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Like a horrible dream, University Students’ Council elections season is still not over. Ten students are vying for votes from USC councillors at next month’s Annual General Meeting. Up for grabs are vice-president finance, communications, and student events for the 2014–15 term. Each of the candidates were asked why they were running for their positions and what set them apart from their opponents. VP FINANCE Daniel Bain — Former social science councillor With the restructuring of the board […] the role is becoming less about the raw numbers side and more about management of operations and ensuring they have the proper resources to succeed. I refuse to micromanage and believe those who have given management positions are the best suited to plan and execute successful operations. Fahad Khan — Finance commissioner-at-large I want to ensure that the USC is accountable to students and is financially transparent on how this money is being used. I contributed to the long-term planning and budget, and grants committee meetings, while also working with council. Andrew Lalka — Speaker of council and member of the senate Our current VP finance [Spencer Brown] made a huge step in the right direction by moving up budget presentations and providing more opportunities for engagement and feedback. I’d like to build on this momentum rather than
VP COMMUNICATIONS Sarah Emms — Arts and Humanities Students’ Council president The USC needs to examine both its internal and external communications in order to understand how to adapt to an ever-changing student body. My vision will enable the USC to be better equipped to reach out to the Western community. I will always push the envelope, searching for new and innovative ways of communicating to the Western community. Emerson Tithecott — Senator-at-Large I am committed to facilitating visible representation and supporting your elected councillors by giving them the means to engage with their constituents in a meaningful way. This year, I had the opportunity to learn about the broader institutional issues facing the university and the intricacies of each faculty. VP STUDENT EVENTS Nicholas Barrow — Vice-president student life at Huron My vision for the role is directly inspired through recognizing that this portfolio is not a one-man — or woman — show. I have directly managed a portfolio that includes the Orientation program, Clubs, Charity initiatives, a formal, and many other events and have seen a number of successes. Patrick Callegaro — Theatre Western coordinator I was the faculty soph of the year for Saugeen-Maitland hall last
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year. I was heavily involved in the clubs system for four years while also being consistently involved in Theatre Western [which] has given me a creativity and insight that I don’t believe the other candidates possess. Jazmyn Jansen — Brescia University College Students’ Council president I have been a member of the BUCSC executive for three consecutive years and I have been dedicated to making a difference in the school community. I want to challenge current USC processes and ways of thinking, build and strengthen collaborations and partnerships, and foster a sense of community across campus that will further enhance the student experience.
According to a survey released by the CBC, more than 7,000 students attending Canadian universities were punished for academic misconduct in the 2011–12 academic year. This number is only a small fraction of students who actually admit to cheating. Every year Western sends a report to the university senate with the number of reported cases of academic misconduct. In the 2011–12 academic year, Western reported 243 cases. With a population of 37,000 students, this brings Western’s cheating infraction rate to 0.7 per cent. More than half of the cases reported at Western were personation, described as having someone
else write a test or exam, followed by plagiarism, and then generic cheating. Other categories considered by the survey are resubmission of work and unauthorized aid, of which zero cases were reported at Western. “We do know that academic integrity is a high priority at all universities in Canada. Policies and processes are developed and enforced at the institutional level,” Helen Murphy, assistant director communications of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, said. Julia Hughes, college of business and economics dean at the University of Guelph, reported in a 2006 study that more than 50 per >> see CHEATERS pg.2
Samuel Kilgour — Orientation staff Often, Western students have “The Best Student Experience” slogan forced on them to the point where if they aren’t enjoying their time here, they are led to believe they are at fault. My vision of having “an event for everyone” is backed up by examples of events, with research hours put in to ensure the events will have every chance at success should I be elected. Danielle Lillico — USC Clubs coordinator I want the chance to take what I have learned from being a soph, a club member and executive to make the positive changes students are looking for. With over 10,000 students involved in clubs, clubs reach more students than any other program and as a result, clubs should receive more attention and focus to ensure that the clubs system is meeting students’ expectations.
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cent of undergraduate students, and 35 per cent of graduate students, admit to cheating. Hughes is currently undertaking a 10-year update to the study. Hughes’ research suggests that a vast majority of cases of academic misconduct go unreported each year. “I think there are a number of steps being taken, and I think we can do more. The one place that I think we can do more is to provide education, training, and information for students,” John Doerksen, Western’s vice provost of academic programs and students, said. Currently, different levels of
academic misconduct receive different responses, as penalties are suited to the nature of the offence. At Western, the chair of the department in which the offence has occurred will decide what the penalty will be. This is done in order for the punishment to be in line with what is happening elsewhere in the department. “I think that students know full well when they are committing academic misconduct or not. That is if you find a paragraph on the Internet, and you copy and paste it into your essay, I think everyone would probably feel quite clear about that as being an instance of academic dishonesty,” Doerksen added.
