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Council’s Key Players
Next year’s USC executive now elected
Police out in force during St. Paddy’s
Aaron Zaltzman GAZETTE STAFF
Police watched vigilantly as students and London residents paid tribute to St. Patrick on Thursday — not by snake-banishing, but rather with rowdy partying and drinking. Extra police were on patrol in several busy areas of London on St. Patrick’s Day, including Richmond Row and various student-heavy areas near Western and Fanshawe College. Numerous disturbances and arrests occurred throughout the day, with police responding to hundreds of calls for service, eventually breaking up a party near Fanshawe. “It was a large disturbance. There were about 300 people there. There was a mattress set on fire,” Dennis Rivest, media relations officer for the London Police Service, said. “[There were] bottles thrown everywhere. We arrested a bunch of people, we laid some charges. Over the course of the night, we laid over 100 tickets.” The party took place on Thurman Circle, which is an area heavily populated by students. According to Emily Marcoccia, director of marketing and corporate communications at Fanshawe College, the area and the activities of its residents are well known. “There certainly was increased activity in the neighbourhood just north of [Fanshawe] College, often referred to as the ‘Fleming’ area,” Marcoccia said, referring to the nearby Fleming Drive. “We know almost all of the landlords in that area. We know which homes contain Fanshawe students and which homes don’t.” While St. Patrick’s Day is not confined to the university campus, London police still made sure to focus on student areas. “I understand it’s not just students that are involved in all of these parties, but predominantly those are the areas that tend to have a lot of activity during these big events,” Rivest said. “St. Patrick’s Day is one of those big party events. So, we were prepared.”
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Calls responded to by police
Criminal charges laid
USC Comm. Officer
Monica Blaylock NEWS EDITOR
This past weekend, executive members were elected to the University Students’ Council. While some students might recognize the name Andrew Forgione following February’s USC presidential election, there’s a team of lesser-known vicepresidents who are responsible for much of the Western student experience. The group, collectively known as the executive, ensure the USC’s dayto-day operations and long-term plans are running smoothly. Each of their portfolios cover unique areas of university life and together they attempt to keep the multi-million dollar student government afloat. “I couldn’t leave Western without ensuring that I did everything I could do to make this campus better,” said Pat Searle, a career student politician who previously served on
One thing I am excited to see get off the ground will be the implementation of a ‘ProfBook’ where students can research — or ‘creep’ — their professors before signing up for their classes.
Next year’s vice-president university affairs for the USC
Western’s Senate and as president of the King’s University College Student Council. Searle was elected vice-president university affairs at Saturday’s annual general meeting, a daylong meeting inside council chambers where both this year’s and next year’s councillors elect the executive for the 2011/12 school year. “One thing I am excited to see get off the ground will be the implementation of a ‘ProfBook’ where students can research — or ‘creep’ — their professors before signing up for their classes. This will be one way students can say the USC is really helping them out with their academic experience,” Searle said. He also said he’ll be working to make accessibility on campus a priority. “I [want to] see that all student leaders receive the proper training
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Elgin Austen, director of Campus Community Police Services, said his squad investigated 20 incidents on campus, mostly related to excessive drinking, including one drunken student who was taken to University Hospital after falling down some stairs. Austen noted police took the usual measures standard for St. Patrick’s Day. “London Police are active in the neighbourhoods near Western and Campus Police provide proactive patrols on campus and in nearby neighbourhoods and try to deal with issues before they escalate to problems,” Austen said. “Most students have a good time, except for a few, [for whom] excessive alcohol becomes a problem.” Some, like Rivest, found this year’s celebrations to be larger than usual. However, Marcoccia said it’s important to look at the day as a whole, rather than focusing on a few disturbances. “We had 30,000 people in the city Thursday night and the actions of a few are what caused any media attention. But we didn’t talk about the several thousand who celebrated appropriately,” Marcoccia said. “The police indicated to us that it was really — other than that one incident — not a bad evening.”
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thegazette • Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Corey Stanford GAZETTE
WHEN THE MOON HITS YOUR EYE LIKE A BIG PIZZA PIE IT WILL LIKELY LEAVE A MARK... Saturday marked a unique event in the night sky — a “supermoon.” The moon gets its extra-large appearance by being a new moon coinciding with a close approach to the Earth.
