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No glove, no love
Risk of college and university students contracting STI’s through unprotected sex still high
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Check out the Black History Month Page > P. 5
Too much pressure on Toronto sports teams? > P. 14
Students should be enjoying their sexuality safely with condoms, say the experts.
Michelle nelson Life Reporter According to the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, young people often abandon condoms once hormonal birth control is adopted. For those having risky sex, their chance of getting a sexually transmitted disease is extremely high. When 18-year-old Alicia lost her virginity, worrying about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) was last on her mind. According to a 2007 Statistics Canada survey, only 40 per cent of Canadian university students use condoms. The remaining 60 per cent admit to only using condoms sometimes, or not using them at all.
Health Practitioner and manager of Humber Health Services, Carole Gionet, who has been in sexual health for about 20 years, says sex can be fun but students must make good decisions, which include using condoms. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the highest rates of HPV are found in people under the age of 25. “HPV has different strands of the virus. There’s one strand that causes genital warts and then there are a couple strands that cause cervical cancer,“ says Gionet. “It just takes that one time to get HPV or the AIDS virus. These viruses don’t discriminate who they’re going to effect.” Alicia knew something was wrong when she noticed irregu-
lar red bumps on her upper thigh, near her groin area. After visiting the doctor and having a number of tests done, including a PAP test, she showed irregular cell growth and was diagnosed with HPV. She was also diagnosed with genital warts. “I developed the cervical precancer cells and had it monitored by my gynecologist,” says Alicia. “You don’t really know who has it or who doesn’t, the only way to tell if you have contracted it is if you start getting symptoms.” Gionet says many people don’t know they have contracted a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). “You may have had it from a previous partner and now all of a sudden it’s showing up,” says Gionet. “With genital warts, there
Kerry-Anne Gallagher is no blood test…you just see the warts on the person’s body and you diagnose it.” Chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV are the only STIs right now that are reported to public health. “I’m seeing a lot of chlamydia... I do see a lot of warts but it’s not reportable, so, in statistics, you won’t see a high rate of warts,” explains Gionet. “I believe HPV is more… much more a problem than chlamydia and gonorrhea.” Although HPV rates are high, other STIs remain untreated, as their symptoms may lay dormant for years. “Gonorrhea and chlamydia are high in this age group, the
What are Guelph-Humber’s best dressed wearing? > P. 16
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The dark truth behind a much-loved treat African children become victims as the world continues to lust after chocolate Jennifer rich Feature Reporter People around the world share a love for chocolate. It is one of the most enjoyable sweets, and often a symbol of love and appreciation. However, recent events in the Ivory Coast reveal West Africa’s cocoa industry is not so sweet after all. It leaves behind the bitter taste of blood, sweat and tears. The Ivory Coast’s cocoa industry consists of more than 800,000 small farms and its economy is critically reliant on these revenues. The industry is valued at an
estimated $1 billion US a year and supplies 40 per cent of the world’s cocoa. According to the International Cocoa Organization, in 2009-2010 the cocoa production reached more than three tonnes. Despite widespread protests, the industry is known for corruption, violence and human rights abuse. For years major chocolate companies have been compelled by human rights groups to improve working standards. see child labour p. 4 >
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Checking out smart people, not books “Human books” share their experiences at Humber’s annual Human Library event By Laura Fixman News Reporter Wouldn’t you like to read a book that talks back? That question was part of Humber’s marketing campaign for its second annual Human Library event. This is a concept where the books are real people with interesting and controversial stories to tell. This idea began about ten years ago in Denmark. “It’s a chance to hear a story you may not have heard otherwise,” says Brendan Neufeld, the event organizer and Co-op Librarian. Social and Community Services professor, Doug Thomson, is one of these stories. He grew up amidst a Zimbabwean civil war, and studied in South Africa during the Apartheid. He agrees that that this may be a totally foreign experience for some, but to him it’s just his life. “Stories of the mundane of my life might seem strange to you,” Thomson says.
Although he grew up during a war, where getting around in military convoys and learning to use a machine gun as a child was seen as normal, he recognizes that things could have been a lot worse. “I was privileged because I was part of the racial elite, and racism was something you were taught in the classroom as a kid,” Thomson says. Having experience as a professor both in South Africa and at Humber, Thomson has become aware of the differences between students who have fought in or been directly affected by war, and those who haven’t. “When I lectured in South Africa, there was a constant threat of violence,” Thomson says. Although Thomson doesn’t think of what he has shared as shocking, he encouraged students to reserve him or any other Human Book during the event to learn something new. “Students wouldn’t get the chance to hear Doug’s story with so many different aspects inside of a classroom setting,” Neufeld said.
Volunteers assign reservations for students interested in speaking with Human Books.
Thomson wants people to understand that not all of his life in Africa was war and violence. He feels that those things were normal in his world, and there are many positive things he sometimes misses. “It was utterly wonderful,” Thomson says, “at the moment I miss the heat, and the smell of the dust in the mornings.”
There were two people at the Human Library that Thomson was particularly interested in. Thomson attended many protests in South Africa and so he enjoyed the chance to speak with the Human Book who protested at the G20. Whether students reserved time with him, or another human book, Thomson’s hopes for what
“Absolutely everyone has a story” - Doug Thomson, Social & Community Services Professor
they learnt was universal. “What they consider normal isn’t and there are no simple and straight forward answers”, Thomson says. “You should always try to find out more about people. “ If you didn’t get at chance to attend the Human Library it will be returning to the Lakeshore campus later this semester. Doug Thomson suggests picking up a traditional book, or considering a role as a Human Book next year. “Absolutely everyone has a story,” he says.
Take a spiritual break and clear your mind Multi-faith prayer room offers spiritual retreat to everyone By Autumn Ladouceur News Reporter Humber’s interfaith Prayer Room, in D223, offers students the opportunity to balance their education with their spirituality. “It’s very convenient. I’m really happy with what Humber College does for us with their facilities,” says Maeda Aslam, third-year accounting student and member of Humber’s Muslim Student Alliance (MSA). The room can accommodate 40 people and students can either walk-in and pray or reserve the room for daily, weekly, monthly or one-time use for events and activities. Interfaith Chaplain Len Thomas says that most schools have either a room for prayer or a Chapel. At Humber, faith-based clubs sanctioned by the HSF and small groups with faculty support are allowed to reserve the room. Thomas said that there are about five clubs that use it. “We used it for a religious meeting once,” says Pranavsinh Parma, President of the 70-member Humber Hindu Forum. “Thirty to 40 people came. It was successful.” Students must follow the prayer room rules, such as keeping it clean, and not using fire or bringing in food and drinks. There are lockers available for prayer room users to store items needed for spiritual and religious activities. All materials used in the prayer room must be taken out after use
except for the prayer mats and the room’s single copies of the Quran, Bible, Torah, Sunder Gutka, Mishomis Book, and Bhagavad Gita. Thomas says one of the reasons to have a prayer room is because if students leave campus to do something they feel obligated to do, they might not come back for classes. The prayer room allows them to do both. He says that staff appreciate the room as well. Parma believes that the prayer room is an important service. He says that people can meet and make their religious beliefs strong to live peaceful lives, but he also has a few complaints. “It’s hard for us to meet at the prayer room because it’s so small. You can only have 40 people at a time and we have a large group. They should improve rules and provide a larger space, equal facilities for each religion so that people can enjoy going there,” he explains. Although his club doesn’t directly use the prayer room, Clayton Mousley, President of Embassy Christian Fellowship agrees. “It is more accommodating for individual prayer so if they decided to have a space that could be used for larger groups that plan to meet and pray it certainly would have some added benefit,” he notes. Despite this, he says the prayer room is crucial. “I certainly think it is important, as it is a designated place of solitude that a person can go pray and have few disturbances”. Aslam says that Muslims have
to pray five times a day to keep them on the right path. She says it’s great to have a prayer room which is private, clean and only for worship Aslam says she is also greatful
for the ablution stations installed in the D-building bathrooms. Students use them to cleanse themselves before prayer. Thomas said that they are in the planning phase of building a new prayer room. Some students have questioned why there isn’t a prayer room spe-
cifically for Guelph-Humber. “Originally there were plans to put one in Guelph-Humber,” says Thomas, “but they decided not to duplicate services for Humber and Guelph-Humber where possible so they could save on costs.” where possible so they could save on costs.”
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Paul Saltzman, director of Prom Night In Mississippi talks to students at Guelph-Humber.
