaining a balanced diet — about 300mg daily. So should students be more worried about meal options they might have originally considered to be healthy? Len Piche, a professor of nutritional sciences at Brescia University College, said to be wary about the percentages seen on food packaging. “The rule for labelling in Canada is it’s optional. If you pick up a food

label, some of the cholesterol labels will have a per cent daily value and some won’t,” Piche said. “You have to disclose how much cholesterol is in there but you don’t have to express it as a per cent daily value.” Piche noted, however, the younger and healthier student population has less to worry about than those with cardiovascular illness. While there’s no argument stating an egg is more of a threat to nutrition than KFC’s Double Down, those with known cardiovascular problems, or a family history of them, should be wary of the levels of cholesterol they put into their bodies. — Scott Leitch

DriveTest fail rates vary by city
If you’re planning on taking your Gclass driver’s licence road test anytime soon, it might be worth a trip to Espanola, Ontario. According to a recent report by DriveTest — the government-commissioned company which runs test stations in Ontario — locations in places like Espanola, Sudbury, and Sault St. Marie have a significantly lower fail rate than those in Etobicoke, Tillsonburg, and Oakville. London ranked in the middle of the pack, with a 31 per cent fail rate on both G2 and G road tests. DriveTest centres located in larger cities such as Toronto, Kitchener, Hamilton, and Burlington tended to fair worse than those located in small towns. Brampton topped the list with a 53 per cent fail rating on G2 road tests, with Toronto centres such as Downsview, Metro East, and Port Union following closely. While the trend may point to larger cities being harder to pass due to busy traffic, Tillsonburg, a town with a population barely reaching 15,000, had a 46 per cent G2 road test failure rate. Tea Hadwen, a third-year media, information and technoculture student and resident of Tillsonburg, noted she knew many people who had failed their G2 and G tests at the centre. “They’re known for being very strict,” she said, adding her sister had failed her G2 test twice before finally passing it. “It’s only two people who work there, a man and a woman. The same person failed my sister twice, while the other finally passed her,” Hadwen said. —Gloria Dickie

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Campus > Health

Other mental More education means later health services marriage for grads, says study available
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Getting hitched
Cheryl Stone NEWS EDITOR

Fall reading week not an easy task
First-semester break could reduce stress, anxiety
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“I have a few friends who […] were told they would have to wait two months,” she said. “When someone is suffering from a mental disorder, two months can mean everything.” With lengthy waiting lists keeping students from getting timely support, other mental health outlets are available in London, such as the Middlesex-London Health Unit. “We don’t do face-to-face sessional counselling, but if someone needed some brief face-to-face appointment to debrief and figure out what they can do next to gain some longer-term counselling, there are some other mental health facilities in the city and we would help them find the appropriate one,” Joan Kicks, access team leader for the MLHU, said. “We do have the London Mental Health Crisis Service. It’s a 24-hour support line where there are mental health staff manning the lines. We also have a mobile unit that can go off-site and help people in crisis situations.” Currently the mental health department at Western has a staff of two psychiatrists who work three days per week, along with seven part-time general practitioner psychotherapists and one part-time social worker. Student Health’s mental health department is open Monday to Friday 1-4 p.m.

Canada’s couples are holding off on getting hitched. According to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, in 2003 the average age for a groom in Canada was 30.2 years and for brides it was an average of 28.2 years. This is the oldest age for an average first marriage Canada has ever seen. Thirty years ago grooms averaged 25 years of age and brides averaged 22 years. “From our standpoint as counselors, it is a positive,” Doug McGeachie, a marriage counselor with Oasis Victory Fellowship explained. He noted he sees many people in their twenties living in a culture which considers marriage to be disposable, with more of a willingness to get a divorce. “When people are older and more mature they are able to work things out,” he noted. He did not see a correlation between every young couple however. Guy Grenier, a lecturer in the department of psychology at Western, explained some of the reasons behind people marrying later in life were due to societal changes. “There’s a lack of stigma around sex outside of marriage than there was 30 years ago,” Grenier explained. He noted the increase in non-married couples living together contributed to the higher ages. McGeachie thought the trend could be the result of two things.

