Class Notes - 07/28/14

07/28/14 - Class Notes

This class we are going to be discussing multiple things from the textbook. Re-read some of the sections you discussed later to make sure you understand all of it. In order to get back to the site once the teacher goes away, simply hit the close button at the top right next to comments and share. If you are the teacher and reading this, cut the kid a break - if your class was more interesting this would have never happened in the first place.

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The Gazette, Canada's only daily student newspaper, is an integral part of life at Western.

USC’s Plan to Evict the Gazette Is Ludicrous [Former Writer Speaks Out]

Western’s University Students’ Council (USC) decided this week that it’s going to seriously consider evicting the Gazette from UCC Room 263, home of the paper for the past 100 years, to convert it into a multi-faith prayer room. Apparently, unhappy with the suitability of their current 1,912 square foot room, Western’s religious clubs need to […]

Christine Sinclair and Canada got screwed in the semis -- but the States will never admit that, under the ruse that the call was correct because it followed the letter of the law.

“Letter of the Law” Shouldn’t Apply in Canadian Women’s Soccer Controversy

You know what really bothers me about Canada’s women’s soccer loss to the United States? It’s not just the absurdity of the call – it’s the idiocy of every American reaction I’ve heard to it. American responses have been few and far between in the first place, because God forbid the United States of America […]

Stern Turning Down Paul-to-LA Shows a Conflict of Interest

Stern Turning Down Paul-to-LA Shows a Conflict of Interest

If you’ve been following the Chris Paul trade saga, this is the problem with professional leagues taking ownership of franchises: it’s a conflict of interest from the start. The Commissioner is representative of the owners. His job is to protect their interests, and to do what’s best for the league as a whole. Meanwhile, each […]

Entourage Season 8 Extended Trailer [EPIC VIDEO]

Entourage Season 8 Extended Trailer [EPIC VIDEO]

Only two weeks left until the new and final season of Entourage hits the air on July 24th… and I’m not sure I can wait that long. I have no idea how HBO is planning on packing everything I’m seeing in this video into eight episodes, but it’s looking epic. After Entourage goes off the […]

Cam Newton

LDU’s NFL Draft Preview [MOCK DRAFT]

Things are finally starting to clear up for the NFL draft, so we figured we’d provide some (admittedly late) prognostication before Thursday’s festivities. We’ve predicted the first 15 picks because, let’s be honest, the latter half of the first round is essentially impossible to call anyway once things start going wrong. All we can really […]

Boston duo Karmin has gone viral tearing up Weezy and Busta's verses from Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now".

Look At Me Now – Chris Brown Cover by Karmin [VIDEO]

As one LDU editor just put it — who the fuck is Nicki Minaj? A Boston duo called Karmin has gone viral in the last couple days with a cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now”. The video features singer/rapper Amy Heidemann absolutely spitting hot fire on Lil Wayne and Busta Rhyme’s verses. Oh […]

Go to a Canadian school other than UWO? We party harder than you do.

Playboy Ranks UWO Fourth Best Party School in North America [Epic News]

Raise a beer to Hugh Hefner for finally coming to his senses and realizing that Western is the greatest school in the country.

Don’t Argue AGAINST Harper; Argue FOR Your Candidate

Don’t Argue AGAINST Harper; Argue FOR Your Candidate

We all hate election attack ads, right? “Michael Ignatieff didn’t come back for you.” Random sound bites cut short to make the opposition sound scary and dishonest. We don’t want our politicians to spend the entire election slandering the other side. We want them to tell us why we should vote for their own party, […]

Barry Bonds' trial won't tell us anything about what his PED use should mean to the steroid era or his home run records.

Bonds Trial Really About Authority for Congressional Hearings

As the defence makes its case-in-chief this week in Barry Bonds’ trial for perjury, we’ll begin finding out whether the government has made its case in establishing that Bonds did indeed lie to Congress about his PED use. But the question that’s gaining more steam at this point is a little more general: what are […]

Stephen Colbert Singing “Friday” on Fallon [VIDEO]

Stephen Colbert Singing “Friday” on Fallon [VIDEO]

In case you’re not tired yet of the Rebecca Black Friday overkill phenomenon, Stephen Colbert went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon the other day to sing a cover of the song.

How long will Matt Cooke be suspended for an elbow to Ryan McDonagh's head Sunday?

