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Urban-themed programming option axed after conflict-filled first night places safety of staff and students in jeopardy By Allie Fonarev What was to hopefully be a new campus tradition quickly turned sour at The Wave last Thursday. The event was created in a joint attempt by coordinators Diallo and Chedo and the University Students’ Council food and beverage operations to bring a unique, urban-themed genre of programming to campus. Meant to be an alternative to Rick McGhie nights on Wednesdays and the Richmond Row scene, the programming was intended to offer different types of entertainment, shows and music each week. However, after several incidents at the kick-off the programming has since been cancelled. “There was a fight outside, and some difference of opinions on how the event should be run,” Jeff Armour, USC food and beverage manager, said, adding the fight was only a part of the reason for discontinuing the program. Armour explained the program itself went well, but the fight that occurred on concrete beach, the tension between the staff and the patrons at the event, as well as the minimal profit made contributed to The Wave’s decision to discontinue the shortlived tradition. In light of the incident, Armour mentioned Western is lucky — compared to other universities — to have licensed campus establishments at all. “It doesn’t afford us the luxury that downtown bars have … we’re under a microscope and we just have to be careful with that, respectively,” he explained. According to Armour, Wave staff attempted to break up the fight and Campus Police were quickly called

over. However, he pointed out the staff were all students and were put in possible unsafe conditions. “It’s our duty to be a good neighbor and to provide a safe, fun and consistent environment for students to come in. And that wasn’t, judging by the fight, the type of event that we had,” Armour said. Last week, the Gazette ran a spotlight on the planned program and its coordinators, Diallo and Chedo, CHRW producer and DJ, respectively. Although unavailable for comment, both coordinators had expressed hope and excitement for the future of the program and the urban scene of hip-hop and R&B culture it would introduce to on-campus programming. “This was a way of introducing some new programming for students,” Justin Arcaro, USC vicepresident campus events, said. But Arcaro stressed the safety hazard for students and staff made management cancel the program. “I don’t think [the event] was providing enough of a value to students to risk [their safety], and I don’t think anything is worth risking that,” Armour maintained. “The USC doesn’t want to be involved in an event where we’re putting people in harm’s way or is in danger of fights or violations or any of it.” Armour noted The Wave was also looking forward to having the weekly event, and would now have a hole in Thursday programming. “[But] we’ll be able to open it up to other groups, clubs and bookings,” Armour added. Diallo and Chedo had various ideas for the weekly event, including a CD release party, speakers, DJs and student competitions. “It’s unfortunate that a few people had to ruin the event for everyone else,” Arcaro said.

“There was a fight outside, and some difference of opinions on how the event should be run.”

“The USC doesn’t want to be involved in an event where we’re putting people in harm’s way or is in danger of fights or violations or any of it.”

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— Jeff Armour, USC food and beverage manager on the decision to cancel urban themed programming at The Wave

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WHAT THE HELL IS ON THAT GUY’S FOOT? Mustang runner Kyle O’Neill gets slightly distracted while setting the pace at the 35th annual Western Invitational cross-country meet at the Thames Valley Golf Course this past weekend. Check tomorrow’s sports section for full results.

Students hunting for credentials By Cheryl Stone Gazette Staff

Continuing education is an increasingly popular choice among many searching for extra credentials and direction in their careers. “I think to stay competitive people want to upgrade their knowledge,” Christine Wilton, coordinator of professional, personal and corporate programs with Western’s continuing education, said. Western’s continuing education offers two different streams of courses. One of them — personal, professional and corporate training — is for mature students and has seen a recent 13 per cent increase in enrollment. The greatest increase has been in post-degree programs — programs for graduates who are looking for more practical experience or

credentials. This stream has seen a recent enrollment increase of 83 per cent. However, as Wilton pointed out, many of these programs have small class sizes, so a small jump in enrollment would create a large increase. “It’s hard to learn enough in 17 years [of school] to maintain a 40 year career,” Wilton said. “A lot of students in our professional program are having their companies pay for their education.” Wilton mentioned students have different reasons for joining — from needing extra credentials to keeping their organization ahead. “We chase credentials,” Ronald Hansen, a faculty of education professor, said. “The reality is, work experience is a much better teacher.” “[Students in] personal, professional training are a broad mix of people who are changing careers or

