The SMC roadmap for the coming year The air is cooling, coffee brewing, and new and old faces are popping up in Brennan. Welcome home kids; we’re in for quite the year. SMCSU has a new(ish) council, UTSU continues to provide services to students, and the administration has been working hard to ensure this year is a success for everyone.
SMCSU Mike Cowan, president of the Saint Michael’s College Student Union (SMCSU), is optimistic about the coming year, despite two council members resigning over the summer. Both Danielle Fallico, arts officer, and Olivia Rasekh, athletics officer, resigned for personal reasons. Eliana Seochand has been appointed as new arts officer, and the athletics officer position will remain vacant until it can be filled by the SMCSU by-election in October. Despite the shakeup, Cowan is proud of the performance of his council so far. “Council has moved quickly since the beginning of the school year, as one unit and team.” SMCSU was extremely active during the recent Frosh week. Cowan is excited to begin his new presidency by “re-branding” St.Mike’s. He plans on promoting professionalism within SMCSU, and to “create a
much more energetic atmosphere for everyone at St. Mike’s.” He admits that there have been times in the past year that the professionalism of SMCSU had been questioned, but asserts that new emphasis will be placed on maintaining a professional image of the council. Cowan cited multiple reasons for feelings of optimism. The renovations of Brennan lounge are complete (except for new 50” TV’s that should arrive within the week), which should increase traffic in the lounge and spur a more active community. SMCSU also recently amalgamated commuter life into community life, to forge a more efficient, inclusive community. He also stresses a more responsible distribution of funding for events, by holding more events on campus. Cowan, who cited an expensive event held off campus last year that only accommodated a few students, believes the funds would be better spent planning events like free meals, which would reach more students.
pleased to say that even though there has been “various disagreements between the two in the past, we look forward to having an open relationship this year.” President Cowan added that “Aside from some controversial remarks made by Sean Sheppard (UTSU president) during his campaign, when we (rarely) interact it is nothing but friendly.” Brown hopes that students take advantage of many of the services that UTSU provides, such as their health and dental plans, student metropasses, BIXI bike discounts, etc. Be sure to visit utsu. ca/section/3 to get a full list of services and discounts. If you would rather not take advantage of these deals, you can opt out by October 5th. Like every year, the biggest issue facing UTSU is student apathy. Only 12% of students voted in the UTSU election last year. Brown actively encourages all students to get involved, use the services, and be informed. “There is a lot of scrutiny on UTSU this year, so I think that it will perform more efficiently if students remain interested.”
St. Mike’s Administration
The relationship between St. Mike’s and the University of Toronto’s student Union in the past has been turbulent. However, SMCSU’s UTSU representative, Cullen Brown, is
St. Mike’s President, Sister Anne Anderson, is very optimistic about the 2012-2013 school
year. The school’s administration is entering in a $50 million campaign to do their share of the U of T “Boundless” campaign. It kicks off on September 29 in the SMC quad. It will feature a “Feast of St. Michael’s” that runs from 4-7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the event. Anderson would also like to stress that the administration’s doors are always open— students are welcome and encouraged to speak to their faculty and administration. There has also been a facelift to the Canada Room over the summer, and she believes this year will be a strong year for St.Mike’s and its community.
The Mike The Mike itself is working full steam ahead to hammer out new editions of the paper. As last year, the Mike will be available bi-weekly Wednesday on stands all across campus. Students are also encouraged to visit the redesigned Mike website (readthemike.com) where you can access exclusive web content, comment on stories, and read the latest edition of the Mike. Be sure to follow The Mike on Twitter and Facebook. Welcome back, kids.
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Letter from the Editor-in-Chief
The Mike is back Finally something worth reading!
Welcome to St. Michael’s College. Interestingly, I am welcoming myself as much as I am welcoming any of you, as this is my first year at the college. For my first two years of study at U of T, while not affiliated directly with St. Mike’s, it has nonetheless become my home on campus. I got involved with The Mike in my first year and transferred here this year in order to take the reins from the paper’s former editor-in-chief. I could not have made a better choice. The strength of the community at this college is truly unparalleled in both depth and diversity. For all the students new to the college and new to university in general, rest assured that you have joined an exciting hub of campus life.
This also extends to any readers who are not from St. Mike’s, as it is truly worth a visit. The college’s campus offers a diverse set of opportunities which defy most stereotypes. A walk through Brennan Lounge is a testament to this on any day of the week. Taking advantage of the opportunities offered here may seem daunting, but I can give no better advice than to get involved. It is far from original advice. However, involvement in campus life through any one of the many groups and clubs truly holds the key to a fulfilling university experience. As the Mike was my own gateway into the St. Mike’s community I can shamelessly
website, www.smcsu.com. SMC is the brand of your home outside the classroom. We don’t want you to feel like hanging out at SMC is a potential option among others. . . we want you to feel like you don’t have any other choice. We want you to feel like when you’re deep in the sea of the unknown that is UofT, that when you come up for air, take a deep breath, and you open your eyes, you’re back at SMC. You will find yourself hanging out in Brennan Lounge, eating a half-decent meal in the Canada Room, pretending to study at Kelly, grabbing a coffee at the Bay and Wellesley Tim Hortons or having a slice at Pizza Nova. All of these things are SMC. To the average
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suggest stopping by our office (located in the hall just off Brennan Lounge) to get involved. It is the strong and unique community here that led us to re-examine our coverage for the coming year. As such, the Mike will be focusing more on content that is unique SMC. To this end, look for our new interviews with students (starting with frosh on page 9 of this issue), our upcoming interviews with SMC alums, and the return of classics such as the SMCSU report card. However, we will also be changing the way we treat time here at the Mike. That is to say you can expect fewer reviews of things you missed and more previews of things that are
coming up. This way we hope to help SMC students find the offerings they find interesting and thus continue to build the community. Part of this means that if you are already affiliated with an SMC group and have an event coming up, please do not hesitate to get in touch at editorinchief@ readthemike.com, so that we can set up interviews and coverage. Until next time, have fun and get involved.
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person, they may just be random locations at the northern end of downtown Toronto. To us, they are part of our home. At the beginning of the year, you might find yourself wasting away for hours in the quad or the lounge, getting destroyed at billiards by Kyle Farren, or overflowing with excitement because it’s Monday and you know Maury is on soon. Later on in the year, in the frigid cold, you know you’re gonna fight through it like a true Canadian and make that small trek to Tim Hortons in desperate hope that maybe, just maybe you’ll roll up that next cup and to win a brand new Toyota Camry. A few short months after that, 45 losing cups later, you might join SMCSU for
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A welcome from the folks at SMCSU To all the beauties, I hope everyone has recovered nicely after what I think was by far the best frosh week ever (#QPW). I’d like to briefly introduce the organization I represent. . . briefly. The St. Michael’s College Student Union (SMCSU) represents the wants and needs of all undergrads at SMC. We cater to everything students desire outside the classroom; from our infamous Double Blue parties to our well-renowned musicals, SMCSU has a wide variety of social activities available for you. I’m not going to bore you with the details and logistics of how council works. If you’d like to know about the structure of council, stop by our office in Brennan Lounge or visit our
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Web Editor Nora Agha our St. Patrick’s Day party in Brennan lounge and slowly begin to wrap up what will have been a fantastic year with SMC. These tiny, insignificant things are just part of the grand St. Mike’s tradition, and I can’t wait to get out there for another year and do it all again. Welcome back and on behalf of SMCSU, I wish you nothing but great things this year. Don’t forget to grab your TOGA tickets in the SMCSU office and we’ll see you at City on Thursday night!
