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WESTERN’S DAILY STUDENT NEWSPAPER SINCE 1906 VOL. 104, ISSUE 50
City pummeled by snowstorm for three days
Arden Zwelling ASSOCIATE EDITOR As the snow continued to fall over London Tuesday afternoon, the University of Western Ontario and The Spoke were forced to do the unthinkable. They cancelled Rick McGhie’s Wednesday night performance. It was just the latest in a string of cancellations across London as a result of an unprecedented snow storm that has ground the university and most of the city to a halt for three days. While the full extent of the storm won’t be known until it tapers off sometime Wednesday evening, it is widely expected to be one of the worst in London’s 155year history. The storm has relentlessly blanketed London with the white, fluffy stuff since Sunday evening, piling anywhere from 65-90 cm of snow in areas across the city. By Wednesday evening, the blizzard is expected to have dumped more than a metre of snow on London — more than the city saw all of last winter. Throughout the day, the city urged local business owners to close up shop and send their employees home and asked motorists to stay off the roads. It’s estimated the storm will cost London more than $1 million to clean up. Meanwhile, Western officials decided to tell students to stay at home for a second straight day early Tuesday morning and later in the day cancelled all classes and exams for Wednesday as well. The school aims to be back up and running on Thursday, just one day before the start of mid-year exams. The decision to cancel classes Tuesday was made while most students were still asleep after a 4 a.m. meeting between Western administration, grounds crew leaders and campus police. “The snow conditions were such [that Western’s grounds crew] felt they could not have things appropriately and safely operational,” Gitta Kulczycki, Western’s vice-president resources and operations, said. Most of Tuesday’s on-campus events had already been cancelled the day before, including an alumni luncheon with Western President Amit Chakma. The snow was so heavy at Western’s Elgin Hall Tuesday morning that a blocked heating vent caused a carbon monoxide buildup in the residence. Approximately 500 students and staff were evacuated around 11 a.m. to Medway-Sydenham Hall across the street where they waited for around an hour until it was safe to return. Despite plowing throughout the day on a practically empty campus, Western’s grounds crew was not able to keep up with the pace and volume of the snow Tuesday afternoon, forcing Western administration to extend the campus closure through Wednesday. “It was clear Mother Nature was delivering more snow more quickly than our staff could keep up with despite what I know were their best efforts,” Kulczycki said. Another major factor in the university’s decision to shut down campus on Wednesday was the London Transit Commission, which pulled their buses off the roads at 3 p.m. Tuesday and planned to keep them in the garage until Thursday. “[Considering] London Transit’s decision to suspend service
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TIME TO GO SNOW SURFING. Getting around town yesterday was challenging due to a massive snowfall. for [Wednesday] based upon the road conditions they were encountering, it seemed the best and safest thing to do was to close [campus on Wednesday,]” Kulczycki said. The biggest worry for most students is what effect the storm will have on exams which begin Friday and run until Dec. 23. Wednesday’s closure comes four years to the day after exams were canceled on Dec. 8, 2006 due to inclement weather. Aside from this storm, Western has been forced to shut down campus just four times in the last six years — all in the month of December. However exams were only ever affected during the 2006 closure and Kulczycki was confident the current storm would not affect the exam schedule. “Students should expect that exams will proceed as scheduled on Friday and plan accordingly,” Kulczycki said. “At this point, we’re hoping to get ahead of the snow on Wednesday, such that we can open on Thursday,” While unlikely, if campus was forced to shut down until the weekend, Friday’s exams could be rescheduled before the new year as the university has a free day built into the exam schedule for extenuating circumstances like these. Once Western’s crews have cleared the roads and walkways on campus, their focus will turn to removing the snow from school grounds all together. Despite a sprawling campus, the university has run out of places to put all the snow. “Our crews are working to move the snow into piles such that we get clearance in the areas where we need them,” Kulczycki said. “Once the snow fall ceases, we will need to be transporting some of the snow off campus — we simply don’t have room to locate it all.”
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Safiah Chowdhury, president of “Personally, I think this prothe Alma Mater Society at for stugram is great motivation Queen’s, said to realize their an investigadentspolice are doing potential. In tion before much information can one of my interviews I was asked, be released. ‘Why do you want to be involved “It was entirely Part of my with this program?’an accident,” Chowdhury that answer was said. there is no such The death comes less than three thing as the ‘right’ opportunity. It monthsus as first-year engineering is up to after leaders of tomorrow student right from an opportunito make Cameron Bruce’s accidental Nathoo said. ty,” death on Sept. 13. “The two accidents are seen as pretty distinct from each other, both being exceptional cases. There’s just a lot of shock,” ChowdNews Briefs bury said. With shock and grief high, the Thesis backlash University is ensuring students get at U of T the support they need. “If any student requires any type The University of Toronto is reof support, that’s the focus of both ceiving backlash for a thesis subthe AMS as well as the university,” mitted by one of their students. Chowdhury said. Jenny Peto, a U of T masters A memorial service is being student, submitted a thesis titled planned for before winter holidays. “The Victimhood of the Powerful: — Cheryl Madliger White Jews, Zionism and the Racism of Hegemonic Holocaust EduU of G strips down cation.” Some University of Guelph stuIn her thesis, Peto denounced dents took it all off two weeks ago the March of Remembrance and on campus, filmed it, and put it on Hope. During the march, students YouTube. travel with Holocaust survivors to The students danced to music see the locations of Nazi atrocities. and stripped down to their under“She created a thesis based not wear at a campus cafeteria in order on an interview or any kind of reto raise awareness about the recent sponsible fact gathering,” Carla Senate decision to kill the Climate Wittes, director of programming Change Accountability Act, which for the Canadian Centre for Diwas intended to help Canada build versity, explained. The centre runs a plan for national climate change. the march. Yvonne Su, a fourth-year inter“We were shocked and offendnational development student, pared by the thesis,” Wittes explained. ticipated in the demonstration. She While unable to comment on explained Guelph students had specific theses, U of T provost, staged two previous “strip mobs” to Cheryl Misak, explained in a stateraise awareness for climate change, ment, “Of the thousands of MA but neither received the attention theses written at the University of this recent demonstration has. Toronto, in partial fulfillment of “It definitely took us by surprise, degree requirements, it is inevibecause our first video got over table that some will have elements 2,000 [hits], because it was the first that offend various individuals one, and the second one got over and groups. 