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Corey Stanford GAZETTE
Aaron Zaltzman
GAZETTE STAFF
David Basu Roy may not have won
the presidential race, but he did score
a victory with a little-known voting
bloc.
A group of cultural clubs, called
the MultiEthnic Student Union, have
agreed to stand as a united voice for
minority students. It was first
formed three years ago.
According to an email from
MESU member Students United in
Representation of Latin America —
or SUR LA — the union is a student
initiative geared towards empower-
ing minority students.
“Our commitment is to those stu-
dents, who have been left behind in
the decision making policies that
affect their identity and livelihood,”the
email read. “Our intent is to tackle the
prolonged issues that minority stu-
dents have had for many years, in
order to amalgamate into the UWO
community.”
Basu Roy said the three candi-
dates were given a surprise inter-
view with the cultural clubs last
Thursday evening.
“The questions asked were to
determine our personal and USC
goals and values,” he said.
Second place candidate Omid
Salari, however, called the meeting
intimidating and said he found the
questions to be “basically, a combi-
nation of get-to-know-you ques-
tions and racial profiling questions.”
He noted Basu Roy’s campaign
manager Juan Diego, who is presi-
dent of SUR LA, asked a question
about the fact that cultural groups
aren’t allowed to run political events
on campus.
In an email to Salari, Muslim Stu-
dent Association president Selma
Tobah said the clubs were going with
Basu Roy, because his opinions
seemed to fall between those pro-
vided by president-elect Andrew
Forgione and Salari.
Forgione declined to comment.
According to the SUR LA repre-
sentative, the voting bloc’s member-
ship represents over 1,500 students,
which is a relatively large support
base in Western’s average voter
turnout of 7,000 to 10,000 students.
It is headed by members of eight
cultural clubs: the Black Students’
Association (as well as its sister clubs
the African Students’Association and
Caribbean Students’Association), the
Muslim Students’ Association, Arab
Students’ Association, Solidarity for
Palestinian Human Rights, Spanish
and Latin Students’ Association, and
the aforementioned SUR LA.
In its first year, MESU backed
presidential victor Emily Rowe,
although last year the members
could not come to a consensus.
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Culture clubs voted in bloc
Candidates invited to surprise interview
Arts and Humanities
President
Shaw, Andrew*
Councillor
Lewis, Becca 198
Godfrey, Alex 162
Board of Governors
Candidate at Large
Lafortune, Max 1951
Health Sciences
President
Kargiannakis, Melissa 326
Councillor
Dunn, Andrew
(remaining 4 positions move to
fall by-election)
Health Studies Council
President
Jivraj, Amin 301
Nursing Council
President
McCready, Sean 128
Science
President
Poon, Shirley 541
Councillor
Doshi, Samik 643
Lammers, Stephanie 542
Green, Matt 486
Lam, Andrew 482
Rodrigues, Emily 477
Batmazian, Laurence 451
Zhu, Rongbo 438
Senate
Graduate Student Representa-
tive
Sutherland, Duncan*
Arts & Humanities and Music
Watson, Rebecca*
Science
Nurmohamed, Sabrina*
Information and Media Studies,
Social Science
Duncan, Brent*
Uberig, Erin*
Health Sciences, Medicine, Den-
tistry
Cheema, Sonam 480
Social Science
President
McGuire, Ashley 1096
Councillor
Anton, Cassie 768
Kobayashi, Kevin 677
Kopera, Nicole 611
Dempsey, Oliver 609
Charles, Austin 592
Barkley, Blake 584
O’Callaghan, Dylan 557
Belman, Brian 556
Hernaez, Jeffrey 530
Lazarevic, Jelena 509
Ng, Kenneth 504
Pilo, Nikki 490
Faculty of Information and
Media Studies
President
Valliant, Zach*
Councillor
Bronstein, Jess
*acclaimed positions
Complete Elections Results
GAZETTE NEWS
With a crowd of supporters cele-
brating frantically behind him,
Andrew Forgione was elected pres-
ident of the University Students’
Council in a decisive victory last
night.
The fourth-year social science
student, who’s currently serving as
president of the Social Science Stu-
dents’ Council, earned 4,214 votes,
trouncing runner-up Omid Salari
who netted 2,310 votes.
Forgione ran a campaign based
on empowering faculty councils and
continuing initiatives already under-
way by this year’s USC executive.
“I’m somewhat relieved but
happy. It’s the happiest feeling in the
world,” Forgione said after the
results were announced.
Forgione came in as a career
USCer with a campaign defined by a
polished multimedia presence and
groundswell support. At the onset of
his campaign, Forgione released a
heavily produced YouTube video,
which was light on platform points
but high on enthusiasm.
Forgione said support from the
social science faculty definitely
helped.
“My campaign team gave me the
win,” he said. “We were all in line to
begin with.”
By contrast, Salari, a fifth-year
ethics major, ran as the change can-
didate. Despite years of USC involve-
ment, including two years as USC
speaker, Salari frequently criticized
the USC’s control over Orientation
Week and club events. The former
president of the Comedy Club punc-
tuated his new approach with jokes
and foul language along the cam-
paign trail.
“I feel pretty good. I’m hoping I
got 10 per cent [of the vote] so I get
my money back,” Salari said, refer-
ring to the percentage of votes need-
ed to be reimbursed for campaign
expenses. When asked what he
would do now, Salari said he’s going
to “get a real job with a much easier
interview.”
David Basu Roy, a fifth-year stu-
dent in social justice and peace stud-
ies at King’s University College, came
in third with 1,571 votes. As the only
outsider without much USC experi-
ence, Basu Roy ran as an everyman,
promoting green initiatives includ-
ing a greenhouse, which was criti-
cized by USC insiders as infeasible.
He said his only regret was not
talking to more students during the
campaign.
“On the last day, we [cam-
paigned] hard for the last 14 hours,
we hit all the lounges on campus,”
Basu Roy said. “I’d just do that
everyday.”
