DailyNews Issue for Friday, Oct 31st, 2014

Win tickets to see behind the myths

Some lucky DailyNews readers will win tickets to see the MythBusters stage show, November 27 at the WFCU Centre.Some lucky DailyNews readers will win tickets to see the MythBusters stage show, November 27 at the WFCU Centre.

As a co-sponsor of “Mythbusters: Behind the Myths” at the WFCU Centre on Thursday, November 27, the University of Windsor has a limited number of tickets to distribute, and is offering them to DailyNews readers.

One of the most highly regarded and watched series on the Discovery Channel, MythBusters mixes scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create its own signature style of experimentation. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will bring that mix to the WFCU stage and will invite fans on stage to assist in their mind-blowing and mind-twisting approach to science.

To enter the contest, just respond with the team’s findings on these shibboleths of modern life. Winners will be selected at random from all correct responses received by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 5.

1.   Food picked up within five seconds after dropping to the floor is safe to eat.
a) Busted
b) Confirmed
c) Inconclusive

2.   You can get your tongue stuck by touching it to a metal pole in freezing weather.
a) Busted
b) Confirmed
c) Inconclusive

3.   Dirty cars reduce drag like dimples on a golfball and are therefore more fuel efficient.
a) Busted
b) Confirmed
c) Inconclusive

The grand prize is two second-row seats and a chance to meet with the show’s stars, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. Eight runners-up will each receive two seats in a luxury box, as well as a Mad Science pre-show and dinner. Two additional winners will receive a pair of lower-bowl seats, which includes a Mad Science pre-show and dinner.

Contest is open to all readers of the DailyNews. Send an e-mail with your responses to uofwnews@uwindsor.ca. One entry per contestant, please.

Concert to honour memory of late voice instructor

Catherine McKeeverA concert Saturday will honour the late UWindsor voice instructor Catherine McKeever.

A concert Saturday, November 1, at Glenwood United Church will raise money to fund a scholarship named for the late UWindsor music instructor Catherine McKeever, who died in October 2012.

A mezzo-soprano, McKeever enjoyed a varied career performing an impressive vocal repertory that included a wide variety of oratorio and concert repertoire, as well as an array of operatic roles. She was a graduate of the University of Windsor School of Music (BMus 1994) and taught voice there until retiring in 2011, as well as at her private studio.

Saturday’s concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation to the McKeever Voice Scholarship. Glenwood United Church is located at 1825 Grand Marais Road West.

Bookstore to give away popcorn as Hallowe’en treat

Bookstore window decorated for Hallowe'enThe Campus Bookstore is getting into the spirit of Hallowe’en, offering customers free bags of popcorn October 31.

The Campus Bookstore will serve free bags of popcorn to its patrons today in celebration of Hallowe’en.

“It’s just a little way to show appreciation for our valued customers,” says marketing coordinator Martin Deck. “We want to share the spirit of the holiday.”

The giveaway will continue while supplies last, he says: “When they’re gone, they’re gone.”

Competition aimed at encouraging campus cyclists

Hayden Burnett locks his bike in the shelter outside Essex Hall.Hayden Burnett locks his bike in the shelter outside Essex Hall.

Eight Ontario universities are engaged in a competition to see who can get the most students cycling.

The Share the Road Cycling Coalition is holding the Ucycle contest through November 30. The goal is to make universities, and ultimately the province, more bicycle friendly. 

The University of Windsor is currently sixth of eight schools, but only 19 registered participants behind first-place Trent University. The university with the most cyclists signed up will win $500 in prize money to go toward a project within the Ucycle program.

Students do not have to ride their bikes to school to enter, they just have to sign up at the Ucycle website, ucycle.ca, and log the number of kilometres they ride.

The UWindsor Cycling Association sponsored September’s “Bike Month” with several events and prizes, as well as a “Fix-it-station” where students and staff can tune up or repair their bikes for free.

Organizers at the University of Windsor are also looking to plan new events. They want to do one they will call “Lights on Bikes,” where cyclists get a chance to ride in the dark, says local Ucycle coordinator Serena Bhardwaj.

“The idea is that I’m going to have campus police hand out lights,” she said. “And you’re making your community bike friendly.”

—article and photo by Krisztina Kiraly

League recognizes advance in Windsor women’s soccer

Ontario University Athletics paid tribute to a three-year improvement in the fortunes of the Lancer women’s soccer squad, naming two players to its all-star team and honouring head coach Steve Hart as the division’s finest.

