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Are things OK with our SA?

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DC journalism students look at Durham College and UOIT, and beyond, by the numbers and with their cameras

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SA rebuilds reputation Travis Fortnum The Chronicle

The past year has been rocky for the Student Association at Durham College and UOIT. It has developed a reputation for meeting student concerns and inquiries with silence after it was the centre of several scandals through the spring and summer. Since the last general election wrapped up in May, the SA has had two presidents come and go as well as another member of its board. It now faces the issues that both institutions are withholding funds, and may halt the collection of fees on the SA’s behalf. Durham College student Vianney Nengue was elected VP of college affairs in the general election. He has now stepped up to fill the role of interim president and acknowledges that the SA has been faced with turbulent times. Nengue says alleged emails between president-elect Reem Dabbous and the athletic department were said to include a promise of new soccer fields should they endorse her party. When Dabbous won the election, Nengue says she immediately entered a one-month legal battle with the SA board over allegations of bribery. This resulted in her being disqualified by the board before ever taking office. From there runner-up Cerise

Wilson took office. Nengue says almost immediately after, Wilson and another member of the SA executive board began accusing each other of harassment and became entwined in a legal battle. When no resolution could be made, Wilson and the other board member were placed on leave by the executive board. Nengue says Wilson then resigned. Officials from both schools say it was during this past summer, after these incidents, that UOIT and Durham College announced an investigation into the SA after it failed to release audited spending reports. In the past both schools have collected about $96 in SA fees annually from students as part of the tuition process. Whether or not this will continue remains to be seen, raising questions about the SA’s viability, which is another dent in the SA. “We have a negative reputation right now,” Nengue says, “so our power lays mainly with the students. When it comes to institutions, we are still in a good relationship with them. Which means we are still talking and negotiating.” Nengue and the SA have been in constant conversation with both Durham College and UOIT administration. He says the departure of the board members has lead to the hesitation from both institutions. “It’s politics,” he says. Olivia Petrie, UOIT’s assistant vice-president of student life,

hopes to see resolutions to the problems plaguing the SA before the next general election. “We want to make sure that the SA continues to support our students,” says Petrie, “so we’re managing the transfer of fees that we collect from the UOIT students.” At this point, the buzz of fee collection issues and trouble amongst the board has led to a cool relationship between the student body and the SA, something Nengue says has caused the association to begin a complete rebuilding process. “We want to support the SA and help them rebuild,” says Petrie. “They’ve identified that as an issue and we want to support them in that rebuilding. At the end of the day we want effective leadership within the SA so that they can effectively represent our students.” Durham College announced at the beginning of the school year that effective May of 2017 they would not collect fees on behalf of the SA. However, that may no longer be the case as Nengue says the SA and Durham remain engaged in conversation. Meri Kim Oliver, DC’s VP of student affairs, confirms that the two groups have been trying to work on the issues. “The SA has been working hard to resolve its internal concerns,” she says. “DC appreciates the efforts that it is making to have more contact with its student constituents.” Nengue concedes some of the

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SA interim president Vianney Nengue discusses the issues. student body on both campuses feel the SA has been quiet on these matters for too long. “That’s our fault,” Nengue says. “We’re working to be more open and invite more students to come to board meetings.” Those interested in having their say can attend SA meetings, which are open to students.

They will also be hosting town hall meetings from Nov. 23 - Nov. 26. As the dates approach, more information will be made available on the SA website and through their social media. The next board meeting is on Dec. 7 in the Student Centre above E.P. Taylor’s.

Food bank eases hunger pangs for students on campus Barbara Howe The Chronicle

No one said a student’s life was easy, but for some college students their time at school can be compromised further when they face the challenges of hunger or homelessness. A recent survey entitled Hungry for Knowledge published by the Meal Exchange, a student-led hunger awareness group, reports 39 per cent of post-secondary students are going without nutritious food. This situation is prevalent, if somewhat hidden, on the campus of Durham College (DC) and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). The Student Association’s (SA) outreach program, located in room 1048 of the Simcoe Building, runs the Campus Food Centre. There are also two smaller satellite centres in the Whitby and downtown Oshawa locations. According to Nicole Shillingford-Grell, SA Outreach Services support coordinator, the food bank helps hundreds of students and has had an increase of 60 new registrants since the start of this semester. The reasons for a student needing to use the service are varied, she said.

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Phil Bilinski (left) and Ray Bottrell from Feed the Need in Durham, unload a delivery. “Maybe there’s some kind of homelessness or a situation with their family,” said Shillingford-Grell. “Maybe they’re kicked out, a lot of the stories are students who become members of the LGTBQ community and get kicked out of their house.” The program works on a points system based on family size and full-time students can access the program once every two weeks

until a year after they graduate. Fresh produce items are free of points, but everything is on a firstcome, first-served basis. Students need to register at room 1048 in the Simcoe Building to access the service. The centre is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Apart from servicing needy students, the Campus Food Centre is always looking for volunteers and donations from the campus

community. Although Feed the Need in Durham (FTND) delivers 30 full boxes of food every Wednesday, Shillingford-Grell said, “we are always struggling to keep it full.” The coordinator indicated Items such as oils, hygiene products and cash donations are always welcome. Feedback from clients of the Campus Food Centre has been

positive. “They get to choose and have the freedom of coming in and picking the items,” said Shillingford-Grell. “We try to make the space really inviting and non-judgmental.” Camille Talag, Outreach Services event and volunteer coordinator, is always looking to recruit new volunteers. There is a mandatory orientation and training that happens every semester. “It’s a lot of work,” said Shillingford-Grell. “We depend a lot on volunteers and placement students. Volunteers will also be needed at the end of the upcoming food drive. “The annual holiday food drive is coming up,” said Talag. “It’s a combined effort between the college, the university and the Student Association.” According the SA website, last year the initiative provided assistance to 274 students and their families. The target this year is to raise $50,000 due to the expected increase in the number of full-time students who will register to receive the food drive hampers. The SA needs help to pack and deliver hampers on Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre.


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OSAP finally helps with student debt The Ontario government announced a re-make to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), re-naming it the Ontario Student Grant (OSG). The OSG will benefit those families in the lower-to-middle–income bracket with added bonuses for full-time mature students and married students. This replaces many provincial assisted programs rolling them into one non-repayable grant. It’s set to roll out at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. The newly re-designed OSG allows a dependent college student whose parents earn $50,000 or below per year to finish their college education with no provincial student debt. University students whose families are in the same income bracket will have some of their costs covered, but not all. This is because of higher tuition costs at university.

According to an article written by Simona Chiose, the president of Seneca College and chair of Colleges Ontario, David Agnew, says, “low-income college students will benefit most.” The Ontario Student Grant will give eligible students an opportunity to get post-secondary education by making education more accessible to more students, including mature students. The OSG will also make Ontario more competitive by increasing the number of Ontarians who get a post-secondary diploma or degree. Statistically students from lowerincome families are approximately half as likely to attend college or university compared to that of a student who comes from a higherincome family, according to Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. A 2005 study, released by Ontario’s former premier, Bob Rae, showed 36 per

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cent of students from lower-income families were in some sort of postsecondary education compared to 56 per cent from higher-income families. But, with these new changes to student aid, a post-secondary education will become accessible and affordable to more than 150,000 qualifying students. This allows for all students, regardless of family income, to reap the benefits of a post-secondary education and all it has to offer. The OSG will also benefit those students whose family income is $83,000 per year or below by offering an increase in grant money, as well as more availability to loans. Over half of Ontario’s population falls into this income category and many young adults do not venture into the world of post-secondary education because of the burden of student debt.

However, with these new incentives, students can get a higher education without that huge debt looming overhead. Mature full-time students are not excluded from the OSG either. Within the “old” OSAP, which was a cumbersome and difficult system to understand, mature students wanting to return to school were faced with a time period in which they had to have been out of high school for eligibility to enroll. The “new” OSG eliminates that stipulation, making eligibility much more obtainable. Without the waiting period, mature students are now able to continue their post-secondary education sooner, enabling them back into Ontario’s workforce and financial growth. As well, the OSG will help Ontario reach its goal of having 70 per cent of adult Ontarians obtain a post-secondary diploma or degree

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by the year 2020. That figure will surpass 2014’s percentage of 66, which was up from 56 per cent in 2002. One of Ontario’s biggest competitive resources is its labour force. That’s why the OSG incentives for low-to-middle-income families are so important. They can only make Ontario more competitive. Regardless, all students from low-to-middle-income families, as well as full time-mature students will fair better within the new system. In fact, the OSG will better equip those students, giving them a fighting chance in a very competitive job market. Why should some prosper while others flounder strictly because of their family’s financial situation? They shouldn’t. And now they won’t. Joshua Nelson

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Dean Daley (omnivore) and Sharena Clendening (vegan) go head-to-head over meat and non-meat options.

To eat meat or not? Sharena Clendening, a vegan, and Dean Daley, an omnivore, discuss what food options Durham College has to offer. After seeing the options, the two journalism students have a lively debate in an attempt to decide which is better.

Vegan: Veganism isn’t about eating grass and leaves. A vegan is a person who does not eat anything that comes from an animal or use anything from an animal such as leather. Around 33 per cent of Canadians are either vegetarians or vegans, according to Helena Pedersen’s conclusion in her book Future Directions for Critical Animal Studies. Veganism is more beneficial than being an omnivore because the price of food can be a lot more affordable, vegans lose the struggle of picking where to eat and the vegan lifestyle is healthier. Omnivore: Thinking about being a vegan, like hipsters Ellen Page and Alicia Silverstone? Veganism may be a new trend but being an omnivore has far more history and advantages. Granted living as a vegan may save animals, but it’s not the best way to eat. Not only are our bodies are meant to eat both plants and animals, being an omnivore gives a person far more options when going out and is less expensive. Vegan: Vegan students don’t need to worry about being broke. There are always stores such as the Superstore and FreshCo. that have sales that can help a broke college student afford vegan food. According PETA, premade food a college student would use, such as premade soy burgers, costs more money than non-vegan premade meals. But veggies cost less than

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meat so learning how to make vegan food at home will be cheaper because one can buy the products separately to make the meal. Even if one spent a little more on a premade meal or made food from scratch, it is healthier than eating a Hungry Man frozen dinner. Omnivore: In a city full of fast food places and restaurants, it becomes difficult to choose what to eat for lunch. Being an omnivore provides a person with overwhelming options. Being a vegan does not provide a person with the same number of options as being an omnivore. Durham College’s Marketplace is an example of how being a vegan doesn’t give a person many options. The Marketplace provides students and faculty with four main restaurants. Pizza Pizza offers only one option for vegans. Smoke’s offers fries and vegetable gravy with an assortment of vegetables. Patrons can mix and match, although each vegetable is an extra cost of 75 cents. Extreme Pita offers a falafel and veggie wrap, although a lot of the typical sauces, such as mayonnaise and ranch, cannot be eaten by vegans. Lastly, Pan Fusion offers garlic chili tofu and vegetable pho but one of the two types of noodles is made with eggs. The other? “I think it’s wheat,” says one of the ladies at Pan Fusion. College and university students tend to eat fast food and drink alcohol. A favourite alcoholic beverage for most is wine. According to Donna Amaro,

manager at Winexperts in Whitby, there is a specific sort of wine vegans have to drink. Most wines are normally made through a process that can contain egg, fish by-products and milk products. Altogether, vegans don’t have any options in comparison to omnivores.

