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VOLUME 104, ISSUE 75

THE POLLS ARE OPEN

Changes to senate election on Monday
Arden Zwelling ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Students and senator-at-large candidates received a rude wake-up call Tuesday at midnight when they logged onto the University Students’ Council elections website to find their voting rules changed at the eleventh hour. Unlike recent years, when voters were allowed to vote for seven senator-at-large candidates, this year every student will only be allowed to vote for one. The change was truly a last minute decision. Just Monday morning, all nine senatorial candidates were asked to approve a ballot, which clearly stated “you may vote for 7 candidates at large.” The ballot was unanimously approved. However, chief returning officer Adam Smith received a phone call from university secretariat Ericka Hegedues Monday afternoon instructing him to change the number of student votes. The majority of USC elections are governed by Smith, but both senatorial and Board of Governor elections are administrated by Hegedues because they technically are University positions, not student council. Smith had no choice but to change the ballot, as the senatorial elections are out of his jurisdiction. But for the past two weeks the candidates had been campaigning based on the assumption students would have seven votes. That makes the move especially damaging for candidates who ran as a joint ticket, telling voters to vote for themselves as well as another candidate or even a pair of candidates in the case of Adam Fearnall, Alysha Li and Michael Ciniello, who ran a joint campaign. “I entered into a joint campaign with two other candidates because we had a similar vision and set of ideas for the senate next year,” Ciniello said. “We all would have done a lot more individual campaigning if we knew this was going to happen.” Several of the candidates took to Twitter and Facebook early Tuesday morning to voice their displeasure with the move, prompting Smith to send all nine candidates an e-mail at 1:35 a.m. to explain the situation. “The ballot I sent you for review was what we had planned on using up until I received this phone call,”

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FOR A BETTER TURNOUT, CALL IT THE IMAGINUS POSTER SALE. Voting for the University Students’ Council presidential election began yesterday and continues today. A voting booth was set up in the University Community Centre atrium, but the majority of voting will be done online.

In this original screenshot sent to students running for senator-at-large positions, voters were supposed to vote for up to seven candidates. On Monday, the system was changed so voters could only pick one candidate.

Elections bylaw outdated
An update will control spending, address videos
Kaleigh Rogers NEWS EDITOR
It might not seem like the most exciting 33 pages of bureaucratic rhetoric you’ve ever had your hands on, but the University Students’ Council’s Bylaw 2 thoroughly dictates how elections are run every year. This includes everything from campaigning, to voting, to announcing a winner — and it’s due for an update. “There have been no major changes since 2003,” Nicole Fassina, communications officer for the USC, explained. The last updates were a few alterations to specific wording in 2007. “So, really, those aren’t changes to how elections are run, they’re just logistical. Really there’s been major changes to [vice-president] elections, but besides that there’s been nothing.” While Western’s Board of Governors pushed for an amendment to campaign signage in January, most of the significant changes planned will be made after elections are over. This is to allow for a review of any problems that cropped up over that period, Fassina explained. “There’s a lot of stuff that’s come up as we’ve been going along through it, that’s why we want to do it right after,” she said. “If we do it after, we can have a more solid understanding of what the issues are rather than just trying to figure out what we think will be a problem,” Adam Smith, chief returning officer, noted. “Personally, coming into the job, it’s hard for me to know what changes need to be made and do them before elections even start. You get so busy and I don’t even know what I’m doing,” Smith said. “It’s good if we do it at the end of the year, so whoever is next already has everything in place. They don’t have to worry about that.” Smith and Fassina explained they planned to present their proposed changes to the bylaw at the first council meeting following elections to make sure it’s still fresh in everyone’s minds and the changes can be put into effect for next year. Some of their proposed changes include defining rules surrounding media and social media when campaigning, which weren’t available or commonly used the last time the bylaw was reformed, Fassina said. Candidates who break rules laid out in the bylaw are issued demerit points, but problems arise when the rules are unclear. One such problem is candidates who have members of their campaign team with equipment and ability to create high quality videos for their campaign, Fassina pointed out. “Obviously some of these videos that candidates are creating have high fair market value. We don’t want to discourage candidates from using those, but maybe just setting a set fee for creating a video,” she explained. “We recognize that students want to volunteer their time to this kind of thing, but we don’t want to disadvantage candidates who don’t know someone in the video world.” Other changes would surround rules governing candidates who want to run together or campaign together, presidential campaign expenditures, and students from double majors or between faculties who want to run. “We want to go through all of the bylaw. We’ve seen the way elections worked this year, so we can kind of make that more clear for future years. There are a lot of things that have evolved since the bylaw was created.”

