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Gillian Mandich has one toe in everything.
happiness to increase happiness in their life,” `Gillian says. “Everyday is a new opportunity to choose.”
At Western, she’s a Health and Rehabilitation PhD candidate and a lecturer. Beyond the academy, the teaching continues: Gillian instructs yoga, hosts a cooking show and was recently named one of London’s Top 20 Under 40 by Business London Magazine.
So how does someone become happier? Gillian says it’s all about learning concrete skills that increase positivity over time, particularly skills like gratitude and mindfulness.
“I really see the world as my classroom, and I have so many different classrooms to teach in,” Gillian says, wearing neon-coloured workout gear during our interview.
“Even in midterms, when you’re are freaking out you can switch it and think, ‘what am I grateful in this moment?’ “ Gillian says. “It completely changes your lense and can have a very profound effect, but it’s so simple.”
“Whether I’m at Western or on my radio show at CHRW, in a magazine, on TV or in a podcast, through all of those things I’m teaching what I’m learning about health.”
It’s part of the reason Gillian developed a love for yoga. She reluctantly started going to a class during the fourth year of her undergrad at Western. When she noticed she began to feel less stressed and anxious, she took a yoga teacher-training course just out of interest and her dedication bloomed from there.
Gillian’s love for health research and teaching took root early on. Both of her parents went to Western, and as the eldest of seven siblings, she was the trail-blazer. Growing up, she watched her mom, Angie Mandich, go back to Western to complete a PhD and later become a professor in its school of occupational therapy. “I was on campus all the time with my mom,” she says. “So my whole life I’ve been around research. I think we added it up one time, and my family has a crazy amount of degrees, like 15 degrees, from Western,” Gillian says, laughing.
Another benefit of yoga? “I really love yoga because I travel a lot, and if you go into a yoga studio where you don’t know anybody, there’s always nice people there,” she says. “It’s a great way to meet people!” Mandich plans to wrap up her PhD by the end of the year with a specialization in health promotion. University or not, something tells me she won’t stop learning or sharing.
Now wrapping up her own doctorate, balancing such a jam-packed schedule can be tough. Fortunately Gillian’s dissertation focuses on the links between happiness and health — she’s got an edge. The real trick about happiness, Gillian says, is that it’s actually a skill and a habit, kind of like remembering to brush your teeth or filling out an agenda everyday.
“A lot of people think happiness is a destination you arrive at, when really we can create that right now,” Gillian says. “it’s always an evolution just like fitness. You don’t wake up one day and say, ‘I’m totally fit, and I’m good for the rest of my life. Everyday it’s a practice, and everyday is different.”
“No matter what you were born with, and no matter where you live, any person can learn the skill of
Brescia principal puts students first
A life of baseball
Tattoos cooler than sliced bread
Usually when a Brescia principal is new to the university college, a $25 thousand induction ceremony is held but Susan Mumm thought this money could be spent better. PG 5
From being drafted to the Detroit Tigers to coaching the Mustangs baseball team, it’s always been about baseball for Mike Lumley.
As tattoo culture begins to become more widely accepted, it’s important to consider how this perception has changed about the works of art people sport on their bodies. PG 11
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Western receives $66 million grant — largest given to UWO SABRINA FRACASSI NEWS EDITOR @SABFRACASSI Last week marked a historical moment in university history when a Western research team received a $66 million grant from the federal government, the largest in history. Western University’s BrainsCAN research initiative received the grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) last Tuesday. The CFREF is a federal grant that focuses on promoting higher research across leading Canadian post-secondary institution. The main purpose of this fund is to propel Canadian researchers as world leaders in their field. About a year ago 10 neurologists at Western first presented BrainsCAN to the CFREF selection committee. Now, the project is formally in the works. Collaboration is open to professors in all fields in the Brain and Mind Institute as well as professors working at McGill. Dr. Lisa Saksida, professor of cognitive neuroscience & BrainsCAN scientific co-director, spoke out about the importance of this research. “Part of the philosophy of BrainsCAN is to build more collaboration. So collaboration between different researchers who work with different types of techniques and with different levels of analysis, from the molecular to the cellular to the cognitive level,” Saksida said. BrainsCAN’s main goal is to develop a better understanding of the relationship between neurobiology and cognition. The project will be studying the brain from multiple angles. The hope is that a wellrounded study of the brain will help scientists to not only understand the
brain but also use that understanding to create real-life applications that will help people in the future. “We think that by developing a better understanding of the brain and its relationship to cognition we’ll have a much better chance of developing the targets of treatment for some disorders,” said Saksida. This seems like a natural evolution from the relatively recent creation of the Brain and Mind Institute where traditionally distinct fields like philosophy, anthropology, and psychology started collaborating in order to come to a more wellrounded understanding of cognitive neuroscience. On Friday, a media conference was held to promote the grant and the BrainsCAN research team. With the help of this grant we can expect to see a lot of action in terms of research and application production in the next few years. Peter Fragiskatos, MP London North Centre, wanted to highlight the importance of this grant. “There are 3.6 million Canadians suffering with brain disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia, and other concussion related ailments,” said Fragiskatos. “These are human beings. These are our friends, our neighbors, our family members, and our community members. They are Canadians. And we are to be sure that the findings that come from this research will benefit people well beyond Canada’s borders.” According to Saksida, a deeper understanding of neurology will allow scientists to come up with treatments against both congenital brain disorders and those that arise from traumatic incidences. The BrainsCAN team will also be looking to develop optimized hearing aides.
Five individuals to receive honourary Western degrees BRIENNA FRENCH CONTRIBUTOR @NEWSATGAZETTE Western University will award honourary degrees to five leading individuals at its 308th Convocation in October. According to Western’s media release, four of the recipients are receiving honourary Doctor of Laws degrees: Sabine Nölke, the Canadian Ambassador to the Netherlands and Canadian representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; Frank Hasenfratz, the current chairman of the Board of Linamar (an international multi-billion-dollar manufacturing company); and acclaimed economists and Western faculty members, David Laidler and Michael Parkin. Sir Christopher Ricks, an honourary recipient of Doctor of Letters, is a literary critic and previous professor of poetry at the University of Oxford and current William M. and Sara B. Warren professor of the humanities at Boston University. All recipients become official alumni of Western.
The process of becoming a recipient of an honourary award from Western starts with filling out a nomination form that is found on the Western secretariat’s site. The nomination form is open to the public. Once the nominations are in, the Senate’s honourary degrees committee, consisting of senior administrators, faculty, students and alumni, meets twice annually to decide on the recipients for the spring and fall convocation ceremonies. The main purpose of distributing degrees is not for the benefit of Western, explained Irene Birrell, the university secretary. “It’s an opportunity for us to honour people that we think have made significant accomplishments.” Birrell continued that the recipients will be presented to the graduating class and then they will give the convocation address. “In some ways they present examples of what we hope our graduates aspire to.” Western will honour these recipients at the fall convocation in late October.
