December 3, 2010 • Issue 48

Under pressure
Students feel more stress during December when exams and essays make their lives even busier. Arts & Life editor Grace Davis takes a closer look at student stress and its side effects during the most stressful time of year.
It’s exam season, and you have three finals in four days. You haven’t made it to the gym in weeks and that bag of chips is starting to haunt you. At home you grab some dinner and try to memorize a theory that’s sure to be on your exam tomorrow — which is difficult since your BlackBerry won’t stop buzzing. With exams and daily chores stressing you out, how are you possibly going to remember anything? “Stress is a normal part of existence on planet Earth. Chronic stress usually refers to the stress that lasts probably longer than a semester, but most of the stress that kids at university are experiencing [is not chronic],” says Elizabeth Osuch, a psychiatrist at London Health Sciences Centre. “Some people put themselves under chronic stress because they have very high expectations of themselves.” It’s not always stress itself that causes people problems — it’s how they handle it. Adam Mutsaers, a second-year Ivey student, knows his personality plays a role in his stress level. “It’s the pressure of getting things done well on time. Because they can get done, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist,” he says. “It stresses me out not just thinking about the deadlines but how to go over and above and achieve success.” level — there are physical side effects as well. “I used to have panic attacks in first-year before I learned how to deal with managing the exam stress,” says Victoria Rodrigues, a fourth-year criminology student. “You feel overwhelmed and you start breathing really heavily and it feels like you’re having a heart attack.” Although personality does play a part, the brain has a larger role because it functions as a threat detector and activates our stress response. During acute stress, the hypothalamus tells the adrenal glands to crank out corticosteroid hormones, which have very specific effects. Osuch notes one of the things it tends to do is put people in the fight-or-flight mode, so their bodies are more prepared for action. They’re less likely to sleep or eat, and their sex drive goes down. All of the vegetative processes tend to decrease and all the fight-flight processes increase. Sarah Lynde, a first-year social science student, says she experiences headaches and extreme fatigue. “The physical feeling for me is heaviness. It’s hard to explain, but I find that when I think of everything I need to do, there’s just all this stuff on me,” she says as her hands fly to her forehead, clearly uncomfortable at the thought. “I often can’t sleep because I’m thinking of everything I have to do.”

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Although stress can be an uncomfortable feeling, it does have benefits. Osuch notes a little bit of stress can actually enhance performance. The “inverted U response” shows that as stress levels increase, so does performance — up to a person’s optimal level of stress. Osuch explains a little stress can increase a person’s ability to mem-

Side Effects
Stress is not something that we only deal with on a psychological

orize, concentrate and perform motor tasks. “If you push the stress and anxiety a little bit further you actually start to get impaired performance. […] Too much will paralyze the person and they won’t be able to function. There is an optimal level of anxiety for each individual that maximizes their performance.” Many Western students are aware

that stress can help their academic performance, and without it they probably wouldn’t get much done. But too much stress is debilitating. “With a little bit of stress I push myself harder. If I’m not stressed out about something, I basically do the minimum work,” Lynde says.
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A ceremony held yesterday remembered the 14 women killed at École Polytechnique in 1989. White roses were placed besides candles and framed pictures of each woman in the University Community Centre. The event was part of White Ribbon Week, which strives to end violence against women.

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Grandpa goes to college
Students at North Island College in British Columbia may soon be taking notes alongside their grandparents. As of Jan. 4, the college intends to offer free tuition to all Canadian citizens 65 and older. In order to be eligible for enrollment, seniors must present proof of age, pay all other associated fees unrelated to tuition, meet all course prerequisites, and register during the add/drop period at the beginning of each term. Susan Auchterlonie, director of college and community relations, explained the school already has a very large elderly college group, with well over 1,200 members. She noted seniors were very interested

in credited education, encouraging North Island College to come up with a process that wouldn’t displace funds. “We will be providing seats to seniors in classes where we have capacity. For example, if we have a class of 24, and we only have 21 students, three seats will be available for senior students,” Auchterlonie said. As a credited program, seniors will be able to work towards degrees. —Gloria Dickie

