The Mike Ure band plays for Spitfire fans in front of the WFCU.
Lancer Football goes 4-0, first time since 1987.
The Spitfires are off to a rough start with two losses at the start of the season.
Windsor experiences the WAVE festival.
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Students Voice Thoughts at WUFA Town Hall Meeting
JOLENEPERRON Editor-in-chief __________________________
Students had an opportunity to voice their thoughts and ask important questions to faculty representatives outside Chrysler Hall North. Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA) planned a town hall meeting outside the Chrysler building Oct 1, during what was supposed to be a time of work stoppage. Although the strike has been postponed during mediation, president of WUFA Anne Forrest proceeded to meet with students to talk to them face-to-face. “We are as uninterested in a strike as you are in living through a strike,” said Forrest. “It really is against our nature, if you will, as teachers and researchers to be standing on the street rather than in our classrooms and offices. It’s really an unfortunate set of circumstances that we’re in.” See DONATION on page
Windsor University Faculty Association president Anne Forrest addressed students on Oct. 1 outside Chrysler Hall Tower North to hear their thoughts on the pending strike.. (Photo by // Jolene Perron - The Lance Editor-in-cheif)
Strike Temporarily Averted at University TRAVISFAUTEUX & JOLENEPERRON News Editor & Editor-in-chief __________________________ Both faculty and administration have decided to return to the bargaining table. Following a sit-in, in both the lobby area of the administrations office as well as the Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA) building, a letter was handed to the protesters stating both WUFA and administration had agreed to return to the bargaining table. Alix Simpson, a fourth-year music student at the University, was the organizer behind the peaceful protest and said it was time for both parties to return to the table to make a decision. “I would like to think [the protest] had an effect,” said Simpson. “I’m not entirely sure it did because it takes a couple of days to get a mediator [involved] ... But I like to think it kicked them in the pants to get stuff done.” See WUFA on page
File photo of the University of Windsor logo, appearing on the outside the University of Windsor administration office building. (Photo by // Jolene Perron - The Lance Editor-in-Chief)
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The two parties will be meeting on Oct.1 and 2 with a senior provincial mediator to negotiate a collective agreement, which means the work stoppage schedule to begin indefinitely on Oct. 1 will not go forward. While the strike has been delayed, a work stoppage could still be on the horizon if negotiations do not fare well, even with the assistance of a mediator.
Over a period of two hours, volunteers stationed around Windsor handed out copies of The Windsor Star in exchange for donations, as part of the Windsor Stars Raise a Reader event. (Photo by // Sarah Crowe - Special To The Lance)
Local Paper Raises Thousands for Literacy TRAVISFAUTEUX News Editor __________________________ In only two hours, a local newspaper has managed to raise more than $20,000 for local literacy programs. The Windsor Star’s annual Raise a Reader event took place Sept. 25 at more than 60 locations around the city. Approximately 320 volunteers handing out newspapers and accepting donations helped to make the event a possibility.
in the area to go towards improving classroom libraries. An additional $1,000 was given to the Diplomats Drum and Bugle Corps, a non-profit music organization which provides children and young adults with free music and dance.
an important impact on children in the area. “Most of our programs really help those that don’t have the financial means to access books and programs,” said Becker, “and the Raise
a Reader program is also raising the Since Raise a Reader began in 2002, more than $550,000 has been raised awareness of the programs that are for literacy programs in the region. available and the importance of readBecker said the annual event has had ing.”
“We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day and it went fabulous,” said Becker. “It was hugely successful as it always is and it was a really exciting morning.”
A total of $4,000 in addition to a number of books will also be given to five schools from each school board
“I know that this kind of on again, off again, is there going to be a strike, isn’t there going to be a strike stuff is very dislocating for them [the students],” said Forrest. “They’re very puzzled … but I think everybody needs to know this is how collective bargaining works.” While the situation may seem chaotic, Forrest said it’s a “planned chaos.” In a letter to students Sept. 26, University president Alan Wildeman said Windsor University Faculty Association’s (WUFA) tactics have been the exact opposite of what he had hoped for.