Prejudice in the 21st Century Documentary uses prom night to highlight racism Victoria Di Domenici News Reporter In preparation of Black History Month, Guelph-Humber hosted “Moving Beyond Prejudice”, an educational outreach event that allows students to explore and discuss racism in an open and safe environment. The main presentation at the event is the documentary “Prom Night in Mississippi” directed by Paul Saltzman and produced by Patricia Aquino. Held at different schools and corporations throughout Canada and the U.S., these events encourage tolerance, awareness, and help students and viewers recognize prejudice. Students also see how culture impacts our every day approach to daily life, and learn to understand and accept social differences. Anthony Narine, Vice President of Academics for the GuelphHumber Student Association, was the event organizer. “My intent with this event was to facilitate
an honest and open discussion for students surrounding the issues that stem from prejudice and the accompanying ‘-isms’”. Narine succeeded with his task, “The evening session was overcrowded as well, and that room holds 300 people…I am entirely grateful for their support, encouragement and participation in making this event a success.” When Saltzman, a civil rights activist and filmmaker, heard that Charleston High School in Mississippi was still holding separate
we’re conscious about our prejudices, we have choice.” In 1997, acclaimed actor and Charleston resident Morgan Freeman offered to pay for a single integrated prom at the high school. His offer was ignored. He made the same offer 11 years later in 2008 and this time his offer was accepted. Drawing from the Golden Rule, Saltzman takes us through a milestone in any teenager’s life— prom. Through the diary-type recordings made by students, it
event and says she has experienced racism at the hands of her parents. “I am a white female now engaged to a black man. It took the birth of our son Jason to bring our families to acceptance” “Prom Night in Mississippi” is a documentary that makes you rethink your own prejudices. In some areas, racism is still an ongoing problem. This film helps encourage conversation that can help break down these walls. Group leaders such as Saltzman and Aquino encourage
“My intent with this event was to facilitate an honest and open discussion for students surrounding the issues that stem from prejudice and the accompanying ‘-isms’.” - Anthony Narine, GHSA Vice President of Academics
proms for white students and black students in 2008, his first reaction was, “Are you kidding?” He, along with producer Aquino set out to film “Prom Night in Mississippi.” Of the film’s inspiration, he says, “My own belief is that there is no human being without prejudice…If you’re unconscious about your prejudices, you are controlled by them…if
becomes clear that most of the racism is parent and authority influenced. When Freeman asked the students if they wanted an integrated prom the majority were in favor of it. It seems that the parents and school board authorities were influencing children to stay with their own race. Humber alumni Stephanie Dawson was in attendance at the
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conversation that allows students to share experiences, and see that they are not alone. Narine says “People shared their very intimate experiences with facing discrimination and there was debate on certain issues.” Overall there was tremendous positive feedback from students.
When people bite back against bed bugs Budget set aside to fight infestation sparks debate Elena Maystruk News Reporter The Canadian Medical Association published one confirmed case of anemia in Toronto, brought on by the explosion of a bed bug population in Canada over the past few years. According to the City of Toronto’s website, the Ontario government set aside five million dollars to help decrease infestations in the province. The funds will go to health organizations for research in entomology, the expansion of an educational website and the education of hotel workers, hospital staff and caregivers to the elderly. The future of the budget is debatable amongst experts in the field of extermination and public policy. Cheri DiNovo, NDP party member and MPP of High Park, reveals how government institutions disagree on a new budget as an effective solution to bedbugs. DiNovo says although health associations need the money, the development of a website “isn’t going to help anybody…the problem is enforcement of the skills generated by education and research.” Dinovo says the amount of landlords that rent rooms without properly checking for bed bugs is an ongoing problem for students. To DiNovo, the lack of policy changes for landlord responsibilities is a sign that the government “takes little action”. Michael Goldman, a Toronto based exterminator, was the first in the world to train dogs to sniff out bedbugs. Goldman was hired to inspect and fumigate Guelph-Humber residences with his team of dogs and has a different take on the government’s attempt to address a nationwide infestation. “The budget will help to train staff in hospitals and hotels. In my opinion Toronto is far above anywhere else [in the country] in fixing the problem” Goldman said. The budget came in effect as of mid January. Ontario’s 36 public health units, a number of which are located in the GTA can apply for the funds.
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Chocolate reveals a dark secret > child labour continued
With cocoa in demand, child labour is at an all time high. The chocolate market currently is the largest consumer of cocoa. In addition to chocolates, cocoa is used in many everyday products. There is continuous battle over control of the Ivory Coast’s agricultural wealth. Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo is currently clinging to cocoa exports as a source of funding for his regime. Frozen out of the government, Gbagbo refuses to cede his powers to the elected president Alassane Ouattara. He is able to do this by controlling the people who oversee cocoa production. Online activist group Avazz. org sent out details of Ivorian cocoa corruption, and called out to all Western chocolate companies to stop purchasing cocoa until Gbagbo hands over power. If these companies refuse to do business with Gbagbo, revenues will drop and he would be unable to maintain his regime, powered by the military. If these efforts follow through, this could be the tipping point for change in the Ivory Coast. Children in the country are robbed of their freedoms and denied basic education. Most children are kidnapped, lured or sold by their parents into slavery. On these plantations, the children are forced to work demanding hours in unfit conditions. They are fed little to no food, exposed to dangerous pesticides and tools, housed in shacks and physically abused. The most they earn are pennies, if anything. There are alternatives for chocolate lovers who want to improve the working conditions in the Ivory Coast. The fair trade concept works to form relationships with farms that follow a number of requirements. A minimum price is agreed upon. This ensures environmental, social, economic and labour condi-
The cocoa beans grown in the Ivory Coast are eventually used to make the chocolate we eat in North America.
tions meet the International Labor Organization’s standards. With a higher price set, the additional funds received from the program are used to provide rehabilitation and education for workers. CBC investigative reporter Carol Off said in an interview at the University of Alberta that the solution to the problem is not to boycott chocolate because cocoa is vital to the country’s agricultural output. “[The farmers] don’t have access to the information that they
floors in hi-tech environments by people who never have and never will, see a real cocoa bean.” Toronto’s Soma Chocolatemaker (www.somachocolate.com) advertises itself as “a place to eat, drink and worship chocolate.” It is one of the few North American companies devoted to organic and fair trade chocolate. Soma has many different types of organic beans but unfortunately they have only one type of fair trade bean. Black Science and Duel Origins are Soma’s two
“[The farmers] don’t have access to the information that they need in order to demand a better price.” - Carol Off, CBC Investigative Reporter
need in order to demand a better price,” she says. “Because they have no education or telephones or technology, they can’t defend themselves in a world where the market value for their product is established on trading room
chocolate bars that are 100 per cent fair trade. Unlike major chocolate companies, Soma makes individual batches of chocolate with specialty cocoa imported from farms only involved in fair trade and or-
ganic production. Amy, a chocolate maker at Soma, who preferred to remain anonymous, says that even though the company focuses on buying organic and fair trade cocoa, it is still difficult for the farmers to certify them. “Seven years ago it was hard to source organic or fair trade, but now it is much easier,” says Soma Chocolatemaker store owner, David Caspellan. Things appear to be improving in the Canadian chocolate industry. CNW Group published a press release in March 2009 announcing Cadbury’s efforts to introduce fair trade chocolate. By having its Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate bar approved for Fair Trade certification, Cadbury said its oldest selling chocolate bar alone would triple the sales of fair trade. This would also open up new opportunities for farmers benefiting from the fair trade system. This new step by Cadbury is groundbreaking and it will be the first major confectionary brand to
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child labour FACTS 1. According to Green America,10,000 e-mails have been sent to Hersey’s executives regarding child exploitation in the Ivory Coast. 2. Ivory Coast produced 1.2 million tonnes of cocoa and is the world’s leader in its production. 3. Current President Alassane Ouattara has called for a month long cocoa export ban set to be lifted February 23. 4. Cocoa prices have risen more than 20 per cent since the disputed November elections. 5. A 2009 U.S. report said cocoa grown in Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea and Cameroon were all on the “List of Goods Produced by Child Labor” 6. Ivory Coast is the main location for children and women who are subjected to trafficking. 7. Boys from Ghana, Mali, and Burkina Faso are subjected to forced labour in the agricultural sector. This includes cocoa, coffee, pineapple and rubber plantations. 8. The official working age in the Ivory Coast is 18. Many child workers are under the age of 10. Source:
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Black history is in need of awareness More black history events at GH needed, says Learning Support Peer casandra london Randi-Mae Stanford took a deep breath, raised her hand, and shook her head, when she spoke up during a Black History Month celebration about the lack of diverse events at her school. The fourth-year Learning Support Peer has been waiting for Guelph-Humber to offer more black history and cultural programs to students. “I don’t ever remember anything being done at Guelph-Humber,” Stanford says. She is one of many GuelphHumber students pushing for change by discussing ways Black History Month can set wider recognition at the school. Stanford says her first black history experience was at Humber College watching Prom Night in Mississippi. The film was directed by Paul Saltzman and Patricia Aquino. The film has not only been seen at Humber and Guelph-Humber, but also screened at more than 10,000 schools in Canada and the United States. In 2008, Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman offered to pay for a group of students in Mississippi to have their first integrated prom at their high school. Stanford took a stand and pushed for more black history events by sending several e-mails to students. In spite all her efforts,
she was left shaking her head once again when nobody responded. “I tried to collect 50-60 students. I got all their contacts for Black History Month and no one showed up,” she says. Stanford believes students can help eradicate this problem by building a partnership with administration and collectively vocalizing their need for AfricanCanadian history recognition. “Students have to push for it. The university should allow them to express themselves and if they’re not doing that, then there must be an underlying issue taking place,” Stanford says. While Stanford may be experiencing a difficult situation at her school, Ryerson University does not appear to be facing the same issues according to one of their students. Peer Trainer Cassandra Thompson is a student from the Harassment Prevention Service at Ryerson. She believes it’s important for Ryerson to play an active role in promoting Black History awareness. “We are trying to support various student initiatives…it is important to our office because it is overlooked,” Thompson says. Ryerson offers Black History Month programs such as the Blackout, Queering Black History Month, and the Annual Viola Desmond Award Ceremony. Stanford says that although she enjoyed watching Saltzman’s film at the Humber screening room,
Guelph-Humber Learning Support Peer Randi-Mae Stanford hopes for more Black History events.
she believes her school relies too much on Humber for black history events, especially when students spend most of their time on campus. “We share services, but most Guelph-Humber students spend time here,” she says. “I was one of four students of colour and it was challenging because the faculty was not diverse.” However, Program Humanities Coordinator Melanie Chaparian believes students need to remember Humber College has been around longer. “Guelph-Humber is still evolving,” she says. Chaparian says in time, Guelph-Humber will de-
velop more cultural events and groups for not only specific studies, but for all students. The black history events that took place at Humber were performances by ET the Mime, poetry by Dwayne Morgan, a drumming celebration, and International Day. Black History Month was brought to Toronto in the 1950s by a group called The Canadian Negro Women’s Association (CANEWA). The CANEWA was a funded by black female Canadians who fought against segregation and established the first academic scholarship for black students in Ontario.