Not quite London’s mayor on Twitter
It’s finally happened. Someone lied on the Internet. Shortly after defeated former mayor Anne-Marie DeCicco-Best surrendered her “LondonsMayor” Twitter account, another account of the same name surfaced in the Twitterverse. The account appeared to be registered by incoming mayor Joe Fontana and included his picture. The account described him as a “former federal politician now making do [sic] as the Mayor of the Forest City in beautiful Southwestern Ontario.” The account drew attention the day before Fontana’s swearing-in, after a LondonsMayor tweet asked, “Does anyone know where I’m supposed to go tomorrow?” Doubts about the account’s authenticity were confirmed Wednesday when LondonsMayor tweeted while the swearing-in ceremony was already in progress. The account was deleted later in the morning, though another account quickly appeared. “NotLondonsMayor” professes to be “the satirical shadow mayor of London, ON.” The account’s fate, however, is far from certain. “It’s my understanding that [the NotLondonsMayor account] has been reported to Twitter,” said Susan McElroy, who was Fontana’s communications manager during his campaign. “If it says ‘London’s mayor’ in it and it’s not, it’s probably in the best interest of the city to report it.” —Alex Carmona

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USC investigates new funding model for groups
Club model may be appropriate for accredited groups, says Mackie
Lauren Pelley CREATIVE DIRECTOR Have you ever heard of an “accredited group”? They’re not clubs, and they’re not services. “Accredited group” is actually a loose term for an assortment of campus organizations — like Western’s marching band, choir and cheerleading team — which get money every year from the University Students’ Council. But that’s currently up for debate. At Wednesday night’s USC meeting, there was discussion about the possibility of transitioning these groups into the club system, versus their current status as accredited groups. “There are a lot of benefits to being a ratified Western club,” Justin Mackie, USC vice-president student events, said. Mackie said council has been investigating the funding system for these organizations for some time. What they determined is while these groups do get funding, they don’t have access to the valuable resources available to clubs, including insurance, risk management and room booking ability. Melanie Bechard, president of the Western Marching Band, said the WMB is in the very early stages of discussion regarding their status. “Preliminary discussion with USC officials suggests the funding situation would most likely remain the same, which is good to hear because the unfortunate reality is that a decrease from our main source of funding would probably shut us down quite quickly,” she said. Bechard said her group is grateful for the funding they have received from the USC over the years. “[But] even with incredibly careful and frugal spending and ardent fundraising efforts, it is difficult to keep a marching band afloat,” she added. Some members are wary of a potential change to the group’s status due to this funding issue. Heather Young, former member of the WMB’s executive and a bass drum player, said the group generally receives thousands of dollars every year — money that’s necessary for operating costs such as transportation, instruments, and uniforms. “It costs a lot to move about 60 people across Southern Ontario on an almost weekly basis, not to mention the expenses associated with purchasing and repairing instruments,” echoed Bechard. “We’re allowed to appeal for additional funds from the USC if needed,” Young said. She expressed concern that this could change if the WMB becomes a ratified club. But Mackie said accredited groups that do decide to become ratified clubs would be able to apply for grant money. “It’s definitely still possible within the USC to obtain money […] but at the same time, they would be treated like any other club. We don’t pick favourites,” he said. “There would probably not be many striking changes to the way we currently operate if we were to become a club,” Bechard noted. She said the WMB is already careful about following club policies, such as submitting event proposals and attending club training.

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THIS GUY JOINED FOR THE GUY-GIRL RATIO. Western’s Marching Band is one of many accredited groups that receive funding from the University Students’ Council. They are currently considering switching to the club system, where insurance and booking privileges await.

But according to Bechard, the WMB’s accredited group status recognizes the group has a “special role” at Western. “A school’s marching band is often strongly associated with the university itself, and when we wear the band uniform, we become unique representatives of Western at other schools and communities,” she explained. Despite the benefits of becoming a ratified club, Bechard stressed there are perks to remaining an accredited group. “[This] status helps us to plan and manage all of these performances with a little extra autonomy and also recog-

nizes our status as representatives of Western,” she said. So what is the future of these unique organizations? According to Mackie, that remains to be seen — this is just the feedback stage. “Ultimately, the choice is theirs,” he said.

Lauren Pelley will face off against Stuart A. Thompson to debate the merits of funding campus groups with student fees. Read it in Tuesday’s Gazette.

