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Western’s website gets a makeover After a year of work, university unveils redesign Jesica Hurst News Editor Western’s website just got a makeover. The redesign, which can be found at, was released last Thursday after a yearlong process that involved surveys, studies and consultations. “At the beginning of the project, we looked at our Google Analytics statistics to help us learn where our traffic was coming from, and what pages [people] were visiting the most,” Terry Rice, director of marketing and creative services in Western’s communication and public affairs department, explained. “We also did an online survey that was available to students, faculty, staff and alumni— this helped us learn what our primary audience wanted from a redesigned website.” Judy Steward, team leader of the Customer Support Centre and ITS, explained the website redesign is now only available in Western’s content management system—Hannon Hill’s Cascade Server—instead of downloaded Dreamweaver files that could be customized by individual site members. “[Past] design elements could

be changed in ways that might not fit with the specific branding or design that communications had developed,” Steward said. “Having a standard CMS does not mean that the design can’t or won’t change over time—it simply means that a site maintainer does not just make those changes themselves as they might have in the past.” According to Rice, the redesign was done completely in house, meaning no funds were spent outside the university. “The only cost we had on this was staff time. Communications has two full-time staff members focused on web design and development,” Rice explained. “Beyond this, the university invested in six students who worked full-time hours over the summer to help with the design.” Mohsin Khandwala, a firstyear HBA student at the Richard Ivey School of Business, thinks it would have been better for Western to launch the redesign with the rebranding announcement in January. “Students were really into the whole rebranding decision, so launching it then would have been an easy way to alert more of the public about the website, and its various uses,” Khandwala said. “It

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would have the potential to attract a lot more traffic in the long term.” However, he believes having a consistent and informative website will add legitimacy and professionalism to the Western brand. “These days, most brands have a heavy online presence, and a

brand’s website is the first step to achieving a successful and noticeable online presence,” Khandwala said. “A modern, easy-to-navigate website will tell prospective students that Western is ‘in with the times.’” Rice hopes students will provide

feedback through a feedback tab on the right side of the homepage. “The beauty of websites is that they’re fluid, especially in the first few weeks after launch. We need to listen to what our visitors are telling us, and adjust the design if it’s not fully serving their needs.”

Homecoming a headache for police Cam Smith News Editor While homecoming may have been fun for Western students, Western’s Campus Community Police Service had to deal with a spike in unique and potentially dangerous situations this weekend. “[Drinking] may be an integral part of homecoming and that sort of thing, but it can also get out of hand,” Elgin Austen, director of campus police, said. “You’re looking at a very dangerous thing. You’re also looking at trash and litter all over the place.” While cops across London were fairly lenient with public drinking and open alcohol on Sunday, campus police were wary of the overindulgence on premises. “We did notice there was a lot of alcohol in the parking lots, for tailgate parties,” Austen explained. “This is something we’re going to have to do something about in the

future.” According to Austen, while the situation was relatively well contained, there will be an effort to further reign in the indulgence in future years. “There’s always room for improvement, but as for containment, it’s not just up to campus police, it’s up to all individuals participating,” he said. “In another year we’re going to have to look at it in a proactive way—to reduce those types of activities, like tailgate parties.” “You can have a good time without being excessive,” Austen concluded. For many students, homecoming was a booze-fueled bash, laden with team spirit. “[It was my ] last homecoming before I graduate, I definitely had to end it off with a bang,” Kevin Bang, a fourth-year BMOS student, explained. “[There was] so much school spirit being displayed, and even non-students were getting in

on the spirit. For once, every time I walked by someone they didn’t seem miserable from all the exams and midterms they were studying for.” Yet, for those looking to cut loose, police involvement appeared as a nuisance. Bang’s bang was cut short by police closing down the keg party he was attending, well before the kegs were dry. “The cops forced them to empty out all the remaining kegs so there was none left,” Bang said. “Just a huge ‘come on man.’ One day for us to party before midterms and exams, and [they] can’t even let it slide.” In the wake of the Fleming Drive riots, police involvement appeared swift and overly harsh to some students. “I know they are doing their job and everything, but I guess Fanshawe set the precedent, and they don’t want us burning cars and stuff,” Bang concluded.


WHERE’S WALDO? Hundreds of students gather on Broughdale to celebrate Western’s homecoming the old-fashioned way—with alcohol.


