Friday, January 28, 2011
Gloria Dickie
Hidden behind Western’s locked
doors, they spend their shortened
lives enveloped by white lab coats
and rubber gloves, their sacrifices
to be forgotten in the celebration
of progress. This is Western’s
Mice, rats, rabbits, cats, sheep
and pigs live out their days at
Western, aiding scientists in criti-
cal research that could perma-
nently alter the medical landscape.
But animal testing, a long-dis-
puted issue, has drawn criticism
and praise, with animal activists
quick to berate both researchers
and technicians.
Brian Vincent spent the past
year volunteering and working as
spokesperson with Stop UBC Ani-
mal Research, a community-based
group hoping to eradicate animal
research at the University of British
“We don’t think animals should
be involved in research at all, for the
ethical issue,”says Vincent, explain-
ing UBC experiments on many rats,
monkeys, cats, rabbits and piglets.
“Animal researchers will argue
we need to experiment on animals
because they’re like us. But if they’re
like us, that means they can feel
pain, can suffer and feel isolation.”
While private corporations may
invest in animal testing, Vincent sees
universities as a different matter.
Animal testing at Western
“It’s really important to note that
much of the research is taxpayer
funded and we believe the public
has a right to know. Most people
will agree that if their tax money is
going to electroshock monkeys,
they’d like to be aware of this.”
Tyrrel de Langley, director of
Animal Care and Veterinary Ser-
vices at Western, acknowledges the
public had concerns about animal
welfare and research, adding the
University takes this responsibili-
ty very seriously.
“We have a rigorous approval
process with a priority on mini-
mizing stress to the animal. West-
ern only supports the use of ani-
mals in scientific peer-reviewed
research when adequate alterna-
tives don’t exist.”
However, Vincent argues such
alternatives already exist, citing the
development of human tissue
from stem cells at the University of
Wisconsin as a better model, along
with computer modelling systems
and artificial organs, which act as
better predictors.
Studying the immune system in
baby rats, Western psychology
graduate student Alina Zaltzman
explains it’s easier to control vari-
ables in animal research than with
some other research models.
By mimicking sickness in rat
pups, Zaltzman hopes to measure
the resulting effects on anxiety in
adolescence in male and female
rats. But such research, Zaltzman
says, isn’t always easy.
“Of course, it is sometimes dif-
ficult to use animals because they
are living creatures,” she says. “But
knowing that they are treated very
humanely eases the issue.”
Julie, who agreed to speak
about her work under the condi-
tion of anonymity, was responsible
for the humane treatment of the
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>> see COMFORT pg.2
I can’t even talk about
it because I’ll break
down. If you lost an
animal it was like los-
ing a piece of your
family, you were with
them for such a long
time. It’s devastating.
A former technician at Western
involved in animal testing
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Comfort key for animals
Technicians struggle with ethical debate
animals at Western. She says her
story is one not often told, with ani-
mal lovers quick to villianize anyone
involved in animal research.
“I can tell you from experience
that the people who work with these
animals love the animals. They stay
there day after day to make sure
those animals are looked after,
they’re not just there for the job,”she
says. “Because no one would do that
job. It’s not a glorious job. It’s a hard,
long job — it’s mentally tough and it’s
physically hard.”
She finds it hard to talk about
even now, noting she never talks
about her job.
“It’s like a police officer — you go
home, but you can’t talk about it. So
you keep it all inside.”
Julie expresses one of the most
challenging aspects were the accu-
sations, with people saying, “You’re
testing on animals, that’s so cruel,
that’s wrong.”
But even beyond the barrage of
criticism, Julie says the hardest part
is the bond technicians have with
the animals.
“My animals were like my children
and I treated them that way,”she says,
choking up. “I can’t even talk about it
because I’ll break down. If you lost an
animal it was like losing a piece of
your family, you were with them for
such a long time. It’s devastating.”
While bonds formed with mice
and rats may be short-lived, she says
cats and sheep live for longer. Sighing,
she wishes there were counsellors for
the difficulties technicians face.
“I don’t know how people discon-
nect from that, but I was never one
of those people. It’s very traumatic.”
While all research inevitably
ends — sometimes requiring that
the animal is killed — Julie notes it’s
easier knowing technicians are
there to make sure the animals are
safe in the interim.
“There can be challenges
involved with the research. Maybe I
don’t agree with somebody’s project,
but at the end of the day that’s not
my call. All I can do is make sure the
animal is comfortable.”
When asked her thoughts about
the necessity of animal research, she
struggles to reach a conclusion.
“I don’t think there’s any other
way to do some of that research,”she
laments. “We’re losing children to
cancer and there’s no children that
are volunteering. So do you let a
whole bunch of people die or do you
use rats to study on? Who’s to say
what is right or wrong?”
WETT competes in
toboggan race
Sixty members of the Western Engi-
neering Toboggan Team are heading
to Edmonton this weekend to com-
pete in the annual concrete tobog-
gan competition.
The toboggans have to follow
certain guidelines in order to be con-
sidered for the competition.
“As far as the rules and restric-
tions for the toboggan go, [the]
toboggan must be under 300
pounds [and] has to hold five riders,”
explained Caitlin Stauft, co-captain
for Western’s team.
“The whole entire running sur-
face must be made of concrete, and
it has to have a bar that will with-
stand an 80 km per hour crash. [It’s]
also judged on design aspects, like
having the ability to break and steer,”
she continued.
The WETT toboggan follows all
these guidelines, but in order to fin-
ish better than last year, some
tweaks had to be made to the design
of the sled, according to Stauft.
“We switched our frame from
what it was last year — steel — to alu-
minum. Aluminum weighs about a
third of the weight that the steel
does. We also wanted to go with a
large concrete slab four feet long by
two and a half feet wide, as opposed
to previous years where we used
four smaller skis,” Stauft said.
The race does not just help stu-
dents represent their respective
schools, but it also helps them put
their knowledge of engineering to
“This race helps us to convert the
information we learned in the class-
room and implement it into building
and doing things in real life,” Stauft
— Jason Sinukoff
City staffers become
mall rats
City hall staff will be coming to a mall
near you this weekend to get input
on the proposed city hall budget.
“Pamphlets and summarized
budget documents will be available
for the public to access and take
home,” said Ian Collins, a manager
in the Financial Planning and Policy
Department for the City of London.
Staff will also be on hand to pro-
vide information on the proposed
changes, hear feedback what’s
important to residents and answer
any questions.
“It’s more appropriate at this
stage of the game to go out to the
community and meet with members
of the public,” Collins said. “The
direction is to come in at zero per
cent [property tax increase] with no
significant cuts to city services.”
Information on the proposed
changes is available online at the
City of London website.
Members of city council will be
holding meetings this Saturday at
Masonville Mall, Westmount Mall,
White Oaks Mall, and Argyle Mall
between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and this
Monday at Cherryhill Mall between 11
a.m. and 1 p.m.
— Laurence Batmazian
Western gets BIC’d
Western’s Institute for Chemicals
and Fuels from Alternative
Resources has agreed to collaborate
with the Bioindustrial Innovation
Centre in Sarnia.
The collaboration will allow the
two organizations to capitalize on
production and expansion by shar-
ing resources with each other. BIC
will be able to provide ICFAR with
lab and pilot plant facilities that will
increase their production.
