PRO TEM le journal bilingue de Glendon
Glendon’s bilingual newspaper
Issue Nine - Volume 52 - March 25th, 2014
Safety First at York (6)
Andrea Gibson at the Drake Hotel Underground (11)
Feature: Principal McRoberts (8-9)
Live at Lunik: Oolong 7. Photo by Melissa Nicole Mather
A Night of Indie Folk Talent Why I Don’t Regret Spending My Tuesday Evening at Live At Lunik Presents: Mondial Concert Rosemary Richings Editor of Expressions in English Prior to attending LIVE at Lunik Presents: Mondial, my expectations were very high. I had listened to the material the bands had posted online, and nothing seemed like a more appealing way of spending my Tuesday evening than at Glendon’s quaint, cozy Lunik Co-op with Oolong 7’s Indian classical music, Nordic heavy metal, and American bluegrass influenced instrumentals, as well as the Bam Bam’s acoustic, choral three-part harmonies. The evening started off with Oolong 7. The challenge I find with instrumental focused performances is that it’s easy to fall into a trap of simplicity, where the music becomes less about doing interesting things with the instrument you’re playing and more of a demonstration of how “lovely” the instrument sounds. What Oolong 7 did successfully was not fall into this trap. Each song had a quirky but thoughtful backstory—a tradition reminiscent of Pete Seeger folk music, where the musicians strived to perform music that had an intimate relationship with the audience, through its emphasis on communal storytelling.
The highlight of Oolong 7’s focus on musical improvisation was that each song had an unpredictable but friendly aura of spontaneity and experimentation. The journey from one song to another was comfortable and cohesive, keeping the audience immersed and interested. The perfect harmony of instruments from a variety of musical traditions--the banjo, the tabla drum, the violin, and the acoustic guitar--resulted in a marvelously varied and continuously evolving sound. Oolong 7’s gig ended with a transition into the Bam Bams’ performance, where both bands collaborated on performing an old folk cover together. The addition of the Bam Bams’ acoustic, choral sound was such a golden tribute to old-school Americana bluegrass that it left me wanting to hear more of the two bands performing together. This also provided an element of theatricality that’s rarely present in contemporary concerts. The combination of Lunik’s relaxed atmosphere and the simplicity of the set up required for both bands made this rare opportunity a possibility. After a brief intermission, the second half of the evening was a performance by the Bam Bams, a band recently formed by a group of Glendon students. The Bam Bams is a cover band as of now; the songs are an acoustic, choral harmony adaptation of contemporary and old folk tunes by everyone from contemporary folk influenced artists such as The Fleet Foxes and Norah Jones, to classics by singers such as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Their honey-like three part harmonies reminded me of a variety of Canadian folk alternative singers I’m familiar with: everyone from indie darling Leslie Feist
to local Toronto-based indie folk band Bruce Peninsula. The Bam Bams performed in a manner reminiscent of gospel choir music, through its emphasis on communal celebration of music’s ability to bring people together. What was established from the very beginning was that the audience was as much a part of the Bam Bams’ musical tribute to folk music as the performers; audience members were encouraged to sing along and participate in each song and this encouragement was successful. There was even a refreshing moment of spontaneity, where an audience member was invited up on stage to play the tambourine with the band, with lots of encouragement from the audience and especially from her friends in the crowd. For a spontaneous volunteer from the crowd, the tambourine player was skilled and calm, and behaved as if they’d been with the band from the very beginning. The Bam Bams ended their performance with their upbeat, infectiously catchy Summertime Moondance Medley. It was a perfect grand finale, the type that sticks in the audience’s mind and keeps them singing all night long. LIVE at Lunik Presents: Mondial was a great way to spend a late winter evening: in Lunik’s cozy, chilled environment with friends, while pleasant folk melodies played in the background. My high expectations turned out to be entirely correct. Special thanks to Caroline Kamm for all her hard work organizing the event--I have hope for more events like this at Lunik in the future.
Pro Tem Editor in Chief | Rédactrice en chef Natasha Faroogh email@example.com Assistant English Editor | Rédactrice adjointe (anglais) Sienna Warecki firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant French Editor | Rédactrice adjointe (français) Gervanne Bourquin email@example.com Section Editors | Les rédactrices de sections Campus Life | Vie de Campus Stephanie Settle firstname.lastname@example.org Campus Clubs | Clubs du Campus Megan Armstrong email@example.com
Letter from the Editor Tem to have such a dedicated readership. Several issues of our paper this year were picked up completely and we have no more copies left except for the copies that have been kept for the Pro Tem archives! This shows that the newspaper is not a dead art form. Furthermore, we’ve had over a thousand hits on our most downloaded electronic version of the paper this year. We would like to thank you for being a dedicated readership and making Pro Tem, Glendon’s bilingual This issue’s theme is reflection. Levy group coordinators newspaper, a success! reflect about the progress they’ve made, students reflect on the amazing events they’ve attended at Glendon and in the I would also like to thank the team at Pro Tem. They have GTA, and of course, as always, the paper reflects on issues been a dedicated group of individuals who have worked hard behind the scenes. We would not have the paper without important to students. them! Furthermore, this issue will be featuring Principal McRoberts and reflecting on his contributions to Glendon. Thank you for a wonderful year everyone! Looking forward His work has been integral to the growth of our campus. to the year ahead. We would like to thank him for everything he has done for Always, Glendon! The academic year of 2013-2014 has seen some major changes at Glendon campus-- all for the better. Not only has Glendon expanded in size and scope as a university, but the GCSU has become a friendlier, more approachable council, the levy groups and clubs on campus have put on bigger and better events, and Pro Tem has been reporting on all these exciting changes throughout the year!
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Vie de Campus An Interview with Professor Tom Wilson Sienna Warecki Assistant English Editor Professor Tom Wilson teaches a variety of English and Linguistics courses, including Structure of English (CODE), Introduction to Linguistics (CODE), Phonology (CODE), and Morphology (CODE). I sat down with him to have a chat about the subject material, how he teaches it, and university life in general. According to Professor Wilson, linguistics can be playfully described as “math for people who can’t do math”, as the skill sets required to perform well in both disciplines are quite similar. It’s a linear thought process, as opposed to something more multidisciplinary, like English Literature. “You can go to class and talk about Hamlet without having read the material, but not about calculus.” So it is with linguistics. This might be one reason why it’s difficult for some to get into a subject that’s concerned with one of the most fundamental aspects of the human experience—language. “It’s deeply interesting to those who are interested in it, and not so much to those who aren’t.” The conversation shifted pretty quickly away from Professor Wilson’s list of classes, however—he was far more interested in speaking about the university experience as a whole. He expanded on something he frequently explains in class: the idea of embracing failure as part of the process of learning. “My brother is home for the holidays and I ask him, ‘how’s it going?’, and he replies ‘oh, you know, confusing activity with accomplishment’.” The moment stuck with Wilson as a poignant example of the fact that ‘busy’ is not synonymous with ‘productive’. A student can sink hours’ worth of energy into something that is ultimately not worthwhile. “Work hard, and work smart,” he said, a quotation students often hear in his classes. Perfectionism is unhealthy, according to Wilson. We learn through failure; while success feels good, it doesn’t teach anything of true value. Real success is failure and re-evaluation, and students cannot allow their desire to do perfectly to get in the way of making real progress. There are always more failures than successes— but don’t allow the setbacks to deter you. Even the professors themselves, apparently, must confront this reality: Unlike elementary and high school, professors are charged with extending and expanding the knowledge base of their subjects. “We confront failure more often than success; it’s not one breakthrough after another.” When I asked what Professor Wilson did in order to engage his students, he admitted that he doesn’t really have a plan: “Someone once asked [about] my teaching philosophy and I thought, what is it? I don’t have one. I have ideas, but nothing concrete. Mostly I just converse with the students.” He tries his best to engage his students in dialogue, and although sometimes that dialogue is hard to coax out, when it comes it is always rewarding. “I’m interested in what other people think—I pay attention, even when I’m talking!” Wilson’s only real strategy in class is to treat his students as adults. Not necessarily equals, but as a vital part of the classroom. “We all have required jobs in the classroom, and by this point everyone’s got significant life experience which makes them interesting. Bear in mind that just because someone might not be good at the course, doesn’t mean they aren’t fabulous, intelligent people.” When I asked for one specific piece of advice for students, Wilson had this to say: “Be kind to oneself. But don’t coddle. No excuses.”