Parking tickets move online
The City of London has created a new website where users can pay parking tickets without leaving their homes. When users enter the secured site, the first things they’ll see are images of tickets. People can click the ticket they received and fill in the required information. “The security for the page is very high,” according to Shane Maguire, division manager of parking and traffic signals. The people of London have a good track record of paying tickets, Maguire explained, and the ones who don’t pay right away have their plates denied when they have to renew their plate’s licenses. He noted, however, with the new online
way to pay tickets, users can pay for tickets while checking their email. “In the long run, it’ll save people money,” Maguire said.
— Danielle Veale
Spring thaw reveals damaged property
While spring may be officially here, reminders of winter are lingering on Londoners’ lawns. The spring thaw revealed some lawns were damaged by city plows. “Our first snowfall was Dec. 6, the grass was nice, bright and green, and we got 30 cm of snow overnight,” John Parsons, division manager of transportation and roadside maintainable for the City of London, explained. “When you do that, and the ground’s unfrozen and you send a sidewalk plow out there, you can
get some sod damage.” He noted this happens every year — sidewalk plows veer slightly off the sidewalk and damage neighbourhood lawns — and there is nothing plowers can do to prevent it. He explained this winter was particularly bad due to the thaw, which was in January. Thaws mean the snowbanks normally lining the banks vanish, leaving plows vulnerable to wandering. “We’ve got 200 phone calls so far, plus we know of some locations,” Parsons explained. He noted some homeowners would fix their lawns themselves due to the fact that city crews do not start work until May. “It does occur every year and it’s sort of a rite of spring,” Parsons noted.
— Cheryl Stone
Thursday March 24 In the Market for Western Heads East When: 4:30 p.m. — 8 p.m. Where: The Great Hall High Commissioner for the United Republic of Tanzania, Mr. Richard Tibandebage, and leader of an NGO women’s group, Maimuna Kanyamala, are to speak. The event will also feature a silent auction boasting hand-carved crafts made by Tanzanian and Kenyan crafters and paintings from local London artists. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $15 for students. Friday March 25 Sociology Student’s Association Prof and Student Social When: 5 p.m. Where: Social Science Centre, room 3036 Mingle with sociology professors and students to discuss topical issues and recent news. Saturday March 26 Change 4 Change When: 9 p.m. Where: The Wave Change 4 Change will be at The Wave and will have exciting events like door prizes, raffles, bands and maybe even some new surprises. The event will raise money for The Canadian Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. Sunday March 27 Art for AIDS International Exhibit: Showcasing UWO talent When: 7 p.m. Where: Art for AIDS International Head Office and Gallery, 242 Dundas Street Come check out the work of UWO student artists and donate to Art for AIDS. The exhibit will feature their artwork as well as musicial performances from local artists Alanna Gurr, Sam Allen and Graham Nicholas. Cost is $5. Wednesday March 30 Classified in Concert When: 8 p.m. Where: London Music Hall Rapper Classified will be playing at the London Music Hall. Tickets are $22.50 plus applicable service charges. Tickets can be purchased online through TicketMaster.ca or the London Music Hall website. This is an all-ages event. Friday April 1 Get Foolish, in Support of Operation Smile When: 10 p.m. Where: London Tap House On April Fools’ Day the London Tap House will be hosting an event in which proceeds go towards Operation Smile. Tickets are $10 at the door, line by-pass before 10:15. Tickets are available at InfoSource and in the University Community Centre on Tuesday March 22 and Tuesday March 29. This is a 19+ event.
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thegazette • Tuesday, March 22, 2011
New VPs focusing on meaningful approach
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VPs must now seek endorsement from council for external work
Jesica Hurst GAZETTE NEWS
In the past few years, the University Students’ Council vice-presidents have been free to run for external positions without any approval from council. But a new clause passed at last Wednesday’s council meeting has changed how they run for those positions. Vice-presidents will now have to get an endorsement from council, who will decide if the position is worth their funding. The motion follows years of concerns over spending by some vice-presidents, especially the VP university affairs who often moonlights as president of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. “Asking for council’s permission will allow council to better understand the value of external commitments made by USC vice-presidents,” explained Adam Fearnall, president of the Huron University College Student’s Council. The decision is non-binding and confidential, meaning vice-presidents can still run for a position without council’s support. Andrew Forgione, president of the Social Science Students’ Council and USC president-elect, agreed the change was being made because, ultimately, council has the power. He said another motion was made requiring executives to explain travel costs for responsibilities outside the USC. Running for a position outside the USC office takes up many important resources, including time spent on campus. “Students often wonder where the executive is when they are out of the city, and this will give them a response,” Forgione said. “We can work with Eliot [Hong], the new communications officer, to get the word out when we are travelling and break down the values so [students] understand why.” Money is another resource that needs to be available for vice-presidents running for external positions. For four of the past five years, the VP-UA has gone over the allotted budget. Last year’s OUSA president Dan Moulton, who was also the USC’s VP-UA, went over budget by around $15,000, causing some councillors to question the costs of doubling as an external president. But Meaghan Coker, this year’s VP-UA and president of OUSA, said the VP-UA budget has never been increased despite rising expenses. She added that a new process was put in place this year to differentiate between USC and OUSA costs. She said the USC will be paying around $3,000 this year for travelling costs for the OUSA president.
