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Hacker Horwood ordered to pay $10K Gloria Dickie Editor-in-Chief Most students can’t go a day without checking their email, Facebook or Twitter account, but Western graduate Keith Horwood went nearly seven months. Horwood, known for his February 2012 hack of the University Students’ Council elections website in which he posted numerous Justin Bieber references and changed the site name to ‘student erections,’ was banished from all devices with Internet access after turning himself in to campus community police service. On Thursday, he appeared in court on four counts—mischief to data, altering data, interception of computer functions and the use of a computer with intent contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. At his sentencing, Horwood was ordered to pay Western $10,219.84 in restitution, complete 100 hours of community service and complete a year’s probation. “You’ve been charged with a criminal offence,” Justice John Skowronski said. “But you’re not a criminal.” Horwood expressed he felt “extremely thankful, and a little bit lucky.” He added that he didn’t go into
his trial with any expectations, good or bad. “I just went in there with the idea that if I did what I believed was the right thing, and kept a positive attitude, then everything would work out for the best.” Responses from the Western community seemed to indicate the public thought his sentence suited the crime, so to speak. “I think the $10,000 is a little bit excessive, but it will drive home the point—if you find a problem with a Western website, don’t screw around with it, just tell someone at ITS,” Jessica Chambers, a fourthyear political science student, opined. “You don’t need to be a jerk and ruin the hard work of the candidates.” Third-year science student Saquib Mian thought the judge’s orders were fair, “considering it was supposed to be a harmless prank. I think a part of that money needs to go to candidates for all the extra hard work they had to do,” he said in a Facebook comment. Meanwhile, Adam Fearnall, USC president and one of those most affected by Horwood’s hack, said he was happy with the outcome. “I think, overall, we’re happy to see there’s recognition of the fact that a lot of students, and a lot of people, put a lot of time into the election. It’s
HACKER’S BACK. University Students’ Council elections hacker Keith Horwood, pictured here in his YouTube video, was ordered to pay over $10,000 in restitution to the university on September 20.
nice to see the court recognize that.” “I don’t think we had any great desire to see Keith’s life ruined by the experience,” he added. Fearnall noted the USC was ready to move on and make sure they had a secure election this year. Horwood, too, seems ready to move on. The software entrepreneur is working on a new commu-
nications-based project that should be ready to launch soon. But has his absence from the Internet left him rusty? Horwood doesn’t think so, and was already actively participating in the online realm Thursday night, posting a video update on his life on YouTube, and tweeting up a storm.
The only difficulty thus far, he says, has been Internet memes. “One of the things I haven’t really re-familiarized myself with yet is current Internet memes. So, people have made references to things that I’m just like ‘what?’ and they’re like ‘oh yeah, you couldn’t use the Internet.’”
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Students rejoice as PQ repeals tuition hikes Aaron Zaltzman News Editor
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The saga of the Quebec university tuition hikes came to a longawaited end last week when the newly-elected Parti Quebecois repealed the 75 per cent fee increase in its first cabinet meeting, less than 24 hours after coming into power. Though the news came as no surprise—the PQ made the repeal of the fee hike a key platform point in the general election earlier this month—it was met with a sense of jubilation from the student groups who had staged protests and class disruptions for the better part of the academic year. Martine Desjardins, president
of the Fédération Étudiante Universitaire du Québec, said her group saw the repeal as a victory. “We didn’t expect that it would take a general election and a leadership change to end this crisis,” Desjardins said. She explained her group was originally hopeful about the negotiations with the Liberal government of Jean Charest, who had enacted a tuition increase of $1,778 over the next five years. “However, after the second round of negotiations we realized they would amount to nothing, and in the third round the government walked out,” Desjardins said. “We knew when they left that no other negotiations would take place and only a general election
would help to solve the crisis.” “When the election was called, we saw an opportunity to make a difference and elect a new government that would be willing to listen to what we were asking.” What FEUQ will now be asking for is a tuition freeze—something that will have to be hammered out with the PQ during the education summit to be held some time in the near future. New premier Pauline Marois is proposing an inflationary increase for tuition, which would mean a one to three per cent hike per year. Desjardins argued the students are already feeling the effects of inflation. >> see quebec pg.3
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Alleged sexual assault at Western residence The London Police Service is currently investigating an alleged sexual assault that took place at a Western residence after a student reported the incident late last week. Although police have not confirmed any details—including which residence the incident took place at—Western News published a news release online on September 21 to inform students an investigation was underway. Keith Marnoch, director of media and communications for Western, thought it was necessary to at least acknowledge that something had happened. “We were aware that something had gone on, and that’s what motivated us to put out some sort of message on Friday,” Marnoch explained. “Unfortunately, we weren’t in a position to give any more details, but apparently there were rumors going around on campus so we wanted to confirm that something had happened.” “The information was given to the police—we weren’t privy to
