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Slim turnout at mental health forum Attendance at forum shows mental health issues are ‘not cool anymore,’ student says B y Terence Wong Copy Editor Fourth-year student Julia Zulver says mental health has lost its popularity on campus. She was one of 30 people to attend a forum hosted by the Principal’s commission on mental health. The room had been prepared for around 75. On Wednesday night in the Robert Sutherland room, attendees were encouraged to voice opinions on mental health issues on campus. Zulver said students didn’t appear in large numbers because mental health isn’t an issue that is well-known enough to support. She added that Queen’s Wears Green — a mental health campaign run by Commerce students in October — didn’t accomplish its goal of raising awareness. “Queen’s Wears Green was supposed to be this huge awareness campaign and change the way mental health was seen on campus as well as reduce the stigma,” Zulver, ArtSci ’12, said. “What good has been done? People wore T-shirts and the shirts have gone away and now it’s not cool anymore and that’s why there are no students here.” The commission on mental health was launched last September. Despite there being few students present at Wednesday’s forum, Zulver and her sister said the commission is a positive start.

A mental health forum was held at the Robert Sutherland Room on Wednesday. Only 30 of the 75 chairs in the room were filled.

“There’s an incredible platform for this commission to make change,” Catherine Zulver, ArtSci ’14, who wrote an opinion piece for the Journal regarding the campaign, said. “This is a constructive event but it has the power to do a lot more.” The majority of attendees at the forum were Health, Counseling and Disability Services (HCDS) staff and Queen’s administrators, while less than half of the audience included students. The chair of the commission,

David Walker, is the former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. He said he felt the forum was still useful, despite the low student attendance. “To actually hear and watch face to face the stories of people, their concerns and advice that they have is profoundly useful,” he said. “We may have more [forums], because it is so important to hear what people have to say.” Walker said the commission has met every Wednesday since

Kony 2012 hits campus Thousands of students plan for Queen’s Cover the Night event B y K atherine Fernandez -B lance News Editor Within 10 hours of its creation on Tuesday, more than 1,200 Queen’s students had joined a Facebook event that hopes to raise support for Joseph Kony’s arrest. It’s part of the global campaign Kony 2012, started by American non-governmental organization Invisible Children. Kony, the leader of the rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), has evaded capture since being indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2005. The LRA is notorious for its use of child soldiers throughout central Africa. On Monday, Invisible Children launched a media campaign that featured a 30-minute documentary calling for Kony’s capture. By Tuesday, the Kony 2012 movement had followers from all over the world. It calls on

participants to help plaster their cities with posters of Kony on April 20 in a Cover the Night event, in order to spread awareness about his crimes. A Facebook event for a Queen’s screening of the film was started on Tuesday, as well as a group for a Queen’s Cover the Night event. “People aren’t exposed to what’s happening around the world,” said first-year commerce student Jessica Whitehead. She was one of the Facebook event creators. “Everyone really seems to care a lot about this movement.” Kyla Hackett, an Invisible Children intern and representative to Canada said Invisible Children didn’t expect their documentary to go viral so quickly. “We had originally wanted 500,000 views on our film, it’s gone into the millions,” she said. At the time of print more than 43 million people had viewed the documentary on YouTube.


Admin won’t add extracurriculars to student transcripts B y A lison S houldice Staff Writer

See Report on page 11


Hackett said the organization has produced movements like Kony 2012 in the past. “This is our 14th tour,” Hackett said, adding that this involves a Ugandan and an America representative promoting the cause and holding film screenings at schools and places of worship. “Invisible Children is actually a youth based social justice non-profit, we base our movement See It reminds on page 11

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Queen’s Student Affairs has decided against the introduction of a new record that would document students’ extracurricular involvement. Student Affairs officials spearheaded a project that looked into the development of a co-curricular record system at Queen’s, but abandoned it following consultation with students. “We have received mixed feedback from members of the student government about the co-curricular record project,”Arig Girgrah, assistant dean of students, told the Journal via email. Co-curricular records have become standard practice among Ontario universities. Wilfrid Laurier University, York University, the University of Guelph, Trent

University, Carleton University and the University of Windsor have all recently adopted their own models of the record. The record is separate from the academic transcript. The document recognizes a student’s non-academic involvement on campus, listing the activities and programs for the consideration of graduate schools and prospective employers. According to AMS Vice-President of University Affairs Kieran Slobodin, Student Affairs office the AMS didn’t feel there was enough support to justify the project. “We did a lot of consulting on our side,” Slodobin said. “It was found that the interest wasn’t enough of a spark to go forward with it.” Representatives from Student Affairs presented a co-curricular See Queen’s on page 3




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Student to challenge unicycling world record Phil Schleihauf will attempt to unicycle 160 kilometres in six and a half hours with no breaks B y S ean R enaud and S avoula S tylianou Journal Staff Tomorrow third-year student Phil Schleihauf will try to break a Guinness World Record for the fastest 160 kilometres traveled on a unicycle. The current record has been held for nearly 25 years and clocks in at six hours and 40 minutes. Schleihauf, Sci ’13, said he’s attempting to break the record to promote Queen’s Fair Trade Week, an event aimed at encouraging students to eat locally-grown foods. Three previous attempts to break the long-standing record have failed, averaging seven hours. Schleihauf’s goal is set at six hours and 30 minutes. “I’ve done rides at longer distances at the record pace, so I’m not worried,” he said.

He added that he doesn’t plan on taking any breaks during the event on Saturday. “Cycling jerseys have pockets in the back for food and I have a Camelback hydration system,” Schleihauf said. More than 400 people are expected to attend the RecordSmash event at Memorial Park this weekend. It will conclude Queen’s Fair Trade Week. “We really just want to raise awareness about student fair trade options on campus, like at the farmer’s market,” he said. He added that this is the first Queen’s Fair Trade Week. “We’ve been selling fair trade coffee at various places on campus and [held] a fair trade scavenger hunt … people tried to find local businesses on campus and near campus to find fair trade items,” Schleihauf said.

Other universities are following suit. “I know UBC is definitely having an event like this, and so is McGill,” he said. Phil received a $1,000 grant from Awesome Kingston — a small group of 10 community members that pool $100 each of their own money per month to donate to an idea. “Awesome Kingston was a major target because they provide an environment to launch an idea,” he said. Schleihauf said he’s been unicycling since he was 12 years old. “I dreamed about it one night then I had to try, and once I started, I couldn’t stop,” he said. In 2009, Schleihauf unicycled across Canada from Victoria, B.C., to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to fundraise for the charity

Phil Schleihauf, Sci ‘13, says he’s trying to break the world record to promote Queen’s Fair Trade Week.

Invisible Children. “The main goal of the tour was to raise awareness about child

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soldiers and I raised $3,500,” he said.

Vehicle Roxanne Joyal speaks at Goodes Hall of choice Me to We co-founder discusses Free the Children and fair trade sPEAKER SERIES

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“As a result of thousands of requests from these people we were able to create an organization Brennan Foo rides a unicycle all year round. Consumers will purchase that provides positive choice where “I ride it almost daily in the responsibly if they know their you can vote with your wallet summer and occasionally in the money helps to fight inequality, says and support Free the Children,” winter,” Foo, Comm ’14, said. Me to We co-founder and CEO she said. Me to We was created as a social “If there are mountains of snow Roxanne Joyal. then I do have trouble, but it can Joyal spoke to a crowd of 35 enterprise to meet these needs as handle ice and light snow.” at Goodes Hall on Tuesday as well as to help with funding for Foo’s vehicle of choice boasts a part of the Centre for Responsible Free the Children. Me to We donates 50 per cent 36-inch diameter wheel. Leadership’s speaker series. He said when he attends Me to We is partners with of their net profit to help bring lecture he locks it up in the non-governmental organization Free the Children’s administrative costs down to zero. bike racks. Free the Children. “It’s very difficult to finance a When riding on campus, Foo It organizes volunteer trips for said he receives waves and claps adults and youth as well as fair charity because the resource pool is very limited. With Me to We, we from the people he passes. trade consumer shopping. “A lot of people ask me to pop Seventeen years ago, a have the opportunity to grow this wheelies,” he said. 12-year-old Craig Kielburger pool of resources,” she said. Now, Me to We’s profits are Foo said he learned how to ride started Free the Children with split in half, with one portion in the summer of 2007 and chose his classmates. the unicycle out of boredom. “Since that time we’ve been going to Free the Children and “I had learnt how to juggle nominated for two Nobel Peace the other going back into the already and wanted to put those prizes and millions of people have organization for the continuation of two together,” Foo said. “I like asked us ‘how can I be responsible various projects. “We don’t measure our bottom entertaining people.” with the choices that I make,’” line by money, we measure it Foo bought his starter unicycle she said. online for about $100. Joyal said Free the Children by how many lives we change,” He said the ones he rides now remains focused on child labour, she said. Me to We donated $1 million to cost between $700 and $1,000. but was initially unable to address He said it was difficult to volunteers’ concerns with buying Free the Children in 2010. In 2010, Free the Children teach himself how to ride, and socially-responsible products. that he gave up for a year after initially failing. Foo is now part of the Kingston Unicycle Club, a small group of about 15 unicycle enthusiasts. Although he has no plans to break a world record, Foo said he’s supportive of Phil Schleihauf. “I think that if I wanted to grab a world record like Phil he’d take some more training and overtake me,” Foo said. “So nothing for distance in the near future, but maybe something paired with juggling.”

Roxanne Joyal says Me to We donated $1 million dollars to Free the Children in 2010.

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ran a surplus of around $1.6 choices will affect the day-to-day million, but last year faced a lives of someone else.” After graduating from university, $1.4 million deficit because of an increased cost for international and Joyal took a gap-year where she travelled to Thailand and Kenya to domestic projects. One of the campaigns Joyal said work with HIV-positive mothers she’s most proud of is the creation and their children. of Artisan products by Maasai “It was really my journey in women in Kenya. Kenya that inspired me to come “We’re planning on expanding back and study women’s issues our operation to countries where and international development as Free the Children works such as I really felt that I found my calling India and Ecuador,” she said. through that,” Joyal said. Joyal said Me to We currently Joyal moved from Stanford to employs over 500 women Oxford University and became to create fair trade jewellery, a Rhodes Scholar, eventually thereby empowering them and becoming a co-founder of Me their families. to We. “Everything I’ve done since “We are trying to create an incentive to change how businesses then … has been about empowering make money,” she said. “People women and I’ve been able to see will naturally gravitate to the Me this from different angles,” she said. to We family if they know their

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Students can include involvement in campus clubs and community organizations on their co-curricular records.

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record proposal at AMS Assembly on Feb. 16. The presentation addressed goals and logistics of the program as well as its benefit for students. After the presentation, Assembly members were given a chance to ask questions and voice their concerns. Concerns from Assembly members revolved around uncertainty as to whether graduate programs or employers would value the record, and which activities and clubs on campus would be included in the document. The decision to halt the project was formally made by the Student Affairs office, but was influenced by the feedback received from AMS Assembly, SGPS Council, and in consultation with student and faculty representatives from Commerce, Engineering and Arts and Science. As of now, there are no plans to continue the project in the future. Slobodin said he doesn’t think this decision will negatively affect students. “There wasn’t a need established that this is something that graduate schools now expect, something that employers now expect. So in that case, I don’t think that there’s conclusive evidence that we are disadvantaged,” he said. Wilfrid Laurier University was the first post-secondary institution in Canada to introduce the co-curricular record in 2004. David McMurray, the University’s vice-president of student affairs, started working on the project in 2000. “We’ve had probably 20 universities come to visit and pick up on it,” McMurray said. At Laurier, there are 1,524 unique positions recognized by the program. Having a record is voluntary and students must opt-in. Approximately 40 to 50 per cent of the Laurier student population is participating this year. Students access their record online using a specially-designed software. There, they list activities they’ve been involved with and the leadership positions they have held. Club supervisors verify their positions before the record is released. One of the program’s main strengths is its convenience, McMurray said. “You can start working on

your co-curricular at any time. We recommend that students start right away in first year, but some students don’t start until later.” About 42 per cent of Laurier students open a co-curricular record in first year. “In orientation, they’re provided with an opportunity to learn about the record and its benefits,” he said. “It’s also a really easy way for students to get to know what kinds of things they can get involved with on campus.” McMurray said there were some initial concerns regarding the verification process, but that university staff haven’t encountered any difficulties. “The technology software that we developed to support the record makes the logistics very efficient,” he said. McMurray said he thinks the co-curricular record gives Laurier graduates a distinct advantage over others during job searches and applications to graduate programs. “From our assessment, it’s become a very treasured document to have during interviews,” he said. “We think it’s a real compliment to a student’s academic degree.” Wilfrid Laurier’s system lists more than clubs and activities. They’re the only school in Canada to base their record on specific learning outcomes. This means that acquired outcomes of an activity, such as intellectual growth, enhanced self-awareness and leadership

development are listed on the document in addition to the positions held. “There are 12 learning outcomes that have been designed. Not every position would satisfy the 12 outcomes. But most would relate to four, five or six of them,” he said. The co-curricular record at Laurier is housed in the school’s Student Leadership Centre. There, paid staff and peer ambassadors help students open, update and review their records. According to McMurray, there are extra staffing costs for any university looking to introduce the program, though he believes the benefits outweigh the costs. “We really do think recognizing learning and student engagement in and outside the classroom is a very positive thing,” he said. “Our research shows that it leads to closer student relations and preparedness and engagement in the classroom.” Third-year Laurier student Jordan Epstein has been involved with numerous clubs and organizations on campus. He’s the president of a club, an orientation week leader, a volunteer at the food bank and sits on the student union’s Board of Directors. All of this activity is documented on his co-curricular record. Epstein said having a co-curricular record gives him a slight advantage over other students when it comes to future prospects. “It’s like going the extra mile,”

Wilfrid Laurier University introduced co-curricular records in 2004.

he said. “I think the co-curricular record and everything it has on it would put [an applicant] over the edge.” This is the case, he said, because the learning outcomes listed on the document wouldn’t normally be included on a resumé. Epstein said the main advantage in the record lies in its verification. “If someone tried to put a club on it that they weren’t a part of, they wouldn’t get it. It proves honesty,” he said. At Laurier, the president of the university, the vice-president of student affairs, and the presidents of the undergraduate and graduate student associations sign each record personally. The University of Windsor adopted the co-curricular record in 2010. According to the school’s Vice-Provost (Students and International) Clayton Smith, Windsor is rounding out a transition period that’s seen positive feedback. “We haven’t quite got all the bells and whistles knocked out of it yet, but it’s coming along,” he said. The introduction of the record at Windsor came as a result of its success at Laurier, Smith said. Activities listed on the University of Windsor’s co-curricular record include residence life positions, student government positions and athletics. According to Smith, a transition period is necessary for any school introducing this type of record.