In total, 8,095 students voted for
a presidential candidate in the elec-
tion, representing a 31 per cent
turnout. This compares to 30 per
cent turnout last year and 39 per
cent the year before.
Health pass referendum
Despite more students voting “yes”
to add $99.89 to their student fees
to support a health plan, the refer-
endum failed to meet a quorum of
20 per cent of part–time student
voters. In total, 226 part-time stu-
dents voted yes while 105 voted no.
Only part–time students were able
to vote in the referendum. Current-
ly, only full-time students are
offered the health plan with an
option to opt-out.
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Opinion
A Forgione conclusion
Arden Zwelling
ASSOCIATE EDITOR
arden@westerngazette.ca
Maybe I should be texting you this
column, because clearly this year we
voted with our smartphones.
No longer will our cellphones run
out of batteries because we refuse to
do the sensible thing and charge them
at night. And no longer will our utter-
ly pointless text messages to one
another take a bit longer than usual.
I’m kidding — but I dare you to
name two other Andrew Forgione
platform points off the top of your
head.
The smartphone stuff was the
most publicized of his promises and
clearly it resonated with voters.
But what obviously resounded
more was Forgione’s campaign — the
unstoppable, social media-powered
blimp that puttered along at a steady,
dependable pace to the tune of Duck
Sauce.
It was populist, engaging and
polished to the point of obsessive
compulsiveness.
And it worked to perfection.
A 52 per cent majority win isn’t
just a victory for Forgione, it’s a vic-
tory for the establishment.
The last three presidents we’ve
had were all cut from the same cloth
— polished, populist, pompous — and
now you can make it four-gione.
But that’s not to say this is a bad
thing. Forgione is a status quo kind
of guy and following a year when the
USC actually made strides financial-
ly for a change, maybe that’s what
this government needs.
Plus, this year’s campaign pushed
serious issues like mental health
support services to the foreground.
Forgione knows this needs his atten-
tion and the same goes for clubs
reform, community space and, most
of all, the intergalactic Death Star
that is the Student Life department.
In the end, the Omid Salari surge
simply was not enough to lift the
eccentric ethics major and council
speaker into office.
Say what you will about the man
who walked around campus with a
balloon tied to his waist and refused
to censor himself, it sure was fun
having him around.
As much as the USC needs a
steady hand to steer this ship, it also
needs strong, dissenting voices like
Salari’s to be given a forum to chal-
lenge the organization.
Salari is a savvy political wizard
who we likely haven’t seen the last
of. Or heard the last from, at least.
David Basu Roy, meanwhile, will
likely be remembered for his doomed
greenhouse idea — a lightning rod of
criticism over the past two weeks.
His campaign was never given
much of a chance from the get-go,
but for a relative unknown at the
beginning of campaigning, the 1,571
votes he garnered is impressive.
You can say that students voted
for the campaign and not for the
man. But Forgione did what he had
to do to win.
Through the slickest campaign
videos, a seemingly endless cam-
paign team and Forgibombs
dropped left and right, his victory
was rarely in doubt.
If you sit still you can already
hear next year’s candidates taking
note.
Zwellin’ it
like it is
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Griping about Grammys
To the editor:
I’d like to reinforce some letters I read in
the Gazette yesterday criticizing the Sex
Issue for being too heteronormative.
Being a soph for two years I have
preached endlessly about Western’s
acceptance of everyone and how forward
thinking we are as a school. The Gazette
just did a great job of nullifying this and
alienating a large portion of campus.
Quite frankly with the quality of
reporting done throughout the year, I
can’t say I’m surprised.
— Kevin Talbott
Med Sci III
While there’s a high likelihood many students have
already skipped out of town by the time this hits
the stands, with Reading Week upon us it’s time for
our annual examination of the event itself.
Many students will be taking advantage of the rel-
atively high strength of the Canadian dollar to treat
themselves to an extended resort stay — a sunny
oasis away from cold and dreary London weather.
But maybe there should be a better understand-
ing of the resort system at our school. With a high
reliance on seasonal bookings, many resort
employees have to deal with equally season
employment. To make matters worse, many resorts
are owned by foreign corporations with little local
benefit rising from the tourist dollars they take in.
So perhaps a better solution is to attempt to go
off–resort and experience some culture. Or head to
a different country that’s low on resorts but high in
culture. Like Florida.
Some may say a week isn’t enough time to truly
experience everything a culture offers, which is a
fair criticism. But one week is plenty of time to
investigate a city you’ve never been to. How much
might you learn about the East Coast if you had a
week in Halifax at your disposal?
Many more look to programs offering the
opportunity to go to a foreign country and help the
local population. In addition to a volunteering
experience, participants also get the chance to
experience a new culture.
But, of course, there are flaws with this approach
too. One fairly standard argument against such so–
called “voluntourism” is that the money spent on
your vacation would be better served being donat-
ed directly to a local non–profit. Plus there always
seems to be a number of individuals on such trips
who are more interested in partying and getting a
resume point than actually helping people.
Nonetheless, such experiences still result in vol-
unteers going to places where they may be needed.
And what’s so bad about that?
As always, it comes down to what you’re trying to
get out of Reading Week. Programs like Alternative
Spring Break offer ample opportunity to engage in
“voluntourism” and the Caribbean is unlikely to run
out of resorts anytime soon. Or why not go to some-
where you detest, so that getting back to London
and school is bound to be an improvement.
The most important thing is to view Reading
Week at face value — it’s a much needed break from
the daily university grind. And while some students
may use it as an opportunity to ignore work and
get a tan, many more are able to get a second wind
before exams are upon us.
—The Gazette Editorial Board
Reading
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Everyone’s a critic.
Less than an hour after the Grammys
ended last Sunday, the web was flooded
with the angry outcries from fans who
thought the accredited music industry
professionals of the Recording Academy
made a mistake.
