gaels battle injuries at arc
shades of angels
Bottled water ban
SCI ’44 Co-op turns 70
fighting exam jitters
Vicki Wiltshire and her team of athletic therapists help in rehabilitation. page 15
QMT is bringing the Tony award-winning City of Angels to Theological Hall. page 11
Discussing the impact of next year’s bottled water ban on campus. page 9
Examining the history behind Queen’s oldest co-operative housing. page 3
Exploring the stress stemming from the need to succeed. page 20
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Housing awards lacking B y J enny L iu Contributor
A competition to find the worst landlord in the student ghetto has closed without any nominations. This is the fourth year in a row that the Municipal Affairs Commission’s (MAC) Golden Cockroach Award will go without a recipient. Hilary Windrem, municipal affairs commissioner, said the award aims to raise awareness about housing conditions. She said the low student participation rate reflects how many students are unaware of the legal protections afforded to tenants who have landlord or Amanda Balsys, one of the many members of local group The Gertrudes, plays a completely solar and wind-powered set in Please see Landlords on page 6
News in brief Students mourn death Queen’s student Andrew Lloyd died at his home on Wednesday. Lloyd, ArtSci ’12, was from Toronto and studied geography. Chaplain Brian Yealland said the Queen’s community was shaken by the news. “The individual reaction to any loss of a student, one of great shock and sadness and dismay to lose a young life,” he said. Yealland is in the process of organizing a memorial service to honour the memory of Lloyd in concert with friends and family. It will take place next Tuesday at 7 p.m. with a location that has yet to be confirmed. For location and further details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone needing support is encouraged to contact Health, Counselling and Disability Services at 613-533-6000 x 78264 and/or University Chaplain Brian Yealland at 613-533-2186.
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Market Square on Saturday to commemorate Earth Hour, an effort established in 2007 in Sydney to raise awareness around climate change.
Colouring Gaels golden By Kate Bascom Sports Editor
Achievements by varsity athletes were recognized Tuesday night at the 75th Colour Awards banquet and the women’s teams stood front and centre. With the successes of the women’s rowing, hockey, rugby and soccer teams, there were difficult choices to make in recognizing the top athletes of the year. The banquet was highlighted with recognition for graduating students Jonathon Lawrance of men’s hockey and Katie Matthew of women’s volleyball who were honoured for their athletic careers. The ceremony also recognized the achievements of rookie athletes Sam Sabourin of football and Liz Boag of women’s basketball. Women’s soccer was recognized twice during the annual event. The —Clare Clancy team was awarded the Jim Tait
Trophy. Until last year, the trophy was awarded to the top male athlete, but now recognizes the top performing varsity team. Jacqueline Tessier of women’s soccer shared the Outstanding Performance of the Year award with women’s hockey goalie Mel Dodd-Moher.
Jenkins Trophy for outstanding male student-athlete: Jonathon Lawrance, men’s hockey
The Jenkins Trophy is awarded to the top male athlete in a team in their final year at Queen’s. Men’s hockey captain Jonathon Lawrance was recognized for his academic and athletic achievement as well as his work within the Kingston community for various charities. The fourth-year physical and health education major placed second on the team with 25 points. “It’s an honour,” he said. “It kind of caught me by surprise a
little bit but it’s definitely very exciting and kind of the highlight of my Queen’s career for sure.” The men’s hockey team endured a difficult season with several injuries taking key players like forwards Jordan Mirwaldt and Payton Liske out for portions of the season. “This year was one of the more trying years we’ve had,” he said. “This was probably the best team on paper since I’ve been here. We had a lot of injuries, a lot of guys in and out so it was trying but we ended up having a pretty decent year.” Lawrance was named captain in his second year with the team and has continued to be a consistent player. Lawrance said it will be hard to nail down any one memory from his four years at Queen’s. “Once I step away for a couple years, I’ll be able to look back a See Women’s on page 17
inside one week jobs Sean Aiken speaks to students about his year trying out 52 jobs. page 2
AMS finances Examining the finances of the P&CC and Tricolour Outlet. page 4
converting your gpa Find out how the new GPA conversion affects your grades. page 5
campus calendar Check out events happening this week. page 6
Friday, April 1, 2011
A journey to finding your passion Queen’s Career Services in conjunction with Queen’s Alumni Association hosts motivational speaker Sean Aiken B y L abiba H aque Assistant News Editor
Among other things, Aiken worked as a mascot, a mayor, a pizza maker, a brewmaster and a photographer. His favorite jobs during Most people dream of doing what they are the year included working as a fashion buyer passionate about on a daily basis. For Sean and as an air force pilot. “Being a fashion buyer in New York, it was Aiken, the dream is a reality. After graduating from Capilano College fun week. I really enjoyed the woman who I in Vancouver, with degree in Business worked with. Her name was Mercedes and Administration, Aiken didn’t know what she had two dogs named, Gucci and Prada,” career path to pursue. He decided to start he said. Aiken had himself filmed on the job site. The One Week Job Project. Aiken tried out 52 jobs in 52 weeks, The videos are on his website, but many and donated all wages earned to the ONE/ of them were also used for a documentary Make Poverty History campaign. At the called “One Week Job” which aired on CBC, end of his 52 weeks, he had donated a total following the release of his book in 2010. “After my experience, I’ve discovered that of $20,401.60. “I knew I wanted to be happy. I didn’t my passion is to explore and help people,” want sit [at work] on Sunday night, as many he said. “A lot of people think ‘I want to be a people that are in situations like that do. I doctor or teacher’ but it’s not a job that they wanted to figure out what I needed to be are actually passionate about.” Aiken, who has now decided to go into happy,” he said. teaching, said students should try out a range of interests and take advantage of I think a lot of students, opportunities such as internships, personthey don’t know what they shadowing and part-time jobs to learn more want to do after graduation about their preferred career choice. and its okay not to know. “A lot of students, they don’t know what they want to do after graduation and its okay not to know,” he said, while Aiken — Sean Aiken is currently pre-occupied with a North This desire led him to set up the website American motivational speaking tour, he ‘One Week Job’ where anyone could offer plans to become a high school teacher. Career counselor Paul Bowman told The him a job for a week. In cities throughout North America, Aiken often stayed with Journal via email that his office worked with people he knew or with his temporary the Queen’s Student Alumni Association to employers. His travel and accommodations bring Aiken to campus yesterday to speak were usually covered by sponsors, who about his experiences. . “He’s been pretty up-front about what approached Aiken upon hearing about the idea; this allowed for all the wages he had he’s learned from this project and I think students will appreciate his openness and earned to be donated.
Upon graduation, Aiken decided to complete 52 jobs in 52 weeks to find his true calling. His project became a movement for students everywhere.
honesty,” he said. “Students will relate because like many of them, when he graduated Sean felt overwhelmed by all the options and possibilities that faced him. The One Week Job project was his way of working through all those questions and issues by stepping outside of his comfort zone,” he said. “Many students keep these issues to themselves and don’t even talk about it with close friends – there are thousands of people on campus who are exploring these questions but there are not too many places where people feel safe to be open about it. “
c o r r e c t i o n Executive Director of OUSA Alexi White said students should be paying for one third of their tuition. Final projections for the Municipal Affairs Commission (MAC) are available. Incorrect information appeared in the March 25 issue of the Journal. The Journal regrets the errors.
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Eight students live in the Sci ‘44 Co-op at 30 Garrett St. Graeme Melcher, ArtSci ’12 (second from left) says that co-op fosters a commnity environment.
Sci ’44 housing co-op turns 70 Seventy years ago, 12 students opened the first Queen’s co-op. Today, 21 houses sprinkle the Ghetto Terra -A nn A rnone Web and Blogs Editor
any pants. “The Padre used to come to Christmas dinner and the Queen would be toasted,” a 1976 issue of Golden Words recorded. “On the other hand the 1960 Homecoming game cool-off party at [a Co-op] house had four visits from the police and two from the fire department.” Some things haven’t changed entirely, said Brent Bellamy, general manager of Sci ’44 Co-op. During this past Fauxcoming weekend, a Co-op house on Aberdeen was evacuated by police officers. He said that two years ago, a house on Alfred was also cleared under direction of the fire department. “They had no real cause to clear out the house,” he said. “The houses aren’t set up like standard landlord houses. There are fire exits on every floor and emergency lighting; they’re designed to house a lot more people.” Socialization is structured for the most part, Bellamy said. “We have policies in place for partying. If a house decides they want to have a party, they’re allowed to,” he said. “[Then] to have it sanctioned by the organization, they have to post up a notification in every single Co-op so that everyone is invited.” The students can be reimbursed for purchases of snacks and decorations up to $75, Bellamy said, adding that, students generally govern their own lifestyle. “There are no rules. There’s bylaws and policies put to place in the organization,” he said. “As
On Wednesday, the Science ’44 Housing Cooperative celebrated its 70th year on campus. Graeme Melcher, ArtSci ’12, has lived in two Sci ’44 Co-ops during his stay at Queen’s. “I had some people I was supposed to live with after first year, but that fell through,” Melcher said. “I had heard about Co-op from upper-year friends and decided to try it out.” He has lived in Co-operatives at 397 Brock St. and 30 Garrett St. “There are a lot of people [in traditional Ghetto houses] who live together and by the end of the year hate each other,” Melcher said, adding that with each house averaging six to eight tenants and 170 Queen’s students in total, this isn’t much of a problem. He said co-op’s downside is Supplied by Queen’s Archives that it doesn’t always foster a close Founding members of Sci ‘44. relationship between roommates. that they had no real Leases at the Sci ’44 Co-op are Wallace and Vice-Principal McNeill, future and liquidated the co-op,” available in four or eight month Lendrum and Nicholl were able Lendrum wrote. tenancies, with no contractual to acquire property at 329 Earl Scott Wilson, Law ’70, restarted obligation to resign after a leasing St. Currently, that address is the the co-op using its original period. Melcher added that many international students residence charter as well as money from students choose to rotate the Harkness Hall. the University, the AMS and the houses they live in during Co-op. “Rent was initially set at $720 a Canadian Mortgage and Housing Melcher said there seems to be a year based on operating costs plus Company. Wilson kept the name negative preconception associated a three per cent return on capital Sci ’44 co-op and gave original with students in co-op housing. investment,” Lendrum wrote. members priority for rooms. “There’s a stigma that we’re all a In 1945, the new member In those days, the co-op was bunch of social outcasts and freaks, applications read: “Room and known for its variety of festivities. but for the most part we’re no board in $8 per week and five In the early 40s the members different from any other kid you hours of chores per week are voted that Sunday dinner should see on campus,” he said. required. Each member must pay a be more formal and include a shirt, According to the Ontario $1 membership fee and $10 capital jacket and tie. The next Sunday, Student Co-op Association loan. All profits will be returned one member came to dinner in (OSCA), the first student-housing to members.” the required dress, but without co-op in Canada was the Campus By 1977 rent was up to $60 Co-op Residence incorporated at per month for summer room the University of Toronto in 1936. and board. Clyde Lendrum and Christopher Today, an eight month lease Nicholl, Sci ’44, decided to attempt costs students $4,165, and with a co-operative housing at Queen’s as meal plan fee of $2,000. Students a practical response to Kingston’s are required to spend three hours a housing shortage in the early 40s. week performing kitchen duties for After the Co-op’s 40th the house. The refundable capital anniversary, Lendrum wrote an loan is $50, with a membership essay detailing the early years. fee of $25. “The war had changed Kingston The co-op meal hall is located from a quiet university town to at 397 Brock St. There, students a bustling military camp and war can receive breakfast, lunch and production centre,” he wrote. dinner Monday through Thursday Trying to better understand how as well as breakfast and lunch on co-ops were run, Lendrum and Fridays. During the weekend only Nicholl hitchhiked to Toronto’s brunch is served, though food is Campus Co-Op Residence in 1941. delivered to each Co-op house for The pair found it difficult to one weekend meal. acquire houses for their Queen’s Fees and ownership have Co-operative because many changed substantially since the landlords refused rent to first years. co-op was founded in 1941. After speaking to Principal “In 1967 the members decided There are 21 Sci ‘44 Co-ops in the student Ghetto.
