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Mayor makes mark with students

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Mark Gerretsen expresses his thoughts on Homecoming at AMS Assembly


Exploring the world of student pets in the Ghetto

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B Y A BBY A NDREW Assistant News Editor Mayor Mark Gerretsen was last night’s guest speaker at AMS Assembly, where he spoke to students about his opinions on Homecoming. Gerretsen, who spoke at the beginning of Assembly, later opened up about his social media presence during the Homecoming festivities. “I know there is a topic that is probably on your minds,” he said to Assembly. “I imagine that what many of you are thinking about

is Homecoming.” Gerretsen said he had plans to speak at Assembly for a while as a result of the tension that resulted from his remarks. “Unfortunately, the message that was left is that our office is displeased with Queen’s students [in general],” Gerretsen said. However, he later added that this wasn’t the case. He said his posts on Twitter, which disapproved of student’s actions the weekend of Oct. 8, weren’t directed to every student. “Who were my remarks directed at? The individuals on the street.

I don’t think that the activity is appropriate,” he said. Gerretsen said that not every Queen’s student is guilty of the behaviour. “I’m probably 100 per cent certain that no one in this room was on Aberdeen St. on the first night of Homecoming weekend,” he said. “Expressing my displeasure was the way that I was going to handle it, and quite frankly was the way that I think was appropriate.” Gerretsen said that the behaviour on Aberdeen St. was inappropriate, but that the football games ran smoothly.

He spoke in support of the AMS’s “let’s not fuck it up” campaign, which aimed to promote appropriate behaviour during Homecoming. “It was a great campaign quite frankly,” he said. He said that the Aberdeen St. festivities have strained the relationships between the student body and the City, and that Twitter conversations between himself and Queen’s students have built on that. “There’s no doubt that … these events have … placed tension on town-gown relations,” he said.


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See Gerretsen on page 7


OPIRG opted-out Public group loses fee a second time B Y O LIVIA B OWDEN Assistant News Editor


The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) has lost their opt-outable student proposal fee for the second time in two years, making the organization’s future uncertain. OPIRG Kingston is one of 21 Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) that exist on university campuses nationwide. PIRGs are student-funded organizations that seek to engage students and members of the community in research initiatives, as well as participation in student-oriented events. OPIRG lost its fee for the first time in Feb. 2012 after it had been

present within student activity funds since 1992. A Queen’s University Conservative Association-backed “no” campaign emerged in Jan. 2012, titled NOPIRG, to contest OPIRG’s student fee. Hostilities between some members on both groups lead to student constables escorting members around campus for safety reasons. OPIRG’s legitimacy was questioned earlier this week by a flyer distributed to student’s mailboxes around the Student Ghetto. The flyer, published anonymously, accused OPIRG of anti-Semitic and homophobic behaviour. “These allegations are not See Anti-Semitic on page 7


Ex-convict Kelly Rose uses creative expression as therapy in women’s prisons

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Men’s and women’s soccer onto OUA quarterfinals

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student fees

Vexed votes Nearly 6,000 students missed in referendum email B y S ebastian L eck A lison S houldice Journal Staff

Thursday morning, he said, until they found a solution. He said the emails were sent through a Microsoft server, which A technical error has postponed began identifying emails sent by his voting for the Fall Referendum by account as spam. “It saw that my CRO email a day, pushing back the release of account was trying to send 27,000 the results. According to AMS chief emails over about four hours,” returning officer Chris Parker, Parker said. “It decided that was considered 6,000 email ballot logins weren’t sent because of an error spam and it blocked them after with Votenet, the software 21,000.” The AMS has no experience behind the online voting system. Parker said the problem using Outlook 365 for referendums originated due to a and elections, he said. “We had absolutely no miscommunication between the Office 365 email server preparation for an issue like this, because the system always lets us and Votenet. “Votenet and the Office 365 do it,” he said. Parker said he reported the were supposed to be compatible and they just didn’t work,” Parker, error to the Queen’s and AMS IT Services when some emails ArtSci ’15, said. In total, 21,000 emails of the bounced back to his account at 7 a.m. Tuesday, he said. 27,000 sent made it through. However, he added that the The emails that didn’t arrive at their recipient have been re-sent, delay may encourage a higher voter turnout. Parker said. “It’s definitely generated Queen’s IT and AMS employees worked on the problem controversy,” he said. “More people have heard about on Wednesday night and into and

Voting was extended by one day as a result of the email error.

the elections than they would have.” provides access to the voting polls The online system is still the at all times. best way to conduct referendums “A lot of students are very busy and elections, he said, because it and can’t make it at certain times


PSAC ratifies collective agreement Post-doctoral fellows attain health, dental coverage as well as other benefits provided by the University B y Vincent B en M atak News Editor Following 18 months of negotiations, the University ratified its collective agreement with PSAC Unit 2 yesterday. A tentative agreement was announced last Thursday, with

PSAC ratifying the agreement on Monday. The ratification marks as the last officiator securing benefits for post-doctoral fellows at Queen’s. The provisions stipulated in the agreement, which include a minimum base salary of $31,000, dental coverage and a salary

Sharon DeSousa, PSAC regional vice-president.


increase of zero to two per cent over the next four years, raising the base salary to $31,542. Post-docs are also granted access to Queen’s Supplementary Medical Plan, 100 per cent of which is paid by the University, as well as 100 per cent dental coverage. An optional pension plan is also part of the provisions, which post-docs can pay into at a 55 per cent rate. The agreement is the first of its kind at the University, and the third in Canada following collective agreements at Western University, McMaster University and the University of Toronto, according to Sharon DeSousa, PSAC regional vice-president. In total, 31 negotiating dates were set between the University and PSAC bargaining team. DeSousa said the ratifications represent a drastic change in the University’s treatment of post-doctoral fellows at Queen’s. “I think the employers saw the light,” she said. “I think they understood that what they were doing was really unfair to these workers, and I think that they chose to be leaders within Canada as opposed to bad employers.” She added a highlight of the agreement is securing academic

freedom, intellectual property and non-discrimination through workplace policy. “I have to say that this is one of the best agreements ever negotiated across Canada for post-docs,” DeSousa said. She attributed the “win” to ongoing campaigning carried out by post-docs, which included handing out “worst employer” flyers around campus. “The community, the students with other unions and the bargaining team made this happen, and we want to thank them for that,” she said. Dan Bradshaw, associate principal (faculty relations), expressed a similar statement regarding the University’s ratification. “Once that [bargaining] unit is in place, then they represent our post-doctoral fellows and we have a legal obligation plus a desire to work with that union and set out terms and conditions of employment for the group,” he said. “Obviously people come in with a particular perspective and through the discussions that take place in negotiations, the parties are able to arrive at something that’s mutually acceptable and that’s what’s happened here.”

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at certain places,” he said. “With the paper ballot system, we can’t have people man the booth at 4 a.m.” Kristen Olver, commissioner of internal affairs, said Olver said the delay is unlikely to affect election results, since every student will still be receiving referendum emails. Olver said last year’s elections team was unsure whether the ballots would be compatible with Microsoft Outlook 365. “So this year, everything was set in place, and when we went they inexplicitly bounced back,” Olver, ArtSci ’15, said. She said the system has never encountered a problem like it before, which made it difficult to foresee. “The issues surrounding elections are all related to IT things that were out of our control,” she said. Last year Queen’s and AMS IT Services also guaranteed the AMS that they would work to make Votenet compatible with Queen’s email service, she said, so they weren’t anticipating any issues. Queen’s IT, Microsoft’s IT Services, and Votenet have all been cooperative, and no one in particular is to blame, Olver said. However, she said the AMS will work to make sure similar glitches don’t happen during the winter referendum. “The main thing is going over and making sure we have down exactly what happened in the system last week,” she said. The AMS’s contract with Votenet ends on August 2014, she added, and the AMS elections team will be undertaking a formal review of different programs that could be used for elections going forward. “It’s not only just for voter turnout and participation. We just want to make sure that anyone can access the system,” Olver said.

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Feature Student life

Ghetto pets Many students take on the challenge of caring for a pet in their student house B y A bby A ndrew Assistant News Editor Caring for a furry friend isn’t always fun and games if you’re a student. Cats and dogs live an average of 10 years, making adopting a pet a long-term commitment, one that can have consequences for those still in school. The alternative — fostering a pet for a short amount of time — can also be a burden. Rebecca Cuthbert, ArtSci ’14, had to return the three puppies her and two housemates were fostering after seven days. “It was just too much of a commitment. We had midterms coming up ... we wanted to try to stick it out for the month, but then at the same time our school was being affected,” she said. Afterwards, the three beagle and Jack Russell cross puppies were passed on to a new group of Queen’s students. “When we got the call and they said three puppies, in our excitement … we didn’t really pause to stop and think what that actually meant,” she said. The puppies needed constant care and attention and could only be left alone for very short periods of time. Cuthbert said she was unable to study for a test because of the demanding commitment. “I felt bad leaving the house for long periods of time to do work because I knew that if I was gone, then I was making one of my housemates stay home and vice versa,” she said. It takes a certain kind of student to foster or adopt a pet while they’re at school, according to Lindsay Hadcock, the animal population manager at the Kingston Humane Society. The Humane Society has around 45 cats up for adoption at all times, and currently about a dozen dogs. “We do occasionally have animals surrendered at the end of the school year [but] it’s not a huge segment of our intake,” she said. “In some communities, there’s a huge influx of animals at the end of the school year. We don’t see that, thankfully, from Queen’s.” The Humane Society also offers a fostering program that provides animals with a temporary home if they are sick or too young for adoption. The program has about 100 animals, including cats and dogs. Half of them are currently in the hands of Queen’s students. “We really try to counsel students against [adopting] pets,” Hadcock said. “We certainly try to encourage ... [students] to use the foster program as a means to have some snuggle time.” Students who spend multiple hours a day on campus shouldn’t adopt or foster a pet, she added.

