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Social Science President
Jen Ye Won Kim
Ashley McGuire
Science President
Shirley Poon
Michael Laing-Fraser
Billy Silverstein
Social Science Councillor
Zach Sicard
Yalda Paydar
Vindya Seneviratne
Sean Gallivan
Samuel Karamanis
Ridhima Gupta
Rayan Jeelani Wani
Oliver Dempsey
Nikki Pilo
Nicole Kopera
Nadine Abdallah
Laurissa Wiitala
Kevin Kobayashi
Kenneth Ng
Ken Nakanishi
Jelena Lazarevic
Jeffrey Hernaez
Harman Atwal
Ghazi Abbas
Dylan O’Callaghan
Cassie Anton
Brian Belman
Blake Barkley
Austin Charles
Abdalla Al-Kadhimi
Science Councillor
Zayn Khamis
Steph Lammers
Samik Doshi
Rongbo Zhu
Ran He
Matt Green
Laurence Batmazian
Gordon Locke
Emily Rodrigues
Divya Patodia
Danielle Ouellette
Austin MacDonald
Atif Nehvi
Andrew Lam
Health Sciences President
Shauna Fraser
Shannon Elliot
Melissa Kargiannakis
Arts and Humanities Councillor
Dean Keranovic
Becca Lewis
Alex Godfrey
Mathu Jeyaloganathan
Max Lafortune
Andrew Scarffe
Patrick Whelan
Affiliate Senator
Vivek Prabhu
Jeremy Santucci
Gideon Bell
Other Faculty
Sonam Cheema
Husayn Marani
Brescia, Huron, King’s
Gideon Bell
Vivek Prabhu
Jeremy Santucci
Health Sciences and
Medicine & Dentistry
Sonam Cheema
Husayn Marani
Vivian Leung
Steph Connor
Sasha Madhavji
Rahim Jaffer
Michael Ciniello
Emily Ng
Courtney Karas
Alysha Li
Adam Fearnall
Listings: The who’s who of this election
The fourth candidate
In USC elections, there’s always another option
Arden Zwelling
There’s just no way to start a column
with a poker-themed reference that
isn’t corny as all hell.
But when the chips are down,
sometimes the best move is to just
go all in. So let’s put our cards on the
table, ante up and see what’s coming
up the river.
All right — it’s out of my system.
It’s election time on campus
today and tomorrow as students file
into electronic voting booths and
choose the next president of the
University Students’ Council.
Well, the vast majority of you
actually won’t. But at least 20 per
cent of you will cast a ballot today or
tomorrow and award one lucky indi-
vidual a yearlong lease to an office
on the third floor of the UCC.
Unlike last year when it was at
times tough to tell heads or tails
from the six candidates, this season
we have three men who have, at the
very least, defined themselves.
Andrew Forgione is the estab-
lishment candidate. He doesn’t like
being called that but it’s undeniable
he’s followed the “how to win a USC
election” blueprint the closest of
That’s not to say it’s a bad thing
that his campaign feels familiar. If
you were running for USC president,
why wouldn’t you follow a formula
for success?
Plus, as he’s asserted when chal-
lenged on the topic in previous
weeks, why are we chastising him
for simply being prepared?
He clearly wants to win and if
fielding a populist platform, viral
video and a friendly, incessantly
branded campaign is the path to
victory, then you can’t fault him for
taking it.
This is a campaign-to-win race.
No one outside of the Gazette office
is going to remember your promises
or your platform two months from
now. Campaign to get the key to the
office, then do what you really want
to once you’re sitting at the desk.
What he will do once he gets the
desk has been the question plaguing
Omid Salari throughout this race as
his often-unpredictable behaviour
has not inspired confidence in some
of the electorate.
His professionalism and tact
have been frequently and fairly
called into question. Yet there’s no
denying the eccentric USC speaker
has stuck true to himself throughout
the campaign, whether he’s walking
around campus with balloons float-
ing above him or turning debates on
their heads with his abrasive, oft-
controversial rhetoric.
But at the same time he’s the type
of guy who would hate that word —
rhetoric. Which is why his campaign
resonates with so many people tired
of the same old polished USC candi-
His campaign took some time to
get off the ground much like it took
Salari time to figure out how to
accentuate his better qualities at
debates. That has resulted in a defi-
nite Salari surge over the second
week of campaigning, especially
noticeable Monday on Twitter and
Facebook where Salari supporters
started to come out of the woodwork.
But it won’t be until Wednesday night
when we find out if it was enough.
David Basu Roy, meanwhile,
entered this race from somewhere
out in left field and has stayed there
for most of it. From an unexplained
banana suit gimmick early on in his
campaign to knowingly printing
unapproved posters — as a recent
USC audit revealed — his candidacy
hasn’t always added up.
He’s exceptionally bright, if inex-
perienced with the USC, and has
shown the ability to adapt as the
campaign has worn on. He ditched
the banana suit early and has backed
off in the latter half of the campaign
from his USC greenhouse idea,
which is widely believed to be
entirely unfeasible — both good
moves that show his flexibility.
Basu Roy also provides an alter-
native option to those turned off by
Forgione’s polish or Salari’s abrasive-
ness. Most of campus doesn’t relate
to the USC or truly understand what it
is, which makes Basu Roy an intrigu-
ing candidate because he stands
beside them on the outside looking in.
Of course, unfortunately for the
engineering major, those students
mostly don’t vote.
Which is the fourth and certain-
ly most popular option in the race —
the platform that says “I just can’t be
It’s a candidate that doesn’t even
require a vote and I guarantee you it
will win this election.
Zwellin’ it
like it is
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Gloria Dickie
For some, they are the brains behind
the political machine, churning out
idea after idea and rallying voter
support. For others, they are little
more than a sounding board on a job
that should be manageable by one
person alone.
Campaign managers are perhaps
one of the most vital aspects of any
political race, yet presidential candi-
date Omid Salari disagrees, arguing
managers raise questions about the
legitimacy of any candidate.
“I figured if I can’t manage a cam-
paign for two weeks, how will I man-
age to be president?”Salari explained
of his decision to forgo a campaign
manager. “You’re electing a president,
not a president and his team.”
But Andrew Forgione believes
campaign managers free up time,
allowing candidates to get to the
work that really matters.
“They manage day-to-day work
so that I can focus on debate prepa-
ration, meeting with students and
being the visible face of the cam-
paign,” Forgione said.
Tamer Abdalla is one such cam-
paign manager working on For-
gione’s campaign.
Abdalla’s daily tasks include
checking with deputy managers on
daily progress and setting up booths
in the morning.
“It’s mainly about keeping an eye
on the overall agenda of the day and
filling in for Andrew if he is unable
to make it to a meeting,” Abdalla
But while campaign managers
may be willing to stay behind the
scenes, some have larger aspirations
for next year.
“Rumours have been floating
around and I have considered the
thought of the vice-president uni-
versity affairs position because of
my involvement with the portfolio
and the potential the position has to
impact the student,” Abdalla said.
In past years, many campaign
managers have moved on to grab
top spots on executive councils,
such as Emily Rowe’s former cam-
paign manager, Dan Moulton, who
became vice-president university
“I’m sure there are a number of
the team members considering VP
positions for next year,” Forgione
said. “However, they are all commit-
ted to the team, and giving 100 per
cent to the campaign and for the
ideals that we all believe in.”
