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New home for Nursing, FIMS Pushing up per cent

Building planned for occupation in 2017 of women in politics Hamza Tariq GAZETTE STAFF


THEY’RE GONNA NEED A NEW SIGN. FIMS, currently housed in North Campus Building as well as Nursing will be moving into a new building to be located on the corner of Lambton and Huron Dr. The building is planned to house both faculties by the first half of 2017.

Jesica Hurst ONLINE EDITOR Future Western students planning to enrol in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing or the Faculty of Information and Media Studies may attend the majority of their classes in a brand new facility. Western’s Board of Governors recently approved the construction of a new 130,000 square foot building, which will house both faculties. According to Western News, the building, which Western is hoping to occupy by the first half of 2017, will be located on the southwest corner of Lambton Drive and Huron Drive — the former home of the Services Building. According to Mary-Anne Andrusyszyn, director of the School of Nursing, the new building will allow their existing programs, which have outgrown their current physical space, to continue to grow and prepare future registered nurses, nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses. “We have been bursting at the seams for a few years now. A new building will allow all our faculty members to be housed under one

roof in a state of the art building and cultivate even greater synergies,” Andrusyszyn explained in an email. “A new building will punctuate many years of our commitment and scholarship to the university, the nursing profession […] and communities in the health care system.” Jim Weese, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, agreed that more space will allow the program to continue being progressive and innovative. “The [School of Nursing] needs more space and better space to match the proud tradition of excellence in nursing education, research and leadership evident in this program for over 90 years,” Weese said in an email. “The new building will allow us to expand our simulated education facilities, create classroom buildings that facilitate alternative delivery processes and appeal to current and future students.” Weese also explained the proposed location of the building will locate the School of Nursing closer to its sister schools in the faculty, as well as some nursing colleagues housed in the Arthur and Sonia

Labatt Health Sciences building. While Nick Dyer-Witheford, acting dean of FIMS, was unavailable to speak to The Gazette, he explained to Western News that the “faculty has been waiting several years for a new home adequate to the expanding scope of [its] teaching and research activities.” In addition to looking forward to the new space, Andrusyszyn said she anticipates a solid and positive partnership between the School of Nursing and FIMS. “There are many synergies between Nursing and FIMS. Many of our researchers work collaboratively,” she said. “Each discipline has strengths and we will capitalize on these to make sure that positive energy is palpable in our new building.” While Western has announced that the building will be designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification, there is currently no financial estimate for the project. However, the space is proposed to include computer laboratories, media studies studios, flexible instructional spaced, clinical training laboratories and faculty and staff offices.

Western’s Women in House club offers female students a unique opportunity to get hands on political experience in Ottawa. Every year, 20–30 members of the club are taken to Ottawa where they get the opportunity to shadow and be mentored by a female member of parliament for a day, according to Gregory Rogers, vice-president media and outreach for the club. “This often includes time in the House of Commons during debates, committee meetings and interviews, but has also come to sometimes encompass dinner parties, trips to the MP’s offices, recreational activities and advocacy events,” he said. “It’s a really good experience, we get to see parliament and the Supreme Court and we get to go to ad-hoc and committee meetings,” said Marisa Breeze, a third-year political science student at Western and a member of Women in House. The club is affiliated with Western’s Political Science Association, and was started by Rishita Apsani, president of the club, and her colleagues in 2012, after learning of a similar program being run at McGill University. “The Western Women in House Program is an excellent format in which to engage more young women in Canada’s political process,” said Susan Truppe, MP of the London North Centre constituency. “As the Member of Parliament for London North Centre and Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, I am proud to represent the Western University community