Pet ownership can also be a financial burden, especially for students. According to the Kingston Humane Society’s website, caring for a pet can cost more than $1,000 yearly. Hadcock said that taking a pet to an after-hours emergency clinic costs around $400, not including any medications. “You definitely need some money set aside in case of an emergency ... [if the pet] runs outside the door ... [during] a party and it get hits by a car, who’s going to pay the bills?” she said. The Humane Society has a screening process for adoption and foster applications. The application requires references to ensure that animals are given to responsible and caring owners. If a student looking to adopt doesn’t have a long-term plan for the animal, or the means to care for it, they won’t be allowed to leave with it, she said. “We do adopt out to students if they have family support. We generally like to see ‘mom’ as the personal reference because often we call and they say: ‘are you kidding?’” she said. Yet pets can be a source of stress relief, blood pressure reduction and emotional support. “[Having a pet] can certainly be fabulous … if you have a house with six people and everybody wants to walk the puppy, then that animal is certainly going to get a lot of attention, which can be great.” Many students have made the permanent commitment of adopting a pet. Coleen Tung, Nurs ’14, has a five-year-old miniature dachshund and a cat in her student house. With support from her roommates, she’s successfully able to care for them, but warns students about the risks of adopting a pet. “The worst is [when] people get animals, realize the responsibility, and then just give them to the Humane Society ... which isn’t what I want to do,” she said. Tung is financially responsible for her dog once she graduates, but for now, her parents pay the bills. Her housemate is financially responsible for the cat. “I have pet insurance, which I would recommend,” she said. “Our cat one day jumped on the stove … we took her to the vet, and that was an unexpected bill.” It costs a minimum of about $70 to take your pet to the vet in Kingston, in Tung’s experience. Getting a pet neutered or spayed is another financial burden that’s a necessity, but can be easy to overlook. Tova Latowsky, ArtSci ’14, has found it challenging balancing her student life with pet care while she’s fostered animals for the past three years. “A lot of people would think it would be fun [to adopt a pet] but

The trickster dog, Layla, and her housemates hang outside of their house on Earl St.

then it’s actually hell. It’s too big of a commitment for a lot of people,” she said. While fostering four kittens this semester, Latowsky and her housemates had 20 friends over to drink, and one of the foster kittens went missing. “We didn’t know how long the door was kept open ... we were scared we were going to lose him,” she said. They were able to get three of the kittens into a enclosed bedroom and found the fourth inside the bottom of the couch. “[He] was hissing ... it was horrible. We shouldn’t have had that many people over with so many animals in our house,” she said. Despite these challenges, Latowsky said that all of the rewards of having a pet outweigh the negatives. “It makes your house feel more [like] home,” she said. Haven Moses, and his housemate Kenton Vermeer, both Sci ’15, care for a young dog named Layla. The dog has been written about on the Facebook group “Overheard at Queen’s” — recently, a photo was posted by a student concerned that Layla was crossing the street alone. “People want to tell everybody how to live their life … someone said ‘I’ve seen this dog almost get hit by a car four times’… [and] yeah, I have too, but that’s when people come by,” Moses said. The two students said that Layla consistently escapes outside, and the cause of the problem is when friends are visiting and forget to keep the door closed. “One time this girl just grabbed a ball and threw it on the road right into an oncoming car,” Moses said. Moses and Vermeer split the costs for Layla’s care, but don’t have a long-term plan set up. Layla is full of energy and constantly wants to go outside, Vermeer said.

Photo by Charlotte Gagnier

Ginny, the cat, hops up on the table for the photoshoot with her owner Tova Latowsky.

Photo by Charlotte Gagnier

Peter, the miniature dachsund, cuddles with his owner Coleen Tung.

Photo by Charlotte Gagnier

“She gets a lot of walking in the normal weeks, and then once it gets to week five, six and

seven she gets a little less attention [when studying takes priority],” Vermeer said.





Hate crime victim takes on homophobia in talk Queen’s professor Karen Dubinsky, who received a hate letter in the summer, sheds light on pervasive prejudice in Kingston B Y O LIVIA B OWDEN Assistant News Editor Karen Dubinsky, who was subject to a hate letter alongside her partner Susan Belyea last summer, addressed hate crime and social progress in a guest lecture on Wednesday. The event, hosted by the ASUS Equity & Diversity Commission, is the first in their First Lecture on Earth guest lecture series. The audience included students, professors and members of the queer community as well as Dubinsky’s family. Over 100 people attended the talk. Dubinsky and her partner Susan Belyea received a hate letter at their Kingston home on July 17, garnering national media attention after the author threatened the

couple with “deadly serious consequences” if Statistics Canada states that, in 2011, minor injuries. they did not leave the city. Kingston ranked among the top 10 in the “I saw no huge public declaration of love The letter claimed to be associated with a nation for the highest number of hate crimes. for the Muslim community,” Dubinsky said Christian group from the “Deep South”. A Dubinsky said that these statistics should at the talk. “The question is why?” She added that her involvement in second letter was sent claiming that young be critiqued carefully. members of the group would “hunt them “Does [the statistic] mean Kingston is the community, as well as her status as a down” with BB guns. [a] hateful place?” she said. “Or, that the white, educated professor may have made Dubinsky, a history professor at Queen’s, Kingston police are more aware of classifying a difference. “Don’t be afraid of difference, including had audience members read excerpts from crimes as biases or hate-related?” the letter. She also featured a slideshow She said her favourite support letter states, class difference,” she said. “ Don’t think of ‘North of Princess’ as something to be afraid of people who expressed support for the “not all people in Kingston are ignorant”. couple following the letter. Dubinsky spent the latter half of her of or contemptuous of.” Nicole D’Angelo, co-chair of the First Dubinsky said the presentation intended presentation addressing the recent hate to “create a different atmosphere” by crime against six Muslim students from Lecture on Earth speaker series, said that bringing the words out into the open. Queen’s, claiming that her letter sparked Dubinsky sparked a much-needed discussion “I am a bit of a hermit,” she said. “It more support than what has been shown to on hate crimes in Kingston. took enormous willpower to stay on the the Muslim community in Kingston. “I think the audience was really compelled big picture.” The students were on their way home from at her honesty of what happened,” she said. a movie Oct. 6 when they were attacked by “A lot of times people don’t want to speak on four Kingston residents, one them wielding [hate crimes] … but she made everybody a baseball bat. The perpetrators shouted feel better about it.” racist remarks and hate-based profanities at the students, one of whom was left with

Karen Dubinsky presenting at the Red Room on Wednesday.


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AMS, SGPS challenge City in provincial hearing Day three of Ontario Municipal Board hearing against Council sees students argue for fair representation B y S ebastian L eck Assistant News Editor

In one of the emails, Williams wrote that “the design of a system that deliberately ignores a segment City and AMS lawyers wrestled of the population will not be easy over testimonials from City to defend.” officials yesterday, as the Ontario Kevin Wiener, who gave his Municipal Board hearing on city closing statement after Hickey, electoral boundaries entered its told the Journal the AMS can fourth day. supplement councillors but not The OMB hearing is the latest replace them. development following the April He cited councillor Liz Schell’s decision by City Council to redraw testimony, where she said it took city electoral boundaries solely her nearly two years to learn how using census data, which doesn’t to work effectively as a councillor, include students. due to the learning curve. The option they chose, which “At the AMS, where you have the City refers to as Option 1, 100 per cent turnover for every would dissolve Sydenham District position,” he said, “you can’t have and reduce the number of the same level of engagement councillors in student areas from and long-term strategizing on four to three. city priorities you can get from The AMS, the SGPS, the a councillor.” Sydenham District Association On Wednesday, eleven members (SDA) and Queen’s Faculty of Law of the Kingston community gave student Kevin Wiener filed appeals presentations on the council against the decision. decision, including Morgan Witness statements have taken Davis, president of the Student place throughout the week. City Life Association of St. Lawrence planning expert George Wallace College, and city councillors Liz was cross-examined on Monday Schell, Jim Neill and Bill Glover. and Robert Williams, a consultant from Watson and Associates, gave The Ontario Municipal Board hearing began Monday at City Hall. his testimony on Tuesday. On the same day, AMS president and CEO Eril Berkok, Adminstration SGPS president Iain Reeve and SDA chairman Ken Ohtake also spoke at the witness stand. In his closing statement yesterday, Tony Fleming, the City lawyer, said taking students into account would create more problems for the City. “It is undisputed evidence that B y O livia B owden “I have a soft spot in my heart Dodge’s experience. historically post-secondary students Assistant News Editor for the institution and what it has “I am fortunate to have nine haven’t participated in municipal accomplished — sounds corny, but months to get acclimatized and elections in meaningful numbers,” Jim Leech, president and  CEO  of it is impressions like that that guide learn from my distinguished he said. the Ontario Teachers’ Pension your decision making,” Leech told predecessor,” he said. By including post-secondary Plan, has been chosen as the next the Journal via email. Principal Daniel Woolf chaired student estimates, he said, we risk Chancellor of Queen’s. The Chancellor’s role involves the University Council committee diluting the votes in other districts Leech will start his three-year presiding over convocation that made the decision to appoint with fewer students. position at the University beginning ceremonies, granting degrees and Leech on Oct. 18. “It is not appropriate for this July 1, 2014. chairing the University Council. Woolf stated that Leech’s board to solve a perceived problem Leech is a Queen’s alumnus, The Chancellor also serves as a long list of accomplishments and by creating a practical problem,” earning his MBA from the Queen’s representative and the ceremonial contributions to the University is he said. School of Business in 1973, and head of the University. what caused him to stand out as He added that the AMS can is also a graduate of the Royal Leech will succeed current the best choice. serve as effective representation for Military College of Canada. Chancellor David Dodge during “I was overwhelmed and students, since the student voter He said he accepted the position fall convocation in 2014. humbled [when asked to be turnout for AMS elections is higher for personal reasons. He said he plans to learn from Chancellor] especially when one than for municipal elections. “The students have chosen who they want to represent them,” he said. “When [City officials] speak to student government, they know they are speaking for all students at Queen’s.” Michael Hickey Jr., who represents the appealing parties, said testimonies from City officials implied that Option 1 didn’t provide fair political representation. In his closing statement, he said Robert Williams consistently implied that Option 4 was the better option until the April Council decision passed, when he changed his position. He said Williams’ original idea of representation referred to access to City councillors rather than voting power. “He wasn’t talking about who votes on election day. He was talking about who has a voice every day after election day,” he said. Hickey quoted a series of emails sent between Williams and Sydenham councillor Bill Glover to support his case.


