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University District concept approved Crime
ARC thievery thwarted page 4
Inside this issue:
Residents outcry over proposed student housing page 2
Queen’s at the Olympics
Kingston’s public installation art
Postscript The reasons why we wax
City passes proposal to implement street signage to make rebrand official B Y S EBASTIAN L ECK Assistant News Editor
to propose a smaller area for the initial implementation of University District street signs, and this is how City Council passed a motion this we came to negotiate a phased Tuesday in support of an AMS approach,” she said. The signs will be implemented project to erect “University District” signs throughout the student in phases. Phase 1 will be bound by Division St. to Brock St., Barrie St., housing area. The signs are part of an effort King St. West, Collingwood St. and to rename the student housing along Nelson St. until it meets with area previously known as the Johnson St. Phase 2 will extend the area “Student Ghetto” and as the up to Princess St. and into the “Student Village”. The project will cost West Campus area. The second approximately $10,000, which will phase will be assessed for feasibility be evenly split between the City in 2015, according to the motion passed by Council. and the AMS. Now that the motion has been The project was first presented by AMS Municipal Affairs approved, Wright said, the AMS Commissioner Catherine Wright to and the City will design the street the Near Campus Neighbourhoods signs and plan for their installment. Sydenham District Councillor Advisory Committee (NCNAC), Bill Glover, who is the chair of before it was taken to Council. Both bodies voted unanimously the NCNAC, said he wasn’t in favour of the idea when previous in favour of the project. “This initiative aims to improve Municipal Affairs Commissioners the attractiveness and cleanliness had brought it up. “Why did I change? I think it’s the of the area, and foster a sense of belonging for all residents,” Wright quality of work, the presentation of the AMS, it’s the degree to told the Journal via email. She sits on the NCNAC, which which they’d gone out to solicit includes representatives from four community support,” Glover said. He said the project will go back district associations: the AMS, St. Lawrence College, Queen’s to working groups like the Quality University and the Kingston Rental of Life Working Group and the NCNAC for further study now Property Owners Association. The NCNAC had a public that it’s been approved. “The word district is a point meeting on Dec. 4 to discuss the of contention that needs to be initiative with Kingston residents. Wright said there were resolved” Glover said. “Is it a initially some concerns from district, an area or a region?” Williamsville District Councillor the Williamsville Community Association about the boundaries Jim Neill said he personally voted for the measure because of Wright’s of the University District. See It’ll on page 6 “We agreed that it would be best
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Housing development angers residents A group of neighbours will present their case against a proposed townhouse complex to the OMB in late March
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The proposed development will be built between 637 and 655 Johnson St.
B Y O LIVIA B OWDEN Assistant News Editor A proposed Johnson St. housing development is now facing an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) appeal following complaints from neighbouring residents. The project, developed by Golden Dragon Ho 7 Inc. of Ottawa, plans to build new townhouses in the area between 637 and 655 Johnson St. Five single-unit houses will be torn down to make way for the project, which will be able to house 108 people and will contain 29 three and four bedroom units. In June 2012, concerned
residents attended a City Council meeting at which they voiced their grievances regarding the project. Complaints ranged from fears of student parties to spacing concerns due to the size of the building compared to other residences on the street. Despite this, City planning staff, the planning committee and City Council approved the plans. Residents subsequently launched an OMB appeal to overturn it. The appeal is set to take place March 26 in Kingston, and will last for three days. Residents who disagree with the construction of the building have come together to organize under
the name “Our Neighbourhood.” Rob Fonger, spokesman for the group, said in the 2012 meeting that the building was a “very large foot in a small shoe”, and that there isn’t enough land to accommodate the needs of the building. “This has to do with the intrusion of the development in the neighbourhood,” Fonger said. “[Residents] want to see [student housing], but they want to see it elsewhere,” he said. “To have this [building] go where it’s proposed, it doesn’t really work for anybody.” The area was reviewed by City planners, and was deemed in transition, meaning the area’s zoning laws could be rezoned to
accommodate the building. Fonger added that Our Neighbourhood does want students to have more available housing options. “We want to see good, safe and proper student accommodation and in the proper location — one that fits Kingston for all of us,” he said. City Councillor Jeff Scott said he understands the concerns of Our Neighbourhood, as he has a background in urban planning. Scott said townhouses shouldn’t typically face a row of single-unit homes. “By putting [the building] in this neighbourhood it kind of disrupts
everything … because it implies that over time it will all become townhouses,” he said. He said an area would typically transition from large single-family homes, to smaller homes, and then to semi-detached or townhouses, and then finally apartments. Regardless, Scott said he would vote in favour of developing the townhouse, as students are generally well-behaved. The project isn’t specifically labeled as “student” housing, Scott said, as the City isn’t able to approve a building designated for a specific group. He also said the province has mandated that cities focus on creating a more dense urban centre, as opposed to urban sprawl, making this appeal difficult to approve. “That’s a provincial mandate … it’s pretty difficult to override,” he said, “and we know we desperately need student housing in Kingston.” Johnson St. resident Kong Lo said he does support student housing as his wife is a landlord. However, the building may intrude on the current neighbourhood’s structure. “That building is a bit too dense. It’s too many units in one area that’s concentrated,” Lo said. A better solution would be to expand the houses already on Johnson St., he said. “I don’t mind if they kept those houses, or doubled them, but not into 27 units with three or four bedrooms, that’s like a hundred people in a small area,” Lo said.
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Let the games begin
The 2014 winter games may be thousands of miles away in Sochi, but Queen’s is closer to the Olympics than you may think
B Y E MILY M ILLER Features Editor You’re not the only one wondering what time to watch the Olympic opening ceremonies. Olympic marathon runner and Queen’s alumnus Dylan Wykes will be watching from his current home in British Columbia — 12 time zones behind Sochi, Russia. “We were just trying to figure out when things would be on,” Wykes said, laughing. “It should be fun to watch. Canada has so many great athletes in so many different sports.” Currently the second-fastest Canadian marathon runner of all time, Wykes himself falls into this category. After qualifying for the Olympics at the Rotterdam Marathon in April 2012, Wykes finished in 20th place in the men’s marathon at the London 2012 games — his very first Olympic competition. Wykes said the loop course in downtown London allowed for a concentrated fan base, whose cheering was practically inaudible. “I was pretty happy with how I did,” Wykes said. “By the end of it, I just felt relieved after running 42 kilometres.” He’s yet to run another marathon following his Olympic debut, as he’s currently recovering from a series of injuries, but hopes to compete in Rio de Janerio in 2016. Born and raised in Kingston, Wykes has crossed finish lines at Queen’s as well, graduating with his Masters of Epidemiology in 2011. “The department of epidemiology was really supportive, and very understanding when I needed to leave for a meet,” Wykes said. “I actually won the World Championships in Berlin while I was [studying] at Queen’s.” Wykes is just one of several Queen’s alumni who have represented Canada at the Olympics. John Curtis, ArtSci ’90 and Law ’95, sailed in the 2004 Athens games and is now a lawyer in Kingston. Curtis said he tried his best to treat the games the same as any
other competition. “There’s all sorts of pomp and circumstance … it’s a big distraction, so we were told the best thing to do is think about it like just another event. I think actually, we were able to do that,” he said. Normally protected from viciously high or painfully low winds by class rules, Curtis and his teammate, fellow Queen’s alumnus Oskar Johansson, were unprepared for the “games must go on” doctrine of the Olympics. They had to sail through low winds to avoid having to postpone the event, which would interfere with its televised broadcast. “The results were a little disappointing. We had very light wind and we did not have the speed from the light air,” Curtis said. “Other than that, it was absolutely fantastic.” Curtis and Johansson placed 15th overall in the games’ Tornado class. Originally from Barrie, ON., Curtis studied philosophy at Queen’s before starting his law degree and launching the Queen’s sailing team in 1992. While he mentioned the resistance he received from administration at the time, he noted how alumni donations put wind in the team’s sails. After fundraising to finance his position as sailing team coach in the late 1990s, Curtis had his contract wrongfully terminated. “I was able to raise money from fairly high-profile alumni and [the University] didn’t like that,” Curtis said. “Some donors came forth with money for the Queen’s sailing team and I think they had bigger plans for them.” Nevertheless, Curtis said his contract was reconciled and the University has now fully embraced its sailing athletes. “The Queen’s sailing team has been an unmitigated success,” Curtis said. “It has produced nine Olympic athletes from Queen’s.” Kingston is considered an epicentre for sailing in Canada. Portsmouth Harbour, near West Campus, hosted the sailing events for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. According to Curtis,
Kingston’s status as a sailing hub was a major reason he chose to study at Queen’s. Queen’s is an ideal location for all types of athleticism, according to Leslie Dal Cin, director of Athletics and Recreation. She said athleticism at Queen’s complements the academic excellence the University is known for. “Leadership, pursuit of excellence and pursuit of goals, working with other people to achieve collective targets — I think all those are the hallmark of athletics,” she said. While eight Queen’s alumni participated in the 2012 London games, the biannual international competition has, over the years, hosted several more alumni athletes. According to Geoffrey Smith, professor emeritus in the department of history and School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s athletic enthusiasm isn’t a recent development. Queen’s residences were the Olympic Village for sailors in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Smith was appointed as a protocol officer in charge of the Soviet Union delegation. “I had a marvelous time, briefing and debriefing the Soviet delegation for two and a half weeks,” Smith said. Smith also coached the men’s basketball team at Queen’s throughout the 1970s. While the University supports athletes balancing their athletic and academic pursuits, Smith said Canadian universities fail to offer them the same financial support that American schools do. According to Smith, this has led to an exodus of talented Canadian athletes to professional US rosters. “Achievement and competing at the Olympic games is important and you cannot do that on shoestrings,” he said. “You have to have some support. Then of course, when the support gets too great, [it] takes over — then you have people cheating.” Smith said corruption has long been an element in the Olympics, escalating in the 1920s when corporate culture began saturating the games.
