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Sometimes dictionary definitions are tough to understand. With the help of Urban Dictionary, we’ve made it plain and simple. Orgasm Dictionary: A climax of sexual excitement, characterized by pleasure centred in the genitals and (in men) accompanied by ejaculation. Urban Dictionary: The meaning of life. Clitoris Dictionary: A small sensitive and erectile part of the female genitals at the anterior end of the vulva. Urban Dictionary: A fucking awesome little piece of skin and nerve endings which, apparently when licked, will make a chick love you forever—or at least say that. Erection Dictionary: A physiological phenomenon where the penis becomes enlarged and firm. Penile erection is the result of a complex interaction of psychological, neural, vascular and endocrine factors, and is usually, though not exclusively, associated with sexual arousal. Urban Dictionary: The male penis in full strength flow, especially annoying with friends at the pool. Labia Dictionary: The inner and outer folds of the vulva, at either side of the vagina. Urban Dictionary: The folds of skin that wrap and protect the love tunnel of the woman’s loins. Fleshy guardians of the dungeon of love. —Cameron Smith
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Jason Sinukoff SPorTS EDiTor

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You’re in a romantic, candle-lit restaurant with your date when the thought hits you—how am i going to get from here into their pants? All you have to do is make sure you order the chili peppers. it might sound crazy, but some foods can function as aphrodisiacs. Now you may be asking yourself, “What is an aphrodisiac?” and “What can i use as one?” Amy riley, master of gastronomy and author of Romancing the Stove, has come to the rescue to tell you everything you need to know about aphrodisiacs. “They are basically a food that has a relationship with romance and sparking romance and libido,” riley says. There are skeptics that believe the entire aphrodisiac experience is mental, but according to riley, “There are absolutely physical effects that we have been able to measure scientifically—some in controlled studies and some just simply by understanding nutrition of food a little bit better.” A perfect example of this is a study conducted in Chicago 10 years ago. The study showed cer-

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tain scents were arousing and the scents were different for both men and women. “This was done in a controlled study. For men, the most arousing scent was a combination of pumpkin pie spice and lavender, and for women it was liquorice candy and cucumber,” riley explains. one food that has thought to be an aphrodisiac is chocolate—one of the most complex foods in the world. it has chemical compounds in it that have the ability to raise dopamine levels and send you into sweet ecstasy. However, a British

scientist proved the effects of chocolate are not very feasible to attain. “A scientist in Britain proved that it would take more than 20 pounds of chocolate in one sitting for an averaged sized woman to experience any of those effects,” riley says. “So chocolate—out of all of the aphrodisiac ingredients out there—i would say is a little bit more myth than fact.” Though it is true that some aphrodisiac foods are just myth, foods such as oysters and chili peppers have the ability to spice up your love life. “i love to talk about oysters, because people think it is just a cliché, but actually, oysters are an excellent source of zinc. Zinc is very important for blood flow. Simply put, you can’t have an orgasm without it,” riley says. “Chili peppers are an excellent example of one, because they raise body temperature—they can even help release endorphins. You can get a real high from a chili pepper,” she continues. So next time you need some help in the boudoir, remember that though they don’t taste as good as chocolate, oysters and chili peppers will get the job done.

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Mustang Lounge Ever fantasized about incorporating the 1990s into your sex life? Now you can, thanks to the University Students’ Council. The Mustang lounge features several overstuffed beanbag chairs, perfect for a late night studying-turned-makeout session. it might be hard finding privacy—watch out for voyeurs lingering on the balcony—but if you can, the twinkling lights weaved into the stage curtain will give the effect that you’re making love under the stars. Weldon Library if cold, hostile concrete turns you on, Weldon may be your “fantasy suite.” While many people lay claim to the occasional blowjob or handjob received in one of the library’s booths, the building’s numerous stairwells offer risk takers an even better way of achieving intimacy. The cement echo will alert you when intruders are approaching, but if you stick to the upper floors, you probably won’t have much of a problem. Still, it’s best to keep most of your clothes on just in case. Conron Hall This romantic lecture hall is an excellent spot for a quickie. Couples can hide out in the balcony or bump and grind on the lower level. if you’re looking to kick it up a notch, why not try this location out during class? Your classmates will probably be impressed with your flexibility. Multi-Purpose Field Everyone likes to get a little dirty sometimes. What better place to explore your wild side than the rugby fields across from the Health Sciences Building? And for you filthy folks out there, don’t worry— you’ll feel right at home fondling in this field. With the soft bed of grass and scenic background, this spot will bring out your natural urges. if you’re feeling extra-adventurous, try the field out after a rainfall— but be careful, because things are going to get wet. —Kaitlyn McGrath/ Gloria Dickie

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Sexy scents to set the mood
Kaleigh Rogers MUlTiMEDiA DirECTor We’ve all seen the Axe commercials—a young, dopey-looking guy spritzes on an obscene amount of this magic elixir and suddenly becomes as irresistible to women as chocolate. While most people over the age of 12 aren’t buying into this particular concept, scent actually can play a very influential role when it comes to the bedroom, according to aromatherapist Derek Graystone, who works at our Touch Healing in london. “Scents can be used to trigger memories of successful activities in the bedroom, good memories of past experiences,” he says. “i think we’ve probably all experienced a case where we’ve smelled a perfume or a cologne from a past lover that has brought pleasant memories back.” He also said some scents serve as an aphrodisiac. Want to follow your nose to a better sex life? Here are some tips from Derek to use scent to your advantage and really make the guys or girls swoon. Au natural aromas According to Derek, the most erotic and stimulating scents are pure, earthy and natural. His selections for sexiest scents include ylang ylang, jasmine and citrus scents like grapefruit or lemon. Less is more While a lot of people assume more is better, especially when it comes to the bedroom, Derek says a little essential oil goes a long way. “You can never use them straight on the skin,” he says. “it can cause serious reactions on the skin if it’s put on just straight.” instead, for a scentual massage, Derek suggests mixing eight or nine drops of essential oil with a quarter cup of unscented massage oil or body lotion. Apply liberally. No fire in the bedroom While the first instinct might be incense, Derek says it’s not for everyone. “They can be a little strong and [for] anyone with any allergies or who smokes, that can be a problem.” instead, he suggests investing in a scent disperser, which you can pick up anywhere from the drug store to the grocery store. Simply add a few drops of your essential oil of choice to the dispenser then light a candle below for a sexy-scented ambiance. The grocery store cashier will be none-the-wiser.