Jim Leech named next Chancellor New appointee replaces David Dodge in ceremonial role beginning July 1, 2014

Jim Leech will begin his term as Chancellor of Queen’s on July 1.


considers the quality of Chancellors Queen’s has had,” he said. Leech has been the president and CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan since 2007. He handles and represents the pensions of 303,000 current and past teachers, which total $130 billion. Leech announced his retirement from the organization, which will become official on Jan. 1, 2014. Leech also serves several charitable organizations in Canada. He’s the chair of the board of the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, a board member of the MasterCard foundation, and is a founding director of Right to Play International. Leech received the Queen Elizabeth  II  Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for taking part in the True Patriot Love Foundation, which aims to support military families in Canada. He said he hopes his credentials will lead to a successful term as Chancellor. “What I can offer is 46 years of experience gained through working in various industries and volunteering with several social, educational and arts non-governmental organizations,” he said. Last Friday, Leech said he promised to contribute to the Queen’s community using his past experiences. “I believe in the tradition and what Queen’s stands for as a thought-leading institution in Canada and now globally,” he said.


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Confidential reports keep staff in check University unveils new phone line for employees to report on work misconduct to promote accountability B y J essica C hong Blogs Editor ConfidenceLine, launched this week, offers University staff a discreet method of reporting concerns about professional and financial misconduct.

The anonymous reporting According to Harry Smith, service, run through a third party, Queen’s safe disclosure officer, the will function as an addition to pre- system is meant to complement existing reporting methods such as these traditional avenues under the calling, emailing or meeting with University’s Safe Disclosure Policy, the University’s safe disclosure which was adopted in early 2011. officer within the Office of “It’s also helpful to allow people the Secretariat. to understand that if they may

Launched this week, the line will serve as an alternative means to prevent misconduct.

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have concerns, whether they’re there will be confidentiality with founded or not, they may have respect to the identity of the person concerns about bringing forward making the disclosure,” Smith said. that information being identified “Sometimes they’re willing to say with whatever the problem is as this is my name and this is the information I’m bringing forward.” they perceive it,” he said. The safety disclosure officer will The hotline will see that claims made by Queen’s community continue to function and act as the members, including faculty, staff, initial point of contact, however. “People are encouraged to come students and administration, are handled in a sensitive and to this office if they have concerns,” he said. “It’s certainly possible to appropriate manner. “It’s just another avenue to get have a conversation face-to-face.” According to Smith, the the information to the University and to engage [in] the Safe University will be tracking service usage throughout the year, and will Disclosure Policy,” Smith said. The external phone service be assessing the effectiveness of the operates 24 hours a day, seven service as an alternative reporting mechanism. A review of the Safe days a week.. ConfidenceLine collects the Disclosure Policy is set to take place information and prepares a report this year. “There would certainly be some for the Safety Disclosure Officer, Smith said. The turnaround time interest in whether the availability for the University to receive the of this external third-party providing information is serving a report takes a few days. “ConfidenceLine provides purpose for which it was intended that degree of separation from and whether we’re getting any the University if they’re more thing more,” he said. Smith said that the comfortable bringing the issue implementation of this service does forward that way,” Smith said. Students and employees are still not stem from any particular issues encouraged to use regular internal of misconduct. “It’s one option that’s provided channels, such as supervisors, administrators and Human in other institutions and other organizations,” he said. “So Resources, to report misconduct. Students are given the option Queen’s has seen it as best practice to remain anonymous but can which it should adopt at this time.” disclose their identity. “It’s not always the case that

city of kingston

Garbage grind City to collect data on waste by looking through resident garbage bags B y J anina E nrile Editor in Chief A City-run waste audit will evaluate if our garbage is, in fact, garbage. The audit, started on Tuesday, aims to evaluate which recyclables end up in the trash. It coincides with Waste Reduction Week. “If it’s garbage, they’re not concerned with it,” John Giles, the City’s solid waste manager, said. “They’re going through the garbage bags but they’re looking for recyclables.” According to Giles, the goal of the audit is to determine the focus of the City’s promotion and education campaign, which aims to teach the public about lesser-known recyclables, such as plastic bags or styrofoam. “The purpose is not to try to encourage people to recycle, because we know they do,” he said. “Even the people that are recycling aren’t necessarily recycling everything they should be.” The audit, which is run by a third party contractor, looks at waste from 10 houses chosen from 10 neighbourhoods across the city, including the Student Ghetto. The neighbourhoods cover different types of communities, ranging from rural to suburban and affluent to less affluent.

The process first began in 2001, and was done again in 2007. It has been done annually since 2010. The same homes and neighbourhoods are analyzed each year, with homeowners given no warning of the audit. “The reason we don’t tell them ahead of time is so they don’t change their habits,” Giles said. “It wouldn’t be true data.” If a homeowner has a complaint, the contractor will give them a letter from the City explaining the situation. So far, Giles said, there haven’t been any strong protests to the audit. The audit collects recyclables from waste bins and from grey or blue boxes, weighs them and produces what’s called a “capture”. This reveals what percentage of recyclable material is being thrown out versus being placed in the correct box. Giles said, the “capture” provides a diverse image of people’s recycling habits. All data collected is pooled together into one image that represents a sample of the entire city, he added. After the analysis is done, the City will come up with objectives to meet in the following year. This has generally been successful, Giles said, as most of these goals are met. In 2011, for example, box

photo by Charlotte Gagnier

City workers are set to go through resident garbage as part of the audit.

board saw a 67 per cent capture. The City aimed to capture 81 per cent in 2012, and exceeded it to 83 per cent. Other materials, such as box board, heavy plastic and aluminum, saw similar trends. Mixed plastics, however, did not reach its goal of a 65 per cent,

falling short at 64 per cent. It still exceeded the previous year’s capture by 10 per cent, Giles said. He said the audit also aims to increase the overall capture rate, which went up from 75 to 82 per cent between 2011 and 2012. The audit doesn’t take into

account multi-resident homes or glass that’s returned to the Beer Store, Giles said, making it a limited image of the City at large. “That’s just a snapshot of 100 homes,” he said. “This just focuses on the homes we use as our control, to see how we’re doing.”

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Gerretsen says he doesn’t regret Homecoming remarks Continued from page 1

“Was the conduct in which I was engaging with students entirely appropriate? … well, that’s to be determined.” Mayor Gerretsen said that he does not regret anything he said and that it was directed towards only certain individuals. “You all know, anyone that uses

social media, that it’s a split-second event … nobody is going to stop and analyze everything before it gets sent,” he said. After his speech, Gerretsen took questions from students, although they didn’t pertain to Homecoming. Representative Kanivanan Chinniah, president of the Queen’s University Conservative Assocation, asked Gerretsen about the City’s

zoning bylaws and how more student housing options could be made available in the future. “I support intensification and I support high density. I think we should be building higher buildings that can accommodate more people,” Gerretsen said in response.

Anti-Semitic accusations unfounded, D’Souza claims Continued from page 1

worth defending, since all accusers would have to do is come and see for themselves what OPIRG does,” Erica Spink D’Souza, coordinator of OPIRG Kingston, told the Journal via email. “We work towards inclusivity and against hate and oppression.” She said that accusations of anti-Semitism within OPIRG are unfounded. “Taking a stance against Zionism or human rights abuses enacted by any country does not mean you are against a group of people or a religion from that country,” she said. D’Souza said those who sent out the letter were strategic, as OPIRG was unable to

respond during the voting period. D’Souza said she and other OPIRG members are unsettled by the claims from campaigns such as NOPIRG “We are disturbed by their dishonesty and disingenuousness in part and present defunding campaigns,” she said. D’Souza said that OPIRG was disappointed with the outcome of the vote. “The money that we received through [student fees] went back into the Queen’s community,” she said. She said these fees funded music festivals, alternative frosh events and educational workshops along with social justice campaigns. D’Souza said OPIRG will maintain its presence

without student funding, although it may prove to be difficult. “Without an annual AMS student optional levy, OPIRG will struggle to fund new initiatives … and turn our educational programming into action in the public interests,” she said. She said OPIRG plans to meet with all of its volunteers in the near future to discuss funding options. D’Souza said she believes students will reach out to OPIRG in support. “Although campaigns like [the flyer] … subject our organization to slanderous claims, in the end we always gain more friends than enemies,” she said. She said she encourages

Mayor Gerretsen speaking at AMS Assembly on Thursday, at City Hall.

students to not buy into the claims of conservative-affiliated groups. “We hope that students can critically recognize that a slander campaign has nothing to offer students besides being hateful,” she said. “These claims should be critically investigated.” Stuart Clark, ArtSci ’14, spearheaded the NOPIRG campaign in 2012, and re-instigated the campaign during this year’s referendum. He maintained NOPIRG’s platform that said OPIRG misused student funding by not focusing on Queen’s-oriented groups and events. “We talked about the salary of the OPIRG coordinator who was not elected and made more than the AMS president,” he said. Clark said that it was not NOPIRG that distributed the letter

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in the Student Ghetto. “There are a lot of groups out there who are dissatisfied with OPIRG and it could have very well been one of them,” he said. “[The flyer] certainly [was] unprecedented.” Clark said there was a lack of a heated dispute between the two groups this year as OPIRG was no longer a “dominant player”. He said OPIRG didn’t try to garner the support of the Queen’s community. “They are going to go right back to what they did before. The unfortunate part is that they’ve learned nothing,” Clark said.

