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Strike likely as talks fail between union, LTC

Mayor urges groups to return to bargaining table, stop using council as pawn
By Shreya Tekriwal we have done hours and hours of alternative options, Rowe said their “We are confident that faculty “I think both sides need to get
Gazette Staff research, considering every single options are limited. will show empathy for students that back to the table. [The] only way to
option we possibly could,” Rowe “It is hard to accommodate such face onerous challenges […] We reach a settlement is to do that,”
The City has refused to intervene said. a capacity [of students] that the LTC also request that students only ask DeCicco-Best said. “Trying to use
in London Transit negotiations, Rowe suggested walking to class has served,” she added. for academic accommodation if the council or the mayor’s office as
meaning a bus strike is almost cer- and encouraged people who rely on A press release from the USC they are facing undue hardship,” a political card is distracting from
tain. the bus to share a ride with a fellow stated the University is currently Rowe said in the media release. the real issue and that is that they
Bus drivers will go on a strike student, faculty or staff member. developing a web portal to assist Western’s campus will remain need to accept the reasonable offer
starting Monday, Nov. 16 if they do While the USC continues to do students and employees in con- open and classes will continue dur- which is on the table and not go on
not reach an agreement with the their best to provide students with necting with rides. ing the strike. a strike.”
London Transit Commission.
According to recent public state- WALKING TIMES AND CAB RATES TO CAMPUS
ments on the Amalgamated Transit
Union Local 741 website, talks have
broken off and no discussions have
been scheduled before the strike
“Our goal from the outset was to
maintain service to the public while
negotiating with [LTC], but man-
agement […] and the mayor have
all declared that they don’t care to
negotiate,” a public announcement
from the union stated.
Anne Marie DeCicco-Best,
mayor of London, mentioned the
City’s bylaws prohibit the council
from getting involved in the negoti-
“The City can’t intervene, and I
think that’s what people are misun-
derstanding. This is not a question
of whether we want to or not, we
absolutely have no legal ability to
be involved with this,” DeCicco-
Best said.
“The employer is the LTC and it
is with the employer the union has
its discussions every day. That’s
who they work for and that’s who
they negotiate with, not the City of
According to Emily Rowe, presi-
dent of the University Students’
Council, the USC and Western’s
administration are working togeth-
er to promote commuting alterna-
tives to students, staff and faculty
“For the past three weeks, […]