a student housing co-operative we’re not under the LandlordTenant Act, we’re governed by the Co-operative Corporations Act.” The Co-operatives Corporations Act, established in 1990, works on two main financial principles. When making decisions about the governance, maintenance and establishment of the co-op, one vote is allotted to each member. If surplus is gathered during the year, it is distributed to members based on their use of the property. The Landlord-Tenant Act, on the other hand, allocates a profit for landlords who lease properties. The largest changes in Co-operative housing that have occurred since its formation 70 years ago are in terms of sustainability, Bellamy said. “It was initiated about nine years ago by the Board of Directors and built into our mission statement,” he said. “We started with small steps.” Lindsey Taylor, Sci ’13 and Sustainability Director at Sci ’44, said that it is easier to implement sustainability efforts in co-op housing than traditional ghetto residences. Bellamy said that seven to eight years ago, 17 Co-op houses would cumulatively use 12 million liters of water in a year. Last year, 21 Co-op houses only used 6 million liters of water. “We can accomplish more since we’re larger and student-run,” she said. “If there’s a project we can put that into a larger scale than the average landlord-tenant project.” —With files from Rachel Kuper
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news special project—part two
Reducing retail deficit Tricolour Outlet and the Publishing and Copy Centre improve on financial shortcomings B y J essica F ishbein Assistant News Editor In part two of the News special project, the Journal reviews the financial status of AMS services Tricolour Outlet and the Publishing and Copy Centre. Although still in the red, the finances of Tricolour Outlet are slowly improving, according to outgoing Retail Services Director Ashley Eagan. Tricolour Outlet opened last September, combining Destinations with AMS Merchandise Services (TAMS) stores Tricolour Outfitters and the Used Bookstore. “When the two services were amalgamating, they were in deficit of $67,000 ... not the best,” Eagan, ArtSci ’11, said, adding that Tricolour Outfitters and The Used Bookstore were considered one service because they were organized under the same operating budget. She said putting Destinations under the same budget resulted in a substantial decrease in the operating budget. “Operating expenses were cut by 20 per cent,” she said. “Administrative and space costs are major charges, but instead of paying for three spaces you’re now paying for one. Cutting all-around expenses, staff sizes, wages, administrative costs—this is how there has been improvement.” Tricolour Outlet occupies the AMS retail space in the upper Erickson Wing of the JDUC and offers custom clothing, school supplies, a Tricolour express bus, ISIC cards, event tickets, used books and more, Eagan said.
Since its inception in 2007, TAMS has run a deficit every year. In its first year of operations in 2007-08, it ran a deficit of $139,083, and last year it ran a deficit of $67,000. Eagan said Tricolour will likely remain in deficit by about $3,000 at the end of the year. “After amalgamating the services, the plan was to come out with a small deficit after the renovations and added depreciation, and aim to break even in the following years,” she said. “TAMS was kind of rocky since it was ever created, and I’ve known Destinations at good times and bad times … A lot of services are up and down.” She said even though the services were in deficit, they were still popular among students. “Currently, the used book portion of the service has generated $232,532 … This is still 18 per cent lower than we had budgeted but this could be very much due to the fact that the service is still figuring how to market itself as one large super unit,” Eagan said. “Operating expenses are literally almost the same as what was budgeted, which is amazing.” Tricolour’s operating expenses include cost of staff wages, manager salaries, training, advertising, uniforms and upkeep. “Up until this point Tricolour had budgeted to spend $162,269 in operating expenses, with an actual cost of $162,841. I do expect Tricolour to hit their year end operating expense of $214,652.36 as we have been walking beside our budgeted targets all year and they have stayed in sync
Publishing and Copy Centre Head Manager Jeff Heenan says his service is way ahead in revenue this year according to February reports.
quite nicely,” Eagan said. Projections have stayed on track due in part to trend tracking and research. “I’m really making sure as a director that I’m doing my research … for example, how Megabus could affect Tricolour Express sales,” she said. As of the end of January, Tricolour Express ticket sales stood 37 per cent below the budgeted year-to-date revenue of $453,284.00. “This is due to lower foot traffic in the JDUC, outside competitors and inconsistent service,” she said. “There’s so much competition with our service and VIA Rail and Megabus, but next year we’ll be selling Tricolour tickets online as well as having partnerships with Coach Canada, so prices aren’t overlapping.” Nick Cornish, the chartering and events manager of Tricolour Outlet, said that competition from Megabus is a huge factor in low Tricolour Express ticket sales. “Megabus has lower prices … they have the same times as us with cheaper prices,” Cornish, ConEd ’11 said. “They offer prices as low as $14 from Kingston to downtown Toronto, while tickets with Tricolour are $40.” Cornish said the decrease in foot traffic in the JDUC may not necessarily be to blame for low ticket sales. “With the merger we have had some foot traffic … we can always do more to get the frosh involved,” he said. “It’s generally the competition from Megabus.” A meeting with Megabus next week will hopefully lead to a decrease in competition with Tricolour. “We’ll be discussing with them to see if they’ll raise prices,” he said. The JDUC’s other major service, the Publishing and Copy Centre (P&CC) remains a viable and financially sustainable service for students, despite some bumps in the road. According to Head Manager Jeff Heenan, the P&CC is one of several AMS services, like TAPS and Common Ground not funded by any student fees. “All of the money that comes through is generated by revenue we get from products that we sell,” Heenan, ArtSci ’10, said. As of the end of February, the P&CC had generated $383,814.02 in revenue with a $93,593.25 profit margin. “So far it looks like we’re doing quite well. When it comes to AMS services, their goal is to roughly break even … our fundamental goal isn’t to create massive profits,” Heenan said. He said the P&CC is a fairly consistent service from year to year. Last year the service ended the year with $9,523.17. This year they are budgeted to close the year with $14,535.33. One of the reasons revenue is so high is due to the unexpected success of the
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Outgoing Retail Services Director Ashely Eagan says the goal of the Tricolour Outlet budget this year was to have a small deficit.
course packs. They were expected to bring in $141,511.91 in revenue but generated $218,414.35 by the end of February. Heenan said this is because they changed their marketing strategy this year and explained to professors why the course pack is useful and explained to students how to get them. Another reason that revenue is higher than expected is due to an error in the budgeting of copyright payments. P&CC was originally budgeted to have a deficit of $6,492.28 at the February month end. “We’re way ahead in revenue … the copyright payment we’ll be making in April was incorrectly budgeted to happen in January instead,” he said, adding that the copyright payments on coursepacks have also not been made yet, contributing to a miscalculation in budgeted year end revenue. Copyright royalties continue to be the P&CC’s biggest expense, but after a payment error last year, the line item is being closely watched. “Last year they made a mistake when they submitted the first royalty payment in October, and we overpaid by [about] $30,000,” Heenan said, adding that the error was noticed shortly after the invoice was paid in October 2009. “The actual amount due for that quarter was $40,579.30, but we paid $73,582.95,” he said. ACCESS Copyright held on to the extra money as a credit, Heenan said. The credit ran out in April 2010 when the P&CC paid their final copyright quarter payment of the year. This year copyright royalties are on track for a projected total of$75,161.10. Nonetheless, Heenan said certain parts of the budget, such as wide-format poster prints and self-serve photocopying aren’t doing as well as expected. “Now printing is bigger than copying because sources are available online,” Heenan said, adding that despite the online presence of materials there is still a high demand among students for the P&CC’s services. “I have noticed decrease in traffic,” he said. “But don’t know how much that’s affected our financial performance. People will still need to come for our service.”
