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Free Speech Wall

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Alumni caught up in media storm surrounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford B Y A LISON S HOULDICE Editor in Chief

A number of Queen’s alumni are caught up in the drug scandal currently plaguing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Amin Massoudi, ArtSci ’10 and Ford’s current communications staffer, is directly involved in some of the latest allegations. According to a Vice Magazine article published Tuesday, Massoudi hired a hacker in May to retrieve the video showing Ford smoking crack cocaine. Vice claims they spoke to the hacker and have emails allegedly sent between the hacker and Massoudi. In an email to the Journal, Massoudi denied the allegations, calling them “absurd”. “The entirety of the story is false and everything referenced therein has been fabricated. It is telling that the story neither quotes any named sources nor provides any independent corroboration of the alleged hacker’s information,” this year’s three-storey Queen he said. He added that he’ll be contacting of Hearts castle was the largest the City of Toronto’s IT services structure the event has ever seen. “[It was] the biggest in history,” Atkins, Sci ’14, said. She said the administration is likely to restrict the size of the structure in the future, and that the committee may look into changing venues. “In future years they could consider putting it into a different venue, because class sizes are getting bigger,” she said. Grant Hall was too small to seat the entire fourth-year

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Recent grads face Ford fiasco



SciFormal considers revamp

Significant overspending this year could mean a change in structure B Y S EBASTIAN L ECK Assistant News Editor This year’s Engineering Society (EngSoc) Science Formal went overbudget, pushing the Science Formal Committee to consider changing the event’s structure in the future. This year, the event went forward as planned; however, significant overspending affected the planning process, forcing the committee to cut building materials and alter the DJ booth setup. Final expenses for the event haven’t yet been calculated. Despite

Sports Tomorrow, Gaels football returns to Western in search of the Yates Cup. For two bitter rivals, there’s more than a trophy at stake. We’ve compiled a graphic pitting Ontario’s top two teams against the other. Just one OUA opponent is left — and for Queen’s, it’d be the sweetest win of all

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this, the Committee is working to find additional donations and streamline the event’s overall costs. Engineering students attending the event must complete 40 volunteer hours to design and build a main structure within Grant Hall, which is unveiled at an open house before the event. Each year’s SciFormal has a theme which corresponds with the decorations and structure. This year’s theme was “Alice in Wonderland”. Lauren Atkins, the communications chair for the Science Formal Committee, said

to investigate whether his email account was spoofed. Other Queen’s grads connected to the events in Ford’s office are Brooks Barnett, ArtSci ’09, and Kia Nejatian, ArtSci ’10. Barnett was a policy advisor for the Mayor until Wednesday morning, when he handed in his resignation without a public explanation. The previous day, Ford had admitted publically to smoking crack cocaine. While at Queen’s, Barnett served as the ASUS chief electoral officer, as an ASUS student senator and ran in the 2008 Rector election. Barnett was unable to be contacted for an interview. Nejatian was Ford’s administrative assistant until the end of May, leaving just weeks after the first crack video allegations emerged. He now runs his own vacation-rental business in Toronto. Nejatian was named in the 465-page court document released last week regarding the arrest of Sandro Lisi, Rob Ford’s personal driver, who is an alleged drug dealer. See Alumnus on page 7

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Students don’t cut corner stores

Hannah Georgas plays The Grad Club this Saturday

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Ferociously fighting the fur industry

Football’s physical and psychological pressures

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University keeps spot in Maclean’s ranking Placing fourth in the Medical Doctoral category for a third year, Queen’s stays put among top institutions B Y O LIVIA B OWDEN Assistant News Editor Maclean’s magazine released the results of their 23rd annual University Rankings, placing Queen’s fourth in Canada for a third year in a row. The ranking analyzes 49 different Canadian universities each year. Maclean’s categorizes each university under Primarily Undergraduate, Comprehensive or Medical Doctoral. Queen’s was named as a Medical Doctoral institute. Universities under the Medical Doctorial category are judged based on 14 different indicators. “Queen’s does well on a number of indicators and they maintain that,” Mary Dwyer, senior editor (university rankings) at Maclean’s, said. Queen’s came first in indicators such as awards given to faculty and library holdings per student, she added. Queen’s came second in school spending on scholarships and bursaries, and third in awards given to students. Primarily Undergraduate universities place a strong emphasis on undergraduate programs.


Queen’s ranked 4th in the Maclean’s Magazine’s annual university ranking.

Comprehensive and Medical Doctoral universities emphasize graduate research. Medical Doctoral universities, however, house medical schools. Fotty per cent of a university’s score is based on academic awards given to

faculty and students. Five other categories are measured, such as reputation, which is determined by a national survey spearheaded by the magazine and accounts for 20 per cent. Other categories include library quality, which is based on the upkeep of libraries, amounting to 15 per cent. In addition, spending on student services is weighted at 13 per cent, and resources, which determines funds available for student expenses, is at 12 per cent. Dwyer said Queen’s improved in terms of library quality. “[Queen’s] moved up to fourth [place] on spending on libraries, which is another key area.” “You would want to see libraries being maintained,” she said. McGill placed first in the Medical Doctoral category, followed by UBC and U of T in second and third place. Dwyer said Queen’s maintains a strong national presence as a university. “[Queen’s] still placed very well on reputation. They were sixth in their category, which shows a strong reputation,” she said. Rankings stem from the most recent data from Statistics Canada on student and faculty numbers. Principal Daniel Woolf said the University excels in categories such as student support services as well as awards won by faculty. “[It] is a testament to our success as a balanced academy,” he told the Journal

via email. The government of Ontario is reducing per-student grants, creating a “challenging environment” for Queen’s to operate in, he added. “Queen’s is working hard to maintain its financial sustainability and ensure it remains competitive among Canada’s best universities,” he said. Woolf said it’s difficult to enter the top three, as those are larger institutions. Queen’s is considered a mid-sized university. “Queen’s tends to do very well in rankings that measure student learning experience,” he said. “Among our counterparts, I think we do very well.” He said he’s pleased to see Queen’s ranked among other top universities. “I think the results are reflective of the hard work of our faculty and staff members, as well as our outstanding students,” he said.



C L A R I F I C AT I O N The NOPIRG campaign was not officially endorsed by the Queen’s University Conservative Association. Unclear information appeared in the Oct. 25 issue of the Journal. The Journal regrets the oversight.





Just around the corner

Convenience stores remain a staple within the Queen’s community B Y E MILY M ILLER Features Editor Today’s corner stores offer much more than bubblegum, as they must in order to thrive. According to Steve Nikitopoulos, co-owner of Campus One Stop at Alfred and Earl Streets, the sustainability of neighborhood convenience stores hinges on their ability to diversify. “Now, everybody sells everything, so you just have to make an effort to differentiate yourself, and be good at what you do,” Nikitopoulos said. He feels that convenience stores have taken on a new face. “We’re fortunate we are where we are, because we’re so close to the University, but you really have to differentiate yourself in order to succeed as a neighborhood corner store,” he said. Campus One Stop doesn’t sell lotto tickets, and tobacco sales represent only a small portion of its revenue.

Nikitopoulos said the sale of these items is insufficient for sustaining a neighborhood corner store, one reason he speculates residential stores in urban centers like Toronto have become largely extinct. Instead, Nikitopoulos and his brother Jim, also a co-owner, focus on acting as more of a grocery store for nearby residents. The store carries a carefully curated selection of quality brands, Nikitopoulos said, including the Mola Mola fair-trade line of coffee products the brothers own. After researching fair-trade coffee in the inaugural years of their business, Nikitopoulos said he knew it was the perfect market for him and his brother to explore while they grew their company. “I did a lot more research into fair trade, and the more I read about it, the more I thought it really expressed who we are more than anything,” he said. The Nikitopoulos brothers bought the store 11 years ago from their uncle and

father, preventing the property from leaving family hands. According to Steve, the storefront has existed since 1907, but has specifically been a grocery and convenience store since 1967. Nikitopoulos said he views Campus One Stop’s role as integral within the Queen’s neighborhood. “I think that our store is a part of the social fabric of this community,” he said. “As the kids get to know us, they realize that we’re a part of the neighborhood; we’re a part of their everyday lives, sometimes for three to four years.” Campus One Stop has seen a growth in loyal customers over the years, and Nikitopoulos said that despite having certain changes in the area impact business, they have always found a way to make their business

more dynamic. “Our feet are planted,” Nikitopoulos said, mentioning how he and his brother are committed to the growth of their business for the long-term. According to Nikitopoulos, the store has managed to either keep its prices stagnant, or, in the case of some products, even lower, over time. Campus One Stop has recognized the value of progressing to meet the changing preferences of students, he said. “There’s a lot more information out there, and a lot more awareness of what is and what isn’t good to put into your body,” Nikitopoulos said. “We used to have 99 cent bread specials on plain white Wonder Bread, and it would fly off the shelves. Now you can put plain white Wonder Bread for ten cents and no one will buy it.” Nikitopoulos said it’s impossible for a business like Campus One Stop to thrive without catering to the needs of its audience.

“You really have to make yourself a total destination — something that people will go out of their way to come to.” Over at Albert and Earl Streets, at Bedore’s Food Market, owner Joanne Kwan said she strives to keep her prices on par with major chains. “My prices are very comparable to big grocery stores — that’s what I try to aim for,” Kwan said. She said most students find it much easier to purchase from her, especially when their needs are not as expansive as a full household’s. “Students don’t have a family here; they don’t cook a whole lot, and so they just need a little bit here and there, so they look for the convenience,” she said. “A lot of them don’t have a car, so convenience works for them.” Kwan has found that some students value low prices more, while others value convenience. While Kwan emphasized the importance of personal relationships with her customers, she said her price competitiveness is what she thinks keeps her many regular customers coming back. Though the prices of keeping a business can fluctuate, Kwan’s adamant about keeping her prices low, and said she prizes her relationships with customers more than any profit. “I’m comfortable; I don’t count the penny for my living here,” she said. “I just want to have fun.” Kwan emphasized the inimitable sense of community surrounding her store as one of her favourite parts of her job. “I think that this is one of the best jobs,” she said. “My customers give me smiles all the time and thank me all the time … I can listen to my music and then I can even dance … what else do you expect in your job?” Kwan has enjoyed running Bedore’s since she and her husband bought the long-standing establishment seven years ago when they were choosing a way to round out their careers, prior to retirement. “As far as I know, Mr. Bedore bought it from someone else, and Mr. Bedore ran it in the 1950s, 1940s,” Kwan said. “This store is easily 80 years old.” Despite the age implied by its name, Old Farm Fine Foods arrived at the periphery of the Queen’s Ghetto just four years ago, when Nancy George and her husband relocated from the Kingston Farmers’ Market. Since then, they’ve welcomed students in for local, seasonal p r o d u c e , including meats, cheeses, breads,

ready-made soups, sandwiches and pizza that Nancy herself cooks daily in the upstairs kitchen. “It’s been a good step from the market to here,” George said. According to George, it’s the close connection with their former Farmers’ M a r k e t colleagues that has allowed them to maintain such high quality inventory, with the appeal of locality and knowing exactly where the food is coming from. “We know our ingredients because we make it here or we know who made it … if someone has a food issue, they can come in and ask about any allergies or things that are in the certain foods,” George said. George acknowledged the growing student enthusiasm for local food, as well as seasonal food from Southern Ontario. “A lot of the students have travelled or have lived in bigger centers and they’re used to more variety than what is being offered by a chain or a franchise operation,” she said. With this in mind, George runs a business that caters to the specific needs and preferences of her customers. “It’s convenience in a different way, in that we’re accommodating,” George said. In addition to offering organic and gluten-free options, the ready-made offerings at Old Farm change daily, and George says the freedom to offer this variety was a major motivation for opening her store. As much as George, Comm ’82, said she loves running her business, she mentioned the caveats to delivering fresh local foods daily. “It’s almost insurmountable to track, when you have 10 farmers delivering in one day and you have


to track the paperwork,” George said. Nevertheless, her business has consistently been gaining traction and increasing in popularity among both Kingston locals and Queen’s students. According to Jeff Williams, one of the store’s five employees, the response to their introduction of homemade pizza has been unexpectedly enthusiastic. “We make it upstairs actually from scratch. Nancy had that pizza oven for years, so they brought it in, cleaned it up and it worked out really well.” Jeff said pizza is just one example of how Old Farm’s selection of fresh, quality ingredients sets it apart from other neighborhood businesses. Andy Williams, another proud Old Farm employee, said the store offers much more than food. “Some people ask for recipe suggestions, so if they buy a piece of meat, Nancy has all these recipes floating around,” he said. Williams emphasized the comfort of familiarity that compliments the comfort food sold at Old Farm. “Compared to the stuff on campus, it’s a thousand times better,” he said. “I’ve eaten Sodexo at three different university campuses, and it’s the same thing everywhere.” “You know what you’re getting here.”