to ensure that our campus is becoming more accessible, not just accommodating.” Incoming communications officer Eliot Hong is hoping to improve the USC’s use of technology. “My hope is to bring the USC fully into the 21st century,” Hong joked. Hong, who was appointed by a group of USC brass including incoming and outgoing presidents last week, said he wanted to create an “interactive platform” for the USC and students. He noted his ultimate goal is to work with USC media to create a communications-based approach allowing students to interact more thoroughly with the USC. Nicole D’Alessandro, incoming vice-president student events, said she wants to create a more transparent and inclusive student events portfolio. “My platform was centred around looking critically at what is currently going on in the [student events] portfolio,” D’Alessandro noted. She said her focus was working with individual councils — and there are several spread across faculties and affiliate colleges — to make student events more “meaningful.” Marissa Joffre, next year’s vicepresident campus issues, narrowly edged out competing VP candidate Emily Jarvis in the second round of voting at Saturday’s meeting. She said her position would involve expanding and promoting support services at Western. Jennifer Valadao, vice-president finance, will follow in the footsteps of Ely Rygier and Sacha Kumar — two vice-presidents who successfully passed significant referendums and made several cuts and adjustments to the USC’s finances. A crucial step to accomplishing their goals will be the ability work together — something that’s plagued some executive councils in the past. But Searle said a “sense of family” already started to develop between the elected candidates after finding out they would be working together. “We are all on the same page already, and we haven’t even started working yet.” — With files from Stuart A. Thompson
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THE GREYEST BLUE CHAIR YOU’VE EVER SEEN. The annual Blue Chair campaign, which advocates for people who can’t access higher education, is one of many initiatives championed by the president of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. Four of the past five years, the OUSA president was also the vice-president university affairs for the University Students’ Council.
Although the USC pays to fund these external positions, Coker explained students should be educating themselves about the benefits these positions bring to the council before questioning and complaining about the costs. “OUSA is an organization that benefits students in many ways,” Forgione added. “I believe that the expenses are incredibly valuable to students. We just need to make people aware of them.” Coker is aware council may decide the cost of having a vicepresident work externally may be
too high for them to condone. “If a council collectively decided that they didn’t want to give a vicepresident the resources to pursue that [external representation], it could come from a number of reasons,” Coker explained. She said council might not see the value, the benefit to the USC, or could decide the position shouldn’t be a priority that year. “I think that there are a lot of questions that can be raised, and it is a very important decision that council would be tasked with.” — With files from Stuart A. Thompson
Western Fair mulls $20-million retrofit
Concerns mount over renovation’s effect on downtown London
Julian Uzielli GAZETTE STAFF
The Western Fair is looking to expand its operations. But the plan has also put them under fire from those looking to attract business to the downtown core. Western Fair — the entertainment, sports and gambling facility east of the downtown core — is contemplating a $20-million makeover. The plans are confidential because they have not yet been finalized, but would likely include renovations and updates to existing buildings at Western Fair and possibly expansion into the immediate surrounding neighbourhood. The makeover is still in its infancy. Hugh Mitchell, CEO of the Western Fair Association, explained a full proposal document has not even been drafted yet, so was unable to disclose any specific details of the plan. “Some parts of our facilities are decades old and will require some element of a makeover or retrofit to modernize it and make sure the association remains relevant.” Judy Bryant, city councillor for downtown Ward 13, was concerned with the effect the makeover could have on the attempts to revitalize the downtown core. “I just want to make sure that it doesn’t draw away from other plans that we have in the city, and that it will complement them, rather than draw energy away from the downtown where we’ve already spent a lot of money,” she said. “I’m pleased that they’re looking at doing innovative things, but what does that mean to the taxpayers of London, and the businesses that are already working to grow the central area of the city?” Mitchell wanted to make sure any changes would be good for all of London, not just Western Fair. “We’re a community-based organization, so anything we do, we think should be in concert with other initiatives around the city to complement them and create synergies, not conflicts,” he said. “I’d like to think that our initiative really is quite supportive of council and the mayor’s vision to provide some stimulus to the local economy and grow jobs.” Bob Usher, chair of the London Downtown Business Association and general manager of Covent Garden Market, isn’t so sure a bigger Western Fair will benefit downtown. He noted when the annual Western Fair is on, there’s a noticeable decrease in business. “The fair is a great thing and it should never be stopped, it’s part of history […] But we all know [businesses] take a hit,” he said. “The city has put millions into the downtown in the last few years, and now is not necessarily the time to split the clientele that’s available.”
