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YOUR LEAD INVESTIGATORS Congratulations, you made it. You’ve been asked to join the enigmatic yet fascinating world of Western. But university may seem a bit mysterious right now. You’re entering a new world away from home filled with people you’ve never met. You don’t know if you’ll make any friends, or if you’ll survive the workload. Trust us, you will.  On the other hand, you’re probably anticipating the new friendships, opportunities and parties that come with the post-secondary lifestyle. Everyone from your cousin to your grandma has been telling you what to expect. ‘Freshman 15’, the Spoke, rez parties and homecoming are some buzzwords you’ve probably been hearing. But what does it all really entail? Don’t worry—we aren’t about to leave you clueless as you enter your first week of classes. As a newspaper, we are here to provide you with facts, decode the myths and tell it like it is.  First off, you should get to know the thing you’re holding—your handy and reliable student newspaper. Known as the Gazette, our paper comprised of 21 student editors will keep you informed, and in the loop, Tuesday to Friday each week. And for this special issue, we’ve hired a team of investigators and detectives to help you solve what we’re calling the ‘Western mystery’—all the myths and uncertainties about university life. Our news section will continue to investigate Western and its surroundings this year. Look for up-todate coverage on your University Students’ Council and happenings on campus, and in London. Next comes arts & life.  You can find our arts editors recapping the latest band to play London, or critiquing the newest Blockbuster to hit theatres. Of course, there will be insightful discussions about life too—whether it’s an easy new recipe or winter fashion tips. Flip to our opinions page where you’ll see ramblings and concerns of Western’s student body and staff. Feel free to contribute frequently. Seriously, we want to hear from you all the time. The opinions section is designed for the student voice. You’ll also come across our very own thoughts on some con-

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IS THAT THE BLOOD OF A FRESHMAN? (from left to right) Deputy editor Nicole Gibillini, managing editor Cam Parkes and editor-in-chief Gloria Dickie will lead this year’s paper.

tentious issues, and some not-soserious issues. For everything current about your varsity athletes and teams, make your way to the sports section. You’ll find our editors discussing the potential NHL lockout or the latest football game. You might see our photographers running around campus, capturing news as it happens. They’re there for campus events, sports games and even weekend concerts in London. And our graphics team will usually be in our office, enhancing their already-pristine Photoshop skills. Video is another creative avenue we like to explore. Whether it’s making promotional videos for our next special issue, or filming our sports editors competing against varsity athletes, our videographer is always busy. And don’t worry—we’re also

on the web. Our online editor will make sure the most current news reaches you, whether it’s through Twitter, Facebook or our very own, new website. There really is something for everyone here at the Gazette. And you don’t need any experience to join our team. If you stop by our office, we’ll gladly take you under our wing. We’ll even let you write, take photos or design a graphic after your first visit. While there are many opportunities for you within our walls, the opportunities extend across campus. The possibilities really are endless. As you try to figure out what Western’s all about, remember three key words—participation, patience and practice. They will help with your investigation, and help you make the most out of your Western experience. Good luck with your search.


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WESTERN’S BEST-KEPT SECRETS The Underground Tunnels When winter arrives, London, conveniently situated in Ontario’s snow belt, transforms into a post-apocalyptic world of snow and ice. This means that navigating Western’s frozen plains can be a perilous activity, even for hardened, frost-bitten upper-years. Luckily, Western’s forefathers planned ahead and established a hidden network of underground tunnels between important campus buildings, allowing students to get to class with ease. Now, whether you’re travelling from Thames Hall to Alumni Hall, the University Community Centre to Weldon, or Stevenson-Lawson to University College, you can avoid the blustery campus climate. For a full map of Western’s tunnel systems, see pages six and seven.

University Community Centre Eventually, curiosity gets the better of most Western students, and they decide to venture upstairs to the second and third floors of the UCC. Here, students find a wealth of University Students’ Council-affiliated clubs, council chambers, as well two whole floors that make for a great study spot. And, as an extra tidbit, students can actually access the balcony overlooking Concrete Beach from second floor.

