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Sean Previl Citizen Staff Reporter Five men have been injured and one dead from stab wounds after an early morning incident downtown Oct. 19. The Windsor Police Service was called to Pelissier Street near University Avenue around 2 a.m. after receiving reports of a fight in the area. According to a press release from the WPS, the fight had broken out between two groups of men. On arrival, police found six men with various stab wounds on their bodies who were later transported to hospital. One of the men has died from his wounds and the other five are recovering. Three men have been released, while two remain in hospital for treatment. All are expected to recover from their injuries. Gautham Kugathasan, a 19year-old University of Windsor student, was pronounced dead at the hospital. Evidence found at the scene has been sent to The Centre for Forensic Science and Medicine in Toronto for further examination. Police have arrested and charged Ali Mahmoud Ahmed, 30, with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Police allege Ahmed was one of the men involved in the fight. He has been released on a promise to appear in court. The investigation is ongoing and police stated in the release there is no risk to the public. WPS asks anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the Windsor Police Major Crime Unit at 519-2556700 ext. 4390 or 4830, or Crime Stoppers at 519-2588477.

One dead in stabbing spree

CONVERGEDCITIZEN Music night designed to inspire talent Photo by Liam Higgins Jamie Reaume performs Benny and the Jets during Windsor’s Tuesday Night Music Club at The Turn To page 7 Manchester Oct. 16.


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You + Me Sculpture to become landmark Sean Frame Production Team A local artist is creating a landmark to represent Windsor’s heritage. Laura Shintani, 42, has been working on Windsor’s You + Me project since March, 2013. The project was created by the International Relations Committee which includes members of city council and citizens who support the enhancement of Windsor’s international image. Two seven-foot chairs have been created and are based on Windsor and the city’s stories and history. The design of the chairs includes wax fingerprints of residents represent-

Photo by Sean Frame Laura Shintani works on attaching wax fingerprints and initials to one of the seven-foot chairs Oct. 16. ing the granite cobblestone that formerly paved Windsor’s streets. The chairs will be coated in bronze and put on display in Jackson Park. The project has a large team who work on the realization of sculptures. The Turn To page 2


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Global march against Monsanto makes its way to Windsor


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The dead rise to raise funds for cause Justin Thompson Production Team

Windsorites march in support of organic food at the globally held March against Monsanto on Oct. 12. Clara Musca ers of the march in Windsor, said Citizen Staff Reporter she hopes this event will raise People from Windsor and Essex gathered Oct. 12 to take part in the March against Monsanto. The local march was part of a global movement which took place for the second time in over 50 countries worldwide. The first international march was held in May 2013. This event was hoping to raise awareness about Genetically Modified Organisms and the leading American company responsible for genetically engineered seeds, Monsanto. About 70 local activists including members of the Internet activist group, Anonymous, came out to support the march and push for Canada and the United States to be legally required to label GMO products. Lisa Doig, one of the organizawareness about the ingredients being consumed in GMO foods. “This global day of action is just the beginning,” said Doig. “From DDT to Agent Orange and now they’re putting pesticides right into our food so it can’t be washed off.” Lisa Valente, another volunteer organizer, said the documentary Food, Inc. is a good resource to learn about corporate farming and the business of agriculture. Valente said taking small steps is important. “I think that banning GMO is a long way off, but I think we deserve to have labels on our food,” said Valente She compares Monsanto to the tobacco industry, but points out that at least the tobacco companies put labels on their cigarette packages.

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“If there’s a label on it, then it’s my choice,” said Valente. John Jones, who participated in the first event in May, and is now an organizer of the event, was glad to see people involved. “Monsanto actually watched their stocks decline after the march in May this year,” said Jones. He said people should Google “GMO foods” and find out both sides of the story. “I’ve stopped eating packaged foods, that’s the easiest way to avoid GMO,” said Jones. According to Jones and many activists, Monsanto has been spending millions of dollars to try and stop the labelling program. Among the activists were many concerned mothers who are worried about the food their children consume. Lindsay Logsdon, a mother of four young children, has been campaigning against Monsanto since 2001. “My kids have a 95 per cent organic diet. We grow a lot of our own food,” said Logsdon. She said it’s a good idea for people to grow their own food or support local farmers. Earlier this month, it was announced that a Monsanto executive was winning the Nobel Prize for Agriculture. Since then, many petitions, online videos and marches have occurred worldwide.

The undead chased the living Oct. 12 in Windsor during a 5K charity race for cystic fibrosis. The Zombie Chase is a 5K there-and-back “run, walk or drag.” The event took place along the riverfront trail between Askin and Ouellette Avenue Avenue. The race had about 650 participants. No brain eating or physical contact was allowed between survivors and zombies, guaranteeing a safe environment.

zombie head medal. “I love producing runs within the city of Windsor,” said Uszynski. “It’s a very interesting place to do it.” The participants were separated into two categories, survivors and zombies. The survivors had a three minute head-start before the zombies began the race. Participants were encouraged to dress up as their favourite zombie movie characters. Kaylee Campbell, an English student at Brock University, said the event was a lot of fun. “I liked how the living got a

