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Serial voyeur arrested near Western’s campus Aaron Zaltzman News Editor A string of nighttime break-ins around the Western campus culminated homecoming weekend in the arrest of 47-year-old Bradley Priestap. The London resident, who has an extensive history of sexually related crimes, was charged last week with 17 counts, including trespassing by night, criminal harassment, possession of break-and-enter tools, breaking and entering to commit voyeurism and voyeurism. Dennis Rivest, media relations officer with the London Police Service, said the arrest came at the conclusion of a long process. “We started this investigation several months ago, and it involves investigations dating back to 2011,” Rivest said. He also noted Priestap had been under police surveillance since late August. “Most of the area that we’ve been focusing on is surrounding [the Western] campus,” Rivest said. “Western University police and London police sent out reminders regarding public safety at the end of the school year, and again in September.” Police canvassed the Broughdale neighbourhood adjacent to Western’s campus on homecoming weekend after a man matching Priestap’s description was apparently sighted in the area peering into houses. They asked
residents if they had spotted him, and warned them to be on the lookout. Paul Mitskopoulos, a first-year Ivey student, said he heard police searching around his home on Westview Drive on September 29 around 12:30 a.m. “I jumped out of my bed, rolled up my curtains and saw a police officer with a German Shepherd looking around our backyard frantically,” Mitskopoulos said. “The police officer was shining his flashlight in every direction, looking in our garage, porch, storage bins, et cetera.” “Apparently, the person had run down our driveway and through our backyard,” he said. “They never told us who they were looking for or what was going on—[they] just made us aware to call 911 if we saw anyone.” Danielle Sing, a second-year student in arts and humanities, said the police knocked on her house on Sunset Street at midnight on Friday, saying a man had been seen on her street half an hour before. The next day at 3 p.m. she received a call from the police telling her the man had been arrested and was out on bail. They instructed her to be on the lookout for him and to notify the police if he she saw him in the area. However, Rivest said Priestap was arrested only once on homecoming weekend. Priestap’s arrest echoes that of
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A WILD CHASE. Police canvassed the Broughdale neighbourhood on the night of September 28 looking for a suspicious middle-aged man suspected of voyeurism. Bradley Priestap, 47, was later arrested.
Timothy Stephen Griffin in December 2008, who was also caught after several break-ins around the Western area. Mike Arntfield, a writing professor and police officer, said Griffin was caught when his vehicle was identified. Arntfield explained voyeurs tend to target an area either because of familiarity, or because of a certain victim demographic.
“This certainly isn’t the first case of somebody targeting the housing area around Western,” Arntfield said. “What you have is an environment where there is a […] significant availability of victims.” Arntfield explained while serial instances of this kind of voyeurism are rare, students should still take cautions to protect them-
selves and their residences. “While the university is very safe and in a good area, this can happen anywhere,” he added. “Exercise common sense—keep your doors locked at night and talk to your landlord about installing functioning exterior lights.” Priestap is currently in police custody, and is set to appear in court on Thursday.
Western researchers discover breakthrough Neuroscientists link brain region to vegetative state Julian Uzielli Online Editor
A team of Western neuroscientists have made a significant breakthrough in the understanding of what happens in the human brain to cause vegetative states. Scientists studied more than 50 patients with varying degrees of brain damage. By using a special MRI technique they were able to identify the areas of the brain that are essential to explaining how vegetative states occur. “We used a technique called diffusion tensor imaging, which basically is a technique that allows us to reconstruct the differ-
ent fibers connecting different regions of your brain, and we can see whether these connections were damaged or preserved,” Davinia Fernandez-Espejo, a postdoctoral fellow at Western’s Brain and Mind Institute, said. Fernandez-Espejo found that in vegetative patients the area of the brain called the default mode network, which activates during daydreaming, was disconnected compared to healthy patients. Fernandez-Espejo worked with Adrian Owen, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging, and other scientists from universities around the world. The research was published last week in Annals of Neurology, a peer-
reviewed medical journal.