as their Member of Parliament,” she continued. Western students Marisa Breeze and Kirsten Campbell shadowed Truppe for the day and got a chance to visit her offices as well as accompany her in parliament. “We get to have hands on experience working in her office which is amazing. We got to proofread some of her 10 “percenters”, which are sent to 10 per cent of the constituency. It is a great way to network as well,” said Breeze. According to Rogers, all the members get the opportunity to see blocked off areas of parliament hill, via a special visitor’s pass. The club also runs dinner sessions, which gives its members the opportunity to interact with women in politics. There will also be an academic conference starting this year that would promote the discussion of gender issues in a post-colonial lens, he added. “I think this program is great and inspiring for young women into pursuing a career in politics. A lot of people think it’s a man’s game, the majority is men in parliament, and only 25 per cent are women, but the numbers have been growing,” said Breeze. According to her, the number of women in parliament has increased from around 21 per cent in 2008 to 25 per cent presently. “I was exceptionally impressed with both Marisa Breeze and Kirsten Campbell — my Western Women in House shadows for the day — who showed a keen interest in the day to day activities of a Member of Parliament. I congratulate the organizers of this initiative and look forward to it growing,” Truppe said.

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Colonel Chris Hadfield is coming to speak at Western this Thursday. The Science Student’s Council is bringing in the astronaut with help from donations to the student legacy fund. The SSC had plans to bring him in since last year when he was coming back from his space expedition. This speaker follows last year’s highprofile guest, Bill Nye. According to Meghan Bhattia, SSC president, Hadfield’s major accomplishment has been his impact on social media while he was in space. “His mission overall is to spread the knowledge of science in a way that people can understand and relate to their daily lives,” Bhattia said. She said the talk will be interesting for science students, but also for the general public to show them what science students do. “It’s really hard to explain science in an easy-to-understand way,” Bhattia said. “[Hadfield is] making science entertaining and accessible to the general community.” Hadfield will be speaking at Alumni Hall on February 27. Tickets can be purchased at Western connections or online at westernhadfield. ca. Tickets are $20 for students and $30 for non-students. Doors open at 7 p.m. —Megan Devlin

Taxes set to rise London City councillors will meet this week to finalize the 2014 property tax increase. The final approval for the 2014 budget is set for Thursday. The proposed tax increase, which currently sits at 3.6 per cent, will cost the average London homeowner an extra $86 annually. The City of London defines an average home as one appraised at $208,000. While the tax increase is large in comparison to previous years, Paul Hubert, London’s Ward 8 councillor said he suspects that the increase will be trimmed down to around three per cent. “At the end of the day, if you take a three per cent increase plus a 1.2 per cent increase last year, the average over this term of council is 1.05 per cent,” Hubert said. Hubert elaborated that taxpayer dollars are essential to London’s growth and the success of the city in the future. “It’s not just about what we’re spending taxpayers’ dollars on, it’s how we’re investing them.” — Amy O’Kruk

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thegazette • Tuesday, February 25, 2014

City budget talks intensify Federal budget ups Councillors set to debate budget tonight

research funding Olivia Zollino GAZETTE STAFF

Kelly Samuel GAZETTE

Richard Raycraft NEWS EDITOR London city councillors will meet this evening to continue discussing the city’s new budget. The meetings will continue what has already been a long and drawn out process that has been fraught with difficult issues and debates. The gridlock on the budget is largely due to disputes over the city’s police budget. Police chief Brad Duncan and the police services board have requested from council a 4.4 per cent increase over last year’s budget, which amounts to about $3 million. “We still have the police budget to pass,” Ward 12 councillor Harold Usher said. “We need to come up with a resolution for that because I think it’s nine or 10 motions on that and none of them were passed.” The set deadline to finalize the budget is this Thursday, meaning that progress will have to be made at tonight’s meeting to have the budget prepared for the deadline. “I think that this year we are looking at it a lot more critically

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than we have ever looked at it,” Usher said. Council is also hoping to cut around $1.5 million from its budget, leading speculation that this may mean cuts to city staff.

