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University growth causing ontario credit both cuts and expansions transfer system

begins reform
aaron Zaltzman news editor Ontario’s transfer credit system is taking its first baby steps toward reform, as the College University Consortium Council, the body traditionally tasked with managing post-secondary transfers, will begin to cease its operations. The group will be replaced in the coming months with the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer, which will have a broader mandate in overseeing transfers. “[ONCAT] is charged with advocating for and facilitating transfer throughout the entire post-secondary sector,” Maureen Callahan, executive director of the CUCC, explained. “So not just college to university, but also college to college and university to university.” Patrick Searle, vice-president university affairs for the University Students’ Council, expressed that the current transfer system was in dire need of these improvements. “The credit transfer system in Ontario is not working for students. One in 10 students transfer institutions over the course of their studies,” Searle said. “When they do, it is overly complicated, and options for transfer are either limited or unclear.” Searle’s opinions were in line with those of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, the provincial student lobby group to which he is Western’s representative. “The credit transfer system in Ontario is broken and needs improvement,” Sam Andrey, director of OUSA, said. “This has been a long-term advocacy priority for OUSA.” Callahan explained the new transfer portal will bring with it many improved features for students looking to transfer, including a smoother way to transfer between institutions. The new system will also provide more information on course equivalency between schools, which determines whether a credit can be granted for a previously completed course at a different school. “If a student is admitted to Western as a university transfer student, they’ll get a transfer credit if they [earned] an academic standard

the credit transfer system in ontario is broken and needs improvement. this has been a longterm advocacy priority for ousa.
—sam andrey,
director of ousa

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richard raycraft gazette staff Excessive crowding is looming at many of Canada’s universities. The threat of overcrowded campuses is leading many universities to impose measures to moderate growth, while some universities are cutting student enrolment altogether. The problem is perhaps unsurprising considering that the number of applicants to universities has been increasing steadily for many years. The Ontario University Application Centre received 392,742 applications from 90,373 applicants this year. This is up from 367,739 applications from 84,300 applicants in 2009, according to their preliminary report. Different universities are taking different approaches to address the problem. Some, such as the University of British Columbia, are striving to simply cut undergraduate enrolment. Others, like the University of Ottawa, are taking measures to significantly cut excessive growth. U of O recently announced that while the university has grown at a rate of well over 1,000 students annually in past years, this number will drop to 500 for this fall. Pierre Mercier, associate vicepresident of institutional research and planning at U of O, explained the reason for the change.

now we’re reaching the capacity of students we can accommodate in libraries, classrooms, and various public places on campus. we’re still going to try to respond to demand, but at a much reduced rate.
associate vice-president of institutional research and planning at the university of ottawa

—Pierre mercier,

“We are emerging from a period of about 12 years of really intense growth,” he said. “There was a very large request to attend, and [the applicants] were qualified, so we had very substantial growth and we were interested in that growth.” While rapid growth can lead to increased revenue and prestige, Mercier noted that U of O is beginning to strain under it. “Now we’re reaching the capacity of students we can accommodate in libraries, classrooms, and various public places on campus,” he said. “We’re still going to try to respond to demand, but at a much reduced

rate.” “By keeping growth in bounds, planning becomes easier and we can emphasize quality more,” Mercier continued. Western, however, continues to welcome a growing number of students each year. Patrick Searle, vice-president university affairs for the University Students’ Council, says the university is aware of the issues that arise with a growing number of students. “With all this expansion, we want to make sure that we remain an accessible campus,” he explained. Plans for expansion to accommodate the growing number of incoming students include new residences and a possible downtown location, though Searle points out that problems can arise with these options. “It’s a thousand more people relying on services that they’d normally go off-campus for, so food at Centre Spot—think about the effects of a thousand more people relying on that,” he said. “Simple services like foot patrol— would you be able to access foot patrol at a downtown campus?” “I think right now there is a big drain on some of our current services in that students who can’t access it now will have an even more difficult time in the future,” Searle continued. “If what students are paying for isn’t serving students, then we will have to evaluate that.”

[grade] in a course that is similar to one that we have,” John Doerksen, vice-provost of academic programs and students at Western, explained. “However, there are complexities which have to do with the course mapping, hence the reason the province is looking to simplify that process.” Callahan explained the new transfer portal will end up addressing the equivalency concern. “[The portal] will introduce, in the future, a course equivalency base where participating institutions will be able to identify equivalent courses so that a transferring student can find out which courses of theirs will transfer equally,” Callahan said. “Very often a transferred student doesn’t find out until after they’ve registered [at their new school] how much credit they’ll get. This is exactly something that will be addressed by the new portal.” While changes introduced by the new portal are a welcome move to OUSA, Andrey thinks there’s still much more that needs to be done. “These steps will help students navigate a more transparent and mobile system and increase transfer activity, which will save students time and money,” Andrey said. “The transition from CUCC to ONCAT [is] certainly going to help […] but there remains a long way to go to build a truly mobile postsecondary education system.”

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Crossword By Eugene sheffer

IS THAT A TYPO I SEE? next year the Gazette will be lead by the very capable and highly-enthusiastic trio of (from left to right) nicole gibillini, deputy editor, cam Parkes, managing editor, and gloria dickie, editor-in-chief, who have been elected to front office for volume 106.