“The games are terrific; the competition is wonderful,” he said. “The corruption is endemic.” “Ironically during the depression, corporate sponsors made huge inroads in the games, especially at Los Angeles in 1932,” he said. “That has never looked back.” Corporate culture at the Olympics shifted the games’ emphasis from a celebration of sport to a celebration of profit. With gold to be earned beyond the medals, winning became the focal point, inducing crooked means of competition. Smith said the 1936 games in Berlin — when Germany was under Hitler’s rule — was the beginning of the Olympics acting as a reflection of world politics. “That was a politicized Olympics. It was at that Olympics that the nation-state and the games were inextricably intertwined.” Smith said he isn’t convinced Olympic nationalism is a good thing. “Countries, for better or for worse — and I think it’s for worse — identify [Olympic] victory with a superior, national culture,” he said. “There’s too much nationalism, not enough recognition of Olympic good.” Smith referenced the common sociological argument that the Olympics is war by other means. Rob Beamish, head of the sociology department at Queen’s, said this is exactly the mentality that leads to the use of performance-enhancing substances. “The margin between finishing on the podium and being in the top eight is so slim that athletes will use every means possible to try to make sure they make the podium,” While the sophistication of today’s steroids enable many athletes to use them undetected, some strategic tactics fall within the rules of the game. According to Beamish, Canada hosted secret testing facilities that developed state-of-the-art sporting equipment for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. “The suits that the Canadian speed skaters wore were tested in air tunnels and were slightly better than the suits that other athletes had,” Beamish said. No Olympics comes without extensive training,
however — something numerous states continue to fund. “Canada has now done that since the success of 2010,” Beamish said. “The federal government recognized the payoff that that created — that sense of national pride.” State funding became paramount during the Cold War era, when Soviet and American superpowers used the Olympic games to showcase their national strength. In 1980, the US boycotted the Moscow Olympics as it disapproved of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, encouraging other nations to follow suit. After hosting a boycotted Olympics, the Soviet Union withheld its participation from the 1984 games in L.A. “The Sochi games are the first time the games have come back to Russia,” Beamish said. “I think Putin had the idea that he could once again use the games to showcase his Russia, and that his Russia is all of the positive elements that he wants to emphasize.” The political contention associated with the Sochi games has furthered media coverage via both traditional and social media, the latter of which has intensified spectator engagement, according to Vincent Mosco, professor emeritus of sociology. “The last winter Olympics was probably the first major burst of social media activity,” he said. According to Mosco, this has a downside. “If an athlete who is favoured to win gold happens to fail, it’s likely that will lead to more negative comments than were possible in the past,” he said. Mosco said the presence of social media only adds to the pressure felt by Olympic athletes. “In the past, you could be an Olympic athlete and essentially you would hear from your coach, your team, the people in the stands; you might read a newspaper that had stories about the competition,” he said. “Now, instantly you can get comments from literally millions of people who might be following you on Twitter.”
Dylan Wykes, MSc ’11, placed 20th in the men’s marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
— With files from Rachel Herscovici
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ARC thief caught Thomas J. Zakos arrested in at least two thefts last month B Y S EBASTIAN L ECK Assistant News Editor After 10 locker thefts were reported in the Queen’s Centre in the past month, Kingston police have arrested and charged a suspect for his involvement in at least two of the thefts. According to the Kingston Police Force (KPF), Thomas J. Zakos, a 23-year-old Kingston resident, was arrested on Jan. 29 for the crimes. He attended a bail hearing on Jan. 30. The thefts, which occurred between Jan. 11 and Jan. 29, were from lockers in change rooms of the Queen’s Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC). Zakos was released under an undertaking, where he is obliged to attend a future court date and abide by specific conditions, including not entering property owned by Queen’s University. Items recovered during his arrest have been returned to their owners, according to the KPF. KPF Media Relations Officer Steve Koopman said, in his knowledge, the locks were cut in the majority of cases by what appears to be a bolt cutter or a similar tool. “That is the easiest, with a pair of bolt cutters, it snaps them quickly, and as long as you have a decent sized backpack you can normally hide them pretty easily,” he said. Koopman said the items stolen included electronic items, cash, and in one instance the keys of a vehicle, which were used to access the vehicle and steal more items. The police used geolocation applications to track the stolen items and arrest the suspect, he said. “In terms of smart phones and computer device’s ability to geolocate we were able to get to a location,” Koopman said. After that, the police detectives were able to arrest the accused by using CCTV footage provided by Campus Security and their knowledge of the area. “Our detectives in the General Crime Unit have a very good knowledge of the people living in that area that are commonly known to commit crimes such as theft and
breaking and entering,” he said. He said one of the items that was stolen was put on the auction website Kijiji, which police used track down the person responsible. Zakos may be responsible for more than the two thefts he has been charged with, Koopman said, but police don’t have reasonable grounds to lay further charges at this point. “We need to be careful not to accuse someone without having proof of something we can convict them of,” he said. He said the police will continue to speak with people who have had items stolen and look through the CCTV footage to see if more charges can be laid on Zakos or if someone else was involved. Koopman said Campus Security and the KPF collaborated on the case together. “The supervisors are always in touch with the general crime detectives … they provide us with the CCTV camera video for us to assess and analyze, and use to identify the accused,” he said. If Zakos returns to Queen’s campus, he would be stopped by Campus Security and arrested, Koopman said. “He’s on a criminal conviction, so that’s automatically an arrestable offense. “He’d be brought back to jail and charged with breaking his undertaking,” he said. On a preventative level, he said, Queen’s students should look out for anyone looking suspicious in the change rooms, and buy higher quality locks if they’re keeping expensive items in a locker. “If you’ve got an iPhone, an iMac, expensive items, it’s worth it to spend $15 to 20 on a higher end lock,” he said. He added that students should watch for people who don’t seem to be using the facility who are loitering in the locker area or accessing more than one locker. Anyone with specific information related to the investigation is asked to contact Detective Scott Huffman at 613-549-4660 ext. 6322 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thefts in the ARC locker rooms were reported in January.
