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Matchmaking for campus involvement
Involvement Compass app connects students to clubs Richard Raycraft News Editor Hundreds of clubs and volunteering organizations call Western their home, and choosing how to get involved can be an overwhelming experience. Luckily, a new test developed by the University Students’ Council will help assist students in finding the right fit. The Involvement Compass is an online quiz consisting of a variety of questions designed to identify potential student interests. Officially released yesterday, it matches students to the many involvement opportunities on campus and in the local community based on question answers and responses. Pat Whelan, USC president, explained that the rationale for the compass centred on getting students involved. “These opportunity providers, these clubs, not only will they be able to hopefully gather more traffic, but they’ll also get the right kind of traffic in the sense that the right students for that particular opportunity will get to do it,” he said. “At the same time the students will get a more meaningful experience because they’ll get to do what they really want to be doing.” The compass was a platform point during last year’s USC
elections for Whelan. The idea for a club and volunteer matching application came from the political compass quizzes used by the CBC during the last federal and provincial elections. “The concept mostly came from the vote compass which was a CBC thing,” he explained. “We thought this would be a super cool way to navigate our incredibly huge number of clubs.” “It’s entirely a student-driven project, and it’s certainly a step in the right direction for [the USC’s] online presence,” Whelan continued. The compass was developed over three months by Paul Craig, a fourth-year MIT and computer science student. Craig explained that the app is adaptable, allowing organizations to add themselves as possible results. It also responds to user feedback at the end of the quiz, meaning it will likely improve over time. “It will continue to get updated and it will continue to be pushed as a holistic solution towards getting involved on campus,” he said. “Students looking for opportunities will be able to find them, and based on a survey which is designed to measure interest in certain categories, it’s going to give relevant results, and it’ll be emergent — it’s going to get better over time.”
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Craig also mentioned his satisfaction at creating a solution to a pressing problem. “When I was a first year student I found it overwhelming,” he said. “After O-Week it was a bit difficult,
you get so many pamphlets and you hear so much about parties and events — this was something that personally I had trouble with as a student so it’s sort of gratifying to be providing a solution.”
Students can try the Involvement Compass at its clubs week booth in the University Community Centre or take the test online at involvementcompass.ca.
Gov’t investigates campus food supplier Megan Devlin News Editor
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Sysco, a food distribution company that provides food for Western’s residences and restaurants, has come under investigation by the Ontario government because of a potential lapse in food safety. In a story that broke earlier this summer, NBC claimed that Sysco was storing food — including meat and dairy — in outdoor, non-refrigerated sheds before shipping it to customers in the San Francisco Bay area. While originally thought to be an isolated incident, NBC recently reported that this practice was going on all over North America. The Ontario government has launched an investigation to see if the issue was happening here. “The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food is responsible for licensing fluid milk distributors, of which Sysco is one. The
Ministry, along with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, is looking into a potential lapse in food safety from Sysco, one of America’s largest food distributors,” Tanya Merissen, senior communications advisor with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, said in an e-mail. “The Ministry is also increasing the monitoring of the facilities, beginning with increasing the frequency of inspections of each Sysco licensed location to ensure continued compliance with Ontario’s dairy regulations,” Merissen continued. In a press release earlier this month, Bill DeLaney, president and CEO of Sysco said the company had discontinued use of third-party drop sites in which the problems were found. “In an abundance of caution, we have discontinued operation of all drop sites across Sysco. We deeply regret the concern created by our lapse in complying with our
policies,” DeLaney said. One of the drop locations under investigation by the Ministry is on Blakie Road in South London. “If there were any violations in Canada I would most likely suspend deliveries [from Sysco] until we get more information,” Frank Miller, director of hospitality services at Western, said. He stressed that food safety was his first priority, and that Western goes above and beyond its mandate by conducting multiple internal and external food safety audits every year. Barry Russel, manager of food safety at Western, elaborated that the temperatures of all delivery trucks are checked before their deliveries are unloaded, and that he didn’t believe the non-refrigeration problem would apply to the large orders received on campus.