want to upgrade their current skills,” Wilton said. “I think [in the] post-graduate diploma program, it’s definitely students who have just graduated university.” According to Wilton, students who enroll in post-degree programs are often looking for a beneficial credential or sometimes searching for a career path. “This way they get practical experience along with an education,” she explained. Wilton also added both programs allow for a networking element in class, because they put many people in the same situation together. “A credential gets your foot in the industry,” Hansen added. He also admitted the value of a credential varies by sector, depending on how clearly the skill content is PLEASE SEE PERSONAL P3


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NEWSBRIEFS Curvey females safe for viewing, writes professor Curvey female students should be admired to spice up your sex with your wife, according to a clinical biochemist and vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham. In an article for the Times Higher Education magazine, Terence Kealey cited one of the seven deadly sins of academia as lust in the classroom. While he warns never to touch, Kealey advises his co-workers to admire and enjoy the women who are “more interested in abs than labs, more interested in pecs than specs.” In the article, he writes, “the days are gone when a scholar could trade sex for upgrades.” He concluded the controversial article with words of advice to his fellow professors: “Sow your oats while you are young but enjoy the views — and only the views — when you are older.” His opinion has struck a controversy. The National Union of Students felt his statements did not respect women. Others felt female students are objectified enough by

men, and they should not be exploited in the classroom. He responded to the criticism through a post under the reader’s comments section of the online magazine. “Employing humour to highlight the ways by which people try to resolve the dissonance between what is publicly expected of them and how they actually feel — not just in this context — reaches back to origins of humour itself,” he clarified. —Husayn Marani

Whistleblower calls out McGuinty London hospital boards are drawing public criticism following news of a management scandal last week. Without calling for bids, London hospitals’ Vice-President Diane Beattie granted millions of dollars in public contracts to Union Gas — a Spectra energy company — for work on electronic health records. Beattie’s undertakings were later revealed via a whistleblower’s complaint. The issue of the untendered contracts was raised during Ques-

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Rain and police dampen Queen’s homecoming Police were well-prepared for last weekend’s unofficial homecoming of Queen’s University. The annual party occurred on the infamous Aberdeen Street, a long road with mostly student housing. The area was patrolled all weekend by over 400 police officers on foot and horseback. “At the end of the day it was a very successful weekend from a police perspective,” Michael Menor of the Kingston Police Media Relations Department, said. “At one point there were more police on the street than students,” he added. As Menor stated, the main goal of the police was to keep the streets and sidewalks clear. Heavy rain on Saturday night helped draw out the crowds, which disappeared by approximately 1 a.m. However, not all was calm and clear on Aberdeen this past weekend. “Over the entire weekend, we issued 314 charges for liquor-related offences and noise,” Menor added. “In total there were 118 arrests for the whole weekend.” —Elana Abramovitch

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The third annual Western Serves event commenced Sept. 25 engaging volunteers from the greater Western community. Over 250 students, staff and faculty participated in the one-day event promoting collaboration between the university and the City of London. 18 community agencies were involved in the event, such as the Boys and Girls Club, ReForest London, Participation House and LifeSpin. “Western Serves enhances the relationship between the university and the city of London and allows Western to engage within the community in positive ways,” Stephanie Hayne, experiential education coordinator at the Western’s Career Centre, said. Hayne mentioned the program connects volunteers with community organizations and helps students break out of the so-called “Western Bubble”. This year’s event was received with an overwhelming response from volunteers. The programs enrollment capacity was filled in less than 24 hours. “Students are clearly engaged and excited and looking for opportunities to get involved,” Hayne said. —Ricki-Lee Gerbrandt

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defined. “[Employers] want credentials,” Hansen said. “Second they ask: ‘Do you have the experience?’” Wilton added that not many problems have arisen from the increase in enrollment. “Some classes have filled up, but we will offer the classes again in a different term,” she said. “I don’t think you can do much with just a regular BA,” Jelena Vulic, a third-year English major, said. Vulic plans to pursue teachers’ college after acquiring her undergraduate degree. “I’ll have to go [back to school] eventually,” she said. “I will have to update some English courses.” However, Vulic admitted: “If I

was going to do it, it would be about better pay.” “I think in today’s workplace, you sort of have to do more to stand out and keep up,” Wilton said.

