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Open forum addresses cancellation of Othello Students, faculty discuss issues of inequality within drama department Erika Streisfield Arts Editor


Audrey Park speaking to Queen’s students this Saturday.

North Korean defector tells her story at Queen’s Advocate Audrey Park escaped totalitarian regime as a child

Jasnit Pabla Contributor Audrey Park was 10 years old when she escaped on foot from North Korea. The journey was rigorous and emotional. Her mother was by her side, painfully aware of the fate they had faced the last three times they attempted to escape. Threats of deportation back to North Korea and labour camps lingered in her memory. But the two walked on. On Nov. 12, Park delivered her testimonial in Kingston, speaking to a crowd in Macdonald Hall about the realities of defecting from a totalitarian regime. The event was coordinated by the Queen’s chapter of HanVoice, a nonprofit organization based in Toronto that focuses on advocating for North

Korean refugees. The Queen’s chapter of HanVoice was founded at the beginning of this year by President Danny Yeo, ArtSci ’17. After working at a law firm over the past summer, where he listened to the stories of several North Korean defectors, Yeo reached out to HanVoice. Through his work and South Korean heritage, Yeo developed a personal attachment to the cause. “I wanted to act,” he said. The event kicked off with guest speaker Sarah Pavan, a PhD candidate in the department of political studies, discussing the current state of global refugee affairs. Pavan’s research has focused in on immigrant integration services and organizations.

Professor Margaret Moore, having sponsored a Syrian family and young man, shared her experience next about the Canadian immigration system. Moore was critical of the procedure that resulted in her sponsored family arriving unexpectedly following the holidays, and felt frustrated with the difficulty she faced while accessing community resources for them. Park was the final speaker for the event. She started her story at the beginning, in Heoryong, North Korea, where she was born in 1989. As she grew into childhood, the country began to slip into the famine of the 90s. Beginning in 1998, Park and her mother left her sister and father behind, bribing a soldier to

cross the border into China. Over the next seven years, the pair lived in China and attempted to flee into South Korea, but were caught three times and deported back to North Korea. For their offense, they were placed in labour camp detention. Park recalled witnessing tremendous hunger and exhaustion in the labour camp as well as brutal treatment from the camp guards. Park’s mother, who served her sentence doing construction work, didn’t give up her resolve and currently lives in South Korea. “She was my rock,” Park said. She reiterated her mother’s support as a key factor for her survival. “She kept telling me to live.” Park also delivered an


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On Tuesday afternoon, the Dan School of Drama and Music hosted just fewer than 200 students and faculty members in an open forum in Convocation Hall regarding Queen’s Vagabond’s cancellation of their Othello production. Originally set to open this month, Queen’s Vagabond’s production of Othello was cancelled after backlash from the Queen’s community over the theatre group’s decision to cast a white, female student in the role of Othello. Craig Walker, director of the Dan School, and Quincy Armorer, a representative from the Human Rights and Equity Office and the artistic director of Black Theatre Workshop, facilitated discussion on issues the production raised. Walker opened the forum by addressing Vagabond’s controversial artistic choices and clarifying the department’s separate identity from Vagabond. Walker’s opening statement elicited a reaction from students in the audience who pointed out the School’s close ties with extra curricula groups, such as the theatre companies, and their responsibility to help educate and inform their artistic choices. Throughout the forum, the onus for the issues raised by the production was shifted onto many See Othello on page 9





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AMS unaware of affirmative action within campus club executive


U of M’s strike creates a cause for concern across all universities


Juliet sans Romeo: show highlights Shakespeare’s female characters

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Academic assistants bring petition to bargaining Union meet with admin for third round of conciliation negotiations

The USW 2010 and 2010-01 preparation room at the Four Points Sheraton, prior to Wednesday’s negotiations.

Standing outside the bargaining room, USW 2010 and 2010-01 Vice President Briana Broderick told The Journal that she thought they had a strong case going Iain Sherriff-Scott into negotiations. Contributor “These workers, highly skilled, highly educated, have gone Just after 10 a.m. on Wednesday practically 22 years with just morning, Queen’s Academic about stagnant wages. They had a Assistant (AA) bargaining team wage freeze for 18 years. They had entered into their third round a $4/hour wage correction to the of conciliation negotiations with base wage rate in 2012 with the the University, bringing with first contract, and after that, they them a surprise addition to the had another four-year wage freeze,” bargaining table. she said. The AAs, represented by the “We hope that by presenting union group United Steelworkers these facts, written down in plain (USW) Local 2010 and 2010- language, as well as having the 01, arrived at the Four Points community support behind it, will Sheraton downtown equipped bring these issues to the attention with a petition — signed by over of the employer.” 900 members of the Queen’s In a later email to The community in support of what Journal, Dan Bradshaw, Interim they termed ‘academic assistant Associate Vice-Principal (H uman wage equity’. Resources) stated that the last AAs work similar to teaching four years had not been, in fact, a assistants (TAs), however, while wage freeze. TAs tend to be graduate students, “In fact, what was negotiated AAs have already graduated from by the parties was a significant their degrees. The negotiations wage increase in year one of the over their new collective collective agreement which began agreement with Queen’s have in 2012 rather than having smaller been ongoing since June. wage increases distributed over

the life of the four-year agreement,” he wrote. “The effect of this agreement between the USW and Queen’s was that employees received a more substantial wage increase earlier in the life of the collective agreement rather than smaller increases throughout the agreement.” As they headed into their third round of conciliation with the University, Broderick told The Journal that “all our monetary proposals are still on the table, wages, pay in lieu of benefits.” She said that AAs don’t receive benefit packages or pensions. Their team expected opposition on several aspects of their proposal. However, she said, they were very grateful for the community support they had received with their petition. “We hope that this petition is the impetus that we need to move forward,” Broderick said. Coming out of the third-round meeting later Wednesday morning, Broderick called the day’s negotiations “difficult”. “We came in with what we thought were a good set of proposals, willing to talk,

willing to negotiate and move on certain aspects in order to get a deal that everyone can live with,” she said. She conceded that Queen’s was a “very tough employer”, with a bottom line to protect as any employer would. John Goldthorp, chief spokesperson for USW 201001, relayed his impression of the administrative reaction to the petition. “There was no positive or negative response. The weight of the paper was the weight of the paper,” Goldthorp wrote in an email. “Do we think it is going to change any outcome with respect to their position? My personal feeling is no.”


After holding four bargaining dates in June, both parties had asked the provincial government to appoint a conciliation officer to assist with their negotiations. According to Bradshaw, requiring help from conciliators in tough negotiations is normal. “A provincially appointed conciliation officer confers with the parties as they work through outstanding issues,” he wrote. “The university values the contributions of its many employees and remains committed to the collective bargaining process while balancing the university’s need to preserve its core academic mission and respect the limitations dictated by current financial realities.”

Affirmative action taken by Queen’s Socialists executive

AMS and Human Rights Office concerned, says Clubs Manager Blake Canning Assistant News Editor On Nov. 20, the Queen’s Socialists (QS) will be holding an election to fill three vacant positions on their executive team. However, the requirements for self-nomination have prompted concern from both the AMS and the Queen’s Human Rights Office. According to the Queen’s Socialists’ self-nomination form, which was posted on their Facebook page, “the Queen’s Socialists constitution states that a majority of the executive should identify as any of the following: a person of colour, transgender, nonbinary, and/or a woman.” The “equity requirement,” as it’s written on the nomination form, states that it’s designed to ensure preferential representation for oppressed groups of people on the club’s executive. Nominees who don’t meet the equity requirement are allowed and encouraged to run, the form

states. However, the requirement may disqualify applicants during the elections process if the maximum number of executives who don’t meet the requirement has been filled. An applicant must also disclose all Queen’s clubs, governing bodies and unions in which the applicant holds a membership or position, as well as any student advocacy groups in which they hold an elected position. QS member Callum Tomkins Flanagan, ArtSci ’18, was involved in drafting the new policy. In an interview with The Journal, she said that “even though the executive doesn’t have explicit authority, just the ability to come up with proposals, we want to guarantee that it won’t be dominated by cis white men.” According to Flanagan, the requirement published on the self-nomination form is actually a “relaxed” version of QS’ initial proposal. “It’s not a nice reality or

something we wanted to go with but it’s something we had to do with respect to actual people who would run ... originally our policy was that more than half [of executive positions] be people of colour and more than half be transgender and/or women.” When contacted about the election process, both the AMS and the Queen’s Human Rights Office expressed concerns. In an email to The Journal, AMS Clubs Manager Grace Kim stated that she had been previously unaware of such an action taking place. “There is no known case of affirmative action by AMS clubs,” she stated. “While the AMS believes that clubs should maintain autonomy over their practices and procedures, after discussions with the Queen’s University Human Rights Office, we share their concerns regarding the fact that the Queen’s Socialists require [executives] to self-identify

