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A grim weekend

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The tie that binds Wilfrid Laurier University since 1926 Volume 53, Issue 20

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Place your bets WLUSU election heats up as candidates face off at Open Forum, kicking off the campaign’s home stretch

Taking heat Candidates answer students’ questions at Open Forum Campus, page 3

Stirring the pot Former WLUSU coordinator exposes flaws in campaigns Campus, page 4

Get informed Read up on what the candidates are promising Campus, page 5-7

Child’s play Is the election really anything more than a popularity contest? Opinion, page 25


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Editor-in-Chief Justin Fauteux

Inside News ………………………3 Campus ……………… 4 Local ………………… 11 National ……………… 13 In Depth ……………… 15 Life ……………………… 18 Arts ………………………20 Classifieds …………… 23 Editorial ……………… 24 Opinion ……………… 25 Sports ………………… 29

Editor’s note: endorsements

Typically the last issue of The Cord before the WLUSU election features our endorsements of presdidential and Board of Directors candidates. This year, however, you will not find any endorsements in the pages of this paper. At the time of this paper’s publication, all we had seen of the candidates is Tuesday’s WLUSU Open Forum. And while this may be the time when the candidates are most visible, The Cord-hosted debate and the Brantford Open Forum were still on the docket. We simply did not feel comfortable endorsing any of the candidates with the bulk of the campaign period still ahead. So, read this paper, watch our debate, get informed and look for our endorsements on this weekend. –Justin Fauteux, Cord Editor-in-Chief

Editor’s choice Wynne victorious after convention

Editor’s choice online WLUSU election videos

National, page 13

WLUSU Open Forum in quotes “I really want you to understand that I care so much about this school and that I really want to see it be the best it can be.”

The tie that binds Wilfrid Laurier University since 1926

“I hate that word, ‘resume.’ This is passion driven, I’m not doing it for experience on paper, I want to provide a service to students.”

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Did any of the candidates win or lose your vote during the WLUSU Open Forum?

“It confirmed exactly who I want to vote for. They instlled the most confidence.” –Callie Remigis fourth-year, sociology

—Caleb Okwubido, presidential candidate

“The reason I’m running is because I think I have something fresh to bring to the table... I don’t come with any baggage, any pre-conceived notions of the [WLUSU] system.” —Dani Saad, presidential candidate

“I think we all had the same opportunities to engage students, ask questions, interview and such. I never really see my position coming from Brantford as a disadvantage.” —Jennifer Taborowski, presidential candidate

“Bold, student-driven leadership gets results. It’s something I’m very passionate about and something I worked hard to include in my platform.”

“Chris is who I’m going to be voting for because he specifies what his platform is.” –Asante Mizan second-year, sociology

“All the candidates did an excellent job and made it difficult to choose. Annie seems the most prominent in my voting.” –Nigel Goetz fifth-year, communication studies

—Chris Walker, presidential candidate

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News Director Justin Smirlies

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From left to right: Dani Saad, Caleb Okwubido, Jennifer Taborowski, Annie Constantinescu and Chris Walker listen to a question being asked by an audience member.

Presidential candidates face the public At the WluSu open forum on Jan. 29, presidential candidates square off to win student votes elizabeth dicesare cAmpuS NEWS EDitor

The presidential candidates took the stage at the open forum yesterday to defend themselves and their platforms in front of the Wilfrid Laurier University student body in order to inform student voters about their choices regarding who will be the next president and CEO of the Wilfrid Laurier University’s Students’ Union. While in the Concourse, Annie Constantinescu, Caleb Okwubido, Chris Walker, Daniel Saad and Jennifer Taborowski took questions from the audience, current and former WLUSU execs and staff, as well as questions that trickled in via Twitter. Their question session was undoubtedly the busiest, as they saw the largest student audience of the day. After their opening statements, the candidates began representing

themselves by explaining where they see Laurier in ten years. While all candidates agreed that the school population would be larger, Walker and Saad were the only ones to address the importance of an overall positive student experience while combating the inevitable issues that will arise as a result of a growing population. When asked about how they will promote advocacy, all of the candidates expressed concerns regarding communication on campus. “Engaging students and being able to advocate on behalf of where they want to develop and what they want to learn [is important],” answered Constantinescu. Saad echoed her sentiment and also recognized that there “seems to be a lot of senseless rift on campus [between WLUSU and the student body]” that needs to be fixed in order to properly represent students. However, in terms of beginning to

work towards a productive term as president, not all of the candidates seemed completely prepared. When asked which vice-presidents they had begun to work with, Okwubido said “I didn’t meet with anyone ... I’m planning on meeting with them if elected.” Walker explained that has worked with all of the current vice-presidents (VPs), but did not explicably state if he had met with them within regards to his campaign. Saad, Taborowski and Constantinescu explained that they had met with some of, but not all of the VPs. While many questions were posed to the candidates, the majority of their answers related back to themes of better communication and expanding and improving upon the student experience on both Laurier campuses. However, there was some ambiguity as to how their goals would be accomplished. Some hecklers within the crowd

made their skepticism known by shouting out their comments, which were largely centered on their negative impressions of WLUSU. However, the candidates seemed to enjoy the challenge that these questions and comments brought to the forum. “I think it’s definitely a learning experience and it’s something I can go back, reflect on and learn about,” said Taborowski. “So I can come back and give students answers to these questions that we weren’t necessarily prepared for.” Saad agreed, and expressed his admiration towards students who spoke out. “I love the hecklers, I’m okay with that; it’s passion and that’s okay, that’s healthy. If people want to express their opinions I encourage it, it doesn’t bother me one bit, he explained. Overall, the candidates agreed that the forum went well albeit being

put on the spot in many instances. “I’m not going to lie it was really nerve-racking, but I was really excited to get all my platform points out,” said Constantinescu. “I did like many of the questions,” said Okwubido. “But one of the questions that was challenging was the one about the number of committees that we have.” Walker was especially impressed with the diverse range of answers that were presented to the candidates, but insinuated that they were not given nearly enough time to properly explain their answers. Saad agreed with Walker’s sentiments in that not enough time was given for answers, but felt that overall, the forum was a success. “I think all the candidates were strong and we really stayed true to our platforms,” he said. “I don’t think there would be a bad president out of any of us.”

Board hopefuls get questioned BoD candidates answer student inquiries justin smirlies NEWS DirEctor

All 18 director candidates came together in the Concourse on Tuesday to answer questions and speak about their plans if they were elected to the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union board of directors. There were originally 19 candidates, but Nicole Gamsyager, a firstyear student at the Laurier Brantford campus, dropped out just hours before the open forum began. April Qu, another first-year candidate from the Waterloo campus, came half-way through the director segment of the open forum because she was coming from a class at the University of Waterloo. All three Brantford candidates — Courtney Yole, Jujhar Singh and Laura Bassett — attended the Waterloo open forum. When asked on his thoughts about how the open forum went, returning director candidate, Jordan Epstein, said, “I think the open forum went really well. I was really impressed with many of the new director candidates, some have shown that they have really done their research and knew what was going on, so it makes me really hopeful for

next year.” Epstein was the only candidate to declare during the open forum his intention to run for chair and chief governance office, but has to be elected to the board first. An audience question was posed to Epstein asking what he would do differently than current chair, Jon Pryce, and responded by saying he would be stricter on director training and to cut down the number of in-camera sessions to increase transparency. One of the first questions was once again asked by senator-elect, Luke Dotto. He was curious about the new candidate’s thought on the Integrated Planning and Resource Management (IPRM). “It’s a daunting task but it’s important to realize where dollars are going. IRPM will give an indication of what most and least successful programs are,” said Michael Kates, a third-year communications student and first-time candidate at the forum. Another question asked by the audience was about each director’s knowledge about Robert’s Rules of Order, the guiding principles for board etiquette and behaviour. Around six or seven said they were not familiar with them, but were

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Students took the time in between classes to watch the candidates share their platforms and plans.

willing to learn. While he wasn’t supposed to answer the question, returning director candidate, Matt Cassselman, jokingly said, “I am, I am [familiar with Robert’s Rules]! I’ve actually read the book.” A similar question, which was posed by Epstein via Twitter, asked how many first-time candidates have been to board meeting. “I definitely don’t remember seeing all of those people and may have missed them myself [at those meetings]. I know when I was originally running for the board that it was

really important to know what I was going into to,” he explained as his reasoning for asking that question. Presidential candidate Chris Walker also took the opportunity to ask the director candidate questions by asking each candidate what they felt was an accomplishment of the board this year. Kate Stevenson, a returning director, said it was numerous projects completed by the ownership linkage committee, which she’s a member of. While many questions were posed to the candidates, themes such as advocacy and accountability

were common in many of the candidates’ answers. When asked what she thought of some of the questions asked, Bassett said, “I thought that they were really informed, and that students really got to the nitty-gritty of what needs to be said, and what really needs to be the focus of this year’s election.” John Drimmie, a third-year Laurier student, felt the open forum went well, not just for him, but for the candidates as a whole. “I think it went awesome, I’m really proud of the other candidates,” he said.

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Campus News Editor Elizabeth DiCesare

Critical take on election justin smirlies NEWS DirECtor

Chandler Jolliffe isn’t happy with the way the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union election campaigns have been going — and he’s not being quiet about it. “As a former coordinator and someone who has worked in the Students’ Union, who has been part of elections before and just as a student, I think I’ve just become really, really frustrated with the system,” explained Jolliffe, who was the Foot Patrol coordinator last year. He also held a position during orientation week, but currently doesn’t fulfill any role within WLUSU. Since the beginning of the election campaign, Jolliffe has been extremely critical of the candidates by releasing video blogs and voicing his scepticism online. One of the main issues for him have been the platforms released by the presidential candidates and what he believes is a lack of understanding of what the role of president actually does. “The first thing [with the video blogs] was trying to create engagement with the election. A lot of students feel so disengaged with WLUSU politics or the Students’ Union in general. And I think a lot of that is actually the fault of elections,” he continued. “My goal is to get students back engaged with elections and bring the focus back to real issues and called the candidates out on some of the fluff that they throw into their platforms.” Jolliffe noted that the presidential candidates are presenting items and promises in the platforms that are out of the jurisdiction of WLUSU. Advocating on behalf of undergraduate students is large aspect of the president’s role, but Jolliffe asserted that this shouldn’t be the focus. The Students’ Union also operates as a business entity and Jolliffe noted that strong knowledge of the financial situation of WLUSU’s businesses and services is essential. “The actual names of WLUSU services — ERT, Foot Patrol, Peer Help Line … like all the services that the Students’ Union actual runs — you’ll see mentioned once or never in some of the platforms,” he said, adding that Wilf’s, which has been losing revenue the last couple of years, was glossed over by many of the candidates. With voter turnout only reaching a level of around 30 per cent last year, complete engagement between WLUSU and the student body has been an on-going issue. According to Jolliffe, this is an issue that is not unique to the election period. “I think the problem is actually cyclical. Students have shown a disinterest in the union and so they are not engaged in the issues. And since they aren’t engaged in the issues, the candidates do gimmick campaigns to try and gain the attention in any way possible,” he explained. “People don’t want to read these long, drawn-out platforms full of ‘BS’ half of the time.” Jolliffe will be releasing videos up until this weekend and will continue to question promises made by director and presidential candidates. “The vast majority of the student population has a negative connotation of the Students’ Union, and that’s why a lot of them don’t vote,” he concluded. “I understand how it works … I think I’ve gotten engaged in this way because I think I’ve just been annoyed, I want people to start seeing it in a different light.

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Colin Aitchison is one of the first-year candidates running for one of the fifteen board of director positions during the student elections.

Five first-years running for BOD marissa evans lEAD rEportEr

The election for the board of directors has seen a drastic increase in the number of first-year candidates than in past years at Wilfrid Laurier University. Out of the eighteen students vying for the fifteen positions on the board, five are in first-year. This is the recently revised tally after Nicole Gamsyager, a first-year student from the Brantford campus, resigned her candidacy Tuesday morning. Sean Madden, chief returning officer, commented that generally students wait a year before they run for the board. He expressed his optimism that it was due to him and Jon Pryce, chair of the board and chief governance office, engaging with first year classes about the opportunity for them to apply to run. He estimated that they reached

out to 4,000 students. “I think the information and training sessions we did this year made people a lot more comfortable about running for the roles because they got to sit down and speak to people who are already in that position,” Madden said. “They were able to see if it was for them or if they were ready.” April Qu, one of the first-year candidates, confirmed that Madden and Pryce’s presentation in one her business classes was how her interest was piqued in running. The support she received at the training and information session also had a positive impact on her decision. “Everybody was just so supporting and encouraging, and it was like ‘wow, why wouldn’t I do this?’” she said. “It was definitely something that I didn’t think I could do, and they just really made it something a first-year could really go for.”

TJ Edmondson, another first-year candidate, conveyed that Pryce was also a part of what led him to submit his candidacy. “I actually met Jon Pryce at the Snowball event,” he began. “Getting to talk to him, he encouraged me … and told me what it involved and what I could do with it really pushed me to go for it.” Commenting on whether being in first year will be disadvantageous to the candidates, Madden expressed his confidence in their abilities. “I think they’ve got ideas, they’ve got enthusiasm,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of first year candidates put a lot of work into understanding the position and how they can improve it. So I’m not seeing really any difference between a first-year candidate and a second, third, or fourth year.” John Pehar, a first-year economics student in the running, said that politics has always been an interest of his. He related this to his reason for

deciding to run as he said, “Learning the political atmosphere especially at a university is a great step to understanding the political atmosphere in the real world.” Pehar went on to say that the opportunity to be on the board for a school he loves and cares about was another factor for him. He did, however, speak to the disadvantages of being a first-year in the campaign as “you’re only known by so many students on campus”. Qu expressed that she sees this as an opportunity to meet students outside of her program. “I feel like BBA students really stick within their program,” she said. “To be able to actually meet people outside of my program makes me so happy.” When asked for his thoughts on the increase in first years running for the board of directors, Madden said he is happy as “people who go on the board tend to stick around.”

Disappointment towards senate marissa evans lEAD rEportEr

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Luke Dotto was the only senate candidate who attended the forum.

Luke Dotto was seated alone in the row of chairs facing the audience which were reserved for senate candidates at the open forum held on Tuesday in the Concourse. Dotto is an acclaimed senate candidate and was the only one who attended to take advantage of the candidates’ opportunity to engage in discourse with Laurier students. “It’s a shame that nobody else here came to debate the issues,” Dotto commented. “And it’s a shame that very few people ran to begin with.” The other candidates are Elias Eerikainen — who is also acclaimed — along with Zahra Sultani and Jazz Clement. He also expressed his disappointment in the student population at Laurier for failing to recognise senate and student senators as important facets of the university. “I don’t know what it is,” he said. “It’s clearly not a sexy position compared to the presidential and board of directors elections. Perhaps the

problem is that … it’s not as visible on campus.” According to Dotto, the senate considers the issues which students typically don’t see, but which are nevertheless important to their experience at Laurier. Over the next few years, he explained, it will be responsible for making decisions that are going to, in a very large way, shift Laurier’s structure to create a different university than students have seen in the last ten years. He continued, “All I can do is make sure that when I’m on the senate I’m the best student advocate possible to make up for the lack of open and quality discourse that’s taken place during the campaign.” Dotto’s final thoughts were directed at his fellow candidates. “I understand class restrictions, I understand if you have a paper due or if you have an important lecture,” he said. “But if you weren’t able to commit the time to something like the open forum, maybe you shouldn’t have committed your time to running in the election.”

For coverage on the board of governors, referendum questions, a new research partnership between Wlu and York and the new conflict resolution mediator at laurier go to the



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meet your presidential candidates: My platform is founded on three main pillars that will enact direct change and give Laurier students more opportunities to engage with the campus while enhancing their own experience. With the help of our student body and their input on how we can improve our campuses, the following initiatives were brought about: Make the Union’s resources more accessible and increase communication Mobile App – Work alongside the current efforts of the Union and involve feedback from students to create an easily accessible hub of information on mobile devices Press Conferences – Have an opportunity for students to hear the development of their Union and interact with the members by posing questions and

Caleb Okuwubido

As a proud student of Wilfrid Laurier University, I personally believe that Student union, which is the representative of the entire student body, should be making its services accessible to all students. So far, majority of the students do not have an idea on how to access the services the union provides, all because of the inadequate communication channels. My platform consists of two themes, which are efficiency and safety. Efficiency- what I mean by efficiency is making use of the available resources we have, take for instance the numerous TV’s around the campus can be better used such as by providing updates of

services the union provides, it can also be used to broadcast the board meetings and the agenda package, which most students are unaware of. In addition, g etting feed backs from students on the accessibility of the services the student union provides. This can be done through an organised survey or student poll. Another way is creating committees among first year students, which I will meet with them once a month on both campuses to discuss issues affecting them (example stress management, e.t.c). Additionally, I will focus on making more use of the study space available in the concourse, and other university

My role within the Students’ Union took a new direction when a year ago I was concerned that the voice of a group of students could go unheard. Afraid that no one would do anything, I decided to do something myself. The very next day, I picked up a nomination package and ran for the Board of Directors. Through my own personal experience of running and serving on the Board, I have come to value and believe in the importance of advocacy. Advocacy is listening to students, and on their behalf working to make change. I wish to further advocate mental health initiatives and training on both campuses.

It was my passion for involvement and community that drew me to Laurier Brantford where I jumped in with both feet and got involved within my first year. My passion for involvement, working with students, and making a difference grew with each year as I became more and more involved. My experience on the Board has lead me to Waterloo where my passion for Laurier has flourished. Although the Waterloo campus was larger than the campus I was used too, I saw so many familiarities. My passion for student success will help drive my decisions to better serve students. From new relationships comes

inquiries On-line Updates – Provide an easily accessible and understandable bi-weekly update for students that addresses the Union’s actions, plans and progress Enhance collaboration between campus partners WLUSP – Continue to represent an accurate portrayal of campus life while maintaining an open line of communication between the Union and WLUSP in order to increase accountability and transparency Residence Life – Work with the First Year Task Force to better understand the first year dynamic and effectively meet their needs Training – Implement Diversity and Equity training programs for all involved in Union activities to enhance our culture

of equality and support. Provide a better campus experience for students O-Week – Support an orientation that further advances the first year’s understanding of what they will encounter in the forthcoming months (eg. Academics, WLUSU, Campus Partners) Study Spaces – Optimizing the spaces we currently have by utilizing the information gathered from the Union’s seating audit (eg. Classrooms, Turret, Concourse, Senate & Board) Mental Health – Work with campus partners to further improve awareness and effectively connect students with the resources that they need The Next Step Is Ours. Let’s take it together.

buildings. Safety: Student safety is our primary concern, both mental and physical safety. To realize this goal of promoting a safe environment for all students, the student union will have to establish a better relationship with the Regional Police to educate students more about unsafe areas. The mental health/ safety of the student is one thing that cannot be neglected in an academic environment, this will be made possible by promoting better and efficient use of mental health services like the Peer Help Line, Burst your Bubble and Cerdian.