authentic relationships, and is process-oriented because it develops over time. Born out of a need to reflect these principles, the Student Organizations Roundtable (SOR) was created in May 2013. A previous entity had existed over three years ago, but did not carry forward. Composed of the leaders of the various student levy organizations on campus, the SOR met on a monthly basis to share resources, to discuss common concerns, and to develop strategies to enhance student life at Glendon. Not only was this a beneficial process for the members that attended, but it had positive impacts on their organizations and on the community as a whole. We hope that student clubs will have a similar forum next year to continue improving student life at Glendon. We thank all members of the SOR for their commitment and enthusiasm towards the process. Here is what some of the leaders had to say when asked: “From your perspective, what was the value of SOR to Glendon and to your organization?” “SOR made a huge difference for the Glendon Musical Ensemble. As a leader, I learned so much valuable information from the other leaders. I loved the chance to collaborate with them and learn more about the student organizations.” – Joslyn (GME) “The chance to have meetings with other student levy organizations has flourished numerous opportunities for WUSC Glendon. The open communication between organizations has given our team the opportunity to collaborate and strengthen our relationships with other organizations.” - Serena (WUSC) “As an organization that specializes in campus news, Pro Tem benefitted hugely from the SOR meetings this year. It was a great opportunity to keep our fingers on the myriad pulses of the other levy groups and to collaborate with the other presences on campus!” – Sienna (Pro Tem) “One concrete example of the positive impact SOR has had on the Glendon community as a whole is inter-levy group communication. The leaders of levy groups were able to communicate individual events with one another, as well as collaborate on larger events for the Glendon Community. Furthermore, the levy groups were able to advertise each other’s events. On a personal note, SOR allowed levy group leaders to share resources and knowledge on information such as team management, goal setting, and financial management. SOR was a place to meet like-minded leaders and gain a support group.” - Natasha (Pro Tem) “Fostering a community COLLABORATION has been so valuable and helpful this year! Meeting with other student leaders, sharing ideas, and solving problems has been extremely helpful. A big thank you to Student Affairs for always being so supportive and encouraging to student leaders on campus.” – Brynn (Lunik) “Glendon is a close-knit community with an array of student-run organizations and leaders. The SOR gives us the opportunity to connect and network in order to improve the quality of student life. I am grateful for the relationships, collaboration and positive learning environment fostered by the SOR. Thank you to Student Affairs for making this a possibility.” – Mikhaela (GCSU)
Members of the SOR are: Pro Tem, Lunik Coop, Radio Glendon, World University Services of Canada (WUSC), Glendon Women and Trans Centre (GWTC), Glendon Musical Ensemble (GME), Glendon College Student Union (GCSU), Glendon's LGBT-Ally (GLgbt*), the Office of Student Affairs. Want to get involved on campus? Want to take on a leadership role? Want to create a positive impact on the campus community? Join a student levy group on this list and make a difference in life at Glendon!
Dear Glendon, Thank you for everything. I have been so blessed to serve as the President of the Glendon College Student Union this past year. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to advocate for the betterment of student life on our campus. I am so grateful to be part of a community that celebrates innovation, inclusion and leadership. Like many of you, Glendon is my home. 4 years later, I am a changed person, moulded by the experiences and values that our community harnesses. The quality of leaders that has surrounded me throughout this journey has been insurmountable. I have been honoured to work beside many talented students who demonstrate integrity. To each and every council member: thank you for your dedication and passion. You have made this year a true success. To both levy organization and club leaders: this year has been filled with the most active, cooperative and innovative group of students that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Your impact on the community has been immense. Together we have helped better the lives of students. Continue shining light in our university and never be scared to challenge the procedure. Live passionately and purposefully. These two words shaped my presidency and I hope they will guide you as well. To student affairs, staff and faculty: I know that I am not alone when I say that you are the most loving and selfless support system that a university student could ask for! Thank you for your time, energy and intentionality to get involved with Glendonites. You have encouraged me to be the best that I can be and I am forever grateful for your caring guidance. For those of you parting from Glendon, I wish you the best in your future endeavours. I hope that you are leaving our small campus with beloved memories, experiences and relationships. For those of you returning, I encourage you to get involved, build meaningful relationships and cherish even the smallest of moments. Thank you all for the blessing you have been in my life. This isn’t goodbye but rather, à bientôt, see you soon. Kindest regards, Mikhaela Gray
The Student Organization Roundtable Reflecting on a Year of Work behind the Scenes David Ip Yam Office of Student Affairs Leadership can be considered as the coming together of people attempting to work towards shared aspirations. Furthermore, leadership is about purpose, is founded upon Kelly Lui
Campus Clubs A Year in Review at Lunik Co-op Cafe Caroline Kamm External Communications Coordinator The beautiful thing about a co-operative is that it is shaped and developed through each of its parts – the community members who give it their time and love – so that each year it changes. Lunik has become a fundamental part of Glendon campus, and this year, I for one was constantly delighted to watch our cafe blossom. From the daily workings of a social space to special events open to the Glendon community, when I look back at this year, my experiences with Lunik truly stand out. In Lunik, I have found a home at Glendon. Simply being in the space, stumbling into conversations with my peers, feeding off of the buzz of the people around me, I feel so grateful to have such a unique experience be a part of my university life. To all those that come out to Lunik, from volunteers to social space dwellers, thank you for making it so fundamental to Glendon! So in celebration of this wonderful part of our campus, here is a little year-end review, celebrating some of the wonderful things that went on at Lunik this year! Clothing Swap Part of Lunik's mandate is sustainability, so we thought a great way to express our dedication to the environment and economic accessibility would be a used clothing swap. The idea is simple: by bringing in your gently used clothes you receive a ticket, which can be exchanged for another article of clothing. In this way, we reduce our impact on the environment by decreasing our need to buy new things. It is also a more economically accessible way to obtain warm clothes, which is an important principle of the co-op! A big thank you to Glendon’s fashion club L-MAG for co-hosting the event, and to Glendon Roots and Shoots for helping out with volunteers! We are so grateful to be a part of an engaged network of clubs on campus.
Cafe Chantant Hosted by the GCSU, Cafe Chantant is always a favourite. This open-mic night is a great way for Glendonites to showcase their talents in a safe environment totally free from pressure or judgement. Whether you're singing in front of a crowd for the first time, are a long-established performer, or are there to listen and enjoy with friends, Cafe Chantant is always a fun-filled evening with good company. Community Dinners Lunik strives to provide healthy food alternatives on campus. Every once in a while, we like to extend this to a full community feast, and that's just what we did with the Harvest Dinner during first semester, and then the Spring Feast in March. From squash soup to vegan shepherd's pie, gluten-free pizza to decadent cakes, the dinners have a little something for everyone. Community dinners at Lunik are a great way to meet new people: you're sure to connect with folks that are passionate about something like you are! LIVE at Lunik This semester Lunik hosted two live music events, bringing Toronto artists right to the Glendon campus. The first show, “Reveillez”, featured performances by folk singer Lion Detective Club, and the experimental style of PORT. We had an amazing turnout for our very first show, and the performances highlighted two different styles of Toronto music. The cafe was abuzz with excited Glendon students – it was amazing to see the cafe so lively! Then in March we hosted “Mondial”, with the international fusion band Oolong 7 and Glendon's own The Bam Bams. The two worked so well together, first with the eclectic mix of violin, guitar, banjo, and Indian tablas, and then the sweet harmonies of the folksy Bam Bams. The styles fit Lunik perfectly, and Oolong 7 even told us that they had never played a venue quite like it! Didn’t get as involved with Lunik this year as you had hoped? That’s totally fine since it is never too late to become a volunteer! Keep us in mind for the upcoming year and hit the ground running with a volunteer training session in September. Don’t forget to like Lunik Co-op Cafe’s Facebook page for updates on events, information about how to get involved, and community events related to the co-op model. It’s been a great year, and we can’t wait 4 to see everyone back at Lunik after the summer!
GLgbt*, Your Queer Group on Campus
amazing beyond words. All of us are super excited for next year in planning more GLgbt* events, along with rewriting our constitution! So, stay tuned for more information from your Queer group on campus. Sincerely, love Glgbt*.
Anthony Brum Director of Awareness, GLgbt*
Thank You from the GWTC
Reflecting on a Successful Year
Nostalgia is a very weird thing. Hello fellow readers; thank you for looking over here in the paper and wanting to be informed about the local clubs on campus. First off, as introductions are always good, my name is Anthony, and I am the Director of Awareness for the Glendon Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender* Group. Hello! Throughout the year our fabulous team, led by the great almighty leader Krista MacNamara, has been planning out events and gatherings for commuters and residents alike. In my opinion it has been an extremely successful year, even though there have been bumps along the way. The GLgbt* works as a family, and like any family, we work through our problems to the best of our abilities. We truly care for one another and appreciate each other a lot, trust. The year has been quite exciting, with events like our super successful Sexual Health Awareness Bake Sale in the Breezeway, to the Coming Out Party in Lunik. It was a really good year. To those of you who helped, supported, and aided us, thank you so much.We especially want to thank the volunteers who helped make the TAME Pubnight such a success, which in my personal opinion was
Gillian Murphy Contributor This past year has been amazing for the Glendon Woman and Trans Centre (GWTC) for many reasons. One of our goals was to increase awareness of the Centre’s resources, such as the Food Bank and the Emergency Shelter; we are happy to report that more than five hundred people have accessed the Food Bank since we reopened the centre in September, and the Emergency Shelter offered a safe space for students to stay on several occasions this year. We were able to host two speakers, one for Trans* Day of Remembrance and the other for The Body is Not an Apology. However, these events would not have been so successful without the support of Glendon students and our volunteers. We, the coordinators of the GWTC, would like to thank the volunteers and the student body for making this year amazing. Good luck on your finals and have a wonderful summer – see you in September!