those details. We probably should have used the terminology ‘alleged’ instead, because that’s where we’re at in terms of the investigation.” According to Marnoch, the media release, which outlines six safety tips students could use to stay safe—such as locking doors and drinking responsibly—was also sent out to every resident. “We informed each resident through email,” he said. “We sent the message to residents directly as soon as we could, and we also informed residential staff about what we knew and what had gone on so they could help report back to students.” Adam Fearnall, University Students’ Council president, thought the university handled the situation well. “From our perspective, the university has been good about keeping us aware of what’s going on, and making students aware of ways they can be cautious and look out for each other and their own safety,” Fearnall said. Marnoch added the university is still waiting for as much information as anyone else, but in the meantime they will be using community safety as the standard in terms of notifying people. “It’s a very unfortunate situation and we’re certainly saddened when a report like this comes forward, but we also have to let the
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On Thursday, Western’s energy dashboard went live after nine months of development. Designed by Facilities Management staff in conjunction with ITS, the dashboard provides updates on the energy usage of most buildings on campus. The dashboard allows users to compare current energy usage to past usage, employing a number of different measures, such as kilowatts, carbon emissions and dollars spent. The website also provides weather updates and ways to conserve resources. Jamie Whitty, the manager of the development team for the dashboard stated, “Our intent is that the Western community will use this as a learning tool to become more aware of energy usage within our campus buildings. This will result in more energy conscious choices.” According to Whitty, Natural Science, Cronyn Observatory and the Power Plant are the only buildings currently not available on the website. However, Facilities Management is working on these buildings’ electric systems and meters in order to be able to add them to the dashboard in coming months. In addition to tracking energy consumption, Facilities Management plans to add other working utilities, like water and steam, to the dashboard. —Kaitlyn Oh
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OSAP grants grads grace Quebec tuition to Payments delayed for not-for-profit workers Cam Smith News Editor Recent graduates with OSAP loans looming will soon be given an extended grace period of one year before they need to begin their payments—that is, as long as they choose to work for a not-for-profit organization. This is the second change to OSAP policy in recent months, following OSAP Express—a change that will allow students to sign their loan agreement only once, and have it directly deposited into their bank accounts each payment period. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities believes this will allow for growth in notfor-profits, as well as helping cashstrapped students establish themselves financially out of university, by allowing them to gain experience in lower paying, or volunteerbased positions they would not be able to take with immediate payments. “The intent is to encourage employment in not-for profit organizations and recognize that salaries can often be lower than comparable jobs in the public or for-profit sectors. Volunteering is often the best way to gain work experience and become paid employees,” Gyula Kovacs, senior media relations for the ministry, explained. “According to the Ontario Nonprofit Network, obtaining paid employment in the not-for-profit sec-
tor can be difficult. There are often a large number of individuals competing for a few positions.” Not only will this extended grace period serve to aid not-forprofits, it will also ease tension on students looking to pay back
It normally takes students more than six months to find a job post-graduation, and all students can benefit from an extension to the grace period. —Alysha Li
Vice-president university affairs
their loans, and allow graduates to take jobs that would otherwise be inaccessible. “Approved applicants will be exempt from making reimbursement payments for 12 months after study completion, rather than the usual six months,” Kovacs explained. “The extended grace period is expected to encourage more graduates to assess placement opportunities with the not-for-profit sector.” Kovacs also asserted the grace period would apply to students who worked for not-for-profits, even if they changed jobs before the extension.
“NFPs attest to the work status of the borrower at the time of application, and the benefit is applicable for the entire six-month period, regardless of a borrower having changed jobs,” Kovacs concluded. According to Alysha Li, vicepresident university affairs for the Universirt Student’ Council, all of this is good news for graduates. “The extended OSAP grace period for graduates working in the not-for-profit sector is welcomed by students,” she explained. “However, this strategy should eventually be extended for all students.” According to Li, the current six-month grace period offered to all graduates is a fairly recent development—one that will benefit from improvement. “Starting in 2010, all loans [became] interest-free for six months after graduation,” she asserted. “But it normally takes students more than six months to find a job post-graduation, and all students can benefit from an extension to the grace period.” According to Li, while the oneyear extension may prove beneficial to some graduates and to the not-for-profit sector, the merits of it warrant its application to all students graduating with the burden of OSAP debt. “The possibility of extending the grace period for all students should be explored,” she concluded.