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such as Styrofoam and frying pans, for curbside pick up. “People are making these honest mistakes because they haven’t read the proper material, and as a result put in things that don’t belong,” Wesley Abbot, division manager of solid waste engineering for the City of London, said. Another factor is people who simply refuse to take the time to properly sort material and throw it in one big box. “Sometimes people will take a gable, which is a milk jug or a drinking box, and will put it in with the drinking fibers, thinking it’s paper when really it should be with the containers,” Abbot said. The city’s contract with Miller Waste Systems allows them to charge additional processing fees when the percentage of unsorted recyclables combined with nonrecyclables delivered to the recycling center exceeds three per cent, by weight. According to the Civic Works Committee Agenda, this costs the city an estimated $250,000 annually. In response to such a waste of the financial resources, city hall is aiming to propose an awareness and compliance program—the Curbside Blue Box program—that will help reduce the negative impact for all tax-paying citizens. If approved, this program will likely be in full effect by 2013, and will run in three phases. The campaign aims to understand why Londoners are not recycling correctly, and teach citizens its financial value. “It’s a mix of people who haven’t read the material, honest mistakes and people who are too busy and think, ‘I’ll leave that to somebody else to do,’” Abbot stated. —Tyler Fyfe

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Council calls for student submissions Pol Kallamata Gazette Staff A new policy ratified by the University Students’ Council calls on Western students concerned about their campus experience to lend their voices. Through Purple Papers, Western students can create and propose their own policy changes to the USC. The initiative is essentially designed to give regular Western students a larger voice in the university’s dealings, and asks students to research and develop their own proposal papers on how to improve the way the school operates. Alysha Li, vice-president university affairs for the USC, first put forward the proposal for Purple Papers when she ran for student council last year. Since then, council has approved the initiative and laid out guidelines for students interested in contributing their Purple Papers. “So far our feedback has been great. We are currently in the process of [reviewing] seven Purple Papers on a wide range of issues, from support for exchange students, to mental health and teaching quality,” Li said. “The next step would definitely be to develop a website where students can submit their own ideas for the Purple Papers.” As of right now, students eager to voice their concerns and begin work on a Purple Paper of their own can contact Li directly via email. “I feel that this initiative will give students a larger voice in our deal-

ings with Western administration. Once council ratifies a Purple Paper, we will be able to take it with us in or meetings and cite it as proof of what Western students are concerned about,” Li said. Brent Duncan, speaker of council and chair of the Committee of Council Operations and Agenda that proposed the motion, further emphasized the lobbying power the Purple Papers would provide council when dealing with university

I feel that this initiative will give students a larger voice in our dealings with Western administration. —Alysha Li

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administration. “Let’s say one of the issues was teaching quality, and Alysha [Li] was in a meeting with administration talking about teaching quality,” Duncan said. “What she could do is cite the Purple Papers, which are backed by council, […] and make direct demands on behalf of students.” Duncan said while some issues might take more precedence than others, “there is no reason why any student should not submit their concerns to the council, and all Purple Papers will be taken seriously.”

Student foils bike theft Kaitlyn McGrath Associate Editor Megan Cobb knows how to catch a thief—or in this case, two. On September 26, two men were arrested after the first-year student, who also happened to be celebrating her 18th birthday, reported seeing two males stealing a bike outside Essex Hall. Cobb was en route to her car when she spotted two suspicious characters, who she described as being at least in their fifties. After taking a second look, Cobb realized something was awry. “That’s when I saw one male holding the bike, and the other bending down cutting the lock with large black bolt cutters. I was the only person in the Essex parking lot at the time, and they quickly looked up and noticed I had caught on to what they were doing.” The two men did indeed catch on because as soon as Cobb turned back toward the residence to inform the front desk to call campus police, the two men fled with the bicycle. “They finished cutting the lock, and the one male who was doing the cutting shoved the bolt cutters into his green backpack and started walking very quickly across the parking lot,” Cobb explained. “The other male jumped on the stolen bike.” Campus police received the phone call immediately, and informed London Police. Elgin Austen, director of Western’s Campus Community Police Service, com-

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mended Cobb for her excellent descriptions. “She had it down to every detail,” he said. “The colour of their hair and how long it was, how tall and how heavy they were, and what the bike looked like, the backpack—everything was right there.” With Cobb’s accurate description, London Police were able to obtain the suspects—along with the stolen bike—on Western Road, near Platts Lane. Both suspects will be charged with theft and will be banned from campus. “If they return to Western, any part of university property, they will be arrested just for trespassing,” Austen said. Recently, Western’s campus has been the target for a number of

bike thefts, although after Cobb’s actions, Austen is hopeful that pattern will stop. “If we’re looking at say an average of $700 to $1,000 per bike, and if we have five bikes per day, you’re looking at $3,000 or more. She saved a lot of trauma for other students for taking the actions she did.” As for Cobb, she doesn’t see herself as a hero. “I would consider what I did my duty as a person to report what I saw. I’ve made a lot of new friends at Essex and that bike could have belonged to any single one of them—the last thing a student needs right now is to get their bike stolen,” she said.


