GRAPEVINE HURON’S MAGAZINE DEC 2012
HOLIDAY ISSUE THE JACK PROJECT ... 6 DELICIOUS, HEALTHY FOODS ... 9 THE STORY OF MALALA ... 12 BLISSFULLY AWARE IMPROV: A REVIEW ... 16 “NEW GIRL” AND THE ‘NEW FEMININE’... 20
Contributors editor-in-chief: ANGELA HERRING-LAUZON creative director: CAITLIN SIMPSON copy editor: NICOLE GOODBRAND entertainment editor: BRIAN WISHART lifestyle editor: CAROLINE TAYLOR news/opinions editor: CONNOR HILL layout designers CAITLIN SIMPSON, ANGELA HERRING-LAUZON journalists NICOLE GOODBRAND, MARIE-FRANCE ROCHE, ANDREW SERCOMBE, RACHEL WOOD, JANE SCHNEIDER, KRISTEN VAUTHIER, MELISSA ZULETA JIMENEZ, BAILEY MCKENNY, STEPHANIE EDWARDS, ELORAH FANGRAD, ANGELA HERRING-LAUZON photographers ANGELA HERRING-LAUZON, CAITLIN SIMPSON, ROSS LINDEN-FRASER cover art front, back: ANGELA HERRING-LAUZON huronsgrapevine.com facebook: huron’s grapevine twitter: @Huron_Grapevine
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DIARY OF THE MIDDLE EAST: THE STORY OF A YOUNG GIRL’S BRAVERY
MANIC, CUTESIE, NAIVETE: THE ‘NEW’ FEMININE?
THE JACK PROJECT IN THE KITCHEN WITH RACHEL WOOD STUDY SNACKS CRAMMING AND JAMMING HOW THE GRAPEVINE LIKES TO PARTY
DALLAIRE DRAWS CROWD
CRAVING THE SEXIER, BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER: THE IPHONE 5 FIRST YEAR VOICES
ARTS.............................16 BACK UP PRODUCTIONS AND BLISSFULLY AWARE IMPROV PRESENTS: “33 MORE SLEEPS!” CD REVIEW: MOTHER MOTHER ”THE STICKS” VANCOUVER FILM SCHOOL: A REVIEW
Words: Nicole Goodbrand Photos: marshfieldtimes.com; youcure.me
This year the Huron University Student Council is taking a different approach to charities. Along with the usual promotion of breast cancer and prostate research through the months of October and November, a yearlong charity has been chosen to be the beneficiary of the rest of the charity efforts. The student body was given 5 different charitable organizations to choose from earlier this semester through a survey. The Jack Project was the most popular choice for the 2012-2013 charity for the HUCSC and HUC student body. The other possible charitable beneficiaries were: The David Suzuki Foundation, Free the Children, Right to Play, and the Make A Wish Foundation. The Jack Project is a pilot program currently being run within the Kids Help Phone organization. It focuses on mental health and the well being of young people, specifically those who are within 15-20 years of age.
The Jack project is currently in the evaluation stage of the outreach portion of the project, but it focuses on providing vital support and information to Canadian youth regarding mental health. Kids Help Phone and The Jack Project receive no government funding and rely on people like the students of Huron to provide the funding to help young Canadians. Supporting this charity would benefit people going to university, college or finishing high school who may be needing help. The Jack project was created in the legacy of Jack Windeler, who committed suicide in 2010 during his first year of studies at Queen’s University. Mental Health is a very serious topic, especially within the university setting. Although Huron, with its tightknit community, seems like an unlikely place to find someone struggling with mental health, youth are struggling everywhere, including within the Huron walls. For this reason, The Jack Project seemed like a perfect choice for the first year
The Jack Project: associated with Kids Help Phone.