I think that this year we are looking at it a lot more critically than we have ever looked at it. — Harold Usher

Ward 12 Councillor

“I think we’re in a very delicate situation with regards to time,” Usher commented. “There’s going to be some hard debates [today] because we’ve already gone to the staff and said ‘cut a million and a half from your budget’ without even looking at what they have, and I don’t think that’s a good thing to do.” Western’s University Students’ Council has created a budget submission with recommendations

on behalf of students. It includes points on “Transit and Mobility,” “Neighbourhoods & Communities,” and “Building a Prosperous City.” “We entered into the budget discussion late, but as early as our capacity allowed us to,” said Amir Eftekarpour, vice-president external at the USC. “We started doing it once we got our advocacy services officer — next year they’ll start in like November.” “Obviously our ability to influence has been limited, but we wanted to get our foot in the door,” he continued. Eftekarpour expressed his hope that city council would be sensitive to student needs and not cut essential student services, such as transit. “From our understanding as well, there is the potential for there to be a significant cut to capital an infrastructure in the city, to lower the tax rate,” he said. “We are concerned for sledgehammering cuts to the city’s budget.” “We hope that city council passes a budget that recognizes the need to raise some revenues to actually be able to pay for services like these.”

Western’s administration lauded the 2014 federal budget released on February 11, which included a $1.5 billion plan to encourage research initiatives at Canadian universities. “It’s great news,” said John Capone, vice-president of research at Western. “It will be a tremendous advantage and a boost to Western. Our mission to be among the best globally in areas of research and scholarship, as well as add to our ability to attract the best and brightest students and faculty members.” Included in the plan is the establishment of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, created in order to support research conducted at universities. The fund allocates $50 million for the 2015–16 year and will expand to $200 million by 2018–19. The University Students’ Council also expressed support for the new funding for universities. “Its always great to see investment into research — it benefits basic knowledge, the economy,” said Amir Eftekarpour, vice-president external for the USC and Ontario Undergraduate Students’ Alliance president. However, Eftekarpour had some reservations about the decision. “As an undergraduate organization, both at the USC and at OUSA, it is a pretty foundational principle

that teaching must be prioritized as much, if not even more, than research,” Eftekarpour said. Additionally, the plan introduces an aboriginal education strategy to help with the educations and training of First Nations people. “The other big investment, from my point of view, that is also good for Canada and for other universities is their investment in their new aboriginal education strategy,” said Amit Chakma, president of Western. Chakma had a huge part in creating funding for research though his role as chair of U15, a group of 15 Canadian research universities. “The level of investment is significant, $200 million is quite a bit of money, so you’ll have a positive impact no matter what,” Chakma said. “By large, 80 per cent, if not more, of our research dollars are spent towards salary.” This large portion of investment towards salary includes scholarships, research associations, graduate students and summer research opportunities for undergraduate students. The money, however, is not guaranteed — the university must prove their worth first. “It is up to us to build as a university, get our act together, put out best foot together, come up with a very focused plan where we can genuinely compete with importance for economic prosperity,” Chakma said.




thegazette • Tuesday, February 25, 2014


tuesdaytweet There’s a special place in hell for profs who have midterms today.


Concerning chemicals A cinematic sugar spoonful in Subway sandwiches Robert Nanni Jr. GAZETTE STAFF When someone orders a Subway sandwich, they expect bread dressed with some assortment of vegetables, cheeses, meats and sauces — not bread pumped full of chemical agents. Azodicarbonamide is the substance that Subway has been using in their bread. It’s primarily used by rubber and plastic factories to produce shoe soles, yoga mats, rubber caps and other materials of the sort, but when added to food, it serves the purpose of bleaching the flour and enhancing gluten development to increase the dough’s fluffiness. Food blogger Vani Hari has succeeded in petitioning the removal of this compound from North American Subway shops — the only continent in which it is still deemed legal. Gaining over 50,000 electronic signatures, the franchise has complied with slowly but surely removing the chemical from their dough. According to a statement given to the Associated Press earlier this month, Subway has already begun eliminating the chemical from their bread, and it “will be done