A Tumblr site called “Who is Arcade
Fire?”posted tweets questioning why the
indie band received the award.
But while Arcade Fire received some
social media backlash, no one has gotten
more heat than Esperanza Spalding, who
won Best New Artist over Justin Bieber.
Spalding was even attacked online with
death threats and insults.
Unfortunately, Bieber’s legion of fans
didn’t seem to understand the Grammys
are about rewarding the musician with
the most musical promise — not the one
with the largest fan base.
Reading a book doesn’t qualify you to
award a Pulitzer Prize, watching a movie
doesn’t mean you’re the authority on who
wins an Academy Award, and listening to
your iPod certainly doesn’t mean your
opinion is worth more than music indus-
try professionals.
There’s an entire musical world out-
side the Bieber-bubble that has yet to be
realized, and the Grammys is an oppor-
tunity to pair these artists with the ones
who made it to the top–40s. Popular
artists like the Biebs deserve credit
through nominations — which helps gain
viewers and draw attention to the strug-
gling music industry — but that doesn’t
mean they have what it takes to win.
Ultimately, the Grammys are about giv-
ing credit where credit is due. Just because
you’ve never heard of a particular artist
does not mean they don’t deserve an
award. But then again, maturity was never
the strong suit of tweens, so perhaps we
shouldn’t be surprised by the backlash.
Never be the first to arrive at a party or the last to go home.
And never, ever be both.
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Too easy being green
Gloria Dickie
NEWS EDITOR
gloria@westerngazette.ca
From Stephen Lecce’s proposed station-
ary-bike-powered dance-a-thons to
David Basu Roy’s promised community
greenhouse, the University Students’
Council presidential race has seen its fair
share of green-washed platforms. But
what substance do these campaign
promises actually have?
Politicians choose to address environ-
mental concerns because they are safe
platform points. It doesn’t require a lot of
thought or follow-through and it’s not
controversial — people tend to agree trees
equal good and pollution equals bad.
With environmental concerns taking
up more and more of USC candidate plat-
forms, it’s hard not to notice. According
to Andrew Forgione, “green is the new
purple” — a cliché in itself. Forgione plas-
tered his platform with inventive points
such as introducing organic farmers’
markets to campus since, you know, local
food is good for the environment.
Props to Basu Roy for putting a bit
more thought into his completely infea-
sible greenhouse idea. It’s not like he
would have had to follow through on it
to earn the hippie vote with his quirky
faux-bohemian aesthetic.
In the 2007 election, candidate Ryan
Gauss advocated he would petition West-
ern administration to use environmen-
tally friendly building supplies, lobby
administration for environmental change
and elevate EnviroWestern’s role.
While these may appear lacklustre,
Gauss was on the right track.
Western administration is in the
process of switching all lights on campus
to environmentally friendly compact flu-
orescent light bulbs and LED lights. They
also recently installed water-saving foun-
tains across campus.
These steps have an actual impact on
campus sustainability. I say, let’s just keep
purple as purple and green as green.
Dickie in
a Box
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“If our communications go down, lives could
be at stake. My job is to inspect and maintain
my team’s communications equipment. Keeping
them in touch and keeping them safe.”
Corporal HAEBE BAGUIDY
« Des lignes de transmission rompues, ça peut
vouloir dire des vies en danger. Mon travail
consiste à inspecter et à réparer le matériel de
communication de mon équipe. Je fais en sorte
que tous restent en contact pour que tous restent
en sécurité. »
Caporal HAEBE BAGUIDY
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Arts&Life
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I just zoned on how ill it is to really fall in love…Pimpin’ is what-
ev…Love is that shit!
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Amber Garratt
ARTS AND LIFE EDITOR
Kraft Dinner only takes five minutes to cook,
Little Caesars is open until the early hours of
the morning and Smoke’s Poutinerie is conve-
niently located right beside Jack’s.
Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle can be
difficult for students, especially on a budget –
but it doesn’t have to be. Being aware of what
food and drink you’re consuming, and trying to
make healthier decisions can dramatically
change your lifestyle.
Take your time
Reading and understanding nutrition labels is
all about taking your time, according to Anne
Zok, nutrition manager for Western’s Hospi-
tality Services.
“People do get confused with nutrition facts
panels because there’s so much information
on there which is overwhelming,” she says.
Each food product has a different nutri-
tional component that people should be aware
of. When looking at grain and cereal products
you want to be cautious of the fibre content,
whereas prepared meals should be examined
for sodium levels, and ready-to-serve meals,
such as snacks, focus on fat content.
“If you are in a hurry you are going to look
at caloric content and you want to look at the
fats, which includes the trans fats and the cho-
lesterol and also sodium,”Zok states. “If I had to
identify what you need to look at most fre-
quently, or what will provide you with the most
information of the nutrients, I would say it’s the
fats, saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium.”
Tackling Calories
Calorie counting has become a popular
method for people to lose weight, which can
be ineffective. A person’s age, weight, activity
level and gender are all determinates of one’s
calorie intake.
On average, females need about 2,000
calories and males about 2,400-2,500 calories.
“The more active you are the more calories
you need. The bigger you are – and if you are a
young individual – you can afford more calo-
ries,” Zok says.
Developing a healthy lifestyle is not just
about knowing your calorie intake, it’s ensur-
ing that you’re getting the adequate nutrients.
“It’s not just about calories, it’s about bal-
ance of nutrients that comes from balance of
food choices,” says Noelle Martin, the nutri-
tionist for the University Students’ Council.
“For the same amount of calories, you could
have a bagel with cream cheese or a medium
to large bowl of a high-fibre cereal with milk,
berries and a few almonds. The second choice
offers more adequate nutrition even though it
may be the same calorie level as the first.”
Size does matter
Nutrition labels can be misleading. To make
the best possible nutrition choices you must
be aware of the portion size.