“You want to be careful,” he said, “Because you’re playing with students’ lives. You get one, maybe two shots at rolling this thing out. “I see it as a five-year process. We’re kind of in the middle of it at the moment.” Smith said he looks forward to expanding the records’ reach across campus. In the future, he said he sees the potential to include activities that take place off-campus and in the community. This is particularly important for Windsor, Smith said, because it’s a large commuter school. He identified Queen’s as the perfect institution to adopt a co-curricular record. “So many people move from home to go to Queen’s. There’s a lot of on-campus life or near-campus life that could be documented in this way,” Smith said. He said the co-curricular record is a tool to help students tell their stories. “When students go into a job interview for instance, they’re really nervous,” Smith said. “If there was a document there that someone could review, you begin to see, ‘Wow, this person has really got great stuff.’ “That was our reason, it’s to help our students better advocate for themselves.” Though Queen’s Student Affairs won’t be pursuing co-curricular records, they’re looking into other ways to reflect involvement outside of the classroom. — With files from Terra-Ann Arnone

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University Secretary to retire Georgina Moore will leave Queen’s in June following after a 26-year career B y K ATherine FernAndez -B lAnce News Editor

of the few long-serving staff part of their support,” she said. As someone who sits in on members able to provide advice to administrators. “[There are] a lot of all major University discussions, Moore said Queen’s has faced new faces.” Moore prepares administrators recurring problems over the years. “Government-operated funding like Principal Daniel Woolf for has always been the mainstay,” major meetings, including Senate. “Part of my job is to keep him she said. “The difficulty is, from focused,” she said. “It’s very easy to donors and governments, there are criticize the Principal and say ‘Well, more and more constraints.” Moore said Queen’s is also he didn’t do this or he didn’t do this’ but when you see what is on facing new territory when it comes the Principal’s plate … you’re just to the University’s Charter. “There’s a big question for the aware of the incredible devotion University Council,” she said. “The these people have.” Moore said there are Charter has been changed and it misconceptions about the way can define its own future.” In June 2011 Queen’s Charter senior University officials are reimbursed for travel expenses, was changed by Parliament in order adding that many don’t end up to reduce the size and composition submitting them when they of University Council over commute to meetings like the three years. Board of Trustees. Moore said she approached “They know that Queen’s can’t Woolf about her impending afford to waste money, so that’s retirement over a year ago.

After 26 years at Queen’s and 12 years in her current position, as University Secretary, Georgina Moore is set to retire. The University Secretariat offers assistance to Queen’s highest-level administrators and governing bodies, including Senate, the Board of Trustees and University Council. Moore first came to Queen’s in 1986 as an assistant within the Faculty of Education. In 1992 she moved to the University Secretariat and became head of the office in 2000. “My late husband was a mechanical Engineering PhD, he was hired to teach at Queen’s,” she said. “We arrived in 1984 with two small children; I was taking care of them when I first came to Kingston.” Looking back on her time in the office, Moore said the best part of the position has been interacting with colleagues, especially chancellors and principals. “In my daily other life I wouldn’t necessarily have anything to do with someone like [Chancellor David Dodge],” she said. Moore said a large part of her job is providing institutional memory to members of the administration. “Things do change but it is a bit shocking when you look around,” University Secretary Georgina Moore says her job she said, adding that she’s one provides institutional memory to the University.

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Prof targets obesity in Mexico Queen’s project looks to reduce childhood obesity B y M eAghAn WrAy Assistant News Editor A Queen’s-led project plans to tackle childhood obesity in Mexico. The partnership between Queen’s and the University of Guadalajara began informally at a 2005 medical conference discussing physical activity and health. In 2007, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) gave institutions the opportunity to apply for medical research funding. Projects were required to be a partnership between a low- or middle-income country and a group of researchers from a high-income country. Together the researchers needed to address a local health issue in the low- or middle-income country. Dr. Ian Janssen, associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and department of community health and epidemiology, is the Canadian project leader. Juan Lopez Taylor is the project leader in Mexico. Janssen said identifying childhood obesity as a problem in Mexico wasn’t difficult. “It’s very easy to see when you walk around Mexico,” Janssen said. “If you walk down the streets in Mexico you can see it because … you can just see lots of very big kids.” Every six years, Mexico

conducts a national health study called ENSANUT, where 100,000 people are measured for certain health indicators, including heights and weights. “You can see these massive changes in obesity in very recent years in Mexico,” he said. “Mexico is one of the most obese countries in the world. In fact, there’s more obesity in Mexico than in Canada.” The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development concluded that 69.5 per cent of the Mexican population aged 15 and older is overweight or obese — the highest statistic for a country in the world. A research method called a Child Activity Report Card was first released in Canada in 2005. Now a similar template is being used in Mexico to gather information on childhood obesity. It’s meant to compile information in a survey-style form by attaching a grade, from one to 10, to a variety of categories such as organized sport, active transportation, screen time and physical activity in schools. “You try and gather all of the information that’s available that would reflect how you’re doing in that particular area,” Janssen said. “Then there’s a committee that goes through all that information and assigns it a grade.” The intention behind the report card is to raise awareness about

the issue of obesity in Mexico, act as a tool for accountability and demonstrate areas that need more attention. “It gives you a sense for example, if you’re doing very well in sport but very bad in active transportation, then you might need to invest more resources and programs and policies in the area of active transportation.” For the past eight years, the organization Active Healthy Kids Canada has been generating these report cards. “It’s very easy for us to try and transfer a similar process and do the same thing in Mexico,” Janssen said. “Although the resources we had to do it in Mexico were far less than what we had to do it in Canada every year.” Another large project aimed at reducing obesity in low- to middle-income countries is called Canada and Mexico Battling Childhood Obesity (CAMBIO). This project received $1.5 million from an International Development Research Centre grant. This money will be divided between 14 smaller programs at a variety of institutions across Canada, including Queen’s, which received $20,000 for its report card project in Mexico.

“It’s time. I’m a baby boomer and I need to get out of the way so someone else can come along,” she said. “It wasn’t a sudden decision.” Moore said she plans to stay in Kingston and spend more time with her retired friends. “I have very modest plans,” she said. “I basically can only catch [Aquafit] courses on the evenings or the weekends, so my big luxury is going to be going in the daytime.”

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Matt Scribner becomes new SGPS President 5.7 per cent voter turnout in Society of Graduate and Professional Studies elections B y J oAnnA P lucinsKA Contributor

Scribner said. Scribner said he decided to run for SGPS president because he wanted to increase the After running unopposed, Matthew SGPS presence on campus. “I want to increase our profile so people Scribner won the election for president of the Society of Graduate and Professional understand why we’re important as an organization.” Students (SGPS). Scribner added that people usually On March 2, he won with 88.6 per cent underestimate the importance of the SGPS. of the vote. “The thing about the SGPS is that it’s Scribner, PhD ’12, said he plans to increase access to the SGPS for unique in that it’s not just graduate students, but professional students,” he said. “We graduate students. “I’m going to hold office hours, which is have upcoming lawyers, teachers and priests. the traditional grad student thing to do, on We’re representing a very diverse group both campuses. The SGPS doesn’t have an of people.” office on West Campus, but that’s okay — I’ll Even though his first day in office is just be in the foyer to meet people,” he said. April 1, Scribner said he has already Voter turnout was 5.7 per cent in been working. “The outgoing president, Jillian the election. Scribner added that he also plans to use [Burford-Grinnell], is going to be the VP of finance in the SGPS, so there’s a bit of social media to reach out to students. “I’ll tweet. I think I’ll probably start a blog,” continuity there,” he said. “And she’s already

Matt Scribner, PhD ‘12, says he wasn’t surprised by the results of the election since he was running unopposed for president.

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kind of taken me under her wing.” Scribner said one of his goals is to make the SGPS equivalent to the AMS in the minds of students. “I would want to say that the SGPS is a pillar in the Queen’s community a year

from now — one of the first things everyone thinks of when they think of organizations like the Senate or the AMS,” Scribner said. — With files from Savoula Stylianou

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On-campus bike shop to open Tuesday Plans for shop in Mac-Brown Hall in development since April 2011 B y A lison s houldice Staff Writer

“The bike shop has two main “We figured this was one of goals: first is to take in bikes from those things that’s better to do people who don’t want them properly and take a little bit of After almost a year of planning, anymore, then refurbish them and extra time than to rush it and get it the AMS Bike Shop is set to sell them back to the community out, and have it not be as good as it open Tuesday. for a cheaper price,” DiSimine, can be,” he said. DiSimine said the total operation Located in MacGillivray-Brown ArtSci ’11, said. Hall, the shop has been an ongoing The shop was originally slated expenses for the shop this year are just over $5,300. project for the Commission of the to open during fall of 2011. “$1,500 was spent on the Environment and Sustainability “There was, to be honest, a lot (CES) since last April. of logistical and technical work honouraria of the directors,” CES Commissioner Adam that I don’t think I completely DiSimine said, adding that the shop will be staffed by five to seven DiSimine said the shop will appreciated,” DiSimine said. provide repair services for “It’s a hard thing to set up volunteers and three directors. The CES received a sum of students who need tune-ups or because it’s so unique and there replacement parts. are so many very specific, very $6,300 from the AMS Board of Directors last year for set-up costs. It will sell miscellaneous cycling technical aspects to it.” Among the delays was a flood “I imagine we’ll spend just about items, such as locks, seats and reflectors as well as offering a at MacGillivray-Brown Hall all of that this year,” DiSimine said. bicycle reselling service. last summer. “We should be right on budget.”

Scott Leon, ArtSci ‘12, is the technical director for the new bike shop in MacGillivray-Brown Hall.

The new bike shop hopes to service up to 20 bikes per week. “Hopefully it will be a little slower in the beginning, and it will pick up as we become more comfortable with how the shop is

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supposed to operate,” he said. DiSimine added that he hopes the bike shop will make life easier for students. “A lot of people want to be able to fix their bikes and ride them but they just don’t have the necessary experience or tools,” he said. The shop is modeled on a similar repair centre run through the University of British Columbia’s student union. “UBC has one the best bike shops in the country. Ideally we can be chasing after a model like that,” he said. Laura Vaz-Jones, CES deputy commissioner, oversees the Bike Shop directors and volunteers. She said the value of the shop lies mainly in its accessibility and affordability.

want “toabelotableof topeople fix their bikes and ride them, but they just don’t have the necessary experience or tools.

— Adam DiSimine, commissioner for the environment and sustainability

“Although there are bike fixing programs and places you can go to in the Kingston community, it’s just so convenient,” Vaz-Jones, ArtSci ’14, said. She added that she doesn’t think the shop’s location in MacGillivray-Brown Hall will affect the number of students interested in using it. “I know it’s not the most ideal location, but I think that once you discover the building, you know where it is,” she said. “It’s still on campus.” MacGillivray-Brown Hall is located at the corner of Barrie and Earl Streets. She said she hopes the shop will help promote a cycling culture at Queen’s. “I know that there’s this divide between west campus and main campus,” she said. “To be able to promote cycling as a mode of transportation between the two — that could be an opportunity we could tackle in the future.”

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Campus calendar Friday, March 9 Make a Wish: Queen’s Pizza Sale Corner of University Ave. and Union St. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $2 pizza and $1 pop Lecture: Anthony Griffin Ontario Human Rights Commission Macdonald Hall, room 202 1 to 2:30 p.m. RUSH Culture Show Duncan McArthur Auditorium 6 to 8 p.m. $12 SlutWalk Kingston City Park 6 to 9 p.m. Project Red: “Heart of Gold” Charity Fashion Show 2012 Grant Hall 8 p.m. Continues until March 10 Saturday, March 10 Dodge 4 A Cause Athletic and Recreational Centre 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free Observatory Public Tour Ellis Hall, 4th floor 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free Sunday, March 11 Time Change 3 a.m.

