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The Windsor Spitfires aren’t giving up without a fight, soaring to a possible playoff position point by point.


An evening of burlesque dancing and comedy entertained a large crowd at Walkerville Brewery.


Sigma Chi Fraternity at the University of Windsor braved the cold last week with a 100- Hour Hot-tub-a-thon outside the CAW Student Centre.


While thousands of couples across Windsor-Essex celebrated Valentine’s Day with their significant other, a celebration of singles was also happening in Windsor.



Hope Scores OT Winner in Game-3 Thriller Lancers to play Lakehead in OUA West semi-finals

BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ Kyle Hope’s unassisted goal in overtime gave the Windsor Lancer men’s hockey team a 4-3 series-clinching victory over the Brock Badgers. With the opening-round OUA playoff series completed Feb. 15, the Lancers will now fly to Thunder Bay and play the Lakehead Thunderwolves in the OUA West semifinals. Many times throughout game three between the Lancers and Badgers, it seemed as though Brock would walk away with the series, taking a 2-0 lead after the first period. Julian Luciani put the Lancers on the board in the second period with a five-on-three power play goal to cut Brock’s lead headed into the third period. With the entire arena holding their breath, Luciani’s second goal ignited a large roar from the fans in South Windsor arena. Luciani said he’s never scored two bigger goals in his career but credited the entire team for their ability to fight through adversity.

“Yeah, it was scary but good teams find a way to win,” said Luciani. “Our leaders, our veterans and our first year players stepped up and scored huge goals for us and now we’re going to Lakehead.” The Badgers gained 3-2 lead over Windsor moments after defenseman Chad Shepley scored to tie the game with exactly eight minutes left. With just over four minutes remaining, Luciani jumped into an odd-man rush to knot the score 3-3. It was a bad angle shot from Hope off of a faceoff in the offensive zone that was the difference on this series, catching Badgers goaltender Adrian Volpe by surprise and going into the net to complete the Lancers comeback and saving Windsor from a first-round playoff upset. “In overtime, anything can happen,” said Hope. “I’ve played in a couple overtime games in my career and See HOPE SCORES on page


Windsor Lancer forward Kyle Hope cuts to the net during the first period OUA playoff game against the Brock Badgers at South Windsor Arena Feb. 16. Hope scored the game and serieswinning goal in overtime for a 4-3 Windsor victory. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold]

Pet Valu’s Adopt-a-Thon Gives Rescue Animals a New Home

SAMANTHAFERNANDEZ News Editor __________________________ Furry friends were looking for a forever home over the Valentine’s Day weekend in Windsor. Pet Valu in Riverside hosted an Adopt-a-Thon and Microchip Clinic Feb. 15 with the assistance of staff from Central Animal Hospital. The proceeds of the event supported “For the Love of Paws,” a foster based nonprofit national animal rescue organization which saves animals from unsuitable situation and tries to find them loving homes, and “Moggy Cat Rescue,” a volunteer based rescue in Windsor, also dedicated to helping homeless cats and kittens find loving homes.  John Dunn, one of the founders of “For the Love of Paws,” said animals are genuine and have so much love to give. This was an influence for this organization.

“It’s immensely rewarding and it consumes a lot of my time, it’s a good part of my life,” said Dunn. “I’ve had different fosters in my home for about two years now, but when you see dogs come in as bad of shape as some of the animals we get, they get put in a home and their personality can come out.” Dunn said this foster home process is a way to really get to know the dogs to let adopters know what they really need as far as care. Fosters and adopters are carefully screened to make sure these animals get the best of care throughout the whole process. Jodie Hand, a foster for the program, thought fostering would be a great way to re-introduce her family into having a pet in the house. She is currently fostering a dog. “She is so sweet and loving, and she See PET VALU on page


A cat at Pet Valu’s Adopt-a-Thon on Feb. 15 waits to go to a loving home. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]

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“Hats on for Healthcare” Fundraiser Raises Spirits of Hospital Patients

SAMANTHAFERNANDEZ News Editor __________________________ Feather hats, animal themed hats and even beach hats were donned on the heads of healthcare practitioners and community members alike for the 6th annual Hats of for Healthcare. The fundraiser event for Windsor Regional Hospital had members of the community wearing their hats to raise funds for the hospital Feb. 11. Windsor Regional Hospital’s Ouellette Campus was host to many different activities to raise money for a renal dialysis program at the hospital. Throughout the day, pizza and hats were sold, accompanied by live musical performances  and a caricature artist selling artwork. David Lenz, assistant of public affairs, communications and philanthropy at Windsor Regional Hospital said there is huge support from the community in this fundraising event. “We have over 123 businesses signed up,” said Lenz. “Last year we raised just over $26,000 and this year our goal is $32,000.”

“Hats on for Health Care” was created as a way for nurses and hospital staff to get involved. According to Ronald Foster, the Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications and Philanthropy at Windsor Regional Hospital, hospital staff would not be able to participate in “dress down days” like most other facilities, so the idea of wearing hats was born. “We started five years ago and made it very simple, if you wear a hat, on our hats day, you pay a toonie and the funds would support the hospital.” said Foster. “We’ve had companies with us for years and our volume is up this year on participants, so we are very optimistic.” Over 100 local businesses signed up and staff members paid $2 to be able to wear their hats for the day with all proceeds going to Windsor Regional. Over the past five years, this event has raised $130,000 from the toonies donated from businesses. The money donated will go to buy new renal chairs for the renal dialysis program at Windsor Regional, in response to the rising diagnosis of chronic kidney

disease. According to the Hats On for Healthcare campaign statement, the patient volume for the WRH Renal Program has grown by 60 per cent between 2008 and 2013. Caricature artist, Robert Bauer from Goofy Faces Caricatures, has attended the event for two years and loves the reactions of the crowds. “It’s a great cause, I think it’s a chance for people to have a lot of fun in the afternoon and help raise some money for the hospitals,” said Bauer. “I like it because I get to meet some interesting people, spend some time with them and give them a smile for the rest of their day.” This event is not only a positive way to get the community involved, but it also lifts spirits of the patients. “It adds a level of comfort to patients, and a level of humour,” said Foster. “People in hospitals today are sicker and they want to get well and go home, this is just an easy way to bring humour to patients and raise staff morale.”

