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lliott Brood might just be the loudest band featuring a banjo that you’ve ever seen. At least, that’s how one fan reviewed the trio after a recent set.
Mark Sasso, the musician behind said banjo, laughs when he remembers all the different slots people try to put Elliott Brood in. “Back in the day, a lot of people called us bluegrass,” he said. “[Then] people kept coming up to us and saying, ‘you’re urban hillbilly.’”
Elliott Brood’s music, also described as death country or black country rock (an apparent nod to the David Bowie song of the same name), is difficult to pigeonhole because it’s a unique blend of the best of both rock and roll and country. They have a rollicking sound shared by other Canadian artists who
know the trials and tribulations of spending months touring the long distances between Canadian venues. “We don’t necessarily sing about the happiest things,” remarked Windsor expat Sasso. “It’s dark lyrical content with upbeat music, really.”
They’re bringing their sound to Windsor this Saturday for a headlining show at the Capitol Theatre, following a long stretch across Europe. “We never really wind down on touring,” said Sasso. SEE ‘AMBASSADORS’ O8 w
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The cost of education is rising and student debt is soaring right along with it. Commentators are starting to caution about students so burdened by debt that they put off starting a family or buying a home because they simply can’t afford it. So, isn’t it time we asked ourselves what we expect to get out of our education? I had a professor ask one of my classes the following: If you could cut the cost of your tuition in half by taking two years of classes online, and two years of classes on campus, would you do it? For me, the answer was simple: I would do it in a heartbeat. But some of my classmates disagreed. They want the experience with fellow students and a professor; they want the social aspect of being on campus. And for many, I suspect they want to hang on to that first taste of freedom that comes from not living at home. I already had a two year diploma in international business from Niagara College when I arrived at the University of Windsor. I came here looking for two things: a piece of paper saying I understood business and the connections to put that piece of paper to work. I have since completed a year-long coop work placement at Research In Motion giving me the connections and experience I was seeking, and am a little more than one semester away from having that piece of paper. Many of us have been told “companies don’t care what degree you have, they just want proof that you can learn.” If you are following that advice, maybe you are looking for an experience and a piece of paper. Maybe you aren’t worried
about employment because you don’t know what you want out of life yet. In that case, you are looking to the university to help you figure it out. Others know exactly what they want, and these four years can’t go by fast enough as they wait to become doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, teachers, therapists, etcetera. Does it make sense that we all should be forced to learn the same way? For the people looking for an experience, for inspiration and for a general accumulation of knowledge, the current system probably works just fine. For those of us with a clearer idea of what that next step is, these four years in academia can seem like a whole lot of general theory with very little applicable knowledge. Would we be more satisfied with a greater focus on work experience? Could we do something along the lines of three years of classes and one year of on the job learning? Give me the freedom to learn the material I want, on my own schedule. No more, “Sorry we didn’t have enough students for this class this semester,” or, “Sorry, there’s a wait list for that time-slot.” Give me the best professor you have for that subject, let him or her create the best lecture, and let me learn from that. Give me a lower cost because you only need one professor per subject, and you don’t need a physical classroom for these classes. We have new technology that can completely transform our learning experience. Let’s explore what it can do. I’m the paying customer. I should get the service I want. -Jeremy Brubacher, fourth-year commerce
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UWSA candidates ‘very tricky’
ALLEGATIONS OF PLAGIARISM AND MISCONDUCT MIRE GENERAL ELECTION NATASHAMARAR editor-in-chief __________________________
Ward. “That’s the route I’d like to take, to see if we can work it out ourselves.”
s University of Windsor students head to the polls today, election officials are investigating an unauthorized YouTube video by a presidential candidate featuring uncredited university-produced footage.
“I’m trying to give her the benefit of the doubt,” added Ward. “[But] it is for a paid position that she’s going after.”
University of Windsor Students’ Alliance board member Priya Das, who is running for president in this week’s general election, uploaded a campaign video Sunday featuring clips spliced from several videos created by the school’s Public Affairs and Communications department. Holly Ward, chief communications officer, was unaware of the video until The Lance brought it to her attention. She said Das didn’t obtain permission from her department to use the footage. “We haven’t had many requests for (video footage), but it would be a request through our office. We certainly appreciate a credit at the end because it is footage we have produced or have paid for.” “I’ve e-mailed her because I’m not sure she understands that’s University of Windsor footage and she needs to ask for permission before it’s used,” said
Ebenezer Fordjour, chief returning officer, said he was also unaware of Das’ video, but all campaign material, such as videos and posters, must be approved before being released. “[The election policy] doesn’t really have anything specific in regards to [plagiarizing] ... I would have to look at it on a case-per-case basis,” said Fordjour, who will be submitting the video to the Electoral Monitoring Committee for investigation. Regarding election violations, Fordjour said, “We received a couple of complaints and a couple of appeals as a result of decisions that were made. No one has been specifically disqualified.” When asked if she is concerned the uncredited video contravenes elections policy on fairness and democracy, Das said, “That’s not up to me, right? You’d have to check the elections policy. In my opinion, I wouldn’t have uploaded it if I didn’t think it was fair to the other students.”
“The whole point of that video having so much footage of students, the university and events ... was to make sure the students know that it’s not really about me, that their vote is a vote for themselves. When I hopefully get elected ... it will be about the students.” “Ebenezer, I’m sure he’s seen it, hasn’t said anything about it yet. I don’t feel there’s a problem with it so far,” said Das, who doesn’t intend on taking the video down but mentioned she’s willing to add a citation if required. “If people have a problem with me really illustrating what the university is all about, perhaps they have another problem on their mind.” When told that an executive candidate had released a video with unreferenced footage, presidential candidate Sami Habib said, “It’s reflective on your character. ... are you trying to work hard to get the position because you want that position, title or name, or are you trying to work hard to have students believe and you and have a change come to campus.” Rob Crawford, another vying for presidency, was unaware of the online video, which has garnered over 300 views. “Students will recognize those things and people who may not be using their own ideas, and
hopefully they will make the right decision when they go out and vote,” said Crawford. Das isn’t the only candidate using unoriginal campaign materials. Numerous candidates have described cases in which their platforms are being recycled, but most are not filing official complaints with the CRO. Crawford said elements of his platform were lifted by others but he isn’t pursuing action. “I tried to keep my platform secret until the all candidates forum because I didn’t want people to copy my ideas.” President candidate Caroline Jacobson doesn’t intend on submitting a complaint after she claims another candidate recited her platform “word-for-word” during a classroom talk. “We put a lot of time and effort into creating these platforms, so it’s really upsetting to have that work plagiarized.” Jacobson said she’s adjusted her class talks schedule to do them alongside the candidate in question to discourage him. “There’s nothing in our election policy about people using other people’s ideas,” said Mohammad Akbar, UWSA vice-president university affairs. He agreed that the practice is plagiarism, but said he wouldn’t
report such acts to the CRO. “I would submit a non-academic misconduct (through the university), but that would be extreme.” Fordjour remarked that UWSA election policies need to be revised. “Candidates are very tricky and smart at working around [election policies] in terms of its wording, so it’s kind of hard to lay the law down,” he said, “When the policies were made, social media wasn’t a very big thing so there is definitely a need for the policies to be updated.” Plagiarizing campaign platforms is a problem that runs deep in student politics. Current UWSA president Kimberly Orr ran unsuccessfully for the vicepresident administration position in 2010. It was discovered she copied text verbatim from the Facebook page of Mike Tithecott, a student candidate in Western University’s undergrad elections at the time. “It just goes to show candidates’ knowledge about the university and the policies in the UWSA,” remarked Jacobson. “I think it’s unfortunate for the students because they are trying to elect someone based on their values ... and it’s hard for students to see what they’re values are if they are plagiarizing university material.”
