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Buttons for restaurant staff spark dispute Richard Raycraft NEWS EDITOR Employees of the Spoke and Wave are being encouraged to wear buttons expressing support for the LGBT community. The pins are meant to show that the employee has received “ally” training — training done as part of the University Students’ Council’s Ally Western initiative. According to the USC website, Ally Western works to create a more inclusive university campus with a focus on understanding and celebrating sexual diversity. It provides resources and support for students to be strong, effective and visual advocates for LGBT people. Sam Krishnapillai, vice-president internal at the USC, explained that the buttons serve a purpose as indicators. “Traditionally when Ally training is given we provide the person with some sort of visual identifier as an Ally. This informs people that this person is one that believes in equality,” she said. “It’s something that we feel strongly about because the USC believes that all students should be treated respectfully.” “So the combination of a broadened mandate and a tradition of providing Allies with something that visually identifies them as such is what created Ally pins,” she continued. Krishnapillai explains that Ally training is provided to all USC employees. Training includes teaching employees to be conscious of their words and behaviour, and
this year has also included a “safer space training” component. Safer space training is designed to ensure that USC employees to be allies to those who use USC services and operations. “We want our staff, if they feel comfortable and safe doing so, to feel as though they can politely let someone know that their language isn’t appropriate, or that their behavior is discriminatory,” Krishnapillai said. “The pins are meant to be a visual identifier that shows others that this individual treats all people — regardless of gender, race, sexuality, ability, economic status, etcetera — equally,” she continued. “It creates a feeling of solidarity to those who may be discriminated against and shows those that may intentionally or unintentionally discriminate against people that the pin wearer is against such behavior.” Krishnapillai also emphasized that while wearing the pins is by no means mandatory for USC staff, it would be encouraged — especially those employees working in customer service roles. Not everyone is comfortable with this arrangement, however. Jordyn Martinez, last year’s Ally coordinator and a server at the Wave restaurant, feels that pressuring staff to wear what she believes is a political statement is not a good policy. “My issue is mostly with political statements in the work place,” she said. “I totally agree with marriage equality and the message behind their initiative, but as a server and a student, I’m there to make money
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and honestly adding politics to serving tables for me causes a bit of an issue.” Martinez explained that the pins were distributed last week, with each staff member being presented one individually. “I have heard [people from the USC] asking us where our pins are and if we are going to wear them,
but I don’t think that they’ll officially push it anymore,” she said. “I think the main issue for me isn’t necessarily that we were asked to wear these but that the Ally initiative, as supposed to be putting out by the USC for all students, is kind of being targeted towards everyone who works for the USC rather than as a public statement.”
Say what you need to say to the USC Kiah Berkely CONTRIBUTOR The University Students’ Council has addressed student concerns and they’re launching a new blog in response. Concrete Speech, a USC service designed to let students engage with the council, will be rolled out in the next two to three weeks as part of an overall reconstruction of the USC’s media outlets and their website. “We’re hoping it will become a site facilitated by the USC to spark discussion between students and members of the USC,” Kelly Morgan, publications coordinator, said. “Ideally, it’ll become something where USC members can put out what they’re working on and what they want feedback on, and then students can go ahead and give
them that feedback.” Concrete Speech is in some ways an extension of the now-defunct Fuss on the Bus, a site that sought to provide information to Western students in an easy-to-understand and accessible way. The blog’s creation was also inspired by the 2013 orientation at Western, which saw much debate on campus about the selection of sophs. “I thought that that would be a great place for there to be a discussion, to speak with the USC. There are people who don’t like what’s going on, and the reality was people were just making Facebook posts. I saw all these Facebook posts and thought, I don’t think any of the members of the USC are going to see these,” Morgan explained. Part of the idea behind Concrete
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Speech is to let students know what’s happening around school ahead of time. “So it isn’t just the students reacting once something’s passed,” Andrew Potter, the blog’s editor-inchief, said. “I think a lot of the negative reactions come from when students feel like they had no say in a process,” Nico Diplacido, digital publications editor for the blog, said. “It’s taken me a third year to realize that as a student, as an undergrad, you have more of a say than you think you do.” The blog’s creators are hoping that students will hear about and access the site through social media as well as finding the link on the USC’s website. While the site is designed to let students voice opinions and input to the USC, it is not meant to be “a
I think a lot of the negative reactions come from when students feel like they had no say in a process. — Nico Diplacido
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way for people to gripe about things they don’t like,” Morgan said. “We welcome criticism of course, but we’re hoping it will be an agent for positive change,” she said.
