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Fate of new rugby fields now in USC’s turf
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Cam Smith News Editor The turf may not be plastic, but it looks fantastic—on paper anyways. A proposal brought before the University Students’ Council on Wednesday night asked for an endorsement from council to replace the grass on one rugby field and one multi-purpose field with artificial turf. The proposal also includes new lighting and fencing, and if supported by council, could be ready by next fall. University administration has pledged almost two-thirds of the $4.81 million cost, but the remainder could fall on the students. According to Therese Quigley,
director of sports and recreation services, the merits of artificial turf compensate the cost, despite a stigma against it. “It used to be that artificial surfaces were not really the preferred surface of most participants. In the last 10 years, for sure, that has changed significantly,” she explained. “The industry has moved to the point that artificial turf is actually the preferred surface to natural grass in all but professional leagues, where the fields are maintained at that very high professional level.” Quigley noted that because of the high use, it was impractical to continue use of the fields with real grass.
“With utilization so high, the maintenance becomes a serious challenge for people to maintain the sports field,” she said. “It’s true, it doesn’t have divots, it doesn’t have mud, it doesn’t have a lot of the things that natural grass fails on.” Another important benefit is the potential for reduction of injuries. “The old turf product, it was very abrasive. It was hard. We saw more injuries as a result of the original turf of 20 years ago,” Quigley explained. “But the industry has moved so far. [Now, artificial turf] is, in fact, seen as resulting in less injuries [than real grass].” While the merits of the turf are understood by council, more infor-
mation needs to be gathered before council will commit to endorsing an increase in student fees. “By no means are we trying to get in the way of the project, but I think we want to see all the Is dotted and Ts crossed before we sign off and endorse the project,” USC President Adam Fearnall explained. “I think we just need a little more information before we endorse the project.” To gather this, council will convene with university administration to better understand the scope and necessity of the proposed project. “We’re hoping to sit down with the university and hammer out some of the details, and make sure
we have the best contract for the students before we ask them to support a fee through referendum, or look at increasing a fee through the student services committee,” Fearnall explained. While the USC was approached with this project with the hopes their endorsement would prevent a referendum, Fearnall asserted there was no rush. “We’ve been told there’s timelines that might be affected by going to referendum. It takes longer, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing either,” he explained. “We have to get a good understanding of what the timelines are, why it’s necessary to go early, or not.”
USC announces exam time shuttle service Aaron Zaltzman News Editor
Exam time may be brutal, but the University Students’ Council is helping to ease the post-exam hassle of coming home by offering students a shuttle to London International Airport and the VIA rail station this December. The preliminarily titled Break Shuttle will run from December 8 to 16, and will pick up students at various locations both on and off campus. “I think there’s a convenience factor, and a little bit of a cost factor,” USC President Adam Fearnall said. “Everybody knows it’s pretty difficult to get out to the airport. There isn’t great bus ser-
vice to that end of the city.” The USC has been getting more and more into the student shuttling business in recent years. In addition to an exam time shuttle ferrying students studying late on campus across the city, the organization unveiled the Mustang Express last year, which operates in a similar fashion on weekends for students downtown. It was this service that led to the creation of the Break Shuttle, which is funded by excess fees from the Mustang Express. “[The surplus money] has to be used for something within the scope of a shuttle system,” Tony Ayala, vice-president finance for the USC, said. “That’s the scope that we’re going with, and that’s
It may not be the most innovative idea ever, but if it’s something that can make students’ lives a little bit easier, I think it’s great to give it a shot. —Adam Fearnall
University Students’ Council president
what we’ll tell the board of governors at the end of the year. They think it’s amazing, so we don’t foresee any problems.” “It was something that was received favourably by people,” Fearnall said. “It may not be the most innovative idea ever, but if it’s something that can make students’ lives a little bit easier, I think it’s great to give it a shot.” Exam time shuttles like this were a major platform point for Fearnall in the USC elections earlier this year. At the time, it was criticized as only affecting a small amount of students. “I think it may affect more students than we think,” Fearnall said. “I think you always want to try and impact as many people
as possible with whatever project you’re trying to do […], but I think that with some of the things, it’s nice to be able to do something special.” Zoe Campbell, a second-year social science student, said she supports the service, especially since she previously had to take a cab to the VIA station. “I think it’s a worthy proposal for students because while it may not benefit a majority, it certainly is appreciated by those that it does help,” Campbell said. “This is probably just about the best that can be done short of the executive personally escorting individuals [...] home.”
