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theGazette • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2009

NEWSBRIEFS Government funded construction underway Post-secondary schools across Ontario are taking the first steps in construction projects funded by the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. Last Friday, Conestoga College officially began construction on two new projects funded by KIP — a new Cambridge campus and a roofing training centre on the grounds of its Waterloo campus. “Conestoga is growing at a rapid pace — our fall registration is up 21.7 per cent,” Andre Beaudry, Conestoga’s vice-president of development and alumni, said. Beaudry believed these projects

would have a positive impact on the students. “[The student body] will have access to a modernized learning environment and an opportunity for interdisciplinary learning due to an enhanced learning environment,” Beaudry said. The University of Toronto Scarborough has also embraced KIP funds with the anticipated plans of increasing their campus academic facilities by 25 per cent and breaking ground for the development of its Instructional Centre. The first steps of construction were also made on the grounds of the University of Waterloo. — Moira-Christelle Ghazal

Western helps scholars at risk Western has joined forces with a network of nearly two dozen countries around the world to promote academic freedom and defend the human rights of scholars. Western has recently become the second Canadian university — behind the University of Toronto — to join the Scholars at Risk program. “We are absolutely delighted that more Canadian universities are starting to get more involved,” Sinead O’Gorman, deputy director at SAR, exclaimed. According to O’Gorman, SAR is about the principle that scholars should be free to work without fear or intimidation. The office of Ted Hewitt, Western’s vice-president research and international relations, together with volunteers from each faculty, will help choose nominees. These scholars will teach and conduct research free of restrictive conditions. “[Western] and the University of Toronto are leading the way by example and we are hopeful that more Canadian universities will get involved as a result,” O’Gorman added. — Tania Overholt

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The future face of Centennial College is a sloppy teen couch-potato sitting cross-legged and eating pasta out of a can. This was the image of a new avant-garde advertising campaign for Centennial College created for the fall term by Toronto-based advertising agency Smith Roberts Creative Communications. The campaign was designed to demonstrate how teens have the potential to be great. According to Malcolm Roberts, president of SRCC, the agency represented teens as how they really are — not as clean-cut responsible adults or squeaky-clean business suit types. Roberts’ goal for the ad campaign was to show the potential for every student to be great. The advertising campaign is also targeted at parents. “Parents hope that their kids are motivated to be successful and wonder what will happen to them. The campaign wants kids and parents to know that they recognize potential in everyone,” Roberts said. SRCC dressed up Centennial’s images with lines like “the freak shall inherit the earth” and “ Einstein didn’t own a hairbrush either”. — Kelly Price

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Flatbed shortage threatens parade Company pulls out last minute and leaves constituencies scrambling for alternatives By Allie Fonarev Gazette Staff

“As of Tuesday night, we had 11 flatbeds and the company [providing these] decided to back out […] It was completely last minute.” — Justin Arcaro, University Students’ Council vice-president campus events

“As of Tuesday night, we had 11 flatbeds and the company [providing these] decided to back out,” Justin Arcaro, vice-president campus events, explained. “It was completely last minute.” According to Wolch, an emergency meeting was held right away and the constituencies were informed immediately after. “It was an unperceived risk that we couldn’t control,” she appealed. “It was out of our hands.” Ben Jankovski, parade co-ordinator, affirmed it wasn’t a lack of effort on the committee’s part. While Wolch confirmed some constituencies will forgo participating, she asserted it is mostly due to financial issues. The Homecoming planning committee remains optimistic in light of the shortcoming. “It doesn’t hinder the parade at all. The main point of the parade is school spirit. It doesn’t make or break the parade,” Wolch, attested. Arcaro noted the USC has tried to suggest other solutions to the

participating constituencies, encouraging [them] to get creative with parade ideas. “We were told in the email that […] now it’s time to be creative,” Girowski said. “You know, recruit bands if you can, pick-up trucks, bicycles, tricycles […] no golf carts,” she joked. The engineering faculty has even managed to secure its own flatbed, confirmed Franco Rondinelli, president of Charterhouse Towing & Flatbed Services. Those involved are still expecting the parade to be a success with students and the London community. “We’ve had hundreds of people come up to our booth. T-shirts we thought would last a week were sold out in a day,” Jankovski said, adding many individuals have been asking about the parade. Arcaro encouraged angry constituents to remember what Homecoming is all about. “The flatbed isn’t the make or break for the parade; it’s what the people make of it,” he said. “If you look at a parade you see there’s lots of walking groups.” Kimmi Labbett, a fifth-year psychology student, remarked Homecoming is a chance for everyone to get together and show Western pride. “It can be an amazing spectacle in the city of downtown London. It will be more of a bridge between the London community and the [university] community,” she said. “It’s to give something back to the community during Homecoming […] it’s a nice little pre-activity before the football game [and] I think it’ll be another great success this year,” Wolch concluded. The parade will take place on Saturday along Richmond Street. beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Here’s the Gazette’s keynote summary of what happened in University Students’ Council this week. For more information check out Councillor’s Corner at www.usc.uwo.ca Presentations to Council • Climate Day: Fill the Hill — On Oct. 24 students are invited to visit Parliament Hill for the international day of climate action • Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance visits — OUSA representatives informed council of the organization’s background and initiatives • Transit Pass — A student proposed the idea of a provincial bus pass, requesting the support of the USC • A Vision to Lead: A Strategic Vision for the USC — The board proposed a new long-term strategic plan, meant to supersede Built to Lead Motions Passed • An amendment will be referred to the Internal Review Committee for review, with consultation with the General Counsel. The amendment provides clarification for a bylaw where a defined method of balloting

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is not available. • USC agreed to adopt Vision to Lead as its long-term strategic plan. • Effective fiscal year 2010/2011, the $17.00 increase to the University Community Centre Operating Fee will be reduced to an amount not to exceed occupancy costs. • Surplus funds collected from the $17.00 student fee collected in Sept. total $219, 415.12. The funds will be allocated towards a Capital Renewal Fund which would aim to improve newly acquired space. Other Information • Eight individuals have shown interest in the focus group for the redesigning of the USC website. Interested? Contact usc.commun@uwo.ca • Fall nominations for teaching awards now open • Elections: Campaigning has started for the positions of health studies councillor and arts and humanities councillor. Voting for these faculty councillor positions occurs on Oct. 14 and 15. Vote at your constituency council office.