Photo by Justin Thompson Participants take their mark at the starting line Oct. 12 during the Zombie Chase at Askin Avenue along the Windsor riverfront. The race was put on by RunningFlat and organized by Chris Uszynski. RunningFlat is a company that organizes race events with a focus on “creating localized economic development” and “raising money for great causes.” “It was something that really needed a lot of help here during the Halloween holiday time,” said Uszynski. “We didn’t really have a run that catered to Halloween.” The event included a marching band dressed up like zombies and a “gaggle” of inflatable grim reapers to make the event spookier. Two musical acts also played. Uszynski said it’s all about the fun. RunningFlat is known for providing cool “swag” for their race participants. Those who took part received a Zombie Chase t-shirt to commemorate the event. Those who survived the Zombie Chase and finished the race received a glow-in-the-dark and you get it added to the chairs you become part of something larger,”said Shintani “Therefore it is a reinforcement of the importance of sharing and community.” Former Cpl. Adam Crumb, 22, has just returned from Afghanistan and felt this would help him get back in touch with the community. head-start over the “dead” because it kind of made it more true to the theme,” said Campbell, 19. “It was really neat seeing the people dressed up and chasing after everyone and you could tell that everyone was actually enjoying themselves.” The proceeds went to the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance’s Shinerama, which is a student run charity that raises money for cystic fibrosis research and treatment. Chelsea Masse, the UWSA Shinerama co-ordinator, said RunningFlat is “very special.” “We really didn’t have to do much because we were working with professionals from RunningFlat,” said Masse. “They took care of everything and we just supplied some volunteers for them.” With the help of RunningFlat and the participants in the Zombie Chase, the event raised more than just the undead. “I did a tour and a half in Afghanistan, “said Crumb. “I felt like this was a way to get back in touch and make connections.” The two chairs are expected to be finished and on display shortly after the summer of 2014.

Taylor Desjardins Photo Editor Farmers say pumpkins in Windsor and Essex County are being affected by the wet weather and cold climate this year. McLeod Farms and Wagner Orchards both had difficulty with the pumpkin crop because of the heavy rain and cold weather. Helen McLeod, co-owner of McLeod Farms in Cottam Ont., said the ground temperature last spring gave the crop a later start than usual. “We didn’t get it planted in the beginning of June, like we normally do,” said McLeod. “If we put our seed in, it would have just ended up rotting.” ConTInueD from page 1

Pumpkin yield affected by wet season McLeod said she has noticed every couple of years heavy rain falls and drowns the crop. “Along with the wetness, you get certain diseases, viruses growing that may stay in the ground for years to come,” said McLeod. “Some people may not be able to grow pumpkins on that ground again.” McLeod said she wouldn’t call it a pumpkin shortage, but usually the pumpkin crop is much larger. “Normally, we have a lot more to work under, maybe this year because of how the yields are affected, we won’t have that many pumpkins going to waste.” “Pumpkins do not do well in the wet ground because the regular maintenance on the crop becomes a hassle,” said Harold Wagner, owner of Wagner Orchards in

Lakeshore, Ont. “Weed control becomes very difficult because we can’t cultivate and spray the weeds,” said Wagner. “Basically we got overrun with weeds because by the time it all dried up by the end of July, it was too late to replant.” Wagner said his apples benefited from the heavy rain but the quantity of rain that fell is very rare in June and July. He also said they were able to keep ahead of the diseases for the apple orchard but the pumpkins suffered because they were saturated in water. “Pumpkins are not a profitable thing to grow anyway,” said Wagner. McLeod said there are still a couple of weeks left and hopes everyone will be able to come out and get that perfect pumpkin. ing donations to help with the cost. People can visit the Art Gallery of Windsor and get their fingerprints pressed in wax and along with their initials it will become part of the sculpture. “When you stick your thumb into this little piece of wax and you put your thumbprint and your initials

project was initially given the go-ahead in early March and now has a large team working toward seeing the sculpture installed. “The chairs themselves are representative of the ability to communicate and make conversation,”

said Shintani. “So I wanted to really emphasize inclusivity of the community.” The price to coat the chairs in bronze will be approximately $60,200 each. Though bronze is expensive it is ideal for being on display outside for a long period of time, and You+Me will be accept-

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Weekly Mitch Brandner & Evan Mathias Senior Sports Editors

Spits ink DiGiacinto

St. Clair men’s baseball The Saint Clair College men’s baseball team brought home some hardware from the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Championship Banquet. The team was awarded a regular season pennant after their 14-2 record. Saints pitcher Kyle Breitner took three awards including the OCAA Top Pitcher Award, OCAA League All-Star and Player of the Year honours. Breitner’s teammate Crannel Jerald won the Rookie of the Year award after a .408 batting average. Catcher Jeff Watkin was also named as a league all-star after a season where he hit .455 with three home runs.

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Women’s fastball The women’s fastball team swept the awards and also claimed a regular season pennant with a 14-1 record. Pitcher Alexa Georgiou earned the Player of the Year award after a perfect 11-0 record. She had an earned run average of less than one and added 91 strikeouts. Skyler Patteson was honoured as the OCAA’s top batter after batting .508 while adding 23 RBI’s. Catcher Amelia Maniuk won the Rookie of the Year award. She had a batting average of .481 while scoring 22 runs for the Saints.