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HOW’D HE GET THAT GIG?! University Students’ Council President Adam Fearnall performed with his band, The Chase, at the Wave Thursday night, opening for Said The Whale.
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Student vandals leave concrete mark Kaitlyn McGrath Associate Editor
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On Friday morning, workers from Total Underground Solutions Company, a contracting business that was hired to repair some panels of sidewalk on campus, were met with a rude awakening. In two separate locations—one near a laneway between Social Science Centre and the University Community Centre, and another near a walkway near Elgin Drive— drying concrete was inscribed with a multitude of initials, messages and crude images. Joseph Amaral, president of the company, who has done work on Western’s campus in the past, was very upset over the destruction of his company’s work and immediately contacted the Gazette to voice his displeasure. “Of all the concrete work I’ve done on that place, I’ve never seen it like I did this time,” he said. “Our employees work very hard in trying to provide a safe walking area and provide a visually appeal-
Gender gap still a concern Herb Richardson Contributor The Council of Canadian Academies recently released a report, entitled Strengthening Canada’s Research Capacity: The Gender Dimension, stating despite the many advances in gender equality, there are still many gender issues present in academia. The minister of industry requested the report in 2010, after noting the absence of female candidates for the Canada Excellence Research Chairs program. “There were candidates who could have been considered better, and it was a clear finding of gender discrimination,” Alison Konrad, professor of organizational behaviour at the Richard Ivey School of Business and co-author of the report, commented. As a result, the report was commissioned to determine what factors existed that affected women’s role in academia. The study showed there were a variety of factors affecting women in academic careers. Although more than 50 per cent of bachelor’s and master’s students are female, as the rank increases, the number of women decreases—only 21.7 per cent of full-time professors are female, even though more women
than ever are becoming professors. The study also showed the number of women in each rank decreased, indicating the possibility of a glass ceiling preventing progress for women after a certain point, particularly in the upper tier of academia.
Social stereotyping and a chilly climate for women can be incredibly damaging to women’s self-esteem and ability to assert themselves as excellent researchers and teachers.” —Helen Fielding
Chair of Western’s women’s studies department
Konrad took note of the worklife balance affecting women, particularly younger women. “Why do all the really intelligent, career-focused women who have a lot of value to add to the economy—why do we have to say to
>> Events Calendar Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Joel Thibert – Local Governance Seminar Series What: Joel Thibert of the Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University discusses the role of provincial and state governments in promoting regional governance in Canada and the United States. When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Where: SSC 4161 Cost: Free Friday, November 30, 2012 Winter Wonderland – Lighting of the Lights What: The City turns on the 75,000 lights illuminating downtown’s Victoria Park during the holiday season. Where: Victoria Park When: 6:15 p.m. Cost: Free
Thursday, December 6, 2012 Ritual of Re-Membering What: On December 6, 1989, a young man, enraged by the number of women in the School of Engineering whom he perceived to be threatening his admittance, entered L’École Polytechnique and massacred 14 female students. The Ritual of Re-Membering seeks the creation of sacred time and sacred space to honour the loss of their young lives, and the lives of all women that have been lost to gender-based violence. The ritual moves through our grief and sadness into hope and power for transformation and change. When: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Brescia University College Auditorium Cost: Free
that group of people that [they’re] not allowed to reproduce?” The report showed women in academia were having children later, if they chose to have children at all. Twenty-six per cent of women in academic professions were single and childless, compared to only 16 per cent of men. Additionally, the report discussed the lack of flexibility in the academic system when it comes to balancing family with a career. “Social stereotyping and a chilly climate for women can be incredibly damaging to women’s selfesteem and ability to assert themselves as excellent researchers and teachers,” Helen Fielding, chair of Western’s women’s studies department, said. There have likewise been many reports of women feeling isolated and alienated in their male-dominated work, feeling less satisfied than their male colleagues in how fairly they were treated, how much support they received from administration and how often they could collaborate with others. Research also showed women were more likely than men to not only leave their current job, but also to leave the field of academia altogether.