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Idle No More future focus of campus talk
A teach-in at Windsor Law this Thursday will examine the past, present and future of the Idle No More movement • photo courtesy Andrea Landry
FAIZAMIRZA news editor __________________________
indsor Law is holding a teach-in session on March 28 to discuss the history and future significance of the Idle No More movement. The discussion, Idle Know More, will touch on the history of treaties and treaty rights in Canada, future of the movement, the areas of legislation in Bill C-45 affecting the environment and how Idle No more isn’t just an indigenous movement. Andrea Landry, a speaker at the session and social justice and communications student at the University of Windsor, thinks Idle No More is creating a brighter for future generations, whether indigenous or not. Landry represented North America at the Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Youth, co-ordinated through the United Nations Secretariat. The surface of the issues, she said, skims in the realms of safe drinking water, rights to traditional livelihoods, right to traditional land bases and, most importantly, the right to be consulted in a variety of ways for any changes that effects indigenous homes. “The Idle No More movement
to me means more than just what it appears to be on the surface— an indigenous rights movement. The reality is, it’s a human rights issue. Idle No More may have started in Saskatchewan but we now see it growing on the global scale,” said Landry. “Idle No More to me is more than just a movement, it’s a prophecy.”
What I hope comes out of all this work is the high pressure from United Nations systems to eventually have a heavy impact on the Canadian government to complete necessary work in the realm of indigenous human rights -ANDREALANDRY, SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDENT
Jasminka Kalajdzic, Windsor Law professor and moderator of Thursday’s session said, “Idle No More is a vehicle for bridging the gap that still divides our two nations. First Nations and non-indigenous Canadians need and want to better understand each other.”
for people to understand the significance of this movement because it has to do with the fabric of their country and their constitution. Canada is moving too close to a fascist state and they are doing it because the majority have grown indifferent to politics.”
Landry shared her experiences holding a similar teach-in session during a recently visited New Zealand. “In New Zealand, I had the opportunity to meet with Māori [indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand] individuals to discuss the Idle No More movement and why it is integral that these discussions were taking place on the global indigenous agenda.”
Kechego, who will speak alongside Landry Thursday, said fascism may sound radical and unbelievable, but he wants people to question themselves on what fascism means and then examine what kind of legislation Canada has pushed and the processes those laws have gone through.
The experience filled Landry with hope, passion and the interest to keep on advancing the message forward in a variety of international platforms. Jody Kechego, political policy analyst for Union of Ontario Indians, said, “It is important
Landry recognized the importance of providing distinct and specific recommendations to governments and United Nations systems after attending the Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Youth. “By ensuring that the global stage knows of the lack of work from the Canadian government on the missing and murdered Aboriginal Women’s Inquiry in Cana-
da, and bringing the names and voices of the women who are often left dead on our highways forward within the United Nations, there is immense spiritual strength that derives from it,” said Landry. Landry believes spiritual strength lies in the fact that indigenous voices are being represented and taken very seriously at the international level, and the efforts are being honoured. “What I hope comes out of all this work is the high pressure from United Nations systems to eventually have a heavy impact on the Canadian government to complete necessary work in the realm of indigenous human rights. The more indigenous peoples educate others on the on-goings in Canada, the higher the impact will become,” said Landry. Kechego, however, believes the Idle No More movement is unpredictable because it is guided by human spirit to do what
is right and just. At the same time, he also believes it will be a long summer for Canada as a country and a significant time in history. According to Landry, what we see now in the Idle No More is educating others and unity being built between indigenous and non-indigenous people. This unity and education will eventually begin to formulate a higher mass becoming involved in political activism and fighting for human rights. “The partnership will also aid in the development of a positive relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada as stereotypes will hopefully become dismantled and colonial thought patterns will deconstruct,” said Landry. __________________________ Idle Know More teach-in takes place March 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Moot Court in the law building. In addition to Landry and Kechego, the session will include speakers Lorraine Land, a Toronto Aboriginal rights and environment lawyer, and Tara Williamson, a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation from Swan Lake, Man.
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UWindsor law students propose tuition reduction JONLIEDTKE associate news editor __________________________
Windsor Law student upset with the high cost of tuition is taking his qualms to the Law Union of Ontario. Second-year law student Chris Rudnicki has written a paper for the provincial union citing that the greatest barrier to affordable and accessible legal education is tuition. “We always gripe about it, but nobody really knows the history of it. For that project, I researched what the driver of tuition fees were over time and what they were historically,” said Rudnicki, who submitted freedom of information requests pertaining to the cost of tuition and expenses at Windsor’s law school.
Rudnicki discovered that in 1978 tuition was $785 per semester; today it stands at $7,500. “The principal drivers have been government austerity, both at the federal and provincial level. In 1994, the Liberal government under (Prime Minister Jean) Chrétien cut education transfers significantly … and that forced provincial governments to cut back on their ability to spend on education,” said Rudnicki. Deregulation under Premier Mike Harris allowed for professional programs to increase at an unregulated rate until the policy was reversed and a limit was put in place. “Windsor Law’s tuition is actually very reasonable by Ontario standards,” said Camille Cameron, dean of Wind-
sor Law. “At some point just before it was decided that there would be a freeze on the extent to which law schools could raise their tuition … some law schools increased their tuition quite dramatically.” “Windsor law specifically, explicitly [and] consciously resisted doing that [because] they understand that while tuition has to go up to help pay the costs of the complex institutions that modern universities are, there’s also an access issue,” said Cameron. Rudnicki sees the debt as a major influence on graduates’ future career choices. “Many students come in and they have debt from their undergrad, from their college degrees … and then they tack on the law school debt,” explained Rudnicki. “With this debt load,
they make a decision that they need to make as much money as possible, which closes doors that students might want to pursue.” First-year law student Alexis Chernish echoed this sentiment and explained that the high cost of tuition paired with academic demands “changes what type of law you want to get into.” “Things that I’m interested in, like social justice law, don’t pay very well and it’s very easy to look at corporate law that pays a starting wage of $80,000 a year,” said Chernish. “Economically, it’s hard when you’re in law school, but when you’re planning for your future you can be persuaded to look at different types of law.”
mitted to either lowering or freezing the cost of tuition. “The board of governors has the capacity to freeze tuition fees or lower them,” said Rudnicki. “I don’t think that we’re in a position to lower tuition fees at this very second, but I think they could freeze them and remain financially solvent, at least for the foreseeable future. We have power here, [and] too often students [accept] the status quo. Without us this university wouldn’t exist, and if we wanted to, we could bring this university to the ground and if we need to, I think we should, in order to lower tuition fees.”