soon.” On behalf of Western’s Hospitality Services, nutrition manager Anne Zok notes Western’s commitment to food safety, including the Subway on campus. “[We are] dedicated to providing safe and healthy food to the Western community and with that we expect the same from our campus franchise partners,” she says. “We applaud Vani Hari for lobbying to have this preservative removed from foods, and Subway for working towards phasing it out in North American locations.” Though the risks are simply speculative, and seemingly quite low, they are nevertheless present. Exposure to azodicarbonimide has been linked to asthma development and ingesting the heated form of the chemical may even lead to cancer. There is a certain standard of quality that must be attained for all foods produced and sold on campus. According to Zok, this calibre is to be assured by all food vending locations in the community under very specific guidelines. Though there are no reported cases of any harm arising from the azodicarbonamide usage, the long-term effects are unknown.

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Sarah Botelho GAZETTE STAFF GGGGH Saving Mr. Banks Director: John Lee Hancock Starring: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson Two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson teams up with fellow duo-Academy Award winner, Tom Hanks, in this spirited tale of how a Disney classic came to life. When Walt Disney himself (Hanks) promises his two young daughters their favourite tale, Mary Poppins, will be transported to the big screen, he stops at nothing to make that a reality. However, getting the author to agree to such a request proves to be the exact opposite of flying a kite. Meet P.L. Travers (Thompson), the feisty and opinionated creator of the beloved Nanny whose answer to almost everything is a definite and judgmental “no.” Twenty years and lot of convincing later, Walt finally persuades Travers to come to L.A. to discuss the adaptation. The business venture is anything but easy as Walt Disney proceeds to make change after

change to suit Travers’ desires. With the fear that her most prized character will be mangled and beaten by the mechanics of Hollywood, Disney’s team of experts watch as Travers becomes virtually immovable in her opinions. It isn’t until Disney reaches into his own past that he discovers the truth about what haunts P.L. Travers. Together, the two unchain the memories of Mary Poppins, setting them free and creating one of the most moveable and celebrated films of all time in the process. Director John Lee Hancock (The Rookie, The Blind Side) executes another inspirational drama based on true events with Saving Mr. Banks. But don’t be misled — this isn’t the story of Mary Poppins: It’s the story of the origin of where stories come from, the source of the Sherman brother’s songs “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Let’s Go Fly A Kite”, and the original sketches. Though the film was rather diverse in its setting, sweeping from Australia to England to America, all filming was done in Southern California — some done directly in the Disneyland Park, featuring landmarks we all know and love

from our childhood. Both Hanks and Thompson were true to their characters, with Hanks even going so far as to whittle his moustache into Walt Disney’s exact dimensions. The two work convincingly together, making you feel as if you’ve stepped back into 1960s Disneyland alongside Walt himself. And if that’s not enough to bring you out to watch this film, it’s made its way onto the 2014 Academy Award nominees list. Twelve-time Oscar-nominee and music composer, Thomas Newman, successfully weaves in just the right soundtrack to dance alongside your favourite Mary Poppins’ classics. It’s no surprise that Saving Mr. Banks has brought Newman Academy Award nominee status once again with this cinematic experience, mirroring the character’s emotions with every note. Discover your inner child again with this walk down memory lane, as one of the greatest stories is unfolded from a new perspective. This making of a Disney movie about Walt Disney for Disney turned out to be just what the doctor ordered in the midst of this cold and gloomy winter — a spoonful of sugar.




Diversity at Western Law: A Student Perspective Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Law School Building, Room 36 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM

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thegazette • Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Personal Credits Notice

If you received a Common Experience Payment, you could get $3,000 in Personal Credits for educational programs and services. The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The healing continues. Since 2007, almost 80,000 former students have received a Common Experience Payment (“CEP”) as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. CEP recipients are now eligible to receive non-cash Personal Credits of up to $3,000, for either themselves or certain family members, for educational programs and services. What are Personal Credits? Personal Credits may be used for a wide range of educational programs and services, including those provided by universities, colleges, trade or training schools, Indigenous Institutions of Higher Learning, or which relate to literacy or trades, as well as programs and services related to Aboriginal identities, histories, cultures or languages.

the terms and conditions. Personal Credits of multiple CEP recipients can be combined to support a group learning activity. How can I get Personal Credits? Each CEP recipient will be mailed an Acknowledgement Form. If you do not receive an Acknowledgement Form by the end of January 2014, please call 1-866-343-1858. Completed Acknowledgement Forms should be returned as soon as possible and must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2014.