ing area,” he continued. “It is hard for us to understand why this would happen at such a highly respected establishment of higher learning.” Franz Ibrahim, an employee for the Total Underground Solutions, explained there were barriers and several workers watched over the drying concrete for some time— however, they couldn’t be expected to guard the locations all night and hoped there would be more respect for the campus. When they arrived the next morning to clear away the barriers and open the sidewalk up for pedestrians, they were met with the damage, and worked quickly to repair it immediately. “We saw it and we’re like, ‘Wow,’ so we had to repair it right away,” Ibrahim said. “You can’t let anybody see that. That’s a blight against [students], especially—it’s [their] university.” Amaral added that had this happened during the warmer months, the concrete would not have been fixed as aptly. However, the cooler temperatures caused the concrete
to not cure completely and workers were able to fill in the damage. The Gazette contacted Roy Langille, associate vice-president of Facilities Management, but this was the first he had heard about the incident. “Without the details, we aren’t prepared to implicate anyone,” he said. “We have a great relationship with the students at Western, and that hasn’t changed.” Although Amaral did admit, at first glance, some people may laugh at the lewd images, there are many people who would not find it so amusing. “Can you imagine the Dean walking through here and seeing that?” Amaral is unsure whether there is video surveillance that could identify those who participated in this act of vandalism. However, he hopes voicing his disapproval will deter these acts from happening in the future. “I’m just hoping, if it gets out there, that next time they’ll think twice of doing something like that.”
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Said The Whale makes splash at the Wave >> Q&A > Said The Whale Before their show at the Wave Thursday night, the Gazette sat down with Said The Whale’s Tyler Bancroft, Spencer Schoening and Nathan Shaw to talk about touring, tweeting and everything in between.
Gazette: On your website, there’s
a page where you say you forgive your fans for downloading your albums illegally. Do you feel it’s important for your fans to know what your stance is on that? Tyler: Yeah. Well, the stance isn’t
Gazette: This is now the second
time in just over a year that you guys have played on Western’s campus, and the third in London. What keeps you coming back? Tyler: The honest answer is we
keep booking tours, and London is a city that is in Ontario that is close to other cities in Ontario. The pandering answer, which is also true, is that now that I think of it, all of our London shows have been great. So there’s a good reason to come back.
‘yeah, go get our shit for free!’ because that’s just the label ripping us off. The stance is, we understand if you’re going to download music, but if you are going to pay for it, know that most of that money goes to us. Gazette: You’ve made videos for
every song on Little Mountain, your new album. That’s pretty unusual, especially with the decline of music videos in general over the past several years. Spencer: I’d say rather than a de-
Gazette: While on tour you’ve
been tweeting your phone number on occasion, and texting fans. How did that all start? Tyler: We just thought it would
be cool to connect with fans of our music via text message, because it’s a fairly intimate form of communication these days. Sometimes when we’re drinking in the hotel room we start drunktexting our fans, and they drunktext us, which is great! Spencer: There’s so much time
between cities where we’re just sitting in a van and it’s actually become a really fun way to pass the time—just chatting with people that we wouldn’t ever have the chance to otherwise.