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CAMPUS INVASION. Tis’ the season for Western to get hit by flocks of geese — not to mention their feces. Watch your step when walking up UC Hill, lest you slip in the slime.
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Man found dead after fire A man was found dead after a fire tore through a London home early Monday morning. The fire took place around 3:30 a.m. in the east end of the city at 361 Manitoba Street. An unidentified man was arrested Monday afternoon, as there
was evidence that it was a deliberately set fire. “We do have one man in custody, and [he] will be facing charges,” said Ken Steeves, media relations officer for the London Police Service. The police believe the suspect and the deceased man may have known each other. The incident became London’s fourth homicide investigation this year. The police would not say whether the body belonged to the man who had been living in the house. —Emory Liu
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The Blackfriars Street Bridge has been closed recently and is likely remain closed for quite a while. Joni Baechler, Ward 5 councillor, believes that permanently closing the bridge would be counterintuitive. “If I am an individual that’s walking to work from Blackfriars Bridge every day and you close it, I now have to get in my car or go around. I don’t think it’s effectively or efficiently moving citizens, which is what we’re supposed to be doing,” Baechler said. “It is a very viable, important downtown-connecting linkage between the Blackfriars community and those to the west of Blackfriars,” she said. “It’s got a strong cultural and historical perspective and I think the only bridge of this sort in the country.” Baechler, however, acknowledges reoccurring problems with the bridge. “In the past, the decking material has worn out [...] and there have been some concerns about structural pieces and recently we had a structural analysis and it found that there was a high level of corrosion in various areas,” Baechler said. When asked whether she believes that the bridge will be reopened, Baechler was unsure. “We’ll be voting on it tomorrow night at council,” she said. —Danielle Taffe
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Graduate salary expectations unrealistic Study finds students facing declining employment prospects Hamza Tariq Gazette Staff Expectations, disappointments and reality checks are running high for new university and college graduates. According to a new Bank of Montreal poll, new graduates expect a starting salary of $50,668. However, Statistics Canada reported that the average pay after two years of work experience for graduates is $45,000. “There is a misbalance between what students are expecting to earn as the starting salary versus what the employers are willing to pay as the starting salary,” Kim Miller, career counselor at the Student Success Centre at Western said. Data from Statistics Canada showed that starting salary varies from profession to profession. Architecture and engineering lead the list with the starting average being $53,000. “I don’t think there is anything wrong with setting high expectations for ourselves, but then also understanding how to manage maybe the disappointment when at times those expectations aren’t met,” Miller said. “I think there is also an onus of responsibility of the student to do everything they can to make themselves employable, and so for students who are solely looking for jobs on job posting boards their employment rate will probably continue to be fairly high.” “If they diversify their job search strategies — start connecting with people, building relationships, networking — that is in fact how they’ll best position themselves to find opportunities that will help them become employable,” Miller continued.
According to Statistics Canada, the youth unemployment rate in Ontario is at 16.4 per cent. Commenting on the youth unemployment in Ontario, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities said in an e-mail that, “The employment rate of youth (ages 15 to 24) remains below pre-recession levels, largely because youth shouldered the brunt of job losses during the downturn.” A CIBC report published in June reported university and college educated youth with no work experience were at increased risk of unemployment. The report also stated nearly one in ten youth are either not in school or are unemployed. “Youth unemployment is of serious concern for our ministry and for the Ontario government as a whole. That’s why Ontario’s 2013 Budget introduced the Youth Jobs Strategy — a strategy that will help more youth find jobs or start their own businesses,” the Ministry said. The $195 million Ontario Youth Employment Fund, part of the Youth Jobs Strategy, is supposed to become available this month. The province of Ontario has also created 400,000 jobs since June 2009. “The fund is designed to provide participants with a learning opportunity through what is often first-time work experience. Successful outcomes include not just employment but improved employability through education and training,” the Ministry said. “This includes obtaining a full- or part-time job after participating in a placement. We also expect some youth to consider pursing further skills or upgrading through additional training.”
