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Skinhead group returns to town Southern Ontario Skinheads leave poster behind B Y C HLOE S OBEL News Editor Members of the Southern Ontario Skinheads visited Kingston in mid-March and again in May, leaving behind a poster in the student housing area. During their March visit, the group videotaped themselves walking up and down Princess St. and chanting white supremacist slogans. Two of the videos, posted online, show the Kingston Police Force (KPF) speaking to the group. Steve Koopman, media relations officer for the KPF, said that while an officer had been dispatched to speak with the group, no arrests were made. “At that time no crime was being committed, nothing that the officer could enforce,” he said. “We just made sure we got as much information as possible and the group was allowed to go on their way.” The poster put up in May at Earl and Barrie Streets advertised the group, violating a city bylaw. The bylaw bans all posters not hung at one of seven See We on page 7
Inside this issue:
PHOTOS BY ALEX PICKERING, EMILIE RABEAU AND CHLOE SOBEL
B Y N ATASA B ANSAGI , J ACQUELYN P LATIS AND C HLOE S OBEL Journal Staff With the upcoming provincial election around the corner, candidates for the riding of Kingston and the Islands are taking time during the campaign period to weigh in on student issues. On May 2, a provincial election was called by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Lieutenant Governor David Onley for June 12. Wynne asked Onley to dissolve the legislature after the
Ontario New Democratic Party and Progressive Conservatives opposed the minority Liberal government’s spring budget, on the grounds that the party had failed to deliver on promises from the prior year’s budget. The $130.4 billion Liberal budget would have increased program spending by $3 billion and brought the deficit from $11.3 to $12.5 billion. It sought to have universities specialize further and to develop a new $42 million online learning program, Ontario Online, which would have been operational
Report sheds light on ArtSci grade distribution
Baders donate 68 paintings to campus arts centre
Quartet of Gaels selected in CFL draft
in 2015-16. The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) released pre-budget recommendations in a submission to the Ontario government on January 21, which ranged from issuing a $340 million dollar education and tuition tax credits to students, increasing the Ontario Tuition Grant from 30 to 35 per cent and extending its eligibility to Aboriginal students and students with dependents. OUSA’s recommendations were not included in the budget. On May 13, the organization released a revised submission calling all major Ontario political parties, including the Progressive Conservatives, the NDP and the Green Party, to freeze tuition for one year, increase funding to universities, convert tuition-related tax credits to upfront grants and extend financial aid eligibility to part-time students. Philip Lloyd, AMS vice-president (university affairs), said the AMS will be working with AMS Academic Affairs Commissioner Colin Zarzour and OUSA to design an election strategy
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to promote student engagement in the upcoming election. Over the past 20 years, youth participation in Canadian elections has declined. In 2011, the general election saw a turnout of 50 per cent among 18- to 24-year-olds, the lowest of any age group. “[We’ll be] meeting with other student committee members on OUSA … to lay out what this election strategy would be, and then working with our Marketing Communications office to make sure that students … know what is being talked about, what is in the election and how issues being discussed will affect them,” Lloyd said. The provincial candidates for the riding of Kingston and the Islands are Mark Bain, PC candidate; Mary Rita Holland, NDP candidate; Robert Kiley, Green Party candidate; and Sophie Kiwala, Liberal candidate. The Journal spoke to the candidates about their plans to tackle issues related to postsecondary education in the area. Continued on pages 4 and 7
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Reward, but no suspects $4,000 reward fails to elicit new leads in assault investigation B y C hloe S obel News Editor
An active member of the opposition to Janice Fiamengo’s on-campus talk on March Nearly two months after the 27, d’Entremont said she had alleged assault of Queen’s received threatening emails related student Danielle d’Entremont, no to her involvement prior to her new leads have emerged in the attack. Fiamengo, a controversial speaker from the University police investigation. According to a Facebook of Ottawa, denounced the status she posted, d’Entremont, existence of rape culture at her ArtSci ’14, was assaulted outside talk. She also discussed high male her home on March 26 by a male suicide rates and sexual assault attacker who knew her name. She against men. D’Entremont posted on was punched in the face multiple times and suffered a broken tooth as Facebook “I can’t say for sure if the two are connected, however a result. Since the attack, a $4,000 the attacker was a male who knew reward has been offered for my name,” but later clarified her any information leading to statement to say that she “place[s] an arrest. So far, nothing no blame on any particular group,” There has not been an official link has surfaced. “It simply is a fact like many drawn between d’Entremont’s others that either information goes opposition to the Men’s Issues cold or there’s a lack of information Awareness Society event and or we simply don’t have her assault. In response to this, Attila enough to identify a suspect,” said Steve Koopman, Kingston police Vinczer of Men’s Rights Canada, who is also activism media relations officer. “We are categorizing this as a director of men’s rights group stranger-on-stranger assault and A Voice For Men (AVFM), offered sometimes when that does occur $1,000 for information leading we don’t give as much descriptors to an arrest in the assault on April 17. The reward was matched as we prefer.”
the same day by Paul Elam, founder of AVFM, as well as the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) on April 30 and the Honey Badger Brigade on May 14. AVFM, CAFE and the Honey Badger Brigade are all organizations supporting men’s rights. CAFE sponsored Fiamengo’s talk at Queen’s. “I just want to be certain that we do all that we can to find whoever assaulted her, and I just thought that by putting up a reward we may end up getting somebody who will come forward with some information,” Vinczer said. Elam decided to match Vinczer’s reward before Vinczer had returned from putting up posters in Kingston to advertise the offer. “If there is a possibility that somebody, even who sympathizes with our views at AVFM, has resorted to violence in retribution of somebody speaking out their mind, then we would very much like to see that person arrested, and if convicted, incarcerated,” Elam said.
Posters advertising the reward went up on campus.
He sees feminist response to the reward as lacking, he added. “We have challenged feminist organizations to match us in funding or to … at least match us in public condemnation of her assault,” he said. When asked what feminist
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organizations he was referring to, Elam listed people addressed in an open letter on AVFM’s website, including the University of Toronto Students’ Union, the Ryerson Students’ Union, the Huffington Post and Journal Editor in Chief Vincent Ben Matak.
ArtSci grades lag behind Average marks not a plus for Faculty of Arts and Science B y J acquelyn P latis Assistant News Editor
ArtSci students receive the most Fs and fewest A-pluses.
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cent. Fine Arts students have the fewest at 0.7 per cent. According to the report, the The 2013-14 grade report shows median grade given at the Bader that Arts and Science students International Study Centre (BISC) is receive significantly fewer A-plus the same as the median on-campus, grades and more failing grades on a B-plus. The greatest differences between grades are seen in online average than other faculties. The report, released on Continuing and Distance Studies April 11, breaks down grades courses, where students receive by department, considering a the highest percentage of Fs, 8.5 variety of different factors such as per cent. The percentage on was 3.2 per average grade, average GPA and campus number of students in each cent and at the BISC it department. The report is the first of was 1 per cent. ASUS President Adam Grotsky, its kind under the new letter grade who has been working alongside system, implemented in 2011. Developed by the Faculty of faculty and students to get Arts and Science, the report aims feedback on the report, said to keep departments accountable further analysis is needed to to high academic standards, definitively determine any issues according to faculty board with the current grade distribution Regardless, some regulations. The regulations system. stipulate that grading standards figures raise a few question marks, should be presented to the he said. “We are concerned at the board annually, following the introduction of the letter possibility that grades could be linked to the number of students grade system. The report’s primary purpose taking courses in the department,” is to show the broad evolution Grotsky said. “With one exception, all of grading across the faculty, the regulations state further. This year’s departments that have an A-minus report compares letter grades given median grade [the highest in 2013 to the percentage-based in the report] have less than grading system in 2008 and 2009, 2,500 students.” He said that this has become the last two years the system more of an issue because of was used. Classics gives out the highest Senate’s decision to accept an percentage of A-pluses, with 21.6 additional 350 students to per cent of full-time students the Faculty of Arts and Science receiving the grade. Political Studies for 2015-16. “We must question whether this sees the fewest, at 1.4 per cent. Computing students have the increase will lead to lower quality highest percentage of Fs — 7.4 per of education and lower grades,”
he said. Grotsky said he plans to compile a response report through consultations at town halls and online discussions with faculty members and students. The response will include input from all stakeholders, including students, professors and any other party involved in the report. “We are ultimately going to make some recommendations to the faculty, whether or not that means stricter grade policies or perhaps including class averages on transcripts, so that way you see what your grade is compared to others in the class,” Grotsky said. Isabelle Duchaine, a recent political studies graduate, is interested in the differences in grades shown in the report. “Something that many students find frustrating is the discrepancies between departments when it comes to marks. To me, that’s the most interesting component of the material released by the Faculty of Arts and Science,” Duchaine, ArtSci ’14, said. For students applying to post-grad programs in medicine or law, she added, there can be a temptation to stream into a major or minor that looks like it gives out a lot of As. “Hopefully students recognize that grades are only one indicator of the quality of a department,” Duchaine said.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Gender discourse sparks tension
The debate on men’s issues and feminism remains hostile as critiques become personal B y S ebastian L eck Features Editor Before the alleged assault of a student, Janice Fiamengo’s anti-feminist talk and a poster campaign against a Queen’s professor, Mohammed Albaghdadi had no idea his new club would be so divisive. Albaghdadi said he thought he would enjoy the support of most students when he and three other first-year students filed papers to ratify the Men’s Issues Awareness Society (MIAS) in January. Instead, he was met with strong opposition and accusations of misogyny. “I was surprised,” said Albaghdadi, ArtSci’17. “I genuinely thought I was in the majority point of view.” An ideological split between men’s issues advocates and feminist students erupted at Queen’s in March. Men’s issues groups like the MIAS have said they’ve been unfairly vilified for questioning feminist dogma. Feminist organizations, meanwhile, have said they’re interested in addressing men’s issues, but the hostile rhetoric of men’s issues activists makes such discussion impossible. Since its January ratification by the AMS, the MIAS survived an attempt to de-ratify the club through AMS Assembly on March 20 and hosted Janice Fiamengo’s “What’s Equality Got to Do With It?” talk at Ellis Hall on March 27. At her talk, the University of Ottawa English professor argued that modern feminist theory suppresses discussion of men’s issues and uses the notion of “safe spaces” to limit free speech. The talk was preceded by the alleged assault of Danielle d’Entremont — a fourth-year Queen’s student reportedly involved in opposition to MIAS — on the night of March 26. An assailant has yet to be identified. Albaghdadi said he became interested in men’s issues after reading about double standards in hook-up culture and the effects of distant or missing fathers on the
lives of boys. “I noticed that there wasn’t any group focused on men,” he said. “I thought it was interesting that you don’t have somebody advocating for half the population.” Albaghdadi said he isn’t anti-feminist, and that he agreed with everything Jaclyn Friedman said in a follow-up talk run by the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre in April. Friedman, an American feminist writer and activist, argued that North American society treats sex as a commodity to be traded rather than a cooperative activity. However, Albaghdadi said he disagrees with feminists who label all men as potential sexual predators. The Toronto-based Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE), which sponsored Fiamengo’s talk, calls the idea that only men can be the perpetrators of violence “gender profiling” on their website. Albaghdadi said he finds CAFE reasonable, but thinks A Voice for Men (AVFM) is “pretty extreme.” A Houston-based men’s rights organization, AVFM ran a poster campaign in early April against Queen’s philosophy professor Adèle Mercier, in response to a letter to the editor written by Mercier and published in the Journal on April 3. In the letter, Mercier wrote “men too are raped (and note that it is men who rape them).” Mercier also commented on a March 31 letter to the editor, where she discussed statistics from the US Department of Justice on the sexual victimization of male inmates in juvenile facilities. In response to another comment, she wrote: “You said: ‘95% of abused boys in juvenile facilities reported being attacked/ coerced by female staff’. This is FALSE.” Mercier then commented: “[T]he 95% that you cite is of MALE YOUTH who experience sexual misconduct involving FEMALE STAFF WITHOUT FORCE.” The posters, which were plastered around campus by two
AVFM posters featuring professor Adèle Mercier.
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The Men’s Issues Awareness Society hosted a talk by professor Janice Fiamengo in March.
AVFM representatives, featured a photo of Mercier’s face above the words “Rape Apologist”. Albaghdadi said the poster campaign was childish, adding that it resembled the way he was attacked by feminist students on the Facebook event page for Fiamengo’s talk. He said he disagrees with any tactic that attacks an individual rather than addressing an idea. “It’s going to encourage even more people not to express their opinion,” he said. A graduate student from the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre said it’s acceptable to disagree with feminism, but violent rhetoric is problematic. The student requested anonymity due to concerns about being targeted and harassed online. She said Fiamengo’s statements about sexual assault made students feel unsafe. During her talk, Fiamengo read out an excerpt from Warren Farrell’s The Myth of Male Power. In the passage, Farrell writes, “almost all single women acknowledge they have agreed to go back to a guy’s place ‘just to talk’ but were nevertheless responsive to his first kiss.” “I think if you say kissing is consent, that rhetoric is violent,” the student said. “Just because I kissed you doesn’t mean that I have consented to you doing other things to my body.” Dialogue on websites like AVFM’s can also be violent, she added. One AVFM article posted on April 9 refers to a feminist activist as “Little Red Frothing Fornication Mouth” and compares feminists to Nazi German leaders. “Hitler, Himmler, Hess, Goering, Speer and Goebbels could have learned a thing or three from feminism,” the AVFM post reads. The graduate student, however, said the Friedman talk hosted by Levana wasn’t intended as a counter to Fiamengo’s speech. “We wanted to just have a positive event that reaffirmed some things we all believe in,” she said. “We don’t want girls to be assaulted, we don’t want boys to be assaulted.” Some students allege that men’s issues advocates have harassed feminists on campus. Kelsey, ArtSci ’14, said her name was posted on a men’s rights website after she commented in a Facebook thread about Friedman’s talk. She requested that her last name be omitted from this story
for fear that more of her personal information will be posted online. Kelsey worked at the Sexual Health Resource Center this past year. Although she wasn’t on duty during Friedman’s talk, she provided informal trigger support for students after the event.