Visit to the Sugar Bush for Maple Syrup Fun Cataraqui Conservation Area 1 to 4 p.m. Free For more information, contact: Monday, March 12 Islam Awareness Week JDUC, Lower Ceilidh 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 Responsible Leadership Speakers Series: Mary Gordon of Roots of Empathy Goodes Hall, room 406 Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 Overview of the War of 1812 from Major Grodzinski Kingston City Hall 10 a.m. to noon Free Thursday, March 15 Queen’s Strategic Research Plan Town Hall Robert Sutherland Building, room 202 Noon to 1 p.m. For more information, contact:

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Senate creates first Queen’s graduate certificate New program will focus on mining-related issues like Aboriginal land claims B y C aitlin M c K ay Contributor A new graduate certificate in community relations and mining engineering will be the first of its kind in North America. A motion was passed at Senate on Feb. 28 with a clear majority to create the new certificate. It will begin in September 2012. Jeffrey Davidson, a professor in the department of mining at Queen’s, is the program co-ordinator of the new certificate program. He said the certificate will educate students about the effects of mining operations on their communities. “One thing that is an issue is the presence of a mining company in a community that uses land and water that was formerly accessible,” he said. A certificate program offers courses based on creating professional skill sets. Davidson said the program is based on a similar initiative he worked on at the University of Queensland in Australia. “They always exceeded enrolment expectations in Australia. We just now have to refine the course outline and make some

adjustments,” he said. In the budget submitted to Senate, $45,169 in funding from the department of mining will be given to the new graduate certificate program to be used for course materials and program logistics. Davidson said the certificate program consists of four core courses. He added that employers typically pay the fees for their employees to participate in the one- to two-year part-time program. “Enrolling in the program costs $12,000 — $3,000 per course.” The coursework for the program includes online modules and one week of in-class lectures. Davidson said the certificate program will produce better-trained workers. “This program suggests that Queen’s is a leader in this kind of education,” he said. One contentious issue surrounding mining is land rights issues, specifically with Aboriginal peoples in Canada. “If communities don’t feel that they are being treated fairly then that leads to tensions and conflicts,” he said. Davidson said Aboriginal issues will be

addressed in the graduate certificate program. “The way it stands now, we have a course about Aboriginal issues,” he said. “We’d like to have some Aboriginal leaders to address the group and give them a viewpoint of the Aboriginal community.” Despite concerns from some University senators, Davidson said this initiative is a step in the right direction because it addresses a serious gap in mining education. “The fact of the matter is that most people working in mining don’t have community development skill sets. So this was seen as a real need.” Marc Epprecht, a global development studies professor, said he has doubts about the creation of this new graduate certificate. “What’s probably going to happen is Aboriginal issues will be tokenized. It might

be one week focused on Aboriginal issues and a speaker from the community who has had a good experience rather than a full debate with the critics,” he said. Epprecht said he’s worried about the University being co-opted to a corporate agenda. “The bottom line is if the community tells you to go away, are you going to go away? And no they are not because they need the stuff that’s underneath the ground.” But the certificate program also has potential to be very useful, Epprecht said. “I’m not opposed to the principle of the certificate program,” he said. “It’s great if we can education professionals who are in the field. It’s better they know what they’re doing than not.”

News in brief Tuition to increase five per cent Ontario’s current tuition framework has been renewed for another year, meaning that tuition can increase by an average of five per cent at Ontario colleges and universities for the 2012-13 academic year. Yesterday, the Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities released a statement announcing the extension of the tuition-increase cap, which has been in place since 2006. Tuition will rise by differing amounts depending on the program, but Queen’s ultimately has the power to decide on tuition costs, providing it works within Ontario’s framework. In February, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), an undergraduate lobbying body, presented a report to the provincial government that aimed to reduce tuition increases. AMS Vice-President of University Affairs Kieran Slobodin is an OUSA member and said institutions have typically raised tuition to the maximum amount allowed by the framework. He said he doesn’t expect the next academic year to be an exception. “For OUSA, it’s a disappointment that the problem wasn’t addressed, but it doesn’t mean we won’t continue to work in the next foreseeable future,” Slobodin, ArtSci ’12, said. The tuition framework will be reviewed again in a year’s time. Slobodin said OUSA will continue to lobby for a different framework. “The government’s announcement was an extension as opposed to a four-year strategic framework for tuition, so it means that there’s work to be done for next year.” Queen’s will release its new tuition figures in May. — Katherine Fernandez-Blance

Kingston high school faces possible closure The City of Kingston is entering discussions that could lead to the closure of a Kingston high school. The Program and Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) was struck by the Limestone District School Board to assess the state of enrolment in Kingston

high schools. Preliminary discussions with PARC included the possibility of closing either Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute or Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute — located near campus at the corner of Earl and Frontenac Streets. In response to declining A mining mural in Goodwin Hall. Queen’s will be home to the first enrolment, closing a school would be a mining graduate certificate in North America. cost-saving measure. At city council on Tuesday, councilors voted to have more input in the final decision. Council will become more acquainted with PARC’s mandate and present a position at next month’s meeting. PARC will review public and city council input before finalizing a report and recommendations document, due July 10. The decision to close a school would ultimately be made by the School Board’s Board of Trustees. — Catherine Owsik

Red Bull comes to campus for paper-plane contest On Wednesday a paper airplane building competition was held in the main gym of the ARC. The event, which was sponsored by Red Bull, drew a crowd of about 20 people. From 1 to 4 p.m. participants at the ARC folded regular sheets of paper into airplane designs and competed in three competitions: longest flight distance, longest flight time and most creative flight. Each competition had one winner that will now go to Toronto at the end of March to represent Queen’s in a national competition. The winner of the Toronto event will go on to represent Canada in an international competition held in Austria. Alex Cavasin, the student brand manager for Red Bull at Queen’s University, said students were given the opportunity to practice their designs prior to each competition. Records for longest distance and time were 37.8 meters and 7.94 seconds respectively. He added that the engineering aerodesign team judged the creative flight competition. — Catherine Owsik

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Women under-represented Professor says women are discouraged from Computing degrees B y Vincent M atak Staff Writer As part the International Women’s Day, Queen’s School of Computing advocated for female participation in the computer sciences. International Women’s Day was celebrated around the globe yesterday and has been celebrated for over 100 years. Wendy Powley, a professor in the School of Computing, organized a panel discussion in the JDUC on Thursday. “Eleven per cent of undergrads enrolled in our program are females,” she said. “It’s just wrong that girls are missing out. There is no reason why they aren’t pursuing studies in this area.” The School of Computing had 50 per cent female enrolment in the 1980s.

Powley said the event’s aim was academic versus industrial careers to promote female enrolment in the in computer science. Powley is the founder of Women computing faculty and encourage women to pursue research in in the School of Computing the field. (WISC) — an informal social and Part of the reason women community outreach group that choose not to pursue computer seeks to encourage female interest sciences in university is because of in the computer sciences. a deep-rooted social understanding One of WISC’s community that the program is male-oriented, outreach goals is to visit local Powley said. elementary schools and engage “From an early age boys tend young girls in lego-robotics. to get involved in gaming, so they “Once they open their minds to are naturally drawn to computers computers it’s really easy to reel and want to see what they can them in,” she said. “The opportunities are contribute to computers,” she said. “Girls feel excluded and choose endless and the girls are missing out just because they not to go down that path.” The event featured two don’t know what it’s about.” sessions, one on the importance Despite organizing the event as of diversity in the field and the part of International Women’s Day, other on professional networking. Powley said it wasn’t meant to be A panel talk was held afterward exclusive to women. and discussed the benefits of “I don’t want people to choose

Libby Nicol and Christina Clare host a seven-hour program dedicated to International Women’s Day.

not to get involved because they think it’s a bunch of radical feminists organizing an event. When I saw the numbers dropping I realized

Radio station helps campus celebrate CFRC also participated in International Women’s Day with programming dedicated to women’s issues. The station featured interviews with local female advocacy groups, discussions and music from a variety of female artists. CFRC volunteer Christina Clare said the day of programming was important for confronting

gender stereotypes. “The music industry still predominantly features white men specifically so to play music by women is really important,” Clare said. Clare said the seven-hour radio program is important in reminding people to challenge their perceptions of women’s roles in society today.

“Every day we should be looking at and challenging ourselves and being more critical of these issues, but I think having one day specifically is really good because it reminds everyone that’s what we should do on a regular basis,” Clare said. Clare became involved in the project after reflecting on gender identity.

“I witnessed a lot of women’s feminist struggles to fight for more power in their lives and I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on how my own gender identity is read,” Clare said. “I just wanted to [help] provide a grounding for discussion on these issues.” — Vincent Matak

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around pushing our word out through media,” she said. Although the majority of response to Kony 2012 has been from Western countries like the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, Hackett said 95 per cent of staff in Invisible Children’s two central African offices are local. “Our programs and our organization is really based on the belief of locals know best,” she said. In October 2011, American President Barack Obama ordered that 100 non-combative U.S. troops be deployed in Uganda to stop the LRA and capture Kony. Hackett said Invisible Children is adamant that the only way to keep these troops in the region is with popular support. “The criticality of this being this year is we have international support, we have governmental support,” she said. “Our number one goal for this campaign is for Joseph Kony to be arrested.” Richard Day, undergraduate chair of the global development studies department said that while

Kony 2012 supporters have good intentions, it’s unlikely that the campaign will amount to anything. “The basic idea is if a bunch of white people get upset, that’s going to bring people towards a Western sense of justice,” he said. “It reminds me of Bono.”

basic idea is “if aThebunch of white

people get upset, that’s going to bring people towards a Western sense of justice.

— Richard Day, undergraduate chair of global development studies

Day said the “charity-oriented” movement does offer an opportunity for critical discussion. “What should happen would probably be quite different than what the West has produced as a response,” he said. “It will be a white people thing … that’s colonialism.” Alumnus Peter Stoett, PhD

’94, studies the Lord’s Resistance Army and the International Criminal Court. He said that if Kony is captured and brought to justice, the entire LRA will crumble. “This really is one of those fairly rare cases nowadays, where an individual leader is absolutely instrumental to keeping these atrocities ongoing,” Stoett, a professor at Concordia University said. “You need to take out the very top.” Stoett said the LRA’s actions constitute some of the worst cases of child abuse in history. Though the LRA originated in Uganda, the rebel group dispersed into neighboring countries. Since it started in 1998, the LRA has abducted over 300,000 youth from their homes, according to the Invisible Children’s documentary. Children have been taken from Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and south Sudan, amongst other African nations. “He distributes girls for example to the top military leaders,” Stoett said. “He’s got this system going whereby he rewards people and punishes people.”

Participants in the Kony 2012 Cover the Night event recieve posters like the one above which they will use to plaster their towns in an effort to raise awareness about Joseph Kony.


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its launch and has received varied comments. “From academic obstacles to the need for a balanced lifestyle and teaching student’s life skills, we’ve received a lot of input,” he said. Recommendations from the commission are due to be given to Principal Daniel Woolf in April. Following this, the commission will disband. “We haven’t started the report yet, and we’re slightly worried about that, we have a lot in our heads and on paper and electronically,” Walker said. “We will have a framework approach to this that will allow the Principal and the Photo by Corey Lablans University to consider what we will Members of the Principal’s commission on mental be recommending.” health listen to speakers at the student forum held on Wednesday.

Although he’s pleased with the awareness Kony 2012 is bringing, Stoett said those involved in the struggle have been calling for his capture for decades. “It’s one thing to raise awareness on this it’s another to actually ... capture,” he said. “Actually making that happen has proven extremely difficult.” Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has ruled the country since 1986. “Museveni’s been in power just

as long as Kony’s been committing the crimes,” said Rignam Wangkhang, an organizer of the Queen’s Cover the Night event. “Clearly we need to hold him accountable for his lack of action. Wangkhang, ArtSci ’12 said he hopes the movement will make people ask questions. “It’s not just a case of one person,” he said. “There are other factors involved in all ways.”

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It’s unfortunate that libraries are in such dire financial straits, but if advertising ensures that they have a future, then it’s necessary.

