Issuu on Google+ McMASTER UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWSPAPER / THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011 The Silhouette YOUR VOICE ON CAMPUS Est. 1930 VOLUME 82, NO. 8 Deane focused on program quality to know the university and trying to understand what our strengths are and how we should think about the Nearly a year and a half into his future for the university and where term at McMaster, President and we should be going,” said Deane in Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane an interview on Wednesday, Oct. 6. says he’s settled in to the McMaster With an emphasis on the qualcommunity, and after spending a ity of education at McMaster, its year getting to know the university, relationship with the surrounding Deane is looking ahead to the insti- community, and research, Deane tution’s future has outlined a direction for the uni “I spent last year trying to get versity in the coming five years. In a Farzeen Foda Senior News Editor letter addressed to the university, he expressed his vision in the hope that his words will illicit discussion and reflection among faculty, to engage those who can effect change. While McMaster stands at this time with a history of excellence with respect to research, quality of education and external relations, the University has immense potential resting in its future. “Because we are already very active in each of these areas, I don’t have to reinvent it,” said Deane, acknowledging the fact that McMaster is already an extraordinary institution. The intent is to build on what McMaster has already achieved and refine those areas that can push the University to greater heights “What I’m interested to see is whether departments can take this letter to heart and turn their critical minds upon their programs,” said NOT ON OUR WATCH: McMaster fans join in the festivities at Mac Homecoming. See SPORTS for more. Deane. Once some ideas have been established, a team of faculty interested in taking on an administrative role will have the opportunity to consolidate the ideas, to develop a more specific direction. “The purpose of this whole thing is to make the undergraduate experience at this University the best you can have anywhere, and the great thing is that we’re well • PLEASE SEE DEANE, A4 INSIDE THE SIL ANDY ANDY CHECKS IN WITH FRENCH CANADIAN ROCKERS MALAJUBE AS THEY HEAD TO HAMILTON. SEE D8 OPINIONS Election campaigning wraps up Party leaders hit the road to gather last-minute votes Brian Decker Executive Editor Polls differ on voter intentions: Wednesday’s last-minute campaigning in the Ontario provincial election comes with the voter intentions still very much up in the air, with a new poll suggesting the Liberals nearing the possibility of a majority government. An Ipsos Reid poll conducted for Global News, CFRB NewsTalk 1010 and the Ottawa Citizen suggested Wednesday 41 per cent of decided voters are prepared to support the Liberals, with 31 per cent supporting the Progressive Conservatives and 25 per cent leaning towards the NDP. The Liberals won a majority in 2007 with 42.25% of the popular vote. As late as July, poll suggested a hefty double-digit lead for the Progressive Conservatives. A Toronto Star Angus Reid poll, however, painted a very different picture, suggesting a 36 per cent total for the Progressive Conservatives, a 33 per cent total for the Liberals and 26 for the NDP. The Star poll is a statistical dead heat, accounting for margin of error. Party leaders hit the road again: With one day to go in campaigning, Ontario’s hopeful governing parties dug in their fingers and repeated their core messages to try and haul in as many votes as possible for the Oct. 6 provincial election. On Wednesday, the parties stuck to their core messages in hopes of rising to the top of what has largely been a campaign season without a clear favourite. NDP leader Andrea Horwath spent the day on an eight-stop journey across southern Ontario from Niagara Falls to Oshawa. Horwath told the Canadian Press the result of the Manitoba election on Oct. 4, which saw the NDP re-elected with a majority, was a “smart choice.” PC leader Tim Hudak spent the day at six stops around of the GTA, and stayed on message by trashing McGuinty’s record of breaking election promises. “Do you want four more years of the same under Dalton McGuinty, or do you want change with a PC government?” Hudak told the Globe and Mail. THE ‘ETHICAL OIL’ CAMPAIGNS ARE IGNORING THE ETHICAL PROBLEMS OF THE TAR SANDS SEE A7 INSIDEOUT McGuinty made three stops on Wednesday while positioning his party as the only one suited to manage Ontario’s fragile economy and health care systems. “The Horwath Hudak PCs will take Ontario off track,” said a Liberal press release. Bratina endorses Grits: Hamilton mayor Bob Bratina entered the fray on Wednesday, going outside of traditional protocol to endorse Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal party. Bratina cited the Liberal party’s commitment to all-day GO train service being expanded to Hamilton as a reason for supporting the party, saying electing the Liberals offers the “surest way to continue the progress of the last four years.” SAY TATA TO THE TATTOO TABOO: INSIDEOUT LOOKS AT THE CHANGING STIGMA OF BODY INK. SEE C6 SPORTS LONG ROAD BACK: Faced with a dangerous staph infection, Mac runner Andrew Yorke’s career - and life - once hung in the balance. Now, he’s overcome all odds to become one of the best triathletes in the world. Fraser Caldwell tells his story on page S4 MAC QB MARSHALL FERGUSON POLISHES OFF HIS THIRD WIN IN THREE STARTS SEE S2

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