Rudnicki has started Students for Affordable Legal Education, a Facebook group com-
Windsor entrepreneurs launch social network site FAIZAMIRZA news editor __________________________
wo Windsor entrepreneurs with dreams of going up against the likes of Google and Facebook launched a public beta of a new social network last week. Chris Anderson, owner of Astral Social, and James Henderson, owner of Razzlewood Business Solutions, teamed up to create a social platform connecting users with like-minded people to discover products. Anderson, a third-year Odette School of Business student, and Henderson, a 2010 Laurentian University graduate, are funding the project through their own money and private investment. “About four or five months
ago, I was toying with some ideas for my next startup and I kind of ended up settling on the idea that ended up becoming Easify. I paired up with James around late December or early January,” said Anderson. Easify is a social network which allows people to discover and share new products and it does it differently than other networks by pairing people with similar interests. Easify’s vision is to help people find the products that they want as fast as possible. “It is an interesting take and a little bit different from what everyone else is doing in terms of discovering. That is what we are doing right now and in nine to 12 months we would like to be adding a buying and selling platform so that people would not only be able to discover and share these products but would
actually be able to purchase them,” added Anderson. Henderson, who has over 10 years of experience in software development, explained the mechanics of the website. “We want to make it easier for our users to discover and find new interest and products. If someone is interested in a particular song or a group and they start talking about it, we will recognize that they have similar interest in music. After that, the website will find for me a new CD that came out [signifying that] you are going to really like it.” According to Henderson, Easify works by making projections on new products that are coming out to “make it easier for users to buy stuff online.” Easify’s business model is simple: Anderson looks after
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the product design, actual culture, marketing and running of the company, and Henderson heads up all the development. “We work in tandem that way, where I come up with something and James and I will design it and then James will build it. I will figure out how to get people to use it and James will do everything else to make sure that we do it properly,” said Anderson. It’s a lofty goal, but Anderson and Henderson aim to develop the next billion dollar technology company coming out of Windsor and Canada. “You hear about the Facebooks, Googles and Yahoos but they are all in the States. You don’t hear something like that coming out of Canada. The question we need to ask ourselves is why? We have all
the great talent and all the same resources here so why can’t we start something like that here in Windsor and Ontario?” asked Anderson. Easify was able to attract 50 users on the first day of its launch, however, the founders “are just letting people in very slowly to see what they think.” According to Mitchell Brothers, one of the first users of the website, the overall user interface is “really good and clean.” “With so many social media sites out there, Easify brings everything together and with its many great features along with its clean design. It’s set up for people to want to use it daily,” said Brothers. For further details log on to easify.it.
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Tory budget focuses on jobs, balancing budget $795 MILLION MEASURES TO ‘CONNECT CANADIANS WITH AVAILABLE JOBS’ JANELYTVYNENKO CUP Ottawa Bureau Chief __________________________ OTTAWA (CUP) — Wearing brand new budget shoes, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced Economic Action Plan 2013 on March 21. Titled “Jobs, Growth, and Economic Prosperity,” the budget introduces market-oriented skills training, job creation measures and aims to balance the books by 2015. However, the opposition is not optimistic the Tories can keep their budget promises. “These predictions are wrong,” said Thomas Mulcair, leader of the New Democratic Party. “That’s what we’ve constantly seen.” Toronto MP Bob Rae also disliked the budget, calling it “the same old propaganda.” “It has very unlikely targets as to where the revenue picture is going to go over the next couple of years,” said Rae. “It’s a rhetorical document, it’s an excursive of political relic.” One of the main features of the budget is the Canada Jobs Grant. The program would
provide job seekers with $5,000 for skills training, which the federal government hopes would be matched by an additional $10,000 from provincial governments and employers. The grant will create opportunities for apprentices and provide support to underrepresented groups, such as youth and aboriginals, to help them find employment. However, Rae said the government could do more for the unemployed Canadians. “There’s no new money, it’s money that’s going to be delayed for several years, it’s money that now requires an equal amount from provinces and employers,” he said. “It’s actually a whole lot less when you consider the size and extent of employment.” Businesses who can provide skills training— such as community and career colleges— will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 dollars per person of that grant. The businesses’ and provinces’ contributions will have to match the federal government. The program will be finalized after renewal negotiations of the Labour Market
Development Agreements in 2014–15 with the provinces and territories. Flaherty said he can’t guarantee all provinces will sign off on the grant, but remains optimistic about the plan. “[The Conservatives] listen to businesses and persons who are unemployed,” said Flaherty. “We have a problem and we have to fix it. I think the provincial governments will listen to … employers.” Adam Awad, chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students, said while the grant is a step in the right direction it’s not enough for students. He was disappointed with the budget and felt like the government could do more to address the student issues. “It’s definitely disappointing; it doesn’t do much for students at all,” said Awad. “It doesn’t address the main issues of debt and access to education.” “Canadian businesses are ... failing to provide this training regardless; it’s not the government’s responsibility to pay businesses to do their own job. It would have been much better
to provide that funding directly into the education system.” In addition to the Canada Jobs Grant, the government announced promotion of education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and skilled trades, all of which are considered high-demand. As a part of the grant, $19 million over two years will be reallocated to informing youth about those fields of study and the career opportunities stemming from them. The budget does not provide details of where the funding will be reallocated from. A total of $70 million over three years will be invested in 5,000 paid internships for recent post-secondary graduates. They will be added on to the 3,000 internships already created with Economic Action plan 2012. The Canadian Youth Business foundation will receive $18 million over two years if the foundation can raise $15 million to match the federal funding. The non-profit organization works with young entrepreneurs develop their business by providing mentorship, advice and other resources.
The government hopes this will help the foundation become self-sustainable. Awad said the funds to help youth gain employment are not “addressing the main concern.” The government has also allocated money for research which will involve undergraduate students. Research funding will see $37 million per year to support partnerships with industry though the granting councils, including an additional $12 million annually for the College and Community Innovation program. The CCIP supports collaboration between colleges and industry on research projects. The granting councils will expand eligibility for their undergraduate and industrial internships and scholarships to students who are enrolled in college bachelor programs. Awad added the primary issue is student debt as student are “unable to take risks” once they graduate because of the money they owe. “While the money for the apprenticeship programs and grants are better than nothing, its nowhere near what needs to happen,” said Awad..”
