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32nd annual Organic Conference and Expo Amy van den Berg Walking into the University Center from Feb. 2-3, anyone would have been overwhelmed by the intense and frenzied bustle of Guelph’s 32nd Annual Guelph Organic Conference. Everywhere on the main and basement floor, people of all ages and backgrounds were walking from one booth to the next, tasting, chatting, and learning about what it means to “go organic.” Entry to the Expo was free of charge and all were welcome to explore the three levels of 150+ booths that exhibited everything from carrot juice samples to interactive displays of innovative farming equipment. Workshops were available with a registration fee for people who were interested in attending specific lectures, and ran from Jan. 31 until Feb. 3. The Organic Conference and Expo allowed consumers and producers to come together to network, as well as to share knowledge, ideas, and delicious samples. It was designed to increase awareness and to offer people the chance to get to know the taste of organic food. The exhibits and workshops provided a backdrop of the “real action” behind organic farming, with many interactive activities and displays

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The conference drew many people interested in finding out more about organically grown and produced food. geared towards brand-new users, who could ask questions, and discover how and why purchasing organic goods, and making the local choice, can benefit them and the community. “It’s a place where we can learn from each other…where likeminded people come together,” said Carrin McGowan, a representative of CRAFT Ontario (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training in Ontario), a company that offers ecological farm internships.

And there was no better place to host such an affair than at the University of Guelph. With a history deeply rooted in agriculture and livestock management, the university is home to numerous students and scholars from diverse agri-backgrounds, many keen to interact with consumers and major actors within the industry. “It was nice to get first-hand accounts from organic consumers,” said Dirk Brunsveld, a University of Guelph student studying Organic Agriculture, “I never realized

how interested many people are in finding out exactly how their food is produced, and how to improve upon what we have.” The label “organic” means that the food or product was created and cultivated in a way that enhances and promotes biodiversity, uses environmentally sustainable practices, and protects the health of the soil and surrounding ecosystem. Certified organic products assure the consumer that the way in which the food is grown or ...se e org a nic pag e 7

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Bridging the gaps between ways of knowing The 19th annual Environmental Symposium a great success Emma Wilson On Feb. 2, the University of Guelph held its 19th annual Environmental Sciences Symposium in Rozanski Hall. The theme this year was, “Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Perspectives on the Environment.” The symposium focused on moving environmental issues forward by bridging the gaps, and oftentimes abysses, between public and academic knowledge, and traditional and “modern” thinking. Speakers included Karen Kowalchuk, Laura Taylor and Jeremy Shute, Dr. Deborah McGregor, John Crump, Dr. Steve Crawford, Anthony Chegahno, Sandra McCubbin, Dr. Lynn Gehl, Dr. Barry Smit, and Henry Lickers. “There is a desperate need for the world to take action on greenhouse gasses,” noted Smit. Smit’s talk

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Executive members of the symposium (left to right): Erin Maloney, Geneviève Lalonde, Colleen Parker (Director), Alex Harris and Laura Blazejewski. explored the many serious ramifications of warming temperatures such as rising sea levels and storms threatening island states, drought

and associated disparity and land degradation in Kenya, and in other areas. Solutions to environmental concerns may be found in encouraging interdisciplinary study. “Lots of people are looking at the bits, but not the whole bicycle,” said Smit. The “bits” regard individual disciplines and specializations, and the “bicycle” is an ideal network of these specializations that allows for a flourishing of coordinated problem solving. Lickers, a member of the Seneca Nation, Turtle Clan, presented a talk on the integration points of science and traditional aboriginal knowledge. He noted, “At a basic level, traditional knowledge and science can be integrated.” “Traditional” is sometimes associated with the inapplicable conventions of ages passed. However, Lickers suggested that traditional knowledge is always changing and the learning process can be very similar to science. For instance, Lickers noted that the process of hunting is largely experimental. He also suggested that the anecdotal stories through which traditional knowledge is disseminated are really no different than the stories in scientific journals. Despite the similarities, there are serious barriers to further integrating traditional and Western or “modern” knowledge. Disseminators of both forms of knowledge sometimes view the other form in adversarial terms. For example, Lickers suggested that Aboriginal Peoples have seen Western knowledge as “a process

that is arrogant and ignores or ridicules the knowledge of the local people. Western Culture is seen [as] a process of Dominator Society [separating] itself from the Environment and Humanity to the destruction of them both,” explained Lickers. “Even though we have known each other for 500 years, we are still mis-knowing each other,” said Lickers.

“Even though we have known each other for 500 years, we are still misknowing each other.” - Henry Lickers Those students, faculty members, and Guelph residents who attended the symposium were left with a strong message: embracing the merits of different ways of knowing the natural world will help to move us towards coordinated and thoughtful solutions to the environmental problems at hand. “A key element is respecting what others do. Each piece of knowledge has its value,” concluded Lickers.

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U of G students and faculty on international and national news Feb. 4 marked the beginning of the end for Canadians’ least favourite coin, the penny. It filled wallets and pockets with the pretense of being something more, like a nickel, and never got used unless there was a donation-only bake sale, and now, or at least over the next three to four years, Canadians will feel a little better about throwing the penny out, which they’ve undoubtedly been doing for years. The Royal Mint officially stopped distributing the coin on Feb. 4, and businesses will round cash transactions up to the nearest five cents, while debit and credit payments will still account for the one-cent increment. With the forecasted disappearance of the penny comes an upsurge in sales centered on making artistic pieces from the coin. In fact, one jewelry business owner told CTV News that since the planned demise of the penny, her sales have been going up. The Ontarion: Have you heard about this news topic, and does it interest you? Reilly Fullerton, Art History student: Yes, it does. I work in the customer service industry, so I think it’s interesting that we’re going to have to round [prices] up or down. The Ontarion: How big of an impact do you think it will have on your life? RF: Not too big, but it is kind of sad that [the penny] is leaving because it’s a part of Canadian history, and working in the customer service industry, it’s going to impact us a little bit, having to round up and down. But, I don’t think it’s too big of [a deal] just because it is only one cent. The Ontarion: What do you think about people preserving the coin through various arts and crafts? RF: I think that’s really interesting, especially for kids that won’t know about [the penny]. I think it’s interesting that it can be sold for a lot too just because it isn’t really worth anything right now, but in the future, it will probably be sold for a lot more, which is really cool. Thanks to the participant for this week’s interview. If you have something to say about international or national news, and would like to be contacted for future issues, or if you want to see a particular news story covered here, contact News Editor Alicja Grzadkowska at onnews@ uoguelph.ca.


4 w w w.th e on ta r ion . c om If Barbie were real… Eating Disorders and Body Image Exposé promotes self-esteem and positive body image Kelsey Coughlin Seven feet tall, 110 pounds, with a 39-inch bust. If this sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. That’s right, the infamous Barbie has been lying and misrepresenting herself to little girls everywhere since 1959. According to the Wellness Centre, it is because of this and other types of unrealistic and detrimental thinking that women and men all over the world suffer from low selfesteem and have a negative perceptual body image. This is why on Feb. 5 the Wellness Centre organized an Eating Disorders and Body Image Exposé designed to educate students about the challenges that accompany this type of thinking. Emulating certain unrealistic standards ultimately leads young

women to feel insecure about cases occur in females. their own bodies and can lead to Many of these cases affect such eating disorders as anorex- young women in universities and ia or bulimia. Lindzie O’Reilly, colleges, which is why it is imdietitian at Student Health Ser- portant to “appreciate what you vices, was on hand at the event like about yourself individually and said the idea of the fair was rather than trying to conform to “raise awareness about how to a specific ideal,” explained the media can influence our body O’Reilly. image and self-esteem and to By exploiting the media’s atshow that positive body image tempt to create this ideal, the comes in all shapes and sizes.” Wellness Centre created a “reMany off and on-campus al-life” Barbie to show just how partners were in attendance, unrealistic the doll’s proportions including Student Support Net- are. If Barbie were actually seven work, Homewood Health Centre, feet tall and 110 pounds, she and Trellis Mental Health. All would be about 45 pounds unof these organizations had two derweight and would most likely goals in mind: to promote pos- suffer from an eating disorder. itive body image, and to bring University of Guelph student to light the truth about eating Hunter Marshall was at the fair and said, “The Barbie myth credisorders. According to Statistics Can- ates a false hope that perfection ada, anorexia affects up to 3.7 is something we can achieve only per cent of women in Canada. if we avoid sugar and exercise The onset of anorexia is typi- every free moment we have.” cally mid-to-late adolescence, Organizers hope that students with behaviour likely beginning left the fair with a new respect as innocent dieting. 20 to 30 per for themselves and a differcent of cases end in suicide. Bu- ent way of thinking about their limia, on the other hand, affects bodies. True beauty comes in all up to 4.2 per cent of women and shapes and sizes, so maybe Barusually begins in early to late bie as we know her can become adulthood. 90 per cent of these a thing of the past.

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A “real-size” Barbie at the expo on Feb. 5 shows what the doll would look like in reality.


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Passing of professor affects students and faculty Professor O.P. Dwivedi’s legacy lives on through the many lives he touched Karalena McLean &Tom Blower The University of Guelph community is mourning the loss of one of its finest in Dr. Onkar Prasad (O.P.) Dwivedi. Dwivedi was known for his endless academic achievements as well as his strong passion for life. Dwivedi was born near Bindki in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. He first came to Canada in 1963 as an undergraduate student, eventually earning his doctorate in political science from Queen’s University. Dwivedi then joined the University of Guelph in 1967 where he taught environmental policy, law, and public administration. Upon much success, he served as chair of the Department of Political Science from 1979 to 1990. Dwivedi retired in 2002;

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however, he continued to accomplishments, Canada coninstruct undergraduate and grad- ferred upon him the honorary uate classes and mentor young degree of Doctor of Law (LL.D). faculty in an effort to ensure the Furthermore in 2008, the Unicomfort, enjoyment and confi- versity of Waterloo honoured dence of new professors to the Dwivedi with a Doctor of EnUniversity of Guelph. Dwive- vironmental Studies (D.E.S). di was a leading scholar who In 2005, Dwivedi was also a contributed much to the field recipient of the Order of Canof political science, publishing ada, the highest civilian order more than 30 books and over 115 one can receive in Canada, as scholarly articles. well as being a recipient of the In remembering Dwivedi, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. Nanita Mohan, a former stu- Additionally, Dwivedi was also dent and sessional lecturer at a fellow of the Royal Society of the University of Guelph said, Canada. “Professor Dwivedi was such Dwivedi was known for much an accomplished man that his more than just his academaccomplishments alone could ic work and accomplishments. fill volumes.”  During his life, What made Dwivedi so popular Dwivedi served as president of was his dedication and genuine the Canadian Political Science concern for the well-being of not Association (CPSA), president of only his students, but also many courtesy the Canadian Asian Studies As- of his peers. Associate Professor sociation, and vice-president of Jordi Díez explains, “He made a Dr. Onkar Prasad (O.P.) Dwivedi’s philanthropic efforts are just one Schools and Institutes of Admin- significant contribution in many aspect of his legacy. istration. Dwivedi also acted as ways, but one that truly has left an advisor for major organiza- its mark has been his desire to preference to women and girls “I came from a poor family. tions such as: UNESCO, the World mentor and support younger from rural areas who may have When I arrived to Canada I had Bank, UNO, WHO and CIDA. colleagues.” difficulty getting treatment else- $10 dollars in my pocket. And With these and many other Rajeni Chagar, a former stu- where. In his interview with At when I die, I will take nothing dent of Dwivedi and now a Guelph, Dwivedi mentioned that with me, so why not help those lecturer at the University, also the goal was to “do more than who are destitute and need to be remembers him as a great men- 1,000 operations a year.”   empowered?” tor who, “took me under his Dwivedi and his wife simply Dwivedi was also known wing, encouraging me to do “stopped going on vacations” in around campus for offering free field research in my Masters and order to invest the money ded- yoga classes every Friday in the not to be scared to ask the hard University Centre. In 2010, durquestions.” ing an interview with At Guelph, She continued, “He gave me Dwivedi explained that four years prior to beginning his the confidence to pursue a PhD and focus on issues that we spent classes, his cardiologist had informed him that the blood flow countless hours discussing over to his heart was blocked in four tea.” Dwivedi was also famous in the department because of his places. Because surgery was not unbridled optimism.  As Mohan an option, Dwivedi turned to pran yoga, and in an amazing explained, “He exuded so much positive energy that it was really turn of events, two years later, difficult to think he ever had a his cardiologist found that all of bad day, even when he was not the blockages were gone. well.” To this end, Gerie McCauUpon experiencing the positive effects of pran yoga, he ley remembers that the professor decided to become a certified “never complained and stayed yoga instructor as a means to positive until the very end.” Dwivedi also lived a life of phiextend his passion for yoga to lanthropy. After a trip to North his students and the rest of the India, he found that many peostudent population at the Uniple had cataracts and were in versity of Guelph; one of the many ways he reached out to dire need of surgery. When he returned home from his trip, the University community. Dwivedi and his family decidDwivedi was a true role model ed to sell their summer home in icated to fun and relaxation and spiritual leader who touched Wiarton and take their savings towards their many philanthrop- many lives and will be terribly to India to help build a hospi- ic endeavours.  Additionally, missed by University of Guelph tal.  In 2008, the Sushila Devi Eye using his life savings, Dwivedi and the broader community. Hospital was established. The funded the development of a ju- The fact that he made such an hospital has doctors and five nior high school in rural India, indelible impression on his stutechnicians, along with a walk- which is named after one of his dents and the community alike in clinic.  In 2009, more than mentors at Queen’s University, is undoubtedly evident of his 8,500 people were seen at the John Meisel. wonderful, warm-hearted perhospital for eye examinations Despite Dwivedi’s many sona. In the words he so-often and tests, and 715 had cataract achievements, he never forgot left with students and peers who operations. It provides free ser- where he came from, acknowl- were seeking peace, “om, shanti, om.” vices for patients and provides edging his humble beginnings.