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Editorials — The Journal’s Perspective

“She sensationalizes, and therefore narrows her argument to the point of absurdity.”

Wente is wrong, wrecks and rankles Margaret Wente’s recent column about alcohol and sexual assault had its reasonable moments, but unfortunately, these were overshadowed by the column’s many flaws. Wente argues that the easiest way to attack rape culture on university campuses is to address what she calls “booze culture” and, in particular, female student’s binge drinking to the same extent as their male peers. By doing so, she argues, women are putting themselves in high-risk situations that are more likely to result in sexual assault. This article reflects Wente’s regular tendency to sensationalize, resulting in an oversimplified, disingenuous and underdeveloped argument. One of articles’ most glaring missteps is its disproportionate focus on the actions of women. Wente begins by regurgitating the same warning that many university-aged women have heard a handful of times: you shouldn’t Young men should also take get too drunk around young men or you might end up getting offence to Wente’s column, as she generalizes their actions to sexually assaulted. The premise that the the point that they come across consumption of alcohol is the as rapists-in-waiting. It’s unfortunate that Wente goes catalyst in the vast majority of campus sexual assaults is tenuous on to undermine those who insist at best. There’s no doubt that that “rape culture” exists. Feminists sexual assaults would continue who talk about “rape culture” often after an end to binge drinking, as advocate a male focused approach the underlying gender dynamics to sexual assault prevention. The and power imbalances would idea that we should counsel young remain. Wente reduces a fairly men about sexual assault is one that complicated conversation to a Wente could stand to engage with. By comparing rape to other piece of impractical advice.

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crimes like mugging, Wente of rapists. Women shouldn’t be excludes herself from rational forced to significantly change debate. Taking someone’s wallet their behaviour due to the threat isn’t the same as violating their body. of attack. By excluding any serious Anyone making that comparison isn’t attempting to discuss the analysis of wider cultural sexism, Wente maximizes the blame placed topic seriously. Everyone owes themselves on sexual assault victims. She a basic level of vigilance and insults the intelligence of young responsibility in order to avoid men and young women alike. dangerous situations. This is so She sensationalizes, and therefore self-evident that it shouldn’t be narrows her argument to the point central to this conversation. To of absurdity. prevent sexual assault, the main — Journal Editorial Board focus should be on the actions


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The Queen’s Journal is an editorially autonomous newspaper published by the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University, Kingston. Editorial opinions expressed in the Journal are the sole responsibility of the Queen’s Journal Editorial Board, and are not necessarily those of the University, the AMS or their officers. Contents © 2013 by the Queen’s Journal; all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission of the Journal. The Queen’s Journal is printed on a Goss Community press by Performance Group of Companies in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Contributions from all members of the Queen’s and Kingston community are welcome. The Journal reserves the right to edit all submissions. Subscriptions are available for $120.00 per year (plus applicable taxes). Please address complaints and grievances to the Editors in Chief. Please direct editorial, advertising and circulation enquiries to: 190 University Ave., Kingston, ON, K7L 3P4 Telephone: 613-533-2800 (editorial) 613-533-6711 (advertising) Fax: 613-533-6728 Email: The Journal online: Circulation 6,000

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UN ad campaign The United Nations has released a photo series which features pictures of women with their mouths covered by sexist internet search suggestions based on Google’s autocomplete function. The search terms featured in the ads include “women need to”, “women shouldn’t” and “women cannot”, and show a drop-down list of the suggested searches. The results of the autocomplete function, according to Google, takes into account several factors, including the popularity of the search term. Some of the results, such as “women should be slaves”, “women should be in the kitchen” and “women cannot be trusted”, provide a healthy amount of shock value to this ad campaign. The idea is simple: women are silenced by sexism. This approach to confronting prejudice is successful in its symbolism and deeper-implied meanings. We live in a modern era of digital technology but outdated views of sex and gender still haunt us. Typing “women shouldn’t” into Google may be a slightly leading search, yet there still isn’t any excuse for what pops up. Typing “men shouldn’t” yields entirely different types of results.

While some of the suggestions for “men shouldn’t” are harmful, as they imply masculine stereotypes, they aren’t hateful like those that appear for women. While it’s possible that many of the people searching these terms didn’t intend harm, the general trend is still unsettling. There’s still a long way to go if we want to achieve worldwide gender equality. Our cognizance of the oppression women have historically faced, and the ongoing oppression that women live with today, should spark even more resistance to the same old sexist tendencies that are being propagated in new ways. A noted problem with the internet is its propensity to cement prejudice by directing users to content that agrees with their ideology. Viewpoints are then solidified, as online communities provide a safe haven for degenerate people. No matter how democratic a medium may feel, it can still be used as a tool by those with ugly opinions. Women should be empowered by the internet, not forced to see autocompleted searches that denigrate them.

Rachel Herscovici

No offence

Let’s have a chat without getting our knickers in a knot. In the age of the internet, open comment boards and endless access to information, we began a new age of what I call oversensitive internet gnomes. Those who get offended easily always existed; now, they’ve been given a new platform. Unfortunately, these people aren’t a novelty — everyone seems to be offended, all the time, online. Everyone’s perception of unfairness or slight has been heightened. Passion and opinions are welcomed, of course, but the problem is that we aren’t actually listening to each other. Let’s all take a step back and hear each other out — sometimes, — Journal Editorial Board you may find something valid in someone else’s argument or stance. I’m not saying a racist or

otherwise offensive comment is okay if you can develop some justification for it — it’s not. But we should respect other’s opinions and learn from one another. Before you make a fervent comment online, read through something all the way and try to understand where other people are coming from. If an opinion is wrong or unfair, you have a right to be offended, but let’s respond in a composed and educated fashion. If you don’t agree, then go ahead and argue your case, but in a civilized manner. Too often I see internet commenters attacking each other based on buzzwords that don’t represent a complete argument. Maybe someone misspells something, or they make a mistake of fact. To err is human, right? So, relax. Don’t jump down each other’s throats. I don’t want to be choked into a silence. Everyone’s opinions should be heard whether you think they’re ridiculous or not — a reasonable discussion might be what sparks change or more educated decision-making. Sure, we all get crazy sometimes — I’m definitely a high-strung individual — but we need to try our best to foster better communication. Let’s resolve to make progress through listening, not just talking. Rachel is a Features Editor at the Journal. She’s a third-year English major.



Mixed messages Many mixed race people, myself included, have trouble defining our ethnic identity. As a child, I’d put on my mother’s makeup and be confused as to why her dark brown foundation didn’t blend with my pale skin. A family reunion with my dad’s side felt strange as I looked nothing like the blonde hair, blue-eyed bunch. Both sides of my family, South Asian and Anglo-Saxon, have thoroughly accepted that I don’t reflect either side in my appearance. But, the question remains, where do I belong? In 2010, Statistics Canada reported that more than 340,000 children are a part of a mixed-race family.

Both sides of my family, South Asian and AngloSaxon, have thoroughly accepted that I don’t reflect either side in my appearance. But, the question remains, where do I belong? With these numbers growing, and other standards of identity being blurred, attempts to place individuals into single categories of gender, race or sexual orientation should be a thing of the past. It’s sometimes unsettling when people ask

DIALOGUE me where I’m from. While it might seem like an innocent question, it makes me feel like I have to accept a racial label. I’ve completed many surveys where I’ve had to state my race as “other”. It’s especially sickening when I’ve been told that I am “lucky” to pass as white. Some people feel comfortable saying racist comments in reaction to my appearance. I’ve been told that I’m “pretty, for a brown girl”. Looking “white” does not mean I am okay with racism.

It’s especially sickening when I’ve been told that I am “lucky” to pass as white. Some people feel comfortable saying racist comments in reaction to my appearance. Although I’d never say that I’m thoroughly Indian, I grew up with a heavier South Asian upbringing. Most of my extended family lives in India; I celebrate Diwali and there are pictures of Shahrukh Khan on my Macbook. Even the more intimate aspects of the culture, such as understanding Hinduism, remain deeply important to me. Sometimes I feel that I’m not allowed to identify with my South Asian heritage due to my appearance. My brother, who has the same blood as me, looks completely Indian. He asks me why he can’t choose to be white. Even though our appearances are different, the truth is that both of us can choose the racial identity we feel comfortable with. As Canada becomes more multicultural, society should understand that individuals may no longer belong to a single group, and that ethnicity can be fluid. Olivia is an Assistant News Editor at the Journal. She’s a third-year history major.




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Opinions — Your Perspective


CanLit aglow thanks to Munro

Alice Munro’s Nobel win should be judged on the merits of her storytelling, not nationality

Sylvia Söderlind Alice Munro has done Canadian literature a great favour by winning the Nobel Prize. As a returning Swede, I’ve had the unmitigated pleasure of finding myself in the midst of a newfound interest in all things Canadian among the Swedish reading public. Although Munro has long had a devoted following and has had many of her works translated into Swedish, there was a general sense of delighted surprise when the news broke that the Prize was awarded to a Canadian, a woman and, perhaps above all, a short story writer. The short story genre has an even lower profile in Sweden than in North America (we don’t have a New Yorker or Atlantic Monthly) and some commentators prefer to see Munro’s prize as a kind of posthumous correction of the failure to give it to Anton Chekhov. The search for a male progenitor, to lend weight to the Swedish Academy’s decision, reflects its continued sexism. In a literary talk show on Swedish television, the secretary

of the Swedish Academy, the body that decides who wins the Nobel Prize in literature, took pains to point out that “Alice Munro represents nothing, not women, not Canada.” What she does represent, according to the Academy’s concise motivation, is a narrative form; she’s “a master of the short story.”

