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Crackdown on club travel
New terms prohibit carpooling, trips to U.S.
Monica Blaylock NEWS EDITOR A list of “high risk” activities, including carpooling and travelling to the U.S., have been banned for clubs and faculty councils affiliated with University Students’ Council. “Our insurance providers are telling us that they don’t like travel. It’s an absolute ‘no’ on travelling to the U.S. and internationally […] but the decision to not allow carpooling is only temporary as of right now,” Justin Mackie, vice-president student events for the USC, said. The changes are part of ongoing negotiations between the USC and its insurers as they approach a new agreement beginning next year. As they continue to finalize the new insurance policy, insurers told the USC to be extra cautious. In order to reduce risk, they have temporarily prohibited carpooling. “A single […] carpool accident related to a club or council activity could lead to claims that could jeopardize the USC’s existence,” Mark Wellington, manager of Student Life, wrote on his official blog last week. Wellington said in an interview that without the USC’s insurance, students would be held personally accountable for any damages from club or council activities. “Should there be a lawsuit, for instance, the student or students involved could be sued for thousands, if not millions,” he said. “Hardly a promising start to anyone’s life as an adult or to their career.” With carpooling being difficult to monitor and regulate, the USC is still discussing how they will ensure clubs and councils won’t carpool. “To be completely honest, I’m not sure. But you can be certain once we finalize everything, we’ll have more ways to regulate the systems,” Mackie said. While banning carpooling may be a temporary precaution, the decision to stop travel to the U.S. is unlikely to change. “Without insurance, [the USC can’t] really exist. It’s not ideal, but without this coverage we wouldn’t be able to run any student events at all — we’ve got to be covered,” Mackie said. Both carpooling and U.S. travel bans will have repercussions for any USC clubs travelling inside or outside Canada. The Buffalo Bills Club, whose mandate includes annual travel to Buffalo, New York to watch a football game, might reconsider whether it can still exist as an official USC club because of the policy. “This puts us at a position where we have to make other arrangements or kind of fold up the club,” said Andrew Johnston, president and founder of the Buffalo Bills Club. “I don’t want to have to move these trips underground and get all sketchy with insurance and legal terms. I don’t really understand why they’re doing it. It hurts our club for sure,” Johnston continued. Wellington also noted alcoholrelated liabilities are a concern for the insurers, who have identified pub crawls as a particular risk. He wrote in his blog that pub crawls are not only prohibited by the USC’s insurance policy, but are also in violation of the USC’s Campus Alcohol Policy — and have been for some time. “Every year we do our insurance renewal and this year we wanted to take a more critical look at it. So, for the first time ever it’s actually coming to the USC board, which hasn’t been done before,” Mackie said. He also noted no final decisions have been made and the USC will be able to provide more substantial feedback to students once they have reached an agreement with their insurance provider.

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The “Get Swabbed” campaign landed in the University Community Centre yesterday in an effort to register people for the worldwide bone marrow registry, which identifies donors for stem cell transplants. It’s the first drive of its kind at Western.

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London Transit, Toronto ‘green shift’ into high gear
Gloria Dickie NEWS EDITOR Green transit initiatives are in bloom across Southwestern Ontario. London Transit Commission debuted its new $23.5 million eco-garage in the south end last week. Meanwhile, the Toronto Environmental Alliance released a new Transit City Light Rail Plan that would see over 120 km of light rail installed in the city. London’s new eco-garage, a 15month project, features white roofing to deflect sunlight in the summer months and reduce air conditioning needs, water efficient nozzles for washing buses, drought-tolerant landscaping, energy-saving light fixtures that are motion-activated and solar panels on the roof. The excess solar energy produced by the garage is sold back to the grid, providing an additional revenue stream for the LTC. “We’ll also have two underground rainwater storage tanks with a capacity of 226,000 litres to be used as a catch basin. The water will be redirected to wash our buses, thereby using less water from the water system,” said Larry Ducharme, general manager for the LTC. Four hybrid buses are also in service, with plans to add two per year for the next three years, bringing the fleet up to ten. “Hybrid buses are powered by diesel-electric. Most of our buses are just diesel,” Ducharme explained. “When the bus is travelling under 20 km an hour, in a startstop operation, it uses electric motors. When it travels in excess of 20 km an hour, it’s using diesel.” Toronto’s Transit City Light Rail Plan was initially adopted by its City Council in 2007 and is financially supported by the McGuinty government. However, $4 billion was later pulled from the project, delaying future spending, according to Jamie Kirkpatrick, Toronto Environmental Alliances’ transit campaigner. The report suggests if the TTC implemented the plan, 213,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced annually, and would save 23 million litres of gasoline. “[The plan] means new vehicles — not like our existing streetcars, more like above-ground subways — would increase the capacity of people in our inner suburbs to get around without having to drive or take overcrowded buses,” Kirkpatrick said, adding the plan includes seven new lines and the conversion of the Scarborough RT line to a light rapid transit line. Kirkpatrick noted there had been much discussion in the recent Toronto election campaign about increasing subway lines, but in reality, light rail was a better investment, with subways costing three to five times more. “Per dollar invested, light rapid transit reduces more greenhouse gases and smog emissions than subways do. Currently, we’re still dealing with under-funding, so we can’t expect to have billions of dollars to build these subways our mayor-elect would like to see,” Kirkpatrick explained. “This is the most economically and environmentally-friendly transit expansion plan the city has.” Kirkpatrick added he believed Rob Ford’s opposition to light rail stemmed from a misunderstanding. “He likes to call them streetcars, as opposed to light rail vehicles. This is clearly an important process we’re going through, and one vote on council, being the mayor, shouldn’t be enough to kill the project.”