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Good Health Walk strides to better bodies
Emily McWilliams Gazette Staff Western alumnus Dr. Justine Ward of the Café for Life Chiropractic Clinic is promoting a healthier community one step at a time. As the organizer of London’s first ever Good Health Walk, Dr. Ward hopes that the event will encourage people to live their lives in a way that reflects how the human body is designed. The event was influenced by the philosophy of Living by Design. “Living by design means eating foods and doing things for our body that benefit the way it is built,” Ward says. “We smoke cigarettes, sit down all day, eat foods that aren’t congruent with the design of our body and those are the things that hold us back from having the health and experience and happiness we really want to have.” The Good Health Walk embraces the movement aspect of living by design and Ward hopes that after this year’s pilot, the walk will become
an annual event to promote health in London. With an increase of sedentary lifestyles that result in poor health, Dr. Ward wanted to plan a community event that benefited the body’s natural desire to move. “We really were designed to be very active. Not that many generations ago people walked hundreds of kilometres a week. The Good Health Walk is a tribute to that,” Ward says. Unlike most charity walks that focus on combating diseases, proceeds from The Good Health Walk will be donated to the Thames Valley Education Foundation to fund physical education programs for young students. Students at Western can benefit from The Good Health Walk as well. Volunteer positions are available to assist on the day of the walk. For students looking to start off the new school year on the right foot, The Good Health Walk could kick start a healthier lifestyle. “Most of us don’t have the health we want because we do things that interfere with getting there,” Ward says. “If we get out and move our bodies more, even if we move our bodies slowly while walking and being out in nature then that’s going to impact our health outcomes.” The benefits of increased movement and exercise go beyond
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Palm. The poetic lyrics combined with the diverse array of instrumentals featured encourage musical transcendence, serving as excellent ambience music for a local coffee shop. The first track on the album, “Mobius Streak,” presents a mesmerizing tone drawing the listener deeper into the song. The textures of the sounds, created through the use of guitars and keys, vary with the vocalist’s emotions accompanied by a polyrhythmic beat. The album concludes with the song “Nakamarra” which elegantly guides the listener through a calming musical experience easing away from the high energy that escalated throughout the album. Tawk Tomahawk has a rooted theme of nature, incorporating sounds of wildlife into each of the unique tracks. But is the album future soul? It doesn’t matter. The group mixes creativity with intelligence to create something truly outstanding. — Nicole Jackson
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WALK IT OFF. Western alumnus, Dr. Justine Ward hopes to encourage healthy living through hosting a “Good Health Walk” in October. The event seeks to raise funds for physical education materials for the local school board.
physical health. According to Ward, activities like walking improve mental health and brain function. “The way your brain and nervous system work is all through movement and electric potential so the more movement you experience the better that your brain functions,”
notes Ward. With the walk just weeks away, Dr. Ward thinks the event will allow members of the community to invest more energy into their health and control their futures. “It’s an opportunity for people to start putting their feet forward to live
the life they deserve and not just to avoid getting sick.” “The Good Health Walk will take place on October 5 from 9 a.m. – noon at Springbank Gardens. Interested volunteers can email Dr. Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A consuming compulsion Food addiction eats up Canadian health Mary Ann Ciosk Arts & Life Editor Has your food consumption caused you to feel depression, anxiety, guilt or self-loathing? Do you eat to the point where you feel physically ill? Affirmative answers to such questions identify “food addicts”. Recent research conducted by Newfoundland’s Memorial University finds that an astounding one in 20 Canadians fall into this classification. Food addiction is defined as “compulsive overeating in harmful and unhealthy ways,” according to Guang Sun, senior author of the study. The Yale Food Addiction Scale was completed by 652 adults in Newfoundland and Labrador and participants were considered food addicts when three or more of their eating habits negatively impacted their daily lives. According to the study, individuals overeat on occasion but when these unhealthy behaviours become a central part of one’s life and feel out of one’s control they may be classified as an addiction. There is evidence to suggest that similar pathways in the brain are implicated in the seeking, usage or response to food as with chemical drugs such as alcohol. Predictably, those classified as food addicts in the Memorial University team’s study weighed significantly more than participants who did not. On average, food addicts were 26 pounds heavier and had 8 per cent more body fat, and also derived a larger percentage of their daily caloric intake from
