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Sell-out costs students
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A second-year history class has not convened in the past week. Adjunct assistant professor Mike Mason has not attended his class since he announced that students had complained to the history department about terms used in his lectures. According to students enrolled in Mason’s HIST 283, History of the Third World, allegations of racism and sexism spurred from the use of the terms “towel-head” and “mistress.” Mason declined to comment to the Journal due to legal reasons. Tamara Gardner, ArtSci ’12, is enrolled in Mason’s class. She said Mason addressed the class last Wednesday, and since then classes have been cancelled. After Mason spoke about the allegations last week, Gardner said the class had a 20-minute discussion on the topic, with students siding with him and against him. “I think it was definitely taken out of context,” Gardner said. “Racism is one of the issues affecting the third world and it’s what we’re there to study.” Mason also mentioned that this will be his last semester at Queen’s, Gardner said. “I think it’s devastating for him,” she said. “His career, I think, is essentially over.” Department chair of history James Carson told the Journal in an email that the department has policies and processes in place to protect the learning environment at Queen’s. “Regarding the issues raised in this particular case, we are working with the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA,) in accordance with the collective agreement, to determine appropriate next steps,” Carson said. He didn’t elaborate on what steps these would be. QUFA officials couldn’t be reached for comment. Sacha Stein, ArtSci ’12, said she was one of several students who brought concerns about Mason to the history department.
Luke Murray, Sci ’12, wanted to bring his girlfriend to Science Formal this Saturday, but said he couldn’t afford to pay triple the marked ticket price after regularly-priced guest tickets were sold out. “She was pretty upset,” Murray said. After tickets sold out, students used outlets like Facebook and Kijiji to buy, sell and exchange tickets. On Wednesday, Murray tried to sell his own $120 ticket on the Queen’s Engineering 2012 Facebook group because he couldn’t attend the event with his girlfriend. He said he was offered around $220 for it. This weekend, approximately 600 people will attend the annual formal. The event is budgeted to cost approximately $80,000. Separate ticket sales were held for those in the 2012 Engineering class and their guests. In an email sent by Science Formal Convener Emily Haggarty to the 2012 class, she wrote that all Sci’12s who wanted to attend the event were accommodated. Due to fire code restrictions, not all guests were able to receive tickets. Though Murray received offers to buy his ticket, he wasn’t able to sell it because he’d missed the Oct. 29 deadline for ticket transfers. Those who had exchanged tickets were required to confirm the name change, as names are checked for admittance into the formal.
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Hip hop artist B.o.B. performs at the TD Pump It Up Concert last night at Alehouse. See queensjournal.ca for photo gallery.
Decriminalization desired Panel argues the merits of drug legalization B y A lison S houldice Staff Writer Prohibition on drugs in Canada should be reconsidered, says Senator Larry Campbell. Campbell spoke on Wednesday night as part of a panel discussion on drug policy. The event, organized by the Institute of Liberal Studies and Queen’s Students for Liberty drew 50 students and community members to Dunning Hall. Campbell spoke about the potentially negative impacts of drug laws alongside Juan Carlos Hidalgo, the Latin America project co-ordinator for public policy research organization the Cato Institute. Campbell was involved with the 2003 creation of Insite, the first North American safe injection site for drug users in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. He has also worked for the RCMP as a drug squad officer, and was the chief coroner in B.C. Campbell said he remains supportive of safe injection sites for
drug users. steps in. There is no question “650 people inject in [Insite] about it,” he said in his address. every single day. We have never “Our drug laws destroy individuals, had a death,” he said in his address. they destroy families, and they “People do not quit heroin on our destroy communities.” schedule. You can only get them Legalization, Campbell said, that treatment when they are ready makes it easier to regulate the for it.” production and sale of drugs. He Campbell said Canada’s current said drugs should be regulated and drug laws aren’t based on common sold in a similar fashion to tobacco sense. Prohibition, he said, is and alcohol, which would deter directly connected to violent crime individuals from making a profit through gangs. off drugs. “Any drug you prohibit, crime See There on page 6
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New technology helps children with cerebral palsy. page 4
TEDxQueensU director talks about learning. Page 9
Vagina Monologues kept accountable by students. Page 11
Father Raymond de Souza has been the football team’s chaplain since 2004. page 15
A look at North American sushi culture. Page 20
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Friday, November 4, 2011
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AMS vice-president of university affairs Kieran Slobodin says bringing a fall reading week to Queen’s would mean starting school earlier in August.
No plans for fall reading week More universities adopt second reading weeks, but Queen’s has yet to follow suit B y Terra -A nn A rnone Features Editor University of Ottawa students took a week-long break in October for the first time as part of their newly-created fall reading week. Next year, Ryerson students will join the trend toward a fall-term break for university students. Trent University, University of Toronto and University of Calgary also have fall-term reading weeks. Queen’s considered a fall reading week in 2007, when Sivan Nitzan, ArtSci ’09, brought the question to AMS winter referendum, but students voted against the idea. If it had received popular vote, the decision would be non-binding — meaning administration wouldn’t be obligated to follow-through with the students’ recommendation.
Students work “harder at midterms
and finals than they do at other parts of the term ... but that’s just the nature of the term.
— Jonathan Rose, political studies professor “I think that stress is a big problem for a lot of students,” Nitzan told the Journal in 2007. “We can’t keep in line with all of our classes while studying for midterms properly.” Rebecca Coupland, assistant to the University Registrar, said there are no plans for Queen’s to adopt a fall reading week anytime soon. Fall reading weeks typically shorten 13-week terms to 12, a corner that Coupland said Queen’s can’t afford to cut. “Orientation Week is a full week as well,” she said. “Some universities you might know will start class on a Thursday [of Frosh Week] so they get a few more
days of classes.” Coupland also sits on the Senate Committee on Academic Procedures. It dictates sessional dates for the University. She said the potential for a fall reading week at Queen’s hasn’t been discussed by the committee. “Things would come bottom-up from faculties for this,” she said. “And it hasn’t yet.” University Senate can also table topics for discussion. “The Senate Committee is discussing some things this year that relate to student mental health,” Coupland said. “We haven’t been asked to discuss it [fall reading week] yet.” Political studies professor Jonathan Rose said he’s wary of the potential for a fall reading week at Queen’s. “I think shortening it would only affect the curriculum,” he said. Ultimately, students might not benefit from the break, Rose said. “Students work harder at midterms and finals than they do at other parts of the term,” he said. “But that’s sort of the nature of the term.” Midterm feedback from professors is more feasible when they have the opportunity to test students’ knowledge in advance of term finals, he said. “If we were to say there’s too much work around Thanksgiving, the problem would be, as you staggered those midterms to November, students would have no feedback until they pass the drop due date for the course,” Rose said. Almost a decade of discussion went into University of Ottawa implementing their fall reading week this year. The Student Federation vice-president of university affairs at the University of Ottawa proposed a motion for a fall reading week in 2009, but the break didn’t come to fruition until this fall. “ … It will directly improve the lives of our students,” Ted Horton
told the Charlatan in 2009. “From more preparation time for exams and final assignments, to less student stress, it’s a terrific improvement and I’m pleased to be able to bring this change for students.” Ryerson University’s fall vacation was addressed by its student government’s then-vice-president in January. Ryerson’s vice-president of education Melissa Palermo said the decision to implement the fall reading week came from a student call to have extra exam study time and catch up on readings. “When we did the research of how many weeks in a semester, we looked into that and how students would be able to squeeze the same amount of learning in that time,” she said. “We found that we could shorten a 12-week semester and still be able to include all the teaching that went into there.” Palermo said the largest concern for Ryerson’s registrar was ensuring students in the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science could pack in their mandatory term hours in a 12-week condensed semester. “I’d say it’s something successful and something a lot of students asked for,” she said. “It’s something we’re all looking forward to here at Ryerson.” Queen’s students won’t be looking forward to the same break. Kieran Slobodin, AMS vice-president of university affairs, said the introduction of a fall reading week could have a large impact on the student body. “Fall Reading week is a complicated issue visited by Queen’s students in the past,” he told the Journal via email. “While students certainly could use a break from studies, many changes would have to occur to accommodate the extra week in the fall term … Orientation, exams, midterms, and students’ summer earnings would all be impacted.” According to Slobodin,
ArtSci ’12, academic semesters can’t be shortened. This means an added week of vacation would call for the fall term beginning earlier in August. “It’s a complex issue that extends beyond the philosophy of a week to catch up on readings,” he said. Rector Nick Francis said a potential fall reading week has been the most popular issue brought to him since his election on Oct. 26. “My first student meeting was about fall reading week,” Francis, ArtSci ’13, said. “I was really surprised that this is something that students clearly still want.” Francis said heightened stress around midterm season is a reason why fall reading week should be implemented. “Oftentimes, students will sacrifice their class time to focus on their midterms,” he said. “But after their midterms are done, they are actually in a worse place
because now they’re playing the catch-up game and then it falls right into finals.” Francis said time can be allocated from other school breaks in order to support a fall reading week. “They would have to condense Frosh Week,” he said, adding that shortening the winter break might be an option as well. So far, Francis has only brought the issue to ASUS assembly. He said he plans to speak to administration about the possibility of a fall reading week as well. “When you look at the mental health issues we’ve had in the most recent past, maybe it is something that we do need to open up again,” he said. “It also comes up with the concern ... is it just because students want another break? I’m not really sure.”