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Internet may be declared a ‘basic service’ by CRTC
Cheryl Stone NEWS EDITOR Surprisingly, not all Canadians can access Facebook. The government body regulating Canadian internet has received a request to make broadband internet a “basic service,” which ensures all Canadians will have access to the internet, specifically those in rural areas. The Canadian Radio-telecommunications Commission is currently hearing applications for their basic service objectives. Once a project is deemed a service objective, funding can be awarded to groups working on these projects. “Canada should set an immediate objective of achieving a minimum universal high-speed internet target,” said Marc Garneau, Liberal MP for Westmount—Ville-Marie, Quebec, at a CRTC hearing. “We are still talking about potentially 600,000 or 700,000 homes that do not have this access.” Garneau noted he wanted internet speeds of 1.5 megabytes/second in every Canadian household by 2014. Garneau explained this process would cost $600 million from the CRTC and $500 million from the federal government. These speeds would increase as faster connections were made available. According to Industry Canada, $225 million was committed to ensuring broadband coverage across Canada in 2009. These projects have so far brought access to 30,184 households, who may not otherwise have had access. The funding is currently awarded to private companies who have projects in these under-serviced areas. Garneau explained he would like to see the government encourage private companies to expand their networks to these under-serviced areas. But he predicted many areas need government intervention because they’re unlikely to yield any profits for the companies. He noted if the project is not completed quickly, it could be left primarily to private corporations. Rogers Communications’ internet service is primarily grouped around urban centres, according to Odette Coleman, director of communications for Rogers. Their customers can also access wireless service where it is available. Bell Canada’s “High Speed Packet Access” network reaches 93 per cent of the Canadian population in urban and rural areas, according to Jacqueline Michelis, media relations officer for Bell. Garneau noted the speed of the technology would be more valuable than the technology itself. Wireless, satellite, or cable internet could all become options. “The target must be the speed, and all technologies must be considered.” Garneau noted a lack of internet access in remote areas had forced many people to migrate to urban centres. “I go to remote areas of Quebec and the number one preoccupation there is having to move from those areas because they are not connected to the world,” he explained. He said the lack of adequate internet service has led to businesses being unable to start up or get established in these areas. “It rules out the possibility of enterprises starting in these rural and remote areas, so that the people can actually live there and grow their businesses, and that they can’t do this because they don’t have adequate service.”

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Using Twitter boosts grades: study
A new has study found students who frequently use Twitter have higher grades. A total of 125 first-year premed students participated in the study at a Midwestern American University. Participants were divided into two groups — a control group of 55 non-tweeting students and 70 Twitter users. On average, students who tweeted were found to have grade-

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point averages about a half-point higher than those who didn’t. Twitter was used to conduct academic discussions between participants. The group produced 612 tweets in one week, according to the study. Each student involved averaged 48.2 tweets in total over the study period. The study noted students were motivated and engaged by communicating with their classmates. “Our examination of the tweets related to setting up study groups […] showed that a group of students were enthusiastic about collaborative learning,” the study read. Researchers involved in the study suggested more specific research needs to be conducted to determine how effective Twitter is as a learning tool. “As there is continuing growth in the use of social media by college students and faculty, it is hoped that this study will motivate further

controlled studies of Twitter and other social media to evaluate how emerging technologies can be best used in educational settings,” the study concluded. —Nicole Young