“…when I die, I will take nothing with me, so why not help those who are destitute and need to be empowered?” – Onkar Prasad Dwivedi


6 w w w.th e on ta r ion . c om Monsanto’s promises fall short in India Documentary exposes the suicide pandemic after introduction of non-conventional cottonseeds Andrew Donovan Much is said about the power of today’s largest multinational corporations. Some critics say that they’re nothing more than neo-colonialist corporations taking advantage of low international working wages, while proponents tout their ability to provide jobs to otherwise economically poor places of the world. The companies themselves are protested yet accepted as necessary evils that the majority of us even promote the use of; take for example gasoline companies and food and beverage producers. Perhaps though, none are more heavily debated and fiercely advocated against than the Monsanto Company, a multinational agricultural business that makes claims of bettering food production practices while being protested against for their growing monopoly over the

production of seeds. Monsanto and rampant suicide rates were the primary reasons why documentary filmmakers from Teddy Bear Films decided to travel to India to investigate why on average every 30 minutes, a farmer was committing suicide from failure to produce sufficient yields and the accumulation of massive debts. The documentary was presented at Planet Bean in Guelph on Jan. 31. According to the documentary, this was a phenomenon that began five years prior to the introduction of BT seeds when farmers began using a hybrid seed and continually got worse once the Monsanto product was introduced in 2002. The promises made by the subsidiary company to Monsanto in India evidently fell far short of its expectations and the documentary, Bitter Seeds, follows young inspiring journalist, Manjusha Ambarwar, in her journey to expose the failings of the BT seeds and bring national attention to the suicide pandemic amongst rural farmers. The tale told by Ambarwar and the documentary film crew was gripping and at times quite emotional, but

nevertheless told the very real story of what happened to this particular Indian region prior to the BT seeds being banned in August 2012. The situation in India was a perfect storm so to speak, according to the documentary. The Indian government, under pressure from the World Bank and the IMF, was forced to stop public funding of cotton farmers in a global cotton market that was being kept artificially low because of the subsidies European and American governments were giving to their cotton farmers at home. Yields never met their promised outputs, more pesticides were needed than originally thought and 80 per cent of farmers, due to their need to take bank loans and inability to pay them back after yet another poor farming season, were forced to go to private lenders that negotiated borrowing terms with incredibly high interest rates. Ambarwar eventually got her first investigative report published in a local newspaper and received the opportunity to speak to a group of farmers at a public protest about her experience as a journalist learning about the plight of farmers in India.

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It was grassroots efforts like the one by Ambarwar and Teddy Bear Films that helped to end the monopoly of the cottonseed and pesticide industry that Monsanto had in India. Now

only time will tell if the damage done to the farming industry is reversible, if the suicides will stop and if the lifelong indebtedness to banks and private loaners will no longer be so.

Making the city a better place to live Guelph well-being initiative involves students in process

This initiative has been separated into community, the CWI is hoping to eight different design teams that each take into consideration what the focus on a different perspective of people of the community truly desire, well-being. These design teams fall and their need to live a healthier and under the categories of: Time Use, better life. Over the past few months, Sabrina Groomes Leisure & Culture, Community Vi- people from all over the community tality, Living Standards, Healthy have been sending in ideas and creatAre you looking to live a healthier Populations, Environment, Educa- ing a plan for a better Guelph. At this and finer life in the City of Guelph? tion, and Democratic Engagement. moment, the CWI is in the process of Well, if you are, the Guelph Com- Therefore, each team will be focusing team meetings and project planning. munity Well-Being Initiative (CWI) on a different aspect of wellbeing that The eight teams, mentioned above, is working towards doing just that. relates to physical, mental, creative, will have their first meetings over This movement is an action towards educational, political or any other the month of February and at these a better life for every individual of type of wellbeing. meetings they will discuss their goals the Guelph community, including By creating these design teams and action plans with those who are the University of Guelph students. and discussing openly with the registered or interested in helping

the team. Michael Pecore of University of Guelph’s Central Student Association (CSA) is involved with the CWI and is enthusiastic about student attendance and participation in this initiative. The CSA is also working towards having at least one student on each team. Pecore believes it’s especially important for students to become involved in this movement. “It can be easy to get caught up in a student bubble that doesn’t extend very far beyond campus and the routes one takes to home or errands or the bars,” said Pecore. By

becoming involved, students can then inspire other students to become involved in community acts outside of the realm of the university campus or the common social life of a student. Furthermore, it is important to stress the influence that the University of Guelph students have on the City of Guelph. “Guelph’s population is roughly 120,000, and there are roughly 19,000 undergraduate students which means that students can have a great say in the evolution of the town,” said Pecore.


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Newsology: Killing cupid Article reports that eternal love isn’t real Alicja Grzadkowska With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, cynics everywhere are getting increasingly angsty and bitter. As much as the day is meant to celebrate love, or at least have an excuse to eat at an expensive restaurant and consume as many truffles as you want, guilt-free, it’s also a time for those who don’t have a loved one or those who, understandably, don’t particularly want to participate in a Hallmark holiday to hold anti-Valentine’s Day parties and just generally ignore the festivities. A recent article from Toronto Star might help with their cause, as a psychology professor recently reported in her new book Love 2.0: How our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything we Feel, Think, Do and Become that, guess what, everlasting love does not exist. In an interview with

the newspaper, Barbara L. Fred- prone to believe relationships rerickson stated, “What I am trying ally work like that, though it’s to spotlight is not how love looks undeniable that there is some like in love songs and love sto- influence on our psyches when ries,” adding that the emotion is viewing such material. The timing of the article is also in fact built on “micro-moments” of connection where people feel a hard to ignore. A little over a week bond, which can happen through to Valentine’s Day, and the news a gesture of appreciation, spend- media is already undermining ing time together, or trying new any romantic ideas people might have going in to Valentine’s Day, things together. The book tries to break down which, with the popular news the feelings of “falling” in love today, should probably be reconor being “struck” by love with sidered as most people don’t need psychological, spiritual, and bio- or want to hear more negativity. logical analyses, and explain the And, if people do believe in broader process of developing the “struck by lightning” love, what’s emotion towards others. the point of telling them that it While new research and find- can be explained by science? Let ings that explore the human body people be optimistic and indulge and mind should be supported in their perceptions of relation(most of the time), the article ships, whether they are irrational and its subject are relaying in- or sane; otherwise, we might be formation that people are not celebrating the social sciences on unaware of, and more likely, not Valentine’s Day instead of love. surprised to hear. Watching movies and television shows that are centered on romantic moments and depict immediate attraction between characters doesn’t necessarily mean that people are University of Guelph

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Senate elections approach

Board of Governors and Senate offer positions for students Stacey Aspinall

Have you ever wondered who is in charge of making the decisions that shape your experience as a student at the University of Guelph? Look no further than the Board of Governors and Senate – both of which offer positions for students, providing an opportunity to get involved and make a difference in the governance of the university. Genevieve Gauthier, assistant university secretary, explained via email the important role that the Board and Senate play in shaping experience and education here at U of G. “The Board and Senate are the highest governing bodies at the University,” Gauthier stated, and both have designated seats for undergraduate and graduate students. “The Board is comprised of 24 members (external representatives, staff,

...organ ic con tin ued processed is according to legislated standards. When asked why consumers should choose organic products, Almut Wurzbacher, the manager of Pfennings Certified Organic Health Products and Food replied, “Why not?” Surrounded by organically grown garlic, onions, apples, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and more, Wurzbacher explained that the act of producing and consuming organic goods is doing something good for the earth. She described organic farmers as healers who give

faculty and students, as well as the President and Chancellor), and is responsible to oversee the government, conduct, management and control of the university and its property, revenues, expenditures, business and affairs,” Gauthier said. Ultimately, the Board works to “achieve the objectives and purposes of the University.” Senate also plays a key role in regulating various aspects of academic life. “The Senate is responsible for all academic programs, regulations and policies, and is similarly comprised of representatives from all campus constituencies (faculty, staff and students), as well as alumni and members of the Board of Governors,” Gauthier said. There are two undergraduate seats on the Board of Governers, elected by the entire undergraduate population, and one seat for graduate students, voted by the graduate student population, while positions on Senate are elected from within their degree program. Student representation on Senate is determined in proportion to

the number of students registered in each program, Gauthier explained. These volunteer positions provide students with an opportunity to contribute to governance, helping influence policy and issues that affect many aspects of experience at U of G. “Students participate on both bodies as full voting members and have the same responsibilities to the university as other constituents.” Though nominations from students interested in the positions were due Feb. 1, the elections for positions will be held Feb 11 to 15. All undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to vote, and will receive ballots via their U of G emails. “Both Board and Senate offer fantastic opportunities for students to learn about how the university operates and contributes to important decision-making, build their networks, and speak publicly in a professional setting,” Gauthier said. More information can be found at the University Secretariat website at http://www.uoguelph.ca/ secretariat/.

back to the land through sustainable farming practices, instead of just taking and robbing the soil of life. “On the outside, commercially produced food looks the same [as organic], but it’s the inside that nourishes us,” said Wurzbacher. According to the Organic Council of Ontario, by purchasing certified organic goods, the consumer is selecting food from suppliers who prohibit the use of antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones, pesticides, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organic producers protect water

systems and strive to build soil health. It’s “honoured food,” according to Wurzbacher. Debbie Vice, a dairy farmer for Organic Meadows, told The Ontarion, “People want to know where their food is coming from,” and explained how producing milk organically is a lifestyle choice that is devoted to making the process sustainable and the product healthy and safe. “It just makes so much sense,” said Wurzbacher. for web-exclusive

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Performer joined at River Run Centre by special guest Sarah J. Felker Colleen McDonell The Sunday night edition of Hillside Inside saw a whole lot of soul, drums, and incredible musical talent. On Feb. 3, Sarah J. Felker opened for K’naan at the River Run Centre, concluding Guelph’s indoor music festival. Sarah J. Felker, a 19-year-old singer and songwriter, has been making music for a while. The Guelphite won her first show, a battle of the bands at Club Vinyl, at 13 years old, using an old tie as a guitar-strap. Felker discovered her love of singing at a young age. “My mom and dad sang a lot. I vanessa tignanelli was always around it but I didn’t think that I could sing, so I didn’t Somali-Canadian rapper/singer K’naan returns to Guelph, vocalizing the unrest of Somalia and the really try. It was kind of embar- hardships of his childhood in contrast to the ghettos of the first world. rassing, because I hung out with all guys, and they… made fun of yelled out, “You’re the Canadior the Girl (2012). me. I didn’t sing until I broke an Idol!” Felker treated listeners “It feels like jumping in the ocean again,” said K’naan on out and became my own per- to soulful original songs, such getting back into the music, son,” said Felker. as one inspired from a solo trip to Jamaica, and a cover of “HalYou can imagine the magniwhich is a mixture of hip-hop, tude of performing at the River lelujah” that was sure to give jazz, and Somali music. Run Centre, a place the teen art- everyone chills. During his performance, The young artist just released ist remembers visiting as a child. K’naan often took a seat to chat “I was excited that I have a her first single, “Lies,” on iTunes. and share anecdotes or stories dressing room,” Felker said on Fans can expect a lot of variety about origins of the songs. Makthe Hillside performance. “To be from the debut album, which ing the audience laugh over the opening for K’naan, if someone is also set to release this year. lyrics of “What’s Hardcore,” – were to tell me that five years “I’m writing a lot of bluesy stuff, “If I rapped about home and got ago, I would’ve been like ‘you’re a lot of radio-pop stuff. It’s defdescriptive/ I’d make 50 Cent crazy.’ To be here is definitely initely going to be a mix of a look like Limp Bizkit” – the arta dream come true – it’s nuts.” bunch of different songs.” ist talked about meeting 50 Cent, Yet, despite probable nerves, The four-time Juno-award who was genuinely pleasant and Felker belted out a power- winner K’naan followed, treat- songwriter, and instrumentalist polite. ful voice and proved worthy of ing Guelph with his only Ontario has been away from performK’naan censored little about playing Hillside. After only two show of the year. The Somali ing for some time, but is touring past personal issues with the songs, one audience member Canadian poet, rapper, singer, again to promote Country, God, mainstream music industry. The

“It feels like jumping in the ocean again.” - K’naan, on performing at Hillside after a long break

artist equated orgasms to making music, and compared the stifling control of a record label to bringing to bed a list of reasons why orgasms are destined to fail. “I am not the easiest sell to Top 40 radio,” said K’naan in an opinion letter to The New York Times in Dec. 2012. Inevitably, K’naan performed “Wavin’ Flag,” the theme song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which at one point reached number one on iTunes in 18 countries around the world. It was definitely a crowd-pleaser, yet, afterwards, the singer discussed the conflict in hearing that song over and over. “I would like to make specific music, not necessarily music that is made for everyone,” said K’naan. “Although one of my songs did end up being for everyone, I don’t feel like that’s what I am or what I do. I love the song, but I feel like I make specific music, like how somebody will make mugs, particular to their region. I’d like to keep doing that.” K’naan and accompanying band played out amazing performances of “Hurt Me Tomorrow” and “Take a Minute”, while also throwing in a few songs from The Dusty Foot Philosopher (2005). Audience participation was strongly encouraged, especially during the moving rendition of “Fatima.” Relying on heavy beats, the harmonica, and spoken word, the artist moved the audience from a pin-dropping silence to a drum-circle inspired dance party. for web-exclusive

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ja m e s a n d bl ac kb u r n James and Blackburn took to the stage at Jimmy Jazz on Jan. 31 with a set that included psychedelia, space rock, and blues influences.

