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Time limit imposed Graduate students will have to complete their degrees in shorter times B y J ulia Vriend Assistant News Editor

“Those completion times were stretched over the years,” she said. “That is undesirable, I can’t image a student wanting to [work on their degree] for eight years.” The school of Graduate Studies offers workshops for time management and dissertation, she noted. According to Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) representatives, imposing a time limit will affect the quality of research produced by students. PSAC represents over

As of yesterday, Queen’s will impose time limits on students completing graduate degrees. The decision was passed at a Graduate Studies Executive Council meeting yesterday afternoon with 10 votes in favour and four against. The motion mandates that students will have a maximum of two years to complete their Masters degree and four years to complete their PhDs. See Most on page 6 A motion was also brought forward to give students the chance to extend these limits in special Safety circumstances, but the motion was tabled until April. According to data collected by the U15, a group of 15 research-intensive Canadian universities, it takes on average five to six years to complete a PhD program, depending on B y R achel H erscovici the field. Assistant News Editor Prior to the motion, Queen’s students had to have completed A series of posters have been their Masters degrees within five taken down at the urging of years of the time of registration. the University. For PhD programs, the limit is The posters, displayed on seven years. campus, encouraged students to The University of Guelph ‘out’ those who had committed an and Wilfred Laurier University act of sexual assault or abuse, and also held similar discussions on included the name and photo of implementing time constraints those who had allegedly performed for degrees, according to these acts. Brenda Brouwer, vice-provost of “Out your rapist. Out your graduate studies. abuser. Make Queen’s a safe space “For a number of years this has for survivors, not perpetrators,” been on the radar nationally and the posters read. provincially,” she said. The University worked to She added that all graduate promptly remove posters displayed programs are designed to on campus late last week. be completed in two and four Campus Security said they years for Masters and PhD received a call on March 8 from programs, respectively. custodial staff in Mac Corry Hall,

This year’s Vogue Charity Fashion Show brought together the classy with the rebellious. See page 15 for the full review.

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Posters accuse student of abuse Flyers posted on campus identifying student by name and photograph removed

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Women’s hockey captain Kristin Smith (above) and the Gaels finished sixth at the CIS championships last weekend. See page 20 for full story.

reporting these posters, which they then asked staff to remove. The same evening, a similar poster on a lamppost on campus was reported. The Journal received a copy of one of the posters, but can’t verify the accuracy of any allegations at this point. The student named in this specific poster, who the Journal has chosen not to name, declined to comment on this issue. At the time of print, it remained unknown who was responsible for producing or circulating the posters.

Kingston Police couldn’t be reached for comment. “These posters have been removed and any similar posters that the university becomes aware of will also be taken down promptly,” said Roxy Denniston-Stewart, associate dean of student affairs. She added that Student Affairs encourages any student who was distressed by these posters to seek out support services like Campus Security and Health, Counselling and Disability Services. “We work to foster a respectful, informed and safe campus culture

for all of our community members through education, and by ensuring that resources and personal support are available.” The Journal will publish additional information as it becomes available.

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Police find suspect in men’s change room B y E mily Walker Contributor Kingston Police and Campus Security are investigating a series of thefts in the ARC men’s locker room. According to a Campus Security statement, a suspect was taken into custody last Thursday. “Moments after entering the men’s change room, Kingston Police detectives located a male individual who was known to both Kingston Police and Campus Security,” the statement read. “The male was taken into police custody and Kingston Police detectives are continuing to investigate at this time.” Though Campus Security and Kingston Police aren’t releasing further details, the investigation is ongoing. Queen’s associate professor of health studies Stevenson Fergus

was a victim of the ARC locker room thief. Fergus said his wallet, iPhone, keys, sunglasses and watch, a value of approximately $1500, were taken from his locker. “I was on a sabbatical in South Africa this past year, a country which has high rates of crime, with nothing happening to me,” he told the Journal via email. “I come back to Canada and within three months this happens.” Fergus said he used a medium strength padlock, which isn’t commonly used in locker-rooms. He said he plans to carry his valuables with him from now on while using ARC facilities. Although the investigation is ongoing, not all ARC patrons are concerned.

Dialogue Constructing dialogue on Israel/Palestine. Page 9

Arts A review of this year’s Down There production. Page 15


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Student fundraises for crucial US surgery Student Jessica Covey seeks surgery South of the border to relieve her pain and restore her ability to function

Jessica Covey’s time at Queen’s has been far from what she imagined it would be, but that hasn’t stopped her from pushing to complete her degree. Covey, a health studies and psychology student, suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a group of connective tissue disorders. She and her family are hoping to raise funds for a series of surgeries — with a total price tag of $180,000 — that will help her function as she used to. Diagnosed with EDS in 2010, the pain and mobility issues associated with the inherited syndrome have made it difficult for Covey, who now uses a wheelchair, to venture to campus. Between 2009-10, she took a leave of absence from Queen’s and since fall 2012 has studied from home via correspondence courses. EDS results in a reduction of collagen, which is important for holding together skin, muscles and joints. Covey’s spinal instability means her head isn’t properly supported on her body. “It’s been hard. I struggled a lot with seeing classmates graduate, and be able to do things that I wasn’t able to do, like go out and have fun,” said Covey, who started at Queen’s in 2007. She said while her classmates were spending nights at the library, she was using most of her energy just to make it to class. “I used to envy the people that could do that, go and sit in the library,” said Covey, who’s originally from Brockville but now lives in Kingston. “My first semester at Queen’s, I was in Stauffer a lot and I really

liked the atmosphere, but as I got sicker it wasn’t practical for me to come to campus and do my studying so I sort of missed out on that experience.” When Covey finally found a name for the pain and fatigue she’d been suffering, she felt a sense of relief — but also frustration. Although she was diagnosed three years ago, before that she had experienced years of no answers and skepticism from healthcare professionals. “I was constantly being told I was just depressed or that I was faking and that maybe I just didn’t want to go to school,” Covey said, adding that even after a doctor told her she was hypermobile she couldn’t convince him that that was the cause of her pain. Her mother and brother Charlie also suffered from chronic pain issues. After reading about EDS online, Covey realized she’d finally found a label for what they’d all been experiencing. Still, the struggle was far from over. Not much is known about EDS in Canada, and Covey’s family was unable to find anyone to surgically treat herself or her younger brother, whose health began deteriorating in 2012. He developed craniocervical instability — meaning his neck became weak and couldn’t support his head. The family eventually found a surgeon in Maryland who specializes in EDS and was able to help Covey’s brother. It was around that time that Covey’s own health began declining, but doctors continued telling her there was nothing wrong. “I was having daily headaches, dizziness, increased pain, my left hand started to curl in, and I wasn’t able to use my hands like I could before,” she said.

Then last summer, she blacked out while Covey is also intent on finishing her looking over her shoulder, something she degree. With six courses left, she’s aiming knew as caused by spinal instability. to be done sometime in the next academic On Feb. 26, she underwent the first year. She wants to pursue a master’s degree surgery in Maryland, which eliminated in occupational therapy and eventually a much of her dizziness, headaches and the PhD. She hopes to specialize in occupational burning in her ears. therapy for people with hypermobility. It was paid for in large part by the leftover She also hopes to eventually resume her funds from the $100,000 raised for her volunteer activities; from 2008-12 Covey brother, who recovered quicker and easier volunteered as a Peer Health Educator (PHE) than anyone had anticipated. The family is and from 2011-12 she was a Peer Mentor still working to raise the funds required for to a student who was also dealing with an Covey’s remaining two surgeries. illness. She hopes to undergo the first of the two “Being a PHE was a big part of my life,” operations in the summer, and she hopes Covey said. “It made me feel more like a they’ll allow to once again complete normal ‘typical’ student, and I got to meet a lot of tasks, like washing her own hair. great people.” She’s now turned her sights towards She said she’s got her eyes on the future. increasing awareness of EDS nationally, and “I feel like my life is on pause right now,” to that end has started the first Canadian she said. “My brain wants to do stuff, but my branch of the Chiari & Syringomyelis & body won’t let me.” Related Disorders Foundation. She’s become an advocate for those To donate to Jessica’s fundraising campaign, suffering for EDS, and was involved with visit Jessica’s Fight with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome & Spine Instability on indiegogo.com Queen’s InvisAbilities.

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Covey, pictured above, underwent her first operation on Feb. 26.

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Views on climate change vary Temperatures may be rising but this doesn’t necessarily mean negative implications for all B y R osie H ales Features Editor Since 1948, Canada’s national average temperature for winter months has risen by 3.2 degrees. In his business, David Phillips, senior climatologist of Environment Canada, said that a temperature rise of 0.5 degrees is a large jump — something that 86 per cent of Canadians polled believe is down in part to human activity. “[There’s] no denying that human beings have had a major part to play,” Phillips said. He believes that no sector will go untouched by warming climates. “When you live in a cold, snowy country like Canada, climate change doesn’t often strike fear in our hearts,” he said. Phillips added that between now and 2050-2100 Canadians will probably see greater extremes of weather, including differences in water levels. This could mean that shipping across the Great Lakes may be impacted if water levels decrease. Last year, Lakes Huron and Michigan had to reduce cargo on their trading ships so that they could take lighter loads across the lakes. “[It’s] clearly an issue for people by the water,” he said. “There will be greater beaches, but you might find yourself two streets [in distance] away from the water front.” For Dean Foster, climate change means more positive ramifications, rather than negative ones. The Picton farmer, who produces 1,500 acres worth of cash crops, is able to grow his crops up to a week and a half earlier when summers start sooner due to climate change. “For me, it’s all positive,” Foster, who’s also a vendor at Kingston’s Springer Market Square, said. “As long as there’s water you can’t have

nearly enough heat.” He added that less rain can be compensated for by using irrigation to ensure that all crops are provided with water. When spring came early in 2012, Foster said it was the only year that he’d define as “not normal.” “I’m 55 so I’ve been farming here for a while and we keep records,” he said. However not every farmer experienced such fruitful benefits. Soft fruit farmers suffer when temperatures rise early and then drop quickly. “There were people that got hurt last year because the crops started to grow early and then we got cold again after that and then a lot of the blossoms were killed,” he said. “No blossom, no fruit.”

As long as there’s water you can’t have nearly enough heat.

