RADIX The University of Guelph-Humber
Monday March 29, 2010
April Fools’ Day April 1 Good Friday April 2 Easter Monday April 5 Hedley April 5 ACC World Health Day April 7 Nickelback April 8, ACC Harry Potter Exhibit April 9 - 22, Ontario Science Centre Harlem Globetrotters April 10, ACC Blue Jays Home Opener April 12, v. Chicago White Sox Trans-Siberian Orchestra April 13, Massey Hall Exams Start April 19 Rock of the Ages April 20, Royal Alexandra Theatre Gogol Bordello April 20, Sound Academy Earth Day April 22
“TWO MEN WERE PUT ON THIS EARTH. ONE THREW A PUNCH. EVERYONE ELSE STOPPED TO WATCH.”
- Dana White, UFC President on the primal nature of fighting
Addressing a crowd of hundreds at the Eaton Centre on March 23, Dana White told fans that he is determined to bring Ontario a mixed martial arts event in the near future.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is very confident it will be holding events in Ontario in the near future. UFC President Dana White was in Toronto at the Eaton Centre last week for a fan and press event, which featured a question and answer period as well as autographs with Canadian fighters Sam Stout and Krzysztof Soszynski. The main topic of discussion was when the first UFC would come to the Air Canada Centre. Montreal will soon be host to its second event, while Canada’s largest city and economy has yet to welcome one. While the sport has been sanctioned in British Columbia and Quebec, as well as much of the United States, fans here are acutely aware that the sport is not sanctioned in Ontario. Numerous
petitions have been circulated here urging a change in the situation by what is believed to be a particularly strong fan base. The problem lies in the criminal code where the “prize fighting” is seen as a crime. The criminal code defines prize fighting as “an encounter or fight with fists or hands between two persons who have met for that purpose by previous arrangement made by or for them” and mixed-martial arts falls under this definition. There are exceptions made for boxing matches which have stipulations regarding gloves and include athletic commissions that sanction the fights. White has been very vocal about his desire to bring the UFC to Ontario, but understands the situation he is facing.
“It’s tough to change laws. It takes time,” says White. “This is the mecca of mixed-martial arts, and we’re working hard to get an event here.” Premier Dalton McGuinty has recently come out and said that the topic of regulating the UFC in Ontario is not at the top of his priority list. White chose to look at this in a positive way. “He said it’s not at the top of his list - but he didn’t say it wasn’t on his list either. It shouldn’t be on the top of his list, he is running the government.” The media has often called out fans and participants of the sport as being “savage” or “uncivilized,” but White believes that the education process is the most difficult part of getting the sport sanctioned in Ontario. The majority of nay-sayers
argue that the sport is too violent, and it is simply too dangerous to be sanctioned. When White was asked about injuries in the sport, he emphatically responded, “There are more deaths and more serious injuries in cheerleading than in the UFC.” The comment got a rise out of the crowd gathered last Wednesday, who packed the atrium in front of the Sears store. British Columbia recently announced a two-year trial period for the sport. This, in a way, has set a precedent for White and the UFC to follow. With Montreal and Vancouver already holding events, he hopes Toronto will not be far behind. “I think we have made a lot of progress. I am going to keep coming here until this thing gets done,” said White. “We are asking for government regulation, there is no reason it shouldn’t be regulated.”
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MONDAY MARCH 29, 2010
Mammoliti has big plans if elected Mayoral candidate wants a casino built downtown, curfew for tweens, and lower property taxes
on the streets late at night are the ones who get picked up by gangs. “Everyone’s concerned about the plastic bags, but no one’s thinking about the body bags that are coming home from crime,” Mammoliti says. The Humber College graduERIN KANN ate wants to make a commitment to the people who have Giorgio Mammoliti’s mayoral worked hard in the community campaign, ‘Outrageously in for their whole lives. Touch,’ promises big risks and “Seniors will never have big returns, but not everyone is to pay property tax again,” he convinced it will f ly. says. The campaign centers On top of abolishing proparound “the three R’s”– re- erty tax for those on pensions, think, rebuild, and return. Mammoliti will give a $10,000 Mammoliti says he will rethink credit per parent to families Toronto’s operational strate- that have their parents live gies and assess at home with what works, and them. He says what doesn’t. “No one’s thinkit’s about keepHe will rebuild ing families tothe parts that ing about the gether. are ineffective Mammoliti’s in order to give body bags that plans hinge on a better return building a cato the commu- are coming sino downtown. nity. First a smaller If elected, home.“ casino would the first thing be built, probMammoliti says ably on a boat, he’ll do is cut he says. After a property tax by 5 per cent. few years, the city would look He proposes addressing into a permanent location for a crime by putting an 11p.m. cur- casino in Toronto. few on all teens under 14 years Etobicoke North Councillor, of age, declaring that kids out and president at city hall, Rob
Giorgio Mammoliti speaks out at his campaign launch party on Feb. 25.
Ford isn’t convinced. Ford a newly announced mayoral candidate, notes that although the casino could be a cash cow for Toronto, building one would not be Mammoliti’s decision. According to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, there is no official cap for the number of casinos that can
What’s that smell around Humber? Students describe it as burnt toast, roasted coffee beans and bagels
Toronto turns off lights for Earth Hour DEVON MCLEAN
ALEXANDRA WORKS The temperature is on the rise, and soon the smells of crisp grass, blooming flowers, and the scent of simple warm air will be all around. There is one smell, however, that has gone unexplained. Bagels, burnt toast, cinnamon buns, or even roasted coffee beans have been used by students to describe the smell that surrounds the campus as soon as the weather gets warm. “I smelt burnt toast when I was coming out of my car this morning,” says Anna Abdullahu, a first year Justice Studies student at Guelph-Humber. One source of the bready aromas around Guelph-Humber has now been identified. Italian Home Bakery, located south of campus on Atwell Drive, is a 24 hour bakery that pumps out bread, ready to be shipped throughout Canada. “We’re guilty,” says Dennis Rosetti, president of IHB, in response to the accusation of making Humber Campus smell like doughy bread. At 10 a.m., trucks are crowded around the building picking up orders. By 1 p.m., peak time, all eight receiving doors are open and transferring the loaves from factory to 18 wheelers.
be built in the province. However, an OLG representative says building a new casino is up to the provincial government, not the city. Applying for, and building a casino could take up to 10 years. There is already a casino and racetrack in Rexdale and Ford says if anything, the may-
That mysterious odour that students smell near campus could be coming from many local factories, like Italian Home Bakery, shown above. “Everything is baked fresh every day,” he says. “We try and make it so that by the time it gets to the store, its shelf life is 24 hours.” The words “baked fresh” can be affirmed by taking a tour of the bakery. The giant warehouse features one room with huge containers of flour, each holding a type designed for Italian bread, French bread and others. Walking through the factory can feel like watching an episode of How It’s Made, with many machines working hard to slice dough, and conveyor belts distributing bread in and out of ovens. The company has around 150 employees, who inspect, handle and process each loaf. There is no machine to bag the bread; every loaf is packaged by one of the workers at the bakery. “We use paper bags. There is not
really a machine to handle paper bags. They are too fragile,” Rossetti says. This building is not likely to be the only source of smell around school. IHB is one of many bakeries and factories that surround Humber north campus. Many have suggested that it comes from a coffee factory. There is also Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp., located on Finch Ave, at Humber College Blvd. This building transmits the smell of a tantalizing array of baked sweets: brownies, cookies, cakes, tarts and more. But some students still insist that the smells they confront come from inside GH, like second year ECE student, Stephanie Williams. “I always thought it was from William’s Coffee Pub,” she says.
or should expand on that one. Ford believes that Mammoliti’s promises don’t hold water. “What throws me for a loop with Mammoliti though, is he says he’s going to cut property tax by 5 per cent, yet he’s voted for every property tax put forward,” Ford says. In the 10 years Ford has sat on City Council, he has never voted for a property tax increase in Toronto. The biggest issue that Ford would like to see resolved is the mismanagement of funds in the city. He says since Mayor David Miller took office, spending and debt have both tripled. “We’re $3 billion in debt... We need a mayor to undo basically everything that Miller did,” Ford says. For the root of the problems, Ford looked in his own backyard. “It all starts at the top. You can yell and scream at whoever you want, but at the end of the day, there’s 45 councillors that vote on everything,” Ford says. Ford’s announcement of his candidacy on March 25 tightens a mayoral race that also features former Ontario cabinet minister George Smitherman. Both councillors may get their chance to keep their promises this fall, as the Toronto election is set for October 25.