I think if you say “kissing is consent, that rhetoric is violent. ” — Member of the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre
According to Kelsey, the atmosphere on campus and online during the week of Fiamengo’s event was negative and highly emotionally charged. “Photos were posted, names were put up, there would be stalking or threatening emails being sent,” she said. While she wanted to participate in conversations about feminism and men’s issues, Kelsey said she eventually found herself avoiding online debates. “It’s your own personal safety — it’s your own decision about whether you want to engage with these things,” she said. Men Who Like Feminism (MWLF), a Queen’s-based group established in 2012, said they want to avoid getting drawn into a hostile debate with men’s issues groups. Aland Arseneault, who joined MWLF last September, said framing discussions as a battle between men’s issues groups and feminists reflects a conception of masculinity that is “toxic.” Productive dialogues on men’s issues have appeared on campus before, he said, such as the Maskulinity summit held during Women’s Worth Week in March. The summit’s open panel allowed for discussion and debate without hostility, he said. Men’s issues are important, he added, but the way they’re discussed must be different. “When those dialogues become hostile and violent to others in the community … that’s when things get violent and when people get hurt,” Arseneault said. AVFM, on the other hand, is explicitly anti-feminist — but founder and publisher Paul Elam said this doesn’t mean the group is anti-women. Instead, Elam said, AVFM opposes anyone who approaches gender politics through an ideological lens rather than evidence-based study.
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“I am talking about people who would promote information and literature painting women as the only victims of domestic violence and males as the only perpetrators,” Elam said. It’s a “horrific lie” that’s destructive for our culture, he said. AVFM is an international organization, according to Elam, which is why they’re interested in the state of men’s issues worldwide, including in Kingston. Elam said members of AVFM put up posters of Mercier out of a sense of moral obligation. “If I found out that there was a Klan meeting in my neighborhood that was enjoying social backing and support, I would speak out against it,” he said. “We put up her poster because she was justifying and excusing and even making light of the sexual coercion of young male inmates by authority figures. That’s not acceptable.” In 2011, AVFM created the website “register-her.com”, which listed the names and photographs of women that AVFM considered guilty of sexual assault, false rape accusations and bigotry. It’s no longer run by AVFM, according to Elam. He declined to comment about the web domain’s current operations.
out there “wasIf Iafound Klan meeting in my neighbourhood ... I would speak out against it.
— Paul Elam, founder of AVFM
However, he said the rhetoric serves a purpose. Polite discourse is good for “erudite discussions,” Elam said, but it won’t draw attention to issues that have been ignored for the past 100 years. “It has never gained until we started expressing our anger. And that’s what makes people uncomfortable,” he said. Our society is utterly resistant to the idea that men are human beings with problems, which makes such tactics necessary, he added. “That’s why we had people beating [tambourines] and screaming people down [at the University of Ottawa in March] when Janice Fiamengo tried to address her concerns about modern feminism,” he said. “We are dealing with bullying, controlling fascists.”
Mark Bain supports creating more jobs for students.
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Progressive Conservative Party Mark Bain said his focus remains on creating jobs for students, in accordance with party leader Tim Hudak’s One Million Jobs plan. “One of the biggest choices that a student has to make when they’ve graduated, as I did, is where are they going to get a job?” Bain said. “Now finding jobs is a really ... big issue — there’s just none. We’re working on seven years of higher unemployment here in Ontario than the rest of Canada … that’s going to end under our government.” One of Bain’s priorities is working on increasing the number of jobs available to youth in in the riding, he said, which has a 25 per cent youth unemployment. Official numbers aren’t available for Kingston, but provincial youth unemployment is at 16 per cent. Bain said he advocates focusing on creating and encouraging trade jobs. “Much like Germany has done, we’re going to make trades and working with your hands a professional skillset, and we’re going to attempt to draw more students to that skillset,” he said. “I mean plumbers and electricians, pipe fitters, these people make a heck of a lot of money in our economy, and we can encourage students to take that direction
after grade 12 knowing that they have the government that’s backing them.” This could alleviate rising enrolment rates at Queen’s and other universities, he added. “If we can push more [high school] graduates to move right into trades training and … education at the college level, that’s certainly going to have an impact on the number of people heading off to university.” Hudak’s platform includes a proposal to end the 30 per cent tuition grant for postsecondary students. When asked what the party planned to do to offset tuition costs should the grant end, Bain said, “We haven’t been talking about that … we haven’t explored that at all.” In 2013, Hudak released a white paper that advocated tying student loans to marks. Bain said that the white paper “is not in our current platform. It’s not something that we’re doing.” “Currently the Ontario government spends a billion more than they have every month,” he said. “I think one of the best things we can do for students right now is to clear the way, make sure government is providing them with a career and an opportunity to stay in our province.”
Murderer briefly escapes
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Mary Rita Holland seeks to bring tuition fees under control.
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Mary Rita Holland New Democratic Party Mary Rita Holland said she considers financial accessibility to be the biggest issue facing university students. Holland, who ran and lost in the 2011 provincial election as the NDP candidate for the area, said she plans to build on her platform points from then. “We need to make sure that from a student’s perspective fees and things don’t go up, because we’re already paying the highest tuition fees in Canada here in Ontario,” she said. According to Statistics Canada, undergraduate students in Quebec paid an average of $2,565 in the 2012-13 year. In Alberta, students paid an average of $5,670. In British Columbia, they paid $4,931. In Saskatchewan, the average was $6,106. In Ontario, students paid an average of $6,975. Holland spoke of students going into bigger amounts of debt, and students who have to work part- or full-time, causing them to delay the completion of their degree. “We’re getting to the point where it’s almost inaccessible for many, many students to be able to get a university education,” she said. Holland said she’s taking a widespread approach to change the financial impact of post-secondary education on students, including raising the minimum wage, freezing tuition and making student loans interest-free. She also plans to lower hydro bills, which she says will affect students. “In my riding, hydro rates have gone up an
incredible amount, like 300 per cent … the people who have minimal income or fixed income like seniors, and I would argue even students, who have a set amount of money for a school year, if their rates go up … that’s, you know, an extra 15 water bucks a month,” she said. She also suggested investing in transit, reducing auto insurance rates and making transit more affordable. “In terms of investing in the educational institutions, what we’ve been seeing under the Liberals has been … less and less funding,” she said. “Student debt in Ontario has more than doubled since 1999, so it’s at about $28,000 per student right now and that’s the highest in Canada.” “One way that we’re going to work on that is to invest in the universities themselves so that they have the money that they need to put towards infrastructure, and I really hope that … with those measures in place you can see continued enrolment in universities but higher quality education, more accessibility and affordability.” Holland considers growing enrolment rates at Queen’s and other universities to be a problem. Holland, who earned two Master’s degrees from at Queen’s in 2001 and 2004, said back then seminar classes had roughly 15 students and lectures had 30 to 40. Today, lectures often exceed 100 students. “[Students] are starting to feel like they’re just a source of income for the University, and that’s not acceptable.”
Cale Presnail gone for two days before being recaptured B y C hloe S obel News Editor
driver in Hamilton. He was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 10 years. “CSC evaluates all offenders and places A man serving a life sentence for murder went missing for two days from Collins them in facilities appropriate to their security and program requirements,” Bay Institution. Lawlor, Correctional Cale David Presnail, 40, escaped from Kyle Collins Bay’s minimum security facility on Service of Canada (CSC) media relations and outreach advisor, said in an May 19, between 5 and 9 p.m. He was recaptured by Kingston email to the Journal. Police Force (KPF) uniformed officers “Only those offenders who are assessed and the Provinicial Repeat Offenders as having a low risk to public safety will be Parole Enforcement squad on May 21 at placed in a minimum security institution,” he added. around 9 a.m. “The perimeter of a minimum-security “A member of the public contacted us in the morning just saying a male was institution is defined but not directly hanging around or loitering around controlled. Offender movement and the City Park area for a couple of association within the institution are hours, felt it was a little suspicious and regulated under minimal supervision.” also felt it might match the descriptors of Mr. Presnail has been charged with escaping Presnail,” said Steve Koopman, KPF media lawful custody and will appear in court relations officer. in June. Presnail was convicted in 1998 for second-degree murder after killing a bus Cale Presnail was convicted of second-degree murder in 1998.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Former students create first “smart bike” Vanhawks company raises over half a million dollars in Kickstarter campaign to pre-sell Valour bikes B y L auren Waichenberg Contributor
Toronto this spring. The founders started working on Valour four years ago. The Vanhawks team Former Queen’s students have said they believe global electronic developed Valour, the first bike communication is a growing ever that connects to a mobile trend. This helped them devise the premise for the bike, which is the phone via Bluetooth. Sohaib and Ali Zahid, Adil Aftab first of its kind. Vanhawks started a Kickstarter and Niv Yahel, all former Queen’s students, founded the company campaign on May 1 to promote Vanhawks to create the first “smart Valour. Their original goal was to raise $100,000, but they’ve bike”, they said. The bike uses Bluetooth since exceeded their goal by over to connect to the GPS unit on $500,000. At the time the Journal the rider’s phone, and provides went to print, the team raised turn-by-turn navigation to get the over $640,000. They reached their original goal rider from place to place. Along the way, the bike provides in 36 hours. The company set “stretch goals” blind spot detection through on-board sensors and guides riders for themselves, which include to their destination by vibrating the offering new bike features after handlebars. In addition, it provides reaching targeted revenue goals. the rider with information on When they reached $200,000, calories burned, speed and route Zahid said they added new frame suggestions through a collection of colours as marketable options; at $250,000, new rim colours and at data on any given city. Ali Zahid, the chief operating $400,000, disc brakes. The last goal left is a carbon belt officer, described Valour as “a sexy drive, which would be added if looking bike.” “We construct our bike they reach $750,000. “At the start, our vision was to completely different than other manufacturers out there,” Zahid, first get better bikes on the road, and making it safer for riders,” ArtSci ’15, said. “It is not hollow on the inside Zahid said. Vanhawks has received positive and has an internal structure, so imagine having bones in your bike.” feedback from consumers and The company is currently based the media, including NBC in Montreal and will move to News, which the team said they
found encouraging. Zahid said his experiences working in marketing at Queen’s were integral to the development of both the company and the bike, as they helped him improve his work ethic and time
management skills. Zahid was the former Web and Graphics Editor for the Journal. He also worked briefly as the AMS marketing officer. Zahid dropped out of Queen’s in 2013 to pursue the company.
Niv Yahel, left, and Ali Zahid, right, are two of Vanhawks’ four co-founders.
“We want to build Vanhawks into one of the biggest companies in Canada,” Zahid said. “We want to make it as big as Google and Facebook.”
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News in brief ITServices proposes new electronic information policy
“Maybe 10 years ago, if somebody got into your system, they weren’t really looking for anything — they just wanted to get there. Now, today, they’re looking for something, and they’re going to take something away. That’s what we have to protect,” Wandschneider said. Wandschneider said there are many threats towards information and technology resources at Queen’s and attempts to take advantage of unsecured connections, but the threats are always changing so the policies have to do the same to manage the risk. Keith McWhirter, associate director of IT, Office of the CIO and ITServices, wants the report not to be reactionary when control audits are done in the future. “The policies do speak to the different levels of ownership. You’ve got the end user, policies around those actions,” McWhirter said.
A policy framework for the security of electronic information has recently been proposed by Queen’s ITServices. This policy applies to all members of the Queen’s University who, in the course of their employment or academic activities, will gather, manage, distribute or use sensitive information, wrote Jim Lesslie, ITServices assessment specialist, on Queen’s Wiki. “This includes departments, research groups, faculty, staff, students, and volunteers, and extends to external vendors, suppliers, contractors or collaborators engaged in the gathering, management and use of Sensitive Information,” he added. The purpose of the Queen’s Electronic Information Security Policy is to establish responsibility for preserving the confidentiality, integrity, privacy and availability of electronically maintained — Jacquelyn Platis, University information or data, with files from Nick Faris stored on site or externally. The framework is composed of Jina Sushi closes, reopens to several different policies drafted speculation about collectively by the Queen’s immigration violations Security Community of Practice and the former Senate Information Technology Committee, and Local restaurant Jina Sushi closed reviewed by the Enterprise both of its locations on April 23. The campus location on Information Technology Advisory Committee, research ethics boards Johnson St. reopened on May 9. The weeks between caused online and stakeholders on campus. Bo Wandschneider, CIO/AVP, rumours and speculation as to why ITServices, said the policy is about Jina had closed. A poster on the Facebook group building awareness.