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Hollerado headlines Hillside Inside Saturday Pop-rockers joined by shorthanded Born Ruffians Nick Revington A surefire way to tell how much fun you had at a concert is on the basis of how much confetti you need to pull out of your hair: the more confetti, the better the show. Or at least, that’s how Hollerado might want you to judge it. When the indie power-pop group famous for its DIY approach to everything – fingerpainting their website, selling their first album in Ziplock bags – came to Guelph’s St. George’s Church to headline for Hillside Inside on Feb. 2, they were sure to bring an ample supply of the stuff. shonda white The show was opened by Born Ruffians, who arrived in Guelph Despite missing a member of the band, lead singer Luke Lalonde led Born Ruffians through a solid with a piece of bad news. Guitar- opening set for Hollerado on Feb. 2. ist/keyboardist Andy Lloyd broke his arm roller-skating the previous was tight and had the crowd capti- embodies the spirit of what we’ve away while the album was being day, and would not be performing vated and dancing along. been up to the last five years, just written. with the band. Lead singer Luke Hollerado took to the stage with playing a lot of shows and working “He was a really cool guy, and he’s Lalonde remarked that it was the a collection of songs from their up- hard…. It’s been a long time since our always really encouraged me to seize first time the band had played with coming album, White Paint, which last album, so […] you get older, per- the day,” said Versteeg. “And he was only three members in about four will be released later this month, spective changes,” said lead singer really honest about things. When I years. While the band’s sound did as well as the highlights from their Menno Versteeg, who was actually first started in music, I was terrible, and he’d be like, ‘Listen, you’re terseem to be lacking something, Born debut Record in a Bag. born nearby in Eden Mills. Ruffians showed tremendous poise “I’m really excited about [White Much of the album was inspired by rible. If you want to do this, you’ve in going on with the show. Their set Paint] coming out. I think it really Versteeg’s grandfather, who passed got to do it. Keep going, you’re so

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terrible, keep going.’” In particular, the song “So It Goes” tells a tale of forgiveness based on the experiences of Versteeg’s grandfather in Nazi-occupied Holland. This spring, Hollerado will be going on tour with Billy Talent, playing some of the largest indoor venues of their career to date. The heightened profile of the tour means the band can submit a rider – a list of items the band requests to have backstage. “Until recently it’s always been like, we could tell them what we wanted, and it doesn’t matter: you get a case of water and two beer tickets,” said Versteeg. “We’re just going to find the best suggestion that people have for the rider, and we’re going to add that there. Someone said grilled cheese sandwiches. I feel like we’d never get it, because it’s too much of a pain in the ass, but that would be amazing.” The band’s newer material seemed to be well received by the crowd; a testament to Hollerado’s ability to craft catchy guitar riffs and melodies, for sure, but also to their ability to rock hard in live shows. And of course, confetti never hurts. Visit theontarion.com for a web-exclusive Q&A with Menno Versteeg. for web-exclusive

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A welcome Brood Elliott Brood gets packed River Run Centre on its feet Tom Beedham Elliott Brood doesn’t play many theatres. Delivering a breed of alt-country that’s been appropriately dubbed “death country” for its deployment of a stripped down, no-frills folkpunk approach to performance that is a defining feature of the more extreme Norwegian subgenre of death metal bands, it’s understandable that the three-piece pointed out it was more acquainted with the sticky floors and gloom of the Toronto bar scene when it played the main hall at Guelph’s River Run Centre on Feb. 1. But that’s not to say the trio was entirely uncomfortable playing the theatre setting. “It smells good in here,” singer and multi-instrumentalist Casey Laforet noted to the crowd in a lighthearted nod to the virtues of the comparatively sterile environment. All joking aside, that Elliott Brood played the more spacious setting of the River Run Centre was no miscalculation in planning; just prior to their Hillside Inside performance, the group catered to two sold-out audiences at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto

on Jan. 30 and 31. The band’s not without its Guelph history, either. Between songs, the group also gave a shout out to local watering hole the Jimmy Jazz, where they said they played their first show outside of Toronto. They also recalled a flash mob that broke out last summer during a Hillside performance of “If I Get Old” before delivering a slowed down variation of the 2011 single. Despite having been faced with the unusual sight of a crowd that watched from well above their heads, the band didn’t shrink in discomfort. Urging the audience to make noise as they entered the stage (to which they were met with obliging howls), the band dove into a set including singles “Second Son,” “The Bridge” (dedicated to evening MC Vish Khanna), and a “cooperating ukulele” performance of “The Valley Town.” “Oh, Alberta” had everyone on their feet, even if they were guilted into it (a fan shouted out the track title in between songs and the band asked him if he would be the first to stand up and clap along because of it). But it is hard to justify sitting down while watching Elliott Brood perform. Even if two of the group’s three members play with their behinds planted firmly in seats more comfortably padded than your own, it is easy to understand why; all members handle multiple

instrumental duties – almost always simultaneously. In particular, Laforet plays guitar while filling in the low end with his feet – tapping bass pedals along with the chords. The group also performed “Lindsay,” a cover of “Old Dan Tucker,” and the longing-but-joyous “Miss You Now.” On Feb. 2, the band tweeted thanks to the crowds at their Guelph and Toronto performances for “a great send-off” to a European tour that will span Feb. 7-March 3. Following the death country trio were Great Lake Swimmers (GLS). With a turned down, atmospheric take on folk rock, GLS were perhaps more appropriately situated on the main stage at the River Run Centre, especially when they brought out members of the Suzuki String School of Guelph. The school – specially instructed for the evening by GLS fiddler Miranda Mulholland, who was once herself a student at the school – appeared throughout the set to perform “Quiet Your Mind,” “A Song for the Angels,” “The Knife,” “On the Water,” “Changing Colours,” and “Changes with the Wind,” among others. The quintet ended its performance with an acoustic call and response rendition of “Still.” for web-exclusive

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Death country band plays outside of their element at the River Run Centre for Hillside Inside.


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Band visits eBar with Mad Ones and The Baxters Adrien Potvin Yet another rocking night of music went down at Guelph’s eBar on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Mad Ones, The Baxters, and the evening’s headliner Inlet Sound created a wall of sound that was at all turns surprising, energetic, and heartfelt. Toronto duo Mad Ones opened the evening with hair-raising and bone-crushing sonics – the sound of Andrew DeVillers’s overdriven Gibson SG and Phil Wilson’s pounding, do-or-die drumming fashions work well to support a wailing vocal style and devil-may-care stage presence. With obvious but never obnoxious nods to Death From Above 1979 and Foo Fighters, Mad Ones present the sort of greasiness that only rock n’ roll honesty can offer. It’s all about energy and ferocity for Mad Ones, and they delivered in spades. Mad Ones recently released a cassette tape entitled Burning Window,

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The Baxters, a London-based funk-rock quintet, used their intricate musicality to warm up the audience for Inlet Sound’s Guelph LP release on Jan. 30. and promoted it as part of their Furever tour of the region. London-based funk-rock quintet The Baxters took the stage shortly after for their eBar debut. The five-piece outfit shared the same passion for noise as the band prior, but expressed

themselves in a different technical way. Where Mad Ones were stripped-down and simple, The Baxters displayed a more fluent technical sensibility, utilizing compound rhythms and interwoven guitar parts between players Quinton Strutt and Alex

Mason. Syncopated grooves held sway over their musical style, and said grooves were held down with confidence and conviction by the rhythm section – bassist Justin Lund and drummer Taylor Lucas kept it down and dirty while singer Scott Thomas belted

out some seriously killer vocals. The band has a forthcoming LP due in the near future. The night’s headliner, Torontobased Inlet Sound, performed a very different style of music from the other groups of the evening, but it was a nonetheless beautifully performed and arranged set. The five-piece folk-rockers have been making waves all over Canada, with support by CBC Radio 2 and a brand new debut LP entitled The Romantics, produced by Laurence Currie (Sloan, Hey Rosetta!, Wintersleep, Holy Fuck). With densely layered instrumentation and gorgeous, idyllic lyrics led by frontman Michael Wexler, Inlet Sound wore their influences (such as The Decemberists and Noah and the Whale) on their sleeves and made unique and heartfelt music sure to intrigue and excite any fan of folk music, regardless of dedication to the craft. Among the many highlights of their set, one stand out cut was their encore – a passionate rendition of The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony,” complete with sweeping violin riffs courtesy of Steven Gore and soaring vocals from Wexler.

Jordan Raycroft celebrates 100th show Local singer returns to where it all began Nick Revington Jordan Raycroft played at the Albion Hotel on Feb. 5 to mark a major milestone: the local singer-songwriter’s 100th show since launching a music career at the same venue in March 2010. But Raycroft has a confession to make: “Well, it’s not technically my 100th, it’s actually my 104th, but I’m really excited.” (And who’s counting, anyway?) “This is kind of like a celebration of where I’ve come as an artist,” said Raycroft prior to the show. Raycroft’s first concert was with Peter Katz and Ben Doerksen, “so it was a pretty cool show and it’s really great to be back and be – hopefully, when everyone gets here – surrounded by friends.” Raycroft took an interesting approach to celebrating the milestone. Rather than making the event centre exclusively on Raycroft, it placed considerable focus on friends and fellow musicians Rose Brokenshire, Graham McLaughlin, and Beth Moore. Brokenshire, McLaughlin, and Moore opened the show, taking turns performing their own songs in a songwriters’ circle type of format. Warm lighting from a collection of

lamps gave the Albion an intimate coffeehouse or living room feel. “Local […] musicians that are here tonight playing, like [McLaughlin], [Moore], and [Brokenshire] – they’ve all been with me since the beginning, and also Ben Doerksen; he’s been a pretty good influence on my music,” said Raycroft. “All four of them have been really inspirational in helping me start my musical career because they were all doing it before I was.” When Raycroft took to the stage, the opening musicians frequently provided accompaniment in the form of backing vocals, violin, or a second guitar part. This added musical depth, which set Raycroft apart from the openers, and captivated the audience. Those who were comfortably seated for the coffeehouse style start to the night rose to engage with the music, clapping and dancing along. Raycroft’s honest lyrics are derived from personal experiences and social causes the singer supports. “All my songs tell stories – stories that are sometimes about things that have gone on in my personal life, whether it’s a relationship or something in my family, or something I care about like the child sex trade or human trafficking,” said Raycroft. The singer cited studying

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Local songwriter Jordan Raycroft celebrated surpassing the 100-show mark with an intimate performance at the Albion Hotel Feb. 5. criminal justice at the University of Guelph as a source of the passion to do something about these issues. “If there’s a message I feel needs to get across, I’ll do it and I’ll write it in a song,” said Raycroft. “And that doesn’t mean I have some political agenda behind my music.” Raycroft is in the process of recording an album, and will embark on a two-month tour of western Canada by train in the summer.