Smith said in the e-mail. “Unfortunately, I do not have the ability to change anything at this time.” Smith said on Tuesday he was too busy to inform the candidates prior to the beginning of the voting period. “It was a very last minute decision,” Smith said. “I notified them as soon as I could of what the situation was. I sympathize with the candidates, but it’s unfortunately just how things work.” Hegedues could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. However, Smith speculated that she made the move to ensure students were voting for the best candidate and not simply recognizable names. “I don’t think it will change the overall results of the election. The best will be elected,” Smith said. “If they’re running a good campaign, people will want to vote for them for that reason. Not because they’re associated with other people.” Candidates for the Senate and Board of Governors have long suffered from not officially being a part of the USC campaign. Their campaign budgets are not reimbursed by the USC, unlike candidates for faculty president or councillor positions. “If [the university secretariat] is going to bring down rulings at 3 in the afternoon the day before voting begins, I don’t think that’s really fair,” Pat Searle, a current senator-atlarge, said. “If this is how senators are treated, I don’t think people will keep running.”

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Wanted: Student politicians
Undergraduate Member of the Board of Governors
Positions open: 1 (1 currently occupied) About Us: The Board of Governors is the highest governing body at the University of Western Ontario. We make final decisions and long-term plans regarding policy, finances and image from many different branches. • • • • • Job description: Set the mission and long-term plan of the University Advocate on behalf of Western Set policy relevant to the overall running of the University Make decisions regarding Western’s reputation Appoint and support Western’s president and monitor the president’s performance Skill set: Must have excellent communication skills both with colleagues and students Maintain high ethical standards for the University Meet four times yearly and remain on demand for meetings Socialize with some of the most important people in the University Employment Criteria: Must be available for meetings July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 Must be a current undergraduate student

Undergraduate Student Senator
Positions open: 14 About Us: The Senate is one of Western’s largest decision making bodies. Members come from all stakeholders in the University. We decide on academic policy and university planning matters, and are dedicated to ensuring Western’s academic reputation. • • • Job Description: Attend monthly Senate meetings Have seats on advising committees for Senate Meet between students and Senate members, and bring student concerns to senate Decide on policies in regards to university academics, enrolment and planning Utilize speaking roles on the University Students’ Council Tweet your way through boring meetings Employment Criteria: Current undergraduate student at Western or an affiliate college

University Students’ Council President
Positions open: 1 About Us: The University Students’ Council is the primary advocacy body on behalf of students to the University of Western Ontario. The organization also organizes student events and services, and is dedicated to improving the experience of students at Western. • • Job Description: Be the chief spokesperson for the USC Speak to the University and various other groups on behalf of students and in their best interests Act on actions approved by the Council on any matters regarding the University Students’ Council Sit as member on various councils, notably: Student Services Committee and Senate Committee of University Planning. Report to Council on the activities of vice-presidents, and the committees they chair Present a written year-end report to Council no later than four weeks after the end of their term. Get Wave and Spoke discounts — seriously Employment Criteria: Get the majority of student votes in USC elections

