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Detained Western prof begins hunger strike Richard Raycraft News Editor A Western University medicine professor being held in Egypt indefinitely has begun a hunger strike, reports say. “Recent news reports that Schulich Medicine & Dentistry assistant professor Dr. Tarek Loubani has begun a hunger strike in protest to his detainment by the Egyptian government has heightened concern for the well-being of our academic colleague,” a release from the office of the president and vice-chancellor said yesterday. “Dr. Loubani has a history of participating in voluntary humanitarian medical treatment and training abroad, which is in keeping with

Schulich’s commitment to providing medical outreach that aims to improve medical care around the world,” it continued. Dr. Loubani has been detained in Egypt for over a month along with York University professor John Greyson. Loubani was travelling to the Gaza Strip to provide training in emergency room management, but was arrested along with documentary filmmaker Greyson when they asked for directions at an Egyptian police station. They have not been formally charged and the reason for their arrest and detainment remains unknown. “Canadian consular officials continue to meet with Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson regularly,” minister of state (foreign affairs and consular)

Given these circumstances, my office has written letters to the Egyptian embassy to add Western’s voice to others across the country and around the world urging Egyptian authorities for the immediate release of Profs. Loubani and Greyson.” — Amit Chakma, university president

Lynne Yelich said in a statement. “Canada continues to press for a timely and positive resolution to this situation.” Throughout the hunger strike Loubani and Greyson will reportedly consume only water and juice, refusing food. The strike comes following the men being informed that they may be imprisoned for up to two years. The case has attracted celebrity attention. A statement by Canadian film director Atom Egoyan advocating for their release has been signed by over 300, including Danny Glover and Charlize Theron. An online petition on has attracted over 100,000 signatories. Though the current condition and future of Dr. Loubani and Mr.

Greyson remains unclear, Westerns president Amit Chakma and his staff assure that they are pursuing every avenue towards their release. “Given these circumstances, my office has written letters to the Egyptian embassy to add Western’s voice to others across the country and around the world urging Egyptian authorities for the immediate release of Profs. Loubani and Greyson,” he said in the release. “My office also continues to liaise with our local Members of Parliament as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs to encourage and thank them for their continuing efforts to advocate for the safe and timely release of our academic colleagues.”

Western Research Park to get new look $90 million proposed for 10-year long building project Jeremiah Rodriguez News Editor Plans are underway for a facelift in the Western research community and the project is sure to make businesses and researchers alike squeal with glee. The Western Research Park — a commercial hybrid between businesses and Western located off of Western road — is practically overflowing with researchers. The research park has ballooned in the past decade, and researchers and companies are looking for new digs. As a result, the university is planning to expand the research park by expanding the existing building and erecting several new ones. The 10-year, $90 million building project is being explored by London’s investment and economic prosperity committee. London city council approved the project unanimously on Tuesday and the project is anticipating drawing in more than 2,000 jobs to the Forest City and an estimated $70 million in annual output. “The federal and provincial governments are teaming to get London’s unemployment back to normal levels. We want to break ground sooner than later. You got 1,000 to 1,200 construction jobs and a further, ongoing 700 to 1,000 new full paying jobs,” councillor Joe Swan, chairman of the committee, said. The project is looking to solidify

We’re in a postindustrial age where research, innovation, and products for international markets are all happening in our home community. — Joe Swan,

chairman of the investment and economic prosperity committee

a reputation for medical innovation here in London — a reputation being built, in part, by many of the people working at the research park. “I’ve been working with six months to give shape and direction to this really fabulous investment opportunity for London. We’re in a post-industrial age where research and innovation and products for international markets is happening in our home community,” Swan said. “We have great faith in the Western community.” The idea stemmed from necessity — the research park has proven so successful they just don’t have room to house businesses and researchers who want in. “The park is at 98 per cent


RESEARCHERS GETTING NEW DIGS. A $90 million proposal is looking to expand the Western Research Park. The 10-year project will put up several new buildings and is set to create 2,000 new jobs.

capacity,” said Paul Paolatto, executive director of the Western Research Park. “We’re bursting at the seams with more and more companies hoping to locate near the university and take advantage of the university’s research and talent.” According to the presentation given in council chambers, the

project is looking for federal and provincial funding of $48 million for new buildings and business parks and at least $22 million for a pair of new biomedical facilities. The project is gunning to retain a lot of the creative and young talent studying at Western to stay within London, drawing in even more

business to the city. “The process requires a lot of investment and infrastructure. 10 years is the strategic plan. It does take some time and we wanted to deliver. We didn’t want to overpromise,” Paulotto said. “But we’re trying to recruit in the best workers and talents.”


