UWindsor employees were recongnized for all their accomplishments in an awards ceremony last week.
All things garlic were available at the City Market over the weekend, including garlic-based poetry, crafts and more.
A concert directed by a UWindsor grad in collaboration with the WSO attracted a lot of attention during it’s debut at the Capitol.
Check out this week’s theatre reviews of University Player’s latest show, as well as Kordazone’s production, written by The Lance Arts Editor.
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A Life Lesson from the President
President of the University of Windsor, Alan Wildeman, addresses the university in his annual speech “A Leap Year in Many Ways.” [Photo Courtesy of the University of Windsor] CALEBWORKMAN News Editor __________________________
ly believe a strong sense of place is very
Alan Wildeman, president of the Uni-
in a lot of new faculty and that’s going to
versity of Windsor, addressed the campus at his annual speech regarding the future for graduates and what many of them will come across.
important and attributes to a sense of pride,” said Wildeman. “We’ve brought bring change to the university and we’re going to be reimagining a lot of the programs to prepare students for this future and set them off on a foot where they
According to Wildeman, students are
can take off full stride.”
going to face a very non-linear, discon-
A lot of support systems are being put in
tinuous, opportunity-driven future and he said it’s time for us to rethink how we do a lot of things in our lives and in the university. He said it’s not something to fear, but we need to understand how to prepare and take advantage of it.
place at the university to help students realize the potential in the world outside of university and be able to prepare them. “It’s really important for students that whenever they have a chance to be in-
“We’re in the midst of a whole lot of
volved in discussions about programs,
change and we’re trying to make the
to be involved,” said Wildeman. “The
campus more attractive because I real-
curriculum of 2020 should not look like
the curriculum of 1990. The world has changed so much and we want the students to be involved in the growth and change.” Wildeman said the constant changing of the world has no end in sight. “You hear the term ‘disruption’ a lot, it’s the hottest word on the plant right now, and we see it even in the student body,” said Wildeman. “The international body is growing and it changes things for the allocation of revenues that comes from that.” However, the most important things for students is to get as much information as they can and access as many resources as possible. Wildeman said taking advantage of the knowledge available to students at the Univeristy, as well as
getting to know their professors, will assist them in searching for a job in the future; because of course, in most situations, students won’t be able to just walk out the door and into a job they went to school for.
a major but are you learning a little bit
“Embrace your time here as a student,” said Wildeman. “Be involved, be engaged and it will better your future, not to get a job right out of the doors, but to take full advantage of your own drive and own opportunities that students themselves can create.”
because you’re going to go into a situa-
Wildeman said to never limit yourself to your program. He said if you’re an engineer, look into the English world. If you’re a commerce student, look into business and things like the EPICentre.
“Always keep in the back of your head
“It’s good that students want to have
about gaming, are you learning a little bit about humanities, are you learning some other things that are going to give you a broader set of skills,” said Wildeman. “You want to be more adaptable tion where you may have to go through 15 different job, or tasks as I call them.” Students now are going to be asked to participate in change and in a growing society, so Wildeman said they should learn how to change and adapt now. that things could change,” said Wildeman. “Things are a little tougher now than they were back then, but don’t be scared, embrace it and make it your op-
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A Night at the Opera
HANIYASSINE Arts Editor __________________________ Having performed in and experienced opera quite extensively, Erin Armstrong notes one of her favorite aspects of the art form is how not a single musician on stage is hooked to a microphone, essentially yielding a genuine connection with the audience. “That vibration goes from the violin into you. The singing goes from that person into you,” Armstrong said. “This is really person to person, it’s a hugely connected art form.” It’s this notion Armstrong hoped to carry upon her directorial debut of “La Boheme,” a one night only concert opera put on by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 30 at the Capitol Theatre. The opera initially premiered in February 1896 and was written by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. It tells a four-act story of four bohemian friends in Paris, each of them artists in their own way. The writer, Radolfo falls in love with a woman named Mimi, which leads to a party, followed by a breakup and finally a death. Equally funny and sad, Armstrong finds it tells a universal story which audiences will find easy to resonate with. “You can connect with the story and the characters pretty well, so if the audience feels an emotion at any part during the show, then we’ve done our job,” Armstrong said. Tickets were sold out as hundreds attended the one of a kind of show, which doesn’t grace Windsor relatively often. When it comes to providing opera to local audiences, there are still some hurdles to mitigate, some of which are
The Windsor Symphony Orchestra was out in full force for the production of “La Boheme” Jan. 30. [Photo by // Hani Yassine] inherent to the medium itself. Operas in the time of the likes of Wagner ran for as long as 18 hours. While no modern production matches this length, those can still run up to five hours.
“It’s not a challenge that has been completely solved,” Armstrong said. “Audiences are changing and what they expect is changing, and it’s difficult for attention spans to keep to that.”
Since opera was a sole form of entertainment for a lot of people during its heyday, there was a reason behind the extravagant length. But modern times have made listening to music become highly accessible, so keeping patrons in the seats has proven to be a bit tricky.
As traditional operas are grandiose in regards to set and costume design, they also tend to ramp up quite the costs. As a result this particular rendition literally leaves a lot to the imagination. Armstrong had compiled props and set pieces from household items in order to convey the essentials of the narrative.
Less is more was the mantra by making the most of the relatively limited resources at disposal. “They won’t really know what they’re missing if they haven’t seen it, and if they have, they know we’re doing the best that we can with what we have,” Armstrong said. While absent of the aesthetics, the core components remained intact, being the orchestra and the vocalists. The essential set pieces were enough to envision the
story as the performances stayed nothing short of admirable. If there was an ultimate objective Armstrong had in mind, it was to invoke an emotional reaction and hope audiences leave the theatre with a stronger appreciation for the medium. “I hope everyone that saw La Boheme came away with a sense that they would like to see more opera in Windsor, because it’s so exciting to see Windsor is, in fact, an opera city,” Armstrong said.
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Debut Festival Focuses on All Things Garlic
HANIYASSINE Arts Editor __________________________
At the age of 33, Pero Kovacevic was diagnosed with colon cancer. At 59, he has since been cancer free, but he still found himself dealing with pains in where he found an unlikely solution. “I was free of cancer, but always struggling with internal inflammation, aches and pains,” Kovacevic said. “I went to so many doctors and tried everything, but really became pain free when I started eating garlic.” This revelation led Kovacevic to learn more about garlic and its health benefits, essentially inclining him to put together the first annual Windsor Garlic Festival. Held at the City Market, the three-day festival centered itself on a luncheon, art and entertainment all revolved around garlic. This can range from the surprising health benefits it has to the joys of consuming it as a condiment.
John Blackton stands at the Incredible Spread’em booth at the Windsor Garlic Festival Jan. 29. [Photo by // Hani Yassine]
Among the attendees was 75-year old Armand Rock, who has grown his own garlic for decades and uses it on just about anything edible. “I put it on my potatoes, I put it in my rice, I put it in my soup, I put it in everything,” Rock said. “It’s good for your gut.” Also present were vendors who presented variations of the food in unique forms. John Blackton served as a representative for Incredible Spread’em, an operation found in Ontario in 1993, which uses all homegrown products to create gluten, lactose and sugar free garlic spread. Blackton said the product is good enough to sell itself, and he spreads it on a lot of his foods for the sake of taste and overall health. “I myself am a diabetic, so it’s better than butter or margarine which everyone else seems to use,” Blackton said. According to Kovacevic, the health benefits garlic provides varies from person to person, but ultimately believes its natural ingredients can serve to help much more than hinder. He plans to donate all festival proceeds to Windsor Hospice.
Pero Kovacevic speaks to a patron at the first annual Windsor Garlic Festival Jan. 29 at the City Market. [Photo by // Hani Yassine]
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University Students’ Dream Jobs Made a Little Easier CALEBWORKMAN News Editor __________________________ The University of Windsor’s Co-Op Career and Employment Services have launched a new initiative for students to help take some out of the stress out in regards to their future. The new opportunity for students, known as career interest testing, is run out of the careers and employment office and is a service, free of charge, to help students discover, learn about and strive for a dream job after graduation. It was put in place in hopes to alleviate stress for students and set them in the right path to achieve their goals. Krista Kelly, career consultant for the university’s career and employment services, said the service is an awesome opportunity for students to find out what their interests are. “It can help them relate to careers they may have never thought about before,” said Kelly. “Gaining a career after graduation is very important to students so this gives the students the ability to take an inventory of their skills and their interests and then outline their degree program and their plans through university so they can get their job when they come out.”