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Factoring in your GPA
Campus Catch -Up Protesting tuition increases
to take action in ending the conflict in Darfur, Sudan. UBC STAND applied for $1,000 in funding to organize a conference that would help teach students how to lobby the government on social justice issues. On March 11, SJC members said at a meeting that they disagreed with STAND’s support of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Darfur. Greg Williams, a member of the SJC, told the University’s paper, the Ubyssey, that he believes STAND was supporting western imperialism. He said that while the SJC doesn’t usually turn down funding for groups entirely, there are some exceptions. “Usually that’s for one of two reasons: either we don’t think that they really need the money, or as in this case, because we do not believe that funding it is within our mandate,” Williams told the Ubyssey on March 16.
Dozens of Quebec students occupied the office of the Quebec Ministry of Finance on March 24 to protest a tuition increase. As of 2012, tuition for students studying in Quebec will increase annually by $325 per student. The increase will continue for five years. Quebec Minister of Finance Raymound Bachand announced the increase on March 17. Quebec student group l’Association pour un solidarité syndicale Étudiante (ASSÉ) organized the protest, which saw 100 students demonstrate inside the building’s entrance. ASSÉ currently has 45,000 members in 18 chapters across the province. Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, ASSÉ director of communications, told the McGill Daily that the protest aimed to inform Bachand of the discontent following his announcement. —Katherine Fernandez-Blance It also served to warn him that if he didn’t revoke his decision, a larger movement would be organized in the near future. Furthering Fair Trade While the aim of the occupation was peaceful, Nadeau-Dubois told the McGill Ryan Ward, head of the University of Daily that security guards inside the building Ottawa’s Engineers Without Borders, is reacted violently, spraying some protestors leading a campaign to get the University fully with pepper spray. fair-trade certified as early as September. The protestors hung a red banner in the The University’s Student Federation main atrium of the building that, translated, recently announced their support of this read, ‘Bachand, take your fee hikes up the initiative. The University of Ottawa (U of O) ass!’ Nadeau-Dubois said ASSÉ is calling already has an ethical purchasing policy, but for a provincial demonstration March 31 this campaign aims to ensure that it extends in Montreal. to all products on campus. If successful, Fair “This action is really the last straw that Trade Canada would designate U of O the we’ll give the Charest government second fair-trade certified school in Canada. to warn him to back down on the The campaign will be reviewed by the tuition hikes. If he refuses to do so at that University this spring, and if it passes, the time, well then we will embark on a mass policy will state that whenever possible, the mobilization, and we’re ready to go all the U of O should purchase Fair Trade products. way to overcome it.” Ward told the University’s paper, the Fulcrum, that it’s a common misconception —Katherine Fernandez-Blance that fair trade products are more expensive than non fair trade ones. Because of this there has been reluctance to become fair trade Funds withdrawn from certified in the past. However, Ward said activism group that a fair trade certification had potential to The University of British Columbia’s chapter shape the University’s image. “There’s only one other fair-trade of Students Taking Action Now: Darfur (STAND) was denied funding by the student university in Canada—the University of government’s Social Justice Centre (SJC). [British Columbia] … what it means to them The decision was made due to differing views is it’s distinguishing,” Ward told the Fulcrum on March 24. about the group’s stance on political issues. According to their website, STAND’s —Katherine Fernandez-Blance mandate is to push the Canadian government
Any students still enrolled at Queen’s as of May 1, 2011 will see some changes on their academic transcript. When the new system is implemented, professors will assign letter grades to students instead of percentage grades. These letters correlate with a pre-decided grade point. This figure will be added to a specific course weight, 3.0 for a half-credit course, and 6.0 for a full-credit course. To calculate the grade-point average, all figures will be added and divided depending on the total course weight used. For students who graduate before May 1, their transcripts will still reflect the old percentage system and will not contain GPAs. For students who have grades in both the old percentage system
and the new GPA system, grade points will be assigned to each percentage grade in order to calculate the student’s overall grade point average. Hugh Horton, associate dean of Arts and Science, said the new grading scheme shouldn’t result in different outcomes for students. “The departments have the authority to set the marking scheme for the course,” Horton said. “Instructors [will still] produce marking schemes for students.” Percentage grades up to May 1, 2011 will remain on transcripts. Also, a grade point will be assigned to each percentage which will be used to calculate a student’s GPA. —Katherine Fernandez-Blance
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MacLean reappointed for Arts and Science Dean
Applications to Queen’s on the rise
Alistair MacLean has been reappointed as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science for the next two years. His reappointment will commence on July 1. MacLean, who has served as dean for the past five years, will remain in his position while incoming provost Alan Harrison looks for someone to take over the role. MacLean said he aims to maintain the academic standards in place at Queen’s, despite financial constraints the University will face. “Continuing to achieve high quality in the current conditions is really something everyone is going to have to play a role in, not just the dean and administrators,” he said. MacLean said he will continue his faculty duties. As a researcher in the field of the psychology of sleep, MacLean will also supervise two undergraduate thesis students and review papers and grant proposals. MacLean became dean in July 2006. He has served as head of the department of psychology, associate dean and vice-dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and received the T. Geoffrey Flynn Advancement Champion Award. He has also been a member on external committees and served as president of the Canadian Sleep Society.
Queen’s has received a five per cent increase in the number of undergraduate applications received this year. “The greatest increases are to Commerce with 562, Engineering with 387 and Science with 335,” said Stuart Pinchin, associate university registrar (undergraduate admission). This year 27,586 people applied for undergraduate admission, compared to 26, 524 last year. When applying to Ontario universities, students must rank their choices. Pinchin said there has been a three per cent increase from last year in first choice student applications to Queen’s. “Students are beginning their research of universities and programs earlier in high school and have already narrowed their focus by the time they apply. Research includes formal and informal visits to campus, online research, social media, Queen’s visits to the school or community,” he said. “The overall Queen’s experience, inside and outside of the classroom is an important part of why students come to Queen’s.” An increase in total applications does not necessarily mean that there is an increase in qualified applicants, Pinchin said. “There are required course prerequisites and minimum admission requirements for all programs at Queen’s and the total number of applicants is typically greater than the number of qualified applicants,” he said. All undergraduate applicants will hear if they have been accepted to Queen’s by the Victoria Day weekend. The incoming undergraduate class will have 3,911 students.
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‘Landlords have had to fix their houses’
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This year there were no nominations submitted to the Municipal Affairs Commission (MAC) for the Golden Cockroach Award. Traditionally the award has been given out to the student ghetto’s worst landlord. Continued from page 1
housing grievances. “Even if you’ve chosen to stay on with this landlord next year but you want to highlight some of the things that were frustrating or that you felt infringed on your right as a tenet this year you can highlight those and you’re —Jessica Fishbein really well protected by legislation,” she said. The Key to the Village Award, meant for the student ghetto’s best landlord, was awarded to John McNevin on March 25. Nominations for the awards were accepted between March 8 to March 18. McNevin owns Kingont Investments and also won the award in 2007. The awards began five years ago as a way to target concerns about the physical conditions of houses in the student ghetto. However, since then student concerns have intensified. “Five years ago, it was really cool to live in a really run down house. Student needs have changed and [now] we’re seeing students … who want nicer homes,” she said. “So to meet these [needs], landlords have had to fix their houses.” Windrem said this has caused tension between landlords and their student tenants. “Landlords don’t feel accountable to
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their tenants, and students don’t feel as though they can come forward and tell their landlord what they don’t like,” she said. “It’s challenging when you’re dealing with an adult who can use high pressure tactics.” The Key to the Village and Golden Cockroach Awards seek nominations from students who have either exceptionally good of poor relations with their landlords. Eliana Chia, ArtSci ’11, had a landlord last year who failed to exterminate a bird trapped in the roof of her house. She said she would have applied for the award if the situation with her landlord had been more than just general negligence. “The logic I see behind [this is that] these awards take place near the end of the [school year] … once the nomination goes through and you move out and it wouldn’t matter what your relationship is with that [landlord],” she said, adding that many students assume someone else’s landlord must be worse so they don’t apply. “So if [MAC provides] a general list [everyone can add to] … then people are more willing to [contribute], and first years will have a more comprehensive list of [which landlords] to stay away from,” she said. —With files from Clare Clancy
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Public forum seeking input for Queen’s action on diversity and equity Richardson Hall, room 340 Noon Open to all students, faculty and staff.
Noontime Meditation Ban Righ Centre 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Free
Mobile Phones and crime deterrence: an underappreciated link Macdonald Hall, room 515 1 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Free Saturday, April 2 Recreation and Leisure Showcase Portsmouth Olympic Harbour 53 Yonge St. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. See cityofkingston.ca
QSAA presents GradWeek: digital platforms and distributed influence: extend your reach, design a professional digital footprint Dunning Hall, room 14 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free with student card Tuesday, April 5 QSAA presents GradWeek: You’re hired … now what? Dunning Hall, room 14 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free with student card
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Learning how to write formally is much easier when students aren’t struggling with basic skills.