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Homecoming: a time for purple partying, puking and prancing on parade platforms. Until now. Though the University Students’ Council Homecoming committee has been planning this weekend for months, unforeseen flatbed backouts this year have left the parade participants platform-less and disappointed. “Every year we have [flatbed] companies that like to support us and every year’s a little different. This year it was a little difficult,” Sarah Wolch, USC Homecoming co-ordinator, said. “We called the normal companies we usually use and some were interested and some weren’t. We did have one company that was going to be helping us out that backed out on the 29th [of Sept.] and we lost a lot of flatbeds last minute,” she explained. Of the three flatbeds remaining, a lottery system was used to determine the constituencies who would receive them. King’s University College, the health sciences faculty and Saugeen-Maitland Hall were the lucky recipients. “[But] throughout the weeks leading up to Homecoming, there has not been the strongest communication between the USC and the King’s University College Student Council,” Patrick Searle, president of the KUCSC, said. Having learned of the flatbed shortage three days before Homecoming weekend, the remaining constituents had to either obtain funds and find their own flatbed, scramble for alternative solutions or forgo the event. “While it was upsetting to learn of the situation on Tuesday afternoon, we have been lucky enough to find someone within Brescia that has a connection to a flatbed and they are willing to help us out in our float for the parade,” Stacey Hall, president of Brescia University College Student Council, said. Hall also expressed frustration at a lack of communication and felt Brescia has often been left out of

the loop. According to Alicks Girowski, 94.9 CHRW music and promotions director, the Media Group — consisting of 94.9 CHRW, tvWestern,ca and the Gazette — has pulled out of the parade. “We decided it was best to step back instead of doing something last minute,” she explained. “I’m a little bit disappointed, [but] I’m not terribly sad,” she added. The USC maintained the shortage of flatbeds was out of its control.

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theGazette • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2009

thegazette Volume 103, issue 19 “We are inclined to think that if we watch a football game […] we have taken part in it” — JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY

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Students Disconnected Homecoming: we kind of still have one From Alumni Students need to embrace all this weekend has to offer What exactly is Homecoming? For students, the meaning of this annual tradition is unclear. We know it signals the return of alumni, a huge display of Western school spirit and a concoction of beer, football and morning pancakes. But where do we really fit into the Homecoming equation? This weekend should ideally be a chance for current Western students to encounter and learn from alumni of years past. At Queen’s University, alumni parade around the track during the halftime of the football game amidst the roar of a student-filled crowd. Traditions like this are a heartwarming collision of past and present –– something arguably absent here at Western. Students are, of course, invited to participate in Homecoming. Yet the interaction between current Western students and alumni is sorely lacking. Take the annual parade, for instance. Though an example of community and alumni outreach, the parade is poorly organized, with this year being no exception. Attendance from the student body is typically low, and even those students participating in the parade itself tend to be less than enthusiastic by the end of the route. When compared to the rich traditions and respect shown at Queen’s, what sort of connection does this make between our students and alumni? Perhaps an open house would be a beneficial addition to Western’s Homecoming festivities –– one in which alumni can learn about the changes occurring at their alma mater, interact with current students, and pass on their wisdom from years past. Initiatives such as this may help students like ourselves see where we fit into the bigger picture of Western’s history, and even increase our sense of “purple pride.” Overall, isn’t that what Homecoming at its heart is really about –– school spirit? At the end of the day, anything that can be done to foster this sentiment through generations of Westerners is a good thing. Assumingly the Homecoming initiatives directed solely at alumni — such as the various receptions and dinners they attend — are likely successful at renewing their pride for their university. In the same vein, hundreds of purple-clad students attending morning keggers and the football game make it clear that current Western attendees also feel proud of this school. The disconnect between the two groups, however, is disheartening. Homecoming needs to bridge the divide between students and alumni since there is so much we can learn from each other. We’re all Mustangs at heart after all, and it’s time Western took notice. 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 •

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One of the best weekends of the year is here again. I’m talking about Homecoming, of course. It’s the weekend when hundreds of former students head back to Western and thousands of current students engage in multiple acts of debauchery. It’s the one weekend a year where it is acceptable to be drunk at 10 in the morning without being called an alcoholic. It’s the weekend where you can tailgate outside the stadium with a bunch of 50-year old London locals and it isn’t creepy, and the weekend where you can go out dressed head-to-toe in purple and not look crazy. Despite the many great reasons to take advantage of this weekend, Homecoming spirit greatly lacks among Western students. Last year was the first time I took in Homecoming at Queen’s. Granted the infamous party known as Aberdeen Street was entirely overrated, but the main thing I noted that weekend was that Queen’s students were proud of their school. Unfortunately for Queen’s, their administration put a damper on the festivities by moving Homecoming to the spring. Western may be able to brag that we still have our celebration, but when you really look at our Homecoming, should we be proud of it? At least with regards to athletics, we don’t have a lot of school spirit at Western. Sure, the football game at Homecoming is usually full and the parking lot is full of tailgaters, but when you look a little closer you notice the majority of

those fans are alumni or Londoners. There used to be a time at Western when students would wait all night at the football field to fight off students from the opposing team, when a loss at Homecoming would result in the coach being burned in effigy and when drunk students would streak onto the field for no apparent reason. I understand football may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the game is only a minuscule part of the Homecoming tradition. Take in the parade at some point in the morning and enjoy listening to the marching band play the “Final Countdown” yet again. Or you can visit The Wave or Spoke and watch the game while enjoying a few drinks. Unfortunately, it seems even the antics off campus have lost their spirit as well. While walking around predominantly student areas last year, I noticed very few house parties. This year, I have only heard of two pancake keggers that are supposedly happening. That is flat out disappointing. I think it is time we all took in the festivities Homecoming has to offer. Enjoy these events and have pride in Western. Take pride in our student-athletes, who are some of the best in the country. Be proud of Western’s illustrious tradition when you see hundreds of alumni this weekend. Take part in trash talking other Ontario universities. The majority of us only have four years at Western, which means only four Homecomings to experience. The sad reality is time goes by quickly. Don’t waste the opportunity or you may find yourself coming back as an alumnus somewhere down the line, wishing you could have one more Homecoming as a student.