cline in music videos, it’s more of a change in how they’re digested. So rather than growing up, like I did, watching them on Much Music and actually finding out about music that way, it’s turned into checking out a song on YouTube. Gazette: Any plans in the works
for the next album? Tyler: Definitely. We’ve got some
studio time booked already, and we’ve got two songs recorded already. We’re just going to work as fast as we can, but only release it when it’s good. This interview has been edited for length. For the full transcript, go to westerngazette.ca/arts-life. —Julian Uzielli
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Said The Whale’s show at the Wave Thursday was an intimate affair, but not lacking for energy. After touring the U.S. for a month, the practice showed. The band played a tight set that faithfully reproduced some of their best work, and gave the audience a taste of things to come. Early-birds were doubly treated—not only were the event sponsors giving out free beer, but the crowd got a novel surprise in the first opener, The Chase, whose singer is none other than University Students’ Council President Adam Fearnall. Though the band was musically capable, their set
skewed heavily towards power ballads and the crowd didn’t show much interest. The second openers, To Tell, were a different story. They had considerable stage presence for an opener—at the end of their set they had some audience members jumping with excitement. Said The Whale opened with their clap-along-friendly “This City’s A Mess,” off 2008’s Howe Sounds/Taking Abalonia. After a few medium-energy songs, including a new one showing off the band’s ever-improving multi-part vocal, they launched into “The Light Is You” to enthusiastic cheers. The show was mostly uphill from there. The setlist focused on the stronger songs from their latest album, Little Mountain, but also revisited older hits and previewed some promising new tunes. Said The Whale was either having a great time or just acting really well. They struck a good balance
between banter and songs, seeming to actually enjoy themselves— it’s subtle, but that type of thing goes a long way towards a good performance. On the band’s recordings, vocal duties are typically shared by cofrontmen Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester, but on Thursday, the balance tipped towards Worcester. He sang admirably, giving especially energetic, engaging performances on vocal-heavy songs like “The Reason.” Bancroft did take the lead on a few songs, though he flubbed the introduction to the ukulele singalong “Goodnight Moon.” He made the most of it though. Despite a few hiccups, Said The Whale gave students their money’s worth. The audience wasn’t huge— perhaps a result of the USC restricting attendance to Western students—but they danced and sang and cheered all the same. Maybe it was all that free beer.
Jerome a little less than spectacular Bradley Metlin Gazette Staff GGFFF Jerome: The Historical Spectacle You would expect that a show with “spectacle” in the title would be innovative and exciting, but unfortunately Theatre Western’s production of Jerome: The Historical Spectacle at The Grand Theatre this past weekend didn’t quite live up to its spectacular name. The play takes place in mid19th century Nova Scotia, following a man who is mute and missing both his legs after washing up on shore. A woman, Isobel, and her daughter, Madeline, quickly take in this mysterious man. Once discovered at their house, his presence sends the locals into a bit of a frenzy. What didn’t send audiences into a frenzy is the play’s writing, which is rather weak. The story is surprisingly simple—not much really happens and when it does, details are skipped over quickly. Despite a seemingly interesting premise, the show fails to excite. There were a number of confusing elements of
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the story, like a sideshow element where characters appear in alterego form. This part of the play, however, made the show more incoherent than dynamic. One is left to wonder why this play by Ami McKay was chosen in the first place. Director Alene Degian did a good job of ensuring each character knew their motivation. Every time a line was delivered, it was
clear the actors knew why they were saying their line of dialogue. Though the actors were on point, one of the show’s glaring problems was the way in which scene changes were handled. The stage was dead for long periods of time in between scenes, and as if these empty moments weren’t awkward enough, there was an occasion where stagehands walked on stage to move furniture while
the scene was still happening. Another artistic decision that contributed to the show’s confusing appearance was the double casting of almost every actor in the show. At times, it was confusing as to which characters were which. Costumes and make-up from the previous character remained through such character transitions, which was yet another source of audience uncertainty.
One of the only positive aspects of Jerome: The Historical Spectacle was Jonas Trottier’s performance in the title role. Playing a mute character with no legs should be challenging enough, but Trottier excelled. Through pained grunts and gestures, the audience always knew exactly how Jerome was feeling—one of the few certainties of the show. The other members of the cast weren’t as outstanding, but there were a few key players who delivered intriguing multi-layered performances. Waylon Skinner portrayed Henry, a man burdened by marriage yet trying to please his wife, with extreme accuracy. Though occasionally annoying, Blake Johnston’s slate of multiple characters delivered a burst of energy in a number of scenes. Jerome: The Historical Spectacle may not have been the best pick for Theatre Western—from its inception, the cast and crew were staging a show that was already working against them. A lack of detail and confusing directing makes an already disjointed show worse. It seems that Jerome isn’t much of a spectacle at all.