Vegan: When it comes to what restaurants offer vegans in Oshawa, there are few places one can take vegan friends. ‘Nourished On The Go’ is an all-vegan place located on Simcoe Street. They offer a variety of wraps and soups that could even attract omnivores. That isn’t the only place. Cocoa & Joe and Yola’s Family Restaurant Inc. are some other places one could go with their vegan friends. If meat eaters say there are no places for vegans to go and eat, shout out a few of these names. Omnivore: While grocery shopping might be cheaper when not buying the pricier vegan options, vegan choices at restaurants aren’t the greatest. Buying a salad at McDonald’s costs over seven dollars but sandwiches are cheaper. At Jack Astor’s, one can get a salad as cheap as $9.99. Although it’s a Caesar salad and you would have to ask for it without ranch sauce, without cheese and without bacon bits. Someone who is vegan would have to consider buying a salad so they could have the proper nutrients in their meal. Or they would have to consider somewhere else to eat. If a Caesar isn’t what you want to eat, there is always the grilled chicken salad. Although they’re 17 plus dollars and you’d need to ask them to take out the chicken. At restaurants, vegans have to spend a lot of money for a filling

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meal. Considering what we need daily, vegans could not get all of what they need at most restaurants. Often requesting menu changes is the only option. Vegan: One thing omnivores have over vegans is they get all their vitamins in the meat and other animal by-products. B12 and iron are two of the main things vegans lack in their diet. According to the Vegan Society, plant milks such as soy, almond and rice milk contain B12. There are other substitutes for essential vitamins. However, there are supplements vegans can take to get B12 and iron. It isn’t the end of the world to take a few pills every morning to maintain a healthy vegan lifestyle. Omnivore: Humans have been farming animals such as cows, pigs and chicken for their milk, eggs and meat. According to the, humans have been domesticating sheep, pigs and goats since 7,000 B.C.E. Before then humans hunted other animals for nutrients and used their pelts for clothing. According to, vegans need six essential nutrients to live a healthy life. Vegans have to make up for nutrients such as such as iron, normally found in meats, B12, normally found in meats and dairy, calcium found in dairy, and others such as Vitamin D, Omega-3s and protein. According to ‘Dieticians of Can-

ada’, a professional association representing 6,000 members of dieticians, B12 is an essential vitamin that our body requires. B12 keeps the nerves in our body working, forms DNA and makes healthy blood. Altogether vegans have to find alternate methods to get the essential nutrients omnivores find in their normal diets. The best way to live a healthier life is to follow the Canadian Food Guide. In order to achieve a healthy diet, humans must eat seven to ten servings of fruits and vegetables, six to eight servings of grain products, two servings of dairy products and two to three servings of meat or alternatives. These amounts depend on whether you are male or female. Being a vegan means four to five daily servings of meat, alternatives and dairy are not being eaten and have to be replaced with vitamins. Vegan: These little fun facts should make someone consider being a vegan because it is not as bad as some people make it seem. Becoming a vegan gives people a better reason to learn how to cook healthy food, a better understanding of vitamins and nutrition. Most importantly, an animal won’t have to die for you to enjoy a delightful meal. But either vegan or omnivore, there is always a way one can eat healthy. Omnivore: Hipsters pretend veganism makes for a better lifestyle but what you eat is what matters. Vegans have to spend about the same when dining out. They have fewer choices when dining out and are forced to take supplements such as B12 or they can be very sick. So put down the extra supplements and your wallets and go grab some meat.


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Stephen Forbes, a professor in the School of Business, IT, and Management, shares his passion for IT and computers with his students at Durham College.

An ever growing world of information technology This is one in a series of conversations with faculty experts at UOIT and Durham College

A passion that lasts a lifetime Dan Koehler The Chronicle

Many people can only dream of turning their passion into a career. For Stephen Forbes, a computer science professor at Durham College, that dream has become a reality. Forbes has worked in the field of information technology most of his life and as a full-time Durham College professor he shares this passion with his students every day. How did you get interested this area of expertise? I am one of the very luck kids who in the ’80s got a personal computer by the time I was six years old. I started in DOS and moved into Windows 3.1. It was a hobby pretty much my entire life. I started working as a 13-year-old making websites for people and than when e-commerce became a thing I started making websites for that. I didn’t originally decide to pursue IT (information technology) as my

career. I tried a couple things first before realizing I should focus on something I’ve got a background in so I came to school here after working in various industries for a while. I was a manager at a bunch of different places so I came in with a good mind for business. The good mind for business jelled with the IT for business and it ballooned into where I am now. What brought you to Durham College? The proximity. I live in Whitby. When I was going to school I was never well off so living away from home wasn’t an option. I actually came to Durham in 2000 for a program but ended up dropping out because it wasn’t what I expected. I went out and worked and in the time I was gone the program I ended up taking evolved into something stronger. Why do you feel Business, IT and Management is important? With the computerization of the world it’s continuing to grow exponentially. There’s a growing need

for business for IT systems. Either creating new ones for new business and new industries that are emerging, or looking back on existing ones and how their processes have gone over the decades, and looking for opportunities to improve those processes so the people that are in those businesses can continue to be successful in the changing economy. The world is dependent on information technology to run business these days. It’s going to be here for the forseeable future. I understand you’re an avid skateboarder, do you have a favourite skater? I’m sort of a weird anomaly in terms of skateboarding in that I have a lot of hobbies, and skateboarding is more or less my meditation. It’s the thing that I do when I’ve had a bad day. I don’t consume media from the skateboarding world as much as I used to when I was a kid. But if I had to pick one it would be my good friend TJ Rogers who’s from Whitby. He recently went pro. He grew up in Whitby and we’ve been part of the same community of skateboarders in the area. He actually donated a

signed skateboard for a raffle I was doing on the weekend for an event for the Humane Society.

educate people about the need for conservation. A lot of people hate on zoos but the fact of the reality is we’re not treating the environ-

I started working as a 13-year-old making websites for people. In an oddity, a job you had at the Toronto Zoo connected you to Durham. Do you consider yourself an animal lover? Absolutely. I actually paved my way through school by working at the Toronto Zoo on the Zoomobile. It was the best job ever. It actually so happened that one of my teachers, Kevin Dougherty, visited the zoo with his family one day and caught one of my Zoomos and heard me going through my script. The whole idea when you’re doing that work at the zoo is trying to

ment effectively. We’re destroying it and in destroying it we’re destroying ecosystems. I think Kevin Dougherty was impressed with the passion, enthusiasm, and clarity, and that I was able to get those things across while also infusing a lot of humour into it. I’m almost certain that experience was the thing that made it click in his head to say ‘hey, maybe we should give this (guy) an opportunity to teach part time,’ which is what ended up happening. This interview has been edited for style, length, and clarity.


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Dr. Joseph Eastwood in his office at the CIBC Tower in downtown Oshawa.

Interviewing: A real, valuable skill This is one in a series of conversations with faculty experts at UOIT and Durham College Tommy Morais The Chronicle

Some children aspire to be astronauts or firefighters. Growing up on Canada’s east coast, Dr. Joseph Eastwood always knew he wanted to do applied research. In his own words, Eastwood enjoys being able to hang his hat on practical and applied work. The father of three bounced around until the day he found a note that said “forensic groups looking for interested students”. Eastwood said no one had a clue what forensic psychology was at the time. Ten years later he’s working at UOIT in its forensic department. “No complaints,” he says. “It’s been a good life.” Tell us what you do and how you do it. I do research in the area of investigative interviewing. I research the best ways to get information from

people. On the applied side, I work with the Durham police where we do joint programs and give them up-to-date research and the best tools to do their work.

myself into the training.

What makes your topic of research relevant?

I spent six years in Newfoundland doing my masters and Ph.D. plus some training in legal rights. Then I spent two years in Sherbrooke, Que., on research and alibi. Finally, I got the position here in Durham in July, 2013.

Interviewing is something any officer does from traffic accidents to homicides. The ability to obtain information from somebody, either cooperative or un-cooperative, is one of the most important skills a police officer can have. All information is good information, even if it’s not true or if we have to decipher it. How and when did you get interested in this area of expertise? It started with my graduate work in Newfoundland. My supervisor was interested in forensic psychology and brought his course from the U.K. to Canada. I was helping out with the course and integrated

Can you tell us about your roots and how you ultimately arrived in Oshawa?

Who inspired you along the way? I have to give most of the credit to my former supervisor, Brent Snook. He reached out to police, set up the relationships and nearly killed himself doing it (laughs). A decade later here I am in this position. He supervised and pushed me along. Tell us about the projects you are involved in. Everything [I do] is related to

police interviewing. I’ve done work on ways to get information from witnesses primarily. One of the big ones lately has been using sketching instead of getting people to verbally describe the event. As a memory tool it helps bring out more details. What is the most important thing in this field you think people should know? Interviewing is a real skill. I think sometimes because it’s something we all do in a sense it’s almost seen as a pseudo-skill as opposed to a specialized skill. To be a good interviewer, it takes a ton of practice and training and knowledge. It’s not something you just show up and expect to be an expert at. What’s your favourite part of this research? This idea that you’re generating new information through research we’ve created a piece of knowledge that didn’t exist before. I’ve always

liked the idea that I can take that information, put it into training and make it practical. How does one prepare to conduct investigative interviewing? Find out what you know about the situation and the person. If you know what kind of information they’re able to give, you can come up with a basic interview plan with topics you want to cover. What would you say is the primary difference between investigative interviewing and regular interviewing? The major difference is the purpose part of the investigative interview. You’re trying your best to dance around the issue and get the person talking. Having said that, I think the same skill sets required [for both] are the same. This interview has been edited for style, length and clarity.