The short story genre has an even lower profile in Sweden than in North America ... and some commentators prefer to see Munro’s prize as a kind of posthumous correction to the failure to give it to Anton Chekhov. Yet the media seem intent on making Munro represent Canada, a nation about which very little is known, although both Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje are more widely-read and more commonly translated. This insistence isn’t unique in the case of Munro; the nationality of Prize winners is always given particular attention. It’s as if the Prize has to have a wider national significance, as if it must involve a means for Swedes (and others) to learn something about a distinct national culture — and the

lesser-known that culture, the greater the interest in learning about it. In the case of Munro, this desire has several consequences. For instance, Swedish reporters have paid scrupulous attention to the Ontario in which she sets most of her stories. They have travelled to Wingham, interviewed neighbours and friends, walked the streets and inhaled the early fall Ontario air. Inadvertently, then, the desire for national representativity perpetuates the Ontario-centrism that has so often been challenged by the east, the west and north of Canada. This has been exacerbated by a homage to Munro by Margaret Atwood published in a Swedish daily. Atwood here places her colleague with a group of writers from Southwestern Ontario — Robertson Davies (mistakenly translated as Robert Davies), James Reaney, Marian Engel and Graeme Gibson. Although it’s true that these writers come from a similar background, they are hardly the ones that come to my mind when I think of Alice Munro. The only one still living on Atwood’s list, Graeme Gibson, is her husband, and hardly a name that easily trips off the tongue when I’m prompted to name an Ontario writer.

Alice Munro’s many works are receiving more international attention following her win.

Photos by Sam Koebrich

Situating Munro in an Ontario tradition is, I believe, misguided. To my mind, there’s another more distinctively Canadian tradition in which she fits more snugly: the small town narrative. Whether it be her own Wingham or Davies’s Deptford, Ontario, or Margaret Laurence’s Manawaka, Manitoba, they all somehow echo both each other and Sinclair Ross’s Horizon, Saskatchewan. Although demographically and topographically distinct, the small town in each of these cases offers an arena for the exploration of the relation between individual desires and social expectations in a restricted world.

The nationality of Prize winners is always given particular attention. It’s as if the Prize has to have a wider national siginificance, as if it must involve a means ... to learn something about a distinct national culture. Although this genre is far from dead (think Miriam Toews) it’s hardly central to contemporary Canadian writing — if by contemporary one means the last 25 years. There’s no doubt that Alice Munro is a remarkable writer and she’s been awarded the Prize after a long and distinguished career, but to label her as representative of contemporary Canadian writing seems belated. Perhaps the most Canadian moment in all of the brouhaha came when Alice Munro’s joy at winning the Prize changed into horror when she heard that only 12 women had preceded her as literary laureates. She invited the press to pay more attention to women and Canadian writers. I hope they will do so while taking care to read them as representative of nothing other than good writing. That her Nobel has helped raise the profile of Canada and its literature is Alice Munro’s gift to her country, her colleagues and their future readers. Sylvia is a retired English professor living in Sweden.

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play review

Centuries past


Old cell block setting of The Woman in Black B y J anine A buluyan Staff Writer

The confined space of Kingston City Hall provided an eerie atmosphere for the play.

Photo by charlotte gagnier

In the basement of City Hall lies one of the first police cell blocks in Kingston, built in 1844 and first used in 1906. The found space set the tone for Blue Canoe Productions’ The Woman in Black with its creaky doors, red carpet and an atmosphere of centuries past. The production, directed by Devon Dafoe and written by Stephen Mallatratt, is based on the book by Susan Hill. “A lawyer hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him, concerning events that transpired when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse,” the play’s pamphlet reads. “There he caught sight of the woman in black.” It’s reminiscent of Wuthering Heights in love and bad luck, grudges and vengeance, eerie moors and impenetrable fog and of course, haunting ghosts. One crucial difference is that the murderous ghost of Jennett Humphrey never finds eternal rest in The Woman in Black, whereas Heathcliff and Cathy live happily ever after, in a

way, in Wuthering Heights. The tiny cell block was transformed into a stage with solid dark wood furniture, old black-and-white photographs, gas lamps, old papers and an inkstand. Specifically unnerving were the six doors that opened into the cell block. It’s in the nature of theatre production to transport the audience to a time and place with only the stage, the actors, props, costumes and music, but The Woman in Black went beyond that. The tiny space of the cell block, with the audience and the actors crowded in, magically contained the distant haunting sceneries of an Edwardian-era British village and the ill-fated Eel Marsh House. At the same time, the confined space heightened the intensity of the performance. The characters’ every emotion — from fear and panic, to despair and the rare moment of normalcy — pierced the audience. The actors themselves gave an excellent performance, especially in their deft maneuvering of their shared domain and the extra pressure and excitement from the closeness of the See Love on page 13

Social Justice

Beyond bars Former convicts write about their experience B y K ate S hao Assistant Arts Editor While people were buzzing over last summer’s Netflix series Orange is the New Black, a universal truth remained. The lives of female prisoners isn’t a topic commonly discussed, nor is it a neutral one. The prison system tends to be a very touchy subject. But Kelly Rose Pflug-Back wants to change that. Pflug-Back was released this February after spending eight months incarcerated at the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton, Ontario. She and two others are behind the upcoming newsletter, Voices Unchained, which will be available in print at various female prisons across the country, as well as online to the public. “Voices Unchained is responding to a really terrible dearth of resources available to women prisoners,” Pflug-Back said. The publication will provide an uncensored platform for prisoners to share their struggles and drive the public to think critically about the often-misconstrued prison system. “These stories can enhance the understanding of what it is like to be criminalized, what it is like to be in jail and what it is like to live a life of poverty,” she said. Access to media in prison is incredibly limited. The newsletter will include important information

on issues relating to women behind bars, such as children’s aid services, HIV treatment and welfare policies. The Toronto-based publication will also feature creative pieces penned by women currently in the system. “Creative pursuits are a way to reclaim a bit of that humanity that is removed from you through being chewed up and spit out by the system,” Pflug-Back said. Since most of these women come from very dehumanizing life circumstances, which the prison system exacerbates, she said, reclaiming one’s self-concept is imperative. “People find a lot of ways to exercise their creative abilities while incarcerated,” Pflug-Back said. “It’s not just therapeutic for the individual. It can be a source for social change.” By giving this outlet to female prisoners, she said she hopes to decrease the stigma regarding the prison system and inspire the public to question it. “Hopefully [this will] make some of these issues more open to the public and start to help people ask questions like, ‘why is the percentage of female prisoners rising so drastically in the past few decades?’” Pflug-Back pointed out that the vast majority of women are imprisoned for non-violent offences, most of which stem from economically-disadvantaged situations. “Why are we, to such an extent, See It on page 13

The importance of respecting the gallery space is imperative when observing artwork.

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Art on Campus

Etiquette under discussion Jan Allen, acting director of the AEAC, explains art observation B y M eaghan Wray Arts Editor Refraining from walking on a sculpture, for most people, seems common sense. Jan Allen, acting director of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (AEAC), recalled a time when exactly this occurred. “[High school students are] very energetic,” Allen said. “I remember one year some students were actually walking on a sculpture and I was quite quick to say, ‘please get off that.’” Exhibit-viewing etiquette is in

Allen’s blood. “I certainly went to galleries a lot as a child, I did grow up in a family that owned art and appreciated art and thought art was important,” Allen said. “Then I did learn how to behave in galleries but I think also just by attending a lot of art events, because that’s my interest and passion.” Given her extensive experience in the art industry, Allen has seen what can go wrong and, alternatively, what can be fun, enjoyable and productive. The demographic diversity of the AEAC is vast.

From senior citizens to high school trips, Queen’s students to young toddlers, the AEAC has seen its share of characters beyond the works that give life to its walls. Etiquette can mean very different things depending on the individual. “[Viewing etiquette] is how you affect the atmosphere of the gallery for other visitors, so that you’re not interfering with their viewing experience,” Allen said. There’s also a second tier of viewing etiquette, she said, referring to respecting the See Spaces on page 13


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‘It can be a source for social change’ Continued from page 12

criminalizing poverty in society?” she said. She said it’s important to emphasize restorative justice instead of punitive justice. “We need to think more about what pushes a person to commit fraud,” she said. “Is it some kind of antisocial tendency or is it the fact that they are impoverished?” It doesn’t matter that you robbed a convenience store because you were late on rent and your children are going to be out on the sidewalk in the middle of winter — all that matters is that you robbed a convenience store, Pflug-Back said. The newsletter intends to help put a face to the rising

number of female prisoners, demonstrating the significance of the arts as a coping mechanism. Many of them are survivors of past traumas, like childhood abuse and domestic violence. “We need to start really looking at the root causes of crime in society rather than just treating it as an individual, malicious act,” she said. With around 20 volunteers across the country, Voices Unchained supporters in Kingston will host a benefit concert, showcasing local musicians, for the publication this weekend. The benefit show for Voices Unchained will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26 at The Artel. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Spaces at play Continued from page 12

Kelly Rose Pflug-Back was released from the Vanier Centre for Women in February and is one of the women behind the new publication Voices Unchained.


Love, bad luck and grudges Continued from page 12

audience. They made the beautiful words of Mallatratt come to life. The music score for the performance was the epitome of subtle but effective was. The most consistent of the unpleasant pitches was a deep metallic drum. In the few moments without

the music, there was suddenly less tension and it became easier to breathe. The audience was truly taken back in time and place as they were thrown in the midst of the unfolding story. The pure emotions, the smell of burning matchsticks and candles and the threats of the phantasmal world were all very real.

