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Pop Culture Comeback P8/ Badminton P5/




Fighting a crisis

Photo: Jan Lukas

Winter tires: yes or no? Kelly Kotulak Ignite News

Lisa Polewski Ignite News “81 years is the average death for a Canadian woman. … It is 39 years for a homeless woman. How is the weather in your community?” These were the final words spoken by Good Shepherd member Katherine Kalinowski, followed by the room’s emphatic applause as she finished her speech at the National Housing Day event in Hamilton. The November 22nd event featured a campaign launch to bring awareness to the crisis of homeless women. Guest speakers at the event included Kalinowski, who had startling statistics to share with the crowd. She said over 300 women were turned away from emergency shelters in Hamilton in the past month.

Women’s Housing Planning Collaborative. “In a city like Hamilton that has some great people and great things going for it, how is it possible that we’re turning away women at the door?” asked Babcock. She explained the reason for calling the campaign’s website, saying that people often ask each other about the weather in everyday conversation. The Collaborative wants to associate a deeper meaning with a fairly mundane and common question. “Is that not the number one question you ask in the morning in your life in Canada?” explained Babcock. “It is our national conversation.”

“I have survived The severity of the average winter puts an homelessness” Hamilton emphasis on the need for

Glenna Harris was another guest speaker, a woman with her own history of homelessness and being denied financial assistance after suffering from several heart attacks and other health issues. Harris brought the room to a standing ovation after reading a heartfelt speech about her struggles in the face of intense adversity. “I have survived cancer,” said Harris. “I have survived heart attacks and heart disease. I have survived malnutrition. I have survived mental health issues. I have survived numerous physical disabilities. I have survived homelessness and I have survived a system that seemed to have turned its back on me when I have needed its help the most.” Many attendees of the event said they were emotionally moved by Harris’s story, including Laura Babcock of Powergroup Communications, who acted as emcee for the event and is an active member of the

women’s shelters, especially as December approaches.

The Women’s Housing Planning Collaborative, a coalition of local organizations who provide emergency shelters and transitional housing to homeless women, has set the campaign in motion. The coalition includes Good Shepherd Women’s Services, as well as YWCA Hamilton and Phoenix Place. Katherine Kalinowski acts as the chair for the Collaborative. She said students are ideal members of the community in terms of spreading the message about homelessness and poverty. “There’s absolutely no doubt that it’s the enthusiasm of youth – and students in particular – who get excited and galvanize social justice movements like this,” said Kalinowski.

As the winter season rolls around, it brings colder temperatures, snow, and dangerous driving conditions; which raises the question, should drivers make the switch to winter tires? Silvana Aceto, CAA South Central Ontario Media and PR Specialist, says although it is not mandatory, it is beneficial for drivers to install winter tires. “We do recommend that drivers do install four matching winter tires,” said Aceto. “Your all season tires will start to loose their elasticity when the temperatures reach about seven degrees or below, and when the all seasons tires turn hard this means reduced traction and longer stopping distances.” Since 2008, it has been mandatory for Quebec drivers to equip their vehicles with winter tires between December 15 and March 15. The Province of Ontario has yet to enforce any winter tire laws. Active Green and Ross Tire and Auto Centre Service Advisor Madison Doyle says winter tires can help prevent potential crashes. “If you’re driving around with all season tires which have barely any tread on them you’re more likely to slip and slide all over the place,” said Doyle. “When you have winter tires they are made for [winter conditions]. According to Environment Canada, Ontario’s precipitation last winter was 26 per cent below normal, and the region’s average temperature was 3 °C above normal. Even though there was less snow than normal last winter, Doyle says winter tires should still be considered for this winter. “When people hear snow tires, they think snow. Really snow has a big part of it but it’s also temperature that is one of the number one keys in having winter tires.”


Photo: Thomas Allen

Fill the Kettle

Katherine Stoneman Ignite News The Salvation Army kicked off their iconic Christmas kettle campaign on November 20th with a brass section performing Christmas carols at the Burlington Mall. The kettle campaign has grown to 2000 kettles across Canada, collecting donations every year since 1891. “The community jumps on board really well with us,” said Dan Millar, the Ontario Great Lakes division kettle coordinator. “Last year, for the 2011 campaign, we had a target of 19 million [dollars] in Canada and we did 21 million in Canada.” Last year’s collections broke an all time record for the campaign, helping more than 1.7 million people in need.