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November 15 - 21, 2016

Something new unfolds on campus


DC upgrades L-wing with new chairs Tyler Hodgkinson The Chronicle

A new addition to Durham College has students sitting with joy. Four wall-mounted chairs have been installed on the college’s second floor in the L-Wing for those in need of a spot to study, wait for class, or take a load off. Previously, students had no other option but to sit on the floor. The Facilities and Ancillary department, which is responsible for installing new features and general upkeep of both Durham College and UOIT campuses, says the location was chosen because of lack

operations, there are plans to install more seats in the L-wing and other corridors around Durham College because there are “always students sitting on the floor waitPhotograph by Tyler Hodgkinson ing for their next class.” He says the school is “always looking for furniture ideas and Firefighting students (from left) Lauryn Penfold, Andre Floriddia, and Evan Jolicoeur enjoy solutions” to make everyone more using the new foldable chairs. comfortable, and student response from a survey about the new chairs was positive. Burke thinks the seats are beneficial not only for students and faculty, but facility clerks as well. “What’s nice is that they’re not in the way when not in use, and it’s very easy for staff to clean the floors underneath them.”

This is the perfect spot for me and my classmates to wait for class. of sitting space in the corridor for students. The new hallway feature is located directly across from room L217, and is the first of its kind in both Durham College and UOIT. The seats, which are spaced five inches apart, give enough room for whoever uses them to work or rest comfortably without banging elbows with others. They also have a padded bottom for coziness and an ergonomic hardwood backing for support and perfect posture. “This is the perfect spot for me and my classmates to wait for class,” says Evan Jolicoeur, a student in Durham College’s Firefighter – Pre-service, Education and Training program. “I sit here all of the time.” Jolicoeur uses the seats often because he has three classes in L217. He believes students need more spots in the hallways to sit, and adding more wall-mounted chairs is the perfect solution. Andre Floriddia and Lauryn Penfold, classmates of Jolicoeur, both share the same concern over a lack of sitting areas in hallways. “There is usually a fight to see who get the seats first,” Floriddia says, with Penfold adding, “it would make more sense for there to be more in this hallway and around the school.” According to Scott Burke, Durham College’s manager of facility

Burke would not specify how much the seats cost to install, but says it was economic because “they use simple wall anchors to attach them to a wall.” Facilities and Ancillary has not confirmed if UOIT will get the wall-mounted sets throughout any hallways.


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Experience the 48-Hour Film Challenge Media, Art and Design students come together Rebecca Calzavara

The Chronicle Eighty students cram into the lecture hall in C113 and struggle to find a spot. Greg Murphy, the dean for the School of Media, Art and Design (MAD) stands with a big smile on his face at the bottom of the lecture room. Wearing a bright colourful shirt, Murphy talks with faculty who prepare to explain then assign groups for the 48-Hour Film Challenge. Meaghann MacLeod, a secondyear student in Broadcast in Radio and Contemporary Media, grabs a seat and waits for her group number to be called. For the 48-Hour Film Challenge, students produce a two-minute film. using a prop, a specific genre and a character with one line of dialogue. Meaghann waits until John Starling, a Media, Art and Design professor, holds up a green bag with a big number ‘2’ on it. This is Meaghann’s group. She is led out of the lecture room into a hall that continues to get more crowded as groups 3, 4, 5 and 6 pile in. John pulls out the prop: 4 rubber ducks. Then he tells the group the genre: romance. Next, he reveals the character: a tall dark stranger. All 7 group members are ready to get started. They move to a quieter space to get to know each other and to start working on the film. It is 9:30 a.m. on a Tuesday. They have until noon Thursday to complete a 2-minute film. On Friday it will be screened at the Cineplex Odeon and will be judged by faculty. Some will win awards but everyone will see their work on the big screen. Fifty film groups were assigned between 9:00 a.m. and noon. After hearing a short presentation about the film challenge, students were put in a group of 11 people they didn’t know. “I was a bit skeptical going in because we were going to be meeting people we haven’t met before from different programs, I was worried about people not getting along,” Meaghann says. Meaghann’s group members include students from advanced filmmaking, Broadcast for Contemporary Media, Journalism, Contemporary Web Design and Photography. Vik Paniwani, a Video Production student, breaks the silence and asks if anyone has any ideas. Once Meaghann’s group starts talking, they don’t stop. Idea after idea is thrown out. Each group member helps out with writing the script and deciding who is going to play what character. By 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, the script is finished. The next step is to get the equipment and then start filming on

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Richard Gerr, Vik Panjwani and others setting up the cameras to start shooting their film.

Wednesday. The 48-hour film project is the world’s largest and oldest filmmaking competition, according to the official 48-hour film project website. It started in Washington in 2001, inspired by Mark Ruppert’s The 24 Hour Play. Durham College is not the first school to do a film challenge. There are film challenges all over the world. The city of Toronto has participated in a 48-hour film project every year for the past eight years. People must register to be a part of the challenge. It is spread across 130 cities around the world and spans 6 continents. The winning film gets to represent Toronto at Filmapalooza. The 48-hour film project is a whole weekend and a team of people make a movie. They must write, shoot, and edit all in 48 hours.

The dean of Media, Art and Design, Greg Murphy, decided this opportunity would help students use both their developing skills and own creative talents. “I did something in Stratford with high school students.

volved with the film challenge. When Meaghann’s group arrives to get their equipment, the end of the line up is at the top of two flights of stairs. Her team waits for three hours to get a camera and audio equipment.

I thought it was going to be a mess. I did one at Fanshawe College when I was there. But… this is massive,” says Murphy. Over 500 Durham College students were in-

While waiting, rumours spread up the staircase that half the equipment is gone because there are so many groups. When it is Group 2’s

turn, all the lighting equipment is gone. It is 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Meaghann’s group is ready to start filming. Megan Pickell, Student Support Technician and runs the Media Loans Office and Print Services for the School of MAD, was in charge of logistics. She also created all the print material, the packages for students and jurors as well as managing the equipment sign out. She also designed the logo for the event. “I think it turned out well, there were a few hiccups here and there but overall I think it ran really well,” Pickell said. Meaghann meets her group at E.P. Taylor’s Wednesday just after 10:00 a.m. Filming is a lot harder than one would think. Getting the light perfect on the main character’s face is a struggle since the sun cuts in and out behind clouds. Three different cameras get as many different angles as possible. Once filming is successful two group members, Vik and Richard, get together and start editing. Their goal is to get it done by noon Thursday. They have 36 hours. Once the film is edited and ready to be submitted they put it on a USB and hand it over to Professor Kris Felstead and Kevin Fraser along with technicians Oliver Fernandez and Keir Broadfoot who put the final films together for the screening at Cineplex. Sixty people gather in the lobby of the Odeon Cineplex to watch. There are two theatres showing the films, with an intermission after 25 films. People buy popcorn and drinks and get ready to watch. There are five categories: Romance, mystery, horror, mockumentary and western. In total, 50 films were produced between Tuesday October 11th and Thursday October 13th. Meaghann is nervous. Her group’s movie is about a girl who goes on a dating site and plans to meet up with a tall dark stranger. Meaghann is the main character. Once the films are over, each category had a winner and along with the category wins, there was an extra award, the Deany award. The Deany award is a statuette of Greg Murphy, wearing a colourful shirt. A wooden plaque is attached to the statue. The winning team gets their names engraved on the wooden plaque and then put on display. Group 33 won the Deany award. Darryl Callahan was one of the main characters and had the crowd laughing. “I thought it was going to be a mess but then even seeing all 50 films it was well put together,” Callahan said. Murphy was quite pleased with how the whole challenge came to end in a big success. “I think it was fabulous. It exceeded my expectation by a mile, it was just great and so much fun,” Murphy explained. Even though Group 2 didn’t win Meaghann enjoyed herself. “I think I had a really good group and it turned out really well,” Meaghann says.


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Durham high school students get taste of UOIT Dean Daley The Chronicle

It’s 11:15 a.m. and students in grades 9-11 from Oshawa’s Maxwell Heights and Whitby’s Sinclair secondary schools are all crowded in room UA1140 at the University of Ontario Institute Technology (UOIT) attending their first university lecture. They are among the nearly 500 students from all over Durham Region on hand for UOIT’s bi-annual Science Day event to learn about the different fields of science they can take. UOIT professor Kevin Coulter is giving a talk called, ‘Solar Fuels Research: Water splitting catalysis with a chemistry lab tour’. He’s teaching the students about renewable energies and the response of the students was not favourable. High school teachers are walking around ‘shushing’ and giving their students a stern look attempting to get them to pay attention to the lecture. Trying to get young teenagers to listen to a university lecture isn’t meeting with success. At least not initially. But things aren’t always how they seem. Destiny Mullen, a grade 11 student at Maxwell Heights, says she only ever considered the health sciences, however, after attending the chemistry lecture and an earth science lecture during Science Day, her eyes are open to new things.