Is homecoming worth the purple pukes? Let us know. We (really) want your letters. Send your opinions to gazette.opinions@uwo.ca

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The Gazette hit the streets and the hallways, asking students how they plan to spend this Homecoming Weekend. “I’m actually riding in the float for arts and humanities.” —Max Bowman Arts I “I’m going to be out of town, so I will not be taking part in the Homecoming festivities. But if I’m back in time I definitely want to do the pub crawl.” —Evan Lilly Science III “I’ll be working.” —William Bristow BMOS II “I’m definitely going to go downtown for the parade and I want to go to the game if there are any tickets left at the door. Then I’ll probably end up at the Ceeps if the line isn’t too long.” —Katherine Bezzina Physiology and Psychology IV “I have to work and it sucks because I honestly want to go to the football game and I can’t.” —Biden Hall Classical Studies III “In the morning I’ll be going to the parade. Then I plan to go to the football game and that evening I have a dinner with Wrestling alumni.” —Shawn Wheatley Science I “It’s just another weekend. I’ve never been to Homecoming and I’m in fourth year. It’s just never been important to me.” -Kristin Stenzel History and English IV “My roommates and I will probably look for a random party and will probably go shopping. We’re not going to the football game — tickets are too expensive.”

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ArtsEntertainment Theatre Western kick-off promotes participation Controversial winter play announced By Lauren Moore Gazette Writer

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IT’S PROBABLY NOT THE BEST IDEA TO CHILL ON THE TRAIN TRACKS. The Warped 45s return to their Western roots and play at The Spoke tonight.

Back to their old stomping ground Warped 45s members fondly recall working at The Spoke By Maddie Leznoff Gazette Staff

Toronto roots-rock band The Warped 45s are returning to their Western stomping grounds to play at The Spoke tonight. The group — composed of cousins Ryan and Dave McEathron on vocals and guitar, keyboardist Kevin Hewitt, drummer Hamal Finn Roye and Alex Needleman on bass — is tied to Western as Ryan, Roye and Hewitt are alumni and worked at The Spoke together. Ryan, a former health sciences student, recalled how the three met. “We used to play in a jam band with some other guys who worked there as well,” he said. “I remember every Monday and Wednesday night [The Spoke] was packed and there were dollar beers — it got a little crazy.” The Warped 45s, however, didn’t form until years later when the McEathrons decided to start a band and Ryan asked his old schoolmates if they wanted to join. Roye and Hewitt were keen, and after finally adding bassist Needleman, the group was complete. The musical inclination of the

“Dave discovered the poem and McEathron cousins isn’t surprising — it’s in their blood. Ryan’s father is wrote music to go with it,” Ryan also a songwriter, and growing up explained. “We felt it really capthere was no shortage of musical tured the imagery of our band. It’s nice to include local artists in the exposure. “There was nothing quite like project that way.” For such a modest and relativewhen my aunts, uncles and father would get together,” Ryan said. “My ly new band — they’ve only been together for two grandma would years — The strum the guitar Warped 45s are and we grew up imprinting singing old themselves on country and the Canadian gospel songs.” music scene. These influAfter playing the ences are eviNorth By Northdent on The east music festiWarped 45s val in Toronto debut album, 10 last June, the Day Poem for band won the Saskatchewan, Rogers Fan where the Choice Award band’s earthy, — Ryan McEathron and the prize of nostalgic sound $10,000. liken them to R y a n Wilco and Neil acknowledged Young. Keeping they’ve come a close to their long way in a roots is something the group values — the album short time. “We’ve been pretty fortunate, title and lyrics of the first track come from a poem by Toronto poet especially for such a new band,” he David Seymour and the cover art- said. “When we first came to Toronto we recorded in studio with John work is a Toronto artist’s painting.

“My grandma would strum the guitar and we grew up singing old country and gospel songs.”

Critchley, who’s well connected in the music community.” Critchley is a producer and the owner of Green Door Studios in Parkdale. He’s worked with other Canadian talents like Elliot Brood and Dan Mangan. Joining the Toronto music community was key for The Warped 45s. “[It’s] such a big city and there are so many bands,” Ryan said. “You just have to try to squeeze through and get noticed. But we have a great support system — it’s nice having peer support.” Having gained popularity in Toronto, The Warped 45s are looking forward to being back on campus and reliving the good old days, and not for the last time — the band hopes to return to London at least two more times in the next year. Ryan is also excited to return to The Spoke and see how it’s changed. “[Working there] was good — actually it was great.” Laughing, he added, “but I’d rather be a musician than work in a bar.” A local band opens the show at The Spoke at 9 p.m. and The Warped 45s follow. The event is free and restricted to 19+.

A passionate group of executive members, impressive live performances and an enthusiastic audience at Theatre Western’s successful kick-off party at The Spoke Tuesday night is hopefully indicative of what is to come in the year ahead. From re-enactments of last year’s powerful winter play — The Laramie Project — to oneperson musical acts and hilarious improv sketches by the UWO Comedy Troupe, the audience was entertained with diverse student performances from start to finish. As a service of the University Students’ Council, executive members of Theatre Western are trying to increase their accessibility to the student body this year. Throughout the entire show the executive team took turns introducing upcoming acts, raising awareness and promoting participation in the organization. “So many people have the desire to get involved with theatre. It’s usually a secret passion,” said Alex Graham, vicepresident promotions. The controversial play Spring Awakening has been designated as this winter’s official production. Audience members expressed delight in the selection with claps and cheers. Spring Awakening is a German play written by Frank Wedekind in 1891 and was subsequently made into the 2006 Tony awardwinning rock musical. Theatre Western is letting students determine this year’s spring musical. This collaborative effort contrasts against past years when executive members pre-selected the play. Aspiring directors now have the chance to pitch their ideal production to the team, who will then deliberate and choose the best and most feasible option. Theatre Western’s executive team is unified in its determination to counteract the service’s stereotype of exclusivity. “People think it’s a closed-off drama club. We’re really trying to push it to all those people who did theatre in high school but, for some reason, are too intimidated to do it here,” said Nicole D’Alessandro, co-ordinator for Theatre Western. Over the course of the year, the executive team will conduct workshops open to all students that cover how to go about directing, writing and auditioning. Whether the students in The Spoke were there as Theatre Western volunteers or just by chance, Theatre Western appears to have already achieved their goal of creating an inclusive environment with a welcoming attitude.