Social media sobriety test
Frequently intoxicated students can rejoice. The days of posting embarrassing Facebook statuses and tweets might finally be coming to an end, thanks to a new online test. The Social Media Sobriety Test has been developed to stop drunken posts on websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Tumblr. “Put an end to the embarrassment that follows regrettable, late night posts with three easy steps,” claims the website, which was created by the company Webroot, an antivirus company based in Australia. Much like standard tests designed to prove one’s sobriety, users of the application perform tasks of co-ordination such as typing the alphabet backwards or attempting to drag a cursor in a straight line. Users can choose which sites they wish to block and at what times. “In terms of an individual’s sense of privacy and willingness to disclose information, we have seen a major shift,” said Anabel QuanHasse, assistant professor at the faculty of information and media studies. “People are much more willing to disclose personal information to a larger group [online].” She added students are among those who should be most concerned when it comes to posting things online, as employers often look to social media to run background checks on prospected employees. “Facebook is […] a repository of our past,” said Quan-Haase. “When we scroll back in time, we realize that there are many, many messages archived. These messages can damage our image later.” —Nicole Young

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Mike Hayes MANAGING EDITOR mike@westerngazette.ca Here’s a hypothetical for you — you’re watching a major Hollywood release at the biggest multiplex in the city. Halfway through the film, the screen cuts out and the actors start speaking Sanskrit. Upon realization that you spent all that money at the concession stand for nothing, you file a complaint with management. They tell you the problem will maybe be fixed in the next month, or if you’re lucky, the next six, and that you can then experience the film as it was originally intended. Now most people’s natural response would be to form an angry mob and torch down the movie theatre in an orgy of destruction. Or maybe that’s just me. The point is, there would be a deep, palpable anger associated with the experience, and rightly so. You paid to watch a film and were instead given an experience that will haunt you for weeks. So where is this tortured metaphor crawling off to? Video games. A few weeks ago, I picked up one of the fall’s biggest games — Fallout: New Vegas. And, like numerous other users, I’ve had the joyful experience of cataclysmic, game–ruining bugs. Whether it’s characters getting caught in the scenery or saved games that corrupt faster than a first–year at Jacks, each and every incident broke the immersion factor — a cardinal sin for a video game to commit. But the worst part of all of this is how F:NV is not the only major blockbuster game offender. It’s an industry–wide mentality — if you produce a game, there will likely be at least a few crippling bugs that will absolutely wreck the experience for some of the people who buy it. I do sympathize with game developers. Unlike producers of other consumable media, games are meant to be interactive and it’s just about impossible to accommodate every action a gamer might take, no matter how idiotic. With that being said, things could be a lot better. Many of the problems plaguing F:NV could also be found in the last iteration of the game released two years ago. I’m pretty sure most gamers wouldn’t begrudge a developer for taking a little extra time with a project to ensure it’s in its best possible shape. Right?

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Rural ’net is needed
Quebec MP Marc Garneau notes there are Canadians living in sparsely populated rural areas that still do not have internet access. Garneau is proposing to have 1.5 megabytes/second internet by 2014, everywhere in Canada. The CRTC has already given $600 million for the project, and Garneau is asking for another $500 million from the federal government in order to reach his goal by 2014. While rural towns may be less dependent on the internet now, its reach is constantly growing. The number of users has blossomed over 10 years, and with a wide range of internet–only services, advantages and companies, the web’s benefits are matching its growing size. For students applying to university, being familiar with internet research is an advantage. It’s also useful for everyday educational services — Google, Wikipedia, Dictionary.com, and About.com are just a few websites that provide users with quick, useful information. Those who don’t have the internet can still use a library and books, but having the internet provides them with a more extensive resource of information in a short amount of time. For those in rural communities, the need to get online will only increase. While some farmers and rural families may not have the demand now, they certainly will when mail and banking move online. Likewise, if people from rural communities ever want to apply for jobs in a city, those without internet-savvy skills are at a disadvantage. Additionally, providing internet services in every community may cause populations in rural areas to increase. Toronto is crowded enough, so developing smaller communities could be seen as an advantage. A serious question to consider is who should fund this project. The Canadian government has a long history of creating and supporting infrastructure, such as creating the railroad and mail service in an attempt to connect Canadians and create a more global community. Although the railroad and postal service are still important, as technology changes, culture changes. The internet could be the new postal service, and without it, will Canadians ever have the chance to be completely connected? Private companies won’t expand their services because they don’t see these areas as being profitable. However, the government has more issues to evaluate than just money, such as equal opportunities to communicate and encouraging nationalism among every Canadian citizen. Communications services should be on the government’s radar because they abolish space constraints and connect citizens, making Canada a smaller country. And, like the railroad and mail service, it motivates us to develop even more and become a better, united country. —The Gazette Editorial Board