“If they’re going to get you anywhere, or try
to mislead you, it’s going to be on the portion,”
Zok explains. “I have noticed that quite a bit
for various products, some products where
you assume the nutritional breakdown is for
the entire package but it’s only disclosed for
half the package.”
When comparing two products you want
to be aware of the different nutrition compo-
nents in relation to their portion size.
Eating healthy is not all-or-
nothing
It’s difficult to be healthy 100 per cent of the
time, but being consciously aware of the
choices you’re making is key.
“I just try to have everything in moderation
and when in doubt I always add more fruits or
veggies to my meal. And I only eat desserts on
weekends,” says Erin Cerenzia, a third-year
history major.
Living a university lifestyle and staying
healthy can be difficult, especially when it
comes to going out on the weekends.
“I think sometimes people forget that alco-
hol has a lot of calories, and not just alcohol
but beverages in general. The beverage indus-
try is growing in leaps and bounds and it’s a
category of food that we consume mindlessly
and sometimes we forget how much sugar can
be in beverages,” Zok says.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is more than
just what we eat, but exercise and sleep are
essential.
It’s important to remember that caffeinated
beverages are not substitutions for sleep and
physical activity is an excellent source for an
energy boost. Martin suggests trying to get 30
minutes of activity daily and packing healthy
snacks for long study sessions so that you
aren’t tempted to consume coffee and choco-
late bars as an energy source.
What are we missing?
The problem that many people encounter
when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle is
having a balanced diet and getting all the
essential vitamins.
Zok identified vitamin D and E as essential
vitamins missing from many student diets.
Vitamin D, which is found is dairy products,
is important for bone strength. People should
consume two to three glasses of milk or two
to three servings of dairy products per day.
Nuts and seeds are seen by many as high
in calories, but they also act as an important
source of vitamin E, which is an important fat
soluble vitamin that can help prevent cancer-
forming cells. Martin recommends a quarter
of a cup of nuts and seeds on a daily basis to
meet the needed daily intake.
It’s a common misconception that carbo-
hydrates are bad and must not be part of your
diet, which is incorrect.
“The brain and central nervous system can
only use glucose for energy; therefore, we need
carbohydrates. We just need to be moderate in
the amounts that we have,” Martin explains.
It’s all about compromising.
“Instead of avoiding carbs all together, we
need to aim for balance,” Martin states.” For
example, a footlong sub has the same amount
of carbohydrates as eight pieces of bread, so
choosing a six inch sub, a side salad and a glass
of milk would be better.”
Being healthy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy
eating out or treating yourself.
1. Try to stay on the outside circle of the grocery store. Be cautious about what comes
from an aisle, as the foods in the aisles generally have more salt and simple sugar
added to them.
2. Try to nourish your body within one hour of waking up and eat every 2-4 hours.
3. Try to include a fruit and/or vegetable each time that you eat.
4. Remember to choose water to quench your thirst over juice or pop.
5. Try to get 30 minutes of activity in each day.
6. If you are going out have a drink and then water. In between each drink incorpo-
rate some water or diet soft drink.
7. Consume 2-3 glasses of milk or 2-3 servings of dairy products a day and a quarter of
a cup of nuts and seeds on a daily basis.
8. Check out these great websites: EATracker.ca, kraftrecipes.comand inmotion4Life.ca.
On occasion we go out for
dinner or splurge on dessert
or alcohol or whatnot but for
the most part if you can
adhere to a healthy lifestyle
80 per cent of the time I think
you are good. Try to stay
away from this all or none,
good or bad idea. Life is busy
and we want to celebrate and
enjoy food.
— Anne Zok,
nutrition manager for
Western’s Hospitality Services
>> Tips from the Experts
Narayan Chattergoon
GAZETTE STAFF
Donkey Kong Country Returns
If you didn’t have a chance to pick up
this game before Christmas break,
now is your chance to catch up with
your favourite fun-loving monkey.
After re-inventing the Metroid
series with the Metroid Prime Trilogy,
Retro Studios takes a shot at
revamping the Donkey Kong series
in Donkey Kong Country Returns. The
result? A game everyone will enjoy.
In Country Returns, Donkey Kong
goes on a quest to retrieve his stolen
banana hoard from the evil Tikis.
Along the way, he pairs up with
buddy Diddy Kong.
The story in Country Returns isn’t
its strong point, but it’s this simplistic
premise that really sets the stage for
the other shining aspects of the game.
The player travels as Donkey
Kong among multiple areas, each
with different themes ranging from
Aztec ruins to dense forests. All of
the settings are carefully detailed
and well-designed, and Retro has
done an excellent job of using differ-
ent graphic and shading effects to
make the visuals a sight to see. In
one stage, the entire level is silhou-
etted against an intense sunset on a
tropical island.
In this level of graphic detail, Retro
Studios successfully lives up to the
game’s predecessors. However, Coun-
tryReturns also shines in its gameplay
– another characteristic element of
previous Donkey Kong games.
The levels are well-designed,
requiring players to be creative in
their approach to each platforming
challenge. In some levels, players
shift from the foreground and back-
ground to reach their goal. Overall,
the challenge and creativity in the
level design is both refreshing and
rewarding. The game excels in keep-
ing the player both challenged and
engaged, striking the perfect balance
as it’s not so challenging that it’s
frustrating, but not so easy that it’s
still rewarding.
Donkey Kong Country Returns is a
game you will return to more than
once. In addition to the main quest,
there are hidden puzzle pieces and
letters to find in each level, along with
time trials and other prizes to unlock.
So if you’re going bananas with-
out a fresh, platforming experience
— go ape and play Donkey Kong
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Step One:
Pick your suitcase
It’s easier to bring one larger suitcase
than two medium-size ones, but
keep in mind the maximum weight
for stowaway luggage is only 50
pounds. Rolling luggage is easiest to
transport, and the more compart-
ments the better. To easily spot your
bag in luggage pickup, secure a
brightly coloured bow or ribbon
before leaving.