Western Film The UCC’s second floor is also home to Western Film. Here, you can catch a second-run movie for $5 or $3.50 on Tuesdays. This is a movie-goer’s treasure, as it offers one of the cheapest ways to catch a flick in the city. Keep an eye out for coupons in your Westernizer or student handbook that will make a night at Western Film even cheaper. And, if you love camp, why not check out Western Film’s midnight cult classics? These films run on Friday nights throughout the school year.

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Don’t stress when your computer breaks down. Western’s Support Services building, located across from Saugeen-Maitland Hall, offers free support to students experiencing a technological hardship. Their e-Wellness campaign assists those with computers that have been infected with a virus, and staff are always willing to do the best they can to help you out with any electronic issues. It’s like having your very own nerds on site.

If the UCC Tim Hortons line is incredibly long, as it usually is, and you’re running late for class, head to the opposite end of UCC’s Centre Spot and check out Williams Fresh Cafe. The line here is often much shorter than either of the two Tim Hortons’ lines located in the UCC, and will guarantee you get your much-needed morning coffee sooner. And soon, you’ll even be able to outsmart students waiting in line at Starbucks too!

Subway by Perth Sometimes you just have a hankering for a delicious sub, made exactly the way you want from Subway. If this is the case, take the extra time to go to the Subway located on the corner of Western and Sarnia roads, near Perth Hall. The subs here are actually cheaper than the Subway in the UCC, and you won’t be stuck in line for twenty minutes.

While it’s hard to consider a restaurant in the heart of campus a secret, Spoke employees sure seem to be tight-lipped about the delicious types of bagels they have for sale. Top up your asiago sourdough bagel with an herb and garlic cream cheese, or indulge in a roasted red pepper cream cheese spread for a true culinary sensation from this underrated eatery. Furthermore, the price of their CLT has not been raised for quite a while, and provides a lot of bang for your buck.

The 10 Wonderland Countless students before you have patiently waited at the bus stop outside Delaware Hall, excited for a shopping trip to Masonville Place. These same students have made the grave mistake of not waiting at Natural Science for the 10 Wonderland, even though it, like the 13 Wellington, will take them to Masonville Place. As an added bonus, the 2 Dundas also goes to Masonville on the weekends. —Ryan Hurlbut

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Mid-Term Review of the President

Dr. Amit Chakma has completed three years of his five-year appointment as Western’s President and Vice-Chancellor. In accordance with Board policy, the Board of Governors has established a President’s Review Committee. The mandate of the Committee is to review the President’s performance and to make a recommendation to the Board with respect to reappointment for a second term. Information about the Committee and the criteria it will use in making its assessment can be found at The Committee will accept written submissions from the community until September 14, 2012. All submissions will be kept confidential to the Committee but anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Comments may be submitted as follows: By mail: President’s Review Committee c/o Irene Birrell University Secretary Rm. 4101 Stevenson Hall 1151 Richmond St. London, Ontario N6A 5B8 By fax: 519.661.3588

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Biology 1001 Widely regarded as a brilliant and challenging professor, Haffie certainly has interesting words for a class of 800 first-year science students—“next year, half of you will be gone.” His half of the course, taught with passion and deep understanding, pairs well with his examinations, which are ruthless—albeit fair—ordeals that serve to keep his prophecy accurate. You’ve been warned.

Charles Jones and Nigmendra Narain

Political Science 1020E These two are listed together because they compliment each other pretty well through first and second semester. Both are patient, knowledgeable and funny—all of which make them a great dynamic duo for a massive first-year class. Keep an eye out for hilarious multiple-choice questions, drug references and jokes about Jones’ sex life.

Jeannie Gillmore

Economics 1021-1022 Economics can be a pretty daunting class for first-year students, but Gillmore is the person you want teaching it. Her lectures are informative and effective at keeping such a large class interested. Economics may not be the easiest class for everyone, but Gillmore’s tests are quite fair and not meant to trip you up. Put in the work and you will be fine with her. —Aaron Zaltzman

As a first-year student, moving into residence can be a nerve-wracking experience. It doesn’t help that television shows, movies and malicious older siblings probably skew your expectations of residence life. So, to hopefully provide you with a calmer transition period, the Gazette is going to decode some of those residence myths.