This year, the University of Ottawa implemented a fall reading week for the first time.
— With files from Janina Enrile
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Virtual therapy for children Video game lets kids with cerebral palsy exercise and socialize B y c atherine o WsiK Assistant News Editor
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011
c o r r e c t i o N An average of 20 terabytes of digital content is available on DC++ daily. DC++ is contained to the internal Queen’s network. Copyright infraction complaints are sent to the University in regards to external file-sharing. Incorrect information appeared in the Oct. 25 issue of the Journal.
these disabilities that make it 2010 when it received its first difficult for them to get involved grant from NeuroDevNet and The Journal regrets the errors. with physical activities like other GRAND — two funding groups Exercise video game Fit ‘n’ Fun kids,” Hernandez, PhD ’14, said. that promote computer-based was created to help children with “They need to have enough physical therapies for neurodevelopmental cerebral palsy simultaneously activity so that they have the disorders. Since then, the project strength to hold their body up as has received funding from exercise and socialize. various sources. A Queen’s team involved in they grow.” The team includes seven doctors The game, targeted at children the program’s development says and teens aged 10 to 18, takes from across Canada and three preliminary tests are complete. Cerebral palsy is a condition that place in a virtual world where Queen’s graduate students in the affects brain function, decreasing players can do things such as Engineering Interactive Systems at motor control. According to the construct buildings and mazes, play Queen’s University (EQUIS) Lab. They are experts in fields ranging Ontario Federation of Cerebral mini-games and fight villains. Hernandez said though there are from medicine to game design, Palsy there are approximately 50,000 Canadians living with other games designed for people Hernandez said. The EQUIS Lab at the with disabilities — including games the condition. Fit ‘n’ Fun is a computer game to help those with auditory or School of Computing focuses on that uses a modified exercise bike visual impairments — Fit ‘n’ Fun collaborative game technologies. He said when designing the game, and hand-held controller. In order is the only game that’s specifically for the game character to move the targeted towards helping children the team held participatory design sessions with eight children with with cerebral palsy socialize. player must pedal the bike. “The big difference with our cerebral palsy every two months. Hamilton Hernandez, a Queen’s “We brainstorm some ideas with student involved in the Fit ‘n’ Fun game is that it is being designed to development, said for children the promote long-term game play,” he them, we get feedback on our ideas, system isn’t just a game but a way said, adding that theoretically the and then we come back to the lab and apply changes to the game,” he game never ends. to get active and make friends. “Kids with cerebral palsy have The project started in late said, adding that some suggestions they applied included a seat belt for the bike. “The kids are completely involved in the design process.” The game is now ready for testing inside children’s homes, Hernandez said, adding that this process will continue for the next year. The game and technologies used by the team are available for free on the EQUIS Lab website. Once the game is ready, players will be able to download the game and purchase the gamer bike online. “The children are really excited,” he said. Though they’re not intending to commercialize Fit ‘n’ Fun, Hernandez said there’s a possibility that private companies could become interested in the photo by CoREy LAbLAns published results. Hamilton Hernandez, PhD ‘14, demonstrates the Fit ‘n’ Fun game bike. The game was developed at the on-campus EQUIS Lab.
CAMPUS CALENDAR Friday, Nov. 4
Monday, Nov. 7
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Flu shot walk-in clinic LaSalle Building 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Lecture: Holocaust - The Paradigmatic Genocide Stirling Hall, Lecture Theatre A 7:30 to 10 p.m.
QSAA presents: Refining Your Dining University Club 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $40 for students
Tuesday, Nov. 8
Thursday, Nov. 10
Lunch & Learn: Healthy Eating in Real Life Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room B176 Noon to 1 p.m. Free
Patients Know Best St. Lawrence College 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call: 613-549-6666 ext. 2358
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Annual conference adopts nomadic theme The second annual TedxQueensU event will take place this Sunday in Convocation Hall B y s aVoula s tylianou Assistant News Editor Since turning 22 last year, Megan Gebhart has had 52 cups of coffee with total strangers and documented the experience on her blog. Gebhart is one of the 10 speakers slotted for the second annual TedxQueensU event to be held this Sunday in Convocation Hall. The event was organized by a group of 16 Queen’s students. Gebhart, a recent graduate of Michigan State University, said she started her project because she likes connecting with people. “I had a strong sense of curiosity and I love meeting new people and getting to know them better,” she said. Of the 52 people she met with, Gebhart said her favourite person was bestselling New York-based author Seth Godin. “He is someone that I really respect … the conversation was just a really meaningful conversation.” The theme of this year’s Tedx conference is nomads. Gebhart said while completing her six-month project, she stayed in 60 different locations, financing her travels through savings and a job with her school’s alumni association.
Getting rest and eating “well and talking about
stress problems before they become critical are all parts of becoming a healthy human being.
— Mark Black, author, marathon runner and motivational speaker
Mark Black, another speaker at TedxQueensU, was born with a heart defect, forcing him to constantly move back and forth from hospitals. In September 2002, he had a life-saving heart and double-lung transplant.
Black said his message is inspired by thoughts he had sitting in a hospital bed wondering how much time he had left. “Life is short and we only get to do it one time and we want to make it count,” he said.
Part of my job is to reach “people who don’t generally hear radical critique. ” — Richard Day, associate professor of global development studies Black said student leadership conferences offer the best audiences. “They’re the students that are A, most receptive to learning and B, most interested in pushing themselves,” he said. Black is a successful marathon runner, writer and motivational speaker. He said that physical health will be a focus of his talk. “Getting rest and eating well and talking about stress problems before they become critical are all parts of becoming a healthy human being,” he said. Ralph Mercer works in the Canadian Defence Academy in Kingston and is an advocate for social media. At the conference, Mercer said he’ll talk about what it means to be a digital leader. “It gives us a tool to be able to communicate on a much wider scale to source information,” he said. Mercer said he decided to speak at this year’s TedxQueensU because he’s a fan of the Ted Talks, a series of videos online with varying topics that are run through TED, a non-profit organization with the mandate to spread ideas. “I usually view one or two or three of them whenever I have time,” he said. Mercer added that he hopes his talk inspires students to take on a leadership role. “[My message] is not to be afraid of taking charge and doing it and getting out in front and being a person who takes charge and
NEWS IN BRIEF construction plans set
face found in scan
Construction of the Isabel Bader Centre An ultrasound of a testicular growth for the Performing Arts is slated to begin showed an image of a ghoulish face, says Dr. before winter. Naji Touma. The centre is slated to open in fall 2013. Touma, from Kingston General Hospital’s It will include preserved walls of the old department of urology, said he’s never seen Stella Buck Building, a 19th-century brewery anything like it before. and distillery. “It doesn’t mean anything,” Touma said. A concert hall, studio theatre, screening “We thought it was amusing so we shared it room and rehearsal space will all be features with our colleagues.” of the centre. Touma said no further research it being A mixture of public and private funding done, as it was purely coincidental. includes $22 million from benefactors Alfred “There is no scientific meaning,” he said. and Isabel Bader. Testicular cancer affects a significant number of men aged 20 to 34, Touma said, — Meaghan Wray and it’s important to keep watch for signs, such as testicular lumps.
Martin Lam, a 19-year-old former Queen’s student, was recently sentenced to 90 days of intermittent jail time for the possession of child pornography. The Whig-Standard reported that Lam’s unnamed female housemate had been searching through the iTunes accounts of other residents and came across a folder labeled “Martin Lam’s CrossWire,” which consisted of pornographic files. Lam dropped out of Queen’s after failing to complete his second semester and was accepted at an unspecified university in his native Ottawa.
— Meaghan Wray
— Meaghan Wray A face is seen in a man’s testicle scan.
gets involved in the community,” he said. Richard Day, an associate professor in Global Development Studies, said he’s one of the few self-designated anarchists working in Canadian universities. “I’ve moved towards movement-based theory, which means, ‘Okay, here we are trying to help, not save or fix this world, but perhaps make a few things a little bit better,’” he said. Day said he doesn’t think the current Occupy movement around the world against global inequality is going to succeed because of a number of flaws. One major debate is over using the term ‘occupy’ because of the historical occupation of Aboriginal land throughout Canada. But, he said he’s hopeful about the
protestors in the movement, because they are building a culture of resistance. “People are realizing ‘Man, the cops really do come in and beat the crap out of us and lie about it later. Wow, Officer Friendly is a motherfucker.’” Day said he was chosen to speak at the TedxQueensU because of how his views differ from the norm. “Part of my job is to reach people who don’t generally hear radical critique, who don’t generally hear about any of the alternatives out there. They want me because I’m shocking and different.”