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THE SCIENCE OF LOVE
Maddie Leznoff DEPUTY EDiTor Your knees are weak, your palms are sweaty and your stomach feels like you just rode a rollercoaster. While the symptoms suggest you’re sick, it’s not the flu—you’re just falling in love. While love is often portrayed as an intense emotional experience, it’s actually more of a physical ailment. “it’s very physical, not just emotional. it’s deeply rooted in our brains that drives us to seek out the comfort of other people,” says Kayt Sukel, author of Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence Love, Sex and Relationships. While you might see hearts plastered all over Valentine cards, Jody Culham, a psychology professor at Western who specializes in cognitive neuroscience, explains it’s the brain and various hormones and chemicals that are hard at work when you fall head-over-heels for another person. “There’s a well known quote that the brain is the biggest sex organ, but i think you could also add that the brain is the biggest love organ,” she says. According to Culham, research suggests there are three stages of falling in love—lust, attraction and attachment—and a few specific hormones and chemicals are crucial to the process. Dopamine Dopamine makes us highly motivated to seek out pleasure and is important at both the beginning of a relationship and later on. “There’s the stage of attraction when you initially meet someone, and you’re almost addicted to that person in the early stages of a new relationship—that’s where the dopamine comes in,” Culham says. “it’s a neurotransmitter most highly associated with seeking out things that make you feel good, like romantic partners.” if that spark from the beginning of the relationship is missing, you might need to find a way to release dopamine. “We want to keep dopamine going if we want to stay in love with a partner. The easy way to do that it is sex, but of course over time the sex drive diminishes. if it’s someone you enjoy spending time with, that will also release dopamine,” Sukel explains. Serotonin Serotonin, the same chemical involved with addiction, is affected when falling in love. “There can be a drop in serotonin, which may be part of the reason why people can get obsessed with their romantic partners,” Culham says. Sukel agrees. “Some research suggests this causes this feeling of craving—always after more time, more togetherness.” Oxytocin Also known as the cuddle chemical, oxytocin is involved in the bonding process and is necessary for maternal love—it’s released when a woman gives birth. it’s also necessary to form a romantic connection. “oxytocin has very physical effects when you fall in love. These chemicals work in your brain to not only give you those feelings of butterflies, but you are hyper focused on the person you’re in love with,” Sukel says. According to Culham, oxytocin is also involved in the attachment stage since it helps build a feeling of trust with a partner—an extremely important part of any relationship.

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Working with survival sex workers
Cheryl Stone NEWS FEATUrES EDiTor They’re the women we don’t want to see. The women who work the streets of london trading sex for money. The women who are known as survival sex workers. Survival sex work is defined as sex work done by people who are working the trade simply to make ends meet. Many of these women have addictions that lead to them being in this position. “it’s extremely dangerous, and they know that,” lorna Bruce, a sergeant with london Police Service’s persons at risk program, says. “A lot of these girls have been violently assaulted.” Bruce explains there are currently several johns going through the courts with assault charges. Part of her job is to inform prostitutes about how they can do their job safely. For example, she suggests safe places to take johns so they can get out if something goes wrong. “Not one of them wants to be standing out there,” she says. She notes what makes her job unique is her ability to go out on the streets and meet and work with these women. When the program was started in 2005, it was rare for an assaulted prostitute to go to the police. Now she has established trust with some of the women. “i’ll come into work and there will be two or three women in headquarters waiting to talk to me,” Bruce says. Bruce also explains all of the women she works with were addicts. She says she received training to do drug assessments, to get these women into a rehabilitation facility right away. “i can sit down with her then and there.” Karen Burton, needle and syringe program coordinator with the regional HiV/AiDS Connection, works with survival sex workers as well. The program offers addicts clean needles, and in turn, begins to build a relationship with these clients so they know where to go to get more help. “The relationship starts right from there,” Burton explains. While it’s up to the client when they want to end their addiction, they provide information about where to get help. Burton says the fear of judgment keeps many of the women she works with from getting help. “What the public tends to see is women just out there selling it,” she says. “We don’t look deeper.” Bruce says the trusting relationship she has with the sex workers means many of them turn to her for their drug assessments. it’s one of the services the program offers to these women to keep them from cycling through the court system. According to Bruce, the program has seen 21 women leave the sex trade since 2005—on the other hand, she has lost 15. “i keep their pictures in my office, so people know why we’re here.” “They’re some of the most amazing women you’ll ever meet,” Burton says of her clients. She says while the public looks down on sex workers, these are women with negotiation skills—skills to keep themselves safe and even the ability to diffuse tense situations. This is what gives Burton hope for her clients. “i have client that i’m watching right now,” she says. “i don’t think she’s aware of the changes she’s preparing to make in her life.” “She’s doing things differently, i don’t feel like this is going to be her life forever.”

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Trans-cending gender norms
Nicole Gibillini ArTS & liFE FEATUrES EDiTor University is a natural time for people to blossom—and for personal growth. For transgender students, this opportunity is often not as clear. “[University] is the point at which [transgender students] might be able to reinvent themselves to some extent, and i think there are very few supports for that here,” says Susan Knabe, an assistant professor in the department of women’s studies and feminist research at Western. Knabe teaches a course on sexuality and gender. She says trans students face particular challenges on campus—an issue that stems from people’s understanding of gender. “What we need to do is start recognizing variant gender—or non-normative gender—early on and allow people that particular freedom.” in the last provincial election, an advertisement ran in multiple major newspapers that said, “Please! Don’t confuse me—i’m a girl.” Controversial political statements like this have triggered students to take a more proactive approach in creating awareness about transgender needs. Universities, like Western, have brought more attention to these needs with services like PrideWestern. A recent Massachusetts study found that one in 200 adults is transgender. But restrooms, healthcare centres, gyms and residences are still only catered to cisgender people, according to Greta Bauer, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Western. “Universities and colleges, high schools and elementary schools, need to be aware that they have trans alumni, they have trans students enrolled, and they will have trans students enrolling in the future,” she says. She further notes that while trans people have the legal right to use restrooms and services appropriate to the gender with which they identify, implementing systems and policies catered to cisgender people—the term to describe when one identifies with their given gender— can make transgender people feel alienated. They often feel the need to hide their true selves in order to fit in with these systems. While trans people are often grouped with lesbian, gay and bisexual people, their needs can be quite unique. Bauer says gender identity has nothing to do with whom you have sex. “Trans people often find that cisgender lesbian, gay and bi people actually know very little about what it means to be trans,” she says. “often, when we speak of lGBT programs, we mean ‘lGB’ programs— we need to understand that we can’t say we are addressing ‘lGBT’ needs and have a silent ‘T.’” Bauer is heading the Trans PUlSE Project, the first large federally funded survey of trans health in Canada in attempt to make trans needs visible. “There is nothing about being lesbian, gay or bisexual that requires interacting with the medical system in [the same] way,” she explains. “And nothing that requires one to be quite so visible as when they socially transition and begin living in their core gender.” As institutional discrimination is becoming increasingly problematic, people are taking a stronger interest in gender and sexuality studies. The demand for this education legitimizes people’s concerns about gender and sexuality, according to Knabe. “it speaks to a very specific group of people who feel that their needs aren’t necessarily being addressed elsewhere,” she says. Awareness around transgender needs is prudent, but who is responsible for this educative progression? “There’s an onus on us and on people like myself who teach in the area of sexuality studies to actually create a welcoming space where we can talk about those issues,” Knabe urges. “i also think it’s really important that we are seeing a lot more transgender people […] who are there as role models and who are articulate and passionate speakers on behalf of those who are transgender—it’s really important in changing people’s viewpoints.”