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‘Fair play’ audit released
Environmentalism and spending measured
Cheryl Stone NEWS EDITOR
Two audits comparing the candidates’ campaigns recently published by the University Students’ Council. One looked at how environmental the candidates were, and the other how much money they spent on their campaigns. “Candidates are required to report anything they used for the purpose of campaigning,” Adam Smith, chief returning officer for the USC, said. The financial audit was completed because the USC has heard many concerns regarding the size of campaign budgets — about $1,600, which is paid for by student fees. Smith said there are perennial concerns that candidates hide spending. The Elections Committee received the candidates’ current receipts last Friday. Expenses were then divided into different groups so candidates could be compared. These included campus signage, shirts, paper signage, website and extras. One category noticeably absent was video, despite each candidate using videos to campaign online. Currently, candidates are allowed to say the time and resources that went into the production of the videos were donated, as opposed to an expense. “This is also the first year that we’ve really seen a very high-quality, professional video, so it is relatively uncharted territory,” Smith said of Andrew Forgione’s heavily produced YouTube video. In the future he hoped to see Bylaw 2 altered to include costs associated with video production. He also suggested having set prices for videos. EnviroWestern also ran a similar audit, comparing how environmentally friendly campaigns were. Nicole Bakker, EnviroWestern co-ordinator, explained they chose to focus on paper because it was the best way to evaluate each candidate equally. When candidates submitted their receipts for the financial audits, EnviroWestern looked at the number of pages the candidates printed. From there they looked at what type of paper was used to determine how much water was used to make the candidate’s signs. “I think [water use] is an issue that deserves more attention than it’s currently getting,” Bakker said. However, some candidates saw the methods as inaccurate.

>> By the numbers
Campaign budget breakdown. Maximum expense: $1,576 1,541.44 Forgione 1,153.42 Salari 1,056.69 Basu Roy Paper usage 700 sheets Basu Roy 505 sheets Forgione 55 sheets Salari
“All together we were pretty environmentally friendly,” David Basu Roy explained. “For example, the amount of water used to create a new t-shirt is a big difference [compared to posters].” Bakker explained basing candidates’ environmental impact on paper use was a good idea for this year, however she hoped to change the criteria in the future. “I want to try and create better metrics so we could compare things that are out there.”

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Students to vote on health plan
Part-time students face referendum for adding the plan
Monica Blaylock NEWS EDITOR
Behind the normal flurry of campaign posters, a little-known referendum is quietly seeking attention from part-time students. The University Students’ Council is letting students vote on whether to add a health plan for part-time students. Currently, only full-time students are offered the plan, with an opt-out option, at a cost of $96 per year. The proposed plan would offer part-time undergrads the same benefits and costs of the full-time student health plan, according to Ely Rygier, vice-president finance for the USC. The proposed cost of the plan will be $99.89 — an increase from this year intended to offset rising costs. “The health plan is self-funded, which means that the total cost of the plan is taken on by the students,” he said. He added that if students decided to vote “yes” and the referendum passes, part-time undergrads would still have the ability to opt-out of the plan and receive a cheque back for that amount. Advertising for the referendum pales in comparison to previous years. By comparison, last year’s referendum for renovations to the University Community Centre gyms was advertised consistently during the election process. But a board advertising the part-time student health plan was only recently erected in the UCC atrium. A poster and website also went up last week after the election campaign officially began. Nicole Fassina, communications officer for the USC, noted if students don’t feel prepared to answer the proposed question they could abstain from answering. She said the electronic ballot would include a link to a website with more information about the proposed plan. The referendum could only be passed if at least 20 per cent of the part-time undergraduate student population votes on the proposed question. Fassina said if the numbers aren’t there, the question could always be posed again next year. “I would hope [the referendum] was publicized enough that people can make an informed decision,” Fassina said.

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Opinions
VOTER APATHY

The best argument against democracy is a five–minute conversation with the average voter.

— Winston Churchill

Weighing in on campus elections
We were going to write about apathy but we’re kind of tired and it’s a busy week for us.

It’s only about the money
Hayes'd and Confused
— not just the ones who are independently wealthy enough to buy themselves in. Every year we see candidates come from out of the woodwork, complaining about how they’re being shut out of the process because the USC is so internally–obsessed. But it’s not really that — many of the candidates with true “outsider” perspectives don’t have that kind of money to throw at elections. Even if they stay under the limits, you’re still talking at least a $1,000 investment, which is a little rich for many students. To be fair, if a student manages to get 10 per cent of the vote, they’ll be reimbursed for the expenses they submitted. Which is all well and good if you stayed under the spending limit and played by the rules. Too bad your opponents aren’t going to abide by the same conventions. So then we have situations where even a candidate can end up spending close to $2,000 just to come in fifth. That’s just painful. And we’re not even talking about a job that’s worth spending thousands of dollars to get. For the price of admission you get a salary that will pay you for approximately half of the time you’re in office, endless criticism courtesy of the Gazette and a resume point most potential employers will scoff at. Good thing you get discounts at The Wave and The Spoke. I don’t think having a system where we annually elect someone who didn’t play by the rules is something to be proud of. And the fact nothing can be proven on paper isn’t really the strongest argument as to why nothing has been done so far. What’s the point in having the power to disqualify if it’s never used? The USC likes to talk the talk about how it’s an organization open to all students. But when there’s a real financial barrier to anyone interested in running the organization and the only response is a collective shrug, what does that tell you?

