Rez students branched out into the Windsor community by collecting donations for local food banks.
Future engineers came to the UWindsor campus for the annual high school engineering competition.
The Windsor Express have tied their final series 1-1 and are looking forward to this weekend’s games.
The Windsor Spitfires are putting 2014-15 behind them, as head the coach bluntly says they just weren’t good enough.
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Landslide Victories Take Over UWSA Elections
relieved for the race to be over, but
Arts Editor __________________________
is also looking to waste no time in
Breaths were held, sighs of relief were made and tensions were mended as the winners were being read off. On the evening of Mar. 26 the university’s engineering centre had numerous UWSA candidates waiting patiently but nervously for the results of a hard-fought election. With 39 candidates in all vying for one spot or another, UWSA chief returning officer April Adams said it was a bit of a nail biter. “In some of them they were really close, some as far as four or five votes separated from the two,” Adams said. Not all races were close however. Among the big winners of the night was Farah El-Hajj who was elected the UWSA’s new vice president of student services in a landslide victory. Having more than 300 votes over her opponent, R.J. Sivanesan, she’s eager to helm her new position but also extremely relieved for the race to be
injecting the university with some newfound spirit. “What just hit my head was everything I wanted to do for the students, I can now make that possible. So it’s exciting,” Tarpeh said. “The way I like to meet is by bringing everyone on board for us to move together, because you can try all you want by yourself but if people aren’t with you, leading thousands of students, it’s a hard job.” But of course, where there are winners, there are losers as well. Ronald D’Aguilar was edged out in what was an extremely close race for the two available senate seats. With just 12 and 10 votes behind respective winners Grace Bottah and Ghadder Alghosein, Aguilar was surprised by the results but accepts them nonetheless. “I have to be honest, I’m surprised, I am quite surprised. But the students chose their representatives and that’s
what matters,” D’Aguilar said.
“Honestly I feel so relieved. I don’t
With the elections now over, the
even have words to tell you how I’m
transitioning period with the new
feeling right now. I just can’t wait to
UWSA members is now underway.
make this year the best year the Lanc-
Adams said she found this year suc-
ers have at UWindsor,” El-Hajj said.
cessful and is hoping this shake up
Without a doubt, the biggest win-
Jaydee Tarpeh is all smiles celebrating his election win as the new UWSA president at UWindsor’s engineering centre Mar. 26. [Photo by // Hani Yassine]
rejuvenates the alliance.
ner of the night was none other than
“It was a great year,” Adams said. “I
Jaydee Tarpeh who took home the
really enjoyed myself and I hope that
majority of votes to become the new
the members are starting to feel that
president of the UWSA. He too is
they can at least trust the process.”
Candidates hold their breath as UWSA CRO April Adams reads off the election results at UWindsor’s engineering centre Mar. 26. [Photo by // Hani Yassine]
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H.E.R.O Day of Action Shows Rez Students Another Side of Windsor
SAMANTHAFERNANDEZ News Editor __________________________ Resident students at the University of Windsor had the chance to participate in a food drive to make donations within the Windsor community. The H.E.R.O day of action is a food drive within residence buildings to bring not only food to food banks, but to allow students who are not from Windsor to build a community here. H.E.R.O originally began as an initiative to help victims of hurricane Katrina and students would make trips to help those in need. While they still do this when possible, students are not always able to afford these trips so the group decided they wanted to focus the help in the Windsor-Essex community. Jacqueline Mellish, the Residence Life Coordinator for Alumni Hall and Clarke Hall said it is important for students to establish a life in Windsor, outside of the University of Windsor Village. “This is a way for students who are not originally from the Windsor area to become engaged with their community and that is really the foundation that HERO has developed into,” said Mellish. “I’ve been leading this event for the past five years and we are increasing every year. We went from three tonnes and now we are at seven tonnes of food. We are just getting better every year.” Students arrived in two lancer buses Mar. 28 at Paulin Memorial Church to begin their walk throughout the community asking for donations, with intentions on packing the buses full of donations to bring to the food bank. “The students unload the buses and they learn how the food is distributed through different food banks in the city and across Essex County,” said Mellish. “It also teaches them the importance of what to donate. It is re-
ally an amazing opportunity for our students.” Teams were separated with their team leaders to go out door to door during the event. Justin Budzey, a team leader and student living in Electa hall said this event every year for him is always a success. “This is my third year doing this event,” said Budzy. “It’s a good way for us in residence to give back because as residence students we don’t usually think of the greater WindsorEssex area, so it’s a way to be informed about where we live.” Ashakie Hogge-Browne, a first year student living in Alumni Hall thought it this event would be a great way to volunteer her time and experience Windsor in a different light. “I’m not familiar with the area at all,” said Hogge-Browne. “I think this is a great opportunity because I wouldn’t normally mission out to where we are currently, I usually only go anywhere in walking distance. I like volunteering and I get to meet people from my building and other buildings. I’m excited to have a broader understanding of my surroundings.”