“Overheard at Queen’s” claimed that a former employee had told him that the restaurant had been shut down for employing unauthorized workers. Another posted on April 23 that he had seen “a Canadian Border Services Agency van parked on the sidewalk by the back entrance to Jina at 1 p.m. today.” The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) was unable to confirm this due to the Privacy Act. Section 8 prevents a government institution from disclosing personal information unless the individual consents. CBSA said that on April 23, CBSA Inland Enforcement Officers investigated a restaurant in Kingston for employing unauthorized workers. The investigation is ongoing. Kingston Police Force media relations officer Steve Koopman said he hadn’t heard anything about Jina. “In regards to illegal immigrants that wouldn’t be a municipal police issue, that would be a probably more federal government aspect … we’re not even aware of it,” he said. Originally, Jina Sushi said it would reopen its campus location on May 6, but posted on May 5 that it would not be opening again that day. “Basically, all we need is a Sushi chef,” Jason Park wrote. He added the restaurant had found one a week before, but the chef ended up retracting his acceptance. The restaurant did not directly address the cause of closure on its
Facebook page. The restaurant’s owners didn’t respond to multiple interview requests from the Journal. — Chloe Sobel Queen’s plans to add 3,000 students over next two years Senate has approved enrolment targets for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, as well as issuing projections for the 2016-17 year. The figures were included in a report put forward by the Strategic Enrolment Management Group (SEMG) on March 26. According to the report, the University is seeking to increase total enrolment by 3,000 students over the next two years, from 20,764 full-time students in fall 2013 to 23,002 in fall 2016. The report was reviewed by the Senate Committee on Academic Development (SCAD) at a meeting on April 9. Five members voted to recommend that Senate approve the projections; two members voted against it. SCAD was concerned with the strain of increased enrolment on university resources and the quality of learning at Queen’s. Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Alan Harrison, chair of the SEMG, said the University Librarian, the Division of Student Affairs and the School of Graduate Studies were involved in enrolment planning to ensure that student services can meet the needs of
additional students. “A number of faculties and programs have the capacity to accept some additional upper year students and there has been a growing interest in undertaking recruitment activities aimed specifically at students transferring from other universities and colleges,” he said by email. According to the report, Ontario is currently seeing a decrease in high school applicants due to an overall demographic decline in 18-year-olds, with a 10 per cent total fall projected through 2020. At the same time, non-high school applicants have increased by 10 per cent for 2014-15. The report advocates pursuing transfer enrolment in upcoming years in order to mitigate this decrease, as well as pursuing mature and part-time students. Harrison said while Queen’s has always welcomed transfer students, recruitment activities have traditionally been focused on prospective first-years. “The university’s revenues are closely tied to enrolment,” Harrison said. “We are projecting modest increases in enrolment over the next two years, which will enable the university to invest in faculty renewal and student services. This helps enrich the student learning experience and ensure the financial sustainability of the university.” — Chloe Sobel
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
RAs seek union protection Vote results delayed due to dispute over membership in potential union B y N atasa B ansagi Assistant News Editor
at the bargaining table”. Plans changed course when the University re-classified Research After two and a half years of Assistantships under Research deliberation, Queen’s research Assistants using a T4 tax form assistants (RAs) have put forward for employment and Graduate an application to unionize with the Research Assistant Fellowships Public Service Alliance of Canada (GRAF) using a T4A tax form for scholarships. (PSAC) 901. RAs receive employment The application, submitted on and pension April 23, follows an 18-month insurance battle between postdoctoral fellows contributions from the University and the University to secure better while GRAFs do not. “Unionizing … would mean benefits and wage increases. PSAC 901 represents teaching a switch back to getting the assistants and teaching fellows at legal protections of the Ontario Queen’s in Unit 1 and postdoctoral Labour Relations Act and the fellows in Unit 2. If certified, Ontario Employment Act, which graduate student RAs would form currently do not and cannot apply to scholarship recipients,” Unit 3. The union certification vote McDonald, MA ’14, said. It’s the classification of RAs’ took place on April 30, with approximately 600 graduate work that has changed, not the type of work, she added. student RAs casting a ballot. McDonald said that in January The Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) ordered that 2013 the University switched the ballot box remained sealed graduate students in the sciences because the names of RAs who and engineering from T4s to T4As. Graduate students completing participated in the vote are under contestation for membership in the work in the faculties of Arts and Science, Engineering, Computing, potential union. The University has nine grounds Education and Health Sciences for contestation, including the were subject to the switch. “If it was just isolated to some potential for graduate students to be represented by multiple programs and some kinds of work, then, yeah, it would have some sort bargaining units. Kathryn McDonald, the lead of sense to it at least,” she said. “But this appears to be a organizer of the drive, said the move to unionization started in sweeping change and I can only see late 2011 in response to funding it as being because of the financial cuts, threats to intellectual property benefits that Queen’s gets.” She said the implications of protections and “a desire for a seat
the switch to T4As were seen last summer when RAs conducted their fieldwork. “There was a student who was switched over and who was injured and who was not able to receive workers’ comp … because of this, they couldn’t do their research and the supervisor couldn’t afford to keep them on the project because research dollars are tightening,” McDonald said. “The research assistantship that this person was expected to have the whole summer … was lost because of an injury.” According to McDonald, the vast majority of graduate RAs are currently receiving T4As. She said the response to unionization has been “mixed, but by and large … mostly supportive” amongst RAs. “In the last year, I’ve talked to probably a thousand people — whether that be signing cards to get it to a vote or to apply for membership, or people who just have concerns and want them heard … generally the conversations have been really fulfilling and amazing,” she said. The OLRB met with the PSAC and the University on May 21 in the first regional certification meeting since the vote to discuss steps toward determining the membership of the potential bargaining unit. During this meeting, the PSAC accepted the University’s request for one extra month to prepare
documentation. The University also clarified some of its justifications for contestation.
The next certification meeting has been scheduled for July 7-8. “I think that [Queen’s is] just delaying, delaying, delaying and hop[ing] this ballot box will never be opened,” McDonald said. University representatives said they were unable to comment because the unionization process is still ongoing.
The switch to T4As has repercussions on RA research.
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PaperFold bends the limits of smartphone tech Queen’s professor invents new smartphone that can change shape depending on the task at hand B y Kylee Pedersen Assistant News Editor
PaperFold’s three screens can be detached.
windows like you do with an iPhone.” The shape-changing abilities of Queen’s professor Roel Vertegaal PaperFold are integral to its design, and student Antonio Gomes as the device is able to sense shifting have recently revealed their latest orientation and configuration. “PaperFold is a shape changing project, a groundbreaking foldable interface that decides what to smartphone called PaperFold. PaperFold uses flexible-display show based on what its form is,” technology interfaces that allow Vertegaal said. The detachable faces allow the user to shape the phone into a number of forms from a the user to combine and orient paper-like foldable map to a the device to best suit the task at hand. For example, when looking typical smartphone. “A lot of our designs are based on at a map, combining the three paper metaphors,” said Vertegaal, interfaces would be beneficial in a professor in the School of allowing a larger viewpoint, much Computing and director of the like a paper map. Writing e-mails on the other hand, Human Media Lab at Queen’s. Vertegaal’s previous inventions would require less screen space. include the MorePhone, a One screen could be detached and curling smartphone that changes the other two placed at right angles, shape when calls or texts are with one becoming the keyboard. received; PaperTab, a flexible In this way, PaperFold seeks to tablet computer; the TeleHuman, utilize viewpoint orientation and a holographic videoconferencing adjust its shape accordingly. Vertegaal says he believes it’s system; the PaperPhone, which looks and bends like a piece of possible for multiple different apps paper, and Attentive User Interface to be configured with PaperFold technology, currently the subject of technology, which could open a lawsuit brought by the University doors to an entirely new world of app innovation. Photo templates against Samsung. “It’s inspiring to work with paper and Google maps, along with email because you can have multiple and phone calls, have already been displays. Each piece of paper itself experimented with. The different is a display — you don’t have to viewing panes of PaperFold work with overlapping sequential are revolutionary to how we
experience smart phones and the images displayed on them. Vertegaal says that PaperFold is ideal for multitasking. Users can actually see all their different apps open at once on three screens, as opposed to having to switch between them as on a typical smartphone. “We’ve thought of having e-mail open on one interface, and a photo album open on the other, and being able to swipe a photo into your mailbox from one screen to the other,” Vertegaal said. PaperFold is a versatile smartphone, introducing to the industry new ways of experiencing what a phone can do and what one singular device’s capabilities are. PaperFold isn’t for sale, but Vertegaal is convinced that major smartphone companies will capitalize on the new technology. He believes it will be straightforward for these companies to incorporate PaperFold’s design and logic into new innovations and phones. “This is the direction that things are heading in,” Vertegaal said. “This is the next big thing.”
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Robert Kiley wants to encourage summer enrolment at Queen’s.
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Robert Kiley Green Party
Robert Kiley said his party’s suggestion to freeze tuition, also advocated in the 2011 provincial election, is “a small measure in a time of deep fiscal constraint to ensure that prices don’t continue to climb.” “Tuition is an issue of financial accessibility, but there is also an issue of physical accessibility,” he added, “so where on campus when you are considering quality of education and quality of life, but also where education takes place.” Kiley said that interaction with professors and fellow students and the life skills gained from navigating the university environment are important in the discussion of accessibility. “We need to sustainably increase enrolment … by increasing summer capacity — so not throwing more students in already crowded classrooms and not having too many extra people in the fall and winter terms, but rather really capitalizing on the good facilities we have here during the summer semester,” he said. He added that by focusing increased enrolment on summer students, Queen’s and other universities will be able to “encourage better class sizes that will be more conducive for interactive learning and getting to know your peers and your professors.” Encouraging summer enrolment will also
“allow us to keep university service jobs year-round, to benefit the local economy and to benefit the good people who support this university that are non-academic staff.” The Green Party also advocates merging Ontario’s four school boards, which Kiley said will have an effect on postsecondary schools. “It’s not really anything tangible, like it’s not a policy point insofar as it’s an action that we’re going to take to benefit postsecondary institutions, but we think that it indirectly benefits postsecondary institutions by having higher quality of learning environments … and in turn hopefully more prepared students coming into universities and colleges.” He added that he supports continued religious education and language immersion, just not the four separate school boards. Kingston and the Islands have been represented by all three status quo parties, but has yet to experience the leadership of the Green Party, and Kiley said he thinks it’s time. “We think that the problems of political pandering, increased deficits and short-term economic thinking have permeated all the parties and now it is time for a Green voice, a strong local representative that could possibly hold the balance of power.”
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Sophie Kiwala seeks to expand spaces for postsecondary students.
Sophie Kiwala Liberal Party
Sophie Kiwala thinks the most important about jobs when students graduate and we’re issues facing students are the cost of tuition looking at dealing with that [in two] different areas. One is the youth jobs strategy that was and finding a good job after graduation. The Liberals have reduced 30 per cent launched last September, [which] created of tuition fees for over 230,000 students in 11,000 jobs for youth and another 19,000 Ontario through the Ontario Tuition Grant, jobs are expected to come in,” she said. “The other area that we’re looking at is Kiwala said. She added that the Liberals have lowered apprenticeships and through the college of the cap on tuition fee increases from five per trade, we’re going to be able to take in more young people.” cent to three per cent for four years. Under the Liberal government, the The Ontario Tuition Grant is a grant given to full-time students enrolled in a public number of apprenticeships has doubled to college, university or private postsecondary 120,000 since 2003. In response to rising enrolment rates at school in Ontario and approved for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Queen’s and other universities, Kiwala said The Ontario Liberals included in the Liberal Party has invested $24 billion in their spring budget an allocation of postsecondary expansion. She said this will create 160,000 $500 million in funding for repairs at new spaces for students to attend postsecondary schools. The Liberals are currently accepting postsecondary institutions. “Going online with online courses will also proposals from universities for satellite campus expansion, to create new campuses make a big difference as well – that way, your or expand on existing ones in underserved infrastructure is not being as taxed as it would areas. This will provide students with an if all of the students were actually there,” she said. education “closer to home”, Kiwala said. “That also allows students who cannot Kiwala thinks Wynne has “done quite a bit to improve” the job situation for students. attend university full-time because they’re Since 2003, she said that the Liberals have working or have family — that will help increased college and university funding by as well.” 81 per cent. “At the end of the day, we really think
‘We know who most ... are’ This isn’t the first time Kingston has been visited by white supremacists. The first convention of Canadian designated public notice boards. Koopman said that members of the fascists was held in Kingston in 1938, white supremacist group live within the and the now-disbanded white supremacist City of Kingston, though some of the group group Heritage Front put posters up that came in March were believed to be around Queen’s in 1994, sparking controversy when the administration from out of town. take the posters down “Our intelligence through our didn’t after students demanded special services unit is aware of a small until group of individuals within the their removal. City of Kingston that would likely identify Koopman said that while this group themselves with either, say, a skinhead, is a concern within the community, a neo-Nazi or a white power supremacist the KPF has to be careful of the distinction between free speech and slant or philosophy,” he said. “Because of that, we’re continuing knowing when a criminal offense is to keep our eyes on them. We being committed. know who most, if not all, of “We’re trying to strike that balance these individuals are.” between knowing that they’re here, keeping Most of the members of the Southern our eyes on them, at the same time not trying Ontario Skinheads appear to be from to give … them any … more southwestern Ontario, according publicity or coverage than is required.” to Koopman. The numbers in eastern Ontario are smaller and more loosely organized. A Southern Ontario Skinhead poster at Earl and Barrie. Continued from page 1
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Dialogue City of Kingston
More important than the Increasing the number of Tasers in Kingston Police Force’s discussion of whether guns or stock is fundamentally a good Tasers are better is ensuring that decision, but only if it’s coupled officers are thoroughly trained. Tasers can’t be treated as a with thorough training. Police Chief Gilles replacement to guns that officers Larochelle is advocating for can deploy more liberally, but the purchase of 21 new Tasers, as another last resort. There’s a high prevalence of which would bring the force’s total to 55. More personnel mental illness and drug usage will be authorized to use the in Kingston. Chief Larochelle Tasers, though Larochelle said said around 15 per cent of all there would be a “controlled received police calls are related to mental illness. distribution” within the force. In volatile situations like Numerous fatal incidents involving Tasers have spurred these, an officer who hasn’t controversy over their use. received sufficient training may Despite this, Tasers are still a be inclined to use their Taser, good intermediate option for where the use of de-escalation techniques would have police officers. There’s a grey area in police sufficed instead. If Larochelle’s proposal is work. Situations arise where someone poses a threat and approved, it’s of the utmost that training needs to be restrained; however, importance it can be impossible for an in de-escalation techniques officer to do so without putting takes precedence to ensure him or herself in serious harm’s Tasers aren’t used prematurely way. Tasers are invaluable in or improperly. these cases, because unlike guns, — Journal Editorial Board they’re not designed to be lethal.