When Stanford is asked what Black History means to her, she quickly smiles with a gleam in her eye and says, “It is a [collective] celebration of culture and history with others who may or may not be black.” Although Chaparian agrees with Stanford’s definition, she adds, “We need Black History Month because we have not fully recognized Black History is history.” “It’s ridiculous to have Black History Month. It should be every month. We need to bring more visibility to our history.”
Does black history unite or separate? An opinion on Black History Month Denisa murrizi As it is widely known, February marks Black History Month. The fact that February is the shortest month of each year is also popular knowledge. History classes throughout North America and Europe generally focus on European contributors and investors. Yet the shortest month annually is dedicated to the celebration of the race with exceedingly diverse cultures and customs worldwide. Is Black History Month truly a celebration of black history, or is it a further segregation of a nation? The public education system teaches only the basics of black history, mostly focusing on slavery and the individuals who helped end it. These individuals include Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. However, there are many who have contributed to the reform of laws that gives blacks equal rights. These individuals and facts are not as commonly known, as it is nearly impossible to cover decades of a nation’s history in the shortest month of the year. Dr. Carter Woodson first came up with the concept of Negro History Week to bring forth the contributions of African-Americans in history. This began in 1926 and
continues today as Black History Month. Although black history is celebrated in February in North America, the United Kingdom celebrates it in October. Viola Desmond has been called the Rosa Parks of Canada. She paid for house seat tickets at the Roseland Theatre in Nova Scotia; however, the teller sold her a balcony seat that was available for blacks only. When Desmond refused to move from the section, the police were called. She was charged by the federal government, received a $20 taxation fine and sent to prison for 30 days. An African-American woman stabbed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1958 during his book signing in Harlem, NY. The first African-American female to hold a patent for software invention was Janet Bashen. She invented LinkLine and received her patent in 2006. Thurgood Marshall was a U.S. civil rights lawyer between 1938 and 1961—when racial segregation was legal and publicly accepted. He believed the best method to enforce change was through the legal system. He represented 30 civil rights cases in the Supreme Court and won 29. Lastly, BBC named reggae legend Bob Marley’s One Love the Song of the Millennium. Marley’s album, Exodus, was named
Library of Congress Figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. allowed for blacks to be treated with dignity and respect.
Album of the Century by Time Magazine. As previously mentioned, Black History Month initially began to bring forth the contributions of African-Americans with Negro History Week; this tradition continues today. In 1926, it was a major accomplishment for Woodston to make this happen. Today, it is important
to remember the only way to truly end discrimination is to accept every race in the same manner. Celebrating Black History Month individually appears to be more discriminating than uniting. To celebrate black history in one month every year is without a doubt a thoughtful concept. However, black history should not be segregated on the shortest month
of the year; it should be incorporated into the daily education of every student. In the words of Voltaire: “If there were only one religion, there would be danger of despotism. If there were two, they would cut each other’s throats. If there are 30, they live in peace and happiness.”
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Editorial we asked you.. “What are you spending your money on this Valentine’s Day?”
Consumption: A labour of love?
Alexandra Cybula, FCSS Family & Community Social Service “I am going for sushi with my boyfriend and hopefully he will pay for it. And I may buy cake mix. We are both students and don’t want to spend too much”
Farhad Saraway, Electrical Engineering “Wanted to get a car, because it’s her dream car, right. It’s for me but she will get to ride around in it. Still searching though.”
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Cameron Walters, Media Studies “Well if I’m in a good mood I will probably take her out to dinner. And I will do something really unusual and pay for the dinner.”
Olesya Oligradska, Kinesiology “I’m not spending my money on Valentine’s Day, not on anything. I think that it’s a Hallmark holiday and stores make it a bigger deal than it really is. I could go out on any day and buy a box of chocolates, give it to my best friend and say here I love you. I don’t need a day to tell me.”
Shopping and eating out have become the leading pastimes of many people in developed countries. Just in our lifetime the world has experienced a staggering influx of changes to how we live daily. We are spending money like never before, to the extent there are television programs geared to saving people from financial doom, moreover their debt. Countries with the most sound banking systems went running for their money as we experienced a recession. Falsehood of bad mortgages in the United States had a ripple effect around the globe. The biggest automobile companies in the Western world tumbled as well. Yet the government bailed out these companies? The gap between the wealthy and the poor has become the Grand Canyon of all gorges as the middle class disappears. The way we eat has taken a toll on the environment and our bodies. Being overweight has become an epidemic. The farming industry has essentially become a corporation within itself. Food is no longer what it was, rather genetically modified or ridden with pesti-
“Total $15.7 billion is expected to be spent on this Valentine’s Day. ” cides for an ultimate yield. Grocery store shelves have now become byproducts of corn. Corn is the cheapest, and easiest plant to come by – so corporate farmers say. Peanut butter, soda drinks, and even batteries consist of corn derivatives. Frivolous spending and these other habits have brought people to today, winter 2011. As today is Valentine’s Day this rapid pace shows no signs of slowing down. For the past two years consumer studies have reported that for Valentine’s Day alone, roughly $14 billion has been spent. Marketing Forecast predicts that based on spending as of Jan. 31 and based on patterns from years before people will be spending more money for this Valentine’s Day. Estimating the average person will be spending $116.21. This year’s average is up 10 per cent from 2010. Spending for this holiday alone is expected to total $15.7 billion.
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Some people may defend their spending, that it is a day to show someone special that they care. Although that care may be there the other 364 days of the year, having one day set aside to truly express themselves could be just what malls and other venues are hoping for. Before the holiday is even over, stores line the shelves with merchandise for the next holiday. Essentially any excuse for your bottom dollar. Will gifts bought for this Valentine’s Day be any representation of the meaning this holiday originates from, or nothing but evidence of our consumer society? The most popular gift resides as greeting cards at 52 per cent. Trailing behind is jewelry at an anticipated 17 per cent. For what has been branded a Hallmark holiday we will be spending more than our parents or grandparents have for this holiday. Is this a reflection of the times or of us?
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Face-off on Facebook You’re out a party and you meet some makes relationships easier to spawn and really cool people. You would like to hang be maintained. out with these people again, but in order What about privacy issues? First of to do so you’ll need to exchange contact in- all, I’d like to say privacy issues regardformation. Twenty years ago, cell phones ing Facebook are all a farce. After all, “if and the Internet were not as common, you have something that you don’t want so the only contact information you’d be anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be able to exchange would doing it in the first place” be a home number or says Eric Schmidt, CEO mailing address. Today, of Google. There are so all someone would need many stories of people is your name, and not complaining about how even a real name since a family member or emtechnically you can ployer added them as a make your Facebook friend, but they have too profile name whatever many pictures of you want. As simple as them doing somethat, the next time you thing inapproprisign onto Facebook, you ate; or girls who may just have a friend complain about request waiting, which guys lurking their you can choose to acphotos, yet they’ve addcept, limit, or even iged these photos onto a nore, at any time. This is public social networking less intrusive than a cell website. phone number which Facebook users should Daniel Lopes makes it much easier to know that anyone can facebook friend get harassed. easily hide and limit anyIt’s funny when thing on their Facebook people talk shit about profile, from their name Facebook when they have a Facebook ac- and age, to which pictures they want seen. count. It’s fair to say that the majority of So if you don’t want your girlfriend seeing our generation has a Facebook account. the pictures of you at the club, or your boss So what’s the big deal? Is it just because seeing your ‘hung-over’ status when you people don’t like being part of the main- called in sick, here’s an idea: Don’t post it! stream, or is it something else? In the And if you do, don’t get mad when it comes last few years, privacy issues concerning back to bite you in the ass. The memories Facebook have surfaced. People say it has will still be there regardless of whether it’s dynamically altered the way we interact public or not. Remember this as a general with each other. But does Facebook nega- rule: If you know you were snapped in a tively impact our relationships with one picture during a night out, expect it to be another? Absolutely not. If anything it on Facebook within the week.