Murray McLaughlin, executive
director at the BIC, noted ICFAR is
looking at up to a five to tenfold
increase in production of their prod-
ucts. ICFAR will, in turn, allow BIC to
work with consumers who need
pyrolysis work done because they
specialize in that area as well as cre-
ation of new biochemicals and oils.
The ability for both organizations
to benefit indicates the partnership
is a good decision, according to
McLaughlin. “That’s the sort of thing
we look at as we create these part-
nerships, is where we can have
mutual benefits with each other.”
— Ryan Hurlbut
News Briefs
Events Calendar
Friday, Jan. 28
Arkham Dispatch and Brian Blain
Where: The Black Shire Pub (511
Talbot St.)
Time: 9 p.m.
Looking for a beer and some live
music this weekend? Local rockers,
Arkham Dispatch, and Toronto
blues artist, Brian Blain, play simul-
taneous shows on the upper and
lower levels of the Black Shire Pub.
Saturday, Jan. 29
Slow Dance Night
Where: Brennan’s Beer & Bistro
(347 Clarence St.)
Time: 8:30 p.m.
London’s self-proclaimed “first-ever
slow dance night,” the event invites
wallflowers and veteran dancers
alike to a night featuring slow songs.
Admission is $8 at the door. More
information at
Western’s Sweet Dream — Charity
Ball 2011
Where: London Convention Centre
Time: 9 2 a.m.
Each year, Western sponsors a local
charity in the London community
and holds a formal event in order to
raise finances to be donated direct-
ly to the charity. This year Western
will be sponsoring The Boys and
Girls Club of London. All proceeds
will be directed towards planning
enriching programming for local
London children and their sponsors.
Tickets are $25 + tax, and are avail-
able at InfoSource or online at
SURLA Latin Night
Where: APK Live (340 Wellington St.)
Time: 7 p.m.
Western’s Students United in Repre-
sentation of Latin America are host-
ing their third-annual night in cele-
bration of Latin arts and culture. The
night will include an arts display,
open-mic poetry session, live acoustic
music, food, and wine tasting, and
ends with a live show by DJ Caballo
& The Mothafu Kings. Tickets are $5
at the door, and all proceeds help
support SURLA’s Backpacking Latin
America event in March.
Ill at Will Street Dance Competition
Where: Centennial Hall
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Dance groups of four to five mem-
bers each compete for the chance
to win $1,200 cash. Local dance
group, Ill at Will, hosts and will be
performing live. Tickets are $15 in
advance, $20 at the door, and can
be purchased at the Centennial Hall
box office or online at centennnial-
Monday, Jan. 31
Burlesque Dance Lessons
Where: Campus Recreation
Time: 9 to 10 p.m.
Inspired by the Christina Aguilera
film, this fitness class will teach you
some basic burlesque moves to
make you feel sexy while providing
a great workout for your abs, buns,
and thighs. Classes start Monday,
and are held every Monday until
March 28. Cost is $60 for students,
$75 for non-students, and you can
register online at shop.westernmus-
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Aaron Zaltzman
A recently announced $30 million
development plan which includes
Western and Fanshawe has attract-
ed criticism from a number of city
The projects are part of London’s
$67.8 million economic develop-
ment plan aimed at reshaping the
city’s economic pillars, which are
mostly based in manufacturing. The
plan will see a composite research
centre, which will deal with the
development, research and design of
lightweight composite materials
such as plastic and fibres.
The centre, which will be run by a
German industrial-research group
called the Frauhofer Society, will be
used for both research and manu-
“It will operate 50 per cent of the
time as industry-focused and 50 per
cent as research-based, so students,
faculty and graduate students will all
have access to that facility,” said Ted
Hewitt, vice-president of research
and international relations for West-
However, some London politi-
cians have raised concerns with the
development project. Ward 3 coun-
cillor Joe Swan said he doesn’t think
the tax increase which is necessary
to pay for the project, will be sus-
He also took issue with what he
perceived to be the small role gov-
ernments would be playing in the
development projects.
“The federal and provincial gov-
ernments are typically the largest
supporter of research projects in
education and health care […] they’re
not paying their fair share.”
Peter White, president of the
London Economic Development
Corporation, which is working with
the city on the development pro-
jects, said the research centre would
be useful for designing new technol-
ogy and producing materials with
London’s manufacturing companies.
The LEDC is also planning for the
construction of a full campus for
Fanshawe College’s schools of the-
atre, art, and digital art in the down-
town core.
“Utilizing existing buildings,
we’re developing […] a district, an
arts and education district that will
spring up in with this opportunity,”
White said.
Swan noted there are other wor-
thy areas that resources could be
allocated to, such as infrastructure
and public facilities.
“Each of the projects on their
own are exciting. It’s a question of
who shares the cost,” Swan added.
“I think the most important part
is to make sure that the local gov-
ernment has enough money to
afford them, and right now that is a
little unclear. It looks like we’ll be
having a significant tax increase if
we don’t find a way to find addition-
al revenue.”
Alex Carmona
Western’s Board of Governors
decided yesterday to adopt a new
policy regulating use of outdoor sig-
nage on campus. The new set of
rules, which includes additional
guidelines that will impact the Uni-
versity Students’ Council election
campaign signs, will be in effect for
the upcoming USC elections.
The policy, among other things,
limits student election campaign
signs to a maximum of two feet by
four feet, and bans the use of colour-
ing agents to write on snow —
including, specifically, Kool-Aid.
This year, election signs are
restricted to five areas of campus:
the area across from the Natural Sci-
ence building, Alumni Hall, the main
gates of the university, Concrete
Beach, and University College hill.
The new rules will also formalize
the process of fining candidates who
do not clean up their election mate-
rials within the required 48 hours
after the end of the race.
Chris Sinal, undergraduate rep-
resentative on the Board of Gover-
nors, pointed out anyone who thinks
these rules mark a major change in
student campaigning ought to check
the campus’ history.
“Over the past two or three years,
there has been an explosion of elec-
tion signs across campus, where
before there were none,” Sinal said.
According to Sinal, the university
took quick notice of the rapid
increase in outdoor signage. The
drafting process for the new rules
took place in 2008.
“My impression is that almost
immediately when one crop of stu-
dents went out and did this, the uni-
versity realized they needed to do
something about this,” Sinal added.
The regulations come just after
the USC’s recent decision not to
allow a motion to ban all outdoor
campaign signage to be brought for-
“Proposed changes to election
laws, which are part of Bylaw 2,
should be given with ample time for
council members to see if those are
changes they want to bring into the
USC. Enough notice wasn’t given,”
Nicole Fassina, communications
officer for the USC, said.
The USC’s elections committee,
of which Fassina is a part, also rec-
ommended Wednesday any motion
to amend Bylaw 2 be brought after
this year’s elections.
“We want to give all candidates
who are either close or not as close
to the USC enough time to prepare,
and passing any changes to Bylaw 2
so close to the election wouldn’t
really work from a fairness perspec-
tive,” Fassina contested.
Jon Silver, another undergradu-
ate representative on the Board of
Governors, pointed candidates who
are unable to successfully engage
the greater student body use signage
as a student-funded crutch.
“Student funds pay for the signs
that are produced, so it’s just another
impetus to get candidates to use stu-
dents’ money in a way that will more
successfully engage the electorate.”
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Abandoned bikes targeted
Police set to resell bikes after 90 days
Cameron Smith
For students using campus as winter
storage for their bikes, it’s time to
relocate your ride.
According to Elgin Austen, direc-
tor of the Campus Community
Police Service, the bikes that have
been locked around campus since
fall will soon be removed.