I don’t know that people need a career, but you should know what you want to do when you grow up.

Listed Ontario universities with fall reading weeks Trent University Nippissing University York University University of Ottawa University of Toronto
Still, in the wake of what could have been a much-needed break from classes, students are keen on the idea. “I personally would love it,” Michelle Briffett, a second-year arts and humanities student, said, adding she would spend the time catching up on work and studying. “There’s such a heavy workload. This is the biggest period of the year you go without a break.”

Guy Grenier Lecturer in the department of psychology at Western

On the one hand he saw our society as more career–focused than those in the past and on the other hand he also saw Canadians as graduating with more student debt than in previous generations. “It’s an awful lot to do with the economic structure here in Canada,” McGeachie noted. “Many young couples are continuing on in school and […] working so they can get there.” Grenier agreed, noting students need more education to get a career, and it takes longer to establish a career after finishing school. “I don’t know that people need a career, but you should know what you want to do when you grow up.” Grenier also noted a shift in gender roles would be needed to partially reverse this trend. “Everybody wants to be married but nobody wants to be the wife,” Grenier explained. “Traditional gender roles left women in the home doing domestic chores, and nobody really wanted that role.” He noted a shift in roles was necessary. “Society will evolve the way society wants to evolve.”

stress from heavy academic workloads and deadlines. “Some [students] are procrastinators and leave it until the last minute and then it really overwhelms them so it’s all a part of learning good self care, as well.” Student mental health seems like a valid reason for supporting a fall reading week, Coker thought. “Having a break in the middle of each semester is useful [...] and those are some great reasons as to why students should maybe be starting to ask for this more actively.” Hodson believed a break could be useful, depending on how students chose to use it. “If students used it for preparation to reduce any ongoing anxiety it would be a great thing. I don’t know if that’s what they would choose to do — that’s the hard part.” Establishing a fall reading week at Western could be difficult, and would require active student demand, Coker explained. “I think that you would either need to start the year earlier or consider compressing exams. That’s a bit of the issue, how it would affect the front end or the bottom end of the semester.”

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table [Thursday] — we’ve got a 95 per cent strike mandate,” McLeod said. “Are we going to do what we have the mandate for? If we have to — we will.” UWOSA has spent their last week preparing for every last detail of a strike. They’ve rented a strike headquarters, co-ordinated vans and finalized picketing schedules. They’ve also inherited the portable toilets that UWOFA had installed Tuesday afternoon for their strike that was eventually averted. In fact, walking into the UWOSA offices unannounced Wednesday afternoon, a staff member could be seen labelling and organizing a fleet of cell phones for communications use in the event of a strike. “Western is very concerned. While a strike by UWOSA might not

result in classes being shut down, that doesn’t mean there won’t be inconveniences on campus,” Connell said. UWOSA represents some 1,100 administrative and technical staff in every department at Western, including administrative assistants, laboratory technicians, residence staff and drivers. Although a UWOSA strike would not cancel classes, it could severely affect student services. During exams, for instance, UWOSA members submit marks, prepare exams, co-ordinate proctors and organize exam rooms. “We know campus won’t shut down if we walk. But campus is not going to be a very convenient place.

You’re going to find an awful lot of delays,” Macleod said. “We perform essential services and essential work. Life is not going to be as easy for students.” Adding to strike worries, UWOSA has announced a special general membership meeting for this Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the Natural Science Building. It is believed UWOSA will use the meeting to either inform members of a tentative agreement reached with administration today or to mobilize a strike force. “Even though we did not declare a strike deadline, I think most people can figure it out,” Macleod said. “We’re set to go. If we say the word, we can go.”