Fear of retaliation discouraging reports of hate crimes

78% of victims coming forward to police according to LGBT health survey
By Cheryl Stone statement. He cited a London sur- These trends have led to the cre- resenting the queer community will to be better understanding of others
Gazette Staff vey on LGBT health where 27 per ation of several initiatives to also be working with the police on and where they come from,” he said.
cent of respondents had been vic- encourage these groups to turn to other initiatives that compliment “I think that the best cure of
Officials are responding to a recent tims of hate crime. Of the victims, the police and confront hate crimes RHVP. those crimes is to try build bridges
string of hate crimes in London. 78 per cent had reported to police. in London. According to groups on and off of understanding, spread awareness
Early in September, one man However Kristin Buckley, media “If we want people who have campus, the first priority is ending and try to learn about each other,”
reported being targeted in an anti- relations officer for London police, come from a country where the hate. said Shaimaa Ali, Islam awareness
gay attack. Later that same month said conditions are improving. police aren’t trusted there […] we “Basically we need education manager for the Muslim Student
a gay couple was violently attacked “People are not afraid anymore need to get the message out that […] It’s typically people who are Association at Western.
in the city’s core. Most recently to come out to the police and report we are a community police service misinformed and uneducated “We are addressing the underly-
members of the city’s Muslim com- these incidents,” she said. — we’re not a force,” Buckley about the situation who are perpe- ing stereotypes that can lead to
munity have been outraged after a Many hate crime victims have explained. trating these crimes,” Boyce said. hate,” Bortolin said. “We need to
London woman’s hijab was torn off trouble coming forward for fear of The latest initiative to be “You never can let this stuff go; ensure that campus is safe and
by a man carrying a knife. retaliation, according to Marcel unveiled is London’s Report Homo- you have to keep working with peo- there is security.”
In addition to the problem of Marcellin, diversity officer for the phobic Violence Period. ple to [help them] understand their “I have experienced some minor
hate crime itself, officials are con- London Police Service. “Our job is The awareness campaign will behaviours are not acceptable in a childish behaviour from some peo-
cerned not enough victims are to encourage all victims of crime to allow the City to educate the public peaceful community.” ple,” Ali said. But she added, “I still
comfortable reporting the crimes. report the incidents and we sup- and reduce the fear of reporting Will Bortolin, vice-president think that it’s safe at Western.”
Michelle Boyce, president of port them through the criminal hate crimes. campus issues for the University —With files from
Diversity Training Live, echoed this process,” he added. According to Boyce, groups rep- Students’ Council agreed. “We need Abid-Aziz Ladhani
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Universities lacking in
language opportunities
Certificate of business French program at
Western an exception to the rule
By Meagan Kashty added the current economic cli-
Gazette Staff mate has had an effect on the
French programs universities
Universities aren’t placing have to offer.
enough emphasis on bilingual- “With the recession, every
ism, according to a recent report faculty and department has
by Graham Fraser, Canada’s trouble with budget con-
commissioner of official lan- straints,” Dawar said. “The bud-
guages. get is definitely tighter, and to
The study, titled “Two Lan- put internships and programs in
guages, A World of Opportuni- place, you need money.”
ties: Second-Language Learning Western boasts a wide range
in Canada’s Universities,” pro- of resources for students, Jaela Bernstien/Gazette
vided an assessment of 84 uni- including a Business French cer- HONOURING THE FALLEN. Students and staff helped close out yesterday’s Remembrance Day ceremony in the
versities and their efforts to tificate for students looking to University Community Centre by placing poppies on an enclosed grassed area, symbolic of Flanders Fields.
develop second-language skills enter the working world with a
in students. strong knowledge of French
“What we found through this
study is that some universities
offer second-language courses
“We are unique at Western in
this respect,” Dawar noted. “I
Trash your clamshell plastic
to students, but there is a defi- did a survey about a year ago, By Abid-Aziz Ladhani are getting far less from the product affirmed this is causing problems
nite lack of more intensive sec- and many universities offer Gazette Staff and the open market,” Hubert said. across London and Canada.
ond-language learning opportu- French business courses, but “And having contaminated product “The contractors are leaving
nities,” Fraser said. not a program.” Placing plastics and containers in increases their costs. It takes more [contaminated material] behind
While students must obtain a Darren Meister, associate recycling could contaminate other to sort out.” because it is not on our list of cur-
French credit to graduate from professor for the Richard Ivey materials in the recycling process. Hubert added people have the rently recyclable materials,” he
high school, no such requisition School of Business, emphasized Clamshell containers, often misconception of believing the said. “We collect plastic bottles,
exists in university, which is an for students looking to work used to hold salads and baked containers are recyclable because tubs and jugs. The ‘number one’
issue for some. internationally, the ability to goods, are often mistakenly treated they are marked with the “num- plastic is not on our list of recy-
“[French] is kind of lost on communicate is essential. as recyclable because they are ber one” like other recyclable clables,” he said.
the university level,” Jeff Ten- However, a knowledge of lan- made of plastic. plastics. Despite the difficulty expressed
nant, associate professor for the guages is also an asset for those According to Paul Hubert, Ward “This has created a large by Hubert in addressing the issue,
French department, said. “High looking for local jobs. 8 councillor, sorting out the conta- amount of frustration and confu- he mentioned discussions were
schools used to require more Tennant noted there are con- minants is costly for recycling com- sion,” he said. “We have had a num- underway.
French language courses. Now, cerns about the renewal of pub- panies especially with the current ber of complaints.” “I think there’s a negotiation
the onus is on the universities to lic service, and a prediction state of the economy. Jay Stanford, director of envi- going on at the provincial level to
pick up and set academic there will be a turnover in public “The market conditions have ronmental programs and solid utilize the same kind of plastic,” he
requirements that are in line service positions. drastically changed so [companies] waste with the City of London, said.
with Canada’s requirements for “This means a large work-
official bilingualism.” force of bilingual, university-
Fraser’s study noted it is the educated people will be
responsibility of the federal gov- required,” Tennant said. “Not


