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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 WESTERN’S DAILY STUDENT NEWSPAPER SINCE 1906 VOLUME 104, ISSUE 11

Campus > Dropouts BYE BYE SUMMER SAVINGS

No more 90s
While grade adjustments between high
school and university can increase
dropouts, Western says it fares well
Gloria Dickie ond time. offers the leadership and mentor
NEWS EDITOR But John Doerkson, vice-provost program for first-year students,”
academic programs and students, she explained. “[First-years] are
For many students the sun has set felt most Western students are partnered with an upper-year stu-
on receiving grades above 90 per ready for the transition. dent in their faculty or program and
cent. But for first-year students, it’s “We’re getting students who are receive academic support through
still fresh in their memories. academically well-prepared. They’ve the program.”
With midterms approaching, achieved greatly in high school and I Rayner recalled the academic
first-year students are about to get a think they bring with them the study transitions she experienced and
reality check with grades lower than skills, ability, commitment and drive challenges she faced during her
their high school standards. to be able succeed.” year at Western.
Tesa Rayner, a first-year arts and Doerkson stressed while West- “In high school, you can write an
humanities student at McMaster ern has an eight per cent dropout essay in one night and get a 90. But
University, attended Western in rate, that’s not taking persistence in university, it takes you a few
2008 but didn’t meet the faculty’s into consideration. weeks to get your act together and
grade requirements to qualify for a “Retention is what happens at do the research — even then you’re
second year. Western, persistence is what hap- not getting 90s.”
“[University] was a whole dif- pens in the post-secondary system. Gloor Duncan explained career
ferent ball game. You have to be It’s quite possible students who counselling for first-years can be a
self-motivated. Every single day leave us here at the end of first year useful tool in putting students on
you have to get up at 8:30, do your simply go somewhere else, and vice the right track.
homework,” she said. versa.” “A lot of students might think
After being forced to leave West- Leslie Gloor Duncan, co-ordina- first year is too early to start
ern, Rayner took a year off to work tor of University Transitional Pro- thinking about [careers], but if
before enrolling in McMaster’s arts grams at Western, added there are you’re struggling, goal-setting Corey Stanford GAZETTE
and humanities faculty. several helpful mentor programs and having a career path can be LIKE HERDING SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER. The Imaginus Poster sale returned
Rayner said she felt significantly available for students who do have helpful in making them more again this year to the University Community Centre. The sale offers variety of
more prepared for what to expect difficulties. successful and motivated in their clichéd and novel posters, including the popular “Kiss” poster by Tanya Chalkin,
when entering university for a sec- “The Student Success Centre studies.” which this motionless guy is presumably starting at.

London > Housing

Landlords
the association’s actions.
“Students and people with low income don’t just deserve
to live in deplorable conditions,” Coker explained. “If they’re
really worried, then let’s work together.”

taking bylaw Anne Marie DeCicco-Best, mayor of London, said there


were several drafts of the bylaw which were much more
restrictive.
“The intention was that anyone in a rental unit could feel

to court safe and secure,” she said.