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thegazette • Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.
— Albert Einstein
Evaluating our professor evaluations
It’s that time of year again — the time when power is put in the hands of the students to grade their professors. Scantron sheet are submitted in each class, where students must grade their professors on a variety of criteria and summarize their feelings about the class as whole. Ultimately, we hope, these evaluations will provide some kind of feedback that professors can use to improve their classes in the future. Student attitudes towards their professors sway for a variety of reasons, whether it’s the quality of a lecture or their mark in the class. But grades fluctuate and depend as much on the difficulty of a test as the particular professor’s teaching skills. While it might not seem like best method, teacher evaluations are an appropriate way for the university to gauge student opinions. When used poorly, students will inevitably use teacher evaluations as a cathartic process. Anonymous comments are the perfect way for students to release their pent up anger for a certain professor. But while this may be an elegant form of therapy, it’s hardly the best medium to express their frustrations. It begs the question as to whether students are best equipped to judge professors fairly. When done well, however, it gives the university at least some kind of metric to bring praise or criticism to professors or instructors from an outside voice. After all, performance evaluations are used in every profession and while they can’t be perfect, they’re at least useful combined with peer review and other forms of evaluation. Giving students a chance to offer feedback is a no-brainer, but how this data is used will depend on the professor’s willingness to accept criticism and look beyond the students who are just venting over poor grades. Given they’re at least marginally useful for profs and quite useful for students, it would be sensible to add TA evaluations, possibly run through the faculty, since students often have more contact with TAs than professors. Inevitably, teacher evaluations are most useful when the verdict is unanimous. When students voice a collective verdict, they can draw attention to unskilled professors who slip under the radar each year or give good professors the praise they deserve.
—The Gazette Editorial Board
Letters to the editor
Referendum does not benefit all
To the Editor: Adding an additional 48 or so dollars to tuition/student fees does not seem to be a big issue, but for some people like myself who live off-campus and drive to school every day it is a complete and total waste of money — I could be using this money to fill up my car. There is absolutely no need for me to posses a bus pass currently, and increasing this charge makes it even more absurd — it’s ridiculous. Why can there not be an opt out clause in registration, like the one for Western’s health insurance? Why should I have to pay even more money for something that is totally useless to me? I don’t think that it is fair to those who do not take the bus to have to help finance such a program. Surely, London Transit Commission does not need every student at Western to pay 48 extra dollars to run this late night bus and to help finance the full-year service that only a minority of students will actually ever use. Maybe instead of constructing their new warehouse on Wonderland Road and begging for taxpayer dollars, the LTC should have used their “limited” budget to properly allocate buses. They have spent millions on this facility, and now they agree to run a new bus route, all the while ripping off the City of London and sucking Western students into financing their increasing debt. If some would like to support a latenight service and year-round pass for their convenience, that’s fine, but why should people pay who do not benefit from such a program? An opt-out program is necessary. Maybe I could use the $48 to donate to charity? Oh, never mind, Western will tell us who to donate it to.
— Logan Thomas Burnett
Social Science I
I headed to upstairs Jack’s on Saturday evening for what I expected to be a casual live music night with some friends, but to my surprise it was a UFC night. Watching the UFC fighters on TV looked more like they were about to have sex rather than fight and it made me think — what’s the appeal? There’s nothing ultimate about fighting — why would two people want to get into a ring and beat each other up? It really doesn’t make any logical sense. Physical violence shouldn’t be given media attention and sensationalized as publicly acceptable. Advertising fighting as entertainment rather than as a dangerous activity can normalize it and encourage the average person to try the holds at home. Glorifying fighting could ultimately lead to accepting events like the UFC and promote the development of similar fighting events. UFC also promotes hyper–masculinity by exaggerating stereotypical male behaviour. By allowing only males to take part in the events, they are blatantly stating that fighting is for males, which strengthens the prescription of gender roles as males being aggressive and females as passive. UFC has developed a “males only” persona by advertising to a particular gender which is reflected in the copious number of males who attend the events or watch from home, in comparison to the limited number of females who show interest. If the UFC is going to exist, it should create equal opportunities for both males and females. There’s nothing special about two men beating each other up on TV. Not only is UFC physically dangerous, but it also sensationalizes violence and further promotes the gender divide.