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Editorials — The Journal’s Perspective
Skinny love It’s time we had a chat about the hypocrisy afoot in weight discourse. I recently saw an online meme circulating that read, “Real men like meat, leave the bones to the dogs” in reference to women’s weight. Such a brief statement managed to not only objectify women as mere meat and bones, but to also reduce men to animalistic consumers. But what was particularly troubling was the number of comments, shares and likes that were supporting the image. Even outside the context of weight, it’s never acceptable to elevate one group through the debasement of another. But this meme in particular attests to a practice that’s fairly common now and that often goes unnoticed: skinny-shaming. Many strides have been made to counter “fat-shaming,” but at some point, “skinny-shaming” became acceptable. We see “bony” girls; we make assumptions. We see “meaty” girls; we make assumptions. But the fact is that we don’t know the circumstances of a person’s clothing size. We all know bodies come in different shapes and sizes,
with differing bone structures, and fat and muscle retention — ectomorph, mesomorph, endomorph. Ergo, it’s logically unsound to assume that just because someone is thin that they starve themselves. “Eat, eat, you’re too skinny.” If someone is thin, yelling at them to eat a muffin isn’t helpful. For one thing, it’s their body, and you have no business saying what goes in or out. More importantly, say their weight is due to an eating disorder. Do you really think your damn muffin is going to somehow heal underlying psychological issues? Statements like “real men like meat” all have an underlying assumption: that there’s some sort of a correlation between a woman’s body and how much of a “real” woman she is. But what’s the formula? Is my calculated curvature somehow an indicator of how “real” I am? And what is this level of realness we’re trying to reach? Who’s this original female we’re all measuring ourselves against and trying to simulate? There isn’t one, so whether you’re a woman of bones or a woman of meat is irrelevant. I think the real women are the ones who support each other, instead of shaming each other for natural divergences from man-made conceptions of beauty. It’s time we let go of our fixation on weight, and shift the conversation from assumptions to understanding, so that we can ensure each other’s well-being. Anisa is the Journal’s Editorials Editor. She’s a fourth-year English major.
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Don’t erase history Not everyone should have the right to be forgotten. Earlier this month, the European High Court of Justice ruled that people have the “right to be forgotten”, meaning that under European privacy law, individuals can now request that search engines remove links to information they think is no longer relevant. Search engines are a critical source of information, and removing links in this manner is equivalent to altering and suppressing history. What’s particularly vague about the ruling is how individuals are able and expected to judge what is considered relevant. There’s a conflict between personal and communal relevance; information that an individual considers irrelevant may still be significant to the broader community. There are numerous cases where people have fallen victim to the Internet’s far reach. In cases of slanderous accusations or the unauthorized posting of personal information, it’s well within a person’s right to
have the material in question taken down. Conversely, the actions of Nazi war criminals and child molesters should not be forgotten or hidden. But few cases are so clear-cut. This ambiguity in deciding what is relevant makes the High Court’s ruling a dangerous, slippery slope. It’s unclear where the line should be drawn. Though there are currently just a few requests to remove information, it won’t be long before Google and other search engines receive thousands. This will be a logistical nightmare: addressing each request on a case-by-case basis won’t be viable, and an automated system would be ineffective in ensuring the correct decisions are made. People make mistakes and grow from them; in some cases, they do deserve second chances. While society needs to be more forgiving of blunders of past decades, erasing history each time isn’t the solution.
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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014
CrossFit Tricolour was shut down by the university administration. The problems, however, are much deeper rooted, and have left me concerned with the University’s future as a leading innovative institution. Queen’s students have historically been responsible for many aspects of university life; there were 270 student-run clubs ratified under the AMS in the 2013-14 school year. However, we’re at risk of losing this heritage of strong student leadership if the school’s main focus remains on mitigating legal and reputational risk, under the guise of protecting student safety. It is clear by the demand of students and the attention we have gathered that we were JOURNAL FILE PHOTO fulfilling a vital need within the school. While some clubs clearly as a student-led fitness club in not prepared for the success and the winter of 2012-13, under growth of CrossFit Tricolour. We promote alcohol consumption, the umbrella of Athletics and had over 200 full time members albeit not directly, or other Recreation, as all athletic clubs and $40,000 in revenue generated potentially unsafe activities, such as snowboarding and rock climbing, are. My involvement was limited solely from membership fees. at this point, but founders Storm The athletic department CrossFit Tricolour promoted a Patterson, Callum Owen and Alex provided us with a list of 11 points healthy lifestyle. We offered students an Wilson had begun running CrossFit of compliance that we had to meet workouts in the ARC. if we wanted to continue operations. alternative to high-priced personal By September, I was an assistant We quickly met all points except trainers at the ARC, spending hours coach with CrossFit Tricolour, and one, regarding ownership of our on the treadmill, or no fitness at all. To call CrossFit Tricolour unsafe the club was picking up steam. affiliation with CrossFit, Inc., the Word spread quickly, and before official company that CrossFit is another unfair, uneducated argument. I believe Athletics and we knew it, we were 200-plus Tricolour was organized under. members strong. Athletics and Recreation’s Recreation approved CrossFit The trouble began with policy required that they own Tricolour as a club without a full Athletics and Recreation in the affiliation, while CrossFit, Inc. understanding of what it was. December, when we attempted to required that a certified individual When the club began to increase in acquire insurance for our workout own it. In our case, the official size and popularity, they paid closer equipment — which had either owner was club co-founder attention, and deemed what we were doing as dangerous. been purchased through member Callum Owen. I believe that no one in the fees or supplied by the three On the surface, this and founders — against being damaged safety concerns are the reasons university administration or or stolen. These discussions quickly took a turn in another direction regarding finances, ownership and operations. I feel as though Athletics and Recreation was
OPINIONS — YOUR PERSPECTIVE
CrossFit caught in crossfire
University’s fear of risk-taking forced a thriving club to shut down
SAM EDWARDES, COMM ’15 The conflict that took place between CrossFit Tricolour and Queen’s administration this past year has left me feeling like the University cares more about protecting the status quo than pursuing student-driven innovation and change. After one very successful semester of operations, the University and Queen’s Athletics and Recreation unfortunately decided to put an end to CrossFit Tricolour as a student club. The final word that CrossFit Tricolour would be shut down came in the form of a letter from Caroline Davis, vice-principal of finance and administration, on March 3. CrossFit Tricolour was founded
in Athletics and Recreation was willing to make a decision. Initially, they were afraid to sanction CrossFit Tricolour, because if there was a serious injury, it would come back to them. For a time, they were afraid to shut the club down because it was clearly demanded and enjoyed by students. It’s not the safety or well-being of its students that the University cares about anymore. Instead, the University cares about protecting its reputation and retaining tight control over everything under its umbrella. All the pieces were in place for CrossFit Tricolour to operate successfully within Queen’s. Facilities, volunteers, members and funding were all available, but to protect itself against the unknown, the university administration deemed it best to no longer allow a CrossFit club on campus. Fortunately for us, the administration’s failure has resulted in a positive outcome. In our short time as an official club, we’ve built a strong community that will now continue on without the school’s support. CrossFit Tricolour is moving to a location at Queen and Clergy Streets, where we’ll be opening our program to Queen’s students and the Kingston community. We plan to be fully operational by June 1. Hopefully, there is still time for change. There has to be, or the University will soon recognize, as its reputation begins to slip, that risk taking and innovation are the lifeblood of any leading institution. Sam Edwardes is an assistant coach at CrossFit Tricolour.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR HUDAK WILL HURT AFFORDABLE EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS
When I first decided to pursue my degree at Queen’s University, I knew it would be an expensive endeavor. But, I also knew that I could trust the government to guarantee my four years were both affordable and high-quality. That’s why this election, I’m paying attention to the party that cares most about my education. The Ontario Liberals are the only provincial party who have demonstrated year-after-year commitment to university and college students, particularly through the creation of the 30
percent off tuition grant. This investment made university and college tuition more affordable for low- and middle-class families. That’s why I was so alarmed when I heard that Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is CrossFit Tricolour co-founders Storm Patterson (left) and Callum Owen. promising to cancel the grant if he becomes Premier. I would expect Mr. Hudak What’s just as bad is that leadership and commitment to be focusing on ways to make Andrea Horwath’s NDP has no — only the Ontario Liberal Party sure students have more access plan for postsecondary education. has proven to care about students’ to a postsecondary education, While investments in college futures, and building an accessible not less. Moreover, Mr. Hudak’s and university have proven to and affordable postsecondary PC’s will tie financial assistance to promote a fairer, more equitable education system. individual university and college society, the NDP have essentially The Ontario Liberals are the marks — a terrible policy idea that ignored postsecondary education only party that can be trusted introduces perverse incentives to throughout the past decade. to preserve and expand our student success. Students expect provincial postsecondary education system,
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so that any student is guaranteed an affordable and high-quality education. Everything that’s been done for students so far Tim Hudak and Andrea Horwath will put at risk. Olivia Pineau, ArtSci’15
... around campus PHOTOS BY OLIVIA BOWDEN
Who are you planning to vote for in the upcoming election?
“At the moment I’m trying to educate myself to have a more informed vote.” ALLY RENEAU, MSC ’15
“I just moved here so I didn’t know there was an election.” EUNICE KIM, ARTSCI ’17
“I will vote for the one who lies the least.” MITCH MULLINGS, BED ’14
“I’ve met Robert Kiley and Sophie Kiwala, but I want to keep doing my research.” HEATHER EVANS, COMM ’16
“I’ll vote for the person with the most integrity.” HASSAN ABDUL, ARTSCI ’15
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Cody Allen goes solo North Bay native musician takes his act across Ontario B y K ashmala O mar Assistant Arts Editor Growing up in a small town didn’t stop folk-rock singer Cody Allen from pursuing his dreams of making a name for himself in the music world. “I think with anybody that comes from a small town and tries to get the courage to leave, when you go to university or leave for a job opportunity, anything like that, you realize that there’s a lot more in the world than the place you were raised,” he said. The singer grew up in the small city of North Bay in Ontario — not exactly a place known for putting
people on the map. Allen started singing and playing guitar when he was 18, and after that he knew it was what he wanted to do in life, despite the lack of opportunities where he lived. He spoke about the misfortune of many musicians trying to make it with music in a small town. “The biggest worry of mine for up-and-coming musicians coming from small towns,” he said, “is that if nothing happens for them, or if people don’t go to their shows, they give up, and that’s the end of their career.” Allen moved to Ottawa three years ago at the time of his third album release All Is Not Lost.
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Prior to that, he released two more albums before sparking the attention of French producer Shawn Sasyniuk. Moving to Ottawa, for Cody, was a strategic decision. “I wouldn’t move to a place like Toronto. It’s always saturated with music and you’re not seen,” the singer said. “I wanted to go to a big enough city where I’d at least have a chance to make a name for myself.” Allen is currently working on the release of his fourth EP, Ignite. His music, evident through comparison of his albums, is dynamic. His sound has changed along with his life, and everything going on in it. He confided in me that the new record would be different from the last, which had been darker than previous ones, as he wrote it from a deeper place while in his hometown.
Cody Allen shows no signs of slowing down as he navigates the Canadian music scene.
“The new record is all about having perseverance and not letting anything get in your way,” Allen said. He vowed to himself that the new album would be more positive and relate to everyone who wanted to achieve their goals, no matter how big they may be. Despite his boldness and musical versatility, Allen is a singer that sticks to his guns when it comes to being true to himself and what he believes in. “I’ve always been told to take singing lessons, so that my voice stays the same throughout every song,” he said. “I say, well, that’s
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changing what I feel and how I’m delivering [the song]. That’s why I’ve stuck to my guns, and maybe I’ve missed opportunities, but that’s fine with me.” At 29 years old, the singer shows no signs of slowing down doing what he loves, and has little trouble remaining humble while doing so. “I’m pretty laid-back. I’m the guy that goes out drinking with his buddies,” he said. “With me, what you see is what you get.” Cody Allen will be performing at The Mansion on May 28.
Bader family gives generous gift to AEAC
Agnes Etherington Art Centre in the heart of campus.
Art outside the gallery Local artist challenges viewers with this unique exhibition B y O livia L oncar -B artolini Arts Editor
A self-portrait by Willem Drost circa 1655.
