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By Matt Quinn                           deposited a $1 million cheque into       have a friendly ghost who is taking
Gazette Staff                           his bank account and then simply         in all that we do here.”
                                        disappeared — you guessed it —               Other purportedly haunted
For as long as there have been fairy    never to be seen again. Legend           locations in London include the old
tales and fables, there have been       claims his wife and her lover killed     jailhouse, haunted by Marion “Peg-
ghost stories. But unlike tales about   Small for his money and cremated         leg” Brown who was hanged in
princesses and dragons, which usu-      his body at The Grand Theatre.           1898, and The Keg, a former train
ally attempt to impart some lesson          “People think that he haunts the     station. Apparently the city is a
or moral, ghost stories have a very     theatre to this day,” says Julie Bell,   ghost hot spot.
different purpose: to suggest that      who works in media and commu-                “There are tons of hauntings
there might be something — or           nity relations at The Grand. “We         around London,” says Michelle
someone — else there and above          have a lot of people who come in         Desrochers of Canada’s Most
all, to make you afraid.                and say they see him in the house        Haunted, a “research team that spe-
    The typical ghost story is based    left box seats. His office used to be    cializes in spirit communications.”
on some historical event, so it’s not   in behind there and people claim             Desrochers explains it is com-
surprising that London, with a rich     he watches the shows from there.”        mon for these spirits to haunt the
history dating back to pioneer              Allegedly, Small was something       area where they once lived. “In pio-
times, has its fair share of haunted    of a womanizer back in the day.          neer times, you weren’t anybody
locations.                                  “He likes to haunt women. The        unless you had land. Chances are
    One of the Forest City’s best-      ladies that work in our wardrobe         you died on your land. Nine times
known ghost tales comes from The        department … have heard newspa-          out of 10, hauntings are attributed
Grand Theatre on Richmond Row.          per rustling when no one was there,      to people who just don’t want to
    In the early 20th century,          things would go missing. It was          give up their land.”
Ambrose Small was a theatre             pretty creepy.”                              But not all ghosts are from pre-
tycoon who owned several play-              Bell insists that those who fre-     vious centuries, the ghost
houses in southwestern Ontario,         quent the theatre need not be            researcher notes. “I actually once
but claimed his London venue was        afraid: “We tell everyone that
his favourite. On Dec. 2, 1919, he      Ambrose is a friendly ghost … we                      PLEASE SEE BRUHUM P6




                                                                                                             Illustration by Jesse Tahirali
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ON DISC                                                                                  NEWSBRIEFS
Friday, Oct. 31, 2008                    tion of one of Shakespeare’s most pop-                Canada needs blood
Trick-or-Eat!                            ular plays. Tickets are $10 at the door,        Canadian Blood Services’ blood-
When: Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.           but if you contact Jo Devereux at               stocks have plummeted to an all-
Where: Alumni Hall                       ereu@uwo.ca or Richa Sharma at                  time low of 9,800 units this week.
                                         rsharm45@uwo.ca, advanced tickets                   To put this into perspective,
What: Western’s Meal Exchange enlists
                                         are $5.                                         10,000 units is a two days supply of
hundreds of volunteers every year to                                                     blood and a single liver transplant
go door-to-door and collect food and                                                     patient uses up to 100 units.
cash donations for the London Food       Busk For Darfur                                     Just eight weeks ago the reserves
Bank. The goal this year is to surpass   When: Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.                 stood around 17,000 units. Since
$20,000 in total donations. Interested   Where: Richmond and Oxford Street;              then, the amount of donations has
students can register online at          Richmond and Queen Street; Rich-                dropped 40 per cent.
www.trickoreat.ca or e-mail west-        mond and Dundas Street                              Even though those who donate
ern@mealexchange.com.                    What: Musicians and executives of               blood in Canada do so more fre-
                                         Students Taking Action Now: Darfur              quently than any other nation, the
Q1 Hamlet, presented by the depart-      will be at these three street corners           number of actual donors is very low.
                                         handing out leaflets and engaging                    Only about one in 60 Canadians
ment of English
                                         public discussion about the genocide            donate blood yet almost one in two
When: Friday, Saturday and Nov. 6 to 8                                                   Canadians are eligible.
from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.                   in Darfur as well as answering ques-
                                                                                             Caryna Wilding, clinic recruit-
Where: Conron Hall, University College   tions on the matter.                            ment co-ordinator for CBS, sug-
What: Hear the early first quarto edi-                                                   gested the lack of donors is a huge
                                         Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008                          issue this year in particular.
                                         University Students’ Council survey                 “This year we have seen increase
                                         When: Until Nov. 9                              in the demand for blood which has
                                         Where: Anywhere with Internet                   led to demand exceeding supply,”
                                         access and a computer                           Wilding said.
                                         What: If you have yet to respond to                 She explained the usual annual
                                                                                         increase for blood demand is two
                                         the USC survey, this weekend could
                                                                                         per cent per year and this year the
                                         be an excellent opportunity. Tell your          increase is up to 3.3 per cent.
                                         student government what you like,                   Western students can take pride,
                                         what you don’t like and get entered             as they seem to be doing their part
                                         into an opportunity for cash prizes.            to help put an end to the vulnera-
                                                                                         ble position Canada is facing.
                                                                                             “It looks on paper that [the Uni-
                                                                                         versity Community Centre clinic] is
                                                                                         actually doing quite well as
                                                                                         opposed to last year,” Wilding said.
                                                                                             However, the number of donors
                                                puzzle solution from                     in the month of October is still
                                                     page 11                             down from previous months, hint-
                                                                                         ing more can be done.
                                                                                             The UCC clinic hosts a blood
                                                                                         donor clinic every Monday, Tuesday
                                                                                         and Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m.
                                                                                             Check out www.lifeblood.ca for
                                                                                         more information on donating
                                                                                         blood.
                                                                                                              — Ashley Crate

                                                                                                Rocky roads in London
                                                                                         London’s roads are among the
                                                                                         worst in the province.
                                                                                            Every year the Canadian Auto-
                                                                                         mobile Association and Ontario
    PLAY                    Dodge the queue and move                                     Road Builders’ Association compile

