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Starbucks may undercut Spoke’s bucks

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Students passing through the University Community Centre may have an extra option for coffee, but converging line-ups aren’t the only effect of having a Starbucks in the atrium. The new franchise is expected to financially impact the other coffee spots on the main floor, especially the Spoke Cafe. “The Spoke is probably Starbucks’ biggest competitor, because we both serve similar products, compared to [the Spoke] versus Tim Hortons,” Tony Ayala, vice president finance for the University Students’ Council, said. “There is competition and we just have to deal with it.” The Starbucks franchise was set up by Western’s Hospitality Services, which divides control of the UCC space with the USC. “On our space that we lease, we control who the tenant is. We make the contract with them about pricing, rent—everything. However, there are certain spaces that Hospitality Services control like the bookstore, the computer store, Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Williams,” Ayala explained. The two sides do not operate with complete independence. Like all other UCC decisions, the Starbucks franchise was previously brought up with the USC.

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“We’re part of the UCC coordinating committee that meets monthly, and the USC is represented by student leaders,” Frank Miller, director of Hospitality Services, said. “We’ve talked about this for several years so there was no surprise—we discussed it at the committee and decided we should move ahead.”

We are confident that the Spoke will continue to be a strong option for students, but we also recognize that students want as many choices as possible. — Adam Fearnall

USC President

He explained the decision to add another coffee shop was based on student feedback. “We do an annual survey, and Starbucks has been in the top five on the list for the last three or four years,” Miller said. “So that certainly gives us a good indicator that that’s the way to go.” Adam Fearnall, USC president, concurred with Hospitality Ser-

vices’ reasoning. “Last year, through the Strategic Plan, students told us that they just wanted good services and that it didn’t matter where they got the service from,” Fearnall said. “We are confident that the Spoke will continue to be a strong option for students, but we also recognize that students want as many choices as possible.” Still, more options mean the Spoke is expected to take a hit. “We’ve had competition before—Tim Hortons and Williams are both under Hospitality Services,” Ayala said. “Our managers just prepare themselves by trying to up the service. We never try to go for pricing wars with competitors, but rather service wars.” But even while remaining competitive, the USC has planned for lost business at the Spoke this year. According to Ayala, the Spoke made over $100,000 last year, and this year it’s only projected to make $56,000. Although, according to Miller, the impact may not be as severe as anticipated. “As of day one, it appears it has not impacted our Tim Hortons on the upper level, so it hasn’t taken any business away. It will take us a few weeks to watch the trends, and we’ll see how the numbers shake down, but so far no impact.”

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Student summer employment suffers Alex Carmona News Editor

“Sharply rising tuition in the context of decreased student summer employment suggests that It turns out any students who students are going to have more had trouble finding a job this sum- difficulty affording a post-secondmer had plenty of company. At 13 ary education, and will increasper cent, Ontario boasted the high- ingly rely on student financial asest student summer unemploy- sistance, and because of this, have ment rate of any province in Can- higher debt,” Alysha Li, vice presiada, according to a recent report dent university affairs for the Uniby the Ontario Undergraduate Stu- versity Students’ Council and presdent Alliance. Based on Statistics ident of OUSA, explained. Li added some of the provinCanada’s June labour force survey, the report also shows the amount cial government’s recent policy of students left out in the heat this changes haven’t helped either. “One hindrance has been the summer only just fell short of the record number of unemployed cancellation of the work study students during the summer of the program, where the government subsidized students’ wages. Some 2008 financial crisis. While the economy might not schools still administer the probe in the same state of crisis as it gram, but the government no lonwas four years ago, the ongoing ger contributes funding for the downturn has been pinpointed program.” Luckily for Flaherty, he manas a major cause of the lack of employment opportunities for aged to get hired at a big box hardware store last summer without students. “We’re in an extremely difficult such programs, thanks to a pereconomic situation right now,” sonal connection. “The only reason I was hired at Chris Martin, director of research all is because I had friend already for OUSA, said. “Unemployment is high in gen- working there and she got me an eral. Canada-wide it’s at around interview,” he said. “I am now a seven per cent, which is very high firm believer in the saying that it’s historically. But it is having a par- not what you know, but who you ticularly adverse impact on stu- know.” “If you want a job, by all means dents because Ontario has the highest participation rate of any apply to as many places as posprovince,” he added. “Combined sible, but you should also canvas with the need to pay tuition and to your friends and family to see what work to afford your tuition, I would kind of contacts you can make and imagine that probably places an see what opportunities you can increased strain on our already find.” strained labour market.” Martin also noted competition from other students is one of the biggest barriers preventing stu- Student summer dents from claiming highly sought- unemployment rates after summer employment. “Right now I think [the biggest problem] is probably the crowd- 2009: 14% ing in the labour market,” he said. “We’ve seen declines in the employment rate, and the unemployment rate has remained high, yet enrollment has increased every 2010: 10.4% single year.” Patrick Flaherty, a fifth-year social science student at Western, felt the pressure of that crowding when he started looking for sum- 2011: 11% mer work. “I applied to 17 jobs in the Masonville area, which is where I live, and I didn’t expect it to be nearly as difficult as it was. All the jobs I ap- 2012: 13% plied for were retail, and I didn’t realize how competitive it can be for that type of work,” he said. Soaring tuition costs in Ontario Source: Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance have compounded the problem.