Forward Bella Riccardi and midfielder Laura Leece, both fourth-year students, received second-team berths.

“The two seniors provided Windsor with strong defensive play and veteran leadership throughout the year,” the league said in announcing the honours.

The team finished with an 8-7-1 record to earn Hart the nod as west division coach of the year.

Read “Three Lancers recognized by the OUA” at goLancers.ca.

Staffer to cheer on blue and gold Saturday

Lancer football playersQuarterback Austin Kennedy will lead the Lancer football team against the Ottawa Gee Gees, ranked 10th in the country, Saturday on Alumni Field.

Matthew Revington will be in the stands Saturday, adding his voice to the chorus cheering on the Lancer football team in its first playoff game at home since 2006.

NMR facility coordinator in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, he won Wednesday’s DailyNews trivia contest and its prize of a Lancer hoodie and four tickets to see Windsor take on the Ottawa Gee Gees.

Revington’s name was drawn from all entrants who correctly noted that Windsor native Austin Kennedy holds the team record for touchdown passes with 79, passing yards with 10,004, and pass completions with 710.

Game time Saturday is 1 p.m. If you didn’t win free admission, not to fear—tickets are available for advance purchase at www.goLancers.ca or from the St. Denis Centre front desk today, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $15; $12 for youths and seniors, and $2 for UWindsor students with ID.

Breakfast smoothies to float at Crocodile Grill

Strawberry-banana smoothieStrawberry-banana is one of three smoothies to be served starting today at the Crocodile Grill.

The Crocodile Grill will add a new item to its breakfast offerings today: homemade smoothies.

He is making the addition on a trial basis in response to requests from patrons, says executive chef Paolo Vasapolli.

“We want to see whether there is a demand for this product,” he says. “We’re just trying it out for now, but we’d be happy to extend its run if it’s popular.”

He plans to launch three varieties:

  • a “green” smoothie with kale, green apple, banana, orange juice and yogurt;
  • a blueberry-mango smoothie with honey, yogurt, and Harvest Crunch granola;
  • a strawberry-banana smoothie with pineapple and vanilla yogurt.

Each costs $2.99 and will be available while supplies last. Be sure to ask the server—smoothies won’t be listed on the menu while they’re on trial, says Vasapolli.

The Crocodile Grill, located on the ground floor of Vanier Hall, serves breakfast Monday to Friday from 7:45 a.m. to noon.

Hallowe’en trial run proves a hit with parents and kids

Sierra Oulevey has her face paintedSierra Oulevey has her face painted by Grace Bottah, a residence assistant in Clark Residence, Wednesday during Boo at the U.

As long as her kids keep having a good time, she will keep bringing them to Boo at the U, says Romina Oulevey. A coordinator of cooperative education in the Student Success Centre, she has been attending the event with her son and daughter for seven years.

“The kids really enjoy it,” she said Wednesday, as her daughter Sierra had her face painted by third-political science major Grace Bottah.

The event, hosted by Residence Life staff, invites the children of UWindsor faculty and staff to give their Hallowe’en costumes a trial run. Volunteers from each residence hall organize activities and games, arrange for entertainment, and distribute treats.

In addition to a bouncy inflatable, this year’s version featured pumpkin decorating, face painting, a colouring station, beading, screenings of Goosebumps videos and children’s performer Bill Nuvo making balloon animals.

See an album of photos from the event on the UWindsor Facebook page.

Cayden Currie
Ninja Cayden Currie navigates a wiffle ball on a table colour-coded to produce varying prizes of candy.

For the grown-ups, the Faculty and Staff Hallowe’en Social runs noon to 1:15 p.m. today in Vanier Hall’s Winclare A. Free for all UWindsor employees, it offers pizza, fellowship and candy apples—why let the kids have all the fun?

Workshop to offer skills in resisting sexual assault

Women interested in learning skills that could help them to resist sexual assault have an ally: the Sexual Assault Resistance Education program.

A free campus workshop will offer training in its techniques on November 15 and 16. The program is conducted in a 12-hour format and includes group discussions and activities, video clips and a three-hour introduction to physical self-defence.

The event is free and open to all women between the ages of 17 and 28. Lunch will be provided.
Space is limited; register at resistance@uwindsor.ca or 519-253-3000, ext. 2206.