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Brent Holmes Arts & Life Editor GGGGG Stories We Tell Director: Sarah Polley Starring: Michael Polley, Rebecca Jenkins, Harry Gulkin Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell is a film that will be talked about for generations. In her new film, the Canadian actor-turned-director challenges many of the fundamental aspects of documentary filmmaking in an intensely personal and engaging story. Stories We Tell is unlike other documentaries because it is really about Polley’s mother, Diane, and her relationship to her father, Michael. The entire film is comprised of interviews with people who knew Polley’s mother, including her family and friends and co-workers in the family. The film takes a dramatic turn when rumours of an affair threaten to alter everyone’s understanding of what the family means. Like any film with a good twist, the less that’s known about the film, the better. Unlike other documentaries, the artifice of the camera is explicit here. The film starts with Polley introducing her dad, brothers and sisters into her project, and, like a “making of” video, features cameras looking at cameras, boom mics, recording equipment and Polley herself interacting with the interviewees and crew. The entire setup calls into question whether we can really trust the stories being told, and it is this idea that makes the film such a compelling view. There are a lot of similarities between this film and Polley’s other works. Like her directorial debut, Away From Her, the film deals explicitly with memory. In this film’s case, how one’s own past
is remembered, and how the attempts to find a cathartic kind of healing are achieved. There are moments in this film when people suggest an unresolved tension. The film exploits this well, calling into question everything that is seen and heard. The film also shares similarities with the subjective tone of Atom Egoyan’s masterpiece, The Sweet Hereafter. The story unwinds with different people unveiling different aspects of Diane Polley’s life in a compelling way. Polley slyly conceals her own relationship to the people in the film, and as the film progresses, the viewer discovers different elements of her relationships to these people that create a puzzle-like nature to the film and undermine the understanding of who is telling the story. However, perhaps one of the best and most powerful statements the film makes is how comparable people’s lives are to the stories they surround themselves with—a play that Michael and Diane Polley perform in provides a great comparison to their real life situation. Sarah Polley also cheekily reflects her father’s honeymoon videotapes—while her father starts with a shot of people and pans away to scenery, Polley’s camera often starts with shots of everyday objects and pans across telephone wires, rooms or photographs to people. Stories We Tell is a tremendous accomplishment, a frontrunner for the 2014 Oscar for Best Documentary—it is being held back from release in the U.S. this year to give it a better shot at winning. It’s a film that will likely be talked about in film studies classes until there are no more stories to be told. Stories We Tell is currently playing at Hyland Cinema.
In March, indie-folk band Good Old War released their third album, Come Back as Rain, in hopes it would be more “sing-along-able” for their fans. Composed of three members, Keith Goodwin, Tim Arnold and Daniel Schwartz, the Philadelphia-based band came together after Goodwin and Arnold left their previous group, Days Away. “[I first met] the guys through mutual friends, and pretty soon after I met them, I was playing with their band, and they were playing with my band. We just had an immediate connection,” Schwartz, the band’s lead vocalist, recalls. This connection developed into forming a successful new band that has since been on tour for the past year, gaining fans along the way. Constantly compared to Mumford & Sons, Schwartz notes fans might recognize the “similar upbeat acoustic music,” but the harmonies vary greatly in their ballads and instrumentation. However, creating the new album proved to be difficult, as
Schwartz recalls the challenge of cutting songs, especially ones he believed would fit perfectly on the record. “It’s a hard process. We just wanted it to be exactly perfect. We always have a lot of extra songs for the recording, [but] once you start playing them, there are ones that feel the most ready, and it just happens kind of naturally,” he says. It seems the best way is to allow things to happen naturally, because that is exactly how the band, and eventually their records, were formed. Their newest album, Come Back as Rain, proves this theory, since it was made without any direction or help from their current record label. “We were out of our deal, but then went back to them with this record, and it was after the record was done [that] we went with them,” Schwartz explains. “So that was the cool thing. We actually made the record ourselves and then gave it to Sargent House—they loved it immediately.” It is always a risk for an upcoming band to independently record their own album, but their work
paid off. “It’s our most focused,” Schwartz says. “It was our chance to make something exactly the way we wanted it to be. It wasn’t rushed, we had time to make it, time to make it more collaborative.” Schwartz hopes they will have the chance to collaborate with one of their heroes, Graham Nash, on their next album. For now though, their songs, such as “Amazing Eyes” and “Can’t Go Home,” solely rely on their personal experiences. “We were going through certain things at that time that definitely inspired some of those songs,” Schwartz explains. One thing is for certain—these three guys definitely know how to write catchy songs specific to their genre of music. Their harmonies blend together perfectly, and their lyrics are relatable to all age groups. Schwartz wants to tackle bigger venues with more fans for the future, and it seems they are well on the way to achieving this goal. Good Old War is playing at the London Music Hall tonight, where they will open for Xavier Rudd. Doors open at 8 p.m.