Step Two:
Pick your outfits wisely
The best way to remember every-
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to-toe method.” Start by thinking
about what you need for your head,
your torso, your legs and then your
feet.
Choose versatile and neutral
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favourite items of clothing. That way,
more things will match and you can
pack less.
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Pack strategically
Pants and dresses should lie flat and
should go into the suitcase first, fol-
lowed by smaller items of clothing
like shorts and skirts. T-shirts and
tank tops can be rolled to save space,
and put your towel on top — it’s a
good protective layer and will be in a
convenient, easy-to-access spot.
Socks, underwear and even bathing
suits can go in the various side com-
partments. Make sure to lock your
luggage — you can get a decent lock
for under $10 — and keep the key in
a safe place. Make sure your lock is
also TSA approved if you’re going
through the U.S.
Step Four:
Packing toiletries
It’s a good idea to pack all liquids in
a Ziploc bag before putting it in your
toiletries bag in case they spill.
Remember, liquids can’t be packed
in your carry on unless they’re only
3 oz. in size and packed in a clear
Ziploc bag. If you’re not picky,
remember most hotels provide nec-
essary toiletries. You can also share
things like straighteners, blow dry-
ers and even shampoo with your
friends.
Don’t forget:
Traveler’s insurance – Or, check
if your credit card insures you for
lost and stolen items
Money – Tell your bank that you’re
leaving the country to prevent them
from cancelling cards
Valid Passport and ID
Energy Converters for all your
electronics
Medication—Make sure they’re in
the original bottle and are properly
labeled.
Tickets and hotel reservation num-
bers
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Return of Donkey Kong
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Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Sci-
ence of Cooking, set to release in
March, combines the passion of sci-
ence and food in one giant six-vol-
ume, 2,400-page collection. This
ambitious endeavour was undertak-
en by ex-Microsoft CEO Nathan
Myrhvold along with experimental
chefs Chis Young and Maxime Bilet.
Modernist Cuisine uses sophisti-
cated scientific and technological
techniques to perfect the art of
cooking – and perhaps reinvent it
entirely. Though with such tools as
water baths, homogenizers and cen-
trifuges – and a price tag of $600 –
the collection may be out of reach
for the average consumer.
Despite its hefty price tag, the
collection boasts some incredible
culinary feats. The cheeseburger, for
example, requires over a day in
prep-time and uses techniques such
as cooking the meat sous vide — par-
tial cooking followed by vacuum
sealing and chilling — then freezing it
with liquid nitrogen. This ensures a
crispy yet moist cheeseburger expe-
rience, but it’s definitely not your
average method.
The collection includes a fully
comprehensive how-to guide for the
modernist chef, showing scientific
cooking tricks as well as insight into
how science and food can work
together. The photos are also incred-
ible, giving an inside look into how
cooking actually works. There are
cut-away photos of grills and deep-
fryers allowing you to truly see the
science at work.
It’s obvious that Modernist Cui-
sine will not be on everyone’s kitchen
table, but it is a book that revolu-
tionizes the idea of culinary art.
— Christina Guidoccio
The science of gastronomy
Review > CD
Good Lovelies
Let the Rain Fall
Independent
Let the Rain Fall is the Good Lovelies’
third album and follow-up to their
previous Juno-Award winning
album. The trio of musicians, formed
in Toronto, has developed an inter-
esting sound inspired by the ‘40s.
Fortunately, LettheRainFall does-
n’t try to replicate the music from this
time period, but instead uses its influ-
ence to produce several great tracks.
Let the Rain Fall is strongest when
it mixes the Good Lovelies’ jazz, folk
and country influences into a song
and weakest when it draws too heav-
ily from only one of those genres.
The opening tracks “Made for
Rain” and “Free” suffer from this
problem the most.
Nonetheless, the Good Lovelies
effectively draws from their Canadian
background. The tracks “Old High-
way,” “Kingston”and “Mrs. T”stand as
three of the best songs on the album
both lyrically and musically.
One of the Good Lovelies’
strongest assets is the use of vocal
harmonies in each of their songs.
Every one of the songs on Let the
Rain Fall becomes incredibly catchy
largely due to the beautiful mix of
the voices from the female group.
The Good Lovelies only miss their
mark with a few songs. With 13
tracks, that leaves at least an album’s
worth of interesting, addictive tracks.
Let the Rain Fall will be released
on Feb. 22.
— Brent Holmes
Deadhorse
Deadhorse
Saved By Radio
Deadhorse is a talented group — with
each song, they play a completely
different style under the broad cate-
gory of classic rock.
Most of the major rock styles of
the ‘70s and ‘80s are covered in the
eight tracks on the album includ-
ing psychadelic, arena, blues rock
and early metal. They play all these
styles amazingly well and have
some great guitar and drum solos
along the way. Particular standouts
of this album are “Upon a Moun-
tain High,” “Cushion” and “I’m a
Lawyer.”
The downside of this album is
there’s a lack of any continuity
between songs. Most tracks include
loud instruments, which drown out
the vocals — which are heavily dis-
torted anyway. This distortion effect
makes the voices of the lead singers
sound more like the style they are
imitating and cover the fact their
lyrics aren’t well written and are
rather repetitive.
This album is more of a tribute
to the history of classic rock than a
new interpretation of a particular
style. If you’re looking for the lat-
ter, you should go listen to Wolf-
mother. But if you’re willing to sit
through a recreation of classic
rock history, you just can’t beat
Deadhorse.
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The Best Laid Plans
By Terry Fallis
A former political speechwriter, Dan
Addison is fed up with the govern-
ment’s inability to follow through on
their promises. However, before leav-
ing the world of Canadian politics for
good, Addison takes on the task of
finding a new Liberal candidate for
the next federal election.