Larger class this year
Construction for Science Formal is in its final week. The event takes place Saturday night. Continued from page 1
Guests unable to purchase a ticket could put their name on a waiting list. In an email sent out to the Sci’12 listserve on Oct. 21, Haggarty said the event was officially sold out. “If we have anyone state that we are unable to come we will work down the long waiting list,” Haggarty wrote in the email. “The waiting list is long enough already that we will not be adding anyone else to the waiting list.” In the email, Haggarty also wrote that guests aren’t required to be significant others because there’s no way to enforce this rule. “I would really like to encourage anyone who is bring a random artsci friend for fun to realize that this guest is taking the space that could go to (for example) a Sci’12’s girlfriend of 5 years, who has already bought a dress/ book plane tickets to travel to Kingston [sic],” she wrote. Science Formal requires all Sci’12 students to put in 40 hours of labour towards the construction for the event. This year’s theme is ‘Great cities of the world.’ Guests who are also Queen’s students are expected to put in 10 hours, while non-Queen’s guests aren’t required to put in hours. Engineering students can transfer hours to each other, however there is a 50 per cent loss in the number of hours when this occurs. “There is no policy on selling hours,”
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Engineering Society President Derrick Dodgson told the Journal via email. “It would be impossible to enforce any such policy.” Dodgson added that it also wasn’t possible to prevent tickets from being resold at a higher value than the original $120. “Students have been encouraged not to sell their tickets for profit,” Dodgson, Sci ’11, said. At the Clarktion charity auction on Oct. 22, at Clark Hall Pub. Dodgson auctioned off his guest ticket, with the final bid at $900. The proceeds went to the Frontenac Mental Health Services Outreach Centre. He said he’d planned to auction off a ticket before he knew tickets were sold out. “The sell-out occurred before the Clarktion event took place,” Dodgson said. “On the night of, several individuals came to attempt to purchase the ticket for their guests who were unable to get tickets during the initial sale.” Dodgson said the Sci’ 12 class is larger than the average class size in previous years, and that this could explain the higher demand for tickets. Dodgson said next year tickets will be sold earlier in the fall to avoid this situation from being repeated. “Students will also be informed of the chances of tickets selling out during the guest ticket selling sessions,” he said.
Several complaints filed Continued from page 1
“It wasn’t even the comments I was really complaining about, I was more complaining about the fact that we never learn,” she said. Stein said she brought her concerns to the department after Thanksgiving. She said she didn’t feel comfortable approaching Mason directly. “It was just something I didn’t know how to approach,” she said. “I know I’m not the only student who complained. “It wasn’t that he himself was racist or he
himself was doing it on purpose,” she said. “I just felt really uncomfortable hearing certain terms used over and over again in class … I understood that he was trying to teach us the views of the past.” Stein said she doesn’t think she personally instigated anything against Mason. “I was just voicing a complaint,” she said. “I don’t personally think he deserves to get fired,” she said. “At the very least I think he should apologize.”
‘There is no silver bullet’ Continued from page 1
“Say goodbye to gang involvement. The gangs will go somewhere else. They’ll move on to something else,” he said. “When you enact laws, the critical thing should be that you should do no harm. If you stick with doing no harm, you’re heading in the right direction.” Hidalgo spoke about drug trafficking in Latin America. He said the high rate of corruption and influence of drug cartels in Mexico has lead to skyrocketing murder rates. “Mexico is not a failed state,” he said in his address. “But some areas struggle from state failure.” Hidalgo said Portugal is an example of a successful decriminalization effort
outside of Latin America and indicated that decriminalization doesn’t lead to an increase in drug use. “By legalizing drugs, you tax it, you regulate it, and you can impose controls,” he said. “It does not mean you support people doing drugs.” Hidalgo added that the current war on drugs in ineffectual. “When you prohibit something, you make it profitable. You make the criminals run the business.” Though he believes that legalization will solve some problems, Hidalgo said there’s no perfect solution. “Legalization is not a solution to the drug problem,” he said. “There is no silver bullet. It’s always a work in process.”
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endors at the Queen’s Farmer’s Market were notified last month that a new policy prohibits the sale of hot food. It’s a decision that has negative consequences on vendors and risks the market’s future prosperity. In letters sent to vendors, Catering manager John McKegney stated the guiding principles of the Farmer’s Market include supporting local produce — something hot foods fail to do if they use non-local ingredients. Paulina’s Curry Mix is one of the affected vendors at the market, and owner Vipin Kumar told the Journal his ingredients for hot dishes are purchased from local stores such as Tara Foods on
Princess Street. Treats has been exempt from the The ban on hot foods has been policy and is continuing to sell hot stifling to local businesses, with food. Scottie’s uses local ingredients Paulina’s reporting a 40 per cent and so has been allowed to remain drop in sales since the policy was in operation, according to Griffiths. put in place. It’s counterintuitive The Farmer’s Market is a to the market’s support of cherished and valuable part of local businesses. Queen’s, giving students a chance to In a statement to the Journal interact socially and economically yesterday, executive director of with local vendors. It gives a boost Housing and Hospitality Services, to many small businesses. Bruce Griffiths said that a vendor’s The absence of hot food further right to sell hot food is being limits the number of non-Sodexo reassessed with new information options on campus. the vendor has provided. Reducing potential options Other vendors selling cold is something that’s contrary to foods will be reassessed once more student appetites. If vendors prove information has been gathered as they respect the spirit and principles to whether or not there products of the Farmer’s Market, then they should be allowed to sell any food are local. Hot dog stand Scottie’s Street they choose.
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ue to online glitches in the discrepancies on the list, so the Oct. 25 and 26 AMS elections, effect on election results was some students were left wondering likely minimal. AMS commissioner of internal if their votes counted. Even after casting their ballots, affairs Mark Preston reported some students received emails that no more than 100 students reminding them to vote; other contacted him with voting issues. Given the feedback initiative emails told students they weren’t eligible to vote, when in fact system — whereby students with problems have to contact the CIA they were. Most concerning, some alumni directly — it’s uncertain if this is an and transfer students were able to accurate number. These system errors do a vote in the AMS fall referendum and elections for rector and disservice to the voters and lessen Arts and Science Undergraduate their faith in the process. Students Society representatives. are often touted as an apathetic This error resulted from group and this misstep, where inconsistencies in the Registrar’s some votes perhaps didn’t count Office student list which the and others shouldn’t have, reduces Commission of Internal Affairs trust in the system. The eligibility discrepancies (CIA) used as a voters list. It’s the AMS’s responsibility to resulted from lack of oversight. ensure that student representatives The CIA sent the Registrar’s list are elected fairly, but errors have directly to VoteNet Solutions, undermined the democratic process. the company that operates the voting software. These mistakes are unacceptable. The Registrar’s Office told the According to the Registrar, there were a maximum of 25 Journal via email that the CIA was
ocial Impact Bonds could revolutionize the way social programs are delivered in Canada. Here’s the deal: private investors fund the operations of a firm that agrees to achieve a desired positive social outcome. If the positive outcome is achieved, governments pay a portion of the resulting public sector savings back to the firm, which then provides an economic return to its bond-holding investors. It’s a blend of financial and social return that is gaining momentum. Last year, a private British firm launched a program designed to keep recently-released prisoners from reoffending. The program is the first of its kind that sets clear benchmarks for government savings on incarceration costs. A portion of these savings are then funneled back to investors. Opponents of Social Impact Bonds say they’re a risky investment with no proven record of success, and it’s a valid point. Unlike regular bonds, Social Impact Bonds don’t have a fixed rate and are dependent on a social return that’s difficult to guarantee. But if Social Impact Bonds aren’t a sure thing, they come pretty close. There are several reasons to believe these bonds offer a better way to deliver social programs. First, the government only pays for effective services. Private firms and their investors bear the risk for those that fail to reach their benchmarks. Second, privatized social do-gooders have an incentive to create as much social wealth as possible, and as efficiently as possible, since a larger social impact informed “This year’s set of data generates a greater return. Third, any social program may not be as accurate as it has been in the past, since the review would be subject to ongoing and and tidying up of student record intense scrutiny from a diverse anomalies had not yet taken place. body of stakeholders, allowing for This means the CIA failed to shortcomings to be addressed and adequately review a voters list improved upon. If this sounds a lot like a business even after its accuracy was called model, that’s because it is. into question. The reality is that social Preston said that because of the size of the voters list, it’s hard to programs in Canada are often weed out discrepancies and “A lot inefficient and expensive. Charities of it is taking what the Registrar has are even worse; a Toronto Star compiled and accepting it.” investigation from 2002 revealed This reasoning is unacceptable. that one in six Canadian charities Steps need to be taken to ensure spend more on fundraising than on that discrepancies like this don’t actual charitable work. happen. Whether or not it’s an Infusing a private bondholder arduous task, an accurate voters list structure makes these bodies is essential for fair elections. more accountable. If the AMS doesn’t have a With mounting pressures on member list on hand, which would areas like health care and postpresumably function as a voters list, secondary education, Canada needs then that’s an issue in itself. to get serious about Social Impact Greater safeguards need to be Bonds as a cost-saving measure. If put in place to keep errors like this we don’t, public debt levels will from happening again. continue to skyrocket.
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Perspectives from the Queen’s community
Educators have been caught in a rut of consistency and seem hesitant to take advantage of recent innovations.
Inefficient education must evolve
Talking heads ... around campus Photos By Brendan Monahan
Are you growing a moustache for Movember?
