Volume 96, Issue 55
Monday January 6, 2003

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Best on Campus

The Gazette's
Best of London

Best of Food
Best Chinese food at 3 a.m.
Best hangover breakfast
Best ice cream
Best lunch at a strip club
Best milkshake
Best mussels
Best pizza
Best place to get a sandwich
Best Portuguese chicken
Best selection of draft beer
Best sugar high
Best vegan/vegetarian-friendly restaurant

Best of Arts & Leisure
Best arcade
Best DJ
Best driving range
Best live venue
Best local band
Best place to buy clothes someone may or may not have died in
Best place to do tobagganing
Best place to have a gay ol' time
Best place to light a spliff
Best place to pick up a cougar
Best place to see a Scottish man in leather pants
Best place to watch pigskin fly
Best street performer
Best Sunday hoedown
Best selection of magazines and vinyl
Best tattoo/piercing place
Best used book store
Best used CD store

Best of the Rest
Best all-purpose sex shop
Best cabbie for drunken conversation
Best gym
Best hair salon
Best place to buy a creative gift
Best place to buy house accessories
Best place to buy long, striped knee-socks
Best place to buy men's dressy clothes
Best place to drop dead
Best place to find a unicorn
Best place to get a pet
Best place to plot a revolution
Best place to pretend you're in London, England
Best place to pretend you're not in a city
Best place to rent costumes

Best on Campus
Best custodian in the UCC
Best female athlete
Best makeout/study spot on campus
Best male athlete of all time
Best on-campus meal
Best on campus meal for $5
Best on-campus napping site
Best on-campus Tim Hortons lady
Best place to cry
Best place to photocopy a textbook
Best place to spend the most money on the least amount of food
Best place to stand in line
Best residence to party, sleep, and study
Least worst student politician

Best male athlete of all time
Ray Takahashi

If any one man represents the dominant nature of Western athletics, it's current Mustangs wrestling coach Ray Takahashi. Takahashi's career at Western has spanned three decades and left an indelible impression. The pint-sized wrestler won four Ontario University Athletics individual gold medals and four Canadian Interuniversity Sports individual golds at the 52 kilogram weight class from 1979-1982. Furthermore, Takahashi competed in three Olympic Games, including the 1976 games in Montreal, the 1980 games in Moscow and 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. His biggest triumph on the Olympic level an outstanding fourth place finish at the '84 games. As a result of his exemplary performance during the 1982 university wrestling schedule, Takahashi was named the recipient of the Dr. Claude Brown Trophy, given to Western's best male athlete. His relentless dedication to his sport is a true indication of the love he has for competition and teaching. Now Takahashi can add another feather to his cap - he is The Gazette's choice for the best male athlete in Western history
-Jordan Bell