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Students puzzled about the exact purpose of the new multi-faith space in the University Community Centre can look for some answers in the new direction Myuri Komaragiri, vice-president campus issues for the University Students’ Council, is planning to take. Komaragiri explained that before the data gleaned from a general student survey regarding the space, the USC was unsure where exactly they wanted to take the space. Komaragiri also felt that space was being under-utilized. “We had this space that was technically renovated to be a multi-faith space that was not really being operated properly— there were maybe one or two religious groups that were using it, but that’s it,” she said. “I was also asking various
faith backgrounds if they used this space, and they were saying things like, ‘I had no idea it even existed,’ and, ‘I also didn’t think it was for me.’ Obviously a lot of things had to be done to get it to be used better.” Komaragiri said she was surprised when the vast majority of the 900 survey responses placed the most value for the space in education and community building. “I honestly thought most groups would say that prayer was the most important, but everyone put community building and education as the top two most important aspects of the space. For me, that was illuminating because people wanted a space where they could learn about other ways of life. It wasn’t just the opportunity to practice their own religion, but to learn about one another, which I think is really healthy to hear from a stu-
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dent body,” she continued. Dua Dahrouj, president of the Muslim Students’ Association, also stressed the need for the purpose of the space to be more clearly defined. “I think the main issue is in properly utilizing the space, and creating some kind of consistent and clear mandate for it. I feel that, right now, a lot of clubs really want to use it, but we don’t really understand the purpose of the space. Creating a mandate with a clear and consistent purpose is really a need.” She also explained the MSA had initially hoped the multifaith space would provide a helpful outlet for the dedicated prayer rooms that are currently overflowing during the Islamic prayer hours, but that a number of structural issues in the space still need to be addressed before this can occur.
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Most people have heard of unemployment, but what about underemployment? Underemployment occurs when a person desiring fulltime work can only find a part-time job, or where a person is forced to work a job they are overqualified for. This is a particular problem for youth, especially recent graduates. According to a recent report published by the Certified General Accountants, 57.4 per cent of unemployed youth aged 15 to 24 in 2011 had just graduated. In addition, four per cent of youth were being underutilized in their employment positions in 2011. While this is of particular concern, the report also notes recent youth unemployment is at lower levels than in past recessions. This is of little assurance to Brad Duguid, Ontario’s minister of economic development and innovation. According to Duguid, current levels of youth employment are unacceptable. “We’ve really redoubled our efforts to try to provide supports to
young people to help them find opportunities, in particular focusing on entrepreneurship,” Duguid said. “I’ve actually increased funding in a partnership with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, who run a fantastic program to help young people get in to their own businesses.” According to Duguid, students need to be able to think in an innovative, entrepreneurial way regardless of their career path. He explained employers’ needs have evolved over recent years, and young people must adapt. “What companies are looking for today are not just people that have technical expertise. They’re looking for people that will join their organizations and drive innovation,” Duguid said. “That’s what the next generation global economy is really built on, is innovation.” Overall, employment in Ontario has bounced back from the recession. Employment is up 134 per cent since the recession, meaning all jobs lost have been recovered. >> see Efforts pg.3
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Canada youth underemployment rate
2011: 2.4% Source: Certified General Accountants
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A WILD STUDENT APPEARS! A student dressed as a Nidoking in the University Community Centre yesterday was one of many students who decided to celebrate the holiday in costume.