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Women’s Executive Network as one of this year’s recipients of the Top 100 Awards for her contributions to Canadian business. The network, which holds the annual awards, acknowledges Canada’s most prominent female leaders in private, public and notfor-profit sectors. “I am proud to follow in a long and distinguished line of successful women in the Ivey tradition to accept this prestigious honour,” said Stephenson in a press release. Stephenson made her debut as dean of Ivey in 2003 after a career in the telecommunications industry. She was eventually inducted into Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame. “One of our goals at Ivey is to inspire many more young women to pursue careers in business,” she said. “Celebrating women’s achievements and the many outstanding women leaders on Canada is one important way to do that.” Stephenson was named one of the Most Powerful Women in 2004 and more recently received the Order of Canada. She has also garnered much attention for her charitable involvement and work with the community. —Nicole Young

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Letters to the editor

Uncle Jesse usually writes a column for Fridays. But students have actually written in a few letters this week, so we’re going to publish them instead. If you’d like to read his column — well, too bad. He’s not going to write anything this week. Deal with it.

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Re: Referendum for fee is the fairest approach To the Editor: I usually do not like to chime in on arguments concerning the University Students’ Council. It’s like the philosophical problem of what would happen if an infinite force were applied to an immoveable object: you get a really big headache. However, this morning USC VP Finance Ely Rygier’s letter to the editor snapped me out of my postphysics haze faster than it takes to count the number of votes for USC president. He says that it is not the USC’s role to deny a club the right to seek student fee funding. Well, I respectfully disagree. The USC is supposed to be an elected body that represents our best interests. That means you should have a basic idea about student needs and we as a student body shouldn’t have to hold your hand for every decision. However, let’s do a thought exercise and consider possible outcomes of allowing the referendum. If the USC allows a referendum that means there is a possibility all clubs on campus to seek referendum for money from student fees — that is potentially a lot of referendums. The USC wouldn’t deny any club this right either and who can blame them? I would not want to be the person to decide if freeing the children is more important than the pro-life movement. Whereas, if the USC were to refuse Western’s World University Service of Canada group of seeking money from student fees it would be a lot less of a headache. Yes it would force the WUSC to have to find money some other way, the same as every non-profit group. If Shinerama can raise so much why can’t WUSC too? And if the USC really wants to help, have a re-read of the Gazette’s editorial for some great ideas. I know this all sounds cold but the idea of forcing students to donate to a charity is not very charitable either. As for the USC, I hope they start using intelligence about when to ask students for help on a decision. It is for reasons like this that the only vote the USC will be getting from me for a while is a vote of no confidence.
—Alexander Singer
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Verbal abuse the real issue
Re: “Weldon won’t be a party” (Nov. 26, 2010) To the Editor: This was the first article I read on partying in Weldon. But what I am concerned with is not being reported. I have no issue with how people chose to use the libraries as long as it does not interfere with my studying. Once it does, I politely make it known to the abuser that they are out of line and this usually solves the problem. My issue is exemplified by my friend’s traumatic experience in Weldon last week. She was studying on a quiet floor and nearby there were two guys conversing loudly. She asked them to be quiet out of respect for those trying to study. One of the guys reacted by yelling at her and calling her vulgar names. This ordeal lasted for almost a minute without anyone else on the floor doing anything to help. This is just one of many examples I have heard of in my four years at Western of people being unwilling to support another who has stood up and been bullied. There will always be an issue of disturbance in Weldon, but until people are willing to support one another in calling for respect of the library atmosphere, the student body will be divided amongst the abusers, abused and the apathetic. —Matthew J. A. Fuller
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Taking on the stress of essays and exams
Are you stressed out? So is everyone else. Dealing with stress is a natural part of a university student’s life. While some students may thrive under the pressure, others find dealing with the workload overwhelming. Stress levels seem to reach an all-time high when students are forced to juggle their time between studying for upcoming exams and finishing essays and assignments. While both exams and essays may lead to stress, questions remain as to which type of assessment is the better method of evaluation. Exams can be used as an effective way to evaluate how well students have understood the course material. However, some exams may only be an evaluation of how well the student can regurgitate and memorize the information rather than how well they understood it. There is also an added level of anxiety associated with exams — the aspect of mystery that surrounds the contents of the exam, forced time constraints, and an uncomfortable environment surrounded by hundreds of other students all contribute to the stressful experience. On the other hand, essays give students the opportunity to take the time to think and plan out their argument, and develop a clean and concise paper. And unlike exams, students have the option of putting an essay away and coming back to it when they can better express the point they were trying to make. But there is the risk of students relying too heavily on outside sources or TA help for essays. The ideas put forth may not be entirely based on unique thought. Exams create a way to test a student’s knowledge without any outside assistance. The debate as to whether exams or essays are more stressful seems to be of personal preference, but alternatives are difficult to find, which is likely why the current system is in place despite its high–stress flaws. Although it would be nice to have an intellectual oneon-one conversation with your professor to determine your final mark in a grade, exams and essays are an inevitable part of the university experience. After all, the sheer volume of students in most courses doesn’t lend itself to any kind of personalized assessment. So the University uses the best of limited options, even when those options contribute to undue stress and anxiety. While exams and essays stress students out, a combination of the two are effective ways to judge a student’s knowledge in the course. And at the university level, stress is just another kind of test we’re required to pass if we want to succeed after we graduate into the real world. —The Gazette Editorial Board