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TORONTO BEER QUEST
September 11 - September 21
TORONTO BICYCLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
SMCSU office, Brennan Hall
Starts at Charlotte Room, 11am
Skeptical about mneeting people from UTSBE in some semi-public place to exchange textbooks? Drop off your old textbooks at the SMCSU office, fill out a form about your asking price and make offers on other students' books.
Starts at Coronation Park, 2pm
An urban adventure where teams of two solve clues, photograph themselves at locations to prove that they had been there and compete for fantastic prizes. Part of Toronto Beer Week.
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ORGANIZING RALLIES AND MARCHES
September 22, 3pm
September 23, 11am
September 18, 6pm
MCLUHAN: SOCIAL MEDIA BETWEEN FAITH AND CULTURE
Bob Rumball Centre
September 21, 7pm
This workshop covers the basic steps to organizing a rally or march, by showing examples of creative innovation in rally design. It will also offer tips on planning routes, roles, marshalling, escalation and de-escalation, promotion, and visuals.
Charbonnel Lounge, Elmsley Hall
Cyclists will celebrate the first day of fall in their smartest wool ensembles. The event which aims to place focus on the gentlemanly (or ladylike!) roots of cycling, raises money for Bikes without Borders.
Find out more about being a rabbit owner. If you already have a rabbit, this is the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and to network within the bunny-owning community. Expect to see vendors specializing in rabbit-related products.
For the third year in a row, this festival follows a series of pedalpowered mobile concerts around the city. All venues are TTC accessible for those who aren't on two wheels.
Keynote presenters, Professor Elena Lamberti and Dr. Eric McLuhan discuss the influence of religion on Marshall McLuhan's formulation of social media theory.
An alternative orientation week that fosters student activism and works to connect campus and community issues. This year's discussions focus on social and environmental justice campaigns in the city of Toronto and abroad.
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Three men were arrested for attempting to smuggle slender lorises, an Indian primate, in their underwear. The endangered animals are often poached as exotic pets. The lorises were seized at the Delhi airport and are in good condition.
The North American box office had the worst week since 2001 over the weekend. In total the movie industry brought in a gross of $65 million, which is less than a single blockbuster can bring in on a weekend.
For the first time in years, North Korea is accepting aid from enemy South Korea following a typhoon that left 48 dead and 21,000 homeless. This has created speculation that Kim Jong-Un could be open to reform since the death of dictator Kim Jong-Il last year.
Egyptian News anchor Fatima Nabil made history Sunday when she wore a headscarf on the national news, highlighting a possible Islamic direction in the country. There has been speculation where the Arab Spring would take the country since it began in late 2010.
A local resident is taking his school board to court for not informing him of what would be taught in his childrenâ€™s school. He believes that the school board has been teaching his children things that conflict with his Orthodox-Christian values.
Long live waiters
Examining the rise of restaurant 2.0 and digital waiter replacements
Vanessa Pike-Russell / Flickr Fatima Syed | Contributor As university begins once again, so do the days of eating out. Grabbing a sandwich before class, a coffee in between, and a chocolate bar after, all of us have our regular stops at our local restaurants and cafés. The worst part of getting the food we need to last the long days of exhausting lectures and tutorials are,
of course, the long and tedious lines. There are only so many waiters after all, and so many more of us. To solve this increasing problem, and to make eating out quicker than ‘fast food,’ restaurants around the world are replacing waiters with technology. Increasingly endangered are the days where one has to wait for their waiters to come and take their order. Today, we are living in an age where our orders are placed on
A Eutopia for Rasputin’s Bastards
An interview with author David Nickle
iPad-like screens, which also allow us to pay the bill with our debit cards immediately. No more long lines, no more wait times, just a few buttons and you’re out of there. Certain restaurants in America, Japan, Britain, and China have already adopted it. Certain branches of Tim Hortons now have a self-service option too. However, does installing this type of digital option truly help the customers? Potentially this service can do wonders by allowing people to have as much time as they need to order without the hustle of waiters. Yet this benefit only comes about if everyone chooses to use the option. For instance, despite the self-service option at Tim Hortons, there are still present lines and lines of people waiting to speak to a waiter directly. After all, many would argue that the magic of eating out comes in being able to look and choose from your selections and maybe even encountering great service by a great waiter. There’s also the fact that waiters are not eliminated completely; after ordering and paying on a screen you still have to wait for a human to hand your food to you. Yes, Restaurant 2.0 definitely has its perks, but it’s not perfect-not yet anyways. One would have to test exactly how much time it saves to get a coffee by human and machine to ascertain whether there really is a big difference. Besides, with so much technology already in our hands at all times, do we really want to complicate eating out too? For now, long live waiters, and we’ll see you in line.
Today, we are living in an age where our orders are placed on iPad-like screens, which also allow us to pay the bill with our debit cards immediately.
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5 DAYS OF HEAVEN FOR BIBLIOMANIACS! Annum Roshan |Living Editor Most of you may not have heard about Torontonian author, David Nickle. To those who have, my heartiest congratulations on discovering such a gem of an author; to those who haven’t, my sincerest apologies. I found out about Mr. Nickle while taking a class on Fantasy and Horror, and immediately fell in love with his book, Eutopia. It was one of those books that you just can’t put down. His published work so far includes Monstrous Affections, and most recently, Rasputin’s Bastards. I had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Nickle and he was gracious enough to allow me to interview him. It was unbelievably nerve-racking as I choked out my first few questions to him over the phone. When asked if his books’ fantastical nature was intentional, he said, “I think its fair to say that my interest in the supernatural is intentional. Its something I’ve always found fascinating. When I started out, I thought I could be a science fiction, fantasy, or horror writer. In terms of short fiction, I tend to gravitate towards horror, I’ve always been enamored by the kind of magical realist stuff that Lucius Shepard did.” Even though he shares my derision concerning 90’s slasher movies, he said that his interest in horror began at an early age, and
he “was always fascinated with the monsters in the closet and that the world was a lot more mysterious than people were letting on.” He told me, with good-natured humour, that his attraction “to the strange and the macabre was something that little boys often do, but [he] took it one step further in what [he] thinks is a healthy way.” His biggest inspirations include critically acclaimed authors Petery Blatty, Stephen King, and Ray Bradbury. His feelings on meeting Stephen King, the writer that has had the greatest impact on his writing according to Nickle, somewhat matched how I felt while I was interviewing him: “Its always tricky, ever so often I have the good fortune of meeting someone and I tend to freeze up right away. I would definitely thank him though. He's given me a lot of pleasure and unintentional instruction by taking a look at the way he puts his stories together” As I asked him which one of his published works was his favourite, he chuckled and said, “That's kind of like saying you've got a favorite child. I've got to say though, that I'm really pleased that Eutopia and Rasputin's Bastards got published. Right now I have to say I'm most delighted with Rasputin's Bastards, mainly because I’d written this very long, very complex spy novel…but I still can't call it my favorite.”