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Fake friends? Blame Facebook
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er and look at the bigger picture. This new application is no exception. While we might not like our own relationships to be reduced, we’re inclined to drift to these friendship pages to see the status of other relationships. What used to be private is now open to the world, and the intimate relationships we once cherished have become a public spectacle. While it may seem silly to think about now, unconsciously Facebook is dictating our friendships and the way we interact with one another. It used to be that you had to work to maintain a friendship, but now a simple wall post can be used as an excuse for not making a short phone call. If a friendship page has a lengthy wall-to-wall conversation, or you’ve attended a lot of events with that person, this seems to justify avoiding any actual conversation or need for future social interaction. Facebook used to be about helping maintaining friendships — now it’s just a crutch. It even notifies you of friends it thinks you should check up on or send a message to. It’s important to remember that in the end, relationships — whether romantic or platonic — need to be maintained outside of Facebook to truly thrive. Interactions on Facebook do not always reflect two people’s relationship in real life, and a friendship can certainly not be reflected in a few messages, pictures or a frivolous Facebook application. Meagan Kashty DEPUTY EDITOR meagan@westerngazette.ca I remember a time when the strength of a friendship was determined by more than just the number of photos you were tagged in or how long your wall-to-wall conversations were. I remember when a friendship couldn’t be reduced to a single screenshot on your computer. You may have noticed something new on Facebook — an application that lets you see a summary of your friendship with another person. The page includes wall-towall conversations, mutual friends, likes and dislikes, events you’ve both attended, and a photo selected by Facebook to represent the friendship. But a friendship encompasses more than just photos and likes or dislikes. Relationships take time to develop — there are complexities involved, and every friendship has nuances that make them unique. To reduce these intricacies to a screenshot is insulting. As a society we have become far too comfortable with taking the information we see at face value — we don’t take the time to dig deep-

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Falling for a fall break
As midterm season comes to a close, many students are struggling to catch up on work that’s stuck on the backburner. Anxious to get work done, some were hoping to use the time during a strike to catch up. At times like these, it’s not too hard to make a case for a fall reading week. It’s not too surprising why many people look at second semester much more fondly than first — though the workloads are similar, second semester offers reading week and the Easter long weekend off school. First semester, on the other hand, is stuck with a desert of holidays between the beginning of school and winter break — only the oasis of Thanksgiving weekend offers an opportunity for some family time and a turkey dump. To make matters worse, December exam period has notoriously been jammed into a two week crunch while April exams are spread out over the month, giving students more time to prepare. So it’s odd we aren’t more upset about the current state of things. After all, stress can have serious health effects, especially for university students. Mental health issues and feelings of stress affect many students and steps should be taken to help this. First semester is a stressful three and a half months for the general student population without any significant time off school. It’s not hard to imagine a happier student population experiencing better grades to accompany their peace of mind. With that being said, a fall reading week may not be needed by all students. Though it would benefit the large majority who use it to catch up on school work, we all know there’s more than a few students who would use a fall reading week as a time to head off to Punta Cana. There is still a precedent for a fall reading week though. Universities and colleges, such as Trent and Nipissing, have implemented them. And while these institutions have acquired the stigma of being less academically demanding, it’s unlikely the blame for such a reputation can be directed at an October reading week. Still, if Western added a fall reading week it could acquire a similar stigma. But realistically, Western’s reputation as an academic and research intensive institution is not going to hinge on an extra five days off of a three and half month semester. A potential solution that would allow Western students to maintain their snobbery about the amount of school we take would be to sacrifice a week off the end of summer holidays. As the phenomenon of fall reading week becomes popular at other academic institutions, perhaps Western students may start to want what they don’t have. With Facebook providing a place to gather for complainers of all shapes and sizes, perhaps we might see a fall reading week protest group form in the near future. — The Gazette Editorial Board