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Services accomodate increase AMS to spend around $81,000 on Ontario minimum wage hike B Y C HLOE S OBEL Assistant News Editor The Ontario government is raising the minimum wage to $11 an hour, effective June 1. The boost is expected to cost the AMS approximately $81,000. The current minimum wage in Ontario is $10.25, making this a 75-cent increase. Ontario will now have the highest minimum wage in Canada aside from Nunavut, where the minimum wage is also $11. Since 2005, the minimum wage in Ontario has risen by $3.55. Until this year, it hadn’t been raised since 2010. Future increases in minimum wage will be tied to the rate of inflation, according to Premier Kathleen Wynne, who announced the increase last week. Instead of taking place on June 1, changes will be announced April 1 and take effect Oct. 1. According to AMS Vice-President (Operations) Nicola Plummer, the AMS will see a cost increase of $81,066.28 next year, assuming the level of service does not change. Earlier this year, the AMS Board of Directors conducted a review of salaries. Their review was based on an understanding of the minimum wage as $10.25. Salaries for full-time
employees of the AMS are people, so the goal with wages determined by the minimum wage is always to kind of trim the fat multiplied by the hours and run a really lean operation,” per week required by he said. “It’s a numbers game, really. the position. “They have already met You look at how much you have to determine if they will to spend in wages, what the be changing any salaries demands are of the service, and given this announcement and kind of figure it out from there.” Stephanie Jackson, a student have determined there is no need for a change,” Plummer, Comm working part-time at a store ’13, said in an email statement to on Princess St. and a former employee of Common Ground, the Journal. She said that the AMS Pub doesn’t think much will change Services (TAPS) and Walkhome following the wage increase. “Being older and wiser will be most affected by the and having had more jobs, it wage increase. TAPS employs eight people doesn’t mean much coming in the in managerial positions and next six months or so when the approximately 115 wage workers. cost of living essentially will go up,” Walkhome employs two Jackson, ArtSci ’14, said. “It’ll feel good at first, maybe I’ll managers and approximately 160 have a few more drinks at the bar, wage workers. Liam Faught, human resources but honestly, nothing substantial manager at Common Ground, will change.” She said that for anyone relying does not foresee any problems for on a minimum wage position to his service. “Like a lot of AMS services, we pay their bills, the change was pay out quite a substantial amount essentially meaningless, as the cost in wages, so it would definitely of living would always be rising. “If you’re a person who’s change how the budget breaks down a little bit, but CoGro’s a relying on minimum wage really strong service so … I have to pay for rent, utilities, car, full confidence it could be food, traveling expenses, all those integrated into the budget things ... you’re never going to next year,” Faught, ArtSci ’14, said. be in a position where minimum “Every year you strike a balance wage helps you live more than your between staffing enough people means,” Jackson said. … to serve all the customers we have … [and having] excess
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CAMPUS CATCH-UP St. Mary’s students suspended Six members of the St. Mary’s University football team have been suspended after tweeting several messages that were allegedly hateful, racist and promoted sexual violence. UNews, an online news source published by students from the University of King’s College School of Journalism, released the tweets, stating specific football players wrote them. A representative from St. Mary’s said on Monday that the university is currently trying to confirm whether the tweets were sent by the football players. Steve Proctor said if one of the students claims they aren’t responsible for the tweets, an investigation will be conducted. The university may pursue further action against the students, he said. David Gauthier, the university’s academic and research
vice-president, said in a press release that the tweets were “completely inappropriate and unacceptable.” The tweets that UNews published included gay slurs, as well as a tweet that said: “to that bitch that bit me last night. Hope your dead in a ditch. you are scum.” [sic] St. Mary’s landed in hot water last September when a video circulated of students directing a chant promoting sex without consent. — Olivia Bowden University classes start earlier In order to cope with rising enrolment figures, Wilfrid Laurier University has created 7 a.m. classes. In a Maclean’s On Campus article, one student said she has found it hard to concentrate in her 7 a.m. class due to its early hour. Ontario universities are now
accepting 50 per cent more students than the previous decade. Officials at Laurier have stated that they don’t have enough space to accommodate students. In 2011, Laurier removed a building designed for business classes to replace it with their new Global Innovation Exchange (GIE) building that will open in 2015. This has caused a “space crunch” where classes on Saturday were proposed. The idea was shot down due to backlash however, leading to some first-year classes to beginning at 7 a.m. Laurier registrar Ray Darling said that the schedule would hopefully return to normal in 2015. One student said they would have to get up before 6 a.m. for the class, owing to the commute to campus. — Olivia Bowden
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‘It’ll work eventually’ Continued from page 1
outreach to neighbourhood associations. However, he said he was hesitant about the word “district”, since the area isn’t equivalent to the Kingston electoral districts. “We’re the only city our size that calls ourselves districts. Prior to amalgamation we were wards,” Neill said. It’s not a decision this Council can make, he added, but he hopes the next Council votes to change the districts back into wards. Alex Webb, Comm ’15, said he doesn’t think the name will stick, since the “Student Ghetto” is a term of endearment for students despite the negative connotations in terms of housing quality.
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“Every time you’re having a conversation, you say ‘Student Ghetto’, not the ‘University District’,” he said. “You still hear alumni calling it the ghetto. It’s hard to change.” However, Sean Patrick Marrs, ArtSci ’16, said he thinks it’s a good idea, although the name may not immediately catch on. For example, he said, it’s difficult to get used to calling the former Alfie’s Nightclub by its new name, the Underground. “We’re generally pretty resistant to name changes like that, but it will work eventually,” Marrs said.
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including amalgamating Postscript and Blogs sections to create a new Lifestyle section, Nick Faris, ArtSci ’15, and Vincent Ben as well as releasing stories every weekday Matak, ArtSci ’14, have been elected as the to increase the speed of coverage and to incoming Editors in Chief for Volume 142. connect better with readers. Twenty-nine voters unanimously voted in “We’re really excited to continue this year, support of the team on Thursday. finish it off strong and then get 142 started. “The unanimous vote really shows that It should be good,” said Faris after the results people have confidence in us, and we of the vote were announced. appreciate that so much,” Matak said. “We “I think it’s very common for people in hope we can serve them the best we can, this situation to say they’re without words, because we don’t want to let anyone down.” and I see where they’re coming from right Matak currently serves as the Journal’s now,” he said. News Editor, and Faris works as Sports The team began their campaign on Jan. Editor for the paper. Both have contributed 28, and participated in a question and answer to the Journal since their first year at session on Wednesday at the Grad Club. Queen’s University. They said they decided to run together Main platform points for the team as they share the same vision for the Journal. “We’re from different backgrounds, we both have different skill sets and experiences,” Matak said. “On top of that we both really care about this place, and want to see it succeed in the future.”
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— Olivia Bowden Professors win awards Queen’s professor John Smol and his brother Jules Blais, of the University of Ottawa, have won the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research for their work in biology and environmental science. The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research is a national prize that recognizes research teams for interdisciplinary work in science and engineering. John Smol studies paleoecology and aquatic ecology, while Blais studies ecotoxicology. Paleoecology is the study of fossil records to gather information about ecosystems of the past, while ecotoxicology is the study of the effects of toxins on biological organisms. Smol said the award is important because it will help him be taken seriously by industries and politicians that create and influence environmental policy. “You tend to be taken more seriously when the scientific community recognizes your contributions with awards like this,” he said. -— Sebastian Leck
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Editorials — The Journal’s Perspective
“‘If you’re not first, you’re last’ is the central operating principle in newsrooms.”
Let’s not tweet celeb deaths News organizations shouldn’t report the death of a celebrity without doing the due diligence of ensuring proper sourcing, providing context and allowing sufficient time to pass so that the immediate family of the deceased is informed. An article published last Tuesday on Salon.com recounts the media coverage in the aftermath of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death. According to the piece, the first news outlet to report the bad news was the Wall Street Journal, which tweeted an unsourced assertion of the actor’s demise. Soon after, other news outlets reported the story, supplying details about the circumstances of Hoffman’s death and his struggles with addiction. The article went on to use these events as a case study about the deteriorated ethics of journalism.
One of the author’s central concerns was that Hoffman’s immediate family may have found out about his death through the news media instead of privately. It’s easy to see why news organizations clamour to be the first to report the death of a celebrity. Media companies are on tight budgets and social media ensures a relentless news cycle that journalists have to stay on top of at all times. “If you’re not first, you’re last” is the central operating principle in newsrooms. While this mentality is a reaction to real circumstances, there’s no reason for every media outlet to join a race to the bottom. Readers expect real reporting with context and proper sourcing from reputable news organizations like the Wall Street Journal — not one-off tweets. While many people claim
emotional connections to Hollywood celebrities, those connections don’t compare to familial bonds. Moreover, a celebrity’s death doesn’t have the same public interest that a death of a politician or other head of state does. This is all the more reason for reporters and editors to take a pause and allow time for families to find out about the deaths of their loved ones before making the news public. Despite the incredibly competitive state of journalism, certain practices aren’t inevitable. News organizations looking to maintain their credibility should delay reporting on celebrity deaths, as good journalism takes time. It’s a humane alternative to the status quo. — Journal Editorial Board
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Professors strike, their right While the negative effects of faculty strikes are significant, university professors should continue to exercise their right to strike as they see fit. An editorial published Tuesday in Maclean’s on Campus entitled “Striking professors are blinded by greed” admonishes full-time professors in Canada for threatening and undertaking strikes. The author asserts that professors are already well-paid and that job actions are motivated by greed. Faculty strikes do cause harm. They delay the completion of degrees, cost students hard-earned money and can ruin a school’s reputation. While a conscientious faculty union would keep these
factors in mind, they shouldn’t be used to intimidate professors from striking. Indeed, professors have a right to strike as they aren’t performing an essential service. Labour disputes are messy and tiresome, but they are the best way that society has to ensure economic equality. These basic facts aren’t up for debate. Quite different from how they’re portrayed in the Maclean’s editorial, professors are passionate professionals with wider considerations than just their paycheck. We should honour and respect those responsible for educating youth and pushing the boundaries of human knowledge.
More than anything, the author’s demonization of professors is tiresome. He does mention administrator’s salaries but quickly moves on in pursuit of the central target. What the author neglects to mention is that administration costs — as a percentage of university budgets — have risen faster than faculty pay in the last 20 years. University professors deserve high incomes and should continue to advocate for them on an ongoing basis. Creating a money-grubbing caricature is unhelpful and distracts from other issues facing universities. — Journal Editorial Board
Canadian disOrder It’s 2014, and most Canadians are tired of hearing about controversies surrounding Conrad Black. The former media mogul has been making headlines again recently, not only because of his fluff interview with embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford, but because of his removal from the Order of Canada. According to the Governor General’s website, the Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize a “lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.” Translated from Latin, the motto of the Order is “they desire a better country.” That Black wasn’t removed from the Order when he renounced his citizenship in 2001 is odd enough. How can a man who would rather receive a peerage from Britain than remain a citizen of his home country desire a better Canada? Fraud convictions aside, Black hardly seems like a man dedicated to the Canadian community. This isn’t the first time a Canadian has been removed from the Order. One of the most famous cases was in 2005 when native leader David Ahenakew was removed for his controversial remarks about the Holocaust. The body that advises the Governor General about who to induct or remove from the Order said that his actions brought “disrepute” to the Order. The problem with giving out an award for lifetime achievement, and one that requires nebulous “dedication” and “service,” is that it’s typically given in the middle of someone’s life, when they still have the potential to do disreputable things. The Order’s advisory council likely couldn’t have foreseen that Black would give up his citizenship and hopefully didn’t know he’d be convicted of fraud. For Black, at least, it seems like desiring a better Canada was just a phase that he abandoned when a better, British honour came along. The only time most Canadians pay attention to the Order of Canada is when people are being removed or are willingly giving up their membership, as Black is now claiming he did in December. Most of us can’t recall the names or accomplishments of members of the Order of Canada, but we can recall those later deemed unworthy of the honour. When Canadians can only define their highest civilian honour by what isn’t acceptable, the Order has brought disrepute on itself. Erin is the Journal’s Opinions Editor. She’s a fourth-year history major.