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“We have inflation in the mandatory administration fees—over four per cent a year for the last 20 years,” Desjardins explained. “We’re advocating for a freeze for tuition fees, while the mandatory fees increase.” In addition to plans for the future, FEUQ also has to deal with cleaning up the mess from the student strike, which delayed and, in some cases, wiped out classes. “We tried a lot of other actions before we went on strike. We tried to discuss it with the premier, with the deputies, we took symbolic actions—but nothing worked,” Desjardins said. “We came to the conclusion that we needed to go on strike to increase the pressure to at least have the government meet with us.” However, not everybody felt the same way, least of all the Moderate Political Action group formed at McGill. “A lot of the student groups were in favour of the strikes to oppose the tuition hike proposed by Jean Charest’s Liberal party. ModPAC was officially agnostic on the issue of the tuition hike,” McKenzie Kibler, a member of ModPAC, explained. “We weren’t concerned with whether or not the hike hap-
Global grad school applications rising Julian Uzielli Online Editor Global applications to MBA programs are on the rise, according to a new report from the Graduate Management Admissions Council. Two-year programs received the greatest boost in applicant numbers. According to the report, four out of five full-time two-year MBA programs in the regions of Asia-Pacific—79 per cent—and Central Asia—80 per cent—saw increased applications, compared to 2011—in the United States, a third of full-time two-year MBA programs saw growth. 744 graduate programs from 359 graduate business schools and faculties around the world—including the Richard Ivey School of Business—participated in the annual survey, which catalogues trends in applications across various program types, geographical divides and demographics. “Ivey continues to see strong interest in the MBA program and attracts students of the highest caliber,” Fraser Johnson, faculty director of Ivey’s MBA program, said in a media statement. “The demand for an Ivey MBA is clear. As Cana-
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pened—we just wanted to make sure that a strike didn’t affect McGill students.” ModPAC was officially against the student strike, which Kibler said was technically a boycott, and was concerned about students who simply wanted to go to class. “When the student groups passed a mandate to strike, they would block people from going into classes, or bang pots and make noise as disruptive measures to stop students from going to class,” Kibler said. Kibler explained the group is now focused on making sure this type of situation cannot be repeated. “The strike gained legitimacy because small groups of students were able to monopolize general assemblies,” he said. “We’re trying, now, to reform the structures in place—such as making a push to require all referendums to be ratified by votes.” Desjardins said the individual consequences of the strike were unfortunate, but stressed the overall goal of stopping the tuition hikes had been achieved. “We’re now very happy to go back to school. We were not just doing this for ourselves—it’s for the next generation.”
da’s premiere business school, we continue to see extremely strong numbers of prospective employers coming to campus seeking Ivey MBA graduates.” And while men still make up the majority of MBA applicants worldwide, respondents indicated an increase in female applicants—41 per cent of programs reported an increase, compared to 31 per cent in 2011. Tracey Briggs, senior manager of GMAC, explained the data collected by the survey is meant to be generalized. “As the survey collects data from programs and not individual students, the Application Trends Survey surveys business and management programs, so we’re looking at application trends at the program level, rather than the applicant or student level,” she said. “It’s not census-level data—we ask programs whether they have more or fewer applications than last year. In addition, we don’t necessarily have the same schools participating each year, so we’re not tracking enrollment by individual school, and we don’t weigh the results by the size of the program, which can vary a lot.”
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Pedalling towards a more artistic campus Misha Gajewski Contributor Western has been racking up new works of art over the past couple weeks. Western Bike Rack Project, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the visual arts students and the engineering students to create unique yet functional bike racks, was unveiled Thursday. McIntosh Gallery curator Catherine Elliot Shaw and Jan Sheppard, a faculty of engineering staff member, originally suggested the project. People from various departments also joined forces to make this project a reality. The enthusiastic support of visual arts chair Joy James and professor Kelly Jazvac, as well as the generous contributions by various donors, allowed this project to come to fruition. Western Bike Rack Project provided a unique opportunity for students, emphasizing innovation, problem solving and creativity. With the intent of promoting biking, healthy living and environmental sustainability, Western Bike Rack Project will not only accomplish that, but has also dispelled notions that engineering and vi-
mental statement, or simply just enjoyed the elegant form. The second bike rack is comprised of three components. Two installations of four black squares positioned in a slight V are poised on either side of intertwined multicoloured squares that form a cubism sculpture. This ‘art’ rack shows fantastic fluidity and continuity. The final design, installed at the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, is a zigzag pattern of white squares. While plain in nature, it would pop more with a different colour scheme and catch the attention of passersby. The designs showcase the remarkable talent and creativity of the students. The clever combination of bright colours and modern aesthetics of the bike racks will be welcomed artistic additions to campus. Ritchie Sham GAZETTE
ARTSY ENGINEERS. This bike rack was installed at the Visual Arts Centre after visual arts and engineering students teamed up for a challenge to create unique yet functional bike racks on campus.