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Mustang Express gallops out of gate The University Students’ Council will be looking into extending the Mustang Express to act as a late night study shuttle from campus. Adam Fearnall, USC president, hinted at the possibility following a recent meeting with Voyageur Transportation, the company behind the Mustang Express. “Some students have indicated that there’s a need for late night study shuttles from campus,” he said. Fearnall noted, however, that the feasibility of late-night shuttles, in part, depends on the existence of a substantial market on campus that would make use of them. “We need to do more research on the demand for such a service, and then move forward with our partners at the university if demand is high enough.” The USC will also be working towards decreasing some of the confusion that has surrounded the Mustang Express routes. “The USC and Voyageur are working on creating an easily accessible route map so that students can get used to where each bus goes,” he explained. “We’re also looking to create more clarity around the routes and the visibility of the purple and silver line markings on each bus to make the service easier for students to understand and utilize.”

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The Mustang Express currently runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights after the London Transit Commission has stopped operating. —Alex Carmona

USC links students together The University Students’ Council has launched a new event planning and programming site called Western Link. Described in a press release by Jeremy Santucci, vice president communications for the USC, as “innovative and streamlined,” Western Link will facilitate student groups with organization of their websites, photo galleries and allow them to integrate their respective social media. Western Link is an improvement over the USC’s previous event planning, which Santucci asserted some students found difficult to use. “I am excited to see what this program will be able to do to better support and organize the clubs community,” Erin Uberig, vice president student events for the USC, said. Uberig also noted how this would help students gain employable experience not taught by professors. “In addition, an extra-curricular experiences portion of the system will help advance the USC’s ability to works towards providing co-curricular transcripts for students to help them demonstrate to their future employers what they learned outside the classroom at Western.” —Cam Smith

Purplefest is back, tell a friend It has returned. Running until Thursday, Purplefest is a series of free interactive programs taking place in and around the University Community Centre. Initiated back in 2010 as a way to welcome back upper-year

students, Purplefest has grown to include a variety of fun events and activities to help showcase the various University Students’ Council operations. “Purplefest is a great opportunity for students to find the communities that they best identify with, and to see how the USC supports them,” Myuri Komaragiri, vice president campus issues for the USC, said. Some of the events running during Purplefest include a performance by Hey Rosetta! in the Mustang Lounge on Thursday, zorb balls on Concrete Beach on Wednesday and a production from Theatre Western of Hard Candy on Wednesday evening at the Spoke. For a full list of events visit www. —Kenneth Rose

FIMSSC is the future Effective this year, the former Media, Information and Technoculture Students’ Council will be known as the Faculty of Information and Media Studies Students’ Council to better represent its entire student body. As MIT is just one of three programs offered by the faculty, Jordan Coop, FIMSSC president, was concerned the former name was “slightly confusing, if not potentially marginalizing.” With the name change, which received overwhelming support from faculty and students, Coop said he hopes to help “foster a greater sense of cohesion within the FIMS community at large.” Coop opined the former name was probably quite adequate at first when FIMS offered only the MIT program. With the faculty now offering two other undergraduate programs—media and the public interest, as well as media theory and production—the name change was deemed both necessary and overdue. —Karty Vishal

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New online tool makes finding class easier Julian Uzielli Online Editor


I SOLEMNLY SWEAR I AM UP TO NO GOOD. Developed by brothers Greg and Scott Simon, helps students locate their classes on campus in the first few weeks of a new school year.