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UOIT’s Sean Forrester delivering a lecture called ‘Blood Suckers and Brain Worms: An odd fascination with parasites’, to grade 9-12 students from all around Durham Region. Mullen says she found the chemistry lecture very interesting. She was able to follow along because the chemical formulas that Coulter was talking about were things she recently started learning in class. Mullen says she found the earth science lecture to be more abstract and theoretical and found the chemistry lecture to be more practical. According to Mullen, she thought it was “neat” how UOIT participated in different forms of research and how it might be something she would like to participate in one day. Mullen was not the only student

from an Oshawa secondary school who had an interest in the lecture she attended. Maija Kimunen, a grade 12 student at O’Neill CVI, had a strong interest in her ‘Data hacking for fun and profit’ lecture. Kimunen says she has always been interested in video game design and thought the lecture was helpful and gave her knowledge she can use towards her goal. She says she learned hacking isn’t always negative and was originally just a term for finding a solution to a problem. According to Kimunen, she initially intended to go to either UOIT or OCAD after hearing

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about their video game design programs, but after the lecture she realizes she has more options and computer science might be what she wants to pursue. Damie Liscio, Deanndra Balkaran and Eleanor Cloves, three grade 12 students at Pine Ridge Secondary School, thought Science Day was a good way to see what actual university lectures are like. The three of them really enjoyed the lecture called ‘Search for the New Earths’. The three students had never been interested in astronomy before. And while they aren’t ne-

cessarily interested in changing their intended majors, they are thinking about taking classes they previously never considered. Liscio says “maybe not astronomy specifically but it kind of opened my eyes to fields that I thought wouldn’t interest me maybe, due, because I have a lack of knowledge in that area.” “It was really eye-opening,” says Cloves. The three students had attended multiple information seminars about different universities, however, they feel Science Day actually gave them a sample of what university is like. UOIT’s Science Day “is not something a lot of universities offer,” said Balkaran. Balkaran says because they live in Pickering, they are often encouraged to look at schools such as the University of Toronto or Ryerson. But Cloves says after listening to the lectures, she is now considering UOIT. This was UOIT’s second Science Day event this calendar year. The first one ever was held in February, and according to Paula Di Cato, UOIT senior lecturer and organizer of the event, nearly 500 students showed interest in the event. The invites had been given to only schools in the Durham Region and hosted students from grades 9–12. According to Di Cato, the goal of the event is to recruit students to UOIT.


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A display featuring some of the auto parts available through the library.

Auto parts join books for checkout at campus library Tyler Searle The Chronicle

Engineering students looking for parts to build their assignments won’t have to search any further than their campus grounds. Through a combined effort between the Durham College and UOIT library and the Software, Electronics, and Electrical Engineering Klub (SEEK), a new centre for loanable engineering kits and parts has been established in the library. “We’re always happy to help out the clubs on campus,” said Dr. Pamela Drayson, who has worked for 11 years as chief librarian at Durham College and UOIT. “The engineering students had a need and asked the library if we could take it on. And I was more than happy to help.” The parts centre was conceived by Ahmad Touseef, a third-year electrical engineering student at UOIT, and co-founder of SEEK. Since the SEEK members had no way of properly tracking their parts, Touseef approached the library to help with storing and managing the parts’ distribution. “The library already checks out other objects that are not books,” said Drayson. “We have chargers for your iPhone or computer, calculators, and cameras.” This is not the first conjoined project the library has produced with campus-based clubs. Others include the den, which acts as an open workspace for students located in the library’s basement, and display cases built with the help of

the Student Association. eager to see if other DC and UOIT Touseef provided 80 per cent of clubs will come to the library for the 12,000 parts being used in the similar assistance. parts centre, while the remaining were provided by the engineering program and robotics group. They were given to the library in April and are now ready for public distribution. “You don’t have to micro-manage your parts, because now you have everything under one roof,” said Touseef, when asked about some of the benefits the parts station offers students. “Plus, many students don’t have $500 to drop on new parts.” The parts, which include servo motors, bread beards, and tools such as screwdrivers, may be checked out for three to seven days, depending on their size and rarity. As with library books, students can continue to check out the parts once returned, provided there is not a waiting list. Although priority is given to engineering students, the parts’ centre is open to anyone who is working on a mechanical prototype or assignment. However, non-engineering students cannot check the parts out, similar to how the library handles reference books. Touseef said the parts centre can be used for personal projects as well as school assignments. Students may check out parts for the construction of prototypes to be used in business presentations, though they must still be returned. The centre can also act as as a work space to allow engineering students to review their lab work, and offers help to students to plan their projects. Meanwhile, Drayson says she is


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DC Centre for Food gets a new name Euvilla Thomas The Chronicle

Durham College’s Centre for Food has a new name and a new fund for student scholarships. Durham College has added the name W. Galen Weston to its Centre for Food at the Whitby campus. Galen Weston is a renowned philanthropist and food icon who, until recently, was the president of Loblaw Companies Ltd. This announcement came shortly after Weston donated a $1 million grant to the school to help with food

innovation and scholarships. This is the second contribution the W. Weston Garfield Foundation has made to Durham College. In February 2015, the foundation donated about $462,000 to Durham Region students attending Red Seal skilled trades programs at the college. Now the foundation is lending a hand to the food program. The Centre for Food opened to students in 2013 and is the first of its kind in the Durham Region. The centre includes an apple orchard, planting fields, greenhouses and

other garden features. The centre also houses a full teaching-inspired restaurant and pantry which is also open to the public. The unveiling took place on Nov 1. with Don Lovisa the president of the Durham College, and Pierre Tremblay, chair of the college’s board of governors, doing the introductions. It was an exciting day for both students and the college. Students who received scholarships were also in attendance. Lovisa was appreciative of the support from the foundation.

“We approached the Weston foundation for bursaries and scholarship, so we received that,” says Lovisa. He says a million dollars has been invested, which allows the school to buy new equipment. He says it is also a representation of the school brand and the quality of the program. He adds students can rest assured they are receiving the best quality program at the centre. “It was a very generous gift,” says Lovisa. The donation was given to the

Centre for Food and not the rest of the campus because of Weston connection to the industry. “Mr. Weston has spent his entire life in the food industry, from baking and to food retail with Loblaw’s, so that’s a natural fit,” says Jeff Ross, a representative of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. He says having the Weston name on the building exterior is exciting and the foundation is pleased to be part of this institution. For Lovisa, having the Center for Food renamed after Weston is a confirmation of success.


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Celina: Unusual path to politics Jenn Amaro The Chronicle

Whitby MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes is encouraging students at Durham College to break through the glass ceiling. As a black woman in politics, and is publicly struggling with mental health, she has had to break through glass ceilings to get where she is in her career. Caesar-Chavannes visited Durham College on Nov. 7, to tell the second year journalism class about her story of coming to be Whitby’s MP and the personal parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Caesar-Chavannes says she had no interest in politics, and had never been actively involved in politics. She owned a business for a healthcare-based research management firm, researching and studying the brain. When she was about to turn 40, and had been running that business for 10 years, she felt the need for a change. She decided to go back to school and get her Executive Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) at the University of Toronto. It was in this environment when the idea emerged to run for parliament and she was elected in 2015. Caesar-Chavannes connected with the students at Durham College with her relatable life story. She reminded students it is OK to struggle during their lifetime. Caesar-Chavannes said she feels like she “trips and falls into these roles.” Students don’t always know where they’re going to be when they graduate, and Caesar-Chavannes reassured the students in the journalism class that you don’t need to know yet. She said that she has made many mistakes over the course of her journey, but knows they all were

made for a reason. “I live with zero regrets because every mistake I have made has gotten me to this point,” says Caesar-Chavannes, “and the path has not been without struggle.” Above all of her duties and responsibilities, Caesar-Chavannes says she is a mom first. She is a wife and a person. “I’m just Celina,” she said.

I’m vulnerable. I’m open. I’m authentic.

A topic that Caesar-Chavannes touched on was her struggle with mental health. She made it public in September that she struggles and says she did so, so she can connect with people. She does not want people to be ashamed of any mental health problems. “I’m vulnerable. I’m open. I’m authentic,” says Caesar-Chavannes, “and I didn’t make it this far because I have thin skin.” She wanted to help people along with their journey with mental health, and show that it is not a setback. She let the students at Durham College know, that if there is a goal they want to reach, to go for it, and to learn from mistakes along the way. Caesar-Chavannes, a black woman, who struggles with mental health, has come so far, by putting her mind to what she wants. With these glass ceilings that she has broken through, she says she

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Whitby MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes speaks to a Durham College journalism class about breaking the glass ceiling.

advocates for the woman of colour, the poor, the old, anyone part of the LGBTQ, the disabled. Anyone

who struggles with a glass ceiling, Caesar-Chavannes advocates for them. She says she understands

that exclusion is a real thing people face everyday and her empathy and her drive is for these people.


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Top judge visits Oshawa Barbara Howe The Chronicle

It is important for judges to be willing to change the law-making system as our society evolves. This according to former Supreme Court Justice Ian Binnie who addressed about 100 students, faculty and members of the local legal profession at the downtown Oshawa campus of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) recently. The Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH) welcomed the Hon. Ian Binnie as the inaugural speaker in a series of talks organized by the Legal Studies program’s Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series. The 77-year-old retired lawmaker was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1998 and spent 14 years on the bench. He is one of only a few appointed to the position without serving as a judge in a lower court first. “Activism runs in both directions. It is expansive and contractive,” explained Justice Binnie during his hour-long address entitled In Defence of Judicial Activism in the Supreme Court of Canada. He spoke of examples where judges have played active roles in shaping the political and constitutional landscape of Canada. Such as in 1982, when he referred

to ‘Trudeau the elder”, and his attempt to bring the constitution home from the control of the U.K. Despite the provinces not being in full agreement with Pierre Trudeau, the prime minister at the time, Binnie spoke of how the courts came up with a formula to legitimize the terms. Justice Binnie also spoke about Quebec’s attempt to secede from the federation, as well as, Aboriginal and equality rights. “It is desirable you have judges that are prepared to adjust to the system as society evolves,” said Binnie. He said the question of gay rights would not have been discussed when Canada’s constitution was born in 1867. However, Binnie added, “society evolves, people begin to understand the community they live in. Time has come to include gay rights as relevant.” A reception followed the event where students mingled with the former judge. When asked of his opinion about cameras in the court room, Justice Binnie said he was in favour. Aylina Dhanji, a second-year student in the legal studies program, waited in line to speak to the former judge “All our professors are amazing,” said Dhanji. “A lot of his speech overlaps our studies.”

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Former Supreme Court judge Ian Binnie chats with Nelcy Lopez Cuellar at the reception following his talk at the UOIT downtown Oshawa campus.

Jake Lauder, a forensic psychology student, was also impressed with Justice Binnie’s presentation, “It was very insightful. He has a great way of answering everyone’s questions.” Malcom McRae from McRae Law and Evan Clemence, a lawyer from Creighton Law attended the

event from their nearby law offices. “I always enjoy listening to him,” said McRae. “Anyone can listen to him speak. Sasha Baglay, program director of the legal studies program said she hopes to attract and invite speakers of a similar calibre next semester.

As a prelude to the evening a smudging ceremony was performed by representatives from the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. The ritual not only welcomed the esteemed speaker, but also purified the air from any negative energy by burning cedar, sage, tobacco and sweet grass.