6,000, and then this one just hit the “In such cases, the university roof,” Su explained. is committed to allowing and enSu hoped the demonstration couraging a full range of debate.” and the buzz it has generated will Wittes noted she was given the encourage other students not only thesis by several concerned sourcto get informed, but also to take es. She felt the claims in the thesis action. were unreasonable. “A lot of students were my fellow “It’s possible to make false friends who are aware but they’ve statements when you don’t check never taken any action. [...] For your sources.” them to come out of it feeling Misak explained the ability for empowered to take political action, students to interrogate subjects I thought that was one of the best however they chose was embodthings that came out of this.” ied in the statement of freedom of — Kaleigh Rogers speech by U of T. “All members of the university must have as a prerequisite freedom of speech and expression, which means the right to examine, question, investigate, specuSolution to puzzle on page 8 late, and comment on any issue without reference to prescribed doctrine, as well as the right to criticize the university and society at large.” Wittes explained her organization was not going to challenge the student’s degree. — Cheryl Stone
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They also got the “Some right away,” Kulczyki at a exams, students want more from according to Coker. She said the tweet out people like studying said, cost of having a 24-hour library is library regardless. They need the apparently unaware of the fact the Western’s Lauren Pelley libraries. CREATIVE DIRECTOR tweet to books, to computers, to After the success of Weldon’s 24- much less than the cost of extend- access was sent more than 20 minQuotes [Café]. But some of them hour schedule during last April’s ing hours for the rest of the semes- utes after the decision. are going to be able to use the study Elgin period, students was evacuA tweet, all 140 characters of it, exam Hall residence demanded a ter. ated Tuesday morning after high “[If ] you’re going to change rooms, and take 20 minutes. hopshould not that’s what we’re repeat for this December’s finals — levels of carbonan attempt to save [library hours] before Thanksgiving, ing to provide,” Coker said. right — Nevertheless, Kulzcyki is and got it. But in monoxide were The new UCC study rooms are detected in the building. money, Western’s libraries had that would require more money the Gazette and other campus Sergeant Steve Dykeman of media were made aware of in shorter hours of operation before than what’s currently being invest- expected to near completion the Campus Community Police Serdecision just after to Ely Rygier, Thanksgiving this year, making stu- ed for 24-hour initiative,” Coker February according10:30 a.m. and vice-president finance for the USC. vice said fire officials found the reported on it immediately. dents question whether the adjust- explained. cause to be snow piled up around She said Western’s librarians are However, he noted the wary has no But most students, USC of mised hours were effective. a furnace vent.more students will facing budget cuts. As a result, the control over the schedule of the The snow preinformation, won’t make any plans “I think that ventedon weekends and evenings libraries have had to do a lot of cut- contractors and no official compleuntil they see something official study the carbon monoxide — a tion date can be set. potentially deadlyhours,” Pat from from the university. than use the 24/7 fume — Sear- ting back this year. “Whether10:52 a.m., the official venting outside properly. UniverBut, Coker assured, the amount Prior to students prefer longer le, senator-at-large for the hours before Thanksgiving or [the London has received several granted for the 24-hour initiative word was that classes would go sity Students’ Council, said. feet“Iof snowfall [University Com- was taken from a “separate pot of 24-hour library], we philosophicalahead as scheduled. Many saw that study in the in the past 48 hours, so fire officials had little FILE have and headed into the snowy abyss munity Centre] regularly and see a funds,” and that “it wasn’t a choice ly believe students should PHOTO aHall was Monday in by 24-hour study space,” trouble determining the cause of REMEMBER hours before Thanks- access toLondon on evacuated the that Elgin large increase of students at 5:30 of reducing WHEN THERE WAS GREEN? was the gas buildup. coming into the campusor beefing them up for Coker said. campus. giving police after carbon monoxide detectors were activated. direction of p.m. on weekends While the libraries of a commute “Some of [the vents] aren’t It was a nightmare did not necUCC from Weldon. They were hap- exams.” morestudying andfour feet off the Regardless of student com- for classes that ended up being canpily than three or were asked to Symptoms of ground,” Dykeman said. weren’t in Woodstock, Ontario. Theregular celled anyway. carbon monoxide plaints about a lack of cause leave [Weldon], but they but Susan Grindrod,the students we was a clogged chimney vent,does poisoning may include headache, associate vicehours, the extended hours finished. These are president of housing and ancillary the deaths could have been pre- nausea and fatigue, but prolonged should not forget about in our pur- have its advantages. services, 24/7 study officials, Searle vented if the bringing a pillow and exposure to the gas can lead to “I’m fully home had a working suit for said fire space,” residence staff and members of the carbon monoxide detector. a blanket, especially with snow like brain damage and death. said. This gas has been dubbed the Just last week, going to of all Physical Plant department have Meaghan Coker, vice-president this. I’m actually members spend been checking all the outside fur- threenight [in Weldon]. votedjust “silent killer” since it is impossible university affairs for the USC, noted the provincial parties I’m in nace vents to prevent another ren- support of if we’ll get in trouble. If to detect without a carbon monwondering a new private memthe 24-hour study space being occurrence. the UCC should help ber’s I’m sleeping there,” Stefanie oxide detector. not, bill to mandate the use of ovated in