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By Nicole Gibillini
“That’s been a hashtag fail on this
issue,” Jack Layton stated in regards
to failed crime policies during the
English language debates in the
recent election. It seemed social
media was a priority for all the party
leaders, but it was nothing more
than wishful thinking that youth
voter turnout would increase in
Canada’s last federal election after a
surge of social media promotion on
the web.
Social media has been at the fore-
front of election campaigns as an
attempt to engage more people —
especially youth — in politics.
Despite efforts by student groups
and politicians, experts agree there
was at best a modest increase in
youth voter turnout in the recent
Although Elections Canada won’t
release voting statistics for months,
The Historica-Dominion Institute, a
Canadian charitable organization,
conducted a two-part poll of 18 to 24
year-olds at the beginning and end
of the election and found that only
about three per cent of those sur-
veyed joined Twitter to follow the
James Compton, a media, infor-
mation and technoculture professor
at Western whose research interests
include political communication
and political economy of the media,
agreed that efforts like student-run
vote mobs didn’t do much to
increase voter turnout.
“They were very well intentioned.
I attended the event in Victoria Park
with my family. But one needs to
separate the promotional hype from
empirical evidence,” he said.
Laura Stephenson, a political sci-
ence professor at Western, is hopeful
about events like this but knows it
takes more than just talk to get
young people voting. “I would love
to see a vote mob have an effect on
voter turnout, but events like that,
even though they may have a polit-
ical purpose, are still a social event
and that’s what we have to remem-
ber,” she said.
This may come as a surprise to
young Canadians, especially since
they frequently engage with social
media. However, students like Jessi-
ca Lund, a fourth-year health sci-
ences student, said social media did-
n’t affect her decision to vote.
“The only places I saw anything
about voting were the commercials
on TV, and friends’ Facebook status-
es. I don’t think their social media
strategies were very successful
when trying to encourage young
people to vote,” she said. “I knew of
many other young people who were
in the dark about the election and
didn’t care to vote because of it.”
Many politicians are on Twitter
and use social media for personal
branding and to convey information
about their platforms. This makes it
easier for voters to become
informed, but that doesn’t necessar-
ily make them more likely to vote.
Stephenson said that while using
social media is a good idea, it does
not necessarily produce results.
“There’s a big difference between
responding to a Twitter feed and
actually voting,” she said.
Incoming University Students’
Council President Andrew Forgione
saw success after using social media
as the driving force of his USC cam-
Cheryl Stone
Brescia University College is build-
ing a new residence, complete with
private rooms and large closets —
but the building’s future neighbours
aren’t thrilled about the new space.
Colleen Hanycz, principal of
Brescia, said the new residence is
needed because Ursuline Hall, built
in 1925, no longer met their needs.
The space was not very accessible,
the dining facilities were not up to
par, and renovating the old space
was outside of their budget.
The building will add 300 new
beds, although some of the old dorm
space will be turned into offices,
meaning only about 110 new student
rooms will be added in total.
There are also plans for a new
dining hall focusing on local and
organic foods. This, alongside the
creation of private rooms, is due to
student consultation.
“This was their space, it was crit-
ical we hear from them,” Hanycz
Brescia’s neighbours, however,
are less than excited about the plans.
“The concern [with Brescia] is
more of a physical change. The
green space currently offers a buffer
between the buildings,”Sandy Levin,
president of the Orchard Park Sher-
wood Forest Ratepayers, explained.
Levin represents residents of the
area west of the campus and north
of Sarnia road. He said the new
housing at Brescia could affect the
types of tenants who choose to live
“How do you balance that stu-
dent rite of passage with what you
want to see in a neighbourhood?”
Levin wondered.
There are also concerns about
the area’s aesthetics. The new resi-
dence will be several storeys tall, the
first building of that height along
Ramsay Road. Levin worried city
planners would take this as an invi-
tation to place other multi-storey
buildings in the area.
Western’s new residence, which
will be constructed near Althouse
college, also raised other concerns
for the Ratepayers.
“The bigger concern to the neigh-
bourhood is increased undergradu-
ate enrolment,” Levin explained.
“Sometimes students aren’t the best
neighbours they could be.”
Levin said more upper-year
housing could alleviate his concern.
“If the university is in a financial
position to meet the [housing]
demands of upper-year [students],
that would be great for us,” Levin
He also noted he would like to
see the university continue to keep
the first-year residence guarantee.
“Make sure it’s on campus and does-
n’t intrude into adjacent neighbour-
hoods,” he said.
Susan Grindrod, vice-president
housing and ancillary services,
explained a bit of shuffling was
going on to ensure this was the case.
London Hall will house first-
years until the new space is open in
September 2013, but after the new
residence is built, more space will be
available for upper-year students.
The new space has not been
without conflicts for Western as well.
Residents near the new space have
raised concerns about noise.
“The neighbours that are close to
the site have concerns about the
proximity of the new residence to
their homes. They would like a bar-
rier between them and the resi-
dence,” Grindrod said, although she
did not say if any type of partition
was in the works.
