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University outpost coming to downtown?

Baker Street development may mean more study space for students Siobhan Noade

Discussion concerning the development of the Baker Street parking lot is underway. Along with the Parking Master Plan and the redevelopment of certain downtown streets, the Baker Street Development is part of the Downtown Renewal Project for the City of Guelph. The City of Guelph is interested in turning the space into a public library and has been looking to the University of Guelph, Conestoga College, and the YMCA-YWCA to secure additional use of the location. There are a multitude of possibilities concerning what the lot could become, and the University of Guelph’s input is being taken into consideration. The university has expressed interest in building a space for students to frequent downtown, specifically during the day. But what may not seem like a long trek when headed for a night out, may seem longer to go for study space. Tailoring the space for all faculties, however, could act as a selling point for certain students. Ian Panabaker, the City Of

Guelph’s corporate manager of the Downtown Renewal Project, told the Guelph Tribune that the space allotted for students may come in the form of a study area attached to the library.

It would make sense to have an area for unspecified students to work. It’s easy to feel like certain programs don’t have somewhere to belong on campus. - Emma H., a fourth year student of English and Psychology Thornbrough Building and the Science Complex are most used by engineering students and science students, respectively. A study area available for students whose faculties do not already have an assigned space, would seem like a pressing initiative. “It would make sense to have an area for unspecified students to work. It’s easy to feel like certain programs don’t have somewhere

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The Baker Street parking lot (seen here) currently occupies a massive chunk of downtown real estate. The City of Guelph is hoping to develop the space, and the university is contemplating building a study annex at the future site. to belong on campus,” said Emma H, a fourth year student of English and Psychology. A university outpost somewhere other than campus also gives students currently residing downtown a closer place to go, rather than

making the journey to campus. Martha Larkin, a third year student of Arts and Science said: “I don’t know that it would be something of benefit to me, but I do think that it would be nice for people downtown to have somewhere closer to go to.”

Currently, the deliberation of the Baker Street Development is in the earliest preliminary stages. It is hoped that the Downtown Renewal Project acts as an economic boon for the City of Guelph and not just a cosmetic renovation.

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Black Friday comes to Canada Sameer Chhabra Modeled after the 1541 Thanksgiving Mass, the third Thursday of November marks the date for the annual tradition of Thanksgiving in the United States. A day reserved for thanks spent with family and friends, Thursday marks the beginning of a four day weekend observed by every state in America. Black Friday, however, is a contemporary invention that succeeds Thanksgiving Thursday and is a day for retailers to advertise the kind of sales normally reserved for liquidation. Savvy shoppers can take advantage of otherwise unbelievable deals, as well as the opportunity to start Christmas shopping early. Black Friday in Canada was first observed in 2008 when a few American retailers provided Canadian shoppers with deals. The first major Black Friday in Canada occurred in 2012 as a means of allowing Canadian shoppers to spend their money in Canada instead of crossing the border. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 continued the tradition, with many

major Canadian and American retailers offering extravagant deals for shoppers. However, some people have been highly critical of Black Friday sales appearing in Canadian stores, due to a perceived infringement on the Canadian economy and Canadian culture. “It’s almost like Canada feels the need to completely copy America and everything it does,” said University of Guelph student Chris Katsaras. “Black Friday in Canada doesn’t make sense from a traditional point of view; we have Thanksgiving in October. [Black Friday] is just a way to support consumerism and greed, and a way to start Christmas shopping early.” Black Friday in America is also frequently marred with injuries and deaths that are the result of robberies, shoplifting, and fervent consumers trying to score the best deals. “There are Black Friday death counters online that show how many people have hurt themselves,” explained Katsaras. “That’s not unhealthy, it’s irresponsible.”

As of Dec. 1, seven people have died and 90 have been injured in America, according to one count. Other shoppers have been less critical of the American tradition coming to Canada. Shelby Cady, a dual Canadian-American citizen studying at the University of Guelph said: “Black Friday is better in Canada. I was able to go shopping in the late afternoon and the stores still had everything in stock. There were some fantastic sales, [and] I didn’t have to wait in line for hours. Instead, [I] was able to get all my Christmas presents for much less than I would have [at home].” Retailers have also adopted the Monday following Thanksgiving for online shopping as a means of continuing the Black Friday spending spree. “Cyber Monday” marks the conclusion of the Thanksgiving weekend, culminating in a day for online retailers to turn a profit similar to their physical counterparts. Cyber Monday also makes it possible for consumers to buy products globally; as long as a consumer has a credit card, they can

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Streets and shops were crowded across America on Black Friday as consumers rushed from store to store ‘stimulating the economy.’ In Canada, things were calmer: though Black Friday, as a Canadian tradition, is still in its infancy. buy products at discounted prices from anywhere in the world. Despite the day’s negative connotations, Black Friday is the first chance for retailers to turn a profit during the fiscal year. Large-scale multinational corporations and small-scale retailers both subsist on the income gained from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The consensus seems to be that Black Friday is welcome in Canada as long as the negative aspects of the holiday are not allowed entry into the Great White North. “As long as Canada’s Black Friday doesn’t turn into anything resembling America’s [Black Friday], it will be brilliant,” concluded Cady.

Canadian man said to own only portrait of Shakespeare Stacey Aspinall Shakespeare’s plays are among the most widely read in the canon of English literature, yet aspects of the playwright’s true identity remain cloaked in mystery. One piece of the puzzle that has captivated academics is the so-called Sanders portrait, which dates back to 1603, and is believed to be the only portrait of Shakespeare painted while he was alive. A conference, entitled “Look Here Upon This Picture: A Symposium on the Sanders Portrait of Shakespeare,” took place on Nov. 28 at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto. Sponsored by U of G and Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project (CASP), the conference brought experts together to discuss research supporting the authenticity of the portrait. The painting belongs to Ottawa resident Lloyd Sullivan. It depicts Shakespeare at age 39 and was supposedly painted by one of Sullivan’s ancestors, actor and painter John Sanders. Sullivan inherited the work from his mother in 1972. The painting has been held in the family for 400 years. Daniel Fischlin, Professor of English at the University of Guelph and head of CASP, has researched this painting for the past decade. “The cumulative weight of it is unprecedented and makes the portrait the rarest of all art commodities: the only image of Shakespeare painted during his lifetime that has survived the period. No portrait comes close or has faced the same degree of interdisciplinary scholarly scrutiny,”

Fischlin has said of the project. Sally Hickson, Associate Professor of Renaissance Art History at the University of Guelph, attended the symposium and has studied the painting from an art historical perspective. “The portrait has passed all the technical examinations that confirm it is certainly an original Jacobean portrait,” Hickson said. “Having determined that the painting itself is an ‘authentic’ portrait, the question remains as to whether it is a portrait made of Shakespeare in his own lifetime, which it purports to be,” Hickson explained, adding that proving this information is more difficult. The painting is not without critics, and determining its authenticity relies on input from a team of specialists in various fields. Lloyd DeWitt, Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, addressed claims that the sitter in the portrait appears younger than 39. The varnish could explain Shakespeare’s youthful appearance in the portrait, explained DeWitt, which smoothes out fine details in the features. Another common criticism is that the clothing the sitter is wearing would not have been appropriate to Shakespeare’s social class or profession – but costume historian Jenny Tiramani has argued that there is nothing out of place with his clothing. Shakespeare could have had formal attire made in honour of a special event: in 1603 he became a member of the household of James I, along with his fellow actors in the King’s Men. So why was the portrait painted? According to Hickson, Shakespeare

might have had the portrait commissioned to give to his friend John Hemings, a fellow player with marriage ties to the Sanders family, and one of the people responsible for publishing the first folio of

Shakespeare’s plays. Compelling historical evidence has been provided to support the authenticity of the Sanders painting. Hickson said, “As a brand, Shakespeare is about the essence

of Englishness and national identity – and a portrait made of him in his own lifetime would be the closest thing we have to the man himself. It would be completely unique in the world.”


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East Residence fire: apparent suicide attempt

Student broadcasts himself setting fire to room as Internet spectators watch Michael Long

In an apparent suicide attempt, a 20 year-old-male student from Douglas Hall in East Residence set fire to his residence room on the night of Saturday, Nov. 30. The student is currently recovering in hospital from complications due to smoke inhalation. The student livestreamed the act in an online chatroom where 200 people watched. The fire was confined to the student’s bedroom and was extinguished by the Guelph Fire Department. Police are continuing to investigate the incident and the university says it will wait until the investigation is concluded before deciding how to proceed. The student announced his attempt to commit suicide on the “/b/” message board of 4chan.org, a forum on the Internet notorious for its deliberately

inflammatory and disturbing content. The student said he would take his own life if someone would arrange for it to be streamed over a live chat. “This is it. Tonight I will be ending my own life,” he wrote. “As a [long-time user] who’s been on 4chan since 2004, I thought I would finally give back to the community… All that I request is for you guys to link me to a site where I am able to stream it for you guys, then I will gladly fulfill my promise.” Ninety minutes after the original post to the message board, at 7:40 p.m., the fire was reported. During the live stream, which is soundless, the student is seen holding up a cell phone to the camera, which displayed a text message that some assumed helped spur the attempt, taking pills and drinking from a bottle of vodka. After the fire was set, the student proceeded to lie down on the floor as smoke filled the room. Firefighters can later be seen pulling the student from the room. As this was happening, spectators goaded him into

following through. They asked that he adjust the camera so they could get a better view and joked about how long he might live. Others – a minority – encouraged him to call it off after it became apparent that his intentions were genuine. On several occasions, the student himself updated the feed writing: “#imdead” and “#omgimonfire.” A 4chan user inevitably discovered the student’s identity and linked his Facebook page to the thread, whereupon users spammed his account with odious comments. Mirrors of the video continue to circulate online through various social media websites. The University of Guelph is now attempting to persuade various sites to take down the video. “Disturbing social media activity is circulating about this incident,” wrote President Summerlee in an address on the morning of Monday, Dec. 2. He added: “The University of Guelph is a community committed to civility and mutual respect. Please join me in refraining from

watching or distributing this hurtful material.” The fourth floor of Douglas Hall, where the incident took place, has been vacated and the 32 students living there have been moved into another residence. Friends of the student have been shocked by the revelation: “He’s so happy,” said one student who knew him. Counselors have been made available for students affected by the incident. “Our real focus right now is on the students,” said Brenda Whiteside, VicePresident of Student Affairs to the National Post. Persons close to the student have been allowed to defer exams. Members of the community experiencing moments of deep personal crisis are urged to make use of the support services freely and confidentially available at the U of G: Student Counselling Services, Ext. 53244; Student Health Services, Ext. 52131; Student Support Network, Raithby House, drop-in support available daily from noon until 8 p.m; Multi-Faith Resource Team, Ext. 52390.