USW 2010-01 chief spokesperson John Goldthorp with the union petition.

as one of the groups that have been listed.” All AMS clubs have a process that ensures equal opportunity of involvement for all students, she wrote, explaining that “students who identify as one of these groups may not feel comfortable disclosing this in an application to a group of students they do not know.” Kim also noted that all AMS clubs are required to send updates made to their constitution to the AMS Clubs Manager — as per Policy Manual 1, Section 7, Part 2A of the AMS constitution. The affirmative action statement is not in the QS constitution that has been provided to the AMS clubs office, nor the one published on the Queen’s Socialists website as of Thursday morning. “We are currently waiting on Queen’s Socialists to send us an updated version of their constitution so that we may review it and ensure that it is in line with

AMS Policy,” Kim wrote. “We would have helped the Queen’s Socialists with the concerns above, however we do not have their updated constitution.”

CORRECTIONS “Investigation underway for potential academic integrity breaches,” published Nov. 11 2016

According to a clarification provided by Queen’s Communications after publication, the professor of the course is not being investigated however any students who are found to have breached the Smith Academic Integrity Policy may face sanctions impacting their grade. This article has been updated to reflect this information. The Journal regrets the error.


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‘My story’s not unique,’ Park says Continued from front

emotional memory of her mother from when they were split upon arriving in China. “I cried all night.” To her, the popular media portrayal of North Korea is damaging. “People are making fun of Kim Jong-un, but that’s not funny to me,” she told the crowd. Following Park’s story, a short panel discussion was held, featuring Park, and other members of the Queen’s HanVoice chapter. When asked whether democracy was possible in the future, Park responded that “before democracy, we have to empower the people.” Members of the audience

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were given time to ask Park their own questions. Among them, a Korean War veteran shared his own experience during the 50s and 60s in the country. The two jointly drew on their experiences to compare Cold War Korea with that of the modern era.

in the HanVoice Pioneers Project as their Pioneer for 2016, working with Canadian Parliament member Senator Yonah Martin to gain knowledge concerning democracy and policy making in democratic countries. HanVoice ended their 2016 Campus Tour at Queen’s this week following visits to their other chapters at Western People are making Univeristy, University of Toronto and York University earlier fun of Kim Jong-un, this month. but that’s not While her story is significant, funny to me. Park noted that it’s important for people to focus on the issues — Audrey Park, surrounding North Korea as a whole “I’m not special,” she said. Park is currently participating “My story’s not unique.”

Sarah Pavan speaks to the audience at HanVoice’s event.

AMS Assembly discusses Bystander Intervention Training During an unusually short AMS Assembly this Thursday, Vice-President (University Affairs) Carolyn Thompson proposed that everyone in attendance develop a proposal or suggestion regarding their thoughts on Fall Term Break and bring them to the next assembly. Thompson stressed that they “need some sort of strategy moving forward” so as to not present a fragmented student opinion to the A crowd of students, faculty and Kingston community members gathering to hear Park. Fall Term Break Committee. During its brief convergence, lasting under half an hour, audience, Commerce Society bar — one labeled “grabbing her one had attempted to contact Assembly motioned to amend President Bhavik Vyas pointed out by the feelings”, the other labeled staff to discuss the incident since Section 18 of the AMS Constitution. that “it’s a top down change … the “grabbing her by the pussy.” the statement had been posted, The changes functioned onus is on us to go through it first According to Engineering and that students have said only to officially reflect budget before we start asking anyone else Society (EngSoc) Vice-President positive things about the way allocation conventions. to go through it.” (Operations) Tyler Bennett, [Sci Clark handled the situation in a According to Vice-President Assembly agreed to discuss ’17], a patron of the pub brought serious and timely manner. (Operations) Dave Walker, general a time to undergo training all the tip jars to EngSoc’s attention All current staff members will office budgets have conventionally together in second semester, via Facebook, where the be undergoing sensitivity training, been left out of AMS Assembly following which they will open student expressed concern with and in the future, all management because they are negotiated up training to their respective the message. staff will undergo equity training between the VP Operations and faculties and societies. After EngSoc and Clark Hall prior to the beginning of the manager of the campus service President Tyler Lively was management were made aware of their term. in question. absent from this week’s assembly, the issue, the pub’s management In addition to training, Bennett Since the motion passed, the but provided updates regarding team issued an official statement wrote that “future displays in the AMS Constitution now officially the long-term plan for renovating on their website on Sunday. pub and around campus will be acknowledges this. the JDUC in his President’s Report. The statement acknowledged given more care and review.” After the vote, Thompson The AMS has hired a project that the message on the jar He also indicated that the Dean prompted a brief open discussion manager and plans to meet with “made light of recent comments of Engineering has requested to about Bystander Intervention various stakeholders to discuss by president-elect Donald meet with all involved staff. Training. She explained that all potential future renovations and Trump, which were disrespectful Bennett was unable to paid AMS staff have received advancements for the building. to the victims of gender-based comment on whether the staff the training and that they plan violence, survivors of sexual members involved in writing to extend the training to all — Maureen O’Reilly assault, and beyond that, all the message were being assembly members. advocates of gender equality and a specifically reprimanded. “As student leaders its really Clark Hall staff to just society.” important that all of us have this undergo mandatory The managers apologized — Maureen O’Reilly training,” Thompson said. “[It’s] training after displaying sincerely to all those who were a conversation we really need to insensitive tip jars hurt by the message, and clarified Escalated argument at normalize on campus.” that they “strongly disagree downtown nightclub Thompson then asked if After last week’s United States with these statements made by leads man to draw knife, attendees would like to receive presidential election, a reference Donald Trump.” utter threats the training within the context of to a Donald Trump quote on a The team also invited students AMS Assembly or together with tip jar at Clark Hall Pub provoked to contact Clark management via What started as an argument their respective societies and criticism from students and Facebook or email, or see them in inside one of the nightclubs at faculties. Those in attendance an official apology from Clark person, to discuss the incident and Princess and Division Street last expressed strong support for the Hall staff. “work towards improving the pub Saturday night ended with a training initiative. On Nov. 11, as students and making it an inviting and safe 30-year-old man drawing a knife, While most agreed training gathered at Clark for Friday space for all students.” threatening the club’s security within their faculties and societies afternoon Ritual, staff members Bennett told The Journal in staff and smashing a parked would be best to reach a broader set up two tips jars at the an email on Wednesday that no car window.


According to The Kingston Whig-Standard, the man, William James Bryant, was arguing with a woman in the club. The argument got heated, and when security tried to escort Bryant out, he got combative, which resulted in him being forcibly removed from the club. The name of the nightclub wasn’t released publicly by Kingston Police. Outside of the club, just after midnight early on Sunday morning, Bryant brandished what witnesses believed to be a knife, and began threatening the lives of security staff members. Following this, he walked through an adjacent parking lot and smashed the window of a parked vehicle. When the owner of the vehicle confronted Bryant, he again revealed his knife. Witnesses called the police, who were able to arrest Bryant after “a brief foot chase.” The report indicates that the weapon was not recovered. Bryant faces the following charges: assault with a weapon, possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, mischief not exceeding $5,000 and two counts of uttering threats to cause death. Bryant appeared before a Justice of the Peace on Nov. 13 and was then brought into custody. — Maureen O’Reilly