Opinion Is Facebook a friend or foe?
It’s a Friday night and you’re hang- collect friends. Not friends to hang out ing out with your friends. You’re in the with and get to know, but more like tradmiddle of a conversation when the per- ing cards. You go online and it tells you son sitting across from you pulls out their how many friends you have, how many phone to check Facebook; the conversa- friends your friends have and how many tion immediately drops and switches you have in common. Through social to the latest status or networking, friendphoto update. ship has become a Do you remember numbers game, and the days when society society is addicted. was not so onsumed How long can we go with online social mewithout wondering dia? They were times if we have new nowhen connections tifications or friend between people were requests? Did anymade and some one see that new effort had to picture I put up? be put in. Now, How am I supposed it’s a time spent to know if it’s any clicking links opgood if no one composed to creatments on it or ‘likes’ ing bonds that builds it? relationships between It’s not about gopeople. ing against the grain This generation is and becoming a subreally missing the days culture of social-netwhen party invitations working haters. It’s came by mail, and “lets about not letting sochat” meant over cofcial media take away fee, not over the web. the process of really Of course, people can getting to know a make connections onperson. An e-mail Kayla Cameron-Radyk line, by sharing their can be pumped out thoughts, and their in seconds. The confacebook foe media. All of this is venience factor is possible via sites like amazing and being Facebook. These sites make it far too easy connected is great, but the online luxury to connect, but at what cost? How many of social networking has left our generaof our Facebook friends do we genuinely tion too lazy to take that extra time to conknow? nect on a more intimate level. We should On top of these lacking social rela- still take the time to form social bonds the tionships, it has become an addiction to “old-fashioned” way.
Lazy twenty somethings Are we the lazy generation the baby boomers say we are? Melissa Schultz Finally, someone within the baby boom generation is sticking up for us, instead of hopping on the nagging bandwagon. Author of “Not Quite Adults” and professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University, Richard Settersten says that it’s not a bad thing that it takes today’s youth longer to get their lives together; which according to experts means finding a career, sticking to it, and moving out of mom and dad’s place.
“I’m sick and tired of being deemed as the lazy generation” - Melissa Schultz
He explains in his book that it is better for youth today to take the slower path in life than the risky fast one. He also writes that this is what is keeping a lot of young people out of poverty. I listened to the Mike Stafford show on AM 640 the day Settersten’s interview was in the Toronto Star and Stafford ripped us to shreds. Claiming that we are all lazy spoiled brats who would rather be coddled and living in our parent’s basement playing video games instead of getting jobs and living our own lives. If an entire generation is going to throw us under the bus they have
to be willing to take some of the blame. If our generation is spoiled and full of entitlement, who do you think raised us that way? As my shock and rage grew on my drive home I couldn’t help but call into the show. Not only did he only take all middle aged callers with nothing contrary to say to the lazy twenty something allegations, but he failed to take any of our calls either-including mine. After getting nothing but ridiculed from elder generations when responding to the age old question, “What are you going to do with your life?” My tiresome response of, “I’m not quite sure yet, I’d really like to travel.” has proven to be less than satisfying as the “money doesn’t grow on trees” speech quickly follows by a large serving of ‘when I was your age’ sagas. I’m sick and tired with being deemed as the ‘lazy’ generation whose mooching off mom and dad, living in the basement playing video games. Times are different from when our parents were our age. It does not take a genius to know that the current economic times are not what they once were. This is what is making the process of finding a job so difficult, not the notion that we do not want to work. I resent the fact that our generation has been painted with the same brush. By no means am I trying to say that we’re all angels, but we are hardly the lazy monsters that the sandwich generation is pegging us as. Sure there are some brats out there, but there are plenty of us working and paying our own way whether we live at home or not. Maybe every generation just thinks that they are the greatest, hardest working and most hard done by and we will be placing the same labels on our very own lazy unappreciative children one day.
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Life Centre stresses importance of safe sex “You need to take important steps, like wearing a condom, to protect yourself. Some things just don’t disappear!”
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19-24 year olds. The problem with gonorrhea and chlamydia is that many times there aren’t any symptoms,” says Gionet. “And so, it can cause sterility in men and women.” Gionet says treatment is key to decreasing rates of HPV and other STIs. “When you just treat women, its not going to treat this disease… you have to treat the two people who are involved,” says Gionet. Gionet says Humber Health is seeing a lot of HPV cases in students. “We have the treatments here. So for HPV warts, there is a self treatment the doctor prescribes or you can have liquid nitrogen, which is a freezing technique to get rid of them… or there is another medication which is like an acid that burns them off”. The Humber Health Centre keeps all student files private from third parties. The nurses at the centre provide options to meet each student’s needs. “We do PAPs, we do testing for HIV, all sexually transmitted infections,” says Gionet. The
- Alicia, 18
According to Statistics Canada, 60 per cent of university students don’t use condoms during sexual activity.
Humber Health Centre stresses that students become aware of the dangers. “You can treat it [HPV], but the virus never goes away. It’s in your body. But whereas chlamydia and gonorrhea… you get tested, it’s positive and you can treat it with antibiotics.” Gionet says the shot to help
prevent HPV, called Gardasil, is now available for men too. “I would recommend that people get the Gardasil vaccine since we’re seeing a lot of it. It’s an HPV vaccine that covers the warts, as well as the two strains that cause cervical cancer. And now it’s approved for men and women…. It
used to be just for women.” Gionet says if someone already has the virus in their body and they don’t know, it [the shot] isn’t going to cure that… but it’s going to protect you from future infections. “Researchers are showing youth using condoms more, but it’s still not at the level we want it to be,” says Gionet. “Forty per cent of students using condoms is actually higher than 10 years ago.” The Humber Healh Centre tries to encourage condom use. “We fill a basket everyday and it’s usually empty by the end of the day,” says Gionet. “We also put them [condoms] in the washroom, so if people feel shy about taking condoms, they go to use the washroom and they’re there for them”. She says using them is the best defense. “Protect yourself as much as you can… I do understand everyone’s human and they forget... [Condoms are] not a 100 per cent [effective] but they will protect you because we don’t have a vac-
cine for HIV...Most people, when they are diagnosed, figure out they got it when they were 17-24,” says Gionet. While many students don’t use condoms, Gionet encourages the ones that do to maintain the sexual protection. “I see students coming in with STIs. I see a little microcosm; the students I’m seeing aren’t using condoms. But there is a whole other population that are,” says Gionet. As for Alicia, doctors kept monitoring her condition. “Eventually I had the actual cancer cells, but they were in the early stages. So I had surgery and they scraped the cells out,” says Alicia. Alicia is waiting for her PAP tests to return normal, until then she continues to warn students about wearing condoms. “People must be really careful…you never know who has the virus. You need to take important steps, like wearing a condom to protect yourself. Some things just don’t disappear,” says Alicia.
High-priced jacket, short-term trend D’LORAINE MIRANDA Life Reporter Stepping out of your house on a sunny winter morning and being welcomed by a strong gust of the harsh Northern winds isn’t exactly a pleasant feeling. But would it make a difference if you were wearing a different jacket? Once a staple for experts involved in arctic exploration, the Canada Goose jacket has evolved into a highly-coveted fashion piece over the past few years. It has made its way onto the backs of Guelph-Humber students as well as celebrities. “Canada Goose has really blown up this year,” says Robert Carbonell, a customer service associate at Harry Rosen’s Bloor St. flagship store. “It’s now not a rare thing to see one when you’re walking downtown.” Ben Gardner, manager of The Vault, a Vaughan sports store, recalls the first time they began selling the brand’s merchandise back in 2007. “Back then, I could count all the calls I got for Canada Goose on one hand,” says Gardner. “In 2008, it got busy and I just thought: ‘Wow! This must be a good brand,’ and by 2009, it just kept getting bigger and bigger.” The coat may be trendy, but as broke college students, the hefty price tag is not very pleasing. “In terms of outerwear, the cheapest you’ll get is $500,” says Gardner. “The jackets can go up to $1300 depending on which style you want.” With possessing a highly coveted and expensive fashion piece come consequences. Stories of people being robbed of their jackets or losing their parkas in a sea of others at coat checks aren’t rare. So why are people going crazy to get their hands on this jacket?
“It’s an expensive and stylish coat,” says Micah Leslie, a Seneca Fashion Management student. “If you’re wearing one, it automatically screams wealth.” While walking through GuelphHumber, a Goose jacket could be spotted on almost every other student. With its lifelong warrantee, unique coyote fur-trimmed hood and insulated down feathers, it’s difficult not to want one. Kevin Ngo, third year GuelphHumber business student, and his close friends have been sporting their Goose parkas for a few years now. He feels that because the trend is catching on, the coat has lost its allure. “I got mine two years ago, and now that everyone’s wearing it, it’s played out,” he says. “Everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon.” Natasha Szpunar, Humber Fashion Arts student, says the price for a Canada Goose jacket is too expensive, and that there are alternatives to staying warm. “My TNA coat is warm enough and very durable. It’s not like it’s cheap either, but I’d rather have something like this which is maybe half price of what Canada Goose jackets are,” Szpunar explains. Fashion trends come and go. So where does this leave Canada Goose? “As far as fashion and trends go, the new jacket trend will be Moncler, although they’ve been on the market for a while,” says Leslie. “It will be interesting to see if anyone catches onto it next winter.” An Nguyen-Duong, third year Media Studies student (top), and Jordan Gardner, second year Media Studies student (bottom), sporting their Canada Goose winter parkas.