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proteins and fats. So what is causing food addiction and how can it be remedied? Anne Zok, Manager of Nutrition Information Services, believes that the preference for unhealthy food and over consumption likely begins as a child. “Sugar, salt and fat tends to be what we acquire the taste for in childhood and this continues through to adulthood — you could interpret that as being an addiction,” she says. Professor Charland notes how easy it is to maintain these unhealthy behaviours in North American society. “We know the marketing for the fast food industry is very successful at getting people into those restaurants. Some people experience impaired control, or even loss of control, over seeking and using certain foods,” Charland says. “For
those people successful advertising might mean the difference between life and death.” However, going on extreme diet to combat food addictions may not be the solution either. “The diet industry may have something to do with binge eating because once we start restricting food intake it sets us up for failure. Invariably we’re going to crave food and feel deprived — in many cases you rebound and end up indulging even more. This is then followed by a sense of guilt, which sets you up for a vicious cycle,” Zok warns. To feel satisfied without indulging, Zok suggests eating better food rather than less food. “We need to move away from processed foods and look to find foods that are more in their natural form.”
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iPhones again, this time in colour! Josh Teixeira Contributor
The time of year where Apple releases its annual phone is upon us. Last week Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, took centre stage during a California-based event to unveil two new devices — the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S. First is the iPhone 5C. The device comes in five colours — blue, green, pink, yellow and white. This is a new direction for the company in terms of design. Formerly Apple’s devices have come in standard, solid colours like black, white and silver. Also, for the first time Apple will be offering their own covers for the two new devices, coming in a variety of different colours. The covers feature unusual circular cutouts on the rear of the phone. If design isn’t your thing, then worry not. In an attempt to appeal to foreign customers, in countries such as Brazil and Pakistan, where the smartphone market is less than formidable, the devices are a bit cheaper than past releases. They start at $99 for a 16GB model and $199 for a 32GB model alongside a two-year
wireless contract. The devices are, however, made of plastic and as a result may leave potential consumers on the fence. On the opposite side of the spectrum is the iPhone 5S, which appeals more to heavy users. This phone will feature a built-in chip that is twice as fast of that on previous iterations. According to a press release from Phil Schiller, senior vice-president worldwide marketing at Apple, the 5S will be able to run more health and fitness apps for those interested. Among one of the more remarkable features of the two phones is the ability to recognize fingerprints. With iOS 7 also nearing release, some may decide to opt out of the temptation to purchase the 5C or 5S and settle for their current phone. Aside from minor, albeit useful, changes are some more impressive ones such as better multitasking capabilities between various apps, being able to have unlimited web tabs open on Safari, and of course the vibrant new interface. Both the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S will be available in Canada on September 20.
It’s all in the family Kevin Heslop Gazette Staff GGHFF The Family Directed by: Luc Besson Starring: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones The Family brings us the struggle of a government-protected mob rat and his family forced across the pond by the incessant wrath of the mob. Giovanni Manzoni (De Niro) arrives in France with his family under the watchful eye of Agent Stansfield (Jones). While Blake’s children (Dianna Argon and John D’Leo) wile away their first weeks at a new school in an unfamiliar culture, his wife Maggie (Pfeiffer) graces the neighborhood with her social charm. However, as the family descends into their old habits, their criminal past threatens to catch up to them. Based on Tonino Benacquista’s French crime novel Badfellas, this film is sunk in the underworld of organized crime, culminating in Manzoni’s viewing of Scorcese’s classic gangster flick, Goodfellas, before expounding publicly upon the details of the mob. De Niro brings this film its paramount virtue. He gives us his
characteristic subtlety and has glimmers of resounding poignancy which have made his characters live on for generations. Pfeiffer plays the manipulative, superficial counterpart to Manzoni’s search for the truth, while maintaining her humanity with elegance and charm. Jones provides the stonecold on the outside, warm milk on the inside character he has inhabited in films such as Men in Black, and brings us, along with De Niro, one half of compassionate human exchange. Besson provides social and political reflections on American culture trying to come to terms with the way the nation is seen internationally with a heavy-handed humour. The story of Belle, Manzoni’s teenage
daughter, provides an interesting approach with her experience of the blunt baseness of youth culture. The film is not without its downfalls, however. Besson reminds us that directors of action movies should stick to their genre, rather than peppering a fast-paced crime flick with poor attempts at slowwitted comedy. Also, the jarring plot and subplot developments continually derail attempts at building suspense in a film centered on the chase, therefore rendering the film’s resolution insubstantial. The Family gives us an entertaining glimpse of American life on the run; however, whether it will be worth remembering as a quality crime or comedy film remains ambiguous.