Dear Life
Your anonymous letters to life Dear Life, Please ask all the foxy women to come back to Weldon after midterms, because I need to, like, concentrate and graduate. Dear Life, Is it too much to ask that you don’t start shuffling your papers until the lecture is actually over? If you don’t care about what’s being said that’s fine ...just work on your Farmville or something. Dear Life, Why do people keep sitting on the end seats then decide to move over when the bus becomes a sardine can? Would it be wrong to start a campaign called “Move over!”? Dear Life, Whenever I come out of Nat Sci, I have trouble breathing. I think it has something to do with the exhaust of the multiple busses that are always parked there. Dear Life, Why do some people always wear the same clothes to school. I’m not even their friend and I notice. (i.e. Red Shirt Guy). Dear Life, Why must I have actual reading to do on reading week? It’s not like that’s what it was actually mean for. Dear Life, Hey You! With your clunky Timberland shoes. PICK UP YOUR FEET. Dear Life, Know what they call winter without having Christmas to look forward to? Bullshit, that’s what. wgaz.ca/dearlife

Mike Hayes MANAGING EDITOR mike@westerngazette.ca
Another year, another end to the University Students’ Council presidential elections. Those of us who’ve been around long enough know the drill by now. The USC holds their shortest meeting of the year, Big Purple Couch does their best to make the most out of their annual night of relevance, and all involved parties provide a 200 per cent boost to The Spoke’s alcohol sales. But another tradition exists behind the scenes and it’s one I’m pretty sure is here to stay, barring a cataclysmic event in the USC. Or more likely once Western’s Board of Governors gets off their collective asses and recognizes the insanity that happens on campus every year. It’s the campaign spending limit rule. Breaking this cardinal rule and going over your limit — $1,576 this year — will immediately get you disqualified from the election. But if you’re able to hide your financial records from the elections committee while spending several month’s worth of rent on election swag, there’s a high chance you’ll win the presidency. Spend money, get elected — not too original of a concept, is it? The vast majority of “real” elections are decided based on which candidate gets the most exposure, and nothing pays for exposure like a healthy injection of cash. But this is student politics. We have severe punishments for going over the campaign spending limit because we have the assumption that any student should be able to become USC president

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Justin Bieber’s aggressive tween fans launched an online attack on jazz artist Esperanza Spalding for winning the Best New Artist award at the Grammys. The fans voiced their anger on Twitter, Facebook and hacked Esperanza’s Wikipedia page, adding insults and taunts.

Arts&Life
Maddie Leznoff ARTS & LIFE EDITOR The Trainer Name: Michael Lok
Year/program: Second Year Masters in Kinesiology Years as a trainer: Three Pull-ups tend to be known as an arm exercise, but when done correctly, they work a variety of muscle groups. “Pull-ups are a compound exercise that will work your biceps, your lats — the biggest muscles — your back, and it will end up working your core a little bit because you have to stabilize yourself,” Lok says. Lok stresses everybody is capable of doing pull-ups. “It’s one of those exercises where both guys and girls can improve dramatically,” Lok says. “Starting off, generally guys and girls can do the same amount of pull-ups. It’s not an exercise that’s just suited for guys, but guys have a tendency to improve a lot faster.” overhand grip. Make sure to keep your legs from swinging back and forth, and make your chest come up towards the bar. Retract your shoulder blades as you pull yourself up. To make the exercise more challenging, widen your grip. “The wider you go for a pull-up, the more back muscles you’ll be using,” Lok says. As for repetition, Lok says five reps is a good goal with at least three sets. He recommends doing this twice a week to see improvements.