How do I redeem my Personal Credits? Once approved, you will be sent a personalized Redemption Form for each individual using Personal Credits How much are Personal Credits? CEP recipients have the option of at each educational entity or group. Adequate funds are available for each sharing their Personal Credits with Once the Form is received, provide CEP recipient to receive up to $3,000 certain family members, such as: it to the educational entity or group in Personal Credits, depending on • Spouses • Children listed. The educational entity or group your approved educational expenses. • Grandchildren • Siblings must then complete and mail back the Which educational entities and Redemption Form postmarked no later groups are included? A list of approved educational than December 1, 2014. entities and groups has been jointly developed by Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit What happens to unused Personal Credits? The value of representatives. If an educational entity or group unused Personal Credits will be transferred to the National is not on the list, please consult the website for Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund and Inuvialuit Education Foundation for educational programs. more information. Will I receive a cheque? No. Cheques will be issued For more information, including how Personal Credits can directly to the educational entity or group providing be redeemed by certain family members of CEP recipients that are deceased, visit the service. or call 1-866-343-1858. Who can use Personal Credits? CEP recipients can use the full amount themselves or give part or all of The IRS Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) provides immediate their Personal Credits to certain family members such and culturally appropriate counselling support to former as a spouse, child, grandchild or sibling, as defined in students who are experiencing distress.

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The Gazette asked students what they thought about the representation of sexuality in the Sex Issue.


Health Studies III “I thought it was great, personally. I like to see how there were gay people, lesbians, heterosexuals — I thought it was great.”

Julia Deacon

Criminology III “I thought it was very open. There was a lot of everything. I thought it was good. I think that it was pretty risqué — in all aspects though, not just of certain sexual orientations, I think all of them were equally risqué, I thought that was good.”

— Francis Maude

Gazette too gay to function? Seven Minutes in Kevin

Jacqueline Holmes

It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It’s like disapproving of rain.

I’m writing this anonymously because as a white, cis, heterosexual male I am afraid of retribution from the social justice warriors that seem to be so prevalent and vocal these days. Personally […] I found the amount of homosexual content in this year’s sex issue to be over representative. In terms of visuals there was an equal number of gay to straight imagery in the issue, despite only 16% of students on campus being non-heterosexual. The Gazette should accurately represent proportions on campus, rather than skewing the public’s image of it, regardless of cries of “marginalization” or otherwise. P.S. I’ve already checked my privilege and will continue to do so on the daily. This letter to the editor, sent shortly after the release of our annual Sex Issue, could not under normal circumstances be published because it was sent anonymously. The concerns the letter brings forward, however, are being echoed in certain reddit chats and online forums and as such should be addressed. First, I want to dispute a few of the letter’s smaller claims. For instance,

the statistic of roughly 16 per cent non-heterosexual students is not representative of campus demographics, and instead only reflects those who elected to respond to our survey. The number of students who identify somewhere along the wide spectrum of sexual orientations may be much greater than this amount. Second, the idea that the author of the letter has checked his privilege seems a bit absurd. Admittedly, “privilege” is a word used frequently in discussions around identity politics, and as such is often misunderstood. A simple way that I define privilege is thinking something isn’t a problem because it doesn’t affect you personally. For instance, someone with an umbrella and raincoat may not care about approaching storm clouds while another, less equipped person may panic. “Checking your privilege” involves empathizing with the difficulties and struggles of others and acknowledging your own advantages. So, in this hypothetical case, it is worrying about the storm even though it doesn’t burden you as much. This leads me to the overarching claim that the Sex Issue was “too gay” or overly representative. This is essentially an issue of how one defines equality. Some frame equality in a quantitative, “eye for an eye” way. From this perspective, if there are 10 photos in The Gazette and roughly 16 per cent LGBT participation then only one or two of those images should be queer. That’s fair, right? But equality, at least to me, is about