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ON THE CHARTS “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus Let’s acknowledge this is a catchy song. To hear “Wrecking Ball” on the radio, you might smile and admire Miley and her solid vocals. That said, what the [insert expletive here] was up with that video? It was all going well for her, it wasn’t that bad of a music video but then she decided to perform fellatio on a sledgehammer. Actually. As soon as you see that, it can’t be unseen and you being to wonder if you can really value the artistic merit of the song. Sorry, Miley.
ON TV 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Neil Patrick Harris hosts this year’s celebration of the best in television. After an electrifying performance at this year’s Tonys, Harris will (hopefully) knock us dead this Sunday. 30 Rock leads in nominations but many analysts think it will be Modern Family’s year again. Also, be on the lookout to see whether House of Cards will reign supreme and be the first online show to be successful at the Emmys.
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Coming out the Toronto International Film Festival as a runner up to the prestigious audience choice award, this features two children who are abducted and their respective families’ responses. Hugh Jackman leads the family of one of the daughters while Viola Davis seems to lead the other. After seeing The Help, everybody should be in the camp that Viola Davis can do no wrong and because of this give this thriller a chance. Terrance Howard, Jake Gylenhaal, and Terrence Howard fill out this solid cast.
MGMT’s self-titled new album has been receiving a wide range of reviews. To some, the album is different and exciting but to the critics, this album is just plain weird. Regardless of whichever opinion that will be taken, what can be extracted from MGMT is the journey it will take you on. Throughout the band’s history, they haven’t exactly made the most conventional music so regardless of the sound produced, there will likely be meaning behind it.
Similar to Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring skewers materialistic attitudes of the increasing celebrity-obsessed youth of today. As Emma Watson’s character says outside a courthouse, with whimsical indifference, “I might want to lead a country one day for all I know,” and it rings hollow. The Bling Ring has the ultimate goal of proving that many actions teenagers make are hollow, shallow, and narcissistic. For the most part, it succeeds.
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Discard your gods and worship mine or I will destroy both your gods and you!
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Charter doesn’t have Degrees much value worth less, not worthless Naira Ahmed Graphics Editor
It’s the start of the new school year, and your bank account has been relieved of a cumbersome $7,000 burden. While tuition has been on the rise since disco died, it seems starting salaries for graduates are stuck somewhere in the Cold War. While that may not be completely the case, it raises the question: What is your undergraduate degree worth? While it’s not fair to call an undergraduate degree worthless, it certainly seems to be worth less, at least compared to what it used to be. More and more students are enrolling, which of course dilutes the value of a degree in terms of its use in gaining employment. With the exception of certain programs, the majority of bachelor’s degrees have little or no relation to whatever future employment a graduate may get, unless they subsequently attend a graduate program. Indeed, it now seems that post-secondary education has become like a high school degree — not so much a useful tool as a standard requirement for gainful employment, and an expensive requirement at that. However, it is narrow-minded to only look at an undergraduate degree in terms of its direct value in gaining employment. Indirectly, university teaches one many important skills such as critical thinking, independent analysis and high-quality writing. Moreover, many employers do appreciate these skills, as well as the time, effort and commitment required by a university graduate. More importantly, the learning experience of university is itself the ultimate value one gains from the undergraduate experience. The ability to gain knowledge and skill far beyond a simple high