David Lenz gets his Caricature done at “Hats on for Healthcare” at Windsor Regional Hospital Feb. 11. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]

Fun hats were being sold in the lobby at Windsor Regional Hospital’s Ouellette Campus Feb. 11 for “Hats on for Healthcare.” [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]

Hospital Staff and Volunteers had their “Hats on for Healthcare” at Windsor Regional Hospital Feb. 11. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]

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A Shred your Ex booth allowed attendees of the Stupid Cupid Un-Valentine’s Day Party Feb. 13 to shred memories of their previous relationships. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez] SAMANTHAFERNANDEZ News Editor __________________________ With a sickening day of love and affection peering around the corner, a local party featured a celebration of singles, giving those who didn’t have a significant other a place to celebrate the Hallmark Holiday. Riverside Banquet Hall was host to a “Stupid Cupid Un-Valentine’s Day” party Feb. 13. This event invited all the Windsor singles, as well as couples, given they weren’t too “lovey dovey,” to come out and have a few drinks, listen to some live music and raise money for a good cause. The Un-Valentine’s day party included “Toonie Twister,” tarot card readings, raffle prizes and “shred your ex”, a booth where those attending could literally shred a picture of their ex. Paula MacLeod, an event organizer, said they wanted to do something fun and different to celebrate being single and awesome. “Everybody celebrates Valentine’s

Day, it’s a big day for couples,” said MacLeod. “I know a lot of single women who detest Valentine’s Day and we thought being single is pretty awesome so why not go out and celebrate being single and being awesome.” This event, along with being a fun, different sort of party, supported W.E Care for Kids, a non-profit organization which raises funds for local pediatric programs in Windsor-Essex. Jim Bonventre, the organizer of the event and member of the band Greatest Hits Live, who performed at the Stupid Cupid Un-Valentine’s Day party, wanted to have a great night, and also give back to the community. His band had previously performed at W.E Care for Kids event Rock for a Reason.

thought of W.E Care for Kids.” The event sold approximately half of their tickets in advance and ended up with almost a full house for the event with a number of walk-ins. “Everybody we brought the idea to thought what an awesome idea,” said Bonventre. Just Jewlery Men and Women’s accessories were also selling pieces throughout the night and offered a door prize necklace that could be won by those attending. There were also two raffle baskets, one for men and one for women. Carole O’Neill, a woman attending the party with friends, thought it was a great way for single women to celebrate their own day.



Stupid Cupid Un-Valentine’s Day Party to Support We Care for Kids



Pet Valu

Two dogs wait to be adopted at Pet Valu’s Adopt-a-Thon Feb. 15. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez] brings so much joy into our house because we lost our dog a year ago,” said Hand. “This is our first dog back in the house and it has been a wonderful experience. The two weeks I’ve had her have been amazing, I can see myself being a foster for a long time to come.”

Shannon McLaughlin, a worker at Pet Valu and a long time volunteer of For the Love of Paws, helped organize the event.

The Adopt-a-Thon was a way for fosters to take their pets in to meet potential adopters. They had a display of the pets with their names, along with a bake sale and t-shirts for sale with all of the proceeds to go to medical bills and the organization. Additionally, the event also had nail clippings available with proceeds to be split between the two organizations and a contest to see who could guess the number of treats in a jar. Pet Valu on Riverside also made their own donation, matching each can of dog food purcahsed and donated at the location by customers.

All the animals up for adoption have been carefully medically checked, which Dunn said is a vital part of the entire rescue process, considering some of the conditions these animals are rescued in. But in the end Dunn said it is all about the connections made between the volunteers and the animals.

“We try and have events monthly for each of the five rescues we work with,” said McLaughlin.

“You get to meet so many great people, whether they are fosters or volunteers, or people who just want to help,” said Dunn. “On a small scale or a large scale, the rewarding part is always the happy ending.”

“We’ve worked with other charities in the past, and we always want to be involved with a charity to give back,” said Bonventre. “We’re pretty lucky to be doing what we are doing, all our kids are healthy, so when we were deciding our charity, we instantly

“My friend invited us, we’re here to support one another, we’re out for some fun and to dance.” said O’Neill. “I’m excited about it because otherwise I wouldn’t be going out, I don’t have a significant other right now, so it gives me a chance to go out and celebrate something.”

es of where their next attacks would fall. It was the receiver’s task to try and decipher what exactly the messages read.

struggles to get his machine working, while under the watchful eye of MI6, give us a real sense of worry and struggle.

movie, he were working for the Sovi-

If you are a fan of Benedict Cumber-

ets, you might not even be surprised.

batch and/or World War II History,

The movie has a way of pulling at

The Imitation Game is certainly a

Without giving too much of the plot away, I will say this movie most definitely lives up to the hype. Cumberbatch seems to feel right at home portraying the troubled mathematician in his prime, while Alex Lawther plays Turing during his younger years. The latter scenes give us insight into the events which helped shape Turing into the genius he would later become. Cumberbatch’s scenes as he

You really feel for his character as MI6 puts the pressure on him, doubting his mechanical and mathematical expertise. It is shown in the movie how Alan struggles to maintain bonds, professionally, personally, and romantically, and almost makes you, the viewer, question what his ultimate intentions really are. Cumberbatch almost portrays the character in a way that if at the conclusion of the

where it shows Turing struggling to

Movie Review: The Imitation Game


Arts Intern __________________________ In The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Alan Turing. Turing was an Englishman who most famously tried to crack the encrypted messages under the watch of Britain’s MI6. If you’ve made yourself familiar with the history of World War II, you’ve probably at least heard a mention of the infamous Enigma Machine. In short, it was a machine used by Nazi Germany to send encrypted messag-

the viewer’s emotions in the scenes

movie you won’t want to miss. A special nod goes to Mark Strong in his

keep his sexual preferences hidden

superb performance as Stewart Men-

away. In early 20th century Eng-

zies (Chief of MI6 during the Second

land, being any other orientation

World War) as well as Keira Knight-

other than straight was punishable by

ley in her performance as Alan’s part-

prison time, or hormonal treatments.

ner Joan Clarke.