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Western’s new president, Amit Chakma, presented his report to the Senate for the first time last Friday. Chakma expressed his appreciation for the Senate and outlined his vision for Western, addressing the exploding demand for higher levels of knowledge among undergraduates. He acknowledged the university must continue to adapt in an everchanging learning environment, where life-long education can prove to be a larger trend than a four-year degree. “Thirty years back an undergraduate degree would be enough,” Chakma said. “Now that’s not the case.” Among Chakma’s primary concerns was the issue of globalization. He reiterated the importance of teaching a variety of different views. “I really like his view because I believe our school has not done enough in regards to strengthening our image outside of Canada,” Nathan Caldwell, undergraduate student senator-at-large, said.

Another undergraduate student senator-at-large, Michael Tithecott, shared this view. “I do believe that Amit’s vision for a more global university is relevant to enhancing the educational experience of our undergraduates,” Tithecott said, adding the president has taken on some very “big picture” initiatives to enhance Western’s reputation. In his report, Chakma also stressed the importance of international involvement for more complex issues and problems. While Caldwell recognized the significance of building international relationships, he was concerned Western’s local issues will be put on the backburner. “There is one fear that I have about Dr. Chakma’s vision and it is that he may overlook problems on a grassroots level,” Caldwell said. “I like his large global vision, but only if he makes sure he has done all he can on a local scale first, to aid the students on campus first and foremost.” Chakma closed his report by expressing his enthusiasm for the upcoming year.

Tues, Sept. 29 • Board of Governors Meeting When: 1 – 3:30 p.m. Where: London Hall Room 100 What: Attend the first Board of Governors meeting of the academic year. BOG is the highest governing administrative body at Western and oversees all administrative and academic matters. • Accessibility at Western - Open Meeting When: 12 - 1 p.m Where: McKellar Room, UCC What: Share your views or get more information in regards to Western’s plans for implementing the Customer Service Standard of the Accessibility for Ontario with Disabilities Act. • Alternative Spring Break information session When: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Where: HSB 236 What: Information session regarding ASB 2010 — program offering service-learning experiences in places across the world. • Theatre Western Kick-Off Event When: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Where: The Spoke What: Join fellow theatre lovers for the playbill, music and fun. • Imaginus Poster Sale When: 9 a.m - 8 p.m. until Oct. 2 Where: UCC Atrium What: Imaginus sets up hundreds of posters in the UCC available for purchase by students. • Career Week When: Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 Where: Various locations What: Check out different career information sessions across campus. See the CareerCentral website for a full schedule.

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thegazette Volume 103, issue 16 In advertising, sex sells. But only if you’re selling sex. — JEF RICHARDS