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tuesdaytweet I thought I was getting bored, but then I remembered I have this thing called life…and to think I was just sitting here all this time.

—Shane Koyczan, Canadian poet.

Swan Lake dancers flock to London Kevin Hurren Arts & Life Editor Last year, Natalie Portman showcased the darker elements of the classic ballet Swan Lake in her awardwinning film Black Swan. Cristina Graziano, a dancer who is part of the company coming to London to put on Swan Lake at The Grand Theatre, asserts Swan Lake can have a lighter side too. “There’s some humor in it,” she says. “There’s a lot more dancing, and a lot more joy with it, so it’s not just tragic and heart rendering. It’s more lighthearted that way.” The company, Ballet Jörgen Canada, is celebrating its 25th anniversary season with this new production, and as such the preparations have been hectic. “The whole company only came back at the end of August, so it’s been very busy,” Graziano explains. She goes on to say this is the second ballet she’s created with the company. “In my first season we created Nutcracker, so I’ve already seen the process. [With Swan Lake] they’re creating the steps as they come so you see where it’s coming from and the birth of it.” Graziano, who began her dance career at the young age of three, is no stranger to rushed schedules and relocating. Dancing across North

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America, Scotland and Russia, Graziano quickly got used to the frantic world of ballet dancing. “I went to Russia when I was 14 years old—my ballet teacher took me. Being away from my mom was hard, but at the same time it was wonderful to see all these things,” she recalls. “[Travelling is] like a bug—it hits you

and then it’s all you want to do.” Now, Graziano and the rest of the Ballet Jörgen set their sights on London with a slightly adapted version of Swan Lake in hand. “The story is close to the original. It’s Siegfried, and on his first day going hunting he meets a swan and falls in love with her, but [the audi-

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ence] can expect a Canadian edge. It’s set at the Fortress of Louisburg in Nova Scotia to tie in with a Canadian theme that the company always tries to have,” says Graziano, who also admits that putting on a show like this comes with difficulties. “The challenging part of it has just been the time factor because we

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Brent Holmes Arts & Life Editor Tonight, a group of Western students will be bringing a play about a boarding house in the 1930s to The ARTS Project. All Things Beautiful, written by Kierston Drier and directed by Jenn de la Chevotiere, stars an ensemble cast of 10 characters in a play designed to engage its audience. “All Things Beautiful is my first professional-length work—and it is not a comedy,” Drier says. “Unlike my shorter works, this play is intended to make you think. It is meant to have people walk away going, ‘is that right? Is that good? Is this moral? Is it tragic or hopeful?’” The play is also a first for de la Chevotiere as a director. “It was initially a hard adjustment, but I have such a great group

of people that I’m working with. I’ve had a lot of people who have had a lot of experience come in and help me out. It has really been a collaboration,” she says. Drier and de la Chevotiere have the added challenge of an ensemble cast, where each character can speak to the audience in a variety of ways. Even the cast members feel the same way about their characters. “As soon as I read [Elsey’s character], I said, ‘I want to play that part,’” Tate Kenney, who plays the young, pregnant orphan in the play, says. “I thought she was really complicated. I liked the idea that she was young, so she had a naive side to her, but as well she had to grow up really fast. I liked the complexity, and I liked her gentility.” For Kenney and Drier, the 1930s setting stages a key element of the play. While Kenney uses the oppor-

tunity to bring in a lot of what she loves about that era into her first fulllength performance, Drier uses it as a way to create. “I had recently read some wonderful Canadian plays,” Drier says. “All the ones I enjoyed had real historical events that took place in real Canadian places and involved situations where the environment acted upon the characters, but the tragedy that ultimately takes place is still the characters’ fault. I combined these three things into All Things Beautiful.” “It’s really about love and loss,” de la Chevotiere concludes. “It’s an ensemble cast so everyone will find a member of the cast that they can relate to, that speaks to them.” All Things Beautiful runs from October 2-6 at The ARTS Project, with performances at 8 p.m. and a matinee performance Saturday at 2 p.m.