Newly acquired Windsor Spitfires forward Cristiano DiGiacinto (middle) shoots the puck during third period action against the Guelph Storm at the WFCU Centre Oct.17. The Spits lost 3-2. Evan Mathias Senior Sports Editor The Windsor Spitfires have signed 17-year-old free agent forward Cristiano DiGiacinto. DiGiacinto, who was signed Oct. 15, was passed up twice in the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection but said he wasn’t discouraged and has tried to prove himself. “There’s a lot of great guys in this league so I hope I can develop during practice and throughout the year, catch up to where they’re at,” said DiGiacinto. “I’m excited to grow as a player here.” Spits general manager Warren Rychel said DiGiacinto is a classic case of a late bloomer. He was a smaller player and was injured much of his draft year when he was overlooked. The teenager was signed to a free agent tryout with the Erie Otters during training camp but didn’t stay with the team when the regular season started. DiGiacinto made his Spitfires debut Oct. 17 against the Guelph Storm. He started on the team’s second line and stayed there throughout the game, earning limited power play time. Rychel said DiGiacinto is a hard working player and likes his style of play. “If it can make your team better than it was 48 hours ago, then for sure you have to make these moves,” said Rychel. “We like his intensity, he gets after the puck and he plays like he cares. I think he will upgrade our lineup as a whole.” DiGiacinto said he wants to use his physical style of play to make an immediate impact with the team. “I see myself as a strong power forward, I’m physical, can get in the corners and the greasy areas and put the puck in the net,” said DiGiacinto. Rychel said he doesn’t want DiGiacinto to come in and think he needs to dominate, but rather take a secondary scoring role. “It might take some time, but he plays hard and he gets after it,” said Rychel. “It will obviously take time. Our league is very good, but he will definitely be a factor.”

LaSalle Vipers The LaSalle Vipers extended their winning streak to eight games Oct. 16 after a 5-2 win over the Sarnia Legionnaires. LaSalle now has 13 wins on the season with only one loss coming in a shootout against the Legionnaires. The Vipers goals were scored by five different players including Brendan McCann, Nathan Savage, Ben Hanus, Rio Anzolin and Dylan Denomme. Denomme now has nine points in four games after returning to the Vipers.

Spits deal DeKort, add Fontinios Windsor Spitfires general manager Warren Rychel was busy Oct. 18 making a pair of trades to ship-out and acquire a goaltender. The former second-round draft pick Jordan DeKort was traded to the Kitchener Rangers in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2015. Rychel immediately acquired Alex Fotinos from the Barrie Colts for a seventh round pick also in 2015 to fill the gap left by the DeKort trade. In his first start as a Spitfire, Fotinos backstopped Windsor to a 4-3 win over the back-to-back league champions, the London Knights. Fotinos made 28 saves for his fourth win of the season.

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Saints win preseason opener Devin said the team’s drop in production after the first quarter is something he would work on for the regular season. “We just got to keep pushing and know teams are going to make runs on us,” said Devin. “Being the first game, [this is] a big learning curve for us.” La Cite took advantage of the Saints drop in production, scoring 21 points and attracting more than a dozen fouls to take a 47-44 lead by the end of the third quarter. The Saints also had a slight scare when starter Matei Nuna rolled his ankle in the quarter. He came back into the game a few minutes later. The Coyotes carried their momentum from the third quarter into the fourth, taking a four point lead with eight minutes to go. But just as the game seemed lost, Nuna scored 15 of his 17 points in the final eight minutes of the game, including one three-pointer and four free throws down the stretch. The rest of the team followed suit, including Stephan Gray who made a three-pointer to give the Saints a seven-point lead with a minute to go. The Coyotes would go one of four shooting the rest of the game to lose by eight. Devin said he was impressed by Nuna’s performance. “Nuna’s been a good player for us for both last year and of course this year,” said Devin. “He’s a veteran guy that can really shoot the ball and score and we’re just trying to develop that scorer’s mentality… he’s a guy we’re going to count on going forward.” Jones said he was happy with his performance. He said he was trying to be a leader for the Saints offense. “We did a good job moving the ball around and I’m trying to be a leader on and off the court,” said Jones. “It’s tough to get on the same page but I think we did a good job doing that.” The Saints continue their preseason at Durham College in the Dave Stewart Tip-Off.


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St. Clair College’s Alex Temesy (ventre-right) attempts to run by La Cité Collégiale’s Daniel Gracia during a preseason game at St. Clair College Oct. 12. The St. Clair College Saints won their first game of the preseason 71-63. Justin Prince 10 by the Coyotes. and seven points respectively Citizen Staff Reporter Throughout the first half, in the first half. Daniel Gracia of the Coyotes The Saints offense slowly The St. Clair College Saints scored on second-chance got worse, seeing their lead go basketball team began their opportunities, scoring 15 from 16 to six by the end of preseason on a high note, win- points despite shooting six of the second quarter. ning their season opener 71-63 14. This was helped by La Jones saw his production on Oct. 12 against the La Cité Cite’s nine offensive rebounds drop for the rest of the game, Collégiale Coyotes. in the half. scoring eight points with Kah The Saints started hot out of The Saints saw key contri- taking one shot in the second the gate, scoring 26 points in butions from Xavier Jones and half. the first quarter compared to Demetrias Kah, who scored 10 Saints head coach Matt

Photo by Justin Prince

Amherst senior football forfeits season tough to lose five players in an entire season, let alone a single game. The team lost 43-0. By Oct. 14 the five injured players were out of commission, along with a few other players with minor injuries. Rudak forfeited the next game against Kennedy and the team took a week off. The team went on to play Sandwich and lost 59-7. Injury problems continued as they went to play Villanova Oct. 4. Rudak lost four players who would be gone for the remainder of the season. Three others had possible concussions. The team was on its last leg as they lost to Villanova 59-7. Rudak said while he could maneuver his players around and switch their positions, their safety would be called in to question. He believed having inexperienced players at positions they’re unfamiliar with would only cause more injuries. “If one person gets hurt … you’re done, and you can’t be done in the middle of a football game,” said Rudak. “Basically it was all for the safety of the kids and it was probably one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make as a head coach in football was to the pull the plug on the whole season.” The news was announced to the team Oct. 7 and it hasn’t been taken lightly. Rudak said many of the players were devastated by the news. Adam Barron, a Grade 12 member of the senior football team, said while he is disappointed with the decision, it was necessary. “It’s really disappointing because Amherst has had such a terrific history of football,” said Barron. “It was a good decision to end our team, we were getting embarrassed every week … But there were some guys who were kind of hopeful for scholarships in the future that don’t really have that opportunity anymore.” Encouraging emails and phone calls have been flooding in to Rudak’s office all week. He is trying to keep football present in the boys’ lives. “It will get better,” said Rudak. “The program is still going to continue on next year. We have a strong junior team right now and we’re looking to get a fresh set of bodies in there and get us going again.”