News Briefs

don’t share saliva
With confirmation this past Friday, there has been a recent student death due to meningococcal disease. The disease is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the bloodstream that is a common cause of meningitis, and can be contracted through shared saliva. Shelagh Hodson, director of student health services at Western, emphasized the importance of preventative measures. She advised caution when sharing straws or food, and engaging in other activities which could result in the transfer of infection. According to Hodson, most people have been vaccinated, so there is no expectation of an outbreak. She noted, however, the appearance of the disease on campus in past years has been fairly rare. “[Symptoms include] significant headache, significant fever and a stiff neck,” Hodson explained. The disease can be detected with a blood test, and is treated successfully by antibiotics. According to Hodson there is an approximate 24-hour window in between the appearance of symptoms and a serious health risk, so prompt treatment is necessary. —Katie Roseman

Scientists head to Brazil
Western scientists are heading to Brazil this week to meet up with fellow researchers from across Canada, as well as Brazilian partners. According to Sandra Haney, director of communications and marketing for PrioNet Canada— an organization dedicated to seeking solutions for neurogenerative diseases—Brazil was identified by Canada as a “key market for collaboration.” “The meeting focuses on prion diseases. Prions are proteins that, when misfiled, become unique infectious agents that can spread from cell to cell causing damage,” Haney said. This cell damage affects both humans and animals, creating diseases such as mad cow, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Haney explained researchers in Brazil had made great strides in discoveries related to prion and neurogenerative diseases in recent years, and a scientific exchange would help Canada accelerate commercialization of the discoveries and build a stronger knowledge economy. Western scientists will be joined by scientists from the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Calgary and McGill University. —Gloria Dickie

another way to feed your addiction
Caffeine addicts who are sick of being called failures by the unravelled rims of their coffee containers can now turn elsewhere for a chance to win a prize while fuelling their fix. “Refill to Win” is a promotion

put on by EnviroWestern each year during Tim Hortons’ “Roll Up the Rim to Win” promotion, and aims to combat the mountainous amounts of waste produced by the non-recyclable Tims cups tossed away during the annual nationwide gambling binge. “Using a reusable mug is an easy way to be environmentally friendly,” Elaine Decleir, reusability project team leader, said in a press release, noting approximately 3,000 coffee cups are disposed of each day on campus. “I hope the prizes aren’t the only reason people refill, and that students stop to think about the impact they are making on the environment,” she added. The promotion runs from March 5 to April 6, and student are able to purchase coffee at 24 different oncampus locations—including the Spoke, Einstein’s Cafe and all residences—to enter the contest. Any hot beverage purchased using a travel mug earns students one ballot in a draw to win a gift from Yoyo’s Yogurt Café, Moksha Yoga, Aroma Restaurant, the Spoke and other organizations. For the duration of the contest, winners will be drawn every Friday. —Jesse Tahirali

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Councillor calls on businesses to hire
Cheryl Stone news features editor A councillor hopes re-learning how to count will aid the city’s job growth. Paul Hubert, Ward 8 councillor, wants council to start counting jobs with his Hire 1 program. The goal of the program is to have small and medium sized businesses in London hire an additional person each. He notes there are 20,000 small and medium businesses in London. The motivation for this program stems from the lack of recognition these businesses get for their contributions to the economy. “It’s an opportunity to really encourage them to be part of the solution here,” Hubert explained. “It’s simply a recognition of two things. One is the strength of our local economy is really small and medium sized businesses, and secondly, many of those small and medium sized employers have returned to pre-recession levels.” Peter White, president of the London Economic Development Corporation, explained not every business was where they wanted to be. “We know there are some

sometimes having focus on a positive story like this, even if it doesn’t necessarily lead to each business being able to hire somebody […] will help.
president of the london economic development corporation

— Peter white,

businesses willing to support this program, while other businesses are still dealing with challenges,” he said. “We’re going through a significant transformation of our local economy,” Hubert explained. He noted this was not just about the recent plant closures, but also a change in what skills employers were looking for. White explained Hire 1 would join a series of initiatives already in place, as the LEDC works on about 10 different hiring initiatives at a time.

“If we have a goal set, it’s a great way to potentially work at opportunities with employers and employees,” White said. Hubert noted part of the goal was merely to encourage a positive environment for hiring. “Sometimes we focus on the negative and sometimes it becomes a cycle,” he explained. He noted he wanted small businesses to celebrate their individual hires as much as a company would celebrate a large hiring. White explained focusing on the negative became a problem for businesses as well. “Sometimes having focus on a positive story like this, even if it doesn’t necessarily lead to each business being able to hire somebody, it’s just the focus of a positive outcome will help.” Hubert also hoped to complement Hire 1 with a campaign promoting locally produced products and services in London. Though the promotions won’t come to fruition for a while, Hubert explained council wanted to see a report on his initiative. However, he was in a bit more of a rush. “I’d like to see this up and running by June 1,” he said. —with files from Cameron Smith

