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Outstanding Scholars to attract more high achieving students TRAVISFAUTEUX news editor __________________________ This fall, drastic changes have been made to the University of Windsor’s Outstanding Scholars, a scholarship program with financial and professional benefits for undergraduate students. While students in the Outstanding Scholars program earn award money each year, the most exciting benefit of the
award is 100 hours of one-onone academic work with a faculty member. This year, the scholarship was made available to students entering all programs, but limited to the top 150 highest achieving high school graduates. From 2002, when the program began, until 2007, students were required to achieve a minimum grade of 80% in high school to make it into the program. In 2007, this was raised to 85%. In addition, only enrollment chal-
lenged programs were eligible for Outstanding Scholars. This year, Outstanding Scholars aimed to only allow 150 students into the program by, once again, raising the bar, this time to 93%. There were several reasons for this major change. First was the desire to open up Outstanding Scholars to all programs instead of select, enrollment challenged programs. This required the university to limit
admissions in other ways. This fall, students all first-entry programs – meaning Law, Education, and Graduate programs are excluded – were eligible for the scholarship. The second reason for raising the cap was that, as a 2011 report indicates, there was a high number of students that lost the scholarship after only their first semester. The report says that, “out of 194 students only 76 (39%) re-
ceived [the award] in the second semester,” and, therefore, an 85% minimum average admission was decided to be “too low a threshold for a student to achieve an 11 cumulative average...after one semester.” Dr. Clayton Smith, dean of students, said it was an important decision to limit the scholarship to the top students. MORE ON PAGE 05 w
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stupid people #uwindsorproblems
We’re getting dumber, there’s no other possible explanation. This week it was announced that Batman star Christian Bale would be replaced by Hollywood lamentation Ben Affleck. While this in and of itself seems like a terrible idea, what seems to be the bigger issue is that it has been the topic most posted and reposted on my Facebook wall.
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Let’s look at some of the top headlines of the past week. There was the NSA paying Internet companies to cover the cost of its surveillance, deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was freed from prison, and school children in the US are being sent home with “fat letters”.
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All of these things have seen limited play on my wall, with exception from journalist colleagues. So why all this bat-tastic fervour clamouring over ill conceived casting? It’s because most of you are idiots. There its been said, the air can clear.
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We’ve become a generation of people more interested in being entertained than informed. Hot under the collar yet? I am, I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. The average Canadian watches 30 hours of TV a week, that’s four and a half hours a day, The most watched show in Canada: The Big Bang Theory.
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In 2011 Google ranked Facebook as the Internet’s most visited site, Wikipedia was number five. We are squandering a 24 hour library, filled with more information than any tangible building has ever held, with photos of an irritated looking cat and meaningless “status updates.” Although I’m sure your trip to the dentist was filled with excitement and whimsy, not banal in the least.
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Worse yet, now the word “twerk” is officially part of the Oxford English Dictionary. With that, human dignity suffered its final death knell. When was it we stopped trying to be educated people speaking in proper syntax? How have we debased and homogenized the lyricism of speech so much as to give rise to single meaningless phrases like “YOLO” and “swag”? I sincerely hope there are not words I have used here that you need to pick up a dictionary to understand.
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the safety dance
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Since the beginning of time dance has been a cornerstone of courtship. Prehistoric hunter gatherers would woo a female by a demonstration of furs of conquered animals followed by a fire dance. In modern times not much has changed.
The Lance acknowledges its privileged position in being free from commercial and administrative controls. We strive to protect that position by vigorously defending our editorial autonomy.
Every Saturday night droves of twenty-something’s rush downtown in their finest furs, clothes hoping to entice an attractive mate.
Our mandate is to cover issues that affect students. However, we believe that no subject need fall outside the grasp of the student press, and that we best serve our purpose when we help widen the boundaries of debate on educational, social economic, environmental and political issues.
Through the decades many popular courtship dances have emerged. Currently if someone were to try the Charlton during a remix of “shots,” they would almost certainly be assaulted by a dude in a snapback. This is because the prevailing dance “the twerk” requires no expression at all, and frankly your Charlton makes Snapback Steve feel stupid. Grinding/twerking eliminates the middle man of courtship and gets right to the heavy petting, which is genius in its own right. Though for someone with chronic hip problems, the consistent lateral motion make the experience unappealing. What I love about dancing is that everyone has their own style. But when you look at a dance floor and everyone is doing the same thing it feels so calculated, like knowing exactly when the beat is going to drop. I am not saying don’t grind, it can be an intimate experience when with the right person, much like the sex it emulates. But if people were more comfortable dancing, the club experience would be so much cooler. After all it’s safe to dance. — Mike Specht, sports editor
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Protests around the world called for ousting Egyptian President Morsi, like this protest in Paris, France on June 31 • photo by Jason Rankin
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A personal account of Egypt ASILMOUSSA uwindsor journalism student __________________________ Egypt is the most populated country in Africa and the Middle East, and over the past three years, the country has been very unstable. On February 11, 2011, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down after millions of Egyptians protested against his authority. Two months ago, on July 3, 2013, democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was deposed by the powerful military after millions of Egyptians protested for his removal. Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian military and Minister of Defense, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was appointed as First Deputy Prime Minister. There was also an interim government that was appointed. Egypt will
have elections for a new government within the next six months The reasons for the protests against Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, in the past year included a steeply declining economy, frequent power outages, an extreme shortage of natural gas, a lack of national security, a new constitution that gave the president an immense amount of power and a lack of a democratic process to remove the president. Despite these reasons, there are Egyptians that are against the ousting of president Morsi because it was not by democratic process. Many of those Egyptians held sit-in protests in two main squares in Cairo, one of them being Rabaa square. The sit-in protests, which involved thousands of people camped out in two residential neighbourhoods, lasted for over
a month. After a few weeks, many residents grew frustrated with the protestors constantly blocking traffic, entrances to their homes and schools, and the strong smell of garbage and urine coming from their camps. While Egyptians believe in the right to protest, it’s how people protest and demonstrate their opinions that make the difference.
August 16 was named the Friday of Rage ... That week’s death toll was over 1,000 people churches, and buildings were burnt down. Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagi was also arrested.
The interim government and military warned for weeks against action taken to remove the protestors. On August 14, there was a crackdown by security forces on the protest camps that led to the death of hundreds of people. The violence was condemned by most Egyptians, no matter their political stance, and the rest of the world. Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei resigned in protest against the violence of the military. Over the next two days, mosques,
A state of emergency was declared along with a curfew that began at 7:00 p.m. August 16 was named the Friday of Rage because the Muslim Brotherhood called people to protest in the streets against the military’s violence the previous day. Hundreds more people died that day. That week’s death toll was over 1,000 people.
MATT DAWSON student @ UWindsor I live at home, I get free food. I eat as much as I want.
RENJIE FREEMAN student @ UWindsor According to my BMI, I need 4500 calories, I’ll get that, most definitely.