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WE ARE FORD CITY (Friday, April 5 @ 6 p.m., Hiram Walker Wiser’s Reception Centre) Ford City Redevelopment Committee presents “We Are Ford City,” a video premiere for a short film shot in the spring of 2012 in Windsor’s Ford City, which captures the vibrant history of the neighbourhood. The single “Home” by local talent Jody Raffoul will feature an acoustic set as info booths boast of Ford City’s strengths, assets, renewal projects and connections with community members. There will also be presentations by Windsor’s Poet Laureate, Marty Gervais, and University of Windsor digital journalism students. (fordcity.ca, $5 ADV, $7 ATG)
MONTREAL (CUP) — Last spring on March 22, the first of what became a monthly day of protest, 200,000 people took to the streets of Montreal to protest a cumulative $1,625 tuition hike. No arrests were made and Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois marched alongside students denouncing the Liberal’s tuition hike. On March 22 of this year, 300 people gathered to denounce the most recent proposed tuition increase— the Marois government’s five-year $70 indexation. The protest ended in 10 minutes.
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“Ten minutes and more than 200 arrested,” said one demonstrator seated inside a public transport bus after he was formally searched, arrested and cuffed with plastic zip ties. More than 200 demonstrators were arrested and handed down fines $637 for violating a municipal bylaw enacted last spring at the height of the unlimited general student strike. Phillipe Brochu, a CEGEP Saint Laurent student was one of the 200 arrested. He said it was his second arrest. Erin Hudson — CUP Quebec Bureau Chief
University of Alberta protesters rally for action on post-secondary funding
THE STANDSTILLS LIVE (Friday, March 29 @9:30p.m., The Room Nite Club) Popular rock band The Standstills return to Windsor to bring songs from their latest album Pushing Electric along with many other of their favourites. Radio’s Mark McKenzie also presents special guests The Fisherkings and Southern Comfort for a night of great music, a few drinks and, with luck, great company. (theroomnightclub.ca, $10 ADV, $13 ATG, 19+) SPACES BETWEEN,THE ARTWORK OF JOSÉ SEOANE (Until Saturday, April 6, @ 12p.m. - 5p.m., SB Contemporary Art) SB Contemporary Art presents Spaces Between, a solo-exhibition by José Seoane. The exhibit reflects on the struggle between two different worlds with large abstract works. Symbolic walls of art with repeated dualistic questions regarding notions of transculturation and cultural identity represented in his practice have a large influence from his native country Cuba. Seoane teaches at the University of Windsor’s School of Visual Arts and has an extensive international exhibition record; his work is in numerous corporate and private collections, extending from the gallery to mural and site-based interventions. (sbcontemporaryart.com, free)
EDMONTON (CUP) — Upwards of 500 protestors marched from the University of Alberta campus to the Alberta legislature March 15, rallying in support of the newly formed Coalition for Action on Post-Secondary Education. The protest was in response to the Alberta government’s March 7 announcement that post-secondary institutions will receive a 6.8 per cent cut to the Campus Alberta grant in place of last year’s promised two per cent increase.
Windsor/Detroit from space
Event organizer and board of governors representative Brent Kelly said the budget cut is the final straw in a long line of government missteps regarding postsecondary education, noting that it was high time students threw their voices into the mix.
“Detroit and Windsor, where Michigan meets Ontario. Spiderwebs of light expanding out from the dark river border.” Taken by Col. Chris Hadfield, mission specialist on STS-74 and Commander of Expedition 35 on the International Space Station. He arrived at the station on Dec. 21 as the first Canadian to command the ISS. (Photo: Col. Chris Hadfield)
“We need to be spreading the message that we’re not going to accept cuts to post-secondary education here in Alberta,” he said. “We’ve been accepting all sorts of different kinds of cuts for decades now— we’re tired of it. Cuts to postsecondary education are cuts to our future.” Michelle Mark — The Gateway (University of Alberta)
? Are you voting in the UWSA election? BRITTANY MILLER
student @ UWindsor
student @ UWindsor
I don’t know who half of these people are.
I know a few people and they’re bugging me to vote.
Yeah, only because a friend is running otherwise I wouldn’t. I’m generally not interested in politics.
Yes, I’m part of the UWSA and I believe that people should have a voice.
student @ UWindsor
student @ UWindsor
• photo courtesy Six Shooter Records
Local ambassadors Elliott Brood
JUNO FAVOURITE DEATH COUNTRY BAND ARE TAKING THE COUNTRY BY STORM
don’t necessarily sing about the happiest things ... It’s dark lyrical content with upbeat music, really
MARKSASSO, ELLIOTT BROOD
FROM COVER u However, he and bandmates Casey Laforet and Stephen Pitkin are getting ready to work on their next album, after a run of touring 2011’s Days into Years. The album was their first with Paper Bag Records, and earned them a spot on this year’s Sasquatch line-up. The trio are also entertaining another Juno nomination this year for best roots and traditional album from a group. Elliott Brood formed in 2002 when Sasso and Laforet met in Toronto after growing up in Windsor. They’ve been
steadily playing since then, carving out a niche for themselves that has allowed them to focus only on their music. “It’s about being able to play the right places and have the right booking agents,” said Sasso, adding that it’s also very helpful to be able to sell records. But with experience also comes the impulse to tone things down a bit. “We’re getting older and I was just saying to the guys, ‘I can’t yell and scream forever.’” Sasso suspects that the next album might be a slightly softer sound than
their previous four albums. However, he won’t know for sure until they actually arrive into the recording studio. Sasso prefers letting the vibe of the room make the decision rather than forcing one for him.
Toronto, Sasso and Laforet spent their formative years in Windsor, where Sasso also went to university and worked at local campus radio station CJAM. “[Windsor] has my heart,” he said.
The new album has come together while the band takes breaks from their extensive touring schedule. For Elliott Brood, being on the road is a time to focus on the experience of playing live. At home, where they can be inspired by life and art, all three band members can work on songs.
The band manages to play several dates in Windsor a year, so they know to expect a good time in front of the hometown crowd. “We always just let loose and interact,” said Sasso. “We kind of see it as a house party. We have some kitchen chats and play some good music.”
“I see it as doodling down ideas,” said Sasso. He and Laforet often come up with the skeletons of a song, but it’s the trio that bring it to fully realized life. The band clearly values its ability to be flexible. “There is no structure, no set in stone way of recording or writing.” Despite the promise of bigger things ahead, Windsor shows always hold a special place in the hearts of Elliott Brood. Though the band formed in
In the end, good music is really what it’s about for Sasso and the rest of Elliott Brood, not the taxonomic classification of their music. “Who knows what anything is really?” Sasso laughed. “We just want to play good music … and entertain people.”