  WRITING:
                                                                                         a list of the 20 worst roads in
                           your play from page to stage.                                 Ontario, as voted on by the public.
                                                                                            Mornington Avenue placed 15th
     NO                     Learn from a PRO, not from a hack.                           and Wonderland Road placed 19th
                                                                                         on this year’s list.
  BAGGAGE                       On-line course, 5 or 10 weeks                               Bad roads cause costly damage
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                                                                                         to automobiles, explained Kris
                                                                                         Barnier, chair of the Ontario Worst
          www.billballantyne.com                                                         Roads campaign.
                                                                                            “Damage can cost anywhere
                                                                                         from hundreds to thousands of dol-
                                                                                         lars. The most common complaints
                                                                                         we hear are about pot holes, bumps
                AT TENTION                                                               in the road and generally rough
                                                                                         roads,” he explained.
                                                                                            “We are always looking at the
                                                                                         condition of roads,” said London
            STUDENTS USING                                                               city councillor Harold Usher.
                                                                                         “[What we can do about it] depends
         SERVICES FOR STUDENTS                                                           on how much money we have.”
                                                                                            “London has had a number of
            WITH DISABILITIES                                                            roads that have been higher up on
                                                                                         the list in the past, this is a good
                                                                                         year for London,” Barnier said.
     We would like to remind you that you must meet with                                    He explained municipalities
     a counsellor at Services for Students with Disabilities                             require help from provincial gov-
                                                                                         ernment.
     (SSD), in the Student Development Services, to                                         “If a road is in really bad shape
     arrange academic accommodation for your 2008                                        quite often you need to rip up the
     fall/winter courses.                                                                whole road and completely recon-
                                                                                         struct, which can take a couple of
     If you have not yet requested accommodation for your                                years and costs about $250,000 per
                                                                                         kilometre,” Barnier said.
     courses, and you wish to use accommodation for                                         “We have about $10 million that
     December 2008 exams, you must meet with a counsellor                                we got from the provincial govern-
     by Monday, November 10th. Accommodation for                                         ment that we have allotted to these
     December 2008 exams cannot be arranged by SSD if                                    type of [road repairs],” Usher said.               3-day forecast
     requested after this date.                                                             “In a nutshell, we are seeing        Friday         Saturday         Sunday
                                                                                         results and the campaign is work-        Sunny        Mainly sunny   Cloudy periods
                                                                                         ing,” Barnier concluded, noting         High 16C        High 8C         High 13C
                                                                                         Western Road used to be on the list      Low 5C         Low 2C           Low 1C
            To book your appointment please call
                                                                                         and has since been repaired.
                      519-661-2147                                                                         — Hannah Rosen
                                                                          081023
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         EARLY WINTER STORM LEAVES ITS MARK                                                                                Bogles beware:
                                                                                                                           Ghost-busters coming
                                                                                                                           to London
                                                                                                                           By Jaclyn Haggarty                              — in 2002. The organization has
                                                                                                                           Gazette Staff                                   since grown significantly and will
                                                                                                                                                                           soon be expanding its team to the
                                                                                                                           When there is something strange in              London area in the upcoming
                                                                                                                           your neighbourhood, who are you                 weeks.
                                                                                                                           going to call?                                      “We’re not in it for the thrill, it is
                                                                                                                              Paranormal investigations are                definitely a lot of work,” McKay
                                                                                                                           no longer confined to movies and                added.
                                                                                                                           television. Whether you are a                       Cold Squad investigates approx-
                                                                                                                           believer or a skeptic, interest in the          imately eight to 10 cases every
                                                                                                                           paranormal is on the rise, with                 month; a seemingly small number
                                                                                                                           some taking on their love of ghost-             but a lot of work considering the
                                                                                                                           busting full-time.                              job generates no pay.
                                                                                                                              “Most of the things people                       “We don’t charge anything at all
                                                                                                                           assume are hauntings can be                     for our investigation. So anyone
                                                                                                                           explained and are non-paranor-                  wanting to [work for us] will not get
                                                                                                                           mal,” Michelle McKay, director of               paid,” she explained.
                                                                                                                           Cold Spot Paranormal Research,                      Instead, the organization strives
                                                                                                                           said.                                           to recruit trained professionals and
                                                                                                                              “We’re looking for the truth.                students with day jobs and some-
                                                                                                  Chris de Hoog/Gazette    Most of the time it’s explainable by            thing to contribute who can spare
         NOPE, THIS WAS NOT PHOTOSHOPPED. Trees across campus, such as this one situated behind                            faulty wiring or animals in the attic           five hours to take part in an investi-
         Delaware Hall, have been bent out of shape due to the recent change in weather. Across London, resi-              and then when we’ve completed                   gation.
         dents have experienced difficulties with the early snowfall.                                                      our investigation we present our                    “We don’t use psychics, a lot of
                                                                                                                           findings to our clients.”                       what psychics do is based on
                                                                                                                              McKay founded Cold Spot — a                  beliefs. We’re looking for concrete
                                                                                                                           non-profit, investigation unit spe-

Inclement October weather                                                                                                  cializing in solving the unexplained                                        PLEASE SEE MCKAY P5




wreaks havoc on London                                                                                                            FALL PREVIEW DAY             Saturday, November 15, 2008
15,000 Londoners go without electricity on Wednesday                                                                                                           VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
                                                                                                                                                         Are you:
                                                                                                                                                            • Available to contribute your time for the day November 15, 2008
                                           take weeks before we get to the bot-     on Tuesday modifying construction                                       • Interested in meeting prospective students and their families
By Arden Zwelling                          tom of it because [the damage] is all    vehicles with snowplows.                                                • Involved in campus activities
                                                                                                                                                            • Enthusiastic and positive about your Western experience
Gazette Staff                              over the place.”                            According to John Parsons, divi-                                     • Articulate, pleasant and responsible
                                               15,000 London Hydro and              sion manager of transportation and                                   To apply:
Thousands of Londoners woke up             Hydro One customers were without         forestry for the City of London, the                                     • Pick up an application in Undergraduate Recruitment, Room 96,
without power Wednesday morn-              electricity for most of the day on       city’s full stable of snow removal                                         Stevenson-Lawson Building OR
                                                                                                                                                             • Print off an application form available in the “News” section of
ing after an early winter storm            Wednesday as hydro workers               equipment does not become avail-                                           the Office of the Registrar website http://www.registrar.uwo.ca
brought down tree branches and             rushed to repair damaged lines.          able until Nov. 10.                                                      • Drop your completed application off to Undergraduate
                                                                                                                                                               Recruitment, Room 96, Stevenson-Lawson Building OR




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power lines across London.                     “Hydro is going nuts trying to          “It was certainly a challenge,”                                       • Email your completed application to: joake@uwo.ca
                                                                                                                                                              DEADLINE: Friday, November 7, 2008
    As late as Thursday evening there      solve the problem — I got a call         Parsons said. “We knew it was com-
were still a number of homes and           [Thursday] morning from a lady                                                                               Please note that you must attend one of the following MANDATORY orientation
                                                                                                                                                        sessions: November 10th 1:30pm OR November 11th 10:30am OR 2:30pm. If selected as
businesses in London without               who doesn’t even have hydro yet,”                     PLEASE SEE LONDON P5                                   a volunteer, locations of the sessions will be sent to you via email.

power, according to the city’s web-        Polhill said. “They’re obviously
site. The city set up warming centres      working on it but it takes a while
in libraries and community centres         when you have so many branches
across London to provide heat for          and electrical wires down.”
those who were left in the dark.               The storm also created slippery
    The massive destruction caused         conditions for drivers with more
by the storm, which dropped                than 50 accidents being reported
almost 20 centimetres of snow on           Wednesday.
the ground in some areas, left city            Traffic light malfunctions made
crews scrambling to clean up fallen        things even more chaotic, though
trees and restore power. Old North         power had been restored to all traf-
was especially hard hit, according         fic lights by Thursday afternoon
to city controller Bud Polhill.            according to constable Dan O’Reil-
    “It’s one of the worst snow-           ly of the London Police Service.
storms I’ve seen — there’s a tele-             City workers were not fully pre-
phone line lying in my backyard            pared for a storm this early in the
right now,” Polhill said. “It’s going to   year and worked through the night

                          DESTRUCTION IN NUMBERS
     12 schools closed in London
     15,000 homes without electricity on Wednesday
     $250,000 to clean up a similar storm in April 2003


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 Halloween
 A Holiday                                                                                    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

With agonized wails wafting through the University Com-
munity Centre atrium and an increase of zombie sight-
ings across campus, Halloween is certainly a special time
                                                                                              Contribute to                                       over eight months that has much less of
                                                                                                                                                  a purpose.
                                                                                                                                                                               — Alex Harper
                                                                                                                                                                                                      options, I’d ask all students to reconsid-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      er rejecting the bus pass hike. An extra
                                                                                                                                                                                                      $12 isn’t much to ask for, considering
of year.
    But exactly how Halloween ranks among the grand                                           bus pass for                                                               Computer Science III         how much the service would cost on a
                                                                                                                                                                                                      per-ticket or per-fare basis otherwise.
family of beloved North American holidays is certainly up                                                                                                                                                                         — Jason Goncalves
for debate.
    Some would say there are other holidays that outshine
                                                                                              good of all   Reconsider                                                                                                                      Education I