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Kama Sutra
Kama Sutra is often misconstrued as a guide to sexual positions, but it’s much more than that. originating from an ancient indian Hindu text, it’s “a manual on conducting relationships between lovers,” says Suzie Heumann, founder of Tantra.com and author of The Everything Kama Sutra Book. “Best known by westerners for its variety of exotic sexual positions, Kama Sutra has as much to offer modern couples as it did their counterparts in ancient india,” explains Heumann. Kama Sutra originated in a set of writings that is part of a trilogy, which includes Kama Sutra, Artha Sutra—meaning wealth or standing in society—and Dharma Sutra, meaning giving back to your community. “[Kama Sutra] can and should be a part of a person or couple’s studies,” Heumann says. “i just think it is good and healthy to study love and sex, period. There is information that is known today, but wasn’t in more ancient times. And, conversely, knowledge has been lost about healthier ways of living and loving.” Heumann believes Western society needs to change the way they view sex. “We all have to ‘reinvent the wheel,’ so to speak, with sex. No one teaches us. it is sad because it has such power to transform our lives when we have to be very real about sexuality, spirituality, sensuality and communication.” —Amber Garratt

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The pros and cons of friends with benefits
Kaitlyn McGrath oPiNioNS EDiTor Having good friends is always a benefit, and occasionally, a good friend might even provide a benefit. Sometimes two friends agree to have sex with—and here’s the kicker—no strings attached. We’re familiar with this hybrid friendship-relationship. We’ve seen that movie with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, right? or was it Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman? Think of any poorly scripted romantic comedy, because they all end the same—the friends, who swore they were just friends, fell in love. But can two people actually have a meaningless sexual relationship? or does someone always get hurt? According to relationship therapist Guy Grenier, depending on your personality type, a friends with benefits relationship may or may not be right for you. Simply put, “it works for some people, it doesn’t work for others. The people it doesn’t work for are the people who feel that there ought to be a strong connection between relationships and sex,” he says. And if you don’t feel that those two things are connected, then this just might be the relationship for you. But before you run off and try to have sex with all your friends, Grenier insists it’s important not to push your own values onto someone else—if this type of relationship is going to function, both parties must be on the same page. if you’re still skeptical, Grenier suggests thinking about friends with benefits the same way you might think of another physical activity, like tennis. You might enjoy playing tennis, but you no longer have a partner to play with. luckily, you have a friend who also happens to enjoy tennis. instead of letting both your talents go to waste, you decide to partner up and work on your tennis technique together. Everything is going great and all of a sudden you’re playing tennis all the time, and getting quite good. But it’s only casual tennis and while it’s nice to have a consistent partner, you haven’t committed to playing every day. So if your partner is up for a round, and you’ve got other plans, well there’s nothing stopping them from pairing up with someone else. in fact, Grenier adds, “You might like them to play tennis with someone else so that they could improve their game when they played you.” However, even around campus there are common conceptions of what’s wrong with the friends with benefits set-up. After conducting an informal survey, according to girls, guys are assholes, and according to guys, girls are clingy. So what does this all boil down to? Basically, there is no calculated formula to assess how likely it is that this scenario will succeed. Grenier explains even if two people were genuinely only friends before the sexual relationship started, according to the mere exposure effect, “Simply being around somebody increases the probability that you will start liking them and developing affection for them.” According to Grenier, the best advice when it comes to this, or any type of relationship, is simple. “Don’t be naïve—keep your eyes open, and be ready to evolve.”

Why do we cheat?
Jesica Hurst ArTS & liFE EDiTor For most people, trust is a huge aspect of any committed, romantic relationship—or so they hope. in an atmosphere like university or college, it’s easy to see how students may be tempted with other romantic options, but how many are actually cheating on their partner, and why? According to lorne Campbell, a psychology professor at Western, being surrounded by thousands of friendly faces on a regular basis may be part of the problem. “When people make decisions whether to stay or stray from a relationship, it’s not always influenced by how happy they are,” Campbell explains. “Sometimes it’s influenced by perceived alternatives or actual alternatives.” To make this clearer, Campbell explains how on Western’s campus alone, there can be 20,000 to 25,000 students walking around on a regular basis. Because there are a lot of men and women around the same age range that are single or moving from relationship to relationship, opportunities can actually present themselves that seem like a good alternative at that time. For fourth-year media, information and technology student Brooke Philips*, cheating is something that has been complicating her relationships for as long as she can remember. “it may sound weird, but i feel like cheating is normal to me. it’s happened so many times in the past,” Philips recalls. “i’ve been in a situation where a guy cheated on his girlfriend with me for a very long time, i’ve been in a situation where i cheated on a boyfriend to a very far extent, i’ve been in a situation where a boyfriend has cheated on me—i’ve been in every situation, really.” But Philips isn’t alone. Campbell notes that large-scale surveys have shown that approximately 25 per cent of both men and women have cheated on a partner in the past. “i think it really came to light for me when i first came to university a few years ago and saw how common it was, especially in residence where all the hookups happen,” Philips says. “When you’re in an atmosphere like that, it’s easy to slip into the behaviour yourself, especially if you’re just starting into your first long-distance relationship.” Sterling Anderson, a self-proclaimed notorious cheater and author of Does He Cheat?, argues that cheating is more about yourself than the relationship you’re in. “Theoretic approach aside, i have to say that it is really all about self-esteem. it’s not about the circumstance and it’s not about the other person, it’s all about how you feel about yourself,” Anderson says. “if you’re a cheater, you need to find a way to raise your self-esteem to a level where you feel comfortable with yourself.” So is there a practical way to avoid becoming romantic with someone who cheats? Campbell says we can only look at probabilities. “People that have had a more active sexual past, like more partners or one-night stands, are probabilistically going to have more partners in the future,” he says. “in this sense, you could say, ‘once a cheater, always a cheater,’ but we’re only talking about correlations here. There’s a correlation, but no guarantee that it will actually happen.” if you do find yourself in a situation involving cheating, Philips advises you to get to the root of the problem. “Don’t think that you’re a bad person if you cheat on someone— it just means there’s something wrong with your relationship,” she says. “Work on it as a couple, open up communication and be able to voice what you want.” *Name has been changed