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Students should choose
Re: “Choosing Sides” (Nov. 2, 2010) To the Editor: “So when it comes to taking a position on a strike, maybe the smartest thing is to not take one at all.” It’s amazing how one line can destroy the integrity of not only an article but of an entire newspaper as well. The sentence above is the last line in the featured opinion, “Choosing Sides.” I found the rhetoric used in this piece distasteful and manipulative. The Gazette calls it “choosing sides” while others will call it “forming an opinion.” It’s the media’s role in society to inform its readers to the best of its ability so that people can understand what’s going on. It’s a natural human tendency to have an opinion on the matter. Reading the Gazette, I see this line which is actually discouraging students from getting informed and making an opinion. The Gazette is driving students away, telling them to shut up and stay quiet. That’s not the job of the media, it’s the job of the Administration. The Gazette should be researching and reporting on what is known, not lurking around Facebook looking for students to criticize. This is an embarrassment to student journalism and the University Students’ Council for allowing a comment like this to be published.
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Why was everyone saying that we were going to have a strike? I mean, I’m happy that everyone has come to an agreement, but now I’m in class, in last night’s clothes, with a hangover on a Wednesday.
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Bianca Sparacino CONTRIBUTOR The English Department has teamed up with an enthusiastic group of students and a passionate director to bring Western their rendition of William Wycherley’s controversial play The Country Wife. The play is described as a comedy about the Restoration period. It tells the story of the evil-minded Horner and his ingenious scheme to seduce the women of London. By spreading a rumour about his own impotence, Homer gains the sympathy of the husbands of the town and, more importantly, free access to their wives. Meanwhile, the newly-married Pinchwife desperately attempts to keep his naïve country bride, Margery, from the clutches of predatory London bachelors. When she and Horner meet, events spiral out of his control. Hoping to land a part in The Country Wife, cast member Sheila Frise decided to audition for her first theatrical play. She was, to her surprise, cast in one of the leading roles — Margery Pinchwife. As a self-proclaimed newcomer, Frise is very excited for the play to open on Nov. 5. “I think everyone will be surprised [...] it was hardly performed when it was first written due to being so scandalous, so it is going to be interesting to see how the audience reacts to how risqué it actually is,” Frise says. Despite having only two months to put the play together, according to Frise, director Jo Devereux has created a strong cast dynamic. “Preparing for the play has [been] really fun, and the rehearsal isn’t work — which just gives you a little insight into how entertaining the actual play is,” Frise says. “It never seems like a chore.” The cast has been rehearsing since the first week of September, and now that opening night is fast approaching they have been practicing together every day. A dedication to the theatre is visible not only in the cast members, but also in the stagehands and director. Devereux talks about putting on this play with a little sparkle in her eye. It’s clear she is passionate and confident in the production when she speaks about it. She was the one who suggested it to the department. “I love this type of play. It’s funny, and it requires a large cast. Getting everyone involved in so many ways is really fulfilling,” she says. On a more technical level, Devereux has added many creative ideas to the production, morphing it into something she

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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. Cast members of The Country Wife hard at work in preparation for their upcoming productions on Nov. 5 and 6, and Nov. 11 to 12.

thinks will please a modern audience while still keeping its historical relevance. A new character has even been added to make the proceedings seem more realistic and engaging than past productions. Devereux

says the famous China scene is going to be something worth seeing the play for. The Country Wife opens Nov. 5. There will be subsequent shows on Nov. 6, and from Nov. 11 to 13. These performances will be held at 8 p.m.

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Grace Davis ARTS & LIFE EDITOR Zumba is a dance-fitness program that is proving to be more than just a fad. Celebrity fitness trainer Beto Perez accidentally stumbled upon the concept of Latin-inspired dancefitness when he forgot to bring his music to an aerobics class and had to use traditional Latin salsa and merengue music as a substitute. The warm reception from his class prompted him to start the program. After he brought the program to the U.S. in 2001, he was approached by entrepreneurs and together they trademarked the word Zumba and created a global company based on his fitness philosophy. After taking a local Zumba class at the Athletics Club, the Gazette caught up with Western Canada Zumba Education Specialist Robyn Holm to talk about the program. What is Zumba? Zumba is a Latin-based fitness dance program. So it includes Latin rhythms along with others from around the world, like belly dance, merengue, salsa, and maybe even African rhythms. It’s a mix of a wide variety of rhythms. What kind of a workout is Zumba? It is a full body workout. It is very much a cardiovascular workout. We do tone all the muscle groups as well, through body weight and that kind of stuff. How does Zumba stand out from other group classes? Zumba is very simple and easy to follow. It’s designed so that anyone can do it. You don’t have to have any dance experience to do this class. In a regular dance class, you might have to have some dance experience. In Zumba, if you go to one or two classes, you will have a handle on it and you can just get better from there. What are some of things people would be surprised about when they go into a Zumba class? It’s different from other dance fitness programs because the focus is fun. It doesn’t feel like you’re exercising because the focus is on the music. There is no right or wrong — the instructor leads you through visual cuing and you just follow along. I think the thing that surprises people the most is how much fun the class is. We call it “exercise in disguise” because it doesn’t feel like you’re exercising even though you come away with a fantastic workout. And we also try to keep a partylike atmosphere, which is why we don’t use a microphone. What should someone wear to the class? Wear either a dance fitness sneaker, or a shoe that’s worn out that doesn’t have a lot of tread on the bottom. Just wear regular fitness clothes — anything that you’re comfortable in. From the outside it looks like it’s mostly women who try Zumba. What would you say to a guy who wants to try it? Zumba was created by a guy. In the [U.S.], especially in places like Miami, I would say the instructors are half guys and half girls. So yes, in Canada it might be female-dominated, but any guy who might be interested in trying a class — what other way to meet great girls? In the bigger city centres there are definitely more guys. It was designed by a man so it is designed for both men and women. What would you say to encourage someone who is nervous about trying Zumba? It is important to go and try it, and not expect yourself to be perfect at it because Zumba isn’t about going and getting all the steps perfect. It is about going and having a good time, and increasing your agility and your ability over time. So even if you have two left feet, don’t worry because a lot of the people in the class will have two left feet as well. And the more you practice, the better you are going to be at it. My advice is dive in — grab a friend, go together and just give it a try. Check the “find class” section on www.zumba.com to locate local London classes.