Fire officials recommend reguYesterday’s evacuation stu- carbon monoxide detectors in all of Farrant, a third-year media, theohouse the influx of unhappy larly checking carbon monoxidearound 500 students and staff took Ontarioproduction student, said. ry and homes. dents. Dine-In Special After a also notedreading last producing devices and their acplace afterpeople like studying deFarrant second she would be “Some a carbon monoxide at a 50% off Cheese Toast the bill has now been tector was activated in one of the Thursday, advantage of the 24-hour companying vents — particularly library regardless. They need the taking full with choice building’s books,prompting CCPS sent torooms to be opened in the during the winter. of entree access to units, to computers, to study legislative committee. “I for every 2 students and just went outside The London Fire Department to pull a [Café]. Butas a safetythem UCC, but mentioned she was conQuotes fire alarm some of precaution. to be able to use the study recommends might not detectors checked my own,” Grindrod said cerned they placing solve the are going • CHICKEN • Ribs “The students what we’re hop- problem of over-crowded libraries. rooms, and that’s were evacuated close to bedrooms, and near the during a phone interview from her • Pork Sandwiches • Licensed areas in an provide,” Coker said. “I just hope it’s here where ing to orderly fashion,” Grindrod furnace room or otherdo before I home. “Students in some of those ly. Ideally said,“I’m sorry for their inconve- carbon monoxide mightboth — but old houses should do the same.” adding UCC study rooms are graduate. they would great, but I It would be accumuThe new they were sent across Cherryhill Village Mall nience,” to Medway “We while to on Monday students got the streetKulczyki said. Hall havein late. like it’s just going to beneither. high volexpected to we can in the circum- feel Today, the university might have do the best near completion 519-204-8978 According to Elgin was being inspected. Rygier, ume, like the libraries,”website, FebruaryMother NatureEly always learned their the LFD’s Farrant lesson. They by stances. according to isn’t went carbon monoxide is producedconThough the evacuation vice-president finance for the USC. continued.four — entirely and or predictable.” variety of devices, including fursmoothlyreliablethere have has no a vened atnoted in the morningbe Coker the USC would However, he noted the USC been well boilers, room — to make Of course, there are few the hot no reported symptomsafrommete- naces,after press timeheaters, overa student control over the would take issue looking for whether feedback verdict on orologists who schedule of the carbon monoxide, officialincident water heaters, stoves to hold classes 24-hour library and to detercontractors and no this comple- the tell students to sessiongrills. stay at home. with a reminder assessment. Sure, or “Carbon serves Kulczyki’s set. the potential or not the is an tion date seenbe of can days when the weath- mine whethermonoxide initiative “By colourless gas which is we’ve allof this common house- odourless,four o’clock [Tuesday] dangers will be deemed a success. morning, we’ll notes to weber “Whether students prefer longer called hold gas. for rain or snow that never extremely toxic,”be able the make a “There’s been a lot of movement hours before Thanksgiving or [the pretty good produces an effect came. yearsthis flurry was widely site. The gasassessment about what Two But ago, carbon monox[libraries] and since 24-hour library], wenews outlet this around 24/7 to do,” Kulczyki said. philosophicalwe’re going reported ide believeby every should have called chemical asphyxiation. Esclaimed providing the ly poisoningOntario. We knew this the university ison.” students the lives of “Turn your leads side of Lake an Ontarioa 24-hour study space,” sentially, it radio to suffocation money we’re going to support the access to Provincial Police officer that’s what students was going to family — lowers the and her entirehappen. including as itOf course, more time and see Coker said. Western’s administra- initiative one blood’s ability to like oxygen. The her Whileleast libraries did not nec- carryBishop and Van Damme did on husband and two children — what the feedback is like.” the tion could have done is communi- Monday. And they were left out in cated their plans early or effective- the cold.
funds,” the influx of unhappy stuhouse and that “it wasn’t a choice of reducing hours before Thanksdents. giving or people like studying at a “Some beefing them up for exams.” regardless. They need the library Regardless of student comaccess to books, to computers, to plaints about a lack of of them Quotes [Café]. But some regular hours, the extended use the study are going to be able to hours does have its advantages. rooms, and that’s what we’re hop“I’m fully bringing said. ing to provide,” Cokera pillow and a blanket,sorry forstudy roomslike The new UCC their snow are “I’m especially with inconvethis. I’mvolunteers, completion in expectedactually said. “We have to To all to near editors and nience,” Kulczyki going to spend the the who work tirelesslycircumFebruary accordingin the to just staff best we can to I’m do night [in Weldon].Ely Rygier, wondering if we’ll get inisn’t always vice-president finance for the USC. stances.this newspaper trouble. If make Mother Nature hapnot, I’m reliable orthere,” Stefanie However, he notedpredictable.” no the entirely sleeping everyUSC has pen four times week. Farrant, a third-year media, of the control over there are a few theoOf course, the schedule metery and production student, said. contractorswho no official compleorologists and would take issue Farrant also noted You are the unsung heroes tion date can be assessment. Sure, with Kulczyki’s set. she would be taking all seenstudents preferweath“Whether days when the longer of this campus and the have we’ve full advantage ofyou24-hour study roomsrainbe snow that never hoursrespect,Thanksgiving or [the er called for to or opened in the my before admiration and UCC, butlibrary], flurry was widely 24-hour mentionedphilosophicalcame. But this we she was congratitude. cerned they every news outlet the ly believe studentsnot solvehave reported by might should this problem ofaover-crowded knew this access to 24-hour study space,” side of Lake Ontario. We libraries. Sincerely, “I just to Coker said. happen. was goinghope it’s here before I graduate. the Western’sdid notbut I WhileA. Thompson administraStuartleastwould be great, necThe It libraries feel like it’s just going tois communiEditor-in-Chief tion could have done be high volume, like the libraries,” effectivecated their plans early or Farrant continued. Coker noted the USC would be looking for student feedback over the 24-hour library session to determine whether or not the initiative will be deemed a success. “There’s been a lot of movement around 24/7 [libraries] and since the university is providing the money we’re going to support the initiative one more time and see what the feedback is like.”