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Go veg or go home
To the Editor: I have to say I was very impressed with your recent issue dedicated to food and food culture in London, Ontario. As a longtime reader of the Gazette who has admittedly cringed at much of your content, this was definitely a step up. I particularly enjoyed your spotlight on local restaurants, like David’s Bistro, which try to support local farmers by buying their produce. Despite this, you failed to feature another kind of restaurant that,

similarly, is ethics-driven — vegetarian or vegan restaurants. With eateries like Zen Gardens and Veg Out coming to London, and even with our own campus food services slowly transitioning to more meatfree options, vegetarianism is becoming more accessible to both Western students and the London community overall. I celebrate this growth. A meat-free diet reduces your carbon footprint, saves environmental resources, expresses discontent with factory farming, and improves your quality of life. I hope to see some features on vegetarian food and restaurants in your next Food and Drink issue.
—Annick MacAskill
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Lauren Chan CONTRIBUTOR Since first coming together over a decade ago, Bedouin Soundclash has made a name for themselves on the Canadian music scene. After officially launching their record label, Pirates Blend Records, releasing their new album Light the Horizon and kicking off a nation-wide tour, bassist Eon Sinclair found time to answer a few questions. How would you describe the sound of your latest album, Light The Horizon? This one has a little more mood to it. The songs are more introspective. It’s written about our band and ourselves. The fact that King Britt is the producer makes the sound and quality really, really rich. It’s obvious that Bedouin is always growing and changing, but you always have a one-ofa-kind sound. What’s the best thing about your latest album? Uh, that we did it. (Laughs.) It’s the result of going through a lot of changes as a band. There was a time that we were considering whether or not to continue as a band so it’s the fact that we came through that period wanting to do this. We found the spirit that Bedouin started with in the first place. What changes has the band gone through since the start of your career? Well we started when we were in university so it went from something extracurricular to something that we could have as a career. It’s not quite the same when you’re playing in front of a couple people and when you’re trying to get your songs on the radio. Then from there you start off as a band who’s playing in your dorm room to being able to travel around and play to find out exactly what it is you want to do. What can you tell us about the record label Pirates Blend Records that you launched this year? We launched in January. Basically we started the label as a way for us to build a culture around what the band does. We’ve been fortunate to have a somewhat unique place in music, which has been great because it makes you stand out, but it has been difficult in some ways because there have been very few things that we have been able to associate with. Which artists do you already have signed to the label? We have a couple of artists on the label now. We have Michael Rault who’s from Edmonton. He sings classic rock ‘n’ roll and blues. We also have Nneka, who’s Nigerian-born but raised in Germany. She’s a world-conscious artist who sings a lot of socially conscious and socially motivated music with an R&B soul. They show a lot of diversity. They have a message that is something we can get behind. We want to find artists that are cool and speak to the ideas of Bedouin. Vocalist and guitarist Jay Malinowski released a solo album, Bright Lights & Bruises, through Pirates Blend Records. How do you differentiate that sound from the band’s music? When Jay did his solo record it was introspective. It’s about his personal experiences rather than our collective ones. He’s influenced by

“I do love people ripping the shit out of me. I don’t know what that’s about, but I love it. The more crap you give me, the happier I get.”

