With 2017 in the rear-view mirror, here's a look back at the Gazette's most read stories of the year.

10. Western students to celebrate FOCO 

One year after Western University's administration changed the Homecoming date to late October, thousands of students vowed to celebrate Homecoming in September for the second year in a row.

9. Tobi on top: Team Tobi wins USC elections 

Team Tobi Wins

Tobi Solebo is elected as University Students' Council president, February 2, 2017.

Last year, three slates vied for positions as the 2017/18 president and vice-president of the University Students' Council. Team Tobi came out on top with 4,261 votes, beating the second-place slate, Team DiBrina, who finished with 3,265 votes and third place slate, Team Jan/Mohammad, who received 1,118 votes. 

8. Team DiBrina appeals explained 

But the 2017 USC elections didn't end on results night. Runners-up Team DiBrina submitted seven appeals to the USC appeals board challenging Team Tobi's conduct during the elections. Prior to the hearing, this Gazette article summarized each appeal.

7. Spoke reopens to students after $1-million reno 

Spoke Reopens- Comparison Image 1b (New Entrance)

A look at the Spoke's new entrance. Dhruvika Angrish, pictured working, looks forward to the newly renovated experience both as an employee and a Faculty of Health Sciences student. September 5, 2017.

Home of campus' most beloved bagels and celebrated Western icon, Rick McGhie, The Spoke got a $1-million renovation over the summer of 2017, re-opening just in time for students in September.

6. Jordan Peterson is coming and conversations are stirring


Controversial University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson paid a visit to Western back in March. A new Western group, Young Canadians in Action, invited Peterson, but some students weren't happy about it.

5. Family to hold memorial for Western student Saturday

Cara Ellen Soules Farquharson 8

Cara Farquharson, a second-year nursing student, died in November. Farquharson's family and friends shared their memories of her leading up to her memorial. 

4. Western FOCO attendance up, significantly more EMS calls

FOCO 5 (Front Cover)

Students on Broughdale Avenue celebrating Fake Homecoming 2017.

Undeterred by the official late October Homecoming date, many Western students participated in FOCO 2.0. 2017's FOCO attendance was 11,000 — approximately 1,000 higher than 2016 — and resulted in 33 EMS calls around campus. 

3. Western mourns passing of science student

Brandon Papp

In late November, Brandon Papp, an upper-year geological sciences student, died. Papp's friends spoke highly of him, describing Papp as kind, creative and caring.

2. Western geese find Reddit fame

geese sign

While Western students have long hated campus' avian terrorists, in 2017 they officially became Reddit famous. A student posted a photo of an aggressive Canada goose attacking another student, gaining close to 20,000 upvotes and hundreds of comments.

1. Senate passes fall Reading Week

Students rejoiced when the Senate reported that Western would receive a Fall Reading Week. The inaugural fall break took place this past October and a second trial break will take place in October 2018.


Managing Editor of Content

Rita is the managing editor of content. She was previously a news editor for two years and recently graduated with an honours specialization in political science.

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