I do apologize that a lot of juice–monkeys in tight TapOut t-shirts loudly cheering on men as they fought ruined your Saturday night. But that doesn’t make UFC illegitimate. I’m the first to admit I don’t particularly care for mixed martial arts. But I have always enjoyed boxing, which has always had the same complaints levied against it. First of all, there is an appeal to fighting — you just have to look beyond the initial appearance of blood and homoeroticism. It really is about athletes matching their individual skill against each other. Each wrestling maneuver, takedown, punch and hold requires intense training and physical mastery. And the argument that fighting is encouraged and sensationalized is a bit silly. First, events like the UFC are accepted and numerous. But that isn’t causing people to punch each other to death. Most adults who watch it are old enough to know they aren’t capable of doing the same things at home. Anyone stupid enough not to realize that is bound to be a victim of natural selection anyway. I agree with you on the promotion of masculinity. There is the issue of parading their ring girls around in next to nothing, but the fact is they do have an expanding female division so it’s not like they are entirely shutting out women. And I don’t see an issue with them gearing their promotion towards men. Men have traditionally been the ones who enjoy fighting. You market toward your base audience. At the risk of sounding stereotypical, I’ve never seen a single Sex and the City marketing campaign directed at men. Simply put, MMA is another sport that many people can’t get enough of. And if you don’t enjoy it, maybe stay away from the bars during the UFC pay-per-view events. That’s what I do.
—Daniel Da Silva
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thegazette • Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Laura Trabucco GAZETTE STAFF Performance: Opener: Crowd: Setlist: Worth the Cash:
This past Saturday night, Western alumni Basia Bulat returned to the city where she earned her English degree to perform at Aeolian Hall. The opening act took the stage with admirable punctuality. Daniel Isaiah from Montreal performed tracks from his debut album High Twilight, which will be out this spring. The vocalist showcased a haunting voice while the band kept lively tempos and stayed true to their promised folk-rock vibe. Aeolian Hall is a classy establishment — one that emits a sort of oldworld grandeur. It’s an old building that has been lovingly restored and is run completely by volunteers. The acoustics for this particular show were excellent. Headliner Basia — pronounced Basha — took the stage around 9 p.m. Alone under the spotlight, she performed her first song with nothing but a ukulele and her powerful voice. Then her band joined in to perform the title track from her latest album Heart of My Own. As with all great artists, Basia’s voice is best experienced live — it’s rich, with an impressive range and distinctive sound. The audience was clearly filled with the most dedicated of fans. In fact, one man in the crowd proudly admitted to having seen her perform in London no less than six times.
“It’s much nicer down here; the weather at home is dreadful.”
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Basia Bulat shows off her powerful voice during extensive set
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After graciously thanking Daniel Isaiah and his band, Bulat introduced her own band comprised of Bobby Bulat, who she affectionately called her baby brother, as well as Holly Rancher, Howard Bilerman and Allison Wonderland. The band took turns providing backing vocals, as well as playing violin, bass, viola, piano and ukulele. It’s when the band took a break that the crowd was able to feel the full impact of Bulat’s voice. It’s unexpectedly deep and strong for someone so tiny. She showcased complete
mastery of her instruments, coaxing exceptionally beautiful sounds from the guitar, piano, ukulele and the autoharp. The unusual instrument is a part of her trademark sound and her fingers flew over it. Bulat was gracious and professional throughout the entire show. She kept personal anecdotes to a minimum, though she thanked the audience with shy smiles between songs. After the power of her singing, her speaking voice seemed strangely soft. Her band, she told the crowd, all attended Western together. The
group worked seamlessly together exchanging familiar, happy smiles throughout the show. Every member of the band was clearly doing what they do best — performing beautiful music. Bulat and her band played for well over an hour and responded to the audience’s standing ovation with a three-song encore. For the first song of her encore, she performed a Polish song. Currently in the process of learning the language, Basia admitted she believes the best way to get know a culture is
through music. Her Polish, if not perfect during conversation, was heartwrenchingly beautiful in song. She played “In the Green Zoo,” a traditional Polish song about wandering in an inescapable zoo, while the humans laugh at animals for being caged. By the end of the song, it’s unclear whether the humans are looking at the animals, or vice-versa. Bulat explained the song was quite the hit in Communist Poland. Humble and extraordinarily talented, Bulat carried the mark of one destined for solid and lasting fame.