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Bedouin Soundclash to play London Music Hall
Band’s bassist talks about career changes and collaborations


REMEMBER THAT TIME WHEN... Canadian band Bedouin Soundclash will be playing at the London Music Hall tomorrow. The stop is part of their Cross-Canada Hats Off Tour, which is nationwide.

a lot of the great folk singers, the politically motivated ones. It’s more acoustic. Bedouin looks more towards music that is heavy rhythmically. Are there any upcoming collaborations you could tell us about? Right now we’re just in the process of touring. The only thing that we know for certain is that we’d like to work with King Britt again. Collaboration-wise there’s a long, long list of people that we would love to work with, but we’re going to have to see where we’re at musical-

ly when we decide to record. You’re currently on your CrossCanada Hats Off Tour. Where can Western students catch your show this time around? We’re so used to playing Cowboys, but we’re actually at The London Music Hall. (Laughs.) It’s Nov. 18, right after our show in Kingston. Since you guys are from Queen’s I have to ask, which city is better to perform in — London or Kingston? Well, we’re clearly biased. (Laughs.) They both have really

great live music scenes. I’ll have to go with Kingston, but London is pretty close. Where’s your favourite place to play here in london? Call The Office is pretty awesome. It’s got a lot of music history and the vibe is great. We’ve played at The Spoke, too. Check out Bedouin Soundclash on their Cross-Canada Hats Off Tour when they stop in London at the London Music Hall tomorrow. Tickets are available at tickmaster.ca.

Movember update
Arts & Life editors Grace Davis and Maddie Leznoff searched campus for students growing ‘staches. Below are just a few of the guys raising money for prostate cancer research. Search for them on ca.movember.com to donate.

Ed Elyahky
Aka “Sith Lord Darth MuffStache” Program: Political Science/MIT Team: BoyzIIMen Raised: $175

Rahim Jaffer
Program: Urban Development Team: SigMo Chi Raised: $290

Dan Mikel
Program: Science Team: OC Raised: $110

Brit A. Garon
Program: BMOS Raised: $95

Derek Wong
Program: Biochemistry Raised: $0


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Who is @wstrngirl?
her Twitter account and her reason for taking part in this Twitter trend — anonymously and via email, of course. Q. One thing I think everyone is dying to know is, are you a girl or a boy? Really? It is called wstrngirl for a reason. Q. What program/year are you in? I can’t remember, I’ve changed my major three times. Amber Garratt ARTS & LIFE EDITOR Five months ago, an anonymous account appeared in the Twitterverse bearing the name wstrngirl. With the goal of perpetuating the Western girl stereotype — the blonde, ditzy, Ugg-wearing girl — she began with the tweet, “I was totally into him until I found out he was in BMOS.” Since then wstrngirl has updated her account daily with witty observations about the Western community. By press time she’d gained over 500 followers. The account has been the catalyst for other anonymous people appearing on Twitter. UWOBro, Wtrlooguy and several other accounts have been created, all working to perpetuate the stereotypes of different student groups. Wstrngirl was willing to discuss Q. Why did you start the wstrngirl Twitter account? Celebrity status. Plus, it was too easy — look around campus, there is inspiration everywhere. Q. Where did you get the idea to start this Twitter account from? Too many hours in The Spoke and not enough hours studying in Weldon. Q. Do you think people take what you say seriously? Everyone is thinking it, but I’m the only one obnoxious enough to say it. I’m an equal-opportunity offender. Q. Does anyone know your real identity? Obviously a privileged few — I need my bragging rights. But if your friends say it is them, they are lying — they are not pretty enough. Q. Are there other people following your lead and making anonymous accounts? Yeah, but let’s be realistic — are any of them that funny? It is the difference between shopping at Holts and shopping at Garage, you can tell quality. But like fashion, trends always filter to lower echelon [and] I’ve always been a trendsetter. I mean a Waterloo student is even trying to follow suit with their account. Queen’s will probably jump on the bandwagon in six months… Q. Do you get a lot of people messaging/tweeting you asking who you are? A few, but like sex appeal, the more mystery the better. Q. Is there anything you would like to tell the readers of this article? Don’t be the last of your friends to follow. Q. Any chance you’ll tell us who you actually are? Seriously, you’d think I’d use this news outlet to reveal myself? This isn’t Vanity Fair, or even People. Cash = reward. Q. Do you ever plan on telling people who you are? Only time will tell…

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Michael Vick had a record-setting night against the Washington Redskins on Monday. He became the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 300 yards, rush for 50 yards, throw four TD passes and rush for two more touchdowns. He led the Eagles to a massive 59-28 victory over their division rival.