A look at Canada’s new Rhodes Scholars

Eleven Canadians given the prestigious Oxford award Michael Long

Canada has 11 new Rhodes Scholars. While none of them hail from the University of Guelph, it is worth looking at what the best and brightest young minds in the country are concerning themselves with, not to mention what it takes to win the world’s most prestigious student award.

Every year since 1903, the Rhodes Scholarship has sent 83 students to the University of Oxford – tuition fees paid, plus stipend and airfare – to pursue graduate studies. The scholarship has traditionally emphasized a commitment to public service. It seeks out not only the brightest academic minds, but also those it hopes will be the leaders of the future. The Globe and Mail took the time to ask each of the 11 students some questions about their educational career and ambitions. Here are four noticeable trends:

Medicine It should come as no surprise that many of the winners will continue to study health and medicine at Oxford; though for most, post-graduate work in the medical field will be interdisciplinary, combining research with business, governance, and statistics. Policy and Development If students weren’t studying health, chances are they were focusing on policy and development in some capacity. But just studying those things isn’t enough. Joesph Singh has written articles for Foreign Policy and Time magazine, and many students have volunteered their time at development organizations in Africa or Canada.

Glee: not just for actors An unexpected talent common to many of the winners is a good singing voice. Two of the winners, Joseph Singh and Michael Mackley, are members of a cappella groups. Anthony Payne and Kylie de Chastelain are also accomplished singers. Praising interdisciplinary studies and great teachers Suzanne Newing credits the importance of “enabling” students to discover their interests and passions with her success. Echoing that statement, Saumya Krishna wrote: “I feel that breadth and exposure to a variety of fields is important.” Several stressed

the significance of having an inspiring teacher or mentor. The Rhodes Scholarship had another Canadian connection this year. Canadian billionaire John McCall MacBain, a former Rhodes Scholar who made his fortune in the classified magazine business, pledged $120 million to the scholarship fund. The Rhodes Scholarship had no need for donations prior to 2010, but the recession and the rising costs of education were forcing the scholarship to run an unstable deficit. While the fund has since stabilized, MacBain and others are now hoping to open the award to students outside the commonwealth – a limitation many perceive to be one of award’s last weaknesses. “The world has changed since Cecil Rhodes wrote his will,” said Margaret MacMillan, a Rhodes trustee and warden of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, echoing the need to expand to developing countries. The University of Guelph has seen two of its students win the Rhodes Scholarship since 2005. Arani Kajenthira, who studied engineering at the U of G, won the scholarship to pursue earth sciences at Oxford in 2005; and Kate Smolina, who studied biomedical science at the U of G, won the scholarship to pursue global health science at Oxford in 2007.

Acid attack on Bolshoi director: dancer convicted The world famous Bolshoi Ballet faces new public relations challenges after one of its star performers, Pavel Dmitrichenko, was convicted by a Moscow court of orchestrating an acid attack on the company’s artistic director, Sergei Filin, in what was an apparent act of jealous retaliation. In court, Dmitrichenko denied wanting to throw acid Filin’s face, and placed blame on his accomplice, Yuri Zarutsky. Zaruksky admitted to actually throwing the acid. Dmitrochenko said he only wanted to Filin to be “roughed up” a bit. Filin, the artistic director, has undergone 20 surgeries to repair his damaged eyesight since the attack on Jan. 17, 2013. Dmitrichenko will serve six years in a high-security prison while Zarutsky will serve ten. A third accomplice has been sentenced to four years. Dmitrichenko was ironically best known for playing the villain in the Boshoi’s productions. Jealousies and scandals are not uncommon in the ballet company and, according British ballet critic Ismene Brown, allegations that roles are not assigned on merit but sometimes require bribes or sexual favours have plagued the Bolshoi in recent months. “The Bolshoi is [Russia’s] biggest cultural export,” said Brown. “It earns fortunes and unlimited prestige. It’s now a ‘dirty’ company. That’s got to be cleaned up.” Police in Iceland use lethal force for first time ever A 59-year-old man who was firing a shotgun in his apartment was shot dead by Icelandic police on Monday, Dec. 2. It was the first time someone had been killed by an armed police operation in Iceland, officials said. “Police regret this incident and would like to extend their condolences to the family of the man,” Icelandic police chief Haraldur Johannessen told reporters. Iceland, with a population of just 322,000, has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Currently, the man’s motive for the action remains unclear. He failed to respond to police attempts to contact him, and attempts to subdue him with tear-gas failed as well. Two Special Forces members were injured in the shotgun blast upon entering the room. Compiled by Michael Long


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Arkells Live at Peter Clark Hall

Ian Gibson Universal Records recording artists, Arkells, returned to Guelph on Thursday Nov. 28 playing a benefit concert to a sold-out crowd at Peter Clark Hall. Sponsored by the College of Arts Student Union (CASU) and the Brass Taps, the indie rock band used the event to fundraise for the United Way campaign. This licensed event was double-billed with local Guelph funk-pop band, Tear Away Tusa. Prior to the concert, the Ontarion had a chance to sit down and ask a few questions of Arkells front man, Max Kerman. When asked where their inspiration originates, Kerman said, “…from watching podcasts and having conversations with different people.” He revealed that, in order to be a successful songwriter, “you have to be dedicated and disciplined.” He also noted that the band listens to such a wide array of music from the Avett Brothers to Hayden to Hip-Hop, and that they can’t help but be influenced by their surroundings. Earlier in the summer, the Arkells played at the infamous Hillside Festival. The Ontarion asked what the band prefers:

playing outdoor or indoor venues? “Weather permitting, we enjoy the beautiful summer nights… but we love playing a sweaty club show [like the one tonight at Peter Clark Hall],” said Kerman. The supporting band Tear Away Tusa (or TAT) opened up for the Arkells. Named after vocal sensation Erin Tusa, the sextet mixed their set with originals and covers, providing a steadfast beat with funky grooves. Arkells have an extensive touring resume, having been the opening act for bands such as Metric, Tokyo Police Club, Them Crooked Vultures, and Matt Mays and El Torpedo. Along with various music awards, Arkells are enjoying a graceful rise to fame with release of three albums, seven singles, and healthy sales on iTunes. The band opened with the song “Where You Going?” and immediately followed up with their hits, “John Lennon,” and “Michigan Left.” There was an immediate connection within the band that transcended to the engaging audience. Kerman was very friendly with the front row, asking them to sing along with him on “Ticats are Humming.”

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On Thursday Nov. 28, the Arkells gave an extraordinary performance at Peter Clark Hall. PCH was sold out days in advance and the Arkells gave their fans an incredible show. Their encore was a cover of the Clash song “Rock the Casbah,” and they ended with a rocking version of “Whistleblower.” Fans will be pleased to know

that the band has recently wrapped up recording a collection of new material that was produced by Tony Hoffer in Los Angeles, California. And finally,

contrary to popular belief, the Juno Award-winning band is not named after Arkell Township, south of Guelph, but from a street in Hamilton of the same name.