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Harry’s Law
Kathy Bates and Brittany Snow make NBC’s newest show Harry’s Law a success. This series follows Bates’ law firm in Cincinnati, which is located in a run-down shoe store.

The Streets – Computers and Blues
Computers and Blues is the fifth and final album from The Streets. The highly anticipated record was released in the U.S. yesterday, but had an earlier release date in the U.K. It has been well received by critics so far.

Unstoppable
Denzel Washington and Chris Pine play an engineer and a conductor, respectively, who have to stop a runaway train that’s barreling towards a city. If they don’t succeed, the train’s toxic cargo will cause mass destruction.

Unknown
After waking up from a coma, Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) realizes someone has stolen his identity. Unfortunately, no one believes him. In this thriller, he sets out to prove who he really is. It hits theatres this Friday.

Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”
If you missed the current Queen of Pop’s performance at the Grammys on Sunday night, you will have to check out her latest single “Born This Way.” The track is already number one on iTunes and is sure to be a hit at the bar soon.

Review > CD
this is “Parson Brown,” which also manages to incorporate Inuit throat singing for some dramatic effect. The vocals sound choppy at first, but after getting used to a few eccentricities, one can appreciate how they contribute passion and emotion to the album as a whole. This album is a true labour of love, and the heart and soul of this band is poured into songs like “Young Glass” and “Bandages.” This album is beautifully written, expertly played and just an all around good time. This band grows closer to your heart the more you listen to them. Speaking of which, free vegetable seeds are inside every copy of Seeds as the band’s way to promote sustainable farming around the world.

Hey Rosetta! Seeds HR Music Inc. Hey Rosetta! has a sound that can take a bit of getting used to. The blend of orchestral and rock instruments along with lead singer Tim Baker’s voice can come through a little tough. Even though the first listen through this album might seem a bit rough, don’t give up on Seeds. You have to let it grow on you. Every song on this album is indie rock at its finest. Driven by drums or piano, the songs are able to go from the softest piano and flute accompaniment to a hard rock chorus in a couple seconds. The best example of

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Abstract images on display
Dockstader brings mixed media exhibit to London
Erin Torrance CONTRIBUTOR
Native artist David Dockstader is sharing his mixed media exhibition The Absence of Conflict with the public for the first time in his 26 years of painting at The Arts Project. Dockstader’s exhibit is filled with abstract and fragmented images. Each six-foot canvas reflects his dreams and spirituality. Dockstader notes his dreams represent his reality and experiences at a subconscious level. However, there is a sense of freedom with dreams that separates them from reality. Having experienced a life full of conflict, in his artist statement Dockstader says dreams are “a kind of recollection, the light of inner happenings.” While he acknowledges that his art is personal, Dockstader notes each piece is highly subjective and will supply the viewer with images and emotions as influenced by their personal experiences. At this subjective level, each piece is a personal reflection of the viewer and each person sees something different in every piece. While staring at one acrylic and graphite canvas, the painting summary notes Dockstader found it difficult to decide which way was up. As he studied his work, pieces of the image shifted, suggesting that these images were fluid and that they carried further meaning even after their first appearance in his dreams. Dockstader experiments with different media including acrylics, graphite and airbrushing that bring dimension to his work. Black and white shades give the works depth and contrast. Dockstader says he only uses one colour — yellow — a colour that prompts people to slow down and think. In 2009, Dockstader won the Award of Merit at the London Juried Art Show, as well as the Sale and the Cultural Diversity Award at the London Expressions in Chalk festival. His art does not provide an easily framed object for the individual to focus on, but rather each piece challenges a conventional pattern of logic and digs deeper into the subconscious to bring out emotion in the viewer. As there appears to be multiple depths at play in Dockstader’s art, there are also multiple depths of experience at play in the viewer. Dockstader’s “Absence of Conflict” will be on display in the gallery of The Arts project from February 8 to 19. The Arts project is located at 203 Dundas St. in London.

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“I can’t stop smiling, I’m happy about it and I hope I can keep it going more than six weeks, for a full year schedule, and see where I am at the end of the year.”