The Freshman 15: Fiction

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As the myth goes, an extra 15 pounds pile on during the first few weeks due to the unhealthy foods and parent-free pantries of residence. First, always take tales you hear about residence food with a grain of salt— no pun intended. The quality and variety of food items vary from school to school, but here at Western the residence cafeterias prioritize student health. While your high school may have gotten away with serving the same deep-fried paste day after day, the options in residence are enough to provide the element of choice. Because of these choices many first-years can actually lose weight after moving into residence. If you do gain weight, it won’t be because of residence—it will be because you chose the cheese fries. Twice.

Sketchy Coed Bathrooms: Fiction Among the chaos of move-in weekend, these shared bathroom spaces are often among the top concerns for both parents and incoming students. There seems to be a general consensus that bathrooms with both males and females will be a vortex of garbage and promiscuity. What people forget is that the bathrooms they have at home are often shared between family members, and the coed bathrooms in residence have the same kind of vibe. Besides, most residences have cleaning staff who maintain the condition of floor bathrooms. As for the promiscuity, once you see people gargle mouthwash or shave their armpits, all thoughts of sexy times in the bathroom evaporate.

Floorcest: Fact Speaking of sexy times, another common assumption is that people on the same residence floor will eventually get together. There’s a lot of variation in this notion, as it depends heavily on the individuals who occupy each floor. However, due to the overall excitement of meeting new people coupled with the raging hormones of young adults, floorcest will almost always occur. Whether it’s a one-time kiss or a five-month relationship, some kind of pairing will blossom out of these random residence placements. All you can do is try to keep things friendly if the experience ends badly, and know a negative outcome is a possibility—before you enter the partnership.

Non-Stop Party Rocking: (Mostly) Fiction

As a first-year student looking at university course loads, you may be worried about staying focused in residence. The common belief is residences invite never-ending parties that even the likes of LMFAO would be hesitant about attending. This, like most party-related myths concerning Western, is exaggerated. Most people don’t realize it until they move in, but every floor not only has quiet hours, but also a residence assistant and don to enforce them. While there will undoubtedly be parties in residence, you’ll learn quickly that no one dishes out big bucks to attend Western just to fail out of first year, and most of the festivities are held on weekends. If the partying or noise ever does become too much, there are always other areas in residence used specifically for studying or casual fun. —Kevin Hurren


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THE SECRETS TO SUCCESS Adam Fearnall USC President

Armed and extremely presidential, Fearnall is responsible for representing the University Students’ Council and the student body’s interest. As president of the USC, Fearnall is the chairman of the Executive Council and the spokesman for the corporate elements of the USC.

Tony Ayala VP Finance

Ayala is responsible for managing the corporate resources of the USC, overseeing the annual budget and monitoring the financial standing of the USC. As VP finance, he also oversees club financing and provides resources to help students manage their finances.

Alysha Li

VP University Affairs Getting ‘a fair deal’ for students as VP university affairs, Li represents Western students to organizations and institutions that affect student life. Li advocates for students by facilitating communications with Western’s administration, as well as the provincial and federal governments.

Erin Uberig

VP Student Events Organizing events and programs for the student body, Uberig doesn’t need little birds to know what’s happening. As VP student events, Uberig is responsible for supporting student programs and clubs, and encouraging Western students to get involved.

Jeremy Santucci VP Communications

Fluent in all modern forms of communication, Santucci is this year’s VP communications. He keeps the USC up to date with all the latest communication gadgets. He is also responsible for overseeing USC media outlets including CHRW, Big Purple Couch and the Gazette.

Myuri Komaragiri VP Campus Issues

As VP campus issues, Komaragiri is responsible for making sure that all students, social groups and student groups have equal opportunities. She is also responsible for building partnerships and raising awareness of student issues. —Brent Holmes

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Succeeding in university doesn’t have to be a mystery. While each class may be unique in terms of the professor’s teaching style, the grading scheme or the presentation of content, there are many resources you can utilize early in the school year. Take advantage of the following tips­—school should be enjoyable, not mystifying.

3. UTILIZE YOUR PEERS Ask upper-year students, like your sophs, what worked best for them in a given class. Focus on understanding material rather than memorizing it by discussing class content with others. Understanding lectures from a new perspective allows your brain to process material in a different way, and makes it more likely for you to recall it during exam time.

1. GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFS However intimidating they may initially seem, professors and TAs are there to help. Figure out whether your professor has office hours or prefers making appointments. Clarify any questions you have as soon as they arise instead of leaving them until the night before an exam. You’ll get much more from the class—and professors notice students who make an extra effort.

4. TAKE CARE No matter how busy you are, your health should be your number one priority. Substitute coffee with water or juice when you can, and include variety in all your meals. Keep fit. Take advantage of free classes at Campus Recreation or make an appointment with a Western dietician if you’re really worried about the ‘Freshman 15.’

2. LOOK TO THE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT CENTRE Counsellors at the Learning Help Centre, Room 4139 of Western Student Services Building (WSS), are available on a drop-in basis. They can help you with time management, problem solving, test anxiety, multiple-choice exams, essay planning and more. Furthermore, the Writing Support Centre, Room 4130 of WSS, offers drop-in assistance as well as free one-on-one tutoring. Appointments can be made by phone or in person.

5. TAKE A SNOOZE It might sound cliché, but sleep is important. You may think staying up all night to cram for that psych exam will help you pass, but getting some extra sleep will help you retain more information. Aim for eight hours a night. —Sumedha Arya


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Following the right trail Hey you, freshman! Busing… You look a little lost, but don’t worry. Yes, we know this place seems scary and overwhelming, but we assure you it only looks that way. You just need to get to know your way around, which you’ll do with help from your friendly student newspaper, the Gazette.

Let’s take a walk… Western has a vast, beautiful, immense, vibrant, and above all, freaking huge campus. Getting around on foot is nice, but it will take you a while depending on where you have to go. Luckily, you probably live in residence, which puts you in close proximity to the central part of campus. This section has all the main buildings, such as University College, the University Community Centre and the Social Science Centre, where most of your classes will likely be. If you have most of your classes in far away buildings, like Elborn College, you might want to pick a new major. And yes, while London may be renowned for its magnificently harsh winters, don’t worry, because Western has an array of hidden underground tunnels between some buildings.

There are about five or six buses that go through campus at some point or another, but the stereotypical Western student only cares about the 13 Wellington, which travels up and down Richmond, the 2 Dundas—for those who want to experience the smell of London’s beautiful Dundas and Richmond intersection—and of course, the wonderful 6 Richmond, which travels from downtown to campus and back again. All these buses are useful for getting to the mall or grocery store.

Driving… Western, despite its narrow circuitry of roads, has many fine parking lots, none of which you’ll be able to park in, ever. The choicest ones are generally reserved for faculty and grad students, and the undergraduate ones are far away from everything and fill up insanely fast. If you can avoid it, the Gazette would recommend not driving to campus. No jokes here, just straight up save us all a headache and don’t drive to campus. —Aaron Zaltzman

Biking… Biking is another great option, but only for the fall and spring. Western has many wide sidewalks, a bike rental program and bike paths along the whole campus. The one catch—if you bike across the bridge, you will absolutely hold up traffic and possibly cause it to collapse into the Thames. On the flip side, if you see anybody walking inside the bike path, we’re fairly sure you’re permitted by the school to run them down.* *Legal disclaimer: You probably don’t have permission to do this.

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STEALTHY STUDY SPOTS While midterms and finals may seem a long way off, they have a habit of creeping up on the unwary student. If and when that happens, don’t be another sucker lining up at 9 a.m. to snag a decent spot at Weldon Library. Campus is littered with hidden study spots just waiting to be discovered by anyone intrepid enough to seek them out. Here are a few to keep in mind. Remember that this list is by no means exhaustive, so go out and explore. The Gazette takes no responsibility for any frosh lost, maimed or otherwise incapacitated as a result of the aforementioned exploring.

The Law Library: If Weldon is full, or just too much of a scene, venture off into grad school territory. The building is spacious, sparsely populated and completely silent.