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riting a term paper might be a lot easier in the near future if a group of British scholars get their way. The so-called “Wikipedians” of Imperial College hope to turn Wikipedia into an official research tool, in acknowledgement of its enormous popularity among students. Vinesh Patel—a medical student—founded the group, which will be hosting the “London Wikipedia Academy” in April, an event intended to improve editing on Wikipedia’s pages. Patel wants to encourage greater collaboration between students and faculty, editing the entries on the open-content website. Patel is critical of the perception that Wikipedia is an unreliable source that encourages academic dishonesty. He suggests that plagiarism is just as likely to occur when a student uses a peer-reviewed source. While improving the quality of Wikipedia’s content is a laudable
goal, making it academically works by simply looking to the bibliography is a practice that rigorous is hardly a good idea. Making Wikipedia an official existed long before the Internet. It also seems unlikely that research tool would complicate its current model—allowing anyone Wikipedia could become a to create content on a topic reputable research website within the academic community, as it has of interest. Peer-reviewed content within no long-standing reputation to academia is trusted to a relatively build upon. However, Wikipedia serves an small community of experts, in order to ensure that all material excellent function as an informal source of information. It’s a great conforms to reasonable standards. In order to ensure this resource to get basic facts on a consistency and quality on topic and direct you towards more Wikipedia, a great deal of esoteric detailed sources. It isn’t perfect, but takes great or special interest material might pains to address inaccuracies and not be deemed credible. Unlike a traditional print or mischievous changes to its content. Anyone who takes Wikipedia’s electronic encyclopedia, Wikipedia can provide information about content at face value—especially on a complicated or contentious topical events on a daily basis. The Wikipedian movement topic—is making a serious mistake. Using information found on reveals more about how Wikipedia is being used than anything innate Wikipedia without proper citation is a dangerous move. about its quality. Even more dangerous is treating Wikipedia hardly revolutionized the process of conducting academic all of its information as factual. research—properly cited or not. “Stealing” research from other
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n article published in the Journal on March 25 considered the status of student writing at Queen’s, as well as the impending preliminary report from the Academic Planning Task Force on April 28. The Task Force was created to draft a long-term academic plan for the University, in part based on student feedback from Town Hall meetings. A central concern of the planning process is the gradual slippage of written communication. Members of the task force have pointed to increasing class sizes and early graduation as factors exerting a negative influence on students’ ability to develop writing skills. Others pointed to the lack of training concerning discipline-specific modes of writing in different faculties. Figuring out how to address
a multi-faceted problem is a the ability to prepare the types difficult challenge. One student of documentation required in interviewed in the article suggested an academic discipline or trade. the possibility of raising admission Learning how to write formally is averages in areas that are directly much easier when students aren’t related to writing ability— struggling with basic skills—skills specifically English. Ideally, this they shouldn’t be learning at the measure would make it more likely university level. The article indicated that many that students entering university would possess basic writing skills. students take advantage of the However, this would do little to Queen’s Writing Centre, which provides individual consultations help students already enrolled. Other proposed measures—like across disciplines. Such a service a mandatory cross-discipline writing is invaluable, and provided free of class—would be unproductive. charge to Queen’s students. There are plenty of resources to Students would be unlikely to assign much value to a course help students who have difficulty that emphasized “basic” skills. with written communication—but Discipline-specific writing classes they are all based on individual effort. would be more appropriate Effective written communication is to the needs of individual as important as the ability to read faculties—provided all the students or do math. Regardless of speciality or career, the ultimate responsibility have the foundation required. There’s a crucial difference for addressing this sort of issue falls between basic writing skills and to the individual.
he other day, I used CBC’s Vote Compass to see which Canadian political party I’m most compatible with. To my surprise, I was told that my views were most similar to those of the Greens, a party I hadn’t really considered voting for before. Other people I’ve talked to were given similarly surprising results after completing the 30-question survey. Before using the Vote Compass, I thought it would be a fun little activity with no bearing on how I would actually vote. Seeing the results, however, caused me to reflect on the phenomenon of people supporting politicians whose politics they don’t necessarily agree with. While this is intentional for some—like those who would rather support the NDP or Green Party but vote for the Liberals so as not to split the left vote—I fear that many people simply aren’t all that informed. I have many friends who could easily name which party they’re going to vote for in the upcoming election, but who probably couldn’t explain why they plan on voting for that party. This phenomenon certainly isn’t limited to which politician people will vote for. In high school, for instance, I knew that I was pro-choice, but I probably couldn’t have articulated why that was. Since then, I’ve become a lot more informed, and my position is one firmly based in knowledge. I suppose it’s understandable that young people—busy with school, work and other commitments—would simply support the party or politician their parents or friends support, but with so much information available online it’s hardly difficult to get informed. Apathy is also understandable if one considers how little their individual vote actually matters among the millions of other votes that are cast. But at a time when people all over the world are in the pursuit of their right to be “just one vote,” it’s something that we should perhaps value more than we do. I’m not trying to get all moralistic on you; we’ve all been told enough times in elementary school that people died for our right to vote. What I’m asking here is not for people to vote, it’s to be informed when they do. Learning new things about yourself and what you believe can be a wonderful, exciting experience. Don’t let laziness or apathy stand in the way of experiencing this for yourself.
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Perspectives from the Queen’s community
Every week, Journal Dialogue brings together members of the Queen’s community to discuss events of the day and try to find solutions to some pressing issues. See next week’s issue for the finale of this year’s Talking Points Panel.
Talking points panel
A discussion on the bottled water ban
In September, 2012, a ban on the sale of bottled water will take effect. Our panellists discuss the impact this will have and the ethics of water commoditization broadly.
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What do you think of the upcoming bottled water ban?
Take a stand and fight the corporatization of a public good
D evin M c D onald , A rt S ci ’13 The first reaction to a ban of any sort is to consider the extent to which the measures imposed by the ban connect to the aims which initially justified the ban. Thus, the reaction of many of my counterparts would be to examine the extent to which the water bottle ban would succeed at lowering the number of water
bottles used on campus. This is a fair approach considering the ban has been touted as an effort to lower bottle consumption. An earnest consideration of the merit of the ban on these grounds would lead one to reject the ban. Though ultimately, I support the ban for reasons that the ban’s publicists have seemed to neglect to inform the public. My support of the ban finds its roots in broader goals than just a short term decrease in bottle consumption. By taking the effort to ban water bottle sales, the Queen’s administration is making a
point about the way in which our community and our society consumes. The ban has stimulated debate on the approaches Queen’s ought to take towards environmental initiatives. Even those who disagree with the measures have engaged in a discussion—if not the water bottles then what else? Furthermore, the ban is a statement about the way in which the corporate world commoditizes water. Though marketing firms would want you to believe that the contents of the bottle originated from a pristine nature reserve, a significant portion of bottled water is nothing more than
further-filtered tap water. The popularity of bottled water has led to the corporatization of water sources. Water should be considered a public good rather than something which ought to be bought and sold. My point here is twofold, in that the water bottle ban is about more than just weighing the consumption of bottles. Rather, it’s about promoting a public debate on how we might change our approach to consumption, as well as a discussion about the modes by which we allow corporations to commoditize a public good.
Banning the sale of bottled water is only the first step
L indsay K line , A rt S ci ’11 As of September, 2012, you’d better have gotten yourself one of those fancy BPA-free, sustainable water bottles because Queen’s is banning the disposable plastic version. While this initiative seeks to make the Queen’s campus more environmentally friendly, sustainable and simply encourage
the use of on-campus water fountains, I question the hype surrounding this decision. Much of the discourse surrounding this change has discussed whether the decision was right or wrong. For me, it was necessary. The commoditization of water is unnecessary, and students don’t need to be paying for water when a water fountain could be just around the corner. Additionally, the mess of plastic water bottles has been evident within and outside of the Queen’s campus since my first year, which furthers my confusion as to why many students can’t chuck their
finished bottle into their blue bins. That aside, it was brought to my attention in this panel discussion that the issue is more focused on why the University didn’t ban all plastic bottles rather than just those for the consumption of water. While this is perplexing, I still feel strongly that students looking for water will use their sustainable bottles rather than just switching to the carbonated drink next down the line in the vending machine. I’m hopeful that students will find ways to incorporate water fountains into their route to campus, as well as finding a place in their backpacks for their
re-usable water bottles. As for the pop argument, I’m also hopeful that further down the line, Queen’s will consider banning those as well. To further add to my wish list, I’m hoping that Queen’s administration will do more than ban plastic water bottles. It would be nice to see the University taking more of a solid stance, and maintaining a leadership role in promoting alternatives for students to be more environmentally sustainable. While banning water bottles is a good start, more changes should be implemented in the near future.
“I think it’s a really good idea. Bottled water sucks.” Scott Mason, ArtSci ’14
“It’s a great idea. Reduces waste on campus.” Duncan Peterson, ArtSci ’11
“I think, in theory, it’s a good idea, but they need to provide people with more access to free water.” Jason Rocky, ArtSci ’12
We need real action, not empty statements But what worth is a statement if would be likely to make carefully there is no meaning behind it? considered, intelligent choices. Worse yet, the statement made Instead of focusing on banning will only teach students that an water bottles, the AMS and other effective solution isn’t one that stakeholders should be looking for necessarily achieves anything, ways to make other options more but one that makes everyone attractive. Why not paint water J ames S impson , A rt S ci ’11 look good. fountains bright yellow? Sustainability initiatives should Install water bottle filling The current plan to limit water concentrate more on achieving stations that are convenient, visible bottle sales on campus will results by changing student and easily accessible? Why not not have any effect. Students perceptions and behaviour. There ‘brand’ filling stations and reusable will simply shift from water to are several major issues with water bottles—make it cool! something like flavoured water bottled water in general, including Even better, why not look or juice. the increasing commoditization into banning all bottles, which I understand that people view of water. would have an actual effect on this ban as an opportunity for the If students were adequately sustainability and force a change in University to “make a statement.” informed of these issues, they student attitudes and behaviour?
At the very least, a referendum question on limiting the sale of bottled water should have occurred. I believe the result of this question would have supported the limit on sales—which would have provided an excellent opportunity for discussion of sustainability of a social norm. Instead, all that is happening is students choices are being limited, without any expectation that behaviour will follow suit. Future initiatives should focus more on achieving tangible and effective change rather than on making meaningless statements.
“They should sell reusable ones with water in them.” Jen Potter, ArtSci ’11
“Give me more water fountains and I won’t care.” Mac Dixon, Sci ’11
Have your say. Write a letter or visit queensjournal.ca to comment. Our panellists agreed that the ban will only have a meaningful effect if more fountains and free access points to water are provided.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011
Bottled water is safe and responsible
PACKING UP FOR THE SUMMER? What will you do with your unwanted items?
Unusable items and garbage Unusable items and garbage can be disposed of at the Waste Management transfer station at 62 St. Remy Place (off Dalton Avenue), from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. For other waste removal services, please check the Yellow Pages of the local phone book or the classified section of a local newspaper.
