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the celebration.

issue x celebrating ten rad issues of muse magazine!



05 add some flare 07 the weaving of fashion into social... 08 individual beauty... 09 when boy meets girl 10 the ABC’s of thrifting 11 spring wardrobe redux 13 floral mood 17 analogue in style

18 celebrity kouple kulture 19 childhood revisited... 20 spotlight: excetera VIII 21 the “cool girl” 22 live from new york: SNL40 23 blacklight 25 breathe entertainment 26 exploring the deep... 27 looking backwards 28 play us a song....



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focus film festival radchild productions the boho revolution poised architectural art...

[In this issue]

37 friendship and university 39 there’s no shame in an arts degree 40 a taste of sunday brunch 41 the art of snowboarding 43 ask the wrong questions 45 tales of a glorified... 47 happy 10th issue to muse 51 how to make a house feel like a home

muse’ings 53 insider advice... 55 muse x elle canada... 57 laughing her way to heaven: a tribute to rachel goldstein 59 finding my muse after muse

"the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." - sylvia plath 3 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

cover shot by Sophie Barkham modeling by Enoch Ncube

PHOTOGRAPHY Head: Jenna Gartlan Sophie Barkham Erika Misasi Hannah Pearlman Sahib Purba

dear readers: a thank you

ARTS EDITOR Diahanna Ramadhar

This issue you hold in your hands, Issue X: The Celebration, marks a very important time in MUSE Magazine’s history: it commemorates our 10th anniversary issue in print. I am so honored to have served as the Editor-in-Chief during this period, and am so excited for you to turn these pages and lose yourself in the amazing creative work that Queen’s University students have to offer. There are many things you may not know about MUSE Magazine: for one, that the idea for MUSE was conceived on the back of a Common Ground napkin, or that MUSE was almost named Canvas (our current name won by a vote of 2:1). Or: that MUSE’s current executive team is comprised of over 35 unbelievably talented Queen’s University students, not to mention all the hairdressers, models, makeup artists, and writers who contribute to our online blog and print issue each semester. One final thing you may not realize: all the blood, sweat, and tears that go into each and every issue. Why? Because we love the Queen’s University creative culture, and we love what we do. MUSE Magazine’s purpose has always remained the same: to pay tribute to the hidden gems and talent of the arts, entertainment, fashion, and lifestyle cultures that are embedded in our incredible community. With each passing year, the MUSE team is approached with more ideas and more talent than we could have ever dreamed possible. And you, as the reader, are the most important part of fostering this creative environment. It is because of our readers that each article, each photo shoot, each and every creative piece included in this issue, has a purpose: to inspire YOU. So I guess what the MUSE team wants to say is: thank you. And we hope you enjoy this 10th anniversary issue as much as we have enjoyed creating it.

Yours Creatively, Jaclyn Marcus, Editor-in-Chief & The MUSE Team





ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Lauren Luchenski FASHION EDITOR Sanam Yar LIFESTYLE EDITOR Rachel Wong ONLINE EDITOR Sophie Barkham ONLINE COLUMNISTS Nick Perry Shanelle Furtado LAYOUT TEAM Sarah Elston Leandra Guillet Melissa Lin Katy Maclachlan Shannon McCabe Riley Zuckerman FINANCE Tegan Valentine MARKETING Katherine Kim Jaclyn Sanscartier Tiffany Tang VIDEOGRAPHERS Zander Startup Enoch Ncube SOCIAL MEDIA Avery Hoffman Alexandra Kopij SPONSORSHIP Director: Vivian Lau Rachel Adams James Davis Agnes Wong EVENTS Natalie Kugler FROSH REPS Rylee Elfert Ashlyn Garcia Michael Kirreh

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With each passing season, denim trends are getting sassier, and moving away from the strictly skinny trend that has dominated for the last 10 years. Boyfriend jeans made their way into our closets last year, and now flare jeans have been seen on the runways, in shops, and on the bods of top fashion bloggers. With the dominating influence of 70s style for Spring/Summer 2015, it’s no wonder that designers are summoning the groovy power of the wide leg pant. I mean, I honestly don’t understand their lack of popularity until recently; they are cool. Think about it: would John Travolta be able to dominate the dance floor in Saturday Night Fever in a pair of skinny pants? NOPE.


It’s not just denim flare pants either. Flares have been cropping up on the spring and pre-fall runways of designers like Céline and Stella McCartney in all sorts of fabrics, prints, and colours. Think of Penny Lane in Almost Famous, Jane Birkin in Paris with Gainsbourg, or Bianca Jagger in her iconic wide leg white pantsuit... Let these pants transform you into the glam groupie you always secretly wanted to be (c’mon, it can’t just be me). I know— we’ve been so accustomed to the silhouette of the skinny (even the basic bootleg has been banished to the back of most girls’ closets) that you may want to write off the flare. Trust me, a pair of flares not only make you dance like a master, but they are also so versatile. The most obvious (and FUN) way to style a pair of flares is to go full-on 70s, like our girls Jessica and Siena. Bring back flower power by pairing your flares with a suede jacket, a floppy felt hat, a skinny scarf, or (especially for those of us freezing our fashionable bottoms off) a vintage fur coat. Channel Sienna Miller in the early 00s (boho! Jude Law!) by adding a large belt and a tunic to your favourite pair of flare pants. For full 70s attire, make them bell bottoms and add a floral print. Seen at: Gucci and Zara. For a more timeless look like Jane Birkin’s (everyone’s favourite style icon), take note of Kate Moss, who never stopped wearing this trend. Simply pair your denim flares with a white tee, a brown belt, and a pair of banging boots. Easy. Also seen on: Pandora Sykes, my style crush du jour (and possibly forever). For an incredibly comfortable and minimalistic styling of the flare trend, pick up some knitted flare trousers with a matching top à la Zara. If you prefer a sleek 90s Gwyneth Paltrow version of the minimalist flare, swap the matching top out for a sleeveless black turtleneck. Finally, for a sexy night out: forget a tight little dress and PANTSUIT IT UP. Seen at The Row in camo green and navy, the most classic styling of the flare pantsuit is Bianca Jagger’s: all white. If that’s too far out of your comfort zone, try an all black flare pantsuit with a lace detail under the jacket. This look is SO ATTRACTIVE. Be it 70s styling or minimalist comfort, flares are trending big time, so go on and grab a pair! And once you do, I dare you not to dance.

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Fashion is personal; we tell people things about ourselves every time we get dressed (Fitzpatrick 2014). Yet fashion is often discussed in ways that highlight how it is materialistic, consumptive, and mindless. This notion trivializes a tool that can facilitate radical ideas and actions, especially when considering the use of clothing in social and political movements. We often associate movements with certain “looks” and attach different meanings to these images. Mindful dress shows how fashion is used to drive social change. A notable example is Mahatma Ghandi’s use of the khadi in the Indian independence movement. The khadi is the white cloth that Ghandi is often shown wearing, which means hand spun cloth. This practice had been lost due to the importing of European fabric. Ghandi promoted khadi not just as a cloth, but as a philosophy. It represented the idea of India as a self-sustained nation. He attempted to create an industry around this cloth that would promote economic growth and allow artisans to make a living (Banerjee 2011). He used khadi as a means to unify the Indian classes and reduce Indian reliance on British goods. Another radical display of clothing in social movements is seen through the Gulabi Gang. Often recognized by their hot pink saris and bamboo sticks, the Gulabi Gang, which means “pink gang” in Hindi, is an organization of women who seek to stop gender violence in small villages in India. Their work is complex, ranging from storming police stations that refuse to register complaints of abuse against women, to creating campaigns for pension rights for undereducated women (Saner 2011). The organization was founded by Sampat Pal Devi, who was raised in a small village in India, married by the age of 12, and had five children by age 20. One day, she witnessed a man beating his wife. When he refused to stop, she returned with a group of women who beat him with bamboo sticks (Gulabi Gang 2014). The Gulabi Gang use pink saris to highlight their femininity, strength, and resilience, and to differentiate themselves. SlutWalk is another movement that uses clothing to call out social stigmas. This movement started in 2011 in Toronto, after a police officer said that women should avoid “dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” This comment sparked responses throughout North America and the world. The walk began to end the belief that what a woman wears is a sign of her sexual consent. It created a dialogue around slut shaming, victim blaming, and rape culture (SlutWalk Toronto 2015). Although never mandatory, women would often attend these walks in fishnets, short-shorts, bras, no tops, and other apparel typically labelled “slutty” (Patel 2011). The use of fashion in this walk calls to question the lack of agency women have over their own bodies. Social movements use fashion as a way to stand in unity with a belief. Fashion can challenge ideas and values

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that have been created through oppressive institutions; there is nothing trivial about it.

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INDIVIDUAL BEAUTY IS THE ONLY BEAUTY STANDARD The purpose of setting a trend is to inspire and revolutionize the way people present themselves to the world. Throughout history, fashion has brought forth a specific face and physique that has influenced beauty for that time period. From the voluptuous Marilyn Monroe to the lean Kate Moss, it is evident that society’s perception of beauty often shifts. However, fashion today is undergoing an immense change, one that responds to the demand for individualism. The conventional idea of models being skinny, tall, flawless, and heteronormative is no longer applicable, and the fashion industry has begun to actively recruit unique models like Chantelle Brown-Young, Crystal Renn, and Lea T. Chantelle Brown-Young was born with the rare genetic disorder vitiligo, which resulted in white patches on her dark skin. Despite her condition, Brown-Young auditioned for the popular television show America’s Next Top Model. While she didn’t win the competition, designer Desigual recruited her to be the face of their fall campaign. Chantelle proves that beauty is not defined by conventionally flawless appearances in the fashion industry. Crystal Renn defies the typicality of a size 0 model. Renn was a size 12 when Jean Paul Gaultier recruited her to close his Spring/Summer 2006 collection. Renn recalls in her autobiography how she fought anorexia when she was first recruited as a model, yet reached the peak of her career as a plus-size model. Crystal demonstrates that one does not have to be skinny to be successful in the fashion industry. Born a male, successful Brazilian model Lea T underwent hormonal replacement therapy and sexual re-assignment surgery by 2012. During an interview with Oprah, Lea said that, “Doing a sex change, you’re going to change a part of your body… That’s all… You’re still going to be the same person” (Transgender Supermodel Lea T. Opens Up About Life After Having Gender Confirmation Surgery). Lea is the first transgender model to become the face of a global cosmetics brand, proving that one’s sexuality does not define beauty or success in the fashion industry. The fashion world seems to slowly be becoming a more inclusive industry, defying what used to be seen as the traditional beauty ideals. These immensely positive changes could be a big step towards helping people feel more comfortable in their skin, and the world around them, as well.