of student chosen charity initiatives at Huron. If anything, the close community at Huron stands the best chance at detecting people in need of a helping hand, and promoting understanding and acceptance of mental health issues. It is time that Huron stands up and takes a leading role in making a change at Western University, and heading the promotion of mental health awareness on campus by changing the discussion on mental illness is the perfect place to start. If you are interested in learning more about the Jack Project check out the website: http://www.thejackproject.org/index.php. All those curious about helping with Huron’s charity campaign, stop by the HUCSC office or contact this school year’s charities commissioners, Nicole Goodbrand or Marie France Roche at their emails listed below: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Kitchen with Rachel Wood This is the beginning of a food column that will demonstrate how good food can also be good for you. In the past, I myself have struggled in eating healthily. I have always loved food but I feared the taste of healthy food. In that struggle, I not only faced that fear, but I’m proud to say that I conquered it. I cook and bake now as much as I possibly can for a multiplicity of reasons. First, I definitely gained my fair share of pounds after my first and second years of university. It was after then that I realized the importance of creating a healthy lifestyle, because no longer did I have a fast metabolism. I’ve always had to be aware of the food I put in my body because I am a vegetarian. However, it became a regular thing for me to eat an entire pizza and still have room for more. It was at that point that I realized I needed to not only stop eating pizza every night, and also to learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As I became more aware of how food can affect my level of happiness on top of its effects on my body, I started to have fun with different recipes and creating my own at the same time. I am proud to say, that I fell in love with both cooking and baking. With this food column, I hope to show all of you how to cook and bake wonderful and nutritious food without leading yourself to high cholesterol, blood pressure or worse, a heart attack!
recipe of the month: SPAGHETTI SQUASH Squash instructions
1• Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit 2• Cut the spaghetti squash in half (this will be quite difficult, so use that muscle!).
3• Hull out the seeds, but don’t throw them out. 4• Place on a pan and put it in the oven for 45 minutes. 5• Once ready, spoon out the squash and it will be of spaghetti texture. Awesome! Seed instructions
1• Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. 2• Rinse out all squash remainder in the seeds you hulled out. 3• Coat the seeds with a mixture of oil and water in a bowl. 4• Sprinkle a little bit of salt or a little bit of cinnamon for taste. Do NOT put both salt and cinnamon on them!
5• Place on a pan and put in the oven for at least an hour, while checking every 20 minutes to stir. Voila!
1• Trail Mix: It’s not just for nature walks! There’s a surprise in every bite. Mix up some cashews, smarties, almonds, craisins, and your taste buds will soar! It’s not too loud, and it’s munchable!
STUDY SNACKS according to...
2• A Cliff Bar: These are sold at the Grocery Checkout in the UCC, and they are filling and delicious. Realtly good to tide you over when you have an hour left of studying to do and your stomach is already a rumblin’ for that burrito you wanted. Cliff Bar saves the day! Hint: The best flavor is chocolate mint. And if you want to Huron-ize it, call it a Bill Cliff bar! 5 • Cucumbers/celery: [Rachel Wood]
3• A handful of almonds because the healthy fats keep me from getting hungry for a while and also a bowl of cereal with fruit or a bowl of greek yogurt with honey/cinnamon and fruit (just because it’s healthy and delicious). [Jane Schneider]
Spits or other sunflower seeds that come in the shell: They take an inordinate amount of time and effort to eat, which completely offsets the calories you are taking in (this is what I tell myself). Since you are more than likely just looking for something to mindlessly gnaw on while you drill facts into your brain, sunflower seeds are perfect. Nutritionally, they're pretty high in fat but also have lots of things which are good for you, like Omega-3s (healthy fat) and a ton of protein (which makes you feel fuller). Downside is that you can't really eat these in the library/public since you are spitting out nasty little masticated bits of shell every thirty seconds, but if you're alone they are the perfect study snack.
They're refreshing, satisfyingly crunchy, good for you, cheap, and give you a sustainable energy boost. Both have a high water content and will help keep you hydrated which means your mind will remain clear and focused. You could literally eat like five pounds of celery and would barely take a calorie hit, so again, perfect for people who just want to constantly be chewing something and aren't actually hungry. Bonus tip: Dip cucumbers in chocolate frosting. Don't think about it. Just try it.