— Dean Foster, farmer at Fosterholm Farms, Picton Drought can also be one of the problems that comes with warmer summers, but Foster has realized that drought has its advantages for his 7,000 maple syrup tree taps. “We’ve found that after a drought … our sugar content [in the sap] is higher,” he said. A higher sugar content in the maple sap allows for more syrup to be produced as less water has to be added to the sap. “It’s a bonus this year,” he said. “[I attribute] it to the drought because there is more sunshine.” Increased human activity and land use over the last 30 years could also be causing higher temperatures connected with climate change. A warm spell this winter meant the early closure of the Springer Market Square skating rink.

Closing the rink early each year due to weather isn’t abnormal, but rising temperatures due to climate change may mean that the lifespan of the rink gets shorter each year. The rink can see anywhere between 300-500 skaters in a day and, usually, the City of Kingston aims to have the rink close at the end of March break. “When the sun is shining and there’s rain we can’t hold ice with that,” Luke Folwell, manager (Recreation Facilities), said. “We did everything we possibly could but we had to get out of there.” Since 2009, the rink has closed between the 10th and 15th of March. An exception to this was last year when the national average winter temperature was 3.6 degrees higher and the rink closed on March 7. On campus, Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change (QBACC) wants to slow climate change by making campus more environmentally efficient. In 2010, QBACC worked with Principal Daniel Woolf to sign the University and College Presidents’ Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada, which had a main target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. The Plan also aimed to install solar panels and make new and existing buildings on campus more environmentally efficient. “QBACC is really happy that Queen’s is doing something, but there is room for improvement,” Eszter Gereb, director of media at QBACC, said. She added that making campus more environmentally efficient is expensive and QBACC’s next step is to see that Queen’s will live up to what was defined in the Plan. “Things could be sped along.”

Warmest years for Canadian regions since 1948 • Atlantic Canada - 2012 • Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Lowlands – 2005 • Northeastern Forest – 1955 • Northwestern Forest – 2012 • Prairies – 1961 • Pacific Coast – 1958 • North British Columbia Mountains/ Yukon – 2004 • Canada overall: 2012 — Source: www.climatechange.gc.ca

Human impact: what does the most damage? • Burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) accounts for 70-90 per cent of human emissions of carbon dioxide. • Ranching, agriculture and clearing or degradation of forests also account for some of the remaining carbon dioxide emissions. • Production and transport of fossil fuels are also primary sources of greenhouse gas emission, as well as waste management and industrial processes. — Source: www.climatechange.gc.ca

The skating rink at Springer Market Square in downtown Kingston was closed earlier this week due to warm and wet weather conditions.

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Homeless for five days to raise funds for shelter Queen’s Project on International Development (QPID) organizes this year’s 5 Days for Homelessness campaign B y s tyna tao Staff Writer On Monday, a group of students moved out of their homes and onto the street to raise awareness for youth homelessness. The campaign, called “5 Days for Homelessness” began at Queen’s last year by a group of law students, but this year it’s being run by Queen’s Project on International Development (QPID). The participants are currently living outside Stauffer Library, in sleeping bags. Participants aren’t allowed to shower or change their clothes all week, except for class presentations and they only eat food that is donated. QPID took over the event this year, in

order to increase participation and interest among students, Simeran Bachra, the event’s co-organizer and QPID general director, said. Initially founded by University of Alberta School of Business students in 2005, the campaign spread nationally in 2008. This year, 26 universities across Canada are participating by living outside from March 10 to 15. Queen’s chapter of “5 Days” is aiming to raise $10, 000 for the Kingston Youth Shelter, which would top the $8,000 generated last year. Around 25 QPID students are involved in the event, nine of which are participating for the full 5 days, the rest for a few nights and coming out for the days. Two law students

are also involved. received warm support from the community As of last evening, organizers had raised for this initiative, including a motion by the over $6,600, not including that day’s Engineering Society to match any donations in-person donations. Bachra, ArtSci ’13, made at the Annual General Meeting this said she hopes the campaign will remove Thursday. Large amounts of donations are the misconception of what it’s like to be also made online. homeless and who is homeless. “We talked to a lot of organizations “They’re not lazy people, they are students downtown and they have been very and youth who have been through children’s supportive as well,” Parpia, ArtSci ’13, said. aid or foster care,” she said. “Tara’s Foods in particular, their manager was Currently, the Kingston Youth Shelter, very enthusiastic about our cause and they which caters to youth aged 16-24, has 15 let us talk to people outside their store. This beds, but it’s only funded for eight. helps us reach different demographics.” The Shelter, has received a reduction in The organizers promoted the campaign government funding from 40 per cent to 30 through social media, as well as holding per cent, following City budget cuts earlier class talks. this year, Bachra added. As for living outside in the cold, some The shelter offers career services, participants said it provides a way to grab counselling and support for youth, as well people’s attention. as encouraging them to stay in school, “Our friends and the Queen’s community Bachra added. have made it easier and more fun than it “There is a surprising amount of people should have been,” said participant Caroline who have used the shelter in the past and Crocker, ArtSci ’13. now go to Queen’s,” said Alyssa Parpia, also co-organizer of the event. “They came up to Donations can be made at 5days.ca us and told us how much they appreciated the work that the shelter does.” Both Bachra and Parpia said they’ve

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The students involved in this campaign only eat food that’s been donated during their time living outside.

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Palliative care counsellor to talk about death Stephen Jenkinson will visit campus Wednesday to screen Griefwalker, the documentary about his work B y S hannon H ill Contributor According to Stephen Jenkinson, we can’t live until we accept we’re going to die. Jenkinson, who is a palliative care counsellor, will be showing the film Griefwalker, a documentary film about his own philosophy on life and death. The film will be screened Wednesday at Chernoff Hall. The film was started about 12 years ago when the director, Tim Wilson, started filming Jenkinson at his speaking engagements. The film follows Jenkinson over several years as he provided support for people living out the final stage of their lives. “It’s a provocative film that really ponders this question: ‘What does it take to fall in love with being alive?” he said. “The answer that the film gives or at least that I give is you really have to see the end of everything you hold dear before you can love those things.” Jenkinson’s film is being hosted on campus by Hospice Kingston and Kingston General Hospital. The film argues that people need to change how they view death in society, he said. Jenkinson is coming to campus to create a dialogue regarding death, something he feels needs to be started before people are faced with it. Death should be discussed at an early age

so that people can be better prepared for when their time comes, Jenkinson added. “[In school] you were probably taught the life cycle of frogs … but you never found out that included you, no one ever taught that included you.” After facilitating a group for men whose loved ones had recently died, he had a revelation that many emotional experiences that we consider normal actually have to be learned. He realized that were able to express their anger about what had happened but had to learn how to be sad. Within two years Jenkinson had become a leader of a psycho-social palliative care team, the non-medical branch of palliative care, and had started a pediatric palliative care centre. Unlike other branches of medical care, palliative care focuses on easing the suffering supplied of patients in various stages of illness. The Jenkinson is the subject of Griefwalker, a documentary film a decade in the making. industry that he was originally reluctant to Europe where he taught at the Jung Institute, death-avoidant,” said Sutherland. join has become his “life’s work.” She added that there is beauty in dying Jenkinson was formerly an assistant a institute for psychology in Switzerland professor at the University of Toronto’s founded by the famous psychologist Carl and with better teaching, people can learn to see it. School of Family and Community Medicine Jung, and toured England and Poland. “I think if we can learn the skills to be Queen’s PhD student Cheryl Sutherland and a director of children’s grief and palliative is involved with the organization of the event. able to be present for people who are going care at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Sutherland became involved with Hospice through the end stage of their life, it’s such a Today he runs workshops on his philosophy of life out of his farm in the Kingston following the death of her partner beautiful thing.” Ottawa Valley and has travelled around the in 2011. “We don’t know what to do because world, spreading his message. He has most recently returned from we haven’t been taught it; our culture is

Most PhD programs take students five to six years designed to engage students on the issue. “[It] talked about what incentives do [grad students] need to complete on time and 180,000 public service employees across what detracts from that,” she said. “There Canada, including teaching assistants, were about 460 responses and we have approximately 4,400 students.” teaching fellows and post doctorate fellows. The SGPS hasn’t received the results of “We have course requirements, research requirements, ethics requirements, attending their survey yet. She claimed there was no attempt from conferences, and publishing papers,” A.W. Lee, PSAC occupational health and safety the administration to help the graduate students understand why the motion was officer said. “Now they are asking us to do them in a put forward. Last summer the Ontario Ministry of shorter amount of time.” Christine Grossutti, PSAC’s vice-president Training, Colleges and Universities sent out of community affairs, added that a lot of a paper that recommended time limits on students have families to take care or jobs to degrees, Pero said. “I think [the motion] is coming from the maintain so they can pay their tuition. The same concerns were echoed from ministry level,” she said “[The administration] SGPS Vice-President (Graduate) Becky Pero, is trying to be in line with what the ministry who is one of two graduate students that sit put forward.” on the Council. “We are expected to produce novel and Supplied, Journal File Photo innovated research and research takes time,” Vice Provost Brenda Brouwer (left) and SGPS vice-president (graduate) Becky Pero (right). Students will now be expected to complete Master’s degrees within two she said. In the fall, the SGPS conducted a survey years, and PhD programs within four years. Cotinued from page 1

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News in brief Meeting to discuss prison overcrowding

Criminology Professor Justin Piche and Jason Godin, Ontario regional president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers.