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Virgin shaming We’ve all seen one of those movies. That dorky, young man comes on screen, stutters around the girls and is eventually made a “real” man by a woman’s touch. The virgin: he’s just the latest in a long line of Hollywood stock characters. We pity him due to his inexperience and cheer him on when he’s sealed the deal. In recent years, “slut-shaming” has become a buzzword. Individuals who deviate from traditional gender expectations are shamed — for requesting birth control, engaging in premarital sex or as victims of rape or sexual assault. Discourses have emerged that recognize slut-shaming as a heinous practice that needs to be abolished.
That dorky, young man comes on screen, stutters around the girls and is eventually made a “real” man by a woman’s touch. But there’s another side to this coin. As gender expectations have shifted in our society, a new shaming process surrounding sexual activity is on the rise: virgin-shaming.
DIALOGUE In some circles, the virgin is treated as a unicorn of sorts. Often the rationale is that there must be something wrong with them. They must be undesirable, unwanted or just plain weird. The male virgin just isn’t a “real” man, while the female virgin must be some sort of sheltered religious nut. We’re pressured into believing that maturity, liberation and self-knowledge are somehow only obtainable through experience in sexcapades — that somehow without these things, we don’t truly know ourselves. I have numerous friends who have “lost it” to strangers in unsafe and uncomfortable circumstances just to “get it over with.” Safety aside, something so inherently personal should never be the result of pressure, guilt or feeling ashamed of inexperience.
We’re pressured into believing that maturity, liberation and self-knowledge are somehow only obtainable through experience in sexcapades — that somehow without these things, we don’t truly know ourselves. There are so many reasons why people choose abstinence: they’re waiting for marriage, they want it to be special, they identify as asexual, etc. But at the end of the day, when it comes down to shaming, the reason is irrelevant. These misconceptions need to be shed and we should strive to make social environments safer and more inclusive. I think that it’s about time we stopped shaming people who take a different sexual course than ourselves. Anisa is the Journal’s Copy Editor. She’s a third-year English major.
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Opinions — Your perspective
Email shouldn’t mean derailment Queen’s needs to pay attention when students bring up concerns
Rachael Mostowy, ArtSci ’14 Queen’s made me cry. Most of university and, to an extent, life can be described by fluids — blood, sweat, even coffee and alcohol — but this wasn’t “I cried for an hour because I got my essay back and the mark wasn’t what I expected.” Everyone’s been there; instead, it was “I couldn’t stop crying or even get out of bed because I couldn’t stop thinking about what a terrible person I am.” If you’re trying to create a community that is safe and supportive of students with mental health issues, this is something that shouldn’t be happening. But when I applied for the Queen’s General Bursary last semester, it was exactly what happened.
Bursary was really scary, but I applied because the thought of living off instant noodles was also scary. I told myself that there was no harm in asking, but it turns out there was. My application was put on hold and I was notified of this by an automated email message. The message said: “Queen’s bursary assistance is directed to assist those students in the greatest financial difficulty and is intended to help supplement, not replace, funds available through Government Student Financial Assistance and/or a Student Line of Credit. Your application indicates that you have either not applied for Government Student Financial Assistance or that you are receiving a minimal amount of assistance.”
Applying for the General Bursary was really scary, but I applied because the thought of living off instant noodles was also scary. I told myself that there was no harm in asking, but it turns out This wasn’t “I cried there was. for an hour because I I heard was, “this is got my essay back and yourWhat fault.” What I heard was, the mark wasn’t what “it’s not our problem.” I panicked. I expected.” Everyone’s I felt terrible for trying to take been there; instead, it money away from some poor was “I couldn’t stop ramen-eating student and I felt because I did have crying or even get out of desperate student loans and a line of credit, bed because I couldn’t but it wasn’t enough. stop thinking about what I didn’t realize why the email had upset me so much until I stopped a terrible person I am. Mental health issues can be extremely isolating — my experience with depression certainly was. I felt like it was my fault, that I just needed to get over it, so all the problems caused by my depression were also my fault and I didn’t think I deserved help. Applying for the General
crying and started thinking. Once I did, I sent a reply to Student Awards explaining my situation, but also how upset the wording of the email had made me and why. I got a response extremely quickly and, to be fair, it was my fault for not providing my Student Loan documentation in the first place. Turns out that was
Some students may find the tone or impersonal approach to email communication from Queen’s upsetting.
the problem and I appreciated that they were helping me to fix it. But that was it. There was no acknowledgement that, however unintentionally, I had been upset by it. I know that this is not Queen’s fault. This is depression’s fault, but the thing about depression is that when you feel terrible all the time, the little things don’t make you feel bad, they make you feel worse. A lot worse. This was essentially a miscommunication but what it felt like was a confirmation of all the bad things I already thought about myself. I’m worried because if you’re scared and everything is falling apart and you ask for help, support and understanding, something like this is the worst that can happen: you feel like you were wrong for reaching out. Queen’s has made, and is making, significant efforts to support students struggling with mental health issues, like increasing access to health care professionals. There have been several campus initiatives, like The Jack Project, that aim to combat
the stigma attached to mental health issues.
If you’re scared and everything is falling apart and you ask for help, support and understanding, something like this is the worst that can happen: you feel like you were wrong for reaching out. I feel, however, there are other things that make just as big of a difference. Instead of trying to pick me up, help me not fall in the first place. I don’t always need accommodation, though others might, but what I do need is to feel safe enough to be able to ask for it and to be heard. There was a recent campus initiative that allowed student to write their thoughts and concerns about mental health at Queen’s on a board. I don’t know the details because I was busy trying to be okay with myself. I
Are you planning to watch the Olympics?
Alex Coutu, ArtSci ’17
“It takes too much effort to stream.”
Ginamaria Tassone, ArtSci ’16
didn’t write on the board, but if I had, I would have written “please, just listen.”
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“Absolutely — I’ll be watching the half-pipe and the biathalon, but it’s not just one event, it’s the whole thing and about how many gold medals we get as a country.”
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“I’m definitely watching the Olympics! Why would I not? I have for as long as I can remember.”
Travis Wu, CompSci ’16
“Yes I am, to cheer on Canada — I really like speed skating, it looks really hard and I definitely couldn’t do that, and hockey, of course.” Hailey Miller, Sci ’14
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Lilies features a cast that has male actors playing female characters.
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A strong connection Romantic drama ‘Lilies’ sizzles with passion and intensity B y R obert G ow Contributor
The plot follows lovers Vallier and Simon as they work to keep a connection in an ever-homophobic environment.
Queen’s drama department’s Lilies or The Revival of a Romantic Drama is a play oozing with intensity. Within minutes of the play’s opening, which focuses on two young men in love within a homophobic environment, its dedication to honesty becomes clear. The play stars Christian Horoszczak as one of the lovers, Vallier, Sean Meldrum as his
partner, Simon, and Christopher Blackwell as Bilodeau. Written by Canadian writer Michel Marc Bouchard and directed by Grahame Renyk, the plot focuses on how the pair must endure the pressures of their religious school, the intervention of Simon’s family as well as the self-doubt experienced by the lovers. The play does a great job of gradually building dramatic tension. The production could have
easily failed if it was not for the airtight ensemble cast. There are 12 actors in the play, each tasked with an incredibly difficult role. There were so many scenes that could have come off as silly if it was not for the skill of the actors involved. Having every female character played by a man is a classic comedic premise, yet it never once comes off as silly or trite. The actors’ investment in their roles makes every scene completely See Queen’s on page 14
Building a community Kingston Temporary Public Art project aims to challenge B y F ilza N aveed Staff Writer Artists have a responsibility to challenge and inspire people, and to engage communities in creative dialogue. That has been the goal behind the Kingston Temporary Public Art
Project, which began in December and will continue until Feb. 15. “This is a City of Kingston initiative facilitated by the Kingston Arts Council, and we are striving to get Kingstonians to engage in dialogue about public art,” said Irina Skvortsova, the Cultural Animator for the Kingston Arts
Duct tape public installation art can be viewed at Duncan McArthur Hall on West Campus.