JAMMING. Words: Marie-France Roche; Andrew Sercombe
jane schneider`s studyjam breakdown:
listen to me:
Desire – Under Your Spell Arkells– Book Club Tennis – Origins Bon Iver – Flume M83 – You Appearing Bonobo – Prelude Washed Out – Amor Fati
i: The Lord of the Rings soundtrack
ii: Your favourite mixcast - I have a few musical podcasts I turn to for reliably well-curated playlists of new music. Anything from CBC Radio 3 is awesome, and I also highly recommend mixes from AwesomeOkanagan.com and KEXP Presents: Music That Matters. I prefer to listen to continuous playlists while studying so I don't have to fiddle around switching songs and can just go with the flow and focus on my notes. iii.Youth Lagoon's album, The Year of Hibernation. If I had to choose one study song off it, I would choose "Montana". iv. Anything by Grimes. "Genesis" in particular is a good study song.
The students, done exams, all snug in their beds, Whilevisionsofbeerpongdancedintheirheads. how JANE SCHNEIDER likes to party: If it's a rager: 212 - Azealia Banks or Baby's On Fire - Die Antwoord If you're playing pong or just screwing around in the backyard: What's My Age Again - Blink 182; any early Blink/Sum/ GOB fits this bill. If you're at fun house party: Tipsy - J-Kwon or Holiday Inn - Chingy; can't go wrong with the classics If you're hanging with a less mainstream crowd: Drunk Girls - LCD Soundsystem or I've Seen Footage - Death Grips If you're at a lame, bro-tastic house party and the playlist is full of Mac Miller, mash-ups, and questionable dubstep then HIJACK THE IPOD and jam out to: The House That heaven Built by Japandroids or Last Night by The Strokes. You might be able to get away with it for a few songs if everyone's drunk enough. And then you'll be called a hipster and kicked out but #worthit If it's girl's night Dancing On My Own - Robyn If you just wanna DANCE: Dance Wiv Me - Dizzee Rascal or Move Shake Drop - Pitbull ft. Flo Rida If you like rap and are looking for something a little different: Takin' It Over - Downsyde or Too Hot - Swollen Members If you are awkwardly trying to look cool and impress your older brother's friends: Let's Get High - Dr. Dre If it's a chill pregame and everyone has different music taste: can't go wrong with crowd pleasing indie rock like Pheonix, The Arkells, or The Black Keys If all else fails: Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
“My guy friends from U of Alberta hosted a pretty epic beer-lympics this summer. Everything was extremely well thought out: the events ran on a schedule, there was an elaborate scoring system, and prizes for the winning team. There was also an unreal 6-hose beer bong suspended from the garage roof which was part of the final event. The cops who crashed our party thought our beer bong was so well-engineered that they made us chug a case to show them how it worked in action before they left and let us continue our party. Partying with Engineering nerds FTW!”
(Jane Schneider) “One time, in first year, I was at a party and wore a really
awesome brown fedora with a red feather in it. This hat was remarkable. I searched every vintage store in Toronto to find one just like this, and when I found it, I just had to sport it at such an affair with some arty folk. While I was at the party, schmoozing away, other people were playing pass the hat. With my hat. They were trying it on, having a laugh, admiring it. When 4 A.M. arrived and it was time to go home, I noticed my hat was missing. “Surely no one would have the audacity to take my precious crown!” I cried. But apparently, someone did. Those people exist. When I woke up the next morning to not see my hat happily perched on my T.V., I knew I would never see it again. So the moral of the story is: hang on to your hats, kids. The good ones don’t come by often. ”
Diary of the Middle East: The story of a young girl’s bravery Words: Melissa Zuleta Jiménez PHOTOS: rferl.org; deviantart.com
“Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with their oppressors” - Evelyn Cunningham
Malala. This name may sound familiar to you if you keep up with any type of social media or the news. If this name does not ring any bells or you are unaware of what this name means to the fight for women’s human rights in the Middle East, well, my fellow Grapevine readers, I am here to enlighten you.