Brass band performed at the Burlington Mall to kick off the campaign.

Executive Director of Burlington’s Salvation Army, Major Jeff Johnston, says the charitable donations have gone up each year, even through the rougher economic times.


P.3 “This is a really giving community,” said Johnston. “In terms of when we get excess of the food donations, we are helping other communities, so St. Catharines, Wiarton, we try to help out the smaller communities like that.” The campaign launches around the second or third week in November. Gary Brown, theSalvation Army’s Ontario Great Lakes Division Director,says it’s necessary to start the campaign this early, to collect the dollars required to help the families in need. “Every dollar that’s raised through the Christmas kettle campaign is used to assist local families whether it’s at Christmas time with toys and food and Christmas hampers, or through the year through our food banks and practical assistance programs,” said Brown. Kettles are installed in several malls and LCBOs across Ontario. There is the option to donate online now, at Police Services, said he was happy to see such a turnout.

Photo: Nicole Warrick

“I’ve been to many of these meetings and have probably seen about a quarter of these people,” said Mahler. “It’s awesome to see so many people taking the initiative.”

Student housing sparks neighbourhood debate

Dr. Jay Parlar is president of the Ainslie Wood/Westdale Community Association (AWWCA), a non-profit homeowners association that deals with student housing and bylaw issues around McMaster University. They are trying to encourage Mohawk’s community to come together as well. “The short-term goal is to get a dedicated group of people to meet on a constant basis and discuss the issues,” said Parlar.

Nicole Warrick Ignite News The Hamilton Police Services held a community meeting at Buchanan Park on Tuesday evening, addressing the concerns of Mohawk College’s surrounding neighbourhood on the West Mountain. The real estate market catering to student housing has skyrocketed in the last couple

of years, as Mohawk College has expanded its student population.

Parlar said communication between the community and the school is key.

Approximately 160 people of all ages showed up for the meeting, including many who have lived in the neighbourhood for decades. Officer Steve Mahler, head of crime prevention at the Hamilton

“We have a great relationship with McMaster University and I really encourage the residents of this community to build a relationship with Mohawk,” said Parlar.




Tiger-Cats and Gryphons will share lair Shawn McGuire Ignite Sports Already one month removed from their final home game at iconic Ivor Wynne Stadium, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats did not know their fate for the 2013 season. Ivor Wynne will be torn down to make way for the new stadium, which will not be ready until 2014.

to see the team play at Guelph’s Alumni Stadium. An official team announcement followed on Tuesday, ending speculation and finally, a place for the Ti-Cats to play. University of Guelph Associate VP of Student Affairs, Brenda Whiteside says the University is excited to host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Even before this past season kicked-off, rumours suggested that McMaster University’s Ron Joyce Stadium would be the Ti-Cats temporary home for 2013. Those rumours were squashed in early July when McMaster gave their final answer: thanks, but no thanks, after a reported six months of negotiations. After Ron Joyce Stadium was crossed off the list for a possible home for the Ti-Cats, the search resumed. Some other options were University of Western Ontario in London, Moncton (used for Touchdown Atlantic games), Rogers Centre and the University of Guelph. On Monday night, the Hamilton Spectator reported that the Ti-Cats and the University of Guelph had reached an agreement

She says hosting a CFL team will give the university national exposure. “The Ti-Cat games are televised nationally; the Guelph Gryphon is on the centre of the field so just that national public exposure in itself is huge.” Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge expressed her own excitement for the City of Guelph to host professional football, at least for one season. “I am excited that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have chosen Guelph as their home for the team’s 2013 season,” said Farbridge. “We are happy to host them and welcome all the fans to our beautiful city.”

“There’s a great deal of excitement here, to say the least, I hadn’t realized how big football was,” said Whiteside. “It’s a big event [that will] raise the profile of the university and the City of Guelph, folks are pretty keen on it.”