Two days later, I arrived in Cairo, Egypt. My family and I had planned this trip from months
ASILMOUSSA before because we wanted to visit my grandfather who was ill. We were actually going to cancel the trip after receiving about 10 phone calls the day before from family and friends in Egypt telling us to stay in Canada because Egypt wasn’t safe. But we decided to go anyway. Upon arrival in Cairo, I drove by Rabaa where the protesters had held their large sit-in camp. The entire area was black from the fire, the streets were ruined and the awful smell was still there. The knowledge that hundreds MORE ON EGYPT PAGE 08 w
? How little will you eat before your OSAP comes in?
BRANDEN PRYCE student @ UWindsor All I’ve had today is a breakfast sandwich, I think I’ll be putting all my food money into beer.
SYDNEY BRIDGMAN student @ UWindsor I ate a bowl of oatmeal and a McDouble today, sad sad life.
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Outstanding Scholars, con’t “Universities frequently pay more attention to at-risk students and ignore their high achieving students with a kind of ‘you’re going to make it anyways, so why worry’ kind of attitude,” said Smith. “The reputation of the university is more enhanced by those students because they’re the ones that make significant marks in the community and in the nation,” he added. In addition to these changes, alterations were made to the monetary value of the award. All students that make it in the program are given an equal amount of scholarship money, whereas before there were different scholarship brackets based on the student’s cumulative average. For instance, in 2011, students with grades between 85% and 89.9% earned a total of $12,000 in four years and students with 95% or above earned $16,000. Now, students entering the program this year are awarded $1500 for their first year, the “Candidate” year. Then, at the end of their first year, they compete for entrance into the program itself, which begins in year two and allows them to work
with a professor. From second year until graduation, students that make it into the final 100 seats will be awarded $1500 per semester, meaning that if a student survives in Outstanding Scholars for an entire four-year degree, they would be awarded a total of $10,500. These 100 seats will be made up of successful candidates from year one – from the top 150‒, but also from other students that have the required minimum GPA, explains Smith. “Those who didn’t make it into the “Candidate” year because of, say, a B average in high school, have an opportunity to have a seat in the program if they raise their GPA,” said Smith. “The idea is that it became more inclusive.” The minimum cumulative GPA to maintain eligibility in the program is 83%. The University of Windsor’s choice to limit the scholarship to the highest achieving students while expanding it to all programs is a move to attracting, as Dr. Smith said, “some of the best students in the country”. “I think we’ve got our fingers on some magic here,” said Smith.
A university student studies while guzzling down caffeine • photo by Jay Verspeelt
“I’d like to think we’re going to put as much focus on our high achieving students as we do our at risk students, but in different ways. That’s something uncommon in Canadian universities.” Dr. Barbara Niewitecka, Outstanding Scholars coordinator, said she is excited to meet new students from programs
that weren’t eligible in previous years. “The new students will be a completely different breed,” said Niewitecka. “The program had been very heavily concentrated on Science and Engineering and sometimes I felt stifled by that. Sometimes I thought I was the only crazy one in the room.”
About the changes, Niewitecka says it’s a step in the right direction for the University of Windsor. “We are striving for excellence,” she said. “It’s one focus to give access to all, but that should not prevent you from highlighting your high achieving students.”
The DH welcomes students home TRAVISFAUTEUX news editor __________________________ The Dominion House, WestWindsor’s historical tavern, is welcoming students back to class as the unofficial University of Windsor pub after celebrating its two year anniversary under the current ownership on Sunday. Established in 1878, the “DH” has a long history with the Old Sandwich Town and the university.
The tavern often entertained County Court juries and Essex City Council members, but today it is a favourite among university students, staff, and faculty. “University students have made the Dominion House their home for the last 50 years, when the university first opened,” said co-owner Chris Mickle. The establishment has maintained a close relationship for the school ever since and this year is no different according to Mickle.
CUPE 1393, con’t We are the liaison and recruitment officers who visited your high school, met with you at the Ontario Universities Fair, organized our open houses and campus tours, and helped you to choose the University of Windsor. We are the academic advisors who helped you decide on your major of study and pick which courses to take in your first semester. We are the ESL instructors who helped you to hone your language skills for post-secondary study. We are the student development specialists who welcomed you to the Head Start and Windsor Welcome orientation programs, and who help to facilitate accommodations for students with specialized needs, both in and outside the classroom.
We are the residence life coordinators who make our campus such a great place to live. We are the computer programmers who designed and implemented the myUWindsor smartphone app that allows you to register for courses, review your class schedules and track the status of your finance accounts. We are the staff of the International Student Centre, helping you to make the adjustment to life in Canada. And we are the Aboriginal education counsellors who work to ensure that our campus is a welcoming place for students from our First Nations. We are the plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters who work to maintain the physical amenities of our campus. We are the athletics personnel who support our varsity teams,
“We’e been contracted by the University for two years in a row now to setup, supervise, and run the “Frosh Week” events in the quad,” he said. “It’s a nice introduction to the new students and for returning students.”
versity of Windsor tradition.”
“Our music program is very diverse and that’s directly related to university students,” said Mickle.
“It’s a place where students and professors can bridge the gap between them,” added Bernard. “It can sometimes create a different bond between students and their professors when they chat over a beer instead of in a lecture hall.”
The Dominion House owner is proud of changes that have been made in the last two years, citing live music six nights a week as an example of their success.
Dennis Bernard, a graduate student in history, who has been a University of Windsor student for six years now, says the historic pub is inseparable from the school’s history.
Mickle says they have entertainment for everyone that ranges from acoustic folk to big name acts like Protest the Hero, Bright Light Social Hour, and Big Sug-
“It’s the nostalgic environment and atmosphere that surrounds you when you’re there,” said Bernard. “My dad and my uncle went there. It’s a part of the Uni-
treating injuries and securing sponsorships, and the staff who run the Forge Fitness Centre and Campus Recreation activities from sports to yoga.
We are the international exchange and co-op placement officers who work with our partners to provide you with a well-rounded experience, across Canada and abroad.
We are the nurses in Student Health Services, helping to educate students to make smart choices and there to help when you fall ill. We are the lab techs and engineering technologists who guide you through some of the most important hands-on education you will get, from chemistry experiments to your capstone design projects. And we are the instrument makers who create the equipment you need to stay on the cutting edge of research. We are behind the scenes of arts productions and performances: the technicians in visual arts, in cinematography and digital journalism, costume and scenic designers, concert producers, publicists, and box office managers.
We are the career services staff who help you to prepare for the workforce and set you on your way to a productive job search. When you cross the stage at Convocation, we will be there to manage the lighting and sound systems, the cameras and microphones that will record your big moment. After you graduate, we are the alumni officers who will help you to stay in touch with your classmates and your alma mater, and we are the development officers who seek the support of our grads for the next generation of UWindsor students. And so, although you may not have recognized us as the members of CUPE Local 1393, we have been right beside you all along. Most of us earned our
For students looking for a study break this fall, the “DH” will be hosting their “UWSA Pub & Club” days each Thursday, which features $8 pitchers and an all you can eat pasta bar, among many other student-oriented events. own degrees here at the University of Windsor. We are proud to work here, proud to share in your journey of discovery. It is also true that as members of this community, we have responsibilities that extend beyond our paid jobs. We are proud to belong to a union with a long history of advocacy and activism for social justice, affordable and accessible education, and democratic rights at the workplace and beyond. We continue to strive to secure for the current class of UWindsor students the improvements in working and living conditions that have been won by labour organizations at the ballot box, at the bargaining table, and on the picket line. Learn more about us and about our shared heritage with the University of Windsor at www. uwindsor.ca/CUPE1393. Dean Roy, Lo— cal 1393 president
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The other side of the bridge: is it safe? TRAVISFAUTEUX news editor __________________________
from a mere 25 in August to a high of 64 in October, a result of increased student traffic during the school year.