Western’s notoriously unreliable Wi-Fi has been causing angst among annoyed students. The only problem is — there is no problem, apparently. “I called [Information Technology Services] the other day and they denied that there was anything wrong,” Alex Grosdanis, an upperyear science student, explained. “I am living proof that there is something wrong. They just ignore the problem until it goes away.” Grosdanis has experienced frequent campus Internet problems throughout his four-plus years at Western — and he isn’t the only one. On the main floor of D.B. Weldon Library, masters of civil engineering student Anas Alsaid struggled to connect to the Wi-Fi. While students across campus have criticized the Wi-Fi for years, after returning to Western this September, the complaints have only increased. “It’s getting worse,” Alsaid insisted. “Especially in the big hours, from nine to two, the Wi-Fi connection is really bad.” Across the library, fourthyear criminology student Marci Ahumada admitted she has continually struggled with the Internet. “I know that sometimes I’ve had to literally go home to print stuff or to get on to my e-mail,” Ahumada complained. “It’s pretty annoying if I have to leave campus just to get on the Internet.” Even worse, the Wi-Fi woes do not seem to be isolated to Weldon. At Allyn and Betty Taylor Library, students vehemently complain about the awful connection. “It’s always been terrible,” Jevan Friedlander, an upper-year genetics student, said as his friends nodded in agreement. Sitting beside him, fourth-year biology student Teagan Mackenzie finds the problem to be contingent on location. “Going to lower floors and classes that are underground, I’ve had a really hard time connecting to the Internet,” Mackenzie said. In today’s education system, connection to the Internet is necessary for accessing and completing coursework. In the wake of fickle Wi-Fi, the pressure to be online is forcing students to switch to more expensive alternatives, such as cell phone data plans, to finish academic assignments on time. >> see WI-FI pg.3
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SMELLS LIKE A CAMP FIRE. Taking a walk past the tennis domes today may bring back memories of a summer campfire. Though the fire is long gone, the smell still remains.
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Aaron Zaltzman ASSOCIATE EDITOR Western undergraduate students may have noticed a few Facebook posts and Tweets from the University Students’ Council regarding a survey — wait! Don’t close that browser yet! You can get a gift card! Budget season is just around the corner and the USC is looking for student input. The survey is targeted to get students’ general opinions about fee increases, executive portfolios and money allocations to various USC departments. “The budget was passed last year with some dissent about the $2 fee
increase, and a rejected motion for a fee increase,” Spencer Brown, vicepresident finance for the USC, said. “Some councillors felt their hands were tied and that they didn’t have an option to change the budget because after they were presented with it they only had two weeks to understand and make changes to it.” One of the main problems is the time constriction involved in drafting the budget. “We can’t change the timeline, because the budget has to go to the board of governors in mid-March, or else we’re in trouble,” Brown explained. “We have to start making the budget in January because we need first semester’s data to have an informed budget.” Brown said the survey is in response to a motion passed by council after approving last year’s budget that said the USC needed increased outreach in the
budget-making process. “What we can do is get councillor and student feedback on the front end, which is what this survey is doing,” he said. “This is the first attempt to get that feedback from students-at-large regarding what they want to see in their budget.” In addition to specific budget questions, the survey also attempts to gauge student views on the USC’s commercialization policy — an area in which Brown said there is very little knowledge of student opinion. Brown said he was hoping to receive at least 1,500 student responses. “We’re trying to make sure students get the budget they want,” he said. And as if that wasn’t enticing enough, those who complete the survey are entered into a draw to win a $20 gift card.