Speech Wall resurrected Queen’s Students for Liberty erect wall despite removal last year B Y VINCENT B EN M ATAK News Editor Queen’s Students for Liberty (QSL) erected another Free Speech Wall on Monday, despite a severe backlash from the AMS and the University that lead to its removal last April. Annie Orvis, AMS Student Life Centre (SLC) officer, said that SLC staff weren’t aware that QSL intended to erect another wall when they booked the space for Monday and Tuesday, stating rather that they would just be promoting a Students for Liberty conference, scheduled to be held in Toronto on Nov. 16. “We didn’t know it was going to happen but we were aware of issues that could come from that group,” Orvis, ArtSci ’13, said. “We did do our due diligence to find out what they were doing, but as they were an AMS-ratified group we would like to give them space in the building.” The wall, which stood in the JDUC between Monday afternoon and Tuesday night, didn’t feature any racist or hateful remarks written by students, as seen last year. Overall, though, the event was mostly positive, Orvis added. “When I was aware this went up on Monday, we just monitored the situation and we were pleased with how it went and that nothing bad happened,” Orvis said. Last April, Queen’s Student Affairs and the AMS removed the board twice after racist and other hateful remarks were strewn across it. QSL subsequently filed a complaint with Kingston Police and intended to pursue legal action against the University for theft of private property and for violating their freedom of speech. The SLC also introduced a new reservation policy in September that would restrict reservations to groups that could potentially bring discredit upon the AMS or the University,

Tyler Lively, campus coordinator for QSL.

following the results of last year’s Free Speech Wall. “It wasn’t that we expected them to put up another wall but if we got into another tight situation as well we would want to protect ourselves and the University,” Orvis said. Tyler Lively, campus coordinator for QSL, said any potential legal action has been dropped since last year. “We decided to back out from that, [because of] the effort that goes into it and the fact that as a University student … you’re taking on the admin that oversees you as a student, so there’s a bit of a power relationship going on,” Lively, ArtSci ’15, said. “People are [also] busy with school and [if they] wanted to go to grad school at Queen’s that could be affected.” Similarly to last year, the event was booked through the Student Life Centre’s online booking system. After it was erected on Monday, students wrote comments like “the Leafs suck”, “happy Diwali”, “I support freedom of speech” and “sticks and stones can break my bones but words can scar me forever”. Last year, the wall was run in association with the Justice

The Free Speech Wall was housed in the JDUC on Monday and Tuesday.


Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF). Following its removal, Queen’s received an “F” grade for promoting free speech on campus, according to a report released by the institute last month. “[The University] is very preemptive in trying to stop a [racist and elitist] reputation from spreading, which is understandable, but I think that freedom of speech comes first,” Lively said. “The purpose was to promote how valuable [free speech] is and maintain it and fight any encroachment.” This year, QSL erected the wall as part of its promotion of the Students for Liberty Canadian Regional Conference, set to take place on Nov. 16 at the University of Toronto. They also handed out informational pamphlets about the event on Monday and Tuesday. The conference will focus on increasing liberty internationally, and will feature Lawrence Reed, president for the Foundation of Economic Education, Tom Palmer, vice-president of the Atlas Network and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, as well as other notable liberty activists across North America.





(ppm) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere wasn’t covered at all by media outlets, despite its severe consequences. Parts per million of carbon dioxide refers to the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The atmosphere had approximately 315 ppm of system has encouraged partisanship carbon dioxide in 1958, when and discouraged cooperation, measurements of carbon dioxide she added. In particular, she levels began. said, Members of Parliament “It was covered in the Guardian, have to vote according to party lines Le Monde and all around rather than for their constituents. the world. But not in Canada,” “It’s a new dictatorship she said. punctuated by elections,” she said. She said the issue muzzling May also spoke about scientists has gained traction the state of the media, and because of scientists who organized criticized the coverage of climate the Death of Evidence rallies in change and the slow erosion of Ottawa and other cities. Canadian democracy. The rallies protested the closing “The most important news of the Experimental Lakes Area in stories aren’t being covered at all,” northern Ontario, as well as slashes she said. to scientific research. May told the Journal following The media also doesn’t cover the her talk that the crossing of inaccuracy of scientific reports sent the 400 parts per million out by the Prime Minister’s Office, resulting in valuable information being ignored, she said. “Part of the problem is that the concentration of vertically concentrated corporate power in the media is not covered by the media,” May said. She said social media, which isn’t controlled by corporate conglomerates, as well as

Elizabeth May criticizes Green Party leader condemns Harper’s policies on science B Y S EBASTIAN L ECK Assistant News Editor Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party of Canada, spoke at Robert Sutherland Hall yesterday on the Harper government and the muzzling of government scientists. The event, attended by around 50 people, was organized by the School of Policy Studies. The audience members, which included professors, students and members of the Kingston community, overflowed into the building’s hallways. During her speech, May

told the audience that the government research departments have been “contaminated” by political agendas, and that the federal Conservative government has eroded Canada’s democracy. “We can’t believe what we read anymore,” May said. “Evidence-based decision-making has changed to decision-making evidence making.” She said the elimination of the long-form census, and the restriction of free speech afforded to government scientists has made the research data less available to the public. The “first past the post” electoral


Campaign goes inward

Women’s Worth Week Committee runs photo events aimed to focus on inner beauty and raise self-esteem B Y S EBASTIAN L ECK Assistant News Editor The Women’s Worth Week Committee ran a photo campaign this week on campus in anticipation of its annual initiative, asking students what makes them “distinctly beautiful”. The photograph sessions took place in the JDUC. Each room had a whiteboard where students wrote their answers to two questions and posed for a photograph. Women’s Worth Week enters its third year at Queen’s this November. It was founded by Kate McCord, ArtSci ’13, in 2011. Starting this year, the week

will be run by a six-person committee under the ASUS Equity Commission. It will begin on Nov. 18. The first question asked students, “What makes you distinctly beautiful?” It required students to consider ways they were beautiful outside of their appearance and grades, according to McCord. The second question asked was, “If you could say one thing to inspire self-esteem, what would it be?” McCord said the photo campaign was designed to make the week’s events and discussions more inclusive. Both men and women are invited to participate, she said. She said the campaign is more


organized than it was last year, and will be moving away from lectures on campus to events focused on student discussion. “Now it’s much more focused on engaging students and getting them to share experiences,” McCord said. The questions were based on a poem by Carlos Andrés Gómez, she said, who is an American slam poet. She said he spoke on manhood as well as femininity. “He talks a lot about [how] narrow views of manhood negatively impact women, and how those perpetuate negative cycles of violence towards women,” McCord said. The focus of this year’s Women’s


online media sources are better sources of information than national newspapers. “A lot of it has to come grassroots up, because it is very difficult to get the media to cover the national crisis,” she said. According to May, the level of discourse in the media also has to change. “That’s the way Harper manipulates people, to make them fearful,” she said. She said Canada needs to look at systemic problems, and solve problems cooperatively. An example, she said, would be investing in earlier education to deal with crime from the bottom up. “The sound bites of the intolerant keep underlining the idea that we are divided and fearful,” May said. “In reality, Canadians are quite united, quite helpful and not just tolerant, but accepting of others.” As for undergraduate students, she said, they should develop habits of “effective citizenship”, which includes voting in elections, writing to editors and conducting their own research. “Don’t think of yourself as a consumer or even a taxpayer,” May said. “Think of yourself as a citizen with tremendous power, who can make a difference.”

Week campaign is inclusivity, she beautiful,” she said. said, and the photo campaign is “I’m not saying all guys are like meant to improve its reach. that, but the media trains us to see She said inclusivity is especially things that way.” important because some men find Having men answer questions it difficult to engage in discussions about what makes women beautiful around gender. challenges this perception, she said. “I find with some of McCord said the photographs them — they come across as just will be posted on the ‘women’s issues’,” she said. “I think organization’s Facebook page it’s hard for guys to access that.” and website, but she also hopes However, male students are to display a slideshow on participating in the campaign, campus during Women’s Worth according to McCord, and have in Week, and continue displaying the past as well. them throughout next semester. She said male input is “Next semester I think equally important when we’ll print some of them and it comes to improving make a big poster, and have that on self-image problems. display somewhere, just so people “A lot of women perceive that can see them and access them as men have one definition of what is much as possible.”





Queen’s TALKS peer support Students stand up against fear and stigma of mental health through discussion and raising awareness of resources on campus

Christopher Walasek speaking about mental health resources on campus last night.