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Cancer can be sexy too LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Picture this: a busty brunette strolls through the milieu of a pool party towards you, the viewer, while her bikini topclad breasts bounce up and down. This is the basic plot of a new public service announcement for breast cancer awareness, as seen on MTV. The final shot is the aforementioned brunette lifting her wet t-shirt to reveal a censor bar, upon which reads “Boobyball” –– a fundraiser part of Rethink breast cancer’s Breast Fest. Is this campaign sexy? Most certainly. And it’s likely effective at grabbing your attention. Lately it seems every not-for-profit has hopped on the marketing campaign bandwagon. While charities of old pulled at heartstrings to guilt-trip consumers into donating, the new trend uses marketing ploys and sex to draw awareness. There have been many examples of trendy charity campaigns — from the once wildly popular Livestrong cancer bracelets to the Product RED line, supporting HIV/AIDS research. While trendy, sexy campaigns may benefit charities like Rethink, other well-deserving, less sexy charities like the Alzheimer’s Society may find it difficult to compete. However, that is the harsh reality of the capitalist marketplace. As seen in the case of Rethink’s sexy breast cancer video, being edgy draws publicity — an important asset to a campaign trying to increase awareness. Since the Boobyball advertisement aired it has received press coverage from various media outlets including the Huffington Post and the Toronto Star. Making charities trendy also means consumers who would not normally donate to charity are more likely to buy a t-shirt or other item to support a popular cause. However, blindly offering funds to a popular cause just because it’s trendy is no solution. If people aren’t researching charities, and aren’t looking at the percentage of funds going towards the actual cause, not-for-profits won’t be held accountable for using their funds frugally. In addition, what happens when trends inevitably die out? While cancer and HIV/AIDS still affect large segments of the population, Livestrong and Product RED are merely outdated trends of old. However charities choose to market their cause, what matters is that both money and awareness are being raised. Boobyball’s video is merely an example of smart advertising — it attracts a young demographic through youthful, sexy and humourous material. At the end of the day, it is easy to sit back and be cynical about the marketing tactics used to gain support for modern charities. But the fact remains these are worthy causes whose old methods of raising money were less effective. If it takes sexy ad campaigns, flashy clothing lines or cheap plastic bracelets to garner global support for curing cancer and ending AIDS –– so be it. Editorials appearing under the ‘opinions’ heading are decided upon by a majority of the editorial board and are written by a member of the editorial board but are not necessarily the expressed opinion of each editorial board member. All other opinions are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the USC, The Gazette, its editors or staff. Letters: Must include the contributor’s name, identification (ie. History II, Dean of Arts) and be submitted to gazette.opinions@uwo.ca. Letters judged by the Editor-In-Chief to be libelous or derogatory will not be published. The Gazette reserves the right to edit letters and submissions and makes no guarantees that a letter will be published. All articles, letters, photographs, graphics, illustrations and cartoons published in The Gazette, both in the newspaper and online versions, are the property of The Gazette. By submitting any such material to The Gazette for publication, you grant to The Gazette a non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty-free, irrevocable license to publish such material in perpetuity in any media, including but not limited to, The Gazette‘s hard copy and online archives. • Please recycle this newspaper •

Sexist slurs shouted at women Re: “On Richmond Row, gay hatred grows” Sep. 25, 2009 To the editor: While reading [the] article regarding gay hatred/homophobic slurs being yelled on the bar strip of Richmond Row, I was immediately struck by a parallel that other women and I experience on a regular basis. I doubt you could find a woman on campus who has not been yelled or honked at from a passing car while walking down the street, even while dressed not remotely provocatively in a sweatshirt and jeans. The other day I got off the bus at Masonville Place on my way to work in the middle of the afternoon and was yelled at by a [group of males]. Since I didn’t respond positively to their comments on my body or their sexually violent suggestive slurs, they proceeded to give me the finger and call me a bitch and a whore. Our society has, for the most part — become intolerant of racist and ethnic slurs. And most of us would, I hope, admonish someone who threw a racist comment at another person. However, despite our collective intolerance of racist slurs, our society in general is still tolerant of homophobic and sexist comments, which frankly boggles my mind and pisses me off to no end. [The column] mentioned that homophobic verbal hate is done anonymously and in groups, often while inebriated, so there are rarely any consequences for these people’s actions, and I think you hit the mark. The same goes for verbal sexual harassment of women by — odds are, these same people. Men in groups yelling at women from car windows or at bus stops or outside a bar seem to [believe they will not] have to take any responsibility for their actions or [face] any consequences. Unfortunately, I think they assume

correctly. If these guys thought that nearby observers would chastise them for yelling “fag” at someone or shouting violating comments about a woman’s body, they might think twice about their actions. I speculate that a bar owner would have a person ejected from their establishment for yelling racist comments — the same is not true for homophobic and sexist attitudes and actions. Our society is generally intolerant of exclusion and hate based on a person’s membership in a given minority group. It is time for us to start speaking up louder, more often and in greater numbers, making it clear that homophobia and sexism will have socially enforced consequences. Given a few decades of effort, hopefully we can reduce the frequency with which we hear homophobic and sexist/violent comments. —Heather Marshall Social Science IV

Private schools make grade Re: “Private schools — buying your way?” Sept. 24, 2009 To the editor: In response to the “Private schools — buying your way?” article, I attended a private high school and think that some peoples’ views of private schools are skewed. Yes, there is a smaller and more intimate classroom experience; however, you are not paying for your marks. I had

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Ed. Note: For clarification’s sake, the “P” will only appear on high school students’ transcripts if they are fully enrolled in public school but take private school courses on the side.