Emerging platforms such as the TED conference series and Khan Academy are challenging traditional teaching methods
Ted L ee , A rt S ci ’12 In an Aug. 20 piece in the Wall Street Journal, entrepreneur and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen wrote about how software was, in his words, “eating the world.” In short, his argument was that we’re in the middle of a very real and rapid economic shift in which most industries are being disrupted and transformed into ones based on software — and, more specifically, the Internet. With declining barriers to entry into many of these industries — thanks to commoditized pricing of web technologies and hardware — we’re starting to see a wealth of new platforms that are democratizing learning and knowledge. Think about that for a moment. Thanks to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, all of our relationships are in digital form. It’s also a safe bet that the last movie you watched came from the Internet rather than a physical DVD. Books are headed that way too. Not to mention photography, music, retail shopping and options trading; the list goes on. So where does education fit into this picture? An example that epitomizes how this phenomenon is influencing education is the not-for-profit Khan Academy. The roots of the Khan Academy trace back to 2006, when former hedge fund analyst Salman Khan wanted an easy way to help his younger cousins with their grade school math problems. He began recording short videos of himself explaining the math problems and posted them on Youtube. His videos quickly caught the attention of parents and children looking for similar online help. Five years later, Khan is now changing the rules of education
on a global scale. As of October 2011, Khan has made over 2,400 videos of himself explaining topics ranging from algebra to biology to art history and computer science. Khan and his foundation now have their vision set on “changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.” An ambitious goal indeed, but one that I believe foreshadows much of the change we’ll see in education over the next two decades. Considering this, I feel that sitting in a classroom with 300 other students seems like a rather arcane means for students to internalize knowledge. It seems better optimized for student churn than actual learning. Many universities are catching onto this realization. This semester, Stanford University began offering full-fledged courses in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in online video format, free of charge. It’s a bold move that could pave the way for a revolution in online learning. The Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) global conference series follows a similar vision of spreading knowledge. The premise of TED is to get a large number of passionate, intelligent people together in one room and have them share the issues they are most passionate about. In June 2006, videos of conference speeches began to be posted online. To date, videos from the conferences have been viewed over 400 million times globally. I’m convinced that this model of amalgamated intelligence galvanizes ideas and manages to create something in which the sum is greater than its parts. To this end, there was a great piece of research done by University of Toronto neuroscientist Kevin Dunbar who wanted to understand where these epiphanies of inspiration and so-called “Eureka” moments come from. What he did was observe a number of scientists, taking note of every small intricacy of their job. It didn’t
“Yes, because it’s manly.” Ben Plazzotta, PhysEd ’14
Student organizers address the crowd at last year’s TEDx QueensU conference at Convocation Hall.
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matter whether they were sitting in front of a microscope or having a conversation with a colleague at the water cooler — he recorded it all. What he found was fascinating. It turned out that almost all major breakthroughs came not during the individual lab work but in the collaborative discussion that emerged at weekly meetings in the conference room with other scientists, when everyone shared their latest findings and the problems they were having. Events like TED achieve the same effect. The conference brings together a multi-disciplinary group of academics, students and people together to create discussion — a surprisingly rare event at the university level. So how — and why — should we apply this model to our current higher-education system? PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is famous for his stance on what he calls the higher-education bubble. “It’s basically extremely overpriced. People are not getting their money’s worth, objectively, when you do the math,” he stated in a Jan. 20, 2011 interview with National Review. Thiel also discussed students’ rationale for attending university
or college, claiming, “There’s this sort of psycho-social component to people taking on these enormous debts when they go to college simply because that’s what everybody’s doing.” My stance on the state of the education system isn’t quite as polarized as Thiel’s, but I think he makes a valid point. Personally, I’m more of the belief that educators have been caught in a rut of consistency and seem hesitant to take advantage of recent innovations. And I think that’s opened the doors for educational tools like the Khan Academy and TED to fill these inefficiencies. Schools like Queen’s have started to implement online learning initiatives, but simply allowing students to stream lectures or post discussion topics online isn’t enough. A predictive approach requires building a framework from the ground up that’s tailored to take advantage of emerging tools. I suggest we take a cue from TED and the Khan Academy if Queen’s hopes to remain current and a leader in its approach to education.
Supporting design and interactive teaching were key objectives of this facility: there are no traditional lecture theatres but rather flexible and novel learning spaces to encourage active learning and design practice; there is a Design Studio which was laid out to simulate professional design space, including powerful workstations loaded with a wide range of engineering software; across the hall is a Prototyping Centre with conventional machining equipment and state of the art rapid prototyping machines, in addition to extensive table space and tools specifically intended for “hands-on”
student use to build their designs; throughout the ILC are forty-two group rooms dedicated to, and bookable only by, undergraduate Engineering students from all years of Engineering to encourage team-based working sessions; and of course, as the author noted, extensive extra-curricular team design spaces with adjoining offices, also in support of student design activities. The first year of the Queen’s Engineering program has, since the mid 1990s, included the unique, award-winning course APSC 100 “Practical
“No, I can’t grow a moustache.” Ryan Sless, ArtSci ’14
“Yes, but I’ve got to shave soon for my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary.” Preston Steinke, Kin ’11
“I’m thinking about it.” Rami Maassarani, Sci ’12
Ted Lee is director of the TEDx QueensU conference.
Letters to the editor Design taught in Applied Science Re: “Re-engineering Queen’s” (Oct. 28, 2011). Dear Editors, The “Re-Engineering Queen’s” article published in the Journal on Friday, Oct. 28 offers the author’s opinion, but presents no evidence to support his claims. In fact, had Mr. Wesley-James done his research, he would know that Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) is
leading the way amongst Canadian engineering institutions in terms of evolving engineering education, including design and other skills for professional practice. The photograph of the Integrated Learning Centre (ILC), Beamish-Munro Hall, embedded in the article, presents an ironic twist to the author’s theme. The ILC, a world-renowned facility built to support the philosophy of Integrated Learning, was in fact a direct result of the efforts of a dedicated team of engineering faculty, administration, and external volunteers and advisors, that began in the mid 1990s.
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“No, I’ve never done it.” Sam Linds, Comm ’13
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engineering Modules,” with a full term team-based design project. design has been embedded in many courses through the middle years of the various engineering programs, but for those students who seek a more intensive design program, the elective “Multidisciplinary design stream,” consisting of aPsC 381 “Fundamentals of design engineering” and aPsC 480 “Multidisciplinary design Project,” has been offered since 2005. since its inception, many engineering departments have allowed students to substitute aPsC 480 in place of their departmental “final year project” in order to allow students to experience a full-year multidisciplinary industry-based design project. In the spirit of continuous improvement, at a Feas faculty-wide retreat on the topic of curriculum development in the summer of 2009, the first of six “guiding principles” established was to provide at least one course in design and Professional Practice in every year of every engineering program. a faculty-wide curriculum steering committee, as well as multiple topic-based sub-committees, were struck immediately following that retreat, and they are delivering on schedule. In 2010-11, the first year aPsC 100 course was re-structured to include more design and profession practice skills, and in turn aptly re-named “engineering design and Professional Practice 1.” In september of this year, with tremendous team effort, the second faculty-wide course in that series, aPsC 200/293 “engineering design and Professional Practice 2” was rolled out. Created from the ground up and based on definitive learning objectives and Canadian engineering accredidation Board (CeaB) graduate attributes, this second year offering incorporates a unique facultydepartmental hybrid course delivery with a total of three design projects and extensive active learning workshops in design process, communication and professional skills. the committees are continuing to work toward the third and fourth years of this “spine” of courses. there is further evidence that Queen’s is serious about excellence in engineering education. since 2003, the Feas has invested significant funding and resources to support the natural sciences and engineering research Council of Canada (nserC) Chair in design engineering and the duPont Chair in engineering education. With funding provided through these Chairs, Queen’s was the first in Canada to support graduate research in engineering education within the Faculty of engineering and applied science, graduating the first Master’s student in 2007, and another five students to date. Queen’s is also taking the lead in responding to the Canadian engineering accreditation Board’s new “graduate attributes” accreditation criteria, and is one of the only engineering schools in the country to have a full time director of Program development. to facilitate the future of engineering education, the Feas has been working tirelessly towards the construction of a new engineering building that will be known as the Centre for Innovation and Global engineering, designed to support collaborative and innovative research, design, and teaching practice. there are many all-encompassing statements made by Mr. Wesley-James, most without evidence or personal professional engineering experience to support the claims, and while the “dialogue” section of the Journal may be an opportunity for an author to present personal views, it is truly unfortunate that a full page entry was not fact-checked for accuracy. a quick look at the “Feas strategic Framework 2012” on the Queen’s website would have been enough to point out many of the inaccuracies. regardless of this period of very tight budgets, the reality is that Queen’s Feas has been and continues to be one of the leaders in the evolution of engineering education in Canada. For well over a decade there
Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has undergone significant changes since the mid-1990s to increase focus on design, collaboration and hands-on learning, professor David Strong says.