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Blackfriars bridge to re-open for pedestrians The Blackfriars Street Bridge is to re-open for pedestrians and cyclists before the end of October. The future of the bridge, however, is still dependent on a class environmental assessment. Specifically, the use of the bridge by cars is in jeopardy. Joni Baechler, Ward 5 councillor, offered some insight into the assessment. “[The assessment] will be a year

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or two years in process,” she said. “At a minimum there will be a final report from the class environmental assessment in that timeframe and then a determination will be made whether to rehabilitate it for cycling and pedestrians, or rehabilitate it for cycling and pedestrians and vehicles, or close it, or re-commission it, or build new,” she continued. All options are to be presented after the assessment has been made. When asked about alternative routes for those who have to commute by car, Baechler acknowledged that traffic would have to reroute to the other two bridges. “They will have to cross the river and the only other two spots will be the Oxford Street Bridge or the Riverside Bridge,” she commented. Baechler mentioned a potential environmental positive for those who use the bridge simply to get downtown. “Our hope is that a lot of people that may be living in the Blackfriars area using the bridge for their vehicles to travel into the downtown might simply walk across the bridge now.” —Jessica Ellig

After much planning, the Western 311 system has now been implemented on campus. Originally proposed in 2012 by Adam Fearnall, former University Students’ Council president, Western 311 kiosks have been set up on campus. Based on the Toronto 311 system used by that city, Western 311 aims to provide easy access to different online services offered by the university. Some of the functions of Western 311 — also known as Mustang Central — include giving a place to pay for tuition, search for house rentals and booking rooms for use, among others. Pat Whelan, USC president, said one of the purposes of Western 311 is to give a centralized area for

students to access different services. “It’s mostly a launch pad to different things on campus, so lots of different online services exist — they’re just all over the place. This is meant to be a starting point for you to help find them,” Whelan explained. Although the system is still new, Whelan noted that improvements will continually be made over time and that the USC is doing research for Western 311’s usage. “We’re collecting usage numbers to see how it’s being used, but it’s certainly in its infancy right now,” Whelan said. Western 311 can be accessed at any of several new electronic kiosks in the University Community Centre, or online at —Herb Richardson

Little Red Roaster locations close doors A London-based coffee chain has brewed up some trouble. The Little Red Roaster — once a rapidly-growing local coffee shop chain — appears to be experiencing financial trouble as its locations are gradually shutting down one by one throughout London. Followed by the recent shut-down of the location on King Street, the Roaster shop in Convent Garden Market also closed down last week due to rent issues. Kendra Gordon-Green, owner of the Roaster coffee chain, took over the Covent Garden location in 2002 and expanded her business through franchised locations. “We think things will be resolved and that they will be back open and operating within the next few days,” Bob Usher, Covent Garden general manager, said. “I can tell you that this location was profitable and that we would be pleased to have them back.” The original Roaster in Wortley Village is still operating, as are the shops in Byron, the provincial courthouse, and the Central Library and St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital. —Jasmine Hon