available every three months. Swan explained that what brought about this motion is the public’s desire for transparency in politics. “I think the mood of the public nowadays is making it clear that transparency and accountability of how politicians use their money is job one. Whether it’s a scandal with the senate or the recent fiasco on the gas plant or whether it’s a small item like how much money was used as an expense for a local politician, the concept is the same,” he said. “The public wants their elected officials to be accountable and the only way to be accountable is for the public to know this information and have it easily and readily available. That’s how you hold elected officials
accountable,” he continued. Swan is optimistic that the motion will pass at the next council meeting. “All of them want to do this. At the next council meeting I’m sure it will have unanimous support,” he commented. The movement towards increased transparency is part of an initiative to use new technology and social media for community engagement. “I continue to think about ways that new technology and social media can be used to engage the community. This is one more small step and we’ll always look for new opportunities to better communicate with the public.” — Jessica Ellig
CROSSWORD By Eugene Sheffer
Councillor wants more transparency in budgets Councillor Joe Swan has put forth a motion to increase the transparency of how London city councillors are using their expense budgets. Currently this information is released once a year, but Swan believes that this information should be made more readily available. He proposes that the information be
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wifi problems? Presidents serving less time What University unaware of any issues Stephanie Grella CONTRIBUTOR
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Canadian universities have seen a rapid turnover of presidential tenures according to University of Victoria’s past president Dr. David Turpin. According to a press release, after witnessing premature departures during his time as president, Turpin began to investigate why so many university presidents continuously leave within their first three years of presidency. Based on Turpin’s findings, the average length of a presidential term declined dramatically, dropping from 14 years in 1950 to five years in 2010. Turpin claims that an integral cause of early presidential departures is lack of experience. Last year at the annual Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Turpin’s findings showed that current university presidents had an average 3.6 years of experience in 2010 compared to an average of 4.9 years of experience in 2004. In a 2011 statement, Turpin commented on presidents’ shortening terms in office, stating that close to 20 per cent of the AUCC’s membership has had a presidential short term cut. While this evidence is valid in Turpin’s research, he also hypothesized further causes for this rapid
turnover — the president’s role has become more complex, external applicants are increasingly being hired, and board activism has increased. With many factors to consider, Turpin has not yet pinpointed the focal issue, but plans to continue conducting research and participating actively in the AUCC’s goals towards improving the issue. Along with leadership development programs for department
chairs and administrators, boards are now spending more time building relationships with presidents and ensuring new presidents are well integrated into the community. Even with hopeful initiatives like these, Turpin holds a pragmatic stance in solving this issue, stating that he would not be surprised to see more early presidential departures in the near future.
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We are not aware of any systemic or campuswide issues with wireless service at this time. Jeff Grieve
director of Information Technology Services, said about the Wi-Fi on campus
Grosdanis posits that the increased enrollment of Western students is causing an overload of the network. With the rising undergraduate population, perhaps the Wi-Fi is unable to handle the amount of access. Friedlander had a different suggestion. “They are just cheap and they don’t want to spend money,” he said. Either way, students looking for answers will have to be content with their hypotheses for now as ITS has yet to provide an explanation, even after several e-mails inquiring into the issue. But who can blame them? Their Wi-Fi probably isn’t working.
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Students that choose not to take courses in science and math may be having a negative impact on the economy, according to new research. In partnership with Amgen Canada, national youth development organization Let’s Talk Science has published a “Spotlight on Science Learning” report titled “The High Cost of Dropping Science and Math.” The report highlights several major concerns regarding early academic climate in Canada and draws particular attention to financial implications for students and the Canadian economy. The report reveals that greater than 50 per cent of Canadian students choose not to take courses in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics past the compulsory secondary school levels. Subsequently, students across the country find themselves lacking in academic pre-requisites or skills necessary to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving job market. Dr. Andy Watson, a professor in the department of physiology and pharmacology at Western, noted the increasing pervasiveness of scientific concepts and the importance of acquiring knowledge and abilities in such fields from an early educational perspective. “We need to do a better job of communicating why these programs are so important and vital to not only our present but future societal needs,” Watson said. “A lot of it is [about] improving scientific literacy in the community as a whole and trying to help people understand why science is not only cool but also really relevant to us now and in our future.” Too often, students must engage in additional training via public schooling or adult based education
“I have to disconnect and reconnect like three or four times. I think it is easier for me if I use the data from my mobile and transfer it to my computer,” Alsaid said. “I think that it’s just faster than the wireless on campus.” “The other day I was working on this really time-crunching research proposal and I couldn’t even connect to the Wi-Fi to begin with,” Grosdanis recalled. “I ended up having to tether with my iPhone which costs money and it’s frustrating.” In spite of these countless criticisms, Information Technology Services say they are unaware that a problem exists. “We are not aware of any systemic or campus-wide issues with wireless service at this time. We are continually monitoring the wireless network for capacity, which includes the number of devices, students and Internet use,” Jeff Grieve, director of Information Technology Services, said in an email. Grieve suggested that students experiencing a problem contact the ITS Helpdesk. Since ITS has no solution to students’ comments, students are left to reach their own conclusions.