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Montreal’s band East End Radicals performing last Friday • photo Jon Liedtke
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East End Radicals
JONLIEDTKE features editor __________________________
ontreal punk band the East End Radicals have recently completed a three-and-a-half week tour across the country with self-described “Scottish-pride filled pub-punk rock” group The Real McKenzies. East End Radicals, who are signed to Montreal-based Stomp Records, embody the punk rock motif of opposing the status quo. Their new album Carry On is described by the band as “a wild, raucous and unapologetic middle finger salute to authority, oppression and the status quo in general.” The four-piece play powerful political songs in a time when many others don’t want to rock the boat. The Lance’s Jon Liedtke laced up his chucks, zipped up his leathers and caught up with lead vocalist/guitarist Scott Douglas after a show last Friday in Sarnia. J.L.: You’ve been on tour for the past while, how has that been? S.D.: We’ve been having a great time. We went out to British Columbia and Alberta with The Real McKenzies and did a lot of shows out there with them. It was our first time out there and we had a great time. J.L.: So what’s it like to be on the road
and travelling city to city to perform? S.D.: It’s fantastic [and] it’s a lot of fun. There’s a lot of hard stuff that comes with it, but that’s beside the point. It’s always the hard stuff during the day and you get to play the show at night, have a great time and it makes up for all that other stuff. J.L.: How has the reception been to your band and music? S.D.: It’s been really good. We’ve been really fortunate that we’ve been with The Real McKenzies ... and to open up for them to big crowds. People seem to like it a lot, so it’s been fun in that sense. J.L.: Is there a message to your music? S.D.: I like to think so, it’s mainly about trying to be positive. Most people tend to be narcissistic or condescending or sarcastic a lot of the times, and we’re not really interested in that. We try to be positive and about doing things on our own … that’s our message for the most part. J.L.: So what’s coming up for East End Radicals in the future? S.D.: We just finished this tour and then we’ve got the summer coming up, so more shows, write some new songs, and record a new album.
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Over the Darkened do you Landscape plays with concur? Canadian history SELLING IT WITH SEX
erryl Murphy’s Canadian roots are a prominent aspect of his work.
The Saskatoon author’s most recent release, Over the Darkened Landscape, published this past November, brings together 13 short stories that span his career. The collection ranges from science fiction to horror and fantasy and embraces and twists Canadian culture in creative and inventive ways.
The diverse characters in Murphy’s stories pull in readers, and, though for only a short time, bring the audience into a unique world that is at the same time strikingly familiar. In Body Solar, the reader takes a trip through the stars with a character named Simon— a trip that could realistically one day be possible. Mixing in everyday politics and playing off humanity’s deep-seated desire to touch the stars, the reader is transported to a world very similar to our own, then jettisoned into one that is at present only a fantasy. Murphy mentioned that he likes to take either everyday or surreal situations and lend “them a twist of the fantastic.” Tales such as Clink Clank and The Day Michael Visited Happy Lake, for example, bring back childhood memories in very different ways.
There’s a saying that’s been going around the Internet for the past while and it’s quite apt: “If your product was any good, you wouldn’t need sexism to sell it.” This quote slipped into my mind as I was driving down Walker Road and saw a new billboard for radio station The Rock.
SHAZIAESMAIL The Sheaf (CUP) __________________________
In the story Canadaland for instance, Murphy pokes fun at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s contract with Disney— a five-year licensing agreement that the Mounties held at one time with the company. In Cold Ground, Murphy transforms rebellion leader Louis Riel into a mystical messiah.
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The Day Michael Visited Happy Lake makes readers think of a time when they played with dolls, talked to stuffed animals or dreamed of adventures in places that only existed in stories. Clink Clank, on the other hand, reminds one of things that go bump in the night and the plausible — yet unlikely— explanations for what could cause them. Murphy, who knew he wanted to be an author from a young age, said his inspirations come from various places, including the environment around him as well as images in his mind. In cases like Northwest Passage, a story about the past and present colliding, Murphy’s inspiration came from his personal connection with his grandfather. Murphy adapts his writing style to each story, often switching from first-person to third-person narrative. Sometimes he employs an entirely unique perspective, like in Over the Darkened Landscape, a story told from the point of a dog, Pat. Murphy displays a finesse and flair for stretching the imagination and transporting readers to a whole new world filled with endless possibilities.
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The billboard features the text “We’re Back. Real Rock,” which takes up two-thirds of the ad, while the remaining third features a photograph of a woman taken from behind, standing topless, wearing formfitting jeans. Using the female form is an age old trick in advertising. It draws the attention of potential customers— namely males— and this is exactly what advertising managers seek to do.
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What this advertisement truly demonstrates is what The Rock’s target demographic is: those interested in seeing such an advertisement.
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What does a topless woman have to do with The Rock or radio more generally? Absolutely nothing. Robert Jensen and Sut Jhally are both pro-feminist cultural critics and the two of them have accused mass media and advertising in general of promoting the objectification of women to help promote goods and services. It’s hard to disagree with this claim when it comes to The Rock’s new advertisement. It has also been argued that there are numerous negative consequences with this form of advertising strategy, including women feeling inadequate in comparison to models, unrealistic expectations by men of how women should look or behave, stereotyping of women which limits their societal or career opportunities, psychological disorders (body dysmorphic disorder, anorexia, bulimia), acceptance of such forms of advertising and a potential increase in the likelihood and acceptance of sexual violence.
Mudpuppy: Spring Photo Show Mudpuppy Gallery Spaces Between: José Seoane SB Contemporary Gallery, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Stereotronique The Boom Boom Room, 9 p.m.
BURN Detroit Firefighter Documentary SilverCity Windsor FRIDAY MARCH 29 Mudpuppy: Spring Photo Show Mudpuppy Gallery Spaces Between: José Seoane SB Contemporary Gallery, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. The Stig wsg Radio Free Universe & Travis Reitsma Laver FM Lounge, 10 p.m. The Standstills wsg The Fisher Kings & Southern Discomfort The Room, 8:30 p.m., $10 adv. $13 atg. SATURDAY MARCH 30 Mudpuppy: Spring Photo Show Mudpuppy Gallery Spaces Between: José Seoane SB Contemporary Gallery, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
I don’t believe that The Rock is out to neither harm women, limit their opportunities or stereotype them, but were simply trying to increase their ratings and listenership through an advertising campaign. Did they think of the drawbacks and negative attention from this ad campaign? Potentially. If they did, they weighed the pros and the cons, and as the age old adage goes, “no press is bad press.”
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If these types of advertisements are ever going to be a thing of the past, we as members of society must remain vigilant in pointing them out, criticizing them and boldly stating that we will not accept them.
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Windsor was ranked as one of the seven most intelligent communities in the world by Intelligent Community Forum in 2011. It’s time that we start acting like it and demanding that advertisers treat us residents as such.
pq trendingm TILDA SWINTON SLEEPS IN A BOX AT MoMA
INMATES ESCAPE VIA HIJACKED HELICOPTER
Actor Tilda Swinton surprised everyone by surfacing at the museum unannounced inside a glass box. The performance piece, called “The Maybe,” is taking place at MoMA randomly throughout the year, at different undisclosed locations throughout the building. The beloved Moonrise Kingdom star is snoozing in a second floor gallery, tucked away in her box behind large video screens showing Scottish artist Douglas Gordon’s “Play Dead; Real Time.”