Red Brick Café showcases Sona Mincoff

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The Red Brick Café in downtown Guelph began showcasing paintings by Canadian artist, Sona Mincoff, on Friday, Nov. 29. What initially began as an interview quickly became a conversation with the artist whose work with oil and pastels has been featured in galleries across Canada. Joined by friends Jennifer O’Brien, David J. Knight, Liz Snyder, and Elly Gray, Mincoff spent time discussing her ideas and opinions on her work, the University of Guelph’s nightlife, and her experiences in school. “I think that everyone has an inner vision, and you just sort of try to get it out,” explained Mincoff of her method. “For me, it’s pretty personal, but every artist has their own agenda. They’re different people, and they have their own vision.” Mincoff began painting in high school, and remained self-taught until studying art at the University of Guelph. “[Art] just felt like something I should know how to do,” said Mincoff. “It felt like I knew how to do it, but I [also] didn’t know how to do it. I put down my paints many times…now I’m really serious, and I’m trying to be more serious about it.” Mincoff occupied a small table at the back of the popular coffee shop, while her art covered the walls. Patrons interested in asking

questions were directed to her table by the baristas at the cashier’s desk. The evening was largely informal, with Mincoff joking with friends and strangers alike. On her name, Mincoff remarked that it grew on her. “It’s great having an unusual name,” explained Mincoff. “I used to really begrudge it. When you have an unusual name, it really sets you apart.” Mincoff discussed the importance for artists to market themselves, in addition to creating their own work. “You kinda have to play the game; you know, go to galleries,” struggled Mincoff. If Mincoff was unable to complete a thought during the evening, friends would help by filling the blanks. “Playing the game is about networking [with people], talking to gallery owners, really marketing yourself,” continued author David J. Knight. “You have to sell yourself to people.” Though her artwork utilizes nature, Mincoff doesn’t adhere to a particular style of painting. Instead, she uses her work to grasp images that compose the semi-conscious. “I don’t really think my style [is] my own,” began Mincoff. “It takes doing things over and over again to understand how it works or how to do it.” On the topic of studying in the city of Guelph, Mincoff joked

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The Red Brick Cafe hosted the reception for Sona Mincoff’s art exhibition downtown Guelph on Friday Nov. 29. Mincoff’s art exhibition, called Somewhere other than..., will be on display at the downtown Red Brick Café until the end of December. about trying to leave, but constantly getting pulled back. “When I was at [university], there were four bars [on campus],” said Mincoff. “Nobody ever used to come downtown, except to go to the Albion [Hotel]. I remember when the last time the Blue Jays won the World Series, there were wall-to-wall people there. I was like a huge party – that’s kind of like what downtown Guelph is on a Saturday night now.” The conversation flowed and

took natural turns, settling on topics at the whims of the group. On the topic of bullying, Mincoff discussed her personal history with casual aplomb. “Yeah, I was bullied,” began Mincoff. “When I was in grade seven, for some reason these grade eight girls and guys decided to pick on me…it was so traumatizing. There was no reason; there was nothing wrong with me. I asked my friends if there was something [wrong], but there wasn’t and [these children]

just picked on me. I think one time I had my fly down or something.” Mincoff’s only qualm with the evening was the lighting in the café. “It’s kinda more dark in [the room],” said Mincoff. “My paintings aren’t terribly bright.” Despite the dim lighting fixtures meant to evoke intimacy, Mincoff’s style, layering, and expert use of colour were easy to see. Sona Mincoff’s paintings will be featured in the Red Brick Café until Dec. 29, 2013.


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Jam space: Musings on sound and culture

Five great albums to listen to when you’re sick Adrien Potvin

We all know that cold season is in full swing - our Instagrams and Facebooks won’t let us forget. That being said, why not engage in some therapeutic listening with this slew of albums, old and recent? I’ve always felt that a great album on a good pair of headphones can give you that wee little boost needed to feel better, so here’s a handful of my favourite albums to listen to when under the weather. 5. Les Troubadours du Roi Baudoin - Missa Luba (1958) King Baudoin’s Troubadours, a choir from Kamina, Congo, performs on this record. The music is a Congolese reworking of the Catholic liturgical mass. Yeah, it’s kind of a bizarre concept. Sure, the album’s history is more colonial than Colonel Kurtz and King Leopold II shooting 18 holes on a freshly bulldozed Congolese bush, but if you can get past its roots, the music is gorgeous. Infusing indigenous rhythms and instruments into the (often) gutless vein of Catholic liturgical music, this record will get your blood moving and your head nodding.

Also, those who have seen the 1969 Malcolm McDowell film “If…” will almost certainly recognize parts of it. 4. Múm - Finally We Are No One (2002) Nobody does bleeps and bloops quite like Iceland’s Múm, and 2002s Finally We Are No One is certainly proof of this. Eschewing traditional electronics for toys, trombones and all sorts of other weird bits and pieces, Múm apparently recorded this one in a lighthouse. Crafting a unique, almost childlike space, these Icelandic instrumentalists are a pleasure to listen to when relaxing and doing nothing in particular. Plus, Icelandic lighthouses are pretty cool to visualize when listening. 3. Deerhunter - Cryptograms (2007) Perhaps the most fitting of Deerhunter’s self-branding as an “ambient punk” group, Bradford Cox, Lockett Pundt and co. make their most experimental music on 2007s Cryptograms. I’ve found this album can be listened to in two ways: either as a “trial run” of ideas explored on the subsequent albums Microcastle and Halcyon Digest, or as its own remarkably accomplished work. Either way, the

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sound collages and emotionally charged songs are sure to capture the listener 2. Exuma - Exuma (1970) This one might be hard to come by - I just listened to it a few nights before writing this column. The enigmatic Bahamian musician Exuma has made some pretty bizarre music in his career - blending inspirations from the music of Nigeria, the West Indies and the Rolling Stones into a sort of “tribal minimalism” that is hypnotic and funky as all hell. If you enjoy Fela Kuti, you’ll adore this. Also, hunting down a vinyl copy would be a good Christmas present for the vinyl junkie in your family. 1. Joni Mitchell - The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975) In many ways marking the apex of Joni Mitchell’s elegant foray into jazz/funk fusion, this quintessentially “70s” album sounds consistently fresh. It’s my favourite Joni record, and one of my favourite “winter” albums, so I had to include it here at the top. With its delicate 70s cosmopolitan textures and tales of pimps, Southern belles and emotional toil, the album is essential Joni and essential Canadiana - two crucial steps to making the most out of winter.

GAIN music at Van Gogh’s Ear Adrien Potvin Van Gogh’s ear hosted a handful of rock bands on Saturday, Nov. 30, the night’s opener being Guelph’s rising post-punk band, The Namedroppers. The sets to follow - Greg McEvoy, Friday Night Trend, and Poor Young Things - treated listeners to an evening of healthy, hearty rock and roll. The Namedroppers opened the night’s event with their distinctive, viciously heavy blend of punk, noise, and even rockabilly. Anthony Damaio’s snarling, sardonic vocals captured the attentive audience, as well Sam Dlugokecki’s thunderous bass playing and indomitable stage presence. Grey McEvoy performed shortly after, with a friendly stage persona and equally friendly music. With a charismatic approach to his Tom Petty-esque tunes, his music fit the bar setting of Van Gogh’s perfectly, McEvoy and his group performed a solid set to a receptive crowd. Toronto’s Friday Night Trend took the stage immediately after, marking their debut performance

in Guelph. The group performed hard rock with a sort of poppunk tinge, in the vein of The Fall of Troy and At the Drive-In. The group performed energetically to a less-than packed house (after McEvoy’s set, the place nearly cleared out), which is an amiable feat and difficult to do. Props to them for staying enthusiastic for a sparse crowd. The night’s headliner, Toronto’s Poor Young Things, performed the last set of the night, again to a sparse audience. More fun and energetic rock and roll ensued, three guitars and enthusiastic vocal work by Matt Fratpietro attributed to a loud, rugged sound that was overall pleasing to hear. The evening’s organization left a lot to be desired - the bonecrushing noise and irreverent post-punk stylings of The Namedroppers didn’t quite set the tone for the “safer” style of the other three groups, and perhaps would’ve been better off in the night’s third slot. Each set had its own distinctive persona and sounds, but the bands didn’t work very well together as a “cohesive” event.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: LET IT BLEED

COURTESY PHOTO At the beginning of the movie The Departed, Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), the esteemed head of a Boston-Irish gang, is describing what it was like to be Irish growing up in Boston in the 1970 – all while the Rolling Stones “Give me shelter” plays in the background. The scene ends with Costello collecting money from an Italian delicatessen, whilst hitting on the much younger daughter of the deli’s owner before walking out with a bag of groceries and leaving an everlasting impression on Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio). By this time, the goose-bump forming backup vocals that accompany Mick Jagger’s voice are in full swing. So ended the opening scene to one of the best movies, and so began a love affair with the Rolling Stones, and in particular the 1969 album title Let it Bleed. The album begins with the song “Gimme Shelter,” and continues with another eight tracks that make up one of the Stones’ more bluesy albums. Another great song on the album is “Mightnight Rambler,” which features some kick-ass harmonica riffs. The album finishes with the last track, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” The song not only provides a solid life lesson, but from the angelic orchestra that starts the song, to the pepper shakers, to the somber acoustics that later turn into very groovy, very prototypical 1960-1970s electric guitar, this song has it all, and concludes one hell of an album from the band that many believe to be the kings of rock and roll.


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Margaret Atwood: MaddAddam

Dystopian feminism? Ian Gibson

Renowned Canadian author, Margaret Atwood, spoke to an at-capacity crowd inside War Memorial Hall on Wednesday Nov. 27. As part of a unique collaborative effort between the College of Arts, the Bookshelf, and the Café Philosophique Lecture Series, the University of Guelph presented the literary icon. Catherine Bush, a novelist, and coordinator of the University of Guelph’s Masters of Fine Arts creative writing program, hosted the event. Atwood has penned more than 40 books, including multiple works that cross between the genres of fiction and non-fiction, essays, and poetry, even dabbling online with digital formats to reach a wider audience. Her long and extraordinary career has weaved through the Canadian social fabric for over 45 years, and judging from the event, she is still committed to social, political, environmental, and writer’s issues. Perhaps best known for books such as Cat’s Eye, Edible Woman,

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and The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood was in town to promote her new book, MaddAddam. This novel is the third installment in the dystopian trilogy that began with Onyx and Crake, and Year of the Flood. This fictional series congeals the undesirability of dehumanization, environmental catastrophe, love and evil consciousness. MaddAddam is a palindrome, which Atwood asserts (depending on your perspective) can either be interpreted as “pessimistic or optimistic.” Atwood’s storytelling-career came to life with her quick-witted articulations and intellectual charm. She read an excerpt from her latest novel, and provided a paradoxical plethora of themes that ranged from unparalleled sexual pleasure to the annihilation of the human race. Not unlike other dystopian novelists - such as Bradbury, Huxley and Vonnegut - Margaret Atwood instills a fear of time in the readers, with her books providing a bottleneck moment that reflects a collision course with our planet and us. As an environmentalist, Atwood spoke of the destruction of oceans and rainforests, Norse cycles, and the symbolic meaning, which

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Canadian author Margaret Atwood visited the University of Guelph’s War Memorial Hall on Wednesday Nov. 27. Atwood was in Guelph to promote the newest addition to her trilogy titled MaddAddam and to give the audience some helpful advice. is very much embedded in her mordant work. Not dissimilar to a game of “Would You Rather?” - when asked during question period what she predicts for the future, she wittily responded, “Who’s future? Yours or mine?” Atwood said that we have a “collective future” between us, and that choice of “futures” belongs to the inventiveness of human

beings. Thus, the blueprint for her dystopian novels rests on the presupposition of, “Do you want to live in this house?” as she rhetorically asked, referring to our current political climate. For Atwood, there seems to be a correlation between the popularity of dystopian novels and youth, and a “dis-effective” populated world of diminishing opportunities. She commanded a need for

us to re-imagine and appreciate a positive future, and hoped that future writers would begin to write with more “utopian” enthusiasm. On a less related note, for those students entering into final essays, she also disclosed an anecdote for writer’s block: “Just write. Don’t edit. Produce something primary, and then improvise.”