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Beach vacation fails to deliver Beach Life brings sloppy performance to Jimmy Jazz Mira Beth At around 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, the bass player for Beach Life took to the stage at Jimmy Jazz to prepare for their set, and promptly dropped his pants. He was, of course, wearing swim trunks underneath, but it was still an interesting way to start the evening. Next up was the guitarist who perked the crowd up with, “It’s not often you get to see a young man’s legs in the winter... it’s not great either.” Unfortunately, this was the most entertaining point in the evening. The trio attempted to bring the feeling of being at the beach (the theme of the event) to this cold Canadian winter, but instead fell somewhat short. Their lyrics were substantially lacking; it is one thing to be lyrically simplistic and another to be uncreative and rushed about it. The latter was heard throughout most of the evening. The common themes were drug use, scantily clad women, drinking, and partying. While these themes have been done well many times before, an entire song comprised of the

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lyric “the loneliest lifeguard on the beach” felt very uninspired. The word of the evening was potential. The lead singer could have potentially used his raw and impressive vocal abilities to carry their songs, but he was visibly drunk and became even more so as the evening went on.

“The potential that this singer and guitarist had to create good music was apparent, but not achieved.” At one point, something malfunctioned and the singer’s response was, “That’s what we do when something stops working, we go for the bar!” immediately followed by a bar break to do shots. Comical yes, but in absolutely no way professional. It would be one thing if alcohol was not such a clear inhibitor, but as each guitar solo became painfully punctured

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Beach Life’s Feb. 2 show at Jimmy Jazz was meant to feel like a beach vacation, but fell short when it included as much alcohol as a beach vacation. by wrong notes and slip ups, it was no longer funny for those listening. The potential that this singer and guitarist had to create good music was apparent, but not achieved. The set was done with a pareddown drum kit, which ended up leaving the songs sounding empty.

Right off the bat it was apparent that for the genre of music the band was playing, a full drum kit was needed, or at the very least more than one cymbal. The drummer did his best on what was available, but it did not hold up next to the roaring electric guitar and fast progression of the bass

line. It was in fact this bass player that appeared to be the only one taking the gig seriously, and he was the one wearing flip flops and swim trunks. It should be said that despite the growing that this band has ahead of them, they sure did look like they were having a good time.

Singles Club 2013 is off to a unique and promising start Shonda White Artist: Born Ruffians Single: “With Her Shadow” Released: January 1, 2013 We heard a live recording of their new song “6-5000” not too long ago, but “With Her Shadow” is the first official release to come from Born Ruffians in relation to their upcoming album, Birthmarks. The four-piece indie rock band blends the light-handed percussion filled tune with Luke Lalonde’s unique vocals, and an experimental feel. It feels familiar enough to know this song just simply screams “Born Ruffians,” but new enough to feel comfortable with their progression as a band who has been making music for nearly 10 years now. I think my only question for the band is whether they like their shadow more than their reflection.

Artist: The Dirty Nil track and sort of relaxes you, but an eerie sadness that’s addictively emotional tension of the song is Single: “Zombie Eyed” the eerie quality honestly makes haunting. Zeffira’s ability to ex- covered by a veil of dream pop. It Released: January 8, 2013 it hard to breathe. The sad tones press emotions vocally leads me to ends with a recording of falling The Dirty Nil live up to their name resonate to a place that puts you on believe that the singer could prob- rain and the slight hint of thunder, by always slathering their tunes the edge of relaxation, yet doesn’t ably read words from a dictionary which makes you think this single with a thick layer of grit and quite let you slip out of its grasp. and turn it into an emotionally is just the calm before the storm. grime. Their latest release, “Zom- The song continues to escalate powerful song that anyone could bie Eyed,” is no exception to this. through to the end, and it’s as if relate to. It’s Side A of a split seven-inch listening to a panic attack in proArtist: Young Galaxy Single: Pretty Boy record which features “Positive gression in the form of audio. That Released: January 23, 2013 Artist: You Say Party Bondar” by Northern Primitive sounds weird, and truthfully it is, Single: Friend but “Positive Bondar” really does on the other side. The Dundas trio “Pretty Boy” is Young Galaxy’s shows a familiar side with lead take a back seat approach to liter- Released: January 16, 2013 debut single released from their singer Luke Bentham’s distinct ally taking your breath away. This single is quite as literal as it upcoming album, Ultramarine. vocals and the consistent tone of sounds and even more touching The consistent drum machine carelessness. Pushing that safe because of it. “I can see my friend beats carry the track through viavenue aside, “Zombie Eyed” is Artist: Rachel Zeffira no more / he’s gone for good / olin accents, the smooth vocals probably the most mature track Single: “Here On In” he’s gone for sure,” sings Becky of Catherine McCandless, and the from the band to date, possibly Released: January 8, 2013 Ninkovic in honour of friend, emotional ties between the lyrics the most clean-cut in overall Canadian Rachel Zeffira is best Devon Clifford. Clifford passed and the resonating notes. Unforcomposition, and a very promis- known as one half of the duo away while playing drums on stage tunately, the single doesn’t end on ing look into their future releases. Cat’s Eye and has already gained with the rest of the members of the note that I feel it should, buildpraise in the UK for her debut solo You Say Party in April 2010. It had ing up greatly through notes that album, The Deserters. The album taken an evident toll on the band twinkle and sparkle in a memowill be released in North America when they decided to go on hiatus rable way, but falling just short Artist: Northern Primitive in March, and Zeffira marked the a year later. That being said, the of the potentially greater climax Single: “Positive Bondar” Released: January 8, 2013 announcement with the release dance-punk BC band has chan- than the one provided. However, “Positive Bondar” is the B-side of of the single “Here On In” earli- nelled their tough times into new “Pretty Boy” is a good look at what Northern Primitive’s split seven- er this month. It is chock-full of music. The single, “Friend,” con- to expect from the Montreal band’s inch record with The Dirty Nil. unearthly pop tones, influence tinues to make use of their familiar new album, and it seems to be a The Welland trio eases into the from classical opera training, and offbeat drumming pattern, but the decent expectation.


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Django Unchained Tarantino crafts another masterpiece Devon Harding It should come as no surprise that Django, the 1966 spaghetti western by the beloved schlock master Sergio Corbucci featuring a lone antihero seeking violent revenge would be an inspiration to Quentin Tarantino. Much of the appeal is that, if born half a century earlier, Tarantino would clearly be making grindhouse films for their own sake, and Django is almost eerily up his aisle. What should be a surprise, however, is that from a film in which the protagonist carries a machine-gun-filled coffin for most of the movie, Tarantino has created his most subdued, paced, and at times most dead-serious film. Django makes the film. Though Christoph Waltz is, as always, fantastic as the controlling but ultimately entrancing and righteous Dr. King

Schultz, and Leonardo DiCaprio is effectively despicable as Schultz’s unpalatable opposite Calvin Candy, Jamie Foxx’s Django displays the greatest depth of character. When we first meet Django in the woods, after the inexplicably lacklustre title sequence, he is quiet and reserved. He comes off as the subdued straight man to Waltz’s enigmatic dentist. Only later do we see that this is a mere mechanism developed so as to not stand out, and to not draw attention to him or his wife, Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington. His evolution into the strongest character, in terms of development and power, illustrates exactly what effect the institution of slavery has had on a man. Compared to his loud, revenge-driven self in the second and third acts, the early Django is a broken man. In a film filled with grand, hugely important characters who enjoy plenty of screen time, the smaller roles are inevitably overlooked. Kerry

Washington appears only briefly for half of the film, and although she is never a major player at any point, she serves as motivation for Django with-

appropriate for her character. She is passing behind a noose when he is both a woman and a slave, and is thus viewed by a white woman, and plenty treated as the ultimate object. The of blood spilt on white objects. Taranfilm plays with her role as the myth- tino even manages to slip his signature ical Broomhilda, a princess who sat, trunk shot in there. He manages to trapped, until her prince came to res- break new ground in the dialogue, cue her. Our Broomhilda, however, which feels much more restrained does try to escape, and does fight for than earlier films. While characters her freedom. It is only because of the still monologue for minutes at a time, world she lives in that her actions are these sections now always serve as moot. She is beaten, whipped, brand- a way to advance the plot or define ed, and thrown naked into a “hotbox.” character, in addition to adding the This is all played dead serious, with sense of cool hyper-reality of Tarabsolutely no sexualization or be- antino’s Reservoir Dogs and Pulp littlement. Her resolve in the face of Fiction days. This is a film that succeeds. It sucthe most honest portrayal of violence in recent Hollywood history comes ceeds in humor, in action, and in through as a result of a shocking, tension. Most importantly it succeeds subtle performance. in letting the real horrors of slavery Tarantino is, of course, up to his be seen raw, unhindered by movieusual tricks. Clever nods and jokes making convention. When it hits you, abound, from a throwaway line con- it will hit hard. From buddy comedy courtesy necting this film to the others in the to revenge fantasy to complex drama, “Tarantinoverse” to Dr. Schultz being a Django Unchained succeeds, and is out her actions affecting the course dentist opposing a man named Candy. a film you must see. If nothing else, of events. Normally, this would be The visuals are stunning as always, the branding scene will stay with you cause for concern, but this seems to be with tricks such as Django’s head for weeks.

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Binki Shapiro and Adam Green Collaboration lets Shapiro shine Kimberley Stemshorn Adam Green and Binki Shapiro are two names you likely haven’t heard of, but I assure you that you’ve come across at least one of them. Adam Green is one part of the anti-folk group The Moldy Peaches who were major contributors to the soundtrack of the film Juno. Binki Shapiro is one part of the band Little Joy whose music was used in the roller derby

film Whip It! At the age of 26, Shapiro tunes with more prominent female vocals. is a young music veteran. Shapiro’s projects cleverly teamed up with The tune “Casanova” is a very modsuccessful yet somewhat underern interpretation of an old doo-wop the-radar acts, positioning her to sound. Shapiro’s vocals swing and be a hidden gem as opposed to the sway eloquently on their own, withbelle of the ball. out the help of Green. The tune “If It’s interesting that this album was You Want Me To” sounds identical to released in the middle of the winShapiro’s past work with Little Joy, ter season as its sound is light and exemplifying a sense of apprehension summery, much like Shapiro’s forand wryness. Shapiro’s work with courtesy mer project. The album boasts an Green differentiates from her foreasy rock sound that borderlines on of music is a lighter, more jolly inter- mer project in its assertiveness with cheesy and could be compared to the pretation of a typical pop-rock tune. catchy, strong numbers like “I Never sounds of Sondre Lerche, Jens Lek- Their sound in particular makes great Found Out” and the surf rock sound man or Beirut. I like to think this style reference to old Serge Gainsbourg of “What’s the Reward.” Greater

presence here brings Shapiro into the lime light instead of a minute, supporting role in Little Joy. The album very boldly ends on a meandering tune called “The Nighttime Stopped Bleeding.” The tune has a terrific flourishing chorus but is too underwhelming as a whole. It doesn’t feel like an adequate end to the album and leaves it sounding incomplete. Despite an underwhelming finish, I anticipate that Adam Green & Binki Shapiro will be one of the most underrated, lovely albums of the year. It also serves as the follow-up Little Joy album we will likely never get to hear.

Ptarmigan - Eliak and the Dream Band explores how songs relate to one another Adrien Potvin Eliak and the Dream, the debut LP of Guelph/Toronto band Ptarmigan, is a gorgeous record that seems at once classical and contemporary. The group looks to the past for inspiration but is not anchored by it, and finds a comfortable and much needed niche within folk music narratives. The record was born out of Peterborough, ON, and maintains an aura of yearning for the great outdoors throughout. In particular, the name Eliak and the Dream

stems from the group’s original moniker, and in turn stems from a Dungeons and Dragons character created by the band. The timbre of Aaron Hoffman’s mandolin/accordion apparently came out of necessity, as he was to play a concert with a keyboard, but the venue had an accordion handy; thus, a large part of Ptarmigan’s distinct sound was born, complimenting Sam Whillans’s rich acoustic bass, Brandon Munro’s locomotive drum patterns, and Peter McMurty’s cutting banjo and soft-spoken vocal style. Tunes like “Clifftop” and “Fiefdom” illustrate instrumental fluency by the band as a whole, but virtuosity is not the end goal here. Case in point, Sam Gleason’s

succulent electric guitar wizardry The key to the album’s accom- seven-minute “True Colour,” works throughout the album’s runtime plishment is the group’s devotion perfectly in its spot as the second could easily feel out of place, awk- to melody. The record’s second cut, last song, precluding “Eliak.” These ward, or overdone, but he utilizes “Sanctuary,” for example, could fit two tunes seem to give a heartfelt comfortably on any college or mod- “goodbye and thanks for listening” ern rock radio station. Through to the audience, simply in how they crafting strong hooks, immersive are structured in contrast to the reatmospheres, and self-reflective mainder of the record. This careful lyrics, the record has plenty of room structuring of the songs is a testato breathe and plenty of room for its ment to Ptarmigan’s production audience to immerse themselves in sensibilities – they have an acute it. The crystal clear mixing/master- ear for how songs work in relation ing job also puts focus on the band to another, and how sounds and unit, with superb volume leveling words blend into an effective song. and production value throughout. All in all, Eliak and the Dream Also of note is the record’s syn- surpasses expectations from a group courtesy tactic structure; it seems like the of 20-somethings. The writing and the potentially ill-fitting instru- songs are exactly where they need production displays wisdom beyond ment as a textural tool as opposed to be to offer an exciting and im- their years, and is one of the most to a method of “look how fast I can mersive listening experience. The listenable records of the year, major play!” album’s penultimate piece, the near label or not.


