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They also received money through the legacy The go green mindset keeps growing on fund for a solar panel, and they’ve been working with facilities management to see what campus. On March 21, the London Chamber of Com- funds they currently have and what’s feasible on merce awarded Western with an Environmental campus. Environmentalism is not only an important Leadership Award. This achievement signifies the array of sustainability efforts on campus. issue at Western, but for universities across CanWhile the university’s facility management ada and the United States. According to the Sustainability Tracking, Asteam, along with the University Students’ Council, has made stringent efforts, having a “green” sessment and Rating System, a self-reporting framework for universities to measure their campus is still a work in progress. “We are continuing on an ongoing basis to sustainability efforts, Western ranks silver. Of implement energy improvement initiatives,” 182 schools, 91 ranked silver, 31 gold, and none Gitta Kulczycki, Western’s vice-president of re- ranked platinum. Comparatively, Western has a fairly average sources and operations, says. “We work on that rating, meaning there is room for improvement. every year.” Electric vehicles, purple bikes, light-sensitive Western’s efforts expand as people are becomlighting systems, expansion on composting and ing more aware of how they can contribute. “People are looking at their workplace a green O-Week were just some of the initiatives around them and saying ‘how can we do things implemented on campus this past year. differently?’” Kulczy“I think there’s cki says. “And so it’s definitely more [that actually really comwe can do], because ing from ground level we don’t reach nearly ideas and initiatives, enough of the student and I think that’s population,” says Anasplendid.” lise Hofmann, Envi“I think [these iniroWestern’s coordinatiatives] come from tor. EnviroWestern is all over, except from a student-run service the higher levels of provided by the USC that provides new People are looking at their work- the university,” she explains. “The one ideas and initiatives place around them and saying initiative that we’re for sustainability on ‘how can we do things differundertaking from a campus. higher level, but from Specific initiatives ently?’ And so it’s actually really an engagement from from EnviroWestern coming from ground level ideas others, is [a] longthis year included the continuation of the and initiatives, and i think that’s term [sustainability] plan.” Refill to Win, a green splendid. Other efforts stem O-Week team and a —Gitta Kulczycki, vice-president of resources and from the president’s calendar to keep stuoperations at Western advisory committee dents updated with on environment and ongoing sustainabilsustainability, faciliity initiatives, among ties management, stumany others. dents involved with While hope for a EnviroWestern and clean environment individual units, acmotivates campus citcording to Kulczycki. izens to think green, “Western is pretty lucky because facilities what are these sustainability initiatives costing students? The short-term sacrifices might seem management is pretty active and we can go to substantial, but, in the long run, who are these them for some bigger initiatives,” Hofmann notes. “So I know for us a big issue was waste sacrifices going to benefit? I wouldn’t say that there are no costs,” Kulczy- during O-Week.” Facilities management played cki notes. “It’s a question of those trade-offs, the a large role in O-Week, making sure water botargument being that people who are passionate tles and recyclables were properly sorted. Students can lend a helping hand as well. “I’d about environmental sustainability initiatives and climate change awareness say that you say reusable mugs and water bottles would be a big one, especially now that we have the nice need to cost things in their full perspective.” By this, Kulczycki means we should look at fountains everywhere,” Hofmann adds. “I think it’s something that can easily be done—and you the bigger picture. “It’s not just the out of pocket, but what it’s save money if you use your mug.” These little efforts go a long way, and the unicosting in the environment and so on,” she adds. “And when one looks at it from that per- versity hopes to expand its research programs spective, I would say that the things we’ve done and education on sustainability in residences and in the classroom as part of its new 10-year are very cost-effective.” Since EnviroWestern is classified as a service sustainability plan. “The world is important to all of us, right?” rather than a club, student fees contribute to its funds. EnviroWestern has a budget of $3,000 for Kulczycki asks. “So I think it’s important that we initiatives and awareness weeks, and a couple of teach it, that we research it in terms of solving hundred for advertisements and promotions as world problems on environment and sustainwell, according to Jennifer Valadao, vice-presi- ability, and we operate the university in a manner that shows we care about the environment.” dent finance for the USC. “Since EnviroWestern is under the vice-pres-
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WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS… Students from the Richard Ivey School of Business applied their book smarts to the streets to sell lemonade. About 550 third-year students were broken into groups of eight and had until 9 a.m. this morning to raise as much money as possible for the United Way of London & Middlesex.
