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Weather disrupts Wind delays Grease Pole, Shine Day plans B y Vincent M atak H olly Tousignant Journal Staff

Tokyo Police Club headlined the mystery Frosh Week concert; Yukon Blonde and Born Ruffians also performed. For the full story, see page 11.

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First-year students and Orientation Week organizers faced disappointment on Saturday when several Frosh Week activities, including the Grease Pole event, had to be postponed due to inclement weather. Parts of Kingston received up to 50mm of rain Saturday — over half of the average amount the city usually receives for the entire month of September. Gusts of wind reaching up to 78 km/h and a risk of thunder storms led to the postponement of the events until the tentative date of Sept. 22, depending on weather reports and booking confirmation. “We just kind of collectively See Their on page 6


Accommodations a priority during Frosh Week In-person and online accessibility training available for orientation leaders from all faculties B y A lison S houldice Features Editor The Orientation Roundtable has provided Frosh Week leaders with additional training in the hopes that they will be better prepared to deal with accessibility issues. This year, approximately 50 Frosh Week leaders from various faculties signed up for an opt-in accessibility training session, which extends on the basic mandatory online training traditionally provided for all faculties. According to Head Gael Aanjalie Collure, 2012 was the first year Arts and Science Frosh Week leaders, Gaels, were directly notified of any special accommodations needed by their frosh. The information was provided confidentially to them prior to Frosh Week. “In previous years it would have been the responsibility of the Gaels to find out from the first years telling them about it … or

we would train them to try to ArtSci ’13 said. read the vibes they were getting if Many orientation weeks at there was one person who wasn’t Queen’s involve numerous physical participating as much,” Collure, components, leaving some to

feel excluded. When Justine Fehr’s Gaels put up 50 photos online from Frosh Week, she noticed she

was only in one of them. Fehr, ArtSci ’13 missed a significant portion of her Frosh Week due to See Training on page 3


Suicide prevention Community event aims to erase stigma B y R achel H erscovici Assistant News Editor

Photo by Tiffany Lam

Attendees at World Suicide Prevention Day in Kingston were invited to write inspirational quotes or poems on a banner.

Yesterday marked the first observance of World Suicide Prevention Day in Kingston. The event was hosted by the Kingston branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Confederation Park, and was geared toward the entire community with a goal of educating and spreading the word about suicide prevention and

mental illness stigma. “We want to get the message out there that it’s okay to talk about suicide,” said Cynnimon Rain, CMHA Kingston volunteer coordinator. Rain said her own husband took his own life in 1995, an event that those around her were reluctant to talk about at the time because of the attached stigma. Seventeen years later, she’s seen some of this stigma lifted, thanks See Suicide on page 6


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Digitizing dinosaurs Queen’s-developed software improves the storage and accuracy of digitized dinosaur specimens B y H olly Tousignant News Editor Researchers in the School of Computing are often at the

forefront of new technology and innovation, but one group’s current project is downright prehistoric. A group of students ranging from undergraduates to

post-doctoral fellows have helped create software that compresses and stores digitized dinosaur bones. The technology aims to lead to more accurate casts of dinosaur specimens, such as the ones shown in museums. PHOTO BY aLI Zahid The team of seven developed Junhui Long, MSc ’13, wrote the software that repairs the the software for Research Casting holes in the 3D scans of the dinosaur specimens. International (RCI), one of the largest sources of dinosaur specimens often comprise very was one of 14 to receive funding. Since receiving their initial specimen exhibits in the world. large digital files, which can be grant, RCI subsequently received The software compresses the data difficult for RCI to distribute. He said the software he and a $62,000 grant from the National and fills in the holes that are lost the team of students developed Research Council to hire three during scanning for RCI. RCI President Peter May said compresses the dinosaur fossil more students and continue when you scan something that data in the same way an MP3 the project. Junhui Long, MSc ’13, was has a rough surface, like dinosaur compresses an audio file. “We compress [the dinosaur responsible for writing software specimens, you end up with shadows that lead to holes in the specimen data] to about 25 to 30 that repairs holes in the mesh, model and prevent 100 per cent of per cent of its original size,” he said. which are created when the scanner The project was enabled by a “can’t see behind corners or little the object from being scanned. The software Queen’s developed has $50,000 grant from the Federal nooks and crannies,” according hole-filling capabilities, which help Economic Development Agency to Rappaport. Long said he enjoyed putting for Southern Ontario (FedDev), fix this problem. “The scanning is making the the money from which went his skills to use on the project. “Before I went to Queen’s, I mould and then we have 3D toward hiring students. FedDev partnered with Queen’s thought I would do something printers and routers which make the cast, which becomes the hard to provide up to $750,000 to theoretical,” he said. “It not only support agreements between requires knowledge from academic copy,” May said. The project, which began the University and small- and studies, but from practical in spring 2011, is led by David medium-sized businesses, such as knowledge and it’s very exciting.” Rappaport, computing professor Trenton-based RCI. This project and associate dean in the School of Graduate Studies. C orrection “The data we have are meshes Students’ tuition doesn’t cover the Tricolour Express’s deficit. — that’s like a wire frame digital Incorrect information appeared in the Sept. 7 issue of the Journal. The description,” Rappaport said, Journal regrets the error. adding that the museum-quality

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Feature Training mandatory by law for leaders

This year was the first that Arts and Science frosh group leaders were informed of special accomodations needed by their first-year students before Frosh Week began. Continued from page 1

her condition. At age 16, she was diagnosed with a chronic pain condition and had an internal pain pump inserted into her body that regulated the distribution of the medication. Although not visibly disabled, Fehr feels pain on a daily basis and also deals with intermittent flare-ups. The pain pump, which is located in her spine and abdomen, creates physical limitations that barr her from taking part in certain activities. Fehr encountered many physical challenges during her Frosh Week in 2009 that impeded her ability to fully participate in each event. “When we were doing the Shinerama stuff in the gym on the bleachers, I ended up having to just excuse myself because standing on bleachers that are bouncing while everyone’s cheering … it’s really uncomfortable,” she said. During residence orientation, the ban on bringing bottled water into the stands left her in a difficult situation. “I had thought ahead and brought all my water because I had to take my meds and didn’t know before I got to the stadium that we weren’t allowed water bottles,” she said. “So it got dumped, and I had no money and no way to take my pills.” Although these events took place three years ago, she still remembers how some of them left her feeling excluded. Seeing the photo album her Gaels posted was “disheartening,” she said, since she felt many members of her frosh group didn’t recognize her as part of the group. According to the Orientation Roundtable (ORT), a form is distributed to incoming frosh and

NEWTS before Orientation Week, which allows them to identify any special needs or accommodations during the week. The form is then passed onto ORT members who can arrange special accommodations through Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS). Fehr said she received and filled one of these forms before Frosh Week began, however when she arrived the first day of orientation, it was clear her Gaels knew nothing of her illness. “I don’t know if that was a lost in transit sort of thing. They didn’t seem to have any idea of what I was talking about.” While her Gaels responded positively and did their best to accommodate her needs, the nature of the activities themselves was beyond what they could change. Since she had been diagnosed several years earlier, Fehr wasn’t cautious about telling her frosh leaders about her pain, but this may not be the case for all students. “I know if I had been a year or two younger coming into school, I probably wouldn’t have been comfortable enough to tell my Gael about it. The fact that my information wasn’t passed on from the Roundtable to my Gael, it would have made a huge difference in that scenario.” According to Hannah Davis, director of IT services, accessibility and sustainability for ORT, faculty planning committees take part in accessibility training, but it’s not mandatory for frosh leaders to take part. “Training your [frosh] leaders about accessibility is less important [than orientation committees], because at that level, they’re not planning things,” Davis, PheKin ’14 said. ORT guides each faculty’s

orientation committee to plan events to be as accessible as possible, but they don’t have a say in how they end up. “We’re not there to tell [each faculty] what to do or anything like that. We’re just a resource to help them,” she said. Going through Disability Services rather than ORT or ASUS helped Courtney Weaver, ArtSci ’14, get comfortable prior to Frosh Week.

ended up having “toI just excuse myself because standing on bleachers that are bouncing while everyone’s cheering ... it’s really uncomfortable.­

— Justine Fehr, ArtSci ’13 Weaver, who has mild asperger’s syndrome, contacted Disability Services before Frosh Week. They arranged to have her meet her frosh leaders beforehand in order to quell her worries. Once informed, she said they did a good job making this special arrangement for her. “Disability Services was very good about it, but you have to make your request known first,” she said. If she hadn’t had the opportunity to meet her Gaels beforehand, Weaver said she’s not sure the same type of vigilance would have been paid by her Orientation Week leaders. Founder of Queen’s InvisAbilities, Julie Harmgardt,