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Graduation one day. Bills the next. Autumn Ladouceur Life Reporter “There’s pressure on students. It’s not just finding a job when you graduate; you owe debt and you’re desperate for [employment].” That’s how Amad Baig, GuelphHumber Business Administration undergraduate, described debt—a problem that roughly 30 per cent of graduating students face. By second semester, students may have already used most or all of the money they saved during the summer months. Students on OSAP (the Ontario Students Assistance Program) have received 40 per cent less funds than they had in first semester. Baig says his experience with OSAP has been both good and bad. “First semester, I actually got extra [money],” he recalls. “[But] I didn’t know…[OSAP] just covered my [school] fee[s] so I had to work [to pay] for all my other expenses.” Mahwish Choudhry, Registrarial and Financial Aid Coordinator for Guelph-Humber, says paying off loans makes getting started after graduation difficult for students. Since OSAP assesses students based on their need, debt may range anywhere from $4,000 to $40,000. Students are not required to pay back their loans until after graduation. One year after the big day, students must start paying interest.
More difficulties may arise, however, for students who do not qualify for OSAP. The program usually turns these students away because they work part-time jobs or their parents make a higher income. On average, students take ten years to pay off their debt, assuming they start on graduation day. Despite a debt load that may take a student into his or her 30s, OSAP does relieve financial stress for both the student and their parent or guardian (only if their applications are approved, of course). Undergraduates are limited to a bank loan, line of credit, or
“My money was gone but there was still more stuff that I needed… After a few months everything is almost used up.” - Elroy Dennie, Computer Engineering Student
student visa. Lines of credit allow students to make interest payments throughout their study period. “Rates aren’t comparable to OSAP but if you can’t get it, [these options are] the next best thing,” Mark Camilleri, TD Canada Trust Financial Planner, says. Camilleri said students can pay their bank loans back monthly. He also warns students against
getting a credit card. “Credit cards are limited to $500-$1000 [and] students don’t want to get caught with a loan and a credit card bill at the same time,” he cautions. “If you’re only making $500 a month, you can’t be maxing out a $500 visa.” Elroy Dennie, first-year Computer Engineering student, had a TD student line of credit. Though he says he enjoyed the sense of having a large sum of money when he first started school, he confesses his debt accumulated faster than he could count. “You don’t realize it until it’s too late,” he says. “My money was gone but there was still more stuff that I needed… After a few months everything is almost used up.” Lines of credit help students build up their credit rating. If they don’t have good credit and want to buy a house someday, difficulties may arise. These include possibly needing a co-signer or being charged higher interest rates. Students may accumulate more debt and be forced to work long hours for low pay to finally get rid of debt and move on with their lives. Choudhry has a solution. If students live at home as long as they can after graduation, they may be able to pay off their debt(s) faster. Choudhry also says students concerned about loans and debt should find a part-time job. “I’m trying to work full-time over the summer to pay [my loan back] as fast as I can, rather than leaving [it] until later,” says Baig. “I might [also] stay with my par-
Autumn Ladouceur ents for a year or two when I’m done [school].” Dennie works part-time on the weekend doing warehouse work. He hopes to work for six straight months after graduation to pay off the remainder of his debt. Payment contracts, where students can pay back their loans on a monthly basis, may also be an option. Scholarships and bursaries,
both internal and/or external to Guelph-Humber, are also beneficial. Students can visit the GuelphHumber website to find more information on scholarships and bursaries available to them. If students are interested in pursuing a line of credit, they can visit their local bank. OSAP information and forms can be found at osap.gov.on.ca.
When you’re short on cash, barter! Ex-Bay St. financial planner quit her job to barter advice Magdalena Kapela Life Reporter Generation Y may be tech-savvy, but statistics indicate they are financially illiterate. They acquire loads of debt. With little confidence in their financial decisions this generation could turn to the traditional experts – hard to navigate financial blogs, bankers that are more interested in profit then our financial well being, and their parents. That’s where Shannon Simmons comes in. As a Certified Financial Planner, Simmons has all the expertise you need, and she is willing to trade you for it. Simmons has dedicated a year to help women get their finances on track through The Barter Babes Project. Before the birth of the Barter Babes, Simmons was working with high net-worth clients at a private wealth management firm where she was paid in dollars. Now she gets paid in meatballs, and other innovative currency. The project officially launched in Toronto last November, but Simmons had been doing research on this demographic for years. “The only thing lacking was a functioning business model to make a living,” says Simmons.
The vision spiraled into reality after Simmons overheard two young women panicking about money issues in line at a Toronto pub. The financial guru had to step in and provide her expertise. “They were so appreciative that they dropped off beer at my table saying it’s the least they can do for financial advice.” That’s when the light bulb switched on. Simmons decided she would trade things for financial advice. Clients contact Simmons via her website. Next, they agree on the terms of the barter. “I’m not looking for a monetary value, it’s about the experience. As long as it costs your time and effort, or is something that is exciting for you to do, I’m pumped about it” she says. Clients provide Simmons with their financial information, as well as a document that outlines their short and long-term goals. Simmons then meets with the Barter Babe equipped with the advice and tools necessary for making smart financial decisions. Sara Duke, fashion designer, was the 49th Barter Babe. She had heard about the Project from a Facebook friend. The Ryerson graduate and small business owner recently opened a new store on Bloor St. W called Sara Duke Fac-
“I’m not looking for a monetary value, it’s about the experience. As long as it costs your time and effort, or is something that is exciting for you to do, I’m pumped about it” Courtesy of Shannon Simmons
- Shannon Simmons, Certified Financial Planner
tory Store and needed help systematizing her finances. “I’m a new business and things got jumbled up with my personal finances. I just needed help getting organized and wanted to make sure that my expectations and projections were in check, regular stuff for a soul proprietor.” Duke was grateful for Simmons’ help and says the best thing she got out of the session was confidence. A good solid budget that doesn’t make you go crazy is Simmons’ golden rule for students. She doesn’t agree with budgets that allocate how much you can spend each week on entertainment and other variable costs. “Giving yourself $10 for movies and $18 a week for wine is constricting and you will end up feeling like a failure.” Simmons has bartered with 62 Babes and has enjoyed every consultation, “I absolutely love helping the way I’m helping. I feel like I’m in there when it’s most important.” She feels anyone can benefit from her services, including students with little or no income, since building foundations will help them in the future. Simmons barters on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s with in-city clients. She Skypes with those who live out of town.
FOR MORE INFO: Visit www.barterbabesproject.com
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Arts & Entertainment The bigger they are the harder they fall Indie record stores are flying as larger chains like HMV hit turbulence Cameron Switzer A&E Reporter HMV announced in early January that it will be closing 60 stores in the United Kingdom. What effect this announcement will have on Canadian HMV stores is yet to be seen, but if the numbers add up, we may one day see the end of the record chain. After the announcement, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which calculates record sales worldwide, stated that overall sales fell nine per cent last year, on top of a decade of declining profits. “As far as the chain stores go, they’ve dug their own… grave. Just like the major labels have. They just lost touch with the times,” says Pete Genesp, owner of Hits and Misses, an indie record outlet located at 799 Queen St. W in Toronto. “The times changed too quickly for them. They just kind of stuck with the CD and stuck with the CD and then started to scramble a few years ago…” Genesp isn’t worried. He’s been specializing in punk and underground music for a long time. “I have a better grasp on what is happening,” he says. “I’ve been doing this almost 19 years… and selling the same kind of stuff. So, I know what I’m doing.” His customers come to Hits and Misses because they want
something they can touch, feel and collect. They’re also looking for a personal touch that isn’t generally offered in large chain stores such as HMV. “I think it’s very important to have that relationship,” says Chris Dufton, assistant manager of iconic Toronto record store Sonic Boom. “Without them, we wouldn’t be here, and when it comes down to it we’re all just lovers of music.” Dufton and Sonic Boom’s vinyl manager Matt Flook think it’s the service and selection that keep people coming to their store, located at 512 Bloor St. W. “A major chain store is going to carry a lot of top 40 and then a very minimal amount of back catalogue, whereas we’ll carry the top 40 as well as an extensive back catalogue,” says Flook. Dufton thinks pricing also plays a role in why independent stores are doing well while chains like HMV are facing difficulties. “A lot of the chains, what they like to do is sell their top 40 for real cheap and keep the back catalogue priced pretty high, giving them the appearance that they are selling things cheaper. We price everything equally all around.” Jay Anderson of Soundscapes at 572 College St. W thinks that HMV closing is a bad omen for the industry, but doesn’t believe it will affect small shops. “It’s different [for Soundscapes],” he says. “We’ve been
Hits and Misses, a Toronto indie record store is known for its large selection.
surviving on being a boutique store. We deal with people who still actually buy CDs. For HMV to survive, they’re relying on stuff that’s gonna sell tens of thousands of units. We’ve never looked at that as a business model.” All four agree that their customers like to have a physical copy of their music, but whether that will be important for a new generation of music lovers is hard to tell. “When I was a kid, buying records in the late 70’s and 80’s, we didn’t have the Internet,” says Genesp. “We had to read magazines. We had to trade tapes with friends, or go through people col-
lections to hear about stuff.” Despite claims by musicians, producers and industry experts that digital downloading will not kill the music business, it’s still too early to tell. Anderson doesn’t think that the mortar-and-brick record store is dead just yet. “It’ll hit us later. Inevitably there’s not going to be another physical form of music. It’s going to end with CDs. We’re selling an obsolete product. Now how long that going to take, I don’t know. But, it’s people who grew up not treating music as a physical form. They’re used to getting music [electronically] whether they pay
Cameron switzer for it or not.” In the meantime, though, Toronto music lovers have many places to get their music fix. Sonic Boom offers a great collection of records as well as in-store shows. The store’s next show is Feb. 17, when the Deers grace Sonic’s basement stage. Soundscapes sells tickets and helps to promote local shows and artists. Its knowledge of music and appreciation for the industry is astounding. Hits and Misses’ new location at 799 Queen St. has a large selection of punk-rock and underground music.
