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www.radixonline.ca Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Steroids hit Canadian varsity programs
Three Waterloo students playing for the University of Guelph football team have recieved a year-long ban for steroid use KATIE DUNCAN
In light of the recent University of Waterloo football scandal, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports (CCES) and Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) are increasing their testing measures to eliminate the use of doping in university athletics this season. The news of increased testing comes after the entire University of Waterloo football team was suspended after a random drug test revealed nine students on the team to be users. Four players admitted to the use of steroids, three others tested positive, while another player refused testing. A ninth student is waiting for the results of a police investigation. Out of 62 players on the team, 15 left the University of Waterloo to attend other schools so they
Canadian Interuniversity Sports are increasing their testing measures to reduce the number of steroid users. would not miss their football season. Three of those players now attend the University of Guelph, playing for the Gryphon’s football team. “I feel sorry for [Waterloo]…” Stuart Lang, the head coach of the Guelph Gryphons Football Team said. “ It seems a lot of the innocent were punished along
with the offenders… They’re doing as best as they can, but it’s a shame that just a few players decimated the program. It’s going to take a number of years for them to truly recover.” According to the CIS website, more funding to test athletes will be provided, as well as education for athletes and coaches about the
harm doping and steroids have on the user. The CCES and CIS organizations are largely responsible for the testing of student athletes in Ontario University Athletics (OUA). According to Tom Kendall, the Director of Athletics at the University of Guelph, they rely on random drug testing of
Rebuilding Guelph-Humber brick by brick Delay in brick shipments have prolonged reconstruction
RICHARD BENN For University of Guelph-Humber students, the reconstruction of the facade of their new building was for many months just a mystery. They were left to wonder why their relatively new building is undergoing a complete makeover. Last July, site workers began what was supposed to be a simple renovation to the exterior of the GH building, ostensibly involving a small section of brick on the building. According to Carol Anderson, Facilities Manager at Humber College, the construction, which was ﬁrst set to end in November, was underway because of a deﬁciency with the original brick installation. A lack of water-impermeable sealant within the facade caused
just a handful of players. “Tests are done, ﬁrst of all, by CIS and CCES, at random,” Kendall said. “The most frequent are football and hockey, track is another one. Those are the most likely, but they can test any [including] things like ﬁeld hockey; they don’t have to restrict it to a speciﬁc sport.” In the past, as drug usage in university-level sport has risen, drug testing has not always been utilized to its complete capacity. “First of all, a big thing is cost. It runs between $600 and $700 dollars per player, so it’s not exactly cost effective,” Kendall said. According to Kendall, this accounts for the reason why not every player on a team is tested. The process is rather selective, with members of the CCES and CIS “dropping in at random, selecting athletes and asking for blood and urine samples to be done.” Often they choose players at random from the roster. These tests can be administered during a sports season, or in the off-season. When it comes to the University of Guelph football team, incoming coach Lang is doing his best to tackle the issue with his team. Continued on pg. 12
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Faulty cladding on the new GH building has prompted school to ﬁle a lawsuit against the original contractor initial discolouration and eventually a potentially hazardous buckling of the bricks. Work proceeds on what has become a very extensive area of the exterior. Anderson says construction workers will now be here until the new year due to a
setback with the delivery of the new bricks. There was a problem with the bricks, after the factory in Medicine Hat, Alberta, was ﬂooded. Workers on the GH site were unable to receive the bricks as the factory was forced to close. As
a result, the construction is now being pushed back to January. The school is currently pursuing legal action against the original contractor to recover the costs of the restoration effort. Continued on pg. 2
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RADIX GH construction still going on “Construction” from Page 1 According to Carol Anderson, Facilities Manager at Humber College, the construction, which was ﬁrst set to end in November, was underway because of a deﬁciency with the original brick installation. Anderson states there is nothing wrong with the brick, just the way the bricks were installed. It is because of this problem that GH is being swarmed with several construction workers trying to rectify it. According to Anderson, the workers will be here for longer than scheduled, due to a setback with the delivery of the new bricks. There was a problem with the bricks, after the factory in Medicine Hat, Alberta, was ﬂooded. Workers on the GH site were unable to receive the bricks as the factory was forced to close. As a result, the construction is now being pushed back to January. “We have sourced out alternate bricks which are coming in on September 27th,” says Tania Mungo, Project Manager on the site. Renovations were only scheduled for a small section of the building until the closure of the factory. According to Anderson, they were not going to tear all the bricks down until the delivery problem arose. Due to the setback,
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Inadequate weather sealing lead to the replacement of the facade of GH.
they decided to order more brick and renovate the entire exterior. Anderson says the students will not be ﬁnancially affected by these renovations. However, many students do not approve of the construction. First year Media Studies student Matt Cartagena, feels distracted by all the work, stating that one of his classes ended early because the professor could not speak over the noise. Cartagena also states that he cannot concentrate at times, and is forced to re read his work because of the noise. He is not alone as other students feel the same.
“I was in a lecture and couldn’t concentrate with the banging,” says fourth year Business student Kyle Matthews. The look of the building is another distraction that comes to mind as both Matthews and Urszenyi ﬁnd it to be an eyesore. Both students do not like the look of the unﬁnished building, stating it looks like crap. Although Urszenyi ﬁ nds the building to be an eyesore, he is one student who does not ﬁ nd the overall construction distracting. Nevertheless, site workers are ensuring the work is ﬁ nished properly and as soon as possible.
Rent-A-Text is bookstore’s new strategy Aﬀordable option is available for students ABEER PARKER Manager Debbie Martin said that after losing ground to competing textbook retailers, the Humber Bookstore has introduced a new strategy that beneﬁts both the store and students alike. The Rent-A-Text program is managed by Follet Higher Education Group and makes Main Humber Kayla Cameron-Radyk one of six post-secondary campuses where students can rent Students can save money by renting their textbooks for a semester. new textbooks for half price. Martin says it’s a “new af- gained right away. The Rent-A- says that the Humber Bookstore fordable option for students” Text option is mostly provided should lower prices. especially for “Those who have for new edition titles. She says Martin says she can’t guess less money. Stu“we can reuse any future effects the new prodents can rent and those for up to gram might have on Text Cenbe successful in Over 200 books two years and ter‘s sales. Meanwhile, the Text the classroom by get our money Center has not responded to rehaving the course are available for back.” Even quests for an interview. material” she the institute According to a press release, says. So far 20 per rent at the Humber gets a percent- “Follet of Canada plans to build cent of the store’s age from prof- on the success of the Rent-A-Text books are rent- bookstore its made by the program in the United States.” able, that is 230 store. Only six stores in Canada will out of 1100 titles. Khyati Jag- introduce the program this acaStudents can rent selected new gi, a third year Guelph-Humber demic year. The company aims texts for a semester and buy or Business student, has rented two to increase the renting option in return them before the due date. textbooks this semester. She says all of its 35 Canadian stores by They are allowed to highlight and renting a textbook is her ﬁrst op- 2011. take notes in the rented texts as tion and if that’s not possible, Last year, seven American long as the copy isn’t physically she would purchase books from campus stores had introduced damaged. Humber’s competitor, the Text Rent-A-Text. This has exceeded Martin says the strategy is be- Center. However, Jaggi was only to more than 600 American caming applied “to take back market able to rent two books and isn’t pus stores this fall and is saving share.” However, the proﬁt isn’t quite happy with that, she also students more than $45 million.