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the end of the week. As a result, the artists complicated the existing relationships between the gallery and studio as well as painting and photography. The gallery became Alexa Hare & an environment where the viewer Zoe Downie-Ross was transformed into a participant, actively engaging with the artists Picture_Jamming, an exhibition and their makeshift studio. The artby Samuel De Lange and Graham ists were influenced by the viewer Ragan is different than what one as much as they were by each other, would expect to see in a pristine, explained De Lange, noting that white gallery space. In the middle the artists would have ideally liked of the gallery sat a table. Sprawled more time in order to create mulon top were the artists’ supplies, tiple series of artworks. including a palette of paints, tools In order to contextualize the and works-in-progress. exhibition, De Lange and Ragan The two worked in the gallery displayed works that they had space for the past week from 9 a.m. created previously throughout to 4 p.m. As in a music jam session, their artistic practices. De Lange, the artists spent the week reacting who grew up in Guelph, noted to each other’s creations in a nod the influence of the increasingly nadine maher to surrealist art games. The collab- suburban environment. Using a orative works were exhibited on medium format camera, De Lange Picture Jamming in Zavitz gallery the week of Jan. 28 saw artists Samuel De Lange and Graham Ragan the back wall with the artists’ pre- photographed monotonous rows collaborate in a way not unlike a musical jam session. vious works on the two opposing of suburban homes devoid of exones in order to contextualize their pression that extend off the edge of sandwiching negatives between including shape, colour, and the of 9/11. In reaction to this photopractices. As such the white cube of of the photograph. De Lange then glass in the dark room. way they transform through paint. graph, Ragan removed the figure gallery space was transformed into disrupted the repetition and order Complimenting De Lange’s pho- One of Ragan’s larger yet quiet- from the composition, creating an a studio-like environment. through techniques of alteration by tographs of homes were Ragan’s er paintings is revealed to be quite ambiguous field of stripes. At the beginning of the week, using red marker, cigarettes, ink, small, observed still life paintings political upon further investigation. At first glance these artists’ work Ragan created a white minimal- and sandpaper to alter the origi- of familiar objects that the artist has What appears to be a minimalistic might seem quite different. Howistic painting that De Lange then nal photographic image. As such, “personal relationships with.” These composition of vertical stripes was ever, both explore the intersection responded to by photographing, there was a painterly aspect intro- include anything from beer bottles adapted from the famous photo- of painting and photography in remanipulating the negative to cre- duced to the photographic works. and egg cartons to scissors and soap graph The Falling Man by Richard action to the world around them, ate an entirely new artwork. This The photographs were displayed containers. Ragan noted an inter- Drew. Drew snapped the icon- creating an ongoing dialogue beprocess was then repeated, result- on the gallery walls under sheets of est in these seemingly banal objects ic photo as a man fell from one of tween their environment, the ing in several hybrid artworks by Plexiglas, referencing the process for their formal characteristics, the twin towers during the events audience and each other.

Pop Machine: Autopsy and autocracy Exhumed corpse of king could put wrench in cog of cultural fabrication of his image Tom Beedham On Feb. 4, researchers at the University of Leicester announced that a skeleton discovered on the site of a Leicester, England parking lot about a year ago is in fact

that of 15th-century English king Richard III. The announcement follows a year of debate, DNA testing, and carbon-14 dating carried out to verify the source of the remains. The confirmation of the bones’ belongings came after its DNA was matched up to that of matrilineal descendents of Anne St. Leger, Richard’s only sororal niece whose line of descent persists to this day. The day following the announcement, the Richard III

Society unveiled a life-sized plas- III – as a hunchbacked and hatetic model featuring the likeness ful man accused of murdering his of the king based on craniofacial own nephews. examining of the unearthed skull. Critics claim that Richard III With its model’s face being no- was the first “victim of spin.” ticeably smoother and younger That claim could easily be debatlooking than that of several por- ed, but it’s a well-known fact that traits of Richard, the group says throughout the Middle Ages, it was it is dedicated to “reclaiming the never uncommon for royalty or reputation” of the king. other members of “noble” sociRichard III died at the bat- ety to have misleading portraits tle of Bosworth Field in 1485 at produced in their likeness. Unlike the age of 32, and has since been modern portraits, which (arguportrayed – most famously as the ably) strive to capture accurate villain in Shakespeare’s Richard likeness, medieval portraits were

sought out to express social status, religious convictions, political position, and above all an image that the person wished to be remembered by for time ever after. While it’s uncertain whether the Richard III Society’s wishes will be met, it’s already clear that Richard III’s own skeleton has undermined his original intentions as exhibited by portraits from the period of his life. It all goes to show that in a world of power and performance, autopsy is the great equalizer.

What the Tech? Planet Earth: greatest artist of all time?

The surge in Hadfield’s popu- false-colour images acquired by larity is largely attributed to one satellites, published as an e-book thing: the astronaut has been by NASA. False-colour images are tweeting photographs of Earth as created when light not visible to Nick Revington the space station orbits around it. the human eye – such as the inThe stunning visuals – sand rip- frared portion of the spectrum Lately, Canadian astronaut Chris ples in the Australian outback, – is represented using red, green, Hadfield, currently aboard the well-known cities lit up at night, or blue. The result is an image of International Space Station, has tropical islands – have garnered Earth’s surface in colours that amassed a substantial Twit- the attention of such celebrities as we are unaccustomed to seeing. ter following. With over 311,000 Stephen Fry and William Shatner. Healthy vegetation may appear red followers, the astronaut is more The captivating images tweet- instead of green, for example. These popular in the Twitterverse than ed by Hadfield are reminiscent pictures have their practical applieven Prime Minister Stephen of those in Earth as Art, a com- cations, like assessing deforestation Harper. pilation of photographs and rates or measuring soil moisture

characteristics over a wide region of the planet’s surface. The portions of the invisible spectrum used and how they are represented in red, green and blue portions of the visible spectrum vary based on the specific application. The final product, in addition to being a useful tool for geographers, also exposes the beauty of our planet in a way that until recently was not even possible. Earth observing satellites are largely a product of the Cold War space race, and thus date back no more than a paltry

half-century. Admiring these images of Earth from space, however, is not just a passing fad based on the novelty of a relatively new technology. Humans will always have a sense of wonder about their world, and this is but another way to explore that fundamental curiosity. It does raise an interesting question, though: who is the greater artist? Is it the astronaut or satellite capturing the image, or is it Earth itself, combining form and colour in unparalleled ways? Surely, it is the latter.


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16 w w w.t h e on ta r ion . c om sports & Health University of Guelph Climbing Club reaches new heights Club is a hidden treasure for adventurous students Susannah Ripley The University of Guelph Climbing Club (UGCC) has been described as the University of Guelph’s bestkept secret. Since the club’s climbing gym is hidden in the basement of the Athletic Centre, it’s no surprise that many students have never ventured there. But those who have discovered the club have found that it has many rewards. A running joke for the club is that it was mentioned in The Ontarion’s annual list of one hundred things to do before graduating – “find the climbing gym in the basement of the Athletic Centre.” But the gym hides in plain sight. The climbing gym can be accessed as easily as the cardio room in the Athletic Centre. Instead of going up the stairs that lead to the cardio room, take the stairs down to the left. At the bottom, a narrow hallway leads to the two rooms where the club trains. The walls are speckled with colourful

handholds and projecting angles. “We’ve been running this gym for several years now,” said the club’s president, Josh Leyte-Jammu. “It actually used to be our old squash court. We do everything from bouldering events, which is a harness-free advanced form of climbing, all the way up to top ropes.” Despite its underground reputation, the club has about 200 members each semester. “We are actually one of the largest clubs on campus,” said Leyte-Jammu. “It’s a very loyal membership, as well. Many of these members, including myself, end up becoming monitors for the club later.” The UGCC competes with climbing clubs from universities across Canada, and recently some American schools as well. Last year the club established the University Bouldering Series (UBS) in partnership with the Guelph Grotto climbing gym. So far, four competitions have been held in the series, and more are planned. Past competitions have featured categories for three different skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and a DJ to keep the energy high. At the fourth UBS meet, which took

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Members of the University of Guelph Climbing Club scale a wall in the depths of the W.F. Mitchell Athletic Centre. place in Guelph on Jan. 26, Guelph University of Western Ontario. was well represented with a second“It has to be McMaster University place finish in the men’s division and – they have the next biggest climban unbroken streak of firsts in the ing team in Ontario,” explained women’s division. Leyte-Jammu. The Guelph team’s arch-rival in Leyte-Jammu also extended an inthe series is surprisingly not the vitation to students to try out the club.

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Gryphons ravaged by a pack of hungry Wolves Men’s basketball team drops game to Lakehead Tristan Davies In men’s basketball action on Feb. 1, the Guelph Gryphons were handed a crushing defeat by the Lakehead University Thunderwolves, 87-55. This marks the 11th defeat this year for the men’s squad. After the initial tip off, the Gryphons

looked promising by gaining a healthy seven-point lead. Despite showing early signs of a faltering defence, the Gryphons were able to maintain a two-point lead to end the first quarter. The second quarter was marred by defensive mistakes and missed offensive opportunities. Lakehead was allowed to take the lead, outscoring a sluggish Gryphon team, and led 35-23 at halftime. The second half began with a total defensive meltdown by the Gryphons, allowing the Thunderwolves to go on

a 20-point scoring run. The Gryphons were able to regroup near the end of the quarter and appeared to have gained some momentum with scoring coming from guard Zach Angus. At the start of the fourth quarter the score was 70-33 for Lakehead. This quarter was by far the most productive for the Gryphons, who outscored the Thunderwolves 22-17. However, it was too little too late as Lakehead coasted to an easy 87-55 win over Guelph. The top scorer for the Gryphons was forward Trevor Thompson netting eight points and connecting on three of his eight shots. The Gryphons defense couldn’t find an answer to Lakehead’s leading scorer forward Ryan Thompson, who netted a game high 22 points. The Gryphons downfall was their inability to capitalize on scoring opportunities scoring on just 35.6 per cent of shots attempted. Elsewhere on the court, the Gryphons were again unable to match up adequately against their opponents, tallying a modest 25 rebounds compared to the Thunderwolves’s 35. If the Gryphons are to succeed, they will have to be better at capitalizing on scoring chances and tighten up defensively in order to take pressure off the offense. The Gryphons look to learn from their mistakes in this weekend’s rout by the Thunderwolves as they gear up to close out the regular season and try to sneak their way into the post season. In order to make the playoffs, the Gryphons will need to maintain their position in the top six of the OUA West

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Jack Beatty (31) of the men’s basketball team works the ball past a defender against the Lakehead Thunderwolves on Feb. 1. Guelph lost both games of the weekend doubleheader. as they currently sit tied for fifth place with Laurier. To accomplish this task, Guelph will be hard pressed as they take on a strong McMaster team in

Hamilton on Feb. 6 before returning to the W.F. Mitchell Athletic Centre to take on an equally strong Brock Badger team on Feb. 9.


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Gryphons vault Lancers in men’s hockey standings Gryphons find themselves in a second place tie after a 4-1 victory over Windsor Jeff Sehl With only three games remaining in their regular season, the Gryphons found themselves in a crucial matchup with the Windsor Lancers on Feb. 2. After a disappointing loss to the UOIT Ridgebacks on Jan. 31, the Gryphons entered play trailing the second place Lancers by just a single point in the OUA West standings, a point that the Gryphons proved motivated enough to overcome. After a slow start to the contest that saw the Gryphons down 1-0 early on, they seemed to find their stride in the second period. Near the halfway point of the middle frame, fourth year forward Matthew Lyall found the net on the power play tying the game for the Gryphons. Guelph went on to take the lead on a

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Jon-Thomas MacDonald goal late it really sets the tone,” said Lyall. in the period and never looked “The guys have to know that back on route to a critical 4-1 playoff hockey is harder, faster victory. and more physical. So it’s essen“Windsor is a pretty solid team tial to go into playoffs playing so we had to try to get on them well as a team if we hope to be quickly because they had played successful.” the night before in Windsor. We With some momentum enwere lucky enough to overcome tering the final games of the a 1-0 deficit and kept our foot season and the playoffs, hopes on the gas until the end of the are high that the Gryphons may game,” said Lyall, who lead the be able to make a deep run in the Gryphons with two goals in the post season. win. “It’s a good tune up for “We’ve had a pretty good playoff hockey because they are season so far so I think our exa pretty talented team.” pectations are very high. All we The win improves the Gryph- can do is play hard every game ons’ record to 16-8-2 and moves and hopefully, that takes us very them into a tie for second in the deep into the post season,” said OUA West with the Lakehead Lyall. Thunderwolves at 34 points However, with the tight apiece. However, according to standings in the OUA West, the Lyall, the win versus Windsor Gryphons still have two more was more important than just critical games to focus on before improving their standing in the shifting focus to the playoffs. The OUA West. The victory was a key Gryphons will take on the sixth momentum builder for the team place Laurier Golden Hawks in with the playoffs looming in the Waterloo on Feb. 7 before taking coming weeks. on the fifth place York Lions on “It’s very important to play Feb. 9 in Guelph in their regular well going into playoffs because season finale.