Salari, however, still doesn’t
believe in the relevance of campaign
“My sincere opinion is that cam-
paign managers and campaign
teams are simply populist bullshit,”
he said.
Salari noted most of his time was
spent scheduling meetings, relying
on his own experience while plan-
ning each step, and balancing polit-
ical strategy, exposure and exhaus-
“It takes one man or woman with
a backbone, a pen, an agenda and
creativity to run and manage a cam-
paign. Nothing more.”
David Basu Roy’s team could not
be reached for comment.
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Why don’t you care?
Voter apathy a perennial problem
Who is Omid Salari? What can
Andrew Forgione really do for me?
And why should I care what David
Basu Roy has to say?
Every year students are bom-
barded with campaign ads, signs on
University College hill, and explana-
tions of why they should vote. As
university students, we are sup-
posed to be informed and educated
about political issues — so why does
no one seem to care when it comes
to University Students’ Council elec-
“I think most students don’t vote
because they feel uninformed and
don’t just want to vote because
someone is their friend’s friend or
because they were told to vote for
someone,”said Catherine Abernethy,
a third-year student in media, infor-
mation, and technoculture.
Laura Stephenson, a political sci-
ence professor at Western, agreed
many students might not feel confi-
dent choosing the right person for
the job.
“There is research that shows
some young people don’t vote
because they think that they aren’t
informed enough,” she said. She
added some students believe one
vote won’t make a difference, or
policies inevitably put into place
won’t affect them.
“Perhaps it’s the fault of the USC.
Students don’t seem to know why
the USC is involved in their daily
lives,” said Meaghan Coker, vice-
president university affairs for the
USC. “Maybe we need to make our-
selves more relevant to students and
say that everyday, regardless if you
come to our office, we are doing
things that affect you.”
With voter turnout fluctuating
year-to-year, there are still students
who are politically informed and
engaged in the USC election process.
“Not all students are apathetic to
voting,” Stephenson said. “Some are
quite interested and engaged and
take the time to become informed
and cast a ballot. A lot of others,
however, do not see much point in
This year, apathy isn’t just a prob-
lem with voters but also with poten-
tial candidates — there are only half
the number of presidential candi-
dates as there were last year.
“I think the fact that we only have
three male candidates is a problem
that we should be concerned about,”
Coker said. “How do we only have
three people that want to lead this
organization? The fact that it’s not
that admired of a position, or some-
thing that is seen as a great oppor-
tunity, is a bit of an issue.”
Curing voter apathy won’t come
easy, Coker said, because sentiments
are unlikely to change without
actively trying.
“I don’t think it’s naturally going
to change, I think it’s something peo-
ple are going to have to actively
change,” Coker said.
But as a student, Abernethy said
schoolwork comes first — especially
during a busy February when essays,
exams and assignments pile up
before the inevitable reading week.
“I think more students would
vote if the elections were held at a
different time of the year. I have
enough things to worry about with
exams and essays without constant-
ly being attacked with information
telling me I should vote for someone
because of this or that reason,”Aber-
nethy said.
What is the USC?
The University Students’ Council is a
multi-million dollar student gov-
ernment. They own and operate a
bunch of businesses including the
Wave, the Spoke, Purple Door Pro-
motions, the Purple Store and
InPrint — all inside the University
Community Centre.
They also administer support ser-
vices like EnviroWestern, PrideWest-
ern, Ally and the Women’s Issues
They fund much of this work by
collecting student fees. Students pay
a base student fee and individual
fees for services, operations, the bus
pass, health plan and so on.
The USC also plays a role in
advocacy, bringing student concerns
to a variety of groups from local to
federal. Locally, they lobby Western
for improvements to student life, like
lower tuition or lower textbook fees.
The USC is a part of two lobbying
groups that tackle issues on the
provincial and national levels.
The president works with an
executive team, which handles indi-
vidual portfolios. Council is made up
of representatives from every facul-
ty, residence and a few other groups.
They discuss issues regularly in
council meetings and subcommit-
tees, which are focused on finance,
student events, university affairs,
communications and campus issues.
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Your anonymous letters to life
Dear Life,
Why does everyone on campus insist
on walking so slowly, in the middle
of the snow-ridden sidewalks, with a
Blackberry in one hand and a Star-
bucks in the other?
Maybe move one step to the left
or right so the people who don’t feel
the need to walk ‘n’ text can get by.
Dear Life,
I’m trying to quit Tetris-ing. But
sometimes the people sitting in front
of me Tetris on their laptops. All this
second-hand Tetris is not helping my
Dear Life,
Why does Western Film play all the
good movies during midterms and
Dear Life,
Why are former USC presidential
candidates weighing in with nonsen-
sical, contradictory jargon? Don’t
they see that their opinions were
shot down?
Dear Life,
Every time a prof asks “Are there any
questions?” I have to resist the urge
to say “Yeah i have a question: What
the FUCK!?”
Dear Life,
I think “epic meal time” is really just
the beginning of “epic shit time.”
Dear Life,
In grade 12 I studied hard to get
good grades, I spent countless sleep-
less nights deciding which university
is best for me, then I paid close to
$20,000 to come to Western for the
“best student experience.” But when
I go to Weldon library, I get crappy
internet connection and that makes
me have second thoughts about
Newspapers have a long tradition of endorsing can-
didates during elections but over the years, the
Gazette has wavered back and forth on the issue.
Being the only campus newspaper and a large
source of campus information for many students,
an endorsement could hold a tremendous amount
of weight for undecided voters.
There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with endorse-
ments. Sometimes, they’re misunderstood by aver-
age readers as blatant campaigning or advertising —
a reach beyond a newspaper’s mandate. But the
purpose is really to publicize a nearly-unanimous
sentiment among a group of editors. Publicizing
these sentiments merely improves transparency.
An endorsement at the Gazette would also run
alongside nearly two weeks of election coverage
and two days of special issues, which contain all
the information a voter needs to make an informed
choice. Hopefully, interested readers would read
this information and make a choice for themselves,
using the endorsement as just another perspective.
But despite the validity and appropriateness of
endorsing a candidate, the Gazette wont’ be doing so
this year.
It makes democratic sense to throw whatever
weight an endorsement carries behind the best can-
didate — especially when they might not be getting
the attention they deserve. But in most years, at
least recently, we’ve been presented with a crop of
mediocre, flawed candidates who appeal to stu-
dents with trivial conveniences, often without a
thorough understanding of the very position
they’re trying to win. There needs to be a candidate
who’s head and shoulders above the rest. This year,
we’re left asking for more.
What’s needed on the Gazette side is a near-con-
sensus and an informed group of editors who have
followed the election to a greater extent than the
average student. But maybe it speaks to the times
when this is mostly limited to the news team, full-
time staff and a sprinkling of other editors. It would
be unrealistic to say every editor is informed
enough about University Students’ Council politics
to fairly endorse someone.
An endorsement will motivate some people to
vote for one candidate over another. If people are
voting, they’ll hopefully make their choice based on
the almost nausea-inducing amount of election
coverage this year.
If students can’t make up their minds based on a
significant amount of fair, balanced and decidedly
neutral content, they should probably just give up
their ballot.