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Committee to oversee Gazette Taxes and taxicabs “Middle man” aims to improve relations with USC Iain Boekhoff News Editor A new standing committee of the University Students’ Council board of directors has been created to improve the arm’s-length relationship between the USC and The Gazette. At a meeting of the USC board of directors Tuesday, USC president Pat Whelan and Gazette editor-in-chief Julian Uzielli presented their proposal for the creation of The Gazette Publishing Committee. Former USC president Adam Fearnall first proposed the idea after a large and public dispute last year between The Gazette and the USC. “A lot of the time when there have been conflicts in the past, it’s come down to personality conflicts between the president and editorin-chief,” Uzielli said. “This year so far I’ve had a good relationship with Pat, so we thought we should try and get something on the table fix the relationship problems that have always plagued The Gazette and the USC.” The committee will serve as an arm’s-length organization responsible for managing the USC’s stake in The Gazette on their behalf. The committee will be responsible for financial oversight, long-term strategic planning and policy recommendations for the The Gazette, while day-to-day editorial control will remain in the hands of the editor-in-chief. “The idea behind it is the USC can’t do a good job as managers when they’re being publicly criticized by the people they’re supposed to be managing, and The Gazette can’t do a good job of criticizing them if they’re afraid of retribution when they’re doing just that,” Uzielli said. “So we had this sort of broken relationship. The way we’re trying to


Aboutown in financial trouble Aboutown, a transportation company recognized by most London residents for its blue and white taxi cabs and shuttle buses for Western’s affiliate colleges, was announced Tuesday to have taken the first step towards the potential liquidation of its assets, according to the London Free Press. Aboutown Transportation’s placement into receivership — the movement of an enterprise and its assets into the hands of a designated party — was ordered by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). The appointed receiver is Chris Mazur, a senior vice-president of BDO Canada Ltd. In addition to $1.6 million being sought by the BDC for outstanding loans had by Aboutown, a January 1 document states the Canadian Revenue Agency is seeking $627,531 in tax compensation from Aboutown, according to the Free Press.

“This was an application to appoint a receiver, the $1.6 million is derived from principal and interest owed to the lender,” he explained. “So, essentially […] an order was granted, which empowers BDO Canada Ltd. to deal with the real estate property owned by [Aboutown].” The decision to submit to receivership was not refuted by James T. Donnelly, President and CEO of Aboutown Transportation. Donnelly was not available for comment. Further allegations, although not officially substantiated, accuse Aboutown of withholding or failing to make payments to a number of employees, who are amongst the parties listed by the Free Press to receive compensation. Aboutown Transportation, a prominent player in the London transportation sector, has been in operation since 1947. —Lily Robinson

DUDE, WHERE’S MY MIDDLEMAN? A committee has been created to oversee The Gazette on the USC’s behalf, in an effort to ease their sometimes-tense relationship. The committee is the result of collaboration between USC president Pat Whelan (left) and Gazette editor-in-chief Julian Uzielli, pictured here in the Gazette office.

fix it is by putting in a middle man.” The committee will consist of four students who are not affiliated with the USC or The Gazette, as well as three non-student community members. The students will hold two-year terms and the community members will hold three-year terms. The committee will also have the editor-in-chief and several other stakeholders from The Gazette and the USC as non-voting resource members. Whelan said he hoped the new committee could help solve some long-standing problems. “I think there’s always been certain tension between the leadership of The Gazette and the leadership of the

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USC and it’s always been tough to be able to negotiate our public roles from our professional roles in the sense that I have a role as a politician, the editor-in-chief has a role as a journalist and then at the same time we also have professional roles in the sense that we work together. So that can really get complicated.” While student members of the committee must commit to not volunteering with the USC or The Gazette for two years, Whelan said he thought plenty of students would jump at the opportunity to get involved at the governance level of the organization. The committee is expected to be up and running by next semester.


A VAN ABOUTOWN. Aboutown Transportation is handing off control of its assets to BDO Canada Ltd. on Tuesday, foreshadowing possible liquidation.


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saywhat? “A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”

— A. A. Milne, Whiney-the-Pooh

Healthy notions of getting In Motion Caitlin Martin Newnham Sports Editor Yesterday, In Motion kicked off their Physical Activity Community Challenge, encouraging participants in London to increase their exercise levels over the course of the month. During the month of October, Middlesex-London is challenging residents to be “Canada’s Healthiest Community” by recruiting their participation in at least five minutes of physical activity each day. “Most people in the city of London get less than half an hour of exercise a day. So putting five minutes onto zero makes a huge difference, “ says Dr. Chris Mackie, medical officer of health and CEO of the Middlesex-London Health Unit. “If you can get your heart rate up for five minutes a day, that can be enough to relieve a lot of stress that builds up.” The coordinators of the In Motion challenge designed the program to be as easy as possible for participants to follow because physical fitness is not always the top priority for individuals with busy schedules. “We built the app, and we’re