B Y A BBY A NDREW Assistant News Editor

that I have a mental illness.” Goff said that she worries what people will think of her. “My main fear tonight would Last night at the Queen’s TALKS rally, Caeleb Goff shared her be that people … [will] judge me journey with mental illness based on that,” she said before the talk. for the first time in public. “[We are talking] about The gathering, which took place at Common Ground, was reducing stigma but then it’s the main event of the second still scary because you would annual Queen’s TALKS week run worry that people would still stigmatize you.” by the Peer Support Centre. Sebastian Gorlewski, the The campaign, which began on director of the Peer Support Centre, Monday, will mark its close today. Last night, Goff spoke organized the week. He said the campaign’s about living with generalized anxiety disorder and depression in purpose is to erase fear with mental front of an audience of more than associated health stigma. 50 students. Booths were set up around Students Lauren Hawthorne, Stacey Lambert, Christopher campus with Peer Support Centre Walasek and Breanna McCreary volunteers promoting the TALKS also spoke about their acronym and peer support on campus. experiences at the event. “TALKS is an acronym for: Tell “It was years before I mentioned anything and I think that with them you care; Ask gently; Listen the dialogue kind of opening up attentively; Know your resources and with there being less stigma and Stay in touch,” Gorlewski, out there now, people would ArtSci ’14, said. More than 200 students visited be more likely to get help a lot earlier on than I did,” Goff, the booths and had their picture taken while holding a whiteboard ArtSci ’15, said. Talking about personal displaying a personal phrase matters in a public situation can be regarding peer support. “[The participants] get to publicly intimidating, she said. “It’s hard to know how people show via social media that they are going to interpret [it],” support a cause that they believe in,” he said. Goff said. In addition to the rally, the “Stigma for mental illness is still out there, and I don’t really week featured a de-stressor want people to think that the only event on Wednesday night at thing there is about me is the fact the Red Room in Kingston


Hall. Approximately 20-30 students attended. The event featured the movie Toy Story and offered students an opportunity to relax. “The goal of it was to sort of chill out. It has been a pretty crazy month … a lot of people had midterms and stuff, sometimes we need to tone it down,” he said. Research shows that the most effective way of reducing the stigma surrounding mental health is through direct contact education, such as public speaking events, he said. Anjali Ravi, one of the Peer Support Centre’s two marketing coordinators, helped organize the Queen’s TALKS poster campaign that features pictures of diverse groups of students. “[The poster campaign] really helps us to reach out to a whole variety of students who may not have known what Queen’s TALKS was before,” Ravi, ArtSci ’14, said. “The goal with it is to have so many recognizable faces in the Queen’s community talking about peer support.” The events held during the week aimed to emphasize that students don’t have to be an experts to help a friend with mental health issues, Ravi said. “Anybody can do anything for someone else, even without the professional capacity,” she said.




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Holocaust education gets personal Queen’s Hillel brings in speakers, screens movie to teach students about importance of the Holocaust B y N icholas W heeler -H ughes Contributor Elana Moscoe and Zoey Katz want to make learning about the Holocaust more personal

for students. Moscoe and Katz, who are spearheading Holocaust Education Week this year as part of Queen’s Hillel on campus, said they want to relay a focus on “preserving legacies and sharing stories,” as

Alumnus: no issues with media

Moscoe, ConEd ’15, said. “If our generation makes no effort to preserve this history, then future generations have no reason to do any different,” she added. Between Monday and Friday, there will be an exhibit set up in the JDUC that Moscoe describes as a “mini-Holocaust museum.” This year is the 75th anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass, and the team wants to make the historic event a focus this year. “This was the night when Jewish stores, homes, businesses and synagogues were looted, making it a major [event] in the history of the Jewish persecution,” she said. A table will also be added this year where visitors can use books and other resources contributed by Hillel about the Holocaust. On Monday, Annette Weisberg,

a Kingston resident, is set to talk about her experience growing up in Berlin following the Holocaust. Weisberg, born in post-war Berlin, said she grew up in a time when the Holocaust was barely mentioned. She later went on to marry a Jewish man, but chose not to immediately expose their children to the Jewish religion. However, their son eventually ended up converting to Judaism. “It’s a remarkable story that everyone should come and hear,” Katz, ArtSci ’16, said. On Tuesday, a film called Heart of Auschwitz will also be screened. “It tells the story of a Montreal filmmaker who found in a Holocaust museum a heart-shaped birthday card made by the Jewish women imprisoned by the Nazis,”

While in Kingston, Nejatian worked at Varsity Properties, and The document, which was heavily wanted to continue down that redacted, revealed that Ford was career path in Toronto. “I resigned in the Mayor’s office under police surveillance for months, and proved through to pursue my passion in real estate,” phone records his close relationship he said. “I had no issues whatsoever with Lisi. According to the documents, with the negative attention Nejatian drafted a reference letter the Mayor was receiving over for Lisi on behalf of Ford on official certain issues.” “The reason I stayed for City letterhead. The letter from Ford was used so long was because of all the in court as a character reference negative attention. “I didn’t want to jump for Lisi, who, at the time, was facing allegations of threatening to ship on the Mayor during a hard time.” kill a woman. Nejatian said it’s only partially In an email to the Journal, Nejatian didn’t comment on coincidental that so many Queen’s the court documents, instead alumni worked for Ford. During saying that working at Ford’s 2010 campaign, he recruited Toronto’s City Hall was an one friend from Queen’s to take “intense” experience, but one that part, who then convinced several other grads to join. he enjoyed. While working for Ford, “The news that has come out since my departure Nejatian found there was good has been as much of a surprise chemistry between the staffers. “A lot of our staff were really to me as to other Torontonians,” calm ... and I think we handled he said. In a June 2013 interview with everything pretty well,” he said. “There was never a dull moment the Journal, Nejatian stressed that his departure from the Mayor’s in the Mayor’s office. There was office was unrelated to the scandal always something new.” From left to right: Zoey Katz and Elana Moscoe, this year’s organizers. that was beginning to unfold at the — With files from Nick Faris time. she said. EngSoc executives returned unused “It allowed for attendees materials for refunds and pushed who were in Kingston Hall for sponsorships. and could not get into Grant “People could pay off their Hall … the ability to walk around remaining hours which did recover and enjoy the event in Kingston some money,” she said. Hall,” Fleck said. Finally, Fleck said, some of The van shuttle for the event the deficit was absorbed by a suffered a $2,000 accident, she contingency fund. said, which also increased the costs. Moving forward, the EngSoc she said, due to several To work around the deficit, the Board of Directors and the Continued from page 1 last-minute donations and Science Formal Committee and the Science Formal Committee engineering class including their additional bills for the event, such as the rent for Grant Hall and dates, she said. The cuts they made, according cleaning bill. The society recently to an email SciFormal convener SciFormal control Stephanie Van Raay sent out to shifted the Engineering Class of 2014, under the EngSoc Board of led to a simpler DJ booth and a Directors, she said, which increased the cost of the event. restructure in Grant Hall. “In this change there No changes were made to the food provided or decorations has been a shift to pay for the for the event, according to EngSoc resources that they use like the bookkeeper, banking, General President Emily Fleck. “No major cuts were made Manager, etc.,” Fleck said. She said the Board of Directors from food because we did not want to compromise the safety of an also approved the budget event that does involve drinking,” before the changes in construction she told the Journal via email. costs had been accounted for, Fleck said the budget which caused discrepancies. problems were mostly due to a Other factors that increased larger structural setup in Grant the costs included the purchase Hall and unforeseen costs such of fire safety products and a new as extra fire safety precautions “line system”, which let and administrative expenses. students see whether tables The current budget deficit were available in Grant Hall has not yet been calculated, using light-up plastic pucks, SciFormal committee is considering changing the structure of the event. Continued from page 1

Cuts announced via email this week

Katz said. “It’s a touching film about the comradery of the women who would have been instantly murdered had the card been found.” Nate Leipciger, a Holocaust survivor, will also be speaking on Wednesday about his experience surviving a Jewish concentration camp, and his life following the war. Katz, who personally visited Nazi concentration camps, said the experience made the mass murder “a lot more real.” “While the Holocaust has always been integrated in my family history, this was when I really connected with my heritage,”

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will work to have the budget reviewed earlier in the year to prevent similar issues. “We will be creating some more directed policy to help with the transition … from society-managed to a corporate initiative under the Board of Directors,” Fleck said.

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Editorials — The Journal’s Perspective

The premise that someone would wear the shorts all the time seems “impractical. How many pairs would they have to own?”

sexual assault

The long and the shorts of it An Indiegogo campaign that seeks funding to develop anti-rape shorts has created a stir on social media. These shorts could help women avoid sexual assault in certain circumstances, and women should feel empowered to wear them if they wish. However, it’s important to discuss the possible drawbacks of the product and explore how they fit into a wider analysis of sexual assault. It’s not clear when a woman would wear these shorts. While our culture promotes the image of a rapist as a random attacker, most rapes are committed by someone that the victim knows. The premise that someone would wear the shorts all the time seems impractical. How many pairs would they have to own? Some have suggested the shorts would be most effective if the victim was unconscious. However, the vast majority of sexual assault victims are conscious when they are attacked. The group developing the shorts cites studies which show that “resistance increases the chance of avoiding a completed rape without making the victim more likely to be physically injured”. These are fairly tenuous grounds on which to promote the shorts, as the studies in question are based on cases that are wildly divergent from what’s at issue here: an unanticipated physical barrier. The issue of accessibility is also important to consider, as the shorts themselves are expensive to produce. This is particularly disconcerting as they’re likely to be out of reach for those with lower incomes. Those who live places in the world where sexual assault is most prevalent would be the least likely to acquire this clothing item. These shorts should be available to anyone who wants to use them, as feeling safe is a central consideration when dealing with sexual assault. However, physical barriers should only be a small subset of strategies in a much more comprehensive prevention plan.

Jonah Eisen

Knowing the code

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campus politics

Referendum reformation

Fall Referendum results were have done more to inform students. straightforward and eye-catching. released last Wednesday with a Aggressively promoting themselves In general, it’s obvious that the remarkably low voter turnout on social media and doing more Fall Referendum is an afterthought of 15.8 per cent. There is plenty presentations in lecture would have compared to the Winter Referendum and elections. of blame to go around for this been effective. If turnout remains low, That being said, clubs are dismally low number, but the AMS disadvantaged by the current significant reform to the current is the primary culprit. Students have no excuse for their rules. As it stands, if voting falls system should be considered. A alternative would apathy. Voting in a referendum only below the 20 per cent cut-off, possible takes five minutes and it’s relatively groups need a 55 per cent vote in see scrapping the referendum easy to get informed about the the affirmative instead of 50 per altogether and having students cent. The primary job of clubs is prompted to opt out when they relevant clubs. The widely-held notion that get “yes” votes, not raise overall pay their students fees. The AMS needs to step up its referendums are irrelevant to the turnout. The current rules should game when it comes to promoting average student is unfortunate. be reformed. The fact that 6,000 students referendums. In aggregate, student The clubs requesting an opt-out fee entertain you, advocate for you, did not receive timely referendum clubs are just as important as the inform you and provide creative, emails undoubtedly reduced the student government itself so they professional and social outlets for amount of votes cast. Nothing deserve commensurate attention. else could explain the dramatic We should all resist apathy, if your peers. We should strive to prove Mayor drop from last year’s 26.33 per only out of fear that the Mark Gerretsens of the world are Mark Gerretsen wrong when he cent turnout. The AMS could do much proved correct. says that students are apathetic. The way things stand, we are fulfilling a more to promote and incentivize voting. The AMS emails about — Journal Editorial Board self-involved stereotype. — Journal Editorial Board The clubs themselves could the Referendum could be more

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A blogs writer for The Telegraph recently wrote a piece criticizing the U.K. government for advocating that computer programming be taught in high schools. The writer dismisses the initiative and labels computer programmers “exceptionally dull weirdo[s].” This ignorant misunderstanding of computing science and stigmatization of programmers is all too common. It’s time to change that. When most people think about a computer programmer, they picture a geeky-looking guy, probably in his 30s, punching buttons on a keyboard behind a bright computer screen in his parents’ basement. Thinking about a software designer this way is like thinking about a metal-worker as a medieval-looking blacksmith clanking away at a horseshoe. It’s anachronistic. With this kind of stigma so prevalently associated with computing science, it’s no wonder there is a projected surplus of over one million jobs for computer programmers by the year 2020. Not enough people are studying computer science in large part due to a lack of understanding of what the field entails. While this is good news for my career prospects, it doesn’t help our economy. More and more of the things we use in our everyday lives are being replaced or enhanced by computers. No, not the kind of computer that sits on a desk or folds open on your lap, but ever-shrinking ones like the computer in your cellphone, digital camera, TV remote and even your microwave, refrigerator and car. These aren’t futuristic gadgets that don’t exist yet, but everyday household items that would be lifeless if not for the microchips inside of them. So what do all these computer-operated devices have in common? Each one contains thousands, if not millions, of lines of software code burned onto its insides. You know who wrote all that code? A computer scientist: someone with an array of skills, including problem-solving, analytical thinking, determination and creativity. We need to open our eyes and see the contributions that computer scientists and software designers provide. Ask yourself — are computer scientists exceptionally dull? Or would your life be exceptionally dull without them?