What may have appeared to be a blackout in Toronto last Saturday evening was not the responsibility of Ontario Hydro. It marked the fourth annual Earth Hour, when many people all over the world turned off their lights to show support for environmental awareness. Since the World Wildlife Fund started Earth Hour in Australia in 2007, it’s been rapidly spreading to cities all over the world. This year the WWF held a concert in Toronto at Yonge-Dundas square. Tara Wood, spokesperson for WWF Canada, says the group was expecting more than 15,000 people to attend. “It allows people an opportunity to feel like they are part of a global movement,” says Wood. People want to be able to participate in something positive, she adds, instead of only hearing the doom and gloom news about global warming. Humber’s Environmental Action and Awareness club has been participating in Earth Hour since 2008. HEAA’s President, Brittany Kueneman, says in previous
years the club has gone downtown to enjoy the unusual view of the Toronto skyline in the dark. “It makes a difference that you can see the stars in downtown Toronto, it’s kind of neat,” says Kueneman. Earth Hour is a good event to get people involved because it’s easy to do and only one hour long, Kueneman says. “Everyone has their own responsibility,” to be environmentally conscious, she says. Since the HEAA started, the club has worked to make residence and the campus greener, Kueneman says. Two years ago the residences and Humber turned off the lights for Earth Hour and the HEAA members played hide and go seek in the dark with the students. The campus was not scheduled to go dark this year, but Kueneman says there were other events students could participate in, such as a barbeque. Wood says that Earth Hour isn’t about how much electricity is saved in one day. “What’s most important is that people are actually turning off their lights and thinking about what they can do to make every hour Earth Hour.”
MONDAY MARCH 29, 2010
Time to enhance resumés TRACY WOOLCOCK
Students use the resources at the Career Centre to assist in finding summer opportunities.
the possibilities their field has to offer. However, there is more responsibility and it may also not be paid, depending on the intern position. Intern performance is evaluated and employers will take their observations and pass them on to other employers, putting the student’s reputation on the line. Derryon Williams, a Production Assistant intern at Rogers Television admits that the work can get hectic. “It’s a real eye-opener; classes never prepare you enough for the work environment,” Williams says. “I’m happy that I’m doing this now because if I didn’t, I would probably quit the first week of my job.” Another option for students is study-
ing abroad. This exposes people to new cultures and venues. Students can develop new social skills while interacting with international contacts. According to Statistics Canada, more than 200,000 students study abroad. It often requires financial assistance for extra expenses such as travel, accommodations and study materials, which can make it a greater commitment. “Students need to find time to relax and enjoy the break from classes,” says Thomas. “However students should also be devoting time thinking about what their next steps will be. University goes by quickly. Try and make the best out of the resources that are available to you now.”
Campaign day helps GHSA candidates Students have opportunity to meet future leaders
PR students planning for the medida event. dents are welcome to attend.
Alcohol awareness event LISA MURRAY On Thursday, April 15, Humber’s Public Relations students will host an alcohol awareness event, called the North Cottage Getaway. The venue will be decorated in a cottage theme, with items such as beach chairs, checkered table cloths, beach wear and bonfires. The event will also have themed refreshments, such as S’mores, hotdogs and ice cream. Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the LCBO, and Drive Alive will be at the event presenting information to students about alcohol awareness. On March 25, LinX will be holding a pre-event fundraiser. Cover will be $5 and all proceeds will go towards the North Cottage Getaway event.
Possible exam change
SAMANTHA O’CONNOR The Guelph-Humber Student Association held its first annual Campaigning Day in the atrium on March 16. All candidates campaigning for an executive or program representative position on the GHSA were invited to meet students, share their platforms and advocate on their own behalves. Students running for President, the four Vice President spots and seven program representatives met with students all afternoon. “It’s a one-stop shop for student voters,” says Liana Acri, GHSA’s Assistant Electoral Officer. “With everyone out at the same time, it brings more attention to candidates,” says Sunny Dhillon, Chief Electoral Officer. Tables were set up, filling the atrium, and colourful signs were posted. Volunteers handed out sweets such as lollipops and brownies to attract students. “Campaigning Day is great because it puts faces to names,” says Vanessa Silaphet, a third year Business student running for Vice President of Finance. In previous years, students campaigning had to find their own face-time with students and promote their platform on their own time. “Many students don’t know how to book out a table in the atrium, or where to start when it comes to campaigning,” says Dhillon.
MELISSA DOYLE Today, from 4-6p.m., Guelph-Humber Public Relations students will be holding a Media Networking event in the atrium. The event will consist of representatives from several media corporations, guest speakers, refreshments, and prizes. Students are able to mingle with representatives from the different organizations that are participating in the event. Although the event is targeted toward Media Studies students, all stu-
Students who volunteer gain a better reputation among employers The clock is winding down as students prepare for the final weeks of classes and await the vacation period. Rather than returning to their parttime jobs, career counsellors note that such alternatives as volunteerism and study abroad can create long-term benefits. “While many students need to make money over the summer, it’s a great time to focus on building experience that will help them to test out their career interests and make them more competitive after graduation,” says Susan Thomas, Manager of Career Services at GuelphHumber. With a little research, students can discover an array of opportunities. Volunteering often goes unnoticed because it does not generate income. Yet even though it lacks a salary, it does provide an opportunity to gain experience. Lisa Gibbs, a second year Law Clerk student at Ryerson University enjoys volunteering at a law office downtown. “Volunteering at the office has made me realize that this is something I would like to do with my life,” she says. Thomas says, “Students should use their time to do anything that helps them to learn about what they love to do. There are many great career-related summer jobs out there through both the provincial and federal programs.” Interning is another prospect that provides students with the chance to see all
Media networking event
Candidates set up a booth in the Guelph-Humber atrium to advocate for themselves to students.
John Walsh, Vice-Provost of the University of Guelph-Humber and Chair of the Academic Management and Program Committee, has suggested a permanent change to the exam schedule that could see students writing their exams outside of the school. GH has become increasingly short of space for students to write their the exams. Walsh says that if any changes were to be made to the student’s exam schedule they would be informed right away.
Mock trade show MELISSA DOYLE
Students in Guelph-Humber’s Business Studies program held a mock trade show last Thursday in the atrium. Students got the opportunity to see what it’s like to run their own business. “The event here today is for planning small businesses. For the semester you have to set up, plan, and organize a small business. And for the culminating project, we have to run a trade show,” says third year Business Studies student, Rahm Derrick.
MONDAY MARCH 29, 2010
Students take risks for a night of fun Noise complaints aren’t the only thing party hosts should be worrying about KATIE MYHALUK Beer bottles randomly lay strewn across table tops and floors. The empty Texas Mickies of vodka and rum casually lean up against the several kegs, looking beat up, in the corner. Bottle caps, McDonald’s wrappers, and empty whipped cream bottles are poking out from beneath the random people passed out on the couch. Half eaten boxes of cereal and a pot of hardened Kraft Dinner sits lonesome on the kitchen counter. The garbage is overflowing with people’s attempt to throw out their shiny red beer cups. This is a sight that many students may be familiar with, but many new party throwers and goers may not realize the risks they are taking. College parties vary across campuses. At some schools fraternity houses throw the biggest parties; at other schools sports teams run the party scene. There are also the random houses that roll a keg in and invite everyone they know to their house. Each year the off-campus neighbourhoods of Humber North Campus – Autumn Glen, Woodsview,
Shady Glen, and Alicewood just to name a few – play host to many parties. On the legal side, party throwers can be victim to various fines. “Too many people causing a fire hazard, underage drinking, and serving liquor without a license. People can face jail time; if someone dies the host is held responsible,” says Michael Kopinak, Director of Student Success and Engagement at Humber College. When planning a house party, many students don’t realize how careful they have to be. A common myth among young adults is the noise complaint. Many students believe noise complaints can only occur after 11 p.m., and consequently that they can only receive tickets after that time. But noise complaints can be placed at any time of the day, and can result in a fine.