“Unfortunately, it is WUFA’s stated principle that the union must always use the threat of a strike to get what it wants,” said Wildeman in his letter. “If WUFA’s anger that a final offer was imposed rather than negotiated is enough to justify a strike there is no financial remedy to reduce that anger.” Since the terms and conditions of employment, which had been administrations “last offer,” were imposed on the faculty in July, the two parties have only met once for “exploratory talks,” the complete details of which have not been made public. Simpson said the whole situation is still unsettling, to both her and other students. “I’m glad they postponed it,” said Simpson. “But still, nothing has come of any of this. So, we’ll find out. I just really hate this suspense. I just want them to make a decision.”to make a decision.”
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Beverley Becker, director of local marketing for The Star, said the day was a success.
In addition to the fundraising done by local volunteers, The Star also gave away approximately $56,000 to four organizations in an attempt to help support literacy in Windsor - A Book of My Own, CNIB Windsor-Essex, a Windsor Public Library program and the Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor.
Anne Forrest, president of WUFA, said they are very pleased with the step forward and they are hoping to reach a settlement – that would be “the best possible outcome.” Forrest From explained the 48 – 72 hours before a “threatened work stoppage” is most often the time in which things get done.
Wildeman explained in his letter new collective agreement should have been settled in January, by the time the existing one had expired, but things have not gone according to that plan.
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Mike Ure Band Musical Career Snowballing With Opportunity
The Mike Ure Band performs outside the WFCU Centre Sept. 26 as part of a “tailgate party” prior to the Windsor Spitfires season opener. (Left to Right: Aidan Johnson-Bujold, Mike Ure, Brandon Lefrancois and Alex Seguin) (Photo by // Jolene Perron - The Lance Editor-in-Chief)
Alex Seguin, bass player and background vocals, plays with The Mike Ure Band at the Tailgate Party outside the WFCU Centre Sept. 26. (Photo by // Jolene Perron - The Lance Editor-in-Chief)
JOLENEPERRON Editor-in-chief __________________________ Four University of Windsor students are experiencing music in a way very few have the chance to do. Since they opened for Tyler Ward on Dec. 20, 2012, which they played by winning a contest, The Mike Ure Band has paved a path for themselves that can only progress from here. The band originally begun with Mike Ure as a solo artist. When the contest to open for Tyler Ward came up in 2012, the band in its entirety was formed and consists of university nursing graduate Ure as the rhythm guitar and vocals, university communications graduate Alex Seguin as the bass player and background vocals, second year university music student Aidan Johnson-Bujold as the lead guitarist and background vocals and fourth year university music student Brandon Lefrancois as the drummer. Coming off a summer tour around Windsor and Essex County, playing numerous shows at Caesars Windsor’s Cosmo’s, Shooter’s Roadhouse in Amherstburg, as well as festivals throughout the county, the band had the opportunity to play a tailgate party and sing the national anthem at the Spitfires season opener Sept. 26. “We did an acoustic set at the Bull N’Barrel to open for Jake Maurer and he was playing the next night at the WFCU Centre,” said Ure. “The Spits organizer was there checking out Jake Mauer and he saw us play before him and that night we got a message from him asking if we would like to play the tail-
Mike Ure, lead vocals and rhythm guitarist, plays alongside his band members outside the WFCU Centre on Sept. 26. (Photo by // Jolene Perron - The Lance Editor-in-Chief) gate party.” The Mike Ure Band is currently working on an EP, a CD planned to include four songs, which the band hopes to have released before Christmas. Ure said they’re taking a small break from shows over the next few weeks to get the recording in order. “We’re just gonna keep doing what we’re doing, keep playing shows,” said Ure. “We’re hoping to get on the radio, do maybe a radio tour for the summer and in the summer we’ll probably do another tour like we did this year, just expanding our name and getting it out there and keep building our fan base which has grown pretty big in the last year.” The last two years have been hectic but rewarding for the band, according to Ure. Most recently, the band’s drummer, Dean Mailloux, made the deci-
Aidan Johnson-Bujold, lead guitarist and background vocals, plays with The Mike Ure Band at the Tailgate Party outside the WFCU Centre Sept. 26.. (Photo by // Jolene Perron - The Lance Editor-in-Chief)
sion to leave the band to follow his career as a veterinarian. Ure said the band supported him in his decision, while they didn’t want to see him leave, it was his dream and they supported that. Overall, Ure said it’s a positive learning experience. “It’s very rewarding,” said Ure. “I love what I do, I love playing music and the fact that I get to do that every night and the fans allow me to do that is pretty cool. The biggest thing is just to stick with it … There’s going to be a lot of times where you feel like throwing in the towel, but it’s very rewarding. What you do, it doesn’t seem like work. Just keep with it, keep playing shows and as long as you enjoy it, that’s the biggest thing. Just have fun with it.”