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Friday, November 8, 2013


Opinions — Your perspective


Fur is mean

Despite PR campaigns like “Fur is Green”, fur remains a poor choice for animals and the environment

Eric Simpson, PhD ’15 The first snowfall of winter means campus will be inundated with coyotes by the hundreds. I’m referring to how more and more students are donning the unofficial campus uniform: the Canada Goose jacket. In the 1980s and 90s, the fur industry suffered from an image problem brought on by prominent animal-rights campaigns. By the end of the 80s, domestic fur production had fallen sharply to just over 30 per cent of its 1980 level. Fast-forward to 2013: While it’s unlikely to see a full-length mink coat (circa 1950s Hollywood glam) at Queen’s, there’s a prevalence of fur lined jackets, such as the iconic coyote-fur trimmed hood of most Canada Goose jackets. What happened to the ethical objections to fur that were common 15 to 20 years ago? The new pass for fur is especially puzzling given the recent emergence of animal rights awareness on campus. With three new courses in animal studies (two in philosophy and one in law), and two new animal advocacy organizations (Queen’s Animal Defence and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund), it’s clear that animal welfare is being questioned by the Queen’s community like never before. Part of the explanation for the uptick in fur fashion may be recent ad campaigns by the fur industry aimed at appeasing the ethical concerns of consumers. Canada Goose’s “Fur Policy” closely follows the Fur Council of Canada’s “Fur is Green” marketing campaign, which promotes the connection between the fur industry and Canadian heritage and attempts to align the fur industry with the environmental movement.

The recent promotion of fur as an environmentally-friendly product has caught the attention of some environmentalists and anti-fur activists, who suggest these claims are nothing more than greenwashing. The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals documented sections of Canada Goose’s “Fur Policy” as it appeared in 2012, claiming that “the environmental benefits to using a natural product are clear when compared with the use of synthetics that are sometimes described as an ‘ethical’ alternative to real fur.”

The recent promotion of fur as an environmentally-friendly product has caught the attention of some environmentalists and anti-fur activists, who suggest these claims are nothing more than greenwashing. The validity of this statement isn’t clear. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of studies that compare the environmental footprint of real fur to that of synthetic materials. One article commonly cited by anti-fur groups is a study by the Ford Motor Company comparing the energy requirements of fur production. The study concluded that a fur coat made from wild trapped animals required 3.5 times the energy input compared to a synthetic fur coat. While Canada Goose touts eco-friendly fur without legal consequence in Canada, the situation in Europe is quite different. A 2011 ruling by the Advertising Standard Authority in the United Kingdom found the European Fur Breeders Association’s attempt to promote fur as an environmentally-friendly product to be false and misleading. The Fur Council of Canada argues that their product is green

The hood on the popular Canada Goose jacket is trimmed with coyote fur.

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from trappers, which they argue is more humane than fur-farming, claiming they are committed to the “humane treatment of animals.” Leg-hold traps, which are intended to capture the animal alive until the trapper returns, are still widely used in the Canadian fur trade, despite being banned in more than 80 countries due to their inhumane nature. The regulations on how frequently trappers are required to check their traps vary by province and territory, and range between 24 hours and five days. The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies states that if animals “are lucky, they become unconscious, and many die of dehydration, blood loss, hypothermia or predation by other animals before being found by the hunter.” It’s acknowledged that trapped animals, whether they were the targeted species or not, occasionally try to chew their own limbs off to escape. Respect for Animals, an animal-rights organization based in U.K., released video footage taken during its two years infiltrating American fur-trapping organizations. The video shows leg-hold trapping as well as trappers crushing and strangling the trapped animals so as not to

damage the pelts. “We’d love to believe that such blatant cruelty is unusual. But it is entirely normal — and perfectly legal. In fact, such methods are enshrined in U.S. and Canadian governments guidelines on the “‘humane killing’ of trapped animals,” says Mark Glover, the director of Respect for Animals.

because real fur is a “natural fiber.” But after an animal is killed and the fur is removed, it must be heavily processed using carcinogenic chemicals to prevent it from biodegrading. In 1995 the World Bank, in their report entitled The Industrial Pollution Projection System, ranked fur processing (and in particular the tanning process) as number three in their list of toxic industrial processes.

A 2011 ruling by the Advertising Standard Authority in the United Kingdom found that the European Fur Breeders Association’s attempt to promote fur as am environmentally-friendly product to be false and misleading. A 2009 report by the The Humane Society of the United States, entitled Toxic Fur, found that several dangerous chemicals, including carcinogens, were used in the processing of fur. Branding fur as an environmental alternative isn’t just raising the eyebrows of environmentalists; animal rights groups are also fighting back. Canada Goose obtains fur

Talking heads

... around campus Photos By Erin Sylvester

What do you think of the Free Speech Wall?

“You should write something because you want to say it, not to create a reaction.” Aili Salminen, ArtSci ’16

“I think it’s a good idea, but it’s sad that some students use it to say mean things.” Alison Moroney, ArtSci ’14

“What would Kant do?”

Liam Faught, ArtSci ’14

“I think it’s a good idea because people can express their opinions on anything that interests them.” Aaron Trotman-Grant, ArtSci ’13

Leg-hold traps, which are intended to capture the animal alive ... are still widely used in the Canadian fur trade, despite being banned in more than 80 countries due to their inhumane nature. So why should Canada Goose get a pass, when we don’t have any reason to believe that its practices regarding the environment or animal welfare are any different from the norms of an unethical industry? A common reason that Canada Goose’s customers cite for buying the jackets is that they are the warmest. Considering the number of warm alternatives on the market and the ever-increasing need for environmentally-conscious and ethical consumption, “but ... I’m cold” just doesn’t cut it.

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Arts Suppied by Maya Fuhr

The Journal caught up with experimental electronic band Phèdre before their show last weekend in their hometown of Toronto.

The Artel

The dawning of a golden age Toronto-based duo Phèdre will celebrate the release of their latest album in Kingston tonight B y K ate S hao Assistant Arts Editor A few blocks south of King West in Toronto lies what seems to be an abandoned warehouse. Yet the ghostly brick building at 35 Strachan Ave., otherwise known as the Clay & Paper Theatre, looked like it fit Phèdre’s vibe perfectly. I caught up with Phèdre before their Toronto show last weekend, where they were celebrating the release of their latest album Golden Age. April Aliermo walked me through the venue, showing off colorful papier-mâché masks and over-the-top props that would get used later that night. Right after meeting her, I could instantly sense that she was, in

every aspect, an artist with a true passion for the craft. She and Phèdre’s other half, Daniel Lee, decided to take up residency in Berlin for one month during a gloomy winter to write and record Golden Age. “It’s interesting that [we recorded] nine months ago because that’s how long it takes to make a baby,” Aliermo said. Golden Age, their second release, debuted last month. The album title speaks to the group’s cosmic, avant-garde energy. “We were writing in the new golden age, the Age of Aquarius where a lot of changes are happening,” she said. The Age of Aquarius denotes the astrological age of our solar system and also refers to the New Age movement that takes a holistic

approach to the mind, body and soul. This post-modern approach to music sets Phèdre apart from the crowd. If you haven’t stumbled upon their music yet, brace yourself. Aliermo described their sound as “jellyfish having sex and dancing at the same, and crying because it was so beautiful and awful.” Aliermo and Lee began making music over a decade ago and have worked together in other Toronto-based art and music projects, like Hooded Fang and Tonkapuma. The duo met while boating on Lake Ontario. “We stopped and had a chat and then went fishing,” she said. Their artistic endeavours started shortly after.

After years of touring and creating music, something dawned upon Phèdre’s female member. “There’s not many women touring in our genre of music,” Aliermo said. “It’s getting to a point where it starts to feel energetically taxing.” The vast majority of musicians, sound engineers and light technicians are male, which she said can take its toll on a female in the industry. “It makes me feel like I have to assert myself as a woman even more to counterbalance all the male energy,” she said. Aliermo recalled a time when she was in southeast Asia and came across pre-teen girls who were given death threats for starting a rock and roll band. “When a 12-year-old girl comes

up to me and says ‘wow, I want to play the bass someday,’ that means a lot to me,” Aliermo said. “For me, music is a universal thing and it’s something that everyone should be able to be involved in no matter our sex or your race,” Lee said. The passionate, socially-aware duo will bring Golden Age to Kingston for the first time as Phèdre. “We hope Kingston likes to dance because we don’t like standing in front of audiences who don’t dance,” he said. If Toronto’s performance was any indication of how their upcoming Kingston show will go, expect nothing less than a party. Phèdre will play at The Artel with Ken Park and Bo0ts on Friday, Nov. 8.

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Kingston hits the spot Hannah Georgas will return to the Limestone City tomorrow B y J anine A buluyan Staff Writer

The songstress played at Wolfe Island Music Festival this year.