Event organizers and Residence Staff at the HERO Day of Action Mar. 28 gather together for a group photo before beginning their mission. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]
Last year the event raised seven tonnes of food for food banks across Windsor. This year they are hoping to raise that number because this time of the year is when food banks are in need the most to replenish what was needed during the cold winter months. Mellish said this is why it is so important to hold this event around this time of the year when it is really needed in the community. “My favorite part is when on the bus, students see bags of food waiting to be picked up at people’s houses, or when they knock on a door and people come back with garbage bags full of things from their pantry,” said Mellish. “It’s an amazing day. Everyone starts off a little drowsy in the morning, but then these amazing things happen and that changes. I really love seeing how much the students grow from the experience and knowing they made a difference.”
Students come off the bus at Paulin Memorial Church Mar. 28 for the HERO Day of Action. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]
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Future Engineers Fly at High School Engineering Competition
Students were given limited materials to work with during the High School Engineering competition at the Lumley Centre for Engineering Mar. 24 and were asked to come up with a wing design. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez] SAMANTHAFERNANDEZ News Editor __________________________
the little bug in their mind for when they apply to university.”
High school students from all over Windsor and Essex-County gathered together for the University of Windsor’s Engineering Society’s High school engineering competition.
This competition gives high school students the chance to visit the University of Windsor and see if the university is the right fit for them in the future.
This year, the students were to create a wing for a model airplane using a box of supplies including card stock paper, popsicle sticks, tape and an aluminum pan. They were also given the model wing to which they would base their original design. The winning team had to fly their model plane the longest distance of the group.
Students brainstorm at the High School Engineering competition at the Lumley Centre for Engineering Mar. 24. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]
Joseph Slickboer, a student from Cardinal Carter High School said the University of Windsor is his first choice when making his decisions for his undergraduate degree. “I am actually planning on coming here for engineering,” said Slickboer. “It’s close to home; it’s a nice school with a great engineering building. Today we are going to stick to our plan and not deviate from it.”
Evan Gibb, Vice-President Academic of the Engineering Student Society said this year’s competition was in honor of the new aerospace engineering program at the University of Windsor.
Leo Diesbourg, the teacher who brought the team at Cardinal Carter together, said this competition influenced him when he was younger and he wanted to bring the same experience to his students.
“We do this with the high school students as an outreach activity,” said Gibb. “We sent out letters to every school and planning has been going on for a few months. A lot of students I have met at frosh week had been in previous design competitions and they say that the competition is one of the things they remember from the University of Windsor. It plants
“I was involved as a student when I attended Belle River high and when I got into teaching I checked to see if they were still doing it,” said Diesbourg. “I asked my physics class and got a team together. Everything is brand new, we did in class training and brainstormed ideas based on previous competitions, but we want to have fun and as long as they are
The High School Engineering competition at the Lumley Centre for Engineering Mar. 24 gave the teenagers a taste of what they could be learning if they make the decision to attend the University of Windsor in the coming years [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez] creative and learning, that’s all that matters.” At the end of the day, the competition was won by the students from
Maranantha School, for the second year in a row. The students were lead by Mr. Arsenault, with the team being made up by Luke Potma, Noah Mailloux, Jared DIPietro, and Caleb
Neposlan. The second place was the team from Massey School and the third place was the team from Riverside School.
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Dreams Become Reality Through Third Annual Bridal Ball
SAMANTHAFERNANDEZ News Editor __________________________
This year marked the third annual Bridal Ball at the Ambassador golf course, where women attending were able to wear dresses they may have only worn once, such as a bridal gown, a prom dress, or a bridesmaids dress and were able to have a formal night out. Every year, The Bridal Ball donates the funds from the event to a charity of choice. This year, the focus of the Mar. 27 event was on the Sunshine Foundation, a non-profit national organization that provides individual dreams to children with severe disabilities.. Karen Kaus, the president of the Windsor Chapter of the Sunshine Foundation, said the money donated from the Bridal Ball event will go to help children across the country achieve their dreams. “We are here in Windsor and we have been in the community for over 20 years,” said Kaus. “This is going to go towards the Windsor Corporate challenge, which will hopefully help us make individual dreams lived out of Windsor. We don’t get to have a lot of social events with grown ups, we usually spend a lot of time with families in the community, so this is great.”
Jennifer Pomerleau, from the Planning Lounge, said without the support of Windsor-Essex County this event would not be possible. The bulk of the event is donated, other than the food and venue. All lighting, decorations and auction items are donated by various Windsor groups. “Women have all these dresses left over from big events, so the idea is we don’t have to go out and buy a new outfit, we can wear something we already have,” said Pomerleau. “It’s so much fun, this event is great because everyone collaborates and comes up with different ideas. It’s a wonderful event.” The night included a dinner, silent auction and dancing. All the auction items were donated by different companies all over Windsor and Essex County and included items such as dinner packages, weekend getaways and art-work.