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The Brighten the Corners program is employing street artists to add colour to the city
Museum in Toronto, but also in
Annum Roshan |Living Editor exhibits across the globe, including It’s hard to find good art these days. Skimming through the generic, oil-painted landscapes and sunsets, Patrick Thompson’s contemporary work is refreshingly original and a healthy departure from the usual. An artist whose vision was showcased not only at the Royal Ontario
Paris, Cairo, Vienna and Barcelona, is someone who I would hesitate to call a graffiti artist- mainly because when one says “graffiti,” the first thing that comes to mind are walls with profane messages written on them. Thompson’s work, along with artist Alexa Hatanaka and Peru Dyer,
are being used as a restorative force in Toronto to help make such walls into their own canvases of creativity. They have proven that an artist’s work is not restricted to galleries and the home of the elite, but is something for all to see and admire. The company that started the “Brighten the Corners” program, employed the artists to make the city more picturesque. They have undeniably done an excellent job with both the mural at Ossington, and with the fence installation at Mimico Linear Park Toronto. The green and blue wave-like pattern created on the fence brings a seaside vibe to the neighborhood’s park, undoubtedly giving the bland fence a much more appealing appearance than before. It’s not only private companies that are interested in changing the city’s harsh, gray, metropolitan look, but also the government. According to Toronto.ca, the Graffiti Management
Plan is aimed towards making the city more beautiful using graffiti in a more productive way, while also helping graffiti artists express their creativity towards that end. Applications are available for those that wish to take on similar projects at the Toronto website, and if painting isn’t your idea of R&R, similar requests can be made to volunteer in parks in your neighborhood. Using spray-paint and acrylics, these artists have used the same medium that was used to paint the aforementioned message-covered walls to create a sea of colour that is not only pleasing to the eye, but also inspirational to anyone with artistic inclinations. Thompson and his fellow artists’ work will help immensely in making the GTA a more pleasurable place for its more than 6 million inhabitants. A lot of big-city dwellers complain about the lack of greenery and colour
in a big city like Toronto, but if such a program continues successfully, there will be a much larger and vibrant proportion in Toronto than ever before. Murky alleys will become a thing of the past, with bright colors flooding the city. And with global warming a problem that is not as distant as it appeared before, such programs have the opportunity of making the best of whatever little color remains in a big metropolis like Toronto.
Highlights around campus Five great things to do between classes John Castellarin |Contributor As we start a new school year we always catch ourselves asking a plethora of questions about all aspects of university life. However one important question is often not given the attention it deserves; “What should I do during my breaks”? Obviously, you should study or review your notes, but let’s face it, sometimes that’s not going to happen. Fortunately the University of Toronto is a school that offers a variety of activities and its central location provides ample places to sneak off to outside campus. Below is my list of 5 great ways, in no particular order, to relax and clear your mind amid all the hustle and bustle at the University of Toronto.
2. The Art Gallery of Ontario (A.G.O.) Another great Toronto attraction, and one of my personal favorites, the A.G.O. is just a short walk from St. Patrick station on Dundas St. West. The A.G.O. offers an immense assortment of art featuring a Canadian collection with art by the Group of Seven and a modern and contemporary gallery including pieces from Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall. In addition to the paintings and sculptures, the recent addition to the art gallery designed by Frank Gehry serves as an incredible piece of art in and of itself. General admission with a valid student ID is $11.00 but free on Wednesday’s from 6:00pm-8:30pm. 3. Hart House Whether you’re trying to alleviate stress, fight the freshman 15 or simply meet people and maintain a healthy lifestyle, Hart House is an excellent place to go between classes. With the fitness centre open Monday to Friday from 7:00am-11:00pm, and the pool open Monday to Friday from 7:00am-9:00am, 11:00am2:00pm and 4:00pm-10:30pm, there’s always something to do at Hart House if you’re not in the mood to study. Admission is free as the membership is included in your tuition. So since you’re already paying you might as well use it!
1. The Royal Ontario Museum (R.O.M.) The Royal Ontario Museum is one of Toronto’s main attractions and is right beside, as the name implies, Museum subway station and is only a stone’s throw away from the SMC campus. With a variety of galleries including the Bat Cave and the Eaton Gallery of Rome, the R.O.M. offers a number of escapes to take your mind off of your readings in PSY100. Students get in for $13.50 but Fridays are $8.00 after 4:30, and Tuesdays are free all day with a valid student ID.
4. Brennan Hall Only have an hour between classes? Come to Brennan Hall and integrate yourself in the SMC community. With pool and gitoni tables, Brennan Hall’s a great place to unwind. If you’re not in the mood to play games, feel free to take a seat, grab a coffee from the café and talk amongst friends. Brennan is without a doubt my favorite place to go during breaks. It’s hard to meet people in classes of hundreds of people but the student lounge at SMC is a great place to meet people and is frankly where I’ve made the majority of my friends in my time at the University of Toronto.
5. Tasty Treats After feeding your mind, you’ll probably feel the need to feed your stomach. The University of Toronto is in the heart of downtown and surrounded by numerous places to eat. One of my favorites is Scaccia inside the Manulife Centre at Bay and Bloor streets. It offers chicken, sausage and vegetarian Scaccias to go (I would describe a scaccia as a sort of pizza sandwich) as well as a variety of salads and small snacks. Another excellent choice is the McDonald’s at Bloor St. and Avenue Rd. across from the R.O.M., or for those of you in a rush the food trucks on St. George outside of Sid Smith have great poutines for a great price. Remember, this is only a list of 5 things to do between classes outside of studying and reviewing notes. Make an effort to explore the campus and city in order to create your own list and make the most of your years at the University of Toronto.
The AC versus Hart House We give a run down of the athletic facilities available to students
Hours Location Women's Only Hours Pool(s) Exclusive features Squash courts Locker room amenities
M-F: 7-9 Weekends: 9-5
M-F: 7-11 Weekends: 7-9 Holidays: 11-4
West side of campus - past Robarts Library
Central - right beside UC, across from Queen's Park
Daily in the pool and Strength and Conditioning Centre
Two: Varsity pool (50 m) and Benson pool (25 yards)
One: (25 yards)
Fencing salle, lower gym that is mainly for gymnastics, sports medicine facility, strength and conditioning centre
Beautiful architecture, cardio room, indoor track
10 (5 American, 5 British)
Locker rental costs $60/fall+winter term. Includes towel service.
Locker rental available per semester Towel service – $2.25/use
Karthy Chin | Contributor The Hart House gym and the Athletic Centre are the primary athletic facilities where students can take fitness classes, work out between lectures, train, and pop in for a swim. The Varsity Centre, covered by a dome during the winter months, is also available for student use and boasts an outdoor track and artificial turf field.. However the Varsity Centre is often used for intramurals, training by Varsity athletes or intercollegiate games making its availability less consistent than the other two athletic facilities on campus. When choosing where to work out students often choose Hart House or the Athletic Centre (AC). The AC is bigger with all of the equipment that your heart desires and a large pool which will soon be home to a new diving platform. Relative to Hart House, which is just across Queen’s Park it is further away from the
SMC campus. The Hart House gym is comparatively smaller but has many of the same amenities and feels more intimate. Both gyms offer drop-in classes as well as paid weekly classes with drop-in hours that stay consistent throughout the year. Most of the time, students will go to the gym that is geographically closer to where they are. I find that I only use the AC when I’m at the MacIntosh Clinic for my various sports-medicine related ailments. However the AC does have parking available for commuters. Ultimately it comes down to a matter of personal choice, convenience, your preference for concrete or brick in your gym, or wherever you happen to end up. The best thing to do though is to make sure that you check out both gyms and try some of the drop-in classes. There are classes that will help you transition to working out on a regular basis if you’re just starting otherwise you
The best thing to do though is to make sure that you check out both gyms and try some of the drop-in classes can join an intramural club. If you find that neither of the gyms is intense enough, wait until 2015 for the completion of Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport across from the Varsity Centre.