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As the saying goes, men are from Mars and women are from Venus. However, when it comes to the fashion industry, this saying certainly does not apply. Men and women’s products are morphing into one more and more, resulting in the distortion of gender boundaries. This new rising trend has become the yin and yang of the fashion industry, known as “unisex fashion”. Wardrobe similarities between men and women were not always as stylish or accepted as they are today. Between the 1930s and the 1950s, it was considered scandalous and androgynous if women did not adhere to dresses, intricate details, slim waists, and tight bustiers. However, today’s styles are gradually becoming more interchangeable between the two genders. Women are now incorporating men’s pieces into their everyday looks, allowing for the rise of boyfriend jeans, oversized blazers, and snapbacks. Women are even taking the men’s suit and recreating it in an immaculate manner. Comparatively, men are reforming conventional conceptions of masculinity through trends like slim-cut blazers, V-neck shirts, and skinny pants. Unisex fashion mixes styles that are more basic, less form fitting, and have simple cuts. This makes it easier for both genders to pull off the trend, since pieces can be applied to numerous and diverse wardrobes. It is also applicable to accessories, bags, and shoes. Men are starting to wear necklaces and bracelets as essential everyday pieces, while handbags, oxfords, and Timberlands are being styled by both genders as well.


In essence, unisex fashion allows for men and women to experiment with innovative styles and to push limits in regards to their personal style. It ensures a lack of discrimination between the two genders and encourages acceptance of self-expression, due to the elimination of stringent fashion standards. The trend is not quite entirely prevalent yet, and it is still fairly challenging for men in particular. This is due to gender norms and the expectations and limitations created by societal and cultural standards. However, significant changes in gender-neutral dressing are making it more adaptable for fashion consumers. Previously gender-exclusive items like boyfriend jeans, oversized shirts, and coloured pants are slowly starting to be more flexibly incorporated into wardrobes by both men and women. The popularity of unisex fashion is rising, and will soon offer widely accepted appeal for both genders. Until then, keep pushing those boundaries of gender norms, experiment with garments of the opposite sex, and revitalize your personal style.

an article by RAWAN ABD-EL-AATTY

Move over, Macklemore! This season, MUSE has got all of your thrift shopping needs covered. Have you always wanted to go thrift shopping, but didn’t know where to start? Well, I recently went shopping and decided to cover the ABCs of thrifting (thrift + shopping), just for you. Let’s get started.

article and photography by MISHTI SHARMA

THE ABCs OF THRIFTING Step 1: CHOOSE A STORE There are so many stores that specialize in second-hand or vintage shopping— Goodwill, Value Village, the Salvation Army, and more. When choosing where you want to shop, it’s important to understand that all of them are slightly different. For the optimal thrift shopping experience, go to multiple stores! Thrift Shops in Kingston: Salvation Army Family Thrift Store– 472 Division Street Value Village– 1300 Bath Road (Frontenac Mall)

When planning your thrifting adventure, give yourself a large chunk of the day because it will definitely not take half an hour to find yourself that “vintage designer watch that was left in an old house centuries ago”. I reiterate: it takes time.

Step 4: EXPERIMENT! Whenever I go thrifting, I tend to buy more “obscure” items just because I’m not paying full price for them. So if you want to buy that neon green cropped sweater, go for it! Don’t be afraid to buy things that you may not have looked at twice when shopping at the mall. Embrace the weird Step 2: KNOW THE SALES Just because thrift shops already trends. sell discounted items doesn’t mean that they don’t have sales! Step 5: DON’T HAVE HIGH EXStores often have days where they PECTATIONS You may not find anytag items in different colours; for thing that you like on your first thriftexample, on Wednesdays, all red ing trip. It happened to me and it was disappointing, but it didn’t stop me tag items are 75% off (score!). from trying again (and again, and Step 3: GIVE YOURSELF again).The beauty of thrift stores is TIME Thrift shopping is what one the constant accumulation of items would call an art. It takes count- that guarantee a new selection evless flips of the hanger and skim- ery visit. My Finds- Le Chateau skirt: ming through shelves to scour out $5, Material Girl sweater: $7, and Ralph Lauren blouse: $7 a great find.

Step 6: NOT JUST CLOTHES Thrift stores often have an impressive display of home décor, books, and other bits and pieces to offer, so don’t limit your shopping options. Be daring and buy yourself that weird clock over there, or a book about the mountains in Europe! I don’t know, I guess what I’m trying to say is have fun!

Step 7: GIVE BACK When it comes down to it, take some time to understand the purpose of thrift shops. They are often charitable organizations, and are a way for those less fortunate to be able to go shopping for their everyday essentials. Always remember to give back. Donate what you don’t want to wear to keep the cycle going.

Happy thrifting, MUSE-ers!

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Spring Wardrobe u REDUX u an article by EMMA MACNAUGHT Spring: a season supposedly representative of renewal and life, takes on a different meaning here in Ontario. Melting snow, unpredictable weather, and huge puddles are more accurate descriptors for the awkward period that forms the March to May season. Fickle weather makes following spring trends involving uncomfortably cold bare legs and waiting-to-be-muddied pastels next to impossible. Not to fear! There are a few tweaks you can make to your existing wardrobe that will transition your outfits into warmer days without sacrificing comfort in the face of Canadian weather. As an added benefit, these outfits combine trends of years past to keep your budget happy. Despite Wiarton Willie (Ontario’s leading groundhog meteorologist) predicting an early spring, these three easy styles are great to keep in your arsenal: 1) For those of you caught in the winter uniform of sweats and hoodies, spring is a great opportunity to bust out of that shell and pull out those dresses from the back of your closet. To keep warm without compromising on style, pair a simple shift or baby-doll dress with a long sleeved shirt. Complete the look with opaque black tights to keep your legs goose bump free. This look shifts easily with different footwear. On true springtime days, a thick-strapped sandal over dark tights makes a bold, mod statement. Colder days call for more grunge-inspired functional boots. 2) Boyfriend jeans are universally flattering and are a spring staple, not to mention that they are a much more comfortable fit than their trendy sister, the skinny jean. Flowy tunics and loose mini dresses make the perfect companion piece to these bottoms, creating a 21st century refurbishment of the 70s classics.


Bust out your sneakers to render this look lecture appropriate. Note: rainy days may call for switching it up with wellies (read: the quintessentially Queen’s Hunter boots). Chunky heels push this look into a hippie-femme fatale hybrid. This outfit is infinitely versatile and is my go-to for a variety of so-called spring days. 3) Billowy skirts, while generally items you might keep firmly in your “summer clothing” drawer, can become your best friends in the spring. Not only do they mix easily with layered sweaters, jean or suede jackets, and denim shirts, maxi skirts are also among the most comfortable items you can wear. My favourite spring billowy skirt style mixes the normcore classic white button down (I know you all have one) with an uncomplicated ankle-length skirt. Feeling cold? Add a sweater. Last year’s trendy sky-high clogs balance fun and practicality in this look, but a polished shoe would also fare well. Now that you’re armed with fresh ideas for styling your old clothes, why not consider injecting in some new pieces to take your wardrobe that extra mile? These seasonal buys will give your existing pieces the wake up they need, and will be well worth the splurge: 1. Suede jackets (bonus points if you find one with fringe). For colder spring days, this jacket is the ultimate go-to for warmth. If you’re lucky, thrift stores may stock this boho gem, but if not, Nasty Gal offers an accessible black option. 2. In need of some bling? Southwestern-inspired jewellery is the perfect accessory to any outfit in need of that cowgirl flare. 3. Throwback to the 70s through headpieces, a.k.a. a great disguise for your tresses on those lovely humid spring days. 4. Flattering shift dress— check. Versatile style— check. Dreamy blue dye— check. The Mario Dress by Aritzia’s in-house Babaton line ticks all of my boxes, and can be easily worn well into hot summer days. 5. On those days where you want to bridge comfort and style, harem-cargo blended pants are a great choice. No one will be the wiser. Springing into spring may not be easy, but by creatively repurposing your existing wardrobe and adding in some fun new pieces, you will be well on your way to warmer summer days.

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photography by Sophie Barkham creative direction by Sophie Barkham styling by Abigail Conners and Sophie Barkham modeling by Enoch Ncube, Samantha Rousseau, and Mollie Roy hair and makeup by Olivia Grant MUSE | 16 clothing provided by American Apparel lighting provided by Camera Kingston


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Photos were taken at St. Andrew’s Manse. In 2014, SALON Theatre Productions transformed the Manse into a space dedicated to exploring intersections between history and the arts. In addition to hosting visiting artists, SALON Theatre uses the space to create original theatre aimed at helping Canadians better understand their shared heritage. For more information about creative opportunities at the Manse or SALON’s 2015 programming, visit www. sirjohna2015.ca or email Artistic Director, Paul Dyck, paul.dyck@sirjohna2015.ca.


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ANALOGUE IN STYLE an article by ASHLEY OWUSU-ANSAH The rising popularity of sporting watches in the past couple of years has been much appreciated, in addition to upping everyone’s accessory game. Chunky gold, silver, and rose gold watches have swarmed our campus thanks to our main men Micky K and Marc J’s ubiquitous designs. Though these styles are very popular and can help to elevate any outfit, there are many undiscovered watch types out there, as well as creative ways to dress them up. The following are a few different routes we can all take to change up our watch game. The Delicate Preppy Look For smaller wrists, the oversized metal look may overwhelm your frame. Going for a smaller watch will be lighter on your wrists and leave more room to accessorize. Old Fashioned, But Still In Fashion A classy and easy route to the watch world, you can accessorize this type of watch with a simple and elegant bangle. A Little Colour Never Killed Anybody If you miss your old chunky watch, then why not try a variation on the style with a watch that has a coloured face? It’ll add a pop of colour to any outfit. Square And Ready To Go Deviate from the traditional circle, and try out the square faced watch! You can pair it with a couple of tiny bracelets that have some colour, or just add in some sparkly bracelets to mix it up. Strappy It Up Double strap watches with a small face need little to no extra accessories; they’re perfect just the way they are. However, if you are interested in adding a bit more to this style, may I suggest some coloured, beaded bracelets?