Just to prove that Canadian’s live the action movies Americans make, two inmates broke out of a Quebec prison today by climbing a rope to a hijacked helicopter hovering above the jail’s yard. Quebec provincial police later arrested three people 30 miles from St. Jerome Prison. The pilot was hired for a tour Sunday afternoon by two people. Once in the air, one of the passengers put a gun to the pilot’s head, forcing him to fly to the prison for the coolest escape ever.
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FILM REVIEW : BURN
Waiting for the phoenix to rise
Detroit firefighters take the heat in a new documentary showing in Windsor theatres • photo detroitfirefilm.org
JOLIEINTHAVONG multimedia editor __________________________
urn: A Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit is a visually stunning and emotionally captivating glimpse at the people who fight a neverending fury in their hometown. The film, which debuted in Windsor on Friday, follows a year in the life of the Detroit Fire Department, specifically the men of Engine Company 50. The men of E50 are present throughout the entirety of the film, offering their own accounts of the day to day. This makes the narrative quite daunting in terms of initial comprehension, but eventu-
ally the plot and the message becomes cohesive when it focuses on more in-depth reports of the lives of three men directly involved in E50: firefighter Brendan Milewski, field engine operator David Parnell and current Detroit Fire commissioner Donald R. Austin. In the 1950s, Detroit was home to 1.8 million citizens, now, only 713,000 remain in the Motor City. With a reported 30 structure fires per day, Detroit has the highest arson rates, not only in the U.S. but around the world. If the numbers alone are not enough to shake your confidence in this once great city, the accompanying visuals will surely do the job. With a combination
of local news footage and HD helmet cameras, every image presented captures the awesome intensity of the elements and the inevitable sadness that follows. The Detroit the film shows is literally a city on fire, burning from the inside out. Each department must respond to fire calls despite the lack of manpower and equipment necessary to protect them. With boots patched with duct tape and worn out fire coats, these firefighters are clearly not doing it for the money. More startling than the number of infernos in Motown is the astonishingly low $30,000 (USD) starting salary, and there hasn’t been a wage increase in 10 years. The City of Detroit’s budget cuts loom
STEPHENHARGREVAES managing editor ______________________
JAREDPOLLEN lance writer __________________________
Depeche Mode’s 13th album, Delta Machine, hit digital and physical music shops Tuesday. The feel is that that we have come to expect from DM: David Ghan’s crooning is like tar and glitter, a Nick Cave that you can take to the pop-charts. The lyrical sleaze/salvation motif that he found in the barrel of a syringe in the 90s has proven harder to kick for Ghan than the heroin. The classic analog machinery that the band started with in the late 70s and retuned to with 2009’s Sounds of the Universe is back and Martin Gore proves that he is not only a competent songsmith but also still a master of tones, textures, layers and sound. Gore finds a comfortable balance between the dark industrial of the trio’s 90s offerings and the bright synth-pop of their boy band heyday, though the society of sulk makes sure to shut out any glimmer of cheer. Delta Machine is also the most guitar free album for the boys since their first strung up and strung out album, 1989’s Violator. Like many bands raised in an era when people listened to records cover to cover Depeche Mode still deliver a cohesive package of songs that ebb and flow, with waves of lush polyphony breaking against minimalism. And when you ignore some of the cheesier lyrical content, the album seems a prophetic soundtrack to a dimly lit, slightly intoxicated evening in bed with a friend. Delta Machine may be a better album than Sounds of the Universe and that was their best in 20 years.
Executive producer Dennis Leary, who played a firefighter in HBO’s Rescue Me and is a volunteer firefighter himself, played a large role in securing funds through the film’s very successful Kickstarter campaign. The film was finished in time to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival at the tail end of 2012. Since then, screenings have been scheduled all over the U.S. and in parts of Canada in an effort to raise money for the remaining costs of post-production and, most importantly, for Leary’s recently established charitable fund, The Leary Firefighters Foundation.
The message is clear: the Detroit Fire Department is in desperate need, but there is still another overarching lesson that should be gleaned from all of this. Watch and learn. There are men and women working in the public service sector in cities and towns all over the world who may need your help. Take these facts and look into what is being done where you live. The truth might be more startling than you could have ever imagined. __________________________ Burn: A Year on the Front Lines in the Battle to Save Detroit is currently screening at SilverCity in Windsor until March 28.
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throughout the film, showing a city unlikely to uncover a happy ending.
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The 20/20 Experience
Timberlake is looking to both the past and future of pop music and attempting to marry the modern with its progenitors from the 50s and 60s. The aesthetic that Timberlake has adopted was evident in his sepia-washed performance at the Grammys, which featured a live band and J.T. foregoing choreographed dance and standing firmly behind a vintage microphone. While this could have been dismissed as trending nostalgia, the new album’s sound has revealed an effort to find a contemporary admixture of the intimate, ballroom pop of Sinatra and Martin with the corporate, stadium pop of the 1980s. What’s truly remarkable about The 20/20 Experience is how damn good it is coming from an artist who voluntarily suspended songwriting and turned away from the music industry for over half a decade. Compared to Future Sex/Love Sounds’ robotic, bass-laden club jams, 20/20 displays far more baroque instrumentation, such as acoustically rendered string and horn sections, Disneyesque glissandos, scorching metal guitar solos (á la M.J.’s Beat It) and deep neo-soul vamps. With nine of the 12 tracks exceeding six minutes in length, one would expect the album to bloat, but its elaborate composition and dense production allow the record to hold its virility. Overall, the work displays a maturity and commitment to expand the form that is rarely seen in corporately invested music. It is territory that few pop artists would be willing to tread. No current pop artist deserves as much recognition for their efforts as that curly haired kid who used to be in N’SYNC.
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Lien Phillip heralded as all-Canadian LANCERS REBOUND SENSATION RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY
Lien Phillip was awarded second-team all-Canadian status during CIS semifinals • photo Edwin Tam
KIMELLIOTT lance writer __________________________
years at Windsor. His dedication, work ethic and passion are all exceptional,” said coach Chris Oliver.
ancers rebounding sensation Lien Phillip was awarded second-team all-Canadian status at Carleton University during the CIS semifinals.
Oliver recruited the native of the Caribbean Sea island nation of Grenada, when he met him playing post-secondary ball at a prep school in Pittsburg, PA.