Everyone takes their seats for dinner at the Third Annual Bridal Ball at Ambassador Golf Club Mar. 27 where the room was lit with color and filled with excitement. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]
Sarah Taylor, the owner of It’s Your Day Bridal and founder of the event, loves the way this event brings people together for a fun night and a good cause. “Each year the event has gotten bigger and bigger, we’re hoping we will eventually be a sell out every year,” said Taylor. “It’s always something a little different, the more money we raise for the charity the better. ”
Jennifer Pomerleau addresses the crowd at the Third Annual Bridal Ball event at the Ambassador Golf Club on the evening of Mar. 27. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]
Attendees had the opportunity to wear beautiful gowns they may have only had the opportunity to wear once at the Third Annual Bridal Ball Mar. 27 at the Ambassador Golf Club [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]
Organizers of the Third Annual Bridal Ball event at the Ambassador Golf Club gather together for a group photo Mar. 27. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]
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Bennett and Brown Come Up Big For Express To Tie Series 1-1 BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ Tony Bennett poured in 20 points in a record-setting 48 point first quarter and the Windsor Express evened up the National Basketball League of Canada Central division finals with the Brampton A’s 1-1 with a 105-93 victory in game two at the WFCU Centre. After a lack luster game one performance, Bennett publicly criticized himself apologizing to his team and Express fans on social media vowing that it would not happen again. “I beat myself up after that last game,” said Bennett. “I felt like I let my teammates down so I got up the next day early to go shoot. I just did everything that I thought was possible for me to not have another game like that. Now it’s a new series.” Windsor couldn’t miss in the opening frame, taking an early 16-4 advantage and pouring it on throughout to lead 48-28 after 12 minutes. Feeding off of Bennett’s hot start, Express forward
Quinnel Brown led Windsor with a game-high 34 points while hauling down 13 rebounds. “I’m glad we came out hot like that,” said Brown. “It’s always good to start off like that to give us momentum to keep going. I think it was key to come out and win game two. We couldn’t dig a hole at 0-2 and expect to go on the road get back into the series. Now it’s us against them.” Bennett shot 7-for-7 from the floor in the opening frame, including 5-for-5 from behind the arc and finished the game with 22 points and five assists. Ryan Anderson went shot for shot with Bennett in the quarter, posting 13 points of his own, thanks to three three-point baskets. Brown said Bennett and Anderson scoring early was key to the Express gaining momentum which they carried throughout the game. Bennett and Anderson struggled to score in game one, which culminated in a 9997 loss at the WFCU Centre Mar. 26. “For them to come out of the gate and score like that is nothing but a plus to our team,” said Brown. “After
game one the A’s left a bad taste in our mouths with certain things that they did post-game and now we’re coming for them every quarter. One at a time. Refuse to lose.” The second quarter was a very different story for the Express however, as the defending NBL Cananda champions put up only 11 points on the board, closing the first half up 5949. Windsor regained their swagger to start the second half, outscoring Brampton 29-28 in the third before putting the finishing touches on the victory with a 17-16 fourth quarter for a 105-93 final. Akeem Scott had 19 points for the A’s, who will host the next two games at the Athlete Institute in Orangeville, Ont. Game three is scheduled for Apr. 1 while game four will take place Apr. 3. Both games will tip-off at 7 p.m. Express associate coach Lexa Page said winning game two was important because it now makes the series a best-of-five and guarantees a fifth game back at the WFCU Centre, to be played Apr. 7 at 7 p.m.
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Kirk Williams Jr. of the Windsor Express drives to the basket against the Brampton A’s at WFCU Centre Mar. 26. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold] “At the very least, we need to get a split on the road,” said Page. “We have to win. After that let’s come back home
and get rid of them as soon as we can. We need to bring another championship home to Windsor.”
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Locals Dine With a Wealth of Soups
HANIYASSINE Arts Editor __________________________ Be it bean, chicken or broccoli, there was no shortage of good soup as hundreds of locals attended the Great Soup Kitchen. The event took place Mar. 26 from late morning to early afternoon at St. Clair College’s Centre for the Arts. This marked the event’s 29th year, with over 40 different local restaurants and vendors providing a wide array and plentiful amount of specialty soups to raise funds and benefit the Heart and Stroke Foundation. “What keeps it exciting is the new restaurants and also the returning restaurants that have dedicated to supporting us over all these years,” said Rochelle Stachevrski, area manager of the Heart and Stroke’s WindsorEssex branch. Stachevrski said close to 400 tickets were sold for the event, ultimately predicting anywhere between 800 to 1,000 people to show up during
the event’s three hour span. Among the vendors were the Barrel House, Riverside Sportsman Club and the University of Windsor. Every vendor was within Windsor-Essex County as a way to support local businesses. “It’s definitely important to involve local businesses, local restaurants for the most part I know they do their very best to use as many local ingredients as possible,” Stachevrski said. Representing the university was Peter Polak, one of the cooks who help with food preparation and catering at the campus’ own Vanier Hall. The soup he had prepared was roasted cauliflower mixed with truffle oil. Being both gluten and lactose free are some of the reasons why this soup manages to distinct itself from the rest. “We’re doing something that is a little bit out of the ordinary. It’s not just a regular soup it’s a roasted soup. It isn’t high-end oil its truffle oil, so it’s not your everyday soup.” On top of the variety of soups, there were also cheese, vegetables and bread to help make the meals ex-
University of Windsor cook Peter Polak gives a sample of his roasted cauliflower soup, part of the Great Soup Kitchen at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts Mar. 26. [Photo by // Hani Yassine] tra filling. Live music was also performed throughout the event. It took a very short time for the kitchen to be filled up with enthusiastic recipients, among them being Robert Day who
had five different soups at the least.
soups,” Day said.