The City took a different approach when it made the
bylaw, as it did not just take student neighborhoods into
Student housing target of new law account, Glenn Matthews, housing mediation officer at West-
ern, explained.
“More than students face these issues,” he said. “Do we
Cheryl Stone really want students to be living in places that don’t meet
NEWS EDITOR building and fire codes? Probably not.”
The new bylaw allows for inspectors to investigate the
A London bylaw is making its way to the Ontario Supreme premise, provided they give notice to the landlord before.
Court after a group of landlords called it illegal and discrimi- “[Previously], a tenant could complain to the City,”
natory. Matthews added. “But most of these people would be too
The bylaw requires landlords with fewer than four units to afraid or not have the knowledge to invite someone in.”
obtain a $25 licencing fee from the City of London. To receive Lauren Barclay GAZETTE FILE PHOTO The LPMA has also argued a portion of the bylaw consti-
this they must fill out a checklist and complete a fire inspec- ABANDON ALL HOPE ALL YE WHO ENTER. Student housing, like tutes an invasion of the landlord’s privacy, by forcing them to
tion for each rental. this house located near Broughdale Road, often features beer cans display their contact information by the entrance of the
But the London Property Management Association argues and trash bags galore. A new bylaw attempts to impose more dwelling.
the new bylaw goes against the Residential Tenancies Act by restrictions on the landlords who own this kind of property. “It’s there for anybody who wants to walk into that rental
forcing landlords to evict students if the licence cannot be unit,” Hoffer explained. “It’s an unnecessary and unlawful
renewed. because they are more likely to live in these dwellings and breach of privacy legislation.”
The City is imposing a fine on those who do not comply. possibly get evicted. Matthews explained it was currently necessary under
“I wouldn’t see it happening that way,” Meaghan Coker, “Why are we kicking these people out? There’s no reason,” provincial law to give emergency contact information to the
vice-president university affairs for the University Students’ Joe Hoffer, lawyer for the LPMA, said. “It’s discriminatory tenants.
Council, said. She felt it would be a very harsh circumstance against young people, it discriminates against marital status, “The University and the [USC] supported the bylaw
to force a student to get evicted. and it discriminates against people on social assistance.” because it meant the city would be licencing smaller land-
The LPMA argued this discriminates against young people Coker felt students were being used as a justification for lords, [with whom] we see more safety issues,” Matthews
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AT LEAST IT WASN’T ENVIROWEEK. Clubs Week ended last Friday and fourth-year history student Phil Sach snapped this
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Online note sharing comes to Canada
Cheryl Stone
NEWS EDITOR

Too hungover to go to class? The


internet may have your back.
Websites like notesolution.com
and wisecampus.com offer students
the opportunity to catch up on class
notes by borrowing from a student
who posted their work online.
Ryan Sapp, founder of the U.S.-
based wisecampus.com, said the
process mimics the way students
have shared notes for years.
“Now we are providing them NOTESOLUTION.COM
with a quick way to get quality edu- SKIPPING CLASS IS AS EASY AS ONE, TWO, THREE. The UofT-based notesolu-
cational material from a central tion.com lets users earn “credits” by uploading their notes for the world to see. No
depository.” such service exists at Western yet.
The site offers access to lecture
notes, an answer board and net- “It would still be worth connect- He noted there was a peer
working with fellow students. ing with professors,” she explained. review process on the site and sev-
Notesolution.com is only for Posting notes on wisecam- eral monitors to ensure quality.
students at the University of Toron- pus.com comes with some added While these sites may sound
to and Western students have no benefits through a points system, useful, not everyone is keen on
similar services available. Gail earned for every note added to the sharing their work with strangers.
Hutchinson, director of the student site. Shannon Angiers, a first-year health
development centre, said she didn’t “These points can then be sciences student, said she’s reluc-
expect to offer one in the near redeemed for gift cards from a vari- tant to jump online to share her
future. ety of places. We believe the only work.
She noted students can meet way to get quality material that is “That wouldn’t really be fair,
peers to help them catch up with well-organized is to reward stu- because I would have to put in the
notes after a missed class or speak dents through monetary gains and extra effort,” she explained. She also
with the professor. recognition,” Sapp said. noted there were many different
ways of getting notes if she missed
class. She mentioned using WebCT,
completing the readings or asking
someone in the class.
But Angiers admitted the points
system would encourage her to
post on the site.
“You’re getting something from
[your notes] and you’re helping
other people out,” she explained. “I
have to take them for my studies
anyway.”
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Campus > Strike Watch