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Contemplating the co-op Queen’s programs limited in comparison to other universities Shivani Gonzalez Features Editor $20,000 and a new business isn’t bad for a summer’s work. When Noah Levin, Sci ’17, took part in the Queen’s Innovation Connector Summer Initiative (QICSI), he came out with more knowledge and a lot of prize money. QICSI is a summer program which starts with a two-week boot camp on the basics of business and entrepreneurship. Individual groups then work to create a business — all the way from the conceptual process to actual execution. At the end of the program, there’s a pitch competition where Levin’s group won the $20,000 prize. “QICSI is an incredible experience and opportunity. You are given a salary, seed funding and near unlimited resources to start your own business. Furthermore, the advisors and directors of the programs have vast insight and connections. This is exactly why the QICSI venture success rate is much higher than other start-ups.” But while Levin had a good experience with QICSI, to him, the summer’s experience didn’t fully make up for the lack of co-op. “A co-op term would have given me industry experience and technical skills that I would have only gotten when working at that company,” Levin said. “It would have given me an ‘in’ to the company when it comes to hiring.” Leaving school and getting a job in the ‘real world’ can be a daunting prospect. One of the ways that universities are trying to mitigate those fears and help students reach their potential in the job field is through co-operative programs. Co-ops give students the ability to

test drive a career they’re interested in and give them experiences beneficial in getting a job after graduation. Additionally, co-ops give students the opportunity to network and meet people in their potential field which can be crucial in later getting a permanent job. Co-ops are prevalent at other universities in Canada, but, Queen’s is falling behind in their co-op program offerings. The only program at Queen’s that’s labeled specifically as a co-op is through the biochemistry program. The Biochemistry Co-op is open to third year students in the program. They benefit from two different job placements and all the students involved are required to do a one semester Honors thesis. “We try to get a range of placements, laboratory related, more of a desk job like Health Canada, startup companies so focusing more on the business side moving more towards things like patents” Peter Davies, head of the Biochemistry Co-op program explained. “Students in the biochemistry co-op are pretty much on their own but that benefits them well because they get their own freedom in their work and studies as well as actually being on their own,” Davies added. This is a key difference between the co-op and the Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP) where, currently, most experiential learning opportunities at Queen’s are offered in the form of internships. Internships differ in that they’re more integrated into students’ academics as opposed to a student being treated as an independent worker. QUIP provides either 12 or

16-month paid placements where “students have the opportunity to see projects through from start to completion,” said Chelsea Elliot, manger, experiential learning and partner relations at QUIP. Students participating in QUIP benefit by “contributing significantly to their employer and gaining a deep understanding of the career they are test driving by seeing a full-year cycle,” Elliot added. Similar to other programs, QUIP requires students to take at least a full year off, depending on the length of the internship, meaning they would graduate a year or two later. Anyone in engineering, computing or Arts and Science entering their third or fourth year is eligible. While QUIP offers these opportunities to a range of programs, their enrollment is faltering compared to other schools. Queen’s has just under 200 students out on internship right now and there are approximately seven students selected for the biochemistry program each year. In comparison, University of Toronto Scarborough has placements for 1,500 students spread throughout 50 co-op programs. Laurier also has a wide range of co-op programs, for every major in the Arts and Sciences program, as well as business and computer science and opportunities in engineering. What Queen’s lacks in co-op programs, it tries to make up for in other ways as students seek experiences outside the classroom. Two hundred and sixteen AMS clubs exist, ranging in topic from academic to social to political. Conferences on different topics also give students the opportunity to

Despite the fact that co-ops are prevalent at other universities in Canada, Queen’s lacks co-op program offerings.

network and communicate with people in their chosen field. However, for students who sought other opportunities outside of QUIP, there’s still a sense of something missing. Alex Amos, Sci ’18 was lucky enough to be selected for The Cansbridge Fellowship, a program with the purpose of accelerating personal and professional development. The program recruits fifteen undergraduate students from Canada who are “entrepreneurs, leaders, and risk takers” according to Amos. The fellowship has three components: a 10-week, self organized internship in Asia; attendance at the annual conference in San Francisco where fellows get to tour Google, Facebook, Airbnb, Tesla among others; and finally integration into the Cansbridge Fellowship network of extensive contacts. “It’s a network of people of whom you will want to reciprocate any help that you’ve been given, because you know that in doing so you are essentially creating value, not only for the fellowship, but the people, the organization, or company that fellow is working for,” Amos wrote in an email. While Amos acknowledged his experience as being extremely valuable, he echoed Levin’s thoughts that it doesn’t exactly make up for the lack of co-op experiences at Queen’s. “Personally, I think co-ops/ internships should be something highly prioritized by faculties of Queen’s and faculties should continue to improve, fund, and develop the programs they already have,” he said.


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The Journal’s Perspective

It may be far, but U of M’s issues ask a far-reaching question T

he labour strike at the University of Manitoba may seem a few provinces away, but over-enrolment, pressures on professors and suffering student experiences are problems that exist in our own backyard. After nearly $11 million in budget cuts at U of M, students are paying their peers to get into courses and sitting on the floors of lecture halls. Faculty are receiving heavier workloads and began striking on Nov. 1 after collective bargaining talks fell through. As professors see their workloads surge, so do the salaries of the University’s topmost administrators, including president David Barnard — by nearly 50 per cent in the past five years. Though this strike is the result of a complex issue, it comes down to the ongoing battle between universities as businesses and universities as teaching institutions. It’s concerning to see a university leaning too far into


its identity as a corporate It’s concerning to see a university product, the easier it is to body and neglecting its lean too far into its identity as a equate a degree from a role as a place of learning. corporate body and neglecting its role reputable university with In some ways, it’s as a place of learning. a degree sent in the mail easy to see universities by an online college. If we as businesses. It’s easy to see this dispute as maintaining the paying for, they can take their start imagining a university as a business, education for the sake of bottom line by cutting expenses. money elsewhere. Students are customers who pay On the other hand, likening education seems meaningless. But it doesn’t have to be for their education, and universities universities to corporate have an obligation to uphold their structures cheapens the way we one or the other. The quality of end of the transaction. If they fail value higher education. The more education deserves a place at the to offer students what they’re we see a university degree as a top of a university’s spending list

in both scenarios. As a business, a university’s job is to make the product worth buying. As a body meant solely for learning, a university’s job is to ensure a quality education. Faculty members should be near the last to go when it comes to budget cuts. To sacrifice the wellbeing of faculty is to sacrifice the wellbeing of the students and in turn, the wellbeing of the entire institution. Students fighting to get into courses and sitting in the aisles of classes — this picture shouldn’t be completely unfamiliar to us. Queen’s isn’t a stranger to swelling enrolment rates and understaffed faculties. The way faculty and student needs are negotiated in this case could indicate how similar scenarios will pan out on campuses across the country. The strike at University Manitoba is a symptom of a bigger question about how going universities will remain universities first and businesses second moving forward. — Journal Editorial Board

Jane Willsie

Imagine a group of people who are demographically similar, believing they’re better than other people. What could possibly go wrong? When I accepted my offer of admission to Queen’s, I chose the school that, with its limestone towers, persuaded me I wanted it more than it needed me. Perhaps its very indifference convinced me of its superiority. The other two universities I applied to both offered me scholarships, but I figured I might as well get a degree with a good reputation — one that would impress future employers with its pedigree if not its area of study. For me, the value of Queen’s was entirely founded on it’s name,

Exclusive foundations don’t hold one that was synonymous with exclusivity and elitism. Elitism implies superiority, but it also implies narrowness. Defining an institution’s status by its selectiveness sets an unhealthy benchmark for the relationship between a university and its students, and often, between them and everyone else. Queen’s pride in its elite reputation is so normalized that in 2011, Queen’s Players circulated a satirical admissions video for Queen’s. It played off the stereotype of Queen’s “reputation for being an upper-crust, primarily Caucasian institution where students drink

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It’s about more than just climate justice

If you were to stage a protest, what would it be about?

We have a responsibility to understand how our power and privilege intersect with the oppression of others “The pipeline expansion.” Jess & Jamie Wakefield, ArtSci '17 & '20

“People not coming to the Memorial Centre to watch women’s hockey.” Addi Halladay, ArtSci '19

Lilles at a march against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Miela Lilles, ArtSci '17 On October 24, I joined Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change (QBACC) as they organized a bus of Kingston youth to participate in an organized action of civil disobedience in Ottawa. This protest was in opposition to the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, running from Alberta to the west coast of British Columbia, urging Justin Trudeau to reject expansion. As I watched all 99 students before me start to climb over the federally controlled fence on Parliament Hill — and thus into their arrest — I felt incredibly moved to witness such passion for activism. It was at the protest I realized that opposing pipeline politics is not only a matter of climate justice, it’s also a matter of opposing colonial violence, mistreatment and oppression. The obligation of our youth within the climate justice movement can be found when looking at the actions taking place at Standing Rock and Coast Salish by understanding what exactly is being protested and the way issues intersect to create a bigger problem.

It was at the protest I “realized that opposing

pipeline politics isn’t only a matter of climate

justice, it’s also a matter of opposing colonial violence, mistreatment and oppression.