Clubs du campus Minute to Win It Event and Referendum Rana Abd-El Hamid WUSC Glendon Media and Communication Coordinator Take a minute to change a life: WUSC Glendon was hoping to get this message around campus this year and to raise awareness about the Student Refugee Program (SRP). Cela dit, nous pouvons dire que nous avons atteint ce but. It has been an amazing year for WUSC Glendon; it has become a popular and inspiring student organization around campus. Tout cela grâce à nos trois événements particulièrement réussis: Bike for Aids, Shine a Light and Minute to Win It. A main purpose of our events is to raise awareness about the importance of education. For our first event, Bike for AIDS, WUSC fundraised to purchase bikes and bicycle-ambulances while also raising awareness for HIV and AIDS. Our Shine A Light event was also legendary – the money raised was to help girls overcome challenges that they face in accessing education in refugee camps. Minute to Win It was hosted on Thursday, March 13th. As the final event of the year, it was nothing less than spectacular. Nous avons préparé quelques activités 60 Seconde Chrono parmi lesquelles: Suck it Up, Moving on Up, Junk in the Trunk, What a Racquet et This Blows. La personne terminant les cinq activités le plus vite a gagné 25 $. C’est pourquoi nous voulons féliciter Miroslav Grkovic pour avoir gagné première place avec un total de 3.02 minutes. During each of these events, we have explained that with the SRP, we are able to host a student refugee to come study at Glendon with financial support during the first twelve months. Most student refugees who have been sponsored by Canadian post-secondary institutions have successfully completed their studies and are now active Canadian citizens making contributions to their communities. Others have returned to their home countries and are contributing as nation builders or active community members. Nonetheless, the main focus of Minute to Win It was to promote the SRP and the upcoming referendum. WUSC Glendon is participating in the referendum because the funding provided by the current student levy is insufficient for sponsorship. Increasing the levy by only five cents would allow WUSC Glendon to provide the opportunity of postsecondary education to a sponsored student every three years. WUSC Glendon will be hosting a student refugee next year, so be on the watch! Thank you Glendonites for coming to our events, participating in our activities and supporting and donating for a cause that we strongly believe in. Together we can make the world a better place. L’éducation ça change le monde!
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Issues and Ideas Safety First at York
What Has Been Done? What Is Being Done? Natasha Faroogh Editor in Chief At 10:45 pm on March 6, 2014, police were called to York University in regards to a shooting which took place at Keele Campus’ Food Court, where two women were injured. On March 14, 2014, the arrest of Kemon Edwards, age 22, was announced via a Toronto Police Service News Release at an “unrelated location” in regards to this incident. He faces 17 charges including “2) Discharge Firearm Endanger Life”. After a subsequent search warrant, he was additionally charged with possession of heroin and cocaine. He appears in court on March 14 at Old City Hall. Following that search warrant, three other men and two boys were also arrested and face several charges. A detailed account can be found in the TPS release communicated to students via email. After an incident like this, students, faculty, and staff are all anxious in regards to their safety, especially on the Keele campus. Parents, friends, and loved ones worry about those attending the campus; social media sites have been vocal about the shooting, and potential students have voiced reconsidering York as an option. It is a dismal affair for the university’s reputation overall. On top of that, the media is ready to sensationalize the entire event and make broad statements about the lack of safety measures at York. Yes, York University’s safety measures could be improved upon. Several news outlets have already outlined the missing safety measures in regards to this incident. However, we must not discount the important work that has been taking place as well as the work that has been done already. First and foremost, York students receive updates about safety-related issues including theft, physical assault, sexual assault, and recently, the shooting event of March 6 by email; this direct form of communication shows transparency on York University’s part. Some may ask: What is communication without action? However, action has been and is still taking place in regards to safety. I had the opportunity to speak with Mikhaela Gray, GCSU president and Glendon representative on York University’s Community Safety Council, in regards to safety measures at York University. The Community Safety Council is a group of members of the YorkU community including YorkU Security, Staff (SCLD), faculty, and students, as well as the Toronto Police. 30-40 people meet monthly to have an open discussion about safety on campus. This council is further divided into subcommittees which focus on various issues, such as safety in regards to sexual assault, safety in regards to the new subway line coming in, and safety in regards to student groups on campus. METRAC, or the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children, also works with York University in proposing safety measures, and last completed a full safety audit of the university in June 2010. This audit shows York University’s weaknesses and strengths regarding safety on Campus. Gray states that: “The fact that people from all over the university give up time to work on safety and openly discuss safety in a safe environment, shows how York puts safety on the front line.” The METRAC audit, found at http://safety.yorku. ca/metracsafetyaudit/ further outlines the variety of ways that York puts safety first at campus, which are far too numerable to list here. A select few of these measures are ones that you might already be familiar with, including: security patrol; physical resources on campus such as safety telephones, transport patrol, and GoSafe; and support groups for victims of violence. One weakness outlined in the audit, however, shows that students perceive a 6 lack of security patrol at
Keele campus. Furthermore, a lack of security cameras in the student centre was another problem in regards to the March 6 shooting. In their March 12 issue, Excalibur’s Editor in Chief Tamara Khandaker reported that, “Currently, there are no cameras at the Student Centre”. These are certainly problems that need to be addressed, but York University is working to address them. According to York University’s “Safety and Security Fact Sheet – March 2014” found at safety.yorku. ca, Keele campus already has 76 Security Patrol Officers, a Residence Watch Program with security from 8 pm to 8 am, 56 exterior “Blue Light” phones, 70 LCD screens to post messages and security bulletins, and over 600 CCTV cameras. Furthermore, the university is in the process of installing an Emergency PA system. It is already installed in ROSS & HNES, and work continues in Vari Hall, the Student Centre, and York Lanes. The file further states that Yorku has plans to install this PA system into academic buildings over the next 2 years. From these numbers, it is clear that York University has been taking safety seriously--although perhaps not in the wisest manner. Students have to question why no CCTV cameras were installed in the student centre, one the highest traffic areas of the university, when over 600 were installed on campus. However, further measures are being taken. In the statement “Statement from President Mamdouh Shoukri on the arrest of suspect in York University Food Court incident” Shoukri makes it clear that the university is reacting to the situation and doing what it can to increase security on campus. Shoukri states that: “Gary Brewer, Vice-President, Administration and Finance, is working with the Student Centre to provide enhanced security at that location, including the installation of security
cameras in and around the centre.” Furthermore, Shoukri met with police officials on March 18 to receive a full debrief of the shooting incident and to “discuss and provide joint recommendations to address outstanding campus safety issues”. Furthermore, security patrol were installed in the Student Centre after this incident. Finally, York University intends to follow its plan to hire 2-3 YorkU security officers per year. The York University community is constantly working hard to make campus a safer place. As GCSU’s president Mikhaela Gray states: “I am blessed to be a part of the Community Safety Council where over 40 students, faculty, staff, police and security guards come together to ensure we are keeping students safe. Unfortunately, despite the efforts and dedication of the York community, the university cannot control the actions and decisions of each and every individual person. If you have any concerns, please visit yorku.ca/safety. At this website you can find information on safety, you can take a tutorial, or you can leave suggestions, comments, and concerns.” Yes, this shooting has shaken up the York University community. However, when we have events like this take place, we must look at the larger context, and remember the work which has been and which is being done in regards to safety. Undermining the work which has taken place is not useful. Holding the university accountable by reiterating the measures it has promised us, on the other hand, is helpful. As students, we must continue working towards making York University a safe space by getting involved on campus in regards to safety, and keeping safety a priority at York by holding administration accountable to their promised measures.
Enjeux et idées Fermeture du campus d’Alfred
Menace pour la communauté francophone Ericka Desjardins Rédactrice des expressions en français Le 12 mars 2014, à Ottawa, on a annoncé que l’Université de Guelph suspendra les admissions du mois de septembre 2014 sur le campus d’Alfred et supprimera ces programmes vers la fin de l’année 2015. Le campus d’Alfred, fondé en 1981 est d’une grande importance pour la communauté franco-ontarienne environnante. En tant qu’unique institution ontarienne qui offre des programmes dans le secteur agroalimentaire au niveau postsecondaire français, la fermeture de celle-ci est sans doute choquante. Cette annonce démontre la fragilité de nos programmes en français, déjà peu nombreux. Comme j’ai vécu à Rockland et à St Pascal-Baylon pour environ 8 ans et que j’y retourne toujours pour visiter ma famille, je tiens à vous aviser qu’Alfred et les villages qui l’entourent sont des villages pleins de fermes et d’agriculture. Ceux-ci sont remplis de vastes champs de foin, de blé, de maïs, de fermes et de poulaillers. Pour conclure, je ne suis pas d’accord avec cette décision. Quelque chose doit être fait à cet égard, n’ignorons pas la question en restant silencieux. Ce programme en français est essentiel à Alfred, une grande communauté francophone. Aimez-vous les légumes frais? Voulez vous conserver les fermiers et les agriculteurs? Faites quelque chose!
Aside from these mild annoyances, my weekend in Sherbrooke was enjoyable and informative. The essays I heard have provided me with a list of books to read over the summer, and I hope to encounter some of the friendly and intelligent people I met there in the future—either at next year’s QUEUC or at graduate school. As I hope to be an English literature professor one day, the opportunity to share and discuss ideas with similar-minded students was incredibly valuable. I am glad to have had this opportunity, both to travel to Québec and to take the first step towards an academic career.