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Between half-credit cours- some standard of dress code, so Later that evening, I witnessed For many Western students, unless your career ambitions es drawing to a close, heavily- an entire busload of passengers the storm brought out their inner include to push an LTC bus out weighted assignments due within workingninth-grade babysitter, you child as they grabbed cafeteria might want to Eventually, they days of each other, and the looming of a parking lot. practice getting trays and bundled up to hit the dressed in unstuck and were back December exams, we’re all burning got the busthe morning. Think that hills. 8:30 a.m. lecture is too early to Lonthe candle at both ends. But I don’t on the road. According to thebothFor the London Transit Com“Where’s the excuse,whined time don Freehappensanother Western er? What Press, little gravy on my care, that’s no bus?” and it’s one Allow me to slop a when you have to mission girl to another city night. shirt and quote esteemed moneyand Western workersfinally last snow student had a 8 a.m. after a halffor someone to speak up: be at work by similar experience plowfreezing.” it brought out their saver and Toronto mayor Rob Ford: “I’m drivers, hour commute, and you don’t get to sweat pants, pajama pants, and the with his car Monday, when stranginner ice road trucker, with nerves “The gravy train has to stop.” I would be too, of the student go came to the hours and helped overall unkempt lookdear, if I was ershome at threerescuelater to sleep of steel as they navigated the arcwearing nothing but professional- him use reusable shopping bags to Today’s students face a litany of body undermines the leggings and all afternoon? Get it together. tic-like terrain ofinchesstreets. — absurd and unnecessary expenses Ugg of higher 30 local of snow I’m not expecting a tires. Over ism boots in learning. gain traction under his full face of For others, enough, the reason in brazen attempt to fatten the it which is,it may be brought out an thealast few days, I’ve heard countSure, funny easy to throw on makeup, meticulously-gelled hair, evenbuses are late in the first place. university experience to frivolous heartwarming why moresweats after a side: the less a perfectly-manicured outfit a pair of night of or more tales of the same kind: good our entitlement generation, we levels on the backs of students. In samaritan. running to class, strangers This just strangers to get everyday. helping isn’t a reality for cramming before On Monday, I made the time expect buses to arrive right on mis- them on tryingof individual groups The their to but is it really that much of an anyonemerits way. balance all the take of in snowstorms. We complain aren’t the issue here. Western’s my car — even driving to dress to campus responsibilities we panicas univerinconvenience yourself in In the midst of have and selfinstead of braving the walk up refugee program, which provides a about the cold — while bundled to centred concern — is it really so the morning? Honestly, if you’re sity students. But, like whether school. While my jackets.to West- Canadian education for refugees, is in Canada Goose drive And put you have askwrite your some water No one will argue against kindness. It’s always touching lacking the brain power to we much to to to splash exam a few ern wasn’t too harrowing, the— as downright heroic and deserves trip whineon your body — a simple task weeks closer and winter break — to see someone giving money to the homeless or helpon your face to put some actual pants about high student fees home was another story. complete whatever’s in your wallet. if a university education kinder- there are still people out there with ing an old person with their groceries. But we’ve clothes on? most of us mastered by When went to with all — Iyou don’tleave the park- enough decency to is where the WikiLeaks society where these small acts,Twitter,critiThe problem times when not When “snowmageddon” thetrending on strong were Sure, there are lend a helping become a has long been is recipient of which you garten the bells and whistles is menhave the some ing lot, my exit out was blocked money comes from. sort of universal right. bothering with your Londoners is know you’re in for the storm Its most now seem like tal capacity to successfully sit hand to their fellow appearancein cism and vehement support. of the year. Despite temonce deemed common courtesy, recent criticism by The sortcar. The only we receive a stuck of other exit acceptable has learned they the peratures of -12 C, winds over and widely indiscrimithrough, and educationthree-hour theWestern on campus, like is can has been directed at the large 28 km an hour and over absorb, a midst of what, for most, when grandiose gestures of generosity. was blocked by a solid four it is pass the buck onto students and nate data dump of potentially sensitive information nowadays — where much of feet closestheaded to campus rec for a 50 cmWestern, acts of great exceptional kindnessstay you’re thing to a natural disaster lecture. At of anticipated snowfall, Western decided to are of snow. Thanks to the helpprivi- the University Students’ Council to theon Monday. of a outside the classroomleggings with they will experience. workout, or maybe hitting up Wel- openso even the smallest acts — like being quiet in the Jeans, pants, even — is a rare, public forum. While, generally speaking, havcampus it’s pricey, and some argue when it comes to greater expenses. ing It wasn’t until around is better than none at all, woman, lege. Yes, maintenance about one don for a 12-hour flaws and the library — become what people consider good deeds. too much information 10:30 a.m. that Western a long shirt or dress, are Despite all our study session. who helped us findofaadding on shovel, a it’s a slippery slope In February, students approved But this this decision. Some time later, an official very But, when it’s time often associ- reversed is expected. In some ways, students arepress per cent less comfortable than your negative stereotypesfor class, let’s it’s questionable whether disseminating information couple ofthe price and some help- a referendum to add $25 to their in this manner serves the public good.telling students fees until friends,but look one mil- ate with Western students, we still release appeared often spend their limited energy on average PJ pants, tag becomes out have some respect for our studies self-serving and on Western’s website fulreach. blazed a pathway annual student fees to create a new that exams and classes would be cancelled for the day. of strangers, wepulled-together. WikiLeaks purports to release information as-is, and at least come together during lion times more managed to make a minimal effort things that help them, whether it’s for their schoolwork outButthe those taking issue with the student lounge. It’s a space Western allowing the publicthis news came too late for many of for lot. Unfortunately, to draw said for people who have to pull and lend together. As comfortable as we have obvi- a crisis ourselves a helping hand. or career. The same can betheir own conclusions. It’s But it didn’t stop there. While extra dollars tacked onto our univer- owns, operates and ultimately their another example look at the average middle-class perThere was a time when students left school. If you of the internet sidestepping mainously become on campus and in All those who helped out ben- Western students who had exams and classes to attend droppingevery year, just stop and efits from, since they’ll use it to stream media, since WikiLeaks can post whatever co-workers sity bills off some fact remains neighbours in theirthe storm, and early Monday morning. five each day to support their took pride during school, when son who works nine to our classrooms, the on the way home, my Corolla got recruit even more students. consider campus in money goes. where that a place of busi- to my to class was a privilege, not a they see fit and become a new kind of media outlet. Snowstorms are a dangerous affair and cancelling going own knights in shining ar- family, then goes home to play with their kids, there’s that this stuck again, thisthere on aaround At Profs manage to dressdown- mour,2006, students some ofof the classes is amight be more inclined Topping thislist of Western, time are them- burden, and losing broke a Cana- very little time for people toto make. to trust the kind In you represent some these People serious decision really go out of their way to ness. town side street. Out of nowhere, dian record by donating $100 mil- information because of growing safety of students. 