Students can set up one-on-one appointments with Kelly to assess where they are at in their program and an idea of what they want to in the future. The office would then send you a questionnaire and Kelly would take the results and set up another appointment to go over the results and see what options jump out at them and do research on it. “It’s a very specialized and unique program that you have to pay for at most schools,” said Kelly. “It’s a great chance to think about some employment opportunities.” The test taken compares your results to over 30 different occupations and Kelly said she can go through as many or as little with students to see what is required and what is open for future consideration. “Outside of the fact that you get to see the basic fields you can go into, it also gives you a long list of some jobs you may have never thought of before outside of typical ones people may generally think about,” said Kelly. Kelly said the program is new and they’ve only had about 20 students go through and all of them have been very pleased with what they have experienced. For more information, contact krista. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krista Kelly, career consultant for the Co-Op Careers and Employment Services of the University of Windsor, works with students to find their dream job. [Photo by//Caleb Workman]
Crowd Gathers for Percussion Based Concert
HANIYASSINE Arts Editor __________________________
There was a thunderous noise echoing about the halls of the Capitol Theatre. By following the trail, it led to the Joy Family Theatre where the noises only became louder as both the musicians and audience acted as one. This was the product of the drum circle, which took the latter half of the Big Bang concert on the late afternoon of Jan. 31. The concert was nearly two hours in length as the packed Joy Family Theatre was subjected to a series of pieces driven by percussion instruments. The event itself is the first concert of the New Year by 4th Wall Music, which is an artist collective intent on bridging the gap between musicians and audiences. “For someone who’s never played any instrument, percussion is very easily accessible,” said Faith Scholfield, a member of 4th Wall’s core group. “Especially
for kids, it’s a great way to connect and it gives them basic musical skills right off the bat.”
The program largely consisted of pieces from Canadian contemporary artists, one of which wasn’t necessarily percussion based, but instead a dual marimba movement courtesy of School of Music professor Dr. Nick Papador. Among the audience members was retired biology professor Mike Weis, who frequents around the local classical scene. While the concert was technically centered on percussion, Weis said it had veered into other territories. “Some of the percussion pieces were percussive, and some of them were melodic,” Weis said. “There was a marimba piece called mystic, and it was very melodic.” The 4th Wall Music collective will host their next concert on Mar. 6 at Mackenzie Hall. More information can be found on their website.
T.J. Travis leads the drum circle at the Big Bang concert at the Capitol Theatre Jan. 31. [Photo by // Hani Yassine]
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Health Expo Encompasses Devonshire Mall HANIYASSINE Arts Editor __________________________ A day like Saturday paves the way for shoppers to unwind and casually scope for a product, which might catch their eye. But for vendors and distributors like Christine McCallum, it’s the ideal location to network with new people. “It’s all about planting the seed with people,” McCallum said. “If we weren’t here, nobody would know about us.” For the past four years, McCallum has represented Evolv Health, a company based in Dallas, which specializes in natural health products to treat anything from inflammatory reduction to anxiety. Evolv was among the nearly two-dozen vendors who participated in the Healthy Minds Expo Jan. 30, which began outside Hudson’s Bay and branched out to other areas within Devonshire Mall. This is the seventh year of the expo, which is put on by the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County
The challenge is an audio and visual simulation where a person conducts a series of tasks under numerous impairments. In giving people an idea of what dementia entails, people were able to post on a board one word they would use to describe how they felt about the test or how it may have opened their eyes. The challenge was organized and monitored by Neena Drkulec, a fourth year disability studies student who’s with the Alzheimer Society as part of her placement. Between working on the challenge and with the Alzheimer Society in general, the placement was greatly beneficial to understanding how charitable organizations tend to operate. “It definitely helped me learn more about the aspects of charity organizations because I really didn’t know how they ran their programming, and Alzheimer Society is really good for that because they have so many different programs,” Drkulec said.
during Alzheimer awareness month.
Belleau said holding the expo at the mall
Almost 750,000 Canadians currently
allows for maximum exposure for the
contend with Alzheimer and variations
vendors present and the disease they’re
of dementia. Part of the expo aims for
there to combat. She feels it’s important
awareness, and another part looks to
for people to learn more about how
provide the public perspective through
dementia varies from person to person
activities such as the dementia challenge.
and how a diagnosis doesn’t automati-
“It’s more of an understanding activity for us,” said Alzheimer Society community engagement coordinator Angela
Following the dementia challenge, people placed post-it notes containing their thoughts on the board at the Healthy Minds Expo Jan. 30. [Photo by // Hani Yassine]
cally mean disability. As implied in the month of January, the keyword for Alzheimer awareness month is awareness.
Belleau. “It’s to give people an opportu-
“It gives them an outlet and a chance to
nity to see and feel and experience what
not only give us exposure,” Belleau said,
a person with dementia would be going
“but also know what support is available
in the community.”
Christine Mogus, a medical equipment consultant for Sunshine Home Health Care speaks to patrons at the Healthy Minds Expo at Devonshire Mall Jan. 30. [Photo by // Hani Yassine]
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University Recognizes Employees for Outstanding Work CALEBWORKMAN News Editor __________________________ The University of Windsor held its fourth annual Employee Awards Reception last week to honor and celebrate the university and its employees. The awards are given to individuals or teams who work to further expand on or achieve the university’s vision and goals and to recognize over-and-above contributions from UWindsor employees. This year, the awards included the Service Excellence Award, for individuals, teams and the first five years of employment, Excellence in Leadership Award, the Impact Award, the “U” Make a Difference Award, the UWindsor Spirit Award and the Excellence in Health & Safety Award.
Service Excellence Award (Individual) – Arpa Smith, Team Leader of Client Services and Information Technology Services Service Excellence Award (Team) – Faculty of Graduate Studies and Office of Quality Assurance team (Team members: Alison Samson, James Gauld, Debbie Kane, Christine Maitre, Svetlana Georgieva, Erica Lyons, Lisa Timperio, Barbara Zimmerman, Nancy Steeves, Carrie Carr & Angie Penev) Service Excellence Award (The First 5 Years of Service) – Dana Wiley, Undergraduate Secretary of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology Excellence in Leadership Award – Jessica Raffoul, Teaching and Learning Research and Communications Coordinator for the Centre for Teaching and Learning
Marcela Ciampa, manager of employee engagement and development said there were about 120 present and recipients were vetted through established criteria and reviewed by the Employee Recognition Committee.
Impact Award – Michelle Freeman, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the Faculty of Nursing
“These awards support the university’s mission, vision and strategic priorities,” said Ciampa. “They reinforce the importance of service, innovation, teamwork , leadership, safety and community involvement.”
Excellence in Health & Safety Award – Trevor Pittman, Concert Producer and Operations Manager of the School of Creative Arts
“U” Make a Difference Award – Russell Nahdee, Coordinator of the Aboriginal Education Centre
The Employee Recognition Committee will be hosting their 25 Years of Service Reception April 29.
Arpa Smith, team leader of client services and information technology services, won the Service of Excellence Award (Individual) and poses for a picture with Alan Wildeman, president of the University of Windsor. [Photo by // Caleb Workman]
Dana Wiley, undergraduate secretary of sociology, anthropology and criminology, won the Service of Excellence Award (First 5 Years) and poses for a picture with Alan Wildeman, president of the University of Windsor. [Photo by // Caleb Workman]
The faculty of graduate studies and office of quality assurance team won the Service of Excellence Award (Team) and poses for a picture with Alan Wildeman, president of the University of Windsor. [Photo by // Caleb Workman]
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Theatre Review: Little Shop of Horrors HANIYASSINE Arts Editor __________________________ “Little Shop of Horrors” is a horror rock musical, at least on paper. This rendition from Cardinal Music and KordaZone Artistic Productions however tones down the scares and amplifies the laughs. The story of the initially innocent Seymour and his cannibalistic petunia technically sounds like the material of nightmares. But instead the affair is much more charming and delightful. Not having experienced the musical beforehand, I imagine this is all by design as the script is deliberately placed with hilariously deadpan dialogue, to the extent where they’re shooting for the comedic stars. Perhaps a bit more attention could have been catered to the spookier side of the situation, but it doesn’t prevent the grand picture from being thoroughly enjoyable. Just about the entirety of the production takes place in a florist shop within Skid Row. The street urchins who linger outside the shop serve as the musical ensemble while those who practically occupy it serve as our principal characters. The musical numbers are largely doowop styled, with a dash of rock and a little bit of blues. The set does its purpose in establishing the scene, but it doesn’t go anywhere past the essentials. As far as the aesthetics go in general, there’s not much in the way of impression aside from the gradual and detailed growth of the sinister plant and its insatiable thirst for human flesh. Instead, the production thrives on its interplay between the performers.