Serving liquor without a license is also against the law, and students can face hefty tickets, of $300 or more. This includes the four kegs you have in an ice bath for your party this weekend. “I was at an after-party for a team championship. The party was spoiled by the Toronto police who came in unthreatened without knocking,” says Paul Harding, first-year Fitness and Health Promotions at Humber
Healthy snack ideas for students on the go Eating well while on a budget may be easier than you think VANESSA WOLTJA Everyone has a favourite dish. Whether it’s a daily snack or weekly dinner, food choices may vary based on the season. As we head into spring and summer, busy schedules and summer jobs are expected, and it may have an effect on students eating habits. “We get students in all the time that are eating pizza, McDonalds, and fast food on a daily basis. It’s not exactly the healthiest choice but sometimes its the fastest choice.” says an employee of LinX, the student pub on the Guelph-Humber campus. A sound way to avoid eating out and spending money is to prepare the food yourself. It may be overwhelming to start planning your own dishes, but it’s important to stay fresh. Summer fruits are quick to take on the go - including melon slices, peaches, nectarines, and apples. You can try mixing a low-fat vanilla yogurt with any of these fruits for a creamier taste. To get your protein, buying a roast chicken or preparing whole wheat tortilla wrap sandwiches is healthy and inexpensive.
“I find that I barely have time to prepare my own meals. I don’t even know what I would make, it’s like I see all this stuff on television and in restaurants, but I doubt I can go home and attempt to make it myself.” says Crystale Yash, a Guelph-Humber Business student. A great snack or breakfast can be a gorp dish. Gorp is combined nuts. Whole shelled almonds, an ounce unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, an ounce dried cranberries, one tablespoon chopped pitted dates, and a few teaspoons of chocolate chips. This recipe is only 110 calories and combines potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, and protein. “Another great way to get your protein and energy is through spinach. Spinach fruit salads are easy to make. Combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, and toss the spinach, bell pepper, strawberries and blueberries in. And if you want you can top it with cheese, avocado, dried cranberries, sunflower seed and walnuts.” says Al Ferrante, a Commento Bistro chef. Last but not least, a smoothie can be a snack or a quick, satisfying meal. A popular smoothie according to Ferrante, is the strawberry-banana delight. This combines 250 mL of milk 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, half banana, 1/4 cup plain yogurt 1 tbsp (15 mL) liquid honey.
College. Jordanna Langill, second year Fitness and Health Promotions, held the party in mid-November of last year. “They didn’t knock, just came right in. The cop was holding the pepper spray behind his back and walked through the house spraying it without telling anybody.”
According to Section 8 of the Criminal Code of Canada, you have the right to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure. Police officers do not have the power to force their entry; they must have a warrant.
But if something happens and it’s out of your control, Kopinak says to “not hesitate in calling the police.” If parties begin to get too wild, party-goers and hosts should know when it’s time to get the police’s help.
Going to parties is a rite of passage for many, but social planners recommend that people also know their limits and trust their gut feeling. Kopinak says don’t leave your drinks unattended, don’t drive, and use the buddy system. “It’s not about taking fun away, but taking the risk away when hosting a party and going to one.”
Students are willing to have fun, but are they willing to pay the price for it? Party throwers can face a $300 fine for serving liquor without a license.
Dental care curbs oral cancer TRACY WOOLCOCK They crush, chomp, and mush the nutrients our bodies need in order to survive, yet some people don’t give them the attention they require. The Canadian Dental Association has designated the month of April as national oral health month. T here’s a g rowi ng nu mber of Canadians who suffer f rom oral cancer. T he Dent al Association is t a k i ng the i n itiative to prevent the nu mber of cases f rom g rowi ng. “I try to f loss after every meal but it’s so annoying” says Alethea Whyte first year Funeral Service Education student at Humber. According to the Canadian Dental Association poor oral health can affect a person’s quality of life. Oral pain, missing teeth or infections can inf luence the way a person speaks, eats and socializes.
Mya Fjawawicks, parttime sales associate at Old Navy says “I do brush my teeth every morning but sometimes when you’re tired you fall asleep without brushing, I know it’s a bad habit but I can’t help it.”
The mouth is part of the body but we often think of it as something separate. Bleeding or tender gums are often ignored, while an irritation
Oral cancer may be rising among Canadians, but going for regular dental checkups can lower your chances of getting the disease. or pain elsewhere in the body would mean a trip to doctor. Marcy Skribe, dental hygienist for 13 years and employee for the campus dental off ice at Humber says, “The best way to grantee good oral heath is through proper edu-
“I try to floss after every meal but it’s so annoying.” cation and the more the students know the better it will be for them in the long r un.” The on-campus dental hy-
gienist is available Monday to Friday 8:30- 4:30, located in room KX201. The dental clinic offers teeth cleaning, treatment for sensitive teeth, custom whiting, sport mouth guard and tooth jewelry. Reg u l a r d e nt a l che ck u p s help p r eve nt a l l s m a l l p r ob le m s f r om ge t t i ng wor s e. Here are f ive steps to good oral health: 1. See your dentist regularly. 2. Keep your mouth clean, by brushing often. 3. Avoid overdoing sweet treats and drinks. 4. Check mouth regular for bleeding gums. 5. Avoid chewing or smoking tobacco.
MONDAY MARCH 29, 2010
Sliding your way out of exams DEVON MCLEAN As exams approach, and essays and assignments pile up, students look for ways to deal with the stress. Some students try to manage by studying harder while others will do anything to get out of their final assessments. The Radix surveyed Guelph-Humber students to find out what they have done to get out of assessments, and why. Just over one fifth, 21 per cent, of students polled say they have lied to get out of an assessment. Most of those students, 80 per cent of them, say the lie was to avoid handing in an essay on the due date. The most common reason they gave was personal illness, with 59 per cent of students responding this way. The reasons students gave
ranged from procrastination and boredom, to a busy schedule and unwillingness to attend. One student responded that they lied, “Just for interest. I often don’t complete assignments, but I don’t make excuses, I just accept the repercussions.” Another student wrote, “I didn’t show up for the class and found out the test date was actually the class I missed.” Still another remarked, “I wanted to, I just didn’t have enough time to make it as good as I wanted it to be. Sometimes, an honest excuse isn’t enough to get an extension.” A first responder at a Toronto college receives calls from his campus about people who are injured or ill. He says of all the calls he deals with, only about one per cent are students lying about injury or illness to get out of assessments, but it can happen. “The check and balance in the system is the doctor’s note,” he says. It’s hard to fool a blood pressure cuff or fake vital signs when assessed. “It’s like people who are faking asthma attacks who put the wheeze in the wrong spot,” the first responder went
Popular Student Excuses 70 Percentage of Students Using Excuses
With exams around the corner, some familiar student excuses are bound to emerge
40 30 20 10
14% 4.5% 9.1%
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Diﬀerent Excuses that are Used by Students Devon McLean
Survey results from Guelph-Humber students who have used excuses to get out of class work.
on to say. Lalita Manku is the Justice Studies Program Advisor at Guelph-Humber. She says that even if students apply for special consideration to miss an exam, they must take the test eventually. “It happens at every exam time,” says Manku, but it is the students’ responsi-
bility to either attend the exam or file the paperwork to write it later. Manku says the school requires documents to prove any request to miss an exam, which will be reviewed by the Academic Review Subcommittee. She says students who
schedule vacations during the exam period, or use “the alarm clock didn’t go off,” or “I looked at the wrong exam time,” as reasons are out of luck. “These are common and they are usually pretty up front about that, but those are examples that we can’t accommodate,” says Manku.