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THE LIFE OF AN ADDICT
Gloria Dickie NEWS FEATUrES EDiTor For Kevin Gellar*, it started at age seven. it persisted throughout his late childhood, his pre-teen years, and by high school, he knew “something wasn’t right.” Watching pornography had become more than just something he did for fun, no longer a meaningless habit. instead, he says, it was “more like something [...] i could not live without.” Gellar, now in his early twenties, began seeing a sexual addictions counsellor four months ago. While he feels his old viewing habits were more or less “normal” by societal standards, he believes most people aren’t aware when pornography becomes a full-fledged addiction. in January 2011, New York Magazine published an article regarding the ways in which porn was affecting the libidos of American men. The article posited that with the proliferation of internet pornography, men’s libidos were remaining flaccid when it came to real-world sexual interactions. But a person struggling with a pornography addiction isn’t merely disinterested in physical encounters, explains Paul lavergne, a sex addiction therapist located in Peterborough. Hesitant to commit to a numerical tipping point that would signal an addiction, lavergne notes addiction is often exhibited through a high tolerance for explicit pornographic images and out-of-control behaviour. “There are persistent intrusive thoughts and cravings, and continuing to use despite negative consequences,” he says, adding such consequences could be emotional, financial or physical in their relationships. Gellar is no stranger to such problems in his life and relationships. “it was definitely something that was coming between my wife and i,” he admits. “Although it didn’t make me think my wife was less beautiful, or [mean] that she couldn’t please me sexually, i did have less desire to be intimate with her because i was expressing that energy outside of our marriage.” While the ramifications of addiction are easy to understand, it may be less clear how one becomes addicted to pornography in the first place. According to lavergne, addiction often stems from biochemical reactions within the brain. “When a person looks at pornography [...] their brain releases certain neuro-chemicals such as serotonin, adrenaline and endorphins,” he states, pointing to both male and female orgasms which release a rush of chemicals and give viewers a high. “When a man masturbates and has an orgasm, his brain glues to whatever is in front of it, and in this case it’s the objectworld of pornography.” However, the real problem lies with those who begin viewing pornography at a young age, as they develop a relationship with the

It was definitely something that was coming between my wife and I. Although it didn’t make me think my wife was less beautiful, or [mean] that she couldn’t please me sexually, I did have less desire to be intimate with her because I was expressing that energy outside of our marriage.
—Kevin Gellar,
porn addict

“object-world” hundreds of times over before actually having sex and bonding with a real human being, informs lavergne. This issue, he observes, is further heightened by developments in technology that have made pornography all the more accessible to young viewers. “it’s available online and on your e-reader and on your computer and on your phone—[you] no longer have to seek it out, it’s right there in your face,” says Susan Knabe, a professor in the faculty of information and media studies who specializes in representations of sexuality in the media. Gellar concedes that when it came to his addiction, his iPhone was the biggest problem because it went with him everywhere and nobody would know. Knabe concludes that pornography can also be problematic when it becomes the main avenue of learning about sex. While she reasons this has always been the case to some extent, she says magazines of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s objectified women, but didn’t tell young men how they should treat those objects, unlike pornography today. “it doesn’t provide just objectification of women, but step-by-step techniques [on how to treat them] and i think that might be worrying both from the way in which women experience themselves, and the way in which men experience themselves as sexual beings.” *Name has been changed to preserve anonymity

Art is in the eye of the beholder
Ryan Hurlbut illUSTrATioNS EDiTor Today’s world is comprised of increased connectivity and media outlets, directly contributing to culture’s most primal joy—pornography. There is a plethora of porn at the disposal of anyone savvy enough to hold onto a few bucks, and this leads to the question of whether or not pornography can be considered a viable form of art. While pornography possesses the characteristic of being spread through the media, some separate it from art due to its primal and crude nature. “it is clear that there are visual and verbal creations that are widely viewed as being works of art that also have, as at least one of their aims, the sexual stimulation or arousal of the intended receiver through the explicit representation of sexual activity,” David Davies, a professor at McGill University, writes. He also notes, “Some philosophers, however, have maintained with equal conviction, not only that there are no pornographic artworks, but that there never could be, since art and pornography have, essentially, certain features that are incompatible.” This idea that art and pornography are incompatible may be a feature of society today, but could potentially change in the future. Susan Knabe, assistant professor of women’s studies and feminist research at Western, takes note of this.

“i think that regardless of who we are and whether we watch porn or not, we are familiar with pornography in a way that similar people were not 25 or 30 years ago. it occupies a much bigger part of our visual culture, but also the way we make meaning around sexuality,” she says. “Simply because of the degree to which the internet makes [porn] really accessible, our culture is actually quite saturated in pornography.” While discounting pornography as an actual form of art, Knabe

points out that the saturation of pornographic content in today’s world has led to a situation where porn and art are not as separated as in the past. “Some of the television programs, like Sin Cities or KinK, or exposés of pornography are part of that. it’s not really porn, but it’s actually academic work about porn, or it’s documentary television about porn, or it’s feature films about porn,” she says. Whether or not pornography is considered a form of art is largely

up to whoever is doing the interpretation. Either way, pornography is becoming an increasingly large part of our culture, which may lead to new, creative ways of representing it. “We now are interested in how porn gets made,” says Knabe. “We are not necessarily interested in watching porn, but we are curious about the whole industry of pornography. it’s got more traction in our culture, to some extent.”