B y O livia L oncar -B artolini Arts Editor Last month, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre received a donation of 68 paintings by Dutch and Flemish Baroque artists, such as Abraham van Dijck and Willem Drost. All of the paintings stem from the personal collection of Alfred and Isabel Bader. The centre, located on the corner of University Ave. and Bader Lane, currently houses a total of 15,000 paintings and artifacts. Alfred and Isabel, who are both graduates and benefactors of Queen’s, have donated a total of 130 works of art to Queen’s University since 1967. Alfred Bader started collecting art with a specific concentration on the Flemish Baroque in 1951. The paintings that were donated
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span from 1610-1710 and represent the work of 49 different artists. The most notable of the bunch is a self-portrait by Willem Drost, a student of the iconic master Rembrandt himself. Also included in the donation is the richly textured work of Jan Lievens, two biblical works by Aert de Gelder, a single work by master Hendrick ter Brugghen and a portrait by the revered Jacobus Leveck. “We are thrilled to receive this transformative gift, and honoured to be entrusted by the Baders with its care and interpretation,” Jan Allen, director of the Art Centre, said in a press release. “As visitors will discover, the quality of the works is truly outstanding. We are very excited to have the opportunity to work
Visual artist Ben Darrah’s work has been displayed at venues across North America and Europe. However, for his most recent project the Kingston native decided to stick to his hometown streets. Darrah’s series Accidental Landscape is currently displayed outdoors across Kingston as part of the Kingston Temporary Public Art Project, which aims to give exposure to local artists by having them display non-permanent artwork in a public space. Darrah’s participation in the project shows his ability to simultaneously challenge and convey new ideas as an artist. Accidental Landscape consists of 10 landscapes painted with acrylic on wood panels. Combining both impressionistic and modernistic qualities, Darrah’s technique emphasizes the natural scenery of each landscape. The 10 parts of the series range in setting, beginning with an
autumnal landscape accented with orange trees and venturing off into summerlike landscape dominated by rolling hills and valleys. A vivid landscape of Alberta’s Three Sisters Mountain in autumn is also featured as part of the series. After completing each piece, Darrah installed them at various public outdoor locations across the city — including the Cataraqui Centre, on Princess St. and at the corner of University and Union. The landscapes were mounted onto trees and posts at each location, where passersby could easily engage with each work. Since most of his previous work was restricted in setting to galleries, Darrah’s participation in the project shows a break from his traditional realm of artistic tendencies. The landscapes encourage us to consider how the way we traditionally engage with art may limit our perspectives of it. The project, first erected in January, has taken its fair share of beatings from local weather conditions. The pieces have
since become tarnished and slightly damaged, and one of his landscapes, entitled Fall, was stolen from its spot. It can be assumed that if a painting were in a gallery, it would’ve never been touched. This series provided an interesting gateway between the way we are normally taught to view art in a gallery and less mainstream ways art can be viewed, such as outdoors. Darrah’s project allows the viewer to interact with each piece in a more authentic manner, given the location of his work. The public setting of Darrah’s project may entirely change the way we feel we are able to interact with art in general. If there is no separation between the viewer and the art, why not steal it? For art to be powerful it must always have not just aesthetic appeal but also a strong intention. In many ways Ben Darrah’s Accidental Landscape series was not only an art project but also part of a masterfully conducted social experiment.
with such an amazing collection, and eager to share it with our immediate community and with students, researchers and audiences around the globe.” Some staple elements of the Dutch Baroque include the use of rich earth tones, a concentration on detail and texture, a fascination with self-portraiture and the
depiction of common objects. The paintings were donated to provide students with an insight into the style and workmanship that characterized that period in art history. “The Baders’ most recent gift adds another chapter to their long and enduring legacy at Queen’s,” said Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf.
“This spectacular gift of paintings places the Agnes Etherington Art Centre among the leading university art galleries in Canada with one of the largest collections of European art in the country.” The exhibition will carry on until June 1.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Hollerado impresses with White Paint Up-and-coming Canadian band hits the mark with their second studio album, released early last year B y K ashmala O mar Assistant Arts Editor It’s not surprising that Canadian band Hollerado has risen to fame over the last few years. The indie-rock group’s second album, White Paint, was released in early 2013. They formed in 2007. A couple of years later, they won a battle of the bands competition hosted by an Ottawa radio station and received a huge cash prize that helped them start touring and covered their equipment expenses. Hollerado performed at The Mansion on May 9. Having just discovered the band after hearing mostly good things about them, I was excited to see what White Paint had in store. It’s safe to say that the album isn’t disappointing. The band has a distinct, pop-punk sound that the album encapsulates well. Even though that’s their main sound, they aren’t afraid to take musical risks. I heard this in the explosive opening track “Wonder, Velocity, Charlie
and Me,” where the band starts off the record with a mellow but increasingly intense sound, both lyrically and musically. It definitely isn’t as “punk” as some of the other songs on the album, but it sets the tone for the rest of the album and does a good job of showing the band’s diversity. Hollerado consists of four members: lead singer and guitarist Menno Versteeg, bassist Dean Baxter, lead guitarist Nixon Boyd and drummer Jake Boyd. Originating from Ontario, the band began recording in Montreal where they gained recognition as one of the city’s up-and-coming bands. The band’s road to success started off shortly after they formed and were able to tour. They’ve opened for The Stills and Billy Talent, among other impressive bands, and have toured in China. In 2011, Hollerado was nominated for the “Best New Group” award at the Juno Awards. The next track on the record, “Don’t Think,” gives the punk
sound that I think the band strives for in the whole album. Even though the song is erratic at points, the guitar and drum solos match perfectly with Versteeg’s vocals to emphasize the band’s rock sound. My favourite track on the album, “Lonesome George” kills two birds with one stone. It displays Hollerado’s ability to stray from their core sound and still do well, and also proves that the band’s strength lies within their consistently impressive lyrics. The fact that the relaxed tune was written about a magnificent old tortoise that died last June doesn’t hurt either. You can tell that the band has grown enormously when you compare their latest album to the 2009 album, Record In A Bag. That album is consistent, but has a pop sound that has infinitely lessened in their new album to make way for a fresher punk/ rock tone. White Paint is polished and shows the use of impeccable
Hollerado during a live performance.
song-writing, producing innovative and thought-provoking lyrics. The whole album has a distinctive, cool tone to it that’s reminiscent of The Clash and their singular work. Other notable songs on the album like “So It Goes” and “I Want My Medicine” reflect this, as they both have an old-school feel
to them. To me, it makes sense that the band gained recognition so quickly. White Paint is filled with both punk-rock and mellow tunes that make it easy to understand why Hollerado is one of Canada’s most unique bands to date.
H’Art exhibition shows a lot of heart Centre for adults with intellectual disabilities uses paint to relay personal experiences with stereotypes B y L auren L uchenski Contibutor Fine art and fine dining unite to create an unforgettable exhibition in downtown Kingston. This month, Windmills fine dining restaurant, located in downtown Kingston, and H’Art Centre arts school for adults with intellectual disabilities collaborated and put together a truly moving exhibit. The exhibit, I Say I Am, consists of colourful acrylic paintings by the school’s artists and is on display at Windmills from May 4 to 31. H’Art Centre is a non-profit,
charitable organization striving to assist intellectually disabled adults to experience their full potential through education and art. H’Art students were introduced to general stereotypes as well as exposed to stereotypes of themselves through their media class. The experience is what inspired the exhibit’s theme. “It is called I Say I Am because they wanted to say who they are as opposed to other people saying who they are,” said H’Art visual arts director, Diane Kearnan. The theme’s goal was to give the artists a chance to express
Windmills Cafe in downtown Kingston is hosting the event until May 31.
themselves and their capabilities regardless of the stereotypes made about them. From September to December, the H’Art artists studied the post-impressionistic styles of artists Emily Carr and Vincent van Gogh, as well as the impressionistic work of Mary Cassatt. The exhibit included pastiches of these artists as well as original artwork inspired by the H’Art artist’s personal experiences. Kirsten Smith, a H’Art artist, uses her own experiences as inspiration for her art. “I made that picture of a friend
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and I at church because I wanted to sing for my father before he died,” she said regarding her work. Her piece, an acrylic painting, was filled with jewel tones and bright impactful colours. The painting gave off a carefree and cheerful appearance. The effort Smith put into creating it was evident to the viewer. Jenna Gregg, another H’Art artist, projected her unique experiences and imagination on canvas through her painting Torch Run. “It’s for the Special Olympics and running with the torch. I held the torch at the opening and closing ceremonies in Kingston. It was a big honour,” Gregg said. The pride and joy that Gregg put into this painting could be seen through the exciting brushwork and heavy application of paint. Her work conveyed a strong sense of purpose through its straightforward and dynamic style. Windmills is known for their local food menu as well as their display of local artwork. They have been hosting H’art’s exhibit annually for the past three years. “It puts an automatic smile on people’s faces. It’s a good-feel art display and it’s one that we’ve been having here more years than I can remember and I’ve been here for 17 years,” said Windmills general manager Denise Moore. Most pieces of this year’s exhibit have sold since it opened two weeks ago, a sign of its success, Moore said. Viewers acknowledge the exhibit’s themes of rejecting stereotypes about the disabled community with compassion. “It makes viewers more respectful and appreciative of what goes into
this,” she said, adding that the experience of viewing people’s reactions to the H’Art artists work is rewarding. “It’s like looking at people who just won the Olympics, scored As on a test or just graduated university… it’s the same excitement and being proud that their work is on the walls,” Moore said.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Literary icon leaves legacy Writers recite Famed author and activist Farley Mowat dies at 92 years old poetic connection
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Canadian author, environmentalist, and activist Farley Mowat passed away on May 6 at the age of 92. The famed author was born in Belleville, Ont. in 1921 and grew up in the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill, later moving to Saskatoon. Later in his life, Mowat served in World War II, after which he studied biology at the University of Toronto. Many of the author’s acclaimed works were inspired by his experiences travelling to Northern Canada. His first book, People of the Deer, written in 1952, was based on Mowat’s outraged views
Mowat’s famous book Never Cry Wolf
on the treatment of the Inuit residing in Northern Canada. The book became popular, turning Mowat into a controversial figure, as he wrote about circumstances that normally might have been overlooked at that time in Canada. The author went on to write about a variety of circumstances in Northern Canada. He was versatile, writing adventure stories, as well as stories of then-unexplored parts of the Northern Canadian culture. Despite the controversy that the author’s writings caused, he wrote as he knew how to and stayed true to what he believed in. He was a huge advocate for the maintenance of Canadian wilderness and an activist for animal rights, and this
showed through his books, like the work Never Cry Wolf. Mowat was known for straddling the line between fact and fiction, and this was the cause of many criticisms towards him. “My métier lay somewhere in between what was then a grey void between fact and fiction,” Mowat once said in an interview. It’s clear the author didn’t ever feel the need to sugar-coat the many basic truths of life to people in those days. It’s part of the reason as to why he is held as one of the more complex Canadian authors. Although the author was seen to have stretched the truth in many of his works, that was what made them exciting and it made people listen to what he was actually trying to say. If he hadn’t stretched the truth at times or added elements of fiction to make things more exciting, would people have even cared at all? The answer isn’t black and white. Mowat knew what he wanted to do with his writing: get the message across, and that was what happened. People got the message, and whether they interpreted it positively or negatively wasn’t of Mowat’s concern. Mowat wrote over two dozen books before he passed. He was also the recipient of over 10 awards and honours, the most notable being the award for best short story for his piece Eskimo Spring, and the Author’s Award for Sea of Slaughter in 1985, among others. The acclaimed author changed Canadian writing through his unique approach to writing and his adamant views on environmental, animal, and human rights issues. Although Mowat’s life has ended, the author’s legacy will carry on and continue to impact the lives of aspiring authors everywhere.
Creative spirits converge for a poetry reading at Kingston Frontenac Public Library B y F ilza N aveed Staff Writer
“Whatever sounds we surround ourselves with get absorbed in the way we hear things, and unconsciously influence us,” she said. Her poem “Pianists at Night” seemed to reflect her musical soul. She delivered it with a slow, deep rhythm that left the audience in a state of deep reflection. It was the most captivating out of all her pieces. Pare’s poetry, from her second poetry collection, Lake of Two Mountains, offered the audience a chance to reflect on their relationship with the environment. Most of her poetry focused on the relationship between humanity and nature. She frequently drew similarities between the intricate nature of humanity and lakes, which share complex paths of connection between each other. The evening ended with the award winning poet Munro’s spiritually evocative and hauntingly sensational poems from her latest book, Blue Sonoma. Inspired by Taoist poetry, Munro’s work resonated with wisdom and pathos. Drawing from her late husband’s first-hand battle with dementia, Munro considers the illness as a means to explore the complexity of human relationships. “Creative talent is like a volcanic island,” Munro said during a question period “There is lava in the core that comes out when you try to express it, and then it develops a form, and maybe you can plant a garden in it as it takes its shape.”
All art is deeply intertwined, and if we attempt to absorb it, we can be inspired in a multitude of ways. That is the advice Canadian poet Karen Enns offered to the budding artists, writers and poets in attendance at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library’s poetry reading event held at 7 p.m. on May 12. The evening was filled with thought-provoking readings presented by renowned Canadian poets Joanna Lilley, Jane Munro, Arleen Pare and Karen Enns, as part of the Kingston leg of Brick Books’ 2014 cross-Canada spring author tour. The tour travels across Canada, with stops at major cities like Vancouver, Winnipeg and Toronto, as well as Kingston. Hosted by the Kingston Frontenac Public Library’s Writer in Residence, Patricia Robertson, the event kicked off with Yukon-based, UK-born Joanna Lilley’s poetry collection from her latest book, The Fleece Era, during which Lilley offered the audience samples of some of her best poems. “The Fleece Era” was inspired by how I first saw the material fleece in the 90s, and it struck me as to how it’s so delicate, and so much softer than a sweater,” Lilley said. As a resident of Yukon, she was fascinated by its wilderness. Most of her poems reflect her ardent love for nature and her personal relationship to the environment surrounding her, she said. Her most personal poems resonated with themes of grief, simplicity, relationships and the environment. “The Scientist” stuck out as one of her most intimate pieces filled with passion as well as simplicity. Her delivery left the audience in awe of her breathtaking work. Enns, who is also a classical pianist, was the second poet to entertain the audience for the evening. Her style of delivery was the most impactful; her way of reciting poetry reflected her musical personality. When asked whether her music unconsciously influences her poetry, Enns said it did — most of her time is spent working with music, PHOTO BY ALEX PICKERING performing it and listening to it. KFPL’s entrance.