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Alumni Hall roundabout now closed to pedestrian traffic JORDAN MCGAVIN SENIOR GRAPHICS EDITOR @JORDANATGAZETTE If you were on campus over the summer you may have noticed construction underway at the Oxford and Lambton roundabout near Alumni Hall. The walkways that intersect the center island have been removed in order to encourage pedestrians to walk around the intersection rather than through it. Shrubbery is introduced to fill in the void.
The decision to remove the walkways and force pedestrians around the intersection boils down to safety concerns. “There’s lots of vehicular traffic, both cars and buses, and then you’ve got pedestrians that are coming across that intersection from numerous different locations” said Gitta Kulczycki, vice-president resources and operations at Western. “The more opportunities you have for vehicles and pedestrians to intersect the higher the risk, and we wanted to eliminate a lot of that risk.”
Kulczyki added that raised and marked crosswalks will be introduced around the broader circle, creating automatic pauses in traffic and providing pedestrians with a safer means of crossing the intersection. This $40,000 safety measure is the first commitment to come out of the $2 million that was set aside for a pedestrian safety initiative in the 2016-17 budget. The construction around Alumni Hall was completed by the time classes began in September.
Western’s Code of Student Conduct defines the standard of conduct expected of students at Western and sets out the disciplinary procedures that the University will follow.
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The Code stipulates that it be reviewed by the Board of Governors every five years and the Board has established an ad hoc committee to conduct the current review. The committee, chaired by Iain Scott, Dean of Western’s Faculty of Law, invites written and oral submissions from interested individuals within and outside the University community regarding the content of the Code or its implementation. The committee’s report, including any recommended revisions to the Code, will be submitted to the Board in early 2017. Written submissions should be addressed to Dean Iain Scott, Code of Student Conduct Review Committee, University Secretariat, Room 4101 Stevenson Hall, or to iain.scott@ uwo.ca. The deadline for receipt of written submissions is Friday, October 7, 2016. Individuals wishing to meet with the committee should indicate this in their written submissions.
The Code may be viewed at: www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/board/code.pdf
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Offensive message scrawled on student house RITA RAHMATI NEWS EDITOR @RITARAHMATI
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The words “No means yes. And yes means anal” were written on an off-campus student home on Epworth Avenue, near the University’s main gates. The incident fostered discussion on social media after Emma Richard, a fifth-year engineering student, shared a photo of the house with the words on it. Late Sunday night Jana Luker, Western’s associate vice-provost student experience, said there is an ongoing investigation looking into the incident. Campus Police has been notified of the incident, but does not have jurisdiction off-campus, Luker added. Currently, London Police Services are not part of the investigation, but there is a possibility they could be involved in the future. Many criticized Western’s response (or lack thereof) to the
incident and particularly the remark made by Glenn Matthews, Housing mediation co-ordinator. Matthews said, “I get it: the message is really bad, but students do dumb things,” in an interview to the London Free Press. In an interview on Monday, Megan Walker, executive director at London Abused Women’s Centre, said she is frustrated that a representative of Western discussed rape as merely students doing dumb things. She believes the statement is akin to people saying “boys being boys,” something that was considered acceptable in the 1960s. “I expected from Western an immediate and decisive statement condemning those comments of Glenn Matthews,” Walker said. Walker further said, “The universities silence specific to Mr. Matthews comments speaks volumes. And it tells me that they specifically support his comments.” When asked about Matthews’
comments, Luker said she had not spoken to him and stated she does not know the full context of his statements given to the LFP. “The sexual[ly] violent nature of the comments were completely unacceptable and horrific, and that no ambassador for Western, no person, staff member at Western would ever say that was okay,” Luker said. In a statement addressed to University Students’ Council president and vice-president, Eddy Avila and Jamie Cleary, Luker said Western takes responsibility for mishandling the incident. In the letter Luker stated: "Given the content of the message, others should have been mobilized immediately to assist the Housing Mediation Officer when the incident came to light, including Western’s Sexua l Violence Prevention & Education Coordinator, Campus Community Police Service and London Police Service, to ensure a thorough and
appropriate response.” Luker further stated that Western is reviewing its response mechanisms when serious incidents like this occur. "It is also important to note Western’s Housing Mediation Officer is not positioned to represent the views of, or speak on behalf of, the University on matters relating to sexual violence and we regret he was put in that position,” Luker said. “Glenn has since apologized and expressed sincere regret that his comments dismissed the seriousness of sexual violence and served to damage the University’s initiatives to eliminate such abhorrent activity.” In response to Western’s initial approach to this incident, Walker and other members at the London Abused Women’s Centre, sent a letter to the president’s office about the issue. Walker said if the letter is not responded to soon, she and other community members will protest on campus.
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MOSES MONTERROZA NEWS EDITOR @MOSESMONTZ London Police Service is teaming up with Western Campus Police to crack down on bike theft. Signs with the words “bicycle thieves we are watching you” have popped up around campus in locations that are the most “vulnerable” to theft. Sergeant Christine Greco, Western’s crime-prevention through environmental design coordinator, says the signs will be up only for the first three weeks of September. “Statistically, in the first three weeks of September bike thefts are highest,” Greco said. “There’s eight signs posted across campus in vulnerable areas and the whole purpose is to try and stop theft of the student’s bicycles.” Greco said incoming students are most susceptible to bike theft as they often practice poor bike safety practices, using cable locks rather than metal U-locks. “In my opinion, new students coming to campus got these brand new bikes and a lot of them just still use cable locks,” Greco said. “So the unfavourable [people] that come up here target these people and I think they know that.” The same kind of project was conducted in Britain with resounding success. After implementing signs in strategic locations, bike thefts went down 60 per cent, according to Greco.
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Well-loved psych prof Mark Holden not returning this fall RITA RAHMATI NEWS EDITOR @RITARAHMATI Mark Holden, Western’s favourite professor (if the popular website Rate My Professors is any indication) has left the building. Holden won’t be returning for the 201617 academic year as he’s found a position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “I’m upset to be honest, he’s one of my favourite professors,” said Valeria Tarasova, a fourth-year psychology student. “So it sucks that he won’t be here anymore to teach other students and that I won’t get another opportunity with him either,” Holden taught at Western in the psychology department for three years on a contract basis and began as a postdoctoral fellow. Throughout his time at Western he taught: 2115B introduction to sensation and perception, 2135A cognitive psychology, 3130B psychology of thinking and the popular first-year course psychology 1000. “Everything I know about his
performance when he taught courses for us is that he was excellent,” said Scott MacDougallShackleton, professor and chair of the department of psychology. Holden is Western’s highest rated professor on Rate my Professors, with a 5.0 overall quality score, as The Gazette reported last year. Most comments on the page are positive statements about him, stating students are eager to attend his lectures, he explains concepts clearly, is a fair marker, is helpful and overall a wonderful professor. Here’s one student’s comment from Rate My Professors: “Holden was one of the only professors that actually made me want to come out to class and his lectures are very clear. He is the best prof I’ve had at Western and he even takes feedback on how to get better.” But Holden doesn’t just fair well on Rate My Professors. His course evaluations demonstrate his high quality teaching. On his sections 2014-15 psychology 1000 course evaluation he received a median of seven (the highest possible score) on
every single question — from 366 students. The questions include if the professor displays enthusiasm, is well organized, shows concern for students and explains concepts clearly grades work promptly. MacDougall-Shackleton said the psychology department takes course evaluations seriously. All full-time faculty and limited duties faculty get an annual evaluation and the course evaluations are a part of that. “They can have an impact in a couple of different ways. For example, if someone applies to teach a course on a contract or to make a transition from having taught on contract in the past to a full-time position, one of the factors would be certainly how they’ve done on course evaluations in the past,” MacDougall-Shackleton said. MacDougall-Shackleton could not reveal the precise reasons behind Holden’s departure due to privacy laws. Given Holden’s popularity with students, it’s likely he will be missed by the students he taught.