Ellie Goulding —”Hearbeats” (The Knife Cover)
British songstress Ellie Goulding released her successful debut album Lights last year and her sophomore album is on the way. The 24-year-old is also known for her unique covers of songs such as Rihanna’s “Only Girl,” Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” and Bon Iver’s “The Wolves.” She recently recorded a cover of The Knife’s “Heartbeats” for BBC radio, which may actually be better recognized as the cover done by Jose Gonzalez in 2006. Goulding’s version features dreamy vocals and is full of soothing acoustic guitar. It’s a beautiful take on a song that is clearly up for interpretation.
the group’s fourth album, Angles, dropped today. The band hasn’t released an album since First Impressions of Earth in 2006. “Under Cover of Darkness” is the first single off the new album, and it re-introduces the upbeat indie-pop sound The Strokes are famous for. It was released in February to positive reviews. After a five-year hiatus, The Strokes are starting to perform again. At the beginning of March, the band was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live where they played their new song.
— Nicole Gibillini
— Maddie Leznoff
The Strokes — “Under Cover of Darkness”
Fans of The Strokes have long-anticipated the arrival of the band’s next album. The wait is finally over, when
thegazette • Tuesday, March 22, 2011
CAISA gets creative
This year’s show more diverse than ever
Photographs by Cameron Parkes GAZETTE
MIMING IS SO IN THIS SEASON. CAISA held their annual fashion show this Saturday, donating $20,000 for to the Children’s Health Foundation.
Lauren Chan GAZETTE STAFF
After months of anticipation, the CAISA Allure Fashion Show took place on Saturday at Centennial Hall. The 13th production of CAISA’s fashion show was probably the best it’s ever been. Once executive director Daisy Sun and Jacob Won, president of the Canadian Asian International Students’ Association, presented the Children’s Health Foundation with an oversized $20,000 cheque, the show was promptly underway. This year, the entire show had a plot line — the search for a missing red dress. The emcees of the night, Jon Buccella and Sean Lewis, played two hilariously stubborn detectives in search of the missing garment. Between each of the four acts, Buccella and Lewis stole the spotlight with partly improvised comedy skits. At one point, they took to
the audience to investigate. Audience members who were picked on by the detectives happily participated, giving the show a successful interactive skit. Each act was made up of a runway walk by pairs of models and at least one dance number. This year, CAISA featured dance teams including the CAISA dancers, Hip-Hop Western and WOOF Dance Crew. The male models stole the show when they broke out in a perfectly choreographed lip-synched number to music from The Backstreet Boys, complete with headset microphones. The most attention-grabbing scene was definitely the lingerie and swimsuit act. Female models emerged from behind screen doors and fanned themselves down to Beyoncé’s “Naughty Girl.” The men then turned up the heat with a shirtless routine to Usher’s “Trading Places.” The musical entertainment throughout the show was also
impressive. “Express” from the movie Burlesque was performed with a team of CAISA dancers decked out in black lingerie. Then Brian Barber serenaded the audience with Michael Bublé’s “Everything.” To wrap up the show, Western student Eric Mercer sang an original song called “She Knows.” If models, dancers and musicians weren’t enough, CAISA also had Team 2X do a routine. The team of five men used martial arts, gymnastics and break dancing in their performance. They successfully added an element of surprise and excitement to the show. The production came to a close with all the directors, managers, stylists, choreographers, models, dancers and other performers on stage. Flowers were handed out to the executives. After a couple of closing remarks, the show ended aptly with a triumphant “CAISA” chant from everyone on stage.