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Windsor Symphony 100-Hour-Hot-Tub-A-Thon Plays Host to Small, Intimate Concerts

An audience watches a small group of Windsor Symphony Orchestra musicians perform a free concert at the Star News Cafe Feb. 11. [Photo by // Hani Yassine] HANIYASSINE Arts Editor __________________________ It seems theatres aren’t the only place to engage in the live classical music. If you frequent the Windsor Star News Café, you may find a quartet with your serving of coffee. The Windsor Symphony Orchestra is playing a series of free concerts once every month at the downtown location, with the most recent occurring on the evening of Feb. 11. As they often dispatch small groups of musicians to locations throughout the country, the aim is to make personal connections with the audience on a smaller scale, according to conductor Peter Weibe. “Some people have an impression of classical musicians that they’re on a stage and not approachable.,” Weibe said. “We knock all that stuff down, showing we like to play for you in close quarters and open up those community lines.” Roughly 30 people attended the

one hour concert listening to songs from Mozart to the Beatles through a string quartet. Weibe said the song selection had an emphasis on bass. Steven Whitfield attended the event with his wife and child as a spur of the moment decision. While not one to usually attend classical concerts, big or small, he enjoyed the evening’s show enough to consider going to more in the future.

While students walked across the University of Windsor campus in coats, hats and mittins last week, Matthew Whitwam participated in a 100-Hour Hot-Tub-A-Thon outside the CAW Student Centre along with 23 other members of the University of Windsor’s Sigma Chi fraternity. The Fraternity took donations at the location and with Rockstar also being a sponsor, the group was able to hand out energy drinks to those who made donations. The fraternity has been doing the 100-Hour Hot-Tub-A-Thon for a number of years at the University of Windsor and has raised thousands for local charities, with this year’s charity of choice being the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program, which keeps money raised locally within the area. The Jumpstart program helps lowincome families enroll their children in sports programs. [Photo by // Jolene Perron]

Music Video Shoot in Windsor

“It was really nice. I wasn’t sure about it at first but I really enjoyed it,” Whitfield said. The series will go on until May, when it will get warm to enough to start playing concerts under the sun. The symphony hopes to contine the series. “Hopefully next year when it starts cooling off again,” said WSO marketing manager Shelley Sharpe. “We’ll be able to come back inside and we’re looking for other unique and interesting spots that want to host, even if it’s just for one performance.”

Jarrett Sorko films his upcoming music video “All Over Your Face” at The Windsor Beer Exchange Feb. 15. Sorko posted online inviting anyone interested in participating in the shoot and a crowd of roughly 40 people attended. The music video was directed by Mike LeClair. [Photo by // Chris Mailloux]

Movie Review: American Sniper

GRANTJOHNSSON Arts Intern __________________________ Back in 2009 when Bradley Cooper starred in The Hangover, I never thought I’d see the day where he’d partner with Clint Eastwood to work on a modern day war film: well here we are and the results are pretty good. American Sniper follows the life of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle. Even before Kyle’s autobiography was released, the Texan born army man was being titled as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history with over 160 confirmed kills; an impressive title considering how expansive the U.S. military history is.

The film only gives us a glimpse into a few of those 160 kills, but if Eastwood has one trademark as a director, it is that he knows how to create tension. Almost every scene where Cooper had a sniper rifle in hand, I was on the edge of my seat. Eastwood’s camera knowledge is on full display as he expertly moves between Cooper’s close ups and the action at hand. Enhancing the camera work is Cooper’s performance as Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper perfectly embodies the character of Kyle. Not once when watching the film did I think of him as Bradley Cooper giving a performance, I thought of him as Chris Kyle showing the audience his life. It

is one of the more authentic portrayals of a character that I have ever seen, and Cooper isn’t even my pick to win Best Actor at the Oscars this year. What makes the film successful as a whole is the combination of Cooper’s skills as an actor, and Eastwood’s as a director. The two have come together to weave a strong filmmaking braid. Where the film falters a little is in its plot structure. Most, if not all, of the depictions of Kyle’s three tours of service, are handled well in terms of scope, tension, and intrigue. Where these scenes lose their edge is with the use, or rather lack of use, in Kyle’s enemy counterparts. Without giving spoilers, one story thread ends up un-

answered and the film, in my mind, loses a tiny edge because of it. The other aspect to this film is showing how Kyle reacts to coming back home after each respective tour. Through the delicacy of Cooper’s performance, you can see what the horrors of war have done to his brain. What hamper these scenes, unfortunately, are the interactions Kyle has with his wife Taya. Taya is portrayed by Sienna Miller, and while she tries her best in the role, it doesn’t come

across as the right fit, so as a result she doesn’t have the same authenticity as Cooper’s. While tackling some plot and casting issues, American Sniper, provides a unique insight into the life of an American patriot. Bradley Cooper gives the performance of his career and Eastwood brings the right skills and gravitas for a film of this magnitude. The action set pieces are entertaining, lively, and effortlessly intense.