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Brescia president returns $25,000 MOSES MONTERROZA NEWS EDITOR @MOSESMONTZ For many newly appointed university principals the idea of budgeting $25,000 towards a welcoming ceremony is business as usual. But for Brescia’s new principal, Susan Mumm, it’s money misplaced. “I couldn’t justify spending that kind of money on a ceremony which would effectively center only on me,” Mumm said. “And so it was simply a no-brainer. Spend money on me or spend money on the students — I’m always going to choose the students.” Known formally as university installations, these welcoming ceremonies are symbolic gestures that signify to the community the commitment of the new principle to its institution. It’s also a way for the community to acknowledge and support the new leadership. Having only begun in 2000, Brescia has had a short history with university installations. However, Mumm believes that while important, it’s unnecessary to make installations big and expensive public events. That’s why Mumm decided to allocate the money toward
scholarships aptly named installation scholarships. The decision came to Mumm upon reflecting on the university’s values. “I wanted to be the kind of principal that lives the values of the university I work for,” Mumm said. “The money is important, but there’s also a way of saying to the students we believe in you, we have faith you will succeed here.” $25,000 may sound like a lot of money, but when university budgets typically range in the hundreds of millions, it’s more like a drop in the bucket. Not only that, according to Mumm, the money budgeted for the installation was actually on the small size in comparison to universities in the U.S., which she said could rack upwards to $40,000. Despite the fact that Mumm said her decision wasn’t in lieu of recent events, it comes at an interesting time. Universities and their spending habits have been under fire recently, especially since Amit Chakma made headlines last year after making nearly $1 million when he chose to work through his administrative leave. What’s more, the Ontario
government recently passed legislation that caps salary and performance-related payments for designated executives in universities, colleges, school boards and government agencies. The new framework for executive pay no longer allows signing bonuses, retention bonuses, and cash housing allowances. It’s now required that employers consult with the public when determining how much executives are compensated. In response, Mumm says her intention was not to address these issues or bring light to them, but to simply put students first. “I was just thinking about expressing both practically and symbolically the fact that we can’t just talk about putting students first,” Mumm said. “We actually have to put students first in the decisions we make in our offices every day.” As for the ceremony, Mumm plans on holding a private installation on campus, retaining all of the symbolic significance but leaving out all the fluff. “It’s going to be very small, very low-key and probably conclude with a cup of tea all around,” Mumm laughed.
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Students volunteer to help save lives on campus DRISHTI KATARIA NEWS EDITOR @DRISHTATGAZETTE
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Western’s campus is getting a whole lot sweeter RITA RAHMATI NEWS EDITOR @RITARAHMATI Western’s campus is getting a whole lot sweeter now that it’s growing honey. Kristian Crossen, food & beverage manager and executive chef at Great Hall Catering, launched a bee garden behind the North Campus Building earlier this year. When Crossen switched from working at Windermere Manor (a hotel and conference centre owned by Western), he brought over his passion for bees. Throughout his three years at Windermere Manor, Crossen worked with the beekeeper and learned the skills to maintain a bee garden. The honey produced is used at Green Leaf Cafe and by Great
Hall for its catering services. It’s projected the garden will produce 100 kilograms of honey this year with 75,000 bees per hive. Economically, growing honey right on campus saves money compared to buying from an outside supplier. Crossen said there are plans to expand the project and make the honey available in retail form at some point throughout the year. In addition to economic benefits, the honey produces some health benefits as it contains antioxidants and can help alleviate digestive issues. “There are health benefits to eating a raw product, unpasteurized honey, and that is what we’re collecting here,” Crossen said. Although this bee garden
is new, food has been growing on Western’s campus for years. Western has a small rooftop garden and greenhouses. The greenhouses, located behind the Biological & Geological Services Building, are operated by the biology department. Unlike the bee garden, the crops and plants grown in the greenhouses are for teaching and research purposes said Aixia Wang, a greenhouse technician. What’s grown may change each year depending on course requirements. Currently, within the greenhouse herbs, grains, indoor plants, fruit trees and tobacco are grown. Interested sudents are welcome to volunteer with the bee garden and the greenhouses.
If you’ve ever dialed 9-1-1 from a campus phone, you’ll know that three students in a truck carrying immense backpacks in paramedic-like uniforms will come to your rescue. Western’s Student Emergency Response Team (SERT) is a student-run volunteer organization that responds to medical emergencies on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the school year. “An individual collapsed in the Rec Centre and through staff at Rec Centre and action by SERT, who conducted CPR and used defibrillators, saved the individuals life without question, that is how important they are,” said John Carson, director of Campus Police. This will be fourth-year science student, BrookLynne Hertner’s second year on the team. She believes SERT provides a very unique opportunity for students interested in medicine and paramedics of getting certified as an emergency medical responder and responding to calls on campus. According to Hertner, SERT is a great way to get really involved within your community. “It’s such a great team environment, there’s a lot more to SERT than volunteering and responding,
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although that is our main goal,” she said. SERT provides additional event coverage ranging during large-scale events on campus such as including Orientation Week activities, Kinesiology Special Olympics and Convocation. While SERT’s calls are increasing each year with 884 calls in 2014-15 and 940 calls in 2015-16, Hertner says this year’s orientation week was more calm than usual. “Last year we had close to 30 calls in one night and this year we’ve only had 16, just in terms of call volume we haven’t gotten as many calls,” she said. She believes that the reason for their increasing calls could be people becoming more aware of the service available. “We’re really good with point to different resources on campus and we also have the training to help identify whether students will need further help,” she said. Cynthia Gibney, director of Student Health Services, believes SERT is invaluable on campus especially for their average response time of six minutes and decreasing ambulance volume on campus. 60 per cent of SERT’s calls are treated and released while 30 per cent of the calls are referred to University Hospital for further treatment.