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Program changes in Media Studies
The new Program Head of Media Studies, Jerry Chomyn, has conﬁrmed that adjustments to the Media Studies program are being implemented this year. “The changes that occurred were in response to student feedback, faculty feedback and people just talking about the way the course was set up,” said Chomyn. The introduction of a course called ‘Transitions to Work,’ for example, was a response to student feedback, which stated that students felt under-prepared for their jobs. The course prepares students for aspects of post-undergrad life, including graduate studies, readiness for work or gearing up for internships. Although some students have expressed concern over the shift forward of their ﬁ nal research project from the last semester, Chomyn explained that the adjustments attempt to address previous student concerns about workload. “It was decided that because students had also said that when they were doing their internship, this [research project] created a heavy load for them, we moved it in to the seventh semester for them,” said Chomyn. Moreover, he added, adjustments to the program are still being determined and student input will be part of the process. “Has anything been decided about next year? No and there’s nothing written in stone. We’re having discussions about that, this week and next week,” said Chomyn. Students who have taken courses ahead of time should not be affected by any changes being made at the administration level. “No one is going to be disadvantaged by any of the changes being made. Everything we do is done with the students in mind. If there are difﬁculties, we will work through them,” said Chomyn. Changes relating to the internships have shifted the requirement from working eight consecutive full-time weeks to more being able to more ﬂexibly complete the required hours. “Previously everything had to be done in weeks. I’ve said let’s establish hours; 280 hours for Journalism and Public Relations students and 240 hours
for Image Arts,” said Chomyn. The idea behind this is students can do their hours whenever they want so long as they get those hours with the timeline reports they are required to do and get a satisfactory evaluation from their internship sponsors. This allows students to complete the internship parttime, if they can get sponsors who seek or allow ﬂexible schedules. The change from requiring hours completed instead of a set amount of weeks also gives students options to stay at work later or on weekends. Chomyn said the administration will work to accommodate students interested in interning abroad. Some students, however, have complained that they were caught by surprise by the program adjustments. “I think the changes were good. I didn’t like how they made the changes,” said Tyler Munro, a fourth year Journalism student. “It should have been handled better.” Stephanie Butler, GHSA Media Representative, was also left out of the loop when the changes were made. “I wasn’t included,” said Butler. “However, I will be sitting in on the next curriculum meeting.” Butler, a fourth year Media Studies student, wants to intern at a smaller publication. “I want to intern for a niche publication. They’re generally smaller publications and only really accept one or two interns. They expect their interns to be there ﬁve days a week,” said Butler. That being said, she understood the ﬂexibility that might be available to some to accommodate the changes. “If you’re interning at a larger sponsor, you’re going to be okay. They’re generally more accepting of interns showing up [at varied hours] as they are working for free,” said Butler A Facebook page to petition against the changes was initially created when the shift occurred at the beginning of the semester. On the page students stated issues about electives taken earlier in the summer to avoid having to take them during the fall semester only to ﬁ nd that changes in the curriculum make it so students no longer need an elective in their seventh semester. Chomyn explained that all students who have taken an elective will still get the credit for it and should meet with him individually to discuss it. Students will be informed as changes take place, he added.
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Hate graﬃti sparks safety issues Discriminatory crimes at Guelph trigger student-led campaign LEVIANA COCCIA Between Sept. 2 and Labour Day weekend an unidentiﬁed individual, or group, put racist grafﬁti in residence buildings at the University of Guelph. The Guelph Police are still investigating potential suspects responsible for the actions. “Such crimes…can create or escalate tensions between individuals and groups thereby precipitating further crimes and reinforcing the goals of those who promote hatred and intolerance,” Sergeant Douglas Pﬂug of Guelph Police, said. Last month’s incident at Guelph is not the only such example on record. Four different incidents involving racist grafﬁti have been found in four separate residence buildings at the University of Guelph, this year alone.
TTC a major part of mayoral debates
Humber’s International Centre offers counselling services and is located in D224. Guelph has seen homophobic hate actions of this kind at the start of previous semesters. “It’s sad that in today’s day and age, we have people [who commit hate actions] even though we are in such a multicultural community,” Matthew Keefe, International Student Advisor at Humber, said. The University of Guelph, however, has been quick to repu-
and take hours to travel across town.” Ford’s proposes to replace the streetcar system with more subways, including a closed loop line. The plan is supposed to be better for both riders and commuters in the city, and supposed to reduce gridlock. While Ford’s plan may help in the long run, it is the plans of Joe Pantalone and George Smitherman that may excite students at the Humber North Campus in the short term. Both SAMI HAJ-ASSAAD candidates hope to have a LRT line that goes right to the college Student’s who haven’t been from Finch station. paying attention to the may“I have about an hour ride on oral debate here in Toronto, the bus and subway every day I will likely want to tune in. need to go to class” says Arthur Public transportation is always Zakrewski, a third year Humber a pressing topic in the city, es- Student. “That Finch West LRT pecially for that Pantalone young adults is going to who do not “Streetcars are make will deﬁown a venitely help my hicle. Many slow and take situation” students at Si m i l a r l y, the Humber hours to travel George SmiNorth Camt h e r m a n’s pus use some across town” plan also inform of public cludes a Finch transit, and West LRT that news that the would bring TTC will be going through riders to Humber’s North Camsome signiﬁcant changes, ac- pus. Smitherman sees this being cording to each of the potential part of the second phase of his mayors, should perk the inter- two phase approach of changing est of students. the TTC. “I use the streetcar every Smitherman’s ﬁrst phase is day to get around, especially for to extend the Sheppard LRT and work and school.” says ﬁrst year create a Waterfront and new Egadvertising student Marci Man- linton line. cinelli. His two phases are expected Mayoral candidate Rob Ford to take ten years to complete. doesn’t think that the streetcar With Humber College being is the ideal form of public trans- part of some of the mayoral canportation. His plan, according didate’s transit plans, students to his six page Transportation are aware and ready to cast their Plan says “Streetcars are slow, vote.
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diate the actions and note that the community response was immediate. “…One of the great things about our University is how fast these incidents are reported and dealt with,” Patrick Kelly, Residence Program Coordinator at the University of Guelph, said. Dr. Alastair Summerlee, president of the University of Guelph,
Ward One TTC Platform Summaries MELANIE DZIENGO Polls show the future of the TTC is very important to Ward 1. Humber and Guelph-Humber students are concerned about the future of
took to YouTube after the grafﬁti was reported and explained that the university does not accept nor promote inequity. If hate actions ever took place at Guelph-Humber or elsewhere on Humber’s north campus, said Endra Sukahi, Humber Recruitment Assistant, students and faculty would be disappointed. Reverend Len Thomas, Humber and Guelph-Humber Chaplain, said he expects most people to get along at post-secondary institutions. “It’s sad to see what happened at the University of Guelph. I mean, it’s wrong,” Rev. Thomas said. To prevent further crimes, Student Housing at the University of Guelph, has started a Stop Hate campaign. A poster campaign is also in the works. Students will have the opportunity to submit a photo and quote explaining why they love the university and why they are against hate actions. “I believe that it is important that the few who partake in these actions grow to understand that these will not be tolerated on our
campuses,” Kelly said. A number of initiatives have been taken on the Guelph-Humber and Humber campus to assist people who do not feel safe. The Safe Space policy at Guelph-Humber and Humber assures all students and faculty that their differences are accepted. For those students who feel out of place, counseling is available on campus. The Humber Chapel is open to counseling students and faculty in areas of faith and religion as well as culture. The International Centre is another service on campus where both international and domestic students may seek counseling or advice. Employees of the International Centre travel abroad to recruit students and ensure they’ll feel comfortable on campus. The Department of Public Safety at Guelph-Humber and Humber maintains it is often aware of any dangerous situations. “If something were to happen, [security] would act right away and change policies [to better] the future,” Keefe said.
their transportation services. There are two main platforms put forward by candidates: to extend the subway through private funding or to begin construction to a brand new light rail system extending from Pearson International Airport to the downtown core. The light rail system would
be funded by taxpayers’ money. The three front-runners in Ward One are Susan Hall, Vincent Crisanti, and Peter D’Gama. Hall and D’Gama are in favour of the new light rail system whereas Crisanti wants to extend the existing subway system.