“It happens every year,” Austen
said. “We’re looking at abandoned
bikes now, and we’ll soon be picking
them up.”
Procedure dictates campus
police must first leave a notification
on the abandoned bike saying it will
be removed. If no owner claims it,
Campus Police remove the bike and
store it.
“Bikes are held for 90 days,”
Austen said. “Then, after that, they
are auctioned off and the profits go
to charity.”
Students who continue riding
their bikes into the winter need not
fear their bike may be confused for
an abandoned one.
“We’ve kept an eye on those bikes
since the fall and we know which
ones have been abandoned,” Austen
Though the yearly roundup of
abandoned bikes might be bad news
for students who have forgotten
their bikes on campus, it’s good
news for bicycle rental organization
Purple Bikes.
“Many, if not most, of our bikes
have generously been donated by
campus police,” Mimmi Thompson,
co-chair of Purple Bikes, said.
Purple Bikes is a program that
began earlier this year, allowing stu-
dents to borrow bikes for up to 48
“At the end of 2010, a couple of
our volunteers went to a police auc-
tion and bought some bikes for us to
fix up,” Thompson said. “We don’t
have to invest the money in buying
the bike itself [if] we can invest it in
paying for the new parts required to
fix it up.”
According to Brandon Watson,
communications officer for West-
ern’s Physical Plant Department,
bikes locked around campus during
the winter make maintenance diffi-
cult for Physical Plant employees.
“[Locked bikes] interfere with
snow removal,” Watson said. “Espe-
cially if they’re not in their designat-
ed areas.”
Tasks like snow removal are
made particularly difficult for staff
when bikes are locked in undesig-
nated places, like railings or lamp-
“Most of the bike racks are strate-
gically placed,” Watson explained.
This is meant to provide Physical
Plant and maintenance staff with the
access and maneuverability
required clear the snow.
Watson suggested students seek
out venues like Parking Services to
keep their bikes if they intend to ride
into the winter.
USC > Elections
New rules approved
for campaign signs
New Western, Fanshawe
development under fire
Over the past two or
three years, there has
been an explosion of
election signs across
campus, where before
there were none.
Chris Sinal
Undergraduate representative on the
Board of Governors
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Let’s talk about sex(ism)
Your anonymous letters to life
Dear Life,
The only thing I look forward to when
I wake up is WTL: Western-Tan-
Drake in the background — AWHHH
let it play.
Dear Life,
The square root of 69 is 8 point some-
thing, right?
‘Cause I’ve been trying to work it out,
Dear Life,
So they take pictures of cheerleaders
throwing out their garbage in the
library. Someone says, “There are
cheerleaders in Glee! Let’s post the
pictures everywhere and call it Library
Oh yeah? Well there are also cheer-
leaders in porn. Why couldn’t they
have called it library porn?
Dear Life,
Why is it that the past two days walk-
ing into the basement of the Campus
Recreation is like walking into an
extremely moist sauna? As if I don’t
feel gross enough after a workout.
Dear Life,
Are people sporting the Canada Goose
coats a sign of comfort or conformity?
Dear Life,
Why are people talking in the library?
I don’t mean to be rude, but please
Dear Life,
Why do you torture me by making me
park as far away from Social Science
as possible? Both Medway and
Springett are way too far to walk from
in the freezing morning air on my way
to calculus.
Submit your letter online at
For decades, there has been a stigma of cruelty that
went hand-in-hand with animal testing. Cruelty did
exist when there were more lax standards in ethics
within the scientific community.
However, modern scientific research cannot
happen without passing through a rigorous vetting
process run by an ethics board to determine
whether animal testing in a study is both necessary
and humane.
Thankfully this is the case since, at least in terms
of vital medical advancements, animal testing is the
only available or viable method that a research
group can use. Human testing is used as much as
possible, but that can only go so far. Eventually, sci-
ence requires some sort of guinea pig. That’s where
we have to choose whether humans or animals will
be that guinea pig.
Most of the time, the ethical problem with ani-
mal testing comes from the belief that scientists use
animals for frivolous purposes, such as cosmetics
testing. Perhaps this is where animal rights activists
should pick their battle.
Another concern can rise from the source of
funding for these studies. Animal testing at public
universities is often funded by government grants
– that means the money comes from taxpayers.
This creates an ethical dilemma for citizens who do
not support testing on animals. Unfortunately, this
is simply the nature of taxation in Canada.
This issue could be avoided by limiting funding
to private enterprise. However, this would likely
sway the research in a direction that would direct-
ly benefit the company funding the project, rather
than the greater good.
Alternatives to animal testing are being devel-
oped, such as computer modelling and stem cell
research. However, there are pitfalls with both solu-
tions as computer modelling for this type of
research is still in its infancy, while stem cell
research opens the door for another ethical debate.
Perhaps the real problem is the veil of secrecy
between researchers at Western and the public.
Many students are probably unaware that animal
testing even occurs on campus.
Education about of the actual nature of animal
testing and publicity about the thorough approval
and oversight process that must occur might be
necessary for widespread public acceptance. After
all, while animal testing is an unpleasant prospect
for many people, it is a necessary tool for scientif-
ic advancement.
—The Gazette Editorial Board
A testing
issue of mice
and men
Dear Life
Jesse Tahirali
Our sports pages recently featured a col-
umn by Kaitlyn McGrath about the dis-
crepancy between the men’s and
women’s sides of the Association of Ten-
nis Professionals.
Her piece, in my opinion, was mostly
spot on. But it brings up a deeper issue,
applicable to all sports and many other
aspects of life — an issue that has come
to be taboo in our society.
When is it OK to point out the differ-
ences between men and women?
When Kaitlyn showed “No love for
women’s tennis,”her criticisms really had
nothing to do with the fact the players
were women. Professional tennis is divid-
ed into the “men’s draw” and the
“women’s draw” — the men’s draw right
now just happens to have great competi-
tion between some of the best players to
ever live. It’s not sexist to argue that, at
this point in time, the men’s side of tennis
is more exciting than the women’s side.
But it seems like it’s sexist to point out
the reason why this and other sport
leagues are segregated in the first place
— women just can’t compete with men at
the professional levels.
Bear with me — I’m not saying that all
men are better than all women at every
type of athletics. This obviously isn’t true.
I’m also not saying women shouldn’t
play sports — in fact, I think it should be
the opposite. Women are at a cultural dis-
advantage for not being pushed into
sports at young ages. I’m not sure if this
still holds true today, but girls used to be
called “tomboys” for taking an interest in
traditionally-male activities.
When only a fraction of females
become involved in sports, the talent-
level of professional female athletes as a
whole definitely suffers.
I’m definitely an advocate for getting
more girls into sports at a young age.
What I don’t support is declaring “sex-
ism” whenever some sort of difference
between the genders is pointed out.
I’m not the one who segregated most
sport competitions by gender — but am I
supposed to ignore the fact that women
wouldn’t generally be able to compete at
the highest levels sport had this division
not been implemented?
Men have a genetic predisposition to
be more muscular than women — this
makes it more likely that a man would be
superior at a physical competition. Point-
ing this out is not sexism.
The paradoxical goal of society seems
to be making everyone feel like they’re
the same as everyone else while simulta-
neously letting everyone know they are
unique and special.
I support not applying the tendencies
of specific subcultures to an entire group
of people. But let’s face it, genetic differ-
ences exist.