However, there are also cases that involve citation practice. It is not always immediately obvious what is considered as plagiarism, especially for students who have not learned how to cite properly before handing in their assignments. Doerksen added that faculty put effort into being diligent about academic misconduct and he hopes to build a culture of integrity. “I think it’s a regrettable problem. Sometimes, what is misunderstood by students who commit academic misconduct, is that in the end the loss is their own. It is a loss in the opportunity to learn, and that is, after all, why we are all here at the university,” Doerksen said.
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A new campaign launched by the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations aims to raise awareness surrounding the growing concern over students graduating with a vast amount of debt. The campaign, entitled Wall of Debt, features a virtual brick wall on their website. Students across Canada are encouraged to sign their name and accumulated student debt on a graphic of a brick. “The idea is to create a visual representation about how much debt students across Canada have, and how many students there are that have this debt,” said Jonathan Champagne, national director of CASA. The Wall of Debt total is in the hundreds of thousands, although Champagne notes that the number may well actually surpass $20-billion across post-secondary students in Canada. “From our provincial advocacy group, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, our research shows that the average Ontario student graduates with $27,000 in debt,” said Amir Eftekarpour, vice-president external of the University Students’ Council and OUSA president. “When you graduate with that amount of debt — and many students have higher, that’s just the
average — it really inhibits your ability to participate and start building a life for yourself,” he added. Student debt has been shown to have various effects on students. “Before a student decides to go to study, the prospect of having to take on that debt may actually discourage them from pursuing an education to begin with,” Champagne said. Additionally, many students that do take on debt throughout their study period are less likely to complete their studies once the debt accumulates, Champagne warned. He added that graduates’ career prospects are also affected due to their need to find any job in order to begin paying down their debt. The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) offers a six-month grace period after a student completes their studies in order to find a job and begin paying monthly payments. However, CASA continues for a call to action by the federal government, and demands to see more investments made in students. “We need to provide more money in upfront grants so that students aren’t required to take out that debt to begin with,” said Champagne. For more information on the campaign, visit wallofdebt.ca. — Olivia Zollino
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Calorie counts coming to chain vendors Megan Devlin NEWS EDITOR Calorie counts will be coming to fast food restaurants on campus, along with the rest of Ontario. The Ontario legislature advanced a bill on Monday that will make it mandatory for chain restaurants to prominently display calorie counts on their menus — not just subtly in pamphlets or online. The bill isn’t meant to target smaller or family owned restaurants, just larger chain ones. The calorie count on your CLT wrap will most likely remain a mystery, but chain campus vendors — think Subway and Harvey’s — will have to comply with this new law. Calorie counts won’t be implemented in cafeteria-type vendors such as residences and the Spoke because each serving is different sized and so calories will not always adhere to a set label amount. “Hospitality services at Western Spencer Fairweather GAZETTE
I think it’s fantastic that the government is implementing it, not just for our campus but for all of Ontario […] It’s a very overt way of indicating we don’t have enough options for students. — Emily Addison
HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN THAT? New legislation being proposed in Ontario would implement mandatory calorie counts on chain food vendors across the province — Western’s campus included.
will certainly have to comply with these labeling laws. We will have to look to our franchise partners to provide us with menu boards that meet the prescribed specifications,” Anne Zok, nutrition manager with hospitality services at Western, said. Zok said she fully supported Deb Matthews, the health minister, in her move to legislate calorie counts. However, while Matthews has said the new legislation was aimed at helping the childhood obesity
problem, Zok doesn’t agree that this will help. “I think any initiative that helps bring nutrition information to the consumer is a good thing. However, at the same time I don’t think that it — in and of itself — is going to solve the obesity problem but it could be a small step toward helping consumers make healthier food choices,” Zok said. While a study of a similar pilot project in Philadelphia saw no
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significant change in the eating habits of McDonald’s customers after calorie counts were introduced, the results at Western may be different. Emily Addison, University Students’ Council vice-president internal-elect, approved of the legistlation. “I think it’s fantastic that the government is implementing it, not just for our campus but for all of Ontario,” she said. “It’s a very overt way of indicating we don’t have enough options
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half to discuss the complaints and make a decision. Shah said the candidates would be notified as soon as a decision has been made or within 36 hours.