Halloween, such as the Victoria Day weekend. By May, the                                      Re: “Call to reject bus fare hike”
temperature is generally improved, school is over and
alcohol is plentiful.
                                                                                              Oct. 29, 2008
                                                                                                            rejecting the Film festival
                                                                                                            bus pass hike ‘privileged’
    Or there’s Christmas — a chance to get many presents                                      To the editor:
and celebrate the season with the rest of your family.                                        I use my bus pass everyday to come to
    Of course, it may not be fair to compare more “seri-                                      campus and get around town because of
ous” holidays like Easter and Christmas with the more                                         awful parking conditions and costs in               Re: “Call to reject bus fare hike”                  Re: “Film festival deserves better”
“unofficial” holidays such as Halloween, Victoria Day or                                      this city. I have absolutely no problem             Oct. 29, 2008                                       Oct. 29, 2008
St. Patrick’s Day. These other “fun” holidays are often more                                  paying the extra 12 bucks or whatever it
predicated on special one-off parties and get-togethers,                                      is to keep it.                                      To the editor:                                      To the editor:
rather than the obligation to spend time with snotty sib-                                         It is a justifiable increase as anyone          In response to Mr. Green’s letter, I                Although I agree with the dean in that The
lings and oddball family members.                                                             who has to pay for their own gas and                would implore him to do some research               Gazette does not always coincide with
    Halloween is arguably one of the best in its category.                                    insurance can tell you. Drivers have to             on the issue of the London Transit                  “the rest of the campus’ commitment to
Since most families don’t get together to carve the pump-                                     pay more for insurance and gas; bus                 Commission bus pass before he starts                the creation of a culture of diversity and
kin once the kids move out, the holiday isn’t tainted with                                    companies have to as well. All of the               spouting mistruths.                                 respect,” which I feel it should, the
the obligation of visiting annoying relatives. This leaves                                    business kids can tell you that when                    As a former University Students’                remainder of her complaint was rueful.
people with the opportunity to engage in more youth-                                          your costs go up, generally your price of           Council member representing King’s                     The Gazette cannot catch every blip of
friendly activities.                                                                          service does too.                                   University College and a proud London-              news that happens on campus and I
    Additionally, Halloween offers entertainment for all                                          For all the people who don’t use the            er, the bus pass was vital to my atten-             would consider this film festival very
ages. Kids enjoy the trick-or-treat aspect; students can                                      bus and do not want to pay the increase,            dance at this university and still is.              privileged to have had coverage to begin
enjoy the opportunity to dress up and test the limits of                                      or the pass in general, suck it up. When                Mr. Green makes the point that “for             with. I will assume that you, Donna, are
their alcohol tolerance; and people of all ages can enjoy                                     the time comes when the rest of the Uni-            any non-bus rider, saving $124.31 is a              diversity-friendly and all that jazz so I
the chance to decorate and potentially scare the living                                       versity Students’ Council fees increase             pretty sweet deal, especially if you’re             encourage you to write The Gazette
daylights out of random strangers.                                                            due to inflation, increased cost of oper-           strapped for cash.” Exactly what impact             about the “historic events” that take
    Halloween also brings up thoughts of nostalgia. Many                                      ation etc., do I get to turn down that? I           does $100 make on the student budget?               place on campus through the University
of us remember the one house on the block that put up                                         do not use the gym in the University                Not a heck of a lot at all. Since the price of      Students’ Council services that are often
intricate pumpkin carvings, or the neighbour who would                                        Community Centre or really anything                 almost everything is increasing on a                not covered by the newspaper.
stay in the bushes and jump out at little kids.                                               else for that matter.                               weekly basis, the value of this $100 will              You mention the various faculties and
    This also brings up the subject of fear. Being scared is                                      I am not interested in the least in             eventually be eliminated due to other               departments that helped fund the film
an emotion many people may not admit to enjoying, but                                         what the USC is doing; yet I have to                increases (in rent, utilities, taxes, etc.)         festival. Did you know that every student
most generally do. And because fear is best enjoyed in a                                      pay for it. If people are allowed to get                As well, if Mr. Green had done his              on campus contributes, through their
group setting, Halloween lends itself to a sense of togeth-                                   out of paying the bus pass fees even                research on the Aboutown agreement                  student fees, $62.85 a year to services like
erness with your peers.                                                                       though it will hurt many, maybe even                with affiliate colleges, he would be aware          the Women’s Issues Network, PrideWest-
    Halloween does, of course, have its problems. Having                                      the majority of people financially,                 that Aboutown shuttles Huron, Brescia               ern, EnviroWestern and Student Life pro-
to deal with whiny little kids showing up at your front                                       then why can’t I get out of paying for              and King’s students between the affiliates          gramming? That amounts to approxi-
door may be an annoyance. Plus, some would say the cri-                                       things that I don’t use? Then, I don’t              and main campus with no pickup points               mately $1,571,250 (based on a 25,000
teria for what makes a good costume for females may be                                        want to pay for anything except my                  in any other areas in the city. How exact-          undergraduate student population) in
too reliant on promiscuity, whereas males may find it eas-                                    bus pass and my bi-weekly copy of                   ly are students who do not have access to           total that these services and operations
ier to get away with a cheesy pun-based outfit.                                               The Gazette.                                        a car supposed to arrive at the affiliate           receive and utilize in the creation of
    That said, Halloween offers the opportunity to show off                                       If we don’t just take the $12 hit on the        colleges in order to take the Aboutown              important and maybe even “historic”
artistic flair and creativity. It allows people to be whomev-                                 bus pass (which is still one hell of a deal         service between different parts of cam-             events at Western, for all students.
er they want, from Rainbow Brite to the Kool-Aid Man.                                         considering the normal price), then we              pus (or attend their classes at King’s,                Never mind the film festival. There is
    While the holiday may not always be put at the top of                                     are hurting many people who depend                  Huron or Brescia)                                   already a significant lack of coverage for
everyone’s list, it can be argued Halloween deserves at                                       on it. It’s 12 bucks that is really not that            I’d invite students that actually use the       happenings and groups that, perhaps,
least some recognition as one of the top three holidays of                                    big of a deal over eight months. I can              bus pass to make their voices heard.                deserve it most.
the year. After all, candy is free, scares are frequent and                                   guarantee that you can find something               Considering the value of the bus pass in                                      — Chelsea Cameron
the atmosphere of nostalgia hangs thick in the air.                                           that you spend much more money on                   comparison to other transportation                                                        Theology III

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                                                                                   theGazette • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2008                                                                           news ➤ P5