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shivering students were treated to free Kraft dinner and hot chocolate on concrete Beach yesterday as part of an awareness campaign headed by the ontario undergraduate student alliance. the Blue chair campaign is put on each year by ousa to make a statement about access to education in ontario. ousa set up 18 empty blue chairs around campus to draw attention to the campaign. “the blue chairs represent a place for a student who deserved to come to post-secondary education and had the skills required to be here, but couldn’t because of some sort of barrier,” Patrick whelan, provincial affairs commissioner for the university students’ council, explained. the Kraft dinner denoted student grocery budgets when depending on ontario student assistance Plan cheques. “ousa’s four pillars are affordability, accessibility, accountability and quality, so that sort of plays into the affordability aspect,” whelan said. “we think osaP doesn’t necessarily provide enough for food.” —Julian Uzielli

who will be next year’s executive council?
the annual general meetings, where next year’s executive council positions will be determined, will be held march 18. the following people are running for positions: VP university affairs neha chandrachud melissa Kargiannakis alysha li VP student events logan ross Kevin Kobayashi erin rose uberig VP finance tony ayala dane Vaclav dagenais VP campus issues nicole Kopera myuri Komaragiri VP communications stephen Yu matt green Jeremy santucci

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Carma’s a Bitch
alex Carmona news editor Well, it’s over. The race to decide who will take the helm of our beloved University Students’ Council has named a victor, marking the end of the—usually—two-week long circus known as presidential campaigning. For most, that means no more student politicians, platforms or accusations of back-room politics. But for me, it signals the beginning of my personal favourite political event—the Annual General Meeting. To be more specific, the Annual General Meetings—there are two of them, because one meeting simply isn’t long enough to contain all the fun. But all kidding aside, AGM season, for those truly interested in student politics, is probably the most exciting time a person can have while sitting down for five hours. AGM I and II are the meetings when the USC votes to decide who will take up, among other things, the five other executive council positions. The vice-presidencies up for grabs are, in no particular order: student events, communications, finance, campus issues and university affairs. While I understand how important the president is to council, the brave individuals who win these spots will be more than important—they will be integral. From taking the lead in council subcommittees, to crafting the longterm strategy of their department, the vice-presidents really are the heart of council. I’m also excited for AGM because it means observing “campaigning” of much more substance than what goes on during the presidential race. While much of what the presidential candidates have to say in February has merit, a significant portion of any successful presidential campaign also involves playing to students who really don’t care all that much about student politics—the oligarch in me would call it pandering to the lowest common denominator, but that might be taking it a little far. During AGM, on the other hand, the only people with voting rights are current council members. Maybe I’m being optimistic, but when one of the candidates running for vice-president university affairs, for example, stands up in front of council to argue why they are right for the job, I expect to be peppered with policies and acronyms that, aside from my Gazette experience, would make absolutely no sense to me. That’s not to say outsiders to student politics have no place running for a position on the 2012-13 executive council. In fact, familiar face Logan Ross is throwing her seafoam hoodie into the ring in a bid for vice-president student events against Kevin Kobayashi and Erin Uberig, both of whom spent the past year as senators. It’s still anyone’s game, but this time everyone willing to wake up early the morning after St. Patrick’s Day for AGM II is in for a treat, because the candidates are all studying up—or at least, they better be.

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The summer job search
The summer job search is on—or perhaps started months ago—but the anxiety is at a peak. With expectations high, and your family members and close relatives exhausted as options, you may be disappointed. Small townies may also be out of luck looking for future jobs related to their ideal career, so prospective jobs may be more of a money-grab instead of working towards your future. With summer expenses, as well as tuition and rent for the school year, salary may be the top priority. The holy grail of jobs is one that pays well, and is in your field of choice—but those are few and far between. Support from parents is clearly an advantage to those looking for valuable job experience, but getting any job—paid or not—is a cutthroat process. Job postings come at every corner—Kijiji, Craigslist, Monster.ca, or even your friend’s mother’s sister’s dog. Campus is also a helpful place to find a job. Some programs, such as the writing program and the media, information and technoculture program, aid in the search for jobs—whether it be through resumé writing or internship programs. The chicken and egg battle between needing a job, but also needing experience to get that job, is truly an unfair system. The old adage of, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is a skill in itself. Jobs aren’t only found through family, but the skill of networking is valuable in the real world. The one disadvantage of finding a job through a family member or friend, is that you become unfamiliar with the process. As a skill for the future, it may be best to go through the process, but with a job being the end goal, maybe it is just best settling for the job at hand. A student’s financial situation is often a large barrier in accepting a job outside of their city. Most career-oriented jobs are located within a large urban area, but the limited resources of a student make it nearly impossible to relocate for the four-month period. Once again, the financially fortunate have many doors opened for them. In this fight between finances and experience, some may have to take the hit to survive and thrive in the dog-eat-dog world of job hunting. Look internally—maybe the skills you have are transferable to making your own job. —The Gazette Editorial Board

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.