No end in sight to soaring tuition costs Megan Devlin Gazette Staff

Government funding is not increasing at the same rate as costs are increasing, and students are having to pick up the difference through tuition. — Alysha Li

Vice president university affairs for the University Students’ Council

“I knew I had a lot of debt, but graduating and realizing how fast, and how much, I had to start paying back was a reality check and has been a huge struggle.” Wesley McPherson, an HBA II student, has a similar story “The cost of my education has increased every year for me, especially when I entered Ivey. When I graduate I will be $80,000 in debt, and I will carry huge monthly payments for a long time after graduation. Life once I graduate will be extremely conservative and frugal.”

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Anyone who thinks they’re getting gouged by university tuition may, in fact, have it right­—and it’s only getting worse. Tuition and compulsory fees are increasing at a rate of 6.2 per cent annually—three times the rate of inflation, a new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has reported. Students in Canada now pay an average of $6,186 to attend university, and that number is expected to increase to $7,330 in the next four years. “What amazed me was the amount of variation from province to province,” Erika Shaker, co-author of the CCPA report, said. Students in Newfoundland and Labrador can expect to pay $2,861 in tuition fees, whereas students in Ontario pay almost triple that— $7,513 per year. This discrepancy is expected to increase in the coming years. Shaker said certain provinces have succeeded in keeping costs low for medium and low-income families through fee freezes and rollbacks, whereas others, like Ontario, have turned to debt-relief programs, which don’t address the upfront cost. “You can’t pay your tuition bill with a tax receipt or loan forgiveness,” Shaker said. “The major driving force behind rising tuition costs is that current costs are rising at rates higher than inflation at universities,” Alysha Li, vice president university affairs for the University Students’ Council, explained. “Government funding is not increasing at the same rate as costs are increasing, and students are having to pick up the difference through tuition.”

This means more and more students are graduating with more and more debt. “I think that we have this misconception that because enrollment is up, everything must be okay,” Shaker said. “But that does not take into consideration the enormous amount of pressure placed on students’ families when they’re told, ‘If you don’t get a degree, you won’t get a good job.’” Lauren Rebelo, a recent Western graduate, thinks it’s important for students to be aware of the issue.

It’s not quite Google Street View, but for lost frosh—and upperclassmen, and professors—trying to find a new classroom, it’s the next best thing., the brainchild of brothers Greg and Scott Simon, went live in late August. Starting with a map of the Western campus, users can click on the building in which they have class, give the room number and receive step-by-step instructions—with photos—of how to find their class. “It was just a way to give back and create something that we thought would be useful for a lot of people,” Scott, a 2010 graduate from Western with a business degree, said. The Western map site is the fourth addition to the classfind. com portfolio, which also has similar websites for Queen’s, Guelph and Trent. It began as a legacy project for one of Greg’s business classes at Trent, from which he graduated this year. The site offers photographic step-by-step directions to nearly every classroom on campus. There are no advertisements on the site—though the Trent site offers some free advertising for student events—so the project wasn’t de-

signed to make money. “It’s currently self-funded,” Scott explained. “We’re lucky enough that our dad was able to give us some seed money for the website, but we don’t employ a staff of any kind. It was my brother who went to the trouble of taking every single picture, and his own home computer was able to do all the coding and such for the website.” Greg explained that while the sites aren’t designed to make money, they will be valuable additions to his portfolio while on the hunt for his career. “I want to get into something more computer-related […] so I figured this would be a good idea, and I would learn a bunch of different stuff in the process.” “I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to find a class,” he added. Though the Western mapping site currently only serves main campus, sites for Brescia, King’s and Huron are all in the works as well. “The vast majority of classrooms are up right now, but the end goal is that every single classroom will be on there, including the Western affiliates,” Scott explained. “The goal right now is really just to get the website in front of the eyes of our target market, which is new students […] and see where it goes from there.”