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d an o sBorne , a rt s ci ’12 Campaigners for bottled water bans have their heart in the right place. they believe that plastic bottles are bad for the environment, and that if bottled water were banned, people would switch to more environmentally friendly options. however, this has been proven both empirically and theoretically false in the short time that bottled water bans have been in place. research from aC Nielsen in october, 2008 shows that 95 per cent of the growth in the bottled water industry can be attributed to a shift in consumer preferences away from juice and pop beverages toward water. a study for the toronto District school Board showed in a week where bottled water was banned, the majority of students switched to other bottled drinks. in a survey by Probe research, 70 per cent of Canadians admitted that if bottled water were not available, they would consume a less healthy beverage instead. it’s not just that we are unintentionally
encouraging people to switch to less healthier options, but to less environmentally friendly options as well. according to industry Canada data, it takes 1.3 litres of water to make one litre of bottled water. Compare that with pop, which takes between 10 and 250 litres of water to make a single litre of the beverage. Beer is similarly wasteful, taking 42 to 160 litres to produce a single litre. in fact, the environmental impact of switching all consumption of beer to bottled water—a much less consumed beverage than either bottled water or pop—would have 138 times the impact of switching all bottled water drinkers to tap water. in spite of the overwhelming statistics showing that banning bottled water doesn’t have a substantive impact on total bottle consumption, Queen’s University has gone ahead with a ban. some proponents of the ban have argued the expense of bottled water, relative to tap water, is ‘immoral.’ What they don’t seem to understand is that consumers of bottled water are not paying that much money for the water itself, but for the convenience of having water in a pre-packaged container instead. all things said, proponents of bottled water bans should be encouraged to actually look at the real life substitutes for bottled water and the effect that banning the product actually has at the places it has been banned.
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Banning bottled water won’t solve the problem, Dan Osborne argues.
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Arts film review
Life is Biutiful The story of a man on the road to redemption, Biutiful shows viewers the contradiction that darkness can light the way
Javier Bardem’s brilliant portrayal of the impassive Uxbal brings to mind Marlon Brando’s memorable performance as Paul in 1972’s Last Tango in Paris. For a full review see page 13.
A duo driven by fear With best friend and bandmate Chris Dumont, Stars’ lead singer Torquil Campbell whistles a decidedly different tune B y A lly H all Arts Editor Torquil Campbell may be known for his role fronting Stars, but don’t call it his main gig. When Campbell and his compadre Chris Dumont started making their memories into music, Memphis was born. Ten years later, the duo is still going strong with the release of their third record, Here Comes a City. “Chris does the vast majority of the work really,” Campbell said over the phone. “Much like all my bands, I really am more of a kind of reference library and a hype man. I set the context for things, that’s what I do. I’m a music journalist without a job … Chris makes the music … I understand what he’s doing, so I play along.” His reference to journalism wasn’t surprising coming from
someone in the game so long. Campbell said he has a streamlined opinion on critiquing the arts. “This culture has become addicted to the thumbs up and down dichotomy,” he said. “Criticism or journalism about art should be about getting people interested in going and consuming art … even if you don’t personally like the thing, you should make me interested in it.” After waxing poetic on philosophies of critique, our conversation turned to metrics of measuring success. In many ways for the guys of Memphis, both accomplished and established musicians, they’re starting over. “It takes me back to a different kind of way of making music,” he said. “You forget very quickly when things change. With Stars there were five or six years of
not really making money from it, not really having anybody care about it, going and playing shows and having nobody show up for it … we played The Grad Club to 20 people at least three times. And that’s where we’re at with Memphis.” Commercial success doesn’t drive the band though, rather supplied their passion for one another Chris Dumont (left) and Torquil Campbell recorded their third and keeping a close bond does. record nomadically, contrasting their Vancouver-themed 2006 effort. Campbell said it’s their mutual belief in the Memphis project and the past together, or trying to of it; the gang is called Memphis. their desire to spend time together recapture a feeling of the past that It’s kind of stupid for two grown that’s kept them together and was in your friendship. And I think men to have a gang based around being in a band with people is a bicycles and pop music and weed creating over the years. “The band is an excuse for us to great way of kind of continuing a and friendship, but we do, so hang out with each other and have friendship and continuing a present fuck it.” The two-man-band’s admiration a present. As you get older and you in each other’s lives.” The press release accompanying for The Go-Betweens is clear in have friends for a long period of time, a lot of your friendship turns Memphis’ third full-length sums up their record title Here Comes a into the past,” he said. “To talking their doctrine frankly: “We have City, inspired by a track from about the past, or remembering a gang; there are two members See Memphis on page 13
Fragile magic QMT aim to capture Hollywood charm in their latest endeavour, City of Angels B y A lyssa A shton Assistant Arts Editor
Drew Moore (left) rehearses in his role as detective Stone, hired to find the beautiful bad girl, Mallory, played by Shruti Kothari (right).
to transform one of his books into a screenplay,” explained director Jennie Appleby, ArtSci ‘11. “It’s It’s already a difficult task to bring the process of him writing that a hit Broadway musical that has screenplay … But the film noir is had a successful run and a loyal playing out as he writes it. But what following back to the stage. But, is interesting is that his producer this isn’t challenging enough for tells him to change something, so Queen’s Musical Theatre (QMT), in the film noir world the film whose spring production City of gets rewinded.” Angels, intertwines two storylines, Despite the creative directorial one in colour and the other in black choices that are needed to bring and white. to life a musical that features two “The colour-world plot line is set distinct stories in two opposing in the 1940s and it’s the story of a settings, City of Angels was novelist who has been employed by Appleby’s first choice. a big hot shot Hollywood producer See Who’s on page 14
next issue hometown heroes PS I Love You return to The Grad Club to rock the scene of their latest music video for their track “Get Over”. Check out an interview with lead singer Paul Saulnier next week.
gastronomy philosophy The Journal sits down with Luke Hayes-Alexander of Luke’s Gastronomy. Earning a master chef title at 15, he uses local ingredients and changes his menu seasonally.
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artiSt in prOfile: wOOD & wireS
Fixating on intimacy
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What are you inspired by?
in a unique location (for music, somewhere with great acoustics like the Sydenham United Church), an adequate amount of time with the artist and you’ve got yourself a perfect music film.
How do you pick which bands What got me into this originally you showcase? I film live music performances, was music. When I hear a really I really look for bands that stand music videos and promotional great song it usually evokes clips for musicians, labels and images in my head, or emotions, out for me and that I would want organizations. I also play guitar and that’s the inspiration. From to watch a performance from. It’s and watch a way too much TV and the film side, I’m inspired by hard being stubborn, because if I beautiful images, especially those don’t like the artist, then I’m not movies ... if that’s a thing. created by average people, with going to want to make the film Where did Wood and Wires begin? average gear—not oscar-winning and that’s quite limiting. I often cinematographers shooting on scour local concert listings and find I really dove in head first when $100,000 35mm film cameras with out who’s coming into Toronto it came to making films. I have hundreds-of-thousands of dollars or Kingston … contact them and hope for the best. Lately though no regrets in doing so, other than in lighting. The French filmmaker Vincent I’ve been contacted more and more maybe getting in a little over my head, having so many things to film Moon was one of my first by bands and publicists looking to with so little experience/knowledge inspirations in the music cinema be part of the series. world at least. His series of of how to do so. Wood and Wires really began in Take-Away Shows for La Do you have a favourite video Toronto in December 2009, when Blogotheque was the first of these you’ve shot? I went to film a couple bands with music video series out there, and he Up until recently, my favourite The Touch, a Toronto-based video still does it better than anyone else. duo. I had just bought my first Really, anyone going out there and video was with a really small camera and that morning went to making live music films, including Toronto band called Provincial film Mother Mother, Moneen and The Wood and Wires Video Series, Parks, which I already spoke about. The Wilderness of Manitoba. What is directly referencing Vincent Last week, however, we premiered came out of that day was a new Moon’s work. He’s also created a new film for the series I do on split-screen series for What We some beautiful feature length music AUX.TV, with the band Frog Eyes, See Is What You Get [the segment films, such as his most recent one and that’s now easily my favourite piece. Everything from the church on on AUX.TV], featuring my with Efterklang, called An Island. we shot at, to the intensity of the cinematography, as well as that of James Featherstone. The first few What’s your idea of a perfect shoot? performance, to the things the singer had to say in our interview, films of that series are still some That’s another hard one. Some just made it so real, you know? We of my favourite videos to-date, of my favourite pieces that I’ve Are The City get an honourable particularly the Moneen session. From there, I literally just started made have been from what mention for how original they contacting bands and labels that I would be considered far from were with their session ... liked, and just hoped they would perfect shoots. A great example is Provincial Parks, one of the bands be into doing a shoot with me. Please see I shot with James Featherstone. We queensjournal.ca If Wood and Wires had a mission got to their place for the shoot for the full Q&A several hours late and were so statement, what would it be? with Vieni. rushed, yet their setup in the shed, That’s a really hard one. I’ve their vibe, their sound—everything never been a fan of cheesy slogans right down to the incense they or mission statements, and few that were burning—made the film I’ve ever read have actually seemed so amazing. I would say, generally though, to stand on their own. I think Wood and Wires is still developing a perfect shoot would be one in and finding out what it really is, so which the artist or subject is just at this point a mission statement is really genuinely excited to be a tricky, because it could be irrelevant part of it. Along with that, add What do you do?
Wood and Wires has grown exponentially into a production company since Adrian Vieni, ArtSci ‘11, dove in headfirst in 2009, filming Mother Mother, Moneen and The Wilderness of Manitoba in Toronto.
two weeks from now. The goal though, is to deliver original, creative content with a high production value, yet that still feels real and intimate.
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Memphis sounds Continued from page 12
Director Alejandro González Iñárritu illuminates a more realistically squalid, impoverished and crowded Barcelona as the backdrop for Biutiful, a departure from the lavish estates we’re used to in portrayals of Europe.
