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University of Windsor publishing students held a press conference in preparation for the launch of three books in April.


Although the Lancer men’s hockey team fell to Guelph, they will go on to host McGill in a bronze medal game.


A talented percussionist came to the University of Windsor’s Lambton Tower to share her music with UWindsor students.

The Windsor Spitfires are fading fast in the race for a final playoff position.




Following 10-Year Milestone, Diaspora Becomes Campus Staple HANIYASSINE Arts Editor __________________________ It was a festival which emerged from humble beginnings. 

 Roughly 10 years ago, Camesha Cox found herself missing class and ramping up her cell phone bill in order to attend meetings and write numerous grant proposals. All of this to establish a celebration of black history and culture. No was never taken for an answer. “I was really adamant in getting the festival to be part of the UWSA,” Cox said. “Whenever it comes to something new, there’s going to be a push back.” The something new has become the something established. This year’s Afrofest at the CAW Centre celebrated its 10-year anniversary. It continues to be the celebration of African and Afro-American culture and achievements for one week during black history month. Each day had a social, cultural, or artistic theme which brought numerous amounts of talent on a local, provincial and international front to an audience at UWindsor. But even though the event is technically the celebration of one culture, head coordinator Zainab Ikpong said it’s an event for everyone. “I feel that people assume that we put on events like this, it’s just for people among our culture. This is a festival for the entire student body,” Ikpong said. Having the event at the CAW Centre allowed students to see the panel discussions, musical acts and the diaspora marketplace in passing. “I really haven’t had time to see anything. Between assignments and mid-terms there’s not a lot of free

Artist Komi Olafimihan does a live painting performance at the CAW Centre Feb. 25 during the Afrofest celebration. [Photo by // Hani Yassine] time,” said engineering student Stefan Sing. Small audiences however did not stop the event from its upbeat performances and educational culture. Concluding its tenth year, there’s little room to suggest it won’t be back for another.  As the years progress, Afrofest has gradually established itself as one of the university’s essential events. It’s a cultural celebration within a multicultural campus, which is the kind of underlying theme Ikpong wishes to express. “I just want to make sure that every body of every race knows that they’re welcome to celebrate black history with us,” Ikpong said. “I want people to feel a sense of unity.”

African heritage drummers take the stage during an afternoon of Afrofest celebrations at the CAW Centre Feb. 25. [Photo by // Hani Yassine]

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Students Prepare Launch of Three Local Books Through Black Moss Press

SAMANTHAFERNANDEZ News Editor __________________________ With a book launch fast approaching, The University of Windsor’s editing and publishing course held a conference to promote the three books. Students in the university’s editing and publishing class are working on the launch of three books written by local authors; Make me, Remake me by Gillian Cott, Sidelines by Peter Hrastovec, and a compilation of essays edited by Dale Jacobs entitled Sunday with the Tigers: Eleven Ways to Watch the Game. To promote the books, the class had the authors perform readings from their works, as well as answer questions from the crowd at the Windsor Star News Cafe Feb. 26. The official launch of the books is April 8 at the Caboto club. Marty Gervais, founder of Black Moss Press and the professor of the editing and publishing course, is looking forward to the debut of the books. “Tonight is a real made in Windsor night, we are featuring three books tonight all written by Windsor authors,” said Gervais. “The students really had to work in collaboration with the authors, edit the books and even in some cases choose the titles for the books.” Black Moss Press has been running for about  40  years and publishes works throughout Canada, but has a special concentration on works written in south-western Ontario. The students working on these books are seen as interns to Black Moss Press and get to work not only with the books, but also in the budgeting process and creation of the books layout. The most anticipated book of the three is Sunday with the Tigers: Eleven Ways to Watch the Game. The editor of the book, Dale Jacobs, took 10 writers and a photographer to a Tigers game, and had them log

the game from their own perspective. Each writer was given a word limit, and the photographer created a photo essay of the same game. This book was also recently endorsed by J.K Simmons. “There’s essays that focus on the game, essays that focus on score keeping, on families, on friendships, so it’s a lot of different perspectives on the particular game and on baseball in general,” said Jacobs. “It’s always been interesting to me that for baseball it’s about 90 per cent Tigers fans in Windsor, so I wanted Windsor’s perspective on going to Tigers games.” The students who worked on this and other books had the chance to sit down with the authors and work with them as if they were working for the publisher. Jacobs said he approached this project like he would have any other project with any other publisher.

Peter Hrastovec, John Wing Jr. and Dale Jacobs prepare to perform readings from their books at the Black Moss Press conference Feb. 26 at the Windsor Star News Café. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]

Jo-Anne Gignac, Ward 6 councillor for Windsor, was an attendant of the event and expressed her thanks to Black Moss Press for supporting local authors. “It is an exciting night in Windsor, I’m always interested in Marty’s exercises because I’ve been exposed to some pretty sensational local authors,” said Gignac. “Storytellers are held in highest regards by myself, it’s certainly a talent that I appreciate very much, I am always amazed by the talent and their ability to transport you, and so vividly paint a picture, it’s unbelievable.” One of the essay authors of Sunday with the Tigers, John Wing Jr., is an author who is familiar with the editing and publishing course at the university having worked with them on his book last year. Wing said working with the students was an amazing experience and he looks forward to working with them again next year on another book.