sual arts reside in completely separate worlds. 10 teams of students submitted designs and three winners were chosen to have their creations made into the beautiful bike racks
that will be installed throughout campus. Alycia Leonard, a health sciences student with a passion for art, took a visual arts course as an elective and never thought her design would win.
GLS concert goes swimmingly Genevieve Moreau Contributor Performance Openers Setlist Crowd Worth the $$
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Given the arrival of autumn and their history of using Aeolian Hall’s live acoustic venue to record their popular song, “Changing Colours,” it seems fitting that Canadian folkrock group Great Lake Swimmers would return to perform a sold-out show last Thursday night. As per most concerts at Aeolian, volunteer staff and glasses of wine welcomed Londoners before they found their seats. Opening duo The Kindness Killers, from Peterborough, Ontario, made a lasting impression on the audience with their Cajun-folk style and dark ballad remix of the cheerful melody “You Are My Sunshine.” Playing
mainly banjo, guitar and accordion, The Kindness Killers’ simple instrumental recipe made for an appetizing prelude to the Great Lake Swimmers’ alt-country fusion of violin, cello, percussion, banjo, guitar and harmonious vocals. When Great Lake Swimmers did take the stage, they opened with the bluesy track, “Think That You Might Be Wrong,” from their sixth album, New Wild Everywhere, released this past spring. “The Great Exhale” followed, along with “Ballad of a Fisherman’s Wife,” which lead singer Tony Dekker wrote in reaction to the 2010 BP oil spill. These songs of protest seem fitting for a band titled after the largest collection of fresh water lakes on earth—they even took a moment to announce their advocacy of the Great Bear Initiative, which speaks against the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal for Western Canada. Halfway through the set, Dekker
took the stage alone, making for an intimate solo performance for songs “On the Water” and “Cornflower Blue,” but soon reunited with group mates Miranda Mulholland, Erik Arnesen, Greg Millson and Bret Higgins around one microphone for a foot-tapping rendition of “Still” to experience Aeolian’s true acoustic sound. Playing a finale of familiar songs from their 2009 Juno-nominated album Lost Channels, including “Your Rocky Spine”—which was also recorded at Aeolian—some might say they saved the best for last. And after performing CBC radio hit “Easy Come Easy Go,” their hour and a half set received a standing ovation, bringing them back on stage for an encore of “River’s Edge.” There’s no better place to listen to this melodic group of musicians than in a 130-year-old venue and with a glass of wine in hand.
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GGGHF The Killers Battle Born Island Def Jam Music Group Highlight Tracks: “Runaways” “The Rising Tide” “Battle Born” Battle Born is both The Killers’ fourth album, and the name of the Las Vegas studio where they recorded it. The slightly gritty, bold sound is very much inspired by Sin City. Going back to the sound from their second album, Sam’s Town, The Killers seem to be back on track. Standout songs include “Runaways,” “The Rising Tide” and the title track, “Battle Born.” Unfortunately, songs like “Carry Me Home” and “Miss Atomic Bomb” fall a little flat. Inspired by Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Lou Reed, it’s the kind of album to keep in the car stereo and blast while driving down the highway. Flowers’ commitment to the lyrics is convincing, but none of the songs on this album compare to some of the band’s old classics, including “Mr. Brightside,” “Human” and “When You Were Young.” It’s a classic Americana album that stays true to the band’s raison d’être, but it doesn’t quite measure up to the best of their music. —Marika Terry
GGGHF Mumford & Sons Babel Island Records Highlight Tracks: “Hopeless Wanderer” “Lover of the Light” “Ghosts That We Knew” Returning from their breakthrough success with their debut album Sigh No More, Mumford & Sons brings a more live-style folk sound to Babel. Babel upgrades Mumford & Sons’ powerful sound. “Hopeless Wanderer,” “Lover of the Light,” “Babel,” “Whispers in the Dark,” “Ghost That We Knew” and “Broken Crown” are great additions to their repertoire and there is hardly a weak song on the album. Unfortunately, Mumford & Sons only built up their established musical style and don’t expand out—they’ll need to soon, or this tower will fall. Babel doesn’t do anything new or different, but to a large extent, it doesn’t have to—Sigh No More was a great album, and being able to match it in terms of quality and style is an accomplishment. Mumford & Sons has a fresh, new take on folk music. Hopefully, future albums will bring this sound into The Promised Land, but for now, Mumford & Sons is doing just fine in the desert. —Brent Holmes