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theGazette • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2009

Buffy Sainte-Marie gives back to education ‘University saved my life,’ Aboriginal rights advocate says By Adam Szymanski Gazette Staff

Famed Canadian singer and Aboriginal rights advocate Buffy SainteMarie was back in London spreading a familiar message. Sainte-Marie has been singing for world peace since she first became a widely recognized musician in the 1960s, and also does educational work to complement the socially conscious messages in her music. On Tuesday, Sainte-Marie introduced her Cradleboard Teaching Project to local elementary schools.

“During the long periods between albums I complete big educational projects, working with teachers, students and colleges and developing interactive multimedia curriculum like Science: through Native American Eyes,” SainteMarie says. The Cradleboard Teaching Project has developed curriculums that incorporate Native culture into subjects like geography, social studies, history, science and music. Creating an elementary school curriculum from scratch may seem like a daunting task, but it brings out Sainte-Marie’s creative side.

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“Writing curriculum this way is similar to — and just as much fun as — making music or art,” she says. The importance Sainte-Marie places on education stems from her own university experience. “University saved my life,” she says. “[It is] the perfect place for a safe transition from small town narrow mindedness to expansive global thinking.” Though Sainte-Marie was a regular on educational children’s show Sesame Street from 1976-1981, her music isn’t child’s play. Her career took off in the 1960s with her popular love song, “Until It’s Time for You to Go,” and the anti-Vietnam peace anthem “Universal Soldier.” Artists like Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond have covered her music. On Wednesday, Sainte-Marie played a show in London at one of her favourite venues, Aeolian Hall, where she sang her politicallyinformed songs. Her tour is in promotion of her latest album, Running with the Drum, that draws on a number of themes and musical genres. “Each song is its own little painting,” she says. “The themes are always snapshots of some part of the things we share as human beings — love, frustration with greedy elitists, war, death, home, heroes — plus a bunch that are just for dancing and fun,” she says.

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TAKING A HANDS-ON APPROACH. Between her music and Cradleboard Teaching Project Buffy Sainte-Marie has impacted both young and old. Many social issues Sainte-Marie touches on in her music involve native communities in Canada. “Certain people enjoy a very narrow part of life and others are more expansive in what they tolerate or even love. Probably there have always been these various extremes,” she says. “But I’ve seen things [improve] since I first started travelling around and I think that, taken as a whole, our whole species is maturing.” Reaching out to people

requires a lot of traveling — something that can take a physical toll. Sainte-Marie is grateful for the generosity and hospitality of native communities. “You have to be tough and healthy to survive continual jet lag and homelessness,” she says. “Grassroots people take care of us real good. Their love and appreciation and hospitality are boundless.” For Sainte-Marie, the hard work is worth it because she gets to spend time with her people. “Spending time with the reservation and urban Aboriginal people is the reward. It’s the reason I can tolerate so much discomfort on the road,” she says. The hard work throughout Sainte-Marie’s long career is continuing to pay off as she has had a very successful year so far. SainteMarie received an honourary doctorate of music from Western in June in addition to receiving her second Juno award and being induced into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Awards and recognition aside, Sainte-Marie keeps playing music because the audience responds well to what she has to say. “We’re on the road and everybody gets it,” she says.


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BIGf ishIN A SMALL POND Are the Mustangs too good for the OUA?

By Bryn McDonnell Gazette Writer

It is crystal clear; there is no shortage of athletic talent at Western. That being said, the abundance of talent leaves consistently high ranked Mustang athletic teams in the Ontario University Athletics conference wanting more. For a school that won nine OUA gold medals last year and sent seven teams to Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships, where could Western look to satisfy its competitive hunger? Look no further than south of the border. That’s exactly what baseball head coach Mike Lumley had in mind when the baseball team took a mid-season trip to Livonia, MI to play Madonna University of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. “Quite simply, our main objective was to go down and basically see where we fall in terms of athletic capabilities. After witnessing the way our boys performed today I feel this team and this school are in well enough shape athletically to take the necessary steps to the next level — first the NAIA, and eventually the NCAA Division II,” Lumley said. Madonna, who competes in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference of the NAIA, was more than happy to host the two game mini-series with the Mustangs. “Western played good ball today and they left nothing on the table. It was a real treat for our school and for the young guys here as well,” Madonna head coach Greg Haeger said. There’s no question that the U.S. can produce amazing college athletes, but according to Coach Haeger success does not start with the players on the field. “Traditionally if you want to have a great athletic program it starts with the athletic department ... the good schools, the UBC’s and Simon Fraser’s, that have great programs show that schools with good solid funding can give the student athletes what they really need in terms of travel, resources and facilities. That’s where this move for Western will succeed — in stable funding and accommodations made to benefit the student-athlete,” he said. Of course no jump can be complete without collaboration from