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Rowe in
Did you
With a London Transit Commission workers strike loom- Students, Rowe do best to cope
ing, University Students’ Council president Emily Rowe has
been conspicuous by her perceived absence on the issue,
Re: “Transit workers set Nov. 16 strike public and an obstinate company. Con-
leaving some students to wonder what happened to the date” Nov. 5, 2009 trast that with the lack of courage dis-
visible and vocal candidate who campaigned for the posi- played by students who make these vile The Gazette looks back this week to
tion last winter. To the editor: comments on Facebook about people 1992 when universities across Cana-
The role of USC president is tricky. Due to the relative- The London transit slowdown has clear- whom they know absolutely nothing da were working to ban materials
ly small participation in elections by students and a gen- ly had an effect on many students here about. deemed “pornographic” from the
eral misunderstanding of the actual role of the position, at Western. Many of us rely on the buses Can most of these people even tell me Usenet computer system.
being USC president usually means representing many to get to school and travel around Lon- what the dispute is about, or have they But Western would not delete its
different things to many different people. don. However, I have heard and read a simply decided they are against the dri- porn.
It seems the majority of attention is directed towards number of comments made by students vers because they are unwilling to change The Usenet system, which housed
the president only in times of crisis. The current situation in relation to the bus drivers, which have their routine in order to get to class on- the files in question, was a distribu-
with the LTC is a perfect example of this. angered and offended me. time? The bus drivers do not deserve such tive computer network with a vast
Rowe’s lack of public presence on the issue is some- I draw your attention to a burgeoning treatment. Step into the real world, leave collection of articles on over 200,000
what understandable. After all, the president should not Facebook group entitled “UWO against your isolated, pampered bubbles and topics. The purpose was to allow
feel the need to hold a press conference at the end of London Transit Strike.” The group seems recognize that sometimes workers find it users to retrieve, print and distribute
every meeting or negotiation. However, as the elected to merely serve as a place where stu- necessary to strike to get what they need. files freely and conveniently.
head of the student body, Rowe needs to be aware of how dents vent their rage against the bus dri- Many of us who are lucky enough to get a “The sex part is only one part of a
important her visibility on such an important issue is to vers because they have been inconve- university education will likely never have very large enterprise,” Reg Quinton,
students. nienced. Comments like “fuck the bus to do that. We are the privileged ones — news manager of Western Computing
On the other hand, there is also a misunderstand- drivers” and labelling them as overpaid not the other way around. and Communications in 1992, told
ing by the general student population of the capabili- and uneducated are commonly dished Cameron Bryant the Gazette. “Calling [the articles in
ties of the USC president. Though the USC represents out. But you don’t have to go to Face- History IV question] pornographic is a hasty
students’ voices on many subjects, unless the organi- book to read such things. Simply eaves- conclusion.”
zation is directly involved in the issue they are only able drop on a conversation about the slow- The files, titled “sex.bondage” and
to hold an advisory role. If Rowe were to take on more down anywhere on campus, and you are Re: “Where in the world is Emily Rowe?” “sex.erotica,” were deleted from the
exposure regarding the LTC, it may create the percep- bound to hear the same statements Nov. 11, 2009 University of British Columbia’s sys-
tion that she has more influence than she actually being made. tem six months prior, after adminis-
does. How disgusting it is to see and hear To the editor: tration received complaints about the
Furthermore, unlike Stephen Lecce or Tom Stevenson students making such cruel and elitist A recent letter to the editor asked where articles being offensive.
— the last two to hold the USC presidential position — comments about the bus drivers. If you the University Students’ Council presi- “People were complaining the files
Rowe is much more willing to delegate to other members want to discuss the merits of the transit dent, Emily Rowe, has been. I wonder if carried material of an offensive
of her executive board. Perhaps Rowe feels more willing to strike on the basis of whether or not the the letter writer has asked her. I did. She’s nature,” explained George Chow,
pass on comments regarding LTC negotiations to Dan drivers’ demands are warranted, fine. been in meetings with the LTC and the UBC Computing Centre consultant at
Moulton, vice-president university affairs, because such But spewing such hatred because you University, developing plans to assist the time.
negotiations are part of his portfolio. have been partially inconvenienced is students getting to school during the The articles reportedly consisted
That being said, Rowe should recognize students want beyond selfish. strike. However, I didn’t need to ask her. of stories and pictures depicting sex-
to see her publicly involved with this debate, especially Here’s a bit of info for those who hold That’s clearly stated in the press release ual imagery and erotic encounters.
because of how far-reaching an LTC strike would be in the such opinions — this labour dispute is on the USC website, here: But despite other universities such as
student community. Because Moulton was not elected to not all about you. It’s about a group of Simon Fraser University and the Uni-
be USC president, some students may wonder why he workers who are agitating for what they It is no secret I don’t always agree versity of Manitoba following UBC in
appears to be the more public face of the organization. deem as fair treatment. with Emily and remain critical of her in deleting the material, Western insist-
Of course, part of the blame lies at the feet of media, It seems that many believe this strike many regards. However, on the LTC ed because no formal complaints had
the Gazette included. All too often it makes more sense to was orchestrated to coincide with the strike, I do believe that Emily and the been filed, the University saw no rea-
contact the individual most directly involved with an school year and the arrival of students USC have been doing the best they can son to ban the material as well.
issue, which is rarely the USC president. back in London. Some even go so far as in terrible circumstances and will con- “We wouldn’t want to censor files
It is understandable some students may wish for Rowe to think that it has been planned to dis- tinue to do so. The LTC has put students because we don’t want to impinge on
to be more visible on more issues. Her electrifying elec- rupt students during the midterm and in a terrible position and it is unfair to people’s abilities to communicate with
tion campaign last year seemed to indicate a more pro- exam season. I can’t prove that this is not criticize Emily when a few seconds on one another,” Quinton concluded.
gressive and public USC than had be seen before. Though the case, but the arrogance inherent in Google shows otherwise. “We are not the sex police,”
Rowe may recognize she is not the most knowledgeable those assumptions demonstrates to me —Benjamin Singer Michael Atkinson, Western sexual
source on all topics, there is nothing stopping her from the egotistical nature of such people. Political Science IV harassment officer in 1992, said.
contacting those more informed and presenting that For a worker to strike takes real Former USC presidential candidate who
information to students and the media. courage in the face of an antagonistic lost, proudly, to Emily Rowe