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Senior football player Adam Barron walks off the field for the last time in his General Amherst football uniform in Amherstberg Oct. 11. Jolene Perron Citzen Staff Reporter A plague of injuries has caused General Amherst’s senior football team to forfeit their season prematurely. When the season began, head coach John Rudak said he was struggling with only 26 players. “I knew from the beginning we didn’t have a strong team,” said Rudak. “You deal with it, you go through the season, you play all your games and you move on. Hopefully everybody has a good time with it, fun, even though you’re not winning and then you go on and build it up for the next year.” However, that’s not how the season panned out for the Bulldogs. After their first game against Massey the team had five players taken to the hospital, with two having suspected neck injuries. Rudak said it’s


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Weather won’t deter the Taylor/Benson school opening

FEATURE Bobby-Jo Keats Citizen Staff Reporter Windsor Fire and Rescue Services teamed up with the Canadian Cancer Society Oct. 11-13 at Devonshire Mall and families were being educated about everything from electrical safety to how to create a home fire escape plan. The theme this year was “prevent kitchen fires and get cooking with fire safety.” “We have seen lots of families and lots of children again this year,” said assistant chief of fire prevention John Lee. Young children were shown demonstrations of how to avoid potential dangers by receiving cooking safety tips. “We are so happy to be here and educating people because that is our goal,” said Lee. Children were able to take home all kinds of information, including maps to draw with their parents to create their own home fire escape plans. They were also given fire hats and goodie bags containing information regarding fire safety. Outside the mall, children were able to put out fires with the firefighters during live demonstrations. They were

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A construction worker pushes a wheel-barrel at the Taylor/Benson job site. The two schools are merging and should be ready for opening in September 2014. ment on the Taylor site. Shaun Garrity Scott Scantlebury, public relaCitizen Staff Reporter tions officer with the GECDSB, said repairing the two schools Despite losing 13 work days to would have cost 35 per cent more excessive rain over the summer, than what it is costing to build a builders of the new Taylor/Benson new school. school are still on schedule for “That, of course, is a drain on opening in September 2014. board resources and we don’t get WINCON construction is the funded well for maintenance of company handling building opera- buildings,” said Scantlebury. tions for the Greater Essex County Wendy Mellanby, a retired District School Board. Mike teacher who taught at Benson for Schincariol, project manager for 17 years, said a new school was WINCON said this marks the sev- promised years ago. She said there enth school they have built for the was a ground-breaking ceremony board in the past 10 years. a few years ago, but nothing hap“Even with the lost three weeks pened after that. we’re still maintaining fairly close “Benson has been falling apart to the original schedule, it’s going and it will be wonderful for the pretty well,” said Schincariol. children to have a brand new By next year the J.E. Benson and school,” said Mellanby. Dr. H.D. Taylor schools will Benson school was built in 1915 become one learning establish- and cost $75,000 to construct. The

three-storey building has been a focal point of its west-side neighborhood. At one time it even had a tennis court on the roof-top. During the 1950s the student base became too large, so Bridgeview (Taylor) was built to accommodate the students. In 1956 Bridgeview was renamed Dr. H.D Taylor, for the first black physician to practice in Windsor. Principal Debra Laforet said there are 254 students currently enrolled at Taylor. Benson is also facing enrolment concerns with only 340 students in a building that once held 1200. “Enrolment is low at both that school (Taylor) and Benson,” said Lynn Cornby, administrative assistant for superintendent of education. She said the board has had funding for the new school for several years. Scantlebury confirmed the board received money in 2007 and was approved to start the process of constructing a new school in the city’s west-end. The new school is yet to be named, but Scantlebury said the board is encouraging the public to share its ideas. “We would like people to express what they think the school means to the community and from that, we can develop a name and identity for the new school,” said Scantlebury.

Fire Prevention Week wraps up and raises cancer awareness also able to go on fire truck rides in the parking lot or could just take a look around and sit inside. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Fire and Rescue Services turned one of their fire trucks pink. This brought a lot of attention as people were allowed to sign their names on the truck and there was a fireman’s boot set up for donations to the Canadian Cancer Society. “Anything we can do to raise awareness to something of this nature, we love to do it,” said firefighter Robert Donaldson. Tanya Larocque brought her eight-year-old daughter Brooklyn and two-year-old son Brodi to the event. Her children got to take turns sitting in the fire truck and were happy to pose for pictures. “The kids love it,” said Larocque. Her children had an opportunity to sign their names on the pink truck and were all smiles while firefighters stood by answering questions. She said the children enjoyed every moment of learning about fire safety. “It’s just wonderful and such a great cause,” she said.