Toronto artist profile: School Boyy Local rapper releases fourth mixtape: Fly University
“School Boyy takes everything he does in the music industry to the soul. It’s ‘heart work’ for him.” - Frosty, Toronto rapper
Jen gata A&E Reporter Imagine a crowd of thousands chanting loudly as their favourite rapper breathes his first words into the microphone. The bass thumps and bleeds through the speakers and the crowd screams louder and louder. His heart is thumping but this is what he has been waiting for. It’s his moment. It’s his dream of a lifetime to perform his music to adoring fans that know each and every word in his songs. This is the dream that drives local Toronto rapper School Boyy, who is placing the finishing touches on his fourth mixtape entitled Fly University. In the past year, this Rexdale native has produced three mixtapes, which he says were his tools to help him find his own sound for Fly University. “I learned how to channel how I feel into my lyrics and how I feel into my beat selection, and how to present my feelings and explore them in my music,” School Boyy says. School Boyy feels that what separates his music from other local rappers is that it makes his listeners feel something. “Rappers don’t know how to put emotion in it,” says School Boyy. “And emotion is an impor-
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School Boyy believes rap is deeper than punch lines about guns and swag.
tant part of the storytelling process of rap music.” The best rappers in the hip-hop game all have their own distinguished sound and School Boyy is dedicated to developing his own. “The rap style that I’m trying to perfect is something that I want
people to look at across the border and say ‘Yeah, that’s School Boyy, I know his music. It’s nice, it’s ill, it’s crazy.’” By treating his music as an art form, School Boyy makes sure his rap doesn’t fall into hip-hop’s stereotype. Lyrical content about
guns, violence, gangsters, jewelry, swag, cars and girls are subjects he veers away from when writing his music. “A lot of people think it’s just, pick up a pen or pencil and write a punch line about guns or swag or women and you’re a rapper. People don’t realize it takes a lot more work than that.” School Boyy breaks these stereotypes when he raps about love stories, dreams of success, feelings, pain from breakups, and music his listeners can feel and relate to. Local rappers Frosty and Charlie Black have worked with School Boyy on his past and present projects and notice the manner in which he treats his art form. “I personally believe that School Boyy takes everything he does in the music industry to the soul. It’s ‘heart work’ for him,” notes Frosty, who sees great potential for School Boyy in his career. Charlie Black is another local artist who has featured School Boyy on his own personal mixtapes and says he enjoyed working with him. He recognizes that School Boyy is an evolving artist who has developed his own sound and is willing to be experimental with his music.
Appropriately named, School Boyy is a student in the hip-hop game, constantly studying the moves of kings of hip-hop. Sunny Mann, host of a hiphop radio show at the University of Toronto in Mississauga, has released each world premiere of School Boyy’s new material from his upcoming mixtape. Mann admires School Boyy’s dedication to his music and believes it is a key quality for him to have in order to break into the hip hop industry. Mann said that the fact that he is doing complete mixtapes “is a great body of work and a crucial step,” instead of just releasing singles online. Fly University is set to be released in mid-February and will be available to download online.
ONLINE » To watch the full interview with School Boyy go to:
http://www.radixonline.ca To download the mixtape follow @SchoolBoyy on Twitter.
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Biz/Tech this week’s gaming releases PS3
Marvel vs Capcom 3 February 15
Marvel vs Capcom 3 February 15
Mario Sports Mix February 7
Killzone 3 February 22
Ten easy steps to making your car winter safe Calvin Spencer, a Peel Automotive Mechanic, recommends a full-vehicle inspection. amanda braithwaite Biz/Tech Reporter Several precautions come with owning and operating a vehicle. Busy lives and expensive repairs can lead us to put aside the importance of our cars’ maintenance and the safety of our lives when we’re behind the wheel. With help from Calvin Spencer, a certified mechanic from Peel Auto Repairs, here is a check list to go over during the snowy weather. Winter tires should be installed when the average temperature hits below seven degrees Celsius, says Spencer. Keeping the tires properly inflated and aligned will increase their life span and allow for a safe and smooth ride. A spare tire and all the tools needed to change it should be kept in the trunk, including a jack and tire iron. “If you don’t do a lot of driving you can get away with driving on all-season tires during the winter, but even the lowest grade snow tire will perform better than most all-season tires in the snow,” says Spencer. Spencer advises that a vehicle’s oil should be changed every 5,000 kilometres or three months, whichever comes first. This is because the heating and cooling of the engine causes water contamination from condensation and breaks down the
Your car’s oil should be changed every 5,000 km or every three months, whichever comes first.
oil. He recommends the oil be checked almost every time gas is put in the car to ensure the oil is clean and at the appropriate amount. Turn the engine off and look underneath the hood for a yellow or red dipstick attached to a handle. “What oil to use? Stick to what the manufacturer recommends. If you drive an older vehicle with high mileage then you can move to a high mileage oil of the same grade as what your car requires. If you stick to brand name oils you can’t go wrong, but all you need to do to make sure that the oil is any good is to look for a white circle somewhere on the bottle that says SAE approved. SAE means Society of Automotive Engineers,” says Spencer. You should let your engine run
in park for about five minutes after sitting over night to allow the oil to warm up, says Spencer. If the check engine light comes on, a symbol resembling an old fashioned oil can, you should pull over. If it persists, call a tow truck. This light means the car has low oil pressure and should not be driven. Windshield washer fluid should be checked just as often as the oil, says Spencer. The cap usually has a picture of windshield wipers and if you can’t see the fluid from looking inside, it should be re-filled. Choose a fluid that won’t freeze with temperatures below 40 degrees Celsius and which can be found at any gas station, WalMart, Canadian Tire or most grocery stores. Your cars’ wipers need to be
changed when they begin to leave lines and streaks on the glass. Wipers usually last about six months when being used, says Spencer. “My advice, stay away from those reflex style wiper blades. They’re expensive and usually don’t last all that long,” says Spencer. Instructions on how to replace a new set of wipers should be included inside the box, depending on which wipers you’ve bought. To ensure you’re buying the best wipers suited for your car, let the salesman know the make and model of your car before purchasing them. In your vehicle there should always be a flashlight, a warm blanket, a first-aid kit, a fire extinguisher and road flares. The battery life in a vehicle
can last as long as five years, says Spencer, but it should still be checked annually. When in use, a battery can last anywhere from ten minutes to four hours. This is decreased in winter due to the freezing temperatures. If the battery light comes on, a rectangular light showing positive and negative symbol, the battery will typically drain within ten minutes, says Spencer. Every year your vehicle should get a full system inspection, including checking the front and back steering and the suspension system. Also, having your vehicle undercoated once a year will protect your car from snow and water and keep the body and frame intact, suggests Spencer. Anytime your vehicle is in for service, the brakes should be checked. Depending on what kind of driving, and what roads are being driven on, brakes can last anywhere from 65,000 km to 90,000 km, says Spencer. Once your entire car is ready for the snowy roads, you must make sure you are as well. Before getting behind the wheel you should attend driving classes, which will not only teach you proper driving etiquette, but winter driving safety too. Sonya Swallows, a drivers’-education instructor, suggests keeping a two car distance back from the car in front of you, beginning to break earlier than usual and completely clearing your car of any snow or ice so there is nothing obstructing your vision. Caring for your vehicle isn’t tough if you keep up on all the monthly and annually checkups. If your vehicles properly prepared for winter driving, you will be too.
Reinventing print, one iPad at a time New iPad publication by Rupert Murdoch aims to change how news is read, but won’t be available in Canada yet. Maria Langstaff Biz/Tech Reporter Rupert Murdoch’s latest venture, the first iPad-only newspaper, debuted last week. The newspaper, dubbed The Daily, is Murdoch’s effort to reinvent journalism. “News times require new journalism,” Murdoch said at the live launch of The Daily. “There is a growing segment of educated and sophisticated consumers who do not read daily newspapers, but still consume media.” This “new journalism” can be seen in the innovative features of The Daily, which include highdefinition videos, interactive 360-degree photos and an audio feature that can read stories to you.