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Second time’s the charm for Labelle The Canadian artist talks about his sophomore album, Two Kevin Hurren Arts & Life Editor On his first studio album Perfect Accident, Jesse Labelle was just warming up. When he came to Western’s closing O-Week concert to showcase his new album Two, he talked to the Gazette about this new album, his thoughts about Canadian music and the end of the world. Gazette: Your album Two just came out less than a month ago. What kind of ways is Two different than your first album, Perfect Accident? Labelle: It’s a totally different record. The first one was really guitar-based. It was something I did over a period of ten years—from the time I was a teenager to where I am now. The songs all came from a really long period of time. It was kind of me recreating my influences, and with Two, it was done in a two-year period. It was condensed a lot, and was less about my influences and more about trying to go more original— just try to kind of make my own journey and make my own treads in the music world so it didn’t sound like everything I’ve ever listened to. Gazette: I was reading an earlier interview you did where you mentioned that in making your album Two you were pushed out of your comfort zone. What were some of the challenges you faced? Labelle: First and foremost, with Two I wrote the whole thing on piano as opposed to writing it

on guitar. You can hear the difference in the album. I’m much more comfortable with a guitar than I am with a piano, so that was one thing I had to do— pushing myself in that way. Vocally too, I really pushed myself more than I had on the first one so it’s a lot more challenging to perform live as well. Gazette: Two’s first single “Heartbreak Coverup” is, in part, about making mistakes in a relationship. How have you been able to move beyond mistakes you’ve made in your personal life or career? Labelle: Sometimes I don’t think I do because I keep making the same mistakes over and over again, but I think it’s about learning. You need to learn from your mistakes. That’s the definition of insanity—doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I think you just need to look at everything as a lesson of some sort. Gazette: You’ve toured in the U.K. with Alyssa Reid, and now that you’ve played internationally, how does it compare to touring on your Canadian home turf? Labelle: I love touring in Canada just because I’m from Canada. It’s a really large country to tour, and it’s difficult too because of all the open space where you don’t actually see anybody, but I’m from Canada and I’m proud to be from here. The crowds are different and people have a different appreciation for music. Music in the U.K. is amazing. It spawned the Beatles, the Stones and people like Elton John. They

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TWO ALBUMS ARE BETTER THAN ONE. Jesse Labelle weathered the rain to play the O-Week concert showcasing his recent album, Two, Saturday night.

appreciate music in a different way there, but they also have a different musical history. You kind of have to realize that they’ve been doing it over there for a lot longer, and have had a lot better results. That’s not to say Canada isn’t—Canada is making their inroads now where the U.K. did forty or fifty years ago. Gazette: Also on the album is “One Last Night,” which is about the end of the world. If you really did have only one last night on this earth, how would you spend it?

Labelle: If I had one last night I would want to spend it somewhere special. I don’t know if I’d be able to get to where I want to go, but I’d want to be in Greece. There’s this place in Greece that I’ve travelled to that just blew my mind, it was like heaven on earth. Also, if I had one last night I’d want to be with someone that meant the world to me. I know that sounds cheesy, but I’d want to be with all the people that I love.

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• Labelle has been a songwriter since age 17 • He was born and raised in Toronto • Labelle performed at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics • His grandmother was a professional jazz singer

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If you added some rougher edges to Modern Family, you would have The New Normal. This comedy, which premiered last night on NBC, follows a gay couple, played by Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha, as they enlist a feisty, newly single mom (Georgia King) as their surrogate. The pilot is light—laughable one-liners from Nana (Ellen Barkin) balance out the more heartfelt moments of this unconventionally lovable family.

Tempest marks the 35th studio release from music legend Bob Dylan. Lead single “Duquesne Whistle” showcases the charm of Dylan’s experienced voice, which carries through the rest of the tracks. The song “Early Roman Kings” gives off a bluesy vibe, while “Soon After Midgnight” is sure to be a favourite. On the whole, Dylan’s casual sound delivers an incredible listen on his new album, released yesterday in the U.S.

On three discs of this Emmy-winning series, we see the witty comedy and quick quips of The Big Bang Theory hold up into its fifth year. Beginning with an off-again stage for Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki), season five of Big Bang brings audiences on a journey involving wedding planning, Stephen Hawking, Leonard Nimoy’s voice and a zombie “Bazinga” moment courtesy of Sheldon Cooper. Nerds still rule.

Rookie directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal have assembled an impressive cast for their drama The Words. Side-by-side plots tell the stories of author Clayton Hammond (Dennis Quaid), and the protagonist of his book (Bradley Cooper). Cooper’s character, a desperate novelist, finds himself plagiarizing for success. The tangled layers of story-in-a-story bring uncertain parallels between fact and fiction. The film hit theatres last Friday.