In all these ways, The Woman in Black was a perfect way to warm up to Halloween. It will undoubtedly be a unique and memorable experience for those who decide to see it, easily frightened or not. The Woman in Black will be playing from Oct. 24 - Nov. 2. Tickets are $12 with limited seating.

pieces for what they are. “That’s sort of more like viewing strategies for approaching an artist’s vision, whether it’s work you’re familiar with or something you’ve never seen before,” she said. Being aware of the surroundings, and the artistic pieces held within them, has never been so vital. “We count on people being respectful of the spaces, the works of art themselves and one another, to make it a good experience,” Allen said. “We are presenting these treasures, both historical ones and contemporary works, and we want everyone to be able to enjoy them and we need to also protect them.” Basic rules, Allen outlined, include not touching the works, avoiding running, dancing or shouting and refraining from playfulness in the spaces. For the inexperienced gallery-goer, these rules that seem obvious to one person may be unapparent to another, Allen said. “[Rule-breaking is] not an issue here. I have been in spaces, museum spaces, where I know that people are encouraged to touch things,” she said. “I think sometimes that confuses people because then they think ‘I can touch everything.’” The use of a gallery space is key to ensuring visitors are aware of rules, to avoid confusion, she said. Communicating with other

visitors is one aspect that Allen said isn’t as common at the campus gallery, unlike in Europe and the United States. “It’s actually quite fine and polite to make comments to other visitors, and that’s not very much part of the culture here,” Allen said. “[It] really enhances the experience [and] it’s very informative because people have very different responses to works of art.” Often the AEAC hosts in-house artist receptions. This is, Allen said, a moment for the artist to celebrate the success of their work. It isn’t, she said, the time to show personal work for opinion from the artist. “[One thing that] would be quite rude is to bring your own work to an artist. Sometimes people will do that,” she said. “It’s really to celebrate the achievements of the moment.” However, Allen added, it’s certainly encouraged to chat with the artist for a short period of time and ask questions, regardless of if they are critical or in a positive light. “I always encourage people not to be shy, not to think if they’re in awe of an artist for one reason or another that they shouldn’t go up and speak to that artist,” she said. “Most artists love to speak to students, love to meet new people [and] are really glad when people come to their receptions.”

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Squad on the verge After historic season, a breakthrough trip to nationals is in reach B y N ick Faris Sports Editor Nate Kerstens’ mind immediately turned to Bishop’s. The fifth-year men’s lacrosse captain didn’t hesitate when asked to name the most memorable game of this season, his team’s best in recent memory. He’d tasted victory against the perennially strong Gaiters once before — and nothing was sweeter than finally doing it again, in an 8-7 win on Sept. 15. “We haven’t beat Bishop’s since I was in first year,” Kerstens said. “I’m the only remaining guy on


the team that had beaten Bishop’s before. We used to get killed by them.” Two years removed from rock bottom — a 0-10 season in the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA) — Gaels lacrosse has gone from doormat to dangerous, catapulting from the cellar to championship contention. The September win over Bishop’s was an early bonus in a 7-3 campaign, Queen’s best-ever finish. Tomorrow, the Gaels will host the Trent Excalibur (4-6) in a wild-card playoff matchup. If they win, they’ll advance to the CUFLA championship

tournament for the first time. “It’s definitely a big turnaround,” Kerstens said. “In the past, we’ve relied on individuals, moreso. Now, it’s a little more spread out — a lot of good players.” This sudden influx of depth forced the Gaels to make pre-season cuts in 2013 — another first in team history, according to Kerstens. Without formally recruiting high school athletes, they’ve surged up the standings on the backs of increasingly talented walk-ons. A third of Queen’s 35-man roster is made up of rookies, while second-year attackers Brendan Zoehner and Alex Wright led the squad in scoring. “Each year we keep getting better and better rookie classes in,” Kerstens said. Queen’s growth has coincided with lacrosse’s overall expansion in Canadian universities. CUFLA has featured 13 teams in Ontario and Quebec since 2012, with every time they had the the Ottawa Gee-Gees and opportunity,” Gencarelli said.“They Nipissing Lakers set to join in the sent four or five guys forward.” coming seasons. The rest of the half was a battle The league has recently of two distinct styles. At one end, the Nipissing goalkeeper and defencemen hoofed long balls WOMEN’S SOCCER in an attempt to penetrate the Gaels’ zone. The home side opted for a more methodical approach, working the ball laterally and looking for open lanes. Neither team could register a score in the first half of play. B y C hloe S obel “It was one of those games Staff Writer where you had to grind out the victory,” Gencarelli said. Five players scored Wednesday Queen’s returned from the afternoon as Queen’s rolled on to break with renewed spirit. In the next stage of the playoffs. the 54th minute, midfielder Eric The Gaels posted a clean sheet Koskins slipped a goal past Lakers in their first OUA post-season keeper Andrew Reddick. game, dominating the fifth-seeded See Ravens on page 18 Laurentian Voyageurs by a score of

Furious finish

Queen’s buries Nipissing in 88th minute B y B rent M oore Contributor Kristian Zanette’s late heroics saved the Gaels on Wednesday. The second-year midfielder broke a deadlock in the dying minutes of Queen’s first-round playoff match with the Nipissing Lakers, blasting the game-winning goal for a 2-1 victory. The late tally will send the Gaels to an OUA East semi-final matchup against the Carleton Ravens, set for Sunday afternoon. The Lakers, who were spanked 7-0 by the Gaels this past Sunday, came out aggressive at West Campus Field, eager to erase the blowout loss. The Gaels needed a few minutes to find their footing. A Nipissing scoring chance in the 10th minute triggered Queen’s defence, who proceeded to knock out three consecutive throw-in attempts. Their energy carried to the other side of the pitch, where, in the 12th minute, the Gaels hammered a shot just over the crossbar. Gaels coach Chris Gencarelli commended the Lakers’ early organization. “They came with a game plan — try to counterattack us


If men’s lacrosse beats the Trent Excalibur tomorrow at West Campus Field, they’ll advance to their first-ever Baggataway Cup.

featured remarkable parity, with a different team claiming the championship in each of the last five seasons. “The skill level’s increased significantly, even over the five years I’ve been here,” Kerstens said. “It just keeps growing and growing. We’re getting more and more teams and more and

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Attack shines in rout Laurentian ousted as Gaels secure playoff meeting with Ottawa 6-0 at West Campus Field. The match came just four days after a 0-0 regular-season tie with the Voyageurs, also a home game. Queen’s win sets up a rematch with the nationally top-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees in the OUA quarterfinals. The Gaels held Ottawa to a scoreless draw on Sept. 7 and lost 1-0 at home on Oct. 5.

inside VOLLEYBALL PREVIEWS Season starts tonight for both Gaels sides. PAGE 15

ATHLETE PROFILE Victoria Coates excels on and off the course. PAGE 16

weekend wrap-up Football and rugby lock down momentous wins. PAGE 19

more players.” Queen’s quest for the Baggataway Cup — CUFLA’s championship trophy — is relatively distinct among Gaels teams. Unlike women’s lacrosse and most other varsity sides, they aren’t vying for an OUA title. Instead, CUFLA operates as


Men’s soccer pulled past Nipissing in the final minutes, while the women’s win over Laurentian was never in doubt.

Gunning for their fifth straight trip to CIS nationals, the Gaels scored early and often against Laurentian. “I thought we were terrific,” said head coach Dave McDowell. “We’ve been telling [people] for a while here to be patient and that it would come, and it came at a good time.” Fifth-year midfielder Riley Filion scored twice in the victory, netting the game’s first goal in the 14th minute. She’d later add another in the 62nd minute. Filion’s first goal was quickly followed up by fourth-year defender Melissa Jung, scoring in the 20th minute. Fifth-year midfielder Alexis McKinty struck just before halftime, tallying in the 45th minute to closing the first half with a 3-0 lead. In the second half, sophomore striker Brittany Almeida scored in the 58th minute on a cross from fifth-year striker Jennifer Siu. Rookie midfielder Rachel Radu beat the goalie to score on an empty net in the 64th minute, sealing the blowout win. Gaels goalkeeper Madison Tyrell was instrumental in the clean sheet, stopping four shots from the Voyageurs. The Gaels were dominant on the field, keeping the Voyageurs away from the goal and displaying superior teamwork. A refrain throughout the season has been See Ottawa on page 18




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Refine, progress and conquer Coming off early playoff exits, Gaels teams seek development of returning cores

MEN B Y S EAN L IEBICH Staff Writer Men’s volleyball enters their season with playoff aspirations and old and new sets of hands taking the reins. Coming off an OUA quarterfinal exit in 2012-13, the Gaels open their season tonight on the road against the Guelph Gryphons. With just two departing graduates, the team’s maturing leadership core is looking to push further into the post-season. The Gaels wrapped up their preseason schedule with the Queen’s Invitational Tournament this past weekend, finishing with a 0-3 record. The bright spot of the tournament was when the team managed to force a fifth set with the Manitoba Bisons, who were ranked fourth in the country last year. The Gaels rounded out the preseason with a 2-8 exhibition record. With one of their wins coming against the Western Mustangs, who finished 13-5 in 2012-13, the record isn’t as bad as it seems. “I think every aspect of our team needs to go up just a little bit,” said Gaels head coach Brenda Willis. Injuries during the preseason have

sidelined a number of the Gaels’ more experienced players. Third-year middle Tyler Scheerhoon, third-year outside hitter Mike Tomlinson and fourth-year outside hitter Will Sidgwick were all kept out of action this past weekend. Their absence has limited the Gaels’ ability to execute in certain situations so far. Willis said their injuries should be resolved in the next three to four weeks. Also absent from the court is former setter Jackson Dakin, who helped the Gaels defeat Western in the 2011-12 OUA final. After exhausting his CIS eligibility last season, Dakin has taken on a coaching role with the team. Third-year setter Matt Bonshor has been tasked with taking over Dakin’s role as setter, a position he switched to when he first came to Queen’s. Coach Willis plans to use 17-year-old first-year Thomas Ellison in addition to Bonshor as a one-two setting combination in different situations. The 6’4” Ellison adds size and depth as setter to the Gaels’ attack and defence. “I think we have the tools to be good in setting — it’s just a process that we have to work through,” Willis said. “The faster we work through it, the better our record will be.” The Gaels have set high goals for themselves, hoping to improve on a strong

Third-year Matt Bonshor (3) replaces the departed Jackson Dakin as Queen’s starting setter.


fourth-place showing last year. “Our first goal is to make the playoffs [and] our second goal is to be in the final four in the OUA,” Willis said. “Right now, I feel like those might be lofty goals, but a lot of it depends on the health of our roster and the progress we make in setting.”