The original election between Maha Hassan, Morgan Jennings and Fazi Toor was deemed invalid because Toor was off the ballot due to being temporarily disqualified by the Elections Committee. Toor was disqualified the night before elections started on February 12 and was removed from the ballot. However, he then won an appeal on election day and was allowed to run again. He was originally disqualified for campaign overspending. On appeal, he was reinstated and instead handed 19 demerit points, one demerit short of automatic disqualification. —Iain Boekhoff
goals of the program are to develop mutually-beneficial partnerships between Western students and community organizations in London, and across the globe, to encourage active participation in the community and increase students’ civic engagement and to support students’ academic success and career development. Alex MacLean, a second-year computer science student at Western, travelled to New Orleans as part of the program after hearing about it from another soph. “A fellow soph had gone on the New Orleans trip last year, so we were in training and he mentioned it and said it was an awesome time and he was really happy with the experience,” he recalled.
MacLean made the trip with other students on Saturday February 15th, arriving on Sunday after a 24-hour bus ride. After some sightseeing, the group engaged in volunteer work activities, which included trips to community centres, a horse rescue ranch, and painting a house. “I’m so happy with how it turned out because you’re there, you get to go on a trip […] and you go and get a true glimpse into the community you’re participating in,” MacLean said. “Uusually there are places that need some help in some way.” In terms of advice for future alternative spring breakers, MacLean warned against deterring factors. ���Don’t be too afraid of a 24-hour bus trip,” he said. —Richard Raycraft
The committee would like to thoroughly discuss and perform due diligence regarding a few concerns that were brought forth. — Pashv Shah
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The results of the rescheduled election for the president of the Faculty of Health Science Students’ Council have been delayed again, while the University Students’ Council elections committee reviews a complaint they received about a candidate. Pashv Shah, elections committee chair, said in an e-mail that the elections committee “has decided to postpone the release of the results of the ballot. The committee would like to thoroughly discuss and perform due diligence regarding a few concerns that were brought forth.” The Elections Committee will be meeting within the next day and a
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saywhat? “You actually cannot sell the idea of freedom, democracy, diversity, as if it were a brand attribute and not reality — not at the same time as you’re bombing people, you can’t.”
— Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein gabs with The Gazette Mary Ann Ciosk ARTS & LIFE EDITOR The Gazette had the opportunity to speak with Naomi Klein, the Canadian author, journalist and activist who is coming to speak at the FIMS “System Error” undergraduate conference on Saturday, March 1 in Natural Science rm. 145. GAZETTE: How did you become
involved in the environmental movement and why did you decide to dedicate your time and effort to this particular cause? KLEIN: It was definitely more of a gradual process than just a light bulb turning on. I’ve always had an environmental affinity — I grew up a nature freak, I’m really lucky that my family is in British Columbia […] I spent a lot of my time in a really beautiful part of the world. Workwise I definitely come more out of a human rights background — that’s what No Logo was about, the emergence of this anti-corporate movement. What was really remarkable about the movement that I was writing about […] was that there was this shared understanding that the same economic forces that were attacking human rights and labour rights were also degrading environmental standards around the world. G: There are still a surprising num-
ber of people who deny climate change as a pressing issue — do you think this is due to misinformation, economic motives or out of fear? K: I think we’ve got a really solid majority, especially in Canada,
who recognize the reality of climate change. There is a minority that denies the reality, and there’s a very strong correlation between people who deny the reality of climate change and whether or not they live in parts of the country that are very dependent on those resources. I was in Fort McMurray when that town was flooded and once again all the climate scientists say that we’re going to see more and more flooding because of heavy snowfalls and then very early thaws — all part of the extreme weather that we have to look forward to. We saw this, this spring in Calgary. Calgary flooded, the head offices above the oil companies had to shut down, as did Fort McMurray itself. Did they want to talk about climate change? No, because it was so threatening to their whole economic model. The more of a strong, dominant, hierarchical-based world view you have, the more likely you are to deny climate change […] — what we would loosely call very right wing. That worldview tends to really venerate the individual and the market above all else. G: There is an increasing empha-
sis on “going green” in our culture today. But can an individual making environmentally conscious choices make a significant impact, or is that only possible by attempting to change policies on a larger scale? K: I think in Canada we have a pretty clear answer to that question, where a lot of people have adopted various kinds of green lifestyles. But I think one of the things that has sapped
the energy out of the environmental movement is that people did so many of the things that they were told to do over the past decade — no plastic bags, lug around your water bottle, bike to work, compost, use public transit and do all that right — and it’s like, ‘okay, but our government is digging up Alberta.’ Our collective emissions are soaring and we see that. I think it’s important to see that we can live well without living intensely extractively, that we may be happier, we may be healthier — it’s important to understand that. But that’s more of a psychological impact than it is actually an emissions impact. I think that people who understand that it’s not the end of the world if we stop burning carbon are more likely to get involved in serious campaigns to stop exploiting the tar sands. The idea that just changing your lifestyle is enough is absurd. G : When you’re speaking at Western, do you hope to motivate people to become more active within this movement in more substantial ways? K: Absolutely, yeah. I think young people obviously have the most at stake but what I hope to do is to give people some ideas, ways of thinking or talking about this issue that are not just fear-based. I think a lot of the way that climate change is presented in class and in different awareness campaigns is all apocalyptic. You’ve got to do something about this because it’s the end of the world. And I think fear is actually a lousy motivator — fear makes people paralyzed. The main message
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that I want to bring is that this is an opportunity. This is a chance for this generation to dream big. It’s not the end of the world, it’s the end of a certain kind of world that is actually failing us on a lot of other fronts, and the prospect of being able to change it is actually a really exciting one.