For Hannah Georgas’ family, musical talent doesn’t skip generations. Her father, also a musician, exposed her to music from a very young age. “My dad was an amazing blues-piano player … and songwriter,” she said. “I think that rubbed off on me quite a bit.” The singer-songwriter is currently on a fall music tour that will end in Kingston. “Kingston is like my favourite spot to visit when I’m out here,” Georgas said. “I have a supportive fan base and it’s an essential spot to play [a show].” Georgas was one of the many musical highlights at the

Wolfe Island Music Festival this past summer. Music, she said, has always been a huge part of her life. She began with piano lessons at the age of five and eventually started writing her own songs. Looking to life experiences and other music as inspiration, music, she said, has become the most consistent and positive aspect of her life. Georgas’ music is, first and foremost, pop-alternative with electronic undertones. The singer-songwriter herself finds it hard to describe her sound. “A lot of the time I want to tell people to listen to it [because] sometimes I find it difficult to really pinpoint,” she said. This isn’t surprising given her wide-ranging influences, including

dance, pop, hip-hop, house music and folk acts, like Safe, Annie Lennox and Fiona Apple. Georgas received nominations for Songwriter of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards where she also performed her single “Robotic.” Unlike many artists, Georgas takes on the full responsibility of her career — both the creative and business sides are in her hands. Her career is full of exciting moments, but she said the end result of her hard work is the most rewarding. “The moment when you feel you’re actually onto something,” she said. “That’s my favourite part, the result.” As much as spending time with friends and family help lessen See Doing on page 13


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The Mansion

Prairie sounds The Wilderness of Manitoba brings the sounds of the Keystone Province to life B y K ate S hao Assistant Arts Editor The crunching snow at the end of their track “Echoes” is reminiscent of chilly winter nights in Manitoba. The Wilderness of Manitoba, though not actually from the province, captures its essence perfectly. The band got their name four years ago from the Winnipeg-based artist Noam Gonick and his small gallery in Toronto. Vocalist and violinist Amanda Balsys said lead singer Will Whitwham was inspired by the artist’s work. But he got the name wrong. The gallery was actually called The Wildflowers of Manitoba. Nonetheless, The Wilderness of Manitoba stuck. The band consists of Whitwham, Sean Lancaric, Wes Mclintock, Stefan Banjevic and Balsys, all of whom are Toronto-based, save Balsys who resides in Kingston. She did her Master’s of Education

at Queen’s a couple years back. The songstress is locally recognizable for her involvement in The Gertrudes. “It’s really exciting to be part of both [bands],” Balsys said, “even if it means being quite limited in one.” She joined the group in 2012 after sharing a bill one night in Toronto. The Wilderness of Manitoba saw The Gertrudes’ set and asked her to sing harmonies on their latest album Island of Echoes. “So I took the Megabus every weekend [to Toronto] while I was in Kingston going to school and would learn their songs throughout the week,” she said. After Melissa Dalton, their former vocalist, left to focus on jewelry-making, Balsys became a permanent member. After the new addition, they toured across Europe to promote Island of Echoes. Since 2012, the recently re-figured group released an EP, The Leslieville Sessions, and is currently

Amanda Balsys, Kingston resident and Queen’s grad, talks about the origins and direction of the band.

working on a fourth record. The band spent last weekend writing at a cottage in Georgian Bay, accompanied by pouring rain. “We just wrote and wrote and wrote,” Balsys said. “We shut ourselves inside and only stopped to eat.” This is the first time she’s written an entire album with the group, showing her passion and excitement for the project. “To hear everything, it’s like you’ve given birth to this thing and now it has all these different components and personalities,” she said.

The band’s name came about accidentally because of a misread art gallery name.


Everyone brings everything they can to the table in terms of the songs’ barebones, Balsys said, bouncing ideas off one another both lyrically and musically. “Sean, the drummer, responds musically through a lot of feel rather than a lot of cerebral thinking,” Balsys said. “He’ll sense this kind of energy coming through a song.” Before The Wilderness of Manitoba starts recording, they have a bunch of cross-Canada gigs to play, including a stop at The Mansion. The band’s Kingston tradition is grabbing breakfast the morning


after at the Sleepless Goat. But they won’t be doing that this time around. They’re nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards and are set to play the show in Calgary the next day, and set to release a new 90s-esque album in the spring. “We’re still maintaining this dream quality, atmospheric folk.” Balsys said. “But there’s way more groove in the stuff we’re making now than in previous albums.” The Wilderness of Manitoba is playing The Mansion on Nov. 8.





Generously spreading the music around Pianist Jonathan Biss will be playing in harmony with his mother as part of the Grant Hall Series B Y F ILZA N AVEED Contributor Playing music is an act of generosity. Jonathan Biss, an American pianist, writer and teacher, was born into a family of musicians. At age 11, he started playing music informally. Soon after, he instinctively knew that music was his calling. “Teaching is about sharing music with someone else and reminds one that playing music is an act of generosity,” he said. “It puts you more in touch with the process of creating art, and forces you to really understand why you do what you do.” Together with his mother Miriam Fried, a classical violinist, Biss will be performing

tonight as part of the Queen’s Performing Arts Grant Hall Series. The series is focusing on classical music and will feature, in the future, the Parisii Quartet and the Pentaèdre Wind Quintet. Biss definitely has a special relationship with his mother, because they are inspired by the same passion — their love for sharing and creating music. “If you are performing with someone, you have to have a lot of trust in them,” Biss said. “When you are on the same musical wavelength with someone, you know that they will follow you wherever you go and that’s a great thing.” One of the greatest gifts that performing music bestows on artists is the privilege to

share it with an engaged audience, Biss said. He shares this love in his teaching at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Biss said he’s drawn to the Curtis Institute of Music, not only because it allows him to share his passion with eager students, but also because the Institute played a significant role in shaping him into the musician he is today. “I was a student at Curtis before I started teaching there, and it was a place where I made so many of my important musical friendships,” Biss said. “I met many musicians whom I admired and worked with, and that has definitely impacted my musical growth.” Biss also believes that despite the fact that music has been such an inspiring and rejuvenating experience, it can also be a struggle at times. “The struggle is not necessarily a negative

thing. The thing with music is that you never feel equal to it. You’re always trying to get closer to it,” he said. “The more you get closer to music, the further it moves away from your grasp and that is what is beautiful about it. That’s what makes art great.” Not all musicians approach their art in the same way. For Biss, the first step is understanding the role art plays in life. “Performing it is always unstable and uncertain, but what I advise struggling musicians is that they should question why they play their music in the first place,” he said, “and that becomes a guide for them on how to live their lives.” Jonathan Biss will be performing tonight with his mother Miriam Fried at the Sydenham Street United Church at 8 p.m.

Jonathan Biss instantly knew music was his calling by age 11.





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Journal staff weigh in on the best tunes to listen to for the most productive study session — a perfect mixtape to put on during exam and midterm season.

Doing what keeps you sane Continued from page 10

the stress of her lucrative career, Georgas said it’s equally important to spend time with herself. “As you grow up,” she said, “you realize what things you really need to make you sane.” Georgas has released an EP

The Beat Stuff (2009), two albums This Is Good (2010) and Hannah Georgas (2012) and, most recently, her EP Rest (2013). Georgas has evolved as an artist since her first EP. Her recent works involved Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother and Graham Walsh from the Toronto-based

electronic band Holy Fuck. “The whole point of it for me is to just be able to keep creating and making music and putting out records and doing what I do,” Georgas said. Hannah Georgas will be playing at the Grad Club on Nov. 9.

Hannah Georgas worked with Holy Fuck and Mother Mother.





Breakfast crunch No-bake five-ingredient homemade granola bars are the perfect study fuel. To say that this recipe is simple wouldn’t do it justice. It only takes a half hour f r o m start

to finish, including dishwashing time. Check out our step-by-step picture guide online. — Katherine Meagher


What’s in my purse It can range from cellphone to suitcase size, carry anything from a wallet to your chihuahua and garner confusion from those who have never held one — it’s the ever-elusive female purse. For all the

beauty must-have essentials, we give you a glimpse at what’s in my purse for three different occasions: school, evening and a weekend getaway. — Lauren Hodson


How to thrift guide Thrifting is a great way to update your wardrobe in a budget-friendly, fashion forward way. With the “90s revival” back in style, it’s easy to channel this casual vintage look and

also nab sweater-weather basics at the same time. Once you know what to look for, finding awesome pieces that are one-of-akind can be extremely rewarding. — Rachel Wong


Style icons: Blake Lively Our Fashion section will be featuring an ongoing series of style icons, starting with one leggy-blonde. Nostalgia kicked in this year — it’s the first time in six years Gossip Girl won’t be on the air. Serena Van der Woodsen, played by Blake Lively, was truly

the unattainable ideal of the show and with good reason: her style. Check out our Blake Lively style feature and watch out for our future posts — we’re covering the whole style spectrum. — Jessica Chong



Blackface disgrace What’s with fashion’s obsession with blackface? Recently the organizers of an “African disco”-themed Halloween party, called “Hallowood Disco Africa”, issued an apology over Instagram regarding their distasteful appropriation of blackface

as a Halloween costume. From private soirees to magazine editorials, our article scrutinizes the aesthetic hold and contentious use of blackface.



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Fourth-year wing Graham Turner celebrated with his teammates after beating Western.



Ontario’s finest, again Just like 2012, Gaels roll past Mustangs in title game at Nixon B Y E RIN S TEPHENSON Staff Writer



Historic bronze Two national wins secure podium finish B Y J AEHOON K IM Staff Writer Gaels women’s rugby returned home from Quebec City last weekend with the first national medal in program history. Queen’s won bronze at the 2013 CIS championships, winning one of two round-robin games and prevailing in the medal round to finish third. After fifth-place national finishes in 2010 and 2012, this year was the team’s best-ever showing. The Gaels’ biggest win of the weekend came on Sunday in the medal round, when they defeated the McGill Martlets by a 32-24 margin to bring home CIS bronze. Queen’s led 10-7 at halftime, but trailed 24-20 with just 14 minutes left after both teams traded several scores. A resilient Gaels team put the game away with two tries and a conversion, with the final try coming from leading scorer Lauren McEwen. “We knew that the team that had the stronger mental preparation and ability to rebound would win today,” said Gaels head coach Beth See Best on page 19

Men’s rugby did it again. The Gaels won the OUA championship for the second straight year last weekend,

defeating the Western Mustangs 40-10 at Nixon Field to defend their Ontario crown. On a miserable Saturday afternoon, a sea of orange rugby toques lined the field in support of the undefeated Queen’s team.

Women’s Rugby CIS Final Results Gold Medal Game Alberta Pandas 29 Guelph Gryphons 10 Bronze Medal Game Queen’s Gaels 32 McGill Martlets 24 Fifth Place Game St. FX X-Women 45 Laval Rouge et Or 20



Cup for grabs in London After falling to Western in September, Queen’s is back for Yates B Y J OSH B URTON Staff Writer Four years after their last Yates Cup appearance, Queen’s will again face off against the archrival Western Mustangs in the OUA championship game. Little else but the two teams involved remains the same from the 2009 Yates Cup, which had the Gaels defeat the Mustangs 43-39 in a thriller at Richardson Stadium. Tomorrow’s game will be played in London, with Billy McPhee and Will Finch having replaced legendary quarterbacks Danny

Brannagan and Michael Faulds. Everything went according to script this year — the OUA final four featured the top four seeds, and the Yates Cup is a matchup of the two best squads in Ontario. In their only meeting earlier this season, Western jumped to an early 23-0 lead and never looked back as they cruised to a 50-31 victory. “This will be another round in which has been an ongoing battle between these two schools,” said Gaels head coach Pat Sheahan. The number one ranked Mustangs are favoured to win tomorrow — and with good

reason. Led by Finch under centre, the team features one of the country’s most explosive offences. Western averaged an impressive 57 points per game, and was held under 50 just once.

While Western was quick to get points on the board with a penalty kick, superb defence by the Gaels’ forwards shut down the Mustangs’ attack and quickly turned the tide. From then on, the Gaels were unstoppable in their pursuit of OUA supremacy. A score of 10-7 for Western at the end of the first half was transformed into a 40-10 Queen’s victory. Much of Queen’s success can be attributed to a stellar performance by the forwards, who were consistently dominant in their possession of the ball. Head coach Peter Huigenbos revealed that this was the Gaels’ game plan. “We had some success against Western with our [forward] pack,” he said. “With the weather that we had, with the wind and rain, it was not going to be a wide-attacking game like it was in last year’s championships. “Up front, the boys knew that they had a job to do and they accomplished that, and then some.” Several players submitted notable performances. Fourth-year forward and captain Jacob Rumball was praised for both his leadership on the field and his outstanding performance. Rumball was accredited with the game-winning play by the Gaels head coach, scoring a late second-half try. “It put us away pretty clear for the win. He ran about 20 metres and broke a few tackles,” Huigenbos said. “For a man of his size to do that was an exclamation mark on the season.” See Two on page 23

See Winner on page 20


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Under heavy demands For Gaels, the mental toll is just as great as the physical one B y A bby A ndrew Assistant News Editor After graduating high school, Jesse Andrews didn’t want to play university football. The running back and engineering student, now a third-year player at Queen’s, was tired of dealing with the physical and psychological demands of his sport.