Tutorials redundant
To the Editor: Why must tutorials in the Information Technology, Humanities, and Social Science fields be marked under a participation/attendance basis? If a student is capable of achieving a certain mark through coursework without attending tutorials, shouldn’t they be able to? In my two years at Western, there has been little material covered in tutorials which has not already been covered in lecture. The idea of enticing students to be active in discussion in class with incentives makes sense; however those who do not wish to take part in said discussions should not be punished with a poor grade, especially if they prove themselves capable of completing the term work independently.
—Kyle Myers

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“But if I’m really stressed out, I have a hard time retaining things.”

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You’ve likely experienced a scenario like this before: You’re running late for an exam, and in the midst of grabbing pens and eating cereal, you realize you have no idea where your bus pass is. When you finally make it to your exam, you’re able to recall much more complex information than where you put your bus pass. So what is it that makes a person blank out on some things, but perform brilliantly on others when feeling stressed? Albert Katz, a professor of psychology at Western, says different aspects of memory are involved. He says forgetting the location of a bus pass could be due to inattention. But on an exam, the brain uses cues in the questions to recall the right information. Mutsaers says during exam time, anything not concerning studying does not take priority. “I had a friend today ask me to watch their coat and I just totally forgot. I get one-track-minded about my schedule and the things I have to do, and if something interrupts that, it stresses me out further, and in some ways I guess my brain just ignores it,” he says. The problem is that when you focus all of your attention on one thing it can impair retrieval cues for other things. “For many memory tasks we need retrieval cues — a way to find the information that we have stored. Narrowing of attention may lead us to miss the important retrieval routes. It is not that the information is not available; we just are not accessing it,” Katz explains. “It’s as if the book is in the library but we can’t find the call numbers to go to the right place in the library stacks.”


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perhaps the biggest struggle is determining how you should cope with it. Osuch suggests carving out a period of time each day to do something for yourself. “You don’t need a huge break, you just need little breaks regularly to offload some of that pressure,” she says. Some students, like Lynde, take little breaks between studying or start the day off by going to the gym. Rodrigues says organization helps her deal with stress, which is why she likes to set up a specific schedule with what she needs to do each day. Even though student life is stressful, especially during exam time, anxiety is something we need to learn how to handle. “When you start to see problems is when people who are so hard driven that the only way they can relax is by using some kind of intoxicating substance, and then you know that there are some problems there,” Osuch says. “If you really like turning on that kind of pressure, that’s fine. But you should be able to turn it off so it’s not controlling your life.”

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Back to basics: Squats
Maddie Leznoff ARTS & LIFE EDITOR Meet the trainer Name: Michael Lok Year/program: Second-year Masters in kinesiology Years as a trainer: Three There are two kinds of squats: front and back. Not surprisingly, back squats means holding the bar on your back. Squatting is a great lower body exercise, and because it’s a compound movement, squatting works many different muscle groups. “Squatting is probably your best lower body exercise,” says Lok, a personal trainer at the Western Student Recreation Centre. “It uses lots of major muscle groups — your quads, hamstrings, glutes and also your core.” Squatting is an exercise that anyone can benefit from, as long as it’s done correctly. “You want to make sure your knees aren’t going too far forward because it puts a lot of forces on your knee joint, on your patella. If you have knee problems, that will be damaging,” Lok explains. “You also always want to make sure that you keep your back nice and straight so that you don’t slip a disc.”

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Get a stack of risers and place a 45 lb weight on top of it. When you sit on the box your thighs should be parallel with the ground – that’s the position you’re aiming for when you squat. Plus, the box saves you from falling over.

Step 1 Place the bar on the rack and make sure the rack is either shoulder height or slightly below. Make sure you rest the bar on your mid trapezoids or lower traps — not on your neck. Make sure your back is nice and tight. Keep your elbows back and your feet should be shoulder width apart, or slightly wider. Have your toes pointed slightly outward.