Naomi Klein will be speaking at the FIMS Undergraduate Conference on March 1 at 1:30 p.m. in Natural Science room 145. The event is free for FIMS students and non-FIMS student tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $10. This article was edited for length.
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IN THEATRES Non-Stop Bill Marks, played by Liam Neeson, is a U.S. federal air marshal aboard an international flight from New York to London when he receives an anonymous text threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless $150-million is transferred into a secret bank account. In a twist of events, it is revealed that the bank account is actually under Marks’ name and he is framed as the hijacker of the plane. Along with preventing murders, diffusing a bomb and trying to prove his innocence, is it really possible for Marks to save the plane? Is he really trying to? Seems like this movie will be full of non-stop trouble for this air marshal. Oh, another problem? He apparently hates flying.
ON THE CHARTS “Everything is AWESOME!!!” — Tegan and Sara feat. The Lonely Island This is the first song featured on the album for the original motion picture soundtrack of The Lego Movie. This is the first week that this song has made it onto The Hot 100 Charts and hopefully it won’t be the last. This song is meant to be cutesy, catchy and humorous but not much else. If anything, “Everything is AWESOME!!!” will teach you how to rhyme — keep your ears open for when The Lonely Island raps “Trees, frogs, clogs, they’re awesome!” If you need a cheesy pick-me-up, listen to this song to feel “more awesome than an awesome possum!”
ON TV Grey’s Anatomy
For those Grey’s Anatomy fanatics out there, it’s time to start hyperventilating because a new episode is finally airing tonight after its mid-season break. The latest episode in December left fans wondering whether April will choose to marry Matthew or leave him at the altar and admit her undying love for Jackson. Will Team Matthew or Team Jackson prevail? Are Meredith and Christina back to being best friends? And why is the President of the United States calling Derek (It’s probably not for hair styling tips)? Hopefully “Take it Back” will give fans some much-needed answers. Either way, Grey’s Anatomy lovers will not be disappointed with the return of this romance — I mean, medical drama.
Gravity is a thriller about a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) and a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) that become stranded in space without any way of communicating to Earth. For most people who watched the trailer before watching Gravity, they were often left with the following question: What could possibly happen that would make this movie be 90 minutes long? Despite hearing mixed reviews of Gravity being a snooze to it being a fantastic movie, this movie was the eighth highest grossing film of 2013 and is rated 97 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes. So it must be doing something right. If you haven’t seen this movie, expect impressive cinematography of space, empty suspense and not much character development.
Helios — The Fray It’s been two years since their last album, but this week, The Fray has released their fourth album titled Helios. “Love Don’t Die” was the first single released from this album back in October and peaked at 11 on the Hot Rock Song Billboard. This album’s title makes a reference to the ancient god of the sun in Greek mythology and features a total of 11 songs. Another popular song from this album is “Hurricane.” iTunes describes this album as more “forceful” than previous albums but their piano rock style is still very distinct and will live up to listeners’ expectations.