Toronto Public Libraries

Libraries need to evolve T

oronto’s public libraries may soon use advertising to combat budgetary shortcomings. The National Post reported on Feb. 29 that after a six per cent budget cut in the past year, the library board is looking at new revenue options. This could include in-branch posters, ads on library public computers and ads on the library truck fleet. The first move will be selling ads on the back of due-date slips. It’s unfortunate that libraries are in such dire financial straits, but if advertising ensures that they have a future, then it’s necessary. When the alternative is closing branches or cutting services and jobs. In the face of these options, introducing ads is the lesser of two evils. With the proliferation of online information and e-readers like the Kindle and the Kobo, libraries have had trouble staying relevant. In order to survive when a wealth of knowledge is available through the Internet, libraries need to adapt. Paper books are no longer going to be a library’s biggest draw. They need to position themselves at the forefront of literary technology. Pursuing an avenue to make money is a proactive response by libraries rather than simply

demanding a greater share of the city’s budget. Any ads in libraries though, need to be integrated in a tasteful way. As it stands, libraries are a safe haven from commercial advertisement. Rather than a wholesale reversal of this, libraries should be cautious about what advertisers they use. Advertising can be done in a

BFA Suspension

Senate justified in hiring lawyer


he University will hire a lawyer who will be tasked with examining Queen’s policy on program suspension. The third-part input is being sought after a motion was passed at a Feb. 28 Senate meeting. The initial decision to suspend admissions to Fine Art was made on Nov. 9, and was immediately met with student criticism. After receiving notice in an email, BFA students cited a lack of consultation as a major concern. Those with a vested interest in the BFA program are entitled to another opinion and deserve to know where the law falls on the issue. While Queen’s legal counsel Diane Kelly was consulted for her opinion on the issue, it’s important that the lawyer be an independent operator, rather than a University employee. Cutting a program necessitates giving input to those who are most invested in the decision — this includes students and faculty members. It’s unlikely the lawyer who’s hired will suggest a reversal of the Nov. 9 decision, but another opinion could spur the creation of a University policy that better outlines program suspension processes. A similar situation happened in 2009 when the University cut programs with 25 or fewer

concentrators. A response came from the Queen’s University Faculty Association who asked lawyer and Queen’s professor David Mullan to investigate. Mullan’s legal opinion was that there should be a consultative process between the Dean and Senate before a decision is made to cut or suspend a program. It’s an example of the differing opinions that exist when determining a program’s future. Suspending the BFA program was a fiscal decision, one that the University had the right to make. The problem with administrators’ deliberation was that it didn’t include significant consultation with Senate. Mullan’s advice needs to be respected. This would mean that for a program to be suspended, a consultative, rather than a unilateral decision must be made. At best the Senate decision to hire an independent legal opinion will force the University to be more collaborative. As a private institution, the University has the right to govern itself as it wishes, but administrators have a responsibility to be transparent with students, who form the basis of its operations. The effects of hiring a third-party lawyer remain to be seen, but hopefully it will mean that in the future programs can’t be cut without due consultation.

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creative way, and doesn’t need to be an offensive eyesore. In August 2011, when there was a threat of library branch closures, support rallied around them. Unfortunately, boosting a service whenever it’s in the red isn’t a sustainable business model. Support from literary celebrities like Margaret Atwood can’t be the

sole avenue to bolster popularity. It’s a short-term solution. Financial solvency requires that libraries revive themselves as not just as book collections, but cultural and community centres. Libraries need to adjust their mandate to meet their market. To avoid closing branches or reducing services, they need to accept advertising as a method of acquiring funds. It’s also a chance to increase public support — something that’s desperately needed.

It wasn’t until years later that scientists realized that saccharin didn’t have the same effect in humans. Interestingly, it was discovered that many things caused cancerous bladder tumors in rats, high doses of vitamin C. Catherine Owsik including Finally, in 2006 Health Canada decided to re-evaluate the ban on saccharin. The government is still in the process of changing legislation, and hopefully they’re not too late to change the stigma associated with artificial sweeteners. It’s been widely accepted across rtificial sweeteners are a misunderstood scientific the scientific community that breakthrough. Unfortunately artificial sweeteners are safe under scientists and the government normal consumption. Saccharin doesn’t bind to your aren’t vocal enough to alleviate our safety concerns. Even as recently as DNA and aspartame won’t cause five days ago, the Globe published seizures; these statements are an article on the confusion around exaggerated and misunderstood results from laboratory experiments. artificial sweeteners. Drinking a diet soda, often Take for example saccharin, the artificial sweetener in the pink sweetened with aspartame, won’t harm your body any more than a packets of Sweet’N Low. It may come as a surprise that regular sugar-filled soda will. The Acceptable Daily Intake saccharin is currently banned in Canada as a food additive. It also (ADI) measures the maximum has a warning on the back of the concentration of substances before packet saying only to consume it any negative side effects may possibly occur. For aspartame, the under the advice of a physician. However, at the same time ADI is 50 mg per kg of body weight Health Canada states that saccharin per day. This means that a 150-lb is permitted for limited use as a person needs to drink 20 cans of diet soda every day to be at risk tabletop sweetener. Naturally, this causes confusion of the negative side effects caused and fear over the safety of by aspartame. There have been studies linking these sweeteners. The inconsistency began artificial sweeteners to weight gain, in the 1970s when a Canadian so if that’s your concern it may be study found that saccharin was worthwhile to look into the science possibly linked to bladder cancer behind that research. But while in rats. The chemical was labeled you’re there, do a search on the as a carcinogen and was ultimately toxicity of sugar — you may be surprised at what you find. banned in Canada.


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Perspectives from the Queen’s community

Drummond report


The beneficiaries of public services aren’t the only ones who should bear the burden of an economic downturn — especially when they aren’t responsible.

Cuts aren’t the only answer

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What do you think about the Kony 2012 campaign?

Ontario’s new debt-reduction report ignores the province’s need to increase revenue in favour of sweeping service cuts

J ean -D enis G aron , P h D ’12 Don Drummond’s 668-page deficit-reduction report is intended to help the Ontario government contain its skyrocketing public debt, which Drummond said could explode to more than $30 billion by 2018. But while the Feb. 15 report is right to advocate for strong debt-reducing measures, it presents an incomplete solution that fails to encapsulate Ontario’s need to increase revenue. Speaking at Queen’s on March 1, Drummond outlined several measures in the report that would most impact students, such as his recommendation to axe the brand-new 30 per cent off Ontario tuition grant. Measures like these, he says, will allow the province to limit expenditures and avoid a public finance disaster. In Drummond’s view, the government could, and should, provide better services at a lower cost by implementing so-called efficiency gains into existing services. Don’t be fooled: there’s not a single sensible person who believes that a $30-billion deficit can be eliminated quickly that way. His recommendation to restructure the health care system, for example, would take years to implement. Any gains in efficiency would take a long time to bear fruit and wouldn’t be the quick fix we require. In fact, sharp readers may have noticed some serious discrepancies between what Drummond said in his speech at Queen’s and what’s actually written in the report. On paper, he mainly suggests containing the growth in public expenditures through broad cuts

in public services and by increasing service-user fees. Ontarians who rely on public services the most should thus expect to be affected. But Drummond also proposes to “revise the research funding structure” for universities. This plainly means that, in his view, universities should devote significantly less resources to research. He believes — wrongly, in my opinion — that professors are doing too much research, which allegedly harms students’ educational experience. Several aspects of Drummond’s speech at Queen’s are troubling. As I already mentioned, he carefully avoided discussing cuts in services to citizens. But more importantly, he presents his recommendations as a complete assessment of all possible measures that would allow the government to balance the budget. This is problematic as there are technically two ways to eliminate a public deficit: reducing expenses, or increasing government revenues. His commission only addressed the former, as its mandate specified that it couldn’t suggest any tax increases. Again, it’s ludicrous to think that Ontario’s current public financial problem can be addressed only by cutting everywhere. In the end, the solution will necessarily have to be a combination of both service cuts and revenue increases. As Drummond painted a disturbingly incomplete picture of what should be done to balance the budget, it’s worth examining some additional measures not included in the report. First, it’s time for Dalton McGuinty’s government to fight tooth and nail for the province to get more equalization payments. Ontario has been the victim of a violent economic shock in the last few years. Its core industrial sector — including the automobile industry — has been greatly affected

“Watching it develop on Facebook has been fascinating.” Michael Kilgour, Sci ’13

Queen’s adjunct professor Don Drummond spoke to 150 people at Robert Sutherland Hall last Thursday.

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and may never fully recover. It’s true that Ontario is now a so-called “have not” province and has received equalization payments since 2009, but the current payment structure doesn’t go far enough. Ontario has given a lot in equalization payments in the past, and is now entitled to receive more. The province could also ask for the Canadian Health and Social Transfers to be adjusted in its favor. Second, the provincial government has been reducing the corporate tax rate since 2010 and intends to reduce it further over the next few years. It’s nonsense to enact this policy while health-care beneficiaries and students are asked to make sacrifices. Ontario’s current corporate tax rate is competitive, and there already exists tax exemptions for both small businesses and for those developing in Northern Ontario. There is no need to further reduce the corporate tax rate. Third, if more revenue is needed, the government should increase personal income taxes. Times will be tough, and there’s certainly room for a bit more

solidarity in this province. What would Ontarians prefer: reducing the number of social workers in schools or paying a bit more in taxes? Drummond delivered a charismatic and interesting talk to Queen’s students. He properly identified the task ahead, which is that of reducing the public deficit. But his solution was incomplete. The government will have to raise revenue, which will require political courage. The beneficiaries of public services aren’t the only ones who should bear the burden of an economic downturn — especially when they aren’t responsible. If the Ontario government truly wishes to handle its rising debt, it needs to examine measures beyond those stated in the Drummond report. If it doesn’t, Ontarians will likely see the level of public debt continue to rise.

be accomplished without endangering the lives and livelihoods of other people and the environment, partially by investing in more renewable sources of energy.

action plan. I believe that having Queen’s working with the Delphi Group can be the push required to make a substantial difference in reducing Queen’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. I only hope that the University will invest time and money into the long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and not only on initiatives with short-term benefits. Eventually, the campus can be carbon-neutral and this is just the first step in setting a standard for all Canadian universities.

Jean-Denis Garon is a PhD candidate in the Queen’s department of economics.

“It’s an incredible use of social media but I hope the results are long term.” Julie Kerr, ArtSci ’12

“It’s spreading the word, but people need to make sure they engage with the cause.” Corey Critch, ArtSci ’12

“There’s always going to be some negative backlash, but it’s worth it if they raise awareness.” Emma Csillag, ArtSci ’12

Letters to the editor Oil sands have negative effects Re: “Industry pros talk oil sands,” Feb. 14, 2012. Dear Editors, While I appreciate the efforts that the oil sands industry is putting into making their practices more environmentally friendly, I still disagree with the exploitation of the Albertan oil sands. Technologies that currently exist are not capable of placing the carbon footprint associated with the extraction and use of oil sands oil on par with oil extracted from different methods. On top of that, oil sands surface mining requires

more water than any other method of oil extraction, using three barrels of water to produce each barrel of oil. Diverting three per cent of the river flow doesn’t sound like a lot, but this number isn’t clear. Is it three per cent total, or each year? Is this a sustainable amount of water to be using, or will the river continually decline? And what happens if the proposed Enbridge or Keystone XL pipelines are approved, and the oil sands expand? What about the possibility of oil spills when attempting to transport the material out of Alberta? What impact would that have on indigenous people and local fishermen? I understand the need for jobs and economic stimulation, but I believe that those goals can

Cassandra Cummings, MSc ’13

Give climate plan a chance Re: “Queen’s behind on climate action plan,” Feb. 14, 2012. Dear Editors, As a concerned student, but also a concerned global citizen, I have high hopes for Queen’s climate

Nisha Midha, ArtSci ’13 Member of Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change

“It’s the right idea, but people need to know where their money is going.” Kevin Mortimer, ArtSci ’12

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Theatre review


Feel the wait Penelope Waits has no plot, but an engaging ensemble B y B rittany J ohnston Contributor When the audience first walks into the drama department’s new production, they follow a candlelit pathway that’s lined by dioramas. Each piece of art contains various interpretations of Penelope Waits and the idea of passing time. The ambient pathway leads audience members onto a balcony, down steps, through the jungle-gym-like stage and into their seats. If you’re anticipating a plot in this play it will be a frustrating wait — there isn’t one. Penelope Waits requires an open mind, where you allow your senses to guide you. There’s a lot of eye-candy. Projection screens are used throughout, cutting between images of clocks and an aging man. Costume designer Gillian Wilson’s pastel costumes and set designer Darienne Lancaster’s tree-fort set evoke a nostalgic Neverland-like feeling. The

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The Queen’s drama department presents Penelope Waits which has a 21-person cast.

combined aesthetics of the projections, set and costumes create a surreal atmosphere. Music co-ordinator Alison Gowan arranged an amusing and exciting assortment of songs in collaboration with director Kim Renders and cast members. The songs range from melodic and emotional, to up-tempo dance music. Guitarist Chad Yacobucci’s jams with Gowan are a highlight. Not only are your eyes and

ears engaged, but your body as well. At the start of the play the entire ensemble takes a deep breath in and slowly exhales. You’ll be surprised to find yourself following suit. In this avant-garde piece there are no main characters; the entire cast is one big ensemble. They function like machine parts. Though the cast of Penelope Waits is female-dominated, the male cast members aren’t overshadowed.