What Do I Do With a B.A. In English An Event Review
Ayelen Barrios Ruiz Pagano Editor of Arts and Entertainment
an internship opportunity with one of the panelists. When I was finished at the event, I was left with a renewed faith in my degree. I chose English because I love it. I knew the risks, but at the time I had a plan. I wish I had figured some things out before now, but I do not regret my decision. The event made me hopeful. I am confident that my degree has potential, and that employers will not ignore me if I prove myself. I was not left with this positive feeling after attending the Glendon event. Having been held in the cafeteria in the middle of the lunch hour, the event was loud, and the atmosphere uncomfortable. If I’m asking serious questions I would like to hear what the person in front of me has to say. Also, I believe that there were not enough panelists. I realise Glendon likely has a smaller budget, but the lack of options was disappointing. It seemed as though the event was only geared towards first or second years. In fourth year, I am no longer looking for certificates to add to my degree; I don’t have time to pursue them. Although important to include them in the event, if they make up half of the panel, how am I supposed to gain anything from it as I finish off my degree? After leaving, I didn’t feel any hope. Instead, I felt as though I had to start over. This presentation did not offer me anything that my previous internet searches hadn’t already given me. Furthermore, due to the time of the event, it was very inconvenient for many English majors who could not attend due to their class schedule as many English and Linguistic majors were in class at the same time for those subjects. The timing of the event should have been better considered. I understand why CCDS held this event and I am still grateful for it. However, in the future, I would hope for a more intimate setting. Potentially the ballroom in the manor or something similar; a place for only those who are interested to go and not be distracted by those laughing with their friends in the background. I would hope for more panelists, and perhaps some who would be interested in potentially hiring students for summer positions. I would like to see actual presentations, which would give the panelists a chance to explain how they got there. Finally, I would find it helpful for future events to be relevant to all English majors--not just first and second years. These are just some of my suggestions. I am sure there are more that can be implemented. In the future, I hope an event like this can help Glendon students, not intimidate them. I would like an event like this to inspire, and offer potential ideas to students that reach beyond graduation. Copywriters, filmmakers, producers, playwrights, professors, anyone could be invited to give a really good talk about What Do I Do With a B.A. in English--Glendon students need more than just four panelists.
I recently attended an event held by CCDS (Counselling, Career & Disability Services) called: What Do I Do With a B.A. in English. As a fourth year English major who is on the verge of graduating, I was interested, to say the least. Without going into detail about my personal situation, I have recently changed my mind about what I want to do with my life. This means that, because I am in my final year, I need to know my options. So, as anyone in my situation would have done, I talked to various people whom I thought could help me, did various google searches, and spent hours (in which I should probably have been doing my readings) looking up various potential employers. As it stands, I attended two events of the same nature. As previously mentioned, I attended the Glendon version of What Do I Do With a B.A. in English, but I also attended the Keele version. As a Glendon student, I am not ashamed to say that if I had been given the choice, I would not have gone to Keele that day. However, being petrified of what is going to happen next September, I sucked it up and took the shuttle--and I am very glad I did. Although it took a while to find the location, once I got there, I did not regret the trip. It was a large enough room, but it was only open for the students who had registered for the event. A panel of former English graduates were positioned at the front, and one by one they explained how they have succeeded in their field by using their English degree. Some stories were interesting, others were not, but that’s not unexpected from Stephanie Settle an event like this. After each panelist had finished speaking, the floor was open to networking. Students had the Editor of Campus Life opportunity to approach the panelists and talk about their On Friday, March 14th, I presented a paper at the Québec futures. Last year, for example, a student was able to secure Universities English Undergraduate Conference. While only students from Québec were included at the inaugural event five years ago, its title has now become a misnomer, as many of this year’s presenters had travelled to Bishop’s University in the small town of Sherbrooke from all over Canada and even the United States. Students were organized into panels of three or four based on the topics of their essays, and my discussion of race and gender in Shakespearean tragedies got me sorted in Power and Empowerment in Early Modern England. I was one of five students representing York at the conference, alongside Farah Fazalbhoy, Karishma Golani, Soraya Kouchak, and Lindsay Presswell. Up to three panels took place in different rooms at one time, so I was not able to hear all of their works, but I really enjoyed Farah’s paper on the depictions of difficult concepts such as death in children’s literature. Undergraduate papers were not the only attraction of the weekend—Friday concluded with a literature-themed trivia night, and Saturday with a talk by senior producer of Batman: Arkham Origins, Ben Mattes, on narrative in video games. Meals and refreshments were also included in the twenty dollar registration fee. However, I found myself wishing that the event had received more funding, since QUEUC t-shirts had to be either purchased or won at trivia night, and we were even asked to return the lanyards that held our nametags before we left. Perhaps this will come as the relatively new event continues to expand in future years. The only other aspect of the weekend that I could have done without was the question and answer period that took place at the end of every panel. While some questions posed by audience members to presenters were insightful and inspired discussion, others were vague and irrelevant. This could have been improved if those attending the conference had been given a chance to read over the papers From left to right: Glendon student Stephanie Settle, McGill that interested them and prepare questions before the student Aaron Golish, and Concordia students Rebecca Anderson and Vanessa Cannizzaro. Photo by Alexis Chouan. presentations.
English Essays in La belle province
My Experience at the Québec Universities English Undergraduate Conference
Feature étudiantes en français. En 2010, M. McRoberts reçoit le Prix de la francophonie de l’Ontario des mains du premier ministre de la province. Des ententes d’arrimage et de partenariats sont négociées avec les collèges francophones de l’Ontario. La Faculté d’éducation ouvre un programme d’enseignement en immersion françaire. Les inscriptions https://www.facebook.com/ au premier cycle continuent d’augmenter, tout comme la GlendonCampus qualité des candidats et candidates qui font une demande à Glendon. Sous la direction de M. McRoberts, au fil des années, le petit Collège fait de grands bonds en avant. Comme son mandat n’est même pas encore terminé, que nous réserve-t-il pour les prochains mois? Définitivement à suivre…
Thank You to Principal McRoberts! Aaron Doupe Student Affairs Manager
Trois Mandats Bien Remplis Collaboration spéciale Le troisième mandat de notre principal, M. Kenneth McRoberts se terminera le 30 juin prochain et il est sans doute trop tôt pour finaliser la liste de ses réalisations puisqu’il lui reste encore quatre mois pour en ajouter. M. McRoberts, qui a succédé à Mme Dyane Adam comme principal le 1er juillet 1999, avait initialement reçu un mandat de 5 ans pour remettre les inscriptions de Glendon sur le bon pied. Professeur et politologue de grande renommée attaché à la faculté des arts de l’université York, il connaissait déjà bien Glendon. Pendant plusieurs années, il avait accepté d’y enseigner des cours de science politique, une expérience qu’il a beaucoup aimée, à vrai dire tellement qu’il a accepté de relever avec enthousiasme le défi qu’on lui proposait. Avec la vision de notre premier principal, Escott Reid, pour le guider, il s’est donné corps et âme à la tâche : créer une éducation bilingue en arts libéraux de qualité sur un pittoresque petit campus. L’Université York a tellement apprécié le résultat de ses efforts qu’elle a renouvelé son mandat de cinq ans à deux reprises, du jamais vu à Glendon, du rarement vu dans les annales universitaires. Son premier mandat a été marqué par un renouveau important du corps professoral si bien qu’aujourd’hui, près de la moitié de nos professeures et professeurs ont été embauchés par M. McRoberts. Le programme d’économie et commerce voit le jour lors de ce premier mandat et le programme d’études internationales devient un département autonome. Expert en politique québécoise dans le contexte canadien, il réussit à obtenir des fonds pour soutenir une chaire en études québécoises qui permet à Glendon d’inviter d’illustres intellectuels de notre province voisine. Pendant cette période, il crée de nouvelles ententes avec le Français pour l’avenir et Canadian Parents for French pour assurer l’organisation de leurs activités annuelles à Glendon. Il tisse des liens solides avec le consulat de France et le Bureau du Québec. En même temps, il réussit à négocier la rénovation du manoir Glendon en collaboration avec la Junior League of Toronto, un événement qui place notre manoir sur la liste des plus belles propriétés historiques de Toronto. Cette période est aussi marquée par la création d’un bureau local d’avancement à Glendon et par le lancement de notre toute première campagne de levée de fonds. Lors de son deuxième mandat, M. McRoberts trouve le temps d’écrire un livre sur la Catalogne, une région d’Espagne qui, comme le Québec au Canada, aspire à la souveraineté et l’autonomie de manière démocratique. Il reçoit aussi un diplôme honorifique de l’Université Laval pour son travail sur les relations Canada-Québec. Il améliore l’espace étudiant avec la rénovation du préau de l’aile B, l’ancien Breezeway mais sans la brise. Les 8 inscriptions augmentent et la qualité de l’effectif
étudiant s’améliore d’une année à l’autre. M. McRoberts croit en la création d’une école et d’une maîtrise en affaires publiques et internationales qui accueillent chaque année une vingtaine d’étudiants et d’étudiantes bilingues de plus haut calibre. Il renforce les liens de Glendon avec la communauté franco-ontarienne et les instances gouvernementales intéressées à Glendon. La campagne de levée de fonds dépasse ses objectifs. En 2008, il procure à Glendon un investissement immobilier du gouvernement de l’Ontario de 20 millions de dollars, qui deviendra le Centre d’excellence pour les études postsecondaires en français et bilingues dans le sud de l'Ontario. Glendon ajoute l’option internationale à ses programmes en BA ainsi que le certificat d’excellence trilingue. Le Centre de ressources espagnoles reconnaît l’importance de Glendon avec son programme en études hispaniques et déménage ses locaux à Glendon. Finalement, son troisième mandat commence avec l’ouverture officielle tant attendue du Centre d’excellence, comprenant une nouvelle entrée principale plus grandiose que jamais, de nouvelles salles de classes plus modernes et confortables et encore plus d’espace pour les étudiants. M. McRoberts soutient la création d’un doctorat en études francophones et le rapatriement longuement espéré du contrôle des services étudiants à Glendon. Le campus peut maintenant mieux que jamais servir ses étudiants et https://www.facebook.com/GlendonCampus
Principal McRoberts has been a strong leader and advocate for Glendon for an incredible 15 years! During his tenure, Glendon has seen remarkable growth: a marked increase in student enrolment, development of several new programs, expansion of Glendon’s graduate portfolio and an enhancement of student space and facilities for learning. Principal McRoberts has been at the forefront of these developments, consistently working to ensure Glendon remains competitive, innovative, and a top destination for students. Principal McRoberts is a true Francophile – an ardent supporter of Glendon’s bilingual mandate and of our vibrant francophone community. Easily conversing in French and English, he is an excellent role model for students who come to Glendon looking to fulfill their language acquisition goals. In every speech, meeting or function that I have attended, the Principal has spoken both languages. He not only promotes, but lives Glendon’s bilingual identity. I would like to thank Principal McRoberts for his support of students throughout his time at Glendon. He has always eagerly accepted invitations to orientations, student ceremonies and events, residence activities and various student meetings. Having the Principal’s support on these initiatives has meant a great deal to me and to many students. Often when students meet Principal McRoberts, they are happy to share their positive Glendon experiences. He also has been consistently open to hearing and understanding their concerns and to working on solutions. Principal McRoberts has contributed so much to Glendon over the last 15 years. He has worked diligently to advance Glendon’s reputation locally, nationally and internationally. He has been an ardent supporter of this community and its excellent students. Thank you, Principal McRoberts!