A silver retirement After 25 years with the University Students’ Council, Pat Weiler, executive assistant to the USC, retired yesterday. “I’ll remember the USC for a lot of kindness from day one. When I first started with the USC, I’d come from Calgary and I didn’t know anybody. I didn’t know where things were, so it was pretty intimidating,” Weiler said. “The person who was assigned to help me get off the ground with the day-to-day stuff was extremely kind. I later found out that the person who helped me with all the nitty-gritty details had actually applied for my job, and she didn’t get it, but she went way beyond what you would normally expect. We still stay in touch and that is a kindness that I will always remember.” Weiler also fondly remembers all the students that have crossed her path over the years. “Over the 25 years, I’ve found the students that I’ve worked with to be very kind, considerate, appreciative and fun. They’ve accepted me in a way that broke down the age barrier. They’ve been very welcoming and warm
every year.” One of Weiler’s favourite moments was a prank she played on a former USC president. “It was St. Patrick’s Day and Jim Walden, who was the general manager at the time, and I bought a pair of shoes at Goodwill for the president. We spray painted them green and we made arrangements for all his own shoes to disappear on St. Patrick’s Day morning, except for these green shoes. So [the president] came into the office at about 9:15 in the morning wearing the bright green shoes, and he looked at me and he said, ‘Pat, this isn’t funny.’ Those shoes have now become the budget shoes for the USC.” As for her plans after her retirement, Weiler said she wouldn’t be doing a lot of travelling, but spending time around her home. “I plan to spend lots and lots of time with family and friends. Up until now I’ve had to squeeze things into the weekend and I’m looking forward to life being one big long weekend.” —Iain Boekhoff
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French pour l’avenir French enthusiasts in London will be gathering at the university for the annual French for the FutureLondon Local Forum this Friday. The forum allows those in French programs to practice their language skills by participating in activities held entirely in French. According to Marilyn Randall, department chair of French studies at Western, London is a designated community under Ontario’s French Language Services, making bilingualism essential in assuring that the French community in London is able to thrive. “[Bilingualism] opens up both professional and cultural experiences which would otherwise be unavailable to us,” Randall said. The motto for this year’s forum is “Practically Bilingual,” which demonstrates how the forum is set up to emphasize the significance of being able to speak another language in today’s society. “Students will take part in workshops, such as theatre practice, creative writing, job interviews, radio journalism and sports and artistic activities, to name a few,” Randall said. Randall also highlighted the importance of showing high school students interested in French that there are opportunities available, and that London is a place where they can study French while actively participating in the culture. —Jaclyn Carbone
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Q&A with Adam Fearnall Last week, University Students’ Council President Adam Fearnall proposed a revamp of the USC’s executive board that would shuffle the hiring process and responsibilities of vice-presidents. We sat down with Fearnall to ask him about his plan. Gazette: Some people are saying a president and a vice-president who can hire the other four members of the board will create the potential for corruption and bribery. Adam Fearnall: When you give somebody the ability to hire a team, you’re able to actually hold them accountable very clearly for that team’s performance. [This concept] is in line with the way most governments work. So if you’re prime minister, you hire your ministers, if you’re president, you hire your secretary of state […]. But, obviously, it all depends on what the culture can accept here, and I think we’re always open to having more discussion around what that process could look like. G: Council rarely votes against the president. Couldn’t this create the potential for the president to just push through their agenda, and use council almost as a rubberstamping mechanism?
What councillors are saying I have more faith in student councillors than that. In my tenure, I’ve seen tens of examples of councillors that have been able to take on extremely important issues, and raise critical comments. We don’t usually see motions of great substance defeated on the council floor—we do often see them amended and changed.
G: In a document sent to councillors, you mention the idea of appointing students-at-large, instead of vice-presidents, to the board of directors. This has made some people uneasy.
I think the reality is that once someone is appointed to a position, or elected to a position, they’re no longer a student-atlarge. They have a responsibility—and on the board of directors they would have a legal responsibility—to the corporation to be knowledgeable about the job that they send them to do. The skill set to be on the board of directors is very different to be a VP, and our current process doesn’t recognize that they are two skill sets.
This interview has been edited for brevity. To read the full interview, go to westerngazette.ca/news. —Julian Uzielli
Here’s what some councillors are saying about the proposed changes: “The first reason I support the initiative is because it sets a more coherent structure within the USC executive. I think [it] will grant students a greater level of direct representation, as conflicting ‘subagendas’ won’t ever occur […]. I believe it will ultimately ‘open up’ the USC in a profound way. —Matt Helfand Social Science Students’ Council president “While the executive agenda would be more unified, it may also stifle creativity and reduce the number of active checks on the president. As a faculty president, I know that an appointed representative is much less likely to call me out than someone who was elected by the council […]. Given that councillors are students with many other commitments, I am worried that the change will result in a reduction of power of the VPs, and no change in councillor outlook to fill that void.” —Samik Doshi Science Students’ Council president “There are still aspects that need to be worked out. How are we going to guarantee an unbiased hiring, and will voting members of
council still get the same one-onone time they do with the candidates now? I do believe changes need to be made to the USC to reenergize us, and make students-atlarge more interested in the process. I do not believe this is a slight to democracy, it is just a different approach.” —Daniel Bain Social science councillor “I think we all know after watching USC elections over the years is that every president, in one way, has tried to ‘stack the board,’ and this pretty much gives the president and their running partner carte blanche to hire what would be their close friends, and stack the board.” —Jeff Hernaez Former social science councillor (2011–12) “I believe having two people being the face of the organization is a smart idea. It allows for two people to be held accountable to the student body. It also enables one person to have an internal focus on Western lobbying efforts, while the other can have the external focus—[like] OUSA and CASA. Adam says it is intended to unify the executive agenda, I believe this change would fulfill his intentions.” —Ashley McGuire Senator-at-large
Despite this, sometimes the demand for certain jobs just isn’t there. “The fact is, there are times when even if you’re job-ready, the job opportunity may not be available at the time you need it,” Duguid said. Alysha Li, vice-president university affairs for the University Students’ Council, echoed Duguid’s thoughts. However, Li also added there are certain things students can do to help get the jobs they want. “I would encourage students, during school, to work on campus—through our internship programs, through our various volunteer programs that we have, through leadership opportunities that we provide—to help develop skills and build up their resumé, so that when they go for their real job, they have those relevant experiences.” Another thing students can do, according to Duguid, is to try to match their education to forecasted future employment needs. For instance, the information and communication technology, automotive and aerospace sectors are currently experiencing growth and are in need of workers. He also added that while employment is a constant area of concern, there are significant positives to consider. “Given the growth we’re seeing coming back into Ontario’s economy, I’m absolutely convinced that we’re on the right track, and that Ontario will be a global economic leader for many years.”
