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172.12 • Thursday, november 21, 2013
Happy Holidays! Santa comes to Guelph
A young girl was spotted blushing shyly as a boy from her school broke formation from the parade to give her a candy cane and a hug as she watched the festivities pass along Quebec Street. The sight was the perfect sign of a festive day; one adorned with red, green, gold and white. Holiday spirit was in the air, and everyone in attendance was smiling as the floats drove past. Thousands cheered and waved as various floats paraded through downtown Guelph on Sunday, Nov. 17. From local animal shelters, to the fire department, and even Live Action Role Players, a host of local community organizations came out to celebrate the holiday season. It was the perfect weather for a parade – warm, surprisingly clear for mid-November, and not too windy. Many people were wearing shorts and T-shirts, a humorously non-festive site, which nonetheless signified how unusually ideal the weather turned out to be for the festive day. Others were not
afraid to wear their ugly holiday sweaters, or dress up in full costume to celebrate the season. Several marching bands helped raise the Christmas spirit by loudly playing holiday favourites like “Feliz Navidad,” “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,” “Winter Wonderland,” and several other classic carols for all to hear. Children danced along the edges of the streets, laughing loudly to the sound of the cheerful music. Among the crowd, spectators were delighted to see young children handing their letters to Santa to the Canada Post staff. It was heart-warming to see the spirit of the holidays alive in the eyes of these young kids, running as fast as they could to make sure that Santa would be getting their Christmas list. It was not just children, however, many parents and teenagers were also seen letting their holiday spirit show. The Guelph Food Bank was out in full force, promoting the spirit of giving in this time of charity. Christmas is, after all, a time
when much attention is focused on those who are less fortunate. The Food Bank volunteers were carrying boxes and buckets, collecting non-perishables from the crowd. A volunteer’s box gave out and spilled cans all over the street and there was several people who ran to help, showing the true meaning of Christmas spirit. Santa himself was on the last float to arrive, his booming voice shouting “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” to everyone watching. Young kids were ecstatic to see the big man dressed in red and white waving at them. Even adults couldn’t help but give a little smirk at the happiness experienced at the celebration. Whether it is for the casual onlooker, a young girl embarrassed to hug a boy in front of a crowd, or Santa Claus himself, the holiday season is a time of joyous celebration for everyone. Guelph’s annual Santa Claus parade kicked off the holidays with a grand entry through the downtown core, inaugurating for all that wonderful holiday spirit.
PHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERD
Santa Claus aboard his sleigh waves to passersby to close off this year’s eponymous parade. The warm weather did little do console those convinced it’s far too early to be thinking of Christmas.
Deadly hit and run with cyclist, woman charged Emily Blake A Guelph woman has been charged for her involvement in a hit and run that led to the death of a cyclist. Anna Wilson has been charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident that occurred late in the evening on Nov. 13 just north of Guelph. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene early morning on Nov. 14 after a passerby called 911. The victim has been identified as Gordon Krofchick of Ariss, and was pronounced dead at the scene. This incident comes in the wake of a series of cycling accidents across the city over the past few months. The Guelph Police Service investigated eight collisions
involving cyclists and motor vehicles in August, prompting the department to issue an advisory on safety tips for cyclists. Recently, two high-profile op-eds have been published in the New York Times and the Economist about laws that discriminate against cyclists in the United States. In the New York Times, Daniel Duane compares American laws to those in the Netherlands. While motorists often face no punishment for crashing into or killing cyclists in the United States, the driver of the motor vehicle is held liable for the injury or death of the cyclist in the Netherlands. This is largely because cyclists are treated as weaker participants in traffic
rather than as equal users. As of yet, Wilson has only been charged with the hit and run. Duane points out that the number of cyclist fatalities is much lower in the Netherlands despite a greater number of cyclists. Cyclist fatalities in America were estimated to fall between 58 to 109 deaths per billion kilometers cycled in the early 2000s, while there were only 12 deaths per billion kilometers cycled in the Netherlands in 2010. This is not only due to laws that hold drivers more accountable, but to a more entrenched cycling culture and more advanced cycling infrastructure. Cycling plays a large role for students as well as the greater Guelph
community. Not only does it reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, many find it a great source of exercise and leisure. While the number of bike lanes across Guelph has already increased, the need for further expansion has been identified by the city. Such an expansion is expected to decrease difficulties for motorists and increase the safety of cyclists. There are currently a number of efforts to increase cyclist well being, as well as to further the construction of bike lanes. The Bike-Friendly Guelph initiative is working to make cycling safer and more convenient in the city and hopes to triple the number of daily bike trips in Guelph by 2018. Last
February, City Council officially approved the Cycling Master Plan; a transportation-planning document intended to guide the development of a cycling network. The proposed city budget also has $13.5 million allocated for road expansion and $450,000 allocated over 10 years to build 78 kilometres of bike lanes on roads that do not require widening. It is hoped that these efforts will raise awareness about cycling across the city and decrease the number of accidents. Cyclists are reminded to ride safe and to obey all the rules of the road. Those interested in learning more about cycle-safety tips can go to the CSA Bike Centre on campus or the Guelph Police Service website.
UOIT Student Association threatens legal action Mayor of London: “Automatic knighthood” for top ten taxpayers In his column for the Daily Telegraph, Mayor of London Boris Johnson has courted controversy by arguing that instead of bashing “zillionaires,” Britons would do well to thank them for their massive contributions to the nation’s tax revenue. Citing numbers which indicate that the top 0.1 per cent of the British population – or some 29,000 people – pay 14.1 per cent of all taxes, Johnson wrote that while he neither approves nor disproves of such affluence, Britons must face the facts: when the super-rich invest in their gin palaces and other extravagances, they sustain a sizeable portion of the nation’s economy while having essentially zero negative impact on the lives of others. “There is no point in wasting any more moral or mental energy in being jealous of the very rich,” Johnson wrote. “They are no happier than anyone else; they just have more money. We shouldn’t bother ourselves about why they want all this money, or why it is nicer to have a bath with gold taps.” Instead, he says, “We should be helping all those who can to join the ranks of the super-rich… and simply give thanks for the prodigious sums of money that they are contributing to the tax revenues of this country, and that enable us to look after our sick and our elderly and to build roads, railways and schools.” Amazon deforestation rose 28 per cent last year The rate of deforestation in Brazil has increased by 28 per cent since last year in a startling turn that follows years of equally dramatic improvement. Brazil’s Environment Minister, Izabella Teixeira, has vowed to reverse this “crime” but denies that the current government’s policy is to blame. Environmentalists charge that recent reforms to forest protection law are responsible for this year’s increase, and also point the finger Brazil’s strong agricultural lobby. The rate of deforestation in Brazil had been shrinking since 2009. That was the same year Brazil promised to reduce deforestation in the Amazon by 80 per cent by the year 2020. These most recent figures show that 5,843 square kilometres of forest were chopped down last year, up from 4,571 sq km the year before. Despite this increase, last year’s forest loss is still the second lowest on record. – Compiled by Michael Long
Durham College and UOIT are refusing to remit fees, citing financial mismanagement Sameer Chhabra The Student Association (SA) at Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) may soon carry out legal action against the college and university administration after having their funding and operations threatened. In September, the Student Association was informed that their membership fees would not be remitted, leaving the autonomous body without a source of funding. An autonomous organization like the University of Guelph’s Central Student Association (CSA), the Student Association at Durham College and UOIT rely on fees collected from students to fund and regulate on-campus groups and activities. These fees are paid to the schools and are then filtered to the Student Association. “Every year, the SA asks the institutions to collect millions of dollars
in fees from students of the university and the college, and flow those fees through to the SA,” said John MacMillan, Director of Marketing and Communications at UOIT. “That collection and flow-through comes with some responsibility to ensure that the recipient of those fees is properly managing its finances, and is a viable and representative organization.” The Student Association is not bound to the college and university, but to the students comprising Durham College and UOIT. “The institutions collected these membership fees from students on behalf of the Student Association and has no basis for withholding them,” said Peter Chinweuba, President of the Student Association, in a Nov. 14 press release. “Membership fees are our main source of operating revenue. Without these fees, we won’t be able to offer student-run services like the campus food bank and campus recreation programs and may be forced to close our businesses.” Despite Chinweuba’s concerns, Durham College and UOIT made the point that funding is still being provided to on-campus groups. “While we are not flowing fees to
the SA, we continue to flow the student fees directly to student groups, clubs and other student functions for which we have received invoices,” explained MacMillan. In a Nov. 5 letter sent to all Durham College and UOIT students, the institutions detailed their concerns with the Student Association. The letter stated that: “We outlined to the SA that there were [three] primary ways to rebuild confidence [in the Student Association], and offered assistance in meeting requirements…We asked that the SA provide us with its audited financial statements for the 2012-2013 fiscal year...a ‘management letter’ and a governance plan...As of today, we have received a copy of the audited financial statements, however we have received neither the management letter nor a governance plan.” Durham College and UOIT have reaffirmed their desire to work alongside the Student Association for the benefit of the students. “Both institutions have viewed the SA as a partner, and have only taken actions in response to the SA’s refusal to discuss important matters related to its governance,
financial statements and the conduct of some students associated with the SA,” said MacMillan. “From day one of this situation we have offered assistance to the SA to help it get through its current circumstances. We look forward to receiving both the SA’s governance plan and the management letter from its auditor, and to restoring our working relationship.” The Student Association has launched a petition titled ‘Free the Fees’ encouraging students to reach out and make their voices heard. Despite the Student Association’s autonomy, students associated with Durham College and UOIT have a responsibility to abide by their schools’ codes of conduct. “The SA has an obligation to the students who elect and financially support it to manage its business relationships professionally and responsibly,” said MacMillan. “Similarly, any students associated with the SA must also abide by the university and college Codes of Conduct. The institutions are focused solely on ensuring that the SA fulfils these responsibilities to UOIT and [Durham College] students.”
Line 9 opponents up the ante
“There is no pipeline debate – there is just a pipeline fight” Ian Gibson
On the morning of Saturday, Nov. 16, protesters gathered in downtown Guelph to rally against the reversal of Line 9, an oil pipeline that runs between Ontario and Quebec. Organized by the Guelph AntiPipeline Action Group (GAP), the protest began at the Guelph Farmers Market and proceeded to march up Wilson Street to rally in front of City Hall. One protester shouted, “It’s about our world, our future, our children, our children’s future.” Another said, “This is the last chance for us to send a message to Prime Minister Harper that he really has to rethink about stopping the reversal of Line 9.” Line 9 is owned by Calgarybased energy company, Enbridge Inc. Since the 1990s, the pipeline has pumped oil westward from Montreal to Sarnia, Ontario. The west-to-east reversal would give Quebec refineries access to domestic bitumen – originating from the Alberta’s oil sands – in a move Enbridge says will save Quebec refineries billions of dollars in the coming decades. In addition, the reversal would increase the pipeline’s capacity to 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day, up from the current 240,000 barrels. The National Energy Board
(NEB) is currently in talks to approve the application of reversal of Line 9, but the final hearing was postponed after protestors disrupted those proceedings. Activists argue that the reversal would jeopardize the Beverly Swamp and Spencer Creek wetlands, located in southern Ontario, and oppose the expansion and growth of the oil sands altogether. A statement on the Swamp Line 9 website reads: We are against “toxic diluted bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands [flowing] through our communities and watersheds.” “The development of the oil sands is reckless,” echoed one of
the protestors at the Guelph protest. “The environment is at risk wherever the crude bitumen is extracted or transported.” According to Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli, “Ontario won’t conduct its own environmental assessment of a plan to reverse the flow of the Line 9 oil pipeline that runs through the province.” Working in partnership with the Idle No More campaign, the protestors also claim that crude flowing through the reversed pipeline would be more corrosive and would stress the aging infrastructure, increasing the chance of a leak. Line 9 crosses the traditional
territory of Channonton, Mississagi Anishinabec, and Onondoawaga people, affecting both the Grand River and Six Nations people who are opposing the oil line. Donna Jenison of GAP said, “People need to wake up and become active citizens… Decisions are not always made in or for the public good” Nation-wide protests against the reversal of Line 9, including the one held in Guelph, aim to do more than just bring attention to the debate. According to the Swamp Line 9 website, “there is no pipeline debate – there is just a pipeline fight.”
PHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERD
Protestors gathered outside the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning to rally against the proposed reversal of the Line 9 pipeline. The reversal would allow crude from Alberta’s oils sands to travel from Ontario to refineries in Quebec.
172.12 • Thursday, november 21, 2013
Keeping kids safe is no easy task
ALTER program promotes child safety in the home Alicja Grzadkowska
On Nov. 16, shoppers at the Quebec Street Mall might have been shocked to see children walking around with bruises, head bandages, and neck braces. However, the purpose of the Help Us Promote Awareness event, run by the University of Guelph’s Child Development Research Unit (CDRU) and Guelph Public Health, was to promote child injury-prevention and keep kids safe in the home. Professor Barbara Morrongiello, the director of CDRU, who also holds a Canada Research Chair in Child and Youth Injury Prevention, developed the ALTER program as a way to reduce the number of ER visits involving children under five years old that are caused by falls in the home. According to Morrongiello, in Guelph alone, 72 young children per month visit emergency rooms due to these types of fall injuries. And a scraped knee or bruised elbow is not the worst wound that can result from fallrelated accidents. “Falls can cause serious injury like concussions, which can affect learning and memory for the long term,” explained Morrongiello. The ALTER strategy focuses on five approaches that parents can
use to reduce their child’s risk of a serious fall injury, including changing the location of a child’s activity to maintaining parental supervision and planning a safe environment where a child can play without encountering dangerous situations. The comprehensive website for the program explains ALTER in detail, and can be found at ALTERforChildSafety.ca. The awareness event gave kids a chance to have professional photos taken while sporting gruesome injuries that can potentially result from falls, with the help of some face makeup and First Aid equipment. The photos will be used in later promotions for the program. Parents who attended the event were enthusiastic about ALTER, and were eager to apply the approaches. “You have kids all over the place at home, and it would be good to know how you can avoid [injuries]…You just want to make sure that everything’s safe,” said Preethi Jayanth, whose fiveyear-old daughter participated in the photo shoot. Nicole Cotie, another participant’s parent, agreed, commenting that the timing aspect promoted in the program, which recommends that tasks around the home be planned during times when children can be effectively supervised, is especially useful - “[I can ask myself], do I have to do this right now?” Morrongiello says that the
PHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERD
A boy gets his photo taken wearing bandages around his head. The photoshoot was part of an event designed to promote child-injury prevention strategies. response of parents in the community has been positive, especially once they hear the statistics about monthly emergency visits. “They realize that falls in the home are a big issue,” Morrongiello explained, adding that the approach is easy to integrate into everyday activities around the home. “We are not saying that [parents] should
be watching their child 100 per cent of the time. What we are saying is to use ALTER to reduce children’s injury risk when they cannot watch their child 100 per cent of the time.” The program is currently being delivered in pediatric physician offices during regular checkups. Posters directing parents to the ALTER website will be placed around the city in libraries,
recreations centres, and other family-friendly locations. After the evaluation of the program is completed in Guelph next year, Morrongiello says that the initiative will be delivered in other communities through public health units. “ALTER is easy to use and it increases children’s safety. And everyone has children’s safety as a priority,” said Morrongiello.
Guelph Finance Conference a success
Economics and Finance Association ran a mock trading floor Taylor Graham
The University of Guelph’s Economics and Finance Association (EFA) hosted its fourth annual Guelph Finance Conference on Nov. 15 and 16. Since 2010, the organization has brought students together to develop a deeper knowledge of the financial sector. The main event of the conference was the College of Management and Economics (CME) Trading Simulation, which took place on Saturday, Nov. 16. The simulation was undertaken in groups of three to five students and was designed to give students insight into the financial stock market and see how it operates over the course of a single year. Teams were given one million mock dollars to invest and were required to make use of real market data to forecast prices and make the best investments possible. The day
was divided into four quarters, each representing one quarter of the stock market’s fiscal year. After the simulation was completed and reviewed, the winning team received a cash prize of $1,250, while the second and third place teams received $500 and $250 respectively. This year the winning team was The Stable Studs, comprised of Parker Payette, Jeffrey Finch, Jim Guest, and Michael Legge. Not only did students gain valuable experience with the stock market, they also had the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals from all over Canada. This year, the conference hosted over 100 students from across the country. While the majority of attendees were from the U of G, students from as far as British Columbia’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University attended the conference. Co-Chairman of the EFA, Juan Salguero, said: “In order to participate, delegates had to submit their resumes; and those who were selected did so because they showed an interest in the field.
A finance major is not required; in fact we had delegates whose majors included statistics, math, science, and arts.” By making connections with sponsors, the EFA was able to invite industry professionals and corporate representatives to speak with the students about prominent topics in the financial sector. Delegates were given the opportunity to listen to keynote speakers at the Saturday luncheon and again at the banquet dinner. While the fourth year of the conference has successfully passed, the EFA is continually seeking ways to improve the conference and increase participation in upcoming years. Aiming to attract students from more diverse backgrounds, potentially at an international level, Salguero hopes the conference can “create exposure to our university, and see it recognized among other great universities.” The annual conference also proved beneficial to organizations within the University of Guelph. University sponsors such as the Co-operators Centre for Business and Social Entrepreneurship
(CBaSE) took advantage of event to market themselves to students from other institutions and other businesses. The EFA works throughout the year to encourage
finance-minded individuals to share their passion with others. The conference encourages students to expand their financial knowledge and network with peers and industry professionals.
First-year seminar hostd wartime food exhibition
Students tasked with showcasing library’s collection of WWII recipes Michael Long
For a rather unusual course, the class of one of this semester’s FirstYear Seminars has spent the bulk of the term planning McLaughlin Library’s annual “What’s Cooking in the Archives” event. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, their final project was revealed as the class hosted their interactive showcase in the library’s Academic Town Square. “What’s Cooking in the Archives” has now been run for four years. The annual event exhibits pieces of the library’s extensive collection of historic cookbooks to the public by preparing some of the recipes they hold. The library has one of the largest archives of cookbooks in North America, containing approximately 14,000 items. This is the first time a class has been responsible for orchestrating the event, and students decided to theme this iteration around recipes originating from the Canadian homefront during the Second World War. The university has run First-Year Seminars intermittently since 2003 under the UNIV*1200 course code. The seminars are intended to provide discussion-based classes to first-year students and are focused on the instructor’s particular area of interest, whatever that may be. Kathryn Harvey, the instructor
of the course, “A Seminar on Event Planning,” is also the head of Archival and Special Collections at the library. The university has recently been keen to support its First Year Seminar experiment – 13 seminars were on offer this semester, covering everything from human rights, to sleep patterns, to Facebook – yet Harvey’s course is the only one that centres around an extracurricular assignment. “After last year’s [What’s Cooking exhibition], I got to thinking, the preparation of this event might be something fun for first year students to do and actually learn something in the process,” said Harvey. “So I decided to do a class on event planning, and this is the culmination of the first year student’s work.” During the Second World War, Canada undertook a series of unprecedented measures aimed at altering the diets of Canadians on the homefront. With that regime of austerity came the publication of new recipes and cookbooks, printed for the purpose of teaching housewives how to – as the title of one 1943 pamphlet suggests – “get the most out of your refrigerator.” Sarah Bennett, a first year Art History student in the class, came up with theme of wartime meals. “I wanted to focus on the ingenuity that happened in cooking; how they had rations and how they had to cut down on sugar and meat,” said Bennett. “[I was interested in] how they had to work around that and make creative recipes. The class divided the event responsibilities among themselves
PHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERD
Students from Kathryn Harvey’s First Year Seminar class hold platters of food prepared using wartime recipes. Seen here, from left to right are: Hope Medema, Zack Fryer, Hailey Hoffman and Cynthia Zhou. evenly, delegating groups for publicity, building the exhibits, and organising the cuisine. The Woolwich Arrow has partnered with the library for the past four years to provide the food for the event, free of charge. Jason Waterfall, the general manager, joked that this year’s theme of wartime austerity certainly met his criteria for “keeping it simple.” Three recipes from the archives were presented at the event: a maple spread (only two ingredients in that one), a bacon cheese sandwich spread, and a rudimentary meatloaf. “The meatloaf was very basic, the only difference was canned
Annual TEDxGuelphU conference Independent TED talk aims to turn tradition “Inside Out” Eric Green On Saturday, Nov. 23, Rozanski Hall will play host to TEDxGuelphU – Inside Out, an independently organized franchise of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference that gathers speakers from a wide variety of disciplines. The aim of the conference, says TEDx Marketing Coordinator Emily Rick, is to invite some of the community’s most prolific minds to discuss their interesting and unique ideas, and utilize the university’s young, energetic student body as a breeding ground for “ideas worth spreading.” TED talks are far from new, with the first event, which at the time was intended as a oneoff conference, taking place in 1984. Six years later in 1990, the annual conference was implemented in Monterey, California.
After almost twenty years, TED began licensing out their franchise to independent third parties so that they might hold their own informational conferences. Thus TEDx was born. Rick added that the licensing agreement comes with certain guidelines as to how the event must be structured, the number of people allowed to attend, as well as copyright and logo requirements. “The speakers we have coming out are all people who have life experience behind their ideas,” Rick said, “and it’s these experiences that have allowed them to form their opinions and the unique ideas and strategies they will be discussing.” “Initially there are about 50 speakers invited; that list is then scrutinized and has been narrowed down to the nine presenters that will talk on Saturday,” Rick continued. “We also really want it to be a small-town feel, so there is an application process for attendees, out of which 100 people are selected.” TEDxGuelphU – Inside Out
marks the fifth annual TEDx event here on campus and also the first year that its founder, Jaclyn Quinn, has not been involved in the planning. In her stead, University of Guelph student Chris Pond has taken over the organization. The speakers for this Saturday include Dr. Gard Otis, a worldrenowned entomologist and expert on honeybees, and Dr. Dan Ashlock, a prize-winning mathematics professor. Both are staff at the U of G. Others speakers include writers, philosophers, artists, poets, food-scientists and “donkey saviors.” “Our main goal with the conference is to emphasize ideas worth spreading,” Rick said. “The diversity of disciplines, as much as the curiosity and passion of the presenters, is really what makes the talks so powerful and important.” Unfortunately for those hoping to attend, the 100 allocated positions have already been filled. However, the talks will be live-streamed at both the John Eccles Centre in South Residence and at 10 Carden Street in downtown Guelph.
peas and carrots – which they probably used a lot in the 40s – which they don’t use very much nowadays,” said Waterfall. The theme of the event was formally called “Take a Picnic to the Past.” Students took the time to decorate the square with
red-and-white-check tablecloths, propaganda posters, a photo booth, and dress in period attire. A supplementary exhibit on wartime theatre, of which the library also has a substantial collection of archived materials, accompanied the recipe showcase.