New Brescia residence
irks neighbours
Brescia > Residence
“It was definitely more
through discussions
that I had with my
peers and through
friends’ Facebook sta-
tuses that prompted
me to look into the var-
ious parties’ platforms
and to form my own
opinions from there.”
– Jessica Lund,
fourth-year health sciences student
Social media may promote political discussion, but estimates show
that Facebook and Twitter #failed to increase youth voter turnout.
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Rising gas prices
won’t affect student
LTC riders
Gas prices have been going up, but it
won’t affect Western students who
use London Transit.
The London Transit Commission
has been budgeting more for gas,
according to Larry Ducharme, the
LTC’s general manager. He said if gas
price holds, they would be $600,000
to $800,000 over budget.
“We’re in the middle of assessing
what’s the best option,” Ducharme
said. He explained they could not
take action yet because they were
unsure if the high prices will be short
or long term.
Western bus riding students,
however, will not be affected by the
price of gas and its impact on the
LTC. The university is covered by a
contract that protects students from
raised fees for bus passes included
in their tuition.
“It’s already covered by contract
and I think we can continue to, in the
short term, hold [the student bus
pass pricing] true. If the prices
increase over the next two years,
there will be an impact on everyone,”
Ducharme added.
— Danielle Veale
London ranks as a top
Canadian destination
London’s image has taken a presti-
gious upswing — it is now ranked in
the top 25 Canadian destinations,
which could mean a boost for
The city was selected as number
25 by TripAdvisor, a website that
reviews tourist destinations. The
results were based on the number of
people who tagged London as a des-
tination on the group’s Facebook
page. Other cities on the list includ-
ed Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver
and Banff.
“For many years, Tourism Lon-
don has taken an aggressive
approach in promoting the city as a
viable, exciting and unique leisure
travel destination,” said Marty Rice,
director of Advertising and Leisure
Travel for Tourism London. “We
have an excellent variety of strong
industry sectors that include family
product, entertainment, shopping,
dining, festivals and events, arts,
heritage and culture, ecology, envi-
ronment, winery and brewery.”
According to Rice, the increased
tourism is a result of both building
up market-ready industries, as well
as online advertising.
“We have launched a very solid
social media and social networking
strategy where we are incorporating
video and vignettes, QR Codes, Twit-
ter, Facebook, mobile apps and
Google analytics in our daily pro-
motion of the city,” Rice said.
The tourism increase is also due
in part to increased presence in
mainstream media dealing with
“We hosted the Travel Media
Association of Canada’s annual con-
ference in which 85 travel writers,
editors and journalists visited the
city. We have received an incredible
amount of positive editorial support
across North America as a result of
their writing efforts since the con-
ference,” said Rice.
While tourism is important to the
city’s economy, some people worry
that increased prestige could come
with increased prices from busi-
nesses. However, Rice said that price
increases are not expected.
“Our partners are very much
aware that the efforts we have joint-
ly put together over the years is a
result of London being promoted, as
I say, by our three As — affordable,
attractive and accessible,” he said.
— Aaron Zaltzman
New OUSA executive
The Ontario Undergraduate Student
Alliance elected its new executive
this past week, marking the first time
in two years the presidency has not
been held by a student at the Uni-
versity of Western Ontario.
Sean Madden of Wilfrid Laurier
University was elected as president
for the 2011-12 academic year,
replacing former vice-president uni-
versity affairs at Western, Meaghan
Coker. University of Waterloo stu-
dent Natalie Cockburn will act as
vice-president finance.
However, Western is still leaving
its mark on the OUSA executive. The
University Students’ Council vice-
president university affairs-elect
Patrick Searle will fill the position of
vice president administration for
“Madden, Cockburn and Searle
are accomplished student leaders
who have demonstrated a strong
commitment to improving post-sec-
ondary education in Ontario,” Sam
Andrey, OUSA Executive Director,
said. “I am confident they will lead
OUSA to new heights.”
Additionally, OUSA will welcome
two new members this year – the
Trent in Oshawa Student Associa-
tion as associate members, and the
McMaster Association of Part-Time
Students as full members.
OUSA now represents over
145,000 full and part-time universi-
ty students at nine student associa-
tions across Ontario.
— Gloria Dickie
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for turnout
“Right now I think elections are
huge with social media. I think one
thing for the future is that it would
be better for the environment as
well,” he commented.
Even though Forgione engaged
students through a strong social
media strategy, voter turnout rates
for the USC presidential election
were not much higher — turnout was
31 per cent this year versus 30 per-
cent in 2010.
Despite the statistics, Forgione feels
he was able to reach students who take
online courses or who attend affiliates
— students who wouldn’t necessarily
see on-campus campaigning.
“I really felt that not only were
students more engaged, but that
they wanted to learn more about the
actual elections,” he said.
Social media seems to create
hype around elections and encour-
ages people to talk about them, but
most political knowledge is obtained
through friends and family.
“It was definitely more through
discussions that I had with my peers
and through friends’ Facebook sta-
tuses that prompted me to look into
the various parties’ platforms and to
form my own opinions,” Lund said.
Stephenson agrees with this idea
that social media can facilitate more
political discussion.