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Food&Drink Eat, drink, blog Jesica Hurst News Editor
Dessert First www.dessertfirstgirl.com
Key Ingredient www.keyingredient.com
When it comes to the sweet things in life, Anita Chu, founder of food blog Dessert First, doesn’t skimp out. What started as a lifelong love of baking turned into a wonderful collection of dessert recipes for the public to indulge in. With recipes organized by breads, cakes, candy, chocolate, cookies, custards, fruit, ice cream, pastry and tarts, there’s no way you will ever get bored of reading about or attempting to try something new.
Key Ingredient is a great website that essentially allows you to organize your own online recipe collection. By using the search bar, located in the top right-hand corner, you can find millions of photos and recipes, and even favourite the ones you would like to try yourself. This collection of recipes from various submissions and other food blogs is great for all students because it features a variety of recipes for those with and without a lot of skill in the kitchen.
Lottie + Doof www.lottieanddoof.com If you enjoy looking at good photographs of food—aka food porn—Lottie + Doof is just the blog for you. Even though the food blog also features a wide range of delicious original and modified recipes by founder Tim Mazurek, the photographs of halfway done and completed creations are far too tempting to resist.
The Vegan Stoner www.theveganstoner. blogspot.ca You definitely don’t have to be vegan, or even vegetarian, to enjoy The Vegan Stoner. These simple meatless recipes, shown in a clever and cute way through illustration, were developed by vegan designers Sarah Conrique and Graham I to showcase what little ingredient, effort and time it takes to eat creatively without meat.
funfact Chewing coffee beans are proven to freshen your breath. Other natural breath fresheners include parsley and mint leaves.
Incorporating healthy, locally grown foods into your diet November, winter’s transitional month, has now arrived. And with colder weather closing in, find your warmth and comfort in something other than winter jackets—wholesome food. More specifically, locally grown fruits and vegetables that Ontario—and London—has to offer. Visit the grocery store in the lower level of the University Community Centre to purchase locally grown produce or visit the Covent Garden Market located downtown.
This Girl Walks Into A Bar www.thisgirlwalksintoabar.com/blog Do you ever find yourself wanting to try a new drink, but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry— sisters Jordan and Jocelyn have you covered. From holiday-inspired drinks, like pomegranate punch, to cocktails they’ve recently discovered, like raspberry lemonade whiskey, there’s something for every adventurous student looking to mix up their drinks.
Always with Butter www.alwayswithbutter. blogspot.ca If you have a soft spot for butter, this blog is for you. From California, baker Julie Marie Craig chronicles her favourite dessert recipes. Some of her featured treats include a chocolate chip pretzel bar, fresh fruitcake and strawberry shortcake. This website is a good go-to if you’re looking for a classy yet classic dessert, or if you’re just in the mood to whip up something sweet. file photo
Leeks: The leek belongs, in part, to the onion and garlic family. And just like onions and garlic cloves, leeks can add flavour to a variety of recipes. Look for leeks, which are dark green and firm, not limp and light in colour. The bottom part of the leek, or the root, is usually not eaten. Make sure you only chop the root off right before using, since the storage time for leeks decreases once the root is cut off.