“I’m enjoying myself, very much so. I’m a people person and I like roaming around, trying all the different
Any and all soup leftover from the event was donated to the Downtown Mission.
Lancer Football Team Tests New Additions At Spring Camp
BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ The Windsor Lancer football team is introducing new faces of players and new coaches at this years spring training camp at Alumni Field. Head coach Joe D’Amore also introduced Dan Lumley to the team as the Lancers new offensive co-ordinator and quarterbacks coach. Lumley was formerly a star quarterback for both the Lancers football program and at W.F. Herman high school in Windsor. Lumley was introduced prior to the start of the camp, but began working and coaching the Lancers offense which culminated in a scrimmage Mar. 31 “We’re really excited to have Dan on board with our football program,” D’Amore said. “ This is an important time for us as we are bringing in a young quarterback who Dan will work closely with. He has outstanding credentials and has played at a very high level.” Lumley played two seasons for the Lancers and helped lead them to a 6-2 record and a home playoff game in 2006. Prior to that, Lumley spent two seasons at the University of Kentucky and also attended Saginaw Val-
ley State University before returning home to play for the Lancers. Lumley has been instructing young quarterbacks in the area in recent years and worked with his father back at Herman high school, helping the Green Griffeins senior football team win seven consecutive WECSSAA championship and four OFSAA Bowl titles. With the graduation of record-setting Lancer quarterback Austin Kennedy from the program earlier this year, D’Amore signed top quarterback recruit Liam Putt to the Lancers program and he will join the program in the fall. Lumley said coaching Putt is something he’s really looking forward to. “This is an exciting opportunity to coach in the OUA,” Lumley said. “I’ve been coaching a lot of area kids and helping with their development. I’m ready to get going and start to work with this group as well.” Lumley is using the Lancers spring training camp to get a feel for the talent on the offensive side of the ball and get used to D’Amore’s spread offence, which combined with all-star contributions of now former players like Jordan Brescasin, Evan Pszczon-
Windsor Lancer running back Tarrence Crawford is tackled during a spring training camp scrimmage at Alumni Field Mar. 31. The Lancers went 6-2 in 2014 and hosted their first home OUA playoff game since 2006. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold] ak and Kennedy, lead the Lancers to the OUA playoffs four consecutive years.
“I’m a student of the game, my dad’s a coach and I’ve been around football since I was two- or three-years-old,”
said Lumley. “I’ve seen a lot of coaching styles and I think it’s helped me become a better coach.”
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Spitfires Clean Out Lockers, Focus On OHL Draft
Sports Editor __________________________ After a season featuring a lot less highs than lows, the Windsor Spitfires cleaned out their lockers and shut the door on 2014-2015. Suffering multiple injuries and suspensions in the latter half of the year, Windsor dropped the final 11 games of the regular season and finished second-last overall in the Ontario Hockey League. The Spitfires will now pick second overall in the upcoming OHL draft Apr. 11. With many places to upgrade on the Windsor roster, Spitfires general manager Warren Rychel said the team will select the best players available. “We definitely have to go with the best,” said Rychel. “We need help at all positions.” Without a first-round pick in next year’s OHL draft due to sanctions placed on the franchise in 2012, Rychel agreed it puts extra emphasis on selecting quality players in the upcoming draft. “You can see the results of not having a first-round pick two years ago,” said Rychel. “Along with the sanctions we’ve had some bad luck and some bad picks. It hasn’t been the way it was, we were spoiled the first go-around with two Memorial Cup caliber players but we have to live it.”
Instead of grading a draft class with one high draft pick, Rychel said it was important for the Spitfires to make many good draft picks to build for the team’s future. “We need to integrate three guys into our lineup that are going to be counted on every night,” said Rychel. “We’ve got to go younger in order to get better later.” After much success in the first years of his head coaching duties, Spitfires bench boss Bob Boughner said Windsor has been on both ends of the OHL standings and they’ll look to get back to the top very soon but was blunt when assessing his team’s season end. “At the end of the season it was pretty apparent that we just weren’t good enough,” said Boughner. “Coming into the season we had high hopes of making the playoffs, that was our goal. But we weren’t good enough on paper and definitely not good enough on the ice.” Boughner said now it is the job of he and Rychel to make sure the team they put on the ice next year is good enough to compete in the OHL.