Paul is a flick for science fiction geeks
Seth Rogan brings animated character to life
Jennifer Munoz GAZETTE STAFF
Paul Director: Greg Mottola Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Kristin Wiig Have you ever seen Star Wars? Do you know what a Klingon is? Can you quote lines from E.T., Predator or Aliens? If you answered “no” to any of the above, Paul is not the movie for you. The title character is a wisecracking, foul-mouthed, fun-loving guy who loves a good practical joke and chain-smokes like it’s his day job. Oh, and he’s also an alien. Vacationing Brits Graeme (Simon Pegg) and Clive (Nick Frost) stumble across Paul in the middle of the latter’s high-stakes escape from government custody. Hijinks and hilarity ensue as the unlikely trio embark on a haphazard road trip to save Paul from the pursuing FBI agents who want nothing more than to lock the little green man up for good. The dynamic duo of Pegg and Frost are best known for their roles in genre-mocking films Shaun of the Dead, which sends up the stereotypical zombie movie, and Hot Fuzz, which parodies every cop movie ever made. Paul is somewhat similar to Shaun and Hot Fuzz in that it pokes fun at the classic “close encounter” alien movies, but it’s Pegg and Frost’s first foray into this style of film without writer/director Edgar Wright to hold their hands. Though Pegg co-wrote the earlier movies with Wright, he instead teamed up with longtime acting partner Frost to write Paul. Without Wright as director, they settled for Greg Mottola, better known as the mind behind Superbad and Adventureland. These changes don’t go unnoticed – the duo’s British humour is watered down and Americanized and the plot doesn’t flow quite as seamlessly as it might have under Wright’s capable hands. Nevertheless, Paul is still hilarious, with many laugh-out-loud moments, countless obscure references to the sci-fi canon and a satisfying surprise twist at the end. Pegg and Frost have amazing comedic chemistry and it’s clear performing their own work sits well with them as they deliver lines naturally and with panache. The list of supporting cast members reads like a who’s who of today’s mainstream comedians, with Kristin Wiig as a bible-thumping ingénue, Jason Bateman as the stoic FBI agent hot on Paul’s trail, and Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio as bumbling rookie agents. Every single actor played their parts to the hilt, but Seth Rogen as the voice of Paul deserves special mention for his ability to make an alien sound like a regular guy — he’s able to capture the audience’s sympathy and trust. If you’re not a science fiction geek, you’ll be left feeling like an outsider missing all the inside jokes. But if you have a working knowledge of Star Trek, then by all means go see Paul. You’ll never look at E.T. the same way again.
thegazette • Tuesday, March 22, 2011
>> Top five performers
5. 4. 3. 2. Nolan Smith Duke 24 points vs Michigan Jacob Pullen Kansas St 38 points vs Wisconsin Shelvin Mack Butler 30 points vs Pitt Kemba Walker UConn 51 points, 17 assists, 14 rebounds Jimmer Fredette BYU 66 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds
Ohio State, VCU Rams look good on opening weekend
>> continued from pg.8
Most Impressive Teams
The path of destruction that Ohio State has left was nothing short of impressive. They hit 16 three pointers against George Mason and shot 61 per cent overall. Guards David Lighty, Jon Diebler and William Buford are hitting everything and Jared Sullinger is dominating the paint. Perhaps even more impressive, though, has been the VCU Rams. They throttled a full–strength Georgetown Hoyas team, which many expected. But they proceeded to destroy a Purdue Boilermakers team that many thought could be a Final Four threat. Kansas may appear to have an easy road to the Final Four, but they better hope they don’t run into the Rams or they could be in trouble.
If there is one thing we should all take out of this weekend, it’s that you should never trust Vanderbilt. This year marks the third straight time they’ve lost in the first round as the higher seeded team. Notre Dame may have won their first round game, but they were dominated by a Florida State team without their best player. The Irish simply never got it going during the weekend and their dream of a deep run is now over. The referees have been shockingly bad. They pretty much cost Texas a Sweet Sixteen berth by failing to give Cory Joseph a timeout as he was trying to pass the ball inbounds.