26,500 undergrads involvedto teach best exampleslack of respect to our Western’s concerns should be the cynicism against selves before heading in in near- values shows a the kindness that do something selfless. two young We have the country’s lion to the university to build the mainstream media, but the repercussions of some of men appeared and ly 200 clubs.seems respectful to do can still exist between strangers. Snowstorms are the root of countless motor on kind school and our education. you, it only But that doesn’t mean we should give up vehicle managed to push my among our Western Student Recreation Centre. the information released by WikiLeaks is tooWhether top cheerleading team car half a Surely, if that behaviour lasts acts altogether. We jeopardize student safety. grave of them the same courtesy. Let’s hopewe can spend three accidents that can should be striving to include acts to block to clearer roads. I didn’t even list Although it is groups. Plus, our longer thanshould be payingout all overlook. in our are driving lives so theyon the bus or of accredited unreasonable to hours gettingsingle snow storm.to those students day-to-day their cars, don’t seem so Western a ready to go for kindness get to thank them, as stopping of these expenses. And they should walking on the sidewalks, icy roads and whiteout constudent council recentlyappearance Jack’s on a Saturday night, we can much like conscious gestures as effortlessis generally Though much of the information acts. assume your personal approved a referendum for a great initiative prof pay for three minutes making our- mundanepeople alreadytotime take visibility. snippets ditions decrease reaction the and this route, opening will have an effect on how your — a spend the refugee program too. Some and useless try to public, little levy ofyou, $0.52 per student to give selves presentable before we head could leadsomeoneraging Sunday night, delays to any Critics argue students are a door for to a diplomatic catastrophe between bus With the storm for example. But doing good deeds views just especially since they are aMailboxCanadian education. 69 class onpaying for these anyway two countries or any effort into them trivializescausrefugee > Semester Total: service were already apparent Monday morning, their to likely desensitized by the barrage of inevitably Monday morning. without putting groups. Proper diplomacy is necesThat’s fleeceathey see on a out-of- through ancillary fees. But Western saryunpredictable changes to studentbe done without few of the regular Take pride in your education ing to avoiding some small deeds can schedules. To a baggy just meaning. While international conflict, and WikiLeaks classroom experiences and mailbox this semester. Weyourself — and degree, the disrupton students to is tosensitive docHere’sit’s still arrived in it. initia- also gets operating grants and extra could easilyonus is idea of sacrificegetusually connectand take pride in publish nearly much thought, the that by making one class on time basis, what not worth our tives that we what at so if you despite the weather, but a major storm self-absorbed ument public. every letter we get, Western. want your voice heard, pants on, already. put some damn email Imagine prize kind of impres- government funding. ed with kindness. Because of our fairly causes severe But someone’s got to pay for it.visit wgaz.ca/contact A few years after the $100 mil- delays for everyone. Getting ready anbest alternative Some WikiLeaks critics suggest the hour early still email@example.com or Why doesn’t Western pony up, lion donation, Western got a gov- would be to hand making it to your exam on a legitidoesn’t guarantee over their information to time — then? Well, the answer is simple: ernment grant for $50 million. mate news Western such ashave considered. newspasomething source, should more reputable Selection of Western’s priorities are far broader What was it for? A new building. Most Popular other topics than our education. Universities Western poured all of it into Ivey’s require research and development new home. Addiction groups 1 The refugee program is asking Why do so many people dread the winto 11 UWOFA Strike maintain their reputations — and that requires money, too. students to pay $13,000 per year. ter? All people can do from November 6 Culture of Control 1 Barack Obama So when it comes to extracurric- The expense would go unnoticed until April is complain about the cold. 5 Gazette Thank-you’s 1 Bicycle safety ular student activities, of course among Western’s many philanThe Gazette has sadly reached the end we’re going of be footing the bill — thropic projects. Instead, Western’s Just break out the long johns and put 5 City to London elections 1 Coke’s campus contract whether through student fees, club spending $265,000 on a rebranding on another sweater. You live in Canada, of its publishing schedule for 2010. We 4 Library hours 1 to help reach their membership costs or through the study Deaf cat research $500 milwill did you expect? whatsee you on newsstands on Jan. 5, University Students’ Council. lion fundraising goal. 4 Controversial speakers 1 Entitlement generation If you think Western is too As students continue to foot the >>2011. In the meantime, you can find 24/7 www.westerngazette/dearlife 3 1 Good versus bad music pricey, “Dropping consider all the bill for these expenses, the Universtop and the ball” reporting, breaking news and merriopportunities we have here. If it sity continues to look at us like 3 Remembrance Day 1 Higher coursepack fees doesn’t seem worth it to you, trans- blank cheques. It’s time we remind ment on Twitter (@uwogazette) and onfer2to Brock. They probably have them Living with HIV Reception on campus 1 we’re students instead. line (westerngazette.ca). less snow, too. — Stuart A. Thompson News Omar decided a majority of board but are not and 2 Boys failing in school 1 Editorials areKhadrbyof the editorialthe editorial board nec- Gazette Composing & Gazette Advertising thegazettePelley are written by a member Gloria Dickie — Lauren Ian Greaves, Manager Mark Ritchie Volume 104, Issue 35
WikiLeaks’ doubleLittle time for small acts edged sword Student safety first
student lifestyle, this fact is sometimes lost on us, perhaps because some haven’t had to make the sacrifices we’ll have to make when we’re older. In the are, of the end, the school, bus on to sift pers. Theydays in seem to be so self-serving — like texWays that don’t elementary ones relied closures meant school buying products where portion of the through theor closures. Western reliesaheavily on the ting money information. London Transit Commission’s wayssift through the Trained reporters would be able to students try to profits go to charity — are some schedule to gauge whetherthings. Given the amount of money donated to vast amounts of information to But since the LTC do good school should close. determine whether remained operational in the morning, so did campus. or not it isthe earthquake,interest to publish it.more Haiti after in the public these methods seem That Western’s decision to keep campus open was surewould focus everyone’s attention on information that successful because they’re easy and galvanize public ly motivated by the time of year. Closing doing good. they should know, rather than an endless stream of support behind a feel-good mentality of the university near lot of harmful hurt students is normally found pointless or ways, society is designed against kindness. In a exams would material that and faculty. Without class time, students risk falling behind and being through the internet. American environment creates The competitive North ill-prepared for of course, defeat finals. our attention an That would, theirworld, which turns And closing often dog-eat-dog December the mission stateother campus operations like The Spoke and The ment set out by Assange, which fundamentally reinward. Wave using means other makethe mainstream mequirestranslates to can help thanfor the University StuWhile donating lost revenue institutional changes dent’s Council. data dumps could lead to dangerous dia. Andbigger problems, it must be balanced with an to solve while But such be a genuinely better seems to prohibit consequences, WikiLeaks mandatebalanced with stuintention toconsiderations must beperson as a part of dent fromcommunity. time of year, themselves bethemsafety. censoring the information Western should the global No matter the alwaysit wouldstudents caution when it comes much cause not on the sidethem into gatekeepers —tokindIt’s err that turn of aren’t capable of acts of protecting people they’re keeping it from. often a matter like theits students. Forcing them onto campus during ness, or even that they don’t care — it’s inclement weatherunaware. If more What’s worse, of The nuances surrounding the types of informasimply being is not acceptable. people were Western’s motives forthey took it and the merits of tion, the eventual flip-flopcouldwell over halfbe more informed about how releasing help, they’d an hour between confirming it to the media and releasing an mainstream When itmake itto people who to strictly apt to do so. media comes too difficult don’t ask, official statement. In to make some noise andand with condemn or condone WikiLeaks. What they’re releaswe should be ready the world of social media give our the is,aultimately,the internet, there is no excuse for ing immediacy when their help is needed. Maybe a peers nudge of just information — information such a delay. is all we force that can be used as a need. of creation or destruction. wake-up call It’s The tardiness of government and the individual to up to the media, Western’s administration caused —The Gazette Editorial Board undue hassle understand the information provided treat it as such,and risk for students. The University must act decisively and preventatively to act accordand the context in which it is given and ensure students ingly. aren’t forced into another snowmageddon. —The Gazette —The Gazette Editorial Board Board
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have to look out for yourself and you I just need one more day to study, don’t need your help! Lord. Ihave to sacrifice.[ ... ] A teachers thing that’ll cancel school tomorrow. — Juvenal
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thegazette • Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Entertainment collectible company Panini America — the maker of cards commemorating the NFL, NBA and NHL — will be releasing a line of official Justin Bieber trading cards this week.