Fashion arts students meet Humber students to discuss upcoming event knitting up a storm Program focusing on Chile and Haiti while world moves on
Club trying to prove that knitting is not just for your grandmother
MARIAMA BARRIE Haitians and now recently Canadian residents of Chile are still mourning over the tragic events that destroyed much of their country. Dana Jerome, whose mother was in Haiti during the time of the earthquake, says people need to know the situation in Haiti hasn’t changed and that people there are still facing hardships. “The fact that the media has strayed upon the issue because it’s not the hot topic anymore, doesn’t change the fact that everyone over there still needs the extra help. They need you to donate,” says Jerome. Project Uganda, a club lead by Fashion Arts students at Humber’s North Campus is using fashion as a tool to impact the lives of unfortunate people around the world. With the help of fellow Fashion Arts students the club members hope to put together a beneficial event while fulfilling their passion. “This is an opportunity to bring forth what I can to the table for the sake of others. It’s okay to help people at a young age and use the tools that you have to make an impact to the lives of others,” says Anamika Swanby, Vice President of Project Uganda. The club’s initial plan, which was
Concerned students gather in preparation for their awareness event on April 1. Their goal is to raise money for school uniforms for the children of Uganda..
to help kids in Uganda, fell short due to time and money. Once the two tragedies struck Haiti and Chile, the club decided to refocus their charity work to aid earthquake victims. “In my opinion everybody should be helping those in need,” says Farleon Lawrence, the President of Project Uganda. The club’s initial goal was to organize fashion shows and donate the funds received to buy school uniforms for kids in Uganda, because those without uniforms cannot attend school. Innocent Kariuhanga, who is Ugandan born, has lived in Canada for 10 years. According to him, the conditions in Uganda are rough for villagers. “We have an organization here
that is working along with the Ugandan organizations, in terms of providing funding to keep kids in school, and with aid,” says Kariuhanga. While poverty plays a major role in the limitations of education in Uganda, people who were born there and now reside in Canada, work collectively with agencies and organizations to improve situations back home. Regardless of who is helping, there are always people interested in providing what others need. Project Uganda’s next event takes place on April 1 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and $15 for anyone interested in attending the after party called “Crazy Hair, Crazy Makeup” at LinX.
Since mid-November last year, a dedicated group of crafty people have been meeting twice a week in residence to de-stress and knit. New this year, the residence knitting club was founded by Resident Assistants (RAs) and friends, Sarah Westlake and Maggie Burrows. “We come, we sit down, we knit,” explains Burrows, who has been knitting since she was eight years old. “We talk about what’s on our minds...it’s a time to relax and take your mind off studying.” “[Knitting] really is a skill where you can multitask,” says Westlake. She adds that the club alternates between watching movies and catching up on their favourite TV shows during meetings. The group is a small one; the club started with six people in first semester and has recently shrunk to four. While both Westlake and Burrows are experienced knitters, the club is also open to those who want to learn the skill.
Knitting has become more popular with young adults, with students at Humber picking up the hobby.
“I never saw myself knitting,” says Teal Johannson-Knox, who joined the club this semester. “I never expected to pick it up so fast.” So far, Johannson-Knox has made two scarves and, under the guidance of Burrows, is starting a blanket. Westlake is planning to continue the club next year and expand membership. “We’ll maybe try and hype it up a little bit,” she says, jokingly adding, “as much as you can hype up a knitting club.” Currently, the group meets at 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday and Sunday in rooms T226 and T132 respectively.
MONDAY MARCH 29, 2010
Radix photo contest saddles up Winner’s profile
The winning photograph from the Radix photo contest is “Rebirth,” captured on a farm in Beeton, Ont. Below are more photos from the winner.
Twenty year old Image Arts student Sarah Westlake was the winner of the Radix photo contest this past month. Westlake grew up an hour from Toronto in the town of Tottenham. “I really enjoy nature based things regarding both life and photography. I’ve been told I have a very sentimental approach to photography,” she says. She got into taking pictures as a young child, using her family’s camera whenever she could get her hands on it. “When I was little and found out I could turn it into a career, I was very excited.” Westlake, now in her second year at GH, hasn’t yet decided which direction she wants to go with her field.
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TYLER MUNRO STAFF REPORTER
Gypsophilia was another band rocking the stages of Canadian Music Week.
anadian Music Fest took on an international flavour on March 11 when some of Ireland’s top talents made the cross continental trek to Toronto for an international showcase at The Hideout. The Fest showcase, which took place on the second day of the 28th annual Canadian Music Week, featured three standout Irish bands in particular. Dark Room Notes, described as an Irish Metric, had the dance floor filling by the minute with their decidedly eighties’ brand of pulsating indie-pop. While they had some sound issues, the band managed to endear themselves to an audience that clearly knew nothing of them, a trend that would continue with the next act. While Dark Room Notes captivated the audience by giving it something to dance to, Wexford’s Adebisi Shank used their unique brand of technically demanding instrumental rock to give the audience something to think about. The crowd was noticeably aware of the shift in sound, with Adebisi Shank’s performance coming
Coming out of Halifax, the seven-piece jazz outfit barely fit on the small stage that sits atop a flight of stairs in College Street’s Rancho Relaxo.
And So I Watch You From A Far playing their set during Canadian Music Week.
as a direct contrast to Dark Room Notes’ set. One fan was overheard saying that Vinny, Adebisi Shank’s bassist, was “literally insane”. He might have been, but it sure was endearing. Vinny, who wears a burgundy hood over his surprisingly boyish face, did everything he could to give the crowd a show. Whether it was spending time in the audi-
ence atop a shakey table (that had to be held steady by a willing fan) or drinking a beer that was left laying about, he seemed to make it his goal to get the crowd’s attention. By the end of the 40 minute set the band, which is also comprised of drummer Mick and guitarist Lar, had undoubtedly won most of the unsuspecting crowd over. Up
Clocking in at around 40 minutes, their set was over before it should have been, and it took no more than a few songs to convince the audience of their instrumental prowess and genuine enthusiasm for what they were playing. last was Belfast’s And So I Watch You From Afar. Another instrumental act, something that’s more coincidence than evidence of a trend, they played a progressive brand of metal that was not nearly as chaotic than the preceding act, relying more on slowly evolving build-ups that spiral into larger, heavier crescendos. As their set began, guitarist
Tony Wright made mention that the band had been awake for roughly 40 hours, something that was not at all obvious throughout their surprisingly energetic set. In the initial moments of their set the band had to deal with an outspoken fan, who heckled them by yelling things like “I can’t hear your vocals” as they prepared to play their second song. Three songs into their performance, that fan was headbanging in the audience with the band’s guitarist, who had jumped into the crowd, perhaps in an attempt to win the skeptical patron over. It obviously worked, since he was heard after their set telling the band’s bassist that “sometimes you don’t need vocals”. By the end of the night, which was really the beginning of morning the next day, the venue was full of fans equally entertained and intoxicated by what they had just seen and heard. While Adebisi Shank were arguably the most memorable performance of the night, the final three bands spread their material widely throughout the diverse audience. If this showcase is any indication of Ireland’s future, it can be said that they’ll be giving fans something to talk about for years to come.
MONDAY MARCH 29, 2010
Amateurs moon-walk into first Michael Jacksoninspired dance wins Dancing with the Staff event ALEXANDRA WORKS Seven dance couples came together earlier this month on a makeshift dance floor in the Humber Student Center. Dancing with the Staff, the event put together by the Humber Students’ Federation, paired Humber and Guelph-Humber students with HSF staff members to battle it out for a grand prize of $1000. Jensen Andrews, an Early Childhood student at GH sat in the second row, camera in hand as a friend was about to take the floor. “I’ve never seen him dance before,” Andrews says, “I saw little videos that he did in practice, but not the whole thing.” The judges, Anamika Swavy, Andre Wright and Mandy Downes provided a mixture of a Dancing with the Stars and American Idol experience, Swavy being the “nice” judge, giving encouraging remarks. “Believe in yourself, know that you can dance,” she says.