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Campuses in Canada are about to get a little more mobile. Last week, the car-sharing company Zipcar announced a new partnership with Ford that will bring the popular service to 11 university and college campuses in
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All sectors are slowly improving, but White said he was expecting retail and construction would be at a higher level than they are. “That’s the general indication of the improving healthy economy, but we are certainly nowhere near where we were when we went into the economic challenge in 2008,” he said. Forecasts from various financial agencies and the Conference Board of Canada anticipate continuing improvement in the upcoming years, but there are still issues that might impact the economy. White said they are concerned about the high cost of gas, the high Canadian dollar and the economies of Europe and the U.S. When asked about the difficulties for a fresh graduate looking for work, White said entry-level positions are still lacking for some industries and as a result they might still have a hard time. However, sectors such as digital media, information technology and life sciences are starting to have a shortage of skilled workers. —Anthony Poon
Humans may have loved this year’s winter, but the flip-flopping temperatures were bad news for butterflies, according to Brent Sinclair, a biology professor at Western, who studies the propertius duskywing butterfly which are native to the West Coast. Sinclair explained these butterflies winter in their chrysalis, preparing to emerge for spring. But warmer temperatures have meant they use more energy and have less energy when they emerge. “The thing about these guys [is] the energy that they have coming out of winter is what they have for reproduction and things,” Sinclair said. He noted the changing temperatures were the biggest problem for these butterflies as it meant big changes in energy saved. “A small increase in [temperature] variability over the winter results in a big increase in energy use.” Sinclair explained people who study butterflies might notice a difference, however most casual observers wouldn’t see a difference. “You might see lots of one species of butterfly or mosquito,” he said. —Cheryl Stone
London’s unemployment rate has continued its decline, dropping from 8.8 per cent to 8.5 per cent in March, its lowest point since last summer. Ontario’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.6 per cent to 7.4 per cent in March. Peter White, president and CEO of the London Economic Development Corporation, said the improvement is attributed to an increasing labour force. “We are seeing a slow, steady improvement in the overall economy,” he said.
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1,500 join group calling for Jack’s boycott
Cheryl Stone NeWs feAtures editor It started with a kiss, and then it was an Internet phenomenon. A Western student claimed he was kicked out of Jack’s, a bar on Richmond Row, Thursday night, for kissing his male partner. The alleged incident quickly caused a Facebook event calling for a boycott of the bar, which had almost 1,500 members at the time of publishing. “I decided to go just buy a round of beers, so I gave [my partner] a kiss and I went,” the student, who wished to remain anonymous, explained. “I came back, did a little cheers, took a drink, and then a bouncer shows up next to me and tells me, ‘It’s time for you to go.’” The student explained he was not told why he was being asked to leave, even after asking several times. “All they kept saying was it was ‘Time for you to go, you need to leave, you need to get out of here.’” “I wasn’t really drunk, I wasn’t being obscene, so I was like, ‘Can you tell me why I’m being kicked out?’” he said. Adam Campbell, general manager of Jack’s, explained he didn’t know there was anything odd about Thursday night at the bar. “The first knowledge I had from it was this Facebook group being created.” After hearing about the group, he began to look into the incident and talking with the head of secu-
i decided to go just buy a round of beers, so i gave [my partner] a kiss and i went. i came back, did a little cheers, took a drink, and then a bouncer shows up next to me and tells me, ‘it’s time for you to go.’