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Rowers rigid program renowned nationally

By Grace Davis learn other things as well.” and determination, rowing is ly. Every rower will tell you there love it, cause we don’t even get Sat-
Gazette Staff Not all schools stress academic unique in the sense that it becomes [are] mornings you wake up and urday nights off since we row Sun-
excellence as well as rowing suc- a lifestyle, not just a sport for those you just don’t want to row,” Addison day mornings,” lightweight rower
“If you can succeed at rowing, you cess. Addison notes many other involved. said. Tim Myers said.
can succeed at anything.” schools do not focus on balancing a “One thing about rowing is that “I think our crew’s biggest Now that the rowing season is
The attitude of men’s heavy- well-rounded lifestyle. it really teaches you that the motivation is that we felt we have done, it is essential for the team to
weight Sean Addison towards the “When I went down and I visited amount of work you do year round something to prove. We wanted to continue training and start think-
sport is one shared by Western’s [the American schools], it struck me is directly correlated to success,” show that we don’t need to have ing about next year. Rowers must
rowing community. that the members in the top crews Addison said. the big national name [Cam be in top physical condition, and
With a high roster turnover from in the U.S. are kind of those stereo- “During rowing season my life is Sylvester] that dominated our pro- the longevity that it requires makes
last season, Western’s rowing team typical NCAA jock athletes that are very segmented. It’s practice, class, gram to be the best. We’re showing it necessary to train hard year
could have been excused for strug- great at their sport, but other eat, nap, practice, eat, school work, that a bunch of regular guys that round.
gling this year. aspects of their lives aren’t there. I and then go to bed,” women’s are working really hard can make “You have to have a special
However, they proved the pro- really felt that when I went down on heavyweight OUA and CURC gold that happen too.” work ethic. This is a clear thing in
gram is still one of the best in the my visits to the U.S. that it was medalist Sarah Black said. After winning the OUA champi- rowing — the more you put in, the
country with both teams capturing either sport or academics,” Addison During training camp and the onships, the men’s hard work paid more you get out. Everyone has to
the gold at the Ontario University said. regular season, Western’s rowing off. adhere to this. There is no short
Athletics championships and the “[Western] is more a place that team is up at the crack of “I feel like it’s an addiction. It’s cut in rowing. There are some peo-
women finishing first at the Cana- fosters your social, academic [and] dawn six days a week easy to be envious of the people ple that are a little more talented,
dian University Rowing champi- athletic life at the same time rather starting their day that are going out six times a but if you don’t work hard it won’t
onships. than just letting sport with a two-hour week. You have to take you anywhere,” Nolte
Men’s coach Volker Nolte, who dominate every- training session explained.
has been with the program since thing else.” at on the lake The team hopes its hard work
1993 and has won 10 OUA champi- T h e r e ’s at 5:00 a.m. will pay off again next year when it
onships since then, believes West- something “ Y o u looks to defend their provincial
ern’ s reputation has to do with two d i f f e re n t have to title.
things. a b o u t show up “[We have] a bunch of guys at
“I really believe we have a good rowing and be 100 the same level and same age push-
university overall. Academically we than other per cent on, ing each other everyday; we’re all
have excellent standards and the v a r s i t y mentally and really good friends and it’s a
campus is beautiful. The other sports. While physical- very tight knit crew. It’s a
thing is that we are making every all varsity bunch of guys in the
effort possible to present the best sports require an same place, wanting
program in the country,” Nolte said. i m m e n s e the same thing, and
“Even if we are not the best in amount of dedi- working together,”
the standings, I still believe we have cation Addison said. “It
the best program. We put in a lot of all builds up en
effort in terms of getting great route to win-
coaches and keeping things orga- ning another
nized. [Women’s coach Al] Mor- OUA banner.”
row and I really believe in devel-
oping people, so we put in a lot
of effort in making sure
the students