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Mustangs baseball coach has a legacy of excellence MIKE DEBOER SPORTS EDITOR @MIKEATGAZETTE
Mike Lumley speaks softly, with a mild and blunt tone. His words are short but full to the brim with meaning, as if telling a story in everyday conversation. It’s the voice of a man who has spent a lifetime in baseball playing in such outposts as Fayetteville, North Carolina; Lakeland, Florida and Toledo, Ohio living a dream that so many strive to experience. The head coach of the Mustangs’ baseball program fell in love with baseball early, inspired by parents involved in the game. “They biked me to games and they coached at that time and I kind of grew up on the back of a bike travelling to games that my dad coached.” Growing up in London, Lumley was a standout baseball player, eventually earning himself a scholarship to Eastern Michigan University. It was here that he learned the ins and outs of the game from legendary EMU baseball coach Ron Oestrike. But there was a culture shock in the transition from Canadian youth baseball to the high-level American college game. “You go from the time that I was playing when there wasn’t really a ton of thought of going to college or playing in the U.S so it was really
a different culture shock, especially concerning sports,” said Lumley. “Canadian sports at that time were not as heavy or enthusiastic as they were in the States.” Lumley grew up dreaming of a professional baseball career, a dream that eventually came true in 1988 when the Detroit Tigers selected him in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball draft. “I felt a lot of excitement cause by that time, when I got to college, it was kind of a dream of mine to go off to play pro,” said Lumley. “But not being around a ton in the same avenues as the American guys had, that really was a new thing for me.” Despite the horror stories about minor league baseball and it’s treacherous road trips, Lumley loved the six seasons he spent travelling across America on a bus, being paid to play the game he loved. “Really it was amazing,” he said. “You get to play baseball and get paid for it. You get to travel everyday, and I love travelling, so going on a bus wasn’t really an issue at that time. I really enjoyed it, and getting to play in Mexico and other places like that and to experience that was one of the reasons that I coach at the level that I do now.” Eventually the professional baseball dream ended for Lumley. A nagging arm injury and the growth of his family lead him to make the
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decision to retire from the game. Yet Lumley wasn’t ready to leave the game for good. For him the natural progression was to go back home to London, and become involved as a coach, inspired by leaders like Oestrike and others who moulded him into a ball player and a better person off the field. So Lumley became the director of the London Badgers youth baseball program, as well as the head coach of the Mustangs baseball program. His goal for the programs he runs is not simply about winning at all costs. It’s about building young men up to become better people. “Mike [Lumley] is one of the most knowledgable and successful baseball coaches in the country,” said Adam Paish, a former Mustangs baseball player who played under Lumley from 2008 to 2015. “His dedication and passion for the game is second to none. He’s able to work with both strong and developing players and give them tools they need to get better.” Paish believes that Lumley’s professional experience has been
pivotal in the impact he has had as a baseball coach and player developer. “He’s experienced the game as a player at a high level, so he knows how to coach the game to those standards,” Paish said. “This means there will always be something he can teach players in our program, regardless of where they are from or their talent level. He commands a higher level of respect both on our team, and from other teams throughout the OUA as a result.” Another Mustang, third-year catcher Taylor Patterson, credits Lumley with allowing him to develop more than he would have at other programs. “Mike has really helped me finetune my game bringing it to the next level by improving on many aspects both physically and mentally to give me an edge I wouldn’t have had over other opponents,” said Patterson. The philosophy seems to be working, as over 100 former Badgers have received baseball scholarships while more than 20 have been drafted by MLB teams.
As for his work with the Mustangs, Lumley guided the Mustangs to four Ontario University Athletics championships in five years from 2005 to 2007 and then again in 2009, as well as another title in 2015. He has also been named OUA Coach of the Year in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2009. His accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is humble about the award, but grateful for being recognized. “You take it with stride,” said Lumley. “It’s an award that, at least, you do a lot of work and never look for praise or anything like that for what we do. But it’s nice that somebody has seen your accomplishments, or at least seen your hard work and have somebody show their appreciation for it.” His life has been a journey, across the baseball world, small in publicity but massive in impact. And now he is in London, providing young men the opportunity to live that same journey.
Mustangs women’s soccer striker Amanda Boyle set for a successful season CLAIRE PALMER SPORTS EDITOR @CLAIREPALMER The Western Mustangs women’s soccer team have been dominant in their last three matches, scoring 25 goals during a three game win streak, which included two wins last weekend against Algoma Thunderbirds and another win on Sunday night against the Waterloo Warriors. Mustangs striker Amanda Boyle was a key part of the Mustangs offence, scoring a hat trick in both Algoma games and another goal against Waterloo. She was named Western Female Athlete of the Week last week after her six goal performance against Algoma. Head coach Martin Painter has been impressed with Boyle over her four years with the team. With Boyle being an older player on a very young squad, Painter is glad to see her stepping up and taking on a leadership role. “We lost a few players from last year so the leadership is shared. She’s definitely one of the players we expect to contribute to that,” Painter said after Saturday’s win. “A lot of players are stepping up and
Amanda is one of them.” Boyle certainly is leading by example, as she is currently tied for second in scoring in the OUA and in CIS with fellow Mustang striker Julie Crnjac. She’s no stranger to being on the Ontario leaderboards, finishing the last regular season in fourth for scoring, leading the Mustangs squad with 12 goals. “For myself personally I don’t try and set too many personal goals, I try to set like more team-orchestrated goals,” Boyle said in a postgame interview on Saturday. “But being the leading scorer for the team is definitely one of them and if possible, doing it for OUA and CIS.” Boyle has a dominant style of play according to Painter, with her off-the-ball play being just as finessed as her on-the-ball play. He continued that her off-the-ball movement is a big part of what opens her up to great opportunities to score goals and dictate the play. “Her movement off-ball is very good she’s very aware of her surroundings,” he explained. “She makes good decisions on the ball and executes well, and she scored three good goals because of it.” A big multi-goal game like this is
crucial for Boyle at this point in the season. The season is already one third over, and with 11 games left building confidence is key to keep the recent offensive surge flowing. “After the first few games we’ve had a little bit of a rough start scoring goals,” said Boyle. “It’s just nice to boost the confidence and get ready for the rest of the season.” Painter would love to see Boyle play with a bit more confidence. According to the coach, Boyle can sometimes put too much pressure on herself. Although she’s a motivated athlete who works hard, Painter would like to see her relax a bit more. “We want her to build that good confident zone where she’s motivated but also relaxed,” said Painter. “That’s what we’ve been working on with her.” Boyle has her sights set on more team oriented accomplishments rather than personal goals, and is hoping to have strong finish after an early exit from the playoffs last year. “Definitely top two finish, cause that’ll make it a lot easier for us to go to Nationals,” said Boyle when asked about her expectations for the season. “In terms of byes? and who you play, it makes it easier in
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the long run.” The team always comes first for her, and she considers them more her family than her team. “You develop a little family,” explained Boyle. “Just getting to come back every year and play with the same team and play something you love is just one of the greatest things in the world.” According to Boyle, the team’s cohesiveness and family mentality is what has allowed them to find success on the field, both as a team and as individual players.
“We worked as a cohesive unit today,” said Boyle. “We were able to pass the ball, keep our composure, and orchestrate some really good runs.” With the second half of the season fast approaching, the competition is heating up in what is a highly competitive and even-paced league. “We have to keep it up, it’s gonna be a long, tough season,” said Boyle. “A lot of the teams have improved this season, so we just have to keep up the morale and teamwork building throughout the rest of the year.”