We need to reflect on the way our own positions in society have colluded with the way colonial violence is reproduced in the communities most affected by climate chaos. It involves an active, self-reflective approach in the way we participate, understand and communicate our efforts to show solidarity with current social movements. In Canada today, settler colonial mistreatment comes in a variety of forms.

In light of recent events, this includes the disenfranchisement of Indigenous peoples from their land. It’s displayed by political leaders that pursue ventures that don’t honour treaties. It’s reproduced by a system that maintains white supremacy by invalidating, repressing and ignoring the voices of ‘others.’ Even more so, it takes place when we surrender to the privilege of ignoring our obligation as the youth to participate in the ongoing resistance efforts. Witnessing the powerful protest in Ottawa I couldn’t help but reflect upon my own place and positionality within the climate justice movement and ignorance was no longer an option As a Filipino-Canadian immigrant, my interest for climate justice stems from my own witness to the horrors of the growing number of typhoon disasters within the Philippines. What I’ve learned from these intensifying storms, which have only exacerbated the violence of poverty within Island nations, is that climate change affects the world in unfairly disproportionate ways. As a settler of colour in Canada, I began first by recognizing that I’m merely a learner — a contributor by default — in this ongoing struggle against colonial oppression that Indigenous populations face. Their voices have been reduced and pushed into the margins of public consciousness yet their leadership remains crucial to understanding why we need a climate justice movement in the first place. We must listen to what they have to say and listen to what they preach. Their teachings are ours to learn. I want to walk alongside the original inhabitants of this land because their stories of loss, devastation and resilience are ones that are similarly shared by my people in the Philippines Islands. How can I stand in solidarity with the resilient communities within the Philippines who are still recovering from typhoon Haiyan, the strongest and deadliest typhoon ever recorded, if I remain complicit and silent during the anticolonial fight led by Indigenous people and environmental activists in Canada? We have the obligation to understand how


our identity and privilege directly intersect with those who are most affected by the exploitation of our planet. My experience with climate justice movement has allowed me the opportunity to do this. We have the power as the millennial generation to help voice the social injustices produced by fossil fuel regimes.

the powerful “ Witnessing protest in Ottawa I couldn’t help but reflect upon my own place and positionality within the climate justice movement and ignorance was no longer an option.

So, I urge you to join in, get involved and participate. You’re affected by this too. Stand up for those who don’t have the privilege to do so. Stand with the Indigenous resistance efforts that have gone unnoticed for far too long. The good news is that there are so many accessible opportunities on our campus. Queen’s groups such as QBACC and Queen’s Native Student Association are only some of the on-campus groups who have already taken action on these issues. Their combined efforts give us a complete understanding on the way these advocacies are intrinsically linked. We need to reflect on our privilege and remember that the fight against climate change is one that shares connectivity with Indigenous sovereignty. This fight has always been present — invisible yet ongoing. Now’s the time to bring to the forefront those who are most affected by climate chaos and understand our own positionalities in the grand scheme of things. Miela Lilles is a fourth-year global development studies student.

“President-elect Donald Trump.” Ben Selkirk, ArtSci ’20

“Human trafficking in Canada.” Logan Gayle, ArtSci ’20

“The amount of sleep I get per night.” Rachel Lackey, ArtSci ’20

LETTER TO T H E E D I T O R Re: Queen’s Vagabond suspends production of Othello Anyone who was actually threatened should have contacted the police. Those who disapproved of the casting should have criticized the director’s interpretation, after having carefully watched the play. The only thing artists should ever apologize for is making bad art — or betraying their muse, as Purdon and Rossiter have. It’s too bad that no one reminded Purdon and Rossiter that the show must go on. Mark Mercer, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, Saint Mary’s University

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The designers behind the stitches Vishmayaa Jeyamoorthy Staff Writer Each year, the Vogue Charity Fashion Show brings student designs to campus with a fresh twist. I sat down with some of this year’s designers to get an idea about who they are and what they’re bringing to the show. Zelia Bukhari, ArtSci ’18 Tell me about yourself. I took a personality test earlier today and I got ENFP if that tells you anything. My blood type is A+ and, so I’ve been told, it does add some key factors to my personality. Last but not least, I’m a Virgo, in literally every sense.

Zelia Bukhari

Alyssa Neelin, ArtSci ’19 Who influences you?

Alyssa Neelin

In terms of influence, I’d say myself. I’m still trying to find that ‘essence’ that makes me who I am; that makes me different. I like exploring the various parts of me to see what can be brought forth and put to canvas/fabric/clay etc. Helen Nguyen, Comm ’20

Where do you see your fashion career going? Do you plan to include fashion in your future? I really don’t know what I’m going to do in the future, but I hope it has something to do with fashion and business. For now, I like to design for the fun of it aside from schoolwork, because it’s a really good break sometimes just to be creative without limitations. Parker O’Connor, ArtSci ’17

Helen Nguyen

Why do you design?

Parker O’Connor

The reason I design is purely just because I love it. Design is a social art, and the world can be changed through it. So evidently it provides a great sense of gratification. And really, it just keeps me busy. Leigha Stiles, ArtSci ’18

How would you describe your art? My art began being more in the realism and surrealism category. As I begin to develop as an artist, I’m moving more towards abstraction. I’m exploring themes of sexuality and aggression through different mediums. Painting and printmaking are my specialization this year, but I have a special interest in new media as well. Sissi He, ArtSci ’17

Tell me about yourself.

Leigha Stiles

I’m a fourth-year Life Sciences major and I’ve spent my life switching between but always having some sort of art-related hobby. However, even with all my love for art, I’ve had an interesting relationship with fashion — I didn’t even begin to understand fashion until probably the start of university, so never in my wildest dreams did I think that I’d be designing a collection one day. But here we are. Habibq Esaad, ArtSci ’19

How did you get into fashion?

Habiba Esaad

Fashion has always been a consistent interest of mine — but mostly, the development of fashion and art, or fashion as art. With the growing and changing industry itself, there is so much to explore and re-construct, so much to consider. For myself personally, being an artist allows me to share with others the manner in which I view the world. The same can be said about fashion — it enables individuals to express themselves and for this reason, is in itself an art.

Sissi He

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Drama professor Chick Reid, pianist Julia Brook and visiting soprano Donna Bennett in an adaptation of Shakespearean drama.


Women in Shakespeare find their musical voices Isabel performance blends script and song in a three-woman show Julia Balakrishnan Assistant Photo Editor For the bard-reading modern woman, the appeal of Shakespeare’s plays can sometimes fall flat when reading his mild-mannered female characters on the page. But the life of these characters are in the performance, not the script, and the efforts of drama professor Chick Reid, pianist Julia Brook, and visiting soprano Donna Bennett to fully flesh out the women in Shakespeare doesn’t fall short. On Sunday and on stage at the Isabel, an urgent and earnest Reid performed famous monologues of the most notorious women of Shakespeare — Juliet, Ophelia, Cleopatra and Kate. As the characters changed, so did Reid’s countenance and tone, highlighting their diverse personalities while sharing

a common need for individuality separate from their male counterparts. This was where the concept of the performance lay: by erasing the men from the picture the performance forced the audience to encounter the Shakespearean woman on their own terms. “Romeo has been banished,” Reid said, in a quiet voice that echoed around an attentive auditorium, and the line proved all the more powerful with the knowledge that Romeo would never grace the stage. Juliet, isolated from her Romeo, became a woman overwhelmed by her own loss and betrayal, and not a fragmented piece of a doomed relationship. The climax of the performance was in Bennett’s accompanying rendition to Juliet’s monologue of Bellini’s early nineteenth century Italian libretto ‘O quante volte’ with

a voice so powerful and so moving that you could feel Juliet’s tears and loneliness without seeing them performed. The musical accompaniment gave the artistic directors creative freedom to portray the psychology of their characters beyond the words Shakespeare gave to his characters. The musical choices ranged widely from Italian opera to upbeat musical numbers from the 1950s. It wouldn’t be opera in another language for three straight hours — a relief to me. While Juliet was accompanied by a melancholic lament, Cleopatra’s time on stage was accentuated by the regal ‘Giulio Cesare’ by Handel, dripping with monarchical power. Hamlet’s Ophelia was accompanied by a tragically optimistic performance of ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story. Through

song, each female character expressed their sense of anger, loss, and isolation as they met their various tragic ends. But not all was doom and gloom — a comedic high point was Queen Margaret’s monologue from Richard III, where she viciously curses the male monarch to be a hog and a toad. Bennett put on a hilarious show of the song ‘I Hate Men’ from the musical Kiss Me Kate, a welcome reprieve from the tragic heroines that came before her. Although the pattern of monologue followed by song felt repetitive, the show didn’t lose sight of its goal. The truly electric moments when the three women on stage interacted with each other acknowledged the others’ emotions, breaking free from the isolation of their scripts.