are putting it together so quickly.” Though the time might be tight for Graziano, slipping into character is one thing her and her fellow dancers can do with ease. “The second you’re a dancer you’re a character, or a feeling or an emotion. You have to automatically know how to act, or otherwise you’re not really dancing it,” Graziano says. “The second you go into a rehearsal you need to know what character you are at that point—you need to become that character, that emotion or that feeling so it’s just a marriage between the two.” Part of the ease Graziano feels when becoming a character is from her extensive training and background. As she comes to London for Swan Lake, she encourages other young dancers with similar aspirations to form a well-versed background. “I think you need to take every opportunity that comes your way,” she urges. “Even if you don’t think that you’ll need it down the road, take part in any kind of class or show that’s coming into town, because you really have no idea if down the road you’re going to need it. You have to expect the unexpected and just kind of go with the flow.” Swan Lake makes it way to The Grand Theatre October 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from the box office by calling 519-672-8800.

It’s time to forget any of the myths about fish you may have heard in the past. According to Anne Zok, nutrition manager at Western, students shouldn’t be afraid to eat or cook with these animals. In fact, she encourages it. “With any evidence-based article you read, they typically identify the fish we need to take caution with in terms of consumption,” Zok explains. “These are usually larger predatory fish—like king fish, swordfish or mackerel—that may contain higher levels of environmental contaminants.” “That being said, the bottom line is the health benefits of fish hugely outweighs the potential smaller risks that some of these contaminants, such as mercury, can pose on the body.” According to Zok, Dietitians of Canada, The Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society all recommend a minimum of two servings of fish per week—one serving being about three ounces. But why should you choose salmon instead of steak, or trout instead of roast beef? Zok explains the health benefits to choosing fish over other meats are endless. “Fish are an excellent source of

heart-healthy omega-3 fats and contain very little saturated fat,” she says. “Typically when an individual selects fish for a meal, it’s at the exclusion of other meats. Not only are there benefits of consuming fish, like protein and vitamins and minerals such as zinc, iron and vitamin D, there is the added benefit of not consuming the potential saturated fats and other harmful side affect found in fattier red meats.” If you’ve never attempted cooking fish, Zok recommends following a simple recipe, like seasoning a fish fillet with salt, pepper and dried dill and pan frying it in a bit of olive oil. “Try not to overcook it and keep it simple by baking it or barbequing it,” she advises. “The worst thing you can do is over cook a fish, because it will turn rubbery. You can cook it only so when you start to flake it, it’s no longer translucent inside.” But for those students who have eliminated fish out of their diet entirely, like most vegetarians, Zok recommends taking a fish oil supplement instead. “You can purchase supplements upwards of 900 milligrams, which includes the two fatty acids you need,” she adds. “Consuming almonds, flax seed and canola oil in conjunction with a supplement will have the same benefits as an individual who chooses to eat fish.”


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Knowledge of The Buried Life “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” — Iron Maiden

Clocking in at 13 minutes, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is a classic Iron Maiden song that adapts Stephen Coleridge’s 1798 epic poem of the same name. Written by bassist Steve Harris, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” has a bass-focused arrangement, featuring several lightning fast, heavy metal bass-lines as well as a slow and brooding break during the middle of the song. The song draws directly from Coleridge’s poem with only a few exceptions where Bruce Dickin-

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Sumedha Arya Arts & Life Editor Last Wednesday, King’s University College Students’ Council hosted Ben Nemtin and Duncan Penn from MTV’s reality series The Buried Life. The series focuses on four friends from Victoria, B.C. who travel across North America to complete a list of things they hope to do before they die. While the show is no longer airing, members from The Buried Life are speaking at universities across North America for the next few months. Prior to their speech to Western students, Nemtin and Penn reclined in Mustang Lounge’s green room to talk about their various escapades. Some of the checkedoff goals on their bucket list include riding a bull, sending their book to space and kissing the Stanley Cup. Nemtin and Penn agree that writing their book, What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?, was one of their most meaningful projects. The book, which features an illustrative collection of things to do before you die, was released this past March. Nemtin says that both the show and the book have received positive attention. “The most meaningful feedback was from people who had seen the show and were struggling with depression or sui-