both the academic and athletic departments. With American colleges putting higher emphasis on athletics, Western’s goal would be to work out an arrangement to allow students to be successful both on the field and in the classroom. “Western, like Harvard or Stanford, is a tough academic school. But Harvard and Stanford are still successful at the highest level because they recruit the qualified students who have balance and are sound in their fields of athletics,” Haeger said. In the eyes of the current student athletes, Western is at no disadvantage because of their tough course load, nor do their natural athletic abilities shy from those of American athletes. “After seeing how we did against Madonna it shows just how good the OUA — and Western — is. We are at the top in pretty much all sports here in Ontario and I feel the change would only make our athletes better when facing the tougher competition,” senior Mustang pitcher Carlos Cabrera said. “We have players from all over Ontario who have played at elite levels growing up and they decide to stay here because they realize they want the education, and they want the big school feel with the great facilities and opportunities to excel.” Western, unlike schools such as SFU and UBC, has not identified with an “Americanized” style of athletic mindset. For the greater part of its history, Western has called the OUA and CIS home for most varsity teams. So just how would a departure from these two respective conferences negatively impact other Canadian schools by making the jump to the NAIA? “The first priority for Western is to make the OUA and CIS better. I feel that a move to the NAIA or NCAA would not definitely benefit our school,” said Western athletic director Thérèse Quigley. “If we can attract better student athletes through means of tougher competition in our current conferences or even introduce a possible CAN-AM tournament yearly for given sports […] I would be all for hearing all possible options.” It was in 2007 that the NCAA granted permission for teams outside the United States to compete in the athletic association and so

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far one school has taken advantage of that. SFU will be an official NCAA team by 2012 and has already made the jump on an interim basis this year.

We recognize the ability of our students being able to compete against American teams and that already shows the positive athletic program we run. … But the way we are playing right now I feel the OUA and CIS should remain our main priority —Thérèse Quigley Western director of athletics

“It is a huge positive for our school,” SFU associate athletic director Mike Renney said.

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“While competing in the CIS we spent far more on travel costs by going to Alberta and sometimes Manitoba. By positioning ourselves in the NCAA Division II we situate ourselves to compete against teams primarily on the Pacific north coasts.” According to Renney, Western could elevate their reputation both academically and athletically by following in SFU’s footsteps. “[Students] want the best education they can get and now we have presented the best athletic opportunities for them as well,” Renney said, referring to Simon Fraser’s jump to the NCAA. “It’s no lie that Ontario, like British Columbia, is a hub for great athletes… with a serious attitude, proper funding and student-athlete beneficial mindset, I feel Western could be an ideal University for producing the best student-athletes Ontario has to offer.” While this is still a theoretical

plan, it seems like a move to a tougher division is a plausible option for Mustang athletics. However, many questions still need to be answered before the move could be put in motion. Does Western have enough funding? Will it be through a private donor or the alumni? “Right now, I don’t see how we could do this without some sort of private sponsorship for funding,” Quigley said. Would the student athletes falter in their studies, and how could Western accommodate them? Will American student athletes take Canadian student spots? “I have no intention of recruiting outside Canada,” Lumley said. “Our athletes here are fantastic and Ontario develops some of the best. Hopefully this move will just keep even more Canadian athletes from crossing the border.” “We want to be the UBC of Ontario, plain and simple.”

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Why does Laval get to play by their own rules? Coaches split on fairness of Rouge et Or’s presence in CIS By Mike Hayes Gazette Staff

During last year’s Vanier Cup, Mustang fans were taught a lesson by the dominating Laval Rouge et Or. Since Laval chose to create a football program in 1995, the team has jumpstarted interest in football in Quebec and now is one Vanier Cup win away from tying the Mustangs record of six championships. Along the way the team has garnered just as much attention for its funding as it has for successes on the field. “Every time we go to the Vanier Cup we speak more about funding than we do about the kids’ achievements,” Glen Constantin, head coach of the Rouge et Or, noted. He explained the funding model for francophone schools differ from most English schools as there is less of a reliance on alumni money. Instead, the team has more of a relationship with the local business community. Greg Marshall, Mustangs head coach, recognized the importance of funding for Laval’s team, but cautioned not to attribute all the team’s successes to money. “They have all this money because they have between [15,000] and 20,000 people coming to the game each week,” Marshall said. Coaching is also cited as a determinant of success by Marshall. “If you look at the teams that are

successful across the country they have great leadership and outstanding coaches. If you took coach Constantin and his staff to another school they’ll eventually win there too — they’re good, solid coaches.” Laval’s unique presence as the first French university in North America has also allowed it to gather recruits from a relatively untapped pool. Many francophone graduates from CEGEP — an intermediary year between high school and university exclusive to Quebec — want to continue studies in their native language, and it can sometimes be hard for English schools to get the students to leave the province. “Quebec is very unique: everything from the tuition to the incentives for a student to stay in Quebec [makes it] very difficult to recruit a student out of Quebec,” Thérèse Quigley, director of Sports and Recreation at Western, explained. “A university that at one time one might say, ‘owned the province,’ had a huge pool of athletes to draw from.” Gerry McGrath, the head coach for the Concordia Stingers has also noticed a similar trend. “It’s tough for me in Quebec to get the top CEGEP kids,” McGrath said. “There’s a couple of issues: one, [Laval’s] budget is six times mine, so what they can do and offer is superior. The other issue is that for the most part they’re all francophone kids […] so if they want to

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study in French they can do so [at Laval].” McGrath did note this trend is changing. The expansion of other French schools such as University of Montréal and Sherbrooke into what was solely Laval’s territory has leveled the playing field to some degree. But one of the main issues with teams playing out of Quebec has been age. At last year’s Vanier Cup, Western’s average player age hovered around 21 while Laval’s was significantly older. Due to the Québécois educational system, the average age for a CEGEP graduate will be 21 — an age where some Ontario students may be graduating from university. “I think in a very physical sport like football, age is definitely a factor,” Quigley said. McGrath agreed: “I see it better than anyone. More than half my team is from Ontario [… ] playing against CEGEP kids who are a few years older. “I can get a 300-pound kid that’s 17 from Ontario but he’s not in great physical shape, while a 300pound kid coming out of CEGEP […] would be a very solid strong 300-pounder.” But more than anything else, Laval’s presence in the CIS has encouraged other teams to try harder. “That’s one thing I tell our coaches and players,” Marshall said. “[Laval has] set the bar so high and we have to find a way to compete with them. “I think it’s really been good for university football across the country.”