school education, combined with the exposure one gets to new ideas, people and cultures, is at least in the $7,000 range. However, for the future, it is apparent that something has to give. If the current shift of the student population toward university education continues, it may indeed become the standard, at which point the push for full public funding will gain huge momentum. It’s also possible that the trend will reverse, with more students opting to forego university and enroll in a college program. There may also be a mixed outcome, wherein universities employ more co-op and placements to provide better vocational training for students. Whatever the outcome, every student coming to university should think carefully about exactly what they’re getting for $7,000 a year. —The Gazette Editorial Board
To many, September 14 was marked as a day of unity in Canada. It was a Saturday unlike any other as 40,000 people took to the streets in protest of Quebec’s proposed Charter of Values. The charter, if successfully passed, would ban anyone working in a public space, such as courtrooms, government offices and schools, from wearing religious signifiers. Such signifiers include everything from large crosses and rosaries to hijabs and turbans. On Saturday, protesters were speaking out in support of freedom of expression. The protest centered on the idea of a multifaceted Canadian identity. As I watched the clip of the protest online, I witnessed Jewish men wearing kippahs, Sikhs wearing turbans, Muslim women wearing hijabs and Christians wearing crosses — all marching in unison for the same purpose: The right to express themselves through their religious identity. Earlier this month, however, a Muslim woman in Quebec was verbally assaulted by another woman who told her to “change her religion” and “take off her hijab.” When the Muslim woman’s son intervened, the other woman spat in his face. This is not a rare occurrence. People all over the world face bigoted reactions to their beliefs. However, this incident in particular is significant because it shows
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how ignorance fosters more ignorance, and how something like the charter isn’t going to change the minds of people everywhere. Religion is more than its symbols and garbs; religion represents a lifestyle one consciously decides to live. As a Muslim woman who wears a hijab herself, I feel comfortable saying that most people notice my hijab before they notice my face, bag, or shoes. My hijab speaks a language of its own — leaving ideas and opinions in the minds of those around me. It ignites questions, raises awareness, and creates diversity within spaces, as would a turban or a kippah. Hijabs are worn in styles, colours and fabrics that vary all around the world. That is because hijab is not a religious “symbol” of any kind; rather, the hijab is simply an attempt at dressing modestly. The hijab itself does not define Islam as much as it defines an alternate way of dressing. But much like the kippah and the turban, the hijab is also a commitment to a religious faith. This is why the proposed charter in Quebec is so disheartening and reeks of ignorance. It is safe to say that the charter does not represent the Canada we know — the diverse, friendly, welcoming environment we all experience. For anyone who believes that secularism will lead to peace, that is not the answer. Instead, breaking barriers and refusing to keep quiet about religion is the key. Stop being awkward about religious garments and just ask about them. If you have a question about my hijab, ask me. If you want to know something about the significance of someone’s crucifix, ask him or her. The cure for ignorance is knowledge, and that knowledge can begin with a simple question.
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“I can understand the logic behind [the charter], but it gets scary when you look into the nuances of it. It’s extremely oppressive in nature.”
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“It’s weird that people wouldn’t be able to practice or feel comfortable with their religion — especially in a public space.”
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Rundown >> The Western Mustangs football team moved up to second place in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Top 10 rankings, according to the Football Reporters of Canada.