Robyn Holm
Zumba Education Specialist • Been in the fitness industry for eight years • Group fitness instructor for six years • Began instructing Zumba in 2008 • Started working for Zumba March 2009 • Travels around Canada training Zumba instructors

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Cooking with Grace

thegazette • Thursday, November 4, 2010

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2 turnips, peeled and cubed 6 large carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks 3 tbsp butter Salt and pepper to taste Splash of milk Toy commercials you can watch on retrojunk.com: Baywatch Barbie Baby Tumble Surprise Street Sharks Donut Disaster Meagan Kashty DEPUTY EDITOR Students are masters when it comes to procrastination, and useless websites are the perfect distraction tool. If you’re looking to escape the stress of midterms and essays, retrojunk. com will take you back to a simpler time when all you were concerned about was snack time and what your parents were giving you for your birthday. The site features movies, TV shows and commercials from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. The movie and TV pages list, summarize, and identify highlights from the film or series, while the commercial section actually has videos free to watch. The site also features forums where you can talk with other users about your favourite childhood games, television shows, current events, or not-so-current events. Another unique feature on the site is the inclusion of a “writer’s corner.” The page lets anyone write articles about what they enjoyed as a child. The site’s developer posts these articles on a forum and uses it as feedback to add more content to the site relating to the writer’s interests. “I have gotten a few emails asking that I write about things a girl would have watched as a kid, but since I am almost positive I am a man, I never partook in many girl things as a kid,” the creator describes on the site. “This is your chance to let the world know about something you felt strongly about as a kid.” The site is entertaining while sifting through the lists of movies and TV shows, but the highlight of Retro Junk is undoubtedly the ability to watch your favourite commercials. The commercials page is broken down into several commercial types, such as clothing, cereal, fast food, snacks and toys. Each page has hundreds of videos to watch and caters to television viewers of all ages and genders. While the idea of watching commercials by choice may seem ridiculous, it’s easy to get caught up in the nostalgia of seeing your favorite toys, cereals and fast food restaurants. Before you know it, you will have wasted countless hours reminiscing about your childhood, chastising yourself for still knowing the lyrics to an old fast food jingle, and laughing at the ridiculous hairstyles and clothing featured in ads.