The “Little Shop of Horrors” is being performed at the KordaZone Theatre Jan. 29. [Photo by // Hani Yassine]
“Skid Row,” a number very early on in the production, is one of several pieces, which successfully illuminate the talents of the on stage cast. There’s rock solid symmetry between the urchin singers all while the principal characters deliver strong vocal performances which ensures the production never takes a step out of tune. Each number is also properly paced, as there’s enough downtime in between so you’re able to properly digest one song before experiencing the next. Combine this with the flavorful camaraderie on stage, and the experience maintains memorable. Carom O’Halloran is a perfect fit as Seymour, for he seemingly injects the character’s innocence, worries and confidence issues at an effortless rate. The detail placed into his performance makes Seymour a character easy to invest in and even feel for, even when he’s teetering on the morality scale. There’s sound chemistry between him and Christine Chemello, who plays Seymour’s love interest Audrey, a character who’s a product of her environment, yet self-deprecating to where she garners a great chunk of the laughs. Also, while he
The cast of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ delivers its final number at the KordaZone Theatre Jan. 29. [Photo by // Hani Yassine] doesn’t speak much, Martin Ouellette pulls in a hilariously memorable performance by playing the fiendish plant known as Audrey II. However it must be noted just about every performer leaves it all on the stage to provide an entertaining show. The confident direction by Joseph An-
thony Cardinal ensures most, if not every piece of the production comes together snuggly. As a result the musical is highly compact with the running time being just under two hours. But it’s also a matter of the production wasting as little time as possible once the lights dim. Simply put, this is a production,
which centers itself on having tons of
fun. From the performances to the au-
“Little Shop of Horrors” runs at the KordaZone Theatre until Feb. 14.
dience reaction, this notion is more or
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Theatre Review: An Experiment with an Air Pump HANIYASSINE Arts Editor __________________________ With the current University Players season officially at its midpoint, it’s hitting the ground running with “An Experiment with an Air Pump,” a drama, which doesn’t shy from presenting challenging questions and dilemmas towards its audience. The production is deeply fascinated with numerous contrasts related to history, society, politics, and above all else, science. By juggling all these different facets, it could be easy for the production to lose focus and fall into moments of “preachiness.” Admittedly it’s a twinge guilty of the latter, but the production has strong enough thematic footing to ensure its message is clear and effective. The play divides itself into two portions known as the age of enlightenment and the information age, both of them confined to a long-standing Newcastle estate in the United Kingdom. Enlightenment is centered on the Fenwick family as they prepare for the New Year, which will bring in the 19th century. The information age deals with a couple selling the house as they prepare to usher in the 21st century. Each time piece deals with the past, present and future, providing a connection, which becomes increasingly tangible the further the production moves forward. The story is best experienced by connecting the dots yourself, but it can be said it’s as strong a topical and existential story as it is a personal and resonant one. On a fundamental note, the production makes most, if not all the right choices. Visually the play is very elegant and sophisticated, sporting a strong attention to detail onto the sets and costumes. It carries the same aesthetic standard you’ve come to expect with University Players productions, and it essentially clears the way for the play’s wondrous material to be utilized to quite the ex-
Clarisse Reid (left), Emerjade Simms (centre), Brendan Kinnon (centre), and Ryan Iwanicki (right) star in “An Experiment with an Air Pump,” which runs at Essex Hall Theatre until Feb. 7. [Photo by // Doug MacLellan] tent. What is probably the production’s greatest underlying achievement is how it seamlessly balances the two different time periods. Often they intersect with each other, essentially binding the times together. Yet there’s something organic in how these times often compress and juxtapose. A lot of this can be accredited to the durability of the setting. By often going back and forth between timelines, it helps establish a stronger connection between its inhabitants, which amounts to genuine cohesion. Through their inherent mannerisms and trends, both parties are able to craft both gripping drama and surprisingly deft comedy
through the use of its subject matter. It shoots to be thought provoking on the ethics and meaning of scientific research, and sometimes it can be too on the nose when it comes to channeling these questions. But it’s not enough to throw the objective off course. This also manages to be an impressive ensemble effort. Every speaking role is given enough to work with to substantially showcase their talents, and as a result everyone shines. There’s solid chemistry between the cast who often share the stage as a collective, but there’s also a fair share of powerfully intimate moments. Ryan Iwanicki and Clarisse Reid naturally do a lot of the heavy lift-
ing as they play the central characters of both sides of the timeline. But it’s also a demonstration of versatility as both actors successfully channel the contrasts of their characters. For example the Fenwick patriarch is a proud, but perceptive figure whereas his modern counterpart is timid in comparison. Roughly a handful of actors are subjected to dual roles, and all of them are able to make the necessary distinctions, which make for a fine performance.
While it’s technically strong in every major aspect, the subject matter makes this a production, which won’t appeal to everyone’s sensibilities. But there’s a richly rewarding factor in how it deals with embracing the past and the future. On this basis alone, it becomes one of the more unique productions of this season. It’s well worth your time as long as you’re willing to meet with it halfway. “An Experiment with an Air Pump” runs at Essex Hall Theatre until Feb. 7.
EPICentre Receives $25,000 from Alumni Association ing years.
ment in the program.
“A lot of the criteria is based off of what
This is the first scholarship opportunity
they are actually doing with their busi-
based solely through the EPICentre and
The Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre recently received $25,000 in scholarship funds to give out to leading students in their program from the Alumni Association.
Program and show the most entrepreneurial activity while in the program. The program is an opportunity for students to receive $6,000 towards their business idea and grow it over a 12-week period. Laporte said the program itself is a fulltime endeavor and all resources, including space and mentorship, is available over their time with the EPICentre.
nesses in the EPIC Founders Program,”
is only available to students in the EPIC
said Laporte. “How they’re developing
The money is going out the EPIC Founders Award, which is for students who take part in the EPIC Founders
Taylor Laporte, program and event lead for the EPICentre, said they will be giving out $1,000 to students for the com-
Laporte said they are still putting in place
“They’re already doing the business for
the exact vetting process for choosing
themselves so why not push the extra
recipients but the bases is their involve-
mile to achieve the scholarship.”
CALEBWORKMAN News Editor __________________________
it, how they’re learning and the overall growth of where they started and where they are now.”
“For students interested in the scholarship, I would say to dive head first into their business idea,” said Laporte.
Laporte said there are many opportunities at the EPICentre and the scholarship is just one more reason to come out and see what they have to offer. He said you can come in with a vague idea, a full idea or no idea at all and they may be able to get you in somewhere depending on needs of certain initiatives. For more information on how to be involved or how to become eligible for the grant, contact Taylor Laporte at email@example.com
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Lancers Track and Field Finds Big Success In Multi-National Medal Haul BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ A number of big performances by the Windsor Lancers track and field took place in four separate meets on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border this past weekend. Windsor scattered 13 medal performances across four meets in two countries but it was the distance team who hit the biggest gold rush as three athletes took first place in two events at the McGill Team Challenge in Montreal, Que. amongst some of the best CIS competition there is. Women’s star distance runner Stefanie Smith broke her third Lancer women’s team record in the past three weekends and took home a pair of gold medals, setting the meet record in the women’s 1,500 meter run in 4:23.50 the day after she won the women’s 3,000 meter run in a time of 9:30.50. On the men’s side, fifth-year distance runner Paul Janikowski won double-gold at the McGill Team Challenge as he placed first in the men’s 3,000 and 1,500 meter run with times of 8:14.77 and 3:51.30, respectively. Taylor McArthur finished just off of the podium in fourth place in the 1,500 with a time of 3:52.83. Men’s captain Corey Bellemore
was also sporting two gold medals after his trip to Montreal, winning the men’s 600 and 1,000 meter runs with times of 1:18.98 and 2:22.91 which secured him a place in the CIS men’s field in both events at the national championships hosted by York University in six weeks time. At the Spire Midwest Open in Geneva, OH., Lancer field athletes hauled three gold medals home over the border. Caitlin McClurkin won the women’s long jump with her final round leap of 5.54 meters, trailing Jenelle Perry after her first round leap of 5.44 meters. Rachael Wolfs also put up a gold medal effort in the women’s pole vault after clearing 3.82 meters but failed on her three attempts of 3.97 meters, which would have set a new Lancer record. Chris Waugh placed only fourth in the men’s pole vault but with a personal best vault of 5.03 meters, he was able to finally surpass his goal of five meters on his second attempt. Waugh admitted he had a less than stellar warm up but was given some extra motivation when his mother Becky surprised him by driving almost 500 kilometers from London, ON. through New York and Pennsylvania to get to the meet in Ashtabula County, OH. “I knew I had to hit the five meters for her because we’ve both been anxious
to get into the five meter club,” Waugh said. “I was trying to remember all of the things we focused on in practice during the week wasn’t coming together as smooth as I would have liked, but after my first height of 4.73 and watching the video I saw that I was miles over the height my jitters and negativity were immediately gone. Next was 4.88 and coach [Kevin] DiNardo and I both agreed to jump the exact same way and not change a thing, which worked again as I cleared it on my first attempt with room to spare.”