Matt Cooke Elbow to Ryan McDonagh’s Head [VIDEO]

Matt Cooke was at it again Sunday with an elbow to the head of Rangers defenceman Ryan McDonagh. The interesting story here will be to see how the league rules on a suspension for Cooke. On its face there’s nothing particularly interesting about the hit — it’s clearly banned in the rulebook, the proper penalty […]

Western Law School Husslin’ 2 – The Final Chapter [VIDEO]

Western Law School Husslin’ 2 – The Final Chapter [VIDEO]

Last year Western Law went viral with Law School Husslin’. Now they’re back at it with Law School Husslin’ 2 – The Final Chapter. Check out the video here: Here’s the original video from last year: Don’t forget “I’m An MBA Forever”

I had trouble picking between Ben Roethlisberger's experience and Aaron Rodgers' skill.

Super Bowl XLV Prediction: Why Green Bay Will Win

Earlier this week, in the final instalment of the Coach versus Malcolm, I took the Green Bay Packers to win this Sunday’s Super Bowl, while the Coach picked the Pittsburgh Steelers.  I had a tough time with the decision. The Packers were my preseason Super Bowl pick, and I think they probably have the best […]

Jay Cutler has been heavily criticized for leaving last Sunday's NFC Championship game with a Grade II MCL sprain.

5 Misconceptions about Jay Cutler’s Injury

The controversy surrounding Jay Cutler’s removal from the NFC Championship with a knee injury annoys me. Did Cutler look like his normal, whiny self on the sideline? Yes. Do I think he really wanted to be back in the game? No. But should he have stayed in? Absolutely not. Under no circumstances should Jay Cutler have […]

Leslie Nielsen Passes Away at 84

Leslie Nielsen Passes Away at 84

Leslie Nielsen passed away Sunday at his Fort Lauderdale home, where he was being treated for pneumonia, the New York Times is reporting. Nielsen was 84. MSNBC reports Nielsen’s nephew broke the news to a Winnipeg radio station. We’ll try to keep you updated as more details come out, but in the meantime here are […]

The Belligerence Quotient – Keeping Your Drunk Self in Control

The Belligerence Quotient – Keeping Your Drunk Self in Control

I get belligerent when I drink.  A shocking revelation, I know. I’m not exactly the first guy to get out of control after a few beers. But I mean really belligerent. And I’m not an angry guy. I haven’t been in a fight since high school.   Yet on many bar nights, I find myself standing […]

Porn Industry Shut Down In LA By Positive HIV Test

Porn Industry Shut Down In LA By Positive HIV Test

Ever had an STI scare and started wondering about how you’re going to tell all the people you’ve slept with if the results come back positive? Any decent human being would tell those he or she might possibly have infected, so that they in turn could get themselves checked out and make sure they didn’t […]

Headshots Explained: NHL Rule Enforcement [VIDEO]

Headshots Explained: NHL Rule Enforcement [VIDEO]

The NHL this week released a video distributed to referees for the upcoming season as a guideline on various rules. Above all, the video focuses on explaining exactly what constitutes an illegal head shot. You can view the video here on the NHL’s web site. It’s an interesting approach to officiating this season. The biggest […]

No Americano Jersey Shore [VIDEO]

No Americano Jersey Shore [VIDEO]

The only thing I can think to say is to encourage anybody willing out there to try to upstage these d-bags and send us the video.

Andrea Bargnani – Nawal Ayoub Valderrama GQ Shoot [VIDEO]

Andrea Bargnani – Nawal Ayoub Valderrama GQ Shoot [VIDEO]

In the latest example of indisputable proof  that your life would be better if you were a professional athlete, Andrea Bargnani did this photo shoot for GQ last week with his girlfriend, Colombian model and all-around smokeshow Nawal Ayoub Valderrama. Bargnani’s just as awkward in the video as he is in every other circumstance, but […]

Giant Slingshot Hits Woman in the Face with a Watermelon [VIDEO]

Giant Slingshot Hits Woman in the Face with a Watermelon [VIDEO]

I don’t even know what to say. This is too amazing/awful/painful for words. Apparently it’s from a preview of this season of The Amazing Race. My favourite part is that the poor girl’s partner looks more concerned that they might lose the challenge than she is that her friend just got smoked in the face.

Tennis Brawl Pits Young Man Against Old Man, Daughter

Tennis Brawl Pits Young Man Against Old Man, Daughter

Every once in a while something a bit out of the ordinary happens on a tennis court. Roger Federer goes through his legs — again. Andy Roddick goes on a tirade against a line judge for telling him he’s foot faulted with the wrong foot. A 27-year-old gets in a fight with an old man […]

Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page provide a very good thriller in Inception, and the philosophy in me loves the way it ends. If you don't want it spoiled, stop reading.