Where The Tease is More Important Than The Strip HANIYASSINE Arts Editor __________________________ In a city housing a number of strip joints in its downtown core, a more exotic tease of events unfolded in a favourite hotspot in the Wakerville area. Natalie Halden said some of the audience members were surprised by the burlesque show which unfolded in front of them. “They thought it was a comedy act,” Halden says. It’s not an incorrect notion. Derived from the Italian term ‘Burla’, burlesque dates back to the 17th century where it was a performing act meant to elicit laughter through satire and mockery. The Feb. 13  burlesque show at the Walkerville Brewery hailed to its 20th century prominence and 21st century resurgence, where the comedy is mixed with a striptease. According to host Katt Foxx, burlesque can serve as a therapeutic act and it’s not a matter of just taking your clothes off. “If you go to a strip club, you have a very impressionable sort of feel,” Foxx

said. “You have to look like this, do that for this much. With burlesque, the sky’s the limit.” The first two performances were victims of technical difficulties, but afterwards more than a dozen singing and dancing acts from about 10 performers were all done with no interruption and a little promiscuity. Being the latest of now several burlesque shows in the city, organizer Terror Reid is doing her utmost to make burlesque a staple in the community. She credits her investment in the art form to Roxi D’Lite, the Windsorborn, world-renowned dancer. “I went to go see a show of hers seven years ago, and it was anything and everything I wanted it to be,” Reid says. “It’s the feeling of the person just telling their own story, no matter who or what they are, and just having the guys to go out there and do it.” More than 100 people attended the burlesque show at the Walkerville Brewery, with some dressed in period attire from the 1930s and 1940s. Plans for another show remain unknown at this time, but it’s likely there will be at least one more by the end of the year.

A Night Out at The Walkerville Speakeasy event took place at Walkerville Brewery Feb. 13, which included burlesque dancing, an act which is about far more than just taking one’s clothes off. [Photo by // Farrukh Mehdi]

Audicence members at Walkerville Brewery enjoyed “A Night Out at The Walkerville Speakeasy,” which combined burlesque performances with comedic performances. [Photo by // Farrukh Mehdi]

A burlesque show at the Walkerville Brewery hailed to its 20th century prominence and 21st century resurgence, where the comedy is mixed with a striptease Feb. 13 as a part of the Night Out at Walkerville Speakeasy event. [Photo by // Farrukh Mehdi]

A trio of dancers perform a routine at the Walkerville Brewery Feb. 13 as a part of the Night Out at Walkerville Speakeasy event. [Photo by // Hani Yassine]

Dancing group The Femme Rebels perform a routine at the Walkerville Brewery Feb. 13. [Photo by // Hani Yassine]


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Men’s Volleyball Advance To OUA Final Four

BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ A little piece of history was made by the Windsor Lancer men’s volleyball team over the weekend. The Lancers advanced to the OUA Final Four in men’s volleyball for the first time in over a decade by virtue of their first-round playoff upset of the Ryerson Rams. After qualifying for the OUA playoffs as the seventh seed, the Lancers beat the Rams 3-1 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto Feb. 14. Lancer men’s volleyball head coach James Gravelle said advancing to the playoffs for the first time since 2012 was one thing, but advancing to the final four was an even greater feeling.

“They are a very strong team so this is a huge win,” said Gravelle. “It has been 10 years at least [since advancing to the final four].”

loud it was insanity,” which made it even more important to for Windsor to win the opening set and take momentum away from the Rams.

It did not come easily for the Lancers by any means. The opening set went back and forth and the men needed extra points after trailing 19-16 to take the set 27-25.

“The first set was really a test of the heart of our team,” said Wasser. “We were ready for this game all week. There was such a belief all week that we were gonna win. This is really our road to redemption after some disappointing losses this season.”

“It was so important to win the first set and to do it in extra points was great,” said Gravelle. “The boys passed nails in the big points today and though we missed some key serves it didn’t hurt us too badly in the end. But it was defense and passing that won the match though without a doubt.” Lancer libero Blase Wasser had 15 kills in the match and described the atmosphere at the Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre as “electric” and “so

The Lancers won the second set 2519 to gain a 2-0 advantage but the Rams came back with a vengeance in the third set, winning 13-25. “Our team went a little flat in the third,” said Wasser. “But the coaches made some unreal moves putting Shawn [Reaume] and [Chad] Hinchey into the game. They were able to bring the energy back to our

side and close the match.” After participating in nine five-set matches during the regular season, Gravelle said it was important for Windsor to close out the Rams while they had the chance. “We did not want a fifth set. We have played too many fifth sets. Four was enough,” said Gravelle. “There was great urgency from our players in the fourth which was great to see. Killer instinct is needed to close out wins on the road.” Lancer setter Andrew Chelladurai had 38 assists during the four-set match and said he was proud to advance to the OUA Final Four, hosted by the top-seeded McMaster Marauders, who Windsor will play Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. in the OUA semi-finals.

“It was definitely a huge win for us,” said Chelladurai. “Its been a while since the Lancers have made it to the final four so its a big step for our program.” The OUA conference will have three representatives in the CIS national tournament hosted by the University of Saskatchewan Feb. 27 to Mar. 1 which means if Windsor defeats McMaster Feb. 20, or wins the OUA bronze medal the next day against the loser of York and Waterloo’s semifinal matchup, they will advance to nationals. “It was a great team effort,” said Chelladurai. “We are excited to compete next weekend for an OUA title and a CIS birth.”

Broadway Love Songs Heat Up a Cold Valentine’s Day Arts Editor __________________________ This Valentine’s Day was cold enough to cause some couples to stay in and get warm, but one downtown location was looking to turn up the heat.

as the Tony-award winning vocalist sung songs from classic productions such as Cats, Chicago and Wicked, as well as songs from Irving Berlin and George Gershwin. The orchestra was excited to perform, tying it with a day centered on love and affection.