Riverside reunion unearths memories Sandee Nho Managing Editor Twenty-five years ago students at Riverside Secondary School buried a time capsule filled with memories and letters. On Oct. 12 they dug up their past. Graduates filled the cafeteria as the contents of a time capsule were put out on display. Handwritten letters, old news articles and worn-down sports jerseys were just a few of the items pulled from the capsule. The day before, the alumni were able to socialize and catch up with classmates and teachers from their high school days. Jill Bundun, a teacher at Notre Dame Catholic School said this was her first reunion. She enjoyed trying to find fellow classmates at the reunion. “It’s 50 years. It’s hard to imagine that the school has been around that long,” said Bundun. “Every time nity to wander the hallways, gymnasiums and the cafeteria to share a few drinks and reminisce. Zwanette Curry, now working in the dietary department at Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, graduated in 1974. She said it felt like she travelled back in time. “It’s like déjà vu,” said Curry. “Nothing’s really changed. I see a lot of the old teachers that have been here for the reunion too. So it’s fun seeing them. It’s like being back in time.” Chris Burston, a manufacturing quality insurance manager, left Riverside in 1975. He said the school spirit wore off in the 1970s because of the drug culture. “I got here in the 1970s and the 70s was the beginning of the drug culture and things like that and it was a very apathetic time,” said Burston. “I got involved in a lot of partying back then. It’s unfortunate because I remember when I first got here they had a school song and you had to stand up

Photo By Sandee Nho Past graduates gathered in the cafeteria at Riverside Secondary School during the 50th Reunion on Oct. 12 you run into somebody the first thing you do is look at the name tag and see if you know who they are.” Alumni had the opportuYearbooks from the first year Riverside Secondary School opened to the present year were available to browse through.

when that was happening.” Current prime minister of the Riverside Secondary School Student Council Curtis LaButte said the organizing committee of the reunion started planning the event in January. Their committee members included former school prime ministers, principals, former teachers and current ones. The reunion had about 1,500 attendees and 1,000 of the graduates pre-registered. Bake sales, raffles, food and beverages were sold by current students at Riverside. The money raised at the event went towards the students and their athletics, academics and future fundraisers. “Something that I’ve learned is that people really have pride in Riverside and the community,” said LaButte. “It’s a really great community and everyone comes back and still talks and enjoys it. It’s a really close community and it’s a good one to live in.“


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orabilia and footwear. Gidillini said one of his favourite aspects of soccer is a culture’s ability to interpret the game in their own way. “The thing about soccer is that South Americans, Africans and Europeans, they all have their own personal take on the sport,” said Gidillini. “I don’t think one is better than the other, but they all have their own way of playing the game and understandPhoto by Richard Riosa ing the game.” WINDSOR, ON.: Future Pro Soccer Club president and owner Canada can’t compete of F.C. Soccer Inc. Claudio Gidillini serves a customer in his with the rest of the world Walker Road store in terms of fan base. The or supported nations. This number of people interestRichard Riosa is the transcending quality ed in soccer in Europe is Citizen Staff Reporter of soccer. It brings people overwhelming, according together and makes them to John Sobhi, who has Walk into any pub or bar feel like a part of some- been coaching and refereethroughout Europe on a thing bigger. Soccer is ing soccer locally for more weekend and what you are looked at as a way of life, than 10 years. He has travlikely to find may more and not simply just another elled all over Europe and closely resemble a reli- game, by most cultures in experienced the game in gious gathering than a the world outside of North many different countries. America. sports event. “I was in Europe and Windsor resident Claudio there was word of a pracMen and women of different ages and cultures all Gidillini owns F.C. Soccer tice going on for a B team over the world are brought Inc., which operates stores and you had to wait in line together by their shared in Windsor and London and for three hours just to get love for their chosen teams specializes in soccer mem- into the stadium to see

Soccer not ingrained in Windsor’s culture them,” said Sobhi. Sobhi has also attended Windsor ’s semi-pro Windsor Stars’ games, with fewer than 100 people filling the seats. Although he said he has seen a massive increase in women and youth playing soccer in Canada within the last 15 years, he also said there is a general lack of interest in the sport among most adults. This lack of interest, according to Gidillini, is partly caused by the fact that aspiring professional soccer players must leave Canada if they have any hope of realizing their dreams. He said although Canada has a healthy number of kids playing at the youth levels, they lack the infrastructure found in other countries in Europe and South America. “Unfortunately there’s nowhere to go after that (youth soccer),” said Gidillini. “How do you become a regional player, a provincial player and how do you head toward being a professional player? There’s no way of


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determining that (in Canada).” Sobhi said he also thinks the lack of an independently Canadian professional league, as well as the lack of high profile stars, have hurt soccer’s popularity in Canada. If Canada qualifies for the FIFA World Cup, it might shock the country into liking soccer more. Having only ever qualified for one previous World Cup almost 30 years ago, this might be wishful thinking. Gidillini said he feels the main reason Canadians don’t hold soccer closer to their hearts is it simply isn’t a part of North American culture. “Although we’ve come from diverse cultures coming into Canada, it’s like a melting pot,” said Gidillini. “We’ve assimilated to the American sports and I don’t think soccer’s being taken seriously other than the numbers of kids starting out.” Soccer remains a casual pastime for a large number of Canadians and something much more to a dedicated few who hope to one day see it reach the heights it has in Europe.

