UWO Releases 2011 Sunshine List

As mandated by the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act of 1996, you found out what most of your professors got paid for 2011 on Friday. When I went to UWO, this was one of my favourite days too. Learning stuff that doesn’t have too many practical applications in real life (for disclosure’s sake, I was in social sci) is made that much easier by knowing that someday I could teach kids nothing and get well compensated for it. Continue reading

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Lowdown BlogCast: December 23, 2011

It’s time once again for the annual Lowdown Christmas Special. Like last year’s Christmas episode, this year once again brings us a look at the weirdest and wackiest of Christmas music. There are a lot of bands and singers that you’ve heard of that have made bad Christmas music and we have found some pretty embarrassing entries into their musical repertoires. As an added bonus, the boys give you their annual Christmas gift buying guide including what to buy for celebrities as well as the usual ridiculous Lowdown banter that we’re known for.

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Man Lab: Back to School 2011

Four months of summer break have wrapped up and now the denizens of universities are back to classes tomorrow. Well, that’s if you go to our alma mater, the University of Western Ontario. To ease the pain of having to sit through the pointless introductory lectures that waste time this week, here is a gallery of women dressed in the school girl outfits and other school related outfits. Continue reading

The Humanoids: Guide to O-Week 2011

It’s that time of year again for the soon-to-be denizens of The University of Western Ontario. Time to load up the overly expensive SUVs and move into residence for their first year at UWO. That means Frosh Week is here again. Of course, the frosh don’t have much of an idea of what they’re in for over the next stretch. Having done this once before and witnessing it on three more occasions, I think I have a handle on what’s important for the frosh to know as they head to London and UWO. Continue reading

Lowdown BlogCast: August 9, 2011

To show that we don’t always take months between podcasts, here’s another episode of The Lowdown BlogCast. This edition starts on a serious note as Steve and Jackie talk about the colossal failure that is the solution to the US Debt Crisis. They then debut the new Lowdown Pub Quiz in which Steve and Jackie compete in a battle of inferior intellect. (Well, at least in Steve’s case.) Hockey talk starts up with a quick analysis of the Winnipeg Jets’ new logos. The boys look at Philadelphia’s “Dry Island” policy that allegedly led to Mike Richards and Jeff Carter getting traded and what say should have in their players’ personal lives. Entertainment features Lights as Jackie’s single of the week and a throwback to the guys’ childhoods in It Came From YouTube. Lights also leads the boys to look at the schedule for UWO’s 2011 O-Week and how it’s changed since their O-Week in 2005. They talk about film nudity after news came out that Olivia Wilde’s nudity in The Change Up was CGI’d in. Entertainment wraps up with a discussion of the upcoming Battleship movie and director Peter Berg’s credits. The show wraps up with the return of the Car Wall as the boys break down another website’s list of eight cars guaranteed to pick up women and determine that it’s catastrophically wrong. In total, we have over two hours of great Lowdown action.

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Lowdown BlogCast: July 19, 2011

After almost seven months off the air, Steve and Jackie are back for Season 4 of The Lowdown BlogCast. The show is off to a typically random start with talk about Google Plus, web browsers and Urban Dictionary definitions (among other things). Things settle down after only 20 minutes into a discussion of the NHL’s free agent frenzy and the big trades that were made in the run up to and after July 1st. The guys talk about the outlook for Philadelphia and Toronto heading into the 2011-12 season. They also examine the effect the ever-increasing salary floor has on contracts with mid-level players. They also talk about the return of the Winnipeg Jets and all the potential marketing missteps that TNSE can make. The talk then shifts to entertainment with reviews of Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Super Eight. The boys also talk about the epic series that was Friday Night Lights. TV talk also covers The Killing, Twin Peaks, Firefly and Castle. The show wraps with a discussion of the eventual failure of Two and a Half Men.

In all, our fourth season premiere is a shade over two hours of the classic Lowdown fun and insanity that you’ve come to expect from us.

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UWO Releases 2010 Salary List

As is required by provincial law, all government-funded entities must disclose the taxable earnings of all employees who make more than $100,000 in the previous calendar year. For 2010, 952 UWO employees made the list which is up/down from the 2009 calendar year by 58 (or 7%). Topping the list was Amit Chakma who hit #1 in his first full year as the President of UWO. Continue reading