Community members will have the chance to voice their opinions on -— Holly Tousignant prison overcrowding at a town hall meeting this weekend. The discussion will be held this SlutWalk storms Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in City Hall. through Kingston It’s being hosted by the Kingston and the Islands Federal Liberal The second annual Kingston Association, but is non-partisan, SlutWalk took place on last Sunday and free to all attendees. at 2:30 p.m. in City Park, drawing A press release from KIFLA a crowd of a few hundred people states that Kingston, more than any marching against victim-blaming other Canadian city, “will sooner and slut-shaming. or later bear the consequences of “This is not a ‘women’s only’ the current government’s policy movement, but rather, a human of cramming more inmates into movement. Sexual violence prisons than our already full affects everyone in a society or correctional facilities were designed community,” Jessica Sinclair, to hold.” ArtSci ’13, involved in the The area is home to nine organization SlutWalk Kingston, federal correctional facilities, seven told the Journal via email. of which are within Kingston’s The march included posters municipal boundaries. and voices were heard speaking up In addition to discussing this against sexual violence and freeing overcrowding, the meeting will also themselves from oppression. look at just treatment of Aboriginal Some signs read: “My little people, and how overcrowding black dress does not mean yes,” affects those who are employed by “Girls just wanna have fundamental the corrections system. rights” or “If she was ‘asking for it’ The discussion will be why couldn’t you?” moderated by Craig Jones, former The event was originally started executive director of the John two years ago in Toronto. Last year, Howard Society, and among the Sinclair was inspired to bring the speakers will be Catherine Latimer, event to Kingston, where it was the Society’s current executive well received. director, University of Ottawa “The event is important for

SlutWalk marched through Kingston for the second year last weekend.

giving the silenced a voice, and taking back the word “slut” which has too often been used as a weapon to shame and silence people, and take away their sexual freedom,” Sinclair added. -— Rachel Herscovici

Omnibus rejected at ASUS AGM A group of controversial motions were voted down at the ASUS Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Campus Calendar Saturday, Feb. 16 CFRC’s Slow Dance Grad Club, 152 Barrie St. Sign up to dance with other attendees CFRC will also host a kissing booth 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door Thursday, Feb. 21 Jack Astor’s Bartender Competition Marketplace and Food Sampling at 6:30 p.m. Flair Competition begins

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last night, while others were withdrawn by the members who proposed them. ASUS Representative Jesse Waslowski, ArtSci ’13, put forward motions 7 to 39, which members in attendance at the AGM voted to combine into an omnibus. The motions dealt with a number of changes to constitution, relating to groups and issues including Community Outreach policy, departmental student councils and ASUS executive, commissioner and director honoraria, among others. Prior to the omnibus being voted on, a number of the motions — including those relating to Community Outreach and academic changes were withdrawn. Ellis Hall auditorium hosted a packed house for the over five-hour AGM, of which a large portion was devoted to debating the omnibus. Debate ensued among ASUS council and representatives, students-at-large and those from other faculties. For a full list of the motions, see http://queensasus.com/index.php/ resources/assembly.

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Strategic Enrolment Management Group seeks feedback Students are encouraged to share their thoughts on the University’s Strategic Enrolment Management Group’s (SEMG) first report to be consulted on with Senate and the Senate Committee on Academic Development (SCAD). The report will include both internal and external factors that would influence an enrolment plan including the demand for programs, institutional capacity, government funding and policy, and the capacity of student support services. The report by SEMG will recommend enrollment targets for faculties between 2013 and 2015. These proposals are based on proposals provided by each faculty and will be presented to SCAD and Senate in April. Projections for enrolment plans for 2015 to 2016 will also be included. It’s reported that recommended increases in first year undergraduate faculties are quite modest due, similar to previous years, to limited growth possibility because of first year residence room constraints. ­­— Rachel Herscovici


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EDITORIALS — THE JOURNAL’S PERSPECTIVE

There’s not much left to debate when it comes to Prescott himself.

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t’s time for Queen’s to look the three ASUS Assembly members’ past Alexander Prescott’s decision to resign was warranted is individual actions and focus on the more questionable. bigger picture. There are now three missing On Feb. 25, Prescott, who is representatives on ASUS assembly an ASUS rep to the AMS, made a to represent constituents, which comment on Facebook regarding is worrisome. However, especially his views on rape. Specifically, his given Prescott’s lack of apology comments, where he claimed and remorse for his statement, it’s that some of the onus should be understandable why they may feel placed on the victim, have sparked uncomfortable working with him. outrage among students. While Prescott’s censure was Drawing an analogy between warranted, what is problematic a rapist and a thief, he claimed is the uproar and verbal attacks that going out at night is similar directed at Prescott in light of his to wearing expensive jewelry in a comments by individuals who dangerous part of town. In each attended the ASUS special assembly. situation, the victim is putting Prescott is a divisive figure on themselves at greater risk of harm, Queen’s campus. He has often Prescott outlined. taken controversial, inflammatory Some argue that the reaction and very public stances on issues to Prescott’s comment was blown important to students. out of proportion, claiming that it Many individuals was simply mirroring a common disagree with him, but that frame of mind on the issue. But doesn’t warrant the blatant should have become a foum one aspect of the statement was disrespect and hatred directed for the denigration of Prescott’s Some question impossible to misconstrue. at him. While he may have character. The problematic part was offended many students in making whether ASUS Assembly was Prescott’s claim that the onus is on his comment, an eye for an eye even an appropriate forum to discuss this. the victim for putting themselves isn’t the way to react. There’s not much left to in danger. Prescott as an individual didn’t It’s disappointing that Prescott deserve to be attacked, harassed or debate when it comes to Prescott hasn’t publicly apologized for his targeted as a result of his comments. himself — the special ASUS statement and shown a willingness It was very brave of survivors Assembly to impeach him is in the to understand the issues better. His of sexual assault to stand up at past and the debate surrounding lack of remorse isn’t constructive Assembly and tell their stories and him should end. It’s time for Queen’s campus in moving the discussion past his it’s fair for individuals to voice to move forward. Even if Prescott statements and to the actual issues disagreement with his statement. surrounding rape culture. But, Assembly by no means doesn’t reach out to make amends Although Prescott made the comment on Facebook through his private account, and POINT/COUNTERPOINT didn’t comment in an official capacity, he’s nonetheless a public figure. While they are allowed to express their own opinions on social media about certain topics, it’s naïve to think that their constituents and followers multiple angles and scenes, it’s aren’t seeing and critiquing them. more apt at telling a linear plotline. Especially when expressing But I believe a solitary image opinions on topics as sensitive as can be more powerful. Photos can sexual assault, Prescott should’ve be microcosms for grand world been weary of his position in changes, letting viewers see a story student government before ANINA through their own interpretation speaking out. and emotion. NRILE It’s no surprise that ASUS The 2013 World Press Photo Assembly has chosen to censure of the Year for Spot News, won Prescott, actively removing their by Paul Hansen, shows family association to Prescott’s comments. members weeping as they clutch An impeachment would’ve hotos capture a moment, telling the bodies of two-year-old Suhaib been a far stronger and more a story through a frozen frame Hijazi and his four-year-old aggressive move against what was of time. brother Muhammad. still a personal opinion. A censure Film may have the more Casualties of an Israeli airstrike, was enough of a gesture. Whether innovative hand today. With See the on page 9

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for his comments, he should stop being targeted and demonized by the student body. Instead, there needs to be a discussion about the culture and discourse surrounding rape. It’s time to develop a larger, more positive and supportive community fighting against rape and sexual assault on Queen’s campus. Student leaders should take further steps in organizing events and workshops to educate students. In particular, we need to talk about why victim-blaming is so

harmful and engage those who disagree with this in fruitful discussion, not in confrontation and attacks. Let’s take the bull’s-eye off Prescott’s back. It’s time to grow and move towards a more positive and enlightening conversation about the more important issues facing our community. — Journal Editorial Board

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In the ongoing conflicts between Israel and Palestine, a security barrier has been erected dividing the landscape.

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Co-operation over strife

A lack of constructive dialogue prolongs the problems that Israelis and Palestinians face

Mike Yeomans, ArtSci ’14 Israeli Apartheid Week just ended, but the conversation about the Israel/Palestine conflict needs to carry on. Co-operation, discussion and dialogue are the only ways in which the conflict can cease. This is seemingly harder since a total break down in communications occurred following UN-recognition of the State of Palestine. Both sides must work together, to rekindle a peace process they worked so hard on between 1993 and 2008, to find a lasting solution to a 65-year old crisis. The West can, and should, play a major role in this, as we suffer from an unstable Middle-East. We’re key to starting the whole conflict and provide significant funding to both Israel and Palestine. We hold the moral obligation to clean up our mess and have the power to reboot negotiations. The current, inflammatory, tit-for-tat violence makes an unacceptable situation of daily fear for Israelis and Palestinians, whilst distancing both sides from an end to the suffering of millions of men, women and children. I’m Mike. I spent the summer of 2012 living and working in Deheishe refugee camp on the outskirts of Bethlehem. I studied this conflict under Queen’s professor Oded Haklai closely following its developments. I have no personal ties to the conflict, such as religion or family. I want Continued from page 8

the bodies are shrouded in cloth as the family carries them down a street in Gaza City in the Palestine Territories. While some people look at this photo and see a mourning family, others may think of the long-boiling conflict between Israel and Palestine in a land so far from ours. That’s the thing about photos. They can mean so many different things to different people, shedding light on new perspectives. It’s not so different from video, is it? But, while videos take your hand and lead them down a set path, a photo becomes the launching point for your own thoughts and ideas. It’s up to you to build a story from a whisper of a thought from one random photographer. Photography, though it often

to see it end, as I deplore the daily suffering and killing of all involved. I favour a two-state solution; a one-state solution isn’t workable at present. The moral arguments of who has the moral inherent right to the land are superfluous as they won’t help end the suffering. Israel is here to stay; it has too much power to be overcome, it doesn’t want a singlestate and it’s a false dichotomy to entertain the moral argument that Israelis have no right to be there; that would mean ejecting them to seek a new homeland, which just recreates the situation all over again!