After more than a decade, No Doubt is officially releasing their new album Push and Shove later this month. The album’s title track with the same name revisits the group’s Tragic Kingdom ska flair, but is more evolved. Infused with No Doubt’s classic sound, Stefani’s vocals mesh with the fresh sound of reggae artist Busy Signal, a sound that unexpectedly adds a lot of punch to the song. The simple, straightforward lyrics of “Push and Shove” lend themselves well to fans that wish to sing along.


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Calvin Harris delights the bright

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Andrei Calinescu Photography Editor Performance Openers Setlist Crowd Worth the cash Cementing the tradition of high calibre electronic dance music performers in London, Calvin Harris delighted thousands of fans in the Forest City Sunday night. The concert was a perfectly timed success. Following wellreceived performances by Armin van Buuren, Avicii and Wolfgang Gartner last year, Harris proved to be an ideal treat to start this school year right. The 24-year-old Scotsman rapidly rose to the forefront of the popular music scene with hits like “Feel So Close,” “Bounce” and “You Used to Hold Me.” Massive multicoloured lines promised a fun night packed with excited ravers undeterred by the wait. Openers Giddy, Kurtbradd and Matteo DiMarr whipped the endless electric blue sea into everhigher swells with deep, pounding beats. As anticipation eventually reached a fever pitch, eager fans demanded they see the man of the hour by chanting “Calvin fuckin’ Harris.” Once Harris took the stage, he excitedly greeted the crowd with his trademark accent, setting the tone for an over-the-top performance. Light on his feet and

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BOUNCE, EVERYBODY. Scottish DJ Calvin Harris energized a brightly-dressed crowd during his highly-anticipated performance at London Music Hall Sunday night.

bouncing with every beat, he appeared as thrilled as his audience. The setlist was strong and varied, even including modern classics like “Where’s Your Head At” and “Around the World.” Younger fans were delivered familiar hits such as “Toulouse,” “We Are Your Friends” and Harris’ own “Bounce” and “You Used to Hold Me.” Several times throughout his high-energy set, Harris addressed the crowd, instructing them to

jump, put their hands up and, most notably, repeatedly demanding to see more girls sitting on shoulders. He further engaged the crowd during “Feel So Close” by muting the vocals for a few strategic seconds so everyone could sing along. The visual component of the show didn’t fail to impress. With four LED displays, even distant concert-goers were entertained with entrancing visuals. Even behind towering screens, Harris

managed to convey his enthusiasm with constant dancing. The rowdy crowds were wellmanaged and overly ambitious fans didn’t get far after jumping the barricade. The chilly air of this outdoor concert was ideal for the excited tides of enthused EDM fans to dissipate all the heat worked up. Overall, this Block Party event proved to be the perfect storm.

It’s been a little over a year since Mother Mother released their last powerhouse of an album Eureka, but the Vancouver-based band returns with an interesting musical development in their new album The Sticks. The Sticks features a much darker and more ominous sound than Mother Mother’s previous work. Unfortunately, the band sacrifices their arrangements to create this new sound. Songs like “Hayloft” and “The Stand” from their previous albums had a good mix of musical breaks and back-and-forth harmonies. Mother Mother’s greatest strength is how the clashing of vocal harmonies, keyboards, guitars and bass combine into enjoyable music. Unfortunately, The Sticks downplays this. The album is still worth multiple listens, but doesn’t compare to the brilliance of the band’s previous work. —Brent Holmes

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Opinions Coffee competition brewing in UCC To the apparent delight of the many students lined up in the University Community Centre atrium, a Starbucks has opened up for business in the middle of our campus. The other coffee shops that now have a new competitor, however, likely do not share this sentiment. While the verdict is still out regarding the need for yet another coffee shop in the most congested spot on campus, this new choice has—at the very least— shortened the massive line in front of Tim Hortons. Man, that line was long. It seems odd that it took the university this long to put such a popular coffee shop on campus, and even odder that they decided to use the opportunity to cause even more congestion in the most congested place in the UCC. On the other hand, the congestion is probably quite good for Starbucks’ business. Although there were already three coffee shops located on the first floor of the UCC, this Starbucks seems to be more than merely an alternative to Tim Hortons. The students who were opposed to coffee from Tim Hortons were likely to go to Williams or the Spoke, rather than an undisclosed, off-campus Starbucks. Without safeguarding measures, Starbucks has the ability to take a large chunk of business away from places, like the Spoke, as many students give their consumer loyalty away to giant corporations like Starbucks before ever setting foot in the UCC. If private competition like this were forced to keep higher prices, then there would be less of a hit on these independent stores. At the same time, Williams and the Spoke offer many products not available at Starbucks at what is generally a much lower price. Williams makes a mean breakfast burrito, and students with an eclectic taste in bagels will likely flock to the Spoke. The prospect of alcoholic beverages after a long day of class isn’t going to hurt either. It is unlikely that the vast majority of Spoke customers were only frequenting the Spoke specifically because there was no Starbucks around to buy from. Ideally, all the educated, intelligent, post-secondary students at this institution are not blind sheep flocking toward brand names, and can make thoughtful decisions that are based on qualities not mythic in nature. —The Gazette Editorial Board