                                                                                                                             McKay: People not crazy
                                                                                                                             for believing in ghosts
                                                                                                                             Reducing fear part of Cold Spot’s job
                                                                                                                             CONTINUED FROM P3                           people claim there are,” she said. “If
                                                                                                                                                                         ghosts really do exist and they’re
                                                                                                                             evidence [of paranormal activity],”         out there then we want evidence.”
                                                                                                                             McKay insisted.                                 Sometimes, however, science
                                                                                                                                 Cold Spot relies on science             cannot explain the team’s findings.
                                                                                                                             rather than psychics in order to dis-           “We don’t conduct exorcisms on
                                                                                                                             prove the presence of spirits.              homes,” McKay said of the team’s
                                                                                                                             McKay and her team explore every            protocol for inconclusive results.
                                                                                                                             possibility to explain the unex-                “What I try to do is get their fear
                                                                                                                             plained.                                    level down. If there is a ghost in there
                                                                                                                                 “We use something called an             and it is something scary to them
                                                                                                                             Electro-Magnetic Field detector. It         and the ghost knows that, then
                                                                                                                             does not tell you if there is a ghost in    they’re going to keep [haunting], so
                                                                                                       Shaun Ding/Gazette    the house, but what the EMF detec-          if we get their fear level down they
  IT’S A PICASSO … OR AT LEAST A MICHELANGELO. Third-year Western student Magda Konopka, shown                               tor does is look for an electro-mag-        might not be harassed so much.
  above, took part in a painting class in the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre on Thursday.                                    netic field close by. There is a theory         “If it’s not a ghost, then them
                                                                                                                             that high EMF causes hallucinations         being afraid of every creek and
                                                                                                                             which may explain what the client           everything going on is going to
                                                                                                                             claims to be experiencing,” McKay           send them into a frenzy.”

York changes holiday policy                                                                                                  elaborated. “It is just a theory but we
                                                                                                                             want to look at everything.”
                                                                                                                                 Though McKay is admittedly the
                                                                                                                                                                             McKay added some people are
                                                                                                                                                                         not expecting to find a ghost and
                                                                                                                                                                         they are just looking for some
Classes to be held on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur                                                                              most skeptical on the team, she still
                                                                                                                             claims to be a believer.
                                                                                                                                                                         answers.
                                                                                                                                                                             “Most people call us for reassur-
                                                                                                                                 “I totally believe that the possi-      ance that they’re not going crazy,”
By Jaela Bernstien                           “They’re just trying to save face         “The university fought me every       bility of ghosts exist, I just believe      she joked. “And we say, ‘If you’re
Gazette Staff                            … It’s total nonsense. The whole           step of the way, with slander, lies      that there aren’t as many ghosts as         crazy what does that make us?’”
                                         thing is the result of the human           and everything they could muster,”
After 34 years, classes at York Uni-     rights commission complaint.”              he said.
versity will no longer be cancelled          Earlier this fall Noble, who is           Bilyk responded to the com-
on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.         Jewish, held his classes during Rosh       ments.                                                     Work on Campus - Earn $10/hour!
   The changes follow an Ontario         Hashanah in protest of the policy.            “Dr. Noble is entitled to his opin-                      The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is looking for students
Human Rights Commission investi-         He has been fighting York’s unique         ion,” he said, but reaffirmed, “This                        with great interpersonal skills to assist with Know the Score, an
gation, initiated by history professor   policy since 2004.                         was not in response to his com-                             interactive awareness program designed to prevent gambling-
David Noble, who complained the              Initially he appealed to York’s        plaint.”                                                    related problems among young adults.
holidays were unfair to the majority     Senate, president and ombudsper-              Starting in September 2009, York
of students at the school that is        son with his concerns, but found           will only cancel classes on public         The program will visit King’s University College from November 10 - 13.
approximately six per cent Jewish.       little consolation.                        holidays. However, Noble is hardly         Students must be available to attend a paid training session on
   But the university denies its             Noble was skeptical of the admin-      rejoicing.
                                                                                                                               Sunday, November 9 from 5 - 8 pm..
changes in policy were related in        istration’s hesitancy to change.              “There’s something tragic in this.
any way to the investigation.                “Why did, out of 1000 faculty at       York should have done this long ago.”
                                                                                                                                   Apply online before November 7 at www.knowthescore.ca/on/jobs.cfm
   Alex Bilyk, director of media         York, no one voice any concern
relations at York, attributed the new    about this, ever?” he wondered.
policy to a decision reached by the          The human rights commission
school’s Senate last week. The Sen-      reprisal will still go before tribunal,
ate pointed to “the changing demo-       even though the demand for a can-

                                                                                               CATCH A FREE RIDE
graphic characteristics of York’s stu-   cellation of the policy has been sat-                                                                                  WHITE OAKS MALL BUS SCHEDULE
dent body” and “the impact of new        isfied. Noble explained the reprisal
pedagogies and technologies” as          also addresses what he called                                                                                          12:00 p.m.       Elgin Hall
reasons for a review of policy.
   Noble disagreed.
                                         “harassing” behaviour as a result of
                                         his complaints.
                                                                                                ON THE WHITE OAKS MALL                                          12:05 p.m.       Delaware Hall


                                                                                                SHUTTLE BUS
                                                                                                                                                                12:10 p.m.       Saugeen Maitland Hall
                                                                                                                                                                12:15 p.m.       London Hall
London:                                                                                                                                                         12:20 p.m.       Departs London Hall
Maintenance
budget stretched
                                          Greg                                                                                                                  12:45 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                1:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Arrives at White Oaks Mall
                                                                                                                                                                                 Departs White Oaks Mall
                                                                                                                                                                1:30 p.m.        London Hall
CONTINUED FROM P3                         Benz &                                                                                                                1:35 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                1:40 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Saugeen Maitland Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                 Delaware Hall
ing and we do have some winter                                                                                                                                  1:45 p.m.        Elgin Hall
maintenance equipment for roads
but we don’t have access to our
entire fleet to mount a complete
                                          Justi n                                                                                                               1:50 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                2:35 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Departs Elgin Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                 Arrives at White Oaks Mall
effort towards a snow storm like                                                                                                                                3:00 p.m.        Departs White Oaks Mall
that.”
    The clean up in the aftermath of
the storm will strain the city’s
                                          Chun g                                                                                    FREE                        3:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                3:35 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                 London Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                 Saugeen Maitland Hall
already stretched winter mainte-                                                                                                                                3:40 p.m.        Delaware Hall
nance budget, which Parsons pre-                                                                                                                                3:45 p.m.        Elgin Hall
dicts will be $850,000 short for the
year. A similar storm in April of 2003                                                                                                                          3:50 p.m.        Departs Elgin Hall
cost the city $250,000 to clean up.                                                                                                                             4:35 p.m.        Arrives at White Oaks Mall
    “It’s also going to kick the hell                                                                                                                           5:00 p.m.        Departs White Oaks Mall
out of the forestry budget because
they have to go out and clear all of
                                                                HOUSE
this damage,” Polhill added.
                                                                                                                                                                EXCLUSIVE TO LONDON AT WHITE OAKS MALL:
    Despite the lack of funds, Par-                                                              Available to all students living                               H&M, Bath & Body Works, Aerie,
sons maintained there would be no
                                                                                                                                                                La Senza Spirit, Aéropostale
difference in the city’s snow                                                                      in and around the UWO.
removal service over the winter
months.
    “There is a level of service that
we need to provide in order to keep
the roads safe and we have budget-
ed to achieve that service. If we get      S AT U R D AY S
extraordinary events like a winter
storm we don’t stop plowing and
                                           at the
providing services,” Parsons said.
    “If at the end of the year we’re a    MARTINI BAR
bit over [the budget] then so be it —
we have to provide the service for
                                          above the
Londoners.”                               Mongolian Grill
P6 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2008