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra were in collaboration with vocalist Debbie Gravitte and St. Clair College’s music theatre students to deliver Broadway loves songs Feb. 14 at the Capitol Theatre. Seats were packed

“I have a hard time thinking of a Broadway show that doesn’t deal with love in any way shape or form,” said WSO marketing manager Shelley Sharpe. “All of this music is really high energy and I try to tell people


that from the beginning. You’re not just coming to a concert of love songs, you’re coming to a great Glee episode basically.” Theatre doors opened at 7:30 p.m. and the show began at 8 p.m. While Gravitte was the evening’s headliner, others attended out of different interests and past experiences with the WSO. “I don’t have much interest in Broadway. I mean I enjoy it but I’m here

with my friend who enjoys it as well,” said audience member Marc Dubois. “I’m interested in this show because of the new director, because he was very good at Christmas.” Nearly 20 songs were played, with the majority performed by Gravitte either solo or with St. Clair’s music theatre program. The students themselves also took centre stage on occasion, particularly when performing songs from ‘Les Miserable’ in the second half. Towards the end of the

concert, Gravitte thanked the audience and the Windsor symphony for the experience in performing the Broadway hits. “I want you to know that you have an incredible treasure in this orchestra,” Gravitte said to the audience on stage. Following the show, she spoke with audience members and signed autographs at the theatre lobby. An encore performance occurred the following afternoon of Feb. 15.

Debbie Gravetti performs the song ‘Hello Dolly’ with St. Clair’s music theatre students at the Capitol Theatre Feb. 14.

Students from St. Clair College’s music theatre program perform songs from ‘Les Miserable’ at the Capitol Theatre Feb. 14.

[Photo by // Hani Yassine]

[Photo by // Hani Yassine]


Spitfires Continue To Gain Ground On Saginaw


BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ The Windsor Spitfires gained three out of a possible six points during three back-to-back games. With 54 points, Windsor is currently two points behind the Saginaw Spirit for the final play-off spot in the OHL’s Western conference. Both Saginaw and Windsor have 14 games left to play in the regular season but will not play each other during that span. A dominant 4-1 victory over the Kitchener Rangers Feb. 12 was followed by a 3-1 setback to the Niagara Ice Dogs Feb. 14 before dropping a 5-4 overtime loss on the road to the Guelph Storm Feb. 15. Against the Rangers, the Spitfires surrendered the opening goal of the game but scored the next four, outshooting Kitchener 41-19 on route to a 4-1 victory at the WFCU Centre. Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner said after losing three consecutive games the week prior, the team redefined their game defensively. After limiting Kitchener to 19 shots, Boughner was pleased with his team’s effort. “That’s one of our more complete games in a long time,” said Boughner. “The challenge was to buy in and to work as hard away from the puck as you do with the puck and everybody bought in. That’s the way we need to play if we are going to give ourselves a chance to try and make the play-offs.” Markus Soberg scored his 11th goal of the season to tie the game after Kitchener scored in the first 90 seconds of play. Soberg agreed physicality had been missing from Windsor in weeks prior and was key to their success against the Rangers. “We played physical from start to finish and it was a good game,” said Soberg. “I’m getting more used to the North American style so I’m trying

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Former Windsor Spitfire Josh Ho-Sang handles the puck as a member of the Niagara Ice Dogs during OHL action at WFCU Centre, Feb. 15. The Ice Dogs defeated the Spitfires, 3-1, in Ho-Sang’s return to Windsor after being traded earlier this season. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold] to finish my checks. I just try to work hard for the team and whatever happens, happens.”

his 19th goal of the season coming on the power play midway through the first period.

Logan Brown scored his 16th of the season to put Windsor up 3-1 before Anthony Stefano rounded out the scoring, pushing the lead to 4-1. The third period yielded only nine total shots and Alex Fotinos picked up the win in net for the Spitfires.

Niagara scored two goals just over a minute into the second period to take the lead. The score remained that way until the final minutes when Ho-Sang found Carter Verhaeghe in front of the net to seal the 3-1 victory for the Ice Dogs.

The Niagara Ice Dogs came to the WFCU Centre Feb. 15 with former Spitfire Josh Ho-Sang making his first appearance in Windsor since being traded away early in the season. Trevor Murphy opened the scoring with

The third and final game of the backto-back set saw the Spitfires play the Guelph Storm in a Family Day matinee game. Windsor trailed 2-0 after the first period but Patrick Sanvido and Slater Doggett responded in the

second period to tie the game headed into the third. Stefano scored 10 seconds into the frame but the Storm responded 90 seconds later as Tyler Bertuzzi scored his 40th goal of the year to make it 3-3. Spitfire Lucas Venuto scored on the power play and Brown collected his third assist of the game to put Windsor up 4-3. The Storm would send the game into overtime and Guelph scored the game-winner on their third shot of extra time with a puck partially deflected off a stick sliding past Brendan Johnston. Regardless of the loss, the Spitfires picked up one

point from the game and now trail by just two points behind Saginaw for eighth in the west. DiGiacinto said the team has come together in realizing their increased level of play has given them a shot to catch Saginaw in the standings and make the play-offs. “[14] games left, that’s a lot of points,” said DiGiacinto. “We’re finally coming together as a team ... in the playoffs anything can happen. We’re pushing now, you can see it at practice and in the room and I think it shows.”

Hope Scores

I’ve seen almost anything go in so I just threw it on net. There had been a lot of shots in that overtime and that goalie was on his game so I was just trying to put everything I could on net. No shot is a bad shot, something about it made me have a feeling so I just threw it on net and it went in.”

with the Lancers. Immediately after beating Volpe with Windsor’s 42nd shot of the game, Hope skated down the ice in celebration to embrace fifthyear goaltender Parker Van Buskirk, who had 30 saves in what could have been his career’s final game had it not been for Hope’s heroics.