The West can, and should, play a major role in this, as we suffer from an unstable Middle-East. We’re key to starting the whole conflict and provide significant funding to both Israel and Palestine. If real progress is to be made in finding a solution, Israeli and Palestinian advocates should listen to each other’s point and view, negotiate and at all costs stop antagonising our counterparts. Blame games don’t help. They won’t create a resolution to the conflict. Both sides have committed terrible wrongs and both sides must recognize the only way to get beyond this is to find peace through forgiveness. Starting dialogue isn’t easy. The Israel/Palestine conflict is so complicated due to the plethora of factors involved. Resolution to the conflict must account for: regional consists of Instagram filters and vain self-portraits, can be a very subtle craft. Those who spend their lives behind the lens understand this. I don’t call myself a photographer, but I know what it’s like to wait for a perfect moment to capture on film, to want to make a moment incarnate in cellulose. Video is less subtle, allowing for less creativity when it comes to being a storyteller. Photographers must enjoy the challenge. After all, they only have one shot, literally, of telling a story. It’s how I imagine Hansen must have felt, pointing his camera at that weeping family. He must have felt the weight of that shutter click. He must have felt their story coming to light. Janina is the Postscript Editor at the Journal.

history; culture of both sides; the huge spectrum of views amongst the Israeli diaspora and Palestinian people, which create internal political conflicts in both states. So to begin addressing the Israel/Palestine conflict, one must begin with education. We need to learn about the conflict and the multiplicity of highly intricate and complicated factors involved. Joint action must be taken by those advocating the Palestinian case, and those advocating the Israeli case. Both sides seek the same goal: an end to the violence blighting the region. Each side must learn from the other’s wisdom and both must educate the wider world on the conflict at large so it can lead the way in grass-roots negotiation. The international nature of the situation means it will only be resolved with international assistance, but the principle actors — the Palestinians and the Israelis — are the only ones who can solve this struggle; the rest of the world can help, but must educate itself before it can provide the calm, diplomatic setting of negotiated conflict-resolution, which is proven to work here. To try and start this process I lived in the JDUC lower-Ceilidh from March 4-8 to bring attention to an issue which often gets ignored. The event was organized by Students for Palestinian Human rights, but I acted separately from Israeli Apartheid Week. My aim is for both sides to come together in negotiation and co-operation — and I do not believe the negatively-connotated (if technically correct) word ‘Apartheid’ helps that. My actions last week were Continued from page 8

compelling story about a restaurant they ate lunch at, they would be hard pressed to take a photo that accurately conveys the story being told. The end result would likely resemble the average Instagram feed. A video, on the other hand, would capture the ambient sound of the restaurant, the kitchen, and the patrons, and include many shots showcasing the visual details of the food or the restaurant that made the experience worth sharing. It would be incorrect to discount the storytelling ability of a skilled photographer. But now that cameras are widely available, much of the storytelling power of a photo could be lost due to poor lighting, framing or improper use of equipment. In the case of video, the ability to capture sound and movement is

intended to make people reconsider this issue, to challenge preconceptions held (including my own) and to restart something that will still take a long time: the negotiated resolution to the Israel/Palestine conflict. Queen’s can help restart this process. We can come together to share our opinions and listen to one-another and come together with suggestions as to how to best proceed forward — together.

Both sides seek the same goal: an end to the violence blighting the region. Each side must learn from the other’s wisdom and both must educate the wider world about the conflict. If we’re going to see any progress here, it’s going to be by starting from where realities on the ground stand now; by letting hatred and wrongs of both sides be ‘water under the bridge’ (however hard and painful that is); and by engaging in meaningful dialogue. That process starts now — with education about the issue as a whole, and a coming together in dialogue of Israeli/ Palestinian representatives on both sides of the divide. If we in the West, devoid of the fears of rockets, soldiers, bombs and suicide attacks cannot overcome hostility and screaming at one-another, how can we possibly expect those living in this daily hell to do any better?

“I’m going to whip out my green parka.” Sara Williams, ArtSci ’15

“Sitting at home in Toronto writing a screenplay.” Peter Bigauskas, ArtSci ’14

“Sleeping over at a friends’ and having a pancake breakfast.” Emily Weatherson, ArtSci ’15

“It’s my birthday! All I need is green beer.” Matthew O’Regan, Comm ’13

Mike Yeomans is an exchange student from the University of Edinburgh.

an asset to even the most amateur of videographers. In contrast to photos, videos are naturally suited to telling stories due to their dynamic use of sound. While a photo is an unmoving record of the split-second when the camera shutter was open, video provides the closest analogue for showing events the way that we would naturally remember them. The nature of video is such that a properly-edited collection of clips can create a cohesive narrative, whereas a series of photos usually requires accompanying information to provide context. Video simply leaves little room for confusion or interpretation, making it the better story-telling medium. Colin is the Multimedia Editor at the Journal.

“Observing this guy!” Nick Mittlen, Comm ’13

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Deadlines without consideration Contributor argues that new postgraduate degree timelines hurt the students that countinue education

sean FieLD, PHD ’13 yesterday, the Graduate Studies Executive Council (GSEC) lowered graduate time-to-completion limits for PhD and Master’s Candidates to four years and two years respectively. GSEC reviews and amends regulations pertaining to graduate studies including admissions standards, degree requirements, completion requirements and graduate students appeals. These new time-to-completion limits only address the symptom of graduate completion rates rather than the systemic determinants of graduate program completion. These new limits will increase the number of graduate program withdrawals; discriminate against graduate students facing systemic barriers to completion; and, more closely tie program completion and withdrawal rates to federal and provincial research funding. If you’re an

undergrad, this is the equivalent of Queen’s automatically withdrawing you after four years, when the time it takes you to complete your degree isn’t always in your control. This is important because evidence indicates that graduate scholarship funding and quality of graduate supervision are the primary determinants of graduate program completion. Recent research by Université de Montréal Assistant Professor Vincent Larivière, indicates that students who don’t receive federal and provincial research scholarships, and are excluded from collaborative research projects (led by their advisors) are less likely to graduate. According to Larivière “If you are integrated into research you’ll finish faster and you’ll finish, period.” The available evidence also suggests that the average time-to-completion is about six years for PhD Candidates and three years for Master’s Candidates, well over the proposed program limits, and this varies widely across disciplines. While the length of undergraduate and professional degrees are determined by course requirements, the length of graduate degrees are determined by research that is complicated and full of surprises. If you’re

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an undergrad, you should be concerned about the impact of these motions on teaching and grading because Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows will be under pressure to focus on research to the detriment of teaching. If you’re a future graduate student, you should be concerned about how these motions will impact the quality and type of graduate research conducted at Queen’s. A second motion regarding extensions to graduate time-to-completion limits was tabled. According to this motion, Master’s and PhD Candidates will have to apply for program extensions at the end of years two and four, respectively. However, these extensions aren’t guaranteed and are contingent on “valid reasons,” “extenuating” and “exceptional circumstances.” The passing of these motions by GSEC members (10+ in favour, four against) is indicative of the distance between students and administrators at Queen’s. SGPS and Graduate Student Senate members, Becky Pero and Terry Bridges, voted against the motion to lower time-to-completion limits. However, despite the outcry from graduate students, the majority of the deans and faculty representatives (who

stack the Council) voted in favour of the motions spearheaded by Brenda Bouwer, Associate Vice Principal and Dean of Graduate Studies. These Dean and Faculty Representatives on GSEC ignored all empirical evidence on graduate completion rates, as well as the 1000+ signatories to the online petition against these motions (hosted by change.org). Moreover, a number of questions remain unanswered about these new rules. These include (but aren’t limited to): What will happen to graduate students who currently exceed these limits? How are the rules expected to affect overall graduate completion rates? And, who is more likely to be affected? There is little doubt that the new program limits will have a substantial impact on current and future graduate students at Queen’s. However, they are unlikely to solve the problem of timely graduate program completion and will exacerbate pressure on graduate students. Sean Field is the Treasurer for PSAC Local 901, and a PhD Candidate in Department of Geography.


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THE RITA FRIENDLY KAUFMAN LECTURE ANTHONY ELMS

Moments to remember are just like other moments SATURDAY 23 MARCH, 2 PM ELLIS HALL AUDITORIUM, 58 UNIVERSITY AVENUE RECEPTION FOLLOWS, ART CENTRE ATRIUM The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is pleased to welcome Anthony Elms as the 2013 Rita Friendly Kaufman Lecturer. Elms is one of three curators of the upcoming 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York and the Associate Curator at The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He will discuss his approach to curating, which often relies on the critical use of ephemera. The annual Rita Friendly Kaufman Lecture is made possible through an endowment from the Kaufman family.

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Last year, Down There made $12,000 for Interval House, Dawn House and the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston. This year, the production is hoping to do the same.

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Getting down close and personal Proceeds from Down There go to charities geared to aiding women B y S avoula S tylianou Arts Editor

factor, and they do rely on our proceeds.” Tolusso said that the committee expects this year’s production of It’s uncomfortably good. This year’s production of Down Down There to raise the same There was unnerving for me and amount of money for those the performances left me haunted. charities that help women in times The show includes several of crisis. With the stories submitted this monologues that detail stories year, there was a spoil for choice, submitted by Queen’s students. Down There was created Tolusso said. “Some of the stories are so last year after a change of name and direction from the personal, but I’m surprised at previous productions of The how many people are open about their experiences because all of Vagina Monologues. Intended to make the play the stories are true, and not as less vagina-centric and include many people submitted them more stories from the Queen’s anonymously — it’s so brave.” Tolusso said because the community, the show was a huge material discussed in the play is success last year. According to ASUS Women’s so sensitive, there were Sunday Empowerment Committee sessions held every week for the Co-Chair Leandra Tolusso, it raised actors and committee to discuss the topics at hand. $12,000 for charity. “We had one Sunday where the “It was such a huge feat for a theme was body image, then the four-night show.” This year, all proceeds from next week we had the Mental the show are again going to Health Action Committee come in to talk to us.” Kingston charities. With stellar performances from “We’re raising money for three charities — Dawn House, Queen’s students who possibly Interval House and the Sexual haven’t had any previous drama Assault Centre Kingston,” Tolusso, experience, I was blown away by ArtSci ’14, said. “The Sexual the strength of the performances Assault Centre is a big motivating of such sensitive material in

Down There. There was a range of topics, including society’s view on female shaving, religious beliefs and skinny shaming. The individual dialogues that stood out to me as being the most powerful were the ones about sexual assault. When Clare Sheasgreen sat on the stage of Convocation Hall with her hands fisted in her long hair in frustration and tears in her eyes, I wanted to jump over the seats and bundle her up in a hug. I absolutely forgot that she was an actress and not a fellow female telling me about her struggle with being sexually assaulted. Rosemary Ly knocked me out with her performance. Starting with a small, quiet voice dictating her story; it eventually grew to an overwhelming growl as she told what felt like only me in the audience about trying to commit suicide. Watching the show, I did laugh and I did come close to crying, and if the issues raised weren’t at the forefront of my mind before, they certainly are now. Down There plays in Convocation Hall tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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Rebel for a cause This year’s Vogue Charity Fashion show goes back in time to the Victorian era B y S avoula S tylianou Arts Editor It’s a tale of elegant radicals where the classic is brought together with the avant-garde — and it’s uniquely Vogue. From dizzyingly dramatic dance numbers to sassy sashays down the runway, this year’s Vogue Charity Fashion Show stepped up to fulfill the creative requirements of their theme — Victoriana: Rebels and Revolutionaries. All proceeds this year are being donated to the Kingston chapter of the Sunshine Foundation. With over 130 people involved in the choreography, modeling and designing of the show, artistic talent wasn’t lacking. The collection of clothes from the 2013 line-up included the

casual and the extravagant. Dressed in Jasmin Laingchild’s designs, the models walked down the runway in comfortably chic outfits with just a hint of risk with fringe and bold striped patterns. Laingchild’s designs exemplified the rogue rebel portion of the show, but the historical factor came with Elizabeth Doney’s Victorian era pieces perfect for the show’s theme. The girls were in floor-length, flower-adorned and boldly coloured dresses, impressively sauntering on stage without missing a beat. The male models looked especially refined in their large pants and walking sticks. The fashion in the show perfectly unified the theme of the show overall — a subtle amalgamation of classy period pieces and dark See Victorian on page 19