Strike vote begins today MAIN POSSIBILITIES FOR THE NEGOTIATIONS

Negotiations
Adapted from a UWOFA release

1 2 Negotiations Both sides


slow or reach 3 agree to 4 Management
Union against proposed policies continue
until they an impasse binding
requests a
vote on its
reach a arbitration final offer
settlement
Monica Blaylock declined to comment on specific “It is clear that the Administar-
NEWS EDITOR issues, Helen Connell, vice-presi- tion views personal relationships Either side can A settlement
dent communications and public and demeanor as part of a faculty request a is imposed
Western’s faculty union is heading affairs, said the university is trying member’s Academic Responsibili- conciliator
to the voting booth today to to maintain academic excellence. ties,” the newsletter read. Conciliation Conciliation fails.
succeeds After 17 days a
approve or shoot down a strike The proposal also introduces a strike can be held.
vote. review process for tenured profes- The strike process
The decision to strike — while sors, based on undefined standards, Compton noted there are two legal
possible — is still far on the hori- Compton said. The fear, he said, is requirements to be met before a
The union votes whether to accept or reject the proposed offer
zon, according to both sides professors will rush research work unionized party can legally strike.
involved in the negotiations. in order to be annually reviewed by “There’s a strike vote, but there
The reasons behind the strike the University Review Committee. also has to be a ‘no-board’ report table with renewed focus and to UWOFA and Western. We’re just
vote are varied, but many relate to “Speed is the enemy of thought,” filed,” he said. speed things up and hopefully to keeping students as informed as
academic freedom and professor he said of the research process. The Minister of Labour files the get a deal,” he said. possible.”
reviews, according to the Universi- “[G]ood ideas and quality research no-board report on the recommen- University Students’ Council Western administration noted
ty of Western Ontario Faculty Asso- take a while. No one is cranking it dation of a moderator. Although the president Mike Tithecott, assured both parties are still in negotiations.
ciation. out.” basic requirements of a no-board the USC would be doing everything “This has happened before,
“It’s not about money,” James Compton said Western would report have been met, there has been in their power to keep students three times at Western: twice for
Compton, president of weaken the academic peer review no request of filing from either party. informed about the possibility of a faculty, once for the librarians and
UWOFA, said. system and jeopardize academic Compton said it takes 17 days strike. archivists just last fall [...] but there
Western has proposed a review freedom. after a no-board report is filed for a “We’ve put press releases on the was no strike,” Compton said.
process forcing professors to face a Another key issue for the union is union to be in a legal strike position. [USC] website with external links to “Strikes are possible but they’re
new administration committee, he a new policy defining what’s accept- “While it is true that we are the collective bargaining sites of rare.”
said. Compton added professors able “when it comes to ‘intimate’ ramping up the pressure with the
already have peer reviews and stu- relations between consenting adults strike vote, it doesn’t mean we’ll be
dent evaluations.
While Western administration
on this campus,” according to the
UWOFA-produced Faculty Times.
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Daniel: Though Western does hold a