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Jason Sinukoff Managing Editor NHL stars converged on London this past Sunday when the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the ice at Budweiser Gardens to take on the Philadelphia Flyers in exhibition play. This game was the first of a home-and-home series that saw its way to Toronto the very next day — a series that the two teams split with one win apiece. Despite this only being the preseason, these were the first games of any sort for the Buds, and after their infamous meltdown against the Boston Bruins in last season’s playoffs, it was their first chance to remove the bitter taste undoubtedly still left in their mouths. The Leafs were able to win the first game by a score of 4–3, but fell to the Flyers in their rematch in a shootout. There was a sea of blue and white at Budweiser Gardens cheering the Leafs on — a funny occurrence considering that the Flyers are the official home team whenever they play in London. In addition to the proximity to London, Toronto also boasts London native Nazem Kadri as one of their star forwards, so London took the game as an opportunity to cheer on their hometown hero. “[He’s a] London boy. He had two boxes full of people here tonight,” Randy Carlyle, head coach for the Leafs, said. Kadri didn’t disappoint the crowd, scoring the first goal of the game 6:52 minutes into the first period. He scored in spectacular fashion, toe-dragging the puck and potting it in on the far side on a two-on-one. “I thought that was actually a two-on-two. I don’t know why that guy slid, to be honest. But as soon as I saw him go down, I tried to pull it to the middle, saw the far side open and it went in,” Kadri said. Assisting Kadri on the goal was former Vancouver Canuck Mason Raymond — who joined the Leafs training camp on a professional tryout basis. Raymond is known for his speed and put on a clinic during the game — racking up a goal of his own in the first period to go along with his assist. “He caught a break. The puck hit his shin pad at the blue line and obviously with the speed he has, it’s going to be hard for somebody to catch him — and they didn’t catch him,” Carlyle said. “I was just able to pounce on [the turnover] and got a break. Something I’d like to continue to use to my advantage,” Raymond continued. Toronto’s other goals were scored by prospect Troy Bodie and new
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Hometown Hero. Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs put on a show in front of his hometown at Budweiser Gardens and scored the opening goal of the game. The Leafs took game one of their home-and-home series with Philadelphia by a score of 4–3.
defenceman Paul Ranger. Ranger is a new acquisition that was brought to the Leafs by general manager Dave Nonis. Although the blue and white wanted to carry their momentum from Sunday’s win into Monday’s game at home, it wasn’t in the cards, as the Flyers were able to oust the Leafs in a shootout on Monday following a 2–2 draw after overtime.
What does the preseason mean for the Leafs? Yes, it’s true that these two outings were only preseason games. However, these games are very important to the Leafs. Not only do they let the young guns of the team gain valuable in-game experience with established veterans on the team, but it also gives them a chance to show their chops and attempt to make the big leagues out of training camp. “It’s good to see the young kids get their first taste. And that’s the most important thing — you know, that they understand that this was not an NHL game, but an exhibition game and there’s another level that the league plays to,” Carlyle said. “The mistakes that you make in the exhibition games could cost you in league games.” Another huge benefit of the preseason is that management gets to see just how their new acquisitions are acclimating to life with the blue and white — and it’s already becoming clear where the new players will
fit on the roster. The Leafs’ first line of James van Riemsdyk, Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak is pretty much set in stone after last season, but David Clarkson, a player that brings size, grit and a great talent for standing by the net and burying the dirty goals seems like a great fit alongside the already-proven dynamic duo of Joffrey Lupul and Kadri. “I like playing with those big body presences and especially if I
have Lupes on my other wing, that’s two big bodies that can put the puck in the net and can also grind it out, so it’s a good mix for all of us,” Kadri said. Raymond, with his speed, would also be a great fit on the roster coming out of training camp and would mesh well with the likes of two-way forward Nikolai Kulemin and the Leafs’ new grinding centre, Dave Bolland. Whereas those two seem to fit
seamlessly into the Leafs’ lineup, the starting netminder of the Leafs is still a topic of controversy. Both James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier possess the skills to start for the Leafs, but in the end, Bernier will probably get the nod. Reimer is the perennial underdog, and his fans love him for that. However, Bernier was brought in for a reason, and if management is touting him as the true goalie of the future, he won’t be staying on the bench for very long.