Malala Yusafzai’s story begins in the town of Mingora, located in the Swat district of northwest Pakistan, when Taliban militants ordered the closure of all schools in order to prevent young girls from receiving any education. Schools were blown up, policemen were beheaded, and activists were assassinated. All of this was done to ensure total Taliban control over the Swat region, which was once denominated as the “Switzerland of Pakistan.” Amid the fear and chaos, Malala Yusafzai decided to voice her indignation, and in 2009, she began writing a blog for the BBC using the pseudonym Gul Makai, detailing her life and struggle under Taliban rule. This was the beginning of Malala’s political life and her fight against the abuse of women’s rights in her beloved Swat. Her blog spread like a wildfire across the world. She
NEWS has become the window to women’s struggle under we are in the 21st century; the women’s movement is Taliban rule. She has shed a light on the fight for far from over. Next time you find yourself studying women’s rights and how much there is still left to do. for a midterm, catching up on your readings, or simply taking the bus or walking down the street, Malala’s bravery did not go unnoticed: she appreciate the fact that you can do so freely, without was nominated by the Kids Right Foundation for the fear of being threatened, raped or murdered. the International Children’s Peace Prize on October Malala is a reminder that not everyone is as lucky. 2011 and was also nominated for the Nobel Peace This young 15-year-old girl, barely out of high Prize. Malala is the first Pakistani girl to win the school, facing extremely dangerous circumstances is National Youth Peace Prize. Unfortunately, her fighting women inequality with her words, keeping fierce activism also caught the attention of the her head high. Taliban and on October 9, 2012, there was an attempt to silence her indefinitely; M a l a l a was shot in the head. Ehsanullah Ehsan, chief spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that Yousafzai “is the symbol of the infidels and obscenity.” Malala did gain enemies, but she also won supporters from everywhere. I remember waking up the next day, checking my twitter and seeing thousands and thousands of messages directed to Malala. Both the news and every day people were speaking about her, sending prayers, hoping for the survival of small beacon of hope for women oppressed everywhere. Even Pakistani officials were offering a $105,000 (10 million rupee) reward for information leading to the arrest of the attackers. I hope this article made you read further and look into how many women around the world do not have a voice. I am speaking to you, the women at Huron, the women of Western University, the women of Canada. Realise that even though
Dallaire Draws Crowd WORDS: Angela Herring-Lauzon PHOTOS: http://peterbreggphotography.com/wp-content/up-
“War is failure. War is the inability to resolve the friction of our differences without destroying.” Retired Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire delivered an address at Western on Friday, November 23. In lecture hall 38 in the Law building, a tightly-packed room of students was lucky enough to hear Dallaire’s free address. Dallaire is best known for his involvement as Force Commander in the United Nations peacekeeping efforts during the Rwandan genocide. During his mission, he attempted to stop government-funded forces from committing the 1994 massacre that saw 800,000 people murdered in 100 days. However, Dallaire’s attempts to seize the weapons subsequently used in the massacre were foiled by UN bureaucracy. His decision to follow the chain of command instead of his own conscience haunts him to this day. Like many veterans, Dallaire suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and has attempted suicide. In his talk, Dallaire addressed the issue of involvement; namely, how to combat apathy in our internet-driven age, and actually become invested enough in global issues to be driven to action. The talk lasted roughly an hour, with a fifteen-minute question period following. Dallaire addressed many tough issues, from the nature of
war, to ‘the will to intervene,’ to the nature of humanity itself. He reminded his audience that despite atrocities committed daily, we have an apparent inability to learn from them. Referring to the Holocaust, Dallaire stated that ‘never again’ has failed. He furthermore asked us to consider, when did some humans become less human? He demanded we view a child soldier in Africa as still just a child, the same as any children here. Dallaire spoke eloquently on his topic, hinting only briefly at the true depth of the horrors he has witnessed. His address was as much a warning as a call to action. Addressing our demographic, Dallaire challenged us to develop a sense of concern and awareness for happenings beyond our immediate circle of influence. Dallaire has written two books, Shake Hands With the Devil – The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, and They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children. He works with various non-governmental organizations focused on peacekeeping, human rights, and justice. Sources: CBC News Indepth: Romeo Dallaire. (online, 2003).
Back-Up Productions and Blissfully Aware Improv Presents: “33 More Sleeps!” WORDS: Angela Herring-Lauzon PHOTOS: Ross Linden-Fraser
I am not familiar with improv shows or comedy acts. However, the Blissfully Aware comedy troupes’ improv show Thursday, November 22 proved even more enjoyable than I had hoped. The Blissfully Aware cast is comprised of Jeremy Bushell, Matt Graham, CJ McDougall and James Butler, all 21. They are celebrating their one year anniversary as a fully-formed comedy improv troupe. “33 More Sleeps!” was their second act this term. The guys performed a two hour show in Huron University College’s Student Activity Centre (SAC), with the campus bar, the Beaverdam, open for refreshments. The show was well-attended, with a mix of parents, faculty, and peers. The show opened with musical guest Justin Maki, a first year combined Global Studies and Faculty of Music student. His renditions of Jack Johnson and The Beatles were fantastically played and sung, opening the night off with an impressive bang. Maki played as well at intermission, performing an original. Relying heavily on audience participation, the cast kept up a steady stream of comedic banter, rarely if ever freezing up. The group dynamics and easy-going nature of the guys was clearly demonstrated in their back and forth quips, as they played off one another.