—The Gazette Editorial Board
Choosing not
to choose a
Dear Life
Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
— Robert Byrne
Have you considered
reading something else?
Jesse Tahirali
Did you know there are other publica-
tions on campus besides the Gazette?
Not to try to distract your interest
from our lovely newspaper, but it’s true.
There is a speckling of faculty-specific
newspapers, newsletters and “zines” that
probably contain content pertinent to
your personal interests, and I’m not sure
that this is common knowledge.
It’s true they don’t print often. Com-
pared to the Gazette publishing four times
a week, the mitZine having only pub-
lished four times this year may seem kind
of weak.
But what it comes down to is the fact
that even if the money existed to print
more often — and trust me, it doesn’t —
the interest seems to be lacking.
As another example, the Science Stu-
dents’ Council has a publication called
The Current. The Editor-in-Chief is a
handsome, witty, exemplary individual
who also happens to be me. Narcissism
aside, though, we’ve also only produced
four issues this year.
While it seems like students should be
interested in reading information, news
and ideas pertaining to their specific field
of interest, it’s difficult to attract enough
content to publish anything on a regular
basis. Why is this?
Really, it’s strange not seek out your
faculty publications — if not to contribute,
then to at least read. They’re printed by
your respective faculty council and cre-
ated by your peers specifically for you.
Not just for you as a Western student, but
for you as a student interested in science,
the arts, or whatever the hell technocul-
ture is.
And as a student who is probably
planning on one day graduating and find-
ing a job, you are probably looking for
relevant experience. Not only would writ-
ing about your favourite things be fun, it
would also great experience — and some-
thing with which to graduate besides a
diploma and liver poisoning.
These miniature publications offer
something the Gazette cannot. For facul-
ty-specific clubs and events, they offer a
space for event coverage and advertise-
It’s not feasible for the Gazette to allow
students to publish whatever they find
themselves interested in on the day they
walk in. But your sudden interest in what-
ever you learned today in lecture could
turn into a unique piece that gets pub-
lished in your faculty publication. It
would give other students in your pro-
gram a chance to learn what you’ve
Personally, long before I became
involved in campus media, I enjoyed
being able to pick up a newspaper that
was basically designed for me. As a sci-
ence student, a newspaper created by sci-
ence students made me feel at home. Plus
it quenched my unusual thirst for math
It’s strange how little recognition the
“alternative media” get on campus, espe-
cially when they offer so much to stu-
dents. And it’s strange how little students
seem to be interested in these publica-
Maybe I’m just being idealistic, but I
came to university to both learn what I
couldn’t learn elsewhere and to have the
fun that I couldn’t experience elsewhere.
Reading and contributing to my faculty’s
publication satisfies both of these objec-
tives in a way that nothing else can.
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Letters to the Editor
Salari endorsement
letter factually
Sex Issue too
Salari making
too big a spectacle
of himself
Fluorescent lights
also distracting
To the Editor:
Bravo Gazette! Seventeen per cent of
the respondents in your annual sex
survey identified themselves as
something other than heterosexual,
yet there wasn’t a single article in the
2011 Sex Issue about LGBTQ (inclu-
sive) sexuality.
The only pathetic portrayal of
non-heterosexual sex was about
how “girl-on-girl”and “guy-on-guy”
sex plays out as a fetish or fantasy
for heterosexual people.
Gazette Sex Issue 2011 fail.
—Robin Wing
Physics MSc I
To the Editor:
Year after year, I can’t help but skim
through the Gazette’s sex edition and
be astonished by the lack of LGBTQ
content. The issue is saturated in het-
erosexuality without consideration
to the spectrum of sexuality, a some-
what ironic statement to be making
in a journal edition centred on sex.
My hope is that this will be reme-
died in forthcoming editions of the
—James Farough
Health Sciences III
Re: Flipping the switch (Feb. 10, 2011)
To the Editor:
Fluorescent lights are one of my
biggest pet peeves, for a different
For students with sensory diffi-
culties, including those on the
autism spectrum, fluorescent lights
can make concentrating in class
very difficult. They flicker, buzz and
hum. Just something else to consid-
er in the debate over light bulbs.
—Maeghan Davis
Psychology IV
Re: “Experience is key for USC”(Feb. 10,
To the Editor:
I found myself deeply troubled with
one of Thursday’s letters to the edi-
The letter voices support one of
the University Students’ Council
presidential candidates. What trou-
bles me is not the endorsement itself
(I have no stake in the outcome of
the election), but rather the total fac-
tual inaccuracy of the arguments the
endorsement is based on.
Firstly, the USC is not “saddled
with debt.” Although last year was
financially difficult, this year the USC
is actually in pretty good shape.
Secondly, Omid Salari’s platform
contains no policies that advocate
for the “slashing of wasteful spend-
ing.” In fact, the platform is full of
spending initiatives.
Thirdly, what is this “wasteful
spending” that needs to be slashed?
Perplexingly, the author cites two of
the campaign’s cheapest platform
points as evidence of such spending.
The rhetoric reads like a Tim
Hudak campaign flyer. It is mis-
placed. There are plenty of reasons
to like or dislike each of the candi-
dates in the upcoming elections.
There’s no need to invent new ones
out of thin air.
—Will Bortolin
Law I
“Silent zone” means
shut the hell up
To the Editor:
I have an idea. An idea so revolu-
tionary that it will completely
alter our daily existence at Wel-
don. An idea so far-fetched that
some will call me a visionary
(though most will probably call
me crazy). An idea so intense, it
might make some people sponta-
neously combust.
Are you ready for it? This is it:
when you come to the library, and sit
in the “silent zone,” how about you
actually “be silent?”
I know, I know — you just have to
tell your friend that you “hate it
when you change your Facebook
status and people don’t ‘like’ it” or
that “Kevin was looking for her” or
explain how embarrassed you are
that you’re wearing the same thing
as that girl over there in the Uggs
and Canada Goose jacket.
I have a solution for all of you
who just desperately need to talk:
don’t sit in the silent zone.
Go anywhere else, and let me and
the other students who are trying to
work, work. Otherwise, I might have
to accidentally throw my pen at your
head. Just a thought.
—Dorotea Gucciardo
History, PhD
>> Coments from the web
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from our website, westerngazette.ca.
Comments are preceded by the user-
name of the commenter, and may be
abridged or edited for clarity.
Re: “Sex Issue Photo Gallery”
UWO says:
This year’s sex issue is great! It’s
actually sexy and risqué. Definitely
much better than last year’s lame
and boring waste of space.
Re: “Snow removal bylaw debated”
N says:
What a ridiculous argument. Of
course landlords should be respon-
sible for grass and snow removal.
Responsibility should rest with the
OWNER of the property, not the
people renting it. I hear people com-
plain about it being difficult to find
decent roommates, but I’d say it’s
equally hard to find a decent land-
Re: “The case for a smaller USC”
Andrew Beach says:
You know Mike, in all the years we
spent at Western together I rarely
agreed with you, as I’m sure you’ll
well recall. But in this case I think
you may be on to something.
Over the years I spoke to a num-
ber of students at other universities
who were shocked by the immense
size of the council, and while
encouraging students to get
involved is always nice, there are
sometimes better avenues than vot-
ing Councillor positions. Especially
when students then neglect those
responsibilities as some have done
in the past.