Music > Broken Social Scene
Mix up your holiday mixes
Santa hat martini
Ingredients 3 tbs powdered sugar 1 tsp water 1/4 cup sweetened, flake coconut 3 oz. red cranberry juice 1 oz. Malibu Rum 1/2 oz. grenadine 1 candy cane Garnish glass by dipping rim into sugar/water mixture and coconut. Add cranberry juice, Malibu rum and grenadine into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into glass and serve. Garnish with candy cane.
The musician’s life
Maddie Leznoff ARTS & LIFE EDITOR Canadian music collective Broken Social Scene is playing at the London Music Hall tonight. Member Charles Spearin took the time to answer a few questions about what the band has been up to and their future plans. What has Broken Social Scene been up to since releasing Forgiveness Rock Record in May? We’ve been touring pretty much non-stop. We had a couple little breaks, but we pretty much spent the last seven months on the road. We’ve been to Australia, Asia, North America, Europe three times — it’s been non-stop travel basically so it’s nice to be home. Do you play mostly new songs on tour or is the set list a mix? It’s a mix of old and new. Whenever I go to see a band I’m always a little disappointed when they play nothing but new songs. [If] I’m a fan of the band already, I’d like to hear the new songs, but I want them to play the favourites. Broken Social Scene tours extensively. Do you ever get sick of playing the same songs? Sometimes, but you kind of find ways to have fun with them a little bit. It becomes part of the show rather than the song itself — it becomes one of the building blocks to make a good show. I think it would be different if we ever had a hit, but we’ve never had a real radio hit, so it helps that we can play whatever the hell we want. It’s not like we have one [song] that everyone’s waiting to hear. Broken Social Scene is a large group. Many members, including yourself, have various side projects. How do you find time to make new music and tour? It’s kind of what we’ve always done. Before we were internationally invited — before we started getting invited to tour and stuff like that — we would just play all the time in Toronto in different bands. We have a little bit more license to play in other bands and be ourselves a bit more, and that’s been really great and really helpful for the band I think. People have the chance to collaborate and explore their own ideas — we just live as musicians. The band was recently shortlisted for two CBC radio 3 Bucky Awards for Best Video and Best Lyrics. What does it mean to you guys to receive recognition from Canadian institutions like the CBC? The CBC has been hugely supportive of us. Before we were Broken Social Scene and I was playing [...] with Kevin Drew in KC Accidental, they would play our songs quite a bit. There’s a lot of great music and a lot of great programming. I think there’s a healthy, symbiotic relationship. The video you were nominated for is “Meet Me In The Basement”, which is a fan-made video featuring footage from the G20 summit in Toronto. How did you obtain the video? That’s a tricky question. We know the person who made it — so it is a fan, but they’re not completely independent of the band. So it is kind of a band video, but at the same time not a band video. It’s a collaboration of ideas, but we
Ingredients 1 oz. vodka 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao liqueur 3 oz. white grape juice Add ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into glass and serve.
Canadian legends and Broken Social Scene stop in London
>> On Disc
Ingredients 1.5 oz SKYY Infusions Ginger 1 oz. Flor de Cana 1.5 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice 1/2 oz. simple syrup 6 to 8 mint leaves In a highball glass, muddle the mint and lime juice. Add the rest of the ingredients with ice and stir. Add more ice and top with soda.
Forgiveness Rock Record Released on Arts & Crafts May 4, 2010
didn’t have anything to do with the actual video. What was your reaction to the video? When the G20 summit happened we were all on tour in England at the time and we were all trying to find out what the hell was going on in our city. [BSS member] Julie Penner was kind of my main reporter — she updated her Facebook page with all the clips of what was going on. It was kind of horrifying to us to not be there. So the video did kind of come about from our reaction. What are Broken Social Scene’s future plans? Next year we’re still going to be playing, we’re still going to be touring, but not as extensively. I think we’re probably going to do more festivals and things like that. I know we’re going to be recording and writing and making more music. We may find some way to sort of reinvent ourselves.
Ho ho ho Habernero Ginger Martini
Ingredients 1.5 oz SKYY Infusions Ginger 1/2 oz. juice from Habernero pepper jar 3/4 oz. Agave syrup 3/4 fresh lime juice candied ginger Add all ingredients except candied ginger, to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with candied ginger on rim of glass.
thegazette • Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Like flirting, but only a little?
Website comes to Canada and helps build connections at Western
Gloria Dickie NEWS EDITOR Western’s latest craze, Like A Little, is warming up campus this winter by offering students a new way to flirt anonymously by posting short descriptions of someone you’ve seen. The site has managed to harness a high volume of Western traffic since its debut Saturday night. The original Like A Little site was developed at Stanford University in October, premiering at its first Canadian location, the University of Prince Edward Island, in November. Liam Sauro, Danielle Clark, and Melanie Selvadurai are the cofounders of the Western branch. “We decided to adopt and develop the site at UWO because, in our opinion, Western is the biggest, most active and up-to-date social networking hub in Canada,” Sauro explained. The three founders have been working to keep the site clean, filtering posts for names or vulgar language. “The thing about social media is it needs to remain upbeat and interesting to maintain a following,” Sauro said. “Sites like Chaed from 40 followers on Facebook on Sunday at 3 p.m. to nearly 1,000 by Tuesday evening. “We expect continued growth throughout the next few weeks, and potentially the largest usership in the country by Wednesday,” Sauro said. He noted the most frequent posts have come from bars such as Jim Bob Ray’s and the Barking Frog, Western residences, and the campus libraries. “Although the generic ‘female, blonde, wearing Canada Goose and Uggs, carrying a Blackberry and a Macbook’ posts seem to be popular, each gender and hair colour have shown pretty equal stats,” Sauro said. “We do seem to have a lot of male redheads, or just one ridiculously attractive one.” Sauro credited curiosity, anticipation and boredom to the site’s success. “At Western, everyone is trying to meet that beautiful guy or girl. This site is the perfect way to get in contact with that person you’ve always noticed on campus but been too shy to speak to.” Visit the website at likealittle. com/uwo.