wasn’t the day for something that high up just yet, but definitely reachable later in the season”
For the big jump, Waugh moved up poles from a 15-foot, 180 lbs. to a 15foot, 185 lbs pole and on his first attempt was very close. On his next attempt, he kissed his mother, stepped on the runway and “handled business”, clearing 5.03 and leaping his way into the five meter club.
“Last year’s season had ups and downs, but being able to qualify for CIS as a rookie was exciting. Nationals were on home turf, and it was definitely a huge learning curve for myself as an athlete,” Mitton said. “Of course everyone’s goal is the same and you’re all fighting for the top spots so I am thankful to have hit the auto qualification standard at Blue and Gold this year. It leaves the entire season to train hard, improve my technique and push to throw farther without any worry. Celine, and all the coaches have been working hard to ensure myself as well as the team are ready to compete and bring home some big wins at both OUA and CIS this season.”
“The take off was less than stellar again but I remembered to focus on long arms and a good finish and that’s what I did and the bar stayed up, with a personal best of 5.03 meters,” Waugh said. “My attempts at 5.18 were interesting because I had never attempted anything close to that in my career and considering my pole is 15-feet and the height was 17-feet I had to travel two feet above where my pole would allow me to hang on. Coach Nards and I had a laugh knowing today
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At the York Open in Toronto, there were a trio of silver medals earned by the women’s team led by captain Emily Omahen who finished second in the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.68 meters. Sarah Mitton earned a silver medal and once again threw past the CIS auto standard with a heave of 14.19 in the women’s shot put and said it was reassuring to be guaranteed a spot early in the season.
Jordana Badley-Costello tossed the 20lb weight 17.29 meters in the first round to finish second while Brittany Crew
of the host York Lions broke records in both the women’s shot put and weight throw, finishing with tosses of 17.48 and 19.38 meters respectively. Eli Pawliw had a consistent showing in his third place finish in the men’s shot put, throwing 16.22 meters twice before heaving 16.29 with his fifth round throw while teammate Brett Boersma finished in fifth place with a best toss of 15.87 meters. Rookie thrower Brandon Dobson finished in fifth place of the men’s weight throw event with his third round toss of 15.87 meters. Lancer alumnus Noelle Montcalm won the Spire’s 200 and 400 meter women’s races in times of 24.50 and 55.44 seconds. Also in action over the weekend were a pair of women’s indoor pent athletes who competed hard amongst a large field of veteran competitors at the Findlay Classic in Findlay, OH. Madeline McCloskey and Oonagh Webster finished their five events with 1,963 and 1,419 points respectively after testing their skills in the shot put, long jump, high jump, 60-meter hurdles and 800 meter run. Windsor will now go on to compete once again in Ohio at the Akron Invitational over a two day span from Feb. 5-6 before the Lancers comeback to host the Team Challenge meet at St. Denis Centre Feb. 12 and 13.
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Women’s Hockey Grab Four Points In Toronto Road Trip BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ A weekend featuring a win and an overtime loss by the Windsor Lancers women’s hockey team earned them four points in the OUA standings while their big line continued to dominate the league scoring race this past weekend. The Lancers top line of Erinn Noseworthy, Krystin Lawrence and Shawna Lesperance proved to be too much for the Ryerson Rams to handle at the Mattamy Athletic Centre as each found the back of the net once to propel the Lancers to a 3-1 win Jan. 29. Unfortunately the next night the Lancers let a two-goal lead slip away and eventually fell 3-2 in overtime to the Toronto Varsity Blues Jan. 30. Windsor fell to 6-1-10-2 with the OT loss and currently sit in ninth place in the OUA standings while the CIS sixthranked Blues improved to 8-3-4-3. Women’s head coach Jim Hunter said in a normal situation he would happy with four out of six points but to make their playoff aspirations more realistic his team needed six. “We played well against Ryerson and were up 2-0 quick but let them back into it and lost again in overtime,” Hunter said. “We saw some good things this weekend but needed six and got four. We are really short staffed and only played with nine forwards on back-toback games this weekend so what we accomplished with what we worked with is a good thing.” Against the Blues, Lesperance scored her league-leading 14th goal of the season with assists from Lawrence and
Natalie Barette to open the scoring just 2:42 into the opening period. After having another goal called back, Lawrence registered her second point of the night and 10th goal of the season with a power play marker just after the 12-minute mark. Lesperance was credited with the assist as the Lancers went into the intermission with a 2-0 lead. The middle period was all Toronto as they scored a pair of goals 10 minutes apart to deadlock the game at two. Team captain Kristi Riseley got the Blues on the board 3:47 into the second period, tipping in a Rebecca Bourgeois point shot on the power play. Ten minutes later, second-year forward Megan O’Brien notched her third goal in two games, tying the game by putting a loose puck by Lancer goaltender Ingrid Sandven. Eventually the game was sent into overtime after neither team was able to penetrate either goaltender in the third period. Toronto’s Sonja Weidenfelder scored on the second shift of overtime on a one-time pass from Taylor Day to lift the hosts over the visiting Lancers.
The OUA’s top-ranked scorer Krystin Lawrence puts her weight into a shot earlier this season at South Windsor Arena. The Lancers hold the top three scorers in OUA women’s hockey in Lawrence, Erinn Noseworthy and Shawna Lesperance and will host the Laurier Golden Hawks to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend for the Lancer Athletic Dept. [Photo by // Gerry Marentette] “Our team had a pretty good weekend, getting that three points against Ryerson really helped the push towards playoffs,” Lawrence said. “Our game against Toronto was alright, we had the momentum and had everything going great for us heading into the second period with a 2-0 lead, but then we just fell apart and it cost us two points. We have a big weekend next week against Laurier and Guelph, hopefully we can have another successful weekend and get those needed six points. We have to do the little things right and work as a team.”
players and some new recruits coming
Given their current position, the Lancers coaching staff can’t help but look to the future with the remaining five games. Hunter said with no graduating
isn’t too inviting. So the points we gave
to bite us.”
Windsor will return home this week to host the Laurier Golden Hawks to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend Feb. 5. The Lancers will then travel to Guelph for a Sunday matinee game with the Gryphons Feb. 7.
President of the UWSA, Jaydee Tarpeh,
The contract with the UWSA states the
passes. The proposal will be presented
pared for September of 2016.
said they have been talking to Transit
fees would be flat across a three-year
there and feedback from the students
Windsor over the past few months to
period and students would not have to
will be taken into consideration.
get together a finalized pass plan.
worry about spikes over the contract
“Once the board approves a finalized
period. Tarpeh said there are also added
proposal by the UWSA working com-
options available that will be discussed
mittee, we can start getting the vote un-
and talked about in the near future.
derway,” said Tarpeh. “The planned vote date is to be around the 17th or 18th of
Further news will be released soon by
March depending on how things go.”
the UWSA regarding the UPass and
Tarpeh said the plan is to have it pre-
what will be available with it.