Ivan E. Coyote Department of English Writer-in-Residence 2012-13 For 40 years the Department of English has been host to a Writer-in-Residence. The post will be held in 2012-13 by Ivan E. Coyote. Writers-in-Residence hold regular office hours to offer feedback to, and consultation with, both experienced and novice creative writers from the university and London community. Ivan Coyote will take appointments beginning the week of September 10, 2012 and continuing to December 2012. Please contact Vivian Foglton in the Department of English (Tel: 519-661-3403; email: to arrange an appointment. For more information, visit the Department of English website at

Empty classrooms: Any classroom not occupied is up for grabs. Put your feet up and enjoy unlimited space and solitude.

Western’s Writer-in-Residence program is generously funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the James A. And Marjorie Spenceley Lectureship in Literature, the Faculty of Education, the Office of the Registrar, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, Western’s Women’s Caucus, and the Student Writing Support Centre.

The stacks: These mazes at Weldon are littered with small desks that make up for lack of power outlets. It’s an amazing atmosphere so long as you’re not claustrophobic.

Beryl Ivey Garden: This beautiful outdoor sitting area is great for anyone who likes to study in the sunshine. As a bonus, buildings mostly surround it, so it’s fairly quiet. Best suited for October midterms and April finals.

Book a study room: Are you a Western student? Know how to work a computer and/or find a service desk? Congratulations! You’re eligible to reserve one of the study rooms in the various libraries around campus. These soundproofed rooms are invaluable for group work, but require some forethought—they get booked fast. Andrei Calinescu Gazette

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Tracking down your favourite sports teams No Western University experience is complete without cheering on your very own Mustangs, especially against Queen’s. With

27 varsity teams ranging from football to synchronized swimming, there is something for everyone. Be sure to catch every

Ontario University Athletics and Canadian Interuniversity Sport contest that you can. Here’s a guide to some of Western’s teams:

Football After a disappointing loss to the McMaster Marauders in last year’s Yates Cup final, the Mustangs are looking to regain dominance in the OUA. Despite the loss of star running back Tyler Varga, a slew of returning veterans and top-notch recruits put the white and purple in a good position to start the season. Head to Western’s TD Waterhouse Stadium to catch the home opener versus the University of Toronto September 8. You can watch the September 15 away game versus rival Queen’s University on The Score.   Be sure to mark September 29 on your calendars—this is homecoming weekend and will feature a rematch of the Yates Cup final versus the Marauders. You won’t want to miss it.

Hockey A painful 3-2 overtime loss to McGill in last year’s CIS final has the Mustangs—the only Ontario team in the CIS top five—hungrier than ever. The upcoming season features some exciting changes for the men’s team, with former assistant coach Pat Powers assuming duties as head coach. Be sure to watch the Mustangs hit the ice September 21 as they take on Concordia University at Thompson Area. Come back on September 22 when they look for revenge against McGill at home. The women broke even last season with a record of 13-13. This was followed by an inspiring playoff run to the OUA finals, where they dropped a three game series to powerhouse Laurier. Once again led by star forward Stacey Scott, the Mustangs are ready for another shot at an OUA title. Catch their home opener at Thompson arena on September 16.


Finishing the 2011-12 season with a record of 8-14, the men’s team is looking to rebound . While the loss of scoring leader Ryan Barbeau stings, the Mustangs boast a strong recruiting class to open the season. The sneakers will start squeaking November 9 at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall versus the University of Ottawa. The women split last season 11-11 before being eliminated in the OUA quarter-finals by the Windsor Lancers. With OUA all-stars Jenny Vaughan and Laura Dally returning, the Mustangs are looking to put together a winning season. Catch their home opener against Ottawa November 9 at 6 p.m. in Alumni Hall. —Richard Raycraft

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BICYCLE SALE! RECONDITIONED bicycles for sale Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 from 8:00am to 2:00pm at Petro Canada/7-Eleven, 1181 Western Rd (at Sarnia Rd.) London Central Lions Club BIZINC IS HOSTING our StartMeUp launch event on Tuesday, October 2nd in the Mustang Lounge, 57 pm. For more information, visit or email CALVIN HARRIS BLOCK Party Tickets available for sale at Western Connections in the UCC Lower Level next to InPrint. Tickets cost $65. MEMBERS OF MTV’s Members of MTV’s “The Buried Life” will be speaking Wednesday September 26 from 7pm - 9pm in Mustang Lounge. The12$ ticket includes a free after party with members @ the Wave. Go to Western Connections, King’s Connection or online for tickets. PURPLEFEST IS THE University Students’ Council’s annual welcome back week filled with concerts and other FREE programming for ALL students and will be taking place from September 11 - 13. VOLUNTEER FAIR 2012 will be running September 24-28 in the University Community Centre (UCC) between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm each day.