Council and the coordinator for this innovative project. She said she believes that Kingston has a vibrant and thriving art culture with a mix of young emerging artists, as well as older, more established artists. “We don’t however have a lot of mid-career artists as people go to Toronto to pursue their artistic careers if they want to establish themselves further. If we create more artistic opportunities in Kingston, and create public awareness, a lot of artists will stay in Kingston. That’s another reason we are pursuing this project,” she said. The project kicked off on Dec. 15 with chant writer, singer and songwriter, Wendy Luella Perkins, who chanted in public locations such as the Frontenac Mall, the Grand Theatre Walkway and the Kingston General Hospital. She invited people to stop and admire the small things in life and the intricate details of beautiful moments that make life rich and fulfilling. “Wendy’s piece was very powerful, and so is Mark Reinhart’s, which has received a lot of attention. He started duct taping buildings including the Duncan McArthur Hall on
The public is encouraged to contribute to the installation with their own tape.
Queen’s University. He has given people the agency to participate in that project, and it’s exciting to see the city embracing public art,” Skvortsova said. Mark Reinhart, who is currently studying in the Faculty of Education began installing his artwork in various locations in Kingston in early January, and will continue to do so till Feb. 15. His inventive installation piece, titled Duct Tape, consists
of painting various buildings in Kingston with coloured duct tape, creating an energetic vibrancy and artistic ebullience to people’s mundane realities. “When I came to Queen’s this September, I started putting duct tape outside the Duncan McArthur Hall. I first got a feel of the architecture, and then decided to start putting the duct tape on the walls,” Reinhart, See Be on page 13
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Sleeping Funny in Stauffer Celebrated author Miranda Hill spoke at Stauffer Library B y F ilza N aveed Staff Writer To write effectively, you first have to be bad in order to be good. That was Miranda Hill’s advice to the small gathering at Stauffer Library when she visited Queen’s on Monday as part of the Alumni Review’s “Write Thinking” speaker series. Acclaimed for her spectacular collection of short fiction titled Sleeping Funny, Hill is inspiring the Canadian literary scene and setting off on an enticing journey of creative writing. The back of Stauffer Library was occupied with a small but highly engaged audience that came to listen to Hill’s talk, which was moderated by creative writing professor Carolyn Smart, who interviewed Hill regarding her literary endeavours. Ken Cuthbertson, the editor of the Queen’s Alumni Review Magazine, introduced the audience to Hill’s background,
and to her collection of innovative short stories. Sleeping Funny is a collection of nine extremely diverse short stories, each with its own unique essence and beauty. “The stories are so different, just like the characters and settings in each of them. There are characters and stories ranging from 19th century Kingston to a grade eight kid in a sex education class to a war widow’s life,” Hill said. When asked by Smart how her drama degree at Queen’s has contributed to her writing, Hill talked about how the intensity of dramatic performance reverberates in her writing. “Even though I’m a drama major, I never wrote plays because I’ve never been comfortable with writing dialogue. I always knew that I wanted to be a short story writer but I was always scared of it. But now, I am embracing this passion,” Hill said. The most engaging section of the talk occurred when she answering questions from the audience, many
of whom were students interested in finding out the key to becoming a successful writer. “You will start off being really bad. But it’s better to start early and be bad at 15 or 23, rather than start writing at a later age. Your writing will eventually become better. You just have to plough hard at your talent,” she said. She also spoke about how Canadians have always been excellent short story writers, but that the demand for short fiction is not as great as the appetite for novels. “There is definitely more recognition now for Canadian cultural artists compared to when I was in school. I have always been a short fiction lover though, despite the appetite for long novels,” Hill said. “I was the kid who set an alarm two hours before I had to wake up just so I could read more.” She also talked about the number of authors who have influenced her writing style, including Deborah Eisenberg, Jim Shepard as well as Alice Munro, who revolutionized
Students and community members listen to short story writer Miranda Hill.
the short story genre, due to her innovative writing style. Hill is not only a writer, but she also has a full-time job running Bookmark Canada, a national charitable organization that takes creative poetry and prose and places it in the exact physical location where literary scenes are set. “We envision a network of these
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installations, and I have visited numerous libraries and made the public aware of this project. It really got a number of librarians excited. I also asked the City of Kingston to install the poem called ‘Mexican Sunset’,” she said. Next up: Visiting author Jason Heroux will be reading in Watson 517 on Mar. 6.
Getting personal Annual Queen’s production inspired by The Vagina Monologues returns B y D iana A nton Contributor Traditionally, Down There is a series that’s unafraid to tackle controversial issues. This year’s installment is no different as it explores themes of sexuality, objectification and acceptance in the day-to-day lives of
ordinary women. Down There is divided into two acts made up of 15 monologues that range from being ironically funny to awe-inspiring and emotional. These monologues are stories about the ordinary and daily lives of women who have gone through
Down There sees students performing self-written monologues like “Shake the Dust”, “Stuck See Solidarity on page 14 With You” and “When I Am Quiet”.
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Slam to raise funds for local youth Groups QIAA and QSP unite for charity B y B rent M oore Arts Editor Community outreach will meet creative expression on Monday with an international affairs-themed poetry slam. Queen’s International Affairs Association (QIAA), has teamed up with Queen’s Slam Poetry (QSP) for a fundraiser in support of a local youth charity. Cody Dauphinee, ArtSci ’14, is one of QIAA’s community outreach co-directors and initially looked to host a model United Nations conference for local high schoolers when he attended a poetry slam in the fall. “I’d never even heard of the concept of a poetry slam before that. I thought it was awesome,” Dauphinee said. The idea for an internationally themed slam came soon after. “I thought it would be a very nice, creative way to fulfill our mandate of encouraging dialogue
on international affairs,” he said. The proposed slam would be a move away from QIAA’s more traditional suit-and-tie events to something more low-key. “A lot of our events are academic — a little more serious. This is fun — we can get people out and being social in a different environment,” he said. The event is also an opportunity for QIAA to work with Kingston Youth Diversion, a local charity that provides structured activities for young people in the area. All of the proceeds from the event will be going to this group. To help run the event, Dauphinee enlisted the student who introduced him to slams. Danielle d’Entremont of Queen’s Poetry Slam was surprised when the much larger group got in contact with her. “They reached out to me and I’m a new club — it was awesome,” d’Entremont, ArtSci ’14, said. For the upcoming event,
The International Poetry Slam invites students to share their work about international affairs.
d’Entremont said she will aim to foster the same inclusive environment that is present at all slams, and is excited to see people from different backgrounds perform. “With this event, people are going to get a new awareness of international affairs and Kingston Youth Diversion,” she said. As for those who are brave enough to perform, d’Entremont and Dauphinee promise them a safe space for expression. This will encourage people to step up from
the open mic section to compete as part of the slam. “For me that means a non-judgmental zone where everyone is free to be themselves and say what they’re really feeling,” d’Entremont said. So does that mean Dauphnee will shed his inhibitions and take the stage? According to d’Entremont, he is going to bring the house down with his first-ever poetic performance. The man himself has not yet decided if he will grace the
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stage with his presence. Before he can work on his own potential piece, Dauphinee must ensure organization of the event is going smoothly. A big part of this is letting people know this will be a less serious event than usual QIAA endeavours. “It’s an ‘international relations’ poetry slam, but really it’s just a poetry slam. It’s going to be an awesome time,” he said. The International Poetry Slam will be held at the Grad Club Feb. 10.
Mark Reinhart’s public installation duct tape art is part of a larger Kingston project that features several local artists showcasing their work.
‘Be bold and brave but also vulnerable’ Continued from page 13
ConEd ’14, said. “It started to become interactive, and in the new year, I put up a sign that told other people that it’s their turn now.” The interactive project has been a huge success, with students enthusiastically putting up duct tape on the walls of Duncan McArthur, allowing themselves to engage with the artwork and initiate stimulating dialogue. “What inspired me to start this project was to reimagine the space we are in, in the hope that it might entice students to understand their artistic autonomy and act upon it, and it worked,” Reinhart said. He feels he belongs to a community that is trying to keep art as part of an everyday
conversation, and wants to empower all members of society to become artistic innovators. “An artist is like a wallflower, quietly lurking in a corner, gauging the temperature of the cultural shifts in his society. And once the artist gets an idea, his role is to reveal the different structures and intersections that allow people to connect,” Reinhart said. His advice to aspiring student artists at Queen’s is to choose to create artistic opportunities where different communities collide because that is the place where there is always great potential for visionary art. “My advice is to be bold and brave, but also vulnerable. Don’t be scared to be different,” Reinhart said.
Just like Reinhart, Jane Kirby is another Queen’s student who believes that artists have a significant role to play in society, and strives to animate them to their proliferating realities.
artist is like “a An wallflower,
quietly lurking in a corner, gauging the temperature of the cultural shifts in his society.