172.12 • Thursday, november 21, 2013
Mental Health Week on Campus “1 in 5” campaign seeks to raise awareness about mental health issues Eric Green With 1 in 5 Canadians expected to suffer from some form of mental illness in any given year, the University of Guelph’s Wellness Centre is delivering a full week of events to raise awareness and de-stigmatize the issue of mental health. The “1 in 5 Mental Health Awareness Week” kicked off on Monday, Nov. 18 and runs until Friday, Nov. 21, with events taking place all over campus. The aim is to make students more aware of the initiatives in place to assist them in times of mental health crisis, and encourage more students to step forward with their problems free of prejudice and receive the help they need. While the Wellness Centre acknowledges that feelings of anxiety and stress are inherent to the student experience – and should not be “medicalized” – these issues can play a large part in a student’s life. The centre seeks to alleviate these feelings, increasing both productivity and well being; and Mental Health Week aims to point the way to the appropriate offices and institutions on campus that can help. “Although the topic of mental health and wellbeing has been more
prevalent [recently], it is still a topic of conversation that holds a lot of stigma,” says Melanie Bowman, manager of the Wellness Centre and Student Health Services. “Not many people are open to talk about their own experiences or struggles with their mental well being for this reason. We aim to break down that stigma and encourage conversations about mental health.” “We are so lucky to have so many different resources for people to maintain their mental wellness as well as get support when they are facing a mental health challenge or crisis,” Bowman added. “[These include initiatives] like Counseling Services, which offers free counseling for students, Student Health Services, Student Support Network (which offers peer-to-peer support with trained volunteers), the Wellness Centre, Residence Life, Student Life, and the list goes on.” Even with all this in place, Bowman says that some students still fear being open with their own mental health challenges, due in part to the portrayal of these issues in popular culture. “The media portrayal of the ‘crazy’ person or ‘deranged’ person is often sensationalized and therefore lacks substance,” said Bowman. “And worse, [it] can feed negative stereotypes about mental illness. People with mental health challenges are often portrayed as being
Mental Health Awareness week aims to combat the stigma surrounding mental health issues. The Wellness Centre advertises that one in five Canadians suffers from some form of mental illness. violent in popular media, which is not the case. Very rarely are people with mental health challenges actually violent towards others. The bigger problem is that people with mental health challenges are more likely to be the subject of violence. The way mental health has been portrayed in popular culture in the past has definitely played a role in the way people think about mental health.” This is the university’s third “Mental Health Week” since the program’s inception in 2012. The first event took place in March of 2012, and it was just a two-day event, and included a presentation by mental health advocate
Eric Windeler about his son Jack, who suffered from mental illness and took his own life. In November of 2012, it was expanded to include a full week of events, similar in style to this year’s “1 in 5” campaign. “We added self-care components such as a stress management workshop and a restorative yoga class to build on promoting mental wellness among students, staff and faculty,” said Eve Lampert, Director of the U of G’s Wellness Centre. “We wanted to move away from ‘pathologizing’ all mental health concerns in hopes that this would decrease the stigma surrounding mental health.” But are these events are actually
making a difference? Are more people coming forward? “We are evaluating each of our events this year in hopes to provide more concrete evidence, but we have always received positive feedback from students who attended different events in years past. There has also been great turnout at most of our events,” said Lampert. The “1 in 5” program has since been adopted by universities throughout Canada. If that fact alone were any indication of the programs success, it would surely seem reasonable to conclude that the campaign does indeed foster understanding of mental health issues, in addition to promoting a positive attitude toward seeking help.
Engineering degrees draw on the arts
Do arts classes targeted to engineering students minimize learning? Stacey Aspinall
In higher education, the humanities have often been overshadowed by other academic faculties - an English degree, for example, may be seen as inferior to engineering, at least in terms of practical applicability. However, recent changes to engineering degree requirements emphasize the value the arts contribute to engineering degrees. The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board is responsible for accrediting undergraduate engineering programs at all Canadian post-secondary institutions. There are 272 accredited engineering programs at 43 institutions across Canada. The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board is currently adapting the guidelines for teaching so that undergraduate engineering students will have
to develop according to a list of 12 specific “graduate attributes.” To meet the criteria, at the time of graduation engineering students are required to possess attributes that could be classified as soft skills, such as an understanding of “impact on society,” “life-long learning,” and “communication,” in addition to more quantifiable attributes such as “design,” “use of engineering tools,” “problem analysis,” and others. The aim is for students to be academically well rounded. Sofie Lachapelle, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of History at University of Guelph, teaches Science and Technology in a Global Context (HIST*1250) that is mandatory for engineers and an elective for everyone else. A large percentage of the class consists of engineering students. “I think it’s a really good idea that engineering students in Canada are asked to reflect on the impact of technology on
society, and familiarize themselves with the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences,” Lachapelle said. Tamarra Lewis, a third-year Water Resources Engineering student, and Global Engineering representative in “Engineers without Borders,” sees the value in adopting a multidisciplinary mindset. “In our degree, we are required to take 15 per cent arts courses and 85 per cent math and science. But at the end of the day, we are building and innovating all of our math and science knowledge for humans. So, shouldn’t we know more about humanity? I think so. I think it is so important to have the social and environmental background when we graduate so we are prepared to work within cities and communities,” Lewis said. Including the humanities as an integral component of an engineering degree is important, but the ways in which engineering students engage with the arts may be worth re-assessing. In an
article published in the Globe and Mail, “Who needs the humanities? Engineers,” Michael Ross, a recent graduate from the University of Alberta with a master’s in structural engineering, claims that engineering students are missing out on the benefits of the arts when they take courses geared specifically towards them, such as “English for Engineers.” Course offerings are often limited, since they must operate according to exam and assignment frequencies to match with engineering courses. In
addition, engineering students miss out on the opportunity to learn with students in other faculties. “Instead, engineering students should have no choice but to mingle with students from across campus in order to gain an appreciation both for the arts and those who study them,” Ross wrote. “It is important we work with humanities students so we can share knowledge both ways. We have a lot to teach humanities students, and they have a lot to teach us,” Lewis said.
ARTS & CULTURE
172.12 • Thursday, november 21, 2013
Jam space: Musings on sound and culture
Is hip-hop taking back the concept album? Adrien Potvin
Well, it seems like the concept album has come full circle. Where the 70s left off with dark, masterful opuses like Dark Side of the Moon and Ziggy Stardust, the 90s riffed teen angst and globalized anxieties in albums like Smashing Pumpkins’ Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and Flaming Lips’ The Soft Bulletin. It seems like the sweeping, epic narrative rock album had lost its tract in the past decade, save for a handful of excellent records like The Antlers’ Hospice, but a kind of innovative shift in the concept album is happening in an unexpected place - young rappers trying their hand at the high-concept narrative record. Now, there’s no suspect lack of concept albums in this decade and the last, but its narrative purpose and cultural impact has definitely shifted, especially in hip-hop. There are two distinct traditions that contemporary hip-hop works in: early conscious rappers
such as Grandmaster Flash and Mos Def’s early work that seems to approach the subversion of economic and social marginalization through utopic, communal ideals, and the chilling songs of bleak bravado in mafia/gangster culture by artists like Jay-Z and Raekwon. In the 21st century, and this decade in particular, the gap between these two traditions – the yearning for ghetto salvation and the cynical retribution of the hustle – is being narrowed by a slew of young rappers and excellent albums. One way to hear this shift is to give attention to the production of albums like Kendrick Lamar’s contemporary classic Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and Schoolboy Q’s Habits and Contradictions, both artists belonging to the Black Hippy collective. Kendrick’s record is a concept album in the strictest sense of the word, and even the title speaks for itself. It’s a story of a decent kid who tries (and often falters) in being just that – weighed down by the violent necessities of life in Compton. While compellingly bleak in its lyrics and temporal scenarios in songs like “The Art of
Peer Pressure,” and “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst,” the production of the album’s music ties the whole brilliant thing together as a narrative work. Each song blends seamlessly to create a cohesive sonic space unique from the usual bricolage style of hiphop production, jumping from one emotional space to another in between tracks until its resolution. Schoolboy Q’s album, on the other hand, is less a concept album than a series of reflections tied together by the realities of living under marginalization, but nonetheless exemplifies the merging of these two traditions noted previously. Q’s album jumps between moods and stories, like the move from the heavy-hitting “Sacrilegious,” to the optimistic “Blessed,” and avoids the resolution that Kendrick’s album does. However, this makes the dissonance between salvation and cynicism all the more jarring, especially when listening to the two albums back to back. In short, these two young artists, and many others, are making albums that draw on their respective traditions to create something
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In this week’s issue, Potvin explains and discusses “concept” albums in hip hop focusing on of albums by Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q.
new out of them – this “newness” is marked by a bridging of conscious hip-hop’s optimism and
“gangsta” rap’s cynicism, making the chaos of the ghetto narrative as cohesive as ever.
Grassroots + Arts + Guelph: GAIN Music Jessica Avolio For those who don’t know, GAIN is actually a clever acronym for “Guelph and Area Independent and New” music. Not only do they promote, book and manage bands, they also work to give back to the Guelph live music scene. Their main goal, as stated on their website, is to present live music events with high production quality and value, while maintaining a low cost to the fans and giving bands an opportunity to play to a wider audience they may not have otherwise been able to reach. The Ontarion had the opportunity to speak to Nik Wever, Director of Operations for GAIN Music. “It was kind of an accidental thing,” said Wever when speaking about what pushed him to start GAIN. He had been in several bands since moving to Guelph in his teenage years, but he noticed a “lull” in live music and shows in the city. “There was no real platform for smaller bands to get on,” said Wever. But knowing enough people and working downtown presented him with an ideal platform to start booking live music events. While he continued speaking
on how the town of Guelph has always had a great live music scene, he also mentioned that he didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes since it was such a small city - his goal for GAIN was to work with other promoters and people already doing similar projects. “Not only did we support local musicians and artists, but also...the venue that supports the live music scene,” stated Wever. Their organization networks between musicians and venues throughout Guelph, utilizing the resources and talent the community has to offer. With this “multi-tiered approach,” GAIN also extends their networking framework to graphic artists, painters, and other visual artists, and offers them a platform to sell their art to the community through poster design, or selling artwork at their annual festival. But the main goal of GAIN has always been “to keep it local, keep it simple...I always remind myself not to get too big,” stated Wever. Initially, he had plans to make GAIN and its festival a “big grandiose thing,” but (along with Chase Robbs and Dylan Dawson, who started the business with him) “hacked
the idea down and made it simple and localized.” Moving forward, GAIN plans to continue with what they are doing by showcasing artists and continuing with their annual GAIN Music Festival, which is celebrating their 4th year and is moving to a Friday instead of a Thursday in order to attract a wider audience. Their company is also progressing and heading in a direction that focuses a bit more on the management and facilitation-end of the music scene. Their next step is to “get talent outside of Guelph,” and “network and utilize each others…‘scenes’ to support one another,” by connecting with other booking companies in surrounding cities such as Windsor, Hamilton and St. Catharines. When speaking about where GAIN is headed in the future, Wever mentioned a time when he “sort of thought of moving to, maybe, Toronto, or a bigger city,” but finished stating that “any time I think of doing something like that, I sort of bring myself back to the ‘Guelph and Area Independent and New Music,’” a reminder that the name GAIN has roots based in Guelph.
David Tennant is Richard II
Live-streamed production brings the stage into the digital age Stacey Aspinall
On Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., The Royal Shakespeare Company, one of the world’s best-known theatre companies, broadcast a live staging of Richard II directed by Gregory Doran, starring David Tennant in the title role. Though the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s hometown, fans of the bard and theatre buffs could view the play on the big screen at cinemas around the world, and in Guelph it played at the Galaxy Cinema. This production of Shakespeare’s historic play was unique because it was the first to be broadcast live from Stratford; the production was filmed using multiple cameras around
the stage and auditorium and streamed live. According to the RSC website, over 60,000 people watched Richard II in 364 cinemas across the U.K. on Nov.13, in addition to viewers in Canada and Northern Europe. It also had Shakespeare trending on Twitter in the U.K. under the hashtag #RSCRichardII. It brought $1.6 million in box office receipts. The set was simple yet effective; the use of lighting to signal transitions between scenes was subtle yet sophisticated. Projected images formed an immaterial backdrop that worked to create a feeling of instability within the dark, medieval world. One intriguing detail was the use of hanging metal chains in the background - the metal beads reflected light cast by the projections, creating a sense of depth and contributing to the illusion of three-dimensional space. Tennant brought a sense of pomp and cockiness to the role of the infamously arrogant King, who succeeded to the throne at
age ten. In an interview shown before the production, Tennant spoke about the responsibility an actor takes on in playing the role of Richard II, who reigned as King of England from 1377 to 1399; there is pressure to remain historically accurate, while also bringing your own unique perspective to the role. At times, it is difficult to sympathize with Richard II, whose hubris exceeds his ability to effectively lead a nation, leading to political turmoil and, ultimately, his downfall. However, in playing this role, Tennant also embodied the immense self-doubt and vulnerability of an individual trying to reconcile his own human limitations and weaknesses with his “god-given” role as King. The success of the production highlights technology’s potential as a tool to broaden our cultural awareness on a large scale – bringing Shakespeare, straight from Stratford, to a wide audience around the world.