As classes begin again this week, students are being told to be vigilant when traveling around campus.
Campus Police are telling students not to worry though, saying that there are plenty of services offered on campus to prevent crime and protect students at all times.
In the month of August, there were documented reports of 20 assaults, 4 sexual assaults, 26 thefts including theft from vehicles and vehicle theft, 11 break and enters, and 2 robberies within a 1 km radius of campus according to data provided by Windsor Police Service. Amongst the reported robberies was one incident that occurred at a California Avenue residence on August 19 and resulted in a university student being tied up with an extension cord and beaten by two robbers who wielded a gun and knife. Another crime, the beating and robbery of a 32-year-old university student on the corner of Wyandotte and Rankin, occurred at the beginning of the month and was just steps away from campus. Neither of these crimes is included in the twenty ‘assaults’ listed above.
In addition, the 2012 to 2013 Annual Report released by Campus Police shows that, last year, reports on campus jumped
“Our service takes the philosophy that awareness on crime protection is important throughout the year,” said Sgt. Zelezney of Campus Police. “Students should not be worried – just vigilant.” One particular service available on campus is designed to accommodate students, faculty, and staff after hours. Walksafe, a student-staffed volunteer-based program, provides students with a partner to accompany them to their vehicle, home, or residence on or off campus. Sgt. Matthew D’Asti of Windsor Police encourages students to utilize programs like Walksafe. “We always encourage people to walk in well-lit areas and try to have somebody to walk with at night,” said D’Asti. “If you don’t have a walking buddy, utilize the Walksafe program. It’s an excellent initiative that’s available on campus.”
It’s scary sometimes walking down this road ... I don’t want to walk in this area—anything could happen DAVIDBERGERON, UWINDSOR STUDENT
Walksafe coordinator Thomas Bud explained that there is much more to the program.
Cats, skunks, and groundhogs make up the majority of residents now.
“We also do patrol walks around campus,” said Bud. “They’re designed to show our presence... and it serves as a watchful eye.”
One house stands out among the ruins, however, and it is owned by 91 year-old Stephen Chaborek, an Indian Road homeowner who is taking on bridge owner Matty Moroun.
In regards to the crime that surrounds campus, Bud said, “I think students need to become knowledgeable about the services presented to them.” He added that, “being extra cautious is never a bad thing.”
Chaborek says that in all the 58 years that he’s been living in his West-Windsor home, he has never seen the area in such ter-
rible condition. “This used to be one of the nicest neighbourhoods in this area,” said Chaborek. “There were nice neighbours and everyone took care of their homes. It’s not the same.” “[Moroun] sits back and lets everything rot,” he said. “Students have to look at this, their parents have to look at this when they visit and there’s nothing anybody can do.”
ADDING SALT TO OPEN WOUNDS The area just west of the Ambassador Bridge has become a decaying hotbed for crime in recent years. David Bergeron, a third-year music student, walks to school every day along Indian Road, which is at the centre of a current $10 million lawsuit between residents and the bridge company, the Canadian Transit Company (CTC). The CTC has acquired over one hundred properties along the west side of the bridge to make room for the controversial second span of the bridge, but residents and students like Bergeron are saying the area has seen better days. “It’s scary sometimes walking down this road,” said Bergeron. “I have a night class this semester that ends at 10 p.m. I don’t want to walk in this area – anything could happen.” Along Indian Rd. stand midcentury brick houses with graffiti and windows boarded up – those that aren’t boarded up are shattered by thrown rocks.
David Bergeron, UWIndsor student, walks along decaying Indian Road every day • photo by Travis Fauteux
Wampum art: fixed or repaired daily JAYVERSPEELT lance reporter __________________________ Garbage can last forever, sometimes art only makes it six months. Those who venture off to Sandwich town’s Patterson Park may have noticed a new art installation, or at least they would if it were still there. The Peace Wampum Belt was the creation of Windsor artists Lorraine Steele and Phil McLeod, chosen for the War of 1812 Legacy Project. Out of 14 submissions Canada wide it is made mainly out of water bottles and high density construction foam. The over 50 foot long structure stood for six months before being removed from the park due to vandalism. It is now in city storage waiting for its creators to come repair it. “It’s very much in the city’s possession but the artists haven’t started working on it yet,” said Cathy Masterson of the Windsor Department of Cultural Affairs. The installation was set to be a permanent fixture at Patterson Park but now after repair it will
be decided on by city council where to install it next.
“It’s a couple of hundred thousand dollars.”
The construction of the belt was held up by aluminum poles and a truss rod that had been pulled on resulting in the dipping down of it’s waves. Water bottles had also been ripped from the structure itself and there was no fence or enclosure around it.
The majority of installations around the city are made mostly from metal not plastic, which may have added to the increase in vandalism.
“The city took it down without any fanfare, it was just there one day and gone the next.” said McLeod. “Cathy Masterson spoke to us and was very courteous asking if we’d have any objection to the belt being taken down,” said Steele. The artists said that they did not foresee the impending damage to the piece when they put it up, but did build it in such a way as to make for easy repair. “In the terms of public art, $12,500 is minuscule,” said Steele. The structure cost tax payers $12,500 which was given to the artists to create their piece. Steele and McLeod say very little money was made off of the 3000 bottle belt. “Do you know how much a bronze statue costs?” said Steele.
“Public art in Windsor is not vandalized very often. It’s not something that I can put a number to,” said Masterson. The reason water bottles were chosen was to keep them out of a landfill as well as they look similar to the glass beads the early Europeans used to make Wampum belts. “Native Americans have a big problem with the degradation of the aquifers,” said Steele. “So we chose the water bottle, Phil came up with the idea, quite brilliant because those bottles resemble beads. The idea that people buy water in bottles is a degradation of human rights.” Traditional First Nation Wampum was made from shells and used for ceremonial purposes, when the settlers came they used glass and used them as a form of currency. While the piece was not constructed with the help of First Nations there was consultation
with them. Steele and Mcleod said the First Nation person they spoke to “took exception” to the term aboriginal wishing instead to be called “Anishwabe” meaning first man. “That’s pretty typical of the white race, just call them whatever you want,” said Mcleod. It is the word “Anishanaabe” that means first man or first people not “Anishwabe”. Typically city art is not made from trash, and while there was supposed to be a plaque, explaining the creation set in front of the piece it had not yet been fabricated during it’s first six months due to a “lag time” according to Masterson. The lack of an explanation was the cause of some fervour of objection against the piece. Mauro Maverniac was one local artist and competitor who took issue with the creation. “The wampum belt was given by Indian Agent William Claus,” said Maverniac. “It was made by Euro-Americans. The beads are Chinese glass beads, imported for the purpose of making such belts. Government records show that import was a special government expense. These beads
were not made available to the Indians. Some, like myself, have argued that these euro-belts debase their sacredness.” Beyond the moral issues, Maverniac also took issue with the type of art that had been produced. “This is a project of heritage. This is not just art. This is art for a specific legal municipal service. This means that it must adhere to a code of official history and civic ethics, this is not FAM-fest.” It is unlikely anyone will ever know why this particular piece itself was selected as the shadowy cast of judges has been kept secret. However, judges included a member of Arts Council Windsor Essex, a representative of the Sandwich Business Improvement Association, a representative of the public art committee and one from the Windsor Essex Community Foundation. Just like all the broken War of 1812 promises to the First Nations, the promise of a permanent War of 1812 art installation to Patterson Park so too has been broken. Unless you count the art of irony.