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Sandhu posing for Queen’s Fashion Photography.




From campus to catwalk Sandhu balances modelling with academics Gabi Sandler Staff Writer Queen’s is Anisha Sandhu’s runway. The third-year ArtSci student struts through Union and University as if she’s just stepped off a photo shoot — to my knowledge, she probably has. The aspiring model met me on campus for a cup of coffee Tuesday afternoon. She had a sense of familiarity — not because I’d seen her face plastered all over social media with Queen’s Fashion Photography’s (QFP) Instagram or in the pages of MUSE Magazine, but rather because she radiated a down-to-earth tone that contrasted her tall height and striking looks. The Kingston native was running off to work at Topshop after our meeting and was dressed to sell both the brand and her image. She wore a black jumpsuit tucked into skinny jeans with perfectly winged eyeliner. Her dark complexion and flowing hair completed the look. Sandhu looked effortlessly-polished and most impressively, comfortable. “Comfort is the number one thing. Every time I put an outfit together, I know I have to be comfortable,” she said. Having always been tall with a slim stature, Sandhu said in highschool, she wasn’t all that confident with her unique looks. “The confidence wasn’t quite there. When I got to Queen’s I was like, ‘Oh I can kind of use this to my advantage.’” Thanks to the suggestion of a friend to apply, she eventually found her calling in clubs like QFP

and MUSE. She described her transition to being in front of the camera as “pushing myself to see myself as the model, and instead of just being like ‘I wish I could be a model.’” Working for QFP has really inspired her in ways she didn’t expect. Sandhu described the shoots as “extra”, opportunities for her to wear more exaggerated and out-there clothes that she wouldn’t typically wear, inspiring her style and her confidence. Aside from being in front of the camera, Sandhu also enjoys the creative process, whether its creating content or photographing others. Since joining, she’s become a regular model for both QFP and MUSE Magazine, as well as one of the creative directors of MUSE. The history major is focused on her studies right now, but hopes to head to Toronto when the year is done to take modelling from a passion to a potential career. The aspiring model has already been scouted this past summer by Elite Model Management, an internationally-known agency, who offered her a highly-coveted contract. Although she had to turn it down for academic priorities, Sandhu sees it as the moment she recognized the potential that her look and her portfolio here at Queen’s could help her break into the modelling world. “Just going and having the meeting and seriously considering the contract was an accomplishment to me because it was a reality check for me that this is something that I can pursue.”

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people, from the department, to student leaders in drama, and Vagabond’s production team. One drama student, Mack James, ArtSci ’17, expressed during the forum that while it’s easy to shift the onus on institutions, a large part of the responsibility lies on students as well. “We want problems like this to be solved by the drama department, and the AMS, and other institutions we’re told we can turn to as students when we have a problem, but the onus is on us, as people, to reflect acknowledge and challenge our prejudices that we would rather just ignore, and pretend not to exist.” While Walker planned on taking the forum into smaller group work, the agenda was quickly overthrown, as students and faculty members pushed for an open discussion where everyone’s voice could be heard. Another drama student in attendance, Wallis Caldoza, ArtSci ’17, described the forum as a unique learning opportunity. “What the forum on Monday presents us with is an offer: an offer to relearn the very basic skill of listening and hearing,” she said.

“Regardless of the stance any person took on the issue of Othello — we were able to carve out space for one another and ourselves in that room; it means we have the wherewithal to work forwards.” While Vagabond’s initial production of Othello sparked the forum, issues such as systemic racism within the department surfaced and were directly addressed to Walker and the Dan School of Drama and Music to put right. “If anything, we have managed to ask people to reassess how they create space, how they communicate, how they self-reflect, what it means to make art (whether that be theatre, music, math, science, etc.), and what it means to allow yourself to remain accountable at all times,” Caldoza said. With some things left unresolved, Armorer concluded the forum by noting recommendations for the department, such as making equity services in the department accessible; to inform, educate and ensure equitable practices in department and student-run theatre; and to foster a safe space for diversity. “Although many questions did not get answered, the forum has ensured — I hope, I hope, I hope — that there will be future forums and discussions,” Caldoza said.

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Claire Sumner (centre) won the individual gold medal at the U Sports cross country tournament this weekend.


Sumner wins national gold in Quebec Queen’s runner wins third individual title of the season

Erika Streisfield Arts Editor After spending the last three years trying to hold on as long as she could in a race, Claire Sumner has made a name for herself in the running community. Last weekend, she won her third race in a row, becoming the first women’s U Sports National Cross Country Champion on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec. She described the moment as surreal. Four years ago, Sumner couldn’t imagine placing on the podium in cross country competitions. “My first year at U of T, I came 44 and had a lot of fun. I was happy to be there,” she said. “If someone told me then I would win in a couple of years, I would not believe them at all.” Now in her third year at


Queen’s, after transferring from U of T in her first year, the runner has succeeded in winning three consecutive individual golds, from the Queen’s Invitational, to the OUA Championship and finally the U Sports National Championship. According to Sumner, anyone can win on any given day — it’s about who can run the course most strategically, while being able to physically and mentally push themselves. Hosted at the Plains of Abraham, Saturday brought hopeful conditions for the Gaels as they proved no stranger to the course’s hilly terrain. The team benefitted from practicing on the similar rolling hills of Fort Henry, bringing home a silver medal in the overall competition. Beatrice Cigagna, Shannen Murray and Lindsay Kary balanced

the Gaels competitors, finishing 20th, 21st and 30th “It was awesome to win an individual gold, but just having the team there and winning silver… that was just an awesome feeling,” Sumner said. In the early stages of the race, Gaels’ teammate Julie-Anne Staehli led the pack. She eventually finished in 10th place, becoming the first Queen’s athlete to finish with All-Canadian status in all five years of her eligibility. For Sumner, having Staehli keeping a strong pace helped her push for gold. “I was kind of gunning after her the whole time,” Sumner said. The course was split up into three, two-kilometer laps. On the final time around the course, Sumner caught up with Staehli and worked alongside her to push for a Queen’s gold and silver finish. “We

helped each other out a bit and then I kind of found myself in the front,” Sumner said. Going into the last lap, Sumner explained she was feeling strong and had high spirits for gold — she was running to win. “It was a pretty amazing feeling seeing the finish and having the sun came out at the last kilometer.” Until this year winning hadn’t been a regular occurrence for Sumner. Her three individual golds this year were the only podium finishes she had in her career. “In previous races I felt like I was just holding on for as long as I can and then I would just drop off, but this time I actually felt like I could stick with them.” After winning gold at the Queen’s Cross Country invitational, Sumner experienced a newfound sense of confidence. “I believe

I can stick with the big girls,” she said. For Sumner, Staehli also played a big role in this year’s turn around of events. “She’s been a training bud for three year’s now. She’s always been ahead of me, so I’ve always been chasing her. Never did I think I would catch up to her,” Sumner said. “Her success has definitely inspired me to do well too”. In addition to Staehli, Sumner also credited her recent successes to her coaches and teammates. “Running is such an individual sport, it’s really nice to have a team behind you,” she said. With three gold medals this season, Sumner proved to herself that winning was all about confidence. “Running takes a lot of mental strength, but you have to believe that you can win.”

OUA Championship streak ends at four Gaels lose to undefeated Guelph Gryphons in penalty kicks for a silver medal finish Sarah O’Flaherty Assistant Sports Editor In one of the longest and most intense games the league has ever seen, the 2016 men’s rugby OUA Championship went to the undefeated Guelph Gryphons, leaving a silver medal for the defending Gaels champions. On Sunday, Nov. 13, the Gaels hit the road and travelled to Guelph for the gold medal game. Prior to this season, the Gaels had won the past four Championships — the last two against the Gryphons in the finals. When the whistle blew after 80 minutes of regular play, the game was tied. The teams played three additional ten-minute overtime

periods, the final of which was sudden death after the first two ended in a 24-24 tie. After the sudden death period yielded no result, the game was decided with penalty kicks. 110 minutes of play and two rounds of penalty kicks later, Guelph walked away with the gold. “I can honestly say I’ve never played in a game that had gone that long,” Gaels captain Michael Douros said. “Physically, at that point, you’re just destroyed. It’s so draining. You could just see both teams wanted it so badly, no one was giving up.” Douros said that the match was one of the best games of rugby that he had ever played in, but wishes that it hadn’t ended the way it did. “Once it got to the penalty kicks, it didn’t really feel like rugby. I’ve never played in a game that went to penalty kicks like that. It was almost a shame that such a great game of rugby had to end with almost no rugby played, essentially,” Douros said.