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SCIENCE RULES…FOR SOME. Adults returning to take high school courses in science and mathematics that they opted out of in their youth are costing the province money.
courses. This has major implications for the student, who loses out on potential income and may be required to forfeit university tuition following an unsuccessful academic year, but it also hurts the Canadian economy, according to the report. Access to public schooling and adult education is supplemented by Canadian taxpayers and is therefore made free to Canadian students. According to the report, approximately 20,000 students annually in Ontario return for a fifth year of secondary school, representing a
significant public expenditure. Future generations and their cumulative interests will define the composition of Canadian institutions. As a research-intensive academic institution striving for innovation, Western’s continued success in the developing field of academics relies heavily upon the interest of future generations in STEM fields. “Science courses are fundamental, and are really the foundation upon which any advanced civilization is built,” Watson said.
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he preppy American fashion designer Ralph Lauren once said, “Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.” Echoing this statement, fourth-year Music student Lukas Stevens forgets about the fads and channels the classics. “I like dressing very classy. I like wearing ties a lot, which most people don’t do on campus,” he says, sporting his knit tie subtly under his pullover. It goes without saying that style and fashion are intertwined. Yet, what most people don’t understand is that
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the two are also quite different. Style gives whoever donning it infinite consistency and a sense of timelessness, whereas fashion is about being caught up in a state of fads and trends. “I love this weather,” Lukas comments as he adjusts his tie underneath his mustard yellow sweater. “I can wear sweaters, yet it’s still kind of warm.” Anyone can channel Lukas’ sense of style as it transits organically for the conservatives from the use of navy dress shirts and dark chinos, to the expressive with the pairing of one
vintage mustard yellow sweater. “I do like fun socks so today, I’m wearing these green ones,” he comments. Lukas’ outfit is perfect in the way it works together head to toe — not one piece is out of place or unaccounted for, not even his mint green Bianchi bicycle. To channel Lukas’ style, try taking cues from vintage looks and vintage colours. Class up an outfit with a tie, but tuck it into a sweater to keep it low-key classy. Don’t be afraid to look old-school — style is never out of style. — Logan Ly
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Some of the most epic relationship arguments in film and television involve various furniture pieces being thrown around while a partner screams about “that bitch!” I’m not condoning trashy and violent domestic arguments by any means, but rather, through this column, I’m hoping to have a dialogue about monogamy. Let’s be honest, when you’re dating someone, it can often be hard not to consider taking the Sister Wives route and embracing the joys of polygamy. There are so many attractive people but one of the most harmful things you can do while in a relationship is follow those temptations. Alright, yes, cheating is bad but is that a deal breaker? A lot of people believe that when someone cheats they have eroded any trust in the relationship. That’s quite valid but is it ever appropriate to forgive someone? That’s tough and I don’t think there’s an answer that could be prescribed to every relationship. The person who feels betrayed must ultimately use their judgment and determine whether or not their feelings for the other person outweigh
the feelings of betrayal. Often times it’s hard to sort through these feelings. It’s best not to be angry; talking to a friend about the situation is probably more beneficial than shouting at your partner. Moreover, there were also likely underlying reasons that caused the unfaithfulness to occur. Considering what those causes could be is also important. That said, people who are not faithful in relationships made their choice and they ultimately must bear the consequences of their actions. In addition to problems surrounding cheating, it’s also important to recognize healthy aspects of relationships. Jealousy is something that naturally occurs. A sign of a well functioning relationship is being comfortable with your partner’s “crushes.” Having an open conversation and even joking about “my co-worker who is so hot” can create an awesome comfort level. I’m not suggesting that you talk about other people all the time but having a sense of play is important. If your partner has given you a second chance after cheating, however, then don’t make those jokes. Ultimately it’s all about figuring out your comfort levels with each other. When dating someone, it’s important to have a healthy, playful rapport that is built on trust — but if that trust is broken, it’s important not to smash that vase on the ground in a fit of rage, but to reevaluate your relationship in a calm and collected manner.