— Mark Reinhart, public installation artist Kirby, who is currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies, is also actively involved in the arts community in Kingston. She is a teacher at Twisted
Circus Acts, a Kingston based circus school and performance company that specialises in aerial acrobatics. Kirby will give three performances, along with prolific trapeze artist Erin Ball who is the owner of the Twisted Circus Acts. The performance will consist of three acts, including one circus act, one fabric performance and three pieces of music. “I have a dance background, and was always drawn towards performance art since I was a kid. I became interested in circus and aerial performances when I took a workshop on it. Since then, I have been addicted to it,” Kirby said. She said Kingston is an amazing place to pursue art, and that the Public Art Project is an excellent way to bring
people closer towards it, allowing artistic talent to evolve and thrive. “Circus is something that is increasingly being recognized as an art form. Erin and I are the only two people performing aerial work in Kingston. I believe we are making an innovative contribution to the art community here. Five to 10 years from now, I see myself continuing to work as a teacher and performer and contributing to this radiating culture,” she said. The Temporary Public Art Project will run until Feb. 14 , and consists of five projects in total. For more information, visit the Kingston Arts Council website. To access the Public Art survey, visit http://www. cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/getinvolved/public-art
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Queen’s production goes for the throat Continued from page 11
believable. The play’s leads, Meldrum and Horoszczak, are especially talented. There is believability to their love, which I find quite rare in most theatre.
One of the standouts of Lilies was actor Devon Jackson, who portrayed the Countess. I would have thought that having a man play a convincing woman was impossible, as his only feminine attribute was the dress he wore.
Not only did he play a woman, he played an insane divorcee that was twice his age. The role was preposterously difficult, yet Jackson pulled it off effortlessly. Within 10 minutes of the play beginning, it was easy to forget that you were watching a young man. Despite his believability as an older woman, Jackson portrayed the insane Countess with a childlike sincerity. His choices added an element of realism to the play that blew
me away. Lilies is a play that goes for the throat. There are no scenes in the play that pull a punch.
The production “could have easily
failed if it was not for the airtight ensemble cast.
Every scene relishes in the intensity of the moment. There will undoubtedly be a
scene or two that will put you on the edge of your seat. The set design does an excellent job of straddling minimalism and complexity. Some scenes consist of just a few chairs and table, while others have elaborate backdrops. Lilies is a play that you think about after you leave the theatre. It’s not an experience that’s easily forgotten. Lilies runs until Feb. 13. Tickets are available at Theological Hall.
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traumatic experiences, or who just want to share their thoughts and beliefs about issues that society has told them is not acceptable for women to discuss. Produced annually by Queen’s students and the Women’s Empowerment Committee, these stories change from year to year to cover different topics. But each year the goal remains the same: to empower women and inspire them to look at society and be unafraid to criticize, to ask questions and to not let society dictate who they should be. Act One opens simply with “Shake the Dust” as the characters stand together in solidarity on stage. It’s a story about hope and rebirth and shaking off the shackles that society binds women with. The wordplay of Anis Mojgani brings these themes to life through awe-inspiring images of empowered women rising up and taking control of their lives. The following monologues, such
as “Stuck With You” and “Dear Dove”, build on these themes as they discuss what it means to be a woman in this day and age where there are so many expectations surrounding both genders. In “Stuck With You”, Jillian Carter takes the audience on a journey that all young girls have experienced growing up. She successfully demonstrates the pressure that all women felt to fit in and find that path to perfection that leads to popularity and the perfect body. The second and final act takes on more sensitive topics such as rape, a girl’s first time and asexuality with monologues like “How Do You Fuck a Fat Woman” and “When I Am Quiet”. Despite the sensitivity of these issues, they are handled admirably and given the respect they deserve. The ironic tone of “How Do You Fuck a Fat Women” serves to emphasize the themes of body image and how society is responsible for building a culture based on objectification. It says that
women need to be attractive for the pleasure of men, and if they aren’t than they have no sexual agency. Jennie Fallis delivered a riveting performance that thoroughly establishes the problems that societal gender norms have created. “When I Am Quiet” is one of the most emotionally-affecting performances by virtue of the topic being discussed — the first time a girl had sex. It’s a story about an angry young woman haunted by memories that keep her from moving forward with her life. Essentially, she has stagnated and become paralyzed with fear. Down There continues with its mission to empower women and to celebrate differences in age, sexuality, ethnicity and race. Down There is playing at Convocation Hall in Theological Hall on Feb. 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 8 and 9 at 2:30 p.m.
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Botterell Hall lady At Botterell Hall, the big breakfasts aren’t the only thing putting a smile on students’ faces. Lauren Webb has been serving smiles as well as meals. Check out our blog for the
full interview and to learn more about the infamously kind-hearted Botterell Hall lady! — Michael Green
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Gems of Kingston Our Gems of Kingston series is back this term. This month we featured a family-owned bakery with a special relation to Queen’s. Card’s Bakery is where Principal Woolf orders his sugar cookies to deliver to students on-campus during exam time. If
you haven’t headed to Card’s Bakery yet, you may have experienced their treats at Common Ground. Check out our Q&A with this downtown bakery to learn about their three generations of baking! — Jessica Chong
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TRUST LECTURE Akram Zaatari
“Addressed, Folded, Opened, Performed, and Buried: Letters as a Form of Art” In this talk, Zaatari will guide us through various samples of his work, borrowing the letter-format to engage/contribute in writing a complex disputed history. The talk will end with a screening of his latest work Letter to Refusing Pilot, produced for the Lebanon Pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 2013.
Tuesday 11 February, 7 pm Dunning Hall Auditorium 94 University Avenue Free and open to the public. ASL-English interpretation provided. A reception follows at the Art Centre. This event is generously supported by the Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecture, Queen’s University, and the Canada Council for the Arts Visiting Foreign Artists Program. Image Akram Zaatari, Letter to Samir, 2008, Single-channel video, installation view. Photo P. Litherland.
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The Gaels are 9-9 in men’s basketball’s OUA East, the toughest division in CIS sports. Ahead of this weekend’s homestand against Ottawa and Carleton, the Journal profiles teams at opposite ends of the spectrum: Queen’s two toughest opponents and the scrappy expansion club trying to compete
CARLETON AND OTTAWA:
B Y S EAN S UTHERLAND Assistant Sports Editor A Raven has perched itself atop the men’s basketball standings, making it nearly impossible for Queen’s to bring home a championship. The nationally top-ranked Carleton Ravens have been the dominant force in Canadian university basketball for the last decade, capturing eight of the past 10 CIS titles and seven provincial championships in that same span. The Gaels (9-9) will host Carleton (18-0) and the second-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees (16-2) at home this weekend. Since the OUA split into East and West divisions three seasons ago, Queen’s has been grouped with the Ravens. Carleton has finished first in the East every year, losing only one game in that time period. Since the start of the 2011-12 season, the Gaels and the Ravens have met five times, with Carleton winning each game by at least 32 points. Still, Gaels head coach Steph Barrie doesn’t believe being in a division with a dominant team like Carleton is entirely negative for his program. “Having Carleton in the OUA can only have one effect. It pushes programs to be better, to raise the bar,” Barrie told the Journal via e-mail. “It forces programs to
maximize what they have, to be the best they can be.” Barrie said comparing the two programs is difficult because the Gaels’ focus is on what Queen’s can offer, instead of what other schools do with their programs. “Each university has its challenges and its assets,” he said. “We only look at ours and try to maximize our strengths.” While Carleton is the traditional powerhouse in the OUA East, it isn’t the only one. Both Ottawa and the Ryerson Rams sit among the top six teams in CIS rankings, making it even more difficult for Queen’s to reach the next level. Former Gaels assistant coach Geoff Smith See Balling on page 19
B Y J OSH B URTON Staff Writer When your shortest road trip involves a 300-kilometre bus ride, you get used to life on the road. That’s the reality for the Algoma Thunderbirds, the newest member of the OUA. Based out of Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma joined Ontario’s top intercollegiate sports league in 2013 after 12 years in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA). In their inaugural season, the Thunderbirds fielded men’s and women’s teams in basketball, soccer, cross-country running, curling, Nordic skiing and wrestling. “I think our biggest challenge has been
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to expand to six sports with gender equity when we have traditionally been competing with four teams,” said Mark Kontulainen, Algoma’s athletics and recreation director. Joining the OUA involves a very detailed process. Schools must make a formal presentation to league representatives, which involves submitting a feasibility study and operating budget, and conducting an on-site tour of the university’s athletic facilities. Algoma organized a task force comprised of current students, alumni, faculty and high school athletic heads to ensure their proposal to the OUA was approved. Even though they’re the OUA’s second-most remote team — only the Lakehead Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay are further north — the massive travel schedule has been the smallest burden on Algoma’s transition. Previously being a member of the OCAA has made them experts at travel organization. “We like to consider ourselves ‘road warriors’ and we are used to all the travel,” Kontulainen said. “We also think that the travel distance to Sault Ste. Marie may be a home advantage for us as some teams may not be used to the longer trips.” As can be expected with an expansion team at any level, there have been some growing pains. Neither Thunderbirds soccer team was See Growing on page 19
Women’s basketball captain Liz Boag
Volleyball, women’s hockey set to finish regular seasons
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Captain on the court A lack of size didn’t stop Liz Boag from becoming an OUA All-Star B y J erry Z heng Staff Writer Liz Boag wasn’t sure she had what it took to play at the university level.