His Myriad Accomplishments
A Profile of Principal McRoberts Sienna Warecki Assistant English Editor Kenneth McRoberts was shaping up to be an ideal president for Glendon long before he was appointed the position. He earned an MA and a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago, and went on to become a top-notch political science professor at York University, even serving terms as director of the York Graduate Program in Political Science. He has been interested in bilingualism and Quebec politics for much of his life, and has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on the subject, as well as his own full-length book, Misconceiving Canada: The Struggle for National Unity. These passions are well-suited to a man leading a campus which identifies as bilingual and whose students are often Francophile or Francophone. On July 1, 1999, Principal Kenneth McRoberts was appointed as president of Glendon College; since then, he has played an integral role in both shaping the campus at present, and paving the way for its future. Among other accomplishments, he was the driving force behind and the first director of Canada’s first bilingual graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), launched in 2007. The year after the program launched, the Government of Ontario gifted McRoberts and Glendon Campus $20 million in order to turn the campus into Southern Ontario’s Centre of Excellence for French-Language and Bilingual Post-Secondary Education. Just last year, the BMO Financial group gifted Glendon a further $1.25 million toward the GSPIA, stating it was “a unique opportunity to provide students with a uniquely global education in a changing global world” (myglendon.yorku.ca). As far as bilingualism is concerned, Glendon is now playing in the big leagues, all thanks to Principal McRoberts. Outside of his presidency at Glendon, McRoberts has also served as director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, as well as the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Canadian Studies for six years. In June 2004, the French government named McRoberts “Officier de l’Ordre des Palmes academiques” in recognition of his contribution to the promotion of French studies outside of France; in September of the same year, he received an honorary degree from L’Universite Laval. The Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne (AUFC) named Principal McRoberts their president from 2009-2011, the first Anglophone ever to be appointed this position, and in 2010 the Ontario government awarded him the Prix de la francophonie de l’Ontario. It is safe to say that without Principal McRoberts, Glendon College would not be nearly the rich and complex nexus of opportunity that it is today, nor would it feel as much like a family as it does now. As of this year, the campus’ student population has increased to over 3000, a stunning growth spurt, and Principal McRoberts has done an excellent job of renovating, modernizing, and reinventing the campus to suit this new influx of inquiring minds. We look to the future filled with hope and good ideas, ready to work with Glendon’s new principal to further evolve our campus, but we will sorely miss the tenacity and the passion that Kenneth McRoberts brought to the table as our leader. Above: From left, York Chancellor Roy McMurtry, Justice Paul Rouleau, President & Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri and Glendon Principal Kenneth McRoberts. Courtesy of www.yorku.ca/yfile/archive/index.asp?Article-12907 https://www.facebook.com/ GlendonCampus
Works Cited: BMO Financial Group’s $1.25-Million Donation Funds Public Affairs Education at York’s Glendon Campus. Glendon College York U, 2013. Web. March 16, 2014. Glendon Principal Kenneth McRoberts Newly Appointed President of AUFC. Glendon College York U, 2010. Web. March 16, 2014. Kenneth McRoberts Honoured by the Ontario Government. Glendon College York U, 2010. Web. March 16, 2014. Kenneth McRoberts, Principal of Glendon. Glendon College York U, n.d. Web. March 16, 2014. Professor Kenneth McRoberts Appointed as Principal of Glendon College. YFile, 2009. Web. March 16, 2014.
Health and Wellness A Mental Health Perspective on Eating Disorders
The Media Can’t Be The Only Bad Guy Caroline Kamm Editor of Health and Wellness As we sat at the dining room table some months ago, my Mom brought up a conversation she had had with a colleague recently. The two of them had discussed her colleague’s teenaged daughter, who had been struggling with an eating disorder for much of the last year. With the entirely well-intentioned and yet slightly misguided sympathies of a mother, she pleaded of me, “What are all these pressures that young girls face to be so skinny?” I don't know why I was the presumed authority on society's effects on girls and women of our generation, but her question spoke to a common misconception that many people hold about the modern rise of eating disorders. She got one thing right: young girls (make that young people in general) face a lot of pressures. But there is a distinction to be made here between feeling the need to be skinny, and the development of a genuine mental health disorder. Arguably the only way in which eating disorders have been addressed in the media is through body-positive campaigns, which promote a healthier way of thinking about our size and shape. While undeniably important – there is absolutely a burning need to address social constructions of beauty – presenting eating disorders as the result of poor self-esteem alone is dangerously simplistic. It is impossible to treat or diagnose a disease without knowing where it comes from, and very often the underlying mental health issues associated with eating disorders are simply not discussed. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, eating disorders stem from a network of causes, including psychological, interpersonal, and societal factors. These can range from a traumatic life event which have left you feeling out of control, to potentially serious underlying mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety (Canadian Mental Health Association, Facts about Eating Disorders). There has even been research into whether some people are genetically predisposed to develop eating disorders (NEDIC, Reflections on Genes and Eating Disorders). If experts understand the causes of these problems, why are there still so many misconceptions? Ultimately what it comes down to is the need to have a bad guy. Big issues like these are scary, and it is a very small comfort to think that if we tackle the single force causing it – in this case, the media and their obsession with super-thin bodies – then everything will start to get better. As a society we shy away from talking about complicated issues because they scare us, and there is nothing simple about mental illness. We need to start understanding and addressing eating disorders from a more holistic perspective. It is undeniable that social context is important – the way that society portrays bodies has a large impact on how you see your own – but the stress factors in an individual's life cannot be ignored. Until we start talking about eating disorders in a larger mental health framework, nothing is going to change. So to come back to my Mom's question, why is it that recent decades have seen such an increase in eating disorders among young people? The same reason that mental illnesses in general are on the rise: we are under a lot of pressure. And since we have been avoiding talking about the real issues of the multiple and related pressures society puts on us every day, it is no wonder young people internalize this stress, often in self-destructive ways. Eating disorders are not vain. They are not silly, and they absolutely are not a reason to doubt your own self-worth. They are a mental health problem, and like any other illness they can be treated. By demonizing sufferers of eating disorders as mere objects vulnerable to the media, we are denying the seriousness of what they are going through. There is more to this issue than the body-insecure teenaged girl we fixate on, and this narrow-mindedness rejects the experiences of those that don't fit this mould. Like with any mental illness, if you think that you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, you can seek help. Glendon Counseling and Disability Services offers free one-on-one sessions, and there are free mental health clinics all over Toronto. But the most important first step is to recognize that you have a valid personal experience, regardless of what the most narrow perspectives may 10 say. Seeking help is difficult, but it is the first step
in claiming your health as your own. In the end, the most powerful thing that you can seek to control is your own 3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place a piece of parchment paper physical and mental well-being. on a baking tray and spread granola mixture on the sheet. Works Cited:
Canadian Mental Health Association, Facts about Eating Disorders, http://www.cmha.ca/mental_health/facts-about-eating-disorders/#. UyJsyfldV1I NEDIC, Reflections on Genes and Eating Disorders, http://nedic.ca/reflections-genes-and-eating-disorders
Homemade Granola Teshini Harrison Communications Officer ½ cup of sunflower seeds ½ cup of slivered almonds ½ cup of sesame seeds ½ cup unsweetened coconut ½ cup popped quinoa ¼ cup flax seeds (whole or ground) 2/3 cup rolled oats ½ cup honey ¼ cup of oil (light olive oil) Pinch of salt 1tsp of cinnamon 1tsp of nutmeg 1. In a bowl, mix together seeds, nuts, popped quinoa, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg. 2. Combine honey and oil and add to the mixture of dry ingredients. Mix well. If the mixture seems a little dry, add some more honey until everything sticks together.