No one is going to get uppity if I make
the declaration that lightweight fighters
are generally unable to compete with the
heavyweights. Combat sports — sports
where size makes all the difference — are
divided into weight classes for the sake
of competition.
In the same way women are disad-
vantaged, naturally smaller people are
also at a genetic disadvantage.
Oversensitivity does nothing to bene-
fit our society. It’s easy to demonstrate
that — whether people would like to
admit it or not — men and women are dif-
ferent. Society needs to face the facts and
admit this to itself.
I believe that if we really wanted to we could work
steadily towards a day in 10 to 20 years time when
animal experimentation will have disappeared.
—Professor Michael Balls
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Letters to the Editor
Re: “IDF soldier should not have been
brought in”(Jan. 25, 2011)
To the Editor:
The anti-Israel student protest, which
disrupted an open forum to discuss
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is a
display of stubborn ignorance.
Students at Western had a unique
opportunity to confront, question,
and quarrel with an English-speak-
ing Israel Defence Forces soldier. In
a shameful display, students opted
to close their minds and ears and
walk out on the IDF speaker.
Martin Luther King Jr. is quoted
as saying, “In the end, we will
remember not the words of our
enemies, but the silence of our
The resounding silence left in
the wake of the mass departure
leaves me believing pro-Palestinian
students do not care to be educated
on the problems of today, but rather
create a divide to discourage and
alienate students who want to
make a better place for tomorrow. I
know we do not all agree on the
problems or the solutions — but the
fact still remains we are all friends
in humanity.
By walking out of the event, stu-
dents in the Western community
turned their back on fellow stu-
dents. The only way to mend these
issues is to discuss the problems,
not turn our backs in silence and
walk away.
—David Chajes
Geography IV
Re: “Depression strikes campus” (Jan.
26, 2011)
To the Editor:
Statistical literacy seems to elude
the author of “Depression strikes
campus.” The article has a sensa-
tionalist headline boasting a quar-
ter of students “feel sad all the time,”
only to be amended later to just a
quarter of students who visit cam-
pus health services.
This is not a representative sam-
ple. The study even gives the general
prevalence as 16 per cent for under-
graduate students, and 13 per cent for
graduate students — why wasn’t this
number used for the article?
The author then fails to make the
important distinction between sui-
cidal thoughts and suicidal wishes.
The researchers found that less than
one per cent of participants “would
like to kill [themselves]” and exact-
ly zero would do it if they had the
While nothing reported is untrue,
the statistics given in the article are
very misleading. Part of a university
career is learning critical thinking
and statistical literacy. With Univer-
sity Students’ Council elections com-
ing up, the Gazette really needs to
have a higher standard for reporting
—Tim Whelan
Eng. II
Re: “No love for women’s tennis” (Jan.
21, 2011)
To the Editor:
I hate to disagree with you that
women’s tennis is in a downward slide
and that female players usually go
south after winning big — but many
stars go down because of injury. This
includes Safina and Sharapova.
You cannot blame them for being
injured and expecting them to
comeback strong after recovery.
This also happened to Del Potro who
currently is recovering from injury.
To stay number one you have to
keep consistent, which is pretty
hard to do when you’re injured or
Clijsters also was not able to keep
the title because she retired to get
married and had kids. She came
back in top form and I wouldn’t be
surprised if she returned to the top.
Concerning the lack of excite-
ment in women’s matches, I really
think your opinion would be differ-
ent if you recently watched the Woz-
niacki vs. Schiavone or the Radwan-
ska vs. Peng match in the Australian
Open. Both were very entertaining
with many intense situations.
Watching women’s tennis is just
as entertaining as watching men’s
tennis — maybe even more.
—Mike Stankiewicz
To the Editor:
In the blink of an eye everything can
change. People can go from feeling
invincible one moment to being
completely vulnerable the next.
I felt this change on the day of my
accident when I dove into the lake
and hit the bottom. I suddenly found
myself face down in the water,
unconscious and paralyzed from the
chest down.
My accident changed my life in a
major way. I have come to appreci-
ate how important it is to take good
care of my body. Over the years I’ve
come to realize that what I feed my
body really does count for some-
thing — truly, “you are what you eat.”
Everyone hears about probiotics
and omega fatty acids, but the life of
a university student doesn’t always
allow time to include these things in
diets. It is easy to eat fast food on the
run and occasionally drink too
much on the weekends.
In late October I was invited to
attend the fourth National Spinal
Cord Injury Conference in Niagara
Falls. It provided a setting for doc-
tors, physiotherapists, neurologists
and other health care professionals
that work with spinal cord injury
patients to meet, share and discuss
recent developments in the field.
At this conference one keynote
speaker was Joanne Smith, a nutri-
tional counsellor for people with
physical disabilities.
Joanne talked about once being
a Western student many years ago,
and how she was in a car accident
and suffered a spinal cord injury.
While in the hospital she experi-
enced significant weight loss, which
is common after this type of injury.
As time went on, she really
struggled to regain the weight. Her
doctor was concerned about this
and asked what her favorite brand
of beer was. The next day he
returned with a case of Molson
Canadian and each bottle inside the
case came with a prescription label
glued to its side.
As funny as it was, and as great
as it seemed at the time, this led
Joanne to wonder about the nutri-
tional value of beer. She started
thinking about what some healthier
alternatives might be. This is what
triggered her ambition to return to
school to study nutrition.
Proper nutrition is very impor-
tant for everyone, but even more so
for someone who has sustained a
traumatic injury. My body is more
fragile and I now easily notice when
I haven’t been eating well. We all
need to appreciate the fact that our
food choices today may lead to seri-
ous health issues tomorrow.
As students, the stress we feel
during exams can lead to lower
stomach acid production. Because
of this, digestion of proteins and
absorption of minerals slows down.
This makes it even more important
to properly fuel our bodies by mak-
ing healthy food choices.
Joanne’s talk offered some great
advice on making healthy food
choices for people with disabilities.
I learned that eating high fibre and
avoiding caffeine and alcohol,
amongst other things, can promote
optimal liver function. Supplements
can also be useful in correcting
some common nutrient deficiencies.
With a little guidance everyone
Students ignore
Depression stats
Women’s tennis
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appear on our website, www.west- Comments may be
abridged or edited for clarity.
Re: “Is your degree worth more than the
paper it’s printed on?”(Jan. 21, 2011)
The last line of this editorial hits the
nail on the head: your degree is the
bare minimum and students need to
do as much as they can to make
themselves attractive and invaluable
to potential employers.
And for the vast majority of
employers, that means extra-curric-
ular (preferably leadership) experi-
ence alongside industry experience
through internships and co-ops.
While your degree itself does not
guarantee you meaningful employ-
ment after graduation, university
does provide many opportunities,
such as extra-curriculars and
increased access to work experience,
for students — opportunities that
non-students have a much harder
time getting.
The moral of the story here is that
it’s no longer OK to just float through
university going to and from class
and getting decent grades. You have
to find a way to get real-world expe-
rience, even if it’s just in student
groups on campus, that you can
relate to your future employers. Your
degree is only one small part of it.
—Cassandra Jowett
Re: “Controversial gift raises eyebrows”
(Jan 25, 2011)
The fact that there is even a con-
troversy about this money appalls
me. Not only was the company
completely restructured and the
so-called “mobsters” (as the UWO
Faculty Association president so
tastelessly put it) were removed
from the company, they are no
longer even in the business they
were in that brought about the
financial crisis.