thegazette • Thursday, November 27, 2012
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To the Editor: Re: Protesters disrupt Israel on Campus event, November 23, 2012 I would like to thank you for writing a somewhat balanced article by including sources from both sides. However, some important points were left out of the article—those crucial to understanding the situation. And being clearly present in the photo published with the article, I felt the need to speak out. As an active USC member, I choose my public political stances carefully and did not appreciate that the title of the article seemed as though the disruption at the IOC event was directly related to the vigil. The vigil (not a protest) echoed a humanitarian and spiritual side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is why I, along with many others not only from SPHR, attended. The names read aloud at the vigil also included those who died on the Israeli side. Most importantly, it was not mentioned that the vigil ran before the IOC event started, and not only afterwards. Your article made it seem as if the event was planned in accordance with the disruption inside. Lastly, fair reporting would be to ask how attendees of the vigil felt too, as you mentioned the IOC members were “intimidated.” The attendees of the vigil were harassed—some were yelled at, some were spit on. This was extremely disrespectful to the people who died— regardless of their race—and it was a disruption similar, if not worse), to the one that happened inside. —Tasneem Bedeir Engineering II
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Metric concert To the Editor: Re: Metric fully alive despite lackluster crowd, November 22, 2012 I was very happy to be in attendance of the Metric concert Monday night. I found it quite funny that the review lamented the fact that there was very little audience interaction. I always find that this is a strength of any concert. I pay my money to go enjoy the music of an artist I enjoy and to put it bluntly, I tend to adopt an attitude of “Shut up and play some music.” I don’t mean to belittle bands that choose to speak to the audience, but there is a reason why my MP3 player is full of songs and not documentaries on musicians. —Spencer A. Sandor MPA
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London mayor Joe Fontana has a new rival for the title of Most Disgraced Canadian Mayor 2012. Yesterday, a judge found Toronto mayor Rob Ford guilty of a conflict of interest, subsequently ordering he be removed from office in 14-days time. Though holding less clout, London councillors passed a motion yesterday afternoon asking Fontana to take a leave of absence during courtroom proceedings for an alleged misuse of government funds concerning his son’s 2005 wedding. Fortunately for Fontana, the motion isn’t binding and Fontana can carry on like nothing ever happened, if he so wishes. In Ford’s case, the circumstances involving his removal from office have been described as “willful blindness” on his part, as opposed to Fontana’s intentional fraud, if found guilty. Ford, who can often be described as ‘bumbling’ at best, has had his fair share of bad press over the years. In that regard, it’s not exactly surprising his execution from office would be anything other than grossly spectacular. Fontana, on the other hand, seemed to be held in higher esteem by his citizens, making his betrayal of Londoners all the worse. Despite an ongoing feud between Occupy London and the mayor, overall, it seemed Fontana was a step-up from former mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best, who found herself in hot water after her husband’s drunken runin with the law. Indeed, by comparison, Ford’s stubborn naiveté regarding provincial law— the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, in this case—barely stacks up to Fontana’s illegal activity at the expense of taxpayers. And while Ford may be a “fighter” who intends to appeal the ruling, for some reason, this rabid refusal to accept responsibility is almost more endearing than Fontana’s weak assertion of his innocence, with no supporting evidence. Even if Fontana does turn out to be completely innocent of all charges against him—and that’s a big if—his determination to remain as mayor, despite his own councillors begging him to step down, displays a whole new level of selfishness not yet evident from Ford.