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A call up to the pros
Summer camp kicks off for four Gaels snagged by CFL clubs B y B rent M oore Assistant Sports Editor
after the Gaels’ Yates Cup loss to Western last fall. His training focused on A year after no Queen’s players events tracked at the annual were taken in the CFL Draft, four CFL combine — held in late Gaels are on their way to the March — as opposed to coverage drills and position-specific scenarios. big show. Lue’s efforts were evident, as Receiver Scott Macdonell, defensive lineman Derek Wiggan he registered the highest broad and defensive backs Andrew Lue jump, the fourth-fastest cone drill and Matt Webster were all drafted and the fifth-highest vertical leap at on May 13 and will report to their 36.5 inches. The lead-up to the draft respective professional training included filming a promo video for camps in the coming weeks. The quartet of selections marks the league’s website and meeting a large turnaround, after the 2013 with the coaching staff from every draft snapped a seven-year stretch CFL team. “It’s essentially a job interview,” in which at least one Queen’s product had been taken each year. Lue said. “It was very humbling Lue was the first Gael off the to be surrounded by that level of board this year, when the Montreal coaching staff.” With Alouettes training camp Alouettes chose him with the 10th overall pick. The four-year set to begin this week, Lue has to starter at cornerback said he began mature from student-athlete to pro preparing for the draft immediately athlete as quickly as possible.
“Approaching it as a professional is going to be a big change. Getting my head in the playbook and getting healthy are going to be big things,” he said. Although there hasn’t yet been much time for reflection, Lue is thankful for his time in Kingston. “Thanks to Queen’s coaching staff, athletic staff and fans,” he said. “I’m sad that it’s over but glad to be starting a new chapter.” Three picks after Lue, Macdonell was snagged by the expansion Ottawa RedBlacks. The receiver registered four touchdowns and 441 yards on 40 receptions during a breakout 2013 season. Wiggan was selected by the Calgary Stampeders in the fourth round, 34th overall. A three-time OUA All-Star, Wiggan recorded four sacks, 19 tackles and two forced fumbles in his fourth year with the Gaels. Wiggan’s combine strategy was to demonstrate his football prowess as opposed to his physical attributes. “I can pick up schemes quickly and I’m focused in the film room,”
Andrew Lue was taken 10th overall by the Montreal Alouettes in this month’s CFL Draft.
he said. Going into summer camp, Wiggan will be limited to special teams play, a role he intends to excel in. “I’ve got to kill special teams, every rep,” he said. “Show the coaches I’m competitive and get
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things quickly.” Wiggan was in Kingston for the draft along with several other Gaels. Back home in Scarborough, his mother and father were watching closely. “Parents are pretty excited,” he See Two on page 15
From Regina to LA Julie Stewart-Binks continues her rapid ascent in broadcasting B y S ean S utherland Sports Editor
Scott Macdonell joins the Ottawa RedBlacks after hauling in four touchdowns for the Gaels last season.
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working at CTV Regina at the broadcasting career began. time and pitched a piece on Studying physical education Saskatchewan native Ryan and drama at Queen’s, It was while covering the 2012 Murray’s experience during draft Stewart-Binks, PheKin ’09, served NHL Draft that Julie Stewart-Binks week. After she finished the story, as a reporter and sports anchor sparked her move to Fox Sports 1. Murray’s agent Rick Valette talked for QTV and dabbled in other The Queen’s graduate was to his agency about the possibility forms of journalism. She said the time she spent at Queen’s played of representing her. Stewart-Binks signed with the a major role in developing her as agency, which also represents a broadcaster. “It helped me so much in that I several well-known athletes and media personalities. Since was able to make demo tapes when then, she’s covered a host I was younger,” she said. “[I was] of high-profile sporting able to try different things, when events, including the Stanley obviously in my career right now Cup playoffs and the and even one or two or three years Sochi Olympics. ago, you don’t have that luxury of It’s all part of a quick rise from being a bit risky with things [and] February 2011, under a banner student broadcaster to working trying something new.” that reads: “The endeavours of an for a national network in the US. Since graduating in 2009, elite cross country mountain bike Only five years ago, Stewart-Binks Stewart-Binks has traversed the racer and brain injury survivor.” was wrapping up her time with world and worked for several He currently competes outside Queen’s TV, the place where her See Major on page 14 of Queen’s in the ‘elite’ category for provincial and national mountain bike races — the most competitive of four classes. His offseason goal was to be ranked in the top 10 at the Ontario Cup elite level by the end of the summer, but thanks to training with Queen’s this past season, he may be faster than anticipated. At the Scott Ontario Cup event in Uxbridge earlier this month, he placed 21st in a division populated by professionals and out-of-province competitors. Coming up as a mountain biker, Fruetel had never competed in road events before training with Queen’s. While he’s enjoyed his time road biking, the new style hasn’t usurped his love for Supplied mountain riding. Since leaving Queen’s five years ago, Julie Stewart-Binks has covered
Cyclist back on track Mountain biker uses Queen’s training to aim for fastest season B y B rent M oore Assistant Sports Editor
he said. With support from his family, Fruetel is recovering — he finished Five years ago, a brain injury nearly his degree at Guelph last spring, derailed Chris Fruetel’s academic began his Master’s in chemical engineering at Queen’s in January, and athletic goals. In 2009, Fruetel was a raced with the Queen’s cycling competitive mountain bike racer team and has again set his sights on studying environmental science competitive mountain bike racing. It’s his experience with the at the University of Guelph. That September, he was hospitalized cycling team that has given his following an assault in which he training a recent boost, and leaves was thrown over a railing, fell him poised for potentially his most more than three metres and landed successful summer of competition. The injury kept Fruetel off on his head. Fruetel remained in critical his bike for a year and out of condition for two weeks. His competition for an additional six assailant, then a member of months. His first post-injury race Guelph’s varsity football team, was took place in February 2011 in later sentenced to four-and-a-half Georgia, as part of an eight-day years in prison. bike trip. Initially, doctors were skeptical Fruetel reached out for financial of his recovery, and Fruetel support on Facebook to help struggled with assignments after finance the trip. Several friends returning to school. came forward, all insisting he track “Following the hospital, I had his progress on a blog. Fruetel did just that. He’s posted to lay low at my mom’s place and live quietly for a couple months,” regularly since starting the blog in
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Too late for change New CIS title structure should’ve already existed
B y S ean S utherland Sports Editor Starting this year, Ontario hockey programs will be better represented at the national level — a change that should have happened already. Last month, the CIS announced a restructuring of the annual men’s and women’s hockey national championships. Both tournaments have been increased to eight teams from six, and additional automatic berths have been granted to certain conferences. The OUA will now have at least two teams in the women’s tournament every year, up from one in previous seasons. In the men’s championship, the OUA East and West division champions will get automatic berths, with a third being granted on a rotational basis with schools in Western and Atlantic Canada. The changes give Ontario schools a better chance of garnering national recognition, but they’re no consolation to Queen’s. The Gaels women’s hockey team would have been the beneficiary of the additional OUA berth last season. There’s no reason the changes couldn’t have been made before. In comparison to the other conferences, the size of the OUA makes it clear more berths needed to be granted. In men’s hockey, 20 of the 36 CIS programs belong to the OUA — including three Quebec-based schools — while nearly 40 per cent of women’s programs are in the conference. A greater percentage of the overall
teams in the country should merit a greater percentage of teams at nationals. Last season, only the provincial champion Laurier Golden Hawks represented the OUA in the women’s tournament. Since an extra berth was granted to the previous year’s CIS champion, two of the five RSEQ teams qualified for nationals. That shouldn’t have been the case. There’s no RSEQ in men’s hockey, so the eight-team national tournament will see every conference get multiple spots. This change should bring about a larger sense of parity within divisions; the additional recognition of reaching nationals will prove valuable for programs that may not have had the opportunity. Under the previous system, if one team was the dominant presence in their conference, other schools wouldn’t get the chance to build their programs through CIS championship appearances. For example, Laurier has captured 9 of the last 11 OUA women’s titles, denying other squads the opportunity to benefit from the championship effect and enhanced national profile. Due in part to this, parity isn’t completely obtainable within conferences. Right now, there are still distinctions between OUA teams based on their strength in recent years. Queen’s still lags behind McGill and UQTR on the men’s side, but the Gaels are a provincial force alongside Laurier in the women’s game. Had these structural changes been put in place earlier, there would be less need for major upsets to take place to create better programs. Additional berths to nationals The CIS added two additional teams to both their men’s and women’s Graphic by Michaella Fortune provide experience for players and create hockey national championships. more opportunities for recruits to see schools. While the CIS has improved the state of university hockey, the lack of movement prior to this year has negatively impacted programs in Ontario. It could have been bolstered if these moves were made earlier. Stewart-Binks has spent the last year Continued from page 13 serving as a reporter and anchor for Fox television networks. She received a master’s Sports 1 and hosts the network’s soccer and degree in broadcast journalism from City LA Kings coverage. She’s currently reporting on the NHL’s University in London, England in 2010 before embarking on jobs with CBC, Eastern Conference Finals, sitting in the Cogeco, Fox Soccer Channel and eventually press boxes at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and Montreal’s Bell Centre. CTV Regina. It was while working there last March The coverage has given her a chance to meet that she headed down to Los Angeles to some of the insiders she looks up to and do interviews with several sports networks, considers “gods” of hockey broadcasting. “In Montreal, I got to sit beside all the including Fox Sports. After meeting with executives from the TSN guys in the press box. I was like, ‘this network, Stewart-Binks knew she wanted to is pretty cool,’” she said. “I’ve had so many ‘alright, I don’t know how this happened, but work there. “Fox was the first one I met with and it’s pretty amazing’ moments this year.” One of those moments came in February instantly as soon as I walked in, it was such a positive energy, amazing vibe,” she during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. After said. “I was there for three hours for what Canada’s men’s hockey team captured gold, was supposed to be like a 10-minute quick Stewart-Binks watched the sun set over the interview with the [Fox Sports] president, Black Sea and shine off the cauldron holding the Olympic Flame. Eric Shanks.” “Regardless of what’s going on in your life, The interviews paid off, as she went down to Los Angeles two weeks later for this is so fantastic, it’s bigger than that. To be an audition with Fox. Stewart-Binks beat a part of it, I was like a kid, I was crying,” she out over 200 other applicants to get the job, said. “I can only hope to be part of a rights bringing her over 4,000 km from where her holder someday and cover the Olympics, because that was amazing.” career began.
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SPORTS IN BRIEF Pair of teams announce recruits One team coming off an early playoff exit named their new recruits last month, while a squad that finished one win shy of a title did the same. Men’s volleyball added outside hitters Ben Harper and Dylan Hunt, as well as setter Joraver Sangha. All three have trained with the Ontario provincial program. The trio join a veteran Gaels squad that was eliminated in the opening round of the OUA playoffs last season. Football also declared 11 signees in April, including quarterback Nate Hobbs, one of Canada Football Chat’s top 100 prospects for the year. The signees also included a pair of Kingston area recruits in defensive back Farhan Imtiaz and defensive lineman Jeff Vanderspank. Last season saw the Gaels go
7-1 in the regular season, before falling in the Yates Cup to the Western Mustangs. — Sean Sutherland
Women’s volleyball, men’s rugby coaches step down The men’s rugby and women’s volleyball programs will be under new leadership next season. Men’s rugby head coach Peter Huigenbos announced he’ll be taking a leave of absence for the 2014 season, though he’ll stay on as a performance analyst with Queen’s. His new position is the first of its kind in the OUA. Huigenbos has spent the last 10 seasons at the helm of the Gaels, leading the team to the last two OUA titles and three overall during his tenure at Queen’s. Gary Gilks will take over for Huigenbos, after serving as his
‘Pedal, pedal, pedal’
assistant for the past decade. Gilks also spent time as the Gaels’ interim Continued from page 13 coach in 2011 while Huigenbos was coaching with the Canadian “Road bike is really good training national team. for mountain bike,” he said. “It’s Last month, Joely not the same feeling.” Christian-Macfarlane also stepped Fruetel said there’s a great down after seven seasons in charge moment in mountain bike races of the women’s volleyball program. when competitors are neck and Christian-Macfarlane led the neck that isn’t matched by anything Gaels to the playoffs in all but one in road competition. “When you get a group of four or of her years as head coach, with the highlight being the program’s five guys all ducking and weaving first-ever provincial championship together through the trail, I love that,” he said. during the 2011-12 season. Tactics differ between the two Queen’s named Alberta Pandas assistant coach Michael Ling as styles as well. Mountain bikers deal with varying terrain and must work Christian-Macfarlane’s successor. harder in some sections than in — Sean Sutherland others. On the road, hills and wind are the only things that can slow a OUA changes playoff, racer down. Road races are “more pedal, conference structure pedal, pedal,” Fruetel said.