There isn’t one single part of the brain that gets injured and causes a vegetative state, and that’s the main problem for understanding it. —Davinia Fernandez-Espejo Postdoctoral fellow at Western’s Brain and Mind Institute
The reason behind why vegetative states occur and how they
happen is one of the least understood areas of neuroscience, since they aren’t caused by any one type of injury. “The main problem we have with vegetative states is you can be in that state because of many different reasons. Basically anything that causes big, severe damage in the brain can put you in a vegetative state, such as a car accident or anoxia after cardiac arrest,” Fernandez-Espejo said. “There isn’t one single part of the brain that gets injured and causes a vegetative state, and that’s the main problem for understanding it. But now, this development will provide important clues that will help scientists learn more
about the conditions that cause vegetative states—meaning they can start trying to develop a treatment. “The first thing we need to find out in order to design a treatment is what the cause is. This is the first step towards that direction,” Fernandez-Espejo said. “So now we have identified the potential targets that can be used in the future to treat it.” “We want to start looking at these patients from the very beginning, from the very first stages of the disease and see when and where the changes in the brain start and what we can do to prevent this type of damage.” —With files from Alex Carmona
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Minivan struck by train on St. George London police confirm driver was uninjured Alex Carmona News Editor London’s notorious train tracks nearly claimed another victim yesterday when a train T-boned a gold minivan on the tracks at St. George and Oxford streets. The London Police Service has confirmed the driver was uninjured, though were unavailable to comment further and could not confirm the identity of the driver. Elia Leo Buragina, the owner of Papa’s Pizza, located adjacent to the tracks, witnessed the accident and described the scene. He speculated that the driver, like many others before him, attempted to speed through the tracks despite the oncoming train. “I was the first person to get there after the accident, but I also saw it happen while I was sitting in the corner of my restaurant. The lights came on and the bell rang, but he still tried to beat the train and got smashed.” Buragina noted that this is not the first time a car has gotten hit ignoring the railway’s warning. “People lose their minds trying to beat the train. One month, three or four years ago, there were three accidents like this. Luckily nobody died, believe it or not. It looks like this corner is lucky.” Despite bells and lights in place to warn drivers, there is no gate on the St. George crossing.
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TRAINS, LANES AND AUTOMOBILES. Police cleared a minivan off of St. George Street near Oxford yesterday after it was struck by an oncoming train.
Buragina stressed the police should maintain a heavier presence near the crossing to deter motorists from attempting to beat the train. “The police think they’ll catch more people if they stay on Piccadilly Street, but they’re wrong. If cops parked here to watch, they
would catch hundreds of drivers [illegally attempting to cross the train tracks]. They act as if they have GT cars!” According the Buragina, this is not a relatively new phenomenon either. “We’ve been in business since the 1960s, and over 40 years I’ve
seen the lights flash, the bell ring and people speed through. This boy is a very lucky guy—he only got a small bang. It could have been much, much worse.” The driver—a young, white male—declined to comment after giving a statement to the police.
Giving on the rise It’s the onset of the giving season, and the success of the London Food Bank’s Fall Food Drive is evidence of that. The drive, which began on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving and wrapped up Monday, saw donations surpass those of last year and reach upwards of 55,000 pounds. “We always hope for the best in terms of [donations], so any time that we go up in terms of food drive is a good thing, and we’re happy about that,” Jane Roy, co-executive director of the London Food Bank, said. Fifty per cent of totals will be distributed to other agencies, while the remaining 50 per cent will be on hand at the London Food Bank— 926 Leathorne Street—for those seeking direct assistance from the local organization. The positive increase in donations is accompanied by an increase in demand. Compared to this time last year, visits to the food bank are up 19 per cent. “It’s been a lot more stressful,” Roy said. “People who lost their jobs a few years ago normally get severance packages, so if they lost their job a year and a half ago, we’re just starting to see them now.” “I think the other primary reason is because London is a centre of service. When there are tough economic times, people come from the outlying areas and come into a larger city.” However, Roy and her team still see the increase as a huge success. “It’s great because this is the start of the giving season, and Londoners are giving more.” —Lily Robinson
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word of the day Alacrity Noun. A cheerful willingness; eagerness.