—theodore roosevelt

white bread no longer rising
wrath of mcGrath
Kaitlyn mcGrath oPinions editor White bread has lost its wonder. This is not exactly a recent phenomenon—the fall of white bread has been imminent for years. Everyone, except perhaps white bread itself, saw it coming. Without being entirely aware, white bread was facing a plight in today’s health-conscious society. Gone are the days of white bread’s dominance over the wheat and grain kingdom. Instead, whole grain, the little bread that could, has usurped the throne of bread royalty, and left white bread to think, “where did it all go wrong?” Well, to begin with, the white loaf is not participating in a one-on-one bout with just whole wheat bread—white bread is up against a whole army of whole grain products. Ancient grain, flax seed, multi-grain, and its more numerically specific counterpart seven-grain, just to name a few, have all banded together to bring down white bread. By all accounts, it seems the alliance is succeeding. According to an article in Canadian Business, consumption of white bread is down nearly 20 per cent from a decade ago. But it’s not only in Canada that white bread is experiencing a meteoric decline. In 2009, according to the Washington Post, whole grain bread sales exceeded those of white bread for the first time in American history. And I can say that I have been a participant in this trend. As a child—I seem to talk about my childhood a lot in my columns—I was a white bread fiend. Every day my dad would prepare my salami sandwich on two slices of fluffy, refined, white-floury-goodness Wonder bread. In fact, many of my peers shared this common experience of eating our homemade sandwiches made with the all too familiar slices. Then there was that kid—you know the one with the health-conscious mom—who always had “gross brown bread.” At the time, I would have pitied that peer, being oblivious to the fact that my parents had chosen to nourish me with bread that essentially had all its nutrients stripped from it. For a while, white bread was able to blur this reality. “Just wrap me up in a colourful bag sprinkled with red, blue and yellow dots and no one will care that I’m providing essentially zero nutritional benefits,” it thought—you sure did have us fooled, white bread. As far as I can see, the first 18 years of consuming white bread hasn’t been detrimental to my overall health, but I’m pleased to announce my official switch to whole grain. Sure, my tuna sub with extra mayonnaise might still be overloaded with calories from fat, but the mere choice of whole-wheat bread just makes it seem healthier, which is enough for me. In what can only be described as a desperate plea for attention, white bread claimed it could have all the benefits of whole grain bread, but still retain its creamy white exterior. I’m sorry white bread, but the battle seems all but won. Although, if it’s any consolation, I suspect white bread can still salvage some of the financially disadvantaged student market—its ability to resist the natural urge to mould is far too tempting for the frugal undergrad to pass up. Although for myself, and many others, whole-grain bread seems the way to go. All that is left is to wonder is, what will become of the once powerful white bread? If you’re at this point and thinking, did I just read a column about bread? Yes—sigh—yes, you did.

Letter to the Editor

dear Life
up more than $14,000 in damages. I can confidently say that updating the site’s defences would be a small proportion of that number. Does this mean that the simple process of a re-election costs $14,000? This baffles me. Though I admit I know little about business or politics, this amount feels incredibly high for a process that is done primarily online. If this process truly is this costly, then why were further steps not taken to fortify the site? When it comes down to it, Horwood was only caught because he wanted to be. This was not a brooding hacker team, but a kid who found an obvious weakness in a site and exploited it for a joke. One could have easily slipped into the site, modified the results, and left without ever being noticed. Horwood’s actions may have triggered the re-election, but he is not the reason they happened—a poorly designed site is to blame. So yes, Horwood acted inappropriately, so give him a fine and a little community service. The scar on his record is enough punishment for a practical joke. The real issue here is the fact that anyone could have easily gotten into the site and modified the results, with us all none the wiser. — Matthew Kirk
Computer Science III

Horwood not the only culprit
Re: Hacker Horwood charged with four counts (Mar. 6, 2012) To the Editor: I am rather flustered by the recent turn of events with the “Bieber Hacker” case. I am not surprised he has been charged. But what does surprise me is how dramatic the charges are, and how many students want Horwood’s head. As a computer science student, I am not angry with Horwood, but embarrassed by my University Students’ Council. I do agree that Horwood has committed a wrong, and should see an appropriate punishment. That being said, the fact of the matter is, the site clearly had inadequate security, and the outcomes could have been far worse. In his video Horwood implies that his process was a simple SQL injection. This is possibly the most rudimentary form of hacking databases, and a simple Google search will provide both methods on how to perform and defend from such an attack. SQL injections are one of the first things a student is taught when dealing with databases, and the fact that the USC election site was not prepared for them is nothing less than pathetic. This brings me to my bigger issue. The article says that the hack has racked