Goldman Sachs is no longer an
investment bank but rather a bank
holding company, which, if you
know anything about business, is
completely different. They exploited
a bad regulation and bad things hap-
pened. It’s time to move on. That is
what they are trying to do in rein-
venting their business model, as well
as the outreach work such as schol-
arships they are engaging in.
I find it appalling that people
would even consider passing on
such a larger scholarship that could
be the difference between a student
receiving an MBA or not, especially
during the “blue chair” campaign. If
people truly want more kids to get
quality education, we should not be
passing on such an obvious and
great opportunity.
Where the UWOFA president
gets off by calling executives who
are trying turn their company and its
reputation around “mobsters,” I
don’t know, but I am sorry that I
even considered supporting the
UWOFA in the labour disputes early
this year. People at this university
need to wake up and take this
extremely generous gift at face value
and smile because another young
mind will be able to live up to
his/her potential because of it.
Comments from the Web
can lead a healthier life style. It starts
the same way someone with a spinal
cord injury learns to walk again —
one step at a time.
—Aaron Lillie
Social Science
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He’s back! After a brief hiatus, Isaiah Mustafa will be returning as
the “Old Spice Guy” in a new commercial. In the ad he invites
viewers to “stare through his striking brown eyes” and explains
how his body makes seamstresses cry.
Redroche ready to rock Charity Ball
DJ and production duo honoured to be performing
Narayan Chattergoon
Western’s annual Charity Ball, which
takes place tomorrow, will feature
Redroche — production duo and
brothers, Antoine and Gio. The
Gazette had the chance to talk to
Redroche about the event.
How did you become a DJ?
We started as an entertainment
company — throwing our own
events and getting into the whole
party scene. DJing is the first part of
getting involved with events, so if
you really want to be a part of it, you
become a DJ to really understand
the entire process.
What music interests you and
what do you play for crowds?
Personally, I like anything relat-
ed to house music with an ‘80s influ-
ence. We usually play funky house
or disco house — more club music
than anything.
How are you feeling about your
upcoming performance at
Charity Ball?
We’re really excited. We’re not
exactly sure what to expect, but
we’re honoured to be performing,
especially since it’s for a good cause.
We’ve heard great things about the
way Western parties, which really
goes hand-in-hand with what we
bring to events.
What made you decide to play
this event?
We’re used to doing more club
stuff, or different events — we were
recently the opening act for Dead-
mau5 — but this [event] is really
appealing since we get to play for a
university and for a good cause.
What’s your favourite kind of
crowd to DJ for?
That’s a tough question. Person-
ally, my favourite kind of crowd is
one that knows the music, is there to
see you play the music, and know
who you are as a DJ and a producer.
Have you ever DJ’d other
events like Charity Ball?
We haven’t DJ’d at other charity
events, but we have done university
events before. We’re based in
Kingston, so we’ve been involved
with Queen’s — but not as large a
scale as we will be with Western.
How do you decide what to play
for specific crowds?
In general, you have to stick to
your own sound, but you do cater to
the crowd. You have a get a feel for
them — we usually have an idea of
what they like within the first few
tracks we play. Over time, you get
accustomed to feeling your crowd
and seeing what they like.
What are your musical plans for
the upcoming year?
We just released our latest single, a
remix of The Pointer Sisters’ “Dare
Me,”which has been signed to a num-
ber of labels. Now we’re just prepar-
ing for our next single and possibly
some tours across Europe. Eventual-
ly we might release an album.
What’s your ideal crowd?
In general, we just want a crowd
that wants to let loose, dance, and
have some fun.
Charity Ball is tomorrow night at
the London Convention Centre. Tick-
ets are $25 plus tax and proceeds go to
the Boys and Girls Club of London.
Tickets available online or at InfoS-
ource. Doors open at 9 p.m. Find more
information about Redroche at
Lauren Pelley
It’s that time of year when winter has
been dragging on and summer still
feels so far away. It’d be great to
whisk away to the Caribbean for a bit
– but what college student has
enough time off (or cash left) to do
that? Don’t fret though. There are
ways to beat the January blahs that
won’t dig into your bank account.
Start a new workout routine
You don’t need to wait until summer
to break a sweat. Whether you made
it a New Year’s resolution or not,
adding exercise into your lifestyle
will fill you with endorphins and give
you a hot summer bod early. Make it
a mission to head to the gym more.
Or, to simulate summer heat, take up
hot yoga — you’ll sweat out toxins,
and gain muscle tone and strength.
Check out the winter fitness sched-
ule for Campus Recreationat West- Or drop by a com-
munity class at Moksha Yoga, locat-
ed at the corner of Richmond Street
and Mill Street – their schedule is
online too at MokshaYogaLon-
Embrace the cold
The snow is here to stay – for a little
while longer, at least. Rent some ice
skates and head to the ice rink
downtown in Victoria Parkfor a fun
group outing or a romantic date. Ski-
ing and snowboarding are another
fun way to enjoy the snow, so head
to nearby Boler Mountain for a day
on the slopes – you can find prices
and specials at
Or explore the outdoors by hiking or
snowshoeing. Free group hikes hap-
pen along the Thames Valley Trail
on Saturday mornings, with full
details at
Have a weekend getaway
We can’t all head to Hawaii – but
who says you need to fly to take a
vacation? A weekend getaway to a
nearby city can be just the ticket to
give you a change of scenery. Head
to Toronto with friends for a shop-
ping trip or to catch a sports game –
the VIA train will take you right into
the heart of the city. Or make it a
weekend for two and have a roman-
tic dinner or spa day in Niagara Falls
or Buffalo.
Enjoy a “staycation”
Can’t leave London? Why not figure
out something fun to do in the city?
Londonlicious is the perfect avenue
for trying out new restaurants, with
major discounts throughout the city
– the event runs until Feb. 6, and you
can see the set-price menus online
at Or stroll
through somewhere you’ve never
been. Covent Garden Market on
King Street is absolutely charming
and open all weekend. They even
have cooking classes and other fun
activities you can see at CoventMar- And if you want to check
out local artists, the Arts Project
gallery on Dundas Street is open
from 12 to 5 p.m. every Saturday.
Planning new outings like these will
give your weekend a fresh spin and
help shake up your winter routine.
Courtesy of Redroche
DO WE LOOK READY TO PARTY? DJ and production duo Redroche are based in
Kingston but have “heard great things about the way Western parties.”
We just want a crowd
that wants to let loose,
dance, and have some
— Redroche
Beat Winter Blahs
Corey Stanford GAZETTE
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“My experience with the Forces has been
remarkable. After paying for my education,
they put me to work around the world. Now
I never know where my next challenge will
take me.”
« Mon expérience dans les Forces a été
remarquable. Après avoir payé mes études,
elles m’ont permis de travailler dans plusieurs
pays. Et je ne sais jamais où mon prochain
défi m’emmènera. »
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According to the current class
action lawsuit against Taco Bell, the
company may not have as much
beef in their tacos as they claim.
Alabama law firm Beasley Allen
claims Taco Bell has been using a
much looser definition of the word
“beef” than their customers might
expect — they claim the meat is
made up of only 36 per cent beef.
The lawsuit claims that rest contains
wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodex-
trin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed
yeast extract, modified corn starch,
sodium phosphates and other non-
meat ingredients.
Taco Bell released a statement on
their website regarding the class
action lawsuit.
“The lawsuit is bogus and filled
with completely inaccurate facts.