Meanwhile Downes took a Simon Cowell approach, spilling out comments like, “I was absolutely bored,” and “Quit while you’re at it.” First prize winners, Humber Fitness & Health student Waleed Rahmaty and Shayne Abalos, a Humber Architecture student, danced to a mix of the late Michael Jackson’s songs, showing off their moon-walking, and hipthrusting moves. “I feel fantastic, actually amazing, actually exuberant,” HSF staffer Rahmaty says, after he finished off the routine by ripping open his shirt, revealing three big black words on his chest: This is it. The two got the idea to do the routine after watching This Is It, the Micheal Jackson documentary, after the pop icon’s death. “I thought, why not try something fun. I thought people would like the Michael Jackson theme because of [his death] last summer.” says Abalos. Unlike the other teams, Rahmaty and Abalos had no formal dance training, and still managed to grab first place. Despite Downes’ critical remarks, the two still managed to take home the prize un-phased. “We both have a relaxed atti-
tude,” Rahmaty says. “We got a lot of constructive criticism, but we didn’t take it to heart.” Tania Colagiacomo, an Early Childhood Education student at Humber, says that the Michael Jackson duo was her favourite. “It was one that you tap your foot to,” she says. Second place winners, GH Media Studies student and HSF staffer Dallas Skopeleanos and her partner Shawn Morris had a huge crowd of supporters. A cluster of blue uniforms covered over a quarter of the area as Pre-service Firefighter Education and Training students came out to support Morris, their fellow fire fighter and salsa instructor. Morris and Skopeleanos had only gotten together around five times before setting foot on the dance floor in front of the audience. Skopeleanos says that it was really nice having all Morris’ friends there, cheering them on. “Having the audience there made it so much better than practicing alone in the studio,” she says. “I’m excited and glad it’s over with.” Skopeleanos’ fast learning, and Morris’ salsa experience brought them a second place prize of $500.
Humber shimmies into third at Hype dance contest
Shayne Abalos and Waleed Rahmaty won first place at Dancing with the Staff on March 17 for their Michael Jackson inspired routine.
Amnesty International entertains and informs STEPHANIE BUTLER
MELISSA DOYLE Dancers from post-secondary schools across Ontario demonstrated a flurry of fast footwork last Sunday night at the Hype Dance Competition. Humber came in third overall at the event held in the school’s Athletic Centre. Katie Hagan, the founder of the Hype Dance team at Humber and the current coach, says that the team had never come lower than second place before. “This is our fifth year running, the first two years, we won, the third year McMaster won, and last year, Ryerson won.” says Hagan. The Humber Hype did take the trophy for Best Entertaining and achieved second and third place in the Duets category. York University’s dance team won first place overall. Janet Louranco, the team’s coach, says, “We worked so hard this year. We were really proud of this piece and we were hoping that we were going to get recognized for it. “We have been to Hype before. We weren’t here last year, but we are happy to be back.” Daniella Guido, a criminology student at York University, says winning is, “an amazing feeling.”
The Humber Hype dance team performs a piece named ‘Strength’.
Wayne Carrasco, fourth year advertising student at Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology, is President of the school’s dance company, Essence of Realness, which is a hip-hop dance crew. Carrasco says, “It’s really great to see all this hip-hop dance around us. Especially to go to competitions, to see other dance groups feel the same way, it’s really cool.” Samantha McKay, second year Family and Community and Social Services Student at the University of Guelph-Humber, is a former Humber Hype dancer. “This year we tried a lot of different things, like we had a video screen, we had a DJ and an MC, and we added tap, so it all turned out really well,” says McKay. Hagan mentioned that the theme of one of the pieces the Humber Hype performed this year was Celebration. She says its, “kind of a play about a
bunch of songs that are about love.” Shamier Anderson, MC of the event, is most commonly known for his work with Family Channel on the show Family First, and more recently, work with Camp Rock 2, a Disney Channel movie starring the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. “Oh, of course, I can’t say that the Jonas Brothers can do this kind of dance, but it’s crazy, the same kind of energy and work that is put in.” says Anderson. “With dance period, it is such an art that is underrated sometimes because a lot of people put in so much work and so much time, and it takes so much energy, and I think dancers need more appreciation.” Competitors went home with a special gift from the Humber Hype team: socks inscribed with the sentiment, “Dance is the hidden language of the soul, be sure you put your feet, in the right place, and stand firm.”
Last week, Guelph-Humber’s chapter of Amnesty International held a dance-a-thon to raise both awareness of Amnesty’s work and funds for the Haiti earthquake relief. Students performed as dancers, poetry readers and singers, and modelled world cultures. Guest speaker Michael Craig, an Amnesty International volunteer of 20 years, described the non-governmental organization as a group that “seeks to get governments around the world to respect universal human rights. “We do this through research, publicity, and grassroots activism,” Craig says. “We promote the concept that human rights is for all – no exceptions.” Several students took the stage representing the cause of oppressed activists and read lines trying to illustrate the global need for human rights recognition. “We went on the Amnesty website and found out what current issues are and got the models to speak about them,” explained Dolly Birdi, GH Amnesty club President and third year Guelph-Humber Business Administration student. Despite running 30 minutes behind schedule, there were over 100 students sitting in chairs and lined up at the railing above the Student Centre.
The final Polynesian island inspired performance by the Hula San Village Dance Troupe.
The dance performances were an audience favourite, – genres ranging from Indian to Bollywood to hip-hop –generated applause and cheers. “There’s a lot of hard work to put together the music, the dance, and the costumes,” said dancer Rimi Chaggar, 20, a second year Psychology student. “It’s great to see that people are appreciating it.” The event concluded with a performance by the Hula San Village Dance Troupe, a Polynesian dance group run by Guelph-Humber Business Administration graduate, Glenn Samar Jr.
MONDAY MARCH 29, 2010
RADIX Activism vs. Slacktivism Social network activists are accused of being lazy EMILY CARSON With websites like Taking IT Global and Facebook’s upcoming Jumo.com striving to engage youth, new questions have emerged on the internet’s role in activism. Is the web the new driving force of political advocacy or has activism reverted to simply awareness? If awareness is all people get, can that really change anything? Close to 250,000 non-profits are using the Facebook application. But less than 1 percent of the people who join a cause online actually donate money or get involved outside the digital realm. Observers note that simply clicking “Join Cause” does not count as activism. But it’s also not a passive exercise, allowing a broader population to take a position on pressing global issues. “I think any kind of activism, whether it be passive or aggressive, is activism,” says Jennifer Chan, of Torontobased Exhibit Change, an online activism site. “Whatever way people want to participate in being more aware, expressing their feelings, researching, and getting involved at a level they are comfortable with is valid. Then if something sparks action, they are much closer to understanding viewpoints and perspectives.” Cyberactivism allows small-
er non-government organizations (NGOs) to have the ability to disseminate information and campaign internationally without enduring time constrictions and costs. And sometimes social media activism is used to organize ground-based awareness, organizers note. In January when parliament announced its prorogation, ‘Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament’ arose and used Facebook to organize its protests. Some critics slammed CAPP members for being ‘slacktivists,’ using social networking instead of engaging people in person. “With regards to the accusations of ‘slacktivism,’ I believe Canadians have proven the pundits and cynics wrong. Turnout at the CAPP protest illustrates that. Only 4,000 people confirmed on Facebook that they would be attending that rally. I think on the day of the protest that number was tripled.” Walied Khogali, a Toronto organizer with CAPP says. Asked what youth could do in addition to using the internet to learn about social issues, Khogali replied, “My advice is that they youth have no choice but to get engaged and active in their communities. It our future, we have a responsibility to future and past generations. If you care about an issue, take a stand, get others to take a stand with you, but most importantly commit to bringing about positive change. “Change can be incremental but it is a sign of progress.”
A screenshot of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Twitter page: US Ambassador David Jacobson gives the PM a case of beer on behalf of Obama after Canada’s men’s hockey team beat the US at the Olympics.