ArtSci ’12, has concerns regarding the ORT special accommodation forms. “I’m not even sure where those go to be honest. I’m really curious to know if they’re actually taken into consideration. Are they given to the frosh leaders?” ORT was not available for comment on the issue. Harmgardt started Queen’s InvisAbilities in 2009 to raise awareness about invisible illnesses on campus. She herself was diagnosed with arthritis when she was in her second-year at the University. Although she hadn’t been diagnosed when she first came to Queen’s, after her diagnosis she looked back and realized how inaccessible some Frosh Week events were. “A lot of the activities I found with Frosh Week are very physical. They’re based on people running, people sprinting, diving and all these very physical things. There’s no way I could have ever done that,” she said. Running during Commerce frosh events is one of the most troubling activities, she said, as it plays such an integral role in the faculty’s orientation events. “What would we do? That’s all they do all day. They run. So automatically you’re labeled as weird because why aren’t you running,” she said. “Or if you attempt to run, you’re hurting yourself.” Harmgardt said the unsanctioned consumption of alcohol during frosh week can pose a problem for students who can’t drink due to their condition or medication they may have to take, according to Harmgardt. “A lot of people I’ve spoken to say that was one of the most

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awkward experiences in residence,” she said. Because of this, students with illnesses may feel like they need to disclose their condition to people they don’t yet trust, she said. Harmgardt acknowledges that while there’s no simple solution to accommodate everybody, the amount of activities that involve physicality in Frosh Week should be reduced. According to Heidi Penning, Equity Officer at the University’s Equity Office, by law, all orientation leaders must take accessibility training, as outlined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). However the online training may not result in optimal learning, she said. “What we’re hoping to achieve with the online is to pique people’s interest (in accessibility issues),” Penning said. The Engineering Society (EngSoc) requires that one FREC from each frosh group take the in-person training. “We make sure to notify that person if there is someone who needs special accommodations,” EngSoc Orientation Chair Andrew Turvey said. Turvey, Sci ’14, said there is no set accessibility policy for EngSoc frosh events, but they do make special accommodations for those who need them. “We encourage frosh to stay within groups,” he said. “But we do find other constructive ways to get involved, whether that’s cheering or playing a more logistical role for the event.”


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Several first- and second-year Arts and Science courses will join PSYC 100 and GPHY 101 by adopting a blended format. First year film and media (FILM 110), sociology (SOCY 122) and gender studies (GNDS 120), as well as a second-year classics course (CLST 205) have all been redesigned to blend in-person learning with online learning. Professor Sidneyeve Matrix’s Media and Popular Culture class (FILM 240) also uses a blended model, with 700 spaces for each online and on-campus students. On-campus students will attend a weekly lecture, while interactive webinars on Fridays and Saturdays are available for students who choose to take the course online. According to the University, five additional courses will become blended in 2013, including 100level biology (BIOL 102) and calculus (MATH 121).

The deadline for Queen’s community input on a postsecondary education-related discussion paper has been extended to Sept. 20. The paper, “Strengthening Ontario’s Centres of Creativity, Innovation and Knowledge” was released by the provincial government in June. It outlines a number of potential changes to post-secondaryeducation,including three-year degrees, year-round schooling and using technology to promote learning. Four of the eight questions posed by the survey were discussed in consultations between the provincial government, Queen’s and other post-secondary representatives this past summer. Queen’s initially requested feedback by Aug. 31. A web page hosted by the University allows users to provide comments on eight of the paper’s discussion points, as well as general feedback. The discussion topics include yearround learning, entrepreneurial and

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QSoE releases app The Queen’s School of English has created a new app for incoming students of the School. The free QsoE Arrival App guides students through the arrival process, from pre-arrival to on-location. It’s designed to be used by those who are not fluent in English, and includes information about important Queen’s phone numbers, getting around Pearson Airport, visa requirements, local transportation and navigating campus. The iPhone and Android-compatible app is still in the testing phase, but is available for download on iTunes and Google Play. — Holly Tousignant

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Dancing in the lab Students to use interpretive dance to relay scientific concepts in biology competition B y S avoula S tylianou Arts Editor

explaining a scientific concept through dance. This inspired Chen to adapt the idea for his own uses Dance and biology are unlikely at Queen’s. “I watched the video and I partners, but one student is hoping the combination will give thought it was so, so cool,” Chen, his group an edge at an annual ArtSci ’13, said. Chen is a member of the KinetiQ science competition. Kevin Chen, ArtSci ’13, created Dance Crew and the team manager SynthetiQ Experimental Dance, of QGEM, a group that participates a group that aims to explain in a yearly undergraduate synthetic the science behind a Queen’s biology competition. The competition involves Genetically Engineered Machine building and operating their Team (QGEM) project. The idea is based off one own biological systems using put forward by science writer pre-assigned biological parts. and Harvard-based researcher Last year, their presentation was delivered via PowerPoint. At this John Bohannon. He founded the Dance Your year’s International Genetically Ph.D contest in 2008, which Engineered Machines Competition involves Ph.D students interpreting in Pittsburgh, the SynthetiQ team will use dance to explain “concepts their thesis through dance. Last year, Queen’s biologist associated with synthetic biology” Emma Ware won the contest in and their own research, according to the QGEM website. the social sciences category. After watching Bohannon’s A 2011 TEDx video depicted Bohannon and a troupe of dancers talk, which was filmed in Nov.

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Devon Ryan, Sci ’13, is choreographing the dance that the Queen’s Genetically Egineered machine Team will use to compete at the International Genetically Engineered Machined Competiton.

2011 and focuses specifically on using dance to explain biology, Chen got the idea to combine his two passions. “I was like ‘Hey wait a second,


I have this amazing group of researchers going to this conference to present everything and this whole dance thing fits perfectly with our project!’” “Typically teams use animation or 3D stuff,” he said. “It’s a unique aspect to our team so we’re definitely going to be one of the teams to see.” Chen said he hopes to take the SynthetiQ team to wider horizons in the future beyond their partnership with QGEM. “We could dance political or economic concepts. We could even coordinate with professors to see what they’ll be teaching,” he said. Now that the Queen’s team

has their choreographers for the competition, they’re finishing up their recruitment of dancers and expect to bring about eight in total. The dance will be performed as a speaker delivers information over a maximum 20-minute period. Contemporary dancer Devon Ryan is one of the choreographers for the competition piece and he said it was a happy coincidence that the group was started this year. “I went through a small Ted talk obsession in the summer and I saw that one talk and I really loved it,” Ryan, Sci ’13, said. “I was really inspired. As soon as I heard about the research competition, I was excited to try out this dance style.”

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Exploring club commitment issues

Over-enthusiasm can leave students feeling overwhelmed down the road, HCDS director says

B y R achel H erscovici Vincent M atak Journal Staff


Between the annual Sidewalk Sale, Queen’s in the Park and Clubs Night, first-year students are given no shortage of opportunities to explore all that Queen’s extra-curricular activities have to offer. With approximately 270 clubs to choose from, Queen’s is home to the largest university club

community in Canada. For some students, this abundance of options can be almost overwhelming. “I had way too many things I wanted to join and I just didn’t end up joining any of them really,” Isaac Burger, ArtSci ’13, said of his experience during first year. Michael Baker, ArtSci ’16, said he was torn about the variety of activities to choose from at Queen’s. “There were so many options,” he said. “There were a lot of things