Iris Turcott guest lecture
Theatre, art, and political correctness Sameer Chhabra
It’s not difficult to visualize acclaimed Canadian dramaturge Iris Turcott. She’s exuberant and inquisitive, curious and insightful, and almost telepathically observant. Turcott’s Nov. 18 guest lecture at Massey Hall touched on topics surrounding censorship, artists and their art, and the flawed notion of political correctness. Turcott’s connection with her audience is kinetic; her body moves with every word she exclaims. Clinging to each idea she forms, her cadence is dictated by her every thought – each sentence connects into another idea, with each idea connecting to form a remarkably detailed and coherent imagining. Looking for a straight answer is almost juvenile; each of Turcott’s ideas unite to deliver a comprehensive explanation for her opinion. Beyond her theatricality, Turcott identifies as a writer – her roles as dramaturge at Canadian Stage, co-founder and co-artistic director of Playbill Theatre, and dramaturge at the internationally known Theatre of Marionettes, precedes her name. Her desire to be among writers instead of actors is derivative of her theory on artistic creation. “I wanted to be at the genesis of idea,” Turcott said of her need to be with writers. “I like to be involved in the pregnancy [of theatre]. Theatre is a collaborative art form, and actors collaborate, but writers start everything.”
Invited to share her experiences, Turcott doesn’t shrink at the notion of being loud and subjective. On the contrary, her opinions move as freely as her body – her improvised gesticulations rehearsed for more than 30 years. Though her thesis was introduced at the beginning of her lecture, Turcott’s audience connection was established well before she took the stage. She spoke to students, asked about their lives, and even made a point to memorize key details about their histories. Improvising the majority of her lecture, Turcott often stopped to compliment her host, acclaimed playwright, close friend, and University of Guelph professor, Judith Thompson. Utilizing her small audience and pre-lecture interviews to great effect, Turcott made a point of singling students out to ask for their opinions and their involvement. Using the fallout surrounding Colleen Murphy’s 2012 production, Pig Girl, Turcott made it clear that she doesn’t believe that one should censor art. Murphy’s work, about an Aboriginal girl viciously brutalized by serialkiller Robert Pickton, has garnered strong criticism from critics, fellow playwrights, and the Aboriginal community. Many feel that Murphy’s play, which features the girl and her attacker on stage throughout, tackles the delicate subject of Pickton’s killing spree while the wounds are still too fresh. Others believe that Murphy, a white woman, was the wrong person to write on a topic that spotlights an Aboriginal problem.
Turcott argued that an artist should not be afraid of creating work they feel must be created. “It’s dangerous to go about judgment in art,” Turcott explained. “I refuse to play this game [about] race and gender... an artist is someone who has to do something.” On the topic of extraordinary actions, Turcott made the point that we shouldn’t ignore ordinary people. The actions of ordinary people are often as impressive as the actions of the people we idolize. “I look up to Gandhi, but he was a paedophile,” Turcott explained. “It doesn’t change that he did great things, but he was also a paedophile. Ordinary people should be valorized for what they do every day, because what they do is just as impressive [as extraordinary people].” Due to the nature of the lecture, Thompson’s interjections and often contradictory views added fresh insight into Turcott’s opinion. “We argue a lot, but we never fight,” said Turcott on her relationship with Thompson. “It’s not about winning an argument, it’s about making discoveries.” Thompson and Turcott’s vortex of ideas served to ground the lecture in subjective realism. Watching the two interact, one drew a picture of close friends who understand through their disagreements. Turcott ended her lecture with a word on chasing one’s dreams: “If you must tell the truth, if you must paint, if you must tell stories, if you must act, if you must write - do it. Otherwise you’ll just end up in a nuthouse.”
ARTS &CULTURE ALBUM OF THE WEEK: YEEZUS
The Ontarion didn’t have an Album of the Week when Kanye West’s Yeezus came out in the summer, so please consider this a kind of belated endorsement; one which is a least somewhat well-timed with this week’s release of the preposterous (though rather great) music video for “Bound 2,” the album’s second single. Simply put, there hasn’t been anything as honest or as groundbreaking or as earth-shatteringly heavy to come out since Yeezus. Period. Yeezus has been, and should be, Album of Week every week until otherwise noted.
ARTS & CULTURE
The diary of a local foodie Emily Jones
The city of Guelph is filled with many local food venders, quaint family-run marts and butcher shops, and of course, the centralized Guelph Farmer’s Market. Living in Guelph offers a multitude of different styles of cuisine at your fingertips to try, and there is no better or less expensive way to discover the love of food than by delving into the passion of cooking. Each week, a new discovery will be unveiled, and many items will be touched upon - most will be simple and will use few ingredients, which can be picked up from the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. Whole foods are key in the kitchen; there is no need to ingest something that is not recognized on an ingredient list. Not everyone realizes this, but the Farmer’s
Market is actually less expensive than the grocery store, and what is even better is that there is no temptation other than the temptation to try new things. On Saturday, the venture to the Farmer’s Market began - as it does every weekend this foodie spends in Guelph. The navigation of the Farmer’s Market can be developed into a specialty - although it is not always known in advanced what will be purchased, there are a few go-to staples. On the latest trip, the yield was promising, leaving many choices for the week’s meals. The following recipe and idea comes from trials and new developments in food discovery: A very simple tomato sauce, made with locally sourced cherry tomatoes and a few other tasty kitchen staples. Ingredients: • 3 cups of cherry tomatoes, whole (this week’s were an
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A quick and delicious marinara sauce made from fresh ingredients from the farmer’s market—great to use on homemade chicken or eggplant Parmesan. Enjoy! assortment of different shades of warm oranges and reds) • 3 large cloves of garlic • 1 small cooking onion, chopped • 2 tbsp olive oil (or a nice drizzle) • 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped • Fresh parsley, chopped • Salt and pepper to taste
A TO ZAVITZ
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In last week’s A to Zavitz exhibit, artists from the University of Guelph displayed their skills working with texture and shape. Seen above is a photo of one of the works displayed by artist Kayla Krische. Lines of circles made of paper, placed in a particular order to give off a certain visual appeal.
Directions: Start off by rinsing the tomatoes and placing them in a glassbaking dish that has a lid. Add the rest of the ingredients and drizzle olive oil over the mixture, cover with lid and place in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 to 20
minutes, or until the tomatoes “pop” and the other ingredients are soft. The greatest part of this recipe is it can be used multiple ways. Try this simple and tasty tomato sauce for homemade chicken parmesan and baked eggplant.
STYLE PICK OF THE WEEK: ANNA NADERI
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This grunge inspired style was worn recently on campus. Seen here an oversized denim jacket, thick ribbed grey scarf and torn black jeans. A “thrown together” look because of its effortless appearance. Naderi topped it off with a high, sleek bun, red lips and a part of aviator shades.
Shad lit up the night Emily Jones Shad made an appearance on campus Friday Nov. 15, playing a gig at Peter Clark Hall. Shad was promoting his new album, Flying Colours, which was released last month and should be called a work of lyrical dexterity. City and Colour opened the show, but the excitement really began when the lights dimmed - an air of anticipation floated through the crowd while they waited for Shad to appear on stage and for the beat to drop. Shad had the ability to keep the attention of the crowd, not just by entertaining them with a sense-pleasing auditory experience, but by thoughtfully releasing lyrics that made the audience think.
This skill sets Shad apart from other rappers of the popular music scene; he is not concerned so much with the desire and drive to make money at whatever costs, but instead to create art and to share information that is valuable to minds of all ages. The joy on his face during the performance radiated off of him and into the audience, then was placed back upon him through the crowd’s movements in unison. It was apparent that Shad wasn’t just here to perform - he was here to inspire, motivate and connect with the audience in Guelph. There was a moment when he stopped the show, it took a while for his DJ to understand what was happening, because Shad
wanted to stop the minor disturbance that erupted in the crowd during one of his songs. Friendly grooving turned into what seemed to be a little disgruntled moshing, and Shad noticed. He took a stand to stop it, told the crowd that he supported interaction, but only of the positive kind. This lasted a couple of minutes, was handled with class, and Shad kept going from where he had left off - as if nothing had ever slowed him down. With his respectable attitude and intelligently written lyrics about real, prevalent issues, it is no surprise that Shad is an academic himself. He spoke in a TEDxTalk regarding his education, his perseverance in pushing his way into the
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Shad performs at the U of G campus on Nov. 15 at Peter Clark Hall, keeping the audience entertained and pensive with his thoughtful lyrics.
ever-changing music business, and the effort and skill it takes to keep yourself going in order to get what you want in life. Shad holds a business degree and master’s of liberal arts, alongside these qualifications he is an astonishing lyrical mastermind who has the ability to invigorate the minds and stimulate thought in his viewership. Shad had the skill and the drive to make something of himself that he is proud of. He was inspiring to watch and to listen to, and he evoked something extra in the crowd rather than just simple entertainment for a Friday night in Guelph - he lit a passion in the audience. His performance of Flying Colours displayed it as an album about life - it isn’t always pretty, but it’s real.
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Ben Worcester, vocalist and or Said the Whale, performs for oup of students at Brass Taps on
It’s always interesting when the opening act gives as good a performance – if not a better one – than the headliner. Those who attend a show solely for the main act will find themselves pleasantly surprised, and students who packed the Brass Taps on Thursday, Nov. 14 to see Said the Whale will know the feeling. The Kopecky Family Band, from Nashville Tennessee, is much bigger in the United States than Canada. On the Canadian leg of their tour, the band opened for Said the Whale, a Canadian band who hit the musical jackpot on the radio last summer. But when the two groups toured together in the U.S., it was Said the Whale who was opening for the Kopecky Family Band. This is what you might call a symbiotic relationship; and it is one that works. Gabriel Simon, co-founder and lead singer of the Kopecky
Family Band, summed it up: “In the States, Said the Whale would support us. And up here we support Said the Whale. So it’s just different. But it’s actually really cool; there’s no competition. With other bands it’s kind of funny, but with these guys, it’s purely like, we love hanging out with them.” Playing the Brass Taps – which is by no means a big venue for either – both appeared comfortable in the smaller setting, hanging around after the show to sell merchandise and chat with fans. “If you’re in the States, and it’s at a bar, it’s 21 and up,” said Gabriel. “It tends to be an older audience; they’re not as young and exuberant as 18 and 19 year olds.” And the crowd was exuberant – that was probably the best word for it. Both bands put on very high-energy acts. Fans were dancing in front of the stage and singing along – not just
to Said the Whale’s radio hits such as, “I Love You” and “Mother” – but to more songs than you might expect. It was a fun (in the purest sense of the word) atmosphere: unpretentious, loud, and bursting with enthusiasm. That the two bands should be touring together is only appropriate, as they are similar in more than a few ways. Both have at least five band members, including a lone female; both have achieved their biggest successes this summer; and, as the cliché goes, both sound much better live than on record. Where the Kopecky Family Band really stands out is with the quality of their instrumentals. Employing at different points a ukulele, a cello, a large piece of metal chain (which is apparently ruthless on the hands), a trumpet, and what was surely the crowd favourite: a trombone. This level musicality added a depth to their sound hard to match - it has the
potential to make lesser acts look uninspired. Luckily, Said the Whale had more than enough energy to have no need for such flourishes. The rawness of their on-stage sound lent maturity to their vocals, and made those wearisome “ooheeooheeoohs” on “I Love You” much less piercing. Stand out tracks from the Kopecky Family Band were “Heathbeat” and “My Way.” Life on tour is a tough slog. The Kopecky Family Band has been on tour for two and half years and is looking forward to a well-deserved break in January. After the show, Tyler Bancroft, the lead guitarist and vocalist for Said the Whale, was evidently looking forward to simpler pleasures. In the span of two unrelated questions, he made three unrelated references to craft beer. Apparently Said the Whale is a fan of Arkell’s Brewery here in Guelph.
pencer Schoening, drummer for Whale, keeps the beat during the ce.