If there’s one thing my close friends know about me, it’s this: I genuinely respect Kim Kardashian. And it’s not just for her pouty lips, meme-spurning derrière, and enviable leather-centric wardrobe. What I admire most about her is that she turned the short-term banality of her sex tape into a global takeover. Kim has found her way into the public conscious— and it looks like she’s here to stay. One may argue that Kim’s appeal reached next-level hysteria right around the time she koupled up with the only person on the planet who is less reserved than her: Kanye West. With this union came the marriage of minds, PETA-provoking style choices, KIDchella themed birthday parties, and, most importantly, a power couple to rule all power couples. Which got me thinking— what is it about the allure of the celebrity couple that has such a command over our social conscious? While you may not be the biggest fan of the Kardashian/West empire, you can’t deny the fascination that surrounds celebrity couples today. Take George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. Without really knowing the backstory of their relationship, the media has developed a perfectly scripted Hollywood romance, complete with an ingénue who, with her brains and killer pantsuits, sweeps the Lothario bachelor off his feet and away from a tragic future of Vegas cocktail waitresses. What if the real reason George decided to settle down was that he looked in the mirror one day at his developing wrinkles and thought, “Toto, we aren’t in the ER anymore?” The truth is, our society doesn’t want that narrative. We want the allure, and we want the fairytale. We see similar appeal surrounding the American royal family: Queen Bey and King Jay. While Kim is busy dressing her daughter up in $800.00 baby kouture and posting about it on social media (excluding that one time North got the crop), Beyoncé shrouds her and Jay’s personal life in mystery. And while we’re made to believe that we’re getting the full story through enterprises such as her documentary, what we’re really getting is perfectly developed “candid glimpses” into the couple’s life. Do you really think Beyoncé whispering “life is but a dream” (reminder: THE NAME OF THE MOVIE) to the camera before diving off on her yacht into glimmering water demonstrates an authentic example of your average Bey/Jey interaction? I’m thinking no. Keep in mind the infamous elevator incident of 2014. #NeverForget. So, the next time you’ve just gotten home from a night at Stages and find yourself clutching your body pillow and a slice of Pizza Pizza, hoping one of them turns into a significant other, remember this: the number one thing all these celebrity couples have in common is the façade. While we may look to them for inspiration, what we all really want — celebrity or not— is someone to make us laugh, watch our favourite show with, and maybe, just maybe, to share that next Pizza Pizza with.

an article by NICOLE HANLEY

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an article by ENDRITA ISAJ There are few movies that are as profoundly moving and humane as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a coming-of-age tale that follows the life of a young boy, Mason, over the span of 12 years. The movie is both unique and groundbreaking, as it is the first feature film to use real-time, meaning that the same actors were filmed every year for 12 years. Audiences embark on the journey of Mason’s life, following milestones and hardships as the film documents the various “firsts” found in the tumultuous ride from childhood to adolescence. The movie follows the relationships that Mason has with his parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) and his sister (Lorelei Linklater), intertwined with the complexity that comes with divorce. The dialogue is so beautifully written that the regular moviegoer feels as if they are peering into the private lives of the characters. Memorable scenes from the movie include the touching moments between a young Mason and his father, discussing whether magic exists. These instances remind viewers about fleeting moments of childhood innocence, and how quickly it dissipates during life’s rapid pace. Another emotionally evoking scene is between Mason and his mother, when Mason’s bags are packed for college. His mother heartbreakingly says, “I just thought there would be more.” This scene represents a pivotal moment in Boyhood, as it signals to the viewer that life can sweep you up without you realizing it. It brandishes a simple, yet compassionate, message of enjoying life and all its nuances. The reason why this movie resonated with me, and so many others (including critics), is because it relates to one’s childhood, and evokes nostalgic feelings for those moments. Linklater used the movie’s soundtrack, including Coldplay, Aaliyah, Blink-182, and Arcade Fire, to provide a chorological timeline. These songs have special meanings for the millennial generation, as they were constantly played during that time. Boyhood is astounding in the way it takes you back down memory lane in a visual, verbal, and auditory way. By living vicariously through Mason, it feels as if one could be looking back into their own childhood and reliving it, all in the span of three hours. Fans of Boyhood should consider exploring Linklater’s previous works, which include the Before Sunrise trilogy. Linklater uses similar directorial styles in his movies, and at times even employs recurring collaborations, with actors such as Ethan Hawke. His films are mostly based on dialogue and the development of characters, rather than an emphasis on plot development. Many of Linklater’s films have been wildly successful, with Boyhood as his best yet. The movie has become the critics’ darling, and has a strong shot at winning the highest honour in Hollywood this year— the Oscar’s Best Motion Picture award.




In three witty and music-filled performances this past January, 2015, Excetera VIII attempted to shed

light on the various tribulations that students often encounter throughout the second term of their first undergraduate year and onwards at Queen’s University. This play, and its partner performance, Existere— a popular attraction during Frosh Week for the past few years— has become a widely known and highly relatable show within the Queen’s community. The concept of the play was created eight years ago, and has integrated itself into the Queen’s community since. It is entirely student run, organized, written, and acted, with various skits and scenarios spawned from the experiences of the cast members and other contributors. This year’s winter term performance of Excetera played hardball with a variety of issues that have been circulating the Queen’s University campus for the past school year, but focused on a specific two: the stigma surrounding mental illness and the issue of sexual assault, particularly on the concept of consent. Mental illness is widely acknowledged as a rising issue amongst youth in our society. The Queen’s Uni-


versity community attempted to address this issue

an article by SARINA GREWAL

as much as possible throughout Frosh Week. As a

first year student, this was one of the aspects that I

noticed most. The access to resources is constantly mentioned and encouraged. The importance placed on this topic within Excetera is commendable, not only because they brought it up in a non-judgmental light, but also because it was effective in its execution. Looking at the play’s discussion of sexual assault, one cast member performed a powerful monologue that took on the perspective of a sexual assault survivor. Overall, the message came across clear, and was a successful reminder of the resources available to victims of sexual assault. It directly addressed the stigma surrounding rape victims, the concept of what it means to say “yes”, and refuted any notion of blame being placed on the victim in the event of sexual aggression. Rebecca Curtis and Ally Dodds, the Directors of the play this year, emphasized that Excetera’s main goal is to appeal to current students and to reacquaint them with the resources within their grasp on campus. I can confidently say that through the acting, various plots, dedication of the cast, and the overall enthusiasm that was present throughout the play, they absolutely accomplished their goals while also providing quality entertainment. Excetera will continue to entertain and educate Queen’s University students for many more years to come.

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“C o o l G i r l”” an article by GRACE TAHHAN “Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping… Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want.” Those lines appear in the instantly recognizable “cool girl” speech from Gillian Flynn’s book-turned-cultural phenomenon “Gone Girl”. Flynn’s book was recently adapted into a film directed by David Fincher, starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck. The story starts off as a crime mystery about the sudden disappearance of a woman (Pike), then abruptly turns into a psychological thriller when (spoiler alert!) it is revealed that the missing Amy Dunne faked her own murder in order to frame her husband (Affleck). This movie subtly yet potently works to deconstruct the myth of the “cool girl” described above— and replaces it with something far better. Amy details how this unrealistic ideal of femininity, created and propped up by men, has resulted in women having to constantly edit themselves and censor their opinions and personality. This narrative takes a captivating turn when Amy sheds her cool girl mask and unveils a far darker, more complex, and (dare I say) more realistic character. In the second half of the movie we see Amy as a cerebral, in control, pragmatically evil, and fiercely headstrong individual who knows exactly who she is and what she wants. Sure, this type of character isn’t new— books and films are filled with countless


intelligent and determined masterminds, but through Amy Dunne we see these traits in a female character. By acknowledging Amy’s darker side, we see a person being portrayed as just that— a person. Amy is a female villain who is just as capable of being wicked as any male counterpart. In writing Amy’s character, Flynn hasn’t made any compromises for her inherent evil by making Amy remorseful, or by giving her good intentions to account for her actions. We see Amy unapologetically inhabiting a space historically reserved for men, without sacrificing her sense of femininity or compromising her complexity— and if you ask me, that’s pretty damn cool. Now, I’m not saying that Amy’s character should be seen as a role model (please do not start plotting an elaborate crime spree— for one thing, that’s far too time-consuming, and besides, there’s no Buzzfeed article titled the “The Top 10 Ways to Fake Your Death”). What I’m saying is that these new depictions of women have begun to redefine the concept of the cool girl, shattering old norms of what a girl should be— and that’s a trend to be welcomed. In Amy Dunne we get a glimpse of the modern cool girl— sure, she comes in an unconventional (i.e. “murder-y”) package, but it’s just this type of redefined cool girl that we need to see in our modern world— both on and off screen.

live from new york: SNL an article by JESSICA LANDOLFI It’s Saturday night and you’re sitting on the couch, bowl of chips in hand, flicking through the channels into the early hours of the morning, not amused by the mundane infomercials, and— wait, is that Justin Timberlake dancing to “Single Ladies” in a leotard?! As one of the longest running television shows in history, Saturday Night Live’s successes speak for themselves. Many of Hollywood’s comedic greats were once cast members on the legendary late night show— Mike Myers, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jason Sudeikis, and Kristen Wiig, to name a few. SNL is a breeding ground for fame and talent. Each week features a new guest celebrity and musical act to perform and participate in the sketches alongside the cast. In the words of Bill Hader’s city-correspondent character, Stefon, “This show has everything.” Besides having both a hilarious cast and witty writers, SNL has what a lot of shows cannot boast— a live taping. The fact that anything might happen (we’re looking at you, Ashley Simpson) adds to the experience of an unpredictable SNL episode. Live airings, with the exception of sports broadcastings and some award shows, is a dying trend. The actors’ efforts and skills are debuted (or exposed) during the live airing, which is undoubtedly appreciated by viewers. Seeing actors fight laughter to the best of their ability also humanizes the often distant connection one may feel with characters in a prerecorded sitcom.

machine that can shed light on important cultural flaws. Recently, SNL mocked the often sexist Super Bowl commercial stereotypes in the now viral “Totino’s Pizza Roll Parody” clip (Zupkus). In the sketch, the housewife’s primary task is to serve the hungry, manly, football fans in the living room. She waits in the kitchen playing with a childish activity pack fit for a fouryear-old while receiving blatantly sexist (but masked by comedic relief) remarks from her husband. SNL has become famous for its political satire, poking fun at rather serious, and controversial, electoral matters. In fact, some academics believe that SNL holds viable political influence (Kingkade pars 2-4). Barack Obama, John McCain, and George W. Bush have all appeared on the show, despite previous mockery, proving that presidential candidates consider SNL crucial to their image (Kingkade pars 4-5).


Now in its 40th Season, Saturday Night Live is not planning to slow down anytime soon. SNL40 aired on February 15th, 2015, featuring over 50 of SNL’s greatest icons during a three-hour timeslot (Susman). As one of the Television Specials of the year, this SNL reunion was a pleasant trip through the past and present of television’s greatest asset. With Saturday Night Live’s undeniable staying power, it seems likely that this show will continue to fulfill our comedic needs for years to come.

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Saturday Night Live is more than “schweddy balls,” “more cowbell”, and d*cks being in boxes— it is an efficient comedy

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ounded in Toronto, Breathe Entertainment provides an important creative outlet for artists to display and promote their work. Breathe specializes in video and music production, as well as graphic design and photography. Through the company’s roots of passion and commitment, Breathe is able to bring any idea or concept to life. 

 Stephen Trivieri is the Co-Founder and Head of Production. During his time studying for his degree in Film and Media at Queen’s University, he has focused on bringing ideas and concepts together through film and music. Trivieri found that there was creativity and musical talent all around him on campus. This discovery would eventually lead him to produce a live acoustic recording series known as Breathe Sessions. Domenic Lisi is also a Co-Founder at Breathe and serves as the Creative Director. Dom’s passion for graphic design and photography developed in his hometown, Toronto. Through his cityscape photography series, he catches unexposed elements of urban life. Domenic looks to spread his aesthetic philosophy to the Queen’s campus by working with local companies and collaborating with fellow students to help them to reach their creative goals. 

 Ryan Zwolinski, better known as “Shaggy”, works as the Executive Art Director for Breathe. Raised in Toronto, but currently attending the MET Film school in London, England, Shaggy expands Breathe’s goals back to the motherland, where his keen eye continues to capture the urban scape. Shaggy brings experience and a creative edge to the Breathe team, and has begun to launch the Breathe Sessions series in London.