‘Their safety is our first concern’ Continued from page 1

determined that it was unsafe for the frosh, which was obviously not what we wanted because their safety is our first concern,” Engineering Orientation Chair Andrew Turvey said. The Grease Pole event requires students to capture a tam from the top of a large pole covered in lanolin, a type of grease similar to hair gel. The decision to postpone the event was announced to first-years on Friday night in an email to all Engineering students, including those that graduated in the spring. “[The first-years] were visibly upset about it, but I think after they climb the grease pole they will realize that it was the correct decision and that it would have been irresponsible and unsafe for us to run it today,” Turvey, Sci ’14, said. He added that organizers were unable to secure a location for another event on Saturday, due to clearance issues and the large size of the frosh group. Queen’s University Historian Duncan McDowall said he’s not aware of organizers of the annual tradition ever postponing the event due to bad weather. “In 1988 the event was cancelled because of the number of injuries sustained while climbing the pole, but there’s no record of it ever being postponed because of the weather,” he said.                                       Turvey said he thinks it happened once in the 1970s. “I believe it was ’74, they went to the Grease Pole site, had the climb, but the weather got bad, and midway through the climb they had to schedule it for later on in the semester,” Turvey said. Planning the Sept. 22 Grease Pole event will require a lot of work, Turvey said, but he’s already well into the process. “We know exactly who to deal with, how to deal with it, we already have several contracts written up, but I’m sure there will be some logistical issues over the next two weeks,” he said. “If there’s a large university event that day, which would draw away Campus Security staff and [Student Constable] staff, that could change it.” The weather on Saturday, the final day of most faculties’ orientation weeks, also led to the postponement of other events

on campus. The Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS)’s Shine Day, which annually raises thousands of dollars for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, was postponed until Sept 22 as well. Students raise money for the foundation on Shine Day through a variety of activities, including a bottle drive and car washes, as well as window and shoe shining. Saturday’s plans included a carnival in Confederation Park. The event is designed for all Arts and Science frosh to participate, which this year numbered around 2,190 students. Aanjalie Collure, Head Gael for ASUS Orientation Week, said organizers aren’t expecting a drop in participation because of the postponement. “Something we strive for is to make sure the spirit of orientation happens beyond the week itself,” she said. “This is the perfect way to do it and we think everyone is excited to have another opportunity after Orientation Week to get together with their groups and participate again.” She said the inclement weather could have been detrimental to raising money for the Foundation had it been held as scheduled, due to the activities occurring primarily outdoors. The event has been postponed before because of the weather, she said. “They are our community outreach where we raise money we wanted to make them as effective as possible,” she said. ASUS Orientation Week organizers also felt the brunt of the bad weather when the tent covering Nixon Field for the ArtSci semi-formal tore in half and blew down the field five hours before the event on Friday, causing the dance to be relocated. “That was one of the scariest moments,” Collure said. “Within five hours we came together and moved the dance to the main gym in the ARC.” The weather also forced the New, Exchange, Woohoo Transfer Students (NEWTS) to reschedule their annual mystery road-trip to Sandbanks Provincial Park on Saturday.

you liked, so it made it easy and tough at the same time.” Fellow first-year, Brittany Moore, ArtSci ’16, Brittany Moore, said her eagerness to get involved with clubs on campus led her to sign up on the mailing list for five different clubs during Frosh Week. “I’m probably going to get tons of emails,” she said. “[But] I want to get as involved as possible.” Sometimes the pressure to overextend one’s extra-curricular involvement can lead to legitimate anxiety. Mike Condra, director of Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS), said students who are unable to cope with their extra responsibilities often turn to HCDS. “We see a lot of students with these issues,” he said. “On the upside, Queen’s offers a lot of different activities for students to get involved, but on the downside there are a lot of activities for students to get involved.”

First-year students are easily drawn to a variety of clubs and may feel like they can’t cope with their commitments down the road, Condra said, adding that students should find a balance between what they can do and what they want to do. “A lot of students feel like they want to fit in with this idea of the Queen’s experience and they end up signing up for more than they can deal with,” he said. “Most students are afraid to say ‘no’ to these responsibilities and we help them deal with that.” Both the Sidewalk Sale and Queen’s in the Park take place during Frosh Week, while Clubs Nights occur on Sept. 17 and 18. AMS Clubs Manager Jeffrey McCarthy said these events encourage first-year students to get involved with their community, adding that extra-curricular involvement is integral to a “well-rounded Queen’s education.”

“It’s a way to build a social network, professional development and it’s really a well-rounded Queen’s experience,” McCarthy, ConEd ’12, said. Sidewalk Sale and Queen’s in the Park target first-year students, he said, but added that he doesn’t think students feel pressured to engage in a level they’re uncomfortable with. “They’ll sign up for more they intend to,” he said, “but that’s just something that happens and clubs don’t expect a 100 per cent retention rate.” McCarthy said what’s important is quality over quantity, and firstyear students’ tendency to over commit to different campus clubs is just an expression of enthusiasm. “The Queen’s experience is all about meaningful commitment,” he said. “Every student should have the opportunity to make one lasting connection through clubs while they’re here.”

Frosh say the variety of clubs to choose from at Queen’s can lead to indecision, but that extracurricular involvement is ultimately fulfilling.

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in large part to Queen’s students, she said. “The youth and [their] open minds bring change and that’s what we need,” she said. The event ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and although it started slow, more people showed up throughout the day to show their support. The event included speakers and performances from local musicians.

We want to get the “message out there that it’s okay to talk about suicide.

— Cynnimon Rain, CMHA Kingston volunteer coordinator

The event organizers hoped to provide a venue for people to share their stories, and help develop a community of support. Participants were invited to fill a banner with quotes or poems and by the end of the day the entire piece exuded notes of hope

and inspiration. close-knit group of friends, she said “It’s just a really great message, he was heavily bullied because of ‘Hope Matters,’” attendee Patricia his perceived differences. Orser said, referring to the “I think his suicide was about event’s theme. figuring it was never going to Orser, a Masters student at change,” Rivera Schaeff said. WHO states that suicide is the Queen’s and a mental health first aid instructor, said it’s important second leading cause of death for to get a conversation going about youth between the ages of 10 to suicide to get rid of the stigma 14 according to WHO. According to the Trevor Project, an American associated with it. CMHA lists Queen’s University suicide prevention organization as a community partner on for LGBTQ youth, almost half of transgender people seriously their website. World Suicide Prevention Day consider suicide at some point and is recognized by the World Health a quarter have attempted it. Driven by the tragic death of her Organization (WHO) as a day to promote “worldwide commitment son, Rivera Schaeff went on to start and action to prevent suicides.” In an anti-bullying campaign. 2011, the day was observed in an She received letters from all estimated 40 countries. over the US from people whose The organization notes that lives had been touched with globally suicide kills almost 3,000 similar struggles and affected by Aiden’s story. people daily on average. “When you feel despair you Two years ago, Kingston resident and attendee Patty don’t necessarily remember all the Rivera Schaeff lost her son Aiden love that’s around,” she said. “No to suicide a month before his matter how awful it seems right now, just hold on, seek help.” eighteenth birthday. Rivera Schaeff said her son, who was transgender, was a charismatic, imaginative, well-loved young man. Despite Aiden’s supportive,


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Editorial — The Journal’s Perspective

“This Defense Fund will inevitably breed further ignorance.”

Religious restrictions


newly-created parent’s group wants access to lesson plans in advance of their children’s classes –— an unreasonable request because of their hate-fuelled rationale. The request was recently delivered by the Parental Rights in Education Defense Fund, a religious advocacy group which claims to represent a beleaguered parent. It’s taking the Ontario school system to court over this issue, with ludicrously wasteful legal fees estimated to be anywhere from $30,000 to $200,000. Knowing what teachers plan on teaching in advance isn’t an outrageous demand. It’s fair for parents to have an idea of what their kids will be learning. However, this particular group’s request is based on hateful, homophobic premises. They want to be alerted of the teacher’s lesson plans in the case that their child will be taught about gay rights or LGBTQ issues so that they can pull them out of class in advance or warn their kids about what they are about to be taught. They argue that, by placing these sorts of issues on their curriculum, Ontario school boards are being disrespectful to those of a Judeo-Christian faith. This is wrong. The school system is merely educating students about one aspect of Canadian society. In teaching children about LGBTQ issues, the system encourages understanding and respect for many cultures, religions and identities in our society, lessons



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which encourage the appreciation of everyone’s differences are a positive way forward. Last year, the Toronto District School Board took a positive step in releasing an anti-homophobia curriculum guide which advised teachers not to notify parents as to whether they’d be discussing gender discrimination or homophobia. By pulling their children out of these lessons, parents will be stunting their children’s understanding of the very society they live in. Especially in Canadian public schools, students will inevitably come from different backgrounds. Our education system shouldn’t teach students to be further divided amongst themselves. It should teach students about the human

rights of others. Teachers who make a point to include messages of inclusion in their lesson plans aren’t brainwashing kids to hate the Bible, or teaching them to disrespect people of a certain faith. Christians have just as much room in society to share their beliefs – why should a small group of them deny others the right to do the same? The premise of this Defense Fund will inevitably breed further ignorance. For this reason, the lawsuit is ultimately a waste of money and a waste of time. —Journal Editorial Board

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ueen’s University’s administration is due to submit comments on the provincial Government’s Discussion Paper on the reform of post-secondary institutions at the end of the month. The document offers a clear guideline for changes to the structures of these institutions, and the administration should support the essence of it. In the wake of recent budget cuts and deficits in Ontario, the province released this discussion paper outlining useful and innovative ways for post-secondary institutions to reform their structures to save money and modernize, suggestions that the administration should take seriously while still fighting to maintain a high standard of quality for students. In a perfect world, all universities in Ontario would have the highest quality of education. They would be able to maintain small class sizes, high levels of student-teacher interaction and give students the best resources available. However, in the current economic climate, some major changes have to be made in order to try and meet these expectations. Specifically, the Discussion Paper’s suggestion to move in the

direction of an online learning platform while still maintaining a high quality classroom environment is a positive recommendation to help universities cut costs. Queen’s has already begun the shift towards online learning in many cases, a trend that deserves further exploration by the University. With the creation of more online alternatives for education and through training professors to use proven, effective online platforms, the school can create a learning model that is more current, more effective and potentially less expensive. Keeping this in mind, there are still many online learning models that don’t work well. A great deal of research and testing needs to be carried out to ensure that quality is prioritized over simply moving to a cheaper online platform. Furthermore, online learning isn’t the only thing that will help Queen’s make up for impending cuts in government funding. It’s an unfortunate reality that Queen’s has to continue being run as a business — an institution that is inherently designed to turn a profit while acting as a service provided to students.