Hope said he scored an overtime winner during the playoffs in his time with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack but added his overtime goal against Brock was the biggest he had scored

Van Buskirk said playing in an intense environment in game three was exciting and he had to stay extra sharp in overtime when giving up a goal would mean the end to his re-

cord-setting career with the Windsor Lancers. “You’re one fluke bounce away from being done,” said Van Buskirk. “In overtime you’re just trying to play smart, track the puck and give your team a chance to maybe get one down the stretch and fortunately we were able to do that today.” Van Buskirk said the Lancers expected to win the series against Brock, but added they never took the Badgers

lightly. He said they’re a good hockey team, “they’re tough, they’re mean and they match up well against [the Lancers].” Van Buskirk also said the adversity faced in this series has made the Lancers better as a team heading into their series against Lakehead. “Any time you deal with adversity it makes you a lot tighter in the dressing room,” said Van Buskirk. “We were down twice and came back, we were down [in game two] and we came back, so it puts these little things in

the back of our minds to remember if, heaven forbid, it happens again, we know we can come back and get the job done.” Game one of the best-of-three OUA West semifinal series against the Thunderwolves will be played in Thunder Bay. Game two will be hosted Saturday, Feb. 21 at South Windsor arena at 7:30 p.m. Game three, if necessary, will be played at South Windsor arena, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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Women’s Hockey Head To Playoffs After Record-Setting Season

BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ It has been a season to remember for the Windsor Lancer women’s hockey team. After a 14-6-4 regular season, the Lancers have finished with 32 points, their highest point total in program history. After a tightly contested regular season, Windsor finished fifth in the OUA with a 5-3 win over the UOIT Ridgebacks at South Windsor arena Feb. 13. The Lancers were up for a chance at a fourth place position during their game against the Queen’s Gaels Feb. 14, but were unable to defeat them in the regular season finale, falling 5-2. Although the Lancers were unable to move up the fourth, assistant coach Mike Heikkinen was impressed with the teams level of play in the absence of fifth year players Jenny MacKnight and Bree Polci as well as Lancer head coach Jim Hunter, all of whom were absent during the final three weeks of the regular season representing Team Canada at the FISU Winter Universiade in Spain, where they won the silver medal.

season. “It was a great year for the team,” said Heikkinen. “Before Jim and the girls left, we were playing the best hockey we had all year. We had a great win against Western, great win at York and I think we’ll pick up where we left off.” Krystin Lawrence scored three goals for Windsor in the victory over UOIT and said the Lancers were stronger having played the final six games of the regular season without two of their best players. “It gives people a chance to go out there and do their job,” said Lawrence. “It helps rolling the lines so everyone’s not tired all the time.” Erinn Noseworthy scored a pair of goals for the Lancers in their final two games of the regular season and said the entire year was a collaboration of hard-work. “Our rookies really stepped up and our veterans obviously played a big part,” said Noseworthy. “Our goalies played like hell. [This weekend] wasn’t the outcome that we wanted but now we’re onto the playoffs. We’re not mad because everyone tried hard and our coaches are proud of us.”

Heikkinen added he’s not overly concerned about the losses the team suffered during the final stretches of the

After the league made a final ruling on a tiebreaker between Queen’s and Toronto to determine who would


Longmuir said long road trips up to Sudbury, North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie this past weekend pose a greater challenge for the Lancers.

Windsor Lancers forward Krystin Lawrence prepares to shoot the puck during OUA women’s hockey action at South Windsor arena, Feb. 14. Lawrence scored three goals in Windsor’s 5-3 victory over UOIT, Feb. 13 to help the Lancers achieve their highest regular season point total in program history. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold] finish third or fourth in the standings, the Lancers will now play the fourthseeded Toronto Varsity Blues in the opening-round of the OUA playoffs in a best-of-three series. Windsor and Toronto split their two

meetings during the regular season, with the Lancers winning on the road in a shootout 4-3 Nov. 16, 2014 before dropping a 3-1 decision to the Varsity Blues at South Windsor arena Jan. 31. As of Feb. 10, Toronto was ranked tenth in Canada.

Game one of the series is scheduled for Feb. 19 at South Windsor arena. Puck-drop is 7:30 p.m. The series will be completed on the road regardless of Thursday’s outcome, as Toronto will host the final two games of the series on the weekend.

Lancer Hoops Sweeps Algoma On Long Road Trip

Sports Editor __________________________ Unfortunately for the Algoma Thunderbirds, they had to play the Lancer’s basketball teams on back-to-back days. The No. 1 ranked Lancer women’s team dominated the Thunderbirds 95-23 Feb. 13 before winning 74-38 Feb. 14, pushing their record to 17-1. Meanwhile, the No. 7 ranked Lancer men’s team improved their record to 13-5 by also winning both of their games with scores of 103-66 and 9860. On Feb. 13, Korissa Williams led the Lancers with a game high 24 points including eight steals and five rebounds. Four other Lancers finished the game in double digits as Emily Prevost scored 17 points off of the bench, and Jocelyn LaRocque and Andrea Kiss scoring 14 and 13 points, respectively. Cheyanne Roger rounded out the scoring with 12 points and a game-high of eight rebounds. The next day, Prevost had another strong performance with a gamehigh 22 points and nine rebounds. Caitlyn Longmuir scored 15 points, while LaRocque and Kiss each chipped in 13 points.