A good night to fall asleep Beat stress: eat well to save your grades Melissa Maduri Contributor
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Ryan Cole Contributor GGHFF Goodnight Children Everywhere is an ambitious play executed plainly and without brilliance. Written by Richard Nelson and set in post-World War II Britain, the play examines the fallout from the separation of siblings during the evacuation of children from London during the war. The show opens to 17-year-old Peter (Kevin Curnutte) arriving home to be reunited with his three older sisters, five years after being exiled to Alberta. The tedium, lasting two hours with an intermission, takes place entirely in the living room of a London flat shared by the orphaned siblings. Director Elizabeth Newman artfully stages this piece with naturalistic movements and subtlety. In particular, the uncomfortable sexual tension culminating in a surprising and beautifully awkward incestuous act is carefully crafted.
Unfortunately, the play loses its effect in its brevity—the result of hurried acting that fails to grasp Newman’s direction. The audience is left with too little time to digest this critical emotional turn in the play’s primary players. The production seemingly turns away a moment that should truly move the audience, as if it ashamed of its greatest triumph. In a play designed to simmer slowly and never quite come to a boil, this production comes across as slow inaction. Dialogue spoken in entirely British accents was carried out well by some, but unfortunately not by all. However, the fake accents hamper performances and distract from the plot. Audience members may find themselves asking why a pair of English doctors occasionally break into a mix of Canadian and German dialects. Curnutte gives a charming, but ultimately unconvincing and heavy-handed performance as the youngest sibling. Save for a few truly enjoyable moments where
we catch a glimpse of genuine emotion and talent, we are ever aware he is putting on an act. On the other hand, Heather May, who plays eldest sister Anne, steals the show, delivering a complex portrayal of an emotionally complicated character that is at once tender and funny, troubled and hopeful. She is a joy to watch. The rest of the ensemble play reasonably well off each other and Kalina Hada-Lemon, in the role of Vi, delivers a much-needed dose of comic relief. Unfortunately, these performances are often lost amid fake accents and painfully long scene changes. Regardless of the production’s inadequacies, the play is an enjoyable character study. However, it is recommended only to seasoned theatre-goers who will appreciate this attempt at a challenging piece with an intriguing and conversation-worthy story to tell. Go with friends, not your siblings. Goodnight Children Everywhere runs October 11 to 13 at 8:00 p.m. at Palace Theatre. Tickets are $15.
In lieu of the approaching exam season, the Gazette spoke with retired, award-winning Canadian professor Jerre Paquette to understand the effects nutrition has on classroom learning. In the novel he co-wrote, Eat To Save Your Life, Paquette examines the relationship between a healthy diet and enhanced academic performance. “The brain takes in about five times the nutrients of any other organ in the body,” Paquette states. “It is important for [students] to eat foods that will maximize their abilities to learn.” Paquette has provided the following three simple tips to help Western students learn more effectively in the classroom and enhance their ability to retain information from studying. Tip #1: Wake up with protein The purpose of breakfast is to ‘break’ the ‘fast’ that you imposed on yourself while sleeping. According to Paquette, the best way to break the fast is with protein. During sleep, the body utilizes proteins to “repair all the damage you did to your body by moving all day.” Paquette urges students to replace the protein lost in sleep with dietary protein the next morning. A protein-rich breakfast will allow students to maximize the body’s ability to meet its needs throughout the day. Opt for protein-dense foods such as eggs or peanut butter.
observing his own students in lecture. “I noticed my energy tended to match my students’ energy— and probably exceeded it. That interested me because I was in my sixties at the time,” Paquette explains. Paquette began to notice a relationship between the energy of his students and the foods they were eating in class. His students were mostly eating sugar-based foods such as pop and donuts. Paquette says that students were not retaining information from lecture because of their sugar intake. “Their energy was way too high, and they couldn’t focus. Then all of a sudden they would crash and become quite dopey and sleepy.” Paquette advises all students to maximize their ability to learn by maintaining steady blood glucose levels. They can achieve this by avoiding processed foods and enjoying more complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, vegetables and fruit instead.