However, the leaves that sprout from it, are the edible parts of the vegetable. Leeks complement a variety of ingredients such as carrots, potatoes, celery, cheddar and mushrooms. They are usually used in soups, dips or sautéed in a stirfry. Use your locally bought leeks to whip up a dip from spinach, blue cheese and leeks or to prepare a comforting potato and leek soup.
Beets: Though a good source of folacin—which helps with iron deficiency—vitamin C and potassium, beets are not usually on a student’s shopping list. Don’t be intimidated by the root vegetable’s unique shape—it’s pretty simple to handle. Simply chop off the roots, leaf stalks and then peel off the skin once they’re cooked. You can cook beets by microwaving, roasting, boiling and steaming them.
Beets work best with herbs like dill, allspice and rosemary. Complementary ingredients for beets include beef and goat cheese. However, if you prefer a vegetarian or vegan option, beets complement apples and sweet potatoes well too. Try using grated, raw beets in salads or cubed beets in soups or stews. Remember, the richer the colour of the beet, the higher its iron content is.
Pears: Foodland Ontario’s availability guide shows pears are one of the few fruits, along with apples and crabapples, that grow in the late-fall months. Unlike it’s overrated cousin, the apple, the pear’s flesh is highly texturized and almost gritty. Most pears can be bought any time but their peak season lies in the fall. Pick pears with lesser blemishes and a firmer feel. Pears, unlike some other fruits, can be picked when unripe
and then stored till they are ripe enough to eat. Use locally bought pears to bake a sweet pear tart, prepare pear cream puffs or experiment with pear chutney. Complementary ingredients that work with pears are those on the sweeter side, like chocolate, maple, honey and other fruits. Pears are pretty versatile as they work well with desserts as well as salads. —Naira Ahmed
Gazette Tested > Lemon & Coconut Cupcakes Cupcake
Ingredients: • Lemon cake mix (Betty Crocker) • 1 cup of buttermilk (or 1 cup of milk with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice) • Coconut flakes • Raw/brown sugar (optional)
Ingredients: • ¾ cup softened (not melted) butter • 6–8 cups of powdered sugar • ⅓ cup of milk (or half and half) and extra if necessary • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla • Red and yellow food colouring • Orange zest/orange flavouring (optional) • Sprinkles (optional)
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Follow cake mix instructions as required, but replace water with buttermilk (or above buttermilk substitution). 3. Once you have poured all the cupcake batter, sprinkle each cupcake with coconut flakes and sugar before placing into the oven. 4. Bake for 15 minutes, the coconut and sugar will brown beautifully as the cupcakes rise.
Directions: 1. Using an electric mixer, combine softened butter and sugar until they form a thick paste, then add vanilla and food colouring. 2. Slowly add milk, until the frosting is smooth. Be careful not to add too much milk. 3. Frost cupcakes once they cool. —Naira Ahmed
The rain may be incessant and soaking, but that doesn’t mean all fluids are deleterious to your well-being. When the cold and damp become too much, it’s time to head indoors and ameliorate your condition with a stiff dram of whiskey. While it’s tempting for the
Canadian Club Classic
An absolute staple in most Canadian liquor cabinets, Crown Royal remains a classic for a reason. It’s a corn whiskey—despite often being mislabelled a rye. This sweet, vanilla-scented spirit is perfect for the entry-level whiskey drinker attempting to break out of their diluting mixers. Immensely smooth and impeccably classy, Crown should be the first stop for those beginning their Canadian whiskey journey. At $27.95 for a 750mL bottle, it’s only a few dollars more than its bottom shelf counterparts, and remains affordable on a student budget.
While standard Canadian Club will forever remain a standard in cheap bar drinks and chased shots, the Classic manages to elevate this rye to a new level. Aged 12 years, this more mature whiskey displays a lot of wood in the taste, and is perhaps a bit bolder than Crown. However, mellowed with sweet notes of vanilla and honey, this rye stands to elevate a whiskey imbiber’s appreciation of a Canadian classic. Like Crown, CCC retails for $27.95 at the LCBO.
Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve A very interesting rye whiskey offered by up-andcoming Canadian distillery Forty Creek, this is undoubtedly the most intrepid whiskey on this list. Very dark amber in colour, the nose smells of charcoal, spices and coffee. The taste is an interesting blend of sweet and citrus, certainly something less than ex-
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uninitiated to reach for a mixer, chase or oodles of ice, I encourage you to forego these accouterments and try tasting this warm fluid straight up, with no dilutions. Below are three affordable, Canadian whiskeys I think are worth sipping.
pected in most conventional ryes. At 43 per cent alcohol, it has a bit more of a kick than other whiskeys, just perfect for warming up in late fall. It does cost a tad more than the aforementioned drinks, but only less than a dollar at $28.45—but it’s certainly worth it for this ambitious beverage.
Keep the soda for elementary school birthdays, and the ice for summer cocktails. It’s whiskey season, and whiskey deserves to be drunk neat. Pour it into a crystal tumbler, relish in the patriotic connotations, savour the dense flavours and warmth. Just remember to sip it slow. —Cam Smith
thegazette • Thursday, November 1, 2012
quoteoftheday Don’t get cocky, kid.
— Han Solo, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
A modest shade of brown Darkest empire Country star Chad Brownlee talks humility Jar Jar Brent
Brent Holmes Arts & Life Editor
Chelsey Gauthier Contributor Luck is clearly something Chad Brownlee, the newest Canadian country star, doesn’t rely on. “I found this quote the other day,” says Brownlee, who is coming to London next week. “It was, ‘Opportunity lies along the road created by the choices we make.’ Instead of waiting for something to come to you, or saying ‘I need a little bit of luck,’ luck is a form of opportunity and you need to go find it.” The former Vancouver Canucks player spent most of his life following his dreams, and becoming a country star is just one more goal the British Columbian is working towards achieving. With two albums already under his belt, Brownlee is well on his way to becoming one of the most recognized names in popular Canadian country music. Winning the Canadian Country Music Association award for the Rising Star in 2011, Brownlee is already forging his path into musical greatness, but he’s not letting it go to his head. “I remember sitting [at the awards] and I had butterflies,” Brownlee confesses. “All of a sudden, my name was called and it was a very surreal moment.” Even with numerous awards and
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nominations, Brownlee still remains humble. “It isn’t about the awards. They’re really like a feather in the cap at the end of the day, but it’s not going to stop me from writing the same song I would write with or without the awards, and being the artist that I know I am.”
I think [performing] is just being who you are, being genuine and not hiding behind any façade. —Chad Brownlee
Brownlee is currently on his first cross-Canada tour with fellow Canadian country singer Dallas Smith. Their instant success wasn’t expected, and Brownlee shares he was pleasantly surprised about the ticket sales, and the buzz. His success might have come as a surprise, but Brownlee’s dedication to his fans proves they have a reason to be enthralled with his music. “I need to constantly be working on new material, and speaking to my fans. I think everything else on top of that will follow. That’s where the expansion is coming from—from the music I’m bringing to people.”
When asked about his greatest asset as a country star, Brownlee didn’t hesitate to discuss the honesty he strives to maintain. “I think it’s just being who you are, being genuine and not hiding behind any façade. We’re just regular people who love to sing songs, entertain and just write. I guess being a down-to-earth, honest person is possibly the best attribute that I try to have.” Brownlee looks to fellow country star Dierks Bentley for guidance when it comes to being modest, and surrounding himself with likeminded people has allowed him to remain true to himself. As Brownlee’s career starts to take off, he has no plans of slowing down in the future. “Another album is definitely the highest priority for me. Constantly writing and getting out new material for people is definitely the focus. I’m more of an impactful writer—I want songs that really grab the listeners’ emotions more than anything.” The Boys of Fall Tour is currently underway, and Londoners can expect to be treated to quite a show on November 8 when Chad Brownlee hits the stage with Dallas Smith at Cowboys Ranch. This young country star might be an up-and-comer, but it’s safe to say that the best is yet to come.