—Western student who was removed from Jack’s thursday night
rity at the bar. According to Campbell, earlier in the evening, a separate group was given line bypass, with the understanding they would pay for bottle service and have a table. The party left the table, leaving the server with the tab for the bottle. The server consulted with security and found the person they believed was responsible and kicked them out. The problem, Campbell realized after the outcry, was the staff did not kick out the right person. “The most plausible explanation was it was a case of mistaken identity.” Campbell was the manager on duty that night and did not receive any complaints. “No one came back to the front door to talk to us,” he explained. The student is asking for an
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apology from the bar. “I wasn’t involved in what they’re saying I was involved in,” he said. Campbell said he has reached out to the student who was kicked out. “We did reach out to them saying, gladly, stop by.” The student’s partner, who also wished to remain anonymous, explained he simply wanted to see some acknowledgement on the part of the bar. “I don’t think it’s fair to paint them with a brush just because of one person,” he said. “On the flip side, your employees do reflect your establishment.” “I want people just to believe us,” he explained, noting some-
times discrimination in cases like these could be very hidden. “We’re not the type of people just to go out and propagate something which could be dangerous.” The student’s partner explained he emailed and called the bar several times to get a response in regards to the incident. Campbell explained he was surprised by the number of emails he had received. He chose not to respond to them both because of the sheer number received and the hateful nature of some of the emails. “I didn’t want to start this as a Facebook war of words.” The student’s partner noted the
couple did not originally come to the conclusion that a boycott was necessary. “[It was] ‘Join this group as a way to support these two men.’” The student explained the goal of the group wasn’t necessarily to act out against Jack’s, but to raise awareness that these environments could be homophobic. Campbell explained he was dedicated to keeping his bar welcoming to all parties. “I encourage anyone to come to this bar, it doesn’t matter what their sexual orientation is.”
Prof advertises on social media site
Hillete Warner GAzette stAff Nicholas McGinnis is a fourthyear PhD student and teacher in the department of philosophy at Western. Recently, McGinnis received a small thread of interest from students after posting a link promoting his intersession course, Philosophy and Death, on Reddit, a popular link-sharing website. “Hopefully no one is going to read this article and say, ‘Well I guess we better fire him,’” McGinnis joked. Posting about a course on Reddit is certainly unorthodox, but doesn’t seem to be an issue with the administration. Henrik Lagerlund, department chair of philosophy at Western, said he was unaware of McGinnis’ post, but was not concerned when it was brought to light. “I would have liked to know, as department chair, before he did this. But I’m not particularly upset about it,” Lagerland said. “As a department we are going to have to start using those venues more, because that’s where students these days go. It’s channeled through these social media more and more.” McGinnis uploaded a photo of the poster for the Philosophy and Death intersession course which included the starting dates and a quote from Friedrich Nietzche: “The living is merely a type of what is dead, and a very rare type.” He also included his contact information and invited people to ask questions about the course. “I just went ahead and did it. I know printing posters is OK, but I didn’t make a distinction between a poster in a physical space of the university or in an online space,” McGinnis said. McGinnis created a Reddit account that was specifically designed to act as a public persona. “I have a private account, the details of which are private. But I have a public-facing account on Reddit, which I created for the purposes of answering questions about the course, talking with other Western students in my capacity as a professor,” McGinnis said. “One of the great things about social networking is that you can identify people by their interests,” McGinnis said. “So if you put a poster on a cork board, people walking by don’t pay a lot of attention. It doesn’t really feel like good targeted effective advertising.” On social media sites like Reddit, people are able to vote something up or down depending on whether or not they find it interesting. “I think it’s more effective, and frankly, it feels more environmentally friendly than putting 50 posters up and maybe having two or three people actually look at them,” McGinnis said. The thread under McGinnis’ post had 10 comments after two days, and currently resides at the top of the small Western section, or “subreddit,” of Reddit, reddit. com/r/uwo. “The thread is small […] but I got people asking me the usual questions you’d expect to see. Like, what’s the reading load like, what are the evaluations like,” McGinnis said. “These are exactly the questions that I was hoping to get and that I was hoping to answer.”
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thegazette • Tuesday, April 10, 2012
To boycott or not to?