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Clear visions of rock Clark Hall Battle of the Bands winners Sex Ray Vision say being in the band is the best part of their busy schedules B y A lex D ownham Assistant Arts Editor Go balls firmly against the wall, or go home. With a name like Sex Ray Vision, it’s no wonder that’s the band’s motto. I got a chance to hang out on the couch with all the members of the group during band practice this week, after their victory at

this year’s Clark Hall Battle of the Bands. To describe the music that won the competition, guitarist Alex Burnett says it’s their hard hitting sound that caught the attention of the audience. “It’s not heavy in the metallic sense, but in the Guns ‘N’ Roses sense,” he said. Performing both covers and originals, Burnett said his favourite

songs to perform are ones Sex Ray have written themselves. “Playing originals at a bar is awesome when someone comes up after and compliments you on how you nailed those wailing vocals or those drum fills — it’s an even better feeling than someone saying your Miley Cyrus cover was awesome,” he said. Fellow guitarist Colin Richards Laura Rae Chaisson (centre) shone as one of the lead See Sex on page 19

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Risky comedy business Comedian Ben Bankas’ humour seeks to create conversation B y D anielle B engall Contributor There are a few taboo subjects in a romantic relationship. And the semantics of bathroom usage in a relationship is only one of the relatable topics comedian Ben Bankas uses in his stand up comedy routine. It’s those everyday activities, like “taking a stealth shit,” that Bankas says provide him with the most material. “I don’t necessarily sit down and say ‘I’m going to write a bunch of jokes now,’” Bankas, ArtSci ’14, tells me. “I just casually live my life and when funny things happen, I take those ideas and use them on stage.” Bankas says his key for comedy is to go with the flow. “If you have to think about it, it’s going to ruin the moment — by

the time you get there, your hands are going to be sweaty and your ass is going to be sweaty.” I paused to laugh, not an anomaly while Bankas and I were chatting earlier this week. Another entertaining story from his own life that Bankas told me was about his pet who recently underwent a name change. “We went to the doctor for a regular checkup with my dog and apparently she’s a boy. She has a penis, so we can’t call her Betty anymore” he said. “We might call the dog Louie after Louis CK.” After doing over 100 live gigs, including open mic nights at the Nog, the Mansion and CoGro, Bankas said the only way to gauge a joke is to take it to the audience. “You need to hear the laughter, and that’s the only way you can really judge a comedian — by how much laughter they get.”

I got to be one of those audience members at the Mansion’s open mic night last Tuesday. Bankas definitely had me in stitches, both on stage and afterwards when he joined my friends and I for a beer. For Bankas, talking to people after the shows is one of his favourite parts. “If you go to a comedy show and don’t say anything for an hour, by the end of it, you’re going to want to talk about the things from the Ben Bankas says being funny isn’t about himself — the photo by tiffany lam show,” he said. only way to judge a joke is by how the audience responds in laughter. Bankas definitely started conversations among his audience face,” Bankas said. “And usually feel like second nature.” on Tuesday. When we were that gets half the audience to shit chatting, he told me about one their pants, and half of them are Ben Bankas performs at the Journal’s benefit concert tomorrow night at particular joke about the recent shocked, but still find it funny.” With plans to start a comedy the Grad Club. Doors open at 8 p.m. events surrounding Olympian club in September, Bankas shows and tickets are $5. All proceeds go to Oscar Pistorius. “It was socially unacceptable for no signs of stopping what he loves Dawn House Women’s Shelter. his teammates to say before a race to do. “The longer you do it, the more to say break a leg so they would just say shoot your girlfriend in the it becomes part of you and starts to

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Swimming too deep Union Gallery exhibit contrasts two BFA artists’ styles

Brynn Higgins-Stirrup’s pieces in Union Gallery exhibited overt sexual themes.

B y A lex D ownham Assistant Arts Editor Sometimes it’s better not to delve into the deep end. The main space of Union Gallery has been flooded with Brynn Higgins-Stirrup and David Woodward’s exhibition, entitled The Last Swim. The show combines the contrasting styles of two artists with collages, drawings and sculptures. Woodward says in his artist statement that he bases his work on one’s response to psychological and emotional stimuli — and in this exhibit, he attempts to challenge what is judged as naturally belonging in a piece. This was a theme I found in the

first piece I saw called “The Diver.” The drawing depicts a naked man curled into a ball, resting on a blank eggshell canvas. It consists of mostly light colours, one of the larger focal points being the woman’s flowing hair. However, the figure’s hands separated themselves from the rest of her body, as they’re drenched in blood. The blood-soaked hands, although shocking to the eye, force themselves into the painting, barely tying to the otherwise frail and angelic woman. The next piece I saw was “The Swamp Diaries,” an oil painting by Higgins-Stirrup. According to her artist statement, she enjoys exploring sexuality and the politics of youth. The painting, much darker in colouring than Woodward’s work, is an up-close portrait of a woman’s genitalia with her hand draped over the inside of her thigh. Higgins-Stirrup uses bruiselike colours, including a mustard yellow, blood red and deep purple. Shadows cradle the body and distort its characteristics, creating a sickly aesthetic. Although the painting displayed sexual ideas through graphic nudity, I failed to find a message that

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reflected the suggested theme. The sexual references within Higgins-Stirrup’s piece are blunt, but themes among her other pieces, like what it means to be young, seemed to be absent. Each of the artists’ styles of light and dark are uniquely admirable, but some of their themes were lost in translation. For me, the emphasis on select themes was shrouded in vagueness and caused the message of the compilation to lose power. Some of the more profound analogies made, such as the man’s bloody hands challenging the intrinsic subject matter, were clear, but felt forced and didn’t complement the other pieces. Despite the murky messages portrayed in The Last Swim, Higgins-Stirrup and Woodward’s contrasting styles gave an equally contradictory look towards the human body: strange and sickly, rather than frail and faded. David Woodward and Brynn Higgins-Stirrup’s The Last Swim is on exhibit in the Main Space of Union Gallery until Mar. 19.


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Artist or entertainer? The Arts team debates the merits of mainstream music

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I have a confession — I like One Direction. What might be worse, I also love Ke$ha. But before the tomatoes are flung, hear me out. I strongly believe that music is able to affect a person and completely change their mood. All I need is the first 10 seconds of Two Door Cinema Club’s “Undercover Martyn,” a song from the biggest British-Irish indie group right now, to slap a smile on my face. Even though the band has been criticized for not being “purist,” people are listening because they want something upbeat and uncomplicated. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with liking a song just because it’s catchy. The mainstream music of today is mainstream for a reason — it’s what people listen to every day. The latest Justin Timberlake tune are what surrounds us in society, whether it’s on TV, in the mall or on the ipods of our friends. A common criticism of mainstream music is that it makes listeners dumber, but a multi-faceted meaning doesn’t need to be derived from every piece of music that hits the radio waves. When musicians go about becoming the “alternative” music option, it becomes less and less about what people want to listen to, and more about making a political stand and proving a point. British band Oasis started off as an innovative response to new wave indie music, but their lyrical mastership became shrouded in personal drama. On the other hand there’s Ke$ha. She admits her music is about “the haters.” The music doesn’t blow my mind, but she’s upfront about what she’s trying to do and why she’s trying to do it. It’s honest. She isn’t trying to be a role model, and even though she writes her own lyrics, she isn’t trying to create a significant conversation with her music and connect with her fans on an intimate level. The mainstream musicians of today, including Carrie Underwood and Bruno Mars, all sing about the themes that transcend any time period — heartache, finding new love and personal struggles. What these artists accomplish is keeping these things fresh and transforming the same way society does. As the age of maturity gets lower and lower and young adults are growing up faster and faster, so the music on the radio grows with it. Mainstream music does a good job of keeping up with the people that are listening to the music. All of this isn’t to say that I don’t also appreciate music with significant undertones and impressive handiwork in the lyrics and instrumentation. While I might listen to a One Direction song every now and then, I’ll also listen to the Smiths and Emeli Sandé. I believe that mainstream music definitely serves a purpose in today’s society — it’s what people want to be listening to, so they do.

For a Top 40 hit, today’s songs have never seemed to pack such a soft punch. For so long, the mainstream music industry has sustained an identity of being a mass commercialized product for the public to consume. After listening to song after song on the American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest, I noticed each tune contains typical instrumentals with bland lyrics playing over top. There’s a lack of diversity and there’s a lack of thought. A prime example of a musician without a message is, of course, Justin Bieber, the current heartthrob of modern pop. While these entertainers have found a formula for fame with a dash of money on the side, more diverse musicians aren’t recognized because they don’t follow the current fad. Whether it’s hip hop, rock or R&B, too many people tuning into their radio stations are looking for a simple, feel good tune. The music industry looks like it’s lacking both the substance and attitude worth listening to. The focus on fashion before passion has taken over most of modern media. Musicians like the Foo Fighters, Macklemore and Mumford and Sons have all kept the integrity of music alive with their passionate lyrics and unique sound. However, none of these artists have reached the iconic status of Led Zeppelin or The Stooges, who despite their sometimes overly controversial status, remained consistent with each album. For me, the lyrics should still be sincere and at the forefront of every song. A good set of lyrics is what gives a song substance, especially if the instrumentals are seemingly cut and paste. Musicians today need to take notes not only from underground music, but look back at artists including Bob Dylan, Tupac, and Radiohead — all musicians who remolded music with something new and thought provoking. Blaming Bieber is certainly an instance of a broken record on the turntables, but this commercialization of music isn’t directed at a single icon. Ke$ha, who enters the hit list in small bursts, has yet to create a song that doesn’t sound the exact same from the last single she penned and her producers crafted, musically and lyrically. There are promising artists among the Top 40 charts, but they are often overtaken by those that sell rather than those who have something unique to offer. Listeners need to search for themselves. While it’s great to have a happy moment, many popular artists stop at the “Lets party tonight,” and the “I want you, baby,” lyrics, and dwell no further. With a whole lot of effort from up and coming musicians and the ears of many listeners eagerly tuning in, the time for more worthy music has come.