Annie Hall (1977) Say what you will about Woody Allen — yes his personal life may contain a string of failed marriages including one with his adopted daughter — but that doesn’t negate the brilliance of his films. Allen has the most Academy Award nominations for screenwriting of all time, and has had a profound cultural impact in the course of his 50-odd years in Hollywood. The epitome of Allen’s impressive filmography, however, is Annie Hall. The film won four Academy Awards in 1977 (beating Star Wars that year) and has since become a cult classic. Alvy Singer, a neurotic comedian (played by Allen), falls in love with the effervescent Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). The film chronicles the course of the couple’s relationship as narrated by Singer, from its inception to inevitable demise. Allen masterfully examines the mysteries and intricacies of romance, as it turns absurd, witty and insightful, with philosophical underpinnings. The film frequently delves into
surreal episodes such as Singer pulling Marshall McLuhan out from behind a sign at a movie theatre to prove he’s right in an argument, and Hall’s mind and soul deciding to leave her body when she’s not invested in sex, much to Singer’s annoyance. The narrative playfully skips forwards and backwards in time, sometimes reaching as far into the past as Singer recalling childhood memories such as experiencing metaphysical terror upon the realization that one day the sun will no longer exist. Annie Hall humorously captures the difficulties of maintaining a relationship — contending with jealousy, long-distance and pointless arguments — but simultaneously shows why it’s all worthwhile. Entertaining and thought provoking, there are so many wonderful and whimsical tidbits in this film that each repeated viewing brings a greater appreciation of this masterpiece. — Mary Ann Ciosk
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A cross-Canada coalition Mariam Ahmed CONTRIBUTOR Kim Wempe has had quite the tour of Canada. Hailing from Saskatchewan, the Nova Scotiabased singer won an East Coast Music Award for her debut release Where I Need To Be. Her newest album, Coalition, was released this fall and Wempe is now on tour across Canada. Wempe sat down with The Gazette to talk about her music. GAZETTE: How old were you when you started getting involved in music? WEMPE: 12 years old. We had a music class and we did a guitar unit and I strummed a couple chords, from then on I’ve been pretty hooked on the guitar. I kind of naturally started singing along with the guitar. G: So, you started pretty young then. W: Yeah, I’ve known for sure what I wanted to do, no doubt in my mind. I took the time to go to university for music and waited until the right time to record my first album. G: The name of your album is Coalition. What is the reason for this? W: There’s a song on the album called “The River” and the lyrics say, “I’ve got a coalition of people on my side.” Basically the coalition of people who have got my back. It’s the idea of surrounding yourself with a group of people that support you and what you do. I just tried to do that with this album and mention the people who have helped me out. G: Where do you find inspiration for your lyrics? W: I’m always inspired by other song writers and what they’re doing. But mostly my own personal experience, that’s where it starts. Change in life and co writing is another thing I delved into in this album and I draw a lot of inspiration from others on this album. G: So, of those songwriters who do inspire you, who would you say inspires you the most? W: I would say Bonnie Ray is a huge inspiration, so is Brandy
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Carlisle. I mean those two I’ve always looked up to. They’re both strong female artists and they stand for something and do what they love. G: You come from the East coast, does that influence your music at all? W: It did the first album, but on this one I’d have to say it didn’t at all. I was really inspired by the fact that I lived on the East coast and the Celtic sound inspired me, but on this record, oddly enough I was inspired by South America. Bluesy, down south sound comes naturally to my voice. G: Yes, you do have that soulful kind of voice. W: I actually have no idea where that came from! I mean I’m from Saskatchewan. G: You’ve won an ECMA, how did you feel winning that? W: It was incredible, definitely one of the best feelings ever. The first music award is always something special, you could fall of the face of the earth! I felt like my work was being recognized and I was doing things right. G: How are you preparing for your upcoming performances? W: I’ve been camping a lot. You
know, chilling out doing bonfires with friends is how I relax. Just doing normal outdoorsy things, relaxing with friends and family. I don’t see them a ton when I’m touring, so spending time with them is really important. G: What are your goals for the future? Do you want to break into the US market or are you fine with just the local scene? W: I’d love to do international touring. I’m actually doing my first Australian tour in December so I’m really excited about that. I would really love to break into the American market more, and go to Germany and the UK. There’s a lot of places id love to go, play a lot of jazz and blues festivals everywhere. I want to keep growing and keep playing bigger shows. Kim Wempe will be performing at the London Music Club on October 17. Tickets are $10 at the door and $11.50 online. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.
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GGGGF Kim Wempe Coalition It’s been a fair while since Kim Wempe has released a new album, leaving almost three years for her fans to wait in excited anticipation. It is however, safe to say, Coalition was worth the wait. A native of the small farming town Humboldt in Saskatchewan, her expressive lyrics resonate the story-telling country genre that has gained so much popularity in the last decade or so. With her soulful style and nonchalant strumming of her guitar, Kim Wempe is a rising star to look out for. With one ECMA award and one nomination already under her belt, it’s only up from here for the newcomer.