Our beef is 100 per cent USDA
inspected just like the quality of beef
you would buy in a supermarket
and prepare in your home,” reads
the statement.
The statement adds the company
takes this attack very seriously and
plans to take legal action against the
firm for making false statements
about their company.
Beasley Allen say they are not
looking for any compensation from
the fast food chain, but simply ask
that their advertising be an accurate
reflection of the product.
— Christina Guidoccio
Curnoe’s collages
reflect ‘50s and ‘60s
Narayan Chattergoon
CUTOUT: Greg Curnoe, Shaped Col-
lages 1965-68 at Museum London
may seem like an unusual exhibit at
first, but if you are at all curious
about the ‘50s and ‘60s, it’s definite-
ly something to see.
CUTOUT features the works of
Greg Curnoe, a London painter and
mixed media artist inspired by pop
art, jazz music and everyday life in
London. Using cutout painted
wooden shapes, Curnoe created col-
lages with different items related to
the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Most of the cutout shapes are in
the form of facial features, which
collectively combine to create one
large display of work.
Beyond the overall shapes, how-
ever, lies the most intriguing aspect
of Curnoe’s work. The items he uses
in his collages are quite diverse. Old
advertisements, tickets, flyers, prod-
uct labels and much more dating
back to the ‘50s and ‘60s give an
interesting perspective to multiple
aspects of changing society at that
time. Taking a critical look at these
items, in comparison to today’s soci-
ety, prompts viewers to reflect on
how much has changed within the
last 50 years.
Seeing these articles presented in
such a unique fashion provides an
opportunity to look at history from a
different angle — looking at direct
items and getting a real perspective
of some of the popular ideals and
consumerism of the past, as
opposed to simply reading about
CUTOUT is definitely an interest-
ing exhibit, giving perspective of a
time with which most of us have no
direct experience. If you’d like fresh,
historical perspective presented in a
unique manner, CUTOUTis definite-
ly for you.
The exhibit runs at Museum Lon-
don until April 17. Admission by
What do you have if you lose all your
In Nicole Krauss’ Man Walks Into
a Room, New York English professor
Samson Greene awakes in a hospital
in Nevada to find a strange woman
sitting at his bedside. She’s his wife
of 10 years, but he can’t remember
her at all. Samson has just had a
tumour removed from his brain, and
along with it, has lost all his memo-
ries past the age of 12.
Sampson can remember his
childhood vividly and in great detail,
but cannot recall his wedding day,
his mother’s death, or how he fell in
love with Anna, his wife. Following
the unraveling of his marriage, Sam-
son tries to regain his identity and
gain a sense of normalcy.
In her first novel of a many of suc-
cessful works, Krauss explores the
importance of memory to our indi-
vidual identity, and the lonely freedom
that can come after losing them. Her
beautiful prose and ability to develop
empathetic characters make Man
Walks Into a Room a read that res-
onates long after you close the book.
— Maddie Leznoff
On the Shelf A&L Shorts
Man Walks Into a Room
By Nicole Krauss
Do you have an interest in
books, movies, film and music?
Do you want to pursue a
career in journalism?
Looking to improve your
writing skills?
Come volunteer with the
Arts & Life section!
Just walk up to
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Graphics by Nicole Gibillini GAZETTE
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rundown >> Mustangs athletes of the week were Scott Leitch and Elaine Screaton > Screaton was influential in both of the women’s volleyball team wins over RMC and
Queen’s last weekend | Leitch placed first in the 600 m event at the Don Wright Invitational > With his time of 1:20.25 he is currently ranked first in the country
The Mustangs women’s hockey team will take on the York Lions
on Saturday night at Thompson Arena. Puck drops at 4 pm.
Leddy, Selfe cue comeback
40-point second half secures Mustang win
Arden Zwelling
When Western Mustangs forward
Katelyn Leddy was summoned to
head coach Stephan Barrie’s office
earlier this week, the message was
“I just told her to start playing
basketball. It’s almost like she lost
her identity a little bit. I told her to
stop trying to be something else —
just be who you are,”Barrie said after
watching his team earn a 70-64
come-from-behind victory over the
Laurier Golden Hawks Wednesday
The message was not lost on
Leddy, who responded by bringing
down five rebounds and scoring 11
second half points to lead the Mus-
tangs to victory.
The second half points were key,
as Western went into the locker
room at halftime down by eight after
a less–than–inspired opening 20
“We woke up at half time,” Barrie
said of his team, which trailed for
almost the entire first half. “In the
first, our offence was so discombob-
ulated that it started to affect our
defence as well.”
Discombobulated is one way of
putting it — listless and passive are
Despite shooting 50 per cent
from the field, the Mustangs scored
just 30 first half points, showing lit-
tle aggression down low and allow-
ing Laurier to pull away after a 10-2
run to start the second quarter.
But the second half was another
story altogether as the Mustangs
found renewed life in the paint and
put up 22 points in the third stanza,
including five points from Leddy
and four from Jacklyn Selfe.
“It was a good comeback. We
shouldn’t have been in that situation
in the first place, but we pulled
through,” Selfe, who finished with a
team-best 15 points and four assists,
said. “It’s always risky leaving it to
the third or fourth quarter like that,
but we stuck together as a team and
it shows.”
For the Mustangs, that meant
spreading the scoring around as the
squad finished with four players
with double digit point totals and
two more with eight apiece.
It has been the story all season
for a team that features three players
averaging more than 10 points a
“It was contributions from differ-
ent people — that’s what our team is
all about. We’re not going to have
one or two kids doing all the work,”
Barrie explained.
“We’re going to have a crew of
kids getting lots of shots each night,
scoring in the low teens and being a
factor for us.”
Team effort aside, it was Leddy’s
clutch three-point play with just
over a minute left that put the Gold-
en Hawks away for good.
Peeling around a Hawk defender
and taking a soft pass from Selfe,
Leddy drove the lane and dropped a
bucket, drawing a foul in the
It gave the Mustangs a 65-59 lead
and put the game out of reach.
“She was really a spark,” Barrie
said. “You need to hit big shots at key
The Mustangs were markedly
more aggressive down low in the
second, drawing Hawk defenders
under the basket and opening up
uncontested shots for Selfe and
Laura Dally who hit five field goals,
including two three pointers, in the
“For us, that was the kids execut-
ing the game plan we put up before
the game. They just decided to exe-
cute it a little bit late,” Barrie said.
Selfe was especially inspired in
the second half, scoring six points in
the fourth quarter to help the Mus-
tangs pull away.
“That’s who Jacklyn is — she’s a
good leader. I thought she had a bad
first half […] but I know she was
probably more mad at herself than I
was,” Barrie said.
“She took it upon herself to come
back in the second half and play
more like she can. She was a big fac-
tor for us down the stretch.”
For the Golden Hawks, it was
their second loss to the Mustangs in
five days after Western travelled to
Waterloo and topped Laurier 70-62
on the weekend.
Head coach Paul Falco could
only watch as his team’s eight-point
halftime lead deteriorated down the
“We got a bit hesitant on offence
in the second half. We didn’t move
the ball as quickly and we allowed
them to adjust their defence,” Falco
said. “We just didn’t drop some of
the shots that we normally hit. That
happens some nights.”
Corey Stanford GAZETTE
lyn Selfe (#13) helped spark the Mustangs comeback, scoring 10 of her 15 points
in the second half. The win helps solidify Western’s hold on first place in the com-
petitive OUA West division.