Laura Barclay/Gazette
P6 ➤ sports theGazette • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009

Leddy’s hot hand leads ladies over Lions

Strong first half play key to 2-0 start on opening weekend
By Kaitlyn McGrath
Gazette Writer

One looked good, one didn’t. At the

end of the day, the score sheet was
all that mattered as the Mustangs
women’s basketball team swept the
competition this weekend in two
games at Alumni Hall.
After defeating the Laurentian
Lady Vees 75-63 in their season
opener on Friday night, the Mus- AMANDA ANDERSON
tangs added another win against the 2008-2009 Regular Season
York Lions on Saturday afternoon.
“York is a dangerous team for GP: 22 FT: 88
sure, so we couldn’t really underes- MIN: 686 PTS: 355
timate them,” Mustangs guard FG: 114 PPG: 16.14
Rebecca Moss said. “We had to 3FG: 51
come out ready to play.”
The Mustangs did precisely that
as they completed the weekend
sweep with a commanding 69-54
win over the York Lions.
The Mustangs started out strong
in the first half. Forward Katelyn
Leddy was instrumental early on, Corey Stanford/Gazette
dominating the low post and pac- GIVE ME THAT BALL. Mustang forward Katelyn Leddy battles for possession against an unidentified Laurent-
ing the team with 16 points and ian player in this weekend’s game against the Lady Vees.
nine rebounds. The Mustangs also
controlled the glass, out-rebound- after the game. “That’s a change deficit. Lions guard Brittany Szock- has high hopes for their season, but
ing the Lions 43-31. from the last couple of years.” yj led her team back with 15 points to achieve their goal of capturing
“They exposed our inside game,” The Mustangs took advantage of and four assists. the Ontario University Athletics LAUREN PARKES
Lions head coach Bill Pangos said. a fatigued York squad, who strug- “We could have finished stronger title, they must continuously 2008-2009 Regular Season
“They did a really nice job of creat- gled offensively, shooting a mere 22 in the second half,” Moss said. improve their play and battle hard
ing inside opportunities, and we per cent in the first half. After 20 Although they finished the for the entire game. GP: 10 PTS: 103
didn’t have an answer for that.” minutes of play, the Mustangs con- weekend with a pair of wins, the “[We need to] get to a place MIN: 243 PPG: 10.30
The Mustangs were able to trolled the game with a 38-23 lead. Mustangs know they won’t be able where we are competing with the
FG: 33 REB: 70
FT: 63 RPG: 7.0
extend their lead with timely three- “This is the first time we have to sit back on an early lead against best teams to put ourselves in a
point shots from guards Amanda had back-to-back games with this tougher opponents in the division. position to win an OUA champi-
Anderson and Moss. Both players young team,” Pangos explained. “We seem to have lapses where onship,” Barrie said. “The girls are
2009 Mustang 2009 Mustang
managed to score in the double “We didn’t respond offensively, or we lose focus […] that is just not committed and willing to put in Points per Game Rebounds per Game
digits, getting 13 and 10 points defensively.” going to be good enough when we that kind of time.” Leaders Leaders
respectively. The second half saw a reversal of face the top teams in Ontario,” Bar- Next up for the Mustangs is a Lauren Parkes – 17.0 Rebecca Moss – 8.0
Rebecca Moss – 13.0 Katelyn Leddy – 6.5
“We are going to be a three- roles as the Mustangs came out rie said. “We need to be better trip east to take on both the Univer- Amanda Anderson – 11.0 Amanda Anderson – 6.5
point shooting team,” Mustangs looking flat, while a re-energized focusing for the whole 40 minutes.” sity of Ottawa Gee-Gees and the Katelyn Leddy – 10.5 Melissa Rondinelli – 5.5
Beckie Williams – 8.0 Lauren Parkes – 4.5
head coach Stephan Barrie said York team fought to overcome their The women’s basketball team Carleton Ravens.