Only one thing is certain about coffee—wherever it is grown, sold, brewed and consumed, there will be lively controversy, strong opinions and good conversation.

—Mark Pendergrast, independent scholar

It’s never too early to plan for the future Wrath of McGrath I entered the summer as a 22-yearold, and by the end of it I believe I was about 42. Not actually, of course, because that would be physically impossible, and had it happened I would probably be famously called “The girl who aged 20 years in four months,” and have a TLC show lined up for this fall. What I mean is that in these past few months, I felt my youthful, carefree attitude begin to slip away, and now my mind is constantly filled with anxious thoughts—ahem, minor freak-outs— about what lies ahead in my future. I should have prefaced this column with the disclaimer that it would mainly pertain to third, fourth and maybe even fifth-year students, but I didn’t want to discriminate. I’ll just hope the first and second-years choose to stay on for the ride. Being in your later years of university traps you in an odd transition zone. In essence, we are all still students, but not for long. And from what I’ve heard, the real world is terrifying. It’s not a good idea to simply throw your grad cap in the air and run into the fresh air of the future since you might fall flat on your face—literally, because the grad robe is long and you shouldn’t run in it. But also figuratively because having no long-term plans might leave you wondering what all those essays, sleepless nights and exams were even for. I have several friends who graduated last spring and are currently either unemployed, or working temporary customer service jobs. Now there’s no shame in working as a barista, or a cashier, but I doubt their degrees are getting much use there. I can’t help

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wonder—was there no time devoted to developing prospective plans for the future? In fact, even now I’m bewildered when, this late into their academic career, students have no idea what they want to do for a living. Your final year of post-secondary education is about soaking in all that surrounds you, and to cherish the dwindling days of undergrad, yet at the same time, we should be planning for when those days are done. Law school applications will be due before you know it, and graduate school doesn’t lag far behind. Realistically, even before first semester is completed, you’ll need to have made preparations for the following September. And that’s a bit scary to think about, since it’s only this September now. But let’s face it, these days an undergraduate degree is basically only good enough to fan yourself with while you nervously sweat profusely about the fact that no one is looking to hire someone with only an undergraduate degree, unfortunately. And I’m talking especially to those of us in arts and humanities—sure in your second year it was fine and dandy to be a philosophy major, but I’ve heard there’s been a hiring freeze on philosophers for the last few years or so. All hope is not lost because, as previously mentioned, it’s early and you still have time to carve out your path. Growing up is a daunting task, and being confined inside the Western bubble helps to conveniently shield us from the realities of aging—but face it, it’s happening. While it’s still enjoyable to hit up Richmond Row to blow off some steam, no one wants to be the awkward old guy at the bar reliving the glory days.

#win This week’s win goes out to the planet Jupiter, who, according to astronomers, may have taken a hit from either a comet or asteroid and saved us earthlings from a “potential cosmic collision threat,” as one astronomer put it. In recent years, Jupiter has taken several knocks, which is lucky for us because, according to experts, without Jupiter’s gravitational pull acting as a shield, cosmic objects could reach Earth and have a much more detrimental effect. Thanks for taking one for the team, Jupiter.

Dear Life, I sent you hundreds of letters over the summer, and now I learn that you weren’t even there for me at all? Who else can I turn to? Dear Life, Why does my class have to start at 3:50 p.m. when I can park in much closer parking lots at 4 p.m.? Dear Life, As I enter fourth year, it’s scary to think that I may have just packed up my stuff to leave my parents’ house for the last time. Dear Life, Barney is admittedly imaginary, but what kind of lame children would imagine him that way? When I imagined dinosaurs as a kid they were vicious and majestic. Dear Life, I wanted my bus pass, but instead I ended up paying five dollars for a coffee. Dear Life, I want to high five a penguin. Dear Life, Don’t people know that hand holding isn’t a mode of transportation? Submit your letters to life at