Alumni Stadium was recently renovated at a cost of $4.5 million and has a capacity of over 4,000 but can be expanded with temporary seats, although the exact expanded capacity is unclear it is estimated between 12,000 and 15,000. The team says transportation from Hamilton to the stadium in Guelph will be addressed, but details won’t be available until closer to the season’s start.

Santas brave weather for 5k run Thomas Allen Ignite Sports

Over 500 runners dressed as Santa Claus took part in the inaugural Hamilton Santa 5k run on Sunday morning at Hamilton’s waterfront. It was a windy, brisk morning, with scattered flurries. Despite the cold weather, runners came out in droves for the festive event.

VR PRO, the company that held the event, already has a Santa 5k run in Burlington, Ontario and Burlington, Vermont, before adding a third Santa race in Hamilton. Kelly Arnott, Race Director for VR PRO, said that despite the cold weather, the run was a success.

All participants who entered the run were given a full Santa suit, including a beard.

“The event was totally amazing today … it was everything we expected. Young Santas, old Santas, fast Santas, slow Santas, tall Santas, short Santas – everything,” said Arnott.

The race started at the Hamilton Yacht Club, went through Pier 4 Park, looped around Bayfront Park, and finished out front of William’s Coffee Pub.

Victor Gatundu, who won the 5-kilometre run with a time of 16:50, said the race was fun, but he had some technical difficulties during his run.

“It was a good race. It was very cold and windy out there, my gloves were too thin, and my (Santa) pants exploded during my run!” said Gatundu. Arnott said all the participants had a great time and next year she expects double the amount of registrants. “(Hopefully) next year we’ll get one thousand (participants),” she said. The Santa 5k run raised funds for Hamilton’s Waterfront Trust and the Good Shepherd Hamilton.



Mohawk gets cheerleading team Diego Flammini Ignite Sports

special. “I wanted to get involved with something on campus and when I found out there was no cheerleading at Mohawk, I saw it as a great opportunity to not only get involved but start something that could be around for several years,” she said. The team currently consists of nearly a dozen members, which Koster said is good considering it didn’t start well. Photo: Glen Cuthbert

Mohawk cheerleaders at practice.

A group of Mohawk students is forming a cheer squad to give their varsity teams a boost. The team, which is yet to be named, is the brainchild of tourism student Nash Koster, who’s acting as the team’s coach. She cheered at Durham College and placed second in a national competition. She sees the team as a chance to start something

“It was a struggle at first, but I am pleased with the turnout. There is still a lot of work to be done and to have this many girls this early in the process is phenomenal.” For some of the girls, it’s an opportunity to do their part in helping Mohawk’s teams succeed. They also want to dispel some cheerleading movie myths. “Being able to support the athletes is great,” said six-year cheerleading veteran Kayla Bergvalds. “It gets the crowd pumped and people always perform better when they


have support. I wish more people could see that we work hard, we’re good people and we aren’t crazy, peppy, in your face cheery people.” For the girls who don’t have any cheerleading experience, it allows them to bring their own skills to the floor. “I took hip-hop. I’m ready to bring it,” said Ashley Williams. Mohawk’s Students’ Athletics Committee sees the dance team as a sign that they’re doing a good job. “This is very exciting to me because it shows that myself, along with the SAC, are being heard and utilized effectively by the student body.,” said Danika Faucon, VP of Athletics. The dance team is hoping to make their debut at an upcoming volleyball game and are still looking for members. Anyone interested can contact Nash Koster at

Varsity Profile: Badminton coach Tony Leite Glen Cuthbert Ignite Sports


The swish of rackets and the squeak of shoes echoes throughout the gymnasium at Mohawk, as players dart around the badminton court. Tony Leite dives for the birdie and swats it over the net. It’s just an ordinary Thursday night at practice for the Mohawk badminton coach. Once a Mohawk varsity athlete himself, he came back in 1986 to coach the Mountaineers. He left in 1995, but returned in 2006 once again to lead the badminton squad. He says the work has some benefits. “It’s a great reward to see all the kids improve, and at the same time I get a little bit of playing time,” he said. Leite also works with the badminton team at Hamilton’s Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School. He says the amount of effort badminton requires is often

“(Badminton) is such a physical sport. It’s one of the few activities where you don’t technically have to work out, and you can stay in shape just by playing the sport.”

champion. He says he has big expectations for this year’s squad. “I would like to see us win the team championship, and I think that we have good potential to do that this year.”