 ArtsEntertainment
 Just for Laughs Comedy Tour 2008
Comic O’Doherty shuns suits Cruttenden hearts Holland, women
By Gennelle Smith                                      “With any other form of expression, some-         By Caitlin Conroy                                          “Parents are always trying to make their
Gazette Staff                                      one messes with your shit. But with stand-up,         Gazette Staff                                          son the funny one and be sociable and so on
                                                   you just think of things and then you say                                                                    … so many blokes think they have to say
On his first tour across Canada, Irish come-       them that night onstage. And that’s really the        Renowned British comedian Hal Cruttenden               something sexual or naughty to make their
dian David O’Doherty is wondering where            most joyous moment of it — just after you’ve          will be in London this Sunday evening to per-          mark in the world. We don’t realize how sex-
the elves are.                                     said the thing and the audience are deciding          form with the Just for Laughs Comedy Tour.             ist we still are … it’s wrong but I probably get
    “I was expecting it to be mega, mega cold      whether to laugh or not. There’s a real kind of       This funny man’s sketches are not something            more work because of it.”
because the [cities] seem very exotic. They        sizzling excitement.”                                 you want to miss out on.                                   Cruttenden is no rookie to the stand-up
seem closer to the North Pole — places you             While songs like “FAQ for the DOD” — in               With a friendly British accent and exuber-         scene — he has travelled all around the
might meet elves and things.”                      which O’Doherty helpfully answers fre-                ant laugh like Ricky Gervais of UK’s The               world, performing and cracking people’s
    O’Doherty is a part of Just For Laughs         quently asked questions about himself —               Office, Cruttenden is likely to leave audiences        smiles everywhere from the Netherlands, Bel-
Comedy Tour 2008, which showcases the acts         and “Very Mild Superpowers” — in which he             howling by the end of this weekend at Cen-             gium, Ireland and as far away as Dubai, Jakar-
of several international comedians in cities       explains his gift for making broken pens work         tennial Hall.                                          ta, Shanghai and Singapore. Still, his favourite
across Canada. Hosted by John Heffron and          again among other things — appeal to inter-               Cruttenden first broke into the comedy             country to perform in is Holland.
in later cities by Finesse Mitchell, the tour is   national audiences, performing on a differ-           scene years ago, having had no luck on the                 “I really enjoy performing for the Dutch
currently setting down in Southern Ontario.        ent continent still affects his choice of mate-       acting circuit. A close friend encouraged him          because they are the hardest to shock. Hol-
    O’Doherty, a three-time veteran of the fes-    rial.                                                 to start writing and soon enough he was                land is a very grown up and civilized country
tival’s summer edition, is known in his native         “There’s a need to pick bits and pieces           developing his jokes and performing at small           … so much of British humour is based on
country for what he calls “very low-energy         because you’re playing to an audience who             venues in the UK.                                      sexual innuendo and the Dutch seem to
musical whimsy ... or VLEMW for short.” The        don’t have a clue who you are. Some of them               Cruttenden is thrilled to be on this year’s        think that those kinds of jokes aren’t that
comedian plays a small keyboard and sings          are older than the audience I play to at home         tour and credits the successful Montreal Just          funny because the content is so common-
songs about his own life in both his stand-up      [so I try to] just pick bits that don’t constant-     for Laughs Festival with aiding in his emerg-          place … They think it’s childish to talk about
and on his six-episode television series, The      ly refer to iPhone 3Gs and texting abbrevia-          ing Canadian popularity. He names Brit Eddy            things like that, so they are a challenge.”
Modest Adventures of David O’Doherty.              tions.”                                               Izzard and American Bill Hicks as his                      When asked about how an emerging
    The shaggy-haired comedian is “having a            But the affable comedian still wonders            favourite comedians, but also says he enjoys           comedian should go about breaking into the
lovely time” travelling the country with his       about competition from other Canadian                 the work of Chris Rock and Joan Rivers.                industry, Cruttenden cautions people against
friends and fellow comics Danny Bhoy and           comics, deadpanning that his type of come-                Despite his obvious enthusiasm, Crutten-           a career in comedy.
Hal Cruttenden.                                                          dy seems very popular in        den finds the lack of female representatives               “I would say go and get yourself a nice job
    “As work goes, it’s a bit of a holiday,” he                             Newfoundland.                unfortunate.                                           in an office with a pension … the comedy
says. “There’s five of us on this show and                                        “There are 20 or           “It’s not that women aren’t as funny, it’s         profession is competitive enough and I don’t
we only have to do 15 minutes each.                                              30 tiny keyboard-       just that I still think we live in a bit of a sexist   need any new buggers coming in and taking
Normally when I tour I do a two-hour                                              based comedians        society … Those attitudes still make it hard           my jobs away — I’ve got mouths to feed!”
set, so [this is] really an opportunity                                            coming from St.       for women to be comedians because                                    Hal Cruttenden and David O’Do-
to pick different bits and pieces.                                                  John’s. So I’ve      everyone thinks girls with opinions                                   herty perform at Centennial Hall
    “I’m lucky, in that my style is                                                  had to buy up       and foul mouths aren’t proper.”                                         on Sunday night as part of the
really loose and I’m not really slick                                                all the tiny key-       He also believes there are                                             Just For Laughs Comedy
or anything, so I can really talk                                                    boards        on    cultural reasons that can                                                   Tour. Tickets are available
about what’s on my mind. Also, I                                                      Canadian           explain the male dominance                                                   at the Centennial Hall box
don’t have to wear a suit. Only                                                           eBay and       in the comedy industry.                                                       office for $39.50.
losers wear suits.”                                                                       set them on
    The path to comedic fame did not                                                      fire.”
run smooth for O’Doherty, who
says his early career was “up
and down” and that he
often came close to
quitting. But the 32-
year-old, winner of
the       prestigious
if.comedy award
at the 2008 Edin-
burgh Festival
Fringe, explains
it’s the thrill of
performing his
own work —
and         not
someone
else’s edited
version      —
that keeps
him hooked.




Bruhm: Ghost stories have “infectiousness of fear”
CONTINUED FROM P1                        chics. [We] take all that information      believers, these are even skeptics         gothic horror, attach themselves           to other people and also guarantees
                                         and put it into an article,” says co-      too,” he says.                             to particular emotions, a particu-         … your safety,” he says. “You are
heard a story that a dormitory at        founder of Haunted Hamilton,                   Despite their questionable cred-       lar anxiety of the moment. What is         scared but nothing is going to hurt
Fanshawe [College] is haunted by a       Daniel Cumerlato, on how research          ibility, ghost stories are undeniably      in common among all these                  you and you know that.”
former student who died there,”          in the field of the supernatural is        popular.                                   moments is the fear,” he says.                Some people will never believe
she says. As far as Desrochers           done. “We consider ourselves                   “It’s what connects us all — the       “One of the things about these sto-        ghost stories could possibly be true.
knows, all Western residences are        experts as well as journalists.”           idea of horror movies and ghost            ries is that there is a very infec-        Others are much more likely to put
spirit free.                                 In Cumerlato’s experience as           stories, and the idea that it could        tious quality to them … the infec-         their faith in the supernatural. As
   Inevitably, people who work in        both a ghost tour guide and ghost          happen to anyone,” Cumerlato               tiousness of fear.”                        Cumerlato casually explains, one
the field of spirit communica-           researcher, very few people com-           says. “It’s a connection between you           Bruhm explains being afraid is         thing is undeniable: “Even skeptics
tions can expect many to chal-           pletely dismiss the notion of ghosts.      and the ghost story.”                      what allows people who hear ghost          love a great ghost story.”
lenge their work. After all, ghost           “Overall, I can’t even remember            Steven Bruhm, an English pro-          stories to enjoy them.                        “It would take a full fledged
stories are amusing — but why            a time when someone would say              fessor at Western, says there is more          “Fear is very private but also         apparition to convince some peo-
believe them?                            that the stories were bullcrap …           to the success of the ghost story as a     [can be] a very public emotion.            ple,” Desrochers says.
   “We go into a location and con-       many times [during ghost tours]            pop culture item than the appeal of        There’s something about being                 Who knows: maybe by the end
duct a full investigation using both     people have their own supernatur-          the genre.                                 scared inside a group that makes           of Halloween, you may find yourself
sides … scientific folks and psy-        al experiences, and this isn’t just full       “Ghost stories, like any kind of       fear something that connects you           convinced.
                                                                                             theGazette • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2008                                           arts&entertainment ➤ P7