Social networking a political tool Politicians use the internet to boost their public profile EMILY CARSON Not long ago, politicians only spoke through carefully crafted press releases and stagnant speeches. But changing media has always played a part in politics and when campaigns and speeches began to play on television and online, political observers note, the political field shifted. Critics remarked it mattered less how relevant the ideas were and more about how well candidates performed and how good they looked doing it. “I think it is good for constituents [voters] to feel like they really know their representative and there are not a lot of ways for this to happen… Right now Twitter and Facebook are some of the easiest, quickest, cheapest ways to do it,” states Evan Dean, candidate for Toronto city council in Ward 27.
Media outlets have noted that when US President Barack Obama started using social networking to boost the youth investment in his campaign, the majority of other political leaders realized that it could be an effective tool to sell themselves. No one seems to argue that Prime Minister Harper is anywhere as companionable as President Obama, but in a March 16 YouTube interview, he became the second leader to address his constituents in this manner. “I think it is a great place to stay connected to constituents or other interested parties. It allows you to control your message and image and be pretty responsive.” Dean says. About 1,800 questions were submitted to Harper via video and text and the video received 119,000 page views. The interview was constructed like a traditional network interview. The only difference was that it was web broadcast via YouTube. Social media is often employed as an exercise in public relations in that it has been used
as a tool for social awareness, voter outreach, and allows a voice for anyone who cares to use it. Some politicians have had drawbacks; one text, tweet or video can propel a politician’s status or tear them down. This method of message delivery is being invoked by everyone from Presidents and Prime Ministers to the Dali Lama, to Humber Students’ Federation candidates. It allows a large number of people take part in the conversation. “I think it’s a step in the right direction in terms of reaching out to younger people. But it should be done well, and be made while keeping the intended audience in mind,” said Gagan Bath, a second year Guelph-Humber Public Relations student. The draw of political social networking is that it gives a seemingly personal connection to figureheads. But candidates sometimes learn that if it’s not handled correctly it can quickly descend into 140-character press statements viewed by few readers.
Save money this summer Enjoy the break and keep your cash too JUSTIN HERRINGTON STAFF REPORTER Oh, the never-ending question for university students: How can I have a great summer and still have enough money for school in September? There are many cheap options for students who do not have extra cash to spend. Option 1: Bring, don’t buy, food and drinks. One of the biggest summer expenses for students is drinking and dining. Bringing a lunch to work is a great healthy, cost-conscious idea. According to Registered Dietitian Stephanie Bertani, fastfood is bad for your health, your
energy, and your budget. When going out with friends, most dinners can be bought for $15-20. However, alcohol expenses can easily double or triple the bill. Business student at Georgian College, Drew Barclay says, “Instead of drinking at dinner, have a few before you go out and drink water with meals instead.” Another option would to bring your own wine to the restaurant. This way, you’ll only have to pay a small corkage fee. Option 2: Discover cost-efficient activities. There are many things to do in small towns or big cites that are relatively cheap. Visiting your local park, taking a swim at the beach, or grabbing an ice cream cone with friends are time-consuming, fun, outdoor activities that won’t damage your wallet. Make use of the time away from school by staying a few extra hours every week at work,
or picking up an extra shift. Option 3: Find new ways to save! A good way to save cash is to have an automatic payment plan set up at your bank. Get your bank account set up so that you save at least 50 per cent of every paycheque. And rather than have your money go into a chequing account, invest it for the time being. Or, put it in a savings account where you can make a few extra bucks in interest. Option 4: Cut back on your cell phone usage. Ditch your expensive cell phone plan and use your work phone, e-mail or house phone to make calls to friends and family. Dan Blake, a third year Fire Prevention Services student at Seneca College does not use a cell phone. “I’ve never had a cell, and I never will,” Blake says. “My parents didn’t have one as kids, so why do I need one? I lived my whole life without it.”
MONDAY MARCH 29, 2010
Proper bus etiquette disregarded SARAH DOKTOR ARTS EDITOR
any Humber and Guelph Humber students commute every day to school, often using public transit. This can sometimes turn into a long and irritating experence for all. Ten things you should definitely do while using public transit: #10. Yell at the bus driver. Whatever your issue is, it is obviously their fault. The fare is too high, the bus is too full, or you are having a bad day. These are all valid excuses to be rude to the person who is about to drive you to your destination. #9. Hold the doors while they chime. It is okay to hold open the doors on the subway so your friends, who are still walking down the stairs, can get on. Those signs that say ‘do not charge or hold doors’ are just for looks. #8. Stand in front of the doors. Who doesn’t love a little obstacle
Students cram on the bus at Humber College Boulevard. Many people don’t realize there is such thing as bus etiquette.
while trying to get off the bus/train? #7. Push people. They shouldn’t be in your way, anyhow. You are in a hurry. Being two steps ahead of them will make all the difference, so feel free to
push and shove your way forward. #6. Seat-mates. In an almost empty car or bus, you should obviously sit right beside one of the only other riders; they might be
lonely. #5. Three seats are better than one. Take up three seats with all your bags so other riders have to stand. You wouldn’t want to
get your bags dirty on the f loor. #4. Be loud. It’s okay for a group of friends to talk really loudly. Don’t worry if you’re by yourself; talk really loudly on your cellphone! We are all very interested in your personal life. #3. Loud music is good too. Listen to your music loudly enough so the entire car/bus can hear it. No, really, we all want to listen to the obnoxious muffling coming from your headphones, or better yet, mini speakers. You also get the added benefit of hearing loss at a young age. #2. Take a seat. Do not give up your seat to the elderly, disabled, pregnant or someone carrying a small child. No, these people can stand; you deserve to sit. #1. Who needs personal space? We are all crammed into these vehicles like sardines. If someone moves over an inch, consider it their gift to you. Stretch out, dear stranger, I hope you are comfortable. And if you don’t have the opportunity to invade my bubble, please stare at me. Nothing brightens my day more than strangers’ laser-beam eyes fixated on my face.
Smiles and deceit: A look into the world of campus politics STEPHANIE BUTLER STAFF REPORTER
ooking to take a crash course in marketing, ethics, and politics all in the span of one month? If your answer is yes, consider running for student government next year. Last month, I had the privilege of running in the 2010-2011 Humber Students’ Federation Elections. The theme was YouVote and the candidate list was stacked with students interested in running for President, Vice-President of Campus Life, and the position I was interested in, Vice-President of Administration. The election process began in mid-January when nomination packages became available. I picked up a package the first day and immediately began collecting the 100-plus student signatures required to support my candidacy. I pestered my friends and interrupted the dinners of students eating in the residence cafeteria in order to get the required signatures. Once my package was in, I got an email from the Chief Electoral Officer, Ercole Perrone, letting me know that I was in the running. I discovered that I would be running against four other students: Richard Chang, Shabana Kaker, Varun Verma, and Bradley Watson. Each opponent was uniquely qualified and brought a range of skills and experience to the race. Campaigning hadn’t started yet and I knew it was going to be a
tight election. We were each then required to film a short commercial for the HSF to use during elections. Each of us had a 15-20 second script to say in front of a camera. Memorizing the script and delivering it with energy was a challenge – my commercial took nearly a dozen takes to finish. Campaigning began after reading week. While I was prepared to promote my platform and persuade students to vote for me, I wasn’t yet prepared to compete with the other four candidates also running for VP Admin. By Monday morning, the Student Centre was liberally covered with campaign posters. I walked in with a few posters of my own, a roll of painter’s tape under my arm and nearly ran out and puked. Competition has always intimidated me. Competition with glossy posters and big smiles terrified me. As the campaign period continued, I became more comfortable with competing and campaigning. The HSF held two Election Forums for candidates to present their platforms, debate with each other, and answer student questions. Going head to head against other candidates was an exercise in frustration. I found out very quickly that not everyone I was running against had a good grasp on the position. Candidates were promising things like extended cafeteria hours, increased cleaning of the campus, and improvements to residence services despite the fact that the HSF has no direct control over these things.
Guelph-Humber set up voting stations for students to vote for their favourite candidate in the HSF elections in mid-March.