Apparently it’s a bad time to be a mayor in Ontario. The timing is downright eerie—with races heating up for leadership of the federal and provincial Liberals, within a week of each other Joe Fontana was criminally charged and Rob Ford was ousted for failing to disclose a conflict of interest. Both mayors have acted staggeringly arrogant in the face of criticism. Fontana’s alleged misdeeds may be more severe than Ford’s, but when it comes to comparing the two muddling magistrates, the title of worst mayor can be given to only one. Joe Fontana is accused of misspending thousands of tax dollars on personal expenses, and knowingly misleading the public. Severe as these allegations may be, up until now, Fontana led a largely reasonable administration. Yes, his tax freeze may be unsustainable, but that’s about the worst thing anyone had to say about him before now. For the past two years, London has had a relatively unremarkable mayor. Toronto is a different story. With each passing day since Ford’s election, self-respecting Torontonians everywhere have been cowering in an everdeepening abyss of shame as their mayor gained a national reputation for being a general humiliation to his city. Whether it was repeatedly snubbing the Pride parade, assaulting reporters, misusing public transit, flipping off constituents, reading while driving, ditching his mayoral duties to coach football or any of his other innumerable gaffes and missteps, Ford has spent the past two years making a consistent mockery of himself. Say what you will about Fontana as a politician—at least before this month, his only source of unpopularity was policy-related. But Toronto will not remember Ford for stopping the gravy train, or his violation of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. No, Ford will be remembered primarily for his seeming inability to go a full month without committing another cringe-inducing blunder. The charges facing Fontana are serious, but if he’s found guilty he’ll just be one more corrupt politician brought down by scandal. The ruling against Ford, on the other hand, is just the rotten cherry on top of a sloppy sundae of shame.
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Rundown >> The Mustangs men’s basketball team picked up their first win of the season against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues > The decisive 81–72 home victory boosted the Mustangs’ record to 1–4 with four Mustangs contributing double digit points > Greg Morrow scored a Mustangs-high 21 points for Western.
Mustangs keep streak alive in dramatic fashion Steve Reese wins it for Western in shootout thriller Nathan Robbins-Kanter Gazette Staff It took overtime and a shootout, but in the end, the Mustangs men’s hockey team put away the Waterloo Warriors Friday night at Thompson Arena to extend their winning streak to nine games. The Mustangs’ last loss came roughly a month ago, on October 26, against the Lakehead Thunderwolves by a score of 3–2. Since that game, the Mustangs have been steadily climbing the standings in the tough Ontario University Athletics West division to a point where they now sit in first place with an 11–3–0 record. “It feels good,” Pat Powers, Mustangs interim head coach, said. “But being in first place doesn’t really matter until 28 games are done, and until you’re the last team standing. We’re very happy with where we are right now, but hopefully we don’t take it for granted.” Friday night was the perfect showcase to promote how exciting this level of hockey can be, given the flurry of goals, scoring chances and lead changes. Better yet, the teams played in front of a packed house, as the game marked Western’s annual Movember game. A flurry of on- and off-ice promotions meant an energetic crowd, and the final score of 6–5—decided in a shootout—certainly didn’t disappoint any of the home crowd. In the first period, Warriors defenseman Steve Whitely’s wrister fooled goaltender Josh Unice, but less than five minutes later, Mustangs forward Adam McKee used a power move to tie the game up. Brett Mackie of the Warriors then regained the lead for his team, but Matt Clarke would tie the game again on a Western man advantage. Nifty Waterloo winger Justin Larsen would put one in to give his team a 3–2 lead early in the second, but Steve Reese and Kyle DeCoste
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FOOLED YOU! Mustangs centre Steve Reese scoring the winning goal for the Mustangs in a shootout. The Mustangs beat the Waterloo Warriors 6–5 in this shootout thriller. The win marks the ninth win in a row for the purple and white and they will look to make it 10 when they take on the York Lions on November 29.
of the Mustangs would each respond by firing laser shots to give the Mustangs a 4–3 lead, before captain Jason Furlong’s goal just 16 seconds into the third extended Western’s lead to two. But Waterloo wasn’t done, as Larsen showcased more of his creativity when he pulled a number of moves before potting a goal fivehole past Unice to cut the lead to one. With just 1:33 left in the third, Kurt Hill, captain of the Warriors, would bat in a rebound to tie the game at five. Overtime would solve nothing, and the game headed to a shootout. The shootout was just as exciting as regulation time, as the Mustangs fell behind 1–0 thanks
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to a goal from Brett Mackie. Mustang defenseman David Corrente responded calmly by wiring a wrist shot to the top corner to tie the shootout 1–1. After Unice stopped Waterloo’s Colin Behenna, Reese put the game away on a shot through the five-hole of goaltender Keaton Hartigan. Though the excitement was a positive for the fans, the flurry of goals didn’t impress either coach in the least bit. “The game was a little bit more wide open, both ways, in terms of scoring opportunities,” Brian Bourque, Warriors head coach, said. “So I would have liked us to be a bit tighter defensively, but I thought the guys kept a pretty good focus and battled hard tonight.”