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UWindsor giving ‘green’ to environmental projects TRAVISFAUTEUX news editor __________________________ A new competitive program at the University of Windsor seeks to incentivize students, staff, and faculty to create and maintain “green” projects on campus.
It will do this by funding approved projects with grants normally, up to $1,000. Projects will be selected based on several components: physical impact, number of people
affected, visible impact, capability of executing the project, novelty, and the capacity to sustain. When a project is executed, participants will be required to submit a final report to explain the success or failure of the project. Henshaw says projects could range from trials, events, start ups, or awareness campaigns, pointing to one example of a campus bicycling group that
is looking to create “Fix-It Stations” on campus that would provide cyclists with tools to repair their bikes and, therefore, promote eco-friendly transportation. “My mandate is to ‘green’ the campus,” said Henshaw. “Rather than taking on initiatives by myself, I want to get others involved and I thought the best way to do that was to provide
funding for various projects that students put forward.” Henshaw says applicants have until October 4 to submit their project for the Lancer Green Fund for this term. Students that are interested are encouraged to visit the Lancer Green Fund’s page on the university’s website [www.uwindsor.ca/sustainability/lancer-green-fund].
• photo by Jay Verspeelt
The Lancer Green Fund, headed by newly appointed Paul Hen-
shaw, the university’s first environmental advocate, has been created to pilot projects that reduce environmental impact of the campus while increasing sustainability.
Uwindsor Green shows promise MEAGHANLEVESQUE lance reporter __________________________
pus, students can expect more eco-friendly projects to encourage a more “green” attitude among students and professors.
UWindsor Green, a campus environmental group, is working hard to make campus greener than ever.
Felicia Abela, member of UWindsor Green, is feeling optimistic about the group’s progress thus far.
The group has recently reduced the cost of double-sided printing on campus, also reducing the amount of waste at the University of Windsor and putting money in students’ pockets. This modification is an exciting accomplishment for the group, which has only been active since last fall. After UWindsor Green’s successful campaign to lower double-sided printing fees on cam-
“I feel that seemingly small changes, such as this pricing initiative, will not only boost the reputation of our university as being environmentally conscious, but will hopefully encourage students to make more eco-friendly choices in their everyday lives,” said Abela. In 2009, a study on waste reduction done by students revealed that 153 tons of paper were purchased per year at the university. 58 tons went to landfills, 84
tons were recycled, and approximately 11 tons were exported off campus. The challenge of environmental groups, such as UWindsor Green, is to make effective changes to these astounding numbers in an efficient, costeffective way. “What I would like to do is make people aware that this is something that’s available to students and that it actually saves them money,” said Paul Henshaw, civil and environmental engineering professor. “If a professor wants them to submit a 20 page research paper, there’s no disincentive to print on both sides. Students are still getting their papers printed, and yet we’re still using less paper.”
Gregory Maev, second-year Criminology student, says that being environmentally friendly is becoming increasingly seen as inconvenient and that these changes give students an incentive to be more environmentally responsible.
“I think that would be a great idea,” said Henshaw. “At least to make it an option... That’s what I’d like to see in the short-term.”
“I think it’s great when it becomes efficient, especially when it saves you money,” says Maev. “Whenever it’s made to be convenient and cost effective, it’s great.”
“Everyday actions like these add up to a better, less wasteful lifestyle,” said Abela, who said they will be working to promote proper recycling methods on campus.
With these changes on campus, UWindsor Green now hopes to encourage professors to accept assignments that are printed on double-sided paper. The next step is to work on making double-sided printing a University of Windsor policy.
With an accomplishment such as this, UWindsor Green will continue looking for opportunities to improve campus.
Future plans for the group also include a second-hand vintage fashion show that may possibly take place later in the school year.
EITHER MY ROOMATE STINKS OR I DO
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Egypt, con’t of people died in the space that I was driving through sent shivers down my spine. I spent two weeks in Cairo, and during that time I asked multiple questions to various people of different political views to learn the truth behind everything I mentioned above. I also discovered that there are so many stories and viewpoints on the situation right now, the events that occurred and who is at fault for them. People, including my own family and friends, all had different stories and they believe the stories they want to based on which political side they support. Lots of people disagree with the actions of both political sides. There are also many who are just confused about what actually happened. A lot of videos and photos on the Internet and on media stations have been claimed as fake or “photoshopped” from people supporting different political sides. This furthers the divide. On the Internet, it’s a whole different game. People, many who
aren’t even Egyptian, are spewing hate and cursing those of different political sides and beliefs. I feel like now more than ever, the truth is in the details and the details are unclear. The more you know, the more you realize there’s more to the story. And nothing is simple. I think a major investigation should be done on the events in Egypt over the past year just so everyone knows the truth. What surprised me most was that I learned that many Egyptians don’t care who is running the country, they just care if the country is running—and under Morsi’s rule it wasn’t, and under Mubarak rule, there were numerous problems. Now that the people know that the power is in their hands, they weren’t going to stay quiet under the authoritative rule of these leaders. I spent most of my trip indoors due to safety reasons. There were many street fights and I could hear gunshots, but at night, the normally busy city
I spent most of my trip indoors due to safety reasons ... There were many street fights and I could hear gunshots ASILMOUSSA
Asil Moussa by the Red Sea at a resort in Sharm El-Shiekh, Egypt • photo by Sarah El-Sawah
was very quiet because of the curfew. While I was there, I learned that 36 detainees were killed in clashes with security forces. The next day, 25 policemen were killed by militants in the Sinai peninsula, an area that has had almost daily attacks since the overthrow of Morsi. Ex-president Mubarak was released from prison, placed under house arrest, and is facing a retrial on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters in 2011. Every single person I talked to asked me why I would ever come to Egypt in a time like this. After a week, the violence had decreased and the curfew was extended to 9:00 pm everyday except Friday, which is the day that usually saw the most protests from people of all the different political sides. I also spent four days in a beach resort in Sharm ElShiekh, which didn’t have a curfew and was safe. The normally very busy resort was only about 20% occupied, mostly with Russian vacationers. It’s usually filled with Europeans, but due to the instability and violence of the country, many cancelled their trips to Egypt. The entire tourism industry was greatly affected by recent events. There were only two other Egyptian families there. When I asked why there weren’t more, I was told that the roads weren’t safe and many were scared their cars would be hijacked. The alternative would be to fly to Sharm El-Shiekh, like my family did, but most Egyptians couldn’t afford a vacation, let alone a plane ticket, after the declining economy this year.