According to a Facebook event entitled “Boycott Jack’s,” last Thursday night a male Western student was kicked out of Jack’s bar downtown “shortly after embracing his male partner.” It was thought that this was an action fuelled by homophobia, and as such, as of last night more than 1,400 students are “attending” this boycott. Combating homophobia should be applauded— this issue is cut and dry, and we hope that no reasonable person would argue in favour of a same-sexcouple ban at a bar. However, what isn’t cut and dry is this particular incident, and the way people are reacting to it. People have immediately decried the bar based on unsubstantiated evidence—people have formed their opinion based on a story from a Facebook page, or maybe a friend. Social media is a great tool for spreading information, however the nature of the medium means misinformation is spread equally fast. Jack’s is a bar, and bars often remove their intoxicated patrons at their own discretion. Regardless of the reason, kicking a student out of the establishment is not unheard of. If the overall sentiment of the Facebook event is true—that this student was removed from the bar because of his homosexuality—there are other questions raised. In this case, would an immediate boycott of the establishment be appropriate? And even if it’s thought that a bar’s policies or employees are acting in ways to exclude specific members of society, perhaps a boycott wouldn’t even be an appropriate response. Something that’s been suggested is even the opposite—overwhelm them with members of the community and their allies, either forcing them to turn down mass amounts of business based on prejudices, or accept and understand the fact that this discrimination is unacceptable. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to pressure a business into creating a more welcoming environment. But it is unreasonable to cry for a complete boycott of a bar based on what was little more than hearsay. In emotional situations like these, people should strive to react based on fact. Responses based upon ignorance can be dangerous, regardless of their intentions. —The Gazette Editorial Board
the main problem is that for a boycott to be effective, you must first persuade thousands—maybe even millions of others—to go along, which is a lot of work and usually not successful.
—l. Neil smith
Don’t live too easy this summertime
Wrath of McGrath
may be “working,” but realistically it’s a vacation—so take advantage of that. Maybe I’m just realizing the greatness that is summer because this is potentially my last carefree one, and I have resolved to not waste it. You see, every summer I have these grand plans about how much I’m going to accomplish. Probably delirious from studying, April Kaitlyn sets lofty goals for the proceeding four months. Of course, August Kaitlyn will have achieved a total of none of those goals. I will be no more fit, probably will not have made a dent in a summer reading list, will have no new skills and will probably have spent whatever money I’ve made at a summer job. Seeing as how this is probably my last chance at having a productive summer, I’m determined to not let it slip through my future greasy, sunscreen covered fingers. So if you’re following my stream of thought, then you must realize this year my first summer goal is to actually achieve goals—a goal about goals, a meta-goal, if you will. However, I’d like to extend my recent challenge on to all of you readers. I mean, when else in your life are you going to have four months to essentially do what you want? If you’re nearing the end of your undergraduate career—like myself—you may not have another opportunity like this. So whether it be learning a new skill, writing a novel or whatever other crazy fantasies you’ve concocted, you do it this summer. Don’t let another summer whither away into another meaningless four-month void. Why I chose to be so inspirational in my last column of the year—I’m not sure. But I hope it worked. That being said thanks for the reads this year Western—it’s been swell.