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A soup kitchen with a difference Barbara Howe The Chronicle

Empty bowls mean empty stomachs, but Feed the Need in Durham (FTND) proved the community is willing to step up to fill the gap when it comes to putting food on the table. The third annual Empty Bowls fundraiser brought together local restaurants, including Durham College’s Bistro 67, which prepared its signature soups and desserts at the Oshawa Golf and Country Club. The FTND food hub distributes food to 55 organizations such as emergency food providers including shelters, school breakfast programs, soup kitchens and food banks, as well as, the Campus Food Centre at Durham College and UOIT. According to Bill Earle, FTND executive director, an average of 100,000 pounds of fresh and frozen food is processed through its Oshawa warehouse each month. That, according to the FTND website, is the size of a small grocery store. Empty Bowls is a fundraising initiative where the cost of the $60 admission included unlimited soups served in artisan bowls crafted and donated by the Durham Potters Guild. The participants were able to take these one-of-a-kind bowls home after the event, held over two sittings. “Hunger is an unfortunate reality, for far too many individuals and families in our community,” said Earle, “In Durham about 10 per cent of households face food

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Second year DC culinary management student, Shiwei Yin, serves Bowmanville food bank volunteer Hugh Allison a bowl of buttercup squash and carrot soup from Bistro '67 at the Empty Bowls event at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club. insecurity at some point throughout the year, when they do not have regular access to healthy, nutritious food. Of these, about 40 per cent are households with children living in them.” Although FTND already works with the Durham College (DC) and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Student Association (SA), to supply the Campus Food Centre, Earle indicated he will be looking at different ways to support the

campuses beyond just supplying the food banks. “Because we shouldn’t be asking people who are trying to build their futures to also be worrying about being hungry every day,” said Earle. In between the two sittings, Oshawa-born champion jockey Sandy Hawley spoke to the gathering about his career achievements and mishaps. Another speaker, Kwasi Douglas, season two finalist of Master

Chef Canada, hopes to work with FTND. “There’s a lot of people who don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said Douglas. “A lot of people don’t know how to cook. I am hoping to work with FTND in a program to teach people where their food comes from and how to eat properly.” Among the crowd were local dignitaries including Oshawa mayor John Henry and local MPs. “It’s an endurance contest, my

strategy is to have a small bowl,” said Oshawa MP Colin Carrie as he brought his fourth bowl of soup back to his table. Whitby MP Celina Caesar-Chevannes also lined up to get her bowl filled. The other restaurants participating in the event were Shrimp Cocktail, Bistro 238, Chatterpaul's, Port, Tetra, Oshawa Golf and Curling Club, kb, Da Food God, Chartwell Wynfield, Lisa’s Cakes and Lollies and The Baker’s Table.

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cially be considered “persons” under the law. The Famous Five not only achieved this but helped pave the way for women to participate and contribute in other aspects of life. At the event at the McLean Community Centre in Ajax, Girls Inc. Durham hosted interactive activities such as writing a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie, as well as multiple prominent female speakers. Around 45 people attended the all-ages event.. The audience included many young girls, teenagers, mothers, grandmothers, as well as proud fathers, and little brothers. Yvette Nechvatal-Drew, the executive director of Girls Inc. Durham, said the charity does everything it can to support women empowerment. "We are the champions for girls," she said. "We fight for a positive future." Many of the girls at the event also attend one of several Girls Inc. programs held across Durham. They have after-school sessions as well as summer camps where girls are able to interact with positive role models in a safe environment. During the event, attendees participated in activities such as arts and crafts, and writing a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie, about personal challenges facing both wom-

en and girls. Victoria Morrison, a Girls Inc. volunteer, says feels writing a makes a powerful statement. "It brings him awareness that he doesn't necessarily know about," said Morrison. "Instead of a government level of thinking it brings it down to a citizen level." Speakers at the free event included Tracy MacCharles, MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East, Kathleen Smyth, a professional storyteller, and Katie Bausch, a women studies professor at Trent University. Martine Robinson is the co-superintendent of the Durham District School Board was also a guest speaker. She talked about how her daughter motivates her. “Because of my amazing daughter, Sadie, I work hard every single day to make sure I am a good role model for young women,” said Robinson. But while many of the speakers discussed the progress that has been made for and by women in Canada, there still may be a long way to go, according to Katie Bausch. She said it is important to know our history as a society. "Sometimes it can make people feel like a little hopeless," said Bausch. "But if you think of all the things women have been able to do in Canada it can really boost your sense that is it possible for change to happen."

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Kathleen Smyth performs at the McLean Centre in Ajax.

Eighty-seven years ago women in Canada were not considered ‘persons.’ But that changed on Oct. 18, 1929, when women officially became people under the British North American Act in Canada. Women won the right to serve in the Senate, to own property and the right to vote. This year marked the 87th anniversary of what is now known as Persons Day in Canada. Girls Inc. Durham, a Canadian charity that provides more than 1,600 girls across Durham Region with life-changing experiences and solutions to the challenges girls face, wanted to highlighted this historic day recently. The organization wanted to showcased the five prominent Canadian women, now known as the Famous Five, and other historic female figures. The Famous Five included Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and Henrietta Muir Edwards. After being turned down by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1927 when they asked if the word “person” in Section 24 of the British North American Act include female persons, these five women went to London’s highest court of appeal. Two years later in 1929, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain announced that women would offi-


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Birth control pills on a decline

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The most popular form of oral contraceptives – the pill - used by many women across Canada, is on the decline. This information has been revealed in an analysis done by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to QuentilesIMS (health company), the number of prescriptions for the pills have dropped over the past five years. Overall, there has been a decline in the industry, where busy millennial women have turned to different methods of contraceptives. Teresa Engelage, a registered nurse at the Campus Health Centre, says the decline is due to convenience. “You don’t have to think about (other methods of birth control) everyday, but for the pill, you have to think about it everyday, and make sure it’s with you,” she said. “For students’ lifestyle, they go back home and then come back, and they forget their prescription at home, so they have to get a new one, and it’s all very easy to mess it up.” Oral contraceptives have been used since 1960 and birth control pills are the most popular.

Research done by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada reveals 66.6 per cent of females age 15 to 19 use the pills, while 58.3 per cent of females age 20 to 29 use them. With all these benefits, one can only ask, why is the use of birth control pills on a decline? “I actually took the (birth control) pills for just a month before I realized body changes, like I was starting to gain weight, and it was completely noticeable, so I just decided to stop right away,” said Ekta Vijay, a second year health science student from UOIT. Engelage said after talking to a physician, she learned the use of the pill is on the decline, but the majority of women seeking a contraceptive start with the pill since they are most familiar with it. “(A) young person coming in, starting birth control for the first time, they’ll usually say they want to start the pill,” Engelage said. “We do talk to them about consistency, managing the pill, and side effects, and they’ll usually start there because it’s easy to think about.” Data from QuentilesIMS shows an 11 per cent decrease on the use of pills from 2011 to 2015. The data says Canadian pharmacies sold 1.17 million less pills in 2015.



T.O. marchers stand with Standing Rock Angela Lavallee The Chronicle

Thousands of marchers walked in Toronto in support of Standing Rock North Dakota recently in a peaceful demonstration to show solidarity for those who oppose the pipeline. More than 4,500 people gathered at Queen’s Park Nov. 5 in unison against the proposed North Dakota pipeline in the United States that has made global headlines. Chief Stacey Laforme of the Mississauga New Credit First Nation spoke to the crowd and said that he is paying close attention to those on the front lines in North Dakota. “We stand with you and we support you in the fight to halt this pipeline,” said Laforme to protestors at Queen’s Park. The peaceful demonstration headed down University Avenue to the U.S. Consulate, then onto Nathan Phillips Square beside City Hall. But police did halt the march briefly. Once the protestors reached the U.S. Consulate they were met with Toronto police who tried to divert the protestors away from City Hall, but that didn’t stop the flow and soon the marchers took over Nathan Phillips Square.

The protestors chanted, “water is life,” until coming to a stop at City Hall.York University student Logan Post volunteered in the event and collected donations for people at Standing Rock. “It’s despicable what is going on there, it’s a human rights issue and for police to enter lands that is not theirs is a serious unjust,” she said Toronto actress Sarena Parmar, also a volunteer responsible for taking donations, said that Queen’s University made a donation, but would not elaborate on the amount. “All the donations will be sent to Standing Rock for things like clothing, tents, food and water,” said Parmar. Toronto Police Sgt. McDonald said the protest was relatively small compared to others he’s attended. “There’s about 40 of us on police bikes, and it’s a peaceful demonstration,” said Sgt. McDonald. Patti Pettigrew urged protestors to join in the largest round dance in Toronto history. A round dance is part of the indigenous culture and symbolizes strength and involves holding hands to form a circle and dance to the beat of a pow-wow drum or hand drum. The protest wrapped up at 6 p.m. where buses picked up out of town protestors.

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Making the right career choice Both DC and UOIT have services to help

How much research did you do before you arrived here at school? Did you visit an open house or take a campus tour? Did you know what to expect in terms of class sizes, faculty availability, services and student life? As a former recruiter, I sincerely hope the answer to those questions is a resounding “yes.” Many students choose their programs based on a few characteristics about themselves. We often hear nursing students say they were motivated by wanting to provide care. Engineering and engineering technology students will say “I’m good at math.” And those in arts or design programs wanted a creative outlet that would provide steady pay. Those are great places to start, but there are many other factors to consider. First year student Jillian Ball really loved biology in high school, and that prompted her interest in DC’s biotechnology program. She spoke to professors and researched online to figure out her next steps. “I want to bridge to university at the end of my program and eventually get a PhD so I can do research as a career,” she said. How much did you know about the potential careers connected to your program before heading out into the great wide world of post-secondary education? Do you know where in the province you are most likely to be hired? Do you have a ballpark idea on starting salary, or what the labour market looks like for the career path you would like to follow? Don’t worry if your answer is “oops.” There is no time like the present, and there are quite a few ways to jump into it now. Start with career resources on campus. You can log into DC’s Hired portal or UOIT’s Career Centre portal to explore information from the comfort of your own home. You also have the option of meeting with someone in the career department for some guidance on mapping out your career, or just checking in on how well your current program of study fits you. Explore online. Google produces a veritable mine of information on everything and jobs and careers are no different. Try searching different job titles and prominent companies to see what you discover. LinkedIn is another major resource that you can use to find out about different fields and companies. It also has the additional bonus of being a networking site that allows you to connect directly to people who work for companies you would like to work for and to alumni from your school or pro-

Devon Turcotte gram. Talk to your professors. If you know of a specific area within your sector where you would like to work or a particular job title you are after, talk to your

faculty about it. You may find out that one of your professors held that job at one point, worked in that part of industry, or has friends or colleagues in that area that they can connect you to for more information. Try informational interviews. What better way to find out what to expect in a job than to speak with someone who is already doing it? All those connections you made

through LinkedIn and your faculty may be interested in having a conversation with you about how they got where they did and their likes and dislikes about their work. Just remember, an informational interview is not a job interview and not a chance to show off your resume. Book 20 to 30 minutes of time with that person and stick to your timeline. As college and university em-

ployees, what we least like to hear is “my mom/dad/grandma/ uncle/cat said I should take this program.” Your career and your passion are just that - yours! There are plenty of great resources around to help you make the most of it, so be sure to take advantage. This column is courtesy of Career Development at Durham College.