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Celeste and Jesse a winning combination Mary Ann Ciosk Contributor GGGGF Director: Lee Toland Krieger Starring: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg A story of the perfect relationship gone wrong, Celeste and Jesse Forever is an indie romantic comedy that chronicles the complications of a couple who remain best friends after their separation and their difficulty moving on. Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) seem to have the ideal relationship—full of carefree fun, intimacy and a genuine, deep-rooted affection for one another—despite having separated. Celeste, while truly loving Jesse, considered his immaturity and lack of career motivation to be insurmountable obstacles to their romance, and thinks she will be
“All This and Heaven Too” — Florence + the Machine From Florence + the Machine’s stellar second album, Ceremonials, “All This and Heaven Too” is one of the most lyrically potent songs from an album infused with references to Virginia Woolf and gothic romantic literature. Like other Florence songs, including Between Two Lungs’ “Swimming,” “All This and Heaven Too” is a meta-poetic song. However, “All This and Heaven Too” goes deeper than simple writer’s
able to have her cake and eat it too by keeping him in her life as a best friend rather than a lover. However, it is only when Jesse finally gives up hope for Celeste and starts to move on that Celeste can fully appreciate how good they had it.
An impressive debut for Jones’ screenwriting, Celeste and Jesse Forever offers a poignant exploration of a break-up and, subsequently, the truths that you learn about love, relationships and ultimately life. By focusing on the end-
ing, the entirety of the relationship comes into a nostalgic perspective through Celeste, thus enabling us to see Jesse through her eyes rather than as an onlooker. Samberg, similar to Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,
block. Here, Florence Welch sings about trying to translate the language of the heart into poetry. Language was never so highly honoured. The song gradually builds from tiptoeing quickly through early verses into beautiful harmonies during the chorus and final verses. Instrumentally, “All This and Heaven Too” is less complex, making good use of punctuating drums and softer keys. With such powerful lyrics and an incredible crescendo towards the final lines, Florence’s music is worth “all this and heaven too.” —Brent Holmes
“Hollywood’s Dead” — Lana Del Rey
ception to this, and with lyrics like “Hollywood’s dead, Elvis is crying Marilyn’s sad, Hendrix is lying,” the song is Del Rey lamenting over the glitter and excitement that has faded from both Hollywood and a past relationship. On the track, Del Rey also sings “I always fall for the same type/ gangsters in Vegas on game night/ that’s what girls like me like, the limelight.” Whether it’s Hollywood, a relationship or just a goldfish, “Hollywood’s Dead” can accompany any kind of grief or loss. Del Rey ends the track with a quick and definite cut, which al-
Though Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die album was released in early 2012, bonus and unreleased tracks continue to find their way onto the Internet and into the music libraries of many. One such track is “Hollywood’s Dead.” Del Rey’s sultry voice, melancholic lyrics and upbeat tempo not only make her unique as a performer, but also allow her tracks to match the moods of both the chronically depressed and the innocent music fan. “Hollywood’s Dead” is no ex-
forgoes his typical role of a zany comic to pursue something more intellectually and emotionally challenging in a meaningful break-up film. What makes this film stand out is that despite the, at times, desperate sorrow resulting from this end of true love, the narrative somehow also manages to remain consistently funny throughout. In spite of its star-studded cast including Elijah Wood’s amusing supporting role as Celeste’s gay friend, the film retains an indie appeal due to its creative cinematography, original storyline and authentic dialogue. Transcending the romantic comedy ruts of Hollywood, the film remains unpredictable to its end, and the characters are fully fleshed out and vibrant. Celeste and Jesse Forever is a rare and winning mix of a melancholic romantic comedy that may actually make you think about the more profound questions of life and love, while still making you laugh.