“I think what you’re seeing is the first all-media product,” said The Daily’s Editor-in-Chief, Jesse Angelo. There will be no print edition available – the paper will only be offered digitally via the iPad’s App Store at a cost of 99 cents a week. It can also be subscribed to for an annual price of $39.99. In comparison, a print subscription to The Globe and Mail costs $436.80 annually. However Canadians are out of luck, as The Daily is unavailable to non-U.S. users currently. Like its name suggests, The Daily will be published once a day. Readers will be kept up to date with breaking news updates throughout the day. It will be updated through new pages, tickers and twitter feeds. Murdoch has put together a team of over 100 journalists to staff his paper, including veterans
such as Sasha Frere-Jones of the New Yorker, Mike Nizza of the New York Times and Jesse Angelo, former managing editor of The New York Post. He has made it clear that The Daily is not going to be a left or right-leaning publication. However, at the launch Angelo would not reveal much about the paper’s political slant, merely saying ,“Read it. You’ll be surprised.” Thirty million dollars has been spent on The Daily so far, which will run at a minimal cost of half a million dollars a week. “Our ambitions are very big but our costs are very low,” said Murdoch. The pivotal point of whether or not The Daily will succeed is if iPad users are willing to pay for news content when there is a wide range of free news websites available to them through the iPad.
The Daily is dependent upon whether readers will pay for a subscription.
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Biz/Tech Toronto’s gaming scene: young but developing Lack of large developers does not hinder indie gaming. LUCAS ARCHER Biz/Tech Reporter Over the past 40 years video games have gone from being coin operated machines with black and white screens to the high definition interactive experiences they are today. According to the Wall Street Journal, sales of video game hardware, software and accessories totalled just over $15 billion worldwide in 2010. Call of Duty: Black Ops, a video game made by Treyarch studios, made $360 million on launch day last year, making it the biggest entertainment launch in history. Canadians have also contrib-
on Windows, they [TransGaming] will port it so it runs on Linux or the Mac,” says Robson. “There’s a lot of technology in just taking a game and porting it and that’s how they make their business.” What about the guys who are making the games? Well, despite the lack of multi-million dollar developers, the GTA has a flourishing independent game development scene. Independent studios create their games without being funded by a video game publisher. Some well known examples of independent games include Braid, Minecraft and Everyday Shooter, which just happens to be made by Toronto native Jonathan Mak. Shane Zeagman, GMD Coordinator for the University of Toronto Game Design & Development Club believes the Internet has created a great opportunity for these
more government funding, and the big local talent pool.” The employee also adds that after Ubisoft came to Montreal, other big companies like THQ, Warner Bros and EA followed. He doesn’t see why that can’t happen in a city like Toronto. Many agree that the video game industry in to the GTA is growing. A strong independent base, university and college game development programs, and interest from large developers are all signs that it’s moving in the right direction. “All we have to do is nurture and develop the industry,” says Rob Robson. “I think it’s largely because there were guys in Montreal and guys in Vancouver who were very keen to start companies and get it going. Now we have to foster this in the GTA and get the same thing happening here.”
A scene from Everyday Shooter, Queasy Games.
“Toronto’s reputation is as a financial centre, not as an artistic centre” -Rob Robson, IT Director of Humber College
uted significantly to the industry. BioWare has two studios in Canada, one in Edmonton and the other in Montreal. They have created award winning games such as Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2. French company Ubisoft also has a home in Montreal, and have created best selling franchises such as Prince of Persia, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Assassins Creed. With Canadians making so many contributions to the video game industry, why is the Greater Toronto Area lacking in video game development studios? “Toronto’s reputation is as a financial centre, not as an artistic centre,” says Rob Robson, IT director at Humber College. Robson is quite familiar with the local developers and has worked in computer graphics. He points out that although there aren’t many companies in the GTA that create games, there are others that are still important to the industry. One such example is TransGaming. Founded in 2001, Transgaming Technologies specializes in video game portability technology. “If you have a game that runs
independent studios. “We’re getting large interest in the indie scene right now with all the means of distribution we have like Steam, Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network and the Apple App Store. It’s never been easier for 1 or 2 man teams to make these nice little small indie games.” Zeagman says you really have to look hard to find these indie studios. “I remember my first two years here when I had people coming up and saying there are tons of things going on in Toronto and I was like really? Where? All I see are a bunch of bank buildings and guys and suits!” Even with the strong indie scene, an employee at Ubisoft Montreal, who wishes to remain anonymous, thinks the GTA is still a behind when it comes to big budget game development. “If you’re comparing it to the large Triple A games it’s pretty low.” He explains that companies like Ubisoft choose to locate themselves in places like Montreal instead of the Toronto. “There are at least two main reasons they [Ubisoft] are in Montreal instead of Toronto:
Put your bookshelf in the palm of your hand Consumers have plenty of options when it comes to getting all their books in one device, but are they ready for it? ankur taxali Biz/Tech Reporter
Many popular e-book readers are replacing books as the future of reading.
Since e-readers hit the shelves in the early 2000s, people have speculated when they’ll be able to ditch physical paper books for digital ones. Today, books can be read on your phone, on your computer, and on new devices called tablets. Despite the release of some very popular tablets, e-readers themselves continue to be more popular than ever. But, some people remain unconvinced; they prefer physical books, which are easier on the eyes and less expensive than a piece of technology. “It’s a non-issue for me,” one Humber College student says leaving the campus bookstore. “The books I need aren’t available online, or anywhere else. They’re
only available in the book store, as physical books.” But others have conflicting opinions. “I think it’s amazing I don’t have to pay for books,” aays another Humber student. “I have over fifteen novels that I downloaded online, and I’m reading them on my computer. I couldn’t be happier.” The Amazon Kindle e-book reader, released in 2007, has sold 1.5 million online devices and close to 8 million books through its Kindle . The Kindle Bookstore App is available on smart phones. Amazon also sells books on the iPad, which looks and feels like a traditional magazine, having about the same dimensions. Such numbers mean that e-books have penetrated the market, and the trend will likely continue as the market matures. If you’re eager to get started
reading, you have plenty of options. Certainly one of the most interesting distributor of online books is Google. Their online store Google Books, features hundreds of thousands of books. Accessing e-books through your browser, smart phone and tablet have given e-books an edge over physical books. On the devices end, Amazon’s Kindle 3 is selling well; but consumers are consistently opting for the iPad. According to sales numbers, about 10 million people have bought an iPad so far , though the device does more than just reading. Its broad appeal has made a splash at a few American universities, who have given the device to every undergraduate student in an effort to reduce the need of physical books. In the meantime, iPad users can use the Apple iBook bookstore to get their content on-the-go.
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Men’s Basketball: Mohawk vs. Humber at Home Tuesday, Feb 15 @ 8:00 p.m. Redeemer vs. Humber at Home Thursday, Feb 17 @ 8:00 p.m.
Men’s Volleyball: Humber vs. Redeemer At Ancaster Wednesday, Feb 16 @ 8:00 p.m.
Hawks’ Starting Guard Men’s Basketball
A: I understood the reputation that Humber holds in the OCAA; I thought it would be a good look being able to stay close to home while getting a good education and playing on a high profile college team.
Q: How much success did you find at the high school level in terms of accolades?
Q: What aspect of your game do you feel you need to improve?
A: Playing for Dunbarton High School in Pickering, our team was okay, we weren’t that great. We’d always seem to make it to the final round and then just lose, to a team from Whitby or Oshawa. But I think the only accolades I got were the Female Volleyball Award. But there weren’t a lot of records in high hchool. I’ve played for the provincial team indoor for a year. I’ve played for the beach volleyball team for three years. I’ve played a lot and I’d say I have a lot of experience under my belt.
A: At 6’3 I will need to work on my ball handling and my guard skills because I know at the next level I will need to play the combo guard position. In our system at Humber, I don’t really need to bring up the ball, I can play the wing. However, at the next level I do understand that I will need to orchestrate the offense a bit more.
Q: What sparked your passion for volleyball A: My mom played volleyball and I liked volleyball. Actually I liked all sports in elementary school. I played it that year and I actually just fell in love with it. It eventually came down to me having to choose between soccer and volleyball, and I guess I chose volleyball. I think I made a good choice.
Q: Did any schools try to recruit you while you were in high school?
Tuesday, Feb 15 @ 6:00 p.m. Redeemer vs. Humber at Home
Q: How did you end up landing at Humber?
OCAA Record Holder
Mohawk vs. Humber at Home
Thursday, Feb 17 @ 6:00 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball: Humber vs. Redeemer Ancaster Wednesday, Feb 16 @ 6:00 p.m. Landis Doyle
Q: Although Humber is known to have a balanced offensive attack, when do you feel it’s time to put a game into your hands? A: Personally, when I look at the game of basketball, it’s all about the team and getting other guys involved because I know I can get off my shot pretty much at any time. I want it to be a team game but I do understand that when it comes down to the final moments of the game and we’re down, I will take it upon myself to give our team that extra push.
Q: What are your future endeavours?