I could tell many people, including my friends and family, were affected by the economy. My aunt, who’s a doctor, had her salary cut in half and my dad’s friend, who’s a driver, had his cut by 80%. Both of these people weren’t earning much to begin with anyway, and you could see the toll a much lower paycheck had on their life. Because of the gas shortages over the last few months, my friends would go to the gas stations at 5:00 a.m. and stand in a line with dozens of other cars just to get gas. With the power outages, it was very difficult for them to study, especially during exams. After the ousting of Morsi, most of the power outages stopped and the shortage of gas wasn’t that extreme. On my last day in Cairo, there was a big protest in the neighbourhood I was staying in. Friends called to tell us to stay indoors. My family really wanted to go to the nearby mall though—and so we did. We went and came back safely, and didn’t even encounter any protesters. That’s the thing about Cairo: the city’s so big that something huge could be going on in your very own neighbourhood and you might not even see it. That night, on my way to the airport I saw something that really touched me. Despite the curfew, there were ten young men playing soccer on the now-empty road about 5 meters away from a military armed vehicle and soldiers enforcing the curfew. All I could think of was how these guys, who couldn’t go to the park because of the curfew, looked on the bright side and decided to take advantage of what they could do, which is apparently hang out by their house. The military saw them, and others who were sitting in the cafés next to them, and didn’t tell them to go home. They didn’t want to stop the fun or the lifestyle if they could clearly see that they weren’t driving or causing any trouble (the two things that they would stop you for). It got me thinking, if the people of Egypt tried to understand their differences, stood together, and let each other live comfortably and peacefully, like those soldiers and soccer players, then surely Egypt will find its way to a better democracy.
protestors rallying in Paris’s Saint Michel Square, June 31 • photo by Jason Rankin
arts & culture new @ uwindsor: back to school shopping guide
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• photos by Alexandra Sellick
by alexandra sellick, arts editor Windsor is a city known for its restaurants and nightlife. But what most tourists and even Windsorites themselves do not know, is that Windsor is a great place to shop. From trendy Walkerville to the bustling downtown area, Windsor has something for everyone. If you have just moved into residence at the University of Windsor, you might want to stop at The Pita Grill (2185 Wyandotte St. West) or the Green Bean Cafe (2320 Wyandotte St. West) before heading off on your shopping excursion. For a scenic drive, bus ride, bike or even long walk to Windsor’s downtown area, take Riverside Drive. Once you get to downtown’s Ouellette Avenue, you will find BB Branded (347 Ouellette Ave.) and Dr. Disc (471 Ouellette Ave.) For those of you who like to keep it fresh, BB Branded is your source for Jeremy Scott, Herschel, Billionaire Boys Club and Supra. Keep an eye out for their sidewalk sales. Dr. Disc carries the largest CD and record selection in Windsor. You can purchase albums from local bands or get your favourite artist on vinyl. Make sure to check out their huge collection of used records for sale upstairs and their poster room. If you backtrack to University Ave., you will find Windsor’s newest vintage store, Full Circle. The window displays are always eye-catching and whether your look is Greaser or a little more Janis Joplin, Full Circle will always surprise you with some great pieces from every era. If you’re feeling like you need to refuel, right across the street from Full Circle Vintage you will find
Milk Coffee Bar or back on Ouellette Avenue and University, you can stop at Coffee Exchange. Both have fresh coffee and a wide selection of drinks and best of all, homemade treats and sandwiches. Back on Riverside Drive and to the East, you will find the Walkerville area. Old Walkerville is Windsor’s most up-and-coming area. If you are looking for school supplies beyond the run-ofthe mill post-its and pens, try Poppy Paperie and Gifts. They currently have school year planners by Windsor designer Pocket Squares. Poppy carries unique gift items, cards and stationary but also has trendy home furnishings and best of all: coffee mugs of all sizes and designs. Look out for the matching coffee and tea storage tins.
the twisted apron
Just beside Poppy is The Twisted Apron General Store. After your shopping is done, be sure to have dinner at The Twisted Apron (also has the best hangover-cure breakfast in Windsor.) The General Store carries homemade sauces and spreads that are featured at the restaurant and a wide variety of local and organic meats, produce and grocery items for when you get tired of cafeteria meals. Make sure to try their smoothies when you stop in there. Last stop for the day is Jones & Co. vintage. It is the most upmarket vintage store in Windsor but a great place to get a unique party dress or handbag. Jones & Co. also has a wide variety of accessories and let’s not forget about shoes! If you are looking to add a unique touch to your dorm, they are always sure to surprise you with vintage treasures and relics.
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Remember Miley’s VMA performance on August 25? Well, twerking has been added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online (not to be confused with the Oxford English Dictionary, though it’s produced by the same people). For those who are either unbeknownst or uncomfortable with the word, the ODO describes the verb twerk as a “dance to popular music in a sexually provactive manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance.”
Did you catch the Roast of James Franco? Well, don’t sweat it. As the roast master Seth Rogan, and many others, pointed out, the best joke was two years ago when he co-hosted the Oscars with Anne Hathaway.
It’s that time of year again. Remember to stock up on supplies, grab your textbooks (I know, I know, they’re really expensive but they generally help with with your grades) and don’t worry, it’s not like you’re chasing after Christopher Robin when he goes to skull.
Hanna Montana has blurred the lines between Disney star and being a terrible role model.
Though, it did drag out 3.1 Million viewers and plenty of tweets like Sarah Silverman’s “Wow this was the most fake fun I’ve had in years!”
This prints on your first day, UWindsor students! Be sure to fill us in about all your #school woes and laughs by using the hastags #uwindsorproblems & #uwindsorsolutions and mention us @uwindsorlance.
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Windsor DJs have nothing Toulouse SANDEENHO lance reporter __________________________ Two Windsorites are taking the spotlight after winning a contest to perform the opening act during the UWSA Coming Home Music Festival. Last year the electronic dance music DJ, Avicii, currently well known for his song, Wake Me Up, took the Riverfront Festival Plaza stage. On September 4, Nicky Romero will be stopping in Windsor during his Nothing Tolouse tour, alongside University of Windsor students Lawrence Qaqish and Brendon Talbot who won a contest held over Facebook. Qaqish graduated from the University of Windsor with an undergraduate degree in criminology and a minor in psychology along with completing the MBA program from the Odette School of Business. Currently working a full time job at the head office of an investment firm, Qaqish said he still contributes up to 30 hours a week to his music.
“I began DJ’ing when I was 20,” said Qaqish. “When you factor in producing, mixing, marketing which includes graphic design, social media and playing at events, it adds up to a lot of time.”
The UWSA will be hosting one of Windsor’s biggest events of the year. The Coming Home
Music Festival is on September 4 at the Riverfront Festival Plaza.