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Many home renovators facing financial issues House flipping may result in lost money Alex Debets The Chronicle

House flipping has been a growing trend in the housing industry for the past 15 years, according to some local realtors. But Charles Ferreira, an agent with HomeLife in Ajax, says it’s not for everyone. He says flipping, the art of renovating a home and quickly re-selling it for a profit, often results in lost money. “If you do not know the costs, you may very well run into the risk of losing some money in the next little while,” Ferreira said. Flipping has become a much more popular thing in recent years, with the spike in HGTV and renovation homes, but viewers don’t see the other side of flipping. Fahad Rehman is a student at Western University, and is learning about the setbacks involved with flipping a home. At only 20-years -old, Rehman has bought his first house to flip. The Ajax resident is no stranger

to renovations, but hasn’t owned his own home, until now. Although Rehman is using contractors for his flip, he still understands the work that goes into renovating a home. “I had basically grown up doing small jobs, renovation jobs at my house,” Rehman said. “Last summer my uncle was looking at selling his place and I sort of proposed him with the idea of me taking that on as a project and sort of doing that whole renovation head-to-toe.” The renovation costs of Rehman’s project are about $50,000 – $60,000. Rehman has the benefit of knowing his costs, unlike a lot of first time flippers. He had to get what’s known as a ‘B’ mortgage because of the banks already strict mortgage rules, which are about the get tougher. New regulations passed down from the federal government last month are going to make getting a mortgage cost much more than before. Borrowers will need a higher income and a bigger down payment to hit the same qualifying rate from the bank. Newbies to the flipping game will have to take that into account when considering buying a property. It could be another hurdle to jump for someone who already might be losing money. Marco Werner lives directly across the street from Rehman’s flip. He says the situation is good for

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Flipping is the art of renovating a home and quickly re-selling it for profit.

the neighbourhood. “I think it is a positive thing for the neighbourhood,” Werner said.

“It has a couple things of value to add.” Rehman has learned a thing

or two about the housing market through this, and says he will definitely try to do it again.


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A fire truck and campus security at Simcoe Village residence.

Midnight popcorn goes bad Rebecca Calzavara The Chronicle

Smoke filled the halls with the smell of very burnt popcorn. Students living in Simcoe Village residence at Durham College were awakened by the loud sounds of the fire alarm Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 around midnight. People were pushing and shoving to get out of the emergency exit. The voices of people asking “what’s going on?” and “are you serious right now?” were almost drowned out by the alarm. Residents were coughing because the smoke was overwhelming. According to Christopher Pinette, a Simcoe Village residence staff member, a bag of popcorn was left in the microwave in a room just long enough for it to produce enough smoke to cause the alarm to sound. There were no actual flames. Pinette said the fire department responded and arrived within 10 minutes. “For everyone’s safety we followed our safety protocols so we just evacuated the building, went in and checked and it was nothing so we let everyone back in,” Pinette said. About 200 students were evacuated out of the building into the parking lot for their safety. The students stood out in the cold air for about 40 minutes before safely being allowed to re-enter the building. Pinette explained there was no

major damage done and the occupants of the first floor room where the smoke started were able to return to their place. According to Derrick Clark, deputy fire chief at Oshawa Fire Services, no one was harmed or injured, it was a very small incident. “Specifically through the school year we get these accidents happen now and then,” Clark explained, “it’s not something that happened regularly, it’s just kids are busy like everyone else and we always tell people never leave food unattended.” Clark added that cooking is the major cause of fires in Ontario and that is why part of the building code when living in residence is no hotplates and rooms do not have stoves, because it too dangerous. “Be vigilant if you are using the microwave or any cooking items and also when the alarm system sounds make sure you know where to go and what to do and how to get out or escape,” Clark said, adding, “early escape is key, people get trapped in the smoke in the hallway and turned around, so it’s key to know where the stairwells are and how to get out quick.” According to Clark, fire safety and knowing the procedures is important when living in a building like a campus residence. “Make sure the people don’t take out the batteries in their smoke detectors in their rooms,” Clark advised.

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The covers of poetry books from Adele Barclay, Owain Nicholas and Gregory Scofield.

Losing yourself in Canadian poetry

Getting deep with three poets about love, life, culture and self

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These three poetry books by Canadian authors, If I were in a cage I’d reach out for you, Digsite, Witness, I Am, are about loss. Loss of life, innocence, self, culture, mind, and love. Each of these three books tackle these themes through different ways. If I were in a cage I’d reach out for you shows the loss through stories of people, living in todays society. Digsite goes through these themes by displaying the life of an archeologic digger. Witness, I am shows these through the eyes of the Native American community of Canada. IF I WERE IN A CAGE I’D REACH OUT FOR YOU BY: Adèle Barclay Adèle Barclay uses vivid imagery and metaphors to tell stories of love and confinement. The poems take place in various places and times. Giving the reader quick snippets into people’s experience love and the bindings that come with it.

The various poems have no indication that they are from the same point of view, with the exception of two ongoing poems throughout the book. Barclay’s works have appeared in various poetry collections such as The Fiddlehead, and Matrix. This is her book she had written herself. The book was shortlisted in 2015 for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, a award hosted by Insomniac Press and Matrix magazine as of 2007. She is currently an editor at The Rusty Toque, a Canada-based web publication that focuses on the arts. DIGSITE BY: Owain Nicholson Owain Nicholson uses some of his own personal experience to tell the reader the story of archeological diggers and the problems they have. The poems are primarily from the point of view of an unnamed archeologist digger, with some side stories throughout. The poems tell stories about the struggles the diggers go through and the struggles of life in general,

and the effort we put into digging up our past only to be the next ones in the ground. He tells about having to leave the life you had behind while you go into the wilderness for months on end. Nicholson is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and studied archology and creative writing at the University of Victoria. This is his first published work.

and Metis Literature and Creative Writing at various post-secondary schools. He is currently an assistant professor in English at Laurentian University where he teaches creative writing. His first poetry collection, The Gathering Stones for the Medicine Wheel, won the Dorothy Livesay

WITNESS, I AM BY: Gregory Scofield Gregory Scofield writes using the stories of the First Nations people and adapts them to the modern audience and to his meaning. The book is split up into three parts. The first part is a singular poem that, on the surface, is the retelling of the Cree creation story. But this is adapted to tell the story of indigenousness women being kidnapped and murdered. The second is a selection of poems loosely based off the author’s life. The third part is about identity and belonging, what it means to be a First Nations and Metis. Scofield is Red River Metis of Cree. He has taught First Nations

Witness, I Am tackles important issues in the world with a complete narrative. Poetry Prize in 1994 a award reserved for those who either have lived in the British Colombia or the Yukon for the past twelve months, or for three of the past five years. His other works of poetry include Native Canadiana: Songs from

the Urban Rez, Love Medicine and One Song, I Knew Two Métis Women, Thunder Through My Veins, Singing Home the Bones, kipocihkân: Poems New & Selected, and Louis: The Heretic Poems. All three of these collections are good in their own right. But, Witness, I Am stands out as the best of the three. Witness, I Am¸ tackles important issues in the world with a complete narrative. Witness, I Am is about the troubles the First Nations go through, which about half of the book is dedicated to the abduction and murder of aboriginal women. While the other three do talk about important issues, such as depression and apathy. Digsite and If I were in a cage I’d reach out for you lack a singular coherent story to make it more impactful. This is less of a problem of the book themselves, but more of the fact that its told through poetry, with very little work done to establish characters. So, of the three books Witness, I Am is the more enjoyable book because it tackles serious issues with a strong sense of character.


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Chavannes’ Detox shows new side of black community Euvilla Thomas The Chronicle

Donald Trump once tweeted statistics that show 97 per cent of black people are killed by other blacks. Things like these are so often echoed in the media. Young black men and women are placed in boxes. Guns, foul language and naked dancing are commonly associated with black youth in North America. Vidal Chavannes’ book, Detox, takes us on a journey through the black community in Toronto. Chavannes explores the music, media and parenting styles. The book analyzes how black kids engage in a lifestyle of guns, foul language and naked dancing, none of which has a positive end. Chavannes explains the psychology behind issues rooted deep within the community. Detox not only provides insights, Chavannes delivers these in his own voice. These are stories not being told in the media. Chavannes starts his story with 4 different incidents of young black men killed by other black men. In his book, Chavannes says black people are not just killing themselves, they are manipulated by a culture which promotes violence and nudity. This, he says, is the sad reality destroying the black com-

munity. In a chapter called “Keeping It Real,” Chavannes writes, “Unfortunately, where once hip hop was a political vehicle for change, an outward expression of the anger and angst that lay under the surface of the urban centers of America, the music is now often wrapped up in a gangster drama played out on real streets by real kids who end up dead and in prison.” Black youth who look up to this music, says Chavannes, do not receive positive messages. For Chavannes, education and analysis is needed for positive messages. Chavannes was the manager of Program Development and Quality Initiatives at Durham College, responsible for developing new academic programs across schools. He was also a professor at the post-secondary level. He has created course outlines and training manuals for different organizations. His background has helped him assemble some thoughtful analysis of the situations the black community faces. Chavannes was able to take his background and understanding of the community and bring an engaging and controversial interpretation of black youths in his book. This analysis is evident in Detox. Detox describes the author’s journey. Chavannes attempts to


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A Durham College student reads Vidal Chavannes’ book Detox. avoid the stereotypes, while living with the pain it causes him to look at his community and watch his people go down a path that is both physically and mentally harmful. In his book, Chavannes says the problems black kids suffer from are not society’s fault. He says today’s parenting style plays a big role. One of the problems, he says, is parents; they are not successfully communicating with their children. In the chapter “We Reap What We Sow,” Chavannes writes about a sad conversation he had with the parent of one of his students. “She said her daughter was a budding entrepreneur,” Chavan-

nes documents of a woman’s communication with her 14-year-old daughter. “Sometimes she will come home with four or five new iPods and a whole pile of brandnew clothes.” Chavannes said this statement left him with his mouth hanging open. He realized this mother was okay with her young daughter coming home with merchandise and would not question where it came from or discipline her. To him this was not only wrong but unbelievable. With today’s parenting style in mind, Chavannes says the lack of responsibility is within the household.