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Stars since the beginning

After 10 years together, Stars says they’re the biggest band you’ve never heard of B y S avoula S tylianou Arts Editor

Stars bassist Evan Cranley said his two-year-old baby with band vocalist Amy Millan comes on tour with them. “It’s like having nine weird uncles and aunts,” he says.

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Sex Ray Adventure

Sex Ray Vision says they don’t have a favourite between playing covers and original songs. Continued from page 15

chimed in to describe how the band approaches doing cover songs. “It’s like the opposite of people at open mics doing hip hop songs on acoustic guitars — we take acoustic songs and put them into rock,” he said. You’ll hear a mix of cover songs and original music from the four guys of Sex Ray Vision, including the Batman theme song and a rock and roll version of “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls. The guys are content with their current lineup, saying that

each member brings their own musicianship to the table. However, it wasn’t always this way. Burnett, Wilson, and Richard’s old project playing in the Ten O’Clock People wasn’t always the most ideal experience with Richards playing an instrument he wasn’t comfortable with. Now that Richards has switched back to his original instrument of guitar, the band’s found the perfect formula for their music. “We have a much better drummer now. I mean leaps and bounds better. That other guy was terrible.”

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It’s the music of the past penetrating the present. With Stars’ sixth album The North, there’s an 80s electronic pop vibe present in the songs. Bassist Evan Cranley said it makes sense that this influence can be heard in tracks like “Backlines.” “It’s the music we grew up listening to, and we’re all very close in age, so we have a lot of similar influences,” he said. It wasn’t just me who was reminded of an old school high school dance party listening to catchy synth tracks like “The Theory of Relativity.” “It’s not something we revisit, but rather something we lived through. So it’s a natural thing for us to be influenced by that,” Cranley said. Cranley said that Stars is the biggest band you’ve never heard of. While the band has known global success, they’re still not a household name. “To tell you the truth, people that have been with us, have been around for a long time,” he said. “Rarely do I meet people who found out about us from The North.” For the hard-core fans of the band, they’ll definitely be at the show in Kingston to hear the silky melodies of the new album, including “Do You Want to Die Together” and “Hold On To Love When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It.” “If you love this band, you’re going to hear the whole catalogue, and it’ll be the last time we play Kingston for a while,” Cranley said, as the band will be going on tour

As we continued our conversation, the four members of Sex Ray Vision told me about maintaining balance between playing music and the busy life of a Queen’s student. “It’s tough, but band practice is the best because you can rock out for a couple hours at the end of the day and enjoy yourself,” Burnett said. Bassist Josh Wilson agreed, saying that the band’s been a we create together when we hang constant “pick-me-up” for him. “Every aspect of life seems to out, get drunk and talk about girls.” have low points, except for this band,” he said. “I really enjoy what Sex Ray Vision performs at the

this summer. Since the latest album came out in September of last year, Stars has been touring with it all over the country, only taking a break in January. The band will be hitting a lot of university towns during this tour, and Cranley said it’s a great market for live music. “People that age like to spend their money on shows. It can be really good, and people definitely have an expense to go out and listen to live music.” Cranley said the process of touring is still smooth, even with a two-year-old now in the family. “Oh yeah, the baby comes with us. My family’s always with me, and since Amy’s the mom, afraid she has no choice,” he said. “She loves to travel and loves everyone in the band — it’s like having nine weird uncles and aunts.” The bassist said the other part of touring he enjoys the most is the time spent actually on stage. “The best part is the two hours we get to spend at the show — everything else is just trying to find someplace to do your laundry and find the tastiest burrito in town.” With an upcoming second trip to Coachella to share the stage with Tegan and Sara, it’s pretty obvious Stars has reserved a place in the hearts of the fans. “It’s nice to have anonymity, but still be popular with people who love us — it’s the perfect marriage between having a life and having a career in music.” Stars plays Sydenham Street United Church on Monday at 10 p.m.

Journal’s benefit concert tomorrow night at the Grad Club. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $5. All proceeds go to Dawn House Kingston.

Victorian Vogue Continued from page 15

debonair clothes. The models had just the right amount of attitude for the job. When Katalina Ong and Magda Marczuk took to the stage, their intensity stood out amongst the other models and I expected them to keep stomping down the aisles of the theatre and out the door. But Vogue isn’t just a fashion show, it’s a supremely intricate showcase of dance as well. Amidst the impressive performances, I found myself almost always watching just one dancer — Laura Rae Chiasson. When everyone was extending an arm or pointing a toe, her ligaments went that extra inch to create an exquisite moving picture. It’s no

wonder she was in every single dance number, or at least every number that stood out in my mind. Even the music exemplified the show’s two-fold theme well. Choices like Psy’s “Gangnam Style” delivered the modern feel, while a remixed version of Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans” gave the perfect soft and classic feel to the catwalk. As the show came to a close with the traditional final cast bows to Madonna’s “Vogue,” I was totally in awe of the work being done by students. It almost makes you feel like striking a pose yourself. Vogue’s Victoriana: Rebels and Revolutionaries is at the Grand Theatre tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

Victoriana: Rebels and Revolutionaries was the theme of this year’s charity fashion show.

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Return game

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Gaels receiver Alex Carroll strives to rebound from a devastating injury B y N ick Faris Assistant Sports Editor It starts in a dark room. Third-year Gaels wide receiver Alex Carroll stares solemnly into the camera. He talks over a progression of piano chords echoing in the background. His voice is shaken, but determined. He’s nearly three weeks removed from a devastating knee injury, facing major reconstructive surgery and months of rehabilitation. “I’ve been dreading that kind of injury my whole football career,” Carroll said in the nine-minute video, uploaded to YouTube on Nov. 22. “It was definitely tough — those first few moments when you realize it’s all happening. “Afterwards, you sort of realize that these are the cards you’ve been dealt, so you just have to move forward with what you’ve got.” The video is the first in a series of four, recorded in the months following Nov. 3 — the day Carroll tore his ACL, lateral meniscus and medial meniscus in a playoff game against the Guelph Gryphons. After catching a second-quarter kickoff, Carroll ran 14 yards See Runback on page 23

Third-year Gaels wide receiver Alex Carroll tore his ACL on a kickoff return on Nov. 3 in Guelph. After undergoing reconstructive surgery seven weeks ago, he’s aiming to return for Queen’s first regular season game on Aug. 25.

Women’s Hockey

Sixth place by narrow margin Gaels suffer three consecutive one-goal losses at national tournament in Toronto B y S ean S utherland Staff Writer TORONTO — CIS nationals were filled with heartbreak for the women’s hockey team. On the national stage last weekend, Queen’s fell just short in each of their games, finishing sixth in the country. All three losses came by only one goal, though the games themselves

CIS

Legends lead way at championships

were very different. Queen’s started the tournament off on the right foot in their opening game against the St. FX X-Women, thanks to Brittany McHaffie’s goal 2:50 into the first frame. The one-goal difference persisted through two periods of play. “[Defensive pressure] has been part of our game all year long,” head coach Matt Holmberg said. “We’ve had a strong forecheck [and] there were some good things that were happening on it in this game.”

St. FX eventually capitalized four minutes into the third period, forcing overtime. The X-Women’s tying goal appeared to have been kicked in, but after a discussion the officials ruled the goal would stand. St. FX’s Taylor Dale scored the game-winner 7:55 into the extra frame. “St. FX is a good, solid team,” Holmberg said. “It was a close, exciting game. Unfortunately we came out on the wrong end.” In their second game against the Calgary Dinos, Queen’s came

Decorated veterans turn from Team Canada to Canadian university hockey B y N ick Faris Assistant Sports Editor TORONTO — Canadian women’s hockey icons were in direct competition at CIS nationals. The Calgary Dinos and Toronto Varsity Blues — two of Queen’s opponents at last weekend’s CIS tournament — featured multiple veterans of Canada’s national women’s team. The silver-medalist Dinos boast legendary forward Hayley Wickenheiser — widely considered to be the greatest women’s hockey player of all time. She’s played for Canada since 1993 and previously suited up in a Finnish men’s league. Calgary’s coaching staff also features two standout former players — head coach Danielle Goyette and assistant coach Kelly Bechard. Former Canadian forward Vicky Sunohara coaches the host Varsity Blues, along with assistant coach and current national team

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member Jayna Hefford. As players, all five were instrumental to the development of Canada’s national women’s program. Since 1990, Canada has won 10 of 14 World See Icons on page 22

out flat, falling behind 4-1 after two periods. Gaels forwards Courtenay Jacklin and Morgan McHaffie scored midway through the third frame to cut the goal deficit to one. With 12 seconds left, Chantal Morais’ power play marker sent the game to overtime. From there, Calgary forward Iya Gavrilova replied with a power play goal on Karissa Savage to hand the Gaels their second straight overtime loss. Holmberg said a team motto was a force behind Queen’s third-period resurgence. “One of the mottos of this team throughout the year was ‘hustle and heart will set us apart,’” Holmberg said. “That’s why they stayed in [the Calgary game] — because of the hustle and heart.” In the fifth-place game, the Gaels fell 2-1 to the UBC Thunderbirds, despite out-shooting them 25-20. For several Gaels, it was their final game played in a Queen’s uniform. Fifth-year captain Kristin Smith talked about the team’s emotions following their season finale. “There [were] a lot of tears. They’re still flowing. It’s pretty emotional for everyone,” she said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the team ... and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

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Cricket Students seek approval for cricket intramurals next term.

Women’s hockey Queen’s dropped three straight one-goal games last weekend, including a 5-4 overtime defeat to Calgary (bottom photo) and a 2-1 loss to UBC in the fifth-place game (above photo).

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Varsity Power Rankings

Winter squads weighted Hockey teams bookend rankings; basketball demonstrates playoff potential B y Peter M orrow Sports Editor 1. Women’s Hockey OUA Champions. 6th at CIS championship. This team was truly complete. Under cool and composed head coach Matt Holmberg, the roster featured a handful of on-ice leaders. Fourth-years Brittany and Morgan McHaffie led the scoring charge with linemate Taryn Pilon, but Holmberg had no issue rolling four lines most of the season. On defence, there were simply no weak links. Fourth-year Katie Duncan was the team’s defence point-leader with 22 and Alisha Sealey led OUA rookie defender scoring with 16. Collectively, Queen’s gave up the fewest goals against in the OUA, with 43 in 26 games. The two goaltenders, Mel Dodd-Moher and Karissa Savage, rotated each game for the entire season, including playoffs. They were the toughest tandem in the league — no other two goalies played an equal amount of games and combined for 10 wins each. The Gaels out-gunned the Western Mustangs 5-4 on Mar. 1 for the championship series sweep. It came down to the dying seconds before Queen’s claimed their second OUA title in three years. At the CIS championships in Toronto last weekend, they finished a disappointing sixth out of six teams. It took three one-goal losses to put them out of medal contention — two losses coming in overtime. There’s no reason to doubt this team will be strong for years to come under coach Holmberg. Depending on who graduates, another championship is within reach. 2. Men’s Basketball

5th in OUA East. 10-10 regular season.