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Mustangs take on Marshall’s former team By Daniel Da Silva Gazette Staff

The Gazette recently asked some notable Mustang alumni what they remembered from their days at Western Homecomings. “We had some exciting Homecoming games. I remember in my third year we beat the University of Toronto. I scored a bunch of touchdowns that game — it was good for me.” “I remember some wild parties. They would close off the whole street on Wharncliffe and just have a wild party.” “It was a fun time. It was a time when you got a chance to meet some of the alumni and it was something that I really looked forward to.” —Greg Marshall Former Mustangs running back Current Mustangs football head coach

“I remember all the different ways that students would try to sneak their booze into the stands. I never took part in it, of course. I was on the field.” “In those days there was a really strong student interest in all the games. It wasn’t just Homecoming. They were really supporting us at all the games.” —Bob Pearson Former Mustangs right end 1959 Yates Cup champion

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“Back when I was a student Homecoming was built around football. As a student-athlete, there were a number of times where there would be a conflict and I would be on the road competing and wouldn’t have an opportunity to participate. When we were here we were celebrating with all the other students and enjoying the fun of Homecoming.”

The defending champs certainly have a target on their back. After heading to Guelph last weekend and sneaking away with a 41-39 victory over the hometown Gryphons, the Western Mustangs football team finally returns home for the 2009 Homecoming game. “It was an exciting game last week and it’s going to be an exciting game this week. It’s special,” Western head coach Greg Marshall said. “I hope that after the Guelph game, if our guys were thinking they were pretty good, it brought them back to reality.” Tomorrow, the Mustangs take on the McMaster Marauders, who sport a 2-2 record. This is the first meeting between the two teams since 2007 when Western lost a close 22-15 game in Hamilton. “We didn’t play McMaster last year. They were the one team that we missed,” Marshall said. “McMaster is a good football team. They are exceptionally coached; they’re young in some areas. It’s going to be a good game.” After being on the road for two straight games, Western is looking forward to the home support. “Playing in front of our home fans is always a treat,” quarterback Michael Faulds said. “We’ve only gotten to do it once so far this season, so it’s really great to be back. I can’t wait to see the excitement and the noise that they’ll bring.” With the game already sold out, the Mustangs can look forward to a raucous crowd that will surely be a factor during the game. “It’s difficult for the visitors to communicate. It’s really tough to get the signals in and for the quarterback to change plays at the line of scrimmage,” Marshall said of the influence a loud crowd can have. McMaster head coach Stefan

Ptaszek echoed that sentiment. “We had 6,000 at our home opener so we know that managing noise and communication is always an issue,” he said. “We will get mentally ready for that. We will need to take [the crowd] out of the game early, and we plan to do that.” Though all Homecoming games are important to the football team, it will be especially meaningful for Faulds, defensive backs Josh Foster and Cory Watson and offensive linemen Andy Rady and Zach Pollari. All five players are in their final year of eligibility. “This is my fifth and final Homecoming so it’s going to be a great game,” Faulds said. “It’s such an amazing atmosphere.” While this game is a special for the entire team, it holds extra meaning for coach Marshall. Before coaching the Mustangs, Marshall had a long stint as head coach of the Marauders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. “Having McMaster come here for our homecoming is going to be special for myself,” Marshall said. “The players have changed since I was last there, but the coaches are pretty much the same, so these are some of my best and closest friends that I’ll be competing against on Saturday.” If the Mustangs have any aspirations of keeping their perfect record intact, there is much that will need to be improved upon. “We’ve made tons of mistakes and the coaches have been sure to show us. So until we peak, there’s always room for improvement,” he said. “McMaster wants to spoil the party. We’re going to do our best to not let them do that.” “We’ve worked hard to focus on the task at hand,” Marshall said. “When the game is over, hopefully we can celebrate and join in on the Homecoming festivities. It’s going to be a great weekend.”

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“Homecoming is a time for reminiscing and nostalgia, as thousands of former Western students return to the scene of some of their fondest memories.� — The Gazette Oct. 19, 1979 Homecoming isn’t just about the football. For many alumni returning to Western this weekend, homecoming is a time to reflect on university days gone past. To commemorate 80 years of Homecoming tradition at Western, the Gazette has compiled the most memorable Homecoming stories of all time.

1929 — Western’s first unofficial Homecoming game was held at J.W. Little stadium on Oct. 19. However, before the game got underway, players, fans and alumni took part in a dedication ceremony to honour the new football field. When The Mustangs and Queen’s Golden Gaels took the field, they were arranged in a giant “W� formation. Then-president W. Sherwood Fox addressed the crowd and explained the significance of the ceremony. Queen’s and Western alumni presented their respective flags to the Board of Governors, which they raised up the new flagpole during halftime. Following two enthusiastic renditions of the national anthem and “God Save the King� Rev. John Gibson Inskster led the crowd of 4,000 in a prayer of dedication. Unfortunately, the game itself was not as spectacular — at least not for Western. Queen’s defeated the Mustangs 25-2.

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1949 — The Alumni Association formally held the school’s first official Homecoming on Oct. 8. The Mustangs took on the McGill Redmen, and even though the odds were stacked against Western — McGill had a former Calgary Stampeder playing for them — the home team came out victorious winning 14-12.

1955 — An alleged attack on Little stadium was foiled when the plan was exposed in the Oct. 21 issue of the Gazette. The attack was scheduled to happen the Friday night before the Queen’s-Western Homecoming game by Queen’s students. In anticipation of the strike, campus police enlisted the help of Huron students to protect the field. However, to the disappointment of many Western students prepared for a brawl, no Queen’s students ever showed that night.

1964 — After a crushing 56-19 defeat to the McGill Redmen, Western fans revolted against head coach John “Bull� Metras by burning the coach in effigy. The life-sized dummy was set ablaze and hung from a wooden tripod in the law parking lot. Fans held a mock funeral, complete with a prayer service after the dummy disintegrated.