This is the only way that the school will be able to financially sustain the provision of high-quality education. In this kind of model, students are ultimately the University’s primary client. While Queen’s needs to be realistic with their fiscal planning, quality cannot be cut for the sake of good business. The last thing that should be sacrificed in this culture of cuts and austerity is the student’s learning experience in the classroom. Unfortunately, this isn’t the time to expect our University administration to produce an ideal educational model, given the economic climate. The best course of action for the administration in attaining highquality education is to support the spirit of the province’s Discussion Paper in its present form, work to find innovative ways to cut costs through online platforms while still running a financially viable institution.

— Journal Editorial Board

eople are tweeting, but all I’m hearing is squawking. Twitter has the potential to provide many benefits to society, but, if Miley Cyrus keeps tweeting about her haircut, I fear this popular social medium will lose its edge as a useful and convenient resource. Twitter is an efficient tool when tweets are used to provide followers with valuable information. Yet the Twittersphere is increasingly being abused by users and polluted with meaningless self-promotion. If what’s trending reflects our society, I’m a little concerned. Miley Cyrus’ bun — a handle not even managed by the 19-year-old herself — has over 37,000 followers. The top mostfollowed Twitter handles are Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. On the other hand, US President Barack Obama is number six, and The New York Times is at number 66. What tweets did I see trending Monday morning? #embarrassyourbestfriend, #Mention20CutePeopleOnTwitter and #RyanReynolds. The trend is clear — Twitter newsfeeds everywhere are becoming sources for empty jabber and gossip, instead of meaningful information. It’s not that I don’t want to read what people have to say; I think the democratic, unregulated nature of Twitter can be of great value. What I don’t appreciate is when people use Twitter as an open diary — a place to promote themselves and share things about their day that, to be frank, no one cares about. Most people would agree that what Kim Kardashian ate for lunch is less useful, informative or relevant to society than a tweet from Craig Kielburger or David Suzuki. I’m not saying that Twitter should be restricted solely to social or political speak. However, I fear that if this trend toward shallowness continues, Twitter will lose its credibility. This may deter businesses, magazines and services from using the social media tool to connect with their audience, leaving Twitter feeds with empty content. Have an opinion on the presidential election? Witness an act of goodness on the subway this morning? Great, I’d love to hear about it. But please don’t tell me about your bout of the hiccups or your wicked hangover — save it for the pages of a diary. Let’s make Twitter a resource for relevant information — a tool to inform and benefit society and not for mindless, self-centered jabber. Trilby is the Blogs Editor at the Journal.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Opinons — Your Perspective


Persevering prejudice Despite being over a decade since the events of 9/11, North American Muslims continue to face hatred and distrust Farheen Fatima Eleven years ago today, news of horrific 9/11 attacks on the twin towers came to me while I sat in grade 11 history class in my New York City high school. At that time, I had no clue that what had just happened would change the course of history and how people like me would be treated to this very day. There was a sense of confusion and uncertainty as details weren’t clear. Television coverage wasn’t shown to students in order to maintain calm, but there was a sense of gloom in the air. While discussing tragic events of the morning with us, my history teacher noted, “They are saying Palestinians are behind the attacks.” Scanning the classroom, she caught eye of me — a visible Muslim girl wearing a hijab — and quickly added, “but not all Muslims are bad.” On that tragic day 11 years ago today, over 2,600 of my fellow New Yorkers along with hundreds of others lost their lives at the World Trade Centre. Among the victims were innocent Muslims. People of all faiths came together in grief, to call for peace, tolerance and restraint. Political leaders emphasized that Islam and American Muslims were not the enemy. Islamic leaders and organizations condemned violence and terrorism. Many Americans recognized that the terribly misguided actions of a few shouldn’t taint an entire community and reached out to their Muslim neighbours and colleagues to offer support. Yet following 9/11, the number of hate crimes against Muslims, Arab Americans and even Sikhs rose dramatically. An annual report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Nov. 2002 found that there was a 1,600 per cent increase of reported hate crimes against Muslims in 2001 compared to 2000.

Although there was a steady decline in reported hate crimes against Muslims between 2002 and 2008, reported incidents of hate against Muslims have been on the rise since 2009, according to figures released by the FBI and Statistics Canada. One of the early victims of these hate crimes was Rais Bhuiyan, a Dallas gas station attendant of Bangladeshi origin. Ten days after 9/11, he was at work when he was asked “Where are you from?” and shot in the face. Bhuiyan survived — but was blinded in one eye. The shooter, white supremacist Mark Anthony Stroman had killed two others in an attempt to exact revenge for the 9/11 attacks. Bhuiyan famously forgave Stroman and campaigned to have him taken off death row, but to no avail. Stroman was executed in July 2011 after Bhuiyan’s lawyers lost a final appeal in federal court to stay the execution. Although the attacks on the twin towers and the incidents of hate crimes have made many Muslims conscious about their identity, these tragic events have also presented an opportunity to educate others about their faith.

Scanning the classroom, she caught eye of me — a visible Muslim girl wearing a hijab — and quickly added, “but not all Muslims are bad.” Many Muslim groups across North America, including the Queen’s University Muslim Students Association (QUMSA) and the Islamic Society of Kingston have taken concrete steps to build bridges and promote understanding. Greater civic and community engagement, open houses at mosques and joint efforts with our interfaith partners have helped reduce misunderstandings and stereotypes. Luckily, I was never a direct

Farheen Fatima was a New York City student in her eleventh grade history class when the events of 9/11 occurred.

target of hate, but even a decade after the attacks the effects are still being felt. A 2011 Gallup study on American Muslims found that a “significant number of Americans of diverse faiths report distrust of and prejudice toward US Muslims, more so than toward any other major faith group studied.” Signs of that distrust and prejudice are becoming more and more visible as rhetoric against Muslims and Islam heats up. Last month, a man opened fire at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, claiming six innocent lives. Media commentators went to great lengths to clarify that Sikhs were not Muslims — as if shooting Muslims rather than Sikhs would be a bit more justifiable or understandable. Here in Kingston, a Muslim woman had her hijab yanked without provocation at a local grocery store in January. Kingston Police made an arrest in the case in May and charged a local woman with assault.

In 2008, there were a series of hateful anti-Muslim acts here at Queen’s, including defacement of posters, threats and harassment of hijab-wearing women. This was countered by an anti-Islamophobia campaign led by QUMSA and endorsed by 103 individuals, organizations and clubs, including Queen’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor at the time, Tom Williams, the AMS and the Canadian Federation of Students.

Signs of that distrust and prejudice are becoming more and more visible as rhetoric against Muslims and Islam heats up. We all have roles to play in this effort. Since hate and intolerance weaken the very foundation of our society and in the long run affect us all, we have to be the promoters of peace and tolerance as members

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of society. During my first week as a student at the Faculty of Education, I was delighted to witness teacher candidates being taught cultural sensitivity and tolerance. I, along with my colleagues, am learning about equity and inclusiveness in the classroom so that we can nurture our children in a healthy environment where individuality and differences are accepted and celebrated, not feared nor hated. I pray that we never witness tragedies such as the attacks of 9/11 ever again, but if I’m ever faced with a similar situation, I hope I’ll be able to handle the situation more wisely than my history teacher. Farheen Fatima is a graduate of the City University of New York and is currently enrolled in the Teacher Education program at Queen’s Faculty of Education. She moved to Canada in 2006 and now resides in Kingston.