The three book covers, created by students of the editing and publishing course at the University of Windsor were revealed at the Windsor Star News Cafe Feb. 26. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]

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Celebration of Nations Brings University of Windsor Students Closer Together SAMANTHAFERNANDEZ News Editor __________________________ University of Windsor students had the chance to come together and celebrate their unique cultures at the Celebration of Nations. With one of the most culturally diverse campuses in Canada, the University of Windsor hosts the Celebration of Nations every year to promote the diversity of the campus, give students a chance to celebrate their backgrounds and share it with others. Throughout the CAW commons Feb. 26, there were booths set up, representing different countries and cultures, as well as live performances happening throughout the morning to showcase music and dance from these cultures. The first performance of the day was a dance performance by AIESEC Windsor, a group of students who participate in an international forum to bring students from all over the world together in collaboration. One of the members, Jeff Aguilar said this group is a great way to build a global community. “What we believe in is creating a world of better leaders through exchange programs,” said Aguilar. “We wanted to showcase what AIESEC is because we believe that dance is a universal language, and this is what we do across the 128 countries we are affiliated in.” AIESEC members attend conventions where they get together with members from other universities and countries  to  learn dances, take leadership courses and make international friends. The dance performed by the AIESEC Windsor group is a dance done, not only by them, but by other AIESEC groups throughout the world. “I love the diversity, I love the culture,” said Aguilar. “We have the opportunity to meet a lot of members all over the world, not just clubs at universities but we meet a lot of people locally and internationally.”

The Celebration of Nations was hosted by the UWSA president Ronnie Haidar, who said this is one his favourite days of the year. “It’s an opportunity to showcase how multicultural and diverse our campus is,” said Haidar. “The University of Windsor is so unique because we have so many different backgrounds, this is an opportunity for students to really promote loudly and proudly where they come from.” This Celebration of Nations is a collaborative event put together by organisations such as the International Student Society, the International Student centre, Visa, the Organization of part time students, the UWSA and the Multicultural Council. “There’s nothing that makes me happier than looking out into the crowd and seeing so many different people, with so many distinct backgrounds, but all fitting together in being a University of Windsor student,” said Haidar.

Two students share beverages at the Celebration of Nations Feb. 26 at their booth. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]

President Wildeman was at the event to support the students. He, along with others attending were taking photos and posting them to social media to try and attract people to the event. “It’s a fabulous event,” said Wildeman. “We have one of the most diverse campuses in Canada, everyone comes together and shares where they are from. It’s what a University should do, it’s about discovering the world and learning about all the people in it.” The main focus of the event is to gather students together to share and promote their cultural background. This is something Haidar said is main reason for this event. “This event promotes two messages,” said Haidar. “That we as a people are diverse and it’s important to celebrate those differences, but it also speaks loudly to what University of Windsor is all about, that under this Lancer head, we are all different students, but we all have different things we can bring to the table.”

A group of Aboriginal youth showcase some traditional music at the Celebration of Nations in the CAW Feb. 26. [Photo by // Samantha Fernandez]


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The Dark Side of the Moon Engulfs the Capitol Theatre

HANIYASSINE Arts Editor __________________________ The traffic was heavy as people of all ages made their way towards the Capitol Theatre’s main hall. The Windsor Symphony Orchestra marked their second collaboration with Jeans n’ Classics Feb. 27 to bring The Dark Side of the Moon: The Music of Pink Floyd to the Capitol. Following the immense success of Queen’s We Will Rock You about a year prior, Floyd followed suit with a sold out show consisting of season ticket holders and die-hard fans of the rock icons. “This is all Jeans n’ Classics, so it starts with them and ends with them. This is their show and we’re a part of their team for this,” said WSO marketing manager Shelley Sharpe. “They really strive to not be a cover band and not be a tribute band, they’re not trying to copy The Beatles or Queen or Led Zeppelin, they don’t dress up like them or try to sound like them.

They’re trying to do their own version of their music with an orchestra behind them.“ The first set of the show consisted of songs from the album The Wall, playing classics such as ‘Hey You’ and ‘Comfortably Numb’. The latter half then moved to the dark side as the band and the orchestra played ‘Money’, ‘Us and Them’ among several others with precision and distinction. The audience was deeply involved with every note. “I was not expecting vocals, so it was a nice surprise. They’ve all been very talented,” said Richard Turner during intermission, who was attending the event with his girlfriend. “I love to see the symphony along with the rock group. It’s absolutely great. I love it,” said Kaye Vegh, another concert-goer. Numerous ovations were given throughout the show, being an experience to remember for all who attended. With the second collabo-

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra teamed up with Jeans n’ Classics to perform songs from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at the Capitol Theatre Feb. 27. [Photo by // Hani Yassine] ration between the WSO and Jeans n’ Classics being a clear hit, it’s likely

people will be waiting in ache for their third show in February of next

year, when they move on to the music of Led Zeppelin.

Lancers Promote Breast Cancer Awareness with Special Edition T-shirt

SAMANTHAFERNANDEZ News Editor __________________________ In 2014, according to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, it was estimated that 24,400 women and 210 men would be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 5,000 women and 60 men would die of the disease. Although the disease mostly affects women, there are still a large number of men who come in contact with it as well. The University of Windsor Lancers host a breast cancer awareness day each year to show their support for the disease. This year, breast cancer awareness day happened Jan. 31, however the university continues to sell their special edition t-shirts for the cause. Elisa Mitton, the sports information coordinator for the athletics department, was a big part in putting the event together and is also helping promote the t-shirts to raise funds for

breast cancer research. “This year was our ninth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day and since the beginning we have designed a different t-shirt every year to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research,” said Mitton. “This year’s t-shirt has been by far the most successful and we have raised our highest donation amount to date.” This year’s breast cancer awareness t-shirts were created in collaboration with Adidas who are the official suppliers for the Lancers. The t-shirts are available for purchase through Mitton for $10. There are also “Shoot for the Cure” tote bags and grocery bags available for $3. This year Breast Cancer Awareness Day raised over $2,000 including sales of the t-shirts and that number continues to grow. 100 per cent of the funds raised form the event and the t-shirts go to breast cancer research.