The story of a fading life B y P ARKER M ott Staff Writer Movie: Biutiful starring: Javier Bardem Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu Duration: 148 minutes
Uxbal’s life is not beautiful. But after we witness his experiences, our lives feel very much so. Biutiful gives you that tragic exhilaration we thought only existed in Holocaust movies. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who has also done Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel, helms every minute of Biutiful with grim agony. For a film this depressing, the title is a tremendous paradox. Or is it? I’ll get to that later. It stars Javier Bardem as the aforementioned Uxbal—the impassive Uxbal. At first, he doesn’t want to believe in the spirits, the dead or the clairvoyant, but it’s in his financial interest to learn about them. This man is a sinner; you can read it on his face. Remorse swells on his face while he tries to hold an optimistic simper around his son and daughter. Uxbal is a sinner but also a good man. He has two Asian factory owner associates, several laboring illegal immigrants. His divorced bipolar wife, Marambra (Maricel Álvarez), wants him back or rather needs him back. His children are young and restless and his son still has problems wetting the bed. But the worst predicament of all: Uxbal has cancer, a cancer in a later stage which has spread through his prostate into his bones and liver. He’s a goner, the doctor uncomfortably states. Now that Uxbal realizes he has days to weeks left (since he refuses to take the chemotherapy to postpone the inevitable) his life moves in rewind, things emerge out of focus and he tries to make ends meet. He takes his inevitable death with such pause and apathy, by holding a look that seems it could
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crash into sadness at any moment. Brando’s bravura performance in His children enchant him, but he Last Tango In Paris. Whether I cannot emotionally force himself agree or not, Brando and Bardem to reveal they will inevitably be have a vulnerable gaze that could fatherless. Even his son says at shatter you. dinner: “I would hate not to have a Biutiful was filmed in father.” We don’t cringe at the irony, Barcelona, Spain—but this is not but at the inevitable reality that will the “Barcelona” we know. It is soon follow. not tall resplendent estates, lovely Not a frame of Biutiful is very food markets, and decadent delightful, but not a frame is dull. restaurants. This is Iñárritu’s Iñárritu, as flawed as he can be, “Barcelona”: squalid, impoverished never fails to compel us with how and crowded (unlike Bardem’s he sees the world. I found his other Barcelona fix in Woody Allen’s three films to be good, but very Vicky Cristina Barcelona). cynical and at times pot-boiling. In Biutiful, Iñárritu shows a story Biutiful, believe it or not, is about of a fading life, though he has some the ascendance into happiness motif redundancies (a blaringly and an escape from the pain of loud club scene, deportation life. It’s Iñárritu’s most mature and immigration). film, analyzing the mixed blessings Iñárritu is just searching for of death. some universality, much like This gets me to where I his other films. It didn’t need it. promised I would allude to: Bardem has the skill and charisma “Biutful” is not a paradox, but an enough to be deadpan and not important ambiguity created from bore, but engage us in a character a drawing by Uxbal’s daughter, study. We would rather inquire: who misspells “beautiful” as the Does Uxbal deserve his fate? Will title’s form. This gives the word he go to Hell for the blood on an innocence. It could suggest the his hands? He has manifestations beauty of departures or a statement that are dangerously symbolic, but that we should try to find those compelling and inventive. odd magnificent moments The final scene of Biutiful is in our life, like Uxbal tries to more personal than cinematic. I impossibly do. don’t think it matters if, where Before then, we reach a or how heaven exists. But it does conclusion. The ending then is to Iñárritu. However, his last line great release. It’s some of the finest compromises a spiritual resolution, catharsis in recent years. by asking a question that leaves us Uxball is a material man. He up in the air. tries to stipulate people and choices Of course Biutiful is aggressive with money, but he has faced a with its symbolism and it does phenomenon that cannot be bribed manipulate viewers. Iñárritu just or bargained with—death. He knows how to do it right. When visits his prognosticator and she you exit that theatre, you receive tells him: You will die. that odd and rare feeling that this Uxball refuses, but it is his fate. film has changed you. Uxball is important because people are important and Bardem is a very Biutiful starts showing tonight at The humanistic actor. His explosive Screening Room. angst and imploding guilt have sparked comparison to Marlon
the Australian band’s final record Oceans Apart. The Go-Betweens’ strong sentiment of friendship as the glue keeping bands together is a value Memphis shares. Whimsical as their ideology may seem, their carefree attitude is only reflected sonically to a point. Some might be surprised by the darkly deep nature of Campbell’s lyrics. “Memory and death, I’ve always been into that,” he said. “I’ve been into that feeling that pop music can evoke, of something you remember that never really happened. A feeling that you remember having but you know perfectly well you’ve never captured and that’s the as close as you get to it, the memory of it … it’s in that moment between waking and sleeping, that’s where great pop songs are.” A dreamlike state is the best way to experience the layered, melodic and slightly pastoral Memphis album. Cascading refrains, patterned rhythms and melting strings come across
effortlessly—Campbell’s references to reliving stoned reveries glide into place. Heading out on tour April 6 and passing through Kingston next Friday, Campbell said he and Dumont are bringing some pals along for the ride. “This tour will be an interesting crew, it’s a group we haven’t played with. It’s Dave Hamlin of The Stills playing drums, Allen Snoddy who plays in Stars playing guitar, Matt Barber who’s played with all kinds of people including the Hot Hot Heat from out west playing bass, it’s always a new adventure.” For a man with so many adventures on the go, I couldn’t help but ask where Campbell finds the energy. “I’m terrified of ever stopping,” he said. “Because if I stop, maybe I’ll never start again. It’s some way of proving I exist.” Memphis play The Grad Club April 8 at 9 p.m.
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The masses flipped the switch and filtered to Market Square to take in the fourth annual Kingston Unplugged concert featuring local 12-piece band The Gertrudes on Saturday.
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“I’ve always had this love of film noir and one day I was exasperated, I was like why isn’t there a film noir musical I could do?” Appleby said. “Then someone piped up from across the room, ‘Why don’t you do City of Angels’ … It’s half in colour and half in black and white, so it’s fascinating for a stage show. It’s a really big challenge for set designers and costume designers creating those two worlds on stage in tandem. That was the appeal for me for this show.” It’s not surprising that Appleby and producer Jen Pollock,
Comm ’11, chose such an ambitious musical, as this is something they have been thinking about since their first year. “I have been a member of QMT for three years and I was in QMT shows in my first and second years,” said Appleby. “Being in the cast of the show you always sort of think about what you would do if you’re directing. You know how in first year you have a picture of yourself in your fourth year, I imagined myself directing.” “I‘d always wanted to produce a show since first year,” said Pollock. “Seeing the different roles, what different people contributed … I
felt that the producer role was able to bring together my love of musical theatre and my background in commerce.” Even though the show has a mysterious “who-dunnit” detective plotline, it’s the musical score, which won the 1990 Tony for Best Original Score, that really drives the production. “You can pick a script that you love, but it’s the music that keeps you loving it for five months, it’s the music that’s inspiring. It keeps you attached to the project,” Appleby said. One of Appleby’s favourite moments of the play is the duet “You’re Nothing Without Me,” which pits main character and novelist Stein against the main character of his fictional story. “What’s exciting is that the main character in the film world, his name is Stone and the main writer in the real world is Stein and they talk to each other,” Appleby said. “Stone is a figment of his writing, but Stone will try to boss him around … Stein will have to wrestle and tell his figment who’s boss. It’s a fun show that’s full of illusion that captures that Hollywood charm.” Appleby and Pollock realized that it would be a spatial and financial challenge to take a Broadway musical that spans two worlds and bring it to the Rotunda theatre on a student theatre company budget. “The original version was very rooted in representation, which is something in theatre where every scene is an exact replica of reality. But in our version we don’t have that budget … we have taken a slightly more suggestive approach. The design supports this suggestive
Musical Director Ian Eatock brings to life the score that won City of Angels a slew of Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score.
approach … We know we are in his office because of the desk, the chair, the books instead of 17 pictures on the wall,” Appleby said. Even though there are many struggles in bringing a beloved play to the stage, Pollock and Appleby claim that the real hardship is leaving the play behind at the end of the day. “For a lot of drama students we would rather be doing this than school,” said Appleby. “It’s very difficult for us to remember to do school when we have such an exciting project at our finger tips. It’s tough because this is what we want to do with our lives, this is what we are here to learn, sometimes it feels like school is in the way of what we want to do.” It’s been a five month process putting together this production, with rehearsals running five times a week for the last two months. After all this hard work, Appleby and Pollock said they’re excited about seeing all the elements of the play—lights, costume, set
design—and the work of almost 70 people finally come together. “For me personally, opening night is that sort of night when you let it be born and push it off into the world,” Appleby said with a laugh. “The director sort of has to give it up to the audience and let the cast really play, experience that fragile magic that comes from that mutual awareness of performer and audience, of space and time … it creates this magic that can only happen in live theatre.” “It’s that exciting anxiety of bringing it forward and seeing it all come together. The result of all this work you have been doing for four months, letting other people into this bubble of the cast,” Pollock said. “Now it’s time to let someone else in and see what has been keeping us excited.” City of Angels plays at Rotunda Theatre in Theological Hall from April 7-16 at 8 p.m. with an additional show on April 16 at 2 p.m.
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Varsity clubs celebrate season The Gaels club teams handed out awards to their top student-athletes By Lauri Kytömaa Assistant Sports Editor The Gaels Varsity Club team members hung up their jerseys and donned suits and dresses for the 75th annual Colour Awards Varsity Club athletic banquet on Monday. It was a night of giving accolades for 2010-11 as each team’s coaches and players gave words about the successes of their season. There were five awards given out for individuals whose achievements stood out from the pack. These awards were for top team, top male and female student-athletes and top male and female rookies of the year. The Alfie Pierce Trophy, awarded to the male and female rookies of the year, was the first major award to be given out on the evening. Alfie Pierce Trophy for top male rookie: Etienne Moreau, cycling Moreau jumped right into university racing in his first year at Queen’s by leading the cycling team to a University Cup championship by winning the Men’s ‘A’ Division. Moreau was not in attendance at the ceremonies and was unable to comment on the award. photos by justin tang
Clockwise from top: Jonathon Lawrance of men’s hockey and Katie Matthew of women’s volleyball were named top male and female varsity athletes. Lisa McLaughlin of women’s lacrosse and Liam and Pat Twomey were recognized as the top male and female varsity club athletes.