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The men’s hockey team defeated the Windsor lancers on Feb. 2. The score was 4-1.

GMHA pairs with Gryphons Multi-year partnership first of its kind Chris Müller On Jan. 30 the University of Guelph’s athletic department agreed to a multi-year partnership with the Guelph Minor Hockey Association (GMHA) that will offer support to the community organization’s rep and house league programs. The agreement can be seen as the materialization of the university’s Building Potential project in which the university is committed to improving athletic opportunities for students and athletes at the University of Guelph as well as working with the community to improve the Guelph sports landscape. The agreement focuses on the development of hockey knowledge through programs and workshops conducted in collaboration with the varsity coaching staff and the GMHA coaches. The young players stand to benefit the most from the program, as players enrolled with the GMHA will receive a Jr. Gryphon admission card good for entrance to any

Gryphon athletic event (excluding for the young hockey hopefuls. homecoming, of course) and will On facet of the agreement is the receive discounts on merchan- decision to have the GMHA rep dise and entrance fees for Gryphon teams at the AAA, AA, A, AE, and Select levels will now be adorned summer camp programs. The agreement comes at a time with the Gryphons logo and cothat the GMHA has decided to em- lour scheme of red, black, and gold. phasize the development of their Additionally, the Gryphons will coaches as the means to teach- support six GMHA house league ing better hockey. Chuck Nash, teams. The impact of having the minor president of the GMHA, released a statement prior to the announce- hockey association adopt the Gryment of the agreement outlining phon colours is significant, as it’s sure to have some degree of influthe goals of the association. “It is our goal over the next three ence on the young players when it years to take our coaches to the comes time to consider playing opnext level through expanding the tions at the university level. knowledge base and tools that they Regardless, both sides look to already possess,” Nash’s statement benefit from the agreement, with reads. improved coaching for the young Purchasing an additional players and a greater presence $43,000 in ice time — and sub- for the Gryphons in the realm of sequently finding people to make Guelph’s hockey community. Since the program is the first of the most of that time — look to achieve part of that goal. its kind, it will be interesting to One such person is Jeff Reid, the see how it unfolds in the coming head coach of the Gryphon men’s years, though this precedent-setteam from 1997-2007. Reid com- ting agreement has the potential mitted to spending more than 20 to cross into other sports as well. hours a week with young hockey Forging links between the uniplayers of the GMHA to improve versity’s athletic programs and their hockey skills. Reid’s expe- community athletic organizations rience in the OUA hockey scene can only help grow both programs, and 20-plus years of involvement and both parties ought to be apin elite hockey is sure to be a boon plauded for their efforts.


18 w w w.t h e on ta r ion . c om sports & Health Women’s hockey beat top-seeded Golden Hawks Victory extends impressive winning streak to 12 games Andrea Connell The Gryphons made it 12 straight wins when they beat the topseeded Laurier Golden Hawks by a score of 3-2 in a tight game at the Gryphon Centre on Feb. 3. Coach Rachel Flanagan said the team played well against their opponent. “It was a great team effort today and we were very pleased with the result. We expected a tough game and some girls had to step into different roles. Having to deal with adversity at this point in the season is a great lead into the playoffs,” said Flanagan. Golden Hawk Lauren Blair opened the scoring for Laurier 12:19 into the first when she scored straight out of the penalty box, but Guelph answered back just over two minutes later on a powerplay when Jessica Pinkerton added her tenth goal of the season to tie it up. It took almost the entire second period for either team to capitalize on end-to-end chances to score. Finally, center Hilary Walsh netted the go-ahead goal for Guelph assisted by Amanda

“We expected a tough game and some girls had to step into different roles. Having to deal with adversity at this point in the season is a great lead into the playoffs.” – Coach Rachel Flanagan

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Amanda Parkins (6) of the women’s hockey team works the puck past a Laurier defender during Guelph’s 3-2 victory over the Golden Hawks.

and Kim Wong just before the buzzer at 19:23. Parkins and goalie Stephanie NeThe win puts Guelph in sechring with less than a minute left ond place in the OUA regular to play in the second period. season division standings with It was Laurier’s turn to score 40 points; just three short of the on the powerplay and make it first-place Hawks, and on par two apiece with a goal by for- with the third place Queens Gaels. ward Robyn Degagne in the third. The Gryphons have just two Gryphon Averi Nooren scored the matchups left to finish out the game winner assisted by Parkins regular season: back-to-back

away games against the Ryerson Rams and the Waterloo Warriors take place Feb. 9 and 10, respectively. Winning both games would add four points to their overall total increasing it to 44, but would leave them one point short of top spot if Laurier were to win their last game on Feb. 9, against Queen’s. For Laurier, a

win would give them 45 points and ensure first-place in the standings. Regardless of how the numbers work out, with just two games to go, Flanagan plans to keep the team on task. “Our goal heading into the weekend is to stay focused and execute our game plan in smaller rinks.”

Gryphons split weekend series with Thunderwolves Goodhoofd, Douglas lead Gryphons to Feb. 1 victory Chris Müller The Gryphons took the first game of the two-game weekend series by simply outperforming the Lakehead Thunderwolves on Feb. 1 inside the W.F. Mitchell Athletic Centre. Lakehead emerged from the first period with a narrow 23-19 lead, but the Gryphons went on to

outscore the Thunderwolves 63-35 in the remaining three quarters, capturing the victory with a final score of 82-58. Third-year forward Kayla Goodhoofd tore up the Lakehead defense, posting 19 points and seven steals in the matchup. Goodhoofd connected on nine of 13 shot attempts. Defensively, the Gryphons were led by fifth-year center Jasmine Douglas, whose three blocks, four steals, and eight-total rebounds highlighted a stellar team-wide defensive effort after the first quarter. Feb. 2 held a different result for the Gryphons, as they were unable to find the rhythm that brought them success in the previous day’s matchup. Lakehead’s 35 defensive rebounds compounded a struggling Gryphons offensive attack that combined to convert only 27.8 per cent of their shooting opportunities. Lakehead worked the three-pointers, connecting on 16 from outside the arc en route to a 70-65 victory over the Gryphons. Guelph now sits at 6-11 in the OUA West, one game behind the 7-10 Thunderwolves. Guelph will need to improve on the shooting percentage if they wish to be competitive with the Brock Badgers (15-2) on Feb. 9,

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Jasmine Douglas (21) of the women’s basketball team uses her height to the team’s advantage. The women’s team split the weekend series with Lakehead on Feb. 1 and 2. though the game itself will play a Association in which funds are backseat role to the event the Gry- raised for the Canadian Breast Canphons are set to participate in over cer Foundation and other related the weekend. charities. Since 2007, the program The Gryphons are involved in has raised over half a million dollars the sixth annual “Shoot for the in donations. Last year, the CISCure,” a program developed by the wide program raised $121,248.70 for CIS Women’s Basketball Coaches cancer research. The program raises

funds throughout the season, with the weekend’s game slated specifically to promote the endeavor. The Gryphons will wear pink uniforms in support of the program when they host Brock on Feb. 9 in the W.F. Mitchell Athletic Centre.


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From the Bleachers It’s February, and we all know what that means Chris Müller The conclusion of the year’s first month has gracefully placed us in the thrall’s of 2013’s shortest associate, the great month of February. It’s the month where sports fans the world over show their love and appreciation for their significant other, often with tokens of affection or going out somewhere nice together. Yes, romance is in the air and there’s simply no denying it – an infection in the hearts and minds of faithful lovers, a remembrance of time past and a feverish anticipation of what the future may bring. Wooed by these thoughts, it’s easy to find yourself daydreaming of that special someone – perhaps a new face or perhaps one you’ve grown accustomed to, regardless of your choice the romance

of spring is undeniable, and I dare talking about? not attempt to fight it. Canada’s only team, the Toronto I catch myself – often in the Blue Jays, held their annual “State middle of a sentence – wondering of the Franchise” meeting with what joys the summer will bring season ticket holders at the Rogfor my betrothed, and entertain ers Centre on the evening of Feb. notions of how we might celebrate 6. The meeting was held by owner those moments together. Yes, Feb- Paul Beeston, general manager Alex ruary is a special time, a glimpse Anthopolous, manager John Gibof summer in the middle of winter. bons, and the television broadcast We entertain ideas of running crew of Buck Martinez and Jack away on the winter break to some- Morris. Morris is a new addition where warm, to places where to the broadcast crew, with forgrapefruits and cactuses grow, mer member Pat Tabler leaving for somewhere to sneak away together the new members of the American in anticipation of the lazy Sunday League, the Houston Astros. afternoons of July and August. I For those unfamiliar with Morris, long to stare at palm trees in the he’s the only major league pitchdistance, to wear cheap sunglasses er to ever start on opening day for and forget to put on sunscreen. I 14 consecutive seasons. In other dream of cold beer in plastic cups, words, he was seen as the best of clear skies and carefree sum- pitcher on the team’s roster for 14 mer days. consecutive years, not a bad acBut most of all, February marks complishment. Morris also spent the time when pitchers and catch- some time in Toronto, posting 21 ers report to spring training, and wins in the regular season in 1992 – hope springs eternal for fans of all the year the Blue Jays won their first 30 Major League Baseball teams. World Series. Given the similarities What else could I have been between what happened in 1992

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Blue Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow is presumably fired up about February. From the Bleachers tells you why you should be too. and 1993 and what’s happened in the past few months for Toronto’s team, the choice to bring in Morris must have been an easy one. But Morris wasn’t the most interesting thing about the “State of the Franchise” event, which was attended by 1,200 season ticket holders and special guests. Rather, this was a perfect example of how Rogers is making the most of their professional baseball franchise. Rogers Communications Incorporated is the owner of the Blue Jays, and they are also the sole provider of live Blue Jays broadcasts – owning the Sportsnet television channels and the Fan 590 (the radio broadcaster of Blue Jays games). The meeting itself was broadcast live on sportsnet.ca and began with a standing ovation from the fans in appreciation of the men sitting on top of the home-team’s dugout. Toronto doubled its payroll for the 2013 season, adding National League Cy-Young winner R.A. Dickey (the 2013 opening day starter) and a bevy of talented players in shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielder Melky Cabrera, utility players Emilio Bonifacio and Maicer Izturis, and starting pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buerhle. The arrival of a World-Series caliber team comes one off-season after a disappointing 2012 campaign that saw the Jays finish 73-89, 20 games out of a playoff spot. Despite the dismal season, attendance averaged out to be 25,921 fans attending each home game, a 3,500 increase over the 2011 campaign. Clearly, the abundance of mediacoverage (including a nation-wide media tour with members of the team) has facilitated the growth in attendance and the general marketability of this team. Sportsnet and its parent company, Rogers Communications,

have very clearly gone all-in in their coverage of the Blue Jays. Sportsnet has been innovative in recent years with the presentation of their sports-information, providing news and information online, on the radio, on television, and in print through the Sportsnet magazine. With exclusive broadcast rights to the sure-to-be well attended games, Rogers appears to

“We entertain ideas of running away on the winter break to somewhere warm...in anticipation of the lazy Sunday afternoons of July and August.” be planning on winning big on the field and in the boardroom. I for one am quite ready to reap the rewards of Rogers’s spending, and businesses that reward the consumer of their product should be applauded, even if that company stands to make a fortune in the coming months. So here’s to February, that wonderful reminder of the promise of summer and the suddenly real potential of a ring in late October. Let’s play ball.