On Breast Cancer Awareness Day, teams were dressed up these t-shirts, as well as pink accents such as pink hockey tape, pink socks and pink headbands. “Breast Cancer Awareness Day is now scheduled on a ‘super Saturday’ where all our teams are playing at home that particular day,” said Mitton. “This is by far our most engaging event we host each year.” The Lancers have been affected by this disease with one of their coaches, Lynda Leckie, the coach of the women’s volleyball team. Being a breast cancer survivor, Leckie was honoured this year at the Breast Cancer Awareness Day for being 10 years cancer free. “Everyone knows someone that has been affected by this disease,” said Mitton. “What we do on Breast Cancer Awareness day really hits home with a lot of people.” said Mitton.

This year’s special edition Breast Cancer Awareness shirt is still in stock and can be purchased through Elisa Mitton. [Photo provided by Elisa Mitton for the Lance]


Give Your Heart to Autism Gala Raises Community Awareness SAMANTHAFERNANDEZ News Editor __________________________ It is estimated one in every 94 children in Canada has autism, one of the most common developmental disabilities and is the fasted growing across the country. On Feb. 28, Autism Ontario, an outlet where families who have members with autism can get the support they need when moving through their lives with the disability, hosted their largest event of the year, the Give your Heart to Autism Gala. The event was held at the Caboto Club, where each hall was filled with guests, musicians and auction items. Guests arrived in elegant evening gowns and black tie attire to show their support for Autism Ontario. Throughout the night, guests were able to bid on hundreds of auction items, mystery bags and also had a beautiful sit down dinner with music to follow. This gala is the largest fundraiser Autism Ontario has every year and it is always a success. Those who attend the gala love the chance to get dressed up and having a nice evening out, and those from Autism Ontario love to see the support they have from the community. “The funds raised at the event will help support our summer funding programs and also our Christmas and summer picnic,” said Livia Congi, the program director for Autism Ontario. “The event is always a good turn out and a great time, we usually stay here until they kick us out. We are always still running up to one o’clock.” Along with the summer programs,


the gala event helps fund programs throughout the year for those who suffer from autism, including respite programs and life skills classes. The event raised approximately $160,000 last year. This year they were certainly looking to top that number through tickets, silent auction items, larger auction items and mystery bag sales. Bill Spadafora, a past president of Autism Ontario and now co-chair, said in its first year, the event attracted about 300 people and has grown tremendously, attracting over 1,000 guests and having raised over $1.5 million since it first began. “The main point for us I believe is awareness, what we’ve set out to do this year is make sure that the community is informed and know how they can support each other,” said Lori Oliverio, one of the co-chairs for autism Ontario. “Knowledge is power.”

Autism Ontario Committee members are all dressed up for their Give your Heart to Autism Gala event Feb. 28 at the Caboto Club. [Photo by // Samantha Ferandez]

Autism Ontario is a volunteer based organization that is always looking for students to help out. They are not only looking for student volunteers for this event, but volunteers for camps, picnics and office work. Rita Miceli, also past president of Autism Ontario, holds close ties with the foundation, having a son with autism. “If you don’t already know someone with autism, you will at some point in your life,” said Miceli. “It’s the fastest growing mental disability. The love for my child gives me the strength, along with all our volunteers, everyone is a volunteer with us, and that is important to note that we have a very small committee and it is our passionate volunteers that make this happen.”

The Miceli twins performed in the lobby of the Caboto Club at Autism Ontario’s Give your Heart to Autism Gala event Feb. 28. [Photo by // Samantha Ferandez]

Movie Review - Focus

GRANTJONSSON Arts Intern __________________________ Welcome back Will Smith! For the most part. I did not watch Smith’s last picture

After Earth, but I could only assume from the poor critical acclaim I would be wasting my time. However, here is a film to show you, you can trust Smith’s film choices again. Focus follows Smith as Nicky and

in the art of the con. Nicky needs

With the exception of classics like The

second guess my predictions than

is surprising considering the direc-

some convincing to see Jess is up for

Sting and Ocean’s Eleven (The George

I had anticipated. Never once was I

the challenge and it is in these early

Clooney version), the big problem

tors of this film also directed the fan

able to predict what was going to oc-

moments we see how this film will

with con films is we never know who

cur. Will Smith and Margot Robbie

favourite Crazy, Stupid, Love.


is telling the truth. Like the charac-

had me on a ride from beginning to

From the first time I saw the trailer, I knew the success of the film would be conditional on the chemistry of our two stars. Rest well skeptics as Margot Robbie and Will Smith have excellent chemistry together. Most of the film revolves around how their

ters, we want to believe everything the person speaking is saying, but sometimes you just know better. Personally, I suspend my disbelief rather easy, so I fell for the dialogue instantly, but some of you may see through it. That doesn’t remove the entertaining factor to this film though.