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Benefits come with Another Notebook knockoff an unfriendly cost Robert Nanni Jr. GAZETTE STAFF Friends with benefits (otherwise known as FWB) is a complicated, confusing relationship somewhere in between “hit it and quit it” and “when is the wedding?” Other than the possible slut-shaming, the risks appear relatively minimal compared to the rewards. Pleasure, release, curiosity, support — the list could go on, and it seems to encompass all that is wonderful about casual sex with a friend. So why in the world would these sexual trysts not be the best things since sliced bread? In a study conducted by Melissa Bisson and Timothy Levine of Wayne and Michigan State Universities, respectively, it was noted that 65 per cent of individuals in FWB relationships feared developing unreciprocated feelings and 28 per cent worried that the entire friendship would be lost. According to the study, friends with benefits relationships are often problematic for the very reason that they are attractive — emotional investment. No strings attached sounds wonderful, until someone attaches the strings. It seems like a probable event: When two people are sharing their most explicit thoughts and actions to one another, how could feelings not get involved? Floyd Spence, a registered sex therapist and life coach in Toronto, claims that a lack of emotional involvement in FWBs is “possible, but highly unlikely,” indicating that “the friendship dynamic changes completely […] and that makes the relationship awkward.” Spence notes that while sex does complicate things, maintaining a
friendship is still possible. “They can remain friends, but when one person starts getting involved with another person, jealousy can fit in,” Spence says. When asked about past experiences with FWBs, first-year Medical Science student Donovan* notes how it started positively, but ended with bitterness. “It was great, at first. Then he ended it, and I lost it. I really fell for him and, in my mind, it was like we were dating, like we were more than just casual hookups,” Donovan says. Spence explains the buffet of questions being asked by many people post-FWB include, “Are we really friends or are we intimate friends? Why am I feeling this way? Why am I feeling awkward? Why am I feeling jealous?” However, this isn’t applicable to everyone. Jennifer,* a third-year philosophy student, argues that an FWB relationship allowed her to test the waters with her current boyfriend before getting into a serious relationship with him. “To me, sexual compatibility is a major component of any relationship,” Jennifer explains. “How else was I supposed to know without giving him a test run? Getting into that FWB was the best decision I’ve ever made […] it brought us closer and now we’ve been dating for nearly a year.” As with anything else, there are clearly pros and cons to the friends with benefits status. Is the potentially ruined friendship worth a few great orgasms? Perhaps for some, it is, but that is something to be discussed beforehand with the partner. *Names have been changed to maintain anonymity.
GGHFF Broken Bells After the Disco Columbia Broken Bells’ debut album was a project that brought the talents of James Mercer of The Shins and the versatile producer Danger Mouse together in a unique combination that was exciting and fresh. Four years later, Broken Bells unleashes their sophomore effort, After the Disco, and unfortunately, it seems like the duo has toned everything down for a more consistent, albeit stale, experience. The album starts off on a high point. With tracks like “Perfect World,” “After the Disco”, and “Holding On for Life” leading the way, listeners get a false sense of hope for the quality of the album. However, it seems that all the worthwhile tracks of the album were placed at the beginning of the album. Although the previously mentioned tracks are no doubt the
highlights, it’s obvious that Danger Mouse’s production is lacking. Simple, boring and been-done production that might have sounded exciting four years ago back pervades almost every track with few exceptions. There are moments where it seems like the production breaks through the wall of mediocrity, but those moments are mere glimmers that fade quickly. “The Changing Lights” is a track that had exceptional potential, but fails just like the rest. The album closes off with “The Remains of Rock and Roll,” easily the worst song not only on the entire album, but of every song Broken Bells has ever put out. Weak production and weak song-writing culminates into this lousy excuse for a track. Broken Bells has stagnated their growth as artists and relied on what made them popular four years ago. Nothing on this album is really worth giving a second listen-through because it reveals everything on the surface; a surface that’s quite shallow. After the Disco is a boring album. It’s a wonder if this was a conscious decision by James Mercer and Danger Mouse; maybe they just wanted to use a formula that was proven to work before. We might never know, but here’s to hoping that Broken Bells gets it together in the next four years and gives us the breath of fresh air we all got with their debut. — Syed Wajahat
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Jennafer Freeman GAZETTE STAFF GGFFF Endless Love Director: Shana Fest Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Patrick Johnson and Bruce Greenwood Released just in time for Valentine’s Day, Endless Love provides another film for those individuals looking to see a typical, Valentine’s Day love story starring a very handsome main character. However, for those hoping for a romance that compares to The Notebook, this film falls short. The original Endless Love did not receive outstanding reviews in 1981 and this remake is likewise sure to disappoint despite being nothing like the original. Jade (Gabriella Wilde) is a quiet, 17-year-old girl who graduates high school without any friends. She isolates herself while mourning the death of her older brother Chris (Patrick Johnson), spending much of her time reading or with her parents. Jade comes from a wealthy family and is looking to pursue medical school after college with the encouragement of her father. How fitting that tall, thin,
beautiful Wilde is starring as the social outcast — surely most Victoria’s Secret models were unpopular in high school. However, it does explain why David (Alex Pettyfer) has secretly been in love with the school outcast that he had never spoken to. David enjoys a much different lifestyle than Jade. He has many friends and lives with his father, a mechanic who owns his own business. David is not intending on going to college and instead plans to continue working at his father’s shop and eventually take over the family business. This Magic Mike star doesn’t fit his role either. Pettyfer appears to be the least convincing high school student that could’ve been chosen for the part of David. When Jade meets David, who had been crushing on her throughout high school, everything changes for her. The unconventional pair fall in love, against Jade’s father’s wishes and the tale of young love begins. Unfortunately, Jade and David will never compare to Allie and Noah, from The Notebook. The movie barely spends any time at all on the lovey dovey stuff that all viewers are dying to see — it completely skims over Jade and
David falling in love and creating that burning desire to be together. Instead, the film spends the majority of its time over-dramatizing an array of obstacles the couple must overcome in order to be together. The amount of unrealistic hardships the two face comes off as unnecessarily over-dramatic and really overshadows the romance. Although in The Notebook, Allie’s father is a main reason why her and Noah are kept apart, it is not the basis of the story. The story goes on, the two live separate lives, but get back together because they are truly meant to be together. The story focuses on the love between the couple, something that is missing from Endless Love. In Endless Love, Jade’s father seems to be what the film is primarily focused on. Not only is he an overprotective father who believes David isn’t good enough for his daughter, he is made out to be an uncommitted husband and an all-around jerk who does everything imaginable in order to keep David away from Jade. Despite the outstanding problems with Endless Love, it still features attractive actors, multiple romantic scenes and lots of drama that is sure to suffice any sultry sleepover.