As we all know, Western decided to reputation for academic excellence,
tone down O-Week this year. I guess London is still a party town — it’s
the fear was one idiot would get difficult to refute that.
drunk and the whole world would
find out. Daniel:
Apparently, one slip-up and By saying Western is a party school
Western’s party image will become because students drink a lot, you
a permanent black eye. At least, run the risk of saying every school
that’s the message I’m getting. is a party school. Put simply, a party
To which I would ask, who
exactly considers Western a “party
school” anymore?
school is unique because of its lack
of academic reputation.
Look back at the national issues
Housing hassles okay for us
Sure, Western was known as the coming from Western in the past
party school of Ontario back in the five years: you have the debate over London recently established a licencing bylaw to stan- they know what they’re signing up for. Plus, how much
‘70s. That’s what you get when you the Canadian Blood Services donor dardize housing conditions in the city. Now, some land- of the problems with student housing is caused by the
open a residence to 1,200 students policy, the discussion over the inap- lords are working to have the bylaw removed. This rais- students themselves? You can’t treat your house like a
and call it “The Zoo.” But the hard propriateness of a certain spoof es questions about student housing around Western, toilet and then complain about the smell.
work of the administration over the issue… sounds to me like an insti- which ranges from overcrowding to potentially unsafe Landlords who choose to rent to students are also
past 20 years has pretty much got- tution promoting free thought and living conditions. taking a gamble. The turnover rate between renters is
ten rid of that image. mental stimulation. We’ve all been there or know someone who has: the so high it’s hard to hold students responsible for any
When I applied to Western, the I don’t even need to bring up horror stories of rodent-infested walls, faulty plumb- significant damage once they’re out the door. It’s also
only thing I heard about the school Western’s quality programs or high ing and generally slummy situations. They’ve become more likely students will be careless with their proper-
was that it’s a very good academic acceptance averages, because that as synonymous with the university experience as hang- ty if they know their lease is up in six weeks.
institution. I only heard the term horse has been beaten well past the overs and cramming. Of course, there are situations where the landlords
“party school” from an older point of death. This new bylaw is intended to protect tenants from are to blame, and the new bylaw helps prevent and
teacher at my high school. Every- This is what separates Western potentially dangerous living conditions. Anything solve these kinds of situations, allowing tenants the
one in the class gave him a quizzical from schools like the Ontario Clown beyond that is out of the city’s hands, and that’s not a power to hold landlords to at least some standard.
look as if to say, “What the hell have College. Sorry, I’ve been informed bad thing. University is one of the few times it’s accept- So, the question isn’t who is responsible for the
you been smoking old man?” they prefer to be called Laurier. able to live in the kind of conditions where there are condition of student housing, it’s if we care. As long
The party school view is so out- couches on the front lawn and squirrels in the attic, so as the basic necessities are covered, sub-par housing
dated that only dinosaurs working at Jesse: we ought to take advantage of it. is a key part of the natural university experience. We
the school are still concerned about Low blow on Laurier aside, if you’re Part of choosing to live in an area close to campus, should all embrace the stained carpets, fuzzy walls,
its existence. Let’s move on and stop really going to bring up “intelligent” surrounded by students and a party atmosphere, is and woodland critter invasions that make up so many
worrying about it, shall we? national issues, you have to also accepting the fact that you’re not going to get an exec- of our fond memories while we’re still young and irre-
include the less than reputable utive home. Most students are willing to sacrifice ideal sponsible.
Jesse: issues our school has birthed — living conditions for the student community and cheap There’s plenty of time in the future for the immacu-
Last week, I personally witnessed a Saugeen stripper, I’m looking at rent that the so-called “student ghettos” provide. late home in the suburbs; for now, let’s enjoy the fact we
student drink a 40 oz bottle of malt you, and you’re not evoking feelings Besides, it’s difficult to determine cause-and-effect don’t have to clean up every spilled beer immediately
liquor and pass out. Sadly, I am not of studiousness. We may not have in a situation such as this: are students settling for and that we save enough money on rent to pay for that
exaggerating. seen the excesses of Queen’s, but lower living conditions, or creating them? Most tenants beer in the first place.
Western’s “party” reputation is we still have our own contributions have at least a brief look at the unit before renting, so —The Gazette Editorial Board
so ingrained into our purple brains to the greater Canadian party
a person could attempt to argue school lore.
against its existence while simulta- I appreciate the fact all universi-
neously drinking like he lived under ties are going to have their share of
a bridge.
If someone attempted this
party-prone students, but on aver-
age Western’s student population
dailyquote
stunt at, say, Guelph, they would seems to be more into the bar
probably be met with shocked scene. You could probably find as “I’m recording our history now on the
expressions and people con- large a party or busy a bar on a Tues-
cerned that they may be too big of day in London as you could find on
a party animal to complete their a Saturday night in Waterloo. bedroom wall, and when we leave the
degree in Golf Course Mainte- I’m not going to deny that other
nance. But at Western, mention universities party, or that Western landlord will come and paint over it all.”
you drank 14 beers on a Wednes- houses a robust group of intellectu-
day and you’d get the response: als, but it’s pretty hard to argue our
“Yeah same. I got so drunk that school isn’t a step above when it –ANI DIFRANCO
instead of pants, I wore these comes to embracing the “party
black spandex tight things.” school” image.