“We’re the third-youngest team in the league and if you look at the other two teams, they are out just like we are,” said Boughner. “It’s a process. Maybe we overestimated our team at the beginning of the year but it is what it is. We need to look forward to
Windsor Spitfires head coach Bob Bougher answers question at the team’s season-ending press conference Mar. 24 at WFCU Centre. [Photo by // Brett Hedges] next year now.” One of the lone bright spots for the Spitfires this season was the development of centre Logan Brown. Brown, a Chesterfield, MO. native, scored 17 goals before his 17th birthday in March. Brown totaled 43 points in his OHL rookie season and said he’s looking forward to performing for the Spitfires next season. “We’re definitely going to use this sea-
son as a learning point and use this feeling as motivation to work harder this summer,” said Brown. “We all need to have great summer work out programs and come back better players. We’re getting team chemistry going, we’re all good buddies off of the ice and I think that’s really big.”
“I’m satisfied with my play but there’s always room for improvement,” said Brown. “This year is a draft year and I look forward to taking a bigger role with the team. I just want to get as fast and as strong as I can this summer and hopefully be an impact player every game next year.”
Brown said his first season in the OHL had a lot of ups and downs but said he believes he has a good feel for the league now.
The OHL Draft takes place Apr. 11 while the CHL’s Import Draft for non-North American players takes place in June.
OPUS Awards Honor Hard Working Part-Time Students, Staff and Faculty
SAMANTHAFERNANDEZ News Editor __________________________
OPUS held their award dinner to honor the part-time students on the University of Windsor campus. OPUS, the Organization for PartTime University Students on campus, gives part-time students an outlet to help them with their specific needs, which differ from those offull-time students. According to the OPUS website, “providing the topmost quality of service to students, faculty and staff in all academic areas is something that OPUS strives to achieve”.
Windsor and I had a classmate that had me come check out OPUS and that’s how I originally got involved,” said Meloche. “We get to advocate for part-time students and enhance their university experience. Having that network and that group together makes the experience a lot easier ... we want to make the university aware that there are students with different needs. It’s been a positive experience; it really enriches your student experience.”
Anthony Meloche, Vice President of OPUS received the Lifetime Achievement Award Mar. 26 for his 10 years of service to the organization. This year will be his final year with OPUS and Meloche said though he may be back at some point, he truly appreciates the opportunities he had to connect with students.
The winners of the awards were nominated by their peers for their outstanding performance throughout the past year. The awards do not only go to students, but are awarded to faculty and staff as well. Martin Vaughan, a part-time student and winner of a Staff Support Award, said feels it is great to be recognized for his hard work. Vaughan is currently pursuing his Masters of Education at the University of Windsor and works behind the scenes as an employee at the university with many different areas.
“I’ve been a part-time student since about 2003 at the University of
“It’s nice because a lot of what I do is behind the scenes, so it’s nice to be
recognized,” said Vaughan. “After going through all the interviews that I have done at the university, one thing that really stood out was the needs of part-time students compared to the needs of full-time students. Part-time students need to have balance, so it’s really important that their voice is heard and that they are represented.” Dr. Clayton Smith, the Dean of Students, said with the different needs part-time students have, it is important to have a group like this to give them support.
“Part-time students deserve to have an advocate on campus for themselves, they are different,” said Smith. “I remember my own experiences; I have been a full time undergraduate, I have been a part time undergraduate, I have been a full-time graduate and I have been a part time graduate, and the hardest thing I ever did was to be a part-time undergraduate student. The people in this room are balancing their life, not by taking things away, but by adding to it. They deserve to have an organization that understands them.”
OPUS Award Winners OPUS Lifetime Achievement Award Anthony Meloche, OPUS Vice President.
OPUS Friend of Students Award
Dr. Bruce Tucker (Office of the Provost & Vice-President, Academic)
OPUS Teacher of the Year Award Dr. Brian MacPherson (Philosophy)
OPUS Faculty Award(s)
Shelagh Towson, Psychology & Brian Brown, Visual Arts.
OPUS Support Staff Award(s):
Martin Deck, Campus Bookstore, Martin Vaughan, Centre for Teaching & Learning (CTL) & Susan McKee, Music.
OPUS Appreciation Award(s):
Campus Dental Centre, Erin Plumb, Mahbub Khoda, Mike Livingston & Peter Soteros, OPUS Directors‘ at Large.