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(Left and right) The Kopecky Family Band opens for Said the Whale at a packed Brass Taps on Nov. 14. Though the Kopecky Family Band band is bigger in the United States, being from Tennessee, the students who attended were pleasantly surprised by their performance. PHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERD
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Said the Whale and the Kopecky Family Band
SPORTS & HEALTH
Gryphons suffer 3-1 loss to Badgers
The Guelph Gryphons varsity women’s hockey team had their six-game winning streak snapped by the Brock Badgers in a 3-1 loss on Nov. 16. The Gryphons, third in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and seventh in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) standings, fell to 9-3-0 on the season; while the last place OUA Badgers recorded their second win, progressing to 2-9-1 on the season. Setting the tone for a fast paced first period, the Gryphons came out strong with Amanda Parkins scoring just 12 seconds into the game. Jessica Pinkerton and Emily Corbett recorded the assists on the goal. Even with the back and forth play, the Badgers struggled to reduce the amount of turnovers and fought hard in often failed attempts to create scoring chances against the Gryphons. Parkins had the opportunity to make it 2-0 for the Gryphons with a breakaway halfway through the period, however, she was tripped in what could be considered the ‘TSN Turning Point’ of the game.
The second period presented a much stronger Badgers team with three goals that would close out the game in a 3-1 final. Just 1:15 into the period, Jessica Fickel capitalized on a Gryphons turnover, tying the game up. That wouldn’t be the lone Gryphon turnover featured in the period, as the Badgers continued to hold possession of the puck and create chances off of Gryphon mistakes. Brianne Veale, a key player for the Badgers, recording three assists on the night, took a slap shot with Erin McColm finishing it off for a 2-1 lead. The final goal of the game would come 17:13 into the second period, as Leigh Vanderveen scored, recording her second point of the night. The third period presented an unsuccessful powerplay and several failed scoring opportunities, credited to bad luck and good goaltending by Jenna Sosnoski of the Badgers. The Gryphons were outskated, and just unable to get anything going against a Badgers team who was determined to hold onto the lead for the victory. The five penalties taken by the Gryphons throughout the game may
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The women’s hockey team fell to 9-3-0 on the season after losing to the last place Brock Badgers, 3-1. just sum up their loss. Two hooking calls, two checking to the head, and a too many men call taken in the third period – penalties indicating an inability to match the Badgers
From Rwanda to Guelph
When you get the opportunity to sit down with a person with an exceptional story - be it an athlete, scholar, politician or rock star - you often begin to wonder what your line of questioning is going to be. Do you default and ask about their improbable road to success? Do you ask them about their doubts, their dreams, and their future? I experienced this recently when sitting down with Guelph cross country and track phenom, Yves Sikubwabo, who at the age of 20, has become one of the most decorated runners in the country. Sikubwabo was born in 1993 in Rwanda, one year before the genocide. He has little to no recollection of his birth parents. His mother was Hutu, his father Tutsi - and as anarchy blanketed Rwanda, both of Yves parents were considered enemies of the uprising and were killed. Yves was raised by his aunt, and in his turbulent upbringing, had no choice but to run 11 kilometers to school, both there and back. This was until the age of 17 when he attended the World Junior Track meet in Canada; a moment that would change his life forever. In a long, incredibly improbable series of events, Sikubwabo ended up living in Ottawa with a family who adopted him after he applied for refugee status on word that the killers who murdered his family had been released from prison. Sikubwabo entered his first half marathon, a race he had never run previously, and won by a considerable margin. Upon crossing the finish line, Mike Woods, Canadian
junior mile and 3000 metre recordholder, asked Sikubwabo if he’d like to join his running club Sikubwabo’s track life as a Canadian flourished from then on. Sikubwabo’s mom encouraged him to go to Guelph to check out the cross country and track and field programs the Gryphons offered. “I went to visit many schools, and some schools in the U.S. too, because that’s where lots of Canadian track athletes go,” said Sikubwabo. Ultimately, for Sikubwabo, mom knows best: “My mom told me she thought it was a good idea I go there [Guelph]. Plus the coach already had five Olympic athletes.” Now in his third year at Guelph, there are no regrets on behalf of the rising Canadian running star, stating “I really love Guelph because it has nice people. People here are very friendly and they are very social. They are willing to do anything they can to help you achieve your goals.” Sikubwabo acknowledges that his successes cannot be contributed to just one person. As he lists off his mentors and role models, he pays special notice to his coach, his friends and family as all having a big part in his well-doing. “I have to ask,” I said as I inched closer to the modest demeanor of Sikubwabo, “Do you still go out and party? Hang out with friends of Friday nights? Are you at all normal?” Sikubwabo laughed, his smile electric. He bumped his fist twice off the table and nodded his head, “I like that question!” It was one of the only moments Sikubwabo was alive with emotion, which made me selfishly happy that I was able to elicit a deep
emotion from him. There was a pause in his speech, his brain churning, trying to find the right words. “At this point, it is not that hard as it was a year or two years ago. At that point I was still trying to figure everything out, learn a new culture…Yeah, I party, I go out, I feel like the other kids, [running] is not a special thing I have,” Sikubwabo replied, as his modest persona immediately assumed its leading role. Despite his admission to partaking in some of university’s most notoriously stereotypical late-night activities, he was insistent that track and school are where his priorities lay. “If I party, it is only once or twice a year. It is good to have fun, but you can’t overdo it because there is so much to get done. My background, where I come from, has helped me to realize that,” said Sikubwabo. His face was certainly that of a twenty-something trying to find their place in the world, but the words, the story, and the advice that emanated from the otherwise youthful character, were chalked full of wisdom and experience. Sikubwabo’s dream is to race for Canada – and he made that quite evident as a conversation regarding the Olympics ended the interview – but the junior is humble and realistic with his goals. Though I kept inching my recorder closer and closer to the soft-spoken voice of Sikubwabo, trying to squeeze as many questions as I could into our somewhat rigid timeframe, I couldn’t help but think that all anyone would want to do when speaking to this young, Canadian, Olympic hopeful, was to sit back and let the stories come to you.
skating, some frustration, and an unnecessary third period mistake during an attempt to come back. Sosnoski finished the game with 20 saves in a 3-1 win, while Brittany
McMacken of the Gryphons made 15 saves in the defeat. The Gryphons look to bounce back on Nov. 22 when they visit London to play the Western Mustangs.
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On Nov. 19 U of G students were greeted by a slew of volunteers and an enthusiastic Gryph with the hopes of getting the student body to swab their mouth in search of potential stem cell donors.
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Gryphons flatten Ridgebacks in 8-2 win
Collective team effort pushes Gryphons to 6-51 record Stephanie Coratti
On Nov. 16, Hockey Day in Gryphonville was a success for the Guelph Gryphons men’s varsity hockey team as they defeated the UOIT Ridgebacks with an impressive 8-2 wins. As the day honoured the 199394 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) men’s hockey champions, the Gryphons put together a complete team effort in the strong victory. Coming off a heartbreaking 4-3-overtime loss versus the Queens Gaels the night before, the Gryphons didn’t waste too much time, exploding with four goals in the first period. The first two goals came on the powerplay, both credited to Kyle Neuber, who would go on to have an impressive four point night, including a hatrick. With 18:14 played in the first, Nicholas Trecapelli scored with a shot to the top corner, making it 3-0 Gryphons. Sixteen seconds later, Teal Burns made it 4-0, leading the Ridgebacks to
pull goaltender Colin Dzijacky in exchange for Jesse Raymond. Dzijacky allowed four goals on nine shots. The second period featured several scoring chances with back and forth play, although only one goal would be scored after the outburst from the Gryphons in the first. Neuber moved the puck up to Nicklas Huard who would beat Raymond bottom corner, making it 5-0 Gryphons. Captain Daniel Broussard also had an assist on the goal. Huard would go on to join teammate Neuber, also recording a fourpoint night with one goal, and three assists. The Ridgebacks finally got on the board 5:41 into the third period as Jordan Ramsay capitalized on an opportunity just outside the Gryphons crease. Even with the goal, frustration was a clear obstacle for the Ridgebacks as five out of their 11 penalties taken came in the third period, including Dominik Crnogorac receiving an unsportsman-like conduct, a four-minute penalty and a 10-minute misconduct. The Gryphons took full advantage as James Merrett made it 6-1
with a tap in from inside the crease. Neuber and John Collins would also add powerplay markers. Ramsay recorded his second of the night for the Ridgebacks in the last minute of the game, making the final
Gryphons managed to fight back within one point of the Gee-Gees. Guelph tied it up at 21 late in the set but that’s as close as the women would get to defeating Ottawa, as they ended up losing 23-25. Guelph trailed the entire second set and their closest margin of points was 16-13 heading into the technical timeout. The third set proved to be the toughest for the Gryphons, who went down 9-1 early on. The women did manage to make it a respectable ending, though. The set ended with Ottawa winning 25-22. The three set defeat by Ottawa was far from unexpected – the Gee-Gees currently sit second to the 8-0 York Lions in the OUA East, which sports notoriously stronger teams than the OUA West where Guelph plays. Guelph, sitting tied for second with McMaster in the OUA West
with a 4-4 record, are currently sitting in a much coveted playoff spot, a full two games clear of the next closest team, Waterloo, who sport a 3-6 record. Guelph has two games left on the schedule prior to the winter break. First, the women will travel to Western to take on the lowly 0-6 Mustangs on Nov. 23, and then they will end their Fall 2013 semester travelling to Windsor on Nov. 24 to battle with the West division’s number one seed, the Lancers. The women are certainly poised to beat Western, a team that has only amassed five total set wins in the six games they’ve played. However, a win versus division leaders Windsor could bring an interesting dynamic for first place after the month and a half long break, prior to reopening play on Jan. 7 versus the Brock Badgers.
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Men’s hockey rose above the .500 mark (6-5-1) with a blowout 8-2 win over the UOIT Ridgebacks.
Women’s volleyball loses to Ottawa in straight sets
Despite close sets, Gryphons unable to rally for victory Andrew Donovan The Guelph Gryphons women’s volleyball team dropped three straight sets, 23-25, 23-25 and 25-22, to the 7-1 Ottawa Gee-Gees on Nov. 16 to bring their record back to .500 at 4-4 for the season. Madison DeDecker (8 kills) and Alicia Combe-DIngwall (5 kills, 3 blocks) provided Guelph’s offensive prowess, while Kristen Almhjell led the defense with 14 digs. Miriam English led the GeeGees with 12 kills, while Kelsie English provided 14 digs. The first set was evenly matched in its early stages, and going into the technical timeout, the
score 8-2 Gryphons. In the dominant win, the Gryphons had six players with multi-point nights, and 12 different names as contributors to the score sheet. Gryphons goaltender Keith Hamilton is
also a notable mention as he made 22 saves in the victory. The Guelph Gryphons look to build on the win as they make the trip to Ottawa on Nov. 22 to face off against the Carleton Ravens.