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Mustangs football has the Will to win Finch proves mettle four games into the season Kaitlyn McGrath Associate Editor Off the field, Mustangs quarterback Will Finch has been described as softspoken by head coach Greg Marshall. But on the field Finch’s ability to lead has been loud and clear. Last year as a rookie, Finch showed glimmers of greatness when filling in for then-injured starter Donnie Marshall. During two playoff games, Finch threw for 634 yards and six touchdowns before the eventual Yates Cup-winning McMaster Marauders ousted the Mustangs in the Ontario University Athletics semifinal. But this year, he is no back up. This year, Finch is the starting quarterback and under his leadership,
the Mustangs are 4–0 this season. And while the team’s unblemished record is certainly of the most importance, individually Finch is having a statistically strong season as well. After four games, the secondyear Burlington native has completed 93 of his 125 passes and averaged 365.2 passing yards per game, good enough to be ranked third in passing in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport. While head coach Marshall has called Finch’s play this season “phenomenal,” the young quarterback says he’s still working out some kinks in his game. “Sometimes I have guys wide open and I sail the ball or I underthrow,” he said after helping lead
the Mustangs to an 83–27 victory against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees. “It’s just all mechanical flaws so you know, you get better at that.” And so far this season, Finch has gotten progressively better, according to coach Marshall. “He’s getting more and more confident every single game,” Marshall said. But no matter how confident, being behind centre of one of the most decorated university football programs in Canada might come with some added pressure. So
considering this is his first year as the starting quarterback, it’s understandable that maybe he’d cut himself some slack from time to time, right? “No, not at all,” Finch said, explaining he tries to improve every time he steps onto the field. “I think I’m too hard on myself sometimes, but you know what, it only gets you better.” While the season has yet to reach the halfway mark, after scoring at least 50 points in each of their games so far, Finch and the Mustangs are proving that they’re one of the
favourites to make it to the OUA final. But Finch said he also has his sights set on a national title. “That’s my goal and it’s been that goal since November last year,” he said. For now, though, Finch will have to stay the course and finish out the regular season. This weekend, the Mustangs travel to Waterloo to take on former Mustangs quarterbackturned-head coach Michael Faulds and his 1–3 Laurier Golden Hawks team.
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On Sunday, the Western Mustangs baseball team split their double header at home against the Brock Badgers, dropping the first game 2–1, but rebounding nicely by taking the second contest by a score of 5–1. As they headed into Sunday’s series against the Badgers, the Mustangs were in need of some solid pitching, as their record sat at 2–2. In game one, Adam Paish took the mound for the Mustangs, and tossed a gem. He allowed just one earned run while striking out five in his seven innings pitched. Unfortunately for Paish, the Mustangs offence was unable to produce, recording only two hits in the 2–1 loss. “I was happy with how we made Adam have to work hard for his outs, Adam is a very good pitcher, so anytime we can scratch out a win against a guy like that, you have to be happy,” Jeff Lounsbury, Brock Badgers head coach, said. The second game turned out to be a totally different story. Owen Boon was up in the rotation and threw a brilliant game, going seven strong innings allowing four hits and just one earned run, while striking out seven. “Paish pitched as well as Boon did, just didn’t end up with a win. But the two pitchers stepped up to make sure that we gave ourselves a chance to win and really fight against the first place team,” Mike Lumley, Mustangs head coach, said. Although the loss was marginal, there was a substantial difference in the performance of the team both on and off the field for game two. “Really the attitude, the team attitude, it seemed like we were getting walked over the first game and it was only a 2–1 game,” Lumley said. “The second game we picked up the tempo and fought a little bit more for what we wanted and I think that was the biggest determining factor”. The Mustangs would have obviously loved to sweep the Sunday series against the Badgers, however a split against one of the top teams in the province is a step in the right direction. “We have to maintain a high level of intensity,” Paish said. “First game our energy levels weren’t there and it affected how we approached the game and how we executed,
especially offensively. In the second game we were very focal, very loud and on the bench we tried to get the younger players involved”. Playing with a high intensity level seems to be a key factor for the Mustangs early on in the season. “It was night and day really. The first game Brock came out mentally stronger, but the second game wasn’t even close,” Paish said. “We had the edge in intensity and it showed in the score.” Another key to the Mustangs 5–1 victory was their ability to execute when they had runners in scoring position. Simon Weisz, Graham Holland, Nolan Anderson and Chris Mireault all recorded RBIs in Sunday’s win. Last season Nolan Anderson finished the year with seven stolen bases, and was named the Ontario University Athletics rookie of the year. The Mustangs will look to carry their momentum into Wednesday’s game at home against the McMaster Marauders.
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