Tip #2: Beware of hidden sugars Paquette first became interested in the effects of nutrition on classroom learning by
Tip #3: Enjoy your joe When asked about the effect of coffee on learning, Paquette responded, “I think coffee is fantastic.” That’s surprising news for many of us who associate coffee with having ill effects on health. Paquette believes that having a cup of coffee first thing in the morning is a great way to begin a long day of studying because of its neurobiological affects. “Coffee activates dopamine in your brain, which is related to your ability to process and problem solve,” Paquette explains. So go ahead and enjoy a cup or two of your favorite brew.
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You know you love it, and now it’s back. Gossip Girl returns to television this week for its sixth and final season. Consisting of 10 episodes and a possible retrospect, the gossiping gang will spend the season taking on some of their bigger foes. Team Chair, Chuck and Blair will team up once again to ruin Bart Bass while Dan returns from Italy to write a scathing book about the upper east side scandals—with Georgina’s help. The biggest headto-head is sure to be Nate, as he works to reveal the true identity of the viral villain Gossip Girl.
Panic may be exactly what fans of All Time Low will do as they flock to the store to get the American rock band’s newest album. Working off their last studio album Dirty Work, which was released by major label Interscope, All Time Low left Interscope and resigned with their home indie label Hopeless to create Don’t Panic. For those who want to preview the album before picking up this new CD, the band released a trailer, which features the songs “For Baltimore,” “Outlines” and “Somewhere in Neverland.”
Directed by Ridley Scott, this science fiction film finally descends from the outer regions of space and lands on home DVD this week. With an allstar cast of Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron, the film follows a spaceship crew as they follow a star map discovered among the remnants of several ancient earth cultures. As the crew searches for the origins of humanity, they stumble upon a distant world with an advanced civilization that—you guessed it—threatens to bring upon the extinction of the human race.
Finally, a movie with Canadian main characters. Argo, loosely based on true events, tells the story of Tony Mendez and his account of the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. These six Americans escape and hide in the Canadian Ambassador’s home while CIA specialist Mendez, played by Ben Affleck, must put together a plan to help the diplomats escape. In addition to playing the lead, Affleck works as director for this political thriller.
After a very successful year with the release of 21, Adele took some time off and confirmed that her next album would be at least two years away. However, the sultry British singer came out of hibernation to write and record “Skyfall,” the official theme song for the 23rd James Bond film. Adele described the process of making the song as one of the proudest moments of her life. The track has the mysterious sound that a James Bond film demands, but also contains the melancholic lyrics and tone that Adele became famous for.