Despite being relegated to postseason status earlier than expected, the 2012-13 OUA MVP Phillip got some court time at the CIS Championships at the Big 8 Tournament in Ottawa. “It is a deserving recognition, not just based on stats but more so because of the person and leader he has become over his
Oliver was impressed with his records in double-doubles, where Philips averaged 14.9 points and 12 rebounds while shooting an astounding 48.7 per cent in two point range and a respectable 24 per cent in three-point range. The understated Phillip said, “Receiving the award is pretty
good, but it would have been nicer to receive it if my team was there with me. ... Our motto this year has been ‘one team, one family,’ and we are always there with and for one another.” Philips credits his teammates and coaches for not only being there on the court, but in all aspects of his life. “From day one the team and coaches have helped me, even when things weren’t going good. I like that we really set the bar high for each other but also encourage and support one another in attaining our goals. If things weren’t going well for me in a game or with my fam-
ily life, they will always say ‘come Lien, we need you, let’s get going.’” Although Phillip co-lead his team in victories over Division one schools in the preseason and to a first place finish in the OUA West, it was the backto-back losses in the OUA final four that were he and the team’s only regrets this year. Philip attributed both losses entirely to the loss of co-captain Josh Collins to an ankle injury the week of the final four in Toronto. “Josh is the true leader of our team and losing him down stretch was like losing 50 per cent of the team. He not only
scores and distributes the ball very well on offence, he directs on the floor defensively and that’s where we simply could not get the job done without him,” said Phillip. Philip is motivated to return for another— potentially final— shot at winning the OUA Wilson Cup and the national CIS McGee Crown. “Josh [Collins], Enricho [Diloreto] and myself will be back for our fifth year, we came here together for that reason and next year will plan to get it done for sure. I am so glad I came to Windsor … I would do it all again.”
Express in driver’s seat over Storm KIMELLIOTT lance writer __________________________
he Windsor Express took game one, 114-112, over the Summerside Storm in the National Basketball League of Canada semifinals in Prince Edward Island. In a three of five game series that starts on the road, the goal for the away team is to try steal the second and come back to finish them off at home before going back on the road for the deciding fifth game. The Storm may have thought Windsor was resigned to this recipe when they looked in
their review mirror and saw the Express trailing in their dust by as much as 30 points in the first half before the they switched tracks to snatch the victory away from them. “We came out here with the objective to win at least one game and we asked ourselves why not the first one,” said Express head coach Bill Jones. “They had us down by 30 at one point in the first half … with the score 70-47 after the first two quarters, but we never gave up.” Express newcomer DeAndre Thomas scored the winning two-pointer with seconds left in regulation time. Darren
Duncan’s dazzling triple-triple was what really got it done for the Express. Of his 33 points, Duncan’s three-pointer and two free throws with a minute to go in the fourth is what set up Thomas’ heroic jumper. Five other Express players scored double figures in the franchise’s first playoff appearance. Eddie Smith scored 19 points off of the bench and Greg Surmacz had a doubledouble, scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. Seven Storm players were in double figures led by Brandon Robinson who had 19 points. “Although Greg Surmacz was a scoring machine for us, they
got up by so much the first half because we weren’t getting the job done defensively, especially in transition,” said Jones. “When we went into the locker room I simply said, ‘Just let the first half go. Just treat it as a practice and now let’s go out there and really play the game the way we know how to.’ That’s just my style of coaching as motivator.” The Express need two more wins over the Storm to advance to the finals in April, a goal that the team’s coach is approaching one step at a time. “The team gets down on each other where they need to because they are a blue collar
team just like the city of Windsor. So I did need to get down on them, as much as I need to help them to make adjustments where needed. So looking ahead to our next game on Tuesday it’s just about us being better.” The Express come back to hometown advantage after one more match at Credit Union Place in Summerside, P.E.I. on Tuesday at 7 p.m. AST. Windsor fans will have an opportunity to cheer the home team in their first semifinal series at the WFCU Centre on March 28 and, if necessary, 30. Both games will tip at 7 p.m.
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Graduating players leave lasting impression Women’s hockey lose six players including captain and team points-leader Alyssa Baldin “It was good to look up to those girls,” Barrette said. “They know what it’s like and there were always willing to answer any questions regarding either hockey or school or even life itself.”
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he Lancers Women’s Hockey team recently honoured six graduating seniors. Alyssa Baldin, Ally Strickland, Kiely Barnett, Krysten Bortolotti, Lindsay Hoogstraten and Kassandra Paone have made a significant impact on the Lancers hockey organization. “The graduating girls have been a huge impact not only with the team, but also within the school community,” thirdyear defensemen Adalena Tridico said. “The girls have taught me so much about growing as a hockey player and a person. These girls were leaders on and off the ice and next year it will be hard shoes to fill.” “The leadership from this group was outstanding,” Candace Kourounis added. “They made things run as smooth as possible and is definitely the best group of seniors I’ve had on a team.”
The veteran players also made a lasting impression on rookies Jillian Rops and Natalie Barrette. “They’re a great and fun group of girls that made this season the best it could be,” Rops said. “They were the leaders of the team and made everything run smoothly. As a rookie, I would never be able to thank them enough for all they’ve done for me this year.” Barrette, who was recently named to the OUA all-rookie team, looked up to the veterans.
The six graduating players have all left lasting impressions on the remaining members of the Lancers. Their accomplishments both on and off the ice have impressed their teammates and given them someone to look up to. “The graduating players have lead us in the right direction with work ethic and on the ice to develop the program further,” Tridico said. “We have players like Borts (Bortolotti) who’ve made the CIS all-academic for the past couple of years; that is truly the definition of student athlete. We have players like Baldy (Baldin) who made the first team all-star, which younger players can aspire to be on. It’s incredible the talent we have with the graduating players.” The Lancers have also made a
significant impact in the lives of the graduating players. “It was a well worth experience deciding to play my last two years of university on the team,” Strickland said. “I love the game and it was my only option to keep playing and at a high level was well worth it. I learned lots and will remember my experience for a lifetime.” “I am so thankful that I decided to transfer here,” Baldin added. “I have met some incredible people who have helped shape the person I’ve become.” Baldin’s time with the Lancers has prepared her for her future goals. “Hockey has always been such a big part of my life and I want to share my knowledge and experiences with others and help make their hockey experiences as memorable and meaningful as mine. I am definitely looking forward to what the future has in store for me.” “Being a Lancer has exposed me to many opportunities that will have an impact on my future. I have met a lot
of amazing people who have helped shape the person I have become and helped prepare me for my future endeavours. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end my university hockey career.” After consecutive successful seasons, the Lancers are happy with the impact the seniors have had on the team. “They have put so much time and energy into our hockey program,” Rops said. “This allowed us to get stronger as a team and make some big accomplishments. The role models they set as seniors is something that will help the future of our program.” Kourounis believes that all six graduating players showed great leadership and dedication to the team. “Replacing these amazing players and people is something that I don’t think any girl would want to see,” she said. “Rather than replacing these girls, we’d rather see new girls bring new ideas so that this program constantly grows.”