“Peer-to-peer information is eas-
ier to transfer if you can look up a
political party, and it’s important to
have these political tools available
to people,”she said. “But it’s too soon
to tell if [social media] is going to
have a lasting effect.”
By Alex Carmona
Voter turnout is up, but it doesn’t
look like the youth vote rose with it.
Elections Canada recently
released a report that measured
overall voter turnout for the recent
general election at 61.4 per cent.
However, despite this rise from
2008’s historic low of 59.1 per cent, it
is likely that less than 40 per cent of
Canada’s youth found their way to a
polling station on May 2.
“Elections Canada will release a
report containing the exact statistics
concerning the youth vote later this
year, but based on trends from the
last elections combined with numer-
ous other factors, we’ve come up
with a pretty good guess,” Ilona
Dougherty, executive director of
youth political advocacy group Apa-
thy is Boring, said.
“The youth vote in 2008 was
roughly 37 per cent,” Dougherty
continued. “It’s most likely that this
year it stayed the same, or saw a very
modest increase.”
University students may be sur-
prised to hear this. In the weeks pre-
ceding the election, Western played
host to an extensive campaign
designed to get students to exercise
their right to vote.
Vote mobs also spread across
university campuses, attempting to
rally the traditionally apathetic
youth demographic. Western stu-
dents were encouraged via social
media to attend the vote mob in Vic-
toria Park on April 30, which saw an
appearance by Canadian television
personality Rick Mercer.
“It helps when we’re told politi-
cians don’t care about students
because students don’t vote,” Pat
Searle, vice-president university
affairs for the University Students’
Council, noted.
“Youth like to cause a stir when
they are told things they don’t agree
with,” he said.
According to Searle, a major part
of the campaign played off students’
desire not to be thought of as unim-
portant on the greater political stage.
Unfortunately, grassroots move-
ments do not always engage the cor-
rect target demographic.
“While they are certainly worth-
while, what we’ve found is that these
types of movements tend to mobi-
lize young voters who are already
engaged in the political process,”
Dougherty said. She added the best
way to connect with apathetic
youths is for those who are involved
in democracy to educate their peers
about politics on a personal level.
“A large part of the blame rests
with the politicians. Students and
young people don’t vote because
political parties don’t ask them to.
After all, it’s way easier to engage a
voter that’s already engaged than it is
to engage new voters,” Dougherty
said. “It’s a long-term generational
problem that needs a long-term
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Vote mobs rally students,
fail to get them voting
Genevieve Moreau/Gazette
THROW YOUR HANDS UP. Rick Mercer made an appearance at the London vote
mob on April 30 in Victoria Park.
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London may have made the list of top 25 destina-
tions in Canada on TripAdvisor, but it still has a long
way to go before we can expect to see flocks of
tourists taking in its sights.
Most people couldn’t even name 25 cities in
Canada, so it’s not necessarily a huge accomplish-
ment to crack this list. While London may have
something of a pleasant, small town feel, it’s hard to
imagine visitors from Europe scheduling some
time to see Fanshawe Pioneer Village or Eldon
Every city needs to have its own image to be
attractive to tourists. London has restaurants,
shopping and the occasional festival, but while
these attractions make London a lovely day trip, it’s
still not quite a place one could spend a few days
enjoying like Toronto or Halifax.
Nice restaurants and shops may be good for res-
idents, but tourists come to a city for a special rea-
son. London doesn’t have the same big city feel as
Toronto or Montreal, nor does it have the natural
beauty of Banff. Simply stated, London may be nice,
but it isn’t unique.
However, there is plenty for London to build on
to achieve a special place in the hearts of tourists.
One suggestion would be to give the downtown
more gleam. The “big city with a small town” theme
may seem like a good idea, but it leaves the core
with the dirty, gritty feel of Toronto, and none of its
big city beauty.
While it’s redecorating, the city should also look
to bring in more independent businesses, bars and
restaurants. People don’t travel the world to eat at
The Keg or Molly Bloom’s. Another good move
would be to try hosting a national-scale festival —
consider how much money the Toronto Interna-
tional Film Festival brings in – or attract musical
festivals like Bayfest in Sarnia.
The main thing London needs for tourism is a
unique image. Not something like the world’s
largest pumpkin, but rather something to offer
tourists that they won’t get anywhere else, the way
Whistler offers superb skiing or Toronto a cheaper,
friendlier New York.
It may never become a cultural capital like Mon-
treal, or as ostentatious as Vancouver, but it can def-
initely build on its culture to become a unique
experience for visitors.
However, until it does, London is staying out of
our travel recommendations.
lacks draw
for tourists
Cam Parkes
Puis-je aller à la toilette?
That’s probably the only useful phrase
I know in French. My Facebook claims I
speak English, French and Spanish, but
two-thirds of that is a lie. So far, only
being fluent in English hasn’t hindered
me in my worldly aspirations—but will it
Obviously if I pursued Canadian pol-
itics I’d be out of luck. Those folks
demand bilingualism, which was made
fairly obvious when the Liberal Party
decreed their new interim leader must be
bilingual, even though that eliminated
about two-thirds of the caucus eligible
for the job.