This week, it was announced Disney had purchased the rights to Star Wars, meaning within the next three years there will be a Star Wars: Episode VII. It looks like the force will always be with us, and I’d like to join many others in screaming, “NOOOOOOOOOO!” But to bring balance to the fandom, Disney’s Star Wars could be good—it probably won’t be, but it could be. If the writers of this new Star Wars learn patience, and to let the force flow through them, throw out the current canon and started a new story that is in no way linked to the original or prequel trilogies, there’s hope. It would require imagination, and ideas that challenge the preestablished ideas of the Star Wars series, asking questions about the universe full of Jedi, Wookies, Droids and never answering them with the word, “midichlorians.” It would require the knowledge that emotional lightsaber battles, where the charac-
ters are in a conflict, are better than apathetic, fancy, choreographed ones where the characters don’t really care. Better dialogue would be nice too. That being said, they probably won’t do that. Disney is already presenting this as Star Wars: Episode VII, meaning we’ll likely see cheap cameos and a story that is either retconning the Expanded Universe, or trying to wedge itself through the Death Star trench of the books and video games. In a way, we brought this on ourselves. Star Wars was the series that really legitimized the idea of the sequel, and now we have no deflector shields to protect ourselves against it. Maybe it’s facing the grim reality that, as a society, we’ve taken the quick and easy path, accepting endless sequels and reboots and as a result, they will forever dominate our destinies. But if we’ve learned anything from Darth Vader, it’s that you can return to the light side. If we rise up and toss the lightning-throwing, money-grabbing corporate machine that destroys classics in the name of an empire of sequels into a bottomless chasm, then we may be able to redeem ourselves.
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Opinions From the desk of the managing editor
Warm up with a lovely lip sweater
— English proverb
How to find jobs and write a winning resumé
Cam Parkes Managing Editor
Today is the first day of November, and that means it’s time for a few different things. Firstly, you’ll want to look at your calendar, gasp, and say something like ‘Wow this year is flying by,” or “Oh man, I’m almost half done [your current] year.’ The next thought to enter into your mind will probably be a good one—namely, that all Halloween candy is now on sale. You may feel a bit gorged, depending on your activities last night, but you’ll still want to stock up before all the good stuff is gone. That being said, though, I beg you to hold on to your candy money a moment longer, and hear me out. Most of you know the 11th month of the year as November. Many—if not all—of you may also be aware that it is commonly referred to as ‘Movember’—a month dedicated to raising money to go towards research into men’s health—specifically prostate cancer and, now, men’s mental health initiatives. For those few who don’t know about Movember, it’s simple—anyone interested in participating begins the month clean-shaven, and grows out a moustache for the whole 30 days. No beards or goatees—just moustaches. While these lip-sweaters don’t do much in the way of research themselves, they act as a means to unite people globally in an effort to raise awareness and funds. Movember has their own website, and they make it extremely simple to set up an account or team and gather donations. They even provide preset links to post to Facebook or Twitter—assuming you’ve entered that information, of course. This will be my second year participating in the Movember initiative. It isn’t as easy as it sounds—I hate moustaches. Hate them. They itch like mad, my food gets in them constantly and I look like a creepy old guy when I let one grow out. However, for this cause—one that falls close to my heart, seeing as I’m a man who would like to be healthy—I will endure. The key thing to remember here is that you don’t have to actually grow a moustache to participate. Can’t grow a moustache for whatever reason? Significant other threatens to withhold sex if you commit to the ‘stache? Have an important interview coming up? It’s all good. There’s no rule stating you have to be mustachioed to donate. Donate to a friend growing one, or pick a team and throw a few bucks their way. If you’re a strapped-forcash student and can’t afford to donate, help a Mo Bro or Sista out, and ‘share’ the inevitable posts that will appear on Facebook and Twitter, starting today. So whether you’re growing a moustache, attempting to grow one, wishing you could grow one or just thinking you’ll hibernate until December, remember—a little hair can go a long way.
A man without a moustache is like a cup of tea without sugar.
Ryan Hurlbut Opinions Editor
It’s time to face the truth. We’re at the age where we can’t get by with a half-assed resumé anymore, and definitely have to present ourselves in a way that attracts potential employers—but how can this be accomplished? To write a solid resumé, it’s important to display your proficiency in interpersonal communications by exemplifying a strong grasp of the English language. Don’t be afraid to ask more experienced people for assistance, and feel free to act as a team player and work well with others to edit and evaluate your work. The resumé should highlight your wide array of experience, all of which translates well when applying to the job at hand. It should pinpoint your ability to effectively navigate through your previous work experience for relevant details, and synergize them into a single written work. At this point, you’re in charge of your own destiny, and must network and interact with potential co-workers in order to effectively spread the word about your employable skills. You must set yourself strict deadlines, and take initiative when soliciting potential employers. By effectively communicating your career objectives and long-term strategy, you should be able to leave a strong impression on those around you, and exemplify yourself as some-
one who seamlessly transitions into an integral part of the office environment. You should strive to publicize your willingness to shoot for the stars and compile a set of rewards and honours that further demonstrate your ability to progress and succeed in your own field, while always allowing your true personality to shine through your relevant hobbies and interests. If you are having trouble finding a job, entertain yourself by volunteering for various organizations that build your relevant experiences, and make sure to invest yourself in endeavours that allow you to grow and nurture your skills and personality. If you get an interview, it is imperative you showcase your punctuality and willingness to take on challenges, while lamenting on the fact you constantly work yourself too hard and lack the ability to submit anything short of perfection. Your extensive knowledge of the English language will be apparent when you are able to openly communicate your accomplishments and future goals with your prospective employer. They should be left with an inexplicable attachment to your likeability and ethical ideals. Once hired, you will be able to seamlessly balance your employment with your other commitments and flawlessly integrate yourself as a vital and exceptional cog in the machine that is your company. You will spearhead initiatives that create a new era for the corporation, and set yourself apart as an outstanding individual. You know, minus all the bullshit and padding.