James Gagné demonstrates his versatility, shifting from seriously postured moments to making the audience giggle as he tumbles across the stage. Michael Hynes accompanies Gagné’s comedy with wit and charm. Becky Kirby delivers a powerful vocal performance. Among the notable female performances, Tia McGregor, Nicolette Pearse, Tamara Thomas and Kimberley Sakkal all have great stage presence,


‘Most epic jungle movie of our time’ ZZBRA release their new album The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack B y C aitlin C hoi Assistant Arts Editor Moka Only and Evil Ebenezer are coming to a stage near you. At the end of January, the West Coast duo behind hip hop’s ZZBRA released their first collaborative album, The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. A mock trailer, released on Feb. 3, promised “a sexy, wild, dangerous, savage jungle adventure” from “the most epic jungle movie of our time.” Vancouver native Evil said both him and Moka have a bit of an actor in them. Though they don’t actually plan to make a feature film for the album, it’s clear they thrive on performance. “Who would win in a freestyle rap battle? I would probably say Moka because he’s got the spiritual, lyrical, miracle type of element in his delivery,” Evil said. “I might do something dumb like pull down my pants and have boxers that have like a weird thing on the front … I’d probably score some points that way.” Evil said any film about ZZBRA would be Lethal Weapon meets Jumanji or The Goonies meets Terminator, adding that it would come “straight out of the summer of 1985, it would just be fun for the

whole family.” The pair are inspired by Vancouver’s supernatural elements. “It’s got the whole Twin Peaks feel … with the fog and the storms.” The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack channels the duo’s take on vibe-heavy space pop — reminiscent of B.C. groups they grew up with, like The Rascals and Swollen Members. The ZZBRA on-stage mindset is “whatever happens happens,” Evil said. “With the audience, we want to make it like a house party, where everyone knows each other and everyone is involved,” he said. “If we mess up or whatever, we just keep going, we don’t care.” Moka and Evil aren’t new on the Canadian rap scene — with around 60 albums, Moka is curious about a potential Guinness World Record for most releases. Evil said he’s dropped around 10, but is working on a new release for later this year. The two met about eight years ago and formed ZZBRA in 2007. “Coffee and cigarettes. Burger King. That kind of a combination brought us together,” Evil said — after a pause, I realized no further explanation was about to come. “After that we got deep into

and overcome the challenge of standing out in an ensemble of 21 people. Caroline Rémont makes her debut — adding her alluring voice and flowing accent to the musical score. The energetic first-year student Elliot Maxwell catches the audience’s attention with his unyielding energy. One of the ensemble said, “I know what time it is. As long as no one asks me what it is.” This is true to how the audience understands the play. What kind of play is it? What am I supposed to take away from it? Though it has no story it has all of the elements: suspense, romance, conflicts, allusions and resolutions. To understand what Penelope Waits is, you’ll have to experience it yourself. Penelope Waits plays tonight until March 17 in the Rotunda Theatre in Theological Hall. Show times are at 8 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m.

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Moka Only (left) previously a member of hip-hop group Swollen Members, and Evil Ebenezer describe ZZBRA’s music as space pop.

the jungle. We went deep into the jungle and ZZBRA came out.” Evil said making music together was a way to show another side and have that partner in crime to up the fun. “It just feels like a walk in the park, like a no brainer. You just kind of go up [on stage] and just feed off each other,” he said. “It’s the wow side.” ZZBRA recorded The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack within a matter of weeks in January. The short time span is less surprising considering they’ve been sitting on most of the tracks for almost five years. “It wasn’t right to come out at that time so we kind of just like put it on a shelf and let it ferment, you know, like fine wine,” Evil said, adding that from a business perspective, they didn’t have all the


resources they do now, including a marketing budget and a publicist. It was worth the wait. Evil said it was perfect, unlike any recording session he’s ever had. “We didn’t really have to go back and touch anything up,” he said. “It just went down so nice. I tinker with my music a bit more but it just came out really good and it was really organic, the way that it flowed.” After their cross-Canada tour, ZZBRA hopes to hit up the U.S., Europe and Australia before the end of 2012. “We’re going to go wherever the people want us and we’re going to stay busy on this for a bit,” Evil said. “This is just the beginning.” ZZBRA plays Revolutions Nightclub tonight at 9 p.m.

Getting intimate Closer explores relationships in a modern age B y K atie P anousis Contributor Sex, lies and video-feed — with the crusts cut off. Queen’s Vagabond Theatre presents Closer, a show that cannot be put in a box. It’s confusingly honest yet poignantly deceptive. Written by English comedian Patrick Marber, it tackles subjects of sex, relationships, power, greed, selfishness and the pursuit of satisfaction in the face of moral ambiguity. Held at the Baby Grand, See Pursuit on page 21


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More than drinking songs Irish-punk band the Mahones for having a close relationship with fans B y K atherine FernanDeZ -B lanCe News Editor Finny McConnell has a habit of forging unusual relationships with his fans. As the lead singer and founder of Irish-punk band the Mahones, McConnell has no problem getting personal.

into punk “rockIf you’re you’re going to love us and if you’re not, you won’t. ” — Finny McConnell, Mahones lead singer “We’ve met a lot of fans, we’ve become friends with,” he said. “[Wife and band member] Katie and I allow our fans to add us on Facebook.” After being together for 22 years, the five-piece band has learned the importance of a fan’s experience. “I went to the university of rock and roll on the streets of London, England,” he said. “That’s where I met The Clash and the Pogues.” McConnell cited the bands as some of the biggest influences on the Mahones’ changing sound. “I know what it’s like for me when I got to meet those

guys,” he said. “That’s all part of the experience.” While McConnell doesn’t regret their songs being labeled as “Irish drinking songs” he maintains that it’s a misnomer. “The first album we did was very popular for drinking songs, and since then we don’t’ write drinking songs as much,” he said. The band has produced 10 albums, becoming a household name with punk lovers across the world, regardless of any Irish linkages. “If you’re into punk rock you’re going to love us and if you’re not, you won’t,” McConnell said. McConnell is the only remaining member of the original band. Seventeen have cycled through the group since forming in Kingston in 1990. “When you’re in a band for 22 years a lot of guys get married and have kids,” he said. “Most people who aren’t in the band now usually left because they were tired of touring.” McConnell managed to do both, marrying accordionist and vocalist Katie McConnell and having a daughter, who doesn’t join their rigorous tours. Last month, the Mahones toured for nine months. They’re currently finishing up a tour with the Dropkick Murphys. “They’re good friends of ours,

we don’t usually open for bands much, their pretty much our favourite band,” he said. Despite being away from their Montreal home for a majority of the year, McConnell is always excited to return to Kingston. St. Patrick’s Day also holds special significance to the band, and not just because of their Irish roots. “We started to play a St. Patty’s day show for a friend of mine in the Toucan,” he said. “Everyone started liking it so much we ended up playing all over Kingston. “It’s like the Irish New Year’s Eve — because we’re Irish we drag it out for the whole week.” McConnell has high hopes that the kids in his life, like his 11-year-old daughter, will grow to appreciate his music. “She doesn’t even like our music,” he said. “She’s into Avril Lavigne, Selena Gomez. “I don’t expect kids to like Irish punk, we all go through our phases.” McConnell’s Kingston-based 15-year-old godson Shane ‘Muzikk’ McConnell is an aspiring musician. “We’re going to produce a record for him,” he said. “He’s like a Lady Gaga, he’s just over the top, he’s rock and roll.” The Mahones play Ale House on March 13 at 8 p.m.

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• Designer profile

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Behind the runway at Vogue Vogue Charity Fashion Show president Amanda Sadler explains the organized chaos that occurs backstage B y a lyssa a shton Arts Editor After four years in Vogue Charity Fashion Show, Amanda Sadler has two goals for her last show. “My goal this year is not to cry,” she said. “Not to fall, not to cry.” Sadler, ArtSci ’12, started as a dancer and an intern in her first year, moving on to be clothing manager in her second year, charity director last year and president this year. The upcoming show will be her modelling debut, showing off an elaborate ball gown in the opening number. “This year the cast is a little bit smaller, it’s 130 this year [down from 150],” she said. “We’ve scaled down just a little bit planning wise and to give everyone more of chance to dabble in any area that they want.” On Monday, the cast and crew will move into the Grand Theatre for a string of 12-hour days in preparation for the show. “We start at nine o’clock in the morning and go till about four-ish for tech run,” Sadler said. “Everyone comes in at a different time during the day to be able to block their scene, practice on stage, get all their tech cues ready.” After a quick dinner break, the entire cast will return for a rehearsal of all 22 scenes of the show. On show days, models have a

5:30 p.m. call time, giving them time to get their hair, make-up and clothes ready. “We’ve got 12 stylists back there trying to get everyone done in about three hours so that gets a little bit crazy,” Sadler said. While things may get hectic trying to get everyone ready for the show, the back of the Grand is sectioned off to keep the cast organized. The downstairs area holds a green room where cast members can watch the show from a live video feed. Backstage is dedicated to quick clothing changes, as Sadler explained there are some instances where models have 30 seconds to change from tap shoes and an outfit from the Gap into a full-length dress. The upper levels of the Grand are dedicated to racks of clothing. Sadler said her sewing skills are lacking so she won’t be carrying an emergency sewing kit — she’s leaving that up to the designers. Sadler’s emergency kit is dedicated to keeping the show organized, including phone numbers of the cast and sponsors and a list of sizes for all the models. “Sometimes we have to order clothes from head office instead of the local store,” Sadler said. “We’ve had it before that they’ve sent the wrong order so we’ve had to tell everyone to get their Urban Outfitters clothing and bring it to

the show.” While Sadler is preparing for any possible clothing problems, her biggest concern is someone getting sick or injured. “In terms of modelling there’s so much choreography that’s been going into it and every single outfit is tailored to a specific model so you really got to hope that everyone can just pop an Advil and go out on stage anyways,” she said. Sadler used to dance, so she has helpful advice for the female cast on how to give themselves more traction in their shoes. “We would put Coke on the bottom of our tap shoes to get them to not slip,” she said before quickly clarifying what she meant. “Coke, yep, like Coca Cola.”

Though Sadler knows the dress she will be wearing in the opening model number, she has yet to figure out what she will be wearing on stage when she’s not modelling, despite vice-president Jacob Channen already having his outfit planned and instructing her to find something that matches him for their speeches. Instead Sadler is focused on keeping the cast motivated, which she does by reminding them of their work for this year’s charity Home Base Housing – a local non-profit shelter for women and children. “When they get to meet the kids from the charity that we’re supporting, they actually really become excited about making a difference in these kids’ lives,”

Sadler said mentioning 10 of the children from the charity will be in the audience at Wednesday’s opening show. “I know that’s what kind of motivates me when things get crazy, I just get really excited about the change we can make for them.”


Vogue Charity Fashion Show had their last all-cast rehearsal on Wednesday night in MacGillivray-Brown Hall.

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Queen’s graduate gets gritty Alumnus Jason Lapeyre directed the Kingston Canadian Film Festival’s Cold Blooded, a crime flick about a fugitive B y Vincent M atak Staff Writer At last week’s Kingston Canadian Film Festival, a man had a seizure during the screening of Jason Lapeyre’s film Cold Blooded.

“I’m not saying the film induced a seizure,” Lapeyre said. “But afterwards I asked audience members if they wanted to continue watching the film and they did. They really did.” The Cold Blooded director

graduated from Queen’s with a film degree in 1996. His new film is a gritty crime flick with elements of slash-horror. It’s about a police officer guarding a prisoner overnight in a hospital when the convict’s crime partners come to

Siblings Stephen (left) and Jacquie Neville (middle) had a band together in high school, but they had to break up when Jacquie left for university. Now with friend Liam Jaeger, they form the Balconies.



From classical to Cream Former music students, the Balconies, find inspiration for their modern rock sound from bands like Cream B y M egan C ui Staff Writer The Balconies haven’t always been known for their infectious pop melodies. The high-energy trio may now be rocking out to sweaty pop-rock melodies, but just four years ago you were more likely to find siblings Jacquie and Stephen Neville with long-time friend Liam Jaeger wielding classical music textbooks and violins rather than electric guitars. “We were still in Ottawa, going to university and studying classical music,” drummer Jaeger said of the band’s formation. “At the same time, we’ve always been playing in different bands outside of class but we didn’t really contribute to the songs, we were just filling space. After a few years of hanging out, going to shows and talking about songs we wanted to play, it really made sense to come together.” The trio has been a tight-knit family ever since. “It’s really nice to know the two of them so long and so well, we all had a really clear understanding of each other’s dedication to music,” he said. “It’s not the type of situation

where people start showing signs of not being too interested as soon as things start getting serious.” The Balconies have come a long way since their self-titled debut was produced out of their own pockets in 2009. The group wrapped up 2011 by hitting the studio with high-profile producer Jon Drew, famed for his work with Tokyo Police Club and the Arkells. “It was fun working with him because he’s got so much experience and knows how to make everything just really that much cooler,” Jaeger said. “We’re still really happy to look back on our first record considering we did it all on our own, but now this definitely feels like we are working on a new level.” The Balconies released the EP Kill Count last month and their upcoming full-length album which will hopefully be released at the end of 2012. Like most musicians, Jaeger said their new work has a more mature sound. “All the new recordings have a modern rock vibe,” he said. “For instance Kill Count, our most recent EP, takes influences from Cream and Jimi Hendrix.”

help him escape. What ensues is a violent and dark turn of events that leaves audience-members terrified but engrossed, Lapeyre said. The film is his third to be produced in the past two years. Lapeyre and five other writers were given a tour of the hospital by the film’s producer Tim Merkel and told to “go away and come up with ideas.” Lapeyre’s idea about a police officer and a prisoner was eventually chosen and made into the feature film. “I was at a point in my life where I was just immersed in all these horrors,” he said. “Horror evokes fear, it’s a primal human condition.” Lapeyre said the most important thing a director needs to do during the film-making process is to relinquish creative control. “It’s fucking terrifying, because you think that it’s going to become something that I didn’t plan, but that’s kind of the whole thing,” he said. “It becomes a collaborative process in order to improve the film.” After graduating from Queen’s, Lapeyre began to work as a production assistant for a number of years, which mainly composed of picking up lattés for producers. “After leaving university it’s really difficult because there’s no clear cut career path,” he said. “You don’t go to a movie studio in Toronto and say ‘Hi, I’d like to be a director.’” A friend from Queen’s eventually offered him a screenwriting job for a sequel to 1993’s Cool Runnings, a project he said was “super embarrassing with crappy pay.” But it allowed him to progress in the industry.   Despite this, Lapeyre still wasn’t able to make ends meet while pursuing his dreams full-time.