Born a West Coast girl, Kim Wempe found a real home in Nova Scotia after moving there in in 2007. She even admitted that she has the East Coast to thank for a lot of the inspiration she draws for her music. The album kicks off with the high-energy track “Go back”, an unapologetic song that will get you mechanically bopping your head and tapping your foot to the chorus. That being said, the album it self is full of upbeat, feel good tracks like “Never Promised You Nothing” and “Down Here”. There is something for everyone in this album with the occasional breaks from the fast paced tracks with songs like “Love Likes Simple”. These melodies truly do display the fact that Wempe sings from her soul and bares raw emotion through her lyrics. The subtle mix of the guitar and Wempe’s smoky voice throughout the album will leave you wanting to listen to more. As perfectly described by acclaimed rock and roll journalist Alan Cross, Kim Wempe has “one of those strong, raspy voices that’s only made better by whisky and more emotive by a sad song.” She definitely resonates a cross between Nora Jones and Janis Joplin in both her lyrics and singing style. — Mariam Ahmed
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If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you’ it will be enough.
— Meister Eckhart
Be thankful for the thank you moments I wish I was Smoth He calls out “Tiger Punch” and bad guy number one goes spinning into the wall. Then he’s defying gravity, flying up towards the ceiling and coming down with his helicopter kick on bad guy number two. Someone’s got a knife, seemingly out of nowhere, and tries to stab him. But with stunning agility he dodges and grabs the handle. The villain is flipped into the air, lands on his back, and the fight is over, Kung Fu style. Sometimes, that’s the image we get when we think about Kung Fu. The Hollywood action movies that sell well at the box office are, sometimes, the only personal contact many have with martial arts. It makes Kung Fu look mystical, even inherently magical, especially with talk of the mysterious qi. And ironically, Hollywood’s 2010 Karate Kid remake wasn’t actually about Karate, but about Kung Fu — even the stereotype masters in Hollywood are confused. There is a multitude of martial arts practiced around the world: Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and so on. And under the umbrella of one martial art there are many distinct styles: Praying Mantis style Kung Fu, Black Tiger style Kung Fu, Drunken Monkey style Kung Fu, and so on. All of this just adds to the confusion. We’ve written this editorial to help dispel some of the misconceptions around the Chinese martial arts, focusing especially on Kung Fu and Tai Chi. What is Kung Fu really about? No matter the style, they all focus on the practical principles of self-defence, self-improvement, discipline and cultural history. They are also a way of building communities around a common interest. What about Tai Chi? Many tend to think Tai Chi is “my grandparents’ activity.” But it wasn’t until the mid-1900s that Tai Chi started to be practiced only for the health benefits instead of as a martial art that rivals Kung Fu in its effectiveness. The health benefits are also not “mystical” — a Harvard Medical School study conducted in 2009 found that practicing Tai Chi increased flexibility, balance, and increased lower body strength by 30 per cent. The accessibility of the Chinese martial arts used to be an issue on the Western campus, but our club formed as a way to address that. By bringing Kung Fu and Tai Chi to Western, our goal is to knock out some of those stereotypes and misconceptions about the Chinese martial arts. We hope to do this by increasing the availability of Kung Fu and Tai Chi demonstrations, so everyone can see exactly what they are and what we learn. Also, we are available to answer any questions about Chinese martial arts. We’re making ourselves more visible — maybe it won’t be able to compete with billion-dollar budgeted films, but it’s an alternative and more accurate perspective on Chinese martial arts. — The Tai Chi/Kung Fu Club Executive Team 2013-2014
Aaron Zaltzman ASSOCIATE EDITOR On Wednesday mornings I have a twohour class in the Social Science building. After an hour, my professor gives us a ten-minute break to walk around, use the bathroom, etc. I always use that time to grab something from the Starbucks in the basement because the woman who works behind the counter always brightens my day. She’s sweet, happy and always greets me with a smile. She even thanks me, just for shopping at the café. I always remember to thank her in return. It’s amazing how much of an impact those two little words can have. Being thanked for holding the door, letting someone on the bus, or even just for doing your job is hugely beneficial to our emotional health. It makes us feel that our contribution, large or small, was appreciated. I don’t have to tell you what it feels like to be thanked, though. We all know the indescribable little feeling we get when someone thanks us sincerely. It’s a combination of satisfaction and genuine happiness that we can’t really get from anything else. Being thanked is not just good for our self-esteem though — it actually has positive behavioural effects. In a recent psychological study, participants were asked to evaluate a cover letter for a fictitious
“Eric.” Afterwards, “Eric” replies, with half the participants receiving a neutral reply and the other half being thanked. The participants who were thanked were twice as likely (66 per cent versus 32 per cent) to help Eric again. It’s not just because they felt rewarded though — it turns out gratitude, the feeling that our help is appreciated, overpowers the mental obstacles in the way of helping others. I know there are some people who say that there should be no thanks for doing your job. I definitely understand the reason for that sentiment — you want people to do things for their inherent value, not because they expect gratitude. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t thank someone for taking your change and driving you on the bus. It’s still great to brighten someone’s day and, more importantly, give someone else the motivation to do good. So how about this: Monday is Thanksgiving, and even though it’s not New Year’s Eve that doesn’t mean we can’t resolve to make ourselves better. Wherever you go this weekend, when someone does something nice for you or even just good in general, thank them. And even after Thanksgiving is over, keep doing that. The key though is this: don’t look for thanks, and don’t do things with the expectation of gratitude. Just do as much good as you can, and thank people when they do the same for you. If all this sounds silly, just imagine if everyone in a community as small as Western said “thank you” every time someone did something for them. It’s a very simple thing that can make this place a lot happier.