Men’s basketball will no longer be conference rivals with powerhouse schools Ottawa and Carleton. The OUA announced major changes to both their playoff and divisional set-ups for men’s and women’s basketball at their Annual General Meetings earlier this month. Due to a collarbone injury, he Continued from page 13 Part of the changes was a played in only four regular season divisional re-alignment, with the said. “They’re excited for what’s games this year, but still recorded OUA moving from two divisions 16.5 tackles and two interceptions. to four. Queen’s teams will be coming up next.” One Gael who appeared in early members of the East division, Webster was taken 39th overall by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, draft projections but wasn’t selected alongside Ryerson, Toronto where he’ll join former Gaels was linebacker Sam Sabourin. He and York. standouts Shomari Williams and had been pegged back in the fall as All four teams were members a likely first- or second-round pick, of the East division last season, Rob Bagg. The Calgary native registered but due to concussion issues, he where the Gaels captured the OUA a 4.59-second run in the decided to end his football career East title on the women’s side. The 40-yard dash at the Toronto with the Gaels. men’s team placed sixth, finishing regional combine. behind both Ryerson and York.
Two gone in top 13
Additionally, the number of regular season games has been cut. In previous years, schools played 22-game seasons, but starting next year, teams in the East will play just 19. The new playoff system will see a March Madness-style bracket being used to determine the OUA champion. The top three teams in each division will make the playoffs, where they’ll be ranked based on results against other playoff teams. The top four teams in the conference will receive a bye to the OUA quarter-finals, before taking part in a Final Four hosted by the highest remaining seed to determine the provincial title.
Fruetel’s recovery continues, and as he works on his goals of finishing his second degree and cracking the province’s top 10, he has a chance to spark interest in others. Fruetel said his passion for bike racing is something he wants to share, adding that he enjoys doing clinics with children. “Take-home message is get out there and have fun,” he said. “If I can motivate anyone to try new things, that’s what I’m all about.”
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Chris Fruetel’s — Sean Sutherland blog tracks his return to bike racing.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
No makeup, no problem? #NoMakeupSelfie strays far from breast cancer awareness roots, evolves into narcissistic online fad B y A nisa R awhani Editorials Editor When I first heard the #NoMakeupSelfie trend was linked to cancer research, I was taken aback. The posts had been flooding my Facebook feed for months, but I’d never seen a connection made between the two. The trend started back in March, when author Laura Lippman tweeted a photo of herself without makeup. The tweet read, “No makeup, kind lighting. #itsokkimnovak” and was in support of Kim Novak, an actress who had been the target of criticism for her appearance at the Oscars. What proceeded was a flood of women posting photos of themselves with no makeup all over social media. Cancer Research U.K., catching wind of the trend, created a campaign where they encouraged women to donate money in conjunction with their no makeup selfies. In two days, the trend helped raise £2 million. Unfortunately, the campaign rapidly digressed. #NoMakeupSelfie posts went from being linked to cancer research donations, to cancer awareness, to losing the cancer tie almost entirely. Soon the majority of women using the hashtag were simply posting selfies without makeup and “nominating” friends to do the same. The campaign has been widely criticized as narcissistic. An article in the Globe and Mail told women
to put their faces back on, while an article in Time magazine told readers to drop their smartphones and just donate. However, whether the posts are for egotistical reasons or not, Cancer Research U.K.’s acquisition of the trend was brilliant. They appealed directly to the vanity of social media and the desire to publically appear charitable. Unfortunately, what that means is the trend became like many other social media causes. Instead of donating or being directly active in a cause, users can simulate being a part of a movement by simply pressing a “like” button or posting a status update. Cancer awareness campaigns are invaluable in educating populations on the risks and signs of cancer. But the way the #NoMakeupSelfie trend is going, it’s doing little to nothing for cancer awareness. Potential vanity or attention-seeking aside, the “nominations” are an issue. At times the nominations seem innocent enough, with friends telling each other that they are The #NoMakeupSelfie craze is often considered a platform for discussion of self-esteem issues. Photo by chloe Sobel just as beautiful with or without makeup. Unfortunately, it’s these nominations. Are we trying shave your head alongside them potentially facing death? Are we making public what should be to boost our friend’s confidence? then there is a direct correlation saying that they aren’t as beautiful private. Encouraging a friend to Because if a friend is wearing between action and support. But as they once were so we need donate to cancer research or to makeup due to insecurities, forcing how does posting a selfie on a social to make ourselves look worse be confident in their appearance them to post one no makeup network — that mostly only friends in support? Whether you post a selfie or not is fundamentally a private matter. selfie isn’t going to help with any and followers see — help reach out is your choice. But at the end of Calling someone out in public underlying issues or cause some to cancer patients? Also, what sort of message are the day, we need to be questioning for wearing makeup, asking them sort of epiphany where they stop we trying to send out to cancer these trends that come across to expose themselves via selfie wearing makeup altogether. No makeup selfies posted in patients? Are we trying to say that our newsfeed, instead of simply or to be publicly charitable is support of cancer patients are an we’re being brave in doing this following along. not helpful. We need to be thinking about issue in themselves. If a friend action, as if that bravery somehow what we’re trying to achieve with has cancer and you choose to compares to someone who is
Hot summer reads
Seasonal cinema picks
Update your shelf with these recommended reads, featuring Lena Dunham of HBO’s Girls From action-packed blockbusters to rom-coms to indie flicks B y L eigh C ameron Copy Editor Summer provides a glorious time when you aren’t burdened down with five papers due in a week or an ever-increasing reading syllabus that brings tears to your eyes. Here’s a comprehensive list of books you should read this summer, whether you want to experiment a little or just enjoy a light-hearted laugh. Whether you’re spending your summer travelling, working or relaxing at a cottage, these books will provide entertainment during your break. City of Heavenly Fire — Many of us have kept up-to-date with Cassandra Clare’s first series of teen novels, and this summer’s last installment promises a dramatic end of the Shadowhunters. Clary, Jace, and Simon must face Clary’s evil brother in order to save their slowly crumbling world. Although
the audience is mostly adolescent girls, The Mortal Instruments series is one many of us grew up with and is definitely worth finishing, even if it is just to make sure not all series end in a heartbreaking, Divergent-style ending. Not That Kind of Girl — Lena Dunham’s advice book is sure to be full of giggles, chuckles, laughs and more laughs. As the clever creator of HBO’s Girls, Dunham has established herself as a comedic icon when talking about the struggles of people in their 20s. Not That Kind of Girl guarantees more of Dunham’s smart, witty self-reflections about veganism and existentialism that may be more useful and enjoyable to read than patronizing tips coming from dieticians or therapists. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — If you’re looking for a fun, slightly ridiculous read this See Best on page 20
B y L eigh C ameron Copy Editor Superheroes and slightly less original heroes are the keystones of the 2014 summer movie season. Marvel and DC Comics have thrown money into the Captain America, X-Men, and Spiderman superhero films that we have all seen advertised. The slightly less original heroes stem from the movie reboots and book-to-film adaptations we see in 2014, including The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. These films promise lots of action, romance, and ridiculously beautiful actors, but there are some other films worth your while to watch (with an exceptional reboot thrown in). Here’s a list of movies coming out this summer that will make you laugh, cry or
wish Breaking Bad had a sixth season running. Neighbors — If you haven’t seen Neighbors yet, then you’re missing out on a hysterical comedy that will ring a few bells. Zac Efron, a pretty-boy frat leader,
wars with Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, a couple trying desperately to stay youthful with a baby on board, when his fraternity moves in next door. Full of elaborate hijinks and raunchy humour, this comedy will make you wish you lived next door to pranksters like these. Godzilla — For those of you pining for the return of the beloved Heisenberg, the latest attempt at creating a Godzilla film will bring you tidings of joy. The classic Japanese thriller about a gigantic, dinosaur-like monster terrorizing Tokyo has been remade with a stellar cast and excellent visual effects. With a line-up including Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe, this fun sci-fi thriller is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat and hoping Cranston will play another brilliant scientist very soon. See Must-see on page 20
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Instantly famous Exploring both sides of Instagram fame
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B Y C HLOË G RANDE Lifestyle Editor At first, Mike Lindle thought Instagram was pointless. Sixteen months, 10,213 followers and 573 posts later, he has Instagram to thank for his newfound interest in amateur photography. Lindle is what one may call “Instafamous” — a self-made micro-celebrity grouped among the ranks of butt-selfie queen Jen Selter and Mayhem, a fouryear-old who models red carpetinspired paper dresses. Unlike the Kim Kardashians of Instagram, he avoids posting foodporn, selfies or drinking pictures because that’s all he saw the app being used for. Lindle is a fourth-year economics student from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. His Instagram account description, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”, accurately describes his posts, which mainly consist of landscapes and scenery photographs he takes while travelling. He describes his Instagram account as a personal photoblog used to document what he does every day. “Yes, it is a photo journal about the stuff that I do but it’s not about me. It’s about what I’m seeing — inherently about where I am and not who I am,” Lindle said. A quick scroll through his feed, which reveals pictures of
well-known landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial and Sydney Opera house, confirms this claim. Contrary to what the name may suggest, Instafame doesn’t happen instantaneously. In fact, Lindle has the American political drama, House of Cards, to thank for boosting his popularity. He began by taking pictures around Washington in February 2013. “When I started seeing an increase in followers, it was when House of Cards started getting really big. I would hashtag Washington, D.C. … and get a couple followers here and there,” he said. “I just kept rolling with it and posting D.C. photos.” Besides using Instagram to document his experiences, he appreciates the app for its promotional purpose. “I like … having 20,000 eyes, 10,000 people. I’m still trying to figure out what I can do with it,” he said. “I definitely like the ability that is has for the future.” Despite his online success, Lindle is not a fan of the label “Instafamous.” “It’s kind of embarrassing. I kind of wish when I originally set up my account that I made it separate from who I am because the goal is not to market who I am but what I see,” he said. Brittney Yang, another popular Instagram user, expressed similar sentiments as Lindle. She hates being referred to as Instafamous, mostly by friends who tease her
spirit of online social competition, about the title, she said. With a following of over according to Dr. Kane X Faucher, 5,000, Yang, ArtSci ’16, owes assistant professor at Western’s her popularity to the women’s Faculty of Information & Media fashion boutique Aritzia. One Studies (FIMS). He believes of Yang’s photos — tagged Instafame for some involves little #myaritzia when the hashtag was effort beyond the exploitation of trending — was reposted the app’s algorithms. “The nature of increased by the brand’s Instagram account, which boosted fragmentation and alienation ... speaks to an existential crisis her popularity. On one hand, Instagram [where] we stage or showcase connects Yang to countless ourselves online as readily people — both friends and consumable digital objects rather strangers alike. On the flip side, than as dynamic and complex though, she doesn’t see Instafame as human subjects,” Faucher told the Journal via email. anything special. “[Instafame] is yet another form “In the real world, it doesn’t really account for anything valuable,” she of conspicuous, status-chasing said. “I definitely don’t perceive behaviour already prefigured in the myself any differently because works of Veblen.” Like Faucher, Michael Friesen, I have such a large amount FIMS associate professor, sees of followers.” For Jamie Ko, the app problems with Instagram fame. “Social media audiences are serves primarily as a personal notoriously fickle: establishing stress-reliever. “I started just posting food lasting fame over a period of years because I’m so busy during the is going to be incredibly difficult,” school year and food is something Friesen told the Journal via email. that is constantly around me, so it’s “It’s not that Instagram fame is easy for me to take a quick picture good or bad, but rather that it’s guaranteed to be transient, and and post it,” Ko, ArtSci ’16, said. “The main reason that I started unless it’s handled well, it will also using Instagram was to eat healthy be pointless in the larger arc of the food and to follow people who user’s life.” He compares Instagrammers eat healthy.” Her account, which is rapidly to buskers playing music on a accumulating new followers, just street corner. The difference between the two hit the 1,000 mark last month. With a wide array of visually-appealing is that the barriers to entry for foods from colourful smoothies both ‘artist’ and ‘audience’ have been eliminated. with creatively sprinkled toppings “As a result, we can feel a sense to fruit and peanut butter topped rice cakes resembling flowers, her of accomplishment from posting photographs merge the beauty something and an ego boost when of art and culinary creation somebody ‘likes’ it, conveniently forgetting that neither requires into one. There is a common much effort,” Friesen said. He theme among Lindle, Yang added that social media sites like and Ko’s reasons for posting Instagram offer an illusion that we pictures — they do it for themselves, are reaching thousands of people. “Fame acts like a drug because not to accumulate likes or followers. For them, Instagram acts as a it makes us feel good … The tool for creative expression, not more we have, the more we as a narcissistic measurement of want — and a decline in fame is self-worth that most Instafamous genuinely traumatic for those that get hooked.” users are accused of having. Despite the common negative Instagram fame may encourage narcissistic behaviours in the connotation associated with
“Instafame”, Neil Bearse, associate director of marketing at Queen’s School of Business, claims the title should be seen in a positive light. He shares a common viewpoint with Lindle regarding the app’s marketing uses. Brands can learn a lot from what the culture is like on any given social network. “If an individual has a large number of people who are following them or paying attention to what they’re talking about and if that demographic is relevant to a brand, then those people become pretty powerful influencers,” he said. “There’s a lot to be learned from people who’ve figured [Instagram] out in terms of emulating what they do, respecting the culture and using the language to engage people in that area.” Chasing big numbers isn’t what brands should be aiming for, just as wannabe Instafamers shouldn’t focus on gaining followers by using popular hashtags to accumulate likes. Instead, Bearse said high-quality users who put value into a business model should be sought after. “If they’re not engaging with your content, sharing your content, commenting on your content, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “Brands don’t measure the number of followers you have, they’re trying to find an impact on sales [and] impact on revenue.” Will Instagram’s popularity last? Bearse thinks so. The huge insight that allowed them to stand out from websites such as Flickr and Picasa was quick mobile photo sharing. “The fact that they forced Facebook into acquiring them really solidifies their future,” he said. “They were a company that by design was built for the future of photography.” Whether used by individuals sharing their travels or companies engaging with consumers, as long as mobile photo sharing continues to exist, Instafame won’t be going away anytime soon.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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Too close to call Ontario provincial election is an unpredictable race B y C hristopher R adojewski Contributor A long awaited election is in full swing as a premier termed ‘illegitimate’ by some faces a vote of confidence from Ontarians. Current Premier Kathleen Wynne seeks to reinstall the Ontario Liberal Party (OLP) to government on June 12, unless Progressive Conservative (PC) leader Tim Hudak or the New Democratic Party’s (NDP) Andrea Horwath can defeat the Liberals at the polls. During the last Ontario election in 2011, Liberal Dalton McGuinty captured a minority government after two successive majority governments. With his popularity slipping in the polls, and the OLP following as a result, McGuinty resigned and handed the reigns to Wynne, who has held the minority ever since. This transfer of power has garnered
criticism from the Official Opposition under Conservative Hudak, who gives no credence to the current premier since she has not been ratified at the polls. In return for the inclusion of certain budget items, NDP Horwath ensured that Wynne survived her government’s first budget presented last year. However, the NDP has pulled their support over the latest budget. While this was expected, it was not an easy decision for the NDP as the Liberals presented a fairly left-leaning budget that had support from Unifor and the Ontario Federation of Labour. Yet this budget was not defeated on its items alone. It is common for minority governments to fall if parties think they can improve the number of seats they hold in the legislature, which is the NDP’s current strategy. When the election was called, it seemed
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that this was going to be an election of little change. The OLP, PC and NDP were allegedly all going to finish first, second and third. However, the polling data at the start of the campaign showed a close running. Support was not even but fairly spread between all three parties, making predicted seat margins a lot closer. Recent polls have swung violently back and forth between OLP and PC victories. With the large shift in public opinion between polls, it’s clear the result of the election should not be dependent on polls. Éric Grenier of threehundredeight.com, who was able to closely predict the numbers of the Québec election through aggregated polling data, recently commented, “Ontario polls continue to confuse.” Even if poll numbers stabilize closer to the election, there is plenty of time to make mistakes and all leaders have large consequences if they lose. Kathleen Wynne is trying to demonstrate that she has the support of the Ontario public. While she may remain leader if she loses, it’s a bad sign for a party supposedly cleansed of the McGuinty years. A Hudak victory means she would be the fourth female premier to be tossed this year — Christy Clark of British Columbia would be the only other remaining female premier.