Sports
Women’s Basketball > Western 83, Waterloo 37

Milos Raonic,
Up-and-coming Canadian tennis star after winning his first ATP title ever.

rundown >> After leading the women’s swim team to a second consecutive OUA championship, Hayley Nell was named OUA athlete of the week > During the weekend event, Nell racked up four gold medals and two silvers | Both the men’s and women’s wrestling team claimed the silver medals at the OUA championships > After winning the gold medal in the 54kg division, Steven Takahashi was named the OUA Rookie of the Year and the tournament’s MVP.

Leddy lost in easy Mustangs victory
Vaughn scores 22 in lop-sided win
Arden Zwelling ASSOCIATE EDITOR
The only thing worse than losing a top player to injury is having it happen in a meaningless game. That’s why you could hear the collective breaths held at Alumni Hall Saturday when Western Mustangs forward Katelyn Leddy fell hard on her ankle after getting tangled up with Waterloo Warriors point guard Erin Tilley under the basket. Tilley appeared to take the worst of it — having her shoulder treated by medical staff for around ten minutes while she lay on the floor — but Leddy had to be helped off by her teammates, heavily favouring her ankle. The fact Western had scored enough points early in the second quarter to win the game didn’t make Leddy’s injury any easier to watch. And when she didn’t return as the Mustangs cruised to a lopsided 8337 victory, it was easy to assume the worst. Fortunately for the Mustangs, Leddy will have her badly sprained ankle re-evaluated this week and could be ready to return by the playoffs. “She’ll take a few days off. We’ll have to decide where it’s at next weekend,” Mustangs head coach Stephan Barrie said. “If she needs some extra rest next weekend we’ll give it to her.” Getting Leddy back sooner rather than later is a priority as more injuries are the last thing this Mustangs team needs as it rolls into the playoffs. Jacklyn Selfe — the team’s second-leading scorer — has already missed the past four games due to injury, while Kelly Moulden has been out since the middle of January and recently had knee surgery. Barrie — who was provided some reprieve Saturday with the return of Laura Dally after missing three games — hopes to have Moulden and Selfe back in the lineup by playoff time in late February. But any more injuries would seriously impede the Mustangs chances of taking a run at the two-time defending Ontario University Athletics champion Windsor Lancers. “We’ve adjusted and started getting used to [Selfe] not being on the floor. We knew that would take a couple games but I think people are feeling a lot more comfortable in new roles and with increased expectations in terms of playing time,” Barrie said. Not that playing time against Waterloo counts for much as the league-worst Warriors did most of the damage in this game to themselves, turning the ball over 18 times and shooting just 23 per cent from the field, including just 2 of 24 from three-point territory. Fielding a roster that features 12 of 14 players in first or second year, the young Warriors have yet to win a

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ANKLE-BREAKING CROSSOVER IN 3, 2, 1. Second-year guard Beckie Williams leads a fast break for the Mustangs in an 8337 destruction of the winless Waterloo Warriors. Williams had 12 points in the victory.

game this season, being outscored by more than 500 points along the way. “We’ve come a long way this year. Today we didn’t show it — we were horrible,” Warriors head coach Tyler Slipp admitted. “But we like playing tough teams and Western is a very tough team to play. We want to face the best competition.” Second-year guard Jenny Vaughn led the way for the Mustangs with 22 points and six assists in a team-high 30 minutes of play. She hit seven of the nine shots she took but also spent much of her night spreading the ball around as the Mustangs continued to find open looks. That led to four Mustangs finish-

ing in double digits in scoring, including Leddy’s 15 points and Laura Dally and Beckie Williams who both had 12 points apiece. “Coach Barrie has been working with me a lot, not only on making plays for myself but making plays for other people,” Vaughn said. “I’ve been trying to get other people wide open shots so we can have balanced scoring.” With Saturday’s game over before it even began, the Mustangs were looking forward to next weekend’s double header against the Lakehead Thunderwolves, a pair of games that could have a drastic effect on playoff seeding. The Mustangs are currently a game behind Windsor for first place

in the OUA west division with the top seed earning home court advantage throughout the playoffs. There’s also the matter of playing the Thunderwolves twice to finish the regular season before possibly meeting them again in the playoffs just a week later. Head coach Stephan Barrie said he would be keeping a couple cards up his sleeve and not showing the Thunderwolves everything the Mustangs can offer. “I’m assuming they’ll keep a few things from us until the playoffs as well. That’s just the way it goes,” Barrie said. “The most important part is, if you don’t play hard it doesn’t matter. […] It doesn’t matter what the X and O strategy is — we still have to play hard.”