Halloween now a multi-million dollar industry Jolene Perron Citizen Staff Reporter Ghosts, goblins and witches, oh my! Halloween is nearly upon us. The festive children’s holiday filled with costumes, candies and junk food. Take away all of those things and what’s left? Where did this these silly and spooky traditions come from? Look back 2,000 years ago to the Celtic times in Ireland, UK and Northern France. Halloween began as the festival of Samhain which was celebrated on Oct. 31. This marked the end of summer, the beginning of the harvest and the dark times of cold winters. On the night of Samhain, it was believed, the boundary between the living and dead worlds was blurred and the dead were able to return to earth. The evening was a celebration with bonfires and animal sacrifices to the Celtic deities. Everyone wore costumes of animal heads and skins and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes with assistance from the dead souls. At the night’s end everyone would take fire from the bonfire to re-light the hearths in their homes. This was believed to protect them during the winter. It may seem odd to think of a tradition where tp-ing houses and playing pranks on one another has come from an ancient tradition of animal sacrifices. However, the tradition has continued to evolve over time, while keeping many of the old traditions prominent. Have you ever questioned why we “bob for apples” at many Halloween parties? When the Roman Empire conqured the Celtic territories, the Romans brought their traditions of Feralia and Pomona which merged with Samhain. Feralia commemorated the dead while Pomona honoured the Roman goddess of fruits and trees. Pomona is believed to be the reason people still “bob for apples” today. The religious aspects of Halloween are still very apparent. Who would have considered a Pope to be the reason Halloween got it’s start. Pope Beniface IV in 609 A.D. dedicated the Pantheon in Rome to honour Christian martyrs. This became All Martyrs Day. When it, All Martyrs Day, expanded by 1,000 A.D. the church made Nov. 2 All Souls Day to honour the dead. It was also called All Hallows. On this night, the Christians celebrated- similar to Samhain- by lighting bonfires, having parades and dressing up like saints, angels and devils. The night before Samhain eventually became called All-Hallows Eve and then Halloween. Ashley Montague, mother in Amherstburg, has been taking her three-year-old daughter out for Halloween since she was a baby. She herself went trick-or-treating until she was 18-years-old. Montague creates their costumes and they trick-or-treat in highly populated areas to “cover more ground” as her daughter tends to get tired quickly. Those who do not have children to take out for Halloween celebrate with parties and get togethers. This is how Halloween actually began. For a long time, Halloween was limited to New England. When European and American traditions meshed, Halloween was celebrated through parties and public events where neighbours would tell fortunes and stories of the dead. In the middle of the nineteenth century, the annual autumn festivals became common but Halloween was not yet celebrated throughout the country until Irish immigrants came to America to escape the potato famine in 1846. At this time, Americans began to dress in costume and go door-to-door asking for food or money, which is where “trick-or-treating” originated. Halloween gradually evolved from a community based holiday to a scare-based holiday with frightening and grotesque costumes and images. It took nearly 200 years for Halloween be given the face as we know it today, moving in to classrooms and personal homes. Trick-ortreating became the community way to participate in the event and today North Americans spend an average of $6 million every year just on treats. “I decorate the house both cute and scary, we do crafts like hang paper spiders and paper ghosts and color pumpkins,” said Montague. “This year I got baby ones and we painted them and added sparkles and a foam name letter for each of us. I even dress my cats in Halloween sweaters, they hate it.” Montague says she is very careful when bringing her daughter out to get candy. According to most recent studies, tampering with Halloween candy does happen.. According to, pins and needles were actually found in Halloween candy around the 1950s. While the incidents required little to no medical attention, parents such as Montague still bring their children’s candy home to further examine it. Montague dumps their candy out on the kitchen table and makes sure no packages are broken, nothing is homemade and so on. As a whole, Halloween is now widely accepted throughout North America and can be either a fun or scary tradition with a lot of history.

ENTERTAINMENT Windsor astronomers Villains Beastro has a share the night skies ‘Graphic Encounter’ oCTober 19, 2013 Andrew Bradley Citizen Staff Reporter Local astronomers are inviting the public to view the stars at their observatories. Windsor’s 91-member chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is one of 12 in Ontario. The organization has grown from its beginnings in Toronto 145 years ago to include 29 centres across Canada and nearly 4,000 members. With a mandate to encourage public interest and research, members of the Windsor centre meet on the third Tuesday of each month from September to June. The Members are encouraged to make presentations at meetings. On Oct. 15 Windsor resident David Panton, a retired engineer, gave a slideshow explaining his homemade infrared light detector. With help from his brother Stan, it took Panton a year to build. Stars emitting only infrared light are invisible to the naked eye, but can be seen with detectors which have become useful tools for mapping the cosmos. Panton has installed his device at the Hallam Observatory located on South Middle Road near Comber, Ont. giving astronomers sight beyond sight. Chris Mailloux Entertainment Editor Windsorites gathered at Villains Beastro Oct 17 to learn about comics and literacy from a local author. The event was for the launch of Graphic Encounters: Comics and the Sponsorship of Multimodal Literacy and featured the author Dale Jacobs talking to the audience about his book. “It’s a great location, I’m really happy we were able to have it here,” said Jacobs. “The theme fits it well and it’s a nice space.” Jacobs is a composition and rhetoric professor at the University of Windsor. Growing up he read comic books until he entered university and became interested in them again after several students gave him some to read 10 years ago. The book came out in August on Amazon and in select locations, but the event itself was the official release. Graphic Encoutners was published by Bloomsbury Publishing, and is about how comic books have taught children literacy in a non-traditional way. Jacobs talked about how he learned to be literate through not just text in the books but the facial expressions and art. One of the chapters Jacobs discussed was about the relationship of Marvel Comics and The Electric Company. ConTInueD from page 1