hoping that a lot of people are going to get a lot of fun and enjoyment out of it. It’s supposed to be really fast and easy to use for them, so we’re hoping it’s going to stick around for a little while,” John D’Orsay, a developer of the In Motion application with Arcane, says. Its user friendly interface allows you to track your fitness, join and create teams, view activities within different teams, and view inspirational quotes and tips for staying active. The application has the potential to be used after October. It allows groups of friends, coworkers and Londoners with similar fitness goals to communicate their progress, create fitness events, and help one another to stay motivated. D’Orsay’s whole office has signed up to participate, and are optimistic about the results at the end of October for the Arcane office and Londoners in general. “I think it should be pretty easy, you know? If they take off a bitesized chunk like five minutes a day, I think there’s no excuses, and they should be able to pull it off pretty easily,” D’Orsay says. In Motion is giving Londoners

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TAKING THE MOTION PLEDGE. In Motion, a physical activity challenge pushes the London community to be physically active for at least five minutes a day. These people hope they can tackle 20 seconds by standing up and singing their names.

the chance to make a change in the way physical and mental health are prioritized by encouraging participants to engage in simple fitness activities that they enjoy. It also gives London the chance to be recognized

as a fitness-oriented city. “This is an opportunity to [educate] Ontario and Canada about London. We can continue to put London on the map. London offers a lot of things to do to be



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place The Prisoner (1967) Patrick McGoohan and George Markstein’s 17-episode British television series caused outcry with the release of its final episode, “Fallout,” in February of 1968. The ambiguous and psychological conclusion that frustrated many viewers of the broadcast is a heavily debated and interpreted ending The television series depicted the struggles of the unnamed “Number 6” in his efforts to escape a prison camp called the Village. Throughout the series, Number 6 has to resist the machinations of ever-changing Number 2 and the elusive Number 1 to extract information as to why he resigned his job for the government. Number 6’s efforts to escape are hampered by Rovers — giant white bubbles that violently absorb their victims, as well as other villagers whose status as prisoner or

guardian is always in question. Each episode presents Number 6 with a different challenge and different genres, with the stories varying between science fiction, psychological thriller, and in one episode, a Wild West plot. The show’s popularity produced many pop culture references, including two Iron Maiden songs — “The Prisoner” from The Number of the Beast and “Back in the Village” from Powerslave. The Prisoner also popularized the phrase, “Information, by hook or by crook.” The Prisoner is a highlight of British television and with only 17 episodes, it is a quick and enjoyable watch. While some may find the dated special effects or the attimes melodramatic acting distracting, The Prisoner remains one of the best-written and most entertaining spy thrillers ever broadcast. — Brent Holmes

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Tips for first dates and new mates Aunt Smothy

Cam Smith Deputy Editor Relationships are diverse, complicated and fragile entities. They vary in length, depth and scope, but they all begin the same way — with a first date. Many people have been on one, with varying degrees of success. Where to go, what to do, how much to spend — these questions plague the tremulous first-dater. Thankfully, first dates often benefit from following a certain formula. Without further ado, here are a few tips to prepare for the plunge into a new relationship. Where should I go? — Not the movies. No seriously, anywhere but the movies. Whoever decided that spending a couple of hours in a dark, crowded, loud space was ideal for getting to know someone was seriously mistaken. First dates should be about communication and bond building between you and your Potential Partner (PP), so a quieter more intimate venue is preferable. Try a related pub, a local café, even a picnic lunch. Anywhere that promotes closeness and conversation. What should I do? — Eating and drinking are often popular choices. If you’re doing a dinner, try a less well-known restaurant. I beseech you — no chains. Your PP was already sick of Kelsey’s the last time they ate there with their parents in grade 10. For drinking, avoid loud sports bars or clubs. Keep the music low, and try to find a pub that serves a wide variety of drinks so you and your PP can indulge in your varied