While I wouldn’t go so far as to
say that it’s a change that needs to
happen, it’s definitely something the
USC should examine and seriously
consider for the future.
Kudos to you for sticking out
those meetings; I know there have
been a few long ones this year. Per-
sonally, I’m glad those days are long
behind me.
To the Editor:
Following this year’s campaign is
quite the show to keep up with,
which in a way is great because it’s
going to get many more students
actually paying attention.
But I think someone needs to
give Salari a little heads up — he’s got
a pretty solid platform with good
ideas and paths that he wants to see
the University Students’ Council go
down, but why does he have to be
such a spectacle?
I get the whole “outside the box,
being a student thing,” it’s a good
approach, but he’s got a horrible
execution going on. Not all students
at Western swear like sailors and
strip at every chance they get.
There’s nothing wrong with any of
that, but there is a time and a place
for it all. Richmond Row on a Friday
night absolutely—your presidential
campaign, not so much.
I think the guy could actually do
a pretty good job as president. Of the
all the candidates, he could make
some serious changes in the USC
within the one year of power that
he’ll have. I hate to say it, though: as
of right now, I don’t think I can bring
myself to click his name on voting
day—not if he keeps up with the
classless act he has going on now.
Maybe he can pull it together in
these next few days. I’d really like to
vote for him, but I won’t do it if he
keeps approaching every aspect of
his campaign as if it were a College
Humour skit. Come on Salari, you’re
clearly capable of better. And “fuck”
is not an adjective.
—Anne Michael
Science II
add your voice
Campus snow
removal always
To the Editor:
My walk to bus this morning was ter-
rible. The recent milder temperatures
has led to freeze-thaw cycles that have
rendered the sidewalks in my neigh-
bourhood quite dangerous as they are
coated with an uneven layer of ice.
After nearly falling down several
times, I abandoned the sidewalk in
favour of the roadway, feeling the
breeze of several cars that past me
quite closely. On the bus, I saw an
elderly man with a cane. He was
talking to the driver about visiting
friends for coffee at McDonalds. As
he was set to depart from the bus, I
wondered how he was going to
negotiate the ice-covered sidewalks.
When I finally arrived on cam-
pus, I breathed a sigh of relief
because — as always — the walkways
on Western’s campus were com-
pletely free of ice and snow.
I’m usually the first person to criti-
cize Western, but, today, I want to heap
some praise on this institution and, in
particular, the dedicated people who
are responsible for the wonderful
snow removal service on campus.
No matter how much snow, and
now matter what time of day you
come to campus, the walkways are
always in excellent shape, making
walking safe for everyone and mak-
ing our campus accessible to those
with reduced mobility.
We may find it silly that a few
outdoor staircases on campus are
closed off each winter, but if that’s
the only price we have to pay to keep
everyone mobile and safe, then we
should consider ourselves fortunate!
—Jason Brown
PhD Biology
AC says:
I think the Twitter-based question
format was idiotic. In what world do
you take questions from people who
are potentially not even in the room
(in 140 characters or less!) over peo-
ple who have made a point of being
present? The point that it helps
moderate is bunk. If you want to
stop silly questions, then the mod-
erator can grow a pair and tell some-
one who has the nerve to ask a ques-
tion in person when they are wasting
everyone’s time.
What Twitter does allow is peo-
ple to say things via tweets that are
ignorant that they would never dare
ask aloud where they might face
derision from the audience. Ulti-
mately, it wasn’t a good format as
not all folks use Twitter and because
the character limits of Twitter pre-
clude asking insightful questions
that may take more than 140 char-
Nonetheless, kudos to Huron for
hosting an actual debate. The found-
ing college found a new path for the
USC? Ooo… bragging rights?
Speaking of moderators, who is
the clown moderating today’s
debate? It’d be great if he could stop
with his running commentary and
idiotic asides. Asking Salari and Basu
Roy to hug? Really? Some of his
comments verge on editorializing.
This has no place. Save it for the
paper once the debate is over and
done with.
6 •
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Every year we look for change, and
every year we elect a USC president
with tons of council experience –
and they do a good job. Our past few
presidents have kept the USC run-
ning smoothly, but one has yet to
engage the student body, to signifi-
cantly alter the purpose of our stu-
dents’ council.
Having USC experience is great…
for continuing to work through
council’s bureaucracies. But as im-
portant as this skill is, it only rep-
resents a portion of what is needed
to be an effective students’ council
More important than this is the
student experience, the real Western
experience: having an understand-
ing of the lives of the diverse groups
that make up the Western commu-
I have no doubt that my past
endeavours as a project manager
for a consulting firm, as a commu-
nications and PR manager, and as a
member of the USC’s communica-
tions portfolio, will enable me to
tackle the operational role of USC
But it is my five years at Western
– studying engineering and music,
and now social justice and peace
studies at King’s, organizing a few
clubs, starting community food ini-
tiatives, connecting with students
from all walks of life – it is this expe-
rience that will make me a different
kind of USC president, one who fun-
damentally understands Western’s
30,000 average students.
I don’t believe in “change” as
some buzzword to throw around
lightly. Change will happen when
students realize the USC can turn
their great ideas into reality. is is
what my platform is all about.
It’s not council’s job to try and do
great things for students. Our job is
to support the great ideas students
come up with every day.
· A nakeover Ior Ihe UCC aIriun
including a nural, FYí board and
brighIer painI
· LaIe nighI buses provided by
WesIern and Ihe USC on Hone-
coning, Halloween and SI. PaI-
rick´s Day
· A nore Iexible approach Io
insurance Ior sIudenI iniIiaIives
· A winIerized solar greenhouse on
Brescia´s Ields Ior organic produce
· Reviving Ihe USC exan bank
Ihrough ínPrinI
· Provide sIudy space Io proIes-
sional undergrads
· Lobby WesIern Io provide a
IexIbook loan service Ihrough Ihe
· Skills Week in Ihe UCC
Hey Western,
My name is Andrew Forgione and
over the past two weeks I have got-
ten to know many of you as I have
traversed the campus campaign
trail. I believe that Western is a place
of endless opportunities. Our cam-
pus is full of creative, innovative and
diverse students. Western’s student
experience is an integral and inher-
ent aspect of our community and
culture. It is something that must
not only be taken advantage of but
also continually improved. It is why I
chose Western in the first place.
Our student experience is de-
fined by us, the students. It is our
sophs, our RAs, our student leaders,
the entire student community that
defines this campus. We make West-
ern the best student experience. But
we should not be caught up in stag-
nancy. Rather we should embrace
our culture and seek to improve it.
is is something that I wish
to do next year. My vision for next
year is not promises of unfeasible
change. It is instead organic change.
It is change that will affect students
on a day-to-day basis. It is conve-
nience options for all students. Not
just first-years, not just upper-years
but for all Western students. It is a
safer campus: an environmentally
friendly USC and campus. It is im-
proving relations with the Western
administration so that we can lobby
effectively. It is change for all stu-
dents based on my discussions with
all of you over the past few months.
is is my vision for next year.
I don’t speak with rhetoric that
only identifies the problems. I speak
to solutions.
I will improve the USC.