“I was done with the pressures,” said Andrews. Yet, he decided to continue playing after being motivated by his parents. “I didn’t want to deal with it anymore. But I figured I’d give it a try.” Andrews eventually did suit up for the Gaels, and tomorrow he’ll return to the field. He’s preparing to dress for the Yates Cup after

Jesse Andrews finished 10th in the OUA this season with 473 rushing yards, scoring five touchdowns.

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sitting out the past two games with a fractured thumb. Tomorrow, the pressure will be on for Andrews and his teammates, as a loss will mean the end of the season for Queen’s. During the Gaels’ last game against Western on Sept. 28, Andrews fumbled the ball on the team’s first drive, and was pulled from the game. “I didn’t see the field for the rest of the day, so it was pretty demoralizing,” he said. “A lot of people watched that game. A lot of people watched me drop that ball.” Queen’s running backs — Andrews, fifth-year Ryan Granberg, fourth-year Daniel Heslop and rookie Jonah Pataki — split carries throughout the season, which places pressure on them to perform. “[Granberg] was the nation’s leading rusher, so it’s a tough job to follow in his footsteps,” Andrews said. During games, the players are often unaware when they’ll be subbed off. “Psychologically, it’s demoralizing,” Andrews said. “Once you get on a roll on the field, now it’s the next guy in line [and] you get subbed off.” The players can seek emotional support and guidance from teammates facing the same challenges, he said, but it can be tougher to approach their coaches. “If you go to the coach, I find

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Giovanni Aprile missed Queen’s last two games with a separated shoulder. It’s unlikely he’ll return this season, his last one as a Gael.

he would help you a lot but … I don’t know if I would go to [him],” Andrews said. “I don’t know if I would want to show a weakness like that.” Gaels wide receiver Giovanni Aprile said playing and attempting to maintain a high academic standing can be too much for some players. “[Some players] end up quitting … they realize that maybe football isn’t for them,” Aprile said. “They can’t really handle that time commitment and

they focus on school, but everyone’s different.” With football commitments comprising the majority of his week, Aprile finds time on Sundays to complete his homework. “It’s pretty stressful,” he said. “We lose some hours of sleep but there’s work to be done.” A first-year teachers college student, Aprile was drafted by the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2012. With an opportunity to pursue a pro football career, the See True on page 21




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New year, new studs First-years make mark in undefeated home start B Y J ERRY Z HENG Staff Writer Rookies Abby Dixon and Andrea Priamo shone in their OUA debuts, as women’s basketball was perfect on their opening weekend. The Gaels defeated the Lakehead Thunderwolves 58-52 Friday and the Guelph Gryphons 61-55 the following night. Priamo, a post, started in her first game with the Gaels. She grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with two steals while playing the most minutes on the team against the Thunderwolves. She said her nervousness was a catalyst for her stellar performace. “You have to transfer it into the positive energy and really go out and kill it,” Priamo said. Dixon, a guard, was the first substitute off the bench, and was second on the team in scoring with 12 points, behind guard Liz Boag, who had 14. She felt the team was well-adjusted to the physicality of OUA-level teams. “We did a lot of conditioning in the preseason ... I think we can outrun a lot of teams,” Dixon said. Boag believes the team’s chemistry is already good early in the season, in part due to the rookies’ play. “I thought they stepped in and did a really good job,” Boag said. “They’re showing a lot of poise and maturity, and they contributed really well.” The Gaels forced 21 turnovers against the Thunderwolves with their aggressive style of defence, registering nine steals in the contest. Despite a poor shooting night from the Gaels against Guelph, they managed to pull See Defensive on page 21


Though Queen’s shot just 32.9 per cent from the field against Guelph, they held the Gryphons to an even worse percentage and pulled away late.



Out before nationals Semi-final loss wipes out shot at fifth straight CIS berth B Y C HLOE S OBEL Staff Writer An uneven 2013 season plagued by injury ended last weekend when Queen’s women’s soccer fell in the OUA Final Four. After upsetting the nationally top-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees and splitting a pair of penalty shootouts at the Final Four, the Gaels ultimately earned OUA bronze. Before this year, the Gaels advanced to the CIS national championship four years in a row. This season, though, they were unable to make it past the top-ranked team in the West Division, the Western Mustangs, in the conference semi-final. In this year’s OUA playoffs, Queen’s

defeated the Laurentian Voyageurs 6-0 in their first playoff match and unexpectedly topped the Gee-Gees 1-0 in the quarterfinals. In the first game of the semi-finals last Friday, the Gaels lost to Western in penalty kicks after keeping the game to a scoreless draw through regulation and overtime. First-year defender Micah Vermeer and fifth-year midfielder Alexis McKinty scored from the penalty spot, but the Gaels fell 3-2, allowing Western to advance to the CIS championships. In the second game on Sunday, the Gaels won in penalties over the Carleton Ravens to claim bronze. The Gaels played the Ravens twice during See Bronze on page 21





Two points, no wins Goalies excel in regulation, but Gaels lose twice after overtime B Y A DAM L ASKARIS Contributor Men’s hockey continues to be stymied by the shootout. The Gaels suffered a pair of shootout losses over the weekend, losing 2-1 to the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Friday in the nation’s capital and dropping Saturday’s home contest against the UOIT Ridgebacks 3-2. Three of the team’s four losses this season have come in the shootout. They’re now 0-3 in that format. “It means we’re getting a point, which isn’t a bad thing,” said assistant coach Andrew Haussler. “But I think it is getting a bit frustrating for us. You need to find some wins in there, because we’re leaving a lot of points on the table.” One positive from the weekend was that the Gaels extended their impressive point streak to seven

games, which dates back to the start of the regular season. Queen’s sits tied with the Carleton Ravens for second place in the OUA East with 10 points — one behind the 201112 national champions, the McGill Redmen. “We’re doing a lot of things really well,” Haussler said. “Our structure’s very good, our defence and our goaltending are very great.” Head coach Brett Gibson continued to make use of his goaltender tandem, starting Kevin Bailie on Friday and Chris Clarke on Saturday. The pair had a solid weekend, giving up just three goals in regulation on a combined 78 shots. Yet the Gaels were only able to score three goals of their own on the weekend. “We know we’re going to have

to battle to score goals,” Haussler said. “We just need to stick to what works for us and not drop the ball, not get off track for a 10-minute period that can cost us a point or a game.” Forward Andrew Wiebe scored the Gaels’ only goal against Ottawa, tying the game at 1-1 6:35 into the third period. The Gaels came out strong against UOIT on Saturday, scoring 2:33 into the first period on forward Kelly Jackson’s shot from about 10 feet out, his team-leading fifth goal of the year. Queen’s then increased its lead to 2-0 with a goal from defenceman Chris Van Laren in the second period. Nate Mitton responded with a goal 8:33 into the third period for the Ridgebacks. Shortly after, a costly too many men penalty for Queen’s led to a UOIT power play goal, tying the game with just under five minutes remaining. “It’s a bit of a learning curve,” Haussler said of the penalty. “Guys need to relax and maintain their focus. I think too many guys are too eager to get going and next thing you know, we’ve got too many skates on the ice.” Kelly Jackson said the Gaels needed a stronger offensive output to earn a victory. “Not being able to capitalize on opportunities [cost us],” he said. “We have to play a complete 60 minutes and we’ve yet to do that this year, really. It’s a good thing we got two out of four points, but at the end of the day, it’s a missed opportunity.” The Gaels were set to return home for a pair of games this weekend against the Toronto Varsity Blues and Ryerson Rams — two former division opponents who switched to the OUA West this season. The Rams, however, were suspended for two games by Ryerson for consuming alcohol on a road trip. They’ll forfeit their game against Queen’s on Saturday, while the Gaels and Blues will play on Friday.

First-year forward Patrick McGillis reaches for the puck in Saturday’s game against UOIT.



Still at the top Perfect regulation record persists on road B Y J AEHOON K IM Staff Writer Women’s hockey kept a hold on first place in the OUA with a three-point weekend road trip. On Saturday night, the nationally third-ranked Gaels visited the Waterloo Warriors (3-4-1) and dominated from start to finish in a 5-1 win. The line of Clare McKellar, Shawna Griffin and Courtenay Jacklin was especially lethal, combining for four goals and seven assists to lead the way offensively for Queen’s. Third-year winger Taryn Pilon had the other goal for the Gaels. “Right from the beginning, we had a lot of jump and energy

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and that’s always a good thing, especially on a road trip where you get off the bus, go to the rink and play right away,” said Queen’s head coach Matt Holmberg. “The team was ready to go and played [a] good 60 minutes of hockey.” McKellar potted both of her goals in the first period, while Griffin and Pilon scored in the second frame, giving the Gaels a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes. Playing in just their second road game of the season, Queen’s looked strong in all phases of the game. Jacklin put the game away for good in the third period just 16 seconds after Waterloo scored, giving themselves a glimmer of hope. The Gaels were disciplined penalty killers on Saturday, as the Warriors went zero for five on their power plays. Queen’s killed off three more chances against Laurier on Sunday, and currently ranks second in the OUA in penalty killing, at 94.1 per cent. Last season, they successfully killed off only 81.7 per cent of their penalties, the third worst in the OUA. Holmberg said there were multiple reasons for the team’s improvement while shorthanded. “We did target penalty-killing as something that we needed to improve on,” he said. “We’re also doing our best to stay out of the penalty box. “The other thing is that we have some new players coming into the team who have already stepped into penalty-killing roles and have done a great job.” On Sunday, the Gaels faced off against the OUA powerhouse Laurier Golden Hawks (6-2-0). Despite a listless first period in which they gave up a goal in the See Win on page 23


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Best ever national result Continued from page 15

Barz after the game. In their first game on Thursday, the second-seeded Gaels faced off against the host, Laval Rouge et Or, and earned their first round-robin victory at the CIS championships. Although the Rouge et Or, a traditional powerhouse in the Quebec conference, were coming off a tough season in which they finished fourth in Quebec, they almost pulled off an upset behind a raucous home crowd. Trailing 17-14 early in the second half, it was fourth-year lock Bronwyn Corrigan that scored the game-winning try in the 47th minute, as the Gaels earned a 19-17 victory. “We were in tough against the host team who had a lot of fans there, and their coach said that they probably played their best game of the season,” Barz said. “They were well prepared and while we came out okay, we didn’t dominate in the first half which was our goal. “At the end, when we needed to play well, we did just enough to win the game,” she added. The Gaels then faced off against the third-seeded Canada West champions, the Alberta Pandas, on Saturday to determine who would advance to the gold-medal game. Alberta came out victorious with a 32-12 win, relegating the Gaels to the bronze-medal match. While fourth-year forward Kayla Roote scored the first points of the game with a try in the fifth minute, the Pandas rallied to score 20 straight points before halftime



Saturday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m.: Gaels @ Western Mustangs (Yates Cup).