interests. If you’d rather not consume, try to pick an activity that facilitates conversation not directly related to the activity you’re engaged in. Have you ever been bowling and talked about something other than bowling? Probably not. Walks through a local arboretum, market or historical district will provide an activity without distracting from the important communication. How should I act? — Why, charming of course! Treat your PP as someone you genuinely want to know better, rather than your next sexual experience. Keep reminding yourself you’re not in it for the sex, and the date will progress more naturally and with less tension. A good relationship is founded on shared principles and mutual respect, and befriending someone before attempting to sleep with them is a good way to establish this. If you are just in it for sex, it behooves you to be explicit about your intentions. Your PP might have different aims — or share yours. Either way, be a half-decent person and communicate your desires frankly. What about…you know…kissing? — I’m of the opinion that any physically intimate contact on a first date should be expressly consensual. From hand-holding and hugging to kissing and sex, make sure your PP is comfortable. Even a hug can seem overly touchy-feely and make your PP uncomfortable if they’re not really into it. If you want to engage in physical contact, assess their body language. Are they close to you? Are they making prolonged eye contact? Did they first engage in physical contact? These are all good signs the answer to your kissing consent query will be “yes.” Seeking relationship advice? Email to receive some Gazette guidance!

New name, same Feuerstack Michael Feuerstack returns to London Sara-Mai Chitty Gazette Staff After weeks of being sequestered in his studio, recording a new album that has yet to be announced, Michael Feuerstack cannot wait to stretch his legs in a cross-country tour that will bring him from Quebec to British Columbia. The singer songwriter has been anticipating this tour since his record release in the spring and is looking forward to touring with some of his good pals. “I am really excited to get out of my little studio and to start being among people again, it’s going to be really nice,” Feuerstack jokes. Supporting each other on tour, Feuerstack, along with indie folk artist Paper Beat Scissors, will be stopping in London to perform at the Sugar Shack on September 20. “This tour is based on us being pals,” Feuerstack explains. “It’s a cool bill, the music goes well together.” Feuerstack has played London only once before by himself, but multiple times under his past moniker Snailhouse, and as a part of various bands such as Wooden Stars. Feuerstack’s most recent project, Tambourine Deathbed, is not so much a diversion from his past but more of a new beginning. “It’s funny you know, the change of direction is not that striking, I think, to a lot of people,” he says. Long-time fans perhaps can tell the subtle difference that does not mark an alternate acoustic direction for Feuerstack, but he really feels it hasn’t changed all that much. “It’s mostly an artistic choice,” he elaborates. “I just got tired of the name Snailhouse, it didn’t reflect what I was doing anymore. Phonetically, I didn’t like saying it. I just felt like it was time to branch out.” For Feuerstack, shedding Snailhouse isn’t about changing his

identity, but re-affirming it. “I’m not so shy about calling myself a singer-songwriter anymore. I think in the past I used to think that that was some kind of misleading genre classification or something,” he laughs. Tambourine Deathbed is also not a leap from the work Feuerstack has been doing since the 90s, because various guest appearances tell the story of his musicianship as much as they tell their own stories. With guest appearances from friends such as Sebastian Chow (Islands), Colin Stetson and Jeremy Gana (Arcade Fire), Feuerstack mentions the importance of having his friends join in on his work. “All these various people that

I know, whose music I love, and whose musicality I love, that I’ve always wanted to collaborate with — it’s just a way to invite them into my processes, so they can contribute,” he says. As a consequence, Tambourine Deathbed, the tour Feuerstack is about to embark on and the new album the songwriter is producing will reflect the growing community of indie Canadian musicians and the spirit and influence of that community. Check out Michael Feuerstack with Paper Beat Scissors at the Sugar Shack, Friday September 20. The show starts at 9:30p.m. and cover is $7.