Nicholas DeLallo (left) passes to Dylan Young (centre) during Sunday’s game.

This game signifies the end of Douros’ captaincy and time playing with the Gaels. Under Douros’ leadership this season, the Gaels saw many successes.

“Other than getting that OUA gold, it honestly couldn’t have gone any better. Even still, in that last game, it’s pretty hard to be disappointed with how the actual


game, the process, went.” While the gold medal game result wasn’t what Douros hoped for, he still sees the 2016 season

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‘Hold your head up’

Fourth at National Championship

Gaels miss out on finals with a loss in penalty kicks, fall to OUA champions in consolation Joshua Finkelstein Staff Writer After defining themselves as a defensive powerhouse this year, the women’s soccer team improved on their fairytale 2015-16 season. At this year’s national championship, the team improved on the previous year’s fifth place finish, coming in at fourth. The number five seeded Gaels matched up against number four St. Francis Xavier in their first match, knowing a win would earn them a spot in the semifinals and a guaranteed place in the medal rounds. It didn’t take long for the team to take the lead, with fourth-year Tara Bartram finding the back of the net in the fifth minute. The Gaels defense held strong for the remainder of the 90 minutes, ensuring that they would better last season’s fifth-place finish in B.C. The rest of the tournament proved more trying for the team, with the Gaels unable to find the back of the net for the rest of the weekend. The team’s defense — a clean sheet juggernaut throughout the season, and a vital cog in earning a spot in the tournament to begin with — was nonetheless incredibly strong. In the semi-final match against the UBC Thunderbirds, neither team could score during the


game, forcing a penalty shootout that the Thunderbirds ultimately won 3-2. In the subsequent bronze medal match, the Gaels faced the UOIT Ridgebacks in a rematch of the OUA finals that saw the Ridgebacks claim a 1-0 victory over the Gaels just weeks prior. It was a tight match between two title-worthy teams, b_ut the Gaels ultimately lost 1-0 to an all-too familiar foe. The 2016 season was one that the Gaels should be able to take great pride in, having defended their place as a power in women’s soccer across Canada, and even furthered this reputation. Collectively, the Gaels also scored 39 goals in the regular season, something which helped close out key games. The perennially-sturdy and composed defense — starting with the back four, but hinging on the collective effort of the entire team — also played a key role. Thirteen times Queen’s prevented its opponents from scoring, and only conceded 11 goals throughout the entire regular season. Speaking about the team’s performance this year, second-year Lidia Bradau mentioned the attitude with which the whole squad began the season. “Coming off a strong season last year, the whole team had a sense of competitive entitlement

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Tara Bartram (centre) battles with UOIT.

and confidence that we could accomplish big things this season.” Bradau added how the team was relatively unchanged from last year and the players were all very comfortable with one another’s style, and could play to each other’s strengths. For Bradau, along with a handful of other sophomore players on the team, this year lent an entirely different experience from her rookie season. She spoke about finding her place within the strong team chemistry, and fully adjusting to the strength of the league. Despite considerable improvements these past four months, the team isn’t looking to rest too much on its laurels before next year.


“Luckily, other than a couple of big losses, most of our lineup is returning, so we’re definitely looking to build on our strengths this season and get even more comfortable in possession and building on our chemistry on the field.” Specifically, Bradau talked about the team using their athletic advantage to control the pace throughout the midfield, and get up the field as efficiently as possible. She sees next year’s team as being able to have another impressive year. The rest of the league will be on the lookout next year, as a motivated Queen’s team will be doing their very best to return once again to the head of women’s soccer in Canada.

Gaels drop third game in a row Powerplay inefficiencys plague injury riddled team Matt Scace Contributor As the Chicago Cubs proved to us last month, all streaks must end. Last Saturday marked the end of one that the women’s hockey team wanted to keep intact, as the Gaels surrendered their first loss to the Ryerson Rams since they joined the league in 2012. Queen’s also dropped their first game of the weekend on Remembrance Day to the UOIT Ridgebacks 3-2, falling to a 4-6 record on the season. “Obviously we’re very disappointed with the results,” said coach Matt Holmberg after the game. “In order for us to secure a playoff spot, those are the two teams we need to beat.” In both contests, Queen’s led through the first period but seemed deflated as both games moved ahead in the later periods. Coach Holmberg felt that his team “could have beat them if we played a full 60 minutes. It’s just somewhat troublesome and disappointing.” Queen’s also went into the weekend with multiple injuries,

especially on their defensive end. Though the Gaels didn’t attribute their losses to this, the team experienced fairly significant shake-ups in their lines and pairings. Captain Jessica Wakefield, one of Queen’s top forwards, was forced to move back in place for missing defensemen. “Going into the weekend we weren’t really sure what we were going to have in terms of defense,” said Holmberg. Following this weekend’s disappointing results, the Gaels are looking to move forward and get back on track against the Windsor Lancers on Saturday, their penultimate game before a significant break. It will be their first game of the season against the Lancers, who hold a one-point advantage on Queen’s in the standings. The Gaels are looking to bounce back, attempting to snap their three-game losing streak. Unlike their usual back-to-back schedule, this game will be their only matchup of the weekend. Holmberg believes the change in tempo will be advantageous to the team. “I think we can go a little

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bit harder during the week in practice,” Holmberg said. “Certainly during that one game I think we can try to go with those that are performing the best and not really having to worry about game two.” The added time will allow the Gaels to work more rigorously on pieces of their game that have let them down in their previous losses this season. The Gaels’ power play has been an area where they continue to struggle in. Queen’s is currently ranked second last in the OUA with an 8.7 per cent conversion rate. Holmberg made it clear that “it’s still something that I think we need to improve on and can help us out in those close games.” If the Gaels follow their game plan, it will be likely that the Holmberg will choose to utilize his biggest producers so far this season. Forwards Emily Jukosky and Katrina Manoukarakis both have seven points through ten games this season, while Addi Halladay shares the lead with Jukosky for goals scored with four. While it’s clear that the Gaels have a tough road ahead of them

in a season of ups and downs, Queen’s looks ready to attack next week with fresh legs and a clear goal.

as a point of pride. “We didn’t lose the gold medal, we almost won the silver this year, I thought. The guys played out of their shoes, and really it’s only going to get better next year,” Douros said. Alex Colborne, who scored 41 points this year for Queen’s, described the team’s ascension through the OUA playoffs as “dramatic”. “We always said that if [Guelph] were going to win, they were going to really have to earn it. I think we made them earn it,” Colborne said. “I don’t think we can walk away from that game upset at ourselves, we did everything that we could do to win.” Going into the match, the team was prepared for a battle against the Gryphons. “The coaches can only do so much to get you hyped up and then you’ve got to find it within you. They can only say so much before you have to go out and do it for yourself.” Colborne agreed with Douros that it was a shame that the match ended in penalty kicks. “It was sort of anti-climactic, in a way, and a bit frustrating,” Colborne said. However, Colborne doesn’t see the team’s actual gameplay as disappointing. “We really gave them a good game, and it could have gone either way. That’s just the nature of sport; someone’s got to win. It just happened to be them, on the day.” Next season will be Colborne’s final time donning the tricolour jersey, and he’s looking forward to the chance to recapture the gold. Until then, his message to his teammates is simple. “Hold your head up. Be proud of what we’ve done. We’ve accomplished a lot, considering. Hats off to Guelph as well, they deserved it and I’m happy for them. I’m also happy the way we did it, we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”


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Season grades for fall varsity teams The Journal Sports section rates Queen’s teams Joseph Cattana and Sarah O’Flaherty Journal Staff The process to grading the fall performances of Queen’s varsity teams was highly unscientific. It’s based quite simply on our perceptions of how each team performed, in this year’s regular season and playoffs. The impressive wins, the tough losses, and the unforgettable moments of the year made the grading process difficult.