PUT YOUR SUDOKU SAVVY TO THE TEST! To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS MUSTANG EXPRESS LATE night shuttle will resume service the evening of Thursday, September 6th at 12:15 am. STUDENT LOAN PROCESSING through the UCC Postal Outlet. From September 4 to 13, student loan processing will take place at GREAT HALL ONLY, 9 am to 4 pm. From September 14 onward, student loan processing will be available all year round at the UCC Postal Outlet, in the UCC lower level (down the hall from Travel Cuts), Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm. Bring your SIN card, Photo ID, and a void cheque (or complete banking information. WE ARE PLEASED to announced the USC’s two newest operations: MUSTANG CENTRAL and WESTERN CONNECTIONS, both formerly part of InfoSource and Reservations. Western Connections is located in the lower level of the UCC, next to InPrint will be offering: Greyhound Ticket Sales, Event Ticket Sales, LTC Ticket Sales, Locker Rentals, Purple Bike Rentals, Extracurricular Courses, Bus Pass Replacements, Internal Mail Pick-up, Space Rental Planning and Event Space Planning. Mustang Central will be located in the main level of the UCC, next to the Spoke and will be offering: General information about the USC, UCC, and Campus, Conference room bookings in the UCC, Student Health Plan Inquiries, Bus Pass Inquiries, Bus Pass Pick-up (after Sept. 7), Laptop Rentals, and Event Ticket Sales (Self-Serve). For more information, visit TO WRITE A CLASSIFIED AD THAT SELLS 1. Use a KEYWORD. This immediately tells the reader exactly what it is you have to sell.


You’re going to want to do things other than study during your time at Western. Fortunately, the university offers a number of intramural sports that are open to everyone. From ball hockey, to tube water polo to futsal—whatever that is—there is sure to be something that you will enjoy. Who: Anyone. Create your own dream team of rag-tag athlete-mercenaries and challenge all comers. If you are interested in a particular sport, search for dedicated teammates who will show up to games and give it their all. What: Intramurals are sports leagues run by campus recreation. Teams compete against other teams from campus, usually once a week. While the winners may not get a big shiny trophy, they do receive the coveted purple shirts and bragging rights for life. Where/When: Registration begins Thursday, September 6 at 8 a.m. Be sure to register as early as possible, since spaces fill up quickly. Locations and game times vary depending on the sport, so make sure whatever you take on fits with your schedule. Why: Intramurals are a great way to meet and bond with people, especially over a blown call by some amateur referee. They’re also a great stress reliever. How: Register online through campus recreation at Each team requires a team captain to register and pay on behalf of the team. —Richard Raycraft

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Trust us, the cafeteria chicken fingers are going to get old pretty fast, so it’s best to seek out some alternate spots to eat in and around campus early. But you’re new around here, so let us give you a few pointers about some Western favourites.

On campus The Spoke and the Wave Whether it’s a coffee, bagel or a CLT—chicken, lettuce, tomato— and fries, the Spoke has got you covered. Located just inside the University Community Centre, the Spoke’s wide array of menu choices makes it easy to find something to eat or drink. Plus it’s affordable and accepts flex dollars. And the best part is the Spoke is also the campus pub. So stop by for a drink or nachos after a long day of class. For a proper sit-down meal, look no further than upstairs and you’ll discover the Wave, Western’s campus restaurant.

mints for afterwards, because with a name like Garlic’s, I bet you can guess the menu’s staple.

Downtown Diner Prince Albert’s Diner is an authentic diner. Situated on a busy corner of Richmond Street, it’s always the place to be after a night at the bars. Serving up all the diner classics like milkshakes, grilled cheese and burgers—even one with peanut butter on it— Prince Al’s is not to be missed. Keep in mind they only accept cash.