cide,” Nemtin shares. “They saw something in the show that made them feel like [life] had meaning.” While attempting to make a difference in others’ lives, members of The Buried Life have met wellknown celebrities who they never expected to meet. Two particular celebrity encounters stand out— playing basketball with Barack Obama, and being on Oprah. When asked how The Buried Life managed to meet Obama, Nemtin says that he and his friends “literally hustled” their way into the White House. “We were shameless. It took a year and a half, but word got into the White House. We didn’t think the president was in town, but he surprised us in court.” Penn adds that meeting Oprah validated The Buried Life to his mother, who finally began to appreciate the project that he and his friends had pursued. After doing everything from streaking in a field to playing basketball with the American president, one might expect the members of The Buried Life to have very few inhibitions. However, both Nemtin and Penn acknowledge that, prior to an event, they are “absolutely terrified.” “But you do gain a certain confidence that anything is possible,” Penn says. “We’re more likely to take big chances knowing what we

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can accomplish.” How do others take the step towards taking chances? After their many experiences crossing items off of their extensive to-do list, the boys say that they advise others to envision dreams as projects. “It’s changing the way you look at things—and writing [projects] down makes them tangible,” Penn says. “There’s a real power in reaching far beyond what you think your means are,” Nemtin adds. “ You’ll very often surprise yourself with what you can accomplish. People are just scared of taking the first step.” In case their viewers or listeners are unsure as to how to approach their projects, Nemtin and Penn recommend “creative persistence,” anecdotally sharing that this is what allowed them to air their Playboy Mansion episode. “Playboy wasn’t going to give us the release—everybody had given up. It had actually taken writing a handwritten letter and attaching the episode and sending it to Hugh Hefner that let us air that episode,” Penn laughs. As of now, the members of The Buried Life are working on a new show, writing a script for a new film and working on going to space. One of their newer goals is to lower suicide rates in North American colleges by one per cent.

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son’s unique vocals provide exposition. Like Coleridge’s poem, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” tells the story of a mariner relaying tales of his voyages at a wedding. The mariner recalls a journey to the Antarctic and his penance for the killing of an albatross. The mariner finds redemption as he realizes that we “should love all things that God made,” and is tasked with telling of his story wherever he goes. Listening to “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” makes one a “sadder and wiser m[a]n”—especially if one happens to be studying Coleridge for an English exam. —Brent Holmes


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“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

—Winston Churchill, former British prime minister

Purple Papers not a promising proposition Students with a burning desire to make their voices heard on the University Students’ Council can now do so by submitting their own proposals, known as Purple Papers. This people’s democratic initiative will provide students at large with a straightforward way to engage their student representatives, and will also potentially give the USC increased support when lobbying the university administration. However, it’s hard to predict whether or not the average student will take advantage of this procedure. Many students are too lazy to even vote for the USC, let alone take the time to submit a thoughtful, well-researched proposal. Furthermore, many students who may want to submit the proposals are ill-informed of both the USC’s procedure and its capabilities. While the policy may encourage students to become more informed and involved, there’s a good chance enthusiastic students are already involved with the USC. Another issue that will need to be addressed is the promotion of this initiative. In order for the Purple Papers program to achieve its desired effect, students have to know about it. This will require a substantive promotional campaign, coupled with an easy, effective way for students to submit their proposals. Students also need to be provided with a comprehensive guideline so that they don’t end up submitting ineffective resolutions. The USC should also consider implementing a filter to screen out proposals that are poorly composed, infeasible or outside the realm of the council’s capability. Council meetings already go long enough without the members having to debate and vote on unrealistic proposals. However, it seems that this policy can go a long way towards including students in council decisions. The USC might consider implementing a marketstyle forum, wherein students can themselves vote on different submissions and send the top ones to council for deliberation. It’s also worth noting that students will probably refrain from submitting any joke proposals—any student who actually takes the time to write one will most likely do so in good faith. Ultimately, the Purple Papers are a good initiative, provided the USC can make sure they’re done well and sincerely. —The Gazette Editorial Board