Alumni Association Academic Achievement Award: Jacqueline Lee (Part-time Student)
Alumni Association First Year Part-time Undergraduate Student Award: Renee Blanchette (Part-time Student)
OPUS Wayne Girard Leadership Memorial Award: Nicole Lynch (Part-time Student)
OPUS Dr. Kathleen McCrone Award: Christopher McCoy (Part-time Student)
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University Percussion Head Presents Album Recording HANIYASSINE Arts Editor __________________________ Studio A of Lambton Tower played host to a small but distinctive percussion performance from the university’s own head of percussion. Dr. Nick Papador performed numbers from his newly released record entitled ‘Points of Departure’. Alternating between xylophones, drums and glockenspiels, Papador presented a variety of atmospheric and fantastical percussion pieces in front of a small but enthusiastic audience. “It was fantastic; I think it was a marvelous project. It’s really interesting music and Nick is an amazing player,” said audience member Brent Lee. The record consists of six different tracks. Five of them are recitals written by other musicians, while one was written by Papador himself. The record took several years to complete, initially finished around the time Papador gained permanent residency in Canada from the United States. He emphasized the importance in mak-
ing the recitals distinct in the effort of making it a significant project. “You have to get to a certain level with these pieces before you’re going to commit to make a recording with them,” Papador said. “I had to ask myself with every one of the six pieces on there, have I done something with it that warrants being its own recording?” Three pieces in all were performed of an audience of about 40. Papador ended his recording with his original song ‘A Very Welcome’, a piece which was refreshing and uplifting compared to the songs performed beforehand. “There are sections of it that give you a sense of wonder, give you insight as to what he was feeling when he was having his first child. It was adorable, I loved it,” said Rachel Loerts. Reception was held after the performance, with many coming to purchase a copy of the album as well as an autograph. Papador plans to further promote the album by performing it in additional venues in the future.
Dr. Nick Papador autographs a copy of his record ‘Points of Departure’ at Lambton Tower Mar. 25 after his performance. [Photo by // Hani Yassine]
Variety Filled Dance Showcase Doubles in Numbers HANIYASSINE Arts Editor __________________________ There seemed to be a little something for everyone at the university’s second semi-annual Dance Showcase. Presented by Lancer Recreation, the event was held Mar. 27 at the St. Denis Centre. The event included 14 acts. both professional and ameteur. was coordinated by Tanya Van Dongen, who’s looking to use her love of dance as a way to make this event a staple in the university’s calendar. “I’ve been dancing all my life, for 17 years, so it was something I wanted to continue and something I wanted to introduce. So why not do a showcase,” Van Dongen said. “I don’t know anybody who’s done this at the University.” The performances differentiated between solo and group efforts, covering a number of genres in the process. There was ballet, and there was ballroom. You had hip-hop as well as K-pop. There was also some burlesque, with more than a dozen girls
performing two numbers in unison and with class. “It’s really fun, it’s women in empowerment,” said Samantha Penny, one of the dancers in the expansive group. “It’s not just about sexy dancing, it’s about empowering yourself,” she added. Attendance for this showcase is said to have nearly doubled compared to the first show which occurred last semester. Seats filled quickly and rounds of applause were given to the dancers. While the event went on for just an hour, the length didn’t seem to deter anyone’s enjoyment. “It was tremendous, I’ve never seen anything like this before in my life. It was just beautiful,” said attendee Frank Sura. Donations from the event go towards the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society. Van Dongen ultimately hopes for these events to get bigger and better. She would like it to have it hosted in other venues and even craft a competitive dance team out of it.
Dance instructor Marnie Kuhn performs an eccentrics performance, at the St. Denis Centre Mar. 27. Eccentrics is a dynamic workout routine, which effects every aspect of the body. [Photo by // Hani Yassine]
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UWill Discover Conference Showcases Undergraduate Research SAMANTHAFERNANDEZ News Editor __________________________ Undergraduate students from different faculties had the chance to showcase their own research at the first UWill Discover Undergraduate Research Conference. Throughout the day Mar. 24, undergraduate students who participated in the conference had the chance to make a presentation about research they have been working on during their undergraduate degree. The range of students came from drama, to chemistry and included students in first year all the way to fourth year. There were approximately 51 peerreviewed presentations throughout the day, with about 75 students total. Dr. Simon DuToit, a professor in the faculty of Dramatic Arts, and organizer of the event, said this conference allows students to make connections and further their discoveries as undergraduates. “I have to say this is the outcome of the hard work of so many different offices and people on our campus that for me as conference coordinator, it has been a process standing in the middle of this whirlwind of creativity,” said DuToit. “Students have been involved in the conference from its earliest stages and now that we have the first conference in the books, everybody, students and faculty alike, will have a better understanding of what the conference is and how to put it to work so that more and more students can benefit from it.” Communications Student Kathlene Olson made a presentation on German expressionism in the film “Metropolis” and said this presentation gave her a chance to have her research seen while also allowing her to make connections for future goals.
movements, it is much more unique.” Presentations were put on by a number of different groups in the CAW commons, including two groupings of presentations by students in the BFA Acting program in the faculty of Dramatic Arts. Marina Gomes and Brian Haight, two third year BFA acting students displayed a performance based on contact acting entitled “Now What: An Examination of Touch Through the Artistic Form of Contact”, which this summer they are taking to Fringe Festivals in Calgary and Winnipeg. “It was fun. We were able to open doors to put our research together, and we always felt we were on the cusp of discovery,” said the pair. “There was always something exciting and something new we could work at. It’s nice to have someone else ground you; it’s a part of the process you don’t get on your own. We’re hoping to make some connections through Fringe Festival, and this would be a great piece to take elsewhere possibly in the future.”
