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Manager, coach, UTMAC address suspension Hockey continued from page 11 “One missed meeting, especially at the beginning of the year, is not much a hit towards us, because it’s a starting point and it even gets sent to us in an email anyways,” said Niaz. “The most important ones are in January or February. This does not dismiss the fact that we should be at the meetings, but obviously, due to certain restraints— like, we were pretty busy planning the frosh, and that meeting was actually in the summer. A couple of us weren’t around, the time was hectic, and the school was starting up. So there are other things that factor into this.” He added, “These meetings are not to be attended by myself, but to be attended by other people in my council. Specifically, people that are more geared toward the intramural program. Any changes that are usually to be made are made later on in the year—closer to January to February. That’s when everything is set. At the first initial meeting, everything is just introduced.” The question of whether the meeting is important is a major one, but Niaz doesn’t like having the finger pointed at him. “I’m not saying the meeting was not important; every meeting is important,” he said. “But whatever the situation that [Bourgeois] is bringing up—that UTMAC was not at the meeting—is completely irrelevant [to] what his case is. Sure, the one meeting was missed, but if there was nothing brought to my attention about it before, then there’s really not much that I can do for it after.” “Now that it’s been brought to me, I can make sure something can be done about it,” he added. Niaz wants to examine what was done and what could have gone differently.
“From this point on, because I see that this has become an issue, this is something that will be addressed when we sit [in the meeting],” he said. “If there was a possible way at that time, I would have made sure somebody would have went. But there wasn’t any possible way that somebody could have been present.” Bourgeois had suggested that forming a players’ association, like the league has at UTSC, would help to deal with issues like this. Niaz is open to hearing more about the idea. “If he were to come speak to myself, for sure it would be given some consideration and thought,” he said, “depending on what this players’ association would constitute and what benefit it would bring to the players themselves.” Keaveney, the coach of UTM’s tri-campus men’s hockey team, said that he regrets the suspension, and is confident that UTM would have won the game had Bourgeois played. His focus is on how the team and the UTM hockey program as a whole can improve. “This season, the guys have been asking for more in-depth, intense practices. It’s tough to plan a practice when guys can’t come because of tests or exams. We’ve done our best, and I’ve seen a lot of guys improve their hockey skills exponentially by coming out,” he said. “It’s just tough as a coach to prepare when you don’t know what kind of numbers you’ll get. “Another change I would like to see is more events. The boys have to travel downtown or to tournaments on their own buck. As well, we don’t have track suits,” he added. “We’ve spitballed in the room before about fundraisers—like pub nights—but nothing has come about. I think if we can get something like that going, it would really help the program.”
Parading around town
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Rob Ford and the Toronto Argonauts celebrate the Grey Cup win on stage at Nathan Phillips Square. ISAAC OWUSU SPORTS EDITOR The Toronto Argonauts were greeted warmly on a cold Tuesday morning by over 50,000 fans, friends, and family members who attended the Grey Cup victory parade. The parade was the culmination of their Grey Cup weekend, which saw the Argos beat the Calgary Stampeders 35–22 in the 100th instalment of the CFL’s championship game. Tuesday’s parade was raucous as fans waited along Bay Street to see the players, coaches, cheerleaders, and members of the team’s front office and training staff salute the city. The Argos—who practise on UTM’s South Field—won the CFL Championship game last Sunday, with the ultimate home-crowd advantage in front of the sold-out Rogers Centre. Argos and coaches made appearances on the backs of 28 Nissan Titan trucks and a Nissan 370Z convertible. The parade came together at Nathan Phillips Square, where a party atmosphere prevailed as DJ 4Korners
played a medley of party hits to keep the crowd entertained and moving. MC Mark “Strizzy” Strong of G987 Radio bantered with the crowd beside Argos TV analyst Don Landry. They players exuded as much fun and excitement while they were being introduced on stage as they had during Sunday’s contest. They laid their towels at the feet of many of the team’s stars when they were called up, including receiver/returner Chad “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” Owens, the 2012 CFL Most Outstanding Player, who came out before a roaring crowd dancing with his son Chad Junior. “It’s still so surreal. I’m still kind of speechless about it,” said Owens. “I know that we won, but it still hasn’t sunken in deep in there yet. I’m still on a high. I’m still on a cloud. I’m still floating.” “Man, it’s crazy. It’s starting to sink a little bit,” said slotback Andre Durie, a Mississauga native who scored the team’s last touchdown. “When we started coming down the street and seeing all the support with the fans cheering us in, it’s just remarkable.”
Durie’s season had its ups and downs; he dealt with a series of nagging injuries that kept him out of a few games, but winning a championship for his hometown with his home team meant the world to him. “I thank everybody that’s helped me get to this position and to be here. It’s taken a lot of work and dedication. That’s the main thing that we learned: how to dedicate ourselves, stick to it, and get it all done,” he said. “Faith works in mysterious ways.” Mayor Rob Ford, sporting a number-one Argo jersey under his coat, formally declared November 27 “Toronto Argonauts Day” and hoisted the Grey Cup trophy with the team on stage. Defensive lineman Ricky Foley took the opportunity while being interviewed to begin a chant of “Repeat, repeat!”, on which the crowd quickly joined in. Argo fans and UTM students will have to wait until 2013 to see if Foley’s hopes come to fruition, but in the meantime fans in the city have a reason to parade for one of the city’s sports teams.
“The Toronto Argonauts win was a game changer for sports in the city of Toronto. The Argonauts bringing the cup after 8 years is special, hopefully other Toronto sports teams like the Blue Jays and Raptors can do the same. This should bring pride to the UTM student community, to see the Argo's train in our facility and then win the cup!” Clinton George Anthony, 2nd year CCIT
"The win really means nothing to me. I don’t think the UTM community really cares about it either. It's a sport, and I don’t see the point of living vicariously through it. I didn’t even know the Argonauts practiced at UTM! That’s pretty cool though.” Artem Shemamski,
2nd year Environmental Science
“The Argo’s are a great team and I hope this win sparks motivation for the other Toronto Sports teams. Watching them win inspired me to work hard on and off the field to accomplish my dream to be a Football player in the CFL.” Lawrence Broni, 2nd year Sociology
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