For us, that was the
kids executing the
game plan we put up
before the game. They
just decided to execute
it a little bit late.
Stephen Barrie
Head Coach of the Western Mustangs
On his team’s second half surge
Arden Zwelling
When you talk about a team that
needed a win, you don’t have to look
much further than the Western Mus-
Losers of five of their last six and
playing with enough injuries to give
the Toronto Raptors a run for their
money, the Mustangs scratched and
clawed their way to an 82-79 victo-
ry over the Laurier Golden Hawks
Wednesday night.
It was the first time all season the
Mustangs had beaten a top four
team in the log-jammed Ontario
University Athletics West conference
and the squad’s first victory at home
since November of last year.
But more than that, it was a state-
“It says we can play with better
teams and we have the capability to
win games if we execute properly,”
Mustangs head coach Brad Camp-
bell said after the game. “We were
very desperate for a victory so we’ll
take it any way we can get it.”
Clutching to seventh place in an
eight team conference going into the
game, a loss would have dropped
the Mustangs three games under
.500 and meant an uphill climb to
reach the playoffs.
Just four points separate fourth
and seventh in the OUA West and
the Mustangs could ill afford to fall
to the tail end of the pack.
“This win was really big. It gives
us the energy we need to come out
and compete,” Mustangs forward
Andrew Wedemire said. “We beat
teams like [Laurier] and all of a sud-
den other teams have to start wor-
rying about our team coming
together at the right time.”
As has been the story all season, it
was Wedemire who led the way for
the Mustangs, finishing with 24 points
on 9 of 15 shooting and five rebounds.
The fifth-year veteran currently sits
sixth in the OUA, averaging 18 points
per game, and fifth with a remarkable
55.7 field goal percentage.
“We haven’t been able to handle
Wedemire inside for three years —
he’s tough,” Golden Hawks coach
Peter Campbell quipped after the
game. “His quickness really gives
our big guys problems.”
Mustangs point guard Ryan Bar-
beau added 19 points of his own, to go
with five assists in 36 minutes of work.
>> see HAWKS pg.10
‘Desperate’ Mustangs
earn much needed win
We haven’t been able
to handle Wedemire
inside for three years —
he’s tough. His quick-
ness really gives our
big guys problems.
Peter Campbell
Laurier Golden Hawks head coach
On the difficulty of guarding Mustang
Andrew Wedemire
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Hawks choke at free throw line
Corey Stanford GAZETTE
best Michael Jordan impression over Laurier defenders Matthew Buckley (#12) and Philip Blumel (#14). Wedemire led the
Mustangs to an upset win with 24 points and five rebounds.
Clearly the shooting was there, but
rebounding haunted the Mustangs
once again, as they found themselves
out–rebounded 25-15 in the first half
and 15-10 in the second, including the
14 offensive boards the Golden
Hawks were able to pull down.
“It’s something we have
addressed but we still have to work
on,” Brad Campbell said. “It’s no
secret we’re in a situation where we
need more of our [forwards] to
rebound a bit better.”
To their credit, the Golden Hawks
stuck around until the final buzzer,
shooting 56.3 per cent from the field
and getting to the foul line 22 times
in the second half after earning just
two free throws in the first. Kale Har-
rison led all Hawks with 22 points,
while Matthew Buckley posted a
double-double with 19 points and 15
Unfortunately for the Hawks,
they missed eight of those 22 second
half free throws, a crushing reality in
a game they lost by just three.
“We certainly had our chances at
the end — we just missed the shots,”
Peter Campbell said. “When you’re
trying to make a comeback, you go
to the line and you have to make the
shots. It stops the bleeding.”
The Mustangs finished every
stanza with the lead, but allowed the
Golden Hawks to stay in the game
throughout, even surrendering the
lead for a brief period after an 8-0
Laurier run in the third quarter — a
frame that played more like a ping-
pong match than a basketball game
with both teams scoring at will.
Even as the Mustangs tried in
vain to put the game out of reach
with a trio of three-pointers in the
fourth quarter, the Golden Hawks
stuck around until the dying seconds.
With just over a second left in the
game and the Mustangs leading 80-
77, Wedemire fouled Buckley in
three-point territory, sending the
fourth-year forward to the charity
stripe for a chance to tie the game
with free throws.
“That was tough,” Wedemire
admitted after the game. “I’m stand-
ing there hoping he misses at least
one and bails me out on the foul.”
Wedemire’s prayers were
answered as Buckley hit just two of
his three shots, effectively sealing
a much-needed victory for the
“That’s not a situation you want
to be in. It certainly didn’t help us,”
Brad Campbell said after all was said
and done. “We fought ourselves
down the stretch in the second half.
To win consistently, we have to be
better than that.”
>> continued from pg.9
Daniel Da Silva
Is this really what sports reporting
has become?
“All I’m saying is that he can fin-
ish the game on a hurt knee… I
played the whole season on one,”
tweeted Jaguars running back Mau-
rice Jones-Drew.
“I’ve hurt my knee playing football
four times. Never once did I then
stand up on the sidelines afterwards,”
Ross Tucker, a former NFL player and
current sports writer for ESPN, said.
With the vitriol that was spewed
his way, you might have thought
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cut-
ler had beaten a child senseless on
national television. What happened
instead was Cutler was injured,
pulled from the game by the medical
staff and then stood on the sidelines
as his team tried to come back in the
second half of a championship game.
Yet as soon as fellow players,
media types and fans saw him stand-
ing on the sideline and not on the field,
they were all over him like a pack of
wild dogs. They accused him of being
a wimp and quitting on his team.
Never mind waiting to find out
what the actual story was. This man
was guilty well before the trial
process started.
When the truth did come out a
day later, it turned out Cutler had a
grade 3 MCL sprain, which is a full
tear of a major knee ligament. And it
turns out he didn’t quit on the team,
he was pulled from the game because
he was deemed not fit to play.
But even that explanation wasn’t
enough. Cutler was already deemed
a wimp and a quitter. Never mind
that this man was one of the most
sacked quarterbacks in the league
and continued to get up after each
hit. Never mind that he helped bring
his team to their first NFC champi-
onship game since 2006.
When you really consider what
happened, it’s pretty clear that this had
nothing to do with the game itself.
Cutler is just an unpopular figure in
the league and this was ammunition
for his detractors to use against him.
And it’s not because he’s a bad guy
either. People don’t like him because
he is a pretty quiet guy, doesn’t care
for the media and refuses to give
them juicy quotes, and he is usually
in his own world. What a jackass.
He’s the kind of jackass who con-
sistently raises money for kids with
diabetes — without notifying national
media. He also turns down endorse-
ments for the sake of his privacy.
I’m pretty sure players like Brett
Favre and Terrell Owens have yet to
go to the bathroom without getting
the media involved.
Sadly, the Jay Cutler case is just
an example of the new Twitter-run,
Deadspin-style sports reporting. If
you aren’t a media whore with
charisma, you are either going to be
irrelevant or hated. If you’re caught
on video or in photographs doing
anything, a story will be spun with-
out the facts to condemn you. It’s a
shoot first, ask questions later
approach that doesn’t concern itself
with truth or avoiding libel.
Fans get in on the act with their
Twitter accounts and pointless blogs.
Earlier this month, Green Bay
quarterback Aaron Rodgers was
filmed not signing a hat for a cancer
patient. He was ripped a new ass-
hole within hours of the video
being released.