ludes to a Hollywood set—but fans of Del Rey won’t be able to cut this song out of their minds for a while. — Kevin Hurren
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we should not assume that there are no pesticides on organically grown foods. There are a variety of ways that pesticides may come upon organic produce, such as through wind or groundwater. The study conducted at Stanford University specifically showed that seven per cent of organic pro-
People should be comfortable that, regardless of whether they eat organic foods or conventionally grown foods, they’re going to get about the same nourishment for both. — Leonard Piché
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duce samples contained pesticide residues. Regardless of whether people choose to eat organic foods or conventional foods, there is not much reason to be alarmed about pesticide consumption. The pesticide levels of both foods—organic and conventional—fall into government-regulated safety limits. Organic foods seem to be just as
safe to eat as conventional foods, and, as outlined by the study, organic food is not superior in terms of nutrition. So why might people choose to eat organic? Piché says that eating organic food has become a “growing phenomenon.” Many factors such as taste, safety concerns and affordability come into play when individuals decide to buy organic foods or conventional foods. Regardless of personal preference, it is important to maintain a diet that is plentiful in fruits and vegetables. Piché specifically recommends that students enjoy the abundance of fruits and vegetables available at this time of year. “Students are lucky to be living in this part of the country. Prices are probably going to be somewhat lower than at other times of the year because of the abundance and the availability [of produce]. A lot of Canadians aren’t getting the recommended fruits and vegetables every day, so this is a point of the year when they can try to meet those recommendations.” Piché also recommends students purchase locally grown foods to support the economy, and turn to websites such as www. ontariolocalfoodgallery.ca to learn the nutrient content of locally grown foods.
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To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards of men.
—Abraham Lincoln, former U.S. president
Quebec protests a slippery slope Quebec students saw the new Parti Quebecois government abolish the proposed tuition hikes, which began last May, last week. The proposed hikes have been making international headlines this year due to widespread protests blanketing the province. Previously, the Liberal government under Charest sought to increase tuition by approximately 75 per cent over the next 10 years, bringing it to just under $3,000. While the PQ will likely try and keep tuition adjusted for inflation, some protesters who want to abolish tuition fees altogether believe this is a victory paving the way for more student protests in the future. While this is a victory for students, it’s not like Quebec students need it. Even with the hikes proposed, Quebec has the lowest tuition rates in the country. Education would scarcely be inaccessible for students in Quebec with the tuition hikes. Most importantly, these protests show a dark political reality. Quebec residents will be able to get whatever they want from the separatist movement—a worrisome fact since the Parti Quebecois is intent on separating from Canada. This political pandering will likely mean more power to the separatist movement. Meanwhile, if there was a time to protest tuition fees in Ontario, it has been long overdue. The average tuition rose 207 per cent between 1990 and 2007. As university degrees become less valuable while tuition continues to increase, will there be protests in Ontario as well? Only time will tell. Here, we have become used to the idea that education costs a lot of money, but with the university degree becoming increasingly undervalued, students may feel more inclined to protest the cost of postsecondary education. With the precedent established by Quebec students, other students in Canada may be more inclined to speak out about the cost of an education. Statistically, students are a small percentage of the voter population and display a low turnout at the polls. Many may feel that student voices will not be heard in the government if they don’t protest. And, perhaps, protests are in vogue with this generation. The Quebec protest simply adds to a long list of protests that have populated global attention in the past few years, including the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. Protests, now, are seen as a way to get what you want from the government. —The Gazette Editorial Board
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Safety advice faults victims Hit ‘em where it Hurst
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For the past seven months, students have been left wondering what repercussions Keith Horwood—the infamous University Students’ Council elections hacker—would face. But late last week, the Western graduate pleaded guilty to two hacking-related charges in the February incident, leaving him to serve a one-year probation, pay approximately $10,000 restitution to Western and do 100 hours of community service. The catch? If Horwood stays out of trouble, he will have no criminal record. He will be able to move on with his life, and the inconveniences he once caused to both the university and the USC candidates will be forgotten. Although it can be argued that his intentions were never malicious, his actions definitely were. The hack was not a mistake. Horwood didn’t stumble upon the system flaw and accidentally mess up the data—he intentionally hacked the system for fun. This is what made Horwood cross the line. Even though we can commend him for discovering a flaw in the system, it’s what he did after discovering the flaw that makes what he did wrong. Had Horwood chosen the responsible path and simply warned ITS of their security flaw, he may have been commended for his actions. Instead, he compromised the votes and the election had to be repeated, and for that he deserves a criminal record. When someone intentionally hacks into their schools security system and messes around confidential information, you can’t just make him clean up garbage around the community and hope he learned his lesson. The consequences Horwood is left to face are not nearly strong enough for the stress he caused back in February. Not only did this cost the university over $10,000 in damages and an unreasonable amount of stress, his actions also yielded a second election with no guarantee that the result would be the same as the first. For all we know, Horwood could have cost a candidate their spot on the USC—something that has inevitably changed their lives forever. So why is this cyber criminal allowed to move on with his life without similar consequences, like having a record that would have changed his life?