Detox, is Chavannes’ way of expressing his perception of the black community through his eyes and how culture and parenting influences the lives of black youth. Chavannes is an activist, a consultant and a motivational speaker. Detox is a must- read not only for the black community but for people who want to understand the darkness and trauma that comes with being black. Take a walk with Chavannes on his journey through the black community and be inspired to see black youths beyond the stereotypical boxes of guns, violence and foul language.

The Middle East from a different persepective A Thousand Splendid Suns is a powerful novel Joshua Nelson The Chronicle

What if you were told to marry a man you never met? What if you were told to be silent, that your opinion didn’t matter? What if you spoke up in an effort to defend yourself but were severely punished? While people in today’s society pay lipservice to the idea that the oppression of women is taboo, there are still places where it’s allowed and even encouraged: places where women are viewed as property to men, unable to live their existence without hiding themselves in public, as if they are invisible. This perspective is beautifully rendered within Khaled Hosseini’s Novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns. Khaled Hosseini is a New York Times best-selling author. He has written three novels: The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and his latest, And the Mountains Echoed. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and many of his works reflect his

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Khaled Hosseini’s book A Thousand Splendid Suns. homeland country before and after the Soviet invasion of 1979, as well as the Afghan civil war and the uprising of the Taliban. His work is inspired by a peaceful upbringing in Kabul before the Soviet invasion. Hosseini’s second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, published in 2007, ties in an era of peace, as well as an era of turmoil. The story tells the life of two girls

growing up and becoming women: the small joys, the hardships, and the fear of a rapidly changing country. The story is told in four parts. Each part is told from different perspectives until the two girls’ stories ultimately climax into one. The book sheds light on women’s struggles, giving an important perspective on issues surrounding women in Middle Eastern coun-

tries. Telling the story from the point of view of women directly involved in Afghani society helps the reader imagine living as one of the characters. Hosseini’s novel begins by telling the story of Mariam, a girl who was born out of wedlock and forced to live in a tiny shack with her mother. After a series of unfortunate events, Mariam is forced to wed a man

almost 30 years her senior. The book follows her life as she grows up with the knowledge that she has always been unwanted. The second story told within the novel is that of Laila, a girl born during the Soviet invasion attempting to live a pleasant yet unremarkable life with her family while her country struggles against a civil war that is rapidly consuming civilian life. These two stories become intertwined due to a complicated series of events that leave the women struggling to find their place within a society dominated by men. The contrast between characters is something Hosseini exemplifies within the novel. Because of their different upbringings, each of these two women reacts completely different to their surroundings. Everything from how they act, talk, show respect is completely opposite, which also renders the type of punishment they each receive. A Thousand Splendid Suns presents beautifully and will leave a lasting impact on anyone who chooses to read it. It’s a fascinating, educational and emotional read. Hosseini’s ability to portray incredibly difficult yet, real life issues through an accurate depiction is quite remarkable. The novel is a must read for those looking to analyse and review women’s history within the Middle East.


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Matthew Samuels, better know as Boi 1 da is one of many hip-hop talents to emerge from Pickering High School.

Pickering High: A gold mine for hip-hop Asim Pervez The Chronicle

Charlotte Arnold and Munro Chambers were a part of Degrassi, Mark Spicoluk is a Canadian musician. Sara Ghulam was Miss World Canada in 2007 and Eon Sinclair is the bass player for Canadian band Bedouin Soundclash. All are former Pickering High students. Pickering High School is mostly known for being the former school of Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph, but many talented people from Toronto’s hip hop scene come from the school. Matthew Samuels, better known as Boi1da, is an alumni. Samuels has worked with some of the biggest names in hip hop: Drake, Eminem, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Rihanna and many more. Boi1da isn’t the only successful music producer out of Pickering High. Fellow music producers

Tyler Williams, kown as T-Minus, Jordan Evans, and Matthew Burnett have all done work in the industry before. T-Minus has done work for Drake, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris to name a few. Evans has produced for Drake, Eminem, Jamie Foxx and more. Burnett has done work for Drake, Keri Hilson, Tyga, DJ Khaled and more. Samuels was a guest speaker at the International Music Software Trade Association Festa that took place at Ryerson on October 15th..The main focus of the event was to discuss purchasing music software legally. During the event, Samuels talked a bit about his rise to success. Samuels was gifted a Casio Keyboard as a teenager. Samuels said he was walking home from school one day when a friend told him about the music software Frooty Loops, also known as FL Studio, he downloaded it and that

is when he started producing music. Once he gained confidence at music, Samuels entered his first ever Battle Of The Beat Makers competition. He was only 17. Samuels won the competition at only 17 years of age but then won twice more for a total of 3 wins. From this event, he says he got a lot of exposure and made a lot of connections, which led to him meeting artists like Drake.

He definitely gives back to the school. The Battle Of The Beat Makers competition involves 32 producers from all over Canada.

Each participant plays 3 beats each round for 45 seconds in a head-to-head challenge. Three judges vote on the best beat as they hear it and the winner then moves on. Ultimately, it comes down to the one winner. Each judge in the competition has industry credentials. Former judges include 9th Wonder and Metro Boomin. This past year, Samuels was one of the judges, alongside T-Minus and Ebony Oshunrinde, also known as WondaGurl. One of Samuels’ biggest prduced hits early in his career was Drake’s Best I Ever Had.This song really helped both Boi1da and Drake’s careers. The song peaked at number 2 on Billboard Charts. For Samuels, making music more than just about making money. “I love music, yeah I get paid for it, and obviously I have to run a business and what not but at the end of the day, I still have

passion for it,” said Samuels at the conference. Pickering High School has an annual Matthew Samuels Award they give to one student during graduation. “Every year we send him music clips or introductory, original compositions that our students make. He judges them and picks one award winner and gives them a cheque towards their future schooling,” said Tania Craig, a Guidance Counsellor at Pickering High. She adds, “He definitely gives back to the school.” The 2014 Winner of the Matthew Samuels award winner, Troy Murrell, says, “He wanted a 5-minute creative project of music, pictures, beats and anything me and my partner Brian (Betty) did a music video collage with 5 different songs and submitted it.” Samuels inspired a generation. It’s only a matter of time before the next star music producers come out of Pickering High.


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'Backs win championship UOIT women's soccer team wins first OUA title in school history Joshua Nelson The Chronicle

The UOIT Ridgebacks women’s soccer team has won their first Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship. In fact, it’s the first OUA title in school history for women's soccer. The championship winning moment came on Nov. 6, after the Ridgebacks defeated the Queen’s Golden Gaels 1-0 in the final. The Ridgebacks finished the season with a 16-2-1 record including conference and pre-season games. “I thought our team had a ton of potential going into this season,” said Helen Frampton, Ridgebacks’ goalkeeper. The Ridgebacks started their season with a trip to Sweden, where Frampton says her team bonded. “We were incredibly fortunate before the season actually started. We got to go to Sweden as a team for 10 days or so and we played a couple of exhibition games against some Swedish clubs there, so that was incredible for bonding. You’re in a new country, a new environment, [we] were able to become really close after that,” she said. The Ridgebacks tore through the regular season, losing only three games during conference play, earning them a spot in the OUA final four, their first time since 2014, and is ranked third in the

nation. “We have some senior players here who are leaving. I think it was about making sure that they could see the tangible…making history here at school and bringing home that trophy and a banner that’s going to be here forever…and I think that itself was motivating enough for everybody,” said head coach Peyvand Mossavat. The Ridgebacks beat the Windsor Lancers, 3-1 to advance to the final against the Gaels. Frampton didn’t let nerves stand in the way.“I was very nervous because one mistake could cost you the game, but I tried my best to get rid of that so you could really focus on the game and focus on the moment and just do the best you can.” Mossavat was excited for the win, but uncertain of the future. “The reality of it is that you’re not always going up and we are going to do the best we can to continue being competitive and doing the right things, for us it’s about living our principles that we hold dear to our program, commitment, hard work…you’re going to win some games and lose some games, what’s important [to us] is that we continue to build a strong program,” said Mossavat. The Ridgebacks are headed to the nationals in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Nov. 8 and wrap-up their season on Nov. 15.

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The UOIT women's soccer team celebrates its first ever championship.

Lords can't maintain success in college invitational Christopher Jones The Chronicle

The Durham Lords men’s baseball season can be summed up by how they played during the Canadian Colleges National Baseball Invitational. They were good, but not good enough, as the Fanshawe Falcons (17-3) won the tournament. With a record of 11-9 during the season, the Lords hosted the Canadian Colleges National Baseball Invitational Oct. 28-30. The Lords won their opening two games, beating Humber 2-0 and the Holland Hurricanes 4-1. After the first two victories, the tournament changed for the Lords. They were defeated by the St. Clair Saints 2-0, and then lost 5-0 to Fanshawe in the semi-final. On the tournament, all-star pitcher Alec Brown said their early success helped them finish first in their division, but “when it came to the semi-final game [against Fanshawe], we unfortunately fell short and lost our chance at the national title.” The season can be summed up in that way, as they also lost to

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Lords take their at bat against the Holland Hurricanes. Fanshawe to end their time in the Ontario playoffs. Ontario College Athletics Association (OCAA) coach-of-the-year Sam Dempster emphasized that the team just couldn’t catch up after

giving up three runs during the semi-final game against Fanshawe, and said with a shrug, “that’s baseball.” For all-star Michael Chilvers, “it was an excellent opportunity

to try and become a top college in the country.” Chilvers enjoyed the tournament for multiple reasons. “Having other colleges come from other parts of Canada and

being able to compete against them was a great experience and was also very exciting for players and spectators,” he said. With two all-stars in Brown and Chilvers and the OCAA coach-ofthe-year in Dempster, the Lords expected to make it further into the invitational. However, they did find it to be a good experience. “It was awesome to see how it turned out and how exciting the tournament was,” Chilvers said. The Lords are looking to the future now as their season comes to a close. Despite all-star Chilvers not returning, Brown will return to anchor the pitching staff next season, and OCAA coach-of-the-year, Dempster, is also back. With these two on their staff, the Lords are looking forward to the challenge that next year will present. “This tournament will continue to bring excitement to baseball in the OCAA and in Canada. It will be cool to see future tournaments with more teams showing interest,” said Chilvers.