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Jacobs also discussed this chapter a couple of weeks ago at the Harvesting the FAM Festival’s Incredible Comic Show. “I don’t know if it’s any more important than the other chapters, I just knew tonight I should do an overview of the book,” said Jacobs. Martin Deck runs the

were more pictures,” said Deck jokingly. Villains owner Geoff Zanetti said he was pleased with the event. “I thought it was pretty good, it was a good turn-out,” said Zanetti. “It had a good display of pictures in the background. They had it all laid out and nicely and had a good

Photo by Chris Mailloux Dale Jacobs talks to an audience at Villains Beastro about his book Graphic Encounters: Comics and the Sponsorship of Multimodal Literacy Oct 17. University of Windsor book store and volunteered to run the merchandise table, selling copies of the books. “I think it’s a good event, you never know what to expect with a book launch,” said Deck. “I’ve been to ones where there was standing room only and ones with one or two people. So this is midway in between and I count it as a success.” Deck said he volunteered for the event because of his love of comics and to further his education. “I look forward to finishing the book, I just wish there The Tuesday Night Music Club first began in the west side of Windsor and when it was given the opportunity to move to a busier bar, Reaume, host of Tuesday Night Music Club, took advantage of it. Reaume, who is a multi-instrumentalist, brought all of hisequipment to the Manchester and since then, the club has become more popular. “It turned into something where friends were showing up to play and it took on a life of its own,” said Reaume. Reaume said there are usually eight to 12 regulars who play every Tuesday night and additional people who are eager to come up and showcase their talents. Performances normally consist of four, three and two people, and speaker.” Zanetti also said he’s happy to host events that are different. The bar often hosts events such as karaoke, trivia games and recently hosted a comic book auction and zombie convention. The bar has also served as a background for music videos and movies shot there using it as a background. “If anybody wants to do something that’s a little bit odd or different that’s downtown I encourage them to do it here,” said Zanetti. The event had attracted about 30 people and featured a Q&A afterwards by Jacobs. even solo acts playing various genres of music. “I can’t say I do it by myself because it’s had regulars since day one,” said Reaume. “It has a very loyal group of folks who take part in it.” Cody Howard, a long-time fan of the Tuesday Night Music Club, said he heard about it through an open mic night and decided to check it out. Since then, he’s been going on and off for two years. Howard, 23, said they are open to new musicians looking to perform. “They seemed very welcome to new musicians with abstract taste,” said Howard. Reaume said he encourages new performers and would like people to come out, support and be involved with local music.

Astronomers gather at 7:30 p.m. for the monthly meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Windsor Centre held at Ojibway Park Nature Centre located at 5200 Matchette Road in Windsor, Oct. 15. meetings, held at Ojibway “There are a lot of people in Park Nature Centre are open astronomy with billions of to the public. dollars to spend in the last The society’s last two events, hundred years,” said Panton. Point Pelee Dark Sky Night “There’s no way you can comOct. 5 and the Hallam pete with them. But one of the Observatory Open House Oct. things that you can learn from 12, were cancelled due to doing a project like this is that unfavourable weather. you get a lot of appreciation “Numerous people did show for guys that build the satelup. They often do during the lites and spacecraft that measopen houses,” said Matt ure these things.” McCall, incoming director of On Oct. 18 Hallam’s telepublic education, who joined scope was trained on a bright RASC in 2009. “Thankfully visible star, Alpheratz, in the what we can do is show them Pegasus Constellation that is astro-photography slideshows 97 light years from Earth. on our projector screen. So Children and their parents even when it’s cloudy and we from the Montessori Academy can’t use the telescopes we of Windsor were invited for can still show photographs the viewing. that members have taken.” “When I was five years old Annual membership fees are my parents took me outside $71 for adults and $41 for with an atlas from the 1960s those under 21 and students and it had two big pages with under 25. Throughout the year drawings of the solar system,” members receive an observ- said McCall. “It probably er’s handbook which lists would have been about 1991 eclipses, sunrise and sunset and I think all five of the times, planetary positions and major planets were visible in upcoming celestial events. the sky at one time right after They also receive subscrip- sunset – and that’s what really tions to three astronomy publi- sparked my interest.” cations: Aurora, SkyNews and Following their look at The Journal, each issued six Alpheratz, RASC members times a year. Members may are hoping a few more youngalso use RASC observatories, sters find their inspiration telescopes and library. looking to the stars.

Photo by Andrew Bradley

Liam Higgins Photo Editor A local bar has been holding a weekly night of music to inspire young musicians. The Manchester Pub, located on Ouellette Avenue, has been holding a Tuesday Night Music Club for the past three years. Local band Cowboys in Cardigans first formed when vocalist and ukuleleist Jamie Reaume, guitarist Devon Pastorius, drummer Jordo Tough and bassist John Blair Hurst IV began playing together at the Tuesday Night Music Club.