4. Make sure granola is spread evenly over the parchment. 5. Once oven is hot, place the granola mixture in the oven. Check the granola every 15 minutes, stirring mixture each time, which ensures that the granola is evenly cooked. 6. Once the granola has turned golden brown all over, take the tray out of the oven and use a spatula to break the granola into bite-sized chunks. Let granola cool. 7. Once cool you can store granola in a reusable jar. Remains fresh for about one week. If you want, you can add dry fruit or even chop up some dark chocolate and mix it with the granola. Great as a snack, as cereal or with yogurt. Enjoy!
Métropole ne sont pas seulement vues, mais se vivent, s’entendent, s’habitent. L’exposition est composée de quatre pièces, quatre installations qui occupent chacune une pièce. Le visiteur est invité à entrer dans l’installation (sans toucher) et à pouvoir se promener dans cet univers vide, déserté. C’est tout d’abord des caravanes, habitations itinérantes, dans lesquelles j’entre: une vie en modèle réduit, vide, comme abandonné, pourtant, les livres sont encore posés sur le sol, la casserole sur le feu… donnant à toute l’installation une ambiance légèrement inquiétante, la radio grésille encore. La seconde pièce présente une plage, et une série de totems, mélange de bois flottés et d’objets trouvés, étrange hommage à des temps révolus, des religions d’été de jeunesse… Les troisième et quatrième pièces sont elles aussi des collections d’objets, de photos, témoins du passage du temps et d’une exploration de la réalité, qu’il s’agisse d’une amitié perdue ou de l’intégration de l’homme à la nature. L’intérêt de l’exposition se trouve donc dans son aspect esthétique, d’une nostalgie amère, mais aussi dans son appel à l’imagination du visiteur pour reconstruire le récit dont l’installation semble être la trace, évoquant à la fois la perte et la mémoire, toujours incomplets. C’est aussi l’un des charmes de cette exposition: les cartels, proposant pour chaque pièce des pistes de compréhension, mais jamais rien de définitif, laissant le visiteur libre de reconstruire chaque récit, participant à cette étrange atmosphère d’incertitude, à laquelle le titre “Amnesiac” semble faire référence. Pour ne rien gâcher, la visite est gratuite, et le musée chauffé, que de bonnes raisons de profiter de l’hiver pour y aller!
The Iranian New Year Niloufar Sadroddini Contributor
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year--it’s Nowruz, of course! Nowruz, meaning “new day”, is known as the Iranian New Year and is celebrated on the first day of spring. The celebration lasts for thirteen days, and there are many rituals that take place during that time. One of the most important rituals of Nowruz is preparing the Haft-Sin (the Seven S’s) table. The Haft-Sin table includes seven items specifically one--yet still we held nothing back. This release is what, this starting with the letter S or Sin ( سin the Persian Alphabet) author believes, allowed Gibson to really let loose and put and each of the items on the table represent spring and have her guard down, sharing a deeply personal experience with a symbolic meaning behind them. The most common Haftall of us. Sin items are: Andrea ended her set with a poem which urges the listener to love themselves, love each other, and most of 1. Sabzeh: Wheat, lentil, or barley sprouts growing in a dish. all, stay alive. Ending the night with such a message was a It represents rebirth of nature, new beginnings, and the start beautiful decision, leaving the audience fulfilled, elated, and of spring. content. Witnessing poetry performed live is an amazing 2. Seeb: Apples represents natural beauty and health. experience--and a great place to go is The Drake Hotel underground. The next Toronto Poetry Slam is scheduled 3. Seer: Garlic cloves represent medicine as they fight for March 21 at 8pm, with a $5 cover charge. For full details disease, and therefore, represent better health and wellness. about slams visit www.torontopoetryslam.com and for 4. Samanu: A sweet pudding made from wheat germ, a information about upcoming special guests, visit www. high calorie food with vitamin E. It represents strength and thedrakehotel.ca/happenings/listings. affluence.
The Drake Hotel Underground Lindsey Drury Co-Editor of Issues and Ideas The month of March started off with a bang at The Drake Hotel this year, with spoken word poet and activist Andrea Gibson headlining two sold out shows on the night of Sunday, March 2nd. With tickets only costing $10.20, this was a must-see show that I had the overwhelming privilege of attending. The Underground at the Drake Hotel is an incredibly conducive environment for a poetry reading. With its cozy atmosphere, dim lighting, and flashy decorations, it is the perfect place to settle in, have a drink, and take in the work of a talented poet. With seating positioned exclusively at the outskirts of the small room, many of the spectators simply sat cross legged in front of the stage, content to be staring up at the woman that they had all come to see. The show itself was emotionally captivating to say the least. Opening and closing with popular poems "Birthday" and "The Nutritionist/The Madness Vase", the night was one to hold your tears back for. This is especially true when Gibson decided to perform her poem "Trellis", stating that it was the first time she felt able to perform it in years. The poem is a crushing retelling of Gibson's feelings and experiences after being sexually assaulted. She made it known that it was the atmosphere of both The Underground and the audience that made it possible for her to perform it. After she was finished, she paused for a long time before saying that she felt "shaken" from the experience. The night was not only heart-wrenching, but heartwarming in equal measure. During breaks between poems, Gibson happily shared anecdotes from her past and humorous experiences that she had had while touring. When sharing a potentially embarrassing story about her current girlfriend, she is quoted saying "This is, you know, such a sweet little place, I get to say this". Besides her comedic interjections between performances, the most juxtaposed moment of the night was without a doubt, Gibson's poem "Squash", also entitled "A Letter to My Dog". Occurring about half way through the night, this poem was placed perfectly for the audience to really let loose. Laughter filled the venue at the end of almost every line, making it hard to hear the beginning of the next
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5. Serkeh: Vinegar symbolizes age and patience. 6. Sumac: Dried sumac are famously known for being sprinkled over kebabs. However, on the Haft-Sin table, sumac berries represent the color of dawn, and the beginning of a new day. 7. Senjed: The dried fruit of the Oleaster tree. It’s been said that if one sits under a Senjed tree, its fragrance and its fruit will make people fall in love. And thus, it symbolizes love. Nowruz occurs on or around the same time as the Spring equinox and this year it occurs on March 20th at 12:57 PM (Toronto). Happy Nowruz to all those celebrating!
1 February – 19 May, 2014: The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre The Power Plant 231 Queens Quay West Toronto, ON M5J 2G8 Another important tradition is Sizdah-bedar Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10–5 PM Thursday 10–8 which is celebrated on the thirteenth day of Nowruz. PM Je vois d’ordinaire la programmation du Harbourfront Centre avec intérêt, et étourderie, oubliant la plupart du temps de me rendre aux expositions que j’avais repérées, ou y allant après leur fin, mais je savais que je devais voir cette exposition. Mike Nelson est un artiste britannique contemporain et cette exposition, la première solo à Toronto, est plus qu’une simple “exposition”, où le visiteur voit des oeuvres qui lui sont présentées, extérieures et presque glacées. Il s’agit d’une véritable expérience, où les oeuvres
Sizdah meaning “thirteen”, and bedar meaning “to get rid of”, basically means getting rid of unlucky thirteen. On this day, it is customary for Iranians to pack a picnic, spend the day outdoors on the 13th day after Nowruz, and it also marks the end of Nowruz. A ritual performed at the end of Sizdah-bedar is throwing away the Sabzeh from the Haftsin table because it has collected sickness, and bad omen, and therefore, by throwing it away, the family will have a happy, and healthy new year! Happy Nowruz to all those celebrating!
Arts and Entertainment The Final Rose Had Its Thorn
Juan Pablo, It’s NOT Okay! Megan Armstrong Editor of Campus Clubs What can be said about this season of the Bachelor other than “Juan Pablo, it’s NOT okay!”? As a long term fan of the reality show, I have watched my fair share of questionable behaviour on The Bachelor and its counterpart, The Bachelorette. However, Juan Pablo brought the show to a whole new level. Top Ten Most Frustrating (and ANNOYING) Moments of the Season 10. Happy 22nd Birthday Cassandra . . . by the way, you just got dumped. Ouch. 9. Juan Pablo constantly made up rules about boundaries on intimacy . . . only to break them with other girls five minutes later. 8. Every single irritating time that Juan Pablo brushed aside someone’s concerns, doubts or feelings with an “It’s okay”. Stop asking for besitos and actually listen to the women who are trying to connect with you! 7. After Juan Pablo decided to actively participate in Clare’s idea of a midnight frolic in the ocean, he told her that the whole evening was inappropriate and that she should not have acted the way she did. Wait . . . what!? Is it just me, or is Juan Pablo seriously passing the blame onto Clare here? He didn’t have to go for a swim with Clare in the middle of the night. It was his decision to participate. When Clare confronted him about why he didn’t just tell her no, his response was “I didn’t want to take your excitement away from you”. Seriously!? Why did he invite her to swim in his private pool then? Double standards. 6. On the After the Final Rose episode, Juan Pablo absolutely refused to open up about his feelings for Nikki and was adamantly opposed to using the dreaded “L-word”. Runner-up Clare Crawley gives Juan Pablo a piece of her mind after being eliminated. Photo Courtesy of ABC
Sorry Nikki, I guess he still “likes you a lot”.