This proposal provides a foundation for my platform and all points mentioned have been made in accordance with the organizational goals of WLUSU. The most important promise I make is that I will not make any promises I cannot keep. I will not provide ideas or goals that are unrealistic. I will work in the best interest of the students, even if it means taking the more challenging path. As President, I will serve all students equally regardless of faculty, campus, year, or program. There are five key areas that my platform will address. First, I will champion the improvement of study spaces on campus. The University

Jennifer Taborowski

Annie Consantinescu

Librarian made clear the desire for renovation and increased capacity, particularly on the first floor. If renovated, a 24-hour floor is an option which will be pursued. Second, I will break down communication barriers. Communication needs to improve between WLUSU and faculties, services, clubs, and individuals. WLUSU needs to know the concerns of students so they can be addressed. To start, I will move my office to the concourse once every week. Third, I will work with Brantford to clarify main concerns and aspirations. Brantford has unique issues that must be reflected in WLUSU goals. Fourth, I will work

Dani Saad

towards increased campus security and student safety. This includes advocating for Students’ Union services, improving relations with the Special Constable Service, and bringing the Emergency Notification System to Brantford. The mental and physical security of students and is the ultimate responsibility of the school and WLUSU. Fifth, I recognize the fiscal constraints of the upcoming year and know financial responsibility will be critical for success. Funding will be allocated based on the needs of the students. I hope to achieve these five points through hard work, cooperation, and respect for others and the institution.

growth. The growth of individuals, partners, and an organization. A strong organization is not only stable and strong, but is one that is growing and improving to be the best that it can be. Our unique multi-campus design provides the opportunity to support and encourage growth in a variety of ways in multi places. I envision potential new multi campus spaces and new student driven initiatives. Together, through advocacy, passion, and growth, we can make something great within the Wlifred Laurier University Students’ Union.

Throughout my Laurier journey, I have had the honour and privilege to learn from, lead, and represent my fellow students, currently as your Vice President: University Affairs. As a student, I have realized how enriching the Laurier experience can be, but it is far from perfect. In my many roles, I have seen that bold student-driven leadership can accomplish great things. By being open and responsive, we will enhance engagement and grow within the University community. By standing up for students, we will be the credible voice for a high quality education and a holistic experience. By promoting bold leadership, we will empower

Chris Walker

students with the services and support they need to reach their full potential. Whether you’re in Brantford or Waterloo, Laurier is a great place to be. But with a knowledgeable and experienced leader, together we can do so much more!

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Board of directors candidate platforms

colin aitchison

Laura Bassett

matt casselman

John Drimmie

TJ Edmondson

My platform consists of three main pillars, and within those pillars are different routes and methods of accomplishment. The first pillar is Advocacy. I want to ensure that the Student’s union is advocating on behalf of the entirety of Laurier, regardless of which campus the student is from. My second pillar is Connection. I want to bridge the disconnection between the Student’s Union and the Student Body of Wilfrid Laurier. I also want to bridge the lack of connection between the campuses, seeing as we are a multi-campus organization. Lastly, I want to promote and provide equal representation. I want to be known as the “Laurier Director”, not the “Waterloo Director”. I will strive to meet and accomplish all three of these pillars if elected, as they are reasonable goals. Remember, on election day vote for who is best for your Laurier experience.

My name is Laura Bassett and I am running as a candidate for the Board of Directors. In this position I feel as though my unique combination of skills and characteristics will help me contribute positively and effectively to the betterment of the board. I have always wanted to be as involved in campus life as possible since I have believed that every voice should be heard, whether on the Waterloo or Brantford campus. Bringing the idea of multi-campuses to the forefront of the students’ minds is one of my goals while on the board, along with improving the day-to-day priorities of a Laurier student, such as study space or food quality. Being apart of a community that is so focused on volunteering and giving back, I believe that it is now the time to give back to the students and improve their daily activities.

I am so pleased to offer my name for re-election to represent the students on the WLU Board of Directors. After nearly a year on the Board I am proud to stand on my record of success and strong student advocacy. I have consistently been prepared to participate fully in discussions and have contributed a variety of policy improvements which showcase my ability to learn and make a difference. Reviewing my platform from last year I promised to implement electoral reform, hold external parties accountable, increase fiscal responsibility, and engage with students. I have delivered on each account and I want to do more. Allow me to continue to develop the executive limitations and other policy, increase interaction between Waterloo and Brantford, and utilize my experience to be even better next term. I ask for your support so I can continue to represent you at the board table. Please support Matt Casselman for Director.

My name is John Drimmie and I am a third year Economics student. As a Director of the Board I will strive to make sure that your student government remains accountable for the issues and concerns regarding student life here at Laurier. Every student is entitled a voice and I am dedicated to making sure that your concerns are communicated.

The Wilfrid Laurier student community is one of the preeminent reasons why many of us were drawn to this school originally, and I aim to maintain that. First and foremost I am a student, with the same goals, aspirations and values as you. I promise to take a student minded approach to each proposal that comes to the board, with no political or corporate biases in my decisions. Through being accountable for the students, personable with the students and encouraging transparency between the governing body and students I aim to build on the successes of my predecessors and maintain an accurate representation of our one of a kind student body within WLUSU.

Elias Eerikainen

Jordan Epstein

scott Fleming

michael Kates

Emily Ledwidge

As a member of the WLUSU Board of Directors, I would bring a unique perspective to the table at every meeting. I will work to foster accountability and fairness in all of the operations of the WLUSU Board. Each student pays yearly incidental fees to the Students Union and it will be my goal to provide them with the best possible return for their investment. I wish to oversee spending and make sure that any significant expenditures of your money will benefit as large a student base to the greatest extent possible. Effective management requires solid, lasting commitment and relevant experience. I have been involved with various events planning committees as well as budgeting for large conferences. I believe that I would make an excellent WLUSU board member, and work protect and advance the interests of all Laurier students.

My name is Jordan Epstein and I’m a fourth year Kinesiology student minoring in Biology and Chemistry. Having served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, as well as being involved in the Students’ Union in a variety of settings in the Campus Experience and Campus Clubs departments, I have the experience necessary to represent students in the boardroom. My main goal as a director is to increase accessibility and transparency of what occurs in the boardroom. I have already been working towards this goal over twitter by live-tweeting when appropriate before, during, and after meetings. Another idea I have for increasing transparency is to make the minutes of any in-camera session that is only in-camera because of timing (not human resources issues or contracts) public once the issue is no longer time-sensitive. Having missed only two board meetings combined while attending them as an observer for a year and then a year serving as Vice Chair, students on both campuses can count on me to consistently represent them and ensure that their voices are heard.

I believe student government needs to be accountable and transparent; particularly when dealing with political and financial issues. I also believe that the status quo should be questioned when necessary.

My campaign focuses on 3 important aspects that will be essential for improving the quality of student life here at Laurier. Firstly, we must look for new communication channels to encourage student feedback. Our Board needs to be innovative in ways to attract a wide range of students’ input. Secondly, the Board must take action on the feedback it receives. It is imperative that the students see their voice being used to change our institution for the better. Thirdly, our Students’ Union is responsible for many great things that take place within our Laurier community. Unfortunately, the rest of the student body is not always aware of the impact that the Union makes in their incredible Laurier experience. If the Board works to increase awareness of their dedication to improving student life, we can help create a stronger tie between the Union and the students here at Laurier.

My name is Emily Ledwidge and I am a Fourth Year Global Studies & Spanish major. Throughout my years at Laurier, I have been an active member of many Campus Clubs, as well as a Shinerama executive during Orientation Week, and a hard-working student. I have seen how volunteering and getting involved on campus have impacted my life, and I am passionate about improving the Laurier student experience. If elected to the Board of Directors, I will strive to create positive change in the Laurier community by focusing on student engagement through volunteering and increasing communication between WLUSU and students. If elected, I will ensure that I am knowledgeable about the Student Union’s policies and procedures while representing a consistent voice for the students of both campuses. Your vote matters.

The following candidates did not submit a condensed platform For more election coverage go to

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matt mcLean

april Qu

Kate stevenson

Brian Wilson

sean Yu

My name is Matt McLean and I’m a second year political science student here at Laurier. I’m from Walkerton, Ontario and have been active in politics on the municipal, provincial, and federal scale. I would be an effective representative for Laurier students because I’m driven, honest, direct, and fulfill my commitments seriously and with pride. I have experience with student politics and am eager to transfer the skills I have acquired to Laurier. If elected, students can count on me to engage in critical and productive dialogue around the board table while upholding the board values. Being a part of a team means not only participating, but also having the ability to listen to the ideas of others. I will always make time to meet with students and voice their concerns to be an active representative. Good luck to all candidates, and I hope to see everyone at the polls!

My first year here at Laurier could be related to a sponge, one that has spent much time absorbing in Laurier culture and being involved in as many campus experiences as possible. I strongly believe that the voices of the student body are what make up the foundation of the student council. If elected as director of the board, I would strive to advocate for its students to improve infrastructure and student services such as more studying space, reduce the amount of line-up time and more reliable wireless internet. I would actively upkeep WLUSU’s values and be well educated about the ends and ELs of the Student’s Union. Also, as a 5’3” baby-faced Asian girl, I hope to be a welcoming face and easily approached person to come and talk to about any issues within Laurier. Let’s keep the future years gold and purple for future students to come.

My name is Kate Stevenson. I am a third year Psychology major and am running for re-election to the Students’ Union Board of Directors. After a term on the Board, I am confident that I have what it takes to represent the needs of Laurier students and to make sure that these needs are considered during every decision the board makes. I strive to engage my fellow students and to discover the issues that are most important to them. If re-elected, I will continue to increase the communication and transparency of the board, as well as my approachability as a director. I look forward to continuing to connect with students about issues that are of concern to them at present, and that will affect them throughout their time at Laurier. For solid student leadership with a strong connection to the student body, vote Kate Stevenson.

My name is Brian Wilson and I am a second year Global Studies and Women and Gender Studies major running for WLUSU Board of Directors. Having spent my first year as my residence’s House Council Diversity Representative, I have witnessed first-hand how unique Laurier students are. Opportunities exists for us to learn from each other and expose ourselves to experiences that would otherwise go unearthed. As such, through a variety of techniques and events, I would like to continue WLUSU’s legacy of providing students the chance to interact in a variety of ways. As my major suggests, I acknowledge that everyone has a voice and the right to be heard. I understand the benefits of having a Union that communicates with the student body by engaging in constant conversation to enforce transparency. I am proud of our school and the students that comprise its foundation; together, improvement is infinite

Remain Accessible by... Being approachable and friendly at all times for all students both online and in person. Continuing and developing current methods of outreach and representation. Communicating changes or new developments within WLUSU. Remain Accountable by... Actively listening to student concerns and seeking out unheard individuals. Representing both the university and students at all times. Voicing for incoming student demands and concerns. Goals... Create and promote leadership opportunities within your Student Union to strengthen our bond and diversify our makeup. Better connect with the broad student population by working jointly with Laurier Student Poll. Questions? Email me at yuxx0920@mylaurier.caOr come talk to me in person! Your vote matters.

Jazz clement

Luke Dotto (acclaimed)

Elias Eerikainen (acclaimed)

Zahra sultani

Senate candidate platforms

This candidate did not submit a condensed platform.

These students will advocate on behalf of undergraduates on academic issues.

Currently, the University is undergoing a process called Integrated Project and Resource Management, IPRM for short, this process is going to fundamentally shift the way Laurier develops and operates overthe next decade, This process, which will have far-spanning ramifications on your student experience, is being conducted without adequate student representation. IPRM will identify the academic areas ofthe school that need to be strengthened, maintained, transformed, and most regrettably; abolished. The need for adept student representatives to make sure it is the students and not the pocketbooks of this. University are the primary concern of this process is of paramount import. Having worked in Student Affairs, having served on the Board of Directors, and importantly having conducted research on IPRM inhe past I believe I would be an ideal advocate for your needs during this process and for election to the Senate as a student Senator.

As a Student member of the Wilfrid Laurier University Senate, I would bring a unique perspective to the table at every meeting. I will work to foster accountability and fairness in all of the operations of the Senate. Effective management requires solid, lasting commitment and relevant experience. I have been involved with various events planning committees as well as budgeting for large conferences. I believe that I would make an excellent student Senator, and work to protect and advance the interests of all Laurier students.

This candidate did not submit a condensed platform.

Laurier student poll Early Bird survey results: Board of Governor candidate platforms These students will advocate on behalf of undergraduates on business-related activity at WLu.

Frank cirinna

scott Fleming

Over the last year, I have spent my time working with University Affairs as an Executive, and as a Senator on the Academic Senate and have been developing my skills not only as a student leader, but as a man of business. A large portion of this years conversations have been the future of Brantford and the potential of Milton. I have spent the last year working on Policy & Research looking for ways to develop a multi-campus transportation system and with this position, I believe I will be able to develop the insight needed to continute my project. I want to do everything in my power to help students, and through last years platform, I have either acomplished or worked on all projects I had listed. I just want to help.

I believe student government needs to be accountable and transparent; particularly when dealing with political and financial issues. I also believe that the status quo should be questioned when necessary.

Here’s who the student body is thinking of voting for according to a recent survey done by LSP. For full results and methodology, visit

undecided: 46 % annie constantinescu: 19% chris Walker: 16% caleb Okwubido: 9% Dani saad: 5% Jennifer Taborowski: 5%

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more WLusp board candidates emerge

Shelby Blackley

jazz Clement

Frank Cirinna

Kate Turner

It didn’t take me long to realize that my university career would be surrounded by Student Publications. From my first week at Laurier, my life was controlled by what I did with this organization- everything else came second and I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve been an active member of The Cord since September of my first year, starting as a staff writer before moving into the position as Sports Editor. I’ve also been a writer for Keystone while being a frequent member of The Cord Roundtable on Radio Laurier. In such a short time, I’ve been given opportunities by WLUSP that people merely dream of. By running for the Board of Directors, I want to help ensure that our many volunteers feel the opportunities and skills we have to offer in each of our departments. I want to reach out to volunteers and ensure that the possibilities they have surpass those I’ve already experienced and make their time with this organization unforgettable. I want to maintain and support the communication between all departments and close the gap between Brantford and Waterloo publications. My knowledge of this organization grows every time I am surrounded by the people that have come to make it as it is. WLUSP is and will continue to be a big part of my life for the next three years and in running for the Board of Directors, my involvement and dedication can further help this organization get the recognition it deserves, as well as maintaining the excellence we have come to produce thus far.

It is with great pleasure that I express interest in the Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications board of directors. I see this as a new opportunity for me to continue creating connections with student volunteers from both campuses. I feel that I can use my past experiences as a Students’ Union director of the board and an executive for University Affairs to improve the Laurier community through publications. I aim to significantly contribute to the strategic plan and add value to Canada’s premier student publication organization. There are many ways that I can use my skills to enhance the WLUSP experience. I want to take part of the hiring committee for Radio Laurier’s Station Manager and the Editor-in-Chief; having sat on various committees for the Students’ Union board of directors and the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, I will undoubtedly be able to fulfill this mandate. Also, my experience as an ambassador for exchange students has helped me make decisions that I felt would best represent my country; I will do this to best represent the members of WLUSP. And finally, being a very approachable and amicable person, I will focus my time on getting to know volunteers by attending a lot of student publication events. Students should have greater access to information in regards to what is happening with WLUSP, and I will make this happen by constantly communicating what the organization is up to. I am excited to have the opportunity to show my desire to represent the needs of the WLUSP members in the Laurier community. Thank you!

When it comes to WLUSP I have limited experience with some small volunteering with LSP, but I do bring in some outside experience. I bring in experience from the Students’ Union as well from the University Administration and I hope to use this external knowledge to strengthen the internal aspects of the Student Publications.

Since October of my first year at Wilfrid Laurier University I have had the great honour and privilege of being part of an organization that has been more like a family to me. Over the past three years I have seen the most dedicated and talented individuals produce incredible work for our school and our community, and I want nothing more than to work my hardest to carry on WLUSP’s outstanding reputation. Student Publications is my heart and soul. Being a part of and subsequently running a department that is utilized by all of our publications over the past three years as a volunteer, Lead Photographer, and Photography Manager, respectively, has given me a great understanding of WLUSP and how each publication works cohesively. A strong relationship between board members, department heads, and volunteers is crucial. As a dedicated and active member of the organization I will use my current and future relationships within WLUSP to communicate thoroughly. If elected to the Board of Directors, I will ensure that all facets of WLUSP maintain open lines of communication between each other, as well as the Board and President. Additionally, I wish to strengthen the relationship between the Waterloo and Brantford campuses and our publications. Being immersed in the WLUSP family for the past three years has given me the most amazing experiences and opportunities of my life, and I want to give back to the organization by making it the best it can be.

Come out to the WLUSP AGM on Jan. 31 in the Hawk’s Nest to vote on the next president and board of directors. All students are welcome.

SBESS presidential candidates prepare for election

Brandon Van Dam

Denise Wang

Gabriel Pirvu

My platform revolves around adding value to the SBE student body by implementing an action plan strategy to ensure the SBESS is providing students with the ultimate benefits from your student dollars. This includes reevaluating the current service offering that SBESS provides SBE students to ensure our society is keeping current with the needs and wants of the student body. Academic: · Conferences & Competitions Ensure that not only students are able to attend national competitions and represent Laurier, but are provided with the tools to

succeed through working with faculty and hosting mock competitions · Executive Mentorship Program Implement a world class mentorship program that allows senior students to be paired with successful alumni · Education Roundtables Open forums for students to discuss their concerns and ideas for improving SBE curriculum to ensure we truly are the Best Business School in Canada Student Engagement: · SWAG Allow students to proudly represent Laurier SBE by wearing spirit wear clothing through monthly sales

· SBE Year End Banquet Allows all SBE students the opportunity to celebrate their yearly achievements with dinner and a keynote speaker · Open office SBE Clubs Office to be utilized as a drop in centre and a hub for students to gain more information from the SBESS Executives and SBE clubs in a welcoming environment, with weekly coffee hours · Website A functional website that is user friendly and constantly updated with all event opportunities within the SBE and nationally

My platform is built upon three main pillars, which address the issues and interests of all students that are part of the School of Business and Economics. These pillars are employability, tradition and involvement. We are currently building Canada’s best business leaders. Offering all SBE students the necessary workshops, sessions and support system will help aid in achieving this goal. Focus will be placed on networking, building your resume and interview skills.

I want for every student in the School of Business & Economics to have that very same pride in not only their program but also their faculty. To implement this I want to help to strengthen the ties that people have with their cores, sections and overall program. With this, I would also like to work with the Alumni Office to help connect current students with industry professionals through an industry mentorship program. The position of the President for SBESS would allow me to be the voice for all SBE

students. I want for every single student to know and understand what the SBESS does and how it is beneficial. Hosting ‘Minutes with Denise’ would be an opportunity for students to come to voice their opinions about any concerns they may have. Making the SBESS website a central resource for all of the clubs and events being put on by the SBESS would help to connect the students and create a cohesiveness.

My platform is centered around students achieving their full potential through student learning, support and success. Through my experiences in the SBE, as VP of Marketing for the SBESS, I understand that the reputation of our business school depends on the success of our graduates. In order to build Canada’s Best Business School, I will ensure that the SBESS will be involved with student success from your first day to the day you graduate. I will give you the opportunity to develop your potential by making you aware of resources that are specifically relevant to

SBE Students and by helping you gain better experiences through SBE Clubs. I will ensure that you are better prepared for co-op, internships and post-graduate employment. With your support, together we CAN Build Canada’s Best Business School.