Step 2 Stick your butt out as far as possible and lower yourself until your thighs are parallel to the ground — it’s not a squat if they’re not parallel. It helps to pretend you’re sitting in a chair.

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Scott Leitch GAZETTE STAFF On Saturday the Mustangs track and field team hosts their annual season opener at Thompson Arena. This marks the second competition for the Mustangs after their Purple and White meet last week. The meet will provide a second chance for athletes to reach team standards while competing against other schools. Vickie Croley, head coach of the track and field team, was optimistic that the team will perform well but assured most of the team will use the meet to prepare and for the new year. “For those who have made the team standard, we’re looking at training through this meet and having them get a solid performance leading into the Christmas break, which for us isn’t really a break. We can’t take it down a notch and then start up again in January,” Croley said. “After this weekend our team will be set and we can build and go from there.” While some of Western’s top talent will open up their season this weekend, others will be looking to build on their performances from last week. Rookies Courtney Olah and Jen Pittman are looking to improve on their high jump success after meeting Canadian Interuniversity Sport standards last week. Elias Granillo, a member of last year’s CIS-winning 4x400m relay team, will open his season in the 60m. “Rookie Drew Welch is opening up his university competitive season as a top level, world junior shot putter. We hope he opens up well this weekend, as well as Alex Pillar, another rookie, who’s off to a great start setting a meet record in the weight throw last week at Purple and White,” Croley mentioned. Dan Goddard, who broke the arena and meet records last week in the 200m, will compete in the 60m and 300m. Emily Coxhead and Mila Simulik are top seeds on the women’s side in the 60m and triple jump events, respectively. There will be 280 athletes competing this weekend, most from the University of Waterloo and Guelph University, the two other Ontario teams competing. “I am optimistic that both our men’s and women’s teams are going to be very strong coming into the year. We need to get our bodies healthy […] and come out strong in January. This will certainly be a start towards that for a good chunk of our team,” Croley said. The meet begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the 60m heats.

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rundown >> Mustangs athletes of the week were swimmer Hayley Nell and water polo player Jason Carter > With four individual silver medals, Nell helped lead the Western women’s swim team to an overall third place finish at the 2010 University Challenge > Carter was an OUA tournament all-star with 16 goals > He was instrumental in the Mustangs’ second place finish.

A-track-tive Mustangs hit the ground running


HE COULD NEVER RUN AWAY FROM THE NICKNAME THUNDER THIGHS. After they held their annual Purple and White meet last weekend, the Mustangs will now host the season’s opener track and field meet set to be held at Thompson Arena this Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

Rogers bid a bad idea
Comm. corp. not going to care about Leafs
Hayes’d & Confused
ly hard to see why Rogers wants to part with an estimated $1.3 billion to get a slice of that pie. With this purchase, Rogers would own every major sports franchise in Toronto, except for the CFL’s Argonauts. So why is this a bad thing? Two reasons. One, the thought that this move will somehow be better for the Leafs/Raptors/TFC is flawed. This assumption is largely based on the perception that the Teacher’s Pension Fund was only running MLSE — mainly the Maple Leafs — to a point where they’d continuously make money. Of course they were. Since the Maple Leafs’ financial success is entirely unrelated to their on–ice performance, MLSE can get away with tripling the rate of ticket prices and still pack the ACC full. What I don’t understand is why people think a Rogers–run MLSE will perform any differently. Rogers is a massive corporation that survives based on making a profit. Without a financial punishment for team under–performance, there’s no incentive for the team to improve — regardless of who owns it. Let’s look at the Blue Jays, owned by Rogers since 2000. They play in a division with the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox — two franchises who handle more money than most third–world countries on an annual basis. But then again, it’s not like Rogers is exactly hurting for money. If they got into baseball because they wanted to see Toronto return to the glory days of ‘92/‘93, they have the means to do so. Which brings me to the second and arguably bigger issue at hand. Anyone assuming this move is about sports is deluding themselves. This purchase, if it happens, will be about one thing and one thing only — broadcasting rights. Go back to the Blue Jays for a second and think about where you go if you want to watch the Jays. You turn on one of the many (Rogers owned) Sportsnet channels. How about if you want to listen to them on the radio? Turn that dial to one of the many (Rogers owned) stations. See where I’m going with this? I feel bad enough as it is for Leafs fans. Though I don’t know what I’d do without the schadenfreude I derive from the team’s annual failure, I also think fans have suffered enough. They need an owner like a Jim Balsillie who will spend stupid amounts of money making the team competitive. Because as it stands, this empire that has formed in the Toronto sporting world will only continue to consolidate and stagnate.