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Breathe’s newest video series, Breathe Sessions, originated in Kingston, but has expanded its recordings to Toronto, Montreal, and most recently, overseas in London. These sessions highlight musical talent on various campuses by providing musicians with a professional outlet to display their work through. These live acoustic performances feature music from a variety of genres and display the diversity of musical taste among students across Canada, and now globally. Hip-hop, funk, classical, a capella, rock, jazz— no matter what the style is, Breathe Sessions brings artists’ raw, untainted talent to the world. 

 In addition to Breathe Sessions, Breathe has produced its first short film, entitled The Plan, for this year’s Kingston Canadian Film Festival. Written and directed by Stephen Trivieri and Jordan Masterson, this fast-paced satirical crime-thriller keeps audience members on the edge of their seats as they scream “HOLY BANANAS” from start to finish. 

 Though Breathe is still at the grassroots level, Breathe has pooled together a team of talented individuals that allow the company to work across all sorts of artistic mediums. While continuing to promote local music through the Breathe Sessions, Breathe is also currently working on producing its next short film, as well as developing creative commercial spots and mini-campaigns with like-minded companies. If you are interested in working with Breathe, or are a musician who wishes to be featured in a Breathe Session, you can contact the team at contact@breatheentertainment.net or follow us on Instagram and Facebook @breatheentertainment.

an article and photography by THE BREATHE TEAM


Exploring the Deep Spacement: A Look Into Kingston's Underground

MUSIC SCENE If you’ve finally reached your “Shake It Off” breaking point, then Deep Spacement at Fluid Nightclub may be the underground sanctuary you’re seeking. Still the new kid on the block, Fluid has managed to become a haven for a variety of electronic music lovers. Regularly hosting Toronto DJ residents like Deko-ze, Manzone and Strong, and headliners including Sander Van Doorn and Borgeous, the nightclub has established quite a reputation for bringing dance music to Kingston. Even if you have previously found yourself under the ceiling lights of Fluid’s main room, you may still be unaware of one of its best-kept secrets: the “BASSment” cellar.

Deep Spacement started as a project by Jacob Walker, and is currently the only recurring event of its kind in The Hub. Walker, who often headlines the event as his alias, “Skywalkr,” is passionate about the project and aims to bring something new to the series each week.

“The motivation behind the Deep Spacement was to create an organic and inclusive environment for individuals who want to take part in a subculture that is slowly making its way into Kingston”, Walker says. “We’re all about the music— the type that moves you and makes you feel alive in the truest sense of the word. Anyone who’s been out knows what I’m talking about; Each Friday, you can descend down it’s dark but real, the embodiment of the stairs from Fluid’s main level into the natural flow.” darkness of Kingston’s underground. There you will find an intimate and dim- Conner Janeteas, a resident DJ in ly lit dance floor complete with cage- the Spacement, is excited to see the lined stone walls and vault doors. The underground music scene growing music ranges from progressive to tech in Kingston. “It’s refreshing to have a house to full-blown techno, with new space where we can expose people to DJs bringing their own personal style different genres and ideas, without the to the mix every week. You can expect limitations and restrictions that typically to hear artists ranging form Maceo Plex exist in club environments today”, says and Dubfire to Nicole Moudaber and Janeteas. “We’re putting an emphasis Jamie Jones. While not for the faint of on providing a different sound and feel heart, the music is as dark, grimy, and to anything else offered in Kingston— unique as the venue itself, with a vibe so far, it has been overwhelmingly well reminiscent of a Boiler Room set. received.”

The event is promoted each week through Queen’s Rave Room (QRR), the online electronic music forum that recently celebrated its first anniversary and has garnered over 1000 members on Facebook. Like Deep Spacement, QRR was founded with the goal of expanding and diversifying the music scene in Kingston. With a great crowd, groovy tracks, and an underground vibe, Deep Spacement is definitely the underground haven of Kingston’s nightlife scene.

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an article by ZACH BERINSTEIN My brother and I always have the same argument: we both love music and always strive to find more, but the conflict lies in where we look for our music. For the most part, my brother attributes little importance to looking for “old music”. I plead with him to look into some of the great artists of the past, and discover what makes them great. When I told him I was starting to get into Neil Young, his immediate response was that he had heard everything he needs to know about Young as an artist. However, all that he really knew was the song “Heart of Gold”— and anyone who has listened to the albums After the Gold Rush and Harvest will know that Neil Young has much more to offer. It is clear from recent events that today’s music is largely influenced by the past. Kanye West may be known for having a massive ego, but it seems that West is accepting some help and guidance from an old legend, Sir


photography by RILEY ZUCKERMAN

James Paul McCartney. West honours music is simple, yet beautifully sweet. the past by merging McCartney’s One must attempt to look into these artists and constantly continue the classic style to his modern voice. pursuit of old music. History shapes the present state of music. Without an understanding of I know this task is difficult, and I the past, it is impossible to understand have made it my mission to help out. the present. Nothing is created in a My friend, Brody Heberman, and I vacuum, and artists create new music dreamed up the idea to make a music by being influenced, and responding history radio show on the CFRC station. We conceptualized a show to, the past. called Retrograde, where we take one One problem in finding music is that great artist of the past and infuse their there is an overwhelming amount work with new tracks, to show the of new and old music available. It is influence that these greats have had on extremely hard to gain an appreciation the current state of music. We make a for an old artist when you have to sift playlist with one artist highlighted each through their entire catalogue. For week to, hopefully, expose people to example, I wanted to get into Willie both new and old music. If you want Nelson, but his 80 plus albums made to know more on the history of music, it quite difficult. I downloaded one complimented with some amazing album that I knew a song on. I loved new tracks, I urge you to check out our that album, and now I am going to show on Wednesday nights at 8:00 download another. It is a daunting PM for a short and fun exploration of task to attempt to get to know these some great artists. musical legends, but the task can offer a lot of rewards. The reason Willie Nelson is a legend is because his

an article by ISABELLA KRESIN photography by ERIKA MISASI




For thirty-five years, Brian’s Record Option has occupied 381 Princess Street as

Kingston’s hidden fortress for your every musical need. Walking into the shop, I was overwhelmed by the vast collection of over 100, 000 units, but felt settled by the ageless voice of the First Lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald. Before opening the store, owner Brian Lipsin spent his life as a student, completing two degrees in between travel time. When he made the return to school for one more degree in Criminology, he backed out halfway through: “Instead of criminal records, I decided to do musical records”, he explains. Brian now lives the music lover’s dream, making a point of listening to every CD that comes into the store. His father was a music distributor, so the opening of his store in the spring of 1980 was something of fate. “It’s different, it’s alternative, it’s old and new”, is the way Brian describes his store. And although it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, he strives to please all of his customers, saying, “You want to make people happy, you can’t make everyone happy… all you can do is try.”

“I have such great conversations with people that I go home with a high, even when the totals are low.” -Brian Lipsin

Whether the customer’s motive is to buy or to browse, Brian is more than welcoming. The store is truly more than a buy, sell, and trade experience. A trip to Brian’s isn’t just about music; it’s filled with laughter and stories. Brian confirms this, saying, “I have such great conversations with people that I go home with a high, even when the totals are low.” Typical of a Generation Y millennial, I had to ask Brian about the challenges of owning an independent record store in the age of Internet-savvy teens. He responds, telling me that, “There’s a Stones record, it’s three dimensional, it moves, and you can see the Beatles’ faces through the whole thing. Things like that you can’t get on CDs or downloaded.” Brian’s response reminds me of the irreplaceable authenticity of something tangible— and it also makes me want to get my hands on that record (called Their Satanic Majesties Request, by the way). As students, I think there is an overwhelming pressure to have our lives all figured out, to follow the grain, and to make something of ourselves. The short time I spent with Brian was an inspiring and humbling experience, in part because he radiated such a fiery passion for what he does. He has lived out his dream, and I can only hope that all of us will get the chance to experience this one day, too. So, I get it— iTunes, the Internet, they’re easy. But, if you’re willing to get a little lost and submerge yourself in the unknown, I suggest visiting Brian’s Record Option. Get back to the Velvet Underground with Stevie Nicks or head to Jackson with Johnny and June— whatever your niche, I can guarantee there is something for you.

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The easiest way to describe the Focus Film Festival is by their succinct three-word motto: write, shoot, edit. Oh, and did I mention you only have 72 hours? Beginning on the first Thursday of the winter semester, participants are organized into random groups and assigned a theme, which is kept a secret up until the reveal. This year, the festival explored famous movie quotes, ranging from Dirty Dancing’s “No one puts Baby in the corner!” to Psycho’s “A boy’s best friend is his mother.” From there, the countdown begins— and the next three days fly by as groups elicit the triadic motto, writing, shooting, and editing their films. Some cinematographers braved the January cold and filmed in a variety of locations around Kingston, while others kept their sets minimal, interior, and (most importantly) warm! Flash forward to the end of the month, where the feels overflow and the groups reunite at the Focus Gala to watch and celebrate their films together. The screening, held in classy Grant Hall, was filled with excitement and passion— filmmakers watched how other groups interpreted their respective themes, marvelled at the quality of their films, and cheered on other groups. The judges this year comprised of PJ Lee (Asterisk Media), Meaghan Brander (TIFF), and Michael Yerxa (1 Girl 5 Gays and The Amazing Race Canada), all Queen’s graduates who were gracious, helpful, and entertaining as they spoke with students. Aside from the judges’ awards (which recognized production design, acting, cinematography, editing, sound, and writing), the audience bestowed the People’s Choice award upon the winner of the vote that occurred after all the films had been screened. Since its beginning 12 years ago with just a few groups, the festival has grown exponentially— this year, it was comprised of 14 groups and over 80 participants. The guerrilla filmmaking competition offers all students in all faculties an opportunity to flex their creative and technical muscles for a weekend. No prior film experience is needed, just a love of film, since groups are organized to include diverse levels of experience so that students can learn from one another. Ultimately, the best way to understand the festival is to experience it! Whether you participate in the three days of intense film production, join the exec team, or attend the gala, Focus Film Festival is the perfect way to make friends and contacts, and appreciate the creative collaborations of fellow movie fanatics!

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an a rtic le b y RA CHEL CLAR KE

@RADCHILDPRODUCTIONS R a d C h i l d [ R a d - C h a h y l d ] n o u n . 1.A creator that has awakened their creative potential and who sees every aspect of life as an art form or tool for expression and inspiration: “You’re such a RadChild, Picasso”

Like MUSE, RadChild Productions takes pride in providing a creative outlet through artistic forms

of expressive freedom. With roots span-

ning cities within Alberta, B.C., and Quebec,

and universities across the province— including

Queen’s and Ottawa U— RadChild Productions

aims to encourage artists, creators, and wanderers to foster a spirit of creativity wherever they set foot. The artistic values for which we stand have provided a platform for artists of all media to not only live a life full of peace, love, and creativity, but to share it with the world. In fact, we want

Rad Child Productions [R a d-C h a h y l d P r u hd u h k - s h u h n z] noun. 1.The act of creating something rad. 2.The social media platform that RadChildren use to share their work.

you to explore boundaries and create your own world. We believe in promoting this lifestyle by sharing art through social media, such as Instagram and Tumblr, and through interactive live events around campus. Our collective artistic minds will continue to grow as the RadChildren come to realize the power of their beings through different forms of art.