Hudak has the most to lose if his party cannot take power. Although popular when first becoming leader in 2009, he was unable to win in 2011. Since then, his personal popularity has slipped considerably and just nine months ago some members of the PC wanted a leadership review. A 2014 loss for the PC means a change of leadership. Under Andrea Horwath, the NDP gained 17 seats from 10 in the 2011 election, and now currently hold 21. For the most part polls have predicted the same or an increase in seats this election. In my opinion, Northern Ontario could be swept orange with a strong push. With the exception of Sault Ste. Marie, the three non-NDP ridings were very near misses in 2011. However, some of Horwath’s decisions in office have bothered an old NDP base. If her balancing act between maintaining the NDP’s historical left base and courting the political centre does not produce results, she may see her support as leader begin to slip. While the importance of voting is touted every election, the approaching one will come down to those who do go out. With the vote close in many ridings, victory will come down to those parties which can best mobilize their base to make the difference at the ballot box.
The Fault in Our Stars author and the almighty Internet B y Z oe K elsey Contributor As a rule, authors whose books become movies (who aren’t J.K. Rowling), do not become superstars. Nor do they receive spots on Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list, go on a multi-city tour in promotion of their film, or have Beatlemania-esque screaming fans. John Green, in lieu of the film adaptation of his best-selling book The Fault in Our Stars, has proved to be the exception to this rule. The public eye is not a new concept to the 36-year-old father of two. His other novels, An Abundance of Katherines, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns (which is now in the early stages of becoming a film) were met with great success and praise on the young adult literary circuit. But his most ardent followers have sprung up around his online presence as one half of the YouTube-vlogging duo, the vlogbrothers. John and his brother Hank began making YouTube videos in 2007, inspired by the vlogging styles of early Youtube successes zefrank and lonelygirl15. Since then, the brothers have produced hundreds of four-minute or less videos that are educational, comedic, musical or philanthropic. They’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for a different charity through their campaign “The Project for Awesome.” But the most remarkable element of the vlogbrothers is the fan community, composed of “nerdfighters”, that has grown around them. Nerdfighter values include thoughtfulness, enthusiasm, unapologetic nerdiness and, for many, a love of reading. The vlogbrother’s encouragements to viewers to read anything and everything, including Green’s work, has bolstered the success and popularity of his novels. From the very beginning, The Fault in Our Stars has been a book engaging with readers through the Internet. Two months before the book came out, Green read the first chapter in a YouTube video. Shortly after, the first 150,000 copies of the novel released were each hand-signed by Green, who documented the process on YouTube. Readers who received signed copies could in return post pictures of themselves holding their signed hardcover copy of Green’s novel on Twitter or Tumblr. Those same fans later posted video reactions about the news that the book was going to be made into a film. Green
The Fault in Our Stars author John Green.
simultaneously posted videos about the film-making process and Instagrammed from on the set. With Green’s following came a built-in buzz for the film, which is visible in the mile-long lineups for early film screenings. All of this, however, is not to minimize the strength of the book itself. The Fault in Our Stars is a beautifully composed tale of youth, illness, love and friendship. It follows the precocious 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster, played by rising star Shailene Woodley in the film, who attends a cancer support group whilst battling the disease. There she meets the charming and swoon-worthy Augustus Waters, played by Ansel Egort, whose cancer is in remission after having had his leg amputated. Their story is profound and moving, and meticulously crafted by Green. It’s extremely quotable — it feels as if every eight sentences or so could be plucked out and made into a Pinterest poster. And in many cases, it has. The Internet is the perfect platform for fans to share their creativity and, in doing so, generate more and more hype around the film. It’s a genius marketing strategy that perfectly utilizes the monetary potential of the Internet. The film’s inevitable success will prove the enormous power of the Internet and will solidify the inclusion of online fan engagement in the film industry. In the meantime, Green will continue to collect Twitter followers and fame as the Internet integrates itself further into the mainstream.
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Local baristas reveal most complicated drink orders to make
Coffee & Co’s whipped cream-topped, chocolate drizzled “Mocha Eruption” drink.
B y C laudia Tsang Contributor Spring has sprung, which means we can finally see the sun and lounge on patios. For students, it’s the perfect time to enjoy iced coffee and other blended concoctions, but for your local baristas, this means double the trouble. I was able to speak with Victoria Switzer, the manager at Coffee & Company, a local café located at Princess and King Streets, about the most annoying orders that baristas face and the number one most troublesome drink on their menu. So to all you aspiring baristas out there, take note. Blended drinks are at the top of this list and at Coffee &
Company, this infamous drink is dubbed “The Mocha Eruption.” Made from milk, chocolate syrup, espresso beans, and about five other ingredients, it is quite the hassle to create. Watching the baristas in their element and the speed at which these drinks are churned out, is quite impressive. “The London Fog,” a student favourite was a close second next to the Mocha Eruption. It’s unfortunate that baristas don’t have as much fun making this Earl Grey and steamed milk blend as we do drinking it. According to Stephanie Moore, another barista, any order longer than 5 words is too long. For starters, demands for extra shots, decaf (which rather defeats the
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purpose of coffee) and specificity on one pump of this and one pump of that just adds to the headache of the coffee shop rush. To add insult to injury, customers ask for their drink to be “extra hot”, forcing the barista to overheat the milk and essentially burn their own drink. However, the most ridiculous of all has to be the request for a skim milk alternative but the need for added whipped cream on top. So next time you approach the coffee counter and ask for that extra pump of vanilla, or you’re strolling down the street sipping that extra hot London Fog of yours, just remember: behind those sweet smiles and caffeinated cups of Heaven are baristas who probably want to strangle you.
Hearty rainy day recipes Comforting food to help fight the spring drizzle blues B y K ate M eagher Assistant Lifestyle Editor
provide a powerful dose of potassium, which can improve cardiovascular health. Plus, the oats are rich in fibre and protein, which will help keep you full all day.
We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but in the face of endless spring rain, it can be Ingredients: tough to look on the bright side. The best way to cope with rainy -— 2 cups oats day blues? Comfort food of course! -—1 tsp cinnamon — 1 tsp powdered ginger — 1 pinch nutmeg Banana-date breakfast cookies — 1 tsp vanilla — 3 ripe bananas, mashed — ½ cup unsweetened applesauce — ½ cup slivered almonds — 4 dates, chopped
Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350° F 2. Mix oats with spices until well combined in a mixing bowl. 3. Add mashed bananas, applesauce, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth with no lumps. 4. Stir dates and almonds through the mix. A warm, fresh-baked treat is 5. Use a spoon to drop the mix the perfect solution to a drizzly onto a cookie sheet. Bake for about morning, and with no added sugar, 20 minutes or until golden. these cookies make for an entirely 6. Tuck in and enjoy a warm justifiable breakfast. breakfast. If it’s going to be The bananas and dates both miserable outside all day, you might
as well make yourself comfortable. Sweet potato mushroom risotto
Nothing warms you up after a long, damp day like a bowl of risotto. The ultimate comfort food, risotto is made by cooking rice in stock until it comes to a creamy consistency. Many recipes call for Arborio rice or other specific varieties, but any short-grain rice will work fine. Risotto carries a bit of a reputation for being labour-intensive, but this simplified recipe is easy to whip up and requires significantly less stirring
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summer, then this novel is for you. The girl mentioned in the title is Nombeko Mayeki, who was born in a poor area of South Africa but escapes with a bag full of diamonds and a head full of ideas. Nombeko’s cunning and intelligence take her around the world to the heart of political scandals. This adventurous, hilarious novel is perfect for reading on a sunny afternoon. Thirty Girls — Susan Minot’s latest novel is a more socially conscious read for the summer. Minot follows the story of Esther, a Ugandan girl kidnapped by the infamous Joseph Kony’s army, and of Jane, a white journalist sent to Uganda to follow the story of the kidnapping. The stories of these two women become entwined as the novel progresses and each must overcome the crises they are faced with. Thirty Girls brings to light some difficult topics and will leave you admiring the depth of human strength and resilience. Life After Life — Perhaps you want your summer reads to be a little more serious and interesting. If you’re looking to experiment and don’t mind a little time travel, Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life is a thrilling novel that will make you appreciate the power of an author. This novel follows Ursula Todd, a woman who is having a big problem: she keeps dying. She dies all the time and wakes up with an entirely new future before her. By throwing away an orderly timeline, Atkinson is able to place Ursula in a variety of situations while showing the reader how chronology and certainty are not essential to the creation of a great book.
The Giver — If The Giver wasn’t on your high school reading syllabus, then you’ll be lucky enough to see this classic dystopian novel played out on the big screen in August. The movie follows the life of Jonas, a young man living in a world where The Giver assigns jobs to every person. Jonas’ job throws him into moral turmoil and forces him to question the society he lives in. The cast, including Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, promises to bring a new oomph to this classic novel. Obvious Child — In theatres in June, this film is the lighter-hearted summer comedy you’re looking for that isn’t the disappointing The Other Woman. Jenny Slate of Parks and Recreation plays Donna Stern, a comedian from Brooklyn who winds up in all sorts of bad situations right before Valentine’s Day. Touching on some more difficult subjects with a witty sense of humour, Obvious Child will keep you smiling until the very end. Boyhood — Finally premiering after 12 years of filming, Richard Linklater’s masterpiece is well worth the wait. Boyhood tells the story of Mason from the age of five to 18 as he goes through all the ups and downs of childhood and adolescence. The beauty of this film is that Mason literally grows up in front of the audience and brings back memories of the early 2000s that many of us have forgotten. Boyhood’s roller coaster of emotions and beautiful filming will be a movie experience you will never forget.
saucepan on the stove and add chopped shallots. Sauté Ingredients: until translucent. — Two small sweet potatoes (the 7. Add rice to pan. Stir until each batch pictured above used oriental grain of rice is coated in oil and sweet potatoes, but traditional heat for about two minutes. sweet potatoes work) 8. Add 1 ½ cups of stock to rice — 4 tbsp olive oil and bring to a boil. Reduce heat — 250 g small mushrooms to simmer and stir until the liquid — ¾ cup rice is absorbed. It won’t be ready for — 2 ¼ cups stock (chicken or more liquid until the bottom of the vegetable) pan looks dry when you stir. — ¼ cup pine nuts 9. While you stir, add the mashed — 1 shallot, diced potato and mix thoroughly. 10. Add the stock in ½ cup at a Instructions: time, adding when the rice looks 1. Preheat oven to 400° F. dry, until none remains and the rice 2. Pierce one potato several times looks creamy and thick. with a fork or knife. Dice the other 11. Spoon into dishes and sprinkle sweet potato, toss with 1 tbsp oil, with pine nuts. and spread on a cookie sheet. Slice the mushrooms thickly, toss with See queensjournal.ca for the recipe to 1 tbsp oil, and spread on another the quinoa flake blueberry crumble pictured below. cookie sheet. 3. Bake chopped vegetables for approximately 30 minutes, whole sweet potato for 10-15 minutes more. Veggies will be done when they begin to brown and the whole sweet potato when it’s soft and easily punctured with a fork. 4. Remove the skin from the baked potato and mash what remains. Set aside. 5. Spread pine nuts on a cookie sheet and bake five minutes or until golden. 6. Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tbsp olive oil in a large PHOTOs BY Kate meagher