Women’s Soccer: A


Men’s Rugby: A-


Key Results: 2nd at the OUA Championships, 4th at the U Sports National Championship

Key Results: 2nd at the OUA Championships

Although the women’s soccer team couldn’t repeat as OUA Champions, they solidified their identity as one of the top teams in Canada. Queen’s finished the year second in the OUA East, with an 11-4-1 record, allowing less than one goal a game. Led by veterans Madison Tyrell, Brittany Almeida and second-year Jenny Wolever, the team finished second in the OUA, losing a tight 1-0 game to UOIT in the final. At the U Sports National Championships, the team went 1-2, missing the final by losing on penalty kicks to UBC and finishing in fourth place, improving on last year’s fifth place finish.

While the men’s rugby team didn’t win their fifth straight OUA title this year, they still celebrated successes. The team went 7-2-1 during the regular season, and their only loses came against the number one team in the OUA, the Guelph Gryphons. Team members played for Canada this year, including first fifteen players Lucas Rumball and Kainoa Lloyd. Three of the team’s players were in the OUA top 10 scorers and their defensive line this season was strong. A missing gold medal keeps the team away from their usual perfect rating from the Sports section.



Cross Country: B+


Key Results: Claire Sumner — OUA Champion, U Sports Champion

The success of the cross country team this year heavily relied on the performance of Claire Sumner. The Gaels third-year Life Sciences major won the Queen’s Invitational, the OUA Championship and the U Sports National Championship, helping her team win silver at the National Championship. Her efforts weren’t lone, as Julie Anne-Staehli came 10th and the Gaels finished a mere seven points off a team gold. With Alex Wilkie not on the team due to injury, the men finished in eighth, with Eric Wynands placing 27th for Queen’s.


Football: C-


Women’s Rugby: B

Men’s Soccer: C+

Rowing: C

Key Results: 4th in the OUA

Key Result: 1-0 win in the first round of the OUA Playoffs

Key Results: Women’s fourth in the OUA, men’s fifth in the OUA

Key Results: Finished 3-5, 7th in the OUA

The women’s rugby team was unable to recapture the same success of the 2015 season. They placed fourth this year in the OUA playoffs and had a regular season record of 4-4. The team had two players in the OUA top 10 scorers, Nadia Popov and Miranda Seifert, but the team was in a tier below Guelph and McMaster. During the season, Queen’s was 4-1 against the rest of the league, and 0-3 against Guelph and McMaster, losing to the later teams by a combined 119-5.

The men’s soccer team produced mixed results, finishing the year with a 8-6-4 record. Although they started the year strong, going five games without a loss, the team stumbled into the second half of the season, resurrecting their form with a 1-0 against Laurentian in the first round of the OUA playoffs. Their late season push wasn’t enough as they fell to Ryerson in quater-finals, missing out on the OUA Final Four.

The women’s rowing team came fifth overall and the men’s rowing team came sixth overall this season at the Canadian University Rowing Championship. The women’s team had a heavyweight 2- boat win a bronze medal and a time of 7.49.482, which helped the women garner 58 points for the fifth place overall finish. The men had a lightweight 4+ boat that received a bronze medal with a time of 6.51.996, that helped the team collect 56 points for the fifth place finish.

Although there was a lot of hype surrounding the football team with the revitalization of Richardson Stadium, the team didn’t perform to the stadium’s high expectations. While they played some of the top teams in the country in close games, ultimately the team blew second-half leads, forcing themselves in an almost must-win situation to make the playoffs. After losing on a fluke play against Ottawa, Queen’s finished with a 3-5 record, just outside the playoffs.

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Low-traffic spots to read on campus Keeping up with your readings, or catching up, is hard enough without having to look for a place to get comfortable. Whether you’re looking to focus on a textbook chapter before a big quiz or unwind between classes with a novel, this guide of illustrated spots will help you find the best out-of-the way nooks for reading on campus.

Space Jam: the movie we can’t forget 20 years later we still need more Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Tune Squad Joseph Cattana Sports Editor It’s been 20 years since Michael Jordan did something people thought was impossible — saved Looney Tunes. When Jordan retired from basketball for the first time in 1993, because he lost his motivation for the game, people thought he was crazy. But during his 1995 comeback, he shot Space Jam — a movie about an alternate version to his comeback to basketball. What athlete in their right mind would take time away from practicing to star in a

half-animated, half-live action movie with the Looney Tunes? Only the greatest athlete in the world. More importantly than being a box-office gold mine, this animated movie inspired the kids of its generation. And it’s for that reason that I believe it has stood the test of time. Space Jam has transcended both time and space to remain on our minds two decades after its release. How is it that a movie made up of cartoon characters and the G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) of basketball stand the test of time? Because it’s about more than basketball. Even though people might forget the exact plot and the actors may now be obscure — don’t worry Bill Murray we still love you — to me, the takeaways from the

film are still relevant. The Monstars — a group of aliens from Moron Mountain — steal the talent of the NBA’s best players at the time, becoming almost super creatures who intimidate Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Tune Squad. For many of us, this was the first time we encountered the idea of a bully and were taught how to deal with them. Rather than back away, we were taught that success is the best revenge. Although Jordan’s acting might be sub-par at best, pairing a sports hero with our old Saturday morning companions makes the movie a story in which anyone can triumph. Lola Bunny is the perfect example of this. Although not originally accepted on the



team, when she makes Bugs Bunny look like a fool on the court, her line, “don’t ever call me doll,” represents one of the first times I encountered a strong female character. I was never much of a cartoon watcher as a kid, but whether they were providing comedic relief or battling the villains, these characters stand the test of time because their familiarity unites a group of twentysomethings who still get goosebumps when they hear ‘I Believe I Can Fly.’ I might be a bit dramatic here, but in times of despair, all they had was hope and “Michael’s Secret Stuff”. The soundtrack has also stood up to multiple replays. Travelling to the United States for vacation, I would always force my family to listen to the soundtrack on loop. Those closest to me might hate it, but I never get tired of ‘Fly Like An Eagle’. Although the ending is farfetched — with Michael Jordan’s arm stretching the length of the court to win — it’s a classic example of good triumphing over evil. Space Jam is beyond the scope of the imagination. I could go on for a long time, and I have, about how the formula of a cartoon bunny, a redeemed group of aliens and the greatest athlete on earth makes me believe in the impossible. But I won’t, because Jordan says it best. At the end of the basketball game, he tells the Looney Tunes, “Thanks guys, you got a lot of... a lot of... well, whatever it is, you got a lot of it.”


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Growing back the ‘stache

Movember charity focuses on men’s health Clayton Tomlinson Staff Writer Like our GPAs, the leaves are falling, the light at the end of midterms is in sight, Starbucks holiday cups litter Stauffer desks and across campus, lip hair is beginning to sprout — it’s Movember. The Movember Foundation began when 30 guys in Australia wanted to see if they

could bring the moustache back into fashion. Since its conception in 2003, the movement has featured more than five million people of both genders who have raised over $750 million towards cancer research, prostate and testicular cancer as well as issues of mental health and suicide prevention among men. For me, it’s great to see a charity that focuses on men’s health issues all year round. I’ve lost many family members to prostate cancer — one of the primary targets the charity has set its sights on — so it very well could be in my future too. The Movember campaign, for me, bridges the islands that men often make themselves into. I no longer have to face the reality of my future alone thanks to this movement. The moustache is clawing its way back onto the upper lips of many men in November of every year as a way to show solidarity, to know we’re facing these issues together. Being a man, or on my way to becoming one anyways, it’s often hard for us to discuss our feelings and show that we can be hurt by something. During the month of November, growing a moustache, for me,


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means we’re addressing the fact that we aren’t invincible. The organization allows people to actively partake in the change for a cause that affects so many and it does it through Mo spaces. People set up sponsorship funds and attempt — I do mean ‘attempt’ — to grow moustaches. You donate money to people and they grow their ‘stache over the month of November. By circulating their Mo space on Facebook or Instagram, people are able to involve their friends and family in their growing attempts. There was once a time when every man adorned his lip with that little patch of hair, signifying he was a man’s man. Like most twenty-year-olds, I’m not what you would call gifted with nonscalp related hair follicles. One look at the shaving cream that I’ve had since the summer or the fact that my shaving routine is a weekly one would tell you that.