neighbours. The punk-rock duo hailing from Calgary consists of the spiteful yet paradoxically gentle vocals of Miesha Louie, and the abrasive beats of drummer Stuart Bota. Although Louie remains the focus of the band both lyrically and commercially, the aggressive Bota is the first thing heard on the album with the provocative opener “Please Don’t Blow,” a simplistic Ramones-esque tune quickly establishing the album

as straight up punk-rock. “Wrecking Ball” is a somehow even less innocent counterpart to the Miley Cyrus song of the same name, a grungy dance tune that could easily tempt anyone to tear off their clothes, get a questionable tattoo and lose themselves in a crowd of jumping, screaming punk lovers. This is followed by the also danceable “This Time,” a 1950s doowop song gone to hell and “Song 10,” an ambient and over-produced

clutter of noise meant to give break to the singularity of this strictly punk album. In these songs, Louie proves herself a talented songwriter and Bota, a proficient drummer. However what this album lacks is not passion but rather, innovation — it fails to offer anything new to music, and appears a mere homage to Louie’s punk predecessors. — Shane Rodak

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The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”

—Carl Sagan

Trudeau’s pot policy isn’t a high point Breaking Brad

Bradley Metlin Arts & Life Editor In 2009, when Parliament members were asked to stand in support of Bill C-5, a bill that would introduce mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana posession, a doe-eyed Justin Trudeau sprung up. Recently, however, Trudeau had a very candid interview with The Huffington Post detailing that during his time as an MP he had smoked weed. What I don’t understand is his sudden reversal on the subject. Canadians, particularly young ones, hail Trudeau as the golden boy of Canadian politics, the one who will “save” us from the Conservatives. But don’t these contradictory stances make him just like every other politician? In both 2002 and 2004, the Liberal government at the time tabled identical bills that would decriminalize marijuana. The bills were never passed due to extenuating circumstances, not ideological reasons. Liberals are not anti-weed, not by any means, so why did Trudeau holds these beliefs in 2009? For instance, in a 2010 issue of Maclean’s magazine, Trudeau said that decriminalization was a step in the wrong direction, cautioning that smoking pot was unsafe today because marijuana is much stronger than it used to be a generation ago. It seems the reefer of 2013 suddenly has become less dangerous than it was three years ago. When he first launched his bid for

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leader in 2012, Trudeau said he was a strong proponent of decriminalizing marijuana in Canada. He then toured universities, peddling a single message: Weed isn’t that bad — oh, and vote for me to be the next Liberal leader. Even as Western students packed into the Spoke this past February to see him, Trudeau threw out fluffy rhetoric about “Canada’s future” and fighting against cynicism in politics. He then proceeded to tell the audience that he supported not the decriminalization, but the legalization of marijuana. That’s right, three years ago weed was unsafe, but stick Justin in front of university students and he’s suddenly stoner of the year. When talking to friends who were happy about Trudeau’s new leadership position with the Liberals, they drew blanks when explaining their glee. They often listed his policy on marijuana but when I pressed further — nothing. These Trudeau maniacs couldn’t name any other transformative policy he had. In fact, they couldn’t name any of his other policies. So how did he seduce all these people? Some point to his famous last name, or his extraordinary good looks. But what bugs me about Justin Trudeau is the idea that he is, in some way, different. When it comes to politicians, Trudeau is more of the same, and if anyone doubts that they need only to look at his flip-flop on marijuana policy. He began his political career taking a stance against his party and then, because of the politics of the moment, he pulled out his bong and hid behind the puffs of smoke, hoping they would shield him from his past statements. Canadians need to look through the smoke screen and ask themselves, “Why do I really like him?”

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Letter to the editor

Western shines bright for another year To the Editor: On behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Canada London Chapter, all of the families affected and those living with cystic fibrosis, I would like to thank Western University for hosting Shinerama on September 7. For over 49 years, schools across Canada have participated in this campaign to improve the quality of life for Canadians living with the most common fatal genetic disease affecting children and young adults, by funding Cystic

Fibrosis Canada’s CF research and care programs through the annual Shinerama Campaign. Students from more than 60 Canadian universities and colleges have championed research against cystic fibrosis through great fundraising efforts during Shinerama for almost half a century. Since 1964, students have raised over $23.5 million through Shinerama fundraising events. The flagship event, Shine Day, takes place during Orientation Week — but other events also include washing cars, hosting golf tournaments and holding many other fundraisers for Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s life-sustaining CF research and care programs. When Shinerama began in 1964, most children with cystic fibrosis did not live long enough to attend kindergarten.