Margot Robbie as Jess. Jess is the in-

two characters interact and react to

experienced con-woman who needs

one another with the backdrop of a

In regards to the cons themselves, the

the experienced Nicky to train her

large payday hanging in the balance.

film did a better job and making me

If you’re looking for a simple dinner

end and I was genuinely surprised at

and a movie date night, going to see

some of the outcomes. This isn’t rev-

Focus would not be considered a

olutionary filmmaking however, the

mistake in my book. Simple thrills

plot is fairly cookie cutter, especially

and good performances are on hand

when it comes to the romantic angle

and you can’t go wrong with that.

between Smith and Robbie, and that



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A Percussionary Tale

HANIYASSINE Arts Editor __________________________ It was a small gathering at Lambton Tower’s studio A as people bared witness to a unique percussion performance. The university’s School of Creative Arts presented Aiyun Huang Feb. 26 where the Taiwanese-born, world renowned solo percussionist conducted a program of six different acts. Some include what you’d expect in a percussion show, such as the use of sakara and snare drums, but other performances touched unconventional ground by performing without instruments, and at one point pantomiming a manipulation of time and space. “This program is trying to show that even though the basic home of percussion is about rhythm, it’s about coordination, it’s about the exploration of sound,” Huang said. “Once you sort of expand on these concepts, you can really sort of broaden your mind on the possibilities.”

were simply from her voice and body. “It’s a piece I’ve waited to see in person for quite some time,” said Nick Papador, the University of Windsor’s percussion head. “I think there’s always something very visceral and theatrical that people appreciate the physicality of it, even if they’re not accustomed to the music.” About 25 people in all attended the recital. While relatively small, it allowed for a more intimate experience between the performer and her audience. Lionel Walsh was among those who attended and said he had never seen anything quite like it.

Percussionist Aiyun Huang performs an act with a sakara drum at Lambton Tower Feb. 26. [Photo by // Hani Yassine]

“I love how it mixed the body with the music, and how there was juxtaposition between improv and something completely deliberate,” Walsh said. As Huang continues her sabbatical from her work at Montreal’s McGill University, she finds herself moving on and performing in other parts of the country, looking to challenge other audiences.

As far as audience sensibilities go, Huang believes it’s best to strike a balance between conventional and unconventional. She finds it preferable to go with the harder pieces first, as beginning with a relaxing tone could bring difficulty in the audience switching gears. Her first performance could be classified as one of the harder ones, as all sounds emitted

“I hope that people can sort of catch that. You can see six pieces and you might not like all of them, but you’ll probably like a few of them, and they would really speak to you,” Huang said. “And if the audience would walk away thinking like that, then I feel that I’ve done something right, because arts is not meant to be pleasing all the time.”

GRANTJONSSON Arts Intern __________________________

ter edge as we see his ability to open up and care for those around him; a trait rarely shown in the likes of James Bond, which this film just happens to be satirizing.

Percussionist Aiyun Huang performs a piece from her program at Lambton Tower Feb. 26 [Photo by // Hani Yassine]

Movie Review - Kingsman: The Secret Service

You may have seen the trailer for this film where Colin Firth plays a spy and Samuel L. Jackson is his counterpart villain. It looks pretty awesome, but do yourself a favour and give yourself a little more time to research this film. This is perhaps the most violent, irreverent and offensive film I have ever seen, however I still enjoyed it. The film follows two principal characters; Colin Firth’s Galahad and newcomer Taron Egerton’s Gary “Eggsy” Unwin. Eggsy is the son of Firth’s former Kingsman trainee whodied during the opening credits in 1997. Galahad has a nurturing spirit and gives the young Eggsy a medallion with a number on the back to call in the event of trouble. Already this gives Galahad a charac-

Cut to 18 years later and we see the effect that the death of Eggsy’s father has had on both him growing up and on his mother. Poor and relying on an abusive, small time drug ring leader in the slums of London, Eggsy seems to be stuck in a world he wants no part of, and with no prospects to help get him out. Until of course he gets caught by the cops for stealing a car and remembers to use the number on the back of his medallion and the code that came with it. Soon Eggsy is sharing a beer with his father’s former mentor. Due to the death of a Kingsman by the hands of our villain Valentine, a tech-genius multi-billionaire played by Samuel L. Jackson, the Kingsman initiation progress begins again and

Galahad quickly chooses Eggsy as his candidate. The first half of the movie mostly deals with the selection of the next Kingsman agent and the tasks they need to achieve in order to become the “one”. While Eggsy is focusing on succeeding at his trials, Galahad is tasked with the investigation of the former Kingsman’s death. This investigation leads Galahad to a church in the Southern U.S. where Valentine plans to unveil his evil schemes upon the world. His plan succeeds without interruption as Galahad, believing Valentine is in the church, enters himself, and ends up being the catalyst for the most blood infused and violent carnage I have ever seen depicted on screen. Despite this film being a satire for the old Bond films from Sean Connery’s time where the villain had this master take over the world plan or device, the violence Director Matthew Vaughn uses here is so over the top as an ac-

tion fan I’m having trouble appreciating it. On a filmmaking standpoint, it is shot with absolute perfection and the choreography for the entire scene is not far behind, but for the first half of what I saw I had no knowledge of why or how it was happening or for what purpose. The screenwriters left the explanation as to how Valentine’s device worked until after the scene was over, and unfortunately at that point I was already stuck with feelings of unease and disgust.

The last half of the film is more or less tame depending on how you feel after watching the scene in the church. The violence in terms of offensiveness is turned down a bit and the comedic nature to Jackson’s Valentine villain is a little easier to see. Continu-

ing on that point, what this film does well is in characterization. We invest in almost every main player we are introduced to and each actor carries their character’s importance with a dedication and confidence rarely seen in such a wide ranging cast. Unfortunately the cast and the film’s second half can’t do enough to mask the events in the church; the feeling of unease that scene created for me never went away and I couldn’t look at the film the same way again. Some of you will feel differently on both ends of the spectrum (not offended--more offended), but either way I repeat my earlier suggestion, dedicate some more time to researching the film.





Lancers Give Strong Effort at OUA Track and Field


Sports Editor __________________________ The Windsor Lancers track and field team had a strong showing at the 2015 OUA Championships hosted by York University. During the Feb. 27 and 29 championship competition, the Lancer men’s team captured a bronze medal, missing out on silver by a half point while the Lancers women’s team placed fourth. Corey Bellemore led the way for Windsor with three gold medals, a pair of OUA records and a bronze medal. Bellemore had an OUA breaking performance in the men’s 600 metre race with a time of 1:18.47. “I knew if we wanted a shot at the team title that I needed to win or at least medal, so I went into each race with that mentality,” said Bellemore. “In the 600 [metre] I just wanted to see if I could lead the race wire-towire and get a [personal best], I’m happy it worked out.”