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Family legacies or rivalries in varsity CLAIRE PALMER SPORTS EDITOR @CLAIREATGAZETTE
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OUA gold goal for men’s rugby CHARLIE O’CONNOR CLARKE SPORTS EDITOR @CHARLIEJCLARKE After winning the Ontario University Athletics bronze medal last year, the sky’s the limit for the 2016 Mustangs men’s rugby team. They opened their season last Wednesday with a 16-10 loss to the McMaster Marauders, but bounced back with a 53-5 drubbing of the Royal Military College Paladins on Sunday. The team has serious aspirations of improving on last year’s result. Tom Dolezel, last year’s assistant coach, is beginning his first year as head coach for the Mustangs. His rugby résumé is impeccable: Dolezel played professionally in Wales and represented Canada on the international stage 16 times. Dolezel doesn’t mince his words when it comes to his expectations for this season. “OUA Gold.” After the opening night loss, Dolezel was nonchalant about its long-term impact on the team. He saw it more as a learning opportunity than a crushing blow. “I’d rather this happen now than later,” he said decisively. “I think it gave us a reality check.” A reality check it certainly was, as the team came out far stronger on Sunday.
The rugby season is short; just six games remain on the schedule for Western. While that’s plenty of time to make the McMaster loss irrelevant, they little time to build on their victory and shake off the rust. The team’s leaders are taking this as an opportunity to step up. Fullback Mark Denton and winger Glen Thomson-Bullock both scored five points in the home opener – Denton from a pair of kicks, and Thomson-Bullock from Western’s only try. Both players are in their fifth and final year of eligibility and have never seen the Mustangs go all the way. Queen’s has won the past four OUA gold medals, and the pair would probably love nothing more than to end their Western years by beating our rivals. Western suffered a crushing 40-10 defeat in the 2013 OUA final, similar to last year’s semifinal against Queens. However, both Dolezel and the team believe this year is their year. According to Thomson-Bullock, the team has a couple of kinks to work out before they can perform achieve this goal. “We have a lot of guys at new positions this year,” he said, adding that the Mustangs had no exhibition games to cement their chemistry. The winger doesn’t think it has
anything to do with Dolezel’s recent transition to head coach, though. “It’s a bad excuse; Tom was here last year,” Thomson-Bullock pointed out. “This is kind of our second year under his game plan.” From here, it’s all about execution. On Wednesday the Mustangs made some costly unforced errors, at times playing a sloppy game with the ball in hand. Their set pieces improved as the game went on, but there are certainly some communication issues to work on in their lineouts and scrums. Against RMC, the passing through the back line was much sharper, with the Mustangs finding space in the Paladins’ defensive line far more often. Dolezel affirmed that he’s shaken off the first-game jitters now, and will have to take some time to review his team’s performances. As a former prop himself, he knows how crucial the set pieces are, and will be able to tweak his strategy to give Western an advantage. Western has the raw talent and experience to win that gold medal, but they’ll have to iron out the details in their gameplay to get there. The men’s rugby team hasn’t won gold since 2011, but they have nine OUA championships to their name. The time is ripe for the Mustangs to capture another title.
Chemistry with your team can make or break you in your athletic career. Teams have to become families if they want to win. What better way to create instant chemistry and family dynamic than by playing with your own brother or sister? Here are five sets of siblings who did just that. WOMEN’S HOCKEY - THE LEVESQUE TWINS Evra and Edie Levesque were breakout players last year for the Mustangs women’s hockey team. Evra was a part of the KirkhamPereira-Levesque line that scored almost every goal in the playoffs for the Mustangs, while Edie became a solid defensive presence on the team. Both girls played in every playoff game, and almost every regular season game. The twins are from Wawa, a town in Algoma district in northern ontario. Edie is studying social sciences, while Evra is in kinesiology. Both girls are heading into the second year, and will be rejoining the hockey team. CURLING - THE GRAHAM SISTERS The Graham sisters, hailing from Sudbury, Ontario, are key players on the Mustangs curling team. Carolyne Graham joined her younger sister on the team this year, after transferring from Laurentian for her second year. The sisters were a big part in the team’s fourth place finish at Ontario University Athletics championship last February, just barely missing out on a shot to compete at the national championship. Both girls are expected to return to the team this year, and build off of their solid finish from last season. MEN’S AND WOMEN’S LACROSSE THE MCCRORYS Men’s and women’s lacrosse can both lay claim to the McCrory name. The siblings, hailing from Oshawa, Ontario, are key players on their respective teams. Maegan McCrory is a strong defender on
the women’s lacrosse team, while her brothers, Patrick and Ryan, play midfield and attack respectively on the men’s team. The men’s team managed to capture silver at the Baggataway cup, losing the championship to McGill by a narrow score of 15-11. The women’s team captured a fifth straight gold at the OUA championships and made their seventh straight appearance in the gold medal game. FENCING – THE GUPTAS Fencing has its fair share of siblings as well. Naveen and Vijay Gupta are a pair of fencers from Toronto, who compete together on the Western varsity team. Vijay is heading into fourth year medical sciences, while Naveen is second year sciences. Western finished fourth overall at the men’s OUA championship last year, just one spot off the podium. The fencing team will look to improve off of last season, and earn a place on the podium this year. FOOTBALL AND TRACK AND FIELD - THE BONES Probably the most well-known sibling duo on this list, the Bone siblings both of whom are well established in the world of Mustang athletics. Robin Bone competed for the purple and white on the track team, while her brother, Stevenson Bone, plays for the football team. Robin Bone soared to new heights as she captured the 2014, 2015, and 2016 pole vault gold. She is also the CIS record holder in pole vault, and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Canadian Olympic Team. Stevenson Bone has been a key player on the football team for four years now, and has earned himself a consistent spot on the roster. With the departure of quarterback Will Finch, Bone is expected to step up and fight for a starting spot as the new quarterback on the team. Both siblings are keeping up the legacy of their father, Jamie Bone, who was a quarterback on the Western football team himself back in the late 70s.
Top 5 underappreciated varsity teams CHARLIE O’CONNOR CLARKE SPORTS EDITOR @CHARLIEJCLARKE With 46 varsity teams and clubs, it’s impossible to keep track of everything going on in the world of Mustangs athletics. Most people will know of the football team’s trip to the 2015 Yates Cup Final, or the playoff success of both the men’s and women’s hockey teams. However, there are so many more Western teams that routinely achieve success worth the attention of students. Here are just five of the Mustangs varsity teams that deserve our appreciation.
Playing their home games way off-campus at Labatt Park, the Mustangs baseball team is sometimes forgotten. It’s unlikely many students even knew that Western was hosting the 2015 Ontario University Athletics championship, let alone that the Mustangs took home the gold medal. Western upset the defending champion Brock Badgers, winning 9-4 in the final game after losing to them 10-2 earlier that same day. Two Mustangs were OUA All-Stars; speedy shortstop Nolan Anderson and league
home run leader Andrew Firth. Mustangs home games are a fair way away from campus, out near Wharncliffe and Riverside, but London has historically been a huge baseball town. A winning team playing in a beautiful ballpark should generate some more interest.