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Homophobia: let’s all give a damn Hate aﬀects all of us, no matter what your sexuality, race, gender or religion
or every successful suicide, it is estimated that 100 to 200 attempts are made; and that number gets four times higher in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning youth. There has been a slew of suicides in the young gay community in the month of September, and four known deaths in Ontario since the beginning of 2010. Relentless taunting, homophobia, and internet bullying caused these deaths. The most recent was the 18-year-old Rutgers University student who chose to jump off the George Washington Bridge rather than live with the stigma of being gay. Yet it’s harder to be homophobic then it is to accept of the realities of a society. Organizations like The Trevor Project (a 24-hour LGBT crisis hotline), We Give a Damn (www.wegiveadamn.org), The 519 of Toronto, and Humber’s own B.O.L.D (Being Ourselves, Living Differently) all strive to
show youth that being gay is not something to be ashamed of. At Guelph-Humber we pride ourselves on diversity; our population includes students from a diverse range of backgrounds, but we have an almost entirely closeted gay community. GH does not have its own Gay Pride club, nor do many students venture across the bridge to partake in Humber’s LGBQA club. Fear of ridicule and outing probably keeps students from joining the Humber club, and has forced the group’s Facebook page to become invitation-only. Fear of being the only gay-afﬁ rming group has caused the club to alter its mission statement to be a gay-straight alliance, not solely a PRIDE club like in years past. In a time when the media is becoming more aware of the LGBT identity, it seems that students are displaying signiﬁcantly less empathy to their peers than they were even a decade ago. “These tragedies remind us that while society is working to eliminate prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity; lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identiﬁed (LGBT) youth still experience overwhelming adversity and many do not see a hopeful future ahead,” said Cherie MacLeod, PFLAG (Parents, Families, & Friends of
Lesbians and Gays) Canadian executive director. Homophobic bullying affects everyone. No matter if you are gay, straight, or other. Being Queer is still a taboo thing even in the most queer-friendly cities. Life for young people is hard; given the stress of university, relationships, and work, it’s sometimes almost unbearable. But if on a daily basis you had to endure homophobic slurs, anti-gay music, religion, and assumed heteronormality, you can see how a young person might come to the conclusion that their life is not as valuable as others. Suicide is the third-highest cause of death among 15-24 year olds, and it is the second leading cause of death among students on college campuses, according to the 2006 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey. Celebrities like, Ellen DeGeneres, Dan Savage, Cindi Lauper, Idina Menzel, Jason Mraz, and many others have stood up and taken a stand against homophobia. They hope to remind youth that there is help, that there are people who care, and that it gets better. Lauper went on Larry King Monday, Oct. 4th and proclaimed, “As people, as a nation we need to stand up and say enough is enough. We will not tolerate hate
Guelph Humber is in need of more people pushing for tolerance. any longer, Hate is learned and we need to teach our children that being different is okay. The best way we can do that is to lead by example and treat others with dignity and respect.” People who are homophobic and commit anti-gay bullying are a small subsection of the population. The problem is that their voices shout over, and penetrate
deeper, than the rest of the population who could care less about whom you have sex with. This affects us all, and is a problem that is not going to go away until we all take a step up and demand that it stops. We have to make sure that unnecessary deaths and pain are stopped. We all need to give a damn.
We asked you... “How accepting are you towards the gay community?”
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Adrian McFarlane Humber Nursing
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“I don’t have any gay friends, but I don’t mind.”
“When I was was a kid things were differen...Now they’ve changed.”
“It’s a free country. As long as they don’t insult me, they can do whatever.”
Karolina Wysocki Business Admin
“I have many LGBT friends. I like that the media is telling kids that it will get better.”
Danielle Bouchard ECE “My friend’s mom told her that she’d be kicked out if she was gay.”
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The 411 from a real celebrity Guidette Celebrities may seem crazy, but they help keep us sane JJ De Belen
eality television owns the small screen with MTV’s joyously trashy Jersey Shore. These twenty-something hooligans are the biggest personas TV has to offer. Nicole Polizzi, famously known as the pickle-loving Snooki, got Chris Brown’ed right in the kisser a few months back. and recently drank her way into an arrest for public indecency, setting entertainment news ablaze. Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino are frequent topics of interest because of their milehigh hair and rock-hard abs. Angelina Pivarnick, the selfproclaimed Kim Kardashian of
Staten Island, is the designated culturally empty. That may hurt to hear, but “bitch” that everybody hates (not just to the cast members, accord- celebrity culture is another fabulous facet of living in the 21st ing to MTV but, everybody). Fist-pumping (the act of pump- century. As much a part of our ing your ﬁst into the air, to the culture as Facebook, Lady GaGa beat of a song) and GTL (Gym- and friends with beneﬁts. What’s Tan-Laundry: a daily Guido rou- not to love? It’s hilarious to watch the tine) are now commonplace slang mind-numbing antics of the because of Jersey Shore. Forgotten is the catty choreo- Jersey Shore cast. Seeing them graphed drama of MTV’s The drink their livers out and watchHills. Lauren Conrad and Heidi ing them clumsily hook-up with Montag are Z-listers compared to strangers, and each other. That’s really what Jersey this new breed of reality televiShore and celebrity culture is sion celebrities. Jersey Shore is all over blogs, about; being entertained by the simple desire to tabloids, the 6 live without reo’clock news straint. and rightfully Jersey Shore is Watching a so. These guys reality television are like shining all over blogs, show, no matter beacons of joyhow mind-numbful recklessness. tabloids, the 6 ing or ridiculous, Slews of critics have de- o’clock news and is a way for us to temporarily nounced the ceforget about our lebrity culture. rightfully so. own world. A Vanity Fair Everyday we columnist took aim at reality TV, slamming it as deal with homework, part-time watching “gloriﬁed nobodies.” jobs and trying to maintain a reaOthers have deemed celebrities sonable social life. Then there’s the big picture as superﬁcial, sensational and
Don’t ignore Pakistan The lack of relief eﬀorts for Pakistan are appalling compared to Haiti
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world problems around us, like oil spills and hurricanes and poverty-stricken countries. Being able to escape and watch Jersey Shore shouldn’t be criticized as socially empty. It should be a welcome activity. People have bonded over ﬁst
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The ﬂoods in Pakastan have destroyed roads, bridges and millions of homes.
ested. Both disasters are horriﬁc, but the media was solely focused on Haiti for months. Celebrities like Madonna and Beyonce promoted Haiti relief but there has been little celebrity attention for Pakistan. Pastries for Pakistan is the sole event being organized by the Guelph-Humber Student Association. Razia Yousufy, a third-year Justice Studies student at GH whose family is from Pakistan, helped organize the event. “We had signs, we posted ﬂyers, we even shouted out to the students to get their attention,” she said. The GHSA has been limited for time. They needed to meet a deadline so the government could match their donation and they are the only ones to help. “Haiti had a lot more media
coverage.” Yousufy said. “You can tell the differences. Pakistan isn’t looked upon well.” The question is why. Is Pakistan’s image somehow stained by tensions in the Middle East? Or is it just a matter of timing? Past events for Haiti include bake sales, t-shirt sales, and Hugs for Haiti. Will there be more efforts for Pakistan? “It all depends if Pakistan is still on the priority list, and if everyone in the council agrees. We have to vote on it.” said Yousufy. The responses to Haiti show the compassion of our community at GH. Taking action to help the victims of the Pakistan ﬂoods is important. If you want to help you can donate to charities like the Canadian Red Cross, UNICEF, and World Vision Canada. Everyone can make a difference.
pumping, excessive club-hopping and discussing whether or not Snooki actually kicked Angelina’s ass. Because we’re living in a celebrity world, and I am a celebrity Guidette I say long live celebrities and Jersey Shore.
Surviving a week without Facebook Melanie Ravka
e have not done enough for Pakistan. The recent ﬂoods in Pakistan are ranked among the worst disasters in UN history. Nearly 20 million people, an eighth of the population, have been signiﬁcantly affected. They have destroyed much of the country and its people suffer from waterborne diseases. University of Guelph-Humber students seem unaware of the disaster’s enormity. In comparison to the vast response after the earthquake in Haiti the lack of efforts for Pakistan are appalling. What is the difference? Haiti happened without warning, while Pakistan’s ﬂoods worsened gradually. News media presented vivid images of Haiti to the public while the event was still fresh in their minds. There were no stories to encompass the ﬂoods and coverage was poor. By the time Pakistan deteriorated no one seemed inter-
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honestly didn’t know if I could do it, being a Facebook addict and checking my account at least 20 times a day. However, when I read about a study done at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania where the school’s Provost decided that social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, would be blocked on campus for one week, I was inspired. It seemed a great idea to try it myself. It was a way to prove that I was able to go without the electronic monkey on my back. I was expecting the ﬁ rst day to be no problem, but the desire to check my news feed was driving me insane. I resorted to deleting the tab from bookmarks so I couldn’t just click on it every time I opened my laptop. Technology that has clearly impacted my life and the way I live.” An expected amount of rebelion against the experiment occurred, with students using their BlackBerry or leaving
campus to access their social networking sites. Because my test was self inﬂicted, it became a test of willpower. Once the ﬁ rst day was completed, it became easier to avoid Facebook. I am proud to announce I actually survived seven days without Facebook. Social networking has become such an important part of our daily lives, but it’s difficult to understand why we choose to detail our lives so publically. After the week was up, I decided to keep my proﬁle because I want to stay connected with distant friends, and know when events and birthdays are coming up. My advice to anyone thinking about deleting their account, is to avoid it for a week, and see the impact on your life. It may be best to simply remove Farmville, the email notiﬁcations, and just use Facebook for the reason it was created: to network. So now I only check Facebook once or twice a day. I seem to have kicked the habit. Or so I thought. I got a BlackBerry yesterday, which has a Facebook application. I guess I will have to wait and see what happens with my world of social networking.