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Michael Ignatieff just wasn’t sexy. He was a boring, priggish, uninspiring and stodgy intellectual. Arguably, the only politician more vacant of charisma was the bloated corpse who was elected prime minister, Stephen Harper. Justin Trudeau, on the other hand, has more charm and magnetism than the rest of federal politicians combined—and he might just announce his bid to run for Liberal party leadership. Let’s address the inevitable criticisms foremost. “He’s too young, too inexperienced, his stand on key issues remain vague.” Over 40, it is unfair to call Trudeau ‘too young.’ As for inexperienced, he has been a keen advocate of the Liberal party since the early 2000s, and has been an elected MP since 2008. With the legacy of his father and his maternal grandfather, both career politicians, Justin’s exposure to federal politics is nearly unparalleled. He has often been criticized for his ambiguous stance on issues like the economy and foreign affairs. Yet, what better time to crystallize his position affirmatively than when thrust into spotlight as Liberal leader? With his reputation for assertive standpoints in parliament, Trudeau will undoubtedly address these issues with the same vigour he has shown towards his initiatives as MP. Jack Layton revolutionized the NDP. Regardless of how you felt about his politics, Layton injected serious personality into his campaign, from which he was able to forge a leading opposition party. The Liberals now have a chance to elect a party leader with the charisma to pull them from the ashes of the last dismal federal election. Yes, he’s young. Yes, he’s untried. But Trudeau has been steeped in Canadian politics since birth, and he’s proven himself thus far an able politician, and a savvy self-promoter. Most importantly, Trudeau is sexy. He is someone stimulating and captivating—two traits notoriously lacking in the recent Liberal leadership, and in Canadian politics in general. He’s someone Canadians can be excited about, and it’s about damn time for that.

By allowing Justin Trudeau to take party leadership, the Liberal party would be taking an unneeded risk at a time where they should be focused on rebuilding their party in the right way. Although a National Post survey revealed that electing Trudeau as the party leader might win the next election for the Liberals, this cannot be taken at face value. Not only was the survey conducted at a time where the public was abuzz over the prospect of Trudeau running for party leader, but it also came at a time when the NDP’s popularity was the lowest that it had been in months. It is simply too much of a risk to assume that a candidate as young as Trudeau will be able to survive the preelection attack ads and coverage—this is the same man who is known for losing his temper in Congress. Although the times may be changing, the Liberal party is still an important part of recent Canadian politics, and would not want to take a second, even more devastating blow than the one that they faced last election. By waiting until Trudeau is older—given the idea that he should be a party leader at one point in his life—the Liberal party can use more experienced candidates to regain their composure, then take a less risky approach with the apparently-popular Trudeau. Trudeau’s current appeal lies solely in his relation to his father, and his edgy style that appeals to young voters. His leadership is based on a celebrity appeal, and by allowing him to take the party helm so early, the Liberals are denying themselves the future opportunity of a popular and experienced veteran at the helm. By hedging their bets on Trudeau, the Liberal party is admitting that they are scared of the future. They are admitting that they think a high-risk situation is the only way that they can preserve their sway in Canadian politics. The Liberal party is an important part of keeping the choices of Canadian elections to more than a left-right dichotomy. The current political landscape is not at a point where the Liberal party can afford to risk losing their sway permanently.

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factattack West Virginia University quarterback Geno Smith threw for more touchdowns—eight—than incompletions—six—in the Mountaineers’ 70-63 victory over the Baylor Bears.

Rundown >> The Mustangs women’s rugby team fell in their homecoming game to defending Canadian Interuniversity Sport champion Guelph Gryphons by a score of 41-0 > Despite a strong first half, the Mustangs had nothing to show for their efforts > An error filled second half led the Gryphons to score 41 unanswered points.

McMaster ruins Mustangs’ homecoming QB Marshall is carted off the field in 33–27 defeat Richard Raycraft Sports Editor The Mustangs dropped an exciting and closely contested match to their rival the McMaster Marauders Saturday 33–27. The game featured some great plays, huge hits and an inspiring late-game comeback by the Mustangs in front of the homecoming crowd of over 10,000. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, McMaster scraped by with the win to remain the undisputed kings of Canadian Interuniversity Sport football. “I’m proud of the way our guys played—they could’ve quit, but they stuck with it, and we’ll be okay,” Greg Marshall, head coach of the Mustangs, said. “Physically, we got beat a few times, and mentally, we made some mistakes.” The loss gives the sixth-ranked Mustangs a record of 3–2, while McMaster remains undefeated at 5-0 with the victory. The win leaves little doubt that McMaster will top the Ontario University Athletics division at the end of the season. “They’re good, but this shouldn’t have happened,” Garret Sanvido, Mustangs running back, said. “They made the plays they had to make, and we didn’t—that was it.” Misfortune struck the Mustangs in the fourth quarter, as quarterback Donnie Marshall took a huge hit and was slow to get up. He was carted off with an expected ankle injury. Back-up quarterback Will Finch replaced him, going six for eight and throwing the Mustangs’ last touchdown of the game. “I’m ready to play,” Finch said. “Every practice, every game, I’m getting better, and I felt great out there.”