Dear Life Your anonymous letters to life Dear Life, Why are people just figuring out now that you only live once? Dear Life, Before realizing it was superman, why were the first two people so excited that they saw a bird and a plane? Dear Life, A haiku: final exam gods, give me the strength to study when i want to sleep. Dear Life, As a six-year-old, i don’t think i made more than 10 dollars at my lemonade stand i made. i wonder how well i could do now that i’m halfway to a business degree. Dear Life, i’ve always wondered what it looks like inside of a dishwasher, but it stops whenever you open it. do we even know what happens in there? Dear Life, J.P Arencibia is so ridiculously handsome. wgaz.ca/dearlife
Kaitlyn McGrath oPiNioNs editor Final papers are due, the impending doom of final exams is quickly approaching—four days until they start by the way—and you’re probably freaking out. Well, take a moment and take a deep breath—feel better? No? Well, I tried. It’s a cruel irony in the university world. Just at our weakest moment, the moment in which we have nothing left in the tank, we are required to be at our peak of intelligence in order to gain 40 per cent of our grade. The worst is when the professor says, “The exam will be your opportunity to show off.” Maybe it’s just me, but I can think of a barrel full of other ways I’d rather show off—in fact, writing a three-hour exam is probably the worst place for me to “show off.” The only bright spot in these dingy days of studying is that once they’re over, summer will finally be here—hurray! Summer is just so great. Not just because of warm weather, relaxing by a beach or spending your days watching the Toronto Blue Jays, but summer vacation is great because it’s a time when you can finally focus on what you want without pesky essays, tests or classes getting in the way. Granted, many students use the summer months to work at part-time jobs, but I’d hazard a guess the majority of students don’t approach their summer jobs as seriously as they’ll approach their future careers. Meaning, sure you
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Re: Clubs not responsible for individual acts (April 5, 2012)
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To the Editor: I would like to highlight a few points regarding the Clubs Governance Committee’s investigation of the protest staged by anti-Israel activists on Israel on Campus’s Israel Day. All those involved in the protest were in direct violation of University Students’ Council Building codes article 6.02, 6.03 and 6.04. A large percentage of those who participated in the protest were members of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, including executive members.
One must ask themselves whether or not such a large membership and executive presence at the protest extends responsibility to the club as a whole. The ongoing investigation is not a USC-led vendetta against Palestinian supporters or against SPHR. This investigation is the USC ensuring that its own regulations are upheld. Every student-run club on campus is subject to these rules, and should be held accountable for violations. Israel on Campus is not above USC regulations, and we make every effort to ensure we uphold the rules and norms of the university. We encourage others to do the same. —Aubrey Chapnick
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Nicole Gibillini Arts & life feAtures editor Canadian singer-songwriter Charlotte Cornfield has a familiar sounding story. Her father, a cellist, and her mother, also a musician, put Cornfield into music—a field where she excelled—at the age of five. Now, at 23, the singer says being a musician was always in the cards for her. “When you’re a kid, you go through all of your crazy dreams— like I want to be a firefighter and an artist and all of these things,” she recalls. “But to me, music was something I always did and I always loved performing, so it seems like a pretty natural path for me.” However, her sound is far from ordinary. A combination of folk and rock create her unique grassroots vibe. Jazz music also inspired Cornfield’s style. In high school, she developed a love for the jazz drum—an instrument she went on to study at Concordia University in Montreal. Although she grew up in Toronto, Cornfield’s permanent base is Montreal—but she spends little time at home. Since age 17, she’s been on and off the road. She kept busy during her university years, releasing two EPs. In October 2011, she released her first full-length album, Two Horses, which she’s been promoting ever since. “I wrote all the songs independently,” she notes. “[The album] was kind of inspired by a particular relationship in my life. And I
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WZRD WZRD Universal WZRD is the eponymous debut of Kid Cudi’s pop-rock project. Together with producer Dot da Genius, the duo has created 47 minutes of unremarkable music. The album isn’t bad, but it feels like a compilation of musical interludes and songs that would taste better sandwiched between Cudi’s usual quicker-paced rap creations. The album is full of distorted guitar and Cudi’s usual tribrid of rapping, singing and talking. The single “Teleport 2 Me, Jamie” is worthy of a place on a playlist, but the rest of the album will struggle to keep most people’s attention. Overall, the production isn’t bad, but considering Cudi has previously combined with Ratatat to create slower-paced electro-rock concoctions—which sounded better than anything WZRD was able to conjure up—the album is definitely missing some magic. —Jesse Tahirali
looked at it from a bunch of angles over time—while it was happening and after.” Song writing is no chore for Cornfield. With classic rock influences such as The Who and Led Zeppelin, along with her folk favourites Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, Cornfield has plenty of inspiration. “It’s rare that I’d sit down and be like, ‘I need to write a song about this.’ It will usually just happen,”
she explains. “The songs just came really easily for this [album], though I’m a fierce editor, so I just worked on them a lot of over time.” Cornfield’s a young musician, but has long-term plans for her career. “I’d like to make great records, play with some awesome musicians and tour as much as I can and just like to have as any writer wants—a really great output of material,” she says. Cornfield is currently on tour
and is heading out east, making a stop in London. After that, she’ll continue her tour in the U.S. “It’s going to be really fun,” she exclaims. “I’m also really excited to work up some new material that I’ve kind of started.” Charlotte Cornfield will hit the stage at London Music Club Friday, April 13 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $11.50.