Keith Horwood may not have had noble intentions when he hacked the University Students’ Council elections site in February, but there’s no doubt his actions were accidentally heroic. No doubt Horwood deserves some modest form of punishment, which is more than satisfied by the probation, community service and months away from the Internet. However, he shouldn’t have to reimburse the university for the second round of voting. If Horwood had been walking down the street and saw a store with a broken door, he may have been tempted to stick his head in and assess the security flaw this no doubt presented. If then, the store were forced to restock its items because they realized their security was compromised, nobody would expect Horwood to pay for that. If anything, he should be commended for finding the flaw in the first place. The situation in February was not very different from this hypothetical. The USC elections system had a specific security flaw—it was vulnerable to SLQ injections—which Horwood exposed, albeit for some personal fun. Perhaps instead of metaphorically poking his head in a broken door, he walked through and drew silly pictures, or as he referred to it, “kicked over a few trash cans.” Either way, the inclusion of “Justin Bieber’s Hairstyle 2012” as a candidate is not what cost the university money. The money was spent fixing the problem and holding a second election, both things that would have been necessary had Horwood simply informed IT of the security flaw rather than pulling a stunt. He should not have to pay over $10,000 of his own money to the people who should have had this problem under control before the election. Certainly, what Horwood did was immature, irresponsible and illegal. It certainly cannot be considered acceptable to send a message by hacking into a system rather than simply informing its operators. For this, Horwood deserves a slap on a wrist and a lesson learned. For alerting the university and, indeed, its students, about a security flaw that could have easily been exploited by somebody with more malicious intent—such as manipulating the vote totals—Horwood does not deserve to be financially bitch-slapped. In fact, he probably deserves our thanks.
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After reading a news bulletin on Western’s main website about a sexual assault that occurred in one of the residence buildings on campus, I was furious to see inadequate safety advice. I am disgusted that this was thought to be appropriate after all the work that has been done to form the I Know Someone campaign at Western, which has told us that preventing rape is NOT the responsibility of the victim! This is not a burden that should be carried by our young women, especially those who are constantly advised that if they would only take control of themselves, sexual assault wouldn’t happen. The only people that can prevent sexual assault are those who perpetuate the crime. That is where our blame should be placed, alongside those that aid or protect them. Our safety advice should be targeting the victimizers, and potential victimizers, sending the message that sexual assault is dehumanizing and intolerable, and that the punishment for violating another person is severe. I can’t imagine how the victim of this crime would feel if she or he were to read this circulating advice. —Lindsay Stevenson FIMS grad
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factattack In beating the Detroit Lions by a score of 44-41, the Tennessee Titans became the first team in NFL history to score five touchdowns of 60 or more yards in a game.
Rundown >> After winning three exhibition games coming into the weekend, the Mustangs women’s field hockey team lost their first two games to open league play > Losing to the University of Toronto on Saturday by a score of 7-1, the Mustangs were unable to salvage the weekend split as they fell 4-3 to the Waterloo Warriors on Sunday.
Mustangs pierce Lancers in sloppy affair Fumbles aplenty as Mustangs ride early lead to victory Ryan Stern Sports Editor It was a game of ups and downs, but the Mustangs football team escaped a sloppy performance with a convincing 43-26 victory over the Windsor Lancers Saturday. In a game that featured five fumbles and a combined total of 25 penalties between the two teams, it was not the way Mustangs head coach Greg Marshall drew it up—but still an important win in the tight Ontario University Athletics standings. “There were times and moments when we played outstanding. We did a great job on defence, and we made great plays on offence—then there were times when we were just inconsistent and undisciplined,” Marshall said. “We took way too many penalties today. If we are going to be a good team, we have to be more disciplined.” With the Windsor offence floundering throughout the first half— scoring only on a Liram Hajrullahu kneel-down in the endzone—the Mustangs’ high-powered offence was able to take advantage. With two touchdowns in the first half, Garret Sanvido was once again the driving force behind a strong 19-2 lead at the break. The second-year tailback topped the 200yard marker for the first time in his young career, but the real difference between last week and this week on offence was the passing game. “In practice, we worked on the passing stuff a bit more and they had a couple injuries in the secondary so we were able to take advantage of that, and we felt good about it,” Mustangs quarterback Donnie Marshall said. “Once we settled down and knew how they were going to play us, we got it going.” Along with Garret Sanvido, the Mustangs got stellar performances out of veteran receiver Brian Marshall and defensive lineman Daryl Waud. Playing without injured