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The Gazette asked students if restaurants on campus should be required to display calorie counts of all menu items.
Cam Smith DEPUTY EDITOR
Health Science III “I think it would be a very good move. I’m just wondering why they didn’t propose this law before because having that information there actually helps. I don’t want to be too critical, but as a local observer the food at Western is pretty unhealthy. Yes, right now people know which choices are better or worse, but they might be shocked to actually see the number.”
Commercial Aviation Management II “I think it should happen on campus because for me, someone who is sensitive about how many calories are in food, especially when I’m on a diet, I want to eat but I have to guess my calories and guess how much I should be working out. It’s not ideal to not have that information posted when you’re dieting or worried about your calorie intake.”
Health Science II “I think that is actually a good idea because then people will be more aware about what’s more healthy for them and will be able to make better choices. That way, it could hopefully help out reducing obesity in the long-run.”
Social Science I “I don’t think there would be anything wrong with it. I feel like it’s important for people to know what they’re putting into their bodies. If this passes and [the calorie counts] are posted around the rest of the city, we might as well have it here too because we’re a big population.”
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If you have an issue with homosexuality, then it comes to your own fear and your own darkness.
The voter turnout for this year’s University Students’ Council presidential election was disgraceful. With less than 20 per cent of eligible voters opting to submit a ballot, quorum was reached but without much wiggle room. It seems incredibly strange that so few participated in the future of their student government, when it so immediately affects them. This has become a disturbing trend over the last few years, as voter turnout has declined precipitously. So what can be done to achieve a higher participation rate in USC politics? The first — and possibly most radical — solution I propose is to drastically reduce the limitations placed on campaigning. As it stands, demerit points are given to candidates who violate
campaigning bylaws that prohibit where, how and with what presidential candidates can campaign. Each point acts as a monetary penalty, and if 30 are amassed the presidential slate that accrued them is disqualified. These bylaws exist to give candidates a more level playing field, as well as reduce the harassment to students at large as much as possible. Yet, in their current manifestation, the bylaws prohibit effective marketing and thus limit informing students. Let candidates go nuts. If they want to fly over campus in a slogan-tagged blimp, let them. If they want to go door to door in every single residence, let them. If they want to do a public dramatic reading of War and Peace, for God’s sake let them. Will some students be annoyed? Sure. But if it engages them in a political venture which stands to directly impact their academic future, then the ends justify the means. The one restriction that should be maintained is budget constraints so that fiscally fortunate campaign teams don’t have a distinct advantage. In addition to reduced campaign limitations, the slate system — which
was introduced last year — should be abolished. For one, it makes running for president more challenging by requiring individuals to be invested and agree on the same positions with two other people. This makes it more difficult for fringe candidates to run — candidates who would bring in student attention even if their odds of winning are slim. Additionally, a slate means that often three presidentially qualified candidates will run as a unit rather than against each other. This limits the number of contenders. Lastly, there should be fewer debates and the remaining ones should be more advertised and conducted better, by making the debates an engaging event. I’m not just talking free pizza — if there’s only a couple of debates, candidates will be forced to take definite stances in front of a larger audience rather than rehashing the same tired rhetoric over and over. Host the debates in the Wave so students can come out for a pint if they choose, and catering is already there. These small changes can make the dull drag of elections a little sexier and increase much needed student engagement.