· AdvocaIing Ior green íT policies,
discounIs and Iarner´s narkeIs
· ínsIalling signal boosIers and
cellphone chargers in Ihe UCC
· ReIorning clubs Iraining and
creaIing a new LvenIsNeI sysIen
· ínsIalling Iaxi lines in Ihe UCC
· Subsidize sIudenI inIernships
wiIh granIs worIh $l,000 Io
· Lobby Ior nore waIer IounIains
in Ihe WesIern SIudenI Recre-
aIion CenIre
· PerIorning an accessibiliIy re-
view oI O-Week
· Lobby WesIern Ior nore blue
lighIs around canpus
· Lobby WesIern Io inIroduce sen-
siIiviIy and nenIal healIh Iraining
Ior TAs
Knock, knock. It’s opportunity.
For years elections have been
nothing more than a popularity
contest. Campaigning has been col-
lecting your friends, writing down a
platform that has mass appeal, and
then handing out $1,500 worth of
junk you’ve purchased with student
I’ve spent only 75 per cent, and
most of that has gone to students for
their original work in my campaign.
I’m the only candidate without de-
merit points, despite running what
people have called a “shock cam-
paign.” If that doesn’t speak to my
understanding, I don’t know what
I have by far the most experi-
ence, the most insider knowledge. I
already have an office in the USC (for
nearly a year). I’m the only candidate
who has held a job inside the corpo-
ration, and I’ve held four.
I’m a different president, but
that’s what we need. Because on top
of all the regular duties, I intend to
do one more thing: make the USC
the kind of organization that you
want to care about. No more pre-
tending, no more toilet paper. Real
issues will get fixed — and fast.
I urge you — look at my website,
my platform. I don’t need to assure
you that it’s feasible, because I al-
ready know that it is. Give me five
minutes and I’ll convince you. Call
or email anytime.
If you’re happy with the unac-
countable council you have, the
confusing system that’s in place, and
“student leaders” then do not vote
for me. I will not establish another
status-quo government.
But if you’re ready to allow stu-
dents the chance to be students, vote
Omid Salari for USC president.
Keep it real.
· AllocaIing Ihe execuIive´s
$l5,000 iniIiaIive Iund on brand-
ing Ihe USC
· A presidenI´s speech and parIy
Iwice nonIhly in Ihe Wave
· Holiday securiIy check-ins Io
conbaI break-and-enIers
· Cash inìecIion inIo Ihe club
· Make nenIal healIh services a
USC-only canpaign and increase
· UpdaIing ouIdaIed and anIiquaI-
ed USC policies
· CoaI hooks in Ihe Spoke and
· Work wiIh WesIern´s SenaIe Io
Iln classes and posI Ihen online
· Follow Ihrough wiIh laIe nighI
busing iI exisIing eIIorIs Iail
We asked each candidate to explain why students
should vote for them. Here’s what they had to say.
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Basu Roy deserves praise for hav-
ing several unique initiatives but
it’s unclear how they’ll be executed.
e textbook loan service would
offer students a cheap alternative
to expensive textbook costs — if he
can successfully navigate the ardu-
ous lobbying process. A fresh coat
of paint to the UCC atrium is a cute,
easy and cheap facelift for the space.
A closer examination of the USC
risk management process would
also be prudent for clubs and other
groups who are frustrated with the
current no-risk process. Basu Roy’s
so-called “subjective approach” —
while vague — offers at least a start-
ing point for a worthwhile discus-
sion in the future.
Gazette editors give their take on the good, the
bad and the ugly of each candidate’s platform.
ere are three pieces of bad news in
Basu Roy’s platform. First, his “Club
Wave” idea — turning the UCC res-
taurant into an events-heavy hang-
out — is noble but bound for failure.
Whether it’s club events, receptions
or dub step bands, groups have long
used the space on ursday nights.
Attendance depends on small, tar-
geted groups — not mass appeal. And
why would you ever want to take
Rick out of the Spoke?
Council gear is a good idea, if you
can convince a councillor to wear it
around after council meetings. Even
then it’s doubtful a nervous first-
year is going to approach a random
councillor on campus asking how to
get involved.
Finally, students don’t need an-
other bulletin board in the UCC.
ey’re already ignored because
events worthy of their attention are
sitting in their Facebook inboxes al-
ready. Get with the times.
e Greenhouse. e space on Bres-
cia Hill is either claimed by the new-
est Ivey building or under disputed
building rights. is is a project with
long-term costs, which cannot be
funded solely by money through
the Student Legacy Challenge. It’s an
idea that has been roundly criticized
by every insider with even a passing
knowledge of the what’s feasible. So
why does it remain on his platform?
e exam bank also gets a
thumbs down. While great in theory,
implementation is a nightmare well
beyond Basu Roy’s reach. He’d have
to lobby Western extensively. InPrint
chased professors over the past year
to beef up its bank and they’ve come
up empty-handed. Between profes-
sors’ intellectual property rights and
their desire to reuse the same exam,
professors aren’t budging. Basu Roy
would have to lobby Western’s Sen-
ate to make exam bank deposits
mandatory. Good luck with that one.
Forgione’s taken some heat for in-
cluding several platform points
that are already well underway by
the current executive. But this also
means he’s in a good position to
finish the job. For example, while
reforming clubs training and creat-
ing a new ClubsNet website are both
underway, substantial changes take
time — something Forgione might
have recognized.
If executed properly, Forgione’s
on-campus farmer’s markets could
have students eating more local
food. Even though this is already
in the works, it could be developed
to become more frequent. e only
real obstacle is the USC agreement
with Western’s Hospitality Services,
which mandates what kind of com-
petition the USC can establish.
Taxis already visit campus regu-
larly — especially during peak hours.
Students desperate to call one likely
have cellphones permanently at-
tached to their hands. And as far as
we know, no one’s afraid of a pay
phone. Finally, discounts on cab ser-
vice, even to students, are currently
illegal under London bylaws.
Cellphone chargers seem like a
good way to drain the USC’s electric-
ity budget and not much else. It’s a
bizarre idea, considering the pleth-
ora of phones students use and the
mystery surrounding how to keep
these appliances up to code and
thief-proof. is idea might never
meet its first plug.
e Spoke-to-Go Window is a li-
ability waiting to happen. All it
would take is one 18-year-old get-
ting inside and grabbing a pint and
the campus watering hole would dry
up completely. Many of the initia-
tives leading to a leaner, more prof-
itable Spoke are at the expense of
part-time salaries. Paying someone
to hand out CLTs will just be another
Green-washed platforms might
make for good campaigning, but
they usually make for more work
than they’re worth. Who’s going to
ensure clubs are green before they
get discounts, and what real benefits
are there to greener clubs anyway?
And yes, we know Forgione wants
to lobby for more green initiatives
on campus, but at the end of the day
Western looks out for their bottom
line, not just green alternatives.
Salari gets bonus points for being a
straight-talking, down-to-earth guy
— despite a touch of vulgarity on the
campaign trail.
Wanting to get students to use
what they already have is a sensible
approach to improving the USC’s
reach. Better marketing would help
students see where their money is
going and might even beef up its bot-
tom line. Better marketing wouldn’t
just be good for USC operations, it
could also be re-invested in the less
profitable services.