Western opened the scoring with McMaster conceding a safety. A touchdown run in by Garret Sanvido put the Mustangs up 9–0 late in the first quarter. McMaster was quick to respond, however, as star quarterback Kyle Quinlan ran the ball into the Mustangs end zone to finish the quarter down by two at 9–7.

I’m proud of the way the guys played—they could’ve quit, but they stuck with it, and we’ll be ok. Physically we got beat a few times, and mentally we made some mistakes. —Greg Marhsall

Mustang’s head coach on his team’s performance

McMaster’s offence was the story of the second quarter. Quinlan threw two more touchdown passes and McMaster kicker Tyler Crapigna scored on an 18-yard field goal attempt. Western was also forced to concede two safeties, which together was enough to put them down 28-9 late in the quarter. With zero time left on the clock, Western kicker Lirim Hajrullahu managed to kick a 37-yard field goal to put the store at 28–12 going into the second half. There was very little scoring for the majority of the third quarter, though the Mustangs conceded a safety. Down by 18, the Mustangs

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NICE ABS, BRO. Despite a good offensive performance, the Mustangs were unable to put up enough points to overcome the top-ranked McMaster Marauders, as they dropped the homecoming contest 33–27.

managed to put another seven points on the board when Sanvido ran in his second touchdown of the game to end the quarter. The fourth quarter went scoreless until 13 minutes in, when McMaster kicked a field goal, which

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was followed by McMaster conceding a safety. Shortly after, Mustangs quarterback Donnie Marshall went down. He was replaced by Finch, who led a drive into Marauder territory, eventually connecting with Matt Uren to make it 33–27. An on-

side kick attempt failed to give the Mustangs possession, as they fell to McMaster for the second time in a row. The Mustangs head to Guelph next Saturday to take on the Gryphons.

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On Friday, the Mustangs women’s hockey team hit the ice to take on the Chinese Olympic team for the third consecutive year at Thompson Arena. Taking on a national team may seem daunting, but the Mustangs came out of the contest with a 5–1 victory fueled by a strong, full-team effort. Cassidy Gosling, the 5’5” forward from London, Ontario, opened the scoring for Western in the first period. Going hard to the net, Gosling was able to take advantage of a weak Chinese penalty kill as she buried a rebound off of goaltender Jia Dandan. After a hard-fought first period, with no team clearly controlling the tempo of the game, Western went into the locker room in front by a score of 2–1. The crowd inside Thompson Arena was rocking— and surprisingly, split down the middle with regards to allegiances. Western would show the fans which squad was the most dominate with a strong second period. The Mustangs came out and lit the lamp three times with beautiful goals from Kryshanda Green— who would grind her way through three Chinese players before scoring—Tara Cation—on a five-onthree point shot—and Stacey Scott, who capped it all off with a coast-to-coast effort. “I thought Team China had a lot of skill out there,” Mustangs head coach Chris Higgins said. “I thought they moved the puck. The first period was pretty close, but then our power play went to work and took care of it.” The Mustangs were able to capitalize on two of their three power play opportunities.

In the third, the Mustangs proved too much for Team China, which was unable to generate a comeback. “There are two reasons why we come here,” Team China head coach Jingang Wang said through a translator. “One is to develop a great friendship with the university here, and the second is that hockey is not popular in China—we can’t find teams to play, that’s why we come to Canada. Your team is a very good team, your systems are better than ours.”

I thought Team China had a lot of skill out there. I thought they moved the puck. The first period was pretty close, but then our power play went to work and took care of it. —Chris Higgins

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Western climbed to 2–0–1 against China in their yearly visit. The Mustangs women will open their season against the Laurier Golden Hawks on October 6 at Thompson. The Laurier squad is a team that has had Western’s number in the past. “We’ve never beaten them before, so that’s kind of the focus. We just want to study them. The main thing is to be aggressive and not let them come at us,” Mustangs forward Stacey Scott said. The puck drops between Laurier and Western at 7 p.m.

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