Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan

Campus News
- University Bridge is set to open 2 months from now, in March 2019.
- Since its closure in October last year, the 91 year old bridge has been considered unsafe for heavy vehicles. Further in May 2019, the bridge will be closed to bicyclists and pedestrians. 

- Trying to quit smoking but can’t kick the butt? 
- A collaborative study out of Kings University college and Ivey Business School suggests that using negative social cues to provoke self‐consciousness about smoking might be more effective for some people than graphic health warnings. 
- Professor Jennifer Jeffrey of the school of management, economics, and mathematics along with Ivey Business School professor Matthew Thomson, recently released their study in the Journal of Consumer Affairs.
They wondered whether certain smokers respond better to social cues rather than graphic health warnings. and true enough, the use of negative social cues on packaging was particularly effective with ‘isolated’ smokers – those who smoke in private rather than socially. For them, smoking is a guilty pleasure or addiction and they may need just a bit more impetus to quit.


Local News
- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) announced Monday that Larry and Carol Allen won a $1 million Maxmillions prize when their numbers came up in the Dec. 21, 2018 Lotto Max draw.
- The pair bought their ticket at a Circle K location on Wellington Road in the city.

- 446 york street, the proposed permanent safe-injection site is under scrutiny once again. Local neighbors indicated they would oppose city council’s decision.   
- These zoning appeals have put the project on hold. If these appeals take over six months to be heard, the future of this project might be lacklustre. 
-  While proponents of the program say that it helps get drug users off the streets, businesses and neighbours fear the permanent site will become a hoodlum for illegal drug use. 


Sports
- The 2018 portion of the 2018/19 OUA Women’s Basketball season was not kind at all to the Western Mustangs women’s basketball team.  Thanks to key injuries to Senior stars Julia Curran and Maddy Horst, they found themselves in the basement of the West Division with a 1-10 record.  
- The Mustangs were hopeful that 2019 would be gentler to them, looking to grab their first home victory of the season Saturday afternoon hosting the (4-7) Brock Badgers at Alumni Hall.  Still without the services of Curran or Horst, the Mustangs would rely on their only healthy Senior player left Laura Graham to lead the charge.  
- After shooting 2 from 9 from downtown and 27.8% from the field as a team, the Badgers woke up after the first quarter break.  Going on a 16-3 run to start the second frame, led by a 9-point quarter from Freshman Guard Melissa Tatti.
- The awful second quarter would end up haunting the home team, as the second half was a very competitive ballgame with the Badgers outscoring Western 40-36.  The 70-57 win for Brock was largely thanks to two Welland, Ontario natives: Melissa Tatti and Courtney McPherson.  Tatti ended the afternoon with the most points on the court with 14, while adding 3 assists and 2 steals, while the fourth year Center Courtney McPherson was the Radio Western player of the game going a perfect 5/5 shooting with 11 points. 
- In flashes of potential Sophomore Emma Johnson had a 9-point fourth quarter and Junior Jade Codinera grabbed 6 points in 13 minutes of court time for Western.  
- The 1-11 Mustangs have now given up a league high 880 points, just behind them with 873 points surrendered to their competition are the (4-8) Algoma Thunderbirds, a team they’ll host in back to back home games next Friday and Saturday night with 6pm tip-offs.    


Weather
-This afternoon will be cloudy with a 70% chance of us seeing some showers, as we reach our unseasonable high of 6 degrees
-Things do cool down overnight to -3, which gives us a chance of seeing some flurries
-Tomorrow high winds will make -2 feel more like -10 with some snowsqualls as well and Thursday we’ll have a high of -6 with some scattered flurries throughout the day