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This beer is for freedom


Scottish boys take on stodgy U.K. industry
Mike Hayes brulée, chicken bidan and an array ered into Chancey’s intimate dining
MANAGING EDITOR of cheeses paired with four differ- area where they were greeted by a
ent beers. wide variety of BrewDog trinkets.
In the quickly growing London beer Kral would later say his aim for
[BrewDog] comes


market, it’s hard to find a more the dinner was to put together
respected individual than Milos Kral, from Scotland […] something as unique as his guest’s
Chancey Smith’s bartender, connois- a much more products — something he made a
seur and all-around beer guru. bullseye on.
Kral holds court on an almost
conservative market Beyond the collection of pen-
nightly basis, with bar patrons tak- than we have in guin-related paraphernalia and Bar-
ing his word as gospel at all hours. So North America. bie dolls (in reference to BrewDog’s
when Kral declares James Watt of They’ve been able Tactical Nuclear Penguin and
Scotland’s BrewDog brewery to be to brew some phe- Trashy Blonde beers), Kral also had
“the rockstar of the beer world,” it is an authentic Scottish bagpiper per-
very high praise indeed.
nomenal beers — all form in a full penguin costume
Since its first beer in 2007, Brew- of them very tasty much to Watt’s delight.
Dog has grown to be Scotland’s and a few of them As the pipes died down, the ener-
largest independently owned brew- are extraordinary” getic Scott bounded up to address
ery. All along, Watt and his business the room – a feat he would repeat
—Milos Kral
partner Martin Dickie have courted Beer guru and head bartender, several times through the night – to
controversy in the press, espousing a Chancey Smith’s introduce the beers. Watt has no
business model that frequently ful- qualms about his brewery’s place in
fills the British punk ethos of the ‘80s. Though the food was fantastic, the U.K. beer market, often speaking
It was this boundless individual- the real talk of the night was Watt’s in Braveheart-like language about
ity that led Kral to put together a presence. Before the dinner started, the conservative views many of his
beer dinner last Wednesday night patrons lined up like nervous countrymen have of beer.
featuring BrewDog’s products. teenagers for the chance to speak The verdict on the night? Intoxi-
Similar to a wine or scotch tast- with him, often intent to have cating. A delicious combination of
ing, a beer dinner aims to pair dif- something signed just to prove beer and food that marked London’s Photo courtesy of Vlado Pavicic BREWDOG
ferent courses of food with different they’d met him. arrival onto the the world stage. THAT’S A LOT OF BEER. WHO WANTS TO GO FOR A SWIM? Martin Dickie (left)
types of beers. This particular As the buzz around the bar built Check out Mike’s impressions of and James Watt (right) pose with some of their product at BrewDog headquar-
evening saw shepherd’s pie, crème to a fever pitch, the crowd was ush- some of BrewDog’s products on pg. 7 ters in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