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The ecstasy of sex
Amber Garratt MANAGiNG EDiTor “Everything’s just intensified. it’s like your skin is more sensitive—it feels a lot better. i’m sure you can’t really get to that point sober,” says Bianca Moore, a third-year psychology student at Western, about her experience of having sex on MDMA. Using drugs to alter sexual experiences is not a new phenomenon. The practice dates back hundreds of years to love potions that were used as sexual aids made of plants and other substances with psychoactive properties, designed to excite or disorient individuals. Today cocaine and ecstasy are commonly used to enhance sexual experiences as they amplify people’s perceptions, particularly touch. “Certain drugs may have specific effects—for example cocaine is considered by many users to be an aphrodisiac and can delay orgasm and prolong sex,” explains Karen Hughes, a professor of behavioural epidemiology and head of violence and nightlife research at liverpool John Moores University. Similarly, ecstasy—particularly MDMA—has become popular as a “love drug” due to the drug’s characteristic of heightening people’s perception of touch. MDMA came onto the drug scene in the ‘80s and was found to produce sensual and sexual euphoria, but both men and women typically reported that it impeded erections and orgasms. “MDMA is an empathogen. it increases feelings of empathy and closeness, so it means people are touchy feely,” explains Karen McElrath, a professor in the school of sociology, social policy and social work at Queen’s University in North ireland. “People are more interested in closeness, but they weren’t necessarily into sexual intercourse.” McElrath researched ecstasy users’ perceptions about sexuality and sexual risk and found that a slight majority of respondents reported that ecstasy was associated with feelings of sensuality or deep emotions rather than sexual desire. “Some individuals in the sample, clearly not the majority, used MDMA in sexual ways. Those were people who had partners and they would use as a sexual aid to explore new and different sexual activity together,” says McElrath. McElrath’s research cited that some respondents found ecstasy to decrease inhibitions, enhance emotions and boost their levels of confidence. “When you are talking about feelings of sexuality and sensuality versus closeness, it comes down to the pharmacological properties of a drug. Some people reported that they had those feelings towards other individuals, but they couldn’t respond physically, males in particular,” says McElrath. “Clearly there were people that engaged in those behaviours, but some people felt awkward the next day, similar to what we would find with alcohol.” McElrath and Hughes both showed concern for people considering using drugs to enhance their sexual experiences, as drug use can reduce the user’s risk perception. “recreational drugs can alter users’ normal behaviours and may reduce their inhibitions or risk perceptions,” says Hughes. “This may mean that they engage in sexual activity with someone who they would not normally choose to become intimate with, or they may not stop to think about using a condom to protect them from unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection.” Although Moore’s experience with mixing MDMA and sex was enjoyable, she warns that may not always be the case. “if people are going to have something as intimate as sex, in an altered state, it should be with someone you trust. i think the reason it was fun was because i felt safe and comfortable with the person i was with,” says Moore. “it’s not like i couldn’t enjoy sex without it. it was just nice that time, but i don’t expect to feel that way having sex every time. i suppose it’s a bit like having a really delicious cake. Sure it was really superb, but it doesn’t ruin all other cakes for you.”

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Looking for something to do this weekend?
Western’s Emergence Queer Film Festival will be screening films at Conron Hall in University College this weekend. “We have put in a huge effort to reach out to the larger london community outside of the university, and i’m really looking forward to the chance to have a dialogue between non-academic and academic communities,” says festival organizer Casey Stepaniuk.” Stepaniuk hopes to take the festival in a less academic direction than earlier years. “i don’t think there’s one quality that is unique that ties all the films together, but i think that’s also a strength.” Among the films being screened are Diagnosing Difference, a feature documentary acknowledging salient issues in the transgender community, and Maryam Keshavarz’s Circumstance, a film about a lesbian couple in modern day iran. “We want films made for queer people to watch, not with a nonqueer audience in mind,” Stepaniuk comments. “it’s not that someone who doesn’t identify as queer wouldn’t or couldn’t enjoy these films, since they certainly could— but watching media as a queer person when the lens is a heterosexual one is exhausting.” Stepaniuk notes that mainstream Hollywood cinema often approaches queer representation in an unhelpful way, and festivals such as this one provide a means for the queer community to discuss issues that concern it. “There is great diversity within different factions of the queer community, and that’s a good thing,” emphasizes Stepaniuk. —Brent Holmes

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Cheryl Madliger ArTS & liFE EDiTor Maybe because i’m at a point where i’m really busy, not sure where i’ll be living post-graduation, and trying to have as much fun as possible during my last semester without compromising my schoolwork— but being single doesn’t really bother me. Besides joking about how i’d love a boyfriend for Valentine’s Day, i really haven’t been doing much looking. So when someone suggested me as the lucky editor to go on the annual Gazette blind date, i figured i’d give it a shot. No pro when it comes to dating, i figured i’d find some way to embarrass myself. Knowing i’d be writing about it gave me the comfort of telling myself that i’d at least have some material to work with that way. Sure enough, i made a few mistakes that are sure enough to provide you with some entertainment. Mistake #1: your car is a pig sty and you’re driving i lovingly refer to my mom’s lender car as “the garbage-mobile,” but i’m not sure having to throw a yoga mat, three water bottles and wrappers from a half dozen granola bars into the backseat when i realized i had to drive was the best way to start things off. Solution Play it off. We’re all in the same boat—busy students too lazy to really care if their dashboard has

crumbs on it. remind yourself that he’s probably happier in a dirty car than on a dirty bus with a bunch of strangers. Mistake #2: you realize your date is not-so-blind Don’t mention it and wait for him to do it. This is especially fun if you can remember sleeping over at his house with his little sister and referring to him as a dreamboat, as was the rare case for me. Solution Just admit it so you don’t have to be awkward. Maybe leave out the part about your 13-year-old self’s fantasies coming true, but establishing that you actually know each other means you’ll likely have plenty to talk about. Mistake # 3: you assume you will be able to do the activity planned Unless you’re turning 10 and your parents booked you a birthday party, don’t assume you’ll be able to get a bowling lane at Palasad in the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday. Solution Come up with an alternative. Call the other bowling alleys before you drive there, and comment about how lucky it is you have the garbage-mobile to get you around. Mistake #4: don’t kick his butt at whatever activity you’ve decided on—at least not right away i threw a strike the first frame we

bowled after assuring him it’d been years since i’d played. i immediately started worrying that i’d damage his pride by continuing to win, so i ended up stifling my competitive drive and bowling badly instead, then wondering why i’d do something so silly. Solution Assume if the date’s worth dating, he’ll be okay with getting his butt kicked, at least every once in a while. impress him with how good you are instead of pretending not to be. Mistake #5: an improper ending Not ending the date by getting a phone number, a Facebook add, or at least a “talk to you soon” kind of sentiment. Besides an awkward hug—awkward because it was in the garbage-mobile, not because he hugged me—the goodbye was relatively unpromising. Solution Assume he’ll come looking for you. remind yourself that you’re a catch. if your confidence is still crushed, and it’s Saturday, go to the Ceeps and get it back by dancing it off. All-in-all, a blind date is not so scary. Maybe i didn’t woo my date with my charm, bowling skills or good looks—i’m still waiting on that follow-up—but the worst-case scenario is i spent an afternoon not studying. And i got to kick ass at bowling.