Admittedly, it makes sense for political
leaders to be bilingual. They represent all
of Canada if elected Prime Minister, and
that means representing both French and
English speakers. But for us regular folks,
is bilingualism really helpful?
Like most people, I was forced to take
French throughout elementary school. I
took the required year of it in high school,
then said “screw this” and forgot about it
in lieu of exciting courses such as gym.
And now I’ve come to regret it.
The fact that we’re forced to learn
French from a young age contributes to
feelings of discontent. No one likes what
they have to do, right? Take me for exam-
ple — after six years of forced French, I
dismissed it, only to take Spanish in first
year as my elective.
Unfortunately, the only sure-fire way
to make young students learn a language
is to force them. Bearing that in mind,
why are education administrations half-
assing it? That’s right — I blame the
administration for my inability to speak
multiple languages.
We’re forced to take math for three
years of high school. Math is something
very few will pursue in post-secondary
education, and even fewer will need in
their careers. If high school is going to
force us to take subjects, why not French?
We are required to learn the basics of
the language up until grade nine, but after
that we can just forget it. If we were
forced to take French throughout high
school we’d have the language more con-
cretely stuck in our heads. Speaking mul-
tiple languages is a valuable asset, not
only for job opportunities, but also when
travelling internationally.
If I could go back in time, I’d take
French all the way through high school.
Then perhaps I’d know enough to say
more than “may I go to the toilet?”
“He that travels much knows much.”
— Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia
Je ne parle pas français
Kaitlyn McGrath
Sometimes I feel old.
Now you might be thinking, “you’re
only 21, how could you possibly feel old?”
Ignoring the fact that you somehow
know my age, consider how much has
changed in my short lifetime — video-
tapes are obsolete, the iPod virtually
destroyed the Walkman, and even books
seem to have been thrust into the 21
century with the invention of electronic
Our generation is experiencing more
technological advancements than any
generation before us, and I’m beginning
to come to terms with the fact that every-
thing I used to treasure as a child is
becoming extinct.
Today, even toys seem to be designed
by NASA engineers. Kids from the ’90s
used to be entertained for hours by small,
round pieces of cardboard. But without
Pogs, the only cardboard a kid probably
encounters these days is the box that
holds their new iPad.
I used to get so excited when I
received a letter in the mail. But just like
the Olsen twins, letters lost their cool in
the ’90s. I can only imagine that soon the
only envelope kids will be familiar with
is the “unread message” icon on their
Even teens these days greatly benefit
from 21st-century advancements. Not so
long ago, when a guy was interested in a
girl he had to — gasp — call her home
phone. And that’s not even the most
shocking part. After he dialed the num-
ber, he had to speak to her with his actu-
al voice.
So sure, all these technologies make
life easier, and kids of the future will
probably all be geniuses as a result. But
I’m still left wondering — is it really all
I’ve never really been inconvenienced
by not having an app for every conceiv-
able task — I’m really just fine without a
virtual disco ball, even though there’s an
app for that.
But maybe I should stop dragging my
feet toward the inevitable future and
embrace the wonderful world of technol-
ogy that will surround me for years to
come — even if it means leaving my
beloved Pogs behind.
Growing up is hard to do
Wrath of
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“Some days you feel like shit, some days you want to quit and
just be normal for a bit, yet I love my family till death do us part.”
— Patrick Schwarzenegger
on twitter responding to news of his dad’s infidelity
By Gloria Dickie
Sitting on a wrought iron stool in the
front of her small shop on Rich-
mond Row, Milica Markovic recalls
how at one time she considered
opening up a wedding cake busi-
ness, before she succumbed to her
European roots.
Six weeks ago Markovic, with the
help of her daughter, Kristina, opened
London’s first French crêpe and Bel-
gian waffle shop, called Marky’s, on
Richmond Street. It’s a dream she
waited a long time to realize.
“I was working in Europe as a
nutritionist for eight years, and I
always had a passion for food,”
Markovic explains. “But when I
came here to Canada, my degree
wasn’t accepted and I became a den-
tal assistant instead for 11 years, just
to have a job.”
Despite enjoying working with
patients, Markovic says she missed
experimenting with food, and always
tried to be a nutritionist at home.
“I grew up in Europe and I knew
how to make original French crêpes
and Belgian waffles and I was doing
that all the time at home. I liked it
and I enjoyed doing it,” she says.
When she traveled to Toronto
and Montreal, she realized crêpes
and waffles were something Cana-
dians enjoyed, and noticed a gap in
the London market.
Marky’s menu now offers a wide
variety of items, both sweet and
savoury, which range from tuna-
stuffed crêpes to waffles smothered
with pineapple, coconut, chocolate
syrup and Nutella.
“People are crazy for Nutella in
Europe,” Markovic laughs. “Even
now, when Europeans come here
they always want it. It is never
enough for them.”
Kristina, who works in the shop,
points out the most popular menu
options are Fruity Haze-Nut and Ice
Cream Explosion.
“Ice Cream Explosion is really
something new, because I make the
crêpe in a cone shape and then you
eat the ice cream from the middle.
But when people order it, they
expect it on a plate,” she says.
Milica acknowledges it was a
huge risk for her to leave her job as
a dental assistant, especially when
opening a food business, because
she had to pass the test with people.
