DailyNews Issue for Friday, Nov 28th, 2014

Track athletes hit city streets for charity

Lancer sprinter Esinam Ayesu-Attah hawks Goodfellow newspapers, Thursday on Wyandotte Street West.Lancer sprinter Esinam Ayesu-Attah hawks Goodfellow newspapers, Thursday on Wyandotte Street West.

It’s been a Windsor tradition since 1910, but Thursday marked a first for Esinam Ayesu-Attah. The third-year criminology student joined dozens of her teammates from Lancer track and field to sell newspapers in support of the annual Goodfellows campaign.

“Of course I volunteered,” said Ayesu-Attah, a sprinter originally from Vancouver. “I can volunteer two hours of my day to be out here before class.”

She staked out her spot on Wyandotte Street at its intersection with Campbell Avenue, and said many of the locals are more familiar with the charity than she was.

“A lot of people see the Goodfellows bag and have their donations ready. I have been making a decent amount of money,” she said. “It’s always good to give, especially this time of year.”

Sales of the publication, donated by the Windsor Star, raise funds for the charity to distribute food baskets during the holiday season, as well as year-round programs providing school breakfasts and footwear to children. Volunteers will continue the sale through the weekend across the city.

British exchange students extol positive experience at University of Windsor

Antonette WeddermanExchange student Antonette Wedderman from the University of Hertfordshire says she has found Canadian friendly.

The student exchange program provides a great opportunity to enrich diversity and culture, say two visitors from universities in the United Kingdom.

Ngozi Ngene of Southampton Solent University and Antonette Wedderman of the University of Hertfordshire are exploring the differences of life in Canada. Certainly studies present challenges in terms of the curriculum and distribution of work over the course of the semester.

“Workload here is much more than my home university,” says Wedderman, a law student. “I guess it’s because of the weight of our overall grade. It’s spread throughout the semester, unlike my home university where the final exam weighs 70 percent.”

Ngozi NgeneNgene, a business major, agrees: “I don’t know how Canadian students do it for four years.”

Both note that while they share a common language with Canada, speech is not identical. Wedderman says she gets special treatment from classmates fascinated by her British accent. For her part, Ngene finds endearing the conversational Canadianism “eh.”

She has signed up to participate in Greek life. Sororities are not common in the UK, she says: “I wanted to try something new and exciting.”

And Wedderman has enrolled in a course of intensive Spanish, noting she has always wanted to learn it.

Both say they have been encouraged to explore a range of social and cultural events, as well as group trips to sightsee and travel. Living by the U.S. border also provides opportunities in Detroit and Chicago.

Overall, they give their seal of approval to the study abroad program. The Canadian stereotype “friendly and approachable” impresses these exchange students and is one they thoroughly agree with.

—photos and article by Ninthuja Saseetharan

Hear today from second candidate for provost

Jim Weese, one of two short-listed candidates for provost, will make a presentation to the campus at noon today— Friday, November 28—in the Ambassador Auditorium, CAW Student Centre.

The University community is invited to hear him address the topic of “What in your view are the challenges facing institutions of higher learning today?” Dr. Weese is professor and dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University. View his curriculum vitae.

The other candidate, Douglas Kneale of Brock University, delivered his presentation Thursday. The Centre for Teaching and Learning is videotaping both presentations for later viewing by those who are unable to attend.

Campus libraries to extend hours for exam study

Leddy Library

The Leddy Library will increase its hours during the exam period in order to accommodate end-of-term study.

Starting December 1, the library hours will be open from 10 a.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Saturday. The extended hours end on Thursday, December 18, when the library closes at 12 midnight.

During the holiday break, the hours of the library change as well. The holiday hours for the library are as follows:

  • Friday, December 19: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday December 20: 1 to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 21: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Monday, December 22: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 23: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • the library will close from December 24 to January 1
  • Friday, January 2: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 3: 1 to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 4: 1 to 8 p.m.

The Leddy Library will return to regular hours in time for the winter term on January 5, 2015.

Paul Martin Law Library

The Law Library will see a change in hours as well, extending its Saturday and Sunday hours for exam preparation.

The library will open

  • 11 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. on Saturday, November 29;
  • 10 a.m. to 11:50 p.m. on Sunday, November 30;
  • 11 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. on Saturday, December 6;
  • 10 a.m. to 11:50 p.m. on Sunday, December 7;
  • 11 a.m. to 10:50 p.m. on Saturday, December 13; and
  • 10 a.m. to 11:50 p.m. on Sunday, December 14.

The Law Library will close on December 20 and 21 and will have reduced hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. on December 22 and 23. From December 24 to January 4, it will close for the holiday break, with the exception of Friday, January 2, when the library will open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:20 p.m. It will resume regular hours Monday, January 5.

— Jordan Worsell-Collins

Lancer basketball to host final home stands of 2014

Lancer women's basketball players look onto the court from the bench.