Bellemore and Alex Ullman teamed up with Taylor McArthur and Paul La Marra to break Windsor’s own record in the 4-by-800 metre relay Feb. 27 and won gold with a time of 7:30.61 before pairing with Jesse Drennan, who placed second in the men’s decathlon with 3,847 points, and Matt McLaughlin the next day to capture a silver medal in the 4-by-400 metre relay in 3:17.44. “We always expect a podium finish [in the relays],” said Ullman. “And with Corey running the third leg I know he’ll always get me the baton in a position to win it, and I have the confidence in myself to finish it off.” Ullman exacted his pre-race strategy by waiting to kick into high-gear until the final lap and won the men’s 1,000 metre race for the second-straight year in a time of 2:24.94. Bellemore took the bronze medal just milliseconds behind with a time of 2:25.11. Branden Wilhelm captured a silver medal in the men’s high jump with a height of 2.03 metres and captured bronze in the men’s long jump with a

7.14 metre leap with teammate Arren Young claiming the silver by jumping one centimetre further than Wilhelm, reaching 7.15 metres.

Chris Waugh placed second in the pole vault with a height of 4.79 metres after top-ranked teammate Milos Savic failed to clear his opening height of 4.55 metres. Waugh said seeing his teammates competing at a high level on the first day of the meet drove him and admitted he felt stronger than usual in warm up, entering the competition at 4.55 metres and clearing the height on his first attempt. The bar was then raised to 4.67 metres with only four jumpers left. “I was the last in order to jump and knew that if I made the height it was automatic silver,” said Waugh. “I managed to use my teammates support and cheering and coach [Kevin DiNardo]’s last words of wisdom and managed to clear it on the third attempt.” Waugh cleared 4.79 metres for a new personal best then attempted to vault 4.89 metres and was unsuccessful but

said he was happy to place higher than he was ranked in OUA for the second year in a row.

“I was just happy to be able to contribute as many points as possible for my team and to win a medal for my parents and friends,” said Waugh. Angelo Bortolin placed third overall in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 14.40 metres. Matthew Brisson also won bronze in the 60-metre hurdles in 8.16 On the women’s side, Virginia McLachlan won two silver medals in the OUA championships, placing second in the women’s 60 metre ambulatory sprint with a time of 10.32 and second in the 300 metre ambulatory race in 56.87 seconds. Sarah Swain won a pair of silver medals over the weekend, first in the 60-metre hurdles, finishing in 8.47 seconds before clearing 3.87 metres in women’s pole vault for her second silver of the competition. Rookie Sarah Mitton also brought home a silver medal in the women’s

shot put, throwing 14.39 metres only behind York’s Brittany Crew, who set an OUA record with a toss of 16.11 metres. Women’s team captain Jill Van Damme said she was happy for Mitton before boasting her pride for her team’s overall finish and added she was especially proud of the support shown from her teammates throughout the competition. “Everyone came out strong in their events and it showed in the almost 20 personal bests achieved this weekend,” said Van Damme. “[Mitton] has worked very hard this season and its so nice to see it paying off. She will continue to do big things in her career here as a lancer.” Van Damme battled the flu and finished fifth in the weight throw, but will compete at CIS because of her Top 12 national ranking in the event. Windsor will now rest until the national championships March 12-14 at the St. Denis Centre.

Lancers Tip Off Title Defense, Will Host OUA Final Four


Sports Editor __________________________ The No. 1 Windsor Lancer women’s basketball team kicked off their OUA playoff run as an unwelcoming host to the Toronto Varsity Blues by pressing out a 64-49 victory after a rocky first half. From the opening jump ball Feb. 28 Toronto tried to make themselves at home, especially in the paint of the hometown Lancers at both ends of the court, holding the typically high scoring defending champs to a 12-8 lead at the end of the first segment and 25-20 at the half. Lancer head coach Chantal Vallee said Toronto head coach Michele Belanger did a great job getting her team to pack into the key in the second quarter and made sure Windsor couldn’t get the ball into their front court players. “In the past we’ve been used to playing inside, but they forced us to work from the outside offensively,” said Vallee. “Unlike in the past when we were not even in the top ten in shooting, this year we’re number one in the country from outside. So, fortunately we knocked down many of our shots and it didn’t really matter to us if we were leading 45-40 at the half or 2520.”

Windsor outshot Toronto inside as well as outside although the very determined Varsity Blues kept the Lancers in sight with a marked shooting edge of 18-26 to 10-15 from the free-throw line, particularly in the second half.

Fifth year guard and leading scorer Korissa Williams said after the Lancers low output in the first half, Windsor needed to pick up the pace. “In the locker room at the half we just resolved to come out and push,” said Williams. “We just can’t give any mercy to teams the rest of the way”. The Lancers raced out to a 19-point lead by midway through the fourth quarter with a combination of Williams dominating on the inside for a total of 20 points and Caitlyn Longmuir lighting it up from the outside for 15 points. Williams and Longmuir were the only two Lancers to score in double figures while forward Cheyanne Roger made her presence known by tearing down 14 rebounds and tallying five block shots to keep Toronto at bay.

Windsor Lancer guard Caitlyn Longmuir competes in OUA playoff basketball action against the Toronto Varsity Blues Feb. 28 at the St. Denis Centre. The four-time national champion Lancers will host the OUA Final Four March 6 and 7 at the St. Denis Centre. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold]

Longmuir credited Vallee for always scouting other teams and preparing the Lancers well and giving them good game plans to follow.

second half. We also have a great support system here with tons of fans that come out to support us each game and that makes of big difference. But we still have to take it one game at a time to we get to the national final.”