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Alfie Pierce Trophy for top female rookie: Renee Tse, figure skating Renee Tse earned the female selection as one of the top performers on the Gaels figure skating team. She earned a gold medal finish in the Senior Silver Singles and a bronze medal in the
Intermediate Similar Pairs event at the OUA Championships, finishing second in points on the Queen’s team. Tse was all smiles when she heard that she had been chosen as the trophy winner. “I have absolutely no words,” she said. “Skating was just for me. I never get awards for skating, for something I love. Getting this feels really good.” Tse’s great season was particularly impressive because she took all of last year off at the Herstmonceux Castle. She said she had no expectations coming into the season. “It was purely to get exercise and meet new people,” she said. “Just to see how it goes. I didn’t think I‘d actually do all right out there.” Award of Merit for top team: Men’s fencing The top team award, the Award of Merit Trophy, went to the OUA champion men’s fencing team. The team returned to the top of the podium after a few years of falling short. The group took down the defending Carleton Ravens by winning gold medals in the epee, the sabre, the epee team relay and the sabre team relay. This was the team’s first banner since the 2003-04 season. Fifth-year fencer Scott Bowman said it was important that the team won this season. “More than half the team is graduating so this was really our year,” he said. “It’s exciting to say See Night on page 19
Countless Gaels athletes have been sent for rehab at the ARC after major injuries cut their seasons short
B y G ilbert C oyle Staff Writer Injuries hit Queen’s athletes hard this year. The men’s volleyball team had to cope with the absence of key veteran players all year, the men’s soccer team often struggled to field an 18-man roster and the men’s hockey team watched a parade of forwards join the disabled list. This continued throughout the year as athletes from many other teams fought to stay healthy. Athletes sidelined by injuries are faced with a unique set of challenges. Most of them will tell you that there is nothing worse than being stuck in street clothes while their team competes. The inability to compete physically, combined with the psychological pressures of not contributing to the team, makes for a very unpleasant experience. Dan Rosenbaum, a fourth-year player on the men’s volleyball team, spent most of 2010 struggling to combat a nagging hip problem. After surgery last April, he faced a long recovery process, and missed much of the season. Rosenbaum
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Athletic therapist James Sawchuk works on track and field athlete Shane Kelly at the Athletic Therapy department.
explained the long road to recovery. “It was a tough time. Having had surgery last spring, I wasn’t sure about the timeline for recovery,” he said. “I had expected to be ready for the start of the season, but in
hindsight, that was not really a reasonable expectation.” The desire to get healthy and return to the team can lead athletes to push themselves too hard and too quickly. Rosenbaum said an
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impatience to rejoin the squad only led to further setbacks to the recovery process. “I suffered from trying to return too quickly,” he said. “It was a See There on page 18
The Journal’s Sports staff grade the winter team’s achievements from the women’s hockey playoff run to men’s fencing’s banner finish. Next Friday
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Women’s soccer grabs top team prize
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The women’s soccer team, who were recognized as the top varsity team with the Jim Tait Trophy, put their hands on their coveted CIS trophy at the Colour Awards. Continued from page 1
little more, but just my teammates and the friendships I’ve made along the way,” he said. “That’s the one thing that stands out for me.” PHE ’55 Alumnae Award for top graduating female student athlete: Katie Matthews, women’s volleyball Middle Katie Matthews ended her Gaels volleyball career on top as she led the nation in solo blocks, received OUA First Team All-Star status and was awarded the PHE ’55 Alumnae Award, honouring the top female athlete. This success is a far cry from when Matthews first stepped on the court as a walk-on in her first year. “[I] didn’t get scouted to any schools so I just showed up and tried out for the team and made it,” she said. Her time at Queen’s won’t end her volleyball career as she’s been training with the provincial team and has recently had a tryout for the national team. Matthews said the award
We didn’t get the “start that we wanted, but I’ll trade that in any day for the end that we had.
—Mel Dodd-Moher, women’s hockey goalie
was not something she expected tonight. “[I] absolutely don’t even have words for it,” she said. “I’ve been here for the past three years, sitting in the seats and watching the older players get recognized and just the things that have come before me. It just feels amazing to be said that I’m one of them.” outstanding Performance of the year: Mel dodd-Moher, women’s hockey and Jacqueline Tessier, women’s soccer The Outstanding Performance of the Year was awarded for the first time last year to quarterback Danny Brannagan in recognition of the football team’s Vanier Cup win. Two Gaels stood out from the crowd of athletes this year, with stellar play in both the regular and
post seasons. Women’s hockey goalie Mel Dodd-Moher was honoured for her history-making play during the Gaels’ playoff run. In what has been the most talked about game of the season, Dodd-Moher made 66 saves in the record-breaking six overtime game that lasted over five hours. But the real achievement for the Gaels came at the CIS finals, where for the first time in the team’s history, they won a medal. “We didn’t get the start that we wanted, but I’ll trade that in any day for the end that we had,” Dodd-Moher said. “It was a great season. Just that run at the end made it all worth it, just a lot of fun.” Dodd-Moher was the top goaltender at the CIS final, allowing just four goals in three games and finishing the tournament with a 0.961 save percentage. She said the team expects to remain competitive next year. “We just want to pick up where we left off,” she said. “Just really go in with the same spirit that we had. I think that’s the biggest thing, just the frame of mind and know that we can win now that we’ve been to the CIS and been to that stage. We have the confidence to get that far again.” Second-year forward Jacqueline Tessier was recognized for her offensive skills this season. Tessier led the nation in goals with 18 in 16 games. Tessier scored five goals in a single game against the Trent Excalibur. “For me it was just a great season,” she said. “Honestly I’d be nothing without them. It takes the whole team to get the ball up to the front. Like I say again and again, just to have this group of girls behind me, it’s easy to put the ball in the back of the net.” Tessier gave her teammates huge credit in their national championship season. “I don’t even think [the gold medal] sunk in for me yet,” she said. “But it’s still pretty surreal to me. I mean, we played so hard the entire season, every single game all the girls came out. If anybody was struggling, we pulled each other up. We’re a team in every sense of the word.” Alfie Pierce Trophy for top male
rookie: sam sabourin, football Some new blood revived the football team this year after the graduation of several key members from the 2009 championship team. Rookie linebacker Sam Sabourin exploded into the 2010 season, setting a record for the most solo tackles by a Gael in only his first game. Sabourin said he credits his coaches and teammates for preparing him each week. “It was a good season, a good learning experience, the whole transition to the university game,” he said. “The game was definitely a lot faster. After the first couple weeks, I kind of adjusted to it.” Along with his recognition from Queen’s, Sabourin was recognized as the OUA Rookie of the Year. “It’s a great honour,” he said. “There have been plenty of excellent Queen’s athletes who have won it in the past. It’s just very good company to be in for the most part.” Alfie Pierce Trophy for top female rookie: liz Boag, women’s basketball Point guard Liz Boag was honoured with the Alfie Pierce trophy for her hard work in her rookie season with the women’s basketball team. Boag led the OUA in rookies for points, averaging 9.1 points per game and finished the season with 64 assists. “We thought we could definitely have more [wins] but we definitely grew a lot as a team and finished strongly ... winning four games at the end to make the playoffs,” she said. The women’s basketball team had a tough season, due in part to several injuries and ended with a 7-16 record. “We had a lot of season-ending injuries this year with four,” she
said. “We’re hoping that we’re healthy again for next year and we’ll come out strong.” Being named alongside the athletes that were previous winners, Boag said the recognition was exciting. “I was a little shocked at first,” she said. “But [I’m] very honoured to be a [recipient] of a major award with athletes that are very respectable and have a lot of success behind them.” Jim Tait Trophy for outstanding varsity team: women’s soccer The choices were tough for team of the year as there were several deserving nominations. But the women’s soccer team added another achievement to their championship season with the Jim Tait Trophy award to the top performing varsity team. “It was so nice to be recognized for our accomplishment this year,” defender Brienna Shaw said. “Just even being able to go up in front of everyone, it was awesome.”
The Gaels went 14-2 in the regular season, outscoring their opponents by 50-10. After a loss to the Laurier Golden Hawks in the OUA finals, the Gaels advanced as silver medallists to the CIS finals in PEI. The women’s soccer team were able to take revenge on Laurier, defeating the Golden Hawks 1-0 to win the national title. “Looking back on it, it’s still kind of hard to believe,” forward Kelli Chamberlain said. “A lot of us have been working for four years now to get a result like that ... It was awesome to finally experience a national championship. We bonded so well as a team and our chemistry just led us right to the end.” With a video played honouring the Gaels’ season, graduating defender Sara Buckham said that the year was very climatic. “It was amazing to experience that and even seeing the video tonight, it was surreal to imagine that even happened,” she said. “It’s really hard to say goodbye.”
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Receiver Blaise Morrison was the night’s student-speaker. He reflected on his years with the football team.
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“There really is no off season.” Continue from page 15
stupid mistake because I had been told not to rush back into things. But I struggled so much with figuring out whether it was good to push forward or step back.” Many athletes with long-term injuries must also learn to embrace new roles on their teams. Sara Buckham, co-captain of the women’s soccer team, missed an entire season because of an ACL injury. She said that her challenge this year was figuring out new ways to help her team succeed. “Being injured was especially hard, because I have always been so used to contributing on the field,” she said. “So this year, it was all about finding a new niche on the team. Even though I wasn’t being a leader in the way that I have been in the past, I worked hard to find a new role off the field.” They may not be competing with their teams but injured players are not exactly on holiday.