>> Best posts
At 6 Richmond: Female, Black hair. You have the most amazing voice. I love the way you say Richmond at Broughdale. At Delaware Hall: Male, Brunette. You’re outside my window. Anyone outside this igloo seems appealing. At Richmond St (Between Bernard and Epworth): Male, Brunette. Guy streaking down Richmond St. right now, nice abs. At Gazette Office: Female, Brunette. There’s not much else to look at when you work in an office with no windows. At Empress and Wharncliffe: Male, Brunette. My car got stuck at the intersection and you pushed me out with a big smile! Never got to say thank you! Wearing a purple and white western jacket.
AT GAZETTE OFFICE: ATTRACTIVE CUTLINE WRITER. The flirtation website Like A Little lets users post short, anonymous blurbs about attractive people they see. troulette had the potential to go viral, but the hype quickly fizzled after the amount of profanity and inappropriate behaviour by the users.” But Kane Faucher, a professor in the faculty of information and media studies, isn’t convinced social networking sites such as Like A Little are without their faults, noting they force participants to enter subjective details in a highly objective box-like format. “The need for self-display is paramount, even if the content of that display may not have substantial merit,” Faucher said. “It also provides the means to be ‘peeping toms’ in regards to all the trivial minutiae of other people’s lives.” He concluded a reliance on virtual communication has the potential to degrade or inhibit inperson interaction. Regardless, Sauro and the Like A Little team are overjoyed at the success of the site, which expand-
Cooking with Grace
@eshaghbeigi stuck in residence, studying for all the reviews I’ve missed. @BrentCDuncan equal parts writing, reading, mingling with roommates. And a dash of in-room exercise. @melissa_marilyn studyinggggg :( this snow day was sent to me to make me work. obviously end up spending most of my time on twitter though @Miserybsns Spending #snowmageddon shoveling, taking shifts with the roommates to keep it under control. Also studying and playing Halo @misseriin baking! I have so many cookies!
Grace Davis GAZETTE
Holiday fudge in 15 minutes
Grace Davis ARTS & LIFE EDITOR With the holiday season quickly approaching, I’m sure you’ve caught yourself thinking about holiday food. This fudge recipe takes a couple of hours to set, but the actual work time is only about 15 minutes. It makes for a great gift, a dish to serve to guests, or something to just keep in the fridge and snack on whenever you want. It’s also really easy to change the flavour of this recipe. You can add any kind of flavour extract instead of vanilla — some good holiday flavours include orange or almond for example. You can also use different kinds of chocolate chips. In the past I’ve used raspberry chips or peanut butter chips.
2 cups white sugar 2/3 cup carnation evaporated milk 12 regular size marshmallows ½ cup butter dash of salt 275 gram package of chocolate chips (1 cup) 1 tsp vanilla
1. Prepare an 8x8 inch pan lined with saran wrap. 2. Stir all the ingredients except for chips and vanilla over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. 3. Boil for exactly 5 minutes. 4. Remove from heat, and quickly add chips and vanilla, stirring vigorously. 5. Pour into the pan lined with saran wrap. Place in fridge until it sets (I normally leave it overnight). 6. Once it sets, slice into square pieces.
@stobes86 studying and hoping that my exam tomorrow doesn’t get cancelled like yesterday’s did. @mikeamacdonald Hot choc, Soup, Blankets, Video Games .. oh, and an essay. #snowday @kierandelamont depressingly, stuck inside - #snowmageddon caught me boot-less. In any event, im examprepping.
thegazette • Tuesday, December 7, 2010
rundown >> Mustang athlete of the week honours went to rookie track and field star Matt Ditson and women’s hockey team captain Ellie Seedhouse. At this weekend’s>> The MustangsDitson broke the school25th title at the National Cheerleading Championships this past weekend the gold medal in theDillon Mugridge won rundown season opener, cheerleaders won their pole vaulting record with his jump of 4.86m. The jump also secured him | First-year Mustang event. Seedhouse has men’snamed to the FISU | The Mustangs women’s hockey team fell to UOIT 4-3,Universiade in Turkey. Queen’s the next day, defeating them 3-2 in the shootout. the been solo tumbling title women’s hockey team competing at the 2011 Winter but rebounded against
Over the course of this past calendar year, the Mustangs as a whole have seen some tremendous successes. However, the Gazette noticed 10 athletes that took the extra step to lead their team to the top of the OUA. We present you the second part of the top 10 list — numbers five through one.
thegazette • Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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Seedhouse to represent Both goalies pulled in high scoring game Mustang hockey in Turkey
Daniel Da Silva SPORTS EDITOR
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Hockey > Player profile
D’Alleva has dominated since joining the Mustangs. She won OUA gold last year and CIS silver – a result that gave Western CIS bronze. The all-star took home the OUA outstanding rookie of the year prize.
Paish was the best player for the OUA silver medalists this season. He took them to the top seed in the league thanks to his 1.33 ERA and 25 strikeouts. He was named a first-team all-star and the OUA pitcher of the year.
Tomlinson carried the rugby team to an undefeated regular season, and an OUA silver. He was tied for the most tries in the league with eight. He was named a first-team allstar and the Gilbert Canada Most Valuable Player.
Nell has been winning all sorts of medals since she arrived at Western. She led the women’s team to gold at the OUA championships with her five medal performance, and was named the OUA top swimmer for the third straight year.