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with Jian ghomeshi
Kevin Hurren gazette staff What started as a rogue tweet by a London native turned into an intense competition by Ontario cities. The prize of the competition? Get a Jian Ghomeshi live show. Now in his forties, the Canadian broadcaster has had a diverse and impressive career, most notably for his daily cultural affairs talk show, Q. As Ghomeshi prepared for the live show of Q in London on Thursday, he talked about the contest, his superstitions and his book. You’re coming to London because of a completely spontaneous contest. What was one of your favourite or most surprising submissions? I loved the grass roots nature of it. A lot of people were offering gifts and free concerts, none of which we wanted to accept, but I must say I was really blown away and touched when the entire [London] city council dressed in Q T-shirts on the eve of the selection. That really drove home the London bid. It was amazing looking at photos of them all in their shirts, including the mayor, so that went a long way. Part of it is that to the guy who first tweeted “come to London,” I had jokingly sent a tweet back saying, “I’ll only come to London if the mayor gets on board and wants me to come.” It was, in the end, the mayor and the entire city council dressed in their Q T-shirts. You’ll be doing a show at the Grand Theatre on Thursday. What’s it like to have a live audience? It’s the best. I spent 10 years on the road in a band that I started, so I feed off the energy of a live crowd. As much as I love the intimate nature of doing a show in the stud i o, like Q, I really love the energy of a crowd. These live shows we do in front of audiences have become a staple of Q. We’ve done them everywhere from Vancouver to Halifax, Chicago and New York. It’s part of that tradition. London’s a bit of a smaller centre to come to, but I was just blown away by the Grand Theatre tickets selling out in an hour, so I’m psyched. Do you have any preshow habits or rituals? I’m very superstitious. I definitely have to do my own little read through of the show, going over what I’m going to do beforehand. I’m also always concerned about my voice and I need some hot liquid with me. My voice would probably be fine in most situations without it, but I always have to have my mug with something warm it in. You’ve been a writer, a musician and a manager. What’s it like being involved in so many different projects? I’m somebody with a lot of diverse interests and ambitions. There’s just too much I want to do that I realize I can’t do in my lifetime, so I think the diversity of my resumé is just a reflection of me wanting to get in as much as possible. I used to lament this when I was at York. I started this band, I was a political activist, a student activist and I [remember] thinking that if I was interested in just singing or just in academia, I could be one of my heroes. What I sometimes say to campus groups when I talk is I think in the new millennium it’s a real advantage to be, for lack of a better word, a renaissance person who has a lot of different interests. The world is changing so quickly, and so the variety of my passions have actually been an advantage to me. To hear the broadcast, tune into CBC Radio One on Friday at 10 a.m. For more information, visit cbc.ca/q.

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Britannicus is a play of firsts
Nathan tebokkel gazette staff Britannicus, a tragedy by 17th century French playwright Jean Racine, is a play of firsts—it is a play of first becoming a monster, of first love and of first crime, and it is the first time the play has been staged at the university level in Ontario. For professor Mario Longtin, director of the arts and humanities production and historian of medieval theatre, the play is a much-anticipated challenge. “I have always wanted to stage it,” says Longtin. “I’ve been thinking about it for 15 years.” This year, Longtin is proud to note that this is the first time he has directed a tragedy at Western. He believes the cast and crew is the best they have ever been, and despite being accustomed to comedy, he explains that they have completely gone further than what he had expected. The play itself centres around the relationship of Roman Emperor Nero and his mother Agrippina, both of them murderers—or soon to be. Britannicus, half-brother of Nero and pledged to marry Junia, is caught in a web of deceit woven by his brother and devious councillor Narcissa. Nero is played by a PhD student from Italy, Massimiliano Aravecchia, who lends his expertise in versification as well as his dominant stage-presence and authentic Italian accent. Professor Chantal Dawar lends her talents to the otherwise student-driven cast in the role of Agrippina. Narcissa, however, in a stroke of

directorial brilliance, is played by two actors simultaneously. “The dialogue is going back and forth between the two actors— sometimes they do it together, perfectly in sync, and sometimes they alternate,” explains Longtin. “It creates a snaky, devious effect.” Junia, the object of desire, is also played by two actresses at once. Unlike Narcissa, Longtin explains Junia is “ultra-good.” Splitting her in two leads to a stronger, less 19th and more 17th-century woman, as she reflects the conflicting desires for her by brothers Britannicus and Nero. Truly a play of firsts, Longtin’s vision of versification—of pronouncing each syllable meaningfully, of the kind of musicality that can only be birthed from a profound and holistic understanding and respect of the text—is enhanced by a unique musical score. Paul Venesoen, academic advisor in the

French department, samples and transforms the eerie music of neoclassical composer György Ligeti. “The music is in tune with the actors—it is more organic,” Longtin says. “The tension can be built better, because [Venesoen] can feel the audience and play with their emotions.” All this artistic innovation has been meticulously perfected over the course of several months, and Longtin is more than excited for opening night. “I can say it’s my favourite play I have done in seven years,” he says. “A director of tragedy needs to give a lot of energy to start with, but after that, the play takes a life of its own.” Britannicus will be performed from tonight until Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the McManus Theatre on Richmond Row. Tickets are $10 for students.

If a truffula falls in the forest
Nathan tebokkel gazette staff Directed by: Chris Renaud Starring: Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift A reincarnation of Dr. Seuss’s classic makes its way to the big screen. That screen bursts with vibrant colour and playful hues defining normally muted or monochromatic commonplace objects. The colours set a perfectly artificial tone for the centre stage of the story—Thneedville. There are multiple deviations from the book, but comparing books to movies is fruitless. The important qualities of the book shine through in the movie—the central themes, phrases and characters are present and poignant. With an original score by John Powell, the musicality, on the brink of a full-blown musical, complements the brilliance of the colour— the songs are loud, and foot-tapping is inevitable. But the songs and the visual artistry are not merely superficially pleasing. The Lorax develops as a film not by its audio-visual technicalities, but in the message these vehicles deliver. The Lorax, as everyone knows, is about caring for

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the environment. “Unless” is the mantra—“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” The best thing about The Lorax is that the controversial messages about global warming are nonexistent—environmental consciousness is promoted without a politicized agenda. Rhymes and characters are added to supplement Seuss’s story, and there are numerous cringeworthy jokes and lame situational humour designed to appeal to a younger audience. But hidden among these tedious and far-tooobvious clichés are kernels of truth. When the Once-ler sings, “How bad

can I be? I’m just doing what comes naturally” or “I’m just building the economy, a portion goes to charity,” it is clear that there are questions and criticisms inherent in the catchy melodies geared towards to both children and adults. The movie is somewhat juvenile, but nonetheless entertaining. The juxtaposition between colourful, artificial Thneedville and the surrounding bleak wasteland is artful, and the character of the Lorax, often too comical and missing the gravity that his role demands, is still pivotal when he tells the Onceler, “A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.”