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                                                                                                                                                    Now Playing Oct 31- Nov 6
Dyko spreading the cultural love                                                                                                                BURN AFTER                            MY BEST
German electro-pop group performs on campus                                                                                                      READING                           FRIEND’S GIRL
                                                                                                                                                   Rated 14A                            rated 18A
By Carly Conway                          synth-pop music. According to                        which will make it more interesting
                                                                                                                                                  7:00 nightly                         9:00 nightly
Gazette Staff                            their MySpace: “Dyko see them-                       for people,” Adamson says.
                                                                                                                                                  105 minutes                          110 minutes
                                         selves as German electronic cultur-                     Catch Dyko this afternoon at 3:30
Ever have the feeling there’s not        al ambassadors.”                                     p.m. in Conron Hall at University
enough German electro-pop music              Adamson agrees Dyko is a fitting                 College. The follow-up workshop              www.westernfilm.ca                        519 661-3616
in your life?                            group to promote German culture                      begins at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
    For those looking for their cul-     worldwide. “[Dyke] learned German
tural fix from the country that          from watching language videos from
boasts Kraftwerk, Oktoberfest and        the 1970s, so he would have [an]
Heidi Klum, new wave synthetizer-        understanding of what a German
pop group Dyko will be performing        student is going through,” she says,
this afternoon at Conron Hall.           adding the band’s limited use of
    “For us it’s pretty unique,” says    lyrics will make translating easier for
Melitta Adamson, chair of the            students.
department of modern languages               This afternoon’s event offers
and literatures, on the idea of bring-   audiences more than just a healthy
ing an electric pop band to campus.      dose of electronic beats. Dyko has
The department of modern lan-            offered to answer audience ques-
guages and literatures, in collabora-    tions after the concert, followed by
tion with the Goethe-Institute — a       a workshop about how to write,
German cultural institute with           rhyme and perform in German.
international reach — is hosting the         “It will be a lot more interactive
German group currently on its “Alles     than if you go to a concert normal-
in Ordnung?” North American tour.        ly, where you are somewhere far
    “The Goethe-Institute is doing       away in the audience. So there will
all kinds of interesting and new         be a lot more immediacy there,
things now to promote German cul-
ture,” Adamson says. “They’ve had
some very interesting initiatives this       New Hours
year in particular and I think some             Thurs, Fri., & Sat.
of them will work really well in get-             OPEN from
ting our students interested in tak-              9am to 3am
                                                                          u
                                                           ls e a re y o
ing German, pursuing German and
                                              WHERE e
getting more immersed in German
                                                          et a b  re a k fa s t
culture in ways that we wouldn’t be         g o in g to g
able to produce before.”                             th is B I G ?
    Self-proclaimed as “one of the            2 eggs any style, served with 2
                                              pancakes, plus 2 bacon strips, 2
busiest independent German                    sausage links, 2 slices ham, french
bands in the international arena,”            toast, home fries, toast and Jam.
Dyko has played in over 40 concerts
                                             the Campus Combo
in Russia, Israel, Spain, Serbia, Sin-
                                               served ALL DAY!
gapore, China, Ireland, Turkey and
                                                           ALL
the Netherlands in the past year.
Their single, “elektro lelber,” was
released worldwide this past April.
                                                           for
                                                          JUST       6
                                                                  $ 75
    The duo, comprised of Aus-                Campus Hi-Fi
tralian-born John Barrie Dyke and
German native Christofer Jost,
                                               Restaurant
                                                  736 Richmond St.
                                                                                    081030




share a profound appreciation of
                                               Open Tuesday to Sunday
German culture and new wave,
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ON DISC

                                            ing guitars, 4/4 beats and shrieking
                                            vocals. The band shows no desire at      Enigma
                                            all to change up the formula. But        Seven Lives Many Faces
                                            when they do it so well, why bother?     Virgin/EMI
                                                There are a few instances on
                                            Black Ice where the group leaves its     Enigma, a German group founded
                                            comfort zone and shows some ver-         by Michael Cretu, stands apart as a
                                            satility. On “Stormy May Day,”           blend of new age electronic beats
                                            Angus plays slide guitar and at cer-     and Gregorian chants, spiced with
                                            tain points, singer Brian Johnson        other classical traditions from
                                            swaps his screaming for some             around the world. Its seventh and
                                            crooning. However, track names           latest album is appropriately titled
                                            like “Rock ‘n Roll Train,” “She Likes    Seven Lives Many Faces.
                                            Rock ‘n Roll” and “Rock ‘n Roll              There are almost no lyrics on
AC/DC                                       Dream” make the band’s favourite         many of the songs on the album;
Black Ice                                   lyrical subject matter quite clear.      instead the songs aim to submerge
Columbia                                    The group still has a knack for writ-    the listener in the melodies and
                                            ing excellent rock songs with guitar     leave one drifting in the slow ebb
Unlike every other rock band that’s         riffs unmatched in catchiness.           and flow of the rhythm. Sadly, the
been around half as long as they                The Young brothers’ passion for      album falls short of accomplishing
have, AC/DC refuses to evolve,
mature or undergo any sort of
                                            the generic rock song is something
                                            to be admired. Regardless of the
                                                                                     this. While each song connects to its
                                                                                     precedent beautifully, many of the
                                                                                                                              Editing, acting gives
musical transformations whatsoev-
er — and it has brought them noth-
                                            ever-changing sound of popular
                                            music, AC/DC sticks to what they
                                                                                     tracks don’t stand out.
                                                                                         Furthermore, the album’s             boost to Secret of the Grain
ing but success.                            know and love — writing fist-            attempt to dabble in the music of
     Angus and Malcolm Young, the           pumping rock anthems.                    several cultures and paint a single                                             around her. She embodies an
core of the group, have spent 30                                  — Chris Scott      coherent piece often seems inap-                                                untouched innocence that con-
years perfecting the formula for a                                                   propriate or downright silly. Tracks                                            trasts her gritty surroundings on
simple rock and roll song, and after                                                 such as “The Same Parents” and                                                  the fringe of French society. This
all these years it’s hard to find a group                                            “Distorted Love” recycle a chant                                                newcomer’s performance won
that can do it as well as they can.                                                  that is almost uncomfortably corny.                                             “Most Promising Actress” at the
     Black Ice, AC/DC’s third album in                                                   The songs are not bad by any                                                César awards, France’s national
13 years, further solidifies the band                                                means, but there isn’t anything spe-     By Adam Szymanski                      film awards.
as rock gods. Following the poorly                                                   cial about them. While certain           Gazette Writer                             La graine et le mulet also
received Ballbreaker and Stiff Upper                                                 tracks actually hit the interesting                                             depicts a culture clash between
Lip, the group has teamed up with                                                    and pleasant blend Cretu aimed for,                                             the family-orientated values of
acclaimed producer Brendan                                                           those moments are short-lived.           La graine et le mulet                  Tunisians and the bureaucratic
O’Brien to put forth its best effort                                                 Every time the sound finally reach-      (Secret of the Grain)                  red tape of French civil society. Sli-
since the legendary Back in Black.                                                   es its target and tempo, the listener    Directed by: Abdel Kechiche            mane and Rym must meet the
The album is everything you’d expect                                                 expects the band to pursue some-         Starring: Hafsia Herzi, Habib Bou-     requirements of a seemingly end-
from an AC/DC album: heavy slash-                                                    thing fresh. But the song ends and       fares                                  less list of inspectors, bankers and
                                                                                     the build restarts, perpetually lead-                                           city hall licensees before opening
                                                                                     ing up to a feeling that never comes.    Franco-Tunisian film La graine et      the restaurant. Rather than sub-
                                                      Masonville Place                   There are some original ideas        le mulet (Secret of the Grain) is a    mitting a bland portfolio filled
                                                      679-4505                       behind the music, but nothing that       film about an extended family of       with budgets and projections, Sli-
                                                                                     ever follows through. No song            Tunisian immigrants living in a        mane invites the bureaucrats and
                                                                                     stands by itself — the album is          French fishing port who attempt        bankers to a soirée at his restau-
   INDEPENDENT STORES ROCK!!                                                         meant to be listened to from start to
                                                                                     finish as one body, which is echoed
                                                                                                                              to overcome economic, social and
                                                                                                                              domestic pressures.
                                                                                                                                                                     rant where he plans to serve his
                                                                                                                                                                     ex-wife’s famous couscous dish to
                                                                                     in some of the themes presented in           The film opens with 61-year-       prove he is worthy of his desired
          Music Tees                            Plus London’s                        Seven Lives’ lyrics. However, there      old Slimane Beiji (Boufares) as he     loan and restaurant license.
         Comedy Tees                                 Best                            isn’t enough substance — all the         loses his job as a shipyard worker         The film’s editing is superb and
           Posters                               Streetwear!                         pieces are there, and some are even      because of poor economic condi-        is repeatedly used to single out
                                                                                     in place, but it’s like the puzzle was   tions in a port city by the Mediter-   characters from a crowd of family
                                                                                     just not properly put together.          ranean Sea. Silmane is the family      members. Intercutting between
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         Chuck Taylors, MMA Tees, LRG, etc.                                                           — Mark Filipowich       patriarch and as his financial         characters conveys the tensions
                                                                                                                              pressures mount, his family            and emotions embedded in their
                                                                                                                              becomes increasingly fractured.        personal relationships. These