“For one month, I am so happy,”
Markovic says. “When I see people
coming back, it means a lot to me —
that what I’m doing is good quality.”
Marky’s Crêpes & Waffles cur-
rently opens at 10 a.m., draws a
lunch crowd, and stays open until 10
p.m. on weeknights and even later
on weekends. It provides those din-
ing in nearby restaurants a cheaper
dessert option.
But Kristina, who also happens to
be a student at Western, is encour-
aging her mother to start experi-
menting with later hours during
September, hoping to turn crêpes
and waffles into the perfect post-bar
food for students.
In the meantime, Milica is plot-
ting and planning new recipes for
the shop, but has yet to find the time
to make them reality.
“My goal is that if my business is
going well, I’d rather have someone
else working on the crêpes, and I
will go into my preparation area and
work on more recipes and ideas.
Right now I have lots of ideas, but
no time.”
Even the customers have a
plethora of suggestions for the
“People come into the shop with
all these ideas — some of them are
crazy. They recommend doing a
pizza crêpe, someone wanted a
curry crêpe. People are getting excit-
ed,” Kristina says.
Looking around her tidy red and
beige shop, which looks similar to a
small French café with handwritten
blackboards and artwork on the
walls, Milica smiles.
“This is unique. I think London
needs this.”
Marky’s is located at 484 Rich-
mond St. at Dufferin St. and is open 10
a.m. to 10 p.m. All items under $10.
“People are crazy for
Nutella in Europe. Even
now, when Europeans
come here they always
want it. It is never
enough for them.”
— Milica Markovic,
Marky’s owner
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Drag community dismisses taboos on stage
APK Live provides venue for queer visibility and accessibility
By Nicole Gibillini
The term “express yourself” has
taken on a whole new meaning with
the YOUR Drag Show performances
at APK Live.
The event’s final show until Sep-
tember takes place Thursday, May
26. Amazon Collective — the group
that organized Slut Walk in April —
has hosted all the YOUR Drag Show
events at APK Live since December
2010. They were previously held at
London Music Club.
Lavender Menace, one of the
show’s coordinators, helped initiate
the event in order to create an
avenue for drag queens and kings to
challenge the taboos often associat-
ed with drag culture.
“A few of us wanted to start per-
forming and realized there wasn’t a
drag venue where we felt comfort-
able to do so. We’re not profession-
als and like to take drag further than
performing an opposite gender,”
Menace says.
Menace has organized a number
of queer and feminist events and
found that many spaces that adver-
tised for these events felt uncom-
fortable about it.
“This experience of shaming or
silencing influenced us to create
more events that explicitly state
feminist, lesbian or drag in their
titles,” she says.
Marc Gammal, one of the owners
of APK Live, says the event fits nat-
urally into the venue’s arts and cul-
ture mandate. Funds from the event
support Ladyfest London — a com-
munity-based, not-for-profit global
female music and arts festival that
takes place in June. The volunteer-
organized event features musical
groups, performance artists,
authors, spoken word and visual
artists, films, lectures, art exhibitions
and workshops.
Part of the show’s ongoing suc-
cess is due to the positive space it
creates for supporters and partici-
pants. The event is receptive as it
welcomes all performers from
beginners to professionals.
“There’s a special energy in the
room that is infectious. We enjoy
being ridiculous and support what
you bring to the night,”Menace says.
Gammal sees YOUR Drag Show
as an opportunity for the LGBT
community in London to present a
variety style show in drag format.
“It’s safe, inclusive and non-judg-
mental,” he explains. “The audience
is encouraging and performances
are considered fun and engaging.”
The shows facilitate networking,
exposure and expression. It makes
the queer community in London
more visible and accessible — but
only invites those who are open-
“We discourage big egos and
negative energy that tend to be
expected of drag culture,” Menace
says. “It is YOUR Drag Show because
we are the change we want to see.”
The next YOUR Drag Show takes
placeMay26at theAPKLive, locatedat
340WellingtonStreet. Doorsopenat8:30
p.m. Admissionispaywhat youcan.
Courtesy of Ruthless Images
BABY, I WAS BORN THIS WAY. YOUR Drag Show at APK Live is a variety style performance that embraces freedom of
expression and the queer community.
By Brent Holmes
The Metropolitan, a new artisans’
market in downtown London, is
becoming a popular destination for
London artists.
Located on Dundas near Rich-
mond, the weekend art market seeks
to bring out and support the artistic
and cultural community. With room
for 50 vendors who sell handmade,
vintage and historical artifacts,
owner Chris Kirwin and manager
Savanah Sewell have created a space
that highlights local talent.
With The Met nearing its one-
month anniversary, it may soon
become a downtown hub for stu-
“We want to engage the stu-
dents,” Sewell says. “It’s so important
to engage the young people in this
Sewell also explained what sets
the market apart.
“We are creating a place for people
to actually think twice about where
their products are coming from,” she
says. “It’s not engaging for people to
go to the mall anymore because you
feel so disconnected from your prod-
uct. You come here, you are going to
meet people who have created this
with their own hands.”