Talbot, going into his third-year of kinesiology at the University of Windsor, said he hopes his performance at the Riverfront will boost his popularity. “After the Coming Home Music Festival I would love to continue to improve to a point I can play at some of the most well known and respected clubs around the world,” said Talbot. “I would love to play more festival type gigs.” On July 28, Nicky Romero took the main stage at Tomorrowland with popular music producers David Guetta and Afrojack. In 2012 he was listed on DJMag Top 100 chart at number 17 which was the highest new entry that year. “I am not too sure what I’m going to say to Nicky Romero when I meet him,” said Talbot. “I definitely look up to him so I may ask him, ‘If you could give
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Brendon Talbot opens for Stereotronique at The Boom Boom Room, April 2013 • photo by Bassdrop Clothing
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Film camp opens youngsters’ eyes to the local arts scene TRAVISFAUTEUX news editor __________________________ From August 19 to 30, a local summer film camp inspired youngsters and taught them about media in the world and in the Windsor region. The Windsor Centre for Film, Digital Media & the Creative Arts in sponsorship with Raindance Windsor/Detroit hosted the event in their historical Ouellette Avenue building. Twenty-one children aged 9 to 12 attended the two week camp that involved a full schedule of activities. Jessica Cook, director of the camp, said the spirit of the camp was to expose children to the arts at a young age. “The camp encompasses the whole downtown mandate to get people more involved in the arts, culture, and all the different facilities that we already have in place that we could be
their guest list.
Campers were able to visit local media hubs such as the St.Clair Mediaplex, the Windsor Star building, the CTV news room and a green screen studio at the University of Windsor.
Coincidentally, Booth happens to be filming his next movie Scarehouse in the same building as the camp.
Twelve-year-old camper Isabel Kylie said that the trip to the University was her favourite. “It was really cool to be in front of a green screen for the first time and I learned that the university has lots of programs that would be fun to be in when I’m older,” said Kylie. In addition to the many visits, campers also had the opportunity to speak with experts from the field. Wayne Mclean, local film script consultant and former University of Windsor sessional professor; Ray Ligaya, Vine guru with over 335,000 followers; and Gavin Michael Booth, local filmmaker and founder of Mimetic Entertainment are just some of the names that were on
“My favourite guest was Ray Ligaya because he made his own music video and his filming techniques are impressive,” said Kylie. The first week of the camp engaged the children in acting and screenwriting activities while the second week focused on, as Cook said, “the many layers of media exposure that they have at their disposal.” In between field trips, talks and activities, the children put together eight group videos and a documentary film about their experience exploring Windsor. On the final day of the camp, the film was presented to parents and community sponsors. The video represented the culmination of two weeks of learning and hard work and is now available on the Windsor Cen-
a camper stands in front of the Raindance Windsor/Detroit building • photo by Travis Fauteux
tre for Film’s website and social media pages.
afford to go on vacation.”
Cook said that camps like the one offered by the centre play an essential role in the city.
“Most importantly,” she said, “it gets the children familiar with things they may not have ever had any exposure to.”
“I grew up in Windsor and I went to a lot of summer camps,” said Cook. “It’s really good for low income families who can’t
Organizers at the Windsor Centre for Film, Digital Media & the Creative Arts plan on hosting the camp again next summer.
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Tall Ships Unicorn (left) and Peacemaker (right) docked at Kingsville Harbour • photo by Luke Cecile
do you concur?
MY SUMMER IN BURGUNDY Sometimes school can be a drag. Endless piles of textbooks, exams, assignments. All this stress can be a damper to having an enjoyable university experience and can seriously hinder a creative train of thought. Creativity is essential for someone pursuing a life in creative writing. That’s why I took a creative writing course in France this summer.
Tall ships, the big waves in Essex LUKECECILE lance volunteer __________________________ If you have driven down Riverside Drive over the last few weeks, you have probably seen the imposing masts of the tall ships at Dieppe Gardens. From August 30 to September 1, Coastal Trails: Sails to See TALL SHIPS® Festival brought nine historical ships to the Windsor and Essex County region with ships docking at Windsor, Kingsville, Amherstburg and Pelee Island.
At 110 feet and a cruising of up to 15 knots, the Unicorn is classified as a square top schooner. Quick and agile under wind, these ships were popular amongst slavers, pirates and blockade runners in the 18th century. The ship is sailed by eight professional sailors and six volunteers from Sisters Under Sail, a group that organizes week-long sailing excursions for women, focusing on the fundamentals of sailing and teamwork.
A $5.00 port pass gave you deck tours of any ship at a particular port while a $15.00 boarding pass gave you access to all ships at all ports, a tremendous value for a family friendly weekend.
The ship itself is Holland-built using scrap metal commandeered from defunct German U-Boats. Anchored mainly in Bridgeport Connecticut, the SVT Unicorn spends most of her days sailing the East Coast and only graces the Great Lakes every few years.
The SVT Unicorn was docked in Kingsville over the weekend and is the only tall ship in the world with an all-female crew.
“This year we’re talking about wintering the boat in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia,” said veteran sailor Maggy Knott who went
on to say that docking it on the East Coast will depend on the weather. Coastal Trails attracted visitors from not only the Essex County area. Couple Archie and Debby Kelwick made a weekend out of the tall ships. “We drove all the way from Tillsonburg to see the ships and visit the winery on Pelee Island, take the tour,” Debby Kelwick said. The Tall Ships Festival also played host to a variety of local art vendors and musical acts such as The Blue Stones. Also featured were Pirate Puppet shows for kids and a free screening of the movie Hook at the Capitol Theatre. Coastal Trails was a unique celebration of history for the whole family to enjoy.
“The whole point of it is to open the hearts, minds of students,” said Marty Gervais, University of Windsor writing professional, Windsor Poet Laureate and Black Moss Press publisher. His many credentials point to why he’s the best professor to take students on this journey that he’s been running for nine years. The course takes students out to La Roche d’Hys, an art farm near the medieval town of Vitteaux in Burgundy, the perfect place for sparking a creative mindset. The institution is owned and run by Mosaic Press publisher Howard Aster and his wife, Jeannette. A typical day here would consist of waking to birds chirping, trees rustling. No rumble cars or other noises of civilization to jolt one from the throes of a creative trance. A massive breakfast buffet of cereals, baguettes, bananas, apples, juice, French yogurt, chestnut honey, marmalade. Then morning exercises, lead by Jeanette. She’s worked a lot with dancers and opera singers and has developed techniques for getting the blood flowing and mind working. After that, we have our workshop. The focus of the course were A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway and That Summer in Paris by Morley Callaghan. Both of these books focused on and their experiences as the Lost Generation travelling to literary Paris during the 20s to pursue the craft of writing. Whereas they strove for the grand and noisy Parisian hubbub to write and drink at cafes, we took to the gentleness of old Burgundy. And that’s what we explored after lunch most days. We would drive out through the pastoral county. Vineyards and multiple shades of green would unfold in front of us (the grass really is greener on the other side). Among that were sprinkled small medieval villages and towns with great chateaus looming overhead. We’d explore these, walking on ancient cobblestones, interacting to the locals in broken French (well, at least mine was pretty bad). Then we’d get back to our home base and enjoy a supper that lasts hours, guzzling wine, enjoying the finest of courses and reading poetry to each other. And some days we went to meet great people in the country. Like the day we travelled to Paris to meet Jim Haynes, an underground literary icon in Paris. And of course we took the time to stroll through the beautiful City of Light. Or another day when we met Sheila Malovany-Chevalier, translator of the Second Sex.