Descartes, Dreams and the Philosophy Behind Inception

Inception: EXTENDED ENDING! **Spoiler Alert** ========================= SPOILER WARNING ========================= I’m about to tell you how Inception ends. If you haven’t seen the movie, stop reading. Now. ========================= SPOILER WARNING ========================= If you haven’t seen Inception yet, then close your browser right now, because I’m going to ruin it for you. And if you’re looking for […]

Everybody's been hating on LeBron's decision to join the Heat -- largely because of his ESPN announcement.

Despite “The Decision”, We Can’t Fault LeBron’s Decision

We all agree The Decision was classless. Never in my life have I seen a player burn a franchise by leaving in such an extravagant, self-serving or painful a way as LeBron James did to Cleveland last Thursday by announcing Miami as his free agency destination in a one-hour ESPN special. In an hour, The […]

Michael Lewis' 2003 book changed the way we think about baseball, but we forget the basic premise is rooted in his background: Economics.

The New Moneyball: How the Jays Are Winning

Since Michael Lewis’ Moneyball came out in 2003 detailing Billy Beane and his strategy as GM of the Oakland A’s, we’ve all heard a lot about the philosophy that changed baseball. We’ve heard about college scouting, OPS, patient hitting and Sabermetrics. We’ve heard about Jeremy Brown, Nick Swisher, Paul DePodesta and Theo Epstein. Above all, […]

My friends and I intentionally aim for a cold-weather game in our trip to Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Why a Cold-Weather Super Bowl was a Great Idea

With the news that the 2014 Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey at the Jets’ and Giants’ new Meadowlands Stadium, some are worried since it’s a mistake for the NFL for the first time to hold the Super Bowl outdoors in a cold climate. But I think the league couldn’t have made a […]

Michael Jordan Brings the “Hitler Mustache” Back Into Style?

Michael Jordan Brings the “Hitler Mustache” Back Into Style?

Air Jordan can get away with things the rest of us can’t. He can bet millions of dollars on the golf course. He can talk his way onto a minor league baseball roster.  He can claim nobody ever believed in him at his Hall of Fame induction speech. And on top of all that, he […]

Barack Obama Throws Like a Little Girl

Barack Obama Throws Like a Little Girl

Amid all the excitement of baseball’s Opening Day yesterday, the Washington Nationals confirmed something I’ve suspected for a couple years now: Barack Obama throws like a girl. Like a little girl. Like your little sister. It’s no surprise. Last year’s All-Star Game gave us a pretty good preview of the kind of sissy throwing motion […]

Quebec recently tables legislation banning Islamic veils in all government locations.

Quebec’s Veil Legislation Misguided in Practice

This week, Quebec tabled legislation banning Islamic veils in all government locations, including schools, hospitals and daycares. Though championed from a secularist standpoint as a victory for women’s rights, this legislation represents an unfortunate triumph of principle over practice. One quick disclaimer before I get going: In this article I make no claims as to […]

Gretzky

Finally a Number for LeBron to Call His Own – The Switch to Six

What’s in a number? Well…99 – Wayne Gretzky. 42 – Jacky Robinson. 19 – Steve Yzerman. 23 – Michael Jordan. Certain numbers in sports have become synonymous with the one athlete who has worn each of them, and as much as LeBron James’ decision to switch numbers from 23 to 6 might be to honour […]

The possibility that Gaines Adams' death was caused by steroid use hasn't been enough to bring the issue into the forefront.

The Ignored Role of Steroids in Gaines Adams’ Death

Are we seriously not going to talk about the role steroids almost certainly played in Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams’ death last weekend? It’s been over a week and I still haven’t seen this reported in the mainstream media, so I’m taking it upon myself: An enlarged heart is a side effect from steroid […]

A History of Doping: Barry Bonds & Tiger Woods

A History of Doping: Barry Bonds & Tiger Woods

Let’s tell a story about an athlete. Introduced to the game at a young age by his father, he came onto the scene as a scrawny kid and his talent was undeniable. He was perennially a top contender in his sport, and it was clear from very early in his career that he was one […]

What was Tiger thinking cheating on this woman? He was probably trying to save his golf game.

Did Tiger cheat to save his golf game?

Did Tiger Woods’ philandering save his golf game? Think back to 2002, just before Woods’ big drought due to “swing adjustments”.  Jesper Parnevik introduced him to Elin in the summer of 2001. They hit it off, they started dating, and by November of 2003 they were engaged. We all remember it: As soon as Tiger […]

Toronto Hasn’t Shown it Deserves an NFL Team

Toronto Hasn’t Shown it Deserves an NFL Team

We’re two years deep in the Bills in Toronto series, so let’s take a look at how Toronto stacks up as an NFL city after two regular-season games. There are three types of sports cities: 1) cities that can sell tickets no matter what; 2) cities that can sell tickets if the team’s winning; 3) […]