Salari’s snow shovelling service
might be a strong platform point,
depending on the laziness of the
Western population. Most off-cam-
pus students could use a clear drive-
way. Whether they want to pay for
the luxury is a different story. Having
the USC organize everything would
make it more convenient, and since
it’s an opt-in program, there’s less
risk of wasting student dollars.
Filming classes and posting them on
YouTube is a good idea, but the de-
cision to do it rests with professors,
not the USC president. And while
“lobbying Western” seems to be the
go-to solution for any question-
able platform point, professors will
likely balk at having their hard work
posted publicly for the world and its
slacker students.
Holiday security check-ins have
been looked into in the past — and
were roundly shot down. When
London Police were approached to
help out, the USC was told to forget
about it. Most commuter students
go home during the holidays, leav-
ing not only your home but your
neighbour’s house empty. So even
if you’ve registered your house with
the service, who’s going to be around
to call the police?
Yes, mental health and psycho-
logical services are broken on this
campus — and existing managers
understand this. Waiting lines are
unreasonable, but absorbing this re-
sponsibility under the USC’s purview
is illogical. First of all, students al-
ready pay for psychological services
through Western student fees. Salari
would have to convince the Board of
Governors to dismantle the existing
service and allow the USC to collect
the fee — all under a vague promise
that the USC could do it better.
is is a large, complicated issue
and Salari’s shown he’s massively
misunderstood the problem with
this platform point. e best way to
solve the problem is to head in the
opposite direction. Get Western to
invest earnestly in this service, lobby
the province for support and make
mental health an issue that everyone
needs to consider — not just the USC.
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The Presidential Quiz
How many Tim Hortons are there on campus?
How many CLTs can you buy with $175,000? Where’s that number from?
How many students live in Saugeen-Maitland Hall?
Name five libraries on campus:
What school did Amit Chakma work at before he came to Western?
Who are the undergraduate representatives on the Board of Governors?
What do OUSA and CASA stand for?
What year was the Gazette founded?
What does LGBTTIQQ2SA stand for?
What is our school’s motto in Latin and what does it mean?
What stories were on the cover of the Gazette today?
At what time of day did UWOFA announce they weren’t striking?
What sport has won the OUA championship 27 years in a row?
What is the name of our Mustang mascot?
Who is UWOFA’s president?
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Bus pass amount
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Weldon, Taylor, Cardinal Carter,
Pride, Music
Weldon, Taylor, Ivey,
Pride, Law
Taylor, King’s, Huron, Brescia,
Weldon, Law
Business, education, law, music,
Taylor, Weldon, Ivey
Waterloo (dean of
University of Waterloo Queen’s? The University of Waterloo
I don’t know, they should be
more visible!
Jon Silver
Chris Sinal
Chris Sinal
Jon Silver
Chris Sinal, Jon Silver
Ontario Undergraduate Stu-
dent Alliance
Canadian Alliance of Students’
Ontario Undergraduate Stu-
dent Alliance
Canadian Alliance of Student
Ontario Undergraduate Stu-
dent Alliance
Canadian Alliance of Students
Ontario Undergraduate
Student Alliance, Canadian Alli-
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transgender, intergender,
queer, queen, 2-spirited, sexy,
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sexual, transgendered, in-
tersex, queer, questioning,
2-spirited, asexual
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How accurate is the
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quiz in predicting the
1. Fab Dolan (67.5%)
1. Chris Reynolds (55%)
2. Tom Stevenson (47.5%)
1. Stephen Lecce (48.5)
1. Andrew Beach (57%)
2. Emily Rowe (45%)
1. Ray Park (67%)
2. Mike Tithecott (62%)
Skills Challenge
Every year, presidential candi-
dates compete in an arduous
feat of strength, endurance,
intelligence and Rock Band.
Here are this year’s results.
1. Salari
2. Basu Roy
3. Forgione
1. Forgione (32 seconds)
2. Basu Roy (38 seconds)
3. Salari (50 seconds)
1. Basu Roy (90%, hard drums)
2. Forgione (86%, expert guitar)
3. Salari (81%, hard bass)
1. Basu Roy
2. Forgione
3. Salari
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thegazette • Tuesday, February 15, 2011
A wide variety of musicians performed and were honoured Sun-
day night at the 53rd Annual Grammy awards. Canadian band
Arcade Fire took home the top award of Best Album of the year,
and Lady Antebellum also cleaned up with several awards.
A&L Short
Going gaga over
the Grammys
This year’s Grammy Awards featured
a wide array of performances and
entertaining spectacles.
Highlights of the evening includ-
ed a performance by Muse as well as
Justin Bieber’s crew of ninja drum-
mers during his performance with
Jayden Smith and Usher.
Cee-Lo Green effectively
upstaged Lady Gaga in the outra-
geous outfits category during his
performance of “Forget You” with
Gwyneth Paltrow, but Rihanna went
through one of the most interesting
costume changes of the evening. She
started out with a voluminous gown
for her performance of “Love the
Way You Lie” with Eminem, then
wore a barely-there red fringe
ensemble for her performance of
“What’s My Name” with Drake.
Katy Perry had Valentine’s Day in
mind with a stage design composed
of giant hearts for “Teenage Dream,”
and Arcade Fire closed the show
with an amazing performance of
their hits “Month of May” and
“Ready to Start.”
This year’s Grammys featured a
few surprise presenters as well. Seth
Rogen drew some inspiration from
Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes per-
formance with a controversial stab
at Miley Cyrus. Jennifer Lopez and
Mark Anthony also provided some
impromptu entertainment in an
extremely awkward presentation of
Record of the Year.
Here are some of the more
notable winners:
Album of the Year
Arcade Fire — The Suburbs
Song of the Year
“Need You Now” — Lady Antebellum
Record of the Year
“Need You Now” — Lady Antebellum
Best New Artist
Esperanza Spalding
Pop Vocal Album
The Fame Monster — Lady Gaga
Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Crazy Love — Michael Buble
Country Album
Need You Now— Lady Antebellum
Country Song
“Need You Now” — Lady Antebellum
Rap Album
Recovery — Eminem
Rap Song
“Empire State of Mind” — Jay-Z feat.
Alicia Keys
R&B Album
Wake Up! — John Legend and The
— Brent Holmes
Mark Filipowich
The Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris
has occupied a curious space in
popular culture for the past century.
It’s the birthplace of the striptease, it
popularized and vulgarized the can-
can, and is the fascination of count-
less artists from many disciplines.
It’s a place of debauchery and
sophistication — a dichotomy that
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet has
adapted to narrative dance. The
RWB’s Moulin Rouge aims to capture
the atmosphere around the famous
nightclub through ballet.
Founded in 1939, the RWB is the
oldest company of its kind on the
continent — a history that principal
dancer Vanessa Lawson, now in her
13th season, is proud to be a part of.
“It’s incredible. The [RWB’s] repu-
tation all over the world is quite
good,” she says.
In addition to the company’s rep-
utation, the RWB boasts some of the
world’s best dancers trained at their
in-house school.
“I started dance when I was
three,” Lawson says. “I had quite a
good school in Edmonton so I start-
ed becoming more serious at the age
of 11 or 12. I came to [RWB’s] school
here in Winnipeg when I was 16.”