The Birth House
By Ami McKay
The Birth House is set in Nova Scotia
during World War I and tells the story
of two midwives who have to strug-
gle to continue their practice when
an obstetrician comes to town.
The Bone Cage
By Angie Abdou
This story follows Sadie, a swimmer,
and Digger, a wrestler, on their
quests to qualify for the 2000 Syd-
ney Olympics. Unfortunately,
tragedy has the potential to derail
their dreams.
Essex County
By Jeff Lemire
Composed of three graphic novels,
this book is a minimalist account of
living, working and dying in a rural
community in Southwestern Ontario.
Unless
By Carol Shields
Reta Winters finds her life unravel-
ling when her eldest daughter
Norah, a bright University of Toronto
student, abandons her life to be
homeless and sit on a Toronto street
corner with a sign around her neck
bearing the word “goodness.” Reta
attempts to piece together how her
daughter’s life fell apart.
Recently, the CBC compiled a list of the Essential Top 10 Canadian Novels of the Decade. They
then narrowed that down to a five-title shortlist and picked a winner. If you find some time over
reading week to pick up a book that’s not on a course syllabus, you might want to check out some
of these great Canadian novels.
— Maddie Leznoff
Off the shelf
Sarah’s Key
By Tatiana de Rosnay
Translated from French, Sarah’s Key
tells the parallel stories of 10-year-
old Sarah during World War II and
middle-aged journalist Julia Jar-
mond in 2002.
In 1942, Sarah and her family are
brutally arrested as part of the lesser-
known Vel D’Hiv roundup. Sarah
attempts to save her younger broth-
er by locking him in their living room
cupboard, convinced she will be back
only a few hours later to save him.
Sixty years later Julie Jarmond is
asked to write an article about the
roundup, and stumbles upon a
series of clues that lead her to find a
connection between her husband’s
family and the young Sarah.
Despite her husband and father-
in-law’s insistence she not pry into the
past, Jarmond delves deeper into the
horrific history Sarah lived through.
Her discoveries cause her to question
her own marriage and life choices.
De Rosnay offers her audience
insight into a rarely talked about
event in France and is able to con-
nect the reader with a character they
are really unable to relate to.
However, it’s obvious that before
reading a book about World War II,
you should prepare yourself to be at
least a little wary of the subject mat-
ter. While detailed descriptions of
the pain and torture people at that
time went through is difficult, there
should be no question in the end it
makes for a satisfying read.
— Meagan Kashty
Winner Runners Up
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Sports
rundown >> Hayley Nell and Steven Takahashi were the Mustang Athletes of the week > Nell helped lead the woman’s swimming team to a third straight OUA championship |
Takahashi took home the gold medal for the 54 kg division at the OUA championship > He was awarded the OUA Rookie of the Year and MVP award.
tweet of the week
“I’ve been crying on the inside since I heard our team bus caught
fire! My beautiful face :(”
>> John Surla,Mustang’s linebacker after finding out the Mustangs team
bus, which was transporting the volleyball teams, caught on fire. Apparently
the bus caught fire where Surla’s face was painted.
Women’s Hockey > Western 1, Brock 5
Women’s Hockey > Western 3, Guelph 4
Seedhouse nets last
goal as a Mustang
Brock out-shoots Western
43-21 in lopsided victory
Brian Fung
CONTRIBUTOR
Playing the first of two games in
their final home stand, the Mustangs
women’s hockey team looked to fin-
ish off their season strong.
Unfortunately, the second seed-
ed Brock Badgers turned out to be
too strong for the ninth seeded Mus-
tangs in Friday night’s match-up at
Thompson Arena. The Badgers
dominated play throughout the
game, with most of the action occur-
ring in the Mustangs’ end. The Bad-
gers won the affair 5–1 in a perfor-
mance that made Badgers coach Jim
Denham very proud.
“Even though the game didn’t
mean a lot for us because we already
clinched our spot for the playoffs, I
was pleased by the effort of our girls.
They showed they can play hard all
the time,” Denham said.
That type of effort resulted in
Brock playing a highly physical
game. Throughout the match they
laid a number of big hits on Mus-
tang players and took six penalties
in the game. The Mustangs took
five penalties in the chippy
affair. Mustangs head coach Chris
Higgins was not pleased with how
the game was played.
“That’s their strategy and they got
away with it,” Higgins said when
asked about Brock’s physicality. “I
finally called the ref over and said
they kept slashing our goalie which
caused all the problems. It will catch
up to them — such a strategy will not
work for long.”
Denham attributed the physical
play more to the evolution of
women’s hockey instead of a strate-
gy employed by his team
“I don’t think it was a part of our
plan, I think it’s just a part of
women’s hockey now,” he said. “The
game is a lot more physical than it
used to be and they like to mix it up
just like all the teams in our league.”
The game started off on a sour
note when Mustangs goaltender
Olivia Ross let in a soft one only 17
seconds into the affair. However, the
Mustangs were able to contain the
Brock offence and the game stood at
1-0 after the first frame.
After scoring a short-handed goal,
the Badgers were in control of the
match. Just before the second period
expired the Mustangs got on the
board when captain Ellie Seedhouse
took the feed from Kate Dillion and
put it past the Badgers goaltender.
Not to be outdone, Brock
responded with their own last sec-
ond goal to go up 3-1 heading into
the third. Brock carried their
momentum into the final period,
adding two more goals to seal the
victory.
It may not have been the type of
season they had envisioned, but the
Mustangs are a young squad and are
looking to improve heading into
next year. Higgins is confident that
his team will be competitive in the
near future.
“Our four–year plan is in place
and next year’s team will strive to be
the kind of team UWO deserves,”
Higgins said. “It won’t take long
before the rest of the OUA realizes
that Western can compete at the top
levels.”