There are dozens of world class athletes at Western getting the opportunity to represent Canada on the international stage. This semester saw men’s rugby star Conor Trainor play for Canada at the Commonwealth Games. Taylor Stewart, a rookie long jumper, won bronze at the 2010 World Junior Track and Field Championships over the summer. And as of the end of January, we can add yet another name to that list, this time from the women’s hockey team. Star forward Ellie Seedhouse was selected for the Piotr Angiel GAZETTE Canadian women’s hockey roster IT’S JUST NOT COOL TO HIT A MAN IN HIS FIVE-HOLE. Mustang forward Steve Reese tried to poke the puck through Badfor the 2011 Winter Universiade – ger goalie Kurt the 25th worldJory’s legs. Though Jory would make the save, Reese would have the last laugh, scoring two goals and university games – assisting on one to lead the held in Erzurum, Turkey. Mustangs to a 6-4 win. Seedhouse is the first member of the team to play for Canada at Daniel Da Silva the tournament as women’s hock- weren’t able to keep Western’s for- cess, amassing three goals. They important SPORTS EDITOR ey only debuted at the Universi- ward lines at bay. Brock took multi- were especiallyAnders Kravis considwinger ple leads in the first, but Western ering the absence of all-starGAZETTE ade in 2009. The Brock Badgers are Every girl answered back each time. The Aaron Snow. Baker now leads the a low-scor“It feels unreal. For Seedhouse, first recogni- team ing team that traps on to keep the teams went into the this intermis- criticize us from year to year,” she dreams of playing well a national tion isn’t just about her hard work said. with 24 points while Reese puck growing up and to actually sion tied at three. Mustang goalie has 11 goals. off their net. Western is a team “We’ve we’ve “Since certainly faced a lot of Josh Unice allowing defence-first team that scores a on the ice, but about the team get to experience that, and wearin around her.was pulled forthe work challenges with put them together, She feels that Backup they have been almost an entirely fabulous. Tonight three bunches. Team Canada jersey, is something of the goals on 13 shots. hockey new coaching staff and 11 new Mustang women’s So it was a surprise to everyone Anthony Grieco stopped 11 of the was a good indication of that. We I have worked towards my entire program has allowed her to suc- players on the team. However, the are looking forward to them prowhen the Mustangs took home the 12 shots he faced. life,” Seedhouse said. more theas a line and progressed, gressing season has getting bettwo points in for6-4 victory on ceed the way that she has. a being named The reward “My teammates and coaches the more the team has gelled toIt was an ter,” Singer Thursday night. to the team is getting to play with have been a big part of me getting gether. [...] said. proved this with We With the game tied at four in the “It was best in Canadian game an uncharacteristic uniuncharacteristic the very I am extremely our [3-2] shootout victory Bransecond period, defenceman over for us. We started poorly infeatures recognized, and for us. We the first game versity hockey. The team don Greenside stepped up she period. But we showed the of heart proud to represent them and the Queen’s on Saturday night,” and the 2009-10 player of a lot year in Mustangs at the national in started poorly level,” added. scored the winner. After interceptand emotion, something we haven’t Laurier’s goaltender Liz Knox, last she said. the first period. But Seedhouse will just inside the ing a brutal pass join the Canahad inrookie of the year in Mania couple of weeks, so it was year’s While we showed a lot of the Mustangs haven’t dian team in January when they Badger blue line, Greenside took a good Caitlin MacDonald Mustang to get that back,” and four toba’s had a stellar season as of yet, for travel over to Turkey. The tournaslap head CIS Clarke Singer said. heart and emotion, few strides other coachAll-Canadians. Not to them, this announcement was an ment ends before ripping a after on The goal 6, shot top corner. February stood up Uncharacteristic was the best something we mention they return six players indication that their hard work which she will held back to Lonas the Badger way the gold medal winning 2009 from to describe the first period. and coaching are puttingin a in don to winner and chasedin their haven’t had them lead the Mustangs starting goalie Kurt Jory. Western squad. Canadiantook three penalties and the right direction.of weeks, so couple last“I don’t think for the playoffs. quarter drive we got it turned Brock will be an exciting three of “It easily converted all experi“We until the game the en“I’m most happy about the rec- around need to build onwas half it was good to get them. Brock would score four power ence for every girl to play amongst ognition for the Western women’s ergy level from this past weekend. over. But we really showed a lot of play goals on six country. I expect that back. the best in the opportunities. character and heart half “Our assistant coach spent a of hockey program – we work ex- The new year is a great opportuni—Clarke Singer that experience will help all lot tremely hard all year round, and ty to come in with ain the lastoutof the game and positive we finished of time this week working I come on [the Men’s Hockey team head coach us, including myself when strong,” a fresh start power the Mustangs,” Seedhouse that is something that gets over- look andSinger said. to the latter back toplay]. We thought that was looked by others who continue to half of the season,” she said. The Mustangs now get to enjoy something that would have helped said. their holiday break before returning us a lot this week and it would have The line consisting of Yashar to action in January when they travif we were better defensively,” Brock Farmanara, Kevin Baker and Steve el to St. Catharines for a rematch head coach Murray Nystrom said. Unfortunately, the Badgers Reese were crucial to Western’s suc- with the Badgers.
Top 10 sports teams of 2010
Men’s rugby After completing a perfect 5 8-0 season, 2010 Mustangs advanced to the semi-finals where they handily beat the Brock Badgers 21-6. But the Mustangs first loss came at the worst time, despite a valiant comeback effort, the Mustangs fell to McMaster 2017 in the OUA final. Women’s Rowing 4 The Mustangs claimed three gold medals in the heavyweight races, the eights, fours and doubles, at the 2010 OUA championships. The women finished in second place overall and advanced to the national tournament. At nationals, held in Victoria, BC, the Mustangs finished in second place once again. Rower Sarah Black captured two gold medals at the national event. Football 3 After losing star quarterback Michael Faulds, the Mustangs surprised everyone in the 2010 season. After only losing one game in the regular season, the Mustangs defeated the favoured Ottawa Gee-Gees to win the Yates Cup and advance to the Uteck Bowl to face a tough Laval team. Unfortunately, Laval squeaked by the Mustangs and ended their season. Men’s squash 2 The Mustangs may be the best squash team in the
country, but they are most certainly the best team in Ontario. Last season, the men captured their 27th straight OUA championship and won all their matches during the tournament. Badminton 1 The 2010 Mustangs badminton team went undefeated the entire regular season, but lost their bid at capturing a fourth straight OUA title to their rivals the Waterloo Warriors. At nationals, the Mustangs badminton team bounced back and defeated Montreal 3-1 in the final to capture the gold medal.
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Giuffre has quite a resume from 2010. He helped the team win OUA silver and national gold at Laval – where he won individual gold too. He was named OUA rookie of the year, most valuable player, and a first-team OUA all star. He’s also Canada’s junior player of the year.
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