Avery Meloche presents his acting piece on Anxiety and Depression at the UWill Discover Conference Mar. 24 in the CAW Centre. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]
At the end of the conference, awards were presented to some of the undergraduate students who stood out throughout the process of making the conference happen. The first place in each discipline won a $250 prize. These prizes were awarded to different students based on over 30 judges decisions. The winners from each different discipline are as follows: Odette School of Business: Claudia Cheng Faculty of Education: Wardah Ishaque, Kashfia Nehrin, and Amarah Ishaque
Marina Gomes and Brian Haight make their presentation on Contact Acting on Mar. 24 at the UWill Discover Conference in the CAW Centre. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]
Faculty of Engineering: Liza-Anastasia DiCecco
Dentistry: First, Jessica C. Smith. Second, Yifan Li. Third, Dan Gillett
Viewers Choice: Coffee Quick by Vanessa Bellemore.
“Anyone could come to this, so you really have no idea who might see it,” said Olson. “It’s more satisfying to know your research has been heard by people, as opposed to just read by one person. I chose German Expressionism because it stands out so much more than some of the other
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Milena Sanson
Best Performance: First, Julius Cho. Second (tie), Tamlynn Bryson, Kyle Kimmerly. Third, The Elektra Company
Community Connection Award: Kayla Dettinger
head with the audience acting as attendants. Hyper, neurotic even, she strenuously attempts to come to a decision as to whether or not she should marry. If she says yes then she gets married. But will it be a passionate marriage, or loveless? If she says no, she will be single. But will she feel lonely, or free?
Faculty of Science: First (tie), Melissa Mathers, Daniel Tarade. Second (tie), Danielle Lanoue, Kara Picco. Third, Cody Caba Schulich School of Medicine and
Blue Sky (Sponsored by the EPIcentre): First, Let’s Park. Second, Coloured Cotton. Third, One Strand.
Research Talk Awards: First, Annie Kanwar. Second (tie) Tamlynn Bryson and Kyle Kimmerly. Third, Jessica C. Smith Each of these students has been fur-
thering their research for the past year, and each one of them, according to Dr. DuToit, is a winner. “This is all research work that the students have been participating in,” said DuToit. “It’s all work that the students have taken personally, and that’s something that they are personally committed to, and excited about, and that’s how great work spreads.”
Working Title: Undecided – Play Review
Arts Editor __________________________ We don’t think it about it much, but life is a long series of decisions, which need to be made in order to develop as a person. Some of these are minor, like deciding what you want to eat or wear. But then you have the serious decisions, which require more than a second take. This is where ‘Working Title: Undecided’ comes in and ponders on making a BIG decision. The play is centered entirely on a single woman named Tess who holds a meeting inside her
So many possibilities and scenarios are expressed, cramming any and all significant details, which would attribute to each decision within the confines of a chalkboard. Each choice brings a new category, which has a set of subcategories upon another set of subcategories. It goes on and on.
Tess is a character who, despite all her quirks, is one we can definitely relate to. We can often get bogged down by the many decisions we’re forced to make in our lives, so it’s easy to understand her plight. But what really makes it work is how her internal chaos is channeled with inventiveness, shameless humor and surprising poignancy. This is a one-woman show and a two person project. Working Title is conceived entirely from Tamlynn Bryson and Kyle Kimmerly who constantly tuned and retuned the play to make sure all the right notes were hit. One thing strived for is putting in the live
in live theatre. If the Mar. 29 performance is of any implication, they critically hit the mark. The play sports some ingenuity in its design with how audience participation is encouraged. Its set up so any input essentially doesn’t cause it to go off course, but still provides enough room to make each viewing experience unique in one way or another. It’s also a fine showcase for Bryson’s performance as Tess, maintaining a charming liveliness throughout the play’s one hour duration. It’s an exceptional feat when you consider the fact she is the show. In mixing and matching with these major aspects,
the pacing never falls short of being on point, and enough tricks are pulled which elevates this play into something special. As to what those tricks are? To say would be a disservice, as this is something to be seen with no expectations. But every component works and compliments each other. It can be hilarious, it can be sad, it can be thought provoking, it’s always entertaining and it’s never forced. As far as I’m aware, the next show will be at the Olde Walkerville Theatre sometime in May. You should most certainly keep an eye out for the date.
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Delivered in Three Minutes or Less
Arts Editor __________________________ You’re well into your graduate studies and you’ve committed yourself to years of research - could you reiterate all the information you’ve learned in less than a few minutes? This is the goal of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT). Graduate students from a wide variety of studies have less than a handful of time to divulge years of research in a way where it can be easily absorbed to the general public. The competition originated in Australia’s University of Queensland in 2008, eventually expanding in over 200 other universities across more than a dozen nations. “Graduate students play the role of the research engine. Without them our productivity and our innovation would not be as rich as it is,” said dean of graduate studies Patti Weir during the finals Monday afternoon. This year marked the third annual 3MT at the University of Windsor, with the finals being held at the CAW Centre’s Ambassador Auditorium. Eight presenters were competing for a $1000 cash prize and a spot at the provincial final at London’s Western University come late April. From social media to ADHD treatment,
there were a variety of theses for the public to hear and for the judges to deliberate on, basing the criteria on comprehension, engagement and communication. Seemingly enough, the best was saved for last as final presenter Anna Crater-Potter took home both the grand prize and the people’s choice award for her thesis on communication within the science of biochemistry. “I can’t believe it. I’m really excited and really grateful to be given this opportunity to talk about my research,” Potter said. A fifth year doctoral student, Potter confirms this undertaking to be a reasonably difficult one. She credits her success to constantly reading and revising her script.