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GH bridges spirit gap with Guelph GH spirit not nearly as bad as some may think CHRISTIAN GENNARA The University of GuelphHumber is celebrating its eighth birthday this year, much younger than the mature and experienced parent institution an hour to the west. In contrast, the University of Guelph is an amalgamation of the Ontario Veterinary College, founded in 1862, and the Ontario Agricultural College, founded eight years later. The difference in age and size between the universities has also made for a difference in visible displays of school. But members of both student communities say they’re seeing a change. “As GH grew over time, there has been more of a sense of community as GHSA started to plan and organize more events, they started to offer more to the students, and the students started to notice,” said Dario Guiao, a Guelph graduate student. Guelph-Humber Student Association President Christian Mangar and his team say they have been working to ensure that all new students enrolling at GH are encouraged to get involved within the school community. “School spirit could be generated from student leaders, so that would be starting off with our START teams, Student
Transition and Resource Team, which helps students ﬁ rst coming to our school,” said Mangar. This school year had its community kickoff late last month when GH hosted Spirit Week festivities, where students were invited to participate in activities to display enthusiasm for their school. Sheer difference in numbers underline some differences. Unlike Guelph, a school that offers 94 undergraduate degrees, GH is a far smaller institution with about 3,000 full-time students, although plenty of room to grow,in terms of both population and recognition within the Guelph community. The separation that exists between Guelph and GH is also partly geographic, given the Christian Gennara two-hour round trip between the Fans come out to support the Gryphons’ homecoming game against the Western Mustangs schools. This makes it difﬁcult for students to make the journey to participate in Guelph athletics pus because of where the campus Excitement around campus is resent GH and its community. or activities while trying to bal- is located. Students don’t know high whenever the Gryphons “The University of Guelph ance schoolwork and part-time about school events because of take to the gridiron, and Guelph versus the University of Westjobs. this,” said Joanne To, GHSA students transformed into a col- ern Ontario game is a great way “It’s odd that so many stu- Business Representative. lective sea of red, gold and black to bring both the University of dents, when they are ﬁnished “I think some of us don’t on the day of the Gryphons’ Guelph and GH together and prostudying [at GH], they are getting show any school spirit because homecoming game. mote our spirit through attending a degree from a school they have a number of us commute to GH, “We feel proud to celebrate homecoming,” said Gallowitz. never been to,” said Guiao. rather than live on campus like our school because of the tradi“Back when I was studying A sentiment often expressed at Guelph, where many of them tions being passed down from as an undergrad student here, around campus is that although are literally at school all the generation to generation,” said like the current GHSA, they orGH is a smaller, tighter-knit time,” said David Ferrone, third- Lauren Eccles, a Sociology stu- ganized bus rides to Guelph for community, students lack an am- year GH Business student. dent at Guelph. the homecoming game, but back bition to showcase their school Guelph is seen by many to Danielle Gallowitz, GHSA then, they were only getting 10 spirit because of its setting. maintain and encourage school Vice President of Communica- or 15 students. Now, they are all “Students tend to commute to spirit by uniting the campus tions, stresses the importance sold out,” said Guiao. school from home, rather than be through sports, speciﬁcally of GH students attending events involved in the activities on cam- through Guelph’s football team. hosted by Guelph as a way to rep-
Zero-tolerance law changes rules for student drivers ALEXANDER DORIA Two months ago, Ontario implemented a new law banning alcohol consumption for drivers under 22 years of age. Police say each day the law stands in Ontario, drivers of all ages remain safer. Sgt. Ed Villamere of York Regional Police is the Trafﬁc Safety Educator and Supervisor, and is also the head of York Region RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere). “In the long run, the new law is deﬁnitely a positive,” Villamere said. A statistic from Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada shows drivers aged 16 to 24 make up only 13 per cent of the population, but represent 33 per cent of drunk driving deaths. Not all young drivers agree statistics apply to them. “I have no tickets or charges to my name and I’m always road responsible. Why can’t I have one drink just because I fall under that age category?” said one GH student. Villamere hears this student’s complaint, but said, “Driving is a privilege, not a right. All we
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ask is that people abide by the rules attached to that privilege.” Days after the law was enacted in August, a 20-year-old Toronto local ﬁled an application to the Supreme Court of Canada, saying the law was not allowed to discriminate based on age under The Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Rob Pascucci, a third year GH business student agrees that age should not be a determining factor, but thinks drivers of any age should be alcohol-free if the government wants safer roads. Villamere responds that when inexperience is mixed with alcohol accidents will happen, and a driver’s age reﬂects their lacking road experience. “With any new piece of legislation there will always be controversy,” he said. “Look at the cell phone law. Now it’s just the law, and people will choose whether to abide by it or not.” Young drivers under 22 caught after any consumption of alcohol will face an immediate 24-hour license suspension, and depending on the severity of the offence up to $500 in ﬁnes and a possible 30-day license suspension.
Do you know what you’re eating? Watching what you eat not as easy as you thought MELANIE RAVKA If you choose to eat at McDonald’s or Swiss Chalet or Subway, the nutrition information on what’s available is readily at hand, whether you want to know how many calories are in that Big Mac or not. But that’s not the case on the Guelph-Humber and Humber College north campus. Students have noted that the only place they can eat on campus and be immediately aware of their nutritional intake is at Booster Juice. Chartwells Canada, a division of Compass Group Canada, controls food services on the Humber campuses. The company provides statistics at each location. Places like Harvey’s, Teriyaki Experience, Mucho Burrito, Mr. Sub, and Second Cup all have the information located on their corporate websites. William’s Coffee Pub’s website only says “coming soon” under the nutrition information. A Pizza Pizza customer service representative wasn’t sure where to ﬁ nd that information.
Melanie Ravka Lack of food labels can be misleading
“Most of the items have information,” said Katherine Brown, manager for Chartwells dining services at the University of GuelphHumber and Humber College. Chartwells does provide nutritional tools and charts on their website to help individuals learn how to provide a balanced lifestyle. However, unless the ingredients are known it is hard to approximate what the total calories, fat, carbohydrates, etc. would be. Ingredient lists are also unavailable, which is a problem
for anyone with allergies or food sensitivities. Brown directs any inquiries to the food services website www.dineoncampus.ca/humber, which provides limited nutrition information. LinX Lounge, the Humber College pub, has no nutrition information available. They opened in September 2009 and have a menu unique to them. Brown did not comment if there are any plans to create nutrition charts for the various food services on campus. Health has become an important aspect of Canadians’ everyday lives, as underlined in a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The study reported that 60 per cent of Canadians are overweight and 24 per cent are obese. According to Health Canada, cafeterias are exempt from the regulations stating that nutrition information must be available on pre-packaged foods. Restaurants are also a grey area as far as the regulations go. It is recommended that they include the nutrition information, but it is not yet mandatory.
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Halloween is heating up Sex dominates the scene for women’s costumes this year CAITLIN CONNELLY Students on campus have begun their hunt for the perfect Halloween costume. But Snow White’s gown has become a belly top and mini skirt, Cinderella’s glass slippers have been replaced with stiletto heels, and Sleeping Beauty looks like she’s been sleeping in every bed but her own. Modern Halloween costumes make us question whether cat woman can qualify as a costume or if it falls into the lingerie category. Even classic male characters have been transformed into sexualized costumes for women. BuyCostumes.com, the web’s most popular costume store, has released their list of “New for 2010” outﬁts. The list includes “Sexy Captain Hook”, “Sexy Peter Pan”, and “Sexy Pinocchio”. “Sexy is deﬁnitely our biggest category,” explained Dotty Zolper, manager of adult costumes and accessories at Buy Seasons, the costume supplier to Internet
Shannon Lloyd tried on a sexy Freddy Krueger costume at Creepers in the Woodbine Centre.
and retail stores. “It’s a popular trend that we try to cater to.” Creepers, located at the Woodbine Centre has hundreds of costumes to choose from, from traditional outﬁts for kids to sexy counterparts for adults. “How do girls wear this?” Shannon Lloyd, a 21-year old shopper asked as she emerged from a change room at the pop-
ular Halloween store. She was wearing what looked like a burlesque dancer dress. The material stopped just below her waist, leaving her underwear completely exposed. Lloyd said besides shopping in the plus sized section, girls don’t have much choice but to wear costumes that cover very little. Males, on the other hand, have a plethora of costumes that range from Fred Flintstone and Batman to Freddy Krueger and Austin Powers. The so called sexy male costumes include career oriented uniforms, like ﬁremen and police ofﬁcers, while others, such as “Sexy Mr. Santa,” are sillier than they are attractive. Almost none of these outﬁts show skin. “Most girls aren’t used to dressing this way,” said Zolper. “Women want to feel sexy and Halloween is the one time of year where it’s okay for them to dress like that”. “I think that it’s a way for girls to be able to feel sexy without feeling judged, especially since a lot of girls will be wearing these costumes” said 23-year old shopper Louise Burns as she browsed the wall of outﬁts. Those fearing frost bite this Halloween may have to resort to a more traditional costume.