20 w w w.t h e on ta r ion . c om New study on portions and satiety A portion of chocolate can be just as effective as a full bar

disease and other chronic disease.” The article also states that “chocolate is also high in fat, sugar and calories, which can lead to weight gain.” Garry Go So how much is enough? A new study done by Cornell Chocolate. What more is there to University suggests that eating say? Our guiltiest pleasure can be only a fraction of chocolate is our very own weakness. We all at enough to satisfy us. one point have had those cravings The study involved 104 particfor chocolate, which sometimes ipants that were separated into end in an overdose – and then po- two different groups. One group tentially symptoms of withdrawal was given popular snacks such as and regret. chocolate, apple pie, and crisps Many students on campus can but at larger portion sizes, while relate to this feeling of temptation. the second group was given only “I normally don’t have choc- a fraction of the same foods as the olate in the house but if we do I first group. Both groups were altry my best not to give in,” said lowed to take as much time as Candace Jahani, a second year bio- they needed to finish the foods. logical sciences student. The participants were required to Chocolate is not all bad. Ac- fill out a survey, which rated their cording to an article from EatRight affinity for the snack, whether or Ontario, chocolate contains com- not they had preference for one pounds known as flavonoids which snack over the other, and the de“can help the body repair damaged gree of hunger they felt. Surveys cells, may reduce the risk of heart were taken fifteen minutes before

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and after the consumption. The results of the study demonstrated that the group which consumed the most snacks ate 77 per cent more than the other group. Here’s the interesting thing: the group that consumed the lesser amounts were just as satisfied as the group that ate much larger portions. The group that ate 77 per cent more snacks showed no signs of being hungrier than the other group. The study suggests that cutting down on food portions may have less impact than you might think, and moderation is sufficient to satisfy your cravings. This can be useful for those trying to lose weight or trying to keep off those extra pounds. You can still satisfy your cravings and at the same time stay fit. So the next time you grab that delicious chocolate bar at the University Centre remember that you don’t necessarily need to eat the whole thing and that a fraction can go a long way.

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PMS: Potentially made-up syndrome? U of T study claims premenstrual mood swings do not exist Makenzie Zatychies Almost any person in today’s society, male or female, can agree that they have been victim to a girl lashing out during that “time of the month.” Apologetically, the girl will ask you to understand that it is not her fault, but is due to Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). But what if it were to come to light that the mood swings leading up to, and during, a woman’s

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menstrual cycle – commonly accepted as a side effect of PMS – do not actually exist? A recent study on PMS was conducted by a University of Toronto research team and published in Gender Medicine. Of the 47 studies that met the scientific criteria, ranging from sources 1806 to present, 18 clearly stated that there was no correlation between hormones during menstrual cycles and mood swings; 18 showed that women were moodier around the time of their cycle; seven showed classic PMS symptoms; and four indicated that women were more prone to mood swings when they

were, in fact, not premenstrual. With this research backing their claims, the research team also lead their own studies with their data claiming the same point: premenstrual mood swings do not exist. The team delves into the idea that PMS is a social construct, and that this is a time where women aren’t expected to be pleasant as usual. Part of this construct is that women are often depicted as behaving in a certain manner before and during their menstrual cycles, therefore they begin to behave in this manner assigned to them by society. After presented the research team’s ideas, I decided to ask a small pool of men and women their opinions in regards to premenstrual mood swings. Initially, any information of the University of Toronto findings was withheld, just to get an honest opinion on the matter, and then the evidence was brought to light. Dyllan Christie, a 21-year-old living with his girlfriend, says he has to deal with the erratic moods of his partner at the beginning of her cycle. “I believe that girls are uncomfortable at the beginning of, and during their periods, but I don’t think their bad moods are actually linked to hormones as they say. I think that they are more upset about the situation they are in.” Christie’s statement is similar to the findings of the study on premenstrual mood swings. On the other hand, Bailey Rae-Ashton, 21, believes that her moods drastically change leading up to her menstrual cycle.

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“The main reason that you have such bad mood swings is because you are aching and uncomfortable, and the other part is the hormonal imbalance and changes in your body,” said Ashton. Many of the women interviewed had very similar answers in attributing their monthly mood swings to a hormone imbalance that is caused by their cycle, and therefore beyond their control. Even when the information from the U of T study was given to them, many women did not want to acknowledge the evidence presented, clinging to the idea that constant mood shifts are part of the menstrual cycle. The U of T study claims that

there is no correlation between the hormones and mood of women leading up to their menstrual cycle and any mood swings that they suffer are circumstantial to the fact that they are uncomfortable. If this is clearly outlined, then why are women still arguing for the idea that their moods at that time of the month are beyond their control? Maybe women do not want to relinquish that small exemption they have if they want to be less than pleasant. Or maybe women do not want to believe that they are really just irritable and it is within their control. Either way, watch out ladies, because your excuse may just have been disproved.


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So the career fair is over – now what? Wayne Greenway You have just come back from the recent Career Fair. You followed all the right steps. You created an effective business card that gave your contact information on it with your key accomplishments or qualifications on the back. You did your research on your top ten target employers. You knew why you genuinely wanted to meet these people and you had gathered enough research on each of them to ask them pertinent questions that will both impress the company representative and inform your career job strategy. You dressed appropriately, just as though you were representing that company at an important event. Your 20-30 second introductory pitch went well because you had rehearsed it thoroughly. It gave the key information: who you are; the kind of work you are seeking to fit with the employer; where you are at in your studies; one or two relevant accomplishments from your summer co-op and/or academic experience relevant to their business and openings. Your thoughtful questions engaged the recruiters and you

exchanged business cards. Be- person for the opportunity to news story. fore moving to the next booth, speak with them. If you include Now that you have mastered the you wrote down details about something from your note on the live career fair process, your next the conversation on the back of back of their business card, it will step is to get yourself ready for a their business card, so that, in help them to remember you. You virtual career fair. your follow up correspondence, will also want to restate the same Initial attempts at offering virtuyou could easily remind them of pitch that you used throughout the al job fairs did not go well but now the conversation you had with day, highlighting achievements that technology is improving, HR them. It seems like each meet- that specifically pertain to what departments are rethinking their ing went extremely well, except you learned in your conversation. value. Shelly Gorman explains the for two companies that you now Naturally you will want to close change in a recent report to the know you will not be pursuing. the letter with a request to meet Kenan Flagler Business School. Now you are home and the work with the person at their earliest “In today’s virtual career fairs, has just begun. If you can engage convenience to learn more about … job seekers and recruiters use the people you met in further dis- and discuss next steps in exploring avatars to enter a virtual world. cussions, then you stand a much how you could add value to their Participants can chat live through better chance of finding a career company’s operations. It is an ex- text, voice or video; conduct interjob that matches what you are cellent idea to say that you will be views using that same technology; seeking and what they are look- in touch with the recruiter next and visit networking lounges ing for in an employee. week to arrange a meeting time. where they can interact with difYou already have a head start as Then you will want to be sure to ferent employers and other job you wisely prepared a rough tem- thank them again for their time seekers. Virtual career fairs can plate for a thank you email before and consideration. even allow managers who would you left for the career fair. Now It’s important to keep track of normally be unable to attend live you need to customize it with a these details by company name fairs to talk to candidates speedcouple probing questions, per- and to put all future actions to be ing up the interviewing process.” tinent to the job, in a way that taken in a day planner. Naturally, In the same report, Groman decalling when you said you would scribed Monster Canada’s Virtual gives you a chance to highlight your strengths. is prudent and ongoing follow-up Career Fair, which featured 21 emThe follow up email is very is important. Bright, upbeat and ployers, and “generated more than important because the repre- friendly messages every 10 days 400,000 page views, 18,000 vissentatives see so many people will likely get you a reply. its, 21,000 job views and collected that you need to say something Once you have made contact, be more than 12,000 resumes.” to help bring your conversation sure to keep in touch periodically It is certainly convenient for cato the forefront of their mem- throughout your job search with reer job seekers because you can ory. You will want to thank the an interesting relevant article or stay in the comfort of your home

and some virtual job fairs can run for several days compared to the typical one-day model of traditional career fairs. The preparation process is almost the same with a few important differences: You will want to take extra care to ensure that your social media sites are professional looking and that your profile photo, Skype picture and username all have the same professional look; be sure to take the compatibility test, if one is offered, as it will help you see how your strengths best match with which employer’s needs; be sure your spelling and grammar are correct before you click the send button; and do not use text slang or emoticons in your replies. It is very important that you dress just like you were going to attend a career fair because you may be interviewed in a video chat. It’s also important that the background visible in the call be clean and tidy. Just like in a traditional job fair you will talk with recruiters to help them to see how you could fit for positions now or in the future. Like many things it’s all about practice and with one live career fair under your belt you will be ready to do even better at the next one, whether it is live or virtual.

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the U of G community will be participating in Recycle Mania. You’re sitting in a lecture hall, sip- This eight-week program is run ping a can of pop while struggling through all of North America and to stay awake. As the lecture ends, aims to create awareness and get you toss your empty can in the re- students excited about recycling. cycling on the way out.  For most This year, U of G will be focusing of us, recycling has become part on the story of “what happens of our routine, something we do next?” in hopes of connecting out of practice – but have you ever the community to their waste stopped to think about what hap- and the process it endures after pens next? consumption. For those who have never conFrom an aluminium can to a glass bottle, each item you throw sidered the story of their stuff, you in the recycling bin tells a slightly might be surprised by what you different story after it gets collect- can learn. Of course the Intered. Depending on the material, the net has some great information length of the process and success floating around, and if you are a rate of recycling differs. For those member of the university cominterested in finding out just ex- munity, keep a look out for the actly how it works, there are many next eight weeks to find out what happens next. useful resources available. One of the more obvious ways would be to spend some time on Google (or preferred search engine) figuring out how recycling plants operate. Local recycling plants will have information available on their website to inform curious citizens of their working. Here in Guelph, the plant has opened up a new education centre to raise awareness of recycling and the mechanics of what happens once your recycling gets collected. From the first week of February through until the end of March,


22 w w w.t h e on ta r ion . c om Brew Review: Porter Chris Müller Porter is believed to have developed through the use of brown malt that was common to brown ales in the 18th century, but the introduction of the hydrometer (an instrument that measures the relative density of liquids) allowed for an understanding that brown malt produced less fermentable sugars than pale malt, a common beer ingredient at the time. With higher alcohol content in mind, brewers used the pale malt and added colouring to simulate the dark colour of porter. A combination of the Napoleonic War’s increase on malt tax and the introduction of a beer purity law in 1816 in London that mimicked the German “Reinheitsgebot” of 1516 (both laws state that only water, malt, and hops can be used in beer brewing) posed a problem for the brewing industry, and one that was solved with black patent malt in 1817. Black patent malt allowed porter to be brewed from 95 per cent pale malt, and five per cent black patent malt, the colour and taste achieved without artificial colouring. Modern varieties of porter possess

“The name ‘porter’ is derived from the men that drank it frequently, those who moved packages and baggage in the streets, shipyards, and later in railway yards.” various malt combinations, but a tradition of cask-aging this style of beer has continued into the present day. Centuries ago, breweries would add

life long-aged beer to fresh beer in order to simulate the taste of a moderately aged porter – this would have been what was served in pubs at the turn of the 19th century. The name “porter” is derived from the men that drank it frequently, those who moved packages and baggage in the streets, shipyards, and later in railway yards. A modern link to this brewing tradition can be found in five per cent ABV Trafalgar Ales and Meads “Cognac-Aged Porter,” available at the LCBO in an attractive 500 mL ceramic swing-top bottle. This porter pours without any head at all, which was admittedly a disappointment. The beer produces an aroma of mild sweetness, with walnut and rye providing a balancing effect. The cognac barrel imparts a mild cognac flavour to the brew, but it is by no means overwhelming. A mild carbonation produces a smooth mouth-feel, and the aftertaste is of mocha-sweetness, very pleasant. Ultimately, this selection serves as a suitable introduction to the porter style, and should be responsibly and thoroughly enjoyed in the winter months.

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The attractively packaged Trafalgar Cognac-Aged Porter highlights some features commonly associated with the porter brewing tradition. Read all about it in this week’s Brew Review.