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thegazette • Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Mustangs sweep team squash titles
Men go undefeated win 28th consecutive OUA title
Daniel Da Silva SPORTS EDITOR
For most teams, having the weight of 27 consecutive championships on your shoulders would be a lot to bear. Yet for Kimesh Chetty and the rest of the men’s squash team, it just fuels the fire. “Having won 27 previous championships in a row doesn’t make me nervous at all. Obviously you don’t want to be that team that breaks this incredible streak,” Chetty said. “I’m sure it creates great fear in our opponents too.” Coming off a Hoehn Cup victory as the NCAA pool B champions probably scared the rest of the Ontario University Athletics competition too. “[It] was a big accomplishment for us. I feel this made us a much stronger and more cohesive team which prepared us very well to conquer another OUA championship,” Chetty said about the Hoehn Cup title. The Mustangs certainly appeared prepared as they waltzed into the Athletics and Recreation Centre at Queen’s University and took home title number 28 with ease. “We all gave it our best effort even though we clearly had a much superior team. We did not fool around and we put 100 per cent into every game,” Chetty said. “It’s probably the reason why we came on top without losing a match.” Not only did the Mustangs take all 24 points available to them by winning every match, they only dropped two games over the whole tournament. Chetty’s performance in the first division against every other team’s number one player was particularly impressive. After winning each of his four matches 3-0, he was chosen as the most valuable player on the men’s side, earning a spot on the OUA all-star team in the process. “This was an amazing award to win especially being my last year. I have really worked hard at my game this year and it definitely paid off,” Chetty said. While it’s fair to say the men’s team title drive was never in doubt, the women’s team knew they would have to fight tooth–and–nail for every point if they wanted to regain the OUA title. After losing the title to Queen’s last year, the Mustangs were looking forward to upsetting the Gaels on their home turf. “Last year was a tight race between us and Queen’s. We would end up losing the banner by two points and were pretty disappointed,” Mustangs fourth seed Erin Grand said of last year’s OUA tournament. The Mustangs struggled out of the gate, gaining only four points after the first day, putting them in a tie for third place. But the Mustangs responded well on day two, winning eight more points to snatch the title away from Toronto, McMaster and Queen’s. “The first day was tough, but I
The Michigan Wolverines became the first team in NCAA history to win a tournament game without hitting a free throw (0-1) as they defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 75-45.
rundown >> The Mustangs men’s and women’s badminton teams won the OUA championship this weekend > The Mustangs utilized home court advantage and knocked off the defending champions from the University of Waterloo | The Mustangs men’s hockey team is seeded fourth in the upcoming University Cup being held in New Brunswick.
Photo Courtesy of Rafik Bhaloo
AND THEY SAID HIS BALLET TRAINING WOULDN’T PAY OFF. After winning the Hoehn Cup, the NCAA B division title, the Mustangs men’s team destroyed their OUA competition to win their 28th consecutive title. The women’s team completed the double, regaining the title from the host Queen’s Gaels.
think that is what motivated us to fight even harder the second day. This felt really good, especially [to win] on [the Gaels’] own courts,” Mustangs top seed and OUA all-star Samantha Hennings said. “I loved the moment when we got to take that picture with both teams holding the banners and trophies. It felt so much better to do it at Queen’s,” Mustangs third seed Giselle Delgado added. Grand and Delgado were particularly important for Western’s title hunt as they both ended the weekend with perfect records, amassing seven of the Mustangs 12 total points. “I knew that if I played my game, I should have good results. But I definitely didn’t think I had it in the bag,” Grand added.
Last year was a tight race between us and Queen’s […] Winning it this year at Queen’s was awesome.
Women’s fourth seed On defeating the Gaels and reclaiming the OUA title
They are a dominant team and they played hard. We have a competitive edge on the teams we are playing.
Mustang’s coach On winning every match on the men’s side
While the combined victory is sweet for the Mustangs, it’s back to the gym to get ready to defend their titles next year. “We need to keep working hard
with the [players] that we have and hopefully get some new players too,” Delgado said. “[We want] to win another banner and keep the trophy at Western where it belongs.”
OUA > Squash Championship Results
NCAA Men’s Basketball Chmpionships
How I learned to stop worrying and love the bracket: The Madness Begins
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There just isn’t a better four-day span in the sports calendar than the first two rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament. Although with the new tournament structure, I guess it’s now the second and third round. It’s going to take a while to get used to that. game spectacular. The last seven seconds took this game from great to legendary. After Andrew Smith put up a layup to give Butler a one-point lead, Pittsburgh tried a desperate heave to win the game — a play that saw player of the game Shelvin Mack foul Panther star Gilbert Brown. Brown had two free throws to win but missed the second, at which point Butler centre Matt Howard was fouled on the rebound. Howard made his first free throw with less than a second left to give his team the improbable win. Apparently Butler has a little magic left over from last year’s incredible run.
>> Top five upsets
5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Florida St ..............71 Notre Dame..........57 Marquette.............66 Syracuse................62 Butler .....................71 Pittsburgh.............70 Morehead State...62 Louisville ...............61 VCU ........................94 Purdue...................76
Best Game of the Weekend
I’ve never seen a game like Butler vs. Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh shot 56 per cent from the field, including 54 per cent from behind the arc. Butler shot a respectable 46 per cent from the field. So both teams showed up and played well. Yet that isn’t what made this
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