SBE students can vote for the next president during the WLuSu student elections on Feb. 4 and 5.



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New hiring policy for icebreakers KATELYN CULLUM LEAD REPORTER

The hiring policies for icebreakers have changed again for the upcoming Orientation Week. While the policy outlines some of the components of last year’s changes, it also added two significant requirements: a mandatory information session and a grade point average requirement. “It provides great benefits to students,” said Josh Proksch, vice president of student experience. “We are adding processes to ensure that we do that the best candidates, and these are the people we trust to oversee our first year students.” When asked by The Cord if the changes were brought on by the overwhelming feedback the union received for the changes to last year’s policy, Michael Onabolu, president and CEO of WLUSU, expressed that while there were challenges, Laurier had one of the best O-Weeks the schools has had in a long time, and the changes to the policy were not directly a result of last year’s change. “We definitely thought there were some improvements that could be made,” Onabolu said. They received feedback from the students who had participated in the hiring process, and as Tash Hatkoski, vice president of finance and administration at WLUSU explained that they, “listened to their concerns and adapted it accordingly.” This year, the policy will include a mandatory information and training session where students who are

interested in applying must attend. There are three available sessions and they are designed to not only introduce interested applicants to what they are applying for, but to hold students accountable. “One of the biggest complaints [from last year] was that anyone could sit down at a computer and fill out an application,” explained Hatkoski. She further elaborated on the idea that volunteers will have to show their face and show that they are committed to the application, by attending these sessions. By taking hours out of their day, students are able to demonstrate that they are committed to the position. “I think it’s a good idea,” stated Katerina Kodopulos, a fourth year student who has been an icebreaker in previous years. “I’m curious to see what the sessions will be about, [and] what will be explained.” “O-week itself is such a fun privilege, it’s a privilege to be an icebreaker,” she continued. Another change in the policy is the GPA requirement. Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 5.0. “These new changes create a longer process, but it will be used to select only the most appropriate volunteers for the job,” said Allsion Sinclair, another fourth year student who has participated in icebreaking. In regards to the application, the first two questions that were implemented last year were removed. Those questions included “Have you ever been involved in the Students’


New icebreakers now have to attend mandatory information sessions and maintain a minimum GPA.

Union,” and “have you ever been involved outside the Students’ Union.” “It was not a good reflection of what we are trying to accomplish,” Hatkoski explained. “Those didn’t really help us judge the people that apply.” In the event that the number of applicants exceeds the number of

positions available, the students will be placed in a lottery. One lottery will include the veterans from previous years. They will be evaluated on the performances and appraisals that were completed by their icebreaking partners, quad partners and head icebreakers.

25 per cent of those veterans will be selected, while the remaining students will be placed in the second lottery, which will randomly select the applicants to match the number of opportunities available. “We are trying to make it accessible to as many people as possible,” said Onabolu.

Students’ Union budget reveals loss of income MARISSA EVANS LEAD REPORTER

The financial statements for the 2011/2012 school year were presented by Michael Onabolu, president and CEO of Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union, to the board of directors on Jan. 25. This was an unconventional time for the statements to be released, as they are typically given to the Board of Directors for review in the fall. Onabolu said that he knew in advance that it would be delayed and this was communicated to the board prior, and according to Onabolu, the later release of the statements will not significantly impact the board. Seth Warren, a member of the board, confirmed this. “The fact is we’ve gotten it in

time, and that’s the thing that’s really important for us,” he said. “We have plenty of time to make sure that it’s a reasonable interpretation.” ‘In time’ refers to the board’s deadline to approve the statements before the upcoming WLUSU election. As for the content of the statements, according to Onabolu, it was “nothing too different from past years”. Auditors went over the statements and found no errors. When questioned about the revenue and expenses, Onabolu admitted that they were significantly lower than past years. “It was just in the way that we approached what was included in revenues and expenses for 2011 and 2012 as opposed to 2011 and 2010,” Onabolu explained.

For example, student life levy money would usually flow through the Students’ Union, with the dollar value remaining unchanged. This year, however, the levy wasn’t included in the statements. Warren emphasized the fact that both revenues and expenses went down equivalently. This was due to a number of factors that Onabolu said were nothing he didn’t anticipate. “That was the year we started to work with Aramark as an operator [in the Terrace] so there was a change from the fact that we saw a lot of revenue come from the Terrace whereas now we just see a commission,” he explained, citing the Terrace as one example. The flood in Wilf’s in the fall of 2011 also resulted in the business being shut down for a term in the fall

of 2011, which was another factor. Warren also said that WLUSU is a non-profit organization, and that this means that financials aren’t a key aspect. “For us, they’re not our key indicators of success,” he continued. “Our key indicators are really immeasurable because they’re…based on our ends.” He explained that, in his opinion, what is the most important is that they are bringing in more benefits and services to students. Onabolu gave his final remarks on the statements as he said, “It wasn’t as good as we’ve seen in the past, but I definitely think there’s potential to do better in the future. Especially with some of the business decisions that we’re looking to make in the next couple of years.”

“It wasn’t as good as we’ve seen in the past, but I definitely think there’s potential to do better in the future.” —Michael Onabolu, president and CEO of WLUSU

is hosting a debate for the WLUSU presidential candidates

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‘Safe talk’ at Wlu

unique take on conflicts

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If you’re in a negotiation it might be time to get a little bit angry. According to research by Ivona Hideg, an assistant business professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, displaying signs of genuine anger can beneficial in negotiations. “It’s a very good and effective strategy because by displaying anger, the other party is more likely to concede and you get what you would like to get out of the negotiation,” explained Hideg. However, in her recent research, Hideg, along with Stéphane Côté from University of Toronto and Gerben Van Kleef from University of Amsterdam, questioned whether the authenticity of the anger influenced the outcomes. “If you try to adopt a tough stance and game your emotions, you may be faking those emotions, and we just did not believe that the outcomes of the fake emotions would be quite the same as [if] they are of genuine emotions,” said Hideg. The research involved an experiment on undergraduate students who were instructed to negotiate for a car with another student; however, the other student was actually a hired actor. These actors were all given the same script and told to make the same offer for every negotiation, but the one differing factor was that they either displayed neutral emotions, genuine anger or fake anger. The negotiations were done faceto-face or through a pre-videotaped offer. The results for both were the same.

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Ivona Hideg has been researching the affects of anger in disputes.

“In line with past research, [actors] who displayed genuine anger — the other party did concede. So you would get more by displaying genuine anger,” said Hideg. “However, that only worked if you displayed truly felt anger. If you actually gamed the emotions and displayed something you did not feel, this strategy not only didn’t work, it actually backfired, and you gained even less than by not displaying emotions whatsoever.” Although faking anger may not have favourable outcomes, this study illustrates that genuine anger can be a valuable tool in negotiations. But Hideg warns that even with genuine anger, the context should be appropriate for the emotion. “If you think about negotiating over a job offer or job salary — that is probably a situation where anger would not be appropriate to display. There is an imbalance in power.

Obviously, the person giving you a job is more powerful, and that may dictate what’s appropriate for you to display,” said Hideg. However, Hideg points out that the power balance can shift once you have multiple job offers. “If you have multiple job offers, you can be tough. You can negotiate, ‘I’m not happy with this offer because I’ve got better offers’ because power now is in your court. And you can be open about it because this is where your power lies,” she continued. Negotiating is never black and white, but this practical insight from Hideg’s research may definitely be useful for graduating students on the hunt for jobs and careers. The research has been accepted for publication into The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and is expected to be officially published later this year.

Students in the faculty of education at Wilfrid Laurier University completed a suicide prevention workshop that awarded them a certificate that signifies their knowledge in understanding the signs and preventive measures regarding suicide. “Essentially, it gives our students signs to look for in the kids that they are working with at the schools,” expressed Colleen Willard-Holt, the dean of the faculty of education. Since the threat of suicide has become such a prevalent theme in schools across Canada, it is important to prepare incoming teachers with the proper skills and knowledge to help their students through such a situation. “The overall goal of the workshop — it is called ‘Safe Talk,’ was to raise suicide alertness to everyone,” said Tana Nash, the executive director at the Waterloo region suicide prevention council. Students are taught how to seek out the appropriate resources in the community they are teaching in, which allows them to be prepared. Nash explained that, “The idea is not to be a professional, but to learn what some of the warning signs are and to break down the stigmas.” For example, there is a common myth that you shouldn’t ask somebody if they are thinking of taking their life. However, Nash stressed that this is inaccurate and the question should be asked in order to give students the help they need. “It’s not only what to look for but it’s how to react if a student would open up to a teacher and what to say, [and] how to handle the situation,” Willard-Holt said. She elaborated the benefits of the workshop and explained that she was “very pleased with the level of

discussion and the students felt they were provided with a lot of good information they can take back into the schools.” This workshop was mandatory for all students registered with the faculty of education. The Suicide Prevention Council contacted Laurier and proposed this idea, stressing how important it is to prepare future teachers with the right skills. Nash explained that she has a colleague in Thunder Bay that lead the workshop at Laurentian, which is the only other school known to take part in a workshop like this. She used that as a platform and shared the idea with Willard-Holt, who was very receptive to the idea. Additionally, Nash discussed how important it is to integrate suicide awareness into the curriculum. “If we legislate that, then we are ensuring that future teachers have that training,” she continued. Both Nash and Willard-Holt stressed the significance of mental health issues in schools. They both added that mental health is becoming more and more prevalent within the student population “Being a teacher today is very challenging,” said Nash. Along with the suicide prevention workshop, Laurier students within the faculty of education also participate in a series of similar seminars that focus on other important matters, including aboriginal issues, topics regarding LGBTQ and autism. Nash explained that there are countries that have completely endorsed this program, including Scotland, Norway and Ireland. Because Living Work is known worldwide, the students who completed the workshop are now certified internationally.

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Local Editor Lindsay Purchase

CBC reaches out to local audience KATELYN CULLUM LEAD REPORTER

Waterloo Region will be receiving a local news radio station based from a national standpoint. CBC News has launched a new station that will be opening its doors on March 11 on King Street West in downtown Kitchener. The station will be composed of a radio morning show, as well as a new, digital website that will run parallel to the radio coverage. “This is part of a very strategic plan for CBC,” explained Sandra Porteous, the deputy-managing director for CBC, Ontario region. “We are going into underserved audiences and delivering local programming.” The morning show will be hosted by radio veteran Craig Norris who has been involved with other shows with CBC in the past. “It’s just a way that CBC will be looking forward. It’s all part of the overarching vision that we have. By 2015, we will be in more regions, even if it is just digitally,” Norris explained. The morning show will run programming on community-based current affairs to provide the local community with the sense that their news matters. “CBC is the voice of the nation,” Norris said, explaining that this is why CBC moved to extend coverage to underrepresented regions. “People are really excited that they will be able to hear local news stories.”

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“It’s a different direction that our company is trying to reconcile.”


—Sandra Porteous, deputy-managing director for CBC, Ontario region “It’s going to mean that you’ve got programming in Kitchener-Waterloo, specifically targeted to you,” Porteous added. “It’s going to allow us to focus on really putting a magnifying glass on local issues, local perspective.” While the station is specifically aimed to address local concerns, the station has the advantage of running under a national network and therefore local stories could get a national profile. “CBC has a responsibility, mandated in the 1991 broadcasting act, to represent Canada to Canadians and to each other, to play a role in developing consciousness and identity and speaking the stories,” expressed Herbert Pimlott, a communications professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. “I think it’s a very good idea.” Additionally, the station will run a digital platform – an interactive website – unlike any station before.


Andrea Bellemare, curator-producer, will lead the online service. “What’s going to be really different, and this is where it gets really innovative, is the launch of radio and digital at the exact same moment,” Porteous expressed. She explained that one of the aims is to attract a young audience, which they hope to accomplish through a greater online presence. “People your age, they come home and they log into their computer,” said Porteous. “It’s a different direction that our company is trying to reconcile.” Matthew Kang, one of three reporters on the station team, explained that his reasoning behind engaging in this job was because it was something new to try out. “I had been doing TV at CTV for

awhile,” Kang explained. “The idea of radio and digital was interesting. It just sounded like a brand new idea, a new way of covering the news.” Ultimately, the goal of the station is to focus on the importance of local news. “There are a lot of stories that haven’t even been told yet,” said Kang. “We are really going to work hard to reflect Waterloo Region back to itself,” Norris echoed. “The public component of this is really exciting.” The station also plans to engage in outreach events. “There will be a lot of community interaction,” Porteous said. “We want to hear about our own celebrities, our own politicians, we don’t always want to hear stories from away.”


Left: Kevin Thaler of the WRPS gives details about the discovery of human remains behind a Kitchener apartment building. Right: many residents were forced to leave their apartment building on Bridgeport Rd. after a fire raged through it on Saturday night.

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Human remains identified

The dismembered human remains discovered behind an apartment building in Kitchener last Saturday have now been identified. Police confirmed on Tuesday that 24-yearold Kitchener woman Kelsey Louise Felker is the victim of the homicide. No information has been released on the nature of the homicide and no suspects have been identified. The female torso was found just after 11:00 a.m. in a garbage bin at the rear of a property located at 250 Frederick Street. The torso was wearing a tshirt that read “Forget princess, I want to be a vampire,” a feature that was used by police to help identify the victim. At a briefing on Sunday, Kevin Thaler, Waterloo Regional Police

Services (WRPS) inspector and executive officer of media and public affairs, said that police had canvassed the area and spoken to residents. He acknowledged that due to the large size of the outdoor scene, it could take some time to completely process. Susan Weigel, a resident in the apartment building where the torso was found behind, said that although some residents were concerned, she didn’t feel there was any connection to the apartment. “It has nothing to do with our neighbourhood or our building,” she said. “It was a place of convenience and that was it.” The rest of the body has not been recovered and it is not known how long the torso was in the garbage been before being found. Police are continuing their investigation and appealing to the public to provide any information they have related to

the homicide. This is the first homicide reported in this jurisdiction in 2013. Anyone with information can contact the Homicide Branch of the police at 519-650-8500 ext. 8666 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Progress made in fire investigation

Police have concluded the on-scene portion of an investigation into a fire that occurred at a Waterloo apartment building last Saturday night. Fire crews were called to the scene at around 10 p.m. on Jan. 26 after a fire broke out in a kitchen in the second story of the building. Tenants were forced to evacuate from multiple blocks of the apartment. Some have returned, but there are still a number of tenants displaced by fire damage.

Two children sustained injuries in the fire. They were thrown from the window by their parents to protect them from the flames after fire crews were unable to gain access to the interior of the building. One child was taken to Grand River Hospital and the other was taken to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto with critical injuries. Those who are unable to return to the building at this time are being supported by various community resources, including the Lutherwood Housing Services, Region of Waterloo Social Services and the Canadian Red Cross. Additionally, Waterloo Fire Rescue has a program in place to help victims recover from a fire, titled “After the Fire.” An estimate of the dollar loss has not yet been determined, as insurance adjusters are still assessing damage and repairs.

“Adaptation is about leaving, or being forced from your comfort zone,” began Rafe Sagarin, an esteemed marine ecologist from the University of Arizona. Sagarin’s lecture, which was titled Learning from the Octopus: Nature’s Lessons for Good Global Governance, informed a packed auditorium on the evening of Jan. 24 at the Centre for International Governance (CIGI). Sagarin started off by talking about his journey from the world of marine ecology to where he is now and how his career progression itself was a process of adaptation. He further lectured on issues dealing with the economy, politics and governance. Sagarin based his lecture on several of the general rules derived from a meeting he had with experts from a variety of fields, from biology to international governance, where the question was posed, “What can we learn from nature about how to be adaptable?” Nature, he explained, has far different responses to risk than humans. Illustrating this, he said, “The world is full of unpredictable risks, but a fish doesn’t try to turn a shark into a vegetarian. What I mean by that is the fish will do anything in its power to escape from that shark, it may even try to form a partnership with that shark, but it has no notion in its little fish brain that it is going to get rid of predation.” Sagarin went on to contrast this approach to the inefficient way society tends to approach major obstacles and problems, using the reaction by states to 9/11 as an example. “We saw that a lot after 9/11, the war on terror, the war on drugs,” explained Sagarin. He countered that people need to learn to live with risk, and despite the fact that it may sound passive, it is in reality what organisms have been doing for millions of years and there are many interesting strategies that can be derived from studying these organisms. “Natural organisms do not plan, they do not predict and they don’t try to be perfect,” explained Sagarin. This runs counter to the traditional human approach of planning, predicting and optimizing for future outcomes. Sagarin suggested that all an organism has to do to survive in nature is solve the problems presented before it. He contrasted this with the way bureaucracies like the government fail in terms of efficacy and organizational adequacy when compared to highly complex structures in nature. “We tend, when we are under threat in society, to do the opposite,” Sagarin clarified. “For the United States, one of the biggest responses after 9/11 was creating this, the Department of Homeland Security. This is a highly centralized, topdown bureaucracy.” Sagarin concluded with some advice for governments, asserting that moving from issuing orders to challenges is an important change to be made. ”Giving orders is when a small group of experts or leaders, choose what’s best for all of us,” he said. “Issuing a challenge by contrast, is when a leader or a small leadership organization, says, ‘We are all facing a problem here, who among you can help us solve this problem?’”

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Dion takes on electoral reform former liberal leader Stéphane Dion was in Kitchener to debate on electoral systems laura buck StAff WRitER

On Sunday afternoon the KitchenerWaterloo Federal Liberal Association hosted a lively debate on electoral reform with special guest Stéphane Dion. Dion, former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada is now the current Member of Parliament for the riding of Saint-LaurentCartierville in Montreal. Dion presented his model for electoral reform in a two hour debate with John Deverell, the policy director for Scarborough-East Pickering Federal Liberal Association (FLA) and Doug Jackson, president for Cambridge FLA. The focus of the debate centered on Dion’s distress with the current First Past the Post (FPTP) electoral system and his proposition for a new model. With this system, the candidate with the most votes wins and there is no requirement for an absolute majority. Dion warned that “the main problem we have in Canada is that the electoral system we have now artificially exaggerates the regional concentration of political parties. This makes our provinces look as if they were more antagonistic to each other than what is really the case.” Dion introduced an alternative model called P3: Proportional, Preferential, Personalized system that he believes has the potential to revive democracy in Canada. To illustrate how this system would be used, Dion applied the model to Kitchener-Waterloo. “Your riding would have five seats, not one as it is now,” he said, explaining that the riding would be larger, encompassing Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. When voting, you would simply rank the parties by preference and

then choose the candidate that you want. Dion believes this system would give Canadians “a more sincere vote,”,as it would allow for more input on behalf of the public by giving each riding greater representation. “I love a system that is empowering the people instead of the politicians,” he said. Deverell and Jackson also presented their preferred electoral models. Deverell advocated for a proportional representation system and Jackson supported alternative vote or provisional ballot. While the three debaters had contrasting views over the details of their models of electoral reform, they could all agree that a dire change is needed for the future of Canadian democracy. “The details of the electoral model are not the critical factor here. The critical factor is how the heck in the electoral system that we have, would you actually get an electoral reform when nearly all the members of parliament are defending an undemocratic electoral system?” questioned Deverell. Kyle Proulx, second-year political science student at Wilfrid Laurier University and active member of WLU Young Liberals, was excited to see the participation of the community in such an important political issue. “To see that movement, let alone in the school, but within our community, shows that we as the youth want change and want this to move forward, whether we agree or not on the way that happens,” he said. “I’m happy that we’re having this conversation and that we’re getting our students out here as well as other community members.” Dion encouraged students to become more actively engaged in the

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Four people were injured after a house exploded at 429 Activia Drive in Kitchener on Sunday. Firefighters were called at 11:45 p.m. Investigators have yet to determine what blast was caused by, and are still rummaging through the flattened remains of the house. Power shovels have been brought in to help with the process. No natural gas or methane leaks have been found in the neighbourhood. Minor damage was also caused to a neighbouring home. Damage has been estimated at $575,000.