ON DECK CIRCLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Friday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m.: Gaels (12-6) vs. Ottawa Gee-Gees (12-6). Saturday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m.: Gaels vs. Carleton Ravens (13-5). MEN’S BASKETBALL Friday, Feb. 6, 8 p.m.: Gaels (9-9) vs. Ottawa Gee-Gees (16-2). Saturday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m.: Gaels vs. Carleton Ravens (18-0). WOMEN’S HOCKEY Saturday, Feb. 7, 2:30 p.m.: Gaels (15-3-4) @ Ryerson Rams (5-17-1). Sunday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m.: Gaels @ Toronto Varsity Blues (17-5-1). MEN’S HOCKEY Saturday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.: Gaels (16-4-5) vs. UQTR Patriotes (20-4-0). WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Saturday, Feb. 8, 1 p.m.: Gaels (9-8) vs. Ryerson Rams (12-5). Sunday, Feb. 9, 1 p.m.: Gaels vs. Toronto Varsity Blues (14-3). MEN’S VOLLEYBALL Saturday, Feb. 8, 3 p.m.: Gaels (7-11) vs. Ryerson Rams (11-7). Sunday, Feb. 9, 3 p.m.: Gaels vs. Toronto Varsity Blues (5-13). SWIMMING Feb. 6-8, 8 a.m.: Gaels @ OUA Championship (St. Catherine’s, Ont.). SQUASH Feb. 7-9, 9 a.m.: Gaels @ OUA Championship (London, Ont.).
The fourth-year women’s basketball star stands at only 5’3 — far shorter than the rest of her competition — and stopped growing when she was 13. Because of that, she was always used to playing against players taller than her. Her current coach, Gaels bench boss Dave Wilson, said when he tried to recruit her in grade 10, Boag didn’t know if she’d be able to compete at the university level because of her short stature. “I didn’t even know if I was going to play in my first year,” Boag said. Not only did she go on to be a part of the OUA all-rookie team in her first season at Queen’s, she became a two-time all-star and the captain of the Gaels. Last season, Boag led Queen’s in scoring with 13.9 points per game and averaged 3.9 assists, the sixth-highest total in the OUA. After advancing to the second round of the playoffs last year, the guard is leading the Gaels to one of their best seasons in the past decade. Currently, Queen’s is sharing second place with the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the OUA East division. The Kingston native honed her skills at local house leagues when she was younger with the Knights of Columbus and the Kingston Fighting Irish, before serving as
the captain of her high school basketball team. “[I] always kind of knew I wanted to go to Queen’s,” she said. Boag has always been an effective three-point shooter. She’s shot 38.8 per cent from beyond the line during her OUA career. This season, she’s 13th nationwide in three-pointers made. Despite the women’s three-point line being moved 18 inches outward in the past year, her shooting percentage has remained relatively the same. She quickly acclimatized to the OUA’s level of competition during her first year because her teammates sustained numerous injuries that season, giving her more playing time as a rookie. In Boag’s first two seasons, playing alongside decorated former Gael Brittany Moore, the league’s third-highest career scorer, helped her adjust. Boag described Moore as “one of the best players the OUA has ever seen.” They often competed in light-hearted competitive practices, where Wilson would tally made shots in shooting drills as motivation for them to try to one-up the other. When Moore graduated in 2012 and began a professional basketball career in Germany, Boag’s position expanded to take on the team’s
Gaels veteran guard Liz Boag is 19th in OUA scoring and ninth in assists this season.
leadership role. “She makes those around her better because she’s a kid who leads by example,” Wilson said. Because of Boag’s commitment to the game and her dedicated work ethic, he described her as a “self-made player”. It was because of her leadership qualities that Wilson coveted Boag during recruitment. “It was not about size; it was about character and how she
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worked and what skills she brought to the table,” he said. “It was a situation where we really wanted Liz here.” Boag plans on returning for a fifth year to play for the Gaels. As it stands now, all members of the team will be returning. Barring injuries, she believes the Gaels have a bright future ahead of them and are in a strong position to make some noise in the playoffs, this year and next.
WEEKEND WRAP-UP Men’s basketball: Last-second heroics
Women’s basketball: Blowout wins
Men’s volleyball: Clinging to sixth
Women’s volleyball: Out of the race
The ARC was rocking Saturday night as Roshane Roberts’ last second heroics lifted men’s basketball to a perfect weekend. The Gaels (9-9) defeated the Algoma Thunderbirds Friday by a score of 90-85, before topping the Laurentian Voyageurs 72-69 in their most exciting game of the season. The Voyageurs (10-8) led 36-32 at halftime and pulled ahead by five in the final minute. Gaels guard Sukhpreet Singh nailed a three-pointer, then used his long arms to steal the ball on defence and go in for a breakaway layup. He missed, but guard Patrick Street grabbed the board and laid it in to tie the game. The Gaels then forced another turnover in their own end, and Roberts dribbled it down court and triggered a three from the baseline with 1.4 seconds left. The crowd at the ARC was in pandemonium, and one spectator even ran to the middle of the court and stole the game ball. Roberts, Singh and Street each dropped 14 points in the thriller. Street said he was happy to sweep the weekend after losing four straight games on the road. “It was a big win for us, because we’ve been struggling,” Street said. “We knew this weekend was a chance for us to get two wins and we were lucky to pull them together.”
Women’s basketball fully returned to their winning ways, prevailing twice last weekend to extend their streak to three straight victories. The Gaels defeated the Algoma Thunderbirds 66-21 and the Laurentian Voyageurs 69-50 on Friday and Saturday, pulling into a second-place tie in the OUA East division with the Ottawa Gee-Gees, a team they beat in their previous meeting. Head coach Dave Wilson believes his team has increased their intensity in recent games because they’re more motivated. “We’re coming down the home stretch here and we’re in a battle for first, second or third place,” Wilson said. “We certainly have a goal to be in an OUA medal situation. Our kids are motivated to reach those goals.” The Gaels (12-6) cruised against the Thunderbirds (0-18) en route to a blowout victory in which they won by 45, their largest win margin of the season. No Algoma player scored more than five points in the contest, while the team never scored more than double-digits in any quarter. Their second-quarter showing featured only two points made from two free throws.
Men’s volleyball is on the inside track to the playoffs after a predictable weekend split. Hosting the McMaster Marauders (17-1) on Saturday, the Gaels (7-11) fell in four sets by scores of 25-21, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-13. The next day, Queen’s went up against the winless RMC Paladins (0-18) and rolled over them in straight sets: 25-20, 25-20 and 25-17. Currently, the Gaels are tied with the Windsor Lancers (7-11) for the sixth and final OUA playoff spot. Queen’s holds the tiebreak based on head-to-head records, having beat Windsor twice. Topping both the Ryerson Rams (11-7) and the Toronto Varsity Blues (5-13) in their final regular season games next weekend would ensure the Gaels reach the playoffs. The feat is a tall order, as Queen’s lost to both squads in their first meetings in November. “We’ll have to battle hard this weekend to secure our playoff spot,” said Gaels head coach Brenda Willis. “We’ve got to do some work, and hopefully come out with two wins. “You’re in control of your own fate, which is good, but at the same time it’s nerve-wracking.”
Women’s volleyball won’t return to the OUA playoffs this season. Needing a pair of wins this weekend to keep their post-season hopes alive, the Gaels went down swinging, suffering two hard-fought losses. At 9-8, they’re three games behind the fourth-place Ryerson Rams (12-5) in the OUA East, with just two regular season contests remaining. On Saturday, Queen’s squared off against the McMaster Marauders (11-6). The Gaels fought hard but were unable to emerge from the lengthy five-set affair with a win, losing 27-25, 21-25, 24-26, 25-23, 10-15. “It was point for point — we would score and then they would score,” said Gaels head coach Joely Christian-Macfarlane. On Sunday, the team faced the RMC Paladins (6-11) in an all-Kingston matchup. Queen’s came out flat, dropping the first set handily 25-14 and falling 25-22 in the second. They improved throughout the match and turned the tables on the Paladins, snatching the third set 26-24 and dominating the fourth 25-11. The Paladins hung on in the fifth set, ultimately winning 15-13.
— Jerry Zheng
— Sean Sutherland
— Sean Liebich
— Jordan Cathcart
full versions of these recaps, go to queensjournal.ca/sports.