Never mind the fact that he’s a
board member of the Midwest Ath-
letes Against Childhood Cancer,
where he hosts events, invites kids
to Packers training camps and prac-
tices, spends time with patients and
signs autographs for them.
So my proposition is simple.
How about we leave professional
athletes alone?
If you are going to criticize them,
make sure it’s about his on-field per-
formance and you have all the facts.
Speculation is not a story.
Trust me — it’s much easier to
enjoy the game when you aren’t rid-
ing a player for his off-field actions.
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Celebration of Family Literacy
Crafts, activities, games, stories, music,
pizza, prizes, and more! Special visit by
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Jan. 29, 10 am to 2 pm, FREE
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library,
251 Dundas St.
Londonlicious Festival
Until Feb. 6 Various participating
restaurants -
PlayWrights Cabaret 2011
Jan. 28 to 29 McManus Studio Theatre,
471 Richmond St.
London Knights vs. Erie Otters
Jan. 28, 7:30 pm, $17.75
John Labatt Centre, 99 Dundas St.
Mustang Sports
Women’s Hockey vs. York
Jan. 29, 4 pm
Thompson Arena, UWO
Men’s Volleyball vs. Windsor
Jan. 28, 8 pm
Alumni Hall, UWO
Women’s Volleyball vs. Windsor
Jan. 28, 8 pm
Women’s Volleyball vs. Lakehead
Jan. 30, 6 pm
Alumni Hall, UWO
Men’s Basketball vs. Brock
Feb. 2, 7 pm
Alumni Hall, UWO
Kingfisher Days
Based on the Canadian novel by Susan
Coyne. Until Feb. 5, $24.85 and up
Grand Theatre, 471 Richmond St.
No Traveler Returns
– Out of Sight Productions presents the
London debut of the full-length play by
Toronto playwright Maureen Jennings. A
crime drama set in an inn near
Huntsville, Ontario - Feb. 4 to 12, $15
The Arts Project, 203 Dundas St.
Tale of the Allergist’s Wife
A comedy of midlife malaise on the
Upper West Side.
Jan. 21 to 29
Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St. E.
Colores de Latinoamerica ‘11
Opening Reception
with featured artists
Martha Quiroga,
Salome Perez,
Pilar Rey de Castro,
Ma. Alejandra Rojas,
Diana Rosa Pupo Latourt,
Macarena Suazo, and
Marcela Elizondo
Special performance by
The Alfredo Caxaj Latin Ensemble
Jan. 28, 7 pm
The Arts Project, 203 Dundas St.
Jill Price – Rural Transitions: To
Barrie and Back
Until Jan. 29
The Art Exchange, 247 Wortley Rd.
Jordan Broadworth Recent
Until Jan. 29
Michael Gibson Gallery,
157 Carling St.
Museum London Opening
Exhibitions opening this season:
It’s Alive! Bertram Brooker and Vitalism
Heads Up, Hand Over: A Body of Work
from the Museum London Collection
CUTOUT: Greg Curnoe, Shaped
Collages 1965-68
Jack Chambers: the light from the
darkness, silver paintings and film work
Jan. 28, 8 pm, Free admission
Museum London, 421 Ridout St. N
SUR LA 3rd Annual
Arts & Culture Night
Students United in Representation of
Latin America (SUR LA) is bringing the
Latin American populace of UWO
together with the greater community of
London. Music, poetry, visual and
performance art as well as wines from
Argentina and Chile will be featured.
Jan. 29th, 9 pm to 2 am, $5
apk Live, 340 Wellington St.
Cinema Politica Film Series
– The Power of Community:
How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
Jan. 31, 7 pm
Stevenon & Hunt Room,
Central Library, 251 Dundas St.
Midnight Cult Movies
at Western Film
Shawshank Redemption
Jan. 28, $4.99
UCC, 2nd Floor
Classic Albums Live
– Led Zepplin II
Feb. 5, $46.50
Centennial Hall, 550 Wellington St.
Down with Webster
Feb. 1, Music Hall, 185 Queens Ave.
January Delight
Warm music for a winter afternoon
featuring Ian Franklin,
Marion Miller and Sharon Kaha.
Jan. 30, 3 pm (doors open 2 pm)
$22, $15 with student ID
Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St.
Local Album of the Year!
The winner will be announced
Jan 28th on Heaves Clicks Thrills
hosted by CHRW’s Program Director,
Michael Brown.
to see the short list.
Mike Masse
wsg Mark Kulmala
and Richard Gracious
Jan. 29, 9 pm, $5
London Music Club, 470 Colborne St.
Twilight Hotel
Jan. 28, 9:30 pm, $10
London Music Club, 470 Colborne St.
UWOpera presents Mozart’s Le
Nozze di Figaro
Jan. 28, 29 at 8 pm, Jan. 30 at 2 pm
Feb. 4 and 5, 8 pm, Feb. 6, 2 pm
$30, $25 seniors/students
STUDENT NIGHT – Feb. 4th $10 tickets!
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Paul Davenport Theatre
Orchestra London’s
Schubert’s 6th
Feb. 2, $50 to $55 (see Westernizer
coupons for 2 for 1 deal!)
St. Paul’s Cathedral, 472 Richmond St.
The White Panda
w/ Brownjoe Zalesky,
Midnight Marauders and
Special Guest DJ
Jan. 29
Music Hall, 185 Queens Ave.
Wired Fridays
Boss Rebel with Ill Eagle, Jan. 28
The Spoke, UWO
London Poetry Reading
David O’Meara (Archibald Lampman
Award & Lampman-Scott Award) and
Gregory Scofield (BC poet with five
poetry collections)
Feb. 16, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
London Branch Library,
167 Wortley Rd., Lower Level
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Your Weekly
ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20
Aries, there are times in your life
when things will be easy. This week
you will discover what it feels like to
breeze through all the things you
wish to accomplish.
TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21
Taurus, you’re a lonely soul this
week and that’s because you are
choosing to isolate yourself from
others. Think about social
engagements for next week.
GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21
Get up and try something that is
completely outside of your comfort
zone, Gemini. You will discover the
rush of excitement that can ensue
when you push yourself to the limit.
CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22
You need a place to rest your head,
Cancer. That’s because you’ve been
working yourself ragged for the last
several days. It’s time for some
much-needed R&R.
LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23
Leo, as much as you may hate to
admit it, you took someone’s advice
and everything worked out for the
best. Even though you butt heads
with this person, express gratitude.
VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22
Virgo, if you’re stuck in a rut it’s
time to do something about it. Put
all of your usual excuses aside and
try something a bit different this time
LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23
Libra, they say what doesn’t kill you
makes you stronger, and your
resolve certainly will be put to the
test this week when many obstacles
lie ahead. With some help, you’ll
SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22
Just when you thought you could
relax, Scorpio, new responsibilities
pop up that need your immediate
attention. It could be time to
delegate some of these tasks.
SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21
Sagittarius, it might take a little
while for you to dig out from behind
the pile of honey-do tasks on your
list. However, once you do, it will be
smooth sailing for at least a month.
CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20
Capricorn, someone can use your
help this week, but you won’t know
who it is until the week progresses.
Just leave your calendar open for
the next several days.
AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18
Aquarius, there are busy times
ahead, so rest up for the days of
work on the horizon. You won’t be
tackling everything alone, but there
will certainly be a lot to do.
PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20
Pisces, you’re on the road this
week, whether it’s a recreational trip
or strictly business. Expect a few
bumps along the way.
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