has been steady progression towards an optimized educational opportunity for all of our engineering students that balances the mathematics and engineering science fundamentals for which Queen’s is widely recognized, with creative design skills for innovation, and the professional practice elements of communication, regulatory compliance, and societal responsibility. there is no need to begin “re-engineering” at Queen’s. It has been ongoing for many years. David S. Strong, P. Eng Professor and NSERC Chair in Design Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
New GPA system will work dear editors, several recent articles published in the Journal have implied that little thought or attention has been given to the impact of the new grading scheme on students. In the Faculty of arts and science, at least, this is not the case. the impact of the new grading scheme on our students has been a central concern from the day it was passed by senate. the Faculty of arts and science made an in-depth study of the impact of the new grading scheme, analyzing over 20,000 student academic records. From the beginning, our goal has been to implement the new grading system in a way that is transparent, fair and results in the same outcomes as would have occurred under the old grading scheme. after much consultation with both students and faculty, this approach culminated in a completely revised set of academic regulations passed unanimously by the arts and science Faculty Board (a body on which there are some 30 undergraduate student representatives) in october, 2010. one of those regulations is that all arts and science students with a GPa of 3.50 or greater in the academic year are placed on the dean’s honour List, not 3.70 as is implied in your oct. 28 article, “senate decides to keep GPa system.” this threshold is exactly that proposed by senator Morelli in the article. It is also important to remember that while much debate seems to have centered about the upper end of the grading scale (e.g. the dean’s honour List), it is even more important to ensure informed academic decision-making at the lower end (e.g. probation or requirements to withdraw), as for students in these categories the stakes are much higher. students with a GPa of less than 1.60 are placed on academic probation, and will be required to withdraw if they remain below this level for more than one academic year. this and several other important thresholds were publicized on the arts and science
website well before the GPa system came into effect in May, 2011. the Faculty will continue to monitor academic outcomes over the next several years, bringing any recommended changes to Faculty Board for review and approval. In her oct. 13 editorial, “GPa Goes Wrong,” Meaghan Wray implies that instructors will continue to grade in percentage terms and then directly translate these percentages into a letter and grade point based on the scheme approved by senate. While it is certainly true that historical percent grades will be treated this way on the transcript, it is by no means clear that this is how instructors will choose to evaluate students going forward. In order to guide instructors in their grading practices, the Faculty of arts and science has provided a number of tools. the first of these is a set of grade descriptors, laid out in the Faculty’s academic regulations. these descriptors not only provide a benchmark for instructors in describing an
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expected performance standard in a single course, they also describe the consequence to a student’s overall academic record of continued performance at that grade level across several courses. the Faculty has also introduced a Policy on Grading, focused on means of maintaining transparency and fairness in grading methods, record keeping and communications. this grading policy leaves open the option of providing feedback solely in the form of letter grades. Both the grade descriptors and the grading policy were passed, again unanimously, by the Faculty Board in october 2011. I would hope that as we move forwards in the new scheme that all interested parties will continue to engage in constructive and informed debate on grading practices. J. Hugh Horton, Associate Dean of Studies, Queen’s Faculty of Arts and Science
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Arts Venerating Pablum is the final play of Vogt, got funny, A?, showcasing two trust fund artists who are about to release their newest creation on the Ontario theatre scene. For a photo gallery see page 14.
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Vogt A plays get provocative The student-run theatre, Vogt Studio, premieres four one-act comedies exploring social issues B y M arcin M azur R usak Contributor This year Vogt gets funny, tackling themes of religion and homosexuality through mature and irreverent comedy. Vogt’s first production of the year, Vogt, got funny, A? is made up of four one-act plays. Web Confessional, the Badger and the Star, Jimmy the Antichrist and Venerating Pablum tackle a wide range of humour from satire to gross comedy. Vogt Studio puts on a series of one-act plays three times a year with support from the Queen’s drama department. Past plays have been more experimental, but Vogt, got funny, A? uses conventional humour. Web Confessional is a satire of Internet culture and sets the tone for the show with alcoholism, adultery, masturbation and murder. Two couples search for online relationship advice, and encounter seductive Sister Priscilla. Writer Devon Jackson’s wordplay brings the laughs in this production. Though the dependence on the
medium of video chat slows down the pace of the play, it compensates with a confident and comical satire of religion, showing Sister Priscilla indulge in lubricant and alcohol. The black humour of The Badger and the Star is skilfully conveyed, but its composition is overly ambitious for a one-act play. While tamely confronting problems of love and class, the atmosphere of the piece is hindered as the beautiful star played by Alex Mundy remains prostrate, acting more as a distraction than contributing to the action. Her immobility is excusable as a thematic device, but an alternative visual performance would have been more effective. Jimmy the Antichrist discusses homosexuality and religion in a hilariously ironic performance. Staged as a sitcom of an idealized suburban family, the audience acts as the boisterous studio audience. The studio laugh track will likely be drowned out by real laughs, as Jimmy returns home from college with a flamboyant companion. Despite all-too-familiar clichés such as musical theatre and show tunes,
New, not Nashville New Country Rehab revamps old style country songs with rock undertones B y C aitlin C hoi Assistant Arts Editor Toronto band New Country Rehab’s brand of country music channels the Americana version of Radiohead meets Motorhead, with a Hank Williams influence. At least that’s how the band’s double bass player Ben Whiteley describes them. Whiteley said the original intent was to rehabilitate old country music — spurring the band’s name. “We take old time country
music, old appellation themes,” he said. “Love, loss, regret, all those kinds of themes and then we modernized the music. We’re not going for that Nashville top 40 sound.” Their self-titled debut album, released in January, features Hank Williams and Bruce Springsteen covers as well as original songs inspired by the same artists. The first track on the album, “Angel of Death,” is closely based on the Williams’ song of the same name. Whiteley is the son of See Rock on page 14
the piece successfully explores concerns of sexuality in society. Venerating Pablum is the comedic climax of the evening. Ronald and Djulio are two trust fund artists about to release their latest masterpiece on the Ontario theatre scene. Their witty antics go as far
as a musical lamentation of large tumours protruding from female genitals — epitomizing the elitist culture that surrounds abstract art. With subtle self-deprecating jests, the drama unfolds into one of the best plays of this production. If the farcical depiction in the
second half is a glimpse of things to come, then Vogt is headed in a provocative direction. Vogt got funny, A? plays tonight and tomorrow at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Vogt Studio in Carruthers Hall. Tickets are $4.
Introducing Down There A production to replace the Vagina Monologues aims to be accountable to the community B y A lyssa A shton Arts Editor This year, there will be no Vagina Monologues. Instead there will be Down There. Last year the production began branching away from Eve Ensler’s monologues with the addition of Revulvalutions. The cast performed the Vagina Monologues in the first half of the show then presented original material written by the Queen’s and Kingston community. This year’s directors Anoodth Naushan, Farheen Alim and Beckham Ronaghan wanted to create an original production that reflected the performers’ experiences. “It’s a way of having the production be representative and often accountable to the community,” Naushan, ArtSci ’12, said. “It becomes more natural when these monologues are coming from people’s partners, people’s friends.” The directors choose the name Down There not only for its playful connotations, but because it’s more representative of the production. They said names Vagina Monologues and even Revulvalutions were problematic because they implicate the female body in the definition of womanhood. “They ’re really vagina-centric,” Alim said. “It’s more about people’s experiences
in general rather than their sexual organs.” Naushan said they love the empowering message of Vagina Monologues, but felt constrained by its contractual requirements. Ronaghan said that in past productions of Vagina Monologues,
they had to promise to perform 12 required monologues and were able to select six monologues from a list. “They’re sort of the indigenous woman’s monologue, the Muslim identified who wears a head scarf, See Righteous on page 14
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Farheen Alim (left), Beckham Ronaghan (right) and Anoodth Naushan (not pictured) hope Down There will be more representative of the Queen’s and Kingston community.
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Old country for folk men Liquorbox brings back true country music covering songs from Johnny Cash and Hank Williams B y a lyssa a shton Arts Editor Kingston-based Liquorbox defines themselves as true country — unlike Taylor Swift or Lady Antebellum. “The stuff you hear on corporate radio called country music isn’t country music because it isn’t for the people, it isn’t by the people,” acoustic guitarist and vocalist J.T. Wisteard said. “It’s basically business men and women writing songs for business men and women in order to make money. “Being a roots music, being a folk music, country isn’t about that at all, it’s not about big business.” Wisteard said even though they consider themselves a country band, Liquorbox has diverse influences. “I would say it is country music,” he said. “We draw a lot as
well [from] our backgrounds and our influences. All of us coming from punk rock scenes or metal scenes, you know just heavier music scenes — we do inject that sort of attitude and energy into the music.” Liquorbox frequents as the Toucan Pub’s all-night band. Wisteard said the type of show they’re playing dictates the music. “If we’re doing a night where we have bands supporting us, or maybe we’re supporting another band then you’re going to hear pretty much all original songs,” he said. “If you’re coming out to an all night gig … you’re going to hear the originals plus the cover music.” Wisteard said Liquorbox covers songs from musicians who define the true country scene. “We’ll do the really old time stuff that has informed us, like Hank Williams, like Farron Young,
Liquorbox played this year’s Muddy Roots Music Festival in Cookeville, Tennessee. The festival fosters a blend of Americana, Country, Rockabilly, Rock, Bluegrass, Folk and Blues music.
like Ernest Tubb,” he said. “Then going up through the years, you know, you’re gonna hear Johnny Cash or Buck Owens.” In August Wisteard started Who the Hell is Billy? — a music festival dedicated to hillbilly tunes. He said he hopes to make the festival an annual event. “We can kind of see it grow in front of us,” he said. “It’s really cool to be starting something in this area that you know that’s happening worldwide, but really
isn’t prevalent in this area yet.” The band will head to Rebel Roots Studio in North Carolina to start recording a new album, set to be titled 6onna 6et 6one. It will be a large project with many guest performers, so the release date is undetermined. But until then the band plans to continue playing shows. Wisteard said performing in a five-person band can be interesting. The lineup includes banjoist Nick Patterson, fiddler Al Duquette, mandolin and
drummer Chris Macdonald and upright bass player Jim-Bob. “When you’re on long hauls like that, that are lasting, ... it can get smelly, sometimes it can get a little tense, sometimes it can get a little bit too stupid for its own good,” he said. “But we do consider each other family.” Liquorbox plays the Toucan Pub tonight at 9 p.m. and the Mansion on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.