Brandon Lefrancois, drummer, plays with The Mike Ure Band at the Tailgate Party outside the WFCU Centre Sept. 26. (Photo by // Jolene Perron - The Lance Editor-in-Chief)
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Spitfires Drop Season Opener 5-2 to the Otters
RICHARDRIOSA Sports Editor __________________________ The Windsor Spitfires have opened the 2014-2015 OHL Season with a disappointing 5-2 home loss to the Erie Otters in front of a decent crowd at the WCU Centre. The home-opener Sept. 26 was a big opportunity for the team’s many rookies to prove their talent and legitimize some of the promise surrounding this team in pre-season. For the first period, the Spits took full advantage of their opportunities, with goals from Mark Manchurek, in his OHL debut shift and Chris Marchese to put them into an early 2-0 lead. The good start was shortlived, as Erie would hit back within two minutes, but the Spits would carry the 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
Spitfires center Ryan Moore with a breakaway in the second period of Windsor’s 5-2 loss to the Erie Otters Sept. 26 at the WFCU Centre. (Photo by // Ricahrd Riosa - The Lance Sports Editor)
The shots on goal were perhaps a sign of things to come, as the Spits were down 16-6 in that category through one period.
tensed up instead of just having fun out there,” said Spits head coach Bob Boughner.
After having kept Erie’s star, Connor McDavid, off the board through the first period, he quickly took control of the game in the second by calmly slotting one past Spits keeper Alex Fotinos only 46 seconds in. “When we came out of the first period, I felt okay about our team… but when they tied the game up, I sensed the feeling we
The Otters would go on to add a third goal to take the lead before the second intermission. The third period picked up where the second left off, as Erie added two more goals, for a total of five unanswered goals. The game’s first star, McDavid, who many predict to go first overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, finished
the game with one goal and two assists. “He’s a guy that you can’t let out of your reach for half a second,” said Boughner. And each time Windsor did let McDavid out of their reach, they were punished. McDavid was responsible for the game’s tying goal and assisted the winning goal as well as the fifth. Despite McDavid’s brilliant performance, Boughner said
there were many things Windsor needs to work on going forward. Having been outshot 47-23 on the night, he said the team needs to focus on simplifying their game and doing a better job of defending in front of Fotinos, who made 42 saves.
our power-play,” said Boughner. “You have to create momentum on your power-play. Even if you don’t score, you should be getting some chances and the opposite happened. I feel like they gained momentum from their penalty kills.”
Boughner also said his team gave up far too many penalties and didn’t capitalize on the power-plays they did have. “The big negative for me was
With such a young team, Fotinos said he believes the team will learn from the mistakes they’ve made in this first loss and improve drastically over the course of the season.
Guelph tied the game in the first three minutes of the second period off of a power play. The game remained tied well in to the third period, with both teams evenly matched in shots on goal.
“It was a 1-1 game for a while problem is we’re having trouble scoring goals right now and you want your older guys to step up and it’s just not happening right now.”
“It felt good to get the first one under my belt. (It) felt even better to get the team up one goal - it’s too bad we couldn’t hold the lead,” said Brown. “We’re a young team. We’ve just got to learn how to play with a lead and to play ahead - and we’ve got time - but it’s a tough loss.”