Julian Mei CONTRIBUTOR Ryan Barbeau started the Mustangs men’s basketball home opener in style Friday night. He stole the ball, headed down the court and laid it into the basket for Western’s first points on home court. Barbeau would go on to lead the Mustangs all night, scoring 19 points and going nine for nine from the free-throw line, as Western went on for an 88–57 win. But despite the lopsided score, the Rams kept up with the Mustangs for most of the first half, trailing by only three points at halftime. The Mustangs were able to put the game away though, with a 17–5 run to start off the third quarter. “We started being more aggressive on the offensive end, started

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taking better shots, and taking care of the ball better. After that our defence stepped up,” Barbeau said While they were both relatively even in rebounding and turnovers, the Rams only shot 29 per cent from the field compared to Western’s 40 per cent. “Their zone was great and we just didn’t shoot the ball well. That was the difference. We had a terrible night shooting the basketball,” Rams coach Roy Rana said. Western was also able to work the ball inside the Rams’ defence effectively. The forward trio of Garrett Olexiuk, Andrew Wedemire, and Adam Jespersen combined for 39 points and 26 rebounds. “We have a lot of depth. We can go deep into our bench and not fall off talent wise. We can run with the best of other teams’ first lines with our bench,” Wedemire said. Also working in the Mustangs favour was the excitement that comes with a home opener. While Alumni Hall wasn’t jam packed, there was a decent–sized crowd of raucous fans on hand. “We love being at home. We have a huge advantage here, and other teams don’t like coming here to play us,” Mustangs coach Brad Campbell said. The Mustangs came home with high expectations, not only for the game but the season as well. Ranked seventh in the country, the Mustangs have their hopes set high. “We want nationals, that’s our goal right now. Anything can happen at nationals. We want to come in top two in our league, and see if we can win the big prize,” Wedemire added.

…but crash and burn vs Blues
Greg Colgan CONTRIBUTOR After a 31-point victory over Ryerson the previous night, the Mustangs men’s basketball team was looking to knock off the highly touted Toronto Varsity Blues. They kept up with Toronto until the end of the third quarter, but the winds eventually came out of the Mustangs sails and they lost 92–64. “We knew that Western’s a tough team,” Toronto coach Mike Katz said. “We kept working hard and I thought at the end they kind of got discouraged.” Toronto kept forward Andrew Wedemire — who has been averaging 19 points this season — in check. “We started disrupting their offence,” Katz said. “We trapped their ball schemes and doubled Wedemire when he got the ball in the post.” Wedemire finished with just 12 points and 10 rebounds. Leading the way for Toronto was guard Alex Hill, who ended the game with 25 points, and forward Drazen Glisic, who put up a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. The first half was hotly contested with Toronto leading 43–36 at the break. “The coaches stressed working harder and pressuring them to make more mistakes,” Toronto centre Andrew Wasik said. “We never got any momentum,” Mustangs forward Garrett Olexiuk said. “We needed to be more consistent and should’ve made a lot more shots.” The Mustangs ended the game shooting 30 per cent from the field, while the Varsity Blues shot 55 per cent. With the game still in reach in the third quarter, Mustangs coach Brad Campbell called a timeout to regain his team’s focus. They responded by scoring six quick points. But as the fourth quarter began, Toronto switched to a zone defence, stopping Western from getting back into the game. “It’s a win we’re very pleased with,” said Katz. “We worked hard and are very happy with the results.” The Mustangs host a pair of home games this weekend when the Carleton Ravens — the best team in the country — and the Ottawa Gee-Gees visit.

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RYERSON’S PATENTED ‘ROBOT’ DEFENCE WASN’T VERY EFFECTIVE. The Mustangs men’s basketball team destroyed the Ryerson Rams by 31 points. Andrew Wedemire, seen above, contributed 16 points and seven rebounds.