Talking heads ... around campus What do you think of all these new apps for campus services?

“I didn’t know they existed!” Eric MacPherson, ArtSci ’15

“There’s an app for that?!” Moon Oh, ConEd ’13

“I don’t have a smartphone.” Eric Wang, MIB ’13

“I’d go download it right away!” Zoe Scantlebury, Sci ’14

Photos By Terence Wong

“It’s not accessible on my Blackberry.” Kanivanan Chinniah ArtSci ’14

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The backyard illScarlett concert had 130 people out on Sunday afternoon.



illScarlett visits the Ghetto Toronto band comes to Kingston to play backyard gig on Albert St. B y M ark L ouie and S avoula S tylianou Journal Staff The housemates of 356 Albert St. are no ordinary music lovers — when they go to gigs, they bring their musical inspirations home with them. When Juno award-winning band illScarlett played a show in Kingston in February, they had no idea that they would be sleeping on Student Ghetto couches. “What’s the point of spending money on a hotel?” illScarlett drummer SwavPior said, adding that the band was in the mood for an after party. “A bunch of their friends ended up showing up because it’s weird for them. It’s like ‘illScarlett’s at their house’ and people must have been like ‘hell yeah!’ ” Pior said he’s excited to get back to the band’s roots playing living room and basement gigs. “Even though this was a one-off, I’d love to do a cross-country tour of backyards.” For any illScarlett fan in the Ghetto, Sunday afternoon’s backyard concert was not to be missed — even after a hasty rescheduling from Saturday night. The familiar smell of beer traced along the cool breeze as the small concert got started with a crowd

of 130. The 15 people sitting on the roof of the house next door had a bird’s eye view of the concert, earning them a shoutout from the band’s lead singer for having the best seats in the house. Capturing the excitement of the concert, one fan, Cyrus Symoom, Comm ’15 said his friends didn’t believe it when they heard there was a backyard illScarlett concert happening in the Ghetto. “illScarlett is a band I grew up with. They’re the first band I saw live. They’re the ones that convinced me to become a musician,” he said, adding that the band inspired his drum playing. The only audience members who were content to hang back and coolly nod along to the music as they kept an eye on security were the four guys responsible for making the concert happen. Lucas McLaughlin, Sci ’14, is one of those guys. He said illScarlett is the third Canadian band that has slept over at 356 Albert St, adding that his house has become a “band hotel.” “It started last year with Dinosaur Bones. I knew one of the band members and they sent me a message looking for a place to crash and it went smoothly and we had a good time, so we thought we would keep doing

Run Body Run is Holly McNarland’s first album released without the help of a record label.

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things like this,” McLaughlin said. Topanga also opted for their couches when they came to Kingston in March. “We knew Topanga through Hollerado,” McLaughlin said. “I found out my aunt is actually the lead singer’s godmother. From then on, Hollerado’s been like family.” The idea for a backyard concert came up when they were all hanging out after the gig in February, McLaughlin said. “We were talking about campus life and the Student Ghetto and how parties seem to start up everywhere,” he said. McLaughlin said the reason the guys wanted to hold the backyard concert event was because of their love of music. “This just seemed like the best way to share that sense of entertainment that we get from seeing live music with as many of our friends as possible.”


Validation hangover Kingston is one of three stops on Holly McNarland’s tour B y S avoula S tylianou Arts Editor As she poured herself a cup of coffee, Holly McNarland told me the story of the frightening blackout ice storm of ’96. “We were playing at AJ’s Hangar and the power went out,” she said, referring to the defunct nightclub space, which now houses Ale House. “It was a pretty rowdy crowd, but somehow we got everyone to quiet down and listen to us play acoustically.” Sixteen years later, the Juno award-winning singer is back in Kingston with her new album Run Body Run. This is McNarland’s first album without a label representing her. “There’s no programming. The songs are stripped down and not overproduced,” she said. McNarland added that her newest album is her favourite so far. “It’s something that I would buy.”

The new album has a mix of melancholy and upbeat songs and the occasional breakup ballad that makes the listener want to boycott the opposite sex. “ ‘After I’m Gone’ is my favourite song. That was super sad. I was in the middle of a separation with my ex, who was a douchebag, and it was a dark period for me,” she said. McNarland said the album has songs that were chosen from five years of music since the singer/ songwriter took time off to have her two kids, Nege and Coco. “It took about a year to make the album because I didn’t really have child care and my partner works,” she said. Now that the album is done and her kids are in school, McNarland said she doesn’t know what to do with herself. “I just keep walking around the house cleaning,” she said. “And I hate cleaning.” Kingston is one of three stops in three days for Holly and her band

with the new album. “Playing live is my favourite part. It’s the crowds — you end up with a validation hangover,” she said. The last time Holly played a Kingston gig was for her twenty-ninth birthday. “We played with Wide Mouth Mason on my birthday,” she said. “We played Ottawa a few years ago and we didn’t have a Kingston show, but we drove through because my drummer is from Kingston and he took us to this great poutine joint,” she said, later remembering that it was Smoke’s Poutinery. The music industry is no money tree these days, but that doesn’t stop Holly from playing her music. “There’s not a shitload of money to be made anymore, but I haven’t stopped. I’m still gonna keep plugging away at it,” she said. Holly McNarland plays the Mansion on Thursday at 8 p.m.


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Mystery lineup a hit Tokyo Police Club, Yukon Blonde and Born Ruffians surprise the crowd and rock the frosh concert on Friday night

Before Tokyo Police Club took the stage, the frosh in the audience were yelling “TPC! TPC! TPC!”

Yukon Blonde played fan favourites at the frosh concert like “Loyal Man,” “My Girl” and “Stairways.”

B y S avoula S tylianou Arts Editor It’s safe to say few knew the identity of the frosh concert performers when they walked through the gates Friday night. That is, until Born Ruffians let it slip at the end of their set that it was Yukon Blonde and Tokyo Police Club. Cue the stampede. The words barely left the mouth of bassist Mitch Derosier when a mad dash was seen amongst

the frosh spaced out behind the parking lot of Miller Hall. Frosh awaited the headliners to grace the stage, while sing-screaming along to the juvenile lyrics of Skee-Lo’s “I Wish.” The Student Constables at the front of the stage were sporting ear plugs and unimpressed smirks as the Oil Thigh went from front stage to back three times over. The only performer who didn’t look like they were sick of our Queen’s signature mark was Yukon Blonde lead singer

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Jeff Innes who asked the frosh to show him the Oil Thigh one more “fucking” time. “I’m sorry for swearing so much, but that’s how awesome you guys are,” he said. Just when it seemed like the crowd was getting sick of chanting “TPC! TPC! TPC!,” the four guys entered stage right and the crowd went crazy. Lead singer Dave Monks said this isn’t the band’s first time playing a frosh concert, having played the University of Toronto

and McMaster recently. “It’s kind of like across the board, you get pretty good treatment at schools,” he said. The way Graham Wright was jumping around made it seem like he had a strong dose of Red Bull before his performance. He plugged away at his synth with skill and creativity and had the frosh screaming his name by the fifteenth minute of their set.

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After playing old hits like “In a Cave” and new favourites like “Beaches,” the crowd looked more worn out after rounds of fist-pumping and jumping. As the frosh slowly began to dissipate at the end of the night, all that was left in the Miller Hall parking lot was a lingering smell of rum and marijuana.


It’s the devil in the details Exhibit uses 3-D models and texture to create tension B y M ark L ouie Assistant Arts Editor Large, rectangular, surrealist panels are spread over the walls — scenes of vivid multi-colour chaos. The moment I walked into Union Gallery to see Ufuk Gueray,

Martin Golland and Chris Millar’s Strange Reverie, my attention went immediately to a large oil painting that made use of neon greens and blues — Ufuk Gueray’s Plan A. What from a distance appeared to me as a bright and animated exhibit, when held under my

Ufuk Gueray uses strong shades of neon blues and greens in his painting Plan A.