Taking a breath at the O2 bar Oxygen said to clear the head TEAL JOHANNSON-KNOX Your parents told you not to put things up your nose when you were a kid, but what if there were beneﬁts of relieving yourself from stress, migraines, or possibly a hangover with a hose? Inhaling oxygen is no longer for the faint of breath, but for everyone, according to proponents. Mario Intoci, owner and manager of Sweet Sun Tan and Oxygen Bar in Toronto, believes that it is the next new thing. “There are many misconceptions that people seem to have of oxygen. Until you educate yourself and actually try it, then you cannot talk,” said Intoci. Oxygen aromatherapy can be found at an oxygen bar, entailing snifﬁ ng oxygen from a hose into the nose. The oxygen is lead through a chamber that has aroma solutions such as lavender or peppermint prior to going back up the hose for snifﬁ ng pleasure. A session can range from
ﬁve to 20 minutes. Oxygen therapy has its beneﬁts, believes Intoci and his customers. It is said to open the skin pores, provide energy, clears the head, relaxes and can be otherwise therapeutic with aromas of peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus. The extra intake of oxygen is claimed to enhance vision, thinking, and memory. In early September, Cloud 9 was at Humber College for Orientation Week. The oxygen distributor had a booth setup and students could try the oxygen for themselves. “It was very relaxing. Not going to lie, at ﬁrst I was a bit skeptical but it was very cool,” said Kate VanDuien, a GuelphHumber kinesiology student, who tried inhaling oxygen when Cloud 9 was on campus. “First you need to be aware that it is not the oxygen from your grandparent’s O2 tank or from any medical institution,” said Intoci. “They use liquid oxygen for medical use, which can potentially knock you out if you over -indulge,” he added. Intoci said he would never provide a service unless he was positive it was safe for clients.
GH students face housing problems Crowded houses, intruding landlords among challenges ALLY BRIDGES More than three-quarters of the students at Guelph-Humber live off-campus. For those students, not at home with their families, ﬁnding suitable housing can be a problem. Landlords looking to increase the number of rooms available for rent is a frequently cited issue. Houses that normally have three or four bedrooms have been renovated into ﬁve or six apartments. “My house has seven bedrooms,” said third year Humber television and broadcasting student, Jordan Denomy. “They remodelled it that way. They put up a wall and made the living room into a bedroom. There are two bedrooms in the basement, one on the main ﬂoor, and four upstairs. It’s not much room to hang out in. We have a kitchen and small living area that barely ﬁts a couch and television.” The landlord of Denomy’s house had a different opinion. “I’m just trying to help the students out by providing them with somewhere to live and the more bedrooms, the more students you can take in,” said
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landlord Ann Wui. She said she remodelled the house, adding three extra bedrooms for student beneﬁt. Along with ﬁnding well laid out, comfortable living arrangements, students also sometimes have tensions with their landlords. “My roommates and I don’t really get along with our landlord,” said Liz Henry, a third year business student at the University of Guelph-Humber. “He shows up randomly all the time and even though we told him he has to let us know, he doesn’t. It’s really frustrating because we know he can’t do that, but what exactly can we do about it?” Toronto Landlord and Tenant lawyer, Nick Bornstein said students should look to the Landlord Tenant Act to know their rights. “Landlords showing up unattended is not allowed and landlords can be taken to court. It is stated in the Landlord Tenant Act that the landlord must give the tenant 24 hours notice before entering the premises. Students should be aware of the Tenant Act and confront their landlords if they feel it is being violated.” “It is important for students to be aware of this Act and not let landlords get away with violating it,” explained Bornstein.
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Fashion week helps young designers Fashion council serves as career gateway for emerging talent LUIS-ENRIQUE ARRAZOLA When you walk into the ofﬁces at the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) two weeks before LG Fashion Week, you’d expect it to look like a scene out of the Devil Wears Prada. However, when you’ve been at the helm of Fashion Week for the past 10 years like FDCC president Robin Kay has, planning the week-long event becomes less of a chaotic spectacle and more of a platform for Canadian talent and designers. “There has been a lot of focus on designers this year,” said Kay, president of the FDCC. Although it is an exhibition of Canada’s artistic capability, Kay says the local fashion industry is suffering without ﬁnancial support from Ontario’s government. In March, Kay joined MPP’s Cheri DiNovo and Christine Elliott to host a press conference at Queens Park urging the govern-
Publicist Debra Goldblatt and Robin Kay, president of the Fashion Design Council of Canada. Kay believes the Toronto fashion industry is suffering without ﬁnancial support from the Ontario government. ment to update its cultural mandate to make fashion designers eligible for ﬁnancial assistance. “I especially appreciate the new designers,” says Kay, “because they are not tainted with the exhaustion of having been a designer in Canada; where there was no connection, no notoriety, and you had to go off somewhere else to get a reputation.”
This lack of connection is what brought designer Sarah Stevenson, 29, to continue her fashion education elsewhere. After graduating from fashion design at George-Brown College, Stevenson set her sights on pursuing her Masters at the Institute of European Design in Milan with a full scholarship from the FDCC.
A new year for GH’s dance crew AKIM BURKE Guelph-Humber’s South Asian Alliance dance team begins preparation for this year’s Culture Show competition. Dance Co-ordinator for the GH’s SAA dance team, Karam Panesar is not hiding her excitement. “We’re one of the smaller schools, so we need to like rip things apart this year,” she said, “I want to and I think we will.” As one of the later schools to start participating in the SAA, GH’s team has something to prove to the 14 other competing universities at the annual event held every March at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. In her second year with the team after transferring from McMaster University, Panesar realizes it is GH’s third year competing, and the team still has a lot of work to do towards standing out amongst big name schools such as York University, McMaster, and the University of Toronto. She notices a drop in the level of school spirit in comparison to her former school, but believes it is due to insufﬁcient funding. “Guelph-Humber and Carleton are universities that have been a little bit low-funded and under dogged.” Panesar says that GH is not perceived with similar enthusiasm as the competition. “People don’t really look at them like they look at McMaster, Waterloo, or even Ryerson,” she explains. Panesar feels the team needs
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“They’re really supporting designers who don’t have a huge budget,” says Stevenson. Stevenson is excited to present her 2011 Spring collection at Fashion Week. “It’s everybody’s dream when you start out designing, to one day be able to showcase your collection in an event so prestigious as LG Fashion Week,” says Ste-
Does GH have a sense of style? MEGAN SANTOS
Guelph-Humber dance team South Asian Alliance practices its Bollywood routine ahead of the annual Culture Show at Mississauga’s Hershey Centre in March.
to strengthen the sense of school pride, since it has a large impact on everything from the amount of people at team tryouts to ﬁnding sponsors. York University has a large focus on school pride and is one of GH’s top competitors. York SAA Dance Co-ordinator, Rohit Rumpal understands GH is a fresh face but sees what can be improved upon. Rumpal notices GH’s dance team from past competitions not particularly for their routines, but because of his friendships with present and past GH dance coordinators. He recognizes that, “they’re slowly making a step into the right direction, but they really need to ﬁgure out what other schools are doing that is working for them, and what is not working for Guelph-Humber.” Though GH has never ranked in the top three teams, they are making improvements to be
more successful. In GH’s ﬁ rst few years in SAA there were problems that needed to be changed in order to have a strong team. Panesar critiques past years, saying, “It was unorganized with too many coordinators and I guess there was less exposure for the team. There were a lot of dancers who left the team.” At this year’s tryouts, Panesar spoke to the members concerning how they felt about the dance team as a way to set goals for this year. “Honestly, I can`t tell you how much fun it is. It’s like being in a family if everyone’s committed, we’re organized, and we use time precisely.” Panesar acknowledges the team’s accomplishments as she tells her new group, “GuelphHumber has won best theme. Even though we didn’t place high, there was still a placing.”