Unfortunately, most voters don’t know what the HSF can and cannot do and many will vote for the best platform, no matter how unrealistic it may be. Put simply, if the HSF did have control over food services, facilities maintenance, and residence, these changes would have been made long ago. When I began running, I promised myself that I would run a fair campaign and keep my platform realistic. As the debates wore on, I had to balance promoting a realistic set of goals and resisting the urge to def late the platforms of my opponents. During the campaign period, I was interviewed by two Et Cetera reporters: one for a story on the
family tie between HSF president Shugufa Kaker and her sister (my opponent) Shabana Kaker, and another for a story on the new poster policy. In both interviews, I chose to be diplomatic and respect my competition. Running for HSF has meant that my face has been visible to the Humber community – on posters, in the newspapers, and on HumberTV. During this time, I became a campus celebrity; students and staff were approaching me in the hallways to offer encouragement or promise their vote. (And, in a couple of cases, to ask for my number.) However, not all of the publicity was positive. Some of my posters were vandalized – one
had genitals drawn on my face and the other had “lesbian” scrawled next to my name. I’ll take it as a compliment that the vandal took the time to find out that I’m the current president of the Pride Club on campus, as that information wasn’t on my poster. Now that elections are over, I encourage all students to take part in next year’s electoral race. Running for HSF has been a stressful and fulfilling pleasure. Although I lost the election, I’ve learned as much in the student government process as I would have in any class. I’ve met more students and networked with more staff than I would in a year.
MONDAY MARCH 29, 2010
Students tune out during elections
uelph-Humber has experienced some pretty pathetic voter turnouts over the years. While we would think most students would want to have a say in what happens at our school, it appears from the dismal 21 per cent voter turnout for the recent Humber Students’ Federation election that they largely do not care. Simply put, our generation lacks the desire for involvement in politics. There are many contributing factors but the point is as students we should stand up for what we want our school to be. After all, we are paying for our education; why not get the best that we can? Unfortunately, people mistrust candidate campaigns. Candidates often say they have authority to change things they cannot. Yet as students we need to become aware of such things as why our student fees are going up and what that money is going to. The last thing a student wants is their tuition to go to waste. Especially to pay the HFC president’s salary if they won’t uphold their promises. School politics sometimes reflect municipal, provincial and federal politics; some candidates feel they can lie their way to the top. But the main issue GuelphHumber and Humber College have with their annual elections is the lack of voters. Last year
during the HSF elections, only 16.4 per cent of students voted. This year, more voters came out to have a say in who would run the HSF student government. The voting percentage increased to a whopping 21.3 per cent. Although this is a decent increase in a year, it is still a very
low voter turnout. Admittedly, students are not the only ones who tend to lack voting enthusiasm -- so do many Canadians in federal elections. The last election held in 2008 saw a voting percentage of 59.1, which also happens to be a record low in Confederation history, according to the CBC. Why is it that
Canadians don’t take a more robust stand for who and what they believe in? Although our neighbours to the south have traditionally had an even weaker level of voter participation, politics and campaigning are given much higher profile in the United States. “Vote now!” is the message that is shoved down the throats of anyone over 18 years of age during election time in the U.S. There had been low participation at the polls until a new generation of voters between the ages of 18 and 30 began voting in the last three elections and particularly the last one. U.S. candidates are becoming more creative with their approach to young people. What is the answer to many major problems in the world today? Celebrity power, of course. Celebrities seem run the world lately, so why not use their influence to increase voter turnout? Are young people voting because they want to have at least a small amount of influence over who will be running their country? Or because Kanye West and Madonna are telling them to? The impact of celebrity in this past election, including that of the Democratic candidate, was incredible. Obama shirts became the hottest product and everyone sported them throughout the race. You would see rap stars on BET encour-
aging everyone to get out and vote; throughout the magazines and tabloids actors would also be openly campaigning for Obama. Was the celebrity presence part of the reason why Obama was elected? Or was it that he could actually be the one to make a difference? Or both? But in Canada the generation of voters 18 to 25 -- the ages of post-secondary students -- right now are not interested. There are not enough issues related to students being addressed and they feel unappreciated. They will not give their support to those who don’t care. Canadian politicians need to learn how to bring in the younger voters by helping them understand why governments are an essential part of their lives. However, the politicians who want our trust are often the ones who repeatedly break it. Until they straighten-up, voter turnout will continue to suffer. The best thing about student government is... it’s for the students! The recognition we desire from Ottawa, we are instead getting from our fellow students -- yet most could care less, according to the polls. Next time you complain about something at Guelph-Humber, consider whether or not you took the time to vote in the last election. Your choice may have improved GH and made the school a better place for all students.
We asked you...
Did you vote during the last school election?
Anna Kawzowicz Post-grad Clinical Research
Greg Ashizawa First-year Kinesology
Lisa Daly Third-year Image Arts
Arpit Bhagat Second-year Business
Christine Chuong First-year Psychology
“No, because it makes absolutely no difference in the end. Everyone is just as qualified.”
“Yes, because I was standing there and they came and asked me to vote.”
“No, because they hassled me too much. I’m probably just lazy I guess.”
“No, I did not know about the elections.”
“No, I forgot.”
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MONDAY MARCH 29, 2010
Hawks teams fly high this season Hawks Humber dominates at provincial and national competitions KATIE MYHALUK The Humber gymnasium will soon be more crowded with championship banners. The Hawks once again dominated the college athletic scene, winning more titles and awards than any other college. “What started out as a strong year actually ended being an exceptional year when the dust settled,” says Jim Bialek, Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director. Humber came out of the Ontario College Athletic Association’s provincial championship with six gold, two silver, and three bronze medals. Mixed doubles and the badminton team overall, men’s basketball, volleyball, golf, and women’s volleyball brought home the gold. The silver medal was won by men’s rugby and women’s badminton singles. Women’s soccer, the cross country teams, and men’s badminton doubles
Courtesy of Humber Athletics
Even though the women’s basketball team did not win any awards, they had a strong season, reaching the provincial quarter-finals. rounded up Humber’s OCAA wins with the bronze medals. Golf individual medals were also won by Mike Zizek and
“Great success at the provincial level and outstanding achievement at nationals.” Danielle Green with gold, and Bev Peel with bronze. The Hawks family was recipi-
ent of many OCAA awards. Four OCAA season all-stars, three rookies of the year, four championship all-stars, and three championship MVPs were awarded to the Humber athletes. Five firstteam and seven second-team allstars were given to the Hawks. Badminton coaches Mike Kopinak and Lam Trinh were named OCAA Coaches of the Year, while their team’s athletes Charlie Lay and Renee Yip were named players of the year. Keyla Moreno and Andrew DaSilva of the women’s and men’s soccer
teams were also named OCAA players of the year. On the national stage, Humber soared away from the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association with two gold and two bronze wins. Trinh was again recognized by the CCAA as Coach of the Year for his role with the badminton team. “We achieved our first ever national badminton championship,” said Doug Fox, Humber’s Athletic Director. Badminton’s mixed doubles, Raymond Wong and Renee Yip, and men’s golf were national champions. Bronze was won by overall cross country and women’s team golf. Humber’s Maggie Trainor, won the women’s individual title at the Royal Canadian Golf Association university national championship tournament. Seven of the Humber Hawk athletes were honoured with the All Canadian award. “Great success at the provincial level and outstanding achievement at nationals,” remarked Bialek. Humber cheerleading attended PCA Nationals for the first time this season, placing third in their division.
Humber sports year ’09-’10 in review AMANDA SMITH
Men’s Indoor Soccer
The men’s indoor soccer season is drawing to a close as the team competed in regionals last Thursday and Friday. The Hawks finished the regular season with a record of 16-2-2.
They finished the regular season with an overall record of 12 wins and one tie. The team lost 2-0 in the bronze medal match of provincials to Fanshawe College.
Women’s Indoor Soccer
Women’s Soccer The women’s team finished their season with an overall record of 13-1-1. They won their quarter final match against Algonquin to move on to provincials where the Hawks took a bronze medal. Humber advanced to nationals as they were the host team. They finished their season as the fifth best team in Canada. Humber Badminton At regionals, the team overall won gold and saw eight of ten players advance to provincial finals. They saw the men’s doubles team of Charlie Lay and Mark Wong win bronze, the mixed doubles team of Renee Yip and Raymond Wong win gold as well as Jordanna Langill win women’s silver. Yip and Wong advance to nationals where they were able to win gold in the mixed doubles competition. Humber Cross-Country The Hawks cross-country teams had a strong season this year. The men came away with a fourth place standing in the province and finished seventh overall in the country. The women came away as provincial silver medalists and placed third overall in Canada.