“I was so broke a couple of years ago that I was applying for a temp job as a receptionist,” he said.  “It was a very, very low moment for me and fortunately two days later I got another screenwriting job and I didn’t have to take it. It may have saved me from hanging myself.”

immersed “in Iallwasthesejusthorrors.

Horror evokes fear, it’s a primal human condition.

— Jason Lapeyre, on his film Cold Blooded Lapeyre said he always knew he wanted to work in film because watching movies always made him happy as a teenager. “I hadn’t figured out at that point that watching movies and making movies have nothing to do with each other,” he said. “So it turned out to be a totally huge mistake that I’ve been living with ever since.” He was kidding. “Fortunately for me, once I had actually tried to make them I realized that I really, really loved making them.” He said success in the film industry requires being stubborn and naively optimistic. “One of the things that I learned to embrace over that period was my naiveté,” he said. “I [began] to see it as strength. Anyone in this situation would say the smarter thing to do is to give up, but I just naively clung to this hope that if I just kept grinding it was going to happen. “As somebody who’s trying to be a professional storyteller, a belief in the power of dreams is a good thing to have.”

The recently recorded and still untitled full-length album is a testament to the band’s love of mixing unique inspirations. “From the onset we were always experimenting with different flavours,” he said. “Now after four years we’re still doing that but getting better at making a unified record in terms of tones.” There are of course things the Balconies will remain faithful to, despite the band’s creative growth. “Jacquie’s loud and awesome vocal range works so well with Neville’s backup vocals and I just go pretty mental on the drums,” Jaeger said. “Those are things our fans will hopefully always hear when they listen to our music.” The Balconies are bringing their high-energy show to Kingston before heading south of the border to Austin, Tex. for the South by Southwest Festival. “Jacquie has some pretty awesome dance moves and our songs are written in a way where you really have to be bouncy to play them,” Jaeger said. “Oh and it’s gonna get pretty loud.” The Balconies play the Mansion tonight at 10:30 p.m.

Zoie Palmer plays Frances Jane, a police officer who must prevent a prisoner from escaping an abandoned hospital.


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Yearning for simplicity Jann Arden discusses how she’s managed to maintain a successful career for decades B y A lyssa A shton Arts Editor

Despite not addressing her personal life, she was incredibly candid about the current state of the music business in the days following Whitney Houston’s death. In our interview last month she constantly brought up how fame seems to damage beautiful women. “You have to keep something under the table or you really are doomed, we see it all the time how people are just this open

book and every move they make is documented and cameras are flashing,” she said. “I want nothing to do with it. I think it’s the most empty, plastic, bullshit existence.” Arden said she surrounds herself with “good solid people” on tour, who spend their free time calling their spouses and children instead of indulging in parties and drugs. “I’ve never done a drug in my life, I’ve never been around people that do them, I’ve never even seen cocaine,” she said. “I have never been in a room where I’ve actually seen it. I know what it looks like from TV. I smoked pot when I was I think 18 and ate a giant bag of chips and then never smoked it again.” Arden said she lies awake at night thinking about artists who have been destroyed by the negative side of the music industry. But she said addiction is a choice. “You can go off about addiction but you have to want to help yourself,” she said. “I mean my dad was an alcoholic so I watched that for years but he also chose to get better and really fought hard and he chose us as a family. And I’ll always be very grateful for that.” Arden is currently on a cross-Canada tour, but she said it’s her 14-acre home that keeps her

grounded. She bought the land six years ago and built a granny cottage for her parents on the lot. “Music is about one per cent of my life,” she said. “Ninety-nine per cent of it is my family and taking my parents to Costco and my relationships and making meals for friends and watching movies and reading books and taking my dog for walks.” Throughout our interview she repeatedly talked to her dog, who hates it when she talks on the phone. “Do you want to come up and sit with me?” she cooed. Throughout our conversation, Adele came up numerous times, for her ability to go out on stage and just be herself, ignoring the need for personas like Beyoncé’s Sasha Fierce. “Just being yourself is the most effortless thing in the world,” Arden said. “You can really see how desperate and how much people yearn for reality and simple things and imagery that they can relate to and grasp on to. So the proof is in how people reacted to [Adele], I mean I’ve been doing that for 35 years.”

are up to and hopefully they will learn something from my way of thinking and my approach,” he said. Along with his Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Guelph Urban holds a Master’s in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. “Most people are artistic in their nature, but sometimes they lose contact with that side of themselves,” Urban said, adding that he always enjoyed music and writing, along with painting. “Pursuing art seemed like a very natural evolution.” As Artist in Residence, Urban has certain responsibilities to fulfill and the array of student signatures on the sign-up sheet outside

Urban’s studio shows one of his greatest jobs — mentorship. “My responsibilities are really divided between making work, talking to people, and helping students with their work,” he said, adding that he has allotted a portion of time everyday for his own studio work. Urban describes the inspiration for his studio work as two-fold. “I’m inspired by life, being in the world, experiencing people and change,” he said. “I’m also inspired by art history. Conversing in some way with the history of art and a history that I admire is something that buoys me up when I feel apprehensive.” Urban was also inspired by the Bader collection in the Agnes

Etherington Art Centre. “The paintings are of extraordinary quality. As a fan of Renaissance art I had known of this collection, but had never seen it before my talk,” he said of his artist presentation in the gallery on Tuesday. Urban was unaware of the BFA suspension prior to his arrival at Queen’s but believes that the loss of the Fine Art program would be a huge detriment to the community and the University. “The program should be maintained and expanded,” he said. “This school has turned out a number of significant alumni and that should prevail.”

Jann Arden shut it down. “Well you see people always assume that I’m single,” she said in response to my question about her image as a strong single woman. “If I get asked questions I just shut it down … I don’t mind talking about myself but if you’re gonna talk about a relationship it involves somebody else and that’s not fair to them.”

nothing to do “withI want it. I think it’s the most empty, plastic, bullshit existence. ”

— Jann Arden, on fame

Jann Arden says she never writes while on the road. She writes quickly, with one song taking no more than 90 minutes.



‘Inspired by life’ Artist David Urban begins his first residency as the new Koerner Artist in the BFA B y R osie H ales Staff Writer For professional artist David Urban, taking on the responsibilities of an artist residency was a daunting thought. “I was very apprehensive about being able to do it,” Urban said. “The idea of getting away from my daily practice of painting was quite frankly kind of nerve-wracking.” Urban’s new role as the Koerner Artist in Residence at Queen’s is the first residency for the artist. The Fine Art program offers the position to a professional artist every year. His studio — scattered with art textbooks, drop clothes and drying canvases — proves Urban hasn’t

stopped painting since he arrived in Kingston last Sunday. “I saw that the studio space was good and I’ve had a lot of help from faculty in making sure that everything is okay,” he said of his Ontario Hall studio. Urban is known for his abstract and figurative artwork. He said he was intrigued by the idea of the residency and the prestige that accompanies it. “Many distinguished artists have done their residency here and I admire that,” Urban said. During his term Urban hopes to create a body of work that he can bring home at the end of his stay. He also wants to have positive interactions with students. “I want to see what students

Queen’s new Artist in Residence David Urban has already moved into his new studio in Ontario Hall, displaying his latest paintings.

Jann Arden plays the K-Rock Centre on March 13 at 7 p.m.

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with a four-person cast, the content is steamy enough to garner a “viewer discretion” warning. Queen’s student and director Matt McFetridge embraces the challenge of overseeing such a production. “It’s small,” he said. “But at the same time it’s incredibly deep. It has layers upon layers that all of us keep unearthing.” The show revolves around four characters, portraying the ebbs and flows of their intertwined relationships. It doesn’t shy away from the importance of sex, something the cast respects.

“Other romantic leads, you have your partner who you’re in love with,” Ryan Armstrong said of his character Dan. “Whereas [in Closer,] all the characters are in love with all the other characters. “Our social construct of monogamy is so engrained, but is it right?” Jessica Mosher, who plays Anna, shares a different perspective. “I think each character is so selfish and so in love with themselves that it makes it a huge challenge,” she said. “At the end of the day everyone is looking out for themselves.” With such varying perspectives

from the cast members, one should expect to leave with many questions asked and few answered. The charm behind Closer is the lack of presumption, a nice break from the daily struggle to define appropriateness in the face of sex. Closer tackles these issues head-on through various forms of communication. In one scene two characters have a sexual online encounter. The silence onstage contrasts with graphic phrases projected onto a screen. It makes an impact and today’s technology-obsessed generation can relate. But projections are just one of

Patrick Marber’s Closer won the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play.

many impressive set and design choices. Technical director Dilara Aksak and the production crew worked hard to make the small stage feel as expansive as possible. “We worked our butts off,” Aksak said. “The set changes almost every scene, and not small changes, either. It’s a workout.” The workout pays off; impressive furniture and props allow audiences to focus energy on the show’s message, rather than on suspending their disbelief to create the atmosphere for themselves. The acting is superb, making hard work and cast chemistry evident. The quartet of actors will

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keep spectators entertained on some level, be it from the shock factor or the commitment to their individual characters. Going deeper, viewers should be prepared to question how they define morality and the social conventions of what constitutes purity, sluttiness, love and everything in between. Closer runs until Saturday at the Baby Grand Theatre with showings today at 3 and 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.

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Running for gold Fifth-year captain to run solo and relay events at nationals B y G ilbert C oyle Sports Editor Five Queen’s track and field athletes are competing for national medals at the University of Manitoba this weekend. Captain and fifth-year athlete Michael Nishiyama is the only individual Queen’s runner at the CIS championship, competing in the 1,000-metre race. He’ll join Joshua Potvin, Michael Bentley and Alex Hutton for the 4x800 metre relay. The relay team qualified for nationals after placing fourth at the OUA championship at York University last month with a time of seven minutes, 43 seconds and four milliseconds. They finished behind the first-place Windsor Lancers, the second-place Western Mustangs and the third-place Guelph Gryphons. Although the Gaels aren’t favoured this weekend, they can expect to be competitive — all 10 team’s best times are within six seconds of each other. “Our expectations are really just to post a faster time than we did at OUAs,” Nishiyama said. “We know we’re capable of it.” Nishiyama said the team will be better-rested ahead of this weekend’s competition in Winnipeg. “The track at York isn’t the best, See Five on page 28

Men’s volleyball co-captain Niko Rukavina (15) comtemplates the end of his Queen’s career after falling 3-1 to the Manitoba Bisons in the CIS bronze medal match on March 4 at the ARC.

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End of an era for men’s volleyball Eight players set to graduate after fourth-place finish at nationals B y B enjamin D eans Assistant Sports Editor For Joren Zeeman, there’s no solace in a fourth-place finish. The men’s volleyball team is trying to come to terms with the outcome of last weekend’s CIS championship at the ARC — an event the Gaels had been anticipating for five years. “I’m obviously proud to say we did the best the Queen’s men’s


team has ever done,” Zeeman, a spot in the CIS final four. the 2012 national championship in fifth-year All-Canadian, said, “but But the Gaels lost to the their fifth-year. going into the season, going into first-seeded Trinity Western our career, the goal all along was Spartans in front of 1,994 fans Just for the last to get a medal.” on Saturday and fell to the two games [against Queen’s hosted the eight-team, second-seeded Manitoba Bisons Trinity Western and 11-game CIS men’s volleyball in Sunday’s third-place match. Manitoba], I thought championship at the ARC last The fourth-place finish means we could have weekend. The Gaels were seeded eight Queen’s players are ending fifth and upset the fourth-seeded their university careers with put a better University of Alberta Golden Bears back-to-back losses and a missed showing in. in their quarter-final on Friday shot at a CIS medal. night, securing Queen’s first-ever — Joren Zeeman, “Just for the last two games men’s volleyball player [against Trinity Western and Manitoba,] I thought we could “Five years?” Zeeman said. have put a better showing in and probably won our last game and a “Maybe I’m not far-enough removed. I guess time for reminiscing is still medal,” Zeeman said. Zeeman was part of the team’s to come.” This season, three of the five-person 2007 recruiting class that was supposed to contend for See Injuries on page 29

Gaels exceed expectations Women’s volleyball team surprises with OUA title B y A nand S rivastava Staff Writer Back in October, nobody thought the women’s volleyball team would become Ontario champions. After losing 10 players in the off-season, a 12-rookie team went 2-8 in preseason play. Before the opening game of the OUA regular season, head coach Joely Christian-Macfarlane said her team’s goal was simple: get better every game.

We didn’t have any “outcome goals, we just focused on improving each game.