The night consisted of a series of games, opening with my personal favourite, “press conference.” The idea was for one member of the cast to disappear offstage while audience members suggested possible reasons for that cast member to be holding a press conference. As he returned onstage, the three other members of the troupe, dispersed throughout the crowd, asked questions geared towards cluing their mate in to who he was portraying. The first round had CJ playing Joe Fontana and addressing the mayor’s recent fraud allegations. The guys had the audience guffawing as Connor obliviously responded to a question with “it was a real solid father to son gift.” As with all things college-related, the humour inevitably devolved into, well, college humour. Raunchy innuendos punctuated each skit, but the boys managed to keep the jokes from spiraling into the offensively obscene. I still don’t know how to take a Spanish erotica scene performed by two grown men pretending to be Sponge Bob and Patrick, however. The comedy was spontaneous, fun, a little raunchy, and ultimately, a wonderful showcase of some real talent. Between some hilariously bad British accents and a session of intense yoga, the Back-Up Production boys showed their comedic talent, and they and the audience alike had a blast.
Mother Mother: “The Sticks” WORDS: Bailey McKenny
If you have never heard of Mother Mother you are missing out. In a world where all our music sounds the exact same, this is a band that consists of true artists. You know you are listening to Mother Mother because of the very unique sound they have mastered. Plus I am always a fan of male/female bands. The mixture of a unique male voice with the spectacular female vocals really adds to their sound and makes their latest album The Sticks wonderful. The top song on the album, “Let’s Fall In Love”, is ridiculously catchy. But if you listen carefully you’ll notice the lyrics are so very clever, like in the rest of the album. The song basically talks about how we are cursed to a ‘game of cat and mouse’ when it comes to love, or attraction, or drunken lust, whatever your thing is. It can relate to any situation where you are stupidly chasing someone down. I find this song humorous, and perhaps too astute, for that reason. The title track on the album The Sticks is another one of my favourites. Something about the sound in this song feels so dark and distressed. I happen to like dark music. But the vocals are my favourite part. The pitches range from high ‘la di da’ sounds to the more level tone in which most of the lyrics are sung. Another thing I love about this album is the number of tracks on it. You would think the amount of songs wouldn’t matter, but whenever I pick up albums these days they usually only include about nine or ten songs. I remember going through my parents’ records, which had at least fifteen songs. I have higher standards for an album. The Sticks has sixteen fabulous songs, making for a good full album. “To the Wild” is a track that really showcases the phenomenal female vocals that are this band’s major advantage. The guitar riffs and the classic sound of a piano at the end of the track add to the song’s effect. I have always thought that the female voices in Mother Mother reminded me of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and once I made that connection I fell in love with the band. Who doesn’t like Rocky Horror? The Sticks is a continuation of Mother Mother’s great musical creativity.
The Vancouver Film School (VFS): A Review WORDS: Kristen Vauthier PHOTO: http://www.savourychef.com/wedding-venue-
Like many of you, I have been weaving my way through undergrad unsure of what my next move will be. After pondering for quite some time, and considering my interests the idea of “film school” suddenly came to me. That’s why during a vacation this summer in Vancouver, B.C, I decided it was only fitting that I consider my film school options in such a beautiful city. This is what led me to the Vancouver Film School (VFS). Located close to all of the major attractions in downtown Vancouver, the idea of VFS is like something out of a dream. I was able to tour each aspect of the classes and production components, as per my interest in the “Film Production” stream. I saw the seminar-sized classrooms, the sound studios, and the incredible sets left over from years previous (i.e. a portion of a lifesized train and a deserted forest). The campus itself is located in a variety of buildings in close proximity, including a newly acquired expansion. Walking through the campus, I could practically feel the creative energy. The downside of my journey through VFS was that school was not in session while I was visiting, and therefore I wasn’t able to see the magic in action.