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Men’s basketball finished 10-10 this season, up from 2-20 last year.

Men’s basketball was the biggest surprise of 2013. Head coach Stephan Barrie compiled an altogether new cast, swiped the slate clean and finally won some games. Somehow, he turned last year’s 2-20 disaster into 10-10 this season. It began with the addition of former Carleton player, 6’4” forward Greg Faulkner. In his third year of eligibility, Faulkner led Queen’s by example: averaging 19.9 points per game, he was third-best in the OUA. The first-year add-ons were equally impressive, following Faulkner’s suit with stand-out offensive play. Guard Sukhpreet Singh averaged 12.2 points in the season, scoring 22 in his first-ever OUA playoff game. Roshane Roberts averaged 10.7 points per game, and both logged substantial playing minutes. The team went 9-3 to start the season, including a 96-87 win over the Lakehead Thunderwolves — the eventual CIS national silver medalists.

The losses soon followed when the Gaels faced the Ottawa Gee-Gees and the unstoppable Carleton Ravens. After Faulkner suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of a 106-64 loss to Carleton on Jan. 19, the team’s offense was severely lacking. If Faulkner can remain healthy next season, the men’s basketball team could make a much deeper playoff run. 3. Women’s Basketball

5th in OUA East. 1-1 playoffs. A first-round win bodes well for next season. The Gaels upset the Ryerson Rams 86-64 in the OUA East quarterfinal, followed by a 70-40 loss to the first-place Ottawa Gee-Gees. It was an important win for the Gaels, who’ve been a perennial middle-of-the-pack team for years. In 2012 they were fourth in the standings; they placed fifth this year. The season was also a relative success for a team with no fifth-year players and six first-years. Abound by injuries, several players that would’ve otherwise been limited saw the floor. Fourth-year co-captain Sydney Kernahan is the only player unlikely to return. Third-year guard Liz Boag was named an OUA East second-team All-Star, and there are several younger players on the rise. Among them is second-year forward Jenny Wright — she earned praise from Wilson and teammates for a few stand-out performances this season. She averaged 11.7 points per game, including a 17-point performance in her only playoff game against Ryerson. With a healthy, more experienced roster, Dave Wilson’s group could shine in the next few years. 4. Men’s Volleyball 4th in OUA. 11-7 regular season. Coming off an OUA title win in 2012 and a fourth place finish at CIS nationals, only one starter returned this winter. For Brenda Willis’ 26th year as head coach, it was expected to be a challenge. But the Gaels’ system under Willis is such that bench players step up following the departure of star players. The performances of outside hitters, second-year Mike Tomlinson and third-year Philippe Goyer, were among the best in the OUA. Both finished in the top 10 in points per game. Their play-makers made even bigger impacts. Fifth-year setter Jackson Dakin, the Gaels’ captain, was named Dale Iwanoczko award winner for 2013, recognizing excellence in volleyball, academics and community involvement. He was also named an OUA first-team All-Star. First-year libero Ivo Dramov started slowly, but solidified a starting job with the Gaels. The Plovdiv, Bulgaria native was eventually named to the OUA all-rookie team. Before the season began, Willis said the goal was simply to make playoffs. At Christmas, with a 6-3 team record, that goal became a loftier “top-four finish or higher.” This was the first year in a new era for men’s volleyball. The same core has at least two more seasons together, and they’ll be looking for more than a top-four finish. 5. Women’s Volleyball

4th in OUA. 12-6 regular season record. Back in November, a first-round playoff exit wasn’t part of the plan for head coach Joely Christian-Macfarlane. For a while, it seemed like a championship repeat was within grasp. The Gaels were riding a nine-game win streak with an overall

record of 11-2 by late January. Those near-perfect results went awry come February. As soon as the Gaels faced top sides — namely, the Ottawa Gee-Gees and York Lions — losses piled up. The remaining five games resulted in four losses, preceding a forgettable playoff campaign. The fourth-place Gaels were upset 3-1 in Men’s hockey mustered only JournaL FILE PHOtO their own building by the fifth-place Toronto 76 goals, good for 17th out of 19 OUA teams. Varsity Blues. On a team with proven Unlike last year, injuries didn’t derail championship-calibre talent, the their chances. end-of-season struggles were hard to The Gaels hovered around .500, regularly explain. Following a 3-0 thumping by the splitting their weekend double-headers. Until Gee-Gees on Jan. 28, co-captain Katie February, Queen’s was only four points Neville suggested it was on-court errors that outside of fourth place. hurt most — not the Gee-Gees’ play. But they couldn’t muster a win against Across the 17-player roster, there’s any top-four team — UQTR, Carleton, a healthy balance of older and younger McGill or Ottawa. Nor could they beat the players. Co-captain libero Shannon Walsh sixth-place Nipissing Lakers, who’ve been a and OUA first-team All-Star outside hitter perennial nuisance for Queen’s. Colleen Ogilvie won’t return next season, Their top forward trio of Kelly Jackson, but they were the sole fifth-years. Tyler Moore and captain Corey Bureau Outside hitter Brett Hagarty was named showed flashes of brilliance, but ultimately to the OUA all-rookie team, headlining a underperformed. Gibson relied instead on confident group of up-and-comers. “depth” — four balanced forward lines, all After the home opener in October, coach expected to chip in when possible. Christian-Macfarlane said this team was no In the end, Queen’s 76 goals in 26 longer an underdog. It seems unlikely to games ranked 17 out of 19 OUA teams. change at least for the next few years. Defensively, Queen’s 87 goals-against total put them eighth overall, thanks in part to fifth-year goaltender and former OUA 6. Men’s Hockey All-Star Riley Whitlock. 7th in OUA East. 10-11-7 regular season. Whitlock played over 1,400 minutes and placed second in the CIS in saves. Without It’s been seven years without a single playoff him next season, better offensive production series win for head coach Brett Gibson. is a must. Ranked seventh, they fell 2-0 in their first-round series with the second-place Carleton Ravens.


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2013 CIS Women’s Hockey Championship

Cricket pitched Students aim for new intramural league B y Peter R eimer Staff Writer

Gaels captain Kristin Smith breaks in alone on St. FX netminder Katie Greenway.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY WRAP-UP Gaels downed in overtime in first game at nationals After three tight periods and nearly eight minutes of overtime, women’s hockey came up short in the opening game of the CIS Championships. The Gaels fell 2-1 to the second-seeded St. FX X-Women, losing with 2:05 left in overtime after X-Women forward Taylor Dale potted a loose rebound. Queen’s goalie Karissa Savage stood tall for the Gaels, stopping 39 of the 41 shots she faced to earn Queen’s player of the game honours. The Gaels’ usually stellar power play went 0-5, failing to convert on a crucial man advantage in overtime. “We might change the personnel a little,” Holmberg said. “I don’t think we’re planning on anything drastically different.”

Queen’s suffers second straight overtime loss A second straight overtime loss ended Queen’s push for a national medal. The Gaels lost 5-4 to the Calgary Dinos at the CIS women’s hockey national championships, despite a furious third-period charge. After trailing 4-1 with 11 minutes left in regulation, the Gaels stormed back to tie the game at 4-4, before a power play goal in

overtime from Dinos forward Iya Gavrilova gave Calgary the win. Despite falling behind early, the Gaels kept battling for a win the entirety of the game, even when it looked out of reach. “As long as there’s time [on] the clock and breath in their lungs, they stay to it and don’t quit,” said Gaels head coach Matt Holmberg. “I’m proud of the way they stayed positive.”

Gaels finish sixth at nationals Women’s hockey’s dream season came to an end in the fifth-place game at nationals. The Gaels came up short in their final game of the year, losing 2-1 to the UBC Thunderbirds. Queen’s finished in sixth place overall. All-Canadian centre Morgan McHaffie sat out the game due to an injury she suffered in yesterday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Calgary Dinos. The Thunderbirds’ defensive style limited the Gaels’ scoring chances, as Queen’s players found themselves pinned up against the boards and unable to get shots on net. “Sometimes when there are those grinder-type games, those are tough to play against,” Gaels head coach Matt Holmberg said. “We’ve got experience playing against teams like that in our league, so it wasn’t anything overly unusual.” — Sean Sutherland

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Pool A Results Game 1 — Mar. 7 Montreal Carabins 1 Toronto Varsity Blues 0 Game 2 — Mar. 8 Toronto Varsity Blues 5 UBC Thunderbirds 4 Game 3 — Mar. 9 Montreal Carabins 5 UBC Thunderbirds 3

Pool B Results Game 1 — Mar. 7 Calgary Dinos 4 St. FX X-Women 0 Game 2 — Mar. 8 St. FX X-Women 2 Queen’s Gaels 1 Game 3 — Mar. 9 Calgary Dinos 5 Queen’s Gaels 4

Medal Round Results Championship Game Montreal Carabins 3 Calgary Dinos 2 Bronze Medal Game St. FX X-Women 3 Toronto Varsity Blues 2 5th Place Game UBC Thunderbirds 2 Queen’s Gaels 1

Final Standings 1. Montreal Carabins 2. Calgary Dinos 3. St. FX X-Women 4. Toronto Varsity Blues 5. UBC Thunderbirds 6. Queen’s Gaels

Cricketers have recently made their presence known on campus. Last Sunday afternoon, an important step was taken toward forming the first recreational cricket club at Queen’s. Undergraduate students Sudman Khan and Nadif Ahmed, in conjunction with Duane Parliament, coordinator of intramurals and summer recreation leagues at Queen’s, organized an afternoon of cricket matches at the PEC to gauge student interest. Khan said the turnout was beyond what he expected. “Without [Parliament] there would be like 20 people maximum, but when he helped us form the registration page, we got a response of around 110 people,” Khan said. “Queen’s has been really responsive and helpful, and I would really like to thank Duane for helping us get this together — without their help, gathering so many people wouldn’t be possible.” Khan and Ahmed said they hope to see an intramural league start this fall, which would require about 50 players, with as few as seven or eight cricketers per team. Using the intramural league to scout for talented players, a club team of around 11 players could be formed. McGill, Carleton,

Waterloo and Toronto have clubs that compete in both indoor and outdoor matches. Normally played outside, cricket can easily be adapted to be played in a gym. To keep it safe on Sunday, the games were played with a taped up tennis ball. “The actual ball is a wood and leather ball — harder than a baseball,” Khan said. “The [gym] floor couldn’t handle it, and you have to wear pads and stuff to protect yourself, so tape-tennis was the best way to go.” Khan and Ahmed were among some of the more experienced players at the PEC on Sunday, but there were varying levels of talent present, including first-timers. Ahmed said playing the sport requires quite a bit of practice, and the better players come from a real cricket background. “[A lot of us] have been in both Canada and our respective countries — like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh ... [countries] very much into cricket,” Ahmed said. “If you’re living in one of those countries, it’s going to get to you, just like hockey in Canada.” Although hockey may be more popular in Canada, cricket has a long history in North America. The first ever international cricket match was played between Canada and the US in New York in 1844 — Canada won.