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#6 RYAN BARBEAU Belleville, ON Point Guard 38 minutes 27 points 7 of 19 field goal shooting 5 rebounds 5 assists

Men’s Basketball > Western 94, Waterloo 80

Mustangs near playoff berth with win over Waterloo
Arden Zwelling ASSOCIATE EDITOR
There are a thousand theories and philosophies on how to win a basketball game. But of all of them, by far the easiest method is to simply score, score and score some more like the Western Mustangs did Saturday afternoon when they topped the Waterloo Warriors 94-80 in London. “We have had to earn every victory that we can get. It’s just been one of those seasons,” Mustangs head coach Brad Campbell said. “But this is probably the first game all year that we just outscored somebody. It’s nice to know we at least got one like that.” The Mustangs rode the hot hand of Ryan Barbeau to victory, as the point guard put up 27 points on 7 of 19 shooting. Meanwhile, Mustang leading scorer Andrew Wedemire, playing limited minutes after getting into foul trouble early on, contributed 18 and a team-high seven rebounds. With Wedemire on the bench, the team turned to Barbeau to do the majority of the heavy lifting. “I felt like I had to carry the weight a little bit today,” Barbeau, who played 38 minutes, said after the game. “There are days where you have to do that and there are other days where I don’t even have to score. You just do what you have to do.” Barbeau was coming off a forgettable performance in the Mustangs loss Wednesday night against McMaster, a game that saw the fourth-year guard miss every shot in 31 minutes of game time. “I was pretty embarrassed with the way I played Wednesday night so I felt like today I had to come out and be aggressive and knock down some shots,” Barbeau said. “Thankfully they went in today.” The game was almost a mirror image of the last time these two teams met in January when Waterloo got out to a 23-7 lead in the first quarter and rode that to a 93-72 victory. This time around, Waterloo again took the reins early, jumping out to an 18-4 lead before the game was even five minutes old. But an early time out by head coach Brad Campbell helped the Mustangs turn the tide as they rallied to end the quarter on a 12-2 run, pulling themselves back into the
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#13 ALAN GOODHOOFD Oakville, ON Forward 33 minutes 13 points 6 of 16 field goal shooting 11 rebounds 4 assists

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game. After starting the second half down six, the Mustangs began shooting the lights out, scoring 31 points in the third on 9 of 15 shooting, including 13 points from Barbeau who also fought his way to the free throw line eight times in the quarter. The Warriors tried to rally with 23 points in the fourth quarter but the Mustangs never stopped shooting and drawing fouls, putting the game on ice by hitting 14 of their 15 free throws in the fourth. “We had a terrible start but we started to settle down as the game went on. We didn’t get rattled,” Campbell said. “We’ve had situations like that this year where things haven’t gone well to start games. It’s important to stay with the game plan and keep the work level up.”

The Mustangs victory has a massive effect on the team’s playoff destiny as now one more Mustangs win will seal a berth in the postseason. Of course, the Mustangs may not even have to win again to qualify for the playoffs, as single losses by the Warriors and Guelph Gryphons between now and the end of the season would also put the Mustangs into the playoffs. It’s a comfortable feeling, considering the team has a double-header against the division-leading Lakehead Thunderwolves next weekend to round out their season. “We’ve put ourselves in a very good position. We’re in really good shape right now,” Campbell said. “But I still don’t think we’ve played our best basketball. […] If we can put some of our better stretches together, we can be very dangerous in the playoffs.”
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MAKING IT RAIN ALL NIGHT LONG. Mustangs point guard Ryan Barbeau drops a jump shot on the Waterloo Warriors en route to a big 27-point night. Western would win the game 94-80.

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