According to the Department of Physical Education at Baylor University, the average badminton player will make over 350 full changes of direction during a 45 minute game, and can run as far as six kilometres. They can strike the birdie as many as 400 times, with it traveling as fast as 275 kilometres per hour. Leite brings a level of energy to the court that his players have noticed. “He’s always enthusiastic, and it usually the most hyper guy around,” said varsity badminton player Chris Hong. “Even the players, he’s got more energy than they do.” In his time at Mohawk, Leite has coached five provincial champions and one national

Photo: Glen Cuthbert

Leite has coached for 12 years.




You win some, You lose some Football dominates the weekend in Toronto

Photos: Diego Flammini & Trever Arthur

Trever Arthur Ignite Sports A record crowd filled the Rogers Centre for what some dubbed football weekend in Canada, as the 48th Vanier Cup and the 100th Grey Cup both came to Toronto. Thousands of McMaster Marauder fans swarmed the stadium Friday night, as their team did to opposing teams all year. It was just a short trip down the QEW or a GO train ride for many, including me. It was loud, crazy and full of passionate fans for both squads, proving the sport is important to Canadians, even at the university level. Â The stands were maroon and white for the most part, with a splash of red and gold throughout the crowd. The Game was looking like a classic defensive tug of war throughout the first quarter but opened up a bit more in the second quarter. The first half played out in typical championship game style with plays being executed and players getting their assignments done efficiently. The first half ended with a slight controversy with Laval receiver J-S Haidara taken down on the McMaster two-yard line. The clock kept running and time eventually expired, letting the

Marauders go into the half with a 14-12 lead. When the teams took the field in the second half everyone was expecting the typical Mac rampage to begin as it had so many times this year. Not this time. Marauder QB Kyle Quinlan managed to put up solid numbers in his final game, despite being rushed and constantly hit, throwing 252 yards, a touchdown and one interception. The Laval offensive line were monsters,

out-weighing their defensive counterparts and taking the run game to them. Maxime Boutine took over the game, rushing for 258 yards and amassing 280 yards from scrimmage, earning him MVP of the game. It was a bittersweet experience for many, myself included, seeing some of the best players in university football play, but also seeing the emotion and heartbreak on the faces of players up close and personal from the sidelines. Football fans could leave the Vanier Cup and head to the Toronto Convention Centre for a four-floor celebration of the Grey Cup. The exhibition was swarmed with fans and players from across the country saluting the rich Canadian football history. There were party lounges for every CFL team as well as display cases full of memorabilia. It truly was great to see fans of all teams talking and sharing stories together as compared to keeping to themselves and their fellow fans. Everyone was there just to enjoy the experience and celebrate a game we call our own. Of course, that was just a set up to what




can only be called a game of destiny, as the Calgary Stampeders travelled to Toronto to take on the hometown Argonauts. The city that hosted and won the first ever Grey Cup (won by the Varsity Blues in 1909) was now on the verge of doing it again. It really was home field advantage for the boatmen as the fans bellowed out “Argos, Argos, Argos!” The atmosphere glowed with optimism as it crept closer and closer to kick off. The optimism seemed to merge with a sense of desitny: the double blue had to hoist the cup. This journey all started when Toronto made what could be considered the biggest trade in CFL history when they got seasoned vet Ricky Ray last year. His cool demeanour and

calm leadership brought his team to the edge of glory. On the other side of the ball you had the bounce-back QB, Calgary’s Kevin Glenn, who did what he does best, which is whatever it takes to win. The match-up set the stage for what was about to take place. Well that’s not what happened in the soldout dome. It was a one-sided game for the most part that left the Argos and their fans elated and the Stamps and their fans frustrated and confused. The half-time show was even bigger. Five million fans tuned into the game but six million followed at half-time. It included performances by Canadian music icon

Gordon Lightfoot and his acoustic guitar, Marianas Trench, Carly Rae Jespen and of course Stratford’s own Justin Bieber. Chad Kackert rushed for 133 yards and received for another 62 on the way to being named Grey Cup Outstanding player. Ricky Ray stayed in control, not only of the ball, but also of his emotions, which is something that could not be said for Calgary, as they grew more and more frustrated as the game clock counted down. Sure the Rouge et Or, and the Argonauts won the Cups in their respected leagues but the real winners were the fans. Not only the fans of our area but the fans in Toronto but all across the country.