“It’s always rewarding to get a win regardless of who or where we are playing,” said Longmuir. “Playing these types of games allows the Lancers to work on new things and focus on small details that will make the difference in a big game.” First year guard Carly Steer scored 27 points against Nippissing last weekend and said the Lancers were able to focus on themselves in preparation for the playoffs the past two weeks. “A perfect opportunity to fine tune our skills and prepare for tougher upcoming games,” said Steer. “It’s nice to get two wins regardless of who we play. There was a lot learned no matter the outcome of the games.” For the men, five Lancers scored in double digits Feb. 13. Fourth-year forward Rotimi Osuntola Jr. led the way with a double-double, scoring 25 points and registering 10 rebounds. Second year guard Mike Rocca scored 18 points, fifth-year centre Evan Matthews chipped in 14 while fellow fifth-year guard Khalid AbdelGabar had 13 points, and secondyear guard Tyler Persaud rounded out the scoring with 11 points.

On Feb. 14, first-year guard Marko Kovac and fourth-year forward Brad Parker led the Lancers by registering 18 points each. Fourth-year guard Alex Campbell followed up a 29-point effort last weekend against Nippissing with 16 points against Algoma. Additionally, Osuntola Jr. scored 13 points and added seven rebounds with Abdel-Gabar scoring 10 points. Matthews had a game-high eight rebounds. Campbell said the Lancers have treated the rigorous road trips as business trips and they are more focused than ever heading into their final week of the regular season. A new 12-team playoff format will make its first appearance in the OUA this year, but regardless of the change, Campbell said Windsor’s goals are simple. “From here on out, not losing at anything is our focus,” said Campbell. “We really have to dial in for the conclusion of the regular season.” The Lancers will play their final regular season game Feb. 21 on the road against the Laurier Golden Hawks where the women will look to avenge their lone loss of the season in this rematch. The men’s team will look to continue their high level of play and maintain their RPI heading into the newly-formatted OUA playoffs.

Windsor Lancer forward Cheyanne Roger preapres to shoot against a Laurier Golden Hawks defender during OUA women’s basketball action at St. Denis Centre, Jan. 17. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold]



Lancer Track and Field Team Cruises To Team Challenge Title BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ The Windsor Lancer track and field team captured both the men’s and women’s team titles as host of the 26th annual Team Challenge at the St. Denis Centre. Windsor captured a record 32 medals at the meet, breaking last season’s record total of 29, including 12 gold, 13 silver and seven bronze medals. In the process, the Lancers also defeated the defending CIS men’s champions in the York Lions and the defending CIS women’s champions in the Guelph Gryphons during team competitions. Lancer team head coach Dennis Fairall said after the Lancer’s exceptional showing last weekend in Hillside, MI., it was important for the teams to build and carry their momentum into the OUA championships, which

York University will host Feb. 27 and 28. The University of Windsor is also set to host the CIS track and field championships at the St. Denis Centre Mar. 10 - 12 and Fairall said hosting a national championship means more than the athletes being able to sleep in their own beds. “It’s worth 10 points [in the standings], that’s what I say,” said Fairall. “It could be worth more, it could be worth less, but it’s always worth a few points, anyway.” The Lancer women’s team took home seven of Windsor’s 12 gold medals on the weekend. Jasmin Kerr started off the meet for the Lancers with a gold medal in the women’s pentathlon with 3,009 points. Sierra Wolfe placed first in the women’s 600-metre race with a time of 1:39.37. Sarah Swain qualified for the CIS national championships in the women’s 60-metres hurdles race with a gold medal finish of 8.52 seconds.

Stefanie Smith continued her strong season with a gold medal in the 1,500 metre race in 4:33.05. Smith also captured a gold medal as a member of the women’s 4-by-800 metre relay team with Alexandra Moore, Lindsay Thompson and Meaghan Marton. Marton also captured a silver medal in the 1500 metre race with a time of 4:34.42. Emily Omahen rounded out the Lancer women’s team gold rush in the long jump with a jump of 5.56 metres. The Lancer men’s team has been ranked first in the CIS all season and continued their strong performances at Team Challenge. The Lancers were led by Matt Travaglini who placed first in the men’s 3000 metre race with a time of 8:24.77 before helping the men’s 4-by-800 metre relay team to a gold medal along with teammates Jordan Collison, Taylor McArthur and Paul LaMarra. Alex Ullman qualified for nationals

in the 1,000 metre race with a time of 2:24.35, while teammate Corey Bellemore finished a very close-second and also qualified for nationals with a time of 2:24.49. Ullman won the OUA gold medal in the 600 metre and 1,000 metre race last season and said due to the short indoor track and field season, it’s hard to get into prime racing shape. But Ullman added, the Team Challenge was the time for Bellemore and himself to run fast and qualify for nationals on their home track.

“Team Challenge.” “It’s always fun mixing it up with our guys,” said Bellemore. “And it’s fun because family can come, they don’t get to see most of the meets so it’s awesome to have them here.”

“Me and Corey are training partners and we work hard together,” said Ullman. “We race a lot [against each other] so it’s fun.”

Arren Young also qualified for nationals with a best jump of 7.30 metres in the men’s long jump and Chris Waugh won gold in the pole vault with a height of 4.75 metres. Angelo Bortolin continued his strong season in the triple jump with a leap of 14.42 metres. Bortolin jumped a personalbest 14.71 metres, and that jump now ranks the freshman athlete in the top three of the CIS.

Bellemore said prior to the race, the Lancers believed it would be a competition between their own team rather the rest of the field, due to the amount of OUA schools not at the meet. Hence the name of the event,

“It takes the pressure off of being in the top 12 in the country,” said Bortolin. “Making CIS-standard qualifying is a relief. Now it’s all about keeping well, keep training and maintaining technique.”