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Growing pains up north Continued from page 16
able to record a win in OUA action this season, while the women’s basketball team sits last in the OUA East at 0-18. Men’s basketball has had some success in the ultra-competitive East division, which includes nationally-ranked Carleton, Ottawa and Ryerson. They’re currently 4-14, posting a decent 3-6 home record, including an 83-76 home victory over Queen’s on Jan. 18. Head coach Thomas Cory said competing against the country’s best is a daunting task. “We just try and compete — that’s the biggest thing,” Cory said. “Every play, every PHOTO BY CHARLOTTE GAGNIER game, we try and give our best … and win a Queen’s lost 83-76 to Algoma last month in Sault Ste. Marie, but quarter, win five minutes, win a possession.” rebounded with a 90-85 win over the Thunderbirds on Friday in Kingston. Cory has an excellent track record in his eight seasons with Algoma basketball. He coached the Thunderbirds to three OCAA provincial championships and captured a silver medal in 2008. Despite having a significant core of Continued from page 16 Smith said. “Ryerson and Ottawa are chasing them closely and no other team is within third-year players, all of Algoma’s players are rookies when it comes to playing at the said the Gaels having to face squads like hailing distance. Carleton and Ottawa is akin to “putting the “If you want to change that, the political prisoners in the lion’s den.” only way … is to strengthen your One of the major reasons Queen’s and recruiting system.” the East’s other teams have fallen behind the A retired Queen’s history professor, Ravens, Gee-Gees and Rams, according to Smith said the disparity between the Smith, is that those three universities are able upper-level clubs and the rest of the OUA to recruit the highest calibre of players. East gives teams like Queen’s a reason to “Carleton has a talent pool at this point,” elevate their game. “You can look at it and say ‘oh my goodness, there’s no chance,’ and in a way that’s true — there is no chance,” he said. “On the other hand, what happens if Queen’s scores an upset? One of these days that’s going to happen and people will say, ‘wow.’” That upset could happen, Smith said, if the Gaels avoid making costly mistakes and play consistently for an entire game. With the Nipissing Lakers set to join the OUA in men’s basketball next season, divisional realignment will take place. The OUA hasn’t announced official details, but it’s likely Queen’s will stay in the same division as Carleton and Ottawa, due to the schools’ proximity to each other. For now, the Gaels will continue battling in a division that offers a far tougher path than its western counterpart, thanks to the trio of Carleton, Ottawa and Ryerson. “To be honest with you, there are two divisions in this OUA East,” Smith said. JOURNAL FILE PHOTO “One consists of those three teams, and then The Gaels haven’t beaten everyone else.” Carleton or Ottawa in the last five seasons.
Balling in the ‘lion’s den’
university level. “I think one of our biggest struggles is having the players get comfortable with the league,” Cory said. “Yeah, it’s still basketball, but it’s a different style.” Being unfamiliar with teams and cities has posed the biggest problem for the Thunderbirds. Scouting reports are scarce, so much of their season has been spent learning the different styles of each team and what their players are capable of. The Thunderbirds didn’t fare well in their first visit to Queen’s, falling 90-85 to the Gaels last Friday. With four games remaining, they’re five wins behind the Gaels (9-9), who occupy the OUA’s sixth and final playoff spot. Cory believes familiarity and experience with the OUA lifestyle will eventually bring positive results. “In our first year, we’ve learned a lot,” he said. “We know [success] is going to be very difficult, but we’re optimistic. “We’re only a few pieces away from really making a playoff push.”
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Wax on, wax off Hair removal practices and trends have become commonplace, but should they be? B y M eaghan Wray Staff Writer
Victorian-era art critic John Ruskin refused to consummate his marriage to Effie Gray of her unruly Brazilian waxes, according because to Yahoo Answers, hurt more pubic hair. Even when looking at than childbirth. My common sense quickly told Victorian-era paintings, women are me I wouldn’t find any comfort more often than not portrayed in the less-than-informational without any body hair at all. Sabrina Mack, an esthetician websites I found via candidate at St. Lawrence Google search. I’m not sure what truly College, said hair removal motivated me to get my first has been a female tradition Brazilian wax. Cleanliness and for centuries. “It has long been an aesthetic health were popular motives I discovered through preliminary attempt ... Waxing in particular is research, but that didn’t something that appeals to most really resonate with me. My women and some men because head has hair, so I clean it has longer results than shaving,” she said. “Shaving it — what’s the difference? There’s no doubt that actually makes the hair grow back smooth skin, on any part of the thicker and more pronounced body, is a desirable attribute. I than waxing would because would be lying if I said waxing actually removes the the choice was purely for entire follicle.” Hair removal, she said, follows myself, and not influenced by the potential of sharing the view, so trends like any other fashion and has seen a variety of phases. to speak. “The upward trend for the Back when I was 13 years old, my bushy eyebrows past several decades has been were rudely pointed out to me to have [hair] removed and the by one of my peers. The pressure aesthetic factor of hairlessness as an quality,” Mack to be hairless and manicured attractive said, “but the same pressures started at a young age. I’ve seen the same esthetician for tend to swing the other 10 years now. If there was anyone way and I think we’re just seeing I was going to expose myself to the recurrence of the 70s sort in this context, it was going to of ideals on hair.” American Apparel recently be her. mannequins The pain I endured that day, introduced laying on top of what felt like featuring pubic hair in their shop inviting some an operating table, far outweighed windows, any awkward leg positions I had controversial responses. Mack said this campaign, among others, to perform. But even so, I’ve been back offers equal societal pressure to maintain a “bush” as there three more times since. When I told friends I’d exists to remove it. signed myself up for a Brazilian, Although hair removal trends I was often asked why this was fluctuate, Mack said there necessary if I wasn’t currently in will always be a demographic that participates in the an intimate relationship. The implication, I realized, was esthetic industry. “There are still generation this procedure was only necessary if someone else would be somehow gaps that cater to the aesthetic benefitting. My feminist eye field … a lot of our clients are from the older generation,” was twitching. A 2012 article published Mack said. “They’re not as by Jezebel cites 1848 as the susceptible to the trend … so beginning of modern female hair after a while I think it’ll revert removal. According to the story, back to the hairlessness that
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My own feelings towards hair we’ve become accustomed to.” For Mack, choosing to wax resonated with other women Dault her eyebrows from a young age has spoken with. “They had internalized these came from societal pressure to be messages that hair is gross and dirty aesthetically pleasing. “As a young teenager you see and to be clean and sexy meant magazines and people on TV to not have hair,” Dault said. “It’s and celebrities that are always a complicated issue, like how do participating in beautification people learn that?” Feminism, for Dault, expands techniques,” she said. “It’s just something that I started much further than the realm off doing at a young age of aesthetics. “Feminism is about equality before I ever really questioned it.” Meredith Dault, MA ’11, and it has nothing to do with began a blog back in 2010 called whether you remove your hair The Last Triangle. It was born or not, it’s not as specific as that,” from an inspiring moment she she said. “[It] is about having a experienced as a TA for a first choice and having the ability to make decisions that are right year film and media class. The class was watching a film for them.” For Anne Yang, ArtSci from the 70s, in which a woman with a bush was shown. One of ’16, nothing about her hair the other TAs, she said, voiced removal choices stem from a concern that students societal pressures. would be “freaked out” by “I’ve never really been into this image. peer pressure. I want to be “No one has pubic hair smooth and my friends think I’m anymore and it got me thinking crazy because I shave every day, about the cultural differences sometimes twice a day,” Yang said. between my coming of age and “I even shave in the winter and the generation that I was in this nobody sees my legs in the winter.” class with,” she said. Yang’s first waxing experience As a young woman, Dault said she questioned the need to was a Brazilian this past shave her legs once her peers were summer. For her, the pain was minimal and the procedure beginning to. “I remember clearly thinking wasn’t awkward. “I don’t expose myself to and stating, ‘why am I supposed to do this,’” she said. “What’s everyone. The lady I went to was the reason for me having to super professional, she didn’t make it weird, and she do this?” talked me through it so it was really not awkward,” Yang No one has pubic said. “They’ve seen so hair anymore and it many; yours is not that special. got me thinking about The whole experience the cultural differences was fun.” between my coming of In a utopian world, Yang age and the generation thinks everyone should be that I was in this class hairless — men included. “Men should wax and shave with. everywhere — their armpits, their legs,” she said. “I mean, it’s — Meredith Dault, never going to happen, but I also MA ’11 think it looks better on both men and women, it’s not like a just I, on the other hand, never once women-only thing.” It won’t happen, she said, questioned the need to shave. I saw it as yet another burden on my because to many men, hair removal is too feminine. back simply for being female.
Some women, Yang said, choose to grow out their body hair as a means of feminist protest against male-female binaries. Although she agrees with some feminist ideologies, she said she’s not about to stop waxing. Instead, she prefers to challenge these beliefs. Yang can be a feminist, she said, and also wax her body hair. “Being a feminist to me is doing what I want with my body, that’s why I don’t like labeling myself as a feminist, even though I believe in egalitarian kind of lifestyle,” she said. “[Sometimes] feminists don’t shave because they want to prove something. I like being smooth but I also like having equal rights.”
Feminism is about “equality and it has
nothing to do with if you remove your hair or not, it’s not as specific as that ... [It] is about having the choice and having the ability to make decisions that are right for them.
— Meredith Dault, MA ’11 Pain, for her, isn’t a concern. “I would go through a lot of pain to be hairless for the rest of my life,” Yang said. I, myself, will continue to remove hair on my body as I feel comfortable, and I will continue to identify as a feminist. The connection between both, I’ve come to realize, barely even exists. To me, it’s simple — it makes me feel sexy. That feeling, contrary to popular belief, affords me more than just confidence with the opposite sex. If that’s not a feminist ideal, then I don’t know what is.