Ed Sheeran - “Give Me Love” Ed Sheeran burst into the music industry in the summer of 2011 with his single “The A Team” and hasn’t slowed down since. Not only has Sheeran been receiving praise for his debut album +, the 21-yearold also already earned two Brit Awards in 2012 for British Breakthrough Act and British Solo Male Artist. “Give Me Love” is a tamer sound for Sheeran, but it still showcases his usual passion. Pushing his hiphop influences to the side for this song, he utilizes his raspy vocals instead. Even though most of his songs revolve around heartbreak and over-indulging in alcohol, “Give Me Love” has a subtle uplifting quality to it, giving faith to all of those struggling hopeless romantics out there. —Jesica Hurst
Matthew Mayfield - “Fire Escape” Matthew Mayfield went solo in 2008 and received attention when his songs made it on Grey’s Anatomy. Still, he’s a starving artist dedicated to his work, and it shows in the emotion and passion he brings to his songs. Off his 2010 EP You’re Not Home, “Fire Escape” is beautiful enough that you might melt when you listen to it—seriously. If you can’t hear the feeling in Mayfield’s voice, you might want to get your hearing checked. Smooth and honest, the song showcases Mayfield’s vocal abilities. If you’ve got the time on your hands, check out the official music video for the song, which is just as raw with emotion as the song itself and features actress Brittany Snow. —Cheryl Madliger
thegazette • Tuesday, April 10, 2012
honouring diversity in Remixing with endurance london’s music scene
Jesica Hurst Arts & life editor For the past eight years, The Jack Richardson Music Awards have played a prominent role in recognizing London’s musical diversity and excellence. This year’s awards ceremony will be the first since Richardson’s passing, meaning the event will pay extra tribute to the Juno Award-nominated producer and Order of Canada recipient. “Jack was actually at last year’s awards ceremony on April 10, and then sadly he passed away about a month later on May 13,” Darin Addison, steering committee member for the JRMAs, says. “We’ve always paid tribute to him by naming the awards after him, but we thought that with his passing, it was really important to put in the extra effort to honour him this year.” This year, the JRMAs will recognize London’s talent in 22 different categories, including hip-hop, classical-instrumental and producer/ engineer. There are also two fan favourite categories that the public had an opportunity to vote for. Matt Weston, drummer and bass player for the two-piece rock band The Dyadics, is excited about his band’s nomination in the rock category. “Just the fact that we got nominated is huge for us,” Weston says. “It certainly validates the effort we’ve put into the band and tells us that we can achieve a lot more if we continue down this path. We’re really honoured to be in the company of some amazingly talented musicians as well as some good friends that we go way back with.” The Dyadics will also be performing at this year’s ceremony amongst a few other artists, including Jennifer “Red” Thorpe, Hey Loretta and a few second-year music industry arts students. According to Addison, the previous year’s winner for each category is asked to head the nomination committee, bringing in a group of their peers who are knowledgeable in the music scene. “They get together and submit their choices to the steering committee,” he explains. “Originally the awards were voted on by the public alone, but what we’ve done is created the JRMA Academy instead. We’ve invited people in the music community to vote online once the nominees are determined—it gives a higher level of credibility to the awards.” Weston is happy that London has dedicated people who treat musicians with the respect they deserve and are working on raising awareness for the music community. “The steering committee members are all hard working individuals giving up their time to help recognize the good work done by the artists in this city,” he says. “I’m definitely very thankful to them.” The Jack Richardson Music Awards will take place on Sunday, April 15 at the London Music Hall. Admission is free for everyone and doors open at 7 p.m.