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Friday Nov. 5 What: Sheezer — an all female Weezer tribute band Where: APK Live When: 9 p.m. $5 at door What: The Country Wife – an English department production Where: Conron Hall When: 8 p.m. $10 for students Saturday Nov. 6 What: Grahmzilla (Thunderheist/Grizzly) and Gingy Where: APK Live When: 10 p.m. $5 at door What: Polydactyl Hearts – multimedia arts collective performances Where: Mcmanus Theatre When: 7 p.m. $8 What: Roller Derby – Thames Fatales vs. Mid Michigan Roller Girls Where: Western Fair Entertainment Centre When: 7 p.m. $12, but tickets online Sunday Nov. 7 What: Orchestra London Concert Where: Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre $55 online

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large pot and fill with water until it just covers the vegetables. 2. Add a bit of salt and heat on high heat. 3. After the pot has come to a boil, cook veggies until fork-tender. Check them after 10-15 minutes. 4. Drain the water from the veggies. Add butter and milk, and mash to desired consistency. — Grace Davis

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Come Around Sundown develops the distinctive sound established in the band’s previous album. Powerful bass, great guitar riffs and the lead singer’s unique voice are the driving forces behind Kings of Leon’s music. But while the band is easily recognizable, they are also able to effectively alter their sound on the album. The track “Mary” features an awesome ‘50s style falsetto and “Back Down South” makes good use of its blues influences. Unfortunately, the songs don’t have much lyrical depth. Everything the band sings about has been done, and done better in their previous album. Lyrically the songs “Radioactive,” “The End” and “The Face” don’t reach the same poetic level as their previous effort in Only By the Night. Regardless of the lyrical weaknesses, Come Around Sundown still has an incredible sound and is definitely an album for fans to check out. — Brent Holmes

Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown RCA Since Only By the Night’s release in 2008, Kings of Leon has been on everyone’s radar. Their new album Come Around Sundown had the burden of having to measure up to the previous album’s success, and it carries it off well — for the most part.

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“I’m upset about a lot of things taking place in the game, but I don’t want to say anything negative. Well, one thing. The LeBron James spectacle, his reality show when he was signing up with a team, I thought that was in poor taste. That’s not basketball, as far as I’m concerned.”

Sports
Mustangs miss shot at Final Four
Women out after 3-2 loss
Kaitlyn McGrath SPORTS EDITOR The Mustangs women’s soccer team was paired up against the league–leading Laurier Golden Hawks last Saturday and a win wasn’t going to come easy. “The team has to give everything and work hard every second of the game […] we need to want it more than Laurier and have the desire to beat them to every ball,” Mustangs goalie Melanie Oberholzer said before the match. The Mustangs made it as close as they could get, pushing the Hawks past overtime and into penalty kicks. Unfortunately, luck was on Laurier’s side and they were able to come out on top 3–2, ending the Mustangs season in the process. “Shootouts are a terrible way to end a contest,” Mustangs midfielder Erin Grand said. “We were the better team across the 90 minutes of play and 30 minutes of overtime and the result doesn’t show that. The Laurier keeper made two great guesses and our season was done as a result.” The Mustangs fell behind early when Laurier forward Julie Marchese beat Oberholzer to give her team the one goal lead. But it didn’t take long for the Mustangs to respond when Grand rifled a shot past the Laurier goalkeeper to tie the game minutes before the first half expired. “After going down 1–0 we didn’t give up. Tying up the game going into half was a huge confidence booster for everyone on the team.” And the regained confidence definitely showed as the Mustangs went up eight minutes into the bottom half with a goal from rookie Emily Decker. But the lead was short–lived — only two minutes later Laurier levelled the playing field once again. Since overtime solved nothing, the game would be left to chance. Or, as it’s called in the soccer world, penalty kicks. “[Shootouts] never really show the outcome of how the game was played,” Oberholzer added. And for the Mustangs that might be so, as they fought hard, but ultimately lost in the shootout, sending Laurier off to the Final Four and leaving themselves to prepare for next season. The Mustangs’ season was a

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rundown >> Eight of Western’s varsity teams are ranked in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports top ten > Teams include the men’s football, basketball, hockey, soccer, cross country and volleyball team, and the women’s basketball and cross country team | After completing an undefeated preseason, the men’s basketball team will start OUA action this weekend

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THE MUSTANGS KICKED THE BUCKET INSTEAD OF THE BALL. The Mustangs women’s soccer team may have outplayed the Laurier Golden Hawks, but they couldn’t overcome them in a shootout, ending Western’s season in heartbreak.

rocky one, beginning with a slow start where they only won one of their first six games. But toward the end of the season and after adjustments to the line-up, things began to click for the Mustangs. “Regular season should have gone better, but ultimately those games are just a means to get to the

playoffs,” Grand said. “When we needed to the most, during the playoffs, we played our best games.” Despite the bitter loss, the Mustangs will have much to take away from this season, most importantly experience. “We were a young team this year so it will be great to have majority

of the girls back next year. Having experience and older players is an important factor in Ontario University Athletics and something we haven’t really had in the last couple of years,” Grand said. “Our success in the playoffs is a testament to the skill that we have and will have again next year.”