Buckham’s season did not end with a gold medal in PEI last November; instead, she was only just getting into a long recovery process. “I got started on the rehab program in September, after the knee surgery,” Buckham said. “After two weeks on crutches, I started off with physiotherapy to get a range of motion, and then moved to a strength program. They say that it takes six to nine months to come back, and I’m coming up on five months now.” The masterminds behind the recovery process reside in the Athletic Therapy department, where Vicky Wiltshire heads a group of professionals and students. The staff consists of three certified athletic therapists, a physiotherapist, a registered massage therapist and 43 student trainers, all of whom work hard to look after athletes. Brendan Irish, KIN ’11, has been the student trainer for the men’s rugby team for the past
Vicky Wiltshire, head of the Athletic Therapy department, said that the clinic is busy all year with injuries as the Gaels train throughout the seasons.
two seasons. “I have had a very positive experience with the program,” said Irish. “Vicky, James [Sawchuk] and Dave [Ross] are exceptional outlets to go to. They teach you a lot, and they also let you figure things out for yourself. It’s a real asset to have the opportunity to work with teams, as it provides great hands-on experience.” The Athletic Therapy program has continued to evolve in the
past few years, and this means that student trainers now undergo an extensive and varied amount of preparation. “I did a year of training in second year, before I started working with the rugby team,” he said. “I took an athletic injuries course. I met with the other student trainers on a weekly basis to go over additional concepts, and I shadowed current trainers at the time.
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In September, Queen’s Athletics started a partnership with the Kinesiology program, and student trainers can now earn an academic credit from their work. Wiltshire explained that this new option has opened the door to many more students.
injury is a “realA major mental burden.
I am still a bit more careful in practice, especially when I feel my knee hurt.
—Michelle Waintraub, women’s soccer defender
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Fourth-year wing Christine Wallace suffered a tough injury in an exhibition match against the McGill Martlets.
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“In the past, student trainers have only worked for an honorarium,” said Wiltshire. “Now, Physical Education and Kinesiology students can earn a half credit of field placement, and a half credit of clinic placement.” These days, all the varsity teams have wrapped up their seasons. But that doesn’t mean the Athletic Therapy department closes up shop. The therapy room at the ARC is still bustling with activity. “It is still quite busy now, there really is no off season,” Wiltshire said. “All the teams train through the year, so we don’t really see a decline in numbers. There are always injuries.” Based on this year’s injuries, Wiltshire is correct. Injuries are a part of sport, and pose challenges to athletes in various in physical and psychological ways. Michelle Waintraub of the women’s soccer team has overcome a major knee injury, but explains that it still remains in the back of her mind. “A major injury is a real mental burden,” Waintraub said. “I am still a bit more careful in practice, especially when I feel my knee hurt. I am as recovered as post-ACL surgery players can be, but it’s always going to hurt a bit. There is always some pain you have to push through.”
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that more than half of us, eight of the 12 had never fenced before coming to Queen’s, so that’s kind of exciting for our team of the year.” Despite the team’s many graduating athletes, Bowman added that there are still seasoned fencers remaining. “The ones that are sticking around are very experienced; they’ve fenced before [university],” he said. “We’ve got a good coaching staff and we’ve got a good program.” Marion Ross Trophy for top female athlete: lisa Mclaughlin, women’s lacrosse The top female student-athlete and recipient of the Marion Ross Trophy was Lisa McLaughlin of the women’s lacrosse team. In her career playing for Queen’s McLaughlin was named a First Team All-Star three times in four years, awarded the club Rookie of the Year, and named the OUA Most Valuable Offensive Player.
It’s huge; the cycling “team has been our life for the past five years. ” —Liam Twomey, cycling
The team also collected two OUA silver medals and one bronze medal during her tenure. While not on the field, McLaughlin
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At the Varsity Colour Awards, Sam Sabourin of football and Liz Boag of women’s basketball were named top rookies.
helped coach the team for the past two years. McLaughlin said the award was the result of a team effort. “It means a lot to me,” she said. “I’ve definitely put a lot of time in with the team and we’ve all worked hard together. It’s more a reflection of the whole team. It’s a nice way to finish my time here at Queen’s.” Jack Jarvis Trophy for top male athlete: liam and Pat Twomey, cycling Not every award had an outright winner though; the honour of top male student-athlete fell to a tie between twins Liam and Pat Twomey of the cycling team. They were chosen as co-winners of the Jack Jarvis Trophy after the team captured a University Cup championship.
Figure skater Renee Tse was recognized as the top female rookie on Monday night.
The brothers were a key component of the team for their four years at Queen’s. In their first year they were named the cycling team’s Rookies of the Year as they helped the team to a championship. They have won a total of three championships. But the Twomeys’ merits surpassed just cycling ability as they both played a large leadership role on the team, ranging from organizing club activities to race preparation. Liam and Pat Twomey said they were both surprised and elated to receive the award. “It’s huge; the cycling team has been our life for the past five years,” Liam Twomey said. “We came to Queen’s because of the cycling team. We are from outside of Boston, it’s initially how we found the school to begin with.”
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As exams approach, anxiety becomes the norm around campus. Why do we become so preoccupied with perfection, and how does it ultimately affect us? B y K elly L oeper Postscript Editor My housemate spent last April obsessed with Justin Bieber music. After hours of hearing “One Time” and “Baby” through my walls, I walked into a 30 per cent exam and completely blanked before answering a crucial question. So what was occupying my mind in place of the theories of a bunch of old guys? Justin Bieber, of course. With the end of the year exam season approaching once more, I have high hopes to redeem myself. But I’m still anxious that I’ll choke during another exam. Will Justin Bieber haunt my academic nightmares once again? I decided to investigate how prevalent this high exam anxiety is around campus. Max Fincham, ArtSci ’11, said it’s still too early to start feeling the stress. “I’ll start to get stressed in a few weeks, but that’s for future Max to deal with,” he said. Reid Irwin, ArtSci ’11, agreed. “My assignments are all finishing right now ... I have a nice lull right now. In a week it will kick in when I’ll start going to the library,” he said. Taking advantage of the stress hiatus, Iwrin and Fincham said they spent their Thursday morning at the mall shopping for hats and visiting the puppies and scorpions at the pet store. Although things seem to be fun and games for now, Fincham said his stress levels around exams usually increase, but getting stressed out just makes him more stressed. “I would spend more time worrying than I would studying, and that would get me more worried,” he said. Irwin said this worry he sees in others also skyrockets his own anxieties. “When I see my friends or
housemates hard at work ... just seeing people do work gets my mind thinking, ‘why am I not doing anything?’” Thinking about the future also adds to this anxiety, Irwin said. “I’m job searching right now so that compounds the stress of exams, knowing that I have to find a real job.” Increased anxiety over the need to succeed around exams has become a common phenomenon. Research has shown that overachievers often do poorly in stressful situations like tests or exams.
I’ll start to get “stressed in a few
weeks, but that’s for future Max to deal with.
—Max Fincham, ArtSci ’11
Sian Beilock, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Chicago, recently came out with the book Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To, in which she discusses the phenomenon “choking under pressure.” In her book, Beilock said overachievers often rely a great deal on their working memory during high-stress situations. When they get into a high pressure situation, part of this working memory is used up thinking about stress. In her book, Beilock said another factor that contributes to underperforming under pressure is the concept of “stereotype threat,” which occurs when people worry that a certain attribute, like gender or race, will influence their ability to succeed. One common stereotype threat involves women and
Competition and perfectionism are common contributors to much of the anxiety students feel around exam season.
math performance. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology came to the conclusion that women who are made aware of stereotypes regarding their performance in math will commonly perform worse on math problems than women who aren’t. Elspeth Christie, outreach coordinator for learning strategies development, said she’s noticed the rise in anxiety throughout Queen’s campus each exam season, adding that the busiest times at the Learning Commons are during midterm and exam seasons. “Students come for core skills which I consider things like how to read more effectively, how to take notes more effectively and how to be a more efficient learner. We also have people who come with a need to develop their cognitive skills,”
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she said, adding that they also see students who need help with selfmanagement, which includes help with time management, prioritizing and procrastination.
hard to paint “a It’s big brush over all
Queen’s students, but I do feel it is a competitive atmosphere and some students cope better with competition than others.
—Elspeth Christie, outreach coordinator for learning strategies development
“We also definitely deal with students who have performance anxiety when it comes to tests and exams,” she said. “So that means looking at their attitude—is the anxiety resulting in a negative attitude and negative self-concept?” Christie said it’s important to be aware of negative self-talk, which is similar to having a negative voice saying ‘you’re not good enough’ and to neutralize that with a positive voice saying ‘your best is good enough.’ “Another facet of talking to students that have anxiety is looking at really simple things,” she said. For example, if you’re trying to study and are still feeling anxious, it’s helpful to keep a pad of paper next to you while
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you study. A similar approach can be taken during exams, she said. “When you look at the questions in the exam ... certain questions will trigger certain ideas.” Christie said it’s often helpful for students to ‘dump’ information. “When you’re reading through your exam and you have these triggers, write down stuff you don’t want to forget,” she said, adding that doing this allows your brain to be free to focus on other information during the exam. Being in the small environment of Queen’s campus, surrounded by a plethora of fellow overachievers can also contribute to an academically competitive culture. Christie said perfectionism can cause students to get more competitive about marks. “It’s hard to paint a big brush over all Queen’s students, but I do feel it is a competitive atmosphere and some students cope better with competition than others,” she said. The current state of the economy can also contribute to a competitive culture because students are often unsure of what they’re doing after they graduate, which causes them to put a greater emphasis on their grades. “The currency at university is marks,” Christie said. “I do feel badly that students are caught up in the currency of marks.” For more information on coping with academic stress, go to queensu.ca/learningstrategies.