A: Well not really in high school since they don’t really watch the high school games, but I got a lot of attention since I was also playing in the OVA and when I played for Durham and a bunch of girls I played with went to the States. I was scouted by a few schools, but my parents didn’t want me to leave and go to the States, especially since a lot of those who left are coming back because they’re not liking it, so it was best for me to stay in Canada
A: I want to take both my game an my schooling to the next level, being university. I’m still weighing out my options, I have a few offers including Ryerson, [If he chooses to stay home] University of Victoria (British Columbia) and UPEI. But I still need to find out which school best suits me after visiting, I still have some time until September though.
Q: What’s the season been like so far for the team? What are your ambitions for the team moving forward?
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A: I think right now we’re 14-0. Were on top right now and I think other teams have been scouting out our games looking for a way to beat us. I guess our goals are set real high and we expect to win it all this year, but we have a lot of experience with previous Championships. We’re actually trying for a four Peat.
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Will Toronto ever win again? COREY D’SOUZA Forty-four years for the Maple Leafs, 17 years for the Blue Jays, and an unfortunate N/A (not applicable) for the Raptors and Toronto FC. Any crazed Toronto Sports fan could surmise what these numbers mean. In case you didn’t, these numbers, or letters in the case of the Raptors and TFC, represent how long these Toronto teams have gone without a championship. Toronto is Canada’s sports hub, yet there have been more failures, more rebuilding and more retooling of teams than there have actually been contending. So what could the problem be for the Toronto sports market? What is
“With all the passion that Leafs fans have, we expect to see some kind of winning product on the ice.” stopping the Toronto teams from achieving success? Here is where we face a problem. Do the fans In Toronto put too much pressure on the management and the team in general? Or due to a lack of success by Toronto teams, fans and media figures to scrutinize every move they make. Tarek El-Yamani, 21, a student
Basketball fans fill the Air Canada Centre for a Raptors game. Unlike the Blue Jays, the Raptors don’t have trouble with sell outs.
and avid Toronto sports fan says, “I think that there is great pressure for Toronto teams to succeed. At the moment, I don’t believe the pressure is on any one team in particular because each of the three major teams have been terrible in the past five years. But the team under most scrutiny, and I’m sure most would agree, is the Leafs.” El-Yamani is bang on with his statement, as you could bump into any bystander on the streets of Toronto to critique the last Leafs game. With all the passion that Leafs fans have, we expect to see some kind of winning product on the ice. This has created a negatively profound feeling amongst fans. We seem to criticize trades, free agent signings and any other move by management before we have any evidence to prove otherwise. The latest example would be the infamous trade for Phil
Kessel. Kessel was a dead duck upon arriving as fans placed lofty expectations on him that he was never going to live up to. Kessel looks scared and disengaged while playing, clearly broken down by the spotlight the fans and media have him in. Shane O’ Farrell, a Toronto sports fan says, “Toronto’s love for sports and overall sports culture ranks up there with any major American city I’ve been to or lived in. The Leafs and TFC have some of the largest fan-bases in their respective leagues. The ever-struggling Raptors still generate more revenue than half of the NBA’s franchises, and the Blue Jays attendance woes would happen to almost any franchise that has missed the playoffs for 17 straight seasons.” Although pressure has been and remains high for the Leafs
to succeed, the Raptors and Blue Jays do not share those lofty expectations. Many Raptors fans know that it is difficult to attract American basketball stars to play in Toronto. Most American athletes are wary of the cold, snowy climate, amongst other issues like currency exchange, updating passport, or simply that they feel foreign to Canada. Baseball fans, on the other hand, know how difficult it is for the Jays to compete. The power house New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox share the same division with them. Regardless of these factors, fans invest time and money into their teams and expect results. Sports act as a catalyst for many people as a way of releasing emotion or competitive energy while viewing a game. It’s normal for fans to develop feelings of both attachment
and entitlement to a team and its rate of success/failure. The money generated from fans pays the salaries of athletes, coaches and every employee in the franchise. Therefore it is not fair to say that fans put too much pressure on teams to succeed. For any athlete who feels burdened by playing in Toronto, O’Farrell has this to say. “If you’re an athlete who wins a championship in Toronto, you’ll be glorified and celebrated here for as long as you live. If you’re the captain of the next Leafs cupwinning team, (if there ever will be another), you’ll have statues built in your likeness, thousands of babies with your name, and restaurants named in your honour. We’re just that passionate and hungry for greatness here.”
Death on the hill preventable, NSAA JOELLE BERLET Sports Reporter Jacqueline Snarr, 48, former president of the Association of Ontario Snowboarders and a mother of three, died after snowboarding into a tree last March at Beaver Valley Ski Club. She was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Two Ontario skiers were killed at Revelstoke Mountain in British Columbia last January. Steve Babb, 46, and Sam Vogl, 17, slid off an icy cliff in an out-of-bounds area and died on impact. Babb’s son Colin, 16, survived the fall with an injured ankle. Each year, hundreds of preventable injuries are reported on Canadian ski and snowboard hills. According to the National Ski Areas Association in America (NSAA), an average of 40 people die every year from these sports alone. There have been few specific ski hill accidents in recent years which are caused by a lack of experience or protective gear. They tend to result from loss of control or failure to abide by hill rules. Scott Crich, a ski patroller in B.C. and now Ontario, says beginners need to be extra careful when starting out. “It gets dangerous with some young kids
if they don’t stop on the hill,” he says. “There tend to be more injuries on beginner hills.” “Private ski hills might be less prone to accidents, but when they happen, they’re potentially bigger,” says Crich. “Accidents often happen in the terrain park because kids are trying to push [their skills].” NSAA research suggests that while skiers are less likely to be involved in an accident on the hill, each incident is more likely to be fatal. Skiers travel faster and are more susceptible to running into trees, poles, and fences, while snowboards act more as an anchor to slow boarders down and keep them from sliding into fixed objects. Among 38 fatalities in America last season, 19 of those involved were wearing a helmet. Experts suggest that most injuries are preventable by wearing the appropriate gear such as certified helmets, or, by completing proper training before hitting the slopes. Despite this advice, helmets don’t seem to cut it; the responsibility lies with the individual skier to watch out for everyone else on the hill. It’s never safe to venture out of bounds, no matter one’s level of experience. Cam Taylor, a patroller for three years at Boler Mountain, says skiers and snowboarders can run into problems if they enter
Grooming ski hills is very important in keeping skiier and snowboarders safe.
marked off areas. “A big part of the patroller’s job is to keep people in the boundaries so they stay safe,” says Taylor. “Every night patrollers have to sweep the hills to make sure there is no one left on the hill, otherwise it’s a liability.” Fanshawe College student Ben Kenter, 20, has firsthand experience with a snowboard
injury. Despite being a sports enthusiast, his initial attempt at the sport did not end well. “I went down the hill, caught an edge, and fell backwards,” he recalls. “I smashed my head off the ground and ended up with a concussion.” “I just wasn’t aware of all the risks and how easy it was to fall
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snowboarding.” Snowboarders are more prone to wrist injuries from sticking their arms out to break a fall. Skiers, on the other hand, tend to get hurt by twisting their knees. Taylor says the simple things can go a long way towards keeping skiers and boarders safe.
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GH Best Dressed Two students making a fashionable step forward
Benjamin Shropshire Malaika Browne Business, 2nd Year
Interior Decorating, 2nd Year
While styling your apartment’s interior may be his main concern, this second year student at Humber is showing his personal style through his clothing. Hailing from Montreal, Shropshire says that his style is strongly influenced by the great vintage shopping his hometown is known for. As a self-described vintage junkie, most of his outfits and his favourite pieces come from secondhand shops like Value Village. Even though some of the vintage treasures he gets his hands on don’t always have a perfect fit, Shropshire manages to alter them and transform them into new, fashionable additions to his wardrobe. Shropshire hopes to one day work at a design firm before owning his own in the future.
This native of Trinidad may have only moved to Canada four years ago, but she’s already turning heads with her killer fashion sense. Her style speaks volumes about her personality, mixing her cultural influence with her love of music and dance. Although piecing an outfit together isn’t always easy, Browne says that fashion and style are things that come naturally to her. As a dancer, having your own personal style is a necessary aspect that comes with the job. After finishing her degree, Browne says she aspires to open up her own dance studio, or a boutique that produces and sells Kenyan crafts and jewelry.
How do you describe your style? Clean cut and professional but at the same time ready for any occasion Who’s your style icon? Jude Law What’s your go-to shopping destination? Value Village and vintage clothing stores
How do you describe your style? Old school Who’s your style icon? Erykah Badu What’s your go-to shopping destination? Urban Outfitters, American Apparel and vintage shops
Benjamin is wearing: Vintage scarf Jacket and shirt from H&M Vintage Converse boots
Malaika is wearing: Jacket from Urban Outfitters $120 DIY denim jacket Doc Martens If you think you deserve to be the next GH guy or girl e-mail arts.radix@ gmail.com
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The most fantastic gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife.
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned on their sleeves for one week. This was done so that it would become easy for other people to know their true feelings. This was known as “to wear your heart on your sleeve”. About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets. Cupid, another symbol of Valentine’s Day, became associated with it because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine’s cards holding a bow and arrow because he is believed to use magical arrows to inspire feelings of love.