The Met presently supports a
wide range of vendors showcasing
everything from handmade jewelry
to vintage clothing and other unique
One of the vendors is blacksmith
Scott McKay. The owner of Strong
Arm Forge has committed his skill
with metal to building sculptures.
“There’s not really a need any-
more, at least on a commercial scale,
for the more traditional black-
smithing methods,” McKay says.
“There is a resurgence of black-
smithing but it’s more towards the
artistic end of it.”
For Kirwin, Sewell and McKay,
the opening of The Met is just the
beginning of what could be a signif-
icant artistic and cultural force in
“We are trying to make this place
a destination,” Sewell says. “What we
would really like to see is to have this
model come off of the ground, work,
and get the kinks worked out over the
summer so that when students come
back in the fall we are ready to go.”
The Met is located at 140 Dundas
St. and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur-
days and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Buy local art at The Met
“We are creating a place
for people to actually
think twice about where
their products are
coming from.”
— Savanah Sewell,
manager of The Met
By Jesica Hurst
The Trainer: Sandra Hamilton
Program: Honors specialization in
Years as a fitness instructor: 1.5 years
Summer weather brings that uneasi-
ness of stepping into a bathing suit
again. If you haven’t had time to
work out because of exams and job
hunting, don’t fret – with these three
basic exercises you can tone up your
body and feel confident without hid-
ing under layers of winter clothing.
The Push-up
Push-ups are one of the most effec-
tive exercises for both men and
women because they give a full body
workout while targeting the chest,
triceps and shoulders.
“There are multiple variations of
push-ups and almost everyone
knows how to do them,” Hamilton
explains. “There’s also no equipment
To do a push-up, start by posi-
tioning your palms down on the
floor, approximately shoulder width
apart. Lift your body up so you are
resting on both your palms and the
balls of your feet. While inhaling,
slowly lower your chest to the floor
until your elbows create a 90-degree
angle, then exhale and return to your
starting position.
“Either do as many push-ups as
possible in one set. or multiple sets
near complete failure,”Hamilton says.
“Keeping proper form is essential.”
Lunges are a great exercise because
they can be adjusted according to
the level of difficulty you’re looking
for. They’re a basic exercise to help
tone the quadriceps and gluteal
“Lunges can be done anywhere
and you can use a backpack to add
weight if you wish,” Hamilton
explains. “Long lunges will empha-
size quads and short lunges will
emphasize the gluteal muscles.”
To do a lunge, step forward with
one leg and lower your body down
while keeping your upper body
straight. When your knee is aligned
with your toe, push yourself up into
the starting position.
Hamilton suggests doing multi-
ple sets near complete failure and to
repeat the same amount with the
other leg.
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thegazette • Friday, May 20, 2011
rundown >> Langley, British Columbia native Larry Blyth is joining the Mustangs men’s basketball team for the 2011-2012 season | Former associate and assistant coach
of both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams, Dave Edwards will be stepping into the head coach position for the Mustangs women’s volleyball team.
tweet of the week
“@nflcommish if I ride a bull in the endzone you’d
fine me a bulligerent amount of money (get it bull-igerent)
correct way = belligerent”
— Chad Ochocinco
By Ryan Stern
An outstanding season from the
Mustangs men’s baseball team was
recognized on May 8 as five players
were chosen to represent Western as
part of the Ontario University Ath-
letics all-star team in the fifth annu-
al OUA Baseball All-Star Showcase.
“It was a great feeling knowing
the OUA recognized the season I had
last year. Being an all-star in any
sport, at any age level, is a
great accomplishment,” Mustangs
pitcher Paul Lytwynec said.
Joining Lytwynec were team-
mates Adam Paish, Shawn Robin-
son, Ian Campbell and Andrew
Bergman as they competed against
the 2010 OUA champion Brock Bad-
gers in an exhibition match at the
Rogers Centre in Toronto.
“We took on the all-stars last year
after winning the championship, but
this was my first time invited to the
OUA All-Star Showcase as an all-
star, so I was quite excited,”Bergman
explained. “Anytime you get a
chance to play on a Major League
Baseball field, it’s pretty cool.”
The Mustangs’ 2010 season
ended with a heartbreaking 5-1 loss
to the same Brock Badgers in the
OUA championship game. The Mus-
tangs ended the regular season on
top of the OUA standings with an 11-
3 record and look to repeat that reg-
ular season success, albeit with dif-
ferent playoff results.
“We had a great season and when
it comes down to a single game you
got to go out there and play your
best baseball and we didn’t,”
Bergman said.
Under the guidance of head
coach Mike Lumley, the Mustangs
have consistently been a contending
team, having won four of the past six
OUA Championships. Lumley has
also won three OUA Coach of the
Year awards.
The recruiting and development
of young talent, paired with a team-
first attitude instilled by Lumley and
his staff is a large part of why the
Mustangs have had such sustained
“Coach Lumley and the Western
coaching staff have been amazing.
They are the best coaches I’ve ever
had and I credit much of my
improvement to their great baseball
knowledge and dedication,” sopho-
more Daniel Goldberg said.