THAT’S WHAT HE SAID
How did you feel about being asked to go on a blind date? At first I was somewhat hesitant about the idea, but after thinking it through for a bit the idea was more exciting than anything. How did you feel right before you met your date? A bit nervous. I’m sure a pre-game beer would have helped, but I thought it was a bit early for that. How did the date go? It felt it went well overall. Even though original plans didn’t work out perfectly, we found an alternate. There seemed to be good conversation and some joking around, which lightened the mood. A little healthy competition also made things fun even though I took a beat down by a girl. Biggest mistake on the date? Not wearing my tear-away pants with a Speedo underneath. Best part of the date? Her not actually being exposed to me in a Speedo, and certainly some good conversation.

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Julian Uzielli NEWS EDiTor Courtney Stevenson* never expected to get a sexually transmitted infection. “i was pretty shocked,” the 24-year-old Western student, who has herpes simplex virus 2, says. “it’s one of those things that you don’t think is going to happen to you. i also don’t engage in random sex, so i’m pretty sure that i received it from a partner that i was in a committed relationship with.” Stephenson has had HSV-2 for a year and a half. Though she is sure her partner contracted the infection from a previous relationship, he never knew he had it. “To this day, i’m positive that he’s never had any outbreaks, which is one of the scary things about herpes simplex 2—people can contract it and pass it on without knowing that they ever have it.” According to Joanna Cuz, a public health nurse with the Middlesexlondon Health Unit, this type of occurrence is all too common in the 15 to 24 demographic. She speculates education might be one of the main causes. “They might not be aware that having no symptoms at all is a symptom. With most STis, it’s common for people to not experience symptoms, so then they’re not getting tested and they’re continuing to be sexually active with new partners,” she says. She says some cases symptoms may never develop, though the infection could still be passed on.

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“For chlamydia, 80 per cent of females and 50 per cent of males don’t know they have it,” lisa Kelliher, a health promoter with the MlHU, adds. in addition to the symptoms of STis, there are also social stigmas attached to those with infections. Because of this, many people with STis feel too ashamed or afraid to seek help, especially in regards to HiV, Bonnie Baynham, women’s HiV/AiDS community development coordinator with regional HiV/AiDS Connection, explains. Fortunately for Stevenson, stigma has not been a problem. “it’s been difficult, but i’m a pretty strong person, so i’m pretty open about it,” she says. “i tell all my friends about it in hopes that they actually understand, if they ever come into the situation with somebody else.” She adds that her infection hasn’t had a drastic effect on her dating life. “The first person that i had dated absolutely freaked out and went off the map,” she says. “A little while later, i think he rethought about it, and said, ‘no, i really like you. Maybe i overreacted.’ And then there’s been people who absolutely do not care.” There are many options available to those who think they may have contracted an STi. The MlHU offers free, anonymous walk-in testing, as does The options Clinic on Dundas Street. Most tests can be done non-invasively with a urine sample. *Name changed to protect identity

Although at first it may be a little awkward to bring up, it’s important to talk to your partner before jumping into bed. your limits According to Joshua Poytner, a public health nurse with sexual health promotion at the Middlesexlondon Health Unit, discussing your limits is the top priority. “Everyone has different limits to what they want, whether it’s having sex or just making out and touching or whatever,” Poynter says. “Talking about these limits first, before you get too far into it, is a really good idea.” Birth control it may not be the sexiest topic to bring up, but talking about birth control methods is a lot easier to discuss than what to do if you become pregnant. According to Sexuality and U, a Canadian website that provides information on sexual health, you and your partner should sit down and discuss what the easiest and most effective choice will be for the both of you. StIs After discussing how many partners and past relationships you’ve both had, getting tested for STis is the best next step. “There are a lot of couples we see coming into the clinic before they have sex,” Poynter explains. “They get their test results, they go home and they’re happy and ready to have fun without worry.” —Jesica Hurst

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6 BDRM. **#1 student rentals** Newly built red bricks in all the best student areas around campus and downtown!! Dishwasher, washer/dryer include. Huge, spacious rooms with massive closets. Networked for Internet and parking included. These ones always go fast so call soon. Call John anytime at 519-859-5563 6 BDRM. **#1 student rentals** Newly built red bricks in all the best student. 5 appliances included. Huge, spacious rooms with massive closets. Networked for Internet and parking included. These ones always go fast so call soon. Call Nathan anytime at 519-495-5363 6,6 BEDROOM RED brick apartment styles to choose from. Our accommodations were recently constructed to fit the discerning taste of UWO students.These large, open-concept apartments feature laundry, dishwasher, free parking, oversized closets, and full time property management. All of our newly built red brick buildings are located either right next to campus, or in other areas that are popular with UWO students. Safe, new, comfortable, and reasonably priced, these apartments will give you the finest off campus experience available. Call Bill anytime 519-670-0327. billh@londonproperty.ca 7 BDRM. **#1 student rentals** Newly built red bricks in all the best student areas around campus and downtown!! Dishwasher, washer/dryer include. Huge, spacious rooms with massive closets. Networked for Internet and parking included. These ones always go fast so call soon. Call John anytime at 519-859-5563

HOUSING

LUXURY STUDENT LIVING downtown. Individual leases, utilities included, 2,3 and 4 bedroom/2 bath apartments. Groups or individuals. Free: fitness, theatre, studyroom, tanning, lounge, 24 hr maintenance. www.varsitycommons.com 519-858-2525.