Desipite the losses, coach Boughner said he was pleased with his teams defensive approach and his goal is to work on their offense.
Spitfires End Opening Weekend With Two-Game Losing Streak JOLENEPERRON Editor-in-chief __________________________ The Windsor Spitfires have ended their opening weekend with a second loss, falling 2-1 to the Guelph Storm. The Spitfires were looking for a win after they had lost their season opener against the Erie Otters Sept. 26. They went into the Sept. 28 game against Guelph, with HoSang scratched from the game due to an injury suffered in the opener.
Guelph Storm forward Jesse Hilton sets up a shot on Spitfires goaltender Alex Fotinos Sept. 28 during the Spitfires second regular season game at the WFCU Centre. (Photo by // Jolene Perron - The Lance Editor-in-Chief)
The first and only Spitfires goal of the game, was scored by Logan Brown at the end of the first period. This was Brown’s first regular season game with the Spitfires and he said he had to put the butterflies aside, because after the puck drops he said he just had to “think of it like another game.”
Halfway through the third period, Guelph scored what would be the game-winning goal. Windsor tried to catch up, but fell short, ending the game 2-1 and beginning their season with a two-game loosing streak. “We’ve got a lot of young guys playing some bigger minutes that they’re probably not used to against some good players,” said head coach Bob Boughner.
“Tonight wasn’t too, too bad defensively,” said Boughner. “ We only let one power-play goal on a five on three and the other one was even strength and it was a bit of a mix up. You can’t win games when you’re scoring one or two a night. We have to generate more offense and that’s up to us to find a way.” The Spitfires season continues when they take on Barrie Oct. 2 at the WFCU Centre at 7:05 p.m.
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Lancers Football Goes 4-0 for First Time Since 1987 Despite quarterback Austin Kennedy throwing for 406 yards and two touchdowns, D’Amore said there were many dropped passes and misran routes which the team can’t afford to repeat against Guelph. D’Amore also said he was disappointed with Kennedy giving up two interceptions in the game as well. The offence against York was anchored by a standout performance from fullback Nate O’Halloran who ran for 38 yards and had 92 receiving yards. O’Halloran had one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown to add to his stellar yardage. D’Amore said he was the best player on the field against York.
Running back Beau Lumley carries the ball during Windsor’s 35-3 win over York in Toronto Sept. 26. (Photo courtesy of golancers.ca.) RICHARDRIOSA Sports Editor
start the season for the first time since 1987.
The Lancers won their fourth straight game Sept. 26, to remain undefeated ahead of their big test at home to Guelph Oct. 4.
The Lancer football team has defeated the York Lions 35-3 on the road, moving them to 4-0 to
Head coach Joe D’Amore said he was very happy with the way his defense played, but was upset with his offense’s performance in the big win. “It wasn’t a great day offensively for us, but it was good enough for the win,” said D’Amore.
“Nathan O’Halloran played really well,” said D’Amore. “A lot of times he’s busy doing all the dirty work and he doesn’t get a lot of opportunities to run the ball or catch passes, but we had a couple guys injured, so Nate was able to carry the ball a little bit.”
heavily on him when they meet the 3-1 Gryphons in a game that could very well make or break Windsor’s season. Pszczonak had 152 receiving yards and one touchdown against the Lions. “Despite teams every week knowing he’s our best player, he still continues to perform,” said D’Amore. “We try to find ways to get him the ball and get production and him and Austin have such a great relationship. We’ll need both of those guys to make plays on Saturday if we’re going to have a chance to win.” The game against Guelph will be held at Alumni Field at 1:00 p.m. and tickets are $15 for preferred seating, $12 for general admission and $10 for youth and seniors. With the Lancers undefeated and the Gryphons being perennial contenders, the game will have huge play-off ramifications as two of the country’s top teams go head to head.