Genevieve Moreau GAZETTE
A RARE INSTANCE WHEN BROCK DIDN’T HAVE THE PUCK. The Mustangs dropped the first game of their last home stand
of the season to the Brock Badgers by a 5-1 score. Ellie Seedhouse had the lone Mustang goal while Alison Li and Olivia Ross
combined to stop 38 shots.
Dustin Saracini
CONTRIBUTOR
Fresh off a team Canada gold medal
in the Winter Universiade in Turkey,
Ellie Seedhouse and the Western
Mustangs took on the third-placed
Guelph Gryphons for their season
finale.
Emotions ran high as the senior
girls — Kailey Hooker, Taryn Brown,
Brittany Buck, Holly Ouellette, Jessi-
ca Ulrich and Seedhouse — were hon-
oured for their continuous hard work
and dedication to the Mustangs.
“It was amazing to get honoured
and to get the recognition from
friends and family. It was unreal,” an
emotional Seedhouse said after the
game.
Despite all the love for one
another, Western still lost to the
Gryphons 4–3.
The loss caps a season filled with
bad luck and tough breaks. Even
though this strong young team was
left in the basement at the end of the
season, coaches around the league
didn’t hesitate to show their recog-
nition for the Mustangs.
“Western’s a team that never goes
away. You can’t underestimate them.
They don’t have a great record at the
end of the season but they were in a
lot of one–goal games and they are a
team you can never take lightly and
next year will be the same if they
continue to recruit the way they are,”
Guelph Gryphons head coach
Rachel Flanagan said after the tilt.
Early in the first, Guelph posted
two quick goals showing tremen-
dous passing plays and the ability to
cycle in Western’s zone.
It looked as if it was going to be a
one-sided match before Mustang
Carly Rolph intercepted a pass and
went in alone on a breakaway before
burying the puck past Guelph net-
minder Brooke Siddall. Late in the
period, Guelph tallied one more
before a wonderful pass from West-
ern’s Ally Galloway was tipped into
the mesh by Katie Dillon, making it
3–2 at the end of the first.
Cue Jessica Ulrich, who in her
final game faced a flurry of shots and
was able to keep Western in the tilt.
It wasn’t until the third frame when
Guelph found the back of the net
once more. Even with third period
heroics from Tawn Rellinger — who
scored a shorthanded goal — the
Mustangs fell to the Gryphons and
finished the season on a sour note.
“We had 11 new players in the
lineup and basically two new coach-
es. I think all of us learned a lot and
I think we are going to build on this
and you will see a different team out
there next year.
“I am very proud of these girls —
not one player ever quit. We have a
great nucleus going forward into
next season,” said head coach Chris
Higgins of Western’s future as he
looked for closure to the 2011
women’s hockey season.
Seniors leave on losing note
Ulrich makes 33 stops in her final game
Corey Stanford GAZETTE
SHE MAY HAVE BEEN A USELESS AT HOCKEY, BUT THE JUDGES GAVE HER A
9.5 FOR THAT SWEET DIVE. The Mustangs sent off their six-member senior class
with a 4-3 loss to the Guelph Gryphons. Jessica Ulrich stopped 33 shots in her
final game at Western while Carly Rolph, Katie Dillon and Tawn Rellinger each con-
tributed a single goal.
Our four-year plan is in
place and next year’s
team will strive to be
the kind of team UWO
deserves. It won’t take
long before the rest of
the OUA realizes that
Western can compete
at the top levels.
— Chris Higgins
Mustangs head coach
On the team’s rebuilding plan
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Road to Redemption:
the OUA playoffs
Daniel Da Silva
SPORTS EDITOR
dan@westerngazette.ca
It’s fair to say the Mustangs men’s
hockey team still have a bitter taste
in their mouths from their last trip
to the playoffs. They ended their
2009–2010 season with a last
minute three-goal collapse — proba-
bly the worst minute and 31 seconds
they’ve ever played — losing 5-4 to
Université du Québec à Trois-Riv-
ières. The loss would cost them a
berth in the national championships.
This year, the Mustangs smashed
their competition, earning a first seed
three weeks ago. But it’s all about
their journey in the next month to the
Queen’s Cup and the Canadian
Interuniversity Sport championship.
So with that in mind, let’s look at who
is in the playoffs and what promises
to be an intriguing first round in the
Ontario University Athletics Western
conference.
#1 Western vs. #8 Windsor
Season series: Western 2-0-1
This really should be an easy series
for Western. But there are two rea-
sons why they will have to fight
down to the wire to win this series:
their incredible cold streak and
Windsor’s goaltending.
Western hasn’t had anything to
play for in about three weeks, and
have spent a good portion of that
time without six of their top players
and their head coach. So naturally,
they went cold.
Getting back the team chemistry
that served them so well early in the
season is not going to be easy, and they
haven’t been given much time to do it.
Not to mention they get the
unfortunate task of having to go up
against the goaltending duo of Jim
Watt and Frank Dayus. Basically, you
can take 50 shots on either of these
guys, but you’re only going to score
two or three.
Fortunately, Western has a pretty
great goaltending pair of their own
in Anthony Grieco and Josh Unice.
Plus they have way more talent
offensively with Keaton Turkiewicz
and Kevin Baker and that should be
more than enough for Western to
take the series.
Western in 2
#2 Laurier vs. #7 UOIT
Season series: Laurier 3-0-1
This series is way closer than it
appears. The Ridgeback forward
group struggled in the first half, but
their stars, namely Josh Vatri and
Nathan Spaling, are on fire heading
into the playoffs.
That’s a good thing because goal-
tender Jason Guy has been very hit-
or-miss this season. But if he per-
forms, Laurier will be in trouble.
Laurier will live and die on the
play of their defence and goalie Ryan
Daniels. Daniels is the reason why
they have given up the second
fewest goals in the West.
UOIT could legitimately win this
series. But I think Laurier’s experi-
ence and a healthy dose of Ryan
Daniels will be enough for the Hawks
to squeak out a series victory.