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Greg Colgan gazette staff All good things must come to an end. After winning the first two playoff series in Mustangs women’s hockey program history, their run through the Ontario University Athletics playoffs ended against the Laurier Golden Hawks in the OUA finals. The Golden Hawks, the number one ranked team in Canada, took game two by a score of 5-1 at Thompson Arena on Saturday night. The loss ended the Mustangs’ miracle run, which saw them win 10 of their last 12 games, including series wins over third-ranked Toronto and fifth-ranked York. On Saturday night, though, Laurier’s depth proved too much for Western. “We thought our depth could wear them down because we can skate, check their lines, and make it tough on them,” Rick Osbourne, Laurier head coach, said. The Golden Hawks’ ability to roll four lines slowed the Mustangs and helped them win their eighth OUA championship in the last nine years. Laurier’s balanced attack kept Western from gaining any momentum throughout the game. Further frustrating the Mustangs were Laurier’s quick shifts and dump-andchase tactics, which wore down Western’s defence as the game went on. “Western’s a good team, it’s just hard to play from behind against a team like us,” Osbourne said. “We send our lines out 30 seconds at a time and use our speed every chance we get.” Mustangs head coach Chris Higgins said Laurier kept them from creating many chances throughout the game.

saywhat?
“we don’t get the benefit of the whistle. i don’t think we’re looked upon as champions, but that’s a whole other story. dirk should live at the line if they would call it the way it’s supposed to be.” dallas mavericks point guard Jason Kidd said of the nBa officials this season

rundown >> the mustangs men’s rugby team had a successful weekend as they defeated the university of British columbia thunderbirds by a score of 19-14 to win the second annual national university 7’s championship > along with the victory, the mustangs picked up a few awards along the way, including andrew crowe and mike turnbull winning ‘man of the match’ for the finals and tournament mVP, respectively.

Silver not too shabby for surprise mustangs
loss still exceeds expectations in historic post-season

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looK i found a penny! The Laurier Golden Hawks seemed to have the Mustangs’ number the entire game during the OUA finals. The Mustangs just couldn’t keep up with the top-ranked Golden Hawks in their 5-1 loss. The Mustangs—who made a surprise appearance in the finals— will have to wait until the 2012-13 season to rebound and once again compete for OUA gold.

“They pressured us all game and they didn’t give us any shots,” Higgins said. “That was their strategy.” Coming into the series, Western’s power play had been nearly unstoppable in the playoffs. However, against the Golden Hawks, they went 0-for-13. “What they did was pressure us. The teams we played before didn’t pressure us,” Higgins said. “Next year we’re going to have to make adjustments and practice against a similar penalty kill.” From the first drop of the puck, the Golden Hawks came out of the gate, controlling every aspect of the game.

Laurier started the scoring with two goals, 19 seconds apart, only four minutes into the game. They would add another goal later in the period. “We didn’t want to wait around because it looked like [Western] was one of those teams of destiny— when they needed a goal, they got it,” Osbourne said. “We needed to make sure we worked hard right from the start to not let them get comfortable.” The Mustangs settled down for a scoreless second period before Stacey Scott opened the third period to cut Laurier’s lead by one. The Golden Hawks would add

another two goals later in the period for the 5-1 victory. Laurier outshot Western 49-22 and fired 91 shots to Western’s 39 in the two-game series. Although disappointed with the loss, the experience has been memorable, Mustangs forward Katie Dillon, said. “It’s been amazing. To make the playoffs and win two series has been incredible,” Dillon said. “It would’ve been over the top to have won this series, but we can’t be too upset about it. The girls that are still on the team next year need to look forward.” The deep playoff run is more

than what was imaginable two months ago when they were without a playoff spot. “It’s been an amazing way to end our four years at Western,” Dillon said. “We have silver medals in our hands and that’s not something we would have envisioned a couple of months ago.” Heading into next year, the Mustangs will have raised expectations. The playoff run has put Western on the radar of other teams. “The expectations are higher now,” Higgins said. “We’re going to have to play better next year, but this experience will be great for us.”