The Neck is a Bridge to The Body:
5. Juan Pablo’s comment in an interview that gay people are more “pervert”. Despite his argument that he did not communicate his sentiments correctly because English is his second language, it did not go over well with fans of the show. During the After the Final Rose, one contestant attempted to get answers about his comment. Having a gay parent, Kelly was extremely offended and visibly upset while confronting him. However, Juan Pablo refused to explain Sienna Warecki himself and simply told her that she would have to wait until Assistant English Editor after they finished taping the live show so that they could have a conversation about it. Needless to say, Kelly did not I have recently learned that driving from Boston to New York look impressed. City and back again in one day all for the sake of an hour and a half concert is on the same level of crazy as sticking your 4. According to runner-up Clare Crawley, during a rare fingers into a piranha tank just because. However, that’s just moment when the cameras were not focused on them, Juan what I did with my girlfriend and our mutual friend when Pablo told her that “he loved f*%king her but didn’t really I landed for my weekend sojourn out-of-country. It was know her”. Clare implied that there was more to the comment absolutely worth it. but refused to repeat it word for word on television. Why The concert in question was Kaki King’s new would he even think that his comment was okay? I can only show, The Neck is a Bridge to The Body, written in imagine how hurtful hearing those words must have been. residence with the Glowing Pictures visual arts company at the BRIC House in Brooklyn, NY. I heard Kaki for the 3. During Andi’s Fantasy Suite date (aka Overnight Date for first time on my first visit to Boston, nearly half a year ago: non-fans of the show), Juan Pablo told her that she was only she’s an American solo instrumental artist who routinely there “by default” because he decided to send Renee home. challenges the boundaries of what’s expected of music today. Thankfully, Andi’s feisty side came to play and she gave him Kaki produces gorgeous soundscapes with a variety of a piece of her mind before choosing to go home. strange and rare instruments. In February of 2006, Rolling Stone published a list of “The New Guitar Gods”, on which 2. Juan Pablo met Renee’s son, only to dump her at the very she was the youngest artist and the only woman (Wikipedia, next Rose Ceremony. Renee was the Fan Favourite this 2014). Her music ranges between a full “band” sort of sound, season and seemed so darn nice! Although seeing her go with myriad instruments and Kaki herself on vocals, to a home was disappointing, Juan Pablo was definitely not the stripped-down acoustic putting the guitar on centre stage as right choice for her. the heart and soul of her music. Her last album, Glow, was an all-instrumental album with a complex variety of flavour 1. After Clare was eliminated, she told Juan Pablo what she in its songs, all revolving around the guitar. thought of his actions and how he had treated her. After she The press release on Kaki King’s website describes walked away, Juan Pablo smirked and said “Glad I didn’t The Neck is a Bridge to The Body as “a new kind of guitar pick her” to the camera because she expressed herself and put exploration with live music and video projection. […] For him in his place. However, Clare got the final word when the first time the guitar itself is being used as a projection she told Juan Pablo that “I would never want my children screen. The show opens as a creation story where the notes having a father like you”. He did the exact same thing when and sounds create the images. It then broadens into an Andi decided to leave. exploration of the guitar where we learn that it is a shape Juan Pablo’s season was a complete disaster from start to shifter, it has travelled all over the world, it has a background finish. Hopefully, Andi Dorfman, next season’s Bachelorette, with friends and family, and it even has an internal skeleton will handle the situation with more grace than Juan Pablo and nervous system. Finally, we see that music creates the did. Andi’s season premieres on May 19th on ABC. musician, and the guitar creates the guitarist” (kakiking. com, 2014). Kaki meant for the music in this show to incorporate every sound you can produce with a guitar, especially the ones that don’t sound much like guitar sounds. She was striving to demonstrate the sheer versatility of the instrument, to show that it is just as complex and capable as the guitarist. Coming out of the world premiere of this show, I can attest to the success of the project. The show was an audiovisual masterpiece, a gorgeous interweaving of sound and light, and a sweeping emotional journey to boot (but not without its humorous moments). The show is so new that the songs don’t even have names yet, but I can laud their variety and their innovative use of the guitar as aninstrument-that-isn’t-the-guitar. A highlight of the show was when Kaki’s guitar ‘told’ its story to the audience, a story about growing up estranged from other guitars because it liked to play music different from the norm—it had the audience laughing, but I, for one, applaud Kaki King for her use of analogy, for making it something we can laugh with her about. After the concert was over, my girlfriend’s mother phoned and asked how she’d enjoyed it; laughing, her answer was “I think I had an out of body experience”. I think the same can be said for the majority of the audience. A wealth of Kaki King’s music can be found through YouTube, or her website, www.kakiking.com There are no dates as of yet on the release of an album or DVD version of The Neck is a Bridge to The Body, but Kaki is hoping to take the show on tour—with any luck, Toronto will be one of her stops!
A Review of Kaki King’s New Performance
Sources: http://www.kakiking.com/news/kaki-king-announces-neckand-kickstarter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaki_King
Arts et divertissements Graceland: A Hero(in) in the Rough Ashley Moniz Contributor Thanks to shows like Weeds and Breaking Bad, television viewers have developed a recent interest in shows about the distribution of illicit drugs. Shows about police investigations, on the other hand, have been popular for decades. Last year, a new series from the producer of White Collar debuted on the USA Network and on Bravo in Canada, combining these two worlds of drugs and police investigators. The premise? Agents from the FBI, DEA, and Customs working together to track and take down drug cartels in Southern California. This is Graceland, and it will return for its second season this summer. Graceland begins when Mike Warren, a newlygraduated FBI agent, is sent to live at a beachfront residence in California and work there as an undercover cop. The residence is known as Graceland, and shows the cooperative efforts of agents from three federal agencies that work together to infiltrate gangs and take down suppliers and dealers. Behind the façade that each agent puts on when they go undercover, lies and secrets are a-brewing. Despite a “no secrets” rule in the house, some of the agents harbour demons which they struggle to live with and often end up hurting those that work alongside them. At the end of the pilot, it is revealed that Mike has been sent to Graceland in order to keep an eye on the leader of the house, Paul Briggs, and report back to his chief. The show is fun and entertaining, combining intense procedures and funny, likeable characters to make an all-around entertaining show. One of the most impressive aspects is the writers’ ability to balance the overarching storylines with individual episodes. The characters are shown consistently tracking the actions of the gangs and dealers that they are associated with, but have different personal struggles they must deal with in every episode. But beware, every episode ends with a cliffhanger, including the season finale. The show is based on true events and provides a fascinating look into the world of undercover agents. At first, these characters are living the dream: they are paid to live on a beach front, go surfing and have the occasional campfire. That being said, they must assume intense, wellcrafted identities, which can be difficult. They are thrust into dangerous situations and must live without social lives due to the constant fear of their identity being compromised. Each character has seen their fair share of failure, pain, and loss. And the team is not perfect; they sometimes have major falling outs or come out of situations unsuccessfully. Sometimes plans fail and people are lost, and they can only regroup and try harder the next time. Graceland manages both thrills and laughs and is definitely worth a try. The fanbase is currently not as large as other major series, but hopefully the next season will build up a stronger critical and commercial following.
Five Shows That Were Gone Too Soon... Ayelen Barrios Ruiz Pagano Editor of Arts and Entertainment After asking some friends, I’ve come up with this list: 1) Pushing Daisies - An adorable comedy about a pie maker with a special talent to bring the dead back to life after one touch. But things aren’t what they seem when Ned brings back his former crush; he must succumb to never touching her again to keep her alive. This quirky love story also has the allure of crime as the pie maker works alongside a P.I. because having the ability to ask the dead how they died should make solving the mystery easy . . . right? This comedy only lasted two seasons, yet has conquered the hearts of many even after its cancellation. 2) Firefly - As one of Joss Whedon’s creations it’s hard to believe this show only lasted one season. However, this space-themed show has amassed a huge audience since its cancellation. The series takes place in the future, and talks about how some things have changed (ie. the formation of the Alliance) and how some things will never change. Starring Castle’s Nathan Fillion, this show ended way too soon.
3) Veronica Mars - The CW is notoriously known for crime. I enjoyed how it was able to poke fun of the police cancelling shows without warning. However, this one stung buddy shows of the past with a bit of quirkiness. If you too much. Starring Kristen Bell, this show tells the story of haven’t heard of it, look it up! a high schooler turn college student who is a P.I. Sure, this is a grown up Nancy Drew, but it is so much more than just that! It was so popular that fans rallied together to fund a movie!