ANOTHER SEMESTER FOR PARKING COMPLAINTS It costs $390 to get a 12-month parking pass at UWindsor— with next to no spots to go with that hefty price tag (thanks to the kind of people who take up two spots). This forces some commuting students to illegally park on the street. Don’t worry though, the parking garage will only cost $700 for a year— but it won’t be ready to support the flood of students today. Expect it sometime during October.
After all this and all the creative works that came out of the trip, we’re putting together a book, a collection of our best works. Photography, poetry, short stories—it’s going to be great. I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll be called “A Moo-able Beast”— but I think I wrote enough corniness for the collection anyways. Anyhow, to make a point out of all this bragging, sometimes you just have to get out there to learn something. And to be a writer you have to experience life.
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WIFF Board Members to select films at TIFF this week SUSANSELLICK lance reporter __________________________ Members of the Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) are tight lipped about what films they have procured and will only give hints about a few surprise pre-events. Seven WIFF members will attend the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) from September 5 to 15 to view and bid on titles for WIFF. Vincent Georgie, marketing director of WIFF, said they are looking at new titles that are making world premiers or premiering in North America. “We’ve already got eight films booked for this year . . . We’re looking for about 60,” said Georgie. Out of the 60 titles about 35 will be from TIFF. WIFF members shop for films year round, going to events such as Sundance, South by Southwest and Hot Docs film festivals.. “I will watch 200 to 300 films a year,” said Georgie. “Everyone else has watched comparable numbers and we all come to the table.” At TIFF,
distributors are ac-
tively courting film festivals and Georgie said the WIFF team are there with the actors and producers. WIFF’s exponential growth has earned their programmers access to the industry library to view titles for private viewing and the barriers to this access are very high. The programmers plan and strategize their schedule for TIFF, deciding who will go to which press conference or party to maximize the territory they cover.
The University and Odette School of Business students play a huge part. About 120 students are involved in the decision making, planning and execution and some have gone on to get jobs in the film industry. This year at WIFF they are trying to create more talk-back after films by providing spaces where discussions are fostered.
ized when they tried to get their opening night film. The film they fought to get for 2010 was Incendies. They were just two days before print and they still did not have the film they had worked so hard to get.
A past coup, that began as a nail biter for WIFF, was real-
Then board member, Lynne Watts put in one final call. There
“People were no longer returning our calls, we called so often,” said Georgie.
was one print that became available last minute. “The audience was gasping. We knew it was going to be a home run. When the lights went up people just stayed,” said Georgie of the opening night and Incendies film. The Windsor International Film Festival runs from November 5 to 10.
“Our last priority is the parties. We’re there to see the product and meet with our partners,” said Georgie. He added that the pizzazz of the festival is fun and if they can do business while standing next to Julianne Moore and Matt Damon, that is a bonus. For WIFF’s short film festival they show the top ten films. Students from the University of Windsor, St. Clair College and the University of Michigan submit films to be judged. Then there is the 48 Hour Flick Fest where they show the top ten films produced locally within the 48 hour timeline. “The buzz for me is the whole local side. All this we’re doing for the arts in Windsor,” said WIFF executive director Peter Coady.
WIFF Executive Director Peter Coady Photo • photo by Susan Sellick
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lance reporter __________________________
charts tabulated from August 26 to September 1
THE PATTERNS OF THE CITY Tea Leaves Tea Leaves isn’t making music for you. The Windsor based indie-folk trio is having too much fun making the kind of songs they would like to listen to. They nonchalantly pull you in by just being themselves. The group’s second EP: ‘The Patterns of the City’ is driven by beer soaked lyrics, romping drums beats and bouncy bar room guitars. This collection of songs put together by Josh Kaiser, Brent Cusmanic and Greg Smith proves that Tea Leaves has forged a sound that is truly theirs. The album opens with a title track that leaves you blissfully disoriented and all-tooready for more. Tracks like “Florida” and “Death Drive” frantically hop along catchy guitar riffs and are sprinkled with almost too personal lyrics. Cusmanic blatantly states the kinds of things you would like to say but never would to your significant other. “You’ve been sending me texts all day telling me to come home. But I don’t think I will, ‘cause I know you wouldn’t do the same for me.” With most tracks falling around two minutes in length, you’ll find yourself temped to repeat every song at least twice on your trip through ‘The Patterns Of The City.’ The album closes with the fleetingly hollow track ‘War is Coming.’ The song flows along a ghostly southern twang that blends into Smith’s building marching band style drum send-off. The end of ‘The Patterns Of The City’ is reminiscent of last call at a bar: You know you’ve had your fill but you selfishly yearn for more.