While training to be a dancer,
Lawson experienced the tight-knit
community shared by the company
dancers and students.
“The school is actually in the
same building as the company, so we
were able to watch a lot of the com-
pany rehearsals and see the dancers.
It’s a nice atmosphere because of
that — you really get to see the pro-
fessionals at work,” she says.
With over 70 years of history, the
RWB has put on numerous shows
including adaptations of Dracula,
Peter Panand Romeo and Juliet. Law-
son finds it hard to pick a particular
“They’re all so different actually
— it’s quite amazing the versatility we
have at the company. For me, I love
the classics. I had a chance to play
Juliet — that was extremely special. I
think any woman would love to play
that role in theatre or ballet,” she
says. For Lawson, however, what is
most important is the connection
she makes with her characters.
“When you portray a character in
a story it has to be believable. If I’m
doing something that feels unnatur-
al for me then it won’t ‘say’ the words
I’m trying to say,” she says.
Lawson hopes that the compa-
ny’s latest endeavour, Moulin Rouge,
will provide another memorable role
for her to play.
“Moulin Rouge is a great ballet —
it’s a great fusion of styles. There’s so
much history behind the Moulin
Rouge that people are very interest-
ed in. It’s quite fun actually to bring
that into a ballet,” she says.
The performance will add a
unique new take on the club and
while being substantially different
from anything the RWB has per-
formed, it’s also different from pre-
vious works focusing on the Moulin
“Well the ballet is different than
the [Baz Luhrmann] movie,”Lawson
says. “It’s a bit of a different story.
Everybody will recognize a lot of the
music, it’s very traditional, but I think
there’s other things that might be
interesting for [audiences] in terms
of how we’ve fused style.”
Lawson and the company will be
finishing up their Ontario tour of
Moulin Rouge at the John Labatt
Centre in London. It will be their sev-
enth show before beginning a tour
of an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s
Alice in Wonderland in Western
Tickets start at $54 and can be
bought at johnlabattcentre.com. The
show starts at 8 p.m. tomorrow night.
Moulin Rouge essence captured in ballet
The ballet is different
than the [Baz
Luhrmann] movie. It’s a
bit of a different story.
Everybody will recog-
nize a lot of the music
— it’s very traditional.
But I think there’s
other things that might
be interesting for
[audiences] in terms of
how we’ve fused style.
— Vanessa Lawson,
Principal dancer of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Feb. 19 — 20
Monster Jam
March 19
Sarah McLachlan
April 10
Harlem Globetrotters
April 18
Jackson Browne
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Sundance screens
shorts on YouTube
A new era of popularity for short
films has begun.
In the past month, the Sundance
Institute has released 12 short films
from the 2011 Sundance Film Festi-
val and eight classic short films from
Institute alumni via YouTube. The
short films, uploaded in groups
between Jan. 3 and Feb. 6, will be
available for anyone to view for six
weeks after their release.
“This strategy obviously pro-
vides the opportunity for these film-
makers to reach a larger audience.
It’s also been clear over the past 10
to 15 years that Sundance, while still
an important resource for American
indie cinema, has become more
about brokering distribution deals
for ‘indiewood’ cinema,” says
Joseph Wlodarz, a film professor at
Western. “I’d be curious to see how
many of the shorts released to
YouTube or the Sundance channel
were experimental shorts versus
narrative shorts.”
While many of the films do fea-
ture compelling narratives, among
the more experimental films
released on YouTube include a
fight between an 8-bit superhero
and a high-definition boss, a film
about Edmonton’s High Level
Bridge, and a found-footage film
constructed from the “throwaway”
The Sundance Short Film cate-
gory has allowed for the discovery
and establishment of several suc-
cessful directors including Jason
Reitman and David O’Russell, and
this new method of screening
shorts may work to make new film-
makers better known.
— Brent Holmes
Anna Gebremedhin
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Director: Jon Chu
Starring: Justin Bieber, Boys II Men
and Miley Cyrus
Most people have a love or hate rela-
tionship when it comes to Justin
Bieber. And if you’re not already a fan
of the teen pop crooner, don’t worry
—Never Say Never is not going to be
the movie that turns you into a fan.
Part vanity project and part doc-
umentary, Never Say Never chronicles
Bieber’s life on tour in the 10 days
leading up to his sold-out concert at
Madison Square Garden.
Live performances, interviews
and Bieber’s biography are sprinkled
with backstage footage of Bieber
goofing off with his friends, warm-
ing up with his vocal coach and
spending time running around his
hometown of Stratford, Ontario.
Musical heavyweights like Usher,
Boys II Men, Snoop Dogg and leg-
endary producer L.A. Reid also make
appearances along with brief — and
often unintentionally hilarious —
interviews with some of Justin’s
most excitable and enthusiastic fans.
Never Say Never is also in 3D,
which unfortunately doesn’t have the
desired effect. After one too many
slightly creepy moments where
Bieber reaches his hand outside the
screen to caress the audience’s cheek,
the 3D effect is next to useless.
Never Say Never may not per-
suade you to become a Justin Bieber
fan, but even the most cynical view-
er can appreciate that Bieber is able
to laugh at himself and the film is
clearly a love letter to every Justin
Bieber fan. A strong focus is put on
the individuals that attend his shows
and Bieber shows his appreciation
for the fans that construct elaborate
signs and t-shirts to show their
devotion and who spend days
camped outside Bieber’s hotel in
hopes of catching a glimpse of the
teen idol.
In a scene where Justin is told
that he has to cancel a show because
of a vocal chord infection, he is vis-
ibly upset at the thought of letting
his fans down. However, if you’re not
a fan, the screaming legion of tween
girls proclaiming slightly sinister
threats that “he better not have any
other girlfriends because we are
going to get married”are off-putting.
You will be surprised to find, how-
ever, that the 16-year-old is in fact
Although Bieber’s known more
for his hair than his voice, the talent
is definitely there. His ability to play
several instruments is also impres-
sive. The central question that looms
strongly over this film, however, is
whether he has the charisma to pro-
pel past the realm of pop culture
phenomena once the halo of
“teenage sensation” fades away.
Bieber fever makes its way to the big screen
Never Say Never highlights Bieber’s talents and fan base
“Born This Way” — Lady Gaga
When she isn’t busy hanging out in
an egg, Lady Gaga actually makes
Last Friday Lady Gaga’s highly
anticipated single “Born This Way”
was released. Only hours after the
song hit the airwaves, it already
climbed to the number one spot on
the U.S. iTunes chart, making it the
fastest jump to number one ever. By
the end of the day, the song was the
number one download in 21 coun-
tries, including Canada.
The song has a different sound
than what we’ve heard before from
Gaga and the new hit has already
drawn comparisons to some of
Madonna’s earlier work.
The always outspoken and often
mysterious Gaga uses music as an
outlet to speak out against discrim-
ination and embraces people from
all walks of life.
The song starts off slow, but
quickly builds into an up-tempo
number that is sure to be a staple of
the club and bar scene. With lyrics
like “there’s nothing wrong with lov-
ing who you are,” Gaga’s new pop
song is sure to become the feel-good
anthem of the year.
— Kaitlyn McGrath
“Empire Ants” —
Gorillaz ft. Little Dragon
Although Plastic Beachwas released
almost a year ago, “Empire Ants” is
still firmly fastened in my head.