Join the revolution and check out @radchildproductions on Instagram for some rad inspiration. Here’s a sneak peak of some of our favourites:


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Contact: info@WestridgeART.com Gallery: WestridgeART.com Shop: WestridgeART.etsy.com

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Art, fashion, and décor: at first glance they may seem unrelated, yet they are inescapably influential to one another. These are three areas where change is constant. However, trends in art and décor change every year and every season, but outfits change daily. We go from dark, simple, and elegant, to white, bright, and fresh in a matter of weeks. There are also those not-so-rare occasions in which we return to our old favourites. The revival of vintage and retro is arguably one of the longest lasting trends we have seen. In my early years, bell bottomed pants and halter necks were new to me, and yet they were old to my parents. Now, buying vintage is the norm. And now, to look at décor: for example, you walk into a home, and the furniture is simple with solid colours, follows a pattern, and surpasses no more than three different colours— but in the corner, something catches your eye. There it stands: a bright, large, and obnoxiously decorated amphora. And here’s the kicker— it works. It fits with everything in the room. There is no reason it shouldn’t be there, and yet no explanation as to why it should. It just is. The cliché we have all undoubtedly heard since middle school, “history repeats itself,” also translates into the world of design. Patterns, colour palettes, designs, and ideas all inadvertently make a comeback. Come the mid-2000s, this revival focused on bohemianism, a trend very publicly supported by the likes of Sienna Miller and Kate Moss. This style comes from the acceptance of found objects into our lives. Whether abandoned or adopted on travels, we pick up things that we find fascinating, and they adorn our walls and floors. Traditionally, those with very little ties to the people or possessions around them commonly took up bohemianism. What we would now refer to as “spontaneity” is the life choice that was translated into their style. The combinations of different art, music, dance, style, and culture resulted in a unique, almost impossible to replicate movement. There are infinite reasons that could be listed to explain why, but everyone has and continues to experience bohemianism.

It’s not about where or why you travel, but what you do when you get there, and how you make your experience unique to you. Art schools teach you that it’s not the result, but the journey itself that matters. There is no end goal but the experience you take from it. You should travel, not because you need to reach a goal, or to prove that you can, but because you truly want to experience the country. And that’s where I think that I come in. I doodle (sometimes I call it art, or illustration; whatever you want), and I do it because it brings me pleasure; there is no end goal. It’s like planning out a bohemian themed home: I would argue that such a thing cannot be done. Bohemianism isn’t a look you “go for”, and there aren’t clear-cut guidelines. It’s the joy of finding something you love, and making it work because you love it. I’m what some like to call a “serial doodler,” and everything from my notebooks and arms to my laptop are always covered in whatever my mood is. You can sometimes even tell if I was talking to my mom on the phone while working on a piece, because it’s reflective in the design. In particular I really enjoy Aztec and Mayan art, as the symmetry and rotations I see in the designs strike a chord within me. Inks are my best friend, but I’ve yet to meet a medium I haven’t liked. I classify my work style as bohemian because I combine my culture, mood, surroundings, upbringing, interests, passions, and curiosities all into my work, like a self-portrait of myself in that present moment. There is often a distinct change in a piece when I walk away and continue to work on it a day later. I started WestridgeART one year ago on January 1st, 2014 as a culmination to my work so far— sort of like my version of a New Year’s resolution. I wanted it to be a collective of unlike-minded individuals who also like to make art, but for now it’s still a solo act. I named it after my first school as an allusion to where it all begun. Art or doodling isn’t my life plan; it’s just a carry-on bag, not the luggage (since we were on the topic of travel), so I really have no goals of where I want to see myself in any number of years. As long as I’m still making art, it doesn’t matter who is inspiring it, what I’m making, or where it’s taking me. MUSE | 32


photography by Jenna Gartlan creative direction by Abigail Conners and Hannah Pearlman modeling by Alexandra Delios and Leandra Guillet make up by Olivia Grant lighting provided by Camera Kingston

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an article by DIAHANNA RAMADHAR photography by SAHIB PURBA




ome say the buildings are really limestone castles. Others say it’s really Hogwarts. A few people even believe that the Queen actually lived in Victoria Hall once (okay, maybe not that last one). You get the point— it’s gorgeous here. The entire Queen’s University campus is practically a masterpiece. Here’s a compilation of some of the most picturesque places to take your #ootd Instagram shot, or just to find yourself some visual aesthetics that will leave you inspired: 1) The Harry Potter Reading Room in Douglas Library Even when you’re cramming six weeks worth of lectures into your cranium, this library room feels twice as magical as it looks. Along with the intricately carved desks and quiet ambiance, nothing pulls this room together quite like the vivacity of the stained glass window. Fun fact: originally called the “1923 Reading Room,” this silent space is rumoured to have been Principal Woolf’s favourite study spot back in the day. 2) Pendulum in Stirling Hall Don’t be fooled— engineers can get creative! Named after a Queen’s graduate (did I mention he was also the eighth chancellor here?), this circular structure is centred around a Foucault Pendulum. It swings based on the Earth’s rotation and K-Town’s latitude… talk about out of this world! 3) The Isabel She’s hip, so cool— Miss Bader is the new girl in town, home to the performing arts and film studies. Tucked away near the lower west corner of main campus, her sheet glass windows provide a blue lake view to make this centre the perfect tranquil hangout.

The Seven Wonders of the (Queen’s) World

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4) Ontario Hall This Victorian beauty was named after the provincial government from which it received its funding. As the home of the university’s Department of Art, it’s no wonder this is one of the most aesthetically pleasing places to learn. 5) Summerhill It doesn’t have to be the sunniest season of the year for this spot to be the brightest part of your day (!!!). This little hill is actually the home of the oldest building on campus, which used to be the entirety of the university. Its white posts and wooden steps are picture perfect, and it now holds the Queen’s Student Alumni Association for anyone interested in interacting with them legacies. 6) Centre of Mac & Mac If you venture through the walkway between MacDonald Hall and Mac-Corry (think of those black wrought iron gates), you’ll find yourself on a path leading to the centre of campus, into a cobblestone fishbowl with a lovely little black bench. Surrounding flora make you feel like you aren’t even at an academic institution. Two words: photo ops. 7) The Doors of Queen’s Opportunity is knocking— the most understated art on campus is the very structure through which you walk every day. Inspired by the collage of doors found in Dunning, radical arches are all over the place, so show some love to the entrance ways of Theological, Kingston, and Gordon Hall the next time you head inside. MUSE | 36

AMANDA&HAYLEY the ups, downs, dependency, distance, and evolution of friendship during our undergraduate degrees



written and edited by KATY MACLACHLAN




The beginning of university brings an overflow of new people, new experiences, and a new period of time for personal growth and self-discovery. Although our high school friends may fade into the background, becoming more of a distant memory and less of a social security blanket, all it takes is one old, supportive friend to make all the difference in the world.

older. It’s really special that I’ve been able to experience these changes with someone who truly knows me. Even though we’ve both grown into young women, when I’m with Riley, it feels like no time has passed. We still act silly and make up songs and games like we did when we were little, but I also know that I can talk to her about anything. Riley has grown into such a kind, smart, and dependable person. The three dynamic duos featured in She’s more like a sister than a friend, this article are childhood best friends and I feel so lucky to have her in my who’ve been together through the life.” thick and thin of their undergrads. Entering first year as confidantes, like HAYLEY&AMANDA: Batman and Superman or Lizzie and Queen’s University, Fourth Year Miranda, their unbreakable bonds When did you meet? “At Appleby have allowed them to come out of their College (in Oakville, Ontario) in Grade university experience as even stronger Seven.” friends. How has coming to university transI sat down with these three pairs to formed your friendship? learn more about their experiences Hayley (on Amanda): “My relationship and how their personal transforma- with Amanda is like the feminine vertions during university have affected sion of a ‘bromance’. We attended their friendships. the same school for five years, prior to coming to Queen’s. Flash forward to RILEY&ZOE: where we are now: I consider AmanQueen’s University, Fourth Year da to be more than just a friend; she’s When did you meet? “At Cedarvale like my sister. I can always rely on her, Public School (in Toronto, Ontario) in and not just when I need a cute outfit Senior Kindergarten!” or someone to shamelessly cab the 512 meters home with me from the How has coming to university trans- bar! What I love about Amanda, and formed your friendship? our friendship, is that we have grown Riley (on Zoë): “Growing up with Zoë together. We have a perfect rhythm of and maintaining such a close rela- being there and being able to lean on tionship with her throughout the years one another, no matter what is thrown has shown me how much a friend can our way.” both support and influence me in the best of ways. Since coming to univer- Amanda (on Hayley): “It’s safe to say sity, Zoë has become confident, with a that I have no idea what I would’ve unique sense of individuality; she has done without having Hayley by my side come to know exactly what she wants over the past four years at Queen’s. in life, and is doing whatever it takes to She is the most patient, kind-heartpursue her passions. She has always ed, and hilarious person I know, and I been there for me, and I know she al- have had the pleasure of watching her ways will be. It has been an incredible grow into such a confident and inspirexperience being with her during such ing individual throughout our university a transitional period of our lives.” experience. The funny thing is, people have always told me that I would likely Zoë (on Riley): “Of course, everyone is meet the person I’m going to spend going to grow and change, as they get the rest of my life with during my time

at university— I may not have found a husband out of this experience, but I definitely found a sister!” JOELLE&CRYSTAL: Queen’s University, Third Year When did you meet? “We met in elementary school in 2005. We were in the fifth grade, and we did a dance to S-Club 7’s ‘Bring the House Down’ at the talent show. We’ve been best friends ever since!” How has coming to university transformed your friendship? Joelle (on Crystal): “I think it’s hard for us to judge how much we’ve grown, because we’ve grown together. We’ve gone through elementary school, high school, and now university together. The coolest part of the friendship that Crystal and I have is that we aren’t afraid to grow independently. She’s still hilarious and she still always tells it like it is. We’ve just gone from talking on the phone every night after school to having bedrooms beside each other.” Crystal (on Joelle): “Joelle put a lot of pressure on herself in high school. Since university, she’s become more of a person who can ‘go with the flow’. Since we’ve come to university together we’ve both changed, but in similar ways: we love Queen’s, we have the same friends, and we always have each other’s back. The fact that we went to the same university means that we’ve changed and grown alongside each other. Being friends for so long, we know how each other work, and how to support each other.” And there you have it: the stories of bona fide best friends who have made it through their undergraduate experiences as one another’s number one. Whether you have your own childhood best pal, or found your soulmate during your university experience, one thing is clear— friendship and university are definitely a special combination.