“Tonight we concentrated on shutting them down defensively throughout the game,” said Longmuir. “We came out a bit more offensively in the

Instead of bringing attention to the double overtime upset by Queens over second place Laurier earlier in the day, Vallee focused on Windsor’s

opponent matchup at the OUA Final Four at the St. Denis Centre March 6. “We have very tough match comingup in the OUA final 4 against Lakehead University, that we must win in order to qualify for the CIS final eight,” said Vallee. “I couldn’t care less who we play after that match at this point. However, it will be a little more comfortable playing them at

home – it’s our gym and our rim. So we’re happy to have the home court advantage.” As host of the OUA final 4 the Lancers will face Lakehead March 6 at 6 p.m. followed by a OUA East showdown between Ryerson and Queens at 8 p.m. The winners of both games will square off in the OUA Final at the St. Denis Centre March 7 at 6 p.m.

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Men’s Hockey To Host McGill in OUA Bronze Medal Game BRETTHEDGES

Sports Editor __________________________ The OUA men’s hockey bronze medal game will be a rematch of last season’s Queen’s Cup OUA championships. After falling to the Guelph Gryphons in the OUA West final series, the Windsor Lancers will face the McGill Redmen at the South Windsor arena March 7 for the OUA bronze medal and a berth in the CIS national championships. Windsor defeated McGill 3-2 in last season’s Queen’s Cup OUA championship in front of a packed crowd at South Windsor arena. Despite the division series loss to Guelph, Lancer head coach Kevin Hamlin said his team is excited for a chance to compete on the national stage. “Not being able to play for the Queen’s Cup this year is a disappointment but now is not the time,” said Hamlin. “We’ve got to look beyond it and have a short memory and prepare for a tough game with McGill.” Windsor and McGill were both ranked in the CIS Top 10 throughout the regular season and finished with only one win separating them. The Redmen visited the South Windsor

arena early in the season and handed the Lancers their first loss, winning 2-1 Nov. 14. Hamlin said that the Lancers will take their experience playing the Redmen over the past two seasons into account but added the stakes are much higher than a season ago.

“It’s win or go home now,” said Hamlin. “It’s an opportunity for us to salvage what’s left of the tremendous year for us and it’s a big opportunity for us. We feel that if we are able to play our game, we feel we can play with anyone in the country and this is an opportunity to once again prove that we are worthy of the national stage.” Lancer forward Ryan Green said losing to Guelph was a tough pill to swallow but added Windsor has had a chance to settle down and refocus by realizing the importance of OUA bronze medal game against McGill March 7. “Playing McGill is always easy to get up for but knowing that 1 win will get us to our goal that we set at the beginning of the year only adds to the excitement,” said Green. “I’m really looking forward to the guys bringing their best effort of the year and leav-

Windsor Lancer forward Ryan Green moves up the ice against the Guelph Gryphons in OUA West finals action at the South Windsor Arena Feb. 25. Windsor will host the OUA bronze medal game March 7 against the McGill Redmen after falling in the OUA West finals. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold] ing it all on the ice.”

point forward.

Blake Blondeel was a member of Windsor’s OUA championship team and said now that the Queen’s Cup is out the picture, it is all about Windsor’s ability to rebound from this

“We have to put it behind us and come out against a team in which we have history with and come out with a purpose,” said Blondeel. “We feel we still deserve to go to nationals and we

don’t want to let another opportunity slip away.” Should the Lancers advance as the OUA’s third seed, the CIS national championships will take place in Halifax, N.S. from March 12 - 15.

Men’s Hoops Advance To OUA Wilson Cup Final Four

BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ The No. 5 Windsor Lancer men’s basketball team traveled to Hamilton and out dueled the No. 4 McMaster Maraurders 85-70 in OUA quarterfinal playoff action. The road victory punched Windsor’s ticket to play the No. 2 Ottawa GeesGees in the opening game of the OUA Wilson Cup final four March 6 at Ottawa University’s Monpetit Hall. The No. 4 Ryerson Rams also earned a berth in the Final Four and will duel against the No. 1 ranked Carleton Ravens in the other semifinal. Ryerson will automatically advance to the CIS Final Eight tournament and Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre will serve as the host venue. The Lancers advanced to battle McMaster after taking care of the Toronto Varsity Blues 85-71 in the first round of the OUA playoffs at the St. Denis Centre Feb. 25 led by Rotimi Osuntola’s 22 points and astounding 18 rebounds. Evan Matthews had 15 points and seven rebounds while Khalid Abdel-Gabar had 12 points and six rebounds. Against McMaster, it was sweet revenge for Lancer head coach Chris

Oliver and company as the Marauders beat the Lancers last year to advance to the OUA semi-finals. Oliver said he was very proud of the teams effort on the road. “Defensively we were sound for 40 minutes and we did enough on the boards, and on offense to get the win,” said Oliver. “It feels weird beating the top four ranked team in Canada, in our own conference, and then our reward is playing another top ranked team in Ottawa. Why not?” Lancers graduating senior Evan Matthews said it was a nice taste of revenge near the end of his career, because of last seasons loss to McMaster in the playoffs. “It also feels good because we had five guys on the court who were all buying into the game plan at the same time,” said Matthews. “What’s more is that when we move them off, the new guys coming into the game filled the starter positions perfectly (even defensively). ” All five starters for the Lancers scored in double figures with swing-man Alex Campbell pacing the pack yet again with 18 points and seven rebounds in addition to 15 points from Abdel-Gabar as well as 10 points by Mitch Farrell to go along with eight