With the fall season ofﬁcially underway, students have slowly started to trade in their muscle tanks and short-shorts for something a little warmer. Of course, the start of a new season also calls for new fashion trends and fall must-haves. Most students will be too preoccupied with tests and assignments to name Vogue’s list of fall trends, but are Guelph-Humber students fashionable? And do we make the effort to dress up for school? Students were asked how fashion plays a part in their academic life. Fourth year Family and Community Social Services student, Ryan Frempong says he goes for the formal, sporty look. “I’ll wear the dress shirt tucked in, with a cotton vest and a pair of Air Forces,” he says, “I’m always trying to do different styles.” But some students don’t believe school is a fashion show. “There’s no one to impress,” says ﬁrst year Kinesiology student, Monika Bacevina. “You’ve got to be comfortable. Beauty is pain.” Fellow Kinesiology student, Alexandra Coglino, agrees and thinks a cozy sweatshirt is all you need for this fall season.
venson. While Fashion week encourages the work of young designers, Kay says that it also supports students through volunteer opportunities. This is true for Fashion Week volunteers such as 20-year-old Humber College fashion student Bobby Rafﬁn. “I come from a small town and we don’t actually have anything like this ever going on,” says Rafﬁn, who is from Guelph. “I think just getting the experience and the opportunity to participate is great.” Although Rafﬁn is a fashion enthusiast, if you ask him anything about Canadian Fashion he’d respond with “unfortunately, I don’t know”. Robin Kay and LG Fashion Week still have a long way to go in achieving the same notoriety as their New York, Paris, and London counterparts. But if you asked people 10 years ago what Toronto Fashion week was, they’d tell you it didn’t exist. “I think it’s an entire industry that I’m completely passionate about,” says Kay. “I hope that it continues to go as well as it has been and that my part in it stays okay, stays well.” GH humanities professor Archna Sawhney doesn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. “The students dress pretty casual and dress decently. Nothing outrageous,” she says. Brittany Martin, a Fashion Arts student in her ﬁnal year at Humber College, says she’s noticed students really express themselves through what they wear. “A lot of students lately on campus are really into anything vintage,” she says. According to Martin vintage can mean anything from cargo pants and military boots, to knit sweaters. She says she has noticed students in the art programs tend to be more fashion forward compared to students in other programs. In such a diverse school community, fashion is one of the many ways G-H students can express their individuality. The La Senza manager at Erin Mills Town Centre, Trepany Falvo, says that it is important for students to embrace who they are and express themselves through what they wear. “We all judge, but not everyone has access to the same resources, so how is it fair to say something or someone isn’t fashionable?” The life of a student is not complete, she adds, without at least one lecture in pajamas, but always remember that looking presentable is important. “At this time in your life, it’s about putting your best foot forward,” says Falvo. “And trust me, people will notice your shoes.”
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Humber’s green eﬀort overlooked Sustainability measures need higher proﬁle, students say JAMIE BERTOLINI Humber College is helping to save the environment every single day. Yet many students say they are unaware of the effort. “To be honest I really haven’t heard of anything that kind of encourages [recycling] aside from these [garbage cans],” says 19-year-old Nikita Martel. What Nikita doesn’t know is that Humber is the ﬁrst college in Canada to be recognized and awarded by Compass Group Canada, an international food services provider, for their efforts Jamie Bertolini towards environmental sustainability. Humber College is introducing some new environmentally friendly programs to help encourage students to reduce waste. Chartwells’ Dining Services, a subsidiary of Compass Group, and bowls to ones that are com- in bulk containers to reduce disposals, Humber has also reprovides food services to Hum- pletely compostable. packaging waste. cently introduced a green bin for ber, and has been working toJohn Thompson, General Yet students seem to be large- all compostable materials. gether with the college ly unaware of this. Another GH student says she on initiatives for envi“I haven’t seen thinks these practices need to be ronmental sustainabil- “The way I look at it is that this is much, except their improved. “Even seeing the recyity in the cafeteria and trash cans are dif- cling stuff isn’t really helpful.” around campus. a huge campus, and things can get ferent,” said one According to Environment Some of their envistudent when asked Canada, one of the best and easironmental initiatives lost and missed.” what the school is est ways at reducing the amount include: providing doing to encourage of waste produced is by using 100% biodegradable students to reduce reusable containers for food or napkins, replacing all plastic stir Manager of Chartwells at Hum- waste. drinks. sticks with wooden ones, and ber College, says they also buy According to Thompson, Chartwells’ sustainability switching from Styrofoam plates products such as milk and cream aside from the sectional garbage commitment states they have a
plan to “minimize [their] impact on the environment by practicing the three R’s, with a primary focus on reduction.” In residence buildings, the option to eat on china is available and widely utilized. In the main cafeterias, however, this option is not possible. “We would lose probably 20,000 plates a month,” Thompson says. Another program is “Lug a Mug,” which encourages students to use their own mugs instead of the disposable cups provided by offering a 20-cent discount. Thompson says this initiative is promoted “in conjunction with the college,” and was promoted “aggressively” last year through signage and point of sale. Asked about the absence of signage this year, he responded, “The way I look at it is that this is a huge campus, and things can get lost and missed.” For their parts, many students are still working at conserving the environment. In a poll of 15 students who eat in Humber’s Food Emporium, 12 say they actively go out of their way to separate their garbage into the appropriate bins. “We’re quite proud of [the Compass Group award] but it wouldn’t have happened without HSF and Campus Services,” says Thompson. “It’s really a partnership and that’s what it’s all about.”
Transit City could be at risk Transport plan faces some uncertainty as mayoral election approaches KSENIA STASSIOUK Toronto’s Transit City plan is a subject of civic concern because of leading mayoral candidate Rob Ford’s declared wish to scrap it. The Toronto Transit Commission, however, insists the project is already underway and will proceed. Director of communications for the TTC, Brad Ross, says “We’re building East from Eglinton, we have a boring machine, we are getting $5 billion in funding over ﬁve years… We have funding from the province; we are moving forward.” Only three years ago the provincial government announced full funding for over 74 km of Light Rail Transit tracks. Three years later, $4-billion was cut from the project’s funding. After a feeble “Save Transit City” ad campaign – the website of which doesn’t extend far past
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the home page – it seems all talk about the project has stopped. The Transit City plan means to implement Light Rail Transit, a streetcar-like train that runs on its own track. It has four times more capacity than a bus and has speed up to 60 km/h. The Transit City plan is meant to replace buses on some of the city’s major routes. Yet with each mayoral candidate following his or her own agenda, Torontonians have wondered what will happen to a project already started by the current mayor. As in other matters of debate in the upcoming municipal election, Ford has been a focal point for controversy on the fate of Transit City. “This was really David Miller’s initiative, and if Rob Ford becomes mayor the plan will probably be cancelled,” says Ford’s director of communications, Adrienne Barta. The TTC, however, insists Transit City is going according to plan, but at a slower pace. Ross notes signiﬁcant funding cuts pushed the completion date back about three years. The date of completion for
Construction on the line reaching Humber College has been delayed two years and is now set to be complete in 2015.
the line that would meet Humber College, for instance, is now set for 2015, as opposed to the original 2013 deadline. The Eglinton East line started construction in 2010 and is scheduled to begin the ﬁrst phase of service in 2016. According to the Save Transit City campaign, however, even the Eglinton line is at risk. This is the second time in 10 years the Eglinton line was scheduled to expand. Aside from the Sheppard East line, Eglinton is the only line coming close to the ﬁrst stages of construction. However, if elected, Ford plans to scrap any work done on
the Sheppard LRT line and replace it with subways. Ford also wants to get rid of streetcars and replace them with buses, a promise that was met with much criticism in the Toronto media. Paul Bedford, Toronto’s former chief planner, is quoted by InsideToronto magazine, saying, “Very simply, streetcars are the urban workhorses of dense cities all over the world. “Toronto was very fortunate,” Bedford continued. “We almost got rid of them in the early 1970s. No one I’ve met doesn’t like riding streetcars – especially in their own right of ways. But the main thing is their carrying
capacity. If you add up the number of people who use the King, Queen, Spadina and probably College streetcars – just four routes – that equals more than the number of people who ride the entire GTA GO system every day. Just on four streetcar routes. They’re out of their minds to get rid of that.” At least for now the TTC is staying with a strong position on the continuance of Transit City, saying the project is funded by the province and that the transit authority has no intention of stopping the plans already in action. “Even with a new mayor we plan to carry on,” says Ross.