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Feeling lucky? Pray for a madness miracle
the tables have sterned
ryan Stern sPorts editor Don’t look now. It’s coming faster than anyone could have imagined. The excitement has been building for months, but has anyone really cared until now? Everyone’s favourite annual lottery is just around the corner, so it’s about time you brush up on your obscure player references and ridiculous stats. Is it really relevant that the Richmond Spiders hit free throws at a higher rate at night than in the morning? With selection Sunday looming, everyone is suddenly an expert on everything March Madness related, but truthfully, how many people actually wake up on a Saturday morning after a night of binge drinking to watch Norfolk State get crushed by Missouri? Let’s be serious—March Madness is a crapshoot. I don’t care if you finished in the top 90 per cent of your 2,000 person league for the past five years. I don’t care if you picked every single Virginia Commonwealth University upset last year—for those that really don’t know NCAA, yes that is VCU. If you did pick those upsets, and you do finish near the top every year, congratulations, you can give yourself a pat on the back, pull the horseshoe out of your ass and go take your pet leprechaun on a walk. I have heard too many stories of some six-year-old girl who can reel off every meal Justin Beiber has eaten in the past week, submitting a perfect bracket picked based on their favourite colours. The University of North Carolina Tarheels happen to don baby blue, a fairly popular colour amongst the general North American population. Don’t tell me you are cheering for UNC because they have a deep bench—admit you are cheering for them because they seemed like a viable option over the 15th seeded North Dakota State after reading the 200 word blurb on your ESPN or Yahoo bracket. If March Madness was based even slightly on knowledge, why is it that ESPN’s experts don’t submit perfect brackets on a yearly basis? Don’t get me wrong, I respect the knowledge that experts and fans have, I just don’t appreciate that person in your pool that threw darts for their bracket and wins the pool only to launch the next Grantland and fail miserably because they realize that they know nothing about sports. And don’t think Linsanity won’t rear its ugly head into the March Madness proceedings. I would venture to bet that every pool will have at least one person who picks Harvard to the elite eight, solely because of Jeremy Lin’s rise to prominence. All of this being said, yes, I will be filling out a bracket. Yes, I will attempt to make educated guesses based on my slightly-above-average knowledge of Division I college basketball. And yes, I will jump onto the bandwagon and see how far the flushing unibrow of Anthony Davis will take me. But when I pick the Utah State Aggies to upset their way to the sweet 16, I won’t be bragging about my brain full of college basketball knowledge, I will be rubbing my lucky rabbit’s foot while I thank the college basketball gods for smiling down on me this year. A man can dream, can’t he?
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Is additional wildcard really cause for cheer?
No ifs, ands or Hurlbuts
ryan Hurlbut illustrations editor With the dawn of 2012 spring training now firmly in the past, the Toronto Blue Jays are looking forward to a new season with a new wildcard spot. Although this spot has led to unbridled optimism amongst Jays fans, this year’s team will be hard pressed to play meaningful October baseball. While this year’s roster has replaced the likes of Nix, Patterson and Reyes with Lawrie, Rasmus and Alvarez, there are still too many question marks involved with the team to expect a playoff spot. In regards to pitching, the team is going to heavily depend on breakout seasons from the inconsistent Morrow and 10-game veteran Alvarez. Morrow has always shown high potential, but has never been able to perform on a consistent basis—despite his three-game stretch of strong starts at the end of last year. While Alvarez looks great in terms of composure and walk rates, he could still be figured out by opponent’s scouting. Cecil and McGowan are even bigger risks, as Cecil tries to bounce back from a terrible season where he lost about three MPH on the radar, and McGowan comes back from an extended period on the IR. Cecil has done his part by losing over 30 pounds during the offseason, and McGowan has brought back his overpowering fastball, but these players are still unproven commodities. On the field, the fans breathlessly hope that Rasmus and Snider can finally pull themselves together and play to their potential, or at least hope that Eric Thames can hold the fort down until Snider can find a ball in the zone. The team is also counting on the proficiency of cleanup hitter Adam Lind and his magical back spasms. All of these problems still ignore the ability of Encarnacion to put together a full season and Lawrie to put together a strong sophomore campaign. When someone looks at this team, the only “dependable” pieces are two-year wonder Jose Bautista, and fourth-year ace Ricky Romero. If the team can somehow surpass the Rays and slot themselves under the powerhouse Yankees and Red Sox, they still have to finish ahead of whichever of the revamped Angels and Rangers finish second in the AL West. If the stars somehow align, and every Jays player shines and remains uninjured, then there’s a shot of making the playoffs. In reality, the team will improve, and learn exactly what holes they need to fill to contend in 2013.

the Good
the mlB post-season has finally opened its doors to two more of the league’s finest. it was announced last week that two more teams—one from the american league and one from the national league—would be able to make the jump from regular season to post-season play via the wildcard. this new playoff format will make more teams in the mlB happy, and will also make things way more exciting for the fans. the downside to the new format is that there could be major scheduling problems near the end of the season. in hindsight, the post-season expansion should have probably waited until the 2013 season, when a new schedule could be drawn up to accommodate this change. But none of this matters, because with more teams able to break the post-season threshold, any decent team in a strong division—such as the toronto Blue Jays—has a much better chance at making the playoffs.

the Ugly
the new orleans saints have caught the eye of nfl commissioner roger goodell this off-season, but for all the wrong reasons—it has been revealed that the saints ran an “illegal bounty system.” Paying players differing amounts for the extent of injury, the saints—including general manager mickey loomis, head coach sean Payton and various other people within the organization—will undoubtedly face the wrath of commissioner goodell. By promoting injuries, the saints have gone against everything goodell has tried to instill during his tenure as commissioner. the saints are sure to face heavy sanctions that could include—but aren’t limited to—loss of draft picks, fines, suspensions and even potential criminal charges. critics may argue that injuries are part of the game, but a black eye such as this will leave a dark cloud over the saints organization for seasons to come.

the Bad
things are not looking good for the fourth place detroit red wings. though they have 89 points, the st. louis Blues have just overtaken them as the team to beat in the central division. this can all be attributed to almost half of their active roster fighting the injury bug. among those injured are captain nicklas lidstrom, starting goaltender Jimmy howard and superstar forward Pavel datsyuk. with four of their next five games being against the los angeles Kings, the nashville Predators and the san Jose sharks, the red wings will have to dig deep to overcome the odds. though he will try to make it back in time for friday’s game versus the Kings, he may not feel ready, and the wings may have to once again rely on backup goaltender Joey macdonald to save the day. “it’s frustrating, but it’s part of being a professional athlete,” Jimmy howard said in an interview with nhl.com.