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several friends who went to a public high school and I always felt that I was putting in way more effort and hours of homework than they were, and we were receiving relatively similar grades. The private school system does encourage a balance between extra-curricular activities and schoolwork, as well as emphasizing discipline and dedication. The goal of the school is to guide you towards a successful post-secondary education, but the private school system didn’t pull any extra strings to help us get accepted — we were on our own for that part. I think the idea of placing a “P” beside the names of students from private school systems applying to university is unfair and slightly discriminating because there is no way of knowing if the admissions office will view the students in a more positive or negative way. My younger brother is applying to university this year and I feel that his chances of acceptance will be different than the other students who do not have the “P” beside their names. I don’t look down upon or dislike the public school system. I just think that people who didn’t experience a private school education have a stereotyped view of the system. We weren’t pampered, spoon-fed or simply handed our grades; we worked equally as hard, or possibly even harder, to achieve the grades we got than students at different schools.

—Michael Lynk, associate dean of the faculty of law.

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SUMMER LOVIN’ HAPPENED SO FAST. Thomas Pardo and Jordan Spradbrow share a tender moment amongst the ensemble cast of Grease, on stage now at the Grand Theatre.

Grease is the word for audience sing-alongs Classic teenage love story well suited for high school production By Ora Morison Gazette Writer

Directed by: Susan Ferley Musical Direction by: David Hall What an odd comfort we find in reliving the insecurities and pressures of high school. Audiences welcomed Grease, the story of a summer fling gone awry, as the Grand Theatre’s latest high school project. Comprised exclusively of London area teens, the cast is perfectly suited to play the students of Rydell High. Each scene is full of energy

and kept last Wednesday’s audience singing along to the familiar tunes. Looking every bit the high school musical, the set is lined with black and white yearbook photos. “Greased Lightning” — the gang’s hot ride — is made of red painted wood and actually moves characters across the stage. Casting for the leads, Danny Zuko (Tomas Pardo) and Sandy Dumbrowski (Jordan Spradbrow) was, for the most part, well done. Spradbrow is every bit the “Sandra Dee” and surprised the audience with her strong voice. In fact, she often overpowered Pardo. While Pardo’s strength is

found in his raspy, tough-guy voice, he still left the audience dissatisfied each time he moved into song. Better known by her last name, the character of Betty Rizzo is extremely well executed by Imogen Wasse. By far the most interesting character on stage, Wasse elegantly walks the fine line between strong and vulnerable. Finishing with her solo, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” Wasse establishes herself as the most likeable character — she’s crass, unladylike and pressures sweet Sandy to smoke, drink and pierce her ears, but at least comes across

as real. Compared to Sandy’s awkward naivety, Rizzo’s character is a breath of fresh air. One critique is the cast fails to infuse the show with the overt sexual desire typical of other Grease productions. But with this all-teen cast, less is actually more. The script’s lewd comments and boygirl interactions are carried out on stage just as clumsily as they would be in a real high school. Self-conscious but cute, the young cast had the audience laughing as they relived the best and worst parts of being young and in love — dances, first kisses and trying to find where you fit in

the world. The audience watched love blossom that is decidedly unromantic, but love just the same. The lyric “someday you’ll find me mooning at your front door” encapsulates the reason Grease is such a classic — no matter how long it has been since you left high school, there’s no forgetting those awkward teenage years. Grease runs until Oct. 3. Most shows are sold out so visit www.grandtheatre.com for more information or call 519-672-8800 for possible day of performance availability. The Grand Theatre is located at 471 Richmond St.