Despite being our national sport, most Canadians don’t know a lot about lacrosse. So Western students can’t be blamed for not taking much interest in either varsity lacrosse team. However, the Mustangs women are currently one of the most dominant teams at Western. Last October, they won their fifth consecutive OUA championship in a season they finished with a 15-1 record. In fact, the only hiccup — a narrow 11–10 defeat at the hands of Brock in late October — marked the first time the women have lost a game since 2010. Their winning streak, stretching across multiple title-winning seasons, ended at 67 straight victories. With the strange rotating-host system used in varsity lacrosse, the Mustangs only get one weekend at home this season. They play both the Laurier Golden Hawks and the
Guelph Gryphons on Sept. 17, when students will have their only chance to see the defending champions in action this year.
For absolute dominance in athletics, look no further than Western’s men’s squash team. In January 2016 they won their 33rd successive OUA championship, something no other Ontario team in any sport has ever done. The winning streak dates back to 1984. The team has won 43 titles in the 65-year history of OUA squash, all but the most recent of which were won under the guidance of legendary Western coach Jack Fairs. After overseeing the team for over 50 years, Fairs handed over his beloved squash team to current head coach Derek Moore before the 2015-16 season. Fairs has had such an impact on the varsity squash program that in 2007 the OUA named their squash player of the year award after him. Closer to home, many Western students will have seen that the squash courts in Thompson Recreation and Athletics Centre bear the coach’s name. The men’s squash team is
inarguably the most dominant varsity team ever at Western. Although it’s not a particularly popular sport, this piece of Mustangs history is something that all students interested in athletics should be aware of.
The softball team has a very similar recent success story to women’s lacrosse. They’re entering this season fresh off their sixth provincial title in a row after a 2015 season in which they also snagged the silver medal at the Canadian Collegiate Softball Association national championship. Western lost just one game last season, which ended another incredible Mustang winning streak that finished over 60 games. The 2016 team is favoured to add a seventh provincial gold to their streak, with most of their key players returning. They’re led by captain Shannon Davidson, a three-time national All-Star. The Mustangs will have three games broadcast on Rogers TV London this year, which is sure to increase the buzz around the team. As another team whose home games are played far from campus — in this case at Stronach Park near Fanshawe — they’ve always struggled to generate
the interest they deserve, but a dominant team like them is worth a look from any Western student.
TRACK AND FIELD
Track is a sport that generally receives a significant amount of interest from casual sports fans, peaking every four years with the Olympics. With Rio 2016 still fresh in everyone’s memories, the Mustangs track and field team is deserving of a lot more attention. At the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships last spring, there were too many powerful Mustang performances to name them all. Western overperformed, with 19 athletes exceeding their expected results. At the end of the competition, the women’s team finished third in total points. Pole vaulter Robin Bone, an Olympic hopeful for 2020, ended her career as a CIS legend with her third gold medal. Pentathlete Kaleigh Hole put in the performance of a lifetime and pulled out a shocking gold medal on the first day of competition. The Mustangs may not dominate the overall team standings like they do in the other sports on this list, but all of the individual stories make this team a fascinating one to follow.
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Western students launch bottle flip app ANNIE RUETER CULTURE EDITOR @ANNIERUETER1
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Aidan Sabourin is at his cottage and looks over to see a friend emulate the viral video Bottle Flip AK 2016 by attempting to flip and land a water bottle upright on a table. Watching this simple action is what inspired Sabourin, a fourth-year civil engineering student, to develop the new app called Bottle Flip 2k16 alongside three other Western engineering students. Bottle Flip 2k16 is an iOS and Android-compatible game where users swipe upright to flip a water bottle and hopefully land it. Armin Gurdic, fifth-year software engineering student and co-developer, says, “We are just trying to model it off Flappy bird, those basic arcade games. Keep it as simple
as possible.” So far, the addictive app has been very successful in multiple countries.“We are the number one app overall – not just game – in Finland, Norway and Australia,” says Justin Lam, fifth-year mechatronics systems engineering student and co-developer. The game is also one of the top 50 apps in the UK and one of the top 100 games in the U.S. Prior to Sept. 12, the developers had not spent a cent on advertising, despite having half a million downloads. Lam is surprised by the immediate success of the app, while Gurdic attributes the success of the app mainly to word-of-mouth and occasionally posting about it on YouTube and Facebook. And of course, the popularity of the Bottle Flip AK 2016 video which has 5,422,808
views on YouTube to date. The appeal of the game lies in its simplicity and ability to play on the go, or while waiting in the Tim’s line. Gurdic and Lam are not self-described gaming fans, but play Bottle Flip 2k16 regularly. “As the creators you think we would be sick of it, but I play it all the time,” says Lam. The final piece of the puzzle is Danny Loo, mechatronics system engineering student in his fourth year at Western, who has known Lam since the fifth grade. The four creators are looking to expand their app developing career by adding updates to Bottle Flip 2k16, as well as designing completely new apps. Bottle Flip 2k16’s addictive nature will keep you playing until their new app in the works is released.
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Academic calendar needs overhaul This Just In
JUSTIN DI CAMILLO @UWOGAZETTE Course selection is always a challenging time for students and in my opinion it is one that requires extensive research. One necessary stop I make is the infamous RateMyProf. com which provides students with adequate and often very blunt insight on many of the professors at Western and the courses they teach. The official site that is essential in picking courses is Western’s academic calendar, which is intended to offer information on courses within the various faculties. I have always found the site to be less than helpful and this past school year I was particularly frustrated with the site. As a student in political science and film studies, there are certain things I look out for and am often left with vague answers. The brief descriptions of the courses appear to be more or less a tagline, rather than genuine insight as to what the course will entail. One piece of information that I find particularly valuable when picking courses in political science is whether the course will run in a seminar fashion. Though a few courses in the department explicitly state this information, the accuracy for me is what is tiresome. More often than not, courses that state that they will be seminars, have not been so, while others which are advertised as lectures, lo and behold become seminars. This type of information is a major deciding factor when I pick a course and I know it is for many
others. With all students possessing different learning styles, particular environments and teaching methods not only make many of us more comfortable but also determine much of our success in the course. Political science is not the only faculty that I have encountered issues with on the academic calendar, as my minor faculty of film studies has caused some qualms as well. All courses I had taken in the faculty involved watching a film and analyzing them through writing. When I enrolled in Film 2270 - Film Aesthetics, its description stated, “This course will explore the stylistic functions of basic film elements, e.g., camera movement, editing, sound, and colour, through analysis of films. Extra Information: 1 3-hour lecture/screening, 2 lecture/seminar hours, 0.5 course.” It turns out the course was a hands on course on filmmaking in which the crux of the mark was determined through practical assignments and filmmaking projects. Completely unlike the description and all other film studies courses I had taken, this was but another example of the academic calendar failing me. Though I am completing my fourth and final year of undergrad and therefore will not benefit from revamping the academic calendar, I plea for the sake of future students that there is more attention to detail when devising course information. Course selection is a very intricate process for many and when schedules are finalized, swapping courses in September or having to stick it out because a course was advertised so incorrectly is not only frustrating but unfair. When wordof-mouth, perusing old syllabuses and RateMyProf.com become more valuable resources than the school’s own, there is a need for change.