Despite O’Halloran’s standout performance against York, wide receiver Evan Pszczonak remains the Lancers’ main threat moving forward and D’Amore said the team will need to rely
“If we want to be recognized in the CIS and OUA as a top team… we’ve got to win games that people may think we can’t win, which is probably Saturday against Guelph,” said D’Amore.
not only locally but also across the provinces,” said Masterson. “So we were really trying to think of ways to address his generous request and the festival came up as one of those.”
ments, sonic elements and something that’s actually tied in to the energy or the idea of Windsor,” said Samek. “I hope nothing more than to promote creativity within people. There’s nothing any artist or presenter wants more than for a festival to spawn and create new ideas. This should happen every weekend.”
Local Artists Make “Waves” by the River Masterson also said the name of the festival was chosen so it would include all types of waves, such as kinetic, digital, sound, light and movement. Park lighting designer, Adam Marz, used lights to create water projections on the riverfront grass with the WAVES logo throughout the park.
Local artists Nicolas De Cosson and Chelsea Greenwell set up their display called “Innate” which represents the innate nature of the moth to be drawn to the light at w.a.v.e.s. Festival in Windsor on September 26. (Photo by // Bobby-Jo Keats - The Lance Sports Editor) BOBBY-JOKEATS News Intern __________________________ Local artists are using their creativity to unite others through waves of art, culture and technology. Windsor’s Artists, Visions, En-
ergies & Sculptures (WAVES) Festival took place Sept. 26 and 27 in the Windsor Sculpture Park. The event provided local artists with an opportunity to showcase their creations, which incorporated elements of light, sound and vision. Cathy Masterson, the manager of cultural affairs for the City
of Windsor, said more than 20 art installations were set up over the weekend and in a way, paid tribute to Louis Odette, creator of the Odette Sculpture Park. “We were given a very generous request by Mr. Louis Odette when he passed away and the purpose of that was to increase awareness of the sculpture park,
“What we’ve done as a company is create a canvas [that] is one mile wide,” said Marz. “The entire park is our canvas for our installation. We have done this before, but never on this large of a scale. I hope that people will look at Windsor in a new light. There are a lot of negative attitudes and I don’t want to focus on that at all.” The festival included music, food trucks, a drum circle, litup sculptures, break dancing, a photo scavenger hunt and 3D printing demonstrations. Local artists Greg Samek and Meghan Chamberlain showcased their Motor City Beats’ Junk Kit, a drum kit built from the Motor City’s recycled car parts. “This festival in particular is trying to combine visual ele-
Jim Han and Rob Loebach are break dancers from Windsor who run a studio in London. They said after receiving an e-mail about the festival reaching out to artists outside of Windsor they filled out an application right away. “For us, it all started down here,” said Loebach. “We used to practice down here all the time. We came here hoping to inspire people and have fun. Windsor has an awesome riverfront. It’s great to do something along the riverfront and support artists and the local art scene and see the different aspects of it.” Masterson said the festival will be held every two years in Windsor. She’s already been getting great feedback from the artists involved in the event, particularly those who began their artistic journey on Windsor’s own waterfront.
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University Receives $10 Million Gift for Bursaries
TRAVISFAUTEUX News Editor __________________________ University of Windsor students are getting a $10 million boost from Tim Hortons co-founder, Ron Joyce. Joyce, chairman of the Joyce Foundation, came to the University Sept. 25 to make the donation publicly. The money will be used to establish the Ed Lumley Bursary, in recognition of the current university chancellor. The money will be split in to a number of bursaries, available to students who are experiencing financial hardships, with a maximum of $8,000 per year, over a period of four years. The Ed Lumley Bursary will be the most significant student support endowment in the history of the University according to University president, Alan Wildeman. Wildeman said the gift will give students the opportunity to pursue the education they want and deserve. “Today is a day for students,” said Wildeman. “Students have been at the heart of the mission of the University of Windsor since its first rumblings began in 1857 … Education
empowers lives. As a University it is our role to open minds to the power of knowledge, discovery, creativity and civic engagement.” Joyce said students today need help to succeed in reaching their postsecondary education goals. “My new venture is that I’m giving back to something I strongly believe in … which is giving back to children, hopefully to further their education with less cost to them,” said Joyce. “Education is expensive, there’s no question about it.” Erika Downie, a fourth-year dramatic art student, said the gift “offers students not only opportunities, but freedom. The freedom to take chances and risks in their education - to know that after school they can do anything they want to do.” The application process for the bursary has not yet been determined. To recognize this donation, Wildeman said the University’s new innovation centre being built on Wyandotte will be named the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre.