Mike Hayes MANAGING EDITOR mike@westerngazette.ca Oh joy, oh bliss — Rogers Communications is about to swallow up yet another Toronto sports franchise. Full disclosure: I’m not a Leafs fan, so the following rant has absolutely nothing to do with some sort of misguided loyalty to an annually failing sports franchise. So with that aside, here’s a little background. Currently, the Ontario Teachers Pension Fund owns a 66 per cent majority stake in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment — a massive conglomerate that owns the Maple Leafs, Raptors, Toronto FC and the AHL– based Toronto Marlies. They also own three separate television networks that broadcast the Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC. MLSE has enough money, in fact, to consider buying an English Premier League soccer team — a move second only to buying a Formula 1 team in terms of expense in the sporting world. It’s not real-

Daniel Da Silva SPORTS EDITOR A Canadian battle hundreds of years in the making will finally take place at Thompson arena today at 2 p.m. In what is quite possibly the most Canadian event to ever occur, the RCMP will take on the Canadian Armed Forces in a hockey game for charity. One can only assume the teams will be coached by Don Cherry and a beaver. “I have been organizing this game against the RCMP for four years with the soldiers. Players from both sides make a donation to play,” Gunther Mally, master corporal of the Area Support Unit of London, said. The game, as always, is the final

event of the Support Unit’s yearly United Way campaign. Over the course of the past few months, they have raised approximately $10,000 for the charity. We are looking for anyone else who wants to watch to make a toonie donation and cheer on the soldiers and officers,” Mally said. The game is also a way to honour the Canadian forces that serve us both here and abroad. “We always have an official puck drop with commanding officers of both branches. As well, we have a moment of silence for our fallen comrades,” Mally said. Of course, once the puck drops, all pleasantries will immediately subside as bragging rights will be on the line for the two squads.


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VIDEO Coming Soon Dec. 7: Inception Shrek Forever After Caged Animal A Dog Year VISUAL ARTS Addison Kipp: Solo show Until Dec. 31 Apocalypse, 355 Talbot St. Donna Andreychuk: Canadian Landscape Paintings Until Dec. 4 The Arts Project, 203 Dundas St. Anna & Allen in Art: Christmas Arts & Crafts Show & Sale Dec. 3, 6 to 9 pm Dec. 4 & 5, 1 to 7 pm Anna Sobot Art Studio, 29 Tower Lane Engineers Without Borders Art Auction Fundraiser Dec. 11, 6 to 9 pm, $20 General The Arts Project, 203 Dundas St. Catherine Heard, Catherine Lane and Jerry Ropson: Hook, Line & Sinker Until Dec. 17 Forest City Gallery, 258 Richmond St. Exhibitions at Museum London: Paint by Numbers: Painters Eleven Unsettling the Thames: Traditional Land to Colonial Settlement Bill Vazan: Arizona and L.A. Graffiti Sara Graham: The London Series Peter Dykhuis: You Are Here Experimental Geography What’s Lost and What Remains Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier, 421 Ridout St.

VISUAL ARTS Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier; Shelly Niro and Jeff Thomas: Mapping Iroquoia Until Dec. 11, McIntosh Gallery, UWO IN THE UCC Dec. 4 - 9 Chanuka Celebration – Concrete Beach Holiday Treasures & Unique Accessories (holiday gift sales), Gift Heaven (jewellery/scarf sales) Hillel (Gelt-O-Grams) Active Minds at UWO (Stress Reliever Booth) UWO Bookstore – Bookstore Sale Friends of Medecins Sans Frontieres – Angry Faces Campaign Amnesty International at Western – Human Rights Day

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Please email your answer, along with your name and contact information to adoffice@uwo.ca by Wednesday, December 8th to be considered for the draw. SPORTS London Knights vs. Mississauga St. Michaels Dec. 3, 7:30 pm, $17.75 John Labatt Centre, 99 Dundas St. London Knights vs. Guelph Storm Dec. 9, 7:00 pm, $17.75 John Labatt Centre, 99 Dundas St. THEATRE Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Until Jan. 2, 2011, $30.50 up Grand Theatre, 471 Richmond St. VIDEO Rogers Plus new releases: Knight and Day Going the Distance The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Vampires Suck

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