more than sameness — it’s about embracing difference. The Gazette chose to feature a number of same-sex images to make up for the prevalent lack of representation in mainstream media. Popular culture has taken great strides in incorporating more queer characters in narratives, but these are small victories. The fact remains that LGBT representation remains shallow and limited. Go ahead and count how many kisses a gay couple like Kurt and Blaine have shared on a show like Glee compared to lip-locked heterosexual couples like Rachel and Finn. What about Cam and Mitchell compared to Claire and Phil on Modern Family? If you’re still having trouble understanding these issues, try thinking of the simple and commonly used example of Mario Kart. In this classic racing game, the farther ahead you are in the race the less powerful your power-ups become. Technically the fairest thing to do would be to give every player an equal chance at each power-up, but if a video game can recognize the importance of empowering those left behind, why can’t we? So if the unknown writer of this letter wants to call me a “social justice warrior,” go ahead. I recognize that terms like that and “feminazi” are used to silence the voices of those who speak for the voiceless. When I don my social justice warrior armour, I’ll know that my shield is constructed from something more meaningful than an anonymous identity and my sword sharp with a sense of pride and morality. All in all, I’m ready for battle.

Dear Life

Letter to the Editor

Stephen Luckett

BMOS V “I can totally see how that could be a little bit in your face, maybe a little bit over the point — but maybe that’s the point. Maybe that’s what you’re trying to do, right, putting right to the forefront of everything.”

Steven Wright

FIMS IV “For the most part, I think you guys did a great job. In previous issues, I’ve seen a lot of homosexual representation, which is great to see, but obviously you need that balance, you need to be as representative as possible. One thing I would like to see maybe is more ethnic types in the sex issue, but other than that, I think you guys did a great job representing every type of sexuality, not only in the photographs but the survey as well.”


Volume 107, Issue 73

Julian Uzielli Sick Cameron M. Smith Acting EIC Jason Sinukoff Managing Editor

Contact: University Community Centre Rm. 263 The University of Western Ontario London, ON, CANADA N6A 3K7 Editorial Offices: (519) 661-3580 Advertising Dept.: (519) 661-3579

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NekDonations positive spin To the Editor: Without question, Neknomination’s have taken over social media and have done nothing to help Western’s reputation of a “drunken, party school.” I think many students on WesternU’s turf will say that our motto is working hard and playing hard — but when are we playing too hard? Neknomination’s have challenged this very idea. In response to all of the media attention, I think that the light should be shed on those who deserve it. I was particularly inspired by my brothers of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at Western who took the challenge and spun it to an act of kindness — they called it a #NekDonation. One of my brothers, Jas Sahota, donated blood and challenged a friend of his at The University of British Columbia who then donated clothes to a local

Editorials are decided by a majority of the editorial board and are written by a member of the editorial board but are not necessarily the expressed opinion of each editorial board member. All other opinions are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the USC, The Gazette, its editors or staff. To submit a letter, go to and click on “Contact.” All articles, letters, photographs, graphics, illustrations and cartoons published in The Gazette, both in the newspaper and online versions, are the property of The Gazette. By submitting any such material to The Gazette for publication, you grant to The Gazette a non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty-free, irrevocable license to publish such material in perpetuity in any media, including but not limited to, The Gazette‘s hard copy and online archives.

collections program. Two other brothers, Matt Evered and Zachary Turner, donated to The Canadian Cancer Society and became an Organ Donor to Service Ontario, respectively. I do not believe that those individuals who have taken on the drinking challenge have the intention of causing harm to themselves or others. However, there is something to be said about pushing the limits on something as serious as consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, especially when it has the potential to indirectly cause harm to others. There is also something to be said about individuals who break the norm and stand up for what they believe in. For this reason, I believe that individuals like my Phi Delta Theta brothers deserve recognition for harnessing the power of social media to do something inspiring and I know that others will be prompted to do the same. To those who have carried on the #NekDonation — thank you. And, to the others, what are you waiting for? — Brandon Roy Ivey I