Unplugged style Sandro Perri says he doesn’t put labels on his personal creativity B y D arienne l ancaster Contributor Sandro Perri has had a lot of names in his 12-year career — Polmo Polpo, Glissandro 70, Dot Wiggin and Continuous Dick. The different pseudonyms reflect his varying sound ranging from ambient techno to jazz. “I hope that style itself is just dissolving, disappearing,” he told the Journal via email. “I like to think that the music is becoming more liquid. Hopefully it has become harder to talk about and less useful as background or ‘lifestyle’ music.”
The Toronto-based musician began his career in 1999, investing his own money to produce his first four albums. Since 1999 he has released more than a dozen records. But Perri said he sees music as fluid and doesn’t like putting labels on his personal creativity and musical style. Perri was originally interested in electronic and experimental music, but eventually moved to a more unplugged style using his own guitar and vocals with a six-piece band. His new album Impossible Spaces was released Oct. 18,
Sandro Perri’s new album, Impossible Places, was released last month, but took four years to write, record and self-produce.
offering audiences a combination of his past styles with an eclectic mix of electronics and compositional ideas. “The best thing for me would be for you to feel something you can’t explain,” he said. “To hear something that is just out of reach, maybe, so that you might want to take it home and chew on it for a while.” A frequent collaborator, Perri has worked with a diverse set of musicians. He joined forces with Craig Dunsmuir in 2006 to create the experimental dance album Glissandro 70 that combined West African-inspired guitar with chants, dance and electronics. Perri has also worked with Great Lake Swimmers, Woodpigeon and Mickey Moonlight throughout his career. Perri said he’s not looking to make money. “The inspiration is primarily to play music for the joy of it,” he said. “A career is necessary if you wanna eat, but it’s not really the fulfilling part. Music always has the potential to surprise, even when you’re the one playing it.” Perri will be performing in Kingston for the fourth time in six years — this time with a new record and new band. “I hope they don’t care to know anything about me. I hope they just want to hear the music.” Sandro Perri plays the Artel on Sunday.
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‘Righteous outrage’ Continued from page 11
Ben Whiteley says he’s a regular visitor to the Grad Club since he comes to Kingston to visit his girlfriend who’s a Queen’s law student.
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seven-time Juno award nominee and acclaimed Canadian roots musician Ken Whiteley. At 18 years old Ben was playing music festivals alongside his dad. “I owe a lot of my music education to my father,” he said. “He’s a well of wisdom.” Whiteley said he hasn’t been lyrically inspired by their relationship. The closest he’s come to writing a song about his father was a poem he wrote in the third grade. Whiteley said the band started writing songs for their album by working with old country song favourites. “We wrote new melody and music and then were like, ‘We should just write new lyrics and it’ll be a completely new song,’”
he said. “The process happened organically, and then we started writing music in the same kind of style.” New Country Rehab was recorded in three days. Whiteley said they started out as the kind of band that plays small pubs on Tuesday nights, and they aimed to capture their live-roots on the record. “I think it was really important that we did it that way,” Whiteley said, adding that they recorded two songs, “State Trooper” and “Mind Your Own Business,” in 10 minutes back to back. “I think that’s pretty cool, so hopefully that’s transferred onto the record.” Though there are no collaborations on New Country Rehab, Whiteley said they’re open to working with other musicians.
Their dream collaboration is Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, particularly for guitarist James Robertson who’s an avid fan of the band’s 1966 album Pet Sounds. The foursome returns to the studio in two weeks to start recording their sophomore album. Whiteley said they aren’t planning to release the record until next fall. “We’re just figuring out our sound a little bit more and we’ve just spent more time playing together,” he said. “It’s still going to sound like New Country Rehab, but I think hopefully the song writing is better and we’re going to try and give it a little bit more time.” New Country Rehab plays the Grad Club tomorrow night. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m.
the trans monologue,” Ronaghan, ArtSci ’12, said of the offered choice monologues. “They’re all like racialized minority categories and you have to pick and choose which minority you’re representing.” Naushan said many of the monologues are often racist, homophobic or transphobic. “The casting directions are explicitly racist in that they’ll call for a certain person of this identity in such an accent,” she said. “Also the very idea of the Vagina Monologues itself is an imperial project because it’s Eve Ensler, this white woman with a lot of privilege, going around collecting stories from primarily racialized spaces from primarily third world women.”
It’s about taboo “words and talks about the importance of righteous outrage. But its making it more accountable.
— Anoodth Naushan, ArtSci ’12 Ensler is the playwright who wrote Vagina Monologues in 1996. She wrote the plays by listening to stories from her friends, which started a chain of referrals to other women’s plights. Though the show is stepping away from the Vagina Monologues name, Ronaghan said all promotional material will read “from the producers of the Vagina Monologues.” The directors said they recognize it’s a risk to move away from the reputation that comes along with a Vagina Monologues show. But they said it’s
a necessary step. “In many ways it’s similar,” Naushan said. “It’s about taboo words and talks about the importance of righteous outrage. But it’s making it more accountable.” The directors are currently accepting monologue submissions until Nov. 20. They expect to receive over 20 submissions and hope to have 12 to 15 monologues for the February show. This year the audition process will change to allow performers to prepare a piece instead of a cold reading of a script from the directors. “Part of auditioning is you bring in a piece that you are passionate about, or connect with or that you wrote personally or that you just really love,” Ronaghan said. “You perform that for us and then you can perform that in the show or if we don’t hire that person who’s trying out, we can maybe include that piece in the show.”
Next issue Pull together Raymond Vos throws his third annual art fundrasier for the Kenya Initiative: From Street to School.
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Gaels one win away from nationals B y E mily L owe Staff Writer
team is “probably 99 per cent nominally Christian.” “The team, much like the University, is mostly Christian, so we talk about things from a general Christian point of view,” he said. “But even then, much of what we talk about isn’t even specifically Christian.” De Souza said he usually gets about 15 players at his voluntary chapel sessions. “We have a discussion which I lead on topics that are of interest to the spiritual life,” he said. “It’s not
The women’s soccer team is one game away from returning to nationals, needing only to beat the McMaster Marauders in an OUA semifinal on Saturday. On paper, the Marauders should be little competition for the Gaels. They were 8-5-1 in the OUA West regular season, scoring 17 goals but allowing 18. The Gaels went 13-1-2 in the OUA East with 46 goals for and only 12 against. But Queen’s might not be at full strength this weekend. Captain Kelli Chamberlain, who had been playing through an undisclosed injury for the last part of the regular season, suffered a knee injury in the second half and had to be helped off the field. Head coach Dave McDowell said the team is preparing as if Chamberlain won’t be playing this weekend. A Gaels victory on Saturday will likely set up a rematch of last season’s OUA and CIS finals against the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. The Golden Hawks beat the Gaels 1-0 in last season’s provincial championship at Richardson Stadium but the Gaels got their revenge in a 1-0 win at nationals in P.E.I. The Golden Hawks were first in the OUA West this season with a 12-2-0 record and 36 points, good enough to host this weekend’s final four tournament. They have six OUA West all-stars, including
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Father Raymond de Souza leads the football team in prayer before every game.
Football’s spiritual side Chaplain Raymond de Souza has been with the football team since 2004
B y G ilbert C oyle Sports Editor The football team will follow its usual routine in tomorrow’s OUA semifinal — right up to the pre-game prayer. “Coach [Pat] Sheahan has the belief that you shouldn’t pray to win a game,” Father Raymond de Souza said. “So I don’t pray for a victory directly.” De Souza has been the football team’s chaplain since 2004. He’s been on the sidelines for every game but four in that span. “On the sidelines, when the game is very tense, people will half-jokingly ... say that perhaps some divine intervention is needed,” he said. “But half-jokingly is also half-seriously.” De Souza is the University’s Roman Catholic chaplain and spends most of his time at the Newman House on Frontenac Street. He lives on Wolfe Island and is the parish priest for the Island’s Sacred Heart of Mary.
Inside not so canadian Former Gael Shomari Williams sounds off on Canada’s new pro basketball league. page 16
CIS pros Canadian rules encourage former pros to play. page 16
Mcmaster’s view The McMaster Silhouette’s Brian Decker previews tomorrow’s football game. page 18
He teaches Queen’s economics and education courses and writes a weekly column in the National Post. He said Sheahan invited him to become the team chaplain. “The players have coaches who help them become good football players and they have professors whose job it is to help them become good scholars,” de Souza said. “My interest is to help them become good men.” De Souza said Sheahan wants him to offer the players options to pursue their spiritual development.
“Just as a university football team that gave no priority to academics would be lacking ... the spiritual dimension is an important part of life,” de Souza said. “That’s what I hope to [offer].” In addition to the weekly pre-game prayer, de Souza holds a team chapel session every Thursday night and attends practice twice a week. De Souza’s role as the football team’s chaplain is different from his conventional chaplain’s role because the players aren’t all Catholic. But he said the
Semifinal showdown at Mac
Head coach says starting quarterback Billy McPhee ‘hasn’t been green-lighted’ B y B enjamin D eans Assistant Sports Editor No one outside of the football team knows if quarterback Billy McPhee will start in tomorrow’s OUA semifinal against the McMaster Marauders. “There’s a chance [he’ll play], but he hasn’t been green-lighted yet,” head coach Pat Sheahan said at the team’s Thursday press conference. “He’s still doubtful for the weekend.”
starters like linebacker Sam Sabourin, returner Alex Carroll, defensive lineman John Miniaci, receiver Giovanni Aprile and
running back Ryan Granberg will play against the Marauders. During the post-season, Sheahan hasn’t provided any injury updates.