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Women’s volleyball can’t seem to get past the .500 mark, falling to Ottawa in three close sets to bring their record to 4-4.
SPORTS & HEALTH
Re: “It’s a man’s world”
Response and apology to Damon Bruce for infecting the world of sports Stephanie Coratti
It’s 2013 and the position of women in sports is one that is still debated. However, in the eyes of Damon Bruce, a sports radio host based out of San Francisco, there is no debate to be had. The world of sports has a setting, and “it’s set to men,” is apparently fact. Bruce enlightened his audience with an almost ten minute rant explaining just how women are ruining sports. The rant stemmed from the discussion of Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, who has been accused of harassing ex-teammate, Jonathan Martin – an incident, according to Bruce, that can only be blamed on females infecting sports and male athletes with our sensitivity and our constant need to change a setting (evidently) custommade for men. First, as a female sports enthusiast and aspiring journalist, I believe I owe Damon Bruce – and anyone else who feels this way – an apology. Whether I’m apologizing for being so naïve as to think these ideas were no longer apart of this modern day-andage, or apologizing for ruining the man’s world of sports, I’m not quite sure. Secondly, I want to thank Damon Bruce for so graciously explaining the boundaries females are required to abide by:
“I’m willing to share my sandbox, as long as you remember you’re in my box.” If there’s one thing I can appreciate, it’s sharing, so thank you for that. More importantly, though, I want to thank women like Sarah Spain, a SportsCenter Anchor and reporter based out of Chicago, who represents exactly why a female presence is not only a bonus in sports, but almost necessary. Spain wrote an incredibly satirical article in response to Bruce’s remarks, an article that evoked an immense amount of support and positive feedback, as well as those few who belong on Bruce’s bandwagon. Spain’s That’s What She Said: ‘Sandbox Edition’ proved that women are not the sensitive ones. Sure, we probably watch romantic comedies too much, and maybe shed too many tears in the process, but when it comes to sports, sensitive isn’t the right word. Spain illustrated just how easily women in sports can laugh - not only at ourselves, but also at everyone else who takes it upon themselves to decide where we don’t belong. Spain didn’t fight for territory, she just proved that she deserved it – something that women in sports so often do. We win your fantasy football leagues, trump you in that heated hockey debate, and heck, we even ruin that caveman mentality Bruce demands back. Of course we don’t belong, but we yammer on about sports anyway – always careful not to mess up Bruce’s sandbox. There are just a couple of things wrong with this. The only people who are sensitive in sports are
PHOTO COURTESY OF NIKE
Culture clash! When stilettos enter the sports world, boxers knot and panties tie. One thing is for sure: The challenger - the women sports aficionado - is here to stay. the men getting their boxers in a knot because they just lost their fantasy league to a girl, and how these same men don’t realize how awesome it is to be able to have an intellectual conversation about sports with said girl. Of course, according to Bruce, “The amount of women talking in sports to the amount of women who have something to say is one of the most disproportionate ratios I’ve ever seen in my freakin’ life.” So I guess that leaves only one of two solutions: women stop talking, or men like Bruce
actually start giving credit where credit is due. When a woman like Sarah Spain can lay a knockout punch in anything sports related, and accomplish it with such ease, remember to extend your hand for the handshake after the match, a gesture coined by men back when sports were played in caves, and uniforms were made from the most recent hunting trip. If it’s a man’s world, women can only follow by your example, so be sure to set the right one. I guess I should say that I truly
am sorry we beat you in fantasy leagues; I’m sorry we don’t know when to stop talking in that heated sports related debate; I’m sorry we’re always stepping all over your sandbox in our knee high boots and stilettos (because every female goes stomping through a sandbox in stilettos), and for ignoring the piss stain clearly marking men’s territory in the world of sports and changing the setting anyway. But I can tell you one thing: I will never be sorry that you lost to a girl.
Hardships of keeping a healthy mind
Mental health issues are more common today and three exterior hardships may inhibit a healthy mental state. Melanie Michener
In a day and age where over 20 per cent of Canadians are recognized as having a mental health issue, we should hope that the topic would be openly and easily discussed. However, as many who have gone through, or are going through, mental illness have probably experienced - it isn’t. Walking around with a mental illness can be like walking around holding the pin of a grenade, because if anyone finds out, your grenade explodes. Will
they think of you differently? Are you a less capable human if you struggle with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsion or schizophrenia? The answer is no, and as many dis/able bodied activists will argue, it is not the symptoms you suffer from that puts you in a disadvantaged position, but the consequences of suffering them in the society we live in. From my experience with mental illness, there are three things in life that make a mental illness harder to cope with. First is the pressure from friends and family. While struggling with a mental illness, you are still expected to relate and act as if nothing is wrong - and often people will assume nothing is wrong. For someone who suffers from anxiety, a very common illness among students, you never
know when your anxiety will be triggered, but when it is, you feel pressure to not show your discomfort, which in some cases can make the anxiety worse. This can be particularly hard when you are with people you know because they expect certain things of you. Just because your best friend is completely comfortable in every social setting does not mean social settings are always conducive to a healthy mental state for you, so it is important make sure to do things that will help you mentally. The second factor is pressure from society. Every person has experienced social pressures, and with mental illness these social pressures may become harder to deal with. As a student, a lot is expected of you in terms of ability to deal with
a lot of daily stimulation. Feelings of being overwhelmed, and the inability to deal with all one has to do in a day, can be amplified if you are not mentally healthy. You need to make sure to take care of yourself and your needs, which means setting a schedule to meet your abilities and giving your brain a much needed mental break. The third factor that makes living with a mental illness hard to deal with is the inability to talk about it. This is the most important factor, in my opinion. When you suppress your issues, you can become disconnected from people; you start to feel as if they wouldn’t understand or you begin to feel as though they will think of you differently. The truth is that you are not alone when suffering a mental illness, and by
talking you can ‘normalize’ your struggle among your peers. Anxiety and depression, among many other mental illnesses, are common mental health issues affecting students. The more you talk about your struggles, the more you will realize other people have suffered the same struggles at one time or know someone who has. By talking about it, you not only liberate yourself, and since you never know who else has been suppressing their mental illness, you can liberate others. This week is a great time to begin talking about the mental health issues affecting students, friends, family members and colleagues. Do not let the stigma of mental illness keep you from liberating yourself and others through the power of talk.
172.12 • Thursday, november 21, 2013
The power of youth
Mental Health Awareness Week only a steppingstone to the difference we can make Stephanie Coratti
Mental Health Awareness Week began Nov. 18; a week filled with free T-shirt give-aways, mental health workshops, and even a “Stretch Your Mind” yoga class at the University of Guelph. The week was dedicated to providing students with information and resources to maintain a positive mental health, but it is also important to remember that we can look beyond the seven-day marker. Students quickly underestimate the power that we hold as we get stuck telling ourselves that making a difference
experience it. The problem is that we allow ourselves to experience it in isolation, instead of bonding together in recognition and similarity. Mental Health Awareness Week is a stepping-stone to coming together to have a conversation that has been avoided for far too long. It is up to us, those so often being educated by our elders, to teach the world. Mental health is one of the most neglected aspects of overall health, but we have the power to change this. Find something that is your “purple bracelet,” and begin there. Have a conversation that you wouldn’t normally have, extend a helping hand to a friend in need, rid the words ‘fear’ and ‘shame’ from mental health as a whole. It is up to us to come out of the shadows and stand together, only then will the stigma cease to exist.
just isn’t in our cards. Yet, the youth of today are the most significant driving force behind eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health. Why shouldn’t we hold the most power and influence? We are should be taking control of our own mental health. With statistics such as suicide being the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 to 24, and 1 in 5 of Canadian youth suffering from mental illness, the responsibility of making a difference is there for us to take advantage of. We are a generation with the world at our fingertips, a power that is said to be the cause of youth isolation and other significant problems. However, with all the negative connotations surrounding our addictive smartphones and social media outlets, very few stop to
recognize the incredible opportunity that these instruments provide us. For starters, it gives us efficient ways of getting the message out about mental health and away from its stigmatized hiding place. It is a tool in allowing us to recognize that mental health does not define a person; instead, it is an obstacle that anyone can overcome with the right amount of support, hard work, and education regarding the issue. Our generation is responsible for strong-youth movements such as “Do It For Daron.” A movement sparked by the suicide of 14-year-old Daron Richardson. Led by her parents, Luke and Stephanie Richardson, the organization of DIFD uses the immense support and energy of youth to create awareness, inspire conversations, and transform the stigma surrounding mental health.
This movement, which began in Ottawa, has spread its wings all the way to our very own University of Guelph. As I have worn the purple DIFD bracelet since the very beginning of this tragedy, I realize that this doesn’t have to be the result for everyone out there who suffers. The purple bracelet never removed from my right wrist stands as motivation for me to make a difference. In February, there will be a “Do It For Daron” Night, featuring the Guelph Gryphons men’s hockey team versus the Laurier Golden Hawks. After filming videos and creating other promotional material, I realized just how many people want to make a difference and have been affected by mental health issues. The truth is, we’re all affected by it, whether we experience it first-hand or watch a friend
from an orderly mind, one that knows that vainglorious attempts to impress others hinge one’s happiness on what they cannot control. Stoicism extols that happiness should come from what cannot be taken away against your will. In other words, since it is possible that you may depart from this life at any moment, regulate every act and thought accordingly. It takes discipline to understand this sentiment. It is easy to say, “Screw it, YOLO,” but much more difficult to say, “YOLO; I’m going to try my best to be a good person while I still have precious time.” The most important feature and benefit of Stoicism is the way it helps students navigate through bad or evil experiences: the taming of our passions and the molding of our character. Anger, desire, and pursuits of fame are all products of ignorance, says the Stoic, for good and bad experiences happen indiscriminately to everyone. This is an operation of nature: a thing in itself is not bad, but our opinion of it makes it so. Putting aside all obvious atrocities and value judgments thereof, think about this precept in tandem with the necessity of benevolence and respect for the gift of life and one’s opinion. Consider this: when someone wrongs you, or you feel wronged by life, think
of the reality of how little you can control in your life. Realize that what is within your control is your character. At a very hard and disciplined level, you are responsible for your thoughts and actions, but you cannot control what acts may befall you, and therefore you ought not to be mad at nature for such, because you can control how you react to things, and that is the essence of the noble Stoic. Remember, on every occasion that leads you to vexation, apply the principles of Stoicism: not that life is ever a misfortune, but that to bear it nobly is always good fortune. The essence of Stoicism is perhaps best represented in a quote from Marcus Aurelius: “That which rules within, when it is according to nature, is so affected with respect to the events which happen, that it always easily adapts itself to that which is and is presented to it. For it requires no definite material, but it moves towards its purpose, under certain conditions however; and it makes a material for itself out of that which opposes it, as fire lays hold of what falls into it, by which a small light would have been extinguished: but when the fire is strong, it soon appropriates to itself the matter which is heaped on it, and consumes it, and rises higher by means of this very material.”
“YOLO,” commonly understood to be an acronym for “You Only Live Once” - but to philosophers, it is an understanding of one’s life as a finite and temporal existence.