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On The Shelf
GGGFF In One Person John Irving John Irving’s In One Person can be accurately described as a dense, but worthwhile novel. The book’s hefty size doesn’t compare to its clunky, condensed subject matter. The novel’s vocabulary and choice of words are at a level that might make some readers reach for the dictionary. Not only is the level of language high, but Irving also makes numerous references to a number of more obscure works. The constant allusions to books, plays and other works, while impressive, make the book difficult to read. The story follows the life of Billy, a bisexual male in the 20th century. This choice of protagonist is typical for the author, who is widely known for featuring characters who are, as he titles them, “sexual outsiders.” The book follows Billy’s entire life, from child-
On Disc hood to old age. This allows for an immense amount of character and plot development— however, it also provides a vast number of names and dates that the reader needs to hold onto. While the story is cleverly written, this adds to the crushing density of the novel. The most important highlight of this book, and perhaps the most interesting, is its coverage of the 1980s AIDS epidemic. Once the story reaches this point, it takes a dramatic change from a typographic work to a captivating story. Irving does a fantastic job of not only integrating elements of the narrator’s past into his later years, but also of vividly representing the effect of the AIDS epidemic on the LGBT community. Through Billy’s eyes, the reader can catch a glimpse of what it may have been like to witness and experience the epidemic firsthand. The reader is caught between interest and shock as the spread of AIDS reaches full swing and the book nears its end. This is undoubtedly the most compelling period of the novel, and transforms the book’s appeal completely. In short, In One Person can be best described as a literary experience. Irving does an incredible job of giving an accurate sense of what Billy’s life was like as a child, as an adult facing the AIDS epidemic, and as an old man making the most of his life lessons. Getting through this book is a lot of work, and big time commitment, but ultimately provides a sense of accomplishment and a new outlook on life. —Kyle Simons
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“Mountain Sound” — Of Monsters and Men
GGGHF Dance Movie Interlopers Independent Dance Movie’s first full-length album Interlopers is a calming, pleasant listen. New Dance Movie listeners will enjoy Interlopers’ soft, relaxing vibe, which makes it something of a romantic compilation, while still comfortably presenting some lyrical angst. There are a few f-bombs dropped throughout that don’t, in effect, make you cringe as you would expect, having been paired with such a subtle backing. Additionally, Dance Movie takes calculated risks in terms of track composition, most notably with sporadic vocal monotony that make the listener stop and pay attention to the lyrics. This folk-indie-rock-pop mix manages to incorporate accordion and glockenspiel without sounding hokey, for which the band must be praised. Each track is interesting in its own way, integrating very distinctive instrument groupings to present unique moods. Completing the package is lead singer Tara Thorne’s wonderfully soft, passionate tone. Though a few tracks lacked catchy qualities and took some getting used to, the album, as a whole, makes for an indulging listen. —Paige Liznick
Of Monsters and Men released their full-length debut studio album My Head is an Animal in early 2012. However, the release of their second single “Mountain Sound” this past September is a reminder of the success that this relatively new Icelandic indie-folk band has achieved. My Head is an Animal features many songs that, while not instantly recognizable, are catchy and unique. “Mountain Sound” is one of these songs. Lead singers Nanna Hilmarsdottir and Ragnar Porhallson create a blissful vocal balance in this catchy
track. With simple lyrics, this toetapping song is easy to sing along to, while being memorable for its interesting sound. Unfortunately, music lovers often focus on singles like “Little Talks”— after all, this is what garnered Of Monsters and Men worldwide recognition. However, the best of bands are successful because of more than popularity gained by singles. At best, you’ll experience a moving feeling of transient invincibility. And, if you determine the implicit message to be somewhat cheesy, you’ll probably be too busy appreciating Hilmarsdottir’s beautiful, chilling vocals to really care. —Sumedha Arya
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Opinions Thanks for nothing day Of course, we all have things to be thankful for, and over Thanksgiving we acknowledge them. However, there are also many things that can cause us to become stressed. Here is a list of some of these problems you may have encountered—and how to deal with them. The turkey dump: One of the most well-known and most-feared turkey day traditions. Especially prevalent with first-year students, the turkey dump occurs over Thanksgiving weekend when those students realize there are plenty of other people out there—and they want to meet them. Solution: Take advantage of it. Chances are, you weren’t going to marry the person anyways. University is a chance to start anew, and perhaps do things you wouldn’t have thought of before—and now you don’t have anything—or