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Championships and claimed three of four Olympic gold medals. “The experience we got playing for the national team, playing for so long together — it’s a friendship you’ll never lose,” said Goyette, who suited up for Canada from 1991 to 2007. “We wish each other good luck, but at the end of the day, if we have to coach against each other, we’re going for a win — we’re still competitive.” Goyette and Wickenheiser played together for Team Canada for 13 seasons. Their partnership was reignited in 2010, with Wickenheiser joining Calgary as a player under Goyette’s leadership. Wickenheiser was a First-Team All-Canadian this season, a year after helping the Dinos clinch their first-ever national championship. “I played a long time with Hayley — I think we respect each other,” Goyette said. “Sometimes, it might be easier because I know her — how she reacts under pressure, how she’s going to respond to a little thing, which buttons you have to push as a coach for players to get going.” Wickenheiser and the Dinos didn’t face Toronto at this year’s championships, but Varsity Blues coach Sunohara said she would have relished such a matchup. “Having played with [Wickenheiser] for so many years,

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Calgary Dinos forward Hayley Wickenheiser scored a goal and an assist against Queen’s.

we’d try to shut her down,” Sunohara said. “[Calgary would] be a tough team to play, but I wanted to play them, just because of all my friends that are with that team.” Sunohara followed Goyette to the CIS in 2011, joining the Varsity Blues as head coach after 18 seasons with the national team. She said the parity of CIS play appeals to fans, players and coaches alike. While Toronto was ranked fifth in the OUA at the end of this year, they automatically qualified for nationals as tournament hosts, eventually placing fourth in the country. “We go to every game not knowing what the outcome is going to be. The hockey just keeps getting better,” Sunohara said. “Anybody that’s come to watch this week is really, really impressed. “To me, it’s just as exciting as a World Championships.”


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upfield, dug his right foot into the turf — and felt his knee give out. “I’ve watched it on film a bunch of times, and it almost looks like a nothing play,” Carroll said earlier this week. “Whether it was a twisting motion or whatever, as soon as my cleat stuck in the ground, my knee just popped, and I was down.” Four and a half months removed from the runback in Guelph, Carroll is back on his feet — but the recovery is just beginning. He underwent surgery on Jan. 23, starting a rigorous rehabilitation process that typically takes eight months to complete. Queen’s first regular season game of 2013 is scheduled for Aug. 25 — just over seven months after the operation. “It’s frustrating because it’s such a slow process, but in the grand scheme of things, the season is still a long way away,” Carroll said, adding that his rehab is already two weeks ahead of schedule. “I feel like if I just keep working hard, everything’s going to fall into place.” After spending an idle month on crutches after surgery, getting his knee back to game shape is Carroll’s top priority. So far, he’s returned to the weight room and started running in water, performing basic exercises to

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restore quad strength. He hopes to start jogging in the coming weeks. “Part of me wants to just get after it and do everything, but you have to hold yourself back a bit, since it’s sort of a dangerous stage in the rehab,” he said. “I’m [following instructions], but trying to progress as quickly as I can.” Carroll is hoping that his comeback will coincide with a resurgent year for Gaels football as a whole. His injury occurred early on in a 42-39 overtime loss to Guelph, sealing Queen’s premature exit from the playoffs. After falling in two consecutive OUA semifinals, nothing less than a conference championship will suffice.

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“It’s pretty much Yates or bust for us,” Carroll said. “We’ve kind of underachieved to what I think we’ve been capable of these past few years. It seems like the guys that really want to get it done are stepping into those leadership roles.” That ambition is evident in the most recent additions to Carroll’s video log. In a clip posted on Jan. 28, five days after surgery, he smiles to the camera, outlining the first rudimentary steps of his return to football. Carroll’s latest video, dated Feb. 25, is mostly upbeat. A steady drum riff has replaced the forlorn piano. He speaks at length about the mechanics of his injury and the road ahead. “I still have a lot to prove as a football player,” he said. “With every great setback, there’s a chance for a great comeback.”

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Learning to build a stable bond The Queen’s Equestrian Club takes student riders to the outskirts of Kingston for riding lessons B y J oanna P lucinska Editorials Editor I had to become a woman to understand why so many little girls love horses. I never identified with the stereotype. Growing up, I was always baffled by my friends’ love for the animals. I found horses scary, and my only trips to stables had been muddy and dirty — why would someone enjoy this so much? I asked myself the same question when I visited DreamCatcher Farm this past week, giving me the chance to revisit my childhood prejudices. Located in Inverary, a half-hour drive from campus, the Farm brought back this childhood association with the animals. The overwhelming smell of the barn and the mud weren’t completely unfamiliar. But, in interacting with the students in Queen’s Equestrian Club, it became clear to me that farm life doesn’t faze the riders. What draws them to those outskirts of Kingston is their relationship with horses as they seek an escape from their day-to-day stresses. Tara Russell, ArtSci ’13, has been riding horses since she was six years old — a hobby that she nurtures by taking lessons at Maple Lane Stables, one of the other barns in Kingston, and leasing a horse for twice-weekly free riding. “It’s the best getaway from the school life. You just get to come out to the barn and this is completely different than being in the ghetto … it’s relaxing,” Russell, a member of the Queen’s Equestrian club, said. Instead of thinking about school assignments and grades, these students can instead work on a different part of their lives at the stable.

It’s undeniable that the sport is dominated by females. On that Saturday alone, I couldn’t help but notice all of the people taking part in the lesson were young women. Samantha Britton, ArtSci ’13, who’s been riding since she was nine years old, said that this is a result of the social norms surrounding the sport. “I had a lot of female friends when I was a kid who loved horses and that encouraged my interest in horses,” Britton said. She does insist that men take part in the sport. Britton said some join the Equestrian Club, which organizes riding lessons on the weekends for about 40 to 50 members. Horseback riding is also well-known for being a more expensive pursuit than many other sports. As a member of the Queen’s recreational club, a semester of eight group lessons with about three to six people costs $272.50. It’s a price that Britton finds reasonable, however, given her love for the sport. “People who’ve been in the sport for a long time, it’s what we consider to be a part of our identity. We are completely obsessed with horses. We choose to continue doing it because it makes us happy,” Britton said. Even after she leaves the club this year, Britton has no intention of giving up the sport. “I think that riding is going to be, barring any injuries or any severe money problems, a lifelong sport for me. There are ways to ride even if you’re short on money. There are always people who need horses ridden and you can help them out.” Her love for horses comes across clearly as she interacts with Blossom, the horse she’ll

The Queen’s Equestrian Club, totalling 40 to 50 members, organizes lessons for student riders.

be riding that day. While patting her affectionately, she explains the importance of building a cooperative and nurturing dynamic with any horse. “You’re not going to do anything aggressive but you want them to respect you because they’re such big animals,” Britton said. “And when they respect you, they feel safe and then everyone’s happy.” Building that connection with the animal is a complex process however. Britton took me through the many steps that riders have to take before they even get on the horse. The whole process requires attention to detail and an understanding of what makes the horse comfortable. Menial things can make all of the difference. For example, the placement of the saddle is crucial. If it’s too far down the belly, it’ll prevent them from breathing properly. It’s also important to clean out the bottom of their feet, as lodged-in rocks can hurt the hooves.

Tara Russell, ArtSci ‘13, takes her horse Cass through a jumping exercise at DreamCatcher Farm last Saturday.

Keeping all of these steps in mind, it took at least 20 minutes to prepare the horse before the rider even got in the saddle. The intuitive understanding and respect for the animal becomes most apparent, though, once the rider is on the horse. It quickly becomes clear that horseback riding isn’t just about following a few simple steps — it’s about feeling out the horse and understanding which motions make it comfortable while coaxing it in the right direction. Carol Bisaillon, owner and riding coach at DreamCatcher Farm, is an expert on this skill. I watched as she coached the advanced class, made of members of the Queen’s Equestrian Club. What looked like a bunch of horses walking in a circle to me was a far more detailed, nuanced performance for Bisaillon. She understood how each squeeze and each pull affected the horses differently depending on their character and training. Bisaillon graciously offered to give me a lesson of my

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own — something that turned out to be a little more complicated than expected. The horse I was riding, Marshall, was tired and kept ducking his head. It made it far more difficult for me to direct him with the reins. As the girls explained to me later, he’d already been ridden twice that day, and is trained to duck his head to rest it after the strain of exercise. The horse intuitively knew what was best for him — I was dealing with an animal whose resolve was stronger than any of my paltry attempts at controlling him. It was with Bisaillon’s help that I was able to control Marshall. She walked me through the motions to coax him through our simple walking and trotting routine, with the expertise of a well-trained coach. She has been cultivating her eye and expertise for many years to teach riders how to better understand and work with horses in these sorts of circumstances. This intuitive understanding comes from years of riding experience and a strong passion for the sport. Bisaillon, who started riding when she was eight years old, quit her corporate job to dedicate her life to running the farm. Her passion comes from her belief that horses can have a therapeutic effect — something that she hopes will form the future backbone of her business. Bisaillon said she believes this forms the foundation for humans’ deep love of horses. When her uncle died, it was her horse that reached out. “As I was taking him out [for a ride], he knew,” she said. “He had his head on my shoulder the whole way out. “When you have those underscores and you know that the horses do connect, then that really, really shows you that, okay, there is something there.”


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