News that McPhee wouldn’t play in last weekend’s quarterfinal was only announced hours See Injury on page 18
There’s a chance [he’ll “play], but he hasn’t
been green-lighted yet.” — Pat Sheahan, football head coach
McPhee sustained an undisclosed injury after taking a hard tackle from the Western Mustangs on Oct. 22. He didn’t play in last week’s 14-10 win over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. Backup quarterback Ryan Mitchell completed 23 of 38 passes. Sheahan said previously injured
McMaster Marauders beat the Gaels 26-2 in the season opener at Richardson Stadium on Sept. 5.
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New league ignores local talent Saskatchewan Roughrider and former Gael Shomari Williams looks at Canada’s first-ever pro basketball league
B y S homari Williams B.Ed ‘10 I was really excited when I heard about a pro basketball league coming to Canada. When the news broke, I immediately thought about the possibility of Canadian players living out their dreams at home. But when the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL) started its inaugural season on Oct. 29, there were only 15 Canadian players on league rosters. With almost 90 players on seven teams across five different provinces, the country’s only pro basketball league should be a chance for league officials to use Canadian personnel to create a truly national basketball culture. But this isn’t what’s happening. As a Canadian Football League player, I found it odd that the NBL promoted itself as a Canadian
league and held a Canadian draft but wasn’t going to use Canadian players. League rules require only two Canadians on a 12-man roster, so the majority of players are American. There’s a place for imported talent in the NBL — but it shouldn’t come at the expense of local players. In the CFL, game-day rosters must consist of 19 import players and 20 non-import players — of those 20 non-imports, seven of them have to be starters. These restrictions force teams to develop Canadian talent and allow the CFL to brand itself as a truly Canadian league. Canadian fans like these rules. Here in Saskatchewan, the most popular Roughriders players other than quarterback Darian Durant are the home-grown ones. Our wide receiver Andy Fantuz, from Chatam, Ontario, has the highest-selling jersey in the league. The CFL’s success proves that when you have a strong professional league that uses local talent, it will trickle down to university and youth levels. Teenagers play competitive high school football and elite players
use Canadian Interuniversity Sport football to pursue professional careers. Earlier this year, 18-year old running back Tyler Varga turned down multiple NCAA scholarship offers to play for the Western Mustangs. Without a strong pro league, Varga wouldn’t have had any incentive to stay in Canada. The NBL has an obligation to its shareholders to put the best product on the court because its objective is to make money and to put people in the stands. But it’s a slap in the face that the NBL values imported talent more than the talent we have in Canada — especially considering the league’s financial restrictions. With a salary cap of $150,000 per team, the league doesn’t have the resources to entice players who could sign lucrative contracts in Europe. So if you’re not attracting top import players, why not just use local ones? NBL officials should look at the example being set overseas, where pro European basketball leagues use import restrictions to ensure that the majority of players are home-grown. This method has
developed players talented enough to win Olympic medals and play in the NBA. The NBL has a chance to do something special and create a truly Canadian league — it has a chance to make a made-in-Canada product. But with
so few Canadians, they haven’t done that yet. In order for Canadian basketball players to prove themselves, someone has to be willing to give them a chance. If they can’t find support in their own backyard, where are they supposed to look?
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The Oshawa Power’s Tut Ruach previously played for the York Lions. He’s one of 15 Canadian-born players in the NBL.
Former pros play university sports CIS policy allows former professionals to take part in varsity competition B y G ilbert C oyle Sports Editor Hayley Wickenheiser spent three years overseas on a highly-publicized stint in professional European men’s leagues. Now, she’s playing Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) hockey with the Calgary Dinos. The forward has won four Olympic gold medals and six world championships for the Canadian women’s team. She’s widely considered the world’s best female hockey player.
should not exclude them.” CIS Director of Operations and Development Tom Huisman said some CIS coaches use the pro policy as a way to attract top athletes. “In volleyball, there are opportunities for [athletes] to go to Europe and play professionally and make some money,” he said. “Most volleyball coaches are not against that because ... they’ll still have some eligibility remaining.” In men’s hockey, professional eligibility rules also apply to athletes who have played in the Canadian Hockey League CIS chief of (CHL) — the highest level of executive operations junior hockey in Canada. To deter players from going to the U.S. This is Wickenheiser’s second and playing in the NCAA, CHL season with the Dinos. Last season, teams offer hockey players a year’s she scored 40 points in 15 games tuition at a Canadian university and was named CIS MVP. Wickenheiser isn’t the first high-profilehockeyplayertojointhe CIS — former NHL players Mike Danton and Dan LaCosta played CIS hockey in 2011. McGregor said the distinction Continued from page 15 between professional and amateur geared to any particular [faith], but sport is often unclear in Canada. “Nowadays, there’s a blurring to address the question of ‘where’s between the various leagues and the spiritual life in my life?’” De Souza’s eight years of development leagues that are taking place in sports like basketball experience with the football team mean he’s one of the and soccer,” she said. CIS doesn’t impose eligibility longest-serving staff members. restrictions because former Sheahan said de Souza has become professionals enrolled at Canadian a useful outlet for players with universities deserve the same rights issues they don’t feel comfortable as other students, McGregor said. talking to the coaching staff about. “Although I always invite the “We want to provide an athletic experience for our students,” she kids to come and talk, there’s not said. “If those students happen always that comfort level,” Sheahan to be students with previous said. “He’s non-threatening and professional sports experience, that experienced in ways that others
Unlike its American counterpart, the league, it provides role models the CIS allows former professionals and elevates the quality of play.” to play on university squads — as In the Dinos’ season opener long as 365 days have passed since against the University of their last pro appearance. Alberta Golden Bears on Oct. In the U.S., National 21, Wickenheiser recorded a Collegiate Athletics Association game-winning goal, an assist and a (NCAA) regulations disallow any penalty for gross misconduct that professional involvement. Once resulted in a two-game suspension. athletes play at the pro level, they’re permanently ineligible to We want CIS to be participate in the NCAA. the destination of “We want CIS to be the choice for destination of choice for top top athletes. athletes,” CIS chief of executive operations Marg McGregor said. “It elevates the media exposure of — Marg McGregor,
for every season they play major junior hockey. Head coach Brett Gibson said the CIS hockey is unique in allowing athletes to play at a high level while getting an education. “It’s becoming a bit of a fallback league for guys that choose not to [stay] pro,” he said. Because major junior hockey starts at age 16, players have to decide at a young age whether to play in the CHL or wait for the NCAA. Gibson said the CHL’s offer to pay university tuition means players can pursue a pro career knowing that they’ll still be able to play CIS hockey if things don’t work out. The CIS is an increasingly popular league for those players. Gibson said the Gaels have nine former CHL players — a low
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Fomer pro Hayley Wickenheiser is in her second season with the Calgary Dinos women’s hockey team.
are not.” Sheahan said there has never been negative feedback from his players about de Souza. “The guys who partake really like it,” he said. “There are some guys who have no interest, but generally speaking, they all like having him around.” Quarterback Billy McPhee routinely attends sessions and talks to de Souza weekly. He said de Souza brings mental and spiritual considerations to the team that otherwise might not be there. “He’s definitely a bigger part of the football team than most people would think.”
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Mac comes back to Kingston Gaels host Marauders in OUA semifinal for rematch of regular season 43-3 blowout B y l aBiBa h aQUe Production Manager Last year, the men’s rugby team lost to the McMaster Marauders in the OUA semifinal and watched them win the OUA championship. The two teams will face off in this year’s OUA semifinal at Tindall field tomorrow. Queen’s finished the season ranked second in the OUA, earning a quarter-final bye. The Marauders finished third and beat the Brock Badgers 23-18 in quarter-final play on Wednesday night. Captain Dan Moor said the
Gaels need a strong defensive performance to overcome the Marauders’ physical presence.
If we bring that “defensive intensity on saturday, I’m sure we’ll get the results that we like.
— Dan Moor, men’s rugby captain “In the last couple of games, we have been pretty tough and if we bring that defensive intensity on Saturday, I’m sure we’ll get a result
that we like,” he said. Moor said he’s not too concerned with any player on the McMaster team. “They have a good flyhalf and a strong backrow, but those are the same weapons we have,” he said. The Gaels need big performances from center George Gleeson, flanker Matt Kelly and flyhalf Liam Underwood. Gleeson and Kelly both scored tries in the Gaels’ last game against McMaster, while Underwood is the OUA’s top scorer. The team will review tapes from their previous game against the Marauders, revisiting plays and
Captain Dan Moor gets tackled during the Gaels’ 43-3 win over over the McMaster Marauders at Tindall field on Sept. 24. The two teams meet again in an OUA semifinal at Tindall tomorrow.
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positions for their upcoming match. The Gaels’ Sept. 24 game against the Marauders resulted in a 43-3 win. The semifinal will feature Liam Underwood and Marauders scrum-half Andrew Ferguson, who are first and third respectively for points in the OUA.