anyone—tying you down. If moving on isn’t your thing, and you were the one who got turkey dumped, try volunteering for the Gazette. At the very least, it’ll take your mind off things—and at the best, it’ll teach you to write well enough to compose a heart-wrenching love letter to win back your special someone. Gaining weight: With all the delicious food, and extreme overeating, it’s no surprise that you may be feeling a bit sluggish. Throw in the fact that you probably didn’t exercise at all, and there isn’t much mystery as to why the scale may look a bit unfamiliar. Solution: The time-tested trick of getting a bit of exercise. It’s still warm enough to walk to school, and you can always hit the gym before, in between or after classes. Also, if you recently were involved in a turkey dump, you can kill two birds with one stone here, if you know what we mean. Homesick: After going back to your parents’ house for the weekend, you might not want to leave again. In fact, with all the free food, free Internet and relaxing quiet, you may begin to wonder why you left in the first place. Solution: Although you’ve already returned, the best solution would have been to stay a few more days. Sure, the whole ‘going home’ thing is great at first, but, perhaps unbeknownst to you, a sense of freedom and independence has already taken you over. All it would take is one enforced curfew, one seemingly unfair rule or one argument for you to realize that you’re happier on your own. —Gazette Editorial Board
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Don’t let the turkey dump gobble you up Wrath of McGrath Kaitlyn McGrath Associate Editor
You’ve had your turkey, so now it must be time for the dump, right? I’m taking about the turkey dump, of course—the much-feared fate for many first-year students returning home for the first time since embarking on the journey of higher education. Your eyes have been opened to all the world has to offer, and suddenly the significant other you left behind seems so boring. Maybe it’s not that they have changed, but more likely you have. There may not have been plenty of fish at your high school, but here at Western, fish are plentiful—and suddenly you’re in the mood for fishing. It’s also entirely possible you weren’t the one doing the dumping this weekend, but actually the one being dumped. First off, I’m sorry. Secondly, congratulations, you’re now free. Sure, it may have been fun trying to decipher the broken up messages over Skype, but think of how much more time you’ll have for activities now. Now I don’t mean to seem insensitive—breaking up sucks, I get it. And I don’t mean to sound cliché, but really, if there’s any time for clichés, it’s a break-up. So here it goes—don’t think of this break-up as an end, but rather a new beginning. You now have a chance to meet new people, be independent and focus on your own aspirations. If that piece of insight doesn’t help dry your tears, then you can also
find comfort in the fact that you are definitely not alone. Actually, you’re probably not even the only one on your floor dealing with Thanksgiving heartbreak. The turkey dump is a phenomenon that has existed for some time now, but why it is so common? Firstly, university is a time to grow into your own—form your own opinions, discover new interests and form new relationships, either romantic or platonic. Being tied down to an adolescent relationship is certainly going to stunt your growth. Plus, university is a busy time. You’ll have substantially more schoolwork to worry about, and in cases where your significant other is not attending post-secondary school, he or she may not relate to your new schedule. And if that lover of yours goes to another academic institution then he or she is likely meeting new people who they probably have more in common with. For example, they live in the same city. These reasons are logical, but if you’re a dumpee, you’re probably not thinking about that right now. Instead, you’re probably stuck wondering how you will possibly go on because he or she was your “soul mate.” Okay, sure, maybe that certain lover of yours was “the one,” but if they were, then they’ll still be the one after university. In the meantime, don’t worry about it and have some fun. I entered university single, so I have no first-hand experience of being dumped over the long weekend. I imagine I would be sad. I would probably cry—okay, definitely cry—but after a tub of ice cream and listening to some Adele, I would hopefully be back on my feet. Take a deep breath and embrace the new beginning. It may be completely hypothetical, but I suggest all you turkey dumpees and dumpers follow my lead.
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#fail If you’re the type of person who enjoys the natural beauty of the sky, you may want to rethink your way of life. A Texas man was questioned by the FBI after taking photos of some especially coollooking storm clouds. The man went close to the Lyondell Refinery to get a clear line of sight of the clouds, but ended up facing accusations of terrorism. Although the whole debacle ended peacefully, the amount of hassle caused by pretty clouds makes this situation a huge #fail.
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factattack St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran had his third career multi-homerun postseason game in the Cardinals 12-4 victory over the Washington Nationals. This tied him for second all-time behind Babe Ruth’s record of four such games.