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AUSTRA* - Olympia (Paper Bag) ISLANDS* - Ski Mask (Manque) BLACKHEART* - Blackheart (Self-Released) THE NEFIDOVS* - Better Wake Up! (Self-Released) JOHN WARD’S ELECTRIC SEANCE* - Volume One (Self-Released) DEVAH* - Devah (Self-Released) SARAH NEUFELD* - Hero Brother (Constellation) GRAND ANALOG* - Modern Thunder (The Shadow Cabinet) BRAIDS* - Flourish//Perish (Flemish Eye) THE BEACHES* - The Beaches (Self-Released) BILL FRISELL - Big Sur (OKeh) NATIVE - Orthodox (Sargent House) MACK AVENUE SUPERBAND - Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival (Mack Avenue) PONY BWOY - Pony Bwoy (Totally Gross National Product) DINOSAUR BONES* - Shaky Dream (Dine Alone) PAPER LIONS* - My Friends (Fountain Pop) DIANA* - Perpetual Surrender (Paper Bag) GRIM TOWER* - Anarchic Breezes (Outer Battery) COUNTERPARTS* - The Difference Between Hell & Home (Victory) TEST THEIR LOGIK* - Be (Self-Released) MOKA ONLY* - Doctor Do Much (Urbnet) MONOMYTH* - King, Does This Not Please You? (Self-Released) MURRAY A. LIGHTBURN* - Mass:Light (Ting Dun) WHITE LIES - Big TV (Harvest) BOOKER T. - Sound The Alarm (Stax) CALIFONE - Stitches (Dead Oceans) NORMA JEAN - Wrongdoers (Razor & Tie) MAYA JANE COLES - Comfort (I Am Me) SHIGETO - No Better Time Than Now (Ghostly) SEBADOH - Secret (Self-Released)
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Greetings new Lancers and welcome to Windsor! Frosh week is an exciting time, with so many fresh faces brimming with Lancer pride. You are probably asking yourself “how can I sustain this rush all year?” The answer is simple, by supporting Lancer Athletics! This year Windsor will play host to some of the premier athletic events in University sports; most notably the Women’s National basketball championship which will take place at the St. Denis Centre in March. Our Lancer ladies have won three straight national titles and will look to make it a fourth on home court. Not to be out done by their female counterparts, the men’s basketball team also has national championship aspirations after finishing first in the OUA West last year. Hindered by injury late last season this boasts some talented rookies who could be the final piece of the championship puzzle for Coach Oliver’s team. On the gridiron, the Lancers are looking to rebound from a 3-5 season which saw them bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the Western Mustangs. Austin Kennedy, who led the league in passing last season tossed six touchdowns in the opener against Waterloo en route to a 77-11 victory. The Lancers are set to have a two game home stand against the Carleton Ravens on September 14 followed by the 50th anniversary match against the Toronto Varsity blues. With a record of 18-9-2, the Lancers men’s hockey team finished second in the OUA west in 2012 to 2013 and reached the OUA finals where they fell to Waterloo. The team which recently moved to the South Windsor arena begins their season on October 4 against the Laurier Golden Hawks. With a variety of club sports to choose from, Windsor has the facilities to keep even the most casual of sports fans entertained. Keep that frosh glow year round and support the Blue and Gold. — Mike Specht, sports editor
The sports epidemic MIKESPECHT sports editor __________________________ Windsor natives Spencer Jean and Jordano Papa have seen firsthand how concussions can hinder ones quality of life. With a combined 20 registered concussions between them, Jean and Papa have dedicated their lives to concussion research and rehabilitation. Jean, a retired semi-pro hockey player is certified in Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation; while Papa, who played in the Ontario Soccer Association and studied Pre-Law at The University of Western Ontario. In 2012 they formed the Concussion Education and Prevention Agency (CEPA) to raise awareness and treat local athletes. “Our rehabilitation program is designed in conjunction with the CDC (United States Centers for Disease Control) it is a six step process that allows players to regain their mental cognitive ability as well as their confidence in their respective sport,” stated Papa. Concussions are quickly becoming an
epidemic in sports with many athletes having their careers threatened by hits to the head. Head injuries do not only pose an immediate threat to those afflicted. Health concerns later in life often arise in those who continually sustain concussions, most notably chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or (CTE). CTE is a degenerative brain disease that eventually causes dementia. The startling number of CTE cases in professional athletes have caused many who participate in collision sports to donate their brains to science. Currently the only way to diagnose CTE is post-mortem which speaks to the level of mystery that surrounds head injuries. “There is still a significant amount that we do not know about the brain, our goal is to set up a network to get every athlete in the area tested with a baseline. That way, subsequent injuries can be monitored and compared to the player’s [former] cognitive ability. The hope being that the athlete can return at the same ability at which they left,” said Jean. Working out of the Active Body Physiotherapy Clinic in Tecumseh; CEPA treats athletes through sense tests ca-
tered to the specific concussion. “As no two concussions are alike, no two concussion management programs should be the same. We try to tailor all of our return to play protocols to the individual injury. The only way to ensure the most concise result is to incorporate a variety of tests to hit every stimuli, or marker that the athlete exhibits. One athlete may respond well to a visual based test but poorly to a hearing test,” said Papa. Statistics Canada estimates that there are nearly 30,000 diagnosed concussions in athletes aged 12 to 19 every year. Young athletes who compete for the love of sport often return to action before their brains have had time to heal, leaving them susceptible to further damage. “Second impact syndrome is a condition that occurs when an individual sustains a second concussion before the initial concussion has fully recovered. This can cause hemorrhaging in the brain and we see this in many minor athletes. I don’t want to see a child go through what concussions can bring, I myself am still going through the effects and will continue to for the rest of my life,” Jean said.
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Weekend soccer recap ALIIBRIHIM lance reporter __________________________ The Lancers men’s soccer team suffered a heartbreaking defeat to the York Lions 2-1 at Alumni Stadium on August 31. Lancers struck first in the 71st minute when Christian Mayorga found the bottom corner of the net. Lions responded by putting the Lancers on the back foot for much of the game. The pressure paid off when Lions forward Jonathan Lao scored twice at the 82nd and 88th minute. The first half was a forgettable one, with both sides canceling each other out in the midfield. The Lancers had a great spell of possession in the secondhalf. “For the first 25 minutes
we were all over them, we were dominating them,” said Hart. The Lancers got on the board first with a well-worked counter attack; Mayorga found himself with acres of space and slotted the ball home. “We got the goal just as they [Lions] started to get a foot in the game,” said Hart. “But after that we sat off them and we can’t back off on York. You have to close them down, the way they closed us down.” Jonathan Lao struck back in the 82nd minute with a tidy side foot finish and pounced again at the 88th minute after a miscommunication from the defenders. When asked about the collapse, Hart responded, “The game is 90 minutes and you have to play the full 90.”
the Lancers huddle before a game • photo by Ali Ibrihim
TEEMU’S LAST RIDE: 43-year-old forward Teemu Selenne announced last week that that he will return for a 21st season, making it the final stop of his storied career. The highest scoring European player of all time returns in hopes of capturing a double gold with an Olympic championship for his native Finland and a second Stanley cup ring with the Anaheim Ducks. JOHN GIBBONS JOB SAFE… FOR NOW: Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous announced that despite the subpar results this season, manager John Gibbons will return for the 2014 season. The mystery now is who else will be returning to Rogers Center clubhouse. NFL SETTLES IN CONCUSSION SUIT: Rather than waste time and money on litigation, the NFL made a 785 million dollar settlement with over 100 former players. The lawsuit which claims the league hid information about the crippling effects of concussions originally sought over 2 billion dollars from the league. The majority of the money will be put toward medical care, while ten million will be allotted to concussion education for youth football players.
REAL MADRID COMPLETES 100 MILLION EURO TRANSFER: Gareth Bale just became a very rich man. The 24-year-old striker signed a six year pact with Madrid in a transfer deal that became the richest ever signed. Bale`s deal beats out the 80 million euro transfer deal Madrid made to purchase Christiano Ronaldo in 2009.
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Toronto Varsity Blues
CANADA BLOWS OUT BRAZIL: Canadian men`s basketball team trounced Brazil 91-62 at the FIBA America`s basketball championship. Led by Cory Joseph`s 28 points Canada improved 2-1 on the tournament and look to be in prime position to qualify for the 2016 summer games in Rio. A MESSAGE TO SIGNIFICANT OTHERS DURING FANTASY SEASON In the coming months you will probably be neglected. You may wonder why your guy or gal doesn’t look at you with the same shine as they do the waiver wire. Hell, the term “flex option” might make you want to pull your hair out. But please understand fantasy football is important, and there is no one in the world your fantasy fanatic wants to drink the sweet nectar of victory with than you. So fry up some chicken wings and get decked out in your “boos” team colours; whisper sweet nothings in their ear like “mmm that was a nice pick.” Who says fantasy football can’t be “us” time?
MEN’S SOCCER 8/31/2013
WOMEN’S SOCCER 8/31/2013
Published on Sep 5, 2013
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