        It’s Halloween Night                                                                                                      Rym (Herzi) takes his unem-
                                                                                                                              ployment the hardest since her
                                                                                                                              mother is Slimane’s lover. When
                                                                                                                                                                     emotions are apparent to the
                                                                                                                                                                     spectator through the clever use
                                                                                                                                                                     of editing but remain hidden from

     and NOBODY Does It Better                                                                                                Slimane decides he would like to
                                                                                                                              open a restaurant serving his ex-
                                                                                                                                                                     the other family members.
                                                                                                                                                                         The beauty of La graine et le
                                                                                                                              wife’s famous fish couscous dish,      mulet is found in the loving rela-




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     than            and it’s our                                                                                             Rym dedicates her time helping
                                                                                                                              Slimane open the restaurant.
                                                                                                                                                                     tionships holding the troubled
                                                                                                                                                                     family together and the excep-



                                                                               1st
                                                                                                                                  Herzi delivers a standout per-     tional editing. The film engages

                                             Night                                                                            formance as Rym, a young woman
                                                                                                                              who becomes increasingly con-
                                                                                                                              scious of the complicated world
                                                                                                                                                                     the spectator as it poetically
                                                                                                                                                                     explores the universal theme of
                                                                                                                                                                     troubled familial relationships.
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Rebuilding ’Stangs showcase wrestling supremacy
Intense training plays instrumental role in team’s success
                                                                                                              CONTINUED FROM P10                       for our team. We have been work-
                                                                                                                                                       ing hard, training five days a week
                                                                                                              tangs, McCallum brings experience        since September, getting ready to
                                                                                                              and a positive attitude to the table.    start our competitive season which
                                                                                                              Commenting on last weekend’s             gets going for the majority of the
                                                                                                              gold medal performance, McCal-           team this upcoming weekend at
                                                                                                              lum talked about the challenges of       McMaster.”
                                                                                                              adjusting from practice mode to              McCallum described the train-
                                                                                                              competition.                             ing program she currently follows,
                                                                                                                  “It’s always nice to win, it was a   stressing the importance of the
                                                                                                              great opportunity to use the moves       wrestling-specific, cardiovascular
                                                                                                              we’ve been practicing at home in a       workout.
                                                                                                              match situation,” she said. “You             “I’ll be training for my upcom-
                                                                                                              can practice a move a hundred            ing matches by drilling the basics
                                                                                                              times in practice, but the resis-        during practice and working on my
                                                                                                              tance and defence your opponent          endurance off the mats,” she said.
                                                                                                              gives you during a match is some-        “For wrestling you really need to be
                                                                                                              thing that needs some getting used       in good cardiovascular shape —
                                                                                                              to as well.”                             something I think I could still use a
                                                                                                                  Proctor discussed McCallum’s         bit of work on — especially for
                                                                                                              development as an athlete and            those close matches that go the full
                                                                                                              leader within the team.                  three rounds.”
                                                                                                                  “Lesley has continued to train           Proctor discussed the team’s
                                                                                                              hard and improve from last year,”        dynamic and the strategy they will
                                                                                                              he said. “She is one of the leaders      employ to achieve success this sea-
                                                                                                              on the team and demonstrates her         son.
                                                                                                              leadership at practice by working            “We have a good mix of veter-
                                                                                                              hard and focusing on where she           ans and rookies on the team,” he
                                                                                                              needs to improve.”                       said. “We will use the upcoming
                                                                                                                  Proctor discussed his confi-         tournaments to learn from and
                                                                                                              dence in the seasoned athlete.           identify areas as a team and indi-
                                                                                                                  “Being a veteran, she knows how      vidually that we need to work on
                                                                                                              to train and what she needs to do to     so we are prepared for OUAs in
                                                                                                              improve,” he said. “I think this past    February.”
                                                                                                              weekend was a good indication                With the graduation of some of
                                                                                                              that her training is paying off and      last year’s top wrestlers, Proctor
                                                                                                              she should be able to continue to        outlined the current rebuilding sta-
                                                                                                              improve throughout the year lead-        tus of the team and his confidence
                                                                                                              ing up to the Ontario University         in their potential.
                                                                                                              Athletics championships and                  “We have lost a few key team
                                                                                                              nationals.”                              members from last year’s squad but
                                                                                                                  Proctor commented on the             we are confident that we have new
                                                                                                              team’s intense training regimen.         team members who can step up fill
                                                                                                                  “Training has been going well        in those spots.”



                                                                                Courtesy of Lesley McCallum
I LOVE GOOOOOOOOOLD! Sam Stewart, Lesley McCallum and former Mustang Katrina Huszarik show off their
sparkling hardware after dominating the Concordia Invitational wrestling meet.