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Lifestyle brief > Health

Link between drinking


and breast cancer
A report in the Journal of Clinical
Oncology found moderate drinking
is linked to breast cancer recur-
rence.
Although factors such as age
and body weight do contribute to
the likelihood of getting breast can-
cer, the study found women who
drink more than three to four alco-
holic beverages per week are more
likely to see the disease return.
Regular drinkers also had a 51
per cent greater chance of dying
from the disease.
“If you’re not planning to die of
cancer […] it might be best to limit
[alcohol consumption] to zero,”
says James Koropatnick, a professor
of oncology at the Schulich School
of Medicine and Dentistry.
While researchers determined
alcohol increases the risk of devel-
oping breast cancer for women in
general, it was particularly preva- terol in the heart, alcohol also
lent among older and overweight boosts levels of estrogen in the Corey Standford GAZETTE
women. blood, which ultimately feeds can- THE DOCTOR CAN SEE YOU NOW. Students suffering from the flu, or another medical ailment, can make an appointment
But how much is too much cer growth. with Student Health Services to see a physician.
when it comes to alcohol and your “If you’re in a family that has a
health? history of cancer, you are at greater
Some researchers have differing
opinions regarding the matter.
“There is no safe lower limit [of
risk,” Koropatnick says. “It would be
a good idea to decrease your intake
to a more moderate level.”
Cool kids beware of flu
alcohol] to consume that we know
of,” says Koropatnick
Some strategies known to pre-
vent breast cancer and improve Popular students more likely to get sick
In the study, 1,897 women were one’s overall health include lower-
followed after being treated for ing alcohol consumption and Flu season is right around the cor- use their knowledge of social apt to experience in their univer-
breast cancer in the early stages. increasing vegetable and fruit ner, meaning Western’s cool kids interactions to group together sity career, particularly in resi-
While 293 of them experienced the intake. Cutting fat, controlling your should begin to take cover. popular friends so they can be dence or living in a house with
return of the cancer, 273 died as a weight and routine excerise has A study done by James Fowler, studied. These groups will used to roommates.
result of their condition. also been known to reduce cancer sociology professor at Harvard Uni- further about the friendship para- However, by maintaining a
Though the occasional drink is risks. versity, and Nicholas Christakis, dox and track cases of the influen- proper diet and exercising regular-
known to increase “good” choles- — Nicole Young associate professor of political sci- za virus. ly, students can boost their immune
ence at the University of California, With flu season on the horizon, system to combat the flu bug. Using
concluded popular students get the there are many precautions stu- the hand sanitizers located around
virus two weeks earlier than their dents can take to prevent becoming campus is also a good way for stu-
peers. sick — popular or not. Cynthia Gib- dents to fight germs.

STUDENT SPECIAL The pair studied a group of stu-


dents at Harvard University, asking
ney, nurse manager and patient
services coordinator at Western’s
The Public Health Agency of
Canada also recommends washing
random students to name a few of Student Health Services, says there your hands frequently during flu
their friends who they found to be are several factors putting students season and covering your mouth
popular. After studying these pop- at risk for getting the flu. when you sneeze.
ular students, Fowler and Chris- “Close quarters living, lack of Flu immunization clinics usual-
takis found they got the flu about proper sleep, exercise and nutri- ly run from late October to early
two weeks earlier than other tion, higher stress lifestyles, and Deecember. Flu vaccinations are
‘‹‘†ƒ›Ǩ groups — most likely because they not getting the flu shot all con- administered yearly to protect

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Atmosphere — “Freefallin’” The Acorn — “Restoration” Arcade Fire — “Modern Man”


Here’s the thing. Hundreds of While nestled in the seclusion of I’m not one to buy full albums on
thousands of people have lost northern Quebec, The Acorn began iTunes, but after I heard a preview of
their jobs, their homes and their work on their third album in sum- Arcade Fire’s new album The Sub-
livelihoods in the past three years mer 2009. The result was No Ghost urbs, I had to make an exception.
as our economy completely col- — an album that sounds as if it’s Since the album was released in
lapsed. woven from the fabric of the band’s early August I have been listening to
So it just doesn’t seem terribly environment. it non-stop. In particular, the album’s
appropriate to make songs about There’s lush instrumentation third track “Modern Man” has made
partying at a time like this. and driving rhythms here, restraint its way onto my most played list.
At least that’s how Minneapo- and hesitation there, yet never a One of the main reasons I’ve
lis-based hip hop duo Atmos- hint of dissonance – as if every song gravitated toward this song is sim-
phere feel as they’ve released a came about organically, like the ply because it’s catchy. The sim-
ballad-heavy, 10-song EP titled To diversity of the Quebec forest. plicity and repetitiveness of the
All My Friends for absolutely free “Restoration” begins with crisp lyrics adds to its appeal.
on their website. guitar followed by a hint of percus- It was difficult to choose just
All of the songs explore the sion. Then there are layers of har- one song off this album — the
harsh realities of the blue-collar, mony, until the rhythm drives the whole thing is stuck in my head.
working class in today’s society, song to a rousing finish. The song Songs like “Month of May” are
but none of them sum up our swells and then eases into the more upbeat and have a classic
greed and inflated sense of entitle- album’s next track as quickly as if rock feel to them while “Modern
ment quite like “Freefallin’,” which the wind changed. Man” and “The Suburbs” achieves
puts all of our trivial, middle-class – Lauren Pelley the classic indie-pop sound we’re
problems into perspective. used to getting from this band.
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Sports gameday
Mustangs women’s hockey team look for their second win
against the London Juniors. Puck drops tonight at 9p.m. at
Thompson Arena.
>> westerngazette.ca