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critical lens, proved to conceal a darker message. Gueray’s strong use of color and visible surface detail set in strange distortions of seemingly familiar situations, like how a racecar track can be disorienting at first. He also makes use of perspective to put the viewer into a state of cognitive dissonance, placing objects in the foreground that confuse the viewer as to what object they’re seeing. That piece soon set the tone of distress and bedlam for the rest of my time visiting Strange Reverie. Walking around the room, I saw a trend in the snapshots of carefully constructed scenes done by Chris Millar and Martin Golland that are either in chaos or about to descend into chaos that reminded me of Salvador Dali. Both Gueray and Golland elect to work with oil on canvas, while Millar’s were sculptures out of acrylic paint. Millar’s sculpture Dave and Becca’s Sunday as the only three-dimensional work stood alone in the middle of the room, looking quite out of place. The piece was a miniaturized scene of two absent people playing

Chris Millar’s Dave and Becca’s Sunday is made entirely of acrylic paint.

a leisurely game of Connect Four on fold out chairs. Not only was Millar’s piece the only sculpture, it was also the only piece that didn’t remind me of destruction, but instead reflected a picture of everyday human life. Dave and Becca’s Sunday seemed still in line, however, with what I began to understand as the main theme of the exhibit — post-apocalyptia and life after the human race. Even in the sculpture, a scene of serenity is given sinister undertones when the junk food picnic items, like the Hickory Sticks and Doritos, are flying around — literally as the chain of Doritos free falling out of their bag are shaped upwards and made into what looks like a helicopter.

photo by tiffany lam

Golland’s Traverse depicts accumulated garbage and waste — the artist constructs detailed environments in stark colours like bleak yellows and deep blacks. Unlike Millar, both Guerray and Golland are drawn towards less direct manifestations of humanity. Their work seems to coalesce into a gritty series of surrealist oil works, highlighted by the bold difference in style of Chris Millar. As I walked out of the gallery, I couldn’t help but think about the post-apocalyptic message of the exhibit, but then my mind went back to the Doritos. Strange Reverie is at Union Gallery until Sept. 21.


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Professor premieres his first opera Queen’s music professor John Burge pens The Auction after ten years of work B y r oSie H aLeS Assistant News Editor John Burge just crossed one more thing off his bucket list. The music professor recently premiered his first opera, entitled The Auction. “I think that all composers have things that they want to accomplish

in their lives and opera is one of those bucket list things that as a composer if you get a chance to do it you want to do it to say you tried,” Burge said. The opera is based on Jan Andrews’ children’s story by the same name. It revolves around the main character, Granddad, having to sell his land after his wife dies and he is unable to farm anymore. The Auction was shown at the Westben Arts Festival Theatre in Campbellford, ON and it premiered on June 30. “What was accomplished in that period of time was just mind blowing. They did really well,” Burge said. Performing in this opera gave Matthew Zadow, ArtSci ’98, a chance to share the stage with his mentor and former professor, Bruce Kelly. Kelly plays the part of Granddad in the opera, and in a series of flashbacks, Zadow plays his

childhood counterpart. “Almost no one ever gets to sing on the stage with their teacher,” Zadow said. Performed in a barn-style concert hall in rural Ontario during the Westben Arts Festival Theatre,

Zadow said that the setting of the opera made it relatable to the audience. “The pain of having to leave the family farm and having to sell the thing that you had hoped to hand down resonated with the people.”

Professor John Burge says The Auction was based on a children’s story by Jan Andrews.

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Become one of the people who makes Kingston work. You are invited to apply to participate on one of Kingston’s local boards, commissions, or citizen committees. On Tuesday, Sept. 25 the City will host a Volunteer Recruitment Information Sharing Event in Memorial Hall, City Hall commencing at 6 p.m. At this event, the public will have an opportunity to meet elected officials and senior staff, and speak informally with Chairs and Vice Chairs and receive formal presentations regarding the Corporate Strategic Plan, volunteerism and committee chair remarks. A question and answer period will follow the presentations. Light refreshments will be served. Although registration is not required, please help us plan this event by letting us know if you can attend by Friday, Sept. 21 by contacting Diane Jackson, Records Clerk, at 613-546-4291, ext. 1375 or

Interested? Apply to serve on: • Arts Advisory Committee • CRCA Lemoine Point Advisory Committee • Appeals Committee • Housing and Homelessness Advisory Board Committee • Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) • Grand Theatre Community Advisory Board • Taxi Commission • Kingston Environmental Advisory Forum (KEAF) • Kingston Frontenac Public Library Board • Kingston Municipal Non – Profit Housing • Kingston Police Services Board • MacLachlan Woodworking Museum Committee • Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee • Municipal Heritage Committee

Deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 28 Find out more and apply to serve at: or contact Kevin Arjoon, Deputy City Clerk, Tel: 613-546-4291, ext. 1262


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Hitting home New baseball coach instills confidence in team ransacked by alcohol sanctions B y Peter M orrow Sports Editor The baseball team is re-equipped after hitting rock bottom not long ago. When Queen’s Athletics suspended 11 veteran players in 2010 for a series of alcohol-related incidents, the program came dangerously close to being cut entirely. The team trudged on last year with only six returning players and went 1-16 in the OUA. Newly-appointed head coach Jeff Skelhorne-Gross played outfield for the Gaels last year, and told the Journal the team was in need of an attitude alteration. “We had a culture of accepting we were going to lose on any given day,” he said. As a result, Skelhorne-Gross brings a cup-half-full attitude to a young but capable group. Only three of this year’s 25 players were on the team in 2010. 12 of 25 are rookies. The Gaels are off to an 0-3 start this fall, but Skelhorne-Gross said this year’s group is noticeably more talented and deeper from last year. “Facing the reality that we’re going to be down fairly often, we have to galvanize guys when that happens and really push them,” he said. Two years removed from a

self-inflicted blow to the program, Skelhorne-Gross’ positive coaching philosophy is an attempt to instill confidence in a rebuilding team. “We’re not going to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak, and we’re not going to dump everything and say it was a horrible game,” he said. When the Brock Badgers crushed the Gaels 23-5 at their season opener at Megaffin Park in Kingston, calling it a horrible game would be an inherent truth for some. For Skelhorne-Gross, “it was a really positive effort purely on the offensive side of things.” As for the Badgers’ 23 total runs in seven innings, he attributed the slaughter to a hot team swinging with confidence. “I’ve never seen an offensive effort like that before, especially at this level,” said SkelhorneGross, who played four years at Binghamton University and played with the Gaels while at Queen’s Faculty of Education in 2011. The top of the fifth inning lasted upwards of half an hour, as the Badgers’ hitters plated 12 runs in a scoring frenzy. Badgers thirdbaseman Evan Baglieri hit two home runs in that inning. “Frankly, we ran into a bit of a buzz-saw,” Skelhorne-Gross said. Second-year pitcher Jeremy McDonald is one of several players on board with new coach Jeff See It’s on page 17

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Skelhorne-Gross’ vision for the revamped baseball program.



Gaels dominate on both sides of ball in tune-up for Western

in Toronto

McPhee sets bar high Total effort B y N ick Faris Assistant Sports Editor Billy McPhee enjoyed the best game of his CIS career in Queen’s 42-16 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks on Saturday night. The third-year quarterback completed a career-high 22 of 28 passes, tallying 333 yards and two touchdowns. He keyed an offensive surge late in the second quarter, which saw the Gaels put up 14 points in just 37 seconds. McPhee was inconsistent in the Gaels’ 2011 regular season matchup against Laurier. He erupted for 362 passing yards, but threw three interceptions and connected on just half of his attempts. This year, he was both efficient and explosive, maintaining possession and picking apart the Laurier secondary for several big plays. “I thought [Saturday] was another climbing game, a learning game,” McPhee said. “As a team, we did our job.” The Golden Hawks held Queen’s in check for nearly 28 minutes on Saturday. Gaels defensive back Justin Baronaitis kickstarted the Queen’s defense pestered Laurier QB Travis See Mustangs on page 15

Eman, holding him to 87 passing yards.

Gaels take four points on road swing B y Peter R eimer Staff Writer


Rookie midfielder Tommy Hong’s first CIS goal helped the men’s soccer team extend their unbeaten streak, with a tie against the Ryerson Rams and a win over the Toronto Varsity Blues on the weekend. Head coach Chris Gencarelli said Hong played two great games against strong opposition. “It was a tough weekend for us,” he said. “But Tommy really showed well, and because of his performance we were able to penetrate forward and create scoring opportunities.” Hong finished a cross from midfielder Nathan Klemencic in the sixth minute against Ryerson to give the Gaels an early lead on Saturday. Armin Tankovic responded for the Rams in the 29th minute, tying the game 1-1. A scoreless second half meant both teams walked away with one point

in the standings. Gencarelli said the game was a confidence boost for Hong. “Nothing really fazes [Tommy],” he said. “If he plays a poor pass, he just keeps going, and that’s what’s going to find him success this year and beyond.” The first half of Sunday’s game See Rookie on page 18


Draw with Toronto raises questions about Gaels’ offensive consistency. PAGE 15


Queen’s dominates Laurier, sets sights to tilt with rival Mustangs. PAGE 16


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Varsity Blues stifle struggling attack Nationally-top ranked women’s team now tied for third in OUA after dropping costly points in Toronto B y J ordan C athcart Contributor

The women’s soccer team gained only one of a possible six points against Toronto in 2011.