Simply authentic: Diary of a local foodie Delicious chicken pasta Emily Jones The key to making a delicious meal is starting with fresh and whole ingredients. Last Saturday’s visit to the Guelph Farmer’s Market led to buying a lot of fresh produce, followed by a quick trip to a local grocery store to grab some ingredients that give that finishing touch. This week, the recipe chosen to share from my kitchen is a delicious chicken pasta – if you are a vegetarian, don’t worry, simply remove the chicken, and (trust me) the mouthwatering tastiness level will not decrease! The ingredient/grocery list is as follows: - Boneless, skinless chicken breast - Farfalle (bowtie) pasta - Red bell pepper - Yellow bell pepper - Fresh basil - Parmesan cheese - Goat cheese - Spinach - Basil pesto - Red onion - Fresh garlic - Mushrooms - Olive oil

- Fresh ground black pepper - Sundried tomatoes - Artichoke hearts Start off by drizzling olive oil in a large saucepan and place the chicken breasts (whole) in the pan. It might be a good idea to sprinkle the chicken with some mixed Italian seasoning to add a little extra flavour. Cook the chicken until almost fully cooked (you’ll be able to tell because it will be golden brown with no pink showing, but it will still seem juicy) then remove the chicken from the pan and place on a plate or cutting board while you make the rest of the dish. You will want to do this to ensure you aren’t left with dry chicken – because nothing is worse than dry, hard to swallow chicken. Next, in the same sauce pan, add a little more olive oil to the juices left from the chicken and add in chopped onion, red and yellow bell peppers, mushrooms, garlic, and spinach and allow for all the flavours to blend together and the vegetables to soften up a bit. Then, add the freshly sliced basil, artichoke hearts, and sundried tomatoes. While all of this is going on, start a pot of water, let it

come to a rapid boil and add pasta, cooking it al dente. Slice the chicken thinly and add it back into the saucepan with a tablespoon of basil

pesto. Drain the boiled pasta, and toss it alone with Parmesan cheese and basil pesto, to desired taste. The final step is adding the

pasta into the saucepan, stirring everything together and crumbling goat cheese on top. This is one of my all time favourite dishes. Enjoy!

CAPTURED IN DOWNTOWN GUELPH

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Downtown Guelph is no stranger to the work of graffiti artists who often spray-paint messages with political intent. This example of street art is an especially amusing juxtapositon. A second artist took the original anarchist message and twisted it out of context through the inclusion of pop culture references. The resulting message ties together capitalism, pop culture, and brings to mind Miley Cyrus’ infamous cultural appropriation of “twerking” – proving that social commentary is most be effective when made with humor and irreverence.


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Grassroots + Art + Guelph: Ed Video

Jessica Avolio

Initiated in 1975 by a group of recent grads from the University of Guelph, Ed Video started their project in the hopes to enable the creation and exhibition of independent media art in Guelph. “Ed Video,” short for “Educational Video,” was established as Guelph’s only Artist Run Centre, and 37 years later, it still remains. As one of the oldest organizations of its kind in Canada, they strive to educate the Guelph community through all forms of media. “It is...unusual that a smaller city like Guelph has a media arts centre, which usually only exist in larger cities,” said Scott McGovern, Program Director at Ed Video Media Arts Centre. The Ontarion spoke with McGovern about the history of the organization: “People take video for granted as cameras and computers are everywhere, but [video] was an extremely exciting new medium in the 1970s for artists.” During this time, artists were drawn to the immediacy of video, and many

sought out and experimented with it in different ways. The idea of conceptual art was embraced in Guelph a lot earlier than most places, and that led to the use of video as an important element for the movement. “Traditionally, video was only used for commercial purposes, but Ed Video empowered individuals with the medium,” said McGovern. “There was a feeling that Guelph needed a place to learn about and experiment with video.” Video equipment was quite expensive at this time, so Ed Video provided access to cameras, production equipment and editing programs, while also offering a support system for the community through training, social events and a year-long gallery program. Displaying media art from all genres, Ed Video provides local, national and international artists a space to display their work. Each year, the gallery hosts between 20 and 30 exhibitions, screenings and events, and though their focus is on video, “all types of creativity are celebrated,”

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affirmed McGovern. As a result, the space is also used as a venue for concerts - often featuring musical acts who combine visual elements with their music. Ed Video has also partnered with other art initiatives in Guelph, such as Kazoo!, Festival of Moving Media, CFRU, Silence, PS Guelph, and others. Though they receive little municipal funding, which has created “huge challenges regarding stability, autonomy, and planning,” McGovern explained that they continue to try their best to utilize available resources by being creative and using what’s available in the best way possible. Their present goals are to “promote the creation, exhibition, and appreciation of all form of media art. We wish to stay true to what Artist Run Centres were created to be, and offer opportunities for those with alternative voices to be heard,” stated McGovern. Since their medium is naturally invested in technology, they consistently look for ways in which technology can offer

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Located on Baker Street in downtown Guelph, Ed Video (short for Educational Video), it is a community that enables the spread of knowledge and the development of different forms of media. a new venue to be creative. McGovern said of what lies ahead that “innovative new

methods to teach and exhibit video will be embraced as technology evolves in the future.”

HOLIDAY HANDMADE SALE

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Santa’s vegan leather boot-covers over practical black sneakers add a level of style to comfort. His classy white gloves add a touch of sophistication to his red velour tracksuit that has white fur accents. This handmade beauty, with delicate stitching by the nimble fingers of elves, is truly a cross-section between fashion, functionality, and festivity.

On Saturday Nov. 30, The Necessary Arts Company hosted its first Holiday Handmade Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This sale, held at the Gummer building downtown was busy with Guelphites all day, supporting local artists who made everything from silk scarves to christmas ornaments to pillows. It was a lovely way to spend the last Saturday of November.


EDITOR’S TOP 10 PI Coolest Music Event

With the release of his book Sound Guelph, author David J. Knight celebrated with a book release and concert at Silence Guelph. The evening of Sept. 27 was full of excitement as people of all ages gathered to experience the launch, one that included alternative punk-rock music and odds and ends from the 1980s forward, with many clippings in the book cut straight out of past issues of the Ontarion. Bands reunited to showcase their craft and abilities that still hold strong today. It was an honour for the Ontarion to be such a large part of the Guelph music scene, PHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERD then and now.

Most Buzzworthy

“Alumni Spotlight,” a column written by our faithful volunteer Stephanie Coratti, features a weekly article which focuses on a particular University of Guelph graduate. Tweeted and shared by U of Guelph Alumni, Guelph Gryphons Track & Field, Robert Gibson III (TV producer at Sun News Network), Ryan Brejack (Alumni Advancement Manager), Kathy Butler (Olympian), and then retweeted multiple times after that, this column proved to be the most buzzed about on social media.

Most Controversial News Event

Launched in the fall of 2012, the university began their Program Prioritization process (PPP) which was tasked to identify and rank all academic and non-academic programs and services at the university. On Oct. 2, the results were released and were met with a fury of responses from students - with many of these opinions being displayed in the pages of the Ontarion. Coverage included a news article, an editorial that aimed to highlight the lack of awareness of the student body, and later, responses from the CSA, and other community members, who debated the potential implications of these results.

Awareness Campaign

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Biggest Sports Event

This truly was a special year for Guelph football. Aside from our boys climbing the CIS rankings to reach as high as fourth in the nation, our stadium received an added vibe from the additional seating provided by the Hamilton Tiger Cats (who got to call Guelph home for a season) as the famous Ivor Wynne was being rebuilt. Though the Gryphons came up short in the OUA semi-final to cross-province rival, the Queen’s Golden Gaels, there is no ceiling to the always-improving Guelph football team, headed by our tireless coach, Stu Lang. With increasingly strong recruiting classes and a returning front-four that is arguably the best in Canada, the sizzle that has been created by Guelph football is here to stay.

Close to 200 people gathered at Marianne’s Park in April 2013 to participate in Guelph’s first annual SlutWalk, a movement that originated in Toronto in 2011 as a backlash against a Toronto police officer who suggested that, in order to remain safe, “women should avoid dressing like sluts.” Guelph began their own chapter this summer to promote the message that we must change what it means to obtain consent. The Ontarion was present to capture and write about the experience, and to support a worthy cause.