Drug dealer on trial

A drug dealer whose home was raided by police in September is now facing trial. Shawn Edmonds, a 37-year-old Kitchener man, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis resin, as well as possession of oxycodone and cocaine for the prupose of trafficking. Along with the drugs, police seized drug-related paraphenalia and equipment, along with case. The sezied drugs were estimated at a value of $13,000. The prosecution is seeking three years in prison for Edmonds. The sentence is scheduled to be decided next month.

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Dion backed a P3 system: Proportional, Preferential, Personalized.

Canadian political scene. “Discuss with friends, be more knowledgeable of the issue,” he encouraged. He expressed great enthusiasm at seeing the number of young people at the debate and afterwards spoke individually with a number of students, personally addressing

their concerns and welcoming their views. The entire panel emphasized the growing need for electoral reform in Canada. However, the first step for this movement is to actively engage the public in the issue.

Changes to be made to Weber Street signals

Local residents in the Mount Hope area were happy to see regional council vote affirmatively to approve the installation of a push-button crosswalk at Weber and Wilhelm Streets. This will occur when Weber Street is widened to four lanes, which is set to happen before 2014. Traffic planners disagreed with the vote as the intersection falls short of criteria for this feature.

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“There’s nothing like publically embarrassing yourself for a cause,” joked Laura Geddis minutes before plunging into an icy pool of water in Uptown Waterloo public square. Geddis was participating in the second annual Polar Plunge, a fundraiser which took place on Jan. 26 to support local organization KidsAbility, which helps children with special needs. Approximately 50 participants lined up in groups and took turns belly-flopping, leaping and cannon-balling into the pool in spite of the minus ten degree weather. The event began last year as a small initiative by two community members. An impressive response encouraged them to bring it back. “Last year it was just a small idea, we thought it’d be something cool and crazy to do. We had a tremendous response to it … so when we finished the event we knew that we had to have a second annual event and make things bigger and better,” explained co-organizer Robb

Farago. For him, this year’s turnout and fundraising efforts exceeded expectations. “We set our goal for $5000. We thought even that was a little lofty, seeing how we raised $1000 last year. We hit our goal something like four days ago before the event, in the last day or two we raised another thousand dollars,” he said. Though Farago doesn’t work for KidsAbility, he acknowledged the importance of the cause. “We picked KidsAbility because we love the charity,” he expressed. “They’ve actually changed a lot of lives, touched a lot of lives and it seems like one of those worthwhile causes that everyone can get behind.” The event drew a large crowd to the square, with tens of people coming out to cheer on the participants and enjoy the other festivities, including balloon animal making and an acapella singing group. Though she had no personal connection to the organization, Elle Dee, who works for local radio station and event sponsor Kool 105.3,

stepped up to be one of the first plungers and managed to raised over $300 after seeing it on Twitter. After taking a tour of KidsAbility, Dee was astonished by the dedication she saw. “The people who work there, they’re so passionate about helping these kids. It was amazing,” she said. Few know more about the importance of funding KidsAbility services than Waterloo resident Lana Jones, whose daughter Zhade was born with cerebral palsy. “Since she came out of the hospital when she was born, KidsAbility has been there for her and until she turns 18, they can support her,” Jones said. “They’re integral to her life.” Zhade, now 17-years-old, is this year’s KidsAbility ambassador. Expressing her appreciation for the event, Jones commented, “The funds are so important. However people choose to get together and celebrate and to do good is fabulous.” Donations raised before the event were set at $6,084.

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2 The number of votes Pupatello was leading by after one round of voting

5 p.m. Approximate time on Saturday that Sousa crossed the floor to Wynne

1,105 Total number of votes acquired by Wynne in the last voting round COURTESY OF ONTARIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

After three rounds of voting, Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne emerged victorious as premier-designate and Ontario Liberal leader.

Wynne victorious after convention LINDSAY PURCHASE LOCAL AND NATIONAL EDITOR

It didn’t take long to see that last weekend’s Liberal leadership convention was going to be an exciting race. Three rounds of voting took place before Kathleen Wynne emerged victorious over candidate Sandra Pupatello to be declared as provincial Liberal leader and premier-designate of Ontario. Wynne received 1,150 votes over Pupatello’s 866 on the last ballot – a far cry from the two votes that separated the candidates after round one results came through. “There was a real momentum shift during the day that you could sense that Kathleen was building in her support. And it was incredible to watch,” said Karen Scian, a Waterloo city councilor who attended the convention.

Pupatello continued to lead after the second round with 817 votes. Wynne was in second with 750, with Kennedy and Sousa trailing in third and fourth, respectively. And then the unexpected happened. “That was the moment that everything changed, when Sousa went the other direction,” recalled Scian. “Once he made that choice it was game on.” Both Sousa and Kennedy crossed the stage to join the Wynne camp, bolstering the support for Wynne that led to her ultimate victory. Sousa’s decision came as a surprise to some, as many expected that he would back Pupatello. However, according to John Milloy, Liberal MPP for the riding of Kitchener, surprises are the norm at most leadership conventions. “The only thing that’s certain at a leadership convention is that

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you should expect the unexpected,” he said. “At the end of the day, we picked an outstanding candidate for leader.” Scian, who was in support of the Pupatello campaign, added, “She’s got an incredible toolkit of leadership skills. At this time, she has become a significant role model for a significant section of the population.” Wynne is Ontario’s first female and openly gay premier. The anticipated date for parliament to resume is Feb. 19, the day following family day. Post-secondary education is undoubtedly an issue that will be addressed. Milloy assured that Wynne has the experience and dedication to back educational changes moving forward. “I think what you’re going to see is someone who continues to see the value of it, who continues to make

sure we have the resources in it, who continues to look for ways to transform it and make sure it’s responsive to the needs of the economy,” he asserted. Wynne previously served as the minister of education from 2007 to 2010 and was the parliamentary assistant to the minister of training, colleges and universities from 2003-2004. Although they have not spoken with her since this weekend’s results, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) met previously with Wynne while she was campaigning to outline their priorities in addressing post-secondary education needs. “One of the big things that we focused on with her was primarily on the affordability piece of education and we realized that one of the decisions that the new cabinet has to make is regarding the new tuition

framework that is up for renewal,” said Alysha Li, the president of OUSA. OUSA’s main considerations, which it outlined to Wynne and hopes to see implemented in a new Ontario tuition framework, include a minimum year-long tuition freeze and should tuition increase, it do so at no more than the rate of inflation. Li continued, “I think she [Wynne] was open to listening and she was open to having a dialogue. We’re hoping to continue that dialogue and keep that conversation going [once parliament is back in session].” She added that although the prorogation of parliament caused some delays, OUSA was still able to work with officials and staff during that time. Wynne was unavailable for comment.

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Child welfare under scrutiny panel appointed by government recommends foster care age be raised to 25 alanna fairey lEAD REpoRtER

A government-appointed panel has proposed that Ontario’s child welfare system raise the age for Crown Wards to stay in foster care until they are 25 instead of 18. Former Crown Wards Anna Ho and Jacob Fraboni helped to write the report that called for “fundamental change” of Ontario’s child welfare system to address the isolation, vulnerability and sense of abandonment experienced by many young people in foster and group home care. The report also shows that only 44 per cent of the wards graduate from high school compared to 82 per cent of Ontario youth. They are more likely to experience poverty and homelessness, suffer mental health problems and become involved with the criminal justice system. “Research suggests that one of the most important factors in the health of an individual is the support of their community,” said Derek Stockley, the associate dean of social and community service at Humber College. “We know that many of those that are required to leave foster care and crown support at age 18 struggle with completing school and obtaining the resources they require to be successful themselves.” Having previously worked as a coordinator of social services at Humber College, Stockley believes that the proposed idea of linking continued financial and emotional

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support to staying in school is a win-win proposition for former Crown Wards. “By extending the age from 18 to 25 and providing this link, you have the ability to help individuals build a foundation of experience and support that will help counter some of the current struggles those leaving foster care currently face, including homelessness and poverty,” Stockley

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explained. Heather Snell, program coordinator of the child and youth program at Humber College, sees this report as an opportunity to help Crown Wards in terms of adolescent development, as the research is very clear that adolescence is an extended period and the primary focus on adolescents is identity information. “We’re looking at a group of

people who are still in the development experimentation stages, well into their twenties,” Snell said. “We see this no more so [than] in people who have been in foster care, who have additional struggles marking their identities.” With these former wards still trying to find an identity on top of work, the lack of support from the current government is resulting in poor success statistics in terms of education and jobs, according to Snell. “The wards are expected to leave care at 18. Although legally it makes sense, the socioeconomic institutions are quite at odds with that,” Snell explained. “It’s a transitional process of independence and you perhaps more so than ever in those years [you] require the support of your family not only financially but also for socio and regional support that you require for making decisions as an independent young adult.” The report’s key recommendation was for the government to work with them to draft a blueprint to overhaul the system in which a final decision can be made. “It would be difficult to imagine that the ROI [Return On Investment] would not be strong, especially when you look at the fact that youth in the Crown ward are almost half as likely to graduate from high school as the rest of the province,” Stockley concluded. “Helping young people obtain education is akin to helping them obtain opportunity.”

Canada in brief Canadian government commits more funds to Mali

On Tuesday, the Canadian government announced its decision to send another $13 million in aid to Mali. The announcement came from the office of International Operation minister Julian Fantino. The funding will not be directed toward military assistance, as with the funds raised thus far by the African Union (AU). Canadian special forces are already on the ground, which are distinct from the troops sent to support a C-17 transport plane sent on Jan. 18, a mission that has since been extended until mid-February. Unlike the French, the government has asserted that Canadian troops are not engaged in a combat role.

Study shows tablet, Netflix use on rise in Canada

A recent study released by the Media Technology Monitor indicates tablet use and Netflix subscriptions are on the rise. A survey conducted in the fall found that 28 per cent of Anglophones in Canada now own a tablet and 21 per cent were Netflix subscribers. The numbers indicate a vast increase from the previous year’s statistics. The survey, which was based on data taken from a sample of 4,001 anglophones, also found that twothirds of cellphone users polled now have a smartphone, which is 55 per cent of the population. Trends were found to be increasing at a slower rate in the francophone population and overall usage rates were also lower. –Compiled by Lindsay Purchase



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WLUSU PRESIDENTIAL Campus News Editor Elizabeth DiCesare sits down with the candidates for the Students’ Union presidency and discusses the details of their campaigns and platforms while getting to know them on a more personal level (pg. 16-17)

The Questions: Why did you choose this location as your favourite place on campus?

What is one thing you think WLUSU does well, and one thing you would like to see improved?

List one point of your platform, as well as one personal aspect, that sets you apart from other candidates.

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The reason I chose Wilf’s was because, for me, it symbolizes a place on campus where a lot of people can come and kind of experience the Laurier community. For me, I absolutely love coming and taking either my students, because I’m a Res Life don, or I just come with friends to grab a meal and it’s just like a place where apart from academics it’s a place that we can just engage with what Laurier is — and also have some good food while we’re at it. So, it’s a very big part of my experience, because I come to Wilf’s at least once a week, and it’s ingrained in who I am and why I love this school. One of the platform points I am a very big advocate for is a mobile app for students. I know that this is something that the Union has been trying to do in the past, but right now the marketing team has a task force trying to look into insuring that this mobile app will be feasible, and that it will incorporate a lot of the students, so my approach to it is trying to include as much of the student feedback because I do feel that through my experience at Laurier there’s a lot of things that I don’t know and that I wish I could engage with if that information was there. So, the mobile app; I want it to be a reflection of what the student’s opportunities on campus are. Another thing that I’m really passionate about is my diversity and equity training portion, and that is because I really do believe that this school has a lot of opportunity to engage on the level that we associate with the school. So, you come to Laurier and everybody’s like, ‘everyone’s going to be really friendly’ and it’s a really inclusive environment, and I want to make sure that that does kind of carry through and we are all kind of accountable to that so that everyone does feels comfortable in the place that they call home. So the platform point essentially focuses on bringing diversity and equity, and training all of the Students’ Union staff and volunteers on how to have a comfortable environment, and one that doesn’t exactly exclude people or make them feel like they can’t engage. So those are the two things that I absolutely love and am passionate about. So the one thing that I think the Students’ Union does well is that it does put a lot of effort into trying to advocate on behalf of students. So the effort is definitely there and I think that the best example is Michael Onabolu and his administration really doing a lot of work with mental health. I know that there’s a lot of task forces, outreach to external partners to bring in a focus to the students and also make it a topic that students feel comfortable talking about. So I absolutely love that there is a lot of administrative effort. The one thing that I don’t necessarily like is that I don’t think it’s communicated properly, and that students aren’t really aware of what the administration is doing. And also that kind of ties into where their fees are going. So for me, personally, it’s only by applying to this presidential and doing all my background info that I’ve been able to gain so much insight into all these amazing things that the union’s doing, but the fact is that they’re not really communicating that to students properly, and at the end of the day if the student still doesn’t know that this is where their money is going, and that the union is actually representing them, the efforts are almost intangible on a student level because, again, we’re just very unaware.

With such a large platform, how are you reacting to any criticisms that you may not be able to fulfill all of your goals in a one-year term as president?

That’s a very fair question. For me, the reason that it is so extensive, even though it is extensive they really all correlate with one another. For me, a lot of it comes back to communication and it’s the knowledge of engaging students with the student body. So, for example, the partnership between WLUSP and the Students’ Union, it ties back to our communication point of we want the students to be engaged, we want these updates to happen. So, although it is rather extensive, the points more or less work with each other so that you’re not just accomplishing one thing at a time, it’s going to be something that, when we accomplish this one thing, it’s going to help these other things be a little easier to accomplish. So we have recognized it, but we do think that with collaborating and working with other people, that it is more or less very accomplishable.

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For me the Concourse is a place where anytime I walk into this place I feel that sense of ‘whoa, I’ve arrived at Laurier.’ If I come on campus and I don’t come in here, I don’t feel as if I’ve come on Laurier, so it’s a very important space for me, it’s a space where you can see every student. One point in my platform, and I want to hit on this is the collectivity, I’ll put it that way, of both campuses. Because it’s really important to me to see that we’re not just saying that we are the same Laurier. We’re supposed to carry that Laurier as one Laurier, even if we’re far away from each other, we’re still one campus. So, to me, this part of my platform is really important, and I will work hard for it. One thing I would say, everyone has their own personality, but one thing that separates me, I’m very passionate about what I’m saying. I have personal experience with this job, so my passion for running is being I’m one of the few that just wants to run. For me, distinguishing the passion I have for this school and the love I have for the students around, which have shown me love, that’s why I decided to run. And that passion, I’ve pulled it into my platform and pulling it into my campaign too. So for me to think about what WLUSU does well, it’s going to be really hard. I can’t really point out one thing. To be sincere with you, the students have lost faith in the governance. WLUSU is trying, but we need change, we need a change of the team and everyone. When we see the same faces, it gives out the same results. For me, that’s what I think. I would like to work on one, the transparency and communication. Every year we complain about the same thing. Trying to have this kind of conversation with the student population, you have thousands of students here and I’ve only talked to some of them. That face-to-face communication, not just Facebook, I want to change that aspect of communication. If only a small percent of the population votes every year, then that’s a problem. That means the communication is not there, so I would like to improve that.

In your platform you mention student safety a lot, so if you are elected, how would you improve safety on campus?

It’s a very significant problem when I talk about safety. Two of us last semester, and the previous one, were robbed at gunpoint, and a girl was raped during the summer; I don’t want that kind of thing to keep up. I want to work with the regional police and Special Constables, and the police groups can come on campus and educate students on safety. And we too can work with the police to improve safe places, and how we’re going to make sure that events like this aren’t going to happen again. That’s what I want to do, basically working with the community to make sure that these places are safe. So when I talk about safety, it’s not just safety on campus, it’s on campus and off-campus, so every student can be safe.

I did choose Willison because that’s wher obviously it’s a big part of my platform. A study space, so just recognizing that and k ing to make some changes on behalf of th And this is a very real place, this is where Sometimes it’s stress, sometimes it’s fun, here. I think it’s an undervalued place on a lot in the fact that it hasn’t really been ta son and that’s unfortunate.

In terms of a platform issue: the library, I as really discussing this as an issue, and I out and seeing if the issue is there, or whe tant. I’ve been in talks with the university getting a sense of her passion for the futu to see, and I felt that was an issue that I re vey my knowledge to students of this spac really open to it, and they want to learn m like that is the one thing that really separa In terms of just generally speaking, I do so that’s certainly the big one that everyon concerned about and that’s totally fair. Bu standing of the system, and I’ve spent the all kinds of administrative staff. I’ve gotte staff, I’m meeting with some of the VPs an ship with the president and the students, ing in. But again, I think it’s healthy to bri things up again, and again, when I talk to think it’s healthy.

I think that the Students’ Union does a lot ture I think is fantastic, they do a lot of wo ing about the students and advocating on do that well; I think a lot of the criticism t And that’s part of being a student governm about seeing your results and hopefully it In terms of what they don’t do well, the about improving on things. I think comm making sure that students feel like their v ally vague kind of cliché statement, and I you have to try; it’s not that hard to gauge right questions. It’s not always going to be the answer you want to hear, it’s just talki nection. In terms of approachability, one fice downstairs to the concourse once a w you go upstairs, but not everybody does th there, but it’s just physically, actually getti

How are you reacting to criticism any previous WLUSU experience

That is an issue I talk about with studen that and it’s not something I want to hide Chris and Caleb, and it’s not about me say cause it is, because it is and there’s no wa level. There’s been some issues here at sch ing Week, for an example for four years no an issue when I came here and again, whe solved or no issue is being created, you ne bring in a new perspective. Bring in some has met with the right people, and I mean Ray Darling, the registrar and we were tal it’s ‘no’ then why? And if it’s ‘yes’, then gre ends so that we can definitively move forw ing a fresh perspective and shaking things

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think. I haven’t seen anyone else I don’t know if that’s a lack of going ether they just feel it isn’t impory librarian a few times now, and just ure of this space is really refreshing eally needed to pursue. When I conce they love the idea, and they’re more and that’s fantastic. So, I feel ates me. on’t have any WLUSU experience, ne is most curious about and often ut I feel like I have a good undere last couple of weeks meeting with en to know some of the WLUSU nd getting to know their relationand I think that’s important going in a fresh perspective and shake students they’re open to that and

t of things really well. Their strucork for the school. In terms of carn behalf of the students I think they towards them is unwarranted too. ment, it’s not about the glory, but t plays well. ey do a lot of things well, it’s just munication and approachability, voices are being heard, and it’s a rethink it’s difficult to implement but e what the issues are if you ask the e about getting the vote or getting ing and making that personal conthing I’d like to do is move my ofweek. The offices are very friendly if hat. The information is sometimes ing it out.