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Rundown >> The Mustangs women’s basketball team started off their season with a strong 83–38 win against Bishop’s University > Their current record is 2–1–0 | Western’s men’s hockey team will be playing Brock this weekend on October 12.
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Aaron Zaltzman ASSOCIATE EDITOR Last week kicked off the start of the NHL 2013-2014 season. So far we’ve seen enough highlights, injuries, fights and controversies to make us forget the crushing boredom of the off-season. But the start of the NHL season means something even more important: it’s the start of the 2013-2014 Toronto Maple Leafs season! Hockey’s most important team (suck it, Les Habitants!) got off to a 3–0–0 start before a bunch of AHL call-ups dropped a slog-fest to the annoyingly poised Colorado Avalanche, coached by possible best-goalie-ever and confirmed crazy person Patrick Roy. So now that we’ve endured triumphs and heartbreaks, it’s time to look at a small sample size and determine what needs to happen for the Leafs to make back-to-back appearances in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The good news is that some of these are things that need to stay the same, but there is plenty of room for improvement.
Special Teams Need to Stay Sharp The 2013 Leafs were second in the league in penalty killing, thanks largely to Jay McClement, excellent goaltending, and penalty-kill coach Scott Gordon. The penalty kill was both a refreshing change from being in the bottom five for the previous five seasons, and a huge component in the success of their season. Duplicating that will require the penalty killers to stay on their game. The power play could use a little improvement, ranking
only 14th last season at 18.7 per cent. Though the Leafs are fairly effective at retaining possession on the power play, the team needs to work on cycling the puck with increased speed.
Goaltending Needs to Stay Solid Last year James “Aw Shucks” Reimer set the franchise record for save percentage, an insane .924 with a not-unreasonable 2.46 GAA. So naturally the Leafs brass traded pieces for Jonathan Bernier, a former first-round Messiah known for being the second-best goaltender named Jonathan on the LA Kings. While some (me) bemoaned the use of much-needed assets to dethrone Reimer, Bernier has been stellar for the Leafs in his two starts, as well as filling in for Reimer when bad defence chased him from the net on Saturday night. While some are quick to jump on the “goalie controversy,” its nice to see Toronto have two young, amazing tenders; some teams don’t even have one! (The Flyers. I’m talking about the Flyers here.) If the odd couple can stay competitive, healthy and friendly, there’s no reason the Leafs can’t ride another stupid high save percentage while absorbing 85 shots per game. Speaking of which…
The Leafs Need to Leave Their Zone Once in a While I know the team is very close, but maybe they should stop hanging around in their zone for roughly 60 per cent of the game; I’m sure Reimer and Bernier both appreciate their alone time every now and then. The biggest problem seems to be zone breakout; the wingers really need to start pressuring the defensemen more, and their neutral zone play needs some serious improvement. On average last year, the Leafs had possession of the puck only 44 per cent of
the game at 5 on 5 — dead last in the league. So far, despite a winning record, the possession numbers are not looking much better. Head coach Randy Carlyle needs to put the team through a few bag skates or whatever it takes to get that breakout together. The good news is that once the puck crosses the red line the Leafs are generally good at controlled zone entries. If they can work on shifting the game out of their zone, things like scoring should fall into place.