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Since our first frosh week at Queen’s University, we Arts students may sometimes feel as though our degrees are of a lesser value than that of someone in Commerce or Engineering, thanks to the many chants that combine our degree with a McDonald’s tray. These jokes are common on forums such as Overheard or even among our friends, and for the most part are intended as nothing more than harmless teasing. However, behind these jokes is the underlying understanding that people in Arts will ultimately be worse off upon graduation in terms of career options. Although this may be the case in some situations, this sort of mentality relies on the assumption that the sole purpose of university is to set students up with the perfect formula to get a job. While getting a job after graduation is obviously something we stress over, work for, and hope for, it’s not the only goal that we are supposed to achieve by attending university. As Philosophy and Film & Media majors, for example, we know that our chosen disciplines may not be considered as top moneymakers, and in fact are often ranked among the so-called “worst paid majors”. However, we get a great sense of fulfillment from studying something we are passionate about. When considering what subjects may make us the most money in the future, we ought to also consider what will better us, what will expand our horizons, and what will force us to critically consider the world in a way we couldn’t have before.

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In a society that is seeing an increasing demand for those skilled in business and technology, it can seem as though studying anything outside of these areas would simply be a waste of time and money. At times, we certainly do feel envious of those students who will graduate and start careers with relative ease, while we’re stuck waiting tables and saving up for grad school. That being said, we are happy with the route we’ve chosen, because it has allowed us to expand our knowledge in an area that we’re really fascinated by, even if it isn’t going to lead to a big paycheck. Spending hours at Stauffer is made a little bit easier knowing that we do ultimately enjoy learning the material. Many students find the more “practical” subjects and majors to be the most engaging and interesting as well, of course. But the point that we hope to get across is that genuine interest and captivation should play a big role when deciding what major you will choose to concentrate in for four years— whether that be Engineering or Art History. As long as your university education makes you feel as though you are gaining something of value, whatever that may be, you should never feel forced to defend your discipline of choice.


We spend six out of the seven days of the week busy with school and work. Sunday however, the original day of rest, reminds us to “stop and smell the flowers”, or, for the avid bruncher, “stop and chow down on freshly baked croissants and mimosas”. Sunday is the ideal day to kick back and take a breather. And let’s be honest, there’s nothing better than starting off your Sunday with brunch. Whether you’re a late night partier trying to shake off a hangover, or you’re having a quaint meal with your grandmother, brunch has evolved into a gratifying ritual to honour the simple pleasures of everyday life. It has become a ritual for the lazy risers who love to indulge in warm lattes and fresh fruit. On Sundays, we drag ourselves out of bed knowing that the best meal of the week is upon us (when else is it appropriate to drink champagne at 11:00 AM?). We take this time to lounge around (or put on our Sunday best) and devour our favourite comfort foods. But that isn’t the only reason to enjoy this mid-morning meal. As students, we are constantly under pressure and stress, and brunch is the perfect place to unwind with friends and laugh over hot coffee and pancakes. Brunch is the celebration we look forward to every week. So what makes an ideal brunch? Mouth-watering food, a good atmosphere, and most importantly: fantastic company. When it comes to food, the menu doesn’t stop at eggs and bacon. There’s an unlimited list of delicacies to choose from and a tasty dish to fit whatever you are feeling. My go-to brunch items are buttermilk pancakes, eggs Florentine, and breakfast biscuit sandwiches. When I want a balanced sweet and savory mix, I go for the fun combination of fried chicken and waffles. As a foodie, brunch is the perfect opportunity to regularly try out new and hip restaurants, while avoiding the more expensive tabs that come with dinner time. The ambience of a brunch spot can make or break the meal. There must be the perfect balance of background chit-chatter and cheerful, yet relaxing, tunes. Visual setups and themes vary, and can change the mood drastically. I’ve been to restaurants inspired by old school diners, authentic French bistros, and minimalistic art exhibits. They’ve all got their amazing perks that attract crowds of brunch enthusiasts. Most importantly, the social aspects of brunch cannot be overlooked. It’s the perfect setting to catch up with friends, spend time with family, or go on a date with your significant other. Coming from Toronto, where the brunch culture is incredibly strong, my expectations of Kingston were quite low. But I realized that Kingston has no shortage of brunch spots. Give Chez Piggy, Windmills, Pan Chancho Bakery, Peter’s Place, and The Sleepless Goat a try. You won’t regret it!

A t a s t e o f sunday brunch an article and photography by AMY YU

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The Art of


an article by LAURA NEAL photography by JENNA GARTLAN

Being Queen’s University students, we are all familiar with the massive amounts of snow that grace our city every winter. We pile on layers and brave the slippery sidewalks in an attempt to make it to the classroom, and we would probably rather spend our Saturdays staying inside than trudging through a typical winter’s day in Kingston. Having lived in Vermont all my life before moving to Kingston, I had a different experience of wintertime. Vermont is a combination of two French words that mean “green mountains”— and the state is just that: a playground of mountains for exploration during any season, whether it be hiking in the summer or hitting the slopes in the winter. Instead of seeing the snow as a hindrance and a reason to stay inside, many see it as an opportunity to get outside, breathe some fresh air, and ride the powder. My first experience snowboarding was in high school, when I borrowed my brother’s old board and decided to give it a try. Having skied before, I figured I would be able to pick it up easily, so my friend and I drove up to the mountain and she promised to teach me how to snowboard. When we got to the top she said, “Just go down”. Slightly astonished at her lack of guidance, I was frustrated but excited to try something new. I learned by “trail and error”, so to speak.

are some good old school rap or chill house music. It is only right that I use the terminology of Rick Ross to explain the feeling of killing it as you go down the trail: snowboarding truly makes you feel “like a boss”. The burn your legs feel once you’ve made it to the bottom reminds you that it is a challenge, but also invigorating. The view from the top of the mountain is breathtaking, and is the perfect finale to any snowboarding adventure. I find it also very therapeutic and meditative, since you have lots of time to think while being away from the business of everyday life. As you get warmed up throughout the day, you get into a rhythm of ebb and flow, carving back and forth on your board in a pattern that takes all of your concentration away from the little things in life that might be stressing you out, bringing you fully into the present moment. Being out in nature has always felt like an escape, but being able to feel a sense of accomplishment after riding effortlessly down a black diamond hill adds to the contentment that this sport brings. I know that if there were mountains in Kingston I would be there every weekend... and maybe a few weekdays as well. Although there aren’t many mountains close by, Queen’s students can hit the slopes with the Ski and Snowboard club, which takes weekend trips to Vermont and Quebec, or with Snow Jam, a weekend trip to Mount Tremblant that is always Mastering a physical skill is mentally challenging, but a guaranteed good time. also rewarding. Thinking back to those years, I have images of myself tumbling down the hill and crunching Besides the internal feelings of confidence and my ribs a time or two. I don’t remember exactly when, exhilaration that snowboarding creates, there is also the but at some point in my practice I finally felt like I had external, material component that gives the practice its gotten it down. It was probably a mixture of trying to own culture and lifestyle. Everyone can express their own keep up with people who were more experienced than personal style and individuality through their choice of me, and getting going so fast that I couldn’t really slow goggles, boots, bindings, boards, and outerwear. There myself down even if I had wanted to. The thrill and risk are endless possibilities to choose from, whether you’re are some of the qualities that make snowboarding so looking for something bright and expressive or simple enticing. To snowboard well, you have to learn to trust and sleek. My favourite piece is definitely my snowboard, the intuitive movement of your body, or the fear of getting which is a Burton Lipstick board I bought at their sale a hurt will hold you back. When you accept and embrace few years back. It has colorful, geometric imagery that the riskiness of the ride, you are able to master it and gives the board’s artwork a mysterious, cosmic vibe. If create a sense of tranquility in your mind that will parallel you’re worried your get-up won’t be noticed because your smooth ride down the mountain. you’re flying down the mountain too fast, the après-ski is just another great part of snowboarding culture. When If you can find a way to get to the mountain, snowboarding the lifts close around 4:00 PM, everyone heads into the is truly a sublime experience. I once described it to lodge to warm up with some drinks, food, and music. I someone as “surfing on clouds”. It is an activity with really can’t imagine a better way to spend a Saturday or many perks: it is a stress reliever, confidence booster, Sunday during the wintertime. hangover cure, and source of exercise all in one. The feeling of plugging in your headphones to one of your favourite songs and carving down a mountain of snow with the sunshine beaming down on you is blissful. My favourite genres of music to listen to while boarding

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r ecently, my housemate and I were

having a conversation about how tired we are of people our age asking the “right” questions. If you’re not sure what I mean by that, the next time you go out, pay attention to an exchange between two people who’ve never met. After introductions are made, the script begins, and it goes like this: Person 1: So, what program are you in? Person 2: Um, Sociology. Person 1: Oh cool, what do you want to do with that? Person 2: Uh, law school maybe? Person 1: *Nods head awkwardly* Nice.

some guy you met at a party might about how boring that psych class go into life insurance after his Econ. was. But I don’t, and I’m sure many degree? No. So why do we bother? of you feel the same. My theory is that we ask because we’re scared. If you’re someone who does all of your readings, gets enough sleep, and has a five-year plan, read no further, because I am probably of no help to you. I think all of us are afraid that we’re not doing things right, or that we’re behind in terms of having our lives figured out past graduation. When we come back from summer break and ask someone the routine question of what extra-curricular he or she is a part of this year, what we’re really asking is: “Are they more involved than I am? Is what they’re doing more applicable?” At least, that’s what I’m usually thinking— don’t leave me hanging here, guys.

I’m willing to bet that by now, all of us have had hundreds of interactions almost exactly like this. The real question though, is how many of those exchanges left you feeling like you learned something interesting or valuable about the per- It’s not our fault that we ask these things, and it’s also partly because son. Half? A quarter? Five? of the competitive environment we Not to worry, though, because I inevitably find ourselves in. We have have faith in us. I don’t think we ask been taught to ask these questions each other these boring, well-re- because they are supposed to be hearsed questions because we what matters. If that were true, then actually want the answers. Are you I’d feel super fulfilled after hearing really interested in knowing that

Maybe I’m naïve, but I think we can change this by asking each other the “wrong” questions. I have some ideas to get you started, because wrong questions are my specialty. Some basics can be: “What are you most passionate about?” and “what event are you psyched for this year?” If you want things to get even more interesting, some of my favourites are: “If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?” or, if you’re trying to get real deep, “what has been the most defining moment of your life so far?” I think it’s okay to admit that none of us are doing everything right in these tumultuous years. Let’s spend this short time we have asking the wrong questions. I can’t be held responsible for what will happen if you do, but I can guarantee it’ll be a lot more exciting than “What classes are you taking this year?” Ugh. P.S. But seriously guys, what song do you want played at your funeral?