rundown >> Mustangs men’s rugby defeat Queens 31-15 | The men’s baseball teams drop two on the road against the Toronto Varsity Blues by scores of 3-5 and 0-4.

‘Stangs sloppy in win


Kaitlyn McGrath scoring in the first quarter after
SPORTS EDITOR running back Jerimy Hipperson
fended off several Guelph defend-
The weather wasn’t pretty and nei- ers to run the ball in 10 yards for
ther was the game. the opening touchdown. After the
But what matters most is com- win, Hipperson praised his offen-
ing out with the win and that’s sive line for clearing the path for
exactly what the Mustangs did, him all game.
beating the Guelph Gryphons 15-8. “Our [offensive line] did a great
“It was an interesting perfor- job,” he said. “Some of our guys
mance,” Mustangs head coach were really banged up and they still
Greg Marshall said. “Certainly a played tough.”
win is good and coming into a situ- Gryphons wide receiver Jedd
ation like we were in today, you Gardner carried the ball into the
know a lot of things went against us, end zone to even the score. And
but our guys battled back.” with only seconds in the half, Mus-
It was a double blow to the tangs defensive back Craig Butler
Gryphons, who not only dropped bobbled a punt to give Guelph the
their annual homecoming game to rouge and an 8-7 lead.
the Mustangs for the second year in The game looked to be in a
a row, but also suffered their first defensive deadlock with neither
loss of the season. team scoring in the third quarter.
“We had Western on their knees But with less than five minutes to
and we couldn’t score in the third play, Hipperson came through with
quarter and took too many penal- a 27-yard touchdown to put the
ties,” Gryphons head coach Stu Lang Mustangs up for good.
said. “We disappointed our fans and Despite a win and improving
we should have won the game.” their record to 4-1, the Mustangs Nyssa Kuwahara GAZETTE
The game saw both teams relied know they have to play better DOWN BOY Mustangs running back Jerimy Hipperson fights off the Guelph
heavily on their preferred style — against defending Vanier Cup defender en route to Western’s 15-8 victory.
running the ball early and often. champion the Queen’s Golden
The Mustangs opened up the Gaels this coming Saturday.
Offence too obvious
Daniel Da Silva his young career and after he
SPORTS EDITOR threw an interception, he lost his
composure.
It’s a good thing the Mustangs That leads me to the second
defence is so solid, because their problem coach Marshall needs to
offence is anemic. fix. He has to know when it is time
For this, the blame falls solely on to pull Donnie and use backup Ian
the shoulders of head coach Greg Noble. Noble doesn’t run like Don-
Marshall. Everyone knows either nie, but he has a good arm and
Donnie Marshall or Jerimy Hipper- more experience. Noble also has
son are going to run the ball. They the ability to take pressure off the
rarely throw the ball more than 10 young quarterback whenever
yards down field, making it really things aren’t going as planned.
easy for defenders. Marshall has Marshall went with Noble and
turned his son into a glorified tail- he threw a beautiful strike over the
back. middle for a 24-yard gain. But
For the team to be truly success- instead of sticking with Noble, Mar-
ful, coach Marshall needs to throw shall put Donnie back into the
more at opposing defences. But game, who was promptly sacked
Donnie hasn’t had the chance to do after trying to scramble.
that consistently this season. Hopefully the Mustangs open
That was the case for most of up the playbook a little more
the game against Guelph on Sat- against Queen’s or we might have to
urday. Due to terrible weather, drink away our sorrows after a loss
Donnie played the worst game of this Homecoming weekend.