Pop cultu re hits the bul lsey e The return of archery to the big screen Andrew Roebuck Ignite Entertainment

Archery hasn’t been used in military service for well over a century, but in Hollywood it seems to be making a comeback. Take a look at three of the top five movies in the box office this year. What do Brave, The Hunger Games, and The Avengers have in common? They all have main characters that wield bows. In an era of telephones that can trace your every location, this seems like an odd choice. Devin Vandenborn is a program coordinator at Kenesserie Camps. He says these movies have increased the popularity of archery with campers. “With the rise of some of the characters in movies like The Hunger Games and The Avengers both characters use bows and became big hits. There’s definitely a rise in interest in archery and people wanting to be like their heroes,” he said. In Brave and The Hunger Games the bow is used as a symbol of rebellion against figures of authority. In Brave, Merida uses her skills at archery to prove to her mother that she doesn’t want to fit into the gender role that has been set upon her. In The Hunger Games, Katniss uses her bow to show the sadistic Capital that she is unwilling to play in their games, and will do whatever it takes to help her family.

The bow is becoming a symbol for strong female characters fighting against the establishment.

Jon Lewis, the head of archery at the Hamilton Angling and Hunting Association, says there has been an increased interest in archery among women, and pop culture has everything to do with it. “[We’ve seen] women of all ages. We’ve had women in their sixties and girls as low as six, seven or eight coming in … they seem to have found a sport that they can do on an equal footing with men,” he said. But is the archery that’s displayed in these films realistic? “Avengers not so much, but The Hunger Games, Brave, and possibly even that new TV show Arrow give a reasonably good representation of what archery is,” Lewis said.

The Hunger Games (Lionsgate, 2012)

Brave (Walt Disney, 2012)

Real archery is a challenging sport that requires great skill and patience. “Like most sports you need dedication and self-motivation. It’s not a team sport, everything you do, you need to do on your own,” Lewis said. Is this growing trend of archery going to continue for years to come? Or is 2012 the perfect year for archery? With Arrow, and the return of Legolas in The Hobbit it looks like the bow rules all, for 2012 at least.

The Avengers (Marvel, 2012)



Poster of a girl: artist Kristie Ryder Stefan Petkov Ignite Entertainment

ing with artists she looked up too. Ryder felt like she was the one person on the list of nominees that no one knew.

Kristie Ryder was born and raised in Hamilton. Mid-way through a career filled with awards and critical praise, she is one of the brightest stars our city has to offer.

“When my name was called as the winner, I was completely caught off guard, and didn’t have a speech prepared. I was all red and flustered on stage and had to run and get a drink of water before they could take my photo,” Ryder said.

“I was here when Jackson Square was the nicest mall in the city, and the Delta Bingo was in the Delta,” chuckled Ryder. It all began like any other story: at a young age Ryder always wanted to draw pictures and create things. Hours of her days would go into designing pretend logos for businesses, and trying to re-create the characters from Saturday morning comics. Ryder’s drawing skills were never amazing, but she stuck with it because it was her passion.


Ryder has worked with roughly 85 bands, including Juno Winner Jack De Keyzer and Steve Negus, originally from the band Saga. She has also done album covers for The Joys, Dave Gould, and The Punk Rods, to name a few. Last year she had the honour of designing “The Steelworker’s Waltz” album cover, where 15 talented artists from the city gathered to create a donation CD release. Along with her website,, you can find her work in stores like HMV and Cheapies.

“In high school I had keys to the art room and used to let myself in during spares just to paint by myself. Every article of clothing I owned was paint-splattered.”