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Panchan’s life of basketball Lindsay begins her final year as a Lord Logan Caswell The Chronicle

Hundreds of athletes have represented Durham College in varsity sports, but few have achieved what Lindsay Panchan has as a Lord. As she begins her fifth and final season of eligibility and third at Durham College, Panchan has broken the record for most points in a game by a female player with 41, surpassing Jenn Harvey’s record of 38 back in 1998. Panchan is also the first-ever Durham College athlete to be named to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Canadian team in back-to-back seasons. But Panchan hopes these records are just the start of what could be a longer career in basketball. “My personal goal is to keep going into the next level of basketball. I don’t want to stop playing now, I feel like I’m just getting better and I’m working harder than ever, hopefully I can land in Europe,” says Panchan. The journey hasn’t been an easy one for the Lords star. Panchan played as a substitute during her

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Lindsay Panchan hopes to continue to play basketball after her time is done with the team. first two years at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, N.S. She then took a year off from basketball before making the transition to Durham.

She praises her current head coach, Heather Lafontaine, for her success here. “Coming over here I had a year

off and it made me unsettled and nervous. I questioned if I was still a good player or not. Coach Lafontaine gave me a direction arrow

to go up and has driven me to be the best player I possibly can,” says Panchan. Panchan has the support of her coaching staff too. Lafontaine isn’t short of compliments about her game and hopes to help achieve her goals. “She’s a great player but she’s also a great person. I’ve never seen her give up,” says Lafontaine. “When you see her busting up and down the court to play defense you want to buy into that. Her plan ultimately is to go overseas so we’ll try and help her achieve that goal.” Kayla Marshall is also in her last year of eligibility and has been part of the women’s basketball program for five years. She praises her teammates and hopes to see her good friend succeed after her time with the Lords. “She’s brought a lot of experience, intensity and passion to our game. I hope she does it all and succeeds wherever she goes,” says Marshall. It won’t be an easy task for Panchan but says she has a plan. “I’ve been talking to the right people to help me out. I have someone who is representing me and making film so we can send it to agents and all of the business side of stuff,” she says. Panchan also set the bar high with her goals in her final year as a Lord. “We want to be first in the east and win provincials. Hopefully we can make it to nationals.”

Michael Chilvers is an all-star on and off the field

Chilvers has achieved greatness in academics and sports Sam Odrowski The Chronicle

Michael Chilvers first picked up a bat at the age of six to play T-ball in his hometown. He has now been named Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Men’s Baseball League All-Star. He has played with the Durham Lords for three years now. “There’s ups and downs some nights you get in at 1, 2 o clock in the morning and you got to be up at 7 the next day for school,” he says. “It gets kind of exhausting at times but at the end of it, I wouldn’t change anything for the world.” Chilvers has been on the honour roll in the past and is currently in his final year of studying sports management. Chilvers had a big year in 2016, with a .413 batting average in 57 plate appearances. He ranked fifth overall in the league for batting average and runs. He ranked seventh overall in hits and doubles. His overall slugging percentage is .630 which puts him at fourth in

the league. Chilvers says being able to put up numbers like that isn’t easy but hard work and dedication has gotten him to where he is. The Durham Lords recently finished the season with 20 wins, 12 losses. The head coach Sam Dempster says it is a big improvement from last year’s 9 wins, 16 losses. Chilvers was named OCAA league all-star in October. Chilvers has always enjoyed baseball and attributes his success to his love for the game. He says he does everything in his power to never miss a practice or game. “The time and the commitment you make to baseball, you kind of get rewarded for it,” says Chilvers. Dempster says Chilvers has gotten to where he is by working hard. “When you’re talented you don’t get there because it’s easy, you get there because of hard work,” says Dempster. Braden Weir, a catcher for the Lords also says Chilvers is a hard worker. “Always at practice. One of the first guys there,” says Weir. “One of the last to leave.” He really admires Chilvers’ work ethic. After being named the OCAA league all-star, Chilvers says his parents were proud of him and his friends congratulated him on all the hard work. He says it felt good to be recognized for the work he does out on the field. Chilvers says his parents and coach are very easy going and the only pressure he feels out on the field is the pressure he puts on him-

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Michael Chilvers has played for the Durham Lords baseball team for three years. self. “When you get looked at as a leader/Captain of the team you want to make sure your performing and not feeling like your letting your team mates down,” he says. Chilvers is succeeding at leading the team. According to Weir, he motivates people and gives them a boost of confidence when needed.

Chilvers is motivated by his team mates as well. He says, “It’s always motivating to see other guys working hard.” Chilvers says being around his friends out on the field creates an energy that makes him want to be the first guy to get the bats going. Bonding with a new group of

guys each year is Chilvers’ favourite part of the game. With the help of his teammates he says, “You kind of create memories on and off the field that last a lifetime.” After this year, Chilvers plans on keeping baseball in his life. He will either play for a senior league or take on a coaching role.


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Mixed bag for DC men's volleyball James Jackson The Chronicle

The Durham Lords men’s volleyball team is half way through the season and are expected to make it to the provincial finals. The team played its first home game recently. The Lords performed well, coming away with a win against the Algonquin Thunder. The Durham Lords have played eight games, winning five and losing three. Last season out of seven games. The Lords won four, tied two, and lost one. The Lords won the first two sets against the opposing team. But the Thunder ramped up the pressure in the third set and pushed back. The Lords got themselves together in the fourth set and went back on the offensive. The two teams battled for the lead, but the Lords came up on top with a score of 2423 in the Lord’s favour, winning the game. George Matsusaki, head coach of the men’s volleyball team at Durham College said, “we expect to be at the provincial final tournament. And we expect to be a contender there.“ He says the team is playing well, but still has many things to work on. Saying the team let their level of play drop in the third set. Which allowed the Algonquin Thunder to be more aggressive and win the third set. Some of the players agree. Saying they played well, but got a bit sloppy in the third set. Erik Janssen played middle

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The Lords celebrate following a point against Algonquin College at the CRWC.

blocker for the Lords. He said they let the opposing team dictate the speed of the game. He says it threw the Lords off their game and allowed the Algonquin Thunder to win the set. Setter John Pharm says he has

high expectations for the team this year. “We’re mixing up a couple lineups,” he says. “So we don’t have a definite line-up yet. But look forward to something around our necks.”

Outside hitter Damin Noss agrees with Pharm that new line ups should make the Lords a stronger team but he also worries about the team work the team is showing. “I definitely hope we grow as a

team. Work together more so we don’t have to do more 4 and 5 set games and stuff. So I just think we need to work on a lot of things as a team,” he says. The Lords’ next match is against the Loyalist Lancers in Belleville.

Sports are a great place to start reconciliation Let's make changes on indigenous team names The Cleveland Indians didn’t win the World Series but they did manage to keep Chief Wahoo and the moniker Indians. Would a rose by any other name smell so sweet? Shakespeare’s question in Romeo and Juliet reminds us of the power of a name. So what’s in a sports name? When it comes to the use of indigenous names in sports, the answer is systemic racism and outdated associations. To fix this, names need to change and

Angela Lavallee so do logos. Let’s start with the Chicago Blackhawks. The name is linked to an army squadron called Blackhawk division. The squadron was named for a Native American leader who battled the United States government in the War of 1812. The backstory here goes back as far as the First World War but has no connection to the hockey team. Why are names like the Blackhawks, or symbols, such as the Cleveland Indians’ logo of Chief Wahoo, representing hockey franchises in the twenty-first century?

The Washington Redskins brand name is worth billions, according to Forbes. According to the Washington Redskins, changing their name would cost around 20 million dollars. This is why the Washington team representatives are not going to change the name, according to team president Bruce Allan. On a local level, two-time Juno winner Ian Campeau of A Tribe Called Red was successful in getting the Ottawa Nepean Redskins football team changed to the Nepean Eagles. Campeau believed the former name was racist. Once the name was changed, Campeau urged representatives of major sports teams to stop selecting indigenous names and logos for their team. In Brampton, a teacher asked other teachers to join the fight to

ban logos and mascots that depict indigenous culture. The Port Credit Warriors and Chinguacovsy Chiefs need to take steps to change their logo. In Mississauga, a hockey dad has counted a half a dozen teams using indigenous names and logos. Lorne Park Ojibwa was changed to Lorne Park Wild in September 2016. But according to New Credit Chief Stacey Laforme, the Chinguacovsy Chiefs the name is not an issue. This is odd. Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Idle No More, sports names have come under fire. And rightfully so. Back on the main stage of big league sports, The United States Congress has not made a decision on whether the Washington Red-

Games in your backyard Men’s Basketball: Nov. 18, Durham vs. George Brown, 8 p.m., Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC). Men’s Volleyball: Nov. 17, Durham vs. Fleming, 8 p.m., CRWC Women’s Basketball: Nov. 18, Durham vs. George Brown, 6 p.m., CRWC

Women’s Volleyball: Nov. 17, Durham vs. Fleming, 6 p.m., CRWC Women's Hockey: Nov. 19, UOIT vs. Western, 3:30 p.m., Campus Ice Centre Nov. 20, UOIT vs. Windsor, 3:30 p.m., Campus Ice Centre

skins will have to change its name. There is more controversy over the Cleveland Indians than the Redskins. During this year’s Major League Baseball finals, sportscasters like CBC’s radio announcer Jerry Howarth, avoided saying Indians on air. “I will not say the whole name for Cleveland, Cleveland is who they are and Cleveland is what I will say,” said the Blue Jays playby-play announcer. It’s a pact Howarth made in the early 90s, so let Howarth pave the way. No more indigenous names on air. Let’s make a change that reconciles the future of major sports with the reconciliation of Canada’s past with indigenous peoples. Sport is a good place to start. Are you game?


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