WOMEN B Y S EAN S UTHERLAND Assistant Sports Editor A young women’s volleyball team is gunning for a playoff spot and a shot at the OUA title in a tightly contested division. Last season, the team finished fourth in the OUA during the regular season but struggled near the end, eventually leading to a first-round playoff exit. York, Ottawa and Ryerson, the three teams that finished ahead of Queen’s during the regular season, as well as Toronto, are all members of the same division as the Gaels — the OUA East. Head coach Joely Christian-Macfarlane said that with five good teams vying for the top four spots in the conference, every game matters for the Gaels. “The East is a tough conference. The reality is we will have to bring our best game regardless of any of those teams,” she said. “Even the small matches … those are going to matter more.” The roster this year is much younger than before, with only two fourth-year players and a single fifth-year. Instead, the majority of the team is made up of players in second and third year. Part of the reason for such a young team is the departure of several key veterans from last year. Outside hitter and OUA All-Star Colleen Ogilvie graduated, as did veterans Katie Neville and Anna Pedjase. Christian-Macfarlane said there are a few players on the team who could step up and replace the departed players, such as Katie Hagarty and Kelsey Bishop, who are both in their last year at Queen’s and have been named all-star players at past tournaments. “They’ve both had really good pre-seasons


Outside hitter Kelsey Bishop finished second on the Gaels in points and kills last season.

and we’re hoping they are going to have a really good OUA season as well,” she said. Alongside Hagarty and Bishop, a group of improved second-year players will help the team contend for a playoff spot. Brett Hagarty made the all-rookie team last year, while Becky Wilson has stepped in as the team’s new starting libero. “The first-years who have now become second-years are taking on their roles, and they’re taking them on with leadership,” Christian-Macfarlane said. The team will need team success from old and new players alike to take one of the top four spots in the OUA East. Christian-Macfarlane said that while the team’s ultimate goal is to win the OUA championship, they’re looking for a playoff spot at the bare minimum. “Our goal is to be better every single performance,” she said. “We’ve got some new starters on the court, and as the year goes on [our goal is] seeing steady and marked improvement in that core group of athletes.”





Gaels runner Victoria Coates has finished first or second in all four of her races this season.


Top runner, top student CIS medalist Victoria Coates is equally strong academically B Y S EAN S UTHERLAND Assistant Sports Editor Of all the awards she’s picked up over her cross-country career, Victoria Coates is proudest of one that came in the classroom. The fifth-year Gaels runner, who transferred to Queen’s this year from McMaster, picked up an unprecedented double in 2012. In addition to a CIS bronze medal, she won McMaster’s Mary Keyes Award, presented to the female athlete who best combined athletic and academic success. It’s fitting that an award honouring an athlete who excels in the classroom would go to Coates, who said that academics generally takes precedence over her running. “I’m a student before an athlete, but I try to make them be on equal levels as much as I can,” she said. When her four years at McMaster ended, academics and athletics alike brought Coates to Queen’s. Since McMaster didn’t have a Master’s program in Urban Planning, Coates opted to go elsewhere for grad school and her final year of CIS eligibility. She eventually chose Queen’s over Toronto and Ryerson, mainly based on academic reasons. The

success of this year’s cross-country team has been an added bonus. “I’m lucky that it’s worked out on the running side, and that I was still able to have a good program here and have the academic side,” Coates said. Coates has had a great deal of success on the course this year, finishing first or second in all of her races. She’s part of the nation’s second-ranked team and one of the best running tandems in Canada, partnering with second-year Julie-Anne Staehli. Coates even surprised herself with how well she’s done this year, as she didn’t race during the summer due to an injury. “Coming into this season, I wasn’t really sure how it was going to go,” she said. “I wasn’t really sure where I was at, so it’s been a little bit of a surprise, but I’m pretty excited about it.” Coates only has two more races before her time at Queen’s comes to an end. Tomorrow, she’ll return to Hamilton for the OUA championships, before wrapping up her university career on Nov. 9 at the national finals in London. While she’s looking to continue

her excellent season, Coates said helping Queen’s win a team medal at the OUA and CIS championships is also one of her goals this year. For head coach Steve Boyd, having a runner like Coates gives Queen’s a great chance to finish near the top of the overall standings. “She’s a runner capable of finishing very high in any race she runs, and a runner who even on a bad day is going to bring in really low points for you,” Boyd said. “A good day for Victoria is winning [and] a bad day is finishing fifth.” While Coates’ time as a university runner is coming to an end, her time as a student will continue next year as she wraps up her Master’s degree. She’ll continue training with the Gaels, despite no longer being part of the team. Boyd echoes Coates in saying that her performance this year has been even better than anticipated. “She’d been rock-solid for Mac for four years, and we didn’t expect anything different when she came here,” he said. “We did [expect success], but we also got even more than what we were expecting.”

TOP RESULTS Victoria Coates’ finishes in 2013. FIRST PLACE Western Invitational — Sept. 21 SECOND PLACE Queen’s Invitational — Sept. 14 Guelph Open — Sept. 28 RSEQ-AUS Interlock Meet — Oct.12 UP NEXT OUA Championships — Oct. 26 (Hamilton)

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Nipissing’s response came in the 67th minute, with striker Ryan Mantle beating otherwise solid Gaels netminder Dylan Maxwell. The two squads continued to grapple into the final minutes of the game. Gaels fans were shivering in the


Striker Chris Michael scored four goals in 11 regular season games.

stands when Zanette finally fired the game winner. It came in the 88th minute of play and brought most in attendance to their feet. Bolstered by the late score, the Gaels easily held off their opponents until the final whistle. “I thought we came out flat,” Gencarelli said. “I give credit to Nipissing, they were really well-organized. “We’ll take the win, move forward and prepare for Carleton on Sunday.” The men met Carleton twice in regular season play, dropping both games by scores of 2-0 and 4-1. The Ravens finished one spot ahead of the Gaels in the East division. Looking ahead to Sunday’s matchup, Gencarelli is pushing for much more physical play. “We have to be tougher, we have to be stronger,” he said. “We have to play our style and that’s playing direct. If we play our style, we can win on Sunday.” Both teams advanced to the OUA Final Four last season. Queen’s lost their semi-final match, while Carleton was stifled in the final by the McMaster Marauders.

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ON DECK CIRCLE WOMEN’S RUGBY Saturday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m.: Gaels @ Guelph Gryphons (OUA Championship). MEN’S RUGBY Saturday, Oct. 26 1 p.m.: Gaels vs. McMaster Marauders (OUA semi-final). WOMEN’S SOCCER Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m.: Gaels @ Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA quarterfinals). MEN’S SOCCER Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m.: Gaels @ Carleton Ravens (OUA quarterfinals). ROWING Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.: Gaels @ OUA Championships (St. Catharines, Ont.). CROSS-COUNTRY Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.: Gaels @ OUA Championships (Hamilton, Ont.).

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Queen’s inability to convert the chances they create, but there was none of that on Wednesday. “We picked a good time for us to really put it together,” McDowell said. “A terrific performance, and we’ll need more of that this weekend. “We’ll try and prepare them for the weekend, but I’m really proud of what the whole group PHOTO BY CHLOE SOBEL did,” he added. “They were very Riley Filion good today.” netted twice on Wednesday, scoring The Gaels will now look to upset in the 14th and 62nd minutes. top-seeded Ottawa on Sunday, with the winner progressing to the OUA Last November, Queen’s Final Four. The two squads last stunned Ottawa in the national faced off in the OUA playoffs in semi-finals, winning 4-1 and 2008 — a 1-0 Gee-Gees victory. advancing to the CIS championship.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY Friday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.: Gaels (4-0-1) @ UOIT Ridgebacks (4-2-0). Saturday, Oct. 26 7:30 p.m.: Gaels vs. York Lions (2-3-0). MEN’S HOCKEY Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: Gaels (1-0-2) @ Nipissing Lakers (0-4-0). Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.: Gaels @ Laurentian Voyageurs (3-1-0). WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: Gaels (0-0) @ Ottawa Gee-Gees (0-0). Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m.: Gaels @ Brock Badgers (1-0). MEN’S VOLLEYBALL Friday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m.: Gaels (0-0) @ Guelph Gryphons (1-1). LACROSSE Saturday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m.: Gaels vs. Trent Excalibur (CUFLA wild card game).