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Andrei Calinescu GAzette stAff Performance Openers Setlist Crowd Worth the cash Proving that more is better, Armin Van Buuren—one of the biggest names in electronic music—graced London with a roaring three-hour set this past week. Currently ranked the number 2 DJ in the World by DJ Mag, he held the top spot for an unprecedented four consecutive years. The 36-year-old Dutchman is no stranger to success. His nearly two decades in the music industry have spawned four successful albums, sold-out tours, star-studded collaborations and A State of Trance— his massively popular radio show with over 500 episodes and more than 15 million listeners. The Burn Your Books event on Thursday at the Canada Building
of the Western Fair was masterminded by a slew of promotions companies such as NiteSchool, PremierLife and London Music Hall. Openers Tim Mason and Jochen Miller delivered strong sets to warm up the growing crowd. Excitement reached fever pitch after midnight, and in a rare display of punctuality for someone of his status, Van Buuren appeared at 1 a.m.. Students were burning more than their books as they set the dance floor ablaze. Neon attire, Dutch flags, glow sticks and beach balls were out in full swing as people held nothing back from this anticipated performance. Van Buuren played an ideal setlist characterized by quiet lulls and long melodic builds. The following intense hard-driving drops kept the blood, sweat and eardrums pumping. The bass proved to be a worthy adversary and shook every fibre of the crowd’s being in unison with each mighty thump. Playing favourites such as “Belter” and “In and Out of Love,” Van Buuren also surprised fans
with an interesting remix of the timeless classic “Personal Jesus.” The visuals were noteworthy as well—this was a very foggy, vibrant show punctuated by dazzling strobes of changing frequency. Van Buuren was loving life and dancing throughout his set, engaging the crowd and always smiling. To mess with and delight his fans, Van Buuren imperceptibly increased the tempo of the track beyond the limits of hyperactive human dancing, later performing this same stunt in reverse by slowing the tempo to a snail’s pace. Throughout these tricks, he had a mischievous smile reminiscent of a mad scientist and kept firm eye contact with the crowd. Drowned in a sea of trance and house music, crowds begged for more by chanting “ARMIN! ARMIN!” on several occasions. It seems not even a masterful threehour set can satisfy London’s voracious appetite for electronic dance music.
reunion not a grand finale
Brent Holmes Arts & life editor Directed by: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg Starring: Jason Biggs, Sean William Scott, Eugene Levy There was only one redeeming quality to Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg’s third American Pie sequel, American Reunion—Eugene Levy. He excels in every scene he is in, masterfully transitioning from oblivious awkward humour to completely goofy. Unfortunately, everything else in American Reunion is a collection of profane, obscene schlock. It’s long past the “glory” days of its predecessors. While some of the jokes will go over the heads of those uninitiated into the American Pie canon, teenager-style sexual humour ages poorly and remains devoid of any significant insight. Jim (Jason Biggs), Oz (Chris Klein), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and the constantly crude, everunbearable Stifler (Sean William Scott) return to their hometown for their high school reunion. Most of the characters, save for the “Stifmeister,” have their own jobs or families—Jim and Kevin are married to Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) and Ellie (Charlene Amoia), respectively, and Oz is a famous sportscaster with a supermodel girlfriend. As many of these characters run into old high school flames or rivals, they find themselves in
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STRINGING ALONG FOR THE FUN OF IT. order of Canada recipient Jack richardson shows off his talent with sarah & Jeff, a country duo who performed at last year’s Jack richardson Music Awards.