Western’s non-response to misogynistic message is telling Green Eggs & Hamza HAMZA TARIQ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF @HAMZATARIQ_ I remember one of my first days at Western very well. It was during O-Week three years ago and the entire first year class was packed in Alumni Hall where Mike Domitrz was giving his “Can I kiss you?” talk. In between the cheers on Talbot Bowl, the concerts, and the constant blaring of “Home” by Phillip Phillips, Domitrz’s talk had the biggest impact on me. It was moving hearing him speak about his sister, who is a sexual assault survivor, and how the profound outcome of the incident led him to became a vocal proponent of consent. Fast forward to 2016. First-years saw Domitrz up on stage again giving his talk on consent. But in the
same week, they saw the disgusting phrase “no means yes, yes means anal” plastered on a student house minutes from the campus main gates. The students in the house weren’t responsible for posting the message. For me, the big story is Western’s deafening silence on the issue. On Sept. 10, a day after the London Free Press broke the story, Western’s official Twitter account tweeted out a general statement by associate vice-president student experience Jana Luker condemning sexual violence. After a constant barrage of criticism online about Western›s lack of a response by Megan Walker, head of London Abused Women’s Centre, Luker responded by stating Western doesn’t tolerate sexual violence, but there is still no reference to the actual phrase used. The only person from Western who did address the issue in the original LFP article made a bad situation worse by using this problematic reasoning: “I get it: the
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New Brescia principal setting the right precedent BY GAZETTE EDITORIAL BOARD
ast week, a Western leader’s financial maneuver made headlines for the right reasons.
Brescia’s new principal, Susan Mumm, bypassed ceremony and champagne by canceling a $25,000 welcome party. Instead, she’s putting the money toward student scholarships. It’s a bold move and a step in the right direction for the University. Mumm’s reallocation of funds is a reminder of the lingering legacy of Western’s president, Amit Chakma, who became one of Ontario’s highest-paid public sector employees in 2015 after cashing in on unused administrative leave. despite returning the sum soon after. Most importantly, Mumm’s move suggests that campus leaders have the responsibility and autonomy to question the practices of the institutions they’re involved in. Throwing an installation party is a tradition at Brescia that Mumm could’ve easily carried out but instead chose to rethink. And sure, $25,000 may be a drop in the bucket compared to Brescia’s overall budget, but it’s often when administrators overlook seemingly trivial spending that leads to administrative bloat — a problem for many Ontario universities and public institutions. One way the province is deciding to tackle administrative bloat coincides with Mumm’s announcement: last week, the Ontario government announced they will put a cap on the salaries of public sector executives and prohibit signing bonuses and retention bonuses, cash housing allowances and pay in lieu of
message is really bad, but students do dumb things.” That sounds vaguely similar to “boys will be boys” and other misogynistic phrases used in defence of abusers. Western has yet to clarify the statement. Western is currently investigating the incident, but here’s point four from the University’s own student code of conduct: The University encourages students to set for themselves the highest standards of behaviour off-campus, including behaviour conducive to the peaceful and safe enjoyment of housing by both students and neighbours. The University does not condone behaviour that infringes upon the rights of the University’s neighbours or that brings the University’s good name into disrepute.
time off. Under this new legislation, future Western’s presidents can’t receive the same type of compensation Chakma benefitted from in 2015. This is good. Similar to Mumm’s re-evaluation, it’s a step forward for the province if the goal is increased public accountability for public sector executives’ compensation. But at the provincial level, the legislation could go further. If the province is serious about reducing administrative bloat at Western and other Ontario universities, there’s a major area of concern that flies under the radar: the number of university administrators in proportion to the number of faculty. While data on Ontario universities, including Western, is scarce, the Globe and Mail reported that between 2009-10, the total faculty at UBC’s Vancouver campus was 3,242. By 2014-15, that number had only increased by 28, or 0.9 per cent. But for staff — which includes management and professionals (i.e. admissions specialists or department vice-presidents) — in 2009-10, the group totalled 2,903; in five years it had ballooned to 3,640 — a whopping increase of 25 per cent. It’s hard to know what the numbers are like at Western, but when the topic of administrative bloat comes up, it’s an issue that deserves more attention and consideration. So hats off to Mumm for taking central funding and giving it back to students. We hope that her kind of critical thinking spreads to further realms of executive compensation at Western and universities around the province.
Western sent out a sexual violence survey to students on Sunday, which is commendable. But whether the timing is intentional or coincidental, it doesn’t excuse their seemingly nonchalant attitude towards the incident. The student uproar on social media on both The Gazette and LFP articles show they care about what has happened. But Western doesn’t seem to notice. This isn’t the first time the University has decided on its own what’s in the best interest of students. The Gazette has requested several times that the University release the number of incidents of sexual violence reported on campus, but this has been Western›s response. “Generally speaking we don’t
release report statistics because it does not reflect actual incidents. I think that it is common knowledge that sexual violence is underreported in a big way. It’s very important to Western that we do not misrepresent the amount of sexual violence that occurs. This is the same for all of Canada.” Is the fear of “misrepresentation” greater than the problem of underreporting sexual assaults on campus? Or is it really a matter of reputation and bad public relations? I’m thankful for having heard Mike Domitrz at the beginning of my university career. I think administrators at Western do have the students’ best interests at heart. But to truly combat sexual violence on campus, Western will not only have to do better.
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Arkells electrifies crowd at Purple Fest ANNIE RUETER CULTURE EDITOR @ANNIERUETER1 Max Kerman, lead vocalist of the Canadian indie-rock band the Arkells, is sweating and climbs off stage, on to a platform and dives into a crowd of excited Western students – all while belting out lyrics to “A Little Rain (A Song for Pete)”, the first of several energetic renditions of the band’s hits. The Arkells, the headliners for this year’s Purple Fest organized by the USC, rocked the crowd on UC hill last night after two opening acts, Five Oceans and The Darcy’s. Five Oceans, a London-based country-rock band, opened the show with a number of originals off of their new EP, From What You’ve Heard, including “Let’s roll” and “Over you”. The band members, some of whom went to Western, drew a crowd during their soulful performance and hyped up the upcoming acts. Katie Ross, second year MIT student, had never heard of the band before but was impressed with their performance. “I thought the lead guitarist [Warren Hargraves] was amazing… You could really tell he meant [the lyrics] when he sang them,” says Ross. Darcy’s, a Toronto-based poprock duo with a 80s feel, take the stage after Five Oceans and play some crowd favourites like “San Diego, 1988”. The band has opened for the Arkells on a number of occasions and has similar banter between members. “I gotta say, the funnel cakes are somewhat distracting,” says lead vocalist and guitarist Jason Couse to drummer
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Wes Marskell. Finally, after much anticipation and a significant drop in temperature, the Arkells come on stage to the massive crowd huddled together. The crowd’s energy is matched by Kerman who dances and moves around the stage while singing hits from older albums like “Oh the Boss is Coming” (Jackson Square 2008). Sharing anecdotes about road trips and prior visits to London, Kerman keeps the audience engaged and at one point asks for the lights to be shut off for a dance party. Perhaps the most exciting part of the performance is when Kerman pulls up John Muirhead, third year music student, on stage to play the guitar for one of the final
performances of the night, “Private School” from the Arkells newest album, Morning Report. Although the Arkells drew a crowd of thousands, the atmosphere feels personal, largely due to the band’s interaction with the audience. “I’d like to think we are among friends here,” says Kerman just before the end of the show. “One more song”, chants the audience. Predictably, the band walks back on for an encore featuring a cover of the Jackson 5’s “ABC” and the band’s most popular song, “Leather Jacket”. Jake Jardine, third year BMOS student and massive Arkells fan, hails from Hamilton like the Arkells. A highlight for Jardine was the band signing “Savannah” off their new album. “That’s one of
my favourite songs on the album, and I just started screaming out the words. [Max] actually pointed at me and I melted a bit.” Leaving the crowd electrified, Kerman shouts “Thank you for bringing your energy and spirit, because that’s what got us through this show.” Purple Fest is their eighth show in nine days. Consent addressed by host, Justine Shuey Sexologist Justine Shuey was the energetic and candid host of Purple Fest. In between musical acts, Shuey answered sex-related questions texted in by members of the audience. Shuey lightheartedly responded to questions while holding a plush penis pillow, but focused her efforts on discussing the much
more serious topic of consent. “Consent needs to be four things,” says Shuey. “It needs to be clear, coherent, willing, and ongoing.” Shuey also emphasizes that, “No is a complete sentence. You don’t need to justify yourself.” In light of Mike Domitzr’s presentation Can I Kiss you, Glen Canning’s moving story about the impact of sexual assault, and the blatant disregard for these messages written on a house on Eporwth Avenue, Shuey’s hosting was particularly poignant. “Consent is a conversation… A yes is a yes. Anything else is a conversation.”