WEEKEND WRAP-UP Football: Queen’s 37, Guelph 23 The Gaels slayed the beast on Saturday, defeating the Guelph Gryphons 37-23 in their final game of regular season football. With memories of last season’s two fourth-quarter collapses versus the Gryphons fresh in their minds, the Gaels played their most complete game of the year in front of a packed Richardson Stadium during the second Homecoming weekend. The home victory clinched second place in the OUA for the Gaels and a first-round playoff bye, ending Guelph’s shot at a perfect regular season. Gaels quarterback Billy McPhee had one of his signature performances wearing gold, throwing for 297 yards and three touchdowns, completing 24 of 35 passes with only one interception. McPhee looked calm in the pocket, reading the Gryphons’ defence well and scrambling when necessary. “I would go as far to say that was Billy McPhee’s best game here as a Queen’s Golden Gael,” said head coach Pat Sheahan. “The one constant throughout the game was Billy. Good players make other players around you better, and he did that today.” Guelph’s loss broke their undefeated season and forces them to play an OUA quarterfinal game at home next week against Austin Kennedy and the Windsor Lancers. Should the Gryphons advance, they’ll face the Gaels in a rematch at Richardson on Nov. 2. The Gaels are looking to rest up during their bye week and prepare to meet their semi-final opponent in front of an electric home crowd. “If you look at the past few years, teams with the first-round bye have gone on to the Yates [Cup],” said defensive end Derek Wiggan. “We’ve got to take advantage of that opportunity.” — Josh Burton

Women’s rugby: Queen’s 30, Western 15 Women’s rugby has clinched a spot in the OUA finals thanks to an exceptional performance on Saturday, led by third-year centre Lauren McEwen. McEwen contributed 20 points in the Gaels’ 30-15 victory over the Western Mustangs in the OUA semi-final at

Nixon Field. The win means Queen’s will face the Guelph Gryphons this Saturday in a rematch of last year’s championship game, where the Gaels fell short 10-6. Both teams have had perfect seasons en route to winning their divisions, and sit in the top three in the national rankings. No matter the outcome of their final matchup, both teams will play in the CIS championships. Head coach Beth Barz said the Gaels have been eyeing another shot at Guelph since last season. “We’ve been waiting for the rematch all year and I think Guelph has been too,” she said. “We know we’re the two best teams in the OUA and we want to go and play.” — Sean Sutherland

Men’s rugby: Queen’s 55, Brock 5 Men’s rugby capped off a perfect regular season in style. The Gaels (7-0) ended their OUA campaign with a 55-5 home win over the Brock Badgers (3-4) on Saturday at Nixon Field. This win finalized the team’s perfect record, keeping them atop of the OUA leaderboard. Gaels head coach Peter Huigenbos had mixed reviews about his team’s performance, which had Queen’s reel off 55 unanswered points after Brock scored first. “Brock had a very good read early on in the game, which led them to a try,” Huigenbos said. “But our team rebounded quickly and kept possession until we ultimately scored one for ourselves. “It’s always nice to see your team come together when it counts,” he added. With the regular season over, the Gaels will start their post-season next Saturday. Queen’s received a bye to the semi-finals and will play that match at Nixon Field versus a yet-to-be-determined opponent. “The playoffs are not a time to get too nitpicky,” Huigenbos said. “You do what you have to do to get that W.”


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an independent circuit. It’s the preeminent lacrosse league for Canadian universities, tasked with persuading homegrown players to stay home. “A lot of Canadians go to the States, but hopefully if we improve it here, we can get some guys to stay,” Kerstens said. One current Gael who benefited from his Canadian stay was midfielder Nick Weiss, picked 17th overall in last month’s National Lacrosse League draft by the Vancouver Stealth. A graduate of the Junior A Peterborough Lakers, Weiss scored twice in Queen’s first faceoff with Trent this season, a 13-10 road victory on Oct. 5. The Gaels prevailed 16-11 in their second matchup last Saturday, buoyed by an unusually keen student audience. “We had a really big crowd last weekend for Homecoming against Trent, because we were on Tindall [Field] and people were walking by,” Kerstens said. Tomorrow’s playoff tilt is slated to take place at West Campus, with the possibility of an eastward trek coming next. The undefeated McGill Redmen will host the Baggataway Cup tournament next weekend in Montreal. Before history can be made, though, there’s one more game to play. “We’ve had a couple close games, but I

think we can beat [Trent],” Kerstens said. “Then, onto the final six and Baggataway, and hopefully do some damage there. We’ve got to win first.”

Men’s Lacrosse CUFLA Playoffs Schedule Wild Card Playoff Games Toronto Varsity Blues @ Western Mustangs, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. McMaster Marauders @ Guelph Gryphons, Oct. 26, 1 p.m. Trent Excalibur @ Queen’s Gaels, Oct. 26, 1 p.m. — West Campus Field Carleton Ravens @ Bishop’s Gaiters, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. Winners advance to Baggataway Cup — Nov. 1-3 @ McGill (Montreal)

— Erin Stephenson









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postscript food and drink

Decanting details A small-scale winery, Homecraft ferments a passion for personal winemaking B y J anine A buluyan Staff Writer It was a Bed Bath & Beyond for winemakers and beer crafters. Stacks of winemaking kits covered most of the walls and some of the floor space of Homecraft Brew & Wine Supplies, while ingredients and paraphernalia for beer crafting occupied another wall. To the left of the entrance the automated winery machinery worked on several batches of wine. At a first glance, the metal machines looked complicated and daunting, as though I’d just stepped into a small factory. The wine and beer making supply story is a ways away from Queen’s campus, located uptown on Princess St., but for many it’s worth the travel time. I wandered into the store last week for a first-hand experience. Admittedly I was a little intimidated. I couldn’t think of anyone I know in their twenties who makes their own wine. However, before I could be overwhelmed, Rob Sulley, the vice president of Homecraft Brew & Wine Supplies, warmly welcomed me. He said that the aim of their business is to share the unique experience of personal winemaking. “Anybody can do it as long as you’re legal drinking age. Typically [our customers are] 35 to 65 years old but they’re getting younger and younger [because] it’s getting cooler for people to do things themselves,” Sulley said. I soon learned that personal winemaking can remedy student vexations when it comes to alcohol, like tighter student budgets and making inconvenient trips to the LCBO. Winemaking kits, which include a wine fermenter and filter, allow customers to make a batch of up to 30 bottles of wine at an average cost of $6 per bottle. The process, which can be completed either in-store or at home, takes on average six to eight weeks. Though the upfront cost may seem disconcerting, I appreciated that $6 per bottle seemed much more conducive to a student budget in the long run. Personally-made wine, Sulley said, has a smaller carbon footprint, and contains fewer sulphites and chemicals since it’s not transported in bottles across vast distances. Prior to this experience, the only familiar tie I had to winemaking was the finished bottles on store shelves — products of winery work. I realized that personal

winemaking provides entertainment and great wine in large quantities at a lower cost. Although there’s a waiting period for the wine to ferment, for some it can be quite the fair trade-off considering the result and relative ease of the process. “You’re involved but [everything else is] all automated machinery. It’s very simple and it’s fun. We do all the heavy lifting,” Sulley said. Homecraft offers a 100 per cent guarantee, meaning that if a customer is unhappy with their wine they can simply make another batch at no charge.

customers] “are[Our getting younger

and younger [because] it’s getting cooler for people to do things themselves.

— Rob Sulley, Vice-President of Homecraft Brew & Wine Supplies

They carry about 60 different reds and 60 whites. Winexpert, the store’s product supplier, is owned by Andrew Peller Limited of Peller Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, who own most personal winemaking stores in the industry. “Winexpert goes to vineyards all over the world and they contract for the grapes just like any other winery. It’s based mostly on demand,” Sulley said. “The most popular wines at the LCBO are going to be available here.” With the exception of the grapes used, the process for making red and white wines is essentially the same, however the process for sparkling wine is much more expensive and labour-intensive. “You have to be pretty committed to drinking bubbly to personally make it,” he said. Contrary to wide beliefs, wine tasting doesn’t always have to be about “wine and cheese,” which is the wine world’s equivalent of vanilla ice cream. Sulley said that while everyone tends to have their own methods for tastings, there are standard rules for wine tasting etiquette and procedure. “I would probably do a wine and food pairing,” he said. “So you have certain foods and you would try them all with a certain wine and learn how the wine changes depending on the food you’re eating.” Sulley himself confessed that a personal favourite from his last wine tasting involved Lay’s chips and a sweet wine.

photo by Charlotte Gagnier

Homecraft Brew and Wine Supplies describe their store as a small-scale winery.

I was more intrigued by the thought of making my own wine. Images danced across my imagination of the uses I’d get out of my reserve of personally made wine — the wine that would be opened at the family dinner table, enjoyed with friends for a wine-and-food tasting night or wrapped beautifully as gifts. My interest was definitely piqued though I was at a loss for how to begin. “We have a starter kit that gives you all the equipment if you want to do it at home. If you want to do it here, you just come in and choose your kit, add the yeast and [come back when your wine is ready],” he said.

You’re involved but [everything else is] automated macinery. It’s very simple and it’s fun. We do all the heavy lifting.

— Rob Sulley, Vice-President of Homecraft Brew & Wine Supplies

Homecraft, and other stores in the industry, are very accessible with their focus on demand and their customers. It’s a social place where people go to make great wine, save money and the atmosphere promotes a good mood. “You’ve just got to do it once and you’ll fall in love with it ... There’s nothing magical in what we’re doing,” he said. “We’re doing what wineries are doing, just on a smaller scale.” I may have just found my new hobby.

Wine with whimsy Wine tastings don’t always need to be paired with cheese to enhance the flavour and experience of the wine. If you’re looking to add pizazz to your next gathering, look to these unusual pairings that may just bring out the best in your wine. Gummy bears: Moscato d’Asti Granola with yogurt: Mimosas or plain cava Buttered popcorn: California chardonnay Potato chips: Dry champagne Olives: Garnacha (red) and assyrtiko (white) Pesto sauce: Sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio Ice cream sandwich: Late-harvest zinfandel Chocolate chip cookies: Tawny port Guacamole: Torrontes (mild recipe) or gruner veltliner (spicy recipe) Fish and chips: Chardonnay; chablis or any other white burgundy/’bourgogne blanc’ Pop Tarts: Brachetto d’Acqui Hot dogs: Dry rose if plain, pinot noir if with mustard, zinfandel if with chili Peanut M&Ms: Tawny port PB&J: A jammy shiraz Chicken & waffles: Drier-style champagne Chocolate chip pancakes with syrup: Sparkling shiraz — Katie Grandin Sources:

The Queen's Journal, Volume 141, Issue 17  
The Queen's Journal, Volume 141, Issue 17  

The Queen's Journal, Volume 141, Issue 17 -- October 25, 2013