While the all-star nod may be
gratifying for the players, anything
less than avenging their heartbreak-
ing loss by winning the OUA cham-
pionship will be a huge disappoint-
ment. With many returning players
and a lot of rising talent, Western has
all the tools needed to climb to the
top of the OUA yet again.
“To win the OUA championship,
that’s all that matters,” Lytwynec
said. “I don’t care what my numbers
are at the end of the year. If I have
that championship ring on my fin-
ger, I’ve accomplished my goal.”
“I know for a fact we have the tal-
ent to win the OUA championship
this year, not including the players
we will add at the beginning of the
year. What we need is for the season
to start,” Goldberg added.
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BUY ME SOME PEANUTS AND CRACKER JACK. Paul Lytwynec was one of five Mustangs named to the OUA All-Star team ear-
lier this month. The all-stars took on the defending OUA champions Brock Badgers in an exhibition game at the Rogers Centre.
By Jason Sinukoff
The best and brightest members of
the Mustangs wrestling team will be
representing Western on the inter-
national stage this summer.
Steven Takahashi, Ilya Abelev,
Brianne Barry and Larissa D’Alleva
all earned spots on the Canadian
Junior National Team by winning a
qualifying event on March 23 in
Edmonton. Competing alongside the
four Mustangs is incoming Mus-
tangs recruit Richard Balfour.
“Richard is a member of the Lon-
don-Western Wrestling Club, our
affiliate ‘feeder’ program,”Mustangs
head coach Ray Takahashi said.
Balfour will be competing on the
Junior B team in the Junior Pan-
American Championships in Sao
Paulo, Brazil, while the other four
will be vying for international gold
in two tournaments taking place in
Romania and Turkey, before com-
peting in the Junior Wrestling World
Championships in Bucharest,
Romania this July.
Of the four Mustangs on the
Junior National Team, two already
have previous experience in under-
20 international tournaments, and
that experience will go a long way in
this year’s championships.
“Brianne was a member of the
Junior Team last year, placing fifth at
the Junior Worlds [and] Steven was
on the B Team that competed at
Junior Pan Am [championships],
placing second,”Takahashi explained.
“Previous experience is a big factor in
sports, especially with international
Barry anticipates nothing less
from herself in this year’s tourna-
ments after her success last year.
“With placing fifth last year, I feel
as though I more clearly understand
the level of training and competition
that will be at this year’s World
Championships. I expect I will place
at least this well again with high
expectations of medalling and high
hopes of a gold,” Barry said.
Barry’s hopes are echoed by Dave
Spinney, head coach of the women’s
Junior Team.
“Placing fifth last year was a
strong finish for Brianne but [...] I
believe Brianne can achieve a
medal,” he said.
Though Abelev and D’Alleva
haven’t competed at the under-20
level before, they still have interna-
tional experience going into this
year’s event.
“Both Ilya and Larissa have com-
peted internationally before, but at
the under-17 level. There’s a big jump
from under-17 to junior, but they
should make the transition well,”
Takahashi noted.
D’Alleva, after her under-17 expe-
rience, is ready for the challenges
that lay ahead on the Junior Team.
“It feels great to have finally
made the team. It’s nice to have all
my hard work paid off when it mat-
tered most,” she said. “Even with it
being my first time on the national
team, I would like to medal at all the
tournaments I compete in at the
international level.”
After the Juniors, the four Mus-
tangs will be back to lead the West-
ern wrestling team into the Ontario
University Athletics season.
“All four are members of the var-
sity team and will be returning in
2011-12,” Takahashi said. “Together
they formed the core of the team.”
Courtesy of Ray Takahashi
four Mustangs heading to Europe to compete for the Canadian National Junior Team. After a few warm-up tournaments,
the four athletes will test their skills at the World Junior Championships in Romania.
Western wrestlers
compete for Canada
Mustang all-stars
want redemption
in 2011
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Puzzle solutions (from pg. 2)
The Good
Despite being ravaged by injuries to start the season,
the Toronto Blue Jays began to take flight by winning
six games in a row. The hot-hitting Jose Bautista has
been the only consistent piece of a streaky offense as
the Jays have relied heavily on the youngest starting
rotation in the MLB.
Under the guidance of new manager John Farrell,
the Jays have shown a penchant for stealing bases –
they’ve stolen 43 bags already this year as opposed to
the 58 stolen all of last year.
The recent returns of Aaron Hill and Rajai Davis
along with the sizzling play of Yunel Escobar and
Bautista have sparked the Jays. All this is despite the
demotions of Travis Snider and Brett Cecil paired with
the injury of Adam Lind.
Unexpected contributions from Cory Patterson and
John McDonald have allowed the Jays to bridge the
gaps between injuries as they move towards the glut of
the season and the beginning of interleague play.
The Bad
Superstition states that deaths come in threes and this
past week the sports world has been hit hard. The loss-
es of Harmon Killebrew, Derek Boogaard and Robert
“Tractor” Traylor have reverberated through the sport-
ing world and have been felt by fans and players alike.
Traylor passed away on May 11 at the young age of
34 from a heart attack. Remembered for his rim-shat-
tering slams, the former Michigan Wolverine’s career
spanned four NBA teams and led him to Europe where
he represented Halcones UV Xalapa of the Liga
Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional in Mexico during
the 2010-11 season.