EMPLOYMENT
GYMWORLD GYMNASTICS IS looking for coaches. Flexible hours: weekdays, evenings, and/ or weekends available. Excellent pay. Contact 519474-4960 or info@gymworld.ca for more information or visit www.gymworld.ca

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ARE YOU PARTICIPATING in the wellness revolution? Do you eat healthy and exercise regularly? The biggest trends today are health/wellness, homebased business and e-commerce. Take advantage of these trends and earn extra income while you are at school, flexible hours. See if you qualify gluke43@yahoo.ca

VOLUNTEERS WANTED
DATING/MARRIED COUPLES WANTED to participate in research on relationships. Participants will be monetarily compensated for their time. For more information please contact Jenny Pink uworelationships@gmail.com RESEARCHERS AT UWO are conducting a study of people 18yrs+ to measure attitudes towards the Seven Deadly Sins and related personality traits. Take part in a 45 minute online study and be entered into a draw for 1 of 15 $100 prizes. Survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LY87Z2R Questions? Contact Erica at egiammar@uwo.ca

#1 STUDENT HOUSING in London. 2-7 bdrms. Popular Redbrick apartments and townhouses, plus houses in various student locations. Come with 5 appliances, huge rooms and closets and are networked for internet. Call now! These rent on a first come first serve basis. Nathan 519-495-5363, nathanc@londonproperty.ca

#1 STUDENT HOUSING in London. 2-7 bdrms. Popular Redbrick apartments and townhouses, plus houses in various student locations. Come with 5 appliances, huge rooms and closets and are networked for internet. Call now! These rent on a first come first serve basis. Sam 519-495-7661, samm@londonproperty.ca

BEAUTIFUL TOWNHOMES OFF Western Road, Individual leases, utilities included, 5 bd 2.5 bath. Groups and individuals welcome. Laundry included, 24hr maintenance. www.varsitymills.com 519-8582525. Call to book tour. FIVE BEDROOM HOUSE $385 each. 469 Regent Street. Steps to King’s College Area. Bus top in front of house. Parking for 5. Garage. New Kitchen. Large Liv/Din. Two Gas fireplaces. No basement bedrooms. Central air. 5 appliances included. May 01 or earlier. King’s women preferred. Contact Matthew Kennedy cell 519-317-3023 email mattkennedy@rogers.com

UPCOMING EVENTS
CHALLENGE & CHANGE CLUB Awareness Week Feb. 13-17. Join us on Mon. Feb 13th for activities in UCC Atrium. Speaker Patrick Sullivan, UCC Rm. 379 at 6:30. Tuesday: Sit Out for Awareness, UCC. Friday: Indoor Booth Day UCC Atrium. C&C designs and facilitates programs in the London community with the homeless and less fortunate. TO WRITE A CLASSIFIED AD THAT SELLS 2. Make your description clear and factual. State the year, make, model, color, size, and tell what condition the item is. Also state the special features.

#1 STUDENT HOUSING in London. 2-7 bdrms. Popular Redbrick apartments and townhouses, plus houses in various student locations. Come with 5 appliances, huge rooms and closets and are networked for internet. Call now! These rent on a first come first serve basis. Zach 519-854-0505, zachs@londonproperty.ca

3 BEDROOM SPACIOUS redbrick apartments. Open concept 1 floor or 2 floor units just steps from campus, on major bus route and close to all amenities. Includes parking, 5 appliances and 24 hour property management. Call Sam, these rent fast! 519-495-7661 samm@londonproperty.ca 3 BEDROOM TOWNHOUSE. Oxford/Wharncliffe area. Many updates, 2 full bathrooms, 5 appliances. 150 feet from bus stop. $425-$450/month inclusive. Call Ted 519-697-5746 or 1-877-582-9004. 3, 3 BEDROOM red brick apartment styles to choose from. Our accommodations were recently constructed to fit the discerning taste of UWO students. These large, open-concept apartments feature laundry, dishwasher, free parking, oversized closets, and full time property management. All of our newly built red brick buildings are located either right next to campus, or in other areas that are popular with UWO students. Safe, new, comfortable, and reasonably priced, these apartments will give you the finest off campus experience available. Call Bill anytime 519-670-0327. billh@londonproperty.ca 3, 4 AND 5 Bedroom apartments and houses seconds from front gates on Richmond. Directly on bus route to campus and downtown. Most include washer/dryer and dishwasher. Call John @ 519-859-5563 or email johnm@londonproperty.ca to book a tour

GREAT 6 BEDROOM units available. Large bedrooms with lots of closet space. Great location, very close to the heart of campus! Live in style with 5 appliances, free parking, free maintenance and full time property management. Call Nathan anytime at 519-495-5363.

#1 STUDENT RENTALS . 2-7 Bedroom units in the best students areas around campus and downtown. Houses/apartments and townhouses available. All in great shape, and most include dishwasher and washer/dryer. Call John at 519859-5563 for more info or email johnm@londonproperty.ca 1 BEDROOM AVAILABLE in 3 bedroom townhouse. Wharncliffe/Oxford area. $405/month. 5 appliances, near bus stop, quiet. Call Ted 519-697-5746 or 1877-582-9004 1,2,3,4,5,6 BDRM AVAILABLE May 1st. 2&3 bedroom 57 Beaufort St. Clean and newly renovated, hardwood floors, close to campus. Contact Luigi luigistudentliving@gmail.com or 519-852-2674. 2 BD. APARTMENTS. 519-854-0505. One of the closest 2 Beds to Campus, close walk and steps to 2 Dundas bus route. Heat and Water Included. Newly Renovated Kitchens. Hardwood floors, and free parking. Call Zach 519-854-0505 2 BEDROOM 229 Riverside Dr. and 2 bedroom 337 Wharncliffe N. Available May 1st. Close to campus, parking, laundry on-site, hardwood floors, ceramics, controlled entry. Utilities included, Contact Luigi luigistudentliving@gmail.com or 519-852-2674. 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS available. Hardwood floors, large common area, and newly renovated kitchen. Right on the #2 Dundas 7route, closest 2 bedroom to the heart of campus. Contact Sam today 519-495-7661. 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS, the closest 2 bedrooms to UWO. Hardwood floors, loads of space. Great student area, right on Western bus route. Great price, and some utilities included. Loads of free parking. These places truly are a steal!! Call Nathan at 519-495-5363 or email nathanc@londonproperty.ca

5 BDRM. **#1 student rentals** Newly built red bricks, right across from campus!! Dishwasher, washer/dryer include. Huge, spacious rooms with massive closets. Networked for Internet and parking included. These ones always go fast so call soon. Call John anytime at 519-859-5563 5 BDRMS. LIVE steps from campus in a 5 bedroom apartment or townhouse. Live in style in a modern building. Huge kitchens come with tons of cupboards and counter space, and centre island eating areas. Spacious bedrooms and huge closets. Call Sam anytime at 519-495-7661 and view one of these units before they are gone!