rebounds. Osuntola Jr. and Matthews both recorded double-doubles, recording 10 and 12 rebounds respectively, while both scored 13 points apiece. Lancer rookie and Herman grad Marko Kovac knocked down a couple key three balls to show the stage was not too big for him. Osuntola said the Lancers had a rough start, since McMaster was keying in on defending Windsor’s post players, but eventually responded to it. “Coach [Oliver] has been telling me that teams will be preparing for me, so I need to be ready for that,” said Osuntola. “On defense we took them out of their sets and made them take tough shots. It also opened things up for rebounding opportunities, which we took advantage of.” The hotly contested game saw nine ties and five lead changes - all in the first three quarters. While McMaster got up by as many as eight points, the Marauders struggled to make shots from the outside throughout the fourth quarter, allowing Windsor to catch fire and lead by as many as 17 points toward the end of regulation time. Heading into the semifinals Matthews said Windsor has erased any

Windsor Lancer forward Rotimi Osuntola Jr. rises to the basket during OUA playoff action at the St. Denis Centre against Toronto Varsity Blues Feb. 25. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold] previous ranking system from their memories now that they’re back in the OUA Final Four and set to face off against the No. 2 GeeGees on their home court. “Ottawa is now just another team, just as we are,” said Matthews. “We know they have the ability to beat us, but we have some great athletes just like they do. So it’s going to come down to who

sticks to their game plan the best and handles the pressure of playing on the big stage.” No doubt Windsor’s convincing upset victory over traditionally steadfast McMaster will change the national rankings after this week, and may have possibly sent a chill down the spine of the GeeGees heading into their contest March 6 at 6 p.m.



Defending Champs Open Playoffs Against Mississauga BRETTHEDGES Sports Editor __________________________ In their final regular season game, the Windsor Express fell 112-99 to the Brampton A’s at the WFCU Centre. Windsor finished with a 21-11 record and closed out the regular season as the number one seed for the National Basketball League of Canada playoffs. The Express will begin their league title defense against the Mississauga Power March 7 at the WFCU Centre. The Feb. 28 win was valuable for Brampton, who clinched home court advantage in their upcoming Central division semifinal series against the London Lightning. A’s head coach Dave Magley said it is hard to come to Windsor and win at the WFCU, where the Express went 14-2 this season. “It’s a nice win and [Windsor] plays so dog-gone hard,” said Magley. “I love coming here, Windsor fans are so respectful and I think Bill Jones is the best coach in the league, there’s no doubt about it.” Windsor played with a short bench, resting starters Tony Bennett and Quinnel Brown but the Express opened the game with a 23-19 lead after the first quarter. Brampton tore open the contest in the second after a 22-8 run and ended the half with a 58-48 lead. “In the past six games ... once we’ve gotten the lead ... we have not given it up,” said Magley. “We were 12-14 and when you have closed out six in a row that way, it makes me believe that [the team] is getting it. We’ve won [three games in a row] against

teams we need to be most concerned about and we feel we have a chance to compete.” The A’s kept the pedal down in the third, outscoring Windsor 31-23 and increasing their lead to 18 heading into the fourth. Led by Jamarcus Ellis’s 15-point effort off of the bench, the Express cut Brampton’s lead to eight points but could not trim it any further, falling 112-99. “My role is to be an energy player and give whoever plays in front of me a spark off of the bench,” said Elli. “A few players off the bench came in and contributed when their number was called, but I think we could’ve played harder.” Windsor assistant coach Aaron MacDonald said it was lack of execution of the little things in the defensive game plan that accumulated in the loss. MacDonald was adamant when he said those mistakes would be corrected in team practice before the playoffs begin. “We had a tough time stopping Brampton’s dribble-drive penetration,” said MacDonald. “When we would switch, we didn’t communicate. A lack of communication was problem but we have to box out and rebound. Once we do that, we’ll be a better team.” Ryan Anderson had a game-high 21 points and added 7 rebounds while newly acquired veteran guard Adrian Moss dished out nine assists to go along with seven points in 25 minutes of play. Windsor’s best of five series with Mississauga will begin at the WFCU

JaMarcus Ellis of the Windsor Express throws down a slam dunk during NBL Canada action against the Brampton A’s at the WFCU Centre Feb. 28. The Express finished the regular season first overall and will open the playoffs March 7 against the Mississauga Power. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold] Centre March 7 and will continue with game two March 10 before

moving the series to Mississauga for game three and possibly game four.

Game five, if necessary, will be back in Windsor March 18.

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Spitfires Fading In Race to Playoffs


by two points.

Sports Editor __________________________

With Sarnia now 10 points ahead of Windsor and Saginaw, a three-horse race including Plymouth will decide the final playoff spot in the western conference.

Nine games remain for the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL regular season, whether they play in the OHL postseason is another question. After coming back and defeating the Ottawa 67’s 4-3 in overtime at the WFCU Centre Feb. 26, the Spitfires dropped a 5-3 road game to Sault Ste. Marie Feb. 27 before coming back home and losing 4-2 to the Sarnia Sting March 1, getting outshot 50-22 in the process. After the weekend culminated in the loss to Sarnia, Spitfires associate head coach Bob Jones had few words to describe Windsor’s play. “Overall, not a good enough effort,” said Jones. “I thought we were sluggish, I thought maybe our legs would get under us but they never really got underneath us and we didn’t get enough pucks to the net to make it a contest.” The race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the OHL western conference is well underway. While the Spitfires were battling the past several weeks to chase the Saginaw Spirit in points, the Plymouth Whalers put together a nice string of performances and only trail the Spirit and Spitfires