Offense has been hit-and-miss for the women’s soccer team during the first week of the season. After coming off a disappointing 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Gee-Gees, the Gaels rebounded with a 4-0 win over the Ryerson Rams last Saturday. The next day, the Toronto Varsity Blues held Queen’s to a 0-0 deadlock. “This whole weekend, we showed no sort of continuity in our play,” said Gaels head coach Dave McDowell. “We are struggling with a disconnect. We are close, but not there yet.” The two games in Toronto were a major test for Queen’s, who entered the season ranked first in the country. The Gaels (2-1-1) currently sit in a tie for third place in the OUA East, at seven points. They trail the undefeated Gee-Gees (4-0-1), who have 13 points. The road trip also tested the team’s chemistry and depth, as star striker Jackie Tessier sat out of both weekend road games. The Gaels controlled the bulk of the play against Ryerson, registering 23 total shots on goal. Riley Filion opened the scoring just before halftime, while Mikyla Kay, Brittany Almeida and Kayla Crnic

added goals in the second half. Starting goalkeeper Sabrina Carew and backup Rachel Burton made a combined five saves in the shutout. Despite the blowout victory, co-captain Chantal McFetridge doesn’t believe the Gaels have consistently performed to their full ability. “I think we had moments where we were really clicking, but we still need to work towards playing well for 90 minutes,” she said. Queen’s managed just four shots on goal in Sunday’s draw with Toronto, a physical contest with minimal offensive flair from both sides. Third-string keeper Madison Tyrell made her first career start, stopping one shot to earn the clean sheet. Filion credited the Blues’ defensive corps, adding that a couple of unlucky breaks late in the game kept the Gaels off the scoresheet. “[Toronto was] very strong defensively, and we had a hard time breaking them down,” she said. Queen’s next action will come on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m., when the Gaels travel to Peterborough to play the Trent Excalibur. The next day, they’ll face the Carleton Ravens at West Campus Field, with kickoff at 1 p.m.


White leads the way

T1. McMaster [2-0]

T4. Windsor [1-1]

T1. Queen’s [2-0]

T4. York [1-1]

Gaels force turnovers, turn defence into offense at Western

T1. Western [2-0]

T8. Laurier [0-2]

T4. Guelph [1-1]

T8. Ottawa [0-2]

T4. Toronto [1-1]

T8. Waterloo [0-2]

B y N ick Faris Assistant Sports Editor An impressive individual scoring effort led the women’s rugby team to victory for the second straight game. Last Wednesday, Bronwyn Corrigan scored four tries in Queen’s 37-0 win over Brock. Forward Taylor White matched that output on Sunday at Western, tallying 20 of the Gaels’ points in a 31-17 win.

Bronwyn Corrigan has helped lead the Gaels to a 2-0 start.

Most of Queen’s scoring punch through the first two games has come from its experienced forward line. Head coach Beth Barz said the team has revamped their offensive attack this season, emphasizing speed across all positions on the field. “[Western’s] game plan was to move us across the field as much as they could — to out-fit us,” Barz said. “Our fitness has been quite good, so that hasn’t been an issue.” White scored two tries in the


game’s first 12 minutes, capitalizing on a pair of turnovers forced by the Gaels’ stringent defence. Queen’s team speed was apparent on White’s final try — a 70-metre sprint to the end zone, which capped off the scoring. Rookie centre Nadia Popov was the only other Gael to score against Western, adding a first-half try and kicking three conversions. Popov also scored a try in the season opener against Brock. “When we recruited [Popov], we knew that she was going to be an impact player for us right from the get go,” Barz said. “She’s just starting to get comfortable with the people around her, and I would think she’s got a pretty bright future ahead.” Popov’s output has helped alleviate the loss of third-year centre Mel Judges, who sustained an ankle injury on Wednesday. Barz said that Judges is expected to make a full recovery, though she isn’t expected back in the lineup for the rest of the season. “We’re pretty deep,” Barz said. “We definitely have a couple players that can step up and fill a void, without really missing a beat.” Queen’s sits atop the OUA East Division at 2-0, having defeated both OUA West opponents they will face this season. The Gaels kick-off divisional play on Sept. 15 against Toronto, with a 1 p.m. kickoff at Nixon Field.

Mustangs up next Continued from page 14

attack with a 40-yard interception return, eventually leading to a short touchdown run from Ryan Granberg. Less than a minute later, McPhee hit receiver Justin Chapdelaine for a 66-yard catch-and-run touchdown, effectively sealing the game before halftime. Several players took on increased roles in the absence of receiver Giovanni Aprile, who head coach Pat Sheahan said was scratched due to illness. Chapdelaine led the Gaels with seven receptions, while rookie Timothy Godber chipped in with the first touchdown catch of his Queen’s career. “That’s what great teams do — guys step up when other guys can’t,” McPhee said. Laurier’s defence zoned in on Granberg, holding him to just 55 rushing yards on 18 attempts. Granberg, the CIS’ defending rushing leader, still found the end zone twice, capping off drives with a pair of three-yard touchdown runs. “He’s a horse for us. We count on him game in and game out

to be productive on offense and he definitely didn’t let us down,” McPhee said. “[Granberg’s] a great player for running backs in Canada to model themselves after.” Despite allowing two late touchdowns, Queen’s defense frustrated the Laurier offense for significant stretches. A week after sacking York’s Myles Gibbon six times, the Gaels’ stingy pass rush limited Golden Hawks quarterback Travis Eman to just 87 passing yards. “The defence played very, very well – no question about that,” Sheahan said. Dillon Wamsley extended his perfect field goal streak, connecting on all four of his attempts. The rookie kicker is currently tied with Granberg and Western Mustangs running back Garrett Sanvido for the CIS lead in total points. Wamsley, a London native, will take on his hometown team next Saturday, when Queen’s and Western meet at Richardson Stadium in one of the season’s most anticipated matchups. The game will be televised live on The Score at 1 p.m.

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Laurier blanked Western looms as men’s rugby starts undefeated B y a driaN s Mith Contributor With a balanced attack and suffocating defence, the men’s rugby team defeated the Laurier Golden Hawks 38-0 on Sunday. The Gaels played their second road game in five days, following a 33-12 win in Wednesday’s season opener against McMaster. The weekend’s win secured the team their first shutout of the season. Head coach Peter Huigenbos said the defensive effort was gratifying after conceding a pair of tries against the Marauders. “We wanted to have a better defensive outing,” Huigenbos said. “We stepped it up a notch as far as limiting the attacking opportunities for Laurier.” Queen’s led 12-0 at halftime off tries by Graham Turner and captain Dan Moor. Turner said the Gaels started off slow in the first half, but picked up the intensity later in the game, particularly in the final 20 minutes. Queen’s continued the shared scoring in the second half, with Colin Greenwood, Tim Richardson, Michael Van der Westhuizen and Marc Van der Wal all scoring tries. Fullback David Worsley, who scored 18 points in the season opener, added four conversions. The Gaels looked dominant in their first two games, despite starting the year without star fly-half Liam Underwood, who began the season on a stint with the Ontario Blues. The team is unsure about Underwood’s status going into their Sept. 22 home opener against the Western Mustangs. The game will be a rematch of the 2011 OUA championship, which Queen’s lost 21-15 at Western. While the team


Michael Van der Westhuizen streamrolls a Laurier defender.

will prepare for the game like any other, Turner understands the significance of facing the Mustangs. “Western’s a special case for us,” he said. “We’re lucky enough to have a bye week to rest a bit from all the training. [The] guys should be more fired up than usual — we all know this is a special one.”

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THE RIVARLY COMES HOME The baseball team went 1-17 overall in 2011. Continued from page 14

The baseball team’s history isn’t a losing one, as they won championships in 2004 and 2005 in the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association, before joining the OUA in 2010. Skelhorne-Gross and his coaching staff were dealt a tough hand after the series of player suspensions, but he’s confident the young team can become competitive soon. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we make a playoff push this year or the year after,” he said, “but, ultimately, it’s up to the players to make that happen, not me.” Three games into their season, the Skelhorne-Gross way has resonated with developing players. Second-year pitcher Jeremy McDonald is


one of several players happy under SkelhorneGross. McDonald pitched six scoreless innings in the Gaels’ loss to Waterloo, before giving up three in the seventh. “He keeps things positive — it’s a great aspect for any coach in any sport,” McDonald said. McDonald was a rookie in 2011, but his brother Stephen was one of the suspended players in 2010. Like his coach, McDonald said what happened that year isn’t even discussed among a group composed of mostly first- and second-year players. “From last year alone, we’ve already made huge steps,” McDonald said. “This year, I see us winning at least one game every weekend, which is a huge change.”