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Game on St. Mikes! Frosh week delivers games and sports to incoming students Justyna Fabisiewicz Contributor This year the froshies ventured into Nintendoland, where they were divided into five “worlds”: Kirby World, Mario World, Zelda World, Pokémon World, and Donkey Kong World. To say it was amazing is a massive understatement! Over 800 froshies attended -the largest number ever gathered at SMC frosh week. Despite the rain on the first day that led to the cancellation of the games rotation, everyone had a fun time playing games indoors and chatting. In the afternoon, it stopped raining so the Mario Kart races could commence. Every “world” built one cart composed of duct tape and cardboard boxes (as well as other materials that could be found, such as bandanas) to be raced in by groups of the quickest froshies. The racetrack was the pathway by the Historic Houses, which was lined with every student from start to finish. Although everyone racing was quick and nimble, there could only be one winner; that was Zelda World. That evening the St. Mike's annual lip sync contest took place, and there were many interesting
performances complete with crossdressing and booty shaking. The frosh in the winning performance danced and sang to “It's Raining Men” by the Weather Girls in a well-choreographed, tasteful performance. On the second day, the sunshine decided to come out and St. Mikes was ready for the games rotation where the class of 2016 participated in various activities such as “Falcon Sit” (where froshies popped balloons by sitting on them while yelling “FALCON SIT”) and “Tug on Link's Rope” (it was a game of tug of war–not what your dirty minds thought of at first). Later at night, all the froshies got to see our wonderful Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 even though key players such as Brett Lawrie and José Bautista were not on the field due to injuries. The third day was also one filled with smiles and laughs. At this year's Shinerama St. Mike's collected over $ 2500 for cystic fibrosis research, which is over $ 500 more than the previous record. The long upheld tradition of the bed-races also took place that day. As usual, the St. Mike's team dominated the bed races, getting their trophy back from
Chelsea Misquith / Photo Credit the engineers who stole it several weeks ago from the SMCSU office. Unfortunately, the engineers did not
properly tighten a screw on their cart and the rider was injured. This caused a half-hour long delay in
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Peyton Manning owned his return to the field by tossing his 400th career touchdown and leading the Bronco's to victory over the Steelers in their season opener. Robert Griffin III put on a fantastic show in his debut as starting quarterback for Washington, throwing 19 for 26, the same as Manning. Both QB's seem prepared to be dominant this season.
A lock out seems imminent as the CBA is set to expire saturday night and negotiations are essentially nonexistant. The only question remaining is how long it will last. Will we lose an entire season as was the case of the last lock out, or will the rinks be full again come christmas as many hope?
The AL east has become quite possibly the most exciting race in baseball as the Yankees, Orioles and Rays fight over first. Not to mention that the strength of the AL wild card race could see the loser's in the east sidelined in October, particularly with the A's sitting half a game a head of the Yankees at the time of writing.
The lakers are set to be the team to watch this season with a starting lineup of Nash, Bryant, Gasol, World Peace, and Howard. The big question is how well the all-stars will be able to work together. The raptors acquisition of Lowry raises interesting questions of what Calderon's role will be, either on the court or in a trade. Only time will tell but ultimately the raptors are in a good position to smooth out their starting five.
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1. David Akers kicked a 63 yard field goal which tied the NFL record as it bounced off the crossbar and through. 2. Dwayne Wade said he will be taking it easy during training, but early reports suggest he is well on the road to recovery. 3. Strasburg has been shut down for the Nationals, but with Washington sitting comfortably a top the NL East and continuing to get great performances across the board they appear to be strong playoff contenders. 4. Mike Trout has come out as the easy choice for the top Rookie continuing a dominant year leading the American league in batting average, runs, and stolen bases.
the final round of the bed races as paramedics had to be called to the scene. The evening finished with a choice between attending two events: either the Semi-Formal at the Park Hyatt or the hilarious SMC Improv show followed by a video game night. On the final day of frosh week the cheer-off took place where every group from every “world” had to come up with a cheer that represents them. All groups were able to show their verve but there could only be one winner, and that was Kirbageddon. Also, the coveted Frosh Trophy was awarded to Bowser Bros from Mario World based on their performance in all of the activities during Frosh Week. Afterwards, St. Mikes displayed its school spirit in the University of Toronto parade. It's safe to say that we out-cheered every college! The week concluded with the UTSU concert that featured famous artists such as Kardinal Official. A huge shout out to all of the coordinators, marshals, spirit squad members, and frosh leaders for their time and effort that made the 2012 St. Mike's Frosh Week a truly enjoyable experience.
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Frosh of SMC
Alekzia Hosein | Production Manager Anya Zaporozhchenko | Frosh Contributor Photos: Micah Gold-Utting and Cam Anderson
diary of a frosh Day 1, 6 AM:
On subway headed to Bay Station, I contemplate all the potential the first day of frosh has. I try my best to remember the first day of high school, but my memory fails me. Then again, looking to high school experiences for guidance is completely worthless – after all, college is a chance to start new.
7 AM: The exterior of Brennan Hall vaguely resembles a
boot camp. Confused students stand in a single file line, clutching their sleeping bags or looking at their phones, while the spirit squad runs around shouting absurd cheers into megaphones. Already, I am confused by two things: the bit about being led by “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus” in one of the cheers, and the amount of energy the spirit squad somehow has at 8 am. It’s raining and we are being brought inside and sorted into teams.
3 PM: Mario Kart box races in the rain. No one fell on their face. I had a camera ready.
4 PM: My team leaders say that we are lip syncing to a song
called ‘Whistle’ by Flo Rida. It’s a catchy song about a guy teaching a girl to just put her lips together and go real slow, because how else would she learn to whistle?
4:15 PM: Wait... Oh... 5 PM: My teammates’ reactions to the song are polar
extremes. A girl is about to faint due to the lewdness of the matter, meanwhile a boy is suggesting that we also hold some of the female dancers’ heads down, you know, to get the message across.
7 PM: The lip sync competition actually turned out to
‘Bubbaloo’ is a brand of American bubblegum, however I’ve got nothing about ‘Ahringa singa kunga’ and ‘kumala vista’ so far.
be quite fun. I’ve learned that the formula to success is combining a love story about a 6’2” tall cross dresser with a whole lot of booty shaking. We are fed more pizza for dinner. Someone urges me to buy a ticket for an event at The Guvernment.
11 AM: Headed to mass. The priest mentioned that he
10 PM: I remember now why I haven’t been clubbing since
9 AM: Learning cheers. Further research shows that
welcomes everyone: homosexuals, Muslims, Buddhists, etc. However, he hasn’t said anything about pro-choice feminists yet. Should I be worried?