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REVIEW the current, zombie-filled world. Before going outside the prison fences he is told by Hershall to bring a gun. Rick’s response is rather chilling: “If I get in trouble, what difference is six bullets going to make?” Although it’s pessimistic, he does have a point. Despite already struggling with his mental stability last season, Rick is still unsure whether he deserves to come back. His interaction with the crazy woman in the forest is meant as a mirror into his own tormented psyche. She is unable to forgive herself for the things she’s had to do and she was unable to come back. She had become a monster in a world full of zombies. It will be interesting to see how the show continues to develop this struggle within Rick. Although the scene did serve to highlight the central them and personal struggle for Rick, it did seem a little unnecessary and treaded in slightly familiar territory. This episode also introduced a new threat to the survivors in the form of a virus or disease

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The Walking Dead: 30 Days Without An Accident Review last season, there is now a council responsible for making all the decisions at the prison. It has been roughly seven months since the Governor attacked the prison and slaughtered his own group of people. The remaining survivors in Woodbury have now been taken in by Rick and his group, creating a much larger community living in the prison. Rick’s new role in this new, council-run community seems to be farming and taking care of livestock, although this is likely to change as “days without accidents” become scarce as the season continues. The episode does a good job of illustrating to that things have been quiet and somewhat peaceful for the group since last season. The council is democratically splitting up tasks, patrols are set up to kill zombies crowding the prison’s outside fence, crops have been planted and groups are routinely sent to gather more supplies. Things have been going as planned. The second half of the episode shows what happens when plans fail. The makers of this show nailed the supply run. Daryl and newly returned Michonne lead the group which also consists of Glenn, Tyrese, Sasha, Beth’s new boyfriend Zach and former army medic and newly added comic book character, Bob Stookey. Bob is a struggling former alcoholic. The one moment of weakness where he falls back into old habits and removes a bottle of liquor from the retail store shelf almost cost him his life. The series is yet again showing characters in this show are often the cause of their own demise. The group was able to save Bob at the expense of Zach who was bitten and killed by a walker. Beth’s reaction to her new boyfriend’s death was somewhat surprising given what the audience has seen of her in the past. Beth said she no longer cries and is just happy for having gotten to know Zach. This is a major change from the usually overly emotional, suicidal Beth. Rick has also undergone some changes to his views of which seems to have started by killing one of the group’s captive pigs. It is unknown at this time whether the new disease is contagious or how it is even spread. One thing is certain though, with Carl’s new friend Patrick dying from the disease at the end of the episode and reanimating in zombie form, the prison survivors will surely experience more casualties and more “accidents” in next week’s episode. This episode contained a large amount of set-up for the rest of the season. There were a few stumbles as the new showrunner looks to put his stamp on the show and tell his own stories moving forward. The action and set pieces were breathtaking, however, and hopefully the trend continues throughout the season. The episode receives a 3.5/5

Richard Riosa Citizen Staff Reporter Can we come back from the things we’ve done? This is the central theme behind the season four premier of The Walking Dead and will continue to be a theme explored throughout the season. The episode is also the first to air under Scott M. Gimple, the third person to hold the title of showrunner for the show so far. This shift in leadership behind the scenes occurs at a time when a shift in leadership styles is taking place for characters living within the Georgia prison. With Rick relinquishing control of his dictatorship over the group

3.5/5 finding him results in a outstanding performance. The episode was somewhat uneventful in actual story development until the end when The Red Queen shows she has the genie’s lamp, but the performances and twists were well thought out. Unlike what is presented in Disney’s Aladdin, it’s revealed even wishing for a genie’s freedom comes with a cost to both the genie and the wish-maker. This new twist changes the entire series as what many grew up believing about the Disney film is more or less tossed out the window and makes us realize saving Cyrus will be harder than it was originally thought.

Once Upon a time: Wonderland travels to Agrabah and back of Alice and Cyrus that was introduced in the premiere when we Alice met Cyrus. Returning to the present, Alice (Sophie Lowe) continues to search for Cyrus with the Knave (Michael Socha), also known as Will. While Will argues with her about whether Cyrus has forgotten about her and moved on, he shows affection for Alice — albeit subtle affection. However, it is unclear whether Alice feels the same way. When Alice saves Will from drowning after being dropped into a lake by a fairy, the unrequited feelings by Will may actually be returned. Defending both Alice and Cyrus to the fairy, a broken-hearted woman he betrayed in the past, further shows his affection for Alice. Alice continues to prove herself to be a stronger woman throughout the episode. She does this first by saving Will, but then goes one step further by jumping into the water only to emerge on the back of a giant turtle’s neck. It’s shown she learned her swordplay from Cyrus, which also winds up further developing their relationship. We also see how smart she is at judging people throughout the episode as she searches for Cyrus’s lamp and reveals the location of the lamp to people. Alice searches for the lamp because it would allow her to save Cyrus from having to grant the wishes for anyone else, including The Red Queen (Emma Rigby) or Jafar. When Alice and Will reach the location of the lamp they see Jafar digging up the area to find it. Alice then reveals she has been telling everyone in Wonderland the location of the lamp because she knew someone would reveal the secret and as a result, she would be able to find out who she was up against. Elsewhere, Jafar threatens The Red Queen once more, further showing their partnership isn’t one at all, due to the threatening nature of the man from Agrabah. While she continues trying to maintain her hold over the people as queen, she allows herself to be intimidated by the man and him to control her. Yet The Red Queen does show herself to be cunning and a betrayer, however, when she uses the White Rabbit to retrieve the genie’s lamp without Jafar’s knowledge. The strongest performances of the episode come from Lowe and Socha because of the tension they so magnificently portray. Socha’s character is obviously falling in love with Lowe’s, but it’s unclear if she feels the same because of her love of Cyrus. The tension plays well on screen. The passion Lowe presents for Alice’s love of Cyrus and the hope and determination she has in

Sean Previl Associate Manag Editor Jafar (Naveen Andrews) brings viewers to Agrabah to start the second episode of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. As he searches for Cyrus (Peter Gadlot), it becomes clear the scene is one from the past. Like its predecessor Once Upon a Time, Wonderland follows the theme of returning to the past timelines of different characters. We also return to the past


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