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From left to right, Matt Walters (right, cross-country), Even Matthews (men’s basketball), Austin Kennedy (football), Jessica Clemencon (Women’s basketball) • photos courtesy Lancers Athletics
A third straight CIS title for women’s basketball, a lacklustre end to an aggressive season in men’s hockey and the end of an era for the cross-country team cap off the highlights of the Lancers 2012-2013 season Aug. 27 The Windsor Express professional basketball team trades first-round pick Robert Curtis for former Windsor Lancer Isaac Kuon at the 2012 National Basketball League of Canada entry draft in Toronto. Kuon was a second-team allCanadian in his final year with the Lancers. Aug. 28 The Lancers football team appeared in the pre-season CIS Top 10 rankings for the first time in school history. The Lancers were ranked 10th with 50 points, one behind Acadia University. . Sept. 5 Former Windsor Spitfire and Lancer’s assistant coach Ryan Donally debuts as head coach of the junior B LaSalle Vipers at the Vollmer Centre. Lasalle lost 8-5, but finished the season 29-18-4 and tied for third in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League with the London Nationals. Sept. 4 The Lancers Football team opened the OUA season ranked No. 10 in the country, making it the first time in school history the team reached CIS pre-season Top 10 poll. Lancers quarterback Austin Kennedy earned OUA offensive player of the week honours. Oct. 13 Lancers cross-country and track and field head coach Dennis Fairall was induction into the Windsor-Essex County Sports Hall of Fame. Oct. 16 Lancers golfer Meaghan Pototschnik won her second straight OUA women’s golf individual championship in Waterloo, Ont. Pototschnik shot rounds of 75 and 74 for
a 149 total, three shots clear of the field at Grey Silo Golf Club. Oct. 24 The Lancers Men’s Soccer team lose in a first-round OUA playoff to Guelph 2-0. Oct. 21 The Lancers Women’s Soccer team finishes the regular season with a 3-0 loss to Brock and doesn’t see playoff action. Oct. 26 Windsor’s Nicole Sassine was one of eight athletes named academic all-Canadians by CIS. Sassine competed for five seasons with the Lancers track and field team. Oct. 27 The Lancers Men’s CrossCountry team finished second in the team standings at the OUA cross-country championships at Kingbridge Centre in Toronto. Matt Walters led the men’s team with a fourth-place finish over the 10km race in 32:39.49. The Lancers football team rallied from a 34-point deficit in the third quarter but finally lost 56-35 to the Western Mustangs in an OUA quarter-final at TD Waterhouse Stadium in London. Nov. 7 For the first time in 13 years, the Lancers Men’s Hockey team cracked the CIS Top 10 hockey teams for the first time in 13 years. Nov. 9 Lancers Women’s Basketball captain Jessica Clemencon became Windsor’s all-time leading scorer during a 58-53 win over Carleton in the season opener. Clemencon eclipsed Dranadia Roc’s three-year total of 1,129 points. Clemencon had 16 points (1,135 total) and eight rebounds.
Nov. 10 The Lancers Men’s CrossCountry finished in third place at the Canadian championships at the Thames Valley Golf Course in London. Matt Walters of the Lancers was sixth in the 10km race in a time of 31: 35.4. In the women’s 5km race, Windsor finished in sixth place. Nov. 11 Former Lancers Don Hollerhead (football), Dan Devin (basketball), Georgia Risnita (basketball) and Beth MacIntosh (track and field, volleyball) were enshrined in the University of Windsor Lancers Alumni Sports Hall of Fame. Nov. 21 South Woodslee’s Kyle Quinlan and Tecumseh’s Jordan Brescasin were named firstteam CIS all-stars. Nov. 26 Amherstburg’s Korissa Williams leds the OUA in field goal percentage and was ranked third in OUA scoring. Nov. 30 The Lancers Men’s Hockey team is ranked nationally for first time in 13 years Dec. 18 Former Windsor Lancers decathlete Jamie Adjetey-Nelson, who captured gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and attempted to qualify for the Olympics in 2008 and 2012, announced he is retiring from track and field at age 28. Jan. 11 Lancer Austin Roth opened the 2013 indoor track and field season with the fastest time in the CIS this season in the men’s 60-metre hurdles with a time of 8.39 seconds in preliminaries at the St. Denis Centre. Jan. 12 Lancers fourth-year runner Fraser Kegel won the men’s
1500 meters on the final day of competition at the 32nd Annual Cam-Am track and field meet at the St. Denis Centre. The 22-year-old won with a personal-best time of 3:52.79.. Jan. 22 The Lancers Men’s Basketball team vaults three spots to fifth place in the CIS rankings. Jan. 23 Lancers Women’s Basketball head coach Chantal Vallee received a standing ovation and a Queen’s Jubilee Medal prior to Wednesday’s 74-56 victory over McMaster in OUA basketball at the St. Denis Centre. Feb. 16 The Lancers Women’s Basketball team became the first team in OUA women’s basketball history to go 21-0. Windsor completed the perfect season with a 62-45 victory over Brock in St. Catharines, Ont. Feb. 22 Former Windsor Lancer Michelle Pierce was named a firstteam OUA volleyball all-star. The fourth-year starting middle blocker for York recorded 64.5 blocks and had a 40 per cent kill average. Lancers outside hitter Shannon Dean was voted to the OUA all-rookie team. Dean had 149 kills, 167 digs and 180 points in 65 games played for a 2.8 points per game average. The Lancers men’s track and field team lose the OUA championship to Guelph by a 57-point margin. The Lancers women finish fourth. March 1 Lancers distance runner Matt Walters was named the OUA men’s MVP of track events for a second straight year. The North Bay, Ont. native placed first in the men’s 3000 meters (8: 21: 30) and also won the 1500 meters (3: 53.06).
March 2 The Lancers Men’s Hockey team were swept from the OUA West Division final in two straight games by the red-hot Waterloo Warriors. The Warriors wrapped up the series with a 5-3 victory in Game 2. The Lancers Men’s Basketball team loses to the Ottawa 78-58 in the OUA Championships bronze medal game in Toronto. The Labncers Women’s Basketball team defeated the McMaster Marauders 73-51 in the OUA West final and punched a ticket to the tournament final for the fifth straight time. March 5 Former Toronto defensive coordinator Donnavan Carter was introduced as the Lancers’ new full-time associate head coach/ defensive co-ordinator. March 7 Lancers Men’s Basketball forward Lien Phillip was named a second-team all-Canadian in men’s basketball. The OUA’s West player of the year averaged 15 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game. He was the leading rebounder in the OUA and second in the CIS. March 10 The Lancers Men’s Track and Field team loses out to Guelph by 22 points at the CIS Championships in Edmonton. Matt Walters wins gold in the 1500 meters. The Lancers women’s team finished fifth. March 17 The Lancers Women’s Basketball team defeated the Regina Cougars 66-57 to collect its third straight Bronze Baby Trophy as CIS women’s basketball champions.
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