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nts because I’m very open with e, and I have the upmost respect for ying their experience isn’t valid beay I can compete with that on that hool, I’ve heard about Fall Readow. I’m in fourth-year and it was en you have a problem that can’t be eed to bring in a fresh set of eyes, eone who understands the issue and n I have a great relationship with lking about Fall Reading Week. If eat. It’s just about coming to these ward. For me, it’s just about brings up a bit.


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s: ce on Campu Favourite Pla g (Brantford Campus) Buildin S.C. Johnson *Due to time constraints, the interview was conducted in the Science Atrium on the Waterloo campus

Originally when we were planning on meeting in Brantford, I was hoping to meet in the S. C. Johnson building. It’s a new building to the campus and it’s really pretty inside, and I love that there’s a fireplace, so to me it’s a nice, cozy spot on campus where you can meet and have discussions. And the staff kind of has fun with decorating the mantel for the seasons, so I think it’s just one of those really welcoming places to meet and chat. I chose the Science Atrium here, it’s kind of become my new favourite spot on the Waterloo campus. I love how it’s open, very airy, and it seems to be a popular spot with students. And I love the trees; it’s sort of bringing the outdoors in, I like being outside, so to me it’s a very comforting spot, and it’s a great way to interact and talk to students. I’ve talked to a lot of students in here and it was a positive feedback, so it was a very nice environment to engage students with. I think multi-campus governance is a big thing that has been initiated. Many have seen this, being a Brantford-based student as a downfall. Or they’re not sure how I, as a Brantford student can run successfully in the campaigning, but also run the Waterloo campus, but as I mentioned, I think it gives me an edge that other candidates cannot offer. I have that unique experience of working and being on both campuses. It’s never been my agenda or priority to further just the Brantford campus and those students, it was just a position to make sure that all students were being heard. So I feel like those experiences on both campuses give me that edge that other candidates don’t have. I like to think that my passion, it’s my passion that drives everything that I do, it’s how I got involved. It was my passion to work with others and to help others, but it originally got me started within the union. And from that, I feel like those experiences have only grown, and I just love the potential to help other students succeed and to reach those goals that they may have individually, and doing it through the position of the president of the Students’ Union. I’ll first address what I believe can be improved upon. I believe it is communication and the value that volunteers can sometimes feel is lacking. I think we have a lot of people that get involved because of their passion and drive, and wanting to be involved, but then sometimes they feel that they’re not being heard, and I think many students have feedback and input, especially those that volunteer almost at the front lines, I think they have the opportunity to see and be a part of things that, for example, I as the president would not have the opportunity to because I can’t be, unfortunately, everywhere at the same time. They have this feedback they want to share, but then it gets lost somewhere. I think the Students’ Union is doing well on making the transition to multi-campus governance. We saw such changes happen on the board when the campus council was dissolved, however it was dissolved in hopes that the referendum question would be passed, allotting two seats saved for Brantford students and two seats for Waterloo students. I think that’s a fantastic step that the Students’ Union is doing well, as well as integrating the website, so it’s now all one and students can have access to information on both campuses. So, I think this is working well and it just needs to continue and greater steps can be done just to make sure that all students have information available to them, but then all feel involved and part of one organization.

How do you think having a president from the Brantford campus would affect WLUSU?

I don’t think much will change overall because I believe that the same things will continue to happen with any president in place. But I think it will definitely be a moral thing and will show trust. I think that students are always concerned or slightly worried about having someone from the Brantford campus, which is the smaller campus. But we’re all students; students have ultimately the same needs, and I’m here running for all students. But I think it shows a big leap of faith, and I think Brantford will take that well knowing that we’re not that smaller, little-kid brother campus. And for them I think it’s a giant leap of faith, and I think they also feel empowered, but I think too with Waterloo students, it’s showing that it doesn’t all matter — we’re all equal and on the same page, and we all have the same opportunities.

I chose the concourse because it’s a hub of student activity, and it’s really a place where a lot of students connect and meet each other. There’s clubs, there’s associations that put up booths and engage with students, and it’s really an opportunity for community. I was talking to a couple Brantford students today and that’s really what they feel like they’re really missing on that campus, and I think that’s something that maybe Waterloo has a little more established just because the Concourse is a high traffic area where a lot of people go through and it’s a hub of community. In terms of a platform, the thing that we’re really focusing on is student finances and affordability of education, more specifically around textbooks and day to day finances of students. We want to look at textbooks now and see what cost-savings we can work with the bookstore on. I talked to the director of system and retail services at the bookstore and it’s something that he’s very excited about pursuing. Working with them on that is going to be very exciting. Also, encouraging faculty to move more from textbooks to coursepacks, so in cases where you may have five or six textbooks in a course and you’re only using one or two chapters out of each textbook, we could condense that into a coursepack, which is significantly cheaper. The other thing we’re looking at is micro-loans for students. So $300 interest-free for ninety days, and that’s just a model where you would apply, we would give you the money to tie you over, and that at the end of the 90 days, you pay us back and if not we make a payment plan with you that is based around your finances at that time. So affordability is a thing that we’re really after because finances are tight for students and we want to be very cautious about that, and we also want to be spending the money students pay in student fees in the organization effectively, and we want to be accountable to those dollars. From a more personal standpoint, what sets me apart from the other candidates is certainly my experience in the organization. I’ve really seen the organization from a lot of different angles, and I’ve developed an intimate knowledge of the way we operate, our partners on campus, our stakeholders in the community and at the provincial level and the federal level as well. In terms of what we do well right now, I think our stakeholder relations and our relationships with our university is very good, and I fundamentally believe that we have one of the best relationships in the country, and that’s based on conversations with my colleagues at other institutions. So, that’s something that we do very well. We also have an immense volunteer culture, and we want to have effective mechanisms of recognizing volunteer achievement, and connecting volunteers with the value of what their volunteer role is, so identifying those transferrable skills and enhancing that volunteer experience. Something to improve on in the Student’s Union, is how we monitor our businesses and our services. So there’s a number of different ways we can do that, so one of the things in the platform is a more open and responsive organization, and a very student-driven organization. That type of feedback and student-driven model, if we were able to achieve that, then we would become a more dynamic organization that caters to the needs of students.

After holding so many positions within WLUSU, why have you chosen to run for the position of president and CEO?

The president is the top job in the Students’ Union, and I’ve had a lot of other opportunities to focus on specific areas in the organization and within the school, but president is really an opportunity to take a leadership and drive that strategy moving forward. To take the next step and to build on successes that I’ve already been had in my previous and current roles, I need the promotion to be able to get it done and to be able to drive that strategy forward. There’s a lot of more internal things I think we could be doing better within the Students’ Union, and I like and am really attracted to the challenge that exists within post-secondary education and there’s always opportunities to do new things.

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THE CORD • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2013 Life Editor Carly Basch

Shopping vintage Buying clothes from second-hand stores may seem outdated but with the right pieces, it can actually update your look BRIEANNE BERRY FASHION COLUMNIST

As a proud shopaholic and university student, I believe that everyone should learn to budget and utilize every option they have available to them. In this instance, I believe vintage shopping should be experienced at least once. If you’re unsure of where to start, check out Meow Boutique. Located on the corner of King St and Bridgeport, Meow Boutique has been open in Waterloo for over a year. Owned by Kara Munn, the original store is situated in Guelph. When I asked Munn how she went about choosing the items sold in her stores, she confessed that she just picked what she liked. Heavily influenced by the fashion of the 1950s and 60s, Munn takes inspiration from both Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. Both style icons are pictured all over the store because she finds them to be opposing representations of style. Hepburn is classic and ladylike, while Monroe is more sexy and rockabilly. Not all clothing found at Meow Boutique is vintage but more so replicates styles of a particular era. Clothing brands such Aldo, Laura and Betsey Johnson are brought in. In addition to the clothes, a large

variety of jewelry, accessories, posters and little trinkets can be found through out the store. I do understand the challenge presented when it comes to incorporating “old” looks into outfits beyond a theme party. I find that the best way to appreciate what vintage shopping has to offer is by mixing and matching what you already have in your closet. In order to give you some ideas of how to work with pieces as you find them, I brought in a few basics of my own: a white t-shirt, a black bustier tank, blue jeans and black leggings. Everything else used: the shoes, the accessories and even the bags, were found within the store.

1. Be open-minded

Typically the response to why more young women don’t indulge in vintage shopping is the opinion that you have to be “girly”. You don’t have to be girly to wear vintage. I found that my skinny jeans easily worked with the jacket and shirt I found, as well as the “Sex Bomb” boots found in the fitting rooms. Furthermore, you can layer on jewelry and other accessories to personalize your outfit further.

2. Have some patience

Unlike mass retailers that depend on having multiple sizes available,

vintage stores often have only one item available in one size. Be sure to remember that vanity sizing changes the way each item will fit, so if you typically wear a 6 and only find size 4, you may be surprised when you take it into the fitting room with you. Same thing goes when trying on clothes with a different cut or hem.

3. Try stuff on

In the case of vintage dresses, they are often custom-made and tailored according to the time. For example, dresses from the 1950s often have higher waists and full skirts. Many of the dresses that I found in Meow Boutique mirrored this aesthetic, including this lace dress with the sweetheart neckline often worn by 1950s housewives. If you’re still unsure that you could pull off vintage shopping, here is some final advice: pick a style icon from a particular era and look for items that mirror this. Even though it may take more time and effort than a trip up to the mall, it can still be a rewarding experience that pushes you to be creative and think outside the box. Meow Boutique is located at 78 King Street North and open seven days a week. Follow @MeowBoutique1 for updates on their latest fashion inventory and prices.


When fad diets become complicated VANESSA THAREN STAFF WRITER

Fad diets have come and gone, each with the promise of shedding the weight and gaining a healthier lifestyle for those who embark on them. The majority of these well known diets have since been dismissed and forgotten. Yet, something new has been brought to the attention of the masses, which has celebrities swearing by it. Maybe you’ve heard about the latest craze by drooling over Miley Cyrus’s six-pack which she attributes her strict gluten-free diet. Although some people take on this challenge of not eating anything that contains gluten by choice, there are many people whose bodies simply cannot tolerate it. With the hope of losing those holiday pounds is it safe to test out this diet if you don’t need to be on it? This was a question for Laurier’s registered dietician, Caroline Valerite, who summed up what gluten is and where we can find it in our foods. “[Gluten] is the protein structure for wheat, it gives bread its structure” she explained. This includes

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wheat, rye and barley and can be found in foods that contain flour such as pasta, pizza, pastries and even beverages such as beer. “I would never recommend it for someone to lose weight” Valerite cautioned. Students consume most of these foods on a daily basis, so cutting them out may be challenging. The difficulty that comes with adhering to this diet could easily be avoided for someone who does not posses a wheat allergy. This process is difficult enough for someone with a wheat allergy as it poses a challenge for preparing foods that do not contain any gluten at all. All foods must not have been in contact with any wheat, whether it be from the counter, or prepared with the same utensils used to prepare the foods with gluten on it. Most gluten-free groceries are expensive and some grocery stores

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may not supply them. With all these challenges you may be wondering why this trend in dieting has exploded in the way it has. This can easily be attributed to

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the fact that most fatty foods contain gluten and wheat products. Favorites like pizza, cheeseburgers and donuts are strictly avoided, which leads to the weight loss factor. “Often, many people experience weight loss when exploring this diet because much of these types of foods are being avoided.” Valerite described. Although avoiding junk food is not necessarily a bad thing, all foods should be consumed in moderation. Cutting out one section of the food group is not necessary when seeking weight loss. Valertie recommends watching portion sizes rather than cutting out wheat altogether. Practicing moderation ensures more balance between all the food groups while getting all the necessary vitamins and nutrients. While most of us have the luxury

of going gluten free as a choice, some have no other option. Rachel Pearson, a third-year student at Laurier, suffers from a wheat allergy, forcing her to avoid all wheat-related products. When asked if she finds it difficult to maintain her gluten free diet on campus Pearson responded “Many quick or cheap meals for university students contain gluten so I have to make sure to put the effort in to cook all of my meals.” As far as grabbing something on campus, Pearson finds it difficult to grab a quick meal. However those who do suffer from wheat allergies should not be discouraged from all food services offered on campus. “I recently went to Wilf’s and was happily surprised to find a whole gluten free menu, they had gluten free pasta and other options which was nice for a change,” said Pearson. Changing your diet to gluten free is a difficult challenge, and for all the extra prep time and expenses that come along with it, it is a difficult diet to follow if you have the choice. With many high-calorie treats containing gluten, it may be an easier decision to just consume your favourite foods in moderation.

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Getting to know orgasms the naughty prude SEx columNiSt dana silvestri StAff photogrAphEr

Better writer, better grades gordon davidson corD lifE

As another semester gets into the early stages of preparing writing assignments, the stress and expectations of essay writing become a challenge for students wanting to receive good marks. The pressure and judgment is laid right on paper, giving the professor and their red pen the opportunity to dive in and mark up what was wrong, acceptable and the final call with the mark it deserves. One of the most common questions received by writing tutors is not how to improve one particular aspect of an essay, but what are the steps one can take to ensure a stronger essay in the future. Addressing this may seem like a tall order, but the only comment I could ever think of offering is relatively straightforward: the best writers have the most confidence in what they are writing. The last minute, lack lustre papers that many students produce is most often the culprit when it comes to low-tier grades, as there is seldom much time or energy invested into making them respectable. I’ve always hated being told that practice makes perfect, but I really cannot stress enough how much of an impact it has on one’s confidence

in academic writing. When one writes more papers in more classes, they gain more experience and develop a larger bank of tricks to use at their disposal. Having awareness of what you can and cannot do on the page, through trial and error or consultations with resources like the writing centre, are excellent ways to boost confidence in your assignments. Since different programs require different amounts of writing than others, the odd paper in an essaylight discipline can seriously impact the confidence of someone who hasn’t written formally since high school. One of the best solutions to this is, practicing and using the resources that are at-hand to evaluate your progress and ensure that your final submission is worthy of your respect. Another critical component to being proud of what you produce is developing a familiarity with the assignment itself. Students often ask tutors what they can and cannot do in their assignment, and a majority of the time it boils down to what the professor gives them permission to do. Assignment sheet handouts are arguably one of the most valuable resources for a writer because they walk you through exactly what your

professor wants to see. Most common in first-year classes, profs will often specify whether or not things like subheadings are acceptable, or how many secondary sources are required. As such, many of these instructions are not law, and should be taken with a grain of salt when considering another assignment for another class. What one professor in one class demands, another may not even notice the difference, and developing your awareness of how to please the people marking you begins with their instructions. If the instructions are vague or even non-existent, the ultimate resource of all remains: discussing your questions or concerns with the professor directly. Not only do you get the clearest possible directions, but you also build rapport with the faculty in your program, and receiving salutations in the hallway or an invitation for a cup of coffee is arguably one of the biggest confidence-builders of all. Gordon Davidson is a writing tutor at The Writing Center located in the DAWB 1 102. If you have any questions about your upcoming assignments, go to to find out more information on how to book an appointment or stop by during their drop-in hours.

As sex educator Cory Silverberg brilliantly proclaimed, “Orgasms are like snowflakes; no two are alike. They’re free, they melt in your mouth, and not even the weather forecast can predict when they’ll come.” The most common misconception is that the orgasm is one-dimensional, always similar, always achieved one way and always predictable. As young and sexual individuals, we should all be educated and aware of the power and intricacies of the orgasm. Though the majority of us were taught sexual education in middle school or high school, we were left to our own devices in regards to “the orgasm”. Easily defined and recognized as “a climax of intense pleasure,” the orgasm is very complex and should be respected. Being the Naughty Prude has presented me with the glorious job of researching and exploring the world of sex. Though I enjoy the challenge, I am admittedly still somewhat of a rookie. A research session in the library lead me to discover Betty Dodson, an American sex educator who has led sexual workshops for women for over 30 years. A fervent advocate for masturbation, Dodson is also extremely well versed in orgasms. Her novel, Orgasms for Two: The Joy of Partnersex is an enlightening sex manual that includes countless information on partner sex, but more importantly the types of orgasms males and females can achieve.

Therefore, I am going to summarize the three main types of orgasms. Tension orgasm: Relying on the leg and buttock muscles being squeezed tight and the breath being held, the tension orgasm has a quick build up and quick release. This orgasm is the result of quick and tense sexual intercourse or foreplay. Relaxation orgasm: Achieving a relaxation orgasm is most successful when done with a partner. Make sure to be vocal about your needs, relaxing your muscles, pelvic floor and breathing. The main is allowing it to build which is opposite of the tension orgasm. This orgasm is a slow climb, with a very rewarding decline. Combination orgasm: This uses the techniques from both tension and relaxation orgasms. For woman to accomplish the combination orgasm five elements are needed, clitoral stimulation, vaginal stimulation, PC (pubococcygeus) muscle contractions, thrusting of the pelvis and breathing. I urge you all to experience, enjoy and appreciate the realm of the orgasm by trying new positions and new techniques. The Naughty Prude contributes biweekly exploring topics and answering questions about sex. She also has her own radio show which airs every Tuesday night at 10pm on . To ask her a question, email her at

Predicting the future 101 Visiting a psychic to tell your future is an exciting journey but when Cord Life went to investigate, things got complicated emma baumann StAff WritEr

Ever wondered what your future holds as you watch The Bachelor, drink wine and devour ketchup chips in a fleece onesie? Maybe you haven’t yet reached this low-point but wanting to see what your future has in store isn’t an unusual wish. The psychic profession is one I’ve always been interested in mostly because everyone thinks its baloney and I love baloney. I suggested to my editor an article about a firsttimer going to see a psychic and what the journey would entail. What I didn’t realize was that I would be confronted with just how little I knew about the world of extrasensory perception, resulting in enough baloney for a very epic mealtime. My friend had visited a psychic as a joke. She entered as a skeptic but left convinced. The eccentric clairvoyant had knowledge of information about her no one could have known. While she recounted the tale of her mystical experience to our friends over drinks we laughed and hummed the theme song of That’s So Raven. But when she mentioned what this fortune teller had to say about her love life, everyone went silent. Though it might seem lame for adult women to fall for this it should be noted that for most girls at sleepovers between the ages of seven and 15, predictions about the future with regards to boys are serious business.

Remember finishing a game of M.A.S.H. and feeling slightly anxious about your future life married to Shrek, driving an ice cream truck and living on a ranch with 22 kids? I had to try this psychic thing out. I set to work locating one. I looked on Kijiji, Craigslist, in the classified ads I even found out about the Waterloo Spring Psychic Fair this May. However, I learned psychics are very hard to get “in touch” with, both telepathically and over the phone. Once I “connected” with one, things got sketchier. I set up an appointment with Psychic Sally (name changed to protect from angry psychic voodoo magic) but a couple hours later Sally cancelled citing “unforeseen” reasons. It seems she didn’t note the irony of that statement. At 4 a.m. the next morning Sally texted me saying that some “intuitions” she had meant the appointment was back on - she would call me in the morning. I called Sally and apologized for not getting back sooner, I had been in class. “I knew that.” she replied. Psychic joke! She talked about things like positive energy and suggested maybe I had some psychic abilities myself. Then, Sally insisted I sign a contract stating I would only say nice things about her mystical foretelling. Suddenly the strong scent of baloney filled my nostrils, it seemed extremely odd that Sally needed legal assurance that I would believe in what she does. I

had to cancel our appointment. So that’s the story of how I failed to bring you any new and exciting information about the lives of psychics. I never got my future told, but I will continue to use my many ingenious strategies for cheating at M.A.S.H. to predict a future in which I drive a Mercedes, marry Ryan Gosling and live in a gigantic mansion. And should my abilities continue to improve you may even see me with a booth at the psychic fair in May.