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ICKS OF THE YEAR Most Inspirational Story

Where to start with Yves Sikubwabo? Perhaps there’s the fact that the Rwandan runner escaped genocide in the war-torn nation. Or there’s his unlikely story of finding a family in Ottawa to take him in. There is always how he ended up here at Guelph as an internationally renowned runner and how he is slowly becoming the face of the U of G, the best track and cross-country school in the nation. Or the simple question of how a 20-year-old lives with even a semblance of a normal life, in a culture he’s not accustomed to, and in an atmosphere that always has him in the spotlight. We may never know how Sikubwabo does it all, but there’s no understating his inspiring journey thus far, but the Ontarion attempted to capture this in an one-on-one interview with the runner.

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Weirdest Interview Subject

The Ontarion had the opportunity to conduct a telephone interview with author and Detroit reporter, Charlie LeDuff, a week prior to his speaking engagement at the university. Suffice it to say that he’s a bit of handful to talk to on the phone. Anyone who saw his “performances” at the library and in Rozanski can probably well imagine. The man puts people on edge - you either talk to him about the things he wants to talk about and say the things he wants to hear, or you best not say anything at all. At the very least, some of the Ontarion staff had the opportunity to drink and mingle with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author after the event.

Festival Coverage

Most Controversial Editorial

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ual festival put on throughout the city of Guelph. Its aim ndent films in hopes of creating a movement that teaches information surfacing around the world. The topics span ove stories, and each year the festival is determined to ssues. Our centre-spread coverage featured several film Meili, coordinator of the festival.

The editorial provides the Ontarion with a weekly opportunity to voice an opinion on a topical and relevant topic, but it would have been impossible to predict the backlash we would receive after writing about the topic of Shakespearean authorship. At this point in time, “To Believe or Not to Believe, That is Only Half the Question” has amassed 36 comments (more than any other article has received this semester), as readers debate and defend their views on the true identity of the Bard. It turns out that conspiracy theorists can be a rather testy bunch.

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“Guelphiest” Coverage

The Downtown Business Association was set on proving that coming across a piano in public, and interacting with it by playing or singing along, could induce emotions of happiness within oneself. As community members seized the opportunity to make improvisational music, their resulting happiness was infectious. Set to become an annual occurrence in Guelph, the “Happy Making Project” was dubbed by our editors to be the “Guelphiest” event featured in our paper this year.


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SPORTS & HEALTH

Rogers acquires NHL broadcasting rights

Andrew Donovan

I can remember a time not too long ago when SportsNet, the underappreciated littlest brother to TSN, CBC and locally, TheScore, boasted little more than sporadic Blue Jays games, poker, and 3 a.m. darts competitions that watched viewers fall asleep on their livingroom couches. Little brother SportsNet grew up in the summer of 2001 when Rogers acquired the beleaguered network, which had just been optioned off by CTV who, at the demands of the CRTC, had to sell off rights to either TSN or SportsNet. From thereon, Sportsnet had exclusive rights to all 162 Blue Jays games; bought TheScore outright; began to broadcast channels to every coast of Canada and a channel exclusive to Ontario; expanded their broadcasting capabilities with the 2010 launch of SportsNet One, a channel that features 800 live events a year, including regional NHL coverage; launched SportsNet Radio in 2011 with the acquisition of The Fan 590 out of Toronto and The Fan 960 out of Calgary; launched SportsNet World which saw SportsNet rebrand its international sports channel, Setanta Sports, with the Rogers image; and launched SportsNet Magazine which features a bi-weekly publication of all things sports from across the globe. Little brother ain’t so little anymore.

Alas, the icing on the cake for the increasing dynasty that is Rogers sports is the acquisition of NHL rights from TSN, to the tune of $5.2 billion dollars over 12-years. There is a lot of hoopla surrounding the deal, but for the average fan of the NHL that has little interest in the deal, here is what SportsNet’s newly acquired rights to NHL games starting at the beginning of the 2014-2015 season means for you: - “Hockey Night in Canada” will continue to air on the CBC. - The CBC will also air the Stanley Cup Finals, however, if a Canadian team is in the finals, SportsNet can option to have it simulcasting on many different channels that it owns. - No more regionalization of games or blackouts. This also means that all Wednesday and Saturday games that feature a Canadian team will be broadcasted by Rogers. - Pre and post-game coverage on Saturdays and Sundays will now begin at 4 p.m. - The NHL All-Star game and Draft will be broadcast by Rogers. This deal also benefits the CBC in many ways. Though the CBC was worried about losing rights to their Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts due to their unwillingness to spend more tax-payer money to outbid their private-sector counterparts, they still get to keep their Saturday night program and the NHL finals. This is a win-win for the CBC, as programming stays the same and

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This is a mock-schedule for a typical Saturday night of hockey starting in the 2014-2015 season real eased on SportsNet’s Twitter account. they no longer have to pay licensing fees or collect ad revenue, which will net them positively in an economic sense. CBC’s head, Hubert Lacroix, added that the CBC now has the ability to focus and promote their other programming, which traditionally has drawn their largest audiences anyhow. Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE),

parent company to TSN, released a statement saying they put in a bid that deemed “appropriate” for what they valued the NHL at. Though the former hockey mogul loses majority of broadcasting rights to Rogers, BCE maintains their commitment to hockey. “In hockey, our partnerships with the Leafs, Jets, Canadiens, Sens, and Hockey Canada (including

the World Juniors) remain core to our TSN and RDS TV, radio and digital properties,” read the BCE statement. The deal still has to be approved by the NHL’s board of governors at their meeting from Dec. 9 to 10, but the meeting is said to be more of a formality, and there shouldn’t be any dissenting opinions on the acquisition by Rogers.

Gryphons men’s and women’s basketball fall to Golden Hawks

Andrew Donovan

On Nov. 30, the women’s and men’s basketball team, 3-7 and 2-8 respectively, ended November on a sour note, with both teams dropping games to division rivals, the Laurier Golden Hawks, who are 9-1 in women’s play and 5-5 in men’s play. On the women’s side of the ball, Katherine MacTavish and Erica McFadden led all scorers with 15 points and continued their ability to carry the Gryphons throughout this season. MacTavish also added 10 rebounds to complete the doubledouble on the night. The first quarter of action was highlighted by defense and no rhythm offenses by either side. Laurier shot a paltry 17 per cent from the field, while Guelph shot only 19 per cent. Despite Laurier’s lower shooting percentage, the Golden Hawks still took a two-point lead into the second quarter. The second quarter saw improved shooting form both sides but was still dominated defensively, and the game remained that way until the third quarter when offensive rhythm really took off for the Golden Hawks, who were able to build a nine point lead – a lead they never let Guelph get close to diminishing on their way to a 63-55 final.

Though Guelph stuck with Laurier throughout this affair, hindsight would dictate that when a team shoots 17 and 26 per cent through the first two quarters, the need to play above your opponent’s level is at its most paramount – something Guelph did not manage on their way to their third straight loss heading into the winter break. In men’s hoops action, the Gryphons were narrowly defeated by the Golden Hawks by a final of 82-78 at the W.F. Mitchell Centre. Collin Corrigan led Guelph scorers with 17 points and six rebounds, while Zach Angus provided fifteen points and another four rebounds for the lowly 2-8 Gryphons side. Again, shooting plagued the Guelph team, as the men went just 25 per cent from the field in the first quarter, but still managed to keep on pace with the Golden Hawks – who were led by Will Coulthard’s 22 points and three rebounds – going into the second quarter down 16-15. The next two frames were all Golden Hawks as solid shooting, coupled with very limited Guelph chances for points, meant that despite shooting 36 per cent and 54 per cent from the field, Guelph was still down 10, wit the score 62-52 heading into the final frame. Guelph, on the back of two quick fourth quarter baskets, was able to

whittle the lead down to as little as two in the fourth quarter, but again, Laurier’s ball control and ability to capitalize on key baskets down low gave them a 76-73 lead that they

were able to sustain for the remainder of the game’s two minutes. With those losses, the men’s and women’s teams remain at seventh of eight teams in the OUA West,

and their chances for a playoff spot entering the season’sX second half look slim. The season recommences on Jan. 8, when both the men and women host the Western Mustangs.

MEN’S HOCKEY

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The Gryphons men’s hockey team ended the first half of their season with a 4-1 loss to the Brock Badgers. The Gryphons are 7-8 and sit sixth in the OUA West.