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Crunkrock the secret to success for Stereos
MuchMusic’s DisBAND sees Edmonton group become an overnight success
By Amber Garratt pened we didn’t even think we
Gazette Staff would get to this. Our goal was
never to get signed — it was just to
If asked 12 months ago where make music as much as possible
Stereos imagined themselves in a and eventually quit our day jobs.”
year, the answer would never have Stereos’ popularity rose imme-
been on a cross-Canada tour with a diately following DisBAND, as their
couple of hit singles — yet this is first single, “Summer Girl,” hit num-
their reality. ber one on iTunes less than 48
Stereos, formerly Stand By Me, hours after the show aired in May.
started off as an Edmonton-based “Throw Ya Hands Up,” their second
band playing local shows and hop- single, made Stereos the first band
ing for a big break. in history to have two consecutive
“I was sending my demo to number one hits on the Billboard
[Canadian musician and producer] Canadian Emerging Chart.
Greig Nori, who was on [MuchMu- The group released their self-
sic reality show] DisBAND, about titled debut album on Oct. 20 and
six months before the show [began] they describe the sound as “crunk-
trying to get him to produce our rock” — they draw from a wide
album,” Patrick Kordyback, Stereos range of genres, from 50s and 60s
vocalist explained. Motown doo-wop to catchy punk
“MusicMusic had come to [Nori] rock. Kordyback cites The
with the show idea and he put us in Supremes, The Dream and Rancid
touch with them. We had been work- as big musical influences.
ing so hard to get kids out to our “Crunkrock is basically a way of
shows in Edmonton, and it wasn’t explaining that we are R&B meets
really working, so we figured doing it pop, meets rock and hip-hop,
on TV couldn’t hurt,” he added. meets 50s Motown. So we came up
DisBAND is a show that gives with the word crunkrock,” he says.
struggling artists guidance and It seems crunkrock is making
exposure to Canadian music indus- Stereos’ dreams come true.
try executives. In the case of Stere- “Number one singles is stuff that
os, their experience on DisBAND we never thought that could hap-
caught the attention of Mark Spi- pen to us. It is everything we
coluk of the Underground Opera- dreamed of,” he says. “We could not
tions record label. get a hundred kids out to our shows
Spicoluk contacted the group in our hometown before and now
after their episode of DisBand aired things are going crazy for us. We are
and asked them to play a showcase living it right now.”
for Gene Simmons, followed by Stereos will be making their
another showcase in Toronto. The debut London performance tonight
success of the showcases led to at 7 p.m. at London Music Hall with
Gazette File Photo Stereos being signed by Universal openers The Midway State and The
WE ARE SO CRUNKROCK. They began as an unknown band in the outskirts of Edmonton and now the Stere- Music Canada. Artist Life. Tickets are available at
os are on a cross-country tour with number one singles. “Before everything kind of hap- London Music Hall’s box office.