From trade shows to weddings to cultural festivals, this program offers the unique skills you need to launch your career as an event coordinator, account representative, corporate meeting planner or many other exciting career opportunities.


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THE CORD • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2013 Arts Editor Cristina Almudevar

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Top Left: The ensemble channels their inner show girl with “Someone I Hate”. Bottom Left: The local girls go wild over Rocco. Right: Angie and Vinnie finally get together

LMT takes audience to New Jersey Laurier Musical Theatre produces Once Upon a Time in New Jersey to the delight of the general public Cristina almudevar ARtS EDitoR

From Thursday Jan. 24 to Saturday Jan. 26, the Theatre Auditorium was transformed into Hoboken, New Jersey circa 1956. After months of rehearsals and hours dedicated to perfection, Laurier Musical Theatre (LMT) proudly unveiled their production of Once Upon a Time in New Jersey to the general public last week, and the public loved it. The show was witty, charming and endearing as the main character of Vinnie LoBianco struggled with a common aspect of life: getting out of the dreaded “friendzone”. Once Upon a Time in New Jersey tells

the story of shy grocer Vinnie LoBianco (Drew Chester) — a mama’s boy who is desperately in love with his best friend and co-worker Angie Moscato (Raquel Cadihla). However, Angie is oblivious to Vinnie’s affection and is chasing after his bad boy and renowned womanizer cousin Rocco Fabrizio (Connor McKay). Meanwhile, Celeste Castiglione (Natalie Roth) is the local dance teacher with no real clients because the town is terrified of her mobster husband Billy Castiglione (Patrick McCauley). After a passion-filled ‘dinner’ for Celeste and Rocco and a dinner gone wrong for Angie, Rocco finds himself being hunted down by Billy

and decides to go to extreme length to save his ass: trades lives for a week with his cousin Vinnie. The plot was believable and relatable — who hasn’t had to swap lives with their cousin to avoid getting murdered by the mob? But in all seriousness, the musical chosen managed to achieve its goal of pleasing the audience. As usual, director Brandon Kuepfer and producer Ann Hascalovitz were able to choose a musical that successfully blended humour, drama and romance perfectly together that equally showcased every actor’s talents from lead actor to ensemble. It was extremely clear that the cast was passionate about the musical and did not want to be anywhere

else but on stage. Despite the overall talent of the cast, there were a few small yet significant technical problems. During musical numbers, the orchestra often overpowered the vocals onstage. This sound issue was present during the rest of the performance and was particularly noticeable during Chester’s dialogue in the opening scenes. Consequently, it was sometimes difficult to follow along with the plot or to fully be immersed in the story. Despite these minor difficulties, the show was excellent. The acting and singing was strong for the most part. However. it was difficult to tell whether some of the vocals were delivered awkwardly to

accentuate characterization or if it was simply a matter of stage fright. This was most notoriously seen in the characters of Buddy (Nick Carswell) and Tony (Nicholas Valenzuela). They played off of each other well but there were moments when their singing fell a little flat. In their duet “God Knows, Mrs. LoBianco”, they started off a little rocky but quickly gained confidence. There were many standout performances, most notably from leadactress Cadilha who had all eyes on her every time she was on stage. All leads were extremely impressive in their own right, bringing all their characters to life.

‘All adventurous women’ aren’t employed kylie Conner StAff WRitER

Do you ever find yourself questioning your ability to take a good naked picture? Or talking your friend’s ear off about how the guy that you hook up with isn’t showing any signs of wanting to commit? Or even Googling “stuff that gets up around the sides of condoms”? These are just some of the racy topics that Lena Dunham portrays in her hit HBO series, GIRLS. As a 20-something that is just completing university I took to GIRLS with relative ease. Seeing these girls who are around my age, post-college and trying to make a living just seemed so relatable and it

turns out my suspicions were true. Although I feel as if I’ve now seen Lena Dunham’s naked body more than my own, GIRLS presents issues that my friends and I deal with frequently in our own lives. The situations may not be completely uncanny, but they do reflect a great deal of truth in them. How about Marnie’s “struggle” of being over her boyfriend, but not wanting to see him with anyone else? I’m sure that every girl has felt that at least once in her life. Or Shoshanna’s curiosity about her virginity and the quest she sets out on to lose it. Perhaps you haven’t had the exact same experience as her, since she is wonderfully weird, but maybe you’ve been through something along these lines.

The scariest, if not most accurate, critique of the 20-something girls that this show portrays is the lack of employment that they suffer. Hannah wants to be a writer, but her internship is unpaid and she ends up quitting. Marnie gets fired from what she thought would be her career and is at a loss of where to go next. Shoshanna is still in school and Jessa chooses to settle down. There is nothing scarier to me than graduating from university and having to venture out into the unknown and try to procure some sort of way to support myself. This is something that I’m sure that we are feeling like this at this point in our lives. What’s reassuring is being able to sit down on the couch every Sunday, turn on the TV

and watch GIRLS to see these four characters somehow make their unemployment work and in turn our future becomes a little less scary. I think maybe that’s why we like the show so much. In my opinion, your 20s are a time for you to have fun and do what you want before having to make the tough real-life decisions like where to live, how many kids you’ll have or where you’ll find this husband in order to have those kids. Shows like GIRLS allow us to see that choosing to live this way is ok. It even encourages us to go for our dreams, make mistakes and have fun because after all, “all adventurous women do.”

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Drag Domination dominates again WLU Rainbow Centre hopes to bring awareness to drag culture CRISTINA ALMUDEVAR ARTS EDITOR

What do gold tiaras, Justin Bieber and a peacock headdress have in common? They were all present at the Turret on Jan. 23. The WLU Rainbow Centre (RC) held their third annual Drag Domination as a fundraiser for local LGBTQ group, tri-Pride. The fundraiser generated $300 for tri-Pride. Local group The AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & Area (ACCKWA) and tri-Pride set up booths to have a presence and to have the possibility to further inform the Laurier community. While typically held during first semester, M.C. Ethan Jackson addressed the Rainbow Centre’s reasoning for pushing it back a semester by first outlining the difference between trans* gendered and a drag performer. “Drag performers use satire to entertain an audience of the hypermasculinization and hyperfeminization of gender roles through characterizing song and dance with sexuality,” said Jackson. “Transgenderism, on the other hand, is a part of one’s greater identity. That is not satire, it is not humour, and it is real.” Jackson then went on to say that they wanted to separate Trans* Awareness Week and the drag show to ensure two events would not be associated with each other to further prove the point that they are not the same. Jackson gave many thanks to the volunteers of the RC, but most of all to the “fierce performers from our local community and our amazing Golden Hawk pride.”

“Transgenderism is a part of one’s greater identity. That is not satire, it is not humour, and it is real.” —Ethan Jackson,M.C.

With incredible performances from host Miss Drew, Dallas Wylde Davis, Jack Mehoff, and Sydney Savage the night was definitely one to remember. The performers, as well as the audience, danced to songs from artists such as Basement Jaxx, Lady Gaga, Usher and Tiffany. The heels were high and the hair was higher. In the words of Miss Drew, “the higher the hair, the closer to God” and if this quote was to be taken literally every performer was going straight to heaven. With many costumes, hair and make-up changes combined with the fabulous dancing, it felt like a fashion show with dancing and lip-syncing. Fashion ‘N’ Motion performed a teaser dance during intermission. Choreographed by David Williamson, the teaser was to promote for their upcoming show sometime this semester. One of the highlights of the night was Felton Bender who gave an impressive Justin Bieber impression. Bender was so realistic that a “fight”

Fr!nge cancelled Yearly fest axed due to lack of content CRISTINA ALMUDEVAR ARTS EDITOR

On Jan. 28, WLU Fr!nge’s Facebook page announced that the annual festival would be cancelled. The Facebook post stated, “Unfortunately as the season progressed we had a content drain and we felt, at this point, we could not give our loyal fans value for their money with such a short run-time for too few productions.” What started as a week-long festival fueled by the former drama program, Fr!inge in its current incarnation is a weekend-long festival filled with student generated plays and short films. The festival was the WLU chapter of Fr!nge festivals that take place around the world. Typically held during the last weekend in January, this is the first time in recent memory that Fr!nge has been cancelled. Luke Dotto, one of the co-producers for Fr!nge this year, is understandably disappointed in the decision for the cancellation. “It’s unfortunate,” said Dotto. “Every year we’d like to have a full

festival of fantastic student plays and films, but the reality is that student commitments gets in the way. “This is tough with a campus with not a lot of artistic outlets to find people who are looking for that outlet.” Dotto also confirmed that the cancellation was due to lack of content. Last year’s festival featured four plays and four short films, however this year the show only had three confirmed plays. The producers therefore felt there was not enough content to put on a full and diverse show. When asked about the future of Fr!nge, Dotto confirmed that, as of right now, it will be running next year. They have plans to expand Fr!nge from simply plays and short films to anything performance based, such as slam poetry or improvisation. “As regrettable as it is, it is a necessary decision”, ended Dotto. Anyone that would like to contribute to Fr!nge or would simply like to know more about Fr!nge festival can contact

Arts bites Kris Jenner is in your home

Celebrity mom and “manager” Kris Jenner officially has the green light for her new talk show. It will debut in the summer, which must coincide with the end of the world. Who did Jenner have to get drunk so that she could get her own show? For the sake of everyone, we hope she doesn’t give any advice. Her family collects TV shows like boring people collect rocks.

Please don’t give them any excuse to sing

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are trying to be the first to write breakup songs about each other. Gomez says that he treated her terribly while Bieber is coming to the realization that no girl over 13 will date him. Gomez should outsource this to Taylor Swift; she can create a song for this in two minutes. Bieber’s song is entitled “Nothing Like This”. Thank God.

broke out between Jackson and an audience member for Bender’s love. Miss Drew played the perfect host. She got the audience to play an active role within the show, rather than letting them passively sit back in their seats. Shortly after the first few performances, Miss Drew called for everyone to bring their tables and chairs closer to the stage. Audience participation is what can make or break the atmosphere at a drag show. Miss Drew remarked a number of times that they were at the right school, making numerous references to Laurier’s “party school” reputation while simultaneously making small jabs at University of Waterloo. This is something that Priscilla Jarvis, better known to Laurier audiences as Jack Mehoff, reiterated: “When I came out on the stage at Laurier, the crowd presence was so much greater than what it usually is. People who have never seen a drag show, their first drag show messes with your notions of gender.” Jarvis felt that her uniquely named alter-ego needed some backstory: “When I was growing up, my dad, in his old fashioned ways, thought it’d be really funny to tell inappropriate jokes and songs. He’d used to pretend to call someone and ask ‘Is there a Mr. Mehoff? A Jack Mehoff?’ Thanks dad!” All the drag performers may have come from different backgrounds and had overcome different obstacles to be accepted. Once they hit the stage and the music began playing, they became impenetrable. The passion and confidence they exuded on stage was felt within the audience which made for an amazing time.


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EDM and instruments of change ALI CONNERTY STAFF WRITER

Victor Hugo, author of Les Miserables, once said, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” Music is about exploration, challenge and expression, much like any art form. Live performance takes this to the next level when the artist has a chance to introduce each piece. Lindi Ortega’s third concert at Maxwell’s Music House last Wednesday re-introduced me to the importance of exploring new music. With Dustin Bentall and the Smokes backing her up all evening, the sounds coming from these musicians could not have been more

emotional or intelligent. The skills of fiddler Kendel Carson kept the stage alive as she fluidly interacted with all band members. Both bands played engaging and perfect sets, professionalism and hours of rehearsal could be heard behind every note. The audience was there for Ortega as they cheered loudly for her when she walked on stage, though Bentall and his band seamlessly complemented Ortega’s music giving it an alternative rock twist. The intimate setting at Maxwell’s made it easy for everyone to fully appreciate the music. With heart-felt lyrics from songs such as her latest title track “Cigarettes and Truckstops,” to the raw and angry “Apologies,” Ortega embodies the level of maturity required from both performers and audiences when participating in music. Being surrounded by a demographic of Waterloo-ers who have moved on from post-secondary education, Ortega’s music engaged this mature, respectful audience.

Cheering when appropriate, laughing at jokes in between songs, even dancing to her upbeat song “Bluebird,” people were there for the music. This is something I find lacking in student culture, where the party seems to be becoming more important. The rise of electronic dance music (EDM) over the past four years in both the post-secondary scene and popular culture has led this genre into a confused state of immaturity. EDM shows are now centred on being as inebriated as possible while still being contained enough to be served by the bar staff. The music has changed; it has become shallower and with more repetition within sub-genres of electro music, trance, trap and moonbathon. The focus is no longer on the music being played by the DJ either. Having its founding roots in basement parties, with the infamous Toronto band ‘Bassmentality,’ EDM now has a cult-like following of

bass-heads clad in neon-coloured straps of clothing at a trendy bar on the west side. EDM can also be found on television at the Grammys and on the radio, where artists like Deadmau5 have become commonplace. No matter how fun it is to leave all your worries on the dance floor for the night, maybe it is time to take a step back. The floor-to-ceiling subwoofer which leaves your ears ringing for hours will still be there next week. Try another form of live music performance. Maybe it’s time for all of us to grow up a little bit and move on from the party, complimented by music, that is our Thursday through Sunday evenings. I challenge you, reader, to listen to a new artist in a genre of music that is unfamiliar. A genre that you think is intimidating, alien, even boring. Challenge yourself as an individual through music; listen to live instruments instead of the

Maybe it’s time for all of us to grow up a little bit and move on from the party, complimented by music, that is our Thursday through Sunday evenings.

wub-wub-wub of bass. Find an artist who inspires you, as Ortega has inspired me, to come back to the building blocks of music. This is a call to appreciate music for what it is and can do. Ignore the fads that blindly lead us away from the musicality.

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struggles today. My own brother was a smoker until we made a pact not to smoke anymore. Will power and support are the best tools you have at your disposal to see results. For me, leaving behind the horrible taste, the expensive costs (packs, gum etc.) and November lung infections was what won out. That being said, every day is a struggle, some days are better than others. The best time to quit is winter. Stay inside where it’s warm and stay healthy! Cheers! Sincerely, You’ll feel great! Think positive and keep at it!

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THE CORD • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2013 Opinion Editor Devon Butler

Drag show lacked student support The third annual Drag Domination show was a success in terms of its work in breaking down gender and LGBTQ stereotypes, however, it is unfortunate that more people – specifically students – in the Laurier community did not experience the show. The show, which took place at the Turret on Jan. 23, was a fundraiser for tri-Pride, a local LGBTQ organization, raising over $300. In addition to this valuable cause, the drag show, hosted by The WLU Rainbow Centre (RC), served to inform a university campus often criticized for its lack of diversity. As a university that is constantly promoting inclusivity, the event was a great opportunity for Laurier students to engage with a community they may not have much experience with and one that they may not completely understand. Local LBGTQ groups such as tri-Pride and the AIDS committees of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo set up information booths which served to further inform Laurier and its students on LBGTQ issues and rights. Despite the effort put into the show itself, there was unfortunately little done to promote the event both on and off campus. It was particularly discouraging to see that many of the students in attendance left the show after Fashion ‘N’ Motion performed during intermission. It is important that as an innovative campus at the forefront of knowledge we support the development of events that serve to educate our community and break down stereotypes. In order to do so, however, it is crucial that events like this prioritize marketing to the campus. Posters, Concourse booths and press releases are just some of the tactics that would be worthwhile for garnering attention and attendance. With increased promotion and development of student interest in campus events hopefully future events of this kind will have a better turnout.

Kitchener-Waterloo welcomes the ‘new’ CBC programming On March 11, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will be launching a new station in downtown Kitchener that will provide national coverage for local concerns. The Kitchener-Waterloo CBC station, however, will not be what most of us are used to seeing from the CBC we are familiar with on television or even on its radio shows in other cities. Instead, they are working towards a reformed model composed of radio programming and an interactive website. This re-vamped CBC platform is essentially being tested in K-W since the overall plan is to see various other underserved communities getting digital coverage. The K-W region is already served by CTV Southwestern Ontario and it’s worth wondering if the two stations will be in competition. It is unlikely this will become an issue however, as the CBC is aiming its new programming to serve the younger crowd who already receives the majority of their information through the Internet. In this respect, CBC should be applauded for taking steps to address local concerns through innovative avenues. Kitchener-Waterloo is continuously growing in both size and technological development. Despite our close proximity to the Greater Toronto Area it is exciting that the CBC is recognizing this community’s value as an independent and intelligent region. Having a CBC radio station in this community is certainly something K-W can be proud of. However, it is important that we remember to not only give the station some time to find its feet, but also appreciate it for what it can be. —The Cord Editorial Board

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Ontario Liberal party excludes student media Justin smirlies NEWS DIRECTOR

One of the most important events in the history of Ontario occurred over the weekend and it was something that I, as a 20-something progressive, was extremely proud to witness: Ontario has its first-ever openly gay, female politician premier. I was glad to watch the strong enthusiasm unfold on my television screen and Twitter feed. What a sight it must have been to see Kathleen Wynne become the first female premier of Ontario in person. But unfortunately, like many other student newspapers in Ontario, The Cord was declined access to the leadership convention—twice. In our second attempt to gain media accreditation to the convention, our Editor-in-Chief, Justin Fauteux, wrote to the Liberal media contacts, “Politicians are constantly talking about the lack of engagement among young people and the need to reach out and connect with voters from younger demographics. Student media is one of the best ways to reach younger demographics and it’s extremely disheartening to see an opportunity like this missed.” Yet the request was still denied with the media relations team of the convention claiming that they “had to turn down a number of media outlets due to space constraints.” I saw nearly every other media organization there—even smaller-sized

This is supposed to be a proud moment for both you and Ontario, yet you excluded an entire group of people.

radio stations and bloggers—but not a single student media outlet was seen on Friday and Saturday at Maple Leaf Gardens. At first, I somewhat believed the Ontario Liberals that they had no space in an old professional hockey arena, but I contacted the Eyeopener, one of the student papers at Ryerson University, which is a ten-minute walk away from Maple Leaf Gardens, to learn that they were also declined access due to “space constraints.” The national bureau chief of the Canadian University Press (CUP), Arshy Mann later confirmed that other student papers were refused coverage for the event that decided our next premier. While CUP could have been taken a more aggressive approach to gain access, the fact that most student papers, even one as close as a block away from the event, was not given access is appalling. For a party that has claimed it has substantially improved post-secondary education in the past ten years, to decline one of the main communication

lines to those university students they insist they’re helping so much is just wrong. The Cord and other outlets don’t typically have issues getting into federal conventions such as the NDP leadership convention in Toronto last March. Dalton McGuinty made an appearance at Wilfrid Laurier University last spring to announce the 30 per cent tuition grant as well as at a Waterloo home in the summer to announce the controversial wage-freeze bill and we were there both times to cover it. So why block us out now, Ontario Liberals? This is supposed to be a proud moment for both you and Ontario, yet you excluded an entire group of people. I know the Liberals have done some great things for post-secondary education, but with the province reaching $300-billion debt and university graduates increasingly having trouble getting jobs, do you think we should just accept everything you do? We, like other media outlets, just want to get information out to the public and our public consists mainly of students. If you really want to reach out to students and the younger demographic, you should voice that support and what better way than through the student press. Wynne, the best possible outcome of that leadership convention, will have to make strong efforts if she wants to reengage the student body. With the uncertainty that has surrounded Ontario politics during the last few years, I wouldn’t be surprised if another provincial election is called before the summer, unless Wynne has the magic to bridge gaps between the NDP and Progressive Conservatives. But if an election does happen, don’t worry, Ontario Liberals, we’ll still cover you — if you’ll let us.