The Hawks season is coming to a close after a fruitful year. The men’s indoor soccer team is finishing off their season at regionals March 25-26.
The women’s indoor soccer team finished the regular season with a record of 2-2-4. They then won all three games at regionals to advance to provincials. As of Thursday night, the Hawks advance to provincal semifinals after going a perfect 3-0 in round robin.
The team finished with an overall season record of 33-6. They advanced directly to the provincial quarter finals, and advanced to the gold medal match. They defeated Seneca to win provincial gold. The guys then travelled to Alberta where they finished their season with a fourth place finish.
The team this year was rookie laden with 10 first year players yet still had a strong season with 17 wins and eight losses overall. They advanced to the provincial quarter-finals, where they lost to Seneca College by a single point.
The team finished the season with a record of six wins and one loss. They won their semi final match-up in playoffs to advance to the provincial match where they then lost in injury time 16-15 to Mohawk College.
The men’s team finished their regular season off with an impressive 28-8 record. They moved directly into the quarter finals at provincials where they dominated. The Hawks then won provincial gold in a victory over Fanshawe College 59-48. From there, the team travelled to Alberta for nationals where they played for the bronze medal. The Hawks won 71-66 over Fanshawe in their final game.
Another team full of rookies from Humber had a winning season, as this team saw their overall season record soar to 46-5-1. They advanced to the provincial finals where they dominated and won over Nipissing three sets to two to advance to nationals. The team then travelled to Outahais, Quebec where they finished their season as the fifth place team in Canada.
Hawks Golf The Humber golf teams had another dominating season. Both the men’s and women’s teams won provincial gold, while Danielle Green and Mike Zizek won the individual categories. At nationals, the men’s team came away with the gold medal and the women returned home with a bronze medal. In individual competition, Danielle Green won silver as well as Ryan Willoughby.
award winners OCAA All-Stars •Kelly Nyhof, Women’s Volleyball •Kendra Trodd, WVB •Jason Costa, Men’s Rugby •Rob Lefler, MR OCAA Rookie of the Year •Kelly Nyhof, WVB •Terrel Bramwell, Men’s Volleyball •Calvin Rosario, Men’s Soccer OCAA Championship All-Stars •JR Bailey, Men’s Basketball •Jordon Langley, MVB •Derek Quinn, MVB •Leslie Quigley, Women’s Soccer OCAA Championship Most Valuable Player •Daviau Rodney, MBB •Laura Bye, WVB •Terrel Bramwell, MVB OCAA Coaches of the Year •Michael Kopinak, Badminton •Lam Trinh, BAD OCAA Players of the Year •Charlie Lay, BAD •Renee Yip, BAD •Keyla Moreno, WS •Andrew DaSilv,a MS First Team All-Star •JR Bailey, MBB •Kelly Nyhof, WVB •Kendra Trodd, WVB •Terrel Bramwell, MVB Second Team All-Star •Michael Acheampong, MBB •Jadwey Hemmings, MBB •Kayla Surani, Women’s Basketball •Rebecca Dietrich, WBB •Laura Bye, MVB •Nina Carino, WVB •Steven Cheung, MVB CCAA Coaches of the Year •Lam Trinh, BAD CCAA All-Canadian •Terrel Bramwell, MVB •Renee Yip, BAD •Charlie Lay, BAD •Keyla Moreno, WS •Joanna Alexopulos, WS •Andrew DaSilva, MS •Aleks Janjic, MS
MONDAY MARCH 29, 2010
Woods’ return comes earlier than expected Golfer’s decision to play at Masters raises questions MATT KING Tiger Wood’s anticipated return has come much earlier than people believed it would. In February, Woods said “I do plan to return to golf one day, I just don’t know when that day will be,” but few expected it to be at this year’s Masters. The Masters is one of the biggest golf tournaments on the PGA schedule and the April 5 tournament is only six months after Woods announced he was stepping away from the sport to attend rehabilitation for sexual addiction. Mackenzie Cuthbert, a back shop manager at Royal Woodbine golf course thinks Woods will bring crowds back to golf. “The PGA tournaments have not been getting good turnouts. Golf without woods was like football without [NFL Patriots quarterback Tom] Brady.” This sentiment is not shared
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Tiger Woods’ planned return will take place at the Augusta National golf club in Georgia, April 5-11.
by everyone though. Some believe that it is far too early for him to return to the tour. “He is a coward; he is trying to run away from his problems,” said Trista Dimonte, a former
Sportchek associate, alluding to heavy security at the Masters. The Augusta National, the club where the Tiger will make his return, presented several reasons why the decision makes
sense. It is a privately owned golf club that can limit the journalists and paparazzi allowed in, and for a dominant player like Woods, it is highly unlikely publications like TMZ will be granted access.
Dimonte believes that if Woods chooses to come back then he has to deal with the consequences of his actions. Cuthbert on the other hand believes Woods has a lot of this going for him in this tournament. “The Masters is such a prestigious tournament, they will have lots of security and it is his ideal return.” Augusta National officials also argued the golf fans at the private clubs tend to be returning fans so the likelihood of Woods being heckled at from the grandstand is highly unlikely. Woods has had some of his most impressive triumphs at this course. He won his first Masters in 1997, repeated in 2001 and 2002 before his last green jacket in 2005. He is tied with Arnold Palmer for second in victories at Augusta trailing only Jack Nicklaus. Cuthbert thinks the long layoff will not hurt Woods in his performance. “If he thinks he is ready to come back, so be it. It wouldn’t surprise me if he is able to pull out a win.”
March Madness surprises many Major upsets in the early rounds make tournament unpredictable JESSE MAIDA Most bettors’ brackets are trash thanks to the likes of future NBA All-Stars Ali Farokhmanesh of Northern Iowa and Omar Samhan of St. Mary’s, in the first two rounds of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s basketball tournament. Buzzer beaters, double overtime games, 11 double-digit seed wins, and one of the biggest upsets in March Madness history has made this year’s unpredictable tournament one of the most exciting in decades. But observers expect normality to return for the sweet 16. Kentucky has won their first two games by a combined total of 59 points, Duke and Syracuse have both won by a combined 44 points; and Syracuse has done it while missing one of their starters, Arinze Onuaku, due to injury. Injuries haven’t seemed to slow down teams as they have in recent years. Purdue was supposed to be out early without star Robbie Hummel and Michigan State was supposed to crack when their star point guard Kailin Lucas went down in the second half against Maryland. Gabriel Venditti has been following the March Madness tournament for 17 years and thinks the injuries will eventually catch up to teams. “As they play better teams, they will most likely fall apart,”,
says Venditti. Office pools and ‘picking your bracket’ are a big part of March Madness. It’s a way for many to show off knowledge and even win some money. Enzo Marventano worked at the sports radio station Fan 590 from 2005-2009. “I didn’t really know much about college basketball, but when you work at a sports radio station, you’re forced to learn fast,” says Marventano. He demonstrated the point by winning three of the four office pools when he was there. “I’ve turned into a college basketball freak - I’m hooked,” says Marventano. This year he picked University of Kansas, the number one overall ranked team going into the tournament. They ended up losing in the second round to the Northern Iowa Panthers, one of the biggest upsets ever according to ESPN’s “Bracketologist” Joe Lunardi. Gabriel Venditti also picked Kansas to win in his bracket; in fact over 25 per cent of people in an office pool this year picked Kansas to win, according to ESPN. The Kansas loss has left their side of the bracket wide open. Ohio State has what many believe to be the best player in the tournament so they will definitely look to take advantage of their situation, especially because their next match-up is against one of the most undisciplined teams remaining, University of Tennessee. Although teams like Ohio State and the three remaining number one seeds look to be in the driver seat, fans know the NCAA tournament has no guarantees; anything can happen; any team can win.