veteran Matt McGarva, the Lancers’ secondary was vulnerable and Brian Marshall was able to take advantage of that to the tune of 149 yards and a touchdown. “It was good to bounce back and give our receivers some more confidence, and let every team know that we are not just a good running team,” Brian Marshall said. Though the second half was more of an even battle—both teams put up 24 points—the damage had already been done by the Mustangs. “I liked our resilience, I liked the
There were times and moments when we played outstanding, we did a great job on defence and we made great plays on offence—then there were times when we were just inconsistent and undisciplined. —Greg Marshall
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boys’ ability to fight back and I’m proud of that. At the same time, I’m not in the coaching business for moral victories. We were a little loose in the first half and our offence couldn’t get anything going,” Windsor coach Joe D’Amore said. On the defensive side, it seemed as though the Mustangs lived in the backfield with Lancers quarterback Austin Kennedy. Kennedy leads the OUA in passing, but was unable to find a rhythm throughout the first half with Mustangs constantly in his face. With two interceptions—one from Harold Mutobola and one from Waud— the Mustangs were able to quell
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TALK TO THE HAND BECAUSE THE FACE DON’T WANNA HEAR IT. Mustangs running back Garret Sanvido stiff arms a Windsor Lancers defender to the ground in Saturday’s game. Sanvido’s 205 yards on the ground were a driving force in the Mustangs 43-26 victory.
the fire of one of the best offences in the country. “Defence did a great job. In the first half, they were great. Harold Mutobola was all over the place. He played well in training camp and we missed him at the beginning of
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the season. He is a key piece,” Greg Marshall said. With the defending champions on the docket, the Mustangs must tighten up their game if they are to have a chance at avenging their Yates Cup loss.
“This was important, especially for confidence going into McMaster next week. We still made too many mistakes though to beat a good team like McMaster,” Donnie Marshall said, with an eye towards next week.
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Exhibition season opens with close call Powers’ debut behind bench proves successful Nathan Robbins-Kantor Contributor
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LOOK MA, ONE HAND. Mustangs forward Matt Clarke drives the net in Friday night’s preseason game against the Concordia Stingers. The Mustangs, despite an early lead, barely held on to take the game 4-3.
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After coming within one goal of a Canadian Interuniversity Sport National Championship last season, the Mustangs men’s ice hockey team returned to the ice Friday night at Thompson Arena to kick off their preseason against the Concordia Stingers. Major changes filled the off season, as significant players left the team, including last year’s CIS leading scorer Keaton Turkiewicz and Western’s former captain Adam Nemeth. In addition, bench boss Clarke Singer decided to take a one-year sabbatical for 2012-13, handing off the reigns to assistant coach Pat Powers. Despite all the changes, the Mustangs came out flying. Three goals in the first four and a half minutes gave the impression that a blowout was on the way, but the final score was far from it. The Stingers went into the first intermission down 3-0, but came out with two quick goals to start the second. Mustangs centre Julian Cimadamore was able to stop the bleeding just a couple minutes later with his second goal of the game, making the score 4-2. Concordia added a third goal midway through the third, but that was all they could manage as Western barely held on for the 4-3 win. “As the game got on, we got away from what was allowing us to have success early—things like cycling the puck, getting the puck to the net,” Mustangs assistant coach David Kontzie said. “We probably had 25 [of our] shots blocked, and that’s unacceptable.” Opposing coach Kevin Figsby was happy with his team’s performance, despite the slow start. “We had nine rookies in the lineup who had never played a university hockey game before.
We rebounded well, through 46 minutes we gave up one goal. I’m pretty pleased with the way we played after the first 10 minutes.” The 4-3 win for the Mustangs may seem closer than it should have been, considering the Stingers failed to even make the playoffs in 2011-12. But with all the changes heading into this year, it will take some time to adjust, and there is no better time to make adjustments than during the preseason. “We came out strong, but then kind of sat back. Better to learn now than later,” Cimadamore said. Cimadamore is one of a few Mustang players who have found an opportunity to break out with the departures of players from last year’s squad.
As the game got on, we got away from what was allowing us to have success early— things like cycling the puck, getting the puck to the net. We probably had 25 [of our] shots blocked, and that’s unacceptable. --David Kontzie
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“Coming into this year, there was an opportunity for returning players to step up, fill some roles and have the chance to play some bigger minutes,” Kontzie said. The Mustangs hope to return to the CIS University Cup tournament again, where last year, they lost to McGill in overtime.
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