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WTF is an au pair, right? Basically, it’s a foreign nanny. Think The Nanny Diaries, but in this case, change the location to Madrid, Spain. Now, before I start sounding like a legitimate crazy person for subjecting myself to what can be the sheer horror of babysitting children, let me provide you with some backstory. So here’s how it went down: this past summer, I decided that I needed more “excitement” in my life. Naturally, this meant that I made an online profile on what resembled a dating website, got matched with a bunch of families from all over the world, Skyped with a family from Spain twice, and found myself on a plane six days later. I know, I sound spontaneous and fucking ballsy, but truthfully, I had virtually ZERO clue what to expect. It honestly sounded kind of glamorous to be living abroad as a cool, foreign babysitter. Let me tell ya, glamorous it was not. But it was by far the best experience I’ve had yet. Here’s the thing about being in a country where you don’t speak the language— you don’t speak the language. Translation: it is fucking scary getting lost somewhere when you can’t communicate with words. I can’t even count the amount of times I got lost in Madrid before coming to the brilliant realization that the iPhone has Google translate. My main job as an au pair for the three boys I babysat (ages four, seven, and nine) was to teach them English. This proved to be quite simple, yet it was wildly frustrating as well, since English was the only way I knew how to communicate with them anyway. If this failed, I would proceed to behave like I was in an intense game of charades, acting out “brush your teeth” and “do not bite your brother”. Admittedly, the beginning of this experience had me questioning my sanity, but as time went on I began to realize that it was only ridiculously far outside of my comfort zone. And it was when that realization hit that I would really start to grow up.

When you’re left with the responsibility of other people’s children, you begin to understand the value of trust. I had two adults, virtually strangers, that trusted me enough to leave me with their three precious sons for no less than five hours a day. I still think of myself as a child, so you can imagine the shock I felt the first time one of the boys got hurt— there I was, running around like a maniac because I’d seemingly forgotten how to use a Band-Aid. I got into a routine with those kids. Every day I taught them English for two hours, played outside with them for four hours, and then I was off the clock. I was essentially their English-speaking sister. And they really did make me feel like I was a part of their family. We went on bike rides, went to museums, and the boys taught me how to play soccer (albeit against my extreme protests). They showed me their culture, and I taught them about mine. Before I knew it, they were no longer the children that I was babysitting; they were my little brothers. DISCLAIMER: this was not always a piece of cake. I can’t even count the amount of meltdowns, screaming fights (keep in mind that this was all in Spanish, so picture me trying to mediate) and blood boiling moments I had with these kids. But it was seriously worth it. Now, I’ll try not to get all cliché on you, but when I flew home eight weeks later, I felt like a completely different person. The experience changed my life— the people had changed my life. I have never felt more nervous and uncomfortable than when I found myself sleeping in an unfamiliar bed with Toy Story sheets, in a country so far from home. I’ve also never felt more proud of myself for sticking through something that proved to be downright impossible at times. I sobbed when I said goodbye to them in the airport. I still talk to them twice a month. And if you’re wondering: Sí, hablo Español.

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and we'll eat cake in a balloon-filled bathtub if we want to! Taryn blows out the candles for muse magazine.



photography by Jenna Gartlan creative direction by Abigail Conners and Hannah Pearlman modeling by Taryn Montagano hair and makeup by Olivia Grant lighting provided by Camera Kingston

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how to make a HOUSE

feel like a

an article by MEGHAN HARWOOD


photography by RACHEL WONG

As a student who has moved every year of my undergraduate career and has had to pack up my things a countless number of times, I believe I have almost got it down to a science. From my boyfriend and dad teaming up to take apart my IKEA bed, to my mom and I shoving my clothes into countless bags, I’ve learned a lot about not only moving, but also how to make each of my spaces feel like my home. As I enter into my fourth year, I anticipate my fourth move. From residence, to a five-bedroom house, to a four-bedroom unit, and now to a three-bedroom apartment, I really have seen it all. One important thing that I have learned from being a pro-mover is that just because a space might be temporary does not mean that you can’t make it feel like a home. I have had many opportunities to start fresh and redecorate a completely new space, and there are many tips and tricks that I have learned along the way. From one house-hopper to another, here’s how I make myself always feel at home!




There will be many places you move to that will not let you paint the walls, so you need to get your colour fix from other pieces. I’d suggest picking a bedspread and pillows that carry out a colour scheme you like— preferably something that will look good with neutral walls. It’s a lot easier to move your colours from place to place if your bed sheets and its accessories become the colourful focal points in your room, rather than spending days painting each new room you move into.

I don’t have an overwhelming amount of furniture, but I’ve had to switch up my desk, for example, for a smaller one in order to maximize space. Every room will be different, so it’s important to only have a few key pieces that belong to you, and to try to choose pieces that don’t require a lot of space, just in case. As much as you say you’ll always live in a big room, I can almost guarantee that it won’t work out for at least one year. Just picture yourself climbing over your desk to get to your closet. Think about it.

Pick a colour scheme that you won’t get sick of.


Commit to wall art!

I know it’s hard to put things on the walls if you know you’ll be moving out in less than a year, but wall art automatically makes the room feel more homey and cheerful. Pick a fun poster, or hang some pictures with tape strips to make them easy to remove. This is something that will be the easiest thing to change when you move to new places, and if you match your posters to your colour scheme then you may not even feel the need to buy new ones. Wall art is a simple way to cover the neutral walls (or drilled holes from a previous tenant) without covering them in paint.


Get creative with lighting.

Hanging a string of lights or lighting a few candles can both brighten up your space and give it warmth. If you purchase lights and candles that match your colour scheme, you have another decorative piece— plus, they smell nice (the candles, I mean).


Plan your layout.

As I mentioned, some of the spaces you choose to live in may be a tight fit. Put on your interior designer hat and sketch out a few options for furniture and wall art placements (this will require those great photos you took for reference)!

Get simple, neutral furniture (and don’t get too attached to it).


Make a collage (or two!).

Vision boards are a great way to add to your space, and are also a nice reminder of your goals and dreams. Buy a piece of Bristol board and decorate it with photos of your friends, then put it up on your wall. Since the photos are glued on to one piece of Bristol board, it’s a lot easier to move your photos from one place to another. Remember the task of peeling the photos off your walls in first year and rendering them unusable? Don’t worry about that ever again.


Take advantage of house tours.


Have fun with it!

Take as many pictures as you can when you have a chance to see a house. If that house ends up being yours, you’ll need those photos to start planning your future room. Which brings me to my next point…

Moving every year can seem like an upsetting fate, but it can be an exciting experience if you make the most of it. Moving every year gives you the chance to experiment with new spaces and to enjoy decorating a new room each year. Who doesn’t love a fresh start (or four)?

If you try some of these simple tips, your next house will begin to feel like your home. People won’t give you a sympathetic look when they hear that you’ve moved every year of your undergrad— because that’s what gives you the chance to get creative and start fresh, year after year.

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Insider Advice from the Founders of M U S E Magazine It’s been three years since we, the founders of MUSE Magazine, graduated from Queen’s University. That’s 36 months, 13,140 days, 315,360 hours— and still it feels like just yesterday. We still chug back pitchers like we’re tumblin’ on a Tuesday, we still chug back coffee even harder, and we roll around in sweatpants untill it’s absolutely necessary to wear human clothes. The “Queen’s Bubble” and the “Real World” has been an interesting crossover, but one thing that’s honestly carried on with us from the early days to “the now” is the MUSE ideology. The core purpose of the publication— from the day we conceived it to its 10th issue— has remained the same: em-


brace and expose the creative inspiration that surrounds you. We welcomed it in our first issue, celebrated it in our last, and live, eat, dream, and breathe it today. As many of you look on to the next steps of your lives and careers, we wanted to share our experiences stepping out of the bubble and into the real world, and detail how the core concept of MUSE still lights a fire in our loins (ha!) and inspires us to move forward, work hard, seek ideas, and create. Read on, young padawans:

Tamara Navarrete Then: Creative Director Now: Registered Nurse One summer, I was working that superstore checkout line on a Friday. It was sunny and beautiful. Everyone coming through seemed to be buying supplies for their weekends at the beach. I was getting slightly bummed and felt the “FOMO” vibe looming in the air. For some reason I tuned into the store’s radio, and the Black Eyed Peas’ track “Where is the Love?” was playing and it hit me. Where is the love, truly? Why am I being a downer and not fully helping these people get through this line? I had no idea where the customers were actually going,

Cherie Tsang Then: Business Director Now: Senior Account Executive Let’s talk about that one time I tumbled down the side of the Rockies. I had been hiking in the mountains for over 10 days carrying a pack half my size, which occasionally included the communal toilet shovel. After tumbling for what felt like hours, I finally skidded to a stop. I remember lying on the side of the mountain while a string of obscenities ran through my mind— I mean, beyond the scrapes and bruises, that shit was embarrassing. When this all simmered down, I evaluated my two options: I could call it quits halfway through my 21-day expedition, or finish what I started with what was left of my dignity and grace. I chose the latter. My decision was made out of desperation then, but I’ve come to use this incident as a way to give me a little kick when things get tough. Why push through struggles and falls, only to waste it all at the end by giving up? Ain’t nobody got time for that. In the last few years, I’ve learned that building a career you’re passionate about is difficult. As enamoured as you are of your job, there will be bumps and forks in the road. You’ll want to flip the table and walk out. When that happens, just remind yourself of every fiery hoop you had to jump through to get to where you are now. Chances are, you’ll push through, because you’ve already put in way too much effort to give it all up. You know what they say— just keep swimmin’.


And then it happened: some asshole asked for ketchup. Really? Must you? With your seafood platter? You do realize what a “Surf ‘n’ Turf” is, right? But I smiled, nodded, and proceeded to sprint down the stairs to fulfill his request. When I got to the condiments fridge, I spotted a note stuck on the door, giving us shit for not organizing the condiments. At this point, the loud and abrasive Zahra was about to kick in, but then I spotted the last line of his note: “Take pride in your work.” It’s a moment that’s stuck with me years after it happened, and it’s a moment I still look back on when I need motivation to get out of bed in the mornings, albeit as I make my way down a very different career path. All tasks, small or big, have to be done with pride, never for others, but for yourself. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter who does and doesn’t give a shit about the outcome of your success; never forget that the most important person you do it for is you.

but I felt inspired. Inspired to smile I had no idea where the customers were I had actually going, but I felt inspired Inspired to smile more when asking if they needed a bag for their soda, inspired to separate their cold food from the hot so that it would be easier to unpack. That day I was reminded that the little things matter. Maybe if I send out positive vibes I can form a circle of happiness with the strangers around me. Life can be super hard, but those little things can definitely be a breath of the freshest air. As for the track— great lyrics, eh?


Zahra Jamshed Then: Written Director Now: Lead Editor On first impressions, I’m a shy and timid kinda girl. On second glance, I’m a loud and abrasive hooligan. So it’s safe to say that everyone around me was pretty taken aback when I decided to take on the role of a server at the Grizzly Grill. A responsibility usually reserved for the patient/friendly yet powerful/confident sorta lot, my weeks at “the Grizz” were filled with looks of pity as I struggled to carry plates, mumbled the daily specials, and offered up one failed attempt at wine service after another. I was lost amongst a sea of fresh plates and dirty dishes, and you could sense my frustration. A breaking point was looming.