Rundown >> The men’s football team was upset 42–39 in a loss to the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday > Men’s soccer goalie Ivan Skoko earned athlete of the week honours for a shutout performance against UOIT in a 0–0 draw > The women’s soccer team was upset in their game against UOIT 1–0 > Both teams will have a chance to get back in the win column Saturday October 13 versus Laurier.
Double victory for Mustangs in OUA tennis First sweep in nearly 20 years for men and women Ryan Stern Sports Editor Remember the year when a loaf of bread cost $1.57? The Mustangs men’s and women’s tennis program does. Remember the year when Bill Clinton was in office? The Mustangs tennis program does. Remember when the Blue Jays last won the World Series? The Mustangs tennis program does. This weekend the future Federers and Sharapovas pulled off a feat that had eluded them since the year of the aforementioned events—1993. Winning concurrent Ontario University Athletics championships for the Mustangs tennis program is seemingly always the goal, but this weekend the Mustangs achieved this allusive goal for the first time in almost 20 years. Winning both men’s and women’s OUA championships was in sight for this confident bunch, but it was not without hard work and the right mindset. “Our expectation by all players and coaches was to win,” Mustangs men’s coach Anthony Glavanic said. “We would accomplish this if we play relaxed and compete up to our potential. The winning would take care of itself.” Travelling to Oshawa to take on the best Ontario had to offer, the Mustangs men were able to get the sweep of all matches that they participated in, but it was the women’s side that squeaked out their victory. “Our team had an excellent exhibition season, so I was optimistic about the tournament, but I knew the University of Toronto and York University would be tough,” Mustangs women’s coach Mike Richards said. “I knew our team had a chance. Michelle [Stanescu] really delivered in a big way. We matched up well in the last two doubles and winning both would deliver a championship. The players knew
the scenario and delivered and handled the pressure in an amazing fashion.” The veteran men’s team topped the weekend tournament with a score of 16.5 points accumulated through four singles matches and two doubles matches. Losing only one set in the entire tournament, the Mustangs men quickly pulled away from second place York University, which scored only 10.5 points. The victory, though not a nail biter, was still exciting once the championship was clinched. “Getting the sweep felt amazing. After I won my match and clinched the championship for Western, the whole team started celebrating and enjoying the victory as a group,” Mustangs player Alex Koshetov said. Travelling to Oshawa may have seemed like a disadvantage for the team, but the general sentiment was far from negative. The clay courts of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Campus Tennis Centre played to the skills of both the women’s and men’s teams. “Initially, I thought travelling to Oshawa would hurt my performance due to the fact that we would be playing on clay while we have been practicing on hard courts all season,” Mustangs player Josie McCann said. “However, I was able to run down a lot more balls in my matches and hit with more spin because of the nature of the clay courts.” The men’s side echoed these sentiments. “I believe playing on the clay in Oshawa may have been to our advantage, as we have a lot of grinders that prefer long rallies and matches, which the surface tends to provide,” Mustangs player Max Besworth said. With the men having wrapped up the title first, it was all eyes on the women’s side, which came down to
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HULK ANGRY, HULK SMASH! The men’s and women’s tennis teams won concurrent OUA championships this past weekend for the first time since 1993. The men’s teamed barreled through all the opponents they faced, while the women faced stiffer competition, but managed to pull off the victory.
the wire. “The celebration was that much more meaningful to both teams, as this is the first time in almost 20 years that Western has been able to claim both titles. To take a picture with both OUA banners was a moment I won’t soon forget,” Besworth
said. With the championship still fresh in the minds of each team, it was undoubtedly an emotional moment. Bringing home both OUA championship banners is an achievement that allows Mustangs players and fans to puff their chest
out. “The feeling of winning was very emotional as I have coached for 10 years and had never won. All the players over the last 10 years flashed before my eyes, and it was feeling of elation and a weight had been lifted,” Richards said.