“It was a really bizarre feeling the first time I saw something I Ryder also sings and models. designed sitting on the racks at Though these outlets are still new Hamiltonian artist Kristie Ryder is following her passion. HMV and Cheapies. It still kind to her, she believes it’s important of blows my mind. It’s just a little to explore all avenues of self-expression. reminder of how far I have come, and it motivates me to keep going.” Her roots have kept her in Hamilton, but it’s only a matter of Studying Art History at McMaster University and Graphic Design time before she will strive toward new horizons. at Mohawk College opened up her horizons to focus on freelancing and Ryder’s business started to take off. In her first year “Not a day goes by that I don’t appreciate how truly blessed I am making posters, she was nominated for a Hamilton Music Award. to be able to work with so many phenomenal artists in this city of Though she did not consider herself very good, especially compet- ours.”

Hamilton’s rising stars compete for Teen Idol title Dayna Palmer Ignite Entertainment

A large crowd filled the McIntyre Theatre on November 20 for the 2012 Hamilton Teen Idol contest. To celebrate “The Week of the Child” in Hamilton, the events committee runs the Teen Idol Contest, a competition for young singers in the area. Nineteen incredible singers sang their hearts out in the final round, but one girl in particular blew the judges away. Shairah

Garrido won four hours of studio recording time with her powerful performance of “I Will Survive”. Garrido started competing in singing competitions at the age of six. “One of my favourite singers is Adele, I love how strong her voice is. I also use my mom and dad as my inspiration before I go on stage,” she said. Competition judge Jordan Travis said it was obvious what made the winner stand out from the rest. “Shairah was really involved in everything

she was doing. Her technique was solid, she had a really great time on stage and we got to have a great time in the audience as well, so it was just a fantastic performance,” Travis said. Kelly Zerebny, Chair of Children’s Events/ Teen Idol committee, said she’s always impressed by the performances in the final round of the competition. “I can’t believe the talent in the young students. I am so glad I wasn’t the one that had to choose a winner because I wouldn’t know where to begin,” she said.




A look back on 2012’s

Neil Reyes Ignite Entertainment

cording of the Year winner Tomi Swick, Weekend Riot Club, and Record of the Year award winners The Rest.

She stood at the clear lectern, holding a silver treble clef and recounting how her music was almost never heard. Terra Lightfoot was accepting the first award of the night at the Hamilton Music Awards. “My band said ‘if you don’t put this (record) out, we will and we won’t give you any credit’,” Lightfoot said to the audience.

“I don’t remember my set,” said Mike Chetcuti, guitarist for Weekend Riot Club after the show. “I got out there and blanked out.” The band was nominated for New Artist/Group of the Year. Photo: Nei l Reyes

For a lot of artists, just being nominated and at the show was a treat.

Lightfoot was among the big winners, taking home awards for Female Artist of the Year, Best Alt/Country Recording, and Female Vocalist of the Year. The Hamilton Music Awards honours the city’s music makers for their work over the past year. Musicologist Alan Cross and comedienne Shelley Marshall hosted the event. Other big winners include blues artists Harrison Kennedy and the rock group Arkells. Both won two awards each, but were not able to attend the awards and accepted through video speeches.

“It feels amazing,” said Corey Brouwer, bassist for Still Life. Still Life was nominated for Local Group of the Year (People’s Choice) and Alternative/Indie Rock Recording of the Year.

yes Photo: Neil Re

“It’s really exciting to be part of the scene,” said Edgar Breau. Edgar was a founding member of Simply Saucer. His solo work, Patches of Blue, was nominated for Male Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Roots Recording of the Year.

“We’ve got our Hammy,” said Arkell’s singer Max Kerman in a video shot on his tour van, wielding an actual hammer. Missy Bauman, winner of Friday’s HMA Rising Star competition, wowed the crowd with a solo acoustic performance. She also took home the award for New Artist/ Group of the Year. Gordie Tapp was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award for his career as an entertainer. The 90-year old performer is mostly known for his role on the TV show

“I’m just so honoured to be nominated,” said Maggie Szabo, better known as All About Maggie. Maggie was nominated for three awards: Female Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Pop Recording of the Year.

Photo: Ambe r War


Hee Haw, where he acted and sang songs. He accepted the award with a smile, shared stories and jokes and performed a song about Canada. Performers at this year’s awards included young rockers Illusion Avenue, Pop Re-

Canadian rock legends Crowbar were awarded a Lifetime Achievement award. They were best known for their raucous live shows and the song, “Oh, What a Feeling”. The band closed out the night with an exciting performance of their signature track, featuring a brass section and backup singers. It was a fitting way to end a great weekend for music in Hamilton.






s we enjoy the final snow-free days of November, it’s time to brace ourselves for the cold ahead.