12 AM: Pizza for lunch. Everyone wants to know about life science courses. I dread coming into a hospital for a colonoscopy 15 years from now and seeing someone I met at frosh.
grade 9. I make friends with some girls and we spend an hour trying to avoid a 40-year-old man, who clearly isn’t U of T frosh, who keeps trying to grind on one of them. Thanks for checking IDs, bouncers... The Engineers stand around, awkwardly bobbing their heads. ‘Gangnam Style’ plays, and it is then, that I realise that everyone present is also new and confused... And all I can do, at times like this, is relax and dance.
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THE MIKE thoughts from frosh what is your best pick-up line?
"My name's Jong. I want to introduce myself."
"Oh, it would probably be in French."
"You've probably heard it before."
"These are really hard."
if you were a combination of two animals, what would you be?
what will you do to keep sane this school year?
"Keeping myself entertained."
"My parents' expectations."
"Nothing, I don't know."
what is your greatest fear?
"Getting locked inside the fridge at my work"
hours spent in training
26 hours 191 frosh staff
"Having Hoikity Choik play at my funeral."
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U of T art clubs for dummies An easy guide for first-year arts enthusiasts
Mia Rose Yugo | Staff Writer alike, offering plenty of engaging Were you the star of your high school drama production? The photographer for the yearbook? The events planner for Student Council or the busy editor of your high school paper? Then you've come to the right place or should I say, picked up the right paper...(hint, hint). A shameless plug, I know, but “The Mike” really is one of the friendliest and most organized papers on campus. So for all you aspiring writers, illustrators, and graphic designers out there, knock and the door will open! While the sheer size of U of T may seem daunting to any artist coming from a cozy high school dance club or music class, there is no need to fear. U of T welcomes every artistic soul, enthusiast and visionary
opportunities not only to witness art unfold on stage, but to make your very own artistic vision come alive. Here is a quick and easy guide to help you take full advantage of all the exciting opportunities waiting for you across campus. (Note: these opportunities are already included in your tuition so there’s yet another incentive to take advantage of your resources.) Let’s begin. First, let's look at College clubs. When you pay your tuition, a part of that money goes to supporting the societies maintained within your own College. Although membership in some of these clubs is reserved for students belonging to that particular college, most clubs are open to students from any college on campus. For instance, if you’re
an actor registered at St. Mike’s, you’re still free to audition for plays produced by the Victoria Drama Society. This strategy not only gives you a great way to meet new people but the chances of finding the perfect club increase seven-fold when you look outside the walls of your own college. To find a listing of college clubs, go to the Registrar’s Office or check out the college's website. Moving beyond the College societies, Hart House clubs provide great outlets for honing your skills and expressing your artistic talents. Aside from its rich history as the cultural hub of St. George, Hart House has eleven committees and seventeen clubs. This includes recreational clubs such as the Camera Club, the Jazz Ensemble, the Symphonic Band and the Film Club. The best part is that you don't even need to be an expert to join; most clubs, such as the Hart House Singers (a nonauditioned choir which performs twice annually in the Great Hall), welcome first-timers and experienced singers alike. Other groups, such as the Literary and Library Committee offer year-round positions for firstyear reps to actively participate in running annual poetry contests and writing workshops. If you're more of the budding curator type, then you might want to look into applying for the Arts Committee which offers
Five films for undergrads Mark Matich | Staff Writer Each year, after the mayhem of moving into your residence dorm at U of T settles down, the reality of having a bit of extra time on your hands hits, and the search for home entertainment away from home, as it were, begins. Many opt for online TV, but another equally cost-effective (read: free) entertainment possibility is the wide variety of films available at Robarts Library in their Media Commons (located on the 3rd Floor) and the DVD collection at the Kelly Library at St. Michael’s College. Here are some recommendations of films that can be taken out for free at these libraries for those wishing to tread the noble path of the cineaste: 1) World Without Sun (1964): is available as part of the “Jacques Cousteau Collection” at Robarts. Embark with Cousteau and his crew as they study undersea life in the ‘Conshelf Two’ and realize how much you have in common with them in terms of confined living spaces! All joking aside this is a mesmerizing nature documentary. 2) WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971): A life-changer. Dušan Makavejev’s cinematic collage about misunderstood psychologist and philosopher Wilhelm Reich and his theory of sexuality’s relationship with political behaviour truly must be seen to be believed. 3) Drive, He Said (1971): Jack Nicholson’s erratic directorial debut, that like the film that precedes it in this list, explodes with an energy and truthfulness to its times not to be found in more highly-touted political films of the era. 4) The Parallax View (1974): Another disturbing political-paranoia film from the 1970s. Warren Beatty’s hair looks cooler than in Shampoo, ironically. This film will stick with you, and since it’s out of print it would be hard to find elsewhere. 5) Simon of the Desert (1965): In 45 minutes the great, rebellious, cheerfully impious Spanish director Luis Buñuel tells the story of a saint’s commitment to remaining atop a pillar to avoid temptation. The ending of the film will confuse you. If one thing is boundless at U of T it is their DVD collections, where you can find everything from a lower-tier Barbara Stanwyck film like 1957’s Crime of Passion to the outré work of Kenneth Anger in two DVD volumes. Pull out that t-card and start swiping. Happy viewing!
first-years a chance to work with the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery on a yearround program of contemporary art exhibitions. Hart House also plays host to a series of festivals, including an adjudicated, competitive Drama Festival, a Dance Festival and a Short Film Festival where students can rent film equipment for $25, make a film and enter it into the competition. Even if you don't plan on being actively engaged with any of these clubs, there are ample opportunities to engage as a spectator. Hart House alone hosts over 50 musical events a year, ranging from open mic nights to jazz evenings. The only catch with Hart House clubs is that some of them ask for an additional membership fee which varies depending on which club you join. If you've already looked at all the clubs on campus and still aren't quite satisfied, then why not start a club yourself ? All you need is 30 members, a club constitution, tons of ambition and this handy email of the Groups Officer (groups.officer@ utoronto.ca). Whether it's reporting campus news for UTTV, watching the Music Faculty's amateur operas in the magnificent Isabel Bader Theater, or just taking in the breathtaking Hart House scenery while watching a UC Follies production of Shakespeare in the quad, U of T waits for you.
A beginner's guide to classical music
Lucy Coren | Arts Editor It would be very easy to fill this article entirely with adjectives. There seems no end to the words one can use to describe the majesty of Smetana, the magnanimity of Brahms or the melancholia of Tchaikovsky. As you can tell, I’m a fan of the Romantics. And, truly, there seems to be a wide misconception that exclusively Mozart and Haydn will improve your grades. (Maybe throw in a Handel. Scarlatti you say? What a rogue.) While these Classical and Baroque composers are artisans of form and structure and are subsequently conducive to the methodology of study, you’ll find a wide array of music from Medieval to Contemporary that will similarly stimulate the mind without distracting the senses. Here are only a few suggestions to pick up when you’re tired of having that Brandenburg Concerto on repeat (indication of fatigue: the desire to break any and all harpsichords in the surrounding area…I think there are some in the ROM): 1. Bach’s Cello Suite #1 2. Bach, Well Tempered Clavier 3. Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto 4. Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 33 “The Joke” 5. Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Op. 77 6. Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture 7. Smetana, The Moldau 8. Bruckner Symphony #6 9. Shostakovich Piano Concerto #2 10. Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra All of this music can be accessed through Naxos, U of T’s online music library. This is only a short list, there is so much more besides: Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”, Puccini, Sibelius, Liszt (on a good day), Delibes, Dukas, Schubert’s lieder—but this should get you off to a good start. Essentially, avoid the highly dissonant, like Schoenberg (although you should still lend an ear to his Pierrot Lunaire) and adhere to the more consonant such as early Beethoven. Bruckner is a good substitute for caffeine while Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier provides a nice, methodical alternative to his Brandenburg Concertos. You can put down the hammer and pick up the pen. Happy studying.