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Sex Issue letter has valid points RE: “Gazette too gay to function,” Tuesday, February 25, 2014 To the Editor: You recently ran a response by editor Kevin Hurren to an anonymous letter which criticized the heavy gay slant in the Sex Issue, suggesting that the amount of gay photography was disproportional to the percentage of gay individuals on campus. First, let’s assume that by “gay” I mean the ever-expanding terminology for nonstraight individuals. Second, no I am not the anonymous author, though with the throbbing militancy of many liberal colleagues I can understand the impetus towards anonymity. I’ll also point out that I’m your classic white male who is pretty much pure high-grade heterosexual, but I have absolutely nothing against homosexuality. As for the Sex Issue, it is indisputable that the number of photographs is wildly out of proportion with the percentage of gays on campus. Even in San Francisco, the arguable centre of the gay community in North America, the population percentage of expressly gay individuals hovers somewhere around 10 per cent. There is no reason, then, to assume (as the column does) that 16 per cent is too low. Rather, it’s probably a little higher. So let’s say that it’s likely that 10 per cent of
the campus is homosexual. The amount of photography featuring gay relations, then, is indeed well out of proportion. That aside, the thesis of the piece is that it doesn’t really matter how many gay photos you put in but why you put them in. But it felt a little contrived, didn’t it? I question how the Sex Issue was simultaneously a powerful statement of gay pride and yet an example of how willing The Gazette is to reduce gay pride to shock value. It wasn’t designed to inspire a swell of liberal-acceptance pride within the readers — it was designed to create readers. You didn’t publish the Sex Issue to challenge your readership; you didn’t publish to make them think, discuss, debate. You exploited it. Your Sex Issue is being talked about and discussed and debated and challenged because it did two things: It made us feel uneasy looking at soft-core gay porn and then it made us all collectively feel uneasy about that uneasiness. The Gazette led its readership, all but a few of which are decidedly un-used to seeing soft-core gay porn in student-funded-colour-print, in front of the firing line and when Mr. Anonymous was brave enough to articulate this position — fire! It all wouldn’t be so bad, though, if you had been honest about what you were
trying to do. This was a piece of gay pride literature, and it’s okay to say and do that if that’s what you’re about. What you set out to do was give a snapshot of sex on campus, sex among students, and to show us how we live. You had the opportunity to do a relatively even-handed job of it, too. You failed, however, to do the one thing you proclaimed you wanted to do — provide an actual snapshot of what sex on campus looks like. — Kieran Delamont History IV
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Rundown >> Mustangs’ wrestler Brianne Barry won her fifth Ontario University Athletics championship gold medal in as many years on February 15 > Barry was awarded with her second OUA’s most outstanding female wrestler title > The Western’s men’s basketball team was eliminated by McMaster in the OUA semifinals.
Mustangs end season with loss to Laurier Western defeated by Golden Hawks in OUA semifinals Caitlin Martin Newnham SPORTS EDITOR The Laurier Golden Hawks defeated the Mustangs’ women’s basketball team in the Ontario University Athletics West semifinals on Saturday by a score of 53–43. The Mustangs had a 1–1 record against Laurier and a 16–7 regular season record going into the game.
Was it Laurier or was it Jason from Friday the Thirteenth? Our humour in that was that they’re tough to kill. If we don’t kill them, if we don’t find a way to put them down […] in a literary term, they can come back to haunt you. — Brian Cheng
Mustangs’ head coach
“Laurier is a very challenging opponent and a very worthy opponent, but someone we thought we could have some success over,” Mustangs’ head coach Brian Cheng said. Cheng’s predictions did not come to fruition in Saturday’s tight game, and the loss prevents the Western women from moving on to the Ontario University Athletics championships. Western tied the Golden Hawks in the first quarter with a score of 11–11, and dominated Laurier
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MUSTANGS DROP THE BALL. The Western Mustangs women’s basketball team were defeated 53–43 by the Laurier Golden Hawks in the Ontario University Athletics semifinal game, eliminating them from the OUA playoffs.