Friday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.: Gaels (3-0-4) vs. Toronto Varsity Blues (5-3-0).



Saturday, Nov 9, 11 a.m.: Gaels @ CIS Championships (London, Ont.).

Friday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m.: Gaels (2-1) vs. York Lions (5-0).



Queen’s lost their first game of the year to Alberta at CIS nationals, but redeemed themselves in the third-place game to win bronze.

to take a commanding 20-5 lead into the intermission. “It might have been the top two teams in the country playing each other today,” Barz said. “We were able to score pretty quickly, but we had a bunch of penalties in the next 20 minutes.” After the break, the Pandas added two more tries before the Gaels finally responded with a score of their own. While Queen’s continued to battle in the offensive zone, they weren’t able to pull off a miraculous comeback, falling by 20 points. Alberta eventually defeated the Guelph Gryphons 29-10 in the gold-medal game, while the Gaels beat McGill to take bronze. “This is a win that the program can build on,” Barz said. “Past teams have won CIS bronze and then went on to win the CIS gold

and we believe that we have the ability to do that as well. “Things are looking bright for the 2014 season.”

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Friday, Nov. 8, Gaels (2-0) @ Mustangs (1-1).

6 p.m.: Western

Saturday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m.: Gaels @ Windsor Lancers (1-1). MEN’S BASKETBALL Friday, Nov. 8, Gaels (2-0) @ Mustangs (0-2).

8 p.m.: Western

Saturday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m.: Gaels vs. Nipissing Lakers (0-5). MEN’S VOLLEYBALL Friday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m.: Gaels (2-0) vs. York Lions (4-2). Saturday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m.: Gaels vs. Nipissing Lakers (0-6). SAILING

Saturday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m.: Gaels @ Windsor Lancers (0-2).

Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.: Gaels @ MAISA Club Championships (Norfolk, VA).



Saturday, Nov. 9, 3:30 p.m.: Gaels (6-0-3) vs. Toronto Varsity Blues (6-1-1).

Saturday, Nov. 9 & Sunday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m.: Gaels @ Brock Invitational (St. Catharines, Ont.).

Sunday, Nov. p.m.: Gaels vs. Rams (3-5-0).

10, 3 Ryerson


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Finch capped off his second CIS season by breaking the all-time single season passing record, throwing for 3,047 yards and 21 touchdowns, with only six interceptions. Playmakers at the skill positions, like running back Yannick Harou and receiver George Johnson, make Western a threat to score every possession, regardless of their starting field position. The Mustangs are ruthless with their rush game, rarely facing second-and-long, and forcing opponents to stack the line of scrimmage as they run Harou downfield. Finch benefits from all the high-percentage passing situations, taking his shots at single coverage Running back Daniel Heslop ran for just four yards last PHOTO BY SAM KOEBRICH when the opportunity arises. week against Guelph, but had an 87-yard catch against Western on Sept. 28. “If they can hold onto the Defensive linemen John Miniaci ball and run 75 to 80 plays on the hands of quarterback McPhee. The opportunity to have and Derek Wiggan will need to you, there’s no defence that’s going to stop a team that many the standout game of his career disguise their pass-rushing looks times — especially a team with isn’t coming at a better time for and get Western’s massive offensive that many weapons,” Sheahan said. McPhee, who’s been on a tear over line to second-guess assignments. “We always talk about making “The best thing to do against his previous 12 quarters of football. In that time span, he’s thrown the [offensive lineman] move and a great offensive team is to keep them on the sidelines for as long for 799 yards, eight touchdowns see how he does against the speed rush,” Miniaci said. and only one interception. as possible.” Though the task ahead is Taking shots downfield To achieve this goal, feature running back Ryan Granberg will will be necessary, but the game arduous, the Gaels have the ability have to continue his excellent will be decided on the Gaels’ to win this football game. Long, sustained drives that keep short-to-medium passing game. regular season. If McPhee can unload the Western’s offence off the field are Granberg and fellow backs Jesse Andrews, Daniel Heslop and ball to go-to receivers Justin a necessity, and if the front seven Jonah Pataki combined for almost Chapdelaine and Scott Macdonell, can goad Finch into difficult passes, 200 rushing yards in the teams’ Queen’s should wear down the Queen’s voracious secondary will get its opportunities for turnovers. first meeting, a figure they’ll need Western defence. When the dust settles, one team The Gaels’ defence will have to surpass if they hope to beat their work cut out for them, and will come away as the Yates Cup the Mustangs. Despite an obvious necessity will need to win the battles in the champion. For all those involved, to use their rotating backfield, trenches to slow down Western’s the opening kickoff can’t come any sooner. winning the game will still fall into offensive juggernaut.

The Gaels are Yates Cup bound after defeating the Guelph Gryphons 34-17 in the OUA semi-finals. Playing in difficult weather conditions, the Gaels leaned heavily on their defence and running back Ryan Granberg, who finished the game with 113 yards rushing and two touchdowns, as well as 27 yards receiving. Granberg was the best player on the field, making excellent cuts and using his extra jump from a noticeably lighter workload this season due to Queen’s strong rotating backfield. “Usually this late in the season I have about 12 small nagging injuries,” Granberg said. “I definitely felt a lot fresher.” Five minutes into the contest Granberg opened the game’s scoring with a one-yard touchdown rush. Three minutes later, Guelph answered as Jazz Lindsey hit his brother, Saxon, for a 17-yard score. Dillon Wamsley connected on three field goals in the first half, while Guelph added a field goal of their own and a 32-yard touchdown pass to A’dre Fraser to lead 17-16 at half. Fraser made a gesture that appeared to be mocking the Gaels’ “fins up” during his touchdown celebration, but it was Queen’s

defence who had the last laugh, shutting Guelph out in the second half, intercepting Lindsey twice and bottling up the run game. “[Defensive coordinator Pat] Tracey did an excellent job of making some adjustments, moving guys around,” linebacker Sam Sabourin said. “Ultimately, I’m just so proud of my guys.” Quarterback Billy McPhee was under pressure from Guelph’s strong front seven all game, getting sacked six times. He finished the game 15 of 28 for 228 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. McPhee had a clutch 33-yard fourth quarter scramble to bring the ball down to the one-yard line. Granberg punched it in for a touchdown, putting Queen’s ahead 27-17. His mistake-free performance earned a rave review from Gaels’ head coach Pat Sheahan. “[McPhee] was almost so determined not to make a mistake that it was driving me nuts … but he was right and he played very poised.” Confident they could score, the Gryphons gave up two third-quarter safeties, surrendering the lead to the Gaels. The move would prove costly for Guelph as the Gaels’ stagnant offence caught fire late in the game. Leading 20-17 heading into the fourth, the Gaels pulled away after Granberg’s touchdown. Receiver

SPORTS IN BRIEF Rowing snags five national medals A week after finishing second in Ontario, Queen’s women’s rowing team reached the national podium in Montreal. Spurred by four individual and team medals at last weekend’s Canadian University Rowing Championships (CURC), the women won the overall bronze medal, while the men’s side placed fifth in the country. The Gaels took home two individual silvers at McGill, with second-place finishes from second-year Larkin Davenport-Huyer in the women’s heavyweight single and the women’s heavyweight eight crew. The eight managed to outlast the Western Mustangs for the second straight race, after pulling out a narrow victory at the OUA championships. Hindered by an equipment malfunction to start their final race, the crew roared back to finish just one second back of first-place UBC. Bronze-medal finishes from the lightweight women’s four and the heavyweight double duo of Isolda Penney and Meghan Robinson also contributed to the overall bronze. Along with the women’s third-place finish, Gaels assistant coach Zola Mehlomakulu was named CURC women’s coach of the year. On the men’s side, the veteran lightweight four of Jordan Rendall, Alan Payno-Montoya, Patrick McCrady and Chris Zakos won national bronze, after clinching silver at OUAs. — Nick Faris

Men’s basketball perfect at home

Gaels blow past Guelph in semi-final B y J osh B urton Staff Writer

Friday, November 8, 2013

Receiver Alex PHOTO BY SAM KOEBRICH Carroll had three receptions for 19 yards against Guelph.

Scott Macdonell’s 39-yard catch-and-run touchdown sealed the win for Queen’s. “It’s a slap in the face,” McPhee said about the Gryphons’ conceded safeties. “They’re saying ‘we’re going to give you the lead, and we’ll take it back.’” The Gaels will face the Western Mustangs tomorrow in London with the 106th Yates Cup on the line. Western defeated Queen’s 50-31 in their regular season matchup, and a shot at revenge is exactly what the Gaels want. After blowing two fourth-quarter leads to Guelph in 2012, a showdown with their most heated rival is just what the Gaels need for this potential championship season.

The Gaels went two for two this weekend with convincing victories over the Lakehead Thunderwolves and the Guelph Gryphons. In their home opener on Friday night, the Gaels bested the Thunderwolves by a score of 84-64. Guard Roshane Roberts and forward Nikola Misljencevic led the scoring attack with 16 points apiece, while forward Mackenzie Simpson chipped in with a 14-point effort. There was a dominant effort throughout as the Gaels led 42-27 at halftime and had no problems closing the game out. It was a character win against a Lakehead team that lost to Carleton in last season’s national final and still has several core players from that squad. The Gaels took on the Gryphons on the back end of the homestand Saturday night, winning handily by a score of 88-64. Queen’s put on a defensive clinic all night, holding Guelph to just two points in the first quarter. The Gaels’ strength and physical play proved to be too much for a young Gryphons squad, as it seemed nothing was getting past Queen’s stingy defence, anchored by Misljencevic. Star guard Greg Faulkner was Mr. Everything, racking up 23 points and 11 rebounds while playing lockdown defence all night. Roberts dropped 11 points and Simpson added 10 in the victory.