The song starts off slow and
melodious, masquerading as an
interlude between tracks. With the
aid of Damon Albarn’s soothing
voice, the track seems to be a scenic
detour through the world of the
Plastic Beach.
But shortly after the two-minute
mark, the song undergoes a trans-
formation. Little Dragon’s front
woman, Yukimi Nagano, enters the
song accompanied by what can only
be described as kaleidoscope of fire-
works raining down from the skies
and into the listener’s ears. The tune
is the perfect vehicle for escaping
reality, which happens to be a main
theme of the song itself.
The song is an experience — one
that can be enhanced by watching
the video of their live performance
on The Tonight Show with David Let-
terman. With an ensemble that
transmits each subtle sound from
the album (and then some), watch-
ing this on 1080p is a must.
— Jesse Tahirali
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WESTERN’S FAILED ATTEMPT AT THE FLYING V. In their final game of the regular season, the Mustangs lost 3-2 in a
shootout to the visiting Guelph Gryphons. Despite the loss, the Mustangs placed first in the OUA west and will have home
ice advantage during the playoffs.
Guelph nets lone shootout goal
some liberties on Unice, Singer
refused to make excuses and admit-
ted going into the playoffs, his squad
needs to be more aggressive in front
of the net.
“They drive the net hard,” he said
about the Guelph forwards. “Those
are things that we need to do a bet-
ter job of going into the playoffs.
That’s the type of distraction that
goalies need so they’re not just
thinking about the puck.”
Guelph got on the score sheet in
the second after a failed clearing
attempt by Western allowed
defenceman Ken Peroff to beat
Unice glove side. The Gryphons
added another in the third to take
the lead.
The Mustangs managed to tie the
game after forward Chris Rocca
buried a pass from Shawn Furlong.
Guelph had several chances to
end the game in regulation, but
Unice stood tall making timely saves
to send the game into overtime.
“Josh is a quality goalie in this
league and if he sees the puck, he’ll
make the save,” Camp said. “He
played strong and really gave us
trouble all night long.”
Overtime solved nothing, open-
ing the door for a shootout.
All shooters were kept at bay
until the fourth round when Guelph
forward Jon-Thomas MacDonald
beat Unice. Western was unable to
answer back giving Guelph the vic-
“This was really important for us
going into the playoffs. We may see
these guys down the road, so it was
a good confidence builder for us,”
Camp said.
Even with the loss, the Mustangs
closed the season ranked fourth in
the country and secured home ice
advantage for the playoffs.
“Our goal at the beginning of the
year was to finish first and we did.
We accomplished a lot this year and
we’re looking forward to a long play-
off run,” Singer said.
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rundown >> The Mustangs men’s volleyball team defeated the University of Toronto 3-0 on the weekend to clinch first place in the OUA West > With the win Western
gets to play host to the OUA Final Four beginning on February 25th | The Mustang women’s team also beat U of T in straight sets after seeing there six game winning
streak snapped by Brock the previous game > The women have clinched the third seed in the OUA.
Well that was a quick comeback. After returning to the NHL for a
total of two games, Swedish forward Peter Forsberg has
announced his retirement.
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Gryphons score big win
Mustangs drop final contest of the season
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With the playoffs starting, the Mus-
tangs men’s hockey team can’t wait
to play meaningful games again.
After clinching first place in the
Ontario University Athletics West
division, the 3–2 shootout loss to
Guelph on Saturday night doesn’t
faze them.
“Having locked up first, you hope
it never affects your game, but it
impacted our motivation a little bit,”
Mustangs head coach Clarke Singer
said. “We didn’t have a great week-
end, but we’ll be at our best for the
It may have been a meaningless
game for the Mustangs, but Guelph
needed a win to secure home ice in
the playoffs.
“It was a must–win for us
because of the tight playoff situation
coming down the stretch,” said
Guelph head coach Shawn Camp.
The Mustangs started the game
with a flash when forward Randy
Hanagan finished off a pretty pass-
ing play to beat goaltender Andrew
Loverock only 45 seconds in.
It looked like the Mustangs
would run away with the game, but
Guelph settled down and fired shots
from all angles at Mustangs goalie
Josh Unice, who would face 51 shots
in total.
“They were coming in hard with a
lot of shots, but I felt I controlled
rebounds tonight and our guys were
blocking a lot of shots and clearing
lanes so I was able to see most of
them,” Unice said.
Pucks weren’t the only things
Unice had to watch for, as the
Gryphons crashed the net several
times trying to force any type of
Though he thought Guelph took
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Kaitlyn McGrath
The Mustangs seem to be on fire, on
and off the court. Or at least their
bus was.
The Mustangs men’s and
women’s volleyball team were
returning to London after winning
their matches against the Toronto
Varsity Blues when their bus sud-
denly caught fire along Highway 401,
just outside of Ingersoll.
“We were all coming back and
everyone was sleeping and just
relaxing,” Matt Poulin, a member of
the men’s team said. “All of a sudden,
people in the back were saying, ‘It’s
kind of smoky back here.’”
According to several passengers
on the bus, there was a faint smell of
smoke inside the bus. The back of
the bus was also warmer than usual.
The Mustangs men’s head coach
Jim Sage explained another trans-
port truck on the road signaled at
the Mustangs bus, leading the driver
to pull over and investigate what
was wrong.
“[He] went around back to check
out what was going on and then he
just came back and said, ‘Everyone
off the bus now’,” Sage said. “Every-
one evacuated quickly and then he
tried to put out the fire himself, but it
just became too large to deal with.”
Once everyone was safely exited
and far away from the burning vehi-
cle, the teams and accompanying
staff waited on a nearby service
road, and watched as their bus was
engulfed in flames.
“Emergency crews showed up
fairly fast and the OPP were great.
They arranged for another bus to
pick us up,” Sage recalled. “We went
to a Comfort Inn and waited there
for another Greyhound that eventu-
ally drove us home.”
Prior to the evacuation, many
players remained uncertain about
the severity of the situation, causing
many of them to leave their person-
al belongings, including laptops and
volleyball equipment on the bus.
“Some personal items that were
left on the bus were either destroyed
by smoke, fire or water,” Sage said.
Poulin added the extent of dam-
age to personal belongings varied,
depending on where passengers
were seated on the bus.
“People sitting in the back lost
most of their stuff to the fire, but
people from the middle up lost it to
smoke and water damage,” he said.
“My bag’s a little crispy — I have all
my jerseys and my shoes, but they’re
just ruined.”
While both teams will need their
equipment replaced, with the men
not playing again until Feb. 25, the
women are under more urgency get
new supplies.
“There is a plan in place now.
With our team playing on Saturday
we need to get new uniforms and
running shoes, and all new equip-
ment in that respect,” women’s head
coach Dave Edwards said.
Although there were no reported
serious injuries, many players were
shaken up after the scary incident. A
lot of mystery still surrounds the fire
and an investigation is ongoing to
determine the cause.
“I imagine we’ll find out at some
time but right now I’m just pleased
that everyone is safe,” Edwards said.
Courtesy of Sean McKay
FIRE! Cellphone photography provided a gripping view of a blurry Mustangs bus
being consumed by blurry flames.

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