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morally compromising positions where their post-high school lives are threatened by various attempts to relive old parties. Granted only the men are threatened, because in this liberated society, allowing the female characters to have any kind of character arc or development would over-shadow the hyper-sexuality of these teenagers in adult skin. The events themselves are so ridiculous and over-the-top that American Reunion doesn’t provide any kind of serious commentary on life after high school. Maybe the characters exist in a fantasy world, but in reality, there aren’t high schools with fancy massive gymnasiums and classrooms or beach parties full of bikini clad women and underage drinking. This fantasy doesn’t provide anything relatable and the comedy suffers as a result. The various sequences are actually well-constructed with sev-
eral subplots colliding, but they lack the skill—and originality—of other recent comedies, such as Bridesmaids. American Reunion’s scenes play out rather predictably with multiple sub-plots building off each other exactly as one would expect. The worst part of this film is Stifler, who is so outright offensive that even the other actors look uncomfortable whenever he interrupts them. His obsession with reliving high school is jarring, like Charlize Theron’s performance in last year’s Young Adult, but without any depth or intelligence. Hopefully he’ll be dead in the inevitable sequel American Funeral. However, like Stifler, the rest of the characters never really got over high school—they are all still trying to live in the past. It’s a pretty good metaphor for the film as a whole, but unlike high school, the American Pie series won’t take much time to get over.
thegazette • Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The tables have sterned
Ryan Stern sPorts editor Who rules the baseball world? No, it’s not managers, or fans, or players. It is one decisive stat— pitch counts. Who decided that every starter in Major League Baseball has the ability to throw around 100 pitches? No, I don’t suggest going back
the toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland indians by a score of 7-4 in a 16-inning opening day marathon. The 16-inning game was the longest opening day game in Major league history.
Rundown >> Mustangs athletics held their annual athletic banquet at the london Convention Centre > the banquet honoured the best and brightest in Mustangs athletics this year as Keaton turkiewicz and sarah Black took home the male and female athletes of the year, respectively.
Pitchers no stranger to count
to the days of Bob Feller in which pitchers completed most of the games they started. I also don’t agree with Japanese league pitch counts of around 130 pitches. I just think that it is ridiculous to treat every pitcher the exact same. For example, C.C. Sabathia— known for his wins, pitch count and penchant for cheeseburgers— threw an average of 109 pitches a start. That is definitively near the top of the league and it stands only nine pitches over the general time in which managers pull their pitchers. Comparatively, Henderson Alvarez—a rookie last year who joined the Jays towards the end of the season—pitched 97 pitches in his abbreviated debut. I feel as if the disparity between a pitcher labelled as a workhorse, and a rookie that is being introduced into the league, would be more than 12 pitches per start. Considering a pitcher’s warm up—before the game, and the beginning of each inning—one would think that 12 pitches would be negligible. Yes, those 12 pitches add up over the course of the year, and no, I am not an athletic trainer, but pitchers should be treated differently and not on a universal scale. In kindergarten we were told we were unique, but I guess MLB managers didn’t get the memo.
during the fourth round of the Masters golf tournament, louis oosthuizen hit what is deemed the most rare shot in golf—the albatross. oosthuizen hit the extraordinary double eagle at the 575-yard, par-five second hole at Augusta National Golf Club. the shot instantly put oosthuizen into contention for first place on just the second hole of the course. oosthuizen’s albatross was only the fourth shot of its kind to ever grace the Masters—the last one coming from Jeff Maggert in 1994. The shot is so rare, that since 2008, there have been 17 albatrosses hit in the PGA tour, compared to the 130 holes-in-one. despite a shot that will be in the golf history books, it was not to be for oosthuizen in this year’s Masters. it was Bubba Watson that took the green jacket against oosthuizen in a playoff round.
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oosthuizen may have hit an albatross during the Masters tournament, but the true highlight of the tournament was Bubba Watson’s head fake on Billy Payne, the current chairmen of Augusta National Golf Club, on sunday. during the green jacket presentation in Butler Cabin, Watson went in for a handshake with Payne, only to swing his hand to his left, leaving Payne hanging, and shook 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel’s hand instead. this left Payne in an awkward position on national television, which was compounded by his scratching of the nose manoeuvre in an attempt to save face. Both parties can share the blame for this miscue. Payne pulled back his hand, giving Watson the opportunity to shake schwartzel’s hand, which provided a humourous end to Masters weekend.
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