Lawrence moved into first place in league scoring with 26 points over captain Noseworthy’s 25 points while Lesperance rounds out the top three with 23. Lawrence said she has been getting more comfortable with the league and speed of play since in her second year so she feels she is still learning and adjusting to the little things and the success she’s having wouldn’t be possible without her teammates. She said the team was thankful to get one point out of the game against Toronto but if they want to get that final playoff spot with how close the standings are right now, they can’t let up and blow leads late in games.
in, he wont be able to keep everybody. “Our season isn’t done but we have to look forward to next year and one of the things that are going to make decisions for us to see who’s going to put in the effort,” said Hunter. “We have the top three in scoring with Krystin taking over the lead this weekend and we are going to try and continue that. We are nine points out and have five games so we have to win all five of our games - and one of them in Guelph which up to Laurentian and Brock earlier and Toronto this weekend are coming back
One player who Hunter said has proved to be a valued member of his defensive core has been Natalie Barette, the fourth year Belle River native who has accumulated 13 points this season. “Natalie had a nice weekend for us and she’s done so much from us from the back end,” Hunter said. “She had four points this weekend and she’s had a good season, she’s definitely somebody we’re looking for big minutes out of.”
UPass to Make Transportation For Students a Breeze
CALEBWORKMAN News Editor __________________________ The UWSA has been in the works at getting bus passes for students at a discounted rate.
“The base price if the referendum is run alone by the UWSA is $158 dollars a
This initiative, headed by a committee
year,” said Tarpeh. “We’re also planning
within the UWSA, has recently broke
to propose the GSS takes part in the ref-
The UWSA is planning a Town Hall
ground and has gotten formal ideas and
erendum which would bring the cost
discussion on Feb. 10 to bring the floor
proposals running through the works.
down to $126 a year.”
open to students to talk about the bus
“There’s a lot of great things that transit Windsor has coming and have been planning over the past few years,” said Tarpeh. “This is a better deal than we’ve ever had.”
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Men’s Hockey Honor Graduating Players, Blowout Ryerson In Final Home Game lead to two and Windsor went into the
to gel. We’ve played better then our re-
dressing room with a 3-1 lead.
Six minutes into the second, Dylan De-
One player who has contributed steadily
nomme made it a 4-1 game and was
throughout the season is Lancers rookie
followed by Dylan Seguin and Chad
goaltender Blake Richard, who stopped
Shepley, who contributed with goals
21 shots in net on way to a 7-1 win
of their own to cruise into the second
against the Rams for his seventh victory
intermission with a five-goal Windsor
of the season. Richard said it was a big
After squeaking out a 2-1 victory on 48
lead. Tyson Ness rounded out the scor-
performance from his team and much
shots last week in Toronto, the Lancers
ing with his ninth goal of the season and
needed win to secure a playoff spot.
got goals from six different players in a
capped off a night where six different
dominant 7-1 victory at South Windsor
Lancers scored in their final home game
Arena Jan. 30. Lancer head coach Kevin
of the regular season.
BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ For the second time in seven days, the Lancer men’s hockey team came away with a victory over the Ryerson Rams and now occupy the third spot in the OUA west division with 27 points.
Hamlin said the breakout offensive per-
“I thought we came out strong, we popped three quick ones which was helpful. We ran into some penalty trou-
“We are trying to play our best every
ble but special teams came up big,” Rich-
night and I thought the last three games
ard said. “It was a big confidence boost
we were the better team,” Hamlin said.
beating a team like Ryerson with the cal-
“At Ryerson last week we won 2-1 but
iber of players they have, especially right
their goaltender played phenomenal.
before playoffs. All the points we can get
Against Toronto, we out-shot them 55-
are important for home ice advantage in
“For us to win going into the playoffs at
28 and lost 3-1 but in our final home
home was big,” Hamlin said. “It’s a tough
game we broke through with seven
division and every game is a struggle.
goals. We dominated each game but
I thought we deserved a better fate in
what that all means for us it just validates
some of the games we played but I told
the things we are working.”
the guys we can only take care of what
Hamlin said after losing a core group of
potentially be Windsor’s first-round op-
players from their roster in the off-sea-
ponent when the OUA playoffs begins
Prior to the game, the Lancers honored
son, the new leadership group of the
in three weeks time. Windsor will have
Lancers locker room felt a little over-
to be road warriors the rest of the way
Brett Babkirk, assistant captains Eric
whelmed at times this season.
and will hit the road next weekend for a
Noel and Ryan Green as well as cap-
“When you lose leaders like Drew
tain Kenny Bradford and came out of
Palmer, Matt Beaudoin, Parker Van
the gate flying. Steve Anthony scored
Buskirk and [2015 CIS MVP] Spencer
Hamlin said he was anxious to see how
Western after,” Hamlin said. “Then we
a pair of goals in the first period along
Pommells, that’s a big whack you take,”
his team plays as they look to take some
finish off against York who has been a
with Kyle Hope who combined to give
Hamlin said. “We have had a lot of first
big points against Brock and Western
really good team so it’s a really exciting
the Lancers a commanding 3-0 lead just
years players we have had to break into
on back to back nights before battling
time. You work all year long for what
7:39 into the game. A power play blast
the league and after the leaders we lost
the OUA’s first place team the York Li-
happens in the next month and a half -
from Ryerson’s Brandon Devlin cut the
last year it takes time but we are starting
ons in Toronto Feb. 12.
or what we hope is a month and a half.”
formance is the biggest thing his team will take from a game they we needed to win, especially after pumping nearly 60 shots on goal in a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Varsity Blues the night before.
their graduating senior defensemen
With the win, the Lancers takes a one point edge over Guelph and Waterloo while the Rams are tied with the Laurier Golden Hawks with 24 points and could
pair of games against the Brock Badgers and Western Mustangs.
Windsor Lancers graduating forward Ryan Green was honoured alongside fellow seniors Brett Babkirk and team captain Ken Bradford prior to the men’s hockey team’s final home game against the Ryerson Rams this past weekend. The Lancers came out flying and found themselves up 3-0 within the first minutes of the game and cruised to a 7-1 victory at South Windsor Arena Jan. 30. [Photo courtesy of Bobby Murray] “Brock has to win to make the playoffs and then we have our hands full with
First Windsor travels to St. Catharine’s to battle the Badgers at Seymour Hannah Centre Feb. 5 before heading to London to give the Mustangs a visit Feb. 6. Both games can be viewed live on OUA.tv.
Women’s Safety Committee Look to Address and Improving Women’s Safety on Campus CALEBWORKMAN News Editor __________________________
and Universities. The money will go towards any accepted applications relating to facilities
The University of Windsor’s Women’s
and equipment, public education and
Campus Safety Grant Committee has
activity support for women’s safety on
begun the search for initiatives on cam-
pus to support with their $35,000 grant from the Ministry of Training, Colleges
sity of Windsor, said the grant has been coming in for the past 25 years. “We’re able to support initiatives, such as some aspects of the Bystander Initiative, which is important because we’re able to help educate,” said Johnson. “Some
experience their time at the university
Johnson said they also have a group go
if they are constantly worrying or feel
out during the night to see if there are
unsafe. This grant will help us further
spots that need lighting or cameras.
develop the idea of a completely safe
“It’s all about making students, faculty
of the other pieces of safety, including
and staff, more so women in this case,
The applications are available through
Kaye Johnson, director in human rights,
self-defense classes, which helps women
feel comfortable and safe on campus,”
OHREA with the deadline to apply be-
equity and accessibility for the Univer-
feel more in control and safe on cam-
said Johnson. “People will not be able to
ing Feb. 5.