The Vancouver Film School in fact offers many other areas of study outside of production. They can teach you every aspect of filmmaking with programs in: animation, acting, entertainment business management, make up design, sound design and writing for film and TV, just to list a few. However, like most schools with expensive equipment and interactions with professionals in the related field, the tuition is costly. Without a job guaranteed after graduation, it would take an intense drive to dedicate the time and money to attend VFS, but undoubtedly it would be an incredible experience. For more information on VFS, visit their website, YouTube channel or contact the great admissions advisor listed below (who was responsible for my tour). http://www.vfs.com/ www.youtube.com/vancouverfilmschool Admissions advisor: Ryan Jarman T: (604) 631- 3802
As a single girl living in a house with 3 male roommates, I was ecstatic when the TV show New Girl aired last year. Zooey Deschanel plays “ Jess”, a single girl sharing an apartment with 3 guys. Finally I could see a television show that somewhat matched the reality of my own life! Despite being a shameless Deschanel fan, I was disappointed with her new character. Sure, the half hour segment was funny, filled with quirky and quippy one-liners and pure silliness. But I couldn’t identify with Deschanel’s character, Jess, no matter how much I’d like to think of myself as “adorkable”. But why not? After some more thought and several more episodes (that did have me giggling like a little girl), I began to realize why I couldn’t identify with a character supposedly so similar to myself. It was simple. Jess’s character is essentially a
Manic, Cutsie Naïveté:
the “new” feminine? WORDS: Stephanie Edwards PHOTO: ebay.co.uk
characterature of Zooey Deschanel: a retro-fashioned, cal-culatedly naive, manic-pixie-dream-girl. She is cute; it is impossible to deny; but Jess is boiled down to an oversized-glasses, knee-high-sock-wearing, sexualized school girl (actually, she’s a school teacher). Moreover, I think the most problematic thing about New Girl is that her typecast image of the “new feminine” is an obvious harkening back to the atypical nostalgic image of an old femininity. It worried me that Jess is an updated version of an ideal girl from a past era, an era where women worked hard for change. One evening, as I sat watching the show in my cluttered house, eating a frozen dinner and wearing nothing even remotely close to a blouse, I decided I couldn’t identify with such a cliched image of femininity. The full skirts, love of baking, and even her work as a preschool teacher just seemed too obvious. It bothered me, but I continued to watch, waiting for a reprisal. The male roommates on “ New Girl”, however, seem to encompass a wide range of representa-tions of “masculinity”. This is one of the most interesting aspects of the show. Diverse as they may seem, they have one common bond: they’re all just bros that can’t seem to relate to Jess and her representation of femininity. Her infantilized “cutesy” ways don’t make any sense to these guys who, appear in every episode as the saving voices of reason. It is the guys who teach Jess and give her the support that lets her grow up a little bit. In turn, Jess teaches them too. The char-acters have all developed a self-critical awareness that drives the show past its cliches and into something truly complex and interesting.
In one especially memorable moment, Nick tells Jess that she just doesn’t know how to be real and perhaps this is where “New Girl” gets it right. The self-reflexive nature of every episode saves it from being another shallow representation of the dichotomy between femininity and masculinity. Yes, Jess appears passive and unthreatening, but it is nice to see that these issues are addressed and we see Jess evolve into someone who is in control of her sexuality and her identity. The characters recognize the stereotypes they represent, which in turn, seems to force its viewers to also recognize their own stereotypes. After a season and a half, the way I view Jess has been altered and I understand that aspiring to be “cute” like Jess doesn’t prevent her from be-ing a strong woman in her own way. If nothing else - its hard to deny that Jess is unlike most other representations of women on television. So if that means that young girls have a choice can look up to a character like Jess and her manicured manic-pixie-dream-girl image rather than The Kardashians, then that’s fine by me. So what about the reality? I can tell you that living with three guys in real life rarely results in as many revelations about life and love, and there are certainly far fewer freshly baked goods. I might not be able to identify with Zooey’s cute innocence and I’m sure my eyelashes will never be as long. But there are moments to which every modern woman can identify. Like in the show, I do receive blank stares of misunderstanding from my 3 bro roommates more often than I am ready to admit. Like Jess, I too feel the need to narrate my actions through song. But that doesn’t reduce me or my roommates to being mere stereotypes. It does, however, make us more aware of our notions of the feminine or masculine and the roles we inhibit in our gender-mixing house. A like they say, recognizing the problem is the first step in making a change.