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Anyone who opted for their weekly dose of Rick McGhie last Wednesday missed a great performance at Call the Office. Silver Starling played the venue just days after the release of their self-titled album, sadly, to a very small crowd. Silver Starling are signed to the same label as bands like Metric, Crystal Castles and The New Pornographers, and consist of members from other big-name indie acts including Arcade Fire, Young Galaxy and Stars. With so much clout it was a little worrying — would they live up to the hype?

“smell the quality.� Afterwards, the band admitted they kind of liked the more intimate audience — bassist Peter X said he liked playing directly to people in the audience because every person there could be personally serenaded. The small venue and crowd fit perfectly with the heartfelt, moving songs from the new record. Silver Starling played the majority of their debut album with care and attention. They had a great presence and gave a smooth, compelling show. Marcus Paquin and wife Marika Anthony-Shaw were especially fun to watch. If their personalities are as in sync as their vocals, they are one lucky couple. It was comforting to feel no matter the crowd size, the band was content to be playing for an audience. Silver Starling promised to return to Call the Office at some point — an opportunity to show them while London’s arts scene may not be huge, it’s much bigger than 20 people.

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Gaels no match for resilient Mustangs Weber scores two in dominant offensive performance By Amber Garrat Gazette Staff

After a disheartening 1-0 loss in their season opener against Waterloo earlier in the day, Western’s field hockey team made an impressive comeback Sunday afternoon, walking away with a 4-0 win against the Queen’s Gaels. The morning’s loss against Waterloo was disappointing after the team had a strong pre-season, placing second overall at the University of Toronto annual invitational and going undefeated at a tournament hosted by McGill. “We had a rough start this

morning but it’s all up from here,” centre forward Michelle Weber said, referring to the loss against Waterloo. “I think this morning was a reality check. Now we have our confidence back.” Weber was all over the field against Queen’s, scoring two goals, along with Jennifer Bruce and Kirstin Jewell, who both added a goal each. “You can only ask that they bounce back and they did. That resilience will go far. It was only the first game of the season,” Western’s assistant coach Joe Cendrowski explained. The Mustangs overwhelmed

Queen’s by playing an expansive, high-paced game. The Mustangs were constantly buzzing around the Gaels’ goal, and held Queen’s to just one shot on net in the second half. The Gaels fought hard throughout the game, starting with a strong defence, which turned away several Mustangs chances in the early going. However, the relentless Mustangs attack proved too much towards the end of the game as Western potted two goals late to put this one out of reach. “Western has a lot of speed, so we need to be able to control that,” Queen’s coach Malinda Hapuarachchi said after the game.

“We had our opportunities so we just have to capitalize on that. Coming in it’s just knowing what their strengths are and what our strengths are, and then using our strengths to move forward.” Good communication and solid teamwork were evident throughout the game, as the Mustangs made exceptional plays throughout the halves with a lot of solid passes. Weber identified that her two goals were a result of effective teamwork. “I got fed really good balls from my team. We were all on — good passes from them created good opportunities for me,” Weber explained.

Western’s impressive win against Queen’s leaves the girls with high hopes starting the intensive fiveweek season. Keeping a positive attitude, strong teamwork and communication — as seen Saturday — will be key in making it to the Canadian Interuniversity Sports championships this year. Last season came to a bitter end when the women lost to Guelph in the Ontario University Athletics semifinals, placing third overall, one spot away from making it to the CIS championships. The Mustangs finished the 2008 season with a PLEASE SEE MUSTANGS P8

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DON’T MESS AROUND WITH THESE WOMEN. The Mustangs field hockey team started its season with three games this past weekend. They lost their season opener to Waterloo Saturday morning, but bounced back with two strong games against Queen’s and Carleton, winning 4-0 and 7-1, respectively. The women travel to Kingston this weekend for match-ups with Toronto, York and Waterloo.