Bundling up for a drop in the thermometer doesn’t mean looking like Ralphie’s little brother in A Christmas Story though. You really do need to be able to put your arms down sometimes. So, forget the Michelin Man look and keep cool while staying toasty in this season’s best outdoor trends, made for men and women.  PARKAS A classic style making a big comeback this year, the parka is the definition of winter style with loads of warmth. Fur accents in the hood or lining of the jacket are also on trend. These sporty coats come in a variety of different colours and are perfect for everyday use.

Winter Courtney MacDonald Ignite Style


for women

MIXED MEDIA COATS A more recent trend, mixed media coats are a twist on the traditional winter coat. Their usually a mix of leather, wool, fur and/or your average parka, and can be found in men’s and women’s stores. They’re a more polished winter coat and are very fashionable this season. BOOTS

When it comes to quality in boots, you always get what you pay for. Girls should opt for a tall boot for the most leg coverage if warmth is the top priority. Over the knee boots are big this season. They can be dressed up or down and worn with any coat. For the gents, or ladies that are looking for something edgier, combat boots are always a go-to. Don’t forget to waterproof any new boots! Cold, wet feet are guaranteed to make any winter wonderland feel like a big slushy mess. Interested in winter fashion for guys? Check out

KNIT HEADBANDS For the ladies who aren’t into hats, this is a more chic option to keep your ears warm in the cooler months. They make you a little more put together, and as a bonus, they won’t ruin your hairstyle. TOQUES Toques are so Canadian, eh? They’re also a trend for anyone to wear. Wear them snuggly or slouched on the back of your head. This is an easy way to look cool, keep warm and cover up a bad hair day.


Student Stress Photo: Joanna Ward

Joanna Ward Managing editor

Students hard at work in Mohawk’s Cummings Library.

As the semester draws to an agonizingly slow close, stress levels are at an all time high. Pressures from all angles weigh down on students in all programs. Holidays and the work schedules that come with them, internship and co-op applications, final projects and exams – not to mention an attempt at a social life. To make matters worse, most students have probably run out of OSAP this late in the semester. I know I have. The problem is not necessarily the stress itself, a little bit of pressure can push you to work harder, get more done, to really focus on what’s important.It’s that we all feel like we’re in it alone. This is, of course, just not true. Last year, time magazine reported that student stress was at an all time high. The Higher Education Research Institute does a survey every year, and has done so for the last 25 years. They surveyed 200 000 college students at more than 300 schools and found that many of them, almost 50%, felt that their stress levels were very high, higher than that of their classmates. 2010 saw a record low for first-year student self-declared mental health levels. The drop out rate for first years in Ontario is a shocking 16%, and 10% for every year after.

Everyone else in the school is going through the same things. None of us can keep up. Study groups, like the one in the much loved TV show Community, can help break up the tension by giving students a helping hand. There are more people to keep track of what assignments are coming up, when they exam dates are, and what subjects you should be studying. But it’s important to remember to take some time for you. Relax, watch TV, read a book, bake some cookies, anything to get your mind off the mountains of things you have to accomplish. The most important

thing? Sleep. It helps you concentrate and keeps your mind sharp. 73% of students report sleep problems, so you’re not the only one skipping out on their 8 hours a night. Schedule it after your relaxation time so you can wind down and set an alarm. Don’t get out of bed until it goes off. You’ll feel better, you’ll look better, and most importantly you’ll think better. And remember, this won’t last forever. Real life and real jobs are right around the corner. When you’re finished here, you’ll be glad you made it to the end.

It seem to be an uphill battle, and the other side is nowhere in sight. So what can we do? I think it’s important that students know that they aren’t alone in their struggles. Managing Editor Joanna Ward


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Sports Editor Glen Cuthbert

2012 Entertainment Editor Noah Salo

Layout Editor Taylor Ablett

Photo Editors Wade Mckenzie Anisha Seth

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