saywhat?! In a cruel display of irony, the filming of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah was delayed when the replica ark was damaged from flooding due to Hurricane Sandy. The massive ark was built to be as realistic as possible, measuring 450 feet long, 75 feet tall and 45 feet wide. However, being waterproof apparently wasn’t an issue during planning.
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Rundown >> The women’s basketball squad’s two-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday morning, as they fell to the University of Victoria Vikes by a score of 82–74 > The Mustang’s football team held steady in the CIS rankings, remaining at eighth following a 56–35 playoff victory against Windsor.
Western wins two silvers at OUA Championships Both men’s and women’s teams finish second in St. Catharines Kaitlyn McGrath Associate Editor Even with poor weather conditions and some bad luck on their side, the Mustangs rowing team still managed to find the silver lining. Both the men and women’s team took home the silver medal at the Ontario University Athletics rowing championships last Saturday. On the men’s side, championship honours went to host team the Brock Badgers with 113 points, while the women’s squad from Queen’s University edged out Western for first place. Coming into the competition, Western had a significant number of injuries, according to head coach Volker Nolte. “We had more injuries this year than I ever experienced in all the 19 years I’ve been here at Western,” he said. One of the biggest blows to the team came only a day before departing for St. Catharines, when one of Western’s leading male rowers, Nick Pratt, had to withdraw. Nolte explained the injury was a complete shock. “We had to replace him, and it is literally impossible to replace him because he is the number one guy by far,” he said. An excellent performance on the men’s side came from Adam Rabalski, who won the heavyweight single event with a time of 3:56.71. Early in the race Rabalski was trailing the Brock boat, but in the last metres he pulled into the lead “I cannot say enough how well Adam handled the situation,” Nolte commended. “It shows how well-prepared Adam was, and how calm and collected he was preparing for his race. He executed a very, very strong race plan.” Nolte explained another pleasant surprise came courtesy of Ian Gauld and Alex Munro, who delivered a gold medal performance in
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ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT. The Mustangs women’s lightweight eight won their event at the OUA championships held in St. Catharines last weekend. The team will now travel to B.C. to compete in the CIS championships.
the heavyweight double event. “We did not expect them to win,” he said. “They were actually ranked third coming into this, and they really stepped it up and were not frazzled by the rough conditions and did their best.” On the women’s side, the boat of Natasha Caminsky, Addie Barr, Jen Martins, Jody Schuurman and Kathleen Morrison finished first in the heavyweight four event, winning their race by four seconds. In the lightweight category, Western won the women’s eight in a tight contest against Brock and Queen’s, while the powerhouse team of Sara Matovic and Sarah Christensen easily won the double event.
“They row the double so beautifully,” Nolte said. “They had no competition. They dominated every race they went into, and it was not a question ever that they would not come out successfully.” The controversy of the day came during the heavyweight women’s eight event. In the last event of the dreary day, the Mustangs took the early lead in the 1000-metre event. Unfortunately, due to a collision between two boats, the referees halted the race and the boats were called back for a restart. The bad luck continued for the Mustangs in the second race, when the start gun went off before the women were set up.
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“I couldn’t believe that the referees would start the race,” Nolte said. “I don’t know why they started the race. I can only imagine everyone was so tired and with the conditions they simply wanted to get it going, but right before the first stroke they took us out.” The women’s team battled from behind the entire race, but could not overtake the Queen’s boat and settled for silver. Even days after the event, Nolte was still frustrated with the result. “Of course we don’t know how the race would have ended, but at least we had a really good position halfway through the first race,” he said. “The race, from my perspective, is not a proper indication of
the performance of the women.” With the OUA championships behind them, Western is now looking forward to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships being held in Burnaby, British Columbia. On the men’s side, teams to beat are Brock and the University of Victoria, and the biggest challenge to the women will be Queen’s and the University of British Columbia. Nolte is hopeful Western will be able to compete for a spot on the podium. “Our goal is try to attack as best we can, and maybe some other crew has a little bit of bad luck this time or we can step it up one more time,” he said.