Silence on the west coast
Rafi Spivak produces a Vancouver neo-noir: Crimes of Mark Recket
Mark Matich | Staff Writer Covering TIFF for The Mike gave me a chance to interview long-time editor Rafi Spivak about his most recent work on Bruce Sweeney’s crime drama Crimes of Mike Recket. He took on the additional role of producing the film and “helped it through the post stages”, including applying to the festival. Both these roles gave him an insider’s knowledge of what he calls the “micro-budget” production filmed around posh areas of Vancouver such as Dunbar. In the film, the titular failed realtor attempts to evade the police as they go about unearthing his criminal life when a woman named Leslie Klemper goes missing. Well-known Canadian
TV star Nicholas Lea (who had a recurring role on The X-Files and appears in Kyle XY, Supernatural, and Continuum among many other programs) tackles the role of the shady Recket with gusto. What I focussed on talking with Spivak however were the interesting stylistic aspects of the film that mark it as unique in tone from a lot of Canadian content, especially crime films. As I suspected from watching scenes of pin-drop silence and furtive surveillance in the movie, Spivak revealed that as an editor he was trying to “adapt some of [Michael] Haneke’s sensibility, to not necessarily resolve the story you started fully”, and that the “detached feel [of the film] is intentional”. The film has been tagged as an example of Neo Noir, and Spivak also spoke
of director Bruce Sweeney being influenced by “[the] French seventies approach with no trick shots and a deliberate pace” of movies by the likes of the great sixties/seventies master of French Neo Noir Jean-Pierre Melville. He pointed 1967’s Le Samourai as an example, and it’s a nice coincidence that both films feature wonderful scenes of the titular desperate character smoking; in the Melville film he’s gracefully framed on a bed with wisps of smoke rising to the top of a shabby apartment room, and in Sweeney’s film we see Mike Recket at one point brazenly smoking and downing a can of Stella Artois in his car as the police look on dispassionately. There’s a nice low-key touch you won’t see in something like Flashpoint. Sweeney and his collaborators including Spivak have become known for acerbic nuances like this, and I think it comes from the filmmaking approach he uses, which Spivak called an “ensemble, community-based approach to filmmaking” where actors like Nicholas Lea and Canadian actress Gabrielle Rose are among a collective recurring of collaborators. “The first footage [for the film] was shot in January 2010, and the last was shot this year”, according to Spivak, indicating the freedom Sweeney had over time to let the project mature and to shoot as he wanted to. The police procedural aspect of the film includes some great, matter-of-fact interrogation scenes. Spivak said that the filmmakers wanted to show an interrogation
“without harassment or a pay-off; a realistic interrogation scene [where the police] are sometimes clueless, sometimes insightful.” This is certainly an acute description of the sparsely visualized questioning scenes, whose blank white background reminded me of The Passion of Joan of Arc’s interrogation sequence. The fact that these indirect, incidental references (to Melville and even the likes of Robert Bresson) came up in my mind support Spivak’s description of a film not shot documentary style entirely but which “[tries] to evoke it” for example by having the police officers suddenly be reassigned and have to introduce new ones in the middle of the film, something which happens in real life. The decision to set the film in more high-end areas of Vancouver is also unique, and creates an implicit sense that even the convivial types of people and locales in the film aren’t immune to the reach of criminal activity. After being free along with Sweeney to make these unconventional types of decisions, Spivak says he “appreciates the implications of having to sell [such a film]”. So I’ll do my part by recommending it as a thoughtful, offbeat crime film with some great witty moments and which observes well the sometimes-banal methodology of a police procedural. It screens at Cineplex Yonge and Dundas, Sept. 13 at 9PM. Check it out at www.facebook.com/ CrimesofMike and twitter.com/CrimesofMike.
A new home for arts
Getting the arts to flourish at SMC from a grassroots approach “Why not put on a play they don’t think we can pull off ?” Marsha Malcolm | Staff Writer This year is shaping up to be a vibrant one for the growth of the SMC arts scene. The year’s first frosh-themed Kelly’s Corner featured a talented group of musicians and even a standup comedian. The only thing better than great art is great art that helps make the community a better place for all concerned. Each month, subsequent Kelly’s Corners will not only delight, but give back as well. The proceeds generated will go towards several charities and causes, including the fight against Breast Cancer and Movember. If you’re a newbie who loves to perform and is looking to break into the SMC arts scene, give the First Timer’s Kelly’s Corner on September 26th a shot. Change and diversity in the arts will be important in the coming year ahead in order to inspire the kind of creativity that pushes the limits even as it entertains. This anticipated change is immediately clear in SMC’S choice of musical for this year. The decision to do a more somber production is a departure from the usual vein of plays that are staged. Last’s years pick, Hairspray, isn’t exactly a comedy, indeed, it addresses serious issues of race and acceptance deals with serious issues, but this year there are plans to do something with more why. This new approach comes from Arts Commissioner Joseph Ianni. “Change is good,” he says, when
asked about this year’s dramatic offering. However, not everyone shares his outlook, but Ianni did not let this bother him when it came to picking the play. To the nay-sayers, undeterred by the ambitiousness of his production, he says: “Why not put on a play they don’t think we can pull off ?” Why not indeed. Nevertheless, Ianni recognizes the challenges posed by staging this particular play but believes that St. Mike’s is capable of “growing and getting better at things” and that SMCSU is central to this council and community’s improvement. If you’re looking to snag a role don’t miss the auditions: Thursday, September 13th 6pm – 11pm and Friday, September 14th 1pm – 5pm. As well, this year, Ianni strives to see the Kelly’s Corner performers flourish and grow at other venues outside the hallowed halls of the college. Ianni wants these students to feel confident enough to perform in front of masses who aren’t friends or fellow students. “Change is something to be wary of and embraced,” he says. Making the jump from performing in the comfort zone of the college to the big wide world is huge, but Ianni is confident that this year’s group of students is more than ready for the challenge. At the same time, introverts need not fear! Artistic outlets for those who don’t sing outside of their showers or could care less about the theatre are available. Throughout the fall semester SMCSU’s arts journal, the Grammateion, will be accepting any artistic piece that can be printed including short stories, lyrics, drawings, prose, poetry, and photography. With all of these wonderful artistic outlets at your disposal, there’s no excuse to not be creative in one form or another this year. Well, what are you waiting for? Go make something amazing!