A view from Hamilton B y B rian D ecker The McMaster Silhouette
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before kickoff. The team’s practices were closed to media this week. The Gaels lost their home opener to the Marauders 26-2 on Sept. 5. “We’re a better team now, but so are they,” he said, adding that his team will be the underdog at McMaster. Tomorrow’s game could pit opposites against each other. The Gaels’ defence allowed the fewest regular season points in the OUA, but the McMaster Marauders’ offence has the most passing yards and the third-most points in the league.
We’re a better team “now, but so are they.
— Pat Sheahan, football head coach
The Gaels are on a seven-game winning streak and haven’t conceded a touchdown in three games. They were named the OUA team of the month for October. The 7-1 Marauders came second in the OUA to earn a first-round bye. The third-place Gaels finished the regular season 6-2, adding another win in last Saturday’s OUA quarter-final. Kickoff is tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton. The game will be televised on The Score.
The Gaels team that will play the McMaster Marauders in this weekend’s OUA semifinal is a very different team from the one the Marauders beat on Sept. 5. Since that 26-2 loss, the Gaels have gone from looking like an unorganized bunch to one of the hottest teams in Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Unfortunately for Queen’s fans, the same could be said of the Marauders. In that Week One win at Richardson Stadium, McMaster scored just one offensive touchdown and made their share of mistakes, showing some flaws that the Western Mustangs exposed badly in Week Two with a 48-21 blowout. Since then, the Marauders have looked arguably as good as any team in the CIS. They haven’t lost in nearly two months thanks to a relentless aerial attack and a stingy defensive backfield. After star quarterback Kyle Quinlan was suspended on Sept. 15, McMaster went 3-0 in his absence thanks to the steady play of backup Marshall Ferguson. Now, with Quinlan back in the fold, they’ve looked even better. Quinlan averaged a CIS-leading 341.6 yards passing
in his five games, depending on CIS receiving yards leader Mike DiCroce, deep threat Brad Fochesato — 26.7 yards per catch — and the steady-handed Matt Peressini, who had a league-high eight touchdown catches. As good as McMaster’s air game has been, their pass defence has been nearly as impressive. They led the league in interceptions, including eight in their final three games. But the Gaels’ biggest strengths are in McMaster’s biggest areas of inexperience. The Gaels’ vaunted front seven has been relentless all season and will be facing off against a relatively young McMaster offensive line that lost three starters to graduation last year. Meanwhile, a pair of rookie linebackers in Aram Eisho and Nick Shortill will be charged with stopping the CIS rushing yardage leader in running back Ryan Granberg. The Marauders’ expectations are high. The team has been on fire since September and it’s the best shot they have at a Yates Cup since legendary running back Jesse Lumsden graduated in 2005. But with another red hot team coming to Hamilton on Saturday, their season could very quickly turn ice cold.
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The Gaels will rely on the OUA’s scoring leader Jackie Tessier for goals this weekend.
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OUA West MVP Alyssa Lagonia and OUA West rookie of the year Emily Brown. The Golden Hawks are up against the 12-3-1 Ottawa Gee-Gees in tomorrow’s semifinal. The Gaels beat the Gee-Gees twice this season. The Gaels play the Marauders at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the OUA Final Four tournament in Waterloo. The winner plays in the gold medal game at 3 p.m. on Sunday while the loser plays for the bronze medal at 12 p.m.
Big games this weekend Football semifinal The Gaels play McMaster in Hamilton for a Yates Cup berth. Men’s rugby OUA semifinal The Gaels host McMaster at 1 p.m. at Tindall field tomorrow. Women’s soccer at Final Four The Gaels play the McMaster
Marauders in the OUA semifinal tomorrow for a spot in Sunday’s final and a berth at nationals.
Windsor on Saturday.
Rowers at national championship
The Gaels travel to play the Ottawa Gee-Gees and the Concordia Stingers this weekend.
The men’s and women’s teams travel to Welland. Volleyball teams go west Both the men and the women will play Western on Friday and
Men’s hockey goes east
Women’s hockey in Toronto The Gaels play the University of Toronto Varsity Blues in Toronto on Saturday.
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Sushi, North American style Local sushi restaurants offer Westernized options that vary from authentic Japanese sushi B Y TERRA -A NN A RNONE Features Editor Though many sushi enthusiasts eat with chopsticks, Japanese tradition calls for hands-on dining, says the president of the Japanese Relations at Queen’s club. Tomoya Tago said traditionally the sushi is only prepared for special occasions in Japan. “I know people here eat sushi for lunch but that wouldn’t really happen in Japan,” he said. Last week, the JRQ hosted a sushi night — club executives prepared rolls for student patrons in the JDUC International Centre. Tago, ArtSci ’13, said in Canada, people are misinformed about the types of sushi they eat. Traditional sushi, called nigiri, consists of raw fish served over sticky rice with a dash of vinegar to keep the meat fresh. Raw tuna and salmon are most popularly served as nigiri, or eaten without rice as sashimi. Bite-size combinations of seaweed, rice, fish or vegetables are called rolls and are far less popular in Japan than nigiri or sashimi, and
were developed in North America. “People in Kingston tend to like sushis that are not served in Japan,” Tago said. “For instance, California rolls are not really served in Japan.” California rolls include avocado, cucumber and crab meat rolled in seaweed. Rolls are known as maki. With the increasing popularity of California rolls, Japanese restaurants have started to serve them as well.
in Kingston “tendPeople to like sushis that are not served in Japan. ” — Tomaya Tago, president of Japanese Relations at Queen’s club “I’m sure most people are still unfamiliar with California rolls in Japan,” he said. “But hopefully people there will like it and adopt it too.” Rolls with tempura, or deep fried meat and vegetables, also aren’t common in Japan despite being a staple of most sushi
restaurants in Canada. “Sushi is more simple in Japan,” Tago said. “Rolls are still famous in Japan, but when I think about actual, legitimate sushi, rolls come lower on my list.” Tago, who moved to Canada in 2002, said he’s surprised sushi has become a phenomenon in Kingston. “I know when I came here, everything was cooked so well,” he said. “[People] tend to worry about things like raw meat, so you wouldn’t eat raw stuff too much. “But it seems everyone likes sushi.” Sushi connoisseurs in Canada should realize they’re only exposed to a small part of Japanese cuisine, Tago said. “It’s kind of good that you guys appreciate my culture,” he said. “But I wish you would try the real Japanese kind before you say whether you like it or not. “It’s very mixed emotions.” Traditionally-prepared sushi, or fish atop rice, was developed in Japan in the 15th century. It originated out of convenience, combining rice and protein in an
CRAB AND AVOCADO ROLLS Servings: 50 pieces of sushi Preparation time: 30 minutes
store for about $3. Total cost: under $25.
Ingredients Method 10 sheets of dried seaweed 1 package of flaked crab meat 2 avocados 4 cups of short-grain rice ½ cup Japanese rice vinegar Soya sauce Wasabi Equipment Bamboo sushi mat — available at Division Street Metro grocery
In a rice cooker, use a one-to-one water to rice ratio for about 15 minutes. Peel and slice the crab and avocado into thin strips to prepare. While the rice is still warm, transfer it into a large bowl and mix in the vinegar. Make sure to taste test so the rice isn’t overpowered by the vinegar. The rice is typically sweet but has a
sharp, sour aftertaste. Line both sides of the bamboo sushi mat with plastic wrap and lay one sheet of dried seaweed, shiny side down. Line it with three heaping tablespoons of flattened sticky rice. The key here is to only line the sheet 3/4 full, leaving a gap on one edge of the seaweed sheet. It allows for the roll to tuck in properly. On the rice, place two thin slices of crab and avocado and add pressure so the ingredients stick together. Line the seaweed sheet up with the edge of the bamboo mat, fold
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According to Tomoya Tago, president of the Japanese Relations Club, sushi is more common in North America than Japan.
of Kame Sushi — one of three easy, bite-size snack. In the 17th century, Japanese close-quartered establishments cooks began acidifying rice using near Princess and Division Streets vinegar in order to keep it fresh — said his restaurant stands out by for consumption. Vegetables, tofu serving traditional Japanese food, and seaweed were added to the like donburi and bento boxes, in preparation list. Edo, Japan — addition to the popular rolls. Donburi is protein or vegetables now Tokyo — became a poster child for nigiri-style sushi. It wasn’t served on a heap of rice. Bento until the 20th century that the dish boxes, also called Japanese lunch became popular overseas and in boxes, include a number of traditional dishes ranging from tofu North America. Hyuckin Kwon, owner or meat to sushi and vegetables. The only staple element of the boxes is rice. He said the Division Street restaurants look to students as their main customer base. it over and roll. “It’s a healthy type of food as I was lucky to have Tomoya opposed to all the fried fast food,” Kwon said. “That’s why students Tago, president of the Japanese eat it.” Relations at Queen’s Club, instruct Replacing traditional elements me in the art of sushi-making. of Japanese rolls, like wasabi, with While the first few attempts North American inspired sauces were ugly, sushi rolling became helps to widen their appeal, he easier after a little practice. I said, adding that mayonnaise is a quickly learned that adding sticky favourite condiment. rice to the final fold would help Kame imports fresh fish once a week from a wholesale supplier keep the ingredients in place. in Toronto. Cut the rolls into bite-sized “I want to accommodate pieces and serve with soya sauce students,” Kwon said. “I have a son and wasabi. at Queen’s so I know how students — Terra-Ann Arnone are on a tight budget.”
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