Today, many Canadians with this devastating disease are living into adulthood and pursing their own dreams of attending college or university. This is an incredible accomplishment, but there is so much more to do. Every week in Canada, two more children are diagnosed and one person dies from this fatal genetic disease. Thank you to the students and the community of London for supporting another amazing Shinerama campaign. We are truly proud to have such energetic, motivated volunteers on our team helping us raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and treatment programs both here in London and across Canada! —Steve Allen President, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, London Chapter

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tweetoftheweek Thanks to everybody who reached out to me! It’s all in God’s plan. Gonna take it day by day till it’s time for me to hit the field again! BTM!

>> Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts running back on missing the rest of the season due to a torn ligament in his right knee

Rundown >> Mustangs athletics is in full swing this week with 17 Western teams competing in white and purple | The rowing team will host an Invitational at Fanshawe Lake this Saturday to launch their schedule.

Field hockey team goes 2–1 in Waterloo Mustangs defeat York and McGill in tournament Anne Wozney Contributor The Western Mustangs women’s field hockey team started their season off strongly on Saturday, with back-to-back wins against York University and the McGill Martlets, before falling to the Queen’s Gaels on Sunday. Western came out pressuring York with high energy and confidence, and was able to take an early lead with a goal from midfielder Lauren Mackenzie. Keeping the opposing team’s defence on their toes, fourth year Katelyn Roganowicz found the back of the net twice before the end of the first half. A goal from defender Megan Duffy in the second half resulted in a 4­–1 victory in the first game. With only two hours to refocus for their second match, Western was able to remain in the zone. The Mustangs carried the momentum into their game against McGill where Roganowicz and Duffy again capitalized on opportunities, which resulted in a 2–0 final for the Mustangs second win of the day. The scoreless finish was goaltender Shanshan Tian’s first shutout of the season. Captain Katie Feagan attributed the wins to the team’s confidence and chemistry. “We clicked as a team on Saturday and read off each other really well,” she said. “The defence communicated well and the forwards worked

“This weekend’s result gave us the right fuel going into the U of T weekend.” — Jeff Pacheco,

Mustangs head coach on the loss to Queen’s

hard all weekend. It’s the best team chemistry we’ve had in a long time.” On Saturday, the Mustangs were able to transfer the ball well and kept their basics strong despite the slow Waterloo turf. After a tie in the preseason, Queen’s defended with all 11 players on Sunday, making it harder for the Mustangs to find penetration. Although Mustang Leah Burke scored the first goal, the Queen’s Gaels came back to win 2–1 over the Mustangs. Queen’s head coach Mary Anne Reid recognized it was her team’s ability to remain calm and maintain focus after Western’s first goal that led to their success. “We were able to capitalize on opportunities that arose, and able to defend against break-down situations,” Reid said. “Western had some

Courtesy of Jeff Pacheco

stellar opportunities in the last 10 minutes of the game, but our goaltender and defensive penalty corner unit [were] able to clear the ball.” “I think Queen’s will give a lot of teams headaches this season,” Jeff Pacheco, Mustangs head coach, said. “They’re the strongest squad we’ve seen from Queen’s in a while.” But the Mustangs won’t be hanging their heads after Sunday’s close

match for long. “The loss against Queen’s was a good mental check for us,” Pacheco said. “This weekend’s result gave us the right fuel going into the U of T weekend.” With many returning players this season, there is no lack of experience on the Mustangs bench. Pacheco plans to draw from this experience as the team moves forward.

“We are going to stick with what we’re good at and keep doing the basics right.” The Mustangs field hockey team is scheduled to face the Waterloo Warriors, and last year’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport silver medalist — the University of Toronto Varsity Blues — at Varsity stadium in Toronto this coming weekend.

Western men’s soccer team ties Waterloo Samuel Frankel Gazette Staff The Mustangs men’s soccer team paid a visit on Sunday to Waterloo University Stadium to battle the Laurier Golden Hawks. This was a clash of two of the best defensive teams in Ontario University Athletics, with both teams giving up a combined 10 goals in nine games heading into Sunday’s tilt. Western entered the contest with a 2–1–1 record, which put them in sixth place in the OUA West division, while Laurier came in with two wins in six games. After 90 minutes, the game finished as a 0–0 draw with both teams taking home one point for their efforts. Despite the seemingly uneventful score, it was a highoctane game in which the two teams combined for 23 total shots. Goalkeeper Adam Majer made nine saves on his way to recording Western’s third clean sheet of the young season. Goalkeeping coach Gary Gorham was beaming about his goalie’s performance following the game. “[Majer provided] top-drawer goalkeeping,” Gorham said.