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Laptops in class still controversial Students, teachers divided on beneﬁts to education SARAH SUBNATH The nationwide debate on having laptops in the classroom has hit the University of GuelphHumber. Guelph Humber business law professor, Patrick Clifford, does not allow laptops in his classes because of past experience. In previous years he found many students on unrelated websites and deemed it counterproductive. “In such tight closed rooms, packed with students, it becomes distracting to the people beside you,” said Clifford. Conversely, GH media studies professor, Tanner Mirrlees, said on numerous occasions he wanted to ban laptops in the classroom, but has yet to do so. He feels having the laptop in the classroom allows students to take notes efﬁciently and gives them the chance to compare the professor’s lecture points. “In the hands of the most intellectually savvy and engaged students, the laptop is a very useful tool,” Mirrlees said. Students are no less divided
There have always been distracted students, even before laptops found their way into the classroom.
on the issue than faculty are. While many like having the devices on hand in class, fourth year GH business student, Dennis Sunder calls the laptop an “immense distraction.” “Even though lectures can be boring, by not using a laptop you are forced to pay attention to the lecture and not do other stuff on the internet,” said Sunder. Clifford considers the laptop an electronic tool that is meant
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the Dawson College shootings, an online video game titled “Dawson College Massacre!” was released Sept 13 to the public. The game’s description reads: “Take the role of Kimveer Gill and storm Dawson College with your favourite riﬂe! Kill those students and kill any cops you can!” In the comments section, one reader wrote, “Not a matter of taboos, this tragedy has nothing funny and it’s of such a bad taste, I can’t even understand how someone would use this sad story as a game.” The author, known in the Newgrounds.com community as Virtuaman said on his online proﬁle that he’s sorry if he offended anyone and that “if there was a message, it was that we should be more aware of the problem of school shootings, they happen every year, and every time we are surprised.” Virtuaman removed the ﬂash game from Newgrounds and other gaming sites that had posted
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Second year GH justice studies student Randy Singh says he relies on his laptop to take notes during a lecture. Singh does, however, engage in activities on his laptop that do not pertain to his class. “Yes, obviously I surf the Internet in class, but then again which student doesn’t go on Facebook or YouTube during class?” Singh asks. “When the lecture gets boring, I can’t help but surf the Internet consider-
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for use outside of the classroom to reinforce the lecture. He feels by not having the laptop in the class, it trains students to think on their feet without it. “Come exam time the student will not have the laptop to rely on,” said Clifford. With the number of laptops in any given class, it appears observers that some students have a problem with not being able to use them during a lecture.
ing the laptop is right in front of me.” Mirrlees said often during his lectures he will see students laughing to themselves, or sometimes looking like they are having a conversation with a ghost or an invisible person. “When I sense that a student’s attention has left the lecture, I ask a direct question. “While this re-engages the student and attaches them to the actual place of the classroom, they are usually unable to comprehend the question because they’ve been intellectually absent for so long,” said Mirrlees. However, Mirrlees thinks the laptop is not to blame for a student’s distraction as he believes that there is no causal relationship between laptop computers and mass distraction. “In the pre-laptop era of education, many students were distracted,” he remarked. “They doodled or passed notes. We don’t blame automobiles for drunk drivers. We should not blame laptop computers for distracted students.” As of now GH leaves the governing of laptops to the teacher’s discretion but just like the ever-changing world of technology, the university’s policies may have to evolve to keep up with the times.
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The opening screen for Dawson College Massacre!
his game in an attempt to remove his game from the Internet. The withdrawal of DCM, shortly after going public, was for his own personal reasons said Virtuaman as he felt that “I am not doing it because of the threats I received. I am doing it for [Dawson shooting victim] Anastasia’s family.” No law ofﬁcial ever contacted Virtuaman although Montreal ofﬁcials reportedly wanted to charge him. In what Newgrounds calls a living eulogy, Virtuaman had a told the public that he had no bad intentions in making the game. He stated, “The game however is hurting a family somewhere that doesn’t deserve it. That is why it was removed, for their peace of mind.” The game had minimal impact in Toronto. “I had no idea someone made a game like that, but at the same time I’m not surprised. Violence is appealing and shooting games are fun,” said 27 year old Andy Law.
Guelph-Humber Business graduate, Scott Schnurr from Owen Sound, accepted the 2009/2010 Business Writing Award for his paper entitled Historical vs. Fair Value Accounting. Schnurr said the award represents a big accomplishment for his university career. “I will always remember the award and the paper that I wrote,” Schnurr said. Schnurr’s paper was presented to the committee by his teacher Howard Leaman from the Accounting Theory class. “In that course students write a paper on a debatable topic in accounting. His paper was on a highly debated topic during the ﬁ nancial crisis. It’s long been debated in accounting. The paper was quite impressive. It wasn’t just literal or analytical, he took a position and defended that position,” Business Program Head George Bragues said. Any student from GuelphHumber in a business course who puts forward a substantial paper and gets a good grade is eligible to win the business writing award, Bragues explained. He said the professor then submits the piece to the committee for consideration and of all the pieces submitted throughout the year, the best one gets the award, a certiﬁcate, $100 and a place on the plaque in the University of
Guelph-Humber Atrium. “We’re trying to encourage good writing skills and recognize students for their success. It happens once a year,” Bragues said. Leaman described Schnurr as a student who participated and was attentive in class. He said that Schnurr’s paper was eligible for the award because he wrote a good paper on a relative topic of great interest to the accounting industry, and because he had a balanced argument and came to a conclusion
“The paper was quite impressive. It wasn’t just literal or analytical, he took a position and defended that position.” making his point. “It was about the choice between historical and fair market value and reporting accounting information. He thought you needed a balance of the two, which is a valid argument,” Leaman said. Schnurr said he thinks he won the award because he got a real
feel for this topic and did extensive research. He is now working at the Kind & Associates ﬁrm where he plans to gain valuable particle experience. He said that the award showed him that hard work pays off. Bragues illustrated that the award is important because encouraging students to take writing seriously and work on writing skills will beneﬁt them in the future, writing emails, business plans and the like. People will judge and take students more seriously if they can better communicate information, he said. He also explained that being recognized for something looks good on a resume and is deﬁnitely something that employers look at. Schnurr agreed. “I would like to stress the importance of writing skills in the business environment. “To give an example: when I went for my interview, I was asked to write out, in paragraph form, the steps to take when performing a bank reconciliation. After I completed this exercise the partners explained that sufﬁcient writing skills are needed in addition to other technical skills,” he said. Bragues said the way a person writes says something about how they think and that by encouraging good writing through the Business Writing award he hopes to make students better thinkers.
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Graduates hit hard by recession Canadian economy rebounds from the recession, while students play into double overtime JENN NUCUM The economy has bounced back from the recession with improved employment rates, according to a report released by Statistics Canada last month. However, postsecondary students in the GTA do not seem to be making it into the workforce and are currently struggling to keep up with the rising costs of living. “Given the climate, it’s like with some careers, people are changing their minds on what they’re pursuing because…the
Students are ﬁnding that the professions they expected to enter are not in high demand in today’s recovering economy.
job that they want to go to is not there,” said Christian Enriquez, a recent McMaster University grad-
uate with an Honours Bachelor degree in Commerce. Enriquez is one of many recent
graduate students who are not able to land a job after four years of studying.