Windsor Express Clinch Top Spot Central Division

BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ With a 127-124 win over the Mississauga Power, the Express have clinched the top spot in the division and will now enjoy home court advantage in the Central Division playoffs. After the first quarter of the Feb. 17 game, Windsor held a 28-27 advantage but the Power opened up the second quarter with a strong push. A Tony Bennett three pointer put the Express back in the lead and the defending NBL Canada champions went into halftime with a 52-41 lead. Windsor scored 45 points in the third quarter and at one point held onto a 27 point lead, but the Power poured in 39 points of their own in the frame and cut into the Express lead, trailing 98-81 heading into the fourth quarter. In the fourth, Mississauga fueled a comeback by taking advantage of Windsor’s foul trouble and outscored the Express 32-17. Omar Strong sunk a three pointer with just over five minutes left in the game to allow Windsor to leave by three before the Power took a slight lead heading into the final minute of regulation. Bennett brought the Express back into the game with a three pointer, making the score to 113-112 with 44 seconds left. Chris Commons split a

pair of free throws, tying the score at 113 and sending the game into overtime. Windsor started off the five minute frame strong as Commons put up six points in the first two minutes to take a 119-113 lead before taking the 127124 victory over Mississauga. Quinnel Brown once again led the Express with 30 points. Two Express players had doubledoubles, Commons finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds while Bennett had 24 points and dished out a game high of 15 assists. Kevin Loiselle scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Windsor’s 20th win of the season. Express head coach Bill Jones applauded his teams effort in the overtime victory. Jones said winning the regular season Central Division title was a goal for his team and will look to stay ahead of the Atlantic Division leading Island Storm for home court advantage in the NBL Canada Finals should a rematch of last years championship series happen. “We’re resilient, we’re a championship team and we were able to squeak out a win in overtime,” said Jones. “But we’re still fighting for home court advantage throughout the playoffs. We’ve just got to take care of business and worry about ourselves moving forward.” Windsor has been plagued with injuries with multiple players sitting out

Windsor Express forward Chris Commons battles John Mills of the London Lightning in NBL Canada action at the WFCU Centre, Feb. 13. London beat Windsor 96-93 to snap their undefeated streak at home. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold] during various stretches of the season. Centre DeAndre Thomas suffered an ankle injury during Windsor’s 9693 loss to the London Lightning Feb. 13 and was placed on injured reserve prior to Tuesday’s game in Mississauga. Meanwhile, Windsor native and Express guard Gary Gibson has been out with a lower body injury since Jan. 23 but is expected to return to the line-up prior to the play-offs. “We just need to stay together and play as team and everything will be alright,” said Gibson. “This week I’ll be able to start practising with the team and do all of the workouts.

Hopefully this weekend I’ll be ready to play.” The Express also signed veteran guard Adrian Moss Feb. 16 to solidify their roster with aspirations of a long play-off run in mind. Moss won an NBL Canada championship with the London Lightning in 2012-2013 and was a member of the Storm last season whom Windsor defeated in seven games to capture the first league title in franchise history. “I’m super excited, especially to be with a championship team and help them win another championship,

that’s what I’m here for,” said Moss. “I’ve been playing against them all year and they’re tough ... I’m looking forward to getting my feet wet ... it shouldn’t take too long.” Windsor will take on the Brampton A’s on their last road home game of the regular season Feb. 21 at the Powerade Centre. The Express will have less than 18 hours to rest before competing at the WFCU Centre Feb. 22 in a rematch against the Power at 2 p.m. The NBL Canada regular season will wrap up Feb. 28 as the Express battle the A’s one last time before the play-offs.

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** - Possible Play-off Game




Women’s Hockey

Feb. 19 @ 7:30

South Windsor Arena

Windsor Spitfires

Feb. 20 @ 7:05

Plymouth, MI.

Men’s Volleyball

Feb. 20 @ 8:00

Hamilton, ON.

Men’s Volleyball

Feb. 21 @ TBA

Hamilton, ON.

Women’s Basketball

Feb. 21 @ 1:00

Waterloo, ON.

Women’s Hockey

Feb. 21 @ 2:00

Toronto, ON.

Men’s Basketball

Feb. 21 @ 3:00

Waterloo, ON.

Windsor Express

Feb. 21 @ 7:00

Brampton, ON.

Men’s Hockey

Feb. 21 @ 7:30

South Windsor Arena

Track and Field

Feb. 21 @ TBA

Ann Arbor, MI.

Windsor Express

Feb. 22 @ 2:00

WFCU Centre

Women’s Hockey

Feb. 22 @ 3:30**

Toronto, ON.

Men’s Hockey

Feb. 22 @ 7:30**

South Windsor Arena

Windsor Spitfires

Feb. 26 @ 7:05

WFCU Centre

Windsor Spitfires

Feb. 27 @ 7:05

Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

Track and Field

Feb. 27 @ TBA

Toronto, ON.

Track and Field

Feb. 28 @ TBA

Toronto, ON.

Windsor Express

Feb. 28 @ 7:00

WFCU Centre

Windsor Spitfires

Mar. 1 @ 2:05

WFCU Centre

Windsor Spitfires

Mar. 5 @ 7:05

WFCU Centre

Windsor Spitfires

Mar. 6 @ 7:00

Kitchener, ON.

Windsor Spitfires

Mar. 8 @ 2:00

WFCU Centre

Windsor Spitfires

Mar. 12 @ 7:05

WFCU Centre

Track and Field

Mar. 12 @ TBA

St. Denis Centre

Track and Field

Mar. 13 @ TBA

St. Denis Centre

Track and Field

Mar. 14 @ TBA

St. Denis Centre

Windsor Spitfires

Mar. 14 @ 7:00

Erie, PA.

Windsor Spitfires

Mar. 15 @ 2:00

St. Catherines, ON.

Windsor Spitfires

Mar. 19 @ 7:05

WFCU Centre

Windsor Spitfires

Mar. 20 @ 7:05

Sarnia, ON.

Windsor Spitfires

Mar. 21 @ 7:05

Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

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