Breakfast spots Campus Hi-Fi There’s nothing like a greasy Sunday morning breakfast to help with the, uh, well, you know what. Located near the corner of Oxford and Richmond streets, Campus Hi-Fi is only a short bus ride away and offers all your morning essentials like bacon, eggs and home fries. Be sure to arrive as early as possible as the lines can get pretty long.

Pizza Place Stobie’s Pizza Stobie’s is definitely Western’s worst-kept secret, since it’s always packed after a night out on Richmond Row. Luckily, it has two locations—one at Richmond and Dufferin streets, and another near Richmond and Mill streets. For about $5, you can get a giant slice of delicious pizza—big enough for two. But who are we kidding? You’ll eat it all yourself.


Christina’s Pub Not technically located on campus, but only mere steps from the main gates, it might as well be labeled the campus diner. For less than $10 you can get a filling breakfast—and with lineups out the door in the mornings, the service is always fast.

Gigs Milos’ Beer Emporium If there is one man who knows a good beer in London, it’s Milos Kral. His pub Gigs, or beer emporium as he refers to it, has the single best selection of craft beer in London. Offering 23 selections on tap and over 100 different beers to sample from the bottle, Gigs provides an exciting night out for the would-be beer connoisseur, and the freshly-19 frosh. Located on Talbot Street, this pub offers an alternative to the crowded Richmond Row bar scene.

Bang for your buck The Ceeps Ceeps isn’t just good for its Saturday nights, but also for its Mondays—35-cent-wings good. Nothing beats catching the game with some friends while enjoying some delicious and cheap wings.

Dinner Date Garlic’s of London You may never solve the mystery that is the opposite sex, but you can enjoy affordable and topnotch food while trying. Located along Richmond Row, the dimly lit Garlic’s prides itself on using local ingredients, and will definitely impress a first date. But make sure to bring some breath

Photos by Andrei Calinesau Words by Kaitlyn McGrath and Cam Smith

For Girls

For Guys


Lolita Location: 533 Richmond Street

The Sentimentalist Location: 394.5 Richmond Street

Talize Location: 1345 Huron Street

Known for its selection of oneof-a-kind cocktail dresses and bright-pink interior design, Lolita is one of the boutiques on Richmond Row you can’t pass without browsing around inside. Although some of their formal pieces are more expensive than the average student is willing to spend, female shoppers can count on Lolita to provide them with long-lasting, timely pieces in seasonal colours and styles.

If you’re willing to take a trip to the downtown core, be sure to visit The Sentimentalist. A recent addition to Richmond Row, this vintage clothing store has a surprisingly large selection of men’s wear—perfect for the guys at Western in search of something a little more authentic.

If you’re wondering where your fellow classmate purchased their 70’s inspired oversized sweater, there is a good chance it was at Talize. Although it’s out of the Western bubble, this department store is perfect for vintage-lovers on a budget, offering everything from lightly worn dress shoes to animal printed blouses. If you’re a fan of finding deals at Value Village, and aren’t afraid of venturing out of your dorm room, be sure to give it a shot.

Skirt Location: 583 Richmond Street Searching for trendy, bohemianinspired pieces that aren’t sold at Masonville Place? Look no further than Skirt, a chain boutique that originated here in London. Perfect for savvy student shoppers, Skirt offers an exclusive selection of designers—including Lush from Los Angeles—and a wide variety of semi-formal dresses, affordable accessories and, of course, skirts.

Archies Location: 649 Richmond Street Looking for a laid-back style? Archies may be the store for you. The west coast-inspired shop, located beside Barney’s patio downtown, has a large selection of brands. The independently run Archies has been a local fashion staple for over 18 years. You can find everything from swimwear to sunglass to shoes in this two-floor store. With the first level dedicated to men, Archies is a popular option for Western dudes.

Urban Outfitters Location: 743 Richmond Street First-year students that have grown accustomed to having an Urban Outfitters in their hometowns can rejoice—this multi-billion dollar clothing store is moving in at the corner of Richmond and Oxford streets this year. Although Urban Outfitters caters to both genders, male shoppers are likely to discover a large variety of denim, outerwear and shoes perfect for their fall and winter wardrobes. —Jesica Hurst

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thegazette • Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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