17–9 in the second quarter. The Mustangs had an eight-point lead at halftime, and maintained this lead in the third, mimicking Laurier’s nine points. The final quarter of the game was where Laurier reigned, matching and surpassing any lead that Western held throughout the game. “Was it Laurier or was it Jason from Friday the 13th? Our humour in that was that they’re tough to kill,” Cheng quipped. “If we don’t kill them, if we don’t find a way to put them down […] in a literary
term, they can come back to haunt you. I think that’s what happened in the fourth quarter — the game got extremely tight.” With just two minutes left in the game, the Mustangs were down by just five points. In a final attempt to gain an advantage over the Golden Hawks, Western’s guard Mackenzie Puklicz intentionally fouled Samantha Jacobs of the Golden Hawks. As a result, Jacobs, who opened the scoring for the Golden Hawks in the first quarter, was sent to the foul line to take two
shots. The intentional foul backfired when Jacobs scored to win for Laurier. “At the end of the day you’ve got to give full credit to Laurier, they were the better team of the day. They handled the pressure situation in the fourth quarter the best,” Cheng said. “Some of their kids who haven’t made shots made shots for them. I guess that’s what playoff basketball is all about.” Western’s head coach predicted that time will soften the blow of the loss, and in retrospect the team will
realize they had a fantastic season. Now with the Mustangs’ season over, they will begin to look to next year and the challenges the upcoming season will present. Stars like Jenny Vaughan and Kelsey Wright will no longer be with the team due to being in their last year of OUA eligibity. The loss of these celebrated players will be felt deeply, but the emergence of the many young rookies who supported the stars offers promise for the upcoming 2014–15 season.
Clowney kills the NFL scouting combine A veteran presence will benefit his development Wild Danimal
Daniel Weryha SPORTS EDITOR If it’s raw athleticism you’re looking for, the NFL scouting combine has it — this year they have a wealth of it. Jadeveon Clowney, the six-footsix, 266-pound machine people are afraid to even call a man is wowing the scouts at this year’s combine in Indianapolis and he is doing it with ease. But after garnering a considerable amount of hype in his sophomore year at South Carolina University in 2012, Clowney had
somehow managed to place an ounce of doubt in the minds of all who may be interested in him with his play in the following season. Insiders called him the most impressive prospect coming into the NFL draft. As the projected first overall pick, Clowney considered taking this year of college football off to avoid injury. However, critics responded and, in the end, convinced Clowney to suit up for the South Carolina Gamecocks for his final year of college football. Though Clowney played his junior season, he would have been better off sitting out. Clowney’s lacklustre season put into question his character. The once “sure thing” who recorded 54 tackles, three forced fumbles — most notably his hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith to force the fourth-quarter
fumble in the Outback Bowl — and 13 sacks as a sophomore struggled to match his stats as a junior. Following the offseason drama, Clowney answered with a meager three sacks and 35 tackles. Additionally, Clowney sat out two games due to minor injuries, and was accused of skipping plays, and scaling back his level of intensity on crucial downs. Clowney’s goal was to secure himself a spot on an active NFL roster with a top-three prospect-level contract. Having a season riddled with injuries helps no one. While I refrain from condemning his decision to take it easy, I also choose not to support it. To many in America, college football is football. Playing for the Gamecocks should mean something to him, >> see CLOWNEY pg.8
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Rams could be the right fit for Clowney >> CLOWNEY continued from pg.7
which is the reason many scouts have questioned his compete level. But all questions of character aside, the man is impressive. For a guy his size, Clowney’s combine stats are unparalleled. On Monday he posted an official 40-yard dash time of 4.53 — the fastest time posted by a defensive lineman — placed second for his position in the high jump, and in the broad jump. His lack of success in his junior year can be blamed largely on his success as a sophomore. Clowney
dealt with double-teams, extra chip blocking on the edge, and played through a couple nagging injuries — discipline is therefore a factor. From down-to-down Clowney would often get frustrated due to his lack of effectiveness. As a 21-year-old rookie, Clowney has a lot to learn. Playing for a team that would ask him to step immediately into the spotlight may not be beneficial for a player with his potential. Clowney also needs strong defensive line coaching, a good
defensive coordinator and a cohesive defensive line that can give him the playing time he deserves with the right level of mentorship. Both teams with the top two picks of this year’s draft fit the bill. There’s no question, the Texans have quarterback needs that need to be addressed, but one can only dream of a defensive line that would unite two specimens — Clowney and J.J. Watt — in a game other than the meaningless Pro Bowl. The number two pick belongs to the St Louis Rams. The Rams have suffered from
multiple injury-plagued seasons, yet every season the name comes up, and people begin to talk — the Rams are a team to watch once again this season. If he’s healthy, quarterback Sam Bradford can win games. With Zac Stacy emerging as a capable starting running back, the Rams can now look to take chances on defence. Defensively the Rams have a strong core. Robert Quinn, the third-year right end, had a career year with 57 tackles, 19 sacks and seven forced fumbles.
If the Rams were to draft Clowney with their second pick of the draft, his presence would create controversy at the defensive end spot. The Rams will have to part with one of their premier defensive ends at some point in the future, but in the meantime, they can relish in fact that they have one of the most explosive defensive lines in the NFL. Clowney can benefit from the mentorship that is currently available in St. Louis and eventually become the unstoppable player that many expect him to be.
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