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Lancer Men’s Basketball Steer The Course In Wins Over Laurier and Waterloo BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ The Lancer men’s basketball team is looking to start a winning-streak after beating the Laurier Golden Hawks on the road during a midweek battle in Kitchener and then easily took care of business against the Waterloo Warriors with a 86-58 win at home this past weekend. The wins puts Windsor’s record at 7-6 on the season with an opportunity to notch two more wins on their home turf in their upcoming home-and-home series at the St. Denis Centre this weekend against Laurentian and Nipissing University, Feb. 5 and 6, respectively. The 90-78 road win over the Hawks Jan. 27 and was followed by a convincing 86-58 win over the Waterloo. The double wins cement a pair Windsor season sweep of both OUA west division rivals in a two-game span in which Lancers interim head coach Ryan Steer said his team showed a lot of defensive effort. “We sustained that for four quarters against Waterloo and it’s something that we need to continue to do,” Steer said. “Offensively we moved and shared the ball extremely well and knocked down our open shots, which opened up the lane in the second half. It’s always nice having five players score in double figures.” Against the Hawks, Windsor jumped out to a 26-13 first quarter lead and was in full command of the contest with a 42-30 lead at the half. Windsor also outplayed the hosted 29-25 in the third frame, and though Laurier outscored them 23-19 in the last segment of play it was not enough to deny Windsor the much needed road win which improves their record away from the St. Denis Centre to 2-5. Fifth year senior Alex Campbell led the way in scoring as usual with 25 points while two of his understudies managed impressive double-doubles. Marko Kovac tallied 21 points and snagged 11 boards while Randy Oriakhi scored 15 points and claimed 12 rebounds. Rookie sensation Isiah Osborne also clicked for 15 points and his 13.9 points per game average will no doubt be good enough to put him in contention for rookie of the year in the OUA and possibly the CIS if he maintains it the rest of the way. Four members of the Hawks also scored in double digits, led by Will Coulthard’s 20-point performance. Lancer sophomore small forward Kovac, a Windsor native and W.F. Herman high school product said scoring has become an import role for him since Windsor is such a young team but is happy to start producing at a higher rate. “I’ve been lacking in that department, so it’s good to have that under my belt now,” Kovac said. “I’m also happy that I made the decision to stay in Windsor in order to play in front of my family and other guys I grew up playing with or against like Isiah (Osborne). No regrets.”
Windsor Lancers leading scorer Alex Campbell puts the ball on the floor and drives to the basket past a Waterloo Warriors defender during men’s OUA basketball action at the St. Denis Centre on alumni weekend Jan.30. Five scorers figured in double-digits for Windsor, who increased their regular season record to 7-6 after a pair of victories over OUA west division rivals Laurier and Waterloo. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold] Against the Warriors, the Lancers shot an impressive 46 per cent from the field and knocked down 15 shots from behind the arc and finished with an impressive 45.5 shooting percentage from three-point range the near 30-point drubbing to push their record above .500 once again.
said. “In high school I used to work more on the outside but now I’m starting to develop my inside game as far as scoring and rebounding are concerned.” Waterloo forward Mike Pereira played a strong two-dimensional game tallying 18 points and 13 rebounds. Fellow War-
riors Ben Davis and Jon Ravenhurst connected for 14 points and 10 points respectively. Windsor enters a two-game home stand against some lower-caliber opponents but as the playoffs approach the team’s focus is clear.
“Our primary focus this week is Laurentian first,” Steer said. “We’re going to continue our one game at a time mentality moving toward the playoffs”. Laurentian takes the hard-court at St. Denis Centre Feb. 5 while Nipissing has the same task the next night Feb. 6.
“We shot the ball well right from the start, with increasing confidence. We also executed well and the guys were creating scoring opportunities for each other,” Kovac said. “All week we have been emphasizing an extra kick or a drive and kick and we actually did that excellently. Now we start to take a run at the OUA playoffs and make waves with such a young squad.” Five Lancers scored in double figures with Campbell and Kovac contributing 14 points apiece and Osborne scoring 12. Freshman guard Micah Kirubel added 11 points while veteran Mike Rocca chipped in with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. Getting his shot in the middle for Windsor was 6’9” rookie centre Pim Hurkmans, the Lancers only true big man, who figured in the scoring with six points including two silky smooth jumpers from 15 feet out on both sides of the key in the second quarter. The hulking Hurkmans hails from Lake Orion, MI. and was a big signing by the Lancer program this offseason. The 18year old said it has been a great experience playing in Windsor. “Everyone really pushes one another to get better, so it’s a lot of fun,” Hurkmans
Windsor Lancers small forward Marko Kovac shields a Waterloo Warrios defender away from the ball during OUA men’s basketball action on alumni weekend at St. Denis Centre Jan. 30. In two wins over division opponents this past week, Kovac put up 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 90-78 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks Jan. 27 before chipping in 14 points against Waterloo. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold]
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Women’s Hoops Ride Prevost’s Big Performances To Victory In West Division Battles KIMELLIOT The Lance Contributor __________________________ The Lancer women’s basketball team has gained momentum after picking up a couple more wins, first by squeaking past the Laurier Golden Hawks by three on the road before trouncing the Waterloo Warriors by 50-plus points on home court during alumni weekend. In a 72-69 win over the Hawks in Kitchener Jan. 27, Emily Prevost was dominant offensively as she pulled off a season-high 31 points and 10 rebounds. A pair of Prevost’s front court running mates also came up with big performances against their OUA west division rival with Cheyanne Rogers supporting Prevost’s efforts with 15 points and Andrea Kiss adding another double-double with a symmetrical 12-point, 12 rebound performance. Each game thus far, the three have been taking turns carrying the offensive and defensive load and Prevost said after coming off of a tough loss to Mac, they needed a good team win and that’s what they got. “Everyone worked really hard, and it was up and down. But fortunately we stayed and persevered through it,” Prevost said. The win pushed Windsor’s record to 84, which is among the best in the OUA, and dropped Laurier back to 6-6. Nicole Morrison, Courtney Bruce, Sarah Dillon respectively scored 23, 13 and 11 points in leading the Laurier attack that was narrowly repelled. Unlike their game against the upset minded Hawks, the Lancers dominated every quarter of play against the Waterloo Warriors Jan. 30. Prevost led the way offensively once again with 24 points and 13 rebounds to complete the double-double, followed by Kiss with 17 points and eight boards. Rogers put up
Windsor Lancers forward Alyssa Cerino backs down her defender from the Waterloo Warriors in the low post during OUA action at the St. Denis Centre Jan. 30. Cerino chipped in 13 points for her biggest output of the regular season in a 108-51 victory, which pushes Windsor’s record to 9-4. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold] few easier games coming up, but every
win topped up the Lancers record to 9-
more votes in the weekly CIS Top 10
rentian Voyageurs and Nipissing Lak-
team is going to play their best against
4; good enough for second place in the
rankings, and signals coaches are taking
ers this weekend is the Lancers trip to
us. So we just have to continue to play
OUA West and pushed the Warriors
at a high level so when we get to those
note of the current defending champs
Toronto Feb. 12 to compete against the
back to 2-11.
once again across the nation. Quickly
10th-ranked Queens Gaels in an OUA
The favorable results in both games
approaching on the horizon after play-
showcase game during NBA All-star
may have garnered Windsor a few
ing two home games against the Lau-
Weekend at the Enercare Centre.
tougher teams we’re ready to go.” Prevost piled in a total of 55 points and 23 rebounds in the two-game span but alongside Roger and Kiss, the Lancers now hold the league’s 11th, 12th and 15th ranked scorers with span of 13 to 15 points per game being scored between them. “We also know that regardless of the quality of the opponent we still have to come out and play hard. I’d had no excuse after dropping thirty one in a close game against Laurier [on the road] and then not play very well against Waterloo at home,” Prevost said. “Today was an-
15 points while rookie Alyssa Cerino
other great day to get our youngins on
chipped in with 13 points as part of the
the court too.”
Lancer reserves squad who added sig-
Only Kristen Osborne and Hilary
nificant lift to the final outcome with 41 points off the bench.