WUFA Town Hall
Forrest assured students that although it may seem confusing, this is how collective bargaining works. She said while it may seem as though they are attempting to make the situation as uncomfortable as possible for the students, that is not the case. “In my view, what we are actually observing, is collective bargaining – the collective bargaining process at work,” said Forrest. “Collective bargaining works best when parties fee like they have a need to settle … It is important to also say that if mediation does not lead to a settlement then we will be in a strike position, and that could be Friday.” Groups of students gathered to voice their opinions and ask questions about the pending strike, if it will be happening and if it does will they be
reimbursed. Forrest said those are questions she can’t answer – faculty are currently in mediation until Oct. 2 and as for the tuition, that’s a concern the students would have to bring to administration. Christiana Chibani is a fourth year student majoring in sociology. She said she works hard to pay her own tuition and feels she should be reimbursed the proper amount should a strike take place. “It’s very annoying, it’s frustrating, they’ve had all summer [and] they can’t figure it out,” said Chibani. “They have problems, they should solve it. It affects students, it affects us. We pay, we work … it’s hard on us because we kind of feel like ‘okay, where’s my money? Am I going to get the service?’ … It’s all in fairness, I get
Ron Joyce, co-founder of the Tim Hortons chain, and Ed Lumley, University of Windsor chancellor, announce $10 million worth of scholarships Sept. 25. (Photo by // Travis Fauteux - The Lance News Editor)
you’re going on strike but what about the students? What about people who pay? All this $4,000, for what? It’s hard.”
michael said while it makes her angry that a strike is still impeding, if no one fights for what they believe in “people can just walk right over us.”
On the opposing side, Lauren Carmichael is in her fourth year in family and social relations and women’s studies. She believes in the faculty fighting for their rights.
Third year neuroscience major, Patricia Alsalom, is most concerned with the timing and is convinced a strike is in fact going to happen, regardless of what WUFA or administration have to say.
“If we don’t fight for what we believe in, then how can anybody do anything?” said Carmichael. “The [professors] are just trying to get their rights and what the president said made no sense. We’re putting money in to the buildings, we’re putting money in to this … well we don’t need that. We’ve got an amazing campus, we’ve got amazing academics, we’ve got great facilities, these aspects need to be fought for first before we go towards bettering our campus because there’s more things to be done, we need to support everybody.” Carmichael said Forrest was one of her “most inspirational professors” and she fully supports Forrest fighting for what she believes is right. Car-
Alsalom said the university needs to fix its “strike problem” and focus on attracting more students to make the university strive.
Each student who took the microphone at the town hall spoke words of frustration, confusion and annoyance, with hopes the strike won’t impede on their “right to an education.” Mediation will continue through Oct. 2, the details of which are being withheld until further notice.
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“What makes me upset is how the University has just dictated this contract,” said Boychyn. “They’re doing this with all the unions on campus, they’re trying to break them down, they’re trying to make it really difficult for them to negotiate terms … We need them to be there to ensure our rights, ensure the pay increase, and all of these things, so it’s just frustrating. “
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“I don’t want to get my hopes up,” said Alsalom. “In my opinion, I feel like the University isn’t giving enough to the faculty and the president’s e-mail seemed like he didn’t want to give in so I figured there’s probably going to be a strike …. The University of Windsor is considered one of the worst universities in Canada and that is really upsetting because I’m proud of Windsor and I want to go to professional school and I do not want them to discriminate against me because I came from Windsor.”
Other students, such as fourth year communications major Alexandra Boychyn, said she’s upset with the way administration has handled not just WUFA, but other unions on campus as well. She said unions are important and they need to be recognized as such.
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