The Stoic in us all
Undergraduate Philosophy Student Society
“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure” - sounds self-fulfilling, doesn’t it? The faculty we possess for forming opinion ought to be our most cherished feature as human beings; it allows us to persevere and endure painful exercises of the mind and body, knowing that it is in the pursuit of some higher good. The fact that we each have the entitlement to our own opinion is what causes us to engage in a society, a community of humankind under a polity of equal laws. Now, this article won’t discuss (in)equalities under the law (maybe next month) - it will discuss, however, the fundaments of living a Stoic life, as a benefit to the budding Stoic philosopher in all of us. What this first entails is an understanding of one’s life as a finite and temporal existence – which is popularly (mis)understood as “You Only Live Once.” The Stoic understands this in the noblest sense of the phrase. It is a hard truth, knowing that tomorrow is not promised, but a necessary one that we ought not to be afraid of, and to bear with modesty of ourselves and temperance of the ignorant. Modesty comes
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You’ve probably seen this on Pinterest
Things you probably didn’t know you could do with a waffle iron Alyssa Ottema
I don’t know about you, but by the time exam season rolls around, I have pretty much given up on attempting to maintain some semblance of a healthy lifestyle. There’s something about countless hours of studying that takes away my will to make anything that takes more than five minutes of effort, and so I usually end up eating entire bags of sour cream and onion chips for dinner. The one thing I will always take time to make is waffles, because I think waffles may be the thing I love most on this planet. My dad gave me a waffle maker for my birthday a few years back, and I think it remains my favourite present to date. It turns out that you can make a lot of things in a waffle maker. You want brownies, but don’t want to wait an hour or go to the store? Waffle maker. You want hash browns, but don’t want to pay for them at a restaurant? Waffle maker. You have leftover Thanksgiving food and you don’t know what to do with it? Waffle maker. You want pizza? Waffle maker. The possibilities are literally endless, but these are a few of my favourites:
Brownie Waffles You can use literally any brownie recipe, or even a boxed brownie mix. All you have to do is pour the mix into the waffle iron, close the iron and wait 5-7 minutes. They taste exactly like the brownies that sit in the oven for 45 minutes, but they’re also superior because they’re not just brownies, they’re brownie waffles.
Hash Brown Waffles This is an especially easy and terribly bad-for-you idea. It requires only one dollar worth of tater tots and a few months off of your life due to grease and salt overload. Take a handful of tater tots (frozen or thawed) and line them up on the waffle iron, making sure that the entire area is covered. Close the iron and wait 2-3 minutes. And there you have it – easy to hold, easy to eat, delicious cholesterolraising hash brown waffles. Leftover Waffles This idea is actually pretty genius. Post-Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other big meal which includes stuffing and mashed potatoes, gather together all of the leftovers you can find. In a large bowl, mix all of these leftovers together into a paste, using the mashed potatoes and stuffing as a sort of glue to hold it all together. Spoon this onto the waffle iron, close, and wait 3-5 minutes. What comes out of the waffle iron is magic – it’s an entire turkey dinner in one convenient waffle. Instead of syrup, drown this waffle in gravy.
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Fan of quesadillas? Try them waffle style. Put some salsa, cheese and whatever else you can dream up for your waffle-style quesadilla inside two tortillas. Close the iron for 2-3 minutes, and you’re done! Pizza Waffles While this requires a bit more work than the previous ideas, it is most definitely worth it. The first thing you’ll need to do is acquire pizza dough. This is relatively easy to make yourself, but you can also buy it at most of the specialty food stores in
downtown Guelph. Roll out a small amount of pizza dough, and rub pizza sauce (or regular tomato sauce, or pesto, or barbeque sauce - if that’s how you roll) onto one side of the dough. Add all of the toppings you would usually put on your pizza. Next,
fold the dough in half, sealing all of the edges and containing the toppings and sauce inside the dough. Put the ball of pizza on the waffle iron and close, cooking for 4-6 minutes. The toppings and sauce should stay inside the dough, like a calzone, but a waffle calzone!
Alumni Spotlight: Kimberly Moffit
Guelph grad one of Canada’s leading experts in psychotherapy Stephanie Coratti
Originally from Guelph, Kimberly Moffit attended York University for one year until realizing she wanted to remain close to home. The attraction of the University of Guelph being so convenient, with the comfort of knowing a lot of people in the area, pushed Moffit to become a Gryphon. Although convenience was the prize initially, the culture associated with the university quickly captured Moffit’s heart. “The reason I grew to love Guelph while I was there was because of the people, and it was such a nice environment,” Moffit explained of the transfer. “It was very academic, but also friendly, personable, and welcoming. I really loved that.” Moffit graduated from the University of Guelph in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in
music with an unofficial minor in psychology. From her time spent at Guelph, she recalls one unforgettable gesture by choir conductor and associate professor, Marta McCarthy. “When I was there [McCarthy] got married, and she conducted three different choirs and all of the choirs sang at her wedding,” Moffit explained of the flattering experience. “It made the students feel like we were more than just students. That was a really touching experience for me.” The now psychotherapist and Canadian spokesperson for Match. com remembers one particularly defining moment from her time at Guelph that really contributed to where she is today. Moffit said the moment came at the end of her studies while she was applying for the SSHRC and OGS scholarships, two very big – yet difficult – scholarships to be awarded with. “I remember people telling me to apply even though it was difficult, while others were telling me it was impossible,” Moffit said, adding that she opted to listen to the
positive people with her decision to apply. “I ended up getting both scholarships. It was a huge moment in my life. It made me realize that if you put your mind to something, you can really do anything.” With the help of both incredible scholarships, Moffit completed her Master’s degree in Music Therapy at Wilfred Laurier University, an achievement followed by beginning her Doctorate of Psychology, which she is just about to complete six years later. Moffit also began her own counseling practice after her master’s degree, called KMA Therapy, which is now one of the largest in Toronto. The business grew fast and furious, allowing Moffit to begin hiring associates within a year. “I hired all these people who had more experience than I did,” Moffit explained of the blooming business. “It was great, the whole experience showed me how to not only run a practice as a psychotherapist, but how to grow in terms of leadership.” Before becoming the leading lady for an incredibly successful
business, Moffit was part of the pop group, ‘Untamed,’ when she was 17 years old. She spent three years touring North America, and had quite a lot of radio play across Canada. Moffit credits this experience as a major stepping-stone to her career today. “I wrote music a lot because there was something therapeutic about it,” Moffit explained, adding that the connection between therapy and music didn’t happen until her master’s degree at Laurier. “It’s been a lovely transition, from a music degree that really wasn’t mental health related to a doctorate in clinical psychology. If it hadn’t been for music, I would’ve never found my way there.” Moffit’s passion for music continued on throughout her time spent at Guelph, and is still very prominent today in her everyday life and career. “Any musician will say they’re probably a perfectionist or someone who likes to master something,” Moffit explained, adding that she is a creative personality with a strong dose of perfectionist. “My job as
a psychotherapist mixes art and science. You’re taking something very structured, making it your own, and applying it to humans to make something you can feel.” With her time spent as onethird of an all-female pop group, and afterwards in the choir at the University of Guelph, Moffit never truly left the spotlight. Now, instead of singing in it, she has been featured on various channels such as Global News, City TV News, CBC News, Oh So Cosmo, and many more, for her work in music therapy. The path to her success, Moffit said, meant having a plan but being open to following unexpected twists of fate. Moffit wanted to remind students that sometimes, plans don’t go the way you want them to, and that’s okay. “Go with where your heart is, don’t worry about what’s going to come after,” she explained. “If you go with what you love, there will be things that inspire you somehow as a result. As long as you’re passionate, it will work its way into a career.”
172.12 • Thursday, november 21, 2013
Don’t look down (on us)
Educators here to help, not hurt Carleigh Cathcart
Dear educators, You devote your lives to informing others. You endure your own endless years of mostly irrelevant schooling, only to realize that for some unfathomable reason, you want to pursue a career that would further imprison you amongst the dark hallways of educational institutions. It is here that you continue the legacy, ecstatic to share the distress of learning with fellow inmates. Within the confines of designated chambers at fixed time intervals, you hold your unwilling victims hostage to a constant spewing of rapid information, which you expect to be soaked up instantly and in full comprehension. Misery loves company. Okay, so it’s not that bad. Not
even close, actually - especially here at the wonderful University of Guelph. As post secondary students, we have (mostly) chosen to pursue our life’s fulfillment here, whether it is in the mysteries of the past, the dynamics of politics today, or the role of chemistry in the future. Students from all corners of the globe choose university to find and satisfy their niche. And though there’s no denying that many arrive with intentions of consuming copious amounts of alcohol and/or meeting those who will be their friends of a lifetime, there is one common element that applies to each and every student enrolled in university: we are here to learn. This, dear professors, is where you come in. Or more accurately, where anyone with the power to instill knowledge in willing minds should come in. Teachers, professors, tutors, mentors, coaches, etc: just as students are all in it to
learn, you are in it to teach, to inform and advise, to listen and to explain. Nowhere in the job description of any of those roles is there mention of being condescending, ridiculing, or superior. Remembering this is crucial to the state of education, as we know it. I have no incidence or specific encounter in mind when I address this issue, but just a general dissatisfaction at the way some students are treated when they are making a legitimate effort to understand or gain clarification of material. I have observed instances in which a student is clearly making an attempt to fully grasp content, often in the form of a question to the educator. It makes me cringe to see teachers respond to these (admirable) efforts by being disdainful. Absolutely nothing (except a
wicked hangover) will prevent a pupil from ‘trying’ to learn more than feeling like they’re too stupid - especially when that discouragement is coming from the very person we rely on to implant the passion of education into their brain. I’m sure it’s not intentional, but something as simple as an, “Are you kidding me?” look or a laugh can send the message to a student that an education thinks, “That was a dumb question, why would you ask that?” From both personal experience and speaking to friends, it’s safe to say that we all take these minor reactions to heart. I once had a professor that literally ‘tsk-tsked’ when a student asked to clarify the meaning of an unknown abbreviation. To the student, and the class, it implies, “You should already know that, and if you don’t,
shame on you,” - not cool, bro. The worst thing an instructor can do is make a student, who is putting forth an obvious effort to understand the content that the professor is being paid to deliver, feel worthless or unintelligent. Doing so only hurts the morale of the student body, and does no favour to education as a whole. Please, teachers, before sharing your scorn, remember that we are students, learners, and possibly a future you. And making us feel dumb reflects on you as well. How so? Well, that’s a dumb question.
The views represented in the opinion section do not necessarily reflect the views of The Ontarion nor its staff.
New information released on Robocall scandal Calls for greater transparency and further investigation Emily Blake New information related to the 2011 Robocall scandal has been making headlines due to a partial lift on the publication ban. It has now been revealed that six Conservative staffers testified about Michael Sona’s public boasts on his involvement in the fraudulent robocalls. Sona has been charged by Elections Canada for willfully preventing or endeavoring to prevent an elector from voting, and is currently the only person facing charges relating to the incident. Sona was the director of communications for Guelph Conservative candidate Marty Burke during the 2011 federal election campaign. Sona maintains that he was not involved with the fraudulent automated phone calls and that he has been made a ‘scapegoat’ in this case. Sona also allegedly attempted to steal a ballot box from a special ballot polling station on campus during the campaign. While the Conservative party has officially denied any interference at this polling station, eyewitnesses maintain their account of events. In a separate Federal Court civil suit, Judge Richard Mosley found that widespread systematic fraud was involved with the robocalls, and that the Conservative Party’s
database was likely the source of the information. However, Judge Mosley did not find the scale of the fraud to justify overturning the results of voting in six federal ridings. Judge Mosley was also unable to conclude that the Conservative Party or any of its candidates were directly involved in the voter suppression scandal. Complainants are now considering whether or not to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. It is disheartening that, even after a year and a half, little information has been uncovered about the perpetrators of this mass election fraud. Although evidence has indicated the likelihood of Sona’s involvement, it is unlikely that this was the work of a single ‘rogue’ individual as has been suggested. After all, Sona was a just one junior staffer on a single campaign when these phone calls were sent to voters in multiple traditionally non-Conservative ridings. By contrast, justice was swiftly served against Liberal MP Frank Valeriote for his misuse of robocalls in the last election. He was fined $4900 for automated phone calls to Guelph voters that failed to identify the Liberal Party as the source. This did not comply with CRTC’s Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules, which require the identity of the caller and call back information. Valeriote has since taken full responsibility and apologized for the error. The calls in this case were intended to increase
voter awareness, rather than suppress voting. It is also troubling that the Conservative Party has been completely cleared of fault when a database that the party controls was the likely source of information. Indeed, there appears to be little concern on the part of the Conservative government over the potential use of their database in election fraud. Although the partial lift on the publication ban marks a movement towards greater transparency, it remains to be seen whether the ban will be completely lifted. Sona’s lawyer, Norm Baxall, has stated that if the government were really concerned about public awareness, a public inquiry would be performed. The voter suppression tactics used in the last federal election were a serious attempt to subvert the democratic process. This comes at a time when Canada’s electoral system is already facing heavy criticism for failing to fully represent the needs and interests of Canadian citizens. Voter turnout has been increasingly declining, with only 43 per cent of eligible voters casting a ballot in the last provincial election - an all time low. It remains to be seen whether further investigation will reveal all culprits involved. Hopefully, the truth of the matter will be uncovered in order to obtain justice for the damage done to Canada’s democratic process.