Ferguson scored in double figures for Waterloo with 11 and 13 points respec-
“It’s always good playing well enough as
tively. In addition to doubling the total
starters, to allow our bench to get into
scoring output, the Lancers also dou-
the game by not sinking to the level of
bled the opposition in rebounds, assists,
our opponent,” Roger said. “We got a
steals and points from the bench. The
Jahnae Gyles of the Windsor Lancer women’s basketball team pushes the ball up the floor against the Waterloo Warriors at the St. Denis Centre Jan. 30. Gyles finished with four rebounds and two points in a 108-51 victory over the Warriors. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold]
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Windsor Express In Unfamiliar Territory After Third Loss In Four Games BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ The Windsor Express basketball team fell to 6-8 in the NBL Canada regular season after a pair of fourth quarter scoring woes led to losses on the road and on home court this past week. First, the Express traveled to St. Catharine’s to battle the Niagara River Lions on the road at the Meridian Centre Jan. 28 and ran into a red hot Clinton Springer-Williams who lit up Windsor for 38 points and knocked down 10 threes in a 108-97 victory. Looking for redemption the following night back at the WFCU Centre, the Express battled back from a sizable deficit in the first half only to fall short to the Atlantic division’s Island Storm in the final minute, 100-94. Express rookie Shaquille Keith had his second best performances this season against the Storm with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists. The Brampton native said the losses have been tough but at the end of the day as professionals the Express need to be able to make plays down the stretch. “We just need to go back to practice and work on our weaknesses and we need to come back and make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Keith said. “Making plays down the stretch can be a collective thing and sometimes it can be an individual thing but as pros we just need to be ready for the next game.” Windsor played even with the host River Lions through three quarters with the score tied 75-75. Windsor took a brief 79-78 lead early in the fourth but was outscored 34-23 in the final frame of a 109-98 loss, their second setback to the NBL’s newest franchise this season. Springer-Williams shot 12-15 from the field in his breakout game while Logan Stutz, the league’s third highest scorer and second highest rebounder, returned from injury and contributed 17 points, five boards and five assists to help push Niagara’s record to 4-9. Chris Commons led the Express with 23 points while guards Tony Bennett and Brandon Robinson both finished with 18 points. The next night the Storm got some key performances throughout their lineup and got double-double performances from forward Nick Evans and Brian Addison in a big road win at the WFCU Centre Jan. 29. a few days after head coach Joe Salerno signed a pair of free agents in veteran scorer Morgan Lewis and savvy point guard Josiah Turner. Lewis played a limited role but has the potential to drop 30-plus points per night when he gets in a rhythm. Turner threaded the needle on multiple occasions from the point in the contest on his way to a game-high eight assists to go along with eight points and seven rebounds. “We needed this and a lot of guys stepped up for us,” Salerno said. “We need it for some confidence, we were lacking some after the way we had played so we added some talent. We needed some guys to make some shots and we’re still missing a piece or two to make another run at the finals but that’s
Brandon Robinson of the Windsor Express tries to find a passing lane around Rashad Whack of the Island Storm during NBL Canada action at the WFCU Centre Jan. 29. Robinson recorded 20 points to take over the league scoring race but the Express could not overcome a late Storm surge and fell 100-94, dropping Windsor’s record to 6-8. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold] a long way away and I certainly like where we are at moving forward.” Windsor started the game off with a 6-0 run but the Storm rumbled back to match that run and finished the quarter up a cool dozen points over the twotime defending league champions.
did we just went out and had fun. With Windsor it is always a tough battle, it’s gritty out there on that court and it feels good to pull that one out.”
and five assists while Robinson remains dropped 20 points, six boards and four dimes. Robinson and Commons sit in first and third in league scoring.
Commons once again led Windsor with a double-double performance of his own with 26 points, 10 rebounds
The Express will now participate in their third annual showcase game at Caesar’s Windsor Feb. 3 against their rival Lon-
don Lightning, who are the top-ranked team in the league. The Clash at the Colosseum III brings NBL Canada action to the downtown core and is expected to have close to 3,000 fans in attendance for another piece of history for professional basketball in Canada.
Windsor went on a 7-0 run midway through the second to trim their deficit to six and the Island took a 53-46 lead into halftime. With less than three minutes left in the third Express guard Robinson hit a jump shot to tie the game 71-71 and trailed the Island by one point headed into the final frame. Both teams scratched and clawed on every possession in the fourth quarter but after Keith hit two free throws to tie the game 94-94 with less than one minute to play, Windsor would score no more. Storm guard Rashad Whack knocked down a pair of insurance markers in the dying seconds to round out a 10094 road win and move up to 5-8 on the season. Brent Jennings finished the game with a game-high 27 points for the Storm and added seven assists to go along with the impact from forwards Evans who had 20 points and 10 rebounds while Addision’s put up 17 points and hauled down 16 rebounds. The 6’11” forward Evans said it was a humongous game for the Storm after the organization had cut ties with six players prior to making the Ontario road trip and admitted the team put their foot on their gas pedal from the opening tip. “We had to come out and execute and it felt like to come out and play as a group,” Evans said. “This a professional gig and nobody’s meals are promised so you have to go out and earn them. After bringing in the talented players we
NBL Canada’s leading scorer, Brandon Robinson of the Windsor Express, turns the corner on a drive with Niagara River Lions guard Clinton Springer-Williams close by during regular season action at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharine’s Jan. 28. Springer-Williams knocked down an impressive 10 three-point shots for Niagara and was the game’s high scorer with 38 points in a 109-98 River Lions win on home court. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold]
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Spitfires Blowout London But Get Stung in Shutout Loss to Sarnia BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ The Windsor Spitfires sandwiched a pair of shutout losses to the Kitchener Rangers and Sarnia Sting around a decisive five-goal victory over the London Knights in front of a sold-out hometown crowd of 6,500 fans in attendance as part of “Ryan Ellis Night” at the WFCU Centre Jan 30. By dropping two of three games this past weekend the Spitfires now hold a 30-14-5 record and have handed their lead in the OHL west division to the pesky Sting with three more games between the three in March yet to be played. The weekend began with a 2-0-shutout loss to the Kitchener Rangers at Memorial Auditorium. Windsor played without defensemen Logan Stanley, Mikhail Sergachev and centre Logan Brown who were at the CHL’s Top Prospects game in Vancouver and could not be back in time to be eligible to suit up. Jeremy Bracco scored in the second period and Connor Bunnaman dumped a shot into the empty net with 1:09 to go after Mike DiPietro made 38 saves against the CHL’s fourth-ranked team. The next night on home ice, overage forward Brad Latour recorded his first career OHL hat trick against the Knights and said it was a big night for the club in general, from the pre-game retirement ceremony of Ryan Ellis’s number six jersey to the heated rivalry and flared emotions between the two teams. With club president Bob Boughner in town for the festitivites, first year head coach Rocky Thompson’s team would explode with four goals in both the second and third period to beat the rival Knights 8-3 and hand the CHL’s third-ranked team just their 10th loss of the season. “I thought we had a good effort from start to finish but getting my first hat trick in my last year was definitely special,” Latour said. “Against Kitchener we didn’t bring our best but against London our power play was clicking a lot more because we got Brown and Sergachev back and they are a big part of our power play. The six games I’ve played against these guys have all been tight but today our special teams came through.” After a scoreless opening 20 minutes Logan Stanley scored his first of two goals on the day when he beat Tyler Parsons off the post and in to open the
second three minutes into the second. Hayden McCool, Latour and Brown all scored for Windsor to build a comfortable 4-0 lead in the second period, peppering the Knight’s net minder Parsons in a dominant 11-minute span of the game. Stanley’s power play marker at 14:12 of the final frame gave the hulking 6’7” defenseman his first multi-goal game and fifth of the season. “The boys were ready to go and it was a fun atmosphere,” Stanley said. “With the rivalry there and the packed house, the fans made it a great game. They’ve always had a strong team and we’re even with them this year and to win three out of six isn’t bad. It’s fun to score and everybody likes to do it and [13 guys got points tonight]. We’re a really deep team where all four lines can score and anyone on the back end can add to the offense so it makes it a lot easier on our top guys.” Latour had scored his second goal earlier in the frame before the Knights were called for throwing the stick and Windsor was awarded a penalty shot with less than 90 seconds in regulation. Spitfires assistant coach Jerrod Smith suggested the 20-year old get the chance at the hat trick and Latour did not disappoint, decking and squeaking the puck just past the goal-line and rounding out an 8-3 victory in front of a sold out crowd of 6,500 proud Spitfires fans.
Windsor Spitfires rookie forward Gabriel Vilardi puts a shot on net against the Sarnia Sting during OHL regular season action at the WFCU Centre Jan. 31. The Spitfires fell flat to the Sting in a matinee matchup between division rivals and saw their lead over the Sting trimmed to five points in the OHL west after a 5-0 shutout win for Sarnia. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold]
“This was the first time we’ve had a packed house this year that our players have played in front of,” Thompson said. “It was a very important game especially after the loss to Kitchener the night before. It’s a tough weekend and we knew how tough London was going to be a dangerous hockey club no matter what time left in the game there was, we knew they could come back that’s why we respect them as such and continuing to pressure as game went on.” Taking care of his own end, Spits 18year old goaltender Mario Culina made 30 saves for his fourth win in seven starts since being called up full-time before the OHL trade deadline. Thompson credited Culina for stepping up on the penalty kill in a crucial point in the third. “It was 4-1 at one point then they had a power play opportunity and our penalty kill was outstanding, with Mario as our best penalty killer, Thompson said. “But we limited their opportunities as best we could and we got our clears so it was a big stand for our special teams.”