Mustang men ready for rebound season
Kaitlyn McGrath SPORTS EDITOR Nineteen points. That was what it took to bring an abrupt end to the Mustangs men’s basketball season last year. “That was a low point of probably most of our careers here,” fourth-year point guard Ryan Barbeau recalled of the 89-70 loss. “We definitely thought we were going to do a lot better than lose in the first round of the playoffs.” It wasn’t the end they had imagined. An upset loss to Laurier at home, the end to their drive for another showing at the national level – it’s no wonder they hope to rebound this season. “I think that this year we have a lot more depth,” Mustangs head coach Brad Campbell said. “We have more guys we can throw in and play and therefore I don’t think we’ll get worn down as much as the season rolls on.” That increased depth has helped in the preseason, where the Mustangs have managed to maintain an undefeated record despite suffering from several injuries, according to Campbell. “For about a two week period we were down to about six or seven players that could actually practice,” he said. “[When] we got healthy enough and we got some guys back that were going to make a Andrew Vincent and Quinn Henderson and forward Peter Scholtes. And if the preseason is any indication, it appears the rookies are adjusting just fine, especially Scholtes and Henderson who have already managed to make significant contributions to the team, according to Campbell. “Both are very versatile, can shoot the ball and are intelligent players,” he said about his new players. “They are playing major minutes right now and we need both of them to contribute.” Also making his Mustangs debut is transfer student Adam Jespersen, who brings both his size and skill to improve the Mustangs inside game. “We have the inside game, we’ve got enough veteran leadership and we have a good enough bench to be able to compete with the best teams in the country,” Campbell said. And the players feel the exact same way, striving for nothing less than winning this season. “I just want to get back to the nationals championships,” Barbeau said. The number six nationally ranked Mustangs begin their 201011 season with the toughest road trip of the year, playing Laurentian on Friday night, then travelling to Toronto to take on the York Lions. The Mustangs will make their home court debut on Nov. 12.

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ANDREW WEDEMIRE’S BICEPS ARE SO BIG AND MANLY – EVEN HIS OPPONENTS ARE IMPRESSED. Wedemire leads the sixth-ranked Western Mustangs men’s basketball team into the 2010-2011 OUA season. The Mustangs hope to return to the CIS national championships again after rebuilding last season and falling short in the OUA quarterfinal.

difference and basically were in a situation where we started to play games.” The Mustangs welcome back several veterans, including Barbeau, Andy Wedemire and Garrett Olexiuk, who will make his much– anticipated return this Friday after resting for the entire preseason. For a team that is also welcoming several rookies, having experienced players to lean on will be the key to

their success. “Those are three leaders, they are the most veteran guys we have on our team and they’re proven players in our league,” Campbell said. “Those are the three guys that are the voice in the locker room, on the court and the guys that the rest of our team have to follow.” And as the team’s starting point guard, Barbeau is up to the challenge.

“We just need to show the younger guys what we do and how to play within our system,” he said about his role as a team leader. “Just lead by example in terms of playing hard at games and practice.” But it shouldn’t take too long for the rookies to adapt to the Mustangs game, as they are one of the best recruiting classes Western has seen in recent years. Joining the squad are guards Nathan DiLoreto,

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Guilty pleasures, now in V8 form
Hayes’d & Confused
concrete barriers at speeds well over 200 km/h. Also, because the width of the track often only allows for two cars to squeeze around a corner, passing happens in a split–second, often with cars crowding for position like jockeys at the Kentucky Derby whenever a turn comes up. It’s rare to see a race–winner’s car not missing a body panel or mirror when the checkered flag comes down. But for all of that, the rules are fairly simple: cars are either heavily–modified Ford Falcons or Holden Commodores — both cars built in Australia — with strict rules on all modifications. With five litre engines putting out 600 horsepower, it goes without saying that these cars can go face–flatteningly fast. Races often end with only a second between first and last place. So where does the fun come in? One of my Australian friends asked me why I’d want to write a column about V8 since, as she said, only “bogans” like to watch the races. And while I resented the implication that I was somehow an Australian redneck, and therefore at the bottom of the global redneck social hierarchy, she did have a point.