Fashion forward: pairing preppy and personal As part of Volta Magazine and the Fashion Lifestyle Society, 19 year-old political science student, Chelsea Clifford has an eye for fashion. “Vintage is pretty much my style,” she says. Lounging on Concrete Beach between classes, Chelsea pairs a white oversized blouse with comfortable medium wash jeans and classic white converse. The look is clean and minimalistic, keeping with today’s modern and effortless trends. “My favourite piece in this outfit are the jeans,” she says. Not only are they a versatile piece of denim, but they’re her vintage staple as well.
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Walk off the Earth strong end to O-Week AMY SKODAK CULTURE EDITOR @AMYSKODAK A garbage bag-covered crowd of rained–soaked frosh and sophs pooled around the base of UC hill on Saturday night, crowding the front of the stage as Walk Off the Earth ended a week of first-year orientation. Confetti poured out into the mass of bodies, all cheering and swaying to the five person band made famous from their cover of Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know.” But before experiencing the addictive on-stage energy that was Walk off the Earth, students first heard from Toronto-based band, Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS), opening the concert at 7 p.m. Made up of vocalist/guitarist Ashley Boo-Schultz and hypeman/
turntablist, Human Kebab, it’s no wonder their sound was hard to pinpoint. Although met with some excitement and a sizeable audience, their mix-match of styles was easy to get lost in. Boo-Schultz sported a Western Charity shirt and frequently held the Western flag to create an uproar of cheers. “Everybody get those Ws up” he shouted between songs. Students responded well to this but it’s unfortunate that school spirit had to be used to excite the crowd in place of their music. Overall, USS played a set of original songs and some upbeat favourites like “Hey Ya!” by OutKast. Sing-alongs like this helped get everyone shouting back lyrics and pumping their fists in the air. Past 9:30 p.m. the atmosphere only continued to grow. With blue smoke seeping onto the stage amidst
ominous light and an ever-growing rumble of cymbals, drums and trumpets, Walk off the Earth appeared in black hooded sweaters, backs turned to the audience. In a crescendo of anticipation, they turned around and the show really began. Covering songs such as “Happy”, “Rule the World” and Adele’s “Hello”, the band was successful at pulling the energy up and creating a livelier, energetic vibe. People flocked toward the stage in a herd of excitement. Vocalist Sarah Blackwood was dynamite. Her stage presence stood out overall and took over the entire space. She stood on milk crates, leaned over the audience, jumped around and waved to admiring fans to hype everyone up. This energy was solid throughout all band members though; you
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could tell how in love they were with performing live. A notable highlight to Walk off the Earth’s set was their audience engagement. During their rendition of “Gang of Rhythm”, the crowd was instructed to repeat a series of sounds and lyrics while the band played on. Suddenly, UC Hill was an a capella group. The night finished on a feel-good
vibe. Sophs swayed to the music with their arms wrapped around each other and of course, smartphon lights were waved back and forth to the beat. Walk off the Earth’s performance could be compared to an expertly curated hour and a half remix of new and old music, all performed with the band’s unique set of instrumentals and vocal work.
Getting inked is entering the mainstream
AMY SKODAK CULTURE EDITOR @AMYSKODAK When you see someone sporting an intricate pattern of tattooed script across their back, what’s your first impression of them? How about if their arms are covered in a colourful sleeve of geometric shapes, skulls and flowers? While tattoos may still raise an eyebrow for some, our progressive generation has begun to perceive them in a more accepting light as well. 30 year-old laser technician for Legacy Tattoos, Lee Horton, explains that from a service standpoint, the tattoo industry has changed to make potential clients feel more comfortable and therefore more apt to get a tattoo. “The whole biker shop ideal, the dark dungy tattoo parlors of the 90s or the 80s are not really around anymore,” Horton says. He adds that tattoo parlors want to be more inclusive and welcome people that wouldn’t have normally been seen in shops twenty or thirty years ago. Horton feels that the Internet is playing a huge role in the popularity of tattoos over a wider demographic. At Legacy Tattoos, people between the ages of twenty to fifty are coming in for body ink regularly. However, tattoo artist Andrew Trueman is worried that the art is becoming more commercialized with a surplus of people asking for infinity signs, bird silhouettes and feathers from Pinterest. “It’s nice when people are willing to be creative instead of just copying someone else’s design” he says. After all, tattoos have always been a form of visual art and cultural expression. In March 2016, the Royal Ontario Museum featured the exhibition Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession.
Art. The show sheds light on the historical origin of tattoos, dating back thousands of years across the world. According to displays in the ROM, body art has been used for healing rituals, punishment, ceremonies, means of communication and as a way to demonstrate honour. The show was successful at providing education on a controversial trend, and here on campus, the McIntosh gallery is following suit by spearheading the #ForestCityTattooProject. Headed by PhD candidate in Art and Visual Culture, Heidi Kellet, the gallery project is meant to create conversation about tattoo culture and the “construction of communities through visual representation”. (QUOTES FROM HEIDI KELLET) This project is expected to spark much interest and participation, especially with such a large student population in London who are open minded to tattoo culture. 23 year-old Media in Journalism student, Alexie Evans has seven tattoos and loves them. She uses tattoos as personal depictions of her identity. “I have a lotus flower…lotus flowers grow in mud so it’s like growing through adversity and overcoming it till it blooms” she says. Evans adds that based on her experience, professional environments are becoming more accepting of tattoos in the workplace as well. “I work at a marketing agency and showing off your tattoos is almost encouraged” Although it takes generations for opinions to change and stereotypes to be brought to more positive light, tattoos seem to be getting a better reputation. The link between body art and visual expressions of identity create an interesting viewpoint to explore.
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