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NFL and NHL concussions serve as “warning shot”

Andrew Donovan

Back in August, the National Football League (NFL) settled with roughly 4,500 retired players who launched a lawsuit against the league for having “concealed the long-term dangers of concussions and rushing injured players back onto the field, while glorifying and profiting from the game’s violence,” as the Aug. 29 CBC article read. The former athletes – some of whom are suffering from dementia, depression, or Alzheimer’s claimed to be caused by blows to the head – launched the case back in 2011 in Philadelphia. Since then, the settlement has grown to cover 18,000 players, and the league has committed $75 million for medical exams and another $10 million for medical research. I wish I were in possession of a recorder during those humid

days in August when all the litigations were occurring. “Just you wait,” I said, “the NHL is going to see how this all goes down, and once the lawsuit is settled, it will be the NHL players who file a class-action against the NHL.” Well, my “I told you so” moment came last week when it was announced that more than 200 players have joined an existing lawsuit, with a handful of unnamable names, against the league that “knowingly put them at risk.” In legal terms, the lawsuit has been filed for negligence and fraud on behalf of the NHL, and the contention of the players filing the suit is that there should have been more done to address head injuries – but instead, the league decided to continue to promote and profit from violence on the ice. An article published in the Globe and Mail asked for legal advice on the matter, and questioned lawyers

on why the NHL should have to pay for a sport that players knew was rough when they began playing it. Legally, the players union signs a collective bargaining agreement that says players are responsible for accepting risk, “so the difficult thing for law is how much is too much…When you have a player who has a concussion on the field or on the ice, by definition, they don’t quite know what’s going on. When the decision depends on an expertise that is above and beyond that of an average person, then the team has a responsibility,” said Burlette Carter, a law professor at George Washington University in Washington D.C. Carter went on to speculate that the NHL’s best-case scenario at this point is to settle out of court, just like the NFL did. For the average hockey fan, this won’t mean a disruption in scheduling or games. Even if the lawsuit goes

through and a settlement is reached, Michael McCann, a sports law expert at the University of New Hampshire, said the worst-case scenario of a massive, nine-figure punitive damage award, or a sizeable settlement, is unlikely and not expected; adding that even though the NHL doesn’t have the money the NFL has, any settlement will likely not cause a threat to the league. Carter has called this lawsuit a “warning shot” to not only the NHL but to other sports leagues, and even minor hockey, which will be frantically scrambling to redesign youth hockey to avoid concussions early in life. The burden of proof obviously rests on the shoulders of the 200plus players filing the lawsuit, and their legal team will have to prove that the NHL “had a duty and did not fulfill that duty to asses them [players] properly,” Carter said. Here at the University of

Guelph, coach Stu Lang was quick to boast in an interview earlier on this season, that the Gryphons football team is the first in Canada to test Riddell’s new InSite technology, which measures hits inside the player’s helmet and accumulates these hits over the period of a game and season, making it difficult for players to hide potential injuries. The message is out, though: leagues are fair game for massive player lawsuits if the players can prove that the duty to protect and assess was not fulfilled, and as far as the NFL precedent is concerned, the players had a case. To not make the same mistake twice, I will go on record now, and say that the lawsuits are far from over, and the next league in the crosshairs of some very serious legal ramifications from concussions is NCAA football. Stay tuned.

Chant and be happy Shwetha Chandrashehkah Could a word as simple as “ohm” directly influence our bodies, and moreover, impact the instructions we receive from our DNA? Quite surprisingly, in the post-modern world, the answer is “yes.” Doctors today are rapidly uncovering the mind’s ability to significantly affect the body. Perhaps breaking news to modern medicine, the power of sound on the subconscious mind has been one which has subsisted with ancient cultures. Since the evolution of mankind, human beings have been using sound to enhance altered states of consciousness. As Deepak Chopra, new age and holistic health guru, infamously shares: this is the power of the mantra. The word mantra, derived from Sanskrit, is made up from two parts: “man,” which means “mind,” and “tra,” which means “instrument.” Hence, a mantra is understood to be an instrument of the mind; a

profound sound or vibration which emboldens the mind to enter a deep state of meditation. When a mantra such as “ohm” is repeated, it creates a powerful mental vibration that allows the mind to experience deeper levels of awareness, as each mantra induces specific vibrations in the mind. Notably, mind-body researchers are finding significantly more indication that meditation, namely mantra chanting, can act as guidance for the body elementally. The Preventive Medicine Research Institute at the University of California at San Francisco recently found a relationship between meditation and genes in prostate cancer. In an important pilot study they conducted, results supported that meditation alone may favorably alter gene expression in whole blood. Continuing to elaborate, findings showed that meditation, when combined with better nutrition and moderate exercise, also favourably altered gene expression

in prostate tissue. Although these are only preliminary signs in establishing a connection between genes and meditation, the power of sound on the subconscious mind is one which cannot be neglected. As an example from mainstream western culture, Chant and Be Happy (a book which follows renowned Beatle musicians George Harrison and John Lennon’s experiences with chanting) proves the immense power of the Hare Krishna “Hare Rama” mantra to transform the mind. The book suggests that the fundamental issue with our pursuit of happiness is that our sources of “pleasure” are all limited.  Chant and be Happy provides readers with information about how we can enlarge our perspective beyond present limitations, as it examines a principle which originates from the very innermost part of our being – all channeled via the mystical power of transcendental sound vibrations. Dispelling an ethereal impression,

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As eastern practices keep influencing western ways of life, more and more is being discovered about ancient practices such as mantras by doctors and the public alike. each word and sound in a mantra has been shown to have a very specific energetic effect. For example, a specific mantra which focuses on the word “aum” is able to stimulate certain parts of the brain, which in turn release correspondingly beneficial chemicals. On an elementary level, mantras

can be categorized as mediums of specialized sound which positively affect the mental plane. In our quest to consciously replace negative and conditioned thought patterns, mantras can be extremely effective in mediating between the conscious and subconscious mind.

Oil Pulling, more than a traditional remedy Shwetha Chandrashehkah As a holistic approach to health, Ayurveda was developed thousands of years ago, with its origins traceable to India. Based largely on the mind-body connection, Ayurveda is a science of life which views the human body as a self-healing design of infinite intelligence, as opposed to the views held by conventional medicine. Now commonly practiced in other parts of the world as a complement to traditional healthcare, Ayurveda offers a plethora of greatly beneficial practices which are simple to adapt into today’s demanding lifestyle.

Justifiably reflecting the latter, oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for oral health and detoxification. Essentially, it is a procedure that involves swishing oil in the mouth for both oral and general health benefits. As shared by the Journal of Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine, oil pulling is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita, where it is called Kavala or Gandusha and is claimed to cure about 30 systemic diseases, ranging from headaches and migraines, to diabetes and asthma. Gaining momentum in recent years as an alternative and complementary approach to traditional medicine, research on the practice

finds it a powerful detoxifying technique as well as an effective preventative and curative measure for many different health ailments. Fascinatingly, Ayurveda suggests that the tongue is mapped by organ locations. Basically, this means that each section of the tongue is connected to the kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, heart, pancreas, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine. Hence, oil pulling not only purifies the taste-buds, but the entire system, a concept supported by holistic health and new age guru, Deepak Chopra, in his book, Perfect Health. Likewise, according to this life science, the practice encourages and

mimics a soapy environment that cleanses the mouth, as vegetable fat is known to be nature’s emulsifier. In addition to the outlined health benefits, oil pulling effectively expels harmful bacteria and toxins, and reduces overall fungal overgrowth – something that simply brushing with toothpaste fails to accomplish. Operatively, the most effectively noted practice of oil pulling is done using a tablespoon of organic oil (sesame and sunflower are known to be of greatest benefit) in the mouth and swishing the oil around for approximately 10-15 minutes, then spitting it out – much like how typical mouthwash is used. Cited by many people who

practice this habit on a daily basis, it is found that dental health is substantially improved, allowing those who adopt oil pulling into their routine to frequent the dentist much less, if at all. This is thanks to the fact that once toxins and fungus are ejected from the body, the system is able to regenerate and heal itself – eventually succumbing to its natural inclinations. As evident, the enthusing aspect of this ancient healing method lies in its simplicity. Embracing the practice of oil pulling may sound too good to be true, but try it out for yourself and witness the marvel of the human body’s ability to self-heal.


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Undergraduate Philosophy Student Society Every day, we are confronted with countless choices - choices that have no definite answer. The French existentialist philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre, wrote that there is no absolute moral code, and that even if we do have an agreed-upon set of moral rules in our society, every individual must then interpret these rules. Sartre writes that we are all “condemned to be free,” and our morality is defined through the choices we make as free beings. We must choose our own morality, and accept the responsibility that falls upon us when we realize this.

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The examined life The primary criterion for moral action that Sartre gives is authenticity, or the ability to make choices without excuses. We often try to justify and separate ourselves from the choices we make, even though they define who we are. Everyone is guilty of this form of self-deception. Consider the student who looks in the mirror one day and decides that they need to get in better shape. We have all been there at some point in our life, and we justify our lack of exercise by maintaining that we had no choice in the matter. “I couldn’t get to the gym because of school,” or “I couldn’t run because of the weather.” In justifying to ourselves in this way, we are separating our mind, our consciousness, from the

choice we make. We choose to lie to ourselves as if there never was a choice: It is not as if you are choosing not to exercise, external factors just stopped you on your path to physical fitness, and you say, “Perhaps next week, the world will allow me to begin exercising.” We throw reality under the bus to avoid taking responsibility for the fact that we always had the freedom to choose how we live our life. These patterns occur everywhere in our lives. When our actions deny the truth, we find ourselves living out a sort of contradiction between our beliefs and our actions. Perhaps you feel that eating meat is wrong, yet you do not become a vegetarian. Perhaps you say, “I always

smoke when I drink,” yet deny that you still made the choice to smoke that cigarette. We separate our transcendent self from the material self that is acting within the world. For Sartre, we are our choices and actions, and they define who we are. We are free, therefore we cannot make excuses for our choices and ourselves, and we must live authentically and accept our freedom. It is important to take responsibility for every choice that you make, and accept that it was your choice all along. We must take a look at ourselves every once in awhile, and ask if we are being authentic in all the choices we face in our life. Are you taking responsibility for the way you exist within the world, and for the

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fact that it is you who is responsible for the path you take? When you accept these responsibilities, you realize the true power that every individual has in shaping who they are. To live authentically is not easy. Søren Kierkegaard wrote about how the existential choices of life lead to anxiety, which he called “the dizziness of freedom.” Anxiety is the recognition of the profound responsibility our freedom gives us. While Sartre’s theory is commonly described as pessimistic, it is also inspirational. If we recognize the freedom that is found in all the choices we make, and take responsibility for them, every one of us can live a happier, more authentic life.