New Life for Mars
Attention Marshmallows, Veronica is Back
4) Happy Endings - Happy Endings lasted three short seasons but was brilliant. Comedies are hard to perfect, and although not too many watched this one, the jokes never failed. About a group of friends after two of them break up in Megan Armstrong the middle of their wedding, this show was fresh in comedy Editor of Campus Clubs and never tried to be anything other than what it was. It had a comedy-ready cast that has since been scooped up by other sitcoms. For its fans, and for me, this show ended way too “People say I’m a marshmallow.” Fans of the teen sleuth series, referred to as “marshmallows”, finally have the ending soon. that we have all been waiting for. After Veronica Mars was 5) Freaks and Geeks - This show was the start of a lot unexpectedly cancelled in 2007, fans were disappointed and of comedic geniuses: the cast included Jason Segal, Seth left without closure. However, Kristin Bell returns in the Rogen, and James Franco. Co-created by Judd Apatow, had title role in the movie version of the series. Other returning this been released today it may have very well been a giant marshmallows include writer and director, Rob Thomas, hit. Apatow followed this up with another show entitled the TV series’ creator. Now in theatres, this modern day crime drama Undeclared (starring Seth Rogan and Jay Baruchel) this time focusing on college students. This show is said not to provides fans of the TV series with the ending that they have been waiting for. Now graduating from law school, have been given a good enough chance. There are plenty more. I would also like to add two Veronica returns back to her hometown of Neptune, the of my own personal favorites that I think not enough people setting of her teenage sleuthing, after being asked for help by ex-boyfriend, Logan, who has been accused of murder. know about. When Logan’s case sets off red flags, she decides to help. This movie was funded using Kickstarter. If you 1) Privileged - I know absolutely no one who knows what this show is about. However, this starred Lucy Hale haven’t heard of Kickstarter, check it out online to take a look before she was making out with Ezra, and Joanna Garcia at all of the creative projects seeking funding. Since 2009, before she was Ariel on Once. Based on the book How to “5.8 million people have pledged $1 billion, funding 57,000 Teach Filthy Rich Girls, the show revolved around Garcia’s creative projects” (www.kickstarter.com). The Veronica character (a recent college grad) who is unable to find a job Mars movie was incredibly successful on Kickstarter, and becomes a tutor for the twins (one of which is played by earning $5.7 million in pledges from over 90,000 backers Lucy Hale). This cute, girly show was cut by (guess who!) (Strauss). Fans of the show and lovers of the crime drama the CW. I personally loved the show and was sad when it genre will not be disappointed. For all of you marshmallows, was cancelled. listen closely for inside jokes and references to the show for 2) The Good Guys - The Good Guys is another show extra enjoyment! you’ve probably never heard of but should give a chance. It revolved around a clean-cut modern detective matched up with an old school 70s-esque officer. Starring Colin Hanks (yes, that is Tom Hanks’ son) before he was a religious serial killer on Dexter, this show wasn’t afraid to bring comedy to
Works Cited Bob Strauss. “Return to Mars”. Cineplex Magazine. March 2014: 37. Print.
Expressions Something After All Dillon Baker Co-Editor of Issues and Ideas Everyone writes about the millennials like they are the demographic equivalent of a plague of locusts coming to land (when they finally decide they are 'ready') with iPhones in hand, to selfie and Instagram the world ‘till everything we know and hold dear about 'reality' has been run through so many filters it's rendered indistinguishable. A holographic universe, subletting space to social networks where real human connection ceases to exist. They are smug, selfimportant, over-degreed, environmentally condescending, politically self-righteous and perpetually stuck in a 'nerdier'than-thou mentality of self deprecating humour, awkward hand gestures and surprised expression photos that have neither context to be surprised nor are surprising in any way. We believe, as much as the forbearers of basic human rights before us, that by celestial determination (in the name of science) we have the absolute right to be happy– to have a life that is filled with meaning, purpose, passion and creativity. In an ironic twist we demand more and more of a world which feigns indifference to our genius. We deserve, not want, deeply fulfilling relationships based on a moderated version of the soulmate ideal. A fresh and invigorating two party system where the autonomy of the individual is never subjugated, where lives are lived out in transcultural, transcontinental dreamscapes of Ikea furniture, sushi dinners and Mexican weddings. It's progressive attitudes towards public transit; it is rooftop gardens and 'having an app’ for that'. It's generation of souls downloaded to an internet universe, guided by the moral limitations of nanotechnology, pulling their hair out in a therapist’s chair about the existential meaning of their privileged lives. They want for nothing–and everything–and are under the significant assumption that they have the obligation to personally actualize. To achieve every passionate whim which passes their consciousness, while playing a ukulele on a European fountain. They are the men and women living by the stranglehold on the gap years which represent their late entrance into 'adulthood'. They're naive, both of what they do know, and everything they don't. But knowing something doesn't necessarily make a knowledge of it. It is impossible to know, when it is the self that bares witness to itself to even ask. For ‘what are they?’ is the same as asking ‘what am I?’. It was in the desperation for knowledge, for a life lived as an experience instead of an obligation, which pushed me in my youthful arrogance to demand of the world to satisfy me. To prove to me that there was something other than just more of . . . this. I know myself this way, as I know the world. To feel is to be alive, to touch the bareness of everything with reverberating wires. It is the binary of all simultaneously and it is overwhelming and complex and it is wonderful. It is the deep understanding of self under pressure from the nothingness and superficiality which pervades even the idea of actualization, that may yet cement our wayward cause, into something after all.
Expressions Corpse Kiss Lindsey Drury Co-Editor of Issues and Ideas My first kiss was unforgettable. As in I’ve taken imaginary blades the size of Hades, scraped the serrated edges across the memory, bled vomit from my veins for days and I can still feel her lips. I physically cannot forget it. Cannot remember the days when I was innocent, seven years old I guess— the age of my first kiss. When my favourite emotion was acquiescence, the only accepted response from a subordinate. An infant ripped from its cradle and stuffed down the throat of a child. There was no room left for contention. My lungs did not function the way they do now. My esophagus had ruptured so I couldn’t even swallow the guilt without chewing. I hadn’t yet been taught the meaning of conscience. But now I knew the feeling of topless. And locking the door because God forbid my parents walked in and saw the mess I had gotten into— the one I swept under the rug instead of cleaning up.
Revisions of WW1 - The Aftermath play Courtesy of Theatre Glendon.
But I never knew how to. Twelve years a slave to the memory, the one I never mentioned until I was old enough to be taught the meaning of consent. They were five years too late and I was five years hell bent on so many other demons I am starting to mix up their mothers. There is no one Lucifer hunting the wounded, there is no one apocalypse hovering over circa 2 billion AD. There is not one bone left inside of me that hasn’t been hollowed by somebody’s teeth, but even teeth were never meant to stay in the human body. So maybe you too, can be spat out of my mouth like this. Like this— where I learn to leave room for something stronger to grow. Strong. Like whatever has compelled me to write this poem. My darkest days were spent in stretches of negative space that my vocabulary can barely extend to. Like the feeling you get the day after your father was buried and you swear, you heard him cough downstairs. My memories are cruel, my dreams are worse. I used to feel like my body was a hearse I
could not escape from. And my lips were soldiers sweating too hard from the weight of all their murders. I am sure that there is a lesson in all of this. Yet when I open my closet it’s filled with body bags that I’ve grown out of. The corpses are still there, dangling by their necks, dancing to the beat of their demise. Sometimes I turn on music for them and watch them sway. Mesmerising, how some girls can wear death so pretty by categorizing the cadavers in their closets. Keeping not-so-pure little girls swallowed somewhere deep, where only their next lovers can resurrect them and tell them that it was not their fault. The corpses in my closet are embalmed and heavy. Yet I think that some of them will have left after tonight. I have to admit, I kiss them time to time, to remind them how they died. They do not kiss back. They are not seven years old. Even they know better than that.
Expressions A Change of Place Dillon Baker Co-Editor of Issues and Ideas The dream can live if you let it, in this familiar shadowy light, and the way it plays amongst the leaves. Besides, all memory's the same. one picture of a million moments, caught together in the decaying net of time. And as one after another slips away, more things than could ever have been imagined are seen, felt, and lost; while waiting for the time to come when it doesn't hurt anymore, to see all the beauty that we cannot have. If you wish to live, you must feel. Everything. But if you wish to die, you must suffer, and not realize, they are not the same.
A Reflection on Pro Tem and the team of 2013-2014 Natasha Faroogh Editor in Chief Well I guess the title is kinda self-explanatory. This poem is a reflection on Pro Tem or at least on its team. They work so very hard, and I’m so grateful for my team. I know that if they had the time, they’d do so many things. They are a Kamm group of people who would love to sit quietly and drink Tee in the Desjardins gardens. P.S. that’s how we roll in Toronto, giving gardens self-explanatory names. They’d probably pick some Rosemary and take it home with them, because it smells so pretty. If they had the time, they would drive down to the seaside in a rented Sienna, the 2014 model is particularly spacious. On the ride they would have some Armstrong matches, because lets face it they are a super strong team! They are a team that will never Settle for less. If they want good muffins, to go with their expensive taste in Tee, you can fully expect them to search high and low for the Baker that lives down Drury lane.
They are a dangerous group of people, each like a Tori in judo practise, executing each move with finesse and taking out opponents until all that is left of them is Ash. If they had the money, they’d travel the world, and visit beautifully obscure places like Tehrani in the province of Fars, Iran. Or perhaps the acclaimed city of Bourquin on the planet G! I guess if they had a TARDIS they wouldn’t have to shell out all their Richings. Unfortunately, though, the team works so hard, and they don’t go very many places at all! Oh, the places you’ll go! (Dr. Seuss was lying about it all!) They spend all their time, in front of computer screens, editing Pro Tem, what did you think? So I guess, a thank you is necessary. Thank you dear team, for warming our cozy office, with tea and laughter and all things wonderful! Thank you for everything. Love from your Editor in Chief!
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