MADELEINE BISSON Star of TIFF's Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang Lucy Coren | Arts Editor I’m not typically one to gush, but in the case of Madeleine Bisson I have to make an exception. Madeleine is a recent graduate of U of T and its stellar drama department (UCDP), and is the lead actor in one of TIFF’s feature films, Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang. It is directed by the 2008 Palme d’Or winner, Laurent Cantet, who adapted Joyce Carol Oats’ novel, Foxfire, from page to screen. I met with Madeleine at a cozy café one rainy afternoon, but no gloomy weather could darken such an effervescent individual. After we had both finished aw-ing over our novelty teapots shaped like houses (Madeleine’s was, appropriately, a stage house), we dove right into the interview.
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Question: How did you hear about the role? Madeleine: (Puts down her tea cup with excitement). Through a friend. It was an open call audition and there were about five thousand girls at the first one. It was about three minutes long and it was all improv. We had to “come up with why someone got expelled”. Q: Wow, so many people. Was it competitive? M: (confidingly) Oh yes, so competitive. Usually when there’s so many people just pushing to get in as many words as they can I just shut down. And that’s what I did. I got a few ideas in there but I mostly shut down. Q: Do you think they were looking for people at the first audition based on ability or more aesthetic suitability? M: Both. Before the improv started they met with us individually so I think they had a good sense of my personality. And, while the improv was going on, I noticed the casting director looking at me quite a bit, even though I wasn’t contributing a lot. Q: Were you confident with your improv skills going into the audition? M: No. Well, yes. But UCDP taught me everything I know about improv--before UCDP I wasn’t confident in improv at all. The department taught me how to be present, how to be in the moment and react. Without that foundation there’s no way I’d have this role. If I could I’d dedicate this movie to them. Q: Were you confident at any point throughout the audition process? M: Well there were 10 call backs in total between September and March. After the first one I was so discouraged. I remember going home and saying to my mum, “I don’t even want to talk about it”. But, Since our interview together I had the opportunity to see Foxfire at TIFF, and watch Madeleine walk down the red carpet. She wore a glorious glittering poison green dress bought at a vintage store in Yorkville, which contrasted beautifully with her red hair that was pulled back into an ostentatious bun, and redder lipstick. The film was beautiful. It follows the machinations of a group of girls in the 50s whose various experiences of sexual abuse or parental neglect, prompt them to form a protective gang they call “Foxfire”. It became quite clear why director Laurent Cantent was heralded by a TIFF
probably the last call back I was most confident. There were only five girls. The director had a room at the Gladstone Hotel and we auditioned from 10am to 5pm. He was looking for the leader of the gang so he just kept sending in girls one after the other. Q: How long was the filming process? M: From July to September, than two weeks in February. We filmed mostly in Sault Ste Marie and North Ontario. I think films usually only take a few months so I think it was fairly long. Q: Did you find it exhausting? M: It was long hours but I loved it. When it comes to acting I never find it exhausting. Even if my body is tired my mind is so alive. Q: This was your first film. Were there any surprises, given that your training is in theatre? M: Film acting surprised me; it surprised me how quickly you can connect to the other person. It’s all so real, you’re just thrown into the atmosphere. The film is set in the ‘50s and when you get to set, you just feel like you’re right there. Q: Did you find the crew and cameras intrusive, compared to the more immediacy of stage acting? M: No, because Laurent [Cantet] prepared us for that during the rehearsal process. I didn’t notice the lights and camera at all. Q: Any future plans? M: Keep acting. I hope I can leverage my experience on this film into more acting opportunities. I honestly never thought I could live my dream. If you had told me last year that at this point I’d be a few days away from walking down a red carpet at my own movie premier, I’d have laughed in your face. You just never know where life will take ya.
producer as “one of the greatest emerging directors in world cinema”. His directorial style is always delicate, as scenes interchange between hazy summer days and girlish eroticism, from childish destruction to adult repercussions. The film is unobtrusively scored with an original piano melody intercut, occasionally, with music from the 50s that reminds the audience of its setting. The passion that Madeleine exuded during our interview about her role and love of acting was translated into a nuanced and disarmingly earnest performance
as Rita in Foxfire. Rita is a sweet girl whose simplicity is often taken advantage of by lascivious men, ranging from her derogatory school teacher to abusive school boys. However, once adopted by Foxfire, Rita sheds her previous meekness and discovers her more fierce side. After TIFF Foxfire is scheduled to make an appearance at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain, and after that, it has a wide release in France. I advise our readers to watch for its release date in Canada because this film, and Madeleine Bisson’s performance, is not one to be missed.
The importance (or lack thereof) of university Louis Train | Contributor Undergraduate students “do whatever for 3-5 years in order to get a piece of paper that is essentially a claim check for 20% more lifetime earnings”, declares a character in a recent issue of Zach Weiner's web comic SMBC. The sentiment echoes that of another recent online publication, “Every Major's Terrible” from Randall Munroe's legendary XKCD. Featuring such gems as “philosophy's just math sans physics, sense, and practicality” and “I'd rather eat a Fowler's toad than major in biology”, the strip exemplifies Munroe's trademark application of humour when discussing dark topics. In this case, the dark topic is one that appears in media every September, louder and with more support each time: the importance, or lack thereof, of universities in the twentyfirst century and beyond. Though higher learning has never been without its critics, record enrolment from economic growth in the developed world has made the subject that much more pressing. Approximately 1.2 million Canadians are currently enrolled in post-secondary institutes, according Canadian University Guide, and that number only gets higher each year. We talk of de-valued honours bachelor's degrees (worth as much now,
supposedly, as high school diplomas were in the 70s) as the result of easier and less demanding programs and rising tuition costs (over 500% in forty years). Now, more than ever, there is the need to discuss the changing landscape of the world and where exactly fits the university. When I refer to university, I refer to undergraduate studies; though encouraging researchers and would-be researchers to teach the next generation is economical, to say the least, the two are not necessarily inseparable. There is a rapidly-growing stock of teaching universities; institutions dedicated exclusively to the education of undergraduates. Though ours is not among them, it may be useful to think of it as such for the sake of argument and perspective. If university is, first and foremost, a place to learn, it has a lot of competition. This has always been the case with libraries and private tutors and mentors, but the invention and sustenance of the internet has created a new, inexpensive, limitless medium for facts with no restrictions. A good search engine has the possibility to inform any user of whatever they want to know, at their own pace, in their own language. This attitude was reflected even before the internet came into being: in his own time Albert Camus wrote that “the true university of these days is a collection of
books”; imagine what he would have said about the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy or academicearth.org, a free online repository of post-secondary lecture recordings. At least a substantial majority of what is taught to students pursuing bachelor's degrees can be found online; either directly on a web page or through purchases on Amazon and the like. The other main reason cited for university attendance is the improvement of career prospects and earning power. According to the 2006 national survey, a Torontonian with a bachelor's degree will make 55% more money per year than one without. That's a sizable difference, though a little less overwhelming when one considers the cost of studies and the money that could be earned during classes. Even so, few will admit to enrolling for the purpose of increasing their average annual income. There are many other reasons to study, of course; more than can be named here, though “networking” and “opportunities” appear most often among them. As someone who hasn't not been in some form of educational institute since I was three, I can't weigh in on those as much as I would like to. I can, however, end with a sobering quote from the aforementioned SMBC comic: “the easier college gets, the dumber you look for not having a degree”.