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Defending champs still best of the bunch The tables have sterned Ryan Stern Sports Editor Let me start off with a story. A super team is formed over the summer with an established star coaxing his fellow stars to join him in the pursuit of a championship. The team starts off slow and never really puts it together until the next season.
If that story sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the story of the 2010– 11 Miami Heat. Expect nothing different from the L.A. Lakers. Don’t get me wrong, this version of the Lakers might be one of the most talented teams ever assembled, but for a multitude of reasons, I think the Heat are bound to repeat as NBA champions. Looking at the Heat, this is clearly the best edition of the team in the Lebron era. With a stated goal of surrounding James with capable shooters to spread the floor, the Heat could not do much better than they currently have. Between Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Shane
Battier, Mike Miller and James Jones, the Heat have a plethora of shooting options to complement basketball’s biggest and brightest star. Along with the shooters surrounding Lebron, the Heat have a significant advantage in bench depth. Other than Lebron James being the most unstoppable force in the NBA, the Heat’s most obvious advantage is in the experience department. Remember how the Heat’s stars had trouble working together in year one? I would expect the Lakers to follow suit, even with more compatible skill sets. Every player in the Lakers start-
ing lineup—with the exception of Metta World Peace—is used to playing with the ball in their hand for a significant amount of time, and with Kobe Bryant in the mix, it will certainly take some time to adjust. With these two thoughts in mind, the issue that could make this conversation nearly moot is health. Dwayne Wade has his share of health issues, but Wade’s issues pale in comparison to those of the Lakers. Dwight Howard’s recovery from back surgery, paired with Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant aging, the Lakers seem like they could fall apart at the drop of a hat. If any of
the Lakers’ starters go down for a significant amount of time, are the Lakers still even favourites to come out of the West? The answer is no. As defending champions, the Heat come into the season with a target on their back, but is that really any different than in the last two years? With a title in their back pocket and the best player in the world representing their team, the Heat should be favourites to repeat as champions. Unlike the Lakers, the Heat know their strengths and weaknesses and this should be enough to vault them to the top of the NBA again.
Lakers have necessary pieces to dethrone Heat The Sin Bin Jason Sinukoff Sports Editor After this year’s off-season, the new team to beat in the NBA is the L.A. Lakers. The Lakers made a couple of blockbuster moves during the summer—trading for Steve Nash and coming out on top in a four team
trade that brought Dwight Howard to ‘la la land.’ I previously predicted the two teams that would appear in the NBA finals this year would be the Lakers and the Miami Heat. As defending NBA champions, the Heat now have the experience to complement their stacked lineup—however, I think that no matter how good the Heat are, the Lakers are better. Don’t get me wrong, the Heat boast a great lineup. Their starting five of Chris Bosh, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier is incredible and they have a deep bench to back it up.
However, they pale in comparison to the new starting five of the Lakers—consisting of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. The starting backcourt of the Heat—namely Chalmers and Wade—is very talented. However, one of the biggest differences between the two dream teams is that the Lakers now have one of the facilitators of the NBA in Steve Nash. The Heat are very successful, but have never had a point guard that can pass the ball and run the pick and roll with the same skill that Nash possesses.
Miami’s frontcourt is also incredibly impressive. With James, Bosh and Battier, they have amazing skill and athleticism. However, what they severely lack is height. They will not be able to defeat a team that can grab more boards and block more shots than they can—especially not when that team can match them in the points category. Luckily for the Lakers, the Heat’s greatest weakness is their greatest strength. Howard and Gasol form the best frontcourt duo in the league and will be able to overpower the Heat in the post. There are two setbacks with the
Lakers this year—they don’t have a very deep bench, and they don’t have the same chemistry that the Heat have. I honestly don’t see these being very big problems for the purple and gold. After all, the Heat have been playing together for two years now, and play like a well-oiled machine. I think that this particular problem will work itself out for the Lakers. They are too good of a team to not make it into the NBA Playoffs, regardless of their chemistry. But I have faith once they play 20 games or so together, they will have the chemistry needed to take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
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