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                                                                       Wrestling strikes gold at
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                   MUSTANG WEEKEND SCHEDULE
                                                                       Concordia Invitational
Friday, Oct. 31                  Saturday, Nov. 1
Men’s Hockey vs. Lakehead 7:30   Football vs. Wilfrid Laurier (OUA
p.m. at Thompson Arena           Semi-final) 1 p.m. at TD Water-
Women’s Volleyball at York       house Stadium
Men’s Volleyball at York         Men’s Hockey vs. Lakehead 7:30
                                 p.m. Thompson Arena
                                 Rowing at UBC (National Champi-



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                                 onships)



Hall
                                 Wrestling at Hamilton
                                 Fencing at Kingston (Exhibition)



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                                 Badminton at York


  N
                                 Men’s Rugby at Queen’s (OUA Semi-
                                 final)
                                 Women’s Basketball at Brock
                                 Women’s Hockey at Toronto
With
                                 Sunday, Nov. 2
DJ Everfresh                     Women’s Hockey vs. York 2 p.m. at
                                 Thompson Arena



                                                                                                                                                                       Courtesy of Lesley McCallum


           Dress Like            LSAT MCAT                             NEXT TIME, TRY SPEEDSTICK IN SATIN PEAR. Sam Stewart has little room to breathe as she pins her oppo-
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                                                                                                              By Emily Panetta                            for the last two years,” he said.
                                                                                                              Gazette Staff                                  With respect to Stewart’s work
                                                                                                                                                          ethic, Proctor acknowledged his
                                                                                                              Starting the season on a high note, athlete’s dedication and commit-
                                                                                                              the Western women’s wrestling ment.
                                                                                                              team dominated the Concordia                   “Sam is a hard worker and her
                                                                                                              Invitational wrestling meet this past hard work is starting to pay off. This
                                                                                                              weekend in Montreal, with two past weekend was a result of the
                                                                                                              first-place performances.                   work she has put in and hopefully
                                                                                                                  Earning gold medals in their it’s a sign of good things to come,”
                                                                                                              respective weight classes were Mus- he said.
                                                                                                              tang rookie Sam Stewart (in the 51             Stewart went on to discuss her
                                                                                                              kg division) and third-year veteran opponents, describing the style in
                                                                                                              Lesley McCallum                                                 which          she
                                                                                                              (in the 59 kg divi-                                             secured her vic-
                                                                                                              sion).                   “I’d like to make the tories.
                                                                                                                  Stewart, who                                                   “I had three
                                                                                                              was competing            OUA team with a top matches; one
                                                                                                              in her first varsi-                                             against an Amer-
                                                                                                              ty       wrestling       three finish, then go ican wrestler, a
                                                                                                              meet, comment-
                                                                                                              ed on her early
                                                                                                                                       from there — I’m University of         Toronto wrestler
                                                                                                              success.                 more of a one day at a and a University
                                                                                                                  “Of course I                                                of            New
                                                                                                              feel great about         time kind of person.”                  Brunswick
                                                                                                              my first place                                                  wrestler,”     she
                                                                                                              finish at Concor-                —Lesley McCallum               said. “I won all of
                                                                                                                                                   Western women’s wrestler
                                                                                                              dia this past Sun-                                              my matches by
                                                                                                              day,” she said.                                                 pin which was
                                                                                                              “Any first place finish is great, espe- amazing because it doesn’t happen
                                                                                                              cially the first tournament of the very often at this level of competi-
                                                                                                              season. It felt great to get out on the tion.”
                                                                                                              mats in a [competitive] atmosphere             Proctor took great pleasure in
                                                                                                              and work on my moves in a live sit- Stewart’s personal accomplish-
                                                                                                              uation.”                                    ment.
                                                                                                                  Wrestling coach Scott Proctor              “She wrestled well and came
                                                                                                              voiced his thoughts on the young home with a well deserved gold
                                                                                                              athlete.                                    medal, winning all three of her
                                                                                                                  “I was not surprised with Sam’s matches without giving up a single
                                                                                                              medal finish. Although this is her point,” he said.
                                                                                                              first year at Western representing             In her third year with the Mus-
                                                                                                              the varsity program, she has been
                                                                                                              training with our senior program                        PLEASE SEE REBUILDING P9
                                                                                theGazette • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2008                                                                                                          sports ➤ P11


Women’s rugby headed to CIS championship
Team to take on four former gold medal winners in Alberta




                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jonas Hrebeniuk/Gazette
RUNNING FASTER THAN A MARBLE RYE BANDIT. The women’s rugby team will be traveling to Lethbridge, Alberta this weekend to participate in its seventh consecutive national cham-
pionship tournament. The Mustangs earned Ontario University Athletics silver last weekend in their match against the University of Guelph.

By Gazette Sports

The women’s rugby team is headed to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport




                                                                                                                                                                                                     PLACE
championship for its seventh straight year.
    This year’s championships are being held at the University of Leth-
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                                                 six iron?                                       head … see how he thinks.                     you could play?
By Ryan Hendrick                                 Caitlin: Oh, I’m good at bump and runs                                                        Lisa: My own, whenever I decide to make it,
Gazette Staff                                    with a six iron.                                Which player on your team has the weird-      if I can afford to, which I probably won’t be
                                                                                                 est superstition?                             able to [laughs].
Each week Gazette Sports hands out the           What’s the worst outfit you have seen on        Lisa: Sarah [Mecredy].                        Cheryl: Pebble Beach.
Purple Pipe to a deserving recipient, com-       the course?                                     Caitlin: Yeah [laughs].                       Stephanie: I played St. Andrews, so I’ve
memorating an outstanding performance            Cheryl: Oh, that has to be Dan’s bubblegum      Lisa: I feel like she’s the girl who’d wear   already played it. Just the atmosphere of the
in varsity athletics. This week, the honour is   pink pants and the lime green shirt; it has     the same socks for a month if she thought     course is amazing.
bestowed upon the Western women’s golf           to be his.                                      it’d help her [laughs], you know what I       Caitlin: Yeah, I would have said the Old
team after winning the Ontario University        Stephanie: It’s Cheryl’s OUA toque […] it       mean?                                         Course at St. Andrews.
Athletics championship last week at Cross-       suited her.                                     Stephanie: Poor girl.
winds Golf Course in Hamilton. Team              Lisa: [laughs]                                  Lisa: Maybe don’t put that one down.          Should golf courses have cart boys?
members Cheryl Beech, Lisa Boyko,                Caitlin: [laughs]                               [laughs]                                      All: YES [laughs].
Stephanie Grenier and Caitlin Jennings met                                                                                                     Lisa: They have to pass a good-looking test
up with us to discuss caddies, superstitions     If you could have any person as a caddy,        What is the best perk about playing for       though.
and cart boys.                                   who would you want?                             Western?                                      Stephanie: Yeah, line them up [as] part of
                                                 Caitlin: My dad.                                Lisa: The team.                               the interview.
If you could play a round with only one          Lisa: My dad.                                   Caitlin: Yeah, the girls.
club, which one would you pick?                  Stephanie: Tiger Woods.                         Cheryl: Winning. How is that not a perk?      What are you going out as this Halloween?
Lisa: Eight iron.                                Cheryl: I don’t know about that one. It could   [laughs]                                      Lisa: Nothing at this point.
Stephanie: Seven iron.                           be someone fun but it could be someone          Stephanie: I would say our access to play     Cheryl: I’m going as a New York Yankees girl.
Cheryl: Eight iron, it’s the straightest.        smart to make you play better … I don’t         Sunningdale all year.                         Lisa: Ohhh, good one.
Caitlin: Six iron.                               know.                                                                                         Caitlin: My sorority girls and I are going out
Lisa: Six? How are you going to chip with a      Stephanie: I just want to get in Tiger Woods’   What’s your dream course that you wish        as cops.




                                                                                                                                                                              Shaun Ding/Gazette

								
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