Crisis in education or crisis of power? Ontario teachers are subjugated to new controls with little discussion Michal Chwalek | Contributor Officially now, Bill 115 – the anti-strike legislation for Ontario teachers – has been passed. The bill included wage freezes, benefit cuts, and a two year strike ban. But as everyone should be aware by now, the real issue surrounding this bill is the government using their legislative power to force teachers into a new contract. Whether or not the terms of the contract are reasonable is irrelevant at this point – as soon as the government ignores collective bargaining and forces a group into a contract bundled with anti-strike legislation, the issue must be reframed as a debate about the abuses of power, and what outlets we really have for protest. The New Democrats claimed that the purpose of the bill was to create a “crisis in education” that would carry the Liberals into a majority, while the Liberals explained that the timing ensured a smooth start to the school year. Those reasons ring hollow, and they should, since the timing reveals something else entirely. It reveals something about the power of strikes. Introducing the bill during the summer means that students are out of school and even if teachers wanted to strike, they would have no bargaining power. It shows that we literally
have to take services hostage in order to make our objections heard. And why does this work? Because other people get upset, people that are not normally injured by the injury of another, and it surprises and angers them. It’s not that the government actually cares that student wellbeing is compromised – but the parents care. And where there is a public outcry, there is an increase in public awareness. Whether it gathers support or draws ire, a proper strike will generate discussion around, and hopefully examination of, the issue at hand. Strikes enhance public awareness, and for that alone they are indispensible. And as Bill 115 shows, protests alone accomplish very little. The government still
wouldn’t sit down with the teachers to discuss the new contract; the bill was still voted on and passed. I can’t help but feel a pervasive sense of subjection when a conscientious disagreement with government policy is completely ignored. When three unions representing a total of 191, 000 teachers (the majority in this case) disagree with a new contract and the government simply does as it sees fit, it is time to scrutinize what our democratic rights really entail. People like to decry unions and strikes, and sometimes for good reasons – they can be counter-productive and serve the interests of a few, banded workers. But they also show us the lengths that groups must go to in order to exert any tiny shred of influence.
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1 - Snares 6 - Extreme reverence 10 - Air bubble 14 - Actress Anouk 15 - _ majeste 16 - Top-notch 17 - Dens 18 - Ancient Athens's Temple of _ 19 - Ripped 20 - Mil. officers 21 - An organization 24 - Veil worn by Muslim women 26 - Exclusively 27 - _ Lingus 28 - _ nous 30 - Reason to cancel school 33 - Painter, e.g. 35 - DDE opponent 38 - Sri _ 40 - Bran source 41 - Sufficient 43 - Verily 44 - Exam taker 47 - "East of Eden" brother 48 - Follows orders 49 - Common ID 51 - Asian deer 54 - Artist
58 - Esteemed 61 - _ Dawn Chong 62 - Nerve network 63 - "The Time Machine" race 64 - Jewelled crown worn by women 66 - Breezes through 67 - Juniors, perhaps 68 - Senior 69 - Sailors 70 - Affectedly dainty 71 - Orchestra section
1 - Reckoning 2 - Gaucho's rope 3 - Not quite right 4 - For each 5 - Opening word 6 - Bottle 7 - Architect Saarinen 8 - Just _ ! 9 - Withstands 10 - Conflict 11 - Sarge's superior 12 - Sign up 13 - Amphetamine tablet 22 - Franklin D.'s mother 23 - Large artery 25 - Bird of prey
28 - Les _ -Unis 29 - Evening, informally 30 - Wily 31 - Not for a Scot 32 - _ roll 34 - Optimistic 35 - Spring mo. 36 - "Hold On Tight" band 37 - D.C. VIP 39 - Ready to hit 42 - Jazz flutist Herbie 45 - Most strange 46 - Biblical birthright seller 48 - Haunt 50 - Female sibling 51 - Herring type 52 - Betel palm 53 - Unit just above a yard 54 - Composure 55 - Commerce 56 - Having auricular protuberances 57 - Brings up 59 - Incandescence 60 - Actress Skye 65 - Land in la mer;
Photo Corner Dan Seljak
Horoscopes Virgo | August 23 September 22
Capricorn | December 23 - January 22
As a Virgo, you are notoriously stubborn and also easily confused. I suggest you just try to go to as many classes as you can, and when you eventually realize there is no point, take more naps. (And happy birthday, probably.)
You know how there’s that John Cusack movie about how the world is going to end soon? That should motivate you to STOP READING and START LIVING! Don’t just think about it, do it! Participaction! Lunges!
which should be right up your alley, since that’s your sign and all (I think? Wikipedia is not always reliable).You could go see a bull fight. Ernest Hemingway loved them, but if you’re not quite as devoted to carnal masculinity, you could try a tapas bar. Just knowing there are bulls nearby should be a comfort.
Libra | September 23 October 22
Aquarius | January 23 February 22
Gemini | May 21 - June 21
Libras change a lot, because they are unreliable and sneaky.You shouldn’t lie to people, especially people in your res because it will definitely come back to bite you in the ass. And trust me, you don’t want to piss off people who know where you live and have no emotional attachment to you.
As the world becomes more modern, you will either start a blog, or think about starting one. Aquariuses are notoriously gifted swimmers, so maybe a blog about swimming? I wouldn’t read it, but that’s just because I don’t care. I’m sure some people would!
Start thinking more about your career, Gemini. You could be anything. It might be a good idea to check out the career centre, or respond to one of those fliers I always see. Toronto is always on the lookout for HOT MALE MODELS. (I hope someone will start reading this horoscope just because that caught their eye.)
Scorpio | October 23 November 22 If you’re new to Toronto, welcome! If you’re not, congratulations on not deciding to go somewhere else for university. There is really no other place worth going in Canada.You could have left the country, but as a Scorpio you were probably too scared. It’s cool, I’m a Scorpio too. I get it, the world is scary.
Sagittarius | November 23 - December 22 This is a new year, school-wise (not calendar-wise, it’s still 2012, don’t worry). Take advantage of every opportunity you come across, except the ones that involve cocaine, because you absolutely do not want to get into that shit. WANT US TO FEATURE YOUR ART? SEND POEMS, PHOTOS AND DRAWINGS TO ARTS@READTHEMIKE.COM
Victoria Marshall Future Seer
Pisces | February 23 March 22 Why are there so many star signs? Pisces are a pragmatic bunch (I’m basing that off of alliteration) so you should think about helping us to narrow down which of these signs actually matter and which are just space fillers (sorry Taurus).
Aries | March 21 April 19 The stars will be in your favour all month, You can tell because you are the only token upbeat horoscope! Don’t go crazy, you’re not invincible, but now would be a good time to take up a new hobby, like chess, or that thing where you try to be the hippo with the most food.
Taurus | April 20 - May 20 Your sense of adventure is strong. Go to Spain, they have bulls there,
Cancer | June 22 - July 22 Wear sunscreen!
Leo | July 23 - August 22 Get more involved with your campus, for the love of god. U of T seriously lacks school spirit, even though we all seem pretty pleased with ourselves for going here. Can’t we all just be pleased and slightly pompous together? Do we all have to sit alone at home in the dark writing horoscopes and pretending that life is great?