“It was a lot of writing a paragraph, staring at it for a few hours, going through and changing it and looking at it again the next day,” Potter said. “It actually took longer to come up with what I was going to say than memorizing it.” Deliberations between judges took nearly 20 minutes. Alice Miller who works at registrar was among those on the panel, cited how difficult it was when it came to choosing a winner. “Everyone had extremely strong
Molly Cairncross presents her thesis on ADHD treatment at the CAW Centre’s Ambassador Auditorium Mar. 30. [Photo by // Hani Yassine] presentation skills on complicated research topics. With such a high bar it made it very difficult to sift out who was number one,” Miller said. “Anna hit the top bar on everything we were
reviewing. She told a story on a very complicated topic that any audience would be able to understand.” For London, Potter intends to stick
with her current strategy. Success in the provincial 3MT could lead to a spot into the Virtual National Anglophone competition, which would be online and held sometime in June.
NHL Red Wings, Ultimate Frisbee Maple Leafs Complete Season Around The Corner Opposites in 2015 BRETTHEDGES
BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ It was the best of times, it was the worst of times - depending on who your favorite NHL hockey team is. In Windsor, the common hockey debate is very simple, you’re either a Detroit Red Wings or Toronto Maple Leafs fan. The rivalry has sparked countless discussion of who is better ever since the two franchises were members of the original six National Hockey League in the 1930’s. The Maple Leafs have 13 total Stanley Cup championships but have not raised the historic trophy since 1967 while the Red Wings lay claim to 11 Stanley Cups and have won four times since 1997, most recently in 2008.
Heading into the final stretch of the 2015 NHL regular season, the two teams are at very different ends of the spectrum. While the Red Wings are poised to qualify for their 24 cconsecutive playoff, a professional sports record, the Maple Leafs are spiraling towards the bottom of the NHL standings after unloading seven of their eight expiring contracts at the trade deadline. With many high-end draft picks such as Erie Otter’s Connor McDavid and Boston University’s Jack Eichel in this year’s NHL draft, Toronto is among the strong candidates to have a high selection due to their performance this season. The 2014-2015 season has been one to forget for the Leafs, as they fired former head coach Randy Carlyle Jan. 6 and assigned former assistant coach Peter Horachek duties
to take over the team. Toronto has only won a handful of games since the change, leading to the fire sale of their players with expiring contracts at the NHL trade deadline. Meanwhile Detroit has been steadily winning games under head coach Mike Babcock as they look to clinch yet another spot in the playoffs. Babcock has an expiring contract as Detroit’s head coach and many hockey analysts rumor that Toronto will heavily pursue his services once the off-season begins. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has tried to sign Babcock to a long-term deal but has been unsuccessful to do so thus far. Regardless of their respective finishes, it should be an interesting off-season between the old rivals. Stay tuned for more as it unfolds.
Sports Editor __________________________
Believe it or not, spring is around the corner and Windsor Ultimate Frisbee might be the new thing you try out this year. Ultimate is a non contact, fast-paced field sport played with two teams of seven. The object is to throw a Frisbee up the field from teammate to teammate until it’s caught in the opponent’s end zone. Dan Allaire is one of six Windsor Ultimate board members and highly recommends the club which has over 300 registered members. “This spirited game feels like a combination of basketball, soccer and football, great for players of all ages,” said Allaire. “Ultimate Frisbee is a fantastically fun sport and I advocate everyone try it, our league has been around since 2007 and keeps getting bigger and better.” Ultimate began in 1968 in Maplewood, New Jersey by a bunch a students from Columbia High School. The staff members of the school
newspaper, The Colombian, along with its student council developed a new game as a gag and activity for their high-school evenings. The game was free formed early on with as many as 20 or 30 players allowed per team. Initially played as Frisbee Football, the rules were slowly modified, eventually eliminating running with the disc and the system of downs and establishing a set of rules for the defense. As the students graduated the game spread to the college level. Today, Ultimate is played by people from all walks of life in more than 35 countries throughout the world. From the 25,000 amateur athletes which compete through the Ultimate Players Association and World Flying Disc Federation to the even greater number that play in informal leagues and casual pickup games. Ultimate is a sport for everyone and the best way to learn is to play it. Visit windsorultimate.com for more information or check them out on Facebook: facebook.com/windsorultimate or Twitter: @windsorultimate
Published on Apr 2, 2015
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