Mike Hayes MANAGING EDITOR mike@westerngazette.ca I’m at a crossroads. I’ve always looked down my exceedingly long nose at anyone who claimed to watch and enjoy American Idol or Jersey Shore or any number of those guilty pleasure television shows. But now it looks like I’m once again verging on hypocrisy because I’m at a point where I now have a guilty pleasure television event to call my own. It’s called V8 Supercars — and it’s basically the Australian equivalent of NASCAR. In my defence, comparing V8 Supercars to NASCAR is about the same as comparing the Boston marathon to the Olympics’ 100 metre dash. For one thing, the route V8 drivers take extends a lot further than taking left turns around an oval for an afternoon. Most tracks for V8 go through the centre of the city with cars flying by

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AL GORE IS GOING TO NEED TO CHANGE HIS TIGHTY–WHITEYS AFTER SEEING THIS. It takes an Australian mind to come up with something as crazy as V8 Supercars — a racing event similar to NASCAR but with much more complicated track layouts.

Is my enjoyment of this kind of racing merely a sign my brain is devolving to Cro–Magnon levels? After all, while watching highly modified stock cars fly around a track trading paint and pulling off desperate passing attempts can be very exciting, it’s also pretty dumb. V8 lacks the champagne–swilling you’ll find on the Formula One circuit and real gearheads are likely to trend towards endurance or GT3 races. It is the Fosters of the automotive world — weird and dubiously Australian. But all the same I still enjoy it.

One only needs to sit down and watch one of the many exciting races this season, including the thrilling conclusion of the Gold Coast 600 race, to get a glimpse of why these races are so much fun to watch no matter how one–dimensional they may appear. Even beyond the dumb grin that V8 leaves on my face, there’s still a special place in my heart for the races. Because in the end, it’s doubtful this style of competition will be around for much longer. While we’re still at a point where fossil

fuels haven’t totally expired, it is becoming increasingly harder to justify the sheer excesses of motorsports. Though NASCAR and Formula One are financially backed by large corporate donations, V8 has to rely on a much smaller Australian market for support. Some will call the end of motorsports a step forward for the human race and a rejection of our over– consuming and cavalier approach to the Earth. But why not make hay while the sun shines? I intend to enjoy my newfound guilty pleasure as much as possible while I can.

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NFL needs to keep the zebras in line
Da Silva Bullet
Vikings were probably wondering the same thing when New York Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery’s “catch” was ruled a completed pass. So at least they have consistency down. To add to the mess was the Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Miami Dolphins two weekends ago. The Steelers were down by two in the last minute and at the Dolphins goal line. However, they fumbled the ball before scoring a touchdown, which was recovered by the Dolphins. Yet the referee quickly decided that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had scored. So when they reviewed the play and realized he didn’t, they couldn’t go back and determine that the Dolphins, in fact, had the ball. So the Steelers got the ball back and kicked a winning field goal. Referees have never been perfect. But it seems like they are finding new ways to cost teams the game. They make puzzling calls every week, and they seem to change the way the rules are applied whenever they feel like it. I mean, how is the famed Lambeau leap in Green Bay not deemed taunting when the Dallas Cowboys are called for having two players jumping around in the end zone in celebration of a touchdown? NFL teams are doing everything they can to beat each other. They don’t need the referees to sway the game in one particular direction. Especially when teams only play 16 games in a season, they can’t afford to lose games because of a poor call. Maybe the NFL should actually step in and call out the referees who are making these spectacular blunders. Or change the rules so that they aren’t as open to interpretation from the men in stripes. Or perhaps they should stop their policy of hiring people off the back of a turnip truck to officiate their games.

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