Outdoor winter running

The life of Bryan

Don’t let the weather dictate your outdoor running schedule ILLUSTRATED BY BRYAN CUYPERS

I have hope though, as any guy in my situation inevitably does, primarily because my father sported a moustache for the longest while. But for Movember, that doesn’t matter. This month, young men like me can look at our bodies, or facial hair, without animosity but rather with pride. It’s not like they will refuse your donation because your growth is too paltry. Everyone’s attempt is successful, because it’s the coming together as men to help ourselves and to realize we’re all in this together, that matters most.

Plastic Bags This one sounds a little strange, but bear with me. Your feet can get neglected when you’re worrying about staying dry, but they are just as important as the rest of you. Most running shoes aren’t outfitted for snowdrifts. So, in addition to wearing warm socks, putting a plastic baggie around your foot before slipping it into your shoe is an effective way of keeping your feet dry after you accidentally step in some slush.

Ashley Rhamey Assistant Lifestyle Editor Trying to get your cardio in during cold Canadian winters can leave you with limited options, but while the great outdoors can seem unapproachable with 20 inches of snow on the ground, outdoor winter running is a great way to brave the cold and stay active — if you know all the tricks to prevent frostbite.

Layers The most obvious change you’ll need to make as the temperature drops is finding ways to keep warm while still being able to move. Your parka isn’t exactly ideal. A common rule of thumb is to pretend it’s about 20 degrees warmer than it actually is. Your body heats up a lot during exercise, and if you’re too warmly-dressed, you’ll overheat. You may have been told that leaving the house with your hair wet will make you sick — the same principle works here. Once you overheat and start sweating a lot, you put yourself at risk for getting a nasty cold. The best way to avoid this is going for things like thin sweaters, long sleeved tops and vests. As for bottoms, doubling up is sometimes necessary. The idea is to be as dry as possible, so active-wear with moisture-wicking or water resistant properties are a good investment. If you want to cut corners, some runners swear by wearing garbage bags — yes, garbage bags — over their torsos to break the wind and keep warm.

Timing As the days get shorter, daylight hours are harder to come by and daylight hours when you’re willing and able to go for a jog are even less. Going in the middle of the day is ideal because it’s warmer and you’re at your most visible. However, if you can’t fit it in your schedule and decide to run after sunset, reflective tape and clothing are going to be important new additions to your wardrobe. Joggers need to watch out for cars during the best of conditions, but at night with snow and ice, it’s even more important to be as visible as possible. Location, Location, Location

When I run in the summer, part of the fun is exploring where I live. My favorite locations are the paths through the waterfront park, and down King Street to the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. When I run in the winter, going anywhere near the lake is going to be an issue. The wind chill is real, especially in Kingston, and running along Lake Ontario can be beautiful but dangerous in freezing temperatures. The ice on the paths is difficult to manoeuver and sometimes the land and the water are hard to distinguish. It’s best practice to find regularly-paved roads and sidewalks for your winter route, in well-lit, high-traffic areas in case you slip and need help. One of the best parts about winter running is that everyone else is either inside, or trying to get to wherever they’re going as fast as possible, most of the time without even looking up. When you’re out running, heated up from the movement and with no one around you, the world feels a little quieter. You can really appreciate how beautiful a winter night or a morning snowfall can be.


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Trekking through Mongolia A father daughter trip to explore a nomadic culture


Leslie playing during her trekking trip Mongolia.

Leslie Egan Contributor Before leaving on our trek, my dad and I were constantly asked “Why Mongolia?” We knew it was an unconventional vacation destination but that’s what made it so appealing. My dad had settled into replying “That’s why — because you ask.” I was keen to witness a new culture and hoped to gain insight into the life of Mongolian people. My dad, a well-travelled man, has had the experience of being immersed in other cultures and I was looking forward to gaining this experience for myself. When my dad was in his late twenties, he spent a year travelling Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand on his own. His unending stories growing up made it hard not to have wanderlust as a young adult. He always spoke fondly of his experience in a fishing village in India where he met a young boy who was studying English. This boy asked to spend the day with my dad to practice the language. That night, the boy’s family insisted my dad join them for dinner and they served a dish considered a delicacy in their culture — a soup containing the innards of a fish. I still can’t believe he ate it. But then again, throughout our travels in Mongolia he was always the first one to try any new foods offered by the nomads. His many stories like this taught me the importance of respecting other cultures and being open to trying new things. So, when he offered me the opportunity to travel abroad with him, I jumped at the chance. As we sifted through a variety of destinations, I found myself most intrigued by a group trekking adventure titled Mongolia

in the Footsteps of Nomads with Tim Cope, run by World Expeditions, an Australian-based adventure touring company. As I read more and more on Mongolia, I discovered a fascinating culture unlike any I had heard of before. This group trekking adventure offered an 18-day trip which included a trek through remote Western Mongolia and presented an opportunity to attend Naadam — a hugely-celebrated competition of the “three manly sports,” wrestling, archery and horseback riding.

As I read more and “more on Mongolia

I discovered a fascinating culture unlike any I had heard of before.

I’d never been camping before, or even in a tent prior to this trip. So, the idea of sleeping in a tent throughout the trek and pushing myself out of my comfort zone, coupled with getting to spend time learning about such a unique culture of nomadic people was extremely enticing — my decision was made. During our trek, we would stop in whenever we came across a ger, which happened maybe once or twice a day. Gers are the traditional dwelling of Mongolian nomads and are able to be packed up when the nomads choose to relocate. Each ger we saw was completely unique — decorated with tapestries and full of bright colours. However, each one had the same arrangement: a circular tent covered in felt and canvas with a stove in the middle which vented through a small hole in the center of the ger’s roof. Many

nomads burn dried yak dung to warm their stovetops as it can be difficult to obtain other sources of fuel. The nomadic lifestyle involves having no permanent residence, and often packing up and relocating for better weather or to find the greenest pastures for their livestock. According to the World Bank Group, Mongolia sits at a population of just under three million spread over an area of 1.5 million square kilometres. To put that in perspective, the entire country is about the size of Quebec and holds roughly one third of the province’s population. Mongolia is one of the least densely populated countries on earth, which lends well to the nomadic lifestyle. After a long cold morning of trekking in the rain, we came across a warm ger where we were invited inside to sit and have our lunch. We were all so thankful for a dry place to warm up we didn’t mind the smell of yak dung wafting through the air. This is where we met Davaa, with his long white whisp of a beard and a pipe that barely left his lips. Once we had all settled in we were offered some of Davaa’s homemade vodka — a drink crafted by many nomads, made from fermented mare’s milk. And, as in many of the gers we visited, we were offered unending portions of the traditional salty tea, dried yak curd and fried dough. Davaa filled a silver bowl with his strong alcohol and passed it with both hands through the circle. To show our gratitude for the continued hospitality, at each ger our group would present the family with a few gifts. These small gifts — lotion for women, flashlights for men, or a small toy for children, were so heartily appreciated at each home. Tim Cope, our guide, has spent much of his life immersed in the

Mongolian culture and included the suggestion to bring small gifts in our pre-departure package. My dad and I had packed a toy car game and when we were invited into a ger with a young boy aged seven or eight, we thought this might be a good time to part with that gift. With an ear-to-ear grin, the young boy heartily accepted the game and immediately opened the packaging and began to play. This pattern continued with every family we met. Each child presented with a small toy, a token of gratitude, looked as though they had just come downstairs on Christmas morning. We were told that these families would need to travel for several days on horseback to reach the nearest market to access small goods and toys, so the children aren’t spoiled the way we so often see in our culture back home.

and spoke with had nothing but great things to say about their hard-working lives. My travels in Mongolia have made me reassess my view of the materialism ingrained in our society. It has made me so much more aware and so much more appreciative for all that I have. Reflecting on this experience I’m so grateful for all the nomads I met, they all seemed so honestly happy with what they had, living off of the land, despite their lack of quick access to a city centre or material goods. They live a life that seems so much simpler than the added complications of big city life. The nomads we met have given me an understanding of deep gratitude and for this I’m ever thankful.

One nomadic “ woman, when asked

how they get money responded ‘What do I need money for?

As our trek continued, we met several families who lived the nomadic lifestyle. Every family greeted us with such hospitality and an endless openness to answer our questions. These nomads live a life of few possessions, only what they can pack up and take with them as they move. One nomadic woman, when asked how they get money responded “What do I need money for?” In that answer lies so much of nomadic culture. Their livelihood is with their livestock, so there’s little use for money in their typical daily life. Every nomad we met


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The Queen's Journal, Volume 144, Issue 14  

The Queen's Journal