The changeling in Japan

Poor Japanese worker discovers he was switched at birth Steve Spular

Imagine being born in the month of March, in 1953 - this will be 60 years ago in just a few short months. Imagine having your wealthy Japanese mother remembering the clothes of the child she brought home as being different than those she purchased, and imagine her not questioning this piece of information until many years later. In this situation, the first-born son of a wealthy family in Japan actually belonged to a poor family, in which he would have been the youngest son. Imagine the advantages that the changeling received: he obtained every economic advantage available, was allowed to go to the most prestigious schools in Japan, and became the favourite in a family of four sons, all because of a mistake in a hospital 59 years ago. This son had three younger brothers, who all looked considerably different than him. Because of the wealth and privilege of the family, all three of the younger brothers did exceedingly well - but not as well as the changeling, groomed for higher things as a first born son, going on to become the head of a successful real estate firm. But in examining the life of the legitimate heir to their family fortune, it was found that he grew up in a poor Japanese family. The father of this family died when he was two-years-old, and

he was brought up by a single mother on welfare, in a one bedroom apartment, with every disadvantage imaginable. His brothers were not able to overcome their dire circumstances, but the legitimate heir worked hard and went to night school. Even with his Herculean effort, the most he could aspire to was to become a truck driver. The changeling of disadvantage was not able to marry because of his dire circumstances, and instead spent his time looking after one of his older brothers who had a stroke. In 2009, the three younger brothers of the wealthy changeling became suspicious and began an investigation. What they learned would reverberate through Japan, ultimately becoming a major story in 2013. The three brothers learned that the DNA of the older brother was different, and that the hospital had made an incredible mistake. This story came to light because the hospital lost a lawsuit to the brothers, in which they tried to use a 10-year statute of limitations in order to avoid liability. A Japanese Judge ruled that the 10 years would go into effect from the time the mistake was discovered, and not from the year the mistake was made. If there is a silver lining to this story, it emerges in that the three wealthy brothers wish to have a relationship with the poor changeling. This poor changeling, who has every reason in the world to be bitter about his circumstances, has only been graceful and merciful about the cruel fate he has endured. The poor changeling’s chief regret is

that he will never get to meet his birth parents who died, and this reality has broken his heart. This story is Jobian in scope and can be deemed a greater Greek tragedy, making Trading Places or the Prince and the Pauper or even the Changeling, pale in comparison.

This story also seems to prove that your environmental circumstances have an incredible impact on your happiness and quality of living, and this will add a rather intriguing chapter to the nurture versus nature debate. I hope that Canada will learn that every

Canadian should have opportunities to maximize their potential and that poverty in such a rich country. This story would make an incredible movie with international implications; bringing to light the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction.


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You’ve probably seen this on Pinterest Holiday recipes to make you look like a culinary genius Alyssa Ottema The holiday party season is officially upon us, and you’ve inevitably been invited to an endless slew of potlucks and “casual get-togethers” that require you to bring a “dish” of some kind. In these situations, you have two options: (a) follow suit with the other lame people and buy a pre-made veggie tray that barely holds enough carrots to feed a 3-year-old, or (b) spend the same amount of money on a few ingredients and whip up something that makes you look like Martha Stewart (or Rachel Ray, or Lauren Conrad, or whoever is the current person who is cool and cooks things). These recipes are easy twists on holiday classics, so you can fulfill everyone’s holiday food cravings while still looking like the Albert Einstein of the kitchen. Beer and Cheese Fondue Dip This recipe is great because: (a) there’s alcohol in it, and (b) who doesn’t love cheese? - 1 tbsp. garlic - 1 1/3 c. wheat beer - 225 g. cheddar cheese, shredded - 170 g. Gruyere cheese, shredded - 2 tbsp. cornstarch - 1 pinch cayenne pepper - 115 g. cream cheese, cubed - 1 tbsp. lemon juice - 1 tbsp. brandy (optional) Simmer garlic and wheat beer over medium heat in a frying pan. Toss together Cheddar cheese, Gruyere cheese, cornstarch and cayenne pepper.

Add to beer and garlic mix in three additions, stirring well after each. Whisk in cream cheese and lemon juice (and brandy) until smooth. Place over medium-low heat of fondue burner, adjusting heat as necessary to maintain low simmer, stirring often. Garlic and Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes These mashed potatoes are the holy grail of mashed potatoes, so make two batches, because you will want to eat one pot of them on your own. - 1.8 kg. potatoes, peeled and chopped - 5 tbsp. garlic - 3/4 c. crumbled goat cheese - 3/4 c. milk - 3 tbsp. unsalted butter - 3/4 tsp. salt Cover potatoes and garlic with water in a large pot; boil gently until tender, 12-15 minutes. Drain and return to pot, leaving burner at medium-low heat. Stir in goat cheese, milk, butter, and salt; mash until smooth. Savoury Slow Cooker Stuffing This recipe kind of tastes like an apple pie/stuffing hybrid (yum), but the best part is that it uses crusty, “day-old” bread, so you can put that bread you bought last week and forgot about to good use. - 12 c. cubed, crust-less, “dayold” bread - 1 onion, diced - 2 ribs celery, diced - 1 apple, peeled/cored and diced - 1 1/2 tsp. sage - 1 tsp. thyme - 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper - 1/2 c. chicken broth or vegetable broth - 2 tbsp. butter, melted Toss together bread, onion,

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Instead of being lame and bringing a pre-made veggie or cheese tray to your next holiday party, try buying your own ingredients and preparing something yourself that offers a twist on the holiday classics. You’ll be sure to impress your friends with your Martha Stewart-like skills. celery, apple, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Drizzle with broth and butter; toss to moisten. Transfer to a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low, stirring once, until vegetables are tender – approximately 6 hours. Classic Cornbread Muffins Okay, so there’s no twist on this classic – but you just don’t mess around with cornbread. - 1 c. flour - 1 c. cornmeal - 1/2 c. granulated sugar - 1 tbsp. baking powder - 1/4 tsp. salt - 2 eggs - 1 c. milk - 1/2 c. butter, melted Preheat oven to 400*F. Whisk

flour with cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk eggs with milk and butter in a medium bowl. Whisk second mix into first. Divide batter into a 12-cup muffin pan. Bake until top is lightly golden, approximately 25-30 minutes. Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies If you need to take a dessert and are considering just buying peanut butter cups or cookies, go the extra mile and make a combination of the two. - 1/2 c. butter, softened - 1/3 c. granulated sugar - 1 egg yolk - 1 c. flour - 1/3 c. cocoa

- 1/4 tsp. baking powder - 1 pinch salt Filling: - 1/2 c. smooth peanut butter - 1/4 c. brown sugar Beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt; stir into butter mixture until combined. Stir peanut butter with brown sugar until smooth. Roll 1 tbsp of dough into ball and press into a 1/8 inch thick disk. Place 1 tsp. of peanut butter and brown sugar mix in centre of one disk, then make another disk and place on top, pressing the dough around the filling to cover. Bake in 350*F, for approximately 18 minutes.

Perfecting being perpetually poor

Making it through the holidays with little-to-no money Gabrielle Dickert

I get it - you’re broke. You’ve probably taken being poor to the next level. Welcome to the end of the semester. In addition to the stress of exams and the excitement of the holiday season, you have your finances to think about. Do you have any idea how you’re going to be able to afford presents? It’s going to be tricky, and you’re going to have to get creative - but I believe in you. Since it’s exam time, your eating habits have probably taken a turn. This means one of two things, either you’ve stopped eating almost

completely, or you absolutely cannot stop eating. For the sake of your wallet, I hope it’s the first: but realistically, you need to maintain healthy (read: any) eating habits over the exam period – it’s vital to your success. If you’re cutting back financially, remember that the school has a food bank available for students. You have a number of items at your disposal to get you through the month of December, so if you need to use it, do so. As for gift giving on a budget, you need to get creative. Hit up the Internet for some ideas that speak to you, things like: cookies in a jar, a painting, a coupon booklet, a photo album, a mixed CD, or a poem – these are all things you can give that cost minimal dollars. Do remember though, that spending less money

on presents usually requires you to spend a little more time on them. Truthfully, creative gifts are often better received than store bought gifts; so make it work in your favour. The holiday season (and returning home to your friends and family) sometimes requires you to spend even more money on hangouts. So, whether that be Sunday brunches, movies, or bar nights, try to opt in to cost effective options. Does your hometown have a community ice rink? Do you have cross-country skis at home? Attempt to find free or low budget activities in your area. Often these low budget activities also double as an excuse to get outside and enjoy the snowy weather. Don’t think that just because you’re a twenty-something, you’re no

longer able to go outside and make a snowman, or a snow fort, or a snow castle. The options are endless. Call up your friends; invite them over for some tea and board games. If you’re looking for some extra income, why not look through Kijiji ads. Around this time of the year, people are often looking for some extra hands to help around the house. You may need to help install decorative lights, or babysit for a few hours while parents go out to do their holiday shopping - there are so many opportunities to make some cash before Christmas. If there’s a big snowstorm between now and then, why not become an entrepreneur? Go door-to-door and ask people if they need their driveways shoveled for some cash.