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Not always a picnic Perspectives on working and travelling in other continents Colleen McDonell It’s got that appeal – hot, and exotic. With a palate for strange food, and versed in a foreign language, it brings forth an excitement as you two meet for the first time. Travelling and working in another country can be very attractive. 20-somethings have been known to pick up and leave during summer breaks or after they graduate, an experience quite different from studying abroad. Brandon Schneider, 22, decided to live in Australia for a year because his friends were going, and it was a “challenge to go somewhere new and survive”. The first days in a new country can be both intense and exciting as you find your way around, discover how much things cost, where you are going to live, and look for a job. “We went with no plan, which

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One of the most difficult hurdles to overcome when travelling abroad is adjusting to culture shock and contrasting lifestyle. Pictured is a busy intersection void of cars in Delhi, India. I think is the best idea; just show up and have fun. Our first couple of days were really busy and we spent a lot of time exploring,”

explained Schneider. The group seminars on culture shock and also found that getting help was the purchase of Lonely Planet very easy. guide (the traveler’s “bible”), “As long as you are polite, every- helped her get through her initial one else is polite with you.” homesickness. Shaffee learned Living by the beach and surf- quickly the importance of keeping everyday seems like a dream. ing open-minded. However, Schneider and friends “You need to adjust, because did have a couple frustrating ex- you are in somebody else’s periences in Oz, such as difficulty country now,” advised Shaffee, in finding jobs, and a landlord pointing out it’s also useful to from hell. There is also the poten- learn the host languages before tial heartbreak that comes with you travel. travelling. “Don’t travel as a couple. It’s a good test on the relationship, but I’m going to say about 80 per cent of the relationships that I encountered while traveling all broke up,” said Schneider. “If you are going to go travelling and you have a significant other that you are leaving behind, make it quite clear that you should probably go on a break at that time.” Returning home is another challenge; goodbyes are bittersweet. Schneider wishes he had known how quickly his yearlong stay would end. “You have a timeframe, and you know you have a date in your mind, but it kind of creeps up on you. You develop relationships and they also kind of end.” Stephanie Shaffee, 22, went Despite all of the unpleasant to Chandigarh, India for four experiences, Shaffee misses the months through AIESEC and also “quirky” things about India, such discovered that expectations do as getting candy for “change” at not always pan out with reality. a local market. Like many other “I thought it was going to be young travelers, she acknowla really cool, hip intern house,” edges how much the constant said Shaffee on her arranged ac- challenges helped her grow as commodations. “It wasn’t – it a person. was really shitty, and I lived “Before, I was a princess, but on a cot for five months, and it [there] I was able to live in the sucked.” After one month Shaffee shittiest hostels and fall asleep quit the internship and happily on 20 hour bus rides that look decided to tour around instead. like they belong in a dumpster,” The preparation the AIESEC- said Shaffee. “I would go back in er had beforehand, such as two a second.”

“...just show up and have fun. Our first couple of days were really busy and we spent a lot of time exploring” –Brandon Schneider

Sweet rationing ends in Britain To the excitement of kids throughout England, on this day in 1953, sweetshops started selling unrationed candy again, the rationing of which began in July, 1942. According to the article, toffee apples, ticks of nougat, and liquorice strips were the best sellers, and one company distributed 150 pounds of lollipops to 800 children during their midday break from school. Free sweets were also handed out by several shops, and adults were not excluded from the “sugar frenzy.” People indulged in the “luxury of being able to buy [two pounds] of chocolates to take home for the weekend,” which sounds similar to the amount of alcohol in litres that one student might purchase for the weekend. Sugar rationing, however, continued in the country, but the confectionary economy experienced a huge jump from spending, which increased from £100 million to £250 million over the next year. Today, consumers spend more than £5.5 billion on sweets every year. (The BBC – Feb. 5, 1953) Two Astronauts Float Free in Space, 170 Miles Up In an epic moment for the United States, two astronauts, “Free of any lifeline and propelled into the dark void by tiny jets [became the] first human satellites.” Bruce McCandless and Robert L. Stewart were the men behind the helmets who completed the first untethered spacewalk, and described their dramatic experiences with McCandless stating that he did not have a sense of his speed as the shuttle orbited the earth, though he was able to notice the earth rotating when he looked down. The propulsion backpacks worn by the astronauts were imported pieces of technology considered crucial to “future operations to repair and service orbiting satellites”(The New York Times – Feb. 7, 1984) Man kills his wife with an axe Detroit was the scene of a horrendous murder close to a century ago, when a 23-year-old male, under suspicious circumstances, put an axe into his wife. Eerily, he had no recollection of committing the murder, as he found himself fully-dressed in the street two hours after the couple had gone to bed. He then found a policeman, and “told him that he thought he had killed his wife, but was not sure.” The gruesome details of the crime scene are explained thoroughly in the article that appeared below this headline, and refer to the wife’s separated head. The husband’s mental lapses due to a train accident a few years before this incident were provided as an explanation for the crime, along with his personal statement that he did it “under an uncontrollable impulse.” (The Globe – Feb. 7, 1920) Compiled by Alicja Grzadkowska


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Keep your eyes wide open for Trudeau 2.0

During the last federal election in Trudeau has certainly sparked a May 2011, it became evident that miniature media frenzy over the last young people are divided between few months, though he’s far from those interested in voting, and those gaining the same following as his fawho just don’t give a damn. The divi- ther, Pierre Trudeau. What the media sion between these groups was pretty has reported so far, however, has equal, with Statistics Canada report- been slightly idealized and closer to ing that 50 per cent of voters aged 18 the profiling of an up-and-coming to 24 voted in 2011. actor than a potential party leader. What was the main reason for not A spread in Maclean’s magazine in coming out to the polls for this age October 2012 encapsulated that idea, group? Thirty per cent claimed that with a nine-page feature on Trudeau, it was because of a lack of interest, complete with family photos (apparwith 23 per cent reporting that they ently the Trudeaus enjoy running up were too busy. hills holding hands and generally just Students at the University of tossing the kids around in a rather Guelph definitely showed a determi- joyous manner). nation to be noticed by party leaders Another 12-page spread in the and demonstrate their enthusiasm same issue included photos of young for voting, which resulted in a few Trudeau growing up with his parents “scandals,” namely the valid/inval- and an article on the politician titled, id poll booth held in the University “Breaking Out of Bounds” about JusCentre. Nonetheless, many young tin’s life in British Columbia. And people are just disinterested in Cana- “Trudeau news” just keeps getting dian politics, and they simply don’t better. A recent article from The Toapproach the topic or take an ini- ronto Star about tweets concerning tiative to get information about it. the Liberal leadership debate revealed They’re neutral, and that might be that some viewers might have been the best thing for visiting politician more focused on the politician’s head Justin Trudeau, who visits the uni- of glorious hair than the actual poliversity campus on Feb. 7. cies discussed during the debate.

What the media is steering us towards is the undeniable fact that Trudeau is cool. So much, in fact, that as long as his policies (and appearance) are perceived as different from

“…be wary of the charm that a new politician with a family founded in ‘cool’ Canadian politics can cast over you.” Stephen Harper’s, we might be welcoming Trudeau 2.0 to Ottawa in 2015. A few weeks ago, The Ontarion’s editorial discussed how students are prone to living in a university bubble, and often remain unaware of national or international news. This situation is no different. With Trudeau coming to campus for a meet-and-greet at the Brass Taps, which in itself says much about the image he’s trying to create, now is the key moment for students to take a few minutes away from their homework, illegal downloading and all the other things we

find ourselves doing when we should be doing something else, and look up information about the guy. This is not to say that students won’t take an interest in the politician’s visit, or that they’ll be swayed to support him just because he’s young and hip. But, when you consider the impact that we can have on the elections, asking Trudeau the tough questions that students want answers to now will help our image as savvy young adults with opinions, which we all know you have, whether you share them or not. Whether you’re going because you like or dislike Harper, want lower tuition fees, have something to say about Canada’s involvement in Israel, or because you don’t want to be neutral anymore, be wary of the charm that a new politician with a family founded in “cool” Canadian politics can cast over you. And if you do look up news about Trudeau, stay away from sources like Sun News, whose columnist named him the Man of the Year based on his boxing match win and charisma, while calling him flamboyant and a “glamorous charmer.” Remember when Harper came to Guelph and got a less-than-positive response from students? Though that visit was plagued with an “exclusive” conference that enraged more than a few people, let’s not put down our guard for the new guy. University of Guelph students are, after all, known to freely express their opinions.

letters Dear Editor: Re: Sugar Coated Relationships, The Ontarion, January 31, 2013 I was appalled to hear of a university professor here in Guelph pushing the notion that prostitution for students is no big deal. She argues that giving sex for money has existed, “throughout the history of human relationships.” But stealing, lying, killing, raping, etc. have also been around for quite some time, so the longevity argument for prostitution is not particularly compelling. Dr. Ruth Neustifter defends the idea of students prostituting themselves for tuition because after all it’s “nothing new” and not something “necessarily negative.” She goes on to support the practise because after all, even though it is sex work, “that doesn’t make it good or bad.” I find these comments absolutely appalling. Way to go professor – you have turned thousands of years of history on its head. Has it not been the norm for most of recorded history to discourage girls from prostitution? Tragically in our endarkened age respecting

all things sexual we seem to be going in the other direction. But allow me to pose this simple question, “Would you encourage your daughters to work as prostitutes to pay for tuition?” And if not, how dare you encourage young women who are someone else’s daughters to step into this degrading and enslaving lifestyle in order to earn a few dollars. As an evangelical minister I recently heard from a former sex trade worker who spoke at one of our meetings in Guelph. Her story is one of enslavement, victimization, and brutality. Katrina (I share her name with her permission) was formerly a sex-trade worker who escaped the snares of prostitution and now openly shares her story to protect the vulnerable from getting enslaved and to help those who want out. Her story can be accessed at www.risingangels.ca. It is well worth reading. I long for the day when our universities might once again be places of light and wisdom. If that’s too much to hope for—may they at least be a safe place for our daughters. Royal Hamel, Guelph

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community listings Thursday February 7 Guelph Field Naturalists. Meeting: 7:30pm at the Arboretum Centre.  All welcome. “A New ‘Big Year’ Birding Record for Ontario” ; speaker : Guelph’s own Josh Vandermeulen. Thursday At Noon Concert Series. Concerts start at 12:00p.m. Thursdays in Mackinnon room 107 (Goldschmidt room). Admission free – donations gratefully appreciated. Everyone welcome! LGBT Social Justice Workshop @ 7:30-9pm, CSA Board Room, 2nd Floor UC. Free workshop -come learn about various social justice issues facing the LGBT community both locally and internationally. Space is limited, first come, first served. Saturday February 9 Winter Pride Family Event @ 12-3pm, Market Square and 10 Carden St. Skating in Market Square along with games, hot chocolate, cookie decorating, and crafts inside. 10Carden directly across from Market Square. Free event! Www.Guelphpride.Com/ Winterpride2013 Sunday February 10 “Out of Africa” -Scott Leithead:

Edmonton’s Kokopelli Choirs, drummer: Akufuna Sifuba Dublin Street/Harcourt United Church Choirs, Siren the University of Guelph Woman’s Chorus; Storyteller Sya Van Geest. 3pm at Dublin St. United Church. Tickets: General $20, Students $5 Monday February 11 Tim Hortons Food Drive, February 11-17, to help replenish the Guelph Food Bank. Please drop off brown paper bags (February 7th Guelph Tribune insert), filled with non-perishable food items and drop them into the Food Drive bins located inside participating Tim Hortons restaurants. The BetterPlanet Project Speaker Series presents “Making it a More Sustainable World of Business” with CME business professor Rumina Dhalla, who will talk about her research in corporate sustainability and social responsibility. Noon-1pm in UC 103. Career Aviators Business Career Club: Students and professionals welcome. Mondays 7pm -9pm, Innovation Guelph (111 Farquhar Street). Strategic advice and support; guest presentations; motivation to stay on track; worldwide Information exchange.

PWYC. Info:1 866 873 7633 www. careeraviators.com Wednesday February 13 Guelph Guild of Storytellers. Concerts for teens, adults, 7pm, 2nd Wednesday each month, Guelph Public Library Main Branch, 100 Norfolk. New tellers welcome. Call if longer than 5 minutes. guelphstory@gmail.com, 519-767-0017, www.guelpharts.ca/storytellers. Guelph Hiking Trail Club: Hike Crieff Hills Conference Centre. 2 hrs. Level 2. Speed Moderate. Meet at 1pm by TD in Clair Rd. Plaza parking lot to car pool. Bring water, snacks and icers in case of slippery trails. Leader: Gayle 519 856-1012, Mary 519 827-1814. Thursday February 14 VDAY 2013 presents a benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s ‘The Vagina Monologues’. 8pm at the Guelph Little Theatre. Join the One Billion Rising! All proceeds to GW Women in Crisis. Tickets: $15/door; $10/advance (available at Steel Health Centre, 28 Cardigan St. and Moksha Yoga, 78 Norfolk St). Monday February 18 Guelph Civic Museum RBC Family Heritage Day - Enjoy an afternoon with lots of free indoor

and outdoor fun! Activities include: Battle of the chainsaws, snowman target practice, photo booth, historic presentations, music, crafts and refreshments. 1-5pm. 52 Norfolk St. (519)8361221, museum@guelph.ca, guelph. ca/museum Saturday March 2 The University of Guelph is hosting Relay for Life in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, March 2-3. Register online, purchase a luminary or pledge a participant at universityofguelph.ca/universityofguelph. Information: email relay@uoguelph.ca or like our page on Facebook: University of Guelph Relay for Life. Ongoing: Now recruiting Student Support Network volunteers. February 4 - March 1. For more information contact ssn@uoguelph.ca. From Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Guelph- Bowl For Kids’ Sake -March 21-24 at Woodlawn Bowl. For more details and to register check us out on Facebook “Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2013” and online at www.guelphbowl.kintera.org Free tutoring program run out of the Bookshelf downtown for high

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