“Yes, it’s unfortunate to give up five goals in a game,” Powers said. “It’s also unfortunate to give away a point to direct competition like Waterloo. You want to separate yourself from teams as much as possible, and when you give teams points, it makes it more difficult to do.” However, Western got the win despite giving up more goals than desired. “Obviously, we would have rather won earlier,” Zach Harnden, Mustangs forward, said. “But the bottom line is we won, and that’s all that matters now.” The Mustangs travel to York University on Thursday to take on the Lions in hopes of improving their season-long win streak.
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Mustangs grab Rams by the horns in 63–55 win Vaughan scores 21 to give Western second win in as many days Richard Raycraft Sports Editor The Mustangs women’s basketball team made it two wins in a row Saturday evening at Alumni Hall, defeating the Ryerson Rams by a score of 63–55. The victory puts the Mustangs in third place in the Ontario University Athletics West division with a record of 4–2, behind only the undefeated Brock Badgers and Windsor Lancers. “I think you’ve got to give credit to Ryerson. They’re a good team,” Brian Cheng, Mustangs head coach, said. “I told [the Mustangs] that teams that have lost to [Ryerson] are teams that disrespect them and don’t honour what they have and what they can do.” The loss puts the Rams at 2–4 on the season, dropping them to sixth place in the East division. The contest was a back-andforth affair in which both teams had lengthy hot and cold streaks. The Rams failed to sink a single basket for the majority of the second quarter, but came raging back after the half and came within one point of tying the game up. “We’re disappointed that we didn’t come away with the win,” Rams head coach Carly Clarke said. “I felt like we dominated a lot of the statistical categories, but we struggled to make shots today.” “I thought when we decided to attack and not let their press dictate what we were going to do we started to find a lot of success,” Jenny Vaughn, Mustangs guard,
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said. “When we’re getting stops and not trading back-and-forth, we can really start to expand the lead and we definitely did that in the second today.” Vaughn led the way for the Mustangs with 21 points. She was followed by Annabel Hancock, who had 16, including four
three-pointers. “I thought I attacked the rim well in the first half,” Vaughn commented on her own performance. “I didn’t shoot as well from the three tonight, but that’s how it goes.” The Mustangs found themselves down by seven points early
in the game, but stormed back and managed a 16–11 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second stanza looked like it would be all Mustangs, as the Rams failed to score a single basket until 11 minutes into the quarter. The Mustangs were up 24–11 at one point, until turnovers allowed
the Rams to sink four baskets in a row. The Mustangs called a pair of timeouts in an attempt to regroup, but the Rams would be able to narrow the deficit to six at the half, down 30–24. The pressure would not let up in the third, as the Rams’ Dayana Gechkova would put up nine points, some of which came off costly turnovers from the Mustangs. The Rams’ Cassandra Nofuente would sink a three, which was followed up with a Mustangs foul. The Rams capitalized, sinking both free throw shots to come within one. It was the closest the Rams would come to taking the lead, however, as the Mustangs would once again take control on an offensive charge led by veteran forward Melissa Rondinelli. The third quarter ended with the score at 48–43 Mustangs. It was the only quarter in which the Rams outscored Western. “We were too careless with the ball. We were too casual,” Cheng commented. “We have to get better at that and get more disciplined with that.” The Rams would keep the game competitive in the fourth, but effective defensive rebounding from the Mustangs would prevent them from tying up the game. Western would outscore the Rams 15–12 in the fourth, securing them a 63–55 victory. Next up for the Mustangs will be the Queen’s Gaels on Saturday, December 1. It will be the ‘Stangs’ last game of the 2012 year.
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