Logan Stnaley is all smiles after scoring his second goal of the game and fifth of the season against the London Knights in an 8-3 victory for the Windsor Spitfires at the WFCU Centre Jan. 30. Stanley, currently the 23rd-ranked skater in this year’s NHL Draft, recorded the first multi-goal game of the hulking 6’7” defencemen’s career and gave the Spitfires an even 3-3 record against the Knights this season. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold] The next night, fatigue seemed to be a factor with a special 1 p.m. puck drop for TV Cogeco’s OHL Hockey Day coverage and Jordan Kyrou scored the opening and closing goals in the first of the day’s seven games. Sting goaltender Charlie Graham stopped all 21 shots
he faced in net for a 5-0 Sting victory in front of over 5,600 in attendance for their second on the road in Windsor this season. Windsor now looks forward to a pair of home games this upcoming weekend
beginning with a date with the Sudbury Wolves in the Eastern conference club’s lone visit to the Rose City this season Feb. 4. Windsor will have to turn around and face the CHL’s top-ranked squad in the Erie Otters at the WFCU Centre Feb. 6.
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Lancers Volleyball Programs Sweep Guelph Gryphons BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ The Windsor Lancer women’s and men’s volleyball squads suffered tough losses to the McMaster Marauders but bounced back to sweep the Guelph Gryphons on home court at the St. Denis Centre this past weekend. The Windsor women took the country’s sixth-ranked McMaster Marauders to five sets before falling 3-2 with scores of 27-25, 25-20, 19-25, 21-25 and 12-15 and then rebounded the next night and sweep the visiting Guelph Gryphons 3-0 with scores 25-14, 25-23 and 2521, moving them up to 8-5 and in firm position of third place in their division behind Western and McMaster. Women’s head coach Lucas Hodgson said they were really happy with what the team showed him this weekend by following up a disappointing yet encouraging loss to the Marauders before coming back to take of business against a OUA west division foe with similar playoff aspirations. “We were happy but concerned the next night it would be a let down to Guelph and when we won the first 25-14 I think we kind of shocked ourselves,” Hodgson said. “But in the second set we were down 22-18 and didn’t let them get another point. We kind of let them back into it but we shut the door in the third.” The Lancers hadn’t played either of these teams since Nov., 2015 and Hodgson said his team wanted to show their opponents this past weekend they have changed a lot since then. Windsor stormed out to take a 2-0 set lead on the CIS sixth-ranked team but would ultimately let the Marauders crawl back and take the next three sets, rob the Lancers of an upset victory on home court. “We blocked better, played defense and
forced them to change their game and we changed with them,” Hodgson said. “We had some mental lapses in the third and fourth set and were up 10-9 in the fifth before letting it get away from us but to say that we had the sixth-ranked team in the country on the ropes says a lot about us. We are happy with where we are with matches coming up with teams who are below us in the standings so we’re trying to get up to a really good win count win.” Lancers middle hitter Emily McCloskey said with McMaster being ranked nationally they knew it was going to be a tough game and found out after taking the opening two sets why they are ranked nationally among the best in the CIS. “We knew we had to play hard and work our butts off and frustrate them in hopes they start making mistakes. We had to take care of ourselves and play our way,” McCloskey said. “It was going our way for most of the match, but Mac is a good team and they fought back and ended up winning. They are ranked for a reason, but I’m glad we showed them we can play with them and even potentially beat them.” McCloskey said the next match with Guelph was another important night for them as they had lost to the Gryphons earlier in the season.
Carleigh Bailey of the Windsor Lancers dives to dig a McMaster Marauders attack during the first of five sets played between the two clubs at St. Denis Centre Jan. 29. McMaster won the match in five sets but the Lancers bounced back to defeat the Guelph Gryphons the next night and move their OUA regular season record to 8-5. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold] blocking well enough to force the Marauders to change their game plan. The next night Smythe caught fire against Guelph when she had eight kills on nine attacks and no errors.
“It was important for us to forget about our loss and just focus on Guelph and playing our game,” said McCloskey. “We played well together as a team and it showed on the court and ultimately leading us to earn the win.”
“That’s a great weekend for her. She showed up and got ready to play when Jade [Ziebarth] went down,” Hodgson said. “But for her to step up and give us a secondary option lets us believe we are a top four team instead of us just thinking we are a top four team.”
Shannon Dean led the Lancers offence with eight kills while Jade Ziebarth and McCloskey had five each. Setter Lauren Stirling had 25 assists and six digs while outside hitter Mel Smythe had her best weekend of the season, coming up big against a bigger McMaster squad and
The Lancer men’s volleyball team also split a pair of weekend home games at the St. Denis Centre, falling to the CIS top-ranked McMaster Marauders 3-0 with scores of 17-25, 13-25 and 23-25 before rebounding the next night to sweep the Guelph Gryphons 3-0 with
scores of 25-16, 26-24 and 25-21. The win moves Windsor into a tie with Guelph at 4-10 with six matches remaining in the regular season. Men’s head coach James Gravelle said the Lancers offence was led by two first year hitters against a rival team like the Gryphons. “It seems like it’s always a really tough match when we play against Guelph, we’re always in a dog fight whenever we play,” Gravelle said. “Brad Gyemi had a big night and had double the attempts of any other offensive player and another first year player John Moate had six kills on nine attempts and was big in the blocking game.” Happy with the victory, Gravelle said
there was a long way to go and the Lancers are hoping to knock off some of their higher ranked opponents along the way in their final stretch of the regular season. “We’re playing Nippissing and Laurentian who are above us in the standings so if we have any aspirations of making the playoffs we need to find a way to win,” Gravelle said. “This is one night but we’ve got big matches next week and were celebrating the graduation of our seniors so it is an important weekend.” The Lancers volleyball program now go into a two-match home-stand against the Nipissing Lakers on Breast Cancer Awareness Day Feb. 6 and against the York Lions on senior’s day at the St. Denis Centre Feb. 7.
Second Trampoline and Tumbling Ontario Cup Brings Thousands To Central Park Athletics
BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________
Over 550 athletes ages nine through 18 put up their best efforts on the runway and in the air scattered across 77 different skill categories at the second Trampoline and Tumbling Ontario Cup this past weekend at the Winstars Gymnastics Training Centre located inside the Central Park Athletics complex. Winstars owner Carey Vigneux said all of the club’s athletes were successful over the three day competition and was very thankful for the countless volunteers and judges who all dedicated their to
make the event in Windsor a big success once again.
programming and training, the hours certainly pile up.
provincial trampoline championships themselves from Apr. 15-17.
“Last year we just had tumbling but this year we added the trampoline competitions as well so it was very busy,” Vigneux said. “Trampoline consists of individual and synchronized male and female as well as double mini-trampoline, it made the event bigger and even better.”
“That’s why we do this, to help build healthy kids who become healthy adults and competition itself is great for people’s development,” Vigneux said. “It’s a job you have to love to do so I really appreciate our staff and volunteers who do such a great job with a lot of the kids.”
“All of our athletes did better than their other qualifying meets so that was nice because it gives us hope they will peak later in the season,” MacDonell said. “We had 16 athletes here out of 34 in our competitive program and over 200 in our recreational programs and we’re trampoline only so it’s definitely a growing sport.”
Vigneux said organizing and running a competition like this is always a handful but he and the other coaches and volunteer get a lot of satisfaction knowing every athlete got the opportunity to better themselves. Five coaches mentor Winstars 50-plus athletes and between
Allison MacDonell was a coach of the visiting Vertical Zone trampoline team from Barrie and is a former University of Windsor human kinetics student. She said it was the first qualifying meet for the Eastern Canadian championships for her team who were hoping to clinch a few spots there before they host the
Winstar and gymnasts across the province will now look forward to their next qualifying meet in a month’s time and Vigneux said Winstars specifically is hoping to qualify their whole team for the respective provincials in both
tumbling and trampoline by the time that meet finishes. The ultimate goal is be named to be the Canadian national team but it all starts at the grass roots level where dreams are born and Vigneux said Winstars athletes are showing a positive trend in the right direction. “We had lots of medal winners overall and we did well in our rankings across the province as well,” Vigneux said. “They have to reach a minimum score in order to qualify for the provincials and several of our kids met their score. If they hit a certain score it allows them to move up a category which we call mobility which is big if you want to get to that national level.”
Published on Feb 4, 2016
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