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1969 — Years after Queen’s fans failed to show up for their alleged attack on Western’s Little stadium, Golden Gael’s enthusiasts attempted to strike the Mustang field again. Three hundred students, mostly from Queen’s, stormed the stadium on Friday afternoon before the Homecoming game and attempted to make off with the Western goal posts. However, Western fans were ready for the attack and managed to wrestle the thieves to the ground before the posts were removed.

1980 — One of the largest parties ever reported during Homecoming was held on Western Road in 1980. The estimated number of guests peaked at around 1,000 people and although the guest list was large, the party, according to reports, remained relatively peaceful.

1985 — The Homecoming party to end all Homecoming parties came to an abrupt halt when 32 London police officers donned riot gear to break up a house party at 93 Wharncliffe Rd. N. Jeff Fischer, the host of the party, told the Gazette that by 11:20 p.m. the party had grown out of control. Approximately 650 people were in attendance and five guests were arrested after altercations with police turned violent.

1991— A rambunctious crowd storming the door staff at The Max — now called the Wave — forced the bar to close its doors at 10:45 p.m. to avoid further damage. Western’s newest bar was set to open Homecoming weekend and was met with an enthusiastic crowd. Reports claim the lineup to enter the bar Friday night extended all the way down the University Community Centre stairwell. What should have been good news for the bar quickly turned sour as a crowd of 50 students rushed past security into the establishment, turning over tables and damaging property in the process. Police were called to The Max again on the Saturday night when several hundred people lined up to see The Barenaked Ladies play the post-Homecoming game show. Paramedics were called to treat several fans who had fainted while waiting in line, as well as a person who received a minor head injury.

2000 — Over 70 years had gone by since the Mustangs christened Little stadium, but Y2K marked the beginning of a new era for the team. The first homecoming game at T.D. Waterhouse stadium was held as Western took on the York Yeomen and stormed their way to victory, 44-10.

2005 — A streaker graced T.D. Waterhouse stadium in the Homecoming game against the York Lions. The streaker shared his experience with the Gazette in 2007, but for obvious reasons could not reveal his full name. He explained one of the reasons he decided to streak was to protest the high ticket prices fans were forced to pay that year. Unlike other Homecoming streakers who showed up during half time in the past, this streaker mapped out his course before he ran and was not captured by the authorities. To those wanting to follow in his footsteps, he offered some advice. “Planning can’t hurt and get ready to run,� he said. “Once you’re out there it’s longer than it looks.�


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Western’s Homecoming weekend comes with its fair share of debauchery as students and alumni alike look forward to the annual opportunity to slam purple-dyed brews in the name of tradition. The typical Saturday consists of a tightly scheduled itinerary usually beginning with an early morning pancake kegger and concluding with an escapade downtown to drink at any bar that doesn’t have a line spanning two blocks of Richmond Row. The hard partying that accompanies a typical Homecoming celebration takes a serious toll on both body and mind. While most students will likely turn to Advil and Vitamin Water as a temporary solution to a case of the purple pukes, another brutal hangover is an opportunity to seek out natural methods in order to de-tox, refocus and create a longterm balanced lifestyle. Meditative practices, yoga and even jogging are ways to get your mind and body in tip-top form after a weekend, or even years, of Homecoming celebrations. There are many options available on campus and around the city to fit personal needs and goals.

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the former head coach for the Mustangs football team witnessed the transition from historic J.W. Little stadium to Western’s current stateof-the-art facility, which opened in 2000. “I think it’s impossible not to have a sense of the history and tradition of [J.W.] Little stadium … it was one of the iconic places in [Canadian Interuniversity Sports] football,” he said. For Haylor’s Mustangs, the move to T.D. Waterhouse required some adjustments. “Little [stadium] was forever and ever the home of the Mustangs,” he

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explained. “The coaching staff fundraised and turned the [new locker room at T.D. Waterhouse] into what most coaches and players would say is a really intimate home for the team — that means pictures and murals and slogans — the important brand names of the Mustangs.” Some time-honoured traditions of the team shifted when T.D. Waterhouse was completed, Haylor added. “For as long as the Mustangs team existed, the team ran [UC hill] to the top and touched the tree,” he recalled. “We tried to maintain that tradition at the new field but it was half a mile away.” The transition to T.D. Waterhouse certainly didn’t happen overnight, but Haylor stressed the stadium has gained quite a reputation over the years. “It’s come a long way … [the second-floor addition] just turned it into a model CIS football facility.” Completed in 2006, the Michael Kirkley Training Centre addition opened thanks to funds generated by the Champions Club following the tragic death of Kirkley, a Mustang football alumnus and star running back. The $1.6-million training centre has since become a corner-

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stone of Mustang recruiting. “When they bring people through that facility, their eyes widen,” Haylor said. “The reputation the facility got was the ‘wow’ factor,” Frank Erle, manager of T.D. Waterhouse stadium, echoed. New turf installed in 2007 has also helped to improve the quality of the stadium. “There was a quantum leap in terms of usability and player comfort,” Haylor explained. Erle said the stadium brings prestige to both Western and the greater London community. From the 2001 Canada Summer Games to next year’s Canadian Special Olympics, T.D. Waterhouse has hosted various national and international sporting events. “The stadium is a big drawing point for a lot of international-level events, and most importantly is something that puts Western on the map … very few facilities have the ability to draw national television coverage,” said Andy Watson, media relations and sports information co-ordinator for the Mustangs. Earlier this year, Western hosted the CIS East West bowl — an all-star game for university football and a scouting tool for the Canadian Football League. “All the coaches from across the country were at our stadium,” current Mustang football head coach Greg Marshall said. “They all agreed — from a football standpoint, it’s one of the best facilities in the country.”