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Opinion Editor Devon Butler

WLUSU election lacking substance

University student elections should be about more than just popularity and who has more ‘school spirit’


Maybe I am becoming increasingly cynical as I finish my undergraduate degree, but it seems increasingly so that the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union elections are a joke. I want to make a few things completely clear: I will endorse no candidates and I do not intend on cutting down any of those running for election—at least not by name. My analysis of the elections is not a reflection on all candidates, some of whom are well prepared and I hope to see elected. Full disclosure: I ran for Board of Directors in my second year, but was defeated. Additionally, I am currently a student senator. One of the things that I always assumed would differentiate post-secondary education from high school would be the student elections. Surrounded by young, intelligent students, I believed that the popularity contests of high school president would no longer exist and that actual, genuine issues would be at the forefront of every campaign. Sadly, I increasingly find myself thinking that this is not the case. The elections for all positions

continue to be a (relative) popularity contest, but what irks me the most is the ‘competition of school spirit.’ Simply put, I do not give a damn how much school spirit each candidate has and adding “Go Hawks” throughout your platform does not make you a qualified individual. If one were to briefly examine the platforms of all the candidates, one would think that having Laurier spirit is the sole qualification that is needed to hold office at this school. While I would like to give a short analysis of each candidate’s platform, I will not. Because many people may disagree with my decisions, but primarily because currently there are still numerous candidates who have yet to create a real platform—sadly, I am not kidding. The platforms themselves also demonstrate the knowledge of candidates. As lovely and ideal as some of the proposals of many candidates are, many of their initiatives do not fall under the responsibilities of their specific office. Without naming specific candidates, some of them could only be described as abysmal. A notable example would be a platform, which would be appropriately deemed a joke, which was a total of only 30 words. I can’t speak for the rest of the student population, but I’d like to see original ideas. I want to see people saying—and here I borrow from the 1976 film Network—“I’m mad as hell, and

I’m not going to take it anymore,” and subsequently outline what they would like to change. By now, most people probably think I hate all candidates, and am simply an embittered fourth year. Do not get me wrong, there are a number of candidates who have solid ideas, and I hope that on election day they will be rewarded by my fellow students. I simply want to have students weed out the resume padders from those who are genuinely concerned with the school and its issues. So this week, when you are approached by those helping out with campaigns, do not let them tell you about how much ‘Joe’ loves Laurier, and how proud he or she is to be a Golden Hawk. Make everyone accountable for their candidates and ensure they grapple with issues that actually matter. These candidates will be exploring the complex of issues of budgeting, academic policy and strategic planning—difficult and deep issues, especially as Laurier grows and budgets shrink. School spirit is not a requirement of any of this but intelligence and vision are. If the “amount of school spirit” is on your list of requirements for a vote, that is fine, but please, for everyone’s sake, stay away from the polls. To everyone else, I do not care whom you vote for, so long as you make an informed choice, as it is your school and your money.


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Stop ideological bullying on campus JAMES POPKIE OPINION COLUMNIST

Recently at Carleton University there was an attempt to make a “Free Speech Wall” which encouraged students to write down any statements or beliefs they wished to say. Within hours, the wall was ripped down by a student named Arun Smith who saw this wall as an affront to gay rights, despite the fact that none of the statements written on it were actually homophobic.

While some would call Smith an isolated case, the truth is, I run into Arun Smith’s all the time, at university, in Facebook discussions and with fellow Laurier students. Unfortunately, university creates an environment that allows people like Smith to flourish. When justifying his act, Smith defended it as empowering . Unfortnately, the truth is that his attitude is not an isolated one in university. What differentiates bullying from civil debate is that bullying involves name-calling and deliberately trying to hurt feelings. I’ve had all these happen to me, but the bullying took on a very political form. Rather than merely debating in a civil fashion, I’ve been subjected to all forms of juvenile name-calling where it has been repeatedly suggested that I “get an education”,

though ironically, the only way I know these people is through our shared experience of attending university. In both high school and at Laurier I’ve been bullied, but now instead of being called a “faggot” I am called “uneducated,” “ignorant” or “uninformed”. The one common thread is insulting the victim’s intelligence or perceived lack thereof. Fact is, if you’re a university student with a non-left wing view and aren’t afraid to express this openly, you will be criticized for it. If you don’t cower timidly and defer to the status quo by shutting up and saying nothing or passively going along with others’ ideological beliefs, you will be bullied for it. The university social climate encourages all forms of diversity except those of political views. While

university is supposed to encourage open-mindedness and free-thinking, it’s often a hostile environment that is harsh and uninviting to anyone wishing to explore views outside the socially acceptable left wing sphere. Being called “ignorant” can be incredibly hurtful and condescending, especially when they are spoken to a person who has taken it upon themselves to research a certain issue. Unfortunately, many people seem incapable of accepting that someone could be well researched on an issue and could come to a conclusion that disagrees with their own. The implication is that all who disagree with them are either stupid or uneducated. While in reality, some people just simply disagree. This must be accepted in any environment that is truly amenable to

free thought. I have been screamed at and called terrible names by fellow university students for taking positions that the Irish were victims of racism, and that women are capable of exploiting the power that society gives them just as men do. I have been bullied for making these statements simply because they do not conform to the latest liberal opinion du jour. This attitude of ideological bullying needs to end and be opposed by other students who passively allow it to occur. If they don’t, we’re only going to have more people like Smith creating hostile environments in what is supposed to be an oasis of free thinking and a centre for the exchange of differing ideas, ideologies and beliefs.

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Libertarianism: a political solution With our government constantly disappointing us, it may be time to seek alternatives


It’s becoming increasingly obvious that the old left-right arrangement of political parties is coming undone. The United States has essentially rejected third-party candidates, but the Republican party is breaking down. The Tea Party badly split the right wing along religious and fiscal priority lines. And presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s lukewarm pandering has only alienated the traditional voters. It is time for a new paradigm to come onto the political scene. The answer is libertarianism. Libertarianism is a political philosophy that seeks to reduce the role of the state in the lives of individuals. It’s descended largely from classical liberalism and has been increasing in profile for years. Libertarians believe that the state ought to have little to no power. They argue that if an action is not inherently harmful to another, then it shouldn’t be made illegal by the state, and that human beings have the right up to the point where their actions intrude upon the rights of another. Does drug prohibition seem ineffective, harmful and oftentimes violent? Does prostitution seem like something people ought to be able to engage in at their own discretion, supposing both parties freely consent? Does gun control seem too intrusive to be justified? Have you ever wondered why government


intervention in the economy seems to favour lobbyists rather than the common people? For all its posturing, government seems terminally unable to actually solve any economic problems or help people effectively. These are all typically libertarian attitudes. The simplest way of

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classifying the position is as social liberals—those who believe that the state should not interfere in the private lives of citizens—and fiscal conservatives—those who believe that a free market produces the most favourable results for most people. Now that generalization obscures a lot of the diversity within the

movement, as the libertarian movement is known for its internal arguments and rival classifications. Minarchists believe in an absolutely minimal state, one that exists only to provide security and judicial services while anarcho-capitalists believe in a stateless society where competitive security and justice firms compete for business. They remove the state’s monopoly on the use of force and seek policing as another commodity, like insurance. The Austrian school of economics is aligned almost entirely with libertarian causes, based on the works of figures like Ludwig von Mises, Robert Murphy and more controversially, F.A. Hayek. The Chicago school is more mainstream and is best symbolized by Milton Friedman. Despite this internal fracturing, the libertarian movement presents a credible alternative to the worldviews that currently dominate the political scene. Ron Paul, famous for his grassroots campaigning and fundraising, has introduced thousands of youth to the ideas of liberty. Once an isolated movement, libertarianism is now a serious political force with public exposure through people like John Stossell, Drew Carey and Penn Jillette. Libertarianism is most popular in the United States, given the country’s history of distrust for government and classical liberalism. However, the position does exist in Canada. It wouldn’t be fair to give the impression that libertarianism is a complete and fully correct ideology. Like all ideologies, it is forever changing and being questioned. But it’s an important one, that has been rising in statue for years and I believe that the movement’s time has come.

You know what yanks my cord... …Winter. Honestly, after Christmas there is no need for snow. What is magical pre-Dec. 25 is the bane of my existence once the holidays are over — if we are even lucky enough to get snow for Christmas. Take a look around at people outside around Christmas; people make snow angels, have snowball fights, make forts, and frolic, it’s downright whimsical. Once January hits its nothing but ice and slush, AKA the mortal enemies of clumsy people such as myself. There is nothing enjoyable or whimsical about slush, nothing! The backs of your pants get all dirty from it splashing off your boots, and don’t even get me started about socks falling down inside boots while walking. Driving becomes 500% harder for everyone in the winter, because it gets to the point where people are driving so slow that a pedestrian could probably outrun them. I mean, safety first you good samaritans, but if you actually want to get somewhere you might want to speed it up a bit. Driving in snow can be scary, but there is no need to go 30km/hour on King Street in the middle of the day. Come on. Us lucky citizens of Canada can also expect snow to make surprise appearances until April! It’s always a pleasant surprise when you think the end just might be near and you might get to see some flowers or grass or maybe even the sun for the first time in months, and then nope…just some more snow. And really, how ugly are trees without leaves? It’s like when you see someone who used to have hair but now they’re bald. It just doesn’t look right but you eventually get used to it, but you just wish they still had hair so you could stop staring at their bald head. It’s just like that. So winter, if you want to end soon so I can walk to class without falling down it would be greatly appreciated, thanks. —Kate Turner

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Summer jobs pay off They may not be related to your future career, but even customer service jobs can provide valuable skills and benefits



After their first year at Laurier, most students need to find off-campus residency for the remainder of their time in university. Unless these students become Residence Life dons or live locally with their parents, they are usually required to rent an apartment or house and enter into a tenancy agreement or lease. It is important for all students to understand their rights as tenants before they enter any legal agreements. Unknowledgeable tenants can be easily manipulated or taken advantage of by their landlords, especially when the property owner knows their clients are first-time renters. Prepare yourself by becoming informed about your rights and gain the confidence to correct your landlord when they are wrong. Your journey into renting begins with finding a place you like. After doing so, you will be required to sign a lease to reserve your position. Most tenancy agreements are for a time period of one year, which is clearly stated at the beginning of the agreement. Although the lease agreement may state an end date, if you finish a one-year lease you are not required to vacate the premise at the end of the year. Instead, you now enter a monthto-month rental whereby everything in your former lease is still binding but you can stay for as long as you desire. If you wish to move out, however, you must provide the landlord with 60 days written notice. Be sure to plan ahead. If you fail to give an early enough notice you may get stuck renting the unit for an additional month. Some landlords try to persuade their tenants to sign a new lease for an additional year, but this is not required. They may even offer renewal


experience, the job search can be overwhelming. There are options, however, the first of which is to volunteer. Volunteer experience is just as good on the resume as paid work, better if the volunteer work is in your desired field. However, with no money made this can cause a problem when the bills are due. In this case an unconventional job should suit the bill. Be your own boss. Start your own business. This can be as simple as finding a lawnmower and knocking on doors to cut grass. The internet is a playground of random jobs. Take ten surveys, write freelance or answer ads. Make this summer work for you and your goals. The job hunt starts now. Apply to those

internships and assistant jobs now when they first come up. You’ll get valuable experience and won’t have to spend your early summer in a panic over half-made resumes and cover letters.



bonuses to entice you to sign, but this locks you in for another year. The minor bonus proposed is less valuable than the option to move out anytime. The incentive of a gift card or money may appear tempting, but you must consider your future plans. For example, if you are entering your final year and are uncertain whether you will be staying in the apartment for the summer, it is better to not sign for an extended time. This way you can give 60 days notice in February and be moved out by the end of the semester instead of being stuck with the apartment for four unwanted months. After signing your lease you may realize some of the clauses are restrictive, however, not all of them may be legal. If you signed an agreement which specified no pets or smoking, this clause is illegal and can be simply ignored. As a tenant, you will be required to supply the landlord with two payments in advance which cover your first and last months rent. Besides these two exceptions, the landlord cannot demand any other payment in advance. Some tenants find it convenient to provide the landlord with postdated cheques so they do not need to worry about dropping off payments each month. When you first move into your new apartment or house, be sure to examine the premises thoroughly. If there are any damages or problems that you notice within the first few days, be sure to inform the landlord immediately and make sure to record it in writing. Keep a copy of all correspondence you send to the landlord so the damages cannot be pinned on you. You are, however, responsible for any damages which you cause or neglect to inform the landlord of. While such examples may depict landlords in a negative light, it is important to remember that not every single landlord is out to take advantage of students. However, students need to be aware of their rights as tenants and be cautious of illegitimate requests often made by landlords.


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Despite the snow on the ground and the nip in the air, this is the time to begin looking for summer employment, especially if you’re looking for something beyond the standard retail or waitress fare. As university students, we can no longer get away with being jobless. Perhaps some managed to spend their entire high school careers lazing the summer away, but high school is over. Even if not a penny towards school is coming out of your pocket, every university student should be striving for a summer job. Let’s not kid ourselves, a key reason for a summer job is money. Tuition, rent, food, toilet paper, drunken Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights—it all adds up and for many of us a summer job is the best way to pay for the rest of our year. Here’s where the benefits of a summer job move beyond monetary. Experience is worth its weight in gold and is the heart of summer work. Experience comes in many forms and can be sneaky in its appearances. Sometimes experience is obvious. When you land the dream first job that teaches you all the skills you need experience is easy to quantify. This is as important to students as money, filling in the resume with experiences. Any job that teaches ‘practical’ or ‘hard’ skills, the kind that are easily written on a resume, is considered a future career win. Employers are not impressed by you spending the summer at the beach, no matter what degree accompanies it. They want to see that you have significant Excel skills or “assisted in the production of…” These jobs might not be directly related to your future career plans but they certainly can’t hurt them. But what if you didn’t get the dream job and have a simple customer service one that appears to do nothing more than pay the bills? Most future employers are not likely to be impressed by statements like “waited tables really fast without spilling anything,” but there’s truth to everyone spending time working a customer service job. Never underestimate the “soft” skills. There’s rarely a job that doesn’t require communication skills or multi-tasking. Speaking from experience, more can be learned from that annoying, angry customer than from any class. Even if you can’t put it on your resume, learning to be patient is never a bad thing. The other great thing you can achieve from a summer job is contacts. In today’s job hunt with its gloom and doom, having friends is more important than the average person would like it to be. You can no longer rely on one manager to know you, but need as many people as possible to know your name. Unfortunately, in this job market sometimes even the most qualified student finds themselves jobless. For students with little or no work

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City of Waterloo: intelligent or wise? We all know our city is an intelligent one, but we should be cautious about getting too proud of our smarts


Typically, we do worship intelligence and rarely consider the topic of wisdom.

A prominent characteristic of our age is the speed with which we have pushed outwards the boundaries of knowledge. There have been more scientific, technological and social changes in the last 75 years than in all preceding recorded history. But, while the human intellect has been straining forward to gain greater control over the “phenomena of nature”, others, no less modern, have been attempting to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of the human condition—in other words, these people have been studying wisdom. Having lived in Waterloo for a third of its 150-year history, I also celebrate its acclaimed status as an “intelligent city”. I would, however, urge some caution. I would hope that Waterloo might qualify too, as a wise city and wise community, not merely a smart one. Typically, we do worship intelligence and rarely consider the topic of wisdom. Some wisdom is difficult to define, it is a rather vague notion, just the sort of baggage held responsible for philosophy’s failure to accompany the natural sciences into the 21st century. Additionally, psychology, which has been thought by many as the perfect discipline to study wisdom, has dedicated itself to logical positivism; studying definable surface structures and suggest that deep wisdom may not be measured.

Wisdom too, is thought the prerogative of old age and guided by the dominant machine and computer metaphors; we have changed aging into a very bad thing. Getting older means getting worse and time is indeed a thief. Thus, we must leave the world in the hands of the young and intelligent. Finally, the general public considers intelligence more important than wisdom, for intelligence involves thinking logically, speedily, and with the ability to abstract from reality. While such skills are essential, wisdom struggles to grasp complex human nature, that often operates on the principles of contradiction, paradox and change. Wisdom involves understanding oneself, others and the nature of the human condition. As Waterloo considers itself to be intelligent, we should beware of such pride. Philosopher Gabriel Marcel warns that wisdom provides a guard against hubris, pride or conceit, which usually accompanies mastery and control. The intellect is often seen as an instrument of conquest while wisdom is seen as a means of harmony.



An event at the Center for International Governance Innovation which draws our cities ‘smart’ crowd.

Barbara Tuchman, a history professor at Harvard, delivered an address to the American Military Academy on the lack of “wisdom” in the decisions of historical and contemporary political and military figures. She claimed such decisions had one thing in common: a striking absence of any consideration for what might be beneficial for the people. Questions of “should” were rarely considered by these leaders on a

level that reached beyond their own egos. Wisdom, on the other hand, transcends the individual and reflects meaningful patterns in the self, others and the universe. Wisdom most of all involves a deep and abiding caring for others and the world which is a central virtue and strength throughout a person’s and city’s stages of life. So while living in an intelligent city may be nice, wisdom is much better. No matter how intelligent

we think we may be, if we are left to ourselves we can commit some grave errors. And I occasionally wonder whether or not Waterloo could even qualify beyond an “intelligent city” but as a wise city too. Don Morgenson is a professor of psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University

On January 31st WLU Student Publications will host its Annual General Meeting in the Hawks Nest on the 4th Floor of the Fred Nichols Campus Center in Waterloo.

Doors at 6pm meeting begins at 7pm. At the AGM the following documents will be presented for approval: - Annual Audit for 2011 - 12 fiscal year - Minutes from 2012 AGM - WLUSP By-law revisions* All relevant documents for this meeting can be found at Furthermore this will be your opportunity as a WLUSP member to vote for the 2013 - 14 Board of Directors and President and approve the auditor for the 2012 - 13 fiscal year. All WLU students are members of WLUSP and eligible to vote. In order to vote you must present a valid ONE card and be a registered student in good standing with the WLU business office.

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Lead Hollie Nicol and second Danielle Inglis sweep a rock during Friday’s final draw of the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts in KW.