Scoring Needs to Stay High, But Needs Some Changes Last year the Leafs were sixth in the league in goals per game. Unfortunately, they were first in the league in shooting percentage with 10.56 per cent. Only the President’s Trophy-winning Washington Capitals has shot that high over 82 games during the 2009-2010 season. Unless Carlyle and Co. thinks they’ve discovered a magical formula for goal scoring, the Leafs need to put more shots on net, or at least more shot attempts. You can hope for all the high quality chances you want, but if the team isn’t controlling the game they’ll be scrambling to score goals off the rush in between absorbing tons of shots on net, much like the Leafs did last year. The team has a lot of quality players and even several game breakers; there’s no reason why they can’t play a system that ups their puck possession. Doing so improves not only the team’s offensive game, but their defensive game as well. So there you have it. Four simple (albeit not easy) improvements that will transform the Leafs from bubble team to contender. Carlyle, if you’re reading this, good luck and I’m sorry for all the bad things I said about you this off-season.
The men’s basketball team is out of province for an exhibition game in Manitoba today. The Mustangs will take to the court against the Brandon University Bobcats in the first of a three-game series in Brandon and Winnipeg. This marks the first Canadian Interuniversity Sport competition of the year for the team. The Mustangs are coming off of a win against Loyalist College, which is coached by former Mustangs star Ryan Barbeau. Western defeated the Loyalist Lancers in late September with a score of 77–48. “We thought we played pretty well that game; we got some good contributions,” Mustangs head coach Brad Campbell said about the victory. Though the recent win is promising, the men’s basketball team has a lot of room for improvement. Having not made the playoffs since 2011, the Mustangs are a redemption-hungry team this season. “We definitely want to make the playoffs, and we had a very poor season last year,” Campbell acknowledged. “But we actually had a great summer of guys in town and working out, so we’re seeing a lot of results of guys working hard this past summer.” The Mustangs will have their work cut out for them, as the team is currently adjusting to many injuries. Mustangs power forward Andrew Van Camp has been out due to a stress fracture in his foot since
Western Mustangs’ Kelly Campbell, third-year goaltender for the women’s hockey team, has been a standout player only two games into the season. Campbell’s skills in net are certainly a big reason why the Mustangs have two wins in as many games. Her total of 59 saves and a 0.967 save percentage are otherworldly stats that have definitely contributed to the wins. In the Mustangs’ recent game against Laurier — eight-time winners of the Ontario University Athletics championship in the last 10 years — Campbell saved an impressive 36 shots that she was faced with. “Those are the kind of games that I love to play in — the more shots the better! It keeps you focused for the entire game,” Campbell said. With a great attitude and an incredible statistical history as a goalie for the Mustangs, Campbell is definitely a player to watch out for. This powerhouse is a machine against the pucks of opposing teams. Western placed second in the OUA playoffs last year with a 4–3
early September. He has an appointment next week during which he will hopefully be medically cleared to return to the lineup — until then he will remain on the bench. Additionally, many other players are suffering minor injuries, including guard Quinn Henderson and forward Greg Morrow. Campbell does not think the injuries will pose a significant threat to the team’s performance. “Eventually at some point, you know, those guys will get healthy. What’s hurting us [more] right now — I think probably one of our biggest challenges — is probably to find some consistent scoring and be able to score enough,” he said. “We think our defence has very much improved; we just think we might have to find some new people and ways to score.” The challenge in offence rests with the fact that the team lacks any individual star power, and will have to rely on a group effort to get points instead. “We just don’t really have that one or two guys that are really going to carry us through; we’re going to have to do it a lot with a lot of different people on our team,” Campbell said. “So we were able to do that in the Loyalist game and hopefully we can carry that through this week.” Campbell said the preparation technique for the team will be circumstantially focused, as each game approaches. “We’re going to make [good on] that old cliché and take it one game at a time and prepare equally like that.”
record — losing only to Queen’s. Campbell was ranked as the third best OUA goaltender with a 0.961 save percentage. Based on her improvement in save percentage already this year, and the Mustangs’ 2–0 record thus far against two tough teams, the purple and white have incredible potential to climb the mountain and win this year’s OUA championship. Campbell was recently selected to represent Canada alongside fellow Mustang Katelyn Gosling in the 2013 Winter Universiade in December in Tentino, Italy. Canada won the tournament twice in 2009 and 2011, respectively, and can only benefit from the incredible skills of Campbell. Thus far, Campbell is ranked as the third best goalie in the OUA. However, with her impressive performance in the first two games, a rise in the rankings should be expected. Campbell has already proven to be a great asset to the Mustangs, and Chris Higgins and the rest of the squad are lucky to have her as their last line of defence. — Caitlin Martin Newnham
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