The Spirit and Whalers will battle each other four times over their final nine games of the regular season while the Spitfires will battle the Greyhounds, Kitchener Rangers and the CHL’s No. 1 team the Oshawa Generals, over a four day span beginning March 5 at the WFCU Centre. Jones said regardless of the opponent, the Spitfires need points to qualify for the playoffs. “A point or two a night is something we have to try and get every night,” said Jones. “We’re all looking at the standings, of course, but we just have to play one game at a time and hopefully sneak out a point here and there.” Overage forward Slater Doggett said the Spitfires played well for the first half of the three-game stretch but two points out of a possible six is not what Windsor was hoping for. Now their focus is on their upcoming opponents in the final games of the regular season. “We’re going to work hard all week in practice, make sure we’re ready,” said Doggett. “We’re going to do whatever it takes to be prepared. I know every-

Windsor Spitfires goaltender Alex Fotinos makes a save against the Ottawa 67’s Feb. 26 at the WFCU Centre. [Photo by // Kevin Jarrold] one’s mind is on winning the next three games.” The lone bright spot in the loss to Sarnia was the Spitfires ability to keep it close thanks to a 46-save performance from goaltender, Alex Fotinos. Fotinos said the Spitfires played well against Ottawa and Sault Ste. Marie but a slow start against the Sting was tough to overcome.


“We’re in the right mindset but we’re going to go back to basics here,” said Fotinos. “We’re going to have to take the momentum we have and work on our structure. We dont want any excuses, so we’re just going to have to bounce and get some points. Jones said Fotinos gave Windsor a chance to steal a point but some sloppy defensive play in the third period

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“Anytime you give up 50 shots, you’re doing more wrong than right,” said Jones. “We’ve had good enough goaltending as of late. Every night they have kept us in it and some nights we’re finding a way to get us a point or two and some nights we are not. But tonight we didn’t have a good enough effort.”



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Open House Asks Public to Celebrate Differences moments where you feel the walls around you are closing in.


Arts Editor __________________________ “We want people who are uncomfortable with themselves, depression, anxiety. If you’re overweight and you hate yourself for it, we want you. The gap between your teeth, too many freckles, whatever makes you different we want you to bring to us” Those are the words of Hailey Trealout, who just two months ago cofound True Reflections. The objective of the group is simple: To promote self-acceptance, and more importantly, celebrate differences; creating a platform for those who don’t always feel comfortable with themselves. Finding itself gaining traction, the group hosted its first ever open house at Villains Bistro Feb. 27. The event served as a way to bring acceptance and hope to one’s self, particularly in

“Our motto between the two of us at the end of the day is if we can save one life, that’s what’s important and that’s what’s going to make a difference in the world,” said True Reflections cofounder Caleb Workman. Goodwill donations were being accepted at the door, with all proceeds going towards Mental Health. The event featured attractions such as photo shoots and art collaborations all of which, in their own way, showed the value of an individual and his or her differences. Also present were guest speakers who spoke on mental health and maintaining a positive image. Windsor native Justin Teeuwen was one of the night’s motivational speakers, using a garden analogy to de-

scribe the mind and how the positive and negative thoughts must be managed. Teeuwen said he wanted those present to feel empowered.

“When it comes to mental health, what we plant in our mind is what we become. If we tell ourselves ‘I’m wonderful, I’m great’, you actually start to feel wonderful and great and you become wonderful and great in your world,” Teeuwen said. “I think it’s important to acknowledge your real feelings. When you’re feeling something, acknowledge them, and then decide what you’re going to plant,” he later added. Both Trealout and Workman have been very pleased with the reception of the group and its message. They soon hope to take it to the next step by presenting to a number of schools within multiple districts. They’re also developing plans for an open mic

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5 REDTENBACHER’S FUNKESTRA - Dr. Hypenstein (Wooden Hat) 6 THEM COUNTY BASTARDZ* - Sick Daze (Self-Released) 7 SHRED KELLY* - Sing To The Night (Self-Released) 8 HEAT* - EP (Self-Released) 9 DARK ORCHARD* - Blossom (Self-Released) 10 BADBADNOTGOOD & GHOSTFACE KILLAH - Sour Soul (Lex) 11 WHITEHORSE* - Leave No Bridge Unburned (Six Shooter) 12 BIG DICK* - Disappointment (Dirt Cult) 13 WESLI* - Immigrand (Wes Urban) 14 ANTOINE FAFARD* - Ad Perpetuum (Self-Released) 15 GABRIELLE PAPILLON* - The Tempest Of Old (Self-Released) 16 VIET CONG* - Viet Cong (Flemish Eye) 17 WARDELL - Love / Idleness (Self-Released) 18 MIKKY EKKO - Time (RCA) 19 CON BRIO - Kiss The Sun (Burning House) 20 LES SINS - Michael (Record Company) 21 THE ADVENTURES OF SILVER SPACEMAN - Sun Songs (Capitalist) 22 KASSE MADY DIABATE - Kirike (Six Degrees) 23 AND THE KIDS - Turn To Each Other (Signature Sounds) 24 TERAKAFT - The Tapsit Years (Reaktion) 25 DIAMOND RUGS - Cosmetics (Thirty Tigers) 26 QUITAPENAS - Quitapenas (Mas Tropical) 27 SASKWATCH - Nose Dive (Northside) 28 JIB KIDDER - Teaspoon To The Ocean (Weird World Record Co.) 29 SILENT MOVIE TYPE* - Crickets (Self-Released) 30 TWIN RIVER* - Should the light go out (Light Organ)

Kortney Smiith delivers a speech as True Reflections founders Hailey Trealout and Caleb Workman watch at Villains Bistro Feb. 27. [Photo by // Rick Dawes - Special to The Lance] night sometime in the spring, hoping

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