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3, 4, 5 bdrms at 217 Sarnia. Live at one of the most popular student corners in London. Within steps of campus, you canʼt get closer. All of these units have big common rooms and spacious bedrooms. Live in style with 5 appliances, free parking, free maintenance and full time property management. Call Zach anytime at 519-854-0505 4 BDRM BRAND new red brick townhouses, apartments and single homes for rent. Most feature 5 brand new appliances, huge rooms and closets, open concept kitchen/ living room, free parking, free grass cutting and snow removal, and a 24 hour maintenance line. Located in great student areas. Act fast- these won’t last. For more information call Zach at 519-854-0505 4 BDRM NEW Red Brick townhouses, apartments and single homes for rent. Features 5 appliances, huge rooms and closets, open concept kitchen/ living room, free parking and networked for internet! Located in great student areas. Act fast- these won’t last. For more info call Nathan: 519-495-5363 4 BDRM NEW Red Brick townhouses, apartments and single homes for rent. Most feature 5 appliances, huge rooms and closets, open concept kitchen/ living room, free parking and networked for internet! Located in great student areas. Act fastthese won’t last. For more info contact Sam at 519-495-7661. samm@londonproperty.ca 4 BDRM REDBRICK apartments for rent. Why not live with Westerns most reputable suppliers of offcampus housing? London Property Corp., offers the newest homes in the best student areas. Western students should be concerned with their studiesnot house problems. Let London Property Corp.’s team look after all your housing needs. Call Bill anytime 519-670-0327. billh@londonproperty.ca

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2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS, the closest 2 bedrooms to UWO. Newly renovated kitchens, hardwood floors, loads of space. Great student area, right on Western bus route. Great price, and utilities included. Loads of free parking. These places truly are a steal!! Call me (John) at 519859-5563 or email johnm@londonproperty.ca 2, 2 BEDROOM apartment styles to choose from. Located very close to Campus. Hardwood floors, free parking, laundry, and free snow and lawn care. Call Bill anytime 519-670-0327. billh@londonproperty.ca 3 BDRM APARTMENT Near the Ceeps. 17 Yale St. Two-level apartment, all utilities included. Wi-fi, parking, laundry, dishwasher. Available May 1st. $500/bedroom. Call, email or text Steve at 519-8715235, e-mail for pics wegman@sympatico.ca. 3 BDRM APARTMENTS for rent. Why not live with Western’s most reputable suppliers of off-campus housing? London Property Corp. offers the newest homes in the best student areas. Western students should be concerned with their studiesnot house problems. Let London Property Corp.’s team look after all your housing needs. Call Bill anytime 519670-0327. billh@londonproperty.ca 3 BDRM TOWN houses and apartments. These units are just steps from campus at the corner of Sarnia and Western road, right next to Perth and Essex residence. These units all have spacious bedrooms and common areas. All come with free parking, maintenance and full-time property management. Call Zach anytime at 519-854-0505 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS at the corner of Richmond and Huron. This 7 unit apartment complex of 3 bedrooms is steps to the front gates. Students always love these traditional hardwood floor units. Brand new kitchens, huge bedrooms and living room, balcony. Rent includes heat, water and free parking. Call Zach right away to book a tour 519-854-0505

4 BDRM TOWNHOUSES near all amenities. These 4 bedroom townhouses are 3 floors and 2 washrooms for 4 people! Bedrooms are spacious, bright and have huge closets. Free parking and property management. Call Zach anytime at 519854-0505. zachs@londonproperty.ca 4 BDRM. **#1 student rentals** Newly built red bricks, right across from campus!! Dishwasher, washer/dryer include. Huge, spacious rooms with massive closets. Networked for Internet and parking included. These ones always go fast so call soon. Call John anytime at 519-859-5563 4 BED. TOWNHOUSES located on Oxford right by campus. Live in style with 3 floors, 2 washrooms, and very spacious rooms with large closets. 5 appliances, free parking, networked for internet and 24 hour property management. Contact Nathan today 519-495-5363, nathanc@londonproperty.ca 4 BED. TOWNHOUSES located on Oxford right by campus. Live in style with 3 floors, 2 washrooms, and very spacious rooms with large closets. 5 appliances, free parking, networked for internet and 24 hour property management. Contact Sam today 519-495-7661, samm@londonproperty.ca 4 BEDROOM AMAZING. Newly build large luxury apartment. Super central location backing onto park, parking, 2 bathrooms, 5 appliances, ceramic and hardwood floors, hi-speed internet, $475-$500/bedroom. On bus route, 2km to campus, walk to shopping and downtown. View at www.oxfordrentals.ca or call Wendy 519-667-0047

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