TIMELINE 2000 T.D. Waterhouse officially opens, replacing J.W. Little stadium 2001 Hosts Canada Summer Games 2004 Hosts Ontario Summer Games 2005 Hosts Pan-Am Field Hockey Championships and World Transplant Games 2006 State-of-the-art Michael Kirkley Training Centre completed 2006 Hosts Ontario Paralympic Championships and World Field Lacrosse Championships 2007 AstroTurf replaced improved turf

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Mustangs hockey teams back on the ice Women drop opener 5-3 Men cruise to 7-2 victory over Gaels Elton Hobson

By Justin Duckett

Gazette Writer

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every third period we’ve played so far,” he said. Following their initial success, The Western Mustangs women’s the Mustangs offence was increashockey team came into this season ingly frustrated. They were unable with something to prove to the to find the net despite a litany of school, their competition and tense moments and dramatic near misses. The Devilettes defence themselves. Ten minutes into their first pre- pressured the Mustangs constantly, season game, the Mustangs did just putting them out of their rhythm. Despite the disappointing effort, that. It was only the first period, but the outcome already seemed a for- there were still aspects of the game the Mustangs could be proud of. gone conclusion. Playing a tight and determined Their defence — while at times game, the Mustangs marched to an overwhelmed — contested every early 3-0 lead in a pre-season attempt on net. Offensively, Mustang forward match against the London Devilettes junior division squad on Buck racked up two goals, a bright Sunday. Unfortunately for the Mus- spot for Western in an otherwise tangs, the Devilettes stormed back disappointing afternoon. “We’re at the beginning [of the and took the game 5-3, starting the season], still growing as a team, still pre-season on a bitter note. “They just put it to us in the first having to work on the little things,” Buck said. eight minutes,” She felt this loss Devilettes head has already shown coach Chris Higthe team a valugins said. “But able lesson. the girls have “From this, learned never to we’ve learned that quit.” we have to keep The Musour pace up tangs got on the through all three board courtesy periods,” she said. of Ellie SeedIn discussing house and a pair his team’s perforof goals by Brittany Buck put — Paul Cook, mance after the game, Mustangs them safely in Mustangs head coach head coach Paul the driver’s seat. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Cook pointed out that, with the hockey season just beginning, it was not meant to be. Over the remaining two and a more time was needed for the team half periods, the London Juniors to get into their groove. “We’re two weeks from our first rallied. Following their impressive start, the Mustangs slowly but sure- [regular season] game, and there’s ly yielded the initiative and the still things we have to work on,” Cook said. momentum to the opposition. When asked what specifically The Devilettes defence managed to keep Western off the board for the the women would be working on rest of the game, while their increas- following this performance, Cook ingly effective offence got past elaborated. “We haven’t had much time to goalie Lindsey Martin five times. Coach Higgins was proud of his spend on stuff like special teams, team’s effort in the come from faceoffs and defensive zone coverage. That’s all on the list for these behind win. “We’ve come back three of our coming weeks,” he said. As for the competition in the last four games now, so I knew we upcoming season, Cook felt his wouldn’t give up,” he said. That mental toughness was key team would be in for a long struggle. “Last season was a battle. Every for the Devilettes, who took control of the game in the second and third game, we were close. It was a comperiods. For Higgins, that determi- petitive game every night with nation to fight for every period is every team. I expect the same this central to his coaching philosophy. season,” he said. The Mustangs kick off their reg“One of our goals this year is to take every third period. Whether ular season at home on Saturday, we’re ahead or behind; we’ve won Oct. 10 against the Brock Badgers.

“Last season was a battle. Every game, we were close. It was a competitive game every night with every team. I expect the same this season.”

The quest to return to the national championships has begun. Western’s men’s hockey team opened its pre-season schedule Saturday afternoon at Thompson Arena, almost six months after the team’s disappointing loss to the University of New Brunswick at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships. The game was fast-paced and high-scoring, as the Mustangs emerged with a 7-2 victory over the Queen’s Gaels. “I thought it was a good start for us,” Mustangs head coach Clarke Singer said. “It was our first game and Queen’s has played two games. There are still a lot of things we have to do, but overall I’m pretty happy with the effort.” Western displayed their skill quickly in the first period, scoring three times within the first 10 minutes. Second-year forward Yashar Farmanara opened the scoring. Keaton Turkiewicz and Patrick Ouellet also tallied goals early for the Mustangs. Despite the quick lead, Queen’s answered back with a one-timer on the power play. Queen’s also scored four-on-four before the end of the first to bring them within one. “I think we came out of the gate pretty strong,” Ouellet said. “We kind of let down after the first half of the first period and let in couple of goals. We had a couple of mental

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breakdowns, but overall for the first game it was pretty solid.” With Queen’s closing in, Western turned it up in the second, scoring three more times in the first eight minutes of the period. Jason Furlong, Scott Aarssen and Chris Corbeil all got on the score sheet. After Corbeil scored Western’s sixth goal, Queen’s coach Brett Gibson opted to put in rookie goaltender Chris Feniak. “Here’s a kid who hasn’t played in the [Ontario University Athletics] before, and he came into goal and relieved really well for us tonight,” Gibson said of Feniak after he let in a single goal in relief. Western maintained the lead and Ouellet scored his second goal of the game late in the third to lead his team to a 7-2 victory. “I thought we did well offensively,” Singer said. “We had 21 scoring chances in the game. That’s not bad for mixing lines and we only had one or two power plays in the game.” Despite the score, Gibson felt his team played hard. “It’s a learning experience,” he said. “We’re trying to get better every night. We had some bad goals go in tonight and good teams capitalize.” Western divided the goaltending

work, with three goalies playing a period each. Keyvan Hunt came into the second period and shut down the Gaels as his team held on to a one-goal lead. “The team played pretty well around me,” Hunt said. “They made my life easy and kept the shots to the outside, so it was good.” When the game ended Western and Queen’s took part in a friendly shoot-out, with Western scoring twice on three chances and Queen’s scoring once. The Mustangs have very high expectations this year and Singer feels the team should be able to compete for the OUA title. “We always set our goals high every year. We want to win the OUA West conference, but seven or eight teams have that exact same goal,” he said. “We have a lot of returning players so we should be back up there in Thunder Bay [where the national championship is held]. That’s what we’re aiming for anyways,” Ouellet added. The Mustangs now head south of the border to take on Ohio State on Oct. 4 for their next exhibition game. Western’s first regular season home game is Oct. 10 against the Brock Badgers at 7:30 p.m.

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