Finally, if you weren’t able to take advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales this past weekend, wait to do your holiday shopping. Buy your gifts just before you see the people to whom you are giving the gift. Prolong gift exchanges with your friends until just after the holidays so you’ll be able to take advantage of Boxing Week sales. For your family (or those who you’ll spend Christmas day with), attempt the Christmas Eve shopping experience. The stores sometimes put the sales on early so you can take advantage. I mean, if you’re one of those people who start their holiday shopping in July, good for you. If you’re not, I have faith that you can make it through this holiday season being broke.


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The Tech Skeptic

Internet syntax and other oddities invade our use of language IRL Stacey Aspinall

When you send a text message, do you capitalize your i’s? Do you use abbreviations? Do you bother with punctuation? The traditional rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling don’t apply online and in the world of texting and IMing. However, it’s kind of unsettling when these technologically–enabled modes of communication invade our use of language IRL. Case in point: “because” has become recognized as a preposition – “because Internet.”

“Selfie,” a word with roots in the virtual world, has officially been named 2013 Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries. Increasingly, people rely on memes to communicate with each other online rather than using writing to express thoughts and ideas. Memes act as units that carry cultural ideas, symbols or practices, and are transmitted from person to person within a culture. They can be clever and funny, but they also act as shortcuts to communication. According to the study done at American University, even the use of the period, one of the most basic forms of punctuation, has shifted meaning. Ending a text message with a period implies anger or dismissal, according to the study

Re: Rental housing licensing program

Brian Blackadar I attended the “community engagement meetings” for the proposed Rental Housing Licensing Program. In the first meeting on Nov. 19, they queried how many people were in favour and against a proposed licensing program, and why. They strongly encouraged everyone to return for the second meeting, which was alleged to involve more detailed feedback. The second meeting on Nov. 21 consisted of filling out a form that queried what type of licensing program the attendees preferred. The meeting became disorderly when attendees who did not favour the program expressed concerns that checking boxes (which indicated choices between types of licensing programs) could be construed as an indication that attendees favoured the development of a licensing program. A show of hands revealed that around 90 per cent of about 100 attendees were opposed to establishing a licensing program. The coordinators of the meeting indicated that they were not requested to relay our opinion of whether we wanted a licensing program, but that they were specifically directed to collect information concerning what type of program we preferred. Organizers of the meeting stated that other communities have adopted licensing programs, but that they have had only a couple years of experience. It was stated by an attendee that the program has been very unpopular and unsuccessful in other communities. Attendees asked why the program was being proposed, and a list of items was provided, but none of the issues seemed

relevant. For example, it was stated that high rates of student housing results in neighborhood destabilization and issues with noise. However, an attendee pointed out that problems with student noise in recent years have been reported to be decreasing. Off campus housing has implemented an education program for off campus students, and police have been doing extra patrols during Orientation Week, which have been effective. Attendees asked why the program was being proposed now, with decreasing problems in recent years, but no response was available. Leanne Piper has said that she thinks that there are some deplorable units. I pointed out to a city staff official that with the new high-rise student housing complex approved for the corner of Gordon Street and Stone Road, and there should be an excess of student housing available in a few years. An excess of housing should result in more competition, with the deplorable units not being chosen by tenants. A licensing program is not required to address this. The staff official agreed and said that my opinion was widely appreciated among city staff. My personal concern of the licensing program stems from my experience with the Guelph Transit changes implemented a couple years ago. I went to a feedback and information session before it was implemented, and it was clear that they were not interested in any type of comments that were not supportive of their plans. Mayor Farbridge gives inspiring speeches, but she does not seem to be interested in the opinions of the citizens of Guelph.

“Text Messaging and IM: Linguistic Comparison of American College Data.” Since the default is to end a text message with no punctuation, choosing to include a period adds meaning, rather than simply marking the conclusion of a sentence. These linguistic changes seem to occur quite rapidly, leading many people to criticize technology’s role in the perceived devolution of the English language. However, it could be argued that technology has not changed the nature of language. It has simply revealed that it is inherently fluid, unstable and is always in flux. Perhaps language traditionalists feel alienated by the newer, innovative forms of language that are unfamiliar to them; after all, while language serves the purpose of connecting people, it can also highlight divisions between groups of people, making generation gaps more apparent. In other words, it separates the Baby Boomers from the YOLOers (though, even this meme may be already past its prime). Language is not fixed and stable, and never has been; it has changed over time and will continue to evolve. What is alarming is the potential for it to continue changing at an increasingly advanced pace. Technology acts as a catalyst that enables the inevitable

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Language continues to evolve as new technologies displace previous modes of communication. However, some people struggle to keep up with new linguistic conventions (such as abbreviations) influenced by texting and the Internet. evolution of language to occur in more noticeable ways. This process cannot be avoided, so we will have to remain flexible in our use of language or risk being left behind. It’s just a matter of semantics, after all.

The views represented in the opinion section do not necessarily reflect the views of the Ontarion nor its staff.


EDITORIAL

Bullying in the modern age

The destructive use of cyberspace and acting for change

The year 2013 will soon come to a close, and looking back on the past twenty years spent in the education system, it is recognized that something is in desperate need of change - the way people treat each other, and ultimately, themselves. Being a kid in the school system in the 1990s to the early 2000s had its ups and downs, and the act of bullying was both felt personally and seen openly in the halls and playgrounds of schools, but never would it have been imagined that bullying would have come to where it is now. The school systems are implementing anti-bullying campaigns now more than ever, and this may seem like the rehashing of what is already known in society - but the ugly truth is, this may be heard, but not everyone is listening. Bullying comes in many different forms that fit into different categories of a larger whole – verbal, physical, relational, and cyber. Each form is harmful to the victim, but the rise of cyber-bullying is becoming an epidemic. In a 2011 research study published in the Children and Youth Services Review, it was stated that “…unlike traditional victims…cyber victims may be more likely to feel isolated, dehumanized, or helpless at the time of attack.” Every form of bullying can make the victims feel a sense of depression and hopelessness, but cyber-bullying is a newer form of harassment, and because of technological advances, it is capable of being spread at a much faster rate and on a much larger scale. In another 2011 study that focused on bullying in the twenty first century, it was stated that we are now just “…beginning to grasp the ‘enormity’ of the cyber-bullying problem,” positing that this may lead to the “maladjusted adult” and their inability to grasp the seriousness of the subject matter right away due to their disconnection

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In the age of technology, instant information, and constant communication, it’s not surprising there is bullying happening virtually. Anti-bullying campaigns have sprouted up at schools now more than ever to let students know that bullying comes in many forms. with the world of the Internet. However, the study also stressed that this is a topic ought to be “a new object of adult concern.” The explosion of cyber-bullying, although it has been developing for years, has become a larger problem as the Internet has grown. In the majority of current research, there is a lot of talk about parents setting restrictions, users updating privacy settings, and limiting the time spent on the Internet by children - but setting these limits and guidelines isn’t likely to stop the problem, as it hasn’t yet. The issue that needs to be tackled is not setting up parental controls, or paying attention to the amount of time a child spends on the Internet – it is paying attention to your child, and teaching them what it means to be kind, how to treat others with dignity and respect, and how to be a well-mannered person. The Internet can be of use for many great discoveries and has the ability to enrich society’s

scope on a multitude of topics, but it is easy to blame the rise of Internet use as the problem behind something as destructive as cyber-bullying - because without looking deeper, it seems like the simplest answer to such a difficult question. It is much easier to place the blame on an inanimate object, such as a computer, rather than on parents of today. The computer isn’t going to teach your children how to respect other people, that is a job that is in the hands of human beings. It is the responsibility of everyone in society to work together to change and put a stop to bullying one another. Being a bully is often a reflection of one’s own self-hatred, or ignorance to the affect a human being can have on another. Society needs to begin to spread love and respect both individually and to those who inhabit the world with us. In the majority of research the focus is on school aged youth, which seems appropriate as much bullying is done in the adolescent-teen

years. However, the sad reality is, this trickles into society on a greater level when these people reach their adult years. Just because a cyber-bully is hidden behind a screen doesn’t make the act any less hurtful. Bullying is unacceptable in every way, and cyber-bullying isn’t funny nor does it make you “cool.” There is no reason to want to fit in with people who want to harm someone else’s wellbeing – as a society, we need to work to erase this negativity and atrocious behaviour. Change starts in the individual, since everyone has the ability to treat others with dignity and respect, and that is what everyone should strive for in their lives. Have a question, comment or complaint? Send us a letter to the editor at ontarion@uoguelph.ca. Deadline is Monday at 4 p.m., 300 word max.

LETTER TO EDITOR CSA Statement Regarding Student Support Resources On the evening of Saturday, Nov. 30, there was a fire in a residence on campus. Three individuals were sent to the hospital - two were released, with one remaining in a stable condition. At this time, your Central Student Association (CSA) has made it a priority to ensure that students affected by this incident are provided with support. Your CSA is working closely with University Administration

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to ensure that necessary supports are available to meet student needs during this time. Some services and supports that have already been identified are academic accommodation for students needing to defer exams, additional counseling services, and making community and campus resources accessible. This incident, and the diverse reactions to it, remind us that we need to continue to support

mental health awareness and programming on our campus. The University of Guelph community must continue to focus on working towards ending the stigma surrounding mental health and towards reducing and combating harassment, be it face-to-face or online. This is a stressful time of year on campus for many students and we encourage students to utilize the services available to you, including those listed

below. If you require additional information, please contact Tyler Valiquette (your CSA Local Affairs Commissioner) at 519-824-4120 x54407 or csalocal@uoguelph.ca. Other resources available: Student Counselling Services, Employee Assistance Program, Student Support Network, Student Health Services, Multi-Faith Resource Team, Good2Talk, and FeelingBetterNow.

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