#fail The Toronto Maple Leafs are not only the bottom feeders of the NHL, but also, according to ESPN The Magazine, the entire professional sports world. In the magazine’s annual ultimate standings, teams from the NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA were ranked according to various categories, and Toronto finished dead last, which isn’t really that surprising given their lack of postseason appearances. Of course, Leafs GM Brian Burke didn’t take the news too kindly. “I don’t think ESPN knows a single thing about hockey. I think their hockey coverage stinks. I don’t think they know anything about Canada,” he said. Now that may very well be true, but it’s pretty hard to argue Toronto deserved a higher ranking. thegazette

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Will you Murray me? Let Rocket fly one last time

When I was your age I won 24 games, struck out 238 batters and was awarded the American League Cy Young Award in a unanimous vote along with the AL MVP. That is not something you’d hear from your average 50-yearold, but in the case of the oncegreat Roger Clemens, this old timer’s story wouldn’t be exaggerating. Despite the relatively low-key life Clemens has lived following his steroid allegations and subsequent court dates, he finds himself back in the public eye. With two starts for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball under his belt, many critics find themselves questioning Clemens’ motivation to return to the game he once loved. Many of the allegations stem from the fact that Clemens’ name will appear on this year’s National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. If Clemens were to appear in a major league game—with speculation

Football The Mustangs held steady in fifth place according to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport rankings, after their dominant 62-7 win against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. Expect a much tougher match for the Mustangs on Saturday when they visit the sixth-ranked Queen’s Gaels, and with both teams sitting at a 2-0, neither will be eager to give up their perfect record. If you can’t make it to Kingston, you can catch the game on The Score’s University Rush starting at 1 p.m.

Softball With the softball season underway, the Mustangs are looking to claim their third consecutive championship this year, and after back-to-back wins against the Windsor Lancers this past weekend, the team is off to a promising start. The team will be busy this weekend when they host three doubleheaders in three consecutive days against Laurier, Carleton and Ottawa at Stronach Park.

Women’s Rugby The Mustangs currently sit at a 1-1 record after they lost their home-opener 31-17 against the Queen’s Gaels this past Sunday. After getting ousted from the play-



personal enjoyment. Skepticism is clearly aplenty, but the return of Clemens to the mound should be viewed as a respectful homage to the game that gave him so much. As he makes his inevitable ascension to the majors, his tarnished legacy will surely follow, but give the guy a break—he just wants to pitch.

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lending to it being with the Houston Astros—his name would be taken off of the ballot and his candidacy would be pushed back five more years—when his name will probably have lost the hate-mongering stigma. Clemens holds the distinction of being the first player to accomplish the 20-strikeout feat—and he remains the only player to do so twice. The second 20-K day occurred in his third-to-last regular season game as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Bothersome is the fact that critics further demonize Clemens for returning to his livelihood. Within society, sports themselves are a source of release from everyday life for fans and amateur athletes alike. Having been through so much scrutiny in his five years since he last pitched in the majors, Clemens has every right to take the mound without issue. Having pitched to his son, Koby Clemens, in his second start for the Skeeters, the man formerly known as the Rocket is clearly looking at his socalled comeback as a chance to get back to the real crux of the game—


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It has finally happened! After falling just short at Wimbledon, Andy Murray defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic at this year’s U.S. Open to claim his first Grand Slam title in his career. With this win, I believe that Murray has now joined the proverbial Mt. Rushmore of professional tennis—joining the likes of Roger Federer, Raphael Nadal and Djokovic himself.  This is obvious if you look at what Murray has accomplished this year alone.  Murray began this year on a high note, winning the Brisbane International Open. He followed that up with a loss in the semifinals in the Australian Open to Djokovic.  It was then time for Wimbledon, and all of England was eagerly hoping their number one tennis player would be able to bring the championship home to the U.K. Unfortunately, Murray lost to Roger Federer in the finals, and talks that he could not win a match when it counted most began.  I was one of those naysayers that didn’t believe Murray could win anything of note. I mean, the man entered the Association of Tennis Professionals around the same time as Djokovic, and yes, it is true, both players did immediately make an impact in the ATP. However, once the two of them started playing on the level of Federer and Nadal, it was Djokovic

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that was able to climb the ladder further while Murray remained stagnant. But Murray would then prove to me, and everybody else, this past summer that he was not one to be trifled with.  In the London 2012 Olympic games, Murray fought hard to avenge his loss at Wimbledon. It paid off, as he was able to keep the gold medal where it belonged—England.  However, as everyone knows, if you don’t want it to seem like a fluke, you have to win at least twice.  With his win at the U.S. Open, Murray accomplished something that only Juan Martin del Potro was able to do in the 2009 U.S. Open— stop the dominance of Nadal, Federer and Djokovic, who have won 29 of the last 31 Grand Slam titles.  Murray has turned me into a believer and I guarantee he will be a force to be reckoned with in the ATP for years to come.