Nine Gaels players played upwards of 15 minutes, exemplifying Queen’s complete team effort. — Jordan Cathcart

Men’s volleyball cruises past RMC The men’s volleyball team improved to 2-0 with a sweep of RMC in their home opener. The Gaels dominated the Paladins (0-2) on Sunday afternoon, winning the match in three straight sets. Queen’s prevailed 25-19 in the first set, 25-22 in the second and 25-13 in the final frame. Outside hitters Stephen Holmes and Philippe Goyer led the team’s attack, putting up 12 and 11 points respectively. New starter Matt Bonshor played the majority of the game as setter and posted 31 assists. Goyer now ranks third in the OUA in points per game with 4.0, and kills per game with 3.63. The Gaels have managed to get off to an unbeaten start despite the absence of veteran hitters Mike Tomlinson and Tyler Scheerhoorn, who have been out with injuries since the preseason. Queen’s will be out for revenge this weekend, as they’re set to host the York Lions (4-2). The game will be a rematch of last year’s OUA quarterfinal, in which York defeated Queen’s 3-2 to end the Gaels’ playoff campaign. The Gaels will also face the Nipissing Lakers (0-6) on Saturday night. This weekend will mark the first time in the regular season that the team will play back-to-back games, which will provide a good test for the developing squad. — Sean Liebich

Women’s volleyball rolls at the ARC Women’s volleyball topped the RMC Paladins in straight sets on Sunday to win their fifth straight home opener. The win was the Gaels fourth consecutive sweep of the Paladins (0-3) and moves Queen’s record to 2-1 on the year. The Gaels topped RMC 25-21 in the opening set, the only time the Paladins kept the score close. Queen’s took the second set 25-13 before dominating RMC 25-7 in a third set that had the Gaels make no attacking errors. Second-year outside hitter Brett Hagarty led the team with 11 kills, while fourth-year Kelsey Bishop added another seven. Rookie setter Gabrielle Down contributed 17 of her club’s 34 assists on the day, while second-year middle Niki Slikboer had Queen’s lone block. The Gaels’ next games come this weekend, as they host the nationally fourth-ranked York Lions (5-0) Friday, before taking on the Nipissing Lakers (0-5) the next day. Queen’s faced York twice last season, losing both matches. Meanwhile, their contest with Nipissing is the first-ever meeting between the two programs. — Sean Sutherland




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need to perform is at its highest. “It basically comes down to if [the team is] still interested and it’s my job to do my best in games and kind of catch their eyes,” he said. “It’s all up in the air.” Like Andrews, Aprile missed the Gaels’ past two games, though his absence was due to a separated shoulder. This season marks his final year with the Gaels, and the severity of his injury makes it unlikely he’ll play tomorrow. “Going down so late in the season … where our team has the chance to go all the way, it was difficult for me,” Aprile said. “It probably still hasn’t really hit me.” Aprile and Andrews aren’t the only Gaels that have been recently injured. Fellow wide receiver Alex Carroll tore his ACL and meniscus during a game in November 2012, and had to undergo major knee surgery. “Football is such a physical sport. It’s a pretty much 100 per cent chance of injury … [which is] obviously a big psychological battle,” Carroll said. “Having something you love taken away from you is obviously really tough.” The game where Carroll was hurt was televised nationally, just like three of Queen’s games this season. With the country tuning in to tomorrow’s final, players face the pressure of having all of their mistakes caught on camera. “You’re constantly being watched,” Carroll said. “It’s a true test of fortitude and mental strength.” For support, some Queen’s football players turn to John Phelan, an associate professor in the School of Business. Phelan serves as a mental skills coach for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. Having been

the regular season, defeating them 1-0 in the first match and drawing 2-2 in the second. This match saw the Gaels defeat Carleton 1-0 after a scoreless draw through overtime. The game was their third in a row to end in a penalty shootout, where Vermeer, McKinty, third-year midfielder Alex Blanchard, and first-year striker Tara Bartram all scored. Goalkeeper Madison Tyrell was a driving force behind the Gaels’ progression through the playoffs, recording four clean sheets in four playoff matches. The Final Four marked the end of a season plagued by injury and other difficulties. The Gaels finished the regular season in fourth place in the OUA East Division at 7-2-7, often struggling to convert offensively in close games. The unexpected defeat of the Gee-Gees was a bright moment in an otherwise topsy-turvy season. For much of the year, second-year striker Brittany Almeida and fifth-year midfielder Riley Filion were sidelined due to injury. Once the pair returned, the Gaels saw a greater number of victories, and what games they didn’t win, they typically kept to close margins. Other Gaels spent time on the injury list as well. Despite the struggle throughout the season to close opportunities and play to their full potential, the Gaels featured a strong core. Four players — Filion, Vermeer, McKinty and fourth-year defender Melissa Jung — were named OUA All-Stars, with Filion on the first team and the other three on the second. Of those four, all but Vermeer will have graduated from the Gaels and won’t return next year.

Alex Carroll played in all but one game this season after suffering a torn ACL last November. He hauled in 12 passes for 197 yards.

involved in the field of sports psychology for over a decade, he’s well-versed in the challenges of competitive sport. “The biggest thing I offer them is really about understanding that your life probably has two priorities: academic and football,” Phelan said. “Something’s got to give. You might have to give up your social life [to find balance].” In addition to academic pressures, many players are hopeful of eventually being drafted to the CFL. “If you are worried about something you actually have zero control over, it’s really wasting your emotional, spiritual and mental energy,” Phelan said. “It’s taking away from your performance.” When midterms, playoffs and dreams for the future collide, time management is critical. “[Your] direction is going to be spread two ways,” Phelan said. “One direction will be academics, which you have to maintain and do well. “The other one would be Queen’s football in preparation of the Yates Cup on the weekend.”


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out a win. The team only shot 32.9 per cent from the field, but took advantage of a Gryphons team that hit only 27.4 per cent. Third-year wing Gemma Bullard had an efficient scoring night, garnering 19 points in 17 minutes of play, while second-year guard Emily Hazlett finished with 14. The game was close, with the Gryphons trailing the Gaels by three points in the final minute of the fourth quarter, until Bullard scored nine clutch points in the last minute to give the Gaels the win. The Gaels look to keep their perfect season this weekend when they travel to take on the Western Mustangs (1-1) and the Windsor Lancers (1-1).

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Queen’s victory this season meant more to Huigenbos than previous championships. He said the OUA is getting more competitive every year, and Queen’s has had to fight to remain on top. “I thought that there was some very good rugby played by several schools across the OUA and this is indicative of the work that coaches and players are putting in to become better teams and better rugby players,” he said. “I think we were lucky this year to lead the league in that respect.” For many players on the team, including fly half Brendan McGovern and forward Tommy Kirkham, this victory was the perfect end to their final season as Gaels. McGovern ranked second on the OUA leaderboard with 41 regular season points. Kirkham, meanwhile, notched five

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total tries this year, including one in the championship game. “It was great to come out, play our game and dominate the opposition,” Kirkham said. “All respect to Western, they played a good physical game, and no part of that game was easy. “I am so proud to have the gold medal around my neck with my teammates.”

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Matt Mullins (top) and Jacob Rumball (left) both scored tries in the championship game.

first minute of the game, Queen’s rallied to take a point after a 3-2 shootout loss. The Gaels were outshot eight to one in the first period, but held a 27-14 shooting advantage for the rest of the game. Captain Morgan McHaffie tallied a power-play marker late in the second period, while Griffin scored nine minutes into the third to give the Gaels a 2-1 lead. Queen’s gave up the equalizer, though, with less than seven minutes left in regulation. The Gaels continued their strong play into overtime, but were unable to solve Laurier netminder Amanda Smith, who was solid in net. Smith also stopped all four shots in the shootout, while Robyn Degagne beat Mel Dodd-Moher to give the Golden Hawks the win. Queen’s returns home this weekend to face the Toronto Varsity Blues (6-1-1) and Ryerson Rams (3-5-0) at the Memorial Centre.

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postscript Social issues

Supporting strength in survivors Women at the Kingston Interval House Shelter share their experiences overcoming domestic abuse B y O livia B owden Assistant News Editor While the physical wounds may have disappeared, healing is a life-long process for domestic abuse survivors. Coming to terms with inner scarring proves to be an everyday battle, yet it’s one victims face in stride. This week, I attended a weekly counselling group meeting hosted at Robin’s Hope Transitional Housing, a division of Interval House Shelter. Robin’s Hope Transitional Housing provides safe housing for women in transition after leaving the Interval House Shelter — a refuge for women and children in crisis. The meeting room was warmly decorated with a fresh pot of coffee brewing. The atmosphere was comforting, though I knew that none of the questions I planned to ask would be easy to answer. All of my concerns disappeared as soon as I met the three women in attendance. They were very open to speaking about their lives and futures, and were incredibly brave to do so. The first woman chose not to give her name, as she remained concerned about her safety, since her ex-husband works in Kingston. “[I attend meetings] just to share experiences and get the support of others, and to not feel isolated,” she said. “Just to normalize things.” An abusive marriage that ended 17 years ago remains a source of trauma, she said. Issues with self-esteem, anxiety and fear are a constant headache. She said ending the relationship was far from easy. “In the end I just said, ‘okay, your choices are I’m calling the police, or you can leave.’ And that was the last time, he moved out,” she said. It had been years of trying to get him to leave until her final breaking point, she said. “He slammed my fingers on the phone, and I realized that I was teaching my daughter that that kind of behaviour was acceptable from a man,” she said. “I was teaching my son that it’s okay to be abusive.” Her candidness about the way her ex-husband has affected her two children better helped me understand the difficulties of leaving an abusive relationship. “Unfortunately, my ex-husband continued to be in my children’s lives so he had a lot of influence, more so with my son,” she said. “I see behaviour within my children that I see in their father.” Beyond that, she said she’s pleased to see growth within herself.

“Progress has been made, but I do have a long way to go,” she said. “It will affect me for the rest of my life.” Gale Kish, who also participates in the weekly meetings, said physical abuse from someone she had lived with for 12 years sent her to Interval House. She now lives on her own. “I was completely caught off guard when I was assaulted. I felt like I didn’t have any options,” she said.

I realized I was “teaching my daughter

that that kind of behaviour was acceptable from a man. I was teaching my son that it’s okay to be abusive.

her not to leave her marriage and to forgive, she said. “No matter how much you forgive, it does not change the behaviour of the abuser. No amount of forgiveness would change the situation,” she said. She said going against her ex-husband in custody battles was a constant strain. “It didn’t end because he kept taking it to a higher and higher level, and kept trying to take custody of the children and take them away from me,” she said. She said her ex-husband’s behaviour couldn’t be changed. “He seemed to get pleasure from other people’s pain. Inflicting

in having power and control by isolating women and have Her main goal for herself is to them believe that it’s be well and attempt to overcome their fault,” she said. “That the past, she said. [stays] with women for a “This [meeting] has been a long time … they think lifesaver, because psychological there’s something wrong effects have just been hard,” with them.” she said. “To be with other Fox said that similar themes women really helps.” often come up with domestic The meetings are hosted by abuse victims. This is the Lisa Fox, Women’s Community purpose of group meetings, Councillor at Interval House, she explained. which provides shelter for “Someone will be talking … Kingston women and children, another will say, ‘I’ve been there’,” as well as working to she said. end abuse. “Those are comments She said women often which validate each other’s internalize the verbal abuse they experience and break down the isolation.” have received. “[Abusers] can be successful pain made him feel powerful,” she said.

— One of the women attending the counselling group meeting

After leaving the hospital, Kish found the counselling resources that were available to women in her situation while staying at the Interval House Shelter. She was left unemployed and uncertain about her options. As our conversation became more emotional as Kish described the aftermath of her violent assault, I was awed by her willingness to open up to a complete stranger. “When I didn’t have a job to go to, my world crashed. I realized I wouldn’t know who I was until I dealt with this stuff,” she said. Kish said that she has changed for the better since she began counselling. “I’m learning to set boundaries so it’s not as easy for people to take advantage of me,” she said. Kish said she believes education about abusive relationships should start before high school. “You have to learn what the red flags are. It’s not something you should learn after [abuse] happens,” she said. Getting to know other women in the group has been a positive experience, she added. The third woman I spoke to, who also asked to remain anonymous because of her ex-husband’s behaviour, said she faced a physically abusive spouse who stalked her years after the divorce. After visiting shelters throughout the 80s and 90s during her marriage, she filed for divorce in 1993, after 10 years with her ex-husband. She spent time at Interval House as well as Robin’s Hope before having her own place. Members from the strict religion she was a part of told

Illustration by Anisa Rawhani

Many women at the Kingston Interval House Shelter are victims of domestic abuse.

The Queen's Journal, Volume 141, Issue 20  

The Queen's Journal, Volume 141, Issue 20 -- November 8, 2013