Alumni shine at Ontario Scotties Curling alumni Hollie Nicol and Danielle Inglis return back to KW for national bonspiel SHELBY BLACKLEY SPORTS EDITOR

Last week, the KW Granite Club hosted the 2013 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts — a preliminary bonspiel for female curlers before the national championship in Kingston from Feb. 16-24. And within that week, the Granite Club welcomed back two of their former university champions — and Wilfrid Laurier alumni. Hollie Nicol and Danielle Inglis returned to Kitchener-Waterloo playing lead and second respectively for skip Jill Mouzar, who curls out of the Donalda Curling Club in Toronto. Team Mouzar finished 3-5, failing to qualify for the page playoff. Although both Nicol and Inglis have moved on since graduating from Laurier, they both consider their time as student athletes influenced their current lives. “Playing for Laurier was a huge help,” Nicol said of her achievements after WLU. “It was one of the few universities at the time that actually put a lot into their curling program so that definitely helped the university student in getting some financial

support and other support so we really appreciated that.” Nicol graduated in 2009 after curling for WLU for four very decorated years. She was a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Athlete of the Week twice, a women’s curling CIS champion twice, a CIS Academic All-Canadian twice, was awarded the Outstanding Women of Laurier Award and the Luke Fusco Academic Athletic Achievement Award in 2008-09 and was the team’s most valuable player all four years. Inglis graduated in 2010 after curling with Laurier for three highly successful years of her own. During her tenure, she won two CIS championships, a CIS second-team allcanadian award and a CIS sportsmanship award and was the team’s most valuable player in 2009-10. At the Ontario Scotties, Inglis was the recipient of the Shorty Jenkins Sportsmanship Award. “Just the experience of playing at those championships are huge and experience matters so much that the fact we were able to do that really boosts your play,” Inglis said. Both Nicol and Inglis also represented Laurier at the 24th Winter Universiade in 2009, winning a silver medal.

“I learned so much while I was at Laurier and those opportunities will stay with me forever,” Inglis said. “It opened so many doors for us because it wasn’t only recognized on a university level; it was recognized on a national level through the Canadian Curling Association. “So we were able to get funding, Hollie and I, and well all of us actually became La Releve athletes, which meant we got funding through the government, we worked with some of the top coaches in Canada and the world and we had lots of great opportunities through there.” Since graduating from WLU, Inglis pursued a post-graduate program at Humber College for public relations. She did a couple internships and currently works from home doing communications and writing. Nicol pursued law school at Western University and recently graduated in April 2012. She just started articling in August 2012. Although both have moved into their professional careers, they curl consistently with Team Mouzar at multiple bonspiels. The Ontario Scotties was Nicol’s first provincial championship. “This week has been a lot of fun,”

“I learned so much while I was at Laurier and those opportunities will stay with me forever.”

—Danielle Inglis, WLU women’s curling alumna

she said. “The last game [against Team Harrison] didn’t really matter to either team so we were just out there having fun, putting a lot of rocks in play. “[But] this week has been great; it’s been amazing competition... it’s been a really good experience to play against the best teams in the province.”

Tuesday afternoon it was confirmed that former Wilfrid Laurier football head coach Gary Jeffries would join the coaching staff at McMaster University next season. Jeffries, who stepped down as the head coach and manager of football operations on Nov. 1, will now join “good friend” Stefan Ptaszek at McMaster as their special teams coordinator. Ptaszek was Laurier’s offensive coordinator when the Hawks won the Vanier Cup in 2005 with Jeffries as head coach. “[I was] in communication with Stef and it certainly accelerated since New Years and he had a need down there and I was looking for an opportunity to continue,” Jeffries said. “It certainly won’t be a full time role, but it will work out nicely for me in terms of the time commitment and it’s an opportunity to get back and work with young people.” When Jeffries was reached Tuesday afternoon, he was heading to Waterloo for the night. Jeffries joins McMaster after posting a 3-5 season with the Hawks and backing into the playoffs, only to be defeated 34-0 by the Queen’s Gaels in the quarterfinals. The Marauders meanwhile went 8-0 in the regular season, defeating the Guelph Gryphons 30-13 for the Yates Cup. Mac won the Mitchell Bowl before losing the Vanier Cup to the Laval Rouge et Or 37-14. Jeffries explained that since his time with Laurier ended, he put a lot of thought into where he would end up in terms of football. “It’s something that, over the last three months, I’ve had to recognize I certainly missed,” Jeffries said. “It’ll be the last chapter and I’m very fortunate to continue.” There were speculations that Jeffries was talking to a variety of schools in terms of job opportunities, including the University of Waterloo. However, on Tuesday he would not comment on any of them. “I don’t think that’s fair. I talked to a few schools but I think that this has just worked out best,” he said. Jeffries plans on going to Hamilton next week to get acquainted with the McMaster program, saying that he will take “baby steps to get acclimated.” “But that’s the fun, that’s for sure and [I will] continue with some recruiting and just getting ready for August.”


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Laurier widens gap in playoff hunt With a tough 4-2 win, the Hawks move seven points ahead of Brock and uOIT SHAYNE MCKAY STAFF WrITEr

After a tough fight through the season and a bitter 6-4 loss to the University of Waterloo on Friday, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s hockey team managed to defeat the Brock Badgers 4-2 on Saturday, moving closer to clinching a playoff berth. “We knew [Brock was] in a real dog fight to make the playoffs,” said head coach Greg Puhalski. “They’re a hard working team and they were going to come out with their best effort.” Getting to this point wasn’t easy, as Brock struck early with a goal just 1:23 into the game on the powerplay, leaving the Hawks trailing going into the second. The first intermission sparked the team as they exploded offensively scoring three goals in the second frame. Despite Brock’s effort to come back in the third, team leading scorer Tyler Stothers put the final nail in the coffin with his tenth goal of the season as he led the Hawks with two goals and two assists. “We like Tyler,” said Puhalski. “When he’s on a roll he’ll find ways to score. He’s a good team player and when he scores it’s going to be really helpful.” At the other end, goaltender veteran goalie Ryan Daniels did what he does best with 42 saves as he earned his tenth win of the season. “We let them get a quick one on us and [Daniels] didn’t let it bug him,” Stothers said. “He stands on his head and gives us a chance to win

and you can’t ask for much more from him.” The Golden Hawks know they have to improve on starting off strong if they’re looking to make a playoff run this year. “Our starts the last two nights weren’t good,” said Puahlski. “We have to get better starts and maintain throughout the game. It’s competing and battling for 60 minutes and that’s still what we’re after.” Stothers said that consistency will also be a key area of improvement for himself and the team. “It’s something we struggled with all year, we know we can play and beat anyone in this league but it’s a matter of getting the start we want, staying out of the penalty box, capitalizing with special teams and working on the penalty kill,” he said. “All the guys were buying in tonight and we came out with a win because of it.” The Hawks will look to keep their momentum going as they hit the road with a game against the York Lions in Toronto on Thursday and then meet with Brock in St. Catharaines on Friday. Puhalski knows that they’ve still got their work cut out for them in the final stretch of the season. The Hawks will also hope to clinch their playoff spot. “Anybody can beat anybody on a given day in this league and there’s nobody that’s head and shoulders above anyone else so you have to be prepared to work and battle and if you don’t then you won’t win,” he said. Puck drop on Thursday night is set for 7 p.m.


Matthew Provost carries the puck during Friday’s game against Waterloo. The Hawks lost 6-4.

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In the month of January, Laurier Golden Hawks fourth-year goaltender Ryan Daniels did it all. He turned aside over 340 shots, upsetting and shutting out the No. 2— now No. 3 — ranked Western Mustangs and led the team to a solid 6-2 record since the winter break- all in a month’s work. Without Daniels backstopping the gold and purple game in and game out, it’s hard to think of where the Golden Hawks squad would be. However, Laurier hockey wasn’t always a part of the plan for Daniels, as he had a choice between pursuing a career as an NHL goalie or as a university student. It was only ten years ago that Daniels started in net for the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL, posting an impressive career 85-58 record during his major junior tenure, finishing off his career with the Peterborough Petes. “It was a great learning experience playing in the OHL. Being 16 or 17 years old it definitely is a good experience,” Daniels said. The hard work and stellar goaltending Daniels exemplified in the OHL paid off, as he was drafted 151st overall in the 2006 NHL entry draft to the Ottawa Senators. Daniels said he will always cherish this historic moment in his life. “It’s tough to explain, it’s a moment in your life no one will ever be able to take away from you, it’s a part of history and it meant a lot to both me and my parents,” he said. Daniels attended the Senators’ training camp that following season, working his hardest alongside some of the NHL’s most supreme talent. “Sharing the same ice with guys

like Dany Heatley or Wade Redden was an awesome experience, you see these guys on television the year before and now you’re sharing the ice with them.” However, after training camp had ended, Daniels was faced with a lifechanging decision. Due to the fact he had played five years in the OHL, Daniels had earned CHL scholarship money, allowing him to have financial aid with his university tuition. If Daniels were to pursue the NHL route and turn professional as a goaltender, he would forfeit that money and the scholarship would no longer apply. Daniels opted to take the scholarship and pursue a career as a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) goaltender while getting his postsecondary education. The subsequent decision to join the Golden Hawks was evident for Daniels. “I’ve known [current Laurier captain] Kyle Van De Bospoort since I was four, the hockey program was nationally ranked and the business program is one of the best in country here,” Daniels said. Fast-forward to today and Daniels is in his last semester representing the purple and gold and has focused his attention on what the future holds for him. “The hard work and schooling has definitely paid off, I got employment with my business degree and I already have my foot in the door with a company which is exactly what I wanted and came here for,” he said. “[But] I still want to play, it will always be my desire to play hockey whether it be [minor professional] somewhere. “It’ll be great to play and to say I did, and something I can tell my kids one day in the future that I played.”



Swimmers prepare for provincial competition Laurier hosts invitational over weekend for six universities

Top five finishers at Laurier Invitational Women 200 metre medley relay

Men 200 metre medley relay

Women 400 metre IM

Men 50 metre freestyle

Women 200 metre backstoke

Men 100 metre breaststroke

2. WLu: renee Dijk, Veronica Davis-Freeman, Alana Corrigan, Victoria rawn 5. Lily Godawa


Fourth-year Renee Dijk will be patiently waiting to see who will accompany her at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national championship in late February. After Sunday’s preview of the potential, the Wilfrid Laurier swim team will look to have more athletes qualify at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships Feb. 7-9. “So far we’ve had great potential because we’ve had good rookies that have come in,” said second-year swimmer Kaitlyn Patterson. “So we’ve placed a lot of top eight, which unlike last year, we’ve had a lot more than we had then. So far it’s been a really great season.” “I think the season’s actually gone pretty well,” added fellow secondyear Jade Scognamillo. “I think that we’re a lot more spirited than we have been in the past years and we have a strong rookie team that came in this year so I think everyone’s been training hard and staying motivated.” Over the weekend, WLU hosted the annual Laurier Invitational tournament at the Athletic Complex pool.

Accompanied by the McMaster Marauders, the Waterloo Warriors, the York Lions, the Laurentian Voyageurs and the Guelph Gryphons, 30 events took place. With a successful performance, the Hawks had numerous top-eight finishes. In the women’s events, four athletes placed within the top eight in all of their individual events. Six male athletes also finished within the top eight in their events. Scognamillo also recorded a personal best in the 100-metre backstroke with a time of 1:11.35. This is her best time in over three years. Laurier’s relay teams also put on a strong performance Sunday. The men and women’s teams both finished second, sixth and seventh place in their respective events. Patterson says the relay will be a major part of Laurier’s performance at the OUA championship. “Overall we have some incredible relays for OUAs. We also have rookies that should be placing coming up soon,” Patterson said. With strong finishes for the Hawks over the weekend and a third place finish earlier in the year, the focus shifts to the provincial competition. Patterson says she hopes more athletes will join Dijk at the national

level later in the month. “Hopefully we’ll be getting [national] qualifiers out of it,” she said. “We’ve had a couple transfer students that are previous CIS qualifiers, so hopefully they’ll be key runners and we have some rookies coming in that have already qualified with CIS times.” Scognamillo added that she’s impressed by the motivation in the team this year and that it’s hard to distinguish key players. “Everyone’s [had] their minds set around swimming for the past few weeks for sure and over training camp, everyone’s been really focused,” Scognamillo said. “I think everyone’s come on a lot to be honest; I think it’s difficult to really pick one person or two people.” But despite their performances, both Scognamillo and Patterson stressed the support that the Laurier swim team has for each of their members. “We’re all very close and supportive,” Scognamillo said. “We all keep each other in high spirits, which is really nice.” “I know the team’s very supporting and last year I suffered from an injury and was out for half the year,” she said. “The team’s always been very supporting.”

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1. renee Dijk 4. Miranda Smelt

Women 50 metre freestyle 4. Victoria rawn

Women 100 metre breaststroke

2. Veronica Davis-Freeman 4. jade Scognamillo

Women 50 metre backstroke 1. Alana Corrigan

Women 100 metre freestyle 5. renee Dijk

2. WLu: Christopher Courtis, Luke Summerhayes, Scott Mcauley, Christopher Caldwell 5. Christopher Caldwell

1. Graham Smith

Men 50 metre backstroke 1. Scott Mcauley

Men 100 metre freestyle

2. Christopher Courtis

Men 50 metre breastroke

2. Graham Smith 4. Christopher Courtis

Men 200 metre freestyle 5. Scott Mcauley

Women 200 metre IM

Men 100 metre backstroke

Women 50 metre breaststroke

Men 200 metre breastroke

3. Miranda Smelt

4. Veronica Davis-Freeman

2. Luke Summerhayes

2. richard Naylor

Women 100 metre backstroke 2. renee Dijk 3. Alana Corrigan 4. Miranda Smelt



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Hawks beat fatigue in shootout win ERIC THOMPSON STAFF WRITER

The No. 3-ranked Laurier women’s hockey team played into overtime twice this weekend, dropping a 5-4 decision to the York Lions on Saturday night before topping the UOIT Ridgebacks 2-1 in a shootout the following night. “Right now we are kind of overloading physically off the ice so it has been a real grind,” said head coach Rick Osborne following Sunday’s win. “It is a tired team and you can see that by the finish around the net. Our high-powered people, our skilled players just don’t seem to have the strength [and] they don’t have the stamina right now because [athletic therapist] Jamie Carlson has been running [training] two, three times a week. We are getting ready to taper real soon but not just yet.” The team had a lackluster opening Sunday night, falling behind 1-0 early in the first, after surrendering just five shots. The Hawks had issues completing passes and finishing scoring chances. The second period was much the same with the Hawks dominated the play, but looked off while doing it. In the third period, the team faced the possibility of losing consecutive games for the first time since 2004. However, with eight minutes remaining, third-year Andrea Shapero found the back of the net tie the game up. Overall Laurier outshot UOIT 49-18. In the shootout, WLU captain Fiona Lester was the hero backhanding home the winner after a beautiful deke gave her a wide open net. This would be Lester’s last regular season home game of her career, as the fourth-year biology student is graduating following the end of the playoffs. “I just went in thinking, ‘I don’t know if what I’m thinking of doing is going to be open, but I sure hope it is.’ And I did my move and it


Candice Styles tries to send the puck behind UOIT Ridgebacks goaltender Jessica Larabie during Sunday’s game. The Hawks won 2-1.

worked,” said Lester following her goal. “What a fitting finish for her,” added Osborne. “She has worked the four years she’s been here; postpractice, between games and between practices. Her time management skills are unbelievable, the best I’ve ever seen in a student athlete, maybe anybody. She’s got that move down, she goes at a high speed and she makes the move.”

Lester, along with other graduating players Caitlin Muirhead, Brittany Crago, Paula Lagamba and Maureen Mommersteeg, were honoured before the game. “We have five players graduating and they are all probably the top five conditioned athletes on our team and I can’t say enough about the leadership they provide,” Osborne said. Second-year goaltender Erika

Thunder had 17 saves in regulation and stopped all three shootout attempts against the Ridgebacks. Rookie netminder Kayla Brown had the loss in net on Saturday, stopping 19 of 24 shots. Crago, Tammy Freiburger, Danelle Im and Robyn Degange scored for the Hawks. The loss to York ended a sevengame winning streak for the team and closed the gap between Laurier

and the second-place Guelph Gryphons in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) standings. Laurier’s three remaining games take place on the road. The Golden Hawks hold a three-point lead over the Gryphons for top spot in the OUA. Their next game takes place Saturday against Brock in St. Catharines before they visit those same Gryphons on Sunday.

Brooker chases milestone Sitting at 49 goals in her career, third-year Laura Brooker deals with the pressure of scoring her 50th late in the season SHELBY BLACKLEY SPORTS EDITOR


Laura Brooker has known she’s been under pressure since before the statistic was mentioned a few weeks back. “She’s just feeling the weight of the world, and it’s going to come from within her, she’s going to work out of it,” head coach Rick Osborne said. Since Jan. 13, Brooker has been chasing the 50th goal of her career with the Laurier Golden Hawks. Off a faceoff against the Ryerson Rams, Brooker beat goaltender Dana Carlson to restore Laurier’s three-goal lead. The Hawks won 5-2. This marked Brooker’s 49th career tally — a feat that took three years of consecutive and impressive offence to achieve. She now sits one away from the 50-goal mark and has for the last four games. “I think Laura is kind of overpursuing,” Osborne said. “She is certainly squeezing the stick a little bit tight. I would like her to focus on real good defence, which is going to spring her on some counter attacks, instead of trying to make the big highlight reel goal.” “It all comes down to how I mentally think about it,” Brooker said. “Obviously, coming into a game there’s more than just scoring goals so I’m focusing more on the team and our aspects and keys to the

game. It’s in the back of my mind.” Brooker joined the Hawks in 2010 where she scored 19 goals and recorded eight assists for an impressive 27 points — good enough for second overall on the Laurier squad and an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) rookie of the year award. The following year, Brooker continued to be an offensive force with 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points, which tied her for first on the team. “Coming out of junior, it’s always different coming up to OUA,” she said. “Rick’s definitely a huge part of that, playing for the team, also it’s a new style so his coaching definitely picked me up to a new level and working hard with the girls. “They challenge you every practice, every game. You become a better player.” Brooker currently sits at the top of Laurier’s goal scorers with 13, putting her sixth in the OUA in scoring. However despite the impressive performance she has put on for the last 23 games, Brooker is still dealing with the looming pressure of that 50th goal. Despite the minor drought that has kept Brooker off the score sheet, Osborne has confidence that his veteran will find her way. “It’s either going to be this weekend or next weekend or first round of the playoffs, so I have lots of confidence it’s going to happen,” he said. “When you talk about her

“She’s just feeling the weight of the world, and it’s going to come from within her, she’s going to work out of it.” —Rick Osborne, women’s hockey head coach

process she’s just a little off center right now and we’re going to get her focused at practice this week on defence and maybe generating good strong counterattacks from different places.” With three games left in the regular season, Brooker will continue to pursue that 50th tally while helping Laurier move toward a solid playoff mentality. “Every year’s different; new team, new players,” she said. “This year, right now, we’re all training hard. We’re just basically worrying more about these last couple points to pick up and then when the playoffs come we’ll be ready for it.”

Jan. 30, 2013  

Vol. 53, Issue 20