— Becky Billings, women’s volleyball captain But four months later, the Gaels finished the OUA regular season at 13-5 before winning three straight playoff games to become Ontario champions and qualify for the team’s first-ever appearance at nationals. Outside hitter and co-captain Natalie Gray was named a second-team all-Canadian,

winning the Thérèse Quigley award for volleyball, academics and community service. Outside hitter and co-captain Becky Billings earned second-team OUA all-star status. According to Billings, the team’s success was no fluke — the Gaels did early morning fitness sessions all season. “We didn’t have any outcome goals, we just focused on improving each game,” she said. “All our hard work in the gym and off the court really helped us in our fitness.” Billings said she hadn’t seen such a strong team dynamic in her previous three seasons as a Gael. “The team atmosphere that we built this year is something that the program had been trying to achieve for the last couple years,” she said. “No one was selfish and everyone wanted success for the team.” The Gaels started the season at 3-1 and entered the holiday break 6-3 — in 2012, they went 7-2 to clinch third place in the OUA. In the playoffs, Queen’s swept the Brock Badgers in a quarter-final at the ARC before beating the University of Toronto Fourth-year outside hitter Natalie Gray goes for a hit against the University of British See Coach on page 28

Columbia Thunderbirds at the CIS championship in Hamilton on March 2.

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Five-year career comes to a close Men’s hockey centre Jon Lawrance leaves Gaels after four seasons as captain B y Peter M orrow Staff Writer Men’s hockey coach Brett Gibson isn’t sure if he’ll ever be able to replace his departing captain. “It’s hard to comprehend not having Jon Lawrance [next season],” Gibson said. “He brought leadership, effort and skill that may not ever walk through the doors of Queen’s again.” Lawrance, a fifth-year forward, has captained the Gaels for the past four seasons. Gibson said he didn’t hesitate naming Lawrance captain after his rookie year. “After [former captain] Jeff Ovens graduated, there was no one in the next group who really stood out,” Gibson said. “I knew I needed to mould someone for the future and [Lawrance] had maturity beyond his years.” Lawrance, a Winnipeg native, photos by corey lablans first joined the Gaels in 2007. Men’s hockey captain Jon Lawrance won’t play for the Gaels next season, but has been invited to join the team’s coaching staff. Gibson said he was one of the first-ever recruits that required taken enormous strides since then. achievement in hockey, academics always ‘Okay, I’m not going there.’” have done better than a first-round Lawrance said it was especially playoff exit if not for injuries. “Coming in, we were just and community involvement. “time and effort” to bring to the “This year’s team was the best As a first-year physical difficult playing in front of small program — prior to that, the starting out as a program and you hockey team consisted of players could kind of tell everyone’s just therapy student, Lawrance has crowds after hearing about what I’ve been a part of in the past who already went to Queen’s and getting into their bearings,” he said. also volunteered with Queen’s games were like at Jock Harty five years,” Lawrance said. “We “Over the last four years, [Gibson] Revved Up and Limestone arena, the on-campus rink had a lot of key guys out for long attended open tryouts. “[Gibson] never saw [me] play, has grown a lot as a coach and he’s Health’s Heart Strong — two that was torn down after the periods of time … we couldn’t just programs 2006-07 season. It was supposed to put it together at the right time in it was all strictly word-of-mouth learned how to deal with the guys Kingston-based that run fitness programs be replaced as part of the Queen’s the end.” back then,” Lawrance said, adding in the room.” Although he’s no longer eligible people with various Centre Phases 2 and 3, but the Lawrance recorded 100 career for that recruiting was done through project has since been put on as an OUA athlete, Lawrance will points in 141 career games at health problems. phone conversations. return to Queen’s in September for Lawrance said he also made it hold indefinitely. Since then, Gibson has started Queen’s, leading the Gaels to a “You hear about the games they the last year of his studies. making an annual week-long playoff spot in each of the last three his duty to promote home games Gibson — who said Lawrance recruiting trip to the western seasons. But the captain didn’t just to students — but without an arena had where everyone would stop on campus, he said it has been by,” Lawrance said. “We never had was “essentially a player-coach” provinces. There are eight western make on-ice contributions. this season — has already invited that home crowd environment.” In February, Lawrance earned difficult to attract fans. Canadians currently on the roster. In Lawrance’s five seasons with him to join the coaching staff and “The first question people always Gibson had only coached his second straight nomination the Gaels for one season when for the Randy Gregg Award, a ask is, ‘Where’s the Memorial the Gaels, he only once made it Lawrance said he wants to stay Lawrance joined the team, but national award given to a player Centre?’” Lawrance said. “When past the first round of the playoffs. involved with the team. “There’s definitely a good core Lawrance said the program has who best exhibits outstanding you say it’s North of Princess, it’s He said this year’s team could of guys [returning],” Lawrance said. “Guys like Joe [Derochie] and Payton [Liske], who were out Athletics this year, will give the lineup a huge boost.”

Organizers pleased with hosting debut National tournament breaks ARC attendance record twice in a row B y G ilbert C oyle Sports Editor

Queen’s Athletics had to turn fans away from the men’s volleyball team’s CIS semifinal on Saturday night. “We were sold out,” Athletics

Director Leslie Dal Cin said. “We haven’t ever had to turn people away from an event before.” A total of 1,994 people packed the ARC to watch the Gaels fall to the eventual champions — the Trinity Western Spartans — on Saturday night. It was the largest

crowd of the three-day, 11-game tournament that saw over 6,100 fans in the stands. “Last week, I said we would consider the tournament a success if players had a good time, the fans had a great event, and we made one dollar,” Dal Cin said. “I

The ARC set a new attendance record on Saturday when 1,994 people watched the Gaels play the Trinity Western Spartans in a CIS semifinal match.

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think we’re going to be able to check, check, check to all three of those things.” The CIS championship was the the ARC’s first major tournament since the $230-million facility opened in December 2009. The Spartans beat the Laval Rouge et Or in the final match to take gold at the tournament. Queen’s took fourth after losing both its semifinal match against the Spartans and its bronze medal match against the Manitoba Bisons. “We have had so many positive reactions about it being a first-class event,” Dal Cin said. “Comments were that our people were friendly, the building was great, the tournament was great.” Queen’s officially won hosting rights to the tournament in June 2009. At the time, Athletics predicted they would need $137,150 in revenue to break even, but Dal Cin said that amount dropped after securing corporate sponsorship.

— With files from Gilbert Coyle Before the tournament, Dal Cin said Athletics needed $60,000 in ticket revenue to break even — budget details won’t be released for two weeks, but she said she thinks they will be “within hundreds of dollars of the figure. “There are some additional resources that we put on the tournament … for example, we arranged to have more cleaning done in the building because of the volume of people we sensed were coming,” Dal Cin said. “Things like that will have a little impact on the budget, but I think we’re in very good shape.” Queen’s women’s soccer players were hostesses for the visiting teams all weekend, acting as a link between organizers and athletes, providing post-game food and drinks and dealing with any logistical or communications concerns. Dal Cin said the Laval Rouge et Or were particularly happy Queen’s could provide See Positive on page 30

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Winter sports melt away With playoffs over, Journal photographers Justin Chin, Corey Lablans and Simona Markovik look back on the winter season.

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field hOckeY

Alberta Pandas field hockey folds

Athletics director cuts program, Canadian field hockey community responds B y G ilBert C oyle Sports Editor The national field hockey community is rallying together to support the newly-defunct University of Alberta Pandas. On March 1, Alberta’s Athletics Director Ian Reade told the field hockey team that the administration would be cutting the 32-year-old program. After learning of the Alberta decision, Queen’s field hockey coach Mary-Anne Reid said her colleagues at other Canadian field hockey programs started sending out emails. Reid told the Journal there has been collective opposition to the news, and that she hopes Alberta officials will reconsider the decision. “The field hockey community has started emailing each other,” she said, adding that Facebook groups have been created to support the Pandas. “It’s a tight-knit community ... We have a big ground of support to back [the Pandas] up.” U of A’s student newspaper, the Gateway, reported that Reade told the field hockey team that he wasn’t satisfied with the success of field hockey in Canada as a whole. But since most national team members come through the Canadian university system, the athletic director’s decision might further damage the sport. “Most national players come through the CIS,” coach Reid said. “This is unfortunate for the CIS because the Pandas had such a strong program.” Alberta’s decision to cut the program might jeopardize the entire Canada West conference, now reduced to three teams.

But even though four teams are generally required for conferences to run leagues, CIS CEO Marg McGregor said Canada West teams will continue to play next season. McGregor said she wasn’t contacted by Alberta Athletics, and only learned about their decision to cut the field hockey program through press releases. “It’s never good news when a university decides that they are withdrawing a team, but it’s completely at the discretion of the university,” she said, adding that the CIS will contact every field hockey program in the country in the coming weeks to ensure the sport will remain safe. “We’re going to take the next three weeks to talk to current teams to determine their long-term intentions,” she said. “We’re also going to talk to Field Hockey Canada.” Coach Reid said she doesn’t think Alberta’s decision will affect the Queen’s program. “It’s a problem for the [Canada West conference],” she said. “In the OUA, we still have a few extra schools hoping to join.” When Queen’s Athletics unveiled its Competitive Sports Model in 2009, field hockey was made into a Varsity Club — dropping them a tier below their previous Varsity Team status. But Reid said the program has a safe and comfortable relationship with the administration. “We have had lots of support to re-establish ourselves in this club model,” she said. The Gaels went 0-9-3 this season, finishing at the bottom of the OUA, outside of a playoff spot.

SPORTS IN BRIEF four Queen’s players at cfl combine Four Gaels attended the Canadian Football League’s evaluation camp at the University of Toronto last weekend. CFL scouts from all eight professional teams watched receiver Giovanni Aprile, running back Ryan Granberg, offensive lineman Derek Morris and defensive lineman Frank Pankewich perform the 40-yard dash, the 225-pound bench press and four other drills with about 50 other prospects.

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks receiver Shamawd Chambers ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, the fastest score of the weekend, while Western Mustangs defensive lineman Michael Van Praet posted 39 reps on the bench press. In January, Aprile was rated the 14th best prospect by the CFL Scouting Bureau. Former CFL fullback and current TSN columnist Duane Forde said Aprile’s stock rose after the evaluation camp. The draft takes place May 3.

Queen’s receiver Giovanni Aprile was ranked 14th by the Canadian Football League Scouting Bureau.

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so we’re hoping out in Winnipeg, we’ll race faster,” he said. “A couple of us had to race right before the relay [at OUAs]. “At [nationals], we’ll have fresh legs.” Nishiyama qualified for the 1,000-metre race after recording a time of 2:26.27 at the Boston University’s Valentine Invitational on Feb. 11, the 10th fastest time posted by a CIS runner all season. He placed sixth at the OUA final after running just over two seconds behind Ryan Armstrong, the gold medalist from the Mustangs. “I want to race better than I did [at the

OUAs],” Nishiyama said. This weekend’s national championship will be Nishiyama’s last competitive event as a Gael. “It’s kind of exciting, I’ve had a really great career,” he said. “I just want to race my best this weekend.” Since the Gaels are only sending five athletes to nationals, they won’t be in contention for any team awards. The Windsor Lancers men’s and women’s teams are both favourites for team gold medals — the Lancers’ men are looking for the third title in four seasons, while the women are seeking their fourth straight championship.

Outside hitter Becky Billings was the Gaels’ MVP against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in Hamilton on March 2.

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Coach thinks long-term ever coached. “From a program perspective, I’ve had a Varsity Blues 3-2 and the Ottawa Gee-Gees lot of talent over the last couple of years,” she 3-1 at the OUA final four in Ottawa to claim said. “But this was the most solid team that we’ve ever had.” their first-ever provincial championship. Christian-Macfarlane said she knew her “Toronto really pushed us and we should’ve closed it out earlier, but we were team was a serious OUA contender after patient and found a way to win the game,” the Gaels came from behind to beat the Billings said. “Then beating Ottawa in their Gee-Gees 3-2 at the ARC on Jan. 27. “The high point was the five-set match own gym was amazing.” At nationals, the seventh-seeded Gaels here against Ottawa, being down 2-1 and were drawn against the four-time defending coming back to win that match,” she said. “It champion University of British Columbia was at that moment that I knew for sure that Thunderbirds — UBC beat Queen’s in we were going to win this year.” With Gray and Billings the only players straight sets en route to winning its fifth set to graduate, Christian-Macfarlane said consecutive title. Queen’s lost to the Trinity Western she expects to build on this season’s success Spartans 3-0 in Saturday’s consolation in the coming years. semifinal to close out the tournament. “It took five years to change the culture Despite two straight-set losses, head around to winning an OUA championship,” coach Joely Christian-Macfarlane said the she said. “Now it’s changing the culture CIS championship was still a success because again and making [the players] recognize that the Gaels played tough against the country’s the OUA championships are a stepping stone to the larger stage. best teams. “We’re going to look at starting next “We went in and played with them, which I knew that we could do,” she said. “The fact season with the understanding that our goal that both UBC and Trinity Western never is to be bigger and to continue to grow so took their starters off the court against us said that it’s not just about the OUA and we’re a team on the national stage.” a lot that they respected our abilities.” Christian-Macfarlane, who took over the women’s volleyball program in 2007, said this was the best Queen’s team she’s Continued from page 22

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a pair of losses,” she said. “It’s a mixed-emotions thing.” Willis, who’s in her 25th year with the team, said she was proud of her eight graduating players.