Women’s Basketball > Western 83, Ryerson 53

Mustangs ram Ryerson
Elton Hobson GAZETTE STAFF Welcoming the Ryerson Rams in their home opener, the fourth– ranked Mustangs women’s basketball team looked to continue their blazing start to the season. And the fired up Mustangs did that, steamrolling the Rams 83-53 — exactly the kind of bold statement they were looking to make. For Mustangs head coach Stephan Barrie, the only expectation the team had to live up to was their own. “We’re always going to evaluate our performance our own way, with our own measuring stick if you will. We accomplished what we knew we could accomplish, and we showed what we were made of,” he said. For Western, the spotlight was once again on the defence. After a rocky start, the Mustangs got to work and held the Rams to 13 points in the second quarter. That defence dominated the second half, with Ryerson netting only 17 points. It’s exactly this kind of smothering defensive play that has become a hallmark of Western this season. “We talked in the locker room about applying more ball pressure, using our depth and our athleticism more to our advantage [as well as] small technical adjustments, and just turning up the intensity level,” Barrie said. “Our defence broke them in the second half, and that was really the tipping point of the game.” Offensively, the Mustangs were led by forward Matteke Hutzler, who racked up 21 points and seven rebounds. Also noteworthy was guard Rebecca Moss, who hit five three-pointers and was a force in the opposing end. “I’m very happy with the way [the team] played. We had a tough start but we were never discouraged. We had to put in the work to get this kind of a win, and that’s what we did,” Moss said. That dedication and hard work could easily translate into a championship season. Even Rams coach Charles Kissi was humbled by what he saw. “They have more depth and they have more experience. It was the biggest factor in this game. They aren‘t ranked number four in the country for no reason,” he said. As quick as he was to praise his Mustang rivals, though, Kissi wasn’t entirely gracious in defeat. “My old coach used to say you had to be up by 10 to win by one. This was one of those games where it seemed no matter what we did, it was tough,” he added. Barrie is confident his team has found the formula for success. “I feel that if we play defensively the whole game the way we did the second half of this game, [then] there isn’t a team we’ll face we won’t give problems. The trick is to come right off the bat with it next time.”

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Mustangs sink the Varsity Blues
Leddy leads women to fourth win
Greg Colgan CONTRIBUTOR The Mustangs women’s basketball team had to deal with their first real test of the season against the Toronto Varsity Blues — a team that knocked off the Windsor Lancers the night before. “It helped motivate us,” Mustangs coach Stephen Barrie said. “We understood they beat the number one team in the country and it was a chance to show our talent.” But Western made a statement, dominating the Varsity Blues in a 90–43 victory Saturday night. “Toronto has had a lot of success their first four games by being the aggressors,” Barrie said. “We knew we had to be the team that came out with the edge while playing hard.” The Mustangs did just that. Western stormed onto the court and took a 15–2 lead in the first five minutes before a Toronto timeout. “Western came out strong and we had no weapons to defend against them,” Toronto coach Michèle Bélanger said. “They were just outstanding in every aspect of the game today.” The Mustangs guard combination of Jenny Vaughn and Jacklyn Selfe kept the Varsity Blues defence guessing throughout the game with their passing. Forward Matteke Hutzler dominated inside the paint with 10 points and seven rebounds. “We had to be the aggressors,” Vaughn said. “By pressuring them, moving the ball well, and forcing turnovers we controlled the game. Our goal this year has been to play all four quarters equally strong and we definitely did that today.” Vaughn finished the game with 12 points and five assists while playing a team leading 27 minutes. Forward Katelyn Leddy contributed a game-high 18 points. The aggressive Mustang attack never allowed Toronto to get any momentum. No matter how many adjustments were made, the Varsity Blues had no answers to Western’s quick passing. “The ball naturally moves well in our offence,” Barrie said. “We don’t have one particular kid that we need to score, so anyone can step up, and tonight everyone played well.” Toronto was never able to get consistent shooting, only hitting 22 per cent from the field and 12 per cent from three-point range. Almost everything was going in for the Mustangs who hit 61 per cent from the field and 50 per cent of their three-pointers. “Our shooting was awful tonight,” Toronto guard Sherri Pierce said. “We never got any flow going and could barely hit anything.”

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THOUGH JENNY WAS TEASED OFTEN AS A CHILD, SHE DIDN’T LET THE FACT SHE HAD A BASKETBALL FOR A HAND GET HER DOWN. Guard Jenny Vaughn led the Mustangs women’s basketball team to a 90-43 beating of the nationally ranked Toronto Varsity Blues with 12 points, five assists and four rebounds.

With a safe lead at the end of the third quarter, Western was able to rest their starters. “They’re a great team to watch,” Bélanger said. “Western’s very good. I think they’re better than Windsor right now.” The game is bound to grab some attention throughout the country that Western will be challenging for the national title this season. “The kids have wanted to make a statement to all the people who may not think we’re as good as we’re ranked,” said Barrie. “This weekend was a pretty good statement, but we want to make this statement every weekend. We want to play at this level every game.”


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