GREAT 6 BEDROOM units available. Large bedrooms with lots of closet space. Great location, very close to the heart of campus! Live in style with 5 appliances, free parking, free maintenance and full time property management. Call Sam anytime 519-495-7661 LICENCED 8 BEDROOM, 3 bathroom house, all inclusive- hydro, gas, and water. 238 Sherwood Ave. $500 per room, May 1- April 30. Call Lauren @ 519701-1228 or email laucie.boo@gmail.com TO WRITE A CLASSIFIED AD THAT SELLS 4. If there’s a genuine sense of urgency, say so. The words, “We‘re Moving” or “Must Sell Fast” suggests that readers respond immediately.

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3, 4, 5 bdrms at 217 Sarnia. Live at one of the most popular student corners in London. Within steps of campus, you canʼt get closer. All of these units have big common rooms and spacious bedrooms. Live in style with 5 appliances, free parking, free maintenance and full time property management. Call Zach anytime at 519-854-0505 4 BDRM BRAND new red brick townhouses, apartments and single homes for rent. Most feature 5 brand new appliances, huge rooms and closets, open concept kitchen/ living room, free parking, free grass cutting and snow removal, and a 24 hour maintenance line. Located in great student areas. Act fast- these won’t last. For more information call Zach at 519-854-0505 4 BDRM NEW Red Brick townhouses, apartments and single homes for rent. Features 5 appliances, huge rooms and closets, open concept kitchen/ living room, free parking and networked for internet! Located in great student areas. Act fast- these won’t last. For more info call Nathan: 519-495-5363 4 BDRM NEW Red Brick townhouses, apartments and single homes for rent. Most feature 5 appliances, huge rooms and closets, open concept kitchen/ living room, free parking and networked for internet! Located in great student areas. Act fastthese won’t last. For more info contact Sam at 519-495-7661. samm@londonproperty.ca 4 BDRM REDBRICK apartments for rent. Why not live with Westerns most reputable suppliers of offcampus housing? London Property Corp., offers the newest homes in the best student areas. Western students should be concerned with their studiesnot house problems. Let London Property Corp.’s team look after all your housing needs. Call Bill anytime 519-670-0327. billh@londonproperty.ca

5 BEDROOM HOUSES and apartments right on bus route to campus and downtown. Great locations. Huge rooms and closets. Most have all new appliances including washer/dryer and dishwasher. Call Nathan @ 519-495-5363 or email nathanc@londonproperty.ca with questions or to book a tour. 5 BEDROOM HOUSES and townhouses for rent on all sides of campus. All places have free parking, free maintenance and full time property management. Units are rented on a first come first serve basis. Call Nathan at 519-495-5363, nathanc@londonproperty.ca 5 BEDROOM HOUSES and townhouses for rent on all sides of campus. All places have free parking, free maintenance and full time property management. Units are rented on a first come first serve basis. Call Sam 519-495-7661, samm@londonproperty.ca 5 BEDROOM HOUSES and townhouses for rent on all sides of campus. All places have free parking, free maintenance and full time property management. Units are rented on a first come first serve basis. Call Zach at 519-854-0505, zachs@londonproperty.ca 5, 6 AND 7 bedroom houses on all sides of campus. Great sized rooms, 5 appliances, parking, and networked for internet. Enjoy your student experience in one of our fantastic houses! Contact Nathan today for a viewing as they usually go fast. 519-495-5363, nathanc@londonproperty.ca 5, 6 AND 7 bedroom houses on all sides of campus. Great sized rooms, 5 appliances, parking, and networked for internet. Enjoy your student experience in one of our fantastic houses! Contact Sam today for a viewing as they usually go fast. 519-495-7661, samm@londonproperty.ca 6 BDRM HOUSES on all sides of campus. Most feature 5 new appliances, spacious rooms and huge closets, open concept kitchen/ living room, free parking and networked for high speed internet. Act fast- these won’t last! For more information call Zach at 519-854-0505 6 BDRM REDBRICK apartments for rent. Why not live with Western’s most reputable suppliers of offcampus housing? London Property Corp., offers the newest homes in the best student areas. Western students should be concerned with their studiesnot house problems. Let London Property Corp.’s team look after all your housing needs. Call Bill anytime 519-670-0327. billh@londonproperty.ca 6 BDRM. #1 student rentals. Newly built red bricks in all the best student areas around campus and downtown! Includes 5 appliances. Huge, spacious rooms with massive closets. Networked for Internet and parking included. These ones always go fast so call soon. Call John anytime at 519-495-7661 or email samm@londonproperty.ca

PUT YOUR SUDOKU SAVVY TO THE TEST! To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes.

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2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS, the closest 2 bedrooms to UWO. Newly renovated kitchens, hardwood floors, loads of space. Great student area, right on Western bus route. Great price, and utilities included. Loads of free parking. These places truly are a steal!! Call me (John) at 519859-5563 or email johnm@londonproperty.ca 2, 2 BEDROOM apartment styles to choose from. Located very close to Campus. Hardwood floors, free parking, laundry, and free snow and lawn care. Call Bill anytime 519-670-0327. billh@londonproperty.ca 2-5 BEDROOM units available in newly built professionally maintained unit. Walk to Downtown and on major bus routes! Think of all the cab fare you will save! It has 5 big bedrooms with 2 parking spots. Priced at only $475 all inclusive/room. Includes 5 appliance plus air conditioning. WIFI and TV’s in bedrooms. Get either $500 off your deposit or a free 42 inch TV to keep if lease signed by Feb 17th. Don’t miss out! Call 519-281-1616 now or email officemajesty.com. Call or text for more info. 3 BDRM APARTMENTS for rent. Why not live with Western’s most reputable suppliers of off-campus housing? London Property Corp. offers the newest homes in the best student areas. Western students should be concerned with their studiesnot house problems. Let London Property Corp.’s team look after all your housing needs. Call Bill anytime 519670-0327. billh@londonproperty.ca

4 BDRM TOWNHOUSES near all amenities. These 4 bedroom townhouses are 3 floors and 2 washrooms for 4 people! Bedrooms are spacious, bright and have huge closets. Free parking and property management. Call Zach anytime at 519854-0505. zachs@londonproperty.ca 4 BDRM. **#1 student rentals** Newly built red bricks, right across from campus!! Dishwasher, washer/dryer include. Huge, spacious rooms with massive closets. Networked for Internet and parking included. These ones always go fast so call soon. Call John anytime at 519-859-5563

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