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Men’s Rugby After a long layover since their opening match victory against the Waterloo Warriors on September 5, the defending Ontario University Athletic champion Mustangs will hit the field once again this weekend against the Guelph Gryphons.

Women’s Lacrosse Fellow defending OUA champions, the women’s lacrosse team looks poised to continue their dominant streak from last season after going undefeated at the U of T early bird tournament this past weekend. The Mustangs begin their regular season this weekend with matches against McMaster, Queens and Brock.

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Both the men’s and women’s team will be hitting the court this weekend against the teams from McMaster and Waterloo at the Western Tennis Centre. After the women’s and men’s teams finished with a silver and bronze respectively last year at the OUA championships, they hope to equal or better those results this season.

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saywhat? “I had a great opponent today. He deserved to win this Grand Slam more than anybody.” >> Novak Djokovic congratulating Andy Murray on his first Grand Slam title

Rundown >> The McMaster Marauders handed the Mustangs men’s soccer team their first loss of the season this past Sunday > Western’s Eric Amato’s lone goal was not enough to hold off McMaster in their 2-1 loss.

Mustangs stomp Warriors in season opener Paish allows only one earned run in 10-2 victory against Waterloo Richard Raycraft Sports Editor The Mustangs baseball team opened the 2012 season with a bang, beating the Waterloo Warriors 10-2 last Wednesday night at Labatt Park. While every area of the Mustangs game was impressive, they were aided by a weak defensive effort by the Warriors, which included five errors leading to seven unearned runs. On the mound, the Mustangs faced off against Adam Lentz, the 2011 Ontario University Athletics pitcher of the year. “Lentz threw a great game, he just didn’t have any help behind him,” Tim Pegg, Warriors coach, said. “Western made some great defensive plays taking away hits and ending potential rallies. Defensively, we needed to cut down on the errors.” The result was particularly disappointing for the Warriors, who pride themselves on being a team that is built around pitching and defense. The Mustangs countered with their own former OUA pitcher of the year in Adam Paish. The Mississauga native had a good start to the season, allowing only six hits and one earned run over seven innings of work. Christian Davies was strong in relief, allowing only one hit and striking out one in two innings of work. The bats were also working for the Mustangs—third baseman Paul Lytwynec was 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs. Left fielder Craig Jacques went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. It was an impressive Western debut for Jacques, who played the 2011 season with the Brock Badgers. “We were solid all the way around, really,” Mike Lumley, Mustangs coach, said. “Our defence was good, pitching was good and the bats were going.”


“Sometimes you don’t know what guys were up to during the off-season, so it was good to see.” The Mustangs are looking to remain one of the top teams in OUA baseball after finishing second place in last year’s standings. They posted a record of 14 wins and seven losses, second only to the powerhouse Brock Badgers. The team has its sights set on returning to the OUA championships, which will take place in St. Catherines and will be hosted by

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Brock University. The win was followed up with a solid performance this past weekend at the Laurier Invitational Tournament in Milton. The Mustangs split their two exhibition contests, dropping their first game versus Toronto 9-0, but winning against McMaster 7-2. A third game was rained out. The game versus Toronto marked a rematch of the 2011 OUA final. After upsetting Laurier and Brock in their preceding games,

the Mustangs came just short of championship glory, losing to Toronto 8-4. With the return of star players such as Paish and Lytwynec, the addition of Jacques, as well as the 2009 OUA coach of the year in Lumley, another successful season looks to be on the horizon. “Every area of our game is very tight, we could probably put about three sets of outfielders out there,” Lumley commented. “I think we’re in a good position where we can

push to the top of the division.” The Mustangs will head to Waterloo tonight to take on their rival Laurier Goldenhawks. It will be the first road game in a seven game road trip before returning to London to take on the Brock Badgers in a doubleheader. You can catch the games starting at 1 p.m. at Labatt Park on September 23.


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