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ELLE Canada, Canada’s premiere destination for the best in fashion, beauty, arts, and entertainment, has always been a part of my mandatory reading material as a fashion journalist hopeful. Part of my devotion to ELLE is not just its glamour, but also its approachable, attainable brand of glamour— one that allows readers to have effortless fun while they are reading. This is especially true under the reign of Editor-in-Chief Noreen Flanagan, who emphasizes the power of storytelling in a way that prioritizes the reader experience. And this is not just talk— Noreen was kind enough to grab coffee with me for MUSE Magazine’s Issue X, illustrating her genuine belief in the importance of being an approachable role model within the fashion media world. Clearly, it is just like Noreen to take the time to sit and chat with MUSE about her career path, what it’s like to work for a massive publication like ELLE, and which fashion designers to look out for in Spring 2015 (!!!). Read on for more advice from ELLE Canada’s Editor-in-Chief Noreen Flanagan, and get ready to feel seriously inspired: For all the aspiring magazine executives out there: are there any specific qualities that you equate with success in your industry? “You absolutely need to be curious; you need to have fire in your belly, and you have to have the humility to know that you don’t know everything, because that is what opens your mind. Certainly experience helps— but all the experience in the world doesn’t measure up against an intelligent, driven, and creative person.” What is one piece of advice you would give to yourself as an undergraduate student? “People are always intrigued by the fact that I have a Science degree in Nursing, and yet I made this transition into being a journalist. I was a news reporter for a few years, and then a health editor at Flare Magazine. When ELLE launched a Canadian edition, I was invited to join that incredible team. If my circuitous career path can be an inspiration to anyone, it should show that at any time in your life you can change direction. But: you have to be willing to take some risks, and to feel some butterflies in your belly— that’s a good thing! If I could go back to that time, I would tell myself not to let my fears of the unknown consume me— just keep moving forward physically, intellectually, and creatively at whatever pace is possible.” Did you ever have a moment in your career when you felt like giving up, and if so, what did you do to combat it? “There are many moments where I feel daunted by everything I have to achieve and accomplish, for myself but also for my team. Those difficult moments are remarkable learning opportunities if you’re prepared to be honest with yourself and others. This goes back to my earlier point about being humble and learning from your mistakes. Don’t be afraid to admit to your failures! It can be rather liberating.” What are some of the biggest misconceptions about the fashion and beauty publication industry? “I think most people think that fashion and beauty publications are frivolous and lacking in substance. Fashion and beauty are inescapable parts of our culture— what we care about, what’s inspiring us, and what’s influencing us. Fashion is an important part of that conversation. Also, many people dismiss fashion journalism as not being a serious venture, but we’re covering a multi-billion dollar industry that shapes people’s lives.


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Are there any aspects of your job that people wouldn’t expect? “People may not expect the amount of hours I spend in front of a computer! My job is 10% twinkle, and 90% solitary work. This may be because I’m an ‘old-school’ editor— I like to dive into the creation of the stories we write, working with the editors and writers closely. And, like most writers, I’m a high-functioning introvert, on a good day.” There has been a lot of criticism lately surrounding interviewers asking career women and celebrities on the red carpet “empty” questions like: “What are you wearing?” What do you think of this criticism? “I have some sympathy with that criticism. On the red carpet, reporters have just a fleeting moment with the stars. Plus, there’s a mutual understanding that the celebrities need to promote the designers they’re wearing. It’s a business transaction. And, it’s the kind of quick content hit that the audience responds to. We’ve turned covering the red carpet into a sporting match, in some ways. That’s okay— it is fun, but I do wish there was also an opportunity to have a real conversation about what they’re wearing and why. I don’t think it’s banal or inappropriate to ask people why they wear what they wear, but I do think that currently the exchange has been reduced to a predictable conversation, and I would like to see that elevated.” Do you have any favourite fashion figures that MUSE Magazine readers should look out for? Who do you think will be some of the biggest names to look for in Spring 2015? “One young designer I’m very inspired by is Sid Neigum. He just won the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award at the 2015 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards gala. He also won the Mercedez-Benz Start-Up competition at World MasterCard Fashion Week in October. I also admire the work of a pair of sisters, Chloe and Parris Gordon, who launched a womenswear and accessories brand called Beaufille. They won the same Swarovski award, except in the accessories category. I love their clothing collections— which are embellished accessories. And of course, there’s Mikhael Kale. He was named womenswear designer of the year at CAFA. Internationally, I have a particular weakness for Céline, and I love Haider Ackermann, Prada, Stella McCartney, and Marni.” Why do you think on-campus publications like MUSE Magazine are an important part of a university’s culture? “I think publications like MUSE can be students’ touch point for what is happening in their world. It chronicles the people who are shaping everyone’s experience on a political, social, and cultural level. Having a publication like MUSE that prompts students to think about their life— and to engage in their community— is really important.” To learn more about Noreen, follow her on Instagram at @noreen_flanagan or on Twitter @Noreen_Flanagan. You can also learn more about ELLE Canada on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ellecanada, or on Instagram @ellecanada and on Twitter @ElleCanada.

an interview by Editor-in-Chief JACLYN MARCUS

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Laughing Her Way to Heaven:

A Tribute to Rachel Goldstein an article by JENNA ZUCKER Imagine having an expiration date on your life. You only have two years to achieve everything you have ever dreamed of accomplishing. But, there’s a catch: your motor neurons are quickly deteriorating, disabling you from doing almost everything. You have ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a disease that causes the gradual deterioration of one’s nerve cells, leading to your eventual death. You lose your ability to speak and swallow, you find it difficult to catch your breath, almost like you are drowning, and your muscles grow frail and rigid. You eventually lose all of your physical ability, and you’re trapped. Yet your mind is fully functional— you are aware of the fact that you are slowly dying. My cousin, Rachel Goldstein, was diagnosed with ALS in 2013. It came completely out of the blue for her; she did not have any obvious or painful symptoms, just slurred speech. ALS is very difficult to pinpoint, and is generally diagnosed by ruling out the other diseases that mimic ALS. Rachel was 66 years old at the time of her diagnosis, a mother of two wonderful grown children, and married to a loving husband. She was entering into the Golden Age, a time where she could enjoy her passion for travel, writing poetry, pottery, jewelry making, and enjoying her very close-knit family.

Rachel was born in 1946, just after World War II. Her parents, Hala and Mayer, were both Holocaust survivors who lost most of their family in the Nazi death camps. The scars of the war did not make it easy for Rachel in her early years, as she travelled from Germany to Bolivia and then settled in Montreal. After the Nazis robbed her parents of their family and their humanity, through Rachel and her sisters they rebuilt a warm and caring family, one that fully supported Rachel during her illness. Hala and Mayer’s dedication to living a fulfilled life inspired Rachel to do the same. A disease like ALS often crushes your state of mind. Rachel took her diagnosis very bravely, and knew that she must make the most of her time left with those she loved, while finding the time to indulge in her passions. Although her motor neurons were coming to a halt, her drive was not. Upon being diagnosed, one of Rachel’s immediate thoughts was how to make this journey as bright as possible— not only for herself, but for those around her, and for others suffering from illness. One of the ways she intended to do this was to reach for her dream of becoming a hospital clown. “In one of her darkest moments, you see, she was conceiving of ways to bring light into the world. That’s why they called her Ray,” her son, Aaron, explained in his eulogy. While taking part in the many sessions and classes required to become a hospital clown, Rachel was always aware of the possibility that her illness could take her away before she had completed her dream. Nevertheless, she was not prepared to abandon her goal and hoped to inspire others through her determination. “When she realized the disease was moving at a pace that would eclipse her ability to perform in front of sick children, as she had originally intended, she carried on. It was the journey that mattered now, not the destination,” Aaron continued. When the disease eliminated her ability to speak, a faculty one would believe is necessary to become a clown, Rachel’s resilience continued: she became a mime. Even after discovering that the miming workshop was only being offered in French, a language that was as foreign to her as this entire experience, she decided to participate anyway— she persevered. Her drive to be alive was enough to push her to participate in what a pessimist may have called an impossible dream. “That was my Mom, able to adapt to just about any situation and ingratiate herself with those alongside her,” Aaron expressed. This act alone is a clear depiction of Rachel and her creativity, artistry, and passion for life. Later on, Rachel moved from Boston to Montreal in order to be closer to and taken care of by her loving family. This was not easy for Rachel as her life was in Boston, but once again Rachel understood that in doing this, she would be relieving stress from those she loved. Her slurred speech was not an accurate illustration of her intelligence and her continued mental acuity. Her body was breaking down while her mind stayed sharp. A published poet, a practiced painter and potter, an inspiring teacher, and a fervent actress and clown are just a few of the gifts that Rachel graced the world with. In order to combat her inability to communicate, Rachel would use gestures and write on a notepad in order to sustain her quality of life.


Almost two years after her diagnosis, on Saturday January 18, 2015, at age 68, Rachel passed away from ALS. Always looking to honour her heroes and inspirations, Rachel published a book of poetry entitled Except for That. Her poetry gives us a glimpse into a time that’s painful to remember, but even more painful to forget. Rachel, although you may have died “with poems still inside [you,]”, the words you’ve shared with the world will forever be cherished.

“The Generations“ Everything depends on me now. No looking back at salted skys or stiff woods, frogs with green sultry eyes. I am the woman in a polka-dot dress, who may die with poems still inside her – peonies upon peonies and oh, God, the silver purpose of the stars.


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I sit on the bus, halfdazed from waking up early again, and rummage through my too-large tote bag for the only thing that will keep me sane in this rush hour traffic: my headphones. I yank them out of the bag like my life depends on it and silently curse their perpetually tangled cord. I finally unravel the cord from its stubborn insistence of disorder and choose a playlist— something to fit the slow, apathetic mood that flows through my body in waves. I settle further into my seat, and allow myself to be moved by the music blaring into the innermost cavities of my brain. I don’t just listen to music on these quotidian bus rides. I listen to music and think. I think about the past and the future— lingering on the feeling of the present but failing to acknowledge its presence. I think about the degree that is now forever appended to my name and I gradually armour myself with pleasantries for writing more admissions essays and answering more interview questions: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” “Explain a time when you overcame a challenge.” “What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far?” My answer to the latter question always seems less rehearsed, less weighed down by the anxiety of my inexperience, because my answer is always the same: “Being the Editor-in-Chief of MUSE


Magazine.” My involvement in MUSE was not just another way to fill the vacuous space on my resume. MUSE was, and still is, my “muse.” It is a club— one of many small havens for incoming students at Queen’s University hoping to find their niche. It is a collection of student minds coming together for the purpose of inspiring others to engage in creativity. It is an eclectic mix of talented individuals, all with their own unique quirks and ideas. But most of all, it is a group of friends who shaped an experience I will never forget. If there’s one thing I learned from my time at MUSE, it’s that a small group of people can create big changes in their community. From my first year as an earnest frosh to my fifth year as a wizened old Teacher Candidate, I’ve seen creative energy emerge from the most clandestine of corners, rising to the forefront of many students’ lives. MUSE not only changed my life, but has also transformed the student awareness of creativity and the arts at Queen’s University, and within the Kingston community, for the better. As the bus unapologetically halts to a stop, I am awakened back into my reality and away from thoughts of the past. I hop off the bus, inhaling the bitterness of the winter air into my lungs and exhaling the nostalgia in which I have just indulged. I start off on my journey, unaware of what the future holds, but equipped with the knowledge that everything will work itself out in the end.

an article by EMMA HOFFMAN, MUSE Editor-in-Chief 2013-2014

Finding my Muse after MUSE

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