Great news! As a Humber or Guelph-Humber student, you now have access to select Microsoft software for use on your home computer or personal laptop at no additional cost. Information Technology Services has recently partnered with the Humber Students’ Federation to expand its licensing agreement with Microsoft. The following software is available:
Windows 7 (Upgrade Version) Office 2007 Professional Office for Mac 2008
Windows 7 and Office 2007 are available as downloads at no additional cost. Go to http://its.humber.ca and click on ‘Microsoft Software’ in the Quick Links pane. Then, follow the on-screen instructions. Note you will need your Humber or Guelph-Humber e-mail address to register and access the downloads. Alternatively, students can purchase Windows 7, Office 2007 Pro, and/or Office for Mac 2008 vouchers in the Bookstore redeemable for media at an I.T. Support Centre. Windows 7 and Office 2007 sell for $15. Office for Mac sells for $10. As a Humber or Guelph-Humber student, you are allowed one copy of each title. You are also entitled to upgrades while you are a student. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you are able to keep the software after you graduate. Now with select Microsoft titles at no additional cost, there really is MORE for students at Humber and Guelph-Humber!
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Universities and colleges are seen as safe havens for students or returning graduates who are considering career changes. It is dawning on them that professions they initially planned for are not the in-demand jobs, Enriquez suggested. On top of that, money has become a big issue because in most cases students are required to live away from home and earn cash independently. Johanna Cabalu is a ﬁrst-year Environmental Design student at Ontario College of Art and Design. She recently found a place to live in downtown Toronto, but she had to face the difﬁculties in ﬁnding good student housing that ﬁt her budget. “Living in Toronto is very expensive, not even just the rent,” she said. “I’m living alone and I’m left with money I have earned during the summer, which isn’t a lot. Students want to be able to go out, they want to be able to buy things for cheap at stores, but sometimes you just can’t do that…it’s the overall experience in which I want to have myself, but can’t.” Cabalu is among many who are trying to cope with the slowdown in Canada’s freshly-reviving economy. Asked about her expectations upon graduating, she said ﬁ nding a job of choice would be the number one challenge. There are, however, grants bursaries and scholarships that students can apply for as a means of ﬁ nancial support from the government or educational institutions. “It helps a lot. You get to pay like 500 bucks or a thousand bucks less,” proposed Enriquez. Finding a job may not be easy once students step outside into the real world, but Kristine Paliuanan stresses that networking could help a lot. As a community inclusion worker for Brampton Caledon Community Living, Paliuanan reveals that as a graduating social work student at Sheridan College, she discovered her employer through talking to people. “My particular company, I learned through working at Starbucks because some of the workers would come out. At the time, I was still a student working at Starbucks,” explained Paliuanan. “They would come into Chapters and Starbucks to order drinks…I asked the worker ‘what company do you work with?’ and they referred me. They helped me out with that a lot. Social work is a lot of networking.” The Globe and Mail reported last month that the jobless rate decreased to 8 per cent, which is still much higher than pre-recession levels. Despite the trend indicating Canada’s economy is on the rise, these statistics don’t comfort graduating students. Post-secondary students are desperate for jobs are advised by classmates to build their contact lists, or else head back to the drawing board.
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Steroids not the only drug “Steroids” from page 1 “Obviously [drug usage] is illegal,” Lang said. “We do a lot, but do we do enough? Probably we could do m`ore, but we obviously publicize what the rules are, we speak to the team, and Gunner, our trainer, is very expressive to the team about what we can and cannot do, so all the players know.” He does, however, understand why the University of Guelph Athletics cannot afford to undertake testing entire teams. Without the CCES and CIS, regular testing would be next to impossible for universities, which don’t have the backing of individual communities, or the funding they receive from alumni. “It’s unfortunate that because of cost, schools have shied away from random testing,” Lang said. “I think they need to come to some sort of agreement of how this is going to be done, whether it’s the league or whoever is support-
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ing a part of the cost. I think that’s the one way that will rein force how wrong this is.” The CCES website provides lists of banned substances and statistics on usage at national and international levels. The list of banned substances includes steroids, stimulants, gene modifications such as growth hormones, cannabis, and other recreational drugs found on campuses across the country. The only exception to a banned substance is if an athlete has been given a medical prescription for its use. Each year, the CCES releases statistics from their doping control on their website. Between April 2009 and March 2010, 24 cases of doping were reported, 15 of which were from Junior Football or CIS Football. The majority of the violations were for cannabis. A further breakdown of each individual domestic sport reveals no CCES monitored sport has a clean doping record.
RADIX “It’s unfortunate that because of cost, schools have shied away from random testing.”
Steroids and growth hormones are among some of the drugs found in varsity sports programs across Canada. Twenty-four doping cases were discovered between April 2009 and March 2010.
Quidditch not just for wizards anymore Harry Potter’s broom riding game has transended fantasy and entered the world of sport BRITANY MURPHY The seventh and next-to-ﬁnal instalment of the Harry Potter ﬁlm franchise is not the only wizarding world phenomenon to get ready for in November. From November 13 to 14, New York City will host the Muggle Quidditch World Cup. During the two day tournament, colleges and universities from all over the world can register their school team to participate. The campus craze ﬁrst appeared on U.S. college campuses six years ago, and the Muggle version of the sport has continued to grow ever since. Ryerson Quidditch team member, Suraj Singh says, “It’s a great sport and there’s a little bit of everything. It can get really intense but I ﬁnd that quidditch is less intimidating than other university sports. People of all ﬁtness levels can come out and play and you don’t have to be a fan of the Harry Potter series to enjoy it. It’s very inviting and most of all, it’s fun.” Although the Muggle version does not include ﬂying around on brooms or seeking out an airborne golden snitch, it still keeps many of the same elements made popular by J.K. Rowling’s book series.
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Ryerson Quidditch team practicing for the upcoming World Cup in New York.
Players carry a broom between their legs as they run around the pitch. There are scoring hoops on either end with a white ball used as a quafﬂe, dodge balls are used as bludgers to hit opponents, and the golden snitch is actually a person. The latter wears yellow and runs around the pitch throughout the game, trying to avoid getting caught by either team. Out of the 57 teams registered for the upcoming Quidditch tournament, three teams will represent campuses around Canada. Ryerson, McGill, and Carleton universities will all be playing next month when their teams will battle it out against other universities for the Quidditch Trophy. Ryerson was actually the second university to register for the
games and they have been preparing for New York since July. Singh says, “We didn’t exactly hold tryouts but had more of a club format where everyone who showed up played.” Even with allowing everyone to play, the Ryerson team was still out of luck while holding scrimmages. “The turnout was pretty good but we never had enough people for a full seven-on-seven match with a snitch runner,” says Singh. But now that the tournament is fast approaching and more students have heard about the team, new members want to participate every day. When asked about the World Cup, Singh says, “I think there is a mixture of being nervous and
excited..But more excitement!. “There isn’t really too much to be worried about,” he continues. “Just going there and playing teams from all over will be such an amazing experience that I think it doesn’t matter if we win... although that would be fantastic. As we’re a relatively new team, we are still in the process of picking the full roster of players who are able to go.” With all the excitement around Ryerson with both the Quidditch World Cup and the new Harry Potter movie approaching in November (a second part based on the ﬁnal book will be released next year), it is hard not to notice the enthusiasm from other Harry Potter fans. Seneca College student, Jesse Magallanes says, “It will never be as good as Rowling’s Quidditch mainly because positions won’t be as effective when you can’t knock people to the ground off of their ﬂying broomsticks. The snitch would not be the same either. It would be more difﬁcult to catch if it was ﬂying.” Magallanes adds, “If my school had a team, of course I would join...even if the Muggle game looks silly.” With three Canadian teams already participating in the world cup, Singh encourages other universities to start teams. With ﬁve Canadian teams currently active, 17 universities are now forming, including a team at University of Guelph. As the sport continues to grow, Quidditch may yet travel to the University of Guelph-Humber.
Ice hockey intramurals Intramural hockey attempts a new beginning at GuelphHumber after a season in which lack of participation caused many games to be forfeited. League organizer Jen Maclam is hoping this year will be an improvement from last and that the league will have more commited players. “Last year I think we started with 10 teams and by the end we had less than eight,” she says. With inadequate numbers of players last year, many teams forfeited multiple games, allowing teams that did show up to win by default. One of last year’s team captains, Brandon Bannon says, “The league did the only thing it could have done. There weren’t many options.“ Organizers decided the best thing to do was eliminate those teams that had participation problems, and take any players that had been in attendance on a regular basis and distribute them among the teams left over. “After the new teams I don’t think there was a forfeit again,” Bannon says. The league will start with eight teams and an earlier registration date this year. “By moving the registration date up I think we get a more committed group of players who are ready to play,” says Maclam This year’s season begins October 17th
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