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Rookie steps up Continued from page 14

against the Varsity Blues passed without a goal for either side, but not without incident. Aggressive, physical play to start the game led to a pushing match between Queen’s midfielder Chris Michael and a Toronto opponent, who was standing menacingly over another Gaels player. Michael then went on to score the game’s opening goal in the 60th minute, off a chance created by Hong. Gencarelli said it was great to see the players buying into the team atmosphere. “I would never encourage a player to do anything outside the rules of the game,” he said, “but it’s nice to see that we do stand by one another, and that … everyone’s got each others’ backs.” The Varsity Blues responded 10 minutes after Michael’s goal with a diving header from Mario Kovacevich, tying the game 1-1. In the 78th minute, Gaels defender Matthew Kenny dispossessed a Toronto attacker and played a perfect ball through to forward Eric Koskins, who scored to put the Gaels ahead for good. The Gaels (2-0-1) will take their unbeaten record to Peterborough next Saturday when


David Tom and the men’s soccer team upset Toronto on the weekend.

they play a Trent team Gencarelli said can’t be overlooked. “They’re well-coached and well-organized,” he said. “We really want to make sure we take one opponent at a time.” Sunday’s game will be at home against the Carleton Ravens. Both games are set to kick-off at 3:15pm.

SPORTS IN BRIEF NFl targets Queen’s students

Kicker earns provincial recognition

The National Football League will be visiting Queen’s this week, prior to the Gaels’ September 15 matchup with the Western Mustangs. The league’s NFL on Campus program is slated to visit seven schools in Ontario and Quebec throughout the fall, as part of a marketing campaign to promote CIS football on university campuses. In the week leading up to the game, students will have the opportunity to participate in a flag football tournament and play the recently released Madden NFL 13 video game. Queen’s is the third of seven stops in the NFL on Campus tour. The campaign debuted in Laval on Sept. 2 and visited Windsor on Sept. 8. —Nick Faris

Queen’s kicker Dillon Wamsley has been named the OUA Special Teams Player of the Week for two straight weeks. The rookie from London, ON, has yet to miss a field goal in a Gaels uniform, converting on all seven of his attempts in Queen’s first two games. Wamsley was 3-for-3 against the York Lions on Sept. 3, his longest field goal coming from 48 yards out. He was even better on Sept. 9 against the Laurier Golden Hawks, connecting on all four of his field goal attempts despite rainy conditions. By virtue of being named the OUA Special Teams Player of the Week, Wamsley has been nominated for the CIS Player of the Week award. The winner will be announced on Wednesday. —Nick Faris


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postscript local business

Books breed wonder Wayfarer Books Bought & Sold is in the midst of an uncertain time, but Kingston readers might just keep it alive B y J anina E nrile Postscript Editor If a customer is ever short on change, Walter Cipin lets them buy their book at a discounted price. It’s a move that not many shop owners make nowadays, but Cipin likes to make an impression on first-time customers. Wayfarer Books Bought & Sold has been under his ownership since 1987. Since the 1970s, when the store opened, a near 30,000 books have accumulated on the shelves — and that’s only what’s visible. Cipin, who studied English at the University of Chicago, said there’s tens of thousands of books in the basement, yet to be unpacked. The store is a long and narrow shop sandwiched between the Sleepless Goat and Tara Foods. Its building was constructed in 1807, making it one of the oldest structures in Kingston — a fact made obvious by the floorboards’ creaks. If you’re ever lost behind the stacks, Cipin can point you in the right direction. The owner can usually be found at the front of the store, standing behind a tall wooden counter, pricing books. He sports a salt-and-pepper beard and typically wears a pair of suspenders. Ever the organized bookseller, he keeps pens in his front pocket and glasses right on his nose. Cipin bought the store from his employer after his daughter was born. He said he realized he needed to make a financial

commitment to his future. It was a move characteristic for the man who declined a PhD offer out of practicality and moved to Kingston after growing weary of post-Vietnam America. Over the years, Cipin’s been part of a slowly dissolving industry. There used to be about a dozen used bookstores in Kingston, Cipin said, and that number will continue to shrink. “What can one say?” he said. “It’s the impact of the Internet, especially with e-books.” Still, he remains hopeful. During our interview, he holds up a book called Sex in the Garden — a picture book-sized guide to propagating plants. “A book like this is never going to be on an e-book reader,” he said. “There will be a market for books but it won’t be the dominant market it once was.” According to Cipin, Kingston has potential to be a good location for the development of the book trade. “You have well-educated people with disposable income and a history of 150 years of reading,” he said. “What we don’t have is critical mass. “The population you have here isn’t big enough to guarantee a balance between supply and demand.” Beyond Cipin’s regular local customers, the business relies on people from out of town. Some make the trek to Kingston four or five times a year. “As much as I would like to hope that the local traffic could support this store, there just aren’t

enough of them,” he said. With Kingston’s high student population, it could be assumed that they would be Wayfarer’s main customers. “You would be surprised at how few students come,” Cipin said. “People assume that because all students can read, they’re readers who spend disposable income and time reading outside of their major or outside of their course texts.” According to him, graduate students and younger faculty members do frequent his store. Cipin, who keeps a fairly small book collection at home, said these academics are in the midst of building their personal reference collections. The used book industry, in a sense, depends on young people, he said. As the baby boomer generation retires over the next 10 to 15 years, Cipin said many older books will be available for the younger generations to purchase. It’s the result of many of the boomer generation downsizing as they age. “The question everyone’s asking is: ‘Is the younger generation going to be purchasing books in large quantities with technology existing?’ ” he said. Many used book sellers have found success selling rare copies of books online. Toronto bookseller Atticus Books made the move to online retailing in 2009, closing their downtown storefront to save money. For Cipin, this method isn’t an option. As the store’s only full-time employee, Cipin can no longer afford to hire anyone besides one part-time employee. “We don’t make a lot of money,”

photo by tiffany lam

Walter Cipin has owned Wayfarer Books since 1987.

he said. “My gross annual sales went down by about a third because of the impact of the Internet [in the early 2000s].” Besides lacking time to manage an online store, Cipin said he wants to keep the storefront thriving for his returning customers. “They’re the people who keep me alive and I want them to see my stock,” he said. Cipin calls these customers “enlightened browsers.” “[For] people who come into a store like this — not only is this a bookstore, but it’s a bookstore that requires people seeking an out, people who are explorers, people who are about self-discovery, regardless of who they are.” And in this way, Wayfarer has become a bit of a novelty itself. “Bookstores like this are not as easy to find,” he said. In larger cities like Montreal and Toronto, used bookstores are disappearing because of increasing rent prices in high-traffic areas, he

said. As one of three downtown used bookstores left in Kingston, Cipin said he has his landlady to thank for his business remaining open through the years by not raising his rent over the past two decades. “Downtown has become very gentrified and it’s very expensive to do business here,” he said. “My landlady allows me to remain here on a very modest rent.” Cipin’s humble demeanour extends to his own business. During our interview, he makes friendly conversation with each of his customers. He points them to other bookstores if they can’t find what they’re looking for at Wayfarer. In a world surrounded by old books, Cipin said his favourite part of Wayfarer is meeting new customers from all walks of life. “I don’t get to travel very much,” he said. “The world has to come to me.”

Kingston’s used books If you’re finding it difficult to get your hands on the perfect used copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray, be sure to check out multiple used bookstores. Here’s Kingston’s collection, each with their own specialties.

BERRY & PETERSON BOOKSELLERS Founded in 1976, the store is run by John Berry and Richard Peterson. The former specializes in travel books, while the latter focuses on modern first editions. The store also has a large military history collection. There are over 50,000 books in stock, attracting everyone from English students to book collectors. Wayfarer has over 30,000 books on its shelves.

photo by tiffany lam



Specializing in bestsellers books, Bookland has been been open for around 25 years. According to owner Tom Jacques, there are about 40,000 books in the store with some in storage. The store sees about 40 customers per day, but its west end location means that it gets fewer students than the downtown bookstores.

A family business spanning four generations.,Turk’s has been around for over 100 years. The store specializes in antiques, records, CDs and a selection of a few thousand used books. Turk’s sees between 50 and 100 customers per day, ranging from students to seniors browsing the downtown core.

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