Just two days later, Boogaard of the New York
Rangers, a beloved NHL goon, was found dead in his
Minneapolis apartment. Affectionately known as “The
Boogey Man” due to his penchant for fighting,
Boogaard’s death shocked the NHL landscape as he
was just a month shy of his 29th birthday.
After a lengthy battle with esophageal cancer, for-
mer Minnesota Twin Killebrew succumbed to the dis-
ease on the morning of May 17. He was ranked 11th on
the career home runs list with 573 and was known as
much for his hitting as he was for his kind nature.
Beloved by many, Killebrew was the face of the Twins
franchise during their move to Minnesota before the
1961 season. Along with Kirby Puckett, he is the most
celebrated player in team history.
The Ugly
The disintegration of the Yankees immortal “Big Four”
has unfolded in an unpleasant fashion and the New
York media has spared no details. After the dragged-out
retirement of Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter’s contract
debacle, Yankees brass optimistically believed they had
seen the worst — but they were mistaken.
Continuing his foreseeable demise, Jeter is hitting a
paltry .255 with only five extra-base hits at home in the
hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium. Paired with his atrocious
batting numbers, his lacklustre defense has the Yankees
sitting two games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the
American League East lead.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, the story of Jeter’s
demise has taken a back seat to the unforeseen fall of
Yankee legend Jorge Posada. Hitting a laughable .165,
manager Joe Girardi dropped Posada down to ninth in
the order, prompting Posada to remove himself from the
line-up. This rift is something the Yankees could do with-
out as they continue to sputter, going 3-7 in their last ten
games. Ironically, it was a young Posada who replaced
Girardi back in 1996 as the Yankees starting catcher.
Yankees fans can take solace in the fact that the
fourth member of the “Big Four” is holding up his end
of the bargain as the unflappable Mariano Rivera has
13 saves at the ripe age of 41.
Faulds finds quick
success in coaching
York, West team coordinator
will have last hurrah in Austria
By Daniel Da Silva
Finishing a season with the most
passing yards in Canadian Interuni-
versity Sport history may be enough
for some people to hang their hats
on, but for York Lions offensive
coordinator Michael Faulds, a five-
year career at Western that featured
two Yates Cup championships and a
Mitchell Bowl title didn’t satisfy his
If trophies weren’t enough for
Faulds, surely accepting the chal-
lenge of coaching this perennial bot-
tom-feeder will whet his appetite.
“Obviously being at the bottom
of the CIS for many years, we knew
we would have to work harder than
any other coaching staff in the coun-
try,” he said.
Although York finished winless
yet again, Faulds was pleased with
his first season at the helm of the
Lions offence.
“It was good. It was a lot of fun,”
he said. “Obviously I learned a lot
going into year two that I am taking
advantage of now in the off-season.”
Despite the lack of victories, the
team’s on-field improvement was
enough to garner Faulds a major
coaching accolade — the honour of
coaching the offence for the West
team at the annual CIS East-West
Bowl. The game is a showcase of the
best CFL draft-eligible prospects
from the Canadian university game.
“It was pretty neat to be the
offensive coordinator for that game.
There was great talent on every
aspect of the offence [...] it was a
good chance for me to play with
things in terms of my play calling,”
Faulds noted.
The players under the direction
of Faulds seemed to enjoy the expe-
rience too, especially a few of Faulds’
former Mustang teammates.
“[He is] an unreal coach. He is
going to do very well for himself,”
offensive lineman Matt Norman
said. “He is a very knowledgeable
man. It seemed like he was coaching
for 20 years already.”
“Mike is the best. He is so fun to
play with. He did a great job,”Faulds’
predecessor, Donnie Marshall, said.
Calgary Dinos and West head
coach Blake Nill, a former CIS coach
of the year and two-time Vanier Cup
champion, also had high praise for
Faulds after witnessing first-hand
what the offensive coordinator can
“He did a very good job. He
understands the game very well. He
knows the kind of situations he
wants to put the players in and I
think being a former QB he knows
what kind of plays are needed in cer-
tain scenarios,”Nill said. “He is going
to be a very good football coach.”
Though Faulds’ CIS football
career is finished, he will get the
opportunity to represent Canada at
the International Federation of
American Football World Cup in
Austria in July. This is the first time
Canada will be at the event, with
Faulds expected to be under centre
as the team’s starting quarterback.
“It’s an exciting honour to go over
and play in Austria. I think we are
going to put out a quality team,”
Faulds said.
For Faulds, it will be his last
opportunity to play the game at a
high level before focusing solely on
his coaching career.
“I’m not really looking at [the
CFL]. I’m looking at the national
team as one last hurrah. To prove to
people I still have it,” he explained.
After the tournament is over,
Faulds hopes that York’s stellar
recruiting class will allow him and
the rest of the Lions coaching staff
to turn the team’s fortunes around.
“We are excited about our
recruiting class here. You have to
start with a good recruiting class,”he
said. “We have the players, now it’s
our job as coaches to get them ready
to play in a short period of time. I
think we are up to the challenge.”
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