The nationally-ranked Lancer men’s and women’s basketball teams will play their final games of the semester this weekend at the St. Denis Centre.

The women’s team, ranked first in the country, will tip off at 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. The no. 5 men will play at 8 p.m. both evenings.

Friday brings the Brock Badgers to Windsor; Saturday is a battle of powerhouses. The McMaster Marauders also boast top 10 squads: the women are ranked seventh in Canadian Interuniversity Sport; the men are ranked fourth.

The only other varsity action at home is the Lancer men’s hockey team, ranked sixth in the CIS, taking on the Waterloo Warriors at South Windsor Arena, at 7:30 p.m. Friday before hitting the road Saturday to face off against the York Lions.

The St. Denis Centre is the site of the track and field program’s inter-squad Blue and Gold Meet, Monday and Tuesday, December 1 and 2.

The volleyball teams are on the road, with the women at Western on Friday and the men at Toronto on Friday and at Ryerson on Saturday.

Women’s hockey will play the Gaels at Queen’s on Saturday and the Ridgebacks at UOIT on Sunday.

Check for more details, including live webcasts, at goLancers.ca.

Charity clothing drive to close out this weekend

The Lancer Holiday Clothing Drive will wind up this weekend, accepting donations of winter coats and other clothing items for families in need.

The drive supports four local programs:

  1. Coats for Kids
  2. Provision of winter gear through schools
  3. Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society’s Adopt-a-Family
  4. Windsor Youth Centre

Organizers will accept all clothing items in good condition, as well as contributions of cash. Children’s coats, hats and mittens are especially needed. Donations may be dropped off in the athletic department offices, at the service desk in the St. Denis Centre, or at Lancer home games until November 29.

Anyone making a donation will receive a ballot for a chance to win a Lancer Holiday Prize Pack. Winner will be announced at the Lancer basketball doubleheader on November 29.

Mention DailyNews to earn two-for-one discount for University Players show

Members of the cast of “The Crucible” enact a scene in the CAW Student CentreMembers of the cast of “The Crucible” enact a scene Wednesday in the CAW Student Centre. The actors handed out poppets to spectators following their performance. The play continues its run through Sunday at Essex Hall Theatre.

Readers of DailyNews qualify for a special offer from University Players: two-for-one tickets to the Saturday matinee performance of its current production, The Crucible.

Arthur Miller’s award-winning drama about the Salem witch hunts unmasks deadly truths about the nature of humanity in the midst of mass hysteria. It continues through Sunday at Essex Hall Theatre.

To qualify for the two-for-one special, phone 519-253-3000, ext. 2808, to order tickets to Saturday’s 2 p.m. show—and be sure to mention you saw the deal in DailyNews.

Strategic Priority Fund calls for proposals to enhance student experience

Applications for the 2015-16 Strategic Priority Fund are due Friday, January 30.

The Strategic Priority Fund supports the strategic allocation of resources and provides dedicated funding to support the delivery of the University’s Strategic Plan. This year, it is dedicating its funding efforts to projects that enhance the student experience at the University.

The fund has already supported a number of programs at the University that are involved with improving curriculum, enhancing student experience, promoting research, and building a basis for future developments in curriculum and all aspects of university operations.

Typical types of initiatives which enhance the student experience include (but are not limited to):

  • Experiential and co-curricular learning programs
  • First-year and transitional program interventions
  • Programs and services for targeted populations
  • Pedagogical, curricular, and program- or classroom-based interventions
  • Skill enhancement programs
  • Programs intended to enhance the supportiveness of the campus environment

For submission criteria and general submission guidelines, visit http://www.uwindsor.ca/spf.

— Jordan Worsell-Collins

UWindsor community eligible for discount on Red Wings tickets

The Detroit Red Wings are offering discounted tickets to the UWindsor community for selected games at Joe Louis Arena.The Detroit Red Wings are offering discounted tickets to the UWindsor community for selected games at Joe Louis Arena.

The Detroit Red Wings are offering UWindsor students, faculty, staff, retirees and alumni discounted prices to see the National Hockey League team play at Joe Louis Arena.

These tickets offer savings on box office prices not available to the general public. The seats are located in the upper bowl, $35 for rows 5-12 or $25 for rows 13-15 for these games:

  • vs. Florida Panthers, Tuesday, December 2, 7:30 p.m.
    (Henrik Zetterberg ornament giveaway to first 10,000 fans)
  • vs. Florida Panthers, Friday, December 12, 7:30 p.m.
    (Niklas Kronwall ornament giveaway to first 10,000 fans)
  • vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Tuesday, December 16, 7:30 p.m.
    (Jonathan Ericsson bobblehead giveaway to first 7,500 fans)
  • vs. Minnesota Wild, Friday, Tuesday, January 20, 7:30 p.m.
    (Gustav Nyquist bobblehead giveaway to first 7,500 fans)

To order, use promo code hockey at www.DetroitRedWings.com/uwindsor. A handling fee of $1.25 per ticket will be applied to each order.