Craving the sexier, better, faster, stronger. Words: Marie-France Roche Image: wordpress.com
When I proposed to write this piece, there were several assumptions regarding my area of focus: “Oh, OK, so you’re doing a review”. Well, no, not exactly. “Oh, you’re going to compare it to other androids and smartphones!” No, I do not think I am even capable of doing that. See, I have kept my iPhone 3G since I got it for my high school graduation. I’m now in fourth year. This three and a half year old infant is considered ancient to many. My sleek device is considered retro. Really? To me, it seems as though phones are on a constant cycle: when a new
one appear, the older model becomes inferior, a degraded version of this new, panoramic photo-taking work of genius. And what are we to do? Buy the new one, of course! Once that fresh model is available, a sense of cathartic relief dawns on the consumer. Sort of like when you finally restock your fridge after a week of eating K.D. and Hamburger Helpers. My phone is currently broken. Old Faithful failed on me and now I am left rebooting my phone every time I need to make a call. Convenient. So now I am left with a profound conflict: Do I get her fixed, or upgrade to a sexier, stronger, better, faster more efficient iPhone that will talk to me? For some reason, I would not prefer the ladder. To be honest, I do not feel empowered by technology or what it can do. By purchasing another
phone, which is arguably justifiable in this case, I suppose I feel I would be succumbing to this technology, allowing companies like Apple to dictate my own investment and control my purchase choices. I’m not sure if my refusal to purchase a new iPhone is an act of opposition, or if I am being completely illogical. Why wouldn’t I want an iPhone 5? Edward Burtynsky, a landscape photographer, said, “We are surrounded by all kinds of consumer goods, and yet we are profoundly detached from the sources of those things.” I think, maybe, technology rapidly accumulates, is no longer collected on a need basis, and instead, a want basis. We are starting to separate technology from its implications, depoliticizing our devices and ignoring their consequences.
first year voices. WORDS: Elorah Fangrad PHOTO: freelancefolder.com Many students come to university not knowing what they want, who they are, or what to do in day-to-day life. There are always students who have known since childhood that they want to become a lawyer, accountant, musician, or philosopher, and have already been working toward that achievement throughout high school. I’ve wanted to be an author since I was very young, but that never gave me an obvious degree to head for–– not all authors take English. I also know that there are students who have absolutely no picture of their future education or career, or students who have suddenly realized that they’ve entered a program which feels completely wrong for them now. The solution to this dilemma of not knowing what to do is to find a purpose, to know exactly what you are living for and what to form your life around. The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote in his journal: “What I really
need is to be clear about what I am to do, not what I must know, except in the way knowledge must precede all action. It is a question of understanding my destiny, of seeing what the Deity really wants me to do; the thing is to find a truth which is true for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die.” While it may not be apparent to firstyear students now, there is something more that each of us are called to do with our lives. We will understand it eventually as we learn who we are as an individual and where we are in the world. True, fulfilling our call may mean making a great contribution to our country and impacting countless people in a visible way. But not everyone needs to become an inventor or celebrity, and not everyone will. Often it’s those who do the smaller deeds and take the time to listen to others who make the most difference to the most people. What gives you value,
meaning, and true satisfaction while also helping others in your life is what you should pursue. Those who remain fixed on their purpose will not lose their passion. Maybe you already know what you’re meant to do, but hesitate to follow it through or commit to its demands. It could be something socially challenging, like signing up for a lesspopular club or team which you know is perfect for accomplishing your personal goals–– without the support of your friends or roommates. It could be as life-changing as switching your program or deciding to move offcampus to be on your own for the first time. Whatever it is, do it before its time has passed and you regret not doing it. Kierkegaard asks in his book Fear and Trembling, “When you were called, did you answer or did you not?” Think about it, then do it.
Published on Dec 22, 2012