so I‘ve sort of become accustomed to building this and then starting over and saying goodbye and trying to stay in touch as alumni.” Willis took a day off after the tournament to try to get used to not having a national championship to play for in the near future — her goal next season is to make the OUA playoffs. “I took [Tuesday] off to catch up on laundry and vacuuming and all that,” she said. “Back to normal.” But Willis is taking the team’s first- and second-years to play two exhibition games at Ryerson University this weekend — she said she’s doing it with next season in mind. “It’s meant to be ‘You’ve been training all year and we need to get you some games and get you hungry for next season.’”

fifth-years — Zeeman, captain Niko Rukavina and middle hitter Mike Amoroso — earned OUA all-star honours. But outside hitter Bryan Fautley and setter Dan We had a lot of very Rosenbaum missed the season with gifted athletes and I long-term injuries. think some of them Head coach Brenda Willis said had great careers. those injuries threw off her plans. “Every time you change your roster, you don’t have the same — Brenda Willis, men’s volleyball coach trust,” Willis said. “If I make a substitution, you’re hesitating. ‘Is “We had a lot of very gifted he going to take that [ball] or athletes and I think some of them am I?’” The Gaels lost 3-0 to Trinity had great careers,” she said, verging Western at the 2010 CIS on tears. “[They] definitely pushed championship in Thompson Rivers, my coaching strategies to the next B.C. When the two teams met level ... I’m going to miss them.” “[In] 25 years, you go through again last Saturday, the Gaels had four new players in their lineup, four or five generations at least and while the Spartans only had two. “I knew we’d have a tough time competing with Trinity,” Willis said. “They’re just bigger and smoother. That same core’s been together for three years.” Willis said the lack of older players on her roster hurt her team during training as well. Instead of having Zeeman and Rukavina getting used to playing together, Willis had to put them on different practice squads because they were the only outside hitters who could push each other. Willis said she was proud of the team’s season. The Gaels started the OUA regular season at 1-3 and went 5-4 in their first nine games. But they won seven of their last nine games and earned their first top-10 national ranking in the last week of the regular season. Before last weekend, Willis said her goal was to beat Alberta in the first round — not just to secure Queen’s highest-ever CIS finish, but to give her team a chance to win a medal. “It’s hard coming fourth because you play great, you make the final four, but then, if you lose your next two matches, even if you Middle hitter Mike Amoroso passes against the played great … you finish with Trinity Western Spartans on March 3 at the ARC.

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EIGHt GrADUAtING GAELS Joren Zeeman - outside hitter

Dan rosenbaum - setter

The Cambridge, Ont. native saved his best Fifth-year Rosenbaum led the OUA in assists per set performances for his fifth year, when he earned during the 2009-10 season. After playing bits of last OUA Player of the Year and a spot on the season, he missed the entire 2011-12 season with a All-Canadian first-team. Last summer, he chronic hip injury. represented Canada at the World University Games. Zeeman wants to play professionally in Europe. Alex oneid - libero Anthony pitfield - middle hitter

At 5’11, Oneid is one of the two shortest players on the Gaels’ roster. After playing libero last The fourth-year player was never a regular starter, season, Oneid switched to outside hitter because but played consistent minutes over the past two of injuries. But a sprained ankle kept him out of seasons. This year, he averaged 2.1 points per set. the OUA playoffs and most of the CIS tournament. Mike Amoroso - middle hitter

Matt taylor - outside hitter

A fifth-year player and four-year starter, Amoroso Taylor, a fourth-year commerce student, played has been an OUA all-star for the past two seasons. in 19 sets this season. Taylor had a special role, Even though he’s undergoing knee surgery in the playing in late-game situations to give the team a Spring, he hopes to play pro in Europe. different look at outside hitter. Bryan Fautley - outside hitter

Niko rukavina - outside hitter

Fautley, a fifth-year player, was a regular contributor before suffering a back injury last year. He spent most of this season on the sidelines, only appearing in five sets.

Rukavina played through an ankle injury all year. He started the season at libero and switched to outside hitter for playoffs — but was still named OUA libero of the year. A co-captain this season, Rukavina also wants to play pro volleyball.

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bilingual hostesses. “We received a really nice email from the Laval team just thanking us for the attention we put into offering services in both languages,” she said. According to Dal Cin, the tournament was particularly smooth because the organizing committee got to carry out a practice run in October, when Queen’s hosted the Coast-to-Coast Classic, a pre-season tournament that featured men’s volleyball teams from across the country. “We really had a logistical understanding of the tournament behind the scenes,” she said. “The organizing committee made some adjustments … there was nothing we can point to and say ‘we should have tried it this way.’”

We haven’t ever “had to turn people away from an event before.

— Leslie Dal Cin, Queen’s Athletics director The Laval Rouge et Or and the Calgary Dinos opened the tournament on Friday afternoon to a packed house, largely thanks to over 1,200 local elementary students in the crowd. Dal Cin said the turnout was a result of a partnership between Athletics and local school principals that saw the men’s and women’s volleyball teams run volleyball

clinics for students over the past year. “When we did our original estimates, we thought we’d have 600 students, but we had 1,250,” she said. “They just set the tone for the tournament.” Rouge et Or coach Pascal Clément said he was surprised to play an afternoon first-round match in front of such a large crowd. “We’ve played the first match for the last three years, and it’s not easy to play when there’s nobody there,” he said. “I’m sure we’re going to think about this when we host [the CIS championship in 2013].” photo by justin chin photo by corey lablans Manitoba Bisons coach Garth Pischke, at his 26th national tournament, said the ARC’s gym is “absolutely perfect for volleyball,” while Spartans coach Ben Josephson said he was impressed by the crowd. “That was awesome,” Josephson said after watching Queen’s beat the Alberta Golden Bears on Friday night. “This crowd was as good as our crowd was last year [when the Spartans hosted the tournament], if not better.” But not everybody loved the crowd — Alberta outside hitter and Ontario native Taylor Hunt, a target of the home crowd’s abuse on Friday night, was surprised when he stepped up to serve against the Gaels. “I looked over and saw my high school friends chanting photo by alexandra petre photo by corey lablans ‘Taylor sucks,’” he said. “Kind of unfortunate.” Clockwise from top left: Outside hitter Joren Zeeman reflects after his final Queen’s game; the Trinity Western Spartans celebrate their second straight gold medal; Laval Rouge et Or outside hitter Karl De Grandpre savours a kill; Queen’s coach Brenda Willis makes some notes.

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postscript Short

fiction contest: third place winner

Binary B y L auren ArtSci ’13


Once, 1s and 0s unshackled themselves from the number line to wander some primordial plane of reality and it was there they noticed an inequality between them. According to the 1s, this was a divine inequality. It was an inarguable, unambiguous gift of value from the creator that the 0s had not received. This was how they came to manufacture borders in a square 10,000 units from the origin in each direction; if time couldn’t exist then space shouldn’t either. Then they manufactured legends of heaven at coordinates (∞,∞) but it was only for 1s. And so they began to whisper of a cramped hell. 0s were exempt from any type of afterlife. Since they didn’t begin, they couldn’t end; they were barely real. They couldn’t be added or subtracted; perhaps that hell was their division. They were nothing on the plane and less after it. If 0s weren’t able to nullify a 1 by simple multiplication, they might have been ignored completely. And since it was a God given value, it must be a demonic power. These things had to be controlled, it was decided. No 1 should have to spend the rest of its eternity without value and be excluded from heaven simply by having the misfortune of encountering an angered 0. Control was the only answer for preserving the value in 1s, which was really, preserving the value of God. There was a park bench at coordinates (241, 392) where the congestion of the city along the axis faded into a distant blur, but it was still close enough that the wilds of the open plane didn’t quite surround the bench. The flat ground there, as everywhere, was stark white unsullied by dirt that had never existed in this dimension; the sky was the same deep black it had been since the beginning, which was also the present. At the horizon, the white of the ground and the black of the sky blurred into a hazy grey line which stretched in every direction, uninterrupted by elevation that didn’t exist there either. A 0 was already sitting on the bench when a 1 arrived. There was a slight void in the air emanating from the 0’s remarkably empty centre hole. The 1 reclined her

straight, uniform body next to the 0 on the bench, and before saying a word, began to cry. Tears squeezed out her pores and slid into a puddle surrounding her, though as the 0 noticed, the lines they traced along the 1’s body were not perfectly straight. This 1 was puffing out slightly in the centre. “I’m pregnant,” the 1 finally blurted out before losing further words to choking sobs. She bent forward, doubling over her lower half. The 0 looked at her smooth back and longed to rest an edge there and rub comforting circles into that skin, but he didn’t. There were other 1s strolling nearby nature paths. The 0 was quiet. “Say something,” she finally said. She straightened as the tears, which had previously been cascading, slowed to a weary trickle. “Maybe it will be a 1… just 1,” the 0 said. He searched, clawed within himself, but found no other words. He had and was simply none. “And maybe it will be a 0 or a 01 or a 10 or some other g-godless thing that there won’t be a place for here.” She spat the word “godless” but it broke in her. She leaned against the 0 and whispered: “I’m sorry.” He shrugged her off as another group of 1s jogged past. An immeasurable quantity of time passed in their silence. The 0 rolled closer to her until, at an infinitesimally small point, they touched. “We can leave here, you know. We can just leave. I told you what I saw when I went over the border. We can go there and just keep going and never come back here and never worry about finding a place for it.” She started rocking her body repeating “No, no, no ...” then, “I can’t leave here. I can’t leave.” She stared into his vacuum, “You should go. When my family finds out, they’ll know it’s yours, a-and it would just be better if you were gone.” “What will you do with the baby?” “I can’t keep it. I can’t. I’ll leave it at the church in 0-City.” Again, they lapsed into timeless silence. “You’ve never even been in the slums and you’ll leave your child to be raised there,” he said finally. “What else can I do? There’s no place for it. There’s no space!”

“You do,” she said, “I’m sorry. “That’s a lie! They’ve made it all up. I told you I went over the You do.” “Yes, we exist. There would be fence at the border and I rolled on and on until this whole city was a no origin without us, no axis’s, no tiny point in the distance and there 1s, no nothing.” “I’m so sorry.” was nothing but space. They made “And the baby, however it’s born, up the limits just to divide us.” The 0 breathed in heavily and sighed. exists too. You can feel it in you; I “My people are from the origin can see it there too.” “It exists,” she admitted. A and the axis’s. They move us from there to 0-City using that same lie, group of 1s moving along the that there isn’t enough space, but trail by the bench stopped and the migration will go on forever stared. She straightened and dried because our lands are limitless. her tears. “Our city’s borders go to 10,000 They’re brainwashing us all.” on each axis. They say heaven is Tears squeezed out at (∞,∞) and hell somewhere else, her pores and slid into but what do you think is between them?” His words were dry. The a puddle surrounding question had revolved within him her, though as the so many times; it felt rehearsed to 0 noticed, the lines finally speak. “What do you mean?” they traced along the “What’s between the corner at, 1’s body were not say, (10,000, 10,000) and heaven? perfectly straight. One should be able to just walk This 1 was puffing diagonally forever and ever and out slightly in never reach hell and never run out of space.” the centre. “You can’t though … we can’t go over the border. It goes against “Who? Who would do that?” “Anyone and everyone who is the Orders of Operation.” “We can, I did, and I know afraid of us — or is so afraid of losing what they have they’d rather they’ve lied. ∞,∞ can’t even be They 0s like me were less than nothing. plotted on a flat plane. They would rather we didn’t exist!” made it up to hide the fact that all we have, and all we are, is here “You don’t.” and now. Everything that exists, “What?” She was suddenly meek. “You exists on this plane and everything — you don’t … exist … not in that doesn’t is everything they’ve the way 1s do anyway … right? I created to divide us. Hell may mean, isn’t that why you all can be rolling through the plane fit in 0-City even though it’s only alone until the end of time, but a point wide? And — and even many have been exiled. They if there are a million of you … all must have gathered somewhere in a free place because they will together … you still add up to always be here since they’ve always nothing, so … do you exist?” This silence could be measured been — just outside the city. by each of the 0’s quiet breaths, There is no afterlife. There is only and by steadily accumulating regret beyond here.” in the 1. “But we have to die

Graphic by Janghan hong someday,” the 1 said. She touched her point to her bump, “If we’re born, we must die. And it doesn’t matter what you say, what you believe, nothing can change without time and it doesn’t exist here.” The 0 stood up from the bench and bent slightly under a less than perceivable weight. “However that baby is born, there will be a place for it. Don’t let anyone convince you there isn’t a place for it. There are only fences we agree not to cross.” The 1 left the bench and glided to the 0. She pressed herself against him. He knew what she was going to ask. “Multiply me. We can both be 0s, and none of it will matter.” “It will,” he said. “You can’t escape this. You won’t exist any less as a 0 and together we won’t exist anymore than we do.” “So … what do we do?” “Make a space for the baby in our minds then we’ll stake it out on the plane.” “And then what?” “Nothing. There’s nothing else we can do.” Every other 1 they passed on the trail back into town stared at the couple; they walked too close and too slowly. At the border to 0-City, the 0 left and rolled home slightly more full than he thought was possible in his kind. The 1 returned to her home too and didn’t cry there, as she had before. Instead she rubbed her bulging midsection and thought about the future. If her baby was a 10, maybe its child would be a 1001, and her great-grandchild perhaps a 100110. And she thought that maybe one day passing time could be measured by the increasing length of digits in each new life.

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The Queen's Journal, Issue 36  

Volume 139, Issue 36 -- March 9, 2012