Innovative Craig Cardiff will perform anywhere

Singer-songwriter to play for students in Delaware Hall lounge Sunday
By Lauren Pelley moved to the local Best Western lion in a way that’s fleeting,” he says.
Gazette Staff motel. “It was a Sunday in Brant- Perhaps this explains Cardiff’s
ford, and we had 150 people unique take on music distribution.
Craig Cardiff has played in living crammed into this hotel,” he recalls. In the past, he has provided CDs of
rooms, basements, prisons and bars. Another Cardiff show was a outtakes with album purchases,
No crowd is too small, no venue too workshop for a camp of youth allowing people to share his music
obscure. What counts, Cardiff says, whom he says ––struggling to find with their friends. Sometimes con-
is making music in the most unex- the right word –– had not been certgoers are encouraged to bring
pected places –– because that’s given enough love, and made some USB sticks to his shows to down-
when something special happens. bad decisions. load tunes.
On Wednesday, Cardiff played “It turned into a beat box work- “You need to be innovative,”
the cozy London Music Club. Chat- shop with live sampling of different Cardiff explains. “I meet so many
ting from his office earlier this things that were happening,” Cardiff artists who are afraid to give their
week, he recalled his last appear- says of the memorable experience. music away.”
ance at the venue. Attendees In the end, everyone is a poten- Cardiff, however, is anything but
pushed all the chairs and tables to tial concert promoter to Cardiff. afraid. Working on his next album,
the back of the room and sat on the “You can fit 100 people into your Floods and Fires, Cardiff says the
floor. It was a typical Cardiff show house,” he says. only way to finish is to give the
— surprising and intimate. For the residents of Delaware songs to people in a live setting. So
“When music happens in places Hall, that’s the intention. it’s no surprise he’s making the
where people don’t expect it to, it’s Cardiff’s appearance on campus most out of his trip to London.
more interesting and makes it more this Sunday is rather unconven- “I want to teach people to make
important,” Cardiff says. tional: he’s playing the residence’s music important, make art impor-
The veteran singer-songwriter, formal lounge, a venue typically tant, have it happen everywhere,”
known as much for his unique reserved for movie nights and cof- he says. “As a species, music and art
venue locations as for his lush folk feehouses. is one of the non-crummy things
songs and storytelling, has gained Typical musicians wouldn’t say we do for each other.”
numerous memories from his time yes to a show like that. But Cardiff Cardiff plays on Sunday at
on the road. is far from typical. Delaware Hall for students at 7 p.m. Gazette File Photo
Once, when a house concert “I’d rather connect with 10,000 Tickets are $12 at the door. Students WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS. Craig Cardiff will add Western’s
planned in Brantford was booked people throughout North America living in residents can bring off- Delaware Hall to his list of unconventional performance venues when
beyond capacity, Cardiff’s show was in a meaningful way than 10 mil- campus guests. the Waterloo native plays in its formal lounge Sunday.
P8 ➤ arts&entertainment theGazette • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009

Big budget The Box “ass-numbingly boring”

Intriguing plot and message has potential but falls flat in theatres
By Laura Daniel
Gazette Writer

The Box
Directed by: Richard Kelly
Starring: Cameron Diaz, James
Marsden, Frank Langella

Imagine someone gives you a box

containing a button. If you push the
button, you get $1 million. There’s a
catch though — someone you don’t
know will be killed as a result of
your actions.
Would you push the button?
This is the premise of director
Richard Kelly’s The Box. The movie
is based in 1976 and begins with
Arthur and Norma Lewis (Marsden
and Diaz) lying in bed at 5:45 a.m.
when the doorbell rings and they
find a package left on their porch.
The Lewis’ are then forced to make
a decision whether or not to push
the button in the box.
The first half of the movie
revolves around their decision to
push the button or not to push the
button. Eventually, the protagonists
realize that “the box” turns out to be
a cruel deal offered to a number of
The movie is full of symbolic
meaning and highlights the possi-
bility of human extinction if people
continue to put their own desires
ahead of the good of others. The
box is a symbol of how confined our
own lives have become. We live
within figurative boxes — our Gazette File Photo
house, our car, our televisions. TO PUSH OR NOT TO PUSH, THAT IS THE QUESTION. The Box failed to impress as audience members left the theatre halfway through the film.
While it provides a truthful mes-
sage, The Box lacks appeal. The $30
million film is anti-climactic and be desired, while Marsden and Lan- acters rather than special effects. an accident, and the creation of the numbingly boring film and even
the central prop resembles the Sta- gella deliver solid performances. Perhaps drawing more on special scar and open tissue was well done caused viewers to leave the theatre
ples “Easy Button,” making it hard Langella manages to effectively effects would have improved the with digital effects — on the other before the end. Those who did stick
to take seriously. portray the mysterious and rather movie, as this is where the film hand, the scar distracts from any- around were left to think of all the
Diaz falls short with her faux frightening Mr. Steward. showed promise. Mr. Steward has a thing Steward says. better things they could have pur-
Southern accent, leaving much to The film’s main focus is on char- portion of his face missing due to Overall The Box was an ass- chased with $10.

The next Jimmy Choo?

By Amber Garratt
Gazette Staff

Western student Lauren Chan

entered Aldo’s Design It Yourself
contest with nothing to lose, and to
her surprise made it as one of the
top nine finalists.
“Art, fashion and style have
always been something that is
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am. It’s one of my passions and tal-
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guilty pleasure.” and purses and personalize them
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