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News Richard Raycraft Megan Devlin Iain Boekhoff Jeremiah Rodriguez Arts & Life Brent Holmes Mary Ann Ciosk Bradley Metlin Sports Daniel Weryha Nusaiba Al-Azem Caitlin Martin Newnham Opinions Kevin Hurren

Your anonymous letters to life Dear Life, I figured out who Brescia Girl is. Did you really think you could hide it, Pat Whelan? Dear Life, Can Neknominations please stop existing? Dear Life, Why isn’t there a map of all the tunnels at Western? Dear Life, Is convergence email supported on any browser? Dear Life, No one knows the difference between FHSSC and HSSC and it sucks.

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factattack Kent State running back Dri Archer ran a 4.26 40-yard dash in a record-tying 18 steps at the NFL combine on Sunday. His time is .02 seconds shy of the record posted by Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans and ties Detroit Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson, for fewest steps.

Rundown >> The Western Mustangs men’s and women’s basketball teams fell to their respective opponents on Saturday. After a hard-fought season, the men’s basketball team was destroyed 49–83 by the McMaster Marauders, while the women were defeated 43–53 by the Laurier Golden Hawks in the OUA West semifinals.

Mac downs ‘Stangs in OUA championship Western captures silver medal in OUA finals Daniel Weryha SPORTS EDITOR In an almost mirror image of last year’s Ontario University Athletics finals, the Western Mustangs men’s volleyball team fell to the McMaster Marauders 3–1 to earn the silver medal. After dropping the first set to the Marauders, the Mustangs bounced back and tied the game up at one apiece with a 25–21 second-set win. Their comeback was short lived as the Marauders answered with two straight dominating sets and held the Mustangs to under 20 points in both. The Marauders saw production from their stars as three players scored 15 or more points against the Mustangs. Tyson Alexander, the Marauders fifth-year middle, led his team with 13 kills, and three blocks on two errors for a total of 16 points. Jayson McCarthy and Danny Demyanenko broke the 15-point mark as well with 17 and 15 points, respectively. “They outplayed us in every facet of the game. They came into the game way better prepared than we did,� Phil James, Mustangs’ middle, said. “We were really, really focused on the semifinals the night before and I think that we were just mentally unprepared to play a team like McMaster.� On the other side of the court, Mustangs’ fourth-year offside power Garret May, posted a team-high 11 kills. May’s performance was rivaled by fellow offside power, Justin Scapinello’s 10 kills and two service aces for a team leading 12points. May and Scapinello were the only two Mustangs to score over 10 points, the next best being Phil James, who finished with eight.

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BUMP IT! The Mustangs men’s volleyball team fell to the McMaster Marauders in the Ontario University Athletics finals, but will live to play another day. With their 3–0 semifinal win over the Waterloo Warriors, the Mustangs qualified for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport National Championships in Calgary where they will take on Trinity Western on Thursday at 8 p.m.

While the Mustangs enjoyed solid performances from a select few, consistency was not in their favour. The Mustangs struggled to hit accurately which allowed their opponents to take a quick and insurmountable lead early in the set. The Mustangs were out-hit in three out of four sets and, because of their many errors, posted a gamelow kill percentage of -3.2. The Marauders, however, maintained a consistent attack. In the first set, the Marauders posted a game-high kill percentage of 63.2, killing 14 times on two errors as they took the set 25–15. Though the Mustangs

struggled against the Marauders, their goal of making it to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships was achieved. With their 3–0 semifinal win over the Waterloo Warriors, the Mustangs earned their right to compete for the National title in Calgary. “It’s tough with the turnover being one day to the provincial championship and qualifying for the Canadian championships by beating Waterloo — we played great,� Jim Sage, Mustangs’ head coach, said. The Mustangs now prepare to face Trinity Western on Thursday for their first game of the tournament.


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