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thegazette • Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Mustangs remain undefeated after road trip 8–0 record has defending champions in prime position Jason Sinukoff Sports Editor There were no inspiring underdog stories in women’s lacrosse this past weekend, as the Mustangs—the defending champions of the Ontario University Athletics—handily defeated the Guelph Gryphons, Brock Badgers and the Toronto Varsity Blues. “We had come off a good week of practice and our expectation was to compete hard—play our game. We knew if we stuck to the game plan, we would have success. We did just that and came out with three wins,” David Hastings, head coach for the Mustangs, said. The Mustangs started their weekend slate of games against the Gryphons. After defeating them
in the OUA Championships last year, the Mustangs knew that the Gryphons would be hungry for revenge. “We knew going into this game that Guelph had something to prove and we had to be ready to face them,” Caitlin Mancuso, goaltender for the Mustangs, said. The Gryphons did not disappoint—providing the Mustangs with their biggest challenge of the weekend. However, thanks to standout performances by Tenyka Snider, Michelle Farrugia and Tawnie Johnson, the Mustangs were able to walk away unscathed from their tilt with the Gryphons—winning 14–8. “Guelph played us very tough and did not give up. They are a very hard-working and proud team,
and we did not take them lightly,” Hastings said. “Guelph, and every team for that matter, always bring their best game to us.” The Mustangs then travelled to Brock to continue their weekend road trip. The Badgers put up a good fight, but the heroics of Kelsey Crean led the Mustangs to a 17–6 win. “Against Brock, everyone chipped in with Kelsey Crean netting a hat-trick to lead the way,” Hastings said. The Mustangs’ final opponent of the weekend was the Toronto Varsity Blues. With some impressive wins under their belt, the Mustangs knew that they had to approach the Varsity Blues with caution. “On Sunday, we were really un-
sure about what Toronto would bring because they had a couple of really good wins earlier in the season, but were missing a great player due to injury,” Kristen Stafford, attacker for the Mustangs, said. “We really just wanted to maintain possession and slow the game down by running our plays properly and successfully.” Once again, however, the Mustangs were able to overcome their foe, beating the Varsity Blues 15–4—keeping their undefeated record in tact. This time around it was goaltender Caitlin Mancuso and the midfielders who were the stars. “Against Toronto, I though Caitlin Mancuso had a great game in net and the defence did a good job as well. I have to give credit to
all the midfielders—like Maddy Crowther, who was very strong on loose balls and controlling the play,” Hastings said. Hastings knows that the team will have to stay on their toes and prepare well for there next two opponents—the McMaster Marauders and the Laurier Golden Hawks. Laurier’s physical play and McMaster’s skill are sure to make these very high-intensity, fastpaced affairs. “With Laurier being such a physical team and Mac playing some of their best lacrosse, we will definitely up the tempo on both sides of the ball in practice to get the team better adjusted. We will keep the team focused, ready to play and ready to take the game to our opponents.”
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Football The football team dropped a heartbreaking game to the Guelph Gryphons 42–39 on Saturday, with Guelph kicking a last-minute field goal to snatch up the win. The win puts the Gryphons at seventh place in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport rankings, while the Mustangs drop to Guelph’s former spot at number nine. The Mustangs were unable to recover from a horrible first half as quarterback Will Finch was removed in the second quarter and replaced by Blake Huggins. The Mustangs left the field at the half down 33–7. Though they managed a comeback to take a slight lead in the second half, they could not hold off the Guelph attack and fell by a score of 42–39. It was not all bad news for the Mustangs, as star running back Garret Sanvido ran for 210 yards and scored three touchdowns. Despite the strength of the running game, the vacancy of starting quarterback Donnie Marshall is really starting to hurt. —Richard Raycraft
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The women’s hockey team made good on their first game of the season, as they pounded the Laurier Golden Hawks 7–2 at Thompson Arena. The win was especially significant for the Mustangs, as it marked the first time they have ever beaten the Golden Hawks. Cassidy Gosling led the Mustangs high-powered offence, scoring two goals and an assist. Star player and team captain Stacey Scott also managed a goal and two assists. Goaltender Kelly Campell stopped 42 shots on a busy night in net. —Richard Raycraft