Laurier in 3
#3 Lakehead vs. #6 Waterloo
Season series: Lakehead 2-0-2
Both teams have struggled recently.
Lakehead has been below .500 in the
second half and Waterloo is 1-4-1 in
their last six.
Goaltending has been a problem
for both teams. Keaton Hartigan and
Justin Leclerc have given up four
goals a game in Waterloo’s last six.
Alex Dupuis has a season save per-
centage of .910. That’s pretty average.
So don’t be surprised if we get a
high–scoring series. That doesn’t
bode well for Waterloo because
Lakehead has 118 goals on the sea-
son putting them third in the OUA.
But what will likely turn the tide
in this series is home-ice advantage.
Waterloo hosts the opener, but they
get the unenviable task of travelling
to Thunder Bay for two in the row.
Lakehead is 10-3-1 at home.
Lakehead in 3
#4 Guelph vs. #5 Brock
Season series: Guelph 2-1-0
Guelph was terrible until a couple
weeks ago, and they suddenly went
on 5-0-1 run. Brock has a bad habit
of playing at the level of their oppo-
sition.
Both teams got great goaltending
one night, followed by an awful per-
formance the next. Or weekends
where they score 10 goals followed
by weekends where they score once
or twice.
Basically, it’s Jekyll and Hyde
against Jekyll and Hyde. Try pre-
dicting a winner out of that.
Brock in 3
Da Silva
Bullet
Wrestlers shock with silvers
Greg Colgan
GAZETTE STAFF
Mustangs wrestling may not have
had a lot of fanfare heading into the
Ontario University Athletics cham-
pionships this past weekend in
Thunder Bay, but they did leave an
impression on everyone.
“We were pretty solid through-
out the year and although some
people would say it was a toss up
between several teams, I think peo-
ple were surprised we were second
overall,” Western head coach Ray
Takahashi said.
The men’s side would finish with
64 points, a single point behind first
place Guelph, while the women
would compile 57, three behind
champion Brock.
Not surprising anyone, however,
were Brianne Barry and Larissa D’Al-
leva, who defended their gold medals
by winning the women’s 55 kg and 63
kg weight class respectively.
“We always have a couple of
team members who you expect
good results from,”coach Takahashi
said. “They’re top ranked and they
did what they had to do.”
With the Canadian Interuniversi-
ty Sport Championships taking
place Feb. 25 and 26, Takahashi
knows his female wrestlers will have
a strong showing, but will be up
against stiff competition.
“They’re going to do well at the
CIS, but the [CIS] is really tough and
there are some really good girls out
west and east,”coach Takahashi said.
One of the best showings of the
tournament came from rookie
Steven Takahashi, Ray’s son, who
came away with OUA men’s rookie
of the year honours and the Keegan
Trophy as tournament MVP.
“This weekend has proven to me
that I’m ready for the CIS Champi-
onships,” Steven said. “Beating the
previous OUA and CIS champion in
the finals this weekend has
increased my confidence and I’m
prepared for a strong performance.”
Winning the Keegan Trophy is
beginning to become a family tradi-
tion in the Takahashi household
with Ray, winning the same award in
‘77–‘78.
Western’s other gold medalist,
Ilya Abelev, won the 65 kg weight
class and was Steven’s closest com-
petition for the Keegan Trophy.
Moving forward, Ray plans on his
team using their current momentum
when they head into the CIS Cham-
pionships.
“Whenever you do well you use
that as motivation, you use it as con-
fidence building and it shows we can
do well if we work as a team and give
our best performances,” he said.
Courtesy of Ray Takahashi
HIS PATENTED ‘SNAP-THE-KNEE-LIKE-A-TWIG’ MOVE WAS PRETTY EFFECTIVE. Steven Takahashi (left) tore down the
opposition in the 54 kg weight class en route to a gold medal, an OUA rookie of the year award and an OUA MVP trophy.
Graphic by Amani Elrofaie GAZETTE
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Swimmers secure gold, silver
Ryan Stern
CONTRIBUTOR
Going into the Ontario University
Athletics swimming champi-
onships with high expectations,
the Mustangs women and men’s
teams did not disappoint as they
walked away with gold and silver
respectively.
“We wanted to win the womens’
and be second to U of T on the mens’.
So in that sense, we met our expec-
tations,” coach Paul Midgely said.
On the backs of impressive per-
formances from team leaders Hay-
ley Nell and Bryn Jones, earning
them both the OUA Award of Dis-
tinction, the Mustangs were able to
ride the momentum of a strong first
day into a successful weekend.
“It is always a relief to be able to
step up and perform on the first day.
It’s definitely a confidence booster,”
Nell said.
Jones, competing in his last OUA
championships, set the bar high for
himself on the first day as he broke
a meet record in the 200m breast-
stroke. Jones would go on to sup-
plement that gold with three silvers
and another gold while breaking
the record in the 100m breast-
stroke.
“I was really motivated after my
performance in the 200, and I tried
to carry that through the rest of the
meet,” he said.
The Mustangs also got a glimpse
of the future with freshmen Rob
Wise and Shannon Nell. A strong
weekend by Wise merited him the
OUA Rookie of the Year while Nell
brought home the Dr. Jeno Tihanyi
Award for Individual Medley Excel-
lence.
“Obviously we will be building
our future teams around these two.
Next step for them is to develop into
strong national level, then interna-
tional level swimmers,”Midgely sad.
Looking ahead, the Mustangs will
be sending their top swimmers to
Calgary to compete in the Canadian
Interuniversity Sport champi-
onships. Though stiffer competition
will be present in Calgary, the Mus-
tangs will arrive on a mission to suc-
ceed now.
“[We’re] looking for a top five fin-
ish in both men and women. That
will be a stretch for us, but it is part
of our team goals,” Midgely said.
Swimming > Women - Gold, Men - Silver
Graphic by Amani Elrofaie GAZETTE

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