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Mustangs baseball wins sixth in a row Townshend unstoppable in two-hit shutout By Julien Mei Gazette Writer

After falling in three straight games early in the season, including two to the Guelph Gryphons, the Western Mustangs baseball team is back on track, winning its sixth in a row. Thursday night’s 5-0 win over the McMaster Marauders was one of the most complete efforts from the team all season. The biggest factor in the victory was stellar pitching from starter Jordan Townshend, who dominated McMaster for eight innings allowing only two hits, no runs and striking out 11. The Marauders never threatened to score as they failed to put a runner past first base until John

McGregor hit a lead-off double in the top of the seventh inning. Townshend responded by striking out the next batter, Andrew Mullin, and then proceeded to induce two pop-outs. The key for the Western pitcher was throwing strikes early in the count. “[Townshend] worked ahead, threw strikes tonight, and got ahead of everybody and that’s the key,” Western coach Mike Lumley said. “The last few starts he’s been a bit behind, he threw some extra pitches. Not struggled but probably had to work a little harder than he normally does.” Townshend’s confidence also came from knowing his defence was there to pick him up. “It’s huge knowing that all you got to do is let the batters hit it and knowing that the defence will pick you up. And they did tonight, that’s for sure and it worked out,” Townshend said after the game. On McMaster’s end, the defence was less than impressive. After an RBI double from Rob Wakefield in the first, the Marauders imploded, making two costly errors in the third inning. The errors allowed Western to tack on two more runs, going ahead 3-0 very early in the game. “You can’t make errors against this team,” McMaster head coach Wayne Gowan said. “It’s usually pretty close and those errors

opened it up for them a little bit.” Despite being hurt early by some errors, McMaster pitcher Matt Piccini hung in, lasting 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs. While he was able to pitch himself out of a jam in the fifth inning, the Mustang bats got after him in the sixth, putting the game out of reach. The Mustangs loaded the bases after three consecutive singles by Ian Campbell, Andrew Thomson and Paul Lytwynec, chasing Piccini from the game. Reliever Adam O’Brodovich struck out the first batter he faced and was one strike away from ending the inning before Mustangs leadoff hitter Andrew Salmon drove a single into centre field to cash in two more runs. “He got me with two pitches outside on the corner that I couldn’t really hit; he made some good pitches, and then a fast ball after that just to show me it so I knew he was coming with a curveball after that. I was ready for it and just drove it right up the middle,” Salmon said about the big two out hit. Currently, McMaster is one game behind Western. As an added benefit, if a tie for first place with McMaster occurs at the end of the season, Thursday’s win gave Western a 2-1 series advantage, meaning they hold the

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tiebreaker. This is critical for the Mustangs, who look to hold onto first place, which would give them home field advantage throughout the Ontario University Athletics playoffs. “Well [home advantage] is kind of nice. I think our crowd is probably better than most,” Lumley said. “Brock is the next best so having home field for one or two of those games is key.” Though home field advantage is nice, McMaster showed last year it’s not absolutely crucial. “Well last year we were seeded fourth and we ended up winning all of [the games] so it’s not a big thing as long as we get in [the playoffs],” Gowan said, referencing the Marauders championship run last season. The Mustangs now have four games remaining in OUA play including three consecutive games at home. Western looks to extend their winning streak to seven when they host the Waterloo Warriors on Wednesday.

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respectable 8-1-5 record. This season the Mustangs are determined to beat the Guelph Gryphons, who are the clear favourites to win OUA gold. Weber was confident the team could knock off Guelph, who have started the season 3-0, but kept her lips sealed when asked how. “We have some secrets in our bag. We can’t let you know those yet,” Weber said. Western is scheduled to play the Gryphons Oct. 17 at York and Oct. 19 at TD Waterhouse. Cendrowski urged the basics when asked what the team needs to work on to beat their rivals. “If you watch [Guelph], they are very technically good, so we just need to pick our basics up a bit more,” Cendrowski said. “We can beat Toronto and Guelph. We have proven we can do it — it’s just a matter of doing it when it needs to be done.” The Mustangs are strong this year with nine returning players from the 2008 season determined to secure a spot at the CIS championships. “We have been building as a team for four years and this is really the peak, the pinnacle,” explained fourth-year Mustang Sarah Cobourn. “We have a ton of speed on our team and sound skills all around the field,” Weber added. “We don’t really have a weak spot. This is probably the strongest team we have ever had.” The Mustangs beat Carleton 7-1 Sunday afternoon, to improve to 21. They next see action Oct. 3 in Kingston against Toronto.


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