Coach Gorham also stressed how important good goaltending was because the conditions were “tricky [due to the] little drizzle [that was present] for half the match.” Five yellow cards were given out during the course of the game, with Western receiving three of them and the Golden Hawks receiving two. One of the cautioned players, Nick Agam, was upbeat regarding the performance of the team after the game. “[It was] a hard-fought game and either team could have come out with the W,” Agam said. “We are going to build from this and grow as a team. I’m proud of the boys. Everyone is really buying into the system and we’re really starting to gel.” Coach Gorham added that the result could only be described as a “fair result for both teams.” The tie gave the Mustangs their eighth point on the season, and bumped them up to fifth place in the OUA West division. Western is back in action next Saturday when they travel to St. Catherine’s to take on the Brock Badgers. File Photo


thegazette • Thursday, September 19, 2013

The  Good While Larry Merchant may not like this choice, "++)&$/%(&"$+"($'- !". Ă lvarez on Saturday night was quite a feat. The 0&&'$!&'!%#'&"*! #"! against the up and coming undefeated youngster, was billed as the match of our generation. In the end, Mayweather, who is 13 years older than his opponent, was dominant in the ring, pounding Alvarez from the get go and winning by absolute majority decision. The champion improved his record to an incredible 45–0–0. -"!+.' #$&!&"&0&% !&! ($,)&%%#0&%&&%&%%") Mayweather landed 232 of his 505 punches on his opponent, who only managed to go 117 for 526. And of course, to the victor go the spoils. Mayweather received a mind-boggling and recordshattering $41.5 million purse (somewhere an angry and confused Louis Vitton executive is trying &"0'$"'&)+&"$&&$"$ Naturally Mayweather’s opponent was disappointed at being so throughly manhandled. Luckily for Alvarez, he can soothe his wounds with a miniscule compensation prize of $5 million.

The  Bad

The  Ugly The NHL recently decided to enforce rule 9.5, a little-known bylaw that will prohibit players from tucking their jerseys into their hockey pants, as well as enforce other little uniform regulations. Ostensibly, this is being done to protect the safety of players.

A Canadian lightweight mixed martial artist has had to surrender a shot at the title for the second time due to a concussion. The Canadian Press reports that Halifax native T.J. Grant has sustained a concussion injury in training and will be replaced by Briton Josh Thompson to challenge Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.

Now, the NHL is no stranger to stupid rules, but the league seems to be trying to outdo itself in trying to alienate fans and players, presumably with the ultimate goal of ending hockey.

Grant was previously sidelined from a title shot against former champion Benson Henderson. He was replaced by Pettis, who went on to claim the title.

Forgetting for a second that one would be hard#$%%&"0!%!!%&!"!!'$+&& resulted from a tucked-in jersey, it is obvious that the NHL insist on ruining everything remotely cool that accidentally enters the league. Millions of kids still tuck their jerseys in on their right side to emulate the great Wayne Gretzky. It’s an awesome part of hockey tradition that unites and inspires young hockey players, some of whom go on to play in the NHL. Naturally, the NHL decided it was time for this to end.

Grant, who lives in and trains out of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, has put together an impressive string of wins, including a knockout victory over former contender Gray Maynard. Grant is currently ranked as the fourth-best lightweight in the world by MMA website Sherdog. Grant has not lost since moving to lightweight and %'$$!&+"!0(0&)!!!%&$ % record of 21–5. -  %&!"& per cent !!/&" &&"0&. Grant tweeted. “It sucks but it is the best for both +%!& . The UFC has not announced whether Grant will remain the top contender following his recovery.

Of course, we should naturally expect this from a league that insists on surgically removing the personality from its superstars before they are allowed speak to the media. Good job NHL!

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