Chicken wings make you small down there?
PETA warns the public of the dangers of eating chicken wings Diana Kurzeja
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the animal rights activist group, has taken on the responsibility of warning the founder of the National Buffalo Wing Festival, as well as the public, that allowing pregnant women to consume chicken wings may cause their unborn sons to be born with small penises. PETA recently sent a letter to the founder of the festival warning them that the chemical phthalate, which is found in chicken as well as a variety of other sources, affects the size of a child’s penis size when consumed during pregnancy. I have to admit that, even for PETA, this is a far reach. The animal rights activist group gets right down to the point in its letter when it mentions the devastating effects of consuming chicken wings during pregnancy for the soon to be newborn sons: “I think we can agree that embarrassment and insecurity are no small matters.” Personally, I think we can agree that this is just another one of PETA’s relentless stunts to guilt people into becoming vegetarians. Hurling fake buckets of blood or flour at celebrities who wear fur
(such as Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan), coming up with shameless and outrageous stories to shame people out of eating meat - these are things we have sadly learned to expect from PETA. It should come to no surprise that PETA may have overreacted, but only just a little bit. According to Woman’s Health Magazine, the research done for this study for Future Families, which PETA used for their evidence, did not actually look at chicken consumption at all. The study did find a link between phthalate exposure and penis size, but chicken was not a food with particularly high levels of this chemical, as foods with spices and fast food packaging contained the highest concentrations. PETA is so dishonest in its claims and methods of spreading its message that it cancels out any good the organization tries to do, practically reversing it with stunts like this. Instead of fabricating a ridiculous story about the horror of shrinking the size of your unborn infant’s penis by chicken consumption, why not stay focused on the issue of how animals that are bred for food can be treated so brutally and inhumanely? PETA has been known to use controversial tactics to warn the public about the consequences of consuming meat, using vulgar language in their slogans and photos, posting
Will the risk of our babies being born with a small penis stop us from bingeing on $0.39 wing deals at pubs? Probably not. horrifying pictures of abused or dead animals, sending activists out to boycott fashion shows and celebrity appearances – the list goes on. These methods are causing fellow vegetarians to
lose respect for the organization, as well as deterring those who may be considering vegetarianism out of sheer embarrassment from the stigma PETA is creating for this lifestyle.
There will always be varying opinions on the controversial issue of eating meat, but we can always rely on PETA to remind us of how terrible we are if we choose to eat it.
New York University sends students to jail for protests Padraic O’Brien The week of Nov. 11, the City University of New York (CUNY) sent two students, Khalil Vásquez and Tafadar Sourov, to jail after suspending them for their role in escalating political protests on campus. This occurred in the midst of a movement that has seen hundreds of CUNY students take to the streets and occupy buildings while facing brutal police repression. It all started when an ad-hoc coalition of student groups was formed in September to tackle militarization at CUNY. The prime targets of the students’ protests were the appointment of U.S. general and notorious war criminal David Petraeus as an adjunct faculty to teach a class entitled, “Towards a North American Decade,” and the return of an Army Reserve Corps Training Center after a four-decade absence on CUNY campus. Their campaign is part of a wider struggle to oppose the tendency to reduce access
to university to poor and racialized New Yorkers in favour of people from middle-class and higher social backgrounds. The movement began attracting wide attention when students directly took on former CIA director Petraeus, infamously known for his responsibility in organizing paramilitary death squads, setting up torture centres across Iraq, and scaling up drone strikes that resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths in Afghanistan, amongst other crimes. CUNY students shouted him off on his way to his car after he gave his first class, and mounted a protest outside a conference he was giving. Some protesters were beaten up by police, and six of them were arrested and charged, leading to further escalation on campus. CUNY administration eventually moved Petraeus’ class to a security-heavy building outside campus. The administration then started to ramp up repression, attempting to nip the growing movement in
the bud. The only autonomous student center on campus, the Morales/Shakur Student Center - named after a Puerto Rica and a Black woman militant whose struggles in the 1970s still resonate among the working-class and racialized youth of New York - was illegally raided and shut down. Police were brought in to repress student attempts to take back the center, and the two student leaders were subsequently suspended and banned from campus at the end of October, on charges of “inciting a riot.” The administration is going even further, attempting to enshrine limitations on political activity through a proposed Policy on Expressive Activity, which stated, “freedom of expression and assembly, however, are subject to the need to maintain safety and order.” Meanwhile, Khalil and Tafador have still not been allowed an open public hearing; having been told the week of Nov. 11 that their case would be transferred to New York police and
that they would jailed on Nov. 18 for 24 hours before being officially prosecuted for criminal charges. This situation is of primary importance for students to follow because it brings together trends that are developing across North American campuses. CUNY is a university of over 200,000 students that has historically opened its doors to New York’s poor communities, and today, tuition fees are being increased while the university lets in a major war criminal and army recruiters to promote the imperialist machinations of the U.S. government. The actions of the coalition against militarization at CUNY are at the forefront of the struggle students need to wage in order to stop this unprecedented offensive on the interests of the masses. The actions taken by the administration and police also shed light on how far the ruling class and its subordinates are ready to go to suppress dissent. If they win this battle against the student activists,
their tactics will certainly be taken up by other university administrations keen to silence all those who don’t submit to their agendas. There are important parallels to be drawn between what is going on at CUNY and in Canadian universities, including the University of Guelph. Our university is constantly increasing tuitions fees and denying access to higher education to people from marginalized backgrounds, all the while letting corporations like Kinross Gold and Monsanto use its name, its students, and all its research capabilities to further their narrow profitseeking objectives that destroy the environment and disrupt human lives - and whole communities - on a world scale. We must look to the struggle being waged at CUNY as a model from which we can draw lessons and inspiration. At the very least, we must not let down those students who are putting their future on the line for their fellow sisters and brothers.
Why aren’t machines doing all our bullshit jobs? In the 1930s, British economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that by century’s end, our workweek would be cut to just 15 hours due to technological developments. He hypothesized that people would choose to dedicate more time to leisure because technology would help satisfy our material needs. In the ’50s and ’60s, there were similar predictions of a reduced workweek. During this time, economic growth led to a rise in income and a decline in the average number of hours worked per week. This is where it plateaued. The hours we work today have not been reduced any further and Canadians continue to toil away at an average of 36.6 hours per week. Few would have predicted that, in the year 2013, despite having machines take over so many of our daily tasks, we would be working as hard as ever. In the essay “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs,” published in Strike magazine, David Graeber argues that while technology has gotten rid of many jobs involving
hard manual labour and mindnumbing work on assembly lines, it has replaced those positions with mountains of administrative and service sector jobs. “The number of salaried paperpushers ultimately seems to expand, and more and more employees find themselves... working 40 or even 50 hour weeks on paper, but effectively working 15 hours just as Keynes predicted, since the rest of their time is spent organising or attending motivational seminars, updating their Facebook profiles or downloading TV box-sets,” said Graeber. Those “salaried paper-pushers” have what Graeber refers to as “bullshit jobs.” Their proliferation has left many wondering whether this entire segment of the workforce could disappear, without much consequence to anyone. But instead of technology assisting us by reducing our work week to a mere 15 hours as predicted by Keynes, it has done nothing more than displace jobs into other sectors of the workforce. One may ask if we could we ever use technology to our benefit to effectively
reduce the workweek for all, and as a result, what would we do with all this spare time? People would be quick to assume that we would spend all our free time doing leisurely tasks; exploring personal interests, developing hobbies and nurturing close relationships. It could be suggested that this increase in spare time would actually create an entirely new boom in the sector of the service industry. If we had more free time, we could get pedicures, take our dogs for haircuts, or go out for fancy dinners, thus pushing the bulk of the work force in a completely different direction. In a column for the Globe and Mail called “Meet the new servant class,” Margaret Wente argued that “As manufacturing jobs shrivel away, the greatest job growth will be in services. The future belongs to highly educated people with superior cognitive skills who can work with robots, and to an expanding service class that will cater to their every whim.” It seems every time we would try to use technology to our benefit to
reduce the already stressed workload we’ve taken on, it displaces the workload into another sector, therefore creating another slew of what could still (arguably) be called “bullshit jobs.” Ryan Avent stated in the Economist, “machines inevitably outmatch humans at handling bullshit without complaining,” - and so we continue to displace jobs through technological advancements. Far away are the days where Star Trek-like replicators can synthesize our meals or any other material object we may need. But we need to strive for a world where technology can help to eliminate our menial tasks and bullshit jobs rather than perpetuate them technology should be able to take care of all the “bullshit” aspects of lives. Or maybe we depend on the bullshit and hold on to it for dear life in order to feel like we are working hard and accomplishing something. But nobody ever said on their deathbed, “I wish I had done more bullshit things,” so where are all the damn robots?
LETTER TO EDITOR With the new housing project at the corner of Gordon St. and Stone Rd. scheduled to be built, there should be an excess of student housing available in the future. This has been great news for tenants, because excess housing should result in competition among landlords for tenants and should result in lower prices. Unfortunately, City Hall is gearing up to “fix” this situation. If you recall how City Hall “fixed” Guelph Transit with new routes and a new transit hub downtown, you should be alarmed that city hall also intends to “fix” student housing. According to councilor Leanne Piper there are some deplorable housing situations and her proposed remedy is that every rented room will be required to
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be licensed and inspected once a year, or every two years depending on which program is selected. The cost of this program is being touted as only $5 to $10 per month, per room. However, many units will require extensive renovations in order to register. Those that do not register will be illegal. The program is intended to require units to meet alleged safety inspection standards, which could easily run $5 to $10,000 and a lot more for some units. The days of casually renting a spare bedroom could become very complex and expensive for potential landlords. A basement finished with wood paneling and ceilings covered with fiberboard tiles could be illegal if there is a kitchen in the basement. Bedrooms require lots of electrical outlets, because electrical devices
would not be permitted to run on extension cords. Adding electrical outlets to a finished is a complex and expensive venture. Extension cords are not permitted. I lived in a modern house with four bedrooms upstairs and two in the basement. The exit of the basement was a stairway that led to a hallway that led to the front door. The house was required to construct a private exit to the backyard in order to meet city building code requirements. This required the backyard to be dug up and a basement wall to be cut with a special concrete cutting saw. A door and a concrete stairway had to be constructed for the exit. Some landlords will not be willing to invest costs that could easily run well over $10,000. Many landlords rent for onlyafewyears. Thelicensingprogram
will reduce the supply of housing while increasing the prices. With the high cost of a university education, City Hall should not be dipping their hands into the pockets of students. The expected excess of housing from the Gordon St. and Stone Rd. complex should improve the quality of student housing without any “help” from City Hall, and tenants will select the best housing from the